Top 14 Enthralling Anime Like 'Naruto' Everyone Should Watch

Updated on October 20, 2019
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Rahul is a TV addict who can't get enough of twisted, gasp-inducing shows like The Handmaid's Tale, and Black Mirror.

What Anime Are Like Naruto?

Oh, the nostalgia! I remember the time when I used to cherish this show as a kid. Growing up, Naruto was one of my favorite anime, and I'm sure the same is true for the majority of people who love anime.

My description, however, won't cut it. Naruto is great; everyone knows that. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty instead. Here's my compilation of some anime similar to Naruto you'll find intriguing.

Anime Similar To Naruto

  1. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
  2. World Trigger
  3. Hunter x Hunter
  4. Ninku
  5. Black Clover
  6. My Hero Academia
  7. Blue Exorcist
  8. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  9. Bleach
  10. Full Metal Alchemist
  11. Mushibugyou
  12. Dragon Ball Z
  13. One Piece
  14. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

1. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

Set in the 17th century Japan, this show chronicles two rival ninja faction’s bitter battle for a scroll. This feud is completely sanctioned by the authorities, which leads to mayhem.

Add to the mix some powerful ninja warriors with supernatural abilities and you have an enthralling experience at hand. The concept of various overpowered fighters having a go at each other can draw some comparisons with Naruto. However, be warned; this anime is replete with violence and gore. It is not for the faint of heart.

2. World Trigger

World Trigger has some likeliness to Naruto. Unlike the latter, however, World Trigger is set in contemporary Japan and also has guns in the mix.

The anime follows the adventures of two members of the Border Defense Agency, an organization formed to protect humans. Our planet is invaded by beings called Neighbours. These interdimensional, extraterrestrial beings enter our realm through a mysterious portal.

In order to take down these unwelcome guests, BDA uses special weapons called Triggers. The show highlights the lives of these two protagonists as they try to fight and comprehend these mysterious intruders. Though it's 73 episodes long, your attention will not waver at any point as this taut series is packed to the brim with jaw-dropping action-sequences.

3. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is hard to miss if you are into the anime scene. This sly show follows the story of Gon, a young boy, who's on a quest to find his father. During his voyage, he befriends countless strangers and also earns the highly coveted title of Hunter, an elite class of daredevil adventurers.

Gon’s motivations resemble somewhat with the protagonist of Naruto. Adding to the show’s credit, there is lots of levity and action - something that'll keep you on the edge of your seat till the end.

4. Ninku

Let me introduce you to the less famous version of Naruto. Well, it is the popular belief on the internet, at the very least. It is rumored that Ninku was the original inspiration behind Naruto.

Fuusuke, the central character in this anime, is touted to be similar to the more famous adolescent ninja, as they both go on a quest to become powerful warriors. Moreover, the plight of the two protagonists also deserves attention. They are often misunderstood.

Coming back to Ninku, it encompasses Fuusuke’s journey to find other ninja warriors of his ilk. He has mastery over the wind - a superpower he'll desperately need later on.

The plot is unequivocally gripping and the action set pieces are brilliantly executed. This show is a bonus for those looking for some 90s nostalgia.

5. Black Clover

Black Clover follows the mesmerizing journey of two boys, Asta and Yuno. Growing up together without a family, these two are inseparable. However, in terms of abilities, they are polar opposites.

Set in a world where everyone has magical powers, Asta is the only one who actually does not possess any supernatural ability. However, he compensates for it by training physically to survive out there. Yuno, on the other hand, is a magical prodigy and possibly one of the most powerful wizards with the ability to control wind.

These two share a common goal - to become the succeeding Wizard King. As a friendly rivalry develops between the two, a terrorist organization’s nefarious plot to destroy the Clover Kingdom is also unearthed.

With such an intriguing storyline, Black Clover is guaranteed to be a satisfying watch for those looking for anime like Naruto.

6. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia revolves around Izuku Midoriya, who has the status of an outcast. The reason for his isolation is astonishing. Set in a world where everyone has a unique gift or power called quirk, Izuku is one of the underprivileged. Unfortunately, he doesn't have any unique gifts.

However, with encouragement and assistance from a mentor, he finds his own quirk. After finally realizing his hidden potential, he joins a special school that trains people with powers to become able heroes.

One can find many commonalities between Izuku and Naruto in terms of determination and the constant way in which they self motivate. The students of the academy face a series of trials to prove their mettle. In Naruto, however, they have to undergo exams to prove their worth.

7. Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist's premise involves demons, exorcism, and the devil himself. The plot revolves around Rin Okumura, a spawn of Satan. Initially, meant to only be his father’s corporeal vessel in order to conquer Earth, Rin goes through a change of heart and rebels against his father.

Rin takes up a new profession as an exorcist and fights demons, thus striking a different and non-diabolical path than his creator. Parallels can be drawn between Rin and Naruto in terms of their helpful nature and a sense of obligation to protect everyone near and dear.

However, Blue Exorcist clearly differs in the overall tone. It's darker and sinister.

8. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

What can almost be as identical to Naruto? How about a spin-off? That’s exactly what Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is.

Following the shenanigans of Naruto’s son, Boruto, the central character bears striking resemblance to his parents in terms of features and qualities. Being a spin-off of the super famous show, there’s a sense of familiarity in terms of plot, setting, action, and screenplay.

In order to keep things fresh and interesting, there’s an infusion of new characters. Fans of the original series will be happy to know that these new introductions don't compromise the quality of content.

If you're looking for some identical shows like Naruto, definitely give its spin-off a shot.

9. Bleach

Bleach can be compared in some ways to Blue Exorcist as it has a similar spiritual theme and explores concepts of the afterlife. This anime is based on the life of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager, who obtains powers of a Soul Reaper.

He's just a substitute for another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. With power comes responsibilities - something he's not yet ready to handle. His duty is to guide souls to the afterlife and also protect humans from the evil spirits.

Bleach has garnered praise for its captivating samurai themes and jaw-dropping action-sequences - something that'll keep you occupied for a while.

10. Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist follows the tale of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Eric. After losing their mother to a terminal illness, the two siblings turn to alchemy to bring her back to life, with disastrous consequences.

Edward loses a leg in a failed attempt while Alphonse’s soul is trapped in a suit of armor. However, the duo is undeterred. They continue experimenting in order to restore their body to the original form.

The strength and determination of Edward can be compared to Naruto. Though the plot here is grittier and darker - one that'll make you fidget, at least a few times.

11. Mushibugyou

This spellbinding tale is set in Japan’s feudal era with a young boy as the protagonist. Other than a prominent historical setting, this taut series also delves deep into the fictional world, featuring monstrous insect-like creatures that have invaded the country. It adds a nice, creepy twist to the plot.

The young boy has a burning desire to become one of the greatest swordsmen in the country. Considering the looming danger of monsters, it’s a necessity. It's up to him and his friends to save everyone.

Mushibugyou deserves your attention as a Naruto fan as the two are quite alike in terms of Jinbee and Naruto’s character arc. This show will be a nice mix of something familiar with something refreshing.

12. Dragon Ball Z

While some may call it cliche, I strongly feel this show warrants to be here as a mark of respect. Anyone, whether they are into anime or not, have definitely watched or at least heard of Dragon Ball Z.

In case you have been living under a rock or decided to not watch this epic saga for some inexplicable reason, my eulogy should convince you. With legendary other planetary characters and awe-inspiring fighting styles that utilize energy beams and lightning fast hand-to-hand combat, Dragon Ball Z is an action lover’s paradise.

Naruto fans can easily draw parallels between the series’ lead, Goku, and a younger version of Naruto, the ninja warrior.

13. One Piece

One Piece is another anime with a cult following. Following the story of Monkey D.Luffy and his group of merry pirate friends, it showcases their shenanigans as they go on a quest for a fabled treasure, known as one piece.

With liberal amounts of action and drama coupled with a constant influx of new and interesting characters, this show still has its audiences hooked, even with well over 800 episodes aired till date.

If you're looking for an enthralling anime like Naruto, One Piece should be right up your alley.

14. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

If you like a good, action-packed show along with some supernatural elements, you'll love what this capricious show brings to the table.

It follows the story of two young boys, Yuuichirou and Mikaela Hyakuya. Abducted from their orphanage at a young age, these boys are subsequently enslaved by vampires.

Unfortunately, only Yuuichirou manages to break free from their evil clutches. He eventually gets to be a part of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. At this juncture, the protagonist realizes that this is the best way to take revenge for his friend and their destroyed childhood.

Initially, one can see a lot of similarities between Naruto and Yuuichirou, as they both are portrayed as physically weak. Eventually, they begin to build strength through sheer will and determination. The indomitable spirit of the main character is certainly something Naruto fans can get behind.

Other than a sense of familiarity, there’s also an element of the supernatural, which adds a haunting new dimension to this anime. For those who are into mythical creatures, this show has additional appeal.

Did I miss out on any other anime like Naruto? Let me know in the comments section.


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