The Law of Ueki

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"The power to stick my fingers into a person's nose and make them fat!"

The Law of Ueki is a manga series created by Fukuchi Tsubasa that was adapted as an anime. The story basically starts out when Mori Ai thinks that her classmate, Ueki Kousuke, is an alien. Not quite, but he does have the power to turn trash into trees and control them. This power was given to him by their teacher, a God Candidate involved in the Battle of the Supernatural Powers, a tournament to decide who will be the next god of Heaven.

Each God Candidate—a hundred in total—is required to choose a junior high school student to act as their fighter for some unspecified reason. Each candidate then bestows their chosen student with a certain power. Of course, every given power ranges from weird, near useless, potentially self-hazardous, to Awesome but Impractical. The winning God Candidate will become the new boss of Heaven and the winning student will receive the Blank Zai (or talent), a talent that can be anything they choose.

Naturally, this leads many students to thoughts of greed and selfishness. Being The Hero, Ueki decides to take it upon himself to win this tournament to keep that power away from those that would abuse such a gift, fighting for justice with Mori Ai in tow. Along the way they meet not one, but two creepy major enemies, gather a loyal group of True Companions, discover that Ueki is a Heavenly Being, stumble upon some sort of ancient heavenly conspiracy, and indirectly promote recycling and environmentalism (uh, well, sort of).


Followed by the manga-only The Law of Ueki Plus (or The Law of Ueki+). Ueki and friends appear in the Massive Multiplayer Crossover game, Sunday VS Magazine Shuuketsu Choujou Daikessen.


'''The Law of Ueki provides examples of:

Sano: And my new special attack Magnetic Screw Choqa Zanbil didn't work at all.
Teammate: Yes, it was an amazing attack.
Subtitles: ((Please imagine the attack for yourselves))

  • Ojou - Rinko, whose status and wealth had been exploited to no end by her schoolmates, leading her to join the Robert's Ten.
  • Omnicidal Maniac - Robert and Anon. Possibly Margaret.
  • Panty Shot - A grand total of one in the anime, obscured by a black shadow in one version.
  • Portmanteau - The creator, fans, and most of the characters refer to Kobayashi-sensei as "Kobasen." (In English, it gets shortened to "Mr. K.")
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad - Robert's 10. Almost every team in Round 3 is another squad.
  • Rule of Fun / Rule of Cool - The series runs on these.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses - seems to be Kobayashi's natural state, coupled with Opaque Lenses.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Hideyoshi does this to Team Ueki at the end. However, he couldn't abandon his friends in the end, and by coming back at the last minute, He saves Kosuke's life by getting knocked out by his Kurogane attack.
  • Talk To The Tree

Enemy: Do you want to know what my ability is? I'll show you. When I squeeze a stone, I can...” *tree hitting a face, knockdown*

  • Sink or Swim Mentor - while Koba-sen, Ueki's God Candidate, has a strong sense of justice, he is laid back to the point that he pretty much leaves Ueki to figure out his powers by himself. To be fair, though, those are the rules. When he does step in to save Ueki from certain death—against the tournament's rules—he promptly suffers from the Mentor Occupational Hazard. Though he doesn't die, he is sent to Hell.
    • However, Kobayashi never told Ueki about the tournament, its rules, or the prize until after he'd already gotten into a fight. Everybody else knew all the specifics well before then.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick - Tenko, although he quickly loses his initial snarkiness and becomes more of a standard Non-Human Sidekick later on.
  • Split-Screen Reaction
  • Spoiler Opening - the second OP spoils quite a few things, most significantly the fight against Team Marilyn.
  • Superpower Lottery
  • Talking Is a Free Action - it may be more of a premise of the whole show than Heart Is an Awesome Power.
    • Seriously, early in the series a candidate was dragged into Hell instantly. Later, Kobasen suffers from the same problem, but he retells a five-minute-long flashback in the process.
      • Not to mention that Inumaru does the exact same thing in Dogura Mansion.
    • Let's not forget that the guy who can only use his power when he's not breathing can talk while he's using his power.
    • And that part with "safe zones". It's said that if you spend 10 seconds in a safe zone, you instantly lose. A guy stands there while everybody else dumps exposition for more than half a minute.
    • Delivering exposition while dodging lasers. Try to beat that.
  • Teens Are Monsters - All of the contestants in the tournament are supposedly junior high school students, yet a lot of them want to be the champion in order to take over the world, and have no qualms about killing their opponents, for God's sake.
  • Too Dumb to Fool - BJ starts off trying to win fights by claiming to be Robert Haydn, which causes people to run in fear. While Mori falls for this, Ueki just remembers that BJ introduced himself as BJ earlier that day, and just can't seem to understand BJ's claims that his name is really Robert Haydn... And keeps insisting that he's really BJ.
    • The fact that he doesn't even know who Robert Haydn is probably helps.
  • Tournament Arc: well, nothing more than that.
  • True Companions
  • Tsundere - Mori, who leans much more toward tsuntsun than deredere
  • Tunnel King - One character has, as he calls it, "A power to turn my beautiful hair into a drill!" which allows him to dig extremely fast.
  • Weak but Skilled - Sano. Just Sano. (leads to awesome fights)
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? - so very subverted.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Ueki and Mori have green and aquamarine hair respectively. Not to mention Rinko, whose hair is pink.