25+ EPIC Fantasy Anime that you must watch!

Epic Fantasy Anime

Fantasy anime is a genre that has become somewhat saturated in recent years. Every year we are literally getting littered by fantasy anime and anime that can be sorted as the Isekai genre. But let’s be real, any anime that has magic or has beast folk in it can be stated as fantasy anime.

Things have gotten so bad that we, the viewers, are getting bored of fantasy anime, mainly Isekai anime. Some are also saying the whole Isekai genre is trash. But I am here to show you that there was a time Japan gave us some of the best fantasy anime that still stays with us in our memories. So, here are 25+ epic fantasy anime that you must watch!

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26) A Lull in the Sea

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How about a show about Fishermen and Landmen, oh we call them humans. Long ago, every human lived under the sea, however, some people abandoned the sea and preferred living on land.  Like a curse, these people were stripped off their ability to breathe underwater.

Our story starts with Hikari and Manaka, along with their childhood friends. This group are sea people and are forced to go study on land. There they meet Tsumugo Kihara. A classmate who is a fisherman. It’s a school drama, so nothing that serious but this show is very unique. I haven’t come across this similar themed show again.

25) Somali and the Forest Spirit

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This show is a hidden gem and you absolutely have to watch it. Have you watched Kino’s Journey? The show is somewhat similar. After humans lost the war between humans and demons, humans have now become a rare delicacy. 

One day, a forest Golem found a human child in his forest and did not know where she was from, afraid someone might eat her, Golem took her under his wing. Now, Golem travels with her from one place to another trying to find her parents and bring her home.

24) Fairy Tail

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From the memes, you know it as Fairy fail but don’t tell it in front of the fans because they will swarm you with their anime profile pic Facebook id and say stuff that you will find cringe. Don’t ask me how I know this. But a lot of the time, fans can be quite toxic. (I’m no exception huhu)

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail is a show based on a world filled with magic, where people who use magic are often part of magic guilds and these guilds take on different mercenary jobs. Among these guilds, Fairy Tail stands out from the rest as a place of strength, spirit, and FAMILY. Where is Vin Diesel when you need him? 

Considered as a decent Shonen anime, Fairy Tail has a good storyline. The only problem is Fairy Tail took Nakama power to the next level where nobody in this show dies and with the power of Nakama, they win every fight.

23) Snow White with the Red Hair

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Snow White with the Red Hair is a show focusing on the romance between Shirayuki and Zen. Shirayuki, our damsel in distress, did not want to marry any prince and wanted to pursue her study and become a herbalist. But being forced into marriage, she runs away and swoops into her prince charming Zen. 

Zen saves them from being chased down and lets them stay at his place. Through different interactions, Shirayuki finds out more about Zen and slowly falls in love with him. I know, another romance anime. But it has a decent story.

22) Fruits Basket

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After Tohru lost her mother in an accident, she was sent to live with her grandfather. But due to his home being renovated, Tohru didn’t want to put more burden on her grandfather and started to secretly live on her own in the woods

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One day, her classmates Sohma and Yuki found her tent and were generous enough to give her a place to stay at their home. But that’s when Tohru discovers that her classmates are actually some sort of deity and by them getting hugged by the opposite gender, they get transformed into one of the animals of the zodiac. Well, it’s a slice of life story with a twist of supernatural, so it’s not that great but it’s very good in terms of another slice of life anime.

21) Little Witch Academia

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Little Witch Academia is a show not like the others. It’s a show that focuses on a girl who is not that smart, who wishes to become the best witch in her class. The show consists of Kagari tripping over and destroying stuff, and her friends being there for her. 

It is also about Kagari’s determination and struggle to become the best in her class and defeat her rival, Diana. The show also focuses on its side characters like Kagari’s friends Sucy and Lotte. It has the perfect balance of comedy and slice of life.

20) Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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Is it wrong though? As the title states, that is literally the plot of the whole show. Bell lives in a world filled with monsters, dungeons, and gods that select fighters to fight for them. Each fighter has a leveling system by which they are ranked strongest to weakest

Bell was chosen by Hestia, Goddess to fight for her. With Hestia on his side, Bell embarks on a journey to conquer the Dungeon, only to find not one but two girls to bring into his harem. Jokes aside, the show is basically a harem with Bell being clueless that every girl he is surrounded by has a thing for him.

