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Top 5 Anime Pairs

Top 5 Anime Pairs


It’s time for another Top 5 list because I still haven’t finished DanMachi: Sword Oratoria which is what I planned to write about today (I was supposed to finish it a week ago). But, this is more exciting for me to write anyway, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well.

As the title says, today we’re going to be going through my Top 5 Anime Pairs. By pairs, I mean two characters who work together or have some sort of relationship with one another, romantic or otherwise. I’ve tried to pick fairly unique pairs with different types of relationships.

And no, Naruto and Sasuke aren’t on this list, sorry.

Also, I plan to do more Top 5 lists like this one in the future, so if you enjoy it, leave a like to let me know. I’ve already started planning out lists for Top 5 Anime Trios and Top 5 Anime Groups (4+).

5. Shinichi Izumi & Migi

Shinichi Izumi and Migi from the anime Parasyte -the maxim- are the first pair we’ll be taking a look at. Parasyte is one of the best horror anime I’ve seen, if not the best, and the relationship between the two main characters fits into the themes of the anime perfectly.

Originally I was conflicted about adding Shinichi and Migi to this list because they share the same body, but I decided to add them because they really are two very different characters. Their relationship is also one which evolves over the course of the series, which is something I’m a fan of as you’ll learn throughout this post.

Shinichi Izumi and Migi from the anime Parasyte -the maxim-
Shinichi and Migi

As an alien parasite, Migi wasn’t exactly the most welcome guest when he first took over Shinichi’s right arm. Shinichi just wanted a normal high school life, as most anime protagonists thrown into crazy situations do, and Migi just wanted to survive in the most efficient way possible.

While you’d think they’d be able to work well together considering Shinichi having a normal life is probably the safest thing for Migi, this wasn’t always the case. Shinichi prioritizes his social life, while Migi prioritizes eliminating any threats to himself.

It also doesn’t help that their personalities are exact opposites. Shinichi thinks that life is a precious thing, while Migi sees life as something to fight for by any means necessary, even if that means ending other lives in the process.

While the whole series revolves around the idea of humans being reduced to prey by the apex predators that are the parasites, this idea is also exemplified through Shinichi and Migi’s relationship. If Migi really wants to do something, Shinichi has no real way of stopping him.

However, I mentioned that their relationship changes over the course of the series. While I won’t say that these two ever become “friends,” they do become allies once their goals align. Eventually, Migi’s “attack first, question later” mentality becomes the best way for Shinichi to protect those he cares about.

Once they do become allies, we also get to see how these two very different characters are able to use their individual strengths to cover each others weaknesses. An example of this is when the pair are fighting a parasite in the school and Migi focuses on defense while Shinichi focuses on offense.

Now, that’s not to say that Shinichi has more offensive capabilities than Migi, but Migi’s extreme defense is able to make up for Shinichi’s lack of defense. However, because Migi is focusing on defense, he can’t attack, which is where Shinichi comes in to fill that role.

By the end of the series, though, we actually see Shinichi and Migi swap roles compared to how they were in the beginning. Due to the transfer of DNA between the two of them, Shinichi eventually becomes the cold, detached one, while Migi begins to have some semblance of “feelings.”

Shinichi and Migi are the symbiotic relationship of the list. Migi needs Shinichi’s body for essential nutrients, and Shinichi needs Migi for protection from other parasites.

Even if the plot of Parasyte doesn’t seem like something you’d care about, I still highly recommend it if only for the complex characters.

4. Edward & Alphonse Elric

Edward and Alphonse Elric, known as Ed and Al, from Fullmetal Alchemist (and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) are the fraternal relationship on this list. Despite their appearances, Ed, the short one, actually the older brother, and Al, the large suit of armor, is the younger.

As brothers, these two would do anything for each other, and in fact they have. But, their relationship isn’t solely based around the fact that they’re related by blood, it runs much deeper than that. What their relationship is really built on are their shared experiences.

Edward "Ed" and Alphonse "Al" Elric from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist
Ed and Al

Ed lost his right arm and left leg, and Al lost his entire body, when the two of them tried to use alchemy to resurrect their dead mother. This one event more than any other is the reason these two are so close. There’s almost nobody else in the world who had the same experience as them and lived to tell the tale.

So, what makes their relationship truly special is the combination of their blood ties and shared experiences. They each know each other inside and out (in Al’s case, literally) and know each others strengths and weaknesses much like Shinichi and Migi.

What you’ll learn from this list is that the best pairs are made up of different types of people who are able to work together effectively. But, Ed and Al are actually pretty similar. They’re both proficient in alchemy and physical combat, and since they grew up together they think alike too, so why are they on this list?

Despite being so similar, they do have their specialties which they’re able to use effectively precisely because they’re so similar that they know how each other think. Ed has an advantage when using alchemy due to not needing a transmutation circle, and Al is physically stronger, doesn’t tire, and is made of metal.

This means that when in combat, Ed is the more mobile of the two (although Al can still do some crazy acrobatics for how large he is), and Al is able to focus on defense as well as dealing out large hits to opponents who are distracted by Ed.

But, outside of combat, I’d say their relationship is actually the most standard of any on this list. They’re brothers and they act like brothers. They get into fights and each think they’re better than the other for one reason or another, but in the end they wouldn’t trade each other for anything in the world, which is precisely what the anime is about.

While Parasyte has probably been dropped out of my Top 10 Anime (I’ll be making an updated version of this list sometime in the future), Fullmetal Alchemist is still safe and sound. Not only is it an amazing series, but it’s also perfect for beginners, so I highly recommend everyone watch Ed and Al’s adventures.

3. Spike Spiegel & Jet Black

Spike Spiegel and Jet Black (great name) from Cowboy Bebop are the professional relationship on this list, although that’s not all the relationship between these two characters is. They’re also best friends, although neither one of them would ever admit it.

