Top 10 Anime Moments That Rivaled the Excitement of Their Manga Counterparts

The quality of an anime is determined by its storytelling, character development, and animation. Some are adapted from manga and light novels, while others are original. But the most important thing is how a good anime hooks its audience. Well, the answer is quite simple. It’s about the awesome moments that it creates. 

From action-packed fights to heartfelt reveals, we have covered the top 10 anime moments that captured the excitement of their manga counterparts. These are some of the most crucial moments that have played an important part in the series’ storyline.

10. “I Have No Enemies”

  • Anime: Vinland Saga
Thorfinn | Source: Fandom

In the first season, Thorfinn was a ruthless killer who blindly followed the person who killed his father. His heartless actions changed after Askeladd’s death when he had a mental breakdown. Einar’s influence helped him to move further from his past. 

Thorfinn began to work on himself, but Canute and his army interrupted him. He believed that meeting Canute would end the invasion, but the army men demanded that he withstand 100 blows. Much to their surprise, he agreed and won the bet without fighting back. After that, he made a powerful statement, “I have no enemies,” marking a big change in his development.

9. “You Are Next”

  • Anime: My Hero Academia
All Might and Deku
All Might and Deku | Source: Fandom

Izuku Midoriya had always dreamed of becoming a hero like All Might, but he didn’t have a special ability called a Quirk. When he met All Might, everything changed. All Might gave Midoriya his own Quirk, One For All, and promised to help him become a hero. 

After a tough battle against All For One, All Might retired and passed on his responsibility to Midoriya. When Midoriya saw All Might’s message, “You’re Next,” he knew it was his turn to step up, and he couldn’t help but cry.

8. Double Dungeon Incident

  • Anime: Solo Leveling
Statue of God
Statue of God | Source: X

While raiding a D-rank dungeon, Sung Jinwoo and his companions stumbled upon another dungeon. They assumed it was a D-ranked double dungeon and decided to enter it to check. However, this turned out to be a grave mistake. Inside, there was an ominous Statue of God that went on a rampage, ultimately resulting in the death of half of the raid team. 

The anime skillfully portrays the foreboding atmosphere through its soundtrack and animation style while also maintaining the hype from the source.

7. Gon Kills Neferpitou

  • Anime: Hunter X Hunter
Neferpitou | Source: Fandom

Gon Freecs, the main character, is a skilled Hunter who always does better than expected, even when facing tough opponents like Neferpitou, one of the Royal Guards. Gon is very angry at Neferpitou because Gon’s teacher, Kite, died because of them. 

When they finally confront each other, Gon’s sadness turns into strong anger. This intense hate makes him agree to a special contract, which gives him a lot of power but drains his spiritual energy.

6. Saitama vs Boros

  • Anime: One-Punch Man

Saitama, the main character in One Punch Man, represents the idea of the series title. He has great strength and can defeat any opponent with just one punch. This makes him feel bored, so he decides to become a hero. 

Saitama’s first big challenge comes when Boros and his followers attacked Earth. The fight between Saitama and Boros is intense, and the high-quality animation and great soundtrack make this scene very popular with fans.

5. Nezuko Overcomes the Sun

  • Anime: Demon Slayer
Nezuko Overcomes the Sun
Nezuko Overcomes the Sun | Source: Fandom

In the entire Demon Slayer franchise, Nezuko’s ability to conquer the Sun is the most important turnaround in the storyline. In the ‘Swordsmith Village Arc,’ when Tanjiro is busy fighting Hantengu, he notices that the real body is actually chasing the villagers. To save them, Nezuko sacrifices herself by pushing Tanjiro, who embraces her to cover her from the sun. 

After the battle, he is in tears upon finding out Nezuko is alive and says, “Ohayoo.” This is one of the most emotional and cute scenes in the anime.

4. Goku Unlocks Ultra Instinct

  • Anime: Dragon Ball Z
Ultra Instinct Goku
Ultra Instinct Goku | Source: Fandom

When it comes to the strongest characters, Goku is always at the top of the list. He has incredible strength, especially when he achieves Ultra Instinct. After being defeated by Moro, he trains with Merus to learn how to use this power whenever possible. 

During the Tournament of Power, Goku reveals his new look with silver hair and a powerful aura, leaving fans amazed and confirming his status as a god-like figure. This new form goes beyond what was considered Goku’s ultimate limit.

3. “I Alone Am The Honoured One”

  • Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen
Satoru Gojo
Satoru Gojo | Source: Fandom

In Jujutsu Kaisen, a remarkable moment occurs when Satoru Gojo delivers the iconic line, Throughout Heaven and Earth, I alone am the honored one,” during his battle with Toji Fushiguro. This scene introduces Gojo’s Hollow Purple for the first time and paves the path for his Limitless.  

Fans were delighted with this scene in season 2, episode 4, praising the accurate adaptation of the manga. The animation, color palette, and background music were great. Yuichi Nakamura’s voice acting also added a kick to the scene.

2. The Rumbling

  • Anime: Attack on Titan
The Rumbling
The Rumbling | Source: X

Attack on Titan has many scenes where Titans try to ambush the Walls and destroyer humanity. However, the Rumbling was a crucial event that changed the course of the series. Eren Yeager initiated ‘The Rumbling,’ releasing colossal Titans that caused chaos across the Earth. 

The Rumbling lasted over four days, devastating the northern continent of Marley and causing considerable damage to the southern continent and neighboring nations. It led to the loss of around 80% of all human life on the planet.

1. Luffy Activates Gear 5

  • Anime: One Piece
Luffy Gear 5 form
Luffy Gear 5 form | Source: Crunchyroll

Luffy used Gear 5 in his intense fight against Kaido, creating a lot of excitement among fans. This new form makes him even stronger and lets him do things that seem impossible, like changing his body and controlling things around him. The animation and voice acting were really impressive, and the brief flashback showing Luffy‘s progression from Gear 2 to Gear 5 was amazing.


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