I’ve always liked teams more than I like solo heroes… So when Karandi posed the question – who ya gonna call?, my thoughts turned towards assembling a team of anime characters.
So, who would I call? What characters would I choose to form a dream team to face a threat to the anime multiverse? Hit the jump and find out!
Deku (Midoryia Izuku, My Hero Academia).
If I could, I’d arrange it so he was the leader. Not necessarily powerful on his own, even though he’s somewhat mastered All For One Full Cowl… His greatest strength is actually his ability to strategize and to inspire others. Every team needs a thinker and a leader, especially one willing to lead by example, otherwise it’s just a mob. Deku is that catalyst on my team.
In her reply to my comment on her post, Karandi correctly questioned whether Deku was a good solo choice. But in terms of team dynamics, he’s a no brainer.
Trust me, this isn’t a wasted pick.
Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto, Sword Art Online franchise).
Given his avowed status as solo player, Kirito might seem an odd choice… But it is shown on multiple occasions that he’s more than capable of working with a team at need. His greatest value to my team though is this – he’s a fire and forget weapon. Once he knows what’s right and what needs to be done, nothing, but nothing will stand in his way. In terms of absolute steely eyed determination to get the job done, almost nobody is his equal.
Yuuna (Yuuki Yuuna, Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero).
Measured by sheer grit and willingness to go to great lengths to defend her home and her friends, there’s nobody more determined than Yuuna. Her flaw however, is that she needs that inspiration to fight. Though with Deku on the team inspiration will not be lacking. This is not to downplay one bit the combat power she’ll bring to the table, because she has that in spades. Whatever threat they’re facing, it would do well not undervalue Yuuki just because she hangs back a bit before committing… Because once she does commit, she’s all in. Game Over bad guys, Game Over.
I also considered Fu Inubozaki and Miyoshi Karin for this slot, but as the rest of the team came together I badly needed a stable team player for balance. Taking that into consideration, Yuuna is the perfect choice.
Railgun (Misaka Mokoto, A Certain Magical Index franchise).
Alongside her raw power and creativity in combat, Misaka brings badly needed ranged combat capability to the team. But, if Yuuki is a Hero, Misaka is a Problem. Prickly and fiercely independent, she is decidedly not anyone’s idea of a team player. But, like Kirito, she’s not incapable of cooperating at need – and that’s what I’m counting on.
My nightmare scenario is Kirito and Misaka pissing each other off and both leaving the team. But this IS television after all, the heroes are always there when it really counts.
Ichijo (Shizuku Ichijo, Alice & Zouroko).
It took a bit of thought, but Ichijo was the final piece of the puzzle. She’s older, a seasoned combat veteran, and brings a certain calmness and gravitas to the table. Not to mention nearly unbridled ferocity and an awesome array of combat powers that she wields with great skill. She’s a Mama bear to beat all Mama bears.
I originally considered Sana for this slot, but her youthful impetuosity was a poor fit in a group with such strong willed solo players as Kirito and Misaka. Of the Alices, Ichijo is probably the most reliable and rock steady.
Man… this was not as easy as I first thought. And I just want to keep going, but I decided to limit myself to just five characters. (Gotta have some arbitrary limit after all.) And I can’t believe I didn’t put in any of the 00 Cyborgs. (I couldn’t pick just one.) And no Julis Alexia van Riessfeld either… With the other fierce independents, the team couldn’t handle a tsundere despite the firepower she wields. And… so many others.
Still, it’s a powerful and well-rounded team. If they can work together, a bad guy would have a difficult time standing against them.
What would your dream team be? Let me know in the comments!