One way to make an anime memorable and enjoyable is to create impressive battle scenes. Regardless of the anime genre, a huge percentage of what we really remember in an anime, other than a great story, is the epic fight scenes. You might like sword battles more than fireballs, or gunfights rather than crazy magical powers. No matter what type of action scene you’re looking forward to, we surely love impressive anime battles. Listing the Top 10 Most Impressive Battle Scenes is a tough task to do simply because of the sheer amount of epic battles we have already seen. Anyway, here are our top 10 ass-kicking anime battle scenes.
10. Kill la Kill (Kiryuin Satsuki vs Matoi Ryuko)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2013 - Mar 2014
Kill la Kill is the perfect anime to start off our list because it’s impressive in so many different levels. The story is about Ryuuko Matoi who has been searching for her father’s killer. Equipped with only a half-scissor shaped weapon, she enters Honnouji Academy to try and find the culprit. Unfortunately, the school is ruled by Satsuki Kiryuuin along with some powerful student council members. She stumbles into meeting Senketsu, a talking uniform also known as a “Kamui” or God Clothing. Senketsu helps her to awaken a new power that will give her a chance against the elite members of the school and get a lead on her father’s murderer by looking for the other half of the scissor blade.
This is a high paced show overflowing with great action scenes. The build-up on how Ryuuko Matoi encounters Kiryuin Satsuki is just epic in all proportions. Their amazing uniform transformations will make any anime fan drool plus the impressive battle scene itself is just something words cannot describe. You will have to experience it yourself. If you are familiar with the action that Gainax brings to the table, then you’ll surely have a lot of fun watching this action packed series.
9. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Alphonse vs Pride and Kimblee)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr 2009 - Jul 2010
Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, have lost their mother. They turn to “alchemy” in order to revive her using the forbidden act of human transmutation. It quickly backfires and they both pay a horrible price for their wrongdoing. Edward loses his leg and sacrifices his right arm to affix Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor. The traumatic event motivates Edward to fix his body using mechanical limbs called “automail” to try and become a state alchemist. His brother joins the journey and they find a way to revert their bodies back to their original form.
Let me quote their famous line "In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost". That might have been true for this series but the time we lost watching these epic anime was more than worth it. This impressive battle scene by Alphonse against Pride and Kimblee is just one of many epic moments of this series. This particular scene makes it in our list because it highlights the strength of Alphonse being on par with two powerful enemies. He somehow steals the spotlight from Edward to let the fans know he can fight as well. Get ready for an eye candy of fights and a great story when watching Fullmetal Alchemist.
8. Gangsta. (Nicolas vs Doug)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
In a mafia-governed city called Ergastulum, Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo are mercenaries for hire known as “Handymen”. Both working for the police and mob syndicates, they will take any job for a price. After an assignment to kill a pimp, they meet Alex. A prostitute who got mistreated by the pimp they needed to eliminate. Caught in the dilemma of killing her because of her hopelessness, the two keep her as a reward for the current assignment and makes her a part of the team.
A show not intended for the light hearted, this action-packed anime is filled with violent elements and adult themes. Nicolas and Doug take our number eight spot as they battle it out in the streets of Ergastulum. Nicolas is a badass no matter how you look at him and his recklessness just adds a more devilish aura to his very intimidating look. Doug, on the other hand, looks very young and energetic. The surprise on how evenly matched they are will keep you at the edge of your seat.
7. Shingeki no Kyojin [Attack on Titan] (Levi vs Female Titan)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2013 - Sep 2013
Hundred years ago, mankind was almost exterminated to extinction by giant monsters called Titans. This has forced humanity to hide behind extremely high walls enclosed to the reach of these terrifying creatures. After building a city with an impassable border for titans, the humans have lived peacefully for a hundred years. However, tragedy strikes as a much bigger titan appear, breaking their wall and breaching through the city. After witnessing her mother gets eaten by a titan, Eren Yeager vows his life to joining the military for the extermination of these merciless titans.
You must be living in a cave if you haven't heard of Shingeki no Kyojin before. If you haven’t watched this series, you need to put this as the next series you will watch. Seriously speaking, this anime is over the top one of the best creations of mankind. Not only are the battles impressive, the story behind it is hands-down amazing. Taking a spinning turn on our seventh spot is the impressive battle of Levi and the mysterious Female Titan. This is the first time you will see Levi go toe to toe against a titan by himself. Be ready for some jaw dropping action and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
6. Gintama° (Gintoki vs Takasugi)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
This is the fourth season of the great Gintama series. If you haven’t watched the first season, here’s a little backstory to it. Aliens called the Amanto have invaded Earth and have taken over Japan. Swords have been prohibited and samurais have been disregarded by society. Gintoki Sakata is an unconventional samurai who works as a “Yorozuya” or a person who offers to do almost anything for a fee. Accompanied by two other bizarre characters and an oversized dog, they try to do odd jobs that often lead them to very unfortunate and funny circumstances.
