Best 33 Martial Arts OVA Anime You Need to Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Dragon Fist, Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart, Battle Spirits: Ryuuko no Ken, and more!

33: Dragon Fist

Japanese: ドラゴンフィスト
MAL Score: 4.44
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story follows Ling Fei-long, a Chinese transfer student living in Japan. Ling is the son of the leader of the White Dragon clan, one of four clans who live in the mountains of China and are descended from mythical beasts. After killing an ordinary human, Ling is banished to Japan so that he might learn about humanity and how to control his powers around them.

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32: Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart

English: Master of Martial Hearts
Japanese: 絶対衝激~プラトニックハート~
MAL Score: 4.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

The story centers on the Platonic Heart, a jewel that—according to an old urban legend—can grant any wish when collected. Only a chosen few are allowed to compete in the Platonic Heart hunt, and high school junior Aya Iseshima is one of 11 girls and women who are taking part.

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31: Battle Spirits: Ryuuko no Ken

English: Art of Fighting
Japanese: バトルスピリッツ 龍虎の拳
MAL Score: 4.82
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

While trying to rescue a cat, martial artist Ryo Sakazaki and his playboy best friend Robert Garcia unwittingly break into a jewel thief’s apartment. Moments after entering, they witness the thief being murdered by a group of thugs. Despite fighting their way out and escaping, things go from bad to worse when Ryo and Robert learn that the thugs were working for Mr. Big, the biggest crime boss in South Town.

Not only does Mr. Big believe that the two have stolen the “Eye of Sirius,” a priceless diamond, but he has also kidnapped Ryo’s younger sister Yuri, and is holding her hostage. Without the diamond and out of options, Ryo and Robert must fight their way past Mr. Big’s men and save Yuri before it’s too late.

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30: Choujin Gakuen Gowcaizer: The Voltage Fighters

English: Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Japanese: 超人学園ゴウカイザー THE VOLTAGE FIGHTERS
MAL Score: 5.04
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

It is the dawn of the 21st century. The cataclysmic earthquake which reduced half of Tokyo to a broken landscape of twisted steel and shattered stone was only the first sign of the impending apocalypse.

Athletic and popular, Isato Kaiza was an otherwise ordinary student. But nothing could’ve prepared him for the day he was given a Caizer Stone by fellow student Kash , alias Hellstinger. Armed with the mysterious crystal, Isato now possesses the power to transform into the armored hero: Gowcaizer!

To save the Earth, Gowcaizer and Hellstinger must join forces against Omni Exist, the manifestation of all negative human desires, and the force behind the recent disasters, before the entity obliterates the human race!

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29: Hon Ran

English: Crimson Wolf
Japanese: 紅狼[ホンラン]
MAL Score: 5.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The fate of the world rests in the ability of three untested warriors to defeat an unearthly army of darkness. Sorcery, martial arts and an unrequited love, spanning the centuries, explode in an epic battle at the gates of the forbidden city. Crimson Wolf is an unusual departure for the Anime genre – rooted in real world reference, it makes the fantasy all the more believeable.

(Source: AniDB)

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28: Feng Ji Yun Nu

Japanese: 風急雲怒
MAL Score: 5.20
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

2002 OVA adaptation of Storm Riders manhua. Features Cloud, Wind, and Wave characters.

27: Princess Army: Wedding★Combat

English: Princess Army: Wedding Combat
Japanese: ぷりんせすARMY – ウェディング★COMBAT –
MAL Score: 5.25
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The story is about Aida Nonoka who is rescued from a drunken attacker by a judoist. She then resolves to become as good as her savior, hoping that one day to recognize him by the scar on his back. She then transferred into a new high school where she meets two older boys who could possibly the person to whom she owes her life and to give her heart.

(Source: AniDB)

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26: Tekken

English: Tekken: The Motion Picture
Japanese: 鉄拳
MAL Score: 5.26
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

After being thrown off a cliff as a child, Kazuya Mishima enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament to extract revenge from his father, multi-billionaire Heihachi Mishima. Meanwhile, WWWC operative Jun Kazama and Hong Kong detective Lei Wulong also enter the tournament to investigate on Heihachi’s illegal activities involving cloning and genetic engineering. A handful of other skilled fighters are also in it merely to win the grand prize of $1 billion, not knowing of the true purpose of the tournament and fate that awaits them.

(Source: ANN)

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25: Toushinden

English: Battle Arena Toshinden
Japanese: 闘神伝
MAL Score: 5.32
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

For one year, Master Swordsman Eiji Shinjo has been haunted by the memory of his battle with the renegade champion, Gaia – a battle that was cut short by the forces of the malevolent syndicate known as “the organization.”

