Anime Review

Sakamoto Desu Ga? Analysis – Making most of what you have

The ideal human

Sakamoto is the ideal human being living his days with style and elegance. He’s handsome, knowledgeable and athletic, a real polymath. Want to get the best of him? Well, best stop your thought there because whatever scheme you’re trying to pull, he’s one step ahead. Hmm, well not ahead per se, just simply that every tragedy that befalls on him turns into a fortune. Pull a chair under him while he’s trying to sit to make him fall? Bad luck, he’s simply going to balance himself in his seating formation with his tremendous core strength. Steal his chair? No problem, he’s found a new seat on the window. All the girls like him, all the boys want to be like him, heck even ghosts want to be with him. Haven’t you heard? He’s sakamoto.

So what’s sakamoto’s deal? Why’s he so good at everything and what is the point in having an ideal and unrelatable main character? Well if you’ve been pay attention, the story isn’t about him, but the characters he encounters – people that are victims of bullying, people that entice bullying, those that lust, those that greed. Those imperfect individuals like you and I, witnessing perfection. What would you do in the face of perfection? Strive to be the best that you could be or cower in jealousy? Because no doubt you will never be as handsome as Sakamoto, quick witted as Sakamoto or even as athletic as Sakamoto. But in an odd way and perfect kind of way, I feel drawn to these minor characters more than Sakamoto because I am not perfect either.

Sakamoto isn’t much a character as he is an entity. He is not the saint that comes to solve all your problems, or even help you solve them. He will simply guide you in the right direction. The perfect example is in the episode where Yoshinobu Kubota is being extorted from the delinquents in his class. He succumbs easily to their pressure and allows them to take his money. He doesn’t want to give his money away but neither does he attempt to defend it taking the easy way out by asking money from his parents. So we come to understand why it’s so easy for Kubota to give his money away. He didn’t work for it, pour his sweat and tears for the money so why should he pour sweat and tears to defend it?

Yoshinobu Kubota asks Sakamoto for help but Sakamoto helps him in the most odd way possible, he helps name earn money so that he can pay the delinquent his money. Yoshinobu doesn’t understand why Sakamoto won’t simply beat these hooligans or why he has to work just to pay the delinquents. But as Kubota gets better at his job, and receives compliments from his manager, he starts to enjoy it. When the paycheck arrives, he feels genuinely proud of his accomplishments and when he has to give his money to the delinquents, he refuses to. He wants to protect his accomplishments. This character growth arc for me personally is more admirable and beautiful than anything Sakamoto does throughout the entire series.

The anime reminds us to not take life too seriously and the episode that best showcases this is episode 6. The first 10 minutes of the episode is Sakamoto walking along a white line along the side of the road as three middle school boys follow him doing the same thing. The leader of the group is jealous of Sakamoto for being able to do things he cannot. As all four of them follow the white line and spend more time together, the three kids start warming up to Sakamoto. It’s a very nostalgic scene that reminded me of times when I was younger. I didn’t want or need a lot of things to be happy, just spending time with my older brother and friends with no care for tomorrow was enough to make me happy.

I rate this anime 9/10

Anime Ranking

5+ Most Overpowered Main Characters in Anime

There will be one and only criteria for this list; the main characters on this list must be so strong, so overpowered that none of the other characters in that specific series can even compare to them. It can be argued that making a character so strong can make the story very stale and boring since there wouldn’t be any interesting fights or action combats that are not one-sided, but I assure you that every single characters on this list are intriguing enough for the anime to be worth watching.

Most OP MCs in Anime

1. Saitama (One Punch Man)

One Punch Man’s premise is very simple. It’s about a guy who is just too strong that he can defeat any super villain with just one punch. That’s it. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably been living under a rock.

If we were to put every put all of the strongest Anime characters together to fight in a ring, Saitama would win because he is a gag character that can be as strong as the author wants him to be, and it wouldn’t be nonsense. Saitama is so strong that any villain he faces are bound to get one shot by him, as the title suggests. He has become so powerful that he has lost any sense of fear, excitement, and enthusiasm making him feel like he’s lost a part of his humanity. What happens when you become so good at something and there is no competition? I assume it can feel kind of lonely at the top. For this reason, the story manages to explore something so unique that no other anime can replicate.

