30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 27: Most Bad-ass Scene From Any Anime Character

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For me one of the most bad-ass scenes from a particular character is a scene featuring Tatsuya from The Irregular at Magic High School. He reminds me a lot of Kirito from Sword Art Online especially when he taking down bosses single-handedly! In the particular scene I’m talking about Tatsuya takes down a whole bunch of terrorists on his own without killing them in the episode “Enrollment Part VI”.

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Tatsuya: Badass.


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To me, a bad-ass character can only be truly bad-ass if they’re unaware of how bad-ass they really are. Otherwise, they just become cocky or obnoxious. You know, that kind of walking-in-slow-motion-out-of-an-explosion thing that X-Men Origins: Wolverine perfected to a ridiculous tee. Then there are also those moments when characters who are not normally bad-ass have incredibly bad-ass moments out of nowhere. (Have I said ‘bad-ass’ enough times yet?)

I also have a particular weird fondness for when characters jump/fall off of really tall things and don’t seem to give a shit about whether or not they’ll land safely and just make a survival plan on the way down. Legolas from The Lord of The Rings films, Hawkeye from The Avengers, and Robin from the Teen Titans cartoon series are serial performers of this bad-ass cliche. It’s difficult to pinpoint just one scene, but my favourite bad-ass anime character who seems to do this a lot is Major Motoko Kurasangi from the Ghost in the Shell franchise.

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Motoko Kurasangi from Ghost in the Shell

As a cyborg, Motoko seems to live her life as a futuristic law-enforcer free of pesky human problems such as personal safety and fear. She’s ruthless, analytical, powerful, well-respected amongst her peers, and – as previously mentioned – doesn’t give a shit about jumping off of buildings as this fan-made montage demonstrates:

During the opening credits to the 1995 Ghost in the Shell film, we see her body being assembled in a sequence called ‘The Making of a Cyborg’, which is probably the most intimate introduction to a character I’ve ever seen. However, the chase sequence that follows is where we really get to know her as a character: from her great aim with a gun; her commanding voice; her superb physical fighting skills; her brutal strength, and her dry sense of humour. We also learn that her disregard for the well-being of her body extends to not really feeling any shame/discomfort at being naked in public, as she unflinchingly stands there in front of the criminal she has just apprehended stark naked after uncloaking herself from her invisiblity mechanism. How much more bad-ass can you get?

Honourable mentions: Vincent Valentine’s fight scene (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Roy Mustang saves Riza Hawkeye from Lust (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Levi fights the female Titan (Attack on Titan), Kanda Yuu fights Skin Bolic (D.Gray-Man), Sebastian Michaelis fights with cutlery (Black Butler), Erza Scarlet transforming into her Heaven’s Wheel armour of the first time (Fairy Tail), Ichigo Kurosaki fights Grimmjow (Bleach).


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A bad-ass scene for me must contain two things: an event or action that causes shock, and a character that give zero fucks about what he/she just did. And that’s why I think the most bad-ass scene is when Luffy punches a Celestial Dragon in One Piece.

BAM!

BAM!

In the world of One Piece there are a group of noblemen and women called the ‘Celestial Dragons’. The reason behind their status is due to them being the descendants of the original Kings and Queens that joined together to form the World Government. These guys are the worst. They all believe that they are above everyone, to the point that they wear glass around their heads, so that they don’t breath the same air as everyone else.

Celestial Dragons.

The Celestial Dragons.

This isn’t even the worst bit though – they also deal in slavery by buying and selling the lives of humans, fish people, and mer-people alike. Once you are bought by a Celestial Dragon, you are branded with their symbol – a dragon’s foot – constantly reminding you that you are underneath their heel.

Luffy meets his first Celestial Dragon at a slave auction (unsurprisingly). The greed, lack of humanity, and shocking treatment of one of Luffy’s friends that the nobleman shows drives Luffy to do the most bad-ass thing ever. Here is the scene:

Everyone in the room knows the cultural and political status of this guy, and so everyone is shocked at the statement that Luffy is making, but not Luffy. Luffy is just doing what comes natural, and that’s standing up for his friends. Luffy doesn’t care who this man is, he just wants to punch him for shooting his friend, and so he does. This scene is so good because one: for what is represents to the other characters in the show, and two: for how little Luffy cares about all that, and three: for being one of the best punches in all of anime.

AARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!

AARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!


 

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 23: Favourite Attack Someone Used in an Anime

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Some of these topics are really tough to name just one particular anime for! This was another one of those topics for me. So much too choose from, but I’m going to go with the attack Kaneki uses to defeat Jason at the end of Tokyo Ghoul. After being completely broken, Kaneki turns the fight around and Jason gets a taste of his own brutality. I’ve also chosen this one because all of the Kagune attacks are brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying all at the same time.

[Warning: The video below is the uncensored version!]


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There are some big gaps in my fighting anime knowledge, so as much as I know that iconic attacks from Gurren Lagan, Beserk, and Fist of the North Star should probably be mentioned here, I unfortunately have yet to watch them! Massive, OTT displays of power and prowess can be impressive, but my choice for this post is an attack that is neither big, bloody, or even physical. It is instead one that I think is one of the most creative and ingenious I’ve ever seen in anime: Writing a name in the Death Note from Death Note.

