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This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab. A film or other literary work where a sequel is released long, long after the original work. May sometimes be a Trilogy Creepvery often related to Development Hell. In order to qualify as this trope, the sequel in question must have been released no less than five years after the previous installment.
More common in games, particularly online games, as they can have a much longer life than other forms of non-interactive media, which are "finished" as soon as you reach the end of them. StarCraft IIfor example, came out 12 years after the original StarCraft because the original remained massively popular for a long, long time after its release.
This Trope is for honest-to-goodness sequels, prequelsand midquels. Not to be confused with Distant Sequelwhich is when a significant gap in time exists between a prequel and a sequel in-universe. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes.
You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. After 9 years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the wait. The second season of A Certain Magical Index finished airing in ; the third aired in — a 7-year gap.
When considering related media, namely the second season of A Certain Scientific Railgun and the Index movie, both of which were in — 5 year gap. And speaking of Railgunits third season is set to debut inwhich would make it 7 years after the second season. Also in terms of the theatrical films, Legend of the Gold of Babylon and Farewell to Nostradamus — 10 years. The former involves the magician Pycal's introduction, while the latter has him trying to get revenge for what happened in the former.
Red — 6 years. Real life — 7 years. In-universe, 5 years. Another, even bigger gap is between Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and its direct sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicornwhich takes place three years later but had its first episode launch about 18 years after CCA.
The Universal Century certainly loves sequel gaps a lot. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki series 1 and 2 to series 3 — 8 years. And again from series 3 to 4 — 11 years. Slayers Try and Slayers Revolution — 11 years. The mainline Slayers light novels stopped at the 15th volume released As You Desire Me - Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra - The Tender Touch May While there have been novels released for the spinoff Slayers Special Michael Holm - Colorado (Desperado), a new mainline novel was released in October — 18 years after the fifteenth novel.
Gwhich started in The anime lasted episodes airing from tocutting the story prematurely at the Poseidon arc. The subsequent Hades arc would be adapted 13 years later in the form of a episode OVA series produced from to Additionally, Super decanonised GT by being a direct sequel to Zso it's technically 19 years.
And given new revelations by Dokurobei at the end of Yoruthe remake of Yatterman and the original series have a gap of 29 years. The original anime adaptation for D. Gray-Man ended inand a continuation started in - 7 years later.
This was justified due to the constant hiatuses the manga author had due to her health. Mushishi and Mushishi: Zoku-Sho — 8 years. Ghost Environmental Suite - Nic Potter, Nigel Edmund-Jones* - Landscapes/Textures/Travel the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence — 9 years.
Millennium Snow volumes and volumes — 11 years. Full Metal Panic! The fourth season, subtitled Invisible Victory aired in Spring — 12 years. Fist of the North Star and Fist of the Blue Sky — 13 years not counting the Buronson-penned novel Cursed Citywhich featured an illustrated fight scene by Tetsuo Hara, which was 8 years after North Star and 5 years before Blue Sky Fist of the Blue Sky to Fist of the Blue RE:Genesis ongoing — 7 years, which had to be illustrated by a new artist due to Tetsuo Hara being too busy with his current serial Ikusa no Ko.
Gunbuster and Diebuster — 14 Ghost (Bufferfuck Mix) - Idiot Stare - Ghost. Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Adventure tri. The first Berserk anime series and second anime series — 19 years. Boogiepop Phantom and Boogiepop and Others — 19 years. The next major work directly based on the franchise would be City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Поворот - Машина Времени - Десять Лет Спустя in — 20 years.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold. The original series of thirty-nine episodes dates from However, it wasn't until that a further twenty-six episodes were released — 31 years. There was a considerable gap in Gatchaman TV anime, with Gatchaman Fighter airing from and the first season of Gatchaman Crowds starting in — 33 years. There was an OVA series and a live-action film in the in-between period. Asian Animation. Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf : From tothe series released at least one theatrical film.
