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Anime with heart-pumping action, nail-biting suspense, busty and trigger-happy female characters, not to mention wonderfully psychotic villains? Yes, please! You can find all that and more in the action genre. Let's take a look at 25 of the best action anime that you are sure to love.
Who doesn’t love a good action anime? With their violence, heart-pumping battle scenes, bad-ass weaponry, trigger happy psychopaths, and unique storylines, action anime series set us up for hours of entertainment. Here, in no particular order, are twenty-five action series known for being the best that anime has to offer.
All ranking information was taken on the date of publication.
Fairy Tail is a 175 action/fantasy series that packs one hell of a powerful punch. With a plethora of fun characters and epic duels featuring all sorts of magic, Fairy Tail is a great series if you are looking for some good popcorn material! This long-form shounen anime has pleased fans for years.
Fairy Tail is the name of the anime as well as the mage guild that Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia among others belong to. Watch as they accomplish missions in order to help others as well as raise the rank of their former top guild! Friendship and honor are central themes to this funny and heart-warming action series.
A swashbuckling adventure featuring duels with supernatural powers, fun characters, voyages and tons of pirates, One Piece is one of the most popular anime series out there. It will certainly fulfill any action craving you have.
In a world covered by ocean water, Luffy is on a quest to find the One Piece, the lost treasure of the former King of Pirates. He's not alone, of course. Every pirate in the world is searching for it! On Luffy's search, he'll gather a crew of ragtag teammates, each of which have their own dreams and goals!
The long-running shounen series Naruto definitely deserves a spot on this list. Following the many adventures and misadventures of Naruto, a knuckle-headed ninja, and his ninja pals, viewers of this series are in for a fun viewing experience.
Problem student Naruto was never popular or talented as a ninja. That is, until he discovers the hidden power of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed within him. Even though Naruto's physical strength is due to the Fox, his true strong point is his bright personality and determination to be friends with everyone. Will he achieve his dream of becoming the leader of the Fire Village of ninjas? And can he protect his friends from the countless evils that threaten to destroy all he has? Find out in what is arguably the most famous anime internationally (besides Pokemon, of course).
Want to watch a show with an '80s vibe? Look no further! Dragonball Z is all the right kinds of cheese, featuring amazing fights, power ups, and… SUPER SAIYANS!
Son Gokuu is a character inspired by the Monkey King of classic Chinese literature. The similarities between Dragon Ball Z and Journey to the West end there, however. Son Gokuu is an alien, the last of the Saiyans. Now he lives on Earth, and must protect his new home planet from the various dangers that befall it, ranging from other aliens to even gods!
Hunter x Hunter has action, great characters and even scenes that will pull at your heartstrings. Each episode will have you laughing, crying, or biting your nails during great action scenes!
Gon was raised by his aunt, and believed he was an orphan for so long. One day, he comes across a Hunter, a sort of freelance adventurer, who tells Gon that not only was Ging, his father, alive, but he was a world-famous Hunter. Determined to find his dad, Gon decides to take the Hunter examination and travel the world.
Time for some good, old fashioned samurai swordsmanship with Samurai Champloo! When two very skilled, yet diametrically opposed samurais cross paths, circumstances force them to embark on a quest together. Let’s just say that if you are looking for a series about the power of love and friendship... then this series is probably not for you.
Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are a bit of an unexpected team. Mugen and Jin cross swords the first time they meet. Fuu is the young waitress of a teashop with a mysterious request for the two violent vagabonds: find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. They'll travel Japan in search of this mysterious person, leaving a lot of bodies in their wake.
No other series has been able to incorporate awesome characters, music, story, battles and a Halloween-like, yet cheery premise as well as Soul Eater. Admit it, after watching this series everyone was stuck sitting in front of their couch wishing they could wield a scythe with the same precision and accuracy as Maka Albarn. Soul Eater helped define a genre of action anime; it is a classic all anime fans should take the time to watch.
Death City, Nevada is home to a school of weapon wielders and weapons, Death Academy. The human weapon and wielder partners learn here how to synchronize, and accomplish various missions for the Death God. In order to transform the weapon partners into Death Scythes worthy of being wielded by the Death God himself, the teams must hunt down 99 bad humans and one witch in that exact order for their souls. Will Maka and Soul succeed, or will they be bested by their teammates or enemies?
Fullmetal Alchemist not only has tons of amazing action scenes, but also contains fun, memorable characters, tear-jerking scenes and beautiful music. This is a must watch anime series for anime fans alike.
