Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 6: Recap and Review

Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

I’ve been saying this all season, but it bears repeating. Attack on Titan has been to humanize the Eldian’s. Consider Willy Tybur, in episode 6, we see that he’s a father of 5. This successfully humanizes him. We think of his children being fatherless. However, he goes on in his conversation with Captain Magath to show little concern for Eldian’s life. The sympathy he earns in the previous scene is relinquished and when Eren eats him in the following scene, we don’t care. Eren’s assault has a devastating impact. While he massacre’s the attendees, the warriors suffer losses. Zofia is crushed under rubble. Udo tries to save her and is trampled to death.

The tragedy has the likely effect of radicalising Gabi. She can’t understand “why Udo and Zofia” had to die. The answer is they didn’t. However, Gabi is pushed further when Sasha kills a soldier in front of Gabi. Shocked by the violence, Gabi grabs a gun. I think Gabi will end up killing one of the Scouts, probably Sasha in revenge. However, Gabi’s not the victim here. She has killed plenty of people. She may be too young to or to bias to release that she’s no better than anyone else. That is the theme that Attack on Titan is trying to make. There are no angels here. It’s tragic that it involves a child like Gabi at all, but this is the world of Attack on Titan.

Look at what you’ve done, Eren

Lara Tybur is actually the War Hammer Titan. She quickly dominates Eren, when she impales him on a spike. The Titan can create any weapon it chooses. This makes the War Hammer titan a versatile Titan. Overwhelmed, it exposes Eren. When the War Hammer Titan asks “his last words,” he calls for Mikasa to take action. Mikasa arrives in typical epic fashion. Soaring through the air with new armor, she fires eight Thunder Spears into the nape of the War Hammer. As she pulls the triggers, they explode, appearing to kill the host. Once reunited with Eren, she asks him to “come home.” Eren’s “mission” to invade Marley seems to have been another one of his reckless decisions.

The Marley’s army prepares for a full assault. Eren notices that the War Hammer function differently from other Titans. First, it doesn’t have the nape weakness. Eren notes that the titan appeared “from the feet,” instead of “from the head.” Lara isn’t inside the War Hammer Titan at all. She’s hiding underneath the stage attached to the Titan by an umbilical cord. Eren transforms a second time, pulling out Lara from her hiding place. He tears the umbilical cord and the War Hammer Titan collapse. As he prepares to eat the Titan, the Jaw Titan attacks him from behind. Before it can kill Eren, Levi arrives slashing the jaw of the Titan, preventing him from biting.

It shocks Galliard that the Survey Corps isn’t afraid of him. Titans had besieged Paradis Island for decades, resulting is the Survey Corps developing skills and means to deal with Titans. This has also happened to the nations that surround Marley. This episode tests us. As viewers, we are rooting for Eren as he slaughters the masses. The “masses” unfortunately include children. Soldiers are expected to die and have made victims of other. I won’t lie, I was enjoying this massacre, especially when Eren kills the soldiers. Attack on Titan has attempted to make us feel for the Eldians, but I think they needed more time. War creates victims of everyone. The Survey Core may win this fight, but they could lose the war or at least more of themselves. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so they could get slaughtered in the next episode.

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 5

Episode 5 – ‘Declaration of War’

Attack on Titan has been making the case that both Marley and Paradis Island have reason for war. However, episode 5, “Declaration of War” undermines this case. Willy Tyber reveals the sorted his of family and King Karl Fritz. As Tyber tells this tale, Eren and Reiner discuss their similarities, while the Scouts work behind the scenes. Able to hear the stage from the basement, Eren shows Reiner that he’s already cut his hand. Reiner ask Eren, “why he is in Marley.” He responds that he there for the same reason as Reiner, “he has no choice.” Reiner breaks down. Since the beginning of the fourth season, Reiner has been at the center. Particularly, his guilt at the death of his friend, the attack on Paradis Island, and the betrayal of the Scouts. Reiner is a more sympathetic figure. Falco Grice is also sympathetic. Having trusted Eren when he was unaware of who he was, he becomes a pawn in the war. When Falco realises that Eren is from Paradiso Island, he’s devastated that he aided the enemy. Eren apologizes.

