The Top Ten highest grossing anime or manga media franchises (Part 1)

10. Neon Genesis Evangelion – $16.3 Billion


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.

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The Salty Anime Challenge Day 7: A character that ruined (or almost ruined) a show for you

Shinji Ikari

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most successful and influential anime series ever. The main protagonists in this series is Shinji Ikari. He’s the young son of Gendo Ikari, the commander of NERV. Gendo is a terrible father and is abusive towards well everyone. He abandons Shiji at one point.

This is important only because it explains why Shinji is so messed up. Shinji is described by the director of Evangelion as “as a boy who shrinks from human contact, and has “convinced himself that he is a completely unnecessary person, so much so that he cannot even commit suicide.” Simply put, he’s pathetic and he becomes grating. He has a “libido-destrudo conflict,” and several complexes.

Mainly he’s has a Oedipus complex which refer’s to a “child’s unconscious sexual desire for the opposite-sex parent and hatred for the same-sex parent.” He also suffers from what is called the “Hedgehog’s dilemma,” which is “is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy.”

I understand that Shinji is one of the most complex characters in anime, his father is an amoral human being, but I couldn’t help tire of his personality. I often found his voice to be annoying and wanted him to just shut up. Ultimately, the series was too good to be ruined by him and he does become less annoying as the series goes on.

30 Day Anime Challenge

Day 30

Anime you wish never ended and continued on

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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When I first started watching Evangelion I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age), I was obviously too young to comprehend the complexity and symbolism within the series. I just thought that it was a cool violent mecha anime. However, once I got older and more mature I was able to appreciate the series as a whole. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.

Evangelion has been credited with “revolutionized the giant-robot genre“. The series was so successful that it has earned billions. For those who don’t know Evangelion focuses on a futuristic Tokyo more than a decade after a “worldwide cataclysm“. The story centers on protagonist Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father for an organization called NERV to pilot an Evangelion.

Using the Evangelion Shinji along with fellow pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series the focuses on deep psychological effects that the pilots experience as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. It features heavy religious symbolism “from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto“. Overall, Neon Genesis Evangelion manages to combine themes centered around philosophy, religion and psychoanalysis with an amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series, and wish it didn’t end.

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MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 10 – 6)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 10 – 6)

10 – Itachi vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. Itachi – older brother of Sasuke and former member of Akatsuki.
  2. Sasuke – younger brother of Itachi and final Uchiha clansmen.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 389 – 394)

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The Battle:

The battle between the brothers has been anticipated since the beginning of the Naruto series, and it didn’t disappoint. They begin they fight clashing with a sword (Sasuke) and kunai (Itachi), Itachi gets the better of this exchange. Sasuke responded with “Chidori Nagashi”, and manages to “stab” Itachi through the stomach. Itachi reveals that it was all an illusion, they engage a contest of genjutsu. Itachi and Sasuke begin the real fight using a fury of shuriken. Itachi still manages to create a shadow clone during this exchange.

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Itachi manages to gain the advantage and appears to puck out one of Sasuke’s eyes. It becomes clear to Sasuke that it’s all just an genjutsu ( Tsukuyomi ) and he falls to the floor a bit exhausted.  Itachi starts to activate his Amaterasu, Sasuke goes on the offensive hurling using his ” Shadow Shuriken Technique ” successfully hurting Itachi. He then uses his “Fire Style: Grand Fireball Technique” forcing Itachi to escape through the roof. They then both use the technique, when Sasuke appears to win Itachi’s Amaterasu activates.

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Amaterasu consumes the fire of Sasuke’s technique, he used the jutsu again this time hitting Sasuke with it. Sasuke escapes using a substitution jutsu. He uses ” Grand Dragon Fire Technique “, destroying the ceiling of the building. Sasuke’s true goal was to create an atmosphere for his final attack. He uses ” Kirin ” resulting in a devastating lightning attack. Itachi appears to have been defeated but surprises Sasuke, by using  his strongest attack Susanoo. Out of chakra Sasuke is taken over by Orochimaru, who uses ” Hydra Technique “. Itachi easily dispatches Orochimaru sealing him permanently with his ” Sword of Totsuka”. Itachi seems to be struggling psychically coughing up blood, Sasuke uses explosive kunai but fails to make a dent. Before Itachi can steal Sasuke’s eyes he collapses and dies.

