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Top 5 Shonen Anime Cowards

5. Myoga (Inuyasha)

Myoga’s name apparently means “divine protection,” which is ironic because he largely only protects himself. To be fair he was a member of the flea Yokai, which was the smallest demons bugs. Myoga was the servant of Inuyusha’s father Toga. As such Myoga tendency to flee prior to battle is seen as a warning of danger. If he’s present then that’s the most safe area to be. Myoga is willing to save others by drinking blood. Of course he has a bad habit of drinking blood without permission. His lack of fighting power may make his cowardly behavior is understandable but doesn’t change the fact that he’s a coward.

Source: Inuyasha wiki

4. Marechiyo Omaeda (Bleach)

Most lieutenant in Bleach are weak and useless, but most aren’t cowards. Marechiyo Omaeda is a victim of his privilege. He comes from a rich family, is generally, vain, greedy, and lazy. Despite this, he’s willing to be used as a decoy in a fight. During the Fake Karakura Town arc he quickly beaten by Nirgge Parduoc. During their encounter Omaeda runs from Nirgge. His captain Sui-Feng routinely berates him for being weak and useless. Once Sui-Feng faces Baraggan Louisenbairn, Omaeda distracts the Espada by running from him.

Source: Bleach Wiki

Look. It’s a strategy. The other guys are wearin’ ’em down in the first round and I’m savin’ my energy for round two.

— Yajirobe 

3. Yajorbi (Dragon Ball Z)

Yajorbi is a ronin. Despite the toughness samurai invoke, Yajorbi undermines that toughness. He’s a loner. Spending most of his time on Korin Tower. Yajirobe avoids fighting despite being skilled with his katana. He avoids major fights when possible, especially with King Piccolo and Vegeta. He would consider himself as “intelligently careful.” Yajorbi will aid other, specifically by giving them senzu beans. One of Yajorbi’s most well known moments of heroism is saving Goku from Vegeta during the Vegeta Saga. He would later interfere again slicing Vegeta down his back. After claiming credit for defeating Vegeta, Yajorbi is savagely beaten by Vegeta.

Source: Dragon Ball Z

2. Usopp (One Piece)

Usopp was introduced as a coward who tells tall tales exaggerating his life and abilities. His cowardice was the result of “his fear and insecurity.” He can overcome this when his friends are in danger. He often uses lies to avoid fighting or otherwise putting himself in danger. He claims he has a disease called “Can’t-get-on-this-island disease.” If he can’t avoid conflict he will use tall tales specifically claiming he was a Captain to try to scare his opponents.

Usopp’s insecurity flairs up when he’s reminded how inferior (in power) he is compared to Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro. His lack of belief in himself is a significant reason for his fear. Usopp is a talented sniper and his father, Yasopp, is one of Shanks crewmembers and assumed to be powerful. Usopp has made progress being more willing to risk himself without deception, he still avoids conflict and snipes from a distance when necessary.

Source: One Piece Wiki

1. Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer)

I’m anime only so I don’t know if or how he’s changed.

When introduced in the Demon Slayer, Zenitsu is unlikeable. His constant wining and cowardly demeanor is irritating. He has low self-esteem, assuming his death is emanate. Like most of these anime “cowards” Zenitsu doesn’t like who he is. He inspires to live up to the standards others set. However, he lives in a constant state of fear that paralyzes him. What sets him apart from the other cowards is his actual power. During Tsuzumi Mansion Arc, Zenitsu shows his cowardly behavior, strength, and courage.

Zenitsu is chased by the Tongue Demon. He falls asleep (more like passes out). This is the first time we see the Thunder Breathing technique and it’s epic. However, after killing the demon, Zenitsu immediately wake up and assumes that Shoichi did it. Outside we get a glimpse of his courage as he takes a beaten from Inosuke while protecting Nezuko. His cowardly personality becomes less grating after awhile and funnier. Many cowardly characters, particularly the heroes have sophisticated reasons for their fears. They hope to develop more courage so they can save others. It’s actually arrogant villains like Freiza or Muzan that mask their cowardice with violence and cruelty, and never seek to overcome it.

