Top 57 Best Fantasy Anime of All Time


For many of us, anime is a way of escaping “REALITY”. It’s a teleporter that allows us to live in a world created by someone’s imagination and experiences. This imagination is very well fictional, yet feels so real.


And it is this imaginary and fictional world from a brilliant artist that gives us the experience that we couldn’t have had otherwise. It is like living hundreds of lives as you watch and these lives are so worth living.


As a human being, there would have been instances in your life where you just wish to skip this world and step into a new one. How would it feel to be in a world fueled by someone’s mind, how would it feel to be in a ‘Fantasy’?


The anime medium has thousands of answers for you to look for. And amongst those thousands of answers, we have shortlisted the best one for you guys. That’s right! If you are an anime fan who enjoys fantasy anime or the fantasy setting of any series then this list is for you.




1. Attack On Titan


attack on titan


Entity Detail
Title Shingeki no Kyojin
Type TV
Studios Production I.G, Wit Studio
Premiered Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Attack On Titan is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The story follows a world where humongous monsters exist alongside humans. And when I say alongside, I don’t mean they live happily together, I mean that these monsters eat upon humans and are part of the ecosystem.


However, to escape from ending up dead, humanity created a wall around itself. These walls were created so that humanity can function behind them and stay away from these monsters, known as Titans.


Countless times have humans tried to bring down Titans and they do succeed. However, the ratio is miserably low making behind-the-wall stay the most efficient option. But Eren Yeager is sick of being trapped behind the wall and wishes to change his life.


However, his life changes when his town gets attacked by Titans out of nowhere, and his mother ends up losing herself. The sheer amount of anger and rage was so high in Eren that he swore to kill every last titan alive.


He joined the scout regiment to learn the techniques of killing titans and is on his way to achieving his goals. But where did the Titans come from and why are they here?


All of these questions are part of a giant puzzle. A puzzle that solves itself as time passes by. Attack On Titan is looked upon by many as the pinnacle of anime and entertainment in general.




2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Entity Detail
Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Source Manga
MAL Score 9.171
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of a manga series written and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. The story follows the life of two brothers, Edward Eric and Alphonse Elric, also known as the Elric brothers.


These two are known for their proficiency in Alchemy. If you guys don’t know, Alchemy is the ability to transform the shape, size, and form of an object of your own will.


In other words, you can change a light pole to a car using Alchemy. But it isn’t all-powerful as you would expect. To achieve some result, something of equal value must be given.


If that doesn’t happen, Alchemy won’t as well. That’s the law of equivalent exchange. But what is the value of a human soul? Well, it turns out that the Elric brothers are the only ones who know about it because they are the only ones who have tried checking it.


Yup, the Elric brothers committed the biggest taboo in Alchemy by trying to use it on their dead mother. However, in the process, they lost their bodies and their mother didn’t even get cured.


So now they are on a mission to bring back the bodies that they lost while doing the unthinkable. But this is not going to be easy. As they try and search for the Philosopher’s Stone, a stone that can bring their bodies back, he gets to know that the root of Alchemy and equivalent exchange is much darker and more complex than he initially thought.


Nation-wrecking things are about to happen as you watch 2 brothers show the epitome of brotherhood. As stated earlier, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is looked upon by anime fans as the ‘Perfect’ anime.


A series that has a perfect balance of action, drama, comedy, and seriousness. Blend it all in with Bones animation and you have a series that was looked upon as the best anime ever created for a long time.


It gained worldwide recognition, praise, and acclaim to the point that it felt like it was unbeatable. However, an anime summoned up that managed to outmatch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Still, this is one of the best fantasy anime out there and one of the best anime in general.




3. Hunter x Hunter


Hunter x Hunter


Entity Detail
Title Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 9.071
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Hunter x Hunter is a critically acclaimed series. It is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Togashi Yoshihiro. The story is about a boy named Gon Freecs who wants to look for his lost father.


In an attempt to find him, my man heads out to become a Hunter, a profession that involves the death and murder of many. Being a hunter means that you have to look for and assassinate or hunt a specific group of individuals.


But becoming a hunter isn’t even close to how easy people think it is. Life is on the line every minute of being a hunter and death is like a neighbor.


It will arrive at any moment no matter what you are doing. Still, our boy Gon doesn’t give up and continues to go on this path filled with nails and fire.


However, with the help of a few friends he makes along the way, Gon can become a hunter and continues his journey. A journey that he would remember forever and ever.


Hunter x Hunter is one of the most acclaimed series in the anime community. The deep, dark, gory, and mind-twisting themes targeted in this series make it one of a kind.


Studio Madhouse gave its level best while making it.




4. Violet Evergarden


Violet Evergarden


Entity Detail
Title Violet Evergarden
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Jan 11, 2018 to Apr 5, 2018
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.651
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Violet Evergarden is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Akatsuki Kana and illustrated by Takase Akiko. The story is set in a world where a great war has just ended and normalcy is coming back.


Amongst this stands Violet, a 14-year-old who was a major part of the war and managed to destroy multiple enemies. On the surface, she is like a doll, expressionless and to a lot extent, emotionless.


However, the one person for whom she had the most emotions is his Major. Major Gilbert was the only person that mattered to Violet but now he is not here.


Major lost his life during the war but right before dying, he said three magical words to Violet. Then Violet didn’t get what Major was trying to tell her but now she wants to know the meaning at any cost.


Realizing that Auto Memory Dolls can understand words and emotions, she decides to be one. All so she could understand the meaning of his Major’s last words. Auto Memory Dolls are individuals who write down the feelings of someone on paper.


However, when our emotionless violet tries to put people’s emotions onto the paper, she fails miserably. But her determination stood strong and she began her journey as an Auto Memory Doll that reaches out to the depths of people so she could find out the depths of herself.


Violet Evergarden is a series that will make you ball your eyes out. The use of themes, references, logic, and the blend of fantasy and realism is incredible.



5. Demon Slayer


demon slayer


Demon Slayer is a highly acclaimed anime celebrated for its captivating blend of action, fantasy, and supernatural elements. It is renowned for its distinctive storyline, impressive character development, stunning artwork, intense battle sequences, and even moments of humour. The animation quality is nothing short of exceptional, with each frame exuding artistic brilliance.


The series commences with a powerful and tragic event that transforms the initially mild-mannered Tanjiro Kamado into a determined warrior seeking vengeance. Notably, Demon Slayer excels in providing depth to its antagonists by delving into their pasts, contributing to a more empathetic portrayal of characters.


Rather than solely focusing on battles, the anime prioritizes character development, adding emotional weight to the confrontations. It also strikes a balance between humour and melodrama, creating a natural chemistry among the core characters.



6. Fate Series


Fate Series


Fate Series is a collection of multiple installments. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Urobuchi Gen and illustrated by Takeuchi Takashi. The series focuses on the Holy Grail that promises to fulfill any wish asked.


However, this phenomenon has already led to 3 devastating wars in the past with each of them being gruesome enough to have no winners at all. However, the Einzbern family believes that this time, the outcome would be different.


Their hold on the vessel of the holy grail is the reason for this confidence. Therefore, Kiritsugu Emiya has been hired by the family so he could compete on their behalf.


To make sure that Kiritsugu does his part, they have made a marriage contract with him for her only daughter. Now is the time for Kiritsugu to enter the battlefield.


However, this fight is going to be unreal with intense competition. With 6 more competitors against him, Kiritsugu has to give it all. With the help of his familiar Saber, he will face the ultimate opponent of his life and a once-in-a-lifetime battle.


Who will prevail in this survive-or-perish situation? The fate series is one of the most complex pieces of work in anime. With a lot of parts and divisions in the storyline, Fate has gained a name in the community for being confusing.



7. Mushishi




Entity Detail
Title Mushishi
Type TV
Studios Artland
Premiered Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.681
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Mushishi is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Urushibara Yuki. The story is set on the concept of ‘Mushi’, the most simple beings on the planet.