2. Alucard (Hellsing / Hellsing Ultimate)

The dormant vampire serving as a slave to the Hellsing family is undoubtedly the strongest vampire in all of anime, and probably the coolest too. Hell, I don’t even know if you can call this vampire the hero of the story. He relishes in violence and cruelty, making his enemies think that they even have a split chance of winning then completely overpowering and degrading them. He knows exactly what his limits are and because they are so high, he can act extremely cocky and proud. Alucard doesn’t even bother defending or dodging his enemies attacks since he knows his enemies cant hurt him. Occasionally while watching this series you’ll end up rooting for the enemy side because of just how one-sided the fights can get.

3. Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)

Mob psycho 100 is another popular anime along with one punch man made by ONE. It follows the story of an 8th grade student with extraordinary psychic abilities. He is very similar to Saitama in the sense that he can defeat evil with very minimal effort. He can use a variety of different abilities and learn new abilities with ease as shown in the series multiple times. He can also sense energy spirits within to 20 km, astral project, and also enter into the minds of others. Shigeo’s telekinesis strengths have shown to be able to lift entire buildings and create impenetrable Force Fields. Oh and did I also forget to mention that he can fly.

Mob Psycho 100 is a comedy action supernatural Anime following the story of an eighth grader who works as a spirit cleanser for the con artist, Teruki Hanazawa. The show is very compact and action packed with some of the most hilarious gags and jokes in anime. All in all, what I’m trying to say is that this anime is very good! Don’t believe me? Just look at the IMDb and MyAnimeList scores on the internet.

4. Eikichi Onizuka (Great Teacher Onizuka)

Eikichi Onizuka is kind of an oddball compared to everyone else on this list. The anime doesn’t contain any Supernatural themes and it isn’t really a fighting anime. Despite that, Onizuka has displayed tremendous physical strength, being able to survive falls from buildings, casually sustaining a gunshot wound while rescuing a student from a kidnapping, challenging 100 people to arm wrestling and winning, and he has a second degree in black belt in karate. Onizuka was a gang leader back in his heyday as a high school student who now wishes to be a great teacher to teaching students about what is truly important in life.

5. Light Yagami (Death Note)

Light Yagami is a handsome and intelligent character that turns out into a very tragic character throughout the course of the series. One day at school, Light sees a notebook labelled Death Note and decide to pick it up and take it home. Initially Light thinks that this notebook is a joke or a prank by someone but after writing a criminal’s name down, that person dies soon after, supposedly from a heart attack. Using this notebook, light sets to revolutionise and bring upon a new world with him as God. What makes Light Yagami so strong isn’t just the fact that he has the most powerful murder weapon in history but also has one of the intelligent mind in the world.

6. Smile & Peco

These two boys are childhood friends that are also geniuses at table tennis. Smile is shy and reserved while Peco is confident and loud, so they make for a dynamic duo. When Smile is backed into a corner, a metaphorical “hero” comes to save him making all his movements precise and efficient like a robot. Peco has immense talent for the sport and aims to become the number one player in the world. His ability to soak knowledge like a sponge makes him a terrifying player. Ping Pong the Animation is an 11 episode sports anime series and can arguably be called the best sports anime series of all time.

Additional Overpowered Anime Characters

1. Levi (Attack On Titan)

Levi is undoubtedly the most competent and powerful user of the vertical manoeuvering equipment. The only person that can probably come close to even touching Levi would be Mikasa but even she would struggle in defeating him because of the numerous years of experience he has over her. Levi has been compare to an entire brigade in terms of strength and because he is an Ackerman, he has awakened power which gives him immense physical strength and instinct.

