In the anime, there have often been times when the story lags behind. Whether it’s a disappointing protagonist or an equally abysmal plot, it often takes a gripping and dramatic moment to kick things up a notch.
Luckily, there are dozens of instances where a single scene is so powerful that it saves the whole story from losing its audience and momentum. Usually it is visually spectacular and important to the plot. These legendary and iconic moments are capable of turning a previously boring story into an exceptional one.
ten League Of Villain’s Arrival Stopped UA From Being A Slice Of Life (My Hero Academia)
The first episodes of my hero academia made the show feel like a boring slice of life after Deku’s adventures and his budding interest in Uraraka. Although adversity existed through small villains, they weren’t widespread enough to be noticed.
That changed when the League of Villains arrived to threaten Class 1-A. In addition to showing what All Might was capable of, it redefined the tone of the series and reminded audiences that danger was never far away.
9 Rumbling was in the works for a long time (Attack On Titan)
Despite a spectacular third season, The attack of the Titans struggled with serious pacing issues following Liberio’s invasion. Many of the characters introduced were uninteresting, and the constant series of political machinations lost their novelty.
However, it all paid off when Eren finally kicked off the Rumbling cutscene. His Colossal Titan Army provided a worthy final antagonist to the series and clarified his previously inconsistent partnership with Zeke Yeager. Although the ending remains highly controversial, the series had a wonderful transition to the final act.
8 Akame’s fight with Esdeath broke tropes (Akame Ga Kill!)
Although an incredibly active series with high stakes, Akame Ga kills! suffered from dismissal. In most battles, a hero would either die before the villain or immediately after. Akame’s fight with Esdeath revitalized the show with a satisfying conclusion for a number of reasons.
Not only did Akame break series convention by surviving, but she also unleashed the full extent of her Imperial weapons for the very first time. Given Esdeath’s substantial antagonistic role, one could even argue that she stole the lead character role in the final act.
seven Biscuit Oliva & Guevara Checked Baki’s ego (Baki)
When Guevara and Oliva prepared for their fight, Baki claimed his chance to try one or the other. He hoped to provoke them with his words and didn’t care that the tensions were already high. Unexpectedly, they retaliated by punching him in the face at the same time, which immediately knocked him out.
This unique strike had excellent implications for the series. Not only did it portray Baki’s two greatest adversaries in a positive light, but it also showed that his recklessness sometimes had consequences.
6 Joseph’s fight against Santana breathed mystery into the series (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Fight Tendency had a serious problem with its apparent repetitiveness. For the first half of Joseph Joestar’s adventures, it seemed his only opponents were vampires, who had been seen before, and other humans, whom he was relatively easy to defeat.
However, everything changed after meeting Pillar Man Santana. Joseph needed to make unlikely partners and make quick decisions to narrowly defeat him. Despite his noble efforts, it was later revealed that Santana was the weakest of Kars’ underlings.
5 Sasuke protecting Naruto added depth to their relationship (Naruto)
At first, Naruto and Sasuke’s relationship seemed simple and distant. They were constantly at each other’s throats, and Sakura did little to nuance the team dynamic.
However, Sasuke’s decision to save Naruto from Haku in the Land of Waves improved their synergy and the series as a whole. Not only did this make the boys’ relationship special, but it also helped justify Naruto’s determination to save him in the series’ final acts. Otherwise, his devotion to the rogue Uchiha would feel more like an obsession.
4 The Cardinal Heroes have gathered to defeat the Pope (Rising Of The Shield Hero)
Pope Balmus was one of the most highly placed individuals in the land and a conspirator in the overthrow of Queendom. When he revealed his machinations, the cardinal heroes stepped forward to stop him.
This scene was important for several reasons. Not only does this completely exonerate Naofumi from his defamation, but it also proves that despite the stupidity of the other cardinal heroes, they at least tried to be heroic. Their win also set a whole new precedent for the rest of the series.
3 Meruem’s Mercy Led Home The Message of the Chimera Ant Arc (Hunter X Hunter)
The message of the Chimera Ant arc was to show the humanity of monsters and the monstrosity of humans. Despite the story’s best attempts to humanize the villains, however, the moral didn’t fully materialize due to villains like Rammot and Neferpitou.
However, Meruem’s decision to spare the remaining Hunters after his victory over Netero made audiences understand his humanity. Instead of spending his last hours on revenge, he enjoyed Komugi’s company.
2 Luffy’s fight with Arlong was the real beginning of the series (One Piece)
Many A play fans claim the series begins with a crawl. That’s a pretty accurate review, as antagonists like Buggy the Clown, Kuro, and Don Krieg failed to make a lasting impression on audiences and the series as a whole.
However, this dynamic changed when Luffy fought Arlong. Not only was the fight extremely tough, but it also gave each Straw Hat a chance to show off their skills. Additionally, Luffy received his first official bounty after defeating Arlong since threatening a corrupt naval officer.
1 Near’s victory over the light finally ended the series (Death Note)
The second act of Death threat pale compared to the first. Ironically, the distance between Near and Light limited their interactions, making the mind games between them far less compelling than those Light had with L.
However, the series had a satisfying conclusion when Near finally exposed Light in front of the entire Japanese task force. It gave L’s death some meaning and ensured the story didn’t end on a depressing note. Nonetheless, he also humanized Light in his final moments by showing the origins of the increasingly warped path he took leading to his demise.
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