To start this countdown we have a classic. ‘Goku vs Vegeta’ in their first fight. The reason this is placed at number 10 and not higher is because despite how epic the fight is the animation hasn’t aged well and to be honest it really took a lot of editing to make it look as cool as it does in this video. Look forward to the 9th place fight on this list tomorrow.
In 9th place we have the final fight in one of my favorite anime; Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. ‘Edward Elric vs Father’ may not have been the smoothest battle but within the context of the anime (the entire Amestris military spent and Ed’s back literally against a wall) his brother Alphonse’s sacrifice allows Ed to beat Father barehanded. Granted there are other amazing fights in FMA (especially with Greed), but the amount riding on this one makes it epic enough to have a place in the first five of what I shall dub the ‘Shōnen5′.
At this point in my list I think I should reveal I am doing only one fight per anime. The reason behind this here is because that even though there are many long battles in Bleach ‘Ichigo vs Grimmjow’ is the best. Unlike many other fights in Bleach where it only shows the fighters vanishing and reappearing between cuts of minor characters staring (see Ichigo vs Byakuya) or just throwing different colored beams at each other while being shocked by their lack of effect (see Ichigo vs Ulquiorra), this fight has lots of physical choreography.
I like this fight for two reasons; 1 – it’s totally brutal, 2- I can imagine something similar to it happening in real life. ‘Soichiro vs Masataka’ is essentially a bully vs an experienced martial artist which was a dream situation for me as a teenager. Like with the Princess Bride the best fight scene is at the start of this anime. I would even surmise that if you had already watched this badass fight scene I would not recommend the below average anime attached to it.