Although the term “fantasy” is commonly associated with mediaeval times, castles, and long-bearded wizards in the popular mind, anime explores a wide range of sub-fantasy genres. There is much to learn and even more to love about the infinite possibilities that come with such a rich and complex genre, from dark to contemporary fantasy.
One of fantasy’s many strengths is its ability to combine elements from other major genres such as romance, comedy, and even horror. It is also easily adaptable to any age range, allowing you to choose between a lighthearted kid-friendly series and a darker anime with more mature content. Here are 60 best fantasy anime of all time.
1. Strike the Blood
Itogami Island is a man-made landmass 300 kilometres south of Tokyo that has been authorised by the government to house spirits, vampires, mermaids, and other magical beings on the verge of extinction. Kojou Akatsuki was a typical high school boy until an incident three months ago transformed him into the Fourth Progenitor – a powerful vampire – against his will. And, while he’d prefer to remain an anonymous adolescent, things change when Yukina, a sword shaman from an anti-terrorism agency, arrives with the intention of keeping an eye on and potentially eliminating Kojou…
2. Amagi Brilliant Park
When Isuzu, a new transfer student, asks Seiya Kanie out on a date at gunpoint, he suspects something strange is going on. Especially since she wants to visit Amagi Brilliant Park, where the rides are either dangerous or mind-numbingly boring, and the only costumed performers who aren’t rude or apathetic are the ones who didn’t show up for work. So, when Isuzu asks Seiya to be the park’s new manager, he knows she’s insane (Well, crazy-er, given the gunpoint thing.).
But when Seiya discovers that Amagi Brilliant Park is a REAL Magic Kingdom, that the costumed performers aren’t wearing costumes, that they live off the energy created by visitors, and that if they don’t attract 250,000 visitors in three months, they’ll lose their jobs and homes… he goes insane. But, even with the help of scantily clad fairies, giant mice, and sniper-trained sheep, will anyone be able to save a park that has sunk so low that its own bus no longer stops there?
3. Snow White with the Red Hair
Shirayuki is a spunky pharmacist with bright, apple-red hair that no one has ever seen before. Even the prince of the kingdom in which she lives is captivated by her locks and demands that she become his concubine. Shirayuki flees civilization and heads for the forest, not wanting to be perceived as an object valued solely for its novelty. The girl meets the charming Zen here, who saves her from Prince Raji’s clutches and reveals that he, too, is a prince. Shirayuki and Zen become close friends, and she decides to return to Zen’s castle with him to pursue her dreams. But becoming a palace pharmacist is not easy, especially given her unusual hair colour and close relationship with the prince…
4. The Asterisk War
Invertia was a worldwide disaster that occurred during the twentieth century. Many cities around the world were destroyed as a result of this disaster. However, an unknown element known as mana was discovered within the meteor, allowing human technology to advance quickly. This also resulted in the birth of a new species of human with unique abilities – the Star Pulse Generation. The setting for the Festas, the world’s most comprehensive battle spectacle, is an academy city above the water surrounded by six academies called Rikka, also known as Asterisk.
5. The Testament of Sister New Devil
Basara Toujo is a senior in high school whose father has recently remarried. Basara is then left with two new beautiful step-sisters after his father departs for overseas. He has no idea that his new sisters, Mio and Maria, are the new Demon Lord and a succubus!? Basara, almost trapped in a life of servitude, accidentally forms a reverse contract and ends up becoming Mio’s master! Basara gets himself into one ecchi situation after another, resulting in hilarity. Mio’s life, however, is in danger as she is pursued by both demons and heroes!
Humans used to live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These heinous creatures can mimic the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, allowing them to blend into society while freely feasting on human flesh. The Claymores, women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons they hunt, hold the key to stopping the yoma. Meanwhile, the young Raki has been exiled in a village; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to Clare, a Claymore, and their journey begins. While Clare battles the yoma that has taken over the land, can Raki assist her in her fight to retain her humanity?
7. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
When a 34-year-old underachiever is hit by a bus, his story is far from over. Rudy, reincarnated as an infant in a new world, will seize every opportunity to live the life he’s always desired. He’s embarking on an epic adventure with new friends, newly acquired magical abilities, and the courage to do the things he’s always wanted to do—with all of his previous experience intact!
8. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
Anos Voldigord was a tyrannical Demon King who exterminated humans, spirits, and even gods, but grew tired of eternal warfare and reincarnated with hopes for a peaceful world. However, what awaited him in reincarnation after 2000 years were descendants who had grown too weak after being accustomed to peace, as well as all manner of magic that had deteriorated to the extreme. Anos enrols in the Demon King Academy, which gathers and educates those who are thought to be the reincarnation of the Demon King, but the academy cannot see through his true powers and labels him as a misfit!
9. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
An affluent but socially awkward gamer finds himself in another world, inhabiting the body of his alter ego Diablo. But, despite his abilities, his awkwardness gets in the way, so he pretends to be a Demon Lord and soon finds himself with a pair of slaves: a well-endowed elf and a cat girl. They face challenges ranging from interpersonal relationships to diabolical beast battles!
10. Rosario + Vampire
Tsukune Aono, fifteen, is average in every way; he has no hobbies, poor grades, and has even failed his high school entrance exam. His parents have managed to get him enrolled in a school, but not just any school! Tsukune will attend the Youkai Academy, which teaches monsters how to coexist with humans! Tsukune, the lone human, is able to avoid their bloodthirsty gazes because the werewolves, vampires, witches, and other monsters are required to retain their human forms. However, he quickly catches the eye of a number of devilish beauties, including the vampire Moka, a busty succubus, and even a young witch! Tsukune’s ordinary life appears to be anything but ordinary!
11. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
Sistine Fibel and her best friend Rumia Tingel are eager to become top-tier magicians and attend the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy, one of the most prestigious magic schools in the Alzano Empire. But it won’t be easy, because their new instructor is none other than the sluggish, bumbling Glenn Radars. He’d rather sleep than teach, appears to be devoid of magical abilities, and drives Sistine insane with his slacker demeanour. Will this proclaimed “bastard teacher” reveal his true clout as a magician as dark forces converge on the school?
12. The Seven Deadly Sins
When the king’s Holy Knights are corrupted by an unholy demonic power, the kingdom of Liones is thrown into chaos. The Seven Deadly Sins, an exiled group of oddballs who seem to spend as much time fighting each other as they do fighting their enemies, are the land’s only hope. Princess Elizabeth desperately seeks their assistance, but the leader of her potential rescuers turns out to be an undersized pervert with a broken blade and a talking pig! A jealous giant, a fussy fairy, and an immortal bandit pining for his lost love soon join them. Can these people truly be the legendary heroes she seeks?
13. Wonder Egg Priority
Ai, as previously stated, obtained a “Wonder Egg” from a gachapon machine in a deserted arcade. The worlds of dreams and reality begin to collide when Ai falls asleep and a girl (!) emerges from her Wonder Egg. And it’s all linked.
14. Sword Art Online
The year is 2022, and players have gathered on launch day for Sword Art Online, a highly anticipated MMORPG that allows players to connect to an immersive virtual reality world using special helmets known as Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who is eager to get back into action after spending so much time as a beta tester, and he quickly makes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online’s 10,000 players discover that not only can they not log out, but the only way to return to their physical bodies is to defeat the final boss of the 100-level tower – that is, if their HP doesn’t drop to zero first, because death in the game means death in the real world.
Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other players must survive the game as best they can, with some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or succumbing to the merciless monsters that populate the lands…
15. KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!
Kazuma Satou’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to end after a traffic accident, but he wakes up to find a beautiful girl in front of him. Aqua claims to be a goddess and asks if he wants to travel to another world with only one item. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are whisked away to a fantasy world ruled by a demon king. Now, Kazuma just wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of the world’s problems, and the demon king can only do so much…
16. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
When Haruhiro awakens, he is in the dark, surrounded by people who have no idea where they are or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world known as “Grimgar” appears in front of them, and their adventure begins—but first, they must select their guild, class, and special abilities.
17. Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls
Kurusu Kimihito, a hapless human teenager, is inducted as a “volunteer” into the government exchange programme, and his life is turned upside down. Miia, a snake-like lamia, comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s responsibility to care for her and ensure she integrates into his daily life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably attractive, and the law prohibiting interspecies breeding is extremely strict. Worse, what’s a full-blooded teenage human with raging hormones to do when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in?
18. Blue Exorcist
Rin Okumura appears to be an ordinary boy who lives at the Southern Cross Boys’ Monastery. Rin comes across a boy who has been possessed by a demon one day. During the struggle, he not only awakens latent powers within him, but also discovers that he is Satan’s son! Rin decides to fight against his parentage and joins the True Cross Order as an exorcist after no longer being able to remain under the protection of the church and with his very existence straddling the line between human and demon. Now, the teen must attend True Cross Academy and begin special exorcist training alongside his new comrades, all while keeping his true identity hidden; but can Satan’s son truly become a true exorcist?