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9 – Zeruel vs Unit 00, 02

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The Combatants:

  1. Zeruel – the 10th Angel of Evangelion series.
  2. Unit 00 –  Eva of pilot Rei.
  3. Unit 01 – Eva of pilot Shinji.
  4. Unit 02 – Eva of pilot Asuka, currently being piloted by Mari.

Location: Evangelion 2.0

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The Battle:

The tenth Angel lay waste to the city quickly, and Mari in Unit 02 confronts it. She first uses a rifle and then a Thunder Spear, but the defenses of the angel is too great. She uses Unit 02’s ” Beast Mode” becoming more powerful and more agile. However, its not enough and Unit 02 is severely damaged. Rei attacks the Angel with a massive missile, the explosion doesn’t have an effect. Unit 00 arms are severed and is devoured by the angel. The angel becomes more human-like in form, it is prevented from reaching Lilith by Shinji. Unit 01 initially dominates the 10 Angel but runs out of power. Shinji becomes enraged at the angels consumption of  Rei and Unit 01 becomes berserk. Unit 01 power increases tremendously, healing itself an increasing its AT field strength. Shinji and Unit 01 uses optical blast destroying the angel and saving Rei.

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8 – Naruto vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. Naruto – The main protagonist of the series.
  2. Sasuke – the last member of the Uchiha Clan.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 226 – 234)

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The Battle:

Naruto catches up with Sasuke at the “Valley of the End”. Sasuke is serious about killing Naruto. Naruto aims to ” beat Sasuke back to his old self”, and uses Shadow clone and Rasengan. Sasuke uses his Chidori and they clash like they previously did at the hospital. Sasuke uses his Chidori a second time piercing Naruto’s shoulder. Naruto becomes anger and his nine tails chakra is released. Naruto heals his injuries, Sasuke use his ” Great Fireball Technique” and Naruto counters with a scream that extinguishes the flame.

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Sasuke’s Sharingan complete’s and he’s able to predict Naruto’s movements. Once it appears that Naruto has been defeated, his nine-tails Chakra envelopes him. Naruto’s chakra makes it difficult for Sasuke to predict his movements. He retreats and decides to use jutsu instead, but it fails. Sasuke finally activates his curse seal level 2. Naruto use his Rasengan and Sasuke use his Chidori and they clash in devastatingly dark energy. Naruto is knocked unconscious and Sasuke leaves.

7 – Eren vs Female Titan

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The Combatants:

  1. Eren – the main protagonist of the Attack on Titan series.
  2. Female Titan – Anne, the main antagonist of the first season of Attack on Titan.

Location: Attack on Titan Episode 25

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The Battle:

After Eren punches Annie into a church. She quickly begins to flee toward the wall. She is pursued by the survey corps. and Eren. When she finds a clearing with no buildings she stops and takes Eren head on.  Annie attempts to capturing Eren, she fails. She decides to escape instead, Eren tries to stop her. She uses her ability to harden her skin and knock Eren’s limbs off, and smash his head in. Eren gets up and hops toward Annie tackling her to the ground, he then tries to rip her face off.

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She knocks him off her and proceeds to climb the Wall. Eren bite’s her leg trying to prevent her from escaping. However, she manages to climb the wall despite his efforts. Mikasa reaches Anne and cuts off her fingers, knocking her to the ground. Eren tries to rip her out of Titan body with his teeth, she crystallizes herself for protection ending the confrontation.

6 – Madara vs Shinobi Alliance

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The Combatants:

  1. Madara – the main antagonist of the series.
  2. Shinobi Alliance – an alliance formed to prevent world domination from Obito and Madara.

Location: Naruto Shipudden Episode 322

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The Battle:

Madara  assaults the Shinobi Alliance impressively using his skills to destroy them. Madara uses his “Fire Release: Great Fire Annihilation technique”, which is countered by several shinobi. Naruto attacks Madara from above with a Rasengan while Onoki raises the ground. Madara activates his “Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan” and shields himself with Susanoo. Onoki lighten’s Gaara sand so it moves faster, he removes Madara from his Susanoo. He pulls him toward Naruto’s “Rasen Shuriken”, he activates the Rinnegan and absorb the attack. Madara use a jutsu draws a meteorite toward the battlefield. Onoki flies up to stop it, lightening the meteor so he could stop it. Impressed Madara uses a second meteor crushing the first, and kills most of the Fourth Division.

