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 with 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 50 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.
Out of the 3400+ fantasy anime out there, we have selected the top 50 that would give you an experience you would remember forever.
So calm your minds, hands by your side, and prepare for a ride into the world of Fantasy.
I hope you enjoy it!
50. Snow White With The Red Hair
|Title||Akagami no Shirayuki-hime|
|Genres||Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Shoujo|
|Aired||Jul 7, 2015 to Sep 22, 2015|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Starting our enormous list, we have an amazing romance series upcoming. It goes by the name of Snow White With The Red Hair.
Snow White With The Red Hair is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2015.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga series. The manga was 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. You see, 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 of 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 vibe from this fantasy series is what many ‘love’ lovers crave.
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.
It deserves all that love.
49. Sleeping Princess In The Demon Castle
|Title||Maoujou de Oyasumi|
|Genres||Comedy, Demons, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 6, 2020 to Dec 22, 2020|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
There is a lot of anime that can give you an experience you could have never been able to have in real life.
One of those anime happens to be Sleeping Princess In The Demon Castle. A series that has everything a fantasy world lover would need.
Sleeping Princess In The Demon Castle is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2020.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was written and illustrated by Kumanomata Kagiji.
The story is about a human princess named Syalis Kaymin who has been trapped in the castle of a demon lord.
During normal circumstances, this would be a dire situation. The demon lord’s castle has everything that an individual would fear.
Ghosts, creatures, monsters, you name it. However, Kaymin doesn’t care about any of this. For us, this might be the biggest nightmare possible but for her, this is just a drag.
All she cares about is one thing. The absolute desire of our protagonist is none other than sleep.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Kaymin doesn’t care if she can’t do anything in this world.
For her, sleep is much more important than her life, and therefore, she is going to have one of the most ridiculous days in this arena.
What has this castle in store for her? That’s what this anime is all about.
As you can guess, this is a comedy slice of life series with heavy spoons of fantasy and magic added into them.
They might not seem THAT epic to people who aren’t a fan of nonrealism but for people who love living in an imaginary world, this anime is an amazing match.
48. Rising Of The Shield Hero
|Title||Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy|
|Aired||Jan 9, 2019 to Jun 26, 2019|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
The Isekai hero of recent times also happens to be an amazing fantasy series that all my fantasy lovers should consider watching.
This is the anime we call Rising Of The Shield Hero. Rising Of The Shield Hero is a 25 episode TV anime that aired back in 2019.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was 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 amongst sword, bow, spear, and shield respectively.
Now our 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 our boy 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 from their own 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.
Try it for yourself, you will have a great time.
47. Ascendance Of A Bookworm
|Title||Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen|
|Genres||Slice of Life, Fantasy|
|Aired||Oct 3, 2019 to Dec 26, 2019|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Up next is yet another slice of life series with an interesting plot. This time around, it’s about reading books.
And not just one book, a lot of books. So many books that people should start calling you a bookworm.
Ascendance Of A Bookworm is a 14 episode TV anime that aired back in 2020.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was written by Kazuki Miya and illustrated by Shiina You.
The story is just what it sounds like. 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, our beautiful 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.
Something we don’t tend to see THAT often in animanga can be seen in this series.
If you are a fan of books or a reader, in general, then this series would be a fun ride for you.
46. Black Clover
|Genres||Action, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 3, 2017 to Mar 30, 2021|
|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).
Therefore, for series like Black Clover, the audience needs to get their ears wide open.
Black Clover is a 170 episode long TV anime that aired back in 2017. It 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 our 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. In fact, Asta is possibly the only person in the entire world who doesn’t possess magical skills.
However, our boy hasn’t given up yet. Just as you would expect, our 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 by 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 book.
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.
45. Princess Tutu
|Studios||Hal Film Maker|
|Genres||Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Romance|
|Aired||Aug 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003|
|Duration||16 min. per ep.|
The next entry on our list is a bit old. Being from the early 2000s might make you feel like it’s actually not that good.
However, your opinion would take a completely new shape the moment you watch this fantastic magic comedy.
We are discussing Princess Tutu. Princess Tutu is a 38 episode long TV anime that aired back in 2002.
