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Kaiju No 8: Kafka's Biggest Break Is Similar to This Key Naruto Moment

As the protagonist of Kaiju No. 8, Kafka Hibino is an underdog character with limited skills that everyone underestimates. He aims to achieve a dream that few believe he will accomplish and pushes forward with willpower and hope. At a glance, this is very similar to the iconic character, and one of the greatest underdog characters, Naruto Uzumaki. One particular Kaiju No. 8 episode adds another significant parallel between these two characters.

Like many shonenanime, Kaiju No. 8 and Naruto have a series of official tests for the main cast to be challenged with. The only way forward for the protagonist's journey is if they pass this exam, and in true underdog fashion, both these protagonists make it through by the skin of their teeth. While some underdog characters seem uninteresting because of how unrealistic their big breaks are, Kafka's and Naruto's biggest break is a significant example of how to write underdog stories.

Kafka's Journey To Becoming A Kaiju Soldier Mirrors Naruto's Quest To Become Hokage

While there are some mild differences between the two protagonists, the major details of Kafka's and Naruto's stories are the same. Their main goals at the beginning of their respective series are to join a major organization that is in charge of protecting their society. For Kafka, that organization is the military group, the Defense Force. For Naruto, it's Konoha Village's Ninjas. More than just joining, they long to be one of the strongest members of these organizations.

Both Kafka and Naruto grew up longing to be strong, which would lead them to aim for their highest goals. Kafka is eventually revealed to be working towards the Vice Captain position in the Defense Force so he can fight beside his childhood friend, Mina — who is one of the strongest characters, if not the strongest, and is a symbol of hope for all of Japan. Naruto has his eyes set on becoming Hokage, the leader of his Village who is always the strongest and most inspirational person in Konoha.

Whether by coincidence or design, Kafka also shares Naruto's status as an underdog character. They are both consistently underestimated because they never perfectly fit into the role they want to be in. Despite their hard work, neither are ever considered the strongest or smartest, but in order to be acknowledged and achieve their dreams, they continue to persist in their chosen journey. Both protagonists endure numerous trials to take steady steps in reaching their goals, and at one point it seems like they have no chance of moving forward.

One Test Stands In The Way Of Both Their Dreams

In the simplest terms, the path to becoming a Kaiju Soldier or a Konoha Ninja requires individuals to take certain examinations just to join and move up in rank. The rankings in Kaiju No. 8 aren't shown to have separate aptitude tests, but in Naruto, the rankings of Chuunin, Jonin, and then Hokage do have specific challenges. Kafka and Naruto both struggle with their first exam; arguably, Kafka struggles more than Naruto, since it takes him until his early 30s to pass the first stage of the entry exam.

The Defense Force's Written Test proves to be easy for Kafka, who is very knowledgeable about Kaiju, but the second part of the entry exam is where he falls short. With Naruto, he struggles with chakra control — a basic and essential part of a Ninja's arsenal — and his lack of attention in class serves as his downfall. He graduates from the Ninja Academy by pouring himself into training himself, leading to a display of incredible natural talent that no one knew he had before. Both dreamers might be different in how long it took them to move past the first step of their goals, but early on in their journeys, there is a challenge that almost stops them in their tracks.

The Second Part of the Defense Force Test, Explained

Kaiju No 8: Kafka's Biggest Break Is Similar to This Key Naruto Moment

After passing the written test with ease, Kafka worries about the second part of the Defense Force entry exam. The Defence Force entry exam is a two-part test consisting of a physical test followed by an aptitude test. In episode 3 of Kaiju No. 8, the exam participants are ranked based on their physical endurance, speed, and strength in a series of obstacle courses. Episode 4 pits the examinees against live Kaiju and suits them up in combat suits that protect them and project their power levels — another factor added into their ranking. They are given medium-sized guns and other offensive equipment to attack the Kaiju with.

These tests are meant to weed out individuals who are not physically adept at fighting Kaiju. The job of Defense Force soldiers is to be fast enough, strong enough, and have some military strategy in mind to survive. There is also the age-limiting rule that only those under 33 years old can apply for the selection exam. Since Kafka is 32 at this point in the anime, this isn't just a first step toward his goal anymore — it's his last chance.

The Chuunin Exam, Explained

Kaiju No 8: Kafka's Biggest Break Is Similar to This Key Naruto Moment

Naruto becomes a Genin Ninja in the first episode of the series, thus taking the first step on his journey earlier than Kafka in a number of ways. That being said, in order for him to become Hokage, the 12-year-old still needs to pass other exams and earn recognition. This leads him and his teammates to the Chuunin Exams. As the name suggests, this test leads to the next ranking of Chuunin Ninja. As shown in the second season, it's a three-part exam that invites Ninja across several neighboring countries to be awarded the higher ranking in their respective villages.

Since this is a test that forges bonds with other countries, the location changes every year the exam is held; in season 2 of the series, it's held in Konoha. In the anime, the first part is a written exam. The second part is a test of survival in Konoha's Forest of Death, and the final part is a combat tournament with a large audience to showcase who deserves to become Chuunin. This test challenges examinees' knowledge-gathering skills, survival skills, and fighting ability.

Before Naruto can show his natural fighting ability, he has to overcome the challenge of his worst nemesis: a written test. In an unexpected twist, Team 7 comes close to failing the first part of the Chuunin exams and being forced to give up on being Ninja. The proctor of the written test, Ibiki Morino, designed the test to be a psychological challenge. On the test paper, there are nine questions that only those as intelligent as Sakura could answer on their own; even Sasuke admits he can't answer a single question. The tenth question is stated in the paper to be asked when the test timer has run out.

Surrounded by a mass of Konoha's Jonin, examinees who are caught cheating five times are immediately failed and asked to leave. On the surface, it appears that only the smartest can pass, but the real challenge is stealing information like a true Ninja would be able to do. While most of the examinees realize this, Naruto is clueless; since the test is ranked based on the total score of each three-man team, he rides his hopes on the mysterious tenth question. Before the tenth question is asked, the proctor, Ibiki, states that if anyone fails to answer the tenth question they will be barred from taking the Chuunin Exams ever again.

The examinees are given the choice to leave, but if one leaves, then the entire team forfeits, thus adding to the psychological challenge. Naruto and his teammates have to decide on the spot if they want to take a gamble or wait for the next chance.

Neither Kafka Nor Naruto Should Have Passed, But They Did Because Of One Critical Technicality

Similarly, Kafka's and Naruto's dreams and potential are threatened because of one particular challenge. For Kafka, it's the Defense Force's challenge of physical aptitudes. For Naruto, it's the Chuunin Exam's challenge of intelligence-gathering. In the face of both tests, neither managed to achieve a single point.

Kafka failed to damage a single Kaiju and his physical scores during the obstacle course leave something to be desired. Naruto couldn't answer any of the nine questions on the written test; he also couldn't figure out that cheating secretly was, in fact, the whole point of the test. What this means is that Kafka arguably wouldn't be able to survive a Kaiju attack and would just be a liability to the Defense Force. As a Ninja, Naruto shows that he fails at the essential skills of gathering intelligence that could save lives. With these arguments in mind, neither should have passed.

Beyond the fact that these two are the protagonists of their series, there is a reasonable explanation as to why they overcome these challenges and continue to achieve their goals. This has to do with one particular character in charge who sees significant value in a trait that each character shows during the test.

Kafka Brings A New Source of Strength to the Defense Force

Kaiju No 8: Kafka's Biggest Break Is Similar to This Key Naruto Moment

During the final part of the Defense Force's Exam, the examinees are basically pitted against each other to prove who is the best at killing Kaiju. Kafka shows that he has few skills to land even a scratch on one of the monsters, but in several moments provides life-saving advice to his competitors. His vast knowledge of Kaiju and his ability for teamwork shines in these brief moments. This is something that Vice-Captain Soshiro Hoshina takes notice of, in addition to another detail.

At first, the Vice-Captain finds Kafka entertaining, asking if he can be passed just to give him a good laugh every now and then. During the association's assessment of Kafka, Vice-Captain Hoshina vouches for Kafka and his support of others, arguing that teamwork is a valuable quality the Defense Force could use more of. From the Vice-Captain's recommendation, Kafka isn't passed as a fully-fledged member of the Defense Force. Instead, he's brought in as Hoshina's cadet — just a step below a soldier. While Kafka is essentially acknowledged for his greatest trait, Hoshina's secret reason for keeping Kafka close is that he suspects something is off about the man.

