27+ BEST Military Anime (Recommendations)

Today, we bring to you the list of the best anime with military aspects in them. The list will comprise of anime that are predominantly focused on wars and political turmoil or anime which have a side story on the military aspect of the story.

Regardless of the category, this list contains anime that will surely leave you flabbergasted in just a couple of episodes. The anime on the list have great animation, a beautiful background score, and last but not the least, the best military action scenes you’ll see in an anime!

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29. Darling in the Franxx

darling in the franxx
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
2/20
4/20
2/10
8/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

In a post-apocalyptic world, there are a few things that you absolutely need to include in your plot, Ecchi and waifus. But don’t worry, it’s not entirely unrelatable; they’ve made the main character a loser with no personality. And his romantic interest is a sexy waifu. 

I’m not against ecchi and the occasional sexual innuendo, but it seems that they forgot to add plot, characters, and overall watchable content.

You’ll find hentai with a better plot, and at least you’ll watch something you actually want.

 

28. God Eater

12. God Eater Another amazing dark fantasy anime, God Eater reminds us of true darkness because of its apocalyptic settings. It is similar to Redo of Healer as the fighting scenes are pretty intense and are gloomy overall. The conversations between the characters are very interesting and might be hard to understand sometimes! The story is set in the early 2050s when weird creatures named "Oracle Cells" originate from nowhere and start consuming all the life force there is on planet Earth. The humans are on the verge of extinction as there's no way they can fight those monsters. However, their only hope lies within the members of the elite force who can wield "God Arcs" that are living weapons that work against Oracle cells.
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
2/20
2/20
7/10
11/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

God Eater is a totally original anime about a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity struggles with a species of giant monsters that eat humans (totally not a ripoff of an anime that starts with Attack and ends with Titan). If you haven’t watched Attack on Titan you might find it mildly interesting, and I say mildly because it’s a sad replica at best.

The sound and voice acting are just as terrible as you’d expect. The animation is pretty good, though.

 

27. Aldnoah.Zero

Aldnoah.Zero
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
10/20
4/20
10/10
24/50

Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Episodes: Season 1: 12, Season 2: 12

Anime Storyline:

It’s tough to get people to like Mecha-Anime. This genre may get undue hatred most of the time, but I think it’s justifiable in this instance. Each has their own strength but seriously, this was a hot/cold piece of garbage.

The plot is bizarre; the characters are all over the place. The Animation delivers (their eyes kawaii, though).

 

26. Record of Grancrest War

record of the grancrest war
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
12/20
2/20
12/10
26/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

If I had to describe this in one sentence, I’d say this “Anime Game of Thrones without the chopped-off PP and good amount of boobie portrayal.” This show doesn’t shy away from s3x, though. The animation and sound are great.

But the main problem is the story and how it drags along like a dead body. Most people would consider it empty and boring and that the characters are slap-worthy. In contrast, some people who have no taste may say that it delivers eventually despite being a slow starter. But then again, I’m entirely unbiased, so I’ll leave the choice to you.

 

25. Full Metal Panic!

Full metal alchemist
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
13/20
12/20
4/10
29/50

Genre: Action, Comedy
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

A counter-terror agent is assigned to guard a regular old high school student who has some precious information inside her brain ( spoiler alert- she’s not a typical high school student).  

Our student’s name is Kaname Chidori, and she is a “Whispered” who can generate information (Don’t ask me how or why). The animation and sound remain bland and you’ll pretty much sleep through some of the content that’s supposed to be comedic relief.

The protagonists aren’t half as interesting as the main antagonist, and considering the premise, that’s saying something. They more or less switch from comedy to tragedy in not such spectacular fashion.

And fair warning, this is a super mecha series, so don’t say I didn’t warn you after you give yourself a full metal panic.

 

24. Jormungand

Military Aspect Plot Action Total
14/20
12/20
5/10
21/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Don’t worry, I have no clue how to pronounce it either. Jonah, a child soldier (that’s not illegal at all).

Jonah must swallow his pride and work with the shady “Koko” to avenge his family. The animation is detailed and realistic, and the music is diverse.

