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My Hero Academia Class 1-B Quirk Tier List

My Hero Academia Class 1-B Quirk Tier List

Class 1-B’s Quirks

I believe the first time we got to see the quirks of every student in U.A.’s Class 1-B was during the joint training arc with Class 1-A in My Hero Academia Season 5. We’d seen some of their quirks earlier during the sports festival arc. But I’m pretty sure we didn’t see them all until this past season.

Ever since the joint training arc, I’ve wanted to rank the Class 1-B students by their quirks on a tier list. So, that’s exactly what I’ve done today.

Class 1-B Quirk Tier List from the anime series My Hero Academia
Class 1-B Quirk Tier List

Now, before I break down each tier, there are some disclaimers I need to get out of the way. First, each character is ranked solely on their quirk. And second, the order each character is displayed within each tier is just based on their class seating number, not their rankings in relation to each other.

S-Tier Quirks

There were only two quirks I felt deserved to be placed in the S-tier. These are Kinoko Komori’s Mushroom quirk and Ibara Shiozaki’s Vines quirk. However, they’re both S-tier for different reasons.

The Mushroom quirk allows Kinoko to cover everything in her surrounding area with mushrooms of various types. That seems kind of lame, at first. But, these mushrooms can also be poisonous and their growth can restrict the movement of her enemies.

Those qualities alone probably would have made her quirk B-tier. What bumps her quirk up to S-tier is that she can even make mushrooms grow in the lungs of her opponents. Kinoko is a walking war crime. Her quirk allows her to disperse bio-weapons in the form of mushroom spores through the air.

Ibara’s Vines quirk is S-tier because it can do everything well. She can use it to attack, defend, run reconnaissance, and support herself and her allies in additional ways. It also has an extremely long range, allowing Ibara to do all these things from a safe distance.

The Vines quirk can locate enemies, restrict their movement, attack them, and physically stop their attacks all at the same time. It’s an extremely oppressive quirk to go up against.

A-Tier Quirks

I almost put Shihai Kuroiro’s Black quirk in the S-tier but determined that it’s not quite at the same level as Mushroom and Vines. It allows him to travel quickly while remaining hidden, which is great for reconnaissance and sneak attacks. But, that makes it slightly too niche for S-tier.

Nirengeki Shoda’s Twin Impact quirk has a lot of potential. After hitting an object, he can then cause a second, stronger impact to hit the object in the same place. We see him use this to propel objects at opponents from range. But, it would also be a devastating quirk for someone who’s physically strong to have.

Manga Fukidashi - Quirk: Comic from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Manga Fukidashi – Quirk: Comic

Manga Fukidashi’s Comic quirk is in the A-tier because of how versatile it is. He can speak onomatopoeias and have their effects become reality. For example, if he yells “boom!” an explosion will occur. It’s not as versatile as Vines, but it’s still very strong.

Juzo Honenuki’s Softening quirk allows him to soften anything he touches into a nearly molten state. What makes this quirk so good is that he can soften the ground over a large area and effectively restrict the movement of his opponents. It’s hard to fight back against unless you can fly.

B-Tier Quirks

To start off the B-tier quirks, I’m going to group Jurota Shishida’s Beast and Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu’s Steel quirks together. Although they have important differences, the basics of both of these quirks are that they greatly increase the offensive and defensive capabilities of their users.

Yosetsu Awase’s Weld quirk seems like it’s pretty useful. It allows him to instantly connect any two objects together that he touches. He could “weld” his opponent to a wall if he wanted. But, it’s still a very niche quirk, so I think it’s fair to put it in B-tier.

Pony Tsunotori is my favorite Class 1-B character (mostly because she’s voiced by Aoi Yuuki). Unfortunately, I can only place her Horn Cannon quirk in B-tier. She can fire horns as projectiles and even control up to four of them at once. That’s still not a particularly great quirk, though.

Kosei Tsuburaba’s Solid Air quirk is pretty cool. He can solidify the air he exhales to make platforms, walls, and more that are strong enough to withstand repeated hits. But it’s also restricted by his lung capacity so that severely limits how it can be used.

