What Makes A Good Anime Character?

Since the early days of Japanimation, anime has manifested itself from being something of an ‘underground phenomenon’ that’s only known to a select population, to the huge boon that it has become today. Some may say that its upward surge in popularity all started from pioneering titles such as Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, but that’s not all it took for this niche medium to make it way towards the limelight.

If you ask any fan what their favorite shows or characters are, you’ll probably get a list of at least 10-15 different shows/characters. The one thing that makes anime stand out from western cartoons is its complex plots and deep characters. Anime has indeed changed over the years as it has made us laugh, cry, rage, and actually feel something for these two dimensional characters that we’ve come to know, and love.

Which brings us to this question: What makes a good anime character?

This question can be dissected in a number of different ways. For many of us it could be the various tropes that a lot of anime fans are already familiar with; such as the ‘underdog protagonist’ who fights for a dream that he has his heart set out on, or the overpowered badass who the world doesn’t take seriously – but proves them wrong every time. This is one of the most complex questions that every anime fan has in the back of their minds, and so far, there hasn’t been a really good (full) answer to this question.

This is a pretty loaded question…

For a question like this there’s not really a right or wrong answer, but this one can be based on the creators intent. Anime brings us into a world that can be similar to our own, or it can be something that will take us away from the headaches and struggles that we face in the real world. Like us anime characters come from all walks of life, and some of them have grasped us in a way that has helped us overcome our own challenges in life; especially if you’ve been bullied in school. Many anime characters that we’ve looked up to for motivation and inspiration have come from the likes of Goku (DBZ), Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto), and Deku (My Hero Academia). Some of their traits include that ‘Never Give Up!’ attitude and confidence to press forward when all hope seems lost, that has helped a number of us in our own lives when we felt down and melancholy.

A good anime character can be someone that you can relate to based on what they may have gone through in their own lives. Take the Prince of all Saiyans for example; we remember the kind of person he used to be when he fought against Goku for the very first time. Vegeta started off as a ruthless saiyan prince who looked down on the weak and felt superior to others, but it wasn’t until the end of the Majin Buu saga that he openly admitted that his rival, Goku (aka Kakarot), was better than him. Now a father of two, Vegeta still has his prideful nature, but at the same time has some respect for Goku.

Its hard to truly define what makes a really good anime character, but with the vast amount of shows that are at our fingertips, we can come up with our own answers to that question. To us a good anime character is someone who is on the path of discovering who he (or she) is, and what their true purpose in life may be. For Luffy it could be becoming one of the greatest pirates in the world. For Vegeta it could be protecting his family while continuing to train and stay on pace with his rival. Many good anime characters are either goal-oriented (although most are protagonists), are on the road to self-discovery, are wrestling with their demons, are atoning for their mistakes, or just want to make the world a better place.

The definition of a good anime character can mean a number of things, but that’s what makes them so compelling in the various storylines that the creators put them in. It’s one of the things that pulls us (the viewer) into their world/lives as we discover what drives them, what motivates them, what their goals or aspirations are, and what kind of person they are on the inside. At the end of the day it all depends of what you’re looking for in a good anime character, but at the same time there’s always room to evolve and elevate that concept in to something that could possibly blow our minds.

Otaku Outlook Announcement: The Wait is (Almost) Over!

A while back we made the announcement that we were going to be introducing our official reddit page as part of an extension of D&A Anime Blog. So far we’ve been trying to gather a date of when we were going to peel back the curtain for one of our newest features, and guess what guys n’ gals, we now have our answer! Our Otaku Outlook reddit page will make its official grand opening on Friday December 7, 2018. Aside from headline posts about various events and news regarding the anime industry, we’ll also be posting open questions about different topics surrounding the anime community; that you (the fans) can weigh in on.

Every Friday and Saturday night our reddit page will be open to all, so if you want the latest news on what new shows are out or what’s trending in the anime community, check out our Otaku Outlook reddit page; coming December 7th! Until next post, stay golden! 😉

Crunchyroll Spotlight: That Time I Got Reincarnated As Slime!

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these special Crunchyroll overview segments, so we thought we’d do another one on a new anime title that’s out for the Fall/Winter season. When it comes to anime some will say that they’ve seen it all; from maid dragons to loli girls with superpowers nothing is off-limits in the world of anime. For this filler post we’re taking you to a world as seen through the eyes of a slime monster in That Time I Got Reincarnated As Slime.

