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The Top 10 Best Anime and Manga Power Systems (Part 2)

5. My Hero Academia – Quirk

In My Hero Academia, Quirks are “special, superhuman ability an individual can possess. Quirks are generally unique to their user, and are classified in multiple categories. The user is also given one single ability of that said Quirk, rather than many abilities.” Quirks are genetically inherited through “Mendelian inheritance.” They will manifest in children around age 4. Each child will either manifest the same Quirk of their parent or a composite one if both parents have Quirks. It is possible, however, for some children to develop Quirks that aren’t related to their genetic line.

In very rare case animals can possess Quirks, like Nezu. It is also possible that a Quirk can “mutate and merge.” Sometimes people with Quirks that are too difficult for their bodies to handle, for example Yuga Aoyama. His Quirks not only requires that he have a special belt, if he uses it for to long he will get pain in his stomach. Quirks feature more complex aspects to there existence. The concept of the “Quirk Factor” is one of these more complex aspects. The “Quirk Factor” refers to “the collective traits that compose a Quirk. This includes the primary Quirk power as well as all the biological mechanisms that allow said primary power to function properly.”

Quirks can also under go what is called “Awakening.” When this occurs, a users Quirk goes through “evolution.” It’s not clear what exactly triggers this moment, but Himiko Toga’s Quirk transforms during a “life or death situation.” Quirks are categorized in several different “types.”

  • Emitter – Quirks have the ability to either release certain substances, or alter materials around them in certain ways. Emitter-type Quirks usually require a conscious effort to activate
  • Transformation – Quirks cause the user to take on a temporary alteration of some kind. Transformation-type Quirks allow the user to temporarily “transform” their body in a variety of manners, sometimes enhancing existing features or perhaps adding new features to the body altogether.
  • Mutant – Quirks can have a wide variety of features and abilities depending on the individual. Generally, Mutant-type Quirks are associated with the user’s physicality (mutations). As a result, Mutant Quirks are passively active and, at a glance, are the most identifiable.

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4. Jujutsu Kaisen – Cursed Techniques/Innate Techniques

Jujutsu Kaisen has a power scaling system that ranks jujutsu sorcererscursed spiritscursed 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”.

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.

Gon using his Nen
Gon using his Nen

3. Hunter X Hunter – Nen

Nen allows the user to manipulate their own life energy, called aura. These users are referred to as “Nen users.” Aura are produced by all living bodies. Aura flow’s throughout the bodies that escapes through the top of the head. The points in the bodies where aura flows are called “Aura Nodes.” In order to learn Nen, students have to master opening and closing their Aura nodes. There are two ways to learn how to do this, meditation or Initiation.

Nen of the Flame

A precursor to learning Nen, these are mental exercises that “strengthen one’s force of will. Regular practice can smooth the flow of one’s aura.” There are four exercises:

  • Ten (“Point”): Focus the mind, reflect upon the self and determine the goal.
  • Zetsu (“Tongue”): Put it into words.
  • Ren (“Temper”): Intensify your will.
  • Hatsu (“Release”): Put it to action.

These four principles must be mastered to fully understand Nen. Then one can learn the more advanced techniques. These techniques often combine with or derive from one of the four major principles. The advanced techniques are as follows:

  • Gyo (“Focus”) – is an advanced application of Ren by which a Nen user concentrates a larger than normal portion of their aura into one specific body part. It increases the strength of that one body part, but leaves the rest of the body more vulnerable. Gyo is most often used in the eyes, allowing a Nen user to see aura and Nen constructs concealed with In.
  • In (“Conceal”) – is an advanced form of Zetsu used to render one’s aura imperceptible, effectively concealing it. Unlike Zetsu, however, In does not stop the user’s aura flow; instead, it hides it, making it impossible to perceive with any of the five senses or extrasensory perception. Hence, this technique is perfect for launching sneak attacks or laying traps, as it can conceal not only the user’s presence, but also Nen constructs generated with Transmutation, or Conjuration.
  • En (“Circle”) – is an advanced application of Ten and Ren. In Ren, aura usually envelops only a small amount of space around the user’s body. En is when one extends their Ren so that their aura extends further than normal, then uses Ten at the same time to contain and give shape to that aura, normally a sphere.
  • Shu (“Enfold”) – is an advanced application of Ten. Shu allows a user of Nen to enshroud an object with their aura, allowing them to use that object as an extension of their own body.
  • Ko (“Temper”) – is a combination of TenZetsuHatsu, Ren, and Gyo in which all of the user’s aura is concentrated into one particular body part. Gyo is utilized to focus aura on a part of the body, while Ten is used to prevent it from dispersing. Zetsu is used to completely stop the flow of Nen in all other parts of the body, increasing the output in the desired area. With Ren, the amount of aura is increased even further. This makes that one body part extremely powerful, but at the cost of leaving the rest of the user’s body completely unprotected. Due to the risk it carries, Ko is regarded as a purely offensive technique.
  • Ken (“Fortify”) – is the advanced version of the basic Ren and Ten techniques. It is a primarily defensive technique where a Nen user maintains a state of Ren for a prolonged amount of time. The amount of aura surrounding the user’s body during Ken is about 10 times higher than during TenKen allows a Nen user to guard against attacks from any direction, but the large amount of aura produced makes it tiring to maintain. It is considered the best option to defend from Ko, despite not being as powerful as the latter on any given part of the body, as it protects all of it evenly.
  • Ryu (“Flow”) – is the term for use of Gyo from a state of Ken to perform real-time offensive and defensive value adjustments. If Ko devolves 100% of one’s aura to offense or, much more rarely, to defense, and Ken splits it evenly between the two, Ryu is redistributing one’s aura according to any other percentage, for example by focusing 70% of one’s aura in one fist as one is about to strike, or 80% in one’s leg to block an incoming kick. It is utilized to damage a Ken user without leaving oneself as unprotected as during Ko, although the power of the technique is lower. Ryu is difficult to master, as it requires not only to control one’s aura flow with great precision, but also to be able to estimate the amount of aura utilized by the opponent at a glance.