C-Tier Quirks

Togaru Kamakiri’s Razor Sharp quirk allows him to create blades anywhere on his body. These blades are also strong enough to cut through steel. He’s kind of like Mr. 1 from One Piece. That’s not a very oppressive or versatile quirk, though.

Yui Kodai’s Size quirk is my favorite of the C-tier quirks because I think it has the potential to be great. The quirk allows Yui to change the size of any inanimate object she touches. She can shrink a car, throw it at someone, and re-expand it to its natural size mid-air. Or, she can shrink a bunch of weapons and carry them around in her pockets for later use.

Setsuna Tokage’s Lizard Tail Splitter is primarily good for gathering intel. She can split her body into up to 50 pieces and independently control them. This kind of makes her the same as Buggy from One Piece. But I wouldn’t say this quirk is very good for much else.

Yui Kodai - Quirk: Size from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Yui Kodai – Quirk: Size

Cemedine is the quirk of Kojiro Bondo and it allows him to spray glue that he can then harden at any speed he chooses. While it can be used to restrict the movement of his opponents, it’s far less effective at that job compared to some of the other quirks on this tier list.

In theory, Neito Monoma’s Copy quirk is very good. He can copy the quirk of anyone he touches, store up to four quirks in this way, and keep them for 10 minutes each. In practice, though, that means he has to physically touch villains who are trying to kill him if he wants their quirks. So, most of the time, he’d just be copying an ally’s quirk and won’t be as good at using it as they are.

Reiko Yanagi’s Poltergeist quirk allows her to freely control things that are up to the weight of a human. This doesn’t seem to include humans, though. If she could control other humans, it would probably be a B-tier quirk.

D-Tier Quirks

The first of three D-tier quirks is Sen Kaibara’s Gyrate. He can rapidly spin any part of his body, and he wears special drill gloves to make use of this ability. Without those gloves, though, it’s a pretty bad quirk. As far as similar quirks go, I’d much rather have Razor Sharp.

Despite Itsuka Kendo being the class representative, I think her Big Fist quirk is one of the worst quirks in the class. She can make her hands really big and they have enhanced strength. But Beast and Steel also increase their user’s strength in more than just their hands and provide additional abilities.

To be fair, Big Fist is strong enough to break through even Steel’s defenses. However, I still don’t think that’s enough to bring it out of D-tier.

Lastly, we have Hiryu Rin’s Scales quirk. I kind of see this quirk as a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none quirk. While Vines is in S-tier because it does everything extremely well, Scales is in D-tier because it does most things extremely average.

Scales can be used both offensively and defensively, but it’s not particularly good at either.

Conclusion

And there you have it. Those are the 20 quirks of Class 1-B from My Hero Academia ranked on a tier list. If you’d like to fill out this tier list for yourself, you can find it here. Just make sure to tweet your list at me when you’re done.

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Does Life Before the Isekai Matter?

Does Life Before the Isekai Matter?

What Matters Most in an Isekai Anime?

Today’s discussion was sparked by Toma in the DoubleSama Discord server saying that he wanted to learn more about Rudy’s past life in Mushoku Tensei. That comment isn’t something I agree with and so I decided I’d write an article explaining why I feel this way.

To start this discussion, I think it’s important to consider what you think matters most in an isekai anime. For me, the thing that matters most is either going to be world-building or the characters, depending on the type of series.

If it’s more of an adventure series, like Mushoku Tensei, world-building is key. And if it’s a comedy, like KonoSuba, world-building is less important and characters are key. But in either case, world-building is going to play a major role.

Rudeus "Rudy" Greyrat from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Rudeus “Rudy” Greyrat

I know a lot of people may say that isekai anime are all about power fantasies. However, I don’t think that’s true. I think they’re far more about escapism. The reason I enjoy watching isekai isn’t so I can self-insert as some overpowered protagonist. It’s so I can explore a vibrant fantasy world.