Spike is an ex-gang gang member, and Jet is an ex-police officer, and yet they’ve teamed up aboard their ship, the Bebop, to become bounty hunters. These two are about as opposite as you can get, but somehow they still manage to work as a team even if it’s a haphazard one.

Spike Spiegel and Jet Black from the anime Cowboy Bebop
Spike and Jet

Spike is the “muscle” of the team even though Jet has more muscle. By this, I mean that he’s mainly the one going out and physically capturing bounties thanks to his skill at both physical combat and weaponry. He’s the outlaw of the two, and so this role fits him perfectly.

Jet, on the other hand, is the owner of the Bebop and serves as both the pilot and mechanic. He tends to want to do things in the most efficient and “safe” ways, while Spike is the opposite and prefers do whatever he wants.

Now, at this point you may be wondering why I didn’t save these two to be part of my Top 5 Anime Trios along with Faye Valentine, or Top 5 Anime Groups with the rest of the Bebop crew. The reason is that those other characters don’t add enough to the duo that is Spike and Jet for me to think they really make a difference.

Spike and Jet alone are such a good pairing that they don’t really need the rest of the crew to be interesting characters.

However, my favorite part of their relationship is actually their autonomy. Unlike Shinichi and Migi who are literally inseparable, or Ed and Al who are almost always together, Spike and Jet don’t really interact with each other all that much when they’re not working.

That said, that doesn’t mean they don’t actually care about each other. As I mentioned at the beginning, these two are actually best friends, if only because they’re the only ones who understand each other. They both have end goals, and even if they’re self-destructive, they won’t stop each other from achieving them.

This is actually why their final encounter is one of my favorite parts of the anime. Spike goes to fight against his rival for the last time, and both he and Jet know that he’s not going to come back alive. Faye even tells Jet to stop Spike from going, but he refuses simply because he knows how important this is to him.

So in summary, Spike and Jet’s relationship isn’t one of the best because of how they work together, but rather how they allow each other to work independently and don’t interfere with each other. It’s a much different dynamic from how the rest of the relationships on this list work most of the time.

2. Sayaka Miki & Kyouko Sakura

Anyone who knows me and my anime preferences should have expected this next pairing from the beginning. Sayaka Miki and Kyouko Sakura from Madoka Magica are a flawless pair. Unfortunately for them, there’s an even more flawless pair in the number one spot, but we’ll get to them soon enough.

While this isn’t the extent of their relationship, Sayaka and Kyouko are the romantic relationship of the list, and I refuse to listen to anyone who tells me their relationship is anything less than that. These girls literally die for each other, and if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Sayaka Miki and Kyouko Sakura from the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Sayaka and Kyouko

The relationship between these two starts off rocky, with their initial contact being in the form of an all out duel between rival magical girls. However, Kyouko slowly becomes part of the main group and attempts to somewhat fill the void left behind by Mami.

But, just because she joins the group doesn’t mean she and Sayaka are on good terms with each other. Both of these girls have competing ideals and can never seem to agree on anything. Kyouko believes magic should only be used for oneself, while Sayaka believes it should only be used for others.

Their character designs also reflect this dichotomy, with Kyouko’s being primarily red and Sayaka’s primarily blue (two colors often representing opposing sides). Despite their differences, though, the girls actually have a lot more in common than they each think.

Much like how Mami served as the mentor to the younger girls, Kyouko, also older, sees Sayaka as her former self. Kyouko once held the same beliefs as Sayaka, but over time she became more callous due to the things she’s seen. She wants to protect Sayaka from following in her footsteps.

Unfortunately, Sayaka doesn’t follow Kyouko’s footsteps, and instead goes too far in the other direction, eventually descending far enough into despair to the point of no return. Sayaka dies and becomes a witch just as she and Kyouko were finally starting to understand each other.

This in turn causes Kyouko to realize how much Sayaka actually meant to her, and she tries desperately to bring her back by fighting against the witch. In the end, she determines that if she can’t bring Sayaka back, the least she can do is die with her. Kyouko launches a suicide attack and takes out the witch along with herself.

That’s where Kyouko and Sayaka’s story ends for a bit, but then at the ending of the series, the two are resurrected thanks to Madoka’s wish. However, this doesn’t last long, as Sayaka dies once again, this time to save her friends from a wraith, the things that replaced witches in the new universe.

We enter the sequel movie, Rebellion, with Sayaka still dead. However, she’s sent back into the world in order to perform a specific task, and here she reunites with Kyouko once again. It’s at this time that the two are finally able to express how they feel to one another.

Kyouko tells Sayaka that it’s felt like she’s been living in a nightmare ever since Sayaka died. Sayaka responds by saying that she thought she died without any regrets, but she’s come to understand that her one regret was that she left Kyouko behind, alone.

Now, Rebellion had its issues, but if that scene wasn’t your favorite part of Madoka Magica, then you must be even more dead inside than I am. And yes, I do have both of their Nendoroids set up next to each other. I’m not some kind of monster who would separate them.

1. Koyomi Araragi & Shinobu Oshino

Did you really expect a pair from anything other than the Monogatari series to be in the number one spot? If you guessed Sayaka and Kyouko were going to be here, then that was a very good guess, but while they’re the perfect pair, there’s one more that goes beyond perfection.

There are a lot of pairs I could have chosen from this series. Koyomi and Mayoi is probably what most people who know me would expect. The fire sisters, Karen and Tsukihi is another great pair. There’s even Koyomi and Hitagi if we’re going the romantic route.

However, I can’t talk about a pair in the Monogatari series and not make it the most iconic and arguably most complex one, Koyomi and Shinobu. Their relationship is everything I’ve mentioned in the previous four on this list, and yet not like any of them at all at the same time.

