Anyone that has watched anime knows the dynamic when a hero battles a stronger villain. The fight starts, the hero is overwhelmed, then he (it’s usually a he), remembers what’s at stake, and gains a power-up. However, occasionally the hero will get dominated and defeated by a stronger villain. Of course, the hero will defeat these villains at some point, but it always shocked when they lose. I have collected a list of my top five:
5. Grimmjow Jaggerjack verses Ichigo
When Grimmjow and Ichigo first encounter each other Ichigo is outmatched. He quickly releases his Bankai which Grimmjow proceeds to grab with his bare hands. When Ichigo uses Getsuga Tensho, it manages to damage Grimmjow. Instead of being afraid Grimmjow is delighted to have competition. This fight is aborted because Tosen arrives.
4. Mad Pierrot vs Spike
Mad Pierrot is an insane assassin. Spike stumbles upon Mad Pierrot’s massacre. Pierrot instantly targets Spike with his cane gun. When Spike returns fire he fails to get a hit because Pierrot has a shield. Mad best Spike in hand to hand combat. Despite Spike blowing up a propane tank, he fails to harm Mad Pierrot. Spike manages to escape, even though he’s badly injured.
3. Frieza (Final Form) vs Vegeta
Technically Vegeta isn’t a hero at this point in the series. However, he did join forces with Dende, Gohan, and Krillin to fight Frieza. After Vegeta uses Dende to heal him after being almost killed by Krillin, he declares that he’s now strong enough to kill Frieza. He incorrectly believes that he’s the fabled Super Saiyan. He unleashes everything he has on Frieza’s final form, but the later is too fast. Vegeta is shocked that the gap in their power is still so great. Frieza gains control beating Vegeta into the ground while strangling him with his tail. Helpless, Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo can only watch.
2. Pikachu vs Raichu
This battle reminds me of my childhood. Pokemon was a phenomenon and each episode was a topic for the schoolyard the next day. Pikachu was and maybe still is one of the most beloved Pokemon. In the episode “Electric Shock Showdown”, Ash encounters Lt. Surge. This pits Ash’s Pikachu against Surge’s evolved Raichu. It results in a brutal beatdown of Pikachu. While the rematch results in a Pikachu victory, the initial fight was devastating for my youth.
1. Crocodile vs Luffy
It’s common for One Piece for characters particularly Luffy to be bested by a villain. It has happened several times most recently with Kaido, so I had a lot to choose from. I choose this battle because it was the first time I realized part of what made One Piece great, the fights. It might seem obvious to many, but at the time I wasn’t sure why people liked the series. Luffy is often at a disadvantage against Logia Devil Fruit users. Against Crocodile, Luffy almost dies as he goes into battle unprepared. His attacks don’t land and Crocodile’s devil fruit ability allowed him to drain the moisture from Luffy’s body. After the third time, Luffy prevails after exploiting Crocodile one weakness “liquid.”
When Gon learn that Kite is dead he snaps. Dark aura surrounds him and Gon transforms. His powers increase to such a level that he rivals the Chimera Ant King. Neferpitou uses her Terpsichora, trying to kill him. Gon vanishes. She gives chase. She attacks him while his back is turned. He dodges, kicks her in the stomach, and uses his Jajanken. He punches with it at point blank range, sending her into the side of a mountain. He then brutally beats her head in, shattering her skull. Lifeless, Pitou corpse is still able to attack. She rips off Gon’s right arm, he’s unharmed. He finally finishes Pitou with another Jajanken.
19. Shimazaki vs Everyone
Shimazaki appears before Sho and Ritsu. Allowing Sho to enter the building, Ritsu attacks Shimazaki with fire extinguishers. Shimazaki starts beating Ritsu. Teru and the scars arrive. They engage in a highly explosive, fast paced group battle. Shimazaki is able to counter most of the attacks, until he’s gets distracted. However, he regains his composure just in time, defeating the group.
