Naruto VS Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn VS Bleach VS One Piece

July 5, 2009

Woah! For the first time ever in my blog history, I have decided to do a massive versus between four major anime series. That’s right. Four of them. These action-packed series have been long running shows in Japan (think 3 digit episode numbers!) so much so their popularity has created uncountable numbers of cult following and fans. They are Naruto, Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn, Bleach and One Piece. I know I left out the Dragonball series but hey, I never did liked that series nor follow that classic cult as much as those mentioned quartet. Hopefully I pray this blog will turn out well. Let’s find out…
 
Main hero
The main lead character and star of the series.
Naruto: Naruto Uzumaki
Reborn: Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada
Bleach: Ichigo Kurosaki
One Piece: Monkey D. Luffy
 
His character
Overall describes his personality as they mature with the progression of the series.
Naruto: Though he been ostracized by many due to his past and thus the reason why he remains cheerful and boisterous even though he is lazy and isn’t that intelligent. But as time goes by, with his strong will and determination, he makes friends and earns the respect from others, whether friends or enemies alike.
Reborn: Initially has low self-esteem, whiny and is useless in doing many things but whenever faced with difficulty or finds his friends his trouble, he will no doubt come to their aid or protect them.
Bleach: Initially a cynic but stands strongly and firmly with his believes and is willing to risk his life to protect the ones he cares.
One Piece: Not the brightest nor smartest person in the world and seems to be carefree and immature in making weird decisions. But even if ignorance is bliss, he has a great sense of justice and of course loyalty to his friends.
 
His goal
Refers to the dream in life for our main heroes
Naruto: To be the next Hokage
Reborn: To lead a normal life
Bleach: Not known
One Piece: To be Pirate King
 
His age
How old our kid heroes are when the story starts or for most of the series.
Naruto: 12 years old
Reborn: 14 years old
Bleach: 15 years old
One Piece: 17 years old
 
Prominent feature
Refers to the main hero’s obvious physical mark.
Naruto: His whiskers?
Reborn: Nothing much…
Bleach: His orange-coloured hair
One Piece: His straw hat
 
Job description
The kind of ‘occupation’ those heroes do.
Naruto: Ninja
Reborn: Mafia
Bleach: Shinigami (Death God)
One Piece: Pirate
 
World setting
The location of where the story mainly takes place and is set.
Naruto: The hidden leaf village Konoha
Reborn: Modern day Japan
Bleach: The place of the afterlife, Soul Society and Hueco Mundo
One Piece: The world’s most deadliest and dangerous ocean, The Grand Line
 
Current boss
Refers to the current head of the large organization in which the world is set in.
Naruto: Tsunade the 5th Hokage and her assistant Shizune
Reborn: Timoteo AKA Vongola IX Nono and Iemitsu as his loyal helper
Bleach: Shigekuni Yamamoto Genryuusai the 1st Division Captain and his vice-captain Choujirou Sasakibe
One Piece: Fleet Admiral Sengoku Gensui AKA The Buddha and the 3 powerful Admirals under him, namely Aokiji, Kizaru and Akainu
 
Comrades (selective)
That’s the fun of being with a group of people or in a team. Sort of.
Naruto: Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno
Reborn: Hayato Gokudera, Takeshi Yamamoto, Ryohei Sasagawa, Lambo, Kyoya Hibari and Chrome Dokuro/Rokudo Mukuro
Bleach: Uryuu Ishida, Yasutora "Chad" Sado, Orihime Inoue and Rukia Kuchiki
One Piece: Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Usopp, Chopper, Nico Robin and Franky
 
Other supporting casts (selective)
Other minor characters which help out our main group of heroes.
Naruto: Other Genins like Shikamaru, Ino, Chouji, Tenten, Lee, Neji, Hinata, Kiba and Shino
Reborn: Bianchi, Dino, Giannini, Fuuta, Kyoko, Haru and I-pin
Bleach: The 13 Gotei Protection Squad, the people of Urahara store and later the Vizards
One Piece: Mainly side characters during a particular arc
 
Teacher
Refers to that tutor/trainer/guide that the main lead looks up to or at least gets his lessons from.
Naruto: A Jounin for team 7, Kakashi Hatake, and one of the legends of Konoha, Jiraiya
Reborn: A tiny infant and one of the Arcobaleno, Reborn
Bleach: Owner of the Urahara store, Kisuke Urahara
One Piece: Captain of the Red-Haired Pirates and one of the Yonkou, Shanks
 
Antagonists (selective)
You can’t do a series without having bad guys, right?
Naruto: Orochimaru and the Akatsuki
Reborn: The Varia led by Xanxus, and the Millefiore Family led by Byakuran
Bleach: Initially the 13 Gotei Protection Squad of Soul Society, then the Bounts (led by Jin Kariya), and Arrancars (led by traitor and former Gotei 13 Protection Squad 5th Division Captain, Aizen)
One Piece: The Shichibukai (Seven Sea Warlords), the Marines and the World Government
 
