Think of your favorite anime ability. The best parts of anime action shows are the weirdly exaggerated anime abilities that come with the territory. Goku’s Kamehameha, Naruto’s Rasengan, and Monkey D. Luffy’s Gum-Gum Pistol are all fantastic examples of signature anime attacks that are capable of delivering a fatal blow while looking cool in the process. As powerful as these anime abilities are, they never cross the line of being too overpowered. After all, it’s not a good fight if there’s no struggle.
However, not every anime attack knows when enough is enough. Whether intentional or horribly calculated on the writer’s part, these overpowered anime abilities break the viewer’s suspension of disbelief by making their initiator appear God-like when compared to anyone else. It’s like beginning a new RPG at level 100, while every enemy you face is at level one.
Serious Punch – ‘One-Punch Man’
Saitama’s superhero powers far exceed those of any anime character before him, and when forced to get serious, he’s capable of producing exceedingly deadly results. When he applies actual effort – no matter how minimal it may be – he can deflect a beam powerful enough to destroy a planet like it’s nothing, as seen in his fight with the alien invader Boros. Even then, his Serious Punch move that obliterates Boros isn’t Saitama at full power. It’s impossible to imagine the damage Saitama is capable of if he ever faced a worthy foe.
Kanzen Saimin – ‘Bleach’
Sōsuke Aizen is already one of the smartest villains on Bleach, but his Zanpakuto elevates him to a threateningly new level. It’s a powerful tool that hypnotizes its victims with a mere glance. The hypnotic move called the Kanzen Saimin completely controls the victim’s five senses, causing them to misinterpret sights, sounds, tastes, feel, and smells. Even after the victim becomes aware of the hypnosis, they’re still unable to break the spell. It’s the perfect power for a manipulator like Aizen, who uses it both on and off the battlefield to stay one step ahead of his enemies.
100% – ‘Mob Psycho 100’
It’s never good to bury your emotions, but Shigeo Kageyama (AKA Mob) from Mob Psycho 100 has his reasons for keeping his feelings in check. To maintain a handle on his ever-expanding psychic powers, Mob seals them away behind several emotional locks that only break if they reach 100% fulfillment. When those emotional locks break, Mob becomes one of the most powerful psychics to ever walk the Earth. As if becoming a psychic juggernaut wasn’t enough, Mob can overwhelm his enemies even more by entering ???% mode, although he can only do it while unconscious.
Vector Manipulation – ‘A Certain Magical Index’
Super strength and speed are overrated. If you want real overpowered anime ability, it’s vector manipulation. As demonstrated by Accelerator from A Certain Magical Index, vector manipulation allows the user to control the magnitude and direction of any surrounding object. Accelerator can take a bullet that’s targeted at his head, and fling it back at the shooter. On top of that, the ability allows Accelerator to stop the Earth’s rotation for five minutes, just to get the upper hand in battle.
The End – ‘Medaka Box’
In Medaka Box, Medaka’s superpower allows her to master any superhuman ability that she sees demonstrated, or even hears about. On top of that, Medaka can outshine her rivals by utilizing 120% of any move she learns. Basically, The End allows Medaka to unleash a more powerful version of literally any attack.
Mangekyō Sharingan – ‘Naruto Shippūden’
The Mangekyō Sharingan takes all the basic abilities of the already powerful Sharingan and adds even more unbelievable perks that vary from user to user. Itachi Uchiha is capable of using Tsukuyomi – a genjutsu that distorts the victim’s perception of time – with his left eye. His right eye holds the power of Amaterasu, a move that produces black flames at the focal point of the user’s vision. By awakening the Mangekyō Sharingan in both eyes, the user can summon Susanoo, a humanoid avatar composed of chakra that fights on the wielder’s behalf. Sasuke Uchiha certainly puts this power to good use in Naruto: Shippūden.
Time Stop – ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’
There are a lot of powerful Stands in the outrageous series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, but The World is perhaps the strongest of them all. What sets this Stand apart from others? Well, in addition to super strength, senses, and speed, The World possess the ability to manipulate time.
When Dio has The World initiate Time Stop, he can walk around freely, while everyone else is helplessly frozen. While the move only lasts a few seconds, it gives Dio the higher ground in combat. He can pummel his opponents, walk away from a fatal blow, or simply toy with his prey. However, Dio does need to consciously activate the move, so surprise attacks are his Achilles heel.
Material Burst – ‘The Irregular In Magic High School’
You know you have a powerful magic spell on your hands when it’s commonly compared to a nuclear warhead. The Material Burst is considered to be the most destructive magic spell in The Irregular in Magic High School universe. It converts matter into energy in order to unleash a devastating explosion without any radioactive fallout. Its destructive power is comparable to the nuclear weapon tests conducted by the USA and USSR during the 20th century.
One For All – ‘My Hero Academia’
In My Hero Academia, the superhero quirk One For All embodies incredible strength, speed, and agility. If necessary, the quirk can be passed on to another person, as is the case with All Might and Izuku Midoriya. While Izuku can only access a small portion of the immense power contained in One For All, it’s enough to deliver highly destructive blows to his enemies.
Extinction Ray – ‘Akashic Records Of B*stard Magic Instructor’
The aptly named Extinction Ray is an extremely high-level magic spell from Akashic Records of B*stard Magic Instructor that reduces anyone unfortunate enough to come into contact with it into atoms.Only two casters are capable of executing the Extinction Ray, Celica Arfonia, and Glenn Radars. However, Celica’s Extinction Ray exceeds the power of Glenn’s.
Looting – ‘Charlotte’
In a nutshell, the Looting ability in the anime Charlotte allows users to take over people’s bodies to jack their powers, but only for five seconds. It’s a terrifying power, despite the short time limit. However, it does come at the cost of the user’s memory.
Ittou Shura – ‘Chivalry Of A Failed Knight’
The Ittou Shura technique from Chivalry of a Failed Knight is undeniably Godly. It removes all of the user’s physical limitations, and allows them to deal out unbelievable damage. Even with its one-minute time limit, there’s no denying the carnage that comes with unleashing the Ittou Shura technique upon an enemy. The only move capable of one-uping the The Ittou Shura is its successor, the Ittou Rasetsu, which multiplies the power. However, both moves tear the user’s body apart and can only be used once per day.
Sonic Minimum – ‘Hamatora The Animation’
In Hamatora The Animation, supernatural good guy Nice can defy the laws of physics to become a sound wave and speed through the pitch frequencies created when he snaps his fingers. He essentially becomes an audio-powered version of the Flash, and all he needs are his trusty headphones to pull the whole thing off. His power level is also amplified by this move, as he’s capable of landing a sonic punch or kick without having to worry about the air friction that would normally hold back his physical body.
Giga Drill Break – ‘Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann’
Thanks to the Giga Drill Break from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, drilling for the heavens has never been easier. Originally the signature move of Kamina, the Giga Drill Break is an overblown finisher move that rarely fails to get the job done. In the rare instances where it doesn’t work perfectly, it’s only because the enemies have mastered their own humongous disproportion drills. Otherwise, it’s time to drill for victory.
Power Of The Titans – ‘Attack On Titan’
As if humanity didn’t have enough to worry about on Attack on Titan, they have to be wary of anyone who can secretly change into a cannibalistic Titan. Power of the Titans allows users to essentially Hulk out and become a Titan, while retaining their intelligence. On top of that, Power of the Titans also grants its user the ability to regenerate, even if they lose their limbs or head. Granted, regeneration takes time (depending on the extent of the damage) and can limit transformation for a certain period of time, but it’s a small price to pay for a move that guarantees near indestructibility. Try taking down a Titan now, Survey Corps.