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I have never been able to put into words why I dislike battle threads so much until now. It's because underlying all Battle threads is aggression. It puts two characters from two different anime and reduces them to ONE characteristic, their power.

Instead of having Battle threads, why don't we have "Friend threads"? Take two characters from different anime and consider how likely or unlikely they are to become friends, or get along, and explaining why. This would involve a deeper consideration of each character's personality, behavior and psychology, and would NOT reduce each character to just their power.

For example:

  • Fat Buu (after he turns good) and Ash's Pikachu: I think they might make good friends and could learn a lot from each other. Buu is kind of like a big kid who doesn't know his own strength. And Pikachu having traveled for ages with Ash, gained a strong sense of morality and life lessons, could teach a lot to Buu!
  • Saeko Busujima and Nico Robin: They have both suffered in interesting ways, and to a certain extent are both trying to reach out to others and make friends. They are both somewhat on the quiet side also. I think they might develop a sense of respect for each other, each having their own capabilities, maybe developing a sisterly bond. Saeko with her sword discipline and Nico having all that archaeology knowledge.
  • Panty and Revy: Both hot-headed and deadly. They probably would NOT make good friends at all. BUT perhaps if they were faced with a common enemy they could set aside their differences for a few moments, do some good-old kick-assery and in the end form some sort of truce... while still holding each other with some amount of disdain. :D

I think maybe part of the reason Battle threads are getting out of hand is because of the inherent aggression that underlies them. If we flip the switch and start making "Friend threads" I think it could make these forums a lot more warm and enjoyable for everyone. For me at least it seems a lot more fun and positive to consider how two characters might become friends than to consider how they might beat each other up. But again this is just an idea.

Perhaps we could create a new concept page for these "Friend threads" and go from there. If it were up to me I would abolish Battles threads entirely, have Friend threads as a replacement, and put more focus behind discussion threads and encouraging users to post their thoughts about the anime they're watching. But hey this is just an idea, take from it what you will. And as always, enjoy your anime!

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Toriko x Dragon Ball Z x One Piece!
Toriko x Dragon Ball Z x One Piece!

Source: ANN

Two commercials began airing for "Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Chō Collaboration Special!!" — the hour-long crossover television anime special between Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z that will air on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m.

In the story, Toriko's International Gourmet Organization has sponsored "Tenkaichi Shokuōkai," a merciless race with no rules (and a nod to Dragon Ball Z's Tenkaichi Budōkai tournament). The showdown may determine the strongest of the three franchises' leads: Toriko, Goku, or Luffy.

The special will feature the following cast of characters:

Toriko: Toriko, Sunny, Zebra, Coco (the "Four Heavenly King" Gourmet Hunters), Komatsu, Rin, Setsuno

One Piece: Luffy, Nami, Chopper, Sanji, Zoro, Franky, Robin, Usopp

Dragon Ball Z: Goku, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Kame Sennin, Android No. 18, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krilin, Announcer, Mr. Satan

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Behold fans of Binbogami Ga!, Medaka Box, and Gintama. Since Binbogami Ga! is ending this week, it's going off with a bang. Medaka Box and Gintama are coming back this fall with new episodes and shenanigans.


For those who are new to Binbogami Ga!

Ichiko Sakura is an incredibly smart, athletic, wealthy, beautiful and otherwise talented high school girl, so much that the Japanese kami are concerned. Apparently, the reason Ichiko is so talented and lucky is because she unknowingly sucks out the "happiness energy" of everyone around her, giving herself extra luck at the expense of others. Momiji, a Japanese god of poverty and misfortune, is sent to suck out some of this energy in order to restore the balance of karma in the world, but not even Momiji's god status can save her from Ichiko's abundance of luck as she is thwarted time and time again in her efforts.

By the Binbogami Ga! wiki team


For those who are new to Medaka Box:

Medaka Kurokami is a perfect girl: strong, beautiful, intelligent, and now the President of the Student Council at Hakoniwa Academy with 98% of the vote. She wishes to help everyone in the school solve their problems, and has set up a suggestion box (the titular "Medaka Box") to take any request from the student body, open 24/7. Dragging along childhood friend Zenkichi and weird gadfly Shiranui, she dedicates herself to helping her fellow students, one request at a time.

By Daniel Newton

Here are more promotional art.

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AV's Roundtable User Discussion 008 - Crossovers

Hello everyone! This is the Roundtable User Discussion, where couple of AV users, like yourselves, virtually met up to talk anime, manga and other related topics. Read, comment, discuss and enjoy! Also, go back and read our other conversations (Here) and share your thoughts!