2. Madara Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)

Madara has countless feeds to suggest that he is he was top of the food chain in terms of strength in Naruto. He not only has the rinnegan which gives him godly powers but also the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, giving him countless other crazy abilities that are impossible to list on this post. He took on the entire ninja Alliance, fought Guy with all 8 gates unlocked, defeated the five Kage, and all nine tailed beasts. He got so strong to the point that it was rumored even the author couldn’t figure out a logical way to defeat him.

3. Gotou (Parasyte)

Gotou is comprised of multiple different parasites making him the strongest parasite in the anime. He’s weird, creepy and downright maniacal.

What makes him extremely terrifying is his emotionless reaction to everything around him, feeling zero remorse for his actions.

Anime Ranking

5 Most Inspiring Anime Underdogs

I think I can say for most of us that it is a struggle to stay motivated no matter what our hobbies and passions are.

When I’m going through a rough patch it really helps me to watch my favourite anime to see my favourite characters go through the same things that I’m going through.

No matter what kind of hellish circumstances these characters are put into they come out on top, rising above what is expected of them. Much like these characters, I assume you have those that think it’s impossible for you to be something better or they put you down for no other reason than to make themselves feel better. It might not even be other people, maybe you have self destructive thoughts that tell you that you’re not good enough.

Personally, I have a desire to master something so that others may look to me for advice and I can be of some helping hand of sorts. Maybe I’ll never feel good enough; but that isn’t what this is about.

It’s about working towards something that makes us happy to look back on our progress and feel proud that we made it this far.

It isn’t about how hard these characters get knocked down, it’s about how many times they get back up and keep moving forward.

Most Inspiring and Motivational Anime Underdogs

1. Ippo Makunouchi (Hajime no Ippo)

Ippo makunouchi

Ippo is a character that has resonated with me for years and will resonate with me for many years to come. His consistent motivation into bettering himself has always inspired me to never give up, no matter what kind of difficult situation I’m going through. There have been moments in my life where I felt that my existence is pointless, that I’ve wasted so many years of my life and doing pointless things like playing games, not being more outgoing and not trying to make friends. But Ippo reminds me of my other good qualities too. I’m not gonna lie and pretend I know what it feels like to lose a dad or support my single mother on the family business, but I think there is something that is relatable about Ippo for everyone. Ippo shows us what struggle is like, what love is like, what having friends is like and how precious they can be.

2. Shirahama Kenichi (History’s strongest disciple Kenichi)

Shirahama kenichi

Kenichi is similar to Ippo. He’s been bullied all his life, he doesn’t have any friends and he’s not even good at school. But there is one thing that is really good at and that is, standing up for the things he believes in, standing up for his friends and protecting what is important to him. I guess that is what we all strive to have, people worth fighting for and a reason to keep growing. This is what’s so inspiring about Kenichi. He has a drive to keep improving himself so that he can back up his ideals and prove to others that his philosophy is not misguided. As the story moves forward we see people drastically change their perspective by witnessing Kenichi’s unflinching ideals. And this isn’t just the characters its the viewers who get to witness first hand; what hard work and efforts can lead to.

3. Yukio Tanaka (Beck)


We’ve all felt lonely before and I don’t think there is any other character that better showcases what it’s like to be alone than Tanaka. He is kind and gentle but too shy and timid. He thinks too little of himself so he has no goals and aspirations; nothing to look forward to in life. He has a friend but it’s more like an acquaintance as they have nothing in common. In fact, Koyuki has no one that he can relate to, which can feel extremely lonely. I feel like this sometimes because I don’t have any friends that have something in common with me. I like anime, making art and programming. It’s not like I don’t have friends but they just like the different things from what I like, and I just wonder what it would be like to talk to my friends about personal things I find cool and interesting. When Yuki really starts to shine is when he finds his love for singing and music.

