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Illustrator Reimagines Fast Food Mascots As Anime Characters And Now Everyone Wants To Read Their Manga

Illustrator Reimagines Fast Food Mascots As Anime Characters And Now Everyone Wants To Read Their Manga

The Philippine digital artist, known as the Ozumi Wizard, has reshaped various fast food showbiz and transformed them into amazing mobile phone characters.

1.KFC,Clonel Sanders

2. Starbucks

3. Wendy

4. Wendy and Ronald Macdonald

5. Ronald Macdonald

6. Burger King

7. Dairy Queen

8. Hamburger

9. Teavana

10. Jack in the Box

11. Denny’s

12. J.co

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Symphogear’s Musical Message Is Exactly What We Need to Hear

In a chaotic world, it can be hard to cut through all the Noise, but Symphogear is here to help with a message of hope.

Even though the series ended in 2019, Symphogear still has plenty of buzz going, even today. Between its adorable characters, its banger music and its fanservice, the series has made a lasting impact on fans across the world. The live performances and mobile game are just cherries on the cake. However, something that is often overlooked about the sleeper hit is the message that the series was trying to convey.

Symphogear follows Hibiki Tachibana, a high schooler who is “the only survivor” of a lethal attack by creatures called Noise. During a concert for Zwei Wing, an idol duo comprised of two girls, Kanade and Tsubasa, the Noise attack and turn many of the attendees into carbon ash. Kanade and Tsubasa fight the monsters using their Symphogears, Noise-repelling armor made from relics like Odin’s Spear Gungnir and the sacred sword Ame no Habakiri. During the battle, Kanade’s armor is damaged and the fragments are embedded in Hibiki’s chest, allowing her to later become “Attuned” to Gungnir and don the armor. This passing of the armor is thanks to Kanade’s sacrificing her life to wipe out the Noise with her Zesshou, or Swan Song.


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Over the course of five seasons, Hibiki tries to reach out to her opponents and help them overcome whatever pain they’re feeling. This is a recurring theme throughout the show, with the final season, Symphogear XV, even centering on being able to understand each other’s feelings. This underlying message is something that we can learn from and apply in our everyday lives.

We live in an age where technology has helped us connect with those across the world, but at the same time, there are more barriers than ever. We are disconnected from each other on a sympathetic level. We look at our screens and think, “Wow. That’s horrible,” before moving on to the next topic. Our work lives, our social lives, and even our personal lives are all intertwined with the cables that carry data from one place to another.

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Even though we have the means, we rarely truly reach out to others when it can make a difference. If it doesn’t directly affect us or someone we personally know, we scroll on, sure that someone else will do something and help. We each have our own issues we are dealing with, but we don’t have to do it alone.

One of the barriers that can cause a disconnect is language. We tend to rely on translations and localizations of our favorite foreign media. Whether it’s a dub or a sub, there’s a filter that the media in question must go through before reaching the consumer, and meaning can be lost in the process. Not by malice or incompetence, but because some things just can’t be conveyed in other languages. Symphogear shows us that even though it’ll be hard, we can still try.

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Marco’s Role on Wano Could Be Much Bigger Than It Appears

For such a big character, Marco’s role in the Wano arc seems minimal. But future One Piece arcs may have something big cooking for the Phoenix.

The former first mate of the Whitebeard Pirates and the de facto leader of its remnants, Marco “the Phoenix” is a crucial character in One Piece. The formerly neutral vice-captain allying with Luffy during the Wano arc represents a great deal for both the Straw Hats and the world stage as the two major powers come together.

This is why it’s odd that Marco really hasn’t done much so far. His role in the Wano arc was teased as far back as Chapter 820 where the Straw Hats discuss recruiting him, and then in Chapter 909 where he seemingly refuses Cat Viper’s call to action. As such, it’s a shock when he shows up in Wano after all, ready to fight with the alliance against Kaido.