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MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 20 – 11)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA

BATTLES ( 20 – 11)

20 – Pikachu vs Raichu ( Electric Shock Showdown )/ ( Pika and Goliath)

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The Combatants:

  1. Pikachu – ash’s first Pokemon and the form before Raichu.
  2. Raichu – the evolved for of Pikachu via thunder stone.

Location: Electric Shock Showdown ( Episode 14) & Pika and Goliath (Episode 74 of DP season)

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The Battles:

In the Pokemon animated series Pikachu and Ash has faced Raichu twice, in both instances they were epic. The first was in Vermillion city were Ash attempted to get his, Thunder Badge. Pikachu begins with a Thunder Shock, it has no effect. Raichu counter with his Thunder Shock, knocking Pikachu out. Pikachu determined gets back up, but Lt. Surge and Raichu show no mercy and use Mega Punch. Then they use Mega Kick, finally ending the battle with another electric attack.

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While in the Poke Center Ash and Pikachu consider using a Thunder Stone to even out the next battle. Pikachu refuses aiming to win without evolving. Ash and Pikachu are ready for a rematch, they’re quickly i distress as Raichu pummels Pikachu with Body Slam. However, Pikachu has superior speed and literally runs circles around Raichu. Raichu uses a devastating Thunder Bolt that destroys the ground and the windows. Pikachu uses its tail as a electric conductor leaving itself unharmed. Raichu runs out of electricity and Pikachu ends the battle with a Quick Attack.

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The second battle between Pikachu and a Raichu occurs years later. Pikachu begins the battle with a Thunder Bolt, and a lot like the previous battle it has no effect on Raichu. Raichu response with Thunder, which Pikachu absorbs. Both Pikachu and Raichu use Volt Tackle, both a thrown backwards after impact. Raichu’s larger size is to its advantage and lands on its feet. Pikachu however smashes into a rock and falls to the ground. They both clash with their respective Iron Tails, then Ash counters with Quick Attack which fails. Raichu ends the battle with Hyper Beam, pinning Pikachu to a rock with its tail so it can’t dodge. Like the fight with Lt. Surge Pikachu is hospitalized at the Poke Center.

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The Thunder Stone that Ash was given along time ago, was still in his possession and he left it with Pikachu to decide if it wanted to evolve. Like before Pikachu decides against it, with Ash they train. The rematch is held the next day, Raichu starts with Iron Tail. Pikachu evades this attack and each Iron Tail after that by rolling in a circle. Raichu flings Pikachu into the air and uses Volt Tackle. Pikachu counters with Iron Tail and the two Pokemon clash.

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Raichu uses a second Volt Tackle but Pikachu dodges it. Raichu uses Iron Tail but becomes exhausted and Pikachu uses Quick Attack. Raichu uses Iron Tail again, Pikachu dodges and uses it’s Iron Tail getting a direct hit. Raichu uses Thunder, Pikachu dodges that and use Volt Tackle.

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Raichu uses Hyper Beam and pins Pikachu to a tree like before. Pikachu quickly uses Thunder Bolt cutting Hyper Beams power in half, after the smoke clears Pikachu uses Volt Tackle and Iron Tail in combination. Pikachu and Raichu both use Volt Tackle but they’re even. They Both use Iron Tail with Pikachu and Raichu’s tails locking together. Pikachu fling Raichu into a tree, but it responses with another Hyper Beam. This time however it fails to trap Pikachu with it’s tail. Pikachu rotates quickly in the air dodging the Hyper Beam and strikes Raichu with a Iron Tail, knocking it out and winning the battle.

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19 – B vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. B – The 8 tail host.
  2. Sasuke – one of the last members of the Uchiha clan.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 410 – 414)

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The Battle:

The battle against B begins with Suigetsu attacking him with his sword. B is undisturbed and catches the sword. He handles both Suigetsu and Juugo easily. Sasuke takes be head on and during the exchange he manages to get the sword from B. B unsheathes his eight swords, and uses a odd stance. He then begins to attack Sasuke ferociously, his unorthodox movements make it near impossible for Sasuke to follow even with his Sharingan. Sasuke uses his Chidori Blade, but it doesn’t have any effect. B stabs Sasuke with several of his swords.

