Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time: A perfect ending for a classic franchise

“Nothing good ever happens”

– Shinji Ikari

Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered to be one of the greatest anime series ever. In Evangelion , director Hideaki Anno explores complex themes in religion, philosophy, and psychology. Evangelion is credited with reviving the anime industry in the 90s, as well as influencing future anime series and animation in general. Neon Genesis Evangelion is set on the post-apocalyptic Earth, in the city of Tokyo-3. The U.N. funded paramilitary organization NERV fights against alien beings called Angels, with giant mechs called EVA (Evangelion). These EVA is piloted by the teenagers specifically selected by the secret committee the Marduk Institute, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Shikinami Langley, and Rei Ayanami.

Village 3

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is the the fourth and final movie in the Rebuild of Evangelion. An alternate retelling of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, Rebuild of Evangelion featured major changes, specifically the introduction of Kaworu Nagisa and Mari Makinami Illustrious. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time opens with a helpful recap of the past movies in the series. WILLE heads to Paris, France to activate the Anti-L System. They’re attacked by waves of Evangelion Mark.44A, Evangelion Mark.44B, and Evangelion Mark.4444C. Mari and her helmsman Sumire Nagara fight them off using a the Wunder’s complicated cable fighting abilities. Maya Ibuki, Ritsuko Akagi, and several male subordinates successfully activate the pillar which restore part of the city. With the underground storage lockers containing spare EVA parts, munitions, and JA-02 components the crew of Wunder prepare to repair Unit-02 and Unit-08.

Rei farming with the older ladies

The Villagers of Village 3

Shinji, Rei, and Asuka arrive at a living settlement called Village 3. They reunite with Toji Suzuhara, Kensuke Aida, and Hikari Horaki as they try to survive after the Third Impact. Shinji is his usual miserable self. Unwilling to make eye contact or speaking to anyone. He’s reeling from the results of his actions. He feels he should be hated by everyone and wallows is self-pity. Shinji spends a lot of time sitting in the corner ignoring everyone then occasionally vomits when he’s see Asuka’s DSS Choker, which triggers his traumatic experience with Kaworu. Asuka continues to be rude and insensitive. She cares about Shinji even though she tries hides it.

She wears a scarf to cover the DSS Choker and secretly watches over Shinji. When Shinji refuses to eat she force feeds him. Her methods are cruel but you can feel her frustration with Shinji. Hideaki Anno finally shows us how the rest of humanity lives. It was easy to forget they even exists, making it impossible to care about them. He uses Rei Ayanami as the guide to this new world. A clone of a clone, Rei is unaware of the world outside of NERV. She has never had a bath, doesn’t know basic manners, has never seen a cat, dog, or human baby before. Rei settles into the village going to school and learning to farm along some of the older women. As Rei develops her own identity, she’s able to manage an emotional breakthrough with Shinji.

Rei learning how to plant seeds

However, her independence is never complete. When she decides to get a new name she doesn’t choose one herself. Instead she asks Shinji to give her one. Sadly, Rei realizes she cannot survive without LCL exposure. Accepting her demise, she tells Shinji she “knows what like is and she’s happy.” She dies wanting more from her life. Wanting to harvest more rice, hold Tsubame Suzuhara more, and be with Shinji. She explodes, never getting her new name. Her death spurs Shinji to fight again, however, the remaining crew members of WILLE aren’t so sure. It’s here in the village we learn what they’ve been fighting for.

Overwhelming opposition

NERV heads to a former Calvary Base in Antarctica to reactive Evangelion Unit 13. Misato and Ritsuko prepare to stop them. They hope to restore the world by stopping NERV. Asuka and Mari get new plugsuits and prepare to fight. Before they do Asuka tells Shinji she has feeling for him. The dynamic between Shinji and Asuka feels to distant and toxic to every become a more significant romantic relationship. Regardless, Asuka willingness to express her feelings shows her growth.

The AAA Wunder under attack

When the Wunder arrives in Antarctica they’re attacked by three NERV ships, NHG Erlösung, NHG Erbsünde, and NHG Gebet. Evangelion’s dramatic narrative, trauma moments, themes, and complex story has always been it’s draw. However, it’s combat has always been important. Even though the pilot took the direct physical and mental damage during battle, the crew of NERV and later WILLE were always apart of the combat. Giving orders, managing the EVA’s, encouraging the pilots, and suffering as witnesses to the pilots trauma. With multiple crew members maintain various systems, the combat becomes more dramatic as they attempt to respond to events on the fly. It’s intense. When the Wunder dives into the containment field it’s ambushed by two NERV ships.