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All Marco has done so far, however, is briefly distract King and Queen. Fighting two Yonko Commanders at once is certainly no small feat, but the series doesn’t pretend their fight is important — Marco himself makes it clear that he’s just holding them off for Zoro and Sanji to deal with. With Zoro and Sanji now fighting the two Calamities, Marco seems to have bowed out entirely, and somewhat anticlimactically given how much buildup he had. As the sole guardian of Whitebeard’s hometown, Marco made it clear that he would only leave in the most extreme circumstances, and his role so far hasn’t justified that decision.

It’s entirely possible, however, that there’s something else in store for the Phoenix. The Wano arc is a partial retelling of the Tale of Momotaro, a Japanese folktale about a boy named Momotaro who, with the promise of millet dumplings, persuades a trio of allies to fight a demon that lives on an island called Onigashima. In One Piece’s loose adaptation, Kozuki Momonosuke is named after Momotaro, and Kaido’s headquarters, Onigashima, is the same as the demon’s island. The character Tama also uses enchanted millet dumplings to win Kaido’s forces over to the alliance’s side.

One key detail from the tale is the identity of Momotaro’s three allies: a monkey, a dog and a pheasant. Momonosuke, meanwhile, has allied himself with Monkey D. Luffy and Yamato, wielder of the Okuchi-no-Makami Devil Fruit — a wolf deity. This means that the folktale’s monkey and dog have direct parallels in One Piece, but the pheasant is still unaccounted for. Given Marco’s phoenix Devil Fruit powers, he’s the only major hero with a bird motif currently on Onigashima, making him the most feasible candidate.

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While Marco’s reduced role thus far might make him a confusing choice for the pheasant, it would be a deceptively apt choice. After all, the concept of inherited will is one of One Piece‘s main themes — Marco is the main inheritor of Whitebeard’s will, and Momonosuke is the inheritor of his father Oden’s, himself a former Whitebeard Pirate. The Wano arc is Momonosuke’s coming-of-age story, and it would be fitting for him, as Oden’s proxy, to stand alongside Whitebeard’s.

That’s all very well for Momonosuke’s character arc, but Marco’s won’t be so clean cut. The former Whitebeard Pirates first mate has had a hard time of things. Following the events of Marineford and the subsequent Payback War with Blackbeard, Marco’s stint as captain of the Whitebeard Pirates hasn’t been particularly successful. The man lost his adoptive father and brother on the same day, and his crew is currently scattered, leading to Marco becoming a recluse — but fighting alongside a Kozuki again is just the boost the Phoenix needs. It’s Momo’s goal to open Wano’s borders and accept responsibility on the world stage, and Marco doing the same would parallel that plotline beautifully. After all, matching its world’s broad political gestures with more intimate character beats is One Piece’s bread and butter.

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Plus, as the inheritor of Whitebeard’s will, Marco will come to the forefront of the story sooner or later. Oda has confirmed that the self-proclaimed son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil, will play a big role in the series moving forward, and he has his eyes set on slaughtering the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates. If Marco is going to be part of the inevitable confrontation with Weevil, then he’s going to need to get his groove back first, and the climax of Wano is the perfect opportunity for him to do so.

Marco, at present, is an outlier in this arc. For all of the intricate plotting, his role in the story is still a mystery. But Oda is a deliberate writer, and Marco’s seeming lack of presence thus far and the absence of the pheasant is no coincidence. Whatever the climax of the arc looks like, and whatever course Marco’s character takes, it’s a sure thing that no one will see it seen coming.

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Boruto: Why Chōchō’s Freaky Friday Arc Is Problematic

The Boruto anime expands on a key plot point in Chocho’s development, which leads to a Freaky Friday arc that feels quite problematic.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 222, “The Night Before The Final Round,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.

