The tournament arc is one of anime's tried and tested tropes. Behind the bumps and bruises, fight scenes are quite integral to the story, as it reveals a lot about the characters, their background and behavior when entrenched in such a tight spot.
For younger audiences, though, a battle sequence is considered catchy based on the number of explosions and quotable lines, especially in Tagalized versions. The influence of a particular anime is truly evident through children playfully mimicking their 2D heroes, despite how absurd most of their moves looked.
Filipino kids weren't spared from the anime revolution in the '90s and early '00s, and fictional fight scenes were a common sight at every makeshift playground. Below are 10 of the most popular animated confrontations in Philippine TV history.
Charizard vs Magmar (Pokemon)
This entry saw two clashes; Ash was initially at odds with his most powerful Pokemon, after it refused to help him during a Gym battle. Despite losing his first crack at Blaine, the eternal 10-year old eventually earned his Volcano Badge—ironically—due to Charizard's stubborness [to lose].
Yugi vs Joey (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
This one proved the premise that your best friend could be your worst enemy. The inner competitive fire of Yugi's closest ally, Joey, turned out to be his toughest challenge.
Luffy vs Rob Lucci (One Piece)
The Rubberman may have defeated members of the Shichibukai (Gekko Moriah, Donquixote Doflamingo) and even a God (Enel), but it was the CP9 assassin that truly pushed him to the brink. Luffy's victory was so hard-fought that he had to debut the Gear Third to overcome the powerful Zoan user.
Takamura vs Hawk (Knockout)
This match put the lore of the Kamogawa Boxing Gym's unbeaten heavyweight in dire jeopardy. The American boxer's thirst for blood was enough to force Mamoru on the ropes, until the latter outclassed his opponent using his own killer instinct.
Recca vs Kukai (Flame of Recca)
This was Team Hokage's first fight in the Ura Butou Satsujin tournament and the protagonist already found himself on the verge of death. What made this bout unforgettable is the amusing concept of Recca's opponent, who has to be hit three times before turning into a ruthless demon.
Shohoku vs Shoyo (Slam Dunk)
While Sakuragi and his team had more intense games against Kainan and Ryonan, their match against Shoyo was probably the most memorable. This was the game the Rebound King used to introduce himself to the basketball world with a dunk that, unfortunately, didn't count. Let's not even mention Mitsui's T-Mac moment.
Rock Lee vs Gaara (Naruto)
What was initially deemed a one-sided fight turned out to be one of the Chunin Exams' most thrilling matchups. The sight of an unconscious Lee challenging Gaara reminded us of the saying, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
Killua vs Johness (Hunter X Hunter)
This quickie made the list not for the amount of action involved (because there wasn't even any), but rather the shocking revelation that Gon's best friend is a member of the Zoldyck family. Killua's sly grin as he clutches The Dissector's heart was a preview of things to come.
Goku vs Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)
Frieza's transformations, Krillin and Vegeta's deaths, Goku's Super Saiyan ascension—the culmination of this saga was filled to the brim with cathartic moments. A rivalry must be that epic for a five-minute span (duration before Planet Namek blows up) in the storyline to stretch to five episodes.
Eugene vs Toguro (Ghost Fighter)
Like the previous entry, the fateful match between the hero and his archrival is still remembered for its portrait of destruction and ridiculous airtime. However, the added dynamic of drama between the major players, which involved Master Jeremiah and Alfred, puts this fight scene above the rest.
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