Not every epic anime moment is a fight scene or a confession of love. Sometimes, the greatest moments in an anime are when the characters make their voices heard. The best anime speeches can be inspiring, like when Eren Jaeger of Attack on Titan urges his comrades to fight on against the Titans, or when Sora from No Game No Life convinces the people he now governs that their strength lies in their weaknesses. But they can also reveal character, like when Death Note's L tells a group of children that he can't truly relate to other human beings, and that scares him.
Greatness doesn't even require logic - Gintoki from Gintama gets a round of applause for his rousing speech about wetting the bed after drinking too much strawberry milk.
Erwin Smith Leads One Last Charge - 'Attack On Titan'Photo: Wit Studio
In the Battle of Shiganshina, Erwin Smith makes one last speech as the Commander of the Survey Corps. Upon realizing that their only hope of winning against the Beast Titan requires them to sacrifice their lives, Erwin tries to instill courage amongst the troops:
It's all meaningless. No matter what dreams or hopes you had. No matter how blessed a life you've lived. It's all the same if you're shredded by rocks. Everyone will die someday. Does that mean life is meaningless? Was there even any meaning in us being born? Would you say that of our fallen comrades? Their lives...were they meaningless?
No, they weren't! It's us who gives meaning to our comrade's lives! The brave fallen! The anguished fallen! The ones who will remember them...are us, the living! We die trusting the living who follow to find meaning in our lives! That is the sole method which we can rebel against this cruel world!
My soldiers, rage! My soldiers, scream! My soldiers, fight!Is this speech mind-blowing?
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L Lawliet is always something of an enigma. In this surprisingly insightful speech, he tells the children of Wammy's House something deeply personal about himself:
There are many types of monsters that scare me: monsters who cause trouble without showing themselves, monsters who [take] children, monsters who devour dreams, monsters who suck blood... and then, monsters who tell nothing but lies. Lying monsters are a real nuisance: They are much more cunning than others.
They pose as humans even though they have no understanding of the human heart; they eat even though they've never experienced hunger; they study even though they have no interest in academics; they seek friendship even though they do not know how to love. If I were to encounter such monsters, I would likely be eaten by them... because in truth, I am that monster.Is this speech mind-blowing?
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The best parts of Assassination Classroom are the parts where you can see how effective Korosensei is as a teacher. After speaking harshly to Karma, an arrogant boy with excellent grades, he explains why he chose to do so. His reasoning is sound, and it also shows how much he's thinking about the right teaching method for each child:
I cut him down so he'll spring back up. The boy's enormously talented, there's no denying that. But he's a novice. He's not yet learned how to be worthy of that talent. He refuses to meet any challenge except on his own terms. He doesn't see the true value of competition. To a young person for whom everything comes easily, the pain of defeat can be a much needed wake-up call.
On the surface the whole concept of exams may seem arbitrary, but deep down, it's not about grades, it's about rising to the occasion. It's about tasting the rapture an triumph and disgrace of failure. They go hand in hand you see. One is meaningless without the other. To win, one has to lose! The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.Is this speech mind-blowing?
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If you're fighting against giant man-eating monsters, it's important to stay motivated. Otherwise, it's all too easy to just lay down and perish. Eren Jaeger's rousing speech helps inspire others to fight for their lives:
We’re born free. All of us. Free. Some don’t believe it, some try to take it away. To hell with them! Water like fire, mountains of ice, the whole bit. Lay your eyes on that, and you’ll know what freedom is, that it’s worth fighting for! Fight to live, risk it all for even a glimmer of real freedom! It doesn't matter what’s waiting outside the gate, or what comes in! It doesn't matter how cruel the world can be, or how unjust! Fight. Fight. Fight. FIGHT! FIGHT!!!Is this speech mind-blowing?