One of the most comedic characters in the Naruto anime was Chōji Akimichi, who belonged to Team Asuma alongside Shikamaru and Ino. He was often chided for his eating but it was really his sloppy behavior in the field — and Asuma’s insistence that he’d eventually be a badass warrior — that left fans constantly laughing, especially as his incompetence frustrated his teammates. However, as the Boruto series leans even more into his clan’s traits and Chōchō’s development as a shinobi, a Freaky Friday arc plays out that feels quite problematic.


While Chōji wasn’t necessarily made fun of for eating or being overweight all the time, for some reason his daughter is. Insensitive jokes of this nature may have been part of anime, manga and even Western cartoons and such years ago, but honestly, it’s decades later, so there should be more sensitivity in a time when we’re more awake and progressing as a society.

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Sadly, that doesn’t happen with Chōji’s daughter Chōchō in Boruto, and it’s even worse as the two people she trusts most — Shikadai and Inojin — are the ones poking fun at her. Firstly, when Chōchō says she doesn’t mind remaining a genin rather than endure the rigors of new exams to graduate, they mentally bribe her by saying that if she passes, she’ll get paid more and can buy more food.

They literally play on her greed, which excites Chōchō who all of a sudden wants to excel. This lacks substance, however, and shouldn’t be her motivating factor. She is already inspired by Shikadai, who’s already graduated and is waiting on them to follow before he rocks his Chūnin jacket. Plus, seeing as they’re a legacy team who should want to inspire their parents, the reasons are already there to elevate herself for future threats.

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It’s even worse in the field when Inojin is actually racing with Chōchō, calling her “chubby” and such. It’s disrespectful and, at a time when so much cyberbullying and body image issues occur, it has no place in the Boruto franchise. The most condescending and insulting aspect, though, comes just before the exam when Inojin tries his mind-swap powers on her a-la Freaky Friday.

Sarada and Chocho Akimichi from Boruto

When he gets into her body, it’s awful and condescending as he can’t control her eating. Chōchō’s body is automatically trying to feed itself at the ramen restaurant, but this is tone deaf and makes it seem like she has no agency.

This doesn’t correlate to her family’s powers of being able to expand their bodies, nor does it touch on how their appetites may help their metabolism — it’s a gimmick just to show Chōchō can’t stop eating, even if she wants to. It’s quite cosmetic and ultimately, for a series that is still yet to elevate its women, such as Sarada and Sakura, Boruto should scrub these toxic arcs that run a high chance of making people feel insecure.

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Sakura Haruno Has the Best Character Arc in Naruto Part 1

Sakura Haruno is often thought of as the black sheep of Team 7. Many fans overlook her accomplishments in favor of god-like titans such as Naruto and Sasuke. Even fans that grew to like Sakura in Part 2 tend to have a poor perception of her character in Part 1. Despite the general controversy over Sakura, the heroine with pink hair had one of the most compelling character arcs in Part 1. She might not have had a tragic backstory like Sasuke or possessed a demon fox like Naruto, but she developed more than any other character. It is in fact because Sakura in Part 1 had no dark history or special powers that her character arc was so dynamic.


Before the start of Naruto, Sakura had a relatively easy and privileged life. She lived in one of the most powerful villages with both of her parents and she excelled at her studies in the Academy. At this point in her life, she had not had to deal with any major hardships or acknowledge the hardships of others. As far as she was aware, her life would continue to be this simple and carefree forever. All of that changed when she was assigned to Team 7 with Naruto and Sasuke. From that moment on, Sakura’s understanding of the world and the people in it grew immensely.

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Sakura’s Disillusionment

The first time Sakura’s worldview was challenged was when she blamed Naruto’s poor behavior on his lack of parents and Sasuke chastised her for it. When he told her she didn’t understand what it felt like to be alone, her initial perception of her teammates changed. Before this, she’d only seen Naruto as the annoying class clown and Sasuke as the cool boy she had a crush on. Now, they looked more complicated than the archetypes she had fitted them into. After this, Sakura tried to be nicer to Naruto and attempted to see the boys on a deeper level.

