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Top 10 Man vs. Machine Battles in Anime

Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean Prepare to be terminated. Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Man vs. Machine Battles in Anime.

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Top 10 Man vs. Machine Battles in Anime
Prepare to be terminated. Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Man vs. Machine Battles in Anime.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the fights in anime that took place between humans or human-looking aliens and robotic foes. Not with the assistance of a mecha or anything like that, just their own flesh, bone and whatever weapon they could get their hands on.
As such, we won’t including any android vs. machines in the mix either, sorry Major.

#10: Izuku vs. Training Robot

“My Hero Academia” (2016-)
You never know what kind of dangers you’ll face as a professional hero, which was why this fresh batch of U.A hopefuls found themselves tasked with destroying as many robotic enemies in the allotted time to prove the strength of their Quirks. With a zero kill count, things were looking pretty bleak for Izuku, at least until this glorious moment. With his new acquaintance Uraraka under threat from a colossal robot, Izuku throws caution to the wind and unleashes the power of One for All for the very first time.

#9: Naruto vs. Mecha-Naruto

“Naruto Shippuden” (2007-17)
Your eyes aren’t fooling you, Naruto really did take on a mechanical version of himself, and it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. A bizarre contraption created by Orochimaru, this derpy-looking bucket of bolts is armed to the teeth with bullets, missles, sabers and pretty much every other weapon you could stuff into a death machine. It even has its own pseudo-Nine Tailed Fox mode, one that embarrassingly managed to get in a few good hits against our hero. The Akatsuki should have just bought these in bulk and saved themselves the hassle of Jinchuriki hunting.

#8: Samurai vs. Bandits

“Samurai 7” (2004)
This take on the cinematic masterpiece that is Seven Samurai certainly took some creative liberties when it came to the fight scenes, you know, since our titular warriors are fighting against giant mecha and whatnot. As it happens, it doesn’t seem to bother them that much as Kambei and company are shown to easily be able to slice the robots to pieces with just a few slashes. Either those seven have some ridiculous power behind those swings, or those bots were bought on the cheap.

#7: Tsuna vs. Strau Mosca

“Reborn!” (2007-11)
It feels like only yesterday when Tsuna was nothing more than a human punching bag, now look at him; a future Mafioso boss capable of taking on multiple giant robots like it was nothing. Ah, they grow up so fast. After being backed into a corner by Millefiore Family member Spanner and his improved Moscas, Tsuna is left with no choice but to bust out his newest technique; the X-Burner. Turns out that not even a squad of killer machines can stand up to that much dying will flame!

#6: Goku, Bulma & Krillin vs. Pirate Robot

“Dragon Ball” (1986-89)
Ah, the early days of Dragon Ball. It was a simple time back then. There were no intergalactic rulers breathing down the Earth’s neck or any Tournaments of Power to compete in, just the hunt for seven wish-granting orbs and the occasional run-in with the Red Ribbon Army. While in pursuit of yet another Dragon Ball, resident saiyan Goku ends up finding himself in the claws of this xenomorph-looking pile of junk. Despite being armed with flamethrowers, swords and plenty of cannons, it just can’t compare to this dream team.

#5: Gintoki vs. Kintoki

“Gintama” (2006-)
Only Gin could take a subplot like a robot clone and make it action-packed, hilarious and oddly emotional all at the same time. After discovering that he has been replaced with a handsome, blonde duplicate, Gin suffers something of a comedic breakdown as he tries to figure what the hell is going on. After discovering Kintoki’s true identity, he launches an assault with his old comrades in order to take back his position as the main character. Goes to show that there will only ever be one man who has a silver sword for a soul.

#4: Suguru Kinniku vs. Warsman
“Kinnikuman” (1983-86; 1991-92)
Now, we’re no experts when it comes to intergalactic wrestling, but we’re pretty sure sentient machines shouldn’t be allowed to participate, even if his opponent is the crown prince of planet kinniku! With the finals of the Choujin Olympics on the line, the future King finds himself taking on the Russian death machine that’s in the business of breaking bones in the most excruciating way possible. How Kinnikuman managed to get out of the Palo special and win the tournament we may never know.

#3: Kotetsu & Barnaby vs. H-01

“Tiger & Bunny” (2011)
You may be a highly-advanced combat unit made to slay heroes, but you’ve got nothing on the combined might of the Crusher of Justice and his prodigal partner. After the rest of their comrades are defeated and captured, it’s down to Wild Tiger and Bunny to take down Dr Rotwang’s seemingly unbeatable creation. It’s not an easy battle given H-O1’s defences, forcing Tiger to make a desperate move to in order to seize the win; holding the killer machine in place while Bunny takes the final shot.

#2: Straw Hats vs. Pacifista

“One Piece” (1999-)
Given their exploits across Skypiea, Alabasta, Enies Lobby and Thriller Bark, you would have thought that there was nothing that Straw Hats couldn’t handle by this point. Then came Sabaody Archipelago, where everything went to hell in a handbasket. After punching a Celestial Dragon’s lights out, the World Government retaliates by sending in the war machine known as a Pacifista. Nearly indestructible and armed with some seriously deadly lasers, even the likes of Luffy, Zoro and Sanji’s best attacks couldn’t bring it down. If not for the timely intervention of Kuma, their collective ass would have been grass.

#1: Afro vs. Afro Droid

“Afro Samurai” (2007)
When all else fails, build a robot replica of your target, including his signature afro. While the Empty Seven’s logic does seem somewhat flawed, it did lead the way to an all-out brawl that was a true feast for the eyes. As expected of an anime starring Samuel L. Jackson, it holds nothing back, eventually leading to both swordsmen slicing each other to pieces while they plummet from the sky. Over-the-top, explosive and defying every last law of physics, this fight is a blast from beginning to end.


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