Wizard Barristers Episode 3: No, BOOM!

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Stress-activated super-power awakening is a celebrated stereotype of 20th-century fiction. The excellent textbook Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga names this trope “No, Boom,” because a potential super-heroine is put under stress, to which she screams, “NO!” and then her telekinetic super-powers awaken and destroy the bad guys with a huge “BOOM!”


Rarely is this trope executed with great skill.

Most renditions are clearly stereotyped.

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I suppose zooming in the the character is also a stereotype.

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The character in question was under emotional stress even before she was in lethal danger, which is par for the course.

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Maybe she’s not screaming “No!” about the danger, maybe she’s just upset that her character design is unoriginal.

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If you watch a lot of hentai, you may have seen her character design before, used by entirely different characters:

http://myanimelist.net/anime/320/Kite

http://myanimelist.net/anime/221/Mezzo_Forte

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen either Kite or Mezzo Forte.

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