Enjoy watching anime with action-packed fight scenes? Check out our list of the 20 most iconic anime fights of all time that will blow your mind.
The intensity of watching your favorite characters battle against their foes, the unpredictability of the outcome, and the exhilaration of witnessing their skills and strengths are what make these scenes so special. Some fights have become so memorable that they go beyond the genre and become part of anime lore. In this article, we will showcase the 20 most famous fights in anime history.
These anime battles are so intense that they leave a mark on our minds in such a way that if we remember the name of these anime then the first thing we think about is these fights only. Whether you prefer sword fights, hand-to-hand combat, magic fights, or mecha fight, there is something here for everyone.
Find out the most iconic fight scenes in anime history of all time.
20. Shimazaki vs Everyone – Mob Psycho 100
Let’s start with Shimazaki versus the rest of the characters in Mob Psycho. I love this show so much and every season has something incredible to offer.
It’s not just a great action anime, but also a great story with amazing characters. And the animation is just phenomenal. It makes the fights look even better than the manga. There are several fight scenes in Mob Psycho that could be considered the best, but I have to give credit to the Shimazaki fight.
The Shimazaki fight is a perfect example of how to do anime fighting right. The camera work, the animation quality, and the perspective shifts are all superb. It’s like you’re part of the fight and you can feel every punch and kick. This fight has so many things that make it a standout moment in the anime. Don’t judge it by the simple art style, this is some of the best animations you’ll ever see.
|Japanese Name||Mob Psycho 100|
19. Kariya vs Jin & Mugen – Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is the anime if you are looking for intense action. I know that it has been forgotten over time, but it was a groundbreaking series that stood out to me when I watched it in college and still feels unique to this day. The show has a Western influence on its anime aesthetic, which was quite rare in the early 2000s.
The fight scenes, combined with hip-hop music, are truly captivating. In this fight, our MC face off against Kariya, also known as the “Hand of God”, in a battle for their lives. I admire the choreography of the fight and the way it highlights the different philosophies and emotions of the characters.
As I’ve mentioned before, battles are an excellent way to show a character’s personality and approach to conflict, which is vital in storytelling. This scene is a perfect example of how to showcase the style and contrast between the three combatants.
|Japanese Name||Samurai Champloo|
18. Takamura vs Bryan Hawk – Hajime No Ippo
The fight between Takamura and Hawk was incredibly emotional. Perhaps it’s time to incorporate more physical brawls into the mix. One way to do so is by featuring a fight from the anime series Hajime no Ippo.
In my opinion, Takamura vs Hawk is the best fight in the entire anime series, and we all know why. The fight has an incredible sense of grandeur and tension, with an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
As a boxing anime, it’s only natural that it highlights the grit, intensity, and grueling nature of being in the ring for multiple rounds. Takamura vs Hawk has all of that and more, and I found myself completely immersed in the fight, getting excited with each heavy punch that was emphasized. Overall, it’s one of the best combat sports anime fights out there, filled with emotion and intensity.
|Japanese Name||Hajime No Ippo|
17. Dai Gurren vs Anti Spiral – Gurren Lagann
One of the fights that always gives me goosebumps is the one between Daiguren and Anti Spiral. Gurren Lagann, Trigger’s masterpiece, is a show that can be described in many words. While its status in the studio’s impressive library is debatable, I believe that the show’s legacy is unparalleled.
It has a magical quality of being both inspirational and heart-pounding in its key moments. Although the fight is cool, what really makes it exceptional is the dialogue. The exchange between Dai Gurren and the Anti Spirals is incredibly uplifting. I’m particularly drawn to shows that are human-centric and believe in the power of humanity to overcome even fate, and this fight perfectly encapsulates that theme. I also appreciate the use of the opening song, Sarairo Days, throughout the final exchange.
It’s a great example of how shows can use music to enhance emotional moments. Ultimately, what I love about Gurren Lagann are the battles and the numerous inspirational and empowering themes that run throughout the narrative.
|Japanese Name||Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|
16. Saitama vs Boros – One Punch Man
One Punch Man is primarily a light-hearted show that parodies the overpowered hero trope. While it occasionally has dramatic moments, the show’s formula is meant to be comedic. However, there is one episode where Saitama takes on a more serious tone during his fight with Boros.
