do people like original powers in anime or is magic ok?
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So i was wondering do people like original powers in anime? Powers as in spirit energy chakra, magic, devil fruits, Soul resonate, bending, etc. or is magic fine in any story as long as the story is original? because i'm trying to create a manga or a story I've got the story down i just don't know what to call the power.
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It is how a person utilizes said power/magic.

Many, many times there have been protagonists that start out very nice, but "some" extraneous factor causes him to lose his cool, he does not think it through and "loses."

source: myself.

Now a character like Hachiman, although he does not have said powers and or magic, he uses his intellectual difference very well and stays true to being omnipotent in his own right.
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well i've seen a lot of anime shows that use magic and they are pretty popular i just cant think of what to call my power.
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I don't think it really matters what the power is called unless the origin of the power is relevant to the story. For example, if Naruto replaced the word "chakra" with the word "magic," the show wouldn't really be any different; well, not in my opinion anyway. I agree that the way the power is used is much more important than what it's called.
Posted 1/5/14 , edited 1/5/14
Well, in general I think "magic" works just fine - but it really depends on the type of power. Its all contingent on the lore surrounding the story, sometimes its better to break off and call a power something different if it has a richly developed backstory, and sometimes you can simply call it magic. It depends on the "feel" or the "flavor" of the power.

I'd say unless your doing something radically different, your probably fine sticking to either magic, psychokinesis, qi, or blood/spirit power. In my experience, most of the more original stuff can be reduced down to those anyway for fantasy, sci-fi, fighting, and supernatural stories respectively.
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i'll describe the power that i've made up this power is what 95% of the people use in the story. It is the power to control any element in the universe ex fire, wind, water, ice, lightning, earth, gravity, light and darkness etc. Basically anything that is inside the universe you can control as long as you know how to control that element.
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i'll describe the power that i've made up this power is what 95% of the people use in the story. It is the power to control any element in the universe ex fire, wind, water, ice, lightning, earth, gravity, light and darkness etc. Basically anything that is inside the universe you can control as long as you know how to control that element.


I'd say magic could work for that. It also depends on where this power comes from and how one learns it. Magic may be a very nice catch-all word to describe the breadth of the power, but it also might be lacking a bit since its rare (but not unheard of) to see gravity magic or magnetic magic and things like that.

But at the end of the day, its your own story! So just use whatever feels right to you, and you can make it work in the end by expanding on it. When I first watched Avatar, I thought bending was a horrible name for their power, but as the series went on they caused it to grow on me. So anything works, really, as long as it sounds good to you and you treat the idea with care.
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well no one knows were this power came from but in the story scientists think it came from the big bang but its all theory. it also resides in every living being.
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and the way one learns it is through studying researching the elements of the universe and through training.
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Any power in any series, as long as it is done properly, does not really matter in the long run, whether it is magic or something else. All of them can be good or bad. It all depends.
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It's all up to you man.

I believe it's more important for the characters to be need, and the setting and narrative should support your powers.

Think back to Avatar the Last Airbender, why should they have those crazy bending powers? Because that's what started the entire war/conflict! The powers tie directly into the story here. You need to do that.

Keeping with the train of thought. How do the powers in One Piece, Naruto, and HunterXHunter all work differently? How did the authors come up with these powers?

In One Piece, the general idea behind Luffy and being stretch came from simple originality. The author wanted Luffy to grow stronger by using his powers in more imaginative ways, instead of simply being better at his power. Then have him face off against such villains. It eventually gets a little out of hand with Haki, but the early fights all focused around that Originality.

HunterXHunter's universe bases powers off of it's individual Characters, saying "You're Nen grows to do what you want it to do" so if you wanted to shoot fireballs, summon chains, increase your strength, or fly, your powers will allow you to do that.

In Naruto, it's part of the world. The entire show is about Ninja's and how they are all Ninja people and have secret ninja styles and techniques.

How you accompany your powers in your series is up to you, but the more they tie in with the narrative the better. This goes double for setting, Infinite Stratos failed hard core with it's "Only women can pilot these new mecha's, so women became the dominate gender in society" when the entire story revolved around the only Male pilot(Because harem lead) being hit on by scores of women. Additionally, it was told that the new mecha's are banned from military use, and outside of Pilot school where the story takes place, they essentially don't exist. Ergo, the entire plot about mecha's and female empowerment was pointless, and shouldn't have been brought up in the first place.

Oh, and magic is the same here, if you just want a Wizard character in modern day.....you might want to rethink it. If you're setting this in a The Slayers styled universe, go for it man, be as creative as you want. The Joy of high fantasy is everything is already made up for you, and you can change any of it as you wish.
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