Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) Anime Review

Name: Mahoutsukai no Yome
Media: Anime
MAL Score: 8.21
Episode Count: 24
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

May contain story related spoilers for the Mahoutsukai no Yome anime ahead.

Summary

As the Fall 2017 anime season came around, a certain show caught my interest as I had recently read the ongoing manga it was adapted. This show was Mahoutsukai no Yome, being adapted from the manga of Kore Yamazaki into an anime by Wit Studio.

The story follows the 15 year old japanese girl Chise Hatori, who due to the events of her past has given up her own freedom by offering herself up for auction. When a mysterious figure named Elias makes the winning bid, her life is about to change in a way she may have never thought of before.

Story

Set in modern day England, the story follows the character Chise Hatori and her life living with her teacher Elias Ainsworth, a centuries old magus, who at the very start of the series bought Chise at an auction house of magi and sorcerers. This act might initially get the viewer to think dark topics involving slaves might be a part of the series. However, these thoughts are quickly removed as the events goes on and the plot of the show unfolds further.

The story and world building this series brings with it is nothing short of fantastic. It manages to flesh out the world and events that its characters run into while preventing the air from going stale throughout it. Through these characters we get introduced to the way fae and magi interact, assist, and live with each other through their day to day business, built on respect between both parts involved.

A thing that the show manages to do perfectly as the story and plot goes on during the first 3/4ths of the show, is never allowing for the scales and balancing of events to sway too much in either direction, answering periods of bright moments with equally dark moments, both progressing the story and opening up the world to the viewer in both its past and current time, while building up to the eventual culmination of the show in the final part and end of the series.

The characters

What I feel the show does better than the source material it was raised from is the fleshing out of its characters as their story evolves through it. That feels easier to notice with the impact the voice actors has on them. With a highly diverse cast of characters each serving their own position in the story, the show manages to keep them all relevant without causing an overlap in what each character does to progress the story.

As the story evolves with each episode, the biggest character developments can found be with our two main characters. On the one hand, Elias learns to understand the meaning of emotions previously unknown to him that he begins to experience as time goes on. On the other hand, Chise evolving into the character she is meant to be, earning her the sense of belonging she has needed and longed for since her early life.

Art & Soundtrack

Throughout the show the hard labor brought into the adaptation of the source manga for TV shines through clear as day in the artistic efforts provided by the staff working on it, giving the show amazing visuals of the bright idyllic landscapes of the english countryside, the busy everyday life in the streets of London, and the magical world of the shows fairy-like beings. Again and again as every episode goes by, the dedication put into the making of the show by Wit Studio never falters.

Through the characters designs, the world’s environmental designs, and the amazing efforts on everything from even the smallest to the largest of details, The Ancient Magus’ Bride earns its place as one of the few masterpieces of the season. A notable example of the dedication given to this series by the arts team behind it can be seen in the sequence for the phoenix transformation of episode 12, and in moments throughout the show where magic is being performed by the magi and fairies.

As a match to fit with the artistic efforts brought on by the staff at Wit Studio, the sound design and voice acting lies at a level equal to that of the art design itself, bringing life to the world created by Kore Yamazaki with OST soundtracks that even on their own are quite enjoyable and fits in perfectly with the setting, the time in which the story takes place, and during the events of the show as they happen.

Conclusion

Originally having read the manga that this show was adapted from, going into the anime I already had a feeling of what I was going to see come out of it and already had some reservations about what my opinion on it would be, while hoping Wit Studio would not just adapt the manga but also give color, life, and sound to what was already a fantastic story. These reservations were soon blown away by how fantastic the adapting had been done, pulling me deeper into the show and story within than the manga initially managed to do.

With the story, character progression, amazing animations and soundtracks being on point throughout the show and managing to successfully bring the life and magic to the show that I was hoping for, my final score for the show overall is going to be a 9,5 out of 10, and will be giving my recommendations for others to check this show out for themselves.

