Top Five Anime Ass Pulls

It is common in really any created work for writers to pull something “out of thin air” when they write themselves into a corner. This is often done in ham handed ways, but sometimes it goes unnoticed. However, if you think too much about some plot points you may find that events just doesn’t make sense. Anime of course is no different than any other created work. So what are some of the biggest “Ass Pulls” in anime:


5. Yusuke becomes a half-demon

For most of Yu Yu Hakusho (about 90 episodes), Yusuke was completely human. However, when fighting against Sensui Shinobu, Yusuke is suddenly given a demon ancestor (Raizen). The transformation may have been necessary for him to win, but his demonic heritage was mentioned until then.


4. Swellow’s “Thunder Armour”

Anyone who’s played Pokemon games and watched the anime know that the type match ups don’t really matter in the series. Or at least they don’t matter that much. Ash Ketchum in particular seems to always come up “creative” ways to win battles. One such battle was during the Mossdeep Gym battle. Pikachu’s electric attack gets reflect on itself and Swellow. It then becomes a sort of “armor.” Considering that Swellow is a Flying type and is weak to electric type attacks, this shouldn’t work. Furthermore, Pikachu and Ash never discussed the plan. Therefore, Pikachu would have to have assumed Ash’s plan. It’s all so implausible.


Blackbeard Using Both Devil Fruits
Blackbeard Using Both Devil Fruits

3. Blackbeard has two devil fruits

In One Piece the use of devil fruits comes with several limitations. Devil Fruit powers aren’t suppose to get stronger or change. Devil users can’t swim. Finally, Devil Fruit users can ONLY have one devil fruit ability. Of course when Blackbeard “steals” Whitebeard’s Gura Gura no Mi this rule is broken. It is known that Blackbeard has stolen devil fruits from others, given them to his crewmates. It remains unclear exactly how or why he can have two devil fruit abilities, but it is suggested that his original devil fruit ability is responsible.


2. Ulquiorra’s Resurreccion: Segunda Etapa

Bleach has a lot of ass pulls thorough out the series. One of the most notable is the ability of Ulquiorra to transform into a second Resurreccion. This is suppose to be against the rules that govern Arrancar. It’s never explain exactly why he has a second transformation, but he’s seems to be the only Espada that can do it. Of course in another ass pull, Ichigo is able to get stronger so he can defeat the second transformation.


1. Rock Lee should have beaten Gaara

Like Bleach, Naruto is full of plot holes and ass pulls. Called Plot no Jutsu by fans, Naruto has seen many characters escape or solve problems out of no where. While Sasuke surviving his fight with Deidara is probably more ridiculous, I always though what occurred between Gaara and Rock Lee made no sense. During the fight, Gaara manages to escape the damage from Lee’s Initial Lotus by using sand clone while burying himself in the ground. The problem is that he was, 1. in mid-air at the time, 2. getting hit by Rock Lee at the time and 3. apparently was able to accomplish this in the time it took Rock Lee to wince.

So that’s my list for 5 of the biggest ass pulls in anime. What are yours?

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Top Five Eldritch Abomination creatures in Anime and Manga

Eldritch Abominations are a type of creature that is “defined by its disregard for the natural laws of the universe as we understand them.” Humans often go mad in their presence or lack the ability to comprehend these creatures altogether. Their actions are usually incomprehensible to mortals. They aren’t “evil” exactly, as they tend to be beyond such binary morals. They exists “somewhere beyond the stars,” “before our time,” or “outside our universe.” They can appear in various forms but often are massive in size, but are generally bizarre in appearance.


5. Devilman – God

We never get to see what God really looks like. However, God chooses to take the form of a “huge sphere of light that kills any demon in its reach and turns any human who gets too close to it into salt.” God even causes Satan to have a nervous breakdown simply by seeing God on television. Within the Devilman universe, God controls the cycle of life and death of the universe. God uses this power to torture Satan, by ruining what Satan cares about over and over and over.

Truth from FMA
Truth

4. Fullmetal Alchemist – The Gate of Truth

The Gate of Truth is a “central nexus of all knowledge in the universe.” It’s nearly impossible to reach. It unclear if it’s sentient or not and whether it is actively collecting knowledge or not. Regardless, it possess a great deal of knowledge already. It’s possible that God or something similar to God is protecting it. Knowledge can be gained from the the gate, for a price. In FMA, Truth appears as a white, featureless godlike being. It resembles the person that enters its realm. In order to gain the ability to transmute without a circle you must exchange part of yourself that Truth will wear.