The monologues can be a bit tiresome, but I liked the overall story. It’s filled with plot holes, though. Koko, in spite of her name, can be considered wildly annoying.

She has a shallow understanding of war and her goals seem ridiculous at best.

 

23. GATE

Gate
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
16/20
14/20
4/10
32/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: Season 1: 12, Season 2: 12

Anime Storyline:

As the title suggests, there is a gate involved. Due to some mysterious reason, Tokyo finds itself hosting a gate.

And through this gate, every manner of monsters, people in shining armor, and fantasy beings are unleashed on the poor denizens. Why didn’t they just nuke the gate?

Because it’s Japan, end of discussion. Japan responds to this by sending the Third Reconnaissance Team led by a nerd named Youji Itami. The animation is something to behold, it’s a rare sight to see a feudal army fight a modern army. The audio is adequate but unremarkable.

While the show does have a good amount of fan service and jokes, it does get dark. If blood and gore is not your thing, I suggest you don’t watch it. The show’s central theme (at least this is what I could gather) is the Japanese culture’s change and its ramifications.

One might consider its depiction of America offensive, but who cares about Americans, am I right?

 

22. Joker Game

Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
10/20
5/10
33/50

Genre: Drama
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Based on the beautiful period of World War 2, this anime follows an army intelligence unit under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Yuki. Much like the Japanese in World War 2. At times, the show has a promising start with an almost realistic depiction of spies and a good soundtrack.

And just like the Japanese in World War, it manages to screw that up. Despite its potential, the creators chose the “Let’s not give the fans what they want” approach and gave each character their own episode instead of an excellent main storyline.

 

21. Heavy Object

heavy object
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
17/20
10/20
8/10
35/50

Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

Here’s a revolutionary idea to change the entire playing field for Human Warfare; Spherical Tanks(some genius named Objects instead of Spanks). Now don’t get me wrong, this is a watchable anime. My dislike for Mecha-Anime almost overwhelmed my curiosity. The plot is, of course, predictable and garbage, but the “Objects” totally steal the show.

The Animation is fantastic, and you never know how fun it is to watch a bunch of “Spherical Tanks” battles till you’ve tried it. Overall do not expect a great story, and definitely don’t watch it if you’re not too thrilled with the concept of Spherical Tanks.

 

20. Girls und Panzer

girls und panzer
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
16/20
10/20
8/10
34/50

Genre: Action, Sports
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Do you think Girls and Panzers don’t go well together? Well, how sexist of you. Girls und Panzer breaks such sexist gender barriers; it really destroys sexism. Girls can operate panzers just as well as boys! In fact, only girls can operate them in this anime.

This is something Nishizumi Miho-chan(our MC) needs a reminder of as she’s trying to leave the sport of Panzerfahren behind her, she finds herself being dragged back into it.

I don’t know whose animation is better: the Panzers or the girls?

I’m sure that you’ll find the opening theme irresistible, though. You might wonder if the creators were on crack while they were coming up with this. You might even think I’m on crack for suggesting this( At least one of those things is true).

But think about it, how often do you get to watch an anime where a bunch of highschool anime girls operate military-grade panzers and look cute while doing it?

 

19. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings

Sengoku Basara
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
17/20
14/20
6/10
37/50

Genre: Action
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Yes, this anime does have Samurais; how did you guess? The setting is, of course, fictionalized feudal Japan. The main character is Masamune Date. He’s a badass warrior with an eye patch (ring any bells?)

The premise is a not-so-accurate retelling of the warring clans during feudal Japan. There are many characters, but rest assured, Masamune isn’t the only one who’s attractive. The sound and animation, while not remarkable, do the job adequately. The action may seem over the top at times, but it’s probably the show’s best quality.

 

18. Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
16/20
5/10
39/50

Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

If you’ve played the game, please shut up about it and just watch this. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t played the game, our story starts in Gallia, a neutral country that’s caught between the power struggle between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic East European Empire. If you haven’t guessed already, it’s an allegory of World War 2. If you couldn’t think this, I envy the naps you took in history class.

The animation isn’t its best feature; it retains most of the game design. They’ve also kept the same voice actors from the games.

