20 Shonen Anime Moments That Are Burned Into Our Brains

When you think about your favorite shonen anime, there are probably some moments that stand out among the rest. Those are the moments that you either use to get your friends hyped about watching the series, or go out of your way to make sure they don't find out about, because they're huge spoilers.

Some are emotionally devastating, like the Hunter x Hunter scene where Meruem and Komugi show the true extent of their friendship in the most tragic way possible. Others are badass, like when All Might wastes a Nomu at U.S.J. in My Hero Academia. Whatever the vibe, they stay in fans' minds long after they've finished watching. 

These are some of the shonen anime moments that are burned into our brains - which ones are burned into yours? 


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    703 VOTES

    Goku Goes Super Saiyan For The First Time - DBZ

    This classic moment doesn't just live on in fan's minds, it's also inspired countless other power-up scenes in the shonen anime that came after it. Enraged by Frieza's brutal destruction of his closest friend and his threats toward his son, Goku summons the energy needed to pull off his first ever Super Saiyan transformation. While he'd have more powerful transformations later on, nothing beats the raw emotion of the first time.

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    645 VOTES

    Itachi Tells Sasuke That He Loves Him - Naruto

    There are plenty of other Naruto moments that also deserve a spot on this list, but for now, we'll focus on this one. Sasuke got revenge on his brother Itachi before learning why he destroyed their clan. The two finally get a chance to reconcile after Itachi is brought back to life via Edo Tensei. When this happens, Itachi gets a chance to tell Sasuke that while he doesn't have to forgive him for what he did, he will always love him, no matter what. We're not crying, you're crying.

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    452 VOTES

    Aizen Betrays Soul Society - Bleach

    At this point, even anime fans who have never seen Bleach know that Sousuke Aizen betrayed Soul Society. But while it may be old news, the reason it's so well-known is that it blew people away. He reveals that behind the scenes, he's been quietly manipulating Soul Society, and is about to unleash one of the biggest betrayals of all time. It's hard to say exactly which part of the betrayal was the best one, but the moment where he smiles and says "it's time" before a hole full of Gillian-class Menos opens up in the sky stands out. 

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    516 VOTES

    Light Defeats L - Death Note

    Light Defeats L - Death Note
    Photo: Madhouse

    A little over halfway through the series, Light Yagami puts an end to L's investigation by tricking Rem into writing his name down in her notebook. Any time a major character passes, it's impactful, but this scene came on the heels of some beautifully rendered details about L's past, and a touching final moment between the two rivals that made it all the more meaningful.