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The Death Note

Dropped by a Death God named Ryuk, the Death Note has the power to kill simply by the writer describing a person’s name, the cause of death, it’s consequences, and picturing their victim in their head as they write. How can any other attack even compare to the nightmarish, omnipotent power of that? No wonder it turns it’s user – the conniving and sociopathic Light Yagami – from a bored, straight-A school boy into a supreme megalomaniac. (And a supreme dick.)

But, the one thing it certainly does have in common with most other anime attacks is ridiculous melodrama:

Honourable mentions: Titan transformation (Attack on Titan), Miranda Lotto’s ‘Time Record’ (D.Gray-Man), Maka Albarn’s “Witch Hunter” (Soul Eater), Allen Walker’s “Crown Clown” (D.Gray-Man), Captain Byakuya Kuchiki’s “Senbonzakura Kageyoshi” (Bleach)


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First you have to ask yourself, what do I want my attack to do? You want it to destroy your enemies, and you want it done fast. Normally in these situations I would go for a Dragon Ball move, but they take up so much time to power up!

One of the fastest and hardest-hitting heroes that I know in anime, is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. I remember watching One Piece for the first time (unfortunately it was the awful 4Kids dub), and being amazed at how strong Luffy was, but also how fast and agile he was. I was also impressed how imaginative Oda is with Luffy’s powers. He might just be made of rubber, but damn he can utilise it. My favourite attack by Luffy is one that I feel truly utilises all of his ‘Rubber Man’ powers.

Luffy can inflate his body by puncturing his bones and blowing into them, this is called Gear 3rd. His over-sized limbs possess huge strength, mostly used to smash bad guys, breaking their bones into a million pieces.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy also learns how to control Haki. Haki, literally meaning ‘Will,’ is a power that anyone can control as long as they have strong enough willpower at their disposal. One of the abilities you can master with your Haki is called, Adamant Haki. This gives you the ability to strengthen any part of your body, or any weapon you hold with potentially limitless strength and durability.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Now I have explained the two elements of my favourite attack, I will now show and tell. My favourite attack is the Gommu Gommu no Elephant Gatling Gun. To pull this move off, Luffy inflates his bones to provide him with humongous fists, then using his Adamant Haki to harden them, he essentially turns his fists into ‘Battleship Sized Cannon Balls’. Finally with his elastic band speed he launches his fists into a flurry of punches. This move is fast and powerful, it can destroy buildings in seconds.

To watch the destruction, check out this clip (it takes him to warm up, as it’s his first time using the move):


 

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 20: Anime Character that Gets on Your Nerves

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This one really made me think, but in the end I’ve decided to choose Yuka from Elfen Lied because not only is she annoying, but she’s also jealous, incestuous, and definitely whines far too much! I can’t stand her – even her voice winds me up! I’ve never wished death on a character before but when it came to Yuka I really wanted Lucy to kill her. If she’s not clinging to Kouta, she’s crying or nagging or just generally being a pain in the ass!

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SO ANNOYING! Yuka, Elfen Lied


 

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My choice for this post may be a little controversial as she’s such a fan favourite, but bear with me. The character that gets on my nerves the most has to be Asuna from Sword Art Online.

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Double Asuna = Double Annoying! Sword Art Online

Some characters are annoying from the very start of a show and your opinion of them never really changes. You sigh every time they come on screen, and you’re pleasantly relieved when they don’t get any airtime for a while. Is there anything worse than a constantly irritating character? Well, how about a character who starts off as your favourite only for you to grow to hate?

Let’s be real here: Sword Art Online started out as a refreshingly original, philosophical, and breathtakingly animated show, but by the end of the first series it’s ideas became tired and some of its characters’ suffered from disappointing arcs. Asuna is one of those characters. Beginning as one of the strongest players in the entire game, Asuna was tough-talking and crazy talented with a sword – even giving Beta tester Kirito a run for his money. As an inevitable but nonetheless sweet romance blossomed between them, Asuna’s vulnerabilities started to come out more and more – as did Kirito’s. But the difference between Asuna and Kirito was that whilst he continued to go from strength to strength in the game, Asuna’s strength and agency fell further and further back, until she seemed to be more a of simpering damsel than the once powerful knight she began as. Eventually, through strange plot contrivances, Kirito leaves her behind altogether and continues adventuring with a different partner.

If you compare Asuna’s character development to that of her nearest equivalent – Cecily Campbell from The Sacred Blacksmith – you can see how nonsensical this regression really is. Cecily is a lone female knight in a fantasy kingdom who begins as an untrained, clumsy novice and grows to overcome the inherent sexism of her faux-medieval setting; her own personal weaknesses; and a traumatic sexual assault to become a well-respected warrior.

Cecily Campbell battling on even with a broken sword.

Cecily Campbell battling on even with a broken sword.

This is not only a satisfying arc for a ‘strong female character’ stereotype, but just generally a satisfying and straightforward arc for any heroic character; making Asuna’s comparative strong-to-weak transition look even more bizarre for the action-fantasy genre that I thought the show was supposedly updating.

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Asuna battling in an early episode…

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…and Asuna later on in the series.

Honourable mentions: Misa Amane (Death Note), Tea Gardener (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Nunnaly Lamperouge (Code Geass), Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass), Eren Jaeger (Attack on Titan).


