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I bet there's a lot of misuse here; should we make this either YMMV or Just for Fun?
"Horrifyingly, Sweet Apple Massacre could be considered this to Cupcakes."
I'd argue against this, Cupcakes is considered actually scary on some level by most, where as SAM is just considered worthless trash.
Okay, let me preface this by saying I mostly limit my work on this site to editing every typo I come across. I just don't have time for more.
That being said, this article is completely off-track. Look at the video game section ALONE. See a problem? It's (as of this posting) over 8500 words long, & most of the examples don't demonstrate the trope. Okay, the Guitar Hero → Rock Band is a good example: they showed who were involved to make the two series. Most of the other examples don't do this. They just say, "Hey, you know what was like that one thing? That other thing. It's totally a spiritual successor."
Because of this, the article is physically draining & largely unreadable. Someone needs to cut out the bad examples, but there ARE SO MANY.
Probably needs a TRS thread, then.
dark cloud / rogue galaxy?
Question: shouldn't this trope be considered as a YMMV one?
I have real trouble getting my head round the idea that Friends is a spiritual successor to Cheers, because it's about a Nakama of unmarried thirty-somethings with sexual tension and has "some form of restaurant as their default set".
Basically, the emphasis of the two shows is completely different: Friends is about a group of friends with a Local Hangout (and storylines are just as likely to take place in either apartment). Cheers is a Work Com where the place of work happens to be a bar. And if you can map the characters as neatly as Channel4 did when it trailed How I Met Your Mother as "New episodes of Friends without boring ruddy Ross", I'd be very surprised.
It doesn't fit the trope so well, but Stargate Universe is creepily like the 2003 Battlestar Galactica. Even down to the autocratic commander, Morally Ambiguous Doctorate and Cool Ship cruising through empty space.
Could Soul Eater be considered a Spiritual Successor to Shaman King?
who writes this crap? why you ppl do something real for a change and get your heads out of the literary clouds?
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