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12 Popular Anime Series That Definitely Borrowed From Other Anime

Updated 11 Dec 2018 5.0k votes 1.2k voters 85.0k views12 items

List RulesVote up the anime that you think got their ideas from another show.

Let's face it - not every anime is wholly original. Actually, there are plenty of anime that borrowed from other anime - or at least, they sure seem like they did. 

These aren't necessarily anime ripoffs. There are only so many ideas in the world - after all, how many anime are there where two high school sweethearts fall in love, or where a hero saves the world? What truly makes a series noteworthy isn't whether it's wholly unique, it's how it handles the material its chosen. Some of the shows on this list are clearly influenced by other series, but that doesn't mean that they don't have their own merit. Guilty Crown and Code Geass are both great shows - they're just really really similar. 

That being said, there are definitely some items on this list that weren't trying to put their own spin on material they cared about, and were instead just trying to cash in on a trend. Monsuno: World Master may be entertaining to some, but it's hard to argue that it's not a lackluster Pokémon clone.  

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