A spin-off is a great way to broaden a series out into something different while still educating its captive audience. Not that it guarantees success. For every Persona, there's a Bomberman Act Zero.
It happens with anime too. The difference being that some didnt get as many eyes on them as Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan or Boruto. They were drawn up as manga, then either stayed that, or they were left unidentified when they did escape the printed page. Here are a few examples of anime getting manga spin-offs that went under the radar.
7 Kazumi Magica And Suzune Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica's spin-offs were so brief and similar to each other that they could be combined in a single entry. Their original series was a sad deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre, somewhat in keeping with what Neon Genesis Evangelion did to mecha adventure series like Mobile Suit Gundam.
So, it's no surprise that its spin-offs are equally heavy. Kazumi Magica has its amnesiac lead trying to remember her life as one of the Pleiades Saints, while slowly succumbing to a dark transformation. In the 3-volume long Suzune Magica, her titular character thrash both Magical Girls and her Witch foes, before setting her sights on the four girls investigating her.
6 Jaco The Galactic Patrolman
Jaco, a prequel to Dragon Ball, is technically a prequel to Goku and his friends. He meets retired scientist Dr Omori, a nasty policeman called Katayude, and Tights, a young lady who assists Jaco in exchange for a few favors.
Tights is Bulmas' big sister, and her family get involved in a plot to save Jaco's spaceship. The Saiyans will be responsible for everything, except for one pod that drops off a certain monkey boy by the residence of an old man named Son Gohan. It's a good thing Jaco was distracted.
5 BURN THE WITCH
Tite Kubo chose a horror fantasy setting in the Soul Societys Western division instead of continuing Bleach's neo-samurai appearance. It follows two women, Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole as they work for Wing Bird in Reverse London.
The city's dragon protection division manages to keep the fire-breathers safe and out of trouble. But until they meet Balgo Parks, a guy from regular London who has the uncanny ability to attract dragons, its upcoming "2nd season" will help further flesh it out. Or at least itll provide more humorous interpretations of Western names like Bruno Bangnyfe, Macy Baljure, and Wolfgang Slashhaut.
4 Food Wars: Shokugeki No Sanji
Food War: Shokugeki no Soma is a fun combo of fanservice and catering service, with some inventive dishes and shonen trappings. Still, does it have to be about Soma and his friends? Wouldnt it be more interesting if it was suddenly about characters from a completely different franchise, like One Piece?
Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki, the two creators of Food Wars, have been working on this series of One Piece-based one-shots since 2018. They follow Sanjis' cooking and how they have evolved over his journey from the Baratie to the Straw Hat Pirates, and they have all been published just in time for One Pieces' 25th anniversary.
3 Death Note: The A-Kira Story
Returning to Death Note, which received some attention on its initial release, is relaunched by Ryuk to offer another child, Minoru a-Kira Tanaka, a chance to make the same offer. Instead, Tanaka offers to sell it online, which grabs Ryuk's interest.
The winner ends up being the President of the United States, who buys it for such a large sum that it alone brings Japan out of its economic recession. Unfortunately, the King of Death enacts a new rule that would punish Tanaka and the president for their sale. If Tanaka touches the money he earns from it, hell dies. While the President dies if he touches what he buys.
The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary in the 2 Neon Genesis Evangelion
Hideaki Annos's teenage mecha-turned-introspective research has inspired a series of spin-offs. There was a visual novel for the Sega Saturn, a self-aware CD drama, and a virtual pet simulator for the Bandai Wonderswan. There was even a PS2 game in the vein of Ace Attorney where Shinji investigated crimes and tracked down their perpetrators.
The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary is set in an alternate reality in which Shinji is attempting to help his friend Toji against a group of gangsters. Only, they assist Shinji in carrying out the investigation instead.
Satsuei-Den, Hokuto No Ken: Seikimatsu Drama
Fist of the North Star has been around for nearly 40 years, and it has received a slew of manga prequels, sequels, and alternate versions. Sokoku no Garo followed popular side-character Rei as he sought for his parents killer. Heart of Meet recreated the big, fat meme character Heart as being a pretty bishonen boy in his childhood. Hao Densetsu sent the egomaniacal villain Amiba to another planet to get a second chance at life
Satsuei-Den, a post-apocalypse filming drama, is reimagined as a television drama. Kenshiro, his friends, and his foes are now actors coping with their lines and cues as their intrepid crew attempt to piece together the shows stunts. The manga began release in February 2021 and is still available on the Comic Zenon website.