4. Usopp (One Piece)


Usopp is a character that is human in a world full of monsters. He has a grand dream to become the bravest warrior in the sea. Usopp is extremely, extremely relatable. When I take a step back and look at how I would react to the situations that will stop faces every day I come to realise that I would act the same way he does. I would be just as scared as he is if not, more. It is easy to sit back and hate on this character because we are detached from the dangers of the works of fiction. On their defence it is difficult to imagine yourself facing someone that is made out of ice, magma, fire, rubber or light, itself. People that they can lift buildings slice ships and mountainsides rocks in half etc. But Usopp has never given up,he always knows that he can never run away no matter how difficult an opponent might be. He knows that others rely on him just the same way he relies on others. He undermines his value/worth and his contributions in the straw hat crew but he doesn’t realise that he is quite possibly the most versatile member of the crew. He can fix ships make weapons like the climate tact, and he is a very talented marksman.

5. Naruto uzumaki (Naruto)

Naruto uzumaki

I guess this was to be expected. Naruto is the definition of an underdog hated by all, lacking talent, friendless and no parents to love him. Despite how much I didn’t like the end of Naruto I can appreciate the authors efforts on creating a character so unique to show that even a person with the whole world against him can rise up and earn admiration from everyone in his village. He carries the will of those before him, fights for those who cannot fight, and he went to rescue the only friend who truly Understood his pain. The authenticity of Naruto is insane. He is brutally honest and has been through the things for most can only imagine.

Anime Ranking

6 Strong Anime Girls With Black Hair

Anime girls with black hair is not as common as you may think despite it being the natural hair colour in most countries including Japan. However, after reading this article, I hope you realise that they are some of the strongest and selfless female anime characters in anime.

Strongest Female Anime Characters

  1. Hinata Hyuuga (Naruto)
  2. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
  3. Shigure Kousaka (Kenichi)
  4. Nico Robin (One Piece)
  5. Fubuki (One Punch Man)
  6. Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)

1. Hinata Hyūga (Naruto)

1. Hinata Hyūga (Naruto)

Naruto is a story about an orphan who one day dreams of becoming the leader of the village hidden in the leaves. He is the host on the 9-tailed beast, making him an outcast amongst all the adults in the village. His unwavering quality to never run from his problems catche the eyes of Hinata who falls in love with him at first sight. Hinata becomes very inspired by Naruto, giving her the determination to better herself and grow stronger. She was one of the very few characters to accept Naruto early in the series as they both had a depressing childhood. Him being an orphan and her not living to her family’s expectations.

Hinata is a powerful kunoichi who posesses the Byakugan allowing her to have a near-360 degree vision, see through walls, and view objects from a long distance away. Her greatest moment comes from the time she was willing to sacrifice herself for the one she loved and admired.

2. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

2. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Attack on Titan takes place in a dystopian world where man-eating titans roam the world and humanity is on the verge of extinction. The last of humanity must live inside cities surrounded by three gigantic walls protecting them from the titans.

Mikasa joins the survey corps to watch over and protect Eren and his dream to annihilate every titan and free his friends from the shackles of the walls. She is the most competent vertical manoeuvring equipment user in her age group and has been referred to as having the worth of a hundred soldiers. Because she is an Ackerman, she has awakened power which bloomed at a very young age after witnessing her parent’s death. This gives her fighting instincts that far surpass ordinary humans. What makes Mikasa such a compelling character is that she is willing to sacrifice everything for Eren, who she unconditionally loves because of their shared childhood trauma.

3. Shigure Kousaka (Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi)

3. Shigure Kousaka (Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi)

History’s strongest disciple Kenichi tells the story of Shirama Kenichi, a physically weak student who is a long-time victim of bullying. To learn self-defence, Shirahama joins the karate club only ridiculed by the other members of the club. He befriends a transfer student Miu Furinji who introduces him to her dojo called Ryozanpaku to learn martial arts. Unbeknownst to him, the masters are planning to make Kenichi the strongest disciple the world has ever seen.

Shigure is a resident of Ryozanpaku. She is the youngest master of Ryozanpaku having mastered all forms of weapons combat. This earned her the title of “The prodigy of Swords and Weapons”. While Shigure may look unapproachable and reserved, she is in fact very kind and wants to help others. She has a hard time expressing herself which makes her a very interesting and fun character.

4. Nico Robin (One Piece)

4. Nico Robin (One Piece)

One Piece is about the boy Monkey D Luffy who goes out to sea to become the Pirate King. He meets many exceptional individuals who join him to on his journey to achieve their grand dreams.