Elsewhere, the soldier escorting Pieck, Porco Galliard, and Zeke Jaeger orders Zeke to “go to the gate.” Pieck claims to find the soldier to be “familiar.” Most fans would instantly think of Armin. The soldier is much taller than the Armin we remember, but he resembles him. Willy tells the audience the entire history of the Eldian Empire. Using the power of the Titans, the Eldians dominated humanity, wiping out “many ethnicities and cultures.” However, the story of the Marleyan hero Helos was false. King Karl Fritz was the one that wanted peace. The Tybur family and the King colluded together to end the violence. The King moved the Eldians to Paradis Island, threatening to unleash a thousand of Colossal Titans. Despite this threat, the King accepted the invasion of the Paradis Island because he believed that “the Eldian sins could never be atoned for.”

Eren Jaeger is a threat to world

The soldier brings Galliard and Pieck into an abandoned room. He cuts a rope near the wall, opening a trapdoor beneath the two Titans. Pieck notes that they’re “too cramped to transform without being squashed to death.” Back on stage, Willy tells the shocked audience that the peace King Fritz wanted ended when Eren stole the Founding Titan. He announces that the “new threat to the world is Eren Jaeger.” With the Founding Titan’s power, Eren can command “millions of Colossal Titans at any moment.” In the basement, Reiner tells Eren that “they wanted to save the world.” Eren seems to see himself in Reiner, who blames himself for the tragedies that happened to Eren. Although Eren claims that he and Reiner “are he same,” he will “continue moving forward until his enemies are destroyed.” Eren’s eye turns bright green, and he transforms in the room with Reiner and Falco.

Eren emerges from underneath the stage, crushing Willy and tossing him into the air. I thought Falco’s presence was going to prevent Eren from transforming. We assume that Eren’s the “good guy” and won’t kill a harmless child. Attack on Titan has been making the argument that there are no heroes, just sides. Regardless, if the Marley nation had left Paradis Island alone, they all would have peace. The fear and bigotry of the Marley’s lead them to attacking the Island, resulting in the uprising that caused Eren to rise in power. The cycle of violence started with the Eldians, but could have ended with the Marley nation. They instigated this war, now they must suffer the consequence.


100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7

Your Anime Crush (Mikasa Ackerman)

My anime crush is Mikasa Ackerman . If you don’t know, she is one of the title characters of Attack on Titan. What’s not to love about Mikasa. She’s loyal, pretty and strong. Mikasa is a little dark because they murdered her parents. She loves Eren and Armin fiercely and will do anything for them. Mikasa has a strong sense of morality. I think her dependence on Eren is a little unhealthy, but nobody is perfect. She’s brave and was the top graduate of her class. Her ability to fight is impressive and I think she’s bad ass.


Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 4

Episode 4 – “From One Hand to Another”

Theo Magath learns that the Tybur family has arrived. Although the Tybur family is Eldian, they have prospered. Magath meets Willy Tybur that introduces him to the rest of his family. Magath believes that “war is too distant for the average Marleyan,” and he aims to reinstate the “Marley’s conscription system.” Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 4 gestures at the likely conflict that going to occur between Paradis Island and Marley. If the people have gotten comfortable and no longer take war seriously, they’re about to experience battle first hand.

Willy tells him that his family does control Marley, but they have given the nation freedom. He plans on revealing ‘the truth to the world at the upcoming festival.” Considering the hostility between Marley and Eldia, it’s surprising that the Tybur family is in control. I hope we learn how they gain that position. At the military meeting, Reiner points out the weaknesses in the methods for invading Paradis Island. He dismissed by the strategist, who concludes that “it was not worth letting an Eldian talk.”

Outside, the Warriors watch as Falco beats Gabi in a footrace. They celebrate, but his brother doubts that he will surpass her. The candidates head to the festival stage that’s under construction. The Tybur family will declare war in front of the ambassadors from other nations. Udo points out that “hatred for Eldians is even worse outside of Marley,” as a result, he doubts the other nations will support them. Elsewhere, Falco visits Kruger (Eren). He tells Falco that after “the festival he will go back to his hometown.” Attack on Titan, maybe foreshadowing the plan the scouts have. Attack during the festival and then return home. When a doctor approaches, Falco runs off. The doctor introduces himself as Dr. Jaeger. He tells Eren about Falco’s family and warns him not to get Falco in trouble. Eren suspects that Dr. Jaegar is talking about his past. He asks him “if he has regrets,” and the man says “everyday.”