 

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Although I certainly don’t hate this character, her choices annoy the hell out of me. My most annoying character is Chi Chi from Dragon Ball Z.

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Chi Chi, Dragon Ball Z

Chi Chi didn’t always bug me. She started off as a cute kid, then at the end of Dragon Ball she was a fiery individual and the perfect match for Goku. It was in Dragon Ball Z that Chi Chi really started to anger me. Her dreams and aspirations for Gohan were for him to knuckle down with school and one day become a great scholar. However, it is clear from episode one that Gohan was born with great power lying dormant, and he is clearly destined to follow in his father’s foot steps of becoming the world’s next savior.

At the end of the Cell Saga we think that’s going to happen: Gohan becomes a beast, and the very first to master the Super Saiyan 2 transformation. Below is a clip of the final blow he hits Cell with, named the ‘Father-Son Kamehameha’ as Goku (his father) is the one that finally gives Gohan the inspiration to release his full power, and with it he annihilates Cell, and becomes the most powerful Dragon Ball character.

However, Chi Chi destroys this and makes Gohan go to school and he becomes and absolute lame person! Gohan fights back by training in secret, and taking on the identity of the ‘Great Saiyaman’ to fight crime. It makes you think though: what would Gohan’s power be like if he continued on the path he was on during the Cell Saga?

SHUT UP CHI CHI

SHUT UP CHI CHI.

She’s bossy, she’s complains all the time, she doesn’t see the bigger picture, and she’s controlling. The worst thing is that she wasn’t always this way, she used to be adorable and understanding, so I try to remember the good times. Like in this adorable picture:

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Awww!

But now all I see is this annoying woman who tries to make the two most powerful individuals in the world do homework, go to parent evenings, and take driving lessons… but I guess if that didn’t happen we wouldn’t have these hilarious moments:

Brum, brum, beep, beep

Brum, brum, beep, beep!

And Goku loves her, so I guess she can’t be that bad…

Family fun

Family fun

Just let Gohan punch bad guys for crying out loud!


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 19: Most Epic Scene Ever

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For me, one of the most epic scenes I’ve ever seen in anime is in The Irregular at Magic High School, in a scene in which Tatsuya Shiba is challenged by Hanzo Gyoubushoujo Hattori when he is proposed to be added as a member of the School’s council. Because Tatsuya isn’t a particularly strong magic user Hanzo believes defeating him will be a piece of cake… and then Tatsuya kicks his ass:


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To love anime is to love its preoccupation with melodrama and exaggeration, I think. Everything from Ichigo Kurosaki fighting on after losing half his body weight in blood in Bleach, to Light Yagami furiously writing in his room and manically laughing to himself in Death Note. Whenever someone mentions epic moments in anime to me, there’s a bunch of scenes that spring to mind, but the very first one nearly every single time is the opening 6-minute battle scene from Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo featuring Asuka battling an Angel in space.

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Film poster for Evangelion 3.0

Evangelion is packed full of WTF and epic moments – both quietly devastating and irrepressibly loud – but this battle, rendered in gorgeous HD and cinematic scope from the Evangelion rebuild series of films in 2013, truly left me gobsmacked when I first watched it. It’s fast, furious, intense, and one of the best pieces of animation I’ve ever seen.

It starts off with nothing but the blackness of space and whispered voices over multiple telecommunications devices. Then, slowly, Asuka’s ship fades into view. The camera follows it, the voices get louder, and the ship becomes clearer. We see Asuka housed in the cockpit – fingers flicking at switches and her breathing raspy and meditated. Then we are swung downwards to see a shot of the eerily red sea of Earth. Asuka begins to lock in on her target, and then suddenly it zooms into a view – an Angel – screaming as though it were human.

Asuka tears through the Angel’s A.T field as though it were jelly, and then rips off her own helmet to scream through her intense exertion. This is when the real fight begins, and you can watch the full 6-minutes and 38-seconds here in all its insane glory – trust me, it’s worth it!

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Asuka in battle, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

Honourable mentions: Asuka’s death (End of Evangelion), Tetsuo’s end (Akira), Titan reappears behind Eren (Attack on Titan), Allen Walker fights the Earl and saves Lenalee (D.Gray-Man), “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!” (Digimon – The First Movie), pretty much everything in Death Note, the reveal at the end of Full Metal Alchemist, the Takihoma sacrifice themselves (Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Cloud vs. Sephorith (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).


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One Piece is one of the most epic anime out there. Everything is big: big moves, big people, big countries, big boats…it’s crazy. So it’s no surprise to me that I turn straight to One Piece in terms of epic scenes. For my most epic scene though it has to be the final moments of Whitebeard.

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Edward ‘Whitebeard’ Newgate

This is Edward Newgate, otherwise known by his pirate name of ‘Whitebeard’. He is one of the most powerful pirates in One Piece, classified as one of the ‘Four Warlords’, and he and his fleet are seen as one of the biggest superpowers in the world. Back in the day, he was rival to Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, and was constantly battling him for the title.

Whitebeard may be old now, but he still rightfully deserves the title of most powerful man. He is able to use a technique known as ‘Haki’ which enables him to battle the strongest of the strong. He also boasts a Devil Fruit power which enables him to manipulate vibrations. These vibrations are more like quakes, and with them he can create tsunamis, earthquakes, or just blast through the air and destroy anything in his path.

