Day 26 – Best Anime Fight
There are a lot of memorable fights for me (Gon-Killua-Hisoka vs Razor, Vold vs Ippo, Yusuke vs Gin, etc), including the one I did for Day 19, but this is the most recent one that I loved and I think will love for a long time. I think many people loved this one a lot, too.
Bakugou Katsuki vs. Uraraka Ochako (Boku no Hero Academia)
It’s chapter 36 in the manga while in the anime, it’s on episode 9 of the second season. During the school festival arc, the third event had the remaining students pitted against each other and it just happens that one of the later fights have these two against each other. When I first read the manga, I was so surprised to know that they are to have this fight. I mean, THAT’S THE HOTBLOODED BAKUGOU AGAINST DEAR SWEET OCHAKO!
I think I’m not alone with the initial thought that this fight is a no-brainer because if people look back, Bakugou is the top 1 during the entrance exam while Ochako is on the 3rd place. Even then, she got more points for rescuing than for fighting “villains”. He has this Explosion quirk while Ochako has Zero Gravity quirk. His quirk is perfect for battles while hers seems like it’s more fit for saving.
But NO. This fight proves that Ochako’s quirk can be used for fights. More importantly, it proves how she is more than your cute girl on the side. She’s a strong, intelligent hero student, capable of drawing up strategies on her own and executing them. Ochako has a strong will to fight and give it her best in order to win, to achieve her goal. Somewhere along the middle of the fight, it made it look like the end is blurred.
Moreover, I loved this because we got to see another side of Bakugou, too. Yes, he is still that small angry bird who is usually aggressive, but she’s got him to stand on his guard. BAKUGOU. WARY OF HIS OPPONENT. He also went all out to defeat her. He got excited while in the fight. HE CALLED HER NAME. Those actions speaks a lot about Ochako’s ability and Bakugou’s newly-built respect for her. (He never called her “round-face” again. It’s always “Uraraka”, thereafter.) Later on, in contrast with his classmates’ claim that she’s frail, he acknowledged that she’s not weak.
I also love Midoriya and Todoroki’s fight, but there’s really just something so satisfying in this one that is quite different from the one with Midoriya and Todoroki. I guess it’s just too wonderful for me to watch a fight against a man and a woman where both are respecting each other and giving it their all until the end.