A normal day at school involves learning how to use knives, guns, seduce and attempting to kill the teacher; who is a yellow octopus resembling creature with an undetermined number of tentacles and can go at Mach 20.
A straighter example is how exams are depicted in the anime. Armed with hammers, swords, and guns, the students face off giant behemoths in a gladiator match, while in reality they're just solving questions on a sheet of paper.
Attack on Titan: A more serious version. After everyone joins the Recon Corps, they get the signature green capes. Showing them each putting it on, before panning across the entire team.
In a color chapter of volume 4 of the manga, Tomo, in a daydream sequence about what she would do if she had her classmates' abilities, makes an epic entry into the classroom in which she backflips from the classroom door into her seat, answers a question asked by the teacher, and says she forgot her textbook. Then back in reality, Tomo blames Osaka for the end of her daydream sequence, saying "her powers got mixed in there, and everything got all weird."
This scene was adapted into the anime thusly: Tomo announces the disbanding of the Bonkuras/Numbnuts/Knuckleheads, given that she's found a way to get out of being one herself: by stealing Sakaki's athleticism and Chiyo's intelligence. Osaka chimes in, saying that Tomo can have her lateness and forgetfulness. Tomo explains the consequences of absorbing these "abilities" as well, the same as described above for the manga. Osaka apologizes for these additions.
Osaka's first scene makes even the simple act of walking into a room worthy of several dramatic close-ups and a Bishie Sparkle.
Tomo was once so impressed with Osaka's yawning that she got all hot-blooded about it and decided Osaka should open a "yawning dojo". It turns out that yawning practice on the roof in the afternoon is a great way to fall asleep...
Baccano!: What terrifying event upon the Flying Pussyfoot drives Isaac and Miria to horrified tears? It's not the hijackers, or the apparent appearance of the Rail Tracer. Nor is it the mutilated, unrecognizable corpses scattering the train cars. The truly terrifying thing is the sudden realization that they forgot to get Ennis a present!NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Poor Firo is extremely confused when he discovers that attempting to question, examine, or touch the huge, elaborate domino design Isaac, Miria, and the rest of his assorted friends have constructed will earn him a thorough scolding. He's quickly drawn into the fun of it though.
And then there's the fact that the first scene in the first episode is a Bullet Time panty shot...
Bathtime for Shinobu? Be sure to levitate in the air while surrounded by streams of rose petals! Too far to walk from the shower to the tub? Leaping across the room with acrobatic twirls might be for you!
It's just that the whole series works on Mundane made Sexy! ...or Fanservice made Awesome? Sheesh, middle ground: Mundane made Sexyawesome.
Animation itself takes weird spikes in framerate from time to time. While some are played for the fanservice, others are seemingly random: because you NEED just that one twirl in absolutely fluid animation.
Ben-To: a show about epic gang fights for... discount lunchboxes. But it's awesome. Even the weapons are awesome from Ayame's Dual Wielding Chopsticks, to Monarch's One-handed cart swinging and finally Orthus's shopping baskets Speed Blitzzes.
Alois Trancy, the new master, destroying some egg yolk while having a little speech about how pitiful sunny-side up eggs are. Add in that it's one of his psychological complexes and has an underlying prelude to the loss of Hannah's eye, it's creepy awesome.
And who knew photography could be so... explosive?
Uryuu Ishida occasionally displays lightning-fast, incredibly accurate... sewing skills, complete with the same stern concentration he has when fighting or speaking of Quincy pride. It's also applied to him more generally as he'll make his own uniform for battle, solely for the sake of looking cool. He even has a back-up cape just in case the one he's wearing gets damaged.
Aizen proves his truly epic taste in furniture with the Megacouch◊.
Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan plays Sakura-kun's death and resurrection in this manner in the final episode of the first series. Normally, this would be a legitimately dramatic scene... but in this series, this happens at least once an episode and is played purely for comedy, so handling it as if it were actually dramatic only makes it funnier — which was probably their intention.
The grand poo-bah of this trope could very well be the senselesswonder that goes on in every episode of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, from using one's nosehairs as a fighting style, making people bald Serious Business, constant Mind Screw, letting loose a surreal world inside the main character'safro, holding contests out of blowing into fans, superpower-inducing jackets, using farts as weapons of doom, and on top of that, being so purely and utterly random ANYTHING can be transformed into an captivating battle - such as hanging upside down from bungee cords or just sleeping! Even facing an enemy with geometry-based powers can become epic - because when you're Bobobo, you can shut those 3-D-reliant moves down by turning reality into a literal2D video game!
