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Intense Fighting and Top Notch Scenes:Best Action Anime

Updated on January 18, 2016
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Good Action Anime

If there is something in this world that convinces me I am an ultimate martial arts fighter, it's a good action anime. Excellent execution in their moves, highly anticipated battles between hero and villain, friend and foe, a great fight mechanic and storyline is always addictive and impressive, especially with the different art styles and stories that have been given to us through them.

Characters striving for the greater good and continuing even when their body does not follow them, that's the kind of entertainment we want and need sometimes. It is a great way to let off steam to see someone get sucker punched in HD after many episodes despising them for being an amazing antagonist.

After careful consideration and research amongst all the anime I have watched, I have created a list of the best action anime I have had the pleasure to see and enjoy to this point. They are not ranked in any specific way. Simply put, I think all of them are awesome and deserve more recognition in the eyes of the public. The list goes as follows:

1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the original Full Metal and the action sequences found in it and its departing movie, this remake was much appreciated. The different story arc, the characters and the amazing battles, especially the ones with Envy, I just can't help but think this one was much better in action and climax then the original. It still follows the story of Alphonse and Edward Elric as they try to get their bodies back but the twists and turns are much more enjoyable and noteworthy. The alchemy and battle techniques were also very impressive.

2. Dragon Ball Z:

An action anime list is not complete without Dragon Ball Z. Following the story of Goku as he battles to keep the earth safe alongside his friends and family, this anime had an outstanding acclaim and fan following. It is because of DBZ that many other mangakas and creators got ideas for their shows and fighting scenes. The action was slow and needed much rising in this one, that's for sure but the wait was always worth it, especially in legendary struggles like Goku against Vegeta or Broly for that matter. This show holds a special place in all otaku's hearts and will continue living on with the new adaptation they are currently working on.

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3. Samurai Champloo:

Before I began watching this I remember thinking to myself that I needed something different and exciting. Man did this deliver. Mixing cultural slang, beat box and several different martial arts, Samurai Champloo was able to create a new mechanic of storytelling and struggle that everyone loved right away. This anime follows the story of samurais Mugen and Jin, who are in debt with Fuu, a young teenage girl, as they try to find the samurai that smelled of sunflowers. Exciting, weirdly cool and a fresh mix on the Edo period, this is a must watch for all action fans.

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4. Kill la Kill:

I never thought clothes were going to be such a big impact on fighting. Sure, people go through transformations to achieve higher levels of power in these shows but Kill la Kill took this to a whole other level. This anime tells the story of Ryuko Matoi, a girl bent on revenge for the death of her father. It sounds like a tale old as time but between the hilarious dialogue and fight filled episodes, I could not take my eyes off the screen for a second. Weird and highly addictive, I recommend this one to anyone wanting to see a different take on a rather well known story.

5. Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple:

I don't think I have ever laughed so much at an adventure, action filled anime. This one is special, funny and downright true to the core. Kenichi Shirahama, our realistic hero, is weak and requires much training before he is ready to defend anyone. Counting on the best martial arts masters the world has to offer, this anime had me rolling on the floor while holding my sides and cheering Kenichi on the whole time through. It's powerful, emotional and the action is non- stop.

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6. Bleach:

A big anime that many have already seen and keep following the manga of, Bleach was one of the first anime I got hooked on. Ichigo Kurosaki, a substitute shinigami, is our main hero for this journey against demons and the dead. Known for having strong, likable characters and extensive action to thrill on for days, the show was almost perfect, including fillers and all, except for the abrupt ending it had. Still recommend it to anyone though.

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For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper from the Soul Society who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil. And when he vows to defend Rukia from the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, he and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world.


7. Attack on Titan:

Created by a slightly depressive mastermind, Attack on Titan hits all the right spots when it comes to action and an uprising chain of events. Showing new ways for mankind to fight for survival, it tells the story of how humanity was enclosed and forced to live in walls and fear of the giant creatures known as the Titans. Scary, unreal and amazing, I am addicted this anime and desperately wish that the 3D Maneuver Gear, the weapon and transportation used most in the anime, was available for shopping enthusiasts like me.

8. Hunter X Hunter:

If you want action that will literally blow your mind, it does not matter if you watch the original one from 1999 or the remake from 2011, both have the same enriching characters and fights that I cannot stop watching again and again. The 2011 version is said to continue further though so that is an upside. Following the story of Gon Freecs, a hunter-to-be, and his search for his father who he thought was dead; it's a gripping and amazing anime.

9. One Piece:

I really thought this anime had the price for longest running one but I was sorely disappointed. Having some of the most known characters of this decade, One Piece spans a go0od 500 plus episodes of adventures, struggles and hardships that the main character Monkey D Luffy and his crew must surpass to get to a hidden treasure. Always growing and outdoing themselves, these lovable characters have me loving the show ever since it first aired.

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10. Soul Eater:

Man did I love this anime. As soon as you start the first episode you see how strong and invigorating the fights and characters are, connecting in such a deep level that viewers themselves start to feel it alongside all the emotions and blows given and shared.

Weapons and Meisters, the anime focuses on the weapon Soul Evans obtaining 99 souls from evil humans and 1 witch one so he can become a Death Scythe. His partner and other half Maka fights alongside him aiming to be the best Meister from the Shinigami School they reside in.

The emotions and relate ability to the characters, how I felt every time the characters got hurt and got back up with no second thought, this show had it all perfect. I definitely suggest it for anyone who wants a great adventure, amazingly strong characters and an ending worth dying for.

I have to admit, every time I watch an anime fight in one of these classics I start reconsidering that karate class they give down my street. Needless to say, the emotions they share and impress on the viewers are tough to beat and fairly uplifting. They're all awe-filling and visually stunning stories that I hope everyone gets to enjoy and fall in love with as well.

Article by: Steven Gutiérrez


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    • Gibape profile imageAUTHOR

      Milady González 

      22 months ago

      Hey there! I appreciate the comment and think you're right, those anime are certainly filled with emotional strain and beautiful choreography in their battles, especially Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul, even the funny fights represent some emotion and character traits. Thank you for your comment!

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      2 years ago

      From all those FMA(:B) is my favorite.

      I think that there should be Blue Exorcist, Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul and Akame Ga kill on that list.

    • Gibape profile imageAUTHOR

      Milady González 

      3 years ago

      Hi Poetryman6969

      I also liked Naruto a lot but found it had too many fillers for my taste. Maybe you could try Guilty Crown or Claymore, I think you might like those instead.

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      3 years ago

      Personally I prefer Naruto to any of these. Dragon Ball Z is alright before it becomes repetitive.

      I was never able to get into the rest of the ones you mention here. Probably a matter of taste. I watched One Piece for awhile but the investment of time for a endless treasure hunt was not appealing to me.


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