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  • Dusk Maiden of Amnesia can be considered this to Natsu no Arashi! in animated form at least - both series were directed by Shin Oonuma and feature cute (actually, near-identical) ghost girls and a healthy dose of SHAFT-like visualsnote .
  • It may seem like Diebuster is this to Gunbuster at first, due to the parallels between the two. But then it turns out they have converging endings.
  • Bokura no Hentai is this to Wandering Son. Both are Seinen series with surprisingly cute art styles for their maturity level and each have a transgender The Cutie character who has sported a bob haircut. The former is overall darker though and is a deconstruction of the Otokonoko Genre.
  • Madou King Granzort to Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru, both by Red and Sunrise.
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard is considered a Spiritual Successor to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise; it centres around children playing a Collectible Card Game, created by Akira Itou - Kazuki Takahashi's apprentice, who also worked on the Yu-Gi-Oh! R manga with him.
  • Bleach seems to be a Spiritual Successor to Yu Yu Hakusho, and one can notice several similarities as they read through both works. There should honestly be a list.
  • While the two are not all that similar plot-wise, Totoros from My Neighbor Totoro seem to be a Spiritual Successor to Papa Panda from Panda! Go Panda!
  • Kamisama Kiss has a lot in common with InuYasha. To begin with both plots revolve around an ordinary teenage girl getting control over a supernatural asshole, who is forced against his will to help her and protect her, and only later do the two start to fall in love. Tomoe, the male lead in KK, looks almost exactly like an older and more mature version of Inuyasha when he wears his hair long; he also acts like a more intelligent and slightly more mature version of Inuyasha. Nanami, the female lead in KK, looks like Kagome with brown hair and has the same personality type. Then the Time Travel Arc happens in KK and the similarities get even more pronounced.
  • Kuroko no Basuke, the most popular basketball series of the 2010s, is the Spiritual Successor to Slam Dunk, the successful basketball series of the 1990s.
  • Captain Earth towards Star Driver. It helps that both series feature the same staff of people (except for character design) and concepts from the latter show are used again in the former, most prominently the usage and explanation of the term "libido". Since Captain Earth is still running, the jury is still out wether both series are set in the same universe or not and speculations are running rampant. What can be said already, however, is that Captain Earth has an overall more serious tone than Star Driver did.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is seen as this towards Ouran High School Host Club and School Rumble as they all use and parody shoujo tropes. Taken a step further with School Rumble as both this and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun also have high school students who are secretly mangaka.
  • The 12-Episode Anime is in many ways a spiritual successor to the OVA.
  • Brave Beats is this to Tribe Cool Crew as both are similar-looking dance animes and aired in the same timeslot.
  • Samurai Flamenco is a Genre-Busting, deconstructing-reconstructing, wild ride of a show. It uses so many genres and tropes that it can be compared to a diverse range of works that cross culture, genre, and time, like: The Dark Knight, Tigerand Bunny, Kick-Ass, and Don Quixote; as well as Sentai and Magical Girl shows.
  • Gundam Build Fighters to Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, which features characters using personalized toy models to fight in a virtual battlefield.
  • Sword Art Online to .hack. Both series center around Virtual Reality MMORPGs that are more dangerous than a video game ought to be, with SAO killing players who die in-game and .hack//'s "The World" housing dangerous AI experiments. Both also have video game adaptations that simulate MMO gameplay in a single-player Action RPG.
  • Ano Ko Ni Kiss To Shirayuri Wo, what with the "two rivals (one fiery and compassionate, the other a genius who's rather passive about everything but romance) fall in love with each other" takes a few cues from Special A.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice to the Japan Animator Expo short ENDLESS NIGHT, both of which were directed by Sayo Yamamoto. ENDLESS NIGHT's primary focus (figure skating), core concepts, and some of its imagery (most notably that of two men pair skating together) are all transferred into Yuri!!! on Ice.
  • Space Patrol Luluco can be considered a Studio TRIGGER version of TYPE-MOON's Carnival Phantasm: both shows are comedies based on taking several different independent properties owned by the company (Inferno Cop, Kill la Kill for TRIGGER and Tsukihime, Fate for TYPE-MOON) and crossing them over with comedic results, along with being a sort of Self-Parody of the companies producing the anime.
  • One Piece is now one to Kochi Kame, not because of their content but by the fact that after Kochi Kame ended, One Piece has become the oldest series that is still serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump. As of 2017, it's celebrating its 20th anniversary and the only other series that premiered before the 2000 era is Hunter × Hunter, a manga that is barely present in the magazine due to its high amount of hiatus and it was even completely absent in 2015. The only other Long Runner in the magazine is Gintama which premiered in 2003 and every other series premiered in 2012 and later. One Piece has been serialized for half as long as KochiKame's serialization and it is very clear that One Piece isn't going to end soon.
    • While many shonen manga running in Jump and other magazines are heavily influenced by Dragon Ball, One Piece, more than any other series, is seen as it's generation's equivalent to that manga, having reached the same level of ubiquity and success in Japan, critically and financially. In an inverse of how it compares to Kochi Kame, it's run much, much longer than Dragon Ball but has similar content and characters.


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