One of my favorite esoteric superhuman powers would be animation, which is the ability to give a form of life to inanimate objects. With this power, you could animate statues, vehicles, or even corpses and make them do your bidding. I am thinking of including this ability in my new superhero series and the wielder will be particularly sadistic.
As you are all aware, I am a devout fanatic of both superheroes and anime. A couple days ago, I discovered a series that had both superheroes and anime, two of my favorite things! The series in question is My Hero Academia, which revolves around a high school for superheroes. Unlike X-Men, which revolved around a boarding school for superhumans, this story has the vibe of a regular high school that is specifically designed for aspiring superheroes. Each student in the main cast are colorful characters with their own unique power and personality, which makes them more enjoyable. The superhero known as All Might is essentially a more overpowered yet flawed and vulnerable version of Superman. Overall, this is an anime and superhero story that everyone will enjoy.
I had a new book idea that involves creating an encyclopedia of every superhuman power in the superhero genre. I have acquired a great deal of knowledge about superhumans and their powers that I feel like sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world. I thought the best way would be to compile an encyclopedia of superpowers. Let me know what you think and I will let you know when I make it.
I have watched A LOT of anime and read A LOT of manga. Out of the many awesome techniques I have seen in battles is power that includes crippling side effects to its wielder. As the combatant accesses this power, their bodies start to break down. This involves their blood evaporating, their muscle fibers shredding, and bones shattering like glass. This level of raw power can transform the most minor character into an unstoppable warrior. However, if used too often, the side effects will either cripple the wielder or kill them. I like this type of power because it not only makes the character immensely strong and fast, but it also adds a deeper sense of vulnerability to them as they are ripped apart by their own power. One of my characters in my new superhero series will have multiple abilities and when they use these abilities at the same time, they acquire this kind of crippling power. I am eager to write this out!
I have always been a fan of powerful heroes battling powerful villains with epic music playing in the background. The powers that these two combatants wield would be so great that they could demolish entire cities as they clashed with one another. It is like watching two gods fighting amongst the heavens . . . a thing of utter combative beauty! I have seen these kinds of battles countless times in anime, films, and superhero comics. In the final battle of my new superhero series, I will be depicting one such duel to the death where the main character fights the main villain in a titanic struggle that would level multiple cities. I am getting goosebumps just imagining it!
I have started watching a new History Channel show called Knight Fight, which depicts a group of men in armor pounding the crud out of each other. The weapons they use are blunt yet represent real historical weapons such as swords and axes. The armor they wore was thick and provided decent protection yet was also modeled after historical armor. In the latest episode of the season, I was introduced to this man, Paul Friedel, who was fun to watch fight in the ring. He is six feet seven inches tall (5 inches taller than me) and he is incredibly strong in a contest of brute strength. The armor he wears is modeled after medieval Russian armor and he usually wields a five foot long battle axe. In the final round of the episode, Paul fought with rhomphaia (pictured above) and he was a beast with that blade. In addition to striking his opponent with that sword, Paul used his armored hands to punch his foe repeatedly in the head. This left his opponent dazed and mostly on the ground. I was VERY impressed with Paul’s performance and I wish him the best of luck in the battles to come. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from him for one of the characters in my spin-off fantasy series. The character I am thinking of will be a giant of a man who is inhumanly strong, wields a large weapon, and fights with great ferocity.
In my spin-off fantasy series, one of the main characters will be armed with these two weapons. One is the Viking bearded battle axe and the other is the Scottish dirk dagger. The bearded axe originated as a common woodcutting axe before being modified for war. Not only can the axe chop into an enemy, but the beard on the blade is designed to hook into the opponent’s flesh or tripping an opponent’s leg in battle. The Scottish dirk was a common dagger in the Scottish Highlands around the 1800s and was later adopted by the Japanese navy. I have chosen to include these two weapons in a main character’s arsenal because they symbolize two sides of my heritage: Vikings and Highlanders.
As a fan of the original Top Gear hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond), I am always amused by their antics. In this video, they prepare for a big road trip to the North Pole by receiving special Arctic training. Their instructor was a former Special Forces soldier who was super bossy and had no patience for their stupidity. This soldier’s face was pixelated for security reasons since he was Special Forces. Because of his pixelated face, the Top Gear boys called him “the man with the ruined or funny face.” He taught the Top Gear boys how to erect a tent on the snow as well as pushed one of them into a frozen lake. Whenever the Top Gear boys did something idiotic, the Special Forces guy went nuclear at them and got increasingly more irritated with them.
Even though most of the kingdoms in my fantasy world are based on medieval Europe, there is one kingdom that is based on feudal Japan. As a result, they have similar armor and weapons as samurai. Among these weapons are the katana long sword and the wakizashi short sword. When these two blades are used at the same time, they become what is known as the Daisho Sword Pair. The long katana is used for offense while the short wakizashi is used for defense. When these two swords are used simultaneously, they become a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In my spin-off fantasy trilogy, one of the main characters will come from this Japan-like kingdom and will carry a Daisho Sword Pair wherever they go. In the heat of battle, this character will become a demon with a blade.
I discovered a rather frightening weapon from the medieval period. It is a two-handed variation of the falchion sword with teeth at the tip that is designed to bite into an enemy’s armor while chopping. I first discovered this weapon while watching the film Ironclad and I initially thought it was a made up weapon for the sake of creativity. Now, I find out that this was a real weapon and a terrifying one. This blade is shaped like a sword yet has the weight of an axe with each blow. If this blade’s wielder is big and strong enough that it can be a completely scary weapon on the battlefield. I am thinking of including this variant of the falchion in my spin-off fantasy trilogy and it will even have a funny ironic nickname.