The Evangelion Mark.07 attack Unit 2 and Unit 8

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’s hectic combat

Despite being overwhelmed and outgunned, the AAA Wunder manages to reach it’s destination and launch all guided Munitions. However, NERV responds by releasing mass Evangelion Mark.07. EVA Unit 02 and Unit 08 are launched to counter. Armed with a variety of weapons, Asuka and Mira work together to defeat the army of Eva’s, and land near EVA Unit 13. One difference from Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time and the past series is the number of combatants. In this movie, NERV sends massive swarms of reproduced EVA Units to fight. As a result, the pace of the battles are much faster, making it difficult to follow at times. In the past, the Angels were the main enemy. They would appear one at a time and be the center focus of NERV. The conflict was more deliberate. In The End of Evangelion, Asuka fights nine winged Mass Produced Evangelion. While there are multiple enemies the action felt better paced.

I still enjoyed the combat in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, but the enemies feel like fodder more than serious obstacles. When Unit 02 finally reaches Unit 13 it refuses to attack. Confused by what’s happening, Misako commands the crew shoot the third ship. Suddenly, the Wunder is impaled by a fourth NERV ship, destroying the guns. Desperate, Asuka removes her eyepatch releasing the 9th Angel, transforming herself and Unit 2. Gendo Ikari had planned this all along. He sends a new EVA Unit 09 to attack the Wunder. As it takes over the Wunder, Gendo Ikari descends.

Gendo Ikari transcends humanity

Gendo Ikari’s plan

Misato and Ritsuko Akagi meet him and Ritsuko shoots Gendo in the head blowing a hole in his head. He survives. Gendo used the Key of Nebuchadnezzar to transcend his humanity. Before entering Unit 13, he explains that the second impact purified the sea, the third the Earth, and the fourth will purify the souls. Humanity will abandon their bodies and become a collective intelligence becoming immortal. Misato and Dr. Akagi still have hope for humanity. Shinji appears and begs Misato to allow him to pilot Unit 01. Sakura Suzuhara and Midori Kitakami try and stop them and Misato gets shot. She reassures them that she will take responsibility for Shinji’s actions.

Mari and Shinji head to the Anti-Universe to confront Gendo. Shinji syncs with EVA Unit 01 and fights with his father. Gendo promises that if Shinji gives up he can see his mother again. They face off in close combat in a surreal scene. As they fight they’re transported from the City, the apartment, classroom, and other places from Shinji’s past. Gendo claims the two EVA’s are perfect counterparts and are in sync, resulting in them mirroring the others movements. Shinji pleads with his father to stop. Gendo shows Shinji the “imaginary Evangelion,” or Black Lilith. Humanity can only perceive it if they believe “equally in fantasy and reality.” It’s the only way Gendo can get his wish to reunite with his wife, Yui.

Elsewhere, Misato decides to create another spear, the Lance of Gaius. The crew evacuates, while Misato sacrifices herself. Gendo and Shinji continue to talk. Gendo admits he hated people, whether it was visiting family, or going to school. He wanted to be alone, playing piano, and gaining knowledge. He feared pain, betrayal, and rejection. Once he meet his wife Yui, his life changed. However, he learned what the pain of lonely felt like when she died. He finally realizes that his abandonment of Shinji was wrong and apologizes to him. With the power of the Lance of Gaius, Shinji can now rewrite the world. He tells Asuka he likes her too, says goodbye to Kawory Nagisa, and to Rei. Shinji creates a world without Evangelions, a “Neon Genesis.”

A World without Evangelion

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time reminds us that it’s just a movie. Hideaki Anno uses the Anti-Universe portion to remind the audience this is just a movie, Shinji falls into what appears to be background, he’s on a soundstage when he’s talking to Rei. In this warehouse we see scaffolding, EVA costumes hanging on the walls, and PlayStation controllers. Before the credits roll we see the storyboard of movie and watch it transition back into animation. Hideaki Anno has struggled with depression and used the experience as a source for the series. Despite the series cult following, fans haven’t been too kind to Anno. He’s spent much of his life creating Evangelion and now has his freedom. Anno is telling fans to live our lives.

The series remains a bit convoluted and I had to rewind a few times to try an understand what’s going on at least at the end. None of this is a problem. Part of the joy of Evangelion is it’s complex story and you can always enjoy the mecha fights while you try to figure everything out. The music adds to the intensity of the atmosphere, the dreary piano playing and the somber religious chanting. The score enters when the stakes are the highest. The animation from Studio Khara, during the portion of the film in Village 3, the animation was it’s most impressive. The scene when Shinji and Kensuke head to his house, the walkway crumbles with detailed realism. While Rei is working on the farm the plants, sticks, and wires feel 3D. The backgrounds are so lifelike it can be difficult to determine if it’s CG or not.