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Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World
MAL Score: 8.38/10
Episodes: 25
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller, Isekai.

Only minor spoilers included

Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World aired from 4 apr 2016 – 19 sept 2016 and consist of 25 thrilling episodes. The anime was produced by Studio Whitefox and is another anime of the popular Isekai genre.  

Story

The story starts off with our protagonist Subaru taking a stop at the local gas station when he is suddenly teleported into a fantasy medieval like word. It didn’t take long for Subaru to get himself robbed but luckily, a silver haired woman that calls herself Satella saves Subaru just in time. To repay Subaru decides to repay her kindness by helping Satella finding an insignia that was stolen from her. This results in them getting into a bloody death only for Subaru to discover his power of return by death. He uses this to return to a previous point on his timeline, which allows him to correct his mistakes. This method of time travel often feels like a video game, where he is able to return to a save point anytime he dies until he makes it to another checkpoint. This does not make his journey easy by any means as he usually has enormous difficulty getting through the obstacles set before him.

At first Subaru can acts obnoxious because he believed he was some sort of awesome protagonist destined for greatness in his new fantasy world. However his little bubble is destroyed as he dies several times throughout the first episodes.

Characters

Our protagonist Subaru starts off as a loud mouthed and obnoxious and annoying character that you really just want to punch. However, once you finally hit the turning point you begin to feel for Subaru as he loses his life and has to go through so much suffering. You see Subaru begin to realize the seriousness of this world. He begins to mature as his mind gets completely broken. You see Subaru lose himself to madness only to snap out of it and become this righteous hero, but the hero part doesn’t happen right away. I honestly want to tell more about other characters but it would ruin the whole experience of this great anime.

My opinion on Re:Zero

This Anime might look like just another Isekai anime that brings nothing new to the table, which was also what I thought at the beginning. However as the pace started to speed up, the anime only got better and better and I got more intrigued by the story and the unique characters. The story starts off slow and slowly builds up to those dramatic, emotional and action filled moments that we all know and love.

My personal rating 7,8/10

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
MAL Score: 8.53/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

Enter lead character Kaguya Shinomiya: a wealthy and talented student from Shuchiin Academy. Sheltered her whole life, Shinomiya doesn’t necessarily know how to interact with people and sees them as a tool to be used, not as a person to talk to and get to know. After joining the student council, all that starts to change. Don’t tell anyone — even if it’s pretty obvious — but Shinomiya is head-over-heels in love with Shirogane and the feelings are reciprocated! Though neither of them are daring enough to admit it. And so starts the war between two people — who will admit their undying affection to the other?

Story

The story of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane is one packed with joy and excitement. Although they may not show it on the outside, we get to see the world through the eyes of each of the characters in shifts. We get to hear every thought that courses through the head of Shinomiya and then, in turn, through Shirogane. Back and forth in one episode they argue about who’s going to eat a piece of cake while in the next they argue about where to go during summer vacation only to realize, once they reach a decision, that they’d rather have it another way.

Characters

The development put into Kaguya Shinomiya is phenomenal. In the first episode, Shinomiya is cold and aloof to a point. Due to being smothered inside her whole life with her studies, she is unable to get close to people and make friends. In one episode, we get to see Shinomiya looking out the window of the limousine that takes her to school every day. There, she stares at the kids having fun with envy. By the end of the series, we have Shinomiya in tears because all she wants to do is watch the fireworks with her friends on the student council.

Enjoyment

Who knew that the war between two lovers could be so comedic? Throughout this anime, I found myself overwhelmed with laughter that was spilling uncontrollably forth. From the “love guru” Chika Fujiwara all the way to the hardworking Miyuki Shirogane, I found myself falling inlove with these characters and the story that unfolds.

My final rating for this series would be an eight out of ten. The way that the characters were portrayed works perfectly with the goal of the show. I’m not usually one for romance but I love psychological anime. Who knew the two would mix so well.