Koyomi Araragi and Shinobu Oshino from the Monogatari anime series
Koyomi and Shinobu

They have completely different ideals regarding life, just like Shinichi and Migi, and yet are best friends. They’re family, just like Ed and Al, and yet have no familial bonds. Their relationship can end at any time, just like Spike and Jet’s, and yet they’ll never abandon each other. They plan to die together, just like Sayaka and Kyouko, and yet they’ll never forgive each other.

Koyomi and Shinobu are bound together for the rest of their lives because of their differences. Koyomi couldn’t allow Shinobu to continue killing humans as a vampire, and yet he couldn’t bring himself to let her die either. So instead, she resides in his shadow and sustains herself on his blood.

But since Shinobu lives inside Koyomi’s shadow, neither one of them really has any privacy. They’re inseparable, together 24/7, and because of that they know more about each other than anyone else possibly could.

But even though Shinobu is now essentially Koyomi’s servant, she could theoretically choose to end her life at any time by no longer taking Koyomi’s blood. This, in turn, would make Koyomi revert back into a normal human rather than a pseudo-vampire.

However, even though this is what they both originally wanted in the first place, neither one is able to give up on the other any longer. They’ve been through so much together that even though they’ll never forgive what they see as the sins of the other, they refuse to be apart.

They’ve even gone so far as to say that they’ll die with each other if that’s what it comes down to. On the other hand, they’re just as ready to live eternally with each other if that’s how things end up instead.

I don’t even know what to call their relationship other than just “partners.” They do everything together without exception, and have no intentions of ever doing anything alone.

And while I mentioned that Koyomi is the master in their relationship, it started off just the opposite. Even now that they’re relationship has stabilized, we can still see remnants of how things used to be in how Shinobu still acts as the mentor and Koyomi as the pupil.

Basically all I’m trying to say is that everyone should watch the Monogatari series. It’s seriously the best anime ever made and I even have a nifty viewing guide for it which can be found here.


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Best (Worst) Girls of Summer 2018

Best (Worst) Girls of Summer 2018


For both the Winter and Spring 2018 anime seasons I had originally planned to write “top 5 best girls” lists consisting of the best, new female characters introduced each season, but I simply never got around to doing them. This is in part because I would schedule them to be at the end of the season when there was already a lot of other, more pressing content to write.

To remedy this and make sure I release a “best girls” post for the Summer 2018 season, I’ve decided to do it now, just over the halfway point of the season when new content to write about is lowest. However, because of this, I’m aware that a new “best” girl could be introduced later on in the season, but that’s simply a risk we’ll  have to take!

But if this is a “best girls” list, then why does the title say “worst?” Good question! You see, over the previous two seasons there were female characters who I actually considered to be “best girls,” but unfortunately this season has been extremely lacking.

This means that while these girls on this list are pretty decent, they’re nowhere near the true “best girl” category if you compared them to characters from other seasons. I mean, really, can any girl from this season compete with the likes of Shimarin from Laid-Back Camp?

One final note before I begin is that each anime of the season can only have one girl on this list. This may seem odd since then the choices may be skewed, but I think it’s a lot more exciting than having me pick the entire cast of just one anime.

5. Karen Kurutsu

Karen Kurutsu from the anime Island
Karen Kurutsu

In fifth place we have Karen Kurutsu from the anime Island. I’m not going to pretend like Island is a great anime, or that Karen is even a great character, but she does have one important trait which is the sole reason she made it onto this list, she’s a tsundere.

But not only is she a tsundere, she’s the most stereotypical trope tsundere there is. I mean, look at her, she even has blonde twin tails, the sign of a true tsundere. Now, I get it, a stereotypical tsundere isn’t all that special, but like I said, this season doesn’t really have much to offer.

Some fun facts about Karen are that she’s the daughter of the island’s mayor, and her dream is to leave the island. I know, those facts aren’t very fun, but I’m trying my best to make her seem like a character who isn’t just a cardboard cutout with “tsundere” written on the front.

Honestly, if you want a blonde, twin tailed tsundere character done right, just go watch one of my favorite anime, Saekano. Eriri Spencer is basically everything Karen should have been, but isn’t, and she’s not even the best character in that series either.

4. Riko Izumi

Riko Izumi from the anime Hanebado!
Riko Izumi

Fourth place belongs to Riko Izumi from the anime Hanebado! So, Riko doesn’t really have too much going on for her other than the fact that I enjoy her ponytail, but let’s look at a few of her other traits and pretend like they make her a good character anyway.

She’s kind of like the mom-friend who has to take care of all the other girls on her badminton team. While this is a bit of a trope, what I did like about her was that she doesn’t solely deal with the problems of her teammates. That’s right, she has problems of her own which she needs to work through which makes her a more realistic character.

Also, the fact that she’s not a main character means that she’s able to actually fail at things, which adds to her realism. Sure, protagonists can fail, but typically their failures are just used to further their character development so they can overcome some obstacle in the end.

The protagonists almost always win in the end, but that’s just not how real life works. Riko is a great example of a character who shows that failure is something everyone has to deal with at some point in their life, and that it’s possible to move on afterwards.

3. Haruka Oozora

Haruka Oozora from the anime Harukana Receive
Haruka Oozora

Speaking of protagonists, Haruka Oozora of Harukana Receive is the third girl on my list. Design-wise, she doesn’t really have anything too special going on other than that she was clearly designed as a moe character.

So if her design isn’t all that unique, what makes her so good? Her personality. However, despite her personality being her main selling point, even that isn’t all that unique.

She has an extremely outgoing personality, much like other female protagonists like Akko from Little Witch Academia or Honoka from Love Live! It’s simply the fact that she’s the only character I could think of who has this sort of personality that got her onto this list at all.

Finally, as a bonus, she does wear a swimsuit for most of the anime so I suppose you could argue that she should get extra points solely based on that.

2. Minori Nanahashi

Minori Nanahashi from the anime One Room Second Season
Minori Nanahashi

Minori Nanahashi is the second main character of this list, but is only the main character of her specific arc, not the entire One Room series. However, despite being a main character for only four episodes, she’s still better than Haruka.

