Top 20 Best Fantasy Anime Series Recommendations For Fantasy Lovers 

Hello everyone, so today I want to talk about fantasy anime shows that made me wish I was living in an otherworldly, supernatural, and magic-filled world, with vast locations and periods.

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Fantasy world!!!

I have a few because I have always ended up falling in love with all the anime characters of the fantasy anime I like, wishing I was with them adventuring, laughing, crying, passing milestones that would level us up, and the dinners together at the tavern after missions.

The unique randomness, dynamic characters, romance, jokes, and plots borrowed from Japanese history and Western culture for across-the-board enjoyment, are some of the things I love about them. So we’ve compiled the top 20 fantasy anime list that made us at MyAnimeGo feel this way.

Editor’s Note (Updated on 8/31/2023): In the ever-evolving world of anime, staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest recommendations is paramount. As such, we’ve revisited our list of top fantasy anime to watch, ensuring that it reflects the most recent and outstanding additions to the genre.

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Best Fantasy Anime Series

20. .hack//Sign

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  • Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Magic, Game, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 26
  • Studio: Bee Train
  • Aired: Spring 2002

Synopsis

The series follows Tsukasa, a Wavemaster in the virtual-reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called The World. Tsukasa wakes up to find himself in a dungeon in the game, unable to log out and suffering from short-term memory loss. He tries to find out the truth on why they can’t leave the game with other players or fighting other players along the way who have different motives.

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The story moved at a slow pace and had so many plots and side plots, you would think it was this, then get the rug pulled from under you and it would turn out to be this, which made you develop so many theories, but towards the end so many things where explained.

19. Ascendance of a Bookworm

  • Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Isekai
  • Episodes: 14
  • Studio: Ajia-Do
  • Aired: 2019

Synopsis

Ascendance of a Bookworm follows the story of Myne, a young girl who, after her untimely death, finds herself reincarnated into a medieval world. In this realm, the scarcity of books is astounding, a fact that deeply troubles Myne, an ardent bibliophile. Undaunted by her circumstances, she embarks on a quest to revive literature, aspiring to create her own books.

Myne’s journey is marked by her unwavering determination and resourcefulness, as she navigates the challenges of a world where books are a rarity and literacy a luxury.

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I can’t help but connect with Myne’s unbridled passion for books and her resolute commitment to bringing them back to life in a world where they are nearly extinct Her struggles and triumphs feel so relatable, and her journey is one of both personal growth and literary revival.

Ascendance of a Bookworm is a beautifully crafted narrative that resonates with anyone who’s ever cherished the written word. It’s a show that will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling, and maybe even inspire you to pick up a book or two!

18. Overlord

  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Magic, Game, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 32
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Aired: Summer 2015

Synopsis

It’s 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game called Yggdrasil was released and it’s very popular for being able to allow players to interact with the game, after 12 years it’s finally shutting down.  

In the game a guild known as Ainz Ooal Gown once made up of 41 members and know as one of the strongest guilds in the game, now only for 4 members remain and out of the 4 only one, an elder lich character named Momonga, continues to play as the guild leader, maintaining their headquarters- The Great Tomb of Nazarick.

Momonga spends his last few moments in the game as the server begins to shut down to his surprise despite the clock having struck midnight, he is still in the game and the NPC have also developed personalities. So now he commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take over the new world he is in and maybe finding other players stuck in the game like him. 

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I had my reservations about it coming in, thinking it would be generic and the same old same old, but it differs in the sense that the protagonist is the antagonist and I felt this was new and creative.

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The art and music were a good combination, matching themselves brilliantly and the characters were great and a good combination, complementing each other.

17. Log Horizon

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  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Magic, Game, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 50
  • Studio: Satelight
  • Aired: Fall 2013

Synopsis

After a game update of a popular MMORPG, Elder Tales thirty thousand Japanese gamers are taken away from their everyday lives into the game world are unable to log out. The series follows the socially awkward strategist and veteran of the game, Shiroe and other players.

Shiroe explores the limits of his new reality, learning to live in this new world, leading and working with other players and NPC in other to bring stability back to the virtual city of Akihabara. Trying to make the best of their new world.