Meeting Dr. Jaeger

Dr. Jaegar is the father of Fay and Grisha Jaeger and the grandfather of Zeke and Eren. They introduced us to Dr. Jaeger in the 20th episode of Attack on Titan. His daughter Fay is murdered by a Marley Public Security officer. Dr. Jaeger was a coward and meekly accepted the fake story he was told. In the present, he expresses regret for what happens and has a breakdown. During the festival, Gabi and the other candidates enjoy food outsiders prepared. During the night, they prepare to watch the announcement. Meanwhile, Falco leads Reiner away to a basement. There he introduces him to Kruger, who Reiner immediately realizes is Eren. Attack on Titan Episode 4 was the last chance for the candidates to experience a normal life before the war. The series is clearly ramping up to an explosive battle. I suspect that in the next episode it will start. I feel sorry for Falco. He seemed to like Kruger (Eren) and was so excited to introduce Reiner to him. He going to have bigger problems going forward, but I think it will hurt him.

Attack on Titan Episode 3: Recap and Review

Reiner considers killing himself

Episode 3 – “The Door of Hope”

The 3rd episode of Attack on Titan, “The Door of Hope,” begins with Reiner remembering a past conversation with his mother. She tells him they have “demon blood” inside them and that his father abandoned them because he was a Marleyan. She weeps. The Eldians living in the Marley nation have developed an inferior complex. Desperate to become a Marleyan, Reiner volunteers to be a Warrior. The training is severe, as it subjects them to psychical exhaustion, while the commander berates them. When the warriors are told that there will be an attack on Paradise Island, Reiner is the most excited. However, he humiliated by Porco Galliard, who calls him “weak.” They assign the 6 Titans to 6 warriors, Anne the Female Titan, Reiner the Armored Titan, Marcel the Jaw Titan, Zeke the Beast Titan, Pieck the Cart Titan, andBertholdt the Colossus Titan. Commander Magath believes they’re the strongest group of Warrior yet, however, he still thinks sending kids to retrieve the Founding Titan is “crazy.”

Marcel gets eaten by Ymir

I’m Sorry

It enrages Porco that that Reiner becomes the Armored Titan. At a parade, Reiner sees his father. Excited to be an honorary Marleyan, Reiner assumes that his father would accept him and his mother. Unfortunately, his father wants nothing to do with him or his mother fearing death. He tells Reiner he would leave to get “far away from the demon Eldians.” Reiner still has hope that they will welcome him as a hero. On the Island, the warriors doubt the militaries plan. Suddenly, Marcel reveals that manipulated the military into giving him the Armored Titan to save his brother. While Reiner is absorbing this, Ymir eats Marcel. This moment is a bit confusing, but is appears to be at a later point in the journey. Without Marcel, Anne wants to find Ymir and leave. Reiner tells her to they “need to finish the mission.” Anne assumes that Reiner would be punished and feed to the next warrior.

An unamed soldier (Eren?) explores the cost of war

Reiner is dead

He asks why Anne believes she won’t face punishment along with him? Believing he’s only trying to save himself, Anne beats Reiner. Determined, Reiner gets back up bloody, he chokes Anne telling her “he will be Marcel.” We finally get to see what happened the day the Colossus Titan attacked. The three join the Scouts and Anne tries and cannot infiltrate the Mitras. The following morning they train using ODM gear. Reiner inspires Eren to “to move forward and achieve his goals,” while in the present Reiner loads a shotgun preparing to commit suicide. He remembers that he has the young Warriors to live for.

Falco is returning home when he’s called over by the soldier he helped the previous day. He tells him he’s been “faking his amnesia because he does not want to face his family.” They discuss the hardship war has on people. This episode was another good one. However, it ended abruptly. I felt like there was a revelation missing. Then, by watching videos online, I learned that the soldier is probably Eren. It was too subtle but changes everything. Clearly, Eren and the rest of the Scouts have invaded Marley. By filling us in on the Eldians from Marley’s side of the story, Attack on Titan is giving us an opportunity to sympathize with them. I expect it will make the upcoming conflict more heartbreaking.

