Their are many things i hate about anime, and convenient superpowers is one of them. These powers that hero get in near death situation is so awful for me that it breaks the immersion and most of the times creates plot holes with unlovable hero in time.
I dont mind hidden power that hero have, but it should not be convenient or easy to use. Let me give some example how some anime handle this power complex in good and bad way.
Lets start in good way, Lets think of ‘Avatar The Last Airbender’ (I know it is not an anime but get on with it, for this post.), In Avatar Aang has a kind of super power called Avatar State, But he cant control this state easily and he may hurt his friends while in this state. From beginning Avatar State was integral part of him as Avatar, due to this connection this power never feels out of place. This Avatar State is used as an plot armor many times but it never feels disconnected, simply because he is avatar and Avatar States job is to protects him in times of near death.
In Naruto, Naruto also have convenient superpowers in form of Nine Tails. But story of Naruto also revolves around “A Monster Inside a Kid” kind of thing. So This makes power of nine tails integral part of story and builds Naruto as character we lice. Also this power is posed as threat towards Naruto and his friends than a gift, remember naruto cant control this power from start, when he uses power it can also hurt his loved onces. This paradox of giving huge power in a form of Hop and a Challenge to overcome for naruto works very well. When in the end naruto can control this power of nine tails, the power itself has lost its convenience due to overpowering villains.
In contrast Attack of Titan fails in this aspect. When i started watching Attack of Titan i said “Holy shit what is this anime !!”. I truly liked anime until Eren turn into titan. Anime was 9/10 for me and then become 6/10(above avg.). I thought that our three heroes will create some plan to defeat those titans. And when Eren died i thought Mikasa will avenge him and story will continue with remaining two main heroes, But Noooo they resurrect the Eren with some convenient plot armor and make him a titan (Because why not?). In truth this act kill the animes serious atmosphere for me and made it into a typical shounen anime. Attack of Titan did not needed super powers plot wise and ruin its potential to be something different.
I can say the same about the new anime Koutetsujou no Kabaneri.
Thanks for reading this post, those just my thoughts so dont feel offended by them. If you got new ideas about next post feel free to share them, I am out of ideas. What do you think about post? do you like convincente superpowers? or do you hate it? let me know.
Guys I am very frustrated from few days. If you know anime or manga that will cheer me up plz tell me , Thanks for reading.