Ka-Boom!

Ka-Boom!

However, when he goes to war against the whole of the World’s Navy to rescue Luffy’s brother Ace (who has becomes like a son to Whitebeard) he is pushed beyond his limits and is killed in action. However, its what he says and how he dies that makes this scene so epic.

In the world of One Piece, there are a growing amount of people who stop believing in the grand treasure called the ‘One Piece’, and it would seem that the Great Age of Pirates may be coming to a close. However, Whitebeard’s final words are an announcement to the world, to those who are watching the battle that the One Piece is most certainly real. After he says this he dies…standing up. I know this is a cliche in anime and Eastern mythology, but you can’t help but admit that it’s the coolest thing ever. This was also the first time I saw this cliche, so for me it will always be amazing and unique.

So boss.

So boss.

But it doesn’t stop there. The narrator lists the amount of injuries he sustained in the war, and how many scars he bears on his body: two-hundred-and-sixty-seven sword wounds, one-hundred-and-fifty-one guns shot wounds, he took forty-six cannon shots, he was punched through the torso twice, but as the wind blows his jacket off his back, it is revealed that he has never sustained an injury on his back, as he never retreated or surrendered.

So three epic, epic, points for this scene showed Whitebeard to be a boss, not once, but twice! But not only that, his announcement led to a new era in the Pirate Age, an era in which everyone believes in the ultimate treasure – the One Piece.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 18: Favourite Supporting Female Character

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My favourite supporting female character is Madison Taylor from the English Cardcaptor Sakura dub. Not only does she make awesome costumes for Sakura to fight against the Clow cards in, but she also films the fights as well. She’s also clever as she often spots the Clow cards before Sakura!

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Madison Taylor, Cardcaptors

Honorable mentions: Winry Rockbell (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Mami Tomoe (Puella Magi Madoka Magicka)


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My favourite female supporting character by far has to be the ultimate anime tough girl, Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Asuka Langley Soryu, Neon Genesis Evangelion

If main character Shinji can be characterised by crippling depression, self-doubt, and self-confidence issues (What a catch! Am I right, ladies?) then Asuka as a supporting female character serves as his polar opposite. Feisty, hot-headed, and supremely self-assured in her skills as her NERV’s “best” Eva pilot, Asuka fulfils all the expectations of an anime action hero that Shinji subverts. Perhaps in another version of the story that hasn’t already been explored through TV, manga, or film, Asuka would be the main character leading the charge against the Angels, and meek and nervous Shinji her sidekick instead.

However, as the series progresses, this dynamic begins to break down as the cracks in her resilient armour start to show under the immense pressure of constantly averting global devastation and a devastatingly brutal battle, causing both her mental and physical health to disintegrate.

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The less said about THIS scene the better.

Despite this, she’s still an absolute boss in battle:

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Asuka kicking butt.

And a hilarious bully:

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BAKA Shinji!

Honourable mentions: Tsubaki Nakatsukasa (Soul Eater), Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail), Rukia Kuckiki (Bleach), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) Riza Hawkeye (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood).


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My favourite female supporting character is R. Dorothy Waynewright from The Big O.

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R. Dorothy Wayneright

Dorothy is an android created by scientist Miguel Soldano. Roger, the show’s protagonist, rescues her in the first episode of the anime and to repay Roger for saving her life, she moves into Roger’s house and assists him in whatever way she can.

Being an android Dorothy possess superhuman strength, speed, agility and intelligence, though she still has a lot to learn to what it means to be human. These physical attributes makes her a great partner for debonair Roger in Big O. She’s kind of the Robin to his Batman.

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Dynamic Duo!

As a character, Dorothy is also great to watch. Her dry, sarcastic humor is hilarious especially when she gets the opportunity to rattle the ‘too cool for school’ Roger Smith. She is also a confusing character, as you never know what she’s thinking. She is able to show emotions, and she definitely has them, but she hides them well too. Her cold humor and expressions are also kick-ass in a fight as well, making all of her athletic stunts look effortless, and every time she’s talking to a bad guy, it feels like shes holding up a middle finger throughout the whole conversation.

Her relationship with Roger is interesting as well, as the two clearly have feelings for each other, but they both silently agree that it will never work what with the slight hurdle of Dorothy being an android and all. But this doesn’t stop the two from caring for each other and having those infuriating ‘will-they-won’t- they’ moments.

She’s also an amazing pianist:

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This GIF goes with pretty much any music.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 10: Favourite Fighter Anime

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Okay, so I’m sure this isn’t technically classed as a fighter anime but it does have some really epic fight scenes in it. Plus, I’ve not really seen many fighter anime – I’ve still only watched a couple of episodes of One Piece (such a N00b!) My pick for my favourite fighter anime is Deadman Wonderland.

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Deadman Wonderland

In Deadman Wonderland, not only are the Deadmen using their own blood to fight with they also are made to fight each other and the loser is dissected for body parts to experiment on… Ugh.

This means the fights are pretty NSFW, such as this epic one between Ganta and Senji:


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I’m more into magical and supernatural fighting in anime and I’m not sure those would qualify as ‘fighter’ anime in the traditional sense. However, I also love anime involving old-school Samurai action, and therefore my pick for my favourite fighter anime is Samurai Champloo.