If a fantasy world is built well, great. And if it also features a lot of good supporting characters, like Mushoku and KonoSuba both do, even better. But the protagonist generally doesn’t matter all that much to me. I want them to be funny in a comedy. Aside from that, I don’t really care.

So, this is what brings me to the main question of the discussion. Does the prior life of an isekai anime protagonist actually matter? Should knowing about their past play a major role in the story of the series?

Does a Protagonist’s Prior Life Matter?

The prior life of an isekai protagonist could give us a glimpse into why they think and act the way they do. That’s certainly the case at the start of Mushoku Tensei. Rudy is afraid of the world beyond his family’s property line because of the abuse he experienced from his peers in his past life.

That’s a fair point. However, has that actually mattered at all since the start of the series? We’ve gotten more of Rudy’s backstory as the anime progressed. But I wouldn’t say it’s had much of an immediate impact on his new life. He just knows he wants his current life to play out differently.

However, that could be said about 90% of isekai protagonists. One thing the majority of them have in common is that they were either NEETs or loners in their prior lives. And now, in their new worlds, they have friends and go on fun adventures.

Kazuma holding a saw from the anime series KonoSuba
Kazuma holding a saw

Kazuma in KonoSuba: NEET. Subaru in Re:ZERO: NEET. Rimuru in TenSura: Average salaryman. Momonga in Overlord: NEET. Sora and Shiro in No Game No Life: NEETs. Hajime in Arifureta: Loner loser. I mean, the subtitle of Arifureta even refers to Hajime as “commonplace.”

So, what’s my point here? That none of these characters are anyone special or interesting before they ended up in another world. They all lead extremely boring lives. That’s what makes them being transported or reincarnated in a fantasy world so good. It’s a chance for them to start over and live entirely different lives.

Also, consider how often the prior lives of these protagonists come up and how they reflect on them. In most cases, their prior lives are hardly mentioned, and when they are, it’s in a negative light. For example, Kazuma never mentions his prior life and Rudy only does to reflect on how much worse it was.

Why Prior Lives Aren’t as Important

There’s one reason I can think of for prior lives being important in isekai anime, and that’s for the mystery factor. Sometimes, why the protagonist appeared in the fantasy world is a big mystery. And, theoretically, if we knew more about their past, we might get some clues.

Obviously, this isn’t always the case, though. We know Kazuma died of shock when he thought he was hit by a truck (he was actually not hit by a tractor). And we know Rimuru from TenSura was stabbed and given the opportunity to have a new life by a god of some sort.

However, there are also those like Re:ZERO, in which the mystery surrounding Subaru’s teleportation to the fantasy world is a major part of the series. So, naturally, you’d expect that Subaru’s past is important, right?

Subaru Natsuki from the anime series Re:ZERO
Subaru Natsuki

Well, that’s where you’re wrong — at least for now. Unless some new twist occurs, we already know that Subaru’s previous life was unremarkable and has nothing to do with his teleportation. Instead, it seems likely that he was the victim of someone using magic in the fantasy world.

You see, even in the isekai where the teleportation or reincarnation of the protagonist is a mystery, their prior lives really don’t matter. So, rather than focusing on these prior lives, I’d much rather focus on how the protagonist develops within the new world.

Who they were before they arrived in the fantasy world is trivial. We know who they are immediately after their teleportation or reincarnation, and that’s what matters. From there, they grow and develop.

This is also true of any other protagonist in anime. We’re rarely with the protagonist from birth until death. We’re always joining them somewhere in the middle of their life. So why should it be any different with an isekai?

Conclusion

What’s your opinion on the importance of isekai protagonist backgrounds? Do you find yourself wanting to know more about them before they arrived in the new world? Or do you agree with me that who they were before doesn’t matter? Let me know in the comments.

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Hokage Line of Succession

Hokage Line of Succession

Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village

As we all know, because we’ve all watched all 220 episodes of Naruto, 500 episodes of Naruto: Shippūden, and 232 current episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the Hokage is the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village.