Naruto Proves To Have A Ninja's Greatest Talent

Kaiju No 8: Kafka's Biggest Break Is Similar to This Key Naruto Moment

In order to make it to the next part of the Chuunin Exam, Naruto and the rest of the examinees must overcome Ibiki Morino's psychological challenge. The master interrogator does an expert job of discouraging the Genin from advancing with his final gamble of risking it all or temporarily giving up. Despite Naruto's strong sense of self up to this point, even he nearly succumbs to the stress of this part of the Chuunin exam. In a bold show of his confidence, Naruto shouts that he won't give up on his dream no matter what happens and accepts the challenge of the final tenth question.

After Naruto's bravado, no other examinee leaves the room, prompting Ibiki to reveal the tenth question, which never existed in the first place. The gamble of taking on an unknown challenge was the big test because, in Ibiki's experience, being brave and not giving up is a Ninja's greatest asset and the true sign of a Chuunin. When Ibiki sees that Naruto couldn't answer a single written question, he laughs it off, in humorous disbelief that he passed someone who technically did so poorly.

In both these exams in these two anime, the protagonists realistically should have failed. The reason why they didn't is because they were recognized for a more important trait. Kafka might not have the most impressive physical skills, but his talent for support is valuable to the Defense Force — which is further proven in episode six. In Naruto's case, the boy may be unskilled when it comes to traditional types of intelligence, but his bravery could still make a huge difference in missions where knowledge and assurance of success are impossible to acquire. Realistically, there ought to be a balance for these military-level associations — the Defense Force and Ninjas — but the reason this works in these stories is because of the characters Hoshina and Ibiki, who show support for the protagonist.

Kafka Hibino and Naruto Uzumaki might not be the most identical in character, but their stories have strong parallels. In one of the more recent episodes of Kaiju No. 8, this becomes clear with the results of the Defense Force Selection Exam. Like Naruto facing the Chuunin Written Exam, Kafka should have failed the second part of the Defense Force Entry Exam. The primary traits that these tests were challenging are not shown in either protagonist, but in reasonable twists of development, these two dreamers have qualities that are more than standard. The protagonists are also lucky to be recognized by the right character who had enough sway to pass them by technicality.


One Piece Live-Action Star Reveals Tattoo Personally Drawn by Eiichiro Oda

The live-action One Piece TV series for Netflix is currently in production of Season 2. Taz Skylar, the actor who plays the live-action version of Sanji, revealed he recently got a tattoo that was specially designed by the creator of One Piece.

The YouTube channel Serieously interviewed Skylar when the actor attended the 2024 Paris Fan Festival. Through a goofy “Spin the Wheel” type game, Skylar brought up a very interesting encounter he had with the author of One Piece. Oda, who serves as an executive producer on the One Piece Netflix show, designed an original tattoo for Skylar when he specifically requested one from Oda.

"I wanted to get a One Piece tattoo for a while,” Skylar said. “So, I asked Oda if he could draw us something specific and he drew this for us. Every part of the figure's body is a letter, all of which together spell One Piece." While the video doesn’t offer a good look at Skylar’s tattoo, the actor’s past social media posts provide a better look at Oda’s design. The inked tattoo appears to be an image of a little skull guy that has the “E” from “One Piece” as its body.

“I finally got my One Piece Tattoo,” Skylar wrote on Instagram. “And I got it in the same way I’ve gotten all my tattoos… By randomly walking into a cool shop in the middle of a new town and finding a pure soul, with whom I want to sit down for a few hours, to etch a memory on my skin. Thank you, Zumi Mathieu, for being a dream and for jumping straight into my two ideas. Can anyone guess why I got it on my leg though?”

As fans most likely guessed, the reason why Skylar got his One Piece tattoo on his leg is because Sanji’s weapons of choice are his feet. The tattoo placement is even more significant now that it’s been revealed that Oda was the one who designed Skylar’s tattoo. In April, Skylar and some of the other live-action actors on the One Piece TV series answered various questions that ranged from “What is your favorite anime?” to “Who is your anime waifu?”

When Will One Piece Return With Season 2 on Netflix?

Currently, there is no specific release date for One Piece Season 2 on Netflix. However, the actor who portrays Monkey D. Luffy on the show, recently teased the introduction of Mr. 3 and more. The TV series is also undergoing a big creative change in its staff.

Source: YouTube

One Piece Live-Action Star Reveals Tattoo Personally Drawn by Eiichiro Oda

Toei Animation Unveils Massive New List of Global Dragon Ball & Crunchyroll Brand Collaborations

Nov. 20, 2024, marks the 40th anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise. Despite the series' four-decade history, Dragon Ball continues to show signs of tremendous growth in licensing deals and international popularity that will undoubtedly increase with the upcoming fall premiere of Dragon Ball Daima.

Per a press release, Toei Animation is celebrating the successful brand agreements the Dragon Ball franchise has showcased over the past 12 months as the Japanese animation studio looks forward to the future. "Dragon Ball fans have a truly unquenchable demand for branded goods — as illustrated by the breadth and depth of our licensed product categories," Toei Animation President Masayuki Endo said. "We’re thrilled that these new agreements will bring Dragon Ball’s beloved characters and stories to fans — not only in North America but also around the world. The dedication and commitment of both our team and our partners has made this possible. And together, we’ll continue to bring new and exciting products to Dragon Ball fans of every age."

Dragon Ball's Latest Brand Deals Include Cereal & Sushi Collaborations for Hungry Fans

Over the past several weeks and months, Dragon Ball collaborated with a variety of popular names to produce an assortment of merchandise for anime fans of all ages. The list of new branded licenses for 2023-24 includes:

Crunchyroll Expands Its Massive Anime Library With More Dragon Ball Streams

Crunchyroll, the anime streaming giant that recently merged with Texas-based dub company Funimation, also launched the entire English dub of Dragon Ball Super in March 2024. The addition of the latest Dragon Ball anime TV series complements the massive Dragon Ball anime library currently available on the popular streaming service. Both Toei Animation and Crunchyroll will be present for the Licensing Expo 2024 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with current and potential licensing partners for the Dragon Ball series.

Although the 40th anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise will occur without the presence of its legendary creator, the late Akira Toriyama, fans and creators worldwide continue to honor the memory of the iconic manga artist and his work. Dragon Ball Daima, the upcoming new anime series slated for the fall, was the last Dragon Ball anime project Toriyama contributed to before his passing. 2024 will also see new developments in the highly-anticipated fighting game, Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero, for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

Source: Press release


Bleach: Captain Commander Shunsui Kyoraku's Zanpakuto, Explained

Bleach is packed to the brim with overpowered characters, but there's no doubt that Shunsui Kyoraku is one of the strongest. After the previous Captain-Commander Yamamoto Genryusai falls in battle, the Central 46 unequivocally decides to make Shunsui the next leader of the Gotei 13. A shrewd tactician with a monstrous pool of Reiatsu, Shunsui demonstrates elite proficiency in standard Shinigami techniques such as Kido, Shunpo, and Zanjutsu. These assets make him more than formidable, and the deadliest weapon in his arsenal makes him nigh-unstoppable.

Shunsui Kyoraku's greatest advantage in battle is his Zanpakuto, Katen Kyokotsu. One of the very few dual-bladed weapons in Soul Society, this Zanapkuto comes with several rules and clauses. Katen Kyokotsu is just as interesting as it is robust, as its abilities mirror Shunsui's personal journey. Although teased in the Soul Society: Rescue arc, his Shikai isn't revealed until much later. Fans had been waiting to see Shunsui's Bankai for the longest time, and their hopes were more than fulfilled during the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.

Updated on May 17, 2024, by Ajay Aravind: The Bleach manga ended with the Thousand-Year Blood War arc in 2016, but the anime adaptation was only released in December 2022. Fans are excited to watch their favorite characters duke it out onscreen, especially with the third cour coming out sometime in 2024. That said, Shunsui Kyoraku is yet to reveal his full powers at this point in the anime. As such, we've updated this list with some more relevant information.

What Is Shunsui's Shikai?

Shunsui's Shikai Is Known As Katen Kyokotsu

The Shikai release command for Katen Kyokotsu (Flower-Heaven Bone of Madness) is relatively longer than other Zanpakuto commands. It reads: "The flowery winds become disturbed, the God Of Flowers sings, the heavenly winds become disturbed, the Devil of Heaven sneers." Upon utterance, Shunsui's katanas transform into dual scimitars, but with more than an aesthetic upgrade — Katen Kyokotsu's Shikai ability allows Shunsui to bring children's games to life.

