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  • In Accel World, Haruyuki's normal neural linker avatar is a pig. Silver Crow's main power is flight. Therefore, pigs are flying.
  • Osaka of Azumanga Daioh is somehow unable to so much as float when in the water in an episode taking place at the pool. She's dense. In spite of this, she can somehow keep just far enough above the water to speak with Tomo and Nyamo during the same scene. Maybe she's airheaded.
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  • Shinobu, a major character in the light novel and anime series Bakemonogatari has a stealth pun in the kanji for her name. Before the start of the series, her original name is Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. Early in the series she is given the name Shinobu by another character. The kanji for Shinobu is written as 忍, making her new name still literally heart (心) under blade (刀).
  • Beyblade Zero-G has two characters, Shinobu Hiryuin and Eight Unabara, whose Beyblades - Shinobi Saramanda and Pirates Orojya, respectively - can be Synchromed (as in combined) with the Beyblades of the two main characters (Zyro Kurogane and Kite Unabara), making the two indirect rivals of sorts. As for the Beyblades themselves... Pirates vs Ninjas?
  • In Black Butler, demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis' catchphrase is "I'm just one hell of a butler." This has the bonus of working perfectly in Japanese as well; since the Japanese language can differ in meaning based on subtle inflection, Sebastian's catchphrase is either "I am a devil and a butler" or the more subtle "I am a devilishly good butler."
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  • Chobits features one that can be appreciated in both sub and dub. Hideki is searching desperately for the on switch for the female robot he's discovered, and eventually says there's only one place left he hasn't checked. Cut outside to a mewing cat. Sure enough, it's in her pussy.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku was Private 404 in the army. Given his status for most of the series, it fits.
    • Here's a much subtler one. Lelouch's Geass allows him to command anyone to do anything, but it only works once per person, and it can't be undone, which means that they'll still be doing that command until they die, or get un-Geassed by someone with an ability to do so. Lelouch Geassed Suzaku commanding him to "Live." Given the nature of his Geass, Suzaku's gonna Live until he dies.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Spike goes out with a bang.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl: why is Mero dressed like that? Because she's a mermaid.
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  • In Darker Than Black, April has the power to create real hurricanes that make it rain. No one refers to "April Showers" though.
  • In DARLING in the FRANXX, the pilots' "names" are all Goroawase Number readings of their numerical designations. The exception is Horned Humanoid Code:002, who simply goes by Zero Two. Applying the naming convention to her, however, gives the highly appropriate moniker Oni.
  • Death Parade's OP has a visual Stealth Pun. There's a brief scene of Nona playing a Dance Dance Revolution-style arcade game, but if you look closer, you can see that the game is built out of a Japanese funeral shrine. Thus, Nona is literally dancing on someone's grave.
  • The English title of Delicious in Dungeon abbreviates to D&D, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Possibly unintentional, but Edward Elric's attempts at human transmutation literally cost him An Arm and a Leg.
    • Greed claims both that he wants everything in the world and that he never lies. Thus he always keeps his word.
  • At the end of the first episode of Gankutsuou, Albert is making out with Peppo, the local "Bridget" (although he doesn't know that yet), when she stops him, points a gun at him, and helps kidnappers take him hostage (thus, she had a pistol in her pocket, but might have been happy to see him as well). Also, it really was a trap.
  • Girls und Panzer:
    • One from OVA 2: While discussing military rations, the topic of Spam comes up. Eventually the freshman girls are reduced to continuously saying the name over and over. Thanks to the censorship of the product name, this gets very annoying. They're spamming the word 'Spam'.
    • While their role was vital in the championship, Anteater Team didn't last long enough to shoot anything. However, in the talent competition, they sang a song, each girl offset by one phrase. Seems they finally got a round off.
  • Gundam:
    • A particularly painful one is the Mobile Suit Gundam MSV model MS-07H-4 Gouf Flight Test Type, a prototype Zeon mobile suit adorned with their iconic mono-eye camera and forehead-mounted communications antenna, and painted in outrageous magenta demo-colors. An early, unsuccessful attempt at creating a flight-capable Humongous Mecha, it was scrapped for its unfortunate tendency to kill its test pilots. Long story short, it's a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people-eater.
    • In another, more obscure example, one of the various artbooks features a scene with Haman Karn eating a piece of cake with a candy on top shaped like one of her Humongous Mecha Quebeley's funnels.
    • Then there's the Gundam ZZ, which is composed of two (or three, depending on how you count) fighters. One forms the legs, the other goes on top.
