The Top 100 Anime and Manga Battles of All Time (30 – 21)

30. Thorkell vs Thorfinn

Thorkell and Thorfinn battle twice in the anime. Their first encounter occurs at a bridge in London. Thorfinn, standing on the mast of a ship, is armed with a shield. He charges at Thorkell, leaping off the ship with super powered speed. Thorkell attempts to hit him with a log. However, Thorfinn manages to dodge mid-air. Thorkell continues to use his log as a weapon. Thorfinn dodges, acrobatically jumping threw the air. Thorkell is excited to find such a warrior. He tosses the log over board and challenges Thorfinn to one on one combat. Thorkell throws a punch that Thorfinn is able to dodge. He slices Thorkell’s risks, looking to attack his weak spots. Despite his speed and agility, he’s no match for Thorkell’s strength. He grabs Thorfinn, slamming him repeatedly on the ground. Before escaping in the water, Thorfinn manages to cut off two of Thorkell’s fingers.

Their second encounter is even more intense. Armed with two axes, Thorkell attacks. Like their previous encounter this is a contest between speed and strength. Thorfinn manages to get shallows cuts. He hopes to go for the tendons. However, when he and Thorfinn clash again, Thorkell sends him flying in the air. Thorfinn crashes into some trees, then the ground. Thorfinn’s arm is broken. Despite this he attacks Thorkell again. Aided by Askeladd, Thorfinn is able to gouge out Thorkell’s eye. Thorkell loses this duel.


29. Douglas Bullet vs The Worst Generation

Douglas Bullet from One Piece: Stampede
Douglas Bullet from One Piece: Stampede

Bullet challenges the Worst Generation to battle. With the exception of Blackbeard, Law and Zoro, he takes on the other pirates (Luffy, Eustass Kid, Killer, Basil Hawkins, Scratchmen Apoo, Capone Bege, Jewelry Bonney, X Drake, and Urouge) single-handily. He overwhelms them with his speed and strength. Apoo uses his combat music, creating explosions. Bege cannonballs get swatted away and he tosses X Drake aside, despite being in his dinosaur form. Bonney fails to touch him, being prevented from turning him into a child. Killer, Hawkins, Urouge attack, Bullet is unharmed.

He manages to cause Luffy and Kids attacks to hit each other. Luffy activates Gear Fourth: Snakeman. He hits Bullet with multiple fast past punches. Each fighter lands a powerful punch, sending the other flying. However, Luffy is exhausted and Bullet is still unharmed.


28. Asta and Yuno vs Licht

Licht pulls a sword from the floor. Asta draws his Demon-Dweller Sword, but Licht takes it. His slashes sent Yuno and Asta crashing into a wall. Asta loses his black form. Meanwhile, Yuno fights using Spirit Storm against Licht. However, he absorbs that spell. Licht slashes at Yuno, who easily evades getting hit. Asta recovers. He and Yuno team up against Licht. He releases a magical blast from the Demon-Dweller Sword, sending Yuno and Asta crashing to the bottom of the dungeon.


27. Thors vs Askeladd

Thors challenges Askeladd to a duel. As Thors approaches, Askeladd cuts the rope that was tethered to sail. When the falling sail hides Askeladd from Thors sight, he swiftly moves under it. He manages to cut Thors. However, it’s too shallow. Unable to use surprise attacks again, Askeladd is impressed. Thors attacks with a series of heavy hits, chipping away at Askeladd’s sword. Managing to break Thors sword, Askeladd is tricked. Leaving Thors with the victory.


26. Garou vs Bang, Genos & Bomb

Garou battles against Death Gatling, Chain Toad, Shooter, Gun Gun, Glasses, Stinger and Wildhorn. He quickly defeats them despite being injured. He manages to block all the bullets that Death Gatling fired, while prevent a child from getting hit. Genos arrives to save Death Gatling. He dominates Garou, but he manages to escape. Before they can reengage, Bang strike Garou with a devastating kick. Bang is a superior fighter than Garou, who’s even more injured having fought Genos. Bang and Bomb team up on Garou. However, he’s rescued by the Phoenix Man.