Hokage Rock from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Hokage Rock

However, have you ever thought about who becomes the next Hokage when it’s time for a new one? We’ve seen Hokage be appointed by their predecessors, seize power, and be appointed by the village elders. But those who are recognized as Hokage all have something in common.

Every Hokage has a close relationship with a previous Hokage. There are no exceptions. And this effectively means that anyone lacking one such relationship is barred from becoming the Hokage in the future.

Today, I’m going to go through the Hokage line of succession and use it to make some predictions regarding future holders of the title.

First Hokage – Hashirama Senju

The First Hokage was Hashirama Senju, one of the founders of the Hidden Leaf Village. He became the Hokage after it was decided that the people would more readily accept him as their leader than the alternate option of Madara Uchiha.

There’s not really much else to say about Hashirama because as he was the first Hokage, there wasn’t yet an established line of succession.

Second Hokage – Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju was appointed as the Second Hokage after the death of Hashirama. This is where the line of succession really begins, as Tobirama was Hashirama’s younger brother. You can’t really get much closer to the previous Hokage than by being their blood relative.

Of course, Tobirama wasn’t made the next Hokage simply because he was Hashirama’s brother. Tobirama was also one of, if not the, strongest shinobi in the village at the time.

And since Hashirama was killed by Madara, a member of the Uchiha clan, Tobirama’s anti-Uchiha policies would have been pretty popular at the time. It’s no wonder he was selected to follow in the footsteps of his brother by leading the village.

Third Hokage – Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen Sarutobi wasn’t related to Hashirama and Tobirama Senju. So, how did he become the Third Hokage? Well, he was a student of Tobirama Senju. When blood relations aren’t available, teacher-student relations are the next best thing.

Hiruzen Sarutobi as Hokage from the anime series Naruto
Hiruzen Sarutobi as Hokage

Hiruzen was named as the Third Hokage directly by Tobirama before his death. Tobirama fought against the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist on his own in order to allow his students to escape. He knew this would be his final battle, and so he named a successor.

Again, though, that doesn’t mean Hiruzen wasn’t worthy of this title. He’s been called the strongest of the Hokage (probably not including Naruto). But, his relationship with the previous Hokage played a major role in him becoming Hokage.

Fourth Hokage – Minato Namikaze

Of all the Hokage, Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, has the most tenuous connection to previous holders of the title. He’s not related to any of the previous Hokage and he wasn’t even a student of any of them.

So, doesn’t he break the rule then? Well, not exactly.

Minato was the student of Jiraiya, who was the student of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen. There’s still a direct teacher-student path to the previous Hokage. And, Minato’s teacher, Jiraiya, was even offered the title of Hokage multiple times, both before and after Minato received it.

Fifth Hokage – Tsunade

Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, is the one with the most connections to prior Hokage so far on this list. She’s the granddaughter of the First Hokage, (grand?)niece of the Second Hokage, and student of the Third Hokage.

But, her connections go beyond just those. She was also the teammate of Jiraiya, the teacher of the Fourth Hokage. Of everyone so far, you could argue that Tsunade is the most qualified for the title of Hokage based on the importance of relations to previous Hokage.

Sixth Hokage – Kakashi Hatake

The Sixth Hokage, Kakashi Hatake, is in very much the same position as the Third Hokage. Just as Hiruzen was the student of the Second Hokage, Kakashi was the student of the Fourth Hokage.

And if you follow the teacher-student relationship of Kakashi back far enough, you get to the Second Hokage, Tobirama. Kakashi was the student of Minato, who was the student of Jiraiya, who was the student of Hiruzen, who was the student of Tobirama.

Hopefully, that illustrates just how tightly this line of succession is connected. Outsiders don’t make their way in. There’s always a blood relative or student of a previous Hokage.

Seventh Hokage – Naruto Uzumaki

With Naruto Uzumaki as the Seventh Hokage, Tsunade no longer holds the record for most connections to previous Hokage. Naruto has a pretty solid connection to all of them except for the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju.

