“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is every bit as much of an action movie as it is an ode to retro video games. In the midst of its litany of eight-bit references stands a staggering amount of expertly choreographed, shot, and directed fight sequences good enough to give martial arts legends like Jackie Chan a run for their money. Of course, “Scott Pilgrim” dabbles in a bit more in CGI to enhance its action than some other films, but the end result is still something extremely impressive. Somehow, a dork like Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) was presented as a certified tough guy, going toe-to-toe with a slew of deadly opponents.
Something you might not know about “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” however, is the weird connection these fight scenes have with the world of anime. While the bulk of the film’s obvious references are from the world of gaming, the film is still closely tied to Japan’s other major media industry. Believe it or not, the film’s creators even took direct inspiration from anime such as “Naruto” to make their characters feel and fight like true-blue warriors.