<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Anime Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime?source=rss <![CDATA[15 Anime Cliches You Don't Really Mind At All]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-anime-cliches/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

There are plenty of tiresome tropes that fans are sick of seeing in anime. Yet amongst all the overused cliches in high school anime and sickening romance tropes in anime, there are still some pretty enjoyable anime cliches that people like. Things that happen in every anime are the scenes and sequences fans actually look forward to, and might even feel angry about if they don't happen (i.e. "What do you mean, there's no kiss under the fireworks?!").

While there is some level of predictability to these moments, they haven’t lost their charming touch, fun atmosphere, or emotional response. In many ways, these clichés are what make the anime medium stand out and are signature concepts of their respective genres. They provide a kind of romance to the storytelling of anime that fans love, and even hope for in real life. Who wouldn’t want to meet the person of their dreams amongst cherry blossoms swirling in the breeze? These clichés are the best anime has to offer - vote up the good ones that will certainly never be forgotten. 


15 Anime Cliches You Don't Really Mind At All, anime, other,

Protagonists Who Never Give Up

While this is the typical shounen hero ideology, it's one that fans buy into every time because you leave each episode feeling motivated. Naruto from Naruto, Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, Luffy from One Piece, and many more fit this trope.


The Hero Stepping In At The Last Second To Save The Day

Always the drama kings and queens, protagonists like Benio of Twin Star Exorcists and Naruto from Naruto have a flair for getting there just in time. A little predictable maybe, but still bad*ss.


Kissing Under Fireworks

Something about fireworks makes every kiss so much more exciting. As such, this scene is what every shojo fan hopes for when the cultural or sports festival comes around, in series like http://www.ranker.com/review/maid-sama-/84280909Maid Sama! and Say I Love You


Bathing Suit Reactions

All anime beach scenes come with a reactionary scene as well. They range from the, "I can't stop looking at how cute you are!" (like My Love Story! pictured above) to the, "Put this on, I don't want anyone else to see you looking so cute," like Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club.


Paying A Visit To The Sick Love Interest

When the love interest comes down with a cold, like in Special A, Maid Sama!, and Say I Love You, it's up to the main character to make them feel better. Cue maid outfits, rice porridge, and the good ol' doki-doki of checking for the fever. 


Confessing At The Summer Festival

As ReLife (above) and Blue Spring Ride prove, there is no better place to confess your love than the romantic setting of a hot summer night, all dressed up in a yukata, and fireworks going off somewhere in the distance. 


Crying While Eating

Sometimes, you just can't hold back your tears - whether it's the gesture of a good meal that gets to you or simply the moment where you're finally able to sit down and take everything in. These scenes can be found across multiple genres, in series like Erased and Haikyuu.


Training Arcs

Training arcs are a break from the story without actually being a break from the story, making them all action without the pressure of anything serious. It's always exciting to see your favorite character working hard to become stronger. They can be found in every major shonen and sports anime, like My Hero Academia, Fairy Tail, and Naruto.


Cherry Blossom Encounters

If you ever meet someone amidst cherry blossoms, with their hair in the wind as they turn to look back at you, you know it's real. Your Lie in April and The Pet Girl Of Sakurosou are prime examples. 


Ferris Wheel Scenes

In other words, the chance to finally be alone! Ferris wheel scenes are a shoujo staple and provide the perfect place for some cute moments. Rainbow Days (above), Terror in Resonance, and Plastic Memories have some pretty great examples.



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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:19:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/good-anime-cliches/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[14 Anime Versions Of American Shows]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-versions-of-american-shows/crystal-brackett?source=rss

America loves to make Hollywood adaptations of Japanese anime, as seen in the big-screen debuts of Ghost in the ShellDragon Ball, and the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. These are perfect examples of westernized anime titles that are bound to ring a bell. But this flip-flop of animation isn't exclusive to Japanese anime making transformations into Hollywood feature-length films. There are plenty of anime adapted from the best American TV shows.

American television that inspires anime counterparts come from a variety of genres and time periods, ranging from the modern and colorful world of well-known western animations such as The Powerpuff Girls and Lilo and Stitch, to the real-life dramas of Highlander, Supernatural, and Little House on the Prairie. Check out this list of shows and vote up the best Japanese versions of American TV series. 


14 Anime Versions Of American Shows,

Batman: Gotham Knight

Powerpuff Girls Z

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

Supernatural The Animation

Witchblade

Wolverine

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

Iron Man (Anime)

X-Men (Anime)

Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend


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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 08:39:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-versions-of-american-shows/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The 25+ Greatest Anime Characters With Fire Powers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-characters-with-fire-powers/christine-rivas?source=rss

Without a doubt, fire is a force of nature, so it makes sense that the people who use it are often forces of nature by themselves. Unlike anime ice users, anime characters who control fire usually have a more assertive personality, speak their mind more freely, and have a major dose of impulsiveness. They love a good challenge and aren't afraid of turning up the heat to reach their dreams. 

The characters who made this list can be considered some of the greatest characters to have fire powers in anime. If you found your favorite fire elemental on this list, make sure to vote them up! if you don't see them and feel like your favorite should be here, go ahead and add them at the bottom.


The 25+ Greatest Anime Characters With Fire Powers,

Hiei

Roy Mustang

Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai

Shana

Itachi Uchiha

Portgas D. Ace

Rin Okumura

Natsu Dragneel

Shouto Todoroki - My Hero Academia

Feitan - Hunter X Hunter


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:18:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-characters-with-fire-powers/christine-rivas
<![CDATA[20 Passive Anime Protagonists Who Have Zero F*cks to Give]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-dont-care/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

Anyone who has ever watched anime knows this archetype well: anime characters who just want a normal life. They range from reluctant heroes and heroines to everyday people who simply desire no fuss at all. Instead of great aspirations or big lofty dreams, anime heroes who don't want to be protagonists wish to be taken out of the spotlight and drama, preferably to a place where they can be left alone. It may sound like an oxymoron to create anime protagonists who don't like adventure, but the genre uses it as a means of making certain anime characters look more badass. But when it comes to other anime heroes who just want to go home, like Evangelion's Shinji Ikari, their detachment serves to highlight the circumstances which forced them into their situations.

Anime characters who don't care are a dime a dozen, and detached characters who serve as protagonists feel right at home in the genre's many tropes. But for these characters to feel truly at home, they would probably be doing what you are now: scrolling aimlessly through the Internet.


20 Passive Anime Protagonists Who Have Zero F*cks to Give,

Sailor Moon

Gintoki Sakata

Haruhi Fujioka

Ayumu Aikawa

Hōtarō Oreki

Haruka Nanase

Tatsuhiro Satou

Kazuma Sato

Yuuta Togashi

Tanaka


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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:28:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-dont-care/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[The 20+ Greatest Anime Characters With Ice Powers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-characters-with-ice-powers/christine-rivas?source=rss

While many anime characters use different elements for various reasons, very few elements are associated with a specific personality type than ice. Anime ice users in action and shounen anime are typically lone wolves who are calm and collected in the midst of a chaotic world. They usually provide both offensive and defensive support in battle, as ice is one of the most versatile elements to use. 

The characters on this list have mastered their control of ice or the freezing of water to the point where they could be considered the greatest anime characters with ice powers ever. If your favorite made the list, make sure to vote them up so they can get to the top! If you feel like your favorite ice elemental should be here, but isn't, go ahead and add them at the bottom. 


The 20+ Greatest Anime Characters With Ice Powers,

Haku

Tōshirō Hitsugaya

Yukina

Mizore Shirayuki

Gray Fullbuster

Esdeath

Yukihina

Aokiji - One Piece

Shouto Todoroki - My Hero Academia

Horokeu Usui - Shaman King


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:21:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-characters-with-ice-powers/christine-rivas
<![CDATA[Instagram User Turns Anime Characters Into Pancake Creations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/instagram-anime-pancake-art/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

From self-proclaimed "otaku chef" Keisuke at La Ricetta in Zama, Japan comes a menagerie of anime pancake art in a tasteful celebration of the genre's most recognizable characters. The chef/artist shares his yummy creations on Instagram and YouTube, delighting viewers with battered-up versions of their favorite heroes, bishounens, idols, and more. Their food art videos allow you to witness their god-tier pancake flipping skills, not to mention the incredible detail they accomplish in a cooking pan. These anime figures as pancakes captured the hearts of over 97,000 followers on Instagram, who wish they could have their very own Victor or Maki every day for breakfast.

If you find yourself in Zama, you certainly can, as these crafty hotcakes aren't just for show but available to order at the restaurant! With so much of anime revolving around food, the best Keinagaki pancake art combines the genre with one of the things its viewers love so much. After all, the best kind of fan art is the kind you can eat. 


Instagram User Turns Anime Characters Into Pancake Creations,

A Pancake As Sweet As Maki Herself
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


A Little Pancake For A Little Oikawa
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


A Blushing Yuri Pancake Would Make Anyone's Day
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


Introducing Sailor Mooncakes
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


Had The Centipede Made It Into This Kaneki Pancake, It Wouldn't Look As Appetizing
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


This Goku Pancake Hasn't Gone Super Saiyan Yet, But It's Still Pretty Explosive
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


Iwaizumi Makes A Stern Pancake
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


Enjoy This Pancake Of No Face Also Eating Some Cake
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


A Shining Kaori Would Be Too Cruel To Eat
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 


Victor Looks As Good Here As He Does On Ice
 

A post shared by 稲垣 圭介 Keisuke (@keinagaki) on

 



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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:47:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/instagram-anime-pancake-art/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[13 Times Religious Figures Showed Up in Anime As Amazing Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/religious-figures-in-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

While religious figures in anime aren't exactly common, they have shown up in some truly strange places. You might expect to see figures from Shintoism and Buddhism, the two most popular religions in Japan. However, what you might not expect is the Buddha to be roommates with Anime Jesus in a modern Tokyo apartment, as is the case in Saint Young Menor to see Moses parting the Red Sea with a BeybladeYes, that's an actual thing.

These are far from the only weird times religious figures were in anime. Prophets, messiahs, and gods appear in a myriad of shows. Keep in mind that not all of these portrayals are respectful, accurate representations of the faith that they reference. In some cases, they may even be offensive. Read on below to discover all the strange times that religious figures showed up in anime and vote up the most awesome examples. 


13 Times Religious Figures Showed Up in Anime As Amazing Characters,

Beyblade

Moses and Beyblade are just about the last two things one would expect to be connected. It's almost as absurd as combining card games with motorcycles - wait, no, that's actually a real thing. Anyway, during a scene where the main characters get lectured about their lack of historical knowledge regarding the titular beyblades, the audience learns that beyblades were an important part of multiple historical and mythological events. This includes that one time when Moses parted the Red Sea. Pretty sure there weren't any beyblades in the Bible, but that's anime for you.


Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho's King Enma is based on an actual figure from Buddhist and Hindu mythology. Like the mythical King Enma, the character in Yu Yu Hakusho is the overseer and judge of the underworld. However, unlike the mythical King Enma, his main role is disciplining his son, Koenma, in a variety of ways that include spanking. Later in the show, he does take on a more serious role as the show progresses, when it's implied that he's the one who sent assassins after Yusuke in order to help him hone his powers. 


Silver Spoon

You might not be expecting to see the Buddha as a teacher and club advisor at an agricultural high school, but that's exactly what you get with Silver Spoon. While Yoshiyuki Nakajima probably isn't meant to literally be the Buddha himself, he has the same serene face and elongated ears, and is often shown spouting sage wisdom while a light glows behind his head. On the other hand, he also spends a lot of time crying over students stealing from his secret cheese stash, which doesn't exactly fit in with the lack of desire that Buddhists strive for. 


The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

In The Devil Is a Part-timer, Satan gets forced through a portal and ends up on Earth. Unable to find a way back to Hell and stripped of his usual underworld powers, Satan tries to make it in the human world by changing his name to Sadao Maou and taking a job at a fake version of McDonalds called MgRonalds. So, you get to see the King of Hell smiling at customers and asking if they want fries with that.


Noragami

Noragami is a show that focuses on a fictional god named Yato and includes some gods from actual Shinto mythology. Chief amongst them are the Seven Lucky Gods, who bring luck to people as they pursue a variety of trades and art forms. In Noragami, these gods do everything from answer people's prayers to riding around on a lion wearing bondage gear.

Noragami also features Izanami, the goddess of both creation and death.  In the episode where she appears, she's a maggot-infested corpse who attempts to keep Yato and Ebisu (her son in both the anime and the myth) trapped in hell with her for companionship. This is quite similar to the actual myth, where her husband Izanagi tries to bring her back from Yomi, the land of the dead, but she tries to keep him there with her. 


Kamigami no Asobi

Kamigami no Asobi features a cast full of gods in anime bishounen form. Yui Kusanagi, the daughter of a family who runs a Shinto Shrine, is magically transported to another world, where she meets Zeus. Unlike the Zeus in actual Greek mythology, whose main goal seems to be impregnating as many women as possible, this Zeus wants to improve human-deity relations by having Yui attend high school with a variety of young gods, including Hades and Apollo of Greek mythology, Balder and Loki of Norse mythology, Anubis and Thoth of Egyptian mythology, and many more. And you thought your classmates were weird.


Saint Young Men

The most notorious example of religious figures in anime comes from Saint Young Men, a two-episode OVA which features Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha living together in a Tokyo apartment while visiting Earth. The humor is mostly based on lighthearted potshots at both religions, plus jokes about how these deities interact with modern Japanese life. Despite the fact that some of the references to religious stories might go over your head if you're not intimately familiar with them, the absurdity of the concept makes the show entertaining.


Dragon Ball Super

In Dragon Ball Super, a Hindu god named Ganesha appears as one of the gods of destruction during the Universe Survival Saga. While the character is called Rumsshi, his elephantine appearance and his status as a god call Ganesha immediately to mind. Because the character is lazy, vain, and evil, followers of Hinduism actually have a huge problem with this depiction of Ganesha.

According to Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, “It is trivialisation of our highly revered deity and a distortion. Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and was invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking."


Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? has a number of in-universe gods and goddesses who dominate the story. However, there's also Ganesha. Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped gods in the Hindu pantheon. He is "a supreme being powerful enough to remove obstacles and ensure success or create obstructions for those whose ambition has become destructive. His most distinctive feature is that he has an elephant head. In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Ganesha appears as a half-naked dude wearing an elephant mask who spends a fortune building a house that's shaped like himself. 


In Maria The Virgin Witch, The Archangel Michael Puts A Curse On Maria

Maria the Virgin Witch, which is set in Medieval France, features a number of religious figures, including two characters who are named after Mary and Joseph, AKA Jesus's parents. The most blatant portrayal of a religious figure is the archangel Michael. In the Bible, Michael was known as a healer. In Maria the Virgin Witch, Michael descends from the heavens and issues the titular Maria an ultimatum - she must remain a virgin or risk having her magic taken away from her. 



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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:58:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/religious-figures-in-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[12 Anime YouTube Channels You Need to Subscribe to Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-youtubers/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

With so much to watch on YouTube, it's hard to know where to start. From the best YouTube entertainment channels to the best comedy channels, you could easily lose yourself in the midst of all the videos. So if you're an anime fanatic, what YouTubers should you check out? 

The best anime YouTube channels are here to help you navigate the expansive field of the Japanese medium. These enthusiasts of all things anime, from cute cat girls to well-executed fight scenes, are bringing you the best anime content on YouTube. They rant and rave about the best anime series as well as the worst, bringing their perspective on why a show is worth your time, what makes a character brilliant (or not), or trends in anime to look forward to. They're knowledgeable and thorough, not to mention hilarious and creative.

There is more to their channels than awesome reviews and analyses, as many of them deliver interviews, convention vlogs, abridged series, and more. What sets these anime YouTubers apart from the pack isn’t their subscriber count, which is pretty impressive, but the care they put into their crafted works. Whichever channel and style suits your fancy, your entertainment is a guarantee with any of the YouTubers on this list. 


12 Anime YouTube Channels You Need to Subscribe to Right Now,

DouchebagChocolat

DouchebagChocolat is by far the best combination of entertainment and analysis. Brought to you by host Demolition D+ (or Demolicious on Twitter) and his pet lizard, Goliath, this channel is the best choice for those that want a good laugh and don't mind some crude (and often bizarre) humor. His trademark series, "Should You Watch X," is a short and sweet rundown of a show's pros and cons, without getting too preachy or long-winded.

He looks at a variety of genres, not just the mainstream or popular shounen - an aspect that really sets him apart from the many anime YouTubers. While he's not as consistent of an uploader as the others on this list, he's definitely worth waiting for. 


TeamFourStar

TeamFourStar boasts the highest subscriber count of the YouTubers on this list (and an impressive Twitter following), proving how powerful laughter can be. Their hilarious Dragon Ball abridged series is easily their most popular draw, with a cast of roughly 10 people all lending their talent to the show.

Aside from their impressive numbers, what makes this channel one of the best is how much they manage to parody and the skill involved in their skits. They do more than just DBZ episodes as well, venturing into musical parodies and even fantasy showdowns between Cell and various anime characters like Light Yagami or a tag team of Saitama and Genos. When you need a good laugh, TeamFourStar's got your back. 


Glass Reflection

A Canadian YouTuber, Glass Reflection is hands down one of the best dressed vloggers, always looking sharp in his red vest (previously a handsome red military coat). Known IRL as Tristan Arkada Gallant, his video editing really puts him at the top. Each upload looks more professional than the last.

On his channel, you can find "First Reaction To X" series, reviews, recommendations, and convention reports, all tailored with his keen eye for detail. He's not afraid to admit changes in his opinion either, or give Sword Art Online a relatively good review, which makes him one of the least stubborn reviewers out there.


Mother's Basement

What's in a great YouTuber? Ask Mother's Basement (AKA Geoff Thew), who has over 24 million views on his channel. His "What's in a X" focuses on the infrastructure and subsequent success (or failure) of an anime OP, scene, series, or video game. What really elevates his channel are his minute breakdowns of scenes, going frame by frame to show the brilliance of anime's greatest hits, finding details you probably wouldn't have noticed on your own.

Haters of SAO will find themselves at home with his dedicated segment of everything terrible about it, going so far as to critique the very game itself. You'll lose track of time cruising his channel and remember how awesome anime really is.


Misty Chronexia

Misty Chronexia is the go-to guy for lists of top anything and everything. He's an amazing hub for finding anime you haven't seen before, which is the self-proclaimed purpose of his channel, or for hyping about anime you already love. His videos aren't as analytical as the others on this list, but the sheer amount of anime he covers regardless of genre is impressive, not to mention helpful.

You can always count on his uploads and his quality, and he even gives his fans peeks into his family life (now a proud father!). His personal posts make him one of the best because fans really get to know the person behind the work, thus making his work that much more enjoyable. You can follow him on Twitter for more of his everyday antics.


Digibro

For the most in-depth analyses of anime, video games, and even films, Digibro is your guy. His essay formatted segments are by no means superficial or dull. Packed with info about the production crew, comparative plotlines, and story-telling concepts, every video is an intriguing look into the medium of animation.

What makes him one of the best, besides his extensive knowledge, are the unique concepts he explores, like "10 Best Things Happening In Anime This Decade" or "10 Cool Directing Tricks In Evangelion." Digibro has made such a mark that fellow YouTuber The Pedantic Romantic blames his videos for ruining the reputation of Sword Art Online (SAO). If you want to become an expert on anime, Digibro (or Digibrah on Twitter) is a good place to start for your research.


Gigguk

Much like akidearest (also a part of his circle), Gigguk has a varied collection to choose from, including but not limited to: abridged skits, rants, reaction videos, and AMVs. The best part about his diverse assortment is the incorporation of both classic and contemporary anime, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, so there's something for everyone.

His channel is a haven for those not interested in the overly analytical style of review, but still want meaningful and substantial commentary. Gigguk can crack you up and move you to tears depending on the video, a testament to his ability to connect with anime fans in any genre. You can find more of this UK anime enthusiast on Twitter, and keep up with him and his hilarity.


akidearest

Arguably the most popular female anime YouTuber with close to a million subscribers, akidearest easily takes the cake for most eclectic video channel. She covers manga, video games, cosplay, and more. She even does her own skits and travel segments where you can follow her in Japan, a great source for fellow otaku who want to make the trip themselves.

She connects with fans regularly in a weekly Q&A and her personality has spawned numerous fan works featuring her and her favorite tentacles. She often collaborates with boyfriend and fellow YouTuber The Anime Man (also on the list), making them the best otaku couple on YouTube. Definitely check out her Twitter, where you can peruse the fan art and get her thoughts on an everyday level.


The Anime Man

The Anime Man has a deluge of videos that are an entertainment center, which makes his million subscriber count very understandable. As a "Japanese-Australian dude" named Joey, his engaging style of vlogging and his remarkably diverse coverage of subjects make him one of the most enjoyable. He conducts interviews with series creators, like Spice & Wolf's Hasekura Isuna, takes on challenges, teaches Japanese 101, and even covers anime music.

He is consistent with his uploading and is always eager to speak with his viewers, leading his own Q&A series called #AnswerMeSenpai. You can see even more of his adventures on Instagram, which also features his fellow YouTuber girlfriend akidearest, with whom he collaborates with regularly. 


QuickTaku

For anime fans not really interested in reviews or recommendations, QuickTaku gives viewers a dose of interesting info about popular shows with their video series, "10 Facts You Didn't Know About X." They are one of, if not the only, channel to focus on facts and less on analysis, making them a great addition to any anime fan's subscription list. This UK-based team goes into everything from the production of the series to the history of the story, allowing fans to learn more about the anime without sitting through half-hour analyses. With an awesome soundtrack, clean editing, and a bullet point style, their channel is a fun rabbit-hole to get lost in. 



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Thu, 11 May 2017 05:22:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-youtubers/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[30+ Male Anime Characters Who Aren't Afraid to Rock a Ponytail]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/male-anime-characters-with-ponytails/ranker-anime?source=rss

As a guy, pulling off a ponytail can be tough. However, these male anime characters with ponytails know exactly what they're doing. Many of them are amazing anime swordfighters, which isn't surprising considering that many samurai had ponytails. Which man has the most majestic ponytail in anime? Who wears it best? Many would point to Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, but what about Jin from Samurai Champloo, Itachi from Naruto Shippuden, or Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin

This list is a collection of male anime characters who rock ponytails, regardless of their occupation. Fom ninjas to scientists to sorcerers, these guys proudly wear their hair tied. Vote up your favorite male characters who look the best with a ponytail. 


30+ Male Anime Characters Who Aren't Afraid to Rock a Ponytail,

Edward Elric

Koga

Renji Abarai

Shikamaru Nara

Itachi Uchiha

Kenshin Himura

Jin

Sinbad

Kuroh Yatogami

Ling Yao


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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:46:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/male-anime-characters-with-ponytails/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[24 Epic Anime Sleeves That Are Seriously Works of Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-anime-sleeve-tattoos/felicia-miranda?source=rss

Fans show their love for their favorite anime in a variety of ways. Whether it's decking out their room with wall scrolls and posters or filling their shelves with plushies, figurines, and other collectibles, anime lovers are the most dedicated kind of fans there are. From amazing anime street art to fan-made comics, the anime community is filled with a whole lot of love and creative talent. 

In fact, some people are so dedicated to their fandom that they decide to permanently etch a tribute of their favorite show or movie into their skin as a tattoo! And as expected, these tributes are usually pretty epic. Below, you'll find 30 anime sleeves that will blow your mind. Vote up the sleeve tattoos that are breathtaking and brilliant. 


24 Epic Anime Sleeves That Are Seriously Works of Art,

Tokyo Ghoul

Studio Ghibli

Howl's Moving Castle

Cowboy Bebop

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Bleach

Pokemon

Sailor Moon

Naruto

Trigun


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:47:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-anime-sleeve-tattoos/felicia-miranda
<![CDATA[30+ Sleepyhead Anime Characters Who Just Can't Stay Awake]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-sleep-a-lot/ranker-anime?source=rss

It doesn't matter if it's early in the morning, smack in the middle of noon, or late into the night -  these sleepyhead anime characters are always ready for a nap. While they love to sleep a lot, these characters aren't necessarily lazy or weak. They simply enjoy getting some shut-eye to recuperate their strength and vitality. So, who is the best anime character who is constantly falling asleep? 

Compiled here is a list of anime characters who love a good nap. Whether they come from the best shounen anime or the best romance anime, they all share a passion for sleeping. Check out the list below to find out who is popular and vote up your favorite sleepyhead anime characters! 


30+ Sleepyhead Anime Characters Who Just Can't Stay Awake,

Roronoa Zoro

Shikamaru Nara

Sailor Moon

Portgas D. Ace

Mako Mankanshoku

Sougo Okita

Aokiji

Reborn

Tanaka

Midnight


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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:16:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-sleep-a-lot/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[14 Anime Characters With Insanely High Kill Counts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-high-kill-counts/felicia-miranda?source=rss

Among the greatest villains in anime, there’s a long list of characters who rack up insane kill counts with ease. With little to no regard for life, they murder entire races and wipe out galaxies. Despite their reputations as lethal killing machines, it seems that certain villains just can’t help but attract ridiculous amounts of death and destruction wherever they go. Ever wondered which bad guys have the most kills? Look no further! 

Below, you’ll find a list of anime characters who have slaughtered entire armies, civilizations, planets, and universes all by themselves. From ruthless betrayals to nonchalant genocide, these villains cover a wide range of methods, tactics, and reasons for mass murder. Read on to discover the worst killers with the highest body counts in all of anime. 


14 Anime Characters With Insanely High Kill Counts,

Ryoko

Estimated Kill Count - 28 Planets And 69 Colonies.

Often portrayed as fun-loving, silly and mischievous, Ryoko in Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki is a character who has a pretty dark past that she can’t seem to escape from. Ryoko is created by the great scientist Washu. Washu is a former deity who places all of her powers into three gems that she gifts to her bio-engineered daughter. Washu’s assistant, Kagato, betrays Washu and steals her creation for his benefit, causing Ryoko to terrorize an entire galaxy. 


Alucard

Estimated Kill Count - Around 3,000,000

Alucard is the all-powerful ancient vampire from Hellsing who is best known for his iconic red hat, red trench coat, and glowing sunglasses. Although primarily used as a weapon to serve humanity and protect them from supernatural threats, Alucard himself is a force you would not want to reckon with. He’s acquired quite the high kill count using a variety of hellish methods to slay vampires, monsters, and humans alike. He usually tortures his victims before using his gun to mercilessly shoot them dead with a smile. 


Setsuna F. Seiei

Estimated Kill Count - Several Thousand Enemies 

Setsuna’s beginnings in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 stem much further back than his time as a Gundam Meister. As a child, he was professionally trained in all kinds of combat techniques including close-range, long-range, explosives, infiltration, and much more. Because of this, his battles as a Gundam later in the series reflect his training, making him extremely lethal and damn near unstoppable.


Light Yagami

Estimated Kill Count - Around 124,925

Imagine finding a notebook that kills any person whose name is written on its pages. This is the situation that Light Yagami finds himself in in Death NoteAt first, this power intimidates him, so he uses it sparingly on hardcore criminals such as hostage-takers and sexual predators. But, it’s not long before Yagami finds himself on the dark side of justice, eliminating dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of people he deems evil. In the alternate ending of the show, Yagami specifies that he killed 124,925​​​​​​​ people. 


Madara Uchiha

Estimated Kill Count - Around 30,000

Madara Uchiha is an incredibly powerful, cruel, and manipulative foe in Naruto. His power only increases when he is revived and brought back as an undead. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, undead Madara wipes out the forces of the Fourth Division with ease. That feat alone includes the death of several thousands of warriors, landing Madara on this list of anime characters with insanely high kill counts.


Anti-Spiral

Estimated Kill Count - Nearly An Entire Universe

With the power to eliminate entire universes and dimensions in a single blip, the Anti-Spiral in Gurren Lagann is a god-like force that was formed to prevent the end of everything. Using his ability to manipulate the laws of physics and probability as a weapon against any who oppose him, he makes life especially difficult for Team Dai-Gurren. The Anti-Spiral earns his spot on this list for the determination he had in trying to eliminate all Spiral beings from existence.


Boros Searches For A Worthy Opponent In One Punch Man

Estimated Kill Count - Several Planets & Entire Civilizations

Boros is a one-eyed alien and leader of the Dark Matter Thieves in One Punch Man who has a bit of a problem. The thing is, Boros has abilities that include amazing strength, speed, and regeneration. This, in combination with his love for battle, make it hard for him to find a worthy opponent and often results in cities being crushed by his energy for no good reason at all. From his long list of defeated opponents to the damage he’s caused from his abilities, Boros has an insanely high kill count that would put many other anime villains to shame.


Zenō Gets Mad And Destroys Universes In Dragon Ball Super

Estimated Kill Count - Around 6 Universes

Don’t let the innocent, childlike appearance of Zenō from Dragon Ball Super fool you. This adorable little being is the king of the 12 universes and holds power so strong that he can quite literally erase immortal beings, planets, and universes from existence without a second thought. To make matters worse, the Omni-King is known to be careless and prone to bouts of rage, which is the reason he’s on this list of anime characters with insanely high kill counts in the first place. At one point, there was a total of 18 universes, but in a fit of rage, Zenō single-handedly erased six galaxies from existence. 


Beerus Eliminates An Entire Species By Destroying Their Planet In Dragon Ball Z

Estimated Kill Count - Several Trillion

Just as his appearance would suggest, Beerus in Dragon Ball Z has a demeanor that reflects most cats. Lazy, with a love for sleep, but playful and short-tempered if provoked. He’s so powerful that he manages to destroy two of his world’s suns just by sneezing. It’s this power that earned him the name, "God of Destruction." From almost rendering the dinosaurs to extinction to killing off an entire species of aliens by destroying their planet, Beerus is a god you don’t want to mess with. 


Father Destroys An Entire Civilization In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Estimated Kill Count - Around 100,000

Father is the famed antagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood storyline, who earns quite the reputation for being a ruthless killer. Before obtaining his human form and creating the Homunculi, Father was “The Dwarf in the Flask” made from the blood of the powerful alchemist, Van Hohenheim. Father manipulates him into causing the destruction of the Xerxes civilization and uses their souls to turn himself into a human philosopher's stone resembling Hohenheim. 



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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:36:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-high-kill-counts/felicia-miranda
<![CDATA[40+ Anime Characters Who Would Destroy You In An Eating Contest]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-huge-appetites/ranker-anime?source=rss

An anime protagonist should always have a full stomach, especially when their next opponent hasn't even shown their final form. From the best shounen anime to the funniest harem anime, there are always anime characters who eat way more than others. Some stuff their face with just sweets, while others demand meat or fine cuisines. In lots of anime, there are even filler episodes where the characters enter eating contests.

Ever wondered who would win in an eating competition that spanned across multiple anime universes? Who would win between Natsu, Luffy, and Usagi Tsukino? It's time to find out once and for all which anime character has the biggest appetite! Vote up who you think has the biggest stomach and add any other eternally hungry anime characters to the list if they're not already here.


40+ Anime Characters Who Would Destroy You In An Eating Contest,

Choji Akimichi

Monkey D. Luffy

Naruto Uzumaki

Son Goku

Portgas D. Ace

Happy

Gluttony

Natsu Dragneel

Sasha Blouse

Kaonashi


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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:06:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-huge-appetites/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[16 Reasons Why Naruto Is Way Darker Than You Remember]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-naruto-is-secretly-horrifying/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

If you're into anime, you've at least heard of Naruto, the story of a fiery kid on a journey to become the hokage (basically the ninja president). Whether you have watched all the seasons or got lost somewhere in the vast oceans of filler, you might not have noticed that it's a surpsingly dark anime. A closer look at this ninja world will show you all the secretly horrifying things in Naruto.

Sure, the show is about a punk in an orange jumpsuit who's always shouting, "Believe it!" in the dub, but while the show might seem innocuous, there's actually a ton of disturbing things about Naruto. For example, there's rampant eyeball theft, which isn't a common plot line you'll find in shounen series. Then there's the fact that the foundation of the world is based upon wars fought by children. Want to learn more about the weird and creepy things in Naruto? Keep reading.


16 Reasons Why Naruto Is Way Darker Than You Remember,

Zombies Exist

Okay, so these aren't the brain-eating, mindless beasts that might come to mind when you think about zombies in anime, but if you define "zombie" as someone who was dead, isn't anymore, and may or may not be drastically altered, then Naruto definitely has zombies. People in Naruto can be brought back from the dead in one of two ways. The first is called Earth Release Resurrection Technique: Corpse Soil. This technique allows the user to bring back as many dead people as they want to by building them out of soil. In most cases, these reanimated dirt people lack a will of their own and will do whatever the user wants. However, with a tremendous expenditure of energy, temporary versions of the dead with wills of their own can be created.

The other technique is called Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation. It requires the DNA of the resurrected person and binds their soul to another living vessel - meaning, someone else has to die in order for this to work. This technique also typically involves controlling the resurrected person for battle purposes, though they do sometimes break free of that control. 

The result of all this? People end up fighting their dead parents, dead children, dead lovers, and dead friends when an enemy gets their hands on their bodies. Also, people who have been dead for centuries or decades can reanimate for the purposes of destroying all of humanity, which is what Madara does (one of the show's ultimate villains).


Everything Is Forgivable

In the world of Naruto, everything is forgivable. Actually, you could probably rename this show Ninja Redemption Arcs and still be on theme. Sometimes, it makes sense - it's genuinely difficult to blame Itachi for what he did to his family once you know the reason why. But Naruto hands out forgiveness like it's free samples at a food court. Pein, whose motivation boils down to "some bad sh*t happened to me when I was a kid and now I want everyone else to suffer too" is absolved by Naruto of his crimes before he dies. Said crimes include destroying a city and killing hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

Naruto isn't the only one who does this - in one memorable scene, Tsunade and Jiraiya wrack their brains trying to find some way to excuse their teammate Orochimaru's descent into evil. While Orochimaru's crimes involve performing deadly experiments on hundreds of children who he keeps locked up in a dungeon, they still desperately want to find a way to justify what he did.

There's also Gaara, who spent his childhood having rage attacks and murdering random people. While Gaara has some genuine reasons for his behavior, those people are still dead. Their families may want something resembling justice, but they don't get it. Instead, Gaara becomes the kazekage (basically the president) of his nation. To repeat: Gaara now has legal and political authority over the families of the people he killed. 


Orphans Are Basically Ignored

Naruto Uzumaki, the main character of Naruto, is an orphan whose parents died shortly after his birth. You would think that the next logical step would be to find him some adoptive parents. Nope - Konoha rents him an apartment, where he's left alone save for the occasional check-ins from members of ANBU (a black ops organization) while he's literally a baby. Once he's old enough to feed himself, he's pretty much on his own. 

Because of the whole "tailed beast sealed in his body" thing, one might assume that Naruto is a special case. Maybe the town is so afraid of him that the Konoha government couldn't find an adoptive family, and other orphans are properly cared for. But Naruto is far from the only orphan to experience this fate. His teacher, Iruka Umino, raised himself after his parents were killed when he was ten. After Sasuke's entire family was murdered, he was left alone in the house where it happened as soon as the dead bodies were cleared. The fact that Naruto is even sort of stable is remarkable, considering the fact that he basically raised himself from birth. 


Kirigakure Has Death Matches (And Konoha's Methods Aren't Much Better)

You might remember Kirigakure, the Hidden Village by Mist, as the the hometown of Zabuza, the first enemy faced by Team 7 in the opening arc of Naruto. Kirigakure is a seriously screwed up place. They pit graduates from their Ninja Academy against each other in a gruesome death match that many do not survive. The practice was abandoned when Zabuza, then a young child who wasn't even a student yet, joined a death match and killed over 100 other ninja in one go. To be fair, ninja are basically soldiers and as such, they are required to risk their lives. But this is basically The Hunger Games with less pageantry. 

While graduates from Konoha aren't required to murder each other, they are expected to unleash extremely powerful attacks against each other in the chuunin exam tournament fight. This isn't so bad when it's Naruto defeating Kiba by farting in his face, but it's another story when it's, say, Neji putting his cousin in the hospital. Again, this is understandable given the context, but the fact that the context involves a bunch of twelve-year-olds practically murdering each other says a lot.


Sentient Animals Have To Serve Humans

Imagine being teleported into the middle of a war while you are bathing. Such this the life of sentient animals in the world of Naruto. One technique used by many ninja is the ability to summon an animal to assist them in battle. This is done after signing a blood pact with an entire species. So, for example, when Naruto signs a contract with a frog, any and all frogs are on the hook for being randomly summoned to deal with a potentially deadly battle. While whoever is summoned has no obligation to actually help, they still have to deal with their lives being interrupted because a few members of their species decided it was a good idea. 

The summoning animals aren't the only ones at the beck and call of humans. Tailed beasts, which are sentient creatures of immense power who are comparable to gods, can be sealed inside of humans indefinitely. This is not only potentially deadly for the humans involved, but it also ensures that the tailed beasts get little to no power over their own lives.


Naruto's Mentor Is A Horrible Person

Naruto has three mentors. One of them is Jiraiya, a legendary sannin who is... Well, the kindest way to say it is that he is a deeply flawed individual. What's wrong with Jiraiya? Oh, so much. First off, the whole "pervert" thing would be a whole lot funnier if it didn't involve minors. Jiraiya asks a 12-year-old boy to transform into a hot girl so he can get his rocks off - in fact, he withholds training until Naruto performs the Sexy Technique

He's a nasty abusive pervert who shouldn't be allowed near kids. When he is around kids, he's wildly irresponsible about their safety. While he's training Naruto, he leaves him alone for hours at a time despite knowing that he doesn't have the training to fight off the Akatsuki, who are actively hunting for him. When he adopts three kids, he abandons them again after a couple of years. Not only is he irresponsible, but he's mean, too.

The symbol of his relationship with Naruto is half a popsicle, because one time Jiraiya gave Naruto half a popsicle. That popsicle was probably purchased with money he stole from Naruto, and was one of the only times he didn't openly mock Naruto (an orphan who was shunned by his entire village) for asking for like, five minutes of attention. What makes Jiraiya so awful isn't that he's disgusting or irresponsible or abusive. And it isn't that he's flawed - good, dynamic interesting characters have flaws. The problem is that the series presents him as a hero without really acknowledging most of those flaws. 


Discrimination Is Super Prevalent Throughout The Narutoverse

The world of Naruto doesn't seem to have racial discrimination, but that doesn't mean that everyone is treated equally. People with kekkai genkaior special abilities that are passed down genetically, are sometimes treated quite poorly by their communities. One character who suffers particularly from this is Haku, a young boy from the snowy village in the Land of Water.

Because of the devastation wrought by a recent war, people in Haku's village reviled anyone who showed abilities beyond standard chakra molding. Haku's mother could use Ice Release, an ability that allows the user to create and manipulate ice. She kept it a secret, but passed the ability down to her son. When her husband found out, he assembled a mob, murdered his wife, and tried to murder Haku. Haku was able to defend himself with Ice Release and escape, but this never would have happened in the first place if people with these types of abilities weren't persecuted. 


The Whole Premise Relies On Child Soldiers

In the Narutoverse, kids go to Ninja Academy up until they're around twelve years old. When they graduate, they work as genin, or trainee ninja. While their responsibilities mostly consist of odd jobs, they can absolutely be drafted into life or death situations if necessary. Soon after their time as genin, they take the chuunin exam, a tournament where kids beat each other half to death in order to earn a promotion. In rare cases, kids graduate and start working as ninja when they're six or seven, as is the case with Kakashi and Itachi.

As bad as things are in Naruto's time, they used to be much worse. In the past, the village system was actually established to prevent the constant warfare that forced everyone to fight, even children as young as five years old. While the age of acceptability for this type of thing keeps rising, it's still a world where teenagers are expected to die for their country.


Eyeball Theft Is Rampant

One recurring plot line in Naruto involves stealing other people's eyeballs. This sounds bizarre, and it is, but here's the reason: in the Narutoverse, some of the most spectacular abilities are doujutsu, or powers located in the eyes. Examples include the sharingan and the byakugan. The sharingan allows its user to copy any ninja technique it views, see another person's chakra (the energy source that allows ninja to use their abilities), and hypnotize others using genjutsu. The byakugan allows its user to see for hundreds of miles, see chakra, see through walls, and in extreme cases, even see another person's thoughts and feelings.

While these are typically passed on genetically through individual clans, anyone who transplants a doujutsu into their own eye socket can technically wield its power. This results in things like members of the Hyuuga family being repeatedly kidnapped so that thieves can pluck out their eyes, mass conspiracies involving murdering sharingan users so that thieves can take their eyes, and more. One of the show's major villains, Danzo, literally embeds a bunch of Uchiha eyeballs into his own arm, which withers said arm dramatically. This disgusting fate was well-deserved, considering the fact that he orchestrated the deaths of the people those eyes belonged to. 


Ostracizing People Is Totally Normal

In the world of Naruto, it's totally normal to kick people out of society for reasons beyond their control. This is the central conflict of the titular character, Naruto Uzumaki. Because a tailed beast that murdered hundreds of civilians was sealed inside of him as an infant, he grows up with the entire village hating him. It's not just that they are afraid that the tailed beast is going to come out again, it's that they're actively hateful toward him, and encourage their children to be that way as well.

Naruto spends twelve years with no one on his side except for his Ninja Academy teacher, Iruka. Despite the fact that he was isolated and abused by his community, he grows up adoring Konoha to the point of being willing to sacrifice almost anything for it.

He's not the only one to be rejected in such a brutal way. Something similar happens to Sakumo Hatake, Kakashi's father. When he prioritizes saving his comrades's lives over completing a mission, the whole city turns against him - even those whose lives he saved. The isolation is so complete that he eventually commits suicide, leaving his young son to Konoha's nonexistent childcare system. 



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:53:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-naruto-is-secretly-horrifying/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[22 Incredible Death Note Tattoos That Will Blow You Away]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-death-note-tattoos/leo-reyna?source=rss

In 2003, Death Note debuted in Shounen Jump and went on to become one of the best psychological thriller anime of all time. The supernatural cat-and-mouse story of Light, L, and Death God Ryuk captivates audiences all over the world. Whether it's the original manga, anime, Japanese live-action adaptations, or the upcoming American Netflix series, fans just can't get enough Death Note.

Thus, it's no wonder why fans want to immortalize the series by inking anime tattoos on their skin. This collection of Death Note tattoos features breathtaking artwork that captures the battle of light and dark in the series. From chilling and scary tats to absolutely gorgeous works, check out these Death Note tattoos and vote up the best ones. 


22 Incredible Death Note Tattoos That Will Blow You Away,

Death Note

Beautiful Shinigami Eye Rests Comfortably On Neck

A Fitting Portrait For Ryuk

Cast Of Death Note Peering Through L's Logo

Want An Apple?

Light And L Are One In The Same In This Arm Tattoo

Ryuk Gazing At A Juicy Red Apple

Wicked Shinigami Rem Sleeve

Light, L, And Ryuk Beautifully Displayed

Who Knew A Death God Could Be So Cute?


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 02:22:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-death-note-tattoos/leo-reyna
<![CDATA[Amazing Drawings of Cartoon Network Characters Drawn Anime Style]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cartoon-network-characters-drawn-anime-style/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Ever want to know what a Cartoon Network classic would look like as an anime? Well, these artists have you completely covered, transforming Cartoon Network characters into anime right before your eyes! These artists from around the net have reimagined some of Cartoon Network's most iconic characters as Japanese cartoons, bringing them to life as if they came straight from an overseas anime studio. Through artistic craftsmanship and skill, these talented creators certainly made the idea of Cartoon Network anime a very appealing idea. In the same way Harry Potter anime fan art gives new life to famous characters, anime-fied Carton Network characters brings you back to your favorite programs with a fresh nostalgia.

From reworks of colorful classics like The Powerpuff Girls and Courage the Cowardly Dog, to bold and imaginative flips of current non-air shows such as Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Adventure Time, these talented artists take Cartoon Network fan art to an all-new level. Similar to anime versions of American TV shows, anime versions of Cartoon Network shows reveal a wealth of unexplored possibilities. An anime version of Scooby-Doo? Sounds like a fantastic idea.


Amazing Drawings of Cartoon Network Characters Drawn Anime Style,

Flame Princess

This anime Flame Princess from Cartoon Network's Adventure Time is a wonderful work of art by SamuiiAoi.


Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack from Samurai Jack is given a beautiful anime rendition by GaiaBlack.


Starfire

This stunning anime Starfire from Teen Titans is a lovely traditional work from the artist Lighane.


A Cartoon Network Conglomeration

Characters from all over Cartoon Network join together in anime harmony in heavenhellexe's vibrant creation.


Powerpuff Girls

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are all here in Lighane's enchanting anime rendition of the Powerpuff Girls.


Frankie

Frankie from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends looks fantastic in her anime form created by DaBananaQueen.


Scooby Doo

Deviant user Dirty-minded places the famous Mystery Inc. and their foes in the midst of an anime.


Ed, Edd, And Eddy

The famous trio from Ed, Edd n Eddy enjoy their new anime forms in NoomiBernadotte's thoughtful reimagining. 


Fionna And Cake

PaperMoon92 gives Fionna and Cake from Adventure Time a delightful anime flip!


Samurai Jack

NikkTheHuman gives Samurai Jack from his title show, Samurai Jack, a stylish anime version.



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Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:02:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cartoon-network-characters-drawn-anime-style/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[All The Greatest Anime Made By Studio Bones]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-made-by-studio-bones/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

If you're into anime, you've probably heard of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, and Ouran High School Host Club. What you may not know is what these anime have in common: they're produced by the same animation studio. These are just a few examples of the awesome anime created by Studio Bones. Founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto, Studio Bones quickly took the anime industry by storm after their inception in 1998. Studio Bones has created over 50 movies and shows, some of which rank amongst the best anime of all time.

You may be surprised to find that Studio Bones is behind a number of your more obscure favorite shows, such as Darker Than Black or Snow White With The Red Hair. What makes the shows by this particular studio so great? Unforgettable character designs, fantastic anime worlds, solid storyboarding and pacing, amazing art and scenery, and consistent top-tier quality animation that you won't see anywhere else, that's what! Check out the coolest Studio Bones anime below and vote up your favorite ones. 


All The Greatest Anime Made By Studio Bones,

Eureka Seven

Ouran High School Host Club

Darker than Black

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Wolf's Rain

Soul Eater

Noragami

Snow White with the Red Hair

My Hero Academia

Mob Psycho 100


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Wed, 31 May 2017 08:16:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-made-by-studio-bones/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Very Best Cosplays From Chinese Beauty Yaya Han]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-yaya-han-cosplay/crystal-brackett?source=rss

If you're looking for some fresh real-life interpretations of your favorite anime, video game, and comic book characters, look no further than the fantastic cosplayer Yaya Han. The model and designer puts forth a seemingly endless fountain of magnificent pop-culture cosplay, granting her both a name and successful business in the cosplay community. In one moment, Han finds herself decked out in a DC cosplay, the next she's sliding into an expertly crafted anime outfit. With all of the amazing cosplay coming from this powerhouse of creativity, determining the best Yaya Han cosplay of them all makes for a truly difficult decision.

Embodying powerful and iconic characters from an array of pop-culture smash-hits, Han proves herself to be one of the best American cosplayers ever. Cool cosplay by Yaya Han includes her brilliant Miss Fortune from the video game League of Legends, DC Comic's Arkham City Catwoman, and Faye Valentine from the timeless anime series Cowboy Bebop. If you are a fan of anything considered even remotely geeky, Yaya Han cosplay will definitely have you covered.


The Very Best Cosplays From Chinese Beauty Yaya Han,

Jessica Rabbit

Felicia

Heartseeker Ashe

Junko Enoshima

Baroness Ana DeCobray

Psylocke And Psychic blade

Nurse Sonico

Faye Valentine

Chun Li

Red Queen


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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:31:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-yaya-han-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-in-the-fate-series/crystal-brackett?source=rss

The entire Fate franchise is filled with unique characters inspired by historical, mythical, and real-world figures who are just as intriguing and awesome as the reimagined ones! Each Servant from Fate draws its persona from pre-existing staples in political hierarchies of the past. From deities to legends, the cast of characters come from a wide variety of religions and cultures. 

Historical figures in the Fate series are cleverly crafted to reflect true and unique aspects of their actual counterparts. At the same time, the animated characters are reconstructed with an entirely new look - sometimes even a different gender. Compiled here is a complete list of the characters linked to actual historical figures in Ufotable's Fate Stay/Night and Fate/Zero series. Check out which legendary icon your favorite Servant is inspired by below. 


Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series,

Alexander the Great

Appears In: Fate/Zero

The proud and impetuous personality of Rider is the embodiment of the late and militant Alexander the Great. Rider highlights the ambitious, prideful, and hearty aspects of the legendary conqueror. 


Gilgamesh

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero

The tablets that comprise the Sumerian legend in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" tell the story of an arrogant king-declared-demigod who ends his tale on a quest for immortality. Archer's identity as Gilgamesh reflects his own kingly desires of gathering treasures and ruling as an immortal leader.


Gilles de Rais

Appears In: Fate/Zero

Although Gilles de Rais served alongside Joan of Arc in the Royal Army, he was later hanged for kidnapping and murdering children, as well as dabbling in the occult. Caster embodies the wicked half of Gilles de Rais' life, murdering children before rampantly preaching just moments afterward. 


Hassan-i Sabbah

Appears In: Fate/Zero

The Assassin is a single, multi-person entity of deadly weapons cast in the image of the Persian Hassan-i Sabbah, a founder of an assassin group known as the Hashshashin, or "Assassins." The split-personality Assassin in Fate/Zero takes on the form of the manifested Hashshashin group. 


Heracles

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night

As a bold representation of Greek mythology's greatest hero and an all-around symbol of masculinity and strength, Heracles is the Berserker Servant. He exudes confidence and brute strength. 


Joan of Arc

Appears In: Fate/Zero

Joan of Arc is famously known as the great heroin of France who liberated the nation from the Hundred Years' War. She briefly appears as a Ruler class spirit in Fate/Zero, portrayed as a humbler believer in the importance of every heroic spirit. This reflects the real Joan of Arc's canonized Roman Catholic saint-like nature. 