Naruto Uzumaki as Hokage from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto Uzumaki as Hokage

Naruto’s relationship with Kakashi is simple; Kakashi was his teacher. His connection to Tsunade is a bit more complicated. Naruto was the student and godson of Tsunade’s teammate, Jiraiya. And he’s also a descendant of the Uzumaki clan just like Tsunade is.

Naruto is also the son of Minato. Simple. And he was kind of like the adopted grandson of Hiruzen. Before Minato died, he asked Hiruzen to watch over Naruto for him, and that’s exactly what Hiruzen did up until his own death.

Lastly, Naruto is also the reincarnation of Asura Ōtsutsuki just like Hashirama Senju was. So, Naruto wasn’t the reincarnation of Hashirama, but they were both reincarnations of the same person.

Eighth Hokage – ???

Who’s going to become the Eighth Hokage after Naruto’s done with the title? Well before I answer that, I just want to point out that all of the deceased Hokage died in combat. So let’s first assume that Naruto is killed in battle.

If this were to happen, I think the most likely scenario would be that Kakashi reclaims his title of Sixth Hokage. At the moment, I don’t see anyone else who’s both a good and willing candidate. There’s also precedent for this, as Hiruzen did the same thing following the death of Minato.

Okay, but what about after Kakashi, or if Naruto survives into retirement? Who would be next in line? Again, I see one, very likely candidate: Konohamaru Sarutobi.

Konohamaru is both the grandson of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen and the student of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto. Therefore, I’d say he has all the connections required to become Hokage. And, by that point, I think Konohamaru would be strong enough.

Ninth Hokage – ???

Of course, there has to be another Hokage after Konohamaru. We know that Sarada Uchiha’s goal is to be Hokage. And, I think she’ll succeed in that goal with Boruto playing the role of the “shadow” Hokage as Sasuke does currently.

Sarada will be the student of the Eighth Hokage, teammates with the son and grandson of the Seventh and Fourth Hokages respectively, and she’s the daughter of the student of the Fifth Hokage.

Oh, and I think she’s technically the student of the Seventh Hokage, too. Though, this hasn’t really panned out as Sarada probably expected. I think she may have trained with naruto like once.

Conclusion

Do you think it’s fair that every Hokage is connected to the previous Hokage in some way? Kiba probably wouldn’t be very happy if he ever figured this trend out. Also, do you think anyone other than those I predicted will become the Hokage in the future? Let me know in the comments.

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Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu’s Outfits

Throughout the Monogatari Series, Shinobu Oshino wears many outfits. If you were to ask fans of the series to describe what she wears, chances are you’d get multiple, conflicting answers as each person remembers a different one.

Today, I’m going to go through Shinobu’s outfits based on their appearance within the anime and then rank them on a tier list. But before I get to that, I need to set some parameters.

1. I’m only looking at her outfits from the anime, not the light novels or manga.
2. I’m focusing on Shinobu’s 8-year-old form (with one exception) because that’s how she most frequently appears.
3. I’m considering different versions of outfits as separate outfits (this will make sense in just a bit).
4. I’m not including one-off gag outfits, such as Shinobu dressing up as other characters from the series.

I’ll also be leaving a link to the tier list at the end of this article so you can rank Shinobu’s outfits yourself. If you do, make sure you tweet your tier list at me so I can see it.

Bakemonogatari

Shinobu wearing her pink dress without the helmet from the anime series Bakemonogatari

Shinobu has two outfits in Bakemonogatari, though they’re really two versions of the same outfit. In this part of the series, she wears a pink dress with white frills on the chest area and a red ribbon around the waist. The skirt of the dress also has a white inner lining.

This outfit reappears later in the series, as well, most notably as one of Shinobu’s many outfits in Kizumonogatari.

Shinobu wearing her pink dress and helmet from the anime series Bakemonogatari

The alternate version of this pink dress outfit, and actually the version we see first, includes an unstrapped helmet with goggles on it. This particular outfit is definitely one of the most iconic of the series simply because it’s what we first see Shinobu wearing.

When Shinobu eventually opens up to Koyomi and stops sulking in the shadows, she also stops wearing the helmet.

