Not every conflict occurs because a villain showed up to ruin everything. Sometimes, problems arise from well-meaning characters who can't stop sabotaging themselves. Anime characters who are their own worst enemies can be fascinating, as the true battle they fight occurs within their minds.
In some cases, the fallout from a character's self-sabotage dominates the plot. Despite the title of the series, the protagonist of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! routinely lets her anxiety get in the way of forming meaningful relationships.
Other characters fight real battles, but still have to contend with their inner misery. Throughout Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari begrudgingly takes down Angels, but the show's greatest conflict involves his self-perceived worthlessness. Regardless of the surface level issue, it's often characters' relatable inner strife that makes a series worth watching.
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