Many shonen anime characters rely on speed to gain an advantage in battle, but some are far faster than others.
Anime enthusiasts enjoy discussing and debating the details of their favorite episodes, and with so many fantastic series and characters to choose from, there’s no end to the number of lively debates that can be had. A popular discussion topic is who is the strongest anime character of all time, yet others may be asking who is the fastest.
Ninjas, aliens, pirates, assassins, superheroes, and other characters with extraordinary moves can be found in shonen anime. The episodes themselves are frequently ambiguous regarding how these abilities function, but certain characters are undeniably faster than others. Here are a few of the quickest shonen anime characters.
The more you think about which anime characters are the fastest, the harder it is to answer the question of who is the fastest. Should being able to teleport count? What about being everywhere? What about being able to stop all of time? It doesn’t help that each anime has its own power scale, which makes it hard, if not impossible, to compare characters from different shows. Even with these exceptions, shonen series are full of characters who are fast, even if you can’t set up a foot race to prove it. From witches and aliens to actual gods, these are some of the quickest that the genre has ever seen.
Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
Bleach’s protagonist learnt Shunpo, a technique that allows its user to move faster than the human eye can follow. Ichigo’s changes improve his speed and power, turning him into a battle monster.
Only the most powerful or dumb characters will fight him.
Azusa (I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years…)
Azusa is a Highlands Witch who rose to god-tier supernatural power after three centuries of slime-killing. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years… is full of strong characters, but Azusa simply outruns them all in terms of speed.
Azusa can use her witchcraft to grant herself invisibility, flight, and teleportation, in addition to being immortal and possessing supernatural strength, agility, and durability. She can be wherever she wants, whenever she wants, and her other magical abilities ensure that she will be able to complete her mission once she arrives.
Koro Sensei (Assassination Classroom)
Koro Sensei, a bright yellow, smiley-faced squid alien who has vowed to destroy Earth unless one of his teenage students assassinates him, is unlike any other shonen character. The homeroom teacher of Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School can travel at least Mach 20 and will travel the world for lunch on the spur of the moment.
Koro Sensei is one of the most difficult shonen characters to kill, thanks to his immunity to poison and ability to regenerate, making his students’ mission all the more unfortunate.
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Jojiro Takajo (Charlotte)
A boarding school student may appear out of place among aliens and superheroes, but Jojiro from Charolotte proves that he is more than deserving of his place. Jojiro moves so quickly that time slows, indicating that he is approaching the speed of light.
His academic aptitude and leadership on the student council fade in comparison to his remarkable movements. Unfortunately, Jojiro’s speed has a significant drawback: he has no control over when or where he stops. This defect in his strength has resulted in significant destruction as well as Jojiro nearly dying on multiple occasions.
Saitama (One-Punch Man)
One-Punch Man is about a bald superhero named Saitama who lives in a shonen manga universe. Like other comic manga characters, Saitama is ridiculously strong, able to do things like go back to Earth from the moon in under a minute and a half.
Saitama’s inability to fully realize his potential stems from his reluctance to challenge himself. Because Saitama doesn’t take anything seriously, he wouldn’t be worried about it.
Minato Namikaze (Naruto)
Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, was known as the Yellow Flash due to his incredible speed. When it came to movement, the originator of the Rasengan technique outperformed every other ninja in his village.
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Minato, capable of summoning Gamabunta and doing other great feats, will be remembered first and foremost for his speed. Using his Body Flicker Technique, he can cross the battlefield in a moment, appearing to teleport, making his speed faster than the speed of light.
Goku (Dragon Ball)
The further the spectator progresses in Dragon Ball, the faster and more powerful Goku becomes. Even early on, he’s capable of moving so fast that he appears to vanish, only to be tracked across the battlefield by the explosions of concussive force that his punches and kicks leave in their wake.
With his Instant Transmission ability, which allows him to teleport without moving, Goku is easily one of the quickest shonen characters in existence. With a variety of Super Saiyan power levels to boost his skills, Goku’s speed is only going to increase.
Jotaro Kujo (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Jotaro Kujo, the protagonist of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, is one of the series’ quirky characters with strange powers known as Stands. Jotaro’s Stand Star Platinum allows him to punch at the speed of light.
Furthermore, Star Platinum allows Jotaro to pause time for a few seconds. Time manipulation is a result of faster-than-light speeds, therefore Jotaro has at least two strong reasons to be one of the fastest shonen characters around. Given the grief that his family experiences throughout the series, Jotaro’s speed is a blessing.
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Borsalino (One Piece)
Borsalino is the character with the fastest speed in One Piece, and he is the one who uses the Devil Fruit called the Glint-Glint Fruit. This gives him the ability to shift into light. As a direct consequence of this, Borsalino is capable of traveling at the speed of light, which enables him to make rapid adjustments to his location on the battlefield.
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This speed alone would make him nearly impossible to stop, but he can also generate beams of charged light that wreak immense destruction and use his light talents to give his kicks explosive force. These two abilities combined make him nearly unbeatable. It is hardly surprising that he rose through the ranks to become a Marine Corps Admiral.he became an Admiral of the Marines.
Whis (Dragon Ball)
He is the Guide Angel Attendant of Beerus, the God of Destruction. Since he works for a god, he or she must have something special to offer. Whis is one of the most ridiculously powerful shonen characters, and his speed is just one example.
Whis can use Autonomous Ultra Instinct to travel at about 5 septillion times the speed of light. This power alone puts him above almost every other shonen character. Whis is lucky to be one of the good guys in Dragon Ball, even though he works for a God of Destruction.
The fact that the cast of Ragnarok is made up of genuine gods explains why there are so many overpowered characters. Zeus is known as the Chairman of the Gods, reflecting his position of authority and prominence even in comparison to the other celestial creatures. As it turns out, this distinction is well-deserved.
The Fist that Surpassed Time, one of Zeus’ techniques, is imbued with the energy of his father, Kronos. The Fist that Surpassed Time, as the name implies, permits Zeus to move so quickly that time itself bends to his well, seemingly stopping time as he throws a punch with all the force his almighty body can generate. When it comes to fighting gods, a little excess is unavoidable, and Zeus’ possibly endless speed is just one example.
Wolfgang Schreiber from Shinza Bansho, another character with infinite speed, is even more unjust. Nilfheimr Fenriswolf is always faster than his opponent because of his power. No matter how fast his opponent is, Wolfgang will always be quick enough to avoid their blows, a manifestation of his desire not to be touched.
Though abilities that stop time and nullify speed may be a workaround, Wolfgang will always win any conventional speed test, regardless of his opponent. This ability may appear cheap, but shonen characters’ abilities aren’t always known for being fair and balanced. By definition, Wolfgang Schreiber is one of the fastest shonen characters, if not the fastest of all.
When a character’s strongest power isn’t complete dominion over a whole world, they’re undoubtedly OP. In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the being known as Anti-Spiral is the manifested collective consciousness of the race of Anti-Spiral beings. Anti-Spiral possesses limitless speed within its own universe, with few real qualifiers or constraints.
When it comes to speed, Anti-Spiral is the definition of an unfair opponent. It is omnipresent in its own universe and unbound by time in general. It’s simple to see why this mysterious creature was able to serve as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann’s series adversary. There is nothing quite like this villain in all of shonen anime.
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