Dragonball Super

Am I in a litte bit of a Dragonball phase right now? Well… maybe, yes.

This is one of the anime I’ve grown up with, so it’s quite amazing to see it still being popular today and I have to admit Dragonball Super hits the comedy part quite well. dbz-kamitokamiUnfortunately the animation quality and layout of the fights aren’t as good as I hoped them to be, even more so after the amazing job they did with Kami to Kami. I’ve admittedly never been much of a fan of the movies, but most of them are not canon anyway, so that might be part of it.

Kami to Kami was the first movie in a long time, where Akira Toriyama actually worked on himself and it shows. A lot. This movie is a work of art, it’s absolutely on point: the animation, the quality, the comedy, the characters (well, most of them anyways) and above everything else the main fight between Beerus and Super Saiyan God Goku is absolutely breathtaking. And apparently I’m not the only one who thought that way, because it was popular enough to spawn another movie Resurrection of F and ultimately resulted in the making of Dragonball Super.

Unlike GT Super is considered canon, because Akira Toriyama is working on it himself, but as far as I know he contributes the general plot points an the rest is up to the dragonball-super-stream-cover-Aa0YhnIaCpDgbuFxBWF89fPPIGXK36LE_220x330animation team, which leaves a lot of room. As for the original series and Z they had the manga to rely on, which they don’t have this time and unfortunately it shows in the way the fights are constructed. It’s still fun to watch most of the time and I know the minute-long screaming in Z was annoying, but the fights aren’t as exciting as they used to be and I’m already overlooking substantial drops in animation quality on the character models, I’m just talking about the fights themselves.

One of the characters who’s standing out the most in Super is, in my opinion, Vegeta. They’re doing such an amazing job with him and walk a pretty nice line between awkwardly funny and dead serious. Also, he’s now pretty much a much better father than Goku ever was and shows genuine interest in his family, that he apparently came to love for real. It doesn’t really hurt we finally get to know why Goku took ChiChi and Vegeta Bulma and Piccolos reaction to that was just plain priceless.

Bulma and ChiChi are both very headstrong women and that’s exactly the reason why Vegeta and Goku got attracted to them, because that’s apparently what a Saiyan is looking for in a woman, because she needs to be able to handle a Saiyan family. Remember how many people said they’re bowing their heads to Bluma and ChiChi (even though the latter is annoying as fuck) for being able to raise Saiyans? Yeah, basically, if they wouldn’t haven been as headstrong as they are, Goku and Vegeta would’ve never gone for them.

Now, this is just my theory, but I personally believe Goku does not differenciate between his love for his family and his friends. He knew instinctively this particular women would be able to raise his children, so he went for it. I’m not saying he doesn’t love her, tumblr_inline_mu6o3jZqRb1qzj8pubut I think he loves her and his sons the same way he loves his friends. I mean, his relationship with Gohan is closer to that of being best buddies instead of being father and son. Also, excuse me, but I don’t think Goku has ever been a good father for Gohan. I believe he’s somewhat trying with Goten, but that’s nowhere near the level of what we’re seeing from Vegeta, who refused to leave because his baby was about to be born soon – and not just out of fear for Bulma, but genuine interest in his child. Goku? He didn’t even understand why that’s a problem. I actually felt sad when Vegeta wasn’t allowed to name his daughter, because it looked like he was really looking forward to giving her a strong saiyan name.

I’m not saying Vegeta is the perfect dad, because he neglected Trunks a lot, too. I’m justVegeta-600x330 saying he’s a better father than Goku, who always saw Gohan more as sparring partner and nakama to save the world, instead of a son. Heck, I’m supporting the guys saying Piccolo has always been more of a father figure for Gohan than his actual father. The father-of-the-year awards goes to Gohan anyway, who’s doing the most amazing job with Pan.

What brings me to the one person whom I think got heavily downgraded and that’s Videl. I have to be honest, I loved her when she was introduced: she was strong, she was a tomboy and she knew what she wanted. She complimented the awkward Gohan in the most amazing way, they turned out to be such am awesome duo. Unfortunately… she got the ChiChi-treatment. I’m just glad they didn’t turn her into the same nagging mess of a woman that ChiChi is, but she’s basically been downgraded to just being Gohans wife with their child. Where’s the headstrong teenager we all knew and loved? Now she’s sitting at a round table with Bulma and ChiChi talking about how she always loved girly things, too. What? WHEN? WHERE? That never happend in Z, they’re just trying to make her more domestic, which is sickening me.

