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- Waterfall are cool landscapes, and are not very difficult to animate or draw
- They provide energy or motion, allowing moving target for the training
- They justify Shirtless Scene
Examples:Anime & Manga
- Guts from Berserk use waterfall to improve his swordsmanship : he releases in the top of the waterfall huge trunk which he slices at the bottom.
- Naruto must stop the waterfalls to complete one of his training.
- Hinata also trains with waterfall. The training consisted of hitting each water drop with thin chakra wire.
- In Saint Seiya, Shiryu use a waterfall to understand his power.
- Several people (martial artists mostly) do this in the Pokémon universe.
- In Kamen no Maid Guy, Kogarashi puts Naeko through a kendo Training from Hell, which includes training under a waterfall.
- During a flashback in Mahou Sensei Negima!, Takahata Takamichi is shown splitting a waterfall with his punch.
- Parodied in Yaiba. Miyamoto Musashi tells to the young hero to "gaze the waterfall until he sees it still", in a sort of Zen-like training. After a while Yaiba asks: "Hey, grandpa! When does this waterfall stops anyway?". Later, Musashi himself admit that "stopping a waterfall" is impossible.
- Occurs in a late episode of F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (or GP Legend for all of you stateside). Ryu/Rick, seeking advice and guidance before his final battle with Black Shadow and Dark Millions, visits his on-again, off-again mentor figure of sorts, Samurai Goroh. Ryu/Rick is seen in a dogi, meditating under a waterfall (this may also double as an Actor Allusion, as Ryu/Rick is now heavily reminiscent of another Ryu voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa).
- There was a One-Shot Character from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX who was shown to hone his skills by grabbing cards as they went over a waterfall.
- In Best of the Best, the South Korean Taekwondo team is shown standing under a waterfall during their training.
- Ryu's ending from Street Fighter II shows him repeatedly shoryukening a waterfall as part of his training.
- Gold Lightan's ending from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars shows the same thing, except as a Humongous Mecha, he shoryukens the entire waterfall, rocks and everything.
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