18. Luffy vs Doflamingo
Luffy and Doflamingo battle begins with a contest of Haoshoku Haki. Luffy is able to land a few blows against the Shichibukai. They clash with Haki again this time Doflamingo wins out, sending Luffy crashing into the edge of the roof. Using his Second Gear and Haki, Luffy sends Doflamingo flying. However, Doflamingo doesn’t think Luffy’s punches were very powerful. Later, Luffy attacks him with Red Hawk, causing a large explosion. Ineffective, Luffy activates his Third Gear. Doflamingo is able to easily dodge Gear Third Luffy.
Luffy activates Gear Fourth for the first time. In Gear Fourth, Luffy balloons, causing him to constantly bounce. He punches Doflamingo, sending him flying into buildings at high speeds. Luffy, now able to fly, dropkick him into several buildings. Luffy manages to dominate Doflamingo head to head, knocking him out with his King Kong punch.
17. Naruto and Sasuke vs Momoshiki
This is a bit of a remake from the Boruto movie. Naruto and Sasuke join forces to fight Momoshiki. After disrupting the Chunin Exams to kill Naruto when they try remove to the Nine-tails chakra. The fight is one of the best of the Boruto/Naruto series. The animation is spectacular, as Naruto and Sasuke combine their abilities to maximum effect. The two prove to be too much for the Otsutsuki clan member.
16. Saitama vs Genos
Genos kicks towards Saitama, but he misses. He follows that up with a barrage of punches that Saitama dodges. Genos uses his “incineration cannon,” more punches, and a more powerful incineration cannon, all of which Saitama evades. Genos reminds Saitama that he’s suppose to take the fight seriously. Saitama “hits” Genos with his Death Punch, blowing a massive hole in the mountains behind him.
15. Goku & Vegeta (Gogeta) vs Broly
Basically the majority of the new Broly movie is Goku and Vegeta trading fights against Broly. Later in the movie the two fuse to become Gogeta. After this transformation their a greater match for Broly. The battle is a high octane and quick, that is typical for the series. Gogeta gets the better of Broly, but the bout ends when Broly is teleported to safety.
14. Guy vs Madara
Guy’s use of the seventh gate, Gate of Wonder, wasn’t successful. He realizes that he must use the dreaded, eighth gate, Gate of Death. He knows that doing so will cost him his life. Guy uses his Evening Elephant, hitting Madara directly. With his life close to ending he doesn’t have too much time. He hopes to finish this fight with Night Guy. He charges at Madara, altering time, then kicking Madara in the side. He nearly kill Madara, but destroying most of his torso. However, Madara survives.
13. Goku vs Jiren
Ultra Instinct Goku faces off against Jiren once again in the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super. In the conclusion of the Tournament of Power, Goku masters Ultra Instinct and is finally able to dominate Jiren. This forces Jiren to increase his own power. Goku is almost defeat twice, but manages to survive. Jiren attacks Goku’s friends and family sitting on the bleachers. Goku becomes enraged, finally defeating Jiren. However, Goku collapses from the strain of using Ultra Instinct.
Victorious by default, Jiren refuses to knock Goku off at first. He is reminded by the God Belmond of what’s at stake. He resigns himself to defeating Goku, but tells him that ” he will always live on in his memories even as he ceases to exist.” Frieza saves Goku, with the previous thought dead Android 17 revealing he survived. Jiren becomes exhausted as he fights Frieza and 17. Then Goku recovers and joins the fray. Goku, Frieza and 17 team up to fight Jiren together. Goku and Frieza overpower Jiren, knocking him off.
12. Kakashi vs Obito
At this point in the Naruto series most of the fighting was focused primarily on jutsu that have massive power. This fight was focuses on hand to hand combat. Beautifully directed, the childhood sparring match between Obito and Kakashi is paralleled with current fight to the death. Symbolizing the change in their relationship, this fight also had an emotional tone to it. Kakashi and Obito’s friendship is over and one must die.