Denied victory, Eiji left the tournament followed by his opponents mocking laughter. Worse still, Eiji walked away no closer to finding his long lost brother, Sho. But now, a mysterious warrior is hunting down the champions of the previous tournament and using their own moves against them – and it looks like that person may be Sho. Who is this powerful new foe and who is his next target?

Eiji and Kayin, his closest friend and greatest rival, struggle to unravel the mystery before they, too, join the ranks of the defeated. The answer lies at the heart of the Organization and its plans for world domination. At last, the ultimate battle between the greatest fighters in the world will be decided. But if Eiji loses, his friends – Ellis – may Die…

(Source: AniDB)

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24: V.G.Neo The Animation

English: Variable Geo Neo
Japanese: V.G.NEO THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 5.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

“V.G. Neo” is a legendary battle that has been held over several decades to find the strongest waitress. Asuka Yuu arranges with her brother-in-law to live with him and work in his cafe. Suddenly, the enormous debt she owes to her brother-in-law becomes too costly. In order to repay the money, she joins the “Virgin Goodness League” which is a battle of waitresses set on one of the most enormous luxury liners in the world. An unknown sponsor promises enormous prizes for victory, but the loser will have to bear the ultimate humiliation. The maidens who will change fate cannot lose these one on one matches or they will suffer the consequences.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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23: Youseiki Suikoden

English: Suikoden Demon Century
Japanese: 妖世紀水滸伝
MAL Score: 5.71
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the early 21st century, an earthquake destroyed Tokyo. Japan lost its center of government and industry, and turned into a lawless territory. Looking for his sister, Takateru Suga learns that she was kidnapped by the powerful Koryukai gang. He decides to ally himself with a drag queen, two ex-mercenaries and a nun to destroy the crime organization and save his sister!

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22: Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen

Japanese: 風魔の小次郎 夜叉篇
MAL Score: 6.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Hakuo Gakuin is on the verge of closing down due to students transferring to rival school Seishikan after mysterious injuries happening to students who refuse to transfer. To protect the school and its students they hire Kojiro, a member of the Fuma clan of ninjas. After finding out that Seishikan has enlisted the help of the Yasha ninja clan, who had been rivals with the Fuma for generations, Kojiro gains the help of his fellow Fuma ninjas. Even though they are hired to protect the schools, the two rival clans vow to destroy each other once and for all so that only one clan remains.

(Source: ANN)

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21: Fuuma no Kojirou: Seiken Sensou-hen

Japanese: 風魔の小次郎 聖剣戦争篇
MAL Score: 6.39
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Hakuo Gakuin used to be a prestigious high school, and famous for martial arts. However, because its rival school; Seishikan, has been cowardly luring it’s superior students, Hakuo was going to decline.

In order to recover from the situation, the acting principal of Hakuo; Hojo Himeko, sends Yagyu Ranko to the Fuma Village in search of the famous Fuma ninja clan for assistance. The leader of the Fuma sent Kojiro to Hakuo, there he faces the notorious Yasha clan who fights for Seishikan lead by Asuka Musashi.

Soon Kojiro’s comrades arrive and an all-out ninja war postponed for 500 years begins between the 2 clans. (Source: d-addicts)

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20: Fuuma no Kojirou: Fuuma Hanran-hen

Japanese: 風魔の小次郎~風魔反乱篇~
MAL Score: 6.42
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After the Chaos war, Kojiro and Ryouma return to earth only to find their clan members killing off each other.

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19: Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf

English: Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf
Japanese: バトルファイターズ餓狼伝説
MAL Score: 6.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Jeff Bogard was a master of the Hakkyokuseiken martial arts school and the guardian of its secret techniques. Coveting this knowledge, Geese Howard, the most powerful man in South Town, challenged and murdered him in front of his adoptive sons Terry and Andy Bogard. Under the guidance of their mentor Tung Fe Rue, the brothers dedicate their lives to training in the ultimate art to avenge their father.

10 years later, Geese promotes a martial arts tournament known as the King of Fighters. Terry and Andy join their friend Muay Thai champion Joe Higashi and enter the competition in order to finally face Geese in combat.

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18: Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Special Anime

Japanese: バキ 最凶死刑囚編SP(スペシャル)アニメ
MAL Score: 6.54
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A 15-minute trailer bundled with the limited edition of 14th Baki-Dou manga volume. Despite being bundled with Baki-Dou, it will adapt part of the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc from Baki: New Grappler Baki. The arc features underground ring fighters in the no-rules combat environment of death row convicts.

