Top 5 Story-Breaker Powers in Anime or Manga

One of the issues that writers face when trying to establishing a power system is how strong should your character be. It’s a balancing act. If your main character is too strong they’ll have no challenge. If they’re too weak how can they win? If you want to have a series that’s entertaining you need to carefully consider this balance. Often creators will put some limitation, weakness or even depower characters. It can be clunky or convoluted. Ultimately, the “story breaker” power hinges mostly on the story told and not just the power itself. With the in mind, what are the top 5 story breaker powers in anime and manga:

I’m leaving Saitama (One Punch Man) out because his powers are suppose to be ridiculously strong.

5. Androids 17 and 18 have infinite energy (DBZ)

The two cyborgs have “infinite energy reactors” the give them limitless stamina. Furthermore they don’t age normally and can increase their strength through training. Furthermore they don’t use ki, making it impossible to detect them through normal means. The pair often let their opponents tire themselves out before defeating them.

4. Trafalgar Law’s Devil Fruit Ability (One Piece)

Law’s Room ability allows him to “control anything inside the sphere’s he creates.” He can “cut people to bits and rearrange them as he likes with the person still alive, swap around people and objects instantly, cut through whatever he wants including armored Haki and whole mountains, rip out organs, swap souls, and inflict an unhealing wound.” Law’s devil fruit drains his stamina, but it’s often to powerful to counter.

3. All For One (My Hero Academia)

All For One’s Quirk can “take, steal, mix, give, amplify and force others to use their quirks.” It’s suggested that he’s also immortal. While he can be defeated (Only All Might) he survives. All For One has it’s a weakness but they are mostly indirect. If he gives someone a quirk they may not be able to handle the power of becoming a mindless doll. The effectiveness of the quirk depends on the user. He can’t steal One For All, as it “can only be passed on if the present wielder wills it.”

2. Yhwach the Almighty (Bleach)

The King of the Quincies, Yhwach possesses “all Quincy powers, as well as the ability to give people power by lending them pieces of his soul.” He can “call back the soul shards at will, depriving the recipient of their power and life, to increase his strength.” He is able to steal the ” life and power from both Quincies and their enemies.” This power also allows him to choose who lives and dies. He also has a “Schrift ability,” the Almighty. This ability allows him “to change the entire future.” He can see and alter ALL possible futures. It should be noted that Beach has a number of broken characters and it takes three of them to kill Yhwach (Ichigo, Aizen, and Uryuu).

1. Madara (Naruto)

With his Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, he can all the “convenient abilities in the series.” Then he gets the Rinnegan, which is considered “the most exalted eye among the “Three Great Dōjutsu.” The Rinnegan contains “extraordinarily powerful chakra and boasts enormous ocular power.” Those in possession of the Rinnegan “allows one to easily master any Jutsu as well as all five basic nature transformations.”

Furthermore, they can “wields the Rinnegan can utilize six abilities collectively known as the Six Paths Technique: controlling attractive and repulsive forces with the Deva Path; mechanically altering one’s body with the Asura Path; extracting souls through the Human Pathsummoning various creatures through the Animal Pathabsorbing chakra through the Preta Path; and access to the King of Hell through the Naraka Path. A seventh ability, called the Outer Path, is said to allow the user to preside over life and death, granting them the ability to revive the dead. Madara is shown to “summon meteors,” use “Wood Release.” At the time of the great ninja war, he was an immortal zombie with unlimited chakra.

Top Five Anime Ass Pulls

Sources: Narutopedia & TV Tropes

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 22: An anime that everyone hates and/or has a low score, but you love

Dragon Ball Z: Movie 3, The Tree of Might (MAL score: 6.93)

The Saiyan named Turlus has come to Earth in order to plant a tree that will both destroy the planet and give him infinite strength. Son Goku and the Z Warriors cannot let this happen and duke it out with the invaders for the sake of the planet. (Source: ANN)

Let’s be honest some anime movies dramatically disappoint, particularity when they are from a popular series. Tree of Might is quite frankly mediocre. The real strange part of this movie is the relationship between the main villian Turlus and Goku. They look exactly alike, except for a skin tone difference. It’s a common trend in the Dragon Ball series to basically copy Goku and suggest some of the characters have no relationship to him.

To be honest the story in DBZ isn’t the most complicated or interesting. In this movie the dialogue is dub, but I liked the action in this movie. Granted the Z fighters get thrashed, but it does remind me of the good old days when DBZ wasn’t all about transforming into Super Saiyan’s. I also like the animation, which still holds up.

The Salty Anime Day 14: An anime that shouldn’t have been as long as it was

I should probably pick Detective Conan, which is currently on it’s 908th episode and has been in production January 8th, 1996. I use to watch this series but I lost interest years ago. I won’t pick, One Piece because while it’s long, I think it’s as long as it needs to be. One Piece has a lot of story left.

My pick for the anime that is too long is, Dragon Ball. This series was started in 1986, the first series Dragon Ball lasted 153 episodes. Dragon Ball Z reached 291 in the late 90’s, then there was the terrible Dragon Ball GT which is thankfully the shortest with 64 episodes. If you could get through that series you probably had enough and was grateful that Dragon Ball was over. However, in 2009 Dragon Ball Kai was released and featured 159 episodes.

Personally, I didn’t watch most of the latest series. I got too repetitive find ways for saiyans to get get stronger and stronger. On some level this has always been true of the series. However, I feel that after the Cell saga Dragon Ball really went to far with the transformations. Super Saiyan 3 was cool looking but it didn’t really feel all that different. Weirdly it seemed that SS2 was more important than SS3. Villains kept getting ridiculously stronger and the particular formula was Goku quickly gets stronger, Vegeta then follows and nobody else does. That said the final arc of Dragon Ball Super did try to provide a opportunity for less powerful characters like Krillin.

Of course my biggest grip had to be the downgrade of Gohan. During the Cell Saga Gohan had surpassed everyone being the first to reach SS2 at age 9. He later put school work a head of his training (which maybe due to only being half Saiyan). Gohan maintain a great potential, Vegeta suggested that Gohan had the “potential exceeded both Goku’s and his own.” While I think that the Dragon Ball series was too long I did enjoy much of it (not GT) and the tournament arc at the end of Super was great.

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 9: Least favorite anime trope(s)

Clothing Damage

If you’ve wanted anime long enough you notice that during the battle sometimes an anime characters clothing will get damaged. Often this is a pathetic attempt to justify fanservice. Clothing damage in anime can ridiculous. Bleach for example has this problem, while it seems that only the male characters are susceptible to clothing damage. The main protagonists, Ichigo even stated that “his outfit changes when he assumes bankai, his shirt takes damage in proportion to how much spirit power he loses. As he rests, the robes mend.”

The most famous example is of course the Dragon Ball series. Goku in particular displays this troupe. You can often comically determine the point in the fight based on Goku’s clothing. If he’s still has his shirt on the fight cannot be over. Strangely enough his pants are apparently made of stronger fabric than his shirt. His pants may get torn, but they never get blow off like his shirt does.

Defeat means Friendship

In popular manga and anime, Fairy Tail, both Gajeel and Juvia join the guild after they are defeated. In the Dragon Ball series almost all of the Z team at some point tried to beat or kill Goku at one point. Krillin even stated that “all of the Z-Fighters were enemies with Goku at some point.” More specifically:

  • Piccolo, was an enemy of Goku until mutual respect for Goku’s fighting ability.
  • Vegeta, prince of the Saiyan’s was nearly killed when he and Nappa tried to steal the dragon balls. Through the series Vegeta slowly becomes a permanent member of the Z team.
  • Majin Buu, has about ten different forms. Fat Buu and Ubuu become members of the Z team.
  • Android 17 & 18, both were created to kill Goku. 18 later marries Krillin, 17 actually doesn’t even meet Goku until Dragon Ball Super.

In Naruto, Neji and Gaara are transformed after Naruto defeats them and changes their lives. The problem with this troupe is that it’s unrealistic. For example, Piccolo, Vegeta, Buu, and Gaara kill many people and seemingly go unpunished for it, other than being defeated in combat.

Not Worth Killing

It is common in anime that a hero or villian will conclude that their opponent is too weak to be worthy of death. This is clearly design to keep the average skilled friends of the main character alive when the “main” bad guy decides that they don’t warrant being killed. It’s also a good way to display the power of a villian while not causing the lives of heroes. However, we all know that eventual the hero will surpass that villian.