The Anti-Spirals from Gurren Lagann
The Anti-spirals

3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – The Anti-Spirals

In Gurren Lagann, the Anti-Spirals have godlike powers that allow them to “break up laws of physics, create living battle ships as they want, create power-draining oceans in the middle of space, or trap people into a Lotus-Eater Machine at will, live in their own pocket dimension they created, create galaxy-sized Humongous Mecha at an instant, without using Spiral Power, and having very creepy forms, similar to a Living Shadow, with the Anti-Spiral King resembling a living chalk drawing.”

The Anti-Spirals are different from your typical Eldritch Abomination, in that they are beings of “order,” and aimed to become an all powerful Singularity to stop another Eldritch Abomination, Spiral Energy.

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Angels

Most Angels in Evangelion are considered Eldritch Abominations. They are capable of erecting barriers that are impenetrable and can sometimes be “entire sub-universes.” Leliel is a thin disc that leads to different dimension. It possess a three dimension shadow (that casts it’s own shadow). Arael is a creature of light that can fire mind altering beams from space. Finally, Armisael is a gravity defying Angel that attempts to assimilate with the EVAs. The EVAs themselves are artificial abominations that must be piloted by mentally scarred children and are clones of Angels with a human soul installed.

The Godhand from Berserk
The Godhand

1. Berserk – Godhand

The Berserk series probably has the most famous abominations. The Godhand are the five most powerful demons in the Berserk universe. They are tasked with creating more demons and are summoned by Behelits. They can manipulate reality and string of Causality. They aren’t physical beings. When they do become corporal (once every 1,000 years) the are able to manipulate dimensions. Each Godhand is chosen by previous members begging the question, who chose the first one?

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Top Five Xanatos Gambits in Anime

According to TV Tropes, a Xanatos Gambit is a ” plan for which all foreseeable outcomes benefit the creator — including ones that superficially appear to be failure. The creator predicts potential attempts to thwart the plan, and arranges the situation such that the creator will ultimately benefit even if their adversary “succeeds” in “stopping” them.” Basically, regardless of whether the plan succeeds or fails, the creator benefits.


5. Attack on Titan – Erwin “wins” no matter what

During the 57th Exterior Scouting Mission arc, the Scout Regiment begin an expedition that was interrupted by the Female Titan. No matter the result of the expedition, Erwin won. If they captured the Female Titan, the scouts got rid of a major threat and learn more about spies in the scouts. If they failed, Erwin would learn the identity of the “infiltrators” and by extension the Female Titan.

4. Cowboy Bebop – Vicious takes over the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate

The Red Dragon Crime Syndicate was a crime organization in Cowboy Bebop. Vicious attempts a coup d’etat against the Red Dragon Syndicate. While he hoped to succeed, he anticipated his failure. Which indeed happened. He was sentenced to death. However, he stacked the execution squad with his men, who then killed the elders.

3. MHA – All For One is victorious against All Might

When he fought All Might, All For One would be victorious whether he lost or not. In victory, he would kill the “symbol of peace.” Had he lost, he would force All Might to use the rest of One for All rendering him less effective against villains. This would result in the rise of villains once again. In addition to this, his defeat would anger Shigaraki, making him angry and more dangerous.

2. Yu Yu Hakusho – Sensui tricks Koenma

Sensui wanted to open Makai Tunnel. In order to accomplish this he enacts an elaborate plan that enlists eleven year old Amanuma. With the ability to “bring video games to life,” Amanuma traps Yusuke and his friends in a game world that “kills the antagonist if the heroes win, or the heroes if they give up.” Kurama kills Amanuma, but Koenma bring him back to life.

This however turns out to be part of the plan. Sensui knows that Koenma, feeling guilty for the situation will use up his powers to save Amanuma. Koenma is the only one that had the power to stop Sensui, so he managed to eliminate as a threat him. Regardless of what happened, Makai Tunnel would open.

1. Dragon Ball Super – The Zenos get what they want

On the surface, Zeno appears to be an adorable child like being. However, as the Grand Zeno (The Supreme ruler of the Multiverse), Zeno is the most powerful being. Like most deities, Zeno is largely indifferent to other beings. Zeno, along with Future Zeno create the Tournament of Power. Within that tournament, any universe that loses will be erased. Initial it seems like the Gods simply want to be entertained, however they really want a “good person” to win and resurrect the erased universes.

This act would show that the universes can change and grow.If the wish is selfish, the Zenos would erase everything anyway. They type of wish doesn’t matter. The Zenos would get an entertaining tournament and would have to worry about mortals, either because the proved that they can change or they were erased.

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My Top 5 Anime Electricity Users

Same rules as my list for top 5 water userstop 5 fire users and top 5 ice users which are:

  1. I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
  2. I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
  3. I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.

