10 Most Unique Powers In Shonen Anime

PostedAt: Wed, Sep 29, 2021 11:49 AM

Shonen anime is famous for the fabulous powers its characters display. These series have come up with some creative new abilities to showcase.

There is a multitude of genres in anime, but by far the most notable is shonen (sometimes written as shounen). Shonen anime are characterized by action and adventure, often in conjunction with comedy. These themes are vital to any shonen anime, but the genre is best known for its fighting sequences. Popular Shonen anime are regarded highly for their action-packed battle scenes.

Among the most defining elements of shonen anime fighting sequences are the countless powers that characters possess. These abilities are often the most memorable themes in a shonen anime. Some of these powers are common throughout the genre, such as the ability to control ice or fire, However, a notable few are truly unique.

10. Kotodama (Black Clover)

Black Clover Zagred

Notable Users:

  • Zagred

Black Clover follows the story of Asta, a young magicless orphan that dreams of becoming the next Wizard King — a powerful magic-user whose authority is second to the King of the Clover Kingdom. In a world of talented magic users, there is no limit to the abilities one can possess. There are many incredible powers in Black Clover, but the most unique is the magic attribute "Kotodama" or Word Soul Magic.

This ability has seen only a single user, the sinister devil Zagred. This versatile magic synergizes well with Zagred's demented mind. Simply by speaking, the user of Kotodama can alter their surroundings to create physical and magical items alike. For example, Zagred can summon a mystical trident, or imitate the magic of others.

9. Shamna's Geass (Code Geass)

Code Geass Shamna

Notable Users:

  • Shamna

Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline, and follows the exiled prince Lelouch vi Brittania on his quest to bring down the Holy Brittanian Empire. This alternate universe holds an otherworldly power known as "Geass" that only certain individuals possess. Though every Geass is capable of supernatural feats, the most distinct is held by the Queen and Holy Priestess of Zilkhstan, Shamna.

Shamna's Geass grants a godlike ability that can bend the rules of life, death, and the passage of time. While Shamna states that her Geass provides her with divine foresight, its effects are much different. In reality, it allows her to relay her consciousness back six hours whenever she dies. This allows Shamna to foresee and plan for upcoming events.

8. Kagizaki (Bleach)

Bleach Kagizaki

Notable Users:

  • Ganju Shiba
  • Kukaku Shiba
  • Koganehiko
  • Shiroganehiko

Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a hot-headed teen with the powers of a Soul Reaper, in his quest to protect the defenseless from evil spirits. Each Soul Reaper possesses a unique set of supernatural abilities. Though there are many distinct powers in Bleach, the Kido spell, "Kagizaki," is unlike anything seen in Shonen anime.

This Kido spell has seen many users from the Shiba Clan and their allies. Kagizaki is used with the Kakaku Taiho, a massive cannon, to launch objects or people. It requires a great deal of preparation, and utilizes two incantations to function properly. Kagizaki can allow for quick travel, or can unleash widespread devastation upon an area.

7. Disaster (The Seven Deadly Sins)

The Seven Deadly Sins Harlequin

Notable Users:

  • Fairy King Harlequin
  • Fairy King Gloxinia
  • Fairy King Dahlia

The Seven Deadly Sins follows a once-renowned group of powerful knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins. Nearly every knight possesses phenomenal powers akin to that of gods, or even demons. While there are many unique powers featured throughout the anime, the most creative and versatile is the ability, "Disaster."

This power is synonymous with the Fairy Kings, most notably Harlequin, the Grizzly's Sin of Sloth. Disaster has the potential to control both life and death, a fitting talent for a Fairy King. While this skill's uses are vague, it has been shown to better or worsen the natural state of a target. For instance, it can make negligible wounds severe, or hasten the growth of a tree.

6. Territory (Fairy Tail)

Fairy Tail Territory

Notable Users:

  • Minerva Orland

Fairy Tail follows the adventures of various members — Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Gray, and Erza — of a guild of talented wizards. With countless distinct types of magic in Fairy Tail, it is difficult to choose one that stands out from the rest; however, the magic "Territory" is unlike any other.