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The most hype anime to exist! 🔥🔥

Media: Anime
Name: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)
MAL Score: 8.72/10
Episodes: 27
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shonen

No Spoilers at All

Where do I begin with this anime? This anime in all honesty is the most fun I’ve had in awhile. When I thought the anime couldn’t one up itself it just keeps going and just shoots through the roof and doesn’t stop. The best way I can describe the animes over the top-ness is; “It’s so extreme with their own ideas it will always want to one-up it’s own idea with an even more EXTREME AND EPIC concept”. It takes the common tropes of Mecha/Sci-Fi animes and just parodies it and dials that stuff to 200.

Summary

When watching this anime throw out all logic, throw out everything you’ve learnt about life and anime. This anime is best watched with your brain turned off and just enjoy the experience. Enough with praising and get down to the juicy juicy meat. This anime is as Mech and Sci-Fi you can get I have never thought about touching Mecha’s but this just hooked me in. It takes the most imaginative ideas from their own team then runs with it at light speed and hits you over the head with its ridiculousness. It may contain 27 episodes but I damn felt like it was 12. I personally felt so engrossed with this anime I just wanted to watch one after another like there was no care in the world about time or commitments.

Note: This anime is very shonen as it can get; even if you dislike the genre I just want you to just give this anime a shot it’s so worth your time.

Context

I don’t want to spoil anything to much about the characters or the plot, so I’m just going to give the most simple and straight to the point with the Main Characters personalities and a very generalised plot synopsis.

Characters

Kamina: The idolic older sibling that motivates you to no end. He will achieve his goals in the most roundabout way. He is the life and blood of the main characters Ideals.
“Do not believe in yourself. But believe me, I believe in you”

Simon: He idolizes Kamina and wants to be just as great as him. He has his own quirks and flaws but he does everything in his power to GO BEYOND his own limitations and achieve something he never thought he could.

“MY DRILL IS THE ONE THAT PIERCES THE HEAVENS”

Yoko: This is the love interest between the main characters but she don’t have time for that she’s a freaking boss with her sniper rifle and she’s very effective with a majority of weapons. She motivates the characters and she’s fundamental to both of the characters drive.

I really want to go into my details about the other characters but I want to leave that delicious part for you to experience.

Plot

In a desolate dangerous and unforgiving world where a majority of civilisation live in massive underground communities. A band of heroes decide to break free from these chains and achieve things that they could have never of thought of accomplishing.

Conclusion

Overall I just want to want you to just give this anime a shot. It’s so worth every second. There’s so much passion in every aspect of this every up and down the characters experience has so much passion in it. Don’t EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE STELLAR MUSIC TRACK.

Fun Trivia: 40% of the total budget used was dedicated to the last 5 episodes of the anime and the money is well spent. You will experience something that will leave you speechless.

Score

So my scoring system I rate each aspect of the anime out of 5 and there is a total of 5 categories:

Art: 🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️
Music: 🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵
Plot: 📖📖📖
Hype: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Enjoyability: 😂😂😂😂😂

Art: 4
Music: 5
Plot: 3
Hype: 6
Enjoyability: 5


Editor Note: I know I literally just broke my own scoring system but gosh darn I just passionately love this anime and how unique it is. I do apologise for such a messy review, it’s my first ever review and would greatly appreciate feedback!

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Violet Evergarden Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Violet Evergarden
MAL Score: 8.62/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

After serving in the war, Violet Evergarden comes out with two things: mechanical arms and hope that she’ll get to see Major Gilbert again. Unbeknownst to her, he had died in the last battle of the war. Throughout this beautiful anime, Violet yearns to understand one thing: what “I love you” means. She wants to feel it — to know what the Major meant when he said his last words to her.

