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Best Korean Anime

Anime has a long and rich history, as it has been here for over a century. When anime is being discussed, people rightfully think towards Japan, but other Asian countries such as Korea and China are also releasing gems in the anime scene. To distinguish Korean anime from their Japanese counterpart, they are referred to as Aeni. 

Korean anime has seen an increase in popularity in recent years and I must say that they are equally as good as Japanese anime. Korean anime or anime movies, explore a wide range of topics, ensuring that they have content for days! 

The art style has unique, brilliant storylines with appropriate soundtracks for each scene. Korean anime are a must-watch for anyone who requires something fresh and different. We will be looking at the top 26 anime that the Korean industry has to offer.

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26. Hammerboy (Mangchi)

Hammerboy
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
5/10
5/10
15/30

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Episodes:
1

Anime Storyline:

Hammerboy is a Korean anime film that was released in 2004. This awesome adventure story focuses on the young boy Mangchi, he is quite small in size but he is able to go through life, overcoming all challenges due to the magical hammer he possesses. 

An apocalyptic kind of event occurs that turns most of the earth into inhabitable areas so the little Mangchi lives on an island known as Candlestick. The action and adventure begin when Mangchi saves princess poplar of the kingdom of Jemius from her enemies and now they must go on a journey to save mankind along with the magical hammer.

 

25. Lost in the moonlight

Lost in the moonlight
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
5/10
5/10
15/30

Genre: Fantasy,  Adventure
Episodes:
1

Anime Storyline:

The 2016 Korean anime film explores a fantasy world that everyone would love to be in. This is set in a fantasy world where magical creatures exist and are everywhere, this world is known as the Moonlit Palace

Hyunjuli joins her mates, participating in a traditional play, however, something weird happens and she discovers herself in a new world. In this new world, she makes some friends and along with her newfound friends, she must find a way to save the world, defeat the supposed ruler of Moonlit Palace, and also find a way to return to her world.

 

24. FLOWERING HEART

Flowering heart
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
5/10
6/10
16/30

Genre: Kids, Fantasy
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

This is a great anime for parents to watch with their young kids, it is set in a fantasy world with a magical ring being the price object. Ari is a fifth-grader at school, being the caring child that she is, along with her friends Suha and Min they create the Problem-solving club

Things do not go as planned as the club yields no fruit, it seems no one at the school has any problem but even if they do, they don’t just want it solved. Disappointed from her wasted efforts, Ari finds a talking hamster on the road, the hamster says ‘I must find the magic ring’ and so it begins – the race against time to find the elusive magical ring.

 

23. MARI IYAGI

Mari Iyagi
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
5/10
6/10
16/30

Genre: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Drama
Episodes:

Anime Storyline:

At one point or the other, we have all had a wish to rewind time or even appear in another world. In this Korean anime movie, Mari Iyagi, Nam woo gets to live this experience after receiving a package from his childhood friend named Jun-ho. Nam woo is transported back to their hometown, in the few days before Jun-ho left the town. 

The plot gets more twisted, as a marble and an abandoned lighthouse transports him again to another fantasy world where a girl named Mari lives – it gets better, Mari can fly! If you want to find out the outcome of his friendship with Mari, then see this anime film.

 

22. THE HAUNTED HOUSE:

The haunted house
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
5/10
6/10
16/30

Genre: Action, Mystery
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

If you live in a haunted house, I will always advise you to run away. That’s not the case for the siblings in this adventurous anime, they discover a 102-year-old goblin living under their apartment. With the aid of this goblin, they delve into the supernatural, dealing with ghosts, and unraveling the mystery of the haunted house. If you love spooky moments then this one’s for you.

 

21. LITTLE DINO DOOLY

Little dino dooly
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
5/10
6/10
17/30

Genre: Adventure, Kids
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

Little Dino Dooly is a highly loved anime in Korea, and while it is for kids, it can also be enjoyed by adults. Dooly is a baby dinosaur with a chibi form, so it is not your regular baby dinosaur. This anime explores Dooly’s life, revealing secrets of its birth, Dooly’s magical powers, and all its adventures with its friends across the cities of South Korea.

 

20. PUCCA

Pucca
Animation Plot Character Design Total
5/10
6/10
6/10
17/30

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

A tale of Pucca, noodles, and a ninja. Pucca is an insanely hilarious anime filled with comedic love antics, The titular character, Pucca is the daughter of a Chinese noodle shop owner. Pucca loves noodles but one thing above noodles on her list is Garu the Ninja. 

She loves Garu and will go to any length to get him to reciprocate her affection. This is a fantastic romance journey that you should pay close attention to, Pucca trying to steal a kiss from a ninja will remain on your mind long after you are done with the series.

 

19. AACHI AND SSIPAK

Aachi and Ssipak
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

Genre: Comedy, Action
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

While the plot is weird and might be disturbing, I must say that it is unique and quite creative. In a world where all sources of energy have been lost, and human excrement is now the only source of energy, thieves like Aachi and Ssipak will thrive. The government implants every human with anal chips to measure their contribution to energy, and the citizens are rewarded with a narcotic called Juicybars based on how much they produce.

