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Though it may be mundane.

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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 attack someone has used in an anime?”

Minor spoilers for Re-Zero up to Episode 3

Having many shounens under my belt, I’ve seen my fair share of impressive abilities, special attacks, and breathtaking combinations. These awe-inspiring attacks are meant to hype up the audience, characterize a unique cast, or reveal a hidden and terrifying ability that influences the plot. I see this trope so often throughout Naruto, and though the show is filled with awesome attacks like the “Rasengan” or “Chidori,” in the end they’re overshadowed by so many other attacks from numerous other characters; I can’t even begin to keep up. Funny enough, the few attacks that stick with me rarely have a name – they’re memorable for other reasons.

Like Subaru’s ordinary kick towards Elsa.

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It doesn’t look like much at all. There are no flashy effects, no name-shouting, no special technique. Just a well-placed side kick accompanied by a satisfying knockback. But there’s a beauty to that attack, one that’s told not through the action, but through storytelling. The desperation of an average boy from another world squaring off against a murderous killer – who, up to this point, has killed him multiple times already. The fear of getting cut, the realization of his own weakness, and his pride giving him the audacity to attempt fighting back – all subtle nuances that further flesh out his character.

And when that strike surprisingly lands, it gives us a glimmer of hope for our powerless everyman’s impossible situation. There’s nothing special about it, yet it sent me loudly cheering for Subaru before that hope is sent crashing back down to Earth.

The sheer determination on his face had me more hyped than any multi-episode power attack ever could.

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Boring? Probably. But at the end of the day, one character’s signature attack will be drowned out by hundreds of other characters, but the emotions they invoke will stick with us for much longer.