Sakura would continue to have her assumptions challenged during the team’s first real mission in the Land of Waves. Because she grew up in a prosperous village like the Hidden Leaf, she was shocked to see the poverty affecting the Land of Waves. For the first time, she directly witnessed despair and hardship. She started to realize that life could be extremely difficult for other people. This motivated her to help the people in the Land of Waves and help Naruto get stronger.

Sakura was the top kunoichi, or female ninja, of her graduating class. Life at the Academy came easily to her and, because of this, she assumed that being a real ninja would be just as simple. Both she and the rest of Team 7 quickly learned that was not the case. Through her experience with Zabuza and Haku, she learned what a real ninja is: A professional whose life is always in danger, who does not show emotion, and who fulfills their mission at any cost. The slightest mistake could mean death, for herself or her teammates. For someone who’d been so focused on studying, the reality of the career and its dangers were crushingly daunting. However, by the end of the Land of Waves mission, Sakura had accepted these complicated realizations about being a ninja, who her teammates were, and the world they lived in.

Was Sakura Strong Enough to Stand on Her Own?

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After understanding the cruelty and difficulty of her world, Sakura struggled with whether or not she was strong enough to be a ninja. When Kakashi offered to enter Team 7 in the Chūnin Exams, Sasuke and Naruto agreed without a second thought, but Sakura was hesitant. She questioned if she was ready for the exams and if she would be a burden to her teammates. Eventually, she gathered enough confidence to participate. Sakura chose to believe in herself and her own abilities.

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The exams progressed without major issues until the Forest of Death, when Naruto and Sasuke were both defeated by Orochimaru. With her teammates out of commission, Sakura had to defend them by herself against three Sound ninjas. Although she put up a valiant effort, she ultimately had to be saved by Rock Lee, Team 10, and Sasuke. Even though she was unable to successfully defend her teammates alone, she proved that she was willing to do what was necessary to protect her friends, even at the cost of her life.

During the preliminaries, Sakura was selected to compete in a one-on-one fight against her lifelong rival, Ino Yamanaka. This fight was important because it was the first time she’d faced a challenge while entirely isolated. Before this, she had relied on Team 7, or her other friends, to come to her aid. Even before becoming a ninja, Sakura had relied on Ino to defend her against bullies. For this match, she could not count on anyone else. She ultimately proved during the fight with Ino, to herself and to everybody watching, that she could stand on her own two feet like a true ninja. This moment also motivated her to become strong enough so that Naruto and Sasuke could rely on her as well.

Sakura’s Love Wasn’t Enough

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Sakura in Part 1 was fond of declaring that love overcame all. She continuously asserted that if she just continued to believe in the power of love then things would turn out well for her. After Sasuke lost to Itachi and began to act distant, Sakura attempted to fix things by looking after him in the hospital and caring for him. This seemed to annoy him and tension continued to boil until he challenged Naruto to a fight. Their battle escalated when Sasuke and Naruto used deadly force against each other. Ultimately, Kakashi ended the fight. Team 7 was strained, but Sakura hoped that things would return to normal eventually.

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Sakura confronted Sasuke when he attempted to leave the village. She knew she could not physically prevent him from leaving so she attempted to rely on the power of love. She professed her feelings for him and promised that everything would work out if he just stayed with her. This failed. Sasuke abandoned the village and Naruto was badly injured in his attempt to bring him back. This painful experience taught Sakura that her love and faith were not enough to protect her teammates. She needed to be strong. Strong enough to help Naruto bring back Sasuke and spare him from further pain. This event pushed her to start her two-and-a-half-year training under Tsunade.

In Part 1, Sakura went through difficult trials that tested the boundaries of her ignorance, self-doubt, and heartache. After each hardship, she came out stronger, more confident, and more aware of the world. She learned to see Naruto and Sasuke for the people they truly are. She endured the difficulties of being a ninja. And she understood that acquiring more strength would be necessary for her to accomplish her goals and protect the people she cared about. With all of these avenues of growth, Sakura had the most realistic and compelling character arc in Part 1.