I am your host, HalberdierV2, and welcome to the Eighth Roundtable Discussion! today we have the thoughtful insights of Obsidian609, the legendary ZombiePie and sage Hailinel! Today's topic is something that's bound to be exciting, Crossovers in Anime!

Say hello, guys!

Hailinel: 'Sup! I've been into anime since high school about fifteen years ago, though I haven't seen much of the latest shows out there. My tastes are mostly locked in a time capsule that got sealed some time around 2003. I created my Anime Vice account when the site launched, but it was only recently that I started coming here as a more frequent user. I guess if you want to know more about me, there's also this blog post I wrote.

ZombiePie: Hello Anime Vice! It's good to be back being involved with the Community features.

Obsidian609:Hello and thank you for having me tonight.

Ok guys, before we get down to business and Brass Tacks, what have you been up to, Manga and Anime-wise?

Obsidian:The only thing I have been watching is Blood-C right now. As for manga I have just been reading D.Gray-Man, Yozakura Quartet and xxxHolic

Zombie: I finished up Tiger & Bunny in line with Tom's articles and am looking forward to the second season of Squid Girl.

Hailinel: Last Sunday, I decided to sit down and watch a bunch of older anime. Some I had seen before, some I hadn't. The first of what I hadn't seen was Ayane's High Kick. An OVA so obscure that it's apparently not even in the site's database. Two episodes of ridiculous sports-comedy and a character that's like B-ko crossed with Sagat from Street Fighter.

Cyber City Oedo 808
Cyber City Oedo 808

The other anime I hadn't seen was the three-episode OVA Cyber City. It's really fun, though it really doesn't go very deep into the characters. It feels like a three-episode TV pilot that never really got off the ground. Three very well animated, action-packed episodes, but just like AHK above, it left me wanting more when this is all we got.

As for what I had seen before, this was seriously the first time I had seen Gall Force: Eternal Story andOdin: Photon Space Sailor Starlight in roughly a decade and a half. Neither is really at the top of their genre, but the rose tinting I may have had for them actually didn't distort too much. It was a fun day.

Obsidian: Wow, heck of a day. I think the only anime I have watched on your list was Gall Force: Eternal Story years ago on the Sci Fi Channel. Don't remember the dialog too well.

Hailinel: Honestly, I was surprised by how much I did remember as I watched it.

Okay, guys. here's a topic rarely touched on in Anime culture. Crossovers! do you think that crossovers are a good Idea in specifically manga?

Hailinel: In manga? Well, I think they'd be good for the occasional event. It would be interesting to see the artists do takes on the characters of other series, but I'd probably prefer it if I didn't have to buy multiple books from the series that are crossing with each other. Having to read two or three separate series to keep up with the story is much more cumbersome than a single event manga volume or series. (It's also easier on the wallet).

Dragon Ball / One Piece
Dragon Ball / One Piece
Fairy Tail / Rave Master
Fairy Tail / Rave Master

Obsidian: Hmm crossover in manga's. I haven't read too many other than the Dragon Ball - One Piece and the Fairy Tail - Rave Master crossovers. Seeing how they weren't that long they didn't really cover much as to the reasons for the crossover especially the Fairy Tail / Rave Master one. I think it is possible if they make a good plot for the crossover.

Zombie: I have really fond memories of when DC and Marvel created Amalgam Comics and did a bunch of specials where they would combine characters into new ones like Dr. Doomsday (which was Doomsday and Dr. Doom), Dark Claw (which was Wolverine and Batman), and Super Soldier (which was Captain America and Superman). It was crazy and super looney but with crossovers unless you are really careful it has to be non-canonical and kind of a joke that appeases the curiosity of hardcore fans.

Obsidian: Yeah, Amalgam did do some crazy crossovers. But I agree, they should be non-canonical and kind of a joke that appeases the curiosity of hardcore fans.

Hailinel: I totally missed out on that era of western comics. Amalgam sounds utterly crazy. Though, I do disagree on keeping them non-canonical. I think that there are certain cases where, if treated right, the events of a crossover can be maintained within the separate continuities. It depends on how the effects of the crossover are handled.

Hal: I remember reading about Amalgum's comics and thinking how loony their universes must be from all that character fusing.

I think as long as there is some similarites between scenarios within two (or more) manga's there's always the room for a great crossover. now how well do you think the ideas of a manga crossover would translate over to Anime?