 Even the Goddess Hestia has her heart for Bell. Occasionally, we are given some of the best fighting scenes with amazing animations. You can easily binge-watch this show

19) The Ancient Magus Bride

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The Ancient Magus Bride is one of the best slice-of-life fantasy anime you will ever come across. The amount of wholesomeness in this anime makes it somewhat cliché. But you get high-quality animation and lots of romantic quotes. Clearly, the show was targeted at the female audience but the story is good not going to lie.

Chise Hatori, a young girl, living in a house that did not love her and was sold at an auction to a tall masked gentleman. Ignoring that this is clearly slavery and human trafficking, Chise was open to accepting anything as long as she had someplace, she could call home. 

That’s how Chise met the man she was going to marry. Still ignoring the fact that this is slavery. The show contains feel-good moments with Chise and Elias. It also contains some shots of Elias saving Chise. So, yeah, it’s a Romeo, Juliet love story, but with a twist that he bought his wife from a human auction so IT’S STILL SLAVERY.

18) Noragami

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In a time when people rarely pray to Gods and most gods are being forgotten, Yato, our MC, and a Delivery God is desperately trying to survive. Because the world of Noragami works like this, as long as you still have one follower, you will revive even if you die as a God. But when every one of your followers forgets you, once you die, you cease to exist. 

Without messing up too much of the plot and spoiling the story, Yato becomes friends with a girl named Hiyori and she becomes her follower. She even gifted Yato a shrine. So, you can guess why Hiyori might become very precious to Yato

When someone tries to harm Hiyori, our funny neighborhood Delivery God, Yato, reminds them why he was once considered a God of Calamity. The show has an amazing opening and ending, do give this show a try.

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17) Maoyu Archenemy & Hero

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Imagine training for years to fight the demon lord, only to find out she is a busty woman and is madly in love with you. Well, apparently that’s how this demon lord seduced the hero. It’s been fifteen years since the war between humans and demons began. 

The current demon lord could not stand this any longer and teamed up with the hero to finally put an end to this dreadful war. Also, she has a body pillow with Yuusha, the hero’s face.

16) Goblin Slayer

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As most fantasy worlds show us, goblins are considered starting-level enemies. Protagonists use goblins to level up and gain experience at the beginning of almost every fantasy anime. Well, that’s where Goblin Slayer is different. I present to you, the anime that blew up social media by showing a not-so-appropriate scene in 2018.

Goblin Slayer is known as an adventurer who only slays goblins. Even in his own guild, he is seen as a mysterious character. People think slaying goblins is a waste of time. But what people don’t know is that goblins are cunning, ferocious and they reproduce like rabbits

After losing his family to a bunch of goblins, Goblin Slayer took it upon himself to keep the town safe from any kind of goblin attack. He studied goblins so much to the point that he even knew their secrets that not many people had found out. The show is very gory and very dark. I think the show is also inspired by the game Dark Souls. Because the character design and the weapons look very similar. Overall, a great show, watch it if you hate goblins too.

15) Re: Creators

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Re: Creators is a reverse-isekai show. It’s a show where different characters from different shows and novels get teleported to the real world. Though they are in the real world, they also carry all their powers and scars from their home. 

Among these people who are being teleported, there seems to be one woman who is unknown. Altair, the mysterious woman, keeps attacking these characters from other worlds and Tokyo is getting destroyed because of these supernatural beings fighting. The show is really cool and I’m sure everyone would love a reverse-isekai.  

14) Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

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You have seen Disney’s Aladdin, now try Japan’s Aladdin. Magi is filled with some of the most renowned names we once heard from Aladdin’s storyline. This show has Aladdin, Sinbad, Alibaba, and now we are only missing Will Smith

I shouldn’t joke around too much because the show is actually considered one of the best fantasy anime of all time. Our story starts with Aladdin being bored and he wants to explore the world. He sets off on a journey and in his journey, he meets amazing friends and finds the secrets of different dungeons.

13) Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

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Ahh, Kobayashi, you couldn’t lay off the liquor for one night. One day, Kobayashi, being all drunk. walks across the mountain and finds herself a dragon. She, being drunk, thought she was hallucinating. Kobayashi felt the dragon was lonely and offered her a place to stay. That’s how Miss Kobayashi got herself a Dragon maid. 