Set in a land where alchemy is considered a highly skilled profession, Fullmetal tells the story of two brothers who live every day repaying for their childhood mistake. They forgot the greatest rule in alchemy: equivalent exchange. In the aftermath of their botched attempt at reviving their dead mother, Ed lost an arm and a leg, and Al lost his entire body. They hear that a mysterious stone named the Philospher's Stone can solve all their problems, and so begins their adventure in an attempt to restore what was lost.
Code Geass is an amazing series that incorporates supernatural ability, action, and moral messages. It is a mecha/action anime series done right.
In this alternate future, the world is ruled by three factions: the Holy Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation, and the European Union. Lelouch, prince of the Brittannian Empire, made a vow to his childhood friend Suzaku to bring down the Empire, only to find that as adolescents they end up on opposite sides.
Gurren Lagann is an anime featuring epic battles, controversial characters, humor, and... busty female leads? Yes, please! Gurren Lagann is probably one of the more entertaining on this list, and is not something you should miss.
Digging is the only way of life Simon knows－humans have been forced underground by the tyrant King Lordgenome, who guns down any who dare poke their heads to the surface. Simon spends the first 14 years of his life going further and further underground until a red-haired girl named Yoko crashes down, fighting several enemy Gunmen. Seeing the sky for the first time, Simon is determined to never again hide away, and fights for the right to live under the sun.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise by now that there are plenty of anime series featuring assassins, samurais, and martial artists. Some of these series are hit and miss, but not Rurouni Kenshin. This is an extremely entertaining series that every action anime fan should watch.
Kenshin Himura is determined never to kill again, despite being a wandering samurai. He wields an unsharpened blade so that he may fight without death. Discover his dark past and watch his path to atonement in this hit period action series!
Attack on Titan took the anime community by storm. It definitely deserves credit for being one of the best anime series within the past five years. Amazing battle equipment, badass soldiers, cliff-hangers, and some pretty epic sparring matches, this is a truly superb action series.
In a world terrorized by giant man-eating humanoids known as titans, mankind hides behind gargantuan walls in constant fear. The only way they have to fight back against the Titans is the military. Eren Yeager, who witnessed the death of his family and friends as a child, is determined to fight back in the only way he can: by joining the service! Little did he know: the story behind the Titans are much more convoluted than they appear.
This anime series centers around a young woman who just happens to be a professional assassin. Noir seems like a pretty straight forward series doesn’t it? That is where you are wrong. The series actually has a deeper, more complicated plot. When given the time, Noir proves to be a show that is both interesting and action-packed. What more could you possibly ask for?
The assassin duo of Mireille Bouquet and amnesiac Yuumura Kirika are known to the public as Noir. Together, they try to uncover Kirika's past, and discover why it has so many connections with Mireille's. This is all complicated, however, by the shady organization named Les Soldats...
Cowboy Bebop is known as one of the greatest anime series of all time. It excels in absolutely every area imaginable, and the action is no exception. The fight scenes can range from badass to comical to stomach-dropping. If you have not watched Cowboy Bebop, then you are depriving yourself of one of the best experiences out there.
In 2071, humans have moved off the now unfit-for-life planet Earth and onto the other non-gaseous planets of the Solar System. The ragtag crew of the spaceship Bebop travel the stars on various missions!
Baccano! is a grossly underrated action anime that fits right in with all of the other great series on this list! Fully equipped with an outstanding set of characters, storyline, action theme and overall jazzy style, Baccano! is a great choice if you are looking for a good, old-style action anime series.
This is a tale of eternal life gone awry: a group of alchemists is given the elixir of eternal life by a demon, and most of them agree to let the secret die with them so that no one becomes immortal. All but one member, that is. This alchemist goes on to recreate this elixir, which subsequently falls into the wrong hands. The path of wreckage left by this immortality elixir is international.
Claymore is another fantasy/action anime, but unlike Fairy Tail, it is filled with intensity, demons, sword fighting, and, well… lots of death!
In a land infested by man-eating yoma, only half-yoma half-human hybrid warriors can defend the humans. Feared by all due to their half-yoma nature and distinctive appearance, the all-woman army known as the Organization, but more often called Claymores, or Silver-eyed Witches, travel across the land to sniff out the yoma who often pose as regular humans.
Clare is the weakest of all the Claymores, possessing only 1/4th yoma blood, as opposed to the usual 1/2. She rescues a young human male, and takes him on her travels.
If you’re looking for an action anime with over-the-top graphics, a beyond entertaining plot, and psychotic, messed up characters, Deadman Wonderland is the series for you. Trust me when I tell you, it will leave you wanting more.
