By fist, blade, or fighting spirit-fueled drill, there’s something enthralling about a good fight in anime. Oftentimes representing the climax of an arc or storyline, it culminates everything the viewer has invested themselves in, with wills and ideologies on the line along with the characters’ lives. Common sense goes out the window as each new attack tears through the air, sometimes as the swing of a sword and other times as a cataclysmic laser blast meant to rend the planet in half. Since the medium was first created, we’ve seen any number of great fights, but these 10 in particular are some of the greatest anime fights of all time. *Warning: Spoilers for multiple series ahead.*
Midoriya Vs. Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
One of the most recent fights in anime, the showdown between Midoriya Izuku and Todoroki Shoto shows how great a shonen anime fight can be. Built up over the first half of the series’ second season, their fight for their beliefs on what it means to be a hero culminates in a clash of powers unlike anything the series has brought to the table before. Limbs are shattered and the arena is decimated as Midoriya launches blast after blast using One For All, while Todoroki creates literal mountains of ice and torrents of flame to counter him. By the end, both have put their ideals of what it means to be a hero to the test, and the world is irrevocably changed by the birth of two new legendary heroes.