They are so basic that they don’t have anything as good or bad. They are just there. And their existence or information about their existence is scarce. Everything I saw here is a very rough description of an actual Mushi.


To describe them more, we need more material information. And that’s where Mushishi kicks in. Mushishis are those who dedicate their lives to studying Mushi and their reason for existence.


Mushishi Ginko has always wondered about an answer to this question and in the search for an answer, he steps out into the world. He begins his chance for rumors that could be about Mushishi and tries to study.


From what we know, this might end up giving him the meaning of life. Mushishi is calm, soothing, and slow. Unlike any shonen anime, the dynamics are low and the fantasy is brilliant.


The story progress as it takes its time and explores the world they are a part of. What are Mushi and what is the reason for their existence? These questions are answered beautifully in this series.


It won the Tokyo Anime Award in the Television category in 2006.



8. Made In Abyss


Made In Abyss


Entity Detail
Title Made in Abyss
Type TV
Studios Kinema Citrus
Premiered Jul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017
Source Web manga
MAL Score 8.711
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Made In Abyss is an anime adaptation of a web manga written and illustrated by Tsukushi Akihito. The story is set in a world where a deep space called Abyss exists beneath the surface.


The creation and existence of it is still a mystery so not a lot of people have any idea about them. But you know humanity right? If they don’t know something, they will try their best to figure out an answer to it.


Therefore, a group of people called Divers came forth. This group dives down into the abyss to figure out its secrets. And the most elite group of divers called White Whistles are known as legends on the surface.


Riko, the daughter of an absent white whistle, wants to be like her mother. However, she is just a red whistle so she isn’t allowed deep down. However, her encounter with a robotic boy changes everything.


And this change will allow her to know about the abyss and also teach her about its formidable truth of it. Made In Abyss is a series that gained a lot of popularity back when it aired.


It won the Anime Of The Year at Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2017.



9. Princess Mononoke


Princess Mononoke


Entity Detail
Title Mononoke Hime
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1997-07-12
Source Original
MAL Score 8.701
Duration 2 hr. 13 min.


Princess Mononoke is an original work directed by Miyazaki Hayao and animated by Studio Ghibli. The series focuses on a village that gets attacked by beats and reaches the pinnacle of destruction.


However, it is saved by a young warrior named Ashitaka as he risks his life for his people. Even though Ashitaka defeats his opponents, he gets a curse from them which allows him a demonic arm.


This arm is super strong however, it depletes Ashitaka’s life as time goes by. To find a cure for this, Ashitaka is advised by the village elders to head towards the west.


As our hero makes his journey toward the west, he comes across a place called Tatara. Tatara is where a massive conflict has broken out between two groups. The first group is that of lady Eboshi who is causing harm to nature and the second is that of Princess San who is sided with the forest spirits and wants to save them.


Now Ashitaka has to try his level best to solve their dispute while working on his injury. Princess Mononoke is a story that gives the viewers an idea about the coexistence of technology and nature.


The importance of nature is the core highlight here and it is presented beautifully. It won multiple awards including the Best Japanese Movie, Best Animation, and Japanese Movie Fans’ Choice awards.



10. Howl’s Moving Castle


Howl's Moving Castle


Entity Detail
Title Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2004-11-20
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.661
Duration 1 hr. 59 min.


Howl’s Moving Castle is an anime original directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. The story focuses on a place where there’s a magical castle that serves as the residence of wizard Howl.


A magical beast who is known for his excellence in magic and being a womanizer. This is what people in Sophie’s town say. That’s the birth of the rumor that serves as the base of fear for people in the town.


However, Sophie is just a normal girl whose days of normalcy end when she gets into a tough situation. To her rescue, comes Howl and saves the day but their meeting results in something unexpected.


The witch of waste took revenge on the girl for being involved with Howl. And thus, Sophie gets transformed into a weak old lady. To become normal again, Sophie must follow Howl in her castle with dangerous creatures and formulate a cure for her.


Will she be able to get back in her real shape? Howl’s Moving Castle is yet another piece that would blow your mind with its excellent execution and presentation. This movie was so good, it won Osella Awards for Technical Achievement at the 61st Venice Film Festival.


And this is just one of the many awards and nominations this movie has received including a nomination for the Oscars.



11. The Eminence in Shadow


the eminence in shadow


The Eminence in Shadow is a captivating anime that skillfully blends action and humour within a fantastical realm. It follows the journey of Cid Kagenou, a young boy determined to become a shadowy mastermind in a new world after his rebirth.


In this fantasy realm, Cid fabricates the “Shadow Garden,” a clandestine organization, to combat the fictitious Cult of Diablos he created. The anime impresses with its exceptional animation, engaging storyline, and the distinctive character of Cid. Its consistent delivery of a single recurring joke adds a delightful and enjoyable element to the series.


What sets The Eminence in Shadow apart is its clever parody of common isekai tropes, adding a layer of novelty and humour for viewers.



12. Wolf Children


Wolf Children


Entity Detail
Title Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Type Movie
Studios Studio Chizu
Premiered 2012-07-21
Source Original
MAL Score 8.621
Duration 1 hr. 57 min.


Wolf Children is an anime original directed by Hosoda Mamoru and animated by Studio Chizu. The series is about a girl named Hana who has been keeping her eye on a boy who visits her classes.


Turns out, he is not a student from the class. It also turns out that he isn’t a human either. He is the last surviving werewolf and now Hana knows her secret.


However, as they both spend time together, love starts to develop among them resulting in a relationship. Later on, they marry and have two beautiful kids. Life was going pretty well until the unthinkable happened.


Hana’s husband passed away and now she is supposed to parent these two kids on her own. The fact that her lover died was devastating in itself. But what shocked her more was the fact that both of her kids were werewolves as well.


Now she was panicking because if normal people found out about it, it would be bad. So she decided to reach the countryside and continue her life there. This is the story of a single mother who has 2 wolf children and attempts to give them the best life possible.


This is a series that every weeb should watch alongside their mother. It’s heartwarming, clean, calming, and entertaining all at once.



13. One Piece


One Piece


Entity Detail
Title One Piece
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Oct 20, 1999 to ?
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.571
Duration 24 min.


One Piece is almost an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The story is set in a world where a new age of pirates has begun.


This is because the great Gol D Roger announced the existence of One Piece, a treasure that surpasses any wealth possessed by someone. Thereon begins the search for One Piece by hundreds of pirate aspirants.


One of them being our boy Luffy. A grown young man with a cheerful personality. As he has been a fan of Roger since childhood, the existence of One Piece is a matter of challenge for him and he accepts this challenge right away.


Thus begins the journey of a young man with a dream to find the greatest treasure in the entire world. He meets new people, makes friends, makes enemies, and the crew moves forward.


One Piece is One Piece. It is one of the most successful media franchises and the series is incredible.



14. Re: Zero


Re: Zero


Re: Zero is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Nagatsuki Tappe and illustrated by Ootsuka Shinichirou. The story is about our boy Subaru Natsuki who was just shopping for some groceries when BAM, he gets teleported to a completely new world.


Now being in a new world, what’s the first thing you do? Maybe get in a fight with some thugs? Well, that’s what Subaru did anyway. However, in this fight, he is rescued by a girl who called herself Satella.


Later on, Subaru goes ahead and tries to thank her only to realize that Satella and Subaru are both going to die. When Subaru dies while trying to save Satella, he wishes that he should have been able to save her.


But what is this? Right after his death, Subaru is teleported back to the same place where he first entered this world. What’s going on? There’s only one way to find out.


Re: Zero is one of the most unique Isekai series out there. It throws away all the troupes of the Isekai series like harem or powers and instead, portrays a gripping deep story in a new world.