King Arthur

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero

Saber's resilient and charismatic identity is none other than that of King Arthur. As one of the main characters in the Fate series, she wields the legendary Excalibur and its hallowed scabbard, Avalon (named after the place Excalibur was forged). 


Lancelot

Appears In: Fate/Zero

Berserker carries the persona of Sir Lancelot du Lac, a knight of the Round Table who had an affair with King Arthur's wife, Lady Guinevere. In real life, King Arthur forgave them both. However, Berserker craves to be punished, as he could never forgive himself.


Diarmuid Ua Duibhne

Appears In: Fate/Zero

Diarmuid Ua Duibhne is a skilled and beautiful warrior in Irish mythology who had a magical "love spot" placed on his forehead. This spot would cause any woman who looked at him to instantly fall in love. In the anime, the Irish legend is reborn as a Lancer class Servant, who uses the same weapons as Diarmuid Ua Duibhne. He even has a "love spot" that enchants ladies right into his arms. 


Cu Chulainn

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night

Lancer, the heroic knight and spirit of the lance, is the legendary Irish hero Cú Chulainn. Reflective of his historical counterpart, Lancer fulfills his great deeds with valor and sometimes, in a fearsome battle frenzy. 



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:41:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-in-the-fate-series/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Most Perfect Tweets About Attack On Titan Season 2]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/attack-on-titan-season-2-funny-tweets/hannah-collins?source=rss

This list contains spoilers for Attack on Titan.

After four long, long, years of waiting, Attack On Titan Season 2 came to screens around the world in 2017. Safe to say, fans on Twitter welcomed its return with open arms and plenty of memes. Season 1 gave fans their first gruesome taste of Titan carnage, with invading hordes, dramatic Wall breaches, tragic origin stories, crazy AoT fan theories, and the shocking revelation of Eren's true identity.

Season 2 didn't disappoint either, with even more shocking reveals, bloodshed, and tantalizing intrigue (not to mention even more inadvertently, goofy Titans to laugh at). The only downsides? Criminally low levels of Captain Levi and confusing AF timejumps. Relive the highs, lows, and funniest moments with the best tweets about Attack On Titan Season 2. Vote up the most hilarious Twitter moments that highlight what was good or bad about the highly-anticipated season. 


The Most Perfect Tweets About Attack On Titan Season 2,

Better Late Than Never

 


Even Eating Is Intense On This Show

 


Who Wore It Best?

 


Senpai Probably Tastes The Best

 


Wait, They're What Now?

 


She WILL Cut You

 


Just Here For Levi, TBH

 


Do They Floss, Too?

 


Much Attack, Very Titan

 


You Can't Argue With Logic Like That

 



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:30:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/attack-on-titan-season-2-funny-tweets/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shounen-anime-ever-made/ranker-anime?source=rss

Shounen is one of the most popular genres of anime. It is geared toward teenage boys and usually features a male protagonist who embarks on an adventure filled with challenges. The truth is, the world could always use more shounen anime because it is filled with several positive themes, such as believing in yourself and hard work paying off. The genre often crosses over with fantasy and action anime, and does not often focus too heavily on romance. 

Below, you’ll find tons of great examples of this popular anime genre. Vote up your favorite shounen anime that deserves to be number one, and downvote the choices that you wouldn't really recommend to others. 


The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time,

Dragon Ball Z

Bleach

Fairy Tale

Seven Deadly Sins

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Hunter X Hunter

Attack on Titan

One Piece

My Hero Academia

One Punch Man


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:14:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shounen-anime-ever-made/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[This Artist Creates Realistically Rendered Digimon That Are Truly Monsters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/realistic-digimon-fan-art/crystal-brackett?source=rss

The word "Digimon" fuses the two words "Digital" and "Monster," but the series portrays these "monsters" in an adorable and bubbly fashion, the exact opposite of a monster, right?  Thanks to the realistic Digimon created by Lindsey Wakefield AKA LindseyWArt, you will never forget these digital champions are actually scary beasts, even if they're from a cartoon-y, digital world. The same way 3D Pokémon renderings change the way fans view Pocket Monsters, scary Digimon fan art distorts the childhood characters you found so cuddly into something more... pragmatic, if you will. While anyone with eyes would find anime-Tsunomon so cute, it's horrifying 3D render might make you consider a simple cat instead. 

By creating fan art of Digimon that looks real, Lindsey Wakefield's 3D rendered Digimon gives them into the monstrous visages that they would sport if they lived in the real world. Through creativity and imagination, the artist sculpts a new vision of the anime and video game franchise, a vision that may completely shift how you view these beloved childhood characters. Similar to the realistic versions of classic cartoon characters, "real Digimon" fan art revises the way you see these creations, and makes you wonder why any of the Digi-destined would ever willingly follow these things around.


This Artist Creates Realistically Rendered Digimon That Are Truly Monsters,

Punimon

Weregarurumon VS Megaseadramon

Guilmon And Calumon

Wargreymon

Chibomon And Zurumon

MetalGreymon

DemiVeemon And Pagumon

Greymon

Bukamon

Koromon


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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:41:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/realistic-digimon-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Wednesday Wolf Creates Pokemon You'd Only Encounter In Your Nightmares]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrifying-pokemon-fan-art/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Wednesday Wolf uses pens, inks, and watercolors to manifest delightfully scary Pokémon drawings to craft a unique blend of nostalgia and fear. Creating watercolor paintings that resemble the horrific artwork you'd find lying within the pages of an old copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, this terrifying Pokémon fan art from Wednesday Wolf mashes up the colorful and sensational gaming and anime franchise with the spooky elements of artists such as Stephen Gammell and HR Giger. Perhaps he's onto the fact that Pokémon gets creepy. If you want to be truly appalled by a beloved children's anime series, Wednesday Wolf's scary Pokémon fan art definitely does the trick.

Other than Pokémon, Wesnesday has a habit of completely reimagining cartoon-y, animated characters into nightmarish and grotesque creatures, such as making Finn and Jake from Adventure Time into mortifying entities and transforming Nintendo's Mario and Luigi into grotesque spectacles through art. In the same way realistic cartoon depictions shift the way you see your beloved cartoon friends, Wolf's Pokémon might make you a little nervous to reboot your old Gameboy.


Wednesday Wolf Creates Pokemon You'd Only Encounter In Your Nightmares,

Tangela

Shellder

Meowth

Cloyster

Lickitung

Sableye

Golbat

Umbreon

Ampharos

Mareep


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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:52:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrifying-pokemon-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The 14 Most Shocking Anime Betrayals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-shocking-anime-betrayals/felicia-miranda?source=rss

Betrayal is an act that many people find unforgivable. In anime, it always seems to happen in a big way and when you least expect it. It has the ability to bring out the worst in people, and has been known to result in some pretty intense battles and tragic deaths. With that being said, fans can agree that an epic betrayal paves the way for the best revenges in anime. In fact, some of the best shounen anime wouldn't be around without it!

The most epic anime betrayals usually take the form of a hero turning into a villain, or of an innocent character revealing a dark side. Compiled here are some of the craziest betrayals ever witnessed in anime. Be forewarned: there are spoilers ahead! Vote up the most shocking duplicity and deception schemes that took you by surprise. 


The 14 Most Shocking Anime Betrayals,

Sōsuke Aizen

Sōsuke Aizen is best known for being the main antagonist in Bleach. However, he first appears as a mild-mannered and reserved individual. His sinister nature is shown later in the series, when he takes the position of captain in the Soul Society military. He is admired by many of the Shin'O Academy students and highly regarded by officials of the Soul Society, but then he suddenly abandons his position and destroys all perceptions of loyalty to his community. Further into the timeline, Aizen takes his betrayal a step further when he returns with the army of Arrancar to wage war against the Soul Society. 


Griffith

In the anime Berserk, Griffith leads the Band of the Hawk, a group of mercenaries recruited by the king to fight important battles that swayed the outcome of the Hundred Year War. Their success is cut short when Griffith's affair with the princess results in his imprisonment and torture. The Band of the Hawk suffers, but they eventually recover enough to come to their beloved leader's rescue. However, when they finally reach Griffith, they find is a shell of what he used to be. What's worse, during the course of the rescue, Griffith initiates a shocking act of betrayal when he activates his Crimson Behelit. He sacrifices the Band of the Hawk, so he can be reborn as the God Hand, Femto.


Itachi Uchiha

In Naruto, the village of Konoha was founded as a symbol of peace among the Senju and Uchiha clans. However, as time went on, the Uchiha began to experience isolation, which cultivated a desire to overthrow the heavily Senju-favored Konoha leadership. Itachi, an Uchiha clan member and double agent, was confronted with a decision: allow the Uchiha to start a war that will end with their extinction, or kill the clan to save his brother and himself. In a great act of betrayal to his community, Itachi slaughters the entire Uchiha clan, except for his little brother, Sasuke, and a member who was away at the time (Tobi). 


Kyubey

Kyubey is the adorable kitten-like creature in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It comes to young girls with the promise of granting them their biggest wish. In exchange for the wish, the girls must sign a contract where they enlist as magical girls who must protect the world from witches. It all seems very innocent and almost too good to be true.

Well, as the anime continues, you find out that this life as a magical girl comes at quite the cost. Once a girl signs one of Kyubey's contracts, they do become magical girls. However, Kyubey doesn't tell them that when a magical girl falls into despair, they turn into witches to be hunted by other young girls. This results in a tragic, never-ending cycle.


Grell Sutcliff

To the ordinary person, Grell is nothing more than a butler for Angelina Dalles, a Phantomhive aristocrat. Yet both Grell and Dalles harbor a dark secret: they are actually the murderers behind the Jack the Ripper attacks in Black Butler. Angelina, also known as Madam Red, and Grell, a Grim Reaper and collector of souls, benefit greatly from their relationship. However, things turn sour when their identity is uncovered by fellow Phantomhive members Ciel and Sebastian.

This results in a battle where Grell takes on Sebastian and Anne takes on Ciel. In the course of the battle, Angelina finds that she can't kill Ciel because of her motherly love for him. In a shocking twist, Grell decides she is useless and swings his Death Scythe to betray and kill her. 


Walter Betraying Integra In Hellsing

Walter is an elderly man who takes on the role of butler for Integra Hellsing. Despite his refined appearance, he can still take on vampires with ease, even at his old age. In the series, Walter is captured by the Captain, who puts him through a rejuvenation process that transforms him into a younger, stronger, and more advanced version of himself. Walter makes his return and reveals to his old friends that he is Millenium’s new secret weapon, the Angel of Death. His betrayal comes as a huge shock to Integra, who is stunned by his defiance and newfound loyalty. 


Everything Is About Betrayal In Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Manipulation, revenge, and betrayal - Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is all about these three themes. Before he dedicated his life to revenge, Edmond Dantes was a kind-hearted sailor who often fell victim to the people around him. After falling in love with a young woman named Mercedes, he is framed and imprisoned on false charges by his so-called friends on the day of his wedding. During his imprisonment, he allows the demon Gankutsuou to possess him, so he can seek his revenge against the people who wronged him. The biggest betrayal of all is when the Count discovers that Mercedes eventually went on to marry one of his conspirators while he was imprisoned. 


Bertolt And Reiner Reveal They Are Titans In Attack On Titan

In Attack on Titan, Titans are creatures that pose a huge threat to humanity. In the year 845, these giant creatures breach a wall meant to keep them away from mankind because of a hole created by two unique Titans, the Colossus and Armored Titans. This results in the deaths of many people, including Eren Yeager's mother. A few years later, Eren trains with other humans to fight against the Titan invasion. He befriends Reiner and Bertolt, two guys who also seem to hate Titans. 

During a battle to defend humanity, Reiner reveals that he and Bertolt are actually the Colossus and Armored Titans, the very same Titans responsible for the breach at Wall Maria and the tragic death of his mother. The deception is jaw-dropping, and sends Eren into a fit of utter rage. 


Sailor Neptune And Sailor Uranus Betray Sailor Moon

Sailor Neptune and Uranus are notorious for running off on their own and using alternative methods when fighting villains. In Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, the two end up committing the ultimate act of betrayal by joining Sailor Galaxia in her quest for stealing Star Seeds and defeating Sailor Moon. What Sailor Moon didn't know was that the two Sailor Senshi did this to get closer to Galaxia in an effort to steal her Star Seed. While Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus ultimately acted in what they thought was the best interest of the Sailor Scouts, their choice to leave Sailor Moon out of the loop as they betrayed her resulted in lots of heartbreak and shock. 


Archer Comes Back To Kill Himself In Fate/Stay Night

In Fate/Stay Night, it is revealed that Archer’s real identity is an older Shirou Emiya from a parallel universe. Archer is a Counter Guardian, a force that is typically summoned to prevent the world from eminent danger. Archer betrays his younger self by making a contract with the world to enter into a timeline to kill himself to prevent such a disastrous timeline from happening. 



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:12:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-shocking-anime-betrayals/felicia-miranda
<![CDATA[15 Good Reasons Every Parent Should Have Their Kids Watch Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-parents-should-have-their-kids-watch-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

While you may think of anime as just fancy, adult cartoons, there are actually plenty of reasons anime is great for kids. Aside from being just plain fun, anime imparts many lessons other kids' shows remain incapable of addressing. So what are the reasons parents should let kids watch anime, other than just giving themselves some peace and quiet? Firstly, a a cultural export from Japan, anime introduces kids to many parts of Asian society, and historical anime provide a history lesson without cracking open a textbook. Thanks to its complexity and depth, anime can also teach critical thinking, along with imparting advice on heavier subject matters like relationships and mortality.

All of these lessons can be amplified when combined with discussion, a reason why parents should watch anime with their children instead of just parking them in front of the computer by themselves. Many lessons parents can teach children from anime apply even to their own lives, making this a family activity that benefits, and entertains, everybody involved.


15 Good Reasons Every Parent Should Have Their Kids Watch Anime,

Watching Anime Encourages Kids To Read

You might not think watching TV would encourage much reading, but when it comes to anime, it is. First of all, anime is originally produced in Japanese, so unless you speak the language, you will likely watch it with subtitles. This means kids practice their reading skills every time they watch an episode; since anime continues to grow in popularity, subtitles now exist in multiple languages too.

But should you choose to show your kids dubbed anime, don't despair - there are still opportunities to practice reading. Many anime series are based on manga or light novels, and these novels can differ greatly from their TV counterparts. So if your child wants to know how Fruits Basket ends, they will turn to the manga.


It Helps Kids Build Empathy

Kids aren't naturally empathetic, and it takes practice and exposure to build that skill. So what makes anime a prime tool to build empathy? Unless your child is a Japanese person living in Japan, watching anime automatically requires them to try and understand a person from a different culture than their own. Depending on the series, kids not only learn aspects about Japanese culture, they also realize these characters experience the same struggles and feelings as they do. This applies to more than just cultural differences - anime asks you to feel empathy for everyone from teenagers with emotional regulation issues in My Little Monster to ghouls who eat human flesh in Tokyo Ghoul.


Anime Offers A Gateway To Creativity

If you think nothing creative comes from watching anime, you may need to anime-inspo of your own. While possible to passively absorb it, anime, like most media, sticks with kids long after the screen turns off. If a kid enjoys a show, they find some way to express that love, whether it's drawing pictures and comics, writing fanfiction, or dressing up like their favorite characters. Not only can kids do this on their own, but there's also a thriving community of other fans who they can share their work with. Writing a story about yourself adventuring in the world of Pokémon is cool, but when you put those stories online for other people to read and experience, you inadvertently workshop your own writing. Anime not only encourages creative expression, it also encourages creative improvement


Much Of Anime Is Empowering For Girls

If you have a daughter, you may worry about making sure she's exposed to empowering media with good female role models. While of course you can totally show her Wonder Woman, plenty of awesome anime ladies make just as good of role models. Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Scouts stand out, regular teenage girls who just happen to be charged with saving the world. There's Michiko Malandro of Michiko to Hatchin, a flawed but fascinating woman who plows through life on a motorcycle alongside her principled, dedicated daughter, Hana. Meanwhile, Wandering Son portrays a young trans girl with the strength and courage to own her identity, while Steins;Gate, follows a brilliant woman scientist who wrote a groundbreaking paper on time travel. No matter what kind of female role model you're looking for, anime's got you covered.


Anime Teaches Perseverance

Perseverance, or the ability to stick to a task until it's finished, is a critical skill for accomplishing just about anything in life. Plenty of anime center around characters trying to accomplish goals and navigating around certain obstacles to achieve said goals. Whether trying to convince an irresponsible god to reunite your soul with your body like in Noragami, or trying to get into My Hero Academia's UA High, anime characters constantly chase difficult goals and putting in the hard work to achieve them. Since series typically follow a linear storyline, anime shows a character's own development more so than shows like Dora the Explorer where each episode stands alone with little-to-no changes.

Furthermore, the sheer act of following anime storylines teaches children patience and perseverance. While many shows come in bite-sized packages of 12 episodes, others balloon into the hundreds. Bleach, for example, is 366 episodes long. 366 episodes. That's a lot of watching, but it's not a waste of time. Though some of those episodes are filler, if you get through the whole thing, you train yourself to endure things that maybe aren't so pleasant for the payoff of a seriously awesome story. If you can't do that, you're not going to be able to read Anna Karenina, a fantastic book with a lot of boring bits. 


If You Watch It Together, Even The Bad Parts Are Educational

Like all other forms of media, a lot of anime can get kind of messed up. That said, anime offers an easy way to introduce kids to more adult topics and issues. Say you and your child are watching Gintama together. Yes, Gintama is hysterically funny, but some plot points are questionable, such as the whole episode where the main character rags on a side character for being fat, or the transphobic "man in a dress" jokes that populated the earlier episodes. By watching alongside your child, you can teach them why these types of things aren't socially or morally acceptable.


It Teaches You About Failure

Learning to fail gracefully remains a universal struggle of growing up, and anime characters make great teachers on this subject. As often as anime characters succeed at their goals, they also fail. But most importantly, they never give up - they pull back, come up with a new strategy, and try again. In Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Kikuhiko goes from novice to expert at rakugo (a form of Japanese storytelling) through a combination of practice and soul-searching. In Shirobako, protagonist Shizuka takes forever to land a voice acting gig - but her constant failure keeps the series engaging.

Anime also shows the consequences of too much success. In One Punch Man, the main character, Saitama, defeats enemies with a single punch, and as such constantly finds himself bored. In Yuri!!! on ICEJJ Leroy becomes so accustomed to success at professional figure skating that when he stumbles, he panics. Mistakes never come easily to anybody, especially kids, but anime teaches you accept them with poise and resolution.


Anime Introduces Them To Japanese Culture

Anime acts as an excellent gateway to learn about Japanese culture. Whether depicting Japanese culinary delights or cultural traditions like karuta in Chihayafuru, anime can provide a window into Japanese culture easily consumable for children. Some anime titles even offer views into Japan's history, ranging from the samurai (Rurouni Kenshin) to WWII (Grave of the Fireflies).

Keep in mind anime is not the be-all end-all of Japanese culture, and plenty of tropes actually cause misconception. For example, anime often depicts teenagers living alone, an unlikely situation for most Japanese adolescents. Still, these discrepancies are a great way to teach kids another lesson - you can't judge a culture solely by the media it produces.


Anime Teaches Strategy And Logical Thinking

While most kids' shows keep it light on critical thinking, a great deal of anime rely heavily on strategy and logical thought. Two good examples of this are Death Note and No Game No Lifeseries that are better enjoyed by teenagers rather than young children. In Death Note, viewers watch two strategic geniuses, L and Light, try and outsmart each other in a mind-bending battle of wits. In No Game No Life, partners Sora and Shiro play strategic games with incredible skill, and clue the audience in as to how they're doing it. Both titles, in addition to honing a child's critical thinking skills, also introduce children to forms of entertainment more complex than just the usual problem/solution formula that most mediums tend to follow.


Anime Shows Kids How To Be A Good Friend

Forming and maintaining friendships is a vital part of growing up, and anime friendships can help foster such growth. Watching anime easily acts as a social activity - there's nothing like binge-watching your favorite show with a group of friends. That said, kids can learn much about friendship by watching anime on their own. In Fairy Tail, the protagonist's friendship keeps them fighting their enemies even when all seems lost. In Anohanaa tight-knit group of friends is torn apart by tragedy when Menma, a member of the group, dies in an accident. The show deals with each member's struggle to grieve their loss, and the ultimate reconciliation of their friendships. These shows, among many others, depict characters being there for each other during hard times, enjoying each other's company during good times, and working through conflict as necessary - which is exactly what you have to do in the real world.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:37:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-parents-should-have-their-kids-watch-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[15 Romance Anime Tropes You're Just Tired Of Seeing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/romance-anime-tropes/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

The best romance anime can be a window into a nearly universal experience: love. The shows that get you emotionally invested in the characters keep you glued to the screen as you experience the highs and lows of their relationship and emotional lives. Unfortunately, many series rely heavily on romance anime tropes to achieve better ratings and engagement. And while tropes in romance anime can help unify the genre and make it recognizable, they can also get really boring and stale.

Some of the stuff you see in every romance anime, like the complete absence of LGBTQ people and the fact that anime characters often interpret rejection as a sign to keep pushing until they get the romantic or sexual relationship they want, are not only dull, but actively harmful. Even if you're a casual fan, you probably know at least a few of these recurring themes in romance anime. Check out this list and vote up the romantic tropes you're sick of seeing. 


15 Romance Anime Tropes You're Just Tired Of Seeing,

All The Romance Is Heterosexual

Yuri!!! on Ice is a pretty good anime in its own right, but what makes it special? What makes it really stand out amongst other, equally high-quality shows? It's got gay people in it. Not queerbaiting (hinting at an LGBTQ relationship that's never going to happen), not yaoi or yuri (specific niche genres with their own tropes), but an actual, realistically rendered gay couple who canonically express their feelings for each other.

If you're thinking to yourself, "That shouldn't be exceptional," you are 100% correct. Yet queer relationships are almost completely absent from anime while straight relationships consistently appear in anime of all genres. Japan is a notoriously conservative country where homosexuality isn't always discussed openly, so this isn't exactly surprising. To be fair, it's not like the Western media is knocking it out of the park in terms of representation, either. That said, anime's relentless heteronormativity is something that really needs to change. 


Yanderes Make Stalking Seem Predictable

Similar the tsundere, the yandere is another character archetype that appears frequently in romance anime. Yanderes appear to be sweet and loving on the outside, but on the inside, they're clingy, obsessive, jealous, and potentially murderous. One of the earliest examples of the trope is Kaede Fuyou from Shuffle!, who dedicates her daily life to cooking and cleaning for her childhood friend, but gets threatening with any girl she sees talking to him. There's also Kotonoha Katsura from School Days, who cuts off her boyfriend's head in response to his philandering, then cuddles said severed head as if it's an adorable puppy.

The whole yandere thing can get really dark, really quick. This archetype can be an interesting way to add some spice to a sugary romance. That said, some of the suspense disappears when you know that every girl who's a little clingy is going to end up as an axe murderer.


There's Always At Least One Tsundere

Tsundere is a Japanese word used to describe a girl who acts cold, aloof, or even cruel, but who eventually ends up showing her soft, sensitive side. You can find tsunderes in pretty much every possible anime genre, but they're particularly relevant in the romance genre.

One of the most famous tsunderes is Taiga Aisaka of Toradora!, whose whole character arc revolves around her admitting to herself and to others that yes, she is indeed capable of having emotions other than rage. Other tsunderes include Yui Kotegawa from To Love-Ru, Maki Nishikino from Love Live!, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura from Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. 

These characters can be interesting if they have other traits that make them unique. It's also kind of comforting to know that the aloof, rude character is eventually going to lighten up. That said, when you can pretty much predict a character's emotional trajectory, it drains the story of some of its tension. 


Easily Resolvable Misunderstandings Drive The Plot

Misunderstandings are a huge part of romance anime. Sometimes, they can be kind of fun. For example, in Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun, which is based entirely on a misunderstanding, Chiyo tries to confess her feelings to Nozaki, and he interprets her feelings as a desire to help edit his professional shojo manga.

However, there are times when misunderstandings are super annoying, like in Masamune-kun's Revenge when Aki becomes furious because another girl hugs Masamune, and she won't take five seconds to let him explain that he's never met her and doesn't know why she's hugging him. Another example is Kimi ni Todoke, where almost all of the progress made in Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship gets canceled out by contrived rumors. Handled right, this can be an interesting wrench in the proceedings, but handled wrong, it's just plain frustrating and drags the show along a bed of nails. 


There's Always A Love Triangle

How do you capture the interest of an easily distracted audience? Narrative tension. How do you create narrative tension? Give your characters meaningful, unique personal goals, put obstacles in their way that are a genuine struggle to overcome, and - oh, wait, you're not trying to tell a compelling story. You're just trying to bang out some contrived nonsense! In that case, what you need is a love triangle. 

In a love triangle, one character must choose between two different relationships. Think Two Princes by the Spin Doctors, only sometimes it's princesses instead. Often, the goal is to keep you in suspense until the very end, which can result in some confusing and unrealistic relationship developments. To be fair, it's not always terrible - the love triangle between Kikuhiko, Miyokichi, and Sukeroku in Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a genuine attempt at exploring all three characters' personalities, and the love triangle between Menma, Anjou, and Jinta in Anohana is pretty deep. However, love triangles only work when they do more than just drag out the inevitable conclusion, which seems to be getting more rare. 


Physical Assault Is Totally Cool If If The Victim Is A Dude

If you've watched any anime ever, you've probably seen a girl punch a dude across the room for offenses ranging from accidently walking in on her naked to refusing to be her boyfriend. While this is usually played for laughs, the violence can sometimes be extreme. For example, in Urusei Yatsura, Lum does more than just smack Ataru around for hitting on other women - she electrocutes him. Yikes. This isn't exclusive to older anime, either. Noragami, an anime that aired in 2014, features a guy getting hit so hard that he's actually still in pain the next day.

The reason why anime women are rarely on the receiving end of slapstick violence is because there are too many uncomfortable parallels to actual domestic abuse that exists in society. That said, according to some studies, up to 40% of domestic abuse victims are men. With that in mind, watching a dude get punched across the room for a minor offense isn't all that funny. 


Childhood Friends Are Weirdly Important

This might seem surprising to those of you who occasionally check in with your childhood friends on Facebook, but in romance anime, childhood friends are a huge deal. In some shows, like Nisekoi and Love Hina, the entire plot revolves around a guy trying to reunite with a childhood friend who he made a romantic promise to in some long-ago sandbox or kindergarten class. 

The male protagonist typically remembers zero details about his childhood beloved, but he's still totally hung up on her to the point where he's ready to propose the instant he figures out who she is. This strange plot isn't unique to anime, either - it can also be found in Japanese literature, like Haruki Murakami's massive 1Q84. While the trope can be touching if handled correctly, it also sort of implies that women are interchangeable, and who they actually are isn't as important as the archetype they symbolize. Over all, it's kind of a lukewarm concept.


Apparently, Only Teenagers Experience Romance

Ah, love in the springtime of one's youth! It's a trope that appears in every anime from Your Lie in April to Lovely Complex. Most romance anime focuses on the trials and tribulations of high schoolers in love. This could be okay if you're still in high school, but the thing is, people are still having romantic relationships beyond their high school years and they're still watching anime.

Besides being unrelatable for older viewers, the focus on teenage romance is also just plain repetitive. There's a whole lot more to love than just its beginnings, but unfortunately, romance anime seems intent on endlessly repeating the opening act. Even high school students who have had more than one relationship might find these "first love" stories to be a little stale.


Dudes Are Prone To Massive Nosebleeds (And Nosebleeds = Boners)

You may have noticed that in anime, male characters often start gushing blood from their nose whenever they see a hot girl or have a lascivious thought. While this might seem like a rare form of hemophilia that needs immediate medical treatment, it's actually a visual euphemism for boners. In order to keep it kid-friendly, anime studios will rarely animate an actual erection, so it's replaced with this splashy phenomenon. The trope appears in anime of every genre, but it's particularly prevalent in romance anime. Female characters also have nosebleeds to represent arousal, but this is a fairly recent reversal.


In Romance Anime, Rejection Means Keep Trying

One of the most irritating tropes that crops up in romance anime is the fact that when characters get rejected, they just keep trying until they get what they want. Sometimes, this is the whole story - like in My Little Monster, where Shizuku and Haru reject each other approximately ten billion times, and their friend actually yells at Haru for not ignoring Shizuku's blatant refusal to date him. In Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Takumi stalks, blackmails, and harasses Misaki in a bid to get closer to him.

In the real world, if someone rejects your advances, you're supposed to accept it gracefully and move on with your life, not keep bothering them until they finally give up in frustration. If you keep bothering them, you're not seen as a romantic person - you're seen as a freak and a stalker. When a fictional romance starts off with one person not respecting the other person's boundaries, thoughts, or feelings, it can be hard to get invested in the characters. 



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Wed, 31 May 2017 08:35:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/romance-anime-tropes/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The 14 Best Anime Revenges Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-revenges-of-all-time/felicia-miranda?source=rss

Anime is filled with villainous personalities that use all kinds of sinister methods to hurt the people around them. The best villains in anime come in different shapes and sizes. Some characters refuse to hold back, making sure to leave a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Other anime antagonists are unsettling, using manipulation and indirect methods to fulfill their evil agenda.

Either way, one of the best feelings you can ever experience while watching anime is when your favorite protagonist finally exacts their sweet revenge on a villain. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best anime retributions of all time. Be warned: there are spoilers ahead. Vote up the most amazing anime moments of righteous vengeance!


The 14 Best Anime Revenges Of All Time,

Kurapika

The Phantom Troupe in Hunter X Hunter tend to wreak havoc wherever they go, especially Uvogin, the strongest member of the group. It's this attitude that eventually leads to the massacre of the Kurta Clan, an endangered clan best known for their glowing red eyes. One survivor of the massacre, Kurapika, vows to seek his revenge against the Phantom Troupe.

When he finally meets Uvogin for battle, Kuropika asks Uvogin if he recalls slaughtering his clan. Uvogin can't remember and this prompts the battle to start. Kurapika takes Uvogin on with ease and eventually reveals his red glowing eyes, which prompts Uvogin to remember the clan. Using his Judgement Chain, Kurapika exacts his revenge on Uvogin by crushing his heart. 


Lelouch Lamperouge

Lelouch in Code Geass is the son of Marianne and Charles Brittania, the Emperor and Empress of the Britannian Empire. After the perceived death of his mother, Lelouch confronts his father and challenges him on the incident surrounding his mother's death, asking why more wasn't done to protect her. The Emperor harshly responds by exiling and trading Lelouch and his sister to Japan as prisoners, where they assume new identities and eventually find out the truth about their parents.

The siblings learn that their mother isn't dead and that their parents orchestrated the sister's disabilities. They also uncover their plans to initiate Ragnarok. Lelouch rejects his parents and their plans for world domination, deciding to seek his almighty revenge by using his Geass to turn the gods against them, killing both Charles and Marianne, and then taking the throne as Emperor. 


Roy Mustang

In Full Metal Alchemist, Roy Mustang plays a big role in the battle against the Homunculi. Each of these creatures represents one of the seven deadly sins. Envy, in particular, strikes a strong chord of vengeance in Roy's heart. In the anime, it’s revealed that Envy is solely responsible for the death of Roy Mustang's closest friend, Maes Hughes.

When the two cross paths, an epic revenge fight breaks out and Roy doesn't hold back. He eventually crushes Envy, humiliating it and diminishing it to its most basic form. As Roy tortures Envy, Edward, Riza, and Scar hold him back from becoming a murderer. When Envy realizes that Roy isn't going to stoop to an inhuman level to kill it, it commits suicide by crushing its own stone. 


Sasuke Uchiha

Itachi from Naruto helps kill the Uchiha clan to save his brother, Sasuke, and himself. From that point forward, Itachi is ridden with guilt and longs for Sasuke to punish him because he believes that his brother is the only one suited for the job. Itachi withholds the truth about what truly happened and instead plays the part of the villain, constantly provoking Sasuke in an attempt to make him stronger and seek him out for revenge.

Eventually, Sasuke does just that. Fueled by his desire for revenge, he throws everything he has at his brother. Itachi, riddled with illness, eventually dies and for a brief moment, Sasuke feels elated. However, shortly thereafter, the truth is revealed about how Itachi was coerced into killing the Uchiha clan. The feels from this scene are absolutely crushing, raising you up high before dropping you abruptly into the ground, making it one of the best revenge moments in all of anime. 


Shikamaru Nara

In Naruto Shippuden, Hidan is an immortal shinobi with the ability to curse his opponents and use them as voodoo dolls. This power, combined with his love for killing, makes him a very sinister opponent. Using his voodoo curse, he eventually kills Asuma, leader of Team 10. Shikamaru, a student of Asuma, is devastated and seeks revenge. 

When they eventually face off, Shikamaru leads Hidan into a clever trap and uses his shadow jutsu to wrap Hidan up in explosive tags. In one of the best anime acts of revenge, Shikamaru opens up a deep pit below his trapped opponent and then flicks Asuma’s lighter towards him, blowing Hidan up into pieces and leaving his remains trapped under a pile of rubble. 


Gohan

In Dragon Ball Z, Cell announces the Cell Games to see who is worthy of defeating him. In the battle, Goku is able to keep up with Cell, but realizes it will only end in the destruction of earth or each other. So, he then forfeits and points to Gohan as the fighter for the job. Gohan enters the fight and his anger fuels him to reach a new Saiyan level.

Cell then attempts to self destruct, but Goku sacrifices himself by using Instant Transmission to bring Cell to another planet. Despite this, Cell returns and the devastatingly long battle continues. Eventually, with the help of Vegeta and the voice of Goku to guide him, Gohan uses the last of his strength to unleash a Kamehameha, disintegrating Super Perfect Cell and avenging the death of his father.


Spike Spiegel

In Cowboy Bebop, the rivalry between Spike and Vicious starts when they become comrades in the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. They both fall for the same woman, Julia, who decides to leave them both. Spike later learns that Julia, under the threat of death, had been ordered by Vicious to kill him. Instead of having to murder Spike, she chooses to disappear. For years, she survives while on the run, but is eventually killed by assassins of the syndicate. This serves as the catalyst for Spike's decision to finally face Vicious. 

In the finale of Cowboy Bebop, Spike infiltrates the Red Dragon base to take on Vicious. Although Spike is critically wounded during the encounter, he manages to finish off Vicious with a shot to the chest, resulting in the best revenge in the entire series.


Trunks

Androids 17 and 18 cause lots of devastation throughout the Dragon Ball Z series. In the timeline that Future Trunks originates from, the two Androids transform the Earth into a hellish place after killing all of the Z Fighters. Future Trunks returns to this timeline after training intensely in a device called the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to find that Future Android 17 and 18 are on a destructive spree in the city.

When Trunks arrives to put a stop to their antics, the Androids smile in amusement, unaware of his newfound strength. The three engage in a battle, but the Androids are simply no match for the powered-up Super Saiyan. In one of the best revenge scenes anime has ever seen, Future Trunks finally destroys the two Androids with an epic, “This is for Gohan!”


Afro Samurai

In Afro Samurai, holding the number one headband is the biggest honor a warrior can have. Afro's father, Rokutaro, was Number One for sometime. Things get heated when his old friend, Justice, shows up to take the headband from him and the fight results in Rokutaro's death. It's at this point when the Afro Samurai decides to find and take on Justice in order to avenge the death of his father.

In their final battle, Justice and Afro have an intensely close matc. Toward the end, it seems as if Justice might have the upper hand when he impales Afro with a spike. Luckily for the samurai, he's saved by his own hair, and he uses his sword to execute his revenge by swiftly chopping Justice up into itty, bitty pieces. 


Shinya Kogami

In Psycho-Pass, the tension between detective Kogami and criminal mastermind Makishima stems all the way back to the death of Kogami’s partner. Kogami begins to question the law system, Sybil, when they don't help him avenge his partner's death. Makishima has the ability to control his psycho-pass, making it nearly impossible for Sybil to treat him as a criminal. This causes Kogami to work with Sybil, but when he finds Makishima, he goes rogue. They face off in a long-awaited battle, where Kogami pulls out a handgun and kills Makishima



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:28:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-revenges-of-all-time/felicia-miranda
<![CDATA[13 Things You Should Never Google - Anime Edition]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-things-you-shouldnt-google/leo-reyna?source=rss

The Internet can be a scary place sometimes. Sure, the information highway has its perks, like the cutest cat videos and amazing memes, but it can also be a disturbing box of horror. One minute, you're Googling a seemingly harmless tag recommended on your search bar - the next, you're clawing your eyes out, wishing you could unsee what you just saw.

While there are things you should never Google under any circumstances, there are keywords that only apply to the anime universe that you may be unaware of. Anime fans, be warned: for your sanity, here are 13 things you should never Google. Don't do it, man. Seriously. It's a bad idea. 


13 Things You Should Never Google - Anime Edition,

Uzumaki

Googling for awesome pics of Uzumaki from Naruto? Just make sure to spell out that knuckleheaded ninja's name and not just leave it at "Uzumaki," because the results will not be pretty. Googling Uzumaki will take you to Junji Ito's twisted horror manga series and all the disturbing, yet incredibly illustrated, images it contains. If you're not prepared for the surreality, Uzumaki is one of those anime things you shouldn't Google. 


Boku no Pico

No. No matter how many suggestions you see in anime recommendation threads, Boku no Pico should never be your first exposure to anime. Not even with your last dying breath should you give Boku no Pico a try. Why? Because it's a series of animated direct-to-videos that feature explicit sex scenes of young underage boys portrayed in an extreme, homoerotic manner. The pedophilic nature of these videos make you feel like the FBI is getting ready to bust down your door and throw you into the slammer. 


Mysterious Girlfriend X

Love can make you do crazy things. Like being addicted to your lover's drool. Wait. No? Well, that's something that happens in Mysterious Girlfriend X, an anime romance story where the girlfriend can't get enough of her boyfriend's saliva. Ugh. Just typing that induces the desire to hurl. 


Pupa

If you just ate a good hearty meal, stay 100 miles away from Pupa, if possible. Pupa is a four-minute anime series involving domestic violence, an incestuous relationship between an orphaned brother and his sister, and cannibalism. The young sister in the series is infected with a virus that has her craving human flesh, and needless to say, she can't just have one. All this gore is enough to make anyone lose their lunch. 


Ero Guro

Ero guro is one of those anime things you shouldn't Google. It is a Japanese art movement that focuses on invoking eroticism through shocking and grotesque imagery. Some of the hyper violent and sexual works in this list are actually based on this sub-genre. So, unless you're really into seeing lots of eyeball-licking artwork, just avoid ero guro whenever you Google something. 


Mai-Chan's Daily Life

Mai-Chain's Daily Life is another series that sexualizes gore by having a mistress rape and torture the immortal female protagonist. What makes the series truly infamous are two scenes near the end of its run, featuring a fetus being raped and put inside a blender by the President of the United States. Yes, you read that last part right. 


Goosh Goosh

Goosh Goosh. Oh, that sounds cute. Think it's a name of a Pokémon or something? Ha ha... Wrong! Goosh Goosh is a reference to a YouTube video of an infamous rape scene in Tokyo Tribe 2. A terrifyingly obese crime lord anally rapes a small man to death. DEATH. The act is seen through a curtain, so you only see the silhouette. A large pool of blood is scene dripping on the floor. The worst part? The sound of "Goosh Goosh" can be heard during the horrifying rape. 


Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki

Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki (Midori), commonly referred to as Shoujo Tsubaki, is not for the faint of heart. The 1992 independent anime film features violent imagery and cruelty only an extreme sadist can love. Shoujo Tsubaki has been banned by foreign countries for its then-illegal visual depictions of rape, gore, and animal cruelty (an infamous gif from the film shows a puppy being stepped on with blood, guts, and vomit pouring out). Not even an original cut of the film exists anymore. This movie is no joke. 


Otome Dori

Don't let this happy family pic fool you. Otome Dori is not a feel good anime to watch with the kiddies. It's a pornographic anime involving the main character's girlfriend being kidnapped, raped, and recorded for her boyfriend to watch helplessly in horror. It's based on the hentai game genre Netorare, or NTR for short. NTR involves horrible scenarios of a loved one being intimate with someone else (typically forcefully) in an effort to provoke jealously out of the original lover. What happens to the girlfriend in Otome Dori should never be seen with human eyes. 


Hitozuma

Hitozuma, the Japanese phrase meaning "another man's wife," is similar to NTR when it comes to its pornographic depiction. The word carries the perverse connotation of cuckolding a man by having sex with his wife. The Google image results are big-breasted women being groped and abused against their will. This is the NSFW material you don't want to be caught with. 



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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:05:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-things-you-shouldnt-google/leo-reyna
<![CDATA[Sorry, Nerds, Digimon Is Better Than Pokémon (And Here's Why)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-digimon-is-better-than-pokemon/shamus-kelley?source=rss

Which is better, Pokémon or Digimon? It’s an argument that has raged in fan circles since both shows debuted, but we all know the real answer: Digimon is better. It's a simple, scientific fact.

Pokémon may have been running nonstop since its debut, but Digimon has done way more with fewer titles. Though Seasons 1-4, Data Squad, Fusion, and the spectacular Digimon Adventure tri., Digimon has stood the test of time, and its earliest plot lines hold up nearly 20 years later.

Also, before you run off to the comments section, the topics on these lists will focus on the English dubs of both Digimon and Pokémon, even though both Pokémon and Digimon had censored moments in the American dubs. Thankfully, both shows made it through the translation process mostly unscathed, and Digimon especially didn’t take the opportunity to talk down to kids.


Sorry, Nerds, Digimon Is Better Than Pokémon (And Here's Why),

Digimon Had Shockingly Well Done Continuity

Pokémon doesn’t seem to remember huge events, especially when Legendary Pokémon threaten the planet, but Digimon actually keeps its internal continuity straight. Even with multiple separate universes, Digmon managed to tie several of these seasons together. In Season 2, Ryo shows up in a cameo that not only united the first two season’s universes, but also the Digimon video games.

In Season 3, Ryo becomes a main character, able to jump between realities. In Data Squad, it’s even implied Izzy (a character from Season 1) might have created the Data Squad universe. If Digmon can have this level of interconnectivity between seasons set in different universes, what’s Pokémon’s excuse?


Digimon Actually Existed In The Real World

Ash and his band of friends exist in a fantasy world that, while it shares some similarities with our own, is very different. Digimon, in every iteration, at least partially takes place in the real world. This not only increases the excitement of traveling to the DigiWorld, but also makes the characters seem more like actual kids you might meet.

Their human problems are reflected in the fantastical setting of the DigiWorld. Sora doesn't trust Biyomon to fight on her own in battle, because she is working through her own issues she with her mother not trusting her. In Season 3, in fact, the first two seasons are shown to be a TV show, making the new main characters fans of Digimon, just like the audience.


Digimon Explored The Ramifications Of Death

The closest Pokémon ever got to death was (sort of) turning Ash to stone in the first movie, then having Pokemon’s tears cure him. Digimon not only killed off some of their beloved monsters, but human characters as well.

“Genesis of Evil” in Season 2 shows Ken relive his brother Sam's death from a car accident. Ken’s parents, who clearly loved Sam more than Ken, forced Ken into living out their dream of a “perfect son,” and completely screwed up his head in the process. In that same season, Cody’s father died, creating the catalyst for Owikawa to implant the children with the dark spores.


Digimon Had Real, Loving Relationships

The Ash and Misty “romance” was always a sticking point for Pokémon fans, but the show only acknowledges it one or two times. And when it is, it’s far too subtle and never really goes anywhere.

Digimon had several long-running romances, that echoed seasons down the line. The Tai/Matt/Sora love triangle continued throughout Seasons 1, 2, and Adventure tri. Tai and Sora broke up, Sora and Matt got together, and now they’re all single. The relationships were never simple, but that’s what made them all the more resonant.


Digimon Wasn’t Afraid To Shake Up The Formula

While Pokémon is pretty much the exact same thing every season (Ash is trying to get badges, he catches Pokémon, etc) Digimon’s seasons vary wildly in terms of plot arcs. Seasons 1 and 2 were fairly straightforward, action-adventure stories with a focus on the relationships between the characters.

Season 3 switched things up, with the main characters using playing cards to upgrade their Digimon, and taking the stories into darker territory. Season 4 further played with the formula, as the human characters were able to turn into Digimon themselves. This experimentation kept the Digimon franchise from going stale, as fans are always guessing where it could go next.


Digimon Actually Showed That Actions Have Consequences

Most Pokémon episodes are stand alone entries. The series doesn't really have many long-running plot arcs. When Ash and company disrupt the inner workings of the Pokémon Academy, it’s never mentioned again.

Digimon never let you forget its plots. When Gotsumon and Pumpkinmon die in order to help Matt and TK, their sacrifice is remembered. Even a season later, the events reverberate throughout the show and inform the motives of the DigiDestined.


Digimon Wasn’t Afraid To Depict Realistic Families

Unlike Ash’s mom – who seems totally fine letting her very young son travel alone across the world – the parents of the DigiDestined freaked out (understandably) when their children went off to fight in world shattering battles. Parents in Digimon were complex, layered people.

Jeri’s father in Season 3 despised his daughter. After she's lost in the DigiWorld for much of the season, he refuses to pick her up and bring her home. Matt and TK’s parents were divorced, yet cordial to each other. Matt stayed with his father, remember, and TK stayed with his mother. These family dynamics helped ground the more fantastical elements of the series, and made them far more relatable than Ash’s wacky mother in Pokémon.


The Digimon Aren’t Slaves To Humans

No matter how much Pokémon preaches that its adorable little monsters are friends with their masters, they are functionally free animal labor. With rare exception, Pokémon trainers keep Pokémon locked up, and only bring them out for battles or to get work done.

Digimon, however, are often true partners to their human companions. Also, if the partnership goes sour, they have the choice to leave. In Season 3, Impmon leaves his original tamers when they won’t stop fighting over which one gets to play with him. He only returns when they learn to work together, and it’s all of his own volition.


The Digimon Characters Grew Up And Matured

In Pokémon, Ash never grows up. He’s been on his journey to be a Pokémon master for two decades now, and has yet to age a day. What could be a chance for long form character development is thrown out the window, as he’s basically the same person he’s always been.

Digimon, on the other hand, has shown its main characters grow up twice now. First in Season 2, when the original kids aged up several years and changed schools. Matt and Tai grew apart, Mimi moved to America, and Joe was studying endlessly to get into college. In Digimon Adventure tri., the original team is about to graduate high school, and Tai has no idea what to do with his life without the constant Digimon battles. Pokémon can only dream about that kind of character development.


Digimon Didn’t Need A Cutesy Mascot

Pokémon milked Pikachu (and to a lesser extent, Jigglypuff) dry, but Digimon didn’t need that. Agumon might be the lead monster of the franchise, but you’ll never see him dancing around Tokyo to sweet American rap jams.

Agumon was portrayed as very scary, in the first Digimon movie he was a ferocious monster who barely spoke. In both Seasons 1 and 2, remember, he was turned into the hideous SkullGreymon. Pokémon would never allow its most adorable, and marketable, mascot to be treated that way.



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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:43:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-digimon-is-better-than-pokemon/shamus-kelley
<![CDATA[22 Subtle Anime Tattoos That Cleverly Reference Anime Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/subtle-anime-tattoos/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Suppose you want to get a cool anime tattoo, but you also want to keep your nerd status on the down-low. Not to worry, for plenty of subtle anime tattoos exist out there to choose from, letting your geekiness be known without making it obvious. You see, when anime fans take it too far, it harms not only themselves but the community at hand. Many of the best tattoos inspired by anime rely on their obscurity to be that much more impactful; if someone manages to not only catch but understand your Sailor Moon symbols, you know you've found a kindred spirit worth trusting.

Some low-key anime anime tattoos get to be so small you can barely see them, while others depict obscure symbols unrecognizable to anyone unfamiliar with a certain series. If you need tattoo ideas from anime, but desire something a little more subtle, take some inspiration from the below pieces. Everything from adorable Studio Ghibli-themed ink to hauntingly beautiful art from Tokyo Ghoul shows just how actually cool anime tattoos utilize less to make something much more rewarding.


22 Subtle Anime Tattoos That Cleverly Reference Anime Series,

No Body Needed For No-Face Of 'Spirited Away'

Only The Full Fans Recognize This As A 'Fullmetal Alchemist' Piece

With No Creepy Clown Face, Is Ryuk From 'Death Note' Recognizable?

These Soot Sprites Are A Quiet Nod To 'Spirited Away'

Unless You Saw 'Tokyo Ghoul,' This Is Just A Pretty Flower

'Attack On Titan' Never Looked So Subtle

It May Be Large, But Only True 'Naruto' Fans Will Really See What It Is

This 'Black Butler' Piece Might Make People Think You're Into Real Demons

A Subtle 'Inuyasha' Tattoo Easily Hidden With Socks

This 'Naruto' Tattoo Hides In Plain Sight


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<![CDATA[Anime Newbies Should Watch To Take Their Anime Game To The Next Level]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/great-anime-to-step-up-your-game/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Welcome to Anime 102! You've already mastered the basics of anime, which includes shows like Death Note, Naruto, Attack on Titan, and Sailor Moon, and now you're ready for the best anime to take your fandom to the next level. With so many great series out there, it can be difficult to figure out which anime you should watch after you're already a fan. But never fear! This list is here to help.

Once you've made your way through these sophomore anime, you'll have a good grounding in multiple genres. This list is designed to expose you to several different types of anime, so you'll have a clearer idea of where to go from there. Note that this anime is not for beginners - some of it flat-out won't make sense unless you're already at least somewhat well-versed in the medium. Vote up the anime that's best for someone after the entry-level shows! 


Anime Newbies Should Watch To Take Their Anime Game To The Next Level,

Mushishi

If you're new to anime, you probably haven't seen Mushishi yet. This is something that you need to fix immediately. Mushishi follows Ginko, a mysterious man who studies and works with mushi, or the basis of all life. Mushi can do anything from creating rainbows and sentient swamps to causing blindness and death in humans. Some episodes are self-contained, while others follow arcs, and with each one, you learn a little more about the magical world of mushi. The art is soothing to look at and the sound design choices are spot on. Mushishi isn't just entertainment - it's a work of art.


Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion should be on every anime fan's must-see list. Because it's an older show, you might not have seen it yet if you're only just now getting into anime. Kind of like how if you're just starting to get into Russian Literature, you might not have read The Idiot by Fyodor Dostovesky yet. Neon Genesis Evangelion, also known as Eva, is a mecha anime that deconstructs its genre. It's a psychologically accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a young boy being held responsible for the fate of humanity,  and it's a deep dive into philosophical thinking. 


Psycho-Pass

You've probably seen Death Note, the wildly popular series that took over anime fans' lives in 2007. If you enjoyed its dark mood and its moral quandaries, you might be looking for something similar. If so, Psycho Pass is a great place to start. Psycho Pass focuses on a world where the government monitors people's emotional states using something called the Sybil System. Under the Sybil System, people with mental or emotional issues that might lead them to commit crimes receive mandated therapy or death before they can do so. This alarming prospect makes for a seriously compelling story. 


Your Name

If you're relatively new to anime, you most likely haven't seen any movies that weren't made by Hayao Miyazaki. While those movies are absolutely worth your time, there are other directors out there that you should check out, too. One who is particularly worth noting is Makoto Shinkai, creator of the recent movie Your Name

While this movie is outrageously popular in Japan, you still won't find too many Western anime newbies who are familiar with it. Not only is this movie gorgeously animated, but it's a fresh take on the concept of bodyswapping that will have you laughing in the first half and crying in the second.


One Punch Man

One Punch Man is so popular that even people new to anime may have seen it. That said, it's actually best enjoyed by people who are familiar with anime. Why? Because One Punch Man, a show where the protagonist is desperately bored because he can defeat any enemy with one punch, is a gigantic parody of shōnen anime. If you haven't seen shōnen classics like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, some of the jokes are going to fly over your head. If you're new to anime, you might want to save this one for later - or at least give it a rewatch once you've tackled the basics. 


Noragami

Noragami tells the story of Yato, a minor god who is trying to make a name for himself by doing enough odd jobs to save up for his own shrine. It's a fun look at what it's like to be a deity, while being surprisingly super dark and creepy. If you enjoyed Yu Yu Hakusho for its peek into the world of spirits, but not so much for its pacing, the fast-paced Noragami might be right up your alley.


Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun takes shojo anime tropes and turns them on their head. While you'll still appreciate Nozaki's secret job as a shojo manga artist, Mikorin's tsundere persona, and Kashima's princely behavior, you'll get more out of them if you're already familiar with typical gender roles in anime. You might not realize that the female Kashima's anime ancestor is the male Tamaki Suoh of Ouran Host Club if you're just dipping your toes into the anime waters.

Check out Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun whenever you want, but if you watch it early in your anime journey, come back to it once you've got a few more shojo series under your metaphorical belt. 


Assassination Classroom

Want to watch a tentacle monster with a smiley face for a head teach a bunch of middle schoolers how to assassinate him? If you watch Assassination Classroom, that's exactly what you'll get. Not only is it a fun action show with a unique plot (and some fun references to shows you already know), it's also a heartfelt and illuminating look at the Japanese education system. For that reason, it's a great show for teenagers battling through their school experience. 


Mob Psycho 100

Often overlooked by new anime fans, Mob Psycho 100 is a show you shouldn't miss. It's about a little boy with psychic powers, a premise you're probably familiar with if you've already seen a few shows. Mob Psycho 100 takes the concept up a notch by focusing on how those powers impact the protagonist's inner life and personal relationships. It's a great show, whether you're in it for the awesome psychic battles, psychedelic animation, or the 30-year-old con artist who is the best mentor a 12-year-old boy could hope for.


Orange

If you're even slightly familiar with anime, you probably already know about the emphasis on the power of friendship. You might also be looking for something that takes the concept a little bit deeper than say, Yu-Gi-Oh! does. If so, Orange is a great option. Orange focuses on a group of friends who receive letters from their future selves. These letters provide advice for preventing one member of the group, Kakeru, from committing suicide. It's a harrowing, emotionally resonant show that is well worth adding to your repertoire.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:29:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/great-anime-to-step-up-your-game/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Shorts You Can Watch On YouTube Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-shorts-on-youtube/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

Short films on YouTube prove that big stories and big feels can unfold in just a few minutes. Compiled here are the best anime shorts worth checking out, fueled by the creative talents of both big companies and independent artists. Many of the shorts are wordless, propelled only by the actions of their characters and the rhythm of music. The incredible artwork displayed in these short pieces range from the welcome familiar to the unexpected and unique, each one paying testament to the spectrum of talent on this list.

There is plenty of genre diversity to boot, with this collection including romance, sci-fi, adventure, and more. Amongst these varying stories, the creators of these shorts really showcase relationships in all of their many forms, exploring all kinds of friendships and connections between people. If you need a quick dose of something funny, magical, or heart-rendering, these videos are exactly what you’re looking for. Vote up the best anime shorts! 


The Best Anime Shorts You Can Watch On YouTube Right Now,

Rain Town

A little girl spends a magical day in the rain. A contemplative tone with a peaceful soundtrack, this short is perfect for any day, not just rainy ones.


Zazel

An admirer gets a chance at her favorite sport when a competitor drops out.


Poulette's Chair

A young, timid girl befriends a magical chair. With Ghibli talent behind the artwork and a charming soundtrack, these three minutes will brighten your day.


Hand In Hand

Fairytale heroines come off the page and into real life, but as it turns out they don't quite get along. While not available with English subtitles, the gist is pretty easy to grasp and the comedy is certainly not lost.


Shelter

EDM duo Madeon and Porter Robinson lend their talent to this short about a girl who lives in her very own world. Heartbreaking and beautiful, this musical journey is worth taking.


A Grandma's Goldfish

A dreamlike and ethereal story that features the long friendship between a grandma and her goldfish.


Little Heart

Two dolls in love find a way to be together. A lovely and sweet little romance that will have you cheering for them the whole time. 


Control Bear

A teddy bear brings some wonder into a little girl's day. Another Ghibli animator - you can be assured that there is a cuteness overload.


Garuda

A masked fighter attempts to free himself from his society. This short proves that a deep and meaningful story can be told without words.


Playground

Two school boys bond over their imaginative creations. The animation is enough to check this short out, but their adorable friendship really brings it home.



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:50:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-shorts-on-youtube/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Ways Supernatural Is Really Just American Yaoi]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-supernatural-is-american-yaoi/laura-allan?source=rss

Supernatural has been around for over 13 seasons as one of the best supernatural drama TV shows, and its fan base has only gotten stronger during that time. It may be packed with action and horror elements, but it's hard to deny that there are some homoerotic themes. There's intimacy, awkward sexual moments, and even if the show doesn't pair the males romantically, its fans certainly do! All these gay moments in Supernatural, whether they're implied or just expanded on by the fans, make the show an American live-action yaoi, or "Boys Love" (BL). Sure, there's no gay sex, but there are so many other yaoi elements present. 

Now, before you start shaking your head and denying it, just take a look at all the reasons why Supernatural is like yaoi. They use similar character tropes, similar plot themes, and the fan service is off the charts! The character interactions are deeply intimate and they're all crazy pretty to look at. There's even a Supernatural anime. Read on to discover yaoi patterns in the show, and vote up the best reasons for why Supernatural is really an American Boys Love live-action series. 


Ways Supernatural Is Really Just American Yaoi,

It Could Be Defined As A Shounen Ai

While the term "shounen ai" has come to be synonymous with yaoi to many Western fans of the genre, it's actually more of a "softcore" subcategory of yaoi. Instead of focusing on the actual sex, shounen ai looks at the romantic interaction between the main male characters. It focuses on how the characters work with each other in the daily life, as well as their intimate moments. There is actually rarely any sex shown, with the rating verging more on PG-13.

This is similar in many ways to Supernatural. The show focuses on the relationship that Sam and Dean share with each other. While it isn't exactly romantic, it is intimate, and neatly fits into the shounen ai type of theme. 


They're All So Absurdly Good Looking

In most (but not all) yaoi, one thing that tends to stand out is how absolutely gorgeous the male characters are. Sometimes, there's not a single bad looking guy in the entire show or book! That's pretty much the case here as well.

Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean, modeled and acted in soap operas before he came on the show. Sam, on the other hand, has long flowing hair which always seems immaculate. Both boys are lean, tall, well built, and athletic, and even when they're injured, they both still have smoldering good looks. Later additions to the show, such as Cas, did nothing to detract from all the eye candy. That means Supernatural is mostly built around some seriously attractive characters, just like a yaoi.


There's Definitely A Seme And Uke

Probably the most common trope when it comes to yaoi is that of the seme and the uke. These characters, when in a relationship together, are best described as an aggressive, domineering one, and a more submissive, temperamental one. Oftentimes, this also equates to top and bottom, though that's not always the case.

Looking at Supernatural's main duo, one could definitely be the seme and one the uke. Sam tends to have a softer heart, is a little more angsty, and tends to be the one who doubts himself and their mission the most. When in fighting situations, he tends not to be the stronger of the two, though he generally can use his brains to outwit any baddies. Dean, on the other hand, is about as aggressive a guy as you can get. He's louder, gruffer, more direct with what he wants to say and do, and he tends to be the one leading the charge and focusing on getting things done.

While the two do exchange these mantles depending on the season and foe, it seems pretty apparent that Sam is the uke, and Dean is the seme. 


Crowley Is Definitely A Kichiku

In yaoi, there's a specific trope of a guy called a kichiku, also known as a bastard boyfriend. This character delights in playing games that mess with his significant other and torture or harm the person. At times, the kichiku may feel conflicted about being evil, but for many characters, the kichiku doesn't even question his actions.

This fits Crowley to a T in Supernatural. He takes joy in messing with and hurting the boys, despite his obvious connection and even bromance with Dean. He sometimes does feel conflicted, and is capable of being selfless when it's absolutely necessary, but for the most part, as he puts it: "You're good, but I'm Crowly." 


The Emotional Angst And Crying

Boys in yaoi are not afraid to cry. Interestingly enough, neither are the boys in Supernatural. In yaoi, one theme tends to be the angst and crying, also known as "wangst," where a character laments their own shortcomings and problems. Then the male characters will find solace and comfort from another male character, and their romance will continue. In Supernatural, the boys cry and feel sorry for themselves a lot. They get angry at the world, they get angry at each other, but mostly they get angry at themselves. One of the draws of this show, as well as in yaoi, is that the guys are so intensely emotional and openly so, that the viewers both relate to them and pity their plight. 


The Boys Suffer Beautifully

One major theme in yaoi is emotional and physical suffering. Men in peril, tragic heroes, and even abused men are themes for many yaoi books and anime. When characters have a bad end, it's usually due to a cruel and unforgiving world that punished them just for being who they are.

This is also the case with Supernatural. The main characters are beaten, abused, emotionally manipulated, played against each other, and literally tortured more than once. One of the main themes in the show is tragedy and sacrifice. This caters to the same sorts of fans who enjoy the "suffering male" aesthetic found in yaoi. 


There Are Deep Themes Of Violation

Unfortunately, one theme you can find in yaoi is that of violation, sexual violence, and rape. Fortunately for Supernatural, there are not many themes of rape. However, there are plenty of examples where violation is a major plot element. Both boys have their minds infiltrated against their will more than once. Both boys are held captive and psychologically tormented in very distressing and intimate ways. There are even a few moments where they are held captive, naked and unable to escape as they are tormented by a third party.

The lasting effects of these violations can be felt later on, as in the case of Dean finally getting out of Hell, but being so shaken by the experience that he's not himself anymore. There are also occasional instances of sexual assault that have upset some fans, though these specific violations are rare.


Male Intimacy Isn't A Taboo

One major theme in yaoi is that prejudice for male on male love is mostly unheard of. Boys are allowed to hug, kiss, and be intimate to each other without much fear of persecution or judgment. Sam and Dean may not be sexually intimate, but their intimacy is apparent in every episode. They hug, embrace, weep for each other, tend each others wounds, and speak to each other openly about their feelings, fears, and regrets. This kind of intimacy isn't generally welcomed in many real life scenarios in the Western world. However, the Winchesters are rarely, if ever, criticized or persecuted for their feelings or for expressing those feelings to each other. Even their intimacy with Bobby and Castiel is accepted as being normal in the Supernatural world. 


Female Characters Don't Tend To Stick Around Too Long

While there are a ton of female characters in Supernatural, most of them don't appear in episode after episode. Charlie, Felicia Day's character, has a recurring part, but she eventually dies. Sheriff Jodie is around at least once a season, with a bigger part in Season 13. Yet none of the women are around as much as Bobby or Cas. In other words, females in this show are only minor characters.

This is the same with yaoi. Female characters rarely make up more than minor supporting roles and they are often killed off as part of a plot twist. Sometimes, women are just there to demonstrate normality in contrast to the love between the male characters. Of course, Rowena is a wonderful and dastardly exception to this rule, but this also fits with a trope in yaoi where a straight female character sometimes plays the part of a villain.


There's So Much Shipping Fanart

When it comes to yaoi, one thing you'll find everywhere is fan art. Fanfictions, fan videos, fan drawings - just so much romantic and sexual media created entirely by the fans. As you might guess, Supernatural has a lot of content made by fans as well, but unlike many other shows, a huge portion of the fan content depicts gay pairings. You've got Sam and Dean, Sam and Castiel, Dean and Crowley, etc. The list goes on and on, even if the ships aren't necessarily implied during the show. Slashfiction from Supernatural is so popular that websites have specific sections for it, and innocent as well as lewd art of the characters can be found with a simple Google search. 



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Fri, 26 May 2017 07:20:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-supernatural-is-american-yaoi/laura-allan
<![CDATA[9 Fan-Made Pokemon Games That Are Actually Really Good]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fan-made-pokemon-games/robert-carnevale?source=rss

You've probably played your fair share of Pokémon games. Heck, maybe you've played 'em all. But if you think the official games constitute a complete collection of the Pokémon experience, you're sadly mistaken. Lurking in the pocket monster fandom's deepest trenches is a treasure trove full of mystery and, more importantly, fan games. Specifically, ROM hacks. Lots of ROM hacks.

While some Pokémon fan games are horrifying and others are brilliant, all of them are completely unforgettable. Read on to find out about some games that take inspiration from one of the best franchises ever developed. 


9 Fan-Made Pokemon Games That Are Actually Really Good,

Pokémon Fusion Generation

Curious as to what the lovechild of Charizard and Squirtle might look like? No? Well, this game still exists to satisfy someone else's curiosity about the subject. The premise is simple: imagine fighting the fusion of your favorite Pokémon with hybrid monsters of your own. Cool, right? Well, the good news is the game executes its core concept successfully, delivering on the promise of jovial, good-natured Pokémon DNA experimentation... until it's revealed at the end of the story that there's a basement full of failed fusion Pokémon begging to be put out of their misery.


Pokémon Snakewood

In the darkest corners of the Pokéverse, rumors existed of a fan-made ROM derived from both Pokémon Blue and Red. Its name was Pokémon Black, and it enabled the player to slaughter trainers with their very own homicidal Pokémon. Though its existence has never been proven, Pokémon Snakewood was created to substitute for the legend, featuring an apocalypse-riddled narrative, a unique disease-type line of Pokémon, and the ability to fight trainers to the death. In addition, Snakewood actually has a pretty solid sense of dark humor about the whole situation. 


Pokémon Quartz

At first, you might wonder what makes Quartz so special - after all, the sprites aren't great and the translations leave a lot to be desired. But for all the superficial shortcomings present in Quartz, one thing sets it apart from the rest of the fan-made ROMs: every single Pokémon in the game is an original character. Not one Pikachu or Bulbasaur is to be found here - just OCs all the way to the finish line. It's an impressive love letter to a series that can inspire this level of creativity in its fandom. 


Pokémon Ash Gray

For people who loved the original Pokémon animated series, this fan-made ROM is perfect. Ash Gray allows you to play through the entire first season of the show's story. You can relive all your favorite moments firsthand as Ash Ketchum. From Ash's encounter with the Squirtle Squad to his resurrection by Pikachu's tears (from the first animated movie), all your favorite plot beats are included. 


Pokémon Prism

Pokémon Prism is an ambitious ROM hack of Pokémon Gold for the Game Boy Color, a rarity given the ROM hacking scene's primarily Game Boy Advance-centric focus. Prism amasses Pokémon from eras stretching up to the Nintendo DS iterations of the franchise, meaning monsters old and new get the Pokémon Gold treatment whether they existed at the time or not. 


Pokémon Advanced Adventure

Knowing the official developers would never produce the Hunger Games-themed Pokémon title he so craved, ROM hack author dbzmay took it upon himself to infuse a dark narrative into Pokémon Leaf Green and turn an otherwise child-friendly game into a dystopian quest for righteousness. Playing as an impoverished protagonist who comes from a poor family, you must survive childhood by eating dirt for nutrients before growing up to take on Gary, the oppressive and bloodthirsty tyrant who rules the world. 


Pocket Monsters - Crystal Version

A ROM hack that, to this very day, can still be thoroughly enjoyed for its memes, Pocket Monsters - Crystal Version is a bootleg Vietnamese version of Pokémon Crystal. Sold in the back alleys of Hanoi's market district, a lucky tourist might stumble across it and bear witness to one of the most poorly translated games of all time, featuring English so broken that the game's dialogue interactions are legitimately unplayable. And yet, the real Pokémon Crystal never made anyone laugh as hard as its bootleg brother, so Pocket Monsters remains a worthy hack in its own right.


Meomon Fire Red

Ever wanted to play Pokémon Fire Red without the, err, Pokémon? And if so, did you think about swapping out all the monsters with scantily clad, exotically outfitted pixel women? If so, then this is the (one and only) ROM hack for you. It's got all the 8-bit Dead or Alive-meets-Pokémon action anyone in their right mind could handle. Probably more.


Pokémon Adventure

Pokémon Adventure is a doozy, by virtue of the fact that its source material is not a Pokémon game. No, it's a ROM hack of another ROM hack titled Sonic Adventure 7, which pretty tidily explains why Pikachu runs and spin-dashes through bootleg 2D platforming levels just like Sonic the Hedgehog in this one-of-a-kind experience. 



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:31:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fan-made-pokemon-games/robert-carnevale
<![CDATA[The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-one-season/tamara-jude?source=rss

Some of the best anime can turn sour for refusing to end quietly. Thus, some studios have opted to release only one season to curb any temptation to potentially ruin a great series. After all, even the best shows can become afflicted with weak storylines and useless filler when it has to air for numerous seasons. It's always terrible when your favorite show becomes an anime that went for way too long.

These days, fans are bombarded with shows with tons of episodes, so finding the best anime with one season is a treat. Not only is being able to effectively complete an arc (or multiple arcs) within a shortened timeframe great, but being able to present a solid ending is also amazing. Compiled here is a list of anime that tell their unique story in only a single batch of episodes. Vote up the most satisfying anime that has just one season. 


The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season,

Elfen Lied

Death Note

Samurai Champloo

Trigun

Cowboy Bebop

Outlaw Star

Deadman Wonderland

Highschool of the Dead

Angel Beats!

Ouran High School Host Club


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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:45:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-one-season/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[The 18 Most Profoundly Unsettling Antagonists In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unsettling-anime-antagonists/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There's more to being an anime villain than just doing bad things. The most truly disturbing anime villains are the ones that just creep you out. These unsettling antagonists in anime can be freaky for myriad reasons. Sometimes, that creepy villain panache involves vomiting up snakes, which vomit up clones of yourself, which vomit up more snakes, which vomit up swords, like Orochimaru from Naruto

Sometimes it involves becoming so obsessed with how another person smells, you kidnap him and try to eat his flesh in a gladiator arena, like Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul. Sometimes, it just involves being a teenager who makes other teenager's bike racing experiences less fun. That might sound petty, but if you're a truly weird anime villain, like Akira Midousuji from Yowamushi Pedal, you can be every bit as unsettling as any fictive mass murderer. Check out these chilling villains in anime, and try not to shudder too hard.


The 18 Most Profoundly Unsettling Antagonists In Anime,

Hisoka

Hisoka Morow of Hunter x Hunter is a totally amoral clown man, who is so unsettling he makes the clown from Stephen King's It seem cute and cuddly. Hisoka finds murder supremely entertaining, but only if his opponent is worth his time.

This means he'll viciously slaughter strong opponents, but it also means he'll hang around kids like Gon and Killua, occasionally helping them out because he thinks they might be fun to kill one day. Hisoka's not really intimidating as long as you don't get in his way, but there's no way to spend time with this guy and not get seriously skeeved out.


Orochimaru

Naruto is full of creepy villains, but Orochimaru, one of the first to be introduced, is one of the few whose ick factor doesn't decrease when you learn his tragic back story. When he first shows up, he's trying to convince 12-year-old Sasuke Uchiha to let him live inside his body. Why? Because he wants to be immortal, which means he has to keep shedding old, sick bodies and inserting his soul into younger, healthier ones. Apparently, he wears them out fast. The dude is only in his 50s, but Sasuke is far from his first host. The way he talks about wanting Sasuke's body is so transparently sexual, you expect ‎Chris Hansen to burst in any second.

When he isn't perving on a 12-year-old boy, he's conducting experiments on other children, ranging from killing 60 of them at once so he can give one of them magic wood powers (really), to locking a bunch of mutant teenagers in a dungeon and brainwashing them into doing his bidding. Oh, and his fighting style involves stretching his tongue and neck to nauseating lengths, and vomiting up snakes. They contain either swords, his own body (somehow), or other snakes. When he does the whole body swap thing, it involves slithering around on the ground in what looks like a pile of gum. Despite all this, he's actually fairly innocuous as far as villains go. The more serious villains, like the members of Akatsuki, consider him an annoyance at best. The rest of us consider him inestimably unsettling. 


Caster

Caster is the servant of a serial killer named Ryuunosuke Uryuu in Fate/Zero. Not only is he absolutely inclined to do his master's horrifying bidding, he also has truly unsettling motives of his own. In his previous life, he was devoted to Joan of Arc, a character based on the actual historical figure. When she was executed as a heretic, Caster gave up on trying to be a decent person.

He quickly went from small sins like squandering his money, to catastrophic sins like raping and murdering hundreds of little boys. As the servant of a serial killer, Caster delights in giving his victims glimpses of hope they might be saved, before murdering them in the most brutal ways imaginable. With such a harrowing resume, you'd think the dude would be more intimidating than creepy, but his character design, particularly his enormous, rolling eyes, put him over the edge and make your skin crawl.


Nobuyuki Sugou From Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online's Nobuyuki Sugou is, to put it bluntly, a disgusting pervert. Engaged to the teenaged Asuna (he, of course, is a full-grown man), he's seen doing things like sniffing her hair while she's unconscious in a hospital bed, or licking the tears off her face after chaining her up against her will. She's in a hospital bed because he hacked into Sword Art Online servers in order to practice mind control techniques, naturally, and he ensured 300 test players, including Asuna, wouldn't be re-enter the real world after playing the game. So, dude put his fiance in a coma. 

Kirito is so disgusted by how Sugou treats Asuna, whom he supposedly loves, he comes close to killing Sugou in the real world, but ends up leaving it to law enforcement. Considering how freakin' creepy Sugou is, you can hardly blame the kid for being tempted. 


Betelgeuse From Re:Zero

Subaru Natsuki is a normal boy who has been transported to the magical world of Re:Zero. He discovers that death results in a reset, unless he finds a way to keep a certain girl alive. It is very clear that Subaru does not want to experience dying any more than he has to, as it is painful and terrifying for him. 

The main antagonist of Season 1 is Betelgeuse, a cult leader with a jarringly flexible body. He has a very disturbing flair for the dramatic, and mercilessly spills blood without warning. Betelgeuse will send chills down your spine because he genuinely seems insane. He shows no remorse as he tortures a poor girl named Rem, constantly staring and smiling in his creepy way. 


Kyubey From Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a masterpiece created by Gen Urobuchi that deconstructs the magical girl genre of anime. It follows the story of middle school girls who are offered magical powers to help fulfill their "wishes." Kyubey, a cat-like creature, bestows powers upon the children once they enter into a contract. 

Kyubey is one of the most unsettling villains in anime because he preys on the lives and souls of little girls. He does not understand human emotions of compassion or empathy, and as a result, is very cold and unforgiving. Even if he is killed, he can create a new body and consume the old one. 


Mad Pierrot From Cowboy Bebop

As you can probably tell by the fact he has the word "mad" in his name, Mad Pierrot from Cowboy Bebop isn't exactly the most mentally stable of individuals. Before he suffered through a series of painful experiments that gave him incredible powers, ranging from flight to super speed, he was called Tongpu. After that, he took on the name Mad Pierrot, killed everyone in the hospital where was being held, and dedicates his life to killing everyone responsible for the experiment. Oh, and also everyone who so much as catches a glimpse of him. 

That's how Spike Spiegel, the protagonist of Cowboy Bebop, ends up as a target. So, not only is Mad Pierrot creepy because he's essentially a murder-clown, he's also creepy because he perpetuates stereotypes about mentally ill people being unstoppable violent menaces. That's meta-level disturbing. 


Gaku Yashiro From Erased

Satoru Fujinuma is 28 when he suddenly finds himself in his 10-year-old body, transported 18 years into the past in Erased. He realizes that he has the opportunity to stop the murder of his classmate, Kayo Hinazuki, and uncover the identity of the serial killer who tormented his hometown. 

Gaku Yashiro is Satoru's teacher, and seems to be a father-like figure in his life. However, it is later revealed that Yashiro is actually the person behind the kidnappings and murders of thirty cases. Yashiro confesses that his brother forced him to rape young girls, until they accidentally killed one. Since then, he had an insatiable desire to explore death and proceeded to experiment on killing little girls to understand his obsession. 


Shuu Tsukiyama From Tokyo Ghoul

Considering the fact Tokyo Ghoul is a show about monsters who eat human flesh, standing out as the chief creepazoid is no easy task. Tsukiyama doesn't just eat human flesh to survive, he revels in it. He appreciates different flavors, the way a sommelier appreciates a fine wine.

This almost sounds reasonable if you accept the premise he actually has to eat this stuff or he'll die. Since that's the case, why shouldn't he have a little fun with it? Reasonable... until you realize he hosts a spectacle in a gladiatorial stadium, with his victim being murdered in front of thousands of adoring fans. By the time you see him moaning into a handkerchief soaked in half-ghoul, half-human Ken Kaneki's blood, "reasonable" is completely out the window.


Shou Tucker From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

If you've heard of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you probably know what's coming (certainly, there has been no shortage of memes on the topic). Shou Tucker is a state alchemist, who won his position by creating chimeras that can talk. Or, pretending to, anyway. Actually, he created them using alchemy to fuse his wife and his daughter with dogs, permanently destroying every being involved. 

So, why is he more unsettling than, say Solf J Kimblee, who dresses like a slave owner? Because Solf J Kimblee knows he's evil — he just doesn't care. Meanwhile, Shou Tucker actually thinks what he did to his wife, his dog, and his daughter, was morally justified. Few things are more frightening than evil that doesn't recognize itself. 



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Fri, 26 May 2017 06:55:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/unsettling-anime-antagonists/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Split Personality Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-split-personalities/tamara-jude?source=rss

Given that many anime tackle adult subject matter, it makes sense many series explore mental illness through anime characters with split personalities. Anime characters with DID, or dissociative identity disorder, sport two independent personalities; often this internal turmoil serves as a primary plot line for an anime series. Characters in anime with multiple personalities may all sport clashing personas, but each one gains them in a different way. In order to deal with post-traumatic stress or anxiety, some characters construct a new side of themselves to cope. More fantasy or sci-fi oriented series rely on a a character's "possession" by another spirit or entity, who entwines its own personality with another's.

As is the case with many mentally ill characters, not every single anime character with multiple personalities properly depicts the real struggles of mental illness. Below you'll find different anime characters who deal with split personalities in each episode. Ranging between comedic roles and psychological ones, DID anime characters highlight another way anime explores human nature. It doesn't always get it right, but like split personalities, there's always more than one side to consider.


Split Personality Anime Characters,

Hatsuharu Sohma

Fruits Basket


Akito Wanijima

Air Gear


Moka Akashiya

Rosario + Vampire


Zetsu

Naruto


Shiro

Deadman Wonderland


Launch (bad)

Dragon Ball


Seijuro Akashi

Kuroko no Basket 


Cavendish

One Piece


Hansel & Gretel

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage


Touko Fukawa/Genocider Syo

Danganronpa: The Animation



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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:59:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-split-personalities/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[Pokemon GO Is Upgrading Its Gym Features And Adding Raid Battles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-summer-updates/chwang?source=rss

It's been a year since Pokémon GO hit the market, and to celebrate its anniversary, a major update was rolled out earlier this past June. Two features were the central focus: Gyms and Raid Battles. Gyms received a motivation system feature and required all Pokémon to be unique (meaning no more Dragonite stacking). In addition, tickets also went on sale on June 19 for the very first inaugural Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. 

Pokémon GO took the world by storm last summer, leading to a frenzy of both kids and adults walking around with their phones held out in hopes of finding anything other than a Ratata or a Pidgey. The augmented reality game received lots of praise for innovative ideas and for getting people to become physically active, but was criticized for poor connectivity and server issues. With over 650 million downloads, Pokémon GO continues to strive toward improvements in gameplay and technical support. 


Pokemon GO Is Upgrading Its Gym Features And Adding Raid Battles,

Gyms Have A Motivation System And Give Out Badges And Items

The biggest change to the Gyms in Pokémon GO is the motivation system. When a defending Pokémon is defeated, they will lose a bit of motivation, which also leads to diminished CP (temporary, not permanent). This means that Pokémon will be easier to beat in the next battle. A Pokémon will return to its trainer when it runs out of motivation, and motivation can be restored with Berries. 

In addition, there are new rules for Pokémon in Gyms: all six Pokémon have to be unique, meaning no duplicates, and challengers now fight the Pokémon in a Gym in the order they were slotted. Gyms also give out Badges when you spin their disks, which can be leveled up for more rewards. Badges start off as Basic, and can be leveled to Bronze, Silver, and Gold through various actions (defending a gym, feeding Pokémon berries, etc.). 


The First-Ever Pokémon GO Fest Is July 22, 2017, In Chicago

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the hot mobile game, the Pokémon GO team is holding the Pokémon GO Fest on July 22 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets went on sale at 10 am PDT on June 19th and immediately sold out within minutes (you can see details here). 

The festival will have cool, themed lounges for each of the three teams, special PokéStops, unique 2km eggs that can only be acquired in Grant Park, cooperative challenges for all trainers with exclusive rewards, high Pokémon encounter rates within the park, and more. 


An Anniversary Surprise: Pikachu With Ash's Hat

From July 6th to July 24th, you may spot a special anniversary surprise as you walk around with your phone: Pikachu with Ash Ketchum's hat! What's more, the cuteness overload doesn't stop there. Players have a chance at hatching a Pichu that may or may not have Ash's hat from an Egg as well. 


Team Up With Up To Twenty Trainers In Co-Op Raid Battles

Raid Battles are now available at Gyms! To enter a raid, you'll need a Raid Ticket. You can only hold one ticket at a time and can get a ticket for free each day by visiting a Gym. In Raid Battles, you work together with up to 20 other Trainers, regardless of team, to take on powerful Pokémon with high CP. Not only do you have the opportunity to get unique items for fighting in raids, but you also have the chance to catch the boss Pokémon if you beat it within the time limit of five minutes. 



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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:43:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-summer-updates/chwang
<![CDATA[Teachers From Anime Who Would Probably Get Fired In Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-anime-teachers/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Kind of like how you'll find a lot of terrible parents in anime, you'll also find some terrible anime teachers. Teachers are very important because not only are they educating the future generations of tomorrow, but they're also responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the child for approximately eight hours. If you take a closer look at certain anime, you'll realize that a lot of these fictional teachers would get fired in real life. The worst teachers in anime show up in all kinds of different series, from Erased to Card Captor Sakura. 

Whether these awful teachers are murdering their students, hooking up with their charges, or just being super cavalier about getting their jobs done, a lot of these anime teachers should totally get fired. The abundance of lousy educators really makes you wonder - who is hiring these people in the first place, and why haven't they lost their jobs? Take a look at the list of anime teachers below and vote up the ones who definitely need to be kicked out. 


Teachers From Anime Who Would Probably Get Fired In Real Life,

Katsuya Honda From Fruits Basket

Katsuya Honda is the father of Fruits Basket's protagonist, Tohru Honda. While fans don't actually see Katsuya's teaching in action, it is known that when he first met Tohru's mother, Kyoko, he was a substitute teacher at her middle school. "Her middle school" meaning the middle school she attended as a student. So, the dude hooked up with his very, very young student, and later had a child with her.

Because he never wanted to be a teacher in the first place and only pursued the job at his parent's insistence, he's able to trash his fledgling career as soon as he commits this major breach of ethics. Katsuya's family disapproves of his relationship with Kyoko, but it's mostly because she's a rebellious gang girl who doesn't come from a proper family. What's disturbing is that Katsuya's parents don't care about the fact that he is taking advantage of a child. 


Yoshiyuki Terada From Card Captor Sakura

Card Captor Sakura is a beloved anime, though it unfortunately features one of the world's creepiest teachers. Yoshiyuki Terada, an elementary school teacher in his mid-30s, proposes to one of his students, Rika Sasaki, when she is in 4th grade. While the relationship is depicted through blushes and sighs, and never gets particularly explicit, a grown man who is capable of developing romantic feelings for a pre-pubescent girl has no business educating children. 


Mizuki From Naruto

Mizuki is the first antagonist to appear in NarutoHe's also a terrible teacher. Not only does he trick Naruto, one of his students, into stealing a scroll for him, but he also tries to kill him afterward. An attempt on your student's life is definitely enough to get you fired, but Mizuki should have been fired long before the events of the opening arc. 

This deplorable man became a teacher to seriously torment his childhood friend, Iruka. He wants to surreptitiously make Iruka as miserable as possible. Why? Because when they were kids, Iruka got extra attention after his parents were killed, and Mizuki was so jealous that he dedicated his life to ruining Iruka's. If your main goal as a teacher is to take revenge on another teacher, you really need to be fired. 


Gaku Yashiro From Erased

Gaku Yashiro of Erased is probably one of the worst teachers in anime history. No, he didn't assign too much homework or give the protagonist a failing grade that he didn't quite deserve. What he did was much worse: he systematically kidnapped and murdered his students. This is one teacher you don't want to leave your kids with. 


Koichi Shido From High School Of The Dead

Koichi Shido is a teacher in High School of the Dead. As you may have guessed by the name, this school is overrun by zombies. Given the chaos that this kind of problem invariably causes, he's probably not getting fired any time soon, but in the real world, he would be. Why? Because he's a self-absorbed piece of sh*t who only cares about himself.

No reasonable person expects teachers to sacrifice their lives for their students, but for a teacher to use their students as a human shield during zombie attacks? Despicable. Shido also brainwashes his students into killing each other and having orgies so that they can produce babies to repopulate an earth ruled by him. And you thought your high school teacher was bad. 


Akane Minagawa From Scum's Wish

Akane Minagawa from Scum's Wish is a music teacher who has no concept of professional boundaries. She deliberately flirts with a fellow teacher because she knows that one of her students, Hanabi, has been in love with him since childhood. Intentionally mocking your students is totally unprofessional, but it gets worse. Akane has sex with one of her underaged students, Mugi, because she knows he's had a crush on her for years. Talk about an abuse of power and inappropriate behavior. 


Mr. Iwamoto From Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho actually has two teacher characters who are terrible, but because one of them actually does get fired, let's focus on the one who should have been kicked out as well: Mr. Iwamoto. Mr. Iwamoto hates the protagonist, Yusuke Urameshi, so much that he's actively trying to get him expelled. Secretly hoping to get a problem student out of your hair is one thing, but actively taking steps to make it happen is quite another.

This dude tries to frame Yusuke for stealing a pen, convinces another teacher to change Kuwabara's answers on a test so that he can punish him for poor grades, and is genuinely happy when Yusuke dies. Some fans have speculated that he might actually be a demon, which could explain his truly irrational hatred of a poorly behaved teenager and why he isn't fired. 


Ritsu Minami From Loveless

Loveless' Ritsu Minami adopted one of his students, Agatsuma Soubi. This is already a little sketchy. While many teachers who do this do so with the best of intentions, the teacher role and the parent role are inherently different. It can be hard to figure out where the boundaries lie. However, Minami does not give a damn about boundaries. He verbally, physically, and sexually abuses Soubi, all while continuing to teach him, and then abandons him at age 17. Not only should this guy be fired, he should be in prison. 


Nozomu Itoshiki From Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei

The entire premise of Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei is that the smallest inconvenience can send the teacher, Nozomu Itoshiki, into fits of suicidal despair. While teachers can absolutely be effective while managing mental health issues, Itoshiki is not. Instead of seeking out therapy or finding other ways to reduce his stress so he can do his job, he repeatedly tries to commit suicide in front of his students, and actually tries to persuade them that they should kill themselves too. While most of this is played for laughs, it's still pretty disturbing and definitely the kind of thing that would get a teacher fired. 


Gakuhō Asano From Assassination Classroom

If you haven't seen Assassination Classroom, you might think that the bad teacher was the giant yellow tentacle monster who claims that he's going to destroy the earth unless a group of middle schoolers can stop him. You would be wrong. Koro-sensei, the aforementioned tentacle monster, is actually an exceptionally good teacher.

However, the same cannot be said about Gakuhō Asano, former teacher and current principal of Kunugigaoka Middle School. Principal Asano's system of running his school is terrible. He created a ranking system where the lowest scoring students, called Class 3-E, are treated significantly worse than the rest of the school. Not only do they have to live in a subpar building far away from the main campus, but the better scoring students are encouraged to bully them.

Principal Asano really doesn't want these kids to bring their grades up, either. He goes as far as personally teaching most of the school college level coursework and excluding Class 3-E from the lessons, but still testing them on the material. He maintains this system because he believes that having someone to look down on and discriminate against will encourage the rest of his students to do well. So, not only is he training most of his students to be bigoted jerkbags, he's actively stifling Class 3-E's ability to learn - the opposite of his job's purpose as an educator. 



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Fri, 26 May 2017 06:39:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-anime-teachers/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Best Anime With Tournaments]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-tournaments/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

For those of you bored by standard sporting events, the coolest tournaments in anime provide the entertainment you seek. Featuring everything from martial arts battles to bake-offs, the best anime with tournaments cover a huge range of competitions for every interest. Rather than focus solely on the match itself, anime tournament series offer a cinematic look at all facets of sport and rivalry, highlighting a contender's feelings as much as their actions on the playing field. The best anime featuring tournaments present competition as epic storylines, heroes struggling past rivals, obstacles, and self-esteem issues for the eventual goal of glory. What really makes these series stand out is their celebration of unity, as the team building aspect of a competition really shows how far character relationships have come, such as the “power of friendship."

Some of the coolest anime tournaments ever are arcs within a larger story line, like the grand magic games in Fairy Tail. Other series boast entire plots revolving around a tournament, like Shaman King. Whether it's a sporting event or a food war or a battle between sci-fi beasts, an anime tournament always feels like the right place and time for popcorn.


The Best Anime With Tournaments,

Dragon Ball Z

Seven Deadly Sins

Yu Yu Hakusho

Fate/stay night

Fairy Tail

Naruto

Hunter X Hunter

The Irregular at Magic High School

Pokemon XY

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma


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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:42:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-tournaments/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[The Greatest Catgirls In All Of Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-catgirls-in-anime/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Me-ow! While catgirl anime sounds like the industry catering to the Internet's feline affinity, the nekomimi trope existed before even dial-up connections came to be. The term 'nekomimi' literally means 'cat ears' in Japanese, but these girls often sport much more than just the ears of cats. While nekomimi in anime often rock ears and tails, some also possess abilities like transformation, cat-like wit, and the confidence that comes with nine-lives. A common humanoid hybrid in anime, catgirls can be crafted into cute and bubbly characters or stealthy tricksters based on the series.

Whether based off of folklore like the nekomata and the bakeneko or just thrown in for totally cute subject matter, catgirls in anime add charming personality, supernatural delight, and sometimes even a little fan service. The best catgirls in anime appear below for you to 'Aww' and fawn over. After all, you're on the Internet, and isn't one of the Web's primary functions cat content?


The Greatest Catgirls In All Of Anime,

Felicia

Ichigo Momomiya

Shizuka Nekonome, 'Rosario + Vampire'

Blair, 'Soul Eater'

Melwin, 'Cat Planet Cuties'

Kuune, 'Cat Planet Cuties'

Ibaraki-Douji, 'Onigiri'

Alicia Rue, 'Sword Art Online'

Merle, 'Visions Of Escaflowne'

Eris, 'Cat Planet Cuties'


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Fri, 26 May 2017 06:26:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-catgirls-in-anime/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[These Underrated Anime Opening Themes Have Never Gotten Enough Credit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-underrated-anime-intro-songs/christine-rivas?source=rss

Every anime has at least one opening theme, but there are some intro songs that are just epic. Some of the best anime openings are from series like Cowboy Bebop, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Attack on Titan. However, there are some anime OPs that are special in their own way and deserve much more attention. Some intros stay obscure because the anime itself is underrated. Regardless, all of these songs are catchy and guaranteed to make you want to listen to them over and over again. 

Compiled here are some amazing anime openings that never got their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Whether it be brilliance in sound, instrumentation, or lyrics, these songs should be given a second chance because they've been sold short. Vote up the OP theme songs that are undervalued. 


These Underrated Anime Opening Themes Have Never Gotten Enough Credit,

Grimgar Of Fantasy And Ash - "Knew Day" By [K]NoW_NAME

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is an anime in the same vein as Sword Art Online, but a lot more realistic. The opening song uses instruments that are pretty uncommon for an anime opening theme, which is pretty refreshing. It's a good example of the qualities that make fans want to live in the world of Grimgar.


Baka And Test - "Perfect-Area Complete!" By Natsuko Aso

Baka and Test is kind of polarizing for a lot of anime fans because it can be pretty brainless at times. The show relies a lot on gag humor, dirty jokes, and the infamous anime nosebleed, so if that's not your thing, this anime isn't for you. However, the OP song is lighthearted, fun, and will definitely be stuck in your head after listening to it a few times.


Smile Bomb! - Yu Yu Hakusho

Aldnoah ZERO - "Heavenly Blue" By Kalafina

Aldnoah ZERO is an anime where the villains have the cool mechs, not the heroes. That leaves protagonist Inaho to rely on his intellect to defeat enemies. This opening is sung by Kalafina, the artist who's contributed to the soundtracks of anime like Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero. The soundtrack itself was made by Hiroyuki Sawano of Attack on Titan fame. The song is quite solid, but doesn't get the hype it deserves. 


Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - "Rage On" By OLDCODEX

Free! is by no means an unpopular or unknown anime. However, this song is interesting because it's sung by OLDCODEX, a band whose frontman is the seiyuu for main character Makoto Tachibana. He also sings the opening song for Free! Eternal Summer, the second and final season of the show. All five main actors for the Japanese subtitled version of the show sing the closing themes for both seasons under the band name STYLE FIVE. 


The Future Diary - "Kuusou Mesorogii" By Yousei Teikoku

The Future Diary is an incredible anime that keeps you guessing every second you watch it. The opening theme is no exception to that rule. The song is incredibly catchy and far superior to the second opening. Once you watch the first half of the series, everything about the opening falls into place. The opening basically lays out the story for you, but in a vague enough way that the twists are still a surprise. 


Hyouka - "Yasashisano Riyuu" By ChouCho

Hyouka is a bildungsroman about a high school boy that wants to be detached from the world. The innocence and harshness of reality that collides in the story is beautifully portrayed in the opening song sang by ChouCho. 


Michiko & Hatchin - "Paraíso" By Soil & "Pimp" Sessions

The opening for Michiko and Hatchin is entirely instrumental, but it has awesome James Bond vibes. The song wouldn't be out of place in an American action film, so it sets the scene perfectly for an anime like this. It's one of the few anime out there to have a person of color as a protagonist, which makes it special for that reason alone. It takes place in a fictional Latin American country, and follows an escaped convict and and an orphan as they chase a dream while getting chased by police. It's a great anime, and even if you're not into action anime, this is worth watching. 


Durarara!! - "Uragiri No Yuuyake" By Theatre Brook

Durarara!! has five different openings that are fantastic, but the very first OP is often overlooked in favor of "Complication" by THE Rookiez is Punk'd. Durarara's openings are unique because they make it a point to help the audience keep track of what's happening. This song by Theatre Brook is just pure fun and sounds like it belongs in Ikkebukoro, and is definitely worth a shot to listen to again. 


The Devil Is A Part Timer: "ZERO!!!" By Minami Kuribayashi

The Devil Is A Part Timer is literally about Satan going to work at a McDonald's-type restaurant while dealing with his demon roommate, a girl who wants to kill him, and his teenage coworker who's in love with him. The opening theme song is sung by popular singer Minami Kuribayashi, who released this song as her 31st single. The song is pure fun and the opening theme shows that even all-powerful angels and demons don't know how to navigate the world as adults. 



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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:25:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-underrated-anime-intro-songs/christine-rivas
<![CDATA[The Best Anime For Girls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-for-girls/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Let's face it, being a girl or woman who is into anime can be difficult. While most shows have female characters, they tend to be dramatically outnumbered by their male counterparts. There's also a huge risk that those female characters will fit into dehumanizing stereotypes, like anime girls with huge boobs, that are more insulting than they are entertaining. This isn't knocking anime specifically - basically every kind of media is like this. 

Luckily, it's not all like this. While there are a lot of fan service anime, there's also some amazing series directed toward a female audience. Some of these shows are great because they have multiple female characters with diverse personalities, or a fantastic female protagonist who is the hero of her own story. Whether you're a girl, an adult woman, or a guy looking to diversify his media choices, take a look at the best anime series for girls and vote up your favorites. 


The Best Anime For Girls,

Ouran High School Host Club

Princess Tutu

Sailor Moon

Cardcaptor Sakura

Fruits Basket

Princess Jellyfish

Your Lie in April

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun

Yona of the Dawn

Yuri!!! On ICE


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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:46:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-for-girls/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime That Actually Teach You About Traditional Japanese Culture]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/traditional-japanese-culture-in-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

While most anime is focused on modern-day Japanese life, or life in fantastical worlds, there's actually a lot of anime with roots in traditional Japanese culture. These shows not only have great stories with compelling characters, but they're also a wonderful way to learn about real, traditional Japanese culture (without having to crack open a textbook).

Do you want to learn about rakugo, a form of Japanese storytelling? Try Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. How about shogi, a form of Japanese chess? Try March Comes in Like a Lion. There's anime about traditional Japanese culture of every kind, so choose the one that best suits you.


Anime That Actually Teach You About Traditional Japanese Culture,

Hikaru no Go

Go, the game at the center of Hikaru no Gois an abstract strategy board game. The goal is to surround more territory than one's opponent. Invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, Go has strong roots in Japanese culture as well, and it is the oldest board game still played today.


Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin is far from the only anime that focuses on samurai, but it's one of the most well-known. Samurai were members of the warrior caste in medieval and early-modern Japan. They generally belonged to clans, and were expected to serve a daimyō, or a feudal lord. They followed Confucian teachings, and their behavior was often used as a model for other castes and classes.


Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book Of Friends is one of many anime that include yokai, a variety of supernatural monsters, spirits, or demons that show up frequently in traditional Japanese folklore. Other shows include xxxHolic, Kekkaishi, and Mushi-Shi


Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru centers around an high school club with an unusual focus, karuta. Karuta is a physically and intellectually challenging card game based on Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a Japanese anthology of 100 poets.


The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family includes just about every form of traditional Japanese culture imaginable, but what makes it unique are the tanuki, animals who, according to Japanese mythology, are capable of shape shifting. This series also includes tengu, Shinto gods with both human and avian characteristics.


Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae is a three-episode series about a Roman architect who makes it his mission to compare Japanese and Roman public bath houses. Once the primary way Japanese citizens got clean, these institutions are now more of a novelty experience, offering experiences that range from water slides and spas to karaoke and restaurant services.


Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth -The Animation

Croisée In A Foreign Labyrinth takes place during the late 1800s, just when the West was becoming interested in Japanese culture. Yune moves from Japan to Paris to work in an ironworks shop. The show uses her arrival as an opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between Japanese and French traditional cultures.


March Comes In Like A Lion

March Comes In Like A Lion is mostly about clinical depression, but it's also about shogi, or Japanese chess. During World War II, this game was nearly banned by SCAP, an occupying government led by the USA, because the game involves taking prisoners, which SCAP believed encouraged prisoner abuse.


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu centers around rakugo, a traditional form of Japanese storytelling where every character is played by a single performer. Kind of like a one-person show, but actually cool. It was invented by 9th and 10th century Buddhist monks, and is still practiced today.


Barakamon

Barakamon follows a young man named Handa Seishuu, as he learns how to balance his calligraphy career with his mental health. Calligraphy is a form of artistic writing, and it has particular importance in Japan. Almost every country with a writing system uses some form of calligraphy.



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:28:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/traditional-japanese-culture-in-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Biggest Roles You Had No Idea Were Voiced By Attack On Titan's Eren Jaeger]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/different-roles-yuki-kaji-voiced/crystal-brackett?source=rss

One of the best action anime of all time, Attack on Titan captivated audiences from all over the world. The brilliant cast of characters in AoT is led by a valiant protagonist named Eren Jaeger. His character has been crafted to have a powerful motive and an equally as demanding voice that commands full attention. With Yuki Kaji voice acting behind the scenes, Eren is given life, sculpted into a truly passionate being with a bold personality to boot. Out of the long list of roles played by Yuki Kaji since his debut in 2004, there are some that have striking similarities to Eren Jaeger, while other characters are the total opposite.

