In a way, all anime is epic. It comes with the format. The characters are often otherworldly, inhumanely strong, or flat out insane. But every now and then, there are animes that get it just right. Creators seem to develop characters incredibly well and tell such amazing stories that set up scenes for true emotional greatness, resulting in uncontrollable goosebumps.
Goosebumps can be a reaction to both positive and negative scenes. Sometimes audiences get the chills during an inspiring moment or speech, and other times, a disturbing scene cause sheer panic.
Minor spoiler warning because some of the most epic, goosebump-inducing scenes are also some of the most climactic of the series or film. Sit back and grab a blanket because you're about to get the chills. These are the top 15 most epic anime scenes that give you goosebumps every time.
"What's it like having the fluid inside your eyes boil?"
The death of Maes Hughes was tough on everyone in the Fullmetal Alchemist cast, especially for his best friend, Roy Mustang. Maes was killed when the shapeshifting homunculus, Envy, took the form of Maes's wife and killed him. Maes was a happy, fun-loving family man and it ended up being his downfall as he could not harm his "wife."
However, all of that came to a head in the cavern below Central when Roy Mustang was able to exact his revenge on the savage, Envy. This scene proves revenge is sweet but often painful.
In this epic scene, Spike parts ways with the Bebop crew to finish his war against Vicious – the current leader of Spike's old gang, The Red Dragon Syndicate. Throughout the siege, Spike's vision is split between the enemies he faces and the images of the past he cannot escape. These transitions are a callback to when Spike reveals that one of his eyes is fake and that he lost it in an incident long ago.
After the final showdown with Vicious, Spike's fake eye is bloodied and closed shut, indicating that he has sealed away his past by avenging his love, Julia. As Spike limps from the Syndicate headquarters, he's met by dozens of armed gang members, only to pull out his gun-finger and smile at the astonished men before him.
Not much is revealed about Spike throughout the series as he is a mysterious, gunslinging, space bounty hunter. However, when info is finally given to audiences, it sets up a fantastic sequence of events that make for a truly epic ending to a truly epic series. See ya later, Space Cowboy.
"Hey villain...have you ever heard these words?"
My Hero Academia does a great job with their character All Might. He's funny, strong, and has a true weakness that puts a limit on his overwhelming power. In this scene in which the Villains have attacked U.A. High, All Might seems to have met his match and appears to be losing to the creature, Nomu. Nomu was seemingly created, to specifically counter All Might's incredible strengths with shock absorption powers.
In his weakened state, All Might has to find a way to defeat Nomu and stop the Villains from destroying the school and killing/capturing the students. So what does the Symbol of Peace decide to do? He punches Nomu so many times, so incredibly fast, that the creatures shock absorption can't keep up with all the attacks. This opens Nomu up for a "Carolina Smash," sending him soaring into the sky and away from the battlefield.
"You may have invaded my mind and my body, but there's one thing a Saiyan always keeps..."
There are so many great moments in Dragon Ball Z that it's hard to pick one, but Vegeta's famous "my pride" monologue might just be the best. Driven by his obsession to surpass Kakarot in strength, Vegeta succumbs to darkness in the Babidi Saga by becoming "Majin," or evil.
The price for strength is the control his mind and body, but Vegeta's will is too strong to be tamed. This results in an epic scene that never fails to give DBZ fans the chills.