It's difficult to enact change by yourself (even in the world of anime), but with the proper team at your back, anything is possible. The power of teamwork is an important element in most anime, and it's highlighted in popular series like Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, and My Hero Academia.
The strongest anime teams consist of superpowered individuals who have pledged themselves toward achieving a common goal. Sometimes, as with the Z Fighters of DBZ, this goal involves something altruistic like protecting humanity. But there are other anime teams, like the Akatsuki from Naruto, that have far more villainous intentions.
Whether their goal is heroic, villainous, or somewhere in between, these teams are a sum greater than their parts.
The Z Fighters - 'Dragon Ball Z'Photo: Studio Pierrot
If you ask the average anime fan who the strongest fighter is, chances are they're going to say Goku - and those who don't will probably pick Vegeta instead. The Z Fighters - the team to which these Saiyan warriors belong - is full of powerful fighters. But it's not just huge muscles and beams of concentrated energy that make the Z Fighters great - they also have members who focus on intellectual pursuits, like Bulma.
Together, the members of the Z Fighters are powerful enough to take on dangerous enemies like Frieza, Cell, and more.8,6592,128Is this a strong team?
The Gotei 13 - 'Bleach'Photo: Studio Pierrot
The Gotei 13 is the main military brach of Soul Society and is comprised of some of the most esteemed Shinigami. They are separated into 13 different divisions with each one being led by a Captain-Commander. Whether it's to protect the Human World from Hollows or defending the Seireitei, this is an impressive army that many Shinigami at the academy hope to join.5,4051,340Is this a strong team?
The Akatsuki - 'Naruto'Photo: Studio Pierrot
Naruto features several teams that boast incredible power, but the most formidable might be the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki's goal is to collect all nine Tailed Beasts - powerful creatures sealed inside peoples' bodies - and harness them as weapons to help them invade ninja villages.
The group consists of some of the most powerful and ruthless ninja in the world of Naruto - chief among them being Itachi, who massacred his entire clan with no assistance when he was only 13 years old; Hidan, a functional immortal; and Kisame, a powerful shark ninja whose weapon absorbs the energy of others and gives it to him.
Aside from the obvious atrocities committed by the Akatsuki, the group is also embroiled in a conspiracy that could easily lead to the destruction of the entire world.8,8712,345Is this a strong team?
The Phantom Troupe - 'Hunter x Hunter'Photo: Madhouse
The Phantom Troupe is a band of elite thieves, consisting of only the most skilled Nen users. They're responsible for a number of grisly crimes such as the Kurta Clan massacre. Their leader, Chrollo Lucilfer, is one of the strongest characters in the Hunter x Hunter universe. For one, Chrollo can hold his own against two Zoldycks. And even Hisoka acknowledges his strength through his desire to fight him. When you bring all thirteen members of the "Spiders" together, they're capable of wreaking havoc and death among an entire city.2,214535Is this a strong team?