Anyone in Katen Kyokotsu's area of effect upon release, including Shunsui, becomes a player in the game and is subject to its rules. Rules vary from game to game, but they are all played with the understanding that "You win, you live. You lose, you die." That said, the amount of spiritual power also plays a huge role in any battle between Shinigami. Given his towering reserves of Reiatsu, it's clear that Shunsui doesn't need anything more than his Shikai for most battles.

Katen Kyokotsu's Shikai Games, Explained

Shunsui Can Play Six Different Games Using His Shikai

Bushogoma (Wobbly Top) emulates a spinning top game that sees Shunsui Kyoraku rotate at high velocities whilst wielding his twin scimitars. This attack can deal damage as well as trap those that get caught in the high-pressure vortices created by Shunsui's rotation. Daruma San ga Koronda (Bodhidharma Falls Down) is essentially a game of red-light green-light; Shunsui designates an opponent as "it" and must travel along the path of their attack's Reiatsu to "tag" (mercilessly attack) them without being caught (viciously attacked himself).

Takaoni (Mountain Demon) boosts the attack power of the person who takes a higher geographical elevation than the other. Irooni (Color Demon) has the combatants declare a color, and both are only allowed to strike areas on each other's person that contain said color. Damage is buffed or nerfed based on how much of the declared color is on the declarer's person. This rule is a double-edged sword, as in order to deal optimal damage the declarer must choose a color that is amply present on their person, meaning that they themselves are also susceptible to heavy damage.

In Kageoni (Shadow Demon) the loser is whoever's shadow is stepped on, a game that allows Shunsui Kyoraku to deal damage by attacking through the shadow of an enemy or any shadow they are standing on. He does so by maneuvering into a pocket dimension created in the shadow he's attacking from, granting him multiple angles of approach at speeds that make it appear as though he has cloned himself. Kageokuri (Shadow Projection) creates a clone of whoever's shadow is stared at, with the clone's strength proportionate to that of the onlooker's Reiatsu.

The most dangerous aspect of Katen Kyokotsu is that Shunsui can transition between games seamlessly and without warning. Focusing on one's shadow is the only way to defend against Kageoni, but this involves staring at the shadow, the starting point for a game of Kageokuri. Therefore, one must account for the possibility that the Shunsui attacking via Kageoni could be a clone produced by Kageokuri. This is one of an incalculable number of strategies at Shunsui Kyoraku's disposal. This ability to switch at a moment's notice mirrors children's tendency to get bored easily, abandoning one game in favor of another even before finishing the first.

Understanding Shunsui's Bankai Release

He Never Uses His Bankai When His Allies Are In Range

Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinju (Flower Crazed Heaven Bone Spirit Withered Pine Love Suicide) is Shunsui Kyoraku's Bankai release. He holds Katen Kyokotsu in front of him with its blades faced down as shadows protrude from his body, while the spirit of Katen Kyokotsu embraces him. This release and its shadows distort the environment, transforming it into what Shunsui describes as a "dark", "lonely" and "hopeless" space. This distortion of space means that Shunsui must confirm that his allies are at a safe distance before activating his Bankai. Anyone caught inside the morbid zone created by Karamatsu Shinju is forcibly cast in a 4-act play alongside Katen Kyokotsu's Zanpakuto spirit.

Tameraikizu no Wakachiai (The Sharing of Pain) is the first act. Any wounds are shared between Shunsui Kyoraku and his opponent, but cannot prove fatal for either party. The second act is Zanki no Shitone (The Pillow of Shame), in which the body of Shunsui's opponent is covered in spots that cause them to bleed profusely, as though afflicted by a highly infectious disease. The third act, Dangyo no Fuchi (The Abyss) plunges both Shunsui and the opponent into an ocean of despair. This body of water is inescapable, as its surface rises endlessly and traps both parties until their respective Reiatsus are drained. Itokiribasami Chizome no Nodobue (Thread Cut Blood-Soaked Throat) is the Bankai's final act and an instant-kill technique. Shunsui sheathes his swords as a thread forms around both his finger and the throat of his opponent. Shunsui pulls to tighten the thread wrapped around his opponent's neck, beheading them.

Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinju tells the tale of a man consumed by guilt. Consumed by despair over his actions and unable to die, the man throws himself into the ocean until he is left with nothing. No longer capable of bearing the sight of her partner's deplorable state, his wife tightens a thread around his neck and kills him. Shunsui Kyoraku serves as the play's writer and narrator, with his opponent cast in the role of the man and Katen Kyokotsu's Zanpakuto spirit as the woman.

Shunsui's Shikai and the deadly duality of the games it brings to life show that he's a shrewd tactician and fierce combatant in spite of his carefree attitude. Meanwhile, Shunsui's Bankai Karamatsu Shinju's story of a man haunted by regret is one Shunsui Kyoraku lives out daily, carrying immense guilt and sorrow over the death of his brother and the execution of his sister-in-law, Nanao Ise's mother. The battle against Lille Barro, however, helped Shunsui overcome his regret. When Karamatsu Shinju fails to defeat the overpowered Sternritter, he reveals that the Ise clan's Zanpakuto might be the only option. Shunsui and Nanao ultimately work together to take Lille down, armed with the ceremonial weapon known as the Shinken Hakkyoken.

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One Piece's Sinking World, Explained

Recent One Piece manga chapters have upped the stakes in a big way at Egghead Island, where the manga and anime both are. Not only is Monkey D. Luffy fighting the Five Elders, the World Government's living weapons, but Luffy must also contend with some seriously troubling news about the world itself. Dr. Vegapunk's much-anticipated message is currently airing live to the entire world, and one of the first things Vegapunk told everyone was that the entire world is sinking into the sea.

For now, details about this apocalypse are scarce until future One Piece chapters come out, but fans already have plenty to think about and theorize about concerning this revelation. Already, there is some evidence of this catastrophe taking place, with water levels rising at places like Water 7, and if this keeps up, then nothing will remains of the world in any of the four great seas. Now, One Piece fans want to know more about what could happen, how/why this is happening, and what it means for the Final Saga.

What is Happening to One Piece's Watery World?

Rises in Sea Level Are Slowly Sinking One Piece's World

One Piece's Sinking World, Explained

Dr. Vegapunk's message is only partially complete, and he vaguely touched on topics like the mystery of the Void Century, admitting that not even he had all the details. First, however, Dr. Vegapunk told everyone about the impending environmental disaster, stating that before long, the entire world will get "swallowed" by the ocean itself, never to be seen again. It's not yet clear if this ecological disaster is connected to the Void Century, the Ancient Kingdom, and Joy Boy, but there are a few known details about this, and there is plenty of room for fan theories as well to connect all these dots.

For one thing, the islands of One Piece have no means to defend themselves from the impending sinking world threat — or at least, no defense that fans can see. In fact, many islands are highly sensitive to changes in sea levels; a one-meter rise is enough to threaten many coastal settlements, and the great island of Water 7 is already struggling with rising water levels. Even villains like Magellan and Donquixote Doflamingo are taking this seriously as they hear the news, with Doflamingo saying that if the sea's levels rise by five meters, many islands will face their doom, and countless coastal cities and areas will be totally submerged. This may be highly resonant for One Piece fans, who may be aware of and concerned about rising sea levels in the real world threatening major coastal cities on every continent.

Also, Dr. Vegapunk stated that this environmental disaster is probably not natural, meaning someone is causing it, and it's anyone's guess who that party may be. There aren't many obvious suspects just yet, since very few One Piece characters or groups stand to benefit from submerging the entire world like that. Fans might point to villainous fish-men like Hody Jones, who would do something like that if he could, in order to tear down the human world that abuses his kind. However, Hody Jones seems too minor a villain to be the mastermind behind all this, and he is currently frail and weak in prison. Potentially, there may be another successor to Arlong's anti-human ideals responsible for the sinking, but that would feel rather underwhelming in the context of the Final Saga and the impending final war with the World Government.

One Piece Has a Tradition of Natural Disasters to Threaten the Heroes

The impending sinking of the world is an entirely new threat that no One Piece character or fan expected to hear about, but an environmental disaster like this actually isn't so unusual for a shonen anime like One Piece. While Luffy and his Straw Hat crew have faced powerful villains like Big Mom and various Admirals before — and most recently the terrifying Admiral Kizaru —, nature itself can be a formidable threat as well. Exploring the big, wide world is the entire point of One Piece's breathtaking journey, and, of course, Luffy and his friends will sometimes face the world's dangerous side. For every beautiful place like Dressrosa or Wano's Flower Capital, there is also a dangerous environment like the deep sea's abyss, Reverse Mountain, and much more. It's well known that "man vs nature" is a major storytelling archetype, and One Piece uses it more often and better than most shonen series.