In the diagram below is the six different types of aura. Everyone is born with one of the six, they are tasked with learning a new unique technique. There are “numerical approximations” that determine how efficient one would be at using aura abilities. One has a chance to be 100% efficient in their own aura type. One can be 80 % efficient in the adjacent aura type, 40% efficient at the opposite or farthest category, and 60% efficient in the two remaining categories.

The chart of the six types of aura in Hunter X Hunter
The chart of the six types of aura

Nen gets even more complex, as there are several sub-nen types, limitations, conditions, activation requirements, and aura power levels.

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2. Naruto – Chakra

In the Naruto series, Chakra is the means to using any technique. Generally the use of hand seals are required to create jutsus. These techniques allow users to enact effects such as walking on water, breathing fire or creating illusions. Chakra is restricted by the Eight Gatestenketsu that are located along the chakra pathway system. Chakra became a form of life energy that all people can produce. If a person runs out of chakra, they will die. Chakra is created when two forms of energy, physical and spiritual are mixed together. The amount of chakra an individual possess is generally determined by genes, however, they can train to increase their limits, some what.

Chakra Control

Mastering Chakra Control requires a great deal of training. It’s not important to have massive amounts of chakra, but to be able “control and conserve it.” In order to have good chakra control ” a ninja should only mold as much chakra as they need to perform a given ability. If they mold more chakra than is needed, the excess chakra is wasted and they will tire out faster from its loss. If they don’t mold enough chakra, a technique will not be performed effectively, if at all, likely creating problems in a combat situation.” When a ninja wants to create ninjutsu, they need to use one of two methods of manipulating chakra, shape transformation and nature transformation.

  • Shape transformation deals with controlling the form, movement, and potency of chakra.
  • Nature transformation deals with changing the physical properties of chakra into an element. There is also the nature transformation of Yin and Yang, which deals with changing the ratio of spiritual and physical energies within chakra.
Hand seals from Naruto
Hand seals from Naruto

Jutsu

Are the “mystical arts a ninja will utilize in battle.” Ninja’s need to form seals to manifest the technique. There are three different types of jutsu:

  • Ninjutsu – is the most nebulous of the three, and may most simply be described as anything that is not genjutsu or taijutsu. Most ninjutsu require chakra and hand seals, but this is not always the case since the mere usage of weaponry qualifies as ninjutsu.
  • Genjutsu – is one of the main jutsu categories which uses chakra. Unlike ninjutsu, the effects of genjutsu are not real, being only sensory illusions experienced by those who fall victim to it.
  • Taijutsu – is a basic form of techniques and refers to any techniques involving the martial arts or the optimization of natural human abilities. Taijutsu is executed by directly accessing the user’s physical and mental energies, relying on the stamina and strength gained through training. It typically does not require chakra, though chakra may be used to enhance its techniques. Taijutsu generally requires no hand seals to perform, occasionally making use of certain stances or poses, and are far quicker to use than ninjutsu or genjutsu. Taijutsu is hand-to-hand combat.

There are several sub-categories of as well. Medical NinjutsuKinjutsuKenjutsuSenjutsu and Space-time Ninjutsu. Naruto’s powers systems include summons, ninja tools like swords, puppets and ninja dogs.


Smoker using his Devil Fruit ability

1. One Piece – Devil Fruits

Devil Fruits are mysterious fruits that are found throughout the One Piece world. Once consumed the fruit provides the eater with an ability. With the exception of Black Beard, an individual can only have one devil fruit ability. Devil fruits are divide into three different categories:

  • Paramecia – These fruits give the users a power that can affect their body, manipulate the environment, and/or produce substances. This Devil Fruit type can be categorized into two basic groups: those which are based on a characteristic (such as elasticity or slowness) or an object (bombs, doors, etc.).
  • Logia – this type allows the user to completely alter their form into a natural element and manipulate it at will.
  • Zoan – This type of fruit allows the user to transform into another species and inter-species hybrid forms at will. Zoan types are especially effective in close combat.

Haki

Every living person in the world has a mysterious power called Haki. However, most people do realize they have it. There are three different types of Haki:

  • Kenbunshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to sense the presence of others, even if they are concealed from view or too far to see normally.
  • Busoshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to create, in essence, an invisible armor around themselves, providing potentially incredible offensive and defensive capabilities. Notably, this form of Haki can be used to injure Devil Fruit users that are otherwise immune to certain kinds of physical harm, mainly Logia users.
  • Haoshoku Haki – is a rare form of Haki that cannot be attained through training. Only one in several million people have this ability. This type of Haki allows the user to exert their willpower over others.

Martial Artists

In One Piece every crew has a combatant, martial arts are a very important part of the series. While not the main form of power, martial arts are used by many characters in the series. Characters like Sabo use martial arts style and stick-fighting. Jinbe uses Fish-Man Karate and Fish-Man Jujutsu. Throughout the series several different form of martial arts are presented. They are generally characterized by styles (Black Leg Style), species (Fish-Man Karate) and culture (Okama Kenpo).

