We as anime fans use the word ‘epic’ a lot. I’m not going to state the dictionary’s definition but it seems that today’s universal culture puts more force behind the term when describing actions and events than it dictates. Or maybe we just think of it in all caps to get the point across. Either way, I want to take the time in this segment to point out Epic Moments from all corners of the medium. If there is an epic moment you know of that doesn’t seem well-known, shoot me a PM and I’ll work to observe and report.
I’m going to keep it simple this time and point out some obvious moments that the general anime/manga fan would know. I’ll talk about what each moment means in the series and their impact on otaku culture.
It's Over 9,000!
This epic anime moment needs no introduction. Dragon Ball Z has had some of the biggest impact on anime and manga around the world. I mentioned to a few friends I was going to start this segment and this moment was the first thing that came up. Even those who don’t care for DBZ know this moment. I’m not going to bore you with this moment’s impact. The statement says it all.
This moment was significant in DBZ because Goku wanted to avoid fighting if possible. Instead, he sparks fiery anger in Vegeta and disbelief in Nappa. The ensuing fights would set precedents for the rest to come. This isn’t the only epic moment in the hated and loved shōnen but it certainly is the biggest.
You can watch the episode that includes this moment, "Goku's Arrival" below.
Shinji's First Fight With An Angel
This moment might need a bit of introduction. I mean, I didn’t even know of it (the moment, not the show) until I tagged along with Tomand his Watch & Learn of Neon Genesis Evangelion. All sorts of things were being done with anime in the 90s and NGE is one of the biggest success stories. This moment, like the series as a whole, was set in motion to break ground on what defined a mech and the boundaries of character development.
The significance of this moment to the series is purely that it’s the beginning of the end. Shinji and Unit-01 go wild and decimate anAngel in cross-shaped explosions. The viewer gets to see off the bat that there is more to the show than one could shake a stick at-which is a bit like Shinji’s confusion.