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Top 5 Most powerful Shonen Anime Poison Users

In anime poison isn’t the most popular form of offensive power. Unlike, fire, ice, or lightning, poison is more subtle. Generally poison is hidden. Often used to casually poison a opponent. Regardless it’s an effect way to incapacitate or even kill an opponent. Here’s the Top 5 Most powerful Shonen Anime Poison Users:

Gordan Agrippa (Black Clover)

Gordon Agrippa is a 1st Class Junior Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom’s Black Bull squad. Gordon received a poison based Grimoire. He’s able to use poison magic, curse magic, and reinforcement magic. Poison magic is a magic attribute that grants its user the ability to generate and manipulate poison. The poison can take the form of gas or liquid, and in it’s liquid form it can reflect light.

Strongest Attack: Verbotenes Obst

Source: Black Clover Wiki

Sasori of the Red Sand (Naruto)

Sasori is the S-ranked missing-nin from Sunagakure and a member of the Akatsuki. Like most shinobi from the Naruto series he has a variety of abilities. His main from of combat is the use of puppets. Trained by his grandmother, Sasori has a unique ability to create puppets from formerly living beings. When he does this to powerful shinobi he can keep their unique abilities as well. While Sasori never uses poison jutsu directly he coated the many weapons his puppets used with it. Furthermore, he made frequent use of poison gas and deliberately set traps to expose his opponents to it.

Strongest Attack: Third Kazekage (Puppet)

Source: Naruto Wiki

Shinobu Kochou (Demon Slayer)

Shinobu Kochou is the Demon Slayer Corps Insect Hashira. She joined the Corps after demons killed her parents. Like most Hashira, Shinobu is a powerful swordswoman. She lacks the physical strength to decapitate demons so needed to develop another method. Demons are poisoned by Wisteria flowers so Shinobu used her knowledge of medicine and pharmaceutical to create poisons and venoms.

Strongest Attack: Dance of the Centipede: Hundred-Legged Zigzag

Source: Demon Slayer Wiki

Mayuri Kurotsuchi (Bleach)

Mayuri Kurotsuchi is the Captain of the 12th Division in the Gotei 13. Kurotsuchi is a researcher and brilliant scientist. He is sadistic, cruel, and has little regard for the boundaries of other. Mayuri isn’t obsessed with fighting like Kenpachi, but when he engages in battle he’s usually uses mind games. He manually alters his Zanpakuto, Ashisogi Jizo, which can secrete poisonous vapor. The weapon has qualities like a spider bite. When stabbed by Ashisogi Jizo, the combatant’s brain signals shut down. Mayuri’s Bankai, Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo, is a grotesque creature with a baby’s head and caterpillar body. It has the special ability to breathe poison that’s lethal to anyone.

Strongest Attack: Bankai Special Ability

Source: Bleach Wiki

Magellan (One Piece)

Magellan was the chief warden of Impel Down, but was demoted to vice warden after a mass breakout. Magellan ate the Doku Doku no Mi devil fruit. A Paramecia type, the fruit grants Magellan the ability to create and control different kinds of poison. He’s also immune to all forms of poison. Due to its appearance, the ability is often confused with the Logia class. However, Magellan cannot transform into poison. Magellan has control over his poisons strength. He can limit it’s effects to “mild irritant” to “deadly corrosive toxin.”

Magellan can produce his poison in gas or liquid forms. Magellan has the most control of his poison of anyone on this list. He can produce massive amounts of poison, change its shape, and use it as a means of transportation.

Source: One Piece Wiki

Weekly Anime Round-Up

Weekly Anime Round-Up (June 14th – June 20th, 2021): Jon Spencer’s Showcase, A review of Children of the Sea, and the Top 5 Time Travel Anime

Ruka from Children of the Sea

Scott over at mechanical anime reviews promotes Jon Spencer’s Showcase for June 2021. If you never heard of the showcase, it’s an event according to Jack Scheibelein over at Animated Observations is “an event held once a month where creators of all kinds and sizes are invited to submit things they have worked on in the previous month. This can be blog posts, videos, podcasts, or whatever else you feel like submitting. While I do mainly cover anime and gaming here, these posts can be about basically whatever, so feel free to share what you care about the most.”

Scott decided to add a theme to the showcase this month, Celestial Being. An independent group from Gundam OO, the Celestial Being aims to “create peace across the world by fighting all the other parties with their gundams.” If you wish to join the tour head to Scott’s site and post in the comments. Make sure you do so by June 29th.