Although nothing compares to the awesomeness that are Kojiro Hyuga's training sessions. To learn a new kind of special kick, he usually has to shoot balls through waves on a beach or shoot balls to pierce through trees by summoning lightning. Yes, seriously.
Cardfight!! Vanguard, being a card game anime, naturally runs with this. Any time a character rides a new Vanguard, it usually involves them dramatically slamming the card down onto the playing field. Then the sequenceson Cray proceed to take it Up to Eleven.
Chūka Ichiban! (a.k.a. Cooking Master Boy) lives this trope, as everything from choosing ingredients, through preparation and cooking, to presentation is incredibly over-the-top. And the when unveiled, Mao's food has a blinding Power Glow that fades to reveal... Szechuan cuisine.
In CLANNAD, Akio is the main source of this, often grabbing things and drawing out a baseball bat in a dramatic way with Speed Stripes, whoosh sound and all.
His mechanical diabolical looking clothes hanger◊ made in the same aesthetic style as his Zero suit.
He makes something as mundane as taking a (very special) contact lens on an off FABU-LOUCH!
Lelouch's habit of being overly dramatic when speaking, using his Geass, or doing anything is mocked by C.C., who asks him why he feels the need to do some overly-dramatic hand gymnastics at some times and going without it at others. His answer boils down to "Shut up," which, ironically, is pretty undramatic.
The destruction of the giant pizza. Dramatic chords everywhere, people chasing Euphemia, Suzaku tries calming everyone while the music continues and no! His attention wanders! The pizza is cast onto a tree by accident! Poor C.C.
Many racing series make the act of picking up a key, putting it in the ignition, and turning it seem dramatic. This show takes it farther because Suzaku pulls this off even though the mecha keys in this show look like (and probably are) flash drives and the ignition looks like a USB port.
Lelouch can make the act of fidgeting his hand while holding a chess piece seem dramatic.
Whether it's a corded phone that was installed in a bathroom or his cell phone, Lelouch knows how to make answering a phone look stylish.
When C.C. bleeds lightly from one finger, then puts a bandage on it, the show makes it seem dramatic. Her blood happens to fall on top of the crown of the black king chess piece, and she stares at that bandage on her ring finger like it's a wedding ring.
Cyborg Grandpa G gives us dramatic farming. It doesn't help that Grandpa thinks that explosives and flechettes are appropriate farming tools... which actually does make it awesome.
Death Note loves doing this. You'd be surprised how epic eating chips or writing in a notebook can really be. You obviously aren't trying hard enough. Granted, said notebook is an Artifact of Doom that kills people when their names are written in it, but is dashing across the desk (complete with red/blue after-effects and flaming eyes) really necessary? The manga wasn't anywhere quite as ridiculous with some of these aspects, and it's arguable this is just a result of trying to transfer the striking and stylized visuals possible with individual panels.
Mikami Teru takes this even further by making slashing motions with his pen as if it were a sword while writing names in the Death Note while saying "sakujo" ("delete" in the English dub) to himself when he finishes writing a name. A particularly epic "sakujo" of the anime includes slow motion, a fall backwards, and a very, very joyful look on his face that resembles an orgasm more than a killing. Fanart ensued. The same Sakujo-gasm also has what appear to be large drops of shiny white sweat, with a spotlight on his crotch. seen at the end of this video, which includes every instance of his Catch Phrase.
The second ending is one of the best ways to show the trope: Light goes up an elevator, his Note is opened by the wind, he writes a name on it, watches his clock, flies at high speeds, walks calmly across traffic, flies in the opposite direction, and does a Crucified Villian Protagonist Shot over a city... all of that to the rhythm of heavy rock.
The fact that the tennis match between Light and L didn't turn out more epic than it did is a bit of an anomaly, but then again, The Prince of Tennis took care of that.
