10 best arcs of war in the anime, ranked
The one thing almost as common in an action anime as a tournament is a war bow. Some anime spend their entire journey in the midst of massive war, while others are able to enjoy the peace before war breaks out and changes the lives of their protagonists forever.
Strictly speaking, a war arc is defined as two or more massive factions fighting for an objective, either openly or in the shadows. Like Tournament Arcs, War Arcs are meant to involve as many characters as possible, testing everyone’s resolve in the face of challenges – and challengers – to achieve their goals. Often the protagonists to win these wars but are more into them, reminding viewers that even the main characters aren’t in control all the time.
ten The Holy Grail War Pits Legends Across History (Fate / Stay Night)
The holy grail war comes from the Destiny / Stay the night universe, and that’s what the original series and its spin-offs were based on. Every sixty years, a collection of chosen mages summons servants, who can be real or fictional historical figures, to fight in their stead. At the end of the game, the Holy Grail is generated, and the relic is able to grant a wish to the victors.
The Holy Grail War is an important part of both Fate zero and Fate / Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and although it occurs in several other Destiny series also, these two together created some of the best fantasy action scenes in the 2010s anime.
9 Stone Wars isn’t very bloody, but it challenges Senku’s scientific ideals (Dr Stone)
The second season of Dr Pierre was short, but it did a great job of implementing the idea that Senku wasn’t going to automatically have everyone in this world bowing to him. While Senku benefits from technology on his side, he still has to face off against Tsukasa and a number of experienced humans in the modern world.
It’s a tough battle for him, and Ishigami Village must make several technological leaps to keep the war from spiraling out of control very quickly. This story also brought back Taiju and Yuzuriha, two characters missing since the start of the first season.
8 The kingdom is set during the Warring States of China period
KingdomThe whole story of is centered on the era of the Warring States of China. It centers around a young man named Shin, who teams up with Zheng Ying, the young king of Qin. Shin’s goal is to become China’s greatest general, while Zheng Ying’s goal is to become the emperor of China. It’s a massive war epic that features dozens of characters as the protagonists pursue their goal of unifying the entire country. But Kingdom had its animation issues early on, it’s still considered one of the best anime of the 2010s.
7 Yu Gi Oh ! Arc-V is a war between dimensions
Technically, everything Yu Gi Oh ! Arc-V is just a great war bow. The idea of the series is that there are four different dimensions, each divided into different sides based on the type of monsters they are known to summon. There is a fusion dimension, a synchro dimension and the Xyz dimension, as well as the standard dimension, later renamed the pendulum dimension.
The Fusion dimension and their army at Academia aim to conquer all other dimensions and have completely torn the Xyz dimension apart, leaving only a small group of resistance fighters. How the characters deal with this war is the main storyline of Arc-V, and makes it one of the best series in the franchise, if only because a ton of familiar faces from the Yu Gi Oh ! the universe are presented as guest characters.
6 Thousand Years’ War arc sees Quincy’s return for a war on Soul Society (Bleach)
The last arc of Bleach went for an all-out battle between the Quincys and members of Soul Society. The Vandenreich possessed incredible abilities, and the main villain claims key victories while the heroes still struggle to figure out how anyone could fight at their level to begin with.
While the ending left something to be desired, it still surpasses any other Arcs of War in Bleach by sheer scale and giving tons of characters their time to shine. Technically it’s not an anime arc yet, but with Bleach getting a new adaptation soon is only a matter of time.
5 Alvarez Empire Arc Puts Kingdom Of Fiore Against Zeref’s Army (Fairy Tail)
Several of Fairy taleBows of could best be described as Bows of War, but the Alvarez Empire is the one everyone is talking about after finishing the series. Preparing to defeat Acnologia, Zeref assembles all of his forces from Alvarez: thousands of soldiers as well as Spriggan 12, his personal protection force, and twelve of the most powerful mages on the planet.
It’s a long fight that involves not only Fairy Tail, but all of Fiore’s major guilds. While the arc isn’t entirely successful because it doesn’t stick on landing, it still features incredible character development – and gives the Sabertooth Guild one of their best moments in the series.
4 Summit War Challenges Luffy To Free Brother Ace From Government (One Piece)
Also known as the Whitebeard Saga, Summit Warfare technically breaks down into other arcs like Impel Down and Marineford. Even separated, these arcs are considered one of the best stories that A piece has to offer, and united, it easily catapults itself into the ranks of the greatest War Bows of all time.
The story revolves around the war between the government and Whitebeard’s pirate army in an attempt to prevent the execution of Luffy’s brother, Ace. Filled with memorable fight scenes and resulting in a major turning point in the series, any anime fan looking for a true war arc wouldn’t be disappointed here.
3 The legend of galactic heroes resumes a war that has lasted for several centuries
the Legend of galactic heroesThe story boils down to a war between two opposing forces: the original Galactic Empire and the Alliance of Free Planets. The two have been stuck in a stalemate for a century, and it wasn’t until they both acquired genius military leaders that the war resumed. This is probably the most prevalent war, as it is fought across entire star systems and collateral damage runs into the billions rather than the hundreds. Again, The legend of galactic heroes is one of the best space science fiction ever.
2 One Year War Shows Zeon’s Quest for Independence from the Forces of the Earth Federation (Mobile Suit Gundam)
The story of the One Year War is something that should have ended in the original Mobile Suit Gundam, but Bandai-Namco has instead revisited the arc several times. It would be terrible if the next series, like Gundam 0080 and 08e MS team, weren’t that amazing.
The battle is between the Forces of the Federation of Earth and those of Zeon, who seek to gain the independence of their space colonies from the control of Earth. This war created some of anime’s most recognizable protagonists, like Amuro Ray, as well as some of the most iconic mechas of all time. Even now, Bandai is creating incredible fiction like Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin based on a war that lasted only one year in the universe.
1 World War Four Shinobi Unites Ninja World Against Akatsuki Power (Naruto)
Naruto devotes much of his narrative construction to this without fans realizing it. Although previous world wars have taken place between ninja villages, this one takes place between the five great Shinobi countries and the forces of the Akatsuki.
When the villages refuse to hand over the last tailed beasts, they are forced into a war against the Zetsu army of Akatsuki along with all the ninjas resurrected by Kabuto. This is Naruto’s longest arc, but also arguably the best, and certainly features one of the coolest fight scenes out there: the Five Kages fighting Madara Uchiha.
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