Hello Mind of Miku readers…my name is Justin, the founder/a writer at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, and I’ve come to hijack this website! Truly someone who aspires world domination should try and take over whatever they can get their hands on!
*hears a number of people laughing*
…Ok, ok, I was kidding (NOT). Anyways, today I want to talk about something that came to me while I was trying to figure out what to write about here–Anime and the idea of crossovers.
If there’s one thing that everyone can agree upon is that series crossovers are generally a good thing. And just about everyone…either tends to imagine scenarios in their head, write fanfics, or draw then post it on DeviantArt. Of course, crossovers happen in a lot of video games, so I need not mention anything there, but after looking around the web, it is really difficult to find anime crossover series. Manga crossover series have been slightly common (like Cross Epoch by Akira Toriyama and Eichiro Oda, My Sweet Sunday by Mitsuru Adachi and Rumiko Takahashi as examples), though that’s probably because the manga’s under one company (for example: Shueisha)and they exist within the mangaka’s world–but there’s not a lot of anime crossovers, and if you take out OVAs, movies, and brief cameo appearances, the field is devoid of TV anime series.
I think a lot of people get excited when they learn one series is crossing over with another. I hear Yu-Gi-Oh: Bonds Beyond Time is bad. Yet I want to see it. Why? Because I watched Yu-Gi-Oh and Yu-Gi-Oh GX and want to see how Yugi and Jaden coexist together onscreen, along with the other characters from all three series. I want to watch Lupin III vs Detective Conan–actually seeing the famed thief battle with the high school now elementary school prodigy is something that excites me. With crossovers, series that you know match or you wouldn’t think would match should instantly become a must watch, even if the company that’s doing it is only in it for the money (Yes Shueisha, I’m looking at you, you jerks!)
Now reasons for why there aren’t anime crossovers are understandable: most animes are bought by different animation companies; they will undoubtedly be canon to their original series; and then, what kind of story is it? Will the characters from different series coexist? One potential reason why crossovers are not made into ongoing episodes is because more likely than not, an original plot has to be made in order to compensate for the characters–after all, somebody has to get screen time, and with main character’s stepping in from their respective series, how is it going to work out?
Anyways, I’ve searched for a number of series that are currently crossovers, whether they are a collaboration with other anime series or just movies or OVAs. If you know of any series that I missed, please let me know and I’ll attempt to add them to the list below.
Otherwise, do you think it would be good to see more crossover attempts between anime?
List of Anime Crossovers:
Shattered Angels (or Kyoshirou to Towa no Sora)
Giant Robo (OVA)
And with that, I sign off…(FOR NOW! MWWAHHAAA!!!)