Source: Demon Slayer Wiki

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Top 5 Most powerful Shonen Anime Poison Users

In anime poison isn’t the most popular form of offensive power. Unlike, fire, ice, or lightning, poison is more subtle. Generally poison is hidden. Often used to casually poison a opponent. Regardless it’s an effect way to incapacitate or even kill an opponent. Here’s the Top 5 Most powerful Shonen Anime Poison Users:

Gordan Agrippa (Black Clover)

Gordon Agrippa is a 1st Class Junior Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom’s Black Bull squad. Gordon received a poison based Grimoire. He’s able to use poison magic, curse magic, and reinforcement magic. Poison magic is a magic attribute that grants its user the ability to generate and manipulate poison. The poison can take the form of gas or liquid, and in it’s liquid form it can reflect light.

Strongest Attack: Verbotenes Obst

Source: Black Clover Wiki

Sasori of the Red Sand (Naruto)

Sasori is the S-ranked missing-nin from Sunagakure and a member of the Akatsuki. Like most shinobi from the Naruto series he has a variety of abilities. His main from of combat is the use of puppets. Trained by his grandmother, Sasori has a unique ability to create puppets from formerly living beings. When he does this to powerful shinobi he can keep their unique abilities as well. While Sasori never uses poison jutsu directly he coated the many weapons his puppets used with it. Furthermore, he made frequent use of poison gas and deliberately set traps to expose his opponents to it.

Strongest Attack: Third Kazekage (Puppet)

Source: Naruto Wiki

Shinobu Kochou (Demon Slayer)

Shinobu Kochou is the Demon Slayer Corps Insect Hashira. She joined the Corps after demons killed her parents. Like most Hashira, Shinobu is a powerful swordswoman. She lacks the physical strength to decapitate demons so needed to develop another method. Demons are poisoned by Wisteria flowers so Shinobu used her knowledge of medicine and pharmaceutical to create poisons and venoms.

Strongest Attack: Dance of the Centipede: Hundred-Legged Zigzag

Source: Demon Slayer Wiki

Mayuri Kurotsuchi (Bleach)

Mayuri Kurotsuchi is the Captain of the 12th Division in the Gotei 13. Kurotsuchi is a researcher and brilliant scientist. He is sadistic, cruel, and has little regard for the boundaries of other. Mayuri isn’t obsessed with fighting like Kenpachi, but when he engages in battle he’s usually uses mind games. He manually alters his Zanpakuto, Ashisogi Jizo, which can secrete poisonous vapor. The weapon has qualities like a spider bite. When stabbed by Ashisogi Jizo, the combatant’s brain signals shut down. Mayuri’s Bankai, Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo, is a grotesque creature with a baby’s head and caterpillar body. It has the special ability to breathe poison that’s lethal to anyone.

Strongest Attack: Bankai Special Ability

Source: Bleach Wiki

Magellan (One Piece)

Magellan was the chief warden of Impel Down, but was demoted to vice warden after a mass breakout. Magellan ate the Doku Doku no Mi devil fruit. A Paramecia type, the fruit grants Magellan the ability to create and control different kinds of poison. He’s also immune to all forms of poison. Due to its appearance, the ability is often confused with the Logia class. However, Magellan cannot transform into poison. Magellan has control over his poisons strength. He can limit it’s effects to “mild irritant” to “deadly corrosive toxin.”

Magellan can produce his poison in gas or liquid forms. Magellan has the most control of his poison of anyone on this list. He can produce massive amounts of poison, change its shape, and use it as a means of transportation.