  • DBZ, Goku is notorious for leaving villains alive, hoping that they have “learned their lesson,” or even hoping that they comeback stronger because he loves the competition. He does this too often with Frieza, who then goes on to destroy the planet TWICE. He manages to kill everyone on Earth in “Resurrection F ” on for Whis to reverse it.
  • One Piece, even though this series features much fighting, it is rare that they end up in death. Luffy fights brutally but I can’t think of any situation that resulted in anyone being killed by him. This doesn’t necessary mean that villains learn from their mistakes or go to prison, in fact some villains end up better off. For example, Wapol, become “an incredibly wealthy toymaker and tyrant of another kingdom, and Eneru went to the moon like he originally wanted.”
  • Bleach, many of the fights in the series ends with the loser remaining alive due to being unworthy of death. Kenpachi leaves Nnoitra after defeating him, he turns around to leave and Nnoitra attacks him forcing Kenpachi to finally kill him.

Stock Shonen Hero

If your a fan of Shonen anime or you’re just aware of it, you should be able to easily identify which character is the main protagonist. Goku is the template for most of these hero types. They tend to share the same characteristics and are even created to emulate Goku as the creators were inspired by DBZ. The most famous characters that represent this troupe is Natsu from Fairy Tail, Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece and Naruto from Naruto. Some of the the characteristics are:

  • Simple mindedness that borders on stupidity
  • Massive appetites
  • Have orange hair or clothing
  • A tendency to show mercy to enemies that have commit horrible crimes
  • A mastery of difficult techniques in short time
  • A need to train excessively despite quickly learning these techniques
  • Often fights for the thriller of it, and if necessary will surpass all limits to always win

Interestingly, Ichigo from Bleach shares many of these characteristics particularly in battle, however, he’s a smart student.  Edward Elric shares personality traits of the typical Stock Hero but is highly educated due to his mastery of Alchemy. However, some characters subvert this troupe:

  • Boruto from Boruto is actually the opposite of his father, Naruto. While he looks just like him, he’s actually considered to be a “genius,” and wants to be like Sasuke, sharing more qualities with him than his father.
  • Saitama from One Punch Man also subverts this troupe, he does wear orange and trains a lot but because he became too powerful none of his fight thrill him and he’s now bald.
  • Shigeo Kageyama from Mob Psycho 100, is average in many ways, he’s emotionally limited, hates to fight, his usual hair style is a bowl cut and wears all black.
  • Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia, has a powerful quirk but his most important ability is his intelligence and ability to analyze and be strategic.

Alright, this post is already too long. I could go on and on. There are many other troupe that bug me, but these are some of the most obvious.

My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (5 – 1)

5 – Levi vs Female Titan ( Anne )

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The Combatants:

  1. Levi – considered to be the best solider of the Survey Corp.
  2. Female Titan –  Anne, Main antagonists of the first season of Attack on Titan

Location: Attack on Titan Episode 22

The Battle:

This battle was short and featured in the beginning of the episode.  The Female Titan attacks Levi, he quickly slices up her arm and stabs her in the eyes. He then continues to slice up the titan. Levi single handely subdues the female titan, and manages to save Eren. Leaving the female titan defeated and in tears.

4 – Gurren Lagann vs the Anti – Spirals

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The Combatants:

  1. Gurren Lagann – the main mecha of the series.
  2. Anti – Spirals –  the main antagonist of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Location: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Episode (24 -27)

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The Battle:

The Battle between the Gurren Lagann and Anti-Spiral is rather long. It features many transformations of Gurren Lagann as the mecha increases in size. The battle also has a great deal of symbolism, centered on human ascension. The Anti-Spirals hate the human race, and attempt to exterminate humans. The Anti- Spirals are beings that have abandoned spiral power, and stunted their own evolution. They are a collective unconscious that are attempting to avert a ” hypothetical event” called the ” Spiral Nemesis”. Gurren grows in its size at its final form, “Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” reaches 52.8 billion light years in height. I feel it’s better to simply watch the battle than read my description of. Hope you enjoy watching it as I had.

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3 – Jiraiya vs Pain

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The Combatants:

  1. Jiraiya – Naruto’s sensei, one of the Legendary Sannin.
  2. Pain – one of the former members of the Akatsuki.

Location: Naruto Chapters ( 368 – 382 )

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The Battle:

Jiraiya attempts to invade the hidden village of rain without detection. However, he fails and finds that the intruder is Jiraiya. Pain is mysterious character, who he is and what his powers are unknown. Pain changes bodies to feature a longer haired body. Pain summons a crab like creature that uses a bubble, Jiraiya uses a ” Raging Lion’s Mane Technique” and tangles the crab in his hair. The summon disappears and Jiraiya then uses his hair on Pain, who uses substitution jutsu.

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Jiraiya summons a toad as Pain summons a chameleon. Jiraiya decides he’s “I’m going into sennin mode”, Pain hides in the mouth of the chameleon which turns invisible. Jiraiya counters with a barrier detection jutsu, Pain response by summoning a Cerberus like animal. Pain continues to use animal summons to conceal his location. Jiraiya wonders why he hasn’t use a technique other than summons. Jiraiya releases his summon and emerges transformed with two toads on his shoulders. The female toad uses her tongue to sniff out the chameleon, and uses acid to kill it.

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Pain summons two other humans to the battlefield, each with their own set of Rinnegan eyes. Confused Jiraiya aims to discover the secret to Pains power. One of the Pains attacks Jiraiya and he uses his Frog Karate to counter. He then uses his “Hermit Art: Deep Fryer”, but another Pain absorbs this jutsu. Jiraiya decides to try close combat, he attacks with a massive Rasengan. The Rasengan is also absorbed, a smoke bomb is used to give cover and Jiraiya attempts to attack Pain from behind.

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He fails to land a direct hit, he uses a frog summon as an distraction and uses his “Hermit Art: Hair Needle Barrage”. It’s his fast attack and Pain still manages to counter it, with a summon. Jiraiya realizes somethings up and retreats to come up with a plan. Jiraiya concludes that the eyes of the Pains are linked. He and the frogs determine they need to use genjutsu. The genjutsu has it’s effect and Jiraiya kills the three Pains. However, another Pain shows you, he attacks Jiraiya ripping of his arm.

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Confused again as all the previously dead Pain are alive. He now has six adversaries to contend with, “The six paths of Pain”. Jiraiya kills one of the Pains and manage to seek refuge inside another toad. Instead of escaping he decides to confront Pain one last time. He realizes that all the Pains are shinobi he’s fought before. At this point Pain crushes Jiraiya’s throat and all six Pains stabs him. Jiraiya uses his last moments leave a message on the back of one of the toads before he drowns.

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2 – Gohan vs Cell

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The Combatants:

  1. Gohan – Goku’s son, and one of the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Cell – is one of the major villains in the DBZ series.

Location: DBZ Episodes (181 – 192)

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The Battle:

Goku tells Cell that his son Gohan is a better match for him, at first everyone is skeptical. Gohan powers up stunning everyone with his power level. However, his inexperience and fear of his power leaves him at Cell’s mercy. Cell decides to push Gohan to the limit by hurting his friends with Cell Jr’s.The brutalizing of Gohan’s friends doesn’t push Gohan to his limit, but Android 16 gives Gohan a speech about the meaning of life. When Cell crushes Android 16’s head killing him Gohan finally snaps, unleashing his hidden powers. After this power boost Gohan strength and speed increases tremendously, he quickly destroy’s the Cell Jr’s.

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Cell and Gohan begin their fight and it appears that Gohan isn’t even trying, he becomes rather cocky. Cell powers up one more time but it doesn’t matter, Gohan is still stronger. He delivers two devastating punches on Cell, knock him to his knees. Cell becomes enraged at being dominated by a child, Cell uses a series of the Z fighters attacks. He concludes with a massive Kamehameha aim at destroying the earth, Gohan simply reflects it with his own. Cell is damaged by Gohan’s Kamehameha, but Cell heals himself.

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Cell increases his size and loses his speed in the process. Gohan continues to damage Cell, resulting in him regurgitating Android 18 and transform back. Cell having lost his power becomes afraid of Gohan and decides to self destruct, Goku uses his instant transition to transport Cell and save the earth. Cell explodes killing Goku, he returns however shooting Trunks through the chest.

Vegeta becomes enraged at what Cell did to Trunks, attacking him. Cell is unharmed and try’s to kill Vegeta, who is saved by Gohan. Cell aims to end this fight with a clash of Kamehameha with Gohan. Gohan struggles to get the lead in the conflict, the remaining Z fighters try to help but are useless. However, Vegeta proves to be powerful enough to at least distracting Cell. Gohan takes advantage with one final push, destroying Cell and saving the Earth.

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1 – White beard Pirates vs Marines

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The Combatants:

  1. White Beard Pirates – the large pirate crew the was ruled under Captain White Beard.
  2. Marines – the World Government military force.

