Best Anime Tournaments

RoseRedFlower
Many anime have different types of fighting tournaments. Whether it's a sport, for fun or to test their skills, there's a lot of them. But which one is the best? I'll put in some suggestions and we'll see which tournaments were the best.

The Top Ten

1 World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball

Some of the best fight scenes are in this tournament. From the smaller competitors to the main characters. I was always invested in these tournament arcs from the very beginning and will continue to watch them as I get older. - RoseRedFlower

Goku vs Jackie chun. Still amazes me to this very day. - HeavyDonkeyKong

All of the WMATs were epic. Classic anime tournament. - Goku02

It’s ‘Bodukai Tenkaichi’ or ‘Strongest Under the Heavens Tournament’ - Undistinguished

I'm referring to a World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball. Strongest Under the Heavens Tournament is completely different from this one. They're not even in the same galaxies in the Dragon Ball Universe. You can add Strongest Under the Heavens Tournament if you want to but they're not the same thing. - RoseRedFlower

2 Chunin Exam from Naruto Chunin Exam from Naruto

These exams are awesome but dangerous!

Now, not all the fights are perfect. I thought the ending to the Sakura vs Ino fight ended horribly. However, Sasuke vs Gaara, Naruto vs Neji, Rock Lee vs Gaara were all excellent. Some can argue they took too long and I respect that. However, I really loved these fights. - RoseRedFlower

The fights were just amazing! They're was just so much Action accept Sakura vs Ino that one was awful Just like sakura

Negi vs Naruto: Amazing
Sasuke vs Gaara: Outstanding

They were just the best Also begins as cute as a little kid

Sadly naruto never got to be chunin!
could have been awesome if he got a promotion in 699!
SPOILERS




He DIRECTLY BECAME HOKAGE!

3 Heavens Arena from Hunter X Hunter Heavens Arena from Hunter X Hunter

This is one of my all time favorite tournaments ever. Many fighters come to get to a higher floors. The intense match up, the grand prize money you can earn and how I firmly believe this is what a tournament arc should be all about. - RoseRedFlower

4 Dressrosa from One Piece Dressrosa from One Piece

I'm surprised it took this long for One Piece to take this long to have a tournament arc. Plus the winners are given the Flame-Flame Fruit. It allows the user to create, control, and transform into fire at will. Plus the structure of the tournament is very well done. - RoseRedFlower

Perfect blend of comedy, story telling, surprise elements, hardcore choreography. Definitely not the stronger part of the arc, but still the best one of the most well structured anime tournaments. Took some inspiration from World Martial Arts Tournament here and there, but definitely superior to everything in the list.

5 Survival Game from Mirai Nikki Survival Game from Mirai Nikki

While I do think they're some plot holes I do like the concept of this game. People are given future diaries that can help you see the future. Whoever is the last one standing will become the new God of Time. With the intense vibe of this game, who wouldn't be psyched? - RoseRedFlower

Crazy, doesn't make any sense, fascinating and to me at least, the best anime hunger games. A bloody gruesome fight to the death with only one surviving victor!

I saw a clip of this. It was like the Hunger Games or something! - TwilightKitsune

6 Shaman Fight from Shaman King Shaman Fight from Shaman King

This only happens every 500 years, so you better enjoy it while it lasts! In order to become Shaman King, Shamans compete against each other to win this title. Can you survive the fight in order to become Shaman King? - RoseRedFlower

7 Fifth Holy Grail War from Fate/stay Night Fifth Holy Grail War from Fate/stay Night

I've never seen this before but my friend has been telling me some good things about it. Like the tournament arc. It's battle royale and a rich amount of history in this tournament. - RoseRedFlower

"Rejoice, Emiya Shirou. Your wish will finally come true." - Kirei Kotomine - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Battle City from Yu-Gi-Oh Battle City from Yu-Gi-Oh

A fight to see who will conquer the world. This tournament changes the lives of the characters forever, brings more understanding to the Pharaoh's destiny and rivals clash to see who will be the greatest duelist of all time. - RoseRedFlower

The Battle City Tournament from Yugioh was AWESOME!

9 Grand Magic Games from Fairy Tail Grand Magic Games from Fairy Tail

I'm not the biggest Fairy Tail fan but I did like the Grand Magic Games. The labyrinth challenge was my favorite part and it wasn't always about the action. A lot took place during this tournament and I wasn't disappointed by it. - RoseRedFlower

10 Tōtsuki Autumn Election from Food Wars Tōtsuki Autumn Election from Food Wars

An important event during the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation's first year where the chosen sixty first-year students fight their way to earn their right into the Autumn Election's Main Tournament. The Election is used to determine the current class standing of a Generation through a tournament styled event. - RoseRedFlower

The Contenders

11 Cell Games Arena from Dragon Ball Z Cell Games Arena from Dragon Ball Z

This is not really a tournament but it is amazing

12 The Tournament of Power from Dragon Ball Super The Tournament of Power from Dragon Ball Super

It's not even out yet, but still hoping Piccolo wins it all. - Heatnix23

13 The Dark Tournament Arc from Yu Yu Hakusho The Dark Tournament Arc from Yu Yu Hakusho

Great tournament, don't know why it's so low down on the list

You all must be joking. Yu Yu Hakusho's dark tournament is so good that it takes up the majority of the shows run time. So many great, well thought out battles. Amazing character development with hiei, Kuabara, and many others. Toguro is an amazing villain, I mean there's is so much to talk about when it comes to this tournament. Even the breaks between fights are handled well like when Yususke is training with genkai or Hiei is dealing with his destroyed arm. So good! - Heatnix23

All I'll say is that this rankings need to have some criteria, not just popular voting, 3 DB tournaments AND Yu-Gi-Oh over The Dark Tournament?!

14 Fourth Holy Grail War from Fate/Zero
15 Artemis 2050 from LBX/Danball Senki Artemis 2050 from LBX/Danball Senki
16 Bullet of Bullets from Sword Art Online Bullet of Bullets from Sword Art Online

This part of the T.V. show was really fascinating! I love Sinon! - Absolite

17 Honnōji Academy First Naturals Election from Kill la Kill Honnōji Academy First Naturals Election from Kill la Kill
18 The Dark Tournament Arc (Yu Yu Hakusho)

This is one of the classics and should be on the list

19 Hunter Exam from Hunter x Hunter Hunter Exam from Hunter x Hunter
20 Winter Cup from Kuroko no Basket Winter Cup from Kuroko no Basket

The most satisfying moment wasn't just when Seirin won, but when Kagami and Kuroko yelled out a victory scream!

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Top Remixes

1. World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball
2. The Tournament of Power from Dragon Ball Super
3. Cell Games Arena from Dragon Ball Z
Goku02
1. Heavens Arena from Hunter X Hunter
2. World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball
3. Chunin Exam from Naruto
RoseRedFlower
1. Tōtsuki Autumn Election from Food Wars
2. World Martial Arts Tournament from Dragon Ball
3. Chunin Exam from Naruto
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