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These are reasons that anime kicks ass. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 anime powers we wish were real.
Considering how many shows use supernatural and outrageous abilities, we’ve made our list based on their practicality, destructiveness and popularity. With that said, tense your muscles, let out a powerhouse scream and… “Ka…me…ha…me…HA!”
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#10: Demon Weapons “Soul Eater” (2008-09)
In a world where evil spirits prey on the helpless, an academy is set up to train students to become Meisters. While at school, these highly skilled warriors are partnered with other students who can transform into living weapons—sort of like Hogwarts for badasses. With the Meister wielding the students in their demon weapon form, the pair doubles their strength by merging the resonance of their souls.
#9: Ultimate Telekinesis “Akira” (1988)
This power pretty much does one thing and one thing only: it destroys everything. And if it somehow gets out of control, well, you can imagine the kind of annihilation that’d cause. However, these psychic abilities do come at a price: for enraged youth Tetsuo, they cause intense pain. But even so, in his hands, mind-over-matter means the end of Neo-Tokyo and all its inhabitants.
#8: Sharingan “Naruto” Franchise
There’s practically no limit to the abilities of these ninjas: they can summon giant beasts, bring back the dead and control the elements. But our pick goes to the ocular vision of the Uchiha Clan. This power allows a chosen few to predict movements and see chakra during its initial stage. Once it’s reached full power, it lets the user trap enemies in painful illusions, create black flames that can’t be extinguished, as well as this.
#7: Vectors “Elfen Lied” (2004)
Though they’re invisible and fluctuate in their strength, this is by far the most savage power on our list. Probably some sort of psychic manifestation; these long-ranging, seemingly endless claws are used by the Diclonius, a race of humanoids with pink hair, spiked horns and a tendency for decapitation. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.
#6: Zanpakuto “Bleach” (2004-12)
These are the weapons of the afterlife. Used by the Shinigami, or Soul Reapers, who govern the souls of the dead and slay the twisted creatures known as Hollows, these swords have two stages to them, an initial and final release. Their abilities vary; just make sure to stay clear when you hear… “Bankai!”
#5: Devil Fruits “One Piece” (1999-)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away; and with a bite from one of these you’ll be plundering ships before you know it. Used by both pirates and the Navy, these cursed and rather foul-tasting fruits will give the user incredible powers too numerous to name, though a few recurring ones are transformation, elemental, and bodily alterations. All you really need to know is the people who use this power can dish out some serious ass kicking.
#4: Geass “Code Geass” (2006-07)
Also known as the Power of Kings, these eyes are the deadliest of them all. A single glance and you are under the control of the user, which anti-hero Lelouch puts to good use. Whether forcing his enemies to become subservient or putting God in his place, the Geass proves that looks can kill.
#3: Super Saiyan “Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)
Imagine if the Hulk went blond and maybe you’d have a tenth of the strength that is the Super Saiyan, the peak power level the alien race known as Saiyans can reach. Fuelled by anger, this form took down every major threat to Earth—and there are a lot of threats.
#2: Death Note “Death Note” (2006-07)
Whoever’s name is written within the notebook shall die. But, see, here’s the problem: give absolute power to a genius-level student and soon you’ll have him declaring himself God of the New World. The simplest powers are often the deadliest, and this small little notebook shows us what could happen if divine power is handed over to the wrong man—or scarier still, man in general.
#1: Alchemy “Fullmetal Alchemist” Franchise
To create something, something of equal value must be sacrificed. The most imaginative yet strangely realistic ability, our vote for top anime power we wish were real goes to the art of alchemy, where anything and everything can become… well… anything. Construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction give these soldiers of the government the power to topple the world.
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