Location: One Piece Chapters ( 550 – 580 )

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The Battle:

The White beard Pirates with “43 allied crews”, waged a war against over 100,000 Marines and five Shichibukai. Luffy and several criminals from Impel Down show up to save Ace. Many of White Beards crew and allies are killed and injured. Whitebeard is severely injured and later dies at the hands of Black beard’s crew. Luffy takes center stage as he makes his way thorough the Marines and manages to save Ace.

However, the joy is short lived as Akainu kills Ace and severely damages Luffy, who is devastated mentally. Black beard manages to steal White beard devil fruit ability. The war is ceased by Shanks and his crew. There’s more to this battle but this war represents a major change in the series, the death of White beard, Ace and the theft of the White beards devil fruit. Black beard ascends to level of Youkon, and his crew terrorizes the seas.

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My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (30 – 21)

30 – Shiki vs Straw Hat Crew

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The Combatants:

  1. Shiki – Captain of the “Golden Lion Pirates”.
  2. Straw Hat Crew – The crew of “Monkey D. Luffy”.

Location: One Piece Movie 10

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The Battle:

Shiki comes to get Nami, but the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates protect her. They work together, using combined techniques and surprising Shiki with their power. But none of the Straw Hats manage to make a dent in Shiki. Luffy makes first contact, with ” Gomu Gomu no Rocket”. Shiki uses his devil fruit powers to lift the ground, creating lions in the wall. Luffy uses ” Gomu Gomu no cannon”, but it doesn’t work. The try one more team effort, but they fail and are trapped in a spiral mound.

29 – Sakura, Chiyo vs Sasori

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The Combatants:

  1. Sakura – a member of team 7, medical ninja
  2. Chiyo – puppet master of the Sand Village
  3. Sasori – former member of Akatsuki

Location: Naruto Chapters (265 – 274)

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The Battle:

Sakura notices the difference between her and Sasori, in both ” his experience and amount of kills”. Chiyo reassures her that she ” is here”, and that she will protect her. She flings several kunai at Sasori, though he block them with her tail. Its revealed that he is hiding within his puppet. Chiyo explains how to defeat Sasori puppet Hiruko, and that Sakura is important in the strategy. First they have to get close to the puppet, but dodge the poisonous traps it possess.

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Chiyo claims that her battle experience is superior to Sasori, and that she has already made the first move. They succeed in the first part of the plan, as Chiyo takes control over Sakura’s body like a puppet. Sasori is impressed but quickly aims to kill off Sakura and Chiyo. Sasori releases his favorite puppet, the Third Kazekage. Sasori begins his attack with his puppet but he aims to kill Sakura. Trapping her he release poison, however Sakura is determined not to died and uses a explosive tag to disburse the poison.

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Chiyo uses the puppets that Sasori made of his mother and father. Sasori and Chiyo clash in a spectacular display of puppetry. Sasori aims to ” get serious” and release his puppet special ability “Iron Sand”. He quickly attacks with ” Iron Sand Drizzle”. With the Iron Sand making the puppets of Chiyo unusable and forcing her to use her own modified body. The situation turns dire as Sasori has placed Chiyo and Sakura in an unenviable position. Chiyo tells Sakura to run, but she refuses.

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Sakura aims to be a puppet for Chiyo and because she is human and has massive strength at her disposal. Sakura shows her skilled set both in her strength, but also her ability to see through Sasori’s attack patterns. Sasori uses “Iron Sand World Model”, Sakura feints injury and when Sasori comes in for the kill she destroys his puppet. Having developed a antidote for the poison she found in Kankuro. Sasori notes that she had to develops a sophisticate antidote to counter his poison.

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Sakura exhausted from the battle aims to end it quickly. Sasori seems to agree and decides another puppet would be useless, he decides to use his body. Sasori’s use of his body fails, and Chiyo decides to use her ” Secret White Technique: Group of Ten of the Chikamatsu”. Her puppets were used to topple an entire castle. Sasori responses with his ” Secret Red Technique:  Hundred Manipulation ” , which feature hundreds of puppets that destroyed a country.

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There seems to be a quality vs quantity principle in regards to the battle. Chiyo has better quality of puppets but Sasori has a larger number of them. Chiyo gives Sakura a sealing puppet aimed at stopping Sasori. Sasori manages to escape and appears behind Chiyo with a sword and attacks. Sakura steps in between him and Chiyo taking a sword into the stomach. She attempts to heal herself while t pulling out the sword, but the poison prevents her from doing so. Chiyo gives Sakura the last antidote, while Chiyo attacks Sasori with her ” Mom and Dad” puppets. She finally strikes his core, paralyzing him but Sakura is dying of her injury. Chiyo uses her ” Life Transfer ” technique to save her.

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28 – Z vs Luffy

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The Combatants:

  1. Z – Leader of the Neo Marines.
  2. Luffy – the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Location: One Piece Movie Z

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The Battle:

Luffy and Z come face to face, and have a dramatic battle. The fight continues to increase in its intensity.  Luffy uses his Third Gear against Z, he counters with “Smash Blaster”. Both Luffy and Z fight to exhaustion, but they keep fighting. Luffy manages to dent Z artificial arm,  they both activate their “Armament Haki”. They engage in a brutal hand to hand, striking each other continuously depleting themselves. Both Luffy and Z collapse from exhaustion with Z claiming that he was tired but enjoyed the fight. 

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27 – Luffy vs Shiki

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The Combatants:

  1. Luffy – Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates.
  2. Shiki – The Captain of the Golden Lions pirates.

Location: One Piece Movie 10

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The Battle:

Luffy in Gear Second and Billy join forces against Shiki. Shiki, surrounds Luffy with water using his devil fruit powers. Shiki is told that a storm is coming and he should move the Island away from it. Nami is resposible for this information misdirecting him into the storm. The Straw Hats rig Shiki’s palace with explosives. Shiki returns to the palace but Luffy stops him. He uses his Gear Third, lifting his now giant foot above his head into the clouds. Using his rubber body to conduct electricity, Shiki is hit and is defeated.

26 – Ash vs Tucker

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The Combatants:

  1. Ash – the main protagonist of the Pokemon series.
  2. Tucker – one of the Frontier Brain.

Location: Pokemon Battle Frontier  Episode 430

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The Battle:

The battle between Ash and Tucker begins. Tucker uses his Swampert and Arcanine, Ash uses his Swellow and Corphish. Swellow uses Quick Attack on Swampert, Arcanine counters with his own speed. Corphish uses Bubblebeam , Swampert jumps in front of Bubblebeam using Protect. Arcanine and Swellow clash once again with their speed. Corphish uses Vice Grip, and Swampert uses Mud Shot.

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The team work between Arcanine and Swampert is superior to that of Corphish and Swellow. Swampert uses Water Gun and Corphish dodges a uses a powerful Crabhammer. Swampert response with Dynamic Punch. Tucker uses the a unconventional combination of fire and water, knocking Ashes Pokemon to the ground. Ash uses smoke to confuse Swampert and Arcanine, Ash then takes over the battle. With a combination of Crabhammer and Aerial Ace, Tuckers Pokemon are KO’ed giving Ash the win.

25 – Mizukage vs Gaara

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The Combatants:

  1. Gaara – current leader of the hidden sand village.
  2. Mizukage – the former leader of the hidden water village.

Location: Naruto Chapters (556 – 558)

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The Battle:

Mizukage shows his disappointment in the weakness of the Shinobi Alliance, commenting on how they assumed that he was the weakest Kage. Gaara states how his water is more like oil and destroys his sand. The Mizukage has rendered psychical attacks useless, by having a battlefield wide genjutsu. Onoki succeeds in destroying the genjutsu creating clam. Gaara gets the upper hand and attempts to seal Mizukage in sand. This fails as Mizukage activates his technique, ” Jokey Boy”.

Hail begins to pour down, as a result of the steam from the explosion. Onoki explains that a “clone is made from oil and water found in Mizukage’s body”. The oil takes the form of a little boy, and has water inside. As it moves the oil heats up as the water evaporates increasing its size. Then it explodes resulting in steam causing more hail, and continuing  the process over again.

Mizukage is very weak during this technique, an needs to hide. The clone itself is very quick, an saves Mizukage from sealing. The clone continues to attack, charging into Gaara but it turn out to be a clone. Before the clone explodes it turns into gold, Mizukage is shocked. Gaara uses gold sand from a previous fight and mixed it into his sand clone. The sand that was cold was enough to chill the gold making it hard, stopping the clone and ending the fight.

