It wasn’t easy trying to decide on the most epic scene ever. I had to spend some time racking my brain on this one, until one scene finally kept popping into my head over and over.
I ended up choosing a scene from the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods anime film. It’s a now infamous scene at Bulma’s birthday party, when Beerus slaps Bulma in retaliation for her slapping him. Vegeta becomes so angry, that he exclaims, “That’s my Bulma!,” and then powers up immensely… and appears to surpass Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 level. With this power level, Vegeta can actually get some good hits in on Beerus.
When I first saw this scene, it came across as humorous. But as I thought about it, I realized it was epic for more than just the humor that derives from it. This creates a great action moment, and it also shows the audience that Vegeta really does care about Bulma, even if he doesn’t usually show this outright to others. Let’s be honest, when Vegeta is first introduced in Dragon Ball Z, no one could have guessed that he would have evolved into this kind of a character. This mix of action and character development help to make this an epic scene in anime.