Food factor
Notice how the main lead heroes have something to do with food?
Naruto: Named after a fish paste and likes to eat ramen
Reborn: Well, Tsuna may not be named after food nor eats a lot unlike greedy little Lambo
Bleach: Ichigo can mean strawberry although his kanji writing means number one
One Piece: Luffy loves chomping down any kind of meat
 
Special ability
Refers to the main lead heroes’ main skill
Naruto: Kage Bunshin No Juutsu (Clone technique) and later power up with his Rasengan
Reborn: Dying will and later combines and improvises this with his X-Gloves to create X-Burner among others
Bleach: Getsuga Tenshou (Moon Fang Heaven Piercer), a bankai technique from his Zanpakutou, Zangetsu and also the ability to combine his powers with his Hollow side
One Piece: Gomu Gomu No ~ (insert name of attack like Pistol, Spear or Gatling Gun) and later power up with his Gear Second and Gear Third
 
Series character’s main ability
Just like in the previous, refers to the other characters special moves on what they are based on.
Naruto: Ninja techniques
Reborn: Vongola Rings
Bleach: A Zanpakutou’s Bankai
One Piece: The different and unique ability of the Devil’s Fruit
 
Love interest
Refers to the girl whom the main hero has a heart for.
Naruto: Sakura
Reborn: Kyoko
Bleach: Nil. But fans hope to see it happen with Orihime
One Piece: Nil. The thing which moves Luffy’s heart is food and the fact that he’d be Pirate King
 
Long range fighter
Refers to the character using fighting techniques which can hit opponents from a distance.
Naruto: Not that I can think off but does Gaara’s sand technique or Temari’s giant fan count?
Reborn: Gokudera who uses dynamites
Bleach: Ishida, a Quincy who uses arrows made from spirit particles
One Piece: Usopp who is the Straw Hat Pirate’s sniper
 
Illusion user
Some fighters are experts in using illusion to their advantage in battlefields.
Naruto: Jounin Kurenai Yuhi is an expert genjutsu user
Reborn: Mukuro-Chrome and Marmon FKA Viper create super real illusions
Bleach: Sousuke Aizen’s Zanpakutou Kyouka Suigetsu has illusion properties
One Piece: One of the 4 Priests of Vearth, Satori, uses a powerful Mantra combined with floating balls in the illusion forest. So okay, he isn’t an illusion fighter but the battle seemingly was
 
Lightning user
They use lightning or electrical currents in their battles.
Naruto: Sasuke’s Chidori
Reborn: Lambo and Levi A Than
Bleach: Jin Kariya, who gathers static electricity to form a lightning blade
One Piece: Enel, who is the self-proclaimed thunder God
 
Bare hands fighter
Characters who do not use weapon or any magic to aid them and just their own force.
Naruto: Lee and Gai
Reborn: Ryohei
Bleach: Sado
One Piece: Sanji
 
Pervert
Men…
Naruto: Jiraiya and Kakashi
Reborn: Dr Shamal
Bleach: Kon and Shinsuke Kyouraku
One Piece: Sanji
 
One eye
Characters that have one eye covered and always hidden
Naruto: Kakashi
Reborn: Chrome
Bleach: Zaraki
One Piece: Sanji
Hey, I’ve been mentioning that Sanji guy for 3 straight times already!
 
Sunglasses
Characters who always don a pair of shades whether it’s night or day. Have we ever seen their eyes?
Naruto: Shino
Reborn: Lussuria
Bleach: Tetsuzaemon Iba
One Piece: Skybreeder Ohm and Erik the Whirlwind
 
Animal
Aww… Seemingly cute little creatures… Sort of.
Naruto: Kiba’s little puppy-cum-partner, Akamaru
Reborn: Lambo. Erm… Okay, so he looks like a little kid dressed in a cow suit. Howzabout Gokudera’s box cat, Uri, from his CAI system?
Bleach: Kon, a modified soul inhabiting a stuffed lion plushie, and Yoruichi in cat form
One Piece: Chopper the little reindeer
 
Little kids
Aww… Seemingly cute little children… Sort of.
Naruto: The grandson of the 3rd Hokage, Konohamaru
Reborn: Lambo, I-pin and Fuuta (prior to the Future Arc)
Bleach: Yachiru Kusajishi, Ururu, Karin and Yuzu
One Piece: Apis (of Apis Arc) and Aisa (of Skypiea Arc)
 
Siblings
Characters which are blood related.
Naruto: Neji and Hinata are cousins while Sasuke and Itachi are brothers but hate each other very much
Reborn: Bianchi and Gokudera are step brother and sisters while Kyoko and Ryohei are siblings
Bleach: Byakuya and Rukia are biological siblings while Ichigo has little sisters Karin and Yuzu
One Piece: Luffy and Portgas D. Ace are brothers
 