Source: One Piece Wiki

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Top 5 reasons I love Jujutsu Kaisen

5. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Reason’s for Curses Spirits

Once I stopped calling Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Spirits, “demons,” I was curious what made them different. First, demons are generally living beings, whereas, as their name suggests, Cursed Spirits are spiritual beings. They are born from the negative Cursed Energy in humans. Locations that are hotspots for curses tend to be populated by negative emotions like hospitals and schools. What’s more interesting is anything humans fear collectively can manifest a Cursed Spirit, even famous monsters or ghosts. The amount of fear directly corresponds to the curses intellect. Mahito is a cursed spirit that believes that he’s the manifestation of humans’ hatred of each other.” In my review of episode 9, Young Fish and Reverse Punishment,” I wonder if cursed spirits could come from “anything.” I think the answer is yes. So far cursed spirits have manifested from human fears of natural disasters, volcano (Jojo), forests (Hanami), diseases like smallpox, and infestations like “grasshopper plague.”

4. Power Levels (Grades)

Jujutsu Kaisen has a power scaling system that ranks jujutsu sorcerers, cursed spirits, cursed objects, and cursed tools. The ranks range from grades one through four and special grades. It can be confusing at first, as most of us associate larger numbers with higher values. Generally, sorcerers are graded from Grade 4 to Grade 1. The scale for cursed spirits isn’t exact, Grade 2 sorcerers are slightly stronger than Grade 2 curses as their abilities put them closer to Grade 1 curses.

Ranks

If traditional weapons were used against curses and sorcerers measured their effectiveness as a gauge:

  • Grade 4: “A wooden bat is enough.”
  • Grade 3: “If you have a handgun, you can rest easy.”
  • Semi-Grade 2 :
  • Grade 2: “Close calls with a shotgun.”
  • Semi-Grade 1 :
  • Grade 1: “Even a tank might be insufficient.”
  • Special Grade 1 :
  • Special Grade: “Cluster bombs might work”.

Source: Fandom

3. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Techniques/Innate Techniques

Coming up with a unique power system has to be difficult. At this point what hasn’t been done. It’s not always necessary to invent new techniques, like fire, but you can invent how those abilities manifest. The series power system focuses on limitations. Binding Vows, Heavenly Restriction, and Domain Expansions are some limits placed on techniques. By deliberately placing limitations on one’s self, a jujutsu sorcerer can increase their power. For example, Nanami limits his power during work hours. This puts him at disadvantage for hours, when Nanami has to work “overtime” his cursed energy increases.

2. Satoru Gojo

Satoru Gojo was instantly appealing when he was first introduced in Jujutsu Kaisen. He loves to show off, enjoying fights with cursed spirits. When he fights he shows his enemies no mercy, he’ll happily decapitate them without any apprehension. Gojo is more complex than he initially seemed. He’s playful with his students but disrespectful towards the sorcerer executives to the point of suggesting he was willing to kill them. He’s arrogant, becoming judgmental of those he deems “weak.” He claimed that “throughout the Heavens and earth, he alone is the honored one.” He’s the strongest, everyone knows it, and he’s not afraid to remind people.

1. Deconstruction of shōnen tropes

When deconstructing tropes, a writer will often compare how tropes appear in one work and how they might play out in real life. Or at least apply more realistic consequences for the trope. This series deconstructs many tropes common to shōnen anime and manga. For example, Yuji Itadori is possessed by the evil cursed spirit Sukuna. In many shōnen series, like Yugioh, Bleach, and Naruto the evil entity is befriended, and the host gain power. So far in the series, Sukuna is completely unhelpful and even roots against Yuri.

Shōnen series like My Hero Academia and Naruto have massive casts of characters, Jujutsu Kaisen on the other hand only has small classes. This is due to Jujutsu sorcerers being picky and sorcerers being rare. Deconstruction is not intended as a criticism and according to TV Trope, can be thought of as taking work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying barely hidden meanings in the text.” Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen’s deconstruction of some shōnen tropes is welcomed.

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Top 5 Studio 4°C Projects

Tweeny Witches

Studio 4°C’s first television series. Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Tweeny Witches follows the story of a little girl that gets trapped in a magical world. 14 years before the main story, a Japanese archaeologist named Jidan falls into the magical realm and is imprisoned by a warlock. He eventually is rescued by a soldier named Atelia. They have a child together, however, he’s lost in the magic realm. Jidan has a daughter, Arusu the main character of the series. Together with her new friends, she tries to save the realm.