Not only is she only the main character for four episodes, but she’s only a character at all for four episodes, and the episodes are only six minutes long. So if she has so little screen time, how can she be considered such a good character?

You see, what makes Minori so good is that she knows exactly what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it. She knows she wants to run her family’s bathhouse when she’s older, and she knows that she can’t do it alone, but that’s not going to stop her.

She also apparently likes us, the viewer and protagonist, and is seamlessly able to tie that into her dream of running the bathhouse in the future. She is, in a word, smooth.

Minori also has the second best character design of all the characters this season. Her design isn’t overly complex, but it’s still very aesthetically pleasing.

One last thing I need to mention before moving on to the #1 girl of the season is that the third and final girl of One Room Second Season has yet to be introduced to us, but I’ve seen her character design and she may be able to give Minori a run for her money.

1. Linnea

Linnea from the anime The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar

Linnea, from The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar, comes in first place on the list. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this anime is bad, but it did bless us with one good thing, Linnea.

Now, there are definitely bad things about her character, but I’m going to pretend I don’t notice those and solely focus on the good things for the sake of this list. So what exactly does she have going for her that makes her a better girl than the previous girls?

For starters, she has pink hair. That’s right, there’s so little going on with the girls on this list that I’ve resorted to hair color in order to rank them. But seriously, if you’ve read a decent amount of my blog posts you may have realized that I have an affinity for pink-haired characters, the most notable being Sakura Haruno from Naruto.

Besides just the color of her hair, Linnea probably has my favorite character design of the season. Her overall color scheme of pink, green and gold, her pigtails, her giant bow on the front of her dress, everything about her design just appeals to me.

But Linnea isn’t just a well-designed character, she’s actually useful as well, being one of the few characters who appears to be highly educated. If Linnea were in a better anime, she could have some real potential as a true “best girl.”


I know what some of you are probably thinking, “how did none of the girls from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord make the list?” Well you see, as much as I’ve been enjoying that anime, none of the girls in it really feel all that special to me.

I get that some of them are good, but I really think that the issue is that they’re all about the same level of “pretty good,” with none of them being clearly above the rest. Because of this, even someone like Karen from Island can make the list above them simply because she clearly stands above the rest of the girls in her respective anime.

At this point I’d also like to mention that there was another girl who I thought was going to be on this list from the first moment I saw her, but unfortunately that didn’t come to pass. Nifa from Attack on Titan season 3 had the potential to be a real “best girl.”

Sadly, she only had about 30 seconds of screen time before she was killed off in the first episode. And no, that’s not a spoiler since she ended up being little more than a background character who was, surprisingly, named.

So who are your favorite female characters from the Summer 2018 season so far? Did any of your picks make my list? Let me know in the comments below this post, and if you found this content enjoyable, click the like button if you want to see more of it in the future.

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Top 5 OP Characters

Top 5 OP Characters


When you think of an overpowered character in anime, who comes to mind? Is it Kirito from Sword Art Online? Maybe Yoshikage Kira from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure part 4? Well, while both of those characters are indeed strong, neither one makes the list for most overpowered.

So what exactly do I mean by overpowered anyway? It’s simple, really. An overpowered character is one whose abilities are so far ahead of anyone else in their respective universe that there’s literally no way for them to be defeated (theoretically).

While there are two characters on this list who were defeated, I’ll explain how these were simply technicalities or plot holes in their respective universes, and not true defeats.

But, since I’m comparing these characters simply to the other characters in their respective universes, that doesn’t mean these are the top five strongest anime characters of all time, just in relation to everyone else in their anime. That said, some of these characters would probably make that list as well.

Finally, I’ve ranked these five characters in order of weakest to strongest as if they were to have to fight against each other. They’re all overpowered, so which one is the most overpowered?

5. Touya Mochizuki

Touya Mochizuki from the anime In Another World With My Smartphone is number five on my list. I know what you’re thinking, “how could some bootleg Kirito make the list, but the real one couldn’t?” Well, Touya has something Kirito doesn’t, a smartphone.

Okay, I know a smartphone doesn’t necessarily make a character overpowered, but in the context of this anime it does increase his ability. Further, his smartphone is only one thing about him which makes him overpowered. If that were all he had going for him, he wouldn’t be nearly as strong as he is.

I’d also like to take this time to point out that although Touya made this list, I think this is a stupid anime and would never recommend it to anyone. It really has absolutely nothing going for it and it hurt to watch.

Anyway, back to Touya. He’s an isekai protagonist so that means he was transported from our world to a fantasy world. While this alone doesn’t necessarily make him any stronger than the rest of the characters in the series, it’s an important part which I’ll come back to in a bit.

As the protagonist, he also has access to your standard, overpowered protagonist abilities. In this case, he has an affinity for every type of magic. I believe there were seven types of magic in total, and at most people are usually able to master only three of them, but not Touya.

So, sure, being able to use more magic than anyone else makes him strong, but does it really make him that strong? Here’s where his isekai protagonist trait and smartphone come into play. Although he’s now in a fantasy world, he’s somehow able to still use his smartphone fully.

This means that he can look things up on the internet. Now, maybe you don’t think that’s too important, but if you’ve been watching the currently airing anime The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar, which is another terrible isekai, then you’ll know that’s completely overpowered.

He can use the internet on his phone to look up both battle strategies, as well as advanced technology which the rest of the characters in the fantasy world don’t have access to. Then, coupled with his strong affinity for magic, he can effortlessly create whatever future technology he wants, in his case, a sword which can transform into a gun.

Touya Mochizuki from the anime In Another World With My Smartphone
Touya Mochizuki

Now, sure, a sword that can transform into a gun isn’t that overpowered, but if he wanted to he could just as easily have created a jet like an F-22 and simply used magic to teach himself how to fly it. That alone would destroy everything in this fantasy world.

