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Top 4 Anime with Male Prodigies
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Since this is my first Hub, I am writing about something that is unique and is not clearly stated elsewhere but understood through experience.
I have watched too many anime throughout the various genres that exist, and through this life-style I have come across a few that introduced their male protagonists as some barbaric geniuses. Their level of intelligence is baffling and far exceeds any common, sensical scale so-much-so that they are somewhat /frightening/ to comprehend. Yet, this has not stopped me from writing about them!
The anime that I am to discuss are popular, some more than others, and you may have come across their names on an occasion or two. They are definitely worth the watch and may even change your perspective on anime originality as a whole, if you are finding the most recent anime clichéd and lacking novelty.
Akagi – Shigeru
Firstly, I’d like to introduce an original 1900’s master piece, Akagi:
Akagi is centred on the table-top game, Mahjong; focusing on its gambling perspective — rather than its peaceful, family orientated game play. The titular 13-year old protagonist, Shigeru Akagi, gambles his way through the underworld making his way to the top and increasing his gamble on each game. Shigeru doesn’t just gamble to win big by placing all-in bets when fit, but gambles to totally devour and destroy his unfortunate opponents; so much so that he would not hesitate to bet on his life if he were to lose. He appears apathetic, cold, relentless, of few words and seemingly calm no matter the situation; however, he also seems to be fed up. Shigeru wants stronger, more powerful challenges. He wants to face someone who isn’t scared to bet their life on the line, to lose everything and all things — he wants to challenge someone totally insane, to the point of no return — as he wants to face someone on the same level as himself.
In this mysteriously dark anime where the main character’s existence is a mystery per se, Shigeru’s absoluteness and superhuman insight wraps Akagi in a veil of unknown, and it is what gives him his fearsome demeanour. There is little revealed about his character, and his past, but by watching his present through to his future, you do really learn about this enigma’s true potential. He is a natural born gambler, one destined to become a legend.
One Outs – Toua
An anime that was created through the influence of Akagi, and using the same seiyuu (voice-actor) for its protagonist is One Outs:
One Outs is a baseball manga series, later produced as an anime. It revolves around Toua Tokuchi, who has a similar character to Shigeru from Akagi, who like Shigeru, is a natural born gambler. Toua was the undisputed king of a form of street baseball dubbed ‘One Outs’, however after winning 499 games he loses one against a world famous batter for the Lycaons. Taking his arm as a pre-condition for losing, Toua expects his baseball antics forever over, but instead that arm was raised and taken to participate in real baseball as there was great potential seen in his abilities and growth. Naturally, a no-name player getting drafted into the ranks of Japan’s major league baseball would cause upset to many, including the owner. It is from the owner that he is given a special contract due to his unrelenting approach to everything. This One Outs contract differs from the usual, though, in that he gets 5,000,000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.
In an edge-of-seat anime where great amounts of money is at stake, as well as the future of the club, Toua really shows us how frightening he can be with his mind games and baseball loop-hole know-how, along with his exceptional abilities that are somewhat superhuman to say the least. With the Owner and his sneaky tactics, and the corrupt nature of the sport itself you see Toua’s true potential throughout and why he was chosen to be the team’s pitcher and take them to the top.
Death Note – Light
A very popular anime especially in the west, one that even has a Live-Action film produced. Death Note:
Death Note, if you are not already aware, is an anime about taking the law into your own hands — bluntly put. Light Yagami is an intelligent young adult that resents all evil. He gains the power to cast judgement and as a result he wishes to end crime and create a utopia in which he reigns supreme. The thing about taking the law into your own hands is that your views are subjective and easily become bias. The International Police Organization gain Light’s attention and so does L, a world famous detective. Light therefore holds L as his nemesis, as one tries to deduce the other in an all out battle where the wise and intelligent win all and the loser suffers from a tragic demise.
Light, through he looks frail, is an extremely athletic person with an aptitude to find an opponents weak point. Due to the fact he is a genius, it adds to the notion that only he is fit to judge humanity and steer it on a proper moral course, which he deems fit.
This anime is simply magnificent, and it has a deeply unique and compelling story, rivalled by few. As a result, watching the first few episodes would retain you due to its enticing plot and subliminal ambience — Yet, Light and L make it that much more engaging.
Code Geass – Lelouch
An anime that I often advise people to watch after they have completed Death Note — at a time where they carry a belief stating, “No anime can be better than Death Note!” Nevertheless, more than never that notion is sullied by Code Geass:
Code Geass focuses on a banished prince who obtains the mythical power of Geass, which he decides to use to obliterate his father's Holy Britannia Empire, an imperial monarchy and superpower that has conquered various countries.
Lelouch, a brilliant thinker who is quite talented at chess, is swept into conflict between his father’s Britannia Empire and the pockets of resistances which oppose it. It is at the time he gains the ‘Power of the King’ (Geass). His Geass manifests itself in him as the power of absolute obedience, which allows him to make others obey his command without questions. It is with this power that Lelouch begins his rebellion against the Empire and forms the Order of the Black Nights, where he takes up the sole identity of Zero — becoming a revolutionary and gaining support amongst the people.
Lelouch is both talented and exceptionally clever, and by using his profound mental-strength he shifts the flow of battles to suit his hand. Just as he does in a game of Chess, where he believes in a concept that “If a king doesn't lead then how can he expect his subordinates to follow”; ergo like a king he leads by rallying and sending his Order in his confidence.