Played for horror in Death Parade, in which two people enter a bar and are coerced into playing ordinary bar games with weird side effects in a Secret Test of Character. This includes a darts game, where the marks on the boards are actually linked to the other players body parts. So if Player A hits the lung or heart mark on the dart board, Player B's respective organs will feel an equivalent pain. Or the bowling game, where Player A's bowling ball contains an exact, functioning replica of Player B's heart inside, and vice-versa. Obviously, the games are ridiculously high-stake and often end up being played with far more vigor than usual.
In the Digimon Adventure movie, Izzy redirects hundreds of emails to Diaboromon to slow him down and allow their Digimon to finish him off. What makes it this trope is Izzy's over-the-top line while all he's doing is redirecting emails.
Durarara!!: Mikado Ryugamine uses the Internet so epically that his mouse catches on fire◊. If you've ever wondered why your mouse has yet to catch fire during your epic Internet browsing, that's because you have never weaponized Anonymous.
Ever silly, a Recap Episode of Excel Saga had quite possibly the most epic scene of setting up dominoes that has ever been made, complete with a dramatic premature trigger override. Which could only be carried out by Il Parazzo.
Eyeshield 21 does this a lot too. Although the way techniques in the manga are portrayed in a way such that you realize that the cool effects are purely symbolic, the anime features fast runners becoming surrounded by bright colorful battle auras. Because! Sena is...running! But! Not only is he running! He's running FAST!! The fact that he's sometimes animated running like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo makes this even worse.
EVERYTHING Alex Louis Armstrong does. EVERY SINGLE FREAKING THING. With sparkles of AWESOME included. This epicness ♥♥♥ HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS!!! ♥♥♥ Taken Up to Eleven in the new anime when he and Sieg Curtis perform the MOST. AWESOME. BROFIST. EVER. Complete with pec flexes and Bishie Sparkle, WHILE BEATING UP SLOTH, while a deep-voiced male chorus sings in the background.
In the Hot Springs Episode: Kurz Weber's Lovable Sex Maniac antics collide with Sousuke's always-excessive security measures, with epic results. Kurz delivers two "inspirational" speeches to Sousuke's classmates, the 2nd of which sends Kazama into SEED mode.
Taiga: Final Fusion... (points dramatically) APPROVED! Mikoto: Roger! Final Fusion! (Closes eyes, opens them with determined expression.) Program DriiiiiIIIIIIIIve! (Mikoto smashes through the "molly-guard" safety glass covering the Big Red Button. Every time. Cue Transformation Sequence for the eponymous Combining Mecha.)
Later in the series, she also swipes a keycard to release the Goldion Hammer for use. She does it so epically that one wonders what it looks like when she goes to the ATM!
Taiga Koutaro is equally dramatic about turning the key that activates the card reader, but he's the living embodiment of this trope. Later still, he has a key that, when used in tandem with its partner, activates a super weapon that's a Goldion Hammer big enough to extinguish a sun. You can imagine how understated he is when he uses it.
Given the situation and stakes, it's a shock that Entouji kept such a straight face during the transformation of the battleships. (Yeah, the hammer has a tiny handle made of battleships.)
Made more hilarious by the fact that the partner key is held by the Prime Minister, a doddering old man who takes forever to retrieve it (fumbling in his coat for a few seconds as he does so), blow on it and then use it as it was intended.
Taiga's Golf Driver is made of this, typically over the course of the show, a new weapon or item will appear as a still at the very end of the episode with the narrator telling the audience that "This is the Key to Victory", along with the next episode's Eye Catch giving the specs of said Key to Victory. Koutaro's driver, the aptly named Taiga Wood gets this treatment as well.
Also with the introduction of Liger Shishio, Leo's brother. When their Sibling Rivalry gets physical, the narrator actually describes the attacks they use on each other with all the seriousness of Gao Gai Gar's.
The game of kick the can gets turned into this on two different occasions, but especially the second instance.
GJ-bu has Kyoro's hair-brushing skills, which make the receivers look like they're... turned on.
Godhand Teru: performing surgery is the most badass thing ever.
Gunnm: Last Order fetches at least one instance of supersonic needle point, but that hardly holds a candle to two battle androids engaging in a truly epic round of thumb wrestling supplemented with flip kicks and century old Martian kung-fu.
Made even funnier when it constantly swaps between the epic orchestral music and the mundane beep-music of the cheap strategy game in the real world, and by the fact that we all know real gamers also act like this.