Despite Gintama’s signature humor and funny references, the anime itself has a serious side to it. Entering our number six spot is a bloody battle against Gintoki and Takasugi. A big part of this impressive battle is the build-up using flashbacks on when they first met. You can somehow share their emotions during the fight and it was brutally beautiful to watch. The swordsmanship displayed by these two warriors is just awesome. If you are craving for an action-comedy anime, Gintama is the answer.
5. Psycho-Pass (Kougami vs Makishima)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Oct 2012 – Mar 2013
Psycho-Pass is a series set in the near future. Law enforcement has changed and Japan has obtained means of determining each person’s threat level by measuring their mental state for criminal intentions. This process referred to as “Psycho-Pass” enables inspectors to uphold the law by subjugating anyone caught with ill-will. The story mainly focuses on veteran enforcement officer Shinya Kougami and a young woman named Akane Tsunemori. Akane learns quickly that this new system is flawed and can easily be manipulated.
Worthy of our Number five spot is another anime packed with action and suspense. The first encounter of Kougami and Makishima in Psycho-Pass is a feast for all martial artist fans. This impressive hand to hand battle will remind you of Bruce Lee. The dialogue that comes along with it also adds to the overall “bang” that you get after watching the scene. From the same studio that gave us of Ghost in the Shell and Attack on Titan, keep your expectations high as this anime will clearly not disappoint you.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' - (Goku vs Frieza)
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: Apr 2015
Earth is finally at a peaceful state once again But, Sorbet and Tagoma, Freeza’s remaining servants has decided to revive their leader using the Dragon balls. Freeza’s resurrection has succeeded and he returns to Earth to take revenge on the Saiyans who defeated him before.
Any top battle list will be incomplete without Dragon Ball Z. If you haven’t seen a Dragon Ball fight scene before, you’ll definitely think that it is somehow on fast forward. It’s funny how the characters seem to be in a hurry every time a fight ensues. This is the classic animation creativity that made this anime so big. The battle between Goku and Frieza was really intense; we ended up shouting along with the characters at one point of the fight. Expect a lot of terrain to explode because of their usual dose of massive fireballs and laser beams. This movie was a lot of fun from start to finish. We urge everyone to make sure they see it.
3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (Emiya Shirou vs Gilgamesh)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
The Holy Grail is a magical artifact capable of granting any wish. In order to achieve this price, the Holy Grail War is held among seven magi. Setup as a free for all battle to the death, these Masters command heroic beings to fight for them. Fate/stay night focuses on the main characters Emiya Shirou and Rin Toosaka, who find themselves trapped in the never ending conflict that the Holy Grail has created.
If you are a fan of magical fights, then the battle between Emiya and Gilgamesh would truly soothe your craving for an awesome battle. Want to see some flying swords? Leave it to these guys. This fast-paced action scene is one of the reasons why the Fate/stay night franchise has been so popular. The intriguing background of the characters, the nice overall story the series and the eye-candy fight scenes has blended well together creating a beautiful masterpiece.
2. Boruto: Naruto the Movie - (Naruto & Sasuke vs Momoshiki)
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: Aug 2015
Naruto has become the 7th Hokage of Konoha and is now father to Boruto Uzumaki. This movie is about the new generation of young shinobis taking the Chunin exams. Boruto seeks his dad recognition but a harsh decision by Naruto has made a crack in their relationship. Fueled by an ambition to surpass his father using new skills, Boruto seeks the help of Sasuke Uchiha. Creeping on the sidelines is a mysterious enemy that will test Konoha’s resolve once again.
Naruto and Sasuke have been a household name for a long time and the naruto series has shared a lot of impressive battles. Expect nothing less in this movie as they have set the bar another level higher. Naruto, who is now officially an adult bad ass, joins forces with Sasuke to defeat the evil boss, Momoshiki, in a battle that we will never forget. The combined powers of these ninjas are just exceptional and watching them deal a great amount of ass-kicking has never been so satisfying. We won’t spoil all the details but we highly recommend everyone to watch it, as the overall action in this movie is something that cannot be missed.
1. One Punch Man (Saitama vs Lord Boros)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2015 - Dec 2015
One Punch Man is the story of Saitama, a superhero who has trained relentlessly and lost all of his hair in the process. He is the most powerful hero alive thus beating his enemies with…Yes. As the title suggests, one punch.
Saitama has become too powerful that he became quite bored from doing heroic deeds. He later meets Genos, a young cyborg who asks to be his disciple. They both join the Hero Association to gain popularity and help society by defeating all kinds of life-threatening monsters.
It is hard to think of the most impressive battle scene for this particular anime because every fight is just mind blowing awesomeness. The combination of Saitama’s emotionless bald face while Lord Boros is doing his best moves is very funny and entertaining. The explosions and the super fast exchanges are epic and beautifully made. One Punch Man has set the bar high in our Most Impressive Battle Scenes and we hope to see more of our favorite hero soon.
There are a lot of Impressive Battles within the anime world and picking ten is a very hard task to do. We hope you enjoyed the ones we listed above and consider watching some of those you haven’t seen. You might have your own favorite battle scene that didn’t make it to our list so please feel free to share them in the comment section for everybody to see.