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24 – Goku vs Vegeta

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The Combatants:

  1. Goku – the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Vegeta – the prince of the Saiyan race.

Location: DBZ Episodes (23 – 28)

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The Battle:

Goku and Vegeta battle for the fate of the earth. At first they seem equal but it becomes quickly apparent the Vegeta has the advantage. In order fill the gap Goku uses Kaio Ken times 2 and he does some serious damage. Vegeta powers up finally, dominating Goku afterwards. Goku desperate pushes his body to the max using Kaio Ken time 3 , this seems to do the trick. Vegeta’s angrily decides to destroy the earth along with Goku and uses his “Galic Gun”, Goku counters with his ” Kame Hame Ha” power by Kaio Ken time 4. Vegeta isn’t defeated and returns to earth transforming into his giant monkey form.

Gohan and Krillin return to the battlefield afraid of what has happened. Vegeta is ten times stronger than he was as a human, Goku is floundering. Goku hopes to use the ” Spirit Bomb”, but he needs time to do so. He uses his ” Solar Flare ” to blind Vegeta and gets some distance so he could gather energy needed for his attack. However, just before Goku can use his technique Vegeta recovers and uses his ” Super Galic Buster”. Goku get’s hit and loses all the collected energy.

Incapacitated Goku can dodge Vegeta, who crushes his legs and begins to squeeze him. Gohan and Krillin arrive and with Yajirobe devise a plan to cut off Vegeta tail. Gohan distracts Vegeta while Krillin uses “Distructo Disk”. Vegeta dodges this attack, but to everyone’s surprise Yajirobe cuts off his tail. Vegeta furious begins attacking Gohan and Krillin, Gohan is defeated but encouraged to fight by his father. After, Vegeta attacks Goku again Gohan becomes enraged fighting Vegeta on equal grounds.

As they fight , Goku gives Krillin the rest of the energy from the ” Spirit Bomb”. Krillin forms a sphere from the energy and  throws it, but Vegeta dodges it. Goku telepathically tells Gohan to ” bounce the Spirit Bomb back “, he does and Vegeta is hit. Vegeta is severely damaged, but not dead Vegeta. Vegeta can barely stand as he fly’s toward Gohan, he is shock to see that Gohan’s tail has grown back. Goku tell Gohan to look at the artificial moon turning to a Giant Gorilla. Vegeta is successful in cutting Gohan’s tail but fails to move out of the way and with Gohan’s size he crushes Vegeta. Vegeta no longer able to fight attempt to flee, Krillin tries to kill him with Yajirobe’s sword. Goku convinces Krillin to have mercy, and they allow Vegeta to leave.

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23 – Nanashi vs Luo Lang

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The Combatants:

  1. Nanashi – a ronin
  2. Luo Lang – a very skilled swordsmen.

Location: Sword of the Stranger

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The Battle:

The final battle between these two was tremendous. There’s nothing that I could write that would give this fight its due. I strongly encourage that you watch it yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

22 – Naruto, B, Itachi vs Nagato

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The Combatants:

  1. Naruto – the main protagonist of the Naruto series.
  2. B – the eight tails beast host
  3. Itachi – the brother of Uchiha Sasuke.
  4. Nagato – a former of the Akatsuki.

Location: Naruto Chapters (549 – 551)

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The Battle:

Itachi attacks Naruto with a “Fire Ball Jutsu”, B cuts it in half. Natsu uses ” Ban Shou Tenin” drawing Naruto in, Naruto counters with his nine tails chakra. Nagato summons two creatures to the battlefield. Itachi and B fight head on, Itachi uses his ” Red Tails ” jutsu. B blocks it by enlarging his hand and using it as a shield, he then uses a tentacle to attack Itachi from the ground. However, Itachi uses a genjutsu but the eight tails counters the genjutsu.

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B then uses his eight sword stance, meanwhile Naruto uses rasengen on the dog summon. Using his Sharingan Itachi activates a jutsu within Naruto, and a crow emerges from his mouth.  This crow was planted with the intention of saving Sasuke but Itachi used it to free himself from Kabuto’s control. Nagato use his Shira Tensei, and attacks B who response by using his ” Lariat “. Nagato uses his ” Perta Path ” to absorb his chakra. He uses the ” Human Path” on Naruto pulling his soul out.

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Before Nagato can absorb Naruto’s soul B intervenes using a sword, but Nagato is unfazed and chokes B with his mechanical arm. Both B and Naruto are saved by Itachi using his “Susanoo”. Nagato uses his most powerful attack, ” Chibaku Tensei “. While, Naruto and B panic Itachi uses his calmness to great effect. He concludes that the way to defeat Nagato’s attack is to send their most powerful to its core. This is a success and Nagato is sealed by Itachi ending the battle.

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21 – May vs Drew

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The Combatants:

  1. May – a Pokemon coordinator and Drew’s main rival.
  2. Drew – a Pokemon coordinator and May’s main rival.

Location: Pokemon Battle Frontier Kanto Grand Festival

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The Battle:

May sends out Squirtle and Combusken, while Drew uses his Flygon and Absol. Squirtle starts of by using Rapid Spin, Flygon response with Sandstorm. Combusken rides on top of Squirtle. Combusken then uses “Mega Kick” on Flygon, but is blinded by Absol’s Flash.  Absol lands a direct hit with ” Iron Tail”. May, orders Squirtle to use his Bubble and Combusken to use Sky Uppercut. Flygon dodges while Absol uses Razor Wind. It directly hits Combusken and forces a collision between May’s Pokemon losing her some points.

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Flygon uses Flamethrower and Combusken counters with Fire Spin. Absol and Flygon use Razor Wind and Dragon breath in combination, both Squirtle and Combusken are hit losing May more points. Iron tail is used by Absol and Flygon uses his Steel wing attack. Taking note from a previous battle May combines water and fire attacks, Fire spin and Bubble. This does damage to Drew’s Pokemon costing him some points. Absol uses Flash while Squirtle uses Rapid Spin, Squirtle is unaffected by Flash. Flygon attacks Squirtle but it fails and Squirtle uses Bubble, while Absol uses Razor wind and Combusken use Fire Spin.

Squirtle’s Bubble makes a clean hit, and it follow’s it up with a direct Ice Beam knocking Flygon out. Absol strikes Squirtle with an Iron tail KO’ing it. With only two minutes remaining they continue their battle one on one, Absol verses Combusken. Combusken uses Mega Kick, Absol counters with Iron tail, then Razor Wind doing multiple hits. Combusken uses Fire Spin but it doesn’t work against Water Pulse. Combusken begin’s to give off a lot of heat, Absol uses Razor again. Combusken uses a powerful Overheat, May is behind in points and needs to take the lead before time runs out. Overheat is used again and so is Water pulse, Absol then uses flash. Combusken dodges the flash and lands a Mega Kick, then an Overheat.

Absol uses razor wind it makes a clear hit, they now have less than a minute. Absol uses Water Pulse and Combusken response with a weak Overheat, and is hit with the Water Pulse. Combusken still stands and Absol uses Iron Tail, May counters with Sky Uppercut winning the battle.

My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (40 – 31)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (40 – 21)

40 – Luffy vs Musshuru

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The Combatants:

  1. Luffy – the main protagonist in the One Piece Series.
  2. Musshuru – the second antagonist in the 9th movie.

Location: One Piece Movie Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura

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The Battle:

Luffy fights Musshuru, they are initially even. But Musshuru gains the advantage with his speed and poisoning him with his spores. Chopper attempts to defeat him but is easily dismissed. Musshuru is shot with a fire bullet by Usopp.  Robin gives an antidote to Luffy. Luffy recovers a uses his Gear Second, using a powerful Jet Bazooka to defeat Musshuru.

39 – Sanji vs Scarlet

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The Combatants:

  1. Sanji – the cook of the Straw Hat Crew.
  2. Scarlet –  is a giant red gorilla that’s a member Golden Lion Pirates.

Location: One Piece Movie 10

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The Battle:

The was a rather short battle that was utterly dominated by Sanji. Scarlet kidnaps Robin and in a scene similar to King Kong takes her to the top of a tower. He plans on marring her, but Sanji has other plans. Using his quick feet to scale towards the top of the tower. Scarlet attacks but is defeated by Sanji’s “Diable Jambe”.

38 – Dr. Indigo vs Zoro

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The Combatants:

  1. Dr. Indigo – the mad scientist of Shiki’s crew
  2. Zoro – is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a former Bounty Hunter.

Location: One Piece Movie 10

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The Battle:

Zoro makes quick work of Dr. Indigo. Indigo uses his “Chemical Juggling” ability, firing chemical orbs at Zoro. Zoro slices through them, but is hit.  He is unharmed and Dr. Indigo response by uses ” Mass Juggling”. Zoro uses his “Ashura: Ugui” and defeats Dr. Indigo with ease.