And the fact that she's already Dynamic Entry'd the Computer Club President.
Haruhi: Kyon, a duel is a duel from the very moment the word is mentioned! Anything the loser says after that is just an excuse!
Haruhi is the epitome of this trope. Practically everything she does is presented as overly dramatic enthusiastic, even walking into a room.
Then we have Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou, the CD of the concert where the J-pop songs of the series are rearranged and played by none other than the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The scene when Kyon finally breaks the Endless Eight loop, complete with swelling background music. The most dramatic declaration of unfinished homework ever.
Naturally, Haruhi-chan takes it further, with Death Note-style doodling-as-swordplay and Kyon and Haruhi building balloon-modeling into a fierce battle.
The hot blooded dodgeball match between the SOS Brigade and the Computer Society. It helps that Haruhi had unknowingly unlocked everyone's full potential, meaning that the match proceeds in typical shonen style.
Disappearance opens with an epic first person struggle to turn off an alarm clock.
Hell Girl manages to make untying strings epic and dramatic. Mind you, the string in question is on the doll that Ai gives people who use the Hell Correspondence, and untying the string is how they seal the contract and send someone to hell.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Reiepisode 1: Who would've thought that taking off Keiichi's trunks would be Serious Business. Takano's Kunai Syringes, Ciel's Black Keys Chie's T-squares, the Yamainu lurking in the pool, Oishi's riot police, Kasai's stun grenade among many others. Oh, and Keiichi's fur seal. The fighting is like in Daybreak.
All of it is even more over top in the Visual Novel. And it was there since the very beginning.
Hikaru no Go relies on this in order to keep the interest of viewers who aren't familiar with Go. There are dynamic camera angles, and alternating backgrounds and ocassionally depicting the Go board as a solar system because of the star points.
Hunter × Hunter: The Gungi matches between Chimera Ant King and Komugi are full of dramatic slow motion tile placements, speed lines, dramatic pauses and ripping off arms. Gungi is a simple board game, both players just take it very seriously.
Everything in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is this. The only reason it doesn't get into Rule of Cool is because of how utterly crazy everything is, especially the increasingly insane and weird powers which are supposed to be Psychic Powers. Some examples:
Part 3 has an epic poker match which involves fighting for souls, people being turned into poker chips and two people trying to out-cheat each other. And the hero breaks the villain's finger for what seems like nothing at first, but is quickly shown to be interrupting a cheating attempt. The last wager knocks the villain out.
Part 4 gives us an Epic match of Rock-Paper-Scissors, complete with air jousting, windows breaking, powers being stolen from people, and a kid throwing himself in front of a big rig truck because he lost. He gets saved by the arrogant manga-ka he was playing against so that the kid couldn't steal his power (which, by the way, is the ability to read people like a book and write commands into people that they have to follow).
In Part 7, the President Evil bases his entire villainous philosophy around the analogy that at a dinner party, the side one takes their napkin from is determined by the first person to pick one up, with everyone else following their lead. As a result, when things go his way, he's prone to posing dramatically and bombastically proclaiming "I will pick up the napkin!!"
Kuroko no Basuke, a sports anime, obviously has turned almost everything about the game into something pretty awesome. But one example that stands out in particular is how they turned the concept of the ZONE into something similar to going full-blown ninja. No one in real life, when they enter the ZONE, could possibly move like this.
Kurozuka's anime gives us the incredible, breath-taking, five-minute 'throwing a bag of excrement into the river' scene.
There is also a scene later on where Karuta gets rather too into making hotpot before the big battle, complete with dramatic beats and zooms.
The pope does just this in his first match against the eponymous character. The resulting mahjong plays are so powerful that it causes koizumi to collapse and bleed from his eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
This is literally the premise of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, where a few characters with often see things through the filters of their teenage delusions of epic grandeur, or chunibyou.
Episode 01: Rikka trying to open a train door by Dramatic Wind and then walked in as if nothing happened.
Episode 02: Rikka versus Touka — in an epic battle of umbrella versus ladle — through the former's vision.
Episode 03: Rikka and Sanae's broom fight through their delusions.
Episode 04: Sanae's hair versus Shinka's pom poms.
The trope is taken to its logical extreme with Lucky Star's Meito Anisawa (Anisawa Meito: Ani Me), who turns his pursuit to sell something to "Legendary Girl A" Konata into something almost Dragon Ball-like.
