A Daily Dose of Battles: Gaara vs Rock Lee

6:00 PM on 01.26.2013

Let's literally kick things off with our first themed Daily Dose of 2013! The week, your favorite Japanator editors let you know which famous anime battles get their adrenaline going, fists clenched, and showcase what we all crave. Epic battle sequences. Pull out the popcorn and prepare for a trip down memory lane. Don't see your anime being represented? Let us know your favorite scene the comments, and I'll do my best to post the most popular reader battle scene at the end of the week!

Pedros Cortes - Naruto Episodes 48-50

"Back when I was a pup, I remember getting DEEP into Naruto. Like, marathoning about 80 episodes over the span of about a week. The moment that stood out the most during that incredibly lazy week had to be Rock Lee's hopeless battle against Gaara. You see, I have a thing for impossible fights and the characters that go up against an opponent that they have no chance against. See Usopp vs Luffy in One Piece or Giles's fight against Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer for further examples. I'm also quite fond of hot blooded characters, and boy does Rock Lee have some spirit. He embodies the 'hard word and guts' mentality to the point of obsession, turning everything into a method of training. It's tragic to see Lee pull out ever single stop against an opponent who he just couldn't beat with his skill set. More than that, he proved to everybody around him that it was possible to excel in a world that refuses to except you. Also, opening the gates was an awesome move in the Gamecube Naruto fighting games. Nothing quite nailing somebody with a special that teleports you across the screen while you have the barest slivers of a lifebar left. Man, Rock Lee is awesome."

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