Neon Genesis Evangelion was created in 1994 by Hideaki Anno and Gainax. An apocalyptic mecha series that focused on the military organization NERV as they fight beings called Angels, to save humanity. Primarily an anime series, Evangelion has expanded to include, merchandising, karaoke, music, manga and Pachinko. It’s currently owned by Khara Studios.
9. Yu-Gi-Oh! – $20 Billion
Yu-Gi-Oh was created in 1996. A Japanese manga series, written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi. The plot follows the story of Yugi Mutou as he tries to solve the ancient Millennium Puzzle. The manga has resulted in a massive media franchise that includes a trading card game, video games and a anime series.
8. One Piece – $21 Billion
One Piece is the most successful manga series of all time. Created in 1997 by Eiichiro Oda, the story centers on Monkey D. Luffy as he explores the Grand Line in hopes of finding “One Piece.” Having sold over 450 million copies, the iconic series has expanded it’s reach. With several movies, an anime, video games and merchandising the series has developed into massive revenue.
7. Fish of the North Star – $22 Billion
Created in 1983, the Fist of the North Star manga series was written by Buronson and drawn by Tetsuo Hara. 245 chapters were collected in 27 volumes by Shueisha. Set in a world destroyed by nuclear war, the series follows Kenshiro as he uses his Hokuto Shinken martial art to give his enemies a gory death. While Fist of the North Star has included games, merchandise, anime and manga, the series mostly makes money from Pachinko and arcades.
6. Dragon Ball – $24.3 Billion
Dragon Ball is the storied series from Akira Toriyama. Created in 1984, Dragon Ball started out as a popular manga series. Eventually Dragon Ball became the second highest selling manga series of all time. It was adapted into two anime series, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Through several companies, Dragon Ball has developed merchandising, films, both animated and live action, collectibles, trading cards and many video games.
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
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 )
Levi – considered to be the best solider of the Survey Corp.
Female Titan – Anne, Main antagonists of the first season of Attack on Titan
Location: Attack on Titan Episode 22
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
Gurren Lagann – the main mecha of the series.
Anti – Spirals – the main antagonist of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
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.
3 – Jiraiya vs Pain
Jiraiya – Naruto’s sensei, one of the Legendary Sannin.
Pain – one of the former members of the Akatsuki.
Location: Naruto Chapters ( 368 – 382 )
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 – Gohan vs Cell
Gohan – Goku’s son, and one of the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
Cell – is one of the major villains in the DBZ series.
Location: DBZ Episodes (181 – 192)
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.
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.
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.
1 – White beard Pirates vs Marines
White Beard Pirates – the large pirate crew the was ruled under Captain White Beard.
Marines – the World Government military force.
Location: One Piece Chapters ( 550 – 580 )
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.
MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (60 – 51)
60 – Alphonse vs Kimblee and Pride
Alphonse – one of the main characters of the Full Metal Alchemist series.
Kimblee – the “Crimson Alchemist“, is a former State Alchemist.
Pride – was the first Homunculus .
Location: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 52
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
Yae Shinatsuhiko – is the Land Goddess and a protector of Sakurashin Town.
3 masked robbers
Location: Yozakura Quartet OVA 01
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
Goku – the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
Vegeta – main rival to Goku, prince of the saiyans.
Kid Buu – is the original form of Buu.
Location: DBZ Episodes (279 – 286)
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
Mugen – main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
Jin – second main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
Kariya – elite samurai known as the “Divine Hand”.
Location: Samurai Champloo Episodes 25 and 26.
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
Sachiel – the Third Angel of the Evangelion series.
Shinji – the pilot of Eva unit 01, main protagonist.
Location: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (Movie)
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
Gaara – Kazekage of the Sand Village.
Rock Lee – He is a shinobi of Konoha and a member of Team Guy.
Location: Naruto Episode (48 – 51)
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
Ash Ketchum – The main protagonist in the Pokemon series.
Gary Oak – Ashes main rival in the Pokemon series.
Location: Pokemon Johto League Episode 269
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.
53 – Byakuya vs Tsukishama
Byakuya – Captain of the 6th Division in the Gotei 13.
Tsukishama – is a Fullbringer .
Location: Bleach Chapters (468 – 472)
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
Neji – member of the Hyuga clan of Konoha
Kidomaru – member of the sound five.
Location: Naruto Chapters (193 – 198)
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
Shamshel – the fourth angel of Evangelion series
Shinji – the main protagonist of the Evangelion series.
Location: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
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.