When it comes to memorable characters that leave you thinking about their unfathomable strength for days afterward – you can’t beat anime. With guaranteed action, passion and determination and admirable self-growth, here’s a handful of our most show-stopping leads that use their power for good, and evil. You can catch all these brilliant AnimeLab shows on Telstra TV.
Goku in Dragon Ball Super (AnimeLab)
You may remember this much-loved protagonist from the original anime series in the ‘90s, but in Dragon Ball Super on AnimeLab, Goku has grown up from a once-lovably naïve boy into one of the most powerful beings in the universe. After spending decades defeating bad guys and creating a peaceful existence for all humans, Goku is forced to retreat from his new-found harmony and use his powers to defend the planet from evil forces more threatening than ever before.
Saitama in One Punch Man (AnimeLab)
In One Punch Man on AnimeLab, lead character Saitama has spent three years training to become the ultimate fighter and has achieved such strength that he’s able to beat the mightiest of opponents with a single punch. But after facing new enemies every day, Saitama discovers that being predictably unbeatable can become a bore. That is until he’s tasked with taking on equally-strong monsters that seek to disrupt the peace on his planet.
Natsu “Salamander” Dragneel in Fairy Tail (AnimeLab)
The series follows Lucy, an everyday 17-year-old girl who desperately wants to be magical. After randomly meeting a seemingly nervous boy, Natsu, Lucy comes to learn her new friend is a member of one of the world’s most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail on AnimeLab. As more of his abilities are revealed, Natsu becomes a trained dragon slayer who holds the power to envelop himself in fire pain-free. Working together to grow her powers, Lucy and Natsu discover that with great strength comes the risk of accidental destruction.
Koro-Sensei in Assassination Classroom (AnimeLab)
In this less-than-average classroom, English and maths homework takes a backseat as students are tasked with killing their teacher before the end of the year. The target is Koro-Sensei, a hugely powerful octopus-like monster who is out to conquer the Earth after already destroying the moon. After assuming the role as a high school teacher, the Japanese government offers a financial reward to those who can destroy him and save the world from extinction. Assassination Classroom on AnimeLab students use the skills they’ve learnt from the master to rapidly plot his demise.
Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece Film: Z (AnimeLab)
Donned with a wide-brimmed hat and an appetite for success, this powerful protagonist is responsible for founding the increasingly influential Straw Hat Pirates. With a lifelong dream of locating the legendary treasure left behind by the late Pirate King and assuming this title himself, Monkey D. Luffy sets out to navigate the seas with his trusted posse in One Piece Film: Z on AnimeLab. Naturally, things don’t go as plan as the crew encounter multiple obstacles. This time? A former Marine admiral who’s captured the jewels they seek – but not on Luffy’s watch!
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