Tooru, the dragon, felt she finally had a place to call home, and the next day came to Kobayashi’s house and transformed into a maid. Thanking her and wanting to return the favor by doing daily chores. But for some reason, in dragon terms, returning a favor also means trying to feed Kobayashi her cooked tail. The show is nuts and a full-on mix of comedy and drama.

12) Attack on titan

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Have you been living under a rock? If not, then there is no way you have not heard of Attack on Titan. One of the most hyped and popular anime right now and fans eagerly waiting for the ending, Attack on Titan is mostly considered as a Shonen anime.  But the world it’s based on has Humanoid creatures called titans and it does not follow the rules of the real world, so you can definitely call Attack on Titan a fantasy anime.

Eren, a kid who has lost his mother to these titans and had to watch his mother get brutally eaten by a titan, now wishes to exterminate all titans from existence. With all his hate and grief, he joins the military and through his journeys finds out the secrets of the titans. 

It’s an amazing show both visually and story-wise. Viewers will find themselves clenching their teeth and holding on to their seats as this show has lots of twists and takes us on a roller-coaster journey. Can I just add the fact that the season 1 opening is like a national anthem to all of us Attack on Titan fans.

11) Hunter x hunter

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Hunter X Hunter is considered one of the best Shonen anime of all time, though it checks almost all the marks for a great fantasy anime. The world of Hunter X Hunter is filled with mystical creatures and lost treasure

It’s a world filled with mercenaries called hunters, who bravely go on these journeys to find glory and riches. After Gon’s dad went to buy milk and never came back, Gon was raised and trained to survive in this world. 

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Now Gon wishes to go on a journey and find his dad. During his journey, he finds friends like Killua, Kurapika, Leorio, who help him in his journey and share their stories and reasons as to why they wanted to become hunters. 

The show has one of the best plots and anticlimactic endings. Though the show is unfinished and has lots of untold stories about the main characters, Hunter X Hunter will forever be one of the best shows as it was the first show to set the stage for a good Shonen anime.

10) No Game, no life

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Considered as one of the best comedies and fans still waiting for a season 2, No Game, No Life shows us the life of two NEET siblings Sora and Shiro. Sora and Shiro, both being two gaming geniuses, had made a name for themselves in the real world. 

People called them Blank as they had no name in their game tag. One day, after beating God at chess, Sora and Shiro get invited to God’s World, where every trade and every decision is done through playing games and when I say everything, I mean everything. 

You can beat a king in a game and gain control over his country. Watch as Sora and Shiro come out of their NEET lifestyle and win this world of God to finally challenge God to one more game. The show has a unique art style and amazing jokes that definitely do not point to INCEST.

9) seven deadly sins

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In a world filled with magic and walking pig houses, Seven Deadly Sins is the story of seven legendary knights that once had fallen but did not die. These seven knights, each now traveling with their own ambitions, one day find themselves back at the battlefield as history is once again repeating. 

Basically, the show is about how these fallen knights are badass and they take back their ranks. 

8) Akashic Records of Magic Instructor

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We all wish we had a teacher like Onizuka, but after watching this I wish I had a teacher this skilled as Glenn. Akashic Records of Magic Instructor is a show focusing on Glenn and his two students

The class Glenn teaches thinks they have learned everything there is to it about simple magic tricks but when the viewers saw that Glenn knew how to manipulate magic spells to make them act differently, we already knew this show was going to be great. 

The show has lots of clever jokes and great fight scenes but it mostly focuses on Glenn being a teacher and how he treats his students. The show is very wholesome and if you’re into Great Teacher Onizuka, then you will definitely like this.

7) Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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An anime that is very similar to Attack on Titan, but just is not on that level. Still, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a great Fantasy anime. The world of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is when humans are in the middle of an industrial revolution

Only in this era are there zombie-like creatures that emerge from a virus. Get bitten by them and you become one of them. The only way to kill them is by destroying their steel-coated hearts. 

The show is full of action, adventure, and lots of monster killing. The show is like a hidden gem. Not many people talk about it but the ones who watched it, know the show has some of the best animations and stories.

6) Wonder Egg Priority

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Here is the dark horse of 2021, Wonder Egg Priority. Wonder Egg Priority shows us exactly how to deal with suicide and how to get stronger. The story consists of Ai, Rika, Momoe and Neiru, and their struggles.