11. Saitama vs Boros
Saitama often defeats his opponents in One Punch, however, Boros is a exception. Saitama’s initial punch destroys the “restraining armor” that Boros wears. After transforming he attacks Saitama. He easily blocks Boros attacks. He finally takes of Boros arm. They end up fighting outside. Boros is impressed that Saitama has survived this long. He regenerates, regrowing his arm. Using Meteoric Burst, he unleashes a torrent of powerful hits on Saitama, eventually knocking him to the moon. None of this effects Saitama. He returns from the moon, finally ready to take Boros seriously. He hit him with “consecutive normal punches” splattering Boros. Using his abilities, Boros returns. Using his strongest move, Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon, he plans to destroy the planet. Finally, Saitama uses Serious Series: Serious Punch, destroying Boros.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
49. Jiraiya, Tsunade vs Orochimaru
Jiraiya decided its finally time to kill Orochimaru. Having been previously drugged by Tsunade, Jiraiya had a difficult time molding chakra. Tsunade fought Kabuto as he was the only one able. Kabuto was completely out of his league, he slits his wrists taking advantage of Tsunade’s” hæmophobia” . Naruto was injured attempting to help her. Tsunade heals him vowing to protect him no matter what.
Orochimaru, attempts to kill him but Tsunade protects him with her body. Tsunade got over her blood fear and healed herself enough to summon Katsuya. Jiraiya is able to summon Gamabunta to fight off against Orochimaru’s Manda. Defeating two sannin was too difficult for Orochimaru to accomplish and he and Kabuto fled.
48. Kisuke Urahara vs. Askin Nakk Le Vaar
This battle is the most interesting largely due to the fact that Kisuke finally uses his Bankai. The problem I had with this fight (and maybe this final Bleach arc) is that I CANNOT REALLY UNDERSTAND Askin’s power or Urahara’s Bankai’s powers. After Askin uses his Vollstandig, Hasshein which “will adapt to mutations in any “poison” he is resisting.” His description of his power is long winded. Anyway, Urahara attacks Askin, but he dodges. He uses his Gift Ring on Urahara’s eye, causing it to burst.
Realizing the danger that he’s in, Urahara releases his Bankai, Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame. The first time he’s using his Bankai, there’s not much information on it. Askin’s arm split open and he jumps back, resulting in his arm begin sewed back up. Urahara’s Bankai can ” restructure anything it touches.” Urahara restructures his eyes and then his left hand increasing his power. Askin increases the power of his Gift Ball Deluxe. Surprisingly, the hand of Grimmjow rips the heart out of Askin’s chest.
47. Straw Hat Crew vs Hody Jones pirates
Each member of the Straw Hat Crew, battles against a member of the Hody Jones pirates. Luffy attacks Hody and sends him flying into the ship, Noah. Luffy activates his Gear Third. Hody uses the water in the ship to sending shark shaped water bullets towards Luffy. he dodges them and crushes Hody with “Gum Gum Elephant Gun”. Brook battles against Zeo, Zoro faces Hyouzou. Franky ends his battle with Ikaros Much with his “giant attack” . Usopp calls “Humandrake” to attack Daruma, then he calls “Trampolia”.
Hyouzou tries to attack Zoro from behind. Sanji, Jinbe, fight the massive Wadatsumi, Wadatsumi plans to “flatten” the plaza. Brook moves behind Zeo, and is defeated by Brook’s ice sword. Usopp knocks Daruma with a shock wave. Chopper uses his strength to win his battle, while Franky roasts Ikaros with a laser beam. Jinbe uses his fish man karate against Wadatsumi, his attack travels through Wadatsumi and sends him airborne. Sanji uses fire kicks to set him ablaze. Zoro uses his new “Onigiri” move on Hyouzou defeating him, ending the battle against the Hody pirates.
46. Ichibe Hyosube vs. Yhwach
One of the difficulties witnessing this fight was knowing that Yhwach couldn’t loss to Hyosube. Regardless of what he did he was always going to fail. This is true of most, if not all the battles in anime. What’s different in this fight is you get the impression that Hyosube would have won if it made sense for the story. Hyosube is an interesting character. He manages to maintain his stern manner, while being upbeat personality. During this battle he’s ruthless, but manages to smile regardless.