It is much more realistic and likable than most out there and the complexity of this series is great.



15. Aria The Origination


Aria The Origination


Entity Detail
Title Aria the Origination
Type TV
Studios Hal Film Maker
Premiered Jan 8, 2008 to Apr 1, 2008
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Aria The Origination is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Amano Kozue. The story is set in the 24th century with the presence of three lovely girls.


Akari Mizunashi, Alice Carroll, and Aika S. Granzchesta, all wish to become the Prima Undines. What is Prima Undine you may be asking? Well, they are sort of tour guides.


And for the girls’ favor, they are under the cap of 3 of the most talented Prima Undines. Now all these three have to do is learn from the experts who are known as the Water Fairies and try to comprehend their greatness.


This is all supposed to be done while absorbing it themselves. This is going to be a tough task for the girls but they are willing to give it their best.


This is the story of three girls overcoming hardship and learning from their teachers to achieve their goals. Aria is a series that seems very simple on the surface but has a fascinating execution of the concept.


The way these three overcome hardships and problems not only seems motivating but also captivating.



16. Berserk (1997)


Berserk (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Kenpuu Denki Berserk
Type TV
Studios OLM
Premiered Oct 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.501
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Berserk is an anime adaptation of a Manga written and illustrated by one of the most talented artists in the industry, the late Kentaro Miura. The story follows the life of a boy born from the corpse of his mother.


He is known as Guts, a simple boy who is about to reach the heights of killing. He is a mercenary whose only method of survival is the death of the other.


As the day passes, he keeps on killing and just barely makes it through a dathe. However, his life takes a new direction when he encounters Griffith, the leader of a mercenary group, and gets recruited by him.


Griffith knew the potential in Guts and didn’t waste time taking him under. As days pass, Guts keep on climbing the ranks of Griffith’s group. However, this also leads to a realization for Guts.


He looks at the world from a different perspective now and always tries his best to understand it. He realized that this world isn’t all war and murder. There’s a lot more in it.


But since he is under Griffith, his realization turns out to be a hurdle in Griffith’s plans. These are the dark and gory tales of Guts and his life in the medical period, an era where life and death are a matter of seconds.


Berserk is one of the most critically acclaimed series on the planet. The anime did censor a lot of stuff for television viewership. But the actual story dives way deep into the dark and eye-opening aspects of life.



17. KonoSuba




KonoSuba is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Akatsuki Natsume and illustrated by Mishima Kurone. The series revolves around a shut-in NEET named Kazuma Satou who hasn’t touched grass for probably his entire life.


However, one day he decides to step out and buy a new video game. However, in the process of doing so, my man ends up dying as he tries to save a girl from a truck accident.


Turns out, he was hallucinating when he saw that truck, and instead, it was a tractor. Moreover, he didn’t die because the tractor went over him. He died because he THOUGHT the tractor went over him.


After such a shameful death, Kazuma gets the opportunity to live another life in another world. The Goddess of that world Aqua asks her to choose something and get sent to a new world.


Being the Otaku Kazuma, he chooses to go into this world. But instead of choosing any of the weapons offered by Aqua, he chooses Aqua herself. Now both of them are in a new world where adventures are waiting for them.


However, before going on any adventure, they must find a way to bring food to their table. Otherwise, they might end up starving instead of killing some monsters. The journey of Kazuma Satou in this unconventional world is yet to begin.


A journey you would spend laughing all around. KonoSuba is a parody of Isekai anime. It takes the general Isekai troupes and ridiculously twists them. This allows us, the viewers, to enjoy the series based on the preset image of fantasy anime we have in our minds.


With fledged comedy and fun all around, this is a series to let your mind free and have the most fun ever.



18. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid


Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid


Entity Detail
Title Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Jan 12, 2017 to Apr 6, 2017
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.991
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Cool-Kyou Shinja. The series focuses on a programmer named Kobayashi who was living her normal life until one day, she gets approached by a freaking dragon.


Later on, it turns out that Kobayashi had helped the dragon the previous night, and thus, the dragon has come to repay her. However, unlike other dragons, she can take a human form and thus, decides to be Kobayashi’s maidservant.


But you know, a dragon being a maid isn’t the best combination. And thus, Kobayashi gets to experience some of the most bizarre incidents taking place in her daily life with a freaking dragon doing household chores.


And did I mention that new creatures keep getting engaged with Kobayashi as well? So yeah, this is going to be hilarious and applaudable as we watch a mighty being have trouble with the most basic activities.


This series is a comedy slice of life that deals with the chores of programmers. What makes it so lovable is its adorable cast and wholesome narrative.



19. Maquia




Maquia is an anime original directed by Okada Mari and animated by P. A. Works. This is the story of a girl named Maquia who isn’t a simple being like us.


Instead, she is a lorph. What are lorph you may be wondering? Well, they are creatures who have extremely slow aging and have separated themselves from mankind. They live in a village and have a chief system to it.


However, Maquia is someone who feels lonely because she doesn’t have parents. Therefore, even within her kind, she is separated from reality. However, her life changes soon when she meets with the rage of the outside world and its king who wished to acquire immortality from lorph blood.


Amid this unexpected battle, Maquia finds herself alone again in the middle of a forest. There she stumbles across a child and decides to parent him so he could have a better childhood than she does.


However, she doesn’t know how humans work or how she will make it all work out. What she is certain of is the fact that she will certainly make it!


Maquia is a story that a significant part of its appeal is the motherly love present in it. The presentation of emotions and their outburst on occasion is what makes this movie so special.


It has won multiple awards like the Golden Goblet Award for Best Animation Film at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival.



20. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime


That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime


Entity Detail
Title Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
Type TV
Studios 8bit
Premiered Oct 2, 2018 to Mar 19, 2019
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.101
Duration 23 min. per ep.


That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah. The story is about a guy named Satoru Mikami who was having a normal bachelor’s life until his world came to an end.


During a meeting with his fellow friend, he ends up in an accident and loses his life. However, he gets to restart his life in another world as a slime (who would have guessed?).


As he is now a slime, he rebirths in a cave and starts eating nearby plants and animals right after gaining consciousness. He keeps on doing it and soon he meets a dragon who calls himself Veldora.


After a long conversation, Veldora gives the slime a name. That being Rimuru Tempest. Later on, Rimuru realizes that Veldora has been sealed in this cave and so, he promises to bring Veldora back to life.


Then he escapes the cave and enters a mass of land where he has to do all he can to survive. That Time I Got Reincarnated as slime is just about enjoyment.


It’s just that the narrative and its execution are so befitting and entertaining at the same time.



21. Mononoke




Entity Detail
Title Mononoke
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Source Original
MAL Score 8.441
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Mononoke is an original work directed by Nakamura Kenji and animated by Toei Animation. The story is about a man who goes by the name of “Medicine Seller”. Although that’s what they call him, he isn’t exactly a medicine seller.


He is an exorcist who slays spirits called Mononoke. However, this process of slaying is not as easy as it may sound. To slay someone, the Medicine Seller must know his form, truth, and reason.


When he does so, he will be able to wield the exorcism sword and put an end to the spirit. One day, he visited a place where a pregnant woman was residing.


However, he soon realizes that this place is acquired by a Mononoke and thus begins his investigation to put an end to this one. If he fails to do, trouble for the pregnant woman would be on its way.


For every horror fan out there, this is a must-watch series. It has one of the most unique yet befitting animation and art styles from the past decade. Just the sheer amount of psychological horror this series can create is immeasurable.



22. Land Of The Lustrous


Land Of The Lustrous


Entity Detail
Title Houseki no Kuni (TV)
Type TV
Studios Orange
Premiered Oct 7, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.411
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Land Of The Lustrous is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Ichikawa Haruko. The story is set in a world where destruction has taken place due to six meteorites.