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It’s slow-paced at the beginning but picks up as the show goes on, and unlike other shounen anime where the main character powers up and defeats his enemy, Shiroe is not like that, instead of With his strategic approach to battle, he’s usually in the background controlling the flow of battle, getting him the nickname “villain in glasses”.

It’s not your typical show, I especially liked how realism in the world of fantasy was added into Log Horizon, it’s not a perfect show but it was enjoyable to watch.

16. Sword Art Online

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  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Game, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 49+
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Aired: Summer 2012

Synopsis

The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonist Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki that are trapped with ten-thousand others by the game’s creator, in a virtual reality MMORPG game, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad.

In this near-future 2022, where virtual reality has developed greatly and with the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players control their avatars in the game using their thoughts.

Using fantastic weapons to fight gruesome monsters and other players, unable to log out the only way out of this virtual hell is to complete all one hundred levels of the game. If you die in the game, you die in real life.

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There are some harsh reviews out there about this fantasy anime, and some point out some far-off points, but I believe that even if the plot and characters were not the best, the art and sound get high marks. But you have to admit it is enjoyable; the pacing was off, and the time skip didn’t help its cause.

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With SAO, you will either love this fantasy anime or hate it.

15. Goblin Slayer

  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Dark Fantasy
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Aired: Fall 2018

Synopsis

Goblin Slayer thrusts you into a dark, unforgiving fantasy realm plagued by goblins, one of the lowest-tier monsters in the hierarchy. The story revolves around a nameless adventurer known only as the Goblin Slayer, who is on an unrelenting mission to eradicate goblins from the face of the earth.

Fuelled by a deep-seated vendetta after a goblin raid destroyed his life, the Goblin Slayer’s existence is singularly dedicated to exterminating these vile creatures. Along the way, he’s joined by a motley crew of fellow adventurers, each carrying their own burdens and motivations.

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This anime is a rollercoaster of intensity. It doesn’t pull any punches. It’s dark, it’s brutal, and it’s utterly gripping. I mean, the Goblin Slayer’s sheer determination to wipe out goblins, no matter the cost, is both haunting and strangely heroic.

You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as this group battles these seemingly insignificant foes with a ferocity that’s nothing short of awe-inspiring. But fair warning, it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re into dark fantasy with a heavy dose of action, this one’s a must-watch.

14. Magical Circle

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  • Genres: Adventure, Magic, Comedy, Shounen, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Aired: Summer 2017

Synopsis

The seal that has held the demon king Giri for a hundred years as worn off, now a young boy named Nike a reluctant hero is chosen and together with a girl named Kukuri, a lone survivor of the tribe that used black magic to seal Giri, set off on an adventure to save the world- in classic RPG style.

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Mahoujin Guruguru is an anime that is funny throughout with RPG elements and references. It makes fun of itself and you strangely don’t get bored of it like you would with some animes of its type.

This anime brings back a lot of nostalgia, with its narrative, dialogue box, and sometimes 2D pixelated scenes. It’s an old classic that has been remade for the new generation, and it was executed brilliantly.

13. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Aired: 2012

Synopsis

In a fantastical world filled with dungeons, magic, and adventure, we follow the story of Aladdin, a young magician with a mysterious flute, and Alibaba, a skilled warrior with dreams of conquering a dungeon.

Together with Morgiana, a slave with incredible physical abilities, they set out on a quest to explore dungeons, amass treasures, and uncover the secrets of the world’s magical system. Little do they know that they’re entangled in a destiny that goes far beyond their wildest imaginations.

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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a neat blend of adventure, magic, and friendship that had me hooked from the start. The world-building is rich and immersive, drawing you into a vibrant universe with its own rules and politics.

Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana are a fantastic trio with distinct personalities and goals, making their adventures both exciting and heartwarming.

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But what actually sets Magi apart is how it tackles complex themes like destiny, power, and morality. It’s not just about flashy magic battles; it delves deep into the human psyche.

Whether you’re in it for the epic adventures or the thought-provoking themes, Magi delivers on all fronts.

12. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • Aired: 2017

Synopsis

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid introduces us to Kobayashi, a hardworking, no-nonsense programmer, whose life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters Tohru, a dragon who transforms into a human and becomes her live-in maid. Tohru’s devotion to Kobayashi is unwavering, and she’s not alone; other dragons soon join the mix.

The series unfolds with heartwarming tales of friendship, family, and finding a place to belong in a world that can be, well, a little crazy.

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This anime is like a warm, fluffy blanket on a chilly day. The characters are an absolute riot, each one bursting with personality and quirks that’ll make you laugh and go “aww” in equal measure. Kobayashi’s down-to-earth nature and Tohru’s over-the-top dragon antics create a delightful contrast that’s both hilarious and heartwarming.

But what really gets me is the theme of unconventional families. The show beautifully explores the idea that family isn’t just about blood relations; it’s about the connections we make and the bonds we form. Moreover, who can resist the charming chaos that ensues when dragons try to fit into human society?

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If you’re looking for a feel-good series with a side of supernatural flair and plenty of laughs, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is pure gold.

11. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

  • Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Shounen
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: 8bit
  • Aired: Fall 2018 to Winter 2019

Synopsis

The story kicks off with Satoru Mikami, a 37-year-old office worker who finds himself reincarnated as a slime in a fantasy world after a rather unusual encounter with a knife-wielding assailant.

While it might sound like a downgrade, this slime is anything but ordinary. He soon gains the ability to devour and absorb other creatures, acquiring their skills and knowledge in the process.

With newfound powers and a desire to create a peaceful world, the slime, now named Rimuru, embarks on a journey to build his own kingdom, making friends and allies with a diverse range of beings along the way.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a fantasy anime that I consider an absolute blast, and I’ll tell you why. First off, Rimuru is the most endearing slime you’ll ever meet. His upbeat and optimistic personality, combined with his ever-expanding repertoire of skills, makes for some entertaining and often hilarious situations.

But what really makes this show shine is its world-building and character development. You’ll find yourself immersed in a vast and intricate fantasy world filled with unique races and cultures. Rimuru’s ability to form friendships and alliances with a diverse cast of characters adds depth and charm to the story.

It’s a story of growth, both for Rimuru and the world he’s building. Seeking isekai that delivers humor, heart, and epic moments? Look no further, this one’s the champion.

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10. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

  • Genres: Fantasy, Isekai, Adventure, Magic
  • Episodes: 11 episodes
  • Studio: Studio Bind
  • Aired: Winter 2021

Synopsis

Mushoku Tensei follows the life of a man named Rudeus Greyrat who, after a rather regrettable death in the real world, gets a second chance at life in a fantasy world.

Reincarnated as a baby, he retains all of his memories and intelligence from his past life. Determined to make the most of this new opportunity, Rudeus embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Under the guidance of his new parents, he learns magic and combat skills, setting his sights on becoming a powerful adventurer. Along the way, he forms deep bonds with others, including fellow adventurers and magical beings, while uncovering the mysteries of this fantastical realm.

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Mushoku Tensei is a true gem in the isekai genre. Rudeus is an incredibly relatable character, flawed yet determined to better himself in this new life. His journey of self-improvement and the development of his magical abilities is captivating, and you’ll find yourself cheering for his successes and empathizing with his struggles.

What makes this anime unique is its rich world-building and attention to detail. The fantasy world feels alive and vibrant, filled with various cultures and fantastical creatures. And the character interactions are simply delightful. It’s not just about epic battles (although there are some fantastic ones); it’s a story about personal growth, relationships, and the complexity of human (and non-human) emotions.

For those seeking an isekai that intertwines enchanting adventures with profound character growth, Mushoku Tensei deserves a top spot on your watchlist.

9. Berserk 

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  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural
  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: Oriental Light and Magic (OLM)
  • Aired: Autumn 1997

Synopsis

Berserk follows the tragic tale of Guts, a lone mercenary with a brutal and mysterious past. Born from the corpse of his hanged mother, Guts grows up in a world plagued by war, demons, and betrayal.