Asura’s Wrath

Asura’s Wrath is an action video game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Capcom. Considered an “interactive anime” each level plays out like an episode of an anime series. Studio 4°C developed the dramatic and flashy Episode 11.5 “Forging Ahead” and Episode 15.5 “Defiance.” 

Children of the Sea

In 2019 Studio 4°C produced Children of the SeaBased on the manga of the same name, the film follows the story of a high school girl named Ruka. She spends some of her summer vacations at the aquarium where her father works. She meets two brothers that were raised by dugongs, a species of manatee. Together they experience supernatural events that affect marine life. 

The Animatrix

An animated anthology film, the Animatrix is nine short films based on the Matrix trilogy. The films tell the backstory of the original war between humans and machines. Studio 4°C produced two of the short films, The Second Renaissance Part I and Beyond. The first film sees humanity produce AI robots to serve them. In the second part of the film, a domestic android named B1-66ER kills its owner. It’s the first time an android has kill a human leading to a court case. Beyond focuses on a teen girl named Yoko that searches for her cat Yuki. Her cat is inside a “haunted” house that is revealed to be filled with glitches in the Matrix.

Spriggan

Adapted from the manga and inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark, Spriggan takes place after the Cold War. Unknown artifacts called OOPArt appear around the world. This results in a secret war between various groups and the ARCAM Corporation. The military arm of ARCAM uses elite soldiers known as Spriggans to prevent others from collecting the mysterious artifacts. 

Top 5 Studio Trigger Projects

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Top 5 Studio Trigger Projects

Studio Trigger is a Japanese animation studio founded by two former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka. The Studio Trigger is considered a successor to Gainax. Studio Trigger, Sanzigen, and Ordet joined the holding company Ultra Super Pictures. In 2018, Studio Trigger started a Patreon account that now raises $6,000 monthly. Since 2011, Studio Trigger a produced several high-quality anime series with a similar style to the Gurren Lagann series. 

Darling in the Franxx

science fiction romance series produced by Cloverworks and animated by Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures, Darling in the Franxx is set in a dystopian future. In the Franxx universe, young people are manufactured to defend civilization. The story follows ten pilots, focusing on the pair, Hiro and Zero Two. The series uses symbolism from the mythological Jian. The series was praised for its “coming of age elements,” however, some of its content was criticized for sexually innuendo and pacing. 

Promare

Promare is one of the three films produced so far by Studio Trigger. Co-produced with XFLAG, Promare is set after a “calamity known as the Great World Blaze.” Half of the human population is killed. Several humans developed pyrokinetic abilities becoming known as Burnish. The firefighting group, Burning Rescue battles against the Mad Burnish, a terrorist group. Despite having a story that’s similar to the Fire Force series, Promare was generally well-received. Its colorful visuals, storytelling, and style received rave reviews. 

Kill La Kill

The first series created by Studio Trigger, Kill La Kill is an original work from the company. Kill La Kill tells the revenge story of Ryuko Matoi, as she seeks to avenge her father. She attends Honnouji Academy, where she comes into conflict with Satsuki Kiryuin. Kill La Kill features fanservice for both genders, high-quality animation, action, humor, and a shocking twist towards the end. The series was described as “magical girl anime on speed.” 

SSSS.Gridman

SSSS.Gridman tells the story of Yuta Hibiki, a high school student with amnesia. He’s given the mission to fight against Kaiju by Hyper Agent Gridman. Together they merge to defeat the Kaiju, aided by the Gridman Alliance. SSSS.Gridman has an intriguing villain and is an interesting mystery. Based on the series Denko Choujin GridmanSSSS.Gridman was a surprise hit in 2018. 

Little Witch Academia

The Little Witch Academia series has spawned two moviesLittle Witch Academia and Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, as well as a television series. Atsuko “Akko” Kagari enrolls in the magical school, Luna Nova Magical Academy. Determined to become a witch like her hero Shiny Chariot, Akko sets off to accomplish her dream. Akko is hard working but lacks magical abilities because of her non-magical bloodline. However, Akko’s belief in magic is second to none and she finally discovers her magical abilities. 

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