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 2: Recap and Review

Gabi is celebrates for her heroism in episode 2 of Attack on Titan.
Gabi is celebrates for her heroism

Episode 2 – “Midnight Train”

Attack on Titan season 4, episode 2 opens with a meeting with the general. Despite the victories that Marley earned at Fort Slava, the general is concerned with the ability to kill Titans other nations gaining. Marley is beginning to lose the arms race. If they didn’t center their armies’ power around Titans, they might have been better positioned. That said, couldn’t they just buy the Titan killing cannons? Anyway, Zeke makes a case for resuming the Paradis Island Operation to recover the Founding Titan and regain their power. Zeke only has one year left and is eager to “make up” for his failure. Marley has been sending ships to Paradis for three years and not a single one has returned. Zeke speculates that it must be “two” Titans that are responsible. 

Elsewhere, Reiner wakes after a nightmare. Sitting nearby is Porco Galliard, the Jaw Titan. Galliard seems to hate Reiner and blames him for his brother’s death. He confirms that Ymir is dead and he ate her. Suddenly, Pieck, the Cart Titan enters. She needs a crutch to reorient herself after walling on all four in her Titan form. She seems easy going, unlike her more jaded peers. The surviving Eldian returns home to Liberio. They’re excited to see their families. Attack on Titan has always had elements of Nazi Germany, but this episode invites the comparison. The look of the uniforms, the general reminded me of Hitler, and the segregation and the oppression that the Eldian suffer under invoke the image of Nazi Germany. I’m sure this is intentional and it’s effective. 

Savage, Heartless devils

Reiner and Gabi are cousins and they have dinner with their family. After Gabi recounts her war story, Reiner’s mother is assured that Gabi will inherit the Armored Titan. These families are brainwashed to both accept their inferior societal position and to hate the Eldian that “fleed” to Paradis Island. This doesn’t seem to benefit anyone but the Marleyans. Reiner seems more conflicted when discussing his experiences on the island. He recounts them while characterizing them as being horrible memories. He tells them how an Eldian (Potato Girl) had “eaten a stolen potato during their entrance ceremony and attempted to bribe her instructor when she was caught.” He continues to discuss the other scouts in vague terms, but we know who he’s talking about. Gabe is surprised by his use of the term “all sorts of people.” To her, the Eldian on Paradis Island is only one kind of person, evil

The War Hammer Titan

The warriors gather in a meeting room to discuss how to secure the Marley’s and by extension the Eldians security. This rests on acquiring the Founding Titan and the resources found on Paradis Island. However, this story needs to be “sold.” The Tybur family according to Zeke will play this role. We don’t know much about them yet, but we are told that their rich and possess the War Hammer Titan. If you saw the trailer for this season then the War Hammer Titan is the white one. So far Attack on Titan is doing a good job of humanizing the Eldian’s living in Marley. They’re blind to the truth of the world and have been duped. Reiner on the other hand was friends with many scouts until he had to betray them. However, once we return to Paradis Island and the war begins I think we will not have difficulty choosing Eren’s side over Reiner’s. 


Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 4, Episode 1: Recap and Review

Titans fall from the Marley's blimp, crushing the Fort below in episode 1 of season 4 of Attack on Titan.
Suicide Titans, the Marley army has a new tactic

Season 4, Episode 1: The Other Side of the Sea 

Attack on Titan makes it an anticipated return for its final season, and it didn’t disappoint. Episode 1, “the Other Side of the Sea,” introduces us to several new characters and two returning ones. Falco, Colt, Gabi, Udo, and Zofia are “warriors,” a select group of Eldians that are in line to inherit Titan powers. They are on the frontline of a 4-year war against the Mid-East Allied Force. The mission is to destroy Fort Slava, according to Gabi if they’re successful in doing that, the war would end in favor of Marley. Meanwhile, Colt tells Commander Magath that it’s too dangerous to destroy the railroad. The Allied forces have the advantage and will “slaughter” them with machine guns. Furthermore, the Fort gives them the ability to attack whenever they choose. Colt suggests they utilize the Jaw (Galliard) and Cart (Pieck) Titans. 