Children of the Sea

Back in September of 2020, I mentioned briefly a review of Children of the Sea in the New York Times. The author, Maya Phillips complimented the music of Joe Hisaishi, but found the use of CGI and drawing conflicted making the “C.G.I. look artificial,” and the “drawings look flat.” Children of the Sea was released in 2019. An adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s manga, the movie focuses on a high school student, Ruka, and a mysterious pair of brothers, Umi and Sora.

The animations are clearly the draw, but the plot seems messy. Takuto recommends “visually watching the film.” The complex themes and plot points are difficult to understand. Takuto suggests everyone give it try and gives the film a 7/10. Check out his full review below:



The Top 5 Time Travel Anime

I love a top 5 list and Irina over at the drunken anime blog makes some of the best. Irina is a fan of the “device,” “I get fascinated by when it’s [time travel] done well and appreciate the effort when it’s done badly.” I’ve never noticed this but time travel is common in anime, especially the isekai genre. Irina limits the list to anime “where time travel is isolated,” or anime that remains in the same “place.”

Furthermore, Irina keeps to anime “where the time travel element was actively used throughout the series and important to the plot. So anything with a character waking up in the past or future and then having adventures from that point on is out!” Her lists include two anime I have heard of, but none I’ve seen. Check out her list of top time travel anime.

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Top 5 reasons I love Jujutsu Kaisen

5. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Reason’s for Curses Spirits

Once I stopped calling Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Spirits, “demons,” I was curious what made them different. First, demons are generally living beings, whereas, as their name suggests, Cursed Spirits are spiritual beings. They are born from the negative Cursed Energy in humans. Locations that are hotspots for curses tend to be populated by negative emotions like hospitals and schools. What’s more interesting is anything humans fear collectively can manifest a Cursed Spirit, even famous monsters or ghosts. The amount of fear directly corresponds to the curses intellect. Mahito is a cursed spirit that believes that he’s the manifestation of humans’ hatred of each other.” In my review of episode 9, Young Fish and Reverse Punishment,” I wonder if cursed spirits could come from “anything.” I think the answer is yes. So far cursed spirits have manifested from human fears of natural disasters, volcano (Jojo), forests (Hanami), diseases like smallpox, and infestations like “grasshopper plague.”

4. Power Levels (Grades)

Jujutsu Kaisen has a power scaling system that ranks jujutsu sorcerers, cursed spirits, cursed objects, and cursed tools. The ranks range from grades one through four and special grades. It can be confusing at first, as most of us associate larger numbers with higher values. Generally, sorcerers are graded from Grade 4 to Grade 1. The scale for cursed spirits isn’t exact, Grade 2 sorcerers are slightly stronger than Grade 2 curses as their abilities put them closer to Grade 1 curses.

Ranks

If traditional weapons were used against curses and sorcerers measured their effectiveness as a gauge:

  • Grade 4: “A wooden bat is enough.”
  • Grade 3: “If you have a handgun, you can rest easy.”
  • Semi-Grade 2 :
  • Grade 2: “Close calls with a shotgun.”
  • Semi-Grade 1 :
  • Grade 1: “Even a tank might be insufficient.”
  • Special Grade 1 :
  • Special Grade: “Cluster bombs might work”.

Source: Fandom

3. Jujutsu Kaisen’s Cursed Techniques/Innate Techniques

Coming up with a unique power system has to be difficult. At this point what hasn’t been done. It’s not always necessary to invent new techniques, like fire, but you can invent how those abilities manifest. The series power system focuses on limitations. Binding Vows, Heavenly Restriction, and Domain Expansions are some limits placed on techniques. By deliberately placing limitations on one’s self, a jujutsu sorcerer can increase their power. For example, Nanami limits his power during work hours. This puts him at disadvantage for hours, when Nanami has to work “overtime” his cursed energy increases.

2. Satoru Gojo

Satoru Gojo was instantly appealing when he was first introduced in Jujutsu Kaisen. He loves to show off, enjoying fights with cursed spirits. When he fights he shows his enemies no mercy, he’ll happily decapitate them without any apprehension. Gojo is more complex than he initially seemed. He’s playful with his students but disrespectful towards the sorcerer executives to the point of suggesting he was willing to kill them. He’s arrogant, becoming judgmental of those he deems “weak.” He claimed that “throughout the Heavens and earth, he alone is the honored one.” He’s the strongest, everyone knows it, and he’s not afraid to remind people.