Granted, none of the other "man vs nature" clashes in previous One Piece arcs were nearly as drastic or global as the impending threat of the world sinking into the sea. However, those natural obstacles did set the tone for One Piece's dangerous world, so the sinking world catastrophe doesn't feel so strange or out of place. Best of all, Luffy and his crewmates have navigated and survived many natural obstacles before with their sheer grit and ingenuity, so if they can find the party responsible for the sinking world and use their resourceful minds, they can surely avert this disaster. Plot-wise, that's likely to happen, since the final war probably can't unfold and resolve if the entire world is drowning. It's probable that this is just one more obstacle for Luffy and his armada of friends to take care of before they can wrap up the final war against the World Government, find the fabled One Piece treasure, and end this shonen saga at last.

There are many examples of nature itself being a major antagonist or obstacle for One Piece's heroes, and with some resourceful thinking, courage, and the aid of plenty of allies, Luffy's crew has prevailed time and again. Nature cannot be tamed or overcome, but it can be survived. If someone is causing the sinking world by some means, then Luffy's armada will probably find a way to stave off the disaster long enough to capture or subdue whoever is causing it. The power of friendship will likely be the solution, since Luffy needed friends like Kokoro and her spare sea train to navigate a dreadful sea storm and reach Enies Lobby to rescue Nico Robin. The Straw Hats have shown plenty of daring in the face of serious odds, such as navigating the Grand Line's bizarre weather, using the Knock Up stream to reach Sky Island, and braving the crushing pressure and darkness of the deep sea en route to Fish-Man Island.

How Will One Piece's Major Parties Respond to the Sinking World Problem?

One Piece's Sinking World, Explained

So far, the in-universe reactions to the news have been fairly generic and limited, so it's not yet clear how the major parties in One Piece's world will react. Of course, ordinary citizens who heard Vegapunk's news panicked, and Magellan and Doflamingo provided their own input and commentary as well. The real question is how the major factions, such as the former Warlords of the Sea, the Emperors, the World Government, and Dragon's Revolutionary Army will react. It's likely they will show deep concern about this mutual threat and seek ways to stop it or avoid the worst of the damage, though that's easy to predict. Given One Piece's countless plot twists in the past, it's possible that a few parties will react in unexpected ways.

For example, Fleet Admiral Akainu/Sakazuki merely watched Dr. Vegapunk's message in mysterious silence, thinking about what he had just heard with a typically stoic look on his face. It's possible that the World Government was already aware of the sinking world problem or correctly predicted it, and the World Government might not even mind that much. The final war is about to unfold, and there's simply no way the World Government's leaders will allow their side to lose and then hand over the world to the likes of Monkey D. Dragon. It's even conceivable that the World Government leaders are responsible for the sinking world and the earthquake that will cause it, having the attitude that if they cannot have the world, then no one can. Given how far the World Government already goes to defend its power, such as using a dreadful Buster Call to destroy Ohara's research into the Void Century, it doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Alternatively, the major parties might set aside their differences for now to face this environmental disaster together and avoid mutually assured destruction. Bitter enemies have come together as allies in other shonen anime to take care of mutual threats, after all, from Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto helping his former teammates fight off Kaguya Otsutsuki or even Sosuke Aizen in Bleach lending his unconditional aid to the Soul Reapers to face the world-ending threat of King Yhwach's true goal. If something similar happens in One Piece's endgame, then even the bitterest of enemies may team up to avoid a watery apocalypse, assuming that none of these parties are directly responsible for it.

On a final note, there's the matter of the Noah ship at Fish-Man island — a gigantic and mysterious ark that might have been prepared for the sinking world disaster or anything similar to it. If so, the party responsible for the sinking may be preparing to board the Noah ship with their allies or chosen people and wait out the disaster, then remake the world as they see fit. As the Final Saga continues, One Piece fans may finally see the Noah ship return and become a major plot point at last. It may be a race to see whose side can board that ship first, and such a plot twist may reveal much about what exactly is going on and why.

One Piece's Sinking World, Explained

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball is a landmark anime that continues to inspire new series and draw in fresh fans. There are many reasons that Dragon Ball continues to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, whether it's the franchise's incredible energy attacks, totemic transformations, or the cathartic clashes between good and evil. That being said, Dragon Ball has resonated with such a wide audience because of its unforgettable characters who have become shonen anime icons. Dragon Ball is dense in compelling characters, like Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Gohan, but the franchise forever changes in Dragon Ball Z Episode 119, "The Mysterious Youth," upon Future Trunks' debut.

Future Trunks is in Dragon Ball for a surprisingly limited time, yet his contributions are crucial. Future Trunks has an extremely satisfying character arc, and he’s someone who fans consistently request to get his own spin-off series or standalone feature film. Every Future Trunks episode brings forward something special, but some of his heroic actions resonate more strongly than others and highlight why he’s one of Dragon Ball’s best.

10 Future Trunks Kills Future Dabura & Babidi To Prevent Future Buu’s Awakening

There’s a lengthy absence of Future Trunks in Dragon Ball after he returns to his timeline following the Cell Saga’s conclusion. Future Trunks makes a surprise return in Dragon Ball Super’s “‘Future Trunks’ Saga,” but Dragon Ball also fills in some crucial details regarding what the hero has been up to in the interim. Much like in Dragon Ball's primary timeline, Babidi and Dabura show up to collect energy that's essential for Majin Buu's awakening. Future Trunks' timeline doesn't have heroes like Gohan and Goku around to take on these threats, so their elimination ultimately falls on him.

It takes Future Babidi and Future Dabura a decade to collect enough energy to resurrect Buu, but their plan is impeded by Future Trunks, who has been training with Future Supreme Kai and Future Kibito with the Z Sword. Future Trunks fearlessly takes on these malevolent threats, who unfortunately manage to execute Future Kibito. This tragedy pushes Future Trunks to ascend to Super Saiyan 2 status, at which point he destroys both Future Dabura and Future Babidi with his Burning Attack. It's an incredibly heroic act that proves that Future Trunks is enough to keep his timeline safe, even if the rest of Earth's greatest heroes are gone.

9 Future Trunks Shares An Ice Cream Heart-To-Heart With Gohan

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Future Trunks wouldn’t be the individual that he is today without the lessons that he learned from Future Gohan. These two share an unbreakable bond in Future Trunks’ timeline before Future Androids 17 and 18 execute Future Trunks’ mentor. It’s a loss that Future Trunks never fully recovers from. Dragon Ball Super gets to engage in some creative and cathartic storytelling when Future Trunks meets the prime timeline’s adult version of Gohan. This older Gohan looks nearly identical to his fallen mentor, but Future Trunks quickly identifies the differences between the two and that this Gohan isn’t nearly as hardened.

Future Trunks initially has a difficult time accepting that this Gohan isn’t as battle-driven as the one from his own timeline, but this acceptance helps him gain some peace with his past. It’s an eye-opening experience where Future Trunks better appreciates the value in a simple, domestic life that’s full of normalcy and ice cream. It’s a subdued sequence, albeit a necessary breakthrough, that helps Future Trunks move on and open himself to new experiences.

8 Future Trunks Defeats Bojack's Kogu In The Intergalactic World Tournament

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound is the series' ninth feature film that takes place during a fascinating period when Goku is dead from his battle with Cell, but Future Trunks is still in the picture. The film hinges on an interstellar martial arts tournament to find the Earth's strongest fighter. Bojack Unbound becomes one of the better Gohan showcases as he takes on the space pirate, Bojack, and his Galaxy Soldiers. Gohan does most of the heavy lifting and is responsible for taking out Zangya, Bujin, Bido, and Bojack.

That being said, Future Trunks lands a satisfying victory against Kogu, one of Bojack's Galaxy Soldiers. Kogu undergoes an intimidating transformation and attempts to eliminate Future Trunks with his Devilish Blade sword. Future Trunks neutralizes the weapon as a Super Saiyan and proceeds to punch Kogu through the chest. It's a truly triumphant attack and the first moment in Bojack Unbound that the tide begins to turn for the heroes. It’s a moment that ranks slightly higher than Future Trunks’ victory over Android 14 in Super Android 13!