However, Magath is resistant to the plan. He fears that if they “play their cards wrong” they might lose. Suddenly, an armored train with four “anti-Titan” cannons. Magath points out that one of the “150mm rounds” can kill a Titan in a “single hit.” The Marley nation is still reeling from the failed attempt to take the Founding Titan that cost them the Colossal and Female Titan. After that hit to Marley’s military apparently, the Mid-East Allied Force thought they had a chance to defeat Marley. The Power of the Titans is Marley’s greatest asset, although they seem to hate the Eldians. To this point, Magath prepares to send 800 shell-shocked Eldian soldiers to their deaths. Gabi offers to use her makeshift bomb to destroy the armored trained alone. Magath agrees.

It’s raining Titans

Gabe strips down to her underwear and tricks the Allied forces into thinking she surrendering. Gabe “falls” and uses the feint to wait for the train. She tosses the bomb perfectly and derails the train. As she flees, a soldier fires his machine gun at her. Falco rushes to meet her and the two take cover inside a foxhole. The Jaw Titan appears and rushes the enemy with agility. Hovering above is a blimp with over a dozen Eldian’s captives that appear sedated. Reiner and Zeke are also on board. The Eldians rush the Allied forces, while the Jaw Titan rips up the track and the Cart Titan carries several shielded soldiers with machine guns. The captive Eldian soldiers are dropped from the blimp, they’re bound at the arms and the legs. As the last one falls, Zeke lets out a scream transforming the Eldians into Titans. The Titans then fall like massive cadavers onto the Fort.

They destroy the building and cannons as the Allied forces scattered. The Titans aren’t unharmed but if they aren’t killed on impact, they will recover. However, the Allied Forces use the cannons to blow holes in the Titans. The weapons are effective proving that the Titans have a new problem to deal with. Meanwhile, Reiner parachutes in and reassess the situation, and transforms. Now the Armored Titan, Reiner destroys many of the cannons but is wounded by one that pierces through his arm and shoulder. Before he can regain his composure he’s shot by another armored train, which rips his left forearm off. Reiner rushes to crash into the train but gets exposed to the mounted cannons. Suddenly, the Jaw Titan emerges crushing the Allied Forces. Reiner sends the train flying killing everyone inside. With all of the Allies defeated, Zeke arrives and turns into the Beast Titan.

The war ends, Paradis Island is next

He grabs a fist full of artillery and launches them at the enemy navy with his trademark baseball skills. They respond by firing their cannons. Before the Beast Titan gets hit, Reiner shields him. Zeke hits throw a second round, finishing the Mid-East Allied Forces. Defeated, they sign a peace treaty with Marley. With the Allied forces subdued the Marley nation has an opportunity to refocus on Paradis Island. Attack on Titan season 4 episode 1 is a perfect opening to the final season of one of the greatest anime series. Well crafted, paced, and animated I was engrossed from the first minute. MAPPA is starting to become the standard for the industry. I didn’t even notice the CGI used for the Titans, which can be a problem for some animators.

For some focusing on the Marley nation might have been confusing but I think it was important for setting up the enemy. At the end of last season, we learned that there was a country across the sea, and our main protagonist would have to fight them to survive. It’s necessary to see what the enemy military can do. Titans now have to deal with new cannons that are effective at killing them. Will the Marley military use them? Do the Scouts have the tech to make them? Have they learned any new methods for killing Titans? With the time skip, I think we’re going to be surprised what Eren and the others have gotten up to. The skip allows Attack on Titan to change the main characters off the screen. They don’t have to be like we remembered them because (in this case) four years have transpired. Armin, in particular, needed to grow as he became the Colossal at the expense of Erwin. Anyway, this season is off to a magnificent start and I expect that it will get better. 

Top 10 Most popular manga based on MAL

10. Fairy Tail

Manga vols. 63

Aug 2006 – Jul 2017

MAL Score: 7.67

Fairy Tail is a manga and anime series created by Hiro Mashima. Published in Shounen Magazine in 2006, the series released 549 chapters before ending in 2017. Fairy Tail focuses on Natsu Dragneel, a fire mage, as he searches for his dragon foster father, Igneel, with his guild. 