Father
Refers to the dad of the lead main hero.
Naruto: He is an orphan so he doesn’t know who his real parents are
Reborn: Iemitsu. Though always MIA within his family, he is actually the Outside Advisor, the 2nd highest position in the Vongola Family
Bleach: Isshin. Though a childish family doctor, he seems to indicate that he is a Shinigami of captain level too
One Piece: Monkey D. Dragon. He is the world’s most wanted criminal and traitor
 
Not really friends but not really foes either
Walking the middle fence?
Naruto: The Sand Siblings, Gaara, Kankuro and Temari
Reborn: Mukuro and Hibari
Bleach: Some of the 13 Gotei Protection Squad like Zaraki
One Piece: Some of the Marines like Captain Smoker
 
Deceased heroes
‘Heroes’ or ‘good guys’ who have died a long time ago.
Naruto: The 3rd Hokage
Reborn: The previous 8 Heads of the Vongola Family including Vongola I Primo, the founder and first Vongola Family
Bleach: Vice-captain of the 13th Division, Kaien
One Piece: Gol D. Roger
 
Near Marriage
Wedding bells are ringing… Sort of.
Naruto: Ino disguises as a bride-to-be to help chuby Princess Fuku court her groom-to-be, an Elvis look-a-like
Reborn: Bianchi weds Reborn after getting the false impression that the latter accepted and goes berserk whenever she learns that Reborn is a now show. But she abandons her plan and put it on hold when she realizes that she isn’t good enough for him yet
Bleach: Rurichiyo and Shuu’s wedding are pre-arranged in order for Kumoi to strengthen his grip on power but the wedding has been interrupted with Ichigo gate-crashing and the discovery that this Rurichiyo is fake. Though they are still engaged, I guess it’s better for them to enjoy their childhood first and take one step at a time
One Piece: Unconscious Nami nearly got married to perverted Zombie General, Absalom, if not for Sanji’s interference and Oz’s rampage
 
Retrieval
Our heroes going on a chase-and-rescue mission. Something like that.
Naruto: Naruto and his other Jounin team mates go after Sasuke who has turned to the dark side
Reborn: Tsuna and his allies go after Shouichi Irie in hopes of returning to their past
Bleach: Ichigo and friends go to Soul Society to save Rukia from execution and heading towards Hueco Mundo to save Orihime
One Piece: Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirate crew go to great lengths to take back Robin from the World Government’s hands
 
Story Arc (selective)
Not fillers, mind you.
Naruto: The Chuunin Exams and Sasuke Pursuing Arc
Reborn: The Kokuyo Arc, The Varia Ring Conflict and the Future Arc
Bleach: The Rescue Rukia Arc, The Bounts Arc and the Arrancar Arc
One Piece: West Blue Arc, Skypiea Arc, Water Seven AKA CP9 Arc, Thriller Bark Arc and Shabondy Arc
 
Fillers (selective)
Anything that has got nothing to do with the main storyline flow and sometimes can standalone as an episode itself.
Naruto: Well, after Naruto fails to retrieve Sasuke, the rest of the episodes are all fillers, which includes Naruto and his mates taking on odd missions
Reborn: The Daily Life Arc sees how Tsuna deals with his annoying ‘family’
Bleach: The one whereby 10th Division Captain Hitsugaya was posted in the real world to keep a lookout for Arrancar’s erratic activities and the Rurichiyo Arc (yes, I consider this long arc to be a filler)
One Piece: After several story arcs, there will be several filler episodes which are character-focused. There are other short filler arcs such as the Foxy Fox Davy Fightback Arc, the Navarone Base Arc and the Legendary Luffy Oyabin Arc
 
Movies
The series is so famous that it spawned feature length films.
Naruto: There are 3 films based on the 1st season while 2 films on the sequel bringing it to a total of 5
Reborn: So far nil
Bleach: There have been 3 films since 2006 and I noticed they are all released in December a year apart from each other
One Piece: Ever since its inception, there has been 9 movies made
 
Conclusion
Well, I guess you can say that there may be some more comparative information missing but that is because I don’t really remember much after watching much of the series. It’s also hard to find a subject which could fit all 4 of the mentioned series. You can add them if you like. Feel free to do so. If I have to choose which of the series I like best, then it is still going to be Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn because of the several team battle scenes. This is followed by Bleach because of the Arrancar Arc and I am interested to find out who fights who. Next is One Piece and although it may be a little draggy but the fights are still awesome. Lastly, Naruto is my least favourite due to the fillers (though I only watched them for pure laughter and entertainment) so much so I didn’t want to watch its sequel. But still, each of them has its plus and minus points. I guess lots of plus points since they are able to sustain in the long run for die hard fans and even ordinary anime people like me. Keep up the good work!
 

Naruto  Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn
 
Bleach  One Piece

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