Also, a fun fact is that thanks to this dress, we know Shinobu doesn’t wear underwear. At the end of the Tsubasa Cat arc, there’s actually a frame where we see up her dress and she’s covered by nothing more than a band-aid.

Her lack of panties is also reconfirmed in Kizumonogatari.

Nisemonogatari

Shinobu wearing her white dress without the hat

Shinobu’s next outfit comes in Nisemonogatari. And this one also has two versions just like her Bakemonogatari outfit. Personally, I’d argue that this outfit is her most iconic because I believe it’s the one she most frequently appears in.

Of course, I’m talking about her white dress. The front of this dress is white with three pink ribbon bows. One bow is at the neckline and the other two are on the front of her hips. The back of the dress’ skirt is pink.

Shinobu wearing her white dress and hat

This white dress is also different from the pink dress in Bakemonogatari because rather than being held up by straps, it’s tied around Shinobu’s neck and waist.

The alternate form of this outfit includes a straw hat with a white band around it. I believe we only see her wearing the hat in Nisemonogatari, while the version of this outfit without the hat appears in other parts of the series, as well.

Kabukimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her kimono from Kabukimonogatari in the Monogatari Series Second Season anime

In Kabukimonogatari, which is part of the Monogatari Series Second Season, Shinobu debuts a new outfit. And, as you can see, this outfit is very different from those that came before (and after) it.

This time around, Shinobu is wearing a pink kimono with a pattern featuring bats, moons, and stars (because she’s a vampire). She also has a red and yellow obi tied around her waist.

And, for the first time, Shinobu is sporting a different hairstyle. Her hair is put up into two buns on either side of her head and held in place with red ribbons. This is actually the only time Shinobu sports an alternate hairstyle in her 8-year-old form.

Otorimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her black dress from Otorimonogatari in the Monogatari Series Second Season anime

The next new outfit Shinobu wears is a black dress in Otorimonogatari, which is also part of the Monogatari Series Second Season. This dress is kind of like a combination of her pink and white dresses from Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, but black.

While the dress is primarily black from the front and sides, the back portion is open to reveal a white lining within. This white lining can also be seen under the skirt and sticking out above the collar of the black outer portion of the dress.

This dress also features multiple ribbons. There’s a small, white ribbon at the collar, a pink ribbon on the front just below some ruffles on the chest, and a ribbon on the back. The back ribbon is also what laces the dress together.

Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her green dress from the anime series Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu shows off two new outfits in Tsukimonogatari. The first one is a green dress with a white polka dot pattern. This dress also has a white color with a four-leaf clover attached to her lefthand side.

As with most of her other dresses, this green one also has a white lining inside the skirt that peaks out from the bottom in the form of frills. This is the primary outfit she wears in the arc.

The second outfit Shinobu wears in Tsukimonogatari is a very fancy purple dress. This is by far the fanciest outfit we see Shinobu wear throughout the series.

Shinobu Oshino wearing her purple dress from the anime series Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu’s purple dress has a lot of different layers, which are primarily different shades of purple. The darkest part is the vest portion of the dress which covers her chest and is held together in the front by a single button.

Attached to this vest are frilly shoulder sleeves made of a slightly lighter colored material. Beneath the vest is the main portion of the dress, which features a diagonal striped pattern of two lighter shades of purple.

Farther down the dress, the skirt has multiple layers that alternate between the dark color of the vest and the lighter stripes of the corset. Coming out from the bottom of the skirt are two additional layers of white fabric.

Around her waist, Shinobu wears a light pink belt with a pink flower and ribbon dangling from it. Her other accessories include a dark purple choker and a matching hairband.

Koyomimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her pink sailor uniform from the Koyomimonogatari anime series

Technically speaking, Shinobu only wears one new outfit in Koyomimonogatari. However, this outfit has two versions depending on which release of Koyomimonogatari you watch.

The first outfit is a pink sailor uniform with a white collar and a white donut pattern along the bottom of the skirt. It also features a black bow beneath the collar and black leggings. That’s right, Shinobu has pants on (at first) with this outfit.

