One thing I dislike
June 9, 2010 12:49am CST
I am a fan of anime, and have seen a lot but there is one think I dislike very much when it comes to an action series. That is when the main character is strong and continues getting stronger but there is a group of others who are becoming weaker and weaker until they have no choice but to retire from fighting villains. That, or it makes little sense for them to continue. Two examples of this happening were in Dragonball Z and Bleach. In Dragonball Z, Goku and Vegeta got stronger but the others had to give up (Krillin, Yamcha, Piccolo, Tien, Chouzu), or they stayed weak since their debut (Pan, Goten, Trunks, Uub). There was Android 18 but she didn't get involved in battles. In Bleach, Ichigo continues getting stronger. Uryu started strong but is becoming weak. He had a power he used only once which made him very, very powerful but he cannot use it anymore. The only training Orihime received was how to activate his powers and how to use them faster. She is weak. Chad, for a normal human who could remain standing after a steel beam falls on his head and a motorcycle hits him in the same day, what happened? It would make sense (to me at least) if he had an incredible amount of endurance, where he could take attacks from an espada and not even flinch. Instead, Chad is weak.
• United States
10 Jun 10
Have you seen One Piece? In main character in this anime, Luffy, got into a fight with one of his team members, Zoro, and neither one was holding back. I do think Luffy is stronger but the two were even in that fight until it was broken up. I understand that the main characters will/should be the strongest most of the time. I just think it's unfair they continuously grow stronger, but the others get to a level in strength then get weaker as the series continues.
9 Jun 10
I agree with you regarding Dragonball. But did you know that Gohan is suppose to be the strongest character in the Buu Saga? He should be a lot stronger than Goku and he should be the one that defeated Majin Buu. But the author changed his mind because the fans wanted Goku. Goku is supposed to be retired but due to fans requests he returned and he's the one who defeated Buu. Regarding Bleach of course Inoue is weak. She's not a fighter but a healer. Her healing capabilities is much, much, much better than the medical team of soul society. She and Chad is just there to explain a key concept or a twist in Bleach. Read the manga and you'll understand why they are there in the first place Regarding Uryu I don't care if he's weak. I don't like his character. But I really like his courage, taking on a super strong and angry Ichigo.
• United States
11 Jun 10
I know what you mean and it's pretty much a given thing for almost all shounen type series. The main character just gets stronger and stronger while everyone else becomes the 'damsel in distress' type. Their purpose is to get beaten up in fights (since they are weak) and for the hero to come rescue them. I find it kind of sad because most of the time in these shounen series my favorite characters are usually the side ones. I couldn't care less for some of the main characters.
9 Jun 10
Agree. but you must know, there is a lot of action anime series type, most of them mix with love, psychological, comedy, and even ecchi genre. for example, i've just watch elfen lied, an action anime blend with dorama story line. produced in year 2004.and it is a very complex anime. one of the best anime i've ever seen. you should watch that anime. and then, i think you will find another pleasure in anime. good luck.
9 Jun 10
I do sympathize with your opinion and i do believe that its also unfair for the other characters tha it seems unbalanced that only the main character will be the strongest of the one who will be improving the fastest. But hey in a way i believe the authors are just reserving the rest for future ideas, for example why is Uryu stagnant or kinda weak right now? so that one day in the coming issues they might be able to suprise us for saying that uryu still have some hidden powers that are yet to be seen. In that case the viewers and the readers have something to wait for. If all their powers are to be published just like that of ichigo then everything is completely bared already , and it will leave the author with limited possibilities in the story. Believe me there is so much more to anticipate and theres so much more to read and enjoy with these anime series