Every home with a television enjoys the wonderful occasion of crossovers. Every memorable event for young people—from The Jeffersons meeting The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Jimmy Neutron starring in The Fairly OddParents—has also been a solid money-grab for the studios who organised it.
Crossovers are not, however, just for Western viewers. With this list, in particular, focused on the strangely interrelated worlds of everyone’s favourite anime heroes, Japan has been known to dabble in the trade a little. Here are a few anime crossovers that you won’t believe occurred.
It’s A Rumic World-Everyone’s There For Rumiko Takahashi’s 50th Anniversary
For Japanese viewers and fans of various kinds of anime and manga, notably the Shoujo series, Rumiko Takahashi is kind of a huge deal. She has produced some of the shows that were most influential to early audiences, including Urusei Yatsura, Inuyasha, and Ranma 1/2.
A unique, three-minute OVA was created by Shonen Sunday to honour her 50 years in the industry and feature some of her characters in their first-ever interactions.
Fairy Tail X Rave-The Dragon Slayer Meets the Rave Master
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Fairy Tail, his most current and longest-running work, is what has made Hiro Mashima more well-known and admired. Mashima had a good start in the fantastical realm of the Rave Master and his search for the Rave Stones before he attained such fame in the land of wizards and dragon slayers.
Lupin III VS. Detective Conan-A Great Criminal Mind Meets A Great Investigative Mind
Important figures in Japanese children’s media include Arsène Lupin III and Conan Edogawa. Lupin III has been featured in many anime and films, including one directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and Detective Conan is one of the longest-running manga/anime in history.
The legendary crook and the well-known detective would make a great pair, and they’d get to see each other again thanks to a TV movie and a theatrical feature with the same name.
Cyborg 009 VS. Devilman-An Epic Clash
What could be more dramatic than a battle between two quirky brains and personalities? How about a war between the world’s preeminent scientific institutions and demonic forces? In Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman, Joe and his noble robotic comrades faced out against Akira Fudo and his formidable alter ego, Devilman. This OVA series was a long-term endeavour that arose from a simple arrangement between the series’ producers.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time-Different Decks, Same Ideals
Time and again, Yu-Gi-Oh! has proven that any issue can be remedied with a child’s card game. Consequently, it stands to reason that if the card game’s invention were ever in jeopardy, the game itself would be able to avert disaster.
Paradox, an unknown persona, is a threat to the future of the game and its whole canon. Time travel doesn’t stop Yusei, Jaden, and Yugi from banding together to protect the game that has brought them closer together.
Dragon Ball x Dr Slump-Toriyama’s Children Have A Play Date
The groundbreaking works that came to define the majority of the Shounen anime genre weren’t Akira Toriyama’s first projects. Toriyama’s Dr Slump, in which a small robot girl named Arale has many funny misadventures, was critically acclaimed long before Goku.
Toriyama wouldn’t be the kind to play favourites, despite Dragon Ball’s early success. The character Arale appears twice in the series, once in the original Dragon Ball to aid Goku in his fight against a villain and again in Dragon Ball Super.
Carnival Phantasm-Fate Doesn’t Always Have To Be Sad
The ecchi content and the gloomy drama that accompany Type-Fate Moon’s series have contributed to the company’s rise to fame. In honour of the company’s tenth anniversary, however, rather than continuing the grim death game that has left many of the protagonists in tears and left them questioning their very existence, the writers have opted for a series of comedic situations.
With characters from all around Type-catalog, Moon’s Carnival Phantasm is a unique treat for modern times that serves as a breather before the studio’s next serious release.
Isekai Quartet-The Start of the Isekai-verse
Although fans are aware of the possibility of being isekai’d from the actual world into the fantasy world, they may be less familiar with the possibility of being isekai’d in the opposite direction. How about being isekai’d alongside a few other well-known franchises that happen to share the isekai moniker as well? The emergence of the Isekai Quartet was inevitable, given the proliferation of isekai anime in recent years.
Isekai Quartet (and, with Season 2 rolling up, The Rising of the Shield Hero) features characters from KonoSuba, Overlord, Re: Zero, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil and takes a step back from the gloom and doom of RPG adventuring by letting its adventurers get a good piece of the real world and a few other people who can feel their pain.
Dream 9-Cooks VS. Pirates VS. Z Warriors
Toei Animation may not be a widely known or widely diverse anime studio, but the success it has had by licencing a few well-known Shounen series makes it a household name in the field. Let these shows run as long as possible, and they’ll make money, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to make even more with the shameless cash grab/spectacular dream meeting that is Dream 9 Toriko x One Piece x Dragon Ball Z Super Special Collaboration.
Gundam VS. Hello Kitty
You commoners who think you’re misreading something or that there must be a clerical or typing error are mistaken. Anime executives have mandated the biggest crossover event ever seen by otaku fans.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Gundam and the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty, the two franchises have recently collided in a special crossover ONA that will see everyone’s favourite Japanese cat aiding some enormous robots in putting an end to a great, intergalactic struggle. Hello, Kitty takes action to stop the vicious huge robots from fighting. There is no valid excuse for not seeking out this rare media.