Hailinel: If we're talking about crossovers from different production teams, I think that the best option for any anime crossover in that sense would be for a movie of some sort, or a TV/video special. The crossover would be best kept contained within itself, or at least constrained to a single series, rather than across two or more. TV logistics are just a different beast when compared to the way print works.

Zombie: I know there are CLAMP fans out there that are yelling at me furiously, at the top of their lungs, saying that crossovers can be serious and genuinely impactful to the story of both products, but in the end CLAMP pays the price with the manner in which they do their crossovers. All of their stories require a massive investment on the part of the audience. You have to know and keep up with everything in order to understand anything. It's honorable that they put in that much effort to add that interconnectedness, but in the end it muddles every story they tell and makes them sometimes unnecessarily complex and inaccessible to new viewers. Which is why I say generally writers should try to limit things to non-canonical specials.

Obsidian: I see what you mean there ZompiePie. I think Blood-C might be a crossover with xxxHolic which was probably not the best way to crossover with. Come to think of it there was a Detective Conan/Lupin III crossover which did considerably well and was entertaining.

Hailinel: I disagree, ZombiePie. Though I'm not familiar with all of CLAMP's crossovers, their crossover between Tokyo Babylon and X requires minimal investment. It certainly helps to be familiar with the Tokyo Babylon characters, but the storyline of X is such that reading Tokyo Babylon isn't really a requirement to understand the relationship between the characters, as by that point, they're more or less focused on ending each other.

Hal: I agree with your point on CLAMP, Zombie ,especially with the Tsubasa series, which seems to have become the hub for all of the clamp crossovers, and is really complex, confusing, and I've kept my head out of it. Also, the production may have suffered more problems outside of Japan. imagine trying to do a crossover in the US, especially considering the corporate culture to each other! (probably explains why JUMP! ultimate Stars never saw the light of day in English..)

Obsidian: Yeah, such a shame they never translated that game. I should have bought the import when I saw it at Best Buy years ago.

An interesting point you've led to, Zombie, the concept of multiverses. judging by both the ups and downs of the CLAMPverse, as a mangaka, what do you think are the best ways to go about constructing a multiverse now, and what ones do you think are good examples?


Zombie: Again I have to go back to comics and mention a stupid crazy one that I really enjoyed which is Marvel Zombies. Beyond that I have to be perfectly honest and say that the one's I like or am excited about are the ones that match two perfectly similar but different enough products. The announcement of the One Piece x Toriko, even though I'm not entirely absorbed by either manga/anime, when it was announced I felt that it was perfect and could be a potentially great multiverse.

Hailinel: I think the best example would be Leiji Matsumoto's space opera of a universe. At the core, there are a few key characters, like Captain Harlock, Emeraldas and Maetel, but the stories that they're involved in can exist independent of one another. You don't need to be familiar with Harlock to enjoy Galaxy Express 999, for example.

To create a good universe like this, it really helps to understand how these stories are connected from the start. So when the time comes for an event where characters from two works are put in a position to meet each other, it feels natural, and not just a gimmick.

Obsidian: Yeah, Leiji Matsumoto's universe is epic. I agree that you don't have to be familiar with the characters series to enjoy his works.

Okay, moving on a bit, or should I say, moving back. there are some of the older cross overs that took place that were well received, such as Cross Epoch (DragonBall and One Piece), DBZ and Dr Slump. do you think there are any lessons that could be learned from these old attempts at crossing over?

Hailinel: I'm not really too familiar with any of those crossovers, so I can't really say what could be learned from them.

Obsidian: I only read Cross Epoch, I thought the characters' match-ups worked perfectly for the story.

Zombie: Yeah, with the Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball crossover Goku visited Penguin Village in a filler episode. Again it was a nice little nod to dedicated fans of Akira Toriyama's work. For people that started with Dragon Ball and had never heard of Dr. Slump it didn't prevent them from enjoying the rest of the series and was utterly harmless.

Obsidian: Oh yeah, I forgot about that filler episode, and it was as you said, utterly harmless.

Hailinel: That sounds interesting. I'll have to see about tracking that down.

Obsidian: Episode 55 started that filler crossover Hailinel, if you were wondering.

Speaking of filler, have you seen anything in the past few years in either anime or manga that could have/should have been crossed over, but was an opportunity missed for some awesomeness? there's a Naruto filler ongoing with him sailing over the sea, and is in dire need for a visit by the Straw Hat Pirates.

Zombie: In the end cross epochs are like the Christmas Special of a show or book. Utterly mindless and probably created with the intention of making more money. Almost every single time I have heard them I've avoided them because they end up being a waste of a perfectly good plot and are aimed at the lowest common denominator.