It is an anime original. The series is directed by Satou Junichi and animated by Hal Film Maker.
The story revolves around our cheerful girl named Ahiru who lives in a wondrous world.
Magical cats and crocodiles are part of the unreal life that Ahiru lives. In fact, she herself 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, our 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.
Make sure to have a look at it.
44. Welcome To Demon School Iruma kun
|Studios||Bandai Namco Pictures|
|Genres||Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, School, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 5, 2019 to Mar 7, 2020|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Well well, it is time to talk about one of the most fun to watch Isekai anime out there.
The series that would cure you of all your stress. Yup, this is Iruma kun.
Welcome To Demon School Iruma Kun is a 23 episode TV anime that aired back in 2019.
Unlike most Isekai, it is an anime adaptation of manga. The manga was written and illustrated by Nishi Osamu.
The story is about our 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 actually 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.
But destiny has something much more hilarious in store for him. Just by reading the synopsis, I know you are feeling inclined to watch it.
Well, you can go ahead and do so. Just as I said, this is one of the most fun to watch Isekai anime.
This will be a great experience and you can rest assured about that.
43. Nagi No Asu Kara
|Title||Nagi no Asu kara|
|Genres||Drama, Fantasy, Romance|
|Aired||Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
I see that you liked our previous rank. But now you want something a bit more grounded and dramatic.
Well, how about you try this heart-blooming romance series called Nagi No Asu Kara. Nagi No Asu Kara is a 26 episode TV anime that aired back in 2013.
It is 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 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 towards 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 own kind?
The story has an interesting concept that one can feel fascinated about. If you look at it, the fact that the sea is the least explored location of the planet gives room for this series to touch realism and become more humane.
If you are someone who enjoys such a kind of approach, then Nagi No Asu Kara is the series for you.
42. The Twelve Kingdoms
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural|
|Aired||Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
We are back at our beloved Kings and kingdoms setting. I mean fantasy anime has always revolved around this setting and they work out very well.
Don’t believe me? Well, you would start believing me right when you finish this anime, The Twelve Kingdoms.
The Twelve Kingdoms is a 45 episode TV anime that aired back in 2002. It is an anime adaptation of a novel.
The light novel was written by Ono Fuyumi and illustrated by Yamada, Akihiro. The story revolves around our red-haired girl named Youko Nakajima who always wished for normalcy.
She does what she is asked for, scores very good, 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. Keiko 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 being 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. Your mind might have looked at this series with a bit of horror element being a part of it but don’t you worry.
This is an action-adventure series that would give you an engaging ride in a new world.
I don’t think you want anything else from a great fantasy right?
|Genres||Dementia, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Thriller|
|Duration||1 hr. 30 min.|
What did you say? You want the series to be actually horrifying and mysterious. Well, I am here to help you out and in this situation, Paprika would be my recommendation.
A movie that would give you the chills that your heart desires. Paprika is a 1 hour 30 mins long movie that aired back in 2006.
It is an original anime directed by fantastic director Satoshi Kon and animated by studio Madhouse.
The story is about a science-fictional idea of 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.
If you think about it, you can help dozens of people by looking into their deepest dreams and desires.
This would act as a mirror that will show you the world on the other side of the head.
However, the reality is not as sound as you think. Just how every coin has two sides, the use of this technology also has two effects.
A positive effect would help people live longer. But if this technology gets in the wrong hand, mind terrorism would become possible.
Both of our scientists develop this technology and name it DC Mini. And just as you would expect, 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 that is directed by Satoshi Kon.
Kon has always been popular for his gripping and unsettling storytelling and Paprika is one of his finest works.
I mean the fact that it has won multiple awards including Anime Award for Best Music and the Newport Beach Film Festival for best-animated feature film stands as proof and reason for you to watch this movie.
You will be blown away.
|Genres||Action, Comedy, Horror, Magic, Fantasy, Seinen|
|Aired||Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 30, 2020|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
For all my action fans out there, this is an anime to take note of.
A series that rose the ranks of popularity just after its release. With its interesting concept and fabulous execution, we have Dorohedoro.
Dorohedoro is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2020. It is an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was 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. Our 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, my man 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 a 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. If you decided to skip this one, it’s no wonder that we would start feeling bad for you because you will be missing out a lot.