The movie is more hopeful than expected. Despite the complexity and trauma the characters suffered, none of them seemed likeable. The final Evangelion movie gives them a more sympathetic image. Evangelion has been an anime series with a number of problems hindering it’s completion, mainly the cost of production. As it finally ends it feels satisfying. Overall, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time concludes one of the greatest anime series of all time with an unexpected ending, a happy one.


Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of the Super Robot genre

Image of Super Robots

I wrote how Jacques Derrida’s “deconstruction” was later applied to “genre deconstruction.” Since we could choose what we wrote about for my English 244 class, I decided to write on how Evangelion deconstructs the Super Robot Genre. I ended up writing 7 pages so it’s long. If you have the time, read it and let me know what you think. I added the quotes and images to this post.

French philosopher Jacques Derrida is credited with coining the term “deconstruction.” Deconstruction is defined as “a criticism of Platonism, which is defined by the belief that existence is structured in terms of oppositions (separate substances or forms) and that the oppositions are hierarchical, with one side of the opposition being more valuable than the other” (Lawlor). This hierarchy is often observed in the binaries, rich and poor, black and white, male and female, and smart and dumb. In each example, society values one over the other. Generally, we prefer to be rich than poor, diverse societies tend to have a preference for white people over black people. It is common for societies to be patriarchal, given most societies are controlled by men. While everyone can’t be equally intelligent, and most people may not care if they’re the smartest, societies generally have been shown to prefer intelligence.

Derrida was interested in how the meaning of a text could be inferred from what is absent from it as well as what’s present. For example, the word high is defined by its opposite low. Even if “low” isn’t present, its concept is always there. A language that is created by humans, is likely to be embedded with bias. Derrida challenged Western philosophy by examining language, and the philosopher’s obsession with logic and reason. He believed that almost all our ways of thinking suffered from bias, speech is privileged over writing, reason over passion, and words over pictures. He hoped that we could learn to appreciate the value of the underprivileged concept. To successfully deconstruct an idea, we must accept that these ideas are difficult to grasp, and simple answers aren’t always possible. Derrida’s concept of deconstruction aims to seek the hidden meaning in texts by questioning the binaries found within them.

Deconstruction in literature and genre

Deconstruction was later applied to feminism (gender), religion, law, and literature. When deconstructing literature it’s important to examine how words relate to one another and explore their hidden meanings. Often deconstruction is used to break down the genre. First, we need to define a genre. Generally, a genre includes a set of tropes, themes, and characters commonly found in a particular set of works. For example, the horror genre aims to “frighten, scare, or disgust” (Wikipedia). To accomplish this, the genre employs various elements such as imagery, language, and atmosphere to create fear, dread, and revulsion in the reader. Applying deconstruction to literary genres means taking them apart and exploring how the genre functions. Genre is rarely fixed, changing over time as culture shifts and new genres are invented. One way a genre can change is through deconstruction. A genre’s tropes and conventions are given real-world consequences when we deconstruct them.

For example, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire deconstructs the “honor before reason” trope. This trope is illustrated when characters adhere to a code of ethics even at the expense of themselves. In A Song of Ice and Fire, Ned Stark is willing to sacrifice his honor for the good of others. Ned allows his wife, children, and Westeros society to believe he fathered an illegitimate son, rather than reveal that Jon is his nephew. He does so to protect Jon from being killed because he would be the rightful heir to the throne. Multiple tropes must be examined, broken down, and how characters will react if living in a more realistic world is explored. Deconstruction can often be mistaken for merely applying a more cynical view to a genre. While this tends to be the result it’s not the goal or a requirement. Sometimes deconstruction focuses on what’s ignored and explores what’s overlooked. Any work that avoids engaging with politics, gender, race, class, and/or sexuality is considered perfect fodder for deconstruction.

Bandai’s Gundam series

Deconstructing the Super Robot genre

The super robot genre is a science fiction genre of anime and manga. Massive robots take the place of the traditional hero. These “super robots” are often creations of Mad Scientists that develop the mechs in secret. Sometimes the robot is created by the pilot’s father or grandfather. It’s often left unclear how they get funding, parts, and equipment without anyone knowing. The mecha are often piloted by a teenager with no training, who happens to be great at piloting the robot. The mechanics for controlling a super robot are simplified to a joystick or a few buttons. Despite its size and rigid shape, the giant mecha moves with a fluidity that resembles humans. The mecha is generally sentient, responding to the pilot’s emotions or willpower of the pilot. The super robot genre presents the hero and his mecha as the last hope against evil.