 

17. Berserk

berserk
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
12/20
18/20
10/10
40/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

You’re insane if you don’t want to watch a guy named “Guts” hack and slash the living shit out of demons. Not to mention, he was born beneath the gallows tree where his mother was HANGED, and that pretty much sets the tone of the entire show.

The setting is in the medieval era; the art style is vintage, which works in its favor. The music is surprisingly good.

Along with Guts, you have Griffith, an eye candy who’s the leader of a band of mercenaries called the Band of Hawks. He defeats Guts in combat and our wholesome MC is forced to join his Band.

If you don’t mind lots of gore and second-hand trauma, you’ll be pleased with this piece of work.

 

16. Kantai Collection

kantai collection
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
20/20
10/20
10/10
40/50

Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

How do you get people to watch the intricacies of the Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet in World War 2? Have you been paying any attention at all? You turn the ships into Anime Chicks, of course.

Unless you live with your mother, you won’t give a dang about how historically accurate this show is (it is incredibly accurate). You’ll mostly watch it for the chill CG battles and, of course, Boat Girls.

 

15. Arslan Senki

Arslan Senki
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
16/20
7/10
41/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: 25

Anime Storyline:

Arslan, a young prince with a stupid name and the weight of a kingdom on his shoulders, is the main focal point of this tale. Like most MCs, he starts off as a dumbass and has the usual character development as the story progresses.

The music, especially during combat sequences, is its best aspect. The animation, however, remains mediocre. If you overlook the animation, following the plot or following Arslan himself is surprisingly enjoyable.

 

14 . The Saga Of Tanya The Evil

Saga of Tanya The Evil
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
16/20
10/10
44/50

Genre: Action
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Depending on how deep you are in the rabbit hole of Otaku-dom, you’ll find the idea of Nazi-Loli with magical abilities intriguing, repulsive, or tame (compared to the stuff you’ve already seen). Yet, I implore you to give this particular gem a try.

This tale of a regular Japanese man who finds himself in the body of a small girl with magical abilities and a disturbing hunger for war proves to be an unconventional entertainer.

 

13. Alderamin on the Sky

Alderamin On The Sky
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
18/20
8/10
44/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Unconventional art style aside, this anime is not a complete waste of time. It follows the war between neighboring empires Katjvarna and the Republic of Kioka. It does a fair job of depicting warfare and the cost of war (A particular anime concerning Titans comes to mind.)

 

12. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

the ambition of oda nobuna
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
16/20
16/20
8/10
44/50

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

You may think this is a harem at first glance, but it’s not. This is reverse Harem. A historical anime with a reverse harem trope, isn’t that a sight to see?

17-Year-old Sagara Yoshiharu finds himself in the Sengoku Period (I’d highly recommend reading about it if you’re a nerd and find history fascinating). Who doesn’t want to travel back in time and find themself in a reality where someone like Abraham Lincoln is an anime girl?

The art style and audio are better than the premise.

 

11. Overlord

overlord
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
17/20
18/20
10/10
45/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Your MC is a Skeleton (he’s actually a man stuck in a virtual reality video game). Now before you write this off as just another isekai, you may want to read that again, the MC is a Skeleton!. And don’t you dare compare this to Sword Art Online. Can you see Lizard S*x in Sword Art Online? Huh?

Jokes aside, the anti-hero personality of Momonga (our Human Gamer trapped in a Skeleton Body) coupled with excellent animation and audio style makes this anime wildly disturbing at times but something you should definitely watch.

 

10. Gunslinger Girl

gunslinger girl
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
15/20
20/20
10/10
45/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

A bunch of orphan girls are turned into assassins by the government. While this may not fit your usual definition of a “Military Anime”. The Characters do not fight a faceless army, but their own conscience. On the risk of sounding pretentious, one might say that the girls are at war with their own humanity.  

Gunslinger Girl does not pretend to be something it’s not. It’s complicated and an overall head-scratcher. The Animation is pleasant to look at and the soundtrack definitely fits the tone of the plot.