39. Yona Of The Dawn
|Title||Akatsuki no Yona|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo|
|Aired||Oct 7, 2014 to Mar 24, 2015|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Now is the time to talk about a little bit of romance. You know, everybody loves their male and female relationships in anime and manga.
And when it comes to fantasy romance series, an anime that really strikes the cord is the popular Yona Of The Dawn.
Yona Of The Dawn is a 24 episode TV anime that aired back in 2014.
It is an anime adaptation from a manga. The manga was 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 horribly 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.
This alone makes it likable for the girls. However, the inclusion of adventure elements into the story makes it likable from males’ perspectives as well.
Thus, this series has become a work that needs to be recognized by even more fans like you and me.
But I guess now we both know.
38. Ancient Magus Bride
|Title||Mahoutsukai no Yome|
|Genres||Slice of Life, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 8, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
It is uncommon for us to see a specific non-battle shounen anime gain traction in the anime community.
For the most part, only the battle shounen gets hype during their release and much other great shounen goes unnoticed.
Luckily, that’s not the case with Ancient Magus Bride. This series gained all the love that it deserved during the time of its release.
Ancient Magus Bride is a 24 episode TV anime that aired back in 2017. It’s an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was written and illustrated by Yamazaki Kore. The story is about our lovely 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.
A well worthy award if you ask me. So yeah, if you love your slow yet immersive drama shounen then this anime must hit your watchlist.
37. Dragon Ball Z
|Title||Dragon Ball Z|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
I mean come on! Who doesn’t know about this? Like WHO!? We are talking about a series that needs no introduction at all.
The legendary battle shounen that shaped the anime industry and international anime love forever. A series that created a fanbase that can’t be toppled by anything or anyone.
The ultimate fandom and popularity of Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Z is a 291 episode TV anime that aired back in 1989.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama.
For the most part, I believe everyone and their mothers know about Dragon Ball Z.
However, there might be a few people who don’t so for them, here’s the synopsis.
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 own 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 him 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 the international fans wanted.
In the grand scheme of things, there’s a pretty good chance that this anime shaped your favorite anime.
If you haven’t watched Dragon Ball Z, trust me, pal, you have missed something incredible.
36. Millennium Actress
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance|
|Duration||1 hr. 26 min.|
Remember Satoshi Kon? You know, the one we talked about earlier. Yeah, I see that you might have enjoyed his performance in Paprika and want to see more of what he is capable of.
Some more stuff like Paprika that can blow your mind. Well, to your help is the amazing movie we call Millennium Actress.
Millennium Actress is a 1-hour 30 mins long movie that aired back in 2002. It is an original movie directed by Satoshi Kon and 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 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 on what anime and manga can offer.
35. Revolutionary Girl Utena
|Title||Shoujo Kakumei Utena|
|Genres||Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Psychological, Shoujo|
|Aired||Apr 2, 1997 to Dec 24, 1997|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Now is the time to talk about a show that certainly stands by its name.
The series that we are going to discuss next is a must-watch for every shoujo fan out there.
Why? That’s because this anime revolutionized the shoujo industry forever. It is the Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is a 39 episode TV series that aired back in 1997. It 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 let 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.
There’s a reason why this series is still talked about to this day. No wonder it won the Best TV Animation Award at Animation Kobe.
34. Beyond The Boundary
|Title||Kyoukai no Kanata|
|Genres||Slice of Life, Supernatural, Fantasy|
|Aired||Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Well, it seems like our fantasy list wouldn’t mind having another fantastic slice of life series.
This is an anime that is talked about for its presentation and visual aesthetic. It is the series we call Beyond The Boundary.
Beyond The Boundary is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2013. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel.
The light novel is 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. If you had a bad week this time, I believe this series will lighten you up.
33. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
|Title||Kaguya-hime no Monogatari|
|Duration||2 hr. 17 min.|
Talk about beautiful anime. And if you do so without mentioning The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, your conversation is incomplete.
A movie that gives you an experience like none other. The gorgeous animation and flow of the movie is the biggest feature but it’s not the only feature.
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is a 2 hour 20 minutes long movie that aired back in 2013.
It 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 on 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.