His life takes a fateful turn when he encounters Griffith, a charismatic and enigmatic leader of the Band of the Hawk mercenary group. Guts becomes Griffith’s right-hand man, forging a bond that will change the course of their lives.

However, as ambition and sacrifice collide, Guts is drawn into a relentless spiral of bloodshed, darkness, and revenge.

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Berserk is a masterpiece of grim fantasy anime. It’s a relentless and unapologetic journey through a world where hope is scarce, and betrayal lurks around every corner.

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Guts, our tortured protagonist, is one of the most iconic characters in anime and manga history. His relentless pursuit of vengeance against God’s Hand and his struggle to maintain his humanity in the face of darkness is utterly gripping.

It’s a series that doesn’t shy away from brutality, and that’s part of what makes it so captivating. If you’re up for an intense, dark, and emotionally charged narrative, Berserk is an absolute must-see.

8. Jujutsu Kaisen

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  • Genres: Action, Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Episodes: 24 episodes
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Aired: Fall 2020

Synopsis

Jujutsu Kaisen centers around Yuji Itadori, an ordinary high school student whose life takes a dark turn when he stumbles upon a cursed object, a rotting finger that holds the power of a malevolent Curse.

In an attempt to save his friends, Yuji consumes the cursed finger, unintentionally binding himself to a world of sorcery and curses. He’s then introduced to the world of Jujutsu Sorcerers, where he learns that curses are very real and very deadly.

To combat these curses and the sinister Curse User behind them, Yuji enrolls in Tokyo Jujutsu High, setting off on a perilous journey of exorcism and supernatural battles.

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Jujutsu Kaisen is like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. The animation quality is out of this world, making every fight scene an absolute visual spectacle.

But what truly hooked me is the characters – they’re not your typical one-dimensional heroes. Yuji, in particular, is a fantastic protagonist, combining humor, vulnerability, and sheer badassery in one package. And let’s not forget Gojo Satoru, who’s just a certified scene-stealer with his overpowered charisma.

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If you’re a fan of intense battles, cool curses, and a dash of humor, Jujutsu Kaisen is the way to go.

7. Chainsaw Man

  • Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural, Dark Fantasy, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Aired: Fall 2022

Synopsis

Chainsaw Man takes us on a wild and bloody ride in a world where devils lurk in the shadows, and devil hunters stand as humanity’s last line of defense.

Our protagonist, Denji, is a young and destitute devil hunter who makes ends meet by working with his devil pet, Pochita, who happens to be a chainsaw devil. After a disastrous encounter with a powerful devil, Denji is resurrected as a devil-human hybrid with the power of the Chainsaw Man.

He’s now a part of a secret government organization, hunting down devils for survival, while navigating a world filled with danger, betrayal, and some truly bizarre devil powers.

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I absolutely love how Chainsaw Man takes you on a wild, unapologetically dark, and oh-so-twisted journey into the realm of supernatural horror. I was all in on this anime from the get-go because of its constant action, surprise plot turns, and a protagonist like no other. Denji’s transformation into the Chainsaw Man is not just physical but also symbolic of his evolution as a character.

It’s gory, intense, and filled with moments that make you question the very nature of good and evil. This one’s a visceral rollercoaster that’s not afraid to push the boundaries of horror and fantasy. Fans who enjoy the darker side of anime and don’t mind a generous dose of blood and gore will love Chainsaw Man.

6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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  • Genres: Action, Demons, Historical, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Episodes: 26
  • Studio: ufotable
  • Aired: Spring 2019

Synopsis

Set in Taisho-era Japan, the story follows young Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted boy who becomes a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered by demons, and his sister, Nezuko, is turned into one.

Tanjiro’s relentless determination to avenge his family and find a cure for Nezuko’s condition propels him into a world of demons and demon slayers. He trains under an enigmatic demon slayer, and embarks on a perilous journey to annihilate demons and uncover the truth behind their existence.

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From the breathtaking animation to the compelling characters, this anime is a masterpiece. Tanjiro’s unwavering love for his sister and his indomitable spirit are truly inspiring.

