When it comes to anime, it’s easy to think of complex narratives or battles with both high stakes and frenetic action, and it’s easy to see what makes anime so enjoyable to watch. Enjoying your favorite titles is great, but doesn’t it make you think about which characters you want to fight alongside?
Better yet, how about a villain who wants to give a good two-piece to his face in the name of saving the world? You will meet a villain on this list that you will agree to it.
8 Fire Lord Ozai – Avatar, The Last Airbender
It’s not anime by most fans’ standards, but you can tell it has a lot of love for and inspiration for the genre, so why not add it to the list? Besides, while he’s being powered by a giant comet, wouldn’t you want to be the sole cause of global misery?
Ozai’s extreme fighting style and mastery of handling his fire element can create an explosive challenge that requires you to fly through the air and use everything in your hand to eliminate him. Playing as your Avatar, you get all the elements and moves you need to face him head-on in the air, on the ground or in the water.
7 Retsuko – Aggretsuko
The life shard animations aren’t where you’d consider them worthy opponents in combat. Retsuko can sometimes be the antagonist of her own story. But make no mistake. Retsuko will be the final boss of the game. What does she do when there is no fight or battle of any kind? Through an intense after-work karaoke session, of course.
Each song you play will increase in tempo and volume as she and the others in her circle channel their dissatisfaction with life through graphic lyrics on guitar. Or, if you’re like manager Ton, you can throw lyrics on the track whenever you can. Off your shoulders for a while, you can feel some relief from the stresses of life.
6 Super Granzevoma – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Anti-spirals are probably the biggest haters within the known universe. They believe that trapping spiral energy, the energy that makes the impossible possible throughout the universe, is the best way to keep the universe from collapsing on its own as a result of too much spiral energy. Their reach is exceptionally long, reaching ‘Earth’ as they expand generations and meet the main cast.
When protagonist Simon and crew finally meet Super Granzeboma, the final boss of the Anti-Spiral race, they prove it is literally the size of a galaxy and using other galaxies to surround it for weapons and defense. Don’t you want to fight using space itself as your path to victory? The fight is on the same scale as any other.
5 Sousuke Aizen – Bleach
The once gentle and loving captain of the Soul Society quickly revealed his true colors and selfish ambitions. Aizen wanted nothing more than to surpass everyone and become the god of all living things, both Shinigami and Hollow. At one point, his strength was so great that his presence alone disintegrated those nearby if they were much weaker than him. Really scary things to see.
Aizen’s physical combat prowess and mastery of magic make him a formidable foe on his own, but his much more cunning powers make him much more difficult to fight. A sword with unique powers for each wielder, his Zanpakto can manipulate a person’s five senses. Even if he knew he was using his powers, you would still be under his control.
With a grin as deadly as his sword, King Bradley’s fighting skills and sheer willpower make fighting him feel like fighting a wall you can strike back. He took the entire fortress (with tanks!) and won He has one sword and a chip on his shoulder.
Imagine turning a blow into a blow and trying not to be the first one to take damage. Because as soon as the window of damage opens, there is a barrage of pain that will follow. It’s a good thing that King Bradley prefers to fight head-on rather than relying on magic of any kind. Otherwise he will be almost invulnerable.
three Meruem – Hunter X Hunter
Meruem, the Chimera Ant King, was destined for greatness if he asked his mother, the Chimera Queen, before he was born. You won’t get many chances to ask her, as her king-to-be’s primary food source is humans. Due to their human eating habits, nen density at birth are formidable, and their mere presence is enough to strike fear in the surrounding areas.
Despite all of his natural strength and fighting prowess, there is only one game he deems worthy of a final between himself and you. It is Gungi, a game similar in spirit to the Japanese board game Shogi. The fight will be one of intelligence, tactics, and reading your opponent. But the show will have to omit the ‘loser dies’ rule they have.
2 Demon Lord – The Seven Deadly Sins
The consequences of the Demon King’s actions are felt again in Season 1 between the protagonist Meliodas and his fateful love/tragedy Elizabeth. That’s not important. Because he doesn’t care about little things like that. The demon king has only one goal: to oppose the supreme god.
The king’s strength and fighting skills are given because he exists and has grown in strength over thousands of years, but what makes fighting him supreme is his ability known as The Ruler. All attacks aimed at the king are not only neutralized, but turned into pure healing powers, keeping him in peak fighting condition. It’s the perfect challenge for a hardcore Souls type of player to take on.
One Gilgamesh – Fate/Zero
The King of Heroes appears. But when he decides to show himself, it never bodes well. It’s an even worse sign if he shows up in golden battle armor and all his swords are stabbing you. Gilgamesh’s powers extend far beyond the scope of combat, and his charm and likability can claim to be a weapon in itself.
So how can you challenge someone who seems invincible? This golden boy has an arrogant gravitas. Fighting him like he does on the show will be a heist for ages to come.
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