[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case electric. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.


5. Gilthunder (Seven Deadly Sins)

Gilthunder is a Diamond-ranked Holy Knight and son of Great Holy Knight, Zaratras. Taught by Meliodas in the fundamentals of swordsmanship and “the way of the Knight.” Like all Holy Knights, Gilthunder has magic and power that can match entire armies. He can match Meliodas in skill. His main weapon is a long sword that he uses to channel his lighting magic.

Gilthunder’s top electric abilities:

  • Thunderbolt – greatly increase his physical capabilities and allow him to move at extraordinary speeds. This power allows him to perform such feats as creating rings of lightning that bind and paralyze his opponents.
  • Raitei no Shukusei – Gilthunder slashes his sword through the air in a specific sequence before pressing his hand to the blade. The target is then engulfed by a huge burst of lightning.
  • Raitei no Sendo – Gilthunder uses electricity to enhance his body and allow him to move at lightning fast speed.
  • Combined Technique: Dragon Castle – An enormous and devastatingly powerful black tornado is created. The attack is brought about by the union of Gilthunder’s Purge of the Thunder Emperor technique and Howzer’s Rising Tornado technique.

Source: Nanatsu no taizai fandom


4. Laxus Dreyar (Fairy Tail)

Laxus is an S-Class Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild. The Grandson of Guild Master, Makarov Dreyar, Laxus is one of the strongest members. Laxus is a Lighting Magic user. He can produce and manipulate lighting and electricity at his will.

Laxus top electric abilities:

  • Thunder Palace – Laxus creates multiple Lacrima filled with large amounts of Lightning Magic and suspended in the air in a circular formation. This spell has been described as being powerful enough to destroy the entire Magnolia Town, if all the orbs are used.
  • Lightning Body – through the use of Lightning Magic, Laxus is capable of transforming his own body into electricity, turning himself into a lightning bolt, whose size can vary from mere, fast-moving sparks.
  • Lightning Dragon Slayer Magic – A form of Dragon Slayer Magic which gives Laxus the power and characteristics of a Lightning Dragon, along with a Dragon Slayer’s signature ability to eat external sources of his element to heal himself and regain power, thus making him immune to lightning.

Source: Fairy Tail Fandom


3. God Enel (One Piece)

Enel is the “God” of Skypiea and was defeated by Monkey D. Luffy. Enel was extremely powerful. He possesses great physical strength, he’s acrobatic and has good endurance. He real strength comes from his devil fruit, Goro Goro no Mi. A Logia type devil fruit user, he can create, control and transform into electricity at will. It was considered to be a devil fruit that was “invisible,” however, Luffy proved that it wasn’t true.

God Enel’s top abilities:

  • 1, 5 Million, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60 Million, 100, Max 200 Million Volt Bari – Enel releases various levels of his electric energy, eventually becoming a living body of lightning.
  • El Thor – Mostly used to destroy targets from long range, Enel focuses a large cluster of electricity above his target, then uses it to send a huge and powerful lightning bolt crashing down from the sky, frying the unlucky target.
  • Raigo – Enel’s most powerful attack. He combines his own electric powers with the Ark Maxim to create a huge spherical cloud filled with electricity. The ball has enough power to destroy an entire island.

Source: One Piece Fandom


2. Killua (Hunter X Hunter)

Killua Zoldyck is the third child of Silva and Kikyo Zoldyck. Killua has trained since birth to become an assassin, being recognized as the most talented assassin in his families entire history. He won’t hesitate to kill if necessary. He learns at a fast rate, he has near immunity to poison, high tolerance for electricity, high agility, strength, stealth and high intellect. He can walk without making a sound and even sleep with a larger part “of his brain awake than normal, so he can avoid attacks even in his sleep, even if they come from an armed.”

Killua’s top electric abilities:

  • Lightning Palm – The first ability Killua named, as well as the most basic one in his arsenal, consists in him electrocuting his opponent by touching them with both palms and pushing them back. The first and only time this Nen ability was used, it barely seared Sub’s sweater, but hurt and stunned him for a few seconds.
  • Thunderbolt – Killua leaps into the air above the opponent and projects a bolt of lightning from his fingers, paralyzing them for a few moments and causing them pain.
  • Whirlwind – first core function of Godspeed has Killua react automatically to external stimuli. Instead of the normal process of the stimulus being perceived by the nerves, which transmit a signal to the brain which in turn sends an instruction to the muscles, Killua programs his aura to send an electric signal to his muscles so as to instantly react to a threat, bypassing the comparatively slow nervous system. The aura can be preprogrammed to respond to different stimuli: physical contact, malevolent intent in enemy aura, or someone stepping in a predetermined perimeter, and the specific response is preprogrammed as well.
  • Speed of Lightning – second application of Godspeed allows Killua to retain conscious control of his movements. His running speed and jumping ability increase dramatically, hence why he uses it primarily to cover long distances in a very short amount of time.

