You know the ones: They make you gasp in shock and then cheer, or bounce around madly, or yell "That was so bada--!" and then they quickly become some of your favorite moments in the anime or manga series you're checking out. Even if you're not a fan, that scene gets your approval.
My top favorite has to be from "Millennium of the Witch" by Yuki Hijiri, which stars the guy in my icon, Locke. It's the climax of the film, and Locke has been trapped on a huge space station that orbits a sun, as well as speared twice in the torso by the antagonist. With the antagonist's death, the space station is falling toward the sun, and over eighty psychics can't lift the station out of the gravitational pull.
So what's Locke do? Put a psychic shield around the entire station while it falls through the sun to safely come out on the other side, while in a whole lotta pain and practically bleeding to death. Once it's done, Locke gets up, exhausted but apparently healed, and goes to save his love interest. Amazing.
My second favorite takes place in "Bastard!!" by Kazushi Hagiwara. A lich came to attack the protagonists' city, and in doing so, sucked up the two strongest defenders -a spellcaster and a spellcaster-swordswoman- into a magically created black hole. Then a ninja, friend of the spellcasters, steps up and basically tells the lich he Will Not Pass. The lich slaps him around magically, but the ninja keeps getting up.
The lich finally howls, "You cannot escape the summons of death, and yet, mere flesh and blood, you battle on! Why is it, damn you?! Aren't you afraid to die?!"
Does the ninja stop and think about he could die? Does he pause to collect his nerve? No. He thinks about the woman he loves -the female spellcaster-, then grins and says, "No.... Just feel like it, that's all." And almost wins, which gives the spellcasters enough time to come back and finish the job.
Totally, totally awesome.
What're your favorite moments, everyone? ^n_n^