Anime history has been filled with thousands of fights that project a sense of awe and spectacle to the audience. This has been largely possible because of the craft of many unconventional geniuses who consistently innovated with storytelling techniques, fight sequences, stylized choreography, and kinetic animation, successfully improving the now popular medium over the ages.
Throughout the exhaustive tenure of the anime medium, we have had many standout battles, group battles, and even full-scale wars that still amaze us to this very day. From Dragon Ball, Naruto, Boruto, and Baki Hanma to One Piece, One Punch Man, Hunter X Hunter, and many others, we have witnessed many great fights that have made anime one of the most popular action genres across the entertainment industry.
So, for your pleasure and convenience, we have shortlisted the top 5 fights, and 5 honorable mentions, with the best action set pieces, explosive techniques, and punchy backstories. However, before we dive right into the list, and you start binge-watching your favorite fights and series all over again.
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Now without further ado! Let’s dive right in.
5. Naruto and Sasuke Vs. Momoshiki Otsutsuki
Boruto may not be as popular as its predecessor, however, there is no denying that animation in this series is simply one step ahead of all Naruto Shippuden fights.
From the very onset of the series, we witness the power of Momoshiki Otsutsuki who simply renders Naruto powerless by extracting his Chakra and even makes the likes of Sasuke, Boruto, and the Kages tremble when they try to rescue him.
Though there are some lapses in the storyline and Boruto as a character is simply not on the same level as Sasuke and Naruto, however, the sheer scale of the fight takes us back to the good old Naruto Shippuden days.
4. Luffy Vs. Katakuri
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is by far one of the most popular anime series of the past 20 years. Among the many amazing fights in the One Piece universe, the one fight where Captain Monkey D. Luffy gets in serious trouble is against the formidable Big Mom Pirate Commander Charlotte Katakuri during the 850th episode of the series.
In terms of fighting style, Luffy has never been known for his strategy but the mighty Katakuri’s blows compel the usually cheerful pirate to rethink his moves. In the light of the overwhelming strength of his foe, Luffy retracts to the corner pulling a rope-a-dope like Muhammad Ali to exhaust the opponent. After taking many blows Luffy wins the battle in style.
But that is not all. The best thing about the fight is the animation and action choreography, majestically crafted by the Toei Studios. So, if we combine the animation, stakes, and storyline of the fight arc this is by far one of the best anime fights of the decade.
3. Goku Vs. Jiren
We have seen Goku struggle against many formidable foes over the ages, but none were like Jiren. A force of nature and an immovable object that can even make the Super Saiyan Blue tremble without even using his full force. This is what you get when you decide to fight a former candidate for the God of Destruction position.
Yes, according to Dragon Ball mythos, Jiren is the most powerful being in all 12 universes. This serves as the reason why he succeeds in defeating Android 17, Frieza, Goku, and Vegeta all at once. However, if there is one character in all anime who is known for never giving up, that is Son Goku.
Upon losing fight after fight, we see him master the Ultra Instinct technique that finally brings out the best in Jiren, ultimately overwhelming and exhausting him for elimination. The fight is an animation marvel by the superstars of Toei Studios, that leaves an intense feeling that virtually lasts forever.
2. Baki Hanma Vs. Yujiro Hanma
In all anime history, there has been no father-son relationship as complex and abhorring as Baki and Yujiro Hanma. Both believed to be the most powerful beings on earth finally fight each other in the latest installment of Baki Hanma.
A fight where emotions reach sky-high and you wonder how the feelings of these characters for each other have changed over the years. With the characters, you even doubt yourself. Asking questions like has the Ogre developed feelings for Baki? Is he proud of the fighter Baki has become? Does Baki finally forgive his father and longs for acceptance?
In this fight, you see the culmination of all the moves and techniques you have seen in Baki the Grappler over the years and then some. Moreover, the action is simply earth-shattering with Yujiro Hanma in full swing for the first time, Baki may not look like the world’s strongest teenager.
Watch it to see what I am talking about.
1. Naruto Vs. Sasuke
In all manga rivalries, there has been no rivalry bigger than Naruto and Sasuke.
A rivalry that was decades in the making finally culminated in an epic fight between the two when no other foes were left standing. After defeating the biggest powerhouses in history from Six Paths Madara Uchiha to Kaguya Otsutsuki, they finally decide to settle the score between each other.
The fight has the number one spot here not just because of its amazing animation and action choreography but mainly its portal of two unbreakable wills colliding to test who was right all along and, in the end, Naruto edging the victory with his ideology of peace reigning supreme over the others.
Some Honorable Mentions
- Netero Vs. Meruem (Hunter X Hunter)
- Levi Vs. The Beast (Attack on Titan)
- All Might Vs. All For One (My Hero Academia)
- Goku Vs. Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)
- Tanjiro and Nezuko vs. Rui (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)