If you are someone who appreciates flawless animation then this is a heartwarming series for you.
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 16, 2000 to Sep 13, 2004|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Well well, it’s time to take a look at some classics, weebs. You know the drill, we need to take some days off and take a look back at the old series instead of watching that new Isekai that aired this season.
And if you are planning to do so, I believe considering InuYasha would be a great move from your end.
InuYasha is a 167 episode long TV series that aired back in 2000. It is an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was 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 scatter all around the world.
Kagome asks a demon dog and human hybrid named InuYasha for the help of 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’s the blend of fantasy, romance, and magic that makes this series so gripping.
Despite being a shounen series, it has gain appreciation from many female fans all around.
It’s an anime that turned out to be a classic of the old days. And the fact that it won the “Property of the Year” award in ICv2’s Anime Awards is undeniable proof of the same.
Have a great time watching it.
31. Cardcaptor Sakura
|Genres||Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, School, Shoujo|
|Aired||Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
My oh my. Two classic series have come back to back. Well, that’s the beauty of the old series.
No matter how many years pass by, they always seem to attract an audience nonetheless.
And this statement is even more true if we are talking about Cardcaptor Sakura. Cardcaptor Sakura is a 70 episode TV anime that aired back in 1998.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga series. The manga was 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 amongst 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.
If you love your shoujo stuff, this series is a must-watch for you.
30. Kiki’s Delivery Service
|Title||Majo no Takkyuubin|
|Genres||Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance, Fantasy|
|Duration||1 hr. 43 min.|
Something that looks different and different, always seems so captivating right? I mean look at the movie we are going to talk about next.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is a work that gives a completely different vibe to its reality.
Something that shouldn’t feel the way it does. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a 1 hour 40 mins long movie that aired back in 1989.
It 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 own 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 with Studio Ghibli’s execution, it becomes something extraordinary.
It feels okayish when you read it but when you watch, it’s a completely different experiment.
What is that experience? Well, find out for yourself!
|Title||Magi: The Kingdom of Magic|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
Adventure is one of the most gripping genres in entertainment mediums. And this rule stands strong for every medium including anime.
And when we talk about some fantastic adventure fantasies, a prominent name that stands out is Magi.
Magi is a 25 episode TV anime that aired back in 2012. It is an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was 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?
I mean who didn’t spend their childhood listening to stories of Aladin and Alibaba? Well, now you can watch them as well.
Don’t miss the chance.
28. No Game No Life
|Title||No Game No Life|
|Genres||Game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy|
|Aired||Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
It’s time for some Isekai ladies and gentlemen! This is our moment to sit down and appreciate some good Isekai that made us love the setting so much.
And if we are talking about an amazing Isekai series, I think we should definitely talk about No Game No Life before anything else.
No Game No Life is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2014.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was 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.
Oh wait, I made a mistake. Both of them are GOD at games. Like literally.
Don’t believe me? Well, then let me tell you that 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.
Told you they are GOD at games. Anyway, 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.
There is no way that you wouldn’t like it if you are an anime fan or an otaku who loves games.
This series is what many fans look up to when it comes to Isekai and thus, this is a series that should be on your watchlist as well.
27. Castle In The Sky
|Title||Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa|
|Genres||Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi|
|Duration||2 hr. 4 min.|
Yet another Ghibli movie has over its way to our list ladies and gentlemen. I mean, we all love them so it’s not that shocking but still, their sheer excellence in creation is something worth talking about.
These pieces are just too good. And if you haven’t watched Ghibli movies yet, Castle In The Sky might be a good start.
Castle In The Sky is a 2-hour long movie that aired back in 1986. It 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 their own 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 the 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 can.be 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 own filthy purposes.
Castle In The Sky is yet another movie that will give a wholesome experience just like Kiki’s Delivery Service.
This time around, it’s about how one’s dreams and ambitions can come true with focus and dedication.
Just like I said before, it seems simple on the surface but the execution is incredible.
26. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
|Title||Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Nov 16, 2007 to Mar 17, 2008|
|Duration||30 min. per ep.|
From the creator of Cardcaptor Sakura comes yet another series with an amazing blend of fantasy and adventure.
A series that is short and sweet with its tempting premise and great execution. This is the series we call Tsubasa.
Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations is a 3 episode OVA series that aired back in 2007. It is an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was written and illustrated by CLAMP. The story is the continuation of Syaoran and 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 own personal 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.
Unlike Cardcaptor Sakura, this series by CLAMP is a bit more on the darker side of things.
But if you liked Cardcaptor Sakura, this series should hit your watchlist ASAP!
25. Spice And Wolf
|Title||Ookami to Koushinryou|
|Genres||Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Romance|
|Aired||Jan 9, 2008 to Mar 26, 2008|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are half of the way done towards our goal. This next half is only going to get better and better as time entries pass by.
And this segment would be commencing with the discussion of one of the best Wolf anime, Spice And Wolf.
Spice And Wolf is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2008. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel.
The light novel was 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 own 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 wolf look and feel real while maintaining their fantasy setting. Only this should be reason enough for you to watch it.
24. Weathering With You!
|Title||Tenki no Ko|
|Studios||CoMix Wave Films|
|Genres||Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Fantasy|
|Duration||1 hr. 52 min.|
Yup, we are going to talk about some Makoto Shinkai stuff, weebs! For those of you who don’t know, Makoto Shinkai is one of the most loved romance anime creators in Japan.
And his influence has also spread across the globe with his movies. One such movie being, Weathering With You.
Weathering With You is a 1 hour 50 mins long movie that aired back in 2017.
It 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 herself.
In recent times, Tokyo has been getting a lot of rain recently which causes disruption between 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 on 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.
I don’t think you need any more reasons to watch it, right?
23. Kamisama Hajimemashita
|Genres||Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo|
|Aired||Oct 2, 2012 to Dec 25, 2012|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
The next anime that we are going to talk about is a bit different from the others.
This is in the sense that this series has a different appeal to what our previous entries have had.
It’s a Shoujo story with a sense of Harem added. It is Kamisama Hajimemashita. Kamisama Hajimemashita is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2012.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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.
You see, 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 aimlessly, 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. Not to mention, just by reading the synopsis, you could have understood how fantasy-heavy this series is.
Pretty good for your next watch right?
22. Mushoku Tensei
|Title||Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu|
|Genres||Drama, Magic, Ecchi, Fantasy|
|Aired||Jan 11, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Very few Isekai anime gain traction as fast as Mushoku Tensei did. In the grand scheme of things, it could have been just another Isekai out of the 20 million that air every season.
However, this series has a lot going for it. And it all begins with its presentation.
Mushoku Tensei is an 11 episode TV anime that aired in 2021. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel.
The light novel was 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.
Notice how I said, “This World”. It is because destiny was in his favor and my man 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 their best performance with this series and the narrative just adds up to the overall experience.
Give it a try, you won’t regret it!
21. Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind
|Title||Kaze no Tani no NausicaÃ¤|
|Duration||1 hr. 57 min.|
The movie that we are going to discuss next might remind you of a certain studio with its animation.
If you guessed it, it’s Studio Ghibli. However, this isn’t actually their work and instead, looks pretty similar to them.
Goes to show how unexpected Nausicaa really is. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind is a 2-hour movie that aired back in 1984.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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.
No wonder it is looked upon so much. And you know Hayao Miyazaki, he does great stuff and hits the spot every time.
20. Land Of The Lustrous
|Title||Houseki no Kuni (TV)|
|Genres||Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Seinen|
|Aired||Oct 7, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
If you have been a part of the anime community for a while, you know that animation is a significant quality for many people to judge a specific series.
And if we talk about some of the most captivating animations from the last couple of years, Land Of The Lustrous would be a name that will strike every time.
This series gave an experience to its fans that they could have never imagined. Land Of The Lustrous is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2017.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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 own kind in the war effort.
However, instead of making him attack the frontlines, 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.
As you can feel from the synopsis, the series is a lot more fantastical than you might have expected.
Moreover, the animation of this series is breathtaking and gives a new motivation to the people who consider animation as a major criterion for evaluation.
So if you want some intriguing fantasy series with eye-pleasing animation then Land Of The Lustrous is for you.
|Genres||Mystery, Historical, Horror, Demons, Psychological, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen|
|Aired||Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007|
|Duration||22 min. per ep.|
Even though Land of the lustrous had amazing animation from recent times, this anime has the same but from the past.
