Episode: "Good Times with Weapons” (s8e1)
Original Air Date: March 17, 2004

More a reference to the storied tradition of Japanese animation, the boys anime transformation sees Stan, among others, emulating iconic gaming heroes like Ryu of Street Fighter fame. And, like characters in many Eastern RPGs, Cartman adds powers at a whim, from lightning strikes to fireballs to chicken morphing. Unlike any game, the boys find their pretend ninja characters cause real shuriken harm to Butter's face.