Each girl in the story is going through a traumatic past and Wonder Egg Priority takes us on a psychological journey and shows us how these girls fought and won over their past regrets, griefs, and fear. The show is a visual masterpiece. So, do give it a try.

5) The Devil is a Part-Timer

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Ever thought about what might happen if Satan started working at a Mcdonald’s? Don’t worry, this show got you covered. The plot starts off with Demon Lord Satan trying to conquer the land of Ente Isla with his all-mighty demon army, only to be stopped by Hero Emilia

Forcing Satan to take a quick retreat with his portal. Without noticing, Satan finds himself teleported to modern-day Tokyo with his loyal general Alsiel

Determined to go back and take over his throne Satan finds himself powerless in this world of no magic and no way back. Struggling to survive, Satan gets a job and plots to take back his throne, only to be spoiled again by finding out Hero Emilia also teleported to Tokyo. The show is filled with clever jokes and amazing skits and occasionally, great fight sequences.

4) Spice & Wolf

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What would you do if you one day found a naked fox girl in your cart? Definitely not what this guy did in this show. Lawrence, one day finds a fox girl in his cart. Lawrence is a merchant who travels from place to place selling spices. After finding Holo, the fox girl or a deity, he makes a contract with her to make her his business partner. Definitely not what we were thinking we’d do.

 Moving on, Lawrence finds out as they travel, Holo knows a lot about how to run a business, and oftentimes she helped him gain the upper hand during a deal being made. 

The show is full of wholesome moments and stories about Lawrence and Holo traveling with each other. If you’re hungry for some romance, this might be for you

3) Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

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For years, you guys have criticized this show for being ranked number 1 on myanimelist. Yet, this legendary anime kept reigning as the best of all shows. Though it has lost its number one spot and is currently ranking as the 2nd best anime of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one hell of a fantasy anime. 

I would say Fullmetal Alchemist hit all the checkmarks to become a great fantasy anime. It has supernatural powers that are described as alchemy, It has an amazing storyline, and it has a great ending that closes any plot hole that remained in the story.

Edward and Alphonse, two brothers, after losing their mother, wanted to bring back their mother from the dead. Everything was going as planned until what they spawned was not their mother. 

Rather, it was a hideous demon-like creature that still haunts them to this day and in their world, nothing is free, everything comes at an equal cost. Edward lost his arm and leg; Alphonse lost his whole body trying to bring back their mother. Edward now joins the military in the hope to find a way to bring back his lost brother’s soul.

2) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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What’s up with all these fantasy anime and the weirdly long names? That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is one of the best-produced fantasy anime up to this day. The show has amazing animation, action, and a story that just works. The show has come a long way and watching Rimuru grow has been a pleasure.

Let’s start at the beginning. A 37-year-old Mikami is a normal worker in modern-day Tokyo. He is content with his life actually and only regrets not being able to land a girlfriend, but he is still happy. 

One day while returning from his work, he fell victim to a stabbing attack by a psycho. During his last moments, he said one thing, “Delete my browser history.” Moments later Mikami finds himself in another world, reborn as a slime.

1) Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World

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One of my all-time favorite shows, Re: Zero’s plot is literally as its name says. It’s about starting life in another world from zero. The reason I like Re: Zero so much is because it shows us what would happen if a normal human with no overpowered ability went to another world.

Subaru, one day being teleported to another world finds himself among the beast people of a busy road. Not knowing what happened, Subaru thought things would turn out like in the manga and he would have some overpowered ability that made him the hero of this world. But what Subaru found out was him trying to fight some thugs and a knife in his stomach

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Don’t worry he did not die. Subaru was given the power to be revived from a certain spot every time he died. So, with his newly known powers, Subaru now joins the mansion of Roswald as a butler and meets the BEST GIRL REM. 

The story very much focuses on how Subaru supports Emilia to become the next queen and clean her name as the mad witch. The show is filled with action, adventure, comedy, and lots and lots of trauma. Don’t be the next archbishop of SLOTH like Petelgeuse and give this show a chance.

Conclusion

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In conclusion, Fantasy anime and manga will always have a place in Japan. It’s something that can take any shape and merge into any genre that the animator prefers. Even if the genre is saturated to some viewers, it is still too vast and we have not explored it enough. We the viewers definitely wish to see more well-made fantasy anime in the future.

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