But wait, there’s more! Did I mention that his smartphone is also magic? Oh, and that he has a direct line to God, whom he can call at any time for help? That’s right!

By using the GPS on his smartphone, he can select every nearby enemy and then target them all with a powerful magic blast, because, you know, that’s how GPS’ work. But, as I mentioned, if he were ever in any real trouble, which he wouldn’t be, he can always just order up a serving of divine intervention to bail him out.

So Touya was overpowered simply within the context of his anime, as are the rest of these character, but now we’re getting into the characters who are also just overpowered in general. Any of these next characters could kill Touya in the blink of an eye.

4. Ainz Ooal Gown

Ainz Ooal Gown is one persona of the protagonist from the anime Overlord. While it’s only one of Momonga’s persona’s, the other being Momon, I’m going to group them together into Ainz Ooal Gown for simplicity’s sake.

Like Touya, Ainz is another isekai protagonist, but this time he was transported into a video game-like world and retained all of the traits and abilities of his in-game character. This means that unlike Touya, he doesn’t really have any outside technology or knowledge that isn’t available to the other characters.

That said, he’s still completely overpowered. When he was simply playing the game, he was able to max out his level and all of his stats simply by playing, but in the “real” world of the game, the other characters don’t do this because it’s simply too dangerous.

Remember, if these characters die, they don’t just respawn like Ainz did when he was playing a game to power himself up. Because of this, there’s a drastic difference between Ainz and the rest of the characters in the series.

However, one could make the argument that other members of the Great Tomb of Nazarick are almost as strong as Ainz, but almost is the key word there. Also, they all obey his every command so you could also argue that they simply add to his power.

As the strongest mage in the known world, some of his abilities include buffing all of his stats to the extreme, crushing his opponents hearts without even physically touching them, or summoning a black hole on demand. Seriously, how do you protect yourself from that?

Ainz Ooal Gown from the anime Overlord
Ainz Ooal Gown

And, if his own powers alone weren’t enough to make him the strongest character in the series, he also has access to his hundreds or even thousands of maximum tier magical items which he and his guildmates farmed in the game. It’s access to items such as these that put Ainz above a similar character like Diablo from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.

I should also mention that Ainz’s current goal is apparently world domination, and so you’d have to be completely overpowered to even think you stood a chance of accomplishing that. But, as we’ve seen so far, it’s all going pretty well for him and the only time he had to really fight was against one of his own subordinates.

3. Madara Uchiha

Madara Uchiha from Naruto: Shippūden is likely on the top overpowered character lists for many people, and for good reason, but even he isn’t the most powerful on my list. But what is it exactly that makes Madara such a formidable opponent?

Like the rest of the Uchiha clan, Madara has access to the dōjutsu known as the Sharingan. This is the primary source of his power, but if his entire clan also has this power, then is he really all that special? Yes.

Through a long life of training and careful planning, Madara has taken his Sharingan to the furthest possible reaches and awakened the Rinnegan. Before even getting into how powerful the Rinnegan makes him, let’s first take a look at some of the more minor feats Madara accomplished with only his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.

After being “defeated” by the first Hokage, Hashirama Senju, Madara was able to revive himself. Then, much later and after he had died of old age, he was able to break free from a reanimation jutsu which brought him back as a servant. This essentially revived him completely yet again.

But, when he regains his Rinnegan after being revived, he becomes even more absurdly powerful and takes control of the Ten Tails. By doing this, he also awakens the Rinne Sharingan in addition to still having his Rinnegan.

Madara Uchiha from the anime Naruto: Shippuden
Madara Uchiha

I’ll take a quick break here to mention that if all of these words like Sharingan, Rinnegan, and Rinne Sharingan are confusing to you, check out my breakdown of the different dōjutsu in the Naruto series. The types I’m referring to here can be found in part one.

And now, back to Madara. Remember how I said the first Hokage “defeated” him? Well, that was all part of Madara’s plan so he could acquire some of the first Hokage’s DNA in order to awaken his Rinnegan, so this wasn’t a real defeat.

It’s also important to remember that nobody could defeat him once he became the Ten Tails jinchuriki. The first Hokage was no longer strong enough, the combination of Naruto and Sasuke weren’t strong enough, and even Might Guy using the Eighth Inner Gate wasn’t strong enough.

These four were considered to be some of the strongest shinobi to ever live (Might Guy specifically when using the Eight Gate of Death), and yet none of them could defeat Madara. The closest was Might Guy, but even he couldn’t land a single direct hit.

So how did Madara end up being defeated? He was simply stabbed in the back. That’s it.

Black Zetsu killed Madara by stabbing him through the back with ease, so doesn’t that mean Madara wasn’t actually overpowered? Not quite. Madara was working under the assumption that he created Black Zetsu and so it was impossible for him to be betrayed by him, but this clearly wasn’t the case.

If Madara had known at any time that Black Zetsu wasn’t actually his own creation, he could have easily annihilated him like he does with everything else. Thus, Madara’s defeat is a technicality and doesn’t really take away from how overpowered he is.

Remember, this is the guy who created two moons just to smash into the Earth and kill everyone. Madara can literally do whatever he wants and would have if not for Black Zetsu. But I know there will still be those who argue that tricking Madara is part of what makes Black Zetsu strong.

Consider the following: Madara was too powerful and so there was no possible way for our heroes, Naruto and Sasuke, to defeat him. This is a problem for the series because from the start we’ve known that Naruto is going to save the world and become Hokage, so how can this work?

Simple. The author decided to use a Deus ex Machina because there was no other way to write himself out of the hole that is Madara. For those who aren’t aware, a Deus ex Machina is a plot device used to resolve impossible situations by essentially invoking the Hand of God.

2. Saitama

While Madara’s defeat was a technicality, Saitama’s power from One Punch Man is itself a technicality. By this I mean that instead of having multiple abilities which make him overpowered, simply being overpowered is his ability.

