Who doesn’t love an amazing fantasy story? From serious tales like Lord of the Rings to lighter-hearted romps like Onward, it’s a genre that begs to be explored time and time again. Still, few forms of animation have told more fantasy stories than those shown in anime.
With thousands of fantasy anime released available for viewing, it can be difficult for fans to decide which ones to watch. Some stand out above the rest as some that no anime fan should go through life without watching — especially if they love fantasy.
It’s hard to deny how much InuYasha fever spread after it first aired in the United States back in 2002 after already having massive popularity in Japan. Heck, it was even so well-liked that it even spawned a trading card game. The series spanned over 160 episodes following the story of Kagome and Inuyasha trying to reunite the shards of the Shikon Jewel.
It’s a well-loved classic for a reason and any anime fans that have still somehow not seen it should change that as quickly as they can.
No, this is not an episodic adaptation of the famous Studio Ghibli movie! Mononoke follows the “Medicine Seller” as he tries to tries to kill the malevolent spirits that give the show its namesake. It combines a mix of breathtaking visuals, intense psychological analysis, and mind-blowing fight scenes to make an anime unlike anything else available to watch.
8 The Rising Of The Shield Hero
Imagine being declared a legendary hero after being summoned to an ancient Japanese kingdom only to see your friend granted a special sword, spear, and bow, only to be given nothing but a shield. This is exactly what happens to an otaku named Naofumi Iwatani in this anime.
The Rising of the Shield Hero lasted three full seasons and was immensely popular throughout. Seeing the unlikely hero find his way through the world with so many disadvantages provided the ultimate underdog for fans to root for. Watching all of the heroes protect Melromarc from a terrible future will keep fans at the edges of their seats.
7 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World!
Go to heaven, or be reborn in a fantasy world? Kazuma chose the latter but then was tasked with defeating the Demon King that resides there. Instead of taking an ultimate fantasy weapon or item with him for his quest, he accidentally chooses to bring the goddess Aqua herself on his adventure.
Wild antics ensue with problematic adventurers joining their party and everyone barely being able to afford basic expenses. This anime has many light moments but don’t be surprised when it pulls out some big punches to hit viewers right in the feels.
6 Restaurant To Another World
So many fantasy anime have to have epic sword battles or mind-blowing magic being performed. Sometimes, it’s nice to enjoy the genre with something a lot more peaceful. Restaurant to Another World has characters from various fantasy regions and species all gathering in the Western Restaurant Nekoya to debate which meals are the most delicious that the head chef can cook.
Seeing so many different fantasy tropes clash together can be hilarious while learning about all of their individual worlds is incredibly rewarding. With the second season recently announced, there’s never been a better time to watch it and catch up before it gets released.
5 That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
While So I’m a Spider, So What? is currently on many anime fans’ minds, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime first hit the scene with the idea of characters turned into low-level monsters in a fantasy world. Satoru awakens in a world as a slime, one of the weakest monsters around, and must find ways to survive and thrive in his new world.
After encountering a dragon that had been sealed away for 300 years and promising to help free him, the adventure really spices up and goes in directions fans could never see coming.
Fate/Zero follows the events that happen before another famous anime and visual novel Fate/stay night. There are many epic battles and adventures that take place as Kiritsugu fights against six others in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
The show is so popular it resulted in numerous spinoffs including one where the main characters are drawn in chibi form and run a cafe. Those that enjoy the series will find so many other shows in its universe to watch that it will take a long time to run out of content.
3 Made In Abyss
What lies at the bottom of the Abyss? There’s said to be ancient treasures, creatures, and more hidden within its depths. A young girl who aspires to be an adventurer like her mother meets a robot made of technology unheard of outside the Abyss that looks like an ordinary young boy.
The two decide to adventure its depths in order to find where the robot was made but find things are far more harsh and difficult in the Abyss than either of the two could have ever expected.
2 Black Clover
Spanning 170 episodes, it’s hard to deny just how long Black Clover ran before it finally finished airing in 2021. Based on the popular shonen manga of the same name, Black Clover follows Asta and Yuno, two orphans abandoned at the same church who both seek to become the Wizard King.
The story is filled with amazingly powerful magic and even was so popular that it lead to an ONA, two OVAs, and even a movie being made based on its story. Anyone that loves high fantasy and magic will absolutely adore Black Clover.
1 Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World
So many isekai anime send the main character to a fantasy world but none do it better than Re:ZERO. Dying over and over again to try and learn how to advance in the game takes a serious toll on Subaru, even with various checkpoints throughout the way.
Watching how the story slowly changes each time he dies and new parts of the story are revealed is incredibly satisfying. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s worth every second of viewing to see how it turns out!