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  • Adaptation Overdosed: The original Di Gi Charat incarnation was in a comic strip published by GAMERS in 1998. From there, it got an anime franchise, that got many animated alternate continuities over the following 8 years, many manga series that either followed suit or ignored them, a Visual Novel game... then it got rebooted again in the 10th anniversary of the franchise (with a cast change), that was lastly forgotten when the 15th anniversary happened, in 2013.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Di Gi Charat was one of Broccoli's flagship brands in the earlier 2000s, more than just being the advertising mascot of their GAMERS' store. It had several anime and manga series, it got lots of Image Songs releases, the DUP and PKO units were incredibly popular (PKO got some separate concerts from the usual BROCCOLI THE LIVE concerts, compared to DUP's presentations), and merchandise was almost everywhere.
  • Casting Gag: More in the vein of Remake Cameo, a majority of the supporting voice cast from the original entry of the anime franchise (the so-called "Wonderful" 1999-2001 version) reappear in later entries such as Panyo Panyo (which serves as "prequel"), and the Retool anime, Di Gi Charat Nyo!.
    • Ryo Naitou and Norihisa Mori play expies from Takeshi and Yoshimi in Nyo!, called Paul and John, respectively.
    • Omi Minami plays Kiyoshi Omocha, who serves as expy from Takuro "Minataku" Minagawa, in Di Gi Charat Nyo!. However, this is averted with Ryotaro Okiayu, who is absent in Nyo!, since Takuro "Murataku" Kimura's expy, Yasushi (who in Nyo! is Kiyoshi's older brother) is instead voiced by Kenji Nojima.
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    • Yuji Ueda, besides Abarenbou in the original entry (and Leave it to Piyoko!), is also Deji-Devil in Panyo Panyo, and the principal of Rabi~en~Rose's school in Nyo!.
    • Kyoko Hikami, the voice of Rabi~en~Rose, is also the narrator of Panyo Panyo.
  • Cross-Dressing Voice:
    • Gema is voiced by Yoshiko Kamei, who mostly speciliazes in voicing young male roles.
    • Omi Minami as Minataku in the original anime, and later as Kiyoshi Omocha in Di Gi Charat Nyo!.
    • Coo Erhard is voiced by Tomo Saeki, but guessing on her voice (and live appearances with Kosuke Toriumi and Chihiro Suzuki, from the PKO live performances), she could have easily passed as a teenage boy.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • For a long time, all the anime series were out of print in the U.S. due to their licensors (Broccoli USA, Synch-Point, Bandai Entertainment, and ADV Films) going under, making it difficult and/or nigh impossible to buy them. Fortunately, Sentai Filmworks picked up the rights of the original anime (Specials and omakes included) and Winter Garden, to release them in 2013. There hasn't been an official word for relicensing for the others ever since. Although Panyo Panyo was originally released in its entirety, and copies of the entire collection in DVD may surface online, Nyo! was only released up until episode 72, out of 104.
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    • All the manga series that were brought up to the U.S. are out-of-print ever since Broccoli Books, a subsidiary of Broccoli USA, closed operations in 2008. Second-hand copies can surface online at cheaper prices, though.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • For the 10th anniversary of the franchise, in 2008, the DUP unit got recasted and the girls' designs suffered a redesign. This was ultimately left behind in 2013, for the 15th anniversary.
    • For the 20th anniversary of the GAMERS store chain, in 2016, the Akihabara store opened a memorial museum dedicated to Di Gi Charat during the Summer season, with many of the original merchandise in display. New pictures autographed by Koge-Donbo* were also added to the expo, and new merchandise based on the franchise could be bought as souvenirs. The event was officially opened by Asami Sanada, Dejiko's voice actress.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Miyuki Sawashiro reprised her role as Puchiko in the Leave It To Piyoko-Pyo! English dub, with the exception of the final two episodes.
  • No Dub for You: The Sentai Filmworks releases of the TV specials and Winter Garden are sub-only. Averted with their release of the original series as it utilizes Synch-Point's preexisting dub.
  • No Export for You:
    • Broccoli Books originally announced that they were going to release volumes 2 and 3 of Dejiko's Adventure, and the second volume of the Leave it to Piyoko! series in 2005... but then, they were on hold for three years until Broccoli USA ceased operations in 2008, leaving the series unfinished in the U.S.
    • The Movie based on the original Wonderful continuity, A Trip To The Planet, was announced for a DVD release in the US by Synch-Point in 2003. The release ended up being cancelled after it was put on hold for five years when Synch-Point ceased operations.
    • Di Gi Charat Nyo! only had 72 episodes out of 104 released in the U.S., leaving the series unfinished, but also on limbo since Bandai Entertainment closed operations in the late 2000s.
    • Many of the official merchandise, such as the music albums, videogames, and live performances DVDs remain exclusive to Japan. Only an official English version of "Welcome!" and other songs were officially released overseas.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Zig-zagged. In 2008, the original DUP unit were replaced by new voice actresses, Satomi Akesaka (Dejiko), Nao Sakamoto (Puchiko) and Rieka Yazawa (Rabi~En~Rose). However, Rieka Yazawa retired from voice acting altogether back in 2012 and in the girls' more recent appearances they were voiced by the original unit's voice actresses when the characters had appeared in games such as Super Heroine Chronicle and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victorynote . In typical Di Gi Charat fashion, this was acknowledged in a comic created for the 15th Anniversary of the franchise.
    • The English dubs for each series were done by different companies (the original series and Leave It To Piyoko-Pyo! by Synch-Point, Panyo Panyo by ADV, and Nyo! by Bandai Entertainment), which led to each series having different voice actors due to each company's dubs being recorded in different areas (the Synch-Point dub in Los Angeles, the ADV dub in Houston, and the Bandai dub in Vancouver).
    • In the English dub of Leave It To Piyoko-Pyo!, Miyuki Sawashiro dubbed her own dialogue for Puchiko in English for most of the series. Because of scheduling conflicts, she could not dub the last two episodes, so Karen Strassman (who played Puchiko in the original series' dub) took over.
    • In the trailers for the Leave It To Piyoko-Pyo! and (ultimately never released) A Trip To The Planet US DVD releases, Stephanie Sheh played Dejiko as she narrated instead of her regular Synch-Point actress, Jessica Gee.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Rabi~En~Rose got her name (and her civilian identity's, "Hikaru Usada") from a fan-submitted competition offered by GAMERS. The winner was a Yutaka-san, unnemployed and 32 years old (at the time), who suggested the name seemingly based on the rabbit idol-cosplay suit that Rabi~En~Rose uses. Their prize was also a cameo in the Gema Gema comic strip.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Omi Minami and Yuji Ueda, who have shared some credits in other comedy anime as well, got married somewhere along the line in the mid 2000s.
    • Di Gi Charat is not the first time that Ryo Naitou and Norihisa Mori have voiced a couple of friends and/or have interacted with each other's roles. That would be Rurouni Kenshin, as Sanosuke (also voiced by Yuji Ueda)'s friends, and many extras. They also shared credits as hosts in a Japanese anime-themed radio program in the late 90s.
    • The English dub of Leave It To Piyoko! marked one of the earliest times Stephanie Sheh and Michael Sinterniklaas worked together.
  • Star-Making Role: Miyuki Sawashiro as Puchiko and Asami Sanada as Dejiko (their debut roles).
  • Unfinished Dub: The Bandai Entertainment dub of Nyo! was cut short after 72 of the show's 104 episodes had been dubbed.
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