495ed152bee288f0df3d1787144736ce39d740e7_hqI honestly would’ve preferred if Videl would’ve gotten the 18 treatment. Sure, she got domestic as well, she’s madly in love with her husband and daughter, but she NEVER lost her bite. She’s still kicking ass and neveryone knows not to mess with her. She’s even representing Universe 7 in the tournament of power and doing a damn well job at it. I’m sure ChiChi can still fight, I mean she even trained Goten up into a Super Saiyan and I’m sure Videl can also still fight, but it’s not worth anything anymore. Their place is being a wife and raising their kids and nothting else, that’s what their characters have been reduced to and that’s what’s annoying me. I really miss that temperatment of her’s that Vicel had, when she stood up to Gohan.

I’m not saying being a fulltime wife and mom is a bad thing per se. I’m just disappointed all of her other personaly traits got thrown out of the window. It’s like, dude Gohan, who did you marry again? And… why? Didn’t you like her for being independent, headstrong and reckless?

As for Gohan, he’s always been against fighting and only did so when he was forced to. Dragon-Ball-Super-Episode-90-ReviewHe’s always been a sweet natured guy by heart, so being a loving dad totally suits him. From all the demi-saiyans, he’s probably the one who’s most aware of being a child of two worlds and he probably has the two most different hearts beating in his chest. He’s got the full figthing potential from his saiyan side, but the sensitive heart of a human. Wow, great thing he arguably had the worst childhood ever… and people are honestly surprised he stops training and fighting every second he gets.

I mean, sure, I’ve dedicated an entire post about the lost potential of Gohan, because he’s been buffed drastically for Goku to take the spotlight and it hurt so damn much seeing him useless, because you KNOW he could be the strongest. Piccolo just recently confirmed his potential to be “bottomless”, Gohan could be Earth’s strongest weapon, if he wished so. I’m really glad he decided to not completely abadoning his saiyan heritage and started training again. And guess what? He’s already strong enough to force Goku into his strongest form, but what I think is even better for him, is that he’s trying for new heights, but without relying on the Super Saiyan forms they’re been abusing ever since Freeza on Namek.

Dragon-BallI’m always a sucker for meeting characters from the original series. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, but I just love seeing those characterst hat have been there since the very beginning, when Dragonball was a martial arts fantasy adventure and before it was turned into a superpower Sci-Fi festival. I admit I’m a huge fan of the Dragonball saga before Z, before there were aliens and when humans were still able to hold their own against the protagonists. When we had talking dinosaurs participating in the great tournament and a protagonist with a tail that nobody gave a fuck about, because… why? Between flying and talking cats, shapeshifting pigs and humanoid wolves, a kid with a monkey tail doesn’t even need much of an explanation, you just accept it as being part of this fantasy world.

 

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My Top 10 most Annoying Characters in Anime/Manga

We all have them and we all hate them, those annoyances es we’d wish never existed in our favorite animes. And yet, we’ll never get rid of them completely. In some rare cases, we have to pleasure of seeing them die, but… that’s about it. So, here are some of my most hated characters. It was hard putting them in order and I might have forgotten a few, but I’m pretty satisfied with this list. Please keep in mind I left out characters who’re just downright insane.

And of course: SPOILER warning!

10. Tsukino Usagi (Sailor Moon)

giphyUsagi is easily the most annoying one from the Sailor Scouts and the most useless one as well. The reason she’s so low on the list, is because she has a really good heart, cares very deeply for her friends and even though she’s afraid a lot, she often overcomes it and risks her own life to save her friends, family and the world. Her downside is, she’s very loud, she’s constantly crying and she’s basically useless in battle. I know she usually kills the monsters and brainwashes the evil enemies to become good again, but that’s basically all she does: the other sailor scouts are doing the fighteing for her and at the very end, she gives the finishing blow. I didn’t even remember her that bad, but Sailor Moon Crystal reminded me of a little something I forgot over the time: no matter how good of a person Usagi is, she’s pretty damn annoying most of the time.

9. Mr. Satan (Dragonball Z)

Mr._Satan_spaventatoAdmittedly, he might be a bad father, but loves his daughter and for a human he’s honestly strong, but in the Dragonball Universe that pretty much means he’s not even worth looking at. Either way, points for befriending Buu, but big no-no for lying to the entire world about defeating Cell. Sure, the Z warriors wanted to stay icognito, but Mr. Satan blew this way out of proportion and even after everything was over, he used his friendship with Buu for his own benefit to win the Tournament over and over in order to ensure his crazy wealth he “earned” thanks to his lifelong lie.

