The emperors in One Piece made a name for themselves through strength and intellect.
From Reiner Braun in Attack on Titan to Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge, several anime villains have a lot on their plate.
When comparing the shonen juggernauts One Piece and Fairy Tail in their portrayal of female characters, which series did them better justice?
Eiichiro Oda loves using interpretations of real-life mythology in One Piece, and the rivalry between Luffy and Blackbeard is no exception.
Anime is full of legendary swords with magnificent powers, but not every anime sword can live up to those lofty standards.
Mary Bromfield, Billy Batson's older sister, is the new champion of Shazam! but her unexpected new role comes with problems from Billy's future.
Bleach's Orihime Inoue is Ichigo Kurosaki's kindest, most responsible friend. There's only one MBTI type to describe a stellar heroine like her.
The seinen genre of anime has come to the rescue for adults who still like to see magic stories.
Rom-com anime shows can be great fun, but anyone looking for a romance with more bite should try these anime series and movies.
Some anime characters look cool in black or stylish in red, while others look totally rad in bright green clothes or costumes instead.
Mature shojo manga doesn't have to have depressing endings. Here are three shojo characters who deserve happy endings.
Anime protagonists are usually kindhearted and cheerful, but not always; some are so scary that they terrify other characters and viewers alike.
These anime series have happy scenes, heartbreaking moments, and everything in between.
Whether they're from a romance anime or not, these characters pine after their love interests and have already imagined their happily ever after.
Saitama from One Punch Man can annihilate almost any foe with a single punch, but the powerhouses of anime and comic books are the exception.
Some My Hero Academia Quirks are so overpowered that their users would be able to beat almost anyone in the world of Naruto.
Boruto #72 just set up a huge domino in Konoha that could give a recovering Sasuke an apprentice with a lot more potential than Boruto and Sarada.
Some notable seinen anime avoid cliché happily-ever-afters and live up to the no rainbows and butterflies reputation.
Rin Nohara plays an important part in Naruto's story, so it's a shame that there's so little information about her. Fans want to know much more.
An anime character being in the right place at the right time is a common trope that helps to push the narrative forward.
These stellar anime series all embody the best traits of astrological signs, from the bold Leo to the humanitarian Aquarius.
The violin is one of the most popular classical instruments, which might be why there are several anime characters who specialize in playing it.
Some anime deaths are haunting, and leave the audience forever changed by the character's captivating end.
From Tower of God to True Beauty, these highly-popular Korean webtoon adaptations have been a long time coming and are certainly worth the wait.
Shonen series can be full of stereotypes and predictable clichés. But, sometimes, even the most generic shows can grow into something greater.
There is much debate about love triangles in shonen anime, but fans cannot get enough of their favorite complicated romances.
Like Princess Leia before her, Nezuko Kamado is a hero's sister who could have fallen to the dark side. But she's better than that.
Many anime couples wouldn't thrive under real-life circumstances.
Outside the world of One Piece, there are plenty of anime girls who Sanji would be more than happy to cook for.
MHA Season 6 teases that heroes and villains will meet in battle, but how will Midoriya react to the fact that villains can be victims too?
As football season begins and Halloween looms on the horizon, Hulu and Prime Video bring the late summer streaming favorites. Here are CBR's picks.
While it's expected that anime heroes should eventually overcome their villainous counterparts, some villains are just too powerful or clever.
There are so many anime side characters out there, and while many align with the zodiac, some perfectly represent their zodiac sign.
Several anime deaths shouldn't have been a surprise for fans.
Dragon Ball quickly established which Saiyan transformations were the most powerful, but others stole the spotlight thanks to their epic designs.
Though their evil deeds are enough to make fans shiver, an anime villain's laugh can send a chill down their spine.
Several Isekai anime have produced mediocre villains with bizarre or dull outfits.
Throughout Naruto, Kakashi Hatake has aided the protagonist through many hard times.
There are some aspects of the Dragon Ball manga that have thankfully been left out of the television adaptation.
Some '90s anime have cemented themselves as beloved classics, though it's a wonder how they ended up that way.
Some of the most dramatic romance anime raise the stakes and keep fans interested.
Whether for their uncomfortable morality, or cruel intentions, some villains are so utterly detested that fans hate seeing them take screen time.