The series we are going to discuss today is looked upon by many as one of the most horrifying anime out there.
A lot of its horror comes from its animation and direction, it is incredible. Mononoke is a 12 episode TV anime that aired back in 2007.
The anime 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 actually 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 women 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. If you aren’t a scaredy-cat, then go ahead and watch it.
18. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
|Title||Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Demons, Magic, Fantasy|
|Aired||Oct 2, 2018 to Mar 19, 2019|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for yet another Isekai series. But unlike our previous entries, this is a series that has ‘ENTERTAINMENT’ as its biggest appeal.
Yup, it’s a simple story with some super engaging execution and presentation. A hard day at work can be cured just by a single episode of this series.
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is a 24 episode TV anime that aired back in 2018.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah.
The story is about a guy named Satoru Mikami who was having a normal bachelor life until his personal 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. Like seriously! There is nothing special or outstanding about this series.
It’s just that the narrative and its execution are so befitting and entertaining at the same time.
Personally, it’s my favorite Isekai because it can make you relax on a hard day.
Don’t forget to take a look at it.
I see that you watched our previous entry and now you want something more on the heartbreaking side of things?
Well, look no further since this is the stuff you should be concerned about. This is the very wholesome yet heartbreaking Maquia.
Maquia is a 2-hour long movie that aired back in 2018. It 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 own 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.
In the midst of 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 her.
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 has a significant part of its appeal is the motherly love present in it.
The presentation of emotions and their outburst at occasions is what makes this movie so special.
No wonder it has been blessed with multiple awards like the Golden Goblet Award for Best Animation Film at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival.
If you want to cry with all your eyes out, then this is the movie for you.
16. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
|Title||Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon|
|Genres||Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy|
|Aired||Jan 12, 2017 to Apr 6, 2017|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Well well. Now that we have had our fair share of crying, why not take a look at some wholesome stuff.
Something that would brighten our dark days. And if you search for something like that then Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid should be under your radar.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2017.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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 actually 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.
As you can translate from the summary, 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. A work that can bring life back into the body of a depressed person.
If you were having a bad week, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid should accompany you this weekend.
The base of fantasy anime for a lot of people is in the presence of an unknown world.
A world where nothing works how you might expect it to. This gives us the edge over anything and everything in that world that allows us to feel special.
Add a bowl of humor to this formula and BAM! You have one of the most ridiculous Isekai series out there.
Yup, I am talking about KonoSuba. KonoSuba is a 10 episode TV anime that aired back in 2016.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was 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 is, 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.
And it’s only 10 episodes, so what are you waiting for?
14. Berserk (1997)
|Title||Kenpuu Denki Berserk|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Military, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural|
|Aired||Oct 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
Time to talk about some of the most critically recognized series of all time ladies and gentlemen.
This is our moment to appreciate the anime adaptation of what is considered to be THE BEST MANGA OF ALL TIME, Berserk.
Berserk is a 25 episode TV anime that aired back in 1997. It is an anime adaptation of a Manga.
The manga was 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 own 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 day.
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 to take 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.
This is the anime for a more mature audience who wants to witness something dark, greedy, and edgy.
Something that will give them a new experience.
13. Aria The Origination
|Title||Aria the Origination|
|Studios||Hal Film Maker|
|Genres||Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Jan 8, 2008 to Apr 1, 2008|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
I see that you are a hardcore weeb. Someone who watched anything and everything he gets his hands on.
Well, my man, I have a great anime for you. This is yet another interesting anime that stands on its execution.
This is Aria. Aria The Origination is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2008.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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 the 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.
If you are someone who isn’t a shonen head and can actually wait for slow burners then my man, Aria is the series for you.
Go for it, you won’t regret it.
12. Re: Zero
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you get Isekai’d? I mean I know I have been talking about a lot of Isekai in this list but hey, it’s a fantasy anime list.
Of course, it would have so many Isekai in it. Anyway, let’s come back to our topic.
What would happen if you went to another world? Will you get your own harem?
Or perhaps, you might end up dying. Who knows? And this possibility is explored more deeply in Re: Zero.