It takes hard work and skill to master the voices of various temperaments. These anime characters voiced by Yuki Kaji all have enrapturing personalities of their own, proving that the voice actor's magnitudes of talent knows no bounds. After taking a look at what he is capable of, it's no wonder how the voice actor has managed to walk away with multiple awards from the prestigious Japanese Seiyu Awards. Check out the list of characters from various anime voiced by Yuki Kaji, and vote up the ones where you thought he excelled!  


The Biggest Roles You Had No Idea Were Voiced By Attack On Titan's Eren Jaeger,

Alibaba Saluja

Konekomaru Miwa

Touka Kirishima

Shion: No. 6

Shoto Todoroki: My Hero Academia

Katsuhira Agata: Kiznaiver

Finnian: Black Butler

Meliodas: The Seven Deadly Sins

Speed-O'-Sound Sonic: One Punch Man

Yukine: Noragami


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Fri, 26 May 2017 07:06:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/different-roles-yuki-kaji-voiced/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[This Artist Is Redesigning The Entire Pokedex, One Pokemon At A Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cosmopoliturtle-redesigning-all-pokemon/chwang?source=rss

Since the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, 802 different kinds of Pokémon have been discovered (not including regional variants or Mega Evolutions). Harris "Cosmopoliturtle" Fagotto is a digital artist based in Oakville, Canada, who is on an epic journey to redesign the entire Pokédex. From the Kanto region to the Alola region, he is re-imagining each Pokémon in a distinct, beautiful artstyle. These are not meant as replacements or knocks against the originals at all but, rather, an artistic interpretation of a franchise that he loves. Take a look at Cosmopoliturtle's Tumblr and his DeviantArt to follow his progress as he redesigns the entire Pokédex. 


This Artist Is Redesigning The Entire Pokedex, One Pokemon At A Time,

Cleffa, Clefairy, Clefable

Cosmopoliturtle brings incredible warmth in his lovely work with Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable. 


Vulpix And Ninetails

Cosmopoliturtle's re-imagination of Vulpix and Ninetails is absolutely beautiful. 


Cubone And Marowak

Cosmopoliturtle brings out a different side in Cubone and Marowak in this stellar redesign. 


Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile

These Grass type starters look powerful and stunning, as illustrated by the skillful Cosmopoliturtle


Onix

Onix has never looked more stunning than in this design by Cosmopoliturtle. Check out his Steelix on his DeviantArt, too. 


Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard

Cosmopoliturtle skillfully captures the evolution of a cute, fire-breathing salamander into a majestic, flying lizard. 


Raikou

Raikou looks absolutely awe-inspiring in this illustration by Cosmopoliturtle. Check out Suicune and Entei for even more craziness.  


Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite

An adorable rendition of Dratini with two powerful evolutions is skillfully illustrated here by Cosmopoliturtle


Growlithe And Arcanine

The flaming canines look majestic and glorious in this awesome piece by Cosmopoliturtle


Magikarp And Gyrados

Cosmopoliturtle brings an inventive design to fruition in this amazing illustration. 



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:37:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cosmopoliturtle-redesigning-all-pokemon/chwang
<![CDATA[This Artist Draws Pokémon In Grotesquely Realistic Style]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/realistic-grotesque-pokemon-fan-art/sergio-solorzano?source=rss

The world of Pokémon is a fantastical place. Ten year olds tame dragons, turtles have cannons on their shells, and small, yellow mice harness the raw power of lightning. The creatures are bizarre enough in their regular forms, but what would it look like if Pokémon were drawn in a stranger, more grotesque manner?

Enter MrRedButcher, who took it upon himself to reimagine various Pokémon in a creepy, realistic fashion. The result is a collection of creatures that are intricate, ferocious, and straight-up disturbing. This list ranks the best of MrRedButcher’s designs, with the help of your votes. Don't forget to check out visit his DeviantArt page to see the rest of his awesome work.


This Artist Draws Pokémon In Grotesquely Realistic Style,

Caterpie, Metapod, and Butterfree

Mewtwo

Ditto

Weedle, Kakuna, and Beedrill

Zubat, Golbat, and Crobat

Giratina

Paras, Parasect

Pinsir

Electabuzz

Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir


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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:32:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/realistic-grotesque-pokemon-fan-art/sergio-solorzano
<![CDATA[The 15 Most Utterly Satisfying Anime Deaths Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-satisfying-anime-deaths-ever/felicia-miranda?source=rss

Whenever you start experiencing the sharp pangs of love and hate for characters in an anime, the first question that always comes to mind is: "Who’s going to die?" We’ve all experienced the heartbreaking loss of watching one of our favorite characters get the metaphorical ax, but what about those instances when a character you despise gets exactly what’s coming to them?

Here are some of the most satisfying deaths in anime history. Vote up the very best and, if you think a character’s death doesn't belong on this list, vote it down and show the world exactly how you feel!


The 15 Most Utterly Satisfying Anime Deaths Of All Time,

Shishio Makoto

Shishio from Rurouni Kenshin is known for his belief in survival of the fittest. This fact turns into sweet irony during his death in the series. Shishio has severe burns that cover his entire body. Because of this, he has no sweat glands. This was, at first, considered to be a great power, but it eventually killed him. During his final battle against Kenshin, Shishio's rising body temperature - and his inability to cool down using his sweat glands - caused him to burst into flames.


Zorin Blitz

Zorin is a vampire from Hellsing who uses her illusions and a scythe to kill her victims. That said, it was the reckless use of those powers that resulted in her satisfying death. Seras was one of Zorin’s victims who was miraculously able to make it out alive after awakening her vampire powers. When she showed up to face Zorin in an intense battle, Kamina bashed Zorin’s face against a wall until there was nothing left.


Light Yagami

When you first meet Light Yagami in Death Note, he’s depicted as a smart, capable young man but that quickly changes after he discovers the Death Note. Light begins to take justice into his own hands, writing down the names of anyone he deems as evil and, in a twist of fate, Light’s antics result in his very own death. The kicker is that it's from none other than the Shinigami Ryuk, who takes it upon himself to write Light’s name in his own Death Note.


Vicious

Many of you will recognize Vicious as the old rival of Spike Spiegel and the main antagonist of the Cowboy Bebop series. In the finale, Spike finally confronts his longtime nemesis and the main source of his unhappiness for the duration of the series. In an epic battle, he finally kills Vicious with a gunshot to the chest. It’s still unclear if Spike Spiegel ever made it out of the Red Dragon base alive.


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh’s selfish, arrogant, and narcissistic personality combined with his brutal slaying of fan favorite Illya makes his death in Fate/Stay Night extremely satisfying. In the epic battle, Shirou successfully evades all of Gilgamesh’s attacks and cuts his right arm off, using up all his mana in the process. Gilgamesh begins his attack on Shirou but, before he can finish him off, Archer appears and lands the final blow.


Father - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Father in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is best known as the creator of the Homunculi. Each one supposedly born out of his vices but one could easily say that, in the end, it’s his vices that result in his most satisfying death. In an epic battle, Father loses control of his God and begins to release a barrage of violent attacks. In the final throes, Alphonse sacrifices himself to stop Father from killing Edward and, in a surge of rage, Edward finally depletes what’s left of Father’s stone and banishes him.


Frieza - Dragon Ball Z

Frieza is one of the most long-standing villains of the DBZ universe. Both Vegeta and Krillin have died as a result of their extended rivalry with the alien and he survives for so long, in fact, that he is killed by Future Trunks! The most satisfying part is not only his death at the hands of Vegeta’s son but how easily the young Saiyan is able to do it.


Yakumo Oomori - Tokyo Ghoul

Kaneki versus Yakumo Oomori, also known as Jason, is one of the most epic battles from Tokyo Ghoul. Yakumo transformed into Jason after being brutally tortured by an investigator during his stay at the Cochlea detention center. He turned into a sadistic ghoul with his own love for torturing victims, one of which was Kaneki. This resulted in the battle between the two, where Kaneki ruthlessly beat and ate Jason’s kagune, leaving him to die at the hands of Juuzou.


Seryu Ubiquitous - Akame Ga Kill!

Seryu Ubiquitous is an anime character from Akame Ga Kill who uses her manipulative persona to get what she wants. She’s a psychotic and twisted person who will sell out anyone in the name of “justice” and that’s why her death at the hands of her own foolishness is just so satisfying. Seryu’s attempts to detonate a bomb and kill Mine are countered when Tatsumi removes Mine from the blast, leaving Seryu and her Teigu to suffer the consequences of their actions.


Hidan - Naruto Shippuden

Given that Shikamaru is one of the most likeable characters in Naruto Shippuden, it was heartbreaking to see his mentor Asuma be killed by the "immortal" Akatsuki member, Hidan. However, that only made Hidan's eventual death that much more satisfying, as Shikamaru outsmarted the Jashin worshipper and buried his dismantled body deep underground in the woods.



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:55:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-satisfying-anime-deaths-ever/felicia-miranda
<![CDATA[Anime Characters You Never Realized Have Exactly The Same Tragic Backstory]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/different-anime-characters-with-the-same-tragic-backstory/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

No matter how much you love anime, you have to admit that sometimes it's not the most original. In fact, it can feel like you're watching the same character in different anime. This is especially true when it comes to tragic origin stories. Sometimes, anime characters with similar backgrounds have generic things in common, like dead parents and child abuse. Other times, it gets so bizarrely specific you have to wonder if it's intentional. 

While watching anime characters with the same story can get old, it can also be oddly enjoyable. Let's say you really love Kotomi Ichinose from CLANNAD. If you do, then imagining her as a Sailor Scout is a fun mental exercise, one that's made a heck of a lot easier by the fact that Kotomi and Sailor Jupiter have uncannily similar back stories. Besides, if you didn't like repetition at least a little bit, you probably wouldn't be watching anime in the first place. With that in mind, let's examine these pairs of anime characters who are basically sad clones of each other.


Anime Characters You Never Realized Have Exactly The Same Tragic Backstory,

Ciel Phantomhive From Black Butler And Misa Amane From Death Note

Misa Amane, Light's bubbly murder-girlfriend from Death Note, actually has a lot in common with Ciel Phantomhive, the adolescent aristocrat from Black Butler. Both of their parents were brutally murdered, leaving them orphaned. Both of them meet and strike up deals with supernatural beings dedicated to serving them, with Misa meeting the Rem the Shinigami, and Ciel meeting Sebastian Michaelis the demon.

Both of these supernatural beings would kill for their masters. Really, the only difference is that Rem does it out of love for Misa, while Sebastian does it with the eventual goal of harvesting Ciel's soul. 


Lucy From Elfen Lied And Johan Liebert From Monster

What does the adorable, wide-eyed, pink-haired Lucy from Elfen Lied have in common with the monster from Monster? Quite a lot, actually. Both Johan and Lucy were orphans who faced abuse and mistreatment, including being tortured by some seriously unethical scientists. The traumatic nature of these events warped both Lucy and Johan into terrifying murderers. 


Sasuke Uchiha From Naruto And Eren Jaeger From Attack On Titan

Both Eren from Attack on Titan and Sasuke from Naruto are traumatized, furious teenagers who are hellbent on revenge after the deaths of their families. Sasuke's older brother Itachi slaughtered their entire clan, while in Eren's case, his mother was gobbled up by a man-eating Titan. At face value, these seem like pretty different causes of death, but they actually have a lot in common.

Viewers spend most of the time having no idea why Itachi killed his family, or what's causing the Titans to run rampant. Eventually, we find out in both cases the reasons aren't personal so much as they are vast government conspiracies. Until then, the focus is squarely on Sasuke and Eren's lust for vengeance against whoever (or whatever) they think took their families away from them. 


Yagyuu Kyuubei From Gintama And Akito Sohma From Fruits Basket

Akito Sohma of Fruits Basket is the head of an elite, traditional family. So is Yagyuu Kyuubei of Gintama. Akito Sohma's father died when she was a young child. Yagyuu Kyuubei's mother died when Kyuubei was small. Both were born female, but were raised as boys, because traditionally only men could serve as the family head. While Akito immediately begins identifying as a woman as soon as the secret gets out, Kyuubei takes a more androgynous path, preferring to live only as "Yagyuu Kyuubei."


Lelouch Lamperouge From Code Geass And Satsuki Kiryuin From Kill La Kill

Lelouch of Code Geass and Satsuki of Kill la Kill are both the children of absurdly evil tyrants who want to destroy all of humanity. Both Lelouch and Satsuki are favored by their monstrous parents at some point, and immediately discarded and attacked as soon as they're no longer useful.

Both of them, also, end up having to kill their own parents for the good of humanity. The difference is that we see Lelouch's descent into corruption afterward, and in Satsuki's case the series pretty much ends when she defeats her mother with the help of her sister Ryuko. 


Makoto Kino From Sailor Moon And Kotomi Ichinose From CLANNAD

Makoto Kino, also known as Sailor Jupiter or Lita, has an unexpectedly tragic back story for someone so upbeat. Her parents died in a plane crash, which led to a persistent fear of planes. Kotomi Ichinose, one of the main characters from the heartwrenching CLANNAD, lost her parents in the exact same way. Like Makoto, she's terrified of planes and other motor vehicles. Also, both girls lead independent lives, and find it difficult to rely on others. 


Akira Midousuji From Yowamushi Pedal And Rin Matsuoka From Free!

Because Yowamushi Pedal's Midousuji is one of the creepiest characters ever to come out of a sports anime, you wouldn't think he had much in common with a pretty boy like Rin Matsuoka from Free!. Actually, though, Rin's kind of creepy too. Those shark teeth are every bit as abnormal as Midousuji's inhumanly blunt choppers.

But they have much more in common besides weird teeth, of course. Midousuji and Rin both lost their parents at a young age. While their parents died in different ways (Rin's in an accident and Midousuji's to an unidentified illness), the way they reacted is basically the same. Both characters became bitter, aggressive, angry jerks who replace the grieving process with sports. Lucky for Rin, he has friends who are supportive and helpful. Meanwhile, Midousuji has Komari, whose hobbies include obsessively washing his hands and dropping hints that he's a cannibal. Hey, nobody ever said everything was going to be exactly the same.


Rukia Kukichi From Bleach And Yoshio Kobayashi From Trickster

Rukia Kukichi of Bleach loved her mentor, Kaien. Sadly, he was possessed by a Hollow, and she had no choice but to kill him in order to protect herself and her captain. She struggled to forgive herself for killing him, and when the series starts, she is suicidal and gives her powers to Ichigo in the hopes that ridding herself of them will help her die.

Yoshio Kobayashi of Trickster was forced to kill his abusive father after he murdered his mother. At the start of the series, he is desperately suicidal, but can't die because he can't get rid of his amazing defensive powers. Sound familiar?


Miles Edgeworth From Ace Attorney And Ed Phoenix From Yu-Gi-Oh GX

Okay, so Ed Phoenix from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is actually just Batman, but Batman isn't an anime character, so instead let's talk about how he's really Miles Edgeworth from Ace Attorney. Both characters lost their fathers to murder. Both found replacements for their father in the form of professional mentors. Both discovered that their beloved mentor was, in fact, the person who killed their father. Oh, and both of them hang out with psychic people and have eerily similar haircuts. Definitely a lot of parallels. 


Touka Kirishima From Tokyo Ghoul And Kagura From Gintama

Tokyo Ghoul's Touka Kirishima and Gintama's Kagura might not seem like especially similar characters. Touka is serious and responsible, especially when restraining her hunger for human flesh, while Kagura accidentally killed over 25 animals because she didn't know her own strength. While their exterior personalities might not have much in common, their back stories are actually astoundingly similar. 

Touka is a Ghoul, which means she has to eat human flesh in order to survive. She joins Anteiku, a Ghoul-led group that scavenges dead bodies, to minimize her killing. Kagura comes from a clan that expects constant bloodshed, including murdering your own parents, something Kagura tried to prevent instead of participate in. Not only did both women reject their violent backgrounds, but both of them have brothers who are so disgusted by their so-called "weakness" they actually try to murder them because of it. 



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:09:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/different-anime-characters-with-the-same-tragic-backstory/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Funniest Things Pokémon NPCs Have Ever Said]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-things-pokemon-npcs-said/hannah-collins?source=rss

All Pokémon games present a magical world where monsters and humans live in harmony with one another. Sure, a terrorist organization may steal your closest companion, a ghost-type creature may lure in and kill your children, and a mythical creature may threaten to destroy civilization as you know it from time to time, but other than that, life is as sweet as a Rare Candy.

In this weird and wonderful Pokémon world, NPCs (non-player characters) are everywhere. There aren't any super annoying NPCs, but rather, there's the occasional strange NPC that says something unexpectedly hilarious. Is the humor intentional or just lost in translation? Honestly, it’s hard to tell. What's for certain is that funny Pokémon NPC quotes are one of the gifts that keep on giving in this beloved video game franchise. Vote up the craziest lines that non-playable people have said in Pokémon. 


The Funniest Things Pokémon NPCs Have Ever Said,

Nimbasa City's Gym Leader Who Quotes From "Airplane!" In The Memory Link

The Quote: Elesa: “If I were to make bad puns when I’m supposed to be telling a joke, doesn’t it give people even more of an opportunity to tease me and start a funny back-and-forth?”

Skyla: “Really? I guess I’ll just rethink my fashion first.”

Elsa: “You bet! And don’t call me Shirley!"

The Character: Nimbasa City Gym Leader Elesa

The Game: Black/White 2

This line is an unmistakable reference to cult 1980s satirical film, Airplane! It happens during a flashback sequence in the ‘Memory Link’ feature entitled, "Taking It To The Next Level," in a conversation Elesa has with Mistralton City Gym Leader, Skyla. The conversation that prompts this funny reference revolves around telling bad jokes. Honestly, the funniest thing about this is that without the “surely” lead-in from the exchange in the film, the reference falls completely flat. 


The Science/Technology Fan Who Lives In Every Home Town

The Quote: “Technology is incredible!/The power of science is staggering!”

The Character: The science/technology enthusiast who is always outside of your home

The Game: All of them

Known only as the “technology/science guy” (or sometimes less affectionately as “the homeless fat guy”), this NPC is the stuff of legends in the Pokemon games. Over six generations, he’s paced leisurely in front of your home in your starter town, professing his passion for either technology or science (he likes to mix things up). Whilst his irrepressible optimism is loveable, it’s really the repetition of this particular NPC and his famous line that makes it funny. He’s just a portly dude raving about technology/science at the bottom of your front yard. What’s not to love?


The Girl Who Might Be A Vampire In Lavender Town's Pokemon Tower

The Quote: “Give...me...blood…”

The Character: A female Channeler trainer in Pokemon Tower

The Game: Red/Blue/Yellow

Lavender Town is a place where folks live in the constant shadow of a Tower that reminds them everyday that all things must come to an end. Even their dearest Pokémon allies. Yikes. If that wasn’t eerie enough, there's a Channeler trainer in the Tower who approaches you and inexplicably asks for blood. Is every day Halloween in Lavender Town? Is she just a really committed cosplayer returning from Comic Con? Or is she an actual vampire? You may never know, but it’s a funny line all the same. 


The One Meme To Rule Them All Man Who Lives In Pacifidlog Town

The Quote: “One does not simply walk into a Mirage Spot.”

The Character: An old man in a hut in Pacifidlog Town

The GameOmega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Players of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald will no doubt remember the fabled ‘Mirage Island’ that was said to very rarely appear just beyond Pacifidlog Town. The ‘Mirage’ mantle was carried on in the remakes of Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. It was renamed ‘Mirage Spots,’ as was the old man and his mirage-watching habit. In the remakes, he lives in the Southeastern hut in Pacifidlog Town and echoes the difficulty of reaching a mirage-based location from the original games with this funny reference to the popular Sean Bean/Boromir meme


The Jr Trainer Who Can't Help Correcting Himself In Brock's Gym

The Quote: “Lightyears isn’t time... It measures distance.”

The Character: Jr Trainer in Pewter City Gym 

The Game: Fire Red/Leaf Green

This hilarious line comes from the first trainer you battle at Brock's Gym. He actually opens with, “You’re still light years away from facing Brock!” It's only after you beat him that he clarifies that he meant distance. Even funnier, perhaps, is the line you get if you talk to him again after the battle: “You’re pretty hot, but not as hot as Brock.” Of course, you know he doesn’t mean that kind of hot, but you can’t help childishly smirking at the double meaning here. 


Psychic Robert Who Is A Big 'Dragon Ball Z' Fan In The Kalos Region

The Quote: “Wow. You and your Pokemon’s power levels are amazing! They’re over 9000 for sure!”

The Character: Psychic Robert on Route 10

The GamePokemon X/Y

This line is said by Psychic Robert after you defeat him in reference to the famous “over 9000” meme from the Dragon Ball Z dub. Kind of odd to put this in the mouth of a psychic, when you consider the reference’s origin is a martial arts-themed anime.


The Old Perverted Man Who Is Peeking Into Celedon City Gym

The Quote: “Heheh! This gym is great! It’s full of women!”

The Character: An old man peeking into an all-female gym

The Games: Red/Blue/Yellow

From Dragon Ball’s Master Roshi to Bleach’s Chizuru, the “perverted man” stereotype is strangely prevalent in anime, and most likely the reference point for the dialogue of this old man NPC. While the line itself is pretty chuckle-inducing, the funniest part is that, despite these games being played by kids and teens, someone at Game Freak thought this little slice of adult humor was perfectly acceptable.


Swimmer Kylie Keeps Her Pokeballs In A Place You Don't Want To Know About

The Quote: “If I’m wearing a bikini...where do I put my Pokeballs? Teehee...woman’s secret!”

The Character: Swimmer Kylie

The Game: X/Y

This is a question that’s had Pokefans curious for years. In X/Y, Swimmer Kylie invites you to wildly speculate about the whereabouts of her Pokeballs on her body, in what can only be described as yet another attempt by the writers to really push the ‘child-friendly’ appeal of the games as far as it can go. As fans know from the anime, Pokeballs have the ability to become more travel-sized. There’s no reason why Kylie couldn’t secure her Pokeballs to a belt like many other trainers do, but the fact that she specifically adds, “It’s a woman’s secret,” instantly pulls fans away from the obvious answer and down into the gutter instead. 


Youngster Joey Who Apparently Owns The Greatest Rattata There Ever Was In The Johto Region

The Quote: “My Rattata is different from regular Rattata. It’s like my Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas.”

The Character: Youngster Joey

The Game: Gold/Silver and Heart Gold/Soul Silver

Youngster Joey made his grand debut in Gold/Silver, but it wasn’t until he was reintroduced to fans through the 2010 remakes that he cemented his iconic status as one of the most popular NPCs of the series. Thanks to the Pokegear, Joey becomes a bit of a nuisance caller. While most trainers use it to request another battle, Joey will call you for the sole purpose of reminding you just how great he thinks his low-levelled Rattata is. Sure, it’s annoying, but there’s something about Joey’s unwavering pride in a Pokemon that most would disregard as weak that’s not only hilarious, but kind of endearing, too. 


Hiker Andy Who Gets Way Too Personal On The Nimbasa City Ferris Wheel

The Quote: “By the way...boy...you ever had a lover?”

The Character: Hiker Andy

The Game: Black/White

This one really has to be seen to be believed that it was ever intentionally programmed into a children’s game. After you defeat N by the ferris wheel in Nimbasa City, you can go on a, um, date(?) with an NPC on the aforementioned ferris wheel. The identity of that NPC varies depending on your gender and the time of year it is. This particular funny quote comes from Hiker Andy, who will be your "date" if you’re male and the season is summer. As well as inappropriately asking a child about their love life, he constantly refers to you as “boy” and seems disturbingly fixated on how “sweaty” you are in the humid weather. Guess it’s not just wild Pokemon you’ve got to watch out for in Unova…



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Mon, 15 May 2017 03:48:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-things-pokemon-npcs-said/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[People Caught Doing Anime Things]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-caught-doing-anime-things/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

As many staple visuals in anime are drawn from cultural concepts and events in Japan, if one looks hard enough, anime in the real world becomes visible everywhere. The classic festival episodes, sports arcs, and cherry-blossom-filled walkways really do exist. Whether they're otakus are not, people do more anime things in their lives than they realize. Some of the people caught in the act even look like real-life anime characters

So what would anime look like in the actual world? Not as costume play or live-action films, but as realistic occurrences? Compiled here are side-by-side comparisons that will give you an idea of what anime would really look like if it leapt from the screen into the physical world. Vote up the funniest photos of people doing things you see in anime.


People Caught Doing Anime Things,

Pointing Chopsticks At Someone To Make Your Point

Running Late? Don't Forget Your Toast!

Fist-Fighting Over The Good Stuff At Dinner

Jessica Alba Pushing Up Her Glasses Like An Anime Pro

The Hot Springs Episode Is Made Complete When Everyone Wears Their Yukata

Probably Not The Kind Of Anime He Wanted To Be In

You Aren't Friends Until You Grab Their Boob

Anime Has Made Train Crossings One Of The Best Places For Self-Reflection

Looking Over And Realizing You're No Longer Bathing Alone

Spitting Out Your Drink When Someone Says Something You Weren't Prepared For


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Thu, 11 May 2017 04:26:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-caught-doing-anime-things/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[15 Anime You Would Never Guess Are Based On True Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-based-on-true-stories/zack-howe?source=rss

Anime is often out there - like waaaay out there. So you wouldn’t necessarily expect some of the crazier titles to have any basis in reality. Believe it or not, animated shows that are based on a true story are not limited to obvious historical anime like The Rose of Versailles, or Barefoot Gen. There’s no way a story about three spirit penguins is an example of anime inspired by real events, right?

Wrong! Mawaru Penguindrum indeed has a basis in reality and a quite sobering one at that. But Penguindrum isn’t alone. In fact, there’s quite a bit of anime that’s surprisingly based on a true story, so let’s check some out. Hold on to your Trunks ‘cause some of these are pretty wild! 


15 Anime You Would Never Guess Are Based On True Stories,

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is an animated film based on a semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. The story is about two young siblings whose mother is killed in a bombing at the end of World War II. Seita desperately tries to keep his younger sister Setsuko alive, but she ultimately dies of malnutrition. Roger Ebert actually put it on his "Great Movies" list in 2000, considering it to be one of the most powerful war films of all time.


Freeza

In the late '80s, Japan experienced an economic bubble known as the Japanese asset price bubble. Frieza is based on Japanese real estate speculators who made exorbitant amounts of money by selling real estate at extremely inflated prices. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama found them to be despicable creatures, so he made a horrific character that conquered planets and sold them off. That insufferable douche was called Frieza. 


My Neighbor Totoro

The protagonists of My Neighbor Totoro have a mother who suffers from tuberculosis, though it's never stated explicitly. This mirrors the actual life of the writer/producer of the film, Hayao Miyazaki, because his own mother also suffered from tuberculosis. In this regard, the film is partially autobiographical. In fact, Miyazaki said that the protagonists had to be girls because it would have been too painful had they been boys, as it would have been too reminiscent of his own childhood. The movie as a whole is an exploration of death from a child's perspective. 


Zipang

Zipang is a manga adapted to anime about a Japanese warship that accidentally travels back in time to find itself in the midst of a naval battle between Japan and the US in WWII. The inspiration for the story is based on an American urban legend known as the Philadelphia Experiment that tells the tale of a US Navy ship supposedly "disappearing" from its dock in Philadelphia and instantly traveling 200 miles to Norfolk, Virginia. Blander versions of the legend just allege an advanced cloaking system of the ship. If only witnesses knew what S.H.I.E.L.D. was up to...


Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum is not only the greatest named anime, it's also quite harrowing as it uses a real-life 1995 terror attack in Tokyo as the backdrop. On March 20, 1995, a group attacked multiple lines of the Tokyo subway with sarin gas. Mawaru Penguindrum is the story of two brothers who must find an item called the Penguindrum to save their terminally ill sister. The story confronts the effect that the real-world attack had on children. 


Steins;Gate

In 2000, a man going by the name of John Titor went nanners on some online forums, claiming to be a time traveler from 2036. He warned of a rapidly approaching World War and nuclear fallout. Of course, none of his predictions came to fruition, but there was a video game and anime series inspired by his rantings.

In Steins;Gate, a group of friends who view themselves as mad scientists discover a method of sending text messages back in time. They try to use this to change the timeline after finding the body of a dead neuroscientist, but of course, things go awry. They probably should have watched The Flash before attempting to mess with time.


Welcome to the NHK

Tatsuhiko Takimoto wrote the novel Welcome to the N.H.K., which became the basis for the anime of the same name. The fictional plot revolves around a conspiracy theory about the real-life Japanese television network. The theory claims that the real NHK network is attempting to make societal hikikomori, or reclusive individuals who withdraw from the world. The author of the novel identifies as an actual hikikomori, feeling as though he was "living as a parasite on the royalties from this book." His first novel bears mentioning, if only for its glorious and exceedingly Japanese title, Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge


Aoi Bungaku Series

The "No Longer Human" story arc from the anime series Aoi Bungaku is based on the Japanese novel of the same name by Osamu Dazai. The novel is thought to be largely autobiographical with a large focus on the theme of suicide, which the author committed shortly after the book was published. In fact, many believed the novel to be Dazai's will. So Aoi Bungaku icludes a tertiary telling of a potentially true story. 


Bakuman

Bakuman is about two young boys who aspire to become manga artists - one as a writer, the other as an illustrator. The manga was originally published in a Japanese magazine called Weekly Shōnen Jump, and the characters are based loosely on the writers and editors of the magazine itself. Furthermore, there are numerous manga titles referenced in Bakuman that are actual mangas published by Weekly Shōnen Jump. Are you getting a meta-migraine yet? 


Tetsuko No Tabi Is A Truly Non-Fictional Anime About A Travel Writer

A Japanese travel writer named Hirohiko Yokomi believed his adventures to be so exciting that he had a manga artist accompany him and illustrate his wanderings. Thus, Tetsuko no Tabi was born. Yokomi, being a train aficionado, had the anime focus largely on the trains and the stations he visited (which number around 10,000). 



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Thu, 11 May 2017 06:36:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-based-on-true-stories/zack-howe
<![CDATA[18 Times Pokémon Was Too Scandalous For America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-moments-censored-in-america/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Most of us don't consider Pikachu a harbinger of X-rated content — with those chubby cheeks? C'mon. We'd never dream that an innocent children's show and game franchise like Pokémon would need to be censored in America, yet it happened with staggering regularity. The reasons can be innocent, as sometimes things just don't translate from Japanese to American culture. Lots of anime has been censored in the US for this reason alone, including popular shows like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Yu-Gi-Oh!.  

Sometimes, however, Pokémon just made flat-out terrible and baffling decisions. Cue the swastikas, Nazi salutes, blackface, and scantily clad 10-year-old girls. Pokémon has undergone some serious censorship in America, and these examples show that it was probably for the best.


18 Times Pokémon Was Too Scandalous For America,

A Swastika Was Removed From A Trading Card

Nintendo came under massive fire when they released a trainer card called Koga's Ninja Trick. The original Japanese card featured an omote manji, a Buddhist symbol that looks like a backwards swastika. In the West, this symbol is obviously not associated with peace. It is only associated with Nazi Germany, and white supremacy. Needless to say, Nintendo changed the American version of the card.


Team Rocket Originally Did A Nazi Salute

Nintendo just can't shake the Nazi stuff. Seriously, it should NOT be this hard to avoid connection with the Third Reich. In an episode of the Pokémon anime called "All Things Bright and Beautifly," Jesse, James, and Meowth are talking to a bunch of Team Rocket Grunts. Then, they all appear to do a Nazi salute. They do it readily and in perfect unison, like it's a thing they do all the time. This was edited out in the American version, because they were doing a Nazi greeting


In The Japanese Cartoon A Kid Asked Misty For Her Breast Milk

In the episode "The Kangaskhan Kid," Ash, Misty, and Brock meet a young boy who was raised by wild Kangaskhan. It's supposed to be similar to Tarzan, but instead of a saccharine Disney-esque plot, things immediately get twisted. In the Japanese version of the anime, the kid asks the 10-year-old Misty if he can drink milk from her breasts. The camera zooms in on her 10-year-old, prepubescent chest and Misty smacks him away. This is played for laughs, as the reproductive capacity of children is apparently hilarious. 

This was (obviously) changed in the American localization. Instead, the boy asks Misty if they are people or Pokémon, and she gets outrageously offended.


Meowth And Cyndiquil Scandalously Suckled On A Miltank

Sucking on a cow's udders is apparently too suggestive according to American TV networks (even if it's totally natural). In the episode "Got Miltank?," both Cydaquil and Meowth are badly injured and lost in the desert. They are taken to a Miltank, whose udders have healing powers. In the Japanese anime, both Cydaquil and Meowth are shown suckling on a Miltank, but this was cut from the English dub.


Jynx Originally Wore Black Face

Now, Jynx isn't a human so she can't technically be a racist caricature, but wow was her original depiction wildly insensitive. Jynx's original version had dark black skin and giant, bright lips that were so reminiscent of the black face used in minstrel shows, it couldn't be ignored by Game Freak. Creators eventually changed Pokémon's skin color to purple, in order to skirt all claims of racial insensitivity.


Giovanni's Wine Glass Was Swapped Out For Juice

Pokémon has to cater to their audience. In America, that involves a culture where children are protected from the dangers of alcohol. In one episode called "Critical Situation! Bakuong VS Juptile," Team Rocket leader Giovanni sips white wine from what is obviously a wine glass. This was changed to a more ambiguous stemless glass in the English dub. Most of us can still interpret it as wine, but there's always a chance it’s only apple juice.


Lenora's Apron Was Removed Because Of Racist Connotations

The Japanese version of Lenora, a gym leader from the Black/White era, wears a pink apron. This apron was noticeably removed in the American anime, and for good reason. Lenora is one of the only black characters in the Pokémon universe, and the apron saddled her with a hard-to-ignore, deeply unfortunate housekeeper stereotype.

Her Japanese name actually translates to "Natural Born Mama," and challengers had to face a series of cooking quizzes before battle. This was, of course, changed to Pokémon trivia in the American Black/White versions, just as her apron was removed to reduce any chance of a racist caricature in the anime.


"Tentacool & Tentacruel" Was Banned After 9/11

Pokémon removed a number of episodes from rotation after 9/11, including one called "The Tower of Terror" simply because of its name. That particular episode wasn't even offensive, but "Tentacool & Tentacruel" could have been perceived as insensitive, had it aired. In the episode, Tentacruel destroys many buildings, including a skyscraper that was fairly reminiscent of the World Trade Center.


Nidoqueen Was WAY Too Sexy For Pokémon Stadium

In the original Japanese version of Pokémon Stadium (one of the few 3D, N64 Pokémon games) Nidoqueen's battle cry was actually changed. When Nidoqueen was thrown into battle in the original version, she would grab and jiggle her breasts.

Well, they really can't be called "breasts" because she's basically a cartoon dinosaur. They're really more like pectoral muscles, but either way, this offended American gamers, and it was edited out.


The Original Theme Song Had Some Weird Sexual Innuendo

Sexual innuendo and kids' shows definitely don't mix. The original Pokémon theme song, as famous as it is, is actually an edited version. The original Japanese song had the opening lyrics: "I'll get you, Pokémon! Even if in fire, in water, in grass, in forests, in ground, in clouds, in that girl's skirt (eek!)." Ash was definitely just looking up that girl's skirt "for Pokémon," right? Right?

The bizarrely sexual wordplay would have never flown with American audiences. The American theme song is so classic, it's hard to imagine what the anime would be like without it. Admit it, that sick opening guitar lick just started playing in your head.



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Mon, 15 May 2017 10:33:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-moments-censored-in-america/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[What's Going On With These Confusing Time Jumps In Attack On Titan Season 2?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/explanation-of-attack-on-titan-time-jumps/hannah-collins?source=rss

Four long years after the first season premiered, Season Two of Attack on Titan finally hits the screens! While anime similar to Attack on Titan have tided most fans over, nothing beats hearing that epic opening song by Linked Horizon. But with the scouts split into several factions after Titans are sighted within Wall Rose, the story has become increasingly non-linear, and some fans have been finding the time skips and constant flashbacks a little tricky to follow.

Whilst readers of the manga (that is considerably further ahead in the timeline) are more accustomed to these dramatic jumps back and forth, anime-exclusive fans might benefit from this chronological explanation of what's going on in Attack on Titan Season Two, from Episode One to Episode Eight. 

CAUTION: This list contains spoilers. 


What's Going On With These Confusing Time Jumps In Attack On Titan Season 2?,

Episode Five Ends Back In The Present (And Makes You Wish You Were Still In The Past)

Fans finally return from flashback purgatory and remember that Ymir - mid-transformation - is plummeting towards a group of drooling Titans at Utgard Castle. Once fully morphed, she starts kicking the crap out of them. Christa defends Ymir's decision to hide her identity to the group while claiming she knew nothing about it. Reiner and Berthold also recognize Ymir's Titan form - turns out she ate one of their friends a while back. Small world!

Ymir's scrappy battle sadly ends in defeat, but luckily, #TeamEren show up before she's completely devoured. Christa rushes to her side to tell her that her name was the episode title all along. Oh, and this is also the episode where fans finally get to see Eren for more than a few seconds, as he secures his first official "Titan kill." 


Episode Five Flashes Back Years Ago To The Cadets' Training Days

Episode Five, "Historia," is the most infamous yet for confusing time skips. Before Ymir's shocking revelation that she prefers women and that she's also a Titan, she reminds Christa of a promise they made. Episode Five basically travels back into their shared history to tell fans what that promise is.

Years ago, during the 104th Cadet Corps winter training, Ymir, Christa, and an unconscious Daz have fallen way behind the other Cadets. Hopelessly trapped in a blizzard on a mountain, Ymir suddenly realizes that Christa means to die heroically while trying to save Daz. 


Episode Four Begins Before The End Of Episode Three

But wait! Time is still tangled up. Episode Four, "Soldier," kicks off two hours earlier than where Episode Three ended. Basically, just before the Abnormal Titan gang start attacking Utgard Castle.

This was most likely done to balance a dramatic ending without skimping on some quiet time to develop characters, though it is a bit jarring. #TeamGelgar and #TeamNanaba settle in for much-earned drinks, safe in the castle (or so they think). While the senior officers are chilling upstairs, the new recruits assure Conny that they will find the missing villagers of his hometown and muse on how weird it is that there hasn't been much Titan activity. Then - luckily enough - there's lot's of Titan activity!


Episode Three: Eleven Hours After The First Titan Sighting Within Wall Rose

Eleven hours after the initial Titan spotting within Wall Rose, night has fallen, and #TeamGelgar and #TeamNanaba cross paths, discovering that neither team could find any sign of the breach that should exist in the wall. The plot thickens! Exhausted, both teams decide to have a sleepover in the nearby Utgard Castle. 

Now, the show is finally done filling fans in on what happened within those twelve hours of the initial Titan spotting and the report being delivered to Trost. It jumps between the different groups with time rolling along normally. Hange, with the group that leaves Trost, works out the walls must be made up of huge Titans and Pastor Nick reveals there is someone in the Regiment who can confirm the truth about the walls. Titans attack Utgard, and Levi continues to disappointingly not get enough screen time. 


Episode Three: Nine Hours After The First Titan Sighting Within Wall Rose

Still in Episode Three, the show jumps forward two hours after seeing what #TeamGelgar and #TeamNanaba are up to (and nine hours after the Titan spotting). The Garrison Regiment - the biggest division of the military, responsible for keeping order - are keeping incoming Titans at bay along the Eastern defensive line through a crafty combination of cannon fire and finishing blows to the nape. Both they and Captain Hannes are struck by the conspicuously small number of Titans in the area. 


Episode Three: Seven Hours After The Titan Sighting

Episode Three, "Southwestward," continues not from the present time, but from the flashback of the group breaking up to warn different villages within Wall Rose of the breach. Conny gets the shock of a lifetime from a small, talking Titan, before leaving Ragako village with #TeamGelgar, which includes Reiner, Berthold, and Lynne.

Then there's a time skip of seven hours after the Titan spotting. Somewhere else in Wall Rose, #TeamNanaba are tasked with finding the breach, and Ymir asks Nanaba if she and Christa can withdraw from the front. Nanaba's having none of it though. Christa wonders what Ymir's motivations really are. 


Episode One Flashes Back To Get Fans Up To Speed, Then Skips Back Twelve Hours

It's been four painfully slow years (yes, really) since Season One concluded, so a little time spent refreshing the audience's memories at the start of Season Two is more than welcome.

Season Two picks up right after Titan Eren's brutal defeat of Annie Leonhart ("The Female Titan") and her human body encased in a defensive crystal. Veteran Scout leader Hange Zoe spots a Titan's face poking out of Wall Sina, which a woozy Pastor Nick suggests they get covered up before the sun shines on it. 'Operation Titan Shade' finishes just in time for a scout to bring ominous news to Hange and the group.

Then, fans are transported back twelve hours before the conclusion of Operation Titan Shade to witness what the ominous news is about - Titans have been spotted within Wall Rose! Is there a breach somewhere? Section Commander Miche puts up a valiant fight, but after a creepy confrontation with the mysterious "Beast Titan," he's gobbled up. Nanaba, Sonny, Reiner, and Sasha manage to escape. And remember: this is happening at the same time that Eren and Annie are going at it in Titan form. 


Episode Two Flashes Back To Give Us Sasha's Origin Story (And Yes, It Involves Potatoes)

Episode Two starts off at the "present," where news of the breach of Wall Rose has reached Trost. But then, the show flashes back to earlier in that same day to Sasha, who was part of the group to originally spot the first Titans within Wall Rose. Sasha peels off from her group to warn her home village. She recalls some handy backstories for the audience while traveling (so a flashback within a flashback). Specifically, Sasha remembers blaming refugees from Wall Maria for their farm's loss of income and her father's response about the duty they had to sustain what was left of humankind.

Later, Sasha also remembers a day during her cadet training when Ymir teased her for trying to hide her country bumpkin accent and for being overly nice to everyone, and Christa Lenz comes to Sasha's aid. Sasha dismisses the memory, wondering what made her think of something so trivial. 


Episode Five: Back To The First Flashback!

Resurfacing to the original flashback (where they're cadets), Ymir suggests to Christa that they just toss Daz off the cliff and cross their fingers for his survival. It's solid plan, but Christa refuses. So, Ymir shoves Christa into the snow and suddenly disappears. Christa trudges back to base camp and is shocked to find that Ymir - and a now conscious Daz - have already made it back, safe and sound. Ymir then tells Christa she'll reveal her secret to her one day, but only if Christa reveals her real name. 


Episode Five: More Flashbacks Within Flashbacks (Still Keeping Up?)

In an effort to convince Christa that life is worth living, Ymir tells her that she knows about her secret past. Suddenly, the show plunges further down the flashback rabbit hole. Cue Inception music. 

So, to make sure it's all straight: within the flashback about a promise made in cadet training, there's another flashback about Ymir and Christa before they were even cadets. Prior to joining the Regiment, Ymir recalls her time skulking around Order Of The Wall churches, where she happened to overhear hushed discussions pertaining to the life of a nobleman's illegitimate daughter. After compassionately deciding not to murder a little girl, the Order decide to give her a new name and send her off to join the Cadets instead. This illegitimate daughter turns out to be Christa. 



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Thu, 11 May 2017 03:48:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/explanation-of-attack-on-titan-time-jumps/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[The 17 Most Horrible Anime Parents Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-parents-ever/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There are some seriously dysfunctional anime families out there, and the fault usually lies with the horrible anime parents. Shockingly, not all of them are the terrible parents from Yu-Gi-Oh!In fact, you'll find bad parenting in anime of all kinds, from Elfen Lied to Pokémon

Whether they're forcing their kids to commit suicide for insurance money, transforming them against their will into man-eating monsters, or renting them out to pedophiles, abusive and bad parenting in anime is rampant. In fact, it's probably more common than good parenting. Let's learn about the worst parents in anime, and pray that their barbarous parenting techniques never transfer over to the real world. 


The 17 Most Horrible Anime Parents Of All Time,

Gendo Ikari

Like Maximillian Pegasus of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame, Gendo Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion is so focused on trying to reunite with his dead wife he's willing to do basically anything to get there. Unlike Pegasus, though, Mr. Ikari has a kid he's supposed to be paying at least a modicum of attention to.

But, no, Mr. Ikari has more important things to do, so he just abandons his kid, then randomly summons him to pilot a mecha. While 14-year-old Shinji is trying his best to take on this difficult and terrifying task, his dad gives him no guidance and no support, just a few vague insults and a whole lot of neglect. 


Grisha Jaeger

Known as the doctor who saved thousands of people from dying of a terrible plague, Grisha from Attack on Titan is generally perceived as a fine and upstanding citizen of Zhiganshina. Unfortunately, he's actually pretty terrible. This is true and provable, even if you discount the manga spoilers. Grisha forcibly injected a serum into his son Eren's arm that made him transform into a Titan. He did this without explaining anything to Eren about what he was doing, or why, which meant when Eren did transform he was at a total loss for how to handle it. It's entirely likely Eren could died, or murdered someone.

Oh, and he gave Eren a key to a mysterious basement without giving him any relevant information whatsoever on what the basement contained. He had plenty of time to do this before the walls were breached and the Titans attacked, he just... didn't. When you have information that your kid's life depends on, and you withhold it, you suck as a dad.


Momiji's Parents From Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket is one of those series with so many bad parents it's hard to choose just one. If you're talking about the manga, the answer is obvious: Ren Sohma is the absolute worst mother ever. But then again, Kazuma Sohma hooked up with his adopted son's high school friend, and that's pretty bad. But wait, there's also Yuki's mother, who basically sold her son to an abusive cousin who whips him for fun. Those things are manga only, so what about the anime? It's still hard to choose, but the award for the worst parent in Fruits Basket has to go to Momiji's parents. 

Momiji's mother was so disgusted by her son (a boy afflicted by the zodiac curse so he turns into a rabbit when held by a member of the opposite sex), she had her memories erased so she wouldn't remember Momiji existed. His father sucks pretty hard too. While he does provide for Momiji's physical needs, his allegiance is clearly with his wife, and he goes out of his way to make sure the two of them never meet. He also hides the existence of their second child, Momo, destroying any chance the siblings could have at a normal relationship. 


Kazekage Rasa From Naruto

Rasa is the Kazekage (basically the president) of the Land of Wind in the world of Naruto. He's also pretty freakin' awful at the whole dad thing, like most actual presidents. In order to deal with economic problems, Rasa decided he needed his ninja army to be more powerful. To make this happen, he seals the Shukaku, a powerful tailed beast, inside his unborn child. As a result, his son Gaara is born prematurely, and his wife Karura dies in childbirth.

Gaara has to grow up with a rampaging beast living in his body, which forces him to go on killing sprees that isolate him from his whole community. Rasa repeatedly tries to assassinate his son for the safety of the village, but he fails every time. Remember, he was the one who made his son a monster in the first place. Meanwhile, nobody is really taking care of his other two kids, Temari and Kankuro. They just kind of have to raise themselves, while their father is busy trying to murder their brother. 


Saki Arima From Your Lie In April

Saki Arima of Your Lie in April is a well-known professional pianist, and the mother of the show's protagonist, Kousei Arima. When Ms. Arima develops an unspecified terminal illness that makes it impossible for her to continue her musical career, she begins to live vicariously through Kousei. This means long, grueling practice sessions, and regular beatings whenever he makes a mistake. After his mother dies, Kousei stops being able to hear music, and it takes him nearly the entire series for his talent to be a source of pleasure instead of trauma.


Mayu's Parents From Elfen Lied

Mayu, one of the most innocent characters in Elfen Lied, ran away from home at age 14 to escape her abusive parents. That alone should tip you off that things are pretty bad. Mayu's stepfather is a sexual predator who molests his new stepdaughter almost as soon as he meets her. When Mayu appeals to her mother for help, her mother slaps her in the face, calls her a liar, and tells her that she is unloved and unwanted.

This lady cares a lot more about her marriage than she does about her daughter's well-being, and she is more than happy to continue a relationship with a pedophile. When Mayu's stepfather molests her again, she leaves home, unable to take the abuse anymore. 


Gambino From Berserk

Gambino of Berserk is the protagonist's, Guts, adoptive father. Because he found Guts after he was born from a corpse (it's a whole thing), he believes he's a bad omen, and blames him for everything that goes wrong in his life, including the death of his lover Shisu.

Considering the fact she died from the plague, this is pure superstition, but it doesn't matter. Guts got blamed anyway. Said blame takes the form of beatings, expecting him to feed himself at age six, forcing him to act as a child soldier, renting him out to a pedophile for profit, and just straight-up attempting to murder him. Guts ends up killing his own foster father in self-defense. It's no wonder the poor guy can't stand being touched as an adult.


Ragyo Kiryuin From Kill La Kill

Ragyo Kiryuin is the antagonist of Kill la Kill. She's also an objectively terrible mother. Ragyo is a seemingly immortal monster, whose body is a combination of human flesh and Life Fibers, which are basically clothing from space. Her goal is to destroy all of humanity and let Life Fibers take over the earth, a goal her older daughter Satsuki pretends to support until she manages to gather adequate forces to take her down. While she's biding her time, she has to endure her mother literally molesting her.

You would think that child molestation and supervillainy would be enough for Ragyo, but no, she's also aggressively cavalier about the lives of her children. When she mistakenly believes her second daughter, Ryuko, died as an infant as a result of Life Fiber experimentation, she disposes of the body, feeling no grief for anything other than the failed experiment.

Later, she's perfectly content to try and murder both Satsuki and Ryuko for trying to stop her from destroying humanity. Oh, and she orders her third daughter, Nui, to sacrifice her life. Because, evidently, that's just what you do when you're a parent.


Hiromi Shiota From Assassination Classroom

In general, it's not a great parenting move to try and force your kid to conform to a gender identity they don't agree with. Assassination Classroom's Hiromi Shiota wanted a daughter so she could vicariously relive her own girlhood (which was admittedly terrible). When she gave birth to a son instead, she decided it didn't matter and raised Nagisa as a girl. Much to Nagisa's chagrin, Hiromi forced him to grow his hair out and wear feminine clothing.