37 – Natsu and Gajeel vs  Sting and Rogue

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The Combatants:

  1. Natsu –  is a Fire Dragon Slayer, a member of the Fairy Tail Guild, the main protagonist of the series.
  2. Gajeel – is an “Iron Dragon Slayer”, a member of the Fairy Tail.
  3. Sting –  the Master of Sabertooth.
  4. Rogue – is a Mage of Sabertooth.

Location: Fairy Tail Chapters (294 – 297)

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The Battle:

The Battle between the Dragon Slayers begins with Natsu and Gajeel clearly Dominating. They appear to effortlessly thrash Sting and Rogue. However, they both activate their White Drive and Shadow Drive respectively. This turns the tide of the battle in their favor. Neither Natsu or Gajeel are afraid as they continue to surprise the audience with their strength.  Sting uses his best move, Holy Nova. Natsu is completely unaffected by this technique.

Sting and Rogue activate ” Dragon Force”, and take over the battle. Natsu aims to prove that both he and Gajeel have been underestimated, by taking on both a the same time. Natsu dominates the two Dragon Slayers, they resolve to combine their attacks into ” Unison Raid: Holy Shadows Dragon Flash Bang”,  Natsu counters with his “Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade”. Natsu is declared the victor.

36 – Straw Hat Crew vs Island Creatures

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The Combatants:

  1. Straw Hat Pirates – the crew of Monkey D. Luffy
  2. Island Creatures – animal species that inhabit Strong World.

Location: One Piece Movie 10

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The Battle:

During the early scenes in the movie the Straw Hat Crew come in contact with hostile animals species in the Strong World. Luffy is being chased around an island by a flat crocodile like monster.The croc type monster is then attacked by a pink octopus like one. The octopus chases Luffy, then a Mantis attacks Luffy who dodges the attack. The Mantis proceeds to attack the Octopus and cuts its tentacles with it sharp pincers. The Mantis is then attacked by a large Bear type monster, and is defeat when the Bear uses a suplex move. The Bear charges at Luffy who response in kind, Luffy uses his “Gomu Gomu no Pistol” but the Bear dodges. Luffy then goes into his Gear Third and finishes it with a “Gigantic Pistol”.

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The Straw Hats are separated around the Island Sanji is with Usopp, Zoro with Chopper, and  Robin, Franky, and Brook are together . They all fight against odd monsters. Luffy at one point is being chased by Scorpions, but is saved by an electric Duck, called Billy. Sanji and Usopp encounter mini pink Bulls, that shoot themselves like bullets, as well as a six legged Tiger. Franky, Robin and Brooke fight tiny ant like creatures that have helmets and swords. And Zoro faces of kills a massive dinosaur type.

35 – Jiraiya, Tsunade vs Orochimaru

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The Combatants:

  1. The Legendary Three – the Sannin from Konoha

Location: Naruto Chapters (164 – 171)

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The Battle:

Jiraiya decided its finally time to kill Orochimaru. Having been previously drugged by Tsunade, Jiraiya had a difficult time molding chakra. Tsunade fought Kabuto as he was the only one able. Kabuto was completely out of his league, he slits his wrists taking advantage of Tsunade’s” hæmophobia” . Naruto was injured attempting to help her. Tsunade heals him vowing to protect him no matter what.

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Orochimaru, attempts to kill him but Tsunade protects him with her body.  Tsunade got over her blood fear and healed herself enough to summon Katsuya.  Jiraiya is able to summon Gamabunta to fight off against Orochimaru’s Manda. Defeating two sannin was too difficult for Orochimaru to accomplish and he and Kabuto fled.

34 – Ash vs Paul

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The Combatants:

  1. Ash – the main protagonist of Pokemon series.
  2. Paul – one of Ash’s rival.

Location: Pokemon Sinnoh League 29 – 31

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The Battle:

Ash leads with Pikachu and Paul use his Aggron. Aggron starts with Metal Claw, Pikachu counters with Iron Tail. Aggron uses Metal Sound, Ash tells Pikachu to use thunderbolt followed by Volt Tackle. Aggron stops Pikachu using Flash Cannon. Ash recalls Pikachu for Infernape. Aggron uses double edge, Infernape counters with Flare Blitz and they collide. Infernape is hit with recoil, Aggron is burned. Infernape uses Mach Punch knocking Aggron out of the battle.

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Next up for Paul is Gastrodon. Ash recalls Infernape for Staraptor. Gastrodon begins with Muddy Water, Staraptor gets a direct hit with Quick Attack. Staraptor uses Aerial Ace and Gastrodon uses Body Slam. Gastrodon use Water Pulse but Staraptor uses Close Combat to escape from under Gastrodon. Gastrodon knocks Staraptor down with Ice Beam, Ash subs Staraptor with Buizel. Gastrodon uses Ice Beam, Ash uses it to his advantage in combination with Aqua Jet. Buizel KO’s Gastrodon with Ice Punch.

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The poison Pokemon Drapion is Paul’s next battler. Drapion attacks with Pin Missile, Buizel uses Water Gun as a counter. Drapion uses Cross Poison but Buizel dodges and uses Sonic Boom. Its blocked by Drapion’s Tail  and Drapion captures Buizel in his claws. Buizel “inflates his flotation sack” and uses Water Gun to escape. Drapion uses Toxic Spikes poisoning Buizel then KO’ing it with Pin Missile.

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Ash sends Staraptor back out, and Paul quickly uses Pin Missile. Staraptor evades them and uses Ariel Ace, but Drapion captures it in it claws. Using Cross Poison followed by slamming Staraptor into the ground, Drapion wins. Torterra is sent out and is quickly poisoned buy Toxic Spikes, Drapion uses Cross Poison but is stopped by Energy Ball. Torterra uses Leaf Storm scoring a direct hit on Drapion. Drapion uses Pin Missile once again and Torterra uses Rock Climb which is blocked by Drapion. Drapion uses Poison Fang, but Torterra uses Synthesis but Drapion wins with Pin Missile.

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Gliscor is used next, and Paul recalls Drapion for Ninjask. Ninjask uses its agility to increase its speed, and strike with Fury Swipes. Gliscor fails in its attempt to use Fire Fang and is knocked into the ground becoming poisoned. Ash recalls Gliscor and uses Infernape who is quickly poisoned. Ash plans to get rid of the Toxic Spikes, he has Infernape dig then use Flare Blitz burning the Toxic Spikes.  Ninjask uses Giga Drain but its slower due to effects from Flare Blitz. Infernape knocks Ninjask out with Mach Punch.

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Ash gives Infernape a rest and sends Pikachu out against Froslass, it uses Hail. Pikachu use his Thunder Bolt but its ineffective, he’s hit by Ice Shard. Volt Tackle is used but easily evaded, and Froslass uses Ice Shard. Pikachu gets a clean hit on Frosslass with Iron Tail. Pikachu is hit with an Ice Beam, and gets trapped but takes out Frosslass with Volt Tackle. Paul sends out Drapion and Ash calls Pikachu back and sends Gliscor out. Drapion starts with Pin Missile, Gliscor fly’s up and uses Stone Edge. Drapion counters with Cross Poison but Gliscor uses Giga Impact, Paul uses Pin Missile. Gliscor dodges the Pin Missile then fails to connect with X-Scissor. Cross Poison is uses but Gliscor quickly use Fire Fang that burns Drapion until it faints.

Paul is left with his final Pokemon, Electivire. Gliscor has taken a lot of damage, and Paul uses Thunder on the field resulting in Gliscor being hit by rocks. Gliscor tries to use Giga Impact but is caught an Knocked out with Brick Break. Pikachu is up and uses his speed. Pikachu uses Quick Attack and hits Electivire and Pikachu gets caught in Electivire’s tails. Pikachu frees itself with Iron Tail, Electivire uses Brick Break while Pikachu counters with Quick Attack. They seem to be even, Pikachu uses Volt Tackle increasing Electivire’s speed. Pikachu fails to counter Electivire’s Thunder Punch and is knocked out with Brick Break.

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Both Ash and Paul have one Pokemon left, Electivire and Infernape. Thunder punch and Mach Punch clash as both Combatants are equal. Infernape uses Flamethrower and is countered by Protect. Electivire uses Thunder and Infernape uses Dig. Infernape uses Flamethrower, and Electivire uses Brick Break. The seem even but thing appear to change as Infernape is grabbed by Electivire. To everyone’s  surprise when Infernape activates its Blaze ability. In his new state Infernape uses Flamethrower, then a powerful Flare Blitz knocking out Electivire for the win.

