Who doesn’t appreciate an anime with amazing fight scenes, here’s our list of the best ones out there!
For a long time, action series have served as a gateway into anime, piqueing the interest of new fans with thrilling confrontations and large-scale battles. Long-running fan favourites such as One Piece, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter, as well as newer anime such as Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Demon Slayer, and the highly anticipated anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man, are undeniable proof of the genre’s popularity. So, here are some of the best action anime with incredible fights that I believe you’ll enjoy watching.
15. Mob Psycho 100
Kageyama Shigeo (better known as Mob), a psychically gifted schoolboy, struggles to balance school and his job as an exorcist. However, as opposing groups of spirits, psychics, and con-artists attempt to deceive him, his emotions become increasingly volatile.
The psychic energy he exhibits, however, is only the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions go berserk, a cataclysmic event will occur, rendering him completely unrecognisable. Trying to halt the progression toward the Mob’s explosion is pointless.
The fight scenes in this film are well done; there are some great fights sprinkled throughout, as well as some that will make you laugh. Overall, it’s a fantastic action anime. Some of you may not like the art style, but trust me when I say it will grow on you, so go ahead and watch it.
A mysterious warrior with prosthetic limbs and a young orphan thief battle demons threatening humanity throughout Japan.
The animation is smooth, and there are some great sword-fighting scenes as well as some philosophising about living a violent or peaceful life. The world is immersive and deep, and despite the fact that the main character cannot speak, you can feel so much for him and everything he’s going through. The demons themselves are very creative and make for great fights, and there’s a constant sense of mystery in the air that keeps each episode fresh, and the pacing is also good.
If you’re looking for some good old samurai anime with awesome fights and demons and such, I highly recommend this.
13. Kill la Kill
Honnouji Academy is ruled by Satsuki Kiryuin, president of the student council, and her four deputies, dubbed the Elite Four. They have complete control of the school due to their special Goku Uniforms, which grant them superhuman abilities. When Ryuko Matoi, a transfer student, arrives in Hannouji in search of her father’s killer, she challenges the Elite Four to a battle that quickly consumes the school. Satsuki wonders if their meeting was by chance or fate when she recognises Ryuko’s scissor-shaped sword.
Kill la Kill is the first television production series from Studio Trigger, the creators of FLCL, Gurren Lagann, and Panty and Stocking. It amplifies all of anime’s tired tropes and clichés to eleven before delightfully inverting them to create something exciting and new. While Ryuuko’s revenge story is somewhat predictable, the execution of the plot points sets it apart from its contemporaries. And, of course, the fight scenes are fantastic.
12. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures
JoJo has a rocky start before blossoming into something truly unique, constantly balancing absurdity and seriousness.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a fan favourite, a classic among classics, a series that has been running since the 1980s and continues to reinvent itself with astounding creativity. It’s nearly impossible to summarise the Joestars’ events, which now span decades, families, and even timelines. They’ve already been on many… strange adventures in this animated adaptation, from vampire slaying to protecting a small town. Each season has its own appeal, but as the settings, abilities, and tones shift, two things remain constant: Hirohiko Araki’s iconic poses and the fact that fights in JoJo quickly become a strategy game in which everyone tries to be 10 steps ahead of whoever they’re up against.
This is one of the more popular anime out there; the art style takes some getting used to, and you may become a little gayer after watching it, but it’s a really good action anime with good fights and plot.
11. Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann takes place in a world where humanity is forced to live in underground colonies; in fact, society is unaware that the surface is the domain of the terrifying Spiral King and his crew of monsters piloted by robots. It is a flawlessly executed blend of comedy and high-intensity action that is immediately addictive from the first episode.
Gurren Lagann is a fan favourite that you should watch if you enjoy action-packed mecha anime.
10. The Fate Series
Fate/Zero has some really incredible fight scenes in general, but if you want to watch a Holy Grail War—a fight to the death between mages and their summoned legendary heroes—with some actual adults in the room, Fate/Zero is the place to be. Fate/Zero falls squarely into the “not for children” category, with no shortage of bloodshed or depictions of dark people manipulating others for personal gain. It’s tense and unforgiving, with some strange bug magic to make your skin crawl.
9. Hunter x Hunter
The plot revolves around a young boy named Gon Freecs, who aspires to be an incredible hunter and to find his father, who abandoned him when he was a child.
Hunters spend their lives doing dangerous things like exploring uncharted territory and tracking down rare items and monsters. Before becoming a Hunter, one must pass the Hunter Examination, a high-risk selection process in which the vast majority of applicants become disabled or, in the worst-case scenario, die.