Swordsmen

Nearly every crew has a swordsmen. They are considered to be important assets to the crew and are often highly ranked in their crew. There are two different kinds of swordsmen, the Strong Blade and the Gentle Blade. Strong Blade swordsmen focus on strength like Zoro, Ryuma and Kawamatsu. However, the Gentle Blade swordsmen like Tashigi, Kaku and Brook emphasize speed. The greatest swordsmen alive, Mihawk, uses swordsmanship that combines Strong and Gentle Blade styles. Swords are categorized in One Piece by “Grade.” There are 12 Supreme Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords, 50 Skillful Grade Swords and a undetermined number of Grade Swords.

Three Great Powers

The military takes a very important role in the One Piece series. The Three Great Powers consists of the Marines, the Shichibukai (now disbanded) and the Yonko. The military hopes to replace the Shichibukai with the SSG. The three powers balance each other out, with SSG and the Military equaling Yonko.

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The Top 10 Highest Selling Manga Currently in publication

10. Captain Tsubasa (80 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Yoichi Takahashi

Serialized: 1981 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 96

Captain Tsubasa is a manga series by Yoichi Takahashi. The series focuses on association football. The series features “characterized by dynamic and exciting football moves, often stylish and implausible.” The manga follows Tsubasa Oozora and his friends while they face rival teams.

The series begins when Oozora’s just 11 years old. He loves football and dreams of winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. He’s known as “Soccer no Moshigo” or “heaven sent child of football.” Tsubasa is a football prodigy, possessing speed, stamina, dribbling skills, and shotpower. Together with his friends on the Nankatsu team, Tsubasa win a number of championships including the U-17 World Championships.

9. Kingdom (83 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Yasuhisa Hara

Serialized: 2006 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 62

Kingdom is a manga series by Yasuhisa Hara. The series tells a fictionized account of the Warring States period, a period that ended in 221 BC when Ying Zheng, king of Qin, conquered and unified China. The main protagonists is “war orphan” Xin, who fights along with his comrades. During the was he becomes the greatest general and unifies China. The series was adapted into a 3 season anime series in 2012.

Many characters are based on real figures. Xin along with fellow orphan Piao are servants in a poor village. They dream of becoming “Great Generals of the Heavens”. Piao is taken one day by a minister and returns a few months later mortally wounded. Piao resembled the current King of Qin, Ying Zheng. He was harmed during a power struggle for the throne. Xin aids the king in fighting off his brother Cheng Jiao and unifying China.

8. Baki the Grappier (85 million+)

Publisher: Akita Shoten

Author: Keisuke Itagaki

Serialized: 1991- present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 143

Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki the Grappler, is a martial arts manga that follows Baki Hanma. The teenager trains and fights against a variety of different fighters. The series spawned three sequel series, Baki, Baki Hanma, and Baki-Dou.

In the story Baki is raised by his mother, Emi Akezawa. She uses her wealth to help fund his training as he tries to reach the fighting ability of his father, Yujiro Hanma. Baki eventually fights his father, and loses. He continues to train, facing a number of powerful fighters.

7. Hajime no Ippo (96 million+)

Publisher: Kodansha

Author: George Morikawa

Serialized: 1989 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 132

Hajime no Ippo is a manga series created by George Morikawa. Ippo Makunouchi is a high school student with no friends. Lonely, Ippo becomes a target of bullies. One day Ippo is seriously beaten by these bullies and is rescued by a middleweight boxer, Mamoru Takamura. When Ippo is giving a chance to punch a sandbag, he shows a talent for boxing.

Takamura isn’t sure that he’s ready. So the boxer, challenges him to “catch 10 falling leaves from a tree simultaneously after a week of training.” After training night and day, Ippo masters the technique. Takamura is impressed and agrees to train him.

6. The Kindaichi Case Files (100 million+)

Publisher: Kodansha

Author: Yozaburo Kanari

Serialized: 1992 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 87

The mystery manga series, The Kindaichi Case Files, follows Hajime Kindaichi a high school student who solves crimes. The grandchild of a famous private detective, Kindaichi looks to solve various whodunnit’s. The series of features gruesome murders and locked room mysteries.

The killers in the series aren’t presented as “psychopathic.” They’re all given “deep rooted” reasons for their crimes, particularly emotional trauma and the “thoughtlessness of others.” When revealed, the criminal usually attempts suicide.


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5. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (100 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Hirohiko Araki

Serialized: 1987 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 131

Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, is one of the most popular manga series of all time. In the Jojo universe, some people are capable of transforming inner spiritual power into a Stand. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is split into parts with independent stories from members of the Joestar family. Mainline descendants “possess a star-shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade and a name that can be abbreviated to the titular “JoJo”.”

The first six parts focuses on the rivalry between Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The last two parts focus on an “alternate universe,” where the Joestar family tree is changed. Part 9 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure will began in September 2021.

4. Crayon Shin-Chan (148 million+)

Publisher: Futabasha

Author: Yoshito Usui

Serialized: 1990 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 58

Crayon Shin-chan is a slice of life comedy that follows five year old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his family. The creator Yoshito Usui died in 2009, so the series being continued by members of Usui’s team. The series became a animated television show in 1992 and has since produced over 1000 episodes and 26 movies. In 2019, a spin-off series, Super Shiro was produced by Science SARU.