|| Story

Violet quickly learns what she wants to be — an auto-memory doll. Under the guidance of her boss, Claudia Hodgins, and fellow auto-memory doll Cattleya Baudelaire, Violet begins her training. An auto-memory doll’s job is to take their client’s true feelings and transfer it to the page they write on. We watch the trips and falls that Violet makes, but each time she gets back up and tries again. Unable to feel emotion but wanting to so badly, Violet meets client after client and soon becomes the most requested auto-memory doll in service. Day after day she waits for word from Major Gilbert, telling her that it’s time to come back and serve in the war by his side. 

|| Characters

The only one that showed Violet life outside war was Major Gilbert. In the beginning, she was a gift from Gilbert’s brother. Nothing more than a tool. She was unable to perceive emotion and didn’t know how to talk. She was raised as a tool for the army and little more. From day to day, she followed commands and slaughtered countless people with little remorse. Later in the anime, Hodgins tells Violet that she is on fire and has many burn marks due to the actions that she made in the war. She becomes more aware of people’s emotions and feels guilty for the pain and suffering of others, even when she isn’t the cause of it.

We get to feel the soul-wrenching hurt and heartbreak when we find that Major Gilbert has passed away. After finding out that he is gone, Violet feels guilty about living herself and feels that she doesn’t have the right to be happy when he is dead. By the end of the anime, Violet learns what the words “I love you” means.

|| Enjoyment

I loved watching Violet Evergarden grow as a character. In the beginning, Violet is introduced as a weapon that follows the command of others. In the last episode, though, Violet tells Dietfried, Gilbert’s brother, that she doesn’t need orders anymore. She is ready to live her own life.
My final rating of this anime is a nine out of ten. The art and music tie together perfectly for a dramatic effect. The development of the main character is phenomenal.

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Megalo Box Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Megalo Box
MAL Score: 8.05/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: ActionSci-FiSlice of LifeSportsDrama

Megalo Box aired from April 6 2018 to Jun 29 2018 by studio TMS Entertainment tells us a story of underground fighter called Joe, also show is tribute to other very good, old title called “Ashita no Joe”, review can contain minor spoilers, with this lets start.

Story

Story take place in indefinite future,and tells us story of underground illegal fighter who takes name “Joe”, as his life is mainly filled with non-interesting events and set matches, till day when he mets official world-box champion – Yuuri and fight with him… what kind of story and destiny awaits those two? Did Joe will reach “top of the world” as underdog? See and watch for yourself.

Characters

Main focus is on two characters – Joe and Yuuri,their pasts,struggles and current problems,there is also bunch of other important characters like Joe’s coach – Nanbu, Shirato family, or syndicate boss – Fujimaki and few others.

Joe – “Underdog” and talented fighter, is rather cheerful and confident person, strong mentally and physically gives us rather interesting protagonist, he is equivalent of “ashita no joe” main character – Joe

Yuuri – Current champion – World strongest fighter,usually have rather confident personality, but also kinda bored and even bit arrogant attitude to due not worthy/interesting opponents, he is equivalent of Tooru Rikiishi in “Ashita no joe”.

Nanbu – Always struggling with debts,scared of many things Joe’s coach,he is the one who sets fights for Joe and also went through biggest mental changes in entire show, what they are? See for yourself. Overall Megalo box have rather interesting pack of characters with many faces and various personalities.

Music

Personally for me best part of entire Megalo Box, amazing amount of various music, with many, many great songs like even memorable main theme of the show “Megalo Box”, sachio theme, bangachi theme and many others, with various genres of music, nicely fitting most scenes.

For final summary

Megalo Box is pretty decent drama/sports show with plenty of character development,climatic vibe and scenes, great soundtrack (which made some scenes even more “powerful” or just great), struggles and drama, fights is pretty good story for me, if you are looking for something more character focused along with sports and unique vibe – I can easily recommend Megalo Box.

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Black Clover Anime Review


Media: Anime
Name: Black Clover
MAL Score: 7.01/10
Episodes: Currently Airing
Genres: ActionComedyMagicFantasyShounen

No spoilers beyond episode 5

Black Clover starting airing 7th October 2017 and is being published by TV TOKYO. Black Clover has continuously released new episodes every week since.  As of today there currently is 81 episodes.