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Before he can finish him, Suigetsu interferes and saves him. Juugo gets a powerful hit on B, while Karin heals Sasuke. With Sasuke, Suigetsu and Juugo working together they manage to get a brief advantage over B. B escapes but Karin locates him, Sasuke follows him. B uses his ” Number 8 ” on Sasuke, who deflects it. B continues on to attack Karin, Suigetsu and Juugo. B attacks Sasuke but is caught in the Sharingan illusion, his eight tails beast wakes him. He surprisingly attacks with a devastating results, blowing ” his next and chest away”. Juugo use his ability to heal Sasuke, while B transforms into his beast form. B uses his Beast Bomb attack, Sasuke then uses Amaterasu. Sasuke manages to put the flames of Amaterasu, ” capturing ” B.

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18 – Bardeil vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Bardeil – the thirteenth Angel of Evangelion.
  2. Shinji – the main protagonist of the Evangelion series.

Location: Evangelion 2.0

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The Battle:

Shinji in Unit 01 is unwilling to fight Bardeil, so the 13th angel begins to strangle him. Nerv headquarters activates the ” Dummy System “, under the dummy system the Unit 01 goes berserk. It begins strangling Bardeil breaking its neck in the process. With the pilot no longer able to move, the 13th Angel is at the mercy of the Eva. It crushes the Angel’s head, resulting in a gush of blood ending the confrontation violently. What makes this battle so “great” isn’t necessary the battle itself, but the psychological  aspects of the fight.

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The Combatants:

  1. Eren – the main protagonist of Attack on Titan.
  2. Female Titan – the traitor Anne.

Location: Attack on Titan Episode

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The Battle:

Enraged at the death of his new comrades, Eren transforms into his Titan form. Eren devastated he rampages toward the Female Titan (Anne). Despite Eren’s determination his fighting was a bit rabid and uncoordinated. The female titan is clearly more skilled and it shows. Eren seems to have more power but the female titan has better at evasion. Eren’s rage is paramount, the fight is brutal and Eren (titan body) ends up decapitated due to The Female Titan’s kick.

16 – Itachi and Sasuke vs Kabuto

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The Combatants:

  1. Itachi – Sasuke’s older brother,
  2. Sasuke – Itachi’s younger brother and one of the last Uchiha clan.
  3. Kabuto – one of the main adversary in the Naruto series.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 578 – 587)

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The Battle:

Kabuto uses his snakes to attack Sasuke and Itachi. Both Sasuke and Itachi activates their Susanoo. Kabuto reveals that he has become a sage. Kabuto uses ” Hermit Technique, Technique of the White Shock”, which causes a tremendous amount of pain. Even through the pain Itachi manages to predict Kabuto’s next movement.

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Sasuke and Itachi work together using a strategy they used during their childhoods. Itachi slices one of Kabuto’s horns, and activates a forbidden doujutsu ” Izanami”. Kabuto uses ” Hermit Technique – Muki Tensei “, which is countered by Sasuke’s Amaterasu. Kabuto uses the techniques from the former sound five, even Orochimaru. Kabuto cuts Itachi in half, he continues to fight with Itachi  in what appears to be deja vu. Kabuto seems to notice but its too late he has been trapped in a looping genjutsu.

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15 – Sahaquiel vs Unit 01, 02 and 03

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The Combatants:

  1. Sahaquiel – the 8th Angel of the series.
  2. Unit 01 – an Eva that’s piloted by Shinji.
  3. Unit 02 – an Eva that’s piloted by Asuka.
  4. Unit 03 – an Eva that piloted by Rei.

Location: Evangelion 0.1

The Battle:

The battle is short, but enjoyable none the less. Together the Eva’s intercept the Angel, and the work together to kill the Angel. They each play a role and they succeed as a team.

14 – Simon vs The Helix King

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The Combatants:

  1. Simon – the main protagonist of Gurren Lagann series.
  2. The Helix King – the main antagonist of the first season.

Location: Gurren Lagann Episode 14

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The Battle:

The Helix Kings “Gurren Lagann” is named Razengan, he quickly begins to fight launching himself into the air. He attempts to attack Gurren Lagann creating a crater in the ground. He kicks Gurren Lagann in the air and hits it with a spin kick. It’s clear that Razengan is faster an more agile, Simon attempts to use Giga Drill Breaker. Razengan bites the head of the drill and breaks it. He then pins Gurren Lagann to the wall, and Gurren Lagann collapses to the floor.

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The stand and go head to head with Razengan but Gurren Lagann is pierced by its drill. Simon ejects the head of Gurren Lagann and uses Lagann Impact. It fails however and both Razengan and Gurren Lagann clash with each of their own drills. Simon wins the exchange but The Helix King leaves Razengan, attacking Gurren with his bare hands. When The Helix King thinks he got  the advantage, Simon surprises him by stabbing him in the chest with the core drill. He blows a hole in the kings chest ending the battle.