This evil is often mysterious alien villains with shallow motivations. Even though combat between the mecha and these aliens results in massive explosions, environmental effects, and destruction, the likely human casualties are ignored. The super robot genre makes the outcome from war seem insignificant, not to mention that defending the world is so simple that a teen could do it. The super robot genre was deconstructed by the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Evangelion is considered to be one of the greatest anime series ever created. The series has one of the most complex, and sometimes confusing, narratives. Evangelion combines themes in psychoanalysis, specifically social anxiety, and religion. Philosophical themes like individuality, freedom, choice and a specific focus on the philosophies of Soren Kierkegaard are major influences.

Evangelion’s deconstruction of the super robot genre places the previously mentioned elements in a more serious context. The series shares the basic premise of the super robot series, an ordinary high school student pilots a mech designed by his father, to battle aliens without discernible motives. However, it quickly pivots in tone. Evangelion explores the likely consequences of having children pilot these giant war machines. The main character, Shinji Ikari, is summoned by his father, Gendo Ikari, to pilot an Eva (the name for the giant mechs). Gendo’s disregard for his son’s safety is obvious as he pressures Shinji into piloting. Evangelion is exploring the type of parent that would allow their child to become a soldier in the first place.

Gendo abandoned Shinji when he was an infant. This distance results in a cold relationship between father and son. The series explains it takes “several months’ ‘ (“Angel Attack (14:20 – 14:40) for a pilot to sync with Eva. Evangelion is calling attention to the absurdity of allowing a child to not only pilot but to do so without any training. It’s important to note that while Evangelion questions how the super robot genre treats the child pilots it doesn’t stop the children from piloting. Deconstruction is supposed to question the themes, conventions, and tropes, not undo them completely.

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Eva Unit 01

Unlike the typical super robot, Eva’s are referred to as “artificial human” (“Angel Attack (13:36 – 13:45). The Eva’s are organic, making their movements more believable. Like the super robot genre, the Eva’s are sentient, but they are biological beings embedded with the souls of the mothers of the pilots. This explains why the Eva’s are protective of the pilots. In the series, the mechanism for controlling Eva is more complex than most super robot series. The Eva’s are monitored by NERV’s control room. Once inside, the pilot is submerged in a liquid called LCL. This substance will “feed oxygen into the pilot’s bloodstream” (“Angel Attack” (19:25 – 19:35). The mechanics of piloting an Eva is considerably more complicated than what is common for the super robot genre. In the second episode, “Unfamiliar Ceilings,” Shinji encounters one of the alien monsters called Angels. These alien creatures vary in appearance and motives. Most can’t communicate, making it impossible to gain insight into their thoughts.

During this encounter, Shinji is tasked with making Eva walk and finds it difficult. He has no time to regain control and is attacked by the Angel. Shinji is overwhelmed by pain as the synchronization that links him with Eva causes him to share its damage mentally (“Unfamiliar Ceilings” (2:20 – 3:25). Shinji is nearly killed in this battle, which should be expected considering his lack of experience. By deconstructing this trope of the child hero, Evangelion is claiming that it would likely end in disaster. The series further dissects this genre, explaining how Eva would come into being. NERV is established by the United Nation. The U.N. provides NERV with funding, income, and equipment. NERV is a large governing body with security, technicians, and maintenance crews, this is what a more realistic world would require to build and run the Eva’s. In the traditional super robot series, the robot’s creator would make Eva’s by himself, which is implausible. Evangelion shows the true cost (financial, physical, and mental) of fighting for humanity’s survival and it’s a great cost.

Deconstructing genres isn’t exactly like Derrida’s prescriptions for philosophy, but the breaking down of work to determine greater meaning is derived from his views. When we ask “how would this work in the real world,” we are not aiming to delegitimize the genre, but explore what might make the genre more complex. The super robot genre makes a mockery of the trauma of being a child soldier and the destruction society endures during the war. Deconstruction doesn’t aim to destroy a genre but merely take it more seriously, creating a more sophisticated genre, and engaging in possible assumptions the particular work makes.

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100 Day Anime Challenge · Challenges

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 18

Favorite Supporting Female Anime Character

(Asuka Langley Soryu)

My favorite supporting female character is Asuka Langley Soryu. She is the “Second Child” and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of German and Japanese descent but from America. Asuka has rather abrasive, self-absorbed, and often mean and abusive, usually toward Shinji. She has great confidence in her ability as an Eva pilot and has synced with Unit 02 better than average. She is severely insecure because of trauma from her childhood and uses her attitude as a mask. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, it changes her name to Asuka Shikinami Langley.

This version of Asuka is like her original. She’s confident, opinionated, and aggressive. However, she doesn’t have the same relationships that the old Asuka had. Another change is with her backstory. In the original, Asuka graduates from University at age 14. In the Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka joins the European Air Force, becoming a Captain at age 14. Asuka’s genius and cockiness the follows isn’t for show. She’s got the skills.

