Top 10 Action Fantasy Anime
Here's the list of top 10 action fantasy anime series to help you escape from reality and dive into the different world! If you are looking for compelling stories, epic fight scenes, great visuals, and interesting concepts, check out these 10 TV shows!
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- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
- Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
- Kill La Kill
- Zetsuen no Tempest
- Nanatsu no Taizai
- Log Horizon
10. Log Horizon
Episodes: 50 (total)
Log Horizon centers around a group of gamers who get stuck in an online game. Among these 30,000 Japanese players, we find the antisocial student Shiroe, the veteran of this game.
This fantasy anime may seem similar to Sword Art Online at first sight. Actually, there's a huge difference between these two series. The protagonist of Log Horizon strategically approaches every situation. He is not the character we often see in other shounen anime - the typical hero who overpowers his enemies. He is rather "an unnoticed guy in glasses" who controls the battle. Also, it's important to point out that there are not so many fights, which already distinguishes it from other similar TV shows. Unlike in other action fantasy anime, a great deal of attention is paid to the strategy in the game world, which is exciting to watch!
9. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Nanatzu no Taizai (or The Seven Deadly Sins) tells about the strongest group of knights in Britannia kingdom. These seven deadly sins (as this group is called) have been named evil traitors after their attempt to overthrow the kingdom. They are thought to have been killed by the Holy Knights, but there are people who believe they are still alive. Ten years pass, and the Holy Knights betray the kingdom and become the tyrannical rulers. Elizabeth, the youngest king's daughter, the third princess believes in rumours about seven knights who survived. So, she sets out on a journey in hopes to find them and ask for their help in taking back the kingdom from the usurpers.
Nanatsu no Taizai is a successful fusion between classic themes and modern shounen. If you like the classic medieval themes, dynamic, super powerful characters and excellent animation, you should check this out! However, first episodes take their time getting into action. After several episodes you will understand that this shounen/action/fantasy/adventure series stands out among hundreds other due to its combination of compelling story in a fantastical land during medieval period, and interesting characters!
8. Zetsuen no Tempest
The main plot of Zetsuen no Tempest, or Blast of Tempest, focuses on the mysterious death of the protagonist's sister. Two main characters, teenager boys, try to unravel the truth behind this death, while there's some post-apocalyptic event going on.
Zetsuen no Tempest will leave you confused with its plot twists, the story is never boring. If you are looking for a compelling tale of love, hate, revenge and some magic, look no further! It's a mysterious anime series, thrilling even with the dialogues. Though filled with plot holes and flowed logic, it's absolutely wonderful. In fact, all those holes and flows help tell the story properly.
The set-up of Kyousougiga is based on a Japanese fairytale about a lonely monk who can bring his drawings into life. One day the man draws a rabbit and it comes to life. Soon, they fall in love with each other, but unfortunately, the rabbit can't properly love a human. However, thanks to Bodhisattva who allows the rabbit to use her body, she appears in front of the monk in human form. Eventually, they have three children and really start living as a family. Soon they decide to move to a fictional, painted by the monk world. But the couple fears that the rabbit has stayed in the Bodhisattva's body for too long, so they leave their kids alone inside this world.
It was the short summary for the set-up of the story, the premise from which everything starts off. That's what is great about this action fantasy anime! It shows what happens when the family is torn apart, about all the sequences that come up with that. The children are literally trapped in the world of the painting. Moreover, they are the leaders in this world. Watch them become adults and follow their stories! If you are looking for a stunningly drawn anime with a great message, Kyousougiga is worth a watch!
6. Kill La Kill
Kill La Kill may not bring to its viewer something extraordinarily new in terms of plot and characters, but what here is important is the way in which it's presented, in the way that you can't help but wait for the next episode with anticipation. Basically, the story follows a young girl who wants to discover the truth behind the death of her father. She stumbles upon some special school of superhumans, and that's where the adventures begin. Obviously, this is one of those sorts of anime that shouldn't be taken seriously by the viewer. It's the anime that gets right into the action from the very first episode and tries to be as impressive as it can be.
This fantasy show is a blend of exaggerated battle scenes, ridiculous humor, and insanely creative set-up and plot. If you are looking for a highly entertaining, amusing, and exciting action anime, give it a try!
5. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
Shingeki no Bahamut takes place in some kind of alternate medieval universe where humans, demons, and gods live together. However, the main story is clouded by the mysterious and dark past. Nearly 2000 years ago, some source of power called Bahamut threatened to destroy the magical land, but humans, demons, and gods became allies and managed to seal it. The catch is that the key to the seal was split into two halves, one was given to demons and another to the gods. That way they wanted to ensure that it will never be released. However, one day a woman steals one of the halves, so the fate of the universe is uncertain.
Imagine humans, gods, demons and monsters come in battle together! The action here is so fast paced, it's a wild roller-coaster ride! Shingeki no Bahamut will conquer the heart of any anime lover who adores compelling, action packed stories, and wants to take a deep dive into adventure!
4. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Episodes: 50 (total)
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic has a clever set-up which involves the characters taken from the famous "1001 Nights" tales, but creates an original, entertaining story that will always keep you on the edge of your seat. Overall, the story here is really well thought out, so it's hard to see any fillers. This anime definitely will be a good recommendation for anyone who enjoys adventurous tales of fantasy and friendship!
With a unique Arabic setting, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic takes place at the time of chaos and revolutions. Magic creates numerous dungeons all around the world. It is said that those dungeons hide incredible treasures within them, so anyone who conquered them will get immense powers. This is the time when people decide to stand up for their rights, when new rulers get crowned. The main story follows Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana as they try to take part in these chaotic times.
The Fate franchise will amaze you with its beautiful visuals and exciting fights. After watching only several first episodes you learn the main plot, which is basically the Holy Grail War. Almost every series in this franchise is connected to this war. The Holy Grail is some kind of existence that can make your any wish come true, that's why everybody is fighting for it.
This action/fantasy franchise has become one of the biggest and most popular among anime lovers. Though the visual novel from which the anime was adapted was released in 2004, it's only recently that it gained such popularity. There are so many new adaptations and watch orders for them that a lot of people are confused about where to begin. Fate/Stay Night considered the best to start with, since it assumes the viewer knows nothing about the characters and the Grail War. It gives the general idea of what the show is about. Fate/Zero is also great to begin with, although it's not the best option. It tells you everything about the wars, but does so by giving you a lot of information from the very beginning.
Here's the order in which the series was released:
- Fate/Stay Night (anime series, 2006)
- Fate/Stay Night (Unlimited Blade Works) (movie, 2010)
- Fate/Zero (anime series, 2011) 2 seasons
- Fate/Stay Night (Unlimited Blade Works) (anime series, 2014)
- Fate/Grand Order - First Order (anime movie, 2016)
- Fate/Apocrypha (anime series, 2017)
- Fate/Stay Night Geaven's Feel) (movie trilogy, 2017)
- Fate/Extra Last Encore (anime series, 2018)
2. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Episodes: 61 (total)
If you are looking for a compelling story, epic memorable fights but also meaningful dialogues, Attack on Titan has to be in your anime list! However, the series will break your heart many times, as there are so many courageous characters who are ready to sacrifice their lives to protect the human kind.
Based on the hugely successful manga of the same name, Attack on Titan tells the story that happened many centuries ago, when the human kind had almost no chance to survive. Monstrous creatures called titans love human flesh simply because it gives them pleasure, so all people have no choice but hide behind enormous walls. Those who survived have been hiding behind these walls for many decades, and it seemed to them that they will never experience this fear again... However, one day a titan breaks one of the outer walls. That's when the chaos begins. The series follows Eren Yeager and his two close friends who dedicate themselves fully to defeating these terrible and dangerous monsters.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Episodes: 115 (total)
Fullmetal Alchemist revolves around two brothers who attempt to bring back to life their dying mother. The law of alchemy says that in order to get something you want, you have to make a sacrifice of equal value. So, one brother loses his one leg and one arm and another loses his body (his soul is trapped into the soul of armor). One day they hear legendary tales about the Philosopher stone with the help of which anyone can go against these fundamental laws. So our brothers set out on a journey to find that magical stone.
This action anime falls into the category of shounen, the anime genre that is aimed at teenage boys primarily and often follows the story of a male protagonist who sets out on a dangerous, mysterious journeys. This shounen is somewhat different. It takes us to a fictionalized world of the 20th century Europe. Whether you are new to anime series or you are a fan of this genre, this action/fantasy anime series should be in your must-watch list!