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One Piece Creates Massive NYC Mural and Contest for 1000th Episode

Crunchyroll launches a massive mural in NYC, as well as a photo contest, to celebrate the upcoming 1,000th episode of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece.

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is one of the most successful and popular manga/anime series of all time, and soon, the anime will conquer an impressive milestone — its 1,000th episode. To celebrate, Crunchyroll, Anime NYC and Midtown Comics teamed up to create an impressive mural and launch a photo contest.

Crunchyroll and its collaborators hired Colossal Media to produce the giant mural, which depicts Luffy about to throw down with Kaido and prompts passers-by to watch the episode when it premieres on Nov. 20. The image stands at 17 feet tall and 44 feet wide and is emblazoned across the corner of Grand St. and Kent Ave in Brooklyn, NY.


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The photo contest, which is open to legal residents of the United States (excluding residents of territories like Guam and Puerto Rico), began on Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 5. Those wishing to enter must take a photo of themselves in front of the mural and post the picture to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #OnePiece1000Mural. The lucky winner will be determined via a random draw and will receive a one-year subscription to Crunchyroll, a $100 gift card to Midtown Comics and weekend passes to Anime NYC 2022.

The ongoing One Piece manga was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump on July 22, 1997, and the first anime episode debuted on Oct. 20, 1999. The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate whose body is made out of rubber and dreams of becoming the next King of the Pirates, as he and his wacky crew explore the Grand Line and search for the titular treasure. The series experienced profound success with over 490 million copies of the manga sold worldwide as of July 2021 and the anime netting ¥77.474 billion ($817.87 million) in earnings as of September 2020. One Piece also inspired a wealth of adaptations, from video games to music to light novels to tie-in films to a kabuki play to even a Netflix live-action adaptation.

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The new mural and photo contest aren’t the only ways people are celebrating One Piece‘s 1,000th episode. For example, the official Twitter account for the series asked fans to post short video messages about their favorite moments from the long-running pirate anime and the official One Piece website released a teaser image of the episode’s upcoming battle. Moreover, there will be a screening of the episode at Anime NYC on Nov. 20. Attendees will get to participate in a trivia contest beforehand and receive an exclusive commemorative coin.

Fans who want to rewatch One Piece before the 1,000th episode airs can stream the series on Funimation and Crunchyroll.

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MHA Characters Who Use Multiple Quirks – and How They Work

WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi, Caleb Cook and John Hunt, available now in English from Viz Media.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s usually one Quirk per person in My Hero Academia. However, some extraordinary circumstances have resulted in a few characters welding more than one. Here’s a list of the select few heroes who have used — or currently use — multiple Quirks.

Katsuki Bakugo: Explosion and (Briefly) One For All

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Bakugo’s Explosion is one of the stronger Quirks in My Hero Academia, but Heroes Rising proved it wasn’t all-powerful. When he and Deku faced Nine, the only way they could defeat the villain was by sharing One For All. Bakugo quickly adapted to its use though, and together they made short work of Nine. Additionally, doing this amplified Bakugo’s own Quirk and made his explosions even more powerful. While he held it, his blasts were on a whole other level.


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Gigantomachia Uses an Incredible Seven Quirks

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As All For One’s most loyal servant, it’s only natural that Gigantomachia would receive a few power-ups, and his master spared no expense in making him a beast. His naturally tough constitution allows him to endure seven Quirks, a number that would normally be impossible for one person to withstand without serious body modifications. Gigantomachia’s combination of Quirks makes him almost impossible to defeat and earned him the nickname “walking natural disaster,” as he leaves only destruction in his wake wherever he goes.

