Maes Hughes is my favorite character, so I guess he's my choice. If you're talking about a more literal "HERO" perhaps Celty from DRRR!
It meansis a markedly more respectful version of san. It is used mainly to refer to people much higher in rank than oneself, toward one's customers, and sometimes toward people one greatly admires.
Come on, the word is frequently used for god characters, and that's what I thought you were implying.
Hunter X Hunter is made by Togashi-sama
I know. I was referring to all the things Naruto took from HxH, like Bleach with YYH. Sorry if it wasn't clear.
I think he was simply saying that Yoshihiro Togashi is a GOD (rough translation of "sama")
Yes, Bleach is heavily influenced by Yu Yu Hakusho. That's probably why I enjoy it so much; Yu Yu was my first favorite, the first show I watched knowing it was "Anime". Bleach is almost a re-imagining of the premise, and I love it for that. You missed a few though. There's also a "Spirit King" protected by a "Spirit Corps" or "Soul Society" in each (both assigned to fight the demons of another realm). The Spirit Corps don't play a big role in Yu Yu (the only time they really appear is to retrieve Yusuke after the first Sensui fight), making me wonder if the whole premise of Bleach is to examine that plot thread more thoroughly.
There are certainly other elements as well
@AgentJ: I'm guessing Landon Donovan is like David Villa. A world class player but flops too much. Villa was so great but recently he's meh. Although he does perform in the big matches so I can't complain too much. I remember this amazing goal he scored against Real this year:
Some of those players look pretty good, I wouldn't say great but definitely good. To be fair though, Henry isn't what he used to be. He was at his absolute best at Arsenal and if it wasn't for Ronaldinho, he would've been the best player in the world at the time. Drogba moving to MLS isn't really interesting to me because well.. it's Drogba. He's not even in form anymore so he could be playing in Korea and I wouldn't really care. In fact, all Chelsea players right now are mediocre at best. Torres isn't in form, Anelka has no future and the rest are predictable.
So what's the best team in MLS? Aside from LA Galaxy I mean.
IMO Seattle, the team that finished second for the Supporters Shield (most points in league play). Also very good teams are Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas (though no one goes to Dallas games...). New York should be good ( spend more than any team in the league) but consistently underachieve. DC United has the most cups, but haven't been very good the last few years. Seattle has also won the last three US Open Cups (a tournament open to any USA club, a one-and-done, 64 team contest.)
While the game itself wasn't that entertaining (I was more wet during that match than I ever have been in my entire life, and that's coming from a Seattlite. The rain was incredible) the emotion leading up to it was huge. It was the first match between these two bitter rivals in top flight soccer since the late 1980s, and new rules had to be put in place just to accommodate the visiting fans and such.
The return match was much more exciting, As the Sounders had to come back twice and then score again to win. I wasn't able to make it down for the game, but watching on TV was the longest 90 minutes of my life. One of the top moments of the season, though a few outrank it. (BTW Portland sure gets quiet when they're losing :P)
@AgentJ: That is true but still, I would've expected LA Galaxy to put up more of a fight against R. Madrid. But I think we all know how Mourinho is during his second season. Even Barca had a hard time with R. Madrid when they barely beat Madrid. Anyway that is true. Although Man U aren't the winning side they used to be. It's like the team that went to the Champions League Final to face Barca this year isn't there anymore.
Damn so the league really is intense if probably 19 teams have a shot to win the league. Although to be fair, the top teams in Europe are too strong to be matched by the other teams in their own league. I should watch MLS more :P I'm a fan of Landon Donovan but I don't like Beckham so much. I'd also like to see Thiery Henry in action again with the New York Red Bulls.
Landon flops too much in league play to be worth watching. Hot rumor is that Drogba will be playing for a MLS club next year, though nothing's set in stone. I'll tell you what though; there's lots of other players worth watching.
That game was Kasey Keller's last ever regular season match, and he was greeted with over 64,000 fans (again, this is for a league match). The goal-scorer is Fredy Montero, who has one of the better finishing foots in the game.
Juan Agudelo is going to be a star. He's frequently up top with Thierry Henry, and has some great ball skills.
This strike won goal of the year, though I felt like the next video was more incredible.
This happened in my corner of the stadium, and absolutely floored me (and everyone else around the pitch).
Also, the non-New York videos all feature Cascadia teams. Cascadia is the top rivalry in american soccer, dating back to the 1970s. Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, separated by about three hour drives, with league-topping attendance and atmosphere in each.
@shels: True true. I'm leaning towards Germany because they're just so consistent. Netherlands will hopefully live up to expectations. On a side note, anybody excited for Barca's match against Real on the 10th?
@AgentJ: Awesome dude. But I don't think MLS can compete with some of the teams in the top leagues yet. After LA Galaxy's loss against R. Madrid, it just shows how outclassed they are. Though MLS is better than La Liga because there is more competition because in La Liga it's basically just R. Madrid and Barcelona although they are the two best teams in the world. The EPL is by far the best league in the world, so much competition. Potential league winners like Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal while La Liga only has two top dogs. Serie A has some tough competition too between Juventos, Napoli, AC Milan and Inter. I'll say MLS' majority teams outclass La Liga (Except Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid) and the Bundesliga (Except Bayern).