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33 – Byakuka vs Zommari

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The Combatants:

  1. Byakuka – Captain of the 6th Division.
  2. Zommari – the 7th Espada of Aizen’s army.

Location: Bleach Chapter (297 – 302)

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The Battle:

Byakuka prevents Zommari from killing Rukia. They exchange words then begin to show off their speed, with a series of techniques. Zommari challenges Byakuka’s arrogance claiming that they are about equal. Zommari uses his “Resurrección, Brujería”. Using his Amor he “steal sovereignty over anything it sees”. He takes control over various parts of Byakuka who then cuts the tendon’s of the controlled body parts. Even without the use of his arm and leg Byakuka still maintain’s that he’s superior. Zommari takes over Rukia’s entire body, but Byakuka counters this with Kido, prevent Rukia from moving.

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He activates his Bankai, Senbonzakura Kageyoshi. Zommari attempts to take control over the blades, but is limited due to the fact that he only has 50 eyes. Byakuka’s Bankai has over a million little blades, Zommari uses a defensive sphere to protect himself. Zommari releasing his defeat begs for his life, but Byakuka has no sympathy for him.

32 – Gaara vs Kimimaro

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The Combatants:

  1. Gaara – Kazekage of the sand village.
  2. Kimimaro – the fifth member of the sound five.

Location: Naruto Chapters (213 – 217)

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The Battle:

Kimimaro is hasty and attacks Gaara with ” finger bullets”, Gaara’s ultimate defense swiftly blocks them. Gaara goes offensive with his sand, but Kimimaro is too agile. He uses “Suna Shigure”, causing sand to rain to the ground. But it was a distraction designed to keep Kimimaro from noticing his feet. He grabs him with sand and covers Kimimaro with sand then uses ” Sabaku SouSou” crushing him. Kimimaro survives due to the strength of his bones.

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Gaara uses “Desert Avalanche” covering most of the forest with sand, including Kimimaro. He then compacts the sand with ” Desert Requiem”. Kimimaro emerges unscathed and in his curse seal level 2 form. In this form Kimimaro isn’t being stopped by Gaara’s sand attacks. He manages to land a hit on Gaara breaking through Gaara’s sand shield. Kimimaro pulls out his own spine, and uses it to wrap around Gaara, who’s sand instantly protects him.

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Kimimaro releases his strongest bone, Gaara counters with his ” Supreme Absolute Defense Shield of Shukaku “. Gaara’s shield trumps Kimimaro’s bone, and Gaara uses sand to trap him under ground. Kimimaro uses his final “dance” and a series of bones protruded from the ground. Gaara uses his sand to lift himself and Rock Lee into the air. Just when they appear safe Kimimaro appears behind them, but he died’s before he can strike.

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31 – Grimmjow vs Ichigo

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The Combatants:

  1. Grimmjow – the 6th Espada of Aizen’s army.
  2. Ichigo – the main protagonist of the Bleach series.

Location: Bleach Chapters (279 – 287)

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The Battle:

Ichigo and Grimmjow clash swords, with his spare hand Grimmjow use his cero. After trading threats with Ichigo, they begin to fight in mid-air. Looking to provoke Ichigo’s anger he uses his, Gran Ray Cero aiming it toward Orihime.  Grimmjow finally activates his  Resurrección, Pantera. They clash in mid-air once again, Grimmjow launches his ” Garra de la Pantera “. Ichigo initially dodges this but the projectiles are heading toward Orihime, he takes the hits. After being hit Ichigo’s mask begins to crack.

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Ichigo removes the crack, and they continue to trade blows. Grimmjow gets slashed down the chest by Ichigo, leaving him to believe that he has won. Grimmjow is angry that Ichigo would conclude that he could be defeated. Grimmjow releases his technique ” Desgarron “, he claims its his strongest attack. Ichigo shatters this attack and stabs Grimmjow through the chest ending the battle.

My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (60 – 51)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (60 – 51)

60 – Alphonse vs Kimblee and Pride

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The Combatants:

  1. Alphonse –  one of the main characters of the Full Metal Alchemist series.
  2. Kimblee –  the “Crimson Alchemist, is a former State Alchemist.
  3. Pride – was the first Homunculus .

Location: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 52

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The Battle:

With the aid of a “philosopher stone”, Al takes on both Kimblee and Pride. It’s a quick battle but one that shows Al fearlessness and in skills with alchemy. Al uses a smoke screen to cover his movements, and he an Kimblee engage in close combat. Kimblee uses his explosive alchemy, while Al counters by using the earth as a shield. Al simultaneously battles Pride, who uses his shadows to cut at Al. Al manages to dodge Kimblee’s assault by riding on earth shaped like a dragon. He then attempts to trap Pride in a dome, but fails an is pierced by his shadows. Al, however uses a flash bang to remove all the shadows finally trapping Pride. Kimblee frees him, but Al is saved by Heinkel.

59 – Yae Shinatsuhiko vs Robbers

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The Combatants:

  1. Yae Shinatsuhiko –  is the Land Goddess and a protector of Sakurashin Town.
  2. 3 masked robbers

Location: Yozakura Quartet OVA 01

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The Battle:

This was a short and dominated battle by Yae. She comes upon three masked robbers they steal anything. Dressed in a nun outfit and a teddy bear head she seems strange.  Armed with a sword the first robber greets her by attempting to hit her with a one of his tools. She side steps while hooking his tool onto her sword, she swings it while hitting the others. They fall to the ground, but recover a shoots her teddy bear head with a bullet destroying it. The first robber then knock it of her head and steps on it. They tie her up, but she angrly beat them up knock one into a garbage can. The other shoots at her, but she parries it with her sword. She crushes the ground with lighting then flings a car at the robber. He passes out ending the confrontation.

58 – Goku and Vegeta vs Kid Buu

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The Combatants:

  1. Goku – the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Vegeta – main rival to Goku, prince of the saiyans.
  3. Kid Buu –  is the original form of Buu.

Location: DBZ Episodes (279 – 286)

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The Battle:

Kid Buu goes searching the universe for Goku and Vegeta. He them on the “Sacred World of the Kais” .  Kid Buu quickly engages in a battle with “Super Saiyan 2” Goku. Goku seems to have the upper hand, but Kid Buu is fighting to his full capacity. He powers up, in response Goku transforms into “Super Saiyan 3” they fight evenly. Kid Buu, has greater endurance, wins over Goku, because he runs out of power. Vegeta becomes “Super Saiyan 2” to distract Kid Buu so Goku can finish him with spirit bomb. 

57 – Mugen and Jin vs Kariya

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The Combatants:

  1. Mugen – main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
  2. Jin – second main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
  3. Kariya – elite samurai  known as the “Divine Hand”.

Location: Samurai Champloo Episodes 25 and 26.

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The Battle:

Mugen as brash as ever attacks first with his unpredictable fighting style. Kariya’s quick hands puts Mugen on the defensive. He effortlessly counters every move from Mugen, he comments that Mugen needs to use his intellect more. Mugen ignores him and is quickly dispatched into the sea. Next up is Jin, they battle on the pier. Mugen attempt to join the fray but he proves to be a distraction. Kariya appears to defeat Jin on the pier as the latter fall into the sea. Jin survives and challenges Kariya on a cliff. He uses a final attack that leaves himself open for attack, but manages to killing his opponent.

56 – Sachiel vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Sachiel – the Third Angel of the Evangelion series.
  2. Shinji – the pilot of Eva unit 01, main protagonist.

Location:  Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (Movie)

The Battle:

Shinji and Eva-01 are launched to the surface to face Sachiel. However, due to Shinji’s inexperience as Eva pilot he has difficulty moving, and falls. Sachiel takes advantage a grabs the Eva by the head, then it breaks it arm.  Sachiel shoots an “energy lance” into Eva-01’s head causing Shinji pain. However, Eva-01 goes into “berserker” mode, jumping on Sachiel but is rebuffed. Eva-01 is stopped by Sachiel’s A.T. Field. The Eva regenerated its arm and deploy’s it own A.T. Field. Sachiel used another blast but it does nothing. Eva- 01  grabs both of the Angel’s arms and breaks them. The Eva takes a piece of bone from Sachiel’s  and starts to crack its core. Sachiel self destructs, but Eva -01 is unscathed.