Hiyori turns something as simple as tripping into an epic battle for the survival of one's drawing hand.
Konata already has maps, routes, teams, designated locations, and synchronized watches for... a trip to Comiket.
Then again; if the crowds at the real Comiket are anything like the ones we saw in that episode, some of that might actually be necessary (maybe without the synchronised watches, but you get my point).
The dodgeball match in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A'ssupplementary manga, which had Fate vowing to protect Nanoha, performing a Super Jump to keep said promise, and having a final showdown with Suzuka, who had now been completely absorbed in the competitive atmosphere ("As expected from Fate-chan!"), complete with internal Combat Commentary. It ended with Fate losing both the match and her consciousness after Suzuka successfully countered her nigh-impossible to dodge attack, which was depicted in slow-mo.
Arf: ...what kind of strength does that kid have...? Amy: I wouldn't expect any less from one of Nanoha-chan's friends.
The last episode of Magician's Academy features an intensive manga drawing scene complete with evil overlord pencil techniques, maniacal laughs, and pencils leaving streak marks across the sky... all too similar to a certain other anime.
And lately near the end of the Negi vs Fate final fight we get One Handshake Death Match.
On an episode of Mars Daybreak, the Ship of Aurora is trapped on a drained dock and Earth troopers are trying to cut their way in. The Captain calls to deploy the "Elizabeth Cannon." The rest of the crew suddenly get Oh, Crap! looks on their faces and promptly cover their ears to prepare for the weapon's deployment... which consists of the captain (Elizabeth) yelling in the loudspeaker at the top of her lungs with the external loudspeakers turned all the way up. Don't laugh, it worked.
Episode 8 brings in the director of Saki to deliver a spot-on parody via the medium of Epic Jenga.
Mazinger series do this a lot:
Mazinger Z: Although Kouji mostly saves his hotbloodness to when he is fighting or riding his Humongous Mecha, he simply can not make some activities in a mundane way. He can not go downstairs like a normal person. He has slid down the railing. His idea of bike-riding contests includes hopping off the bike and making a somersault before landing back on his seat, or leaping across a cliff and using his rival's bike to gain momentum. And when he is going to docking in his Super Robot, he ALWAYS has to shout "Mazin go!" out of the top of his lungs in spite of it being unnecessary. Given that he is the Trope Codifier for The Hero in Humongous Mecha anime, that kind of attitude bled in other Mecha Show protagonists.
And then you get Boss inventing Brockenball. It is like soccer, except the ball is Count Brocken's head and everyone wins... but the ball.
Great Mazinger: Tetsuya's docking in Great Mazinger is even more exaggerated. He leaps dramatically in the Condor Brain jet, dashes through a submarine cavern, takes off through a shipwrecked ancient ship, and docks in Great Mazinger while it is being catapulted towards him, rotating his aircraft one-eighty-degrees.
UFO Robo Grendizer: And Duke Fleed, who is pretty calm and quiet when he is not piloting, boards Grendizer by dashing off a tall hatch as making a somersault as yelling his name.
Mazinkaiser: In one scene, Sayaka's bra gets cut, and everything -her bra falling, her breasts weirdly bouncing, everybody reacting to the fact- goes bullet time.
The bulk of the Mundane Made Awesome tends to go to the schoolgirl trio of Mio, Yuuko, and Mai. Besides the above, scenes featuring the little kid professor, wind up robot girl, and talking cat are generally far more mundane.
No Game No Life: Even something like cheating at poker is made extremely intense in the anime adaptation.
You would think that something as simple as a word-chain game like Shiritori cannot fall under this trope, but no: the Flügels turned Shiritori into a life-or-death game by making everything that is said appear or disappear, depending on whether it currently exists or not. Sora and Shiro use this to defeat their enemy Jibril, who formerly survived a hydrogen bomb (on the FIRST turn!), with a hypernova by removing Coulomb interaction from the universe, thus causing an artificial Big Bang.
The coin toss game between Sora and Miko in episode 12 isn't called "the world's most brutal" for no reason.
Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki explains the ways of the common people in this fashion. In the first episode, he gets a round of applause for announcing he's going to give instant coffee a try, to the bafflement of Haruhi.