Thereon, life in this world is in the hands of creatures called ‘Gems’. These are crystalline creatures who are supposed to fight against Lunarians. If they don’t, Lunarians would end up killing them.


Yup, it’s brutal. Now amongst these gems is Phos, our protagonist, who wishes to assist his kind in the war effort. However, instead of making him attack the front, he has been assigned a secondary task.


Now Phos doesn’t want to do it and later on, he meets Cinnabar who doesn’t wish to do the job assigned to him as well. Therefore, Phos decided to go against the norms and take a step in the direction he wishes to go.


All he wants to do now is find a job that would satisfy both of these inspirational beings. Something that both of them will feel proud of while doing. This is the story of two buddies doing the unseen and unbelievable.



23. Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind


Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind


Entity Detail
Title Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Type Movie
Studios Topcraft
Premiered 1984-03-11
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.391
Duration 1 hr. 57 min.


Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Miyazaki Hayao. And he is also the director of the series giving it his signature art style.


The story is placed in a world where a massive war broke out, also known as the Seven Days of Fire. This resulted in almost human extinction and the survivors are stuck in a world filled with harmful beings and toxins.


These toxins possess the threat of destroying the remaining humanity as well and their growth is exponential. However, this isn’t the case everywhere. In a place near the sea called “Valley Of The Wind”, the situation is a lot different than what you would expect.


Humanity on that end is as good as ever and Princess Nausicaa is taking care of her kingdom. However, when the valley is attacked by a group of terrorists who want to trigger the weapon of Seven Days of fire again, Nausicaa has no choice but to bring herself to the battlefield.


She must fight to her last breath, not for herself but for her people. Nausicaa: Valley Of The Wind has claimed worldwide recognition by winning awards like the Oufuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards and the Best Short Film Award at the Fantafestival.



24. Mushoku Tensei


Mushoku Tensei


Entity Detail
Title Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
Type TV
Studios Studio Bind
Premiered Jan 11, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.391
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Mushoku Tensei is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Rifujin na Magonote and illustrated by Sirotaka. The story revolves around a shut-it who had a life worth nothing in terms of friendship and love.


However, he still had the courage of doing something heroic yet luck wasn’t in his favor. His heroic act turns out to be the reason for his death and puts an end to his life in this world.


Then he gets reincarnated in a new world as Rudeus Greyrat, a child born by a loving couple. Now Rudeus may seem like a child at first but he redeems his memory from his past life.


This makes him capable of adapting to his new life and all he intends now is to live it to the fullest. He learns various skills and strengths that he needs for the current world and bam!


He is ready to relive it all again. However, the biggest search for our boy would be something that he wasn’t fortunate to get in his previous life. The ultimate blessing of love.


Mushoku Tensei might seem like another Isekai to you but the synopsis doesn’t explain the presentation aspect. The story is indeed pretty standard but that’s barely scratching the surface. In actuality, this series has fantastic details and eye-pleasing animation.


Studio Bind showed its best performance with this series and the narrative just adds up to the overall experience.



25. Kamisama Hajimemashita


Kamisama Hajimemashita


Entity Detail
Title Kamisama Hajimemashita
Type TV
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Oct 2, 2012 to Dec 25, 2012
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.051
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Kamisama Hajimemashita is a Shoujo story with a sense of Harem added. It is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Suzuki Julietta. The story is about Nanami Momozono, a normal high schooler living her life.


However, this life turned out to be rather harsh. She has been facing a lot of financial and mental pressure lately. This includes her father’s debt and his absence. Thus, as her horrible time continues, the situation gets worse to the point that she is broke now.


Moreover, she doesn’t have a home to go back to. Therefore, one day while she was roaming, she stumbled across a guy being harassed by dogs. When she helped that man out, he learned about her situation and offered her his house.


Nanami decides to take his gratitude and move into the house but to her surprise, the house isn’t something normal. Instead, the house is a shrine that possesses mythical creatures including an angry annoyed fox.


When she enters the shrine, the creatures think that she has been sent as the new God for the shrine. However, the fox says to serve a human. Nanami has 2 choices now.


Either she remains homeless or takes on her divine duties. She chooses the latter and thus begins the journey of a young girl trying her best to keep to be a God.


However, these creatures around her aren’t going to let her be. Kamisama Hajimemashita is a series that has an interesting transition to its narrative. The major relationship developments and story progression are what make this series so special.



26. Weathering With You!


Weathering With You!


Entity Detail
Title Tenki no Ko
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2019-07-19
Source Original
MAL Score 8.361
Duration 1 hr. 52 min.


Weathering With You is an anime original directed by Shinkai Makoto and animated by CoMix Wave Films. The story focuses on a young man unable to make a living named Hodaka Morishima.


He has been living alone and wishes to earn so he could survive and keep working. He tries his best and later on, gets a job at a publisher. The same goes for Amano Hina who has a younger brother whom she wants to nurture as well as make a living for herself.


In recent times, Tokyo has been getting a lot of rain recently which disrupts common people. As time passes by, an encounter between them results in both of them realizing something strange.


Hina has the power to bring out soon on her own. That’s right! She can call out the sun of her own will and she decides to do so in this rainy season for the sake of people and when they need it.


However, as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. And what is that responsibility? Well, these two would soon get to know about it. Weathering With You is one of the most commercially successful anime movies of all time.


It earned more than a million tickets and had an earning of over a billion yen in just under 3 days. Epic right? What’s even more epic is the fact that it has won multiple awards including the Animation of the Year award at the 43rd annual Japan Academy Prize ceremony.


Not to mention, it was the second movie from Japan to be nominated for the Oscars. After so many years of Mononoke Hime, this movie went on to the international stage.



27. Spice And Wolf


Spice And Wolf


Entity Detail
Title Ookami to Koushinryou
Type TV
Studios Imagin
Premiered Jan 9, 2008 to Mar 26, 2008
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.261
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Spice And Wolf is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Hasekura Isuna and illustrated by Ayakura Juu. The story is about a holy deity of its time named Holo who was being worshipped as a part of good luck during the harvest festival in Pasloe.


However, as time passes by, the villagers start to gain traction on their own, and soon, they become sufficient enough to overlook Holo. Because of this, she has been left as nothing but a story.


This changes when a merchant steps in Pasloe and Holo asks him to take her to Yoitsu. Yoitsu is the place in the north that stands as the home for Holo.


Now this merchant, named Lawrence Kraft, saw Holo and realized that something was off with her. She had a brilliant ability to know someone’s character and personality without any issues.


Therefore, he decided to take her on a journey with him. This is so he could use these skills for his own goal. The goal of having his shop. As time passes by, these two together, create an experience blended with 2 of the most distinct elements.


Those being Romance and Economics. What has their destiny in store for these two experts? Spice And Wolf is a series with an interesting concept with an even more interesting execution.


The use of elements like Economics in your story brings a sense of realism and authenticity. Thus, spice and the wolf look and feel real while maintaining their fantasy setting.



28. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations


Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations


Entity Detail
Title Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
Type OVA
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Nov 16, 2007 to Mar 17, 2008
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.311
Duration 30 min. per ep.


Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by CLAMP. The story is the continuation of Syaoran and the company from Record Country to Tokyo Country.


Record country was where the book of memories was held. And now in Tokyo Country, Syaoran and company have placed themselves in a predicament. The entire place is in a situation of war between factions.


The cause of this war is food and water, the core elements of survival. Now the group has stuck here and has to try their best to survive in this life-threatening situation.


But this isn’t the only thing they have to take care of. As time passes by, the group starts to realize some secrets which create their problems. Now how will our gang survive in such a detrimental situation?


And this all happening is with the occurrence of multiple betrayals and heartbreaks alongside. A horrifying scene that can give you chills. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations is just 3 episodes meaning that anyone can quickly binge it and they won’t even realize it.