25. Gorgon vs Ushiwakamaru and Leonidas

Tiamat the Greek beast Gorgon attacks Ritsuka and Mash. The Goddess of Demonic Beast uses her Mystic Eyes of Petrification, Ushiwakamaru saves them. Tiamat enraged attacks the Northern Wall directly. Leonidas prepares for battle. Tiamat attacks with her snakes but Ushiwakamaru cuts them into pieces. Tiamat then shoots lasers at her, which she dodges while she jumps from roof top to roof top. Ushiwakamaru manages to reach Tiamat’s face, however, she is caught in Tiamat’s mouth. Ushiwakamaru then duplicates herself seven times. Her effort was valiant but she is defeated.

Leonidas takes on Tiamat next. Having a army behind him, they hurl arrows at her. It doesn’t have much effect. He then has them turn into shields to protect him from her stone turning mystic eye. Shocked, Tiamat turns up her power. This time Leonidas begins to turn to stone. However, he still manages to pierce Tiamat with his spear. At the end he begins to break apart as he turns to stone.


24. Kurapika vs Uvogin

Uvogin and Kurapika battle at a small canyon outside Yorknew City. Kurapika is able to endure the massive hits that Uvogin is able to deliver. Kurapika captures Uvogin with his Chain Jail. Begging to be killed, Uvogin begs Kurapika to kill him. Kurapika uses his Judgement Chain to try an force him to tell the truth. However, Uvogin still doesn’t care, forcing Kurapika to crush his heart with Judgement Chain.


23. Luffy vs Lucci

Luffy attempt to run past Lucci in order to get to Robin. Lucci fights back to prevent him from doing so. Franky runs into Luffy and Lucci, it appears that Luffy is losing. Luffy tells Franky to take the key’s and go save Robin. He tries to distract Lucci, so that Franky can get past him. Luffy fails to hurt Lucci, who uses his “Shigan”. Luffy uses his “Gear Second” ability and knocks Lucci out of the way. This allows Franky to succeed in getting past Lucci. Lucci then explains to Luffy that “his gear second ability is wearing his body away and shortening his life span by pumping blood into his legs, causing his blood-flow to speed up”.

Luffy doesn’t care as he’ll do anything to save his comrades. Lucci smashes a wall and it crumbles and water drowns everyone in the room. Luffy runs out of his Gear 2, Lucci gains advantage over Luffy. Luffy decides to use his “Gear 3” and explains that “Gear 3 is different from Gear 2 because instead of pumping blood through his body faster, he is blowing air through his bones, inflating them”. His are grows tremendously and he uses his “Gomu Gomu no Gigantic Pistol” knocking through the wall and toward the sea.


22. Madara vs Shinobi Alliance

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.


21. Tanjiro and Nezuko vs Susamaru and Yahaba

Susamaru use her temari handballs to destroy the clinic. She decapitates Yushiro, but he doesn’t die. Tanjiro has a hard time dodging the temari. Yushiro places a talisman on the head of Tanjiro’s head. This allows him to see the arrows that direct the temari. Now able to see the direct they will go he is able to evade them. Susamaru grows four more arms, making the total six. Tanjiro sends Nezuko to find the demon with the arrow ability. When she finds and attacks him, the arrows fade.

Using his Water Breathing Third Form, Flowing Dance, Tanjiro cuts off the arms of Susamaru. However, she regenerates all of her arms. Tanjiro faces off against Yahaba, while, Nezuko battles Susamaru. Yahaba sends several arrows toward Tanjiro, sending him flying around. In order to prevent himself from crashing into walls, he uses his Water attacks to counter. Meanwhile, Susamaru tries to attack Nezuko with her temari. They engage in a tit for tat with the temari. Kicking it back and forth with Nezuko shocking Susamaru with her power. In his battle with Yahaba, Tanjiro outsmarts his opponent using his own ability against him, killing Yahaba.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 25: Recap & Review