This alone is pretty awful, but it gets worse. Nagisa is in class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Middle School, which is where kids with bad grades end up. Hiromi doesn't want Nagisa in that class, but he's happy doing important assassination work with his classmates, so he's against switching out. To force her son to comply, Hiromi drugs Nagisa, brings him to school, and insists he burn down the building. In other words: excellent parenting. She only gives up when he saves her from an assassin, because apparently now that he can kick ass, he's worth consideration as a human being. 


Shou Tucker From Fullmetal Alchemist

Shou Tucker is, far and away, one of the worst parents in fictional history. What makes him so awful? Well, in order to maintain his position as a state alchemist, Tucker uses alchemy to merge his daughter Nina with their pet dog. Let that sink in. Now go take a nine showers, and lament the fact that you still feel gross. 

He briefly passes off the monstrosity as an "ethically" created chimera capable of speech, but it's quickly discovered he couldn't possibly have done this morally. While he's waiting to be arrested for his crimes against both human and animals, he tries to solicit sympathy from his mutated child by telling her he's misunderstood. Not much to understand, dude, you're willing to destroy your own child and your beloved family pet for a job.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 11:11:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-parents-ever/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[18 Things People Who Don't Watch Anime Think About Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-people-who-don-t-watch-anime-think-about-anime/erin-mccann?source=rss

How normal people view anime is usually very different from a devoted fan. The many misconceptions about anime fans tends to bleed into a misunderstanding of the genre as well. Just as there are stereotypes with everything, anime has its own share of pre-conceived notions that aren't necessarily accurate.

Misconceptions about anime often come from the fact that it is an animated form of entertainment. But all types of anime fans know that the fact that the show is a cartoon does not mean necessarily mean it revolves around a watered down story aimed at kids. Many people also believe that all anime is weirdly sexual and perverted. Although there are a good deal of overly-endowed women and panty shots flashed on screen, not every anime is going to make you cringe or blush.

Sure, most anime movies and series may have a similar look, but a closer inspection will reveal that each work features completely different artstyles, stories, and cinematography. Anime would not have lasted this long or enjoyed worldwide popularity if any of these stereotypes were true all of the time. For your amusement, listed below are some silly things that non-fans believe about every anime. 


18 Things People Who Don't Watch Anime Think About Anime,

All That Perverted Stuff Basically Makes It Cartoon Porn, Right?

Of Course It's Going To Have A Giant Transforming Robot

There's Always Some Kind Of Maid Fetish

The Story Is Always About High Schoolers Or Superheroes

Anime's Just For Kids And I'm No Baby

Every Anime Looks The Same Since There's Only One Art Style

All Female Characters Are Blessed With Big Bouncy Boobs

Every Character Has Weird Spikey Hair In A Strange Color

Every Character Flies And Practices Martial Arts

It's Animated, So The Plot Must Be Simple


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Thu, 11 May 2017 05:08:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-people-who-don-t-watch-anime-think-about-anime/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[Anime Satanists Can Really Appreciate]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-satanists/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Devils, demons, and Satan; oh my! Here's a roundup of anime shows that the devil himself can appreciate (sometimes, he's even the star!). Presented to you from the fiery depths of hell, this is a list of anime that focuses on Hell and demonic characters. So, next time you decide to watch anime with Satan, put on one of these thrill rides and Lucifer is sure to be pleased!

The appearance of the devil in anime doesn't exactly carve a portrait of Satanism, and it also doesn't mean that the anime itself is Satanic. However, these series have more than enough appearances of crooked Gods and Hell spawn that anyone who takes delight in Satanic manifestos from the underworld is bound to be captivated by the damnable demons that lie within. Vote up the best anime that stars Beelzebub, demons, and fiends. 


Anime Satanists Can Really Appreciate,

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

Berserk

Black Butler

Claymore

Blue Exorcist

Future Diary

Devil is a Part-Timer!

Hellsing Ultimate

Soul Eater

The Seven Deadly Sins


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Thu, 11 May 2017 07:02:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-satanists/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Attack On Titan Fan Theories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/attack-on-titan-fan-theories/crystal-brackett?source=rss

What the heck is really going on in Attack on Titan? The entire series is one epic pivot after another, making viewers question the reasoning behind everything. Sometimes, it's up to fans to come up with the answers themselves. So let's look at the fan theories about Attack on Titan Season 2 and beyond. Now, these reference both the anime and the manga, so be prepared for heavy spoilers ahead. Eren Jaeger, humanity, and the Titans have much more ahead of them, and the creative minds behind these fan theories about Attack on Titan get down to the imaginative, dubious, and sometimes stunningly scientific details behind unanswered questions.

With so many time skips, insane plot twists, and dark mysteries, there are still many circumstances and events lacking a solid connection to the storyline, and people can only speculate the truth behind what's really happening for now. In the meantime, Attack on Titan fan theories paint a colorful picture for inquisitive minds to fill in the gaps.


Attack On Titan Fan Theories,

A Titan's Body Is Made Of Yeast

In a very well thought-out and scientific theory about the physical composition of the Titans, fans have theorized that Titans are actually made of yeast. Not only does highly fertile yeast collect around the outskirts of Wall Sina, where there are a ton of Titans, fans have pointed out numerous connections between yeast and the behavior of the giant, bumbling beasts.

Tumblr user danilovesanimenel reposted the theory from a Ymir page, pointing out their personally discovered yeast facts. They show that, scientifically, "yeast produces a large amount of gas and heat, much like the bodies of Titans," and that "UV rays increase yeast productivity," which "means that if a large component of a Titan’s biology is yeast, then the reason for their sluggishness during the night is that the sun is their energy." Frankly, the whole argument is pretty compelling. 


Attack On Titan Is A Representation Of World War II

Not only is there blatant militant symbolism that could easily lead a viewer to believe Attack on Titan is an analogy for WWII, there are also parts of the anime which parallel other pieces of literature centered around the bombing of Hiroshima. As writer and illustrator G.E. Gallas pointed out, there a few times that Attack on Titan events match up to moments in the manga series Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa.

She also pointed out that Titans are kind of visually similar to some victims of the atomic bomb, but these aren't the only correlations between the anime and the Second World War. GrouchyMcSurly on Reddit also brought to light a few similarities, making claims that both title and theme of Attack on Titan, "parallel the words of Japan's Commander-in-Chief Yamamoto: 'I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.' This was allegedly written in a letter after his attack on Pearl Harbor." They also point out that, "The songs played in the introduction are in German. They are the voice that inspires them to rise up and hunt, similarly to how Germany led Japan into the folly of WW2." While that connection seems a bit tenuous, the sheer amount of similarities seems to mean something. 


Attack On Titan Lines Up With Nostradamus' World End Theory

Linking Attack on Titan numerology with Nostradamus' theory of the end of the world together, Amino Apps contributor Flare has a theory that the sun sets for humanity's existence in the year 999, and the "1" from the original 1999 world end theory will represent the story's "peak of power." Humanity will end in one of two ways, according to this theory poster, either a traditional end of the world or a timeline reset.

Since it would be impossible for Eren to survive until the year 999, it could be that one of his descendants "obtains all other Titan shifting powers and transforms into a 'God-like' figure using the Coordinate to bring an end to the current timeline forcing it to reset," or, "Ymir Fritz will be revived in some fashion and will bring about the end of the world with her power."


Eren Will Use The Titans Inside The Wall To Defend Humanity

The walls guarding humanity against the onslaught of Titans are actually composed of Titans, this much we know for sure. But what will their fate be? Snkconspiracytheories thinks these Titans are going to be used by Eren as the ultimate weapon of war. With thousands of Titans residing inside of the walls, they will inevitably be, "The strongest weapon to end the war against Marley."


Mikasa Will Be All Alone In The End

Eren, Armin, and Mikasa have been together since they were children. Eren and Armin are driven by a desire to kill Titans and save humanity, while Mikasa is more concerned about just Eren. Nylla Camphry predicts that Eren will die in a grand sacrificial way to save mankind, in line with his personality and drive. She also predicts that Eren will have to eat other humans to gain Titan powers, and that it may even come to the point where Eren must eat Armin. Nylla Camphry goes on to state that Mikasa will be the only survivor of the three childhood friends, as it would tragically suit her character of not wanting to be alone. 


Titans Eat Humans Because They Want To Revert Back To Humans

So Titans are always frantically eating humans, even though they have no means of digesting them. What's up with that?  Well, according to -V0lD on Reddit, it's actually the "general speculation" of the entire Attack on Titan subreddit that Titans subconsciously know eating a Titan shifter will revert them back to human form. Therefore, they eat every person in the hopes they'll turn back, even though they don't seem outwardly to have any real drive or motivation.

FangedFish on Reddit made a post claiming the fearsome giants are actually trying to hold onto humanity, going from person to person desperately trying to eat a shifter because, "subconsciously they want to become human again."


Eren Kreuger Is Eren Jaeger From A Past Life

Some Attack on Titan theorists believe the soldier Eren Kreuger is a reincarnation of Eren Jaeger from a past life, which is why he knew both Armin and Mikasa before their birth.

In a Wiki thread posted about the theory by Eobard95, user Xinomorph noted that a reincarnation theory wouldn't be totally out of the ordinary, as Attack on Titan contains a lot of references to Norse folklore and mythology. The Norse believed that a dead person would come back to this world, reincarnated as the person they're named after. This could very well explain why Eren's father named him as he did, so that the Eren Kreuger could come to life once again. 

As stated by Redditor dustofoblivion123, "When he dies, he sends some of his memories of his own life to Eren Kruger, thereby influencing his own father's actions and changing his own destiny in his next life."


The Walls Are Made By Humans Who Can Become Titans

Humanity has retreated within giantantic walls to protect themselves from the man-eating Titans. While it's known that the Walls were created by Titans, xDollfie theorizes that the Walls are actually made up of humans who can become Titans. In other words, the Walls are humans standing in a circle, constantly in Titan form. What's even crazier is that the Walls have been in place for over 100 years, meaning that these human-shifting Titans have been standing there for a very long time. xDollfie also predicts that many humans (to create three walls) were forced to sacrifice their lives to live within the Walls and become the Walls. 


Armin Is The Narrator Of The Story

In the Japanese anime, as well as the English dub, the narrator of Attack on Titan is voiced by the same voice actor as Armin Arlert. Marina Inoue and Josh Grelle voice both characters, respectively, which has caused a stir in the fandom, bringing up speculations that Armin may be the narrator of the series.

"Maybe Armin is writing everything for us to read several years later or for a history book," went the prime point in Sookey5's Wiki post pointing out this theorySheepyBoo also speculates the narration comes from an older Armin, and that the narrator is, "actually Armin, but when he grows up." It certainly feels plausible. 


Annie's Crystal Is Buying Her Time To Live Until Her Grand Finale

Annie has a lot of secrets to reveal and a much, much deeper story developing for her. Well, once she gets out of her crystal cocoon. According to a theory posted by Eobard95, Annie only has a set time left to live, and being completely crystallized might be slowing down her death. If so, it's in her best interest to save her strength for a massive final fight, which will most likely be against Marley.

If the Survey Corps can convince Annie to join them, even out of anger or a desire for revenge against the people who put her in this situation, then it would prove to be a grand comeback for her.



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<![CDATA[The Best Lady Club Managers In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-club-managers-in-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There are a whole lot of anime clubs with girl managers. Girls who manage sports teams are a stock character that you'll find in just about every series of the best sports anime, from classics like Slam Dunk and Captain Tsubasa to recent hits like Haikyuu!! and Yowamushi Pedal. Often created in order to add female characters to the mostly-male sports teams, girls who manage anime clubs can add some much needed variety to the shows in which they appear.

While they're usually pretty cute, the coolest club managers have amazing organizational skills that are important to the team's success. The best lady managers in anime are also interesting characters in their own right. For example, Gou Matsuoka from Free!, one of the best little sisters in anime, adds humor to the show with her muscle obsession, but also adds depth with her grief over her father's death. Let your thoughts be known and vote up the character you'd want managing your team! 


The Best Lady Club Managers In Anime,

Minami kawashima

Renge Houshakuji

Riko Aida

Gou Matsuoka

Satsuki Momoi

Iroha Isshiki

Shion Sonozaki

Kiyoko Shimizu

Hitoka Yachi

Miki Kanzaki


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Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-club-managers-in-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The 15 Character Types That Describe Every Single Girl In Harem Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/every-harem-girl-cliche/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

Fans of the polyamorous genre know that when they start a new series, they're going to encounter a specific set of anime harem girl tropes, featuring a cast of love interests they've probably seen before. A rose by any other name, right?

Like any weird Japanese dating sim, the types of anime harem girls have distinct attitudes, looks, and behaviors that allow audience members a variety of options, just like the protagonist. Harem anime is normally filled with an array of female personalities because the male protagonist is usually one-dimensional and forgettable, so series need the girls to shine.

These are the anime girls who are in every harem, but there are some girls who exhibit a combination of two or three tropes. For instance, there can be a Loli who is also the Emotionless One and the Young Lady. As a harem, by definition not every girl can win the main character's (MC) heart, but at the very least fanservice is almost always a guarantee. So even if your favorite girl isn’t the end girl, you’re bound to see her lose her clothes at least once. You know, if you're into that sort of thing. God, the patriarchy is the worst. 


The 15 Character Types That Describe Every Single Girl In Harem Anime,

The Childhood Friend

Examples of The Childhood Friend: Yuki Nonaka from Testament of New Sister Devil (pictured above), Irina Shidou from High School DxD, and Rei Miyamoto from Highschool of the Dead.

Who They Are: Kind, compassionate, and usually an excellent cook, the Childhood Friend is a formidable opponent to the rest of the harem since they've known the MC longest. Very much the girl-next-door type, the Childhood Friend is generally liked by other males in the series, who can't understand why the MC has never noticed how amazing she is. Despite how close she may be to the MC, her chances of ending up with him are exceedingly low, most of the time regarded as a sibling rather than a love interest.


The Young Lady

Examples of The Young Lady: Yumiko Sakaki from The Fruit of Grisaia, Mayumi Saegusa from The Irregular at Magic High School, and Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos.

Who They Are: Often the headmaster's daughter or affiliated with a famous (sometimes royal) family, the young lady is intelligent, occasionally arrogant, cultured, and high maintenance. She might look down on the MC originally, but finds her opinion changed when she witnesses how inexplicably skilled he is at something.

The Young Lady more often than not crosses into Emotionless or Tsundere territory, the type of protagonist serving as the deciding factor. The issues of family pressure this girl brings to the series often induces sympathy in the MC, bringing them closer as he cheers her up. This factor gives her a real edge in the competition for his affection.


The Tsundere

Examples of The Tsundere: Chitoge from Nisekoi (pictured above), Yui Kotegawa from To Love-Ru, and Haruko Amaya from Maken-Ki.

Who They Are: Tough on the outside but soft on the inside, the Tsundere very obviously likes the MC (main character) but covers it up with embarrassment, and usually a punch to face. Since most MC's are incredibly dense, they can't see how obvious the Tsundere's feelings for them are.

This leads to endless bickering – usually accompanied by exclamations of idiot – which paradoxically brings them closer together. After everything, the Tsundere usually has the best chance of ending up with the MC.


The Athlete

Examples of The Athlete: Riko Suminoe from Kissxsis (pictured above), Ayumi Takahara from The World Gods Only Knows, and Tomoe Tachibana from Absolute Duo.

Who They Are: Energetic and tomboyish, the Athlete excels at sports and exudes a playful personality. She's most likely a member of a sports team, and if so, she's the most valuable member. The MC generally holds the Athlete and her skills in high regard, especially in the fantasy genre, where their prowess is counted on in fights (though she's never as powerful as the MC, because that's what would strain our belief).

She gets along with most people, but when paired with the Tsundere, her displays of jealousy are a little more... animated. The Athlete is always attractive, but it isn't very common for her to win the MC's heart completely.


The One With Ambivalent Gender

Examples of The One With An Ambivalent Gender: Subaru Konoe From Mayo Chiki! (pictured above), Yukimura Kusunoki from Haganai, and Saika Totsuka from Oregairu.

Who They Are: This type possesses gender neutral qualities, often prompting the MC to mistake her sex at first meeting. Most of the time this type is a girl or woman who dons masculine clothing for the sake of her job (a butler or bodyguard perhaps), or just because that's how she's more comfortable.

There are also male characters who cross dress, or simply exhibit traditionally feminine traits, which often makes the MC question their sexuality. Unfortunately, this type has the lowest chance of coming out on top (due to outmoded concepts of gender and sexuality), but there are rare exceptions.


The Loli

Examples of The Loli: Eucliwood Hellscythe from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, Nymph from Heaven's Lost Property, and Shinobu from The Monogatari Series.

Who They Are: The smallest of the harem, the Loli is a "younger sister" type of character who exhibits childish traits both physically and mentally. Sometimes the Loli is actually an underaged girl, making her relationship with the MC seriously creepy, but often she is either a very small full-grown woman or a centuries-old demon who takes the form of a young girl. While the Loli type definitely entices the MC, she's rarely the end girl, and that's probably a good thing.


The Sweet And Innocent One

Examples of The Sweet and Innocent One: Lilith Asami from Trinity Seven (pictured above), Haruna Sairenji from To Love-Ru, and Kosaki Onodera from Nisekoi.

Who They Are: The exact opposite of the the Lewd One, the Innocent One is embarrassed easily and prone to tears. They are generally naive and very shy when it comes to their feelings, but unlike the Tsundere who acts out harshly, this type will simply blush hard and wave her arms around frantically.

Though she wants desperately to be with the MC, she may not garner the courage to express her feelings, despite how obvious they are. This type's caring and kind personality makes the likelihood of her being chosen incredibly high, as long as the guy has the guts to express his feelings first. 


The Emotionless One

Examples of The Emotionless One: Origami from Date a Live (pictured above), Yukino Yukinoshita from Oregairu, and Arin Kannazuki from Trinity Seven.

Who They Are: An icy character with very little facial expression, the Emotionless One is often referred to as a kuudere. They don't wear their emotion on their face, and tend to speak very bluntly or not at all. Generally, however, they're considered so attractive that it doesn't really matter.

This character type, when paired with the Rich Girl, tends to be too intimidating for a (typically basic AF) MC to actually make a move on. However, if the MC is equally as blunt or emotionless, there's a good chance for this type to be picked as the end girl.


The Lewd One

Examples of The Lewd One: Rika Shiguma from Haganai (pictured above), Akeno Himejima from High School DxD, and Momo Belia Deviluke from To Love-Ru.

Who They Are: The most sexually aggressive of the bunch, this girl is not afraid to get down and dirty with the MC (or the other girls for that matter). Their humor and dialogue tends to be filled with innuendo, and she loves teasing the other girls whenever she has the chance.

She often uses her sexual confidence as leverage for her candidacy as the MC's end girl, but is usually more comic relief character than anything else. This girl doesn't have a high chance of ending up with the protagonist. However, she certainly gives the other girls a run for their money when it comes to who can kiss the MC first.


The Bookworm

Examples of The Quiet, Intelligent One: Tabitha from Zero no Tsukaima (pictured above), Reine Murasame from Date a Live, and Aya Toujou from Ichigo 100%.

Who They Are: Bookish, responsible, and wearing an obligatory pair of glasses, this type may be quiet, but she shouldn't be underestimated. She isn't as rowdy as the other girls, and may even wish to be alone in order to read, study, or work. Her lack of drama doesn't mean she likes the protagonist any less, she just prefers to be more subtle about it. The Bookworm has a sizeable chance with the MC, but she's tragically overlooked some of the time.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 06:53:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/every-harem-girl-cliche/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[15 Totally Underrated English Dubs Of Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underrated-dubbed-anime/hannah-collins?source=rss

With more and more anime being pumped out of Japan every year, it's all too easy for some great titles to fall under the radar. Whilst dubbing used to have a terrible reputation for poor acting and invasive censorship, as seen in the American Sailor Moon, it has certainly come a long way. Though the medium is more popular than ever, not every anime gets a dubbed version for the non-Japanese market, and the ones that do can sometimes become more popular overseas than in their country of origin, such as The Big O.

The best dubbed anime like Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, and Dragon Ball Z enjoy huge popularity, but this list features dubbed shows and films that don't get the recognition they deserve. Vote up any underrated anime that has great English voice acting that definitely helped, rather than hurt, the series. 


15 Totally Underrated English Dubs Of Anime,

Digimon: The Movie

Little introduction is needed for the world's second most well-known '-Mon' franchise. The US version of this spin-off movie was a composite of footage from Digimon Adventure (1999), Our War Game!! (2000), and Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! / Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (2000). Released in 2000, Digimon: The Movie focuses on the continuing adventures of the original Digi-Destined team in their teenage years, plus a team-up with their successors, as they battle a rogue Digital Monster in the real world.

Why It's Underrated: Being a children's movie, it took a beating from critics when it was released, and though fondly remembered by fans, the humor of the American dub combined with the visually innovative depiction of the Internet should make it more highly rated than it is. It also makes a great companion piece alongside director Mamoru Hosoda's later work, Summer Wars (2009).


The Big O

The Big O is an impressive mash-up of film noir, mecha, and detective stories with a healthy dollop of sci-fi towards the climax. Set in Paradigm City, it follows Roger Smith, professional 'negotiator' and exclusive pilot of the humongous mech, 'Big O,' his faithful butler, and his snarky android maid. Big O is an antique of a forgotten time, and as Roger probes deeper into the city's dark underbelly, he unwittingly uncovers the truth of the City's hidden past.

Why It's Underrated: It's heavy Western influences left a sour taste in the mouths of its Japanese audience when it was released in 1999, but did better with Western fans. The dubs were amazing for the time it was released, with very solid voice acting. Its confusing finale left many unsatisfied - including the people at Cartoon Network - but Big O still deserves wider recognition than just being a cult classic. 


Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

While traveling through a Mafia-ruled version of the US, a Japanese tourist witnesses a murder at the hands of the "Phantom" - a powerful weapon created by the mysterious "Inferno" company. The Phantom turns out to be a young woman named "Ein," who then kidnaps and brainwashes the young Japanese man and renames him "Zwei." He becomes another puppet for Inferno. 

Why It's Underrated: The series masterfully blends tragedy, romance, and all the thrills you'd expect from a crime-caper, but despite being highly rated, it hasn't received as much attention as it deserves. The American translation is on point and is definitely worth a shot. 


Outlaw Star

Also known as Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star, this late '90s space western series follows the adventures of roguish man-for-hire, Gene Starwind, and his young first mate, James "Jim" Hawking. Stuck on the small planet of Sentinal III, Gene's boyhood dreams of exploring the galaxy come true when he comes into possession of the highly-advanced ship, Outlaw Star, and is tasked with protecting a strange girl who is somehow linked to the ship.

Why It's Underrated: Although considered to be a cult classicOutlaw Star's legacy is somewhat overshadowed by the other great, space western of the '90s, Cowboy Bebop. While there is some mild censorship in the dubbed version, the voice actors did an amazing job of highlighting the personalities of each character. 


Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been forced to live in cities under domes surrounded amid wastelands. The only thing keeping hope alive for many is the rumor of a mystical utopia somewhere in the world that can only be found by wolves. The problem is, wolves haven't been seen for 200 years. Everything changes when Kiba, a lone wolf, is drawn to Freeze City. After meeting others of his kind, he must contend with evil forces to reach the fabled utopia.

Why It's Underrated: Although it certainly has an ardent fan following and sold well at its time of release in 2004, this dark, moody, and beautiful series could still use a bit more love from the mainstream. The voice acting is stellar and delivers strong, emotional depth. 


Whisper of the Heart

Also known as Mimi wo Sumaseba (literally translating to, "if you listen closely"), this 1995 Studio Ghibli rom-com movie tells the story of a young girl trying to write her first novel whilst searching for the mysterious boy with the same taste in library books as her. Along the way, she spots a finely dressed cat and decides to follow him on a whirlwind journey beyond her imagination. 

Why It's Underrated: Despite being the highest grossing Japanese film of 1995 and receiving wide critical praise, this film is somewhat of a forgotten gem compared some of the more famous titles in the Ghibli crown. Awareness of it might have also been diminished by it's more recent spin-off based on the feline baron character in 2002's The Cat Returns. Either way, the movie boasts a soundtrack that has the high quality of Ghibli-Disney English voice acting. 


A Letter to Momo

A Letter To Momo is a sweet little slice of life film with a fantastical twist. Following the sudden death of her father, city girl Momo moves to the countryside to live with her mother, finding herself bored and isolated. Weighing on her mind even more is an unfinished letter written to her by her late father, simply reading, "Dear Momo..." One day while exploring her mother's attic, Momo stumbles across an old book and things start to become a lot more interesting around her.

Why It's Underrated: Produced by the highly-respected Production I.G, this film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and scooped up two international animation awards in 2012. Sadly, the love from the critical circuit hasn't translated into fan consciousness in the same way. The English dub is very solid and professional. 


Record of Lodoss War

Also known as Lodoss Island War Chronicle, this anime was adapted from a series of Japanese fantasy novels that were based on a Dungeons & Dragons style RPG called Forcelia. The first adaptation was an OVA in 1990. Set in the aftermath of war in the kingdom of Lodoss, a new evil begins interrupting the newly found peace of the land's political regime. To combat this sinister foe, novice warrior Parn assembles a crack team of six mixed-race fighters.

Why It's Underrated: Outside of Japan, the Lodoss franchise has little name recognition, which is a shame considering its groundbreaking history as one of the earliest high fantasy anime. With the latest series airing as recently as 2014, it's still going strong today. It should be noted at the OVA had decent dubs, while the first TV series, Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, pretty much did everything an English dub shouldn't do. 


Kino No Tabi: The Beautiful World (Kino's Journey)

Based on a series of popular light novels, this mini series follows a skilled markswoman, Kino, on an existential road trip of self-discovery on her talking motorcycle, Hermes (yes, really). Along the way, the pair travels to different cities, taking in the different cultural heritages and societies.

Why It's Underrated: Though it's highly rated by critics and fans, the show's preference for style and atmosphere over a substantial plot has left it somewhat unappreciated by a mainstream audience. This is quite sad, as the English dub is actually decent and adds much to the experience of following Kino. 


Roujin-Z

From the legendary creator of Akira, this 1991 OVA is centered around one of the strangest mechs ever created. In Roujin-Z, the Z-001 is a robotic hospital bed that can care for a patient without the need for human intervention. Its first test subject is an elderly man named Mr. Takazawa, whose selection prompts criticism of the project's ethics. Things become even more complicated when the bed starts to develop a mind of its own.

Why It's Underrated: This film won the prestigious Mainichi Film Award for animation in 1991, but has sadly faded into relative obscurity despite its unique and wacky premise. This might be partly due to the notoriety of its predecessor, Akira. It has good English dubs originally recorded in London. 



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<![CDATA[The Greatest Anime Bromances Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-anime-bromances/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

The greatest anime bromances can make any type of anime fan emotional. They might even find themselves ugly-crying at the devotion these pairs have for one another. Like amazing bromances in comic books, best anime bros don’t always begin as friends, but by the end of their series there’s no one else who knows them better. Though there are many ups and downs in these relationships, what makes these anime bromances truly great is that they never forget about each other.

There’s no denying that when these bros met, their lives changed for the better. The level of trust between these guys (or gals, because it's the 21st century and women can be bros too) is envy-worthy and inspiring, not too mention so sweet you sometimes forget which genre you’re watching. Even though they go through hell and back, they support each other up all the way to the end, and that's something worth celebrating.  


The Greatest Anime Bromances Of All Time,

Edward and Alphonse From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Bros who are literally brothers, Edward and Alphonse's relationship is one of the most poignant in the FMA series. Already close as kids, their bond grows even stronger after their attempt at human transmutation goes horribly awry, with Al losing his entire body and Ed losing an arm and a leg.

Ed never forgives himself for what happened to Al, dedicating his life to finding a way to get their bodies back. Al is loyal as only little brothers can be, always looking up to Ed and refusing to blame him for what happened. They share a deep respect for one another's capabilities, believing in each other unconditionally and always quick to defend each other in a fight. 


Kaneki And Hide From Tokyo Ghoul

You should get a friend like Hide. He won't care if you need human flesh to survive, and he'll run straight into the fire to ask you to come home. No matter how far Kaneki fell into the ghoul world, his best (and only) friend Hide refused to abandon him, even if their lives were in jeopardy.

Hide actually joined the CCG's efforts in order to get information on the ghoul world, so he could try to protect Kaneki any way he could. Despite pushing Hide away to protect him, Kaneki suffered immense loneliness from the loss of contact, preferring to suffer rather than let anything happen to Hide. The last episode of Tokyo Ghoul Root A really cements their friendship, when Hide reveals he knew Kaneki was a ghoul, and that it didn't matter to him one bit (cue the acoustic version of "Unravel").


Mikado And Kida From Durarara

Life can be hard when you're teenage gang leaders running opposing factions, but Mikado and Kida spent most of the series trying to protect each other. As Mikado slid farther and farther into Ikebukuro's underground, Kida was the only one who could bring him back, never once letting their friendship go.

Though both hid their gang affiliations from the other to preserve the purity of their relationship, they didn't judge or condemn one another when the truth came to light. While the city streets always had something crazy going on, the two could count on their bond for peace and relief.


Gon And Killua From Hunter X Hunter

Gon and Killua became bros the moment they met, bonding immediately as they breezed through the first stage of the Hunter exam. The word "betrayal" doesn't exist between these two, who constantly put each other first and berate the other for putting themselves in any kind of danger.

From facing the Phantom Troupe to beating Greed Island, their unconditional loyalty never wavers, and every one of their adventures together proves this over and over again. Hearts everywhere broke as Killua witnessed Gon's descent into grief during the Chimera Ant arc, giving way to tears as we watched Killua do everything he could to bring him back. In the end, there's nothing that could fracture their friendship, even if their paths take them in different directions.


Takeo And Sunakawa From My Love Story

You know a bromance is truly great when you feel comfortable enough to practice your first kiss on your bro, unwilling though they may be. These childhood friends know everything about each other, and Takeo is the only person that brings emotion out of the composed Suna.

While all of the girls Takeo falls for end up liking Suna, he always turns them down because they speak badly of his best friend. For Suna, Takeo's happiness is his happiness, too. When Takeo finally finds the girl of his dreams, Suna is there to make sure they avoid the pitfalls of virtually every shoujo couple ever. While not the main relationship of My Love Story, this bromance is definitely just as sweet. 


Taiga And Minori From Toradora

While the supreme tsundere Taiga and the bubbly Minori seem like a mismatched pair, they've proven themselves to have one of the cutest friendships in anime. Affectionate, caring, and always quick with a big hug, these two accept one another as they are, and root for each other's happiness.

Minori, especially, pulls the ultimate bro move ever, and denies her feelings for Ryuji because she knows Taiga likes him too. Despite the heartache and drama that arises from falling in love with the same boy, they never stop being friends, or forget the love they have for one another.


Ryuko And Mako From Kill La Kill

A popular ship, Ryuko and Mako are pretty much joined at the hip from the first episode of Kill la Kill. Mako's energetic attitude compliments Ryuko's more fierce persona, and Mako proves to be one of the only people that can make Ryuko soften up. Their relationship is affectionate and lively, and they're an incredibly engaging pair to watch.

The best hype-man, Mako isn't afraid to jump right into the middle of Ryuko's fights to talk up her best friend (and tell her how good her body is). Whichever way these ladies swing, it's evident they will be together for a long time. 


Joseph And Caesar From Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Sometimes bros need a common enemy in order to see each other as friends, and such is the case with Joseph and Caesar. The initial disconnect between these two was dispelled in their attempts to defeat the Pillar Men, during which Caesar finally acknowledged Joseph's power. They trained together, pushed each other, and praised one another's progress, eventually becoming more than just fighting partners.

They even have their own badass pose, showcasing how in sync they became. Fans broke into tears when Joseph wrapped his fallen friend's famous headband across his own forehead, calling for Caeser's strength as he defeats the man who killed him. After all, great bromances go beyond the grave.


Naruto And Sasuke From Naruto

Naruto and Sasuke are the bros who just can't quit each other. A very contentious relationship, these two spend an entire series reinforcing their bromance. Naruto refuses to abandon Sasuke, no matter what kind of mess he gets into (or instigates), and Sasuke pretends he doesn't want to be bros with Naruto even though it's obvious he does.

Even with their conflicting ideologies and attitudes, they seem to have a good grasp on how each other think. Their final fight in the series is one of the most satisfying in the history of all bromances, with every duel and every emotional encounter from their tumultuous past coming to a head. It took over 500 episodes, but they finally saw eye to eye. 


Worick And Nico From Gangsta

A pair of childhood friends, Worick and Nico remained companions into their adult life. Both suffered abuse at the hands of their father figures, and they bonded over their shared misery when Nico was assigned as Worick's bodyguard at age 14.

While their bromance began a little morbidly, it really bloomed when Worick began teaching the hearing-impaired Nic how to read and write, while they both learned sign language. Despite the complex secrets they keep between each other, they still joke around, wear each other's clothes, and bicker like an old couple.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 05:31:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-anime-bromances/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[15 Surprisingly Dark Anime You Never Really Noticed Are Bleak AF]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-dark-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There's a lot of surprisingly dark and scary anime out there. And it's not just the straight-up horror shows - sometimes, you don't realize the seemingly happy-go-lucky world of a series actually has horrifying implications. For example, you may not have noticed how existentially terrifying Free! is because you were too distracted by the fan service. Yu-Gi-Oh! can get so convoluted that it never occurred to you that the characters have descended into Hell halfway through the card game. 

There are also some genuinely cheerful anime with super dark undertones. Gintama is mostly hilarious, but not so much once you get to the war part. Yuri!!! on Ice is a genuinely heartwarming show, if you glaze over the whole fat-shaming thing in the first few episodes. Fair warning: once you realize that your favorite series is a secretly depressing anime, you'll never look at it the same way again. Check out this list of anime and vote up the ones that are shockingly much more somber and dark than you remember.  


15 Surprisingly Dark Anime You Never Really Noticed Are Bleak AF,

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z is a fun, colorful show that vacillates between bad*ss action sequences, jokes at Krillin's expense, and the occasional heartwarming scene. Because you were probably a little kid when you first saw it, you may not realize that there are a couple things about the DBZ universe that are just plain creepy.

For instance, everyone on the planet dies multiple times. Cell kills thousands, Majin Buu decimates cities, and Kid Buu literally destroys the whole planet. Of course, the Namekian Dragon Balls are used to revive all the people, only to have them all die again when Frieza arrives. But man, if you're an Android and you die, the Dragon Balls can't bring you back, so you just stay dead. 


Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu is a show about the ballerina named Ahiru, who is also a magical girl who doesn't remember that she used to be a duck. Her task is to reunite her classmate, Mytho, with all the shards of his destroyed heart. While the premise is a little jarring, the art, the overall tone, and the forgotten duck form promised a lighthearted, fun magical girl show. 

Well, Princess Tutu slaps you awake and says nope. Instead of cutesy magical powers, you get a slew of depressing situations. There's the soulless Mytho, whose friend, Fakir, is so protective and controlling over him that it makes you want to call a domestic abuse hotline. There's a girl named Rue who was kidnapped by ravens as a child and believes she is a raven. And don't forget the existential crisis about whether the main character is human or duck! Oh, and the cherry on top is a horrifying villain named Drosselmeyer who can literally control his foe's every action. 


Pokemon

While the world of Pokémon may seem delightful, it's actually pretty unsettling if you think about it. The basic premise involves 10-year-olds capturing and attempting to control gigantic monsters with abilities that range from fire-breathing to telekinetic assaults. Not only is this a great way for kids to get killed, it's also animal abuse. The series tries to excuse this by emphasizing the positive bond between humans and Pokémonbut it still involves humans forcing animals to fight for their own personal gain, like dog-fighting, and such activity is illegal in most places for a reason. 

Once captured, Pokémon spend most of their time as bits of data in a tiny ball. They are now slaves owned by a pre-teen who may or may not have changed their name to Butthole. And that's just the basic premise of Pokémon. One step further, take the species themselves: Cubone, who wears its dead mother's skull on its head and cries constantly; Yamask, who used to be a human and carries around a mask of its former face; Drifloon, who poses as a balloon so it can kidnap children. 


Digimon

The whole Digimon franchise has some seriously messed up concepts in these seemingly cheerful kid shows. The basic premise involves placing massive amounts of pressure on young children. The Digi-Destined (or Chosen Children) are paired with Digimon partners with whom they're expected to save the world from destruction. While it's not unusual for shows geared toward kids to heap that kind of responsibility onto child characters, Digimon takes it to another level.

For example, in Season 1, Tai believes he is responsible for his sister's near death from pneumonia. Why? Because when he was inexplicably tasked with watching her when he was too young to look after himself, the illness she already had got worse. His mother blames him so hard that she actually hits him for it. That guilt follows Tai for years. 

In Digimon Tamers, a young girl named Jeri ends up so depressed from the death of both her mother and her Digimon partner that she begins to believe she deserves to die. She's manipulated by a being called the D-Reaper to believe that all of humanity needs to be eliminated, and suffers a complete mental breakdown. 


Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket is an allegedly cheerful shoujo anime about a girl named Tohru who forms a tight bond with the wealthy and mysterious Sohma family. The biggest mystery is that members of the family transform into animals when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. While the series does explore the ways in which the curse limits and isolates those it impacts, there are a lot of truly alarming things that the series glosses over.

For instance, social services doesn't appear to exist in this world. Akito, the family deity at the center of the curse, is extremely abusive. Whether it's whipping his cousin Yuki when they're both children, blinding his cousin Hatori (who is also his doctor) in a fit of rage because he dared to fall in love, or smacking a little girl across the room when he's an adult, Akito gets away with catastrophic physical violence. Somehow, no one outside of the family ever notices that anything is amiss.

Social services also falls down on the job when it comes to protecting minors from sexual predators. Tohru's father was her mother's middle school teacher, Shigure and Ayame are 27-year-old men who are constantly making sexually inappropriate comments about 17-year-olds, and in the manga, Kyo's adoptive father ends up pursuing a relationship with his son's same-aged classmate, Hanajima. Because the series presents these things as either romantic or humorous, you might not have realized how messed up the first time - but if you take a closer look, the world of Fruits Basket is actually pretty nightmarish. 


One Piece (JP)

The world of One Piece, colorful and whimsical though it may be, is constantly on the brink of brutal, devastating war. The Three Great Powers (the Marines, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Four Emperors) are constantly at odds with one another, and it's been said that if any one faction were to collapse, the entire world would plunge into chaos in the ensuing power vacuum.

While that may be fine for the Straw Hats and other pirates or government officials with insane power levels, it would be cataclysmic for the normal citizens of the planet. Remember, not everyone eats Devil Fruit or masters Haki. For the average citizens of Drum Island, death and destruction are always around the corner. 


Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX takes place at Duel Academy, a boarding school for would-be duelists. Maybe because of the bright colors and the happy-go-lucky personality of Jaden, the main character, GX is known as the the most light-hearted Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

Guys, it's not really light-hearted. In Season 1, the students are so massively stratified based on their dueling skills that low-performing students live in sheds and eat prison food, while high-performing students live in high-end accommodations and eat like kings. Don't forget that one of the teachers repeatedly tries to kill Jaden, too. Oh, and a bunch of kids are missing. 

Later plot lines involve a terrifying force from space that gives people heart failure and liver disease, childhood memories involving memory erasure, underground cage-fights, and one of the most horrifying stories in any anime ever. In Season 3, Jaden has to rescue his friend Johan from a malevolent spirit by entering a place that looks a lot like Hell. Said malevolent spirit is actually Jaden's girlfriend from a past life, Yubel. Yubel manipulates Jaden into committing genocide against card spirits (who are sentient beings) and murdering most of his high school friends. Everyone comes back to life, but the show ends with Yubel living in his body like a parasite. 


Gintama

Gintama is largely focused on parody and zany hijinks, so it's easy to forget that many of the characters have been through some serious sh*t. Yes, there's a cop who drinks mayonnaise like it's water, and yes, there's a giant duck named Elizabeth with nefarious goals and hairy human legs. But! There is also the main character, Gintoki, who has major PTSD from being an orphan child digging through corpses for food, being an adolescent fighting the Joei war, and from being forced to choose between killing his teacher and his friends. 

Gintoki isn't the only character with a tragic backstory. The aforementioned mayonnaise guzzling policeman had a love interest who died of tuberculosis. Kagura, Gintoki's employee and informally adopted daughter, has a brother who wants to kill her because she was "weak" enough to beg him not to kill their dad. Oh, and at least five other characters are Joei war veterans. 


Naruto

Most nerdy pre-teens in the world have seen Naruto, but lots of people don't realize how truly disturbing this show is until they're much older. It's easy to get distracted by bad*ss action sequences, awesome magic, and silly fan service, but you could fill a book with all the things about the Naruto universe that are not just bleak, but downright horrifying.

For example, did you realize the world is populated by child soldiers? Nearly every single character has lost multiple loved ones to war and genocide. And what's with the weird, major theme of eyeball theft?   


Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Most people remember Free! for the gorgeous KyoAni animation, the copious fan service, and the fact that Rin has shark teeth for some reason. What people might not remember is how existentially terrifying it could get. Sousuke Yamazaki, the antagonist of Free! Eternal Summer, injures his shoulder in such a way that it might stop him from ever swimming again.

Sousuke intended to make swimming his career, so without that option, he's at a total loss. The series ends with him staring off into the distance, watching the waves lap at the shore. Why is that so scary? Because not only does this imply that a 17-year-old boy's hopes for the future have been totally dashed, the series also featured two deaths and several near-deaths via ocean. The symbolism is chilling.

On the other hand, Haruka Nanase, the main character, ends up becoming an Olympic athlete despite initially hating the idea. Why? Because the only thing that makes him feel human is swimming and doing it professionally is the only way he'll get to spend most of his life in the water. Because he finds social interaction so painful, life in the spotlight as an Olympic athlete would be excruciating. Ironically, he can't escape his obligation to participate in human society, so he can never really be free. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:21:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-dark-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime With The Most Gorgeous Train Station Scenes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-gorgeous-train-station-scenes/hannah-collins?source=rss

Whether on another planet or just in another country, decades in the past or far into the future, beautiful anime train station scenes entrance viewers all across the genre. Dreamy train station scenes in anime leave you with that tingling, wistful feeling of a journey about to be taken. As a picturesque and quaint form of travel, beautiful anime train station scenes allow the illustrators to flex their skills, depicting beautiful hills, oceans, and urban landscapes rolling by. Furthermore, a train's movement from one destination to another can symbolize a character's own growth, and the tranquility of a train car allows them peace in which to mull over their evolution.

Train stations have transfixed anime creators for quite some time, from the space operas of the '70s and '80s like Galaxy Express and Night On The Galactic Railroad to modern "slice of life" classics like Your Lie In April. In fact, train scenes have become such a staple there are even entire photoblogs dedicated purely to the depiction of travel in anime. Coupled with an anime's unique animation style, anime train scenes can be just as engaging, and as emotional, as any combat or death scenes in a series.


Anime With The Most Gorgeous Train Station Scenes,

5 Centimeters Per Second

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Galaxy Express 999

Blue Spring Ride

Clannad After Story

Galaxy Railways

Rail Wars!

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress Part One: The Light That Gathers

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress

Toki wa Meguru: Tokyo Station


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Mon, 01 May 2017 10:16:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-gorgeous-train-station-scenes/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[How "Magical Girls" Became Such A Big Thing In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-does-magic-girl-anime-exist/hannah-collins?source=rss

What do you get when you mix sparkly eyes, frilly skirts, endless curls, punchy catchphrases, unbeatable optimism, and magical powers together? Why, a whole lot of sweet, cute, and gutsy girls! These are the key ingredients that define Magical Girl anime today. But where did this sugary world of bright heroines come from?

Most Western fans credit '90s classics like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura as the earliest examples of their exposure to this genre, but Magical Girl TV shows have a history in Japanese comics and animation that stretches all the way back the early '60s. Once upon a time, the neon-colored, plucky girls parading around today as "magical warriors" were once gender-bending knights, kick-*ss female superheroes, and "cute witches" from other dimensions. 

Also known as "Mahou Shoujo" or "Majokko" in Japanese, this unapologetically girly genre has come a long way, and its unwavering popularity has meant it's still developing in new and unexpected directions as time goes on. Some universities even have college courses on Magical Girl anime, as the genre has evolved and heavily influenced animation on various levels. Read on to discover how Mahou Shoujo anime started and how it has developed through the decades. 


How "Magical Girls" Became Such A Big Thing In Anime,

"Magical Girls" Are Not To Be Confused With "Magical Girlfriends"

These two archetypes are often confused, and while there can be overlaps, they're ostensibly two entirely separate things. Whilst both are heroines who can either be humans who possess magical powers or supernatural beings like witches or goddesses, there are key differences.

A Magical Girl fits more into the mold of superhero. She is a protagonist who uses her powers to fight crime or inspire good, and though she usually has a romantic sub-plot, she acts independently. On the other hand, a Magical Girlfriend exists predominantly as male wish fulfillment and has less of the same agency. Ah! My Goddess! is one of the most well-known examples of the girlfriend genre. 


Magical Angel Creamy Mami Was The First Magic Idol Singer Show

Studio Pierrot's first foray into the world of Magical Girls was Magical Angel Creamy Mami in 1983, which also birthed a whole new sub-genre - the "Magical Girl Idol." As the name suggests, this archetype is a Magical Girl whose secret identity is that of an entertainer (usually a singer). This comes about either by virtue of an already-famous girl being gifted magical powers, or a girl who uses her abilities to become a famous performer. For Yu Morisawa, the heroine of Creamy Mami, it's the latter, as she uses her alien-given powers to transform into her older, singing alter-ego known as "Creamy."  

 


Toei Animation Had The Monopoly On Magical Girl Shows Until The '80s

With Himitsu no Akko-chanSally the Witch, and every other Mahou Shoujo show carrying its logo from the get-go, Toei Animation appeared to exclusively own the Magical Girl genre as a franchise. However, this is all changed in 1982 with the release of Magical Princess Minky Momo by Production Reed (then known as Ashi Production).

While Westerners usually aren't familiar with the title, the anime was hugely popular in Japan at the time. With Ashi Production's success, the floodgates for non-Toei Magical Girls ripped opened. Studio Pierrot released a whole roster of shows throughout the '80s, including Magical Angel Creamy MamiPersia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi.


Majokko Meg-Chan Developed A Lot Of The Genre's Staples, Including Its Name

Sally and Akko-chan kickstarted the genre, but Majokko Meg-chan (AKA Megu, the Little Witch) developed it much further when it aired in 1974. In fact, Meg-chan introduced and popularized the genre's very name.

Megu-chan had an incredible amount of genre "firsts" that would become future staples. It was the first Magical Girl show to be aimed at boys as well as girls; the first to feature a heroine who wasn't super-girly; the first to feature a "Dark Magical Girl" rival; the first to have seriously evil villain; and the first to treat its viewers to fan service (i.e. panty shots) in a show of its kind.  


Cutey Honey Developed The Magical Girl Warrior, Despite Being A Shounen Show

From the mind of the strange yet genius creator, Go Nagai, came Cutey Honey, airing in 1973. Most fans will be more familiar with the revival anime series, New Cutey Honey and Cutey Honey Flash that aired during the '90s.

Though its technically a Shounen show, Cutey Honey's shapeshifting android heroine qualifies as a Magical Girl Warrior prototype. Proof of Cutey Honey's influence on shaping the modern Magical Girl Warrior can be seen in the definitive example of the archetype, Sailor Moon, with the "Monster Of The Week" format and the "In The Name Of The Moon" speeches.   


The First Magical Girl Team Was Formed During A Crossover Special In The '80s

The culmination of Studio Pierrot's Magical Girl line-up in the '80s was a one-off OVA special in 1987 called Majokko Club Yoningumi: A Kuukan kara no Alien XIt crossed over characters from Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Persia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi to create the very first Avengers-style Magical Girl team. 

Previously, Magical Girls had been solitary heroines with occasional human or magical companions, but this group format paved the way for Magical Girl Warrior Team shows like Sailor MoonTokyo Mew Mew, and Pretty Cure.


Bewitched Was The Inspiration Behind Sally The Witch

Believe or not, part of the inspiration for this quintessentially Japanese pop cultural phenomenon came from the US - specifically, the ABC sitcom Bewitched, which aired in 1964. The show was a frothy, comedic take on the supernatural, following the not-so-average housewife, Samantha Stephens, a witch married to a non-magical man.

The series inspired the creation of Sally the Witch, the very first Magical Girl anime to fly onto Japanese TV screens in 1966. Tribute has even been paid to the impact of Bewitched by way of the Magical Girl comedy series, Oku-sama wa Maho Shojo: Bewitched Agnes, which aired in 2005. 


The First Magical Girl On TV Was A Witch Named "Sally" From Another Dimension

Created by the legendary Mitsuteru Yokoyama (creator of Gigantor, AKA Tetsujin 28-go, the grandfather of the Mecha genre) Sally the Witch was the first Magical Girl anime when it aired in Japan in 1966, three years earlier than Himitsu no Akko-chan

Sally is a princess, who is also a witch, of the magical kingdom of Astoria (a fictional place, not to be confused with the real one). She accidentally teleports to Earth, makes human friends, and decides to use her powers for good. The anime introduced the "Cute Witch" archetype and the concept of a "princess" from another dimension who ends up on Earth to the Magical Girl genre. 


Himitsu No Akko-chan Was Technically The First Magical Girl

Although Sally The Witch is often credited as the first Magical Girl, the title technically belongs to Himitsi no Akko-chan ("The Secret Of Akkochan"), the manga of which predates Sally as it was published in 1962. It was produced as an anime that aired in 1969

While Sally embodies the Cute Witch archetype specifically, Akko-chan pioneered two fundamental characteristics of the Mahou Shoujo genre. The first is that heroine Kagami Atsuko is an ordinary human who is gifted, rather than born, with her powers as a reward for doing a good deed. The second is the all-important transformation ability that effectively creates a "secret identity" split between girl and magic. Kagami does this by way of a magical compact that endows her with shapeshifting powers. 