Boros is presented as a credible threat to Saitama, surviving a few punches before ultimately being defeated by a serious punch. This fight raises the question of whether there could exist someone with defenses strong enough to withstand Saitama’s punch and retaliate.
Despite the brief deviation from the formula, the show returns to its usual status quo after this fight. Nonetheless, the fight remains a fan favorite for its planetary-level destruction and glorious display.
|Japanese Name||One Punch Man|
15. Goku vs Jiren – Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball has a rich history of unforgettable encounters and fights. With the anime being around since the 90s, it’s hard to choose just one fight that stands out.
However, I want to focus a bit more on Dragon Ball Super, which is equally spectacular but less popular. Initially, I was uncertain about the revival of Dragon Ball in the 2010s with Super. But without Super, we wouldn’t have gotten some of the fantastic movies and fights that we have today, such as the Full-powered Ultra Instinct Goku versus Jiren fight. This battle was one of the best highlights of Super, with unprecedented levels of destruction that delighted Dragon Ball fans.
The modern art and animation that depicted this cataclysmic fight created a buzz among both new and classic fans. Without a doubt, this was the peak of Dragon Ball Super anime, and it is undoubtedly one of the best fights the series has to offer.
|Japanese Name||Dragon Ball Super|
14. Jotaro vs Dio – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
The fight between Jotaro and Dio is iconic and has inspired countless memes. Even those who are not fans of Jojo are likely familiar with this fight.
However, when we are looking for the best fight of all time, this is an impressive battle in its own right. It lived up to all the expectations of a climactic fight and made Stardust Crusaders a fan favorite. It’s worth noting that while many Jojo fights are creative, this one relied primarily on the rule of cool.
The animators seemed to have thrown everything into this fight to make it as visually impressive as possible. And it worked incredibly well. The sound direction played a significant role in making this fight a masterpiece. The voice actors brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the scene, which brought it to life for viewers to enjoy.
|Japanese Name||JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken|
13. Ichigo vs. Byakuya – Bleach
What makes the Ichigo vs. Byakuya fight to stand out as the best anime fight of bleach? It’s not just their power levels, which were far from the overpowered characters like Aizen and Yamamoto in the Bleach universe. The animation wasn’t groundbreaking when it was released in the 2000s either. However, what makes this fight the best in Bleach is the way it was set up and executed.
It had high emotional stakes and demonstrated how good Bleach can be even with toned-down power levels. To create a great back-and-forth between Ichigo and Byakuya, the fight needed to be built up properly, resulting in a fantastic payoff. Byakuya was in real trouble for the first time in this fight, and Ichigo always seemed to have another trick up his sleeve to counter his opponent’s moves.
This felt natural and earned, rather than like a typical shounen anime where characters randomly pull out counters until someone runs out of moves and loses. On its own, the fight may seem plain, but in the context of the story, it’s the pinnacle of Bleach and the perfect way to cap off the best arc in the franchise.
12. Yusuke vs Toguro – YuYu Hakusho
The fight between Yusuke and Toguro is another classic that I will always treasure. It’s similar to Bleach, which I mentioned earlier, but with a tournament arc, making it even more exciting. From the start of YuYu, this fight was the one that everyone was waiting for. Yusuke faces off against Toguro with all his power.
There were so many unforgettable fights in the tournament, but this one was the climax that we all deserved. Between the fight, we can clearly see that Yusuke looked completely outmatched, and there was a real sense of danger in the air.
What makes this fight even more compelling is how it relates to both Yusuke and Toguro’s goals and philosophies. It’s the perfect way to wrap up Toguro’s storyline which was introduced with his backstory and the eventual goal that turned him into the monster that he is. A fantastic storybook ending for an unforgettable fight.
11. Spike vs Vincent – Cowboy Bebop
Most of the previous battles had supernatural abilities and such, I believe it is about time we switch to something a little more realistic, and this Cowboy Bebop Spike vs. Vincent fight strikes the perfect balance between the two. With its combination of physical brawling and light shooting, it perfectly replicates the magic of old-school Hollywood fights. I know that we wouldn’t say that this fight perfectly captures all that I love about Cowboy Bebop, but it is a wonderful example of a crucial aspect of the program.
Cowboy Bebop was a true gem of its time. The characters in the program all possessed a special charm and energy that enhanced the tension in their disputes, and the action scenes in the show involve fire.
|Japanese Name||Cowboy Bebop|
10. King Bradley vs Scar – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
When it comes to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, we all know that it’s not typically known for its most action-packed fight anime.
