10 Best Zodiac Anime based on Real World Mythologies
If you are looking for an anime that has characters based on the popular zodiac signs, then you have landed on the right page. In this post, I’ll be sharing 10 Extremely good Zodiac animes that are a must-watch for everybody.
The entire list is highly diversified, and there is a zodiac anime for all kinds of anime loves. There’s a comedy, romance, action, and the shows cater to both young and adult audiences.
So without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Anime Series: Yu-Gi-Oh!
While most zodiac anime on this list presents the zodiac characters positively, Zoodiac is quite different in that sense. Zoodiac is a group of twelve monsters from the Chinese Zodiac in their respective animal form.
Each monster wears a heavy gauntlet either on the left or right wrist. This gauntlet helps the monster wield their weapons during combat.
Since Yu-Gi-Oh! is a magical card battle anime, the Zoodiac is a deck of 12 mighty cards that can change the game.
9. Zodiac Time Beasts
Anime Series: Cardfight!! Vanguard: Stride Gate
Zodiac Time Beasts are a race of Gear Chronicle units based on the Chinese Zodiac. They are very powerful beings capable of opening a portal between Earth and Cray (other planets).
Ryuzu Myoujin, the story’s antagonist, wants to open this portal, so he forcefully takes control of the Zodiac Time Beasts by capturing them into Magical Cards.
This action-packed series provides a much-needed thrill for every race-lover heart and has all the elements to be included in this list of best Zodiac anime and
Anime Series: Digimon
Digimon is short for digital monsters. This zodiac anime has a group of 12 Digimons popularly known as Devas.
Their roots are from the Buddhist mythology of Twelve Heavenly Generals deities who protected Bhaiṣajyaguru(medicine buddha). Mixed with Chinese mythology, the Devas represent each zodiac sign as well.
They are an adherent follower of Digimon sovereign. Each sovereign has three Deva under them.
The Deva look similar to each other like for example, they all have three horns and red eyes. But they all possess different powers. Like Makuramon can become a human, Pajiramon stomps hard to generate earthquakes, etc.
Earlier, Digimon was supposed to be a short film and later turned into a children anime series. This virtually pleasing masterpiece is worth watching.
7. Star Princesses
Anime Series: Star Twinkle Precure
Star Princesses are 12 beautiful and powerful magic girls responsible for maintaining the balance of the universe. Each princess represents one of the zodiac signs. They usually reside in the form of magical pens. The user of these pens can get access to the powers of the Star Princesses.
All the star princesses look the same aside from the fact that they all wear different light colour dresses, which is also the same as the colour of the magic pen form.
The Star Princess weapons are similar to their Zodiac sign, like Sagittarius carries a bow and an arrow, and Aries has the horns. If you like sweet and simple shows, then this zodiac anime might be good for you.
6. Celestial Spirits
Anime Series: Fairy Tail
Celestial Spirits are mighty beings that live in Celestial Spirits world. Powerful mages summon them to fight on their behalf.
The celestial spirits are divided into two classes: Gold and Silver. Gold is the very rare and powerful 12 Zodiac sign Spirits like Leo, Taurus, Aries, Libra etc. and Silver being the less rare and slightly weaker Celestial spirits.
In Fairy Tail, one of the main characters named Lucy, can summon the Celestial beings. She is powerful, and watching her fighting with her Celestial spirit is impressive. It is one of the most famous zodiac anime and worthy of your time.
5. Eto Rangers
Anime Series: Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger
Eto Rangers is a group of 12 animal super strong fighters, also known as the Eto animals. Every animal is based on a zodiac from Chinese mythology. Each character comes with a likeable backstory which presents an entertaining set in each episode.
Every episode describes instances from a fairy tale where evil minions plan to destroy the realm. Eto rangers are responsible for fighting these evils and saving the fairy kingdom.
As childish as it may sound, but this zodiac anime does get dramatic towards the end. I am in my twenties and still wouldn’t mind binging this again.
4. Gold Saints
Anime Series: Saint Seiya
Gold Saints are a group of 12 mightiest worries that serve Goddess Athena. Gold Saints wear Gold Cloths that represent the twelve constellations of the Zodiac, and their task is to protect the twelve houses of Zodiac.
Gold Saints are proud warriors of Athena and are loyal to her. All twelve Gold Saints usually don’t gather at one place unless called upon by the Goddess herself or the Grand Pope, who is generally selected from one of the twelve.
This zodiac anime has great action and a compelling storyline. I’ll recommend you to watch it.
Anime Series: Etotama
Eto-Musume refers to those animals who possess “Etotama,” the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. They have the power to transform into pure maiden forms.
Eto-Musume has three forms in total; First is Adult mode, which is how they look under normal circumstances. The second mode is Pretty mode, which allows them to use their magical powers more efficiently. The third is Natural mode is their animal form.
Etotama is a lighthearted zodiac anime filled with a funny and wacky story that is very enjoyable to watch.
2. Zodiac Warriors
Anime Series: Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War
A city of a million people emptied to host the twelfth Zodiac Tournament, a merciless fighting event every 12 years. For this battle, the twelve deadliest mercenary warriors are selected. Their names and attributes match the Chinese zodiac animals.
All twelve competitors swallow a jewel known as Beast Gems, which will kill each of them after twelve hours. The winner must retrieve all the gems from the other eleven competitors before the deadline. As a prize, the winner can get his one wish fulfilled.
The anime is very tense, and the stakes are very high. Unlike most zodiac anime on the list, this zodiac anime is not funny and lighthearted.
1. Sohma Family
Anime Series: Fruit Basket
Fruit Basket is the most loved zodiac anime of all time. The story revolves around the Sohma family whose members can transform into one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac Signs like rat, cat, snake etc.
The story of their origin is as such; God was lonely, so he arranged a banquet attended by animals (from the Chinese Zodiac). This little party made God so happy that he wanted to remain friends with them forever.
So he cast a spell on the animals so that every single one of them would be reborn. Sohma family in various births takes human forms. But they can turn back to their original animal self if they are under stress, embarrassed. They also tend to change when somebody of the opposite gender hugs them.