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The Top 100 Anime and Manga Battles of All Time (40 – 31)

40. Mob vs Mogami

Mogami is a powerful evil spirit that was once an famous esper considered to be ” The Greatest Psychic of the 20th Century.” In a attempt to save his mother from dying he became an assassin to pay for her bills. During the “Keiji Mogami Arc,” he encounters Mob. Possessing the spoiled child of a rich businessman Masashi Asagiri, Mogami is exposed by Reigen. He attacks the hundreds of espers that Masashi’s father hires. To try to exorcise Mogami from Matsuo’s body Mob uses astral projection to enter her mind. While her, Mob and Mogami have a psychic battle. Mob gets the better of him here. However, he manages to turn the tables on Mob. Placing him in an alternate world.

Mob spends six months in the mindscape that Mogami traps him in. However, Mogami doesn’t like how Mob responds. He becomes enraged, attacking Mob with the spirits that he’s collected over the years. Mob reaches 100% courage, destroying the fabric of the mindscape. Mob defeats Mogami with a powerful blasts. Destroyed, Mogami’s evil spirits gang up on Mob, overwhelming him. Mob awakens his ???% mode and Mob completely erases the mindscape world. The battle could be a bit confusing, but it was a marvelously animated battle. It was an colorful and amazing scene that’s typical of the series.


39. Zenitsu vs Brother

Zenitsu Agatsuma, is the cowardly member of the Demon Slayers Corps and Older Brother Spider Demon, is a spider demon with a human head and spider body. They battle on the Natagumo Mountain. In what is typical for Zenitsu he’s petrified of the spiders that swarm him. He runs up a tree to escape them. Poisoned, he’s in danger of becoming a spider human hybrid. He panics as his hair begins to fall out and passes out. Unconscious, Zenitsu goes into a trance. Using Thunder Breathing, he attacks Brother. The demon counters with “poison sputum,” poison shaped like a web. Zenitsu dodges the attack in mid-air.

The demon spiders surround Zenitsu. He finally enters his Thunderclap and Flash stance. It’s revealed that Zenitsu “only” has one technique. However, he has mastered this singular move. His electric aura explodes, destroying the surrounding spiders. Zenitsu strikes Brother with the speed and strength of a lighting bolt killing the demon.


38. All Might vs Nomu

All Might attacks Nomu with a barrage of fists. Designed to handle All Might’s power, Nomu isn’t phased. To damage the monster, All Might musts go beyond his normal level of power. Surpassing his limits, he and Nomu trade blows. With each hit (at incredible speed) they create shock-waves. Nomu is overwhelmed by All Might’s power. All Might defeats Nomu with a powerful Plus Ultra punch.


37. Levi vs Kenny

The initial battle between Levi and Kenny is more of an aerial assault. During the Uprising Arc, Kenny hires the Reeves Company to try and kidnap Eren and Historia. Kenny attacks Levi and Nifa, killing the later. Levi manages to avoid getting hit. Kenny is armed with ODM gear and two guns. Levi escapes, giving way to an amazing chase scene leaving Levi trapped in a tavern. However, he’s able to escape, despite the presence of Kenny’s squad.


36. Father vs Everyone

Some of my favorite kinds of battles is one vs many. Often this is the big bad verses all the heroes, however, sometimes it’s the reverse. In this case it’s the former. The Briggs Fortress soldiers, allies of Edward, join forces as they take on Father. Trying to exhaust his stone supply, they combine there attack efforts. However, Father’s barrier is too strong. When he lowers that barrier to attempt to absorb Greed’s stone, Edward, Armstrong and Izumi attack. Father loses control of his power, causing a massive explosion. Edward is now pinned to a bolder and his auto-mail right arm. With Edward in danger, Al convinces May to help him transmute his soul for Edward’s right arm. Enraged, Edward goes on a rampage delivering powerful blows against Father.


35. Gurren Lagann vs the Anti – Spirals

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.


34. Midoriya, Iida and Todoroki vs Stain

Izuku arrives to save Iida. Immobilized, Tenya is helpless and can’t help. Seeing the situation, Izuku springs into action. Activating One for All Full Cowl, Izuku attacks. He manages to slip through Stains legs, avoiding his katana. Slashing at him, Izuku dodges and uses 5% Detroit Smash. The hit connects. Stain manages to activate his Quirk, paralyzing Midoriya like Tenya. Now also helpless, Midoriya and Iida are rescued by Shoto. What follows is an action pack and exciting battle between the new heroes and Stain. They work together to defeat Stain, rescuing another fallen hero.