Season 1, Episode 25: Tsuguko, Kanao Tsuyuri

Tanjiro continues his quest to master 24 hour concentration. Accomplishing this wasn’t ever in doubt, especially considering Tanjiro’s work ethic. He of course takes thing to a bit of an extreme. He asks the trio, Naho, Kiyo and Sumi to beat him with carpet beaters if he fails to maintain his breathing while sleeping. Meanwhile, while Tanjiro is working so hard, Zenitsu and Inosuke still refuse to attend training. They begin to feel guilty for their laziness. Zenitsu and Inosuke are manipulated by Shinobu into finally training. As Zenitsu, Tanjiro and Inosuke fuss while training, we see Kanao’s tragic childhood. She was rescued from basically child slavery by Shinobu and Kanae Kocho. Kanao is still mute, but uses a coin to flip and determine her decisions.

The return of Mr. Haganezuka and his associate Kanamori was the main source of comedy in this episode. Haganezuka is unsurprisingly pissed that Tanjiro “snapped” his sword. Meanwhile, Kanamori presents Inosuke with two perfect indigo gray swords. Anyone watching this far knew what Inosuke would do to those perfect swords. He takes a large rock and chips at them, creating jagged edge swords like his old ones. Both Mr. Haganezuka and Kanamori leave angry, with Tanjiro being apologetic. Tanjiro finally recovers completely and manages to catch Kanao during tag. I’ve already predicted that this season will end on some kind of cliffhanger. At the end, we see a new demon killing people on a train. It’s grotesque, having at least two mouths and three eyes. It’s unlikely that they will wrap up this mission in one episode so I’m betting that it gets resolved in the following season.


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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 23: Recap & Review

Season 1, Episode 23: Hashira Meeting

Tanjiro begins using his breathing technique to free himself. Giyu stops Obanai from interfering. Nezuko remembers her childhood. She begins to control her instincts, she looks away from Sanemi. Surprising to Sanemi, The Master takes it as evidence that she can be trusted. The Master then tells Tanjiro and Nezuko that they must go out in the world and defeat demons. Tanjiro states that he will “defeat Kibutsuji.” The Master kindly points that Tanjiro is nowhere near as powerful as he needs to be. He tells Tanjiro that he should focus on the Twelve Moon. Tanjiro and Nezuko are taken to Kocho mansion, Butterfly Manor.

They’re escorted into the infirmary. We see Zenitsu whining (as usual) about the pour tasting medicine. He needs the medication to regrow his shortened limbs due to being deformed by the venom. Zenitsu and Tanjiro happily greet each other. Inosuke lays silently in the bed besides Zenitsu. His voice has been damaged by the attack Father inflicted on him. Hoarse, he’s depressed by his lack of strength. Clearly this is going to be an opportunity for Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and maybe Nezuko to gt some training. Meanwhile, the Hashira have their meeting. Demons are more active now and they need to increase their recruitment number.

Natagumo states that the quality of the non-Hashira’s members is terrible. However, it’s difficult for the Corps to recruit because humanity is largely ignorant of demons. Only those that have lost love ones to demons and are descendants of former demon slayers. The Corps have a good grasp on their problems. However, the ignorance of humanity can be solved by educating them. If the Corps taught them how to protect themselves from demon (wisteria) it would be harder for demons to kill them and get stronger. Right now the Corps are hidden from the public.

You could imagine that the Corps could become a military force, though that has other problems. Another thing that seems to cause them problems is the informal nature of how they choose demon slayers. Tanjiro was trained by a former Hashira, but his survival wasn’t really certain. The Corps seem unwilling to “hand hold,” at least not until after the final selection. Tanjiro is left to his own devices after he survives, given orders to fight but not how to fight. Basically, the leave them to fend for themselves which isn’t working at all. If they had a mentor continue to train with rookie demon slayers they would be better prepared than they tend to be.


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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 22: Recap & Review

Season 1, Episode 22: Master of the Mansion

This episode introduces us to the dynamic and colorful Hashira. There are nine Hashira in all and they answer to Ubuyashiki Kagaya. We already meet Giyu Tomioka, the Water Hashira and Shinobu Kocho, the Insect Hashira. The new Hashira’s are Kyojuro Rengoku the Flame Hashira, Tengen Uzui the Sound Hashira who’s obsessed with flamboyance, Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji one of the two female Hashira’s with an unnecessary cleavage window, the constantly crying gentle giant, Stone Hashira, Gyomei Himejima.

