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50 Random Anime Easter Eggs You Never Noticed Before  

Anna Lindwasser
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The more you watch anime, the more anime easter eggs you'll start to notice. Some are obvious, and some are subtle enough to escape even the most eagle-eyed anime fan.

The most common type of easter egg is a reference to another series. In many cases, a studio like Kyoto Animation, Madhouse, Shaft or Trigger will include references to their other works - like when Kyuubey of Puella Magi Madoka Magica appears on a sign in Nisemonogatari. Sometimes, the connection isn't the studio, it's the original creator - the manga artists behind Hunter X Hunter and Sailor Moon are an IRL married couple, so it's not surprising to find crossovers. Some references don't have a seemingly obvious connection - in fact, some anime even reference Western media, like when JJ Leroy from Yuri!!! on ICE appears dressed like Eric Cartman. Not everything is a crossover, though - one particularly fun One Piece easter egg involves a character named Pandaman who appears in every episode of the lengthy series. 

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Reigen Arataka Of 'Mob Psycho 100' Has Saitama Of 'One Punch Man' On Speed Dial
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Photo:  Studio Bones

Mob Psycho 100 and One Punch Man were both created by manga writer ONE, so it stands to reason that there would be some crossover between the two. 

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Peep This 'Hunter X Hunter' Reference In A 'Sailor Moon' Arcade
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Photo:  Toei Animation

In Hunter x Hunter, Greed Island is a video game that transports its players to a dangerous world, where they can only be released by using a special card or by losing their life. Here, it's depicted as a harmless arcade game, but it could imply something more sinister on the horizon.

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Alluka Zoldyck of 'Hunter X Hunter' Plays With 'Sailor Moon' Toys
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Photo:  Madhouse

Naoko Takeuchi and Yoshihiro Togashi, the respective artists behind Sailor Moon and Hunter X Hunter, are actually a married couple in real life, making this crossover particularly adorable.

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Koro-sensei Wears A Naruto Headband In 'Assassination Classroom'
Koro-sensei Wears A Naruto Hea... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Random Anime Easter Eggs You Never Noticed Before
Photo:  Lerche
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