33. Levi vs The Beast Titan

At this point it’s clear that Levi is the best fighter in Attack on Titan. After the sacrifice of his fellow Scouts, and enraged Levi dominates the Beast Titan. With quick and powerful strikes, Levi manages to incapacitate the Beast Titan. He rips Zeke from it’s nape, however, Zeke is rescued by the Cart Titan.


32. Julius vs Licht

The fight between Julius Novachrono vs Patolli occurs over the city in the Royal Capital. The battle is a high flying spectacle. With the Wizard King using his time magic, while dodging the light attacks from Licht. They destroy the surrounding buildings during the conflict. Licht intimidated by the Kings Power, resorts to attacking innocent civilians. King Julius stops the spell, but is unable to avoid Licht’s sword.


31. Madara vs The 5 Kages

The Five Hokage join forces and prepare to battle Madara
The Five Hokage join forces and prepare to battle Madara

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. 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.

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. 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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Top 10 Anime from the 2000’s

Now that I completed my Top Ten Anime from the 80’s and 90’s list, I thought that I would tackle the early 2000’s and then the 2010’s. While I think that the decade wouldn’t have the same impact that the 90’s did, every decade is going to have the own profound anime series. I’m not sure how I would characterize this decade. However, I did notice that swordsmen were more popular than the previous decade.

Honorable Mention: Bleach, Fairy Tail, Inuyasha, Jo Jo Bizarre, Digimon)


10. Inuyasha – 2000/2009

The series is about Kagome Higurashi, a teenage girl that is transported form modern day Tokyo to the Sengoku period. While there she meets a half dog demon named Inuyasha. Together they try to regain the shards of the Shikon jewel, to prevent the demon Naraku from obtaining it. They gain a number of allies, as they fall in love. I personally have a love hate relationship with this series.

Basically, I loved it now I hate. Or at least hated. Part of this was due to the separating of the series in two five years apart. The series felt circular and I was waiting for it too end. That said, I enjoyed it this series, especially the movies. Inuyasha had a love story that I wasn’t use to. In addition to this it had humor and action. The dynamics of the Inuyasha and Kagome love story and the collection of the Shikon Jewel shards got tedious at times. However, the series is still one of the highest regarded anime series.


9. Hellsing – 2001/2006

Hellsing is an adapted anime series from Kouta Hirano. The series focuses on the secret Hellsing Organization as it fights against the vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural beings in Great Britain. The anime was different from the manga in terms of plot, though it kept the characters. At the beginning of the series a vampire is turning villagers into ghouls. The head of the Hellsing Organization, Integra Hellsing, sends Hellsing most powerful agent, a vampire named Alucard. The series explores themes like the meaning of being human and religion. It has a overall dark tone and a bittersweet ending. If you like bloody, violent battles with an immortal hero that’s probably a sociopath, Hellsing is for you.


8. Afro Samurai – 2007

A seinen manga series that was adapted into an anime in 2007, Afro Samurai, is the brainchild of Takashi Okazaki. Afro Samurai is a largely typical action anime series, except that it focuses on an black protagonists. The anime three years to make. At some point Samuel L. Jackson learned of the adaptation and together with Takashi Okazaki and Japanese Studio Gonzo decided to work together. In addition to this, The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan, created the musical score. Afro was inspired by Okazaki’s fondness for hip hop and soul music, and the legendary black samurai Yasuke.

Set in a futuristic feudal Japan, Afro Samurai, is the holder of the Number 1 headband. He possess god-like powers and is the best swordsmen as a result. The headband grants immortality to the holder of the number 1. However, the holder of the number 2 headband can kill the number 1. This creates a target of the number 2. As a child, Afro witness his father (Rokutaro) a former holder of the number 1 headband, being killed by the gunslinger Justice. Afro vows revenge. The series is mainly straight forward, but highly stylized. The animation is top notch with fight scenes and music that are epic.