29. Castle In The Sky


Castle In The Sky


Entity Detail
Title Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1986-08-02
Source Original
MAL Score 8.291
Duration 2 hr. 4 min.


Castle In The Sky is an anime original directed by Miyazaki Hayao and animated by Studio Ghibli. The series focuses on a girl named Sheeta who has been kidnapped by Government employees.


They are doing so for the sake of her amulet. In other words, the Government is doing this for its greedy purposes. As Sheeta continues to stay put in the hands of her captor, something unexpected happens.


The ship gets raided by pirates and this allows Sheeta to escape from those filthy government agents. Now as she escapes their grip of them, she comes across a boy named Pazu who has a dream.


A dream to reach the castle in the sky Laputa. As they both spend time together, they realize that this dream fulfilled if they try. Thus these two kids begin their journey to that massive castle that stands strong in the sky.


How is it standing still? And what are its secrets? These questions will be answered. But keep in mind that the greedy government is also seeking Laputa for its filthy purposes.


Castle In The Sky is yet another movie that will give a wholesome experience just like Kiki’s Delivery Service.



30. No Game No Life


No Game No Life


Entity Detail
Title No Game No Life
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 23 min. per ep.


No Game No Life is an anime adaptation of a light novel written and illustrated by Kamiya Yuu. The story focuses on the life of two siblings named Shiro and Sora.


Both of them are good at games. They play video games together and are known as the strongest players in the entire world. They are called “Blank” because they always keep their names black in the naming section.


Anyway, their prowess in games is so high that even hackers can’t defeat them. So one day, they get an invitation from God of another world where they were supposed to defeat him in a match of chess.


Just as you would expect, they won the match. They won a match against a literal God. Now God of the other world allows them to travel to their world.


In a world where games decide everything. Every dispute, conflict, and war is settled using games. In a world where games are the law, what would happen when the world’s best gamers place their feet into it?


No Game No Life is a series that skyrocketed in popularity because of its heavy otaku appeal.



31. Magi




Entity Detail
Title Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.251
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Magi is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Ohtaka Shinobu. Based on Arabian nights, Magi follows a world where dungeons with unreal amounts of treasures hidden within them are present.


To loot these treasures is the task of the Magi, a rare class of magicians who help kings and kingdoms in their process of taking over. Amongst all of them stands the name of Aladin, a young magician who wishes to explore this world after his long isolation.


However, the moment he tries to do so, he ends up causing unwanted chaos. Luckily, this chaos allows him to meet Alibaba, and together, they both decide to hit the nearest dungeon.


Thereon begins the journey of these magicians on a track that would change the direction of the entire world. Arabian Nights have always been a fascinating collection of stories and getting an anime adaptation of it is worth looking at right?



32. Kiki’s Delivery Service


Kiki's Delivery Service


Entity Detail
Title Majo no Takkyuubin
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1989-07-29
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.221
Duration 1 hr. 43 min.


Kiki’s Delivery Service is an original anime directed by Miyazaki Hayao and animated by Studio Ghibli. The series talks about a witch in practice named Kiki who is just 13 years old.


She is supposed to stay in a completely new town to become a full-fledged witch. Therefore, she takes up her broomstick and along with her black cat Jiji, she sails to a completely new town that she hasn’t lived in before.


Now as time passes Kiki realizes that she has no way to survive in this town. No food, no shelter, nothing. This is until she meets a baker who lets her stay at her bakery in exchange for deliveries.


That’s right! To make sure that she has a residence, Kiki has to make deliveries on her broomstick. As time passes by, Kiki opens up her delivery service and this embarks the journey of a girl who would understand the true meaning of responsibility and maturity.


You see, on the surface, this is not an extravagant synopsis. It’s a pretty basic story. However, when you add this basic story to Studio Ghibli’s execution, it becomes something extraordinary.



33. Cardcaptor Sakura


Cardcaptor Sakura


Entity Detail
Title Cardcaptor Sakura
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Cardcaptor Sakura is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by CLAMP. The story is centered around Sakura Kinomoto who is a normal young girl living her normal school life.


However, her days of normalcy reach an end when she comes across a mysterious book. As curiosity strikes, she opens up the book and finds out that there are a lot of cards sealed into it.


As the book is uncovered, those cards are scattered across the world because of a gust of wind. As she was trying to recover from this incident, a beast turns up next to the book.


His name is Keroberos and he explains to Sakura about her deeds. Simply put, Sakura released dangerous cards that have a will of their own into the actual world. They were sealed by a sorcerer so they won’t cause any chaos.


Now Sakura has let them escape and thus, it is her responsibility to make sure that she collects them back before it happens. Therefore, Keroberos allows Sakura to have special powers and gives her the tag of Cardcaptor.


Now Sakura has to try her best to save everyone from those dangerous cards while maintaining her ordinary life. This young girl is going to have an experience of her life as she goes from being a normal student to becoming Cardcaptor Sakura.


This anime has always been a significant name in the conversation of Shoujo anime fans. Just like Revolutionary Girl Utena, Cardcaptor Sakura also had a massive influence over the shoujo genre and brought more spotlight to it.


This is the reason why it has been honored with the Animage Grand Prix award for Best Anime right after a year of its release.



34. InuYasha




Entity Detail
Title InuYasha
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Oct 16, 2000 to Sep 13, 2004
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.851
Duration 24 min. per ep.


InuYasha is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Takahashi, Rumiko. The story is about Kagome Higurashi, a normal girl who starts to experience the abnormal right after an encounter.


This is her encounter with a demon that drags her to a well that had been cursed. More importantly, all of this happens at her family’s shrine. When the demon takes her deep into the well, she gets teleported back to a violent period in Japan.


This is known as the Sengoku period. There, she realizes that the demon’s true target is a wish-granting jewel known as the Shikon Jewel. The battle in this era leads to the shattering of the jewel and shards scattered all around the world.


Kagome asks a demon dog and human hybrid named InuYasha for help in finding the shards. If they get in the wrong hands, the future of this world would be unbelievable.


As time passes by, more people join their team and try their level best to collect these shards. Their relationships get stronger and more interesting with every encounter they have as a team.


Will they be able to collect all the shards before evil gets his eyes on them? The story of InuYasha has an adventurous appeal to it. It won the “Property of the Year” award in ICv2’s Anime Awards is undeniable proof of its greatness.



35. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya


The Tale Of Princess Kaguya


Entity Detail
Title Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2013-11-23
Source Other
MAL Score 8.211
Duration 2 hr. 17 min.


The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is an anime adaptation of Japanese lore. It’s directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. The series is about a man named Okina who lives in the countryside.


His daily routine includes cutting bamboo shoots for a living and doing so all day long. As days pass by, his life seems to be losing something exciting. That is until one day, after cutting the shoot of bamboo, he witnesses a child in it.


As a man from the countryside, he starts to believe that she is a gift from heaven to his family. Later on, he takes her to his house and shares this incident with his wife.


Now both husband and wife decide to take it upon themselves to raise this beautiful child as their own. As time passes by, this girl from the shoot of bamboo becomes cheerful and young.


She has blended in with her village and goes by the name of Kaguya. However, her life changes forever when her father finds a ton of gold yet again and thinks of it as a blessing as well.


He decides to spend all this money on his daughter and make her an actual princess. Now Kaguya and her family have shifted to the capital, leaving behind their loved ones.


But soon Kaguya will realize the purpose and consequence of her existence. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is one of the most visually stunning and gripping series of all time.


The way Studio Ghibli uses unconventional animation methods and creates this piece of art is truly commendable. It has been nominated over 20 times for multiple awards including Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards.



36. Beyond The Boundary


Beyond The Boundary


Entity Detail
Title Kyoukai no Kanata
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.761
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Beyond The Boundary is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Torii Nagomu and illustrated by Kamoi Tomoyo. The series focuses on Mirai Kuriyama who is a spirit world warrior.


