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The 14 Best 'Battle Royale' Moments in Anime History

Updated May 14, 2019 4.5k votes 932 voters 26.4k views14 items

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One-on-one fights can be fun, but what if you don't want a whole episode or scene dedicated to just one person showing off? That's how you get Goku doing the same Kamehameha for three episodes. Sometimes what you want isn't a tight focus on a couple of characters, it's a melee that brings in a full cast. Another thing that great anime fight scenes need are high stakes. While a fight to the death isn't the only way to make viewers care about the outcome, it's a pretty effective method. 

Sometimes the most exciting thing is a straight up battle royale in which a huge group of characters get in on the fight. This can occur in a single arc or even an episode, as it does in Naruto and Kino's Journey, but it can also take up the entirety of the plot, as it does in Future Diary and Deadman Wonderland.

Which are the best battle royale anime? That's up to you. 

  • The Corrida Colosseum in One Piece Features Fierce Battle Royal Action
    Photo: Toei

    In the beginning of the Dressrosa Arc in One Piece, we are introduced to the Corrida Colosseum, where four intense last man standing battle royales are fought to determine who will move on to the next round. The combat area is surrounded by water infested with 'fighting fish' that want nothing more than to destroy you. It may only be one arc in the series, but if you love battle royal moments, this will surely scartch that itch for you.

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  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood isn't a battle royale anime per se, but it's final battle certainly qualifies. The main antagonist, Father, is attempting to harvest the souls of thousands of Amestrians in order to fortify his body so that it can act as a "container" for God - essentially, giving himself godlike powers. Edward Elric and his fellow state alchemists, plus Hoenheim, Scar, and a ton of other people who aren't into Father becoming an all powerful god team up to beat him. It's one of the most epic free-for-alls in anime history, and its amazing that there were only a few casualties. 

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  • 'Future Diary' Revolves Around A Death Game
    Photo: Asread

    Future Diary is an anime entirely dedicated to the concept of battle royales. Twelve people are given magical diaries that allow them to predict the future in various ways, and are told to fight to the death using the information they receive. Whoever is left gets an incredible reward - to inherit the position of the God of Time and Space. Everyone else dies horrifically - so whether the participants actually want to be gods or not, they have no choice but to participate if they want to survive. 

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  • When Kirito is recruited into solving a mystery behind real world deaths that are apparently linked to deaths in the MMO Gun Gale Online, he winds up roped into a potentially deadly virtual free-for-all called Bullet of Bullets, where everyone has guns, and he has a glorified lightsaber. Luckily he has a talented sniper and experienced GGO player named Sinon on his side, and together the two of them wipe the floor with the competition - but not before getting some important intel for Kirito's investigation. 

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