One of the great things about anime is its ability to take mundane, everyday activities and to turn them into something epic. And this is something that shounen anime LOVES to do!
With overly dramatic characters, bizarre reaction faces, and fantastical background in shounen anime make some of the lamest things look awesome.
Here are some of the more popular shounen anime to use the trope for the entirety of their series.
Mundane Made Epic: Card Games
How Normal People Play: You shuffle your starter deck, take turns laying down your cards and calling out your attacks. A small calculator is then used to calculate the damage in a less than thrilling way. The first person to have all of their life points drain is the loser.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: This simple card game is the center of various corporate, government, and universal conspiracies. People literally lose their souls following a defeat. Oh, and those cards are transformed into super cool holograms that beat the snot out of each other.
10. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
Mundane Made Epic: Cooking
How Normal People Cook: You might pull up a recipe on the internet, scour your kitchen for ingredients, drag yourself to the store, and THEN you get to cooking. Depending on how well you follow the recipe (and your skill level), the meal will end up being delicious or lethal.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: Your future depends on how well you can cook based on a small series of ingredients. Everything must be sliced, tossed, and cooked in a highly flamboyant fashion. You only win if the judge strips naked and writhes on the ground.
Mundane Made Epic: Discount Food Shopping
How Normal People Buy It: You’re hungry, but you can’t (or won’t) shell out the money for the food your body needs. You throw away all sense of shame, pick up that discounted packaged meal, and pray you don’t catch food poisoning.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: You beat the sh*t out of people for slightly stale food.
Mundane Made Epic: Tops
How Normal People Play It: You spin a piece of plastic or wood on its tip, and cheer as it violently tosses your opponents top to the side.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: An epic tournament that is witnessed by millions. Friendships are destroyed after every battle.
7. [C] – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Mundane Made Epic: Personal Finance
How Normal People Do It: Results may vary based on how good you at a managing money.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: People partake in epic battles that involve betting on their futures.
6. Scorching Ping Pong Girls
Mundane Made Epic: Ping Pong
How Normal People Play It: You start by mimicking Olympic ping pong players. After you are done making a fool out of yourself, you play by smacking a ping pong ball with a paddle.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: The most hyped game you could ever play.
5. Hikaru no Go
Mundane Made Epic: Go
How Normal People Play It: A strategy board game that was invented in ancient China. Two players compete to capture territory on a board, which is done by capturing your opponent’s pieces. There is a lot of depth and it can take years to truly master the game.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: A fast-paced, epic game of mind, body, and soul.
4. The Prince of Tennis
Mundane Made Epic: Tennis
How Normal People Play It: Two opponents hit a tennis ball over a net. You gain a point when your opponent fails to hit the ball back, and you win a match after scoring enough points per set.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: An extremely intense game filled with crazy, dinosaur destroying moves and an insane amount of inner monologs.
3. Princess Tutu
Mundane Made Epic: Ballet
How Normal People Do It: You dance in a music-based play in front of your parents or crowds of adoring fans.
How It’s Show in the Anime: The fate of the world rests on the dancing skills of a duck that can turn into a human girl.
2. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
Mundane Made Epic: School Life
How Normal People Attend School: You either dread every day, look forward to class, or are apathetic. You may hang out with friends or eat your lunch in the bathroom.
How It’s Shown in the Anime: A suicidal and overly-dramatic teacher imparts life lessons on the ills of modern culture. Your classmates are distinct people with varied personalities. You’ll never want to leave school.
1. Yakitate!! Japan
Mundane Made Epic: Bread Baking
How Normal People Bake Bread: Your spend hours kneading the dough, letting it rise, and baking it in an over. Lazy people just throw the stuff in a “bread making machine.”
How It’s Shown in the Shounen Anime: The fate of the national bread rests on the soft, moist hands of a young chef. Also, the judges have mini [email protected] and intergalactic exploratory reactions after eating a piece of bread.