Naruto is one of the most popular franchises of all-time and we here at Japan Cinema are big fans of the anime. We take a minute to walk down memories of past episodes and countdown our favorite epic encounters ranging from Naruto to current episodes of Shippuuden. To see if your favorite showdown made the list, read below to find out or sound off in the comment section with your own opinion. We kick it off with the number 10 entry:
During Lee’s fight with Kimimaro in Part I, Lee accidentally drank sake instead of his medicine, and slipped into Drunken Fist. After Lee slipped into Drunken Fist, Kimimaro noted that Lee’s attack form was “too angular”.
This is one of the first arcs in Naruto I got really excited about. Chouji was always a character I didn’t pay much attention too and I think the creators of the series were aware that Choji wasn’t getting much love from fans. He is a ‘power’ type, using his massive physical strength enhanced with his clan’s techniques to strike crippling blows. When he fought against Jirōbō, after the consumption of the Green Pill, he was able to flip him with ease. After taking the Red Pill, forming his butterfly wings, Chōji was able to catch Jirōbō’s fist with ease, which is even more impressive since his opponent was in his Cursed Seal Level 2 form which was able to lift him even in his gigantic form, and with a single punch he was able to kill his opponent.
For those who were dedicated to the series you were introduced finally to the Invasion of Pain Arc. Pain is the leader of Akatsuki, partnered to Konan and the principal figure in the Tailed Beast sealing ceremony. As the smoke cleared, the Deva Path found that Naruto had returned with his toad allies. In retaliation for the village’s destruction, Naruto swiftly crushed the newly-restored Asura Path and began his fight with the remaining Paths of Pain. He then uses his invisible chameleon to capture Naruto and proceeds to remove his soul.
The high point of the original chuunin exams for me, Rock Lee proved he was a force to reckon with, even after letting loose the Gates, and taking the loss.
Orochimaru’s only source of affection was received from his teacher, the Third Hokage. Imagine that all grown up they would fight to the death! Orochimaru acts as the primary antagonist for the first part of the series, planning the invasion and eventual destruction of Konoha so that he can kill the Third Hokage and gain the body of Itachi Uchiha’s brother, Sasuke Uchiha. When the Third is able to fight back during their battle and take away Orochimaru’s ability to perform jutsu, he is forced to put his plans for Sasuke on hold, calling off Konoha’s invasion and pulling his forces back.
That one was a combination of power and abilities. A true showing of the abilities Sasuke and Itachi gained, more over Sasuke, over the years at least since the Uchiha Massacre…Oh…6-8 years ago…Wow…That battle was a real test…I loved it because it was extensive and talkative at the same time, showing the words and real thoughts inside Itachi’s head and why he did what he did…Itachi spared his brother because he loved him…and that fight was just magnificent.
In Part II of the series, two and a half years after the failed attempt to retrieve Sasuke, Deidara, a member of the criminal organization Akatsuki, is sent to Sunagakure to capture Gaara. Deidara manages to capture Gaara by threatening Sunagakure, and the members of Akatsuki extract Shukaku from his body. The Akatsuki want to collect all the tailed beasts. In Shippuden, each time a beast is extracted from its host, the symbiotic/parasitic relationship causes the host to die. When a beast is collected, it goes inside this nasty looking statue head with nine eyes. Each eye will move/open up when a beast is absorbed into it. All 9 beasts absorbed release it and here we have an all-powerful monster of destruction. The end result of the fight ends with gaara’s unfortunate death.
The Eight Man Squad was formed after news of Sasuke Uchiha’s victory over Orochimaru reached Konoha. What transpired is an epic match where no one from team Konoha could alnd a hit on Tobi, who ends up going one on one with Shino…
The epic battle in which a part of Hidan’s left ear was cut off, Hidan’s behaviour in the anime bordered on insanity; he was frequently heard shrieking loudly while attacking, and laughed maniacally when he was about to kill Asuma Sarutobi. Despite being immobilsed, and stabbed in the chest by two large kunai, Hidan asked who the shinobi were while acting as though he did not even register the fatal blows, much to the Konoha group’s surprise.
Clearly the number 1 fight for me, as I lay watching this I felt Sakura had zero chance at defeating Sasori. Sasori had claimed that he has not used “himself” since joining Akatsuki, until his last battle with his grandmother and Sakura. Because Sasori’s heart was the only living part of himself, his puppet body was virtually indestructible, allowing him to survive the poison mist Kankurō bombarded him with, as well as the impact from Sakura’s punches. He was also able to fight for extended periods of time without hindrances that would normally affect a human’s body, such as fatigue, muscle failure, loss of blood, wounds and pain. When smashed apart, he could simply draw the pieces back together. Acting on her own, Sakura demolished the Kazekage puppet after picking up on its movements and using herself as bait to lower Sasori’s guard. A fantastic battle that no Naruto fan would be disappointed in.