Re: Zero is a 25 episode TV anime that aired back in 2016. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel.
The light novel was 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 exact same place where he first entered this world.
What’s going on?! What’s happening??!?? 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.
An anime worth watching if you have a free weekend upcoming.
11. One Piece
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Oct 20, 1999 to ?|
In one of the previous entries, I mentioned that adventure is one of the most prominent genres for fantasy settings.
And will I be incorrect if I say that, if it’s an adventure anime, it’s always One Piece?
This is the time to discuss one of the greatest anime series of all time.
A fantasy that has one of the most surreal worlds in all of anime. One Piece is almost a 1000 episode long TV series that started airing back in 1999.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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.
I mean, I have been asking you guys to watch an anime if you have a weekend free but for One Piece, you need at least 60 Weekends and a lot of determination.
But wouldn’t I say it, it’s worth all your time. It is one of the most successful media franchises and the only people who don’t like it are the ones who haven’t watched it.
This series is incredible.
10. Wolf Children
|Title||Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki|
|Genres||Fantasy, Slice of Life|
|Duration||1 hr. 57 min.|
Well well. Look where we are. Starting from the number of 50 all the way to 10.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen. This is it! This is the countdown you have been waiting for.
And starting this countdown, we have one of the most heartwarming series of all time.
We have Wolf Children. Wolf Children is a 2-hour long movie that aired back in 2012.
It 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 amongst 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.
It is so wholesome, you would forget what depression is. Give this a try and let your heart melt.
Very few anime are capable to do so.
9. Howl’s Moving Castle
|Title||Howl no Ugoku Shiro|
|Genres||Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance|
|Duration||1 hr. 59 min.|
Uh oh. What do we have here? Do I see another fantastic Ghibli movie? Yes, I do!
In fact, I see one of the best Ghibli movies out there. You know the deal, it’s wholesome, it’s educational, it’s lively.
It’s Howl’s, Moving Castle. Howl’s Moving Castle is a 2-hour long movie that aired back in 2004.
It’s 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 for 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 in 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 in Oscars.
I know you want to watch it now, don’t you? Well, go ahead!
8. Princess Mononoke
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Fantasy|
|Duration||2 hr. 13 min.|
My oh my, 2 Ghibli movies right after one another? Come on. That’s unfair! Or maybe it is fair considering that we are dealing with the finest works of this amazing studio.
And if we discuss some of the finest movies from this brand, we have to discuss Princess Mononoke, a movie that made a remarkable impact on Japan.
Princess Mononoke is a 2 hour 10 min long movie that aired back in 1997.
It 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 towards 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 own 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. When you watch the movie, you will realize why it won multiple awards including the Best Japanese Movie, Best Animation, and Japanese Movie Fans’ Choice awards.
Make sure to watch this piece. It is just too good.
7. Made In Abyss
|Title||Made in Abyss|
|Genres||Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy|
|Aired||Jul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
Now we are diving deep. Deeper in the pool of anime. This massive abyss seems to have a lot of series that we haven’t watched but are super entertaining.
And one such series is the intriguing Made In Abyss. Made In Abyss is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2017.
It is an anime adaptation of a web manga. The web manga was 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 it.
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 but also teach her about the formidable truth of it.
Made In Abyss is a series that gained a lot of popularity back when it aired.
The appeal was pretty similar to that of Tokyo Ghoul. It’s a lot darker than what you might expect and the mystery element would keep you on the edge of your seat.
No wonder it won the Anime Of The Year at Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2017.
|Genres||Adventure, Slice of Life, Mystery, Historical, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen|
|Aired||Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006|
|Duration||25 min. per ep.|
Cool, Calm, and Collected. A mindset that has never been more prevalent than in recent times.
When you have an aggressive day at work or school, you would like to watch or consume something that will calm you down.
Therefore, for someone who loves slow burners, I present to you the fantastic Mushishi. Mushishi is a 26 episode TV anime that aired back in 2005.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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 for information. And that’s where Mushishi kicks in.
Mushishis are those who dedicate their lives to study about Mushi and their reason for existence.
Mushishi Ginko has always wondered 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.
If you will complete it, you will understand why it won the Tokyo Anime Award in the Television category in 2006.
