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Anime and manga references in anime

Anime that reference other anime and manga, for either comedy, or as part of the context.
1 Anime-Gataris


The show's about an anime school club, and it's constantly using references as a part of it's context, not for comedy purposes.

at least i think they're not meant to be funny, since the show isn't


2 Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

3 Assassination Classroom 2nd Season

Assassination Classroom 2nd Season

4 Condom Battler Goro

Condom Battler Goro

5 Cosmos Pink Shock

Cosmos Pink Shock

Not exactly excessive in this one, but they do pop up here and there, be them from Macross or doraemon.

6 Durarara!!


Keep your eyes peeled, keep your eyes peeled, and you might be able to spot the plethora of building signs, books, cardboard cutouts, and sometimes characters from other shows everywhere.

7 Eromanga Sensei

Eromanga Sensei

8 Genshiken


The show features a cast of Otaku's, and uses references constantly for comedy as a parody.

9 Genshiken 2

Genshiken 2

10 Genshiken: Second Generation

Genshiken: Second Generation

11 Genshiken: Second Generation OVA

Genshiken: Second Generation OVA

12 Genshiken: Second Generation Specials

Genshiken: Second Generation Specials

13 Genshiken OVA

Genshiken OVA

14 Gintama'


15 Gintama': Enchousen

Gintama': Enchousen

16 Gintama┬░


17 Gintama


Gintama is strongly dependant on references, it uses them mainly by either ridiculing them for comedy purposes, or randomly mentioning them at certain points to make a point.

18 Gintama.


19 Gintama: Porori-hen

Gintama: Porori-hen

20 Good Luck Girl!

Good Luck Girl!

Although not very common in this show, it uses references to famous shows for comedy purposes.

21 Hanamaru Kindergarten

Hanamaru Kindergarten

It references a few earlier works by studio Gainax, such as NGE and Gunbusters.

22 Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead

Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead

23 Joshiraku


Multiple characters from different shows such as Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or A Certain Magical Index make a cameo appearance or are referenced during skets.

24 Joshiraku OVA

Joshiraku OVA

25 Lucky Star

Lucky Star

it's a slice of life comedy full of parodies and references to other animes an the otaku culture.

'I see Haruhi!'

26 Mix


Not for any other shows, but Mix includes many references to itself, and it's author, often breaking the 4th wall in the process.

27 Mr. Osomatsu

Mr. Osomatsu

the show constantly pokes fun at big anime titles from the last decade.

28 Pop Team Epic (2019)

Pop Team Epic (2019)

29 Pop Team Epic

Pop Team Epic

Poputepipikku is filled with absurdity and references from differnet titles and mediums from western or eastern franchises. be it simply quoting certain lines, to blantantly showing games such as Skyrim or Pokemon, or recreating scenes in a ridiculous manner. DANK 4 LYF.

30 Ramen Angel Pretty Menma

Ramen Angel Pretty Menma

31 Sket Dance

Sket Dance

similar to Gintama in style, it uses references to other animes for comedic purposes.

32 Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

Given that it takes place in a Bookstore that sells manga, the show often references other titles.

33 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

34 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2nd Season

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2nd Season


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languageweeb Nov 13, 2018

Real Girl is a great otaku romance show