My One, and Only, Repeat
Here’s the schedule as we come into the final five of these posts. Today I am going to be talking about the best fight in anime. This is the one, and only, time that you’ll be seeing a repeat for a show from me in this entire challenge. I made a rule that I wouldn’t use a show for the main feature twice and talked about that in the last one, but then I come and immediately throw in out. Whatever, it’s my site! Any way, any guess to what show I might be referring to yet? That’s right! My Hero Academia is back in the spotlight for this one.
Last time I mentioned My Hero Academia I talked about Deku Vs Todoroki. While that fight is really significant to both characters and progressing the narrative on a more macro level, I don’t actually think it’s the best fight in season two. Instead, I would like to point to a different fight in the tournament arc: Uraraka Vs Bakugo.
What makes this fight so great can be attributed to two things. Uraraka is fighting to prove herself. The arc has the typical underdog setup, which is a lot of what MHA is, so your expectations are pretty set. Bakugo is a strong opponent so Uraraka has to work harder than she ever has before just for one small chance to beat him. In the final moments though, despite all of her best efforts, she loses.
This fight really reflects how life is sometimes. No matter how hard you try at something, even if you put in 110%, you will not always be successful. It’s a horrible feeling when that happens too. I really appreciate that a show that, let’s face it, is aimed largely at children, is tackling such hard-hitting topics.
In the end, Uraraka doesn’t give up, she goes on to better herself so she can succeed the next time. She may have been defeated in this fight, but her spirit wasn’t broken. Instead she realizes that hard work will be needed to get to where she wants to be in life. It is a great lesson about adversity that I think everyone can appreciate.
Speaking of, I wanted to share this video ThePedanticRomantic which is related to this fight. In the video, Pedantic goes over the emotional appeal of the series. While not all of it (most of it) is relevant to what I spoke to above, I really wanted to include it because it speaks to exactly what I’m talking about.
Relevant part of the video (in regards to this post) begins at time code 8:30
What do you think the best fight in anime is and what do you think of my pick? Let me know in the comments below. If you would like to support the work I’m doing here at the site please consider buying me a coffee on Ko-fi, the support is greatly appreciated. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about the “most badass” scene in anime. That’s going to be a tricky one for me to figure out so I’m not even sure what’s going to be yet at the time of writing this! I hope to see you then, and as always, thanks for reading!