Because Saitama’s power is so simple, I won’t really be spending much time talking about him here. I think you’ll be able to understand why he’s so high on this list with the brief description I do give.

As the title of the anime implies, Saitama can kill any opponent with just one punch. While that alone wouldn’t necessarily make him overpowered, he also appears to take absolutely no damage from the attacks of his opponents. He also has super speed.

Saitama from the anime One Punch Man

This means that he can defeat any opponent in one hit, can’t be damaged by any opponent, and if an opponent decides fleeing is the best option, he can still catch up with them. All of this would probably make you think that Saitama should be the number one most overpowered anime character, but you’d be wrong.

1. Eneru

So how do you make a character who can defeat someone who has divine intervention on call, the most powerful mage in the world, someone who can only be defeated by divine intervention, and someone who can kill anyone in a single punch? Easy, you make Eneru from One Piece.

I’ve already gone over Eneru in detail in my review of the Sky Island arc of One Piece, so this time around I’ll make the description of his powers quick and instead focus on his match-ups against other characters. Eneru has two main abilities: devil fruit power and mantra.

First, his devil fruit power gives him not only control over lightning, but actually makes him lightning. This means that he really doesn’t have a physical form, can travel at light speed, and can electrocute, burn, explode, or vaporize just about anything he wants to.

His second ability, mantra, allows him to read the movements of his opponents. It’s kind of like how the base level Sharingan works in Naruto, except he doesn’t need to be able to see his opponent and it has a range the size of an entire country, working on everyone at once.

With powers like that, it should come as little surprise that Eneru is the most overpowered anime character. Now, his match-up against Luffy is the only one in which he has a disadvantage in theory because rubber beats lightning, but by using the heat properties of lightning, he can still defeat Luffy.

Because of this, Eneru’s defeat was actually a Deus ex Machina much like Madara’s. He was “defeated” by being hit by a giant gold ball, but he could have just turned into lightning and traveled through it, heating it up to injure Luffy at the same time. However, then One Piece would have ended and what’s the fun in that?

Eneru from the Sky Island arc of the anime One Piece

So how about his match-ups against the other characters on this list? Well, for Touya all he would really need to do is give him a good shock and he’d die even if he has a magical smartphone. The rest, however, may give him a bit more trouble.

While I can’t be certain that Eneru could actually defeat Ainz, Madara, or Saitama, the same could be said for the other way around. They have no way to defeat Eneru either. Saitama can’t hit him and therefor can’t kill him and Madara is probably about equal with him other than having a physical body.

However, Ainz may have a chance if he can summon a black hole because even light can’t escape from that. That being said, I think Eneru’s mantra could still help him avoid it, and he would also probably be able to take out Ainz in return.


So, in summary, Touya can play god, but can’t stand up to a true supreme being like Ainz. However, Ainz is no match for a god on Earth such as Madara. But, Madara can still be killed in one punch by Saitama and can’t damage him in return. And finally, Eneru takes Madara’s strategy to the next level by literally being a god who Saitama can’t even touch.

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Top 5 Anime EDs

Top 5 Anime EDs


After writing about my top 5 anime OSTs and top 5 anime OPs, it’s only fitting that I also write about my top 5 anime EDs. However, creating a list of my top 5 anime ED’s was much harder than the previous two lists.

Generally, EDs aren’t as impactful because they’re often overshadowed by the OP of the anime. Also, since they come at the end of an episode, they’re usually skipped (even more so than OPs).

While I tend not to skip EDs, I don’t usually pay attention to them. I often spend this time looking at my phone and checking up on anything I may have missed while I was watching the episode. Because of this, I found it very hard to actually find five EDs that I liked enough to add to this list.

I’m sure there are plenty of good ones I didn’t think of, but the fact that I didn’t remember them shows that they weren’t actually memorable to make the cut. Really you should think of this as a “top 5 anime EDs that I remembered” list.

Also, it turns out it’s much harder to find the actual ED version of anime ED songs than it was for OP songs. Because of this, only two of the entries on my list will have links to the ED animations I’m talking about. The other three will simply have links to the full versions of their ED songs.

5. The Saga of Tanya the Evil

In position #5 is the ending of The Saga of Tanya the Evil featuring the song “Los! Los! Los!” The ED for this anime can be found here.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil is something I watched a year or two ago on one of Twitch.tv’s anime streams. This, like anything else I watched on those streams I don’t count as having actually watched because the experience is different when there’s a chat, and also I missed a few episodes.

Eventually I plan to go back and rewatch this series in its entirety, but I’m afraid it won’t be as entertaining without the chat commenting on everything as it happens. Speaking of the chat, that’s actually why this ED made it onto my list.

At the end of each episode for which the song “Los! Los! Los!” was the ED, the entire Twitch chat was filled with viewers spamming “Los! Los! Los!” And, when this song wasn’t featured in the ED of an episode, there was essentially a riot.

While this doesn’t really have much to do with the content of the actual ED, the fact that an ED could get such a reaction out of so many people made this one of the most memorable for me.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil anime ending animation featuring Tanya
The Saga of Tanya the Evil ED

4. A Place Further Than The Universe

In fourth place is the ED for A Place Further Than The Universe featuring the song “Koko Kara, Koko Kara.” I couldn’t find this song along with the ED animation, so the full song can be found here instead.

One reason I chose this ED to be on my list is most likely due to the fact that since the anime is from Winter 2018, it’s still fresh in my mind. However, I do also really like both the song and the animation for this ED.

The song is a feel-good song which goes well with the general feel-good attitude of most of this series. Not to mention it’s pretty catchy. The animation, however, is something I felt made this ED stand out.

The ED is filled with slightly animated pictures of the girls, penguins, and scenery. That alone isn’t anything special, but placed over these images are animated doodles which appear as if they’re drawn on in glowing ink.

