So naruto is by far one of the most beloved and to date best written pieces of manga/anime managing to capture all elements of a good battle managa plus the traditional value, moral, lesson based style of storytelling from traditional japanese folklore. Here are my top fights though!!!! No real order just some highlights from the years this series graced our lives
TEAM 7 VS ZABUZA AND HAKU
NOW THIS FIGHT WAS THE FIRST AND STILL ONE OF THE MOST EPIC TO THE VERY END! For starters this fight is the first time Naruto showed its capacity to be so much more than a battle manga and show. Here we hear the score for SORROW the first time (the iconic deep moment score for the series) and we see foes with depth that make you question who to really ralley behind. In this fight it becomes clear naruto is a battle of perspectives and choices not good vs evil. To the very end this battle was intense! The Nine Tails aka Kurama shed its cloak for the first time. Sasuke's bitch ass got saved for the first time in a series of gettinf lucky lol. Sakura's journey to catch up began. And Kakashi's life seemed to begin repeating before his eyes. Such a good match up and introduction into the real world and deeper themes of the series.
SASUKE AND ITACHI VS KABUTO
This fight was the final chapter of itachi and sasukes arc together, but also a conclusion to that long running orochimaru vs uchiha clan type vibe lol. Aside from seeing sasuke and itachi fight alongside each other a lot was finally revealed about Kabuto and why he turned out the way he did. His journey mixed in the climax of this fight was too perfect!
Shikamaru, Naruto, Kiba, Chouji, and Neji vs Sakon, Tayuya, Kidoumaru, and Jirobou.....THIS FIGHT WAS LIKE AN ENTIRE ARC IN THE SERIES TO ME! So much to say but character depth, limitations, teamwork, importance, and so much more themes and life lessons were scattered in this series of fights. Here it became clear every character in the series was going to be important one way or another.