Pokémon: releasing a Pokémon onto the battlefield is often done with great emphasis, and a flashy background. When contests were introduced, it got a little more flashy. Thanks to a new contest upgrade in the Diamond/Pearl/Platinum games though (which then got introduced in the anime too), releasing a Pokémon into a contest now is similar to setting off several large, bright, fireworks — all at the same time.
In The Prince of Tennis, a mere tennis serve is illustrated by a sequence including the extinction of the dinosaurs by a meteor shower of tennis balls. Happily, this means the series about tennis does, indeed, put more drama into tennis than the series about mass murder does. Still not convinced about the nature of the anime? Just gaze at this tennis match which is elevated to Dragonball Z proportions. One of the comments gave a pretty good description: "It feels like Final Fantasy and tennis had a lovechild, and named it Prince of Tennis and let it run free among the DBZ community until it matured into this. "
"I will NEVER forgive this offense of the CURRY BREAD!"
Taro might fit into this trope as well. His main goal in life is to replace the front half from his Embarrassing First Name, "Pantyhose Taro", but all of his chosen replacements are attempts to take Awesome McCool Name literally, and thusly just as stupid- "Mr. Cool Taro", "Awesome Taro", et cetera.
This anime turns casino games into something on par with Yu-Gi-Oh!. A game of poker is represented with Rio talking to the cards in some sort of flowery dreamspace while her opponent summons giant charred slabs of cards down from the heavens. Casinos are loud and over the top already, Rio just makes it more so.
In the 2nd episode, they get to compete using a gigantic roulette with the symbolism as volleyball.
In episode 5, the most extreme slide ever. Seriously.
A flying casino.
Rurouni Kenshin—Kenshin slices through a daikon radish using a kitchen knife with more gravitas than he'd been shown to fight some of his battles, and for good reason: he's looking for a legendary swordsmaker, and he was testing the blade.
Which is skipping over the actual awesome, when he immediately puts the radish halves together and the cut seals and the radish becomes one piece again, because the cut was just that perfect.
Rust Blaster manages to turn getting to the cafeteria first into a combination race/battle for survival, complete with the main character fighting off five guys at once to get the best meal possible.
Saki: Mahjong is played with dramatic camera angles, speed lines, flashing lights, and gusts of wind. Being able to get plus-minus zero score every time is pretty awesome and somewhat inhuman, but that is just the beginning. It's not just dramatic music and lighting, this turns it Up to Eleven in ways you would not imagine. Winged creatures, transformation and lightning are only the beginning. Good luck understanding any of the actual mahjong play except through context, but it is frikkin' epic.
Saturn Apartments shows more reverence for window-washing than your average priest shows for the sacraments.
Spoofed ruthlessly in the second season of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Itoshiki, tired of casual conversation, tries saying an incredibly casual phrase in an earth-shattering dramatic way. It turns out to be very fun to do, and all of his students take turns saying casual things extremely dramatically. It gets even better when they start practicing extremely dramatic reactions to the above statements.
Chiri, however, subverts this right off the bat in the same scene by saying that she gave her sister a juice injection in an overly dramatic tone, acting like it's actually no big deal at all. According to her, it comparatively isn't. She could have injected compressed gas instead, you know.
The Survival Game episodes were made almost in the style of Battle Royale.
Sgt. Frog parodies the living daylights out of this trope. About once an episode, Keroro tries to turn his dialogue into a dramatic declamation... about vacuuming... or model building... or going to the toy store...
Shokugeki no Soma is a series about cooking with no supernatural or science-fiction stuff. The characters' cooking is so good that people have orgasms eating it! Or so bad it makes girls feel like they've been groped.
Just cooking or even when they're preparing cooking makes the chefs looking so Badass. The epicness of either cooking or eating is on the same level as of Death Note, but with a strong flair of a battle manga. This is what happens if you combine this trope with Awesome Art.
It helps there are amazing cooking duels (called Shokugeki) like in real life, where two parties are cooking in an arena (the official Shokugeki at least).
