DDuring the broadcast of the sixth program of Ready Player MARCA, Marcos Wagih introduced some of the most outstanding martial arts and/or similar animation series in Japan. Or what is the same, What are the best fighting anime? Today, at MARCA Gaming, we will delve into some of them.
However, although they can enter the equationonly those series that focus almost all their efforts on pure and hard physical combat will be taken into account. That said, what are the best Japanese fighting animation series?
Baki is one of the most striking martial arts and fighting series in recent years. It is difficult to talk about it without mentioning its extreme violence, the supernatural strength of its protagonists or the harshness of its combat. For this and much more, Baki is a highly recommended option for those who love the most extreme battles. The only bad thing about it is that it is quite complicated to establish a chronological order for each and every one of its seasons, at least in a few words. The good thing is that they can be enjoyed almost independently.
On the plot, its protagonist is Baki Hanma, a young man who just wants to get stronger. He does not care about the conditions or the price. His goal is to gain power to become a fighter powerful enough to defeat his father. During the process, he faces all kinds of warriors, although most of them are extremely dangerous.
Dragon Ball (first)
You cannot make a ranking of the best fighting anime and not highlight the first season of Dragon Ball. By then, Akira Toriyama’s manga wasn’t so much about special powers. Although it is true that its protagonist had superlative strength and/or had mastered techniques such as the Kamekameha, much of the fighting was elucidated by the physical abilities of its protagonists.
So much so that, for many, the true essence of the series, both manga and anime, is its origin, although that depends on the personal appreciation of each. Be that as it may, from the perspective of most users, the first part of Dragon Ball is very good, but so are the following. It is not for nothing that it is one of the most outstanding animes in history.
Both the anime and the manga of Tokyo Revengers have made a big dent in the Japanese industry thanks to their particular premise. Of the series presented in this article it is probably the one that offers the worst fights. On the contrary, his argument is much more elaborateeither. This series introduces Takemichi Hanagaki, an adult who is not very satisfied with his life. One day, however, she sees on the news that his ex-girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, has been murdered.
Takemichi mourns her death and mourns her loss, as he was one of the few people who appreciated her. Soon after, he is pushed onto the train tracks as he moves through the city and gains the ability to travel to the past, but at fixed intervals and without decision-making. He soon discovers that his actions have consequences in the future, so I’ll do my best to save Hinata… And her fellow gang members.
Hajime no Ippo
For many, the best anime and the best fighting manga ever created in Japan. They say that One Piece is long, but Hajime no Ippo is even longer. It claims to be one of the active manga series with the most episodes aired and, in principle, it still has some rope to go. about the anime, the first season hasn’t aged all that well, but it’s still a real show. The progression of the following is brutal.
About the plot, the series focuses on Ippo Makunouchi, an ordinary young man. Tired of being abused one day he decides to enter a gym after meeting Takamura, a true titan of the gloves. Along with him and the rest of his teammates, well accompanied by his trainer, they set out on a journey through the world of professional boxing with a clear goal: to discover what it means to be strong.
Ashita no Joe
Another boxing series. It is one of the great classics of the genre within the spectrum of Japanese animation. The quality of the image has aged quite badly, but its plot development, its narrative and its dialogues still have enough weight. Its presence in this article is to honor the great classics that paved the way for the rest of the contenders.
The official Netflix synopsis tells us about a young man named Ohma Tokita who “he enters an underworld in which business disputes are resolved through brutal fights. He doesn’t care about money: he just wants to fight and win”. Like Baki, it stands out for being an extremely violent series where blood will have all the weight of the narrative.
Most of the fighters stand out for their exacerbated bloodlust, his need for more power and his lack of scruples, although we will find everything. There will be both honorable warriors and fighters without any problem in resorting to all kinds of tricks, but always based on their own strength.
Not all series of fights have to be based on martial arts or physical combat. Nevertheless, it is difficult to create a ranking of these if all the series in which swords are used are taken into account. That is why a representative has been chosen: Rurouni Kenshin, better known in some countries as Samurai X.
The story stars the ronin Kenshin Himura, a swordsman who made a name for himself during his active years. Known as Hitokiri Battosai, the legendary assassin, worked for the Ishin Shishi during the Meiji Restoration, spreading chaos and fear nonstop. When it reached the end of her, he swore never to kill again, but his past does not stop haunting him.
best fighting anime
And so far the top of the best fighting anime. Some very interesting ones have remained in the pipeline, such as the sempiternal Hokuto no Ken (better known as Fist of the North Star, Shij Saikyo no Deshi Kenichi (Ken’ichi, the strongest disciple in history) or Ranma 1/2 , but not all fit. Even some of these -and many others- have been left out due to the great importance of powers in the development of fights. Be that as it may, and luckily, there are many options to choose from.