Nico Robin has the strongest mental fortitude out of anyone else on this list. She had a traumatic childhood having to witness everyone and everything she loved get taken away from her. Her dream is to uncover the secrets of the world and events during the void century. However, she realises that there are too many enemies standing in her way and loses her will to live. When she is prepared to die, Luffy appears and saves her life. With nowhere to go, she asks Luffy to join the Straw Hat Pirates and becomes their archaeologist.

Nico Robin has eaten the Blossom Blossom devil fruit allowing her to blossom parts of her body anywhere she wants. Speed doesn’t matter to her as she can blossom parts of her body on her opponents and lock them into submission.

5. Fubuki (One Punch Man)

5. Fubuki (One Punch Man)

One Punch Man follows the story of an unbelievably powerful hero with the ability to defeat any supervillain with one punch. Because of his insane strength, many fights end in a very repetitive way, making many interesting battles come from the side characters.

Fubuki although overshadowed by her much more powerful older sister Tatsumaki, is still nothing to scoff at. Her psychokinesis prowess allow her to fly, create barriers, and launch powerful attacks at her opponents. Her signature move is Hell Storm, launching a tornado that draws surrounding rubble and debris at her opponents. Going into the web comic spoiler territory, she was able to nullify dragon level monster attacks by training herself to gain complete control over the travel route of her projectiles. Fubuki has also been consistently shown to have the drive and motivation to become strong enough to stand alongside her sister. Her determination to grow and evolve makes her a very inspirational character.

6. Ryūko Matoi (Kill la Kill)

6. Ryūko Matoi (Kill la Kill)

Ryūko Matoi is the fearless and hot-blooded protagonist of the shonen anime series Kill la Kill. On her search to avenge her father, she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy ruled by the cold-hearted Satsuki Kiryuuin. After being beaten by one of the elite four of the school, she comes into contact with Senjetsu, a uniform which gives her immense strength to fight back against Satsuki and her council. Ryūko’s abilities include, physical prowess that far surpass ordinary human beings along with accelerated healing which allows herself to heal from most of her injuries.

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Anime Review

A Whisker Away Anime Review: Learning to Grow

A story can have amazing artwork, animation, story and all that jazz but what it fundamentally needs is heart. Characters drive the story. If the characters are uninteresting or unlikable, the viewers aren’t going to be interested in any of their actions. and they are certainly not going to be rooting for what the characters are aiming to do, their desires and their aspirations. This is one of the primary criticism that comes up when talking about A Whisker Away: Miyo is annoying and Kento is uninteresting.

This is one complaint I will not understand about A Whisker Away. The movie, first and foremost, is targeted towards children. It does exceptionally well at keeping the characters simple and direct. Miyo is the girl with a troubled past and seeks to be happy with the boy she loves. Kento is a boy who has the burden of supporting the family and has trouble expressing himself. Yoriko is the sensitive and caring friend of Miyo. Characters don’t need to be overly complicated for them to be third dimensional. They simply need to make choices that fit the context of their personality. This is what makes characters believable. If the characters were perfect already, there wouldn’t be much to talk about.

Miyo on the surface is a happy go lucky girl who likes a boy in her class. However, as we will come to understand, her home life isn’t all that pleasant. She was bullied at a young age because of her parent’s divorce. She doesn’t understand why things are the way they are but suffers for it. She is too young to. And.. she has found an easy way to run from all her problems. She can turn into a cat and go to the place she loves the most. Much like drugs are an escape from reality, so is the mask. She becomes reliant to the mask and it makes sense. It is the only thing that gives her happiness. When she is faced with a dilemma at the lowest point of her life, after being rejected by her crush and having a fall out with her family, the cunning cat mask seller appears and convinces her to give up her human mask to become a cat permanently. However, the mask, is not without any consequences.