7 Future Trunks Tests Super Saiyan 3 Goku’s Strength

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Future Trunks' return in Dragon Ball Super is extremely exciting, but it doesn't happen under pleasant circumstances. Future Trunks requires help against Goku Black, who's currently ravaging his timeline. Goku is curious in testing Future Trunks' strength to see how powerful he's become since their last meeting, as well as better evaluate Goku Black's power level. An extremely exciting battle breaks out between Goku and Future Trunks where they both begin at Super Saiyan 2 strength. Goku transforms to Super Saiyan 3 power and Future Trunks goes all out against the Saiyan.

Super Saiyan 3 Goku is able to ward off Future Trunks' sword strikes with just a finger. It's a humbling moment for Future Trunks, but there's still tremendous value in him going up against a Super Saiyan 3 warrior. It's an experience that leaves him inspired, rather than discouraged. It's also a nostalgic counterpoint to how Goku initially tests Future Trunks' strength upon their first meeting that helps highlight how much they've both changed since then.

6 Future Trunks Takes On Super Vegeta To Prevent Android 18's Absorption

Dragon Ball Z’s Cell Saga is an incredibly exciting time for Super Saiyans. Future Trunks, Vegeta, Goku, and Gohan all head to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to take advantage of their limited time and attempt to surpass their current Super Saiyan skills. Future Trunks and Vegeta’s joint training sessions are highly entertaining, but the fallout proves to be even more rewarding. Vegeta, freshly arrogant in his Super Saiyan Second Grade state, grows curious and confident that he’ll be able to defeat Semi-Perfect Cell after he achieves perfection. Rather than destroy Semi-Perfect Cell while he holds the advantage, Vegeta helps facilitate Cell’s absorption of Android 18 so that he can face a stronger opponent who truly tests his skills.

Future Trunks is crestfallen over this development and is forced to fight against his father to prevent Cell’s perfection. Future Trunks is grateful to have a dad again, but he still isn’t willing to compromise the world’s future. Future Trunks attacks Super Vegeta because it’s the right thing to do and the heroes’ best chance at avoiding an apocalypse. It’s a testament to Future Trunks’ virtues, even if he does fall short and fails to prevent Android 18’s absorption.

5 Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks Wages War With Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

There are some fascinating mid-steps and exclusive Super Saiyan power tiers that only a few characters experience under the most extreme circumstances. One of Dragon Ball Super's most debilitating battles is the heroes' crusade against Goku Black and Future Zamasu's combined efforts. These villains are ruthless, and even Super Saiyan Blue Vegito's strength proves to be insufficient. Goku Black and Future Zamasu taunt Future Trunks and tell him that all of his timeline's destruction is his fault. This elicits the same feelings of helplessness that Future Trunks felt when Future Androids 17 and 18 previously mocked him and it triggers an explosive rage in the Saiyan.

Future Trunks ascends to Super Saiyan Rage status, and he's suddenly able to counter the villainous team's attacks. In fact, Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks pushes Future Zamasu and Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black on the defensive and helps buy enough time for Goku and Vegeta to figure out a new strategy. Future Trunks ostensibly defeats Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black before the villains turn to fusion as their final gambit.

4 Super Saiyan Third Grade Future Trunks Battles Perfect Cell

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Everyone is terrified when Semi-Perfect Cell absorbs Android 18 and becomes Perfect Cell. Cell’s power boost is beyond what anyone anticipated and it feels as if a truly invincible villain has emerged. Super Saiyan Second Grade Vegeta is quickly disposed of by Perfect Cell and Future Trunks – while worried – does whatever he can to prevent greater fallout. Future Trunks goes on to surpass Super Saiyan Second Grade status and reveals the more powerful heights of Super Saiyan Third Grade. Future Trunks’ transformation is met with a cataclysmic display of power and it temporarily seems like Future Trunks might be able to win.

It doesn’t take long to figure out that Super Saiyan Third Grade, while stronger than its predecessors, is substantially slower to the point that it’s actually a step backwards. Super Saiyan Third Grade Future Trunks can’t defeat Perfect Cell, but it still results in one of Dragon Ball Z’s more suspenseful battles. Furthermore, the fight concludes with Future Trunks finding a way to stoke Perfect Cell’s pride and ego enough to secure the heroes an extra ten days of training so that they can match Cell’s strength.

3 Future Trunks Unleashes His Sword Of Hope Against Fused Zamasu

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Goku Black and Future Zamasu are some of Dragon Ball Super's most determined villains and they nearly successfully pull off their plan to eliminate all mortals from existence. Future Trunks previously surpasses his limits during this war when he accesses Super Saiyan Rage power. However, he's able to push this one step further when he channels humanity's energy into his sword and turns it into the ultimate weapon. This process is akin to Goku's Spirit Bomb technique, and it properly celebrates Future Trunks as this story arc's true hero.

It’s rare that someone other than Goku or Vegeta gets to take out the main antagonist. However, Future Trunks deserves this win and carries the weight of his entire fractured timeline on his shoulders. Future Trunks uses his Sword of Hope against Fused Zamasu and cleaves the merged monster in half. It's the battle breakthrough that the heroes have been looking for, even if Omni-King Zeno's interference is necessary to fully wipe out Infinite Zamasu and end this threat.

2 Future Trunks Gets Introduced Through Mecha-Frieza & King Cold’s Evisceration

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

Future Trunks’ first appearance in Dragon Ball Z is absolutely unforgettable and is arguably the best introduction for any of the franchise’s characters. It took Goku dozens of episodes to defeat Frieza, so the Z-Fighters are understandably horrified when he shows up on Earth, complete with cybernetic upgrades, with his powerful father by his side. It looks like a major battle is imminent against Mecha-Frieza and King Cold.

Future Trunks, out of nowhere, shows up and destroys both of these villains with zero difficulty. It’s a crucial turning point that establishes more Super Saiyans and that this isn’t a singular transformation that’s experienced by Goku. It also establishes a whole new plateau of power where Super Saiyans become the series’ baseline. It’s such a powerful way to introduce a new character and immediately prove that he’s one of Dragon Ball Z’s most interesting individuals.

1 Future Trunks Returns To His Timeline To Eliminate The Androids

Future Trunks has done plenty to prove himself as a hero, but few are as cathartically satisfying as the Cell Saga epilogue where he returns to his timeline to clean up Dr. Gero’s mess. Future Trunks has helped defeat Cell in the prime timeline. However, he still wants to return to where he’s come from, rather than to continue living in the past with the new friends that he’s made. Future Trunks becomes substantially stronger over the course of the Cell Saga and it’s so fulfilling to see him take this power and use it to do what was previously impossible.

Future Trunks doesn’t just defeat Future Androids 17 and 18, but he takes them out in a single shot. The Androids are taken completely off-guard and Future Trunks is finally able to get justice for Future Gohan. It’d be easy for Dragon Ball Z to skip over Future Trunks’ emotional homecoming, which makes it such a rewarding display of strength and spirit. It’s a moment that highlights everything that fans love about Future Trunks and why he’s such a popular Dragon Ball character.

10 Times Future Trunks Was the Best Dragon Ball Character

10 Important Lessons Boruto Taught Naruto

In the Boruto era, Naruto has grown past the young boy he was while growing up. It's understandable, as he needed to become an adult to lead the Hidden Leaf. Becoming the Konoha Hokage was his dream, but it required a lot of responsibility and time.

Admittedly, Naruto has struggled with dedicating major pieces of himself to the job and while he's done a great job, he's had to face challenges along the way. Luckily, Boruto has been around to educate him on pertinent matters. Here are some of the biggest lessons Naruto learned from his son.

10 Naruto Needed to Keep Being a Rebel

Boruto Taught Him Not to Lose the Fire Inside

Naruto became a corporate suit. He was about diplomacy, politics, ambassadorship and paperwork. However, he sometimes let the other Kages walk over him. Gaara was the only one who stuck up for Naruto. Boruto had many missions and big victories over the likes of Isshiki.

As he became more experienced, he warned his father that invasions and new wars had the Kages making big decisions that could jeopardize innocents. Naruto needed to push back. It was seen in the Toneri fight as well, where they wanted to blow the moon up. That would have killed Naruto and Hinata. Thankfully, Naruto has shown more spine thanks to Boruto's words of wisdom. He didn't break rules, but he bent them like Kakashi taught him to. It brought this trifecta full-circle, because Boruto learned a lot from Kakashi, too.

