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  • Some anime air (in Japan) in a form like this, notably Risky Safety, Folktales From Japan and Oruchuban Ebichu, although the series they aired with are less notable. More common are the half-length episodes (about 13 minutes) which air back to back in a half-hour timeslot.
  • Anpanman :
    • Nearly every episode follows the two story format, with the exception of a few half-hour special episodes. Because of the amount of characters in the franchise, the episodes are simply created by pairing up two characters (or a defined group and a separate character) and have them work off each other based on their personalities.
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    • Some of the theatrical shorts that accompanied the films from 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999 are about three shorts or more.
  • Azumanga Daioh was broadcast as one five-minute episode per weekday, which were then stitched together into a half-hour Five Shorts form on Saturday.
  • Crayon Shin-chan usually runs the three episode format.
  • Doraemon uses the ABA format, with a mini segment in between each episode. Most dubs cut these mini segments out, making it Two Shorts, and some episodes are full length.
  • Final Approach and W~Wish aired together in this manner.
  • Most of the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu episodes were made up of two different stories.
  • Galaxy Angel after its first season (26 thirteen-minute individual episodes) had a 2 shorts format.
  • Jewelpet
    • Jewelpet Sunshine uses the two shorts format in more than half its episodes.
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    • Jewelpet: Magical Change uses two shorts in most episodes, canon to the plot, and at the end there's a very short segment detailing some Jewelpet's misadventure (so, AAB).
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, being a tribute to Western cartoons in many ways, follows this format.
    • It sometimes deviates from it, like with the full-length episode 6.
  • Episodes two and onward of (Zoku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei follow this format.
    • As does Goku (the OVA) and, so far, Zan (the third series).
  • Sazaesan does the three shorts format.
  • School Rumble is a subversion. While the episodes are divided into three shorter ones (each with their own title, except for the season finales), they are all linked together in one overarching plot.
  • The anime version of Sgt. Frog usually followed a Two Shorts format.
  • Shima Shima Tora No Shimajiro does the ABA format, with a live action segment featuring a costume Shimajiro being the B.
  • Squid Girl
  • Shizuku-chan does two stories per episode.
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru anime adaption features two thematically linked chapters of the manga per episode.
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  • The 2009 Tamagotchi anime has two 11-minute stories per episode. This changed to one 22-minute story per episode starting with episode 95, then changed back to the "two 11-minute stories" format in the fourth installment, GO-GO Tamagotchi!, where apart from the occasional 22-minute story the episode format remained like that for the rest of the series.
  • Thriller Restaurant
  • Motto To Love-Ru
  • Urusei Yatsura began as a Two Shorts format, sometimes leading to confusion about how many episodes there are since the shows from this period may be counted as either one or two.
  • Yo-Kai Watch has up to four segments an episode.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War adapts three chapters per episode in its anime adaptation, though three episodes broke up the format with episodes four and eleven each having four segments and episode twelve having two.note 


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