The clan that she belongs to isn’t alive anymore and she is the only survivor. Therefore, she lacks confidence and motives within herself. Later on, she is given the task to kill Youmu, the solidified form of negative human emotions.


Now Mirai has to make sure that she completes this task for the better. But later, she meets someone completely unexpected. On the school roof one day, Mirai encounters Akihito Kanbara who is a half-human and half-Youmu.


Being the warrior that she is, Mirai attacks Kanbara only to realize that he is an immortal being. As they spend time together, a bond of friendship develops between them.


Kanbara also manages to befriend 2 other spirit world warriors. Now the 4 together in the literary club. Their friendship becomes stronger just like the Youmu nearby and soon, their misadventure begins.


As time passes by, the inevitable happens. The strongest Youmu shows up. Known as Beyond The Boundary. Beyond The Boundary is a series that will let you have a bit of an introspection session with yourself.


It’s about finding one weakness and the true essence of friendship.



37. Revolutionary Girl Utena


Revolutionary Girl Utena


Entity Detail
Title Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff
Premiered Apr 2, 1997 to Dec 24, 1997
Source Original
MAL Score 8.191
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Revolutionary Girl Utena is an original anime directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko and animated by J. C. Staff. The series is about a girl named Tenjou Utena who lost her parents at a young age.


However, she managed to make it through that crucial period thanks to a prince. The Prince left Utena after a while and gave her two things to look forward to.


The first is a ring with a rose crest and the second is a promise. The promise is that they will meet again someday and that’s for sure. Now looking up to the Prince, Utena decided to become a prince herself.


Later on, she joins the Ootori Academy, where she experiences the unbelievable. She realizes that there are people who have rings similar to hers and they compete in a competition for a prize.


The prize is Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya. She takes part in the action and ends up winning the competition. Later on, she realizes that if she set Anthy free, she would get to know the secrets of Ootori Academy.


However, to do so, she must revolutionize the world. Utena is a series that touched upon some of the most sensitive topics back when it aired. This caused the series to be a matter of discussion for many anime fans out there.


Idealism, identity, illusions, and adulthood are topics that we’re presented in this series metaphorically. This allowed the series to change the shoujo industry and give it a new direction. It won the Best TV Animation Award at Animation Kobe.



38. Millennium Actress


Millennium Actress


Entity Detail
Title Sennen Joyuu
Type Movie
Studios Madhouse
Premiered 2002-09-14
Source Original
MAL Score 8.271
Duration 1 hr. 26 min.


Millennium Actress is an original movie directed by Satoshi Kon and the animated studio Madhouse. The story is about a legendary actress who goes by the name of Chiyoko Fujiwara. Director Genya Tachibana decided to make a documentary on this fantastic actress as a homage to his studio.


However, when Genya along with his cameraman Kouji Ida reach out to Chiyoko, they realize that she left her acting career during her peak. Trying to search for the reason for the same, they come across the fact that Chiyoko has experienced World War 2 and the line that separated the script and reality is way too blurs for her.


This is the story of an acting expert with a past that will grip anything and anyone all by itself. Millennium Actress is a work that isn’t easy to summarize in a few words.


It has multiple references and a realistic setting that only flourishes as one watches the actual movie. Elements like drama, adventure, and romance are blended into the narrative with skill.


This is yet another movie that would give an experience that will broaden the horizon of what anime and manga can offer.



39. Dragon Ball Z


Dragon Ball Z


Entity Detail
Title Dragon Ball Z
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Dragon Ball Z is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. The story follows the life of Goku on Earth as he continues to live his life alongside Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin.


However, everything changes when a sudden appearance of a guy named Raditz takes place. Raditz is an alien from Planet Vegeta and claims that Goku is his brother. Moreover, he states that Goku was sent to this planet for the sake of destroying it for good.


However, his memories changed due to his hitting his head on the ground too hard. On his behalf, Raditz is here to complete the job and destroy the earth. However, Goku won’t allow it.


He is now an earthling and will do everything in his power to protect this planet. Even if it means fighting against the formidable Frieza. The one who destroyed Planet Vegeta.


Dragon Ball Z is a series that was way too popular back when it was airing. It wasn’t your normal shounen. Instead, it was a feast to the eyes of anyone who watched it.


High octane action, lovable characters, and a promising story. This anime had all that international fans wanted.



40. Ancient Magus Bride


Ancient Magus Bride


Entity Detail
Title Mahoutsukai no Yome
Type TV
Studios Wit Studio
Premiered Oct 8, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.081
Duration 24 min. per ep.




Ancient Magus Bride is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Yamazaki Kore. The story is about a 15 years old girl named Chise Hatori who has been ridiculed by her peers for her behavior.


She was abandoned at a young age and later sold to a tall masked man just at the age of 15. However, this incident gave a new direction to her life.


As she wanted a place to call home, she tries her level best to make sure it happened. Even if it means selling herself to a random stranger. On her way to the place, she hears a few people murmuring something about her but she chooses to ignore them and head forward.


Later on, as they both reach the destination, the person reveals himself as Elias Ainsworth, a magus. Surprised by his appearance, Chise talked with Elias and soon found herself in a cottage in England where mythical creatures are waiting for her.


Fairies and many more wonderful beings greet her and thus begins the journey of a girl with a miserable past to a bright future. She is now the Bride of the ancient Magus.


Ancient Magus Bride completely dominated the rankings of Crunchyroll Anime Awards and managed to gain its name for the best drama from 2017. If you love your slow yet immersive drama shounen then this anime must hit your watchlist.



41. Yona Of The Dawn


Yona Of The Dawn


Entity Detail
Title Akatsuki no Yona
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 7, 2014 to Mar 24, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Yona Of The Dawn is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Kusanagi Mizuho. The story is set in the Kingdom of Kouka where Princess Yona seems to be residing.


This kingdom looks like an ideal and peaceful place for all human beings to reside and spend time. Yona has been aware of the fact that her Kingdom needs no help and is in fine shape.


However, her perspective changes right after the murder of the King. Sudden chaos breaks out and Yona is forced to leave the place with only his bodyguard helping him. Now as they both step into the actual Kouka, they realize that their judgment was more fogged than anything.


Corruption, malpractices, etc are going on in this kingdom for a while now. Moreover, this place has reached a point where bringing it back would be difficult. Therefore, Yona sets on a mission to gain all that she can to try to rebuild her kingdom.


With only an urban legend by his side, she has to do all she can to gain back her beloved home. As you can see, the story is placed in a kingdom setting with our protagonist being a girl.


Thus, this series has become a work that needs to be recognized by even more fans like you and me.



42. Dorohedoro




Entity Detail
Title Dorohedoro
Type TV
Studios MAPPA
Premiered Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 30, 2020
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.091
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Dorohedoro is an anime adaptation of a manga written and illustrated by Hayashida Q. The story is set in a world called the Hole a place where the fittest always survive while the weak perish.


Every day, the magic users destroy the residents of this place for the sake of testing their magic, and death is as common as breathing. Nothing seems to put an end to the miserable lives of the Hole residents and their frail lives seem to be on the verge of the end just as the sun rises.


One such guy that started his journey is Kaiman. The protagonist Kaiman also does the same in this world but for the sake of finding answers about his true self.


He just wants to know the reasons for his existence in this brutal world. How did he get here and who was he before are all the questions he needs an answer for.


Therefore, he keeps on searching for the sake of these answers and continues to experience the hellish life of the people in Hole. Dorohedoro is a great combination of lighthearted comedy walking alongside gruesome deaths and murders.


In the grand scheme of things, this series is all that any action fan would want. It has a great plot, pretty good characters, and impressive execution.



43. Paprika




Entity Detail
Title Paprika
Type Movie
Studios Madhouse
Premiered 2006-11-25
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.061
Duration 1 hr. 30 min.