Soul Eater: there's an episode devoted entirely to the main characters taking a test. This includes Soul's AWESOME CHEATING SKILLS, Patty's AWESOME GIRAFFE MAKING/KILLING SKILLS and Liz's AWESOME HAIR PLUCKING SKILLS. Black☆Star's AWESOME AUTOGRAPH, written in blood, with a backing track of heavy metal. Death the Kidd suffers, sweats, and cries for not being able to WRITE A PERFECTLY SYMMETRIC LETTER "K". Then, horror of horrors, his pencil broke and his testpaper ripped! His shock and disgust were so great, he coughs up blood and dies! (Not really. As the son of the Grim Reaper himself, it's debatable whether he actually can die).
Scribbling on notepaper and rapidly tapping keyboards have never been so epic.
The Hanafuda match for the fate of the world starts out pretty awesome already, but then John and Yoko grant Natsuki a rare angelic kimono for her avatar and it gets crazier from there, culminating in a meteor strike-esque (with an explosion of Cherry Blossoms upon impact) slamming down of the last card.
Epic use of a rotary dial phone and an address book!
Tentai Senshi Sunred: General Hengel takes on even the most boring of everyday tasks — like buying furniture — with an incredible seriousness and lightning effects in the background. His subordinate sees him as slightly loony, but is loyal nonetheless.
Wouldn't debate competitions be so much more interesting if they were as bright and shiny as the red and blue text in Umineko: When They Cry? This is so far more true in the VN than in the anime. In the VN, they'll show bright sword slashes flying through the dark while intense music like Dread of the Grave or Dreamenddischarger plays.
Umineko Chiru has Dlanor and Battler actually having a SWORD FIGHT with their respective truths...and it's pretty epic especially when Battler decides to whip out the Gold Sword of Truth and completely trump her.
The third episode of Welcome to the N.H.K. turns googling porn into a magnificently epic adventure on the high seas.
Before that it made Satou looking through uncensored hentai game CG sets (and some other stuff) as astounding to the audience as it is to him by punctuating reaching the end with giant explosions. Lampshaded when a note on the screen says this is an imaginary screen.
The World God Only Knows has Keima's Capturing God Mode, which pushes his concentration and stamina to increase his speed times six, to a point where he loses three years of his life for every hour he uses it (his words). And what is this awesome technique used for? Playing Dating Sims.
In fact, in one episode Kazuma makes a bread composed mostly of cannabis derivatives... and it was so delicious, the judge who tasted the bread was sent back in time and saved his own mother from Death by Childbirth.
Kuroyanagi (And Pierrot) make tasting bread awesome. Besides the aforementioned effects, they both go so far as to explain why the bread is so good in a Large Ham way, then goes beyond as to deliver a what can be called a the reason you suck speech to the losing individual/team. Makes sense when you consider both their voiceactors.
The whole point of Yotsuba&! is taking aspects of day-to-day life, like going to an electronics store or cycling to school, and treating it like an epic life-changing adventure, because to a five-year-old they really are epic life-changing adventures. Probably the best is chapter 45, where Yotsuba turns cake decoration into a monumental feat.
Yotsuba: And finally, I'll put on this egg! Fuuka: An egg?! Shimauu: I've never seen decorations like this before!
Yu-Gi-Oh! does this with a children'scollectible card game. Though in that case, the fate of the characters involved (or even that of the world) really does hang in the balance. Still, the amount of drama that goes into picking up a card and putting it back down is almost laughable.
Lampshaded in an episode during the Battle City arc. Jonouchi and Ryouta Kajiki were set to duel in what was apparently the local version of Sea World. Since they had an audience (which they shanghaied by somehow interrupting a killer whale show), Jonouchi attempted to play to the crowd by drawing his card in an even more dramatic fashion than usual, pirouetting and rotating like a champion ice skater. Kajiki interrupts this display of card-drawing prowess by demanding Jonouchi get on with it, after which both duelists continue their duel at the standard, slightly less ridiculous level.
Episode 86 brings us guns that turn into duel disks in a western-styled draw. Just flipping a coin to decide who gets the first move isn't nearly dramatic enough.
A trend that starts in 5Ds and continues into the following sequel series' is that when a character summons a monster from his/her extra deck, the summon itself is always done with a lot more drama and flair than usual, while the summoner does a chant, shouts out their summoning method, and then calls the name of the monster they summon as the monster gets some dramatic camera angles. The fusion users in Yugioh Arc V even make it a point to clasp their hands together as they perform their fusion summons.
The snowball fight in episode 19 of xxxHolic. Too awesome to spoil with extra words.