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Mugen and Jin, Samurai Champloo

Set in Edo-era Japan, the story follows Mugen – a rebellious, wandering swordsman, Jin – a stoic, honourable ronin – and Fuu – a plucky young waitress who enlists the pair of them to accompany on her quest to find “the samurai who smells of sunflowers.”

This rag-tag team journey their way through the Japanese countryside and villages, getting into trouble in brothels, pissing off the local government, and having some pretty amazingly animated fights:

As creator Shinichirō Watanabe‘s first series following Cowboy Bebop, it is certainly of the same high standard and similarly critically acclaimed, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of sword fighting or martial arts. I’m always more impressed by skill by power when it comes to fight scenes – quick and masterful swings of the sword or fist are more satisfying to watch than massive explosions of power/energy for me like in most Shonen shows. Samurai Champloo has plenty of this on display, and moreover, cleverly inflects it’s hip-hop flavoured soundtrack into the action by throwing breakdancing moves into Mugen’s fighting style.

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Mugen showing off his breakdancing skills.

The contrast between Mugen and Jin’s personalities is also echoed through their preferred fighting styles. Whereas Mugen dances round and shows off, Jin is quick, precise, and respectful of his opponents. I won’t spoil what happens in the final fight, but let’s just say it’s a classic Samurai stand-off.

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Jin finally let’s his hair down.

Honourable mentions: Bleach, Soul Eater, Sword Art Online, D.Gray-Man, Claymore.


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

Obviously, I’m going to talk about Dragon Ball with this one. Firstly, I would like to clarify that I am talking about Dragon Ball not Dragon Ball Z. The franchise is amazing, and DBZ does take it to the next level, but I feel Dragon Ball is better when it comes to martial arts and fighting as it revolves more around Goku training for the martial arts tournament, rather than space adventures, serial killer androids, and mindless demonic creatures made of chewing gum.

Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball.

Hands down, the Dragon Ball franchise is one of the most, if not the most, successful manga/anime franchises of all time. So I’m sure as hell making it my number one fighting anime. For starters, it’s literally all about fighting as the whole story revolves around Goku, who from an early age, falls in love with training and martial arts and begens his journey to becoming the world’s greatest fighter.

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Goku & Krillin: Bros.

What makes Dragon Ball the best fighter is not just it’s commercial success, but at it’s core it’s a pure martial arts story. Very early on, Goku leans that he is not the most powerful in the world as at his first Martial Arts Tournament Goku is defeated in the finals by his then master, Master Roshi who is under the guise of Jackie Chung. Roshi then confesses that he entered the Martial Arts tournament to teach Goku and Krillin this lesson, because if they live their lives believing that they are already at the top, they will either become sloppy or arrogant. This lesson is probably the most important lesson in Dragon Ball, as it creates one of the most definable character traits in Goku – the need and the want to train to be the best, but it also secures Dragon Ball as a fighting anime by definition.

Training.

Goku training.

Not only does it have the spirit of a good fighter, but it looks amazing. The fights in Dragon Ball are some the best in anime. Incredibly fast and insanely strong, these fights are always a thrill to watch. I know DBZ takes it to the level of God standard, but I feel like in doing this it loses it’s martial arts roots. Dragon Ball manages to provide heart-pounding action without blowing the world up every season. Dragon Ball is also the anime that has the most iconic fighting move of all time: The Kamehameha.

KAMEHAMEHA!

KAMEHAMEHA!

The moves used in Dragon Ball are crazy. Not only are there energy blasts, but martial artists have trained their bodies to do everything from multiply, grow extra limbs, regenerate, fly, read minds, hypnotise, trap demons (or Namekians) in jars… the list goes on. Also, the humor used in Dragon Ball is amazing; preventing it from becoming too serious or reduced down to tough guys just beating each other up. It also has some of the best cast of characters who are all completely lovable – even the bad guys…Who aren’t always that bad, in the end.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 9: Best Anime Villain

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Most of the anime I have seen have all had really interesting and evil villains in them so it’s hard to pick the best one, but I think I am going to have to go with Shou Tucker from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Whilst he never actually killed anyone [SPOILER ALERT] he did use alchemy to turn his own daughter and their dog into a talking chimera – which is pretty awful! I was genuinely shocked and upset at his ability to be able to harm them. This is also after he did the same thing to his own wife and that chimera only said, “Kill me”, and refused to eat – basically committing suicide after it couldn’t deal with the pain and suffering of what he’d turned her into.

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Shou Tucker, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Honorable mentions: Lucy (Elfen Lied), Light Yagami (Death Note) and ALL the Titans (Attack On Titan).


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

This may seem like an obvious choice, but I have go with Light Yagami from Death Note for my favourite anime villain. There’s plenty of big, bad villains out there in the world of anime to choose from, but what makes Light particularly interesting for me is the fact that he is the protagonist of the story – a role traditionally played by the hero, not the hero’s nemesis.

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Light Yagami, Death Note

Just by seeing the story through Light’s eyes, your opinion of him is constantly coloured by his perspective. Despite his actions as a sociopathic megalomaniac are completely psychotic and morally reprehensible, you also find yourself kind of willing him to not get caught so you can see just how far the story will be pushed. The tension you feel each time Light finds himself cornered is ridiculously compelling, and unlike most Shonen anime – which relies on brawn rather than brain and an assured victory for the hero nearly every time – Death Note’s battles of wits and magic keep you genuinely guessing who will be left alive by the end.

