I’m not entirely sure what ‘fighter’ anime means. I’m guessing it doesn’t need to be as specific as a show that is based solely on a fight or series of fights. So with that in mind I’m going to go for a show you might not expect – A Certain Scientific Railgun!
Fighting is certainly not the first word you might think of when you think of Mikoto Misaka and her friends but actually on deeper inspection a lot of the show definitely focuses around combat. Mikoto is the third strongest esper in all of Academy City and particularly throughout the second season of the show she is absolutely involved in lots of fights!
In the Sisters Arc at the start of the second season (which is one of my favourite arcs generally in anime regardless of genre!) Mikoto is basically forced into going rogue, fighting against the system and the darkest people behind it. The fights that she is involved in range from strategic infiltration style defence to full on frontal assaults against the strongest possible opponents.
And of course to build up to all of this in the second season, we need some opportunities in the first to see how good Mikasa’s esper abilities are and damn, are they good! Electricity was a great choice of power to give to her as it perfectly matches her personality as we see her zapping a thug in the first episode.
But this is only small fry for the third ranked esper in Academy City as later in the season we see her fighting a giant monster with the backdrop of a nuclear power station – high stakes indeed.
So there you have it, my favourite fighting anime and yet one I can recommend to you even if fighting isn’t really your thing.
Let me know what you think!
What’s your favourite fighting anime? Do you think it should be solely focused on fights or have I got away with choosing an anime that only includes combat as a minor aspect of its story?