Shin is an inappropriate child, who behaves poorly. The jokes in this series are often difficult for non Japanese audiences to understand. Some themes are repeated in the series are more universal. Shin is often rude to adults in his orbit, asking tough-looking me “How many times did you go to the police?”.

3. Detective Conan (230 million+)

Publisher: Shogakukan

Author: Gosho Aoyama

Serialized: 1994 – present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 100

The second detective series on this list, Detective Conan follows the high school detective Shinichi Kudo. A mysterious organization transforms him into a child. The manga was adapted into an anime in 1996. The series has been praised by critics and is sold in over 25 countries. Kudo adopts the name Conan Edogawa. He lives with his childhood friend Rachel Moore and her father Richard, a private detective.

He joins Richard on cases and when he solves them he puts Richard to sleep with a gadget. Kudo then imitates Richard’s voice to reveal the result of the case. While enrolled in an elementary school, Kudo joins a Junior Detective Club. Kudo and his classmates try to uncover the secrets of the Black Organization.

2. Golgo 13 (300 million+)

Publisher: Shogakukan

Author: Takao Saito

Serialized: 1968 – present

Demographic: Seinen

Volumes: 201

Takao Saito passed away this year at the age of 84.

Golgo 13 follows a professional assassin. The series is the oldest manga in production and has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the “highest number of volumes for a single manga series.” The series has been adapted into 2 live action films, 6 video games, an a anime film. Golgo 13 is the top selling Seinen manga series ever.

Golgo 13 is a assassin whos identity is obscure. Golgo 13 who goes by a number of aliases, make use of a modified M16 when on the job. He lacks emotion and is will to kill anyone that might expose him. He’s willing to accept any job from anyone who can afford his fee. Golgo 13 has created many powerful enemies including the FBI, CIA, and US military.

1. One Piece (490 million+)

Publisher: Shueisha

Author: Eiichiro Oda

Serialized: 1997- present

Demographic: Shonen

Volumes: 100

One Piece is considered by many to be the greatest manga series ever created. Written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda, the series follows Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate that dreams of becoming the pirate king. After eating the Gum Gum Devil Fruit, Luffy becomes a rubberman. Over the course of the series, Luffy gains crewmates under the banner of the Strawhat Pirates.

Together they explore the Grand Line seeking the treasure know as the “One Piece.” The series has received praise for it’s art style, humor, characters, and story. In 2015, One Piece set the record for the “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” It was the best selling manga for eleven years and has sold 1 million copies of each of it’s 100 volumes.

External Links

—. “List of Best-Selling Manga.” Wikipedia, 4 Oct. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_manga#Between_20_million_and_29_million_copies.

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Top 10 Strongest My Hero Academia Quirks (Part 2)

Check out the first half of this list here.

5. Rewind

Quirk Type: Emitter

A Quirk created as a result of a rare mutation, Eri’s Rewind ability isn’t connected to her family. Eri has the ability to “reverse a living being’s body back to a previous state.” Kai Chisaki claimed that he Quirk was so powerful that Eri could “rewind genetics.” Due to Eri’s current age she lacks control over her ability. Through training with Shota Aizawa, she has developed greater control. Her Quirk can bring back injures and undo them. If she can’t control herself she could erase someone from existence. Rewind’s effects are limited to organic materials.


4. Decay

Quirk Type: Emitter

Tomura Shigaraki’s Decay Quirk is a mutation like Eri’s Rewind. He can destroy anything her touches with his hands. Whether it’s organic material or not, he can revert everything to dust. The Decay effect can function like a chain, spreading from where Tomura touched. If he touches a person, they will need to cut of the infected limb other wise their body will rot. Due to Tomura having to touch with his fingers his Quirk can be limited if he ever lost his hands.


3. Overhaul

Quirk Type: Emitter

Overhaul is a Quirk that’s similar to Tomura’s Decay. However, unlike Tomura’s Quirk, Kai Chisaki’s Overhaul ability let’s him destroy and reassemble. Kai can target specific parts of the human body, destroy it, restore it, or transform it. It’s an instant process and can work on living and non-living things. Kai can form “holes, walls, spikes, and platforms anywhere in his surroundings from a single point.” Overhaul permits Kai to combine two different objects including different beings, allowing the user to use both of their Quirks. In the series, Kai lost his arms after Tomura Shigaraki and Atsuhiro Sako destroyed them. He can no longer use his Quirk. Regardless, it’s one of the most versatile Quirks.


2. One For All

One For All is the current Quirk of Izuku Midoriya. It’s a transferable Quirk that must be willingly given. For this reason One For All cannot be stolen by All For One. One For All allows it’s user to stockpile raw power, enhancing all physical abilities to a super human level. The power can be focused on a single body part or spread throughout the body. If the user already has a Quirk, One For All can increase its power as well. One For All increases in power when transferred from user to user. Izuku is the only user to have access the Quirks of the previous users making his version the strongest. One For All also allows the user to have access to the consciousnesses of previous users.

Despite all this power, One For All has a few limitations. First, the Quirk requires the user to be strong enough to handle it. If they’re too weak the user can be blown apart. One For All can deplete the lifespan of the user if they have another Quirk. It has been speculated by previous users that One For All can be stolen if the collective will of its users are overwhelmed. The assimilated Quirks One For All possess, an unknown Quirk, Fa Jin, Danger Sense, Blackwhip, Smokescreen, and Float are weak on their own but together have potential.


