Considering there are some folks that will rely on spoken character statements and assume they are a reliable means of getting information on a character's physical attributes and abilities (especially in long-running shounen battle anime like the HST and DBZ), I figured I'd ask this. Would you believe that character statements are a good means of determining a character's capabilities in battle?
In my case, I've only been using it on a case-by-case basis depending on the title and what the author/ creator's intentions are. Plus, I'm way more fickle with trusting statements from shounen battle anime since there are a number of notable cases where the scope of a character's abilities are greatly exaggerated upon by characters as such statements seem to only be there to excite readers/ viewers into reading/ watching further or seeing the next chapter/ episode of whatever series they are reading/ watching. I'd take such statements to be hyperbole in this case. Some examples:
-Itachi's Amaterasu and Yamamoto's zankpatou generating flames as hot as the sun. (Naruto/ Bleach)
-Cell capable of destroying a solar system with a ki blast (Dragon Ball Z).
-Aizen's big Black Coffin on Dangai Ichigo capable of tearing through space and time. (Bleach)
-Claims of Yuyu Hakusho characters being planet-busters.
I know this is likely gonna be controversial discussion since we all have differing ways of scaling/ judging feats within a series. But considering some notable users on here like relying on character statements to gauge a characters attributes and accept them as truth, I believe this has to be discussed.