Top 10 Declarations Of War In Anime

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Top 10 Declarations Of War In Anime

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
There's no going back now! Join Ashley as he counts down our picks for the times anime characters declared open warfare, as seen in series such as "Naruto", "Bleach", "One Piece", and more!
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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Top 10 Declarations of War in Anime


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Declarations of War in Anime.

For this list, we’re looking at the times where battle lines were drawn in anime, and two factions were plunged into conflict.

Which call to arms got you hyped? Let us know in the comments!

#10: The League of Villains Attack U.A High

“My Hero Academia” (2016-)

Long before the times of Endeavor setting fire to High End, the next generation of super villains made their presence known by infiltrating Class 1-A’s training exercise. Leading a gaggle of C-Grade villains and a prototype Noumu, Shigaraki gave the heroes of tomorrow their first taste of true evil by sending his cronies to take them out, while he and his pet beat Aizawa to a pulp. If not for All Might’s last second save, Deku and the rest would barely have made it past week one of high school!

#9: Akira’s Vow

“Devilman Crybaby” (2018)

Granted, if you had just found the love of your life decapitated and being paraded around on sticks, you’d be a little on edge as well. After Ryo sets up the death of Miki and reveals himself to be the literal devil in the form of Satan, Akira confronts him at the same place they both grew up. After heavy disagreements between the two, Akira decides to go all in and vows to kill off every demon he gets his hands on, especially his former friend Ryo.

#8: Aizen Leaves Like a Boss

“Bleach” (2004-12)

Before his rather unceremonious, deus ex machina of an ending, this traitorous captain was the coolest villain around, mainly due to having such an epic reveal. Originally portraying himself as a decent chap, Aizen fooled everyone by faking his own death and sending Soul Society into chaos. Then he rocked up, one-shotted everybody, and casually declared he was going to rule over all of them. If that wasn’t slick enough, he yeets himself and his crew up into the world of the hollows, all the while giving birth to his signature mullet. Who needs a bankai when you have moves like that?

#7: Science vs. Might

“Dr Stone: Stone Wars” (2021)

Even after being encased in stone for thousands of years, you can always leave it to humanity to kick start a new war. In this case, you’ve got Tsukasa and his gang of the strongest and most dangerous adolescents he could find, going up against Senku and the residents of the new world, armed only with a shit-tone of science! What had been an escalating stalemate was finally broken when Senku and the gang made their first move, utilizing long distance communication, subterfuge…and a freaking tank! Technology wins the day again.

#6: Sudden Death Runoff Election

“Kill la Kill” (2013-14)

In order to find her father’s murderer, there’s no one Ryuko wouldn’t throw down with. Taking advantage of her determination, her primary suspect/new rival/secret sister/best girl Satsuki declares that in order to battle against her, Ryuko must participate in the sudden death runoff election. It’s a hell of a gauntlet, but thankfully, Ryuko isn’t lacking when it comes to both spunk or scissor blades, and eagerly takes on the challenge to bust some heads.

#5: The Major Declares War

“Hellsing Ultimate” (2006-12)

Upon Alucard discovering the existence of the vampiric remnant of the Third Reich, the leader of the Millennium decides to introduce himself to the other factions, all too pleased to inform them that he and his battalion are, indeed, pretty gung-ho about relighting the fires of war. In a single call, he makes it clear that not only is he marvellously unhinged and happy to challenge both Hellsing and Iscariot, but also has no issue having his vampire henchmen feast on members of his own unit who defy him.

#4: His Name is Zero

“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” (2006-07)

If you’re going to announce your arrival as a masked rebel ready to kick start a revolution and topple an empire, you need to bring the “oomph”, which is exactly what Lelouch does. Not only does he succeed in saving his childhood friend from execution, but he arrives on the scene in the most theatrical way possible. Using his Geass to mind control his way through danger, he boldly claims ownership for the recent royal assassination. Now that’s how you upset the status quo in a hurry.

#3: The Fourth Great Ninja War

“Naruto: Shippuden” (2007-17)

Plunging the world of shinobi into the greatest battle it’s ever known, and it’s all done in a toned down, relatively polite manner. After saving Sasuke from getting his ass torn up by the Five Kage, Tobi explains the nature of his plan to the Shinobi Alliance, that with the power of the Ten Tails he will be able to put everyone under an everlasting genjutsu, and in doing so create true peace. When the Kage oppose this, he declares that the Fourth Great Ninja War has officially begun!

#2: Eren Attacks Marley

“Attack on Titan” (2013-)

Karma can take many forms, including that of a raging Titan eager to bring the pain. Infiltrating Marley, Eren lays the perfect trap for those preparing to attack Paradis Island. Following on from a heart to heart with Reiner where both confess their sins, Eren reinforces his willingness to keep fighting until he has destroyed his enemies…which he quickly demonstrates by transforming then and there. Demolishing everything around him, the Attack Titan rises up in front of the eyes of the world, and swiftly breaks their so-called saviour. They declared war, Eren responded in kind.

#1: Straw Hats vs. The World Government

“One Piece” (1999-)

In spite of the amount of monumental moments this series produces on a weekly basis, this act of defiance still stands atop them all as a shining example of why Luffy and his crew are top tier. With Robin set to be taken through the gates of justice and executed, the Straw Hats arrive on the scene to challenge the CP9 and get her back. What happens when Spandam states that to challenge them means to make an enemy of every nation under the banner of the World Government? The Straw Hats burn their flag and say bring it on, all for one crewmember. Legends.
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