55 – Gaara vs Rock Lee

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The Combatants:

  1. Gaara – Kazekage of the Sand Village.
  2. Rock Lee – He is a shinobi of Konoha and a member of Team Guy.

Location: Naruto Episode (48 – 51)

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The Battle:

Rock Lee is pitted against Gaara in the preliminary rounds.  Lee is helpless against Gaara’s ” ultimate defense “.  Lee removes his heavy leg weights that results in his speed increasing tremendously. Lee makes his first attempts with his “Front Lotus”. Gaara used a sand decoy a evaded any damage. Lee, is injured by his lotus technique. Lee  opens the “Second Gate”, a heal the damage he sustained.  He opens both the “Third and Fourth Gates”, changing color and increasing his speed beyond natural humans. Lee opens the Fifth Gate, and uses the “Reverse Lotus”. Gaara survived this  because he softened his fall with his sand. He then proceeds to crush Lee’s arm and leg. Gaara attempts to kill Lee, but Guy protects him.

54 – Ash vs Gary

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The Combatants:

  1. Ash Ketchum – The main protagonist in the Pokemon series.
  2. Gary Oak – Ashes main rival in the Pokemon series.

Location: Pokemon Johto League Episode 269

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The Battle:

Ash begins with his Tauros and Gary uses his Nidoqueen. Nidoqueen begins with “rock smash”, while Tauros counters with “horn attack” but is KO’ed with “Hyperbeam”. Ash uses Heracross as Gary recalls his Nidoqueen. He uses Magmar and releases a flamethrower, Heracross dodges and counters with a “fury swipes”. Margar fires a “Fire blast” at Heracross, which in turn uses his wings to blow the flames away. Heracross uses his “Megahorn” to defeat Magmar.

Gary’s Blastoise is next up and it handles Heracross with a powerful “Hydro Pump”. Ash sends out Muk. Blastoise uses Skull Bash, but it doesn’t do damage.  Muk uses sludge bomb, Gary counters by having Blastoise use rapid spin. Blastoise attempts to “send Muk flying” by using rapid spin but fails to budge it. Muk attempts to smother Blastoise, but it escapes with “Hydro Pump”. Ash recalls Muk, and sends out Bayleaf hoping the type advantage will work. Blastoise uses “Hydro Pump”, Bayleaf dodges by using it’s vine whip to propel itself into the air. Bayleaf, uses “Razor Leaf” but is countered by “rapid spin”.

Bayleaf uses “body slam” but is caught by “bite”, tossed and knocked out. Both Gary and Ash switch Pokemon, Gary with Arcanine and Ash with Snorlax. Arcanine uses Take Down , Snorlax responds with Body Slam. Arcanine dodges, but traps Snorlax with Fire Spin. Snorlax then uses Hyper Beam knocking Arcanine out. Nidoqueen returns using Double Kick, then a Hyper Beam. Snorlax ducks the attack and uses Ice Punchwinning the encounter. Gary’s Scizor is up next, Snorlax quickly defeated with a Metal Claw. Muk is sent  back out, Muk is unfazed by Quick Attack. Scizor uses swift to KO Muk.

Ash is down to his last Pokemon, Ash sends out Charizard. Scizor uses Steel Wing, and Charizard response with Flamethrower. Charizard uses a super-effective Flamethrower to the face. Gary, sends Golem out. Golem quickly uses Magnitude, that shocks Charizard. Charizard attempts to use Seismic Toss, but Golem is too heavy.  Charizard uses Dragon Rage, which KO’s Golem. Gary and Ash are now even and down to their final Pokemon Charizard’s and Blastoise.

Charizard opens using Flamethrower, but it is deflected by Rapid Spin. However, Charizard is hit in face with a Hydro Pump. Blastoise, has the type advantage. Ash commands Charizard to” burn the field” .  Blastoise tries to cool the field with Hydro Pump, but steam emerges. Charizard uses Seismic Toss slamming Blastoise to the ground. When the smoke clears both Pokemon are still standing, but Blastoise faints. Ash defeats his rival moving on to the next round.

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53 – Byakuya vs Tsukishama

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The Combatants:

  1. Byakuya –  Captain of the 6th Division in the Gotei 13.
  2. Tsukishama – is a Fullbringer .

Location: Bleach Chapters (468 – 472)

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The Battle:

Byakuya says “he is lucky he is the one fighting him”, as “Ichigo is too lenient and he cannot imagine Ichigo killing Tsukishima”. Byakuya, calls Tsukishima a coward for his fighting style. Tsukishima, “inserts” his presence into the ground, creating a trap that Byakuya triggers. Tsukishima, also inserts himself into Byakuya’s Zanpakuto learning all of his techniques. He learns that Byakuya’s Zanpakuto has a ” Hurtless Area”, and plans to exploit it.

Tsukishima, manages to slices Byakuya’s blade in half but he still uses his Bankai. Byakuya, is able to predict where Tsukishima will strike. He moves so close to Byakuya, that he can’t use use his blades without injuring himself. Byakuya grabs some of his blades from senbonzakura and throws them through Tsukishima. Byakuya is pleased with the battle as ” enjoyed fighting in the situation”, as Tsukishima collapses.

52 – Neji vs Kidomaru

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The Combatant:

  1. Neji – member of the Hyuga clan of Konoha
  2. Kidomaru – member of the sound five.

Location:  Naruto Chapters (193 – 198)

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The Battle:

Neji is the only one capable of defeating Kidomaru as his “gentle fist”, is naturally built to counter his webs.  Kidomaru is able to cleverly deduce Neji’s defense and able to determine that he has a blind spot. He summons a large spider that releases small spiders. This forces Neji to use his “Eight Trigrams One Hundred Twenty-Eight Palms”.

Neji was severely wounded by Kidomaru’s long range arrows. He dodges another arrow but can’t muster the energy to do it again. This time he takes advantage of the string attached to the arrow, and channels chakra through it damaging Kidomaru’s insides. Neji delievers a final strike into forehead of Kidomaru with gentle fist, killing him.

51 – Shamshel vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Shamshel – the fourth angel of Evangelion series
  2. Shinji – the main protagonist of the Evangelion series.

Location: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

The Battle:

Shinji shoots Shamshel with a Pallet Rifle, but the A.T. Field blocks it. Shamshel then strikes with whips, doing so Shinji destroys the “palette rifle”.  The Angel destroys the buildings with its whips. Unit-01’s “umbilical cable” causing the Eva’s battery to countdown. Shinji begins to panic, and Eva-01 is flung into the air. As the Eva reaches it’s final minute Shinji charges down the mountain toward Shamshel, it peirces Eva-01 with its tentacles. Shinji, in turn stabs it core with a knife. Shinji , apply’s pressure as the clock run’s down and finally kills the angel as the runs out of power.

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My Top 100 Favorite anime and manga battles ( 79 – 71 )

79 – 3rd Hokage vs Orochimaru

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The Combatants:

  1. 3rd Hokage – the third Hokage of Konoha
  2. Orochimaru – is one of the main antagonist in the Naruto series, and a member of the legendary Sannin.

Location: Naruto Chapter (118 – 124)

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The Battle:

Orochimaru and the Third Hokage begin their battle. Orochimaru revealed he has created a ninjutsu that makes him immortal. He has also mastered the jutsu “Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation”. He uses this technique to summon the first to Hokage’s. The Third manages to stop the third coffin containing the Fourth Hokage. The previous Hokage show off their jutsu’s, the second Hokage uses massive water techniques showing tremendous water creating ability.

The first Hokage uses his “wood jutsu”, he also traps Sarutobi who then summons “Monkey King: Enma”. The Hokages can’t be “killed”, since their bodies simply regenerated. The Third decided to used the “Dead Demon Consuming Seal”, he sacrifice two Shadow Clones to seal the first Hokage’s. He fails to do so in regards to Orochimaru. However, he decided to seal Orochimaru’s arms. Preventing him from using jutsu’s. He succeeds in doing this and died’s smiling.

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78 – Spike vs Pierrot Le Fou

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The Combatants:

  1. Spike – is the main protagonist of Cowboy Bebop
  2. Pierrot Le Fou – aka Mad Pierrot, is  an mentally disturbed man, he attempts to kill Spike.

Location: Cowboy Bebop Episode 20

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The Battle:

Spike accidentally comes upon a massacre of several men. Mad Pierrot notices him an begins to fire several shots at Spike, with his cane gun. However,  his bullets don’t have an effect on Pierrot as he seems to have a shield of some sort. Mad best Spike in hand to hand combat. Staring down the barrel of a gun, Spike is given a reprieve in the form of a stray cat. While distracted, Spike takes this opportunity to blow up a propane tank and flee. However, Mad is untouched and wound’s Spike with a throwing knife. Spike flee’s from him and manages to get away.Spike and Mad do battle at an amusement park. Spike steps on a mine field an is propelled on a roller coaster then he falls into a river.

