Anime is filled with tons of entertainment and visuals that has left viewers in “awe” when it comes to interpreting/conveying the writers and/or illustrators of anime. This can extend to the limits of reality, defying all laws/rules of what makes the world go round. Some people may feel surprised when they see certain anime they can't comprehend, leaving them uninterested when watching a series, or they can't get past their own beliefs of anime being a childish cartoon which hinders those from maturing.
If they were to only broaden their horizons, they will know quickly that anime isn't some mere cartoon for children, it's the best way to defy all of reality and enjoy something you would have never imagined before. This would entail going against the laws/rules of universal, physical, and natural phenomenons, as well as the physics of reality.
This article will hopefully be useful to both newcomers and veterans alike of the anime world in either educating, clarifying and understanding anime! Or, just simply being down right funny! The first rule we will be covering is one that exists in all forms and types of anime (for the most part). We hope the explanation of this rule (with more to come), will help everyone understand anime for the better!
Here are three examples that will help you understand The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity!
- Rule #1 - The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity -
This is basically stating that the normal laws of physics in reality are non-existent in anime. The basic definition of the laws of physics states it is the relations (in scientific studies) between matter, energy, time, and space. Anime can easily defy these relations by altering and/or bending the rules to fit the situation/outcome of an anime series story and/or theme.
1. The Utilization of Chakra in Naruto
If there was an example to give that defies all of these elements in anime, it has to chakra. The use of chakra in anime is overwhelming and entertaining if used properly. A lot of anime can seem extremely over the top with chakra, even to the point of evolving into a new category like Nen, from Hunter x Hunter. A great example of an anime that has excellent use of chakra, and has a strong popularity with the viewers, is Naruto.
With chakra being the strongest element in the series, it gives perfect examples of how to alter/bend the laws of physics in a metaphysical way, and not so much Irregular. Chakra is known to be real but doesn't actually take form, and has elements of significant use with the characters in Naruto. This can be viewed in many different ways; from the characters walking on walls and trees, to jumping great distances and even controlling another person at will.
2. The Equivalent Exchange in Fullmetal Alchemist
Another great example of The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity is Fullmetal Alchemist. The use of alchemy in this series bends the rules, much like Naruto and its use of chakra. The only thing is, when using alchemy, you have some limitations in performing certain abilities. Roy Mustang is a great example as he use alchemy combined with air in an open space to ignite flames of fire at will, and in large amounts.
This can only be done by drawing alchemy symbols in order to activate and control the elements, much like the Hand Seals in Naruto. If those symbols are not completed the user can not perform the abilities that come with it. Also, in the case of Roy Mustang, he can not use his abilities within a close room or small area.
This is due to the lack of flowing oxygen which he needs in order to manipulate fire, but nonetheless, using alchemy is a way to bend the rules/laws of physics in the most metaphysical and irregular way.
3. The Complex Mechanisms of Devil Fruits in One Piece
The next example of The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity has to be one of the most natural, yet unnatural, forms that defy the laws of physics in an understanding way, if it really existed. They are the Devil Fruits in One Piece. The Devil Fruits are pretty much a natural mystery in the anime, if found and consumed, it will alter your body in certain ways by giving abilities that one can benefit from, or hate for the rest of their lives.
Most of all of the altering abilities of the characters in One Piece are of natural elements. Of course, some are a bit exaggerated than others, but it wouldn't be anime without these metaphysical irregularities. They most certainly go against the laws of physics as some characters can transform their entire body into fire (Ace), ice (Kuzan), and even destroying all universal and physical forms of reality with a single punch by creating unthinkable earthquakes in the most exaggerated way (Whitebeard).
It is said a "certain professor" will be able to explain the complex mechanics of Devil Fruits in the series in the near future! We'll just have to wait and see!
Hopefully, these are some good examples to help explain this rule of, The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity in anime. It's a known fact that because of this law, and many more like it, anime wouldn't be as entertaining and enjoyable as most would believe. I know there are a lot of Slice of Life and Rom Com fans out there who prefer anime based on real situations or even series that seem natural and make sense. I like those too, but not all the time.
When it comes to anime, there are not limits as to what a person can enjoy and call the “Best” or a “Masterpiece.” All anime is great, and it covers all forms of entertainment and imagination for everyone to enjoy! Without it, anime would be boring and uninteresting for many viewers. Plus, everyone bends some kind of rule, right?!
What anime have you seen that fits the The Law of Metaphysical Irregularity? Give us an example and let us know what made you like or dislike about it?
**Note: We gathered these Rules of Anime from the source linked in this article, and provided more insight on the topic with some examples for everyone to understand clearly. We are in no way claiming these rules as our own! These rules belong to their perspective owners!**