  • Hidamari Sketch: When the residents of the Hidamari Apartments go to a sentō following the cultural festival, they relate things that they did and experienced. For example, during a Cinderella play they put on, Miyako did the voice of a horse; while in the baths, Hiro asks her to replicate it. Miyako refuses, not wanting to sell herself cheap, but an unspoken reason is that horseplay is against bathhouse etiquette. (Probably not intended...)
  • The fourth arc of Humanity Has Declined involves bananas that cause time slips.
  • Izetta of Izetta: The Last Witch foregoes the traditional witch's Flying Broomstick for a massive anti-materiel rifle. A flying boomstick, perhaps?

  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • The Geneon dub of Lupin III (Red Jacket) once had Jigen describe a house-fly that turned out to be a listening device as "a flying pun".
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Nanoha is pursuing Jewel Seeds. One such Jewel Seed had possessed a tree that was near a couple's confession of love, and it responded by turning into a massive murdering monster, trapping them inside itself and trying to consume everything. The pun comes when you realise that they pined for each other. (This pun actually works in Japanese, too.)
  • In the first episode of Medaka Box, Hyuga knocks Zenkichi unconscious and calls him "Ahoge." (Idiot.) The scene abruptly cuts to Shiranui. Just look at her hair!
  • Occasional shots in the anime reveal that Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid codes in Python, a programming language that shares its name with a dragon from Greek Mythology.
  • Naruto:
    • A flashback has someone hearing what Sasuke's name is, and commenting that's also the name of the Third Hokage's father. The Third Hokage's real name is Hiruzen Sarutobi, thus making his father...
    • During one of the filler episodes, Naruto has to sit at a funeral and not laugh the entire time, or else the person they're doing the mission for will not get the inheritance. So naturally everyone is trying to make him laugh the entire time. One of the gags involved a guy having a flower coming out of his nose. In Japanese, the word 'hana' can mean either "nose" or "flower".
    • "Kakashi" means "scarecrow," and the ninja with that name is one of the best in the world. In other words, he's outstanding in his field. note 
  • The title of Neko Kissa is either a Bilingual Stealth Pun or a Accidental Pun. In Japanese, "Neko" = "Cat" and "Kissa" = "Cafe". So, "Cat Cafe". The title could also be translated as being the word "cat" in two different languages - Japanese and Finnish: Neko (Japanese), Kissa (Finnish).
  • In New Getter Robo, there's a pun in the first episode. When Ryouma is told by Professor Saotome that he is to be one of the pilots of the Getter Robo, Ryoma replies "Getter?" With the scene being shot at floor level, focusing on Saotome's "geta".
  • One Piece:
    • The main character is named Monkey D. Luffy, and his first appearance in the anime was breaking out of a small barrel. Perhaps the implication is that the show will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
    • Another pair are for Mr. 1, his devil fruit is called the Supa-Supa fruit, it gives him super powers and his secret dream is to be a super hero. The obvious one is "super" a play on "Supa", his devil fruit name. The second not quite pun is he is literally a Man of Steel. A "Supaman" if you will..
    • Later in the series, Sanji uses a move called the "Parage Shot" to change people's looks by kicking them in the face. In other words, he can literally "rearrange your face".
    • Bepo is a human sentient bear who goes from a vicious kung fu brawler to an apologetic depressive the next. In short, he's a bipolar bear.
    • Arlong is a great white shark fish man who used an impossible loan to enslave Nami. Truly a loan shark for the ages.
    • Treból is fat, ugly, unkempt, has No Social Skills, and is frequently condescending. He is also assigned to guard Dressrosa's underground areas at all times. Hence, he is a Basement-Dweller in both the social and the literal sense.
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, Luffy chases Gekko Moriah through a forest. A while later, Moriah (who has the power to manipulate shadows) reveals that he was standing at the edge of the forest all along - Luffy was literally chasing shadows. Also, in an earlier encounter, he managed a single hit by kicking through a floor and connecting with Moria's kiester. Meaning Luffy had literally kicked his ass.
    • Impel Down is a prison with a Hell-based theme, from the Satan-like appearance of its warden to the different layers with punishment not unlike those from Dante's Inferno. In an attempt to rescue Ace, Luffy broke into the prison and then broke out of it. Luffy went to Hell and back to try to save Ace.
    • Ace formed the Spade Pirates. Would that make him The Ace of Spades?
    • Boa Hancock considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world has the ability to turn any man who lusts after her to stone. She literally makes them rock hard.
