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The 16 Greatest Sibling Fights in Anime

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Anyone who thinks blood is thicker than water hasn't watched enough anime. The style is loaded with familial brawls, some of which are among the best anime final fights of all time. Because the adversaries share a genetic bond, their issues usually run deeper than the immediate moment, which makes most anime sibling fights feel especially vicious. 

In Naruto, Sasuke's attempt to exact revenge on his brother Itachi is incredibly memorable. The pair's final encounter features notably stunning choreography and gorgeous animation, and the potent mixture of love and hatred that exists between the brothers elevates the moment to a new level. 

When two relatives square off after a lifetime of disagreements, the resulting fight always carries an additional layer of meaning.  

  • As a young child, Akame is separated from her sister Kurome so they can both learn to stand on their own as strong warriors. The girls eventually become swords for hire but end up working for opposing factions - Akame sides with the Night Raid, and Kurome with the Jaegers. This all leads up to a sword fight of epic proportions. 

    To maintain her energy, Kurome is dependent on performance-enhancing substances, so she isn't able to match her sister's skills when the effects start to wear off. The fight is ultimately stopped by Wave, another Jaeger member who declares his love for Kurome and suggests they defect together. Kurome agrees to leave the Jaegers behind, and the sisters are able to reconnect on friendly terms later in the series. 

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  • Satsuki Kiryuin is president of the tyrannical student council at Honnōji Academy, an organization that manages quality of life concerns for everyone in town. Ryuko Matoi has made it her mission to take Satsuki down, but to accomplish this feat, she has to go through an intense series of tournament-style fights.

    When they finally meet on the field, the two sisters (who are at the time unaware of their relation) wreck each other using a combination of hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting techniques, and superhuman moves made possible by the Life Fibers infused in their sentient school uniforms.

    An energizing soundtrack combines with boldly colorful animation and CGI that actually looks good to produce a brawl for the anime history books.

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  • Yukio and Rin Okumura have a historically tense relationship, but things come to head when their foster father Fujimoto perishes in a confusing, demonic possession-related manner. Yukio doesn't know exactly what happened to his dad, so he assumes Rin is responsible and subsequently draws a side arm on him.

    Contrary to Yukio's presumption, Rin loves his family, so his brother's accusation hurts him deeply. Rin refuses to fight Yukio, and tries to appeal to their brotherly connection. Unfortunately, Yukio isn't interested in reasoning with his sibling, and promptly fires at Rin, ending the fight. 

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    Natsu Vs. Zeref - 'Fairy Tail'

    In the final battle between Natsu and Zeref, it takes using END's power to finally defeat Zeref once and for all. Even as Zeref enters his Fairy Heart form, Natsu overpowers him with END and his Fire Dragon King Mode. Although Natsu is badly injured and burnt, he takes the victory while Zeref lies on the floor unable to move. Not only does this fight bring a conclusion to the series' final arc, it also provides an emotional end between the two brothers' feud. Before Natsu walks out of the guild hall to see his friends, he bids farewell to his big brother one last time. 

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