The true potential of Hunter x Hunter takes time to emerge, but once it does, it has the potential to become one of your favourites.
8. My Hero Academia
Over the years, the appearance of “quirks,” or newly discovered superpowers, has steadily increased, with 80 percent of humanity possessing abilities ranging from element manipulation to shapeshifting. This renders the rest of the world powerless, including Izuku Midoriya.
The aspirant middle schooler has wanted to be a hero since he was a child. Because of his unfortunate fate, Izuku admires heroes and takes notes on them whenever he can. But his perseverance appears to have paid off: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. Might’s quirk is an inherited talent, and he has chosen Izuku as his successor!
After months of arduous training, Izuku enrols in UA High, a prestigious high school known for its excellent hero training programme, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. Izuku will quickly discover what it truly means to be a hero, thanks to his strange but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organisation.
7. Attack on Titan
Humans sought refuge behind massive walls that halted the giants when man-eating Titans first appeared 100 years ago. Their long-held safety is jeopardised, however, when a colossal Titan smashes through the barriers, causing a flood of the giants into what had previously been the humans’ safe zone. Soldier Eren Jaeger witnesses one of the Titans devour his mother during the chaos that ensues, prompting him to vow to kill every Titan. He enlists the help of a few survivors, and this group is humanity’s last hope of survival from the monsters.
There’s no way you haven’t heard of Attack on Titan unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade. You’ve probably seen it, your friends have seen it, and your grandmother has probably seen it as well.
6. One Piece
One Piece is the most popular manga in Shonen Jump, and its anime adaptation is well-known around the world. One Piece follows the Straw Hat Pirates on their quest to Laughtale in search of the One Piece treasure.
The battles that the characters must fight in order to be worthy of finding the treasure that has eluded all but one man for the past 800 years are a central part of One Piece. One Piece fights are frequently filled with crazy moments, and they frequently go on to become extremely popular around the world. One example is Luffy’s fight with Katakuri.
If you haven’t already watched it, I wouldn’t recommend starting now unless you’re okay with not watching anything else for the next few months because one series has over 1000 episodes!
5. One Punch Man
The title refers to the main character, who is so powerful that he can defeat anyone with a single punch. His story revolves around receiving recognition for his work as a superhero, as his actions are frequently overlooked.
While it may appear that the protagonist in this series has little competition, this is not the case. Many opponents rise to the occasion, and their individual characteristics pave the way for exciting clashes between distinct characters.
One Punch Man focuses on the side characters rather than the main character because there would be no story if Saitama was included in every crisis. Overall, it’s a really enjoyable anime to watch, with smooth animation and exciting fight scenes.
4. Jujutsu Kaisen
Yuuji Itadori, a high schooler who spends his days indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, spends his days in either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, when he unknowingly comes into contact with a cursed item, his leisurely lifestyle takes a strange turn. After swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses,” Yuuji finds himself thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity.
As he discovers his own newfound powers, Yuuji witnesses firsthand the threat that these Curses pose to society. When he is introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path that he will never be able to return to—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the most popular new gen anime, and I highly recommend watching it if you’re new to anime.
3. Black Clover
In a world where magic is everything, a boy named Asta lives with no magic. Despite his inability to use magic, he aspires to be the greatest mage in the kingdom. Asta is fortunate to receive the extremely rare five-leaf clover grimoire, which grants him anti-magic power. Despite his inability to use magic, he intends to become the Wizard King.
Black Clover is arguably one of the most popular shonen anime or manga of all time, but it is also surrounded by controversy. However, it remains one of my favourite anime, and I strongly advise you to watch it. It has endearing characters, good pacing, and incredible fight scenes!
2. Demon Slayer
Tanjiro embarks on a journey to cure his sister Nezuku and avenge those he has lost after his family is killed by a demon and the sole survivor, his sister Nezuku, is turned into one.
Demon Slayer is one of the most popular action anime series in recent years. It has exciting fights, with each character having a unique fighting style. These battles are beautifully animated, and the sound effects and music that have been added elevate them to a whole new level.
Naruto Uzumaki has only one goal in life: to become the greatest Hokage. He struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some wonderful new friends, but also to some lethal enemies.
Naruto is one of the most popular anime series of all time and one of Shonen Jump’s Big 3. It is so popular that fans of the series compare every new action anime that comes out to it.
Thank you for reading, and please share some of your favourite action anime in the comments.
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