Neito Monoma, Class 1-B’s Ultimate Copycat

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Class 1-B’s Phantom Thief has one of the most enviable Quirks in My Hero Academia. His Copy allows him to replicate the Quirks of up to four different people he touches for 10 minutes. During that time frame, he can use all the Quirks he’s copied to his heart’s delight. This freedom allows him to combine them for super moves that would be otherwise impossible to perform. When combined with his immense intellect and knack for figuring Quirks out, Copy makes Monoma quite a tricky customer to deal with in battle.

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Kurogiri, Shigaraki’s Mysterious Guardian

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Tomura Shigaraki’s guardian appears to have only one Quirk — the sinister-looking Warp Gate. However, Season 5 of My Hero Academia revealed Kurogiri’s true identity as a Nomu. Furthermore, his Warp Gate combines several different Quirk factors that allow him to create his shadowy portals.

Kurogiri, formerly a UA student and best pal of Eraser Head and Present Mic, used to be known as Oboro Shirakumo. He was a hero-in-training and his Quirk, Cloud, forms the base of Warp Gate. The exact number of Quirks combined with Cloud to create it hasn’t been revealed yet but given Warp Gate’s versatility and accuracy, it shouldn’t be less than three.

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Izuku Midoriya Discovers One For All’s Origins

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When Deku first received One For All near the start of My Hero Academia, he had no idea just how much danger and responsibility would come with the Quirk. Apart from putting him in the crosshairs of Japan’s most dangerous villains, One For All had the Quirks of all its previous users locked within it and he now has to master them all.

He’s only used Blackwhip so far in the anime, but the other Quirks shouldn’t be too far behind. In the manga however, Deku has unlocked several more: Fa Jin, Smoke Screen, Float and Danger Sense. These Quirks make him one of the most powerful people currently in My Hero Academia.

Tomura Shigaraki Goes Plus Ultra With Multiple Quirks

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As part of the process that was supposed to transform him into All For One’s next vessel, Tomura Shigaraki was fitted with a large number of Quirks that had been previously stockpiled. He was awoken prematurely yet even in his incomplete state, Shigaraki was more than a match for several top heroes teaming up against him. From EMP blasts to regenerative powers, the new Plus Ultra Shigaraki’s Quirks are diverse and powerful.

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Shoto Todoroki, Born of Fire and Ice

Shoto is the singular instance of someone being born with multiple Quirks in My Hero Academia. Such a rare occurrence didn’t happen by chance, of course. Endeavor wanted a child who’d inherit his flame Quirk but without his tendency to overheat from using it. His solution was to procreate with Rei, who had an Ice Quirk, and together they had a son. Shoto’s Fire and Ice are distinct enough to be classified as two different Quirks; they’re vastly different powers and he can use either one independently of the other.

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Lady Nagant, “Gifted” a Second Quirk From All For One

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All For One tasked the rifle-armed assassin Lady Nagant with bringing Deku to him. To make her work easier, he granted her his own Air Walk Quirk, allowing her the power of flight and all the advantages it came with. Unfortunately, this gift came with a price — All For One had rigged it with a trap set to activate should her convictions ever waver.

Nine, Who Used All For One in Heroes Rising

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The main antagonist of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Nine had the capacity to wield eight additional Quirks in addition to his Weather Manipulation. Before he could steal enough fill every slot however, he was defeated by Bakugo and Deku using Two One For All. Nine gained his synthetic All For One Quirk from Dr. Garaki, who used him as a test subject to determine whether the process to grant Shigaraki his mentor’s Quirks would succeed. The operation was a success, but Nine was unable to use his Quirks to their fullest extent because of his deteriorating health.

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The Previous Users of One For All

Unlike Deku and All Might, the previous users of One For All had their own Quirks in addition to the power-stocking ability. Since OFA wasn’t as powerful in their time as it is now, they used it in tandem with their original Quirks, strengthening it in order to pass it down until it was strong enough to finally defeat All For One.

All For One Has Used At Least 10 Quirks

The villain boss is singlehandedly responsible for all but two of the entries on this list, whether directly or indirectly. All For One’s initial Quirk allows him to steal those of others and either use them himself, or transfer them to those willing to swear loyalty to him. His fascination with Quirks has led him to experiment on them extensively.