Princess Knight Was Technically The First Magical Girl

The starting point for the Magical Girl genre is the manga Princess Knight, created by Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka (most famously known for works like Astro Boy). Beginning life as a manga series in 1953, Princess Knight was adapted into anime in 1967 and is also a notable early example of Shoujo. While historians agree that Princess Knight is not really a Magical Girl, it's generally accepted as the earliest prototype for one of the genre's key archetypes - the "Magical Girl Warrior," made more famous decades later by the hugely popular Sailor Moon franchise.

Princess Knight was also pretty revolutionary in terms of gender-bending, which is another common trope of both Shoujo and Magical Girl stories. Due to archaic gender rules, its heroine, Princess Sapphire, is forced to live her life as a Prince in order to ensure she inherits the throne from her father. Her boyish physicality laid the foundation for the fusion of the Magical Girl and Sentai archetypes to come.



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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:58:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-does-magic-girl-anime-exist/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[All The Times Digimon Was Too Intense For American Audiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/digimon-moments-censored-in-america/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Digimon is actually known as one of the more mature kids' shows out there. With violent imagery, character deaths, and serious family issues like divorce and adoption, you wouldn't necessarily know there are major differences in the Digimon dub. Seriously, where were they drawing the line? But weirdly, Digimon was heavily censored in America. And Digimon isn't the only anime censored in the US. The same thing happened to shows like Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, too.

From touching up the outfits of scantily clad female Digimon to removing everything from guns to incest to Buddhism, 4Kids and Saban turned Toei Animation's original series into a barely recognizable version of itself. While some of these changes detracted from the quality of the series, some actually made it better. The merit of the changes may be up for debate, but one thing's for sure; the sub and the dub are so disparate they may as well be two different series.


All The Times Digimon Was Too Intense For American Audiences,

Most Of The Guns Were Edited Out

For a show that takes place in a country with little gun violence, Digimon sure has a lot of scenes with guns. Perhaps because of the prevalence of gun violence in America, the dubbed version was pretty different. In Digimon 01 and Digimon 02, guns were completely edited out, which led several scenes people just kind of pointing at each other awkwardly.

In one particularly odd scene, 11-year-old Ken Ichijouji is visibly terrified and angry because, in the original version, a guard shoved a gun in his face. Because this doesn't happen in the dubbed version, they need another explanation. What is that explanation? The guard called him a punk. In later series like Tamers, guns are present, but any scenes that depict people actually getting shot are removed.


There's A Bath Scene That Plays Out Very Differently In Each Version

In episode 8 of Digimon 01, the kids spend some time relaxing in a public bath. Despite the fact that public baths aren't exactly typical in America, the dub retained the scene. What it didn't retain was the bit where Joe walks into the bath area with a towel between his legs, Tai and Matt decide his reticence to get naked in front of his male friends is unacceptable, and that the proper response is to tackle him and pull his towel off.

While this is meant to be a joke, it's actually a particularly nasty example of boundary violation and physical assault. Since the scene does little besides make Matt and Tai look like bullies, it was probably a good decision to cut this one.


Frontier's Sexy Dynamite Scene Didn't Make The Cut

In Digimon Frontier, Zoe (or Izumi as she's called in the original version), tries on a bunch of swimsuits and does some cute poses in front of a mirror. She claims that she wants to be a gravure model, calls herself "sexy dynamite," and repeatedly compliments herself. Izumi, to clarify, is in 5th grade.

To many viewers, this looks like a little girl acting on developmentally appropriate impulses. That said, it's not exactly surprising that the dub version cut this scene. While it certainly isn't the worst that anime has to offer when it comes to sexualizing minors, it's still pretty creepy. 


Hitchhiking Was Taken Out Of The Show, Along With The Kids' Sex Appeal

In one episode of Digimon 01, the kids are trying to make their way home after being deposited back on Earth from the Digital World. In the original version, this is accomplished through hitchhiking. The kids stick their thumbs out, and attempt to use sex appeal to attract drivers.

Saban and 4Kids didn't think that kind of behavior would fly with its target audience, so they cut out the scene where Yamato (Matt) almost gets picked up by an adult woman with a huge bust, and all shots of the kids with their thumbs out. When they do get picked up thanks to Mimi and Sora, the dude in the car is coincidentally Sora's cousin, not some guy who's really into pre-teen girls.  


Some Things Were Weirdly Less Appropriate

While most changes made to the dub were intended to protect children from ideas or images that might be harmful, some of the changes did exactly the opposite. In the original version of Digimon Tamers, Ruki Makino's mother gave birth to her at age 18. That's pretty early to become a parent, but it's closing in on adulthood and it could be worse. The dub version makes it worse.

Rika Nonaka (Ruki's dub name) is three years older than her sub counterpart (she's 13 instead of 10). Her mother, meanwhile, stays the same age. This means her mother had her at age 15. Considering the fact that some 15-year-olds haven't even hit puberty yet, that's a major, intense change to make. 

Another change for the worse involved Joe Kido from Digimon 01. In the original version, he's a cautious kid with some anxiety issues, but he actually doesn't complain much. For some reason, the dub decided to reduce his personality to constantly whining about everything. They also saddled him with multiple health problems (asthma, potentially life-threatening allergies, and chronic pain) that he didn't have any means of treating in the Digital World. This was supposed to be a joke.

To repeat, the dub gave a 12-year-old kid several chronic illnesses (or severe hypochondria, which is also terrifying), and then spent the whole series making fun of him for it. That's not kid-friendly, that's teaching kids how to be ableist jerks.


A Giant Dog-Person Went On A Shooting Spree

Digimon Tamers is generally regarded as the most lightly censored version of Digimon, not counting later series like Digimon Savers and Digimon Tri that are aimed at an older audience. Unlike Digimon 01 and 02, which completely eliminate the existence of guns, Tamers actually has a Digimon named Gargomon, who carries around multiple guns and ends up shooting them in a wild, out-of-control rampage. So, yes, in both the sub and the dub a dog-man with big floppy ears commits an uncontrolled mass shooting.

What we don't see in the dub are the actual consequences of said shooting. In the American version, you never see any of the bullets hitting anyone. You also never see Renamon scratch Gargomon's face in an attempt to snap him out of his violent fugue state, though you do see the marks on his face later on. So, not only do you have a failure in continuity, you're also showing kids that violent acts and their consequences aren't connected. Not really a great choice, localization team.


Some Outfits Were Edited To Be Less Revealing

Digimon Heroes, a mobile Digimon game focusing on cards, originally included multiple cards featuring half-naked female Digimon in suggestive poses. When the game was updated, these images were altered slightly such that they covered more skin. The poses, which are arguably a bigger problem, stayed the same.

Predictably, reactions to this ranged from outrage to approval. Some of those opposed claimed to be against censorship in general, while others groused that feminism has gone too far and it's not fair they can't see breasts in their mobile game for children. Those in favor claimed that if anything is worth censoring, objectification of women in a kids' game is. 


There's No Buddhism Allowed

At one point in Digimon 01, Sora and Joe find themselves having to fight off a group of ghost Digimon called Bakemon. In the original version, they fend them off with a Buddhist chant. Because apparently religions other than Christianity are poisonous to the minds of American children, this harmless expression of Japanese culture was edited out and replaced with a hokey, bizarre speech about "mind over matter." Afterwards, the children recite a chant they apparently made up on the spot until the ghost Digimon were defeated.


The Deaths Were Much More Vague

Death is for sure a thing that happens in Digimon. It isn't common, but it does happen. One character, Iori, has a dead father. Another character, Ken, has a dead older brother. When the kids and their Digimon partners have to go into battle, they actually do fear for their lives. That's part of what makes Digimon so unusual, and so powerful. 

That said, sometimes the impact of these deaths are blunted by vagueness. For example, when Wizardmon dies in Digimon 01, it's powerful because you know he's dying. In the dub, death isn't mentioned, and when it finally becomes clear he's actually gone, it's implied he will be reborn in the Digimon Nursery. Of course, this event never happens because Wizardmon's death was always meant to be permanent. 


Incestuous Undertones Were Written Out

If Digimon is a source of meaningful childhood memories, you might want to skip this bit, because your youth is about to get dropkicked. We're going to talk about incest in anime, and it's not going to be pretty. 

While incest wasn't present throughout most of Digimon, it featured heavily in episode 21 of Digimon 01. The director of the episode, Mamoru Hosoda, claimed in an interview that he intentionally wrote the episode as a love triangle between 11-year-old Tai, his 8-year-old sister Kari, and his Digimon partner Koromon. Watching the episode through that lens, it's painfully obvious.

 At one point, Kari wets her bed, and Tai covers for her. The way he responds, and the way Kari's voice actress handles the scene, were intentionally written to reflect an abnormal sibling relationship. Also, at one point, Kari says, "no matter how one looks at me, one would know that I am not just worried about my onii-san." Meaning, she's not just worried about Tai as a brother, she's worried about him as a lover. Finally, Hosoda compares Kari to a "30-year-old rightful wife," and Koromon to the "20-year-old naive girl," who are competing for Tai's affections. 

The bed-wetting scene, and any other allusions to incest, were swiftly removed from the dub. This, honestly, was probably a good call.



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:06:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/digimon-moments-censored-in-america/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime With The Most Beautiful Water Animation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-water-animation/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

Though water takes no definite form, many an anime succeeds in using the best water animation techniques to make the universal solvent a subject as captivating as any character. From exceedingly gorgeous rivers and vibrant swimming pools to the best oceans in anime, these anime with the best water animation send your visual senses into overdrive, their attention to detail, motion, and color leaving you feeling ever so slightly damp. It may not be the most uniquely animated thing in an anime series, but when illustrated with care, water looks fit enough to submerged yourself in.

While water plays a major part in many of the series, like Free! or Ponyo, it also plays a more supporting role as a beautiful setting for shows like Kids on the Slope or March Comes in Like a Lion. Some series even use water as a means of exploring emotion, with Tsuritama and Your Lie in April likening feelings of stress and loneliness to being submerged. Their altogether distinct and unique animation styles turns an everyday compound into a subject worth exploring. The magical water animation makes these sports rivalries, coming-of-age tales, and love stories even more enjoyable, and that much more enthralling.


Anime With The Most Beautiful Water Animation,

5 Centimeters Per Second

Ponyo

Tsuritama

Garden of Words

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Nagi no Asukara

Your Lie in April

Amanchu!

Spirited Away

Grimgar Of Fantasy And Ash


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Thu, 11 May 2017 06:40:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-water-animation/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Best Anime Catchphrases]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-catchphrases/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

The best anime catchphrases are the ones that are so memorable, even non-fans can recognize the words and know exactly where it’s from. These popular one-liners are the ones you find on t-shirts, posters, and even coffee mugs. You might even say these phrases aloud (if you aren't a closet otaku). Like some of the best Naruto quotes, such as Naruto's “Believe it!,” these phrases define both the characters and the series, becoming trademarks that fans can recite at the drop of a dime.

Some of these repetitive expressions are short and sweet, while others are a bit more wordy, but still totally bad*ss. Many times, the characters take on new variations of their respective phrase or the phrase is adopted by others characters in the series (like Kamina’s “Who hell do you think I am?”). Whether or not you have these phrases on your wall or wear them proudly as an anime tattoo, these catchphrases will live in your heart forever. Vote up the most memorable one-liners from anime that you love to shout - either in secret or in public. 


Best Anime Catchphrases,

Izumi's "I'm Just A Passing Housewife!" From Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Usagi's "In The Name Of The Moon, I Will Punish You!" From Sailor Moon

Naruto's "Believe It!" From Naruto

Sebastian's "Yes, My Lord" From Black Butler

Happy's "Aye Sir!" From Fairy Tail

Kamina's "Who The Hell Do You Think I Am?" From Gurren Lagann

Mayuri's "Duduru~" From Steins;Gate

Haru's "I Only Swim Free" From Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Natsu's "I'm All Fired Up!" From Fairy Tail

Haruhi's "Damn These Rich People" From Ouran High School Host Club


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Thu, 11 May 2017 04:17:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-catchphrases/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[25 Memes Of Nina And Alexander From FMA That Will Make You Laugh, Then Cry]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-full-metal-alchemist-nina-and-dog-memes/tamara-jude?source=rss

Fullmetal Alchemist remains one of the most popular anime around, meaning the Internet produces no shortage of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood memes. The more lighthearted funny FMA memes poke fun at Edward’s height, Colonel Mustang’s powers, and the insanity of the Seven Deadly Sins. However, in the dark recesses of the Internet, more twisted fans created memes of Nina and Alexander from FMA, the daughter-dog pair who found out just how twisted both alchemy and FMA families can be. Regarded as one of the saddest moments in anime, people attempt to convert this somber moment into Fullmetal Alchemist Nina memes that induce laughter and sadness simultaneously.

One way to channel such somberness into laugher is through these messed up FMA little girl and dog memes. If you can't help but LOL, who is anyone else to judge? Below lie some of the most cringe-worthy yet funny memes with Nina and Alexander from FMA. As a warning to you now, they're pretty screwed up! Also, if you have not seen FMA, this is your final spoiler warning. Enjoy! (As best you can, that is).


25 Memes Of Nina And Alexander From FMA That Will Make You Laugh, Then Cry,

It's Too Real!

Like Two Peas In A Pod

Cheap Bastard...

Don't Give Him Ideas!

Didn't Learn This One In School...

4chan Would Do This

BFFs For Life!

Someone Please Stop These Two...

An Old Question With New Answers

No Treats For This Trick


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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:51:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-full-metal-alchemist-nina-and-dog-memes/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[22 Hilarious Translator Notes Snuck Into Anime Subtitles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-translator-notes-in-anime-subtitles/hannah-collins?source=rss

Anime translators are hardworking, dedicated fans who channel their bilingual talents to help non-Japanese-speaking otakus understand their favorite shows and films. While fans will always argue whether the best English-dubbed anime can even compare with the best subbed anime, it's undeniable that subs are necessary for otakus who watch more obscure shows. And often, things can get a little lost in translation, meaning additional notes from the translation team are necessary to overcome cultural barriers.

Unfortunately, not all translators are made equally. From misinterpretations to pointless explanations, translation notes (referred to as "TN" or "TL") can be deliberately or accidentally hilarious at times. This phenomenon of funny subtitles and TN in anime has been affectionately dubbed as "anime failsubs," and while they are often cringe-worthy, what would otaku culture be without them? Vote up the translation notes that made you laugh. 


22 Hilarious Translator Notes Snuck Into Anime Subtitles,

This Translation Note Proves One Word Can Mean A Lot More Than You Think

This Translator Swallowed A Meme Encyclopedia

This Translation Note Is A Cry For Help

This Translation Note That Went According To Keikaku

This Deep Insight Into The Mind Of A Japanese Cow

This Translator Hopes You Understand Double Entendre

This Note Argues That Everything Is Better In Engrish

This Sudden Realization

This Note Respects The Viewer's Intelligence

This Note That Seems Just A Little Patronizing


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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:28:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-translator-notes-in-anime-subtitles/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[18 Anime Through The Years That Changed Anime Forever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-historically-significant-anime-ever-made/hannah-collins?source=rss

While anime as a medium is often hard to categorically summarize or define, the shows and films that have made anime what it is in the 21st century are easily identifiable. Beyond just mere popularity and rabid otaku adoration, the anime on this list have birthed entire genres, sub-genres, tropes, and character archetypes. They have facilitated technical innovations, created lasting cultural legacies, significantly advanced or redefined the medium, and spread the gospel of anime to generations of fans around the world.

Before all the top '80s and '90s anime came shows like Astro Boy and Sally the Witch, which played historically important roles in shaping the anime art style and creating the "magical girl" genre. Action-packed shows like Dragon Ball and deep, thought-provoking films like Akira paved the way for some of the best anime series that all fans recognize. Check out this list of TV shows and movies that historically advanced and revolutionized anime into the mainstream media it has become since the turn of the century. 


18 Anime Through The Years That Changed Anime Forever,

The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun

Better known outside of Japan as The Little Norse Prince, this 1968 anime film is notable as the directorial debut of Isao Takahata and as the first big feature that the internationally renowned animator, Hayao Miyazaki, worked on. This dynamic duo would go on to work together for the next 50 years. They would go on to co-found Studio Ghibli, a film company that has produced some of the most beloved and highest-grossing anime films in Japan. 

Though Prince of the Sun kick-started their partnership with an uncharacteristic financial flop, it was technically and stylistically innovative for its time. It also radically broke away from the Disney model of children's storytelling that their contemporaries, like Osamu Tezuka, borrowed so much from. 


Kimba the White Lion

Based on the manga by Astro Boy creator, Osamu Tezuka, and produced by his company Tezuka Productions, this series following the exploits of an adventurous lion cub is historically significant as the first ever anime TV series to be broadcast in color.

Aside from that historical first, the series aired between 1965 to 1966 and had a subsequent film adaptation in 1966. It enjoyed worldwide popularity that endures to this day. Similarities between Kimba, the story of a lion cub on a journey of self-discovery following the loss of his parents, and Disney's The Lion King didn't go unnoticed after the latter's release in 1994. This is pretty ironic, considering how much of an impact Walt Disney had on Tezuka. 


Princess Knight

Another brainchild of the prolific manga artist and animator, Osumu Tezuka, Princess Knight (or Choppy and the Princess in the US) was a gender-bending series that aired between 1967 and 1968 in Japan. It has since been credited as the originator of the shoujo genre.

"Shoujo," meaning "girl" in Japanese, is a genre that caters specifically to a young female audience. Its most defining traits, which can be traced back to Princess Knight, are gutsy heroines and plots revolving around conflicts of the heart. Notable and more well-known follow-ups include The Rose of Versailles (1979) and Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997).


Space Battleship Yamato

Also known as Star BlazersCosmoship Yamato, and Space Cruiser Yamato, this epic and psychedelic space adventure was the creation of highly-respected manga artist and animator, Leiji Matsumoto. Along with the hugely popular series Space Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, which took place in the same universe as Yamamoto, Matsumoto almost single-handedly popularized the "space opera" genre in anime. Not only that, but Yamamoto was the first anime series to be broadcast in its intended episode order when translated for English-language audiences because of its unique over-arching plot.

Matsumoto's work would also later become known to an entirely new audience through his animated music videos for French electro-pioneers, Daft Punk. 


Astro Boy

Known as "Tetsuwan Atom" or "Mighty Atom" in Japan, this little robotic hero is the creation of legendary manga artist and animator, Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka. Though it's technically not the first anime series every made (that lofty title arguably belongs to Manga Calendar), Astro Boy is considered to be the first "true" anime series ever because its distinctive style defined what people recognize anime to be. Its original run on Japanese TV began in 1963, and while he is as recognizable a face in Japan as Mickey Mouse, Astro Boy sadly doesn't enjoy the same iconic status outside of his home country. 


Daicon III Opening Animation

Daicon III and its sequel Daicon IV are two 8mm, short opening films that were created for the Nihon SF Taikai (Japanese sci-fi) conventions in 1981 and 1983 respectively. For the unfamiliar, their place in anime history may seem like an oddity compared to the more professionally-made titles on this list.

However, Daicon's place is justified by the critical appreciation of fans for the surprisingly high-quality of both works, which was unusual considering the amateur status of their animators. Secondly, those amateur animators (which included Neon Genesis Evangelion writer/director, Hideaki Anno) would go on to form the influential animation studio, Gainax. Thirdly, Daicon solidified the foundation for otaku culture, introducing a Playboy-like bunny girl that made fans go wild. 


Tetsujin 28-go

Better known in the US as Gigantor, this series first aired in Japan between 1963 and 1965. It is based on the manga of the same name by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant RoboTetsujin is historically notable as being one of the first - if not the first - shows to feature a giant robot with a human pilot, a staple feature in anime that would come to be called "humongous robot."

The show focuses on the adventures of a boy named Shotaro Kaneda, whose late father left him in the possession of giant robot that he could control remotely. These types of robots would later fall under the umbrella of "mecha," a genre featuring robots of varyingly large sizes that can be controlled, piloted, or worn as exoskeletons by humans.


Sazae-san

Unless you've spent significant time perusing the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records or you grew up in Japan, the chances are you will be completely unfamiliar with Sazae-san. What's record-breaking about it? Well, it's been on air since 1969 in Japan and is still airing! With over 7,000 episodes and counting under its belt, Sazae-san is the longest running animated TV show of all time, and remains one of the biggest ratings pullers in Japan.

Sazae-san depicts the ordinary life of titular wife and mother, Sazae Fugata, and her family. It's probably the earliest and most historically important example of the "slice of life" genre in anime.


Kyojin no Hoshi

Based on the sports manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Noboru Kawasaki, Star of the Giants is attributed as the very first sports anime to air in Japan. Initially broadcast in 1968, the series' popularity spawned numerous film adaptations and sequel series, the most recent of which was released in 1982.

Star of the Giants features a story around baseball, and the featured team was actually based on a real-life Japanese one called the Yomiuri Giants. Though sports anime like Captain TsubasaSlam Dunk, and Hajime no Ippo helped develop the genre further, Star of the Giants was hugely important in establishing it. 


Sally The Witch

Originally aired in black and white between 1966 and 1967 in Japan, Sally the Witch is another formative addition to the shoujo genre. It is regarded today as being the first ever "magical girl" anime.

Sally is the princess witch of the Magical Kingdom who teleports to Earth after longing for friends her own age. She starts using her unique powers to fight evil for the greater good. This basic plot line has come to be the established formula for most magical girl stories, from Himitsi no Akko-chanSailor MoonCardcaptor Sakura, and Pretty Cure.



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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:18:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-historically-significant-anime-ever-made/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[Best Fictional Friendships]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-friendships/sakuragimichi?source=rss

You may ship some of these romantically, but this list is just for relationships that are non-romantic in canon. Friendships from anime, books, film, tv shows etc. 

FEEL FREE TO ADD ANY YOU WANT 


Best Fictional Friendships,

Aang, Sokka, Katara, Zuko, Toph and Suki

Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins

Pidge, Lance and Hunk

Captain Flint and John Silver

Harry, Ron and Hermione

Yona, Hak, Yoon, Kija, Shin-ah, Jae-ha and Zeno

Pippin and Merry

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli

Korra, Mako, Bolin and Asami

Killua and Gon


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Fri, 19 May 2017 20:36:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-friendships/sakuragimichi
<![CDATA[Why One-Punch Man Is The Perfect Anime For Anime Fans Who Are Bored Of Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-you-should-watch-one-punch-man/jonathan-sherman?source=rss

One-Punch Man began as a web comic, and has since gained worldwide notoriety as one of the best anime series in recent memory. The anime tells the story of Saitama, an ostensibly unremarkable young man who trains so diligently he becomes strong enough to defeat any enemy with just one punch.

So why is One-Punch Man such a great anime? Even the best anime has a reputation for repetition, with themes and motifs recycled across different series and genres. One-Punch Man, however, has gained a dedicated viewership because it satirizes these beloved tropes, reminding us just how funny the world of anime can be. Like RoboCop or any other secretly brilliant satire, One-Punch Man both celebrates and lampoons the trappings of its genre.  

With gorgeous animation, character-driven comedy, and legitimately intense action sequences, One-Punch Man is really one of the best anime of all time. If you gave up on anime after the heyday of Dragon Ball Z, One-Punch Man is the perfect series to re-ignite your love of the shōnen genre. 


Why One-Punch Man Is The Perfect Anime For Anime Fans Who Are Bored Of Anime,

Saitama’s Relationship With Genos Challenges The Typical Master-Apprentice Dynamic

In the second episode of the series, Saitama meets a powerful cyborg fighter named Genos. Genos fits in with the design aesthetic and techniques of other anime heroes much better than Saitama. He has spiked grey hair, yellow eyes, a partially metal body, and array of showy, elaborately named attacks. The moment Genos sees Saitama’s power, however, he recognizes his own weakness asks to be his apprentice.

The interesting thing is that Saitama doesn’t really know how he became so powerful. His training regimen is, simply, “100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10 kilometer running. Every single day!”

Because of this, Genos learns lessons of compassion, humanism, and dedication, from his master. This eschews the typical anime narrative of the wise old master, or training dedicated solely to physical prowess. Genos even said of one hero, “He reminds me of myself before I met [Saitama]. There is no mercy in his heart. A strong hatred for everything evil, eager to eliminate them all."


The Combat Animation Is Incredible

A lot of One-Punch Man is rooted in comedy, so one might expect the actual battles to be funny as well. However, the show’s combat animation is at the cutting edge of anime, with incredible battle sequences, visually stunning displays of destruction, and deeply awesome finishing moves.

The serious fight scenes only add to the quality of the show, providing a balance between hilarious jokes and jaw-dropping battles throughout the entire series.


The Classification Of Heroes And Disasters Make Everything Easy To Follow

Myriad anime are obsessed with the rising power of heroes, and the seemingly unfathomable and unbeatable (until they're beaten) power of villains. One-Punch Man, however, has made it hilariously simple to find out just how powerful a new character is.

Thanks to the Hero Association, the numerous heroes who work to defend the planet from evil are put into groups, ranging from C-Class at the lowest to S-Class at the highest. 

Villains have rankings as well, meant to let both heroes and citizens known how at-risk they are in a given situation. The lowest disaster level is Wolf, then Tiger, followed by Demon, then Dragon, with disaster level God (a threat that endangers the survival of humanity in general) at the very top. These classifications and levels are a hilarious, and true-to-life, way the show predicts a society would react if if it was populated by powerful heroes and villains. Think about it, of course we would try to put labels on everything. 


It Doesn't Take Years To Finish

Some of our favorite anime shows, while undeniably great, are often bogged down by entire arcs of filler, episodes dedicated to exposition, and a bevy of unimportant, tangential storylines.

This is not the case for One-Punch Man. The series only has a very manageable amount of animated episodes, and no pointless, long-running plotlines. In fact, One-Punch Man can be seen as a series of vignettes, in some ways. It’s one of the rare anime you can truly pick up wherever you want and enjoy an episode on its own, or find equal satisfaction in watching the entire series from start to finish.


It’s The Perfect Anime For Millennials

Much of Saitama’s appeal as a protagonist is that, unlike other anime heroes who feel an unwavering commitment to their destiny or goal, Saitama is just as confused about his life and future as the rest of us. In the very first episode, he explains that he does not have a death wish as “Crablante” (a half-man, half-crab) insists, but is instead just bored with his life and looking for a new line of work. “I’m no businessman,” Saitama explains. “I’m unemployed right now, I’m looking for a job.”

Throughout the series, Saitama questions his value, compares himself to his peers, and struggles with the responsibilities of burgeoning adulthood, just like so many of the young men and women who have fallen in love with this show.


Even The Villains Are Real People

Just as many anime heroes are myopically steadfast in their determination, so too are most villains single-mindedly dedicated to their sinister schemes (usually conquering and/or destroying the world). One-Punch Man, however, is able to find the humanity in its villains.

When Saitama and his cyborg apprentice Genos go up against Armored Gorilla, the gigantic ape bellows at them in a monstrous, robotic voice. However, once all of his evil buddies are dispatched (quite easily) by Saitama, he changes his tune.

“Look, I’m really sorry,” Armored Gorilla tells our heroes in a totally normal voice. “I’ll tell you everything just don’t kill me!” When asked what happened to his scary robot voice, AG responds, “Sorry, I was just trying to sound cool." That kind of honesty is hilarious, especially in a genre that relies so heavily on affected theatrics. 


It’s Downright Inspiring

More often than not, the hero in an anime series is born with their talent, or receives their gift without having to work for it. Not so for Saitama. He was born a normal human, but through hard work, self-confidence, and a dedication to stay true to himself, he was able to shape himself into the most powerful, albeit unknown, hero in the universe. It's an inspiring message, as One-Punch Man teaches viewers that with enough hard work, anything is possible. 


It’s Both Satirizes And Elevates The Shōnen Genre

One-Punch Man has the ability to both make fun of and honor the legacy of anime (the shōnen genre in particular). The classic tropes are present throughout the series, but they're taken to such an extreme level in OPM they become downright hilarious.

It takes a brilliant creative team (a manga artist simply known as One created the original manga, while Tomohiro Suzuki wrote the anime with Shingo Natsume directing) to be able to maintain a perfect balance between humor and serious themes. It also takes great skill to create a hero who we can identify with, even though he's stronger than all your other favorite anime characters.


Saitama’s Special Finishing Move Is Truly Epic (And Hilarious)

The finishing move of any anime hero is often the climax of a storyline. Think Goku’s Spirit Bomb, or Izuru Kira’s Wabisuke. For Saitama, his finishing move is just as impressive, but the name is downright hilarious.

In the final episode of the first season, Saitma must use his final move to defeat Lord Boros, saying, “In that case, I’m using my final move, too. Killer Move: Serious Series... Serious Punch.” The punch is devastating, atomizing Boros on impact. The fact that the name sounds more like a special kind of synthetic oil you’d put in your car than a dramatic and violent finishing move will surely give you a chuckle, however.


It Doesn't Gloss Over The Consequences Of Death And Destruction

Unlike other anime, One-Punch Man doesn't gloss over the death and destruction that takes place in order to "save" the day. Near the end of Season 1, Saitama uses his powerful punch to destroy an asteroid rocketing towards Earth.

As Saitama flies back to Earth, he says, "I guess that takes care of that," as a building gets smashed to bits by a large fragment of the space rock. This acknowledgement is a refreshing and realistic examination of the massive damage superheroes and supervillains would inevitably cause. It drives home the message that everything has consequences, an uncommon message in shōnen anime.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 04:07:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-you-should-watch-one-punch-man/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[Pictures Of The PokéPark]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-the-japanese-pokepark/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Once upon a time, an entire Pokémon amusement park existed, dedicated to the smash-hit Pocket Monster franchise. Kicking off in 2005, the traveling Pokémon theme park made its way across Japan and Taiwan, bringing Pokémon into the 3D world. Unfortunately, it never made its way to the Western side of the world. The park itself only stuck around for two years and shut its doors to the world in September of 2006. So what did the PokéPark look like? Thankfully, some snazzy photographers grabbed shots of the park while it remained in operation, supplying curious Pokémon fans with enough images from the PokéPark to somewhat experience every geek's fantasy. Prepare to live your wildest theme park fantasies vicariously through these fantastic pictures of the PokéPark.

Although it's doubtful the original PokéPark will ever reappear, hope still exists for some Pokemon-themed rides in the future, especially now that Universal Studios and Nintendo have gotten together to bring Nintendo characters to the Universal Studios parks. Anyone who knows how great Japanese amusement parks are understands the dire need for this childhood paradise to come back.


Pictures Of The PokéPark,

A Rayquaza Rollercoaster

Pikachu Bouncy House

Kyogre And Groudon

Pichu Brothers Train

Top-Down View Of The Park

Pikachu Mascot

Pokemon Mountain

Lakeside Venusaur And Their Buddy, Jigglypuff

Pokémon Merry-Go-Round Close Up

Entrance To PokéPark


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Fri, 05 May 2017 03:27:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-the-japanese-pokepark/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[15 Anime Universes, Ranked By How Awesome It Would Be To Live In Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-world-to-live-in/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There are plenty of reasons to love anime, especially because there are an incredibly diverse range of fantastic universes in which shows can be set. Some of the coolest worlds in anime are so awesome they aren't just entertainment; they're some of the best anime universes to live in.

With so many great choices, it's hard to decide which anime you'd want to live in. There's the ninja world of Naruto, where you can mold chakra to help you fly or shoot flames out of your mouth, and the world of Pokémon, where you can train amazing beasts to do that for you. Not into powers? Try the world of Aria, a futuristic version of Mars that looks like Venice. Tokyo Ghoul is a good choice if you don't mind danger and want to see what it's like to interact with non-human sentient beings. Whatever your preference, there's definitely a show that depicts your version of the best anime to move to for real.


15 Anime Universes, Ranked By How Awesome It Would Be To Live In Them,

Yu-Gi-Oh

In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, all problems can be solved via card games. Not only does this massively simplify things, it also makes it more likely the solution will be a positive one. Why? Because not only does it take intelligence to win a card game as convoluted as Duel Monsters, but the process also forces you to slow down and actually think the problem through. Violent crime would go down, because criminals would be using duel discs instead of guns. Elected officials would be chosen based on how good they are at strategy, instead of how much they look like an anthropomorphic circus peanut. Aside from the societal benefits, who doesn't want to live in a world where your hair can grow out of your head looking like a tri-colored starfish?

To be fair, some aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe are pretty terrible. You do not want to be a resident of Satellite in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, for example, because that means police brutality, poverty, and discrimination. We have that in the real world. But, we can't fix it with card games on motorcycles. 


Dragon Ball Z

The world of Dragon Ball Z is probably the safest fantasy world you can live in. Why? Because even though the Earth is constantly under alien attack, death isn’t actually a thing. When you die, you appear in the Other World, get a little halo around your head, and eventually get to come back to life either via Dragon Ball wishes or some other convoluted means. Sure, getting murdered by Cell or Freeza isn’t exactly fun, but you’ll come back to life, so it’s all good. Also, you don’t have to worry about death by any other means. Pandemics? Global warming? Old age? Who cares? Maybe overpopulation could become a concern, but since DBZ isn’t exactly known for its realism, this particular issue could just not happen, somehow. Plus, they have interstellar travel anyway, so they could totally just colonize other planets if they needed to. 

Also, the biggest celebrity in DBZ is Mr. Satan, who is basically Dwayne the Rock Johnson with hair and a sick 'stache. If you’re not swayed by the whole functional immortality thing, maybe that will convince you.


Pokemon

The world of Pokémon is inhabited almost exclusively by creatures called... Pokémon. Species include cute little dog-foxes called Eevees that can evolve into different cute little dog-foxes, with abilities ranging from shooting fire out of their mouths to harnessing the powers of darkness; cats that can magically generate money; birds who are also deities, and more. There are also sentient bags of trash, but that seems like a fair trade off for god-birds and money-cats.

Not only do these amazing creatures exist, but in the world of Pokémon, you can dedicate your entire life to them. Becoming a Pokémon master is a totally viable career path, one that typically starts when you're 10. If you ignore how wildly dangerous this is and focus on the potential for incredible adventures, this is a fantastic world to live in. After all, the biggest criminal organization in the world, Team Rocket, basically spends most of their time on practicing cool poses. 


Digimon

In the world of Digimon, creatures called Digimon from the Digital World pair bond with individual human children. While the primary reason for these match-ups is to allow the Digimon to transform into more powerful versions of themselves, there’s a side benefit, too. Many of the Digimon have personalities perfectly calibrated to help their human partner grow into a more powerful version of themselves. Emotionally powerful, that is.

One great example of this is Gomamon and his human partner, Joe Kido. Joe has overprotective parents who pressure him into becoming a doctor. The poor kid is wracked with anxiety, so much so that it's hard for him to enjoy his life or make good decisions. Meanwhile, his Digimon partner Gomamon is fun-loving and carefree. Gomamon pushes Joe to relax while still respecting the validity of his fears and anxiety.

There’s also Tentomon, who works tirelessly to get his partner Izzy to get off his computer and interact with other human beings, while still clearly admiring the amazing things the kid can do with said computer. Basically, the Digimon partners are therapists/best friends with superpowers. Who wouldn't want that?


Mushi-shi

The world of Mushi-shi is just as fascinating as it is beautiful. Mushi, or the most basic components of life, play a huge part in this world. Much like the bacteria of the real world, they can cause illness, but they can also do so much more. Mushi can create stunning rainbows, bestow their hosts with psychic powers, grant immortality, and more. They are mysterious beings that humanity will probably never fully comprehend. Their existence opens up endless possibilities, and few things are more exciting than that. 


Naruto

The ninja world of Naruto is divided up into five different countries: the Land of Fire, the Land of Lightning, the Land of Water, the Land of Wind, and the Land of Earth. Conflicts between these lands are settled by ninja, each region's warrior/ruling class. While there are obviously some major drawbacks to this system, in some ways it's pretty darn cool.

As a resident of one of these countries, you can become a ninja yourself. This means learning how to control chakra, a form of energy that allows you to defy gravity, clone yourself, control people's bodies with shadows, read minds, breathe fire, and more. Your powers depend on your particular genetic inheritance, but the possibilities are endless, and you never stop learning. If you're not a ninja, life is pretty much the same as it is in the real world, but better. No, really, it might look like Feudal Japan, but in addition to magic and endless amazing ramen bars, they have cell phones and computers and everything.


One Punch Man

The world of One-Punch Man is similar to our own, with a couple of crucial differences. It's overrun with monsters who are constantly trying to destroy humanity. It's kind of a raw deal, but there's a redeeming factor: the existence of the main character, Saitama, AKA the titular One-Punch Man. Saitama can defeat literally any enemy with a single punch.

How freakin' awesome is that? Imagine if we could defeat, say, ISIS by punching it. Imagine if we could fix global warming by punching the O-zone layer? What if you could punch your way into getting a promotion, which is basically what Saitama spends the whole series doing? Obviously, there would be complications – even in the world of One-Punch Man, complications abound – but seriously, they are minimal in comparison to what happens in our world. 


The Hero Academy In My Hero Academia

In the world of My Hero Academia, nearly everyone is born with a quirk, or a superpower. Quirks range from objectively badass ones like the ability to control fire, to more unusual ones like being a human who can do everything a frog can do. It's possible to be born without a quirk – the protagonist Izuku doesn't have one – but with an 80% rate of quirk occurrence, chances are high you'll have some kind of awesome superpower. If you don't have one, or if yours isn't helpful in combat, there are no shortage of heroes who are ready and willing to protect you from harm. 

Also, you get to exist in the same universe as All Might, a superhero who is basically Might Guy from Naruto if Might Guy occasionally stopped shouting. Anyone who says they wouldn't want that is lying.


The World Of Demi-Humans From Interviews With Monster Girls

While some anime fantasy worlds are spectacular, they're also dangerous. Understandably, not everyone wants to deal with constantly risking their lives in exchange for being surrounded by magic. If that's you, but you still want a bit of magic in your world, Interviews With Monster Girls might just be the perfect universe to live in.

In Interviews With Monster Girls, the world is populated with demi-humans, or, people with mythological attributes. Some demi-humans are vampires, some are snow-women, some are dullahans, and some are succubi. The series implies the existence of other varieties, but those are the only four that appear in the show. Demi-humans have unique abilities and particular struggles related to their natures, but overall, they're just an ordinary part of a world slightly more magical than our own.


The Unprejudiced World Of Yuri!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! on ICE might seem like it's set in the real world, but there are some pretty key differences between our world and the one depicted in the ice skating anime. The story follows the developing romantic relationship between two professional ice skaters, Victor Nikiforov and Yuuri Katsuki. This same-sex couple is able to be open about their relationship; kissing on international television, and publicly declaring their engagement. 

While the real world will hopefully catch up with Yuri!!! on ICEit hasn't gotten there yet. Victor is from Russia, a country with such strict laws against so-called gay propaganda, some real-life Russians have actually been arrested for expressing their support of gay rights. Not only does Victor experience zero consequences for publicly kissing his boyfriend, their relationship is universally supported by everyone around them.

Oh, and also, it's an interracial relationship, something that the real world still has a problem with (for some reason). The world of Yuri!!! on ICE is a world where people can just, you know, love each other. 



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:05:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-world-to-live-in/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Wildly Different Anime Characters Voiced By The Same Actor]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wildly-different-anime-characters-voiced-by-the-same-actor/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

If you watch tons of anime, you may notice several anime characters with the same voice actor. Some anime voice actors feature upwards of 100 different characters on their resumes, leading to many anime characters being voiced by the same actors. While some end up specializing in specific types of characters, many other actors fall all over the map. As such, many famous voiceover actors deserve much more credit than anime fans usually give them credit for. This collection of videos from GoBoiano on YouTube shows some of the more unexpected examples of different anime characters voiced by the same person. 

For example, did you know that Mamoru Miyano voiced Death Note's Light Yagami, Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood's Ling Yao, and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Matsuka Rin? How about Jun Fukuyama playing Assassination Classroom’s Koro-Sensei and Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge? You'll find no shortage of completely different anime characters voiced by the same person, a trend that repeats itself as well when American actors lend their voice to anime.


Wildly Different Anime Characters Voiced By The Same Actor,

Ayane Sakura Voices Charlotte's Nao Aomori And Love Live's Arisa Ayase

Kaito Ishikawa Voices One Punch Man's Genos And Haikyuu's Tobio Kageyama

Kazuhiko Inoue Voices Naruto's Kakashi Hatake And Fruits Basket's Hatori Sohma

Saki Fujita Voices Hatsune Miku And Attack On Titan's Ymir

Tatsuhisa Suzuki Voices Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Makoto Tachibana And My Little Monster's Haru Yoshida

Mamoru Miyano Voices Death Note's Light Yagami And Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's Ling Yao

Jun Fukuyama Voices Assassination Classroom’s Koro-Sensei And Code Geass's Lelouch Lamperouge

Risa Taneda Voices Your Lie In April’s Kaori Miyazono And High School DxD's Xenovia

Hiroshi Kamiya Voices Attack On Titan's Levi And Angel Beats!!'s Otonashi

Ami Koshimizu Voices Kill la Kill's Ryuko Matoi And Sailor Moon Crystal's Sailor Jupiter


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Wed, 10 May 2017 09:16:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/wildly-different-anime-characters-voiced-by-the-same-actor/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[17 Insane Manga Versions Of Your Favorite Marvel Superheroes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-versions-of-western-superheroes/stephanroget?source=rss

There are manga versions of just about everything, so it stands to reason there are manga versions of Western superheroes out there. While there are plenty of unlicensed manga Batmen brooding around, both DC and Marvel Comics have attempted to enter the market by publishing their own, official manga. DC played things fairly safe, but Marvel embraced the madness of manga in full, with their long-running Marvel Mangaverse. No character history was too sacred to be drastically altered and “manga-fied” in the Mangaverse, and no superhero was safe from the chaos.

The Marvel Mangaverse included a manga Spider-Man, a manga Wolverine, and even a nigh-unrecognizable manga Punisher. Each character is somewhat recognizable as a famous superhero, they just happen to be insane manga versions of said famous superheroes. Manga is well-known (and well-loved), for its multitude of bizarre and occasionally off-putting tropes, and they’re all at play in the Marvel Mangaverse. All of this weirdness added up to success for Marvel, and the Mangaverse stuck around for two separate two-year runs. Those four non-consecutive years produced some of the most bananas versions of Marvel superheroes in the publishing company's long history. 


17 Insane Manga Versions Of Your Favorite Marvel Superheroes,

Black Cat Is A Cyborg Seductress

If you thought that the regular version of Black Cat’s costume was scandalous, fix your gaze upon the Mangaverse Black Cat and her gravity-defying outfit. This Black Cat is a non-powered ally of Spider-Man, who is literally split in half by Manga Daredevil (he's a villain and member of the Shadow Clan in the Mangaverse).

After her untimely demise, Manga Black Cat is rebuilt as a cyborg, gaining fingertip blades reminiscent of Lady Deathstrike’s. The people who resurrect her also insert a kill switch in her brain and force her to do missions for them, making Black Cat the Mangaverse version of the Suicide Squad.


Spider-Man Is A Magical Ninja

Nothing is right when it comes to Mangaverse Spider-Man. No longer a victim of radioactive circumstances, the Manga Peter Parker is a member of the ninja Spider Clan, trained from a young age in the art of spider-related combat (whatever that means). Peter becomes the last member of the clan when his uncle and sensei, Ben, is killed by Venom.

He then gains the ability to shoot webs, for some reason, and is later able to pass that gift on amorously to Mary Jane Watson, making her Spider-Woman. His abilities appear to be on par with those of the mainstream Spider-Man, although we’re meant to believe that Peter gained them solely through training. It's fitting, given his character design’s similarity to Dragon Ball Z’s Krillin.


Tigra Is A Furry Fantasy

Tigra is a relatively minor character in the mainstream Marvel universe, but her Manga-fied appearance gives a pretty clear indication of why she was chosen for the series. Mangaverse Tigra is the subject of a curse that leaves her in furry form until she completes 1000 good deeds.

The were-tiger woman then seeks out a younger, sexier Doctor Strange and becomes his assistant, helping him in his campaign against evil forces. Mangaverse Tigra eventually gains the Spear of Shamballah, which greatly increases her power, and also picks up a serious crush on T’Challa, the Black Panther (for obvious reasons).


Storm Is A Wicked Witch

Storm is often called the “weather witch” in mainstream comics, but the Manga version is just a straight-up witch. Ororo Munroe becomes involved with the X-Men while trying to stop one of her witchy friends from summoning Magnus, the evil spirit version of Magneto.

In later Mangaverse editions, Storm dropped the witch thing entirely, acting as if she was just a mutant all along. Storm might also be the only female character whose Mangaverse costume is actually less revealing than her normal attire. Sadly, Mangaverse Storm is killed off-panel along with a bunch of fellow mutants in between the series.


Black Panther Is Also The Falcon

There’s a reason that Black Panther and the Falcon share a title here. In the Mangaverse, T’Challa is a mystical shaman who can take on the powers of various guardian spirits, and thus gain animal-themed abilities. His go-to powers are those of a panther and a falcon, hence his dual identities.

Oddly enough, his Falcon persona just gives him a pair of wings, but the Black Panther side of things sees him transform into an anthropomorphic jungle cat. Mangaverse T’Challa ends up finding out that his sister has become Doctor Doom, and the two eventually battle to the death. The Mangaverse may be silly at times, but it's also profoundly awesome. 


Bruce Banner Can Summon Monsters

The Mangaverse Bruce Banner is predictably a brilliant scientist, but his expertise involves researching the Negative Zone rather than creating gamma bombs. Manga Banner is hired on two occasions, once through trickery by HYDRA and once by Tony Stark, to build an energy well that can tap into the Negative Zone’s energy.

This experimentation gives Banner strange abilities, but instead of turning into a giant monster, he gains the ability to summon giant monsters. This plot change is obviously inspired by the popularity of monster-battling mangas, and it makes Banner into a significantly different character. Banner’s go-to monster is still the Hulk, who happens to be over 100-feet tall in the Mangaverse. The Hulk may have flown off in a plane at the end of Age of Ultron, but the Manga Bruce Banner ends up ascending to an entirely different plane of existence!


Iron Maiden Is Tony Stark’s More Talented, Mech-Wielding Sister

There is a Mangaverse version of Iron Man, but much more interesting is Iron Maiden, his sister. Antoinette Stark is better known as Toni, which means that renowned genius Howard Stark thought it was a good idea to give his kids the same name. Go figure.

Toni, who is referred to as “Iron B*tch” by the Wasp, is the superior warrior to her brother, with some inherent martial talent to go along with her battle armor. Said armor comes equipped with outrageously gigantic guns, and Gundam-inspired mech evolutions. Toni Stark is in a romantic relationship with the Mangaverse Bruce Banner (who is not the Hulk), and the two “ascend to another plane of existence” at the end of the series.


Venom Is Spidey’s Samurai Cousin

Apparently, the 616-version of Peter Parker didn’t have enough drama in his life, because the Mangaverse’s Venom adds to it significantly. This Venom is Spider-Man’s cousin, the result of a previous relationship Aunt May had with a Japanese man. He gets his name from a skin discoloration he picked up from a spider-venom-tipped arrow.

Like Peter, Venom is raised by Sensei Ben, his step-father, and learns the ways of the Spider Clan before joining the rival Shadow Clan, even though they killed his real father. Manga Venom eventually finds a mystical amulet that grants him the ability to turn into a more monstrous, samurai version of himself who can project tentacles and turn limbs into blades. He finds himself working for the Kingpin, and then returns to kill Uncle Ben, setting Manga Spider-Man on his path to superheroism.  


Sioux Storm Is An Emotionless Powerhouse

Despite what her name might indicate, the Mangaverse version of “Sioux” Storm is not Native American, and instead remains blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Sioux Storm is a version of the Mangaverse Fantastic Four, alongside her fire-powered half-sister, “Jonatha” Storm. She can create invisible forcefields and uses the ability to create invisible objects, including one memorable incident where she created a giant, invisible mech.

Unlike her family-oriented mainstream counterpart, Mangaverse Sioux is completely emotionless, and Reed Richards must dose her with stimulants and aggressor hormones to get her to fight. That doesn’t seem like the healthiest way to deal with what is obviously a mental illness, but Reed Richards has always been kind of a jerk. 


Black Widow Is Evil And Fashionable

Black Widow has broken bad a few times in mainstream comics, but her Mangaverse counterpart is an outright villain. An employee of HYDRA, the brunette Mangaverse Widow is more analogous to the mainstream universe’s Viper than she is to Natasha Romanov, as she uses various venoms to attack her foes.

Borrowing from another Marvel villain, the Enchantress, this Widow has the Executioner hanging around as a sidekick. Mangaverse Black Widow sports a ridiculously revealing costume, and her underwear is constantly showing a little bit, for some reason. Unfortunately, these feminine wiles don’t save Black Widow from a rampaging Hulk, who wrecks a submarine she happens to be on and kills her.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 07:18:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-versions-of-western-superheroes/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Horrifically Violent Anime Scenes That Came Out Of Nowhere]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-violent-anime-scenes/nida-sea?source=rss

CAUTION: This list may contain anime spoilers. 

You're excitedly watching a new anime series, which has a great story and an adorable cast of characters. Then, suddenly, blood explodes all over your screen and you're left in shock as a character is killed off right before your eyes. You're left screaming, "No way! Did that just happen?" Sorry for your loss. It's always hard when you watch a well-loved or favorite anime character encounter a horrifying and unexpected death. 

The majority of violent scenes depicting murder and dismemberment are found in horror and gore anime, which prepares a viewer for the rain of blood. Still, this doesn't mean that surprisingly violent anime scenes can't be found in other genres. There are various anime that will make you nauseous from the unexpected guts and gore, even in the slice of life and school drama genres. In fact, many series have anime violence you didn't expect to see - even the cute Mahou Shoujo (magical girl) type! 

Save yourself from a broken heart, a queasy stomach, and never-ending tears by checking out this list of violent scenes that came out of nowhere. Vote up the most bloody anime scenes you probably weren't expecting. 