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And let’s not forget about the stunning battles, especially those with the Hashira, the elite demon slayers. Each episode is a visual treat, and it’s packed with enough action and heart to leave you both breathless and teary-eyed. It’s no wonder it became a global phenomenon. If you haven’t watched it yet, trust me, it’s worth every moment.

5. Made in Abyss

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  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: Kinema Citrus
  • Aired: Summer 2017

Synopsis

The is about a young girl Riko, who finds and befriends a humanoid robot boy Reg, who has no recollection of the events before she finds him and she descends with him to find her mother Lyza the Annihilator, a White Whistle in the Abyss.

What is the Abyss?

It’s a gaping hole stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a long time ago. How did it come to be? what lies at the very bottom? People known as Divers have sought to solve these mysteries. The best and deepest Divers are known as White Whistles.

Riko who aspires to be a White Whistle like her mother, exploring the furthest reaches of the Abyss, she is completely fascinated with everything about the Abyss. However she’s just a Red Whistle– a novice, she’s only permitted to roam its most upper layer.

Descending the Abyss, they have no idea the harsh reality that awaits them.

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Made in Abyss can be brutal, gut-wrenching, and emotionally taxing. Yet, it’s also profoundly beautiful, with stunning animation and an ethereal soundtrack that immerses you in its beautiful (yet twisted) world.

Honestly, this series is not your typical fantasy anime. It’s a heartfelt, touching journey that will tug at your heartstrings and haunt your dreams. But you won’t regret a single moment of it. It’s a masterpiece, plain and simple.

4. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

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  • Genres: Psychological, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Aired: Spring 2016

Synopsis

Subaru Natsuki is a hikikomori who does nothing but play games when leaving a convenience store at night, he suddenly finds himself in another world, taken from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world, with no sign of who or how he was summoned.

On arriving he is attacked by some thugs, armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is beaten to a pulp. Luckily for him, a silver-haired half-elf girl, Satella, whose name is later revealed to be Emilia is passing by with her companion Puck in pursuit of someone who stole her insignia and saves him. To repay the favour he offers to help her in her search, after finding it though they are both killed, Subaru awakens back to the time when he first gets to this new world. Discovering he as acquired an ability he calls “Return by Death”, which enables him to reverse time by dying.   

He will face many obstacles, challenges and sometimes even just having “Return by Death” will not be enough, has saved Emilia and everyone he cares about in this new world. 

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This is a fantasy anime show for people who are new and old to anime. It takes different aspects and genres to create this wonderful show and I would recommend everyone who watches anime.

I loved it because I felt it was something new and creative, with a detailed plot and a well-developed cast. It was fun to watch from beginning to end.

3. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

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  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Parody, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 22
  • Studio: Studio Deen
  • Aired: Winter 2016

Synopsis

After an untimely, embarrassing and laughable death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and shut-in NEET Kazuma Satou finds himself with a beautiful goddess named Aqua, She gives him two options: continue on to heaven or be reincarnated in a parallel world with MMORPG elements–every gamer’s dream, where he can go for adventures, battle monsters and his tasked with defeating a Demon King who terrorizes the world. And is also allowed to bring into this new world a super-powered item or ability, but after continuous provocation and mockery from Aqua, he chooses Aqua herself to accompany him to the town of Axel. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake–the absent-minded goddess is completely useless.

Kazuma soon realises that living in this new world is different from how it plays out in a game, instead of going on adventures they must first work to pay for their living expenses and for membership into the adventurers guild. Forming a party later and recruiting an explosion-obsessed mage named Megumin and a masochistic crusader named Darkness. But he soon realises fighting monsters are not a walk in the park and quickly gives up the idea of defeating the Demon King and tries to live a luxurious lifestyle, only to find circumstances of their daily lives are forcing him to encounter and battle the Devil King’s generals and actually be an adventurer.

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I had my doubts about this anime but I was glad I gave it a chance the only real problem with it was it was only 10 episodes in the first season, there was very little relevant plot and it sometimes promised to be going somewhere with the plot but yet never does but to be that was one of the things that made it better, it was refreshing and I couldn’t stop laughing till the very end.