He created the Quirk monsters known as Nomu with Dr. Garaki, but that wasn’t the extent of their collaboration. Together, they devised ways to create synthetic Quirks through experiments and shelve them for later use. The exact number of Quirks he’s stolen over the years is unknown but in his battle against All Might, he used no fewer than 10. But given All For One’s age and greed when it comes to Quirks in My Hero Academia, the number could be well into the hundreds.

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Happy and Other Fairy Tail Character Designs in Edens Zero

Many of Hiro Mashima’s characters from Edens Zero and Fairy Tail share visual similarities. Is this out of laziness or something more?

Hiro Mashima is a popular mangaka who has enjoyed great success from his works Rave Master and Fairy Tail. His most recent series, Edens Zero, now has a Netflix anime adaption. Fans of Mashima’s previous work will more than likely notice familiar character designs from previous series reappearing in Edens Zero. Some of these designs have general similarities to characters of the past, while others are carbon copies of beloved past characters. Mashima is well known for creating characters with similar designs to his previous works — both Rave Master and Fairy Tail share characters that could be mistaken for long-lost twins.


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It’s easy to assume that the reason Mashima has so many characters with the same design is out of laziness. It’s easier to pull designs from previous work than come up with brand new, unique designs for each series. Although this is possible, there could be another reason behind it. Mashima isn’t the only famous mangaka who reuses characters. The creator of Astro Boy, Osamu Tezuka, often reused characters in different roles across his works. This practice became known as Osamu Tezuka’s Star System.

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Mashima is potentially employing the same tactic with his own characters, with the similar designs across his work also acting as Easter eggs for older fans. Regardless of Mashima’s reasoning, his reuse of character designs is clearly intentional and has not hampered the success of his manga.

Happy & Happy

Happy from Edens Zero and Fairy Tail

Happy is the most obvious of Edens Zero’s callbacks to a previous character in Fairy Tail. Both characters share the same name in both Edens Zero and Fairy Tail and are almost identical. Happy is a blue cat with a white stomach that can talk and walk upright. The only visual difference that exists between them is the different colored tips of their tails. The Happy in Edens Zero has a black-tipped tail while Fairy Tail’s is white. The Happy in Fairy Tail can also use magic to give himself wings. Although they play different roles in Edens Zero and Fairy Tail, Happy is still the loveable mascot of both series.

Shiki Granbell & Natsu Dragneel

Shiki Granbell & Natsu Dragneel

The similarities between the main characters of Edens Zero and Fairy Tail are striking. Both characters have the same general face and sport wild, spiky hair styled in almost the exact same way. The two characters even share the same thin, reptile-like dark eyes and muscular build. The main differences between the two appear in their hair color and style of outfit. Natsu has pink hair while Shiki rocks a solid black color.

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Natsu’s outfit leans more toward his background as a mage with his iconic white scarf. His clothing is very flowy and easy to move around in. An open black and gold waistcoat, baggy white pants and black sandals complete his look. Shiki’s outfit is much more urban in design. He wears an open red jacket with a red and white t-shirt underneath, paired with baggy green pants tucked into black boots.

Rebecca Bluegarden & Lucy Heartfilia

Rebecca Bluegarden & Lucy Heartfilia

The two female protagonists of both series also share a lot of similarities. Lucy and Rebecca both possess long blonde reaching their waists, although Rebecca’s hair is more of an ash color while Lucy’s is more gold. Both women have wide eyes, Rebecca’s blue and Lucy’s brown, and they share the same curvy body type.

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Although their outfits change periodically, both women wear very similar clothing. They even have the same blue and white color scheme. Lucy’s most well-known outfit is a sleeveless blue and white top, a blue skirt that holds her Celestial Keys and whip, and thigh-high leather boots. Rebecca’s outfit consists of a sleeveless white jacket with a blue collar, black sleeves with gold trim, a black, and a gold skirt and boots.