Horrifically Violent Anime Scenes That Came Out Of Nowhere,

When The Girls Discover They Aren't Eating Deer Meat In The Fruit Of Grisaia

After a horrific school bus accident in a ravine, Amane Suou and her classmates are left seriously injured and lost. As they wait for help to arrive, the class relies on their teacher and club president to care for them. It's now weeks later and help never arrived. Due to a lack of proper nutrition and medical attention, the students start to succumb to their injuries and starvation.

One day, the teacher claims to have caught a deer to feed everyone. While the other girls hungrily accept the meat, only Amane and Kazuki decide not to eat it. One evening, Kazuki and Amane decide they can't keep waiting for help and that they need to leave in secret. As they make their exit, Kazuki shows Amane the real source of the deer meat. Amane is horrified when she realizes that the teacher has been cutting up and cooking the bodies of the girls that have died. Yuck!


When Yukari Is Killed By An Umbrella In Another

When Yukari learns that her mother has been killed in a car wreck, she believes it's due to a curse. The news makes her distraught and she frantically dashes through the school halls. However, she unexpectedly comes across Mei Misaki, whom she believes is associated with the curse. Fearing she may be the next victim affected by the curse, she grabs her umbrella and makes a frantic dash down the stairs to get away from Mei.

In a cruel twist of fate, she suddenly trips and tumbles down the stairs. But before she even reaches the bottom, her umbrella pops open in front of her as she falls head first towards the umbrella’s sharp end. In a flash, Yukari is impaled through the neck by the sharp point of the umbrella and slowly dies. When she is discovered, there is a pool of blood surrounding her body. Seriously, WTF?


When Kanako Is Killed By Saya's Father In Blood C

In this scene, Saya helps her homeroom teacher Kanako Tsutsutori escape the jaws of a Cerberus type elder barin (a sort of monster), who has already killed several people. After escaping the ordeal, she panics and frantically looks for a safe place to hide. Kanako runs into the nearby temple maintained by Saya's father, Tadayoshi Kisaragi, where she pleads with him for help.

He holds her, seeming to comfort her in his embrace of safety. However, he suddenly bites Kanako on the neck, drinks her blood, and decapitates her. It turns out he, too, was an elder barin.


When Ganta's Entire Classroom Is Destroyed In Deadman Wonderland

The scene opens up with a regular day at school as Ganta Igarashi and his friends are conversing with one another before the school bell rings. Suddenly, Ganta hears a familiar melody, which causes him to look outside of the window. To his surprise, he sees a cloaked figure suspended in space, glaring at him. In an instant, the being known as the Red Man unleashes a strong power upon the school building, gruesomely obliterating the entire classroom.

When Ganta wakes up, he looks around for signs of life among the classroom, only to find the blood and body parts of his fellow peers. He quickly learns that he is the sole survivor of the horrific massacre. 


When Rika Commits Suicide In When They Cry

The scene takes place during a heated confrontation between Shion Sonozaki and Rika Higurashi. As it gets physical, it looks like Rika has the upper hand and is about to inject an unknown serum into Shion. However, Shion is quick and evades her trap, knocking Rika over and grabbing the injection, which she uses on Rika instead.

Rika, who is disoriented, grabs a large knife and staggers around the room. Shion begins to tease her and eggs her on about her failed mission. Rika clutches the knife, glaring angrily at Shion. However, instead of attacking Shion with the weapon, Rika use the knife on herself. She stabs herself in the head over and over again, splattering blood all over the room and ultimately committing suicide. 


When Lucy's Puppy Is Killed In Elfin Lied

Lucy becomes close to a stray puppy she found. She keeps the pup a secret from everyone, so that the bullies at the orphanage don't take the pup away from her. However, Lucy eventually tells a friend about the pup. Her friend accidently lets it slip to Tomu, the ringleader of Lucy's tormentors. Tomu quickly detains the puppy and makes Lucy watch in horror as he and his lackeys kick, toss, and brutally beat the dog to death.

However, they don’t get the last laugh, as Lucy uses her telekinetic abilities to kill the bullies where they stand, splattering large volumes of blood all over the room. 


When A Woman Is Hammered To Death In Psycho Pass

The scene takes place in the middle of a busy city with various people making their way through the streets. A random woman in a long trench coat becomes the main focus of the scene. She is steadily making her way through the crowd, busy with her agenda. Suddenly, a man in a helmet and red cloak brutally attacks her, hitting her repeatedly in the face and on the body with a hammer.

He then rips her clothing off and continues his sickening assault, right in front a Psycho-Pass scanner drone and in the middle of a large crowd of bystanders. What's even more terrifying is that the crowd is practically desensitized to the attack, casually watching and recording the horror that is unfolding before them. 


When Mami Is Decapitated In Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Madoka and Sayaka go out on another witch-hunting mission. With the experienced, gun-slinging Mami Tomoe to help them get the job done, what would possibly go wrong? Apparently, everything! Mami makes witch hunting look easy as she quickly takes down the witch named Charlotte, using only a few blasts from her weapons. However, before everyone can celebrate the victory, Charlotte reanimates and transforms into a huge caterpillar monster.

Suddenly, before Mami can fight or even run, the monster grabs her by the head and lifts her up into the air. Mami's struggling body quickly goes limp and is seen dangling in the witch’s jaws. In an instant, the monstrous witch bites off Mami's head and throws Mami's decapitated body up into the air before she devours it. In fact, you can hear the sound of the witch crunching on Mami's bones. Yeah, this is not your typical magical girl anime.


When Mike Zacharius Is Torn To Bits In Attack On Titan

When Mike Zacharius heroically sets out to divert a mass amount of titans from devouring the entire team as they escape, he never imagined that this might be his last battle. After all, he’s a seasoned soldier, a skilled fighter, and the Titans are mindless eating machines, right?

Wrong. Mike kills a handful of titans before looking to his horse to escape. However, an Abnormal titan suddenly kills his horse and Mike finds himself in the mouth of another titan. The Abnormal titan orders the smaller titan to stop, and when it continues to chew on Mike, the Abnormal one crushes the smaller titan. It then tries to question Mike, who is frozen in fear and unable to answer.

Growing annoying, the Abnormal titan tells the other titans that they can do whatever they want with Mike. In a horrific scene, the whole group of titans tear into Mike, slowly ripping him apart, limb by limb, as he wails out in pain and fear. 


When A Second Owl Ghoul Appears In Tokyo Ghoul

In an epic battle of ghoul against human, the CCG squad (Commission of Counter Ghoul) is seriously outnumbered in strength. This is especially true when it comes to fighting a powerful ghoul known as the one-eyed owl, who easily kills many investigators on the team. But, thanks to a recalibration of fighting tactics and mass teamwork from the remaining members of the Yukinori Shinohara crew, they are able to defeat the creature.

However, after defeating the one-eyed owl ghoul, a second unknown one-eyed owl ghoul comes out of nowhere and violently attacks the CCG squad, critically injuring Yukinori and the entire team.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:39:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-violent-anime-scenes/nida-sea
<![CDATA[21 Attack On Titan Cosplays That The Live Action Film Needs To Take Notes From]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-attack-on-titan-cosplay/crystal-brackett?source=rss

While Attack on Titan Season 2 wreaks havoc on both the soldiers in the Survey Corps and the audience's heartstrings, Attack on Titan cosplay allows you to enjoy the show without getting emotionally pummeled. Brace yourself for an onslaught of Attack on Titan cosplayers who bring the terror and action of this anime to life! As if the on-screen Titans weren't ghastly enough, cosplay of the Titans from Attack on Titan depicts these killer creatures in all their three-dimensional gory glory; you'll find your fight-or-flight response kicking in when confronted with the best Attack on Titan cosplay.

Thanks to some creative Attack on Titan fans, cosplay has never looked so horrifying and awesome at the same time. These hardcore fans truly embody the fighting spirit of humanity and their gruesome attackers—and the conflict engulfing them both. Your favorite Attack on Titan characters never looked more real, or more resolved.


21 Attack On Titan Cosplays That The Live Action Film Needs To Take Notes From,

Annie Titan Vs. Eren Titan

Annie Leonhardt (LauraNikoPhantomhive) and Eren Jaeger (MiyukiKurame) duke it out on a colossal scale in this killer shot by SongYongBin.


Hanji And Colossal Titan

Hanji (Pleppermint ) and the Colossal Titan (Hammy) are two peas in a pod in this stellar photograph from CharlightArt.


Captain Levi Takes Down A Titan

Levi Ackerman (Itchy-Hands) slays a Titan (Y0K3Y) in one blow in vaxzone's beautiful photography.


Blade Reflection

Eren (Snowblind-Cosplay) shows off his inner Titan in Maureen Photography's engrossing photo.


Colossal Killer

Gender0less is a colossally epic cosplayer decked out in mind-blowing makeup!


Eaten Alive

YukiGodbless embodies this horrific scene of Eren being eaten alive in JiakiDarkness's photo.


Eren And Levi Attack

Eren (carymono) and Levi (Seiran) go in for the kill in Eternitymoon's beautiful photo.


Female Titan

This fabulous Female Titan is an amazing cosplay piece by LauraNikoPhantomhive, shot by SongYongBin.


Female Titan

Annie's Female Titan form is beautiful, deadly, and displayed perfectly by FloreaFlavia.


Eren Titan

JayEm Sison cosplaying Titan Eren's face-off with the Colossal Titan is a truly epic display of power, captured perfectly by vaxzone.



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:31:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-attack-on-titan-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[14 Pretty Good Psychological Thriller Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-psychological-thriller-anime/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Psychological thrillers are action-packed dramas that often focus on the unstable mental state of their characters. There's significant crossover with the mystery, slasher, and horror anime genres. Because the content is often pretty disturbing, this anime is often geared towards adults. While most people think of live-action films like Fight Club or Silence of the Lambs when they think about psychological thrillers, there's also some pretty good thriller anime out there too.

There's a lot of psychological thriller anime that's not bad. Not great, but not bad. Some shows deal in harmful stereotypes, others lack good character development, and some have art that's just kind of weird and hard to look at. But, despite the imperfect nature of the genre, you'll definitely be able to find some decent psychological thriller anime series that you won't regret watching.


14 Pretty Good Psychological Thriller Anime,

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy takes place in a dark, futuristic utopia where humans and androids live together. Humans have complete power and control over the androids until the societal balance is unexpectedly shaken by a virus that causes infected androids to commit serial murders. Re-l is charged with investigating the killings, uncovering a deep web of secrets and lies about the world as she knows it. 


Paranoia Agent

The series follows the victims of Lil' Slugger, a juvenile with a bat that starts a societal phenomenon. Detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa work to solve the mystery of the serial attacker, who causes fear and panic to grow in the city. Directed by Satoshi Kon, a Japanese legend in psychological thriller anime, Paranoia Agent explores dark themes of public fear, truth, and violence. 


Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde classic from the late '90's that every anime fan has heard of, but most haven't actually seen. It follows a 14-year-old girl named Lain, who finds herself embroiled in a series of mysteries about the Wired, a communication network similar to the Internet. It raises questions about how technology impacts humanity, and what the true meaning of reality is.

Because it came out in the late '90's, some of the points it makes about technology might seem out of date or alarmist. Also, some of the themes and motifs are obscure and difficult to grasp. There are fans who have a lot of fun trying to parse the symbolism. If that's you, Lain might be worth watching, but if you're the kind of fan who just wants to kick back and be entertained, you might find it frustrating rather than enjoyable.


Hell Girl

Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is about a mysterious website that promises to send anyone whose name is typed into it straight to Hell. In exchange, whoever typed the name will be condemned to Hell themselves after they die. The premise is an interesting one; kind of a modernish take on Death Note where the Shinigami are actually cute.

With that in mind, a new story is introduced in almost every episode, and it takes forever to learn anything meaningful about the main characters, which can be annoying for some viewers. Also, the series first came out in 2005, which means that the Hell website in question looks dated to say the least, and that can really take viewers out of the experience. 


Monster

Monster is often cited in as one of the best anime out there. That's a gross overstatement, but it is pretty decent. Its basic concept is a promising one: Dr. Tenma makes the decision to operate on a destitute young boy at the expense of a wealthy politician. When said boy grows up to be a murderer, Dr. Tenma has to grapple with the ramifications of his choice.

Unfortunately, this potentially juicy premise is bogged down by poor pacing. At 74 episodes long, there's plenty of filler that could easily be eliminated. That said, if you're a fan of gargantuan sagas like Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, or if you just have a plenty of patience, Monster is worth checking out.


Shiki

Fans of Tokyo Ghoul might enjoy Shiki, as the two series focus heavily on the question of what separates man from monster. It focuses on an unlikely alliance between a doctor named Toshio Ozaki and an aimless youth named Natsuno Yuuki, whose goal is to save the town of Sotoba from being destroyed by shiki, or vampires. 

Because the series explores the motivations of both the humans and the shiki, it's nuanced and morally grey. For some, this is a selling point. For others, it makes the show feel directionless and causes it to be difficult to get invested in the outcome. The art isn't to everyone's taste, and some of the bloodier scenes can be physically nauseating. Shiki isn't for everyone, but if you love morally ambiguous vampires, and aren't put off by a little gore, it might be for you.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a dark anime take on the usually happy and bubbly magical girl genre. In exchange for dedicating their lives to hunting witches, young girls are granted a wish. Of course, these wishes have unforeseen consequences, some of which are lethal.

If you're a fan of genre deconstruction, you'll probably enjoy this show. However, if the unrelenting suffering of little girls who are just trying their best makes you uncomfortable, you may want to sit this one out.


Another

Another follows a group of middle school students as they discover the brutal secrets of a curse that's been plaguing their classroom for years. The art and animation are top notch, and the plot twists are engaging. Unfortunately, some of them come too early to be fully satisfying.

Also, some of the characters are a bit flat, which can make it hard to get fully invested in their bloody deaths. If you like blood and guts, and prioritize memorable plots over memorable characters, Another is worth a look.


Mirai Nikki - Another: World

Mirai Nikki, also known as Future Diary, focuses on a high school student named Yukiteru Amano, who is thrown headfirst into a fight for his life and the honor of being the God of Time and Space. In order to survive, he must use a diary that tells the future to help him kill the eleven other contestants for godhood. Already, we're looking at a unique premise with some serious potential.

However, some of the characters, particularly the owners of the other future diaries, aren't exactly fun to watch. One of the other main characters, Yuno Gasai, starts off as Yukiteru's stalker. In fact, her future diary tracks every move he's going to make. This is incredibly creepy, and while creepy can be good, Mirai Nikki lays it on pretty thick. 


Erased

Satoru Fujinuma is 28 and living a mundane life. One day, he finds himself in his ten-year-old body, transported back to the past. He doesn't understand why he's stuck as an elementary student again until he meets Kayo Hinazuki, the girl who was kidnapped and killed by a serial killer. Now, he's in a race against time to save young Kayo, desperately using all his wits and resources to outsmart a serial killer that was never caught. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:52:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-psychological-thriller-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[18 Times Anime Characters Spoke English (And We Couldn't Help But Laugh)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-japanese-versions-of-english-accents-in-anime/nida-sea?source=rss

Anime dubs are hard to pull off, whether you're going from Japanese to English or vice versa. So when the villain looks super bad*ss in an intense scene and they suddenly shout a line in a terrible English accent, the seriousness just melts into ridiculousness that makes you cringe, laugh, or cry. If you're an avid anime fan, you've probably witnessed a fair share of anime dubs with bad accents. 

Dubs aren't all bad - whether it be the best English dubbed anime or just a simple English line in a Japanese subbed anime, a few studios pull off smooth voice acting. In fact, American dubs have been successful enough in the past that fans have asked for Western audio in awesome anime that never got an English dub. However, it can't be denied that terrible dubs can ruin a scene.

For English-speaking fans, it can be amusing when a character whips out their "wow-so-good-at-English" card, only to speak in an anime American accent that just isn't intelligible. In fact, some of these accents are so bad that they’re pretty cute. Others may make you bust a gut.

Now, there's no disrespect to the Japanese voice actors. In fact, speaking the English language correctly is even hard for some Americans! So, you have to give props to the various Japanese voice actors who are doing their best to give characters in anime American accents. Here, for your amusement, is a fun compilation of Japanese voice actors who did their best at voicing American accents in some of your favorite anime series. Vote up the most terrible English accents in anime that just didn't hit the mark. 


18 Times Anime Characters Spoke English (And We Couldn't Help But Laugh),

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Rin Matsuoka

Shinobu, Miyagi, And Friend From Junjou Romantica

Father Andersen From Hellsing

Chiba International High School Foreign Competitors From Chihayafuru

Jail Scene From Heritage From Father

Finé From Senki Zesshō Symphogear

Kirima, Hoto, And Tedeza From Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka

Rintaro Okabe From Steins;Gate

Redd White From Ace Attorney


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:20:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-japanese-versions-of-english-accents-in-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[13 Underrated Anime That Never Got An English Dub]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-without-an-english-dub/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Americans only get a small taste of what Japan has to offer in the terms of anime. Usually, only the most visually interesting, marketable properties make the cut, leaving the ones that weren't in incredibly high demand in the dust. This, unfortunately, eventually piles up a long list of Japanese-only anime that's never made it to America. Although fandubs and fansubs might be out there, these poor unlicensed series are anime only available in Japan.

Without an English dub, it's up to hardcore otakus to scour out these series, because, without the licensing, there's no way you're going to find these gems anywhere other than conventions or Japanese retailers. For one reason or another, even though these anime are all great titles in their respective forms, they remain hidden as anime only in Japanese.

From magical girls to dark, dystopian themes and teachers with demonic monster arms, feast your eyes on some great, undubbed anime that's buried away in localization limbo.


13 Underrated Anime That Never Got An English Dub,

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!

In the desolate future of 2035, where the birthrate has left high school classrooms with empty seats and low morale, this dystopian anime comes to life through the actions of a young girl whose outlandish motivation has a butterfly effect throughout the entire school. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! is part of an entire franchise of manga, games, and anime, and no part of the multimedia project ever made its way overseas.


Jigoku Sensei Nube

This insanely popular shounen anime was a hit amongst Japanese audiences due to its horror/psychological themes, intense action sequences, and superb pop culture references to anime and popular Japanese figures. Unfortunately, out of all of the Weekly Shounen Jump sagas to get pumped out of their anime distribution gold mine, Hell Teacher Nube got the cold shoulder, most likely due to the heavy censorship both the animation and script would have to endure in order to reach the young North American demographic.


Monochrome Factor

Monochrome Factor focuses on slaying shadow beasts in an epic anime filled with beautiful fight sequences and daring displays of romance. However, the manga (which had a glorious redistribution by Tokyopop) didn't include the same amount of heavy shounen-ai as the anime itself. American audiences already weren't buying the manga enough at the time of the anime's 2008 debut, preventing it from realizing localization opportunities.


Kaiba

Despite innocent-looking animation, surreal, psychedelic cyberpunk adventures and love stories await viewers in this dystopian world. In Kaiba, memories are transplanted between bodies via memory chips to prevent death. Kaiba won an Excellence Prize for Animation at the prestigious Japan Media Arts festival in 2008, and even made its way to some regions of Oceania. So far, however, those have been the only areas able to properly experience this amazing series.


Kyōran Kazoku Nikki

This completely hectic anime is a nonsensically hilarious narrative featuring a demon, a jellyfish, a cross-dressing member of the mafia, a lion, and a cyborg. It will both endlessly entertain you and cater to all of your fan-service needs (as long as you speak Japanese, that is). Although totally loveable, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki might be a bit too eccentric for American companies to want to include it in their licensing. 


Basquash!

Basquash! involves both sports and mecha action, as dwellers of a technologically advanced city play basketball with their big, beefy robots. It's exactly as awesome as it sounds.

Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, no American licensing company thought these giant, b-ball bouncing bots were marketable enough to bring overseas. As it originally launched in 2009, this anime is well past its debut period.


.hack//The Movie

This theatrical debut for the .hack// franchise is a beautifully animated CGI/animation hybrid where monsters from a popular MMORPG arise during the 2024 Summer Olympics, providing a chaotic setting and a sci-fi joyride for anyone who has a passion for gaming.

The movie was eventually released as a Blu-ray /PS3 hybrid, but because the accompanying fighting game (.hack//Versus) was never localized due to decreasing popularity and the discontinuation of the .hack// games for PS2, the movie itself never received a dub or a sub.


Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

Join a totally cute cast of humanized mermaid princesses in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, a glorious concoction of magical girl comedy and romantic drama about mer-girls who can't reveal their true identities without bursting into a billion bubbles. At one point, ADV films did actually license this wonderful mermaid tale, but due to lack of backers and TV support, they eventually passed it off to TV Aichi, who are sitting on it until it fizzles out.


Mahoraba ~Heartful days~

Mahoraba is a silly, spontaneous tale about a struggling children's book author and his crush with disassociate identity disorder. It dives deep into themes about mental illness and coping with unstable relationships, without leaving its lighthearted roots. Although Western audiences received pirated and fansubbed versions of this anime very well, it's been over 10 years since its Japanese debut. At this point, it's unlikely anyone other than hardcore fans are going to dub this gem.


Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne AKA Phantom Thief Jeanne

Phantom Thief Jeanne is the unique and peppy tale of a magical girl who has been given the holy task of hunting demons within treasures, causing them to disappear in the real world. Oh, and she's in high school, so her newly God-given criminal activities are surrounded with romance, drama, and hilarious scenarios that will entertain you for hours.

On the Western end, at the time of its 2009 release, magical girl genres were generally heavily edited for younger US audiences, and nobody took on the burden of adapting it.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:07:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-without-an-english-dub/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[English Anime Dubs That Made Biggest, Most Dramatic Changes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/english-anime-dubs-that-made-big-changes/crystal-brackett?source=rss

As anime make their way overseas, they're localized and adapted to fit Western audiences. While there are definitely some amazing English dubbed anime, a fair share of the localization just doesn't match up. Writers and American daytime TV will change an anime to be more palatable for the little types in the Western side of the world, dismantling and ruining the original intent and purpose of the Japanese creators. 

Sure, there are cases where anime dubs change the script for of translation purposes but, regardless, such changes have definitely resulted in some of the best anime series turning into one big joke. What's even more unfortunate is that the English dubs can be changed multiple times, meaning that one agency changes an anime and then a second agency changes it again. This gives viewers a haphazardly sewn and censored version of the animation and voice overs.

You're about to dive headfirst into anime dubs that made big changes and succumbed to the burden of English adaptation to the point where it completely destroyed the original integrity. Vote up the anime that has been changed most drastically by its English localization. 


English Anime Dubs That Made Biggest, Most Dramatic Changes,

Dragon Ball Z

Poor Dragon Ball Z endured extreme censorship  in America, where the show was marketed toward kids watching daytime TV. Since the original bloody battles, lewd behavior, cursing, and drug and alcohol use were a dangerous concoction for their TV time slot and demographic, these scenes were either edited visually or completely removed, sometimes resulting in entire episodes being replaced.

Blood was turned green, alcohol was removed to create empty glasses, and cigarettes were completely erased. To make things more palatable for younger audiences, all references to Hell were removed, with one particular scene resulting in new reference to "HFIL," the new "Home for Infinite Losers."


Samurai Pizza Cats

When writers over at Saban got their hands on Kyattou Ninden Teyande, the scripts were so terribly translated that instead of hiring someone to localize the dialogue, Saban just said, "F*** THIS," and made up their own script. Yes, the English dub dialogue is completely fabricated by Saban's own heads. Now, the literal translation of the Japanese title is "Legendary Ninja Cats," but the Western release was titled Samurai Pizza Cats. 

Although a gloriously hilarious anime filled with puns and offbeat humor, the adaptation is completely different. It's full of plot holes due to Saban chopping and pasting the animation to fit their made-up script. On top this, 12 episodes were completely banned from the US. 


Shaman King

As any typical show that's being localized for the kiddies of America, Shaman King got its load of censorship when it came to mature themes. Blood was turned from red to black in some scenes and the plot was hacked and rewritten. However, although not as heavy or dark as the Japanese original, religious references that the anime was based on were left in. Notably, the symbolism for crosses and such were removed. 


Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew's name definitely got a localization change-up, but that's not all that changed when the anime was brought West. The dub of the show doesn't even have the same plot. Mew Mew Power starts on the 12th episode of Tokyo Mew Mew, promptly cutting out all essence of the heroine's back story - including how she even got her powers.

Because 4Kids aimed for this anime to entertain young audiences, mature themes were removed, including magical-girl transformation scenes, Zakuro's weapon due to it being shaped like a cross, and the aliens who wanted to reclaim Earth because humans were destroying their former home. What's even left of the original plot? 


Sailor Moon

The heavy amount of changes that this poor magical girl anime endured during its original run on US television is pitiful. The lesbian relationship between two of the sailors was changed to a slightly awkward cousin relationship. In addition, not only were entire episodes removed, which tainted the backstories for some characters such as Sailor V, but the entire fifth season was left completely out. The fifth season involved the gender-swapping Sailor Starlights and was considered too controversial to be aired as a popular kids show in the '90s.


Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura not only got a name change to Cardcaptors, it also had major pieces of the storyline altered to make the show more appealing to both boys and girls when the show was originally intended for young girls. The American dub started out at episode 8, went straight to 12, and continued to jump around from there. The relationships developed between characters (especially members of the same sex) were snipped from the final production, leaving Yukito's (a boy's) romantic endeavors towards Sakura's older brother totally out of the picture. 


Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories was an anime that didn't do too well in Japan, so when the time came for it to be adapted to the English language, the voice actors literally did whatever they wanted for the script. The majority of English audiences have actually come to revere this anime as one of the worst, yet funniest, dubs to ever exist. It turned spooky ghost stories into something that you'd watch on Adult Swim between Sealab 2021 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The voice actors never hesitated to admit that they completely ravaged the script to make it a dub that's an adult comedy, with the intent that it be verbal garbage to laugh at. 


Yu-Gi-Oh!

When Yu-Gi-Oh! made its appearance in the West, it was tactfully reconstructed as a card-game anime that was purely meant to be marketing fodder for young children. The original anime, which still included Dual Monsters, was more of a twisted, dark fantasy anime where Yami Yugi viciously murdered some of the opposing players in his "Shadow Games."

Much like the American horror classic Saw, the participants in these games gambled with their lives. Many players met their horrific ends by being burned alive, falling to their death, or suffering from grotesque visions of body horror while descending into madness. Of course, all of the death sequences were removed in the English adaptation and 4Kids Entertainment replaced these scenes with a fabricated "Shadow Realm" instead.


One Piece

When 4Kids got their hands on One Piece, they stripped it of all guns, drugs, and anything that looked like it could be used as a violent weapon. The most notable are the guns and drugs. Guns were replaced with very silly objects such as signs and things like... whatever the hell this is. As for the drugs, like Sanji's cigarette, they just put the top of a lollipop on it and called it a day. 


Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind AKA Warriors Of The Wind

The American adaptation of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was vastly different from the original storyline, making the legendary Hayao Miyazaki so pissed off that he insisted that Disney sign a "no-edits" clause on his films when he partnered with the multimedia giant. Toshio Suzuki even went as far as to send a real katana to Miramax upon hearing that they wanted to cut Princess Mononoke to make it marketable, with very simple instructions: "No cuts." 

Its original English release in 1984 turned "one of the greatest anime films of all time" into a complete train wreck. It was transformed from a cinematic masterpiece into a stilted children's action-adventure film. Scenes that were considered to be too slow were cut, the plot was switched up, and the dialogue was almost completely rewritten. Thankfully, the film was brought to justice in Disney's "no cuts" version released much later on. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:19:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/english-anime-dubs-that-made-big-changes/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Most Screwed Up Sibling Relationships In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-anime-siblings/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

There are a lot of anime siblings with screwed up relationships out there. Some of these horrible anime brothers and sisters are trying to kill each other, some are trying to screw each other, and others come from horrendously dysfunctional anime families with terrible parents who make it pretty much impossible for their kids to get along. You'll find weird anime sibling relationships in everything from action hits Naruto and Kill la Kill to emotionally driven shows like Yuri!!! on Ice and March Comes In Like A Lion. Some of these messed up anime siblings could seriously use some family therapy.


The Most Screwed Up Sibling Relationships In Anime,

Sasuke & Itachi Uchiha From Naruto

Sasuke Uchiha's primary goal in life is to murder his older brother Itachi. He doesn't care if he dies, doesn't care if he has to mortgage his body to the deplorably creepy Orochimaru, doesn't care if he has to kill hundreds of other people and betray his friends, he only wants to end his brother's life. Why is this so important to him? Because Itachi murdered all the rest of the Uchiha clan, leaving Sasuke an orphan.

This is screwed up enough, before you start layering on the complications. First of all, Sasuke adored his brother prior to the event, so the betrayal hits a lot harder than it might have if they weren't close. Second of all, Itachi had little choice in the matter. At age 13, he was convinced by a corrupt government leader named Danzo to take out his whole family. Why does he agree? Because if he doesn't, Danzo would have the whole family killed anyway. By killing his family, he was allowed to spare his own life, and that of his baby brother Sasuke. Had Itachi told his family and tried to fight back, it would have sparked a civil war, an option that a teenager with war-induced PSTD isn't likely to go for. 

Sasuke doesn't learn any of this until after he gets his revenge, so the two never have a chance to reconcile. Thanks for the heaping helping of tragedy, Kishimoto.


Shou & Ryou Marufuji From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

It's impossible to have a list about bad family relationships and not mention Yu-Gi-Oh!. One shining example of sibling dysfunction is Shou and Ryou Marufuji, also known as Syrus and Zane Truesdale in the dub. Their relationship started off as your typical "younger brother worshipping his older brother" deal. It's not great — Shou considers himself vastly inferior as both a duelist and a human being, and Ryou don't do much to alleviate that feeling.

Things quickly spiral out of control when Ryou gets involved in illegal, dangerous underground card games, gets possessed by evil space energy, and eventually ends up hospitalized due to heart disease. Shou not only has to adjust to this shattered version of his former hero, but he also has to be his caretaker while he's still in high school. Also, Shou doesn't get much in the way of outside support. Not only are their parents completely absent, but Shou's best friend Judai actually advises him to let Ryou kill himself through dueling if he wants to. This isn't exactly helpful. In true Yu-Gi-Oh! fashion, few of these issues are resolved by the end of the series. Seriously, the Marufuji brothers need to clear the air. 


The Nase Siblings In Kyoukai No Kanata

Incest automatically makes sibling relationship wildly uncomfortable. Yes, even if it's played "as a joke" and it doesn't get physical, as is the case with Hiroomi and Mitsuki Nase from Kyoukai no Kanata. Hiroomi is sexually obsessed with his younger sister, and isn't afraid to tell her so. Every time she calls him onii-chan, a totally normal and nonsexual thing for a Japanese girl to call her older brother, he blushes or gets a nosebleed. In anime, nosebleeds are symbolic for erections, you see. For some reason, the series decides to treat this like it's on the same level as another character's predilection for girls in glasses. It's not, guys. Not even close.

Shockingly, Hiroomi's sister complex isn't the worst thing about the Nase siblings. The oldest sister, Izumi, ends up being controlled by a parasite and attacking her siblings, who have to fight her off. Once you introduce attempted murder into an incestuous sibling relationship, there's just no saving it.


Yuki & Ayame Sohma From Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket was a veritable clusterf*ck of terrible familial relationships. While the most horrible ties were between cousins, not siblings, there is a pair of siblings who are truly, deeply unsettling. 

Ayame was a 10-year-old with no interest in his baby brother, Yuki. Any chance they might have had at developing a relationship was ruined by their mother. She thought Ayame was worthless and said so, but her "love" for Yuki took the form of abuse, so both siblings grew up resenting each other. 

As Yuki developed into a teenager, Ayame tried to establish a relationship where none exists. This doesn't sound so bad if you never see how he tries to establish a relationship. Mostly, he flirts with their cousin Shigure, hits on Yuki's teenage friend Tohru, and makes sexual comments about Yuki himself. Understandably, Yuki isn't a huge fan of his older brother.


Kagura & Kamui From Gintama

Kagura and Kamui are both members of the elite Yato clan. Because their mother was sick and their father was away trying to track down medicine, Kamui essentially raised Kagura. That didn't stop them from becoming bitter enemies later on. Kamui tries to kill Kagura because he sees her as a pathetic weakling. This could be because she once begged him not to kill their father (a normal, coming-of-age ritual for Yato clan members). 

It was a particularly important one for Kamui, who believes their father is responsible for their mother's untimely death. It could also be because Kagura spends most of her time eating massive amounts of seaweed, kicking people, and doing odd jobs with her friends Shinpachi and Gintoki, behavior which isn't quite up to Yato clan standards.


Touka & Ayato Kirishima From Tokyo Ghoul

Before their parents died, Touka and Ayato were an inseparable team whose goal was to hunt and kill humans. This sounds horrifying until you realize that they are ghouls, non-human creatures who cannot survive without eating human flesh. That's not the screwed up part — it's just the premise of the series. The Kirishima sibling's relationship falls apart when it becomes clear that they have very different views on humans.

Touka wants to live peacefully with them as much as possible, which is what draws her to Anteiku, a coffee shop run by ghouls that protects its employees and gathers food for those who can't get it themselves. Meanwhile, Ayato finds her desires to be weak and pathetic, and the two end up on opposite sides of a ghoul-led civil war. When you're actively trying to kill your sibling and their friends, it's pretty much a top-tier bad relationship.


Tomoko & Tomoki Kuroki From Watamote

Watamote, also known as No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys Fault I'm Not Popular!, focuses on a high school girl named Tomoko Kuroki whose social skills are, shall we say, lacking. She desperately wants to make friends, get a boyfriend, and be popular, but she has no idea how to go about it. She enlists her younger brother Tomoki to help her out, which could be heartwarming, if she weren't asking things like "Can I see your penis?" 

Needless to say, Tomoki isn't particularly fond of his creepy older sister. Most of their interactions involve him screaming at her to leave him alone, insulting her, or throwing her out of his room. Moments of kindness between the two are often laced with ulterior motives. For example, Tomoko tries to "take care of" Tomoki when he's sick, but actually just wants to catch his cold so that she can get out of school. With aggressive screaming from Tomoki and awkwardly sexual overtures from Tomoko, the relationship between the Kuroki siblings just plain sucks.


Inuyasha & Sesshoumaru From Inuyasha

Although their relationship does improve somewhat over the course of the series, Inuyasha and his half-brother Sesshoumaru pretty much hate each other. Why? Because Inuyasha is half-demon, half-human, and Sesshoumaru, a demon without the human influence, has a huge problem with that. Basically, his issue is fantasy-world racism. That, and the fact that their demon father gave Inuyasha the Tessaiga, a weapon far more powerful than the Tensaiga he gave Sesshoumaru. At one point, their relationship gets so bad Inuyasha chops Sesshoumaru's arm off. Obviously, it's not exactly loving.


Satsuki Kiryuin & Ryuko Matoi From Kill La Kill

To be fair, Ryuko and Satsuki don't actually know that they're sisters until the series is almost over, but considering the fact that every time they meet they try to murder each other, it's fair to say they still count as "dysfunctional siblings." Satsuki starts off as the leader of high school/military city called Honnouji Academy. Ryuko wants to kill Satsuki because she believes her to be behind her father's death.

Midway through the series, Ryuko's goal changes to toppling Satsuki from her seat of power. When they finally discover they're related, Satsuki wants to work together in order to defeat their common enemy (their mother Ragyo), but Ryuko is busy being mind-controlled by alien fibers. The two eventually do form a positive relationship and fight together, but it's an involved process to say the least. 


Michele & Sara Crispino From Yuri!!! on ICE

The Crispino twins are competitive ice skaters from Italy. Because they've dedicated their entire childhoods to their sport, they haven't had the opportunity to form developmentally appropriate social bonds outside the family unit. This results in some really weird sibling dynamics between the pair. Sara wants to socialize, make friends, and date. Meanwhile, her brother Michele is overbearingly protective of Sara, screaming at any man who gets within a 10-foot radius to stay away from his sister. Not only that, but he wants to be the only man she loves, and is so dependent on her that he has trouble doing his job without her presence. 

Sara seems to love her brother, but she's also aware of how unhealthy their relationship is. In one episode, she confronts him about it, and he promises to change. Predictably, this lasts for about one episode. Michele is still totally likely to punch fellow skater Emil Nekola in the face the next time he flirts with Sara.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:16:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-anime-siblings/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[14 Reasons Anime Is Definitely Not For Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-anime-is-not-for-kids/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Contrary to popular belief, anime is not just for kids. In fact, there are a lot of mature themes in anime you need to be an adult to understand. So, how did we end up with the idea that anime isn't for adults? Maybe it's because in the Western world, animation is almost always aimed at children.

For some, the link between animation and kids' media is so powerful that a lot of American kids grew up watching totally inappropriate shows like Family Guy, Ren & Stimpy, or South Park. Their parents assumed that if it was animated, it must be kid-friendly. It could also be because the anime that gets imported over to the West tends to be aimed at kids. Anime-loving millennials grew up on Pokémon, Digimon, Sailor Moon, and DBZ. These series were also heavily censored in the dubbing process, making these already kid-oriented anime seem even more childish. 

Animation in Japan isn't all Digimon and DBZ. There's plenty of anime for grown-ups out there. From sexual anime to series that feature drug abuse, some anime ask serious moral questions. In fact, a lot of what's on offer simply isn't appropriate for kids. So, if you're post-college and you're still into anime, don't worry. It's totally appropriate, and there are plenty of reasons anime is not just for kids.


14 Reasons Anime Is Definitely Not For Kids,

Anime Can Get Super Raunchy

While shows aimed at kids might make the occasional thinly veiled sex joke, they typically don't go beyond acknowledging that sex exists. They certainly don't show the act in question. While there's plenty of adult-oriented anime that can be viewed in polite company, some of it is better suited to... private viewing. 

Some sexually explicit anime is ridiculous. For example, it's supposed to be super hot when some dude brushes his younger sister's teeth in Nisemonogatari. Some scenes depict the beautiful coming together of two people who love each other, though to be fair those scenes often fade-to-black. Some sex scenes are depressing. For that particular poison, check out the heart-stoppingly miserable sex that characterizes Scum's Wish. Some is disturbing, which you'll have noticed if you ever watched Berserk. Some is just straight-up erotic, and that happens more often than not. Obviously, none of it is even remotely child-appropriate.


Anime Makes You Question The True Value Of Revenge

Revenge is a concept that pops up frequently in anime, and it's not exactly a kid-friendly idea. Especially when that revenge involves copious amounts of blood, as it often does in anime. Anime with more mature themes can actually question whether or not revenge has value.

One of the most interesting examples is Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Scar is one of the few survivors of a genocidal attack on his people, the Ishvalans. Understandably, he wants revenge on state alchemists, who are largely responsible for murdering his people. Two of the alchemists that he kills in his quest for revenge are Winry Rockbell's parents, which sparks a desire for revenge in Winry herself. Scar tells her that while she has the right to kill him for what he did to her parents, he will consider her an enemy if she does, and the cycle of hatred will continue. The series questions the purpose of revenge. Does it make anything better, or does it just create new problems and exacerbate old ones? Can things like genocide actually be forgiven? If so, how? If not, is revenge the only way to handle it? 

Of course, FMA isn't the only series where this concept comes up. We all know about Sasuke Uchiha's quest to kill his brother Itachi for murdering their entire clan in Naruto. Sasuke only finds out the terrible circumstances behind his brother's actions after he's already killed him. Once he finds out that Itachi was forced into the mass murder by a corrupt government leader named Danzo, and that Itachi's actions were the only thing that saved Sasuke's own life, his revenge feels hollow and meaningless. Naruto and FMA are both billed as kids' shows, but there are plenty of adult ideas about revenge to unpack.


Anime Characters Confront Complex Moral Decisions

There's no way to discuss complex moral decisions in anime without mentioning Death Note, so let's start there. For the uninitiated, Death Note focuses on Light Yagami, who finds a magical notebook that kills anyone whose name is written inside. He decides to use this notebook to kill criminals and improve society. Eventually, a combination of hubris and desperate attempts to avoid capture lead him to betray his original morals. Kids who watch Death Note tend to focus on how badass they think either Light or his detective opponent L are. Yes, L is badass (Light isn't, sorry guys) but the biggest hook for grown-up viewers is the major question posed by the series: does any one person truly have the right to decide who lives and who dies?

Death Note is a classic example of an anime that poses moral questions, but it's far from the only one. Another good one is Psycho Pass, which features the Sybil system, a series of tests that analyze your personality, your mental and physical health, your genetic heritage, and other traits to determine your station in life. Viewers of Psycho Pass have to grapple with the concept of free will. What does it mean? Is it real? Are our choices actually determined by traits we don't control? How does free will factor into the creation of an ideal society? These are not questions targeted at kids. 


Even The Kid Stuff Gets Intense

Ever seen the original version of Yu-Gi-Oh!? Technically, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a kids show and, given how aggressively it's been censored, it's pretty easy to dismiss as childish. However, if you look at the original Japanese version (and you can get past all the card games), you'll find a show that's actually pretty twisted. From rampant child abuse to systemic oppression so bad it causes one character in 5D's to try and commit suicide-by-cop and another attempt to murder a 12-year-old to escape the cycle of poverty, Yu-Gi-Oh! deals with surprisingly mature themes. 

Yu-Gi-Oh! isn't alone. Plenty of kid-oriented shows have hidden, dark underbellies. One of the first villains in Naruto is Orochimaru, a semi-immortal snake beast who desperately wants Sasuke's young body. Already, this is looking pretty adult. Later, we learn that he's a mass murderer whose scientific experiments on children are so grisly they look like they belong in Monster. Keep in mind, this guy is only the first villain in Naruto, and honestly, he's probably the tamest. He's got nothing on Madara, that's for sure. Naruto miiiight be acceptable viewing material for teenagers, but children? You're better off just putting on Totoro


Anime Features Adult Characters With Adult Problems

While it's true that a ton of anime focuses on the lives of high school students, there are plenty of series that center on the lives of adults. Regardless of a show's overall theme, most kids just aren't interested in the lives of anybody over the age of 20, which makes series like Welcome to the NHK, Mushi-shi, and Shirobako a bit of a hard sell for the younger crowd. That said, if you're a grown-up, you probably want at least some of your media to focus on adults, and anime can do that for you.


Anime Characters Get Drunk And Do Drugs

One thing that you typically don't see in kids' media is substance use. Kids can be impressionable, and encouraging kids to get high isn't something media creators want to be accused of. Unless it's a PSA, if drugs and alcohol are involved, you can bet the show featuring them probably isn't for kids. 

Anime, of course, is replete with shows that feature substance use. Cowboy Bebop has one episode where the whole cast gets high on 'shrooms. A character in Legendary Gambler Tetsuya struggles with a heroin addiction. Alcohol use is also fairly common in anime. Tsunade and Jiraiya from Naruto are constantly wasted, and Yuuri gets so drunk in Yuri on Ice!!! that he completely forgets getting half-naked and begging Victor to be his ice skating coach. 


Anime Often Tackles Physical And Mental Health Issues

While physical and mental health issues can absolutely touch the lives of children, an in-depth look into their ramifications can be a little heavy for young audiences. 

One series that weaves the two together is Your Lie in April. Yes, this show is about a bunch of middle schoolers, but because of its mature themes it's a great show for adults too. Kosei, a child prodigy, is so traumatized by his mother's long illness, rigid expectations, and eventual death that he is no longer able to play piano. Meanwhile, his friend Kaori suffers from a mysterious illness that threatens to cut her own music career short. While there are plenty of fun moments, one of the show's major themes is balancing physical and psychological issues with self-actualization. That's pretty intense. 

Your Lie in April is far from the only series that tackles health issues. You'll find it in everything from Tomoko Kuroki's severe (if humorously portrayed) social anxiety in WataMote to Kouichi Sakakibara's pneumothorax in Another.


Anime Deals With The Realities Of Grief And Loss

Death is one of the most difficult concepts human beings have to grapple with. Most adults aren't completely at peace with the fact that they and their loved ones will die, so you can't really expect kids to be ready to handle the idea. 

That said, death is rampant in anime. Some shows focus on a single death, and how it impacts those left behind. In Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, a little girl named Menma's untimely, accidental death traumatizes her friend group, and forces them to confront some harsh realities. In Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Rin's whole character arc centers around his grief over the death of his father. In Erased, the main character's mother is brutally murdered by the end of the first episode.

Other shows deal with death en masse. Countless people are slaughtered in Attack on Titan, more people die in Death Note than a Shakespearean tragedy, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica makes Homura, and by extension the viewer, go through Madoka's death hundreds of times. No kid needs to see that, that's adult content. 


Anime Takes On Ethical Issues And Current Events

The kinds of food we choose to put into our bodies is actually a pretty serious issue, and not just in terms of our personal health. How far will we go to ensure our own survival? What about our own personal happiness? What kind of consumption makes you a monster? These aren't issues kids are necessarily ready to consider.

That said, there are some really interesting adult-oriented anime out there ask these kinds of questions. Tokyo Ghoul, which is explicitly violent enough to disqualify itself as a kids' show already, is one example. "Ghouls" are humanoid creatures who cannot survive without eating human flesh. Often, this means being forced to take human lives. As viewers watch Kaneki, who has been surgically transformed into a ghoul against his will, struggle to accept his survival needs, we have to ask: is it really wrong for ghouls to kill? Is it different from humans killing cows, chickens, and other animals for our own survival? 

On the flip side of this, we have The Eccentric Family, an anime about the conflict between humans and mythical creatures called tanuki and tengu. The tanuki patriarch of the Shimogamo family, Soichiro, was eaten alive by a group called the Friday Fellows. To the tanuki characters, this is terrifying, but to the humans, it's a joyful tradition that brings them together and gives them the chance to appreciate a unique food. Whose perspective is right? Can both be? Is consumption appreciation? If you love something and destroy it, is that still love?

There questions aren't easy to answer, and The Eccentric Family doesn't attempt to do so definitively. Like Tokyo Ghoul, it forces viewers to think seriously about their own food choices in a way that's unlikely to resonate with most kids.


Anime Characters Go Through Real Struggles, Like War

If it's taken even remotely seriously, war is not kid-friendly. While some shows like Hetalia flatten the realities of war so dramatically adults may find them annoying, other anime takes a good, hard look at the realities of war. 

One of the best examples is Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies, a movie so sad that if it doesn't make you cry, you should see a doctor about your non-functional tear ducts. This anime movie focuses on two siblings as they struggle to survive in a recently fire-bombed Tokyo. What makes this movie really devastating is the fact that it's so real. The kids in Grave of the Fireflies aren't too different from the actual Japanese children whose homes were destroyed during World War II.

Grave of the Fireflies is far the only anime that takes a closer look at the implications of war. Other examples include Code Geass,  Joker Game, Owari no Seraph, Attack on Titan, Kingdom, and more.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:41:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-anime-is-not-for-kids/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[16 Absurd Anime Beach Episodes That Came Out Of Nowhere]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-beach-episodes-that-came-out-of-nowhere/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

The beach episode is such a common anime trope it's practically synonymous with the medium itself. It doesn't matter what the genre is, ratings go up when there's fan service, and what better way to shoehorn some in than by setting up a situation where everyone is half-naked? While this might be pointless for a show like Kill la Kill, where everyone is naked all the time anyway, in other shows the beach is only logical way to make semi-nudity a thing.

While the beach episodes of anime sometimes move the plot along, more often than not, they come completely out of nowhere. The anime characters at the beach might be having a good time, but they're not necessarily doing anything particularly noteworthy from a plot or character development standpoint. Sometimes, you have to wonder if there was any reason to include the episode besides fan service. Here are some of the most inexplicable instances where your favorite characters got all sandy. 


16 Absurd Anime Beach Episodes That Came Out Of Nowhere,

When Takashi And The Gang Go To The Beach In High School Of The Dead

High School of the Dead is an anime about a group of kids struggling to survive a zombie outbreak. In an OVA titled Drifters of the Dead, the gang winds up on a deserted island, and uses the opportunity for out-of-nowhere beach time fun, complete with hallucination-induced make out sessions. It's utterly bizarre. 


When Yuuta And His Friends Go To The Beach In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Oddly enough, the beach episode in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is the first episode that includes any level of serious character development, making it even more unexpected than your average sun-soaked episode. Here, we actually get to learn something about what's driving Rikka's eccentric and delusional behavior — it's a reaction to her father's untimely death.


When The Hinamizawa Gang Goes To The Beach In Higurashi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a profoundly disturbing series about a village-wide conspiracy and an imaginary psychiatric condition that causes people to go on killing sprees. So, not exactly a sunny premise. The episode where the main characters go to the beach and splash around in cute swimsuits, therefore, is utterly incongruous with the brutality of the rest of the series.


When The Shinigami Women's Association (And Some Dudes) Go To The Beach In Bleach

This episode feels like it really came out of nowhere, specifically because it takes place in the middle of a major arc. Yes, watching Orihime learn how to use her breasts as a bucket is entertaining, if a bit weird, but viewers who are invested in the main storyline may want to see it, you know, actually get resolved. Save it for the filler arc, okay guys?


When Chazz And Alexis Duel On The Beach In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

First of all, look at Chazz's insane choice for a beach outfit. He's actually wearing leather! Seriously, how edgy can you be? Anyway, in this episode, Chazz asks Alexis's brother Atticus to help him win Alexis's heart. Atticus suggests that Chazz challenge her to card game in order to go on date with him, because this is Yu-Gi-Oh! and that's how people get stuff done.

So why is this super weird? Because not only is there no particular reason for the duel to take place on the beach, but because Atticus, who has only just returned from being brainwashed and tortured for months, is now happily surfing in the background as if nothing ever happened. 


When The Iwatobi Swim Club Goes To The Beach In Free!

Okay, so this one doesn't immediately sound like it comes out of nowhere. Of course the guys from the swimming anime go to the beach, wondering about that is like wondering what the guys from Yowamushi Pedal are doing on a bike path, right?

What makes the beach episode in Free so unexpected isn't that they go to the beach, it's the fact that what happens there is a jarringtonal shift from the rest of the series. There's a huge storm, Rei almost drowns, and by the end of the episode you legitimately have no idea if he's going to survive or not. Unlike most anime beach episodes, this one is actually WAY darker than the rest of the series. 