9 Naruto Learned to Fire Back at Konoha's Council

The Elders Sometimes Doubted the Seventh Hokage

Boruto also had to enlighten Naruto on the elders who govern the Hidden Leaf. Many times they kept treating Naruto as a pawn, and honestly, a kid. Boruto reminded his father to be the boss and let them know he had a vision. Being assertive was a major part of the position.

Boruto saw the rebel in Naruto in the Time Slip arc. So, he knows best that his father can be trusted to act on his own and make the right choices. Naruto fired back at the elders, using Boruto's passion as his fuel. This helped them bond more. Plus, it garnered Naruto a lot more respect in office, with his seniors treating him like an adult at long last.

8 Naruto Had to Push Shikamaru More

Shikamaru Didn't Want the Hokage Job

Shikamaru was a lazy teen -- spoiled, bratty and hating responsibility. He eventually acted as Naruto's advisor. But Boruto pushed his father to push Shikamaru. Boruto saw a sage there who could lead, while Konohamaru and Mirai garnered their own experience.

Naruto did just that, which is why, in his absence, Shikamaru is now acting as the interim Hokage. Shikamaru remained grateful to Boruto for believing in him. It led to them having a secret alliance in the Boruto: Two Blue Vortex era, as Shikamaru tries to help break the brainwashing of Konoha. He is full of confidence, and a lot had to do with Naruto using Boruto's words to help Shikamaru evolve.

7 Naruto Needed a Talk No Jutsu Pep Talk

Boruto Proved the Redemption Chat Still Works

As Naruto got older, parts of him became somewhat cynical. He pondered if the new era villains would still be susceptible to the Talk No Jutsu. This involved the iconic redemption speech he used so many times in the Narutoand Naruto Shippuden era.

Boruto liked the pacifist message as well. He used it against enemies like Sumire. He got them to atone and made it clear to his father that this tactic of humanity, empathy and compassion was still a viable option. They must keep believing in the best in people, no matter what. It's why Boruto won't ever give up on Kawaki.

6 Naruto Got Wisdom About Technology

Boruto Helped Naruto With Progressive Thinking

Naruto initially didn't like how scientific tools were being used. He was skeptical that they could become shortcuts and stop shinobi from working hard. A lot had to do with Boruto cheating using them in the Chunin Exams.

In time, Boruto showed the benefits, and how they accentuated ninjutsu. This helped Naruto warm to Katasuke and the science team even more. It ended with Konoha becoming more forward-thinking and progressive. Boruto's mentality continuously inspired Naruto to embrace change and the future. This bridged the generational gap and helped Konoha turn into a more diversified locale.

5 Naruto Needed to Elevate Sasuke More

Boruto Taught His Father About PR

Boruto became a media darling. He knew how to deal with PR and become a celebrity based on his achievements in the field, as well as his lineage. He educated his father on this, and got him to promote Sasuke more as well.

Folks like Shikamaru were nihilistic about Sasuke's redemption. But Naruto stood up for Sasuke more, even against the council and the Kages. Boruto knew that once the public saw Naruto touting Sasuke as a new era hero and Ranger, they'd all buy in. It was a clever tactic that worked. Naruto was relieved because he always wanted people to view Sasuke the way he does. And to believe the Uchiha Clan can be reborn in a more altruistic light.

4 Naruto Needed to Trust the Youth

Naruto Was Hesitant For a Bit

Naruto was reluctant to trust the new generation, such as Sarada, Inojin and Shikadai. It's not that they were incapable or incompetent. He was just worried about putting them into the military and them becoming weapons. Especially after the dark days of the ANBU and Root in Konoha.

Boruto got his father to believe more in the youngsters, though. Sure, the era of peace and order could be upended by chaos. But that's life. Boruto reminded Naruto he couldn't control everything. This led to the chunin and genins getting more important missions and showing Naruto their worth.

3 Naruto Learned to Love Hinata More

The Hokage Needed To Be a Better Husband

Naruto fought hard to save Hinata from Toneri and then marry her. But as time passed, he became so tired from the job, his gestures felt perfunctory. He even sent his clones home for birthday parties, which came off negligent and ungrateful. After the Time Slip arc, Boruto was adamant his father be more romantic.

Seeing young Naruto and Hinata in puppy love warmed his heart. After this chat, Naruto remembered the spark and that life was too fleeting to put the village before his soulmate. Hinata could be gone in an instant if some other villain attacked the Hidden Leaf. He showed Hinata a lot more love thereafter, which inspired Boruto to be a better person, himself. The Uzumaki clan remembered love was the greatest thing on Earth.

2 Naruto Needed to Be a Better Father

Himawari Required More Attention

Boruto didn't mind Naruto neglecting him. But he needed his father to pay more attention to his little sister, Himawari. She had the Uzumaki and Hyūga bloodlines in her. Boruto also sensed more power in her than in him.

Naruto got the message and worked on training her more. He realized he needed to show her what a male role model was. Boruto came off like the parent here, imparting immense more knowledge to Naruto. It's ironic, because Himawari now has Kurama inside her, suggesting Naruto will have to help her hone her skills even more down the line.

1 Naruto Had to Remember His No-Kill Code

Boruto Almost Saw His Father Discard the Policy

Naruto stuck by the adoption of Kawaki, even when his council warned him that was a mistake. Kawaki was a more dangerous Sasuke, but Naruto thought he'd show him the light via the concept of family. Only for Kawaki to kill Boruto to ensure Momoshiki didn't possess Naruto's son and destroy Konoha.

Boruto was resurrected by the alien, though. He then had to remind a Naruto who almost lost his will and spirit that the moral and ethical line should never be crossed. Boruto was adamant they could redeem Kawaki. It is why, even after Kawaki imprisoned Naruto and Hinata, and took over the village through Eida's spell, Boruto believes he can bring him back to the light. Boruto reminded Naruto about hope over duty, so he can't be a hypocrite and ever lose that code in the Boruto: Two Blue Vortex era.

10 Important Lessons Boruto Taught Naruto

One Piece, Dragon Ball Star Apologizes for Fan Affair: "It Was the Worst Thing a Human Could Do"

Anime voice actor Toru Furuya, well-known for his role as Sabo in the ongoing One Piece series, as well as for his work in the likes of Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Mobile Suit Gundam, has publicly apologized for an extramarital affair with a fan.

Per Oricon News, Weekly Bunshun, a Tokyo-based weekly tabloid, reported that it had interviewed the 70-year-old Furuya, who issued a response on his X (formerly Twitter) account apologizing for a four-and-a-half affair with a woman in her 30s that lasted until September 2023. Furuya also apologized for his actions during the affair, including assaulting the unnamed fan during an argument and forcing her to have an abortion when she became pregnant.

"I was attracted to her sincere support, so I contacted her and started a relationship with her. During our relationship, we once had an argument and I ended up raising my hand. As an adult, it was the worst thing a human could do," Furuya stated. "I also made the unforgivable mistake of causing her to have an abortion. I am truly, truly sorry for having deeply hurt her both physically and mentally. I cannot apologize enough for betraying the trust of my fans, disappointing them, hurting them, and tarnishing my character…I will spend the rest of my life making amends with all my heart. I am prepared to accept any punishment. I am truly sorry," Furuya continued.

Furuya's talent agency, Aoni Production, has also issued a public statement on its official website regarding the news. "Thank you very much for your continued support. Regarding some of the reports regarding Toru Furuya, an actor affiliated with our company, we would like to express our gratitude to all the fans who support us on a daily basis and to all the people involved who support us. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern…Furuya deeply regrets his actions toward the other party and the inconvenience he has caused everyone, and this is the result of our company's insufficient guidance and supervision of Furuya. We take this very seriously. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience caused," the statement reads.

Furuya has been involved in professional voice acting since the 1960s, with one of his breakthrough roles occurring in 1979 when he voiced Amuro Ray, the main protagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. Since then, he has gone on to voice numerous well-known characters in mainstream franchises, including Dragon Ball (Yamcha), Sailor Moon (Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask), Saint Seiya (Pegasus Seiya) and One Piece (Sabo). His most recent role is in the currently airing anime-original series Highspeed Etoile (Narrator).

Furuya's future involvement in the anime industry is currently uncertain. However, many Japanese fans believe he will likely formally retire, with his current roles being replaced by alternative voice actors.