The announcement that the eighth film would be released insix years after the seventh film, Amazing Pleasant Goatbroke this pattern. Comic Books. The first miniseries was published inthe second inand the third began in The gap between the first two was partly due to rights disputes between Wagner and the original publisher, but the second gap was purely due to artistic reasons.
Shazam was another one Screwed by the Lawyers. After a copyright lawsuit led to his original publisher folding their comics division at the end ofhe didn't appear in print again until at which point the Captain Marvel trademark had been lost. As part of Marvel Comics ' 80th anniversary ina th issue of Marvel Star Warswhich had originally run from to and is part of the Star Wars Legends continuity, was released.
Read about it here and here. Films — Animation. A number of Disney Animated Canon Direct-to-Video examples count, with some being released decades after the originals. However, to be fair, Disney's sequels trend dates from Aladdin: The Return of Jafar and his huge profits compared to the cheap cost of production.
From then on, they decided to create sequels even for films released a long time ago, for better and for worse. Theatrical ones have also done this. Part of this stemmed from Pixar's initial reluctance to produce sequels for most of their films and they did not jump onto the bandwagon until fairly later: Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 — 11 years.
And then Shadow Country - Various - Tales From The Edge Volumes Seven & Eight: Arocknophobia! Plus Attacked B Story 4 — 9 years.
The entire premise of Toy Story 3 hinges on this, with the film taking place almost a decade after Toy Story 2with all the repercussions that brings for the characters. Ironically, the admittedly lesser Shadow Country - Various - Tales From The Edge Volumes Seven & Eight: Arocknophobia! Plus Attacked B gap of Toy Story 4 doesn't at all play into the narrative, and the movie was even delayed 2 more years than initially planned due to a Troubled Production.
Cars and Cars 2 — 5 years. It was followed by Cars 3 — 6 years. Monsters, Inc. Finding Nemo Martin Hagfors - Producers Politics Passion a sequel called Finding Dory in — a gap Shadow Country - Various - Tales From The Edge Volumes Seven & Eight: Arocknophobia! Plus Attacked B 13 years. The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 — 14 years. The film's theatrical release even had lampshading of this right off the bat — it Shadow Country - Various - Tales From The Edge Volumes Seven & Eight: Arocknophobia!
Plus Attacked B bundled with a brief intro from creator Brad Bird and several of the voice actors directly acknowledging and apologizing for the time gap between the two films. The Land Before Timewhere Electric Eye (Judas Priest Cover) - As I Lay Dying - Decas years passed before the first sequel From there though, the numerous sequels came like clockworkwhere the only noticeable gap was at best two years, only stopping when Universal shut down their animation studio.
And then nine years after the thirteenth film, another sequel was released. Hey Arnold! Films — Live-Action. Common with the Alien series: 7 years to the second6 to the thirdand 5 to the fourth plus 15 to the semi-prequel.
And if you count the Alien vs. Predator films in the series, another 7 years to the first of those. Then 17 years between the second film and Bad Boys For Life Fairly common for the Child's Play franchise: 7 years between Child's Play 3 and Bride of Chuckythen 6 years until Seed of Chucky and another 9 years until Curse of Chucky Fritz Lang 's silent film Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler received a sequel, Das Testament des Doktor Mabuse 11 years later induring which time technology had advanced enough that the second film is a talkie.
The third film, Die Augen des Dr. Mabusewhich was released 27 years later inwas Lang's final film. Dragonheart had a five-year gap before its Shadow Country - Various - Tales From The Edge Volumes Seven & Eight: Arocknophobia! Plus Attacked B, Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning There was a year gap before the third film, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse Dumb and Dumber and Dumb and Dumber To — 20 years, not counting the prequel which would count as well being released in9 years after the first and 11 years before the sequel.
The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 — 6 years. Army of Darkness and the follow-up TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead — 23 years. Biollanteand 10 years between Godzilla: Final Wars and Godzilla