This is where our main characters come in, Aachi and Ssipak steal juicy bars to survive, one day they meet a woman who produces dozens of Juicy Bars but this steal brings the government and the notorious diaper gang their way. This anime focuses on the challenges they face to protect their riches.

 

18. EMPRESS CHUNG

Empress Cheng
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

Genre: Fantasy
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

Empress Chung is a 2005 Korean anime film based on a famous Korean folk tale. It gives perspective to the question ‘how far will you go to save your family? Focusing on the young princess Cheng, it follows her dilemma and the things she has to do, sacrificing herself to save her father’s eyesight. This is a highly emotional anime film.

 

17. ELEMENT HUNTERS

Element Hunters
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

Genre: Shounen, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 39

Anime Storyline:

Element hunters is set in the year 2029 after an irregular event has led to the disappearance of important elements such as oxygen, carbon, molybdenum, gold, and cobalt from the earth. The human population suddenly begins to decrease and then scientists discover that the elements that disappeared from earth went into another planet in another dimension known as Nega Earth. 

A special team is put together made up of kids below 13 years, they have only one mission – bring back the lost elements. Will they be successful? Or will the foes in the other dimension be too much for them to handle?

 

16. King of Pigs

The King of Pigs
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

Genre: Psychological, Drama, Thriller
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

 

The first psychological thriller on this list, Dwaeji ui wang doesn’t shy away from violence and societal topics such as social status or depression. After losing his business, Kyung Min gives in to his anger, killing his wife. He reaches out to his middle school classmate, Jong Suk. 

Kyung Min and Jong-Suk were at the bottom in school, being segregated by wealth they were referred to as pigs while the higher-ups were known as dogs. Right now Jong Suk is a writer, they meet and reminisce about school life, Kyung Min takes Jong Sun to their middle school grounds where he reveals the shocking secret of what actually transpired 15 years ago when Chul-yi the king of pigs arrived.

 

15. BLADE OF THE PHANTOM MASTER

Blade of the phantom master 1
Animation Plot Character Design Total
6/10
7/10
6/10
19/30

Genre: Fantasy, Action
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

There is a lot of action in this show, just exactly what to expect from an anime film about warriors and evil kingdoms. Munsu is a great fighter, he gets lost in the desert where he meets Mon-Ryon. 

The young Mon-Ryon wants to save his girlfriend from the captivity of Lord Byonard, unexpectedly Mon-Ryon dies after being attacked by desert goblins and now it is up to Munsu to follow the warrior’s path, free Chunyan, and bring down the evil Kingdom. This anime has a lot of dope fights that will keep you entertained through the course of the anime.

 

14. SHINING STAR

Shining stars
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
6/10
7/10
20/30

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

This anime film focuses on a supernatural plot, the life of Ga-young and her adventures with haunted houses. Moving into an old town, she discovers that most of the houses in the neighborhood are haunted, becoming friends with these spirits, she begins her adventures into the supernatural.

 

13. SEMI WA MAGIC CUBE

Semi Wa Magic Cube
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
6/10
7/10
20/30

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Action
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

The tale of the evil x and the magic cube. This anime tells the story of the brilliant young girl Semi and her teacher as they embark on a mysterious journey to find the powerful magic cube and stop the evil x organization. Semi, her teacher, and her friends must solve several problems to be successful in this endeavor.

 

12. DALLYEOLA HANI (RUN HANY)

Run Hany
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
7/10
6/10
20/30

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Action
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

This 1988 anime is proof that Korea does sports anime too. Hany is a free-spirited and reckless kid, she acts like a tomboy and has a knack for causing trouble. Hany’s dad lives and works overseas and with her mother dead, Hany has no parental guidance or counseling but she has a talent – She can run very fast. Her school employs a new track coach and he takes interest in her and so her training begins.

 

11. WONDERFUL DAYS (SKY BLUE)

Wonderful Days
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
7/10
7/10
21/30

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Romance, Drama
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

This anime movie is a lot of things, it tries to address several topics within its limited time. Wonderful Days is set in 2142 where the earth has nearly been destroyed by environmental pollution leading to a significant decrease in human life. 

This led to the creation of a city called Ecoban, this city utilizes the pollution as an energy source, and the elites of the city refuse to accept survivors from outside, forcing them to work as laborers. Shua lives in the wasteland outside Ecoban, he struggles to survive in this depleted world while also dealing with heartbreak from his childhood friend.

 

10. NOBLESSE

Noblesse
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
7/10
7/10
21/30

Genre: Supernatural, Action, Vampire
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Noblesse is one of Korea’s foremost series, being adapted into an aeni in 2015, it also inspired an OVA in 2016 and a 13 episode anime in 2020. It is almost impossible to go wrong with supernatural action involving vampires and with the power of Cadis Etrama di Raizel on display, Noblesse is a must-watch. 

As the Noblesse tries to stay out of the sights of the union, his friends are kidnapped, bringing an end to his peaceful life. Along with the rogue agent M-21 and other allies, the Noblesse must take a stand against the Union. There are lots of amazing battles in this anime, the music is awesome and while the pacing might be too fast, it gets easier to follow if you have seen the Original Video Anime.

