At what point does something become so strong in anime that a normal human cannot stand a chance. I’m talking about the moments in anime when a normal human has a 100% chance at losing a battle and need a super powered main character to save them. I find this very frustrating lately and it’s mostly because it’s bad writing.
Claymore and Gantz are two of the best examples of this I’ve watched/read in the past as any human who happens upon a battle ends up as a bloody smear on the landscape or dinner within seconds. It is possible to to make this kind of battle system work but it’s very hard to show character growth if super powers are just suddenly gained during battle. On the other end of the scale you have something like Samurai Champloo where the outcome of a battle is decided based on skill level not the size of their muscles. This leaves room for normal humans to play a part in battles and makes introducing new enemies easier as they can just be normal people and not super powered warriors who have trained for years on end.
A more recent example is Truth from Eureka Seven Ao. There is no reason for this guy to exist and no clear explanation for his power yet he “appears” out of nowhere and starts killing heavily armed soliders in a military base with no motivation. I’m sure there is some kind of underlying plot to explain him but for the casual viewer it’s frustrating to watch pretty much every scene with this guy. The story becomes less about the characters and the growth of them from beginning to end and instead a story about the people the god like character Truth decided to let live for no reason beyond the fact that they are main characters.
This whole concept of overpowered characters is the major focal point in pretty much every ongoing shonen manga at the moment and although I don’t read all those there is definitely an audience for this kind of battling. By warning of powerful characters before you meet them is one way to avoid the “Truth” situation from Eureka Seven. This happens in One Piece and I presume the the same thing happens in Bleach, Ao no Exorsist and Naruto. Although I recall Bleach reaching a point after the first story arc where pretty much every threat was eliminated and maybe this is why I lost interest.
Am I the only one that prefers the more realistic battling to the superhero power struggle? Am I wrong entirely? All I know for certain is that Truth is a poor character choice that broke the entire anime.