7 Anime That Ripped Off Other Anime

Anime Shows That Kinda Copied Other Anime. Did This Anime Rip Off Others? You Decide! Anime That Copied / Anime That Ripped Off / Anime That Looks The Same

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8 COPYCAT ANIME. Each anime genre, from harem to magical girl, has its own set of cliché tropes. But sometimes an anime series gets a little too eager to ride on the coattails of another popular series, and outright rips it off.

This is TheGamer’s list of 8 Anime That Ripped Off Other Shows (Copied Other Shows).

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Is anything ever truly original? Probably not. But some anime copy others more blatantly than others. And we’re not talking about genre tropes, like that every magical girl anime has to have a transformation sequence and a love interest, or that every harem anime has to have a tsundere, a yandere, an oneesama, etc., though tropes definitely do come into play here.

It’s the entire premise of Sword Art Online – gamers get sucked into an MMORPG, can’t log out, and now live in the game-world – being copied by Log Horizon. It’s the dual buns, rose and wing imagery, and the transformation sequence choreography of Sailor Moon being copied by Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. It’s Fushigi Yuugi’s normal-girl-becomes-priestess plot, seven warriors with marks on their bodies, and character designs being copied by Harukanaru Toki no Naka de. Even the Saw and Harry Potter franchises aren’t immune to anime knockoffs.

Is a rip-off of a series automatically bad? That’s for the viewers to decide. In fact, many rip-off series are considered better than the originals. It ultimately comes down to what you value in your stories. Do you like your anime darker, or do you prefer it more comedic? Do you like romance-driven stories, or would you rather that be a sub-plot? Even something as arbitrary as background music or color palate can make or break an anime for some. But personal preferences aside, it’s always fun to call out the blatant similarities between shows, so here’s 8 of them.


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