This may not seem like much, but I thought it was a unique artistic choice. It seemed almost as though these were the doodles straight out of one of the girls’ notebooks showing what she saw and felt during their adventure.

A Place Further than the Universe anime ending animation
A Place Further than the Universe ED

3. Sailor Moon Crystal

The first ED of Sailor Moon Crystal season 3 is by far the best in the series and worthy of the #3 spot on my list. This ED features the song “Eternal Eternity” and can be viewed here.

Out of the 10 Sailor Guardians, the final four, Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn, are by far the most complex and interesting characters in the series. This ED features a duet between Neptune and Uranus, the two Sailor Guardians who are in a romantic relationship with each other.

This duet is one of the reasons I like this ED so much. I’m a fan of voice actors singing songs as their characters for OP/EDs (such as what happens in the Monogatari series) and having two of them do a duet just makes it twice as good.

The other duet from an OP/ED I can currently think of is the song “Kogarashi Sentament” from the Hitagi End arc of Koimonogatari which I’ll link here. The more I think about that OP, the more I feel I should have put it in my top 5 OPs.

So besides the song being a duet, what else do I like about it?

The names of Jupiter and Neptune, Michiru and Haruka respectively, are used in the song as words rather than their names. It’s wordplay like this which I think needs to be used more in general.

Other than the things I like about the song and the characters featured in it, the rest of the ED, the animation, is pretty standard as far as I’m concerned. I’ve heard the scene pictured in the image below is a Revolutionary Girl Utena reference, but I haven’t seen that so I can’t confirm it.

Sailor Moon Crystal season 3 anime ending 1 animation featuring Uranus and Neptune
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 ED 1

2. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is the most recent anime that I gave a 10/10 rating to and now it’s in second place on my top 5 anime ED list. The song featured in this ED is “Michishirube” and the full version is available here.

Now you may be thinking that this ED is simply on the list because I remembered it since I recently watched the anime, and sure, that may be part of it, but I do think this ED deserves this place.

First let’s take a look at the visuals of the ED. One of my favorite parts is the outlined figure of Violet walking through different seasons. As the seasons change, the color palette changes as well as the weather effects. It’s simple, but it’s visually appealing.

Near the beginning of the ED we also get a scene of Violet and the Major together under a starry sky which then rotates out of place. Later on in the ED we see Violet alone looking up at the stars holding her letter to the Major.

I liked these scenes because they reference how throughout the series Violet is constantly being reminded of the Major in everything she sees or experiences.

Finally, the music. Each episode of Violet Evergarden tends to end on a sad or bittersweet note and I feel the song used in the ED perfectly fits with those emotions.

By using a song that invokes the same feelings as the ending of the episode, the anime is allowing the emotions to sink in. If a song like “Los! Los! Los!” from The Saga of Tanya the Evil started playing at the end of this anime, the emotions would quickly be swept aside.

Violet Evergarden anime ending animation featuring Violet
Violet Evergarden ED

1. Madoka Magica

My favorite anime ED is from another one of my 10/10 anime, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This ED features the song “Magia” which can be listened to in full here.

Before we begin, however, I feel that the Madoka Magica OP is necessary for some context so I’ll link a terrible 360p quality version of it here.

A major reason for my love of this ED is how it contrasts with the OP for the anime. While the OP is upbeat and generally happy and cute, the ED is the opposite. This plays into how the anime advertises itself and how it actually is.

The ED features a flickering silhouette of Madoka walking towards a light source past flickering silhouettes of the other magical girls. She then begins to run towards the light which disappears, leaving her running through the darkness alone.

In the end, we see Madoka in the fetal position inside some sort of capsule (incubator), most likely referencing how the magical girls will one day “hatch” and become witches.

In the same way that I liked the Re:ZERO OP because it told a story referencing how the series plays out, I like the Madoka Magica ED because combined with the OP it shows the two faces of the series.

I also just really like the song “Magia.”

Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime ending animation
Puella Magi Madoka Magica ED


And there you have it, my top 5 anime EDs (that I remembered). I think the only ED that would be replaced on this list if I actually rewatched every ED I’ve seen would be the #5 position. I do really enjoy the rest of the EDs for their content.

Are any of these your favorite EDs? Can you remember more than five? Let me know if there are any EDs you enjoy enough to watch.

Top 5 Anime OPs

Top 5 Anime OPs


After writing about my top 5 anime OSTs I figured doing posts about my favorite OPs and EDs as well would be a good idea. However, these are much harder to pick between because there are so many more options.

While each anime only has one OST, they can have many OPs; Naruto: Shippuden alone has 20 different OPs. So with so many OPs to choose from since I’ve seen a decent amount of anime, there were some criteria I set up before I started.

First, I decided I’ll only be picking one OP per series. This is important because otherwise there would be multiple Monogatari series OPs since that anime just knows how to crank out high quality ones.

The second criteria is that the music and animation of the OP have to both work together well or just be good enough individually for me not to care. There are plenty of OP songs or animations which I love on their own, but put together they just didn’t make the cut.

The third and final criteria is that the OP must be memorable in some way. Although the second criteria is pretty biased, I think this is where most of the bias comes in.

There are probably many amazing OPs that I’ve seen, but am simply forgetting about because nothing happened when I was watching them to make them stick. I’ll explain this a bit more throughout the rest of the post.

As one final note before we begin, remember that a good OP is often a sign of a good anime, so it’s no coincidence that some of these anime may be familiar to you from my top 10 anime post.

5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Winry Rockbell from the first OP of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime
Fullmetal Alchemist OP 1 – Winry Rockbell

In position #5 on the list is the first OP from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (FMA:B) which can be viewed here. While I actually prefer FMA over FMA:B, I can’t deny that FMA:B is still good, and one of the parts I like the most is this first OP.