Anime that focus purely on comedy tend to be underrated, but they still deserve their place in the spotlight. Some of them even need a second season.
Anime that can trigger an emotional response from viewers sometimes get more hype than they deserve, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth watching.
Dragon Ball serves as many a great introduction to the medium. These are the logical next choice for after you finish the series.
There is a lot of potential with anime prequels, but they can also rob the main series of its mystique or make it more confusing.
There are many parallels to be drawn between Light Yagami's Kira and Walter White's Heisenberg, but Kira stands to be the more evil of the two alters.
Franchise-based Lego sets range from Star Wars to LOTR, and anime fans would love to see their favorite series get their own Lego sets.
Anime comedies continue to be a hit with fans season after season, with this past decade seeing many comedy series already becoming modern classics.
These anime characters have managed to master one of the most sophisticated instruments in the world, the piano.
Shota Aizawa seemed disappointing at first as Izuku's heroics teacher. But Eraserhead is actually one of MHA's best teachers of all.
While Rick and Morty are skilled at problem-solving, they might be in a real pickle if they visit the worlds of anime and characters like Goku.
Though shojo is a popular subgenre among anime fans, some series have issues viewers can't ignore.
The worlds of anime & K-Pop have collided giving fans some pretty amazing anime openings.
Whatever their motivations may be, many of Naruto's villains end up surprisingly compelling, even if they've committed unforgivable acts.
One of the noblest aspects that a cartoon hero can have is never fighting anyone weaker than them.
Unfortunately, many fan-favorite characters met brutal, untimely demises in Demon Slayer, and the Hashira certainly weren't an exception.
Fruits Basket is a heartfelt drama series whose main characters suffer grief, guilt, alienation, and much more.
Though the series is centered around one punch, there are plenty of fast attacks in One-Punch Man.
It's always difficult for an anime's ending to please everyone, but some series finales are so controversial that they have gone down in infamy.
Many anime shows targeted at kids have impactful, investing, critically acclaimed stories that adults can enjoy just as much as children, if not more.
Fruits Basket holds a dear place in people's hearts. But it isn't the greatest anime romance. Here are five romance anime better than Fruits Basket.
Dr. Stone uses its scientific lens to discuss all kinds of things in modern society. Now it's money's turn.
Some anime series are so sad that they are hard enough to watch the first time, making a rewatch next to impossible.
Not all anime couples are destined to stay together. However, they don't always have to stay on bad terms following a break up, either.
Fans can't help but feel bad for some anime villains, despite their evil actions.
Season 4 of Overlord is on its way, leaving fans wondering with what to expect after the events of the previous season.
Shonen is by far the most popular anime genre and there are many titles that seem overrated. Some of them are worth watching despite their reputation.
There has been a lot of sad anime that have made even the most hardened of viewers burst out into tears, and these sad titles are mandatory viewing.
Plenty of anime series are perfect for a new, popular challenge: the Try Not To Cry Challenge.
Whether it's through their appearance, personality, or a mix of both, it's hard to deny these charmingly cute Naruto characters.
There were times when North America never saw a version of the series, with the dub only being released overseas.
Some anime characters have the skills to emerge victorious from a battle royale.
In Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 7, Franchouchou gets a new member: a clumsy high school girl named Maimai who's unlike any of the other idols.
Most isekai fans would agree it would be better to simply give new seasons to the good anime series rather than continue making more bad ones.
The world of anime is home to some of the best masterminds in all of fiction. Many anime characters display impressive strategizing capabilities.
Overlord and Apocalypse Now are very different movies, but one thing they share is the horrifying reality of war many soldiers have experienced.
Power levels vary wildly between anime series, and some attacks that barely leave a scratch in one series could be deadly in another.
Slice of life anime are most often lighthearted stories - but not always. Here are some of the best slice of life titles with darker themes.
2016's Train to Busan did zombie horror at a breakneck pace, but Horror Express crafted an even more terrifying train experience 44 years prior.
Weiss has been saved, but now Yang Xiao Long must save her partner Blake in a fight that hauntingly foreshadows their fight against Adam in Vol. 6.
In Doughnuts and Doom by Balazs Lorinczi, readers go on a Sapphically sweet journey with a witch, a guitarist, and an adorable snake.