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17: Ranma : 1994 Music Calendar

Japanese: らんま1/2 1994年ミュージックカレンダー
MAL Score: 6.67
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Series clips shown along with the music that freeze-frames when a new move is shown. The writing at the bottom says “Anything-Goes Martial Arts Technique/Trick Picture Scroll”. This was put out by the KAC (Kitty Animation Circle), and so it wasn’t commercially available in stores.

(Source: furinkan.com/ranma/anime/specials.html)

16: Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle

English: Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
Japanese: バトルファイターズ餓狼伝説2
MAL Score: 6.71
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After defeating Geese Howard, legendary fighter Terry Bogard faces German warrior Wolfgang Krauser, only to suffer a humiliating defeat. Depressed by his loss, Terry wanders around the country, wasting his life through drinking. Only a young boy named Tony can convince Terry to go back to his winning ways, conquer his fears, and once again face Krauser.

(Source: ANN)

Based on the Neo Geo SNK video game Fatal Fury 2.

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15: Grappler Baki

Japanese: グラップラー刃牙
MAL Score: 6.79
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Doppo Orochi sits down to watch the final match of his karate school’s youth tournament. Atsushi Suedou, one of his disciples, faces off against Baki Hanma, a fresh teenage boy breezing through the matches. Intrigued by the boy’s strength, Doppo, alongside another of his disciples—Kiyosumi Katou— visits the notorious Tokugawa underground ring—a hidden freestyle fighting arena that prohibits only weaponry in its matches. Upon arriving, they learn that Baki is set to face none other than Koushou Shinogi: an infamous karate master and user of the lethal Cord-Cutting technique.

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14: Koukou Tekken-den Tough

English: Shootfighter Tekken
Japanese: 高校鉄拳伝 タフ
MAL Score: 6.96
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Years ago there was an underground match between Pro Wrestling and Nanshin Shadow Stlye (a secret and deadly form of martial arts) to see which form of martial arts was dominant, The Nanshin Shadow style came out victorious in the battle. Now in the present, the man who was defending Pro-Wrestling is back and is out to destroy Nanshin Shadow style in any way he can; however, it is now up to Kiichi, the son of the previous victor to defend the name of Nanshin Shadow style and it is his job to keep it from being completely erased from existance.

(Source: ANN)

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13: Batman: Gotham Knight

English: Batman: Gotham Knight
Japanese: バットマン ゴッサムナイト
MAL Score: 6.96
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Anime-inspired direct-to-DVD anthology film. Comprised of six short stories, from diverse creators, including Academy Award-nominated Josh Olsen (A History of Violence), Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, and comics scribe Brian Azzarello. It’s planned for a release window of two to four weeks prior to the release of The Dark Knight, and would bridge the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

(Source: IMDB)

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12: Shin Hokuto no Ken

English: New Fist of the North Star
Japanese: 新 北斗の拳
MAL Score: 6.97
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

In a post-apocalyptic Earth, the water has become entirely toxic, except for some kept safe in a reservoir. A fortified zone has been created by a man named Sanga, he calls it The Lastland. A group of villagers have discovered safe water, and Sanga wants it. He and his band of killers go to kill everyone and steal it. As they do a mysterious man appears out of nowhere, instantly killing some of Sanga’s men. His name is Kenshiro, and he can beat any man with his martial art, Hokuto Shin Ken. Sanga will do anything for the water, and Kenshiro will do anything to try and stop him.

(Source: ANN)

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11: Ranma : Totteoki Talk – Best of Memories

English: Ranma : Best Memories
Japanese: らんま1/2 とっておきトーク ベスト オブ メモリーズ
MAL Score: 7.04
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Collections of “Best Of” moments from throughout the series. This one focused on romantic moments, and shifted between the scenes with interviews with Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara and Noriko Hidaka. Also interviewed are Rei Sakuma, Koichi Yamadera, Saeko Shimazu, and Yuuji Mitsuya.

(Source: furinkan.com/ranma/anime/specials.html)

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10: Tenjou Tenge: The Ultimate Fight

English: Tenjho Tenge: The Ultimate Fight
Japanese: 天上天下ULTIMATE FIGHT
MAL Score: 7.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Continues from where the original series left off. The characters try to settle their conflicts with each other in this 2 episode OAV. Aya confronts her sister Maya about Nagi, while Nagi receives a challenge from Mitsuomi to fight to the death. Meanwhile, Bob trains as hard as he can for the tournament.

(Source: ANN)

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9: Hokuto no Ken: Yuria-den

Japanese: 真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 ユリア伝
MAL Score: 7.11
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The second part of the new Hokuto no Ken pentalogy. The story of this OVA centers around Yuria.