His personality shines through, along with his power. He’s constantly condescending towards Yhwach, especially as he cuts Yhwach’s power in half. He’s given the title of “Monk Who Calls the Real Name,” he created the names for everything in Soul Society. He can manipulate “true names the metaphysical representations of sentient being – which grants him a certain amount of power over the target.” After Hyosube continues to outclass Yhwach in the battle, the later uses The Almighty. Now Yhwach “can see far into the future with his eyes opened, which allows him to know and understand all abilities.” This is largely an Ass Pull, but up until this moment the battle was exciting.
45. Sakura, Chiyo vs Sasori
Sakura notices the difference between her and Sasori, in both ” his experience and amount of kills”. Chiyo reassures her that she ” is here”, and that she will protect her. She flings several kunai at Sasori, though he block them with her tail. Its revealed that he is hiding within his puppet. Chiyo explains how to defeat Sasori puppet Hiruko, and that Sakura is important in the strategy. First they have to get close to the puppet, but dodge the poisonous traps it possess. Chiyo claims that her battle experience is superior to Sasori, and that she has already made the first move. They succeed in the first part of the plan, as Chiyo takes control over Sakura’s body like a puppet. Sasori is impressed but quickly aims to kill off Sakura and Chiyo. Sasori releases his favorite puppet, the Third Kazekage. Sasori begins his attack with his puppet but he aims to kill Sakura. Trapping her he release poison, however Sakura is determined not to died and uses a explosive tag to disburse the poison.
Chiyo uses the puppets that Sasori made of his mother and father. Sasori and Chiyo clash in a spectacular display of puppetry. Sasori aims to ” get serious” and release his puppet special ability “Iron Sand”. He quickly attacks with ” Iron Sand Drizzle”. With the Iron Sand making the puppets of Chiyo unusable and forcing her to use her own modified body. The situation turns dire as Sasori has placed Chiyo and Sakura in an unenviable position. Chiyo tells Sakura to run, but she refuses. Sakura aims to be a puppet for Chiyo and because she is human and has massive strength at her disposal. Sakura shows her skilled set both in her strength, but also her ability to see through Sasori’s attack patterns. Sasori uses “Iron Sand World Model”, Sakura feints injury and when Sasori comes in for the kill she destroys his puppet. Having developed a antidote for the poison she found in Kankuro. Sasori notes that she had to develops a sophisticate antidote to counter his poison.
Sakura exhausted from the battle aims to end it quickly. Sasori seems to agree and decides another puppet would be useless, he decides to use his body. Sasori’s use of his body fails, and Chiyo decides to use her ” Secret White Technique: Group of Ten of the Chikamatsu”. Her puppets were used to topple an entire castle. Sasori responses with his ” Secret Red Technique: Hundred Manipulation ” , which feature hundreds of puppets that destroyed a country. There seems to be a quality vs quantity principle in regards to the battle. Chiyo has better quality of puppets but Sasori has a larger number of them.
Chiyo gives Sakura a sealing puppet aimed at stopping Sasori. Sasori manages to escape and appears behind Chiyo with a sword and attacks. Sakura steps in between him and Chiyo taking a sword into the stomach. She attempts to heal herself while t pulling out the sword, but the poison prevents her from doing so. Chiyo gives Sakura the last antidote, while Chiyo attacks Sasori with her ” Mom and Dad” puppets. She finally strikes his core, paralyzing him but Sakura is dying of her injury. Chiyo uses her ” Life Transfer ” technique to save her.
44. Mob vs Koyama
When Koyama tries to capture Mob for Claw, he mistakenly kidnaps Ritsu. Mob intervenes to save his brother. Koyama brutalizes Mob with his Telekinetic Helix. Eventually, Mob reaches 100% Animosity, due to the violent abuse that Koyama inflicted on him and his brother. Despite Mob dominating him and beating to a pulp, Koyama does manage to escape with Ritsu. As most Mob Psycho 100 battles this one was highly entertaining and well animated.
