I’m not the only one, right?

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This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.

“Favorite animal sidekick, pet or summoning from any anime?”

When I was younger, I loved frogs. They seemed peaceful, friendly. There were plenty around my area during the wet spring season. Kermit the Frog was pretty great as well.

Kermit’s got nothing on Gamakichi, however.

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There are plenty of summoning jutsus in Naruto, from Orochimaru’s snake to Lord Third’s monkey “King Enma”. Yet there’s a certain charm to the toads that have me completely enamored by them. Their strong sense of pride, for one. It’s clear from the beginning that not just anybody can summon these battle toads, and that you’re not riding them into battle, rather they are fighting alongside you. Pair that up with the toad’s own unique jutsu and just the sheer awe of summoning them for a truly fantastic and different summon.

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Yes, they are ninja toads with a tobacco problem. I love them all the same.

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