While it's true that the on-field quality of MLS isn't anywhere close to the Premier League yet, I wouldn't use friendlies as benchmarks for how far the league has come. Case in point: Manchester United came to Seattle last July to play the Sounders (In front of a mostly Sounders crowd of 66,000, not a thing most Manchester opponents can proclaim) and the score was 1-0 at the half, with the lineups for each team featuring primarily starters. In the second half, the Sounders came out with a nearly entirely reserve side, while Man U kept their starters on. The final score was 7-0.
As for competition, I'd say nearly all of the 19 teams, with the exception of perhaps three or four, have an opportunity to win MLS Cup each year. LA won this time, but the year before was Colorado, the year before that Salt Lake, and before that was Columbus (Houston before that). These aren't big markets with infinite money to spend. They are beneficiaries of a league that promotes parity.
@shels: Group B is the hardest group there. Either Germany or Netherlands will be at the top. I'm betting on Germany.
@AgentJ: LOL do you know what country your league is from? Maybe you're talking about Major League Soccer (MLS) :P
DING DING DING! Not a lot of world soccer fans realize that MLS has teams that draw better than sides in the top four leagues. Going to Sounders matches is a godamn blast. My wish is that everyone could go to a match in Seattle at least once in their lives.
@Newdeath: I admit that Germany is the strongest team right now but with football we never know. Netherlands almost never confirms the superiority shown during the qualifiers.(albeit the last world cup)
I'll bet for Portugal or Denmark for the 2nd spot on the group.
In other football news from Japan: the team Kashiwa Reysol won the J1, after winning the J2 last year and now will compete in the World Club championship (held in Japan) as the organizer team.This is the first a Japanese team wins the second and first tier titles back-to-back. Simply amazing! now i'm waiting for the manga and anime adaptations about this excellent feat. :)
Wow, that really is incredible. It's just too bad that it wasn't Velgata Sendai. They could really use some good news now...
Can't believe I've missed this thread up until now. Then again, I don't follow EPL or La Liga or Serie A or Bundesliga, so I guess we don't have much to talk about. I follow my local club, that draws 38,500 fans per game. I wonder if anyone can tell me what professional soccer/football league I'm talking about :P
I could see Medaka Box joining that elite company. It's got a battle theme, with some ridiculous abilities, and an anime is starting up next season despite it only being through 120 chapters or so. It might be a while, but Medaka seems to be a serious force on the way up.
One Piece isn't going anywhere though, so it may be hard for the new generation to take its place.
Yu Yu Hakusho is over 100 episodes long, but if you're willing to do it I'm willing to read every word of it.
I'm a bit disappointed that you haven't gotten around to Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, but if you were to add that to your list of "trial runners" I'd be super-duper happy.
I couldn't possibly choose, because I'm hopelessly in love with both. I spend every other weekend throughout the year going to either a professional football or soccer match. It costs more money than I care to admit... Money I would otherwise probably spend on anime or something. But good god do I love it. Actually on my way to Vancouver to see my Seattle Sounders play their Whitecaps. They'll be expecting 20,000 people at the game, which isn't quite the 36,000 people that come to every Sounders match, but it's something. Then, tomorrow, my Seahawks play the Cardinals. It's going to be a good weekend.
1. Johan Liebert (Monster)- Whereas many of the villains above are either your cookie-cutter variety or around seemingly to look badass from having ridiculous abilities, Johan is a master of manipulation who psychologically manipulates and drives his foes to either follow his lead or kill themselves when he desires said person as a pawn for his plans or if they are a threat to him. Johan was able to nearly drive the population of a small town into killing themselves and had influential figures of authority under his influence at points throughout Monster.
2. Legato Bluesummers (Trigun)- One of the few anime baddies to succeed at driving the hero into a corner regarding his moral beliefs, in this case Vash and his pacifism.
3. The Count (Gankutsuou)- One of anime's best Magnificent Bastardswho created the image of a kind-hearted, wealthy nobleman yet was actually a cruel and manipulative man who took advantage of the kindness and wealth of others in his quest of revenge against three influential families who wrecked his life decades earlier because he was a threat to their status in society.
4. Light Yagami (Death Note)- One of the few cases I've seen in anime where the "hero" could be considered both the protagonist and antagonist of his series. His megalomania made him care less over who he manipulated and killed in his quest of creating an ideal society that his warped mind believes in, including those among his friends and family.
5. Griffith (Berserk)- A man whose desire for power was so great he sacrificed his former comrades in the Band of the Hawk to be fodder for demons, psychologically scarred his second-in-command Caska by brutally raping her and drove Guts into his merciless quest of revenge.
I want to say The Count, but for whatever reason I can't define him as a villain. I mean, he is. He was. But I empathized with him so much. It's rare that a villain does that, and more common for an antihero. Liebert is a great answer as well.