From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to Mushishi; a review of the best fantasy anime available

The notion of fantasy in the world of anime It is certainly very difficult to cover, because except for a few specific cases, the reality is that most franchises have elements of this class. Even so, there are some anime in which these are more important, and today I’m trying to find the answer to the following question: What are the best fantasy anime? (a question that I have already asked myself with the anime of sports, romance, comedy and further)

SO I build a list in which to try to find the productions that have the most popularity and that best express what the best fantasy anime should be:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The story with the Elric brothers tick all the boxes make “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood“one of the best fantasy anime.

Con alchemy as the main method of action and resources, Edward and his brother Alphonse must face all sorts of dangers and strange enemies beyond the human in order to unravel a plot that will only grow bigger. This work also has the merit of being considered one of the highest quality (objectively speaking) anime of all time, so its inclusion here leaves no doubt.

Fairy tale

Magic, guilds, villains…”Fairy tale“He may not be on top when it comes to talking about the best shounen of all time, but he does not disappoint in terms of its fantastic elements.

In this sense, “Fairy Tail” offers a constant clashes in which the magic elements will be at the center of the action, which helps to improve this fantastic element. In addition, its long duration makes it a story that allows the viewer to enjoy the journey and gradually get to know its many characters. Unquestionably, a reference among the best fantasy anime.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Swordsmen who use special breathing techniques to defeat demons? The truth is, I think there are few things more “fantastic” than a description like this. Indeed, beyond all the drama, humor and other characteristic elements that make up “Kimetsu no Yaiba“, we find that the proposal fits perfectly into the concept of fantasy.

Obviously it is important to take into account that, as with the rest of the anime on this list, the fantasy offered by “Kimetsu no Yaiba” has little to do with that of “Sword Art Online (by example).However, if you are interested in feudal-type stories, with a protagonist who is better than bread and who never gives up anything“Kimetsu no Yaiba” is definitely one of the fantasy anime you should give a chance.

Attack the titans

Attack the titans“has the same billing as “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” which allows it to elevate itself as one of the great anime created in the entire history of the industry. Hajime Isayama’s work exudes fantasy with every step he takes.

This is how the context of humanity is reduced to mere walls, with an outer world teeming with deadly titans that threaten survivalendows “Attack on Titan” with one of the most awe-inspiring stories to be found among top fantasy anime.

Attack the titans

The seven deadly sins

There is no denying that the anime quality of “The seven deadly sins“has dropped since changing studios, but that doesn’t have to mean detracting from everything he’s achieved Pictures A-1 previously.

The story starring Meliodas managed to become an absolute reference within shounen, so we have at least 48 chapters of which is a reference (from the third season it seems inevitable to recommend the manga). In any case, and to a similar extent to “Fairy Tail”, “The Seven Deadly Sins” allows us to enjoy above all fights in which extraordinary powers place it among the best fantasy anime.

Tensei Shittara Slime Datta Ken

Tensei Shittara Slime Datta Kenuses a premise that in recent years has been a constant in anime: the concept of “isekai”. In this type of production, we find that the protagonist is transferred to a world completely different from his own.

However, in the case of “Tensei Shittara Slime Datta Ken”, we also see a new twist: the protagonist takes the form of a slime, that kind of gelatinous being that usually poses no threat. However, this time, he will become a resource-learning machine that ultimately leads him to be a high-powered entity, build his kingdom, and establish bonds between races. Without a doubt, one of the great exponents among the best current fantasy anime.

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Made in the Abyss

Mayde in the abyss” is one of the anime that most easily manages to deceive the viewer. Despite the affable appearance of its characters, the reality is that the plot is gradually moving towards a cruel reality who will give no quarter to one of the main faces.

Besides, the concept of ‘the Abyss’, its depths, beings, relics and other secrets that it hides make this anime one of the mainstays of recent years in terms of content with a fantastic tone. On the other hand, I will point out that the content of the franchise continues to increase, with new movies and stories that make it one of the best fantasy anime to explore today.

Hunter X Hunter

Hunter X Hunter“Although it is an incomplete story, he manages to become one of the most remarkable shounen of all time. The story starring Gon takes us to a world in which to find the figure of the ‘hunters’, high-powered individuals who have permission to pursue beasts, treasures, and even other very special individuals.

However, the path to becoming one of these hunters is not easy, and on his journey Gon will visit places such as a video game island, a kingdom ruled by anthropomorphic insects of great lethality and much more that makes “Hunter x Hunter” not only one of the best fantasy anime, but also one of the general references of anime.

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Re: zero

Re: zero” has been one of the most popular IPs in the anime industry for years, especially when it comes to isekai anime. Subaru’s story leads him to a different world in which magic and tragedies are the order of the daybut not for him. Indeed, compared to the rest of the characters, Subaru is completely normal… are you sure?

The premise of “Re:Zero” revolves around Subaru adapting to the new world it must live in with an exceptionally special skill: has “save points” in life and when he dies he respawns at the closest. This, added to the countless supernatural threats he will have to face, make “Re:Zero” an absolute benchmark in the anime fantasy genre.

Log Horizon

When we visit worlds of magic and fantasy, the usual thing is that their protagonists have the typical performance of a balanced warrior, using swords and having great direct combat potential. In “Log Horizon“, on the other hand, we find shiroean Elder Tale player who looks like trapped in the gaming universe with tens of thousands of players (see all of these unable to return to the real world).

Shiroe, stink, halla specialized in the field of strategy and negotiations, so you will have to free all your intellect in order to resolve the conflicts that will arise in the game (both between users and NPCs) due to the exceptional situation in which they find themselves. One of the best fantasy anime to avoid falling into the classic protagonist.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online“He may be the father or the greatest representative of the ‘isekai’, and it really cannot be considered one of them in full. The truth is that he was in the wake of the franchise featuring Kirito, more and more works like “Log Horizon”, “Tensei Shittara Slime Datta Ken” and others began to increase their production (To the point that every new anime season we get one of a similar cut).

“Sword Art Online” currently has several seasons of content, and although “Alicization” is very popular, perhaps no other has had the success of its debut. Therefore, “Sword Art Online” remains as one of the best fantasy anime that left the anime business.

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Busy” is a completely different anime than any we’ve visited in this list of the best fantasy anime. Ginkoa ‘Mushishi’ dedicated to investigate the ‘Mushi’, fantastical entities that make up the world’s most basic form of life. However, very little information exists to help determine exactly what Mushi are and their impact on the development of life.

In fact, “Mushishi” deals with issues like the meaning of living, and that is that it supposes a less memorable journey of introspection. “Mushishi” is one of the best fantasy anime, not because it puts beings like dragons or resources like magic at the center of everything, but because of a narrative that juxtaposes the fantastical with the natural.


Best Fantasy Anime – Honorable Mentions

As I stated at the beginning of the article, there are many anime that have fantastic components. In this sense, the arguments for adding one or the other to the list of best fantasy anime are hard to refute. For him, so I leave you with other recommendations that could fit perfectly into this group:

  • The Magus’ Former Wife
  • A play
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • FateZero
  • Suzerain

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