The mask seller is the personification of our dark thoughts that implants fear and doubt into our heads. He is cunning and while he makes some very minor appearances, he appears at some of Miyo’s lowest points in her life. This is very much intended to be metaphorical. We all have dark thoughts when we hit our lowest points. We doubt ourselves when we feel insecure and rejected. Ultimately, he wants us to make mistakes. But when we are isolated for a long period of time, and feel detached from our friends and family, and the world, the mask seller starts to make sense. Difficult choices start to become easy to make and just like Miyo, we make irreversible mistakes.

The ramifications of her actions catch up to her. Turning into a real cat isn’t very pleasant when you realise their lifespan is significantly shorter and they cannot understand humans. When she witnesses how her actions have affected her friends and family, she realises that there are no simple solutions to our problems. This point of the story is superb because it feels real. From the start the story has built on Miyo’s shortcomings. She keeps unpleasant feelings bottled up inside her and lets it explode. In some cases, she can be hypocritical, like abandoning her best friends similar to how she felt abandoned by her mother and not understanding that Kento may feel embarrassed by the things she says in school. Her outbursts are how she got the mask in the first place. However after realising that one cannot simply run from their problems, she decides to tackle them directly. And this is her growing up.

The movie does many things right. And in this sense, the use of lighting & colour is one that is abundantly clear. It can be argued as one of the best in the medium. At emotionally difficult moments, darker shades of blue are used to invoke feelings of sadness and isolation. When Miyo visits places she loves, the lighting is warm and energetic. During more sinister moments, it’s dark and mysterious. Scenes are never clustered and instead kept relatively clear and focused. The animation is fun and creative. One that stands out most is the cat mask seller. His movements are erratic, unpredictable and, fun. He is mythical, so his eyes are yellow and pierce into your soul. He is mysterious, so he comes out of weird places like pots, then vanishes into thin air. He is sinister and powerful, so he towers over others.

I rate this anime 7/10

Anime Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Jujutsu Kaisen (TV)
Year: 2020
Episodes: 24
Studios: MAPPA
Adaptation: Jujutsu Kaisen
Genre: Action, Demons, Supernatural, School, Shounen

Jujutsu Kaisen has all the great makings of a good anime. Great visuals, characters, premise, and soundtrack. Everything fits so damn well together and every element complements each other making this anime such a joy to watch.

Jujutsu Kaisen without giving much away, is a shounen anime about Cursed Spirits and Sorcerers. The protagonist, Yuji Itadori is a physically gifted high school student living a relatively normal life. One day, he unknowingly picks up a cursed item and hands it over to his fellow classmates. Some unfortunate events down the line, Itadori swallows the item to gain power which results in him becoming a vessel for the curse.

As a fan of One piece and of Luffy, it is very easy for me to dig Itadori’s “don’t give a fuck” attitude. Starting off as a relatively easy-going, high-spirited kid, the death of his grandfather and his parting words makes Itadori realise the importance of life. This motivates him to eat the cursed finger of Sukuna (the king of curses) to obtain enough power to protect his friends from suffering an improper death. While he is level headed and composed at most times, he can become very emotional and impulsive when witnessing unfair and cruel behaviours. All in under one episode we are given his personality, origin, and his motivations which helps him become an interesting and complex character.

The story grabs the viewer from the very beginning with an intriguing hook – the protagonist has been abducted and is said to be executed by an unknown individual. The high stakes keep the viewer on edge as the story switches to a more light-hearted tone while also building the dangers of possessing cursed items. All this tension explodes when a curse attacks his friends and Itadori is faced with a dilemma of whether to protect them or run away.

Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the most beautiful looking I have ever watched. Not only is it extremely aesthetic, but also fluid and stylistic. The camera movement is experimental with amazing tracking and POV shots. The shake effects make every punch and hit feel impactful and as if you’re part of the action. The great choreography ensures the viewer doesn’t get lost with what is happening around them. The Curses have terrifying sound effects befitting of their designs and mannerisms. During action sequences, the dark orchestral music complements the frightening tone of the series.

Recommendations: If you enjoyed this anime, consider watching Naruto as it is heavily inspired from the series.

I rate this anime 8/10.