19. Fruits Basket
Tohru Honda thought her life was doomed when a family tragedy forced her to live in a tent. When the mysterious Soma clan discovers her small home, she finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma. But she soon discovers that their family has a peculiar secret of their own: when hugged by the opposite sex, they transform into the animals of the Zodiac!
20. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together to seek treasure in the Dungeon, an underground labyrinth. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and fortune are secondary to what he most desires: girls. He soon discovers, however, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and ends up being the damsel in distress!
21. Re:ZERO: Starting Life in Another World
Natsuki Subaru, a regular high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself in another world. Because he was lost and confused in a new world where he didn’t even know which way was up, the only person who reached out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she’s looking for as a way of repaying her for saving him from his own despair…
Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well and is transported to the feudal era. She mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half-demon, upon her arrival in this world. As if that weren’t enough, she discovers she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power that has recently shattered into a million shards. They must now set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku with the help of Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippo the mischievous fox-demon.
On August 20XX, a gate appears unexpectedly in Tokyo’s Ginza district, releasing a portal through which monsters, mediaeval knights, and other fantasy beings from another world wreak havoc on Tokyo. The Japanese Defense Force attacks these monsters and drives them back into the “Gate.” Officer (and otaku) Youji Itami leads the Third Reconnaissance Team to the “Special Region.” They are joined on their journey by a beautiful elf girl who is a survivor of the dragon’s rampage and guides the group through the dangerous new world.
24. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
During the industrial revolution, mankind is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead monsters that can only be killed by piercing their hearts with an iron plate. Those who have been bitten become one of them. These monsters, known as “Kabane,” multiplied rapidly. The Hinomotos constructed fortress stations and barricaded themselves inside. Between them, only steam locomotives known as Hayajiros can travel.
25. Wolf Children
Before she became a mother, Hana was a student. She was beautiful and bright, and her future seemed limitless. Then she met a man who turned out to be a wolf, and they started a family together. Hana adored her mate, but fate took him away, leaving her alone with two unusual children she had no idea how to raise. Fearing for their lives, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to start over. Raising her wild children was an adventure. Hana was bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyfully overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and ventured further each day. This is the journey of a mother.
Teach your children to pursue their dreams – and smile through the tears as they venture out into the world to discover who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always her destiny.
26. Tokyo Ghoul
In modern-day Tokyo, society is terrified of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that resemble humans but hunger insatiably for their flesh. Nothing matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter transforms him into the world’s first Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent clashes of warring Ghoul factions while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound abilities, and the fine line between man and monster.
It is not uncommon for a person to feel as if the world around them is strange and conceals unexpected secrets. Most people, however, experience this as an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. It is not a feeling for the mushi researcher Ginko; it is knowledge that guides his travels and motivates his life. The various life forms known as mushi can be found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not. They are all around us and have an impact on us, but their extreme differences make them unrecognisable to most people. Ginko puts these life forms into context for those who are most affected and in need of an explanation.
28. Spice and Wolf
Since a long time, the wolf goddess Holo has kept a promise to bless the rural village of Pasloe with bountiful harvests in exchange for being celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. However, as humanity progresses, people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have created their own god to worship. Holo discovers that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked, and, believing that the contract has been breached, she assumes human form and enlists the assistance of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. Kraft discovers that he has a lot to learn from this capricious god, and she has a lot to learn from him as well.
29. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, a lonely 37-year-old stuck in a dead-end job, is unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a new start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! His exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever as he adjusts to his goopy new existence!
30. The Familiar of Zero
Louise is at the bottom of her class in a world where magic is a reality. Louise (along with all first-year students) was charged with summoning a familiar, and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of… Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can Louise and Saito reconcile their new and complicated “relationship” and (more importantly) assist Saito in finding his way home?
31. Yona of the Dawn
Princess Yona and her pacifist father King II have a quiet but protected existence in the realm of Kouka. The only challenges Yona faces in life are her wild red hair and persuading her father to approve of her marriage to her cousin Soo-wan while being surrounded by attentive servants and guarded by her bodyguard Hak. Yona, however, unexpectedly loses all she holds dear the night of her 16th birthday and is compelled to leave the castle. Yona understands that she must grow strong if she wants to survive because Hak is the only person remaining to defend her. She sets out in search of allies, and she might be able to retake her country thanks to an old legend about the Crimson Dragon King and his four Dragon Warriors.