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Light Vs. L

Conversely, you also find yourself rooting for his opponent – the eccentric detective known only as ‘L’, which heightens the tension even more. Whenever these two are in a room together, the thrill of watching them verbally – and occasionally physically – dance around each other is akin to that of Sherlock and Moriaty.

I always think that the strength of a hero can be measured by the strength of their villain, and Light and L are definitely two sides of the same brilliant coin, and Death Note one of the greatest crime thrillers in modern fiction.

Honourable mentions: Lust, Envy, Shou Tucker and Father (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Medusa (Soul Eater), Vicious (Cowboy Bebop), The Earl (D.Gray-Man), Siegfried (Sacred Blacksmith), Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion), The Puppet Master (Ghost in the Shell).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

A great villain for me has to be many things: they have to be evil (obvious, but true), they have to be powerful, and they have to be perfectly matched to their protagonist counterpart; and as much as you hate them, you also have to love them. But, a truly great villain for me must also have a huge impact on the story that they star in, and it’s for these reasons that my favourite villain is Frieza from the Dragon Ball franchise.

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Frieza, Dragon Ball franchise

Friza is powerful and likes to let you know that he is. His power is feared by many throughout the universe and during the lead up to Goku’s battle with Frieza, King Kai commands Goku not to fight Frieza as he will surely be killed because Frieza’s power enables him to destroy whole planets with just one blast.

Frieza isn’t alone in the planet destroyers club that is DBZ, but he still stands out. Frieza is regarded as one of the most, if not the most, important Dragon Ball villains. After all, it was Frieza who destroyed the Saiyan home world Planet Vegeta – the event that starts the whole Dragon Ball story as that was how Goku ended up on Earth. Frieza’s actions on Planet Namek were also the major catalyst for Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation, as after Frieza killed Krillin Goku’s rage and needed to be more powerful spilled over, resulting in one of the most iconic scenes in anime. Frieza himself started the trend of transformations as well:

Squad's out.

Squad’s out.

He’s powerful, he’s iconic, and most importantly: he’s also pure evil to the core. He’s seeking the Dragon Balls to gain immortality and he was willing to do anything to get them. When faced against Goku he had met his match and was willing to do anything to beat him. He will do anything, and everything he does is for himself. The worst thing of all was when he was forgiven by Goku, who also gave him enough energy to escape the dying Planet Namek, Frieza chose to use that power to try and kill Goku again. This was when Goku launched his final attack and killed Frieza. Even when he was given a second chance he still chose to kill Goku, proving that his hatred for the Saiyan race and Goku burns stronger than his need for survival.

Yet you also can’t help but like him: he’s so devilishly evil that he almost becomes a cartoonish villain in the Disney mold of Scar (Lion King) or Jafar (Aladdin). He’s so well liked that Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball‘s creator) brought him back in the most resent film, and with a new form. It’s also rumored that Toriyama was going to bring Frieza back after the Cell saga, but was advised by his editors not to. Frieza’s cool, powerful, and fabulous. What more do you want from a villain?

Come at me.

Come at me, BRAH.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7: Your Anime Crush

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Why are all anime characters made to be so attractive? Goddamn it! Once again I’m really struggling to pick just one character that I admire, but I think I’ll go with Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Not only is he short like me, but he’s also caring, sensitive, and a bit of a bad ass with alchemy.

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Edward Elric, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Honorable mentions: Light Yagami (Death Note) and Kirito (Sword Art Online)


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

I’m a definitely a sucker for a pretty face in anime. I don’t really find beefy amounts of muscle that attractive (Sorry, Goku), but I also tend to also have a weakness for the tortured, lone-swordsman types too. A guy who can wield a blade but also has outstanding cheekbones – is that too much to ask?

Because my crushes kind of come and go in phases depending on which anime I’m watching at the time, I’m going to pick my current biggest crush from the series I’m currently watching: Nicolas Brown from Gangsta.

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Nicolas Brown, Gangsta

I’ve been avidly reading the manga of Gangsta for a couple of years now, and was super excited when I heard it was being adapted into an anime – an adaptation which has not disappointed in the slightest so far. Nicolas is your standard moody and emotionally unavailable modern-Samurai archetype; but that’s not to say he doesn’t have secretly sensitive side he let’s out every now and again:

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*THOSE ARMS*

Okay, so he’s romanticised stereotype. But something that does truly make Nic especially different is that he’s a deadly mercenary with a disability: Nic is deaf. But he certainly doesn’t take neither shit nor sympathy from anyone about it, which is another reason why I think he’s such an admirable character. It’s so rare to see disabled people represented at all in pop culture, and rarely are they also represented as physically superior to most able-bodied people as Nic is. I discussed this issue in a post about ‘Disability Visibility in Comics and Manga’ a while back on my own blog, and found that other examples in manga/anime are few and far between, with most disabilities being represented as undiagnosed mental health problems such as the sociopathic tendencies of Light Yagami in Death Note, or the severe depression of Shinji Gendo in Neon Genesis Evangelion. The most well-known physically disabled character is probably the blind and wheelchair-bound Nunnally Lamperouge in Code Geass, and like Light and Shinji, her disability is unfortunately both her defining characteristic and the root of endless suffering.

