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.
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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