Ganta is on death row in Japan's private half-prison half-theme park, Deadman Wonderland. In order to receive the antidote to the poison injected into him via his collar, he must perform various tasks to entertain the park-goers. The problem is, he isn't even guilty!
In Guilty Crown, after a tragic outbreak of a disease known as the "Apocalypse Virus", one boy has obtained special powers and hopes to help restore Japan to the way it once was before it was taken over by an organization known as GHQ. This action anime is filled with thrilling scenes that will literally take your breath away!
Another fantasy/action anime, you say? Alright then! Fate/stay night is one of those highly addictive, highly entertaining anime series that you just can't get enough of. Probably one of the best aspects of the entire show is the action! The battle scenes are some of the most epic in the history of anime; the execution of them, as well as the outstanding animation, is unmatched.
Berserk is an anime classic that you can’t really avoid seeing, action anime fan or not. With epic sword fights, compelling characters, and glorious '90s gore, Berserk is one of the best action anime ever.
Ah, Black Lagoon. A show featuring modern day pirates, Black Lagoon is another one of the best action anime series available. With outrageous, yet amazing action scenes, foul, yet entertaining language, and kick-ass characters, Black Lagoon is one heck of a thrill ride! Of course, I have to mention Revy, the trigger-happy femme fatale, who truly ties the entire series together.
As the only movie on this list, Sword of the Stranger is certainly able to hold its own! With all of the positive feedback it’s received, this 1 hour and 40 minute film is sure to satisfy your action cravings. Young Kotaro is on the run from Ming Dynasty Chinese warriors who are hell-bent on taking his life. But why?
Psycho-Pass takes place in a future where the government is literally inside your head! You had better not even think about committing a crime. With an interesting setting, characters and weaponry, this action anime is not to be missed.
New Inspector Akane Tsunemori works with Enforcers, those who have been determined through psychologic evaluation to be latent criminals. They are mistrusted and feared in this world, where "mental stability" determines everything. But just how effective is this method of determining sanity, and does sanity equal morality?
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is a great anime series for anyone seeking out a total thrill ride. Filled with gunshots, assassinations, and violence, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is the perfect action series.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning One Punch Man! This very recent comedy/action anime series is one of the highlights of the past anime season. Fans of the action genre should definitely give One Punch Man a shot... or at least one punch!
Saitama became determined to be a superhero after experiencing the thrill of fighting an evil baddy. He puts himself on a training regimen, only to lost all of his hair and accidentally become the strongest human who ever walked the Earth. It's actually a problem－he doesn't get to experience any heart-pounding fights, as any conflict with Saitama ends with a very standard punch.Read more
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We love the thrill of the chase. Just look at how many romance anime focus on the protagonist trying to get the girl/guy, or on the love triangle before the protagonist chooses a waifu, or just about two people growing closer before turning into a couple. Point is, most romance anime don't actually focus on the relationship. Once the couple is established, the series ends, and we move on to a different anime featuring fresh faces.
But there are some anime out there that gloss over the courtship phase, and dive right into the relationship. What happens after the confession? What does "happily ever after" look like, through the lens of anime? The anime below focus exclusively on couples already in relationships, and offer an interesting look into the bonds -- and troubles -- between two people who decide to share a life together.
One of the most recent examples of romance anime that focus on the relationship is My Love Story. This romantic anime follows the story of the large (and largely misunderstood) Takeo Gouda and his budding relationship with possibly the sweetest girl in the world, Rinko Yamato. The first few episodes show how they meet and become a couple, but the majority of the anime is about the development of their relationship once they're already involved. It's a new experience for both of them, since Rinko is so innocent, and Takeo has always been overlooked by girls in favor of his extremely attractive best friend. Despite how green they are, Takeo and Rinko meet all challenges head-on, as their story takes them through the ups and downs of a first relationship.
Nodame is not the first romance anime to explore a relationship in terms of music. Where it's unique is in the realistic portrayal of the classical music world, and the relationship between the main protagonists. The two learn how to count on one another, how to remain faithful to their love, and to keep the bond between them strong despite spending time apart. It's a beautiful story about two people learning to love each other in spite of life's many obstacles.
The premise for Golden Time hinges on the protagonist's amnesia, which is as cliche as it gets. But the series manages to spin the lost memories into the narrative of two young people struggling to make a courtship work. After losing his memories in an accident, Banri Tada enters a relationship with Kouko Kaga. Despite being happy with her, he is haunted by glimpses of old memories with another girl. What's more important: making the present work, or bringing back the past? Throughout the series, Banri struggles to reconcile what he has now with what he could have had.