32. Trinity Seven
Pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are all examples of negative emotions. These are the seven sins imposed on the seven girls who rule Biblia Academy. To reclaim his world, the boy decides he must master these sins… The boy, Arata Kasuga, has had his world destroyed by a mysterious “Collapse Phenomenon,” and his cousin Hijiri has vanished into another dimension. He comes to Biblia Academy to learn about the Collapse Phenomenon and win back his cousin. There he discovers the seven girls and their sins.
Momonga, a veteran player, stays logged in until the clock strikes zero on the night his favourite MMORPG is scheduled to be shut down. Only a few moments later does the screen go dark, and he finds himself completely immersed in the online world of Yggdrasil. Left with all of his character’s devastating abilities, complete control over his loyal NPCs, and nothing else to do… Momonga decides to try his hand at world conquest. All of his grinding and dungeon crawling has certainly paid off, and as he tests his strength against local rogues and legendary beasts, he realises that no opponent can stand up to his might.
Momonga embraces his new identity as the fearsome mage Ainz Ooal Gown and continues his hunt for bigger, badder foes. The people of Yggdrasil are left wondering who is trapped with whom.
34. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Legends tell of ominous dungeon towers that appeared suddenly 14 years ago in a sand-swept land of caravans, brigands, and adventurers. It’s said that if you clear one of these prisons, you’ll be able to obtain treasure beyond your wildest dreams and even form a contract with magical genies of enormous power – assuming you make it out alive. In this world, Alibaba is a young rogue who wants nothing more than to become wealthy by clearing out all of the world’s dungeons, beginning with the nearby tower Amon; Aladdin is a curious young boy with a magical flute and a hidden ability; and Morgiana is a slave who can’t break free.
As their paths cross, the three find themselves wandering the land, battling powerful foes, and standing up to powerful forces that seek to corrupt the weak and innocent.
35. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Fuyuki City, surrounded by the sea and mountains, becomes the setting for an ancient ritual. Seven masters are given seven heroic spirits chosen by the Grail to realise the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant any wish from its possessor. Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker are the heroic spirits or servants. Each master will enter into a contract with their assigned servants and fight to the death the other masters and servants until only one pair remains… The Holy Grail War is underway.
36. The God of High School
Jin Mori has declared himself the most powerful high schooler. His life is turned upside down when he is invited to compete in “God of High School,” a tournament to determine the strongest high schooler of all time. He’s been told that if he wins, any wish he makes will come true… All of the contestants are strong contenders fighting for their own desires. What awaits them at the tournament’s conclusion? A tumultuous battle between two incredibly powerful high school students is about to begin!
37. No Game No Life
According to urban legend, those who are exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the challenge winners will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who are also siblings and well-known gamers, receive this invitation, they easily defeat it. And, as legend has it, they are transported to another world where competitions and games determine conflicts, people’s lives, and even country borders. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly overcomes the challenges that come their way, whether it’s restoring lowly humanity’s good name among the other races or influencing who will be the next king.
38. Blood Blockade Battlefront
Humans and creatures from other dimensions become trapped in an impenetrable bubble that surrounds New York after a breach between Earth and the netherworld opens up over the city. The shaky peace between humanity and the netherworld creatures is protected by an underground group of super humans known as Libra, who are forced to coexist in a new city known as Salem’s Lot. When a case of mistaken identity brings not-so-ordinary delivery boy Leonardo Watch face to face with this group, he joins their ranks in the hopes of preventing the world from being destroyed by a horde of monsters and madmen led by a powerful being known as the King of Despair.
39.Tower of God
Fame, glory, and power. When you reach the top of the Tower of God, you can do anything in your wildest dreams. Those who are chosen by the tower ascend each floor in the hopes of realising their dreams, but in order to do so, they must pass dangerous and deadly tests along the way. Others, however, are free to enter the structure; these “irregulars” are feared by many and are said to leave chaos and change in their wake.
Twenty-fifth Baam is one such irregular, beginning his ascent of the Tower of God in the hopes of reuniting with his childhood friend Rachel, but as he soon discovers, this perilous path will put him in the crosshairs of fierce competitors, untrustworthy rivals, and terrifying monsters, and he may not make it out alive…
40.The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Chise Hitori was an unwanted child. The young girl has grown up feeling lost, hopeless, and emotionally numb, having been told by her own mother that she should never have been born and passed from one neglectful guardian to the next. She sells herself into slavery at the age of fifteen, desperate for a home where someone—anyone—actually wants her to be there, and is bought by a mysterious being with a skull for a head. He whisks Chise away to his home in England, where he introduces her to a world of talking animals, dragons, and faeries, declaring her to be his apprentice in magic… and also his bride!
