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Top 14 Enthralling Anime Like "Naruto"

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

Naruto

Naruto

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.

The anime debuted in 2002 and it quickly became one of the most popular shonen series of the decade. It became an international phenomenon that introduced many people to the medium of anime. Many fans became enthralled by the tale of a young ninja who dreamed of becoming the leader of his village.

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 similar anime that I believe 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
Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

1. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: Gonzo
  • Director: Fumitomo Kizaki

Set in 17th-century Japan, this series chronicles the story of two rival ninja factions as they bitterly battle for a scroll. This feud is completely sanctioned by the authorities, which leads to mayhem.

By featuring some powerful ninja warriors with supernatural abilities, this series offers an enthralling experience. The concept of multiple overpowered fighters having a go at each other can draw some comparisons with Naruto. However, you should be warned; this anime has a lot of violence and gore. It is not for the faint of heart. Here is a review if this anime has your interest.

World Trigger

World Trigger

2. World Trigger

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Episodes: 73
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Director: Mitsuru Hongo and Kouji Ogawa

World Trigger is set in contemporary Japan and features guns rather than ninja arts.

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, the 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 series is packed to the brim with jaw-dropping action sequences. The characters all of their own unique abilities, similar to the jutsu arts in Naruto. If you end up enjoying this anime, here are more series you should check out.

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

3. Hunter x Hunter

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Episodes: 148
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Director: Hiroshi Kojina

Hunter x Hunter is hard to miss if you are into the anime scene. This 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, which is an elite class of daredevil adventurers.

Gon’s motivations somewhat resemble those of the protagonist of Naruto. He has high ambitions for himself as he goes on a journey of self-discovery. Adding to the show’s credit, there is lots of levity and action. This anime will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. Here are some anime you should look into if you enjoy this series.

Ninku

Ninku

4. Ninku

  • Release Year: 1995
  • Episodes: 55
  • Studio: Pierrot
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe

Ninku can be seen as the less famous version of Naruto. This is the general reputation that the series has on the internet. It is rumored that Ninku was the original inspiration behind Naruto.

Fuusuke, the central character in this anime, is very similar to the more famous adolescent ninja; they both go on a quest to become powerful warriors. Ninku covers Fuusuke’s journey to find other ninja warriors of his ilk. His quest involves stopping other ninja masters who are trying to take over the world. He has mastery over the wind—a superpower that 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.

Black Clover

Black Clover

5. Black Clover

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Episodes: 112, still currently airing
  • Studio: Pierrot
  • Director: Testsuya Yoshihara

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 in the world. 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. Both Asta and Naruto begin their stories as orphans, and their respective narratives follow their quests to become something greater despite their rough beginnings. Black Clover was considered to be the best shonen anime when it was released.

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

6. My Hero Academia

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Episodes: 88, still currently airing
  • Studio: Bones
  • Director: Kenji Nagasaki and Masahiro Mukai

My Hero Academia revolves around Izuku Midoriya, who has the status of an outcast. The reason for his isolation is astonishing. In a world where everyone has a unique gift or power called a quirk, Izuku is one of the underprivileged. 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 heroes.

One can find many commonalities between Izuku and Naruto in terms of their determination and the constant way they motivate themselves. 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. Here is a review of this series if you are undecided on it.

Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

7. Blue Exorcist

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Director: Tensai Okamura

Blue Exorcist's premise involves demons, exorcism, and the devil himself. The plot revolves around Rin Okumura, a spawn of Satan. Initially, he was 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 its overall tone. It's darker and more sinister.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

8. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Episodes: 134, still currently airing
  • Studio: Pierrot
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Toshiro Fujii, and Masayuki Koda

What can almost be 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 a 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 the content.

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

Bleach

Bleach

9. Bleach

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Episodes: 366
  • Studio: Pierrot
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe

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 tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper.

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

Bleach has garnered praise for its captivating samurai themes and stunning action sequences. Ichigo is comparable to Naruto as he gains strength from his desire to protect those that he cares about. This series will keep you occupied for a while.

Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist

10. Full Metal Alchemist

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Episodes: 51
  • Studio: Bones
  • Director: Seiji Mizushima

Full Metal Alchemist follows the tale of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. After losing their mother to a terminal illness, the two siblings turn to alchemy to bring her back to life. This leads to 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 bodies to their original forms.

The strength and determination of Edward can be compared to Naruto. However, the plot here is grittier and darker. The journey of these brothers is filled with intense action and captivating adventures. Here is a review of this anime if you want more info.

Mushibugyou

Mushibugyou

11. Mushibugyou

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Episodes: 26
  • Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures
  • Director: Takiyuki Hamana

This spellbinding tale is set in Japan’s feudal era with a young boy as the protagonist. Despite a prominent historical setting, this series delves deep into a fictional world that features 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 similar in terms of Jinbee and Naruto’s character arc. The setting of these two series are also quite similar. This show will be a nice mix of something familiar with something refreshing.

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

12. Dragon Ball Z

  • Release Year: 1989
  • Episodes: 291
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Director: Daisuke Nishio and Shigeyasu Yamauchi

While some may call it cliche, I strongly feel that this show deserves to be here as a mark of respect. Anyone, whether they are into anime or not, has likely 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 description should convince you. With legendary 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.

One Piece

One Piece

13. One Piece

  • Release Year: 1999
  • Episodes: 912, still currently airing
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Director: Konosuke Uda, Junji Shimuzu, Munehisa Sakai, Hiroaki Miyamoto, Toshinori Fukazawa, Satoshi Ito, and Tatsuya Nagamine

One Piece is another anime with a massive 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 audience hooked, even with over 900 episodes aired.

If you're looking for an enthralling anime like Naruto, One Piece should be right up your alley. This anime features the similar dynamic of obstacles being overcome with the power of friendship.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

14. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: Wit Studio
  • Director: Daisuke Tokudo

If you like a good, action-packed show along with some supernatural elements, you'll love what this anime 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.

Long-Running Anime Like Naruto

At 220 episodes, Naruto is one of the longest running anime series out there. It is great that an iconic anime like this one will keep you occupied for a while. Here is a list of recommended anime that will take a while to binge through.

  • Case Closed: 959 episodes, still currently airing
  • Naruto Shippuden: 500 episodes
  • Gin Tama: 367 episodes
  • Fairy Tail: 328 episodes
  • Pokémon: 1090 episodes, still currently airing

Recommended Shonen Anime Like Naruto

Naruto is a staple of the shonen genre of anime. Shonen typically refers to works that have teenage boys as the target audience. The genre can be quite varied, but most of the popular series in the genre have a heavy focus on action. Here are some shonen anime that is worth checking out.

  • Reborn!
  • Soul Eater
  • Death Note
  • Nabari no Ou
  • Sword Art Online

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

Comments

poo on August 09, 2020:

yeah

Holly on July 31, 2020:

@leen did u even watch Naruto? Smh

Andy on February 26, 2020:

@Leen the author never said that. Also Naruto does know who his father and mother are.

leen on December 18, 2019:

naruto do not have any brothers and sisters and he do not know who is his mother and father