Anime characters are known for their amazing powers. Teleportation, magic, catching bullets, punching through mountains, and turning invisible are just a few unbelievable things that anime characters have mastered.
For every power, there’s an explanation, a background that explains how the character came to possess their unusual abilities. These sources are often extraordinary, but most of them at least make sense. Some of them, however, are downright strange. The powers they grant may be incredible, but these sources are so bizarre that it’s worth asking if the powers are even worth having. Here are some of the most iconic anime characters that received their powers from the weirdest sources.
8 Warcry (Fairy Tail)
Rarely does one find an anime character with a more suitable name than Fairy Tail’s Warcry, a character who goes to war by crying. Specifically, Warcry cries to grow stronger and to cast spells.
Tear Magic might be powerful, but it does look a bit ridiculous when the user has to break down and sob uncontrollably in the middle of battle just to use their power. As absurd as it looks, there’s no denying results, and Warcry is a powerful mage of the Quatro Cerberus Guild despite the unusual source of his powers. His magic is praised by other talented characters in fairy tail,but the actual limits of Tear Magic are unknown.
7 Ryu Yamada (Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches)
Fairytales and fantasy fiction have a long history of imbuing kisses with magical power, so it’s actually not surprising that Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches decided to follow this trend. When Urara Shiraishi and Ryu Yamada kiss, they gain the ability to switch bodies, which naturally leads to the pair reviving their school’s Supernatural Studies Club.
Through the club, Ryu and Urara learn about other witches, each of whom has a unique magical power that can be activated by a kiss. Locking lips in the hopes of gaining a cool ability instead of having some magical catastrophe befall oneself seems like a gamble, but it’s safe to say there are worse ways to gain powers.
6 Mina Tsukuda (Getsumen To Heiki Mina)
Getsumen to Heiki Mina is unusual in more ways than one, mixing sci-fi with elements of great sports anime and magical girls. It began its existence as a fictitious anime within the TV miniseries Densha Otoko, but it was later adapted into a series of its own and from there into a manga. In it, humanity meets aliens only to learn that humankind is the only species to have developed sports, and earth’s sports are now the subject of fascination for aliens everywhere.
Alien sports fans became such a nuisance on earth that a treaty was created to make interference in another planet’s culture illegal. Upholding this treaty is Mina Tsukuda and the rest of Rabbit Force, a group of girls who get their magical transformation powers from eating carrots.
5 Koenma (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Yu Yu Hakusho is still regarded as one of the best martial arts anime, commanding a legion of diehard fans despite its age. Just because the story included awesome fights and serious fighters doesn’t mean everything about it was realistic or straight-faced, however.
Koenma is the hair to the Spirit World’s throne in Yu Yu Hakusho, and one would expect a person of such royal bearing to be equipped with the most powerful magical item available to them. Koenma is. It just happens that magical item is a pacifier. Seeing the king suck on a pacifier is strange, but considering it grants him the ability to create barriers, seal away demons, paralyze people, and even resurrect others, it’s hard to argue with the results.
4 Pumi (Puni Puni Pumi)
10-year-old Pumi Watanabe wants to become a famous voice actress. Three things are getting in her way: bad grades, the fact that she’s a terrible actor, and the alien who killed her parents and tried to destroy Tokyo.
All is not lost, however, since Poemi is able to grab a talking fish, descale it, and turn it into a wand, allowing her to transform into magical girl Puni Puni Pumi. In just about every way, Pumi is not suited for heroism, but that doesn’t stop this determined 10-year-old from grabbing her dead fish and trying to save the planet. if Puni Puni Poemic sounds like a rather bizarre series, it is, but it’s still a magical girl anime everyone should watch.
3 Princess Tutu (Princess Tutu)
Music and dance are powerful artistic mediums, capable of expressing deep feelings, bringing people together, and even helping to heal a broken heart. Princess Tutu takes the undeniable power of dance a step further by giving the titular character magical ballet powers.
Princess Tutu is an excellent example of an anime with a premise that should have resulted in catastrophic failure and instead became something special. It helps that Princess Tutu herself doesn’t try to use her power to bludgeon enemies into submission. Instead, she uses ballet to connect with others and help them overcome the dark things they have felt and experienced. Because of its beautiful symbolism and kind-hearted character, Princess Tutu became the success it deserved to be.
2 Sasha (The Qwaser Of Stigmata)
The ability to create and sustain human life is incredible, but The Qwaser of Stigmata takes this ability to a whole new level when it grants superpowers to anyone who drinks breast milk. Protagonists Mafuyu and Tomo are students at St. Mihailov Academy, where they have suffered at the hands of the dean’s daughter, but things change for the pair when they meet Sasha (aka Alexander Nikolaevich Hell).
The show isn’t necessarily interested in convincing viewers that it makes sense for characters to get superpowers from breast milk. It’s largely about fan service and violence, which is fine for the right audience, but definitely means it isn’t an anime for kids.
1 Bobobo (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo)
It’s only fitting that an anime with such a ridiculous title would feature a character whose power comes from a ridiculous source. In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobos defense, it’s a gag anime, so viewers looking for the serious and practical have come to the wrong place. Bobobo’s power comes from his nose hair, and he uses this power to battle against the Hair Hunt Troop, a band of evildoers are on destroying things and making people bald.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a zany comedy that is all about the bizarre, parodying itself, shonen anime, and anime as a whole. Despite its ridiculousness, Bobobo’s power undeniably works, making him the hero who is best equipped to take down Tsuru Tsurulina IV
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