I am one of those guys who grew up watching the anime from the 1990s. Among those anime was Digimon. This show consumed my childhood. I enjoyed the battles between the various Digimon and how the Digimon Digivolved into new and more powerful forms. Throughout middle school, I even created my own imaginary Digimon and envisioned their battles. I even memorized the lyrics of one of the theme songs word for word. Now that I am older, I have a greater appreciation for the impact this anime had on my life. Due to my analytical nature, I came to notice a deeper feel for the story of the franchise. Each child in the show had social, spiritual, and psychological issues. Over time, the children overcame these limitations and grew as individuals. As they grow, the children’s Digimon partners acquire the power to Digivolve into more powerful forms. This concept of Digivolution is symbolic in the sense that the Digimon’s transformations reflect on their human partner’s growth and maturity. By the end of each season, the main characters learn important life lessons from their adventures in the Digital World. I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes monsters and coming of age stories.
Today, I went to WonderCon with my dad and it was a glorious time!
I had an epiphany recently after going through several of the anime and manga I have experienced. Some of the monsters and villains are given Biblical names that would normally be considered benevolent. For example, in Neon Genesis Evangelion there were Kaiju-sized monsters that were called Angels. In Berserk there were unholy demons that were called Apostles. In One Punch Man, possibly the most powerful and dangerous villains were called Gods. Even though these creatures were given benevolent names, there was nothing beautiful or benevolent about them. I am thinking of going a similar route in my new superhero series since I am giving it an anime feel.
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 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!
In several anime/manga, there were characters who possessed mocking smiles and eyes narrowed into slits. These characters have been described as “fox-faced” and these facial expressions are common among anime/manga tricksters and villains. In some cases, when these characters are pushed too far, they drop this falsely friendly demeanor and reveal their true menacing nature. Since I will be giving my new superhuman series an anime/manga feel, I am thinking of including a characters who possesses a facial expression like this.