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TOP 5 ANIME FIGHTS OF ALL TIME
Note: These are just from shows and movies I've watched. I haven't watched some mainstream shows like Naruto or Bleach so even though I've seen some fights from them, I'm not adding them to the list. Also, you might need to turn on the subtitles/closed captions for some of these videos.
Honorable Mentions (no particular order)
Deku vs Muscular- My Hero Academia Season 3: This episode only aired a few weeks ago (so spoiler warning!) but this fight is too sick not to include. I usually hate Shounen fights, but My Hero Academia has a ton of good ones.
Ryuuko vs Satsuki- Kill la Kill: This show is sooo lit. It’s kinda hard to explain to people that a show about half-naked anime girls fighting each other is honest to God not as bad as it sounds. In fact, I cried a bit at the end. This fight is one of the many kick-*** ones in the series. The show is just ridiculously over the top and fun, I mean just look at the very first scene. This show is just filled with moments and fights like these.
Mami vs Homura- Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion: Two Magical girls who everyone’s wanted to see face off since the start of the show gun-fuing each other in mid-air with time stopping powers? Count me in.
The Best of the Best
6. Deku vs Todoroki- My Hero Academia Season 2: I know this is supposed to be a Top 5 but I couldn’t leave this one off the list. So far everyone on this list is trying to kill each other. Unlike the rest of this list at no point in this fight is anyone in mortal danger, it’s just two friends fighting each other to prove their worth. Despite that, they’re both putting their all into this fight. Deku, in particular, is such a badass for breaking his fingers to counter all Todoroki’s moves and still fighting on. I really appreciate how this fight was set up. It’s part of a tournament arc where we’ve seen both contestants fighting all the way up to the semifinals, so we have a great sense of their power levels and motivations. It also helps provide tension because unlike most shows, it’s difficult to tell who is going to advance to the finals. I also think that Todoroki’s story was beautifully handled. We get to see his relationship with his father and why he refuses to fully use his quirk, while also seeing Deku force him into using that same quirk if he wants to win.
5. Araragi vs Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade- Kizumonogatari: Part 3: A battle of two superpowered, immortal vampires that is as fun and weird as it is gory. Since they both immediately regenerate, they can just kick and punch each other’s limbs off to their heart's content. It’s so unique and weird but oh so satisfying to watch. Add in Monogartai’s usual first-rate cinematography and this fight is one to remember. Here's a 4k version for eye-candy.
4. Spike vs Vincent- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie: God damn I love this fight. Spike and his smooth Jeet Kune Do versus Vincent and his brutal Krav Maga/ MCMAP. As precise and technical Spike is, Vincent is just a god damn tank who absorbs all those blows like it’s nothing. The animation is real smooth and doesn’t miss a beat. You get to see all the punches and kicks land in detail, it’s super satisfying. The music, in typical Bebop fashion, does this scene justice too. The rest of the movie (and rest of the series for that matter) has a bunch of other kickass fights, this is just my favorite one.
3. Kerry vs Kotomine- Fate/Zero: No words. No Hype. Just two ice-cold **** tryna kill each other in the Bat Cave. It always bothered me in other media why people never used more conventional means to kill magic users (looking at you Harry Potter), apparently, Kerry and I think alike. I love that it’s magic and kung-fu versus guns, knives and a little bit of speed magic. The tactics are well done and it really feels like two lifelong assassins are fighting to the death for what amounts to being any singular wish they could think of. Since there is no singular main protagonist, it’s difficult to tell who is going to come out on top adding tension and intrigue to the fight.
2. Asuka vs The Eva Series- End of Evangelion: This fight is the best example I’ve found of how emotions can impact the viewing experience of a fight. This fight goes from being disturbing (Asuka screaming she doesn’t want to die) to cathartic (Asuka realizing what the Eva really is) to triumphant (Asuka kicking ***) back to downright horrifying. I just go through so many emotions while watching this fight it’s hard for it not to stand out. It’s pretty wild that this movie only just gets crazier and more intense after this fight. And the emotional part isn’t all that makes this scene great. For one the sense of weight is great, it really feels like 10 enormous monsters are going at it with everything they got with the environment getting crushed and Asuka getting swung around in the cockpit. Plus the gore is crazy detailed and intense helping with the huge monster battle feel. The last thing I want to mention is the Eva series themselves. I have not yet seen any foe more fear-inspiring than those 9. With their huge grinning mouths and eyeless faces, they look more like some nightmare fuel than the man-made angels they are. And the scene where they are dropped from those planes and circle overhead is equal parts ominous and awe-inspiring.
Note: The video is hella long and cut with other scenes that are occurring during the fight. And there are hugeeeee spoilers in this video. Without context, this scene loses some of what makes it great. Do yourself a favor and watch Neon Genesis Evangelion and End of Evangelion.
1. Nanashi vs Luo- Sword of the Stranger: Everything about this fight is just superb. The atmosphere and music are beautiful and really lends itself to the fight with all the snow swirling about and the soft but epic music playing. The animation is buttery smooth with a fantastic and realistic sense of speed and momentum. I love seeing both of them sliding across the snow while trying to get their feet underneath them. But what really makes it interesting is the fight choreography between the two contestants. They both are expert swordsman, but both have different unique fighting styles. Lou (Blonde Chinese) relies on his momentum to spin around and strike with force while Nanashi tends to take a defensive approach luring his opponent into disadvantageous situations. The rest of the movie is pretty good too and I’d recommend checking it out, but this fight is worth the price of admission alone.
Let's be real, one of the best parts of anime as a medium are the fights so it was a ton of fun to rank all my favorites against each other. I hope y'all enjoyed watching and reading this list as much as I enjoyed making it!