 

9. A DAY BEFORE US

a day before us
Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
7/10
7/10
21/30

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 10

Anime Storyline:

A perfect series to watch when you just want to relax and have a good time. The series revolves around two couples, Yeo Reum and Ha Eun, Kim Wook and Yeon Woo. following their romantic stories will certainly bring back memories. 

While the second couple were friends from the beginning, the first couple had conflicting thoughts about each other. Watching the love blossom is an amazing feeling that you shouldn’t miss.

 

8. THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL

The God of High School
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
7/10
7/10
22/30

Genre: Martial Arts, Action, Supernatural
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

 

This anime animated by MAPPA was one of the most highly anticipated anime last year. It features a martial arts tournament known as The God of High School tournament and the winner of the tournament gets one wish granted. 

Protagonist Jin Mo Ri befriends Han Dae Wi and Yu Mi Ra at the tournament and they all begin their foray into one of the most intense, brutal, fight competitions to have graced our screens. Will they survive? Which one of them will become the God of High School? These are the questions we need answers to.

 

7. OSEAM

Oseam
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
8/10
7/10
23/30

Genre: Martial Arts, Action, Supernatural
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

There is just something about Korean anime films that make them so good. Oseam is based on a Korean fairy tale by writer Jeong Chae Bong. The story revolves around two orphaned siblings, the 5-year-old Gil-son and his sister Gam-I. 

The mysterious boy is in love with nature so he befriends everyone and anything. Everything changes on a snowy day and the mystery this adventure brings turns out to be a thrilling experience.

 

6. CHEONNYEON- YEOWOO YEOWOOBI

cheonnyeon
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
8/10
8/10
24/30

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

Known in English as Yobi, The five tailed fox, In Korean folk tales, a Kumiho has 9 tails however, Yobi is just a fox with 5 tails. She loses her family to fox hunters and now resides in the forest far from humans with some of her alien friends. 

Yobi’s life is about to change as one of her alien friends gets kidnapped by the humans and she has to journey to the human village to save him. She takes a human female form, getting to the village, she meets Geum Yee who catches her attention so she joins his school to enjoy the fun of human life but a fox hunter and a mysterious man are after her.

 

5. THE HOUSE

Animation Plot Character Design Total
7/10
6/10
6/10
19/30

Genre: Kids, Music
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

Shining star is an amazing anime of determination and discipline for kids. It shows that kids can be whatever they want and achieve their goals by putting in the work. In Shining Star, every girl in the shining star school wants to be the best idol popularly known as Muse. 

What are Nara’s chances of attaining this lofty position? Nara is just an ordinary girl trying to bring her dreams to pass and in this anime we watch her make new friends and new enemies.

 

4. The Fake

The Fake
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
8/10
8/10
24/30

Genre: Psychological, Thriller
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

Korea blesses us with this psychological thriller that seeks to know the boundaries between good and evil, it premiered in 2013. Imagine the most untrustworthy person going up against a church elder, who will be believed when it’s just words against words? 

That is what happens in this anime set in a rural village, the church elder lies trying to defraud the villagers while the untrustworthy Min Chul tries to scatter his plot. There is a lot of suspense in this anime film and it is worth your time.

 

3. DAISY: A HEN INTO THE WILD

Daisy
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
9/10
9/10
26/30

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Kids
Episodes: 1

Anime Storyline:

Some say ‘nothing is as sweet as freedom’ and it is evident in the length people will go to get freedom. This anime movie focuses on the life of a hen named Leafie, the hen has lived her whole life on the egg farm and now craves the freedom to explore the outside world. Leafie does the unthinkable, faking her death to escape the farm, how do you think this will work out for her? Watch and find out.

 

2. DAE JANG GEUM: JANG GEUM’S DREAM

Jangeum's dream
Animation Plot Character Design Total
9/10
8/10
9/10
26/30

Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Historical
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

A young girl gets exposed to the harsh realities of an evil and corrupt world, how does she cope? The kind-hearted and clever Jang Geum has a dream like everyone else – she wants to be a chef. 

She secures a job as a palace servant but life in the palace is certainly not what she thought it was. The palace reeks of corruption and desperate plots, can she achieve her dream in this kind of environment?

 

1. TOWER OF GOD

Tower of God
Animation Plot Character Design Total
8/10
8/10
8/10
24/30

Genre: Fantasy, Action
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Tower of God better known as Kami no Tou premiered in 2020 with a lot of excitement and expectations. The Korean anime is based on the webtoon of the same name which follows the story of Bam and Rachel. There is a tower that summons chosen people known as regulars, however, Bam is an irregular as he was not chosen rather he opened the tower gates by himself. 

The anime has a lot of twists and turns especially in the relationship between Bam and Rachel, the animation and art style is fantastic, the music is wonderful and the storyline does just enough to keep you at the edge of your seat at all times. The tower will grant the wish of anyone that gets to the top of the tower, watch this anime and find out who makes it to the top.

 

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YES! The Korean Anime have much more unique concepts hidden within the story! So, let us know in the comments down below that which Korean Anime would you watch and the ones that you already have watched! 

 

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