They yell their names or demand to know their opponent’s names. They yell their attacks. Anime fans don’t think too much of it, but for those new to the medium this is just weird. However, there are a few reasons why anime has these conventions. Manga’s limitations is one factor.
The back-and-forth shouts between the villain and protagonist helps the reader determine the order of the panels. The shouts form a cause and effect relationship between the characters’ actions. These conventions carry over to anime despite not being necessary. Anime uses color and design to better distinguish between characters. It is also linear.
A common inquiry we ran across in our research was “Why do anime characters look so similar to each other?”.
Let us see if we can figure it out! most anime stories started as manga. Manga does a good job at showing action, but as a still-image medium, it has limits. Sometimes panels become muddled when authors try to show a flurry of action. Because manga is typically black and white, characters can look similar to each other.
When anime characters get mad?
As their name suggests, they were inspired by a physiological effect many people have; when they become excessively angry or tense, their blood pressure rises and muscle tension builds, forcing veins to the surface. Angry characters may exhibit a “vein” or “stress mark” effect, where lines representing bulging veins will appear on their forehead.
Everyone is subject to it, including anime characters. Although our favorite anime persons tend to have reactions that are amusingly extreme. Mild spoiler warning for characters you wouldn’t expect to get angry!
Kazuma truly is the champion of the common man. And as such, he gets angry at things that are realistically infuriating. But other anime characters don’t seem to see it that way. Whenever his party is absolutely useless, there’s no grand speech about nakama power and a victory.
Why do some anime characters yell their attacks?
They yell their attacks. Anime fans don’t think too much of it, but for those new to the medium this is just weird. However, there are a few reasons why anime has these conventions. Manga’s limitations is one factor. Samurai practices from the time they were mercenary headhunters is the other factor. Most anime stories started as manga.
Why do anime characters shout when they attack?
However, there are times when shouting an attack helps clarify what is going on. It can lend a finality to the confrontation when the attack is a “finisher.” Shonen stories love the exchange of names between fighters. This is sometimes so important that characters will refuse to fight (or stop a fight with) someone who doesn’t give their name.
To fix these issues, mangaka have their characters announce themselves and yell the names of their special attacks. In the flurry of action lines and camera angles, a reader can get confused and lose what is going on. By having announced signature attacks, the reader can have an anchor.
In an all-out fight where two people are giving everything they have, one may call out attacks while the second does not. But in another, easy, fight, that second person may yell attack names. Sometimes, in a bit of a double subversion, spectators to a fight, instead of the combatants, will shout the names of attacks being used.
Do Your Favorite Anime Characters have extreme reactions?
Although our favorite anime persons tend to have reactions that are amusingly extreme. Mild spoiler warning for characters you wouldn’t expect to get angry! Sakura is by no means an unfriendly person, but boy does that girl have a short fuse.
Powers and Abilities are different. While supernatural anime has become somewhat of a common theme in today’s anime industry, there are times when you see an anime character with abilities that are out of the ordinary and most of the time, VERY OVERPOWERED.
Anime sometimes suffers from characters being stereotypes that hit the same note over and over again. These characters lack the psychological complexity that makes characters interesting and human-feeling.