However, I believe that some of the show’s most memorable moments come from these fights, as they often conclude character arcs and demonstrate the characters’ journeys. One such fight that particularly stands out to me is the one between King Bradley and Scar. Both characters have gone through significant development, and it’s fitting that they face off in King Bradley’s final battle.
The fight is intense and unpredictable, with both combatants giving it their all. As someone watching the fight, I was curious to see how Scar would overcome King Bradley’s overwhelming abilities, and the outcome was satisfying.
|Japanese Name||Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood|
09. Kenshin vs Shishio – Rurouni Kenshin
Similarly, we have a fight in Rurouni Kenshin’s Kyoto arc that features an apparently invincible villain in Kenshin vs. Shishio. Although Shishio’s swordsmanship skills are not on par with the supernatural abilities of King Bradley, he is still the strongest villain in the Kenshin universe, with no equal in one-on-one combat if Hiko is taken out of the picture.
For someone like Kenshin, who has already handicapped himself in battle with his oath not to kill, Shishio is a ruthless and seemingly impossible opponent to overcome on paper. This is precisely what makes fights like these so thrilling.
This is the type of fight I absolutely love because you never know what to expect from it because it comes with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.
With new characters joining the fight one after another, revelations involving Shishio, and some truly heart-wrenching moments that further cement both Kenshin’s resolve and Shishio’s cruelty, this was an emotional rollercoaster of a fight that could only be experienced by watching Rurouni Kenshin’s Kyoto arc.
|Japanese Name||Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan|
|Studio||Gallop, Studio Deen|
08. Luffy vs Rob Lucci – One Piece
When we talk about very long anime like One Piece, we all know that the battle between Luffy and Lucci in One Piece is the best fight in the whole series, if we are not considering the current ongoing Wano Arc.
This fight is all time best not just because of the action-packed scenes, but because of the theme, intensity, and higher stake it represents. The fight serves as an example representation of the clash between two opposing ideologies, highlighting the importance of freedom and the willingness to make sacrifices for it.
While there are plenty of thrilling moments throughout the fight, what really makes it stand out is the symbolic value it holds. It also teaches Lucci that it’s not the strongest opponent that he should fear, but the one with an unwavering spirit.
|Japanese Name||One Piece|
07. Yuji & Todo vs Hanami – Jujutsu Kaisen
The battle between Yuji, Todo, and Hanami in Jujutsu Kaisen showcases the incredible power of modern animation. It’s an example of the dedication and hard work that animators put into bringing the biggest moments from manga to life.
While I’ve talked before about the strong chemistry between Yuji and Todo and how their growing bond is highlighted in this fight, I also want to emphasize the exceptional quality of the animation itself.
MAPPA and their team have delivered many awe-inspiring moments throughout the series, but this fight stands out for the incredible fight choreography and attention to detail.
We all know that the fight may not have had the same impact in manga form, but the animation elevates it to a whole new level. It’s definitely a memorable clash that fans of Jujutsu Kaisen won’t want to miss.
|Japanese Name||Jujutsu Kaisen|
06. Tengen vs Daki & Gyutaro – Demon Slayer
What about Team Tengen vs. Daki and Gyutaro for insane animation? It’s common knowledge that Ufotable is a top-tier studio when it comes to fighting animation and production values.
It’s precise because of this level of quality that Demon Slayer became so popular, gaining immense popularity as the series progressed. The Rui fight certainly has impressive animation and atmosphere, but it lacked emotional depth and opportunities for the characters to showcase their skills and interact with each other.
However, the Red Light District arc’s climactic battle addressed these concerns, resulting in a lengthy yet compelling fight that involved all of the characters. The stakes are higher this time, with the heroes facing upper moon demons and the lives of many on the line.
It’s not a matter of just overpowering their opponents; the heroes must use their wits to win. As the fight progresses, complications arise, making the outcome unpredictable. It’s an engrossing fight that makes this season of Demon Slayer exceptional.
|Japanese Name||Kimetsu no Yaiba|
05. Luo Lang vs Nanashi – Sword of The Stranger
The final battle between Luo Lang and Nanashi in Sword of the Stranger is a perfect conclusion to a timeless anime film. Although it may not be as well-known among modern anime fans, Sword of the Stranger is a masterpiece that shouldn’t be missed.
