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Anime Analysis: Lights, Camera, ACTION!


If you’re an anime fan, then you know that anime and action go together like oreos and milk. In the wide anime market you’ll find no end to the amazing and breathtaking ways it can take with it’s action. Some like it artistic and meaningful, while others are brutal and bring you no end to the gore. My personal favorites are Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure and Hellsing Ultimate. Jojo seems like fighting for fighting’s sake at first, but there is actually a lot of thought and strategy behind each fight. Hellsing Ultimate on the other hand, is just violence turned up to 11. It revels in showing you gore and tons of blood, though it still isn’t completely mindless. There are many others I can suggest, but let’s move on or I will be here all day.


The action genre has also given many memorable characters. The best two examples for 90s anime off the top of my head are Kenshin Himura from Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin in the West) and Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto. Kenshin Himura is no doubt my favorite anime character of all time. He’s a man slayer turned wanderer who is wants to bring peace without the killing. The man has a moral code not he is not willing to compromise. Naruto is pretty much one of the world’s most recognizable anime characters. While I fell out of the series personally, I understand why people like the character. He started off hate for most of his childhood, but became one his village’s greatest heroes through grit and effort. Both these characters in eyes represent high points in the genre.


So, in summary, if you want smart characters playing every battle like chess, or just violence in the most extreme ways possible, the action genre is for you. Pick up a few series today, find some list of the best, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.