Earlier this year I made a post titled My Top 10 Anime Recommendations. On that list, I mentioned Naruto & Naruto Shippuden as one of my favorite anime, for good reasons too. I have had this post in the works for a while now, but I never felt ready to post it. That has since changed. You honestly don’t even have to know the anime to be impressed with them. After some time, I feel that I have finally put together a nearly indisputable list of fight scenes from the Naruto series!
It is no secret that I love anime, especially Naruto. I have watched all of the episodes and I am also re-watching the series with my boyfriend. Now, this series would not be what it is without all of the amazing Shinobi Battles. For those of you that have since this incredible anime, I’m sure you’ll agree the ones I listed here are some of the best the show has to offer.
Rock Lee vs. Gaara (Chunin Exams) (<– Full Battle)
This battle originally got me hooked on the Naruto Series. Honestly, I think that can be said for a lot of people. Yes, the plot line was good, but most viewers wanted a really good one on one showdown. This battle definitely delivered! It had a very unique wow factor and really showed that even low level ninja are capable of greatness. It didn’t take being a Jonin or higher to have immense power.
This was the first glimpse of power levels between Naruto and Sasuke. They were still kids when this battle occurred, but it was something the first seasons were hinting to. There had been a rival brewing and we wanted them to battle. I remember wanting this fight to happen because it would prove Naruto was just as capable of Sasuke. It definitely was an eye opener, but it really set the tone for the rest of the series.
Jiraiya vs. The Six Paths of Pain (<– Full Battle)
Just thinking about this episode makes me incredibly sad. I know the ending of this battle was something that no one expected. Jiraiya was an extremely important character throughout the Naruto series. He trained Naruto and became his Sensei, truly developing Naruto into who he was meant to be. But, Jiraiya has also trained other Shinobi’s in his life and this battle was reminisce on that very fact. We really get to see a new side of Jiraiya and watch him battle like his life depends on it, while also being introduced by a seemingly undefeatable PAIN.
Sasuke Uchiha vs. Itachi Uchiha (<– Full Battle)
Sasuke hated his older brother because he killed his entire clan. At the time, Sasuke was only a young boy. Imagine the pain he felt when his entire family was slaughtered by his older brother, with no explanation. When this battle came to fruition, it was pretty monumental. Sasuke was no match for his brother until this episode. This was definitely the episode that really showcased how much power Sasuke had and would determine his future actions.
Naruto Uzumaki vs. The Six Paths of Pain (<– Full Battle)
For me, this battle was something I waited a long time to see. Throughout the Naruto series we mainly follow Naruto and his goal to become the Hokage. He was not born a “talented Shinobi” and he had to work very hard to get to where he wanted to be. This battle was the proof that Naruto could become one of the greatest Shinobi alive. You felt proud of him like a parent because of all the training you watched him go through. He worked tirelessly, had everyone doubting him and was still determined to prove them wrong. I would honestly say this is one of Naruto’s best fights…ever.
Kakashi Hatake vs. Obito Uchiha (Fourth Great Shinobi War Arc (<– Full Battle)
The second most intriguing rivalry to Sasuke and Naruto is hands down Kakashi and Obito. This battle was incredibly done. In this series you can get really caught up in all of the Jutsu’s that are used. It can seem too unrealistic. This battle brought it back to the basics with an immense amount of hand to hand combat. There are rarely battles that have this much physical contact without overpowered Jutsu’s.
Madara vs Shinobi alliance (<– Full Battle)
This episode wasn’t super long like some of the other ones, but it’s in here because of how jaw dropping it was. Madara had been talked about as one of THE BEST Shinobi to have ever lived. There was some serious hype around his character’s powers. Instead of unveiling everything, they gave us this battle. Madara vs at least 200 Shinobi. It was clear no average Shinobi could ever stand toe to toe.
Sasuke and (Reanimated) Itachi Uchiha vs. Sage Kabuto (<– Full Battle)
Since Season One, Sasuke was fixated on taking revenge against his older brother Itachi. Later in the Shippuden seasons, he realizes his revenge was wrongfully placed against Itachi. This is the one and only battle that we get to see the Uchiha brothers face off against an enemy that has proven to be more sly and (more powerful?) than the Shinobi above him. Kabuto reached a Sage mode that no one expected, evolved from the typical “Snake” into a Dragon and held his own against two of the most powerful Sharingan users ever. Talk about exciting.
Madara Uchiha vs. The Five Kage (<– Full Battle)
After Madara faced off against several Shinobi, clearly showing his superiority, he then faced off against 5 Kages. Just one Kage is a big deal, they have tremendous abilities and are chosen as leaders for their respective villages. Madara faced off against 5 of them, and wow, I was wide eyed the whole time. It’s truly an amazing thing to see when you realize just how much power he has to have to participate in this kind of a battle.
Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha (Final Battle) (<– Full Battle)
This battle was one that fans had waited for since the first season. I know I was waiting for the moment that Naruto and Sasuke would face off, for real. Throughout the series they did battle a couple of times but nothing compared to this finale fight. It was emotional, original and extremely nostalgic. I cried way too much over this episode, but that’s what makes it so special. It really moved the viewers like nobody had expected.
There are a couple more I would love to add to this list, but I think these ones meant the most to me during the series. If you haven’t see this anime I highly recommend watching it. The story is amazing and the fight scenes kick ass!
What’s your favorite Naruto battle?
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