Asuka’s shining moment for many fans is when she single-handedly battles armed forces and 9 mass-produced EVA’s. Though she succeeded in defeating them at first, Unit 02’s run’s out of power. The Mass-Produced Eva’s have infinite power “which allows them to remain functional despite being severely damaged or mutilated” and finally allows them to “eviscerate and dismember” Unit 02 using their “Lance of Longinus” replicas. I didn’t like Asuka until this moment. I found her offputting, but she proved she was the best Eva pilot.

100 Day Anime Challenge · Challenges

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 11

Favorite Mech Anime (Evangelion)

I once wrote about the “mecha” genre for the Artifice in an article called Mechas: Disassociation from Science Fiction. Mecha anime is one of the most valued subgenres. The genre is further split into three sub-categories, Super Robot, Real Robot, and Hybrid Robot. There are four “types” of mecha’s: “sentient, remote-controlled, wearable, and piloted.” Neon Genesis Evangelion is a “Hybrid Robot” series that aims to “deconstruct” the mecha genre. Gainax created Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hideaki Anno wrote and directed the series.

Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime that focuses on a teenage boy named Shinji Ikari. They give him the opportunity to save the world using a mecha called an “Eva.” He uses this giant robot to defeat enemies called Angels. It’s considered one of the most successful anime of all time, grossing over 150 Billion yen. I think Evangelion is one of the most impressive intellectual and though provoking anime ever created. Evangelion has tremendous action sequences and complicated themes based on religion and philosophy. The series can be violent, so caution should be taken if your easily offended. You can miss the underlining symbolism that Evangelion features so I would recommend watching the series several times.

100 Day Anime Challenge · Challenges

100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 2

Favorite Anime you’ve watched so far

Over the years, several new anime have entered my top ten anime. However, none have topped Neon Genesis Evangelion. When I first began watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, it was for the epic and violent mecha battles. I couldn’t comprehend the more complex themes and imagery woven into the narrative. They credit Evangelion with revolutionizing anime as a medium. Set in the year 2000, a global cataclysm called the “Second Impact,” changes the world. Antarctica is destroyed and the planet’s axis shifts, causing flooding and an altered climate. After the nuclear war, half the world’s population is wiped out. Teenagers, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Soryu and Rei Ayanami pilot massive mecha called Eva’s. Their enemy are physic altering monsters dubbed Angels.

Evangelion explores complex themes like depression, human subjectivity, and child abuse. The series makes many references to philosophical, psychoanalytic concepts, and references to Kabbalah, Christian and Jewish religions. Evangelion even uses religious texts like the Book of Genesis within the series, and the Angels share names found in religion like Sachiel. Evangelion has been described as a ” critique and deconstruction of the mecha genre.” On the surface, Evangelion is a mecha anime with distinctly designed robots that engage in brutal battles. However, the series has levels of deeper and more sophisticated themes that make Evangelion one of the most well-regarded series ever.

Challenge: The A-Z of Anime! · Misc

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:


#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

Lists · Top 5

Top 5 Amoral Groups or Races in Anime

The shinigami from Death Note
The shinigami from Death Note

The Shinigami (Death Note)

The Shinigami in Death Note exists to kill humans. It’s required for them to survive. Ryuk deliberately drops his Death Note into the human world out of boredom. He takes joy in Light Yagami’s mass-murdering but largely doesn’t care about their death because it’s all part of nature. Since all humans are going to die anyway, why be concerned with premature deaths. 

The Zoldyk family (Hunter X Hunter)

The Zoldyk family is a family of assassins. The family is highly pragmatic that practice tough love. They have a strict approach to their profession and a love of violence. However, they have a strict rule against killing the innocent. Their cold demeanor extends to each other. It works when assassinating people, not so much when relating to the family. 

The Pillar Men (JoJo Bizarre Adventure)

The Pillar Men are an ancient humanoid race. They’re almost extinct, but use to live thousand of years ago. Highly intelligent, powerful, and capable of manipulating the bodies to a high degree. Due to being such an elite and old race, they have very little regard for humanity. They view humanity the way humans tend to view insects. They even killed a character without noticing. However, the Pillar Men seem to value non-human life, going out of their ways to avoid destroying things like flowers. 

