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Debates about who are the fastest characters in anime history are numerous and quite heated! Everybody has his/her favourite, and at the end we rarely get the same results. Speed of light, speed of lightning, speed of sound, instant teleportation… The techniques vary, the speed too.
However, it is rarely well defined and often bowdlerised in many anime. Come on, a guy is supposed to be as fast as light that can’t rival another one that never went over Mach 1?! Or in other cases of randomness, we will see a pretty slow demon being able to make some moves (most of the time showing surprise) while the hero is supposed to move at the same speed as lightning?! That cannot be…
Then there are debates about; what kind of speed are we talking about? Reflexes? Movement from A to B? Attacks? Does teleportation count as speed? All those questions and criteria make this topic really hard to judge and just end in frustration because people wouldn’t agree about one or another character.
Well today, I will try to make my top 10 with specific criteria in order to be as accurate as possible. Let’s present it as a very long race from point A to a very far away point B (more than 300,000km away so a guy moving at light speed would not end the race in a second). Then let’s say the characters don’t feel any fatigue so they would all be able to finish the race being at full speed the whole time.
Another point is that instant teleportation would count, as it would fit with movement from A to B. Last point, I will only take 1 character (the fastest in my opinion) per anime to avoid having most of the characters from the same anime, much like the characters from Naruto or DBZ for example.
Some people might not agree but as I said, speed is a really difficult thing to judge as we possess only very few information about it and as it is very often exaggerated so this is only my opinion and of course you can have a different one.
10. Nice from Hamatora
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2014 – Mar. 2014
Nice is the main protagonist in Hamatora. In this anime he is what you call “a Minimum Holder”, a human with supernatural abilities. His power is seeing sound and he can use it to travel within them which makes him as fast as the speed of sound or Mach 1 (340,29 m/s). To activate his power though, he must put on his headphones and snap is finger to go to sonic mode.
9. Yuuki Tenpouin from Code:breaker
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012
Yuuki is the current Code: 03. Even though he has the appearance of a young teenager, he is very powerful and actually a genius at the head of a rich company as well. His ability is controlling sound, making him able to use sound waves as weapons. Yuuki distinctly hears sounds from far distances and can travel at the speed of sound which makes him, at least, as fast as Nice from Hamatora. Perhaps, Nice’s finger snap might just make him a bit slower than Yuuki, since it would make him lose time.
8. Meruem from Hunter x Hunter
- Episodes: 148
- Aired: Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2014
Meruem is the Chimera Ant King and the main antagonist in the Chimera Ant arc in Hunter x Hunter. He is probably the most powerful character of the anime being able to improve his capacities by absorbing the aura of the nen-users he kills. He also showed an impressive speed that seems to increase during his fight against Netero, and finally surpass Netero’s punches which are launched with the speed of sound. Thus, Meruem managed to move at a speed superior to Mach 1.
7. Sonic from Sonic X
- Episodes: 78
- Aired: Apr. 2003 – Mar. 2004
The most famous blue hedgehog, Sonic, is well-known for is supersonic speed. He actually showed different speed abilities in all the games, movies, or tv shows, and created many debates over his true speed. However, we will focus on the anime Sonic X, in which Sonic managed to keep up with the speed of Chris’ pod in the last episode. According to the speedometer, Sonic was running at least Mach 2 (the pod went over Mach 2.85 but left the atmosphere so Sonic couldn’t follow it).
6. Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho
- Episodes: 112
- Aired: Oct. 1992 – Jan. 1995
Hiei is one of the main protagonists in Yu Yu Hakusho, and arguably the fastest character of this anime. For instance, he is able to slice his opponent 16 times in the blink of an eye or create afterimages of himself as his opponents can’t follow his speed. Even though it is not clear how fast that was, Hiei showed a huge speed in his fight against Makintaro. It looked like he didn’t even move from his position while he actually cut and grabbed his opponent’s arm without him noticing anything. And this was not even his top speed…
5. Koro-sensei from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination classroom
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jan. 2015 – In progress
Koro-sensei is the main antagonist of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Despite being the homeroom teacher for Kunugigaoka Junior High School Class 3E, he is also the world biggest threat. The particularity of this class is that all the pupils are assassins and their main target is their teacher as he promised to destroy the Earth after the school year if they cannot kill him by then. However, he proved himself to be an excellent teacher, respected by the whole class. Koro-sensei appears like a giant octopus, very smart and powerful as he was able to destroy 70% of the Moon. Adding to that, he can move at Mach 20, which is 20 times the speed of sound and makes him pretty much impossible to touch by anybody.
4. Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct. 2004 – Mar. 2012
As the main protagonist of Bleach, Ichigo’s abilities improved drastically from the beginning until his Final Getsuga Tenshou. While his bankai doesn’t look that impressive when judging only by its appearance, it actually raises his fighting skills and speed a lot. But this was nothing compared to his Final Getsuga Tenshou form, in which he left Aizen unable to react to his attack. Noting before, Aizen showed his more or less teleportation skills, but he couldn’t do anything against Ichigo. I think it’s pretty safe to say at that point Ichigo was even faster. Could he move at the speed of light? Teleport? We can’t really know though…
3. Borsalino from One Piece
- Episodes: in progress
- Aired: Oct. 1999 – Ongoing
More commonly known as Kizaru, one of the three Marine Admirals. Kizaru is one of the most powerful characters in the show so far. He ate the Pika Pika no Mi logia-type devil fruit, which gave him the power of light. As being light itself, he can obviously move at the speed of light (299 792 458 m/s), which makes him the fastest character known in One Piece, up to now.
2. Obito Uchiha from Naruto: Shippuuden
- Episodes: inprogress
- Aired: Feb. 2007 – Ongoing
I chose Obito Uchicha for second place. Kakashi’s former partner and Minato’s former student, is not particularly well-known for his superior speed, that’s true. You might say that many other characters proved themselves as being faster. Well on a race from A to B with the conditions I stated before, Obito has a big advantage on every other character from Naruto: Shippuuden. His kamui allows him to teleport anywhere, passing through dimensions. It means that if he starts at point A at the same time than any other, by teleporting himself directly to B, he would basically be faster than the speed of light. Yet I am not sure if his teleportation is instantaneous or not, so that’s why it is important that the race is longer than 300,000km, so Kizaru can’t finish before Obito.
1. Kibito Kai from Dragon Ball Z
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: Apr. 1989 – Jan. 1996
Finally, my top 1 of this list is not Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z, as many could think, but Kibito Kai (Kibito before the fusion could work as well since it’s his technique)! Why not Son Goku? I will explain my choice below in the conclusion. Anyway, Kibito Kai can use his technique named “Kai Kai” in Japanese or “Instantaneous Movement” in English. As it is said in the name, this move is instantaneous and basically doesn’t have any restrictions allowing Kibito Kai to transport himself (and many other people with him if he wants to) anywhere in the universe! So at the end, as soon as the race would start he would instantly arrive at point B and win…
Note that Majin Buu could also use this technique that he learnt by seeing Kibito Kai perform it, so he could also be considered as number 1.
So that was my Top 10 following the conditions stated in the introduction. Now I’ll explain some important points that might create debates about characters that I didn’t pick:
- Awaki Musujime (Toaru Majutsu no Index) can teleport herself, that’s right, but she needs 3 seconds to calculate her move and has a limit of 800m which on such a long race would make her way too slow with an approximative speed of 266,67m/s which is less than the speed of sound.
- Minato, Naruto and Gai (Naruto: Shippuuden) are really cool and fast characters but, Minato first needs to mark the point where he can teleport with a kunai or apply the seal with his hand, which would take ages for this race. Then Naruto in his most powerful Bijuu form, and Gai even after opening the 8th gate might be around the speed of light, but they wouldn’t be as fast as teleportation from Obito in a very long race. As I limited myself to 1 character per anime, Obito got the position here.
- Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z) has his Instant Transmission, right? But it’s limited as he can only teleport himself in the location of a known individual’s ki signature. So basically, if there is nobody he knows at location B he wouldn’t be able to teleport there. Yet Kibito Kai does not have this restriction and can basically go anywhere.
- Killua (Hunter x Hunter) has his godspeed which is supposed to be the speed of lightning, so way faster than Mach 1. If he was, he would probably be unbeatable. Yet he never proved himself to be faster than Meruem and Netero, Meruem being arguably the fastest and most powerful character of the anime so far.
That’s it for this Top 10, I hope you enjoyed reading it whether you agree with me or not. Please remember as I said, there rarely is concrete data about the characters’ true speed, which makes this Top 10 really difficult to do. Anyway, let us know in the comments below if there's another anime characters who belongs on this list!