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  • In Pokémon, the footage from the cancelled "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma" two-parter in Best Wishes - where the Relic Castle's mechanism is activated, revealing the Meteonite - was reused for the scene in Best Wishes Season 2 when the Abyssal Ruins are activated to uncover the Reveal Glass. Team Plasma's intended goal of causing Pokemon to go wild and leave their trainers was also later used in the Episode N story arc, with Colress' device used to do so in place of the Meteonite.
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  • In the planned Mythos arc adaptation for the 1979-80 Cyborg 009 anime, Helena would have been replaced with a more mythologically-accurate Expy named Artemis. The show was cancelled before the Mythos arc could be adapted, but Artemis later made a proper debut in the 2001 anime.
  • In FLCL, there was apparently an unused idea to reveal that the town of Mabase was actually on Mars. FLCL Alternative, originally designed as a Stealth Prequel, ties that idea into its final episodes, which feature Haruko winding up on Mars with some human colonists. Whether or not it's still a prequel or an Alternate Universe depends on interpretation.
  • Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is an expanded version of the Robot Rondo chapter from the original manga that the first movie left out.
  • Dragon Ball has an unusual instance of this with Gogeta, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta. Akira Toriyama originally planned on introducing the character during the Buu Saga, but then he discovered that Toei was already making a movie whose main selling point was the grand debut of Gogeta. Not wanting to step on any toes, Toriyama came up with an entirely different method of fusion that produced an entirely different fused character, Vegitto. A couple of decades later, Toriyama penned the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly and decided to have Goku and Vegeta fuse in order to fight the titular enemy; so while Gogeta was an "official" part of Dragon Ball lore, he didn't become canon until 24 years after his debut.

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