Who doesn’t love a good martial arts anime series? Ranma 1/2, Naruto, Baki, Hokuto no Ken, and the recent The God of High School are series chock full of punches and kicks to make anyone feel as if they are truly in a fight themselves! Here at Honey’s Anime, we love all things under the martial arts genre and have realized that it has inspired us to do more than just sit down and binge the entirety of Dragon Ball Z or Hajime no Ippo. Watching these incredible action series has made us enter the world of martial arts in various ways and we’d love to share that concept with you readers out there.
Any good martial artist out there will tell you that learning self-defense isn’t just so you can beat down bullies or win over the hearts of the opposite sex. Training in the ways of martial arts improves the mind, body, and spirit to achieve new heights of self-awareness. The beauty of anime is that many fans who feel that they are lacking in some way, decide to take up different martial art forms—such as Kempo, Aikido, Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do—and become stronger through dedication and perseverance. Many of us wouldn’t have sought these paths in life had we not fallen in love with martial arts anime.
Giving Up? Heck No!
As silly as martial arts anime can be sometimes with their usually corny lines of becoming stronger no matter what or winning at all costs, these lines are actually empowering. Ippo Makunouchi from Hajime no Ippo is an excellent boxer and wins several fights throughout the series but he equally gets beaten quite a bit too. Yet, Ippo teaches us that giving up isn’t the way to be in life. If you dedicate yourself to improving in life, then you will in turn become a stronger individual capable of overcoming any challenge. Martial arts anime has given us the strength to never surrender and always try again if we fall in life.
The recent WEBTOON adaptation of The God of High School is pretty crazy in the way martial arts is used but there is one element that stands out above all else. Often, we face our own fears in life—like Mi-Ra Yu and her fear of letting her father’s sword style phase out of existence—and that debilitates us. However, if we learn from the characters in The God of High School then we quickly realize even if the odds seem against us, we can’t give up! Challenging oneself is what helps us grow and become ever stronger, like we mentioned above. In the end, martial arts anime reminds us that while accepting new challenges can be scary, what’s even worse is letting those fears overcome us before we even face them.
Protect Yourself and Others
Martial arts—no matter the style you take—isn’t meant to just unleash katas and moves on other people. The idea of martial arts is self-defense and that means just that; defend yourself. In the world of anime, many shows like Dragon Ball Z, Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi, and Boku no Hero Academia teach us that if we must fight we do it for a cause and for reason. We don’t condone fighting here at Honey’s Anime but equally standing by and allowing others to get hurt or allowing yourself to get beaten isn’t the way of martial arts. Martial arts anime might be fictional works but in our lives, we are reminded that fighting sometimes is necessary.
Martial Arts anime has given us entertainment but also the drive to go above and beyond in life. There are many times where we’ve heard stories of anime viewers remembering their favorite martial artist in an anime and taking their strength in when they were at their lowest. That to us is the impressive nature behind a good martial arts series, the ability to make you want to stand up and train like never before! Have you readers experienced that feeling we mentioned? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to stick to our dojo-like hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more articles!