8. Nohara Shinnosuke (Crayon Shin-Chan)

2o4rxgorhix52i4op749bd665a2212e-shin-chanUnpopular opinion, but I never liked Crayon Shin-Chan. The reason is rather simple, I don’t think Shin-chan is funny as a character and as this is a comedy and most of the comedic elements come from him there’s not much I can do. I only see Shin-chan as the most perverted, cheeky, big-mouthed little brat in anime history. And yes, I blame this entirely on his mother, even though she’s usually very strict with him, but something clearly must’ve went wrong down the line, or her son wouldn’t have turned out like this while still attending Kindergarden.

7. Hirasawa Yui (K-On!)

Hirasawa-Yui-3-kawaii-anime-35006432-731-1000K-On! was the anime that taught me: I hate moe. Well, a little bit is alright, but this anime was way too much for me to digest and while all the main characters were filled with moe from top to bottom, Yui was the worst. The other characters at least had one trait each besides moe we could identify them with: one was smart, the other a tomboy and while the third one was an airhead she was crazy rich and therefore paid for stuff when it was convenient to the plot, otherwise we wasted time seeing the girls trying to make money. Either way, Yui had nothing. She had all the bad traits from the others and that’s it. And you know what? She even learned to play the guitar in record time. Why does she deserve this musical talent? Because it’s convenient to the plot, I know, but learning how to use an instrument properly when you have no musical backround whatsoever, is not that easy.

6. Haramura Nodoka (Saki)

jsaki01Genious sweet princess with imaginary probems, what more does she need? Oh, I know, a hot fanservice body with the matching clothes. What else does she need? She’s lesbian. That sounds like a great character. Not. I’m honest with you, I wouldn’t even care so much about her and her stupid penguin that constantly pushes her boobs up and that she needs to carry around all of the time because reasons, if she wasn’t the one Saki went gay for. I mean, isn’t she already cliché enough? She’s literally the perfect fanservice character and maybe it was my utter disbelief they’d actually made her lesbian on top of that, but that entire lesbian szenario with Saki came out of nowhere for me. Sure, she blushed and stuff, but this is anime and these are anime-girls, they stick to and blush at each other all the time and usually behave like a couple light-version anyway. I don’t have anything against homosexual characters in general, hey I love me some nice BL and GL every once in a while, but Nodoka is just too perfect and too fanservice-ish at the same time.

5. Uchiha Sasuke (Naruto)

SasukespoilOh look, another unpopular opinion. I’m going to get killed after this post, I already see is comming. Now look, my main problem with this character is, he has no reason why he turned out the way he did and he’s the favorite character from the Manga-ka which really shows. A lot. To the point where the entire Manga could be named “Sasuke” instead of “Naruto”, because everything in the entire story happens because Sasuke makes his life much harder on himself and the people around him than he needs to. Why do I have absolutely no sympathy for him? Easy, because Naruto actually has it even worse, but instead of going emo and I-hate-everyone, he’s trying to become recognized and find friends. Compare him to Naruto, who goes from “object of hatred in town” to “honorable hero”. Naruto is completely on his own and has barely anyone who even likes him somewhat, he has no friends, is bullied, doesn’t even seem to have greater potential as a ninja and has a deadly beast sealed in his belly, that will probably kill him someday. And even though he was a brat as a child, he still didn’t even do half the crap Sasuke did. And this is what’s annoying me so much, compared to others who have it worse than him, he’s got no right to go all bad-guy like he did. At some points in the manga I felt like he just enjoyed feeling sorry for himself. And why’s he so popular anyway? Did any of you see or read the part where he killed his brother? Try to comprehend his reasoning. This was the reason I was very close to excluding him from this list, because I thought he was too insane, but since he ended up rather normal eventually, I took him in.

4. Akihito Usami (Junjou Romantica)

bdbbd85159fa4b2a4b2ec94db0f3f84fSince I’m that good at having unpopular opinions, here’s another one: I don’t like Junjou Romantica, due to many reasons, but Usami is one of them. This guy. This guy. How to describe him? He’s a raptist with anger issues, I think that pretty much covers it. I don’t even care he’s 10 years older than Misaki, one of my favorite couples is Maya x Masumi from Glass Mask, he’s 11 years older than her and meets her first when she’s only 13. Either way, I mentioned before I love me some good BL, sadly rape is a common theme in BL that I really hate, because it’s something that should never be treated lightly and often is in the shounen-ai community, as seen in this particular case. It’s not romantic and Usami treats Misaki really bad. No me likey.

