In anime series, it is easy to fall into a relaxed state. Every once in a while, though, an event happens around so big that it completely upsets that status quo, to the point where the series may never be able to return to the way it was. Usually these are smaller and more personal events, such as the death of a character, but not always. Some, such as the entries below, are so large that not only the status quo of the characters but the entire world of the series is turned upside down. Please note that since these are the main events of the plot, there will be revelations ahead. Without further ado, here are five of the biggest incidents that changed the status quo in anime.
5 Destruction of Namek – Dragon Ball Z
Planet Namek is what really opened up Dragon Ball Z to a whole new world of sci-fi freaks. For the first time, much of the action doesn’t take place on Earth, and the heroes are alone, with no usual setting and allies to lean on. This is also the introduction to Frieza, and where Vegeta joins the good guys, so it’s really impossible to overstate how much of an impact Namek’s plot has had on the series.
Namek also lasted a long time in the original DBZ anime, almost to the point of developing a new status quo. However, it is Namek’s destruction at the hands of Frieza that really changes everything – from this point on, Earth is the target of interstellar enemies, which will range from Frieza to Babidi until the destroyer God Beerus himself.
4 Statements of Euphemia – Code Geass
Code Geass begins as an anime mecha featuring a masked protagonist with some special powers, seeking to overthrow the fascist Britannian Empire. Lelouche, the main character of the series, has the typical Geass ability, forcing people to obey any orders he gives him when he looks at them. Initially, Lelouche had some pretty significant control over this power, but over time it became more and more active. One of the most heart-stopping moments in Code Geass is when Lelouche, figuratively speaking to his sweet and innocent half-sister Euphemia, mentions his ability to kill all his subjects in conquered Japan. .
It should be noted that this is exactly the opposite of what he and his sister want to happen, but Geass accidentally activates and Euphemia is forced to give the order. What followed was an absolute bloodbath that resulted in Euphemia’s death and a heavy conscience for Lelouche. The stakes after this incident became extremely high and stayed that way for the rest of the series.
3 Quincy’s Invasion – Bleach
None of the incidents on this list happened as quickly or as abruptly as Quincy’s Invasion of Soul Society in Bleach. Up to this point, the Soul Society has been portrayed as an incredibly powerful organization, though not without flaws. However, even at the worst of times, entry into Soul Society is extremely rare and is limited to only a handful of Hollows at a time. Quincy appears without warning and kills the 1st Division lieutenant, Chojiro Sasakibe, in order to warn the rest. Just a few days later, they launched an all-out assault on the Seireitei, appearing seemingly out of nowhere all at once.
Thousands of Soul Reapers died, including some familiar faces, from Captains to the lowest level infantry. The Soul Reaper is completely ineffective at stopping the attack, and is only spared when Quincy retreats abruptly. Soul Society was no longer a completely safe place, and many trusted warriors were unable to fight after that. What used to be the dominant group in Bleach’s complicated afterlife was abandoned, and they never really reclaimed it before the series ended.
2 My Hero Academia – My Hero Academia
This season only happened in the sixth season of the anime, making it quite new for many fans. What began as a simple stinging operation to stop extremists from conspiring to cause a major incident quickly unraveled into a war of destruction that damaged dozens of cities and left destruction along the way. Things started to take a turn for the worse when Shigaraki was discovered floating in a tube, which Miruko destroyed. Despite his early awakening, Shigaraki’s powers are at an extraordinary level, allowing him to destroy large areas entirely with his Disintegration skill, killing dozens more heroes and countless countless others. sin.
Shigaraki then activates Gigantomachia, a giant with many quirks loyal to him, and sets him on a path of destruction, knocking down anything in the line between the two of them. All of that got even worse when Dabi revealed his relationship with Endeavor. The end result was a Japan that no longer believed in heroes and fell into turmoil, and to this day proper order has never been re-established.
1 Quasi-Third Impact – Rebuilding Evangelion
In the second Rebuild of Evangelion movie, events begin to differ from those in the original anime television series, and it all begins when Shinji once stood up to protect Rei. Unit 01 miraculously bounced back, despite the power outage, and Shinji was able to defeat the Tenth Angel. However, things didn’t stop happening once Rei was safe – Evangelion began to transform and glow, and the brand giant Rei appeared, signaling what fans of the original series called the Second Impact. father. The third impact is only prevented by Kaworu’s timely arrival with the Spear of Cassius, pinning Unit 01 to the ground and closing it.
However, just because the greater disaster was averted doesn’t mean everything is fine – Shinji lost his physical form for 14 years before being brought back, and the situation changed completely when he left. As a result, the third and fourth Rebuild seasons are largely unlike the plot of the original TV series, making it a case where fans can see exactly how the disaster changed course. their story.
Anime is no stranger to using abrupt plot twists to keep audiences entertained and maintain high interest. However, some series have gone beyond that concept, presenting world-shaking events that literally changed the course of the story forever. These are some of the best series-changing disasters in anime history, and the series that is currently underway is sure to have a lot more in store for their fans.