Story

The story of Black Clover takes place in a magical “medieval” like world, were magic is everything. Every single person in this world is able to use magic and when a person reaches 15 years of age they will receive a Grimoire. A book that will enhance the magical power of it’s wielder and works as way for the wielder to learn new spells. Though there is a huge variety of magic types, some common, some rare, some legendary and some unknown.

Characters

The first time we see our two protagonists Asta and Yuno, we see them as infants as they were left by an old church. As they grow up there is a huge difference in their personalities, Asta is loud and determined and Yuno is mature and wise, yet they both have the same goal which is to become the Wizard King, this results in the them being friendly rivals.

Their personality is the 100% opposite of eachother and the same goes for their magical power. Yuno is basically a genius and Asta possess no magical power whatsoever. This has resulted in Asta being looked down upon and him being humiliated multiple times. When it’s finally time for our main protagonists to receive their Grimoires at a ceremony Yuno is chosen by the Legendary four leaf clover Grimoire which prompts a group of nobles to voice their hate for this “lowborn scum” receiving such a powerful Grimoire. Yet Asta is left with no Grimoire, which is something that has never happened before. Asta being so determined as he his, doesn’t let this get in his way of becoming the Wizard King. The title of Wizard king meaning the most powerful mage in the Clover kingdom. But it doesn’t take long for Asta to get chosen by an “unknown” grimoire that only a few select people know of, yet the people who have knowledge on this grimoire decides to keep their mouth shuts.

My personal opinion on Black Clover

The first 5 – 10 episodes start of slow with the animation, story and details but it all changes around episode 15, as we got more detailed animation and the city scenes become unique and interesting which really changes the whole vibe of the show.

By Episode 60 we know the names of the characters and we know a significant amount of information regarding the characters background yet we are still left with  many questions such as What is the strange unknown power of Asta’s grimoire etc.

The pace of the anime is not slow at all, 1 arc usually only take up to 5-ish episodes yet we are always meet with hints of the next arc which only leaves us with more questions and a thirst for more episodes. If I told you more about Black Clover I’m sure you would watch it, but I don’t wish to spoil it for you, therefore go watch it yourself

My rating 8.9/10

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Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor! Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
MAL Score: 8.31/10
Episodes: 26
Genres: Game, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller

Potential light spoilers ahead

Do you have a sweet spot for psychological anime? Stories that feature the main character scrapping with others in a battle of wit? If you’re hungry for more mind games from a rivalry akin to Light and L, continue reading. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji) is probably what you’re looking for.

Story

Kaiji Itou is a lonely, lazy man that is always in debt. His daily routine consists of drinking beer, gambling, and stealing hubcaps from expensive cars. At first glance he may appear to be nothing more than a useless bum in society, but underneath that rugged exterior, is a man with a hidden gift. Kaiji is a genius with a gift for gambling. A unique ability that might have the potential to rescue him from drowning in his current debt. Desperate and out of options, Kaiji is presented with an opportunity to pay off this debt — by competing in a shady game of chance against other debt enslaved individuals. Unbenownst to Kaiji, this is where he would begin to unravel a world filled with cold-hearted deception.

Art

The unusual art style is easily the first thing you’ll notice. Admittedly, I was initially turned off by Kaiji’s gritty, ugly aesthetic. It’s definitely a style that strays from the norm. Thankfully, the story was gripping enough for me to look past this and continue watching. A few episodes in, I actually started to get attached to the hideous world of Kaiji. The exaggerated facial expressions make the tense situations even more gut wrenching. I quickly realized the gritty, ugly aesthetic is all too fitting for the world of Kaiji.

