Anime is a master in producing great fights, more so than any other medium anime fully explores its unrealistic medium to the fullest by pushing the limits of reality. From simply hand-to-hand combat fight sequences up to giant robots throwing galaxies around, anime does not fail to cover all the bases that can occur in battles. This list is my ranking of my favourite fights in anime, they are based on a number of different contributing factors such as, but not limited to: the relationship of the two or more combatants, choreography of the fight, animation and fluidity, and just the general enjoyment of it all. I feel like these are some of the most important aspects in a great fight if not the most important, I haven’t watched every anime, so some amazing fights might be missing because I haven’t seen the series yet.
HunterxHunter (2011) is a shonen action adventure anime that started airing in 2011 and finished its run in late 2014, the show was produced by studio Madhouse, and is currently being released in English. This version of HunterxHunter is a re-adaptation of the original source material, since the first adaptation was released in 1999. The re-adaptation includes two more arc’s from its older counterpart, but is still left unfinished due to constant hiatus’ by the mangaka. The mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi previously known for creating another successful 90s shonen Yu Yu Hakusho, is husband to Naoko Takeuchi who is the creator behind the hit shoujo manga Sailor Moon. HunterxHunter is a series that has been rising popularity recently as the Big 3 have started to dwindle in popularity and viewership, it currently sits at number 5 on MyAnimeList top anime. Some people myself included think of this as the best shonen anime to date, and a great anime by its own right and not only as a great shonen.
HunterxHunter is very controversial at the moment. It came out during the early to mid 90s and shortly after had an anime adaptation in 1999. The adaptation stopped prematurely due to the manga still being incomplete and them waiting for more chapters, little did they know their wait for those chapters was pointless. The manga took frequent hiatus’ during the 2000s as the managaka Yoshihiro Togoshi had severe back problems and was unable to produce a steady stream of content for it. The anime was re-adapted by studio Madhouse during 2011 and ran until late 2014 adding 2 more arcs than its 1999 counterpart, this adaptation by Madhouse gained a lot of popularity amongst anime fans and critics alike. The anime soon climbed the ranks of most anime lists, and currently sits within the top 5 on websites such as MyAnimeList and HummingBird.