And then I realized that this is probably true for a lot of shounen series. I haven't watched all that many myself (most of my favorite shounen don't have fighting anyway), but that was certainly the case for DragonBall Z and One Piece.
I mean, I like GetBackers and One Piece, but...well... I think Gurren Lagann has spoiled me. I've gotten used to a constant adrenaline rush and quick pacing. Gurren Lagann has shown me that you could fit SO MUCH into five episodes, so now when I watch five episodes of GetBackers and it feels like not much has happened, it's frustrating.
Anyway, somewhat related link:
Gurren Lagann BAD END (Spoiler for the last episode!)
I feel horrible for laughing at this, but....LMAO. XD
EDIT: Other action shows that do a good job of actual fighting VS standing around- Avatar, and so far, Juushin Enbu. Any more examples?