If we are talking about the best stunning visuals, incredible storyline, and the right amount of action, then Sword of The Stranger is the anime movie for you. One thing that sets it apart is its ability to provide a satisfying conclusion both narratively and thematically. The epic showdown between Nanashi and Luo Lang is a true spectacle and easily ranks among the best sword fights in anime film history.
This fight has the perfect balance of action, emotion, and an intense atmosphere that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Overall, Sword of the Stranger is a must-watch anime movie for any anime lover, and if you are looking for the best movie with the best fight of all time then this is the must-watch.
|Japanese Name||Stranger: Mukou Hadan|
04. Naruto vs Sasuke – Naruto Shippuden
It’s a well know from the first episode that Naruto vs Sasuke is going to be the most anticipated fight in anime history. Since the start of the Naruto series, the rivalry between the two characters has been established and their eventual confrontation has been anticipated.
Although Naruto and Sasuke have engaged in several fights throughout the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series, their final showdown definitely takes the cake. The fight is largely driven by the two characters’ clashing ideologies, and it’s easy to see why anime fans were excited to finally see them go all-out in their final ultimate battle.
End of series fights are often characterized by a significant power boost, and this fight is no exception. Despite its relatively short length, every moment of the battle counts as the two warriors put everything they have into the fight.
As the final battle, it’s fitting that it would have both a strong build-up and a meaningful thematic payoff. The way in which the battle ends, with a physical stalemate but a clear ideological victor, only adds to its impact and makes it all the more memorable.
|Japanese Name||Naruto: Shippuuden|
03. Gintoki vs Takasugi – Gintama
Gintoki and Takasugi share a very long history that’s full of betrayals and blood. It was inevitable that these two foils would eventually come face to face in a decisive clash. The moment finally arrives in episode 304, where the two of them meet to settle things once and for all.
What sets this fight apart is how this one is not just a battle between two characters, but rather a clash of all the history and intrigue that has been building up between them.
This background content, along with the intense fighting, makes the fight truly immersive and engaging. It’s fascinating to see how the shared dialogue between Gintoki and Takasugi drives the narrative forward and increases the emotional gravity of the battle.
This hero-rival dynamic is one of my favorites, and the fight serves as a great farewell to Takasugi before he temporarily leaves the story. This Gintoki vs Takasugi fight is a perfect example of how a well-crafted story can raise the stake of a fight scene to a whole new level.
02. Saber Alter vs Rider – Fate/Stay Night
The conflict between Saber and Rider may not have been a long-standing one, but the stunning animation quality of the fight sequence is what makes it unforgettable.
Ufotable has always excelled at producing high-quality animation, and the theatrical adaptation of Heaven’s Feel – the final installment of the Fate series – was the perfect platform for them to showcase their prowess. The fight is a spectacle of visual effects and environmental destruction that leaves the viewers mesmerized.
Moreover, it was gratifying to see Rider finally getting a chance to display her full abilities, after being sidelined or eliminated early in previous Grail Wars. In this intense battle, she proves herself to be a formidable opponent, even managing to hold her ground against the formidable and unbeatable Saber.
Although it was not technically the final conflict in the story, it was undoubtedly the most memorable one, and for some, the battle between Shirou and Girei that followed felt somewhat anti-climactic in comparison.
|Japanese Name||Fate/Stay Night|
01. Netero vs Meruem – Hunter x Hunter
When we talk about the best of the best action anime fight of all time then we get a battle between the strongest characters in the series facing off against each other in a fight to the death.
Natero and Meruem’s battle is a personal favorite of mine, as it represents the perfect mentor-mentee dynamic. The way it’s crafted not only signifies the end of Natero’s journey but also propels Meruem to new heights in terms of reputation and overall character development.
I have kept this on number one because there is more to the fight than just a physical conflict. Here, the roles of the characters are inverted, as Meruem acts in a more heroic manner by seeking dialogue instead of destruction. This is not something commonly seen in the shounen genre and showcases the depth of writing found in Hunter x Hunter.
In terms of the actual battle, Natero had to be precise with every move, and it’s evident that this is a fight where he’s pushed to his absolute limit, culminating in a noble sacrifice that is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring. Overall, it’s a fight that stands the test of time and is considered the greatest fight in anime history till 2023.
|Japanese Name||Hunter x Hunter|
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