Since its inception in the early 20th century, the anime medium has undergone massive growth. Japanese animation is currently one of the most popular art forms in the entire world, and with franchises like Dragon Ball , Naruto , and One Piece spanning multiple decades, it's clear that anime won't be going anywhere soon. The anime medium only reached its current state because of numerous series that challenged its tropes and conventions, opening the audience's eyes to its countless possibilities. Thanks to these groundbreaking writing decisions, the state of modern Japanese animation was changed forever. RELATED: The 10 Largest Characters In Anime History, Ranked Itachi Uchiha Turns Out To Be One Of The Good Guys (Naruto And Naruto: Shippuden) Naruto could very well be the most influential anime of the 2000s, so it's no surprise that the series' writing broke new ground for the medium. Prior to the events of Naruto: Shippuden , Itachi Uchiha is depicted as Sasuke's evil older brother, but after the franchise's two-year time skip, this idea slowly loses validity. As revealed by Obito Uchiha, Itachi was forced to slaughter the rest of the Uchiha Clan by the Hidden Leaf Village's elders. In reality, the talented shinobi has done everything he can to protect Sasuke and the Hidden Leaf Village, even enlisting in the Akatsuki to keep an eye on their plans. Although this kind of plot twist has become more common in shonen anime over the past decade, it has yet to be presented as convincingly as Itachi Uchiha's storyline. 9 Spike Spiegel's Fate Remains Ambiguous (Cowboy Bebop) In the opinion of many anime fans, Cowboy Bebop is the most critically impressive title in the medium's history. Spike Spiegel paved the way for other too-cool-for-school protagonists, and the show's setting expertly blends several different genres. However, the most influential element of the Cowboy Bebop actually stems from something else — its ending. During the final moments of Cowboy Bebop , Spike Spiegel lies on the ground, bleeding profusely from the wound given to him moments before. Instead of providing a concrete conclusion to the […]
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