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50 Random Anime Easter Eggs You Never Noticed Before

Updated December 3, 2019 24.8k votes 2.8k voters 100.0k views50 items

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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    Light Yagami Awaits Arbiter Judgement In 'Death Parade'

    Light Yagami Awaits Arbiter Judgement In 'Death Parade'
    Photo: Madhouse

    In Death Parade, arbiters judge whether souls deserve to be reincarnated or destroyed. Light Yagami, who thought he could handle those kinds of decisions in life, is shown here awaiting his own judgment.

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    Alluka Zoldyck of 'Hunter X Hunter' Plays With 'Sailor Moon' Toys

    Alluka Zoldyck of 'Hunter X Hunter' Plays With 'Sailor Moon' Toys
    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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    Reigen Arataka Of 'Mob Psycho 100' Has Saitama Of 'One Punch Man' On Speed Dial

    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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    The Characters In 'Barakamon' Are Buying 'Fullmetal Alchemist' And 'Soul Eater' Manga

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