Source: Oricon News, Aoni Production


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 Review: The Final War Ends On a Bittersweet Cliffhanger

After literal years of high-stakes Quirk battles, nail-biting cliffhangers and emotionally poignant goodbyes to some of its most beloved characters, My Hero Academia’s final war officially comes to an end with Chapter 423. While this chapter included a definitive end to All For One’s oppressive legacy, its lack of closure in certain respects betrays that there’s still some more story to tell. Even if the main conflict was resolved, there are still several loose ends that need to be tied up before the series can reach a satisfactory conclusion.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 "One For All vs. All For One" is the first installment in a while that is centered on All For One instead of Deku and the other Pro Heroes. As the supervillain inches ever closer to defeat, his desperate gambles finally reveal a facet of his true personality to Deku and the rest of the heroes. Apart from granting the appropriate closure to one of the most celebrated villains in modern shōnen storytelling, “One For All vs All For One” also includes a much-needed explanation for the intricacies of Midoriya Izuku’s Quirk transfer to Tomura Shigaraki and the final fate of One For All. By reintroducing One For All as a factor, the chapter also hints at the Quirk's potential return to Deku.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 Rectifies a Potential Story-Breaking Plot Hole

One For All Destroyed Tomura Shigaraki’s Weak Body From Within

In its early days, My Hero Academia went to great pains to illustrate that although it was transferable, One For All was not a Quirk that could be accepted lightly. Before he could inherit it from All Might, Deku had to go through a strengthening process with the Symbol of Peace himself over a 10-month period. Even under those conditions, careless activation of the powerful Quirk caused some adverse effects on Deku's relatively weak body, shattering his limbs from within. Shigaraki’s casual acceptance of the Quirk in Chapter 417 raised some eyebrows, but Horikoshi reminded the audience in Chapter 423 that this particular plot point is still relevant.

In Chapter 423, the volatile nature of One For All is weaponized against the weakened form of what was previously All For One’s “masterpiece” body. As the heroes rain on the attacks, All For One realizes too late the true peril he is in. Ever the tactician, he immediately begins to plan his next move, but his analysis involves an internal inventory of his Quirk stockpile that only confirms that his body is all but done for. Even his Simple Growth abilities can’t contend with the full might of One For All strengthened by nine users, along with all the other punishment that Shigaraki’s body has suffered since the war began.

As if to seal his fate, All For One’s Super Regeneration Quirk also failed him. With the Decay Quirk still ravaging his vestige, it took all his concentration to barely maintain his bedraggled corporeal form, but his troubles weren’t over yet. The Danger Sense Quirk he stole from Deku also overwhelmed his attention span, responding to the unbridled hostility directed at him by the dozens of heroes that were still fighting. All these factors contributed to his defeat, but it was One For All’s sudden manifestation that pushed All For One over the edge. As he faced powerful attacks from both the physical and vestige realms, All For One’s defeat was now inevitable.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 Highlights the Difference Between All For One & Tomura Shigaraki

All for One’s Final Moments Exposed How Lonely He Truly Was

When All For One finally expired, it wasn’t with the kind of pomp or drama that usually accompanies the deaths of major antagonists in anime and manga. The mundanity of his final moments and his pathetic attempts to cling to life ripped the veneer off the calm and self-assured mastermind that the villain always projected himself to be. It exposed him as a coward who ultimately feared the potential erasure of his narcissistic legacy. At one point, he was so desperate that he considered once more transferring the All For One Quirk to Deku to take over yet another youth’s body and start the villainous cycle all over again.

All For One and Shigaraki weren’t directly compared in "One For All vs. All For One", but the stark differences in their final moments revealed just how different My Hero Academia’s two main antagonists were at their core. All For One proved Deku’s final assessment that he was just a lonely man, esepcially when all his vestige could do in its final moments was beg the ghost of his long-dead brother’s Quirk not to abandon him. Shigaraki’s vestige, on the other hand, was seemingly at peace with his death and the part he played in ensuring All For One’s downfall. His final request was for Deku to pass on a message to Spinner, assuring his lieutenant and friend that he never gave up on their shared goal of total destruction.

For all the League of Villains’ faults, the sense of belonging that Shigaraki inspired among his band of ne’er-do-wells was essential to defeating All For One. Just when they needed him most, Kurogiri stirred once again, just in time to prevent All For One from transferring his consciousness to Deku. Before the villain could lay his hands on him, Kurogiri’s decoy Warp Gate distracted him long enough for Bakugo to deliver a devastating surprise attack on All For One.

Kurogiri’s help here wasn’t because of any allegiance to the Pro-Heroes, but because, at that moment, saving Deku aligned with his original programming to protect Shigaraki at all costs. It’s an almost poetic irony that Shigaraki’s life, which had been manipulated and forced to take certain paths against his will and knowledge, ended up having more significance than All For One, who believed himself to be the epitome of free will.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423’s Ending Answers Some Important Questions, but Raises a Few More

Deku Might Regain One For All Before the Series Ends

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 placed a definitive end on All For One’s role in the story, but it reintroduces One For All to the fray, leaving the powerful Quirk’s fate open-ended once again. In the chapter’s final sequence that leads up to the destruction of All For One, the vestiges of One For All’s previous wielders are summoned once again along with Shigaraki. This possibly hints that the Quirk may not have been entirely destroyed as previous chapters led fans to believe.

While this is certainly an exciting development, Chapter 423 also stops just short of confirming the Quirk’s return to Deku. He engages with the vestiges while they punch All For One out of existence, but there's currently no solid proof that One For All has been returned to Deku or otherwise. What the chapter deigns to include, however, are several dedicated panels that highlighted Deku and Shigaraki’s connected fists after their vestiges team up to destroy All For One.

In one particular panel, Horikoshi emphasized the fact that the blood on their fists (i.e. Deku and Shigaraki's DNA) intermingled, signifying that the transfer requirements for One For All have been met. With how significant the recurring imagery of connected hands has been to throughout My Hero Academia, it’s unlikely that this clue is a simple red herring. To receive final confirmation on whether Deku has regained possession of One For All and updates about the aftermath of the war's ending, fans will have to tune in to the upcoming chapters.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423: One For All vs. All For One is now available in English on VIZ.com.

My Hero Academia Chapter 423 Review: The Final War Ends On a Bittersweet Cliffhanger

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball is full of unforgettable individuals who have become some of anime’s most celebrated characters. Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, and Frieza have become essential figures, but there would be no Dragon Ball without Goku. Dragon Ball has changed a lot over the years, but Goku has always been the franchise’s powerful protagonist and ultimate hero. Dragon Ball has chronicled Goku’s evolution from a 12-year-old boy into a proud grandfather who’s as strong as a God. Goku is determined to surpass his limits and there’s no end to what this inspirational hero can accomplish.

Goku’s most recent achievements, like his ascension to True Ultra Instinct strength or his victory over Planet-Eater Moro, are omnipresent and difficult to forget. That being said, Goku’s earliest years and the character’s unusual backstory receive much less attention. It’s easy for these details to slip through the cracks and go overlooked. Goku’s origins are just as important as his current milestones and they provide some fascinating insight into this iconic character.

10 Grandpa Gohan Is Responsible For Goku’s Passion For Martial Arts

Goku is one of the strongest and most accomplished martial artists in Dragon Ball’s multiverse. It’s fair to say that Goku would be incredibly powerful, regardless of his background, but Grandpa Gohan is responsible for instilling basic martial arts fundamentals in Goku. Grandpa Gohan was a prolific martial artist in his own right and he studied under Master Roshi and trained alongside Ox King, which is also where he learned the Kamehameha. Gohan practicing martial arts with Goku during his early years helps him learn how to properly defend himself and he’d likely have a much harder time beating up dinosaurs and Bear Thieves without this guidance.

Goku also proves to be a natural when he studies under Master Roshi and he’s able to quickly excel in these lessons because he’s so passionate about combat. Goku’s continued interest in martial arts, while he’s a child, could very well be his way of honoring a connection with Grandpa Gohan and respecting his wishes. Goku even finally gets to fight against Grandpa Gohan, test his power, and ultimately surpass him during Fortuneteller Baba’s Tournament.

9 A Head Injury Erases Goku's Original Saiyan Programming To Destroy The Human Race

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

Goku is such a generous and courageous individual that it’s quite easy to forget that he was actually sent to Earth with an apocalyptic agenda. Goku’s initial goal, as a Saiyan, was that he’d land on Earth and destroy the human race so that the planet would later be resold, presumably to Frieza. Raditz later arrives in Dragon Ball Z to finish this job that Goku has failed to follow through on. The only reason that Goku doesn’t carry out this destructive plan is because Grandpa Gohan accidentally drops him on his head, which erases his killer instinct and elicits more kindhearted and prue behavior in the infant.

