Which anime characters would you want as a best friend
After thinking it through, it’s clear from my choices that the quality I want the most in an anime friend is the desire to kill or die for me. I do not know what that says about me (probably nothing good), but I figure if you’re willing to go that far for me, then you’ll let me borrow some money ever once in a while. Most of the anime I watch is shonen, so it’s probably the type of character that populates that genre that bias me in favor of these selfless characters. This question asks for multiple characters, so I’m going to go with my top three:
Anime you wish never ended and continued (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Technically, Evangelion hasn’t ended (the next movie is coming this year). However, I separate the movies from the main series. So for this challenge, I’m focusing on Evangelion-only season.
When I first started watching Evangelion, I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age); I was 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 could appreciate the series more. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.
They have credited Evangelion 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 Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series 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 combines themes centered on philosophy, religion, and psychoanalysis with amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series and wish it didn’t end.
Ever since the Pokemon series debuted in the 1990s, I have always wondered what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe. I would imagine waking up as a child, excited to choose my first Pokemon. I usually picked Pikachu or Abra. Playing out my adventure, I would travel from city to city, collecting badges and Pokemon. During my journey, I would meet new friends and gain fame as one of the greatest Pokemon trainers. As I got older, these fantasies dimmed. However, Pokemon remained a part of my life. Playing hundreds of hours, I could experience what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe.
Catching, training and naming these digital Pokemon was an acceptable substitute for the dreams of my childhood. I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems based on the actual world, anyway. I would image that it would be like various sports. With the release of Pokemon TwilightWings last year, the series took another step towards breathing life into the series. I may be too old for my childhood dreams of catching them all, but Pokemon remains a world I would love to live in.
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.
Korosensei (Assassination Classroom)
There are things you can’t see unless you change your standing.
Trafalgar Law (One Piece)
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.
Garou has been fighting no stop for what feels like days. He eventually runs into Saitama for the second. Like their last encounter, Saitama knocks him out easily. While taking a break, Garou is seen by A-Class Hero Death Gatling. Together with Stinger, Smile Man, Wildhorn, Chain’n’toad, Glasses, Gun Gun, and Shooter, Death Gatling gang up on Garou. Cornered, Garou loudly proclaims that after he defeats them, he will “have beaten 100 heroes.” What follows is an epic fight that is only given justice by watching it.
We expect Garou must lose at some point, if not because it must exhaust him, but because he’s the villain. Not only does he defeat Death Gatling and the rest of the heroes, but he also holds his own against Genos. The cyborg is updated and bests the tired Garou. However, before Genos uses his incineration cannon on Garou, Bang arrives. Garou may be the villain, but you end up rooting for him to win. He puts in a tremendous effort despite the odds.
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 senin form. Throughout this battle, Jiraiya uses his techniques and observation to determine the weakness of Pain.
Like the audience, he has no idea what Pain is capable of or who he is. He sacrifices himself for the Leaf and provides important intel that later aids in the defeat of Pain. The fight included strategy, skill, powerful techniques, a sad ending, and amazing animation. This is why I think it was the best anime battle.
Saddest Anime Scene – Envy’s death in the Brotherhood
The death of Envy was sad. Envy is a genderless shapeshifter. They can change everything when they shape-shift, directly copying others. Envy aims to make humanity suffer. Their hatred for human is at the core of Envy’s identity. In this scene, Envy goes from sadistic perpetrator to pathetic victim. The audience general goes from rooting for Colonel Mustang to burn Envy like he did to Lust, to siding with Ed and feeling sorry for Envy. It’s a magnificent moment. In the tunnels beneath Central City, Mustang and Riza search for the Homunculus. Envy attempts to trick Riza by taking Mustang’s form. He fails. Riza empties her pistol into Envy.