 

9. Drifters

Drifters
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
19/20
18/20
8/10
45/50

Genre: Action, Adventure
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

No, not the car drifters. This is the millionth anime involving Samurais (they were a big part of Japanese Culture, so suck it up. The animation and sound are unique and seldom absurd.) 

Our main characters are Shimazu Toyoshia, Oda Nobuna (remember him? Or should I say her), and Nasu Yoichi. The Characters are real historical figures and what’s interesting is that they’re not just from Japan but all over the world.

While it adequately shows frequent violence and gore as any decent history piece would, there is also a childish attempt at humor.

 

8. Pumpkin Scissors

pumpkin scissors
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
18/20
10/10
46/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

What happens after a war? Well, in our Empire, the poor starve, and the wealthy nobles stay rich because, well, they’re rich? No surprise there. In the midst of this is the Section 3 Army.

Which is supposed to act as an intermediary force hated by the poor and the nobles and other branches of the army (the same people they’re trying to help). The animation is substantially detailed. The opening song is fantastic, and the ending song is crap.

While realistic depiction is one of its strong suits, I really enjoyed some of the supernatural elements. Namely, Corporal Oland, one of the protagonists who looks a lot like Frankenstein’s Monster turning into a weird version of The Terminator when things get serious.

 

7. Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
18/20
10/10
46/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 50

Anime Storyline:

In the future, humanity somehow survived till the 24th century and decided that fossil fuels are not the way to go. And they have FINALLY learned how to use solar energy to a large sustainable extent.

And of course, despite all this, humanity still continues to fight against itself. Forming factions and continuing our tradition of senseless violence. Amidst all this, an organization called “Celestial Being” aims to make humans play well together and end wars. (It’s not an easy job as you can imagine)

The animation of the Gundams and their battles (mechas) gives it extra brownie points, and the voice acting is impeccable. 

While the characters are one-dimensional slobs, and you couldn’t name some of them with a gun to your head, the real kicker is the plot, not initially. Still, it twists when you least expect it, and you find yourself watching it with interest.

 

6. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
18/20
20/20
8/10
46/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 25

Anime Storyline:

The Empire where the sun never sets managed to retain the colonies it colonized and they’re more powerful than ever. They did this (I sit you not) by using Mechas known as Knightmares.

They’ve colonized Japan, which is fitting because Japan was one of the few significant countries that was never conquered in real life.  But they don’t even call it Japan anymore.

It’s just Area 11 now. And in this Area 11, we meet our MC, Lelouch (flows right off your tongue, doesn’t it), who is woke and doesn’t like the Empire. One day,  Lelouch is granted the ability to become Professor Xavier by a mysterious girl.

Lelouch is by far my favorite character. He’s just so charming and likable, unlike Suzaku, who means well but manages to be annoying.

While it may fall under the category of mecha-anime, Politics remains central to the theme. While the animation is nothing to write home about, the music is painful to listen to.

 

5. Kingdom

Military Aspect Plot Action Total
19/20
19/20
9/10
47/50

Genre: Action
Episodes: 38

Anime Storyline:

Here’s a change of pace, a story based in CHINA. You don’t get a lot of those.

 Be a lamb and look up the warring states period in China to better understand which period this exactly takes place in. However, our main story is about a prince and a village boy who, against all odds, battle against the prince’s brother, “the usurper.”

 The sound doesn’t make you go deaf, and the animation is definitely wrong; there’s no sugar-coating it. I think a lot of people couldn’t really keep up with it because of the animation.

There’s no enjoying this show unless you manage to look past it and focus on the story itself. Overall, I would definitely recommend this.

 

4. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
19/20
19/20
9/10
47/50

Genre: Comedy, Sci-fi
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

Comedy doesn’t usually go well with militaristic themes. War, violence, and the fate of humanity aren’t exactly funny. I mean, how could it? Well, this show beats all the odds because I find the idea of having the fate of the entire human race in the hands of a dumbass like Captain Tylor HILARIOUS.

The animation is obviously dated; however, the cast is what makes it what it is. You have your usual serious types and cute anime girls all around, making them not precisely unique but enjoyable nonetheless.