Sound

Both Kaiji’s intro and ending song do a fantastic job at getting you hyped for our hero’s next mental battle. The voice acting is above average, but where Kaiji really shines is its narration. Tachiki Fumihiko’s dramatic narration explaining each character’s thought process is hilarious and gripping at the same time. This narrator could make any mundane task seem epic. There is a recurring “zawa” sound that represents the characters being in uncomfortable situations. This Fukumoto trademark onomatopoeia paired with tense music has you feeling just as nervous as the characters in the show.

Characters

The list of abnormalities in this anime continue to grow as I reflect on the show’s characters. You won’t find a single female character in this anime. The entire roster is made up of men and Kaiji Itou is the only character with any actual development. Kaiji is heroic to a fault, his trusting nature is often his downfall. Betrayal after betrayal, his cynicism grows throughout the story. Hopeless situation after hopeless situation, he has to get even more bold with his tactics in order to survive. You’ll be rooting for Kaiji all the way as the other characters are impossible to like.

Conclusion

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is easily one of the most addictive anime I’ve ever consumed. I effortlessly powered through all 26 episodes of the first season in one day. Despite this, be prepared to watch both seasons as the first season has a slightly unsatisfying ending. Also, there is a certain arc in the second season that goes on a little too long for my liking. These minor flaws hardly put a dent in the anime, consequently, I rate Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor an 8.5/10. If you consider yourself a fan of psychological thrillers, do yourself a favor and watch this immediately.

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Code Geass: Lelouche of the Rebellion Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
MAL Score: 8.77/10
Episodes: 25
Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power

Introduction

Code Geass is an adaptation of the original manga, that started airing in 2006. It is knows as one of the best titles with extensive food for thoughts, suprising plot twists and exciting fights, including a great range of unique mechas. Code Geass has a lot of side stories and spin-offs, like, for example, Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito. The world of Code Geass is so diverse, that the whole series has been realised in different versions. You can watch the movies, which are different from original story, and also the upcoming movie with a totally separate storytelling.

The setting

“Code Geass” is based in the alternative progressive world, where there are three superpowers: Chinese Federation, United Republic of Europia and Holy Britannian Empire – the dominant nation from that time. You can easily see the resemblence with the real world, but where is Japan, you might ask? The Holy Britannian Empire once invaded Japan, which concluded in its total domination. Therefore, the Japanese territory becomes the special Area 11 (and the japanese were consequently called “elevens”).

The whole series is about a britannian school boy Lelouch Lamperouge, who wanted to change the Holy Britannian Empire. For that he had only one goal – to grant his little lovely sister the peaceful and safe world. For this he becomes Zero – the symbol of rebellion and revolution for all elevens. He is the one who creates the “Order of the Black Knights” – a terroristic organization, which becomes the greatest dangers for Britannian government. This rapid progression is all due to the special power of persuasion called “Geass” that was granted to Lelouch by the mysterious girl C.C. Only after obtaining this power Lelouch has started taking serious actions towards the changing of the Britannia.

Features of series

Tense mindgames, glorious mechas with impressive technologies, picturesque field and sky battles make “Code Geass” an appropriate action anime.  The environment is always different as much as the atmosphere and always rising bets, meaning a more and more discouraging consequences for the losing side. The political intrigues and the questions of royalty keep the viewer amazed and makes him watch to the end.

Summary

No wonder why almost everyone is waiting for new “Code Geass” movie right now. After all, the successful mix of action, politics and mystery has granted the series its one of the biggest fanbases and high ratings in most charts. Every announcement, every small discovered feature boosts the community, rising the hype for the next 1-2 years. People consider “Code Geass” as one of the best animes of its time and is extremely popular now, due to all the expectations for the upcoming movie.

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Dragon Ball Z: Goku Character Analysis

Goku’s Flat Character Arc

Goku essentially is a character that does not change as situations around him change and times change. He has what is called a “Flat Character Arc”, which means “the character starts out already in possession of the Truth—and then uses that Truth to bring positive change to the world around him. As such, the Flat-Arc protagonist is a person who, on the specific level of the Truth, has things figured out.” Goku in that sense is an archetype, representing the epitome of that character style. Goku in his 50s isn’t very different from the Goku that we meet when he begins this journey as a 10 year old, and that’s after he reaches an incredible amount of physical strength and dealing with some of the most insurmountable enemies in the series.

