No. Ki is based of the concept of qi or chi that in turns means the life-force within the human body in Japanese and Chinese culture. It isn't magic. ND
The way it's depicted to do very extraordinary things though make's it different but it's not quite magic (although I could easily see a character with magic using it to complement magic powers).Personally I would consider the best way to describe ki to be a nigh-ubiquitous biophysical power similar to "the force" in the Star wars franchise.It might be quasi-mystical but then agian aliens who haave no magic have been shown to use it so maybe it's also like a cosmic energy and/or force thing.
Hi I'm sidetrack.To be honest with you I'm more into american comics then anime and manga although I admire it for being much more diverse genre wise.With the help of you people I'm hoping I can have fun on this site.
Is there any way to tell which anime has the best fight choregraphy of the following? Would it be one that looks accurate and compelling,one that has had lots of real world research put into it or is it all about aesthetics which might focus on one aspect like bombastic power?
Some shows I'm thinking about in particular for a like comparitive analysis are Afro Samurai (Afro Samurai:ressurection in particular since it's the only one I watched),Naruto,Digimon series 1&2 and DBZ.For instance in Afro Samurai:Ressurection there was an obvious emphasis on armed combat and the fight themselves with all their movements kind of told a story but they never really dealed with to much over the stuff besides some robots.Their was also a lot of blood which added to it's aesthetic.
In Naruto you get a whole diversity of fighting styles added with idiosyncratic repertoire of moves both physical and non-physical.Digimon being a monster anime also showed a whole bunch of idiosyncratic moves (not as much but more powerful then Pokemon) but there your also dealing with non-humanoid beings.It was a good chance to see humanoid beings vs. giant beings though like in the Metalgarurumon & Wargreymon vs. Melomyotismon fight.
What people think about the fight choreography in DBZ is what I'm most curious about.I mean in the original DB the fights were at least always visible which was'nt always the case in DBZ which infamously used recycled animation sequences and emphasised energy moves to deliver the bombastic and frenzied power struggles which so many came to love.I'm totally open on people's opinions on the fights in these anime shows and anymore.
Whether DBZ was a super hero anime is pretty debatable.It's not like a Japanese superhero show or cartoon like Ultraman,Super Sentia or the Tatsunoko company cartoons.The only ones who like embraced the idea of being superheroes were Gohan and Videl as Siayaman and Saiyawoman and it seemed for the most part that they were'nt viewed as vigilantes to be hounded by the public despite any good they've done but were happily embraced and trusted by people.I mean superficially even though the Z fighters dont like wear individual costumes they apparently have superpowers in the form of their flight,strength,speed,stamina and ki based abilities.What's critical to note however is the fact that any human can have those abilities it's just that there not very common and obtaining them is very physically intensive.There mostly martial artists with a common sense of self-righteousness and a call to duty to any enemies that cant be stopped by conventional means.Does this mean DBZ is'nt a superhero cartoon though even if only from the Western perspective?