The Angels (Evangelion)

Angels in Evangelion refer to the fifteen children of Adam. Exactly what Angels are can be confusing. Supposedly, Angel’s are a variation of the human race. At first, they appear as humanoid entities, then they “reject” the human form. Angel’s have unique forms. The motives of the Angel’s are left ambiguous. One theory is that they’re trying to “return to Adam,” that’s located deep underground. They may want to “access Lilith and reset all life.” Angel’s don’t seem to communicate and often have no expression. Overall, the Angel’s seem to function on some sort of autopilot. What motivates hem is unknown but it appears that they only fight out of instinct. 

The Saiyans (DBZ)

According to Akira Toriyama Saiyans are considered amoral. They are a warrior race that loves battle and strength above all else. Goku often displays the amorality and its possible consequence. He often spares the life of a villain so they could get stronger a fight again. During the Cell Games, he gives Cell a Senzu bean so he could have a “fair fight” against Gohan. He does this although it would have benefited Earth and increase Gohan’s chances. Also, the Saiyans have an odd view of romantic relationships. Saiyan form sexual relationships for procreation and not for love. Most Saiyans don’t have romantic or parental love for spouses or children. It’s the primary reason Goku and Vegeta don’t have the best relationship with their wives and children. 

Top 5 Best Anime Couples

Lists · Top 10

Top 10 Strongest Female Anime & Manga characters


Asuka Langley Sohryu (Evangelion)

Asuka Langley Sohryu is the fourteen-year-old pilot of the Evangelion Unit-02. A child prodigy, she earned a university degree as a teenager. She even speaks several languages. Asuka has a high synchronization ratio and is an exceptional Eva pilot. However, her self confidence dwindles when she loses to the angel, Zeruel. This causes her sync ratio and effectiveness to decline. When Asuka is mentally sound she’s among the best if not the best Eva pilot. Unfortunately, in Evangelion, no one is mentally secure for long.


Mikasa Ackerman (AOT)

Mikasa Ackerman is the adoptive sister of Eren Yeager. She is a genius, has mastered vertical maneuvering equipment, she can kill Titans with high speed and efficiency. She is considered to be “as valuable as a hundred average soldiers.” Her skills are rare among soldiers. When the Thunder Spears was introduced, she easily mastered them. Mikasa is able to carry up to eight spears and has greater accuracy than the weapon’s inventor. Mikasa’s stats are rated at 10/10 for Combat, 9/10 for Initiative, 8/10 for Wits and a 6/10 for teamwork.


Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Genkai is the psychic pink-haired, foul mouth old woman. She’s the master of Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. Generally, Genkai has a hard and cold personality. Genkai can come across as a bit amoral. She is willing to do anything necessary to get what she needs for herself. Genkai was considered above a B class demon in her prime. She is among the most powerful characters in Yu Yu Hakusho. Genkai possesses a great amount of experience. She’s a smart fighter and master tactician. Toguro claimed that “she makes all tactics useless against her.”


Sakura Haruno (Naruto)

Originally Sakura is a useless ninja that burdens her teammates, Naruto and Sasuke. However, after training under the legendary Sannin Tsunade, she becomes one of the greatest medical-nin. Early on she was proficient in chakra control. This allows her to use jutsu without wasting any. Her chakra control increases as she trains under Tsunade and is able to build chakra into her fist providing her with “monstrous strength.” Furthermore, she can “send chakra throughout her entire body to lift greater mass, and improve her ability to withstand crushing blows.”

When she releases her Strength of a Hundred Seal she can preform techniques at a greater scale. She can use the Summoning Technique. By summoning Katsuyu, Sakura can “have her split apart and attach itself to others, Sakura could remotely monitor many allies at once, healing and replenishing their chakra as needed.” Sakura can heal the most fatal injuries. Sakura is highly intelligent, with an excellent memory.


Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)

Tatsumaki (Tornado of Terror) is an S-Class Rank 2 professional hero. She’s one of One Punch Man’s most powerful heroes. An esper, her sister considers her a “monster.” She’s the most powerful esper, even surpassing Geryuganshoop. Tatsumaki can lift hundreds of large boulders. According to Yusuke Murata, she can “lift the entirety of Z-City with ease.” She can sense when her younger sister is in danger, she has incredible reflexes, fly through the air at high speeds, and can withstand gravity 300 times normal. She can also erect barriers that can endure powerful energy blasts.


Neferpitou (Hunter X Hunter)

Neferpitou was a Chimera Ant and one of Meruem’s three Royal Guards. She is one of the most powerful Chimera Ants. She is considered to be Meruem’s “top soldier.” She can see almost two kilometers away, hear from great distances, and has an immense smell ability. He is incredibly strong, able to rip off Nen user’s limbs. Neferpitou also has great speed, reflexes, agility, stamina, and durability. Having high intelligence, intense Nen, and generally keen instincts. According to the “Hunter X Hunter Manual,” Neferpitou’s stats are 4/5 Mind, 5/5 Skill, 5/5 Body, 5/5 Nen, 5/5 Ingenuity, and 4/5 Intelligence.


Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)

Yoruichi is a former Captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13 and a former commander of the Onmitsukido. As a Shunpo Master, she has incredible speed that makes it appear that she can be in multiple places at once. Yoruichi is a Hakuda Master considered one of the best hand to hand in Soul Society. She was able to fight against three Shinigami Captains and four lieutenant level opponents without taking much damage. Yoruichi invited Shunko, a combination that fuses Hakuda with Kido. The technique ” enhances her arms and legs for combat, the technique allows her to instantly neutralize an opponent’s movement.”

Yoruichi is also a master of Kido, an expert swordsman, master assassin, and a master strategist. With all of this, she also has a Zanpakuto and has achieved Bankai. However, she has never revealed either her Shikai or Bankai.


Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)

Erza is an S-Class Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. Her magic, Requip: the Knight is a Spatial Magic that allows her to swap weapons, armor, and clothing. She is known for using her ability really fast and is the “only sword Mage known to be capable of Requipping weapons and armor while fighting.” Ezra has over 100 different armors, allowing a great deal of variety in her fighting ability. In addition to her Requip ability, Erza also is a master of “sword magic.” She’s a master sword user, an expert archer, high intellect, expert at hand to hand, enhance strength, endurance and durability. According to “Sorcerer Magazine,” Ezra stats are attack power 5/5, defensive power 5/5, speed 5/5, intelligence 4/5, and swordsmanship 5/5.


Android 18 (DBZ)

Android 18 was the creation of Dr. Gero. Formerly a human she was transformed into an android along with her twin brother. Android 18 is extremely powerful, able to best a Super Saiyan with ease. What makes Android 18 so powerful is her ” continuous and virtually infinite energy supply.” This prevents her from becoming exhausted. She also can increase her skill and power level through training. In addition to this, she has extended youth and longevity. Android 18 also doesn’t need ” nourishment beyond water.” Android 18 is powerful enough to kick a Kamehameha from Super Saiyan Blue Goku away. During the Tournament of Power, she managed to defeat several powerful foes, like Ribrianne, Prum, Jimizu, Cocotte, and Sorrel.


Charlotte Linlin/Big Mom (One Piece)

Big Mom using Haki against Pedro. She's number 1 on the Top Ten Strongest Female Anime & Manga characters
Big Mom using Haki against Pedro

Big Mom is the Captain of the Big Mom Pirates and one of the four Yonko. Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi. Allowing her to “freely interact with and manipulate souls.”She was also a member of the legendary Rocks Pirates. As a member of the Yonko, she is considered to be one of the four most powerful pirates in the world. The details of how strong she is aren’t clear. In order to assess how strong she is we have to compare her to other strong characters. For example, Luffy is considered one of the strongest characters in One Piece. He barely manages to land a hit on her. All Yonko are considered on par with or stronger than Admirals. She’s also on par with Kaido, another Yonko that is considered the “strongest creature alive.” Also:

  • She defeated the strongest giant with one hit as a 5-year-old
  • Even Pirate King Roger avoided her
  • Sanji and Luffy’s Kong Gun had no effect on her

I limited my list to one character per series.

Top Ten Anime from the 2000’s

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Top Ten Anime from the 80’s & 90’s

As the decade comes to a close, I figure that I would join in on the best decade listing. I was born in the late 80’s so many of the anime I grew on are from that period. I decided to combine the two decades. Looking back at the anime on the lists, I would say all of the anime on this list stand the test of time. That doesn’t necessary mean that they’re superior to anime that has come after, but they still are magnificent. The animation was more grainy and the colors were muted. The plots were more mature that the current top series. Most of these series are considered to be among the “most influential” of all time.

10. Rurouni Kenshin – 1996

Himura Kenshin is a wandering swordsman that was formerly the assassin Hitokiri Battosai. The creator, Nobuhiro Watsuki want to make a different kind of shonen series. One that was more serious, focusing on themes like atonement, peace and romance. The anime series is one of the most popular, with a sophisticated plot and epic action scenes. It took a while for me to warm up to this series, but the series grew on me. The anime only adapts the series up to the Shishio fight, then focuses on material that’s new.

9. Tenchi Muyo (Tenchi Universe) – 1995

Generally I don’t like harem series, but Tenchi Universe was an exception. Based on the six episode OVA series, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki, the series focuses on Tenchi. The grandchild of legendary warrior and prince of the the Juraian Empire, Yosho. Tenchi’s life changes after a series of intergalactic women arrive in his life. There’s the space pirate Ryoko, snobbish princess Ayeka, her sister Sasami, Goddess Tsunami, the clumsy Galactic Officer Mihoshi and her partner Kiyone and finally the legendary mad scientist Washu. As the ladies bicker with one another over trivial matters and Ryoko and Ayeka battle for Tenchi’s love, they group become fugitives. Together the evade detection and manage to save the Juraian Empire from the control of Kagato.

8. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – 1995

There are some many different Gundam series it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is credited with “globalizing the franchise.” The first Gundam series to air in American and the sixth anime in the series, Gundam Wing focuses on the war between Earth and it’s orbital colonies. The series introduces us to five pilots, Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Change Wufei. They are tasked with using their Gundams attack the Organization of the Zodiac (OZ) and free the colonies from oppression.

7. Yu Yu Hakusho – 1992

Adapted from the manga series of the same name, Yu Yu Hakusho follows 14 year old, Yusuke Urameshi. In an act of heroism he sacrifices his life to same the life of little boy. He learns that the after life is real and is given a chance to redeem himself. He becomes an Underworld Detective, tasked with investigating supernatural activity in the Human World. Yu Yu Hakusho was twice voted “anime of the year” in 1994 and 1995 by Animage Anime Grand Prix. The series has been featured on many lists of the all time greatest anime series ever. Yu Yu Hakusho remains one of the most influential anime series.

6. Sailor Moon – 1992

Lazy crybaby Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) meets a magical talking cat Luna and is asked to save the universe. Joined by Sailor Soldiers, Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury), Rei Hino (Sailor Mars), Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter), Minako Aino (Sailor Venus) and supported by the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. They learn that in their past lives that they Usagi was Princess Serenity, the Sailor Soldiers were her friends and bodyguards and she was in love with a prince from Earth. However they were all killed by the Dark Kingdom. Queen Serenity sent the fallen to the future to be reborn.

5. Pokemon – 1997

With over 1,000 episodes to its credit, Pokemon is one of the most watched anime series of all time. Pokemon is credited with mainstreaming anime in the United States. Since then it has been released in over 169 different countries. The series generally focuses on the eternally youthful Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu. The first season of Pokemon, follows Ash, as he travels the Indigo League collecting eight badges. He’s joined by Misty and Brock. The series featured the iconic OP, “Pokémon Theme Song,” and the PokeRAP that ended every episode. Watching Ash battle each gym leader and enter the League is some of my fondest memories period.

4. Akira – 1988

Regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time, Akira is a must see anime for any fan. Considered a “landmark” anime film, responsible for increasing anime’s popularity and it’s manga art (by Katsuhiro Otomo) influencing many authors like Naruto’s Masashi Kishimoto. Featuring many sci-fi elements, Akira is held by many as being one of the best sci-fi movies as well. Bloody and violent, Akira is set in a dystopian 2019. It tells the story of Shotaro Kaneda, a biker gang leader. His childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident. Tetsuo eventual threatens Neo-Tokyo, rampaging through the city in search for Akira.

3. DBZ – 1989

Dragon Ball Z debuted in 89, but it wasn’t until the 90’s that the series really took off. A sequel to Dragon Ball, like Akira before and Pokemon after marked a tipping point in anime relevance and popularity. Following the now adult Goku and his family and friends as they battle search for the Dragon Balls and battles intergalactic aliens, androids and other creatures. The original Dragon Ball focuses on Goku’s his childhood, Dragon Ball Z focuses on Gohan’s (Goku’s son) childhood. DBZ was so popular that it outperformed shows like Friends and X-Files. Dragon Ball Z remains one of the most important anime series of all time.

2. Cowboy Bebop – 1998

The iconic anime neo-noir series, praised for it’s jazz soundtrack, production values and a all star voice cast. Cowboy Bebop has to be among the most popular and significant anime series ever. Highly praised by critics, Cowboy Bebop, follows the bounty hunting trio, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye Valentine. They are joined by eccentric hacker, Ed and Welsh Corgi (a dog) that has been genetically engineered to have human-like intellect. Cowboy Bebop follows the aftermath of Spike escape from the criminal enterprise, Red Dragon Syndicate. He also hopes to flee his former friend, now enemy Vicious.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion – 1995

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most controversial and acclaimed anime series. A deconstruction of the mecha genre, Evangelion is stated to have “led to the rebirth of the anime industry.” The series features many complex themes, touching on mental illness, philosophy and religion. Evangelion manages to embed religious symbolism. Like Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered to be a masterpiece. Personalty, I always found the main protagonist, Shinji, to be incredibly annoying. However, he is one of the most nuanced characters in anime history. Evangelion can be seem too complex at first and probably requires several viewings, but once you understand it, you’ll get the praise this series receives.

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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

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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