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13 – Ramiel vs Unit 01 & Unit 02

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The Combatants:

  1. Ramiel – the sixth angel
  2. Unit 01 – is the Eva of Shinji.
  3. Unit 02 – is the Eva of Asuka.

Location: Evangelion 1.0

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The Battle:

Unit 01 is blindly send to combat Ramiel. Sensing the Eva, Ramiel fire off a powerful beam melting the Eva’s chest almost killing Shinji. Ramiel begins to drill towards Nerv, when they are able to determine that the particle beam is perfect in its accuracy. Ramiel has the most powerful AT field ever recorded. They decided to use a “positron rifle”, when Eva Unit 01 snipes Ramiel. Ramiel uses its particle beam and the same time Eva Unit 01 shoots causing both to miss. Ramiel fires a second shot but it is blocked by Unit 00’s shield. The second shot from Unit 01 is successful in killing it.

12 – Genyursi vs Juha Bach

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The Combatants:

  1. Genyursi – the former Captain Commander of the Gotei 13.
  2. Juha Bach – the leader of the Wandenreich.

Location: Bleach Chapter ( 505 – 510)

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The Battle:

Genyursi aims to obliterate Juha Bach, and he instantly goes and uses his Bankai, Zanka no tachi. The Bankai uses all the power in his flames into the edge of his sword. After showing his Bankai’s power, Genyursi uses his Zanka no East. Bach attacks Genyursi but his sword snaps in half. Bach is surprised and Genyursi explains that if there’s an East there must be a west. He reveals his Zanka no Tachi west, which covers himself in flames that rival the sun. Bach uses his Sankt Zwinger but Genyursi uses his sword as a stand to protect himself.

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He then uses his Zanka no South, resurrecting the past kills of his. Bach notices that these resurrected corpses were former allies, upset at this Bach rushes Genyursi. Genyursi uses his Zanka no North and cuts Bach nearly in half. Assuming that he’s won he powers down his Bankai, it turns out however that the Bach that was fighting Loyd Royd R. The real Bach emerges and kills off a dying Loyd, when Genyursi uses his Bankai Bach steals it. Bach uses his sword and quickly attacks a depleted Genyursi, cutting him in half. He then cuts off his hand and then destroys him completely.

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11 – Madara vs The 5 Kages

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The Combatants:

  1. Madara – the main antagonist of the Naruto series.
  2. The 5 Kages – the leaders of the respective villages.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 560 – )

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The Battle:

The Kages begin with Tsunade healing Gaara and Onoki, while Mei and A go on the offense. Mei uses ” Lava Release: Melting Apparition Technique”, and A uses his ” Lightning Oppression Horizontal Chop”. Madara uses his Susanoo to attack, but Gaara and Onoki use their defenses to stop the attack. Mei uses “Water Mist Technique” to hide the advance of A and Onoki. Onoki and A uses ” Super Aggravated Rock Technique” cracking the ribs of Susanoo.

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Madara uses Wood Nature Technique to destroy Onoki golem. Onoki response with his “Dust Element: Atomic Detachment”. Tsunade sites her 4 rules for a medic ninja, releasing her ” Byakuguo”. She attacks with a punch fracturing the ribs of Susanoo, then Madara uses “Katon Wildfire Extermination”. Mei counters with ” Suiton Waterspout ” and “Suiton Dragon Flood”, Weighting Rocks: Lightning Horizontal Chiyo Storm is used by A ans Onoki and Tsunade delivers another kick.

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Tsunade damages Madara further knocking him to the ground, and Gaara attempts to seal him. Tsunade is then pierced through the stomach with Susanoo’s blade. Tsunade breaks the blade and hurls it at Madara, Onoki use his Duck Element to try to kill Madara, but it fails. Madara uses Wood Clones to “balance” the battle, 5 clones for each Kage. The Kages have a hard time fighting the now Susanoo activated clones. The Kages take one last stand, a use a collective attack.

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Madara isn’t harmed but his clones are destroyed, he activates his “Perfect Susanoo”. Madara uses Susanoo to cut the tops of several mountains showing his power. Edo Tensei is ended but Madara releases it. Madara thoroughly defeats the Kages, leaving them near death and Tsunade cut in half.

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