09. My Hero Academia

Manga vols. 28 (Current)

Jul 2014 –

MAL Score: 8.37

MHA has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint. My Hero Academia is still publishing, having just finished its 291st chapter. In MHA the majority of the population has special abilities called “Quirks.” Most go on to become heroes, while, many become villains. The main protagonist Izuku Midoriya (Deku) is one of the few born without a Quirk. However, his life changes when he meets his idol, All Might. He inherits All Might’s Quirk and joins an academy for potential superheroes. 


08. Bleach

Manga vols. 74

Aug 2001 – Aug 2016

MAL Score: 7.66

Bleach was once considered one of the “big 3” manga series along with One Piece and Naruto. Having sold more than 90 million copies it’s one of the most successful manga series of all time. Bleach follows Ichigo as he invades Soul Society to rescue his friend Rukia from execution. 


07. Death Note

Manga vols. 12

Dec 2003 – May 2006

MAL Score: 8.73

Light Yagami is a brilliant high school student that finds a notebook called the “Death Note.” Inside the book, reads the message: “those whose names are written in it shall die.” Light tests this message and when he learns that it works he embarks on a killing spree under the name “Kira.” However, the mastermind detective “L” and the police aim to track him down. 


06. One Punch-Man

Manga vols. 22 (Current)

Jun 2012 –

MAL Score: 8.75

Saitama is an “ordinary” hero that trained for three years, gaining so much strength that he can defeat most enemies with one punch. However, he becomes bored with the ease with which he defeats the villains. He joins the Hero Association along with his pupil, Genos. They quickly rise up the ranks of the association. 


05. Tokyo Ghoul

Manga vols. 14

Sep 2011 – Sep 2014

MAL Score: 8.54

Ghouls are beings that feed on the human race. In response, the Commission of Counter Ghoul organization has been established. The CCG hopes to exterminate the monsters but they can blend into society posing as humans. Ken Kaneki becomes part Ghoul after he’s attacked by one on a date. As he makes peace with his transformation he finds himself at the center of the war between the Ghouls and CCG. 


04. Naruto

Manga vols. 72

Sep 1999 – Nov 2014

MAL Score: 8.07

Naruto is one of the greatest manga series ever created. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto has sold over 220 million copies, ranking fourth all-time. Naruto Uzumaki is an orphan ninja from Konoha. He dreams of becoming Hokage (the best ninja in the village). Having been shunned by the village, Naruto originally becomes a mischievous troublemaker. Over the series, Naruto becomes the ninja he hopes to become, gaining the love and admiration of the village that once hated him. 


03. Berserk

Manga vols. 40 (Current)

Aug 1989 – 

MAL Score: 9.34

Guts is a former mercenary seeking vengeance after being betrayed by a former friend. Guts had a terrible childhood and set out on a mission that is filled with horrors and misfortune. Guts battles monstrous demons, cutting them down with his massive sword. Berserk is a harsh series that’s not for the faint of heart. 


02. One Piece

Manga vols. 97 (Current)

Jul 1997 – 

MAL Score: 9.09

The last of the “Big 3,” One Piece is considered by many to be the greatest manga series of all time. As of 2017, One Piece is the highest selling manga series with over 430 million copies sold. Gol D. Roger is about to be executed by the World Government before they kill him he confirms that a treasure called “One Piece,” exists somewhere on the Grand Line. This act inspires a new generation of Pirates. One such pirate is Monkey D. Luffy, who aims to get a crew, sail the seas searching for the One Piece, and becoming Pirate King in the process. 


01. Attack on Titan

Manga vols. 32 (Current)

Sep 2009 – 

MAL Score: 8.64

Hundreds of years ago humanity was attacked by massive creatures called Titans. These “Titans” eat humans whenever they can. Unable to combat the new threat humanity sought safety behind massive walls. Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert grow up in this new environment. However, what was once a peaceful life becomes a horror when a Titan burst through one of the walls. After losing his mother, Eren promises to eradicate the Titans from Earth. 

Source: MAL

Challenge: The A-Z of Anime!

I’ve been looking for another challenge to do and finally found one. The A-Z of Anime Challenge is probably self-explanatory, regardless the rules are as follows:

Rules:

#1 Pick a favorite series/movie for each letter of the alphabet. For titles starting with “a” “an” or “the” use the first letter of the next word of the title.

#2 Since many titles have multiple names based on the language that you are using please pick one language for the entire list (Use all English titles or all Japanese titles) and let the readers know which language you will be using. If a title has the same name regardless of the language then it can be used in any list.