We all wear a different face in public. In school, Kyouko Hori is a flashy girl, with her hair and makeup always done nicely. Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is a boring, unremarkable high school boy. But at home, both let their other sides out: a caring family girl who wears no makeup at all, and a wild but gentle outcast with many piercings. A chance encounter reveals their secret private identities to each other, and instead of being repelled, they are drawn together. As the two become a couple, the anime sheds light on the differences between how we are perceived, and who we really are.
You wouldn't expect a relationship based on drool to work, but that's anime for you. If you can look past the drool, you'll find a pretty great romance anime in Nazo no Kanojo X. Full of symbolism and fresh feelings, this anime is a new take on everyone's cringe-worthy first relationship.. Instead of falling back on tropes, the characters in this anime have realistic personalities, full of contradictions and eccentricities. There are awkward moments, and strange situations, and it's all wonderfully reminiscent of what it's like to have your first real relationship. Though maybe with more drool than usual.
Just because you're in a relationship with someone, doesn't mean you can express your feelings to them. Words have power, as Mei Tachibana learns when she meets the charismatic Yamato Kurosawa and promptly falls in love with him. As the two develop a relationship and become closer both emotionally and physically, Mei finds it hard to tell him just how much he means to her. Although this anime focuses on a relationship, it still builds up to a confession that hasn't quite happened yet.
The quirky cast of Chuunibyou return for a sequel, and this time their relationship is established from the beginning. Rikka Takanashi and Yuuta Togashi are now living together, which comes with its perks… and disadvantages. Strange personality quirks and delusions are adorable, as long as you don't have to deal with them every single day. What kind of effect will living together have on the young couple?
Rec occupies a middle ground between friendship and a relationship. After an unplanned dinner and a movie, the two protagonists are thrown together by fate yet again when a fire forces them to move in together. As their friendship develops into a relationship, they remain in that gray area past "just friends" but before "lovers." Living with someone is one of the best ways to get to know them. But jumping straight into it after one date? Maybe that's not such a good idea...
Bakemonogatari is a monster girl of the week anime, so not strictly a romance anime. We felt it deserved a mention though, for placing the main character into a relationship within the first few episodes. Few harem-like anime do that right off the bat, instead preferring to let all the girls swoon a little first, or for the relationship to develop naturally (here's looking at you, Sword Art Online). But Bakemonogatari, a generally unique anime, doesn't beat around the bush. Hitagi Senjougahara decides that she and Koyomi Araragi should be a couple, and so it is. You don't mess with a girl who knows how to use a stapler in combat.
Not all relationships are organically created. Some are arranged, and despite what should by all accounts be a recipe for disaster, the characters grow closer throughout the anime. In Engaged to the Unknown, two characters are thrown into a relationship when an arranged marriage is revealed. Despite having little in common (and little desire to marry a stranger), the 16-year-old protagonist Kobeni Yonomori is determined to make the best of this situation. As they spend more time together, she and her betrothed learn what it means to be together, and what it will take to make their relationship work.
My Bride is a Mermaid is another "arranged marriage" setup, but this one doesn't take itself too seriously. Nagasumi Michishio is just an ordinary high school boy, until he is saved from drowning by the beautiful mermaid girl Sun Seto. By mermaid law, this means one of them must now die -- unless he becomes engaged to her. Naturally, there's only one right thing to do, which leaves Sun and Nagasumi engaged shortly after their first meeting. Among all the silliness, shark people, and mermaid mobsters, hides a heartwarming story about two people doing what they believe is the right thing to do. Of course, it helps that Sun is a sweetheart and Nagasumi has a good heart. What begins as a chance encounter develops over time into a wonderful relationship (with insane in-laws).
The ridiculously long-titled anime Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is a slice of life -- technically not a romance. Still, the series takes relationships a step further and enters a place most anime don't really touch: marriage. In most anime, married people only exist as parents or for other adult purposes (no hentai pun intended). Instead, this anime is about a newlywed couple learning to live with each other's quirks and their differences. Who says there's no romance after marriage?
Clannad: After Story offers another rare look at the bonds of a relationship after marriage. This series serves a sequel to the beloved Clannad, which showed the story of how this couple got together. After Story takes the story a step further, and sheds a light on the more mature problems of adulthood, family, and marriage. It's a worthy followup to the original series, just as full of drama and relationship struggles.