Source: HunterxHunter Fandom


1. Yoruichi Shihoin (Bleach)

Yoruichi is the former captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13 and a former commander of the Onmitsukido. She’s considered to be the most proficient Hoho (Fast Movement) master in all of Soul Society. She holds the title of “Flash Goddess,” because she had ” mastered this ability to the point where she can appear to be in several places at once and wipe out an entire Onmitsukido squadron in seconds.” She’s one of the best hand to hand masters in Soul Society. Yoruichi was able to fight three Captains and four lieutenant level opponents without any real damage. She’s a master assassin, strategist and swordsman. She has enhanced strength and endurance.

Yoruichi top electric abilities:

  • Shunko (Lightning) – An advanced technique which combines Hakuda with Kidō. This technique surrounds her back and arms with pressurized Kidō based on the element of lightning. Apart from enhancing her arms and legs for combat, the technique allows her to instantly neutralize an opponent’s movement. The Kidō itself can be controlled and fired at opponents from her body, which creates massive explosions. Yoruichi’s version of the technique was developed and studied by her a century ago; therefore, the technique is complete and the compressed Kidō is visible. While using this technique, her Reiatsu takes the form of white lightning. Her skill and control in its usage has progressed to the point of activation taking the form of a pair of lightning wings generated from her back.
  • Shunko: Raijin Senkei – lightning emitted from Yoruichi’s back creates a circle of electrical energy in the shape of Raijin’s drums behind her as Yoruichi unleashes a giant column of concentrated electrical energy to engulf her opponent.
  • Shunshin Chohengen – While Shunko: Raijin Senkei is already activated, Yoruichi can transform her mind and body even further.
  • Shunko: Raiju Senkei: Shunryu Kokubyo Senkei – Upon release a huge column of electrical energy is released. When the energy disappears Yoruichi has taken on the form of a hybrid of Shunkō and her feline form. Her feet become clawed cat paws, this form clads her arms and legs in electricity covering her forearms past the elbow and her legs up to her thighs, each ending with claws made of electrical energy. The energy forms her hair into the form of cat ears and she grows a tail. This form sheaths her in an aura of electrical energy. This form gives her the mentality of a cat and allows the cat nature of “fickleness” to manifest in her Reiatsu. While Yoruichi is naturally moody, she is even more so in this form; her Reiatsu is directly responsive to her changes in mood, and therefore becomes reliably unstable by changing 48 times per second.

Source: Bleach Fandom


My Top 5 Anime Ice users

Same rules as my list for top 5 water users and top 5 fire users which are:

  1. I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
  2. I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
  3. I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.

[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case ice. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.


5. Shoto Todoroki (MHA)

[Note] I’m putting Shoto fifth despite his ice powers being more powerful (in my opinion) than Gray and Haku. In My Hero Academia he often uses abilities without names and the heroes in the series really only have a handful of techniques. Shoto really only has one ice attack at the moment, because he hasn’t reached his full potential yet.

Shoto is a student in Class 1-A, where he got through with official recommendations. The youngest son of the number one hero Endeavor, he’s one of the best young heroes in the series. As a child he was trained to be the successor of his father from an early age. His Quirk is called Half-Cold Half-Hot, a powerful versatile Quirk that grants him both fire and ice powers. While Shoto has begun to use his fire side he’s far more advance with his ice side. He was capable of freezing entire buildings and creating large waves of ice. He has enhanced durability, stamina and agility.

Shoto’s top ice abilities:

  • Heaven Piercing Ice Wall – Shoto creates an enormous ice glacier, that can either encapsulate his opponent or block the immediate field of battle in ice.

Source: MHA Fandom


4. Haku (Naruto)

Haku was an orphaned ninja from the Land of Water, and a member of Yuki Clan. He became a mercenary ninja under the tutelage of Zabuza. He posses the Kekkei Genkai: Ice Released. For his age, Haku was advanced. Haku was also incredibly fast, and was capable of killing without making a sound. Haku could also perform hand seals with only one hand, a feat that remained rare even at the end of the series. His uses of Ice Release granted him unique offensive and defensive abilities.