7. Sword of the Stranger – 2007

I don’t remember how I stubble upon of Sword of the Stranger, but I was glad I did. Directed by Masahiro Ando and animated by Bones, Sword of the Stranger, follows Kotaro. He escapes from a mysterious pursers with his dog, Tobimaru. Kotaro meets Nanashi, a wandering swordsman inside a decaying temple. Throughout their travels, Nanashi fights Luo-Lang, a skilled swordsman that’s powered mad and craves a strong opponent. Nanashi proves to be that opponent.

It is revealed that Kotaro is believed to be a “prophesied child,” who’s blood can be used for an “elixir of immortality.” Nanashi is revealed to have been a child killer an act that forced him to stop using his sword. In order to save Kotaro he finally unsheathes his sword. This results in a final duel between Luo-Lang and Nanashi. This scene is hands down one of the best animated sword fights ever. I would recommend this movie just to watch this scene.


6. Naruto – 2002

Naruto is one of the greatest anime/manga series of all time. However, I prefer the manga to the anime. This is largely due to the large amount of filler and inconsistent animation. Otherwise, Naruto would rank much higher. The art style of Kishimoto didn’t really translate well. However, the peak aspects of the show are among the best. Particularly, fights like Rock Lee vs Gaara. The animation improved with Naruto: Shippuden, but the filler remains an issue.

Naruto follows the life of Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphaned ninja. He seeks to gain the recognition of his peers and aims to become the Hokage (the strongest ninja). Like most shonen anime the combat is the most enjoyable aspect of the show. However, Naruto does have character development and interesting story-lines.



5. Samurai Champloo – 2004

Samurai Champloo is an anime series from the creator of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe. Set in the Edo period, Champloo blends elements of action, adventure and comedy. Like his use of Jazz in Cowboy Bebop, Watanabe uses Hip Hop in this series. The animation is well choreographed and fluid. Like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo focuses on three main protagonists, vagabond Mugen, Ronin Jin and waitress Fuu. It is Fuu that convinces them to aid her in her search for the samurai who “smells of sunflowers.”

The world of Samurai Champloo is deliberately designed to reflect international hip hop culture. The score features hip hop beats from Japanese artists. Mugen’s fighting style even resembles break dancing. Samurai Champloo touches on themes from government corruption, class separation, discrimination and crime. Shinichiro Watanabe continues to create top quality work and while Samurai Champloo doesn’t surpass Cowboy Bebop it’s worth watching.


4. Death Note – 2006

Light Yagami is a teenage genius the accidentally finds a notebook called the “Death Note.” Belonging to Shinigami Ryuk, the book gives the holder the ability to kill anyone that name is written in the book. Light uses this book to attempt to kill those he deems unworthy of living. Under the name of Kira, he begins his tyranny as he tries to exterminate criminals to get to the utopian society he craves. What results is a cat and mouse battle of wits between Kira and L. An strange genius international detective, L tries to apprehend Kira using his smarts.

This isn’t the type of series that I normally gravitate towards, but it was an amazing series. Death Note ask us to explore whether anyone should “play God,” and is power corrupting. Light is initially a presented as a well behaved young genius, however, once he gains the death note he becomes a homicidal maniac. Is this the result of the death note or was light always this way? The audience starts out on Lights side then we hope that he receives the justice he thinks he administers.


3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – 2007

Gurren Lagann is a visually marvel from Gainax. The animation never waivers from it’s high quality. The show is an action packed series that increases the size of the robots with nearly every battle. Incredible imaginative, emotionally impactful and full of awesome mecha battles, Gurren Lagann is a must watch series. Taking place in a future world where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King. Lordgenome forces mankind to live underneath the ground. They have no contact with the surface and are under threats from earthquakes.

Simon a short digger and his “brother” Kamina, have a dream of reaching the surface. Armed with a “core drill” and a small mecha, Simon, Kamina and the rest of their gang, rise from the subterranean village to outer space. As they do they bring humanity form oppression to freedom.



2. FLCL – 2003

FLCL or Fooly Cooly is a series that’s hard to describe. A 6 episode OVA, follows Naota, a 12 year old boy. Bored with his life, his life changes when he encounters the manic Haruko. A intergalactic police officer looking for a Pirate King, she wields a bass guitar. After this encounter, Naota’s forehead begins to spawn giant robots when it becomes an intergalactic gateway for them. What follows is a sporadic Space Opera, that plays with the fourth wall, with dynamic animation to match.