3. Nogizaka Haruka (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)

Nogizaka_Haruka_no_Himitsu_-_Nogizaka_Karuka_2I’m impressed she only made 3rd place. Honestly! I went into this anime expecting a light comedy about a nerdy guy falling in love with a nerdy girl. What happend was me being confronted with something like Nodoka minus the lesbian part and seeing how she ended up even higher on this list, she’s a lost case. She’s once again the typical picture perfect little rich princess and because her life is so damn great, she has to think of problems even though there are none. Oh no, she’s an Otaku, that needs to be kept a secret at all cost and I really mean all cost. Oh no, she falls in love with a guy, let’s throw every possible stone in their way we can think of. Honestly, the guy is really annoying too, because he’s way too perfect on his own, but I guess her “Yuuto! Yuuto! Yuuto!” was driving me even more crazy than the man himself. And it’s one of those anime where they never kiss, be it her shyness or her crazy maids or her sister or the weather… the entire anime is so damn annoying and Haruka is the worst part of it.

2. Itagaki Manabu (Hajime no Ippo)

personagem_931This was a surprise to me, because I didn’t even had him on my radar at first, but there’s a very particular reason, why he didn’t just end up on this list, but even that high. I would love to like him, but the manga-ka slowly made him more and more annoying to the point where probably his last fan threw the towel during his latest fight that was shown in detail. He started as a nice guy and I really liked him. He had a few annoying traits, but that only helped rounding his character and wasn’t bad at all. Then… his genius kicked him. The moment everyone noticed he was a boxing genius it went downhill with him and he ended up as the entire opposite of Ippo. This means: Ippo is an average guy who works insanely hard and earns every single one of his wins thanks to countless of hours of training. When Itagaki fights, suddenly a switch is flipped and he’s unstoppable. To top it all of, he turns into a real bastard as well, cocky to Mars and back way too full of himself looking down on his opponents and tries to beat Ippo by defeating his past opponents faster than Ippo. You, as a reader, come to a point where you wish Itagaki to face off against Sendo and get his little bony butt nicely handed to him wrapped in a pink rippon with kisses. You have no idea how much I wanted to see Itagaki getting destroyed in the ring to the point where he would never dare to pick up boxing gloves ever again. He doesn’t deserve his wins one bit, especially since he’s doing so easily what Ippo took so much work to achieve, what he deserves is a beating that will teach him some manners and force some sense back into him. The sad part is, he started out as a really likable, even fun, character and that’s what annoys me the most.

Dishonorable Mention: Haruka Nanami (Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%)

haruIt’s a reverse Harem setting, it’s bound to be bad. I found this one particuar bad, though and Nanami is beyond me. Too naive, light hearted, clueless and the entire damn anime makes no sense from start to finish. I guess Nanami stands for every typical main character (male or female) in a bad harem szenario. I’m saying bad, because the mother of all harem manga, Love Hina, actually pulled it off really good, but that was because it was a great slice of life comedy with interesting characters, too. Most harems are not, they’re just cardboard cutouts from one another with crazy bland mains that are supposed to be “us” aka the viewer, so we can dream to be in their shoes and be wooed by beautiful men and women. About Nanami in particuar, the way she talked annoyed the heck out of me on top of her sole being. This half-wisper that’s supposed to show how much of a cute girl she is, when in reality she’s not, because her eyes are more disturbing than half the horror anime I’ve seen.

1. Kikyou (Inu Yasha)

Kikyou-the-girls-of-inuyasha-7074575-509-663She was already dead, so I didn’t feel too bad about wanting to see her die, but she was so annoying I literally wanted to see her die. You knew Kagome x Inu Yasha was going to be endgame and yet Kikyou did her best to mess with them over and over and over… and OVER AGAIN. I think the most annoying part of her was she just wouldn’t go away, she wouldn’t die no matter what, she would come back and throw the relationship between Kagome and Inu Yasha completely out of proportions again. And again. And again. Rinse and repeat. Her sole purpose was to mess with Inu Yasha and Kagome. She was the nicest, most beautiful and strong Miko while alive (and this is something that already annoys me to begin with) and after she came back from the dead, she’s an utter nightmare you can’t get rid off. She’s actually a tragic character that suffers a very unfortunate fate, but she ends up ruining the relationship between Kagome and Inu Yasha so much, you literally wish for her to please die and even then it still takes a few hundred chapters until it’s finally done.