Shinobu Oshino wearing her blue sailor uniform from the anime series Koyomimonogatari

That’s just her outfit in the original release of Koyomimonogatari, though. Chances are, you’ve watched the Blu-ray release, in which she wears an alternate version of this outfit.

The alternate version of the outfit features a dark blue sailor uniform with a pink bow beneath the collar and lighter pink leggings (which she also takes off). This is the only time one of Shinobu’s outfits gets a palette swap for the Blu-ray release.

Kizumonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her frilly outfit from the anime movie Kizumonogatari

I debated whether or not I wanted to include any of Shinobu’s Kizumonogatari outfits in this post and on my tier list. She has many outfits in these movies, and we don’t ever see her 8-year-old form.

However, in the end, I decided to include Shinobu’s 6-year-old form and outfit here since this is her primary child form within the movies. If you want to discount this one from the tier list because it’s a different version of Shinobu, that’s fine.

This outfit features a light pink/salmon color top with multiple frills on the bottom and no sleeves. It also has a bit of a collar with a black ribbon hanging down from it on the front.

What really sets the outfit apart, though, is that it also features shorts. This is a shirt and shorts combo, not a dress. The shorts are black, puffy, and have small ribbons on the outsides of the thighs.

Back in the Bakemonogatari section, I mentioned that Shinobu also wore that pink dress in Kizumonogatari. She does, but it’s in her 11-year-old form so the dress is too short. This is when it’s reconfirmed that she doesn’t wear panties.

Outfit Tier List

Now that you know the outfits, it’s time to rank them on a tier list. Obviously, the higher up an outfit is placed on the tier list, the better it is. However, I haven’t ranked outfits against each other within the tiers. The order of the outfits within the tiers is just the order I happened to place them in.

Shinobu Oshino's outfits from the Monogatari anime series ranked on a tier list
Shinobu Oshino’s outfits ranked on a tier list

Starting with the S-tier, these may not be Shinobu’s most iconic outfits, but they’re my favorites. The kimono is easily her cutest outfit with the hair buns and everything. And I love that her kimono has a bat pattern on it. I also just really like the green dress; I can’t explain why.

The A-tier outfits are very good, but not my absolute favorites. The black dress just takes the best parts of the iconic pink and white dresses and combines them, so obviously it’s a great outfit. And I think the addition of the hat really elevates the white dress to new levels.

B-tier probably isn’t going to be all that controversial. The white dress without the hat is a little plain. The purple dress just feels a bit too fancy for Shinobu, in my opinion. And while I do enjoy the blue sailor uniform, it doesn’t have the same impact as the higher-tier outfits.

My C-tier picks are where I think people are really going to start disagreeing. I’m sorry, but I don’t think Shinobu’s pink dress is all that great — even with the addition of the helmet. I just view it as a worse version of the black dress. And, the pink sailor uniform is just a worse version of the blue one.

D-tier is reserved for Shinobu’s Kizumonogatari outfit. I’m just not a fan. The frills and puffy pants are cute, but I still think the outfit is bland. I also just much prefer dresses.

Conclusion

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Demon Slayer Breathing Techniques

Demon Slayer Breathing Techniques

Sun Breathing: The Original Technique

I want to start off this discussion with a disclaimer that all the information in this article is from up to the Entertainment District Arc Episode 6. If we learn more about the breathing techniques after that point, great. But that new information will not be reflected in this article.

And considering I Sun Breathing was officially revealed in the series after I planned to write this article, I think it’s safe to say more information will be revealed later on, as well. Originally, I was just going to write about the other breathing techniques.

But, in Episode 1 of the Entertainment District Arc, Shinjuro Rengoku reveals that Sun Breathing was the original breathing technique. Along with that, he stated that all the other breathing techniques are mere imitations of Sun Breathing.

The first(?) Sun Breathing user from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
The first(?) Sun Breathing user

That’s a huge piece of information that was dropped right at the start of the second season. It tells us that Sun Breathing is the pinnacle of breathing techniques since the others are all imperfect mimics of it.