 

3. Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
20/20
20/20
9/10
49/50

Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Episodes: 110

Anime Storyline:

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT compare this to Star Wars or even Star Trek. Yeah, I get how it can seem a bit too familiar; it kind of is. If you had to compare it, I’d say it’s the best of both worlds.

The majority of the battle takes place between two rival kingdoms. At the same time, there are not many close-ranged combat scenes, and most of the action takes place between battleships.

To truly enjoy this, you’ll have to be open about the concept of “Space Operas.” The animation and sound are definitely not appealing, especially for a younger audience since it’s so old.

The plot, however, is truly a work of art. The rivalry between Yang Wenli and Reinhard von Lohengramm is genuinely worth watching.You’ll find yourself actually enjoying the fillers and the episodes which aren’t even related to the main story.

 

2. Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Action, Adventure

Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

I’d say underrated goes synonymous with Vinland Saga in the anime community. I don’t get why this series is so slept on, but it’s genuinely IMO one of the best anime to grace us in the last decade and has the potential to be one of the best anime of all time.

When you hear Vikings, you imagine buff dudes with axes chopping off everyone in sight and yelling in ear-bleeding volumes. That is what I initially expected to see, and I’m assuming most people did.

If you’re expecting a tale of senseless violence, you’re going to be disappointed. Vinland Saga is a tale of revenge, that’s not really a tale of revenge. And, of course, we have a villain who’s more popular with the fans than the protagonist. Askeladd definitely outshines Thorfinn in every aspect.

 

1. Attack On Titan

Attack on titan
Military Aspect Plot Action Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

Mankind experienced a mass slaughter and was almost driven to extinction by the race of Titans. They now reside in concentric walls which the Titans find impossible to penetrate, until one fateful encounter with our famous Colossal Titan (Whom you may have seen in memes even if you haven’t watched Attack on Titan). The outermost border is rendered useless, and our Main Characters have their lives turned upside down.

 Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman decide to fight these invading creatures by joining the Survey Corps. Where will fate take them both? What do Eren and Mikasa mean to each other? Who will they meet? And what secret lies in Eren’s blood.

The anime community will debate which is the best anime of all time till the end of time, but you’ll always have Attack on Titan in the discussion. This also sparks the age-old debate of mainstream anime losing its touch because of the number of normies that flood them. Does it make you a normie if you watch mainstream anime shows? Who qualifies as a normie and who’s granted the much-coveted yet at times ironical title of “A real Otaku”.

I will not answer these questions for you simply because I can’t. But here’s something I can say without a doubt in my mind. Attack of Titan is definitely worth your time.

This show will destroy, it’ll make you laugh, and it may even make you cry. For whatever reason, you start watching, and for whatever reason you decide, along the way, you’ll realize why it has earned its fame.

 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of the best anime with a Military aspect. Making the list of only 29 anime was tough, to say the least, with so many new and amazing anime getting made every year it is hard to select only a few.

Anime-like attack on titan literally is pushing the boundaries of what an anime can be with storytelling reaching such massive scales, we hope you at least found some new anime that you’d enjoy watching!

 

8 thoughts on “27+ BEST Military Anime (RECOMMENDATIONS)

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    Xabi says:

    I apologise, comments doesn’t show when i scroll down, only after I post one. Thus I thought mine were deleted

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    Xabi says:

    Don’t know why you ask to coment, if you delete the coments afterwards…

    You could add Altair: A record of wars (kind of Arslan but in the ottoman empire.

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    Abdurrahman Sarumi says:

    Firstly Vinland saga doesn’t have 75 episodes
    Secondly,You dissed a lot of shows on the list and described it terribly like ditf

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      Xabi says:

      Well I get alot of what she says on the descriptions of the shows I’ve seen. And makes it funny.

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    Yellowplum says:

    Really good ones, good list, I’m seeing the 27th, Aldnoah.7 and is kind of good, kind of mecha. I would put Kingdom even higher, it goes all the way in crescendo. And maybe add Altair: A record of battles, is kind of Arslan but in the Otoman empire kind of place.

    • humarifat says:

      Thank you for your suggestions!

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