Hailinel: Too much time really passed in between to let these two cross over, but am I the only one that thinks a mix of Hell Girl and Vampire Princess Miyu would not be both potentially fitting with each other, as well as awesome? You've got the creepy girls and their helpers mixing it up with foolish mortals. What else do you need?


Obsidian: Hmm good point and I would watch it.

Zombie: I remember Kunihiko Ikuhara saying that he wants to collaborate with David Lynch some day. So here's what I propose...Twin Peaks and Mawaru Penguindrum merge together and create an incomprehensible, batshit crazy, awesome show. How awesome would that be? I mean they could have David Lynch co-direct an episode of whatever Ikuhara is working on and it would still be pretty much the same show. It would be perfect.

Hailinel: I'm pretty sure you could tell someone that David Lynch directed Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, and sound legitimately convincing.

Here's something I've been personally wondering... of the three main franchises in JUMP in Japan (Naruto/Bleach/One Piece), why do you think there hasn't been any manga/anime crossover in any story between themselves yet?, or, more realistically, at least an attempt?

Naruto / Bleach / One Piece
Naruto / Bleach / One Piece

Hailinel: Naruto/Bleach/One Piece? Well, I guess the main question would be, how would you realistically fit them together without it clashing severely? True, they're all shows with supernatural elements and action, but there's no really easy way to connect these together for any sort of crossover without a ludicrous contrivance of some sort because the worlds they inhabit are so different.

Obsidian: Very true on that part.

Zombie: Those properties are so big that a crossover would require a lot of careful attention. It could be an amazing and impressive piece of work but all bets are that it isn't and it would just be a violently out-of-control megacrossover where sources are thrown together with no regard to blending their continuities. At that point you probably just convince yourself it's best to not cross the streams.

Hal: well, that's what filler's for, to make one-shot episodes with no bearing on the actual story of the manga, and to have some fun.

Hailinel: That's true, but when they go wrong, they can go very wrong. Like bad fanfiction, only done by the original creators.

Zombie: So again we get back to my point that generally crossovers should be non-canonical. I bet it has to be with the author's not willing to work or viewing themselves as rivals and not companions with each other...I mean you think about the money they could make on such a crossover but it still hasn't happened there has to be a major reason. Then again I could be off on that one.

Hal: hmm, true, although mangakas really don't make all that much compared to western animators.

One last thing. If you could see two animes crossing over that you believe would complement each other, and haven't crossed over before, what would they be?

Zombie: Gundam and something moe...SCIENCE!

Hailinel: That would compliment each other? I could cop out and suggest Hell Girl/Miyu again, but how about some action between You're Under Arrest and Patlabor? That'd really shake Natsumi and Miyuki's traffic duty up a bit.

What? Don't give me that. They're both cop shows. It fits.

Obsidian: Huh. Tough to say on that one. I probably wouldn't be able think of any good ones like you, Hailinel.

Alright guys, we've had quite the discussion tonight, and some good points were thrown around. care to say a few parting words to the audience before we leave, guys?

Hailinel: It was a fun discussion. But if I have any final thought, it is this: "You may cross your anime, your manga, and the street, but never the streams."

Good night, everybody!

Zombie: Don't be too open minded about crossovers because if you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.

Obsidian: Huh that was good. Good night everyone!

Hal: Good Night everyone, see you at Roundtable Discussion #009!

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Welcome to a special edition of the Sket Dance reports. This is the 4th report for the Sket Dance project on Anime Vice, and episode 26 of Sket Dance is the second crossover episode from another series, Gintama, that started the Crossover in its episode, 227. There will be tons of references to other animes and lots of 4th walls broken.

Team Members

For those of you who don't know my team, my teammates are Annabanana, KuroNekoXIII, Hibaru, HalberdierV2, and Piface314.

From the Sket Dance and Gintama Similarites and Differences blog, Halberdierv2 and Mohsinman99 had told me about a crossover coming to Sket Dance this week. It's thanks to them, Anna and my team are prepared to tackle it.


Gintama 227

In this episode, Gintoki tells his team that they are doing a crossover with Sket Dance, but Gintoki thinks that Sket Dance is going into their territory and stealing the spotlight. When Sket Dance comes in, Bossun and Gintoki have a challenge on Treasure Island where the winner is the first team to find the Pizazz Pizazz fruit. The Devil fruit has a strange effect on the user.

Who will win the challenge and become the best odd jobs trio anime? What is the Devil fruit's effect?