#3 If you don’t have a title that fits under a particular letter, you can name another favorite from a different letter in it’s place, just indicate which letter spot you are using for that series. This can be done up to three times. If you can’t fill a spot then you can leave it blank. No more than 26 total series are allowed.

#4 Including a picture for each series is encouraged.

#5 Share who tagged you for this challenge and nominate 3 more to try it themselves and include links to their blogs.

#6 Just have fun with this challenge. I wanted to get everyone to share some favorite series and to spread the word about awesome blogs!

Since I haven’t been tagged I will be ignoring part of #5. I will be using English titles. Let’s go.


A is for Attack on Titan

B is for Bleach

C is for Cardcaptor Sakura

D is for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

E is for Evangelion

F is for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

G is for Goblin Slayer

H is for Hunter X Hunter

I is for Inuyasha

J is for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

K is for Kill La Kill

L is for Little Witch Academia

M is for My Hero Academia

N is for Naruto

O is for One Piece

P is for The Promised Neverland

Q is for Made in Abyss

R is for Rurouni Kenshin

S is for Samurai Champloo

T is for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

U is for Mob Psycho 100

V is for Vinland Saga

W is for Witch Hunter Robin

X is for One-Punch Man

Y is for Yu Yu Hakusho

Z is for Zombieland Saga

The Top 5 Bald Anime Characters

Anyone that watches anime knows that one of the trademarks of the genre is the hair. In anime, a character’s hair is very important. Often weird-looking, physics-defying, oddly shaped, and/or strangely colored, hair allows characters to stand out. Anime feature all kinds of hairstyles and even hair effects. For example, there’s the Ahoge or Idiot Hair, which is the “noticeable slim forelock of hair that sticks straight up from a character’s head.” There’s “expressive hair” when a character’s hair seems to move independently. Naruto’s mother, Kushina’s, hair is expressive, floating wildly in the air when angry. If you want more examples check out TV Trope

Regardless, I here to list those that lack this magnificent hair. It’s rare but there are several bald characters in anime. I created a list of my five favs.

Dot Pixis (Attack on Titan)

The commanding officer from Attack on Titan, Pixis is responsible for the safety of the southern territory within Wall Rose. He organized the mission to reclaim the Trost. As General, he is responsible for the defense of the military. Pixis baldness seems to be related to his age, but he’s got a kickass mustache. 

Gluttony the Voracious (FullMetal Alchemist)

One of the homunculi in the Fullmetal Alchemist, Gluttony is simple and childlike. He can and will eat anything. Despite his size, he’s extremely fast. A lot of Gluttony’s behavior can be easily characterized as evil, however, he has shown kindness. His sibling relationship with Lust often shows this kindness. Anyone that harms her will certainly be eaten and when she dies he’s deeply hurt. 

Krillin (Dragon Ball Z)

Krillin is probably the most famous of the bald anime characters. Initially, he was an awesome fighter, being able to learn the Kamehameha simply by watching Goku and Yamcha do it. Unfortunately, he’s mostly used for comic relief particularly in the movies. Krillin’s been peed on by Gohan, rubble falling on him, and getting punched in the face by the villain. Krillin is bald by choice, having shaved his head since childhood to emulate what he thought martial artist looked like. 

Ikkaku Madarame (Bleach)

Ikkaku in my opinion is an undervalued character in Bleach. This is in part because he hides his power to remain in Squad 11. He’s currently the vice-captain of Squad 11. His baldness is a running gag throughout the series. When he’s teased for his baldness he erupts in anger. Ikkaku takes hiding his Bankai so far that he will throw a fight to avoid using it. However, everyone already knows he’s achieved Bankai. 

Saitama (One Punch Man)

Saitama may have surpassed Krillin in terms of public recognition at this point. A former salaryman, Saitama trained for three years to gain his power. According to Saitama, “if you don’t train so hard that all your hair falls out then you won’t be able to One-Hit Kill any opponent you face.” He used to have a full head of hair that fell out due to the intensity of the training. This is also true for Superalloy Darkshine who apparently “deliberately” trained until his hair fell out. It seems that One Punch Man believes that baldness is correlated with strength. 

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