Hello everyone, so today I want to talk about Animes that made me wish I was living in an otherworldly, supernatural and magic-filled fantasy world, with vast locations and time periods.
I have a few cause 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 which would level us up and the dinners together at the tavern after missions.
The unique randomness, dynamic characters, romance, jokes and plots borrowing from Japanese history and western culture for across-the-board enjoyment, are some of the things I really love about them. So we’ve compiled the Top 10 Fantasy anime list that as made us at MyAnimeGo feel this way.
- Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Magic, Game, Fantasy
- Episodes: 26
- Studio: Bee Train
- Aired: Spring 2002
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.
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.
The series showed a lot of character development and there are fight scenes but they are few and most time character interaction is presented in the form of dialogue. It’s really great if you are more into the story and not looking for an anime with fights scenes.
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Magic, Game, Fantasy
- Episodes: 32
- Studio: Madhouse
- Aired: Summer 2015
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.
I had my reservation 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. The art and music were a good combination, matching themselves brilliantly and the characters were great and a good combination, complementing each other.
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Magic, Game, Fantasy
- Episodes: 50
- Studio: Satelight
- Aired: Fall 2013
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.
It’s slow-paced at the beginning but picks up as the show goes on, and unlike other shounen anime where the main characters powers up and defeats his enemy, Shiroe is not like that, instead with his strategical approach to battle, he’s usually in the background controlling the flow of battle, getting him the nickname “villain in glasses”.
It’s definitely 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.
Sword Art Online
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Game, Fantasy
- Episodes: 49+
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Aired: Summer 2012
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.
There are some really harsh reviews out there about this anime and some actually 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 really didn’t help its case.
With SAO, you will either love it or hate it.
Mahoujin Guruguru (2017)
- Genres: Adventure, Magic, Comedy, Shounen, Fantasy
- Episodes: 24
- Studio: Production I.G
- Aired: Summer 2017
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.
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.
It brings back a lot of nostalgia, with its narrative, dialogue box and sometimes 2D pixelated scenes. It is some old that has been remade for the new generation and it was done well.
Best Fantasy Anime Series Honourable Mentions
Episodes: 12 | Aired: Fall 2018 | Studios: White Fox
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Episodes: 25 | Aired: Fall 2012 | Studios: A-1 Pictures
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)
Episodes: 13 + OVA | Aired: Winter 2017 | Studios: Kyoto Animation
Berserk (Kenpuu Denki Berserk)
Episodes: 25 | Aired: Fall 1997 | Studios: OLM
Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama)
Episodes: 12 | Aired: Winter 2020 | Studios: Satelight
Bonus Round of The Best Fantasy Anime Series
The Rising of the Shield Hero
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
In Another World With My Smartphone
Ascendance of a Bookworm
Made in Abyss
- Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
- Episodes: 13
- Studio: Kinema Citrus
- Aired: Summer 2017
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.
It is an anime that meets everyone’s taste and expectations, it’s a good fun light-hearted adventure, wonderful Sci-Fi thriller, great chemistry between the characters and the fights scenes are amazing.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Genres: Psychological, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
- Episodes: 25
- Studio: White Fox
- Aired: Spring 2016
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.
This is definitely a show for people that 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 definitely loved it cause I felt it was something new and creative, with a detailed plot and a well-developed cast.
It was definitely fun to watch from beginning to end.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
- Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Parody, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
- Episodes: 22
- Studio: Studio Deen
- Aired: Winter 2016
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.
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 the first season, there was the very little relevant plot and it sometimes promises 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 where all funny and awesome, the animation and art is gorgeous and the soundtrack is amazing too. With genuinely hilarious jokes, any flaws this series has is easily forgotten. It will definitely cheer you up and is great for a new anime watcher, you won’t be disappointed.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
- Episodes: 25
- Studio: J.C.Staff
- Aired: Spring 2015
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.
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, earn loot, levelling up, gaining skills and magic.
And 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 really 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 really love that about it.
Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, slice of life, Fantasy
- Episodes: 12
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Aired: Winter 2016
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.
The show was quiet a unique watch and made me want more shows like it the environment, background felt hand drawn and was very beautiful and warm. Character growth felt natural and was not unrealistic 0 to 100 time frame, they failed, succeed, laughed and cried, they felt like real people faults, limitation 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 lifes. 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 reaction to events and this is all balanced out very well. It can be seen as slow paced because of this but its so well done you will end up not minding the pacing, because there is a reason for this and its 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 life’s and relatively slow progression makes it easy to watch and follow. And the sound is just as great as the Art of this anime, also helping convey the mood and story.
Its definitely a most watch but I hate its just 12 episodes, I think it really deserved more, as we don’t get to see the new developments in the characters in the end of episode 12 being used.
Sorry its been a while everyone, I don’t post as much nowadays but during those times, where am to 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.