Post Reply Violence, Badassery, Action!
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Fairly simple inquiry here. I watch and have watched plenty of good action/fighting anime in the past but recently have been craving for some good ole fashion beat down. I'm really looking for something that has been choreographed well. Something that is animated well and produces visual effects in a manner that really intensifies each encounter or particular "badass" moment. I don't want something that's just flashy where the appeal is color-contrast and solitary "super attacks." I know SAO has really fallen off its pedestal but in terms of what I mean to embody when I ask for suggestions, that style of visuals is what I'm looking for. Naruto or RWBY would be other good examples. Between Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, and Taijutsu the fights in that series are so unpredictable and fun, not to mention animated fantastically. I'm just mentioning particulars to give you a feel of what I'm looking for as it's difficult to describe it outright. I like the back and forth in a fight, when an anime can create legitimate tension by properly demonstrating the struggle of each side. That's enough rambling though, I could honestly go on and on about what I'd like to find but I'm just hoping you guys will throw me some ideas so I'm not staring at my monitor with 4 different tabs open because of how indecisive I am

P.S. Try to give me some basic background info for any suggestions you might have. I'll let you know if I've seen it already but generally I'm game to at least give something a shot. Hearing someone else gush about an anime i haven't seen/know nothing about motivates me more than simply seeing cover art and reading a synopsis on my own ^^
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Hunter X Hunter: Naruto took a lot of inspiration from this manga, both for the fights and characters. Hunter X Hunter has a concept called Nen, which gives characters their own unique ability depending on what type of Nen they have. The fun thing is that those abilities are so unpredictable that every time a character goes into a battle, it becomes a guessing game to see who can counter and predict each other´s ability first. The fights always involve a lot of strategy.

JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure: the same concepts of strategy and variety also apply in this show. There are two major fighting styles in the show, the first that is introduced is Hamon, but the real meat of the show are the stands. The stands are kind of like spiritual manifestations of the user, and most of them are based around tarot cards. Each stand has a unique ability that, much like Hunter X Hunter, needs to be countered in a very specific way, and the fights revolve around the main characters trying to figure out how to fight their enemies.

Rurouni Kenshin: this one presents different styles of sword fighting, but it has some of the best fight choreography I´ve ever seen in anime.

And for a final recommendation, a show that includes violence, badassery and action all in one package: Berserk. An epic fantasy that is more character driven, but it still has one of the most badass main characters of all time: the Black Swordsman Guts. He is the real Black Swordsman, not Kirito.
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Fairy Tail and Fate/Kaleid.
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Any fighting anime might work for you. Er, so, Hajime no Ippo.

For something modern, try One Punch Man.
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Samurai Champloo: Some of the best choreographed--and bloodiest--sword play you'll ever see in anime. Also has a cool hip-hop vibe to it, which contrasts with its samurai setting to make it a lot of fun.

Trigun : If you want to try guns instead of swords. Trigun is a mix of Western and Sci Fi (think Firefly). The art style is a bit older, but it's got bad-assery coming out of its... well, you know. Once it gets going, it also finds some fairly interesting thematic elements to ponder as well.

Ben-To : If you decide you want to see an anime just mock the hell out of the whole genre, check this out. The fights are well done and interesting, and there is plenty of bad-assery floating around. But everything is completely absurd--in a good way--from the fights themselves, to the reason they are fighting.

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I'm not sure if it fits your description but to me Hellsing Ultimate (Hellsing OVA) is badassery from start to finish. Guns, swords, vampires, fights, blood, violence, and...

You can't go wrong with that.
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Gurren Lagann - The most "over the top action" anime I have ever seen. This show will turn boys to men. Its an endlessly thrilling ride from the most humble beginnings to the most fantastic of ends. Its so good...
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Many of these I've seen~ One punch man is awesome and hilarious. TTGL is one of my all-time faves, I have the core drill inked for life :p Champloo is also a fave, I own it. Hellsing Ult. I've seen and currently wish to claim personally, but it's pricey </3

I intend to get into the Fate series, looks really interesting so I intend to immerse myself heavily when I have time.

Fairy Tale seems good but it's SOOO long, you feel me? Nevertheless I'll mark it down, maybe try to chip at it a couple episodes at a time over the course of forever lol

Rurouni Kenshin is certainly a throwback I used to watch as a kid but never really kept up with/finished. Will make sure to get to it.

Tri-Gun I have tried and had mixed feelings, but I'll give it another chance.

Never heard of Ben-To, honestly sounds fairly entertaining. I feel like from how you described it I'll laugh as much as I geek out over the fights (and vice versa). Gonna check it out.

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