This magic has only one known user, Minerva Orland, a powerful Mage regarded as the strongest member of the Sabertooth guild. Territory allows her to manipulate space in order to create a variety of effects. For instance, it can be used to teleport, create explosions, and alter the properties of a target.

5. All For One (My Hero Academia)

My Hero Academia All For One

Notable Users:

  • All For One
  • Nine
  • Tomura Shigaraki

My Hero Academia follows the story of Deku, a Quirkless aspiring hero who obtains All Might's Quirk One For All. With such a wide array of powers displayed in the show's Quirks, it is difficult to determine the most distinct power in My Hero Academia. Even so, "All For One" surpasses the rest in terms of creativity.

There have been a few users of All For One, the most notable of whom is a villain of the same name. All For One allows the user to steal a Quirk from another individual. The user can utilize the Quirk for themselves, or distribute it among others. It can be used for powerful multi-Quirk attacks, or to create imposing multi-Quirk minions.

4. Sharingan (Naruto)

Naruto Sasuke Uchiha Sharingan

Notable Users:

  • Kakashi Hatake
  • Itachi Uchiha
  • Sasuke Uchiha

Naruto follows the story of the title character, a hotheaded young ninja holding the spirit of the Nine-Tailed Fox. Many ninjas in Naruto possess phenomenal Jutsu that allows them to perform otherworldly feats. While most Jutsus are incredible in their own right, few compare to those provided by Kekkei Genkai, a genetic anomaly that grants unique abilities. Of these, the most distinct is the "Sharingan" of the Uchiha Clan.

This Kekkei Genkai is synonymous with the Uchiha Clan, but it has seen use by others. The Sharingan provides a variety of otherworldly abilities typically revolving around enhanced perception. It has been shown to bend minds, alter reality, and copy others' Jutsu. For instance, the Sharingan can be used to impose powerful Genjustsu on targets.

3. Invisible Eye Blast (Dragon Ball)

Dragon Ball Invisible Eye Blast

Notable Users:

  • Goku
  • Shin
  • Jiren

Dragon Ball follows Goku on his journey to become stronger and test his might against powerful foes. In Dragon Ball, the extraterrestrial Saiyan race possesses otherworldly abilities. Through intense training and determination, Saiyans can further enhance their powers and unlock remarkable skills. Of these incredible abilities, the most unique and epic is "Invisible Eye Blast."

Nearly any fighter can learn this power; however, its most memorable and capable users are Shin and Jiren. While Invisible Eye Blast is weak in comparison to other powers, it can be used for various purposes. It is chiefly used to destroy objects, ruin terrain, and disorientate unsuspecting foes. Some, however, can use Invisible Eye Bast to deflect attacks and even counterattack.

2. Crazy Slots (Hunter X Hunter)

Hunter X Hunter Kite

Notable Users:

  • Kite

Hunter X Hunter follows a young boy named Gon Freecss on his quest to find his father, who he discovers to be a world-renowned Hunter. In Hunter X Hunter, many use Nen, the technique of controlling one's aura, to perform incredible feats. Those that learn to control their auras are known as Nen-users, and possess incredible abilities. Of the countless powers in Hunter X Hunter, few compare to the Nen ability "Crazy Slots."

This unique power has only one user, Kite, a Hunter and a student of the legendary Ging Freecss. Crazy Slots is an unpredictable yet powerful Nen ability. It allows its user to conjure immensely powerful weapons at random, which cannot be switched until used. There are nine weapons available; however, the only a scythe, a carbine, and a mace have made an appearance.

1. Baby Face (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Baby Face (1)

Notable Users:

  • Melone

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure tells the story of the Joestars, a family gifted with incredible powers and the responsibility of fending off supernatural foes. In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, many individuals can summon psychic entities known as Stands. These beings hold otherworldly abilities that are often peculiar, but none are as strange as the Stand "Baby Face."

This Stand belongs to Melone, a renowned member of a hitman group known as La Squadra Esecuzioni. The "Baby Face" Stand possesses the unique ability to create a second Stand that is capable of development. It does this by harnessing DNA samples and using them to generate a "Junior." This second stand can develop and grow, becoming a capable and self-sufficient fighter.

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