To start, I just really like the singer’s voice. Besides that, this OP is actually pretty standard; it shows some ominous shots, some action shots, the usual, so why did it make it into the top 5?

Well, the song is good and I really like how they have it sung by Winry. That’s basically it. I just really like Winry as a character and I thought having the song sung by her was a good touch even though it’s not sung by her voice actress like it would be if it was the Monogatari series.

Just something as simple as showing a character singing the OP song was enough to make this OP stand out to me which is why it made it onto my list. There are other great OPs which didn’t make the cut, but they didn’t do something special like this.

4. Owarimonogatari II

Ougi Oshino from the third anime OP of Owarimonogatari season 2
Owarimonogatari Season 2 OP 3 – Ougi Oshino

So before I start with this one let me just explain that while I chose the third OP from Owarimonogatari season 2, this spot really belongs to literally any Monogatari series OP. I just chose one which I happen to like the song for the most currently.

Objectively the fourth OP of Bakemonogatari is probably the best, but this is my list so I’ll do what I want. This is a newer Monogatari series OP which means I haven’t listened to it on repeat as much as the older ones yet which is why I picked it.

This OP can be viewed here.

If we’re considering the OP I chose from FMA:B to be standard, which it is, then from here on out the list has less standard OPs. Owarimonogatari season 2‘s third OP includes much more abstract animation.

In this OP we see Ougi Oshino confronting a shadow version of herself which is also a reflection of herself, hinting at her true nature. The visuals are also in high contrast with Ougi frequently being portrayed as a black shadow against bright white lights.

This artistic choice is undoubtedly referring to both the arc name (Ougi Dark) as well as Ougi’s character being considered an imitation of an entity known as “the darkness.” The animation also features some of Ougi’s sick BMX skills.

We also can’t forget that the song is an absolute “banger” as I think the kids would say, as is just about every Monogatari series OP song.

3. Samurai Champloo

Mugen from the Samurai Champloo anime OP
Samurai Champloo OP – Mugen

Samurai Champloo‘s OP is one that I probably wouldn’t have added onto the list if not for the last time I watched the series.

The OP can be viewed here. *This video has been removed.

It’s a series I love, but I probably wouldn’t have even thought of the OP for this list if not for the memories I have from when I rewatched the series with my roommate in college. While we often skipped OPs, this was one that we always got hyped up for and watched.

Although it’s an anime about samurai, the hip hop music just works with the art style of the show and the OP is no exception.

I think one of my favorite parts of this OP, besides the song, is how it compares the main characters to different things. Mugen is compared to a rooster because he’s wild when he attacks, while Jin is compared to fish because he’s calm and elegant.

Fuu is compared to vegetables.

Honestly I don’t know what else to say other than: you should go watch this OP right now so you can see how beautiful it is.

2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood

Dio Brando from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood anime OP
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood OP – Dio Brando

I love the first OP of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure so much that it was actually difficult to choose between this one and my #1 OP. The Phantom Blood arc OP is available here.

Let’s start off by saying that the song for this OP perfectly fits the beginning of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. It’s an epic song to fit an epic centuries-long fight between good and evil that all started with two adopted brothers.

However, as much as I like the song and think it fit the anime and OP animation, the OP animation is really what puts this one so high on my list. The OP actually doesn’t even use the same art style as the rest of the series, but that’s typical of JoJo’s until we get to the fourth arc.

Instead, this OP seamlessly switches between 3D animation (I promise it’s works in this OP) and manga-style flip book animation. While you normally wouldn’t think these two styles would pair well together, somehow they did it and the result is a masterpiece of an OP.

No matter what you think of JoJo’s as a series I think if you’re a fan of good animation style this is a must-watch OP. I only rated this series a 7/10 and yet it still has one of the best OPs I’ve ever seen; definitely the best style-wise.

1. Re:ZERO

Subaru Natsuki from the first Re:ZERO anime OP
Re:ZERO OP 1 – Subaru Natsuki

So I know I said that FMA:B was the only standard OP on this list, but honestly, the Re:ZERO OP is pretty close to standard as well. However, this OP leaves out the action scenes and goes all in on the ominous foreshadowing.

The OP can be found here.

But enough about that for now, let’s first talk about the music. I think this may be my favorite anime OP song ever. And apparently the singer is younger than me so I think she’ll be around for a long time to come and will hopefully continue to produce amazing songs like this one.

She’s also the singer of the No Game No Life OP if you’re familiar with that one, as well as a variety of other anime OPs and EDs.

So the art and animation for this OP aren’t as special as JoJo’s was, but there can be more to a good OP than just music, art style, or animation. In this case, the OP tells a story which fits perfectly with the rest of the series.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “But how can this OP be telling a story? It’s just flickering versions of the characters and Subaru suffering.”

Well you’re right, but we have to remember that Subaru suffering is a major plot point for the series so technically that still works into my storytelling explanation. However, it’s really the beginning and ending of the OP which are the important parts.

So the key thing to remember about this anime is that Subaru can essentially respawn after he dies. This is what’s symbolized by the beginning of the OP where his blood goes back into his body and he stands back up unharmed.

This is actually a reversed version of the ending scene of the OP and together they form a loop of Subaru dying and starting over just like in the series.

Further, as the hand of the witch grabs Subaru’s heart at the end of the OP just before the scene of him dying like we saw in the beginning, the background plays the entire OP backwards. This further symbolizes how everything loops for Subaru as he dies and restarts.

Throughout the middle of the OP we also see various stages of Subaru throughout the series. We see him happy, sad, lost, confident, but in the end he still dies and starts over.

The amazing song paired with an animation that tells a story about the nature of the series and the protagonist within it is the reason this is my #1 OP.


And there you have it. Those are my top 5 anime OPs.

Do you think something I picked is a bad OP? Do you think I missed an obvious OP choice? What are some of your favorite OPs? Let me know so I can form an opinion about you and your choice in OPs.