Should the Underdog Always Win in Anime?

My recent Unpopular Opinions post, specifically the question asking about “a trope that I’m tired of” or something along those lines, left me wanting to write more about the topic.

This one isn’t even really exclusive to anime, it’s a popular trope in storytelling itself. I’m sure there are many studies on why exactly the underdog appeals to people, why it’s generally the “natural outcome” in storytelling.

Recently, I’ve encountered a few stories that have left me wishing for more cases where the underdog… doesn’t win.

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The Plague of WordPress: AI Generated Posts

There’s something that’s been happening on WordPress for a while now.
A real plague.

One that you may not realize exists, because you don’t know where to look.
But just you wait, because it’s only a matter of time until you see it too…

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Yomu in Japan: Summer Break (Matsumoto City Edition)

After the Chuo Alps, we went straight to Matsumoto City.
It’s one of the bigger cities in the prefecture.

I believe Matsumoto City also has the liveliest night life scene in the prefecture, with quite the downtown / red light district. Plenty of host / hostess clubs, snack bars, massage parlors, regular bars, hotels, and all that. Even on a Wednesday night though there were quite a few people out, drinking and staggering around.

Culturally the highlight is Matsumoto Castle, which is basically right in the downtown area.

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Yomu in Japan: Summer Break (Kiso City Edition)

After stopping at Magome, we arrived at Kiso City. It’s a beautiful little city tucked in between a small valley with a river running through it. Because the valley is tight, the city basically climbs up the side of a mountain, making it a multi-level city.

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Yomu in Japan: Summer Break (Iida City Edition)

Well, summer break isn’t over yet.
But I’ve just got back from a week of travelling throughout Nagano!

Also summer break is just a little over 2 weeks, as it started on Aug 1st, and ends on Aug 18th. Unfortunate, but everything is messed up this year because of the ‘rona.

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