1. All For One

Tomura Shigaraki is the current user of All For One. The Quirk grants the user the ability to steal Quirks from others and use them. Furthermore, the user can bestow Quirks onto others. All For One can combine Quirks, resulting in new and more powerful techniques. Unlike One For All, All For One can absorb more than one Quirk at a time. All For One can render someone a mindless doll if given to a weak host. The effectiveness of the Quirks stolen by All For One is limited by the abilities of the user.

The original All For One user claimed “he did not want to steal Best Jeanist’s Fiber Master, as it required too much training and experience to truly master.” Dr. Kyudai claims that if the “memory” (amount of power of the Quirk) exceeds the “hardware” (the body of the user) then it will cause problem. The amount of Quirks that can be used or stolen is limited by the health of the users body. After All For One absorbed Dr. Kyudai’s Life Force Quirk, the user is granted “agelessness.”

The top two Quirks were always going to be One For All and All For One. I think One For All is overall weaker because it can only gain new Quirks from one user at a time. Furthermore, only the Quirkless can make good use of One For All, which means less than 20% of humanity can use it. With that population declining eventually One For All might become difficult to use.

What do you think? Is All For One better than One For All? What about the top ten?

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Top 5 Shonen Anime Cowards

5. Myoga (Inuyasha)

Myoga’s name apparently means “divine protection,” which is ironic because he largely only protects himself. To be fair he was a member of the flea Yokai, which was the smallest demons bugs. Myoga was the servant of Inuyusha’s father Toga. As such Myoga tendency to flee prior to battle is seen as a warning of danger. If he’s present then that’s the most safe area to be. Myoga is willing to save others by drinking blood. Of course he has a bad habit of drinking blood without permission. His lack of fighting power may make his cowardly behavior is understandable but doesn’t change the fact that he’s a coward.

Source: Inuyasha wiki

4. Marechiyo Omaeda (Bleach)

Most lieutenant in Bleach are weak and useless, but most aren’t cowards. Marechiyo Omaeda is a victim of his privilege. He comes from a rich family, is generally, vain, greedy, and lazy. Despite this, he’s willing to be used as a decoy in a fight. During the Fake Karakura Town arc he quickly beaten by Nirgge Parduoc. During their encounter Omaeda runs from Nirgge. His captain Sui-Feng routinely berates him for being weak and useless. Once Sui-Feng faces Baraggan Louisenbairn, Omaeda distracts the Espada by running from him.

Source: Bleach Wiki

Look. It’s a strategy. The other guys are wearin’ ’em down in the first round and I’m savin’ my energy for round two.

— Yajirobe 

3. Yajorbi (Dragon Ball Z)

Yajorbi is a ronin. Despite the toughness samurai invoke, Yajorbi undermines that toughness. He’s a loner. Spending most of his time on Korin Tower. Yajirobe avoids fighting despite being skilled with his katana. He avoids major fights when possible, especially with King Piccolo and Vegeta. He would consider himself as “intelligently careful.” Yajorbi will aid other, specifically by giving them senzu beans. One of Yajorbi’s most well known moments of heroism is saving Goku from Vegeta during the Vegeta Saga. He would later interfere again slicing Vegeta down his back. After claiming credit for defeating Vegeta, Yajorbi is savagely beaten by Vegeta.

Source: Dragon Ball Z

2. Usopp (One Piece)

Usopp was introduced as a coward who tells tall tales exaggerating his life and abilities. His cowardice was the result of “his fear and insecurity.” He can overcome this when his friends are in danger. He often uses lies to avoid fighting or otherwise putting himself in danger. He claims he has a disease called “Can’t-get-on-this-island disease.” If he can’t avoid conflict he will use tall tales specifically claiming he was a Captain to try to scare his opponents.

Usopp’s insecurity flairs up when he’s reminded how inferior (in power) he is compared to Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro. His lack of belief in himself is a significant reason for his fear. Usopp is a talented sniper and his father, Yasopp, is one of Shanks crewmembers and assumed to be powerful. Usopp has made progress being more willing to risk himself without deception, he still avoids conflict and snipes from a distance when necessary.

Source: One Piece Wiki

1. Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer)

I’m anime only so I don’t know if or how he’s changed.

When introduced in the Demon Slayer, Zenitsu is unlikeable. His constant wining and cowardly demeanor is irritating. He has low self-esteem, assuming his death is emanate. Like most of these anime “cowards” Zenitsu doesn’t like who he is. He inspires to live up to the standards others set. However, he lives in a constant state of fear that paralyzes him. What sets him apart from the other cowards is his actual power. During Tsuzumi Mansion Arc, Zenitsu shows his cowardly behavior, strength, and courage.

Zenitsu is chased by the Tongue Demon. He falls asleep (more like passes out). This is the first time we see the Thunder Breathing technique and it’s epic. However, after killing the demon, Zenitsu immediately wake up and assumes that Shoichi did it. Outside we get a glimpse of his courage as he takes a beaten from Inosuke while protecting Nezuko. His cowardly personality becomes less grating after awhile and funnier. Many cowardly characters, particularly the heroes have sophisticated reasons for their fears. They hope to develop more courage so they can save others. It’s actually arrogant villains like Freiza or Muzan that mask their cowardice with violence and cruelty, and never seek to overcome it.

Source: Demon Slayer Wiki

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My Top 5 Favorite Dragon Ball Z Characters

Kid Buu (Majin Buu)

Buu has multiple forms with different personalities and goals. They basically function as individuals and are given distinct names to represent the difference. Between Dragon Ball games and how Buu changes after absorbing someone, Majin Buu has about 14 different forms. Kid Buu is the best in my opinion. The best as in good of course. Kid Buu is Majin Buu in its purest form. The first thing I love about this character is his design. Sure, the Majin Buu’s aren’t that different from one another but there’s something about the simplicity and small stature of Kid Buu that’s appealing.

