4 Cut Hero is a Chinese anime series produced by Bilibili. It is based on the web novel of the same name by Gojira-kun. The anime follows the story of a young man named Lin Jingyi who defeats the Demon King, but the princess he meant to save turns out to be a prince. Now, Lin Jingyi is unemployed and living a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) lifestyle.
However, he is soon caught up in a millennia-old conspiracy involving multiple kingdoms and many dragons. Upon a closer look, we find that 4 Cut Hero is full of Easter eggs.
Top 4 Easter eggs in 4 Cut Hero
4. The Legend of Zelda
In the 4th episode, there is a scene where Lin Jingyi is playing a video game. The game that he is playing is very similar to The Legend of Zelda.
3. JoJo Giorno Giovanna
There is a scene in episode 1 of 4 Cut Hero where Lin Jingyi references JoJo Giorno Giovanna Stand. In the scene, Lin Jingyi is talking about his dream- to be a rich man and marry a princess (not necessarily in that order). This was narrated in the background as Jingyi mimicked the Giorno Giovanna Stand.
This reference is a sign of the love that Gojira-kun has for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Gojira-kun has previously said that they are one of the biggest fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and they have said that they are exceptionally inspired by the series.
2. Conventional Fairy Tale Plot idea of the MC
The conventional fairy tale plot idea of the MC in the anime is that he is a young man who is destined to save the princess and defeat the evil villain. However, there are some twists to this plot.
- The princess that the MC is supposed to save turns out to be a prince. This is a subversion of the traditional fairy tale trope where the princess is always a beautiful woman.
- The evil villain is not a single person, but a group of people who are working together. This makes the conflict more complex and difficult to resolve.
- The MC is not a traditional hero. He is lazy and unmotivated, and he does not want to save the princess or defeat the evil villain. However, he is eventually forced to take action when he realizes that the fate of the world is at stake.
1. One Punch Man’s Saitama-type Main Character
The main character Lin Jingyi, can be considered an OPM-type MC. He is incredibly powerful, having defeated the Demon King, but he is also very apathetic and lazy. He does not want to use his power to help others, and he would rather just live a quiet life.
However, Lin Jingyi is eventually forced to take action when he realizes that the fate of the world is at stake. He reluctantly agrees to help the princess, and he slowly begins to come to terms with his power.
The reference to OPM in 4 Cut Hero is not explicit, but it is there. Lin Jingyi’s power and apathy are reminiscent of Saitama, and his journey is similar to Saitama’s journey from a bored and frustrated hero to a true hero.
These are just a few of the many Easter eggs that can be found in 4 Cut Hero. If you are a fan of anime, manga, or pop culture, then you will enjoy finding all of the Easter eggs in this hidden gem of an anime by watching it here.