Shonen’s Double Edged Sword 2 – Undermining the Underdog Story

I was listening to Podcasts, trawling for good blog ideas to steal as you do, when the topic of shows outgrowing their initial premise came up. The example used was based on a concern that My Hero Academia could go in the same direction as Naruto did and end up forgetting the story it set out to tell in the first place; that of the underdog.

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Shonen’s Double Edged Sword – The Great Cast Colander

Shonen is a staple part of any anime fan’s diet, whether you’re super invested in the genre or not. It’s impossible to avoid the larger than life characters, their larger than life adventures and all the pure hype and insane action that comes with these stories of nobodies becoming THEbodies.

But no matter how great the protagonist and their story, no great shonen has been anything without a great supporting cast. And more often than not, these casts: they’re biiiiiig.

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Wooderon’s Anime Pirate Crew

I don’t normally do this kind of thing. But I’ve seen enough of the bloggers I follow doing these kind of tag lists that I felt I wanted to give it ago, despite the fact that nobody actually nominated me directly, but why the hell should I let that stop me.

I actually spotted this on Mechanical Anime Reviews, written by Scott, so I’ll link his blog, which is customary in these things. and I’ll thank him for the likes he’s been giving my posts these past few months. As posted in Scott’s post, here are the rules I’m working from:

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