As a franchise grows sometimes it is necessary to add a second season. To avoid adding duplicate characters, we use an assignments system to link characters to the new title.
There is a process to follow to do this properly.
Let's take High School DxD for example.
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The first step would be selecting High School DxD to be made franchise ready. From the Newer Franchise Tool you could search for High School DxD, select it and run the macro. The macro will duplicate the series, set it to type Franchise, append (Series) to the title and import all the characters assigned to High School DxD. You can also do this manually using the Old Franchise Tool and editing the titles. Once you have the ID for High School DxD (Series) you can from the profile page of a title you wish to link to it and enter in that ID where it says Set Parent ID :
Characters can then be imported in bulk using the franchise tools, or manually assigned using the Master Assignments Editor. Which can be accessed from the Show Admin tools and following the - Edit Character Assignments in Franchise - link.
Clicking the bubbles will assign/unassign the character to that title. The red link represents the primary assignment. This can only be changed by clicking the edit link which brings up this tool :
The primary assignment is extremely important. And there is a reason why characters must never be added directly to a Franchise / title marked (Series).
The primary assignment dictates how the character will be handled on the site. If the primary assignment is an anime, they will be considered an anime character. If it is a visual novel, they will be considered a visual novel character.
So anywhere you find a media type filter, it is the primary assignment that will decide this.