The second thing is his personality. Buu is reckless and unpredictable. He destroyed his own body while destroying Earth. He’s also the evilest in this form. Kid Buu’s childish demeanor makes him both funny and unsettling. During the battle with Goku he falls asleep and at another point imitates a monkey beating his chest and making monkey sounds. He has this hysterical laughter that can only be described as creepy. The combination of child-like innocence and a remorseless monster is oddly appealing to me. Who doesn’t love a powerful, deranged, and childlike alien?

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Brolly

There are two versions of Brolly, the DBZ version, and DBS. Since this a list about Dragon Ball Z, I limited it to the DBZ version but I do prefer the DBS one. However, the Brolly from the has more personality. Brolly seems to suffer from a split personality. In his powered down form he docile and silent. When he powers up (triggered by Goku) he loud and vocal. In this form, he exhibits the typical Saiyan bloodlust. However, Brolly’s mental state seems to be a tragic consequence of King Vegeta’s jealousy. Fearing the threat the infant could pose to his power (Brolly had a power level of 10,000 at birth), King Vegeta had Brolly and his father Paragus killed.

The movie would have us believe that Goku’s crying made Brolly go mad but I find that to be farfetched. Being stabbed in the chest seems like a more reasonable cause. Anyway, while I was rooting for the Z Fighters to win, I enjoyed Brolly’s beatdown of the heroes. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how Brolly’s a sad character. King Vegeta’s attempted murder, his uncontrollable power, and a father that loves him but wishes he was dead. Brolly is out of control because he was never given any security.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Vegeta

Growing up I hated Vegeta. He was the rival to my favorite character (at the time) Goku. Like Brolly, Vegeta is a tragic character. Despite his privileges, Vegeta became a slave to Frieza. Originally just another villain, Vegeta becomes more complex as he comes to accept (mostly) that being the Prince of a race that’s almost extinct doesn’t matter very much. Through his family, and his rivalry with Goku he finds a more substantial purpose. His character arc is the most important aspect of him.

Once a monstrous villain, Vegeta loves his family, especially Bulma. He remains a foil for Goku. He’s a prince where Goku is a soldier, he’s more tactical when fighting, and simply smarter. When fighting against enemies, Vegeta is more brutal and arrogant than Goku. This results in him being funny as he mocks his enemies. He calls Kid Buu a “gifted speaker” when they fight. This arrogance can cause Vegeta to make terrible choices, like when Cell convinces him to allow him to absorb Android 18. With his flaws, Vegeta remains an intriguing anime character.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Goku

As a child, I gravitated towards the main character (they were the coolest and most powerful). Goku certainly is one of the most powerful characters in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Goku is carefree and doesn’t possess any negative feelings or thoughts. Like all pure-blood Saiyans, Goku loves to fight and train to fight. This coupled with his personality can result in him allowing villains to go free or power-up. He permitted Vegeta to leave after he tried to destroy Earth and killed some of Goku’s friends.

Goku doesn’t pursue high-ranking positions. He rejected Whis offer of becoming the next Destruction God of Universe 7. If I’m being honest Goku’s lack of intelligence isn’t as funny as it was when I was a child. However, like all Shonen heroes he inspired, when it comes to battle he’s a genius. Because of his constant training, Goku is always getting stronger. This is why I love Goku. He’s always good for a fight and he’s usually the best at it.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


Freiza

Frieza is probably my favorite villain. He has it all power, arrogance, and a love of destruction. Frieza has dark humor and doesn’t hide from his brutal reputation. Unlike Kid Buu, Freiza is a talker. His mannerisms are polished and regal (except when he’s angry) and his ability to switch between them is hilarious. He’s smart. Frieza makes the perfect villain because he’s so sadistic. His flippant dismissal of anything resembling sentimentality, his smug attitude all make Frieza the most entertaining character in Dragon Ball Z. Frieza’s not complicated at all.

He demands perfection from everyone around him. Frieza doesn’t have loyalty towards anyone, can’t take criticism, and doesn’t value anyone’s life but his own. He has an over-the-top reaction to the destruction he creates, like when he destroys Planet Vegeta. His massive ego is only matched by his cruelty. Freiza assumes everyone is beneath him, this includes the all-powerful Zeno, who he refers to as “colorful brats.” There’s absolutely nothing redeemable about Freiza and that’s why I love him.

Source: Dragonball.fandom.com


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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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My Top 5 Demon Slaying Anime

Demon slaying is common in pop culture. They come in several varieties. The hunter who kills demons for revenge. The “chosen one,” who is born to kill demons, or the half demon that a target for full fledge demons. Family raises some demon slayers to fight demons. Specifically, demon slayers are common in anime and manga. In the last few years anime that focuses on “demon slaying” have gain prominence. So what are my top 5 demon slaying anime:


Berserk

Berserk is a little extreme for my tastes. A manga series created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk follows Guts as he fights evil spirits and demons from hell. Guts was cursed with the “Brand of Sacrifice.” As a result, ghosts and demons want to eat him. After the betrayal by his former best friend Griffith, Guts seeks venegance. Born from the womb of a hanged woman, he was raised as a child soldier. The series begins in the middle, establishing Guts character and the setting. It then flashes back revealling Guts tragic childhood.