Paprika is an original anime directed by fantastic director Satoshi Kon and animated by the studio Madhouse. The story is about a science-fictional idea of a dream spectacle. Not exactly glasses but rather the technology to look into the deepest desires of individuals.


Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita have been developing this technology with all their heart so that they can help mentally broken people. However, the reality is not as sound as you think the use of this technology has two effects.


A positive effect would help people live longer. But if this technology gets into the wrong hand, mind terrorism would become possible. Both of our scientists develop this technology and named it DC Mini but the DC Mini gets in the wrong hands.


Our couple starts to realize that something is off with the people in their surroundings and starts working for their cure. They must run across the reality and dreams of those who seem to be attacked by evil.


What will these two geniuses do for the sake of their kind? Paprika is a mind-bending mystery horror series. It has won multiple awards including Anime Award for Best Music and the Newport Beach Film Festival for best-animated feature film stands.



44. The Twelve Kingdoms


The Twelve Kingdoms


Entity Detail
Title Juuni Kokuki
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.051
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The Twelve Kingdoms is an anime adaptation of a novel written by Ono Fuyumi and illustrated by Yamada, Akihiro. The story revolves around a red-haired girl named Youko Nakajima who always wished for normalcy.


She does what she is asked for, scores very well has an alluring personality, and overall, is very attractive. However, that red hair doesn’t allow her to feel like a normal girl.


They just become a hurdle in her search for normalcy. However, she recognizes the significance of her red hair the moment she meets Keiki. Keiki is the man who suddenly appeared next to Youko and started calling her his master.


Not only that but he also believes that she is the one who deserves to be on the throne of his kingdom. This unique meeting doesn’t last long as Keiki was being chased by the beasts from the other side.


Keiki manages to send Youko to the next world amid all this fighting but he makes two major mistakes. The first one is that he transfers 2 other students from Youko’s class as well.


The other one is that the three girls and Keiki are completely separated. Therefore, these three humans have to survive in this completely new world on their own. If they don’t make it, death might be at the edge of it.


This is an action-adventure series that would give you an engaging ride in a new world.



45. Nagi No Asu Kara


Nagi No Asu Kara


Entity Detail
Title Nagi no Asu kara
Type TV
Studios P.A. Works
Premiered Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
Source Original
MAL Score 8.051
Duration 23 min. per ep.




Nagi No Asu Kara is a romance series and an original anime directed by Shinohara Toshiya and animated by P. A Works. The series talks about a world where human life is present on both ends of our feet.


Humans can live on land as well as on water. However, if underwater humans decide to leave the water, their God-given protection called Ena would be taken away. Ena allows the possessed one to breathe underwater.


Now 4 children namely Sakishima, Manaka Mukaido, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki are forced to move toward land. These guys have to attend a school on the surface with no options in their hands.


The only thing they can do is endure the hatred and discrimination that exists between the people living on land against people living underwater. And the way this hatred shapes the relationships of these civilizations with the presence of these children is the beauty of this series.


Things start to take unreal turns and bonds take new shapes. What has their destiny in store for these kids and their kind? The story has an interesting concept that one can feel fascinated about.



46. Welcome To Demon School Iruma kun


Welcome To Demon School Iruma kun


Entity Detail
Title Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
Type TV
Studios Bandai Namco Pictures
Premiered Oct 5, 2019 to Mar 7, 2020
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.711
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Welcome To Demon School Iruma Kun unlike most Isekai, is an anime adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Nishi Osamu. The story is about the main character named Iruma Suzuki whose parents aren’t exactly the most caring in the world.


His parents have been very lazy and this situation forced him to work for money at a low age. Not to mention, Iruma soon realized that he had been sold to a Demon named Sullivan.


Although this might seem like something horrible, it turns out to be in Sullivan’s favor. You see, Sullivan wanted a grandchild, and therefore, he always pampers Iruma instead of doing horrible things.


Later on, he sends Iruma to a demon school for him to learn about the world he is living in. However, this backfires for Iruma since he is not a demon but a human.


To make sure that he doesn’t get caught, Iruma tries to stay low but things don’t work out in his favor this time. He ends up chanting a spell and gains the wrong reputation.


Now this human has to try his level best to avoid exposing his truth to his teachers and fellow students.



47. Princess Tutu


Princess Tutu


Entity Detail
Title Princess Tutu
Type TV
Studios Hal Film Maker
Premiered Aug 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003
Source Original
MAL Score 8.131
Duration 16 min. per ep.


Princess Tutu is an anime original series directed by Satou Junichi and animated by Hal Film Maker. The story revolves around a cheerful girl named Ahiru who lives in a wondrous world.


Magical cats and crocodiles are part of the unreal life that Ahiru lives. She isn’t an actual human. Instead, she is a duck who has been given the strength to transform into a human.


Her ability involves her transforming into the beautiful Princess Tutu. Princess Tutu is a dancer who cures people emotionally just by performing her ballet. Now with this fantastic ability, sweet but clumsy Ahiru sets on a mission.


The mission is to find the shards of the heart of the prince. This is so that she can seal an evil raven who should be shut for the better.


This is the story of warriors who uncannily meet their fate. Princess Tutu is like the shoujo anime of the time. With its interesting plot and lovable characters, this fantasy series makes a name for itself as an old but gold series.



48. Black Clover


Black Clover


Entity Detail
Title Black Clover
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 3, 2017 to Mar 30, 2021
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.021
Duration 23 min. per ep.


For any anime, especially shounen anime, there is nothing more respectful than being called the “Big Three”. For people who don’t know, the ” Big Three” is a term used for Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach at the time of their airing.


It was said that these are the anime that were ruling the markets and therefore had a name for themselves amongst anime fans. Fast forward to the present, we have a new big three which include Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, and of course, Black Clover. (For all those hardcore otakus, Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and Hell’s Paradise are part of Dark Trinity).


Black Clover is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was written and illustrated by Tabata Yuuki. The story is set in a world where magic is omnipresent. Everybody has only one goal in their minds and that is to become the Wizard king.


The same mindset is held by the protagonist Asta and his brother Yuno. Yuno is a prodigy who has amazing prowess in magic and its control. Contrary to his brother, Asta has no magic.


Asta is possibly the only person in the entire world who doesn’t possess magical skills. However, Asta is a man with the will of steel, and therefore, he trains himself physically to become adept at magic.


As time passes by, the brute reality of no magic hurts Asta but he overlooks that with his pain from a pushup. One day, when magical books were being distributed amongst people, his brother ended up with the strongest book.


This made his brother, Yuno, look like the most potent magician. Asta on the other hand didn’t receive any books. However, during a fight with an evil individual, Asta gets his hands on Black Clover, the book that is supposed to be created from Asta’s rage.


Later on, Asta and Yuno defeat the evil guy and swear to become the Wizard King. This begins the journey of a man with dreams and determination to achieve what he desires.


Black Clover is an amazing shounen series from recent times. The title of Big Three is good enough to justify how entertaining it could be. If you want some motivating yet simple stories then Black Clover is the way to go.



49. Ascendance Of A Bookworm


Ascendance Of A Bookworm


Entity Detail
Title Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
Type TV
Studios Ajia-Do
Premiered Oct 3, 2019 to Dec 26, 2019
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.021
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Ascendance Of A Bookworm is a slice-of-life series with an interesting plot. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Kazuki Miya and illustrated by Shiina You. It’s about a girl named Urano Motosu who has an insatiable desire for reading literature.


She doesn’t care what the subject is, she doesn’t care what the topic is, all she cares about is READING. And to her credit, she was about to have the greatest job for her passion, the job of a librarian.


However, things started to take an unknown direction when her death took place due to an accident. Her desire to read was so strong and she was so close to a perfect job and yet, she ended up with death.


However, as she was upset about not being able to read even when she is dying, fate takes a turn that you wouldn’t expect. She gets reincarnated as Myne, a 5-year-old in the medieval era.