1. Deconstruction of shōnen tropes

When deconstructing tropes, a writer will often compare how tropes appear in one work and how they might play out in real life. Or at least apply more realistic consequences for the trope. This series deconstructs many tropes common to shōnen anime and manga. For example, Yuji Itadori is possessed by the evil cursed spirit Sukuna. In many shōnen series, like Yugioh, Bleach, and Naruto the evil entity is befriended, and the host gain power. So far in the series, Sukuna is completely unhelpful and even roots against Yuri.

Shōnen series like My Hero Academia and Naruto have massive casts of characters, Jujutsu Kaisen on the other hand only has small classes. This is due to Jujutsu sorcerers being picky and sorcerers being rare. Deconstruction is not intended as a criticism and according to TV Trope, can be thought of as taking work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying barely hidden meanings in the text.” Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen’s deconstruction of some shōnen tropes is welcomed.

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Top 5 Drama-Preserving Handicap in Anime

Shonen anime generally fall into the same trap. How do our heroes going to defeat the all-powerful villain? The trope general requires a hero of modest beginnings and his friends to travel the world trying to either stop a villain from gaining more power or getting released. In order to keep the series interesting, the villain is giving some kind of handicap to give the opposition a chance. This also happens to heroes sometimes, otherwise, the series would be boring if the hero won with one punch (LOL). 

In Soul Eater everyone has a handicap

All the characters in Soul Eater have some handicap that prevents them from being as strong as they possibly can. Black Star has a tendency to show off, preventing him from being an effective assassin. Death the Kid has a weird symmetry fetish, Stein goes insane, and Shinigami cannot move from the spot he’s standing on. 

Sesshomaru’s One Hit Kill

In Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru acquires a sword that can kill almost anything with one hit. This proves to be a problem for Naraku forcing him to kidnap Rin to prevent his destruction. The show ends if Sesshomaru gets his way right. Besides, Inuyasha is the star of the show and must defeat Naraku. 

Orihime’s personality

In Bleach, Orihime possesses the power to “reject physical events in a manner characters in-universe have speculated to be akin to time-space manipulation or completely rejecting the reality of the event having ever happened.” Her only limit is her personality. If she believes that something is impossible, it doesn’t occur to her, or she doesn’t believe she can do something, she can’t. If Orihime didn’t have this limit she would be unstoppable. 

Itachi would have won if he wanted to 

After years of anticipation fans finally got the battle between brothers, Sasuke and Itachi. This fight was epic. The two battled in an intense standoff that sees Itachi gain the final upper hand when he uses his Susanoo. Suddenly, he touches Sasuke’s head just like he did in their childhood and dies. Itachi had been suffering from a terminal disease. However, he wanted Sasuke to win anyway. Tobi notes this, saying that if Itachi wanted to win, Sasuke would be dead. 

Gohan’s broken arm

This is probably the most famous example of a drama saving handicap. After Gohan finally reaches SSJ 2, he dominates Cell. Nothing the villain could do harms the young Saiyan. Goku begs his son to end Cell, but the arrogance overcomes Gohan. After playing around with Cell, the embarrassed villain decides to blow up Earth. Goku sacrifices himself, dying to protect his home. Gohan finally realizes his error. However, due to his Saiyan cells, Cell returns stronger than ever. He kills Trunks and attempts to do the same to Vegeta. However, Gohan diving save keeps him alive. His arm is no longer any use. This results in the far more dramatic and entertaining Kamehame Ha clash, that Gohan wins with the help of his friends. Gohan wouldn’t have need aid if he wasn’t injured.

Source: TV Tropes

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My Top 5 Naruto Arcs

Chunin Exams

Manga Volumes: 4 – 13

Anime Episodes: 20 – 67

The Chunin Exams marks the moment we get to see the rest of the current ninja generation. We are introduced to the rest of the Rookie Nine, Team Guy, the Three Sand Siblings, and Orochimaru. Until this point, I found Naruto to be mediocre but characters like Rock Lee and Orochimaru made me fall in love with the series. This arc also displayed the value intellect was to ninja. The first phase of the exam required the genin to use their skills to acquire information. However, the most exciting part of this arc was the preliminaries. With too many teams passing the exam, the 20 remaining genin we pitched against one another to cut down the numbers. Some of the matches we duds, but a few are classics. The same is true of the finals matches between the surviving winners. 