It was pure joy watching its characters were all funny and awesome, the animation and art were gorgeous and the soundtrack was amazing too. With genuinely hilarious jokes, any flaws this series has are easily forgotten. It will cheer you up and is great for a new anime watcher, you won’t be disappointed.

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2. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Aired: Spring 2015

Synopsis

The story follows the adventure of Bell Carnel who live in the bustling city of Orario, a 15-year-old solo adventurer at the beginning, whose under the goddess Hestia and only member of her Familia, he works very hard every day in a magical dungeon to earn a living for them and even on the surface survival is a hard-earned privilege, while trying to improve himself. He hopes to become the greatest adventurer in the land and hero. Looking up to Ais Wallenstein, a famous and powerful swordswoman who saves his life once, he falls in love with her and wishes to become stronger so that one day he can stand beside her as an equal.

He ventures deeper within the city’s monster-filled catacombs, known as the “Dungeon”, with death lurking at every corner, while a mysterious power moves amidst the shadows, he gains allies and gets stronger with each challenge he faces.

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I finally got around to watching this and it was very definitely worth watching and became a guilty pleasure for me, it was not the most well-written story but it just works, maybe because of the ton of clichés and fanservice, the pacing can also be sometimes questionable but even so it never fails to entertain. The setting is within an MMORPG game world, the difference this time is that instead, to them that’s the real world for our character and it functions like a game. Gaining experience points, earning loot, leveling up, gaining skills and magic.

Bell is a very new and refreshing protagonist, he’s not a typical imbalanced protagonist, nor a generic shounen hero relying on the power of friendship to save the day, but he is extremely shy, innocent, and a very kind-hearted person who does care for those around him and help them anyhow he can, even if it puts him at risk himself and this makes him very relatable.  

Danmachi gives you much more than you would expect when watching it and I love that about it.

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1. Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Slice of Life, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Aired: Winter 2016

Synopsis

When Haruhito awakens with several men and women in the dark, in the same circumstances as him. He doesn’t know where he is or why he is here, even now he still doesn’t know. Thrown into the world of Grimgar with hazy memories and the knowledge of their name in a world that seems like something out a video game, they have to take the only paying job available in the world to them-being soldiers in the Reserve Army, eliminating anything that threatens the peace of their new world.

When all the stronger candidates join together, those left behind must create a party together to survive, despite its resemblance to a game it’s far from it with no redos or respawns, it’s a kill or be killed world. A ragtag party of Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Mogzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight, this is the group we follow as they fight to survive in this new world. 

This is the story of adventurers born from the ashes.

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The show was quite a unique watch and made me want more shows like it the environment, and background felt hand-drawn and were very beautiful and warm. Character growth felt natural and was not unrealistic 0 to 100 time frame, they failed, succeeded, laughed, and cried, they felt like real people’s faults, limitations, and all, and I just loved every moment of it.

They balanced everything out wonderfully in this anime from reflection by characters, which was interesting to watch and not boring with you wishing it was over already, you enjoyed watching them on the battlefield and in their daily lives. There is group development and not just solely an individual’s development, no character is neglected and we get to see how they all live roles, and reactions to events, and this is all balanced out very well. It can be seen as slow-paced because of this but it’s so well done you will end up not minding the pacing, because there is a reason for this, and it’s a good one.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar can be seen as a slice of life with a combination of realism and narrative showing the characters’ lives and relatively slow progression makes it easy to watch and follow. The sound is just as great as the Art of this anime, also helping convey the mood and story. 

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It’s a must-watch fantasy anime but I hate it’s just 12 episodes, I think it deserved more, as we don’t get to see the new developments in the characters at the end of episode 12 being used.


Sorry, it has been a while, everyone, I don’t post as much nowadays but during those times, when am too busy, am still working on the blog behind the scenes and coming up with ideas for my next article, just takes time putting my ideas on paper so please be patient with me, am grateful for you taking time to read, share and comment on our articles, I really would like to hear your thoughts and know your list if you don’t agree with my list.

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YumDeku

Blogger / Jujutsu Sorcerer / Unpredictable knuckle head Ninja that spends his free time writing, reading, watching and playing all things Anime, Manga and Gaming.

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