Now just what you would expect, she began searching for books right off the bat. The moment she gains consciousness is the moment she starts looking for something to read.


However, we need to be more considerate here. Since this is the medieval era, printing presses are long gone and books are written with bare hands. Therefore, only nobles have access to them.


However, Myne will prove to the world that this situation won’t be enough to stop her. She can’t find books right? Well, she will make some herself! This is a series that would motivate you to read books hilariously.


The main girl is super fun to watch and the entire premise, in general, is very captivating. If you are a fan of books or a reader, in general, then this series would be a fun ride for you.



50. Rising Of The Shield Hero


Rising Of The Shield Hero


Entity Detail
Title Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
Type TV
Studios Kinema Citrus
Premiered Jan 9, 2019 to Jun 26, 2019
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.011
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Rising Of The Shield Hero is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Minami Seira. The story revolves around the Kingdom of Melromarc where multiple predicaments are about to take place.


To tackle them, 4 males from modern Japan have been brought here. All of them are given a weapon that would assist them in combat against the Waves of Catastrophe.


Each one of these men is given 1 weapon sword, bow, spear, and shield respectively. The protagonist, Naofumi is an otaku who also became part of this group. However, his luck runs out when he is given the shield as his weapon.


This makes him a subject of fun because the shield isn’t as offensive so his comrades and the kingdom residents start to belittle him. During this, Malty agrees to prepare for the battle with Naofumi.


However, later she tries to ruin Naofumi’s name by saying that he took advantage of her. Now Naofumi is separated from the group and has been under accusations for the deeds he hasn’t done.


With the sheer amount of guilt and hatred in mind, Naofumi begins his journey to becoming stronger using his shield. On his way, he hires a slave named Raphtalia, and together, they both try their level best to secure the nation from the upcoming waves.


But will they be able to do it with spears of their kind? This Isekai series gained massive popularity right after airing. Being Isekai directly means that it’s a fantasy but even then, it’s a series that would give you a much darker experience than what you would expect.



51. Snow White With The Red Hair


Snow White With The Red Hair


Entity Detail
Title Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Jul 7, 2015 to Sep 22, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.771
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Snow White With The Red Hair is an anime adaptation of a manga series written and illustrated by Akizuki Sorata. The story revolves around a cheerful girl named Shirayuki who has been a citizen of the kingdom of Tanbarun.


However, her meeting with the prince changes her life forever. Prince of Tanbarun, Prince Raji, witnesses Shirayuki and starts wishing for her as a concubine. Being the Prince that he is, he is the individual with authority.


However, Shirayuki won’t be giving away her freedom at all. Instead of bowing down to the prince, she decides to escape the village and reach a better place. Therefore, she went to the neighboring village of Clarines.


There she was rescued from Prince Raji by Prince Zen and his aides. Now Shirayuki has an ethical debt to Zen and thus, they both start living their lives together.


Shirayuki searches for ways to start her new life as a Herbalist in the country of Clarines. Zen on the other hand starts his attempts to become worthy of his title of prince.


This entanglement between these two individuals is the beginning of a beautiful romantic journey. The premise is great and the execution is even better. No wonder it was nominated for best romance series in FUNIMATION’s Anime Of The Decade Awards.



52. Fairy Tail


Fairy Tail


Entity Detail
Title Fairy Tail
Type TV
Studios Satelight, A-1 Pictures
Premiered Oct 12, 2009 to Mar 30, 2013
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.621
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Fairy Tail is an anime adaptation of a manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. The plot starts with a girl named Lucy Haertfilia, who wants to join the prestigious wizard guild named Fairy Tail.


Her dream comes true as she meets Natsu Dragneel, who is a part of the guild and lets her in because she helped him. The guild is filled with amazing and unique wizards who can also be considered misfits.


But they tackle every danger together and complete all the odd jobs given to them. Ice wizards named Gary, combat expert Erza Scarlet, Natsu, and Lucy go on countless adventures and prove their worth as members of the legendary guild, Fairy Tail.


It is a great series and has won numerous awards including Animax Asia’s Anime of the Year Award in 2010, the Best Japanese Anime Award, and the Best French Dubbing Award at the 19th Anime & Manga Grand Prix in 2012.



53.  Restaurant to Another World 


Restaurant to Another World


Located in a bustling Tokyo shopping district, Western Restaurant Nekoya has become a beloved dining spot for the city’s residents.


Offering a diverse menu featuring both Japanese and Western cuisine, it caters to various culinary preferences.


However, behind its unassuming appearance lies a remarkable secret.


Contrary to its apparent closure on Saturdays, the restaurant opens its doors to a unique clientele—creatures from other realms.


Dragons, elves, fairies, and skilled mages are among the extraordinary patrons who frequent this enchanting establishment.


Guided by the enigmatic chef known as “Master,” the restaurant serves their favorite dishes with a warm smile, ensuring their return to this extraordinary gathering place week after week.



54.  In Another World with My Smartphone


In Another World with My Smartphone


Entity Detail
Title Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.
Type TV
Studios Production Reed
Premiered Jul 11, 2017 to Sep 26, 2017
Source Light novel
MAL Score 6.191
Duration 24 min. per ep.


In Another World with My Smartphone is an anime adaptation of a light novel written by Patora Fuyuhara and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. It is one hilarious incident that led to the main character living in a fantasy world with his smartphone.


Touya Mochizuki gets stuck with a bolt of lightning due to a mistake by God, so to compensate, God offers him a wish and a chance to live in a magical fantasy world.


Touya accepts the offer and wishes to keep his smartphone with him throughout his new life in the fantasy world. In this new world, he finds out that it has a lot of cute girls fighting for his attention.


These cute girls also accompany and help him to discover deeper secrets of the world.



55. BNA: Brand New Animal


BNA: Brand New Animal


Entity Detail
Title BNA
Type TV
Studios Trigger
Premiered Apr 9, 2020 to Jun 25, 2020
Source Original
MAL Score 7.411
Duration 22 min. per ep.


BNA: Brand New Animal or just BNA by Netflix is an original anime series produced by Studio Trigger and directed by Yoh Yoshinari. In this anime world, humans and Beastmen do not go well together.


They have conflicts and humans don’t want these humanoid animals near them. That is why these creatures have found a safe place for themselves called Anima City, which provides safety and security to the social outcasts.


A girl named Michiru transforms into a tanuki beastmen, and now  Shirou Ogami who is a protector of the Beastmen species sets out on an adventure to get hold of the criminals.


Along the journey, they also find out that Michiru might be the missing link between the humans and the Beastmen.



56. Dota: Dragon’s Blood


Dota: Dragon's Blood


Dota: Dragon’s Blood is an anime adaptation of a video game named Dota 2 developed and published by Valve. It is a story of a Dragon Knight named Davion. He aims to hunt dragons to make his magical world safe for others.


Soon there is a battle between demons and dragons and an elder dragon merges his soul with Davion to win the battle. This starts his journey with princess Mirana to defeat the demon Terrorblade.


If not the demon will kill all the dragons and collect their souls. This anime is a perfect balance between fantasy and action.



57.  Humanity Has Declined


Humanity Has Declined


As a result of ongoing declining birth rates, the remnants of humanity face near extinction in a world ravaged by catastrophe.


In this post-apocalyptic setting, fairies have risen to dominance, possessing advanced technology, unquenchable love for sweets, and a disregard for human welfare.


Returning to her hometown after completing her studies, a young woman finds herself appointed as an official United Nations arbitrator.


Her crucial role is to establish harmony between the surviving humans and the carefree fairies, persuading both parties that peaceful cohabitation is possible.


Initially underestimating the challenge, she soon realizes that managing the chaos caused by the fairies’ oblivious pursuit of candy requires much more dedication and effort than she initially anticipated.



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