Berserk is frequently disturbing, including child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and gore. It’s not a series for everyone, however, if you can stomach it the series explores themes like revenge, moralitiy, and coping with a cruel world. Berserk is inspired by Kaoru Kurimoto’s Guin Saga, Buronson’s Fist of the North Star, and Go Nagai’s Devilman. I don’t read the manga but I do search on Pinterest for Miura’s phenominal art work. If anything is going to attract you to this series it’s his art. Unfortunately, the anime often has terrible animation, I don’t recommend them.

Inuyasha

If your looking for a lighter series then Inuyasha is a great series. Rumiko Takahashi created the series in the 90s. The manga was serialized from 1996 to 2008 and the anime ran for seven seasons. Kagome Higurashi is a Middle School student that time travels to feudal Japan. While there she encounters youkai, ghosts, orges, and many other creatures. I really loved this series for it’s use of Japanese mythology. Kagome meets Inuyasha a teenage half-youkai.

Kagome is the reincarnation of Kikiyo, the former girlfriend of Inuyasha. She sealed Inuyasha to a sacred tree 50 years ago and it’s Kagome that frees him. Kagome and Inuyasha begin a dramatic relationship that spans time and space, as Kagome goes back and forth between this world and hers. The series follows the monster of the week structure. Kagome and Inuyasha are joined by friends, Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. Together they batlle againist the forces of Naraku, as they search for the shards of the Shikon jewel.

Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen is the latest entry into the demon slayer anime. While technically, Yuji and his friends exorcise “cursed spirits” I consider them basically the same as demons. Written and illustrated by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen began its run in 2018. The first season of the anime began in 2020. Yuji is a high school student, when his grandfather is about to die, Yuji promises to: do good so others can die the “right” way. When Yuji meets sorcerer Megumi Fushiguro his life changes.

After releasing a cursed object that attracts cursed spirits, Yuji and Megumi rescue them. During this fight, Yuji swallows the cursed object, a finger of the “King of Curses,” Ryomen Sukuna. In doing so he becomes the new vessel of Sukuna. I’ll begin reading the manga after this seasons over, but I reccomend watching the anime. MAPPA is really starting to master their craft and Jujutsu Kaisen benefits from it.

Demon Slayer

Apparently, American audiences favor Jujutsu Kaisen over last years anime darling Demon Slayer. However, Demon Slayer continued to set records in 2020 outselling the One Piece manga and making history in the box office. I think when the Demon Slayer anime returns it will resume its run at the top. The series tells the tragic story of Tanjiro Kamado. After returning from selling charcoal, Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and his sister Nezuko turned into a demon.

Desperate to turn his sister back and prevent others from being harmed, Tanjiro and Nezuko enbark on a quest to find a cure. Tanjiro joins the Demon Corps. Armed with a katana, the water breathing techniques, and his selfless motivation, Tanjiro battles demons. He joins forces with the dumb prettyboy Inosuke, the powerful coward Zenitsu, and the always sleeping Nezuko. Can they stop Muzan before he can eliminate the Demon Corps?

Yu Yu Hakusho

Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen maybe new demon slayer series, but Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic. A shonen fighting manga by Yoshihiro Togashi. Yu Yu Hakusho tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a cynical, smart mouthed junior high school student. One day Yusuke dies after saving a little boy from being hit by a car. This heroic act is rewarded with an opportunity to return from the dead. Koenma, the son of the King of the Dead, makes him the Spirit Detective. Yusuke hunts demons that threaten Earth. He’s sent to train with Genkai, the crotchety old master spirit user.

Yusuke, his best friend Kazuma Kuwabara, demon fox vessel Kurama, and anti-hero Hiei. Yu Yu Hakusho set the bar for anime animation, and fight choreography. I rewatch the Dark Tournament arc occasionally and still believe that it’s one of the greatest anime arc ever.

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Top Ten Anime, Manga, and Movies of 2020

Jujutsu Kaisen

I’ve heard about Jujutsu Kaisen, but I thought it was just another demon manga/anime series. Considering my history with anime (Yu Yu Hakusho and Demon Slayer), I should have known not to prejudge based on tropes. Regardless, I Iove this series. It’s still in the middle but I like the world building, characters, and animation so far.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1: Recap and Review


Tower of God

Manhwa (Korean comics) has become an important source for anime adaptation. Tower of God was my first exposure to the series by Lee Jong-hui. The story centers on Twenty-Fifth Bam. Trapped with his friend Rachel underneath the mysterious Tower, he follows her into the Tower. Bam encounters challenges on each floor of the Tower as he searches for Rachel. The first season is phenomenal, ending in a shocking cliffhanger.

Is Tower of God Good?


Deca-Dence

Deca-Dence is a series set in the distant future, insect-like creatures called Gadoll have forced humanity towards extinction. I had no expectation for this series, so it was a surprise when Deca-Dence turned out to be far more sophisticated. The series was full of twists and turns, while making a critique of capitalism. Its themes are topically for 2020, and it was one of the most original anime of the year.

Deca-Dence Episode 1: Recap and Review


Pokemon: Twilight Wings

One of the biggest surprises of this year was Pokemon: Twilight Wings. A seven episode limited animated series, set in the Galar Region, the short anime series follows the citizens of Galar. Despite the short length of the series and each episode, Pokemon: Twilight Wings was impactful. All seven focused on side characters expanding the Pokemon universe through the eyes of Galar citizens. Pokemon: Twilight Wings was an emotional series with great animation.