Best Fights:

  • Orochimaru vs Sasuke
  • Rock Lee vs Gaara
  • Naruto vs Neji
  • Temari vs Shikamaru

Five Kage Summit

Manga Volume: 49 – 51

Anime Episodes: 197 – 214

This arc is filled with action but I think it’s most interesting for is the focus on the political aspect of Naruto. The arc centers on the Summit between the current Kages, Gaara, Onoki, Mei, A, and Danzo. While we’re familiar with Gaara, the other Kages are more of a mystery. Danzo uses Tsunade’s coma as an opportunity to claim the title of Hokage for himself. Danzo is revealed to have possession of the Sharingan. The Kages argue over their ideological differences, with A claiming (correctly) that each of the other villages used the Akatsuki to gain power. Of course, the summit is interrupted by Sasuke and the rest of Taka. In the fights that follow, A proves to be a powerhouse, and Onoki and Terumi show off some of their abilities. Finally, Madara declares war over the remaining tailed beast. 

Best Fights:

  • Sasuke vs The Kages
  • Killer B vs Kisame
  • Sasuke vs Danzo

Pain’s Assault

Manga Volume: 45 – 48

Anime Episodes: 152 – 175

The beginning of this arc introduces us to Killer B, the host of the Eight Tailed Beast. He quickly becomes a fan favorite, while the rapping is bad and stereotypical, he’s a fun character that gives Sasuke a fight. It’s also the first time that we witness a Jinchuriki fight alongside his beast. After this fight, Pain invades Konoha. It’s a devastating assault that results in the “death” of Kakashi and the destruction of Konoha. The highlight of this arc is the fight between Naruto and Pain, with the former using the senjutsu (Sage) techniques and the Wind Release: Rasenshuriken technique. Hinata confesses her love for Naruto and the latter finally meets his father. 

Best Fights:

  • Sasuke vs Killer B
  • Naruto vs Pain

Sasuke Recovery Mission

Manga Volume: 20 – 27

Anime Episode: 107 – 135

Sasuke defects from Konoha in pursuit of power. This marks the moment Sasuke becomes a villain. Tsunade sends a five-man genin squad to retrieve him. Lead by Shikamura, the team of Naruto, Neji, Choji, and Kiba face off against the Sound Four. This arc features several battles that felt consequential. Each fight showed the depth of skill each ninja from Konoha possed. Furthermore, we got to see the specific techniques of the Akimichi, Hyuga, and Inuzuka clans. While Sasuke was becoming a villain, Gaara and siblings became allies. Watching the siblings fight for Konoha gave me chills. Throw in drunken fist Rock Lee and the epic battle between Sasuke and Naruto, this is one of the best Naruto arcs. 

Best Fights:

  • Neji vs Kidomaru
  • Kiba/Akamaru vs Sakon/Ukon
  • Shikamaru vs Tayuya
  • Rock Lee vs Kimimaro
  • Gaara vs Kimimaro
  • Naruto vs Sasuke

Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant

Manga Volumes: 40 – 42

Anime Episode: 127 – 133

This arc is short but it was the most impactful for me. Jiraiya was always my favorite Naruto character. I loved everything about him, his character design, humor, and abilities. However, we never saw the extent of those abilities until this arc. Jiraiya investigates Pain, infiltrating Amegakure. While there he encounters former students Konan and Nagato. Pain gets introduced and he’s a stoic villain that plans on forcing the world to stop wars, by creating a jutsu powerful enough to “wipe away entire nations.” It’s not the most original of motives but Pain proves to be a formidable villain. The battle between the two is probably my favorite and what made Naruto the best shonen series. 

One of the Legendary Sannin finally got to fight with their full power. This fight perfectly balances the powerful techniques of Jiraiya and Pain, while including strategy, and skills that feel earned. When you feel like Jiraiya has defeated a mysterious opponent, it’s revealed (not completely to the audience) what Pain is. After Jiraiya loses his arm and has to face The Six Paths of Pain you not sure he can survive. However, just when we begin to think he will escape, he sacrifices his life to protect Konoha. It was a heartbreaking moment that made me cry. I think it’s the best Naruto arc ever.