  • One-Punch Man has the protagonist Saitama drawn in a very distinct style compared to all the other characters—not many details, few edges and lots of rounded lines compared to the rest of the cast, and of course, bald as a billiard ball. He's also known for being clueless, tactless, and a bit dense. He's simple, blunt, and not the sharpest one in the room.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pokémon episode that introduced Barry is titled "Barry's Busting Out All Over!" Even if you get the reference, it sounds inexplicable, unless you are aware that Barry's Japanese name is Jun.
    • Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker: One of the characters in the movie is Butler. He's a villain. In other words? The Butler Did It.
    • Charles Goodshow is the president of the Pokémon League and appears in the episodes pertaining to the larger tournaments. He is a short elderly man with a large beard, bright-colored shorts and a backwards cap, giving the visible impression that he is still a child at heart. Goodshow, old boy?
      • Alternately, Jolly Goodshow.
    • In the Johto arc; Ash's Chikorita had a major crush on Ash and would often tackle him. As a Bayleaf she would takle Ash and crush him.
    • In Pokémon Adventures, White has a Sandile actor trained to cry for any sad scene. Crocodile Tears.
    • A baseball-themed episode of Sun and Moon has a Scyther as the umpire. Scyther's Japanese name is Strike, making it perfect for calling any missed swings.
  • Porco Rosso is about when pigs fly.
  • The Tatami Galaxy represents the protagonist's libido via a cowboy with a phallic-looking nose called "Johnny". The intent becomes clearer when you realize that he looks a whole lot like Woody from Toy Story.
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  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, after a long arc leading to the rescue of Ban from Baste Prison, the head of the Weird Fang Holy Knights erects a magic force field that is said to be completely indestructible with the intent to trap the heroes (who went in to retrieve Ban) in there forever. Then Ban and Meliodas meet up and act like a couple of frat boys only with super powers and bring the whole prison down, force field and all. To Wit; the barrier was broken with The Power of Friendship
  • Shaman King:
    • Lyserg Diethyl, one of Yoh's allies who eventually joins the X-Laws. People from the 60's or familiar with the Hippies may be able to pick it up, but it's a reference to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide...aka LSD, the infamous hallucinogen that supposedly let you talk with spirits. Spirits are the whole premise of the series.
    • Then there's his spirit partner Morphine, if you want to get really blatant. And a shaman named Peyote.
  • There is an anime in Sore ga Seiyuu! about a cowboy named Macaroni. It's probably worth pointing out that the Japanese term for Spaghetti Western is Macaroni Western.
  • Soul Eater:
    • The Thompson sisters. They turn into pistols, thus making them Tommy guns. They're also supposed to be twins but are not identical, much like the Thompson Twins who are not actual twins. This one ties into the various musical references of the title.
    • Soul describes the Little Red Demon that lives in his head as dancing a weird dance out of time with the background music. In other words, he's dancing to his own tune. This is likely meant to convey the message that while the rest of the scenery is part of his inner psyche (including the dime-store jazz music in the background), the Demon (representing his contamination with Black Blood) is not.
    • The finale of the manga involves the moon being covered by Crona's Mad Blood. So, in other words, they made a blood moon.
  • Somewhat obvious, but in Space Dandy, Gentle is a Cloudian who keeps his memories and thoughts in a mist that surrounds him—he is, in other words, a living cloud data storage system. Towards the end of the episode, his ship, surrounded by his cloud, is destroyed in a collision—a system crash—and loses his data, forcing him to go through lengthy data recovery.
  • Tiger & Bunny:
  • In Toriko, whenever the Nightmare Heracles, a horse with godlike powers, gives birth, solid rainbow bridges appear that allow her offspring to run over to other continents. In other words, we have ponies doing literal rainbow dashes.
  • The soundtrack albums for the Witch Craft Works anime all have covers spoofing the cover art of various albums by the techno group Kraftwerk making them witch Kraftwerks.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In the Virtual World arc, Noah, the arc villain chooses Shinato's Ark for his Deckmaster. It is never mentioned that this would make it Noah's Ark. As another layer, fans tend to refer to this whole arc as Noah's Arc.
    • Used in part 3 of "Dungeon Dice Monsters":
      Duke: Now, here's a monster that your knight will definitely want to steer clear of: Battle Ox.
  • Yumekui Merry: Merry trademark favorite food are doughnuts/donuts. In Brazil (and perhaps other Portuguese speaking countries) the same treat is known as "Sonho". The most general translation for the word "Sonho" is "Dream". Yumekui literally translates as "Dream Eater".


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