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Epic Moments of Anime: It's So Obvious

We all know anime is no stranger to epic moments

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.

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Sept. 14, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

Tengen Toppa is a Epic moment from start to end, at least one moment per chapter....

Super Robot shows and Shonen shows are fueled on Epic moments, name one Super Robot or shonen show that doestn have one

secretzfanon Sept. 14, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.

There are so amny epic moments now...

were the epic fail moments

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 15, 2011 at 6:37 a.m.

"It's over 9000" is an epic mistranslation, and an epic meme, not an epic moment.

Contraon Sept. 15, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.

Well in recient history, there is Death Note.

Not eating a potato chip...

but erm... spoilers...

But this moment.

Ok the music is helping greatly, and the creators knew exactly what they were doing; but it's still an awesome moment.

sharingan_eyeson Sept. 15, 2011 at 7:34 p.m.

@Contra: very awesome scene..although the most epic Death Note scene of all time is

Aetheldodon Sept. 15, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.

I would like to nominate the secuence of the battle against the tank by Kusnagi in Ghost in the Shell movie ,that whole secuence says "epic" but if we need to narrow it down it could be when Batou shoots the big gun thus saving her from being crushed. Or the final shoot out in Jinroh in the sewers , or when Tetsuo smahses the clown bicker´s head in Akira. Also you could put out almost any ending of a fight from Saint Seiya. Or thw whole air batlle in Skycrawlers. Yep anime is full of epic moments :P

Eyzon Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:07 a.m.

Ha :)

The good ol' "OVER9000!!!"... funny how it's only 9000 in english, and 8000 in all the rest of the world. I didn't know how this joke come to be at first "back then".

sotyfan16on Sept. 16, 2011 at 4:44 a.m.

Guys (and/or girls), your points are taken but please PM me them. Try to say something on the subject at hand here.

Ryokanon Sept. 16, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
yup.
Little_Socrateson Sept. 19, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.

There are so many better epic moments in Dragon Ball Z than "Over 9000". It's like when someone bothers to quote "The first rule of Fight Club" despite nearly every other line in Fight Club being way more awesome.

I'll admit that first Shinji fight is pretty slick, though.

franco2011on Sept. 22, 2011 at 3:37 a.m.

jajajaja

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