Everybody is Kung Fu fighting… Well, not necessarily Kung Fu fighting, but there were a lot of awesome fights in 2019 and these are my favourites. There’s nothing like an incredible fight to get you pumped up!
Best Fight 2019
It would appear that I still have one eye on the past and the other on my opponent. When creating fiction, one of my favourite things to write is a good fight scene. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for great fights so that I can absorb the choreography and action. Done right, a fight can leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. You may even feel sore afterwards from reacting to the hits. It’s amazing that it can have that sort of physical effect on you. Well, that’s enough talking about fights in general, let’s look at my favourites from 2019.
7. Nagi Kirima versus Dr. Kisugi (Boogiepop and Others)
In Boogiepop and Others Episode 13, Nagi Kirima has worked out the true nature of Dr. Kisugi and how she preys on those without fear. This, of course, causes Dr. Kisugi to hunt Nagi down, killing Sasaki, the man helping her with the investigation and the man who murdered her father. So, much intrigue. Anyhow, Dr. Kisugi has superhuman speed and strength which makes it easy for her to catch up with Nagi who was fleeing by bike. Nagi was ready for her, however, and stuns her with a massive electrical charge. Once Dr. Kisugi is incapacitated, Nagi attacks, ripping her arm off. Seriously, her arm. This is when Boogiepop finally shows up and kills Dr. Kisugi, but the fight up to this point had been excellent.
6. Hestia Familia versus Apollo Familia (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II)
Apollo pursued Bell relentlessly and to the point of Hestia finally agreeing to a War Game. In his overconfidence, Apollo allowed Hestia to add a non-Familia member to her party. He hadn’t counted on Ruy Lion being available. Hestia also added Lilliruca, Mikoto, and Welf to her Familia. The War Game was set to be a siege with Hestia Familia attacking and they had three days to do it. So, no one expected them to come out with a full-frontal attack at the beginning. Each member of the Familia had a specific role and it all worked perfectly. Having seen Bell and Hestia run ragged in the previous episode, it was a delight to see Bell destroy Hyakinthos Clio’s tower from within and then defeat him, one on one.
5. Hinomaru Ushio versus Sosuke Kuze (Hinomaru Sumo)
Normally, I’m not a fan of fights that span more than one episode, but in the final two episodes of Hinomaru Sumo, I find myself making an exception. That is partly because it was the final match in the tournament and we’d been building towards it for some time. It’s also because the fight is unbelievable. One of the things that really surprised me with this series was how well they animated the fights and just how much tension they were able to create. This fight was intense and I am certain that I barely breathed the entire time, not to mention that my muscles were tense. It should have been billed as an underdog battle, but both of these fighters were monsters. Amazing!
4. Kinro versus Magma (Dr. Stone)
So, this fight didn’t quite go the way everyone was expecting, but up until that point, it was incredible. Kinro appeared to be the groups best hope of winning the tournament, but he’d been drawn against Magma in the first round, throwing all of Senku’s plans out of the window. Maybe, Kinro was strong enough to beat Magma, but his eyesight was always going to be a limiting factor. Luckily, Suika managed to escape and returned in time to throw her mask to Kinro, allowing him to use her glasses. Seeing Kinro wearing the watermelon mask and show Magma just how powerful he is was excellent and one of many feel-good moments in this series.
3. Maki versus Flail (Fire Force)
Maki was one of my favourite characters from Fire Force as soon as I saw her. She is a strong fighter, but still maintains an air of cuteness thanks to her flame balls. Well, when Vulcan built her two metal arms for her flame balls, he unwittingly created a monster. Every time we’ve seen Maki fight, she is ruthless and in the Nether when she came up against Flail and his team of Ashen Knights we got to see just how ruthless she can be. She disposed of the Ashen Knights in no time at all, pummelling them into nothing thanks to her metal arms. Then, Flail stepped in and continued to mock her for being a girl, even after she’d beat him. Well, that’s not going to fly. Maki finished him once and for all with a massive triple attack. Boom!
2. Tanjiro and Nezuko versus Rui (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
This is the episode that made Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba blow up! It’s not hard to see why either. The whole of episode 19 was Tanjiro fighting against Rui. It was the first time he’d come up against one of Muzan’s Twelve Kizuki and it wasn’t looking good. Backed into a corner and facing almost certain death, Tanjiro recalled his father and his Hinokami breathing technique. Tanjiro managed to merge it with his water breathing to create a new powerful attack. He cut through Rui’s threads and closed in on his neck, but even then it wasn’t enough. Nezuko who was tied up in Rui’s threads awakened her demon blood magic and used it to aid Tanjiro in defeating Rui. It was insane and epic and unbelievable. What an episode. It was simply magical.
So, why isn’t this number one? Well, in the next episode we learnt that Rui removed his own head a split second before Tanjiro could. It was a bit of pull in my opinion and lessened the impact of the fight. That said, the next fight deserves to be where it is on its own merits.
1. Hinawa versus Arrow (Fire Force)
This fight was best described by Yona and Mirage who were watching and waiting for a chance to intervene when Yona said “I’m not getting in the middle of this. It’s like two tanks shooting at one another!” I’m paraphrasing a little, but that was the gist of it. Arrow and Hinawa were exchanging shots in a subway tunnel. Each had nowhere to hide and unbelievable firepower. It just kept getting more and more insane, until Hinawa finally managed to take Arrow down with a sonic boom as his bullet borrowed some of the fire from Arrow’s attack coming the other way. On top of just being epic, this was the most visually impressive of the bunch and that’s saying something. I literally loved everything about this fight.
Well, there you have it. If you want heart-pounding action and death-defying fights, then hopefully this will point you in the right direction. Do you love a good fight? Have you seen any good ones lately? It doesn’t have to be from a specific season or year. If it has an epic fight scene, then I really want to know about it.
Obviously, these are just my opinions and I didn’t watch everything that was released. So, would you agree or disagree with my selections? Which were your favourite shows from 2019? Thanks, again for reading.
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