Curiously, Goku’s backstory surrounding his exodus to Earth has been revised over the years. It’s revealed that Goku’s parents, Bardock and Gine, send Goku to Earth not because they want to or because Goku has a mission, but because Planet Vegeta is about to be destroyed. Both of these backstories can technically be true, but his origins in Dragon Ball Minus and Dragon Ball Super: Broly’s prologue hint at a more sentimental reason for Goku's departure from Planet Vegeta.

8 Goku & His Great Ape Form Are Responsible For Grandpa Gohan’s Death

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

Dragon Ball establishes that Grandpa Gohan helped raise Goku after finding him as a baby in the forest. However, the reason that Goku is an orphan when Bulma finds him in Dragon Ball’s first episode is because Grandpa Gohan has perished in the interim. This is a tragic turn of events, but it’s even more melancholy once it comes to light that Goku is the one who’s responsible for Gohan’s death. Goku transforms into a Great Ape one night and accidentally kills his surrogate guardian.

The audience is able to figure this out after Goku’s Great Ape transformation in Dragon Ball. However, Goku doesn’t connect these dots until his battle against Great Ape Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z. It’s a harrowing sequence and Goku humbly apologizes to his fallen guardian. Goku, up until this epiphany, always believed that a random monster from the wild was responsible for Grandpa Gohan’s death.

7 Goku Believes Grandpa Gohan’s Spirit Is In The Four-Star Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

The seven Dragon Balls are iconic relics and audiences are used to Goku and company going on grand adventures to collect them all. However, Dragon Ball begins with Goku having zero knowledge on these magical orbs’ wish-granting capabilities. Goku is in possession of the Four-Star Dragon Ball, not because he wants to assemble all seven and make a wish, but because he believes that Grandpa Gohan’s soul is in the Dragon Ball.

It’s a sweet superstition that has given Goku hope and a sense of community during the years when he’s alone. This is why Goku cherishes the Dragon Ball. It’s not until Bulma’s Dragon Radar locates the Four-Star Ball that Goku is told about its power and that it’s one piece of a greater whole. Afterward, Goku still exhibits reverence towards the Four-Star Ball, which is why he turns it into an heirloom-like piece of clothing for Gohan. It’s his way of connecting his son with his namesake.

6 Goku’s Classic Power Pole Weapon Used To Belong To Grandpa Gohan

Goku goes on to develop incredible skills that include destructive energy attacks, intimidating Super Saiyan transformations, and impressive ki techniques like flight and Instant Transmission. The original Dragon Ball begins in a much more grounded place and, while Goku is physically strong, he still largely depends on the abilities of his Power Pole. The Power Pole is a valuable weapon that can extend to nearly limitless lengths. It’s an extremely strong weapon and many Dragon Ball fans are excited that it returns to Goku’s arsenal in Dragon Ball DAIMA.

Goku values the Power Pole because of its strength, but it also holds an important connection to Grandpa Gohan, who’s the one who gave it to Goku in the first place. Grandpa Gohan received the Power Pole from his own martial arts master, so there’s a real sense of legacy with it as it’s passed between generations. Goku doesn’t give the Power Pole to Gohan, but it’d make for a touching gift to Pan.

5 Master Roshi Teaches Goku How To Read & Count

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

Goku enters Dragon Ball as an extremely sheltered individual who lacks basic knowledge of many common world details, such as the difference between boys and girls. Goku has comfortably existed in a little bubble for the first 12 years of his life and he’s suddenly thrust out in the world once he embarks on his Dragon Ball adventure with Bulma. Master Roshi becomes a vital martial arts teacher to Goku and Krillin, but he also helps the boy learn how to read and write. Goku incorrectly believes that he’s 14 when Dragon Ball begins because he thinks that 14 is the number that follows 11.

This is an oddly sweet gesture from Roshi that often goes overlooked. Roshi helps Goku gain these crucial skills, but it appears that he’s still relatively rusty in these departments. Goku is shown to barely pass the written tests for Dragon Ball Super’s martial arts tournaments. Additionally, it’s revealed that Chi-Chi’s grocery lists for Goku are incredibly rudimentary and feature more visual aids than written words.

4 It's Proven That He Doesn't Have Any Darkness In His Heart

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a hero who occasionally has dark impulses and struggles with their actions. That being said, Dragon Ball repeatedly showcases that Goku has a truly pure heart that’s completely absent of any darkness. This is first established with Goku’s ability to ride the Flying Nimbus, which is a privilege that’s only reserved for pure-hearted individuals. However, Dragon Ball has also shown that Chi-Chi, Arale Norimaki, Uub, Gohan, and Goten are worthy enough of riding the Nimbus and that it’s not a privilege that’s unique to Goku.

To go one step further, Goku’s battle against Spike the Devil Man involves the use of the dangerous Devilmite Beam. The Devilmite Beam amplifies that darkness in its target’s heart and turns it into destructive energy that typically kills the individual. Spike is completely dumbfounded when this attack connects with Goku, but proves to be completely ineffective on him due to his heart’s purity.

3 Bardock Wishes Upon The Eternal Dragon For Goku To Succeed

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

The Dragon Ball Super manga's strenuous battle against Gas results in an enlightening flashback to Bardock's previous encounter with the Heeter Force villain. These flashbacks reveal that Bardock is actually a Saiyan anomaly who was willing to risk his own safety in order to help others and that he shares more in common with Goku than what was previously believed. Dragon Ball Super Chapter 83, "Bardock vs. Gas, Part 2," features a wistful Dragon Ball wish from Bardock to Planet Cereal's Eternal Dragon, Toronbo. Bardock casually requests that "his sons thrive," which can be open to many interpretations.

There are some readers who believe that Bardock’s wish is actually what’s set Goku up for repeated success over the years and been a guiding force that’s helped keep him safe and reach such impressive heights. It’s possible that Goku’s progress and growth is the result of a Dragon Ball wish, but this also might not be such a cut and dry affair. After all, this wish applies to both Goku and Raditz — not just Goku — and Raditz’s life was much less successful. Furthermore, Goku has still died on two separate occasions, so it’s not as if he’s invincible.

2 Goku Gets Married Because He Thought It Was Food

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory

Goku first meets Chi-Chi all the way back in Dragon Ball’s seventh episode, but they spend hundreds of episodes apart before their unexpected reunion at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. The original Dragon Ball concludes with a beautiful wedding ceremony between Goku and Chi-Chi, where they’re surrounded by their friends and family. Dragon Ball Z builds upon this happy ending by giving Goku and Chi-Chi a son, Gohan. Goku and Chi-Chi’s marriage has always been a little temperamental and Goku often puts his wife’s feelings above his own. Goku would much rather train and go on fantastical adventures than work a basic job and be restricted to a more ordinary domestic life.

Goku’s struggles to fit into this mold make a little more sense upon understanding that he never really wanted to get married in the first place and failed to realize what he was getting himself involved in. Goku ignorantly believes that Chi-Chi’s request for a marriage is actually a type of food, rather than a lifelong commitment. Upon learning the truth, Goku decides to follow through with this because he gave his word to Chi-Chi- and thinks that it would be rude to break a promise. This is far from the best reason to get married, but it does help make better sense of his carefree attitude towards matrimony in Dragon Ball Z.

1 His Hidden Potential Is Brought Out Through The Volatile Ultra Divine Water

Dragon Ball is a series that’s dense in mysterious methods that help individuals unlock their hidden potential, whether it’s the talents of Grand Elder Guru, Gohan’s Ultimate upgrade, or even Piccolo’s recent power boost from Shenron in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. It’s easy to forget that Goku is one of the first individuals to undergo such an experience so that he can become strong enough to fight against Demon King Piccolo. Korin possesses the Ultra Divine Water, a mystical elixir that draws out a person’s latent abilities. However, there’s a major risk involved with drinking the Ultra Divine Water. If it doesn’t work, then the individual will die as a result of the water’s poisonous nature.

The Ultra Divine Water has only been drunk by 13 people before Goku, none of whom survived. Goku has to take on some dark illusions before he’s able to drink this relic, but he proves to be successful. The Ultra Divine Water doesn’t just make Goku stronger, but it also gives him the ability to sense ki. Some fans also believe that the only reason that Goku survives drinking the Ultra Divine Water is because he’s a Saiyan, not human, and that his Saiyan nature might also exponentially increase the Ultra Divine Water’s capabilities.

Dragon Ball: 10 Things Everyone Forgets About Goku’s Backstory