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15 Times Anime Hilariously Parodied Other Anime

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Eventually, new anime fans will notice that a series they're watching has borrowed or directly parodied another program. Nods toward series viewers are familiar with can enhance an experience, and when someone sees that an anime they love is referencing a show they're not familiar with, it can open the door to a new series they might appreciate. 

Anime like Gintama, Pop Team Epic, and Osomatsu-san contain countless anime parodies, but they also appear in slightly more unexpected places, like Food Wars! Some are blatantly obvious, like when Ichiko transforms into the great detective L, but others are a little more subtle, like when Saburo from Sgt. Frog walks into the room like he's Kaworu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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  • If an anime exists, Gintama has probably parodied it. One of the most memorable examples involves a shot-for-shot recreation of one of Neon Genesis Evangelion's most notorious conclusions. The ending in question shows Shinji standing in a circle while everyone in his life claps for him because he's regained some confidence.

    Shinpachi takes Shinji's place, and he's applauded for realizing that his obsession with an idol named Otsu is more than enough to sustain him, and he doesn't need to be a samurai. This is only marginally less absurd than the original scene. 

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  • Death Note is one of the most memorable and influential anime of the 21st century, so it's no surprise it's been parodied by other series. WataMote is a prime example of this. This anime is about a socially anxious teenager who will try anything to be popular, often with disastrous or hilarious results. In one scene, she researches ways to look more feminine and attract more boys, and it's animated as if she's Light Yagami on a supernatural killing spree.

    Considering the low success rate of her attempts, it's oddly appropriate. 

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  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is known for its intensely animated fight scenes, as well as its use of an ability called Stands, where physical manifestations of the user's spirit fight for them. Food Wars! parodies this with a similarly animated cooking showdown that involves the ingredients getting up and punching each other. 

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    The 'A Thirty-Year Old's Health And Physical Education' Virgin Bomb Is The R-Rated Answer To The 'Dragon Ball Z' Spirit Bomb

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    A Thirty-Year Old's Health and Physical Education is about two grown adults who haven't had sex yet and want to change that. It doesn't take its premise especially seriously, opting for humor instead. This includes some parody moments, like when one of the characters summons a "virgin bomb" which is composed of the "virgin energy" of all the other people who haven't had sex yet.

    This is based on Goku's spirit bomb from Dragon Ball Z.

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