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Nunnally Lamperouge, Code Geass

Rather than allowing him to be defined and/or held back by disability, his creator, Kohske, chose to make his superhuman abilities and his ‘Fuck You’ attitude his central characteristics, whilst his disability is just an extra layer of intrigue. Interestingly, this decision may have been self-reflective, as I recently discovered that Kohske suffers from a chronic illness called Idiopathic Eosinophilia, which basically makes her body attack itself, and means she has to be hospitalised every so often. This post on a fan-run site reveals her obstinate refusal to let this disabling illness affect her work:

‘It’s also important to keep in mind that Kohske is a woman who doesn’t fuck around with responsibility. If anything but a frequently disabling illness were to possibly cause her to miss a deadline, she’d put her tablet pen in her teeth and draw it all with her head if she had to. The only times GANGSTA. has taken breaks during its run were when Kohske physically could not finish a manuscript in time.’

Wow. Talk about dedication! Learning this about Nic’s creator suddenly makes his attitude to his disability appear as less of a politically correct choice and more of a semi-autobiographical mouthpiece. And what a good-looking mouthpiece he is…

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Nic showing some skin.

Honourable mentions: Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach), Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler), Haruka Nanase (Free!), Kanda Yuu (D-Gray Man), Takumi Usui (Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama), Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail), Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

There are a lot of sexy women in anime, as we all know. But there is only one that I have had a genuine crush on, and that’s Aisha Clan-Clan from Outlaw Star.

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Aisha Clan-Clan, Outlaw Star

Yes I know she’s a cat-girl (leave me alone!) but I can’t help but crush on her – she’s amazing. Aisha is a Ctarl-Ctarl (an alien race in the Outlaw Star universe) and former officer of the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Charged with the task of searching for the Galactic Leyline, Aisha hunts would-be outlaw, Gene Starwind, but later develops a friendship with him and his crew, and becomes a temporary member.

She’s funny, brash, proud, clumsy, hot-tempered, and loves to eat (Just like me!) She’s also super confidant with herself as well, even when she’s been kicked out of the Crarl-Ctarl Empire and is working at a fast food place, she still boasts about her importance, strength, and ability to survive. But not only that – she’s buff! I crush on buff girls, don’t ask me why… If this was a comic book list, She-Hulk would be here for sure.

God damn.

God damn.

Aisha isn’t buff for no reason though – she kicks ass and possesses superhuman strength, and just like the other members of her race she can transform into a wild beast in the full moon. She also has adorable moments that make me crush even more, but I have to be honest, the main reason for the crush is how fun she is – I think we’d get along like a house on fire… and then make out (fingers crossed).

Fun Fact: She was the first anime character that I saw show her boobs on TV. I mean there was the Chun-Li shower scene, but that was a film, and Outlaw Star was on Toonami!

Honorable Mentions: Nami (One Piece), Nico Robin (One Piece), Bulma (Dragon Ball/Z/GT), Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail) and Android 18 (Dragon Ball Z/GT).


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 4: Favourite Female Anime Character Ever

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This one for me was a lot easier than picking a favourite male character! My favourite female anime character has got to be Mikasa Ackerman from Attack On Titan.

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Mikasa during military training, Attack On Titan

You’ve got to admit it, she’s kinda of a bad ass. She proves herself to be one of the best Titan slayers and whilst also at the same time being compassionate and looking out for her best friends. And even [SPOILER ALERT] when Eren turns into a Titan she is completely fearless.

Honorable Mentions: Madoka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura) and Asuna (for the first couple of episodes of Sword Art Online)


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

This is an easy one for me as well. I’ve been a huge fan of the all-female manga manga/anime creator team CLAMP for the longest time. Their work includes Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, xxxCholic, and they designed the characters of the super popular mech series Code Geass, to name but a few, and it is the former of those – Cardcaptor Sakura – that makes my favourite female anime character pick.

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Sakura Kinomoto, Cardcaptor Sakura

With her cutsey outfits, doe-eyed innocence, and abundance of cheer, Sakura may look like just an ordinary harmless Japanese 10-year-old, but armed with her deck of magical Clow/Sakura cards, she becomes a formidable sorcerer over the course of the iconic series’ seventy episode and two movie run. I wrote an article recently for Bitch Flicks in which I realised that the strength of magical girls like Sakura comes from the fact that they break the flaws of the ‘strong female character’ stereotype by asserting their inner and outer power without ever surrendering their hyper-femininity to become more masculine in the process.

Sakura is also just impossible not to fall in love with. She’s passionate, loving, loyal, determined, and I love the fact that her true strength is rooted in absolute positivity – “Everything will be okay!” And with the current trend for anti-heroes and grittiness not showing any signs of subsiding any time soon, Sakura will always be a pleasant ray of sunshine to spend time with for me.


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

I’m copying Hannah here as my favourite female is Cardcaptor Sakura as well. Hannah has already covered why I love Sakura: she’s funny, kind, her willpower is through the roof, and she’s nails to boot, all done wile keeping her femininity intact.

