100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 26

Best Anime Fight (Jiraiya vs Pain)

This was the first battle that demonstrated the full strength of one of the “Legendary Three“. Pain was completely unknown in terms of his power and abilities at this point in the series. I didn’t anticipate the epicness of this fight. This battle featured everything from summons, to the introduction of Jiraiya’s senin form. Throughout this battle, Jiraiya uses his techniques and observation to determine the weakness of Pain. 

Like the audience, he has no idea what Pain is capable of or who he is. He sacrifices himself for the Leaf and provides important intel that later aids in the defeat of Pain. The fight included strategy, skill, powerful techniques, a sad ending, and amazing animation. This is why I think it was the best anime battle.