Fandoms on the internet love to spread memes based on their favorite shows, which can lead to silly in-jokes. Other times, memes can overshadow an anime, which can lead to some confusing assumptions.
These anime have been integrated into the internet meme machine. For better and worse, a lot of people recognize these titles solely on memes alone. That’s not to say these anime are good or bad, it’s just that their memes are plentiful.
1JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
What it is: A cross-generational saga about the Joestar bloodline and the bizarre adventures they have. Some of their enemies include vampires, Aztec Gods of Fitness, the President of the United States, dinosaurs, and a crazy priest.
What the internet thinks it is: The source of all references, fab poses, and every internet meme.
2Love Live! School Idol Project
What it is: A group of girls create an idol group to help prevent their school from shutting down. They experience personality clashes and doubt, but they try their best to make catchy music.
What the internet thinks it is: NICO NICO NII!!!!
3Sword Art Online
What it is: A group of gamers is stuck in a virtual reality game, and their in-game death results in their real life death (kind of). Kirito leads a group since he is “a hacker.” Little does he know that a greater conspiracy is at play.
What the internet thinks it is: Check out my Youtube video, “Why SAO is LITERALLY TRASH #100.”
What it is: Goku is a Saiyan who was originally sent to Earth to conquer it but becomes its protector after a head injury as a baby. Eventually, alien threats try to destroy the world, which scales up to different universal planes. The mystical dragon balls are also gathered to resurrect people who died or to undo cataclysmic damages.
What the internet thinks it is: “Over 9,000″, DBZ abridged memes and ghost Nappa.
What it is: A battle royale between seven mages and servants known as the Holy Grail War occurs. The sole winner gains possession of the Holy Grail, which will grant their deepest desire. Emiya is thrown into this war, which challenges his beliefs in what a hero should be.
What the internet thinks it is: That screenshot.
6Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
What it is: Subaru is a NEET who is summoned to a fantasy world and is granted a “reset” power that activates following his death. While this seems cool at first, Subaru realizes that it’s a personal hell since he has to relive his failures until he can break the chain.
What the internet thinks it is: I love Emilia. Who is Rem? Rem is the one true waifu!
What it is: Koyomi Araragi meets an all-powerful vampire that takes away his humanity. As a result, Araragi always finds himself in supernatural situations which typically involve his classmates and sisters. Araragi’s noble personality makes him help people that are affected by the supernatural.
What the internet thinks it is: Kaiki is best girl! Such tooth brushing, much head tilts. It’s not illegal if she’s 598-years-old!
8Neon Genesis Evangelion
What it is: Nerv director Gendou Ikari seeks young pilots that can synch with the Eva units and combat the Angels. Shinji Ikari, Gendou’s son, is whisked away to pilot Eva Unit-01. The weight of humanity’s fate on Shinji’s shoulders starts to unearth uneasy feelings within him.
What the internet thinks it is: Get in the damn robot Shinji or we will all turn into Tang®!
9Puella Magi Madoka Magica
What it is: Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are average middle school girls, but their lives change after encountering a cat-like alien named Kyuubey. The two are given a proposition: become magical girls in exchange for one wish. Homura Akemi, a magical girl, urges them not to accept since not everything is as it seems.
What the internet thinks it is: Being meguca is suffering! Don’t lose your head, but Homura did nothing wrong.
What it is: Hellsing is an organization that handles supernatural threats. Their ultimate weapon is Alucard, a vampire that fights against his own kind. Hellsing’s greatest threat is the Millennium Organization, which is a Nazi group with an army of zombies, vampires, and werewolves.
What the internet thinks it is: Gentlemen, I love war. Aaaaaameeeeeeen!
What it is: Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, both of which are caught in a failed alchemist ritual. Edward lost an arm and a leg, while Alphonse’s soul inhabits a suit of armor. Edward becomes a state alchemist in hopes of finding the Philosopher’s Stone, which is the only thing that can restore their bodies.
What the internet thinks it is: THE ARMSTRONG BLOODLINE!! Why are they burying daddy? Nina Tucker.
What anime do you think has been overshadowed by their meme potential?