(Source: Wikipedia)

8: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant-hen

Japanese: テイルズオブシンフォニア THE ANIMATION シルヴァラント編
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Two worlds exist, both unaware of the existance of the other. In order for one world to flourish, the other will have to perish. On the perishing world, a Chosen one is sent on a journey to restore that world’s mana by awakening the Spirits and becoming an angel. Colette Brunel, the Chosen of Sylvarant, sets out on her journey accompanied by her best friends Lloyd Irving and Genis Sage. As they travel further they meet more friends and even more enemies, while they learn more and more about the truth behind the World Regeneration.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Ranma : Battle ga Ippai 29-nin no Korinai Yatsura

English: Ranma : Huge Battle! 29 Unteachable Fools
Japanese: らんま1/2 スペシャルビデオ バトルがいっぱい29人の懲りないやつら
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

This special, known in Japan as “Batoru Kaiibai 29 Hitou Korinai Yatsura,” was available through the Kitty Animation Circle making it a difficult item to come by. It contained clips from twenty-nine of Ranma’s most memorable opponents from the television series.

(Source: furinkan.com/ranma/anime/specials.html)

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6: Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den

English: Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki
Japanese: 真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 トキ伝
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The fourth part of the new Hokuto no Ken pentalogy (3 movies, 2 OVAs).

5: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen

Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION 世界統合編
MAL Score: 7.46
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

The third and final OVA series concluding the story of Tales of Symphonia: The Animation.

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4: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen

Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION テセアラ編
MAL Score: 7.48
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The second arc of Tales of Symphonia that takes place in the flourishing world of Tethe’alla. This OVA takes place up to two-thirds of the game, prior to the Derris-Kharlan arc.

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3: Ranma : Akumu! Shunmin Kou

Japanese: らんま1/2 悪夢! 春眠香
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Twelve years after the final OVA was shown, and the end of the manga, a new piece of Ranma ? animation was made for the “It’s a Rumic World” exhibition of Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork. The new 30 minute special is based on the “Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep” manga story from volume 34, and was shown on odd numbered days at the “It’s A Rumic World” exhibition in Tokyo from July 30th to August 11th.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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2: Ranma Super

Japanese: らんま1/2 SUPER
MAL Score: 7.66
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Super OVA 1: Based on a story from vol. 27 of the manga, Shampoo and Ukyo arrange to travel to a cave that is legendary for breaking up couples. They hope they will cause Ranma and Akane to break-up and Shampoo hopes to ditch Mousse the same way.

Super OVA 2: “Jaaku no Oni” (lit. “The Wicked Demon”) was released in 1995. Based on a story from vol. 29 of the manga, an Oni (that wears a tiger-striped diaper just like the Oni of Urusei Yatsura) escapes it`s sealed box and begins to possess people in the neighborhood.

Super OVA 3: This is a story from vol. 31. Ranma disturbs a doll that takes revenge on anyone that shows it disrespect. In order to teach Ranma a lesson, the doll possesses Akane and tries on many occasions to attack him.

(Source: AniDB)

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1: Ranma OVA

English: Ranma OVA
Japanese: らんま1/2 OVA
MAL Score: 7.74
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Ranma Saotome continues his search for a way to become a normal teenage boy again. He gets into many hilarious situations involving the many girls in his life. One of the biggest challenges is overcoming the proposals from others who have found a suitable bride for Ranma. But he has his own worries and must muster up the best of his wits and martial arts to keep his sanity. It’s not easy being desired by so many women (and men) and not breaking hearts of a few along the way. He just might be able to find it in his heart to confess to Akane or simply find another excuse that he can’t marry such a tomboy girl.

(Source: ANN)

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Ranma OVA
2. Ranma Super
3. Ranma : Akumu! Shunmin Kou
4. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
5. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
6. Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den
7. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant-hen
8. Ranma : Battle ga Ippai 29-nin no Korinai Yatsura
9. Hokuto no Ken: Yuria-den
10. Tenjou Tenge: The Ultimate Fight
11. Ranma : Totteoki Talk – Best of Memories
12. Shin Hokuto no Ken
13. Koukou Tekken-den Tough
14. Batman: Gotham Knight
15. Grappler Baki
16. Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
17. Ranma : 1994 Music Calendar
18. Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Special Anime
19. Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf
20. Fuuma no Kojirou: Fuuma Hanran-hen
21. Fuuma no Kojirou: Seiken Sensou-hen
22. Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen
23. Youseiki Suikoden
24. V.G.Neo The Animation
25. Toushinden
26. Tekken
27. Princess Army: Wedding★Combat
28. Feng Ji Yun Nu
29. Hon Ran
30. Choujin Gakuen Gowcaizer: The Voltage Fighters
31. Battle Spirits: Ryuuko no Ken
32. Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart
33. Dragon Fist

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