“Best” being very subjective.

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This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.

“Best anime fight scene?”

It’s hard to define what makes a fight scene the “best”. Is it all about the animation and choreography? The stakes and circumstances? or maybe it’s a culmination of all these elements. Naruto has plenty of these moments throughout the show, but the one that stuck with me the most was undoubtedly Jaraiya’s fight vs. Pain.

Action brimming with impact and emotion.

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There’s always this special teacher-student relationship in Shounen anime: a knowledgeable and confident mentor that emnates this aura of power. And when those same teachers get serious, expect to see an array of wonderful tricks and skills they’ve accumulated over the years. Throughout the time Naruto spends training, we catch a glimpse of his mentor’s abilities here and there beyond his usual carefree (and perverted) attitude; all of which, only further amps up the excitement during his fight with Pain.

It wouldn’t be a Naruto fight without incessant amounts of flashbacks, yet these didn’t bother me too much. Especially towards the end, seeing his own thoughts on Naruto, and how far he has come, reflecting on both his failures and his successes as a teacher. Moments of weakness where I questioned if Jaraiya would make it out alive – fighting against impossible odds. And the emotions I had afterwards while the soundtrack played left me breathless.

A great fight scene isn’t just one that look good, but one that also reveals a bit more to the audience: character growth, desperation, and a tension that keeps us watching after the action is done.

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