I don’t think that FLCL is for everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone. However, you might need to re-watch it multiple times before it makes sense. If it ever does. With studios like Gainax and Production I.G at the helm, FLCL excels in almost every way. The music is phenomenal and the use of color is visually stunning. Naota finally get’s the adventure he wanted and we are along for the ride.


1. FullMetal Alchemists – 2003/2009

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s arrogance and disregard for the rules of alchemy results in Al losing his body and Ed loses an arm and a leg. The brothers go on a journey to restore their bodies. Along the way they join the government military, with Edward becoming a State Alchemists. Ed, AL and many others search for the Philosopher’s Stone that grants it’s holder anything they wish. The brothers learn the hidden truth of the world they inhabit.

Fullmetal Alchemists is a complex story that explores many difficult themes. Some themes like genocide, the meaning of life, war and lost, result in series that is both action packed and though provoking. Fullmetal balances these dark themes with good action and humor. This is the reason Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most beloved anime series of all time.

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Top Five Eldritch Abomination creatures in Anime and Manga

Eldritch Abominations are a type of creature that is “defined by its disregard for the natural laws of the universe as we understand them.” Humans often go mad in their presence or lack the ability to comprehend these creatures altogether. Their actions are usually incomprehensible to mortals. They aren’t “evil” exactly, as they tend to be beyond such binary morals. They exists “somewhere beyond the stars,” “before our time,” or “outside our universe.” They can appear in various forms but often are massive in size, but are generally bizarre in appearance.


5. Devilman – God

We never get to see what God really looks like. However, God chooses to take the form of a “huge sphere of light that kills any demon in its reach and turns any human who gets too close to it into salt.” God even causes Satan to have a nervous breakdown simply by seeing God on television. Within the Devilman universe, God controls the cycle of life and death of the universe. God uses this power to torture Satan, by ruining what Satan cares about over and over and over.

Truth from FMA
Truth

4. Fullmetal Alchemist – The Gate of Truth

The Gate of Truth is a “central nexus of all knowledge in the universe.” It’s nearly impossible to reach. It unclear if it’s sentient or not and whether it is actively collecting knowledge or not. Regardless, it possess a great deal of knowledge already. It’s possible that God or something similar to God is protecting it. Knowledge can be gained from the the gate, for a price. In FMA, Truth appears as a white, featureless godlike being. It resembles the person that enters its realm. In order to gain the ability to transmute without a circle you must exchange part of yourself that Truth will wear.

The Anti-Spirals from Gurren Lagann
The Anti-spirals

3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – The Anti-Spirals

In Gurren Lagann, the Anti-Spirals have godlike powers that allow them to “break up laws of physics, create living battle ships as they want, create power-draining oceans in the middle of space, or trap people into a Lotus-Eater Machine at will, live in their own pocket dimension they created, create galaxy-sized Humongous Mecha at an instant, without using Spiral Power, and having very creepy forms, similar to a Living Shadow, with the Anti-Spiral King resembling a living chalk drawing.”

The Anti-Spirals are different from your typical Eldritch Abomination, in that they are beings of “order,” and aimed to become an all powerful Singularity to stop another Eldritch Abomination, Spiral Energy.

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Angels

Most Angels in Evangelion are considered Eldritch Abominations. They are capable of erecting barriers that are impenetrable and can sometimes be “entire sub-universes.” Leliel is a thin disc that leads to different dimension. It possess a three dimension shadow (that casts it’s own shadow). Arael is a creature of light that can fire mind altering beams from space. Finally, Armisael is a gravity defying Angel that attempts to assimilate with the EVAs. The EVAs themselves are artificial abominations that must be piloted by mentally scarred children and are clones of Angels with a human soul installed.

The Godhand from Berserk
The Godhand

1. Berserk – Godhand

The Berserk series probably has the most famous abominations. The Godhand are the five most powerful demons in the Berserk universe. They are tasked with creating more demons and are summoned by Behelits. They can manipulate reality and string of Causality. They aren’t physical beings. When they do become corporal (once every 1,000 years) the are able to manipulate dimensions. Each Godhand is chosen by previous members begging the question, who chose the first one?

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