I think we’ve seen this situation many times before…

So the story goes a little something like this; Satoru Mikami is a 37-year-old human who somehow got killed by a passing robber, however he made a certain request just before he bit the big one. Now he finds himself reincarnated as a slime monster in a fantasy world (that we’re assuming has MMORPG elements but we could be wrong). Now taking on the name Rimuru Tempest the slime monster has the ability to devour almost anything, and gain new skills and items from the thing that he eats. (He can even mimic the item that he devours as well.) With his former life now over, Rimuru sets off on a new adventure in this new fantasy world as a cute little slime monster.

So far the series contains everything you’d expect to find in a fantasy/adventure anime, plus some funny moments as depicted above. You can find and watch this title on Crunchyroll as well as FunimationNow. That’s all we’ve got for this spotlight post, but there’s more on the way so stay tuned! 😉

November Anime Cons 2018 (Part 1 of 2)!

Hey guys n’ gals! Sorry we weren’t able to post the other day due to us recovering from symptoms of the flu, so if you’re out and about make sure that you wash your hands as often as possible, and take your meds. Aside from that it’s now the month of November, and we’re pretty sure that you guys and gals have already gone out to vote (because your voice matters). Tonight we’ve got some new anime conventions for you to check out, so if you live in the Northeast and Westbound areas of the U.S. and are on the hunt for some nerdy weekend action, be sure to check em’ out! This week there will be posts for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so check back during the week for some awesome filler posts as well as updates on some of our upcoming projects for the new year. Until next post, stay golden! 😉

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The Top 5 Anime Titles With 100 Episodes Or More!

When it comes to being an anime fan, there are hundreds of titles that span a multitude of genres that will make us laugh, cry, rage quit, binge watch, get emotional, and more! About 95% of all anime titles are based of their manga counterparts, but nowadays there are titles that are staying 100% true to their source. Various animation studios from Japan are cranking out anime titles more often than ever, but depending on their budget as well as popularity, some titles have more episodes than others. These days we get a lot of anime titles that span between 13-26 episodes in total, but there are titles out there that have crossed the 100-episode threshold. Many of us who are a hardcore fans watch the series to the very end (all 100+ episodes), while some try to hang in there, but drop it after 80 or 90. So from us to you, here are our Top 5 anime titles with 100 or more episodes.

5. Fairy Tail

Natsu and the gang have been going strong for quite awhile now. In fact their episode count is not only over the 100-episode threshold, but its over the 200-episode threshold! Dedicated fans have stuck to this series all the way to the end of the road, and who knows how it’ll all end in the final season.

4. Naruto / Boruto’s Dad

Since 2002 we’ve been riding the orange ninja train all the way to the day he became Hokage – like last year! The first half of this action-packed series is well over 100 episodes (about 220 to be precise), and the second half is even longer than that. Naruto is definitely a series that will span over not just the ’90’s-kid’ generation, but the generations of younger anime fans that will come soon after.

3. Bleach

Around the same time that Naruto was making a name for itself, Bleach kept its fans engaged throughout the first several years that it was in North America. If you add the filler arcs along with the main story, this anime title is well above the 100-episode threshold. (We’re pretty sure its close to the 300-episode mark by now.) If you hung in there for that long, then you are definitely a true fan of the series.

2. Dragon Ball Z

There isn’t a ’90’s kid’ out there who doesn’t know what this title has done, for all of the anime titles that have come after it. Dragon Ball Z is a historic title for any kid born after 1989, who remembers both the Ocean/Saban dub as well as the FUNimation dub. It may not be as long as Fairy Tail or Naruto, but with over 100 episodes and a ton of movies this series has stood the test of time – and its not over yet!

1. One Piece

Yes, this title is still going. It’s been going for over 15 years with not just 100 episodes to its name, but we’re pretty sure that this title’s episode count has beaten Case Closed by at least 20 or 30 episodes by now. One Piece is loved by not just its fanbase, but a few famous names from outside of the anime medium entirely. (We’re not one to drop but we trust you know who they are.) You can still see the newest episodes of One Piece on FunimationNow.

These five titles are only just a handful of others that have crossed over the 100-episode threshold. Even though all of the current titles that are out now are less than 30 episodes, they’re still fun and exciting to watch no matter what genre you’re in to. When it comes to anime and how many episodes it has, the choice is yours at the end of the day if you want to watch it all the way through, or not. Different titles touch us in different ways.

That will do it for this filler post that we’ve got for you, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Stick around for more posts as well as updates for the remainder of this week as well as the next. Until then, stay golden! 😉