With the ever-growing popularity of anime, the endearment of the medium has triggered its viewers’ curiosity in great depth.
As multiple events occur across our favorite timelines, we can’t help but wonder if any hidden details will change everything.
Over time, these harmless thoughts grow into solid anime conspiracy theories that are quickly proven wrong… or manifest into reality.
Here are 6 anime conspiracies that are too popular to ignore.
*SPOILER ALERT!!!: Viewer discretion is advised*
6 anime conspiracy you never knew
Ash Ketchum… is in a coma? (Pokémon conspiracy theory)
This anime conspiracy theory suggests that Ash, Pokemon’s protagonist, has been in a coma since the beginning of the Pokémon anime.
The theory is based on the fact that Ash never seems to age and that he often makes the same mistakes over and over again.
The Ash Ketchum coma theory has been around for over a decade and has since been discussed and expanded upon by many other fans.
It states that Ash falls into a coma after being struck by Pikachu’s Thunderbolt in the first episode of the anime. The rest of the series is then a dream that Ash is having while in his coma.
Pokémon has been running for over 25 years, with Ash being the main character, and yet he ends his run as a 10-year-old.
A reasonable estimate of the total number of days that have passed in the verse would be 50 days (if we divide the 1200 episodes by around 24 hours).
However, judging by Ash’s several tournaments and bouts, it should be at least a thousand days long.
This suggests that time in the Pokémon universe travels slowly, and years might function differently in Pokémon.
Another explanation would be the Thunderbolt theory.
In the end, there isn’t enough manga or anime canon evidence to support this claim.
Maybe the only reason he was young for so long was to appeal to a younger audience.
Nonetheless, the theory set the foundation for fan fictional interpretations of Ash’s coma, ranging from fanfics to videos and comics.
Popular examples include YouTube video essays, such as Game Theory: Ash’s Age FINALLY Solved! (Pokemon) by The Game Theorists. Others may include a fanfic and a comic bearing the name Ash’s Coma.
However, if this anime conspiracy theory is false, a massive question still remains: how was Ash able to remain as a 10-year-old for over 2 decades??
The World Government is Evil (One Piece conspiracy theory)
Despite its grandiose appeal with the might of the marines seeking to stabilize the seas, the World Government has always been suspicious.
This anime conspiracy theory is based on the fact that the World Government has a lot of power and influence and that they have been known to do some… murky activities to maintain its interests.
The World Government is broken down into 3 fundamental factions: the Marines, the Cipher Pol, and the World Nobles (the Celestial Dragons). There are more factions that can be explored on the One Piece Wiki.
The World Government is responsible for covering up the history of the Void Century, a period of 100 years that has been erased from the official records.
The Void Century is said to be a time of great upheaval and chaos, and the World Government fears that revealing the truth could lead to revolution.
Again, it’s no secret that the Celestial Dragons are involved in the slave trade: they purchase captured islanders or even breed slaves instead.
Of course, the Marines know about this, but since they are ‘World Nobles, ‘ they just turn a blind eye to the Dragons’ actions.
This classic display of corruption has left the community brewing a cauldron of questions, but the most obvious of them all is, “Just what are these guys hiding?”
No one fan can definitively claim ownership of this theory, and Eiichiro Oda has never conclusively stated the World Government’s stance on the world.
Perhaps the One Piece is the answer to everything.
Light Yagami is a Shinigami? (Death Note conspiracy theory)
Remember when Light died in the end?
He was pretty much unable to go to heaven or hell because Ryuk judged him before the Gods of Death.
However, the latter condition stated that his soul would simply cease to exist.
This portion is heavily debated by the fans, with some presuming that he might have turned into a Shinigami instead.
This theory has basically turned into a myth within the fanbase, with multiple videos on YouTube and pages on Reddit exploring it in-depth. In the Death Note Relight 1, one of the Shinigami dawned Light’s traits to the tee. Want to explore more about Light’s fate? Click the following link.
Information about this theory is not canon. However, it hasn’t prevented the community from exploring this possibility in-depth.
Yuji is the chosen one (Jujutsu Kaisen conspiracy theory)
Yuji is the chosen one who is destined to save the world from Curses.
The anime conspiracy theory is based on the fact that Yuji has a number of similarities to other chosen ones in stories and that he has already shown great potential.
The shocking defeat of Gojo Satoru in Chapter 236 has spawned an uproar in the entire JJK fanbase. “With Gojo gone, just how will Sukuna lose?”
Remember Gojo’s dying words:
“Yuji… Now, it’s your turn. I’ll leave the rest to you guys.”
Gojo Satoru, the honored one, has chosen Yuji as the one to defeat Sukuna and become the strongest.
However, with Gege Akutami’s unpredictable writing style, no one can absolutely tell Jujutsu Kaisen’s future.
Is Naruto dreaming about everything? (Naruto conspiracy theory)
Yes – Naruto might be dreaming about everything from the 4th Great Ninja War and beyond in order to live a ‘fulfilled life’ while living in Kaguya’s (or is it Madara’s?) Infinite Tsukuyomi.
In Chapter 677 of the manga (or Episode 426 of the anime), Madara successfully casts the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
Breaking this cast was basically impossible and has led a lot of fans to believe that Naruto, just like Ash, has fallen into a coma.
Reasons that support this anime conspiracy theory range from Boruto’s multiple references to the original series as well as Naruto’s numerous naps, dreams and changes in personality.
Unlike Ketchum’s case, this theory has a tonne of counterexamples.
For one, it could completely break the series’s continuity and practically diminish the numerous deaths in Boruto.
Goku will become a god (Dragonball conspiracy theory)
This anime conspiracy theory is based on the fact that Goku has been shown to be able to access god-like power in the past (like God Ki and Ultra Instinct).
It is also supported by the fact that Goku is constantly training and becoming stronger despite possessing these abilities.
This fact can also be shown by the number of times Goku has received training from deities in the series.
First of all, he mastered King Kai’s forbidden technique, Kaioken, in the Frieza saga, which was shortly followed by his access to the legendary Super Saiyan state, which was seen as a godly technique at the time.
Oh yeah, he even gained access to multipliers of the form, reaching Super Saiyan 3.
In the non-canon Dragonball GT, Kakorot transformed into Super Saiyan 4, with Bulma even hinting at the possibility of Super Saiyan 5.
However, in Dragonball Super, Goku proceeded to gain God Ki, giving him access to universal powers. Then, all of a sudden, he’s taught by Whis, an angel who’s billions of times stronger than King Kai.
This is where he learned the God of Destruction technique, Hakai, as well as the angelic form of Ultra Instinct, which far surpasses every single god of destruction in power scaling.
The very potential of him truly surpassing the gods exists.
This factoid, however, can be countered by Goku’s will. If the Supreme Kais would want to grant him this ability, he’d probably deny it.
Because he is Goku.