Sket Dance - Episode 26: Spirit Dance

In this second crossover episode, Bossun and his team meet Gintoki's team again due to a machine error. They have a nice conversation that has some jokes and discoveries while Sket Dance and Gintoki time travel through a montage of Sket Dance episode clips.

Will Sket Dan and Gintoki's team gain closure and ever lasting relationship or will they have bad blood with each other?


Beware of Mild Spoilers!


GintamaSket Dance
  • Love how the Sket Dance characters make a troll face at the beginning of the show before the opening.
  • As Gintoki and Bossun race, their team members gossip about their leaders and make a lot of references to other animes.
  • During the credits, Sket Dance characters look good in the Gintama team's clothes.
  • During the credits, Gintoki and Kagura do a gender swap with their Sket Dance counterparts
  • Kagura and Gintoki find out that Switch's voice actor is the same as Gintoki's voice actor. Switch wears Gintoki's attire and looks good in it. Wish I could see his past self wearing it.
  • The Sket Dance crossover episode has more minor characters in it than the Gintama crossover episode.
  • Shinpachi and Teppei discover that they have something in common besides that they both wear glasses.
  • Shinpachi and Hime moment was too hysterical.
  • Time Travel and Montage is a padding technique. Switch is just too blunt and funny.
  • During the credits, Gintoki and his pals take the Sket Dan's role of basking in the clover fields.


GintamaSket Dance
Runny Diarrhea?
Runny Diarrhea?
  • Hime's rant scene about the Runny Diarrhea is too long and dragged out. (Though, I didn't get the joke since it's a cultural thing)
  • Another dragged out scene is when Bossun and Gintoki try to get their team to follow them by acting weak or disheartened.
No Badminton? :(
No Badminton? :(
  • I feel like half of the episode is not that great when you compare it to the second half where they did most of the action with the time travel.
  • Too bad, they did not do the badminton match between Hime and Kagura.
  • I feel that the conversation part of the episode has too little action despite its great comedic scenes.


GintamaSket Dance
  • Gintoki's analysis of Sket Dance was brilliant and a bit strange.
  • Gintoki explains what happens to his goggles in the anime version because he wears goggles in the manga version.
  • The episode had many references to the One Piece X Toriko crossover.
  • The montage of crossover images with Gintoki being the main attraction in them is awesome and strange.
Switch's Gintoki wig
Switch's Gintoki wig
  • During the opening theme song, Switch puts on a Gintoki wig instead of a moe girl's mask.
  • In the manga, Bossun had a bad relationship with Gintoki compared to the anime version of this episode.
  • The manga story has a lot of differences such as how the story starts and the extra things that anime has put in. Be sure to check out our wiki page on episode 26.


Despite the fact that my first Gintama episode is the crossover one, I feel that Gintama has a better crossover episode than Sket Dance. The reasons are that Gintama has more action, some innuendos, and the flow of the episode is not too dragged out compared to the Sket Dance version.

Both crossovers are strange and funny. Originally, I am excited to watch these episodes a week ago, and when I get to watch the episodes, my expectations are almost fulfilled. I just wish the Sket Dance episode has more of a plot or some kind of challenge to make it more interesting.

Anime References

Thanks to MohsinMan99 and Mezmero for telling me.

The Gintama episode is making a parody on the One Piece X Toriko crossover. See these images.

There are tons of references to other animes, but I won't list them. You have to look them on our wiki page for episode 227 of Gintama and episode 26 of Sket Dance. I'm already giving too much spoilers.

* As of Oct. 22, 2011, MohsinMan99 is our new teammate for Team W.I.K.I Nation. He's the Gintama expert.

Interactive GIF

I found these recently on this website:

Please click on them and enjoy!

*I don't know who made them but thank them for these cool GIFs.


I thank you guys for reading this. You guys are awesome! This is for my community and my team W.I.K.I Nation who are working hard. I'm sorry that I couldn't get good images, but I will post more and Anna will post the Sket Dance's images.

This week, it is Anna's turn to do Sket Dance 26 and the two other anime episodes, so I figured I should work Gintama 227 just for the crossover event and the characters from Switch Off: Sawa Yamauchi, Masafumi Usui, and Yukino Hirai. It will take some time.

Halberdierv2 is working Chuuma's page while KuroNekoXIII did a splendid job on The SketchBook page. Please see our team's work. Thank you.

Let's get involved and make a big team!
Let's get involved and make a big team!

Give my team a round of applause.

Edit: As of 9/30, I finished Gintama 227.

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