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The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

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And Bessatsu Shonen, too

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons.

Doing their yearly "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween installment gives the Simpsons creators lots of leeway to stuff references, easter eggs, and sight gags into every corner of the episode, and the last few seconds of this year's episode brings clear references to JUMP trinity of Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, as well as Attack on Titan, Pokemon and Mulan for good measure. Adventure Time, South Park, Archer, Bob's Burgers, LEGO, and Despicable Me cameos follow in quick succession.

It's a small thing to be sure, but seeing anime references in the mainstream media outside the usual box of "Stuff people from late '80s and '90s boom" is always refreshing. Seeing Marge as Rangiku, Homer as Zoro, and Lisa as Mikasa struck me as particularly inspired for whatever reason.

Check out another Simpsons anime tribute below, this time to the works of Studio Ghibli.

 


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