43. Escanor vs Estarossa
During the Defensive Battle for Liones arc, Escanor challenges Estarossa, assuming that he’s the strongest of the Ten Commandments. Escanor enters the battle to protect his fellows knights. Estarossa is surprised that he can with stand his power. Estarossa upper cuts, then knocks down Estarossa. When Escanor attacks Estarossa, it appears as if the sun is coming towards him. Even though he blocks the attack, he still falls to the ground. Excited, Estarossa summons his sword. Escanor cuts Estarossa, but he starts gushing blood. Estarossa reveals that his power if Full Counter, that ” allows him to reflect any physical attack with more than double its original strength.”
Escanor decides to take the fight seriously and creates a miniature sun. The heat causes the armor of the other Knights to melt. He uses Cruel Sun, then Pride Flare evaporating an entire lake. Estarossa uses his darkness to heal himself. Escanor uses Cruel Sun, but Estarossa covers it with darkness. Sensing that he’s winning and there’s an opportunity to end the fight, Estarossa uses Full Counter. Escanor attacks with a strike so fast that Estarossa couldn’t see it. Escanor asks “who decided that his attacks could not reach him, and who decided his sun was blocked out.” The sun Escanor created breaks free, he uses his Cruel Sun on last time, sending Estarossa into the ocean.
42. Goku vs Vegeta
Goku and Vegeta battle for the fate of the earth. At first they seem equal but it becomes quickly apparent the Vegeta has the advantage. In order fill the gap Goku uses Kaio Ken times 2 and he does some serious damage. Vegeta powers up finally, dominating Goku afterwards. Goku desperate pushes his body to the max using Kaio Ken time 3 , this seems to do the trick. Vegeta’s angrily decides to destroy the earth along with Goku and uses his “Galic Gun”, Goku counters with his ” Kame Hame Ha” power by Kaio Ken time 4. Vegeta isn’t defeated and returns to earth transforming into his giant monkey form.
Gohan and Krillin return to the battlefield afraid of what has happened. Vegeta is ten times stronger than he was as a human, Goku is floundering. Goku hopes to use the ” Spirit Bomb”, but he needs time to do so. He uses his ” Solar Flare ” to blind Vegeta and gets some distance so he could gather energy needed for his attack. However, just before Goku can use his technique Vegeta recovers and uses his ” Super Galic Buster”. Goku get’s hit and loses all the collected energy.
Incapacitated Goku can dodge Vegeta, who crushes his legs and begins to squeeze him. Gohan and Krillin arrive and with Yajirobe devise a plan to cut off Vegeta tail. Gohan distracts Vegeta while Krillin uses “Distructo Disk”. Vegeta dodges this attack, but to everyone’s surprise Yajirobe cuts off his tail. Vegeta furious begins attacking Gohan and Krillin, Gohan is defeated but encouraged to fight by his father. After, Vegeta attacks Goku again Gohan becomes enraged fighting Vegeta on equal grounds.
As they fight , Goku gives Krillin the rest of the energy from the ” Spirit Bomb”. Krillin forms a sphere from the energy and throws it, but Vegeta dodges it. Goku telepathically tells Gohan to ” bounce the Spirit Bomb back “, he does and Vegeta is hit. Vegeta is severely damaged, but not dead Vegeta. Vegeta can barely stand as he fly’s toward Gohan, he is shock to see that Gohan’s tail has grown back. Goku tell Gohan to look at the artificial moon turning to a Giant Gorilla. Vegeta is successful in cutting Gohan’s tail but fails to move out of the way and with Gohan’s size he crushes Vegeta. Vegeta no longer able to fight attempt to flee, Krillin tries to kill him with Yajirobe’s sword. Goku convinces Krillin to have mercy, and they allow Vegeta to leave.
41. Gaara vs Rock Lee
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.