When I first started watching Evangelion I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age), I was obviously too young to comprehend the complexity and symbolism within the series. I just thought that it was a cool violent mecha anime. However, once I got older and more mature I was able to appreciate the series as a whole. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.
Evangelion has been credited with “revolutionized the giant-robot genre“. The series was so successful that it has earned billions. For those who don’t know Evangelion focuses on a futuristic Tokyo more than a decade after a “worldwide cataclysm“. The story centers on protagonist Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father for an organization called NERV to pilot an Evangelion.
Using the Evangelion Shinji along with fellow pilots Rei AyanamiandAsuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series the focuses on deep psychological effects that the pilots experience as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. It features heavy religious symbolism “from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto“. Overall, Neon Genesis Evangelion manages to combine themes centered around philosophy, religion and psychoanalysis with an amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series, and wish it didn’t end.
I’m sure that I am not alone in this choice, but since Pokemon was introduced when I as 12 years old, I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems to be based off the real world anyway. I would image that it would be similar to various sports. I would love to travel, hopefully with friends going to gym’s, battling and catching Pokemon similar to the video-games and anime series.
After Akainu murders Ace, he both manages to sadden and enrage many of Ace’s loved ones. The epicness of Whitebeard is shown once again. Battle ravaged and heartbroken he engages Akainu head on. With his strength he dominates most of the encounter, Akainu gets several powerful hits in burning off part of Whitebeard’s face. However, Whitebeard pushes through, delivering a devastating blow to Akainu, that also results in the destruction of Marineford.
Favorite Quote from any anime character
The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.
Honestly, there isn’t much meaning to the splendid names given to you by your parents. What does have meaning, is what the person behind that name does during their actual lifetime. The name doesn’t make the person. The name simply remains gently within the footprint left on the path a person walks.
Trafalgar Law said:
There are things you can’t see unless you change your standing.
Kuchiki Byakuya said:
You and I, our levels are as distant as the earth from the heavens. Must I spell it out for you? I have discarded my left arm, discarded my left leg, and yet even then I have not nearly lowered myself to your level.
I… Despise the way you fight. Without ever lifting your own hand… To steal bonds of camraderie and torture opponents is the height of cowardice. It is a lack of shame deserving of death. I am here. Strike me down. I shall kill you and cast you aside… Before you finish swinging your blade.
Let me tell you about the difference between you and me. It’s like the story of the monkey trying to capture the moon. However close he thinks he is to the moon, it’s still just the reflection of the moon in the middle of the lake. No matter how he struggles to capture that “moon”, he inevitably sinks to the bottom of that lake to no avail. You will never reach me.
The death of Ace, was the one of the saddest deaths I’ve seen in anime. Most of the sadness was less about his death, and more about the response to it. Also the sacrifice of many of the Whitebeard Pirates to attempt to rescue him. He was technical freed, which only makes his death worse. The reaction of Luffy to his death was the most effective. The cruelty of Akainu in killing him and seeming mocking those who loved Ace afterwards. Luffy was rendered comatose, due to shock. An Whitebeard rage afterwards was somewhat satisfying.
Best Anime Fight (Day 26)
Jiraiya vs Pain
Naruto Chapters ( 368 – 382 )
This was the first battle that demonstrated the full strength of one of the “Legendary Three“. Pain was completely unknown in terms of his power and abilities at this point in the series. I didn’t anticipate the epicness of this fight. This battle featured everything from summons, to the introduction of Jiraiya’s sennin form. Pain changes bodies to feature a longer haired body. Pain summons a crab like creature that uses a bubble, Jiraiya uses a “ Raging Lion’s Mane Technique” and tangles the crab in his hair. The summon disappears and Jiraiya then uses his hair on Pain, who uses substitution jutsu.
Jiraiya summons a toad as Pain summons a chameleon. Jiraiya decides he’s “I’m going into sennin mode“, Pain hides in the mouth of the chameleon which turns invisible. Jiraiya counters with a barrier detection jutsu, Pain response by summoning a Cerberus like animal. Pain continues to use animal summons to conceal his location. Jiraiya wonders why he hasn’t use a technique other than summons. Jiraiya releases his summon and emerges transformed with two toads on his shoulders. The female toad uses her tongue to sniff out the chameleon, and uses acid to kill it.
Pain summons two other humans to the battlefield, each with their own set of Rinnegan eyes. Confused Jiraiya aims to discover the secret to Pains power. One of the Pains attacks Jiraiya and he uses his Frog Karate to counter. He then uses his “Hermit Art: Deep Fryer“, but another Pain absorbs this jutsu. Jiraiya decides to try close combat, he attacks with a massive Rasengan. The Rasengan is also absorbed, a smoke bomb is used to give cover and Jiraiya attempts to attack Pain from behind.
He fails to land a direct hit, he uses a frog summon as an distraction and uses his “Hermit Art: Hair Needle Barrage“. It’s his fastest attack and Pain still manages to counter it, with a summon. Jiraiya realizes somethings up and retreats to come up with a plan. Jiraiya concludes that the eyes of the Pains are linked. He and the frogs determine they need to use genjutsu. The genjutsu has it’s effect and Jiraiya kills the three Pains. However, another Pain shows you, he attacks Jiraiya ripping of his arm.
Confused again as all the previously dead Pain are alive. He now has six adversaries to contend with, “The six paths of Pain“. Jiraiya kills one of the Pains and manage to seek refuge inside another toad. Instead of escaping he decides to confront Pain one last time. He realizes that all the Pains are shinobi he’s fought before. At this point Pain crushes Jiraiya’s throat and all six Pains stabs him. Jiraiya uses his last moments leave a message on the back of one of the toads before he drowns. Throughout this battle Jiraiya use his techniques and observation to determine the weakness of Pain. He sacrifices himself for the Leaf and provides important Intel that latter aids in the defeat of Pain. This is why I think it was the best anime battle.
Favorite Attack Someone Used in an Anime (Gomu Gomu no Gatling)
My favorite attack used in anime has to be my favorite attack. He has more powerful attacks, but I find this attack was one of the coolest. His technique is described as:
Gomu Gomu no Gatling – Luffy uses his stretching ability to bring his fists forward repeatedly in a blurry, rapid barrage of strong punches that creates the illusion of him having multiple arms, however he does not actually grow more arms so he can still be stopped by an opponent fast enough (as Enel, Rob Lucci and Usopp have demonstrated). This was first seen being used against a group of Black Cat Pirates after being accidentally hypnotized stronger by Jango.According to a fan poll, this is the favorite attack among fans with a total of 3785 votes. Courtesy of http://onepiece.wikia.com/.
When Yamamoto begins to initiate Bankai, to face the real Yhwach, it is stolen. Yamamoto is killed. He’s cut in half from his shoulder to his waist. Yhwach, cuts off his arm, and finally Yhwach “completely obliterates Yamamoto’s body” with a blast. For Genryusai to be completely incapable of sensing that Royd Lloyd was an impostor, seems completely implausible to me. Genryusai was considered the strongest shinigami in the last 1000 years, until Yhwach demolished him with ease. I’m not buying that at all, and he clearly was killed simply because Ichigo must kill Yhwach.