Post Author: Bob
Greetings Shannarolites, recently I found out that WordPress (the guys who host this blog) have begun allowing video embeds. It’s a feature that’s long been asked for by fellow bloggers, so I don’t know why it took them so long. But at least it’s here now, and videos can shared in blog posts like the good ol’ days when Shannaro was individually hosted. I thought it would be a good idea to post some videos of my top ten favorite fights from both the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime shows. They’re ranked based on the action sequence, length of the fight, animation quality and how memorable the battle was. It took me some time to find all the videos on Youtube because 90% of the battle vids were crappy AMVs. Anyways, this list is just my opinion, so feel free to make your own list and post it in the comments:
4-tails Naruto vs. Orochimaru
There’s no wilder fight than when the hero loses control to his dark side and goes berserk. Anybody who watched Ichigo’s fight vs Byakuya in Bleach can attest to this. Orochimaru tests the abilities of a Four-Tails Naruto in this battle and kage-level jutsus are thrown around like toys. My only complaint is that the action sequences could have been tighter for this fight and the music more intense.
Team 10, Kakashi, Naruto vs. Hidan and Kakuzu
This was the second time in Naruto Shippuden where I think the producers decided to put in the extra money to churn out some great action sequences. Things really started picking up when Kakashi made his move and began a desperate battle against the immortal Hidan. And at the end of this battle, we also get to witness Naruto’s Rasen Shuriken for the first time!
Sakura & Chiyo versus Sasori
In my opinion, the quality of the action sequences in Shippuden took a dip compared to the original Naruto anime, but this fight proved that the producers can still execute a superb battle scene if they want to. This was a battle royale between Sasori’s hundred puppets against Sakura and Chiyo’s modest ten puppets. It was also the first time in Shippuden we get to witness just how strong Sakura has become compared to the token damsel character she was in part 1 of the series.
Sarutobi vs. Shodaime, Nidaime, and Orochimaru
This battle was the first time a kage-level battle was seen in Naruto. I remember watching this battle countless times after the fansubs came out. Sarutobi may be an old man, but he’s Hokage for a reason. This battle was like an arms race between Orochimaru and Sarutobi with each pulling out more powerful jutsus in their next move. A giant monkey that can turn into an indestructible staff? The first and second Hokages resurrected to fight against the third? Sweeeet!
Rock Lee vs. Gaara
This fight was one of the best showcases of how taijutsu should look like in Naruto. The look on Gaara’s face when Lee began breaking through his so-called “ultimate defense” was sweet. If only Lee could maintain his released state a little longer, he might have won this fight. But even though Lee suffered a devastating injury at the end of the fight, don’t count the green beast of Konoha out yet…
Rock Lee vs. Kimimaro
The Green Beast of Konoha returns! Taijutsu vs Taijutsu user, this battle showed off moves that we could only dream of. Still, as talented as Lee was, he met his match in a genuis taijutsu fighter like Kimimaro. No other options but for Lee to bring out his secret weapon: booze! Bring on the Drunk Fist
Bruce L–, I mean Rock Lee!
Neji vs. Kidomaru
A battle of wits as well as skill. Kidomaru was the ultimate long-range sniper and Neji was the ultimate close ranged defender. It was a match made in heaven. This was by far the best one-on-one battles against the Sound Five. Go to this Youtube page to see videos of the whole fight.
Naruto vs. Gaara
Naruto’s battle against Gaara was also a symbolic battle against his own demon within. Gaara represented what Naruto could have had become had he not had the support of friends as he grew up. Although Naruto called upon Kyubi’s power to fight Gaara, in the end he used his own power to defeat Gaara. And the next time we see Gaara, he will be a whole new person.
Naruto vs. Sasuke
The fight that ended the first Naruto series with a bang (take those memories of the filler episodes and hide them deep into your mind). For a lot of people, this was THE fight of Naruto and places at the top of any top ten Naruto fights list. It comes in at a close second best for me though, because I expect an even more epic Naruto vs Sasuke battle in Naruto Shippuden.
Naruto vs Neji
This battle is number one on my list because it was a defining moment for Naruto as a character. It was a classic fight where the underdog rose up above all expectations of him to defeat someone who was believed to be unbeatable. Almost everyone expected Naruto to leave this battle in a humiliating defeat, but the spunky blond ninja used everything up his sleeve to come out on top. It was also the first battle where we see Naruto demonstrate some degree of control over his Kyuubi powers; it was also the battle that made Neji stop being such an arrogant asshole (LOL). And my favorite part about this fight was the ending. Even though he was exhausted and injured, Naruto refused to give up and kept thinking of a way to beat his opponent – it is something Naruto knows instinctively and defines the kind of shinobi he is.