Pokemon: Twilight Wings, a short anime series based on Sword and Shield games


The God of High School

I was excited about The God of High School from the moment they announced it. I wasn’t disappointed. Like Tower of God, it based on the series created by Yongje Park. While the series doesn’t reinvent the wheel, there are enough surprises to keep you interested. The God of High School balances humor with high octane action.

‘The God of High School,’: An instant hit


Burn the Witch (Manga/Movie)

The most expected manga for me was Tite Kubo’s Burn the Witch. The series also released a movie of the same name. Both cover the same material, but I preferred the anime. We’re introduced to the principal characters, “Noel and Ninny, the world of Reverse London, and it all ends with a battle with an ancient dragon, Cinderella.” With the addition of music, sound effects, and explosions, Burn the Witch is a unique experience when animated.

Burn the Witch Episode 1–3: Recap and Review


Kimetsu no Yaiba : The Movie – Mugen Train

Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Movie–Mugen Train is the first film from the Demon Slayer series. A direct sequel from the anime series, the film retells the Mugen Train arc. Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke join the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku in investigating disappearances on the Infinity Train. The movie centers on the themes of humanity and accepting death. Once again, Tanjiro emotional intelligence stands out.

Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Movie–Mugen Train Review


Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep

I can’t wait for the Made in Abyss series returns. In the meantime, Abyss has produced three movies. The first two were recap movies, with Dawn of the Deep telling the Ido Front Arc. Made in Abyss continues to flush out the harsh universe, as Nanachi, Reg, and Riko head down towards the center of the Abyss. Like the Demon Slayer movie, using a film to tell an arc is proving to be a wonderful decision.

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul, Recap and Review


Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro follows Kaiman, a man with a lizard head, as he tries to find the one magic user that cursed him. Kaiman also has amnesia, making his search even more difficult. Dorohedoro is an odd series with a strange world. Each character has unique designs and powers to match. Dorohedoro is a stylised violent series with a intriguing mystery at its center.

Dorohedoro Episode 1 Recap & Review


Haikyuu!! To the Top

I wasn’t into anime sports series until Yuri on Ice. I was so impressed with the series I wanted to give another popular sports anime a chance. Haikyuu!! To the Top is the fourth season of the volleyball anime. It separates Hinata and rival Kageyama as they develop apart. Hinata learns more about volleyball without playing and Kageyama sharpens his skills with Japans best. Once reunited, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of Karasuno battle in the Spring Tournament.

Haikyuu!! Fourth Season, Episode 1: Recap and Review

Misc

Top Five Videogames I’m Looking forward to in 2021

1. Far Cry 6

Developer: Ubisoft Toronto

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X

The upcoming sixth game in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6, is a first-person shooter. Set on the fictional Caribbean island, Yara, you play guerilla fighter Dani Rojas. Players will make weapons, use vehicles, hire Amigos, and use the “Fangs for Hire” system all in service to topple a dictatorship. Anton Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito) is a fascist dictator. His son, Diego (Anthony Gonzalez) struggles with the expectations his father has placed on him. The Far Cry series has sold over 50 millions copies since 2004. Personally, I’ve only played 3 entries, but Far Cry 6 has me excited.


2. Resident Evil Village

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X

The latest entry in the storied survival horror series, Resident Evil Village, is the tenth major instalment in the series. A direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Village takes place a few years later. Chris Redfield re-enters the life of Ethan Winters, shooting his wife Mia. Ethan finds himself in a mysterious village searching for answers. I enjoyed Resident Evil 7: Biohazard until the end that felt too much like Call of Duty, abandoning the horror elements that made the game frighting. Hopefully, this next game will continue the horror aspects of the last game.


3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

I’m never disappointed with a Zelda game, and Breath of the Wild was no different. A launch game for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, received critical acclaim for its gameplay and attention to detail. Many consider the game to be one of the greatest games of all time, selling over 20 million copies, making it the highest selling video gems of all time. Nintendo announced the sequel at 2019’s E3 with Aonuma claiming that the game will “build atop the original’s world with a new story and gameplay elements.” We know little about the game and expectations are high, but Nintendo always meets the high standards.


4. God of War 2: Ragnarok

Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Publisher: Sony

Platform: Playstation 4

The God of War series was first introduced on the Playstation 2 in 2005. An action-adventure game that follows Kratos, a tragic Spartan warrior tricked into killing his family by the God Ares. I was into the first two but didn’t play rest. God of War for the Playstation 4 marked my return to the series, and I wasn’t disappointed. Unlike the previous games in the series, God of War took place in the world of Norse mythology. Everyone praised the game for its art direction, graphics, combat system, characters, and cinematic feeling. The father and son relationship stood out the most to me. Having a personal love of mythology and stylish violence, God of War, is my kind of game. A sequel was never in doubt, especially considering how it ended.


5. Horizon Forbidden West

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Publisher: Sony

Platforms: Playstation 4 & 5

New ip can be hit or miss, so when Horizon Zero dawn was released in 2017, I didn’t know what to expect. The series follows the story of Aloy, a hunter in a post-apocalyptic world, the player hunts robotic creatures with stealth, traps, and arrows. The series was well received, selling over 10 million copies. I’m too impatient for stealth games like Horizon Dawn, but the story and characters kept me interested. Once you get use to the gameplay, the game become captivating. Horizon Forbidden West promises to introduce more robotic creatures and new environments. In the sequel, humanity is facing an unknown threat, and Aloy traverses unfamiliar terrain in search of answers.

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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