When Chi And Hideki Go To The Beach In Chobits

Chobits is an anime about a dude named Hideki who falls in love with a breast-having robot named Chi, so it's not exactly what you'd call "plot heavy" to begin with. That said, there is an overarching story, and this beach episode has literally nothing to do with it. It's just sort of there. Why? Because robot boobies, that's why.


When Satou And His Childhood Crush Go To The Beach In Welcome To The NHK

The fact that Satou is outside doing anything with anyone is surprising; he's a shut-in with severe paranoid anxiety. The fact that he's going to the beach with his childhood crush is even more surprising, he can barely bring himself to speak to her most of the time. The fact that the beach trip ends up being the physical site of an Internet suicide pact is, unfortunately, not surprising at all.


When The Pirates Go To The Beach In Mars Daybreak

Mars Daybreak takes place on, you guessed it, Mars. Unlike the version of Mars that we're familiar with, this Mars is completely covered in water. The lack of anything resembling dry land makes it kind of hard for beaches to exist, but the series manages to come up with a beach episode anyway, when a group of pirates open up a swimming pool on top of their submarine. They really had to stretch for this one. 


When Team Natsu Goes To The Beach In Fairy Tail

Team Natsu is supposed to be training for the upcoming Grand Magic Games. Somehow, they end up completely distracted from their original goal, and spend the whole episode playing around in their bathing suits. Considering the big deal the team made over needing to start training immediately, the whole beach episode thing was more than a little surprising. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:44:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-beach-episodes-that-came-out-of-nowhere/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[26 Pokemon That Would Make the Best House Pets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-that-would-make-great-housepets/stephen-reyes?source=rss

If Pokemon were real, we'd all be having fun with our pocket monster friends all the time. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. With all of their fantastic abilities, the possibilities for Pokemon pets are endless. Want a cat that gives you endless spare change? Catch a Meowth. Need a personal bodyguard? Hitmonlee is at your service. Take a look at these Pokemon pet possibilities and vote up your favorites. When you're a Pokemon master, these cuddly creatures work for you!


26 Pokemon That Would Make the Best House Pets,

Jigglypuff

Lucario

Pikachu

Arcanine

Chansey

Victini

Suicune

Jirachi

Celebi

Teleporter Abra


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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:26:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-that-would-make-great-housepets/stephen-reyes
<![CDATA[9 Types Of Anime Fans That Are Giving Everyone Else A Bad Name]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-fans/nida-sea?source=rss

Mingling with other anime geeks allows you to discuss your favorite series and characters, as well as demonstrate how faithful an otaku you really are. However, there are a few annoying anime fans who may put a damper on your fun. These are often the worst types of anime fans, and they can really get under your skin. But don’t let these types of terrible anime fans end your enjoyment of anime or the pleasure of meeting another otaku. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, likes, and dislikes. So, no matter now rude, obnoxious, or annoying these different types of insufferable anime geeks may be, in the end, they appreciate anime in their own way.  

Are you fretting about encountering these kinds of fans? Don't worry! Check out this horrible anime fandom breakdown list, and you'll get some great insight into every kind of annoying anime nerd you could possibly encounter at your next anime convention, group meet-up, or online forum.


9 Types Of Anime Fans That Are Giving Everyone Else A Bad Name,

The Manga Critic

Fandom Level: 9 filler episodes out of 10

Favorite Shows: Mushi-shi, Monster, Hellsing Ultimate 

Key Characteristics: This type of fan is not 100 % faithful to any given anime title, and often spends their time criticizing series and swearing the manga is better. Watching or talking about an anime series with this type of fan usually isn't fun, as they tend to pull up multiple comparison points to prove how the manga's storyline is better, instead of discussing the merits of the anime. They are also known to pick at an anime's art style, based on how it differs from the style of the original manga. Not because it's worse, you see, but simply because it's different. 


The Mainstream Only Fan

Fandom Level: 8 out of 10 Titans  

Favorite Shows: Attack On Titan, FMA: Brotherhood, Tokyo Ghoul 

Key Characteristics: This fan is known to only watch popular mainstream anime that has a lot of buzz in the community. They often bad mouth older series, and are opposed to watching any classic anime titles that aired in the past. In addition, they are more likely to favor rebooted series over the original. These people won't give most new series a shot either, until they've picked up enough heat to be considered worth their time. Frankly, having a discussion with them about anime is like talking to someone who only listens to the top 40 about music. 


The Cosplay Nazi

Fandom Level: 7 out of 10 "Nico Nico Nii!" poses from Nico Yazawa 

Favorite Shows: Love Live! School Idol Project, Sword Art Online, Black Butler

Key Characteristics: These fans are usually well-seasoned or professional cosplayers. They generally spend loads of time, cash, and effort working on costume designs and props to dress up as their favorite anime characters at conventions. While cosplay is for everyone, these hobbyists have been known to mock other cosplayer's costumes based on their execution and accuracy.

They'll also ridicule fellow cosplayers for not being "authentic" if they don’t design and build their own costumes. The really mean ones will even bash other cosplayers by saying they shouldn't portray particular characters based on their weight, gender, or ethnicity. That’s unforgivably uncool. 


The Alpha Nerd

Fandom Level: 10 shurikens out of 10  

Favorite Shows: Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto 

Key Characteristics: These are the extreme smarty pants of the fandom. They've spent hundreds of hours watching, researching, and analyzing anime series inside and out so they can collect and analyze "solid facts." Because of their knowledge, they feel superior to other fans and will shoot others down for espousing personal theories or thoughts about a series. These big time know-it-alls will often get onto anime forums and write essay-long posts about a series, just to prove unimportant points. 


The Weeaboo

Fandom Level: 9 Pocky sticks out of 10

Favorite Shows: Oreimo, Lucky Star, Himouto! Umaru-chan

Key Characteristics: These fans often denounce their own culture, and live for everything Japan-related. Because they learn everything about Japanese culture through watching anime, their pronunciation is often inaccurate and they generally have little actual knowledge of what life is like in Japan. For example, they often use the Japanese linking word "desu," resulting in the incorrect linking of words. They usually furnish their rooms/homes with Japanese-style décor, and may strictly eat Asian-style dishes and snacks. Any suggestion they're not actually Japanese or criticism of their plan to "move to Tokyo and finally fit in," will be met with derision and inarticulate cries of baka


The Nostalgist

Fandom Level: 7 dragon balls out of 10

Favorite Shows: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball

Key Characteristics: They are completely dedicated to classic anime series and movies. They choose not to watch any new anime, and are known to criticize and bash new anime based on the animation style, character design, storyline, and even modern voice acting. Basically, imagine if someone only watched The Honeymooners, and constantly gave you a hard time for enjoying The Office.   


The Dub Hater

Fandom Level: 5 Totoros standing in the rain out of 10

Favorite Shows: Hanasaku Iroha, Tonari no Totoro, Desu nôto

Key Characteristics: These fanatics are faithful to Japanese subs, and are completely disgusted with any dubbed series. Even if a dub is great, they will still come out against it and argue why the Japanese subtitled version is better. They're often obstinate, close-minded, and generally exhausting to debate with.

They are also known for bashing anime newbies, who often get interested in anime through dubs, as well as anyone who enjoys or prefers dubbed series. They also tend to refer to anime by their untranslated Japanese names, which can be both confusing and frustrating. 


The Fictional Relationship Dakimakura Carrying Fan

Fandom Level: 10 Natsume Asahina dakimakura out of 10  

Favorite Shows: Angel Tales, Brothers Conflict, Nisekoi 

Key Characteristics: In the world of anime fandom, it's not uncommon to have an anime waifu or husbando, which are otaku terms used to describe your fictional wife or husband. However, there's one "special" breed of fan who are very devoted to their fictional anime relationship. In fact, they're known to carry around a dakimakura (body pillow) featuring their chosen waifu or husbando.

You may often see them walking around anime conventions with their pillow safely protected in their grasp. In extreme cases, these devoted fans carry their dakimakura everywhere with them, even to public places like cafés or amusement parks. While everyone is free to love whomever/whatever they want, and we shouldn't judge, the problem comes when the characters depicted on dakimakura are super young (as they sometimes are). It's insanely uncomfortable to see someone fondling an animated 12 year old on a pillow while you're just trying to grab a soft pretzel. 


The Fujioshi Fangirl

Fandom Level: 8 pork cutlet bowls out of 10

Favorite Shows: Yuri!!! On Ice, Junjou Romantica, Love Stage!!

Key Characteristics: These are female fanatics obsessed with yaoi (or boy love). These fans are hardcore, and dead serious about the pairings they make between male characters. Passion is one thing, but these fangirls just don't stop talking about handsome dudes having sex with each other. They are also known to ship non-homosexual characters together, and are ready to vehemently defend their views on who is the seme (top) or uke (bottom) in the relationship, even if you didn't ask. There is also a yaoi-obsessed male fanbase, known as fudanshi fanboys.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:05:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-fans/nida-sea
<![CDATA[20 People In The Real World Who Look Like Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-look-like-anime-characters/crystal-brackett?source=rss

If you look around you, anime lookalikes exist all around you. Feast your eyes on these photos of real people who look like anime characters, carrying about their business in the 3D world as if they walked straight out of your television set. Art reflects life, and these people who resemble animated characters definitely support that statement. Both men and women who look like animated characters inspire the rest of the world to up their game when it comes to fashion and fandom. These spitting images your favorite Japanese cartoon characters might convince you anime is totally real, and will leave you wondering if some of them were based off real people to begin with.

From big, beefy brawlers like Sousuke Yamazaki and Saitama, to peppy, otherworldly divas like Saber and Rena, feast your eyes a full-on display of cartoony, real-life people anime doppelgangers.  If they're lucky, maybe they'll inspire a spin-off of their own.


20 People In The Real World Who Look Like Anime Characters,

Bulma

Ichigo Kurosaki

Kenshiro

Saitama

Goku

C.C. From 'Code Geass'

Sousuke Yamazaki From 'Free!'

Kaneki Ken From 'Tokyo Ghoul'

Christophe Giacometti From 'Yuri!!! On Ice'

Edward From 'Cowboy Bepop'


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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:19:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-look-like-anime-characters/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[16 Anime Protagonists Who Are So Boring They Don't Deserve Harems]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-should-not-have-a-harem/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

The term harem anime refers to an anime series with a main character who has some kind of romantic connection with two or more other characters. Usually, the main character is male and the other characters are female. The reverse does exist, as do same-sex harems, but they aren't as common. The genre has significant crossover with ecchi anime, since it tends to involve extreme levels of fan service. 

One of the biggest problems with harem anime, aside from the blatant objectification of women that's endemic to the genre, is the fact that some of the protagonists are eye-rollingly boring. No, really, they're some of the worst anime protagonists out there, and they make for some of the worst anime boyfriends. Kirito is nobody's favorite character in Sword Art Online, and if you remember Love Hina at all, you definitely don't remember it for Keitaro.

This might be because the intended audiences for most harem anime is straight men and teenage boys projecting themselves onto the male main character. You know, like how teenage girls did with the oh-so-bland Bella from Twilight? Projection is a heck of a lot easier to accomplish when the protagonist is a blank slate. 

This doesn't exactly make for great storytelling. While some viewers are happy to use protagonists as wish fulfillment, others want, you know, actual character development. Or, at minimum, non-horrible anime relationships to project onto. Sadly, many of these anime heroes are so mind-numbingly dull, they shouldn't have harems at all.


16 Anime Protagonists Who Are So Boring They Don't Deserve Harems,

Keitaro Urashima

After failing his college entrance exams, Keitaro Urashima becomes the manager of his grandmother's women-only apartment complex. There, he meets a group of women and proceeds to be the least professional building manager in history. They all have some degree of crush on him, and he regularly trips and lands face-first in their cleavage.

He ultimately marries the one whose tsundere escapades border on domestic abuse, Naru Narusegawa. Keitaro marries her because his only character trait is his desire to track down his childhood bestie, who happens to be Naru. The fact that she constantly punches him in the face is apparently just whatever.


Tenchi Masaki

One way to translate the title of Tenchi Muyo is No Need For Tenchi, and that sentiment is absolutely correct. Despite being loved on by a harem of beautiful alien ladies who are constantly battling each other for dominance, Tenchi's presence is utterly unnecessary to the show.

He's just sort of there, meekly attempting to pacify Ryoko and Ayeka as they use him to fuel their personal rivalry. How does Tenchi ultimately solve the problem of multiple alien women vying for his affection? By marrying all of them. God forbid the most boring character on the show should have to make a decision. 


Tsukune Aono

Tsukune is an ordinary boy who enrolls in a school for monsters and demons called Yokai Academy. No human school would accept him, you see, due to poor grades. Apparently, the demon school has very low academic standards. Once there, Tsukune meets multiple monster girls who fall in love with him, despite his inability to do pretty much anything. He's a human in a school full of powerful monsters, and he isn't particularly strong or intelligent as far as humans go. 

Eventually, Tsukune becomes a vampire, which drastically increases his physical strength. Unfortunately, he doesn't really use said strength for much of anything. The manga uses the transformation as an opportunity for character development and cool action sequences, but the anime's focus is on pointless harem-based comedy, so a chance for potentially awesome character development is wasted.


Ataru Moroboshi

Rather than actually having his own harem, Ataru just desperately wants one. The only thing Ataru has resembling a relationship is with the alien princess Lum, who is so madly in love with him that she electrocutes him whenever he looks at other girls. Despite this, Ataru keeps trying to collect harem members, joyfully hitting on anyone with a vagina and a pulse. It's a miracle he doesn't die by the end of the series, and it's an enduring mystery why Lum loves him so much. The fact that he doesn't get the harem he's striving for, however, isn't mysterious at all.


Makoto Itou

Considering the fact that School Days ends with Makoto's harem straight-up murdering him, you'd think there'd be something about him to make him worthy of that kind of passion. There is not. Makoto's main personality trait is his propensity for cheating on (and manipulating) women.

The dude makes out with a girl in front of another girl (who he supposedly got pregnant), and he has sex with multiple girls concurrently despite their clear indication they did not sign on for polyamory. While this does make Makoto slightly... unique in terms of harem protagonists, there's not much to him besides general douchebaggery. Weirdly, the viewer is expected to feel sorry for him when he gets killed. Empathy does have a limit, School Days.  


Rito Yuki

Like the majority of aggressively dull harem protagonists, Rito is a "well-meaning" and "good-natured" boy who constantly grabs girls' private parts "by accident" or "in his sleep." The series takes the horrible trope so far that he sees a doctor about it. Said doctor describes it as "Cataplectic Indecency Syndrome." The eagle-eyed among you probably noticed that's not a real thing. It's an excuse for a teenage boy to molest hot girls for the enjoyment of the worst kind of anime fan.

Besides functionally living life as a sexual predator, Rito is engaged to an alien princess named Lala Satalin Deviluke. This also happens accidently. Sadly for Rito, he's also in love with a human girl named Haruna. Luckily, Lala's little sister Momo (who also has a huge crush on Rito) has a solution!

Rito can form a literal actual harem, because polygamy is legal on their planet. This means that Rito can be with Lala, Haruna, Momo, and nearly every other girl who shows up in the series. Because who doesn't want to be with a guy who is constantly groping them "by mistake?" Oh, right. Any sane woman. 


Yuto Amakawa

Yuto Amakawa is an orphan whose parents left him a magical relic prior to their deaths. His (weirdly same-aged) childhood friend has been taking care of him since he was orphaned. As it turns out, the relic is a link to his genetic destiny as a demon slayer. He ends up surrounded by large-breasted, big-eyed demon girls who are all madly in love with him.

So, what unique personal attributes does Yuto have to inspire such ardor? One. He's allergic to cats. It makes his cohabitation with a cat demon mildly problematic. That's it. When the only trait that makes you any different from any other person on the planet can be tamped down with a couple of Claritin, you know you're doing something wrong.


Kirito

While Sword Art Online doesn't fall neatly into the harem genre, it does meet the requirement of featuring multiple women vying for the affections of one very dull young man. Girls who like Kirito will do anything for him, including offering him unlimited free blacksmithing services (which is kind of a big deal if you make your living as a blacksmith). 

Kirito rarely expresses an opinion on anything. Flat affect and low emotional intelligence can make for a compelling character, but it has to be done right. This isn't. With his Hot Topic discount rack aesthetic and his failure to add any humor or pathos to the series, Kirito is just unforgivably boring. 


Kodaka Hasegawa

Kodaka's primary attribute is that he's the same character as Ryuuji Takasu from Toradora!, except that he isn't interesting. Because he has blonde hair, his classmates assume that Kodaka is a violent bully. This could be an interesting plot point, especially since his blonde hair is the result of his heritage (he's half-Japanese and half-British).

This could be an illuminating piece of social commentary about life as a mixed-race person in Japan, but this is a harem anime, so don't hold your breath. Kodaka's just kind of there, being mildly annoyed by all the girls in his after school club who like him more than they reasonably should.


Yoichi Karasuma From Samurai Harem

With a title like Samurai Harem, you can probably guess that the main character isn't exactly a gem. Yoichi Karasuma is a martial artist studying at the Ikaruga family dojo. Three out of the four Ikaruga sisters have some romantic or sexual interest in Yoichi, the only one who doesn't is a 10-year-old girl.

You could give them credit for that, if not for the fact that the show makes a big thing out of her huge 10-year-old boobies. So yeah, you know what, no credit on that count. Yoichi's main attribute seems to getting nosebleeds when he sees or does something vaguely related to sex. As most fans know, nosebleeds are a stand-in for boners in anime. Yoichi's main character trait, therefore, is boners



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:27:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-should-not-have-a-harem/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[23 Pretty Good Anime You Can Binge On Hulu Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-anime-you-can-peep-on-hulu-right-now/crystal-brackett?source=rss

The era of streaming has knocked out industry giants like Blockbusters and paved the way for Netflix and Hulu. Gone are the days of walking into stores to rent movies on VHS tapes and DVDs. One of the best things about streaming services is that their content isn't limited to movies, but includes TV shows and documentaries. While there are lots of interesting facts about Hulu, one truth stands out for nerds and geeks: Hulu has a huge anime selection. 

From classics like Samurai Champloo and popular shonen like Naruto, there's a long list of options when it comes to streaming the best anime on Hulu. However, Hulu also offers anime that isn't quite A-list, but is still pretty good. Of course, it can be difficult to find those solid B-list shows in the wide pool of anime available online because there's a ton of garbage shows out there. Check out the list below for a list of decent anime streaming on Hulu and vote up the ones that are entertaining and worthwhile. 


23 Pretty Good Anime You Can Binge On Hulu Right Now,

Vampire Knight

What It's About: A school with separate day and night curriculums, except the night courses are for extremely beautiful vampires.

When You Should Watch It: You’ve watched the Twilight movies a thousand times and need something new.


Another

What It's About: A ghost mystery has surrounded a classroom for decades, with "Another" student who nobody knows is actually dead.

When You Should Watch It: You take pleasure in having the answer to a mystery ripped right out from under your feet every time you feel like you solve it, with an ending that makes you feel completely worthless for wasting your time.


My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy

What It's About: A boy who suffers from a mental illness where he can only answer questions in the form of a mental multiple choice selection. The answer options are often crude.

When You Should Watch It: You, too, feel like life is a series of choices. 


Danganronpa The Animation

What It's About: A high school battle royale where one person must stealthily murder another student without being caught.

When You Should Watch It: You're too drunk to play the video game, but just drunk enough to enjoy a really rushed anime before you pass out.


Maid Sama!

What It's About: The most popular boy in school finds out that the Student Council President works at a maid cafe, which could leave her reputation in shambles.

When You Should Watch It: You don't want a good romance - you want a never-ending anime filled with side stories.


The Irregular at Magic High School

What It's About: A group of siblings who enroll in a high school where magic is honed as a technical skill. 

When You Should Watch It: A predictable anime with an overpowered hero sounds awesome to you.


Absolute Duo

What It's About: High school kids who can transform their souls into powerful weapons, so they all go to the same academy in order to learn how to wield them.

When You Should Watch It: You want to watch a harem anime and don't mind that there isn't a good plot or any character development.


Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

What It's About: Guns, swords, and boobs come together in an epic dungeon-crawling quest with an optimistic hero and a goddess heroine.

When You Should Watch It: You think a boring plot is okay as long as there are boobs.


Bungo Stray Dogs

What It's About: A young orphan discoverers he has a mystical, raging tiger living inside of him, and gets taken in by a group who also possesses supernatural abilities.

When You Should Watch It: When you miss shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, and crave an anime with endless flashbacks to a traumatic childhood, solid fight scenes, and an interesting cast of outcast characters. 


Beautiful Bones

What It's About: Solve the mysteries behind decomposing bodies in an oddly romantic tale about life's secrets and the silence of death.

When You Should Watch It: You want to watch a murder mystery with an overpowered detective know-it-all because, quite frankly, you don't have the energy to try to solve them yourself.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:32:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-anime-you-can-peep-on-hulu-right-now/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[14 Things You Definitely Won't See In The Netflix Version Of Death Note]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-wont-be-in-the-american-death-note/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

CAUTION: This list contains Death Note spoilers. 

It's rare for an anime to have a unique concept that hasn't been beaten to death, so when Death Note first made its appearance, it makes sense that a huge fanbase exploded for the manga-turned-anime. This led to the release of anime similar to Death Note's concept, along with the possibility of an American television adaptation.

Rumors of an American version of Death Note have been circulating for years, ever since Zac Efron vaguely alluded to possibly playing Light Yagami back in 2010. Over five years later, Netflix released a trailer for a live-action movie that was slated to come out in August 2017. The original story takes place in the suburbs of Tokyo, while the Netflix one is set in Seattle.

Besides the location swapping, some controversial changes to the character's ethnicities, some renaming, and the fact that 75% of the characters from the anime/manga won't be included, there is not much known about the American Death Note. However, it can be said that this Netflix film adaptation is going to be very, very different from the manga. Fans can hope that they'll at least hear some of the best Death Note quotes in English, because there are a ton of things from the original series that definitely won't be in the American movie. Check out the list below and vote up the things that you probably won't see in the Netflix version of Death Note. 


14 Things You Definitely Won't See In The Netflix Version Of Death Note,

Actual Japanese People Playing Actual Japanese Characters

Netflix's new Death Note movie has been roundly criticized for whitewashing its Japanese characters. Light Yagami, a Japanese man from Japan, will now be Light Turner, played by white actor Nat Wolff. Misa Amane, a Japanese woman from Japan, will be Mia Sutton, played by white actress Margaret Qualley. 

Interestingly, the only characters who won't be white will be the only characters who were white in the anime/manga. L, originally a mix of various forms of white European and some Japanese, will be played by Keith Stanfield, a black actor. Watari, a British white man whose real name is Quillsh Wammy, will be played by an Asian-American actor named Paul Nakauchi.

The whitewashing of almost all the major characters sucks. Acting opportunities for Asian Americans are few and far between, which makes the choice to cast white people in Asian roles a slap in the face to Asian actors. 

There's also no obligation for the story to take place in Seattle. Americanizing the story only makes sense if the creators consider how crime plays out differently in America than it does in Japan, and race-bending only makes sense if the producers accurately depict the dynamics that creates. As with Ghost in the Shell and Avatar: The Last Airbender, whitewashing is not a good look, and it's probably going to hurt sales and ratings in the long run. 


Female Characters Being Treated Like Intelligent Human Beings

To be fair, the original Death Note didn't really portray females as brilliant, either. Misa Amane may have been a genius strategist whose ability to find Light in the first place is on par with L's detective skills, and Naomi Misora may have been a talented police agent who nearly catches Light out before he kills her. However, in the end, the women of Death Note are disposable fuel for Light Yagami's raging ego. They display unparalleled intelligence, but the narrative treats them like idiots. 

The Netflix version of Death Note probably won't be a whole lot different. The only female character to make the cut is Misa Amane, now named Mia Sutton. While not much is known about Mia, the fact that the creators of the remake saw fit to eliminate every other female character does not bode well. 


Motivations That Others Might Have For Using The Death Note

Light uses the Death Note to create a new world, safe and free of crime, filled only with the people that he deems deserving. His grandiose dreams of godhood are what spur him on, no matter how dangerous it gets. This is far from the only reason why a person might use a Death Note. The original series doesn't get into every possible reason, but it gives us alternatives to Light's unique brand of megalomania.

For example, Kyousuke Higuchi is the head of technology at the Yotsuba corporation. When he gets his own Death Note, he uses it to advance his career, get rich, and kill off anyone who gets in his way. There's also Teru Mikami, a prosecuting attorney who, like Light, wants to eliminate criminals. Unlike Light, his understanding of morality is pathologically rigid, and killing criminals while serving Light is about creating order out of chaos. 

Because the Netflix version of Death Note will not include Higuchi or Mikami, their motivations for using such a powerful weapon are left out of the story. All that remains are Light Turner's reasons, which may or may not be the same as Light Yagami's.


Taking A Potato Chip And Eating It

"I'll Take a Potato Chip and EAT IT!!is a meme that, like "Just According to Keikaku," is still recognizable ten years after its inception. It stems from a scene where Light tries to outsmart the cameras hidden in his room by hiding a TV in a bag of potato chips. The scene is absurdly dramatized, with Yoshihisa Hirano's epic "Death Note Theme" playing in the background as Light writes down names on a piece of paper while eating potato chips.

What's more, the potato chips glisten. You see Light eat the same chip like, ten times. It's amazing. The chances of Netflix's Death Note conveying that level of drama through a potato chip is practically zero. 


A Disturbing Method Of Training Child Detectives

L became a detective at age eight, after being taken in by a British orphanage called Wammy's House. Until he died at 25, he worked tirelessly to become the greatest detective in the world. He didn't have anything resembling a meaningful childhood. This part might make it into the new Death Note movie, but what won't make it in are some of the stranger details about Wammy's House.

Wammy's House isn't just an orphanage - it's a mill for churning out geniuses, as described in an associated light novel called Another Note. Long before L reached adulthood, two potential successors were named. One of them, A, commits suicide because of the pressure. The other, B, becomes a mass murderer who so desperately wants to gain L's favor that he dresses exactly like him and leaves clues about his murders to impress L. 

The anime/manga features Mello and Near, L's most recent successors after both A and B died. Mello and Near have been trained since they were small children to be the next L. They aren't the only ones - the whole orphanage is ranked based on their chances of taking over. A, B, Mello, and Near won't appear in the Netflix movie, so how L's strange past will be revealed is anyone's guess.


Light Somehow Acquiring A Harem

Okay, so this isn't exactly a bad change, since Light was definitely an anime character who did not need a harem, and the one that he did have was a bit of a travesty. But in the American adaptation, unless Top Hat Guy and Seattle Pedestrian become Light Turner's devoted followers, Light is mostly likely not going to have a harem. 

Light Yagami's harem consists of the following people: Misa Amane, who tracked him down in order to thank him personally after he used the Death Note on the guy who killed her parents and then situated herself as his unwanted girlfriend and very much wanted partner in crime; Kiyomi Takada, Light's college girlfriend turned reporter who he convinces to do his bidding; and Teru Mikami, who worships him like a god and would probably have his babies if he could. 

For Death Note fans who'd rather not watch Light manipulate Takada and Mikami into committing suicide again, the fact that neither character will be present to suffer such a horrible fate might be a good thing. 


Sakujo-Gasms

You haven't lived until you've watched a buttoned-up lawyer scream the word sakujo (Japanese for "delete") over and over again while murdering people via Death Note, all while drooling and writhing and eventually falling backwards in orgasmic delight. Mikami's sakujo-gasms were one of the most hilarious things to come out of the original Death Note anime, but you won't be seeing them in the Americanized version. Why? Because according ot the cast list, you won't be seeing Mikami at all.


The Colorblasted Joy Of Maximum The Hormone

The second opening theme to the Death Note anime, "What's Up People" by Maximum the Hormone, is one of the greatest anime opening themes to come out of 2007. The fandom didn't like it at first because it appeared to be at odds with the grim nature of the show and it was very different from its original opening theme ("The World" by Nitemare). But it slowly grows on you! 

Listening to Maximum the Hormone scream lyrics like, "HEY HEY! Ningen S*CKER!! Aa ningen... Ningen F*CKER!!" while watching a technicolor Ryuk chase an apple, Light's laughing head exploding into a million other heads, and Aizawa not even flinching as a bullet sails right by him is an experience no Death Note fan will ever forget. 

The Netflix version probably won't even have a theme song, and if it does, it won't be by Maximum the Hormone. Even if they had a theme song, it'll most likely be a lot like the trailer - dark, spooky, and forgettable. 


The Forbidden Love Between Death Gods And Humans

One interesting detail about the original Death Note series was a rule that Shinigami, or Death Gods, aren't allowed to extend human lives. Any action that they take with the intention of doing so will result in their bodies crumbling into dust. This happens twice in Death Note.

First, it happens to Gelus, a Shinigami who fell in love with Misa while she was working as a model. When Misa was about to be murdered, Gelus saved her life by writing the killer's name in his Death Note. After he died, another Death God named Rem took his Death Note to Misa. Later, due to a convoluted scheme by Light that forces Rem to save Misa, Rem dies, too. 

Sadly, this interesting rule for the Shinigami won't be fully fleshed out because the only Shinigami in the new movie is Ryuk, the goth clown who follows Light and begs for apples. Rem, who plays an equally important role in the original series and who is arguably a more nuanced and interesting character, will be left out. Thus, viewers have no opportunity to learn about the costs incurred when a Shinigami falls in love with a human in the American adaptation.


A Dedicated Fanbase

When Death Note first came out, it garnered had a massive fanbase that produced a deluge of fanfiction, fanart, and cosplay. Considering the negative press that the American remake is already receiving, it's highly unlikely that the Death Note fandom will react to Light Turner with anything similar to the enthusiasm they showed for Light Yagami. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:27:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-wont-be-in-the-american-death-note/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Amazing Japanese Kids Movies You Should Watch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-japanese-kids-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

Sometimes big budget children's films leave a lot to be desired, but Japanese kids' films often prove to be thoughtful, insightful, and incredibly creative. The top Japanese movies for kids feature intriguing characters getting swept up into wonder and mystery. This is a list of the best kids' anime movies, including everything from Howl's Moving Castle to Princess Mononoke to Wolf Children.

What films will you find on this list of the best Japanese kids' movies? Spirited Away follows a young girl as she navigates a world of strange spirits. This universal tale was beloved by movie-goers all over the world. Grave of Fireflies is another great kids' movie produced in Japan. The Prince of the Cat Kingdom owes his life to a brave girl in the 2002 movie The Cat Returns. Other good films featured on this list include Whisper of the Heart, A Letter to Momo, and When Marnie was There.

Do you have a favorite kids' anime film? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.


Amazing Japanese Kids Movies You Should Watch,

Spirited Away

Howl's Moving Castle

Kiki's Delivery Service

Castle in the Sky

My Neighbor Totoro

Ponyo

Princess Mononoke

Arrietty

Whisper of the Heart

A Letter to Momo


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:05:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/good-japanese-kids-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Meganekkos In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-meganekkos-in-anime/nida-sea?source=rss

A combination of shyness and spectacles, the meganekko archetype occupies her own unique niche within the anime world. And no, this does not refer to "Mega Nekos," the "supersized cats" present in other anime. Instead, the anime meganekko, also known as the “glasses girl," often fills the role of supporting character with a sweet, quiet, and soft-spoken demeanor. Though seemingly helpless at times, a meganekko usually reveals herself to be the anime's smartest character. Her glasses are her most important feature, distinguishing her from the rest of the group while maintaining an air of intelligence, cuteness, and innocence.

However, there exists a subset of meganekko who possesses a more scheming nature, using her quiet disposition to get what she wants or hide a secret. Despite her devious nature, she always maintains her sweet attitude while carrying out plans, making her an equally compelling anime villain. As you can see, meganekkos might rock a certain aesthetic, but they use it to get away with all sorts of agendas, both benign and nefarious.


The Best Meganekkos In Anime,

Homura Akemi

Miyuki Takara

Anri Sonohara

Mey-Rin

Sheska

Koyomi Mizuhara

Yuki Nagato

Shino Asada

Moeka Kiryuu

Mirai Kuriyama


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:32:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-meganekkos-in-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Anime Only People Who've Just Been Introduced To Anime Enjoy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann?source=rss

Every anime fan has a starter anime, that first series that really inspired them to keep watching. For many fans, their introduction into the genre probably falls on this anime for beginners list. Many viewers move on to other, more underrated anime after completing these series, but other casual fans may not. The traits that make for a perfect beginners anime include series with broad appeal, an easy to follow storyline, and basic themes such as good versus evil. Concepts that require a better understanding of Japanese culture and a saturation of fan-service moments may turn new viewers off, and are not generally good anime for new fans. 

Accessible anime also employ nostalgia, whether you grew up watching something on this list, or – in the case of a long running series – have followed it for a long time. And don't think a true anime lover can't be a fan of one of these anime new fans enjoy. You may have graduated from school and moved on, after all, but you probably wouldn't go back and blow it up. And if you're tempted, you should probably watch less anime.


Anime Only People Who've Just Been Introduced To Anime Enjoy,

Death Note

Death Note is pretty much everyone's first "edgy" anime, and for a good reason. It features an easy to relate to main character facing a moral dilemma on an epic scale, one that most people would likely struggle with. The basic theme of justice vs mortality is extremely straightforward and easily accessible. Death Note's slowly unfolding saga is also packed with enough eccentric geniuses and plot twists of "who is the real bad guy?" to entice a binge watching marathon. It does, however, really go off the deep end in the later episodes, and Light is a bit too unflappable to make him interesting to watch in the long run.   


Dragon Ball Z

Epic battles and powerful characters drew many fans to Dragon Ball Z and its predecessor, Dragon Ball, and the escalation of threats kept them watching. The easily accessible plot hinges on the basic concept of good versus evil, as well as friendship, beating impossible odds through hard work, and a good dose of risque humor. These elements made Dragon Ball one of the first anime series to catch on in the West. For many fans, it's a big dose of nostalgia. But the animation (especially in the earlier episodes) verges on unwatchable, storylines are repeated and stretched to the breaking point, and cheesy dialog runs rampant. More advanced fans, therefore, journey on to less... loud-yet-bland pastures.  


Fullmetal Alchemist

Immediately accessible to some due to its Western-style setting, Fullmetal Alchemist features an epic journey storyline and an unusual conflict that grabs the viewers' attention. It also includes easily understandable themes of family, accountability, and the moral conflict of using superior power to help others versus harming them. In addition to action and adventure, there are plenty of comedic and emotional moments to appeal to a broad range of viewers.

More mature anime fans may be turned off by the series diverging into its own world though, and may prefer Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a closer adaptation of the manga. 


InuYasha

Perhaps it's due to the long run InuYasha had on Cartoon Network, or maybe it's the combination of fantasy and love story, but this series was many fans' first exposure to anime. It's another with a mix of broad characters, allowing fans to pick a favorite without thinking too hard.

The basic quest storyline is easy to follow and features a battle between good and evil, with characters gradually developing advanced powers. Sound familiar? There is also a balance between epic fights and cheesy love scenes, creating appeal for lovers of both genres. However, sophisticated viewers may cringe at the amount of annoyingly adorable characters, random plot digressions, and characters who solely exist to provide comic relief.


Bleach

The vast variety of characters in Bleach ensures there's a likeable person/creature/spirit for everyone, even if they only have one personality trait. A human teen character serves as the relatable center, and embodies the tired trope of achieving seemingly unlimited power in the face of any challenge or villain with weird hair. Anime newbies find the simple storyline easy to understand – even with divergent filler episodes – and enjoy the entertaining balance of action, adventure, and comedy. However, advanced fans may tire of the overused battle tropes and constant reminders that we can all succeed at anything if we really want it (as long as we're willing to train hard enough with our monkey-snake swords).


Fairy Tail

Often criticized as a One Piece rip-off, Fairy Tail employs a repetitive story structure of introducing new characters, conflict, fight, new powers gained/revealed, and resolution. The series also features a massive cast of characters, each with their own unique powers but a singular personality trait.

Adventure, comedy, and emotional drama – as well as an obvious rivalry between fire and ice – are all included, making the series purposely accessible to the lowest common denominator. Epic battles, unbreakable heroes, and concepts such as loyalty to your friends are regurgitated again and again. Honestly, if you know what you're doing, there is better magic elsewhere.


Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist combines human characters with demons, both friendly and antagonistic, to create a diverse cast that allows most fans to choose a favorite. It also takes an identifiable high school story, but sets it in an exorcist high school, making the viewer relate in a non-direct way.

There is an obvious and literal conflict between good and evil, and the main protagonist has ties to both sides. The story in the anime diverges from the manga, since the book moves slower than the anime, but it's fast paced with many battles, cool powers, and a big finale. Blue Exorcist, however, employs an episodic, disconnected storyline, and lack of real character development making it a pass for most developed anime viewers. 


Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online wins many of its fans by attracting MMO gamers and fantasy lovers. It features a variety of characters to appeal to different viewers, and the boss clearing battles are (kind of) recognizable to gamers. Powerful characters with amazing abilities, characters uniting towards a common goal, and the combination of adventure and harem romance creates an easy-to-follow story structure. However, many experienced anime fans dislike the lack of character development in favor of fan service, and a premise that fails to live up to its potential.


Naruto

Naruto and its sequel series, Naruto Shippuden, features a basic storyline that moves in a virtual straight line, making it easy for newbies to follow. The broad appeal of Naruto is also credited to its vast array of characters, overused battle tropes, and the ability of the main character to power up in any situation because he has faith in himself. More advanced fans may have long since tired of the endlessly repeating themes of friendship, hard work, and the pain of loneliness. It also doesn't help when an anime series is almost 50% filler episodes, the majority of which are like receiving an unnecessary shuriken to the face.


Attack on Titan

Humanity has been pushed to the brink by giant, man-eating Titans, retreating into a walled city in hopes of survival. This anime is unapologetically brutal, showing the desperation of mankind as they fight for shreds of hope and dignity. 

The shocking, fast-paced action will draw in fans old and new to anime. The short lifespan of most characters stunts any deep character development outside of three childhood friends, but the story is terrifyingly engaging. Regardless, more veteran anime fans will likely be put off by the sometimes manufactured drama and the general lack of risks that the series takes. 



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:01:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[Live-Action American Versions Of Famous Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-versions-of-famous-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance?source=rss

When Hollywood decides to tackle live-action versions of anime characters, their decisions usually produce a combination of eye rolling, questions, and several face-palms. The anime characters in live-action American movies are much beloved by both domestic and international fans, headlining some of the most popular franchises in the anime community. Yet the pattern of American actors playing Asian characters rarely goes over well, especially with a community as dedicated to consistency as the anime community. While most of the films emerging from the Hollywood treatment are disappointments, whitewashing controversies being only the tip of the iceberg, a few have yet to be seen.

The Netflix adaptation of Death Note, which relocates the story to America, has fans anxiously waiting to see how the streaming service will handle the critically acclaimed series. A few American live-action films draw inspiration from manga or light novels, such as Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need Is Kill) and Oldboy, which don’t have anime adaptations just yet but have garnered loyal audiences. Hopefully, any upcoming live-action films can learn from the mistakes of the worst live-action adaptations that came before them.


Live-Action American Versions Of Famous Anime Characters,

Batou

Bulma

Katara

Motoko Kusanagi

Piccolo

Light Yagami

L

Speed Racer

Rita Vrataski

Goku


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:29:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-versions-of-famous-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[20 Anime Characters Drawn In Different Non-Anime Styles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-drawn-in-a-different-style/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Any otaku wonders what anime characters in different styles might look like, but those curious nerds need not worry anymore. Artists with the same questions made those farfetched nerdy daydreams come true by taking fan art to the next level. They completely break the traditional mold of anime character fan art, redesigning Japanese animated icons in new and imaginative styles. Talent knows no limits in this stunning display of creativity and innovation that allows fans to see their favorite characters in a new style

These different styles of anime characters provide a feast for the eyes to any anime fan who's hungry to see what their favorite series would look like if made in a different and unique style. From magical girls to humanoid typhoons to space cowboys, these experimental creatives didn't skip a beat when presented with the challenge of aesthetically flip-flopping the art style of anime itself.


20 Anime Characters Drawn In Different Non-Anime Styles,

Sailor Moon From 'Sailor Moon'

Rivan145th paints a riveting digital piece of Sailor Moon in this awesome fan art!


Yoko Littner From 'Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'

Artgerm creates a beautiful American-style rendition of Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann through their fantastic traditional art.


Misa Amane From 'Death Note'

The pinup artwork of Misa Amane from Death Note from fantasio is a stunning and brilliant flip of an iconic character.


Alucard From 'Hellsing'

AlexandrFaolchu's extraordinary flip of Hellsing Ultimate's Alucard is quite a unique take.


Vash The Stampede From 'Trigun'

Ap6y3's digital fan art of Vash the Stampede from Trigun is an awesome display of talent.


Edward Elric From 'Fullmetal Alchemist'

Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric gets much more detailed in this sharp photo by BeyondStudiosSJP.


Kirito From 'Sword Art Online'

Kirito from Sword Art Online in realism style is an awesome stylistic take on anime by suixere.


Rem And Ram From 'Re:Zero − Starting Life In Another World

The sisters Rem and Ram from Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World are wonderfully transformed in this awesome digital artwork from magion02.


Death The Kid From 'Soul Eater'

This Death the Kid from the Soul Eater series created by korilin is unmatched!


Kaneki Ken From 'Tokyo Ghoul'

This killer Kaneki Ken Tokyo Ghoul fan art is a digital masterpiece by awanqi.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:23:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-drawn-in-a-different-style/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[15 Batman Villains And The Starting Pokémon They Would Choose]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/batman-villains-and-their-starting-pokemon/chris-abraham?source=rss

Imagine, if you will, a fictional universe in which Pokémon exist in Gotham City. Now, imagine that each Batman villain gets to pick a starting Pokémon. They won't necessarily be battling other Pokémon, but rather assisting the villains in their misdeeds.

Who would each Batman villain choose as their starting Pokémon? Don't think too hard about it, because the answers are here on this list. Read on to find out who characters like Poison Ivy, Bane, and even Hush would pick as their starting Pokémon.


15 Batman Villains And The Starting Pokémon They Would Choose,

Victor Zsasz Chooses Scyther

The serial killer Victor Zsasz is one of the scarier Batman villains, mostly because he's just a normal person who loves killing people with knives. Zsasz cuts a tally mark into his body after killing each victim, serving as a grim reminder of his pension for murder. When it comes time for Zsasz to choose a starting Pokémon, his eye is drawn to Scyther, the scythe-wielding Grass Pokémon who can slash through logs like butter. Add its ninja-like speed, and Scyther becomes the perfect assassin to work alongside Zsasz.

 


The Penguin Chooses Empoleon

After being teased as a child for his penguin-like appearance, Oswald Cobblepot took on the alter ego of the Penguin, a criminal mastermind who remains to be one of the only sane Batman villains. Penguin would read Empoleon's Pokédex entry from Pokémon Platinum and suddenly sees himself in the water Pokémon: "If anyone were to hurt its pride, it would slash them with wings that can cleave through an ice floe."


The Joker Chooses Gengar

If the Joker was a Pokémon, he would undoubtedly be a Gengar. This mischievous Pokémon delights in messing with people and scaring them, as evidenced by the first Pokédex entry in Pokémon Red: "Under a full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright."

Given Joker's appetite for sadistic pranks and psychological warfare, he would definitely pick Gengar as his starting Pokémon. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? Gengar has!

 


Poison Ivy Chooses Victreebel

If Poison Ivy could see the magnificent plant Pokémon Victreebel, she would instantly fall in love. Poison Ivy can manipulate foes and put them under a trance, and Victreebel lures in prey with sweet smells of aromatic honey, before swallowing them whole and dissolving their bodies into nothing, so it's a perfect match. If you thought Ivy was dangerous before, wait until she trains her Victreebell to level 100.


Mr. Freeze Chooses Cloyster

Mr. Freeze's most widely accepted origin story is that he was involved in a freak cryogenic accident while trying to find a cure for his terminally-ill wife, resulting in such a low body temperature that only a cryogenic suit can keep him alive.

Cloyster is not only metaphorically similar to Mr. Freeze, in that it is also trapped in its shell, but Cloyster is also an ice Pokémon, capable of learning moves like Ice Beam and Blizzard. When Freeze meets Cloyster for the first time, he can't help but see a little bit of himself in the Bivalve Pokémon, and decides to take him along on his journey.


The Court Of Owls Choose Noctowl

In one of the better modern Batman storylines, the Court of Owls are revealed to be a secret society that has been controlling Gotham since Colonial times. Given that they don owl masks and train assassins known as Talons, is it any surpirse that the Court of Owls would choose Noctowl as their starting Pokémon? The flying Pokémon could not only do their bidding, but also serve as an appropriate mascot for the secret society.


Clayface Chooses Ditto

There have been a handful of Clayface-style villains throughout Batman's history, but almost all of them share the ability to shapeshift. Enter Ditto, the Normal Pokémon capable of transforming into an exact replica of not only any Pokémon, but any physical object. It's scary enough to think that Clayface can imitate any person, but having a Pokémon alongside him that can do the same? Look out, Gotham.


The Riddler Chooses Missingno

The Riddler, Edward Nigma, would be over the moon if he discovered the glitch Pokémon Missingno. What is it? Where did it come from? Even if it had no practical purpose in battle, the Riddler would delight in choosing Missingno as his starting Pokémon, due to its mysterious nature.


Catwoman Chooses Persian

Selina Kyle has an obvious affinity for cats, and Persian is just too beautiful and deadly for her to pass up as a starting Pokémon. We've seen Catwoman use cats as spies or messengers in the past, but Persian is huge step up from an ordinary feline. It can detect prey from movement alone thanks to its thick whiskers, and Persian's lithe muscles give it the ability to walk silently. Sounds like the purr-fect companion for a burglary job — just don't try to steal the red jewel on its head, Selina!


Bane Chooses Machamp

Debuting in the Knightfall storyline, Bane is known above all for his exceptional physical strength. He is, after all, the only villain to ever break the Bat. For his starting Pokémon, Bane chooses Machamp, a Pokémon so powerful it is able to move a mountain with only one of its four arms.

The problem is that Machamp is a brash Pokémon who rushes into battle without any forethought. This mentality is very contradictory to Bane's, a villain who once tactfully released Arkham's prisoners upon his arrival in Gotham, forcing Batman to tire himself out before confronting him head-on. However, with Bane's genius-level intellect, there is no doubt he could train Machamp to be more thoughtful, and follow his lead when it comes to battle tactics.



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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:28:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/batman-villains-and-their-starting-pokemon/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[Yaoi Pokemon Fan Art That Will Confuse You On The Most Basic Level]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/yaoi-pokemon-fan-art/crystal-brackett?source=rss

Artists reimagine the Pokemon franchise in many ways, shapes, and forms, and one of the more adult-oriented themes includes yaoi Pokemon fan art. In the anime world, yaoi refers to male-on-male relationships, and you better believe the Internet churns out Pokemon fan art yaoi the way it turns out Supernatural fanfiction. The artists behind these pictures took no problem pairing up your favorite characters Pokemon; even the Pocket Monsters themselves, either in their regular forms or as Pokemon drawn as people, into newfound yaoi relationships. The yaoi Pokemon fan art here is not only a supreme display of talent but a showcase of relationships will may leave you confused about your entire childhood.

While some of these pairings aren't so shocking, some of them will spark questions about romantic interactions that you never wanted to know about, such as Team Skull's saucy soirees behind the scenes or Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Lucario's fling. How outlandish is that: a Psychic type with a Fighting type? Apparently, when it comes to Pokemon yaoi fan art, every Pokemon is "Your-type." Not all of them are hot, but some will definitely leave you bothered.


Yaoi Pokemon Fan Art That Will Confuse You On The Most Basic Level,

Umbreon And Espeon

Umbreon and Espeon are an excellent pair in Chiakiro's digital drawing.


Ash And Pikachu

Fuko-chan makes Ash and Pikachu an item in this awesome fan art.


Ash And Gary

Ash and Gary smooch it up in this yaoi Pokemon fan art from kagomelovesinu.


N And Black

BloodnSpice pair up N and Black in this yaoi digital art.


Green And Red

Red and Green are a cute yaoi couple in this digital artwork by kirza.


Team Skull

They may be bad guys but they give good love. Team Skull yaoi fan art from the talented xNIR0x.


Red And Green

This soft yaoi pairing of Pokemon's Red and Green is the creation of Ascleme.


Ash And Gary

This Ash and Gary pairing is the digital fan art of EterNight!


Steven Stone And Ruby

Steven Stone and Ruby pair up in Sellleh's digital media!


Meowth And Pikachu

Meowth and Pika guys pair up in Fuko-chan's digital yaoi fan art of these two Pokemon personified.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:12:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/yaoi-pokemon-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best And Feistiest Zombies In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombies-in-anime/nida-sea?source=rss

While zombies in most media typically center themselves around horror or violence, zombies from anime get a little complex in nature. More dynamic than the standard rotting corpses or the rage monsters of movies like 28 Days Later, the coolest zombies in anime possess greater capacities than simply shuffling and moaning, and often look desirable rather than decomposed. In fact, some zombie anime characters even work to keep up their human-like appearances and demeanors. This complexity makes anime with zombies in it much more captivating than standard zombie lore.

Sure, many of them do hunt down humans, and yes, they may still eat their flesh; after all, they are still zombies! But zombies from anime achieve a depth usually only explored for more glamorous monsters like vampires and werewolves, making these undead characters all the more captivating to watch. Not all anime series with zombies are pretty, but don't let that ruin your love of the undead. They're not monsters, they're just misunderstood... and maybe a bit hungry.


The Best And Feistiest Zombies In Anime,

Itachi Uchiha

Ayumu Aikawa

Ken Kaneki

Touka Kirishima

Zombina

Mumei

Makina Hoshimura

Rokugoh

Sid Barrett

Rea Sanka


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:17:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombies-in-anime/nida-sea