Having successfully swam to the shore, Mad shows up a  tells him “its Showtime”. He fires a series of rockets at Spike who manages to evaded them. Mad appears to finally gain and insurmountable advantage, then a toy cat falls to the grown and starts meowing. He loses his mind like before in the alley allowing Spike to have another advantage, and he flees. Mad catches up to him and shoots him in the shoulder. Spike throws a dagger a him, resulting in Mad falling to the ground and cry’s like a child. As he cry’s on the floor in a tantrum he’s stepped on by a giant robot mascot and dies.

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77 – Luffy vs Caesar Clown

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The Combatants:

  1. Monkey D. Luffy – that the main protagonist of the One Piece series.
  2. Caesar Clown – is an evil scientist and user of the Gasu Gasu no Mi” devil fruit.

Location: One Piece Chapter (689 – 691)

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The Battle:

This was a short battle, although it was the third in a series of encounters between Caesar and Luffy.  Luffy is in a rage as Caesar mistreats his subordinates, he devastates Caesar with his fists. Caesar uses his “Gastille”, which Luffy dodges. When the gas floods into the room, Caesar absorbs it and increases in size. He betray’s his own men, pissing off Luffy. Luffy prepares to use his “Gear Third” attack. The attack sends Caesar flying through a gate , knocking him out. 

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76 – Kimimaro vs Rock Lee

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The Combatants:

  1. Kimimaro – was a member of the Kaguya clan the Sound Five.
  2. Rock Lee –  He is a shinobi of Konoha and a member of Team Guy.

Location: Naruto Chapter (210 – 211)

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The Battle:

While trying to retrieve Sasuke, Naruto encounters Kimimaro. Naruto fails to make a head way with Kimimaro, however Rock Lee intervienes. Initally Kimimaro has the natural advantage as Rock Lee’s fighting style is too “linear”. However, Lee drinks some “medicine” that was actually sake. He appears drunk and starts using a “drunken style” technique, he began’s to beat Kimimaro. Lee starts to sober up losing his edge and Kimimaro attempt to kill him. Gaara arrives just in time to save him.

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75 – Asuma and team 10 vs Hidan and Kakuza

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The Combatants:

  1. Asuma – was a jonin of Konoha, a Sarutobi clan member,  and a former member of the “Twelve Guardian Ninja”.
  2. Kakuza – he was a S-rank missing-nin from Takigakure and a member of Akatsuki.
  3. Hidan – he was Kakuza’s partner, also a S-rank missing-nin  from Yugakure and a member of Akatsuki.

Location: Naruto Chapter (322 – 328)

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The Battle:

Asuma along with Shikamaru, Kotetsu Hagane, and Izumo Kamizuki, battle against  Hidan and Kakuzu. They are shocked to learn that Hidan is immortal. Hidan’s uses a ritual to link himself with Asuma such that any damage he sub-stain any damage so would Asuma. Shikamaru in his brilliance managed to break figure out how to counter Hidan’s ritual. Asuma decapitates him , but Hidan survives. Kakuzu enters the fray and sews Hidan’s head back on. Hidan continues his ritual reconnects with Asuma, and impaled himself in the heart. This doesn’t instantly kill Asuma, but it does prove life ending. Before his death Asuma say’s his final words to his students, and smokes his final cigarette.

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74 – Goku vs Burter and Jeice

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The Combatants:

  1. Goku – the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Burter –  is the fastest member of the Ginyu Force.
  3. Jeice –  member of the mercenary Ginyu Force squadron.

Location: Manga chapter (279 – 282), Anime episodes (65 -66)

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The Battle:

After Recoome’s quick defeat, Burter and Jeice attempt to defeat  Goku. After dodging effortlessly dodging their attacks , he appears behind Burter. Burter, considers himself to be “fastest being in the universe” is pissed. Burter charges directly at Goku, with Jeice following him. Goku continues to evade their attacks, he switches gears and knocks Burter out. Goku decides to give Jeice two choices, leave the planet or stay and fight. Jeice takes the first offer and “leaves”. Vegeta takes advantage and kill both Burter and Recoome, Vegeta tells Goku ” he is too soft to actually be a Super Saiyan”.

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73 – Umbreon vs Alakazam

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The Combatants:

  1. Umbreon – a evolution of eevee.
  2. Alakazam – a psychic Pokemon evolved from Abra.
  3. Gary Oak – one of the main antagonist of Ash Ketchum.

Location: Episode “Power Play”

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The Battle:

In a battle between a trainer and Gary, we get a rare glimpse at Gary’s battle prowess. He pits his Umbreon against his opponents Alakazam. Gary is cocky, precise, and calm in his intrusion as he thoroughly dominates this battle. His opponent is brash. Gary’s  Umbreon has the type advantage making this battle even more one sided.  Alakazam uses “Zap cannon”, which Umbreon dodges. Alakazam then uses “psychic”, which has no effect due to typing.

Frustrated, Alakazam’s trainer switches to physical attacks trying headbutt. Umbreon dodges this then uses tackle, this hit lands. Alakazam uses “dynamic punch” and Umbreon counters with agility. Alakzam then uses double team, though this manages to fail as well. Umbreon uses “quick attack”, which Alakazam counters with “teleport”. Alakazam attempts to end the battle with “hyper beam”, but fails and Umbreon uses hidden power. Umbreon and Gary manage to win without getting hit.

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72 – Naruto, Kakashi, Guy vs  Obito

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The Combatants:

  1. Naruto – is the title character of the of the Naruto series, and the bijuu with the Nine tails fox.
  2. Kakashi – he is one of the main characters of Naruto, sensei and leader of team 7.
  3. Guy – is a konoha ninja,  he is also the leader of Team Guy.
  4. Obito – was a shinobi of Konoha, and one of the main antagonist of the series.

Location: Naruto Chapters (322 – 328)

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The Battle:

Obito  protects the demonic statue from Naruto, B, Guy, and Kakashi. Obito remain’s elusive, using his “time – space” technique to evade their attacks. However, “lightning-infused kunai” that Kakashi uses his Kamui on seems to scratch Obito masks. Kakashi notices this and decides to test a theory as to why.  When Naruto hits Obito with his Rasengan, it passing through Obito. Kakashi uses his Kamui on it causing damage to Obito. Kakashi realizes how Obito’s “Space–Time Ninjutsu” works.

With Kakashi’s new knowledge he and Naruto, B, and Guy coordinate their attacks.  Naruto’s shadow clone attacks Obito, but his clone disappears in Obito’s “space – time” jutsu. Naruto then uses his” Tailed Beast Ball”, forcing Obito to uses his jutsu. While in the other dimension, Obito is attacked by Naruto’s “shadow clone” . He is quickly hit in the face with a Rasengan, shattering his mask revealing his identity.

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71 – Straw Hat Pirates vs Moria and Ora

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The Combatants:

  1. Straw Hat Pirates – Monkey D. Luffy’s pirate crew
  2. Moria –  was a member of the Shichibukai, and user of the ” Kage Kage no mi” devil fruit.
  3. Ora – the “900th Zombie of Gekko Moriah’s Zombie Army”.

Location: One Piece Chapter (470 -480)

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The Battle:

Moria uses Luffy’s shadow to power the corpse of Ora, a died Giant. Ora comically uses Luffy’s “Gomu Gomu no” technique’s even though he can’t stretch, his incredible height however makes the difference. This is one of the few times in the series that the entire Straw hat crew is needed to defeat an enemy. Ora has a lot of strength, endurance and agility making it difficult to even land hits. The straw hat pirates use a series of improvised combinations and strategies to attack, the succeed in doing some damage. They also use the builds, rocks and other rubble as weapons.

However, when Moria enters Ora’s body he makes the battle more difficult for the straw hats. Ora’s is displeased by his masters control, and asked him to “stop controlling him and allow himself to fight”. The battle shifts in Ora’s and Moria’s favor and just as their about to crush Nami and  Usopp, “Nightmare Luffy” appears. Luffy is now capable of landing the effective hits on Ora. Luffy appears to win the battle by using “Gomu Gomu no Storm”. However, Ora’s recovers forcing the entire Straw Hat crew into one final group attack, finally defeating Ora.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 14

30 Day Anime Challenge

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Anime that Never Gets Old, No Matter How Many Times You’ve Re-watched It

The anime that never gets old was easy for me to determine, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ). Any average anime fan probability has seen DBZ. It was on of the premier anime from my childhood and I can’t seem to get over it. To be honest I talking about the fights that occurred in the series. Despite the facts that the disparity between most characters (that weren’t saiyans) became massive, I still manage to enjoy the fights.

Speaking of fights they weren’t particularly high quality in terms of creativeness. The battles can be linear and as a result predictable. Although, most anime is predictable on some level.  My tastes for the style of fights have become more sophisticated over time, but I still find DBZ to be enjoyable. I don’t remember how many times I’ve re-watched the series, but I think I’ll do it one more time.