Before we discuss the subtleties of his character I think its best we dispel some myths about the man himself. He is in no way the strongest character in the series for most part of the story line, he has never actually beaten Vegeta in a duel. The reason Vegeta is always on the edge about beating him is not something that’s ingrained in his nature, its just the way his fights with Goku has always turned out to be. In their first fight Vegeta almost killed him after transforming into his Great Ape form. That fight was interrupted by other Z fighters and Goku was more or less defenseless and almost certainly would have lost and most probably died because of it, had it taken its natural course. In their second duel Vegeta in his Majin form wiped the floor with him and left him lying on the floor it was more or less his own fault that, that this particular fight ended in that outcome, he concealed his ability to transform into a Super Saiyin 3, which ultimately let Vegeta to exploit it.

Personality

His naivety has led him to make some decisions which ordinarily in the right state of mind you wouldn’t want to make, like giving Cell a senju bean. To add to this Vegeta is stronger than Goku on multiple instances for example, when he emerges from the Hyperbolic Time chamber to challenge Cell. This explains the rougher edges in the personality of Vegeta more than anything else, because for the good part of the series the outcomes usually indicate that Goku is the strongest Z fighter and possibly the strongest in arc however Vegeta’s essentially higher win rate and his own mental outlook on Goku’s strength stand to contradict this judgement on everyone else’s part. 

His professional record as a fighter only reinforces the belief that he does not always cares about winning in these tournaments, fights or coming off as the strongest fighter of them all. He has won only 1 tournament even though he participated in 9 of them. He has lost to Jacki Chun, Tien. He forfeited in the Cell games, and in the Other World’s tournament was a disqualification. His fights with Vegeta are known to be brutal and not in his favour both times. The only person he has ever defeated in a tournament Finale is Piccolo.

Having said all this, there were times when he was left in a state where he could have died had his bouts continued, the only two times he has ever died are because of self-sacrifice on his part. Both when he first held his brother Raditz so Piccolo can kill him and when he contained Cell.

Characterisation

Goku seems to have attained some sort of metaphorical enlightenment in this series, he does falters sometimes like when he snapped in his ssj3 form when his plan didn’t go as he expected it to, but at for a good part of anime he seems to have some sort of other worldly confidence in his own self and the universe. Many times he showed he was above the entire progression of story line itself for example when he was ready to give up earth in one of the arcs which truly represents Flat Character Arc at its finest. It doesn’t means he is careless or too dumb to actually understand whats going on. It just shows the character is complete without the arc.

This is also one of the trappings of such character. A lot of people would use this as an accuse to bash DBZ and one of its chief protagonist, saying things like “This anime is same as it was in Ep1.”, “Oh he is just going to rely on another power up to solve every crisis…”, “Well it gets really boring because all arcs are so similar”, all this just represents ignorance on the part of the watchers because they fail to notice the emotional and mental maturity Goku goes through as the story line progresses. Yes certain things like his core character is not going to change, but that’s what make him so unique, that doesn’t means he is not going to gain anything as the anime progresses. That’s just false assumptions based on one observation that the character seems way ahead of the arc and confident that all is going to turn out well most of the time.

Yes the 10 year old Goku is very similar to the Goku that appears in the DB Super, but they are both on entirely different planes of emotional maturity. Remember Goku did sacrifice himself on two occasions since the beginning of the series.

This article attempts to draw out some fine points with regards to Goku’s Flat Character Archetype. Such characters are truly rare in anime. In fact Goku can be used as a yard stick for perfect Flat Character Archetypes. We hope you enjoyed the DBZ experience with him if you watched DBZ in past, feel free to come by and discuss about Goku and other characters from any other anime on our anime discord AnimeSoul (WLA).

Written by Suzaku.

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