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Have you guys ever watched an anime and thought that the plot was just REALLY similar to that of another anime? I'm not just talking about animes that are cliche and make use of many standard anime tropes. I mean like, it's just strangely, suspiciously, extremely similar. This isn't always bad; it's just funny to note. And it even goes outside of anime. For example:

A powerful and cocky silver-haired half-demon dressed in red wields a large sword he inherited from his father, a legendary demon warrior, to fight demons and protect humans. One of the enemies he must face is his own brother, the more cool, calm, and collected of the two who received a katana from their father, but also wishes to take the protagonist's inheritance. However, his brother eventually joins the side of good.

Am I talking about Inuyasha or Devil May Cry? (Bonus points in that they both team up with a girl related to a priestess)


A teenage protagonist is made a representative of the spiritual world and must protect humans from demonic beings. After going through an arc in which he has fought the strongest opponents he has seen so far, he now faces a new threat. This time, the enemy is made up of humans with special powers that don't rely on pure power to fight. Instead, their ability bends the law of physics, including one kid who has the power to make life into a video game. The one leading this group of humans is someone who, like the protagonist, used to be a representative of the spiritual world, but ended up falling out of grace. Even though the arc was spent facing opponents who don't rely on pure power, the protagonist and the main villain end up powering up and fighting.

Am I talking about the Fullbring Arc of Bleach, or the Chapter Black Arc of Yu Yu Hakusho?

Have you guys noticed anything else like this?
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Isn't that the point of being in a genre? Of course there are going to be similarities (great minds think alike), but as an anime viewer we look at the nuances between the different titles and works that comprise a genre than pointing out what's similar and may (or may not) have been clearly ripped from one writer/creator to another. One person might do something better than someone else, but we appreciate the contribution nonetheless, right?

You can say the same thing about video games, television shows, and music. The problem comes from when there's an OVERSATURATION of the same or similar themes and/or tropes within a genre.
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Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is similar to Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.
It's like the mangaka and Brains Base is trying to cash in the Pet Girlfriend's success
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DearS and Chobits.

Also 95% of Shoujo romances.
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welcome to the world where nothing is actully original
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A Certain Magical Index and Strike the Blood are similar in a lot of ways
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A lot of people like to say Attack on Titan and Black Bullet have similar plots, personally I don't think they are that similar although they do have the same concept of: some major thing is taking over the world (aka Titans or Gastorea) Ironically both male leads have same Japanese VA
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DetectiveAshley wrote:

A lot of people like to say Attack on Titan and Black Bullet have similar plots, personally I don't think they are that similar although they do have the same concept of: some major thing is taking over the world (aka Titans or Gastorea) Ironically both male leads have same Japanese VA


Black Bullet reminds me more of Kamiyadori. Both are about a group of people who fight against an infection that turns humans into monsters and that has wiped out a good deal of humanity. Both groups also use people who have a more controlled version of the infection to fight the monsters. The main characters of both stories have a little girl that fights the monsters with them.

I once saw a comparison of Pokemon and Avatar: the Last Airbender that used the same description for both shows. Young boys on a quest with a girl that specializes in water and a boy who likes his women. They are persued by two people during their journey.
I'm going to have to find the comparison again, because it was much better than what I wrote.

Then you have Trigun and Trinity Blood, which both have a non-human trying to exist in human society who goes around trying to help people and eventually has to fight his twin brother who is working to wipe out humanity and who killed a woman they cared about greatly. Both tend to be goofy until you get them mad, then they are frightening and can cause a lot of destruction.
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Umm... Black Bullet and AoT were very similar.

Both had big big big walls to protect the remnants of humanity.
Both had big big big walls that got breached (AOT's were breached more though).
Both had huge-ass monster that ate people and turned them into more monsters.
Both had special fighters that fought the monsters (and died in droves).
Both had similar OPs - both in music and visuals.

The two main difference though: AOT was set in a medieval-future while Black Bullet was set in a "5 minutes into the future" Tokyo and they had lolis.

Also if you can correctly guess the tv show I referenced... you're about old as me!
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Yeah, all I've got is a Styx song (Come Sail Away) and Stargate.
Most of the older anime I can think of with aliens, it was never a secret that there were aliens (Voltron, Tenshi Muyo, etc.).
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kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Umm... Black Bullet and AoT were very similar.

Both had big big big walls to protect the remnants of humanity.
Both had big big big walls that got breached (AOT's were breached more though).
Both had huge-ass monster that ate people and turned them into more monsters.
Both had special fighters that fought the monsters (and died in droves).
Both had similar OPs - both in music and visuals.

The two main difference though: AOT was set in a medieval-future while Black Bullet was set in a "5 minutes into the future" Tokyo and they had lolis.

Also if you can correctly guess the tv show I referenced... you're about old as me!


this ^

Black Bullet was a cheap ass Attack on Titan


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Have you guys ever watched an anime and thought that the plot was just REALLY similar to that of another anime? I'm not just talking about animes that are cliche and make use of many standard anime tropes. I mean like, it's just strangely, suspiciously, extremely similar. This isn't always bad; it's just funny to note. And it even goes outside of anime. For example:

A powerful and cocky silver-haired half-demon dressed in red wields a large sword he inherited from his father, a legendary demon warrior, to fight demons and protect humans. One of the enemies he must face is his own brother, the more cool, calm, and collected of the two who received a katana from their father, but also wishes to take the protagonist's inheritance. However, his brother eventually joins the side of good.

Am I talking about Inuyasha or Devil May Cry? (Bonus points in that they both team up with a girl related to a priestess)


A teenage protagonist is made a representative of the spiritual world and must protect humans from demonic beings. After going through an arc in which he has fought the strongest opponents he has seen so far, he now faces a new threat. This time, the enemy is made up of humans with special powers that don't rely on pure power to fight. Instead, their ability bends the law of physics, including one kid who has the power to make life into a video game. The one leading this group of humans is someone who, like the protagonist, used to be a representative of the spiritual world, but ended up falling out of grace. Even though the arc was spent facing opponents who don't rely on pure power, the protagonist and the main villain end up powering up and fighting.

Am I talking about the Fullbring Arc of Bleach, or the Chapter Black Arc of Yu Yu Hakusho?

Have you guys noticed anything else like this?


Bleach and Naruto were poor rip offs of YuYu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter

example: Fullbring Ark and Chapter Black like you said

or the Akatsuki - Phantom Troupe

Kurapika's red eyes, vengeance and his clan destroyed --> pretty much Sasuke's story
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