If you like slow anime, you will like Mushishi. It’s that simple.
5. Fate Series
We are very very close ladies and gentlemen to the end of this list. This massive collection of fantasy anime would give you an experience like none other.
And to enhance this experience, even more, we have added one of the most recognized anime ‘series’.
It is the renowned Fate Series. Fate Series is a collection of multiple installments that started airing back in 2011.
It is an anime adaptation of a light novel. The light novel was 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? Fate series is one of the most complex pieces of works in anime.
With having a lot of parts and divisions of the storyline, Fate has gained a name in the community for being confusing.
But don’t mistake it because even though it’s a bit tough to start but once you do, there’s no way you would regret it.
This series is amazing!
4. Violet Evergarden
|Genres||Slice of Life, Drama, Fantasy|
|Aired||Jan 11, 2018 to Apr 5, 2018|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
Sometimes, fantasy isn’t exactly about a completely new realm. It’s not always about having magical creatures around.
A beautiful fantasy can be created even with a little touch of the unreal. Nothing too extreme.
Don’t believe me? Well, if that’s the case then I believe you haven’t watched Violet Evergarden yet.
Violet Evergarden is a 13 episode TV anime that aired back in 2018. It is an anime adaptation of a light novel.
The light novel is 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.
For anyone who wants to enjoy an emotional roller coaster that stands second to none, the only series I can recommend is Violet Evergarden.
It will change your perspective towards life and more importantly, LOVE! And did I mention that the animation is God-level?
3. Hunter x Hunter
|Title||Hunter x Hunter (2011)|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power|
|Aired||Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014|
|Duration||23 min. per ep.|
Yahoo! We are at the top weebs! These are the fantasy anime that will blow your mind.
Their concept, execution, animation, and presentation, everything is top-notch. These are the finest pieces of fantasy anime that you will ever come across.
And don’t worry, there are no Isekai in here. Now let’s waste no time and begin mentioning the final 3.
Starting with the critically acclaimed Hunter x Hunter Hunter x Hunter is a 148 episode TV anime that aired back in 2011.
It is an anime adaptation of a manga. The manga was 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 its kind.
Studio Madhouse gave their level-best while making it. This is a work that will be remembered for ages to come, just like our next two.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
|Title||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood|
|Genres||Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
I won’t be saying it is surprising to see this anime as the runner-up. I mean come on!
If you have watched it, you know how brilliant this anime is. The series is looked upon by many as a ‘Perfect’ anime.
This is the name it has created for itself. And I don’t think any other anime has such a prestigious name for itself as Fullmetal does.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a 64 episode TV anime that aired back in 2009. It is an anime adaptation of a manga series.
The manga was 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. In fact, 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 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.
If you haven’t watched it, you are missing out a lot. Go watch it after you finish this list!
1. Attack On Titan
|Title||Shingeki no Kyojin|
|Studios||Production I.G, Wit Studio|
|Genres||Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen|
|Aired||Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013|
|Duration||24 min. per ep.|
And finally, the moment you have all been waiting for. The series that broke the internet countless times.
An anime that is going to be remembered as an all-time classic. A fantasy that breaks the boundaries of human imagination.
This is the time to talk about the best fantasy anime of all time. This is the time to talk about Attack On Titan.
Attack On Titan is a 25 episode TV anime that started airing in 2013. It is an anime adaptation of a manga.
The manga was 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 definitely 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.
A series that broke the internet multiple times, won prestigious awards, had the highest number of episodes on IMDb Top 10, and entertained the entire world.
It isn’t something that we see every day. Once in a decade, comes an anime like this that changes the horizons forever, and this time, it’s Attack On Titan.
Even if you look at it from a critical perspective, the concept, the animation, sound, choreography, anything, and everything is way too good.
This series has become what we would like to call a Modern Masterpiece. A new benchmark for many anime that are yet to be created.
With so many accomplishments under its sleeve and having excellent critical recognition, Attack On Titan stands as The Best Fantasy Series of all time.
Well, that’s about it weebs. This was Top 50 Best Fantasy Anime. I hope you had a fun time reading it and at least got 1 anime added to your watchlist.
Thanks a lot for reading and until next time, Sayonara!