However, it may also give us an insight into the battle between demons and Demon Slayers. Consider the following: Sunlight kills demons, and the first demon-slaying breathing technique is the Sun Breathing technique. Coincidence? Probably not. (Also demons are active at night and their top ranks are known as the Twelve Demon Moons.)

The question is whether the technique was named Sun Breathing because it kills demons just like the sun does or because it literally uses the power of the sun. At this point, either option could be the case. It’s still not clear if the breathing techniques actually manifest “magic” or if what we see is just a visual treatment.

Breathing Technique Relationship Chart

The reason I originally wanted to write about this topic was the breathing technique relationship chart we were given in the Mugen Train Arc. Rengoku, R.I.P., explains to Tanjirou how most of the breathing techniques are connected.

However, there are notably two techniques missing from the chart we’re shown. Naturally, Sun Breathing was left out because it wasn’t officially revealed yet. And, of course, Rengoku didn’t know about it.

The other technique that’s missing from the chart is Beast Breathing, the technique Inosuke uses. So, we don’t know where that fits in. But it’s also possible that it doesn’t actually have any relation to the other techniques.

I don’t remember how Inosuke learned that technique. But it’s possible it’s an original technique that was developed independently of the rest.

Breathing technique relationship chart from the anime series Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc
Breathing technique relationship chart

According to Rengoku, there are five core breathing techniques. These are Flame, Water, Wind, Stone, and Thunder. And as the core techniques, these would be the ones closest to Sun Breathing. If Sun Breathing is the first generation, these are second-generation techniques.

Beyond these five, there are also third-generation techniques. Love breathing branches off from Flame, Serpent and Flower branch off from Water, Mist branches of from Wind, and Sound branches off from Thunder. No known techniques branch off from Stone Breathing.

There’s also a singular fourth-generation technique we know about: Insect Breathing. According to the chart, Insect Breathing branches off from Flower Breathing. And, I kind of feel like that was mentioned in Shinobu’s backstory in the First Season.

As for where Beast Breathing fits in, my best guess would be as a branch of Water Breathing. All the Water Breathing derivatives have to do with living creatures. And last time I checked, “beast” refers to living creatures.

Is There a Breathing Technique Hierarchy?

When you consider that we know there’s an original breathing technique and a further three derivative generations (at least) of techniques, it seems like there’s a clear hierarchy. However, I don’t know if that’s actually the case.

Based on Shinjuro’s statements, we can assume that there’s a hierarchy when it comes to Sun Breathing compared to the other techniques. Sun Breathing appears to clearly be above the others. But we don’t really know how that affects anything yet. Is it easier to kill demons with Sun Breathing for some reason?

Beyond that, though, I feel like there’s not really a hierarchy. After all, just look at the breathing techniques used by the nine Hashira. Four of them are second-generation, four are third-generation, and one is fourth-generation. If the farther a technique is from Sun Breathing, the weaker it is, then there probably wouldn’t be an Insect Breathing Hashira.

The nine Hashira from the first season of the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
The nine Hashira from the first season of Demon Slayer

Now, with all that said, I can also make an argument for there being a breathing technique hierarchy. And this argument has two pieces of “evidence.”

First, Rengoku tells Tanjirou that throughout the ages, there has always been a Flame and Water Hashira (until his death). One could assume that there’s always been a Flame and Water Hashira simply because those are two of the stronger techniques. Naturally, users of those techniques are strong enough to become Hashira.

Second, the only Insect Breathing user we know is Shinobu, who uses a blade modified to deliver toxins. I believe the explanation we originally got for this was that Shinobu simply isn’t physically strong enough to decapitate demons, and so has to kill them this way instead.

But, what if the reason she’s not strong enough is that she’s using a fourth-generation breathing technique? That would mean Shinobu had to overcome a lot to become a Hashira.

Conclusion

Hopefully, we’ll find out where Beast Breathing falls within the technique chart soon. And, maybe there are additional techniques that haven’t yet been revealed. I’d like to see what a derivative of Stone Breathing would be.

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