However, I will tell you why she is my favourite of all time. When I was around ten/eleven-years-old I asked for rollerblades for Christmas, and the sole reason for me wanting these was so that I could zip around my village just like Sakura. Now there are some epic ladies in anime (see my honorable mentions), but Sakura is the only one that I’ve wanted to be. Unfortunately for me I lived on a hill with uneven pavements, so my skills on the blades were pretty shocking, but I’ll never forget why I wanted them. Sakura is just plain cool, that’s why!

GO ON SAKURA!

GO ON SAKURA!

Honorable Mentions: Nami (One Piece), Nico Robin (One Piece), Bulma (Dragon Ball/Z/GT), May (Pokemon), Aisha Clan-Clan (Outlaw Star).


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 3: Favourite Male Anime Character Ever

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This is another one I really struggled with as they are just so many really good male characters that it’s hard to pick just one!

After much deliberation I think I’ve finally chosen my favourite male anime character and the winner is…. Light Yagami from Death Note. Okay, so this might seem like a bit of an odd choice seeing as he’s kind of a bad guy but he’s still awesome. He’s ruthless, determined, and has the ability to eat crisps dramatically:

What’s not to like? Except maybe the fact that he is essentially a psychotic murderer, but he does believes he’s doing it for the greater good.

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Light Yagami from Death Note.

Honorable mentions: Koro-sensei (Assassination Classroom), Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan), Rintarou Okabe (Steins Gate)


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

After a lot of deliberation (and fan-girling), I have to give my best male anime character pick to Sebastian Michaelis from Yana Toboso’s Black Butler. Although, as Sebastian’s gender is constantly up for debate,  I’m not even sure “he” even counts as a valid answer…

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One Hell of a Butler.

Let me explain. In the image above Sebastian his pictured in his human guise as butler to Earl Ciel Phatomhive – a 12-year-old toy industry tycoon who summons a demon (Sebastian) to stay at his side until he is able to wreak revenge on the occult group who murdered his parents. The demon takes the form of a male butler, but whenever he occasionally slips into his demonic form to terrify the crap out of one of Ciel’s enemies, he becomes less corporeal and more monstrous – fangs, red eyes, bats, black nails and… stilettos?!

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These Boots Are Made For Walking.

The hint certainly seems to be that if Sebastian is not actually female in his ‘true form’, then is at least non-gendered or gender fluid, and since the world of Black Butler is filled with shinigami, death scythes, demons, angels, and werewolves, this isn’t much more of a stretch of the imagination.

Not only do I find the mystery surrounding Sebastian’s gender fascinating, but I find him to be one of the most compelling characters of any anime. His deep connection to Ciel through their demonic contract of servitude is often mistaken in the fan community to be weirdly sexual, but the lust that Sebastian feels for Ciel is actually predatory. Like the witch in Hansel and Gretel, he is slowly fattening Ciel’s soul up for consumption when their deal is done, and this laces everything familial that Sebastian does for Ciel with a murderous tension. Plus, he’s probably the best cutlery-weapon specialist there ever was/will be:

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Honourable Mentions: L (Death Note), Edward and Alphonse Elric (Full Metal Alchemist/Brotherhood), Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura/Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles), Kanda Yuu (D-Gray Man), Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club), Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

If you’ve read our blog regularly you might already have guessed who my favourite male character is already. But for those who haven’t, it’s the one, the only: Son Goku form the Dragon Ball franchise. Yes it’s an obvious choice, but I don’t care – he is my favourite male lead. Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z are two animes that I grew up with, and my Dragon Ball merch list rivals my Pokemon merch list. So, Goku has been in my life for some time now, but let me take some time to tell you why he is the best.

Goku is one of the strongest characters in all fiction (Yes, I’ve seen Death Battle, and I’m okay with their result, but you still can’t deny that Goku is unstoppable nonetheless). Every challenge he has been faced with he has beaten; every limit broken; every chart has been thrown out because they needed new ones to record his power. He’s a beast and it’s all down to two things: his will and hard work. He is so focused on becoming the best he has now reached the level of a God and even beyond that.

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.

However, this is not the reason I love him. The reason I love Goku is because he is just a straight up nice guy. Ever since he was young, his most admirable feature – and arguably his strangest talent – is his pure heart. Goku is able to fly on the Kinto-Un (or Flying Nimbus), a flying cloud that can travel at supersonic speed, but will only allow people of pure hearts to ride it. Thanks to Goku’s good nature he learns a lot, which is a good moral to teach, and one that I try to follow.

In Dragon Ball he even turns his enemies into friends – Oolong, Yamcha, Krilin, Tien, Chaozu, Piccolo, Vegeta, Android 16 and 18, Majin Buu and even Kid Buu to a certain extent are all villains/rivals who have turned good due to knowing either Goku, or other members of the Z Fighters. Goku excepts them all into his extended family, and with smile on his face.

Goku and friends (that he used to beat up, or wanted to kill him)

Goku and friends (that he used to beat up, or wanted to kill him).

Yes, Goku has his downsides: his naivety, his pride, his total focus on training (a gift and a curse), but he is the nicest, most forgiving, and powerful being in the world. I also like how he eats.

nom nom nom

nom nom nom.

Honorable mentions: Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z/GT), Kinnikuman (Kinnikuman/Ultimate Muscle), Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece), Gene Starwind (Outlaw Star), Toriko (Toriko).


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