Haku’s top Ice abilities:

  • Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals – a technique is performed by Haku. He creates several large mirrors out of ice, which he surrounds a target with. By entering one of these mirrors, Haku’s reflection will appear in all of them. Haku can travel between these mirrors near-instantaneously, giving the appearance that he occupies all of them simultaneously.
  • Ice Release: Ice Rock Dome of Magnificent Nothingness – Haku can quickly freeze the surrounding air and create an icy, transparent igloo-like dome around himself and/or allies to act as a defense. It is strong enough to withstand the air assault of so many explosive tags at once, remaining almost undamaged.
  • Thousand Flying Water Needles of Death – Haku creates a thousand long needles from the nearby water, which surround the target. The user carefully aims the needles at the target and fires them at rapid speeds. Targets who are struck by the needles suffer significant injury.

Source: Naruto Fandom


3. Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)

Gray is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild. He’s the master of Ice-make magic. This allows him to create ice at will and shape it into anything he wants. He uses Static Ice-Make that allows him to shape his ice into inanimate things or weapons. Ice-make is known for being effective as both offensive and defensive magic. He also has resistance to ice and snow magic. Gray also has “Ice Magic” that allows the user to create and manipulate ice. He can even freeze, boiling water and flames.

Gray’s Top Ice abilities:

  • Ice devil Slayer Magic – A form of Devil Slayer Magic that Gray can manifest at will which allows him to produce, manipulate and control the element of ice. Like other Slayers, he is able to consume external sources of ice in order to replenish his strength and enhance his power while immune to it.
  • Unison Raid – Gray is capable of using this ability, although he has only performed it alongside Juvia till now. During their fight against Daphne’s Dragonoid, Gray and Juvia were able to fuse their Magic together, causing massive amounts of water and ice needles to erupt all over Magnolia Town.
  • Shotgun – Gray utilizes water provided by a Water Mage in conjunction with his Ice-Make Magic to solidify the water, which is then aimed at the target and released as sharp, thick spears of ice.

Source: Fairy Tail Wiki


2. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

Rukia is the current Captain of the 13th Division. She’s the adoptive sister of Byakuya Kuchiki, friend of Ichigo and wife of Renji Abarai. Rukia is an expert swordsman, kido user, shunpo expert and hakuda combatant. She also has enhanced strength and endurance, along with high intelligence.

Rukia’s top Ice abilities:

  • Shikai Special Ability – Rukia possess an ice-type Zanpakuto called Sode no Shirayuki. Her Zanpakuto has general freezing abilities, basically anything its wielder touches freezes.
  • Tsugi no mai, Hakuren – Rukia, calling out the name of the dance, punctures the ground once, creating a large ice circle, similar to the first dance. She punctures the ground in front of her four times in a semi circle. As ice particles begin to flow up from the punctures she made in the ground, she takes a battle stance. The particles, building up at the tip of Sode no Shirayuki, are released as a large, powerful avalanche of cold air. It flash freezes whatever it comes into contact with, encasing it in ice.
  • Bankai (Hakka no Togame) – increases the area of influence of Rukia’s ability to reach the temperature of absolute zero. Upon release, a pillar of cold mist rises up into the air from where she is and covers a wide area in her vicinity. Anything within the area of influence of the mist is frozen. Once frozen solid, victims crumble away within seconds. Physical contact with Rukia herself causes other people to begin freezing solid due to how cold her body is.

Source: Bleach Fandom


1. Aokiji (One Piece)

Also know as Kuzan, Aokiji was a Marine Admiral. He was nominated for “fleet admiral” by Sengoku, but lost the position to Sakazuki. As a marine admiral he had a large number of marines under his command. He could holds his own against a pirate as powerful as Whitebeard. He also has a great deal of speed as he was able to sneak up on Doflamingo with him noticing. He has enhance endurance, being able to fight Sakazuki for 10 straight days before being defeated. He was able to take a Haki imbued kick from Marco and Jozu. He possess acute hearing, even being able to hear things underwater. He possess Haki, Busoshoku Haki and Kenbunshoku Haki. Aokiji ate the Logia type devil fruit, the Hie Hie no Mi. This allows him to turn himself and his surroundings into ice. It’s strong enough that he could change the weather of one half of an island.

Aokiji’s top ice abilities:

  • Ice Age – An attack used only near the ocean or another large area of water. Kuzan places his hand in the water, then in an instant freezes it (along with anything in/on it) completely solid.
  • Ice Time – Kuzan touches his opponent’s body, then freezes them into a human ice statue. They can remain alive in a form of suspended animation for some time in their icy prison, but any decent hit will shatter them to pieces. This ended up being the case for Jozu, whose right arm broke off at the shoulder upon falling over while completely frozen.
  • Ice Time Capsule – Using his powers, Kuzan sends a wave of ice along the ground. Anything it hits is frozen in place.

Source: One Piece Fandom