Drawn by the gunfire, Colonel Mustang appears. Seeking vengeance, Roy scorches Envy. Like Lust, Envy cannot regenerate and crumbles to dust. All that remains is Envy’s larval form. Mustang steps on Envy. As he prepares to kill Envy, Riza, Edward, and Scar stop him. This moment is about protecting Roy from becoming full of a hatred like Scar. Riza states that “she will not let Roy be consumed by vengeance.” Disgusted by human “sentiment”, Envy tries to create conflict. Ed remarks that Envy is “jealous” of humans. Being pitied by a human angers Envy. They remark that their “humiliated beyond imagination.” He cries and rips out his Philosopher Stone, committing suicide.
If you haven’t seen Made in Abyss your missing out. Despite its colorful environments and adorable characters, the series has a dark foreboding tone. They released season 1 of Made in Abyss in 2017. Based on Akihito Tsukushi’s manga, Made in Abyss follows two adventures, Reg and Riko as they travel though the levels of a bottomless pit. Each level gets worse, increasing the potential dangers. Our duo survived a few levels, however, once they reach the fourth, they encounter an Orb Piercer. The creature resembles a porcupine. The Piercer are herbivores, but they are territorial. In order for Delvers to pass through the 4th level, they must pass through the Orb Piercer’s territory. Over the years, the creature has either taken the limbs or lives of hundreds of Delvers.
What makes them so dangerous is their poisonous needles that surround their bodies. These needles can pierce metal. The poison is slow acting but spreads quickly. Reg and Riko become the latest victims of the creature. When Riko gets hit in her hand by a quill, she becomes poisoned. Panicked, Riko and Reg have no choice but to descend further into the Abyss. This causes Riko to hallucinate and then bleeds from every orifice. Riko’s hand swells. She tells Reg that he must amputate. First, he has to break the bone of her arm. Then he has to cut the arm off. Suddenly, a swarm of insect appear. Riko stops breathing. The entire scene is the most gruesome thing I’ve seen in anime.
Favorite Attack Someone Used in an Anime (Rasengan)
On the surface, the Rasengan is just a sphere of energy. The technique is more complicated, both in its creation and impact. In Naruto, the Rasengan is a signature move of Naruto Uzumaki. Shonen anime often have signature techniques that the main protagonists consistently use throughout the series. Dragon Ball’sKameHameHa, Yu Yu Hakusho’sSpirit Gun, and Hunter X Hunter’s Jajanken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) are some of the most well-known signature moves in anime. The fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, created the Rasengan. He based it on the Tailed Beast Ball. It took him three years to complete.
I fell in love with the Rasengan after watching Naruto learn the technique. It was the level of difficulty that impressed me. The Rasengan is a high form of shape transformation. It requires no hand seals and once formed doesn’t need additional chakra. The Rasengan can vary in size. When the technique comes in contact with a surface, it “grinds into its target,” then it bursts, resulting in massive damage. To learn the Rasengan, the user needs to refine their chakra. Jiraiya breaks the Rasengan into three steps: 1) Rotation, 2) Power, and 3) Containment. Rasengan has many forms. Big Ball Rasengan. Spiralling Serial Spheres. Wind Release: Rasengan. Wind Release: Rasenshuriken. And Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan. The Rasengan is signature technique in Shonen, but it’s the most complex and difficult to master.
Favorite Weapon, Gear, Armor used in Anime (Zanpakuto)
Zanpakuto (Soul-Cutting Sword)–is the primary weapon of choice of the Shinigami, Arrancar, and Visored. Zanpakuto start off as “Asauchi”, each Zanpakuto are forged by Oetsu Nimaiya. Each Zanpakuto is a part of the soul of the Shinigami. A Zanpakuto cannot be replaced once destroyed. The size of the Zanpakuto correlate with the amount of Spirit Pressure. Every Zanpakuto has a name that each Shinigami must learn. Zanpakuto can withhold their names from their wielder if they deem them unworthy. Zanpakuto have many forms, the Shikai and the Bankai.
Shikai (Initial Release)–is the second form of a Zanpakuto (after it’s sealed form), the name of the Zanpakuto must be learned before entering this form.
Bankai (Final Release)–is the final and most powerful form of a Zanpakuto. To reach Bankai, “one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakuto spirit”.