Elsie Crimson & Erza Scarlet

Elsie Crimson & Erza Scarlet

Right off the bat, the names of these two characters bring up numerous similarities. The two names are almost like someone was looking for a synonym of the other. Both Elsie and Erza sport bold red hair, evoking their namesakes, which is worn in the same style. Although they have very different color palettes, both designs bring to mind the idea of a knight in armor.

Erza dresses more like a traditional medieval knight with her chest plate, armor and gauntlets. Beneath the armor, she wears a blue skirt and knee-high boots. Elsie’s outfit is much more sinister in appearance, evoking the imagery of a dark knight. She wears a black eyepatch that covers her right eye. Her torso, arms and legs are all covered in black armor with what appears to be a black leotard underneath. Over it all, she wears a long black cape with gold trim and her space pirate insignia on the back.

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How Did Namekians Learn to Create the Dragon Balls?

Dragon Ball’s Namekians aren’t known for their power, so how did they learn to create some of the universe’s most powerful artifacts?

The Dragon Balls aren’t just the namesake of Akira Toriyama’s classic series, but incredibly powerful artifacts. When all seven are brought together, a person can wish for almost anything, from eternal youth to the revival of the dead. Throughout Dragon Ball, different versions of these artifacts have been introduced, each time by a Namekian. Earth’s original Dragon Balls were created by the Namekian Guardian of Earth, Kami, and were later recreated by the Namekian who replaced him, Dende. Their homeworld of Namek even has its own set of Dragon Balls that are more powerful than Earth’s.

But how are the Namekians able to create magical artifacts capable of defying death? The race of green aliens isn’t inherently more powerful than other alien races. Frieza’s henchmen were able to defeat most of the planet’s warriors rather easily. Despite their lack of physical strength compared to Saiyans or other aliens, Namekians are the only race able to create Dragon Balls. Is there a limit to this power and can any Namekian create Dragon Balls?


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The Origin of the Dragon Balls

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To answer these questions it’s necessary to look back at the original set of Dragon Balls that spawned all the rest. The Super Dragon Balls were created by a powerful Dragon God, named Zalama. These Dragon Balls are the size of planets and only grant a single wish when activated. However, this wish has no limits, unlike the wishes of other Dragon Balls, and has been used to restore entire universes that were destroyed. Both in size and power, these Super Dragon Balls dwarf the ones of Earth and Namek.

Far in the past, the Namekians found one of these Super Dragon Balls and chipped pieces off of it to create their own Dragon Balls. These Dragon Balls were much smaller and weaker than the originals but could be used to grant three wishes instead of one. This answers the question of how the Dragon Balls came to exist but to solve the mysteries of their creation, one must look at the powers of the Namekians.

The Namekian race consists of two classes of people: a warrior caste skilled in combat and a support caste, known as the Dragon Clan, that’s skilled in magic. The Dragon Clan has multiple magical abilities, including healing and the power to create objects. This is the reason why Kami and Picciolo are able to manifest clothing from thin air — they are part of the Dragon Clan. This same materialization magic is also how the Dragon Clan Namekians are able to create Dragon Balls.

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Because the Namekians were once the only species to have their own Dragon Balls, they were able to hone the magic used to create them so that they could be copied. Each set of Dragon Balls is magically tied to their creator and turns to stone upon their death. Hypothetically, each Dragon Clan member could produce their own individual set of Dragon Balls, like Kami did when he came to Earth. This process takes a long time, however, so it is much easier to modify an existing set of Dragon Balls, like Dende did when he replaced Kami.

Although Piccolo is technically a member of the Dragon Clan, it is unclear if he is able to create his own set of Dragon Balls. After Piccolo fuses with Kami, the Earth Dragon Balls become inert and he’s unable to restore them. It seems that Kami’s more advanced magical abilities were not transferred to Piccolo when they fused.

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