Muichiro Tokito the Mist Hashira, he’s rather detached or indifferent. The Snake Hashira, Obanai Iguro the serious one with two colored eyes. Finally there’s Sanemi Shinazugawa, the Wind Hashira. He’s an asshole and I predict I might like him at some point. He’s covered in scars that appear to be self inflicted. He’s the most willing to kill Nezuko and Tanjiro. We finally get to see Ubuyashiki Kagaya the blind master. Generally, blind characters are exceptionally strong, I wonder if he is. Regardless, he’s very mild mannered and kind.

He asks the Hashira’s to accept Nezuko and Tanjiro. Surprisingly, due to the reverence they have for him, several of the Hashira’s continue to disagree. Even after reading the letter from Sakonji Urokodaki (in which we find out that Tanjiro, Giyu and Sakonji will commit suicide if Nezuko attacks a human) Sanemi still doesn’t care. He cuts himself, using his blood to try to get Nezuko to show her true self. He stabs her a few more times and opens the box. Nezuko steps out with an angered look on her face.


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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 20: Recap & Review

Pretend Family

After the last epic episode, I didn’t expect this one to feature any real action. However, I was wrong. While a fight as dramatic as the one from the previous episode didn’t occur, the battles were impactful if for no other reason showing the power of Giyu and Shinobu. The first shocker of this episode was the survival of Rui. Tanjiro begins to succumb to his wounds and use of two breathing techniques. He loses his vision, can’t move and begins to hear loud ringing in his ears. On top of that Rui managed to decapitate himself before Tanjiro could. I don’t know how I feel about his survival. On it’s face it seem ridiculous, but at the same time it was unexpected. As is always the case, the main protagonist (Tanjiro) was never in danger of dying. Giyu’s appearance was predictable. However, that’s not an issue.

I may be the only swordslady among the pillars who can’t cut a demon’s head off. But anyone who creates poison that can kill demons can be quite amazing

Shinobu

Giyu congratulates Tanjiro for surviving so long. Rui attacks him with his threads, Giyu responds with Water Breathing’s eleventh form (there’s only suppose to be ten) that nullify the threads. He then easily decapitates Rui. Meanwhile, the Daughter runs through the woods, remembering how she ended up in the “pretend family.” She was chased by Demon Hunters, but was saved by Rui under the condition that she would join his “family.” She agrees, mostly out of desperation. The white skin is created by consuming Rui’s blood. She runs into Murata and traps him in a cocoon. The cocoon will fill with acidic fluid that will liquify those ensnared.

Enter, Shinobu. At this point I think she’s my favorite character. She has an odd demeanor. She has a smile that doesn’t feel quite genuine. This mask of kindness, is exposed by her actions and what she says. She offers her “friendship,” to the Daughter. In exchange she has some questions to ask. First, “how many people did she kill.” The Daughter lies and says “five.” Shinobu deduces that it must be at least eighty. She believes that if they are to become friends, the Daughter must be tortured for each of her victims. Understandable, the Daughter isn’t interested. Shinobu accepts that they won’t be friends and uses her Insect Breathing. Because of her physical weakness shes can’t decapitate demons. However, she has discovered wisteria-based poison that can kill demons. Shinobu also appears to have a lot of speed as well .

This episode was great. It does show that the twelve aren’t all powerful, but Tanjiro isn’t at there level yet. However, the twelve may not be ranked in a normal manner. I still think Rui’s ranking as “lower five” is odd. It’s implies that there are demons below him and Tanjiro almost beat him. What I mean is that the type of abilities they posses may make the match up different and they’re ranked based on more than just strength. We are also introduced to a new way to kill demons, wisteria poison. It makes perfect sense. I love the introduction of a new dynamic personality in Shinobu. I expect the next few episodes to focus on healing and furthering the story, which I’m looking forward to.


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