41.Weathering With You
Hokoda runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo during the summer of his freshman year of high school, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. Every day, the weather is unusually gloomy and rainy, as if to foreshadow his future. He spends his days alone, but eventually finds work as a writer for an enigmatic occult magazine. Then one day, on a busy street corner, Hokoda meets Hina. This bright and determined young lady possesses a strange and wonderful power: the ability to stop the rain and clear the sky…
42.Chivalry of a Failed Knight
Ikki Kurogane may come from a long line of Blazers, people with the ability to manifest weapons or devices from their souls, but he’s been a major disappointment in the magical powers department at the Hagun Academy. He is so disappointing that he has earned the unfortunate moniker “Worst One.” However, things take a surprising turn for Ikki when Princess Stella Vermillion, the most promising Rank-A Blazer to emerge in many years, decides to transfer to Hagun.
When she challenges him to a duel in which the loser must obey the winner for the rest of their lives, no one expects the Worst One to be a match for the Crimson Princess… And the unanticipated consequences will push society’s boundaries!
Lucy, a seventeen-year-old mage with the ability to summon stellar spirits, wants to join a guild – and not just any guild. She has her sights set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns while on the job! While in town one day, Lucy meets Natsu, a perpetually seasick boy who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he is none other than Fairy Tail’s fire-eating mage Salamander! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs for fame and profit with Natsu and his gang.
Lucy sets out on epic adventures with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu’s archrival Gray, and their overseer, the invincible and beautiful Erza, leaving an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five is irrelevant as long as the job is completed… right?!
44.Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Bloodthirsty demons lurk in the woods, and only the legendary demon slayer dares to venture out at night. Surviving in this harsh world, young Tanjirou takes it upon himself to protect his family—until everything is taken from him in a brutal slaughter. All he has left is his sister, and she is no longer human.
Rumor has it that there is an extraordinary man in a certain guild in the middle of nowhere who has risen all the way to the Silver rank simply by killing goblins. A priestess who has recently become a new adventurer has formed her first party at the same guild… and the man who ends up rescuing that party when they get into trouble is none other than the Goblin Slayer.
46. Beyond the Boundary
Akihito lives an eventful life in a world where supernatural beings known as youmu are hunted by Spirit World Warriors. He’s a half-breed with a human mother and a youmu father who is immortal, which saves his life on a regular basis because his bespectacled classmate Mirai can’t stop stabbing him in the chest. Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior with the ability to control her blood, which she manifests into a sword; and because she is self-conscious about her ability to hunt youmu, she constantly uses Akihito as target practise. In order to be left alone, Akihito must now assist Mirai in gaining the confidence she needs to take down the sinister youmu.
Elder Tale is one of the most popular online RPGs, with over 20 million players worldwide. It was only a game until the fateful day when tens of thousands of players became trapped in the virtual world, unable to log out. Elder Tale is no longer a hobby for these would-be knights, healers, and magicians; it’s a reality, complete with tasteless in-game food, resurrections upon death, and boring NPC conversations! With no other choice but to accept their fates, the analytical Shiroe, the perverted-and-proud Naotsugu, the tiny and adorable Akatsuki, and other new friends must adjust to their new lives in Elder Tale while avoiding player killers and monsters!
48.Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Miss Kobayashi is a typical office worker who lives a mundane life alone in her small apartment—that is, until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. Tohru, the dragon, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail! ), who will do anything to repay Miss Kobayashi’s debt of gratitude, whether she likes it or not. Nothing comes easy with a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!
Man and nature become increasingly at odds with the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan. As humanity continues to encroach on the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, the hero of his village, is cursed with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to protect his village from further harm. However, as he ventures out into the world, he discovers just how dire the situation has become – with man and beast poised to engage in all-out war, his curse becomes the least of his concerns.
As both sides veer dangerously close to outright slaughter, Ashitaka puts his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honour, attempts to quell the hatred before it becomes irreparable – but will he be in time, or is he simply postponing the inevitable?
50.Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop where she works; for it is rumoured that the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle outside. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie is transformed by a witch’s spell that makes her appear to be an old woman, and she sets out on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and break her curse. Those who seek the legendary Howl will enter a mystical world filled with talking flames, sentient scarecrows, and plenty of magic…
51.Made in Abyss
Riko has spent her entire childhood fantasising about exploring the Abyss, a vast pit and series of caves filled with wonders and terrors that only the most tenacious Cave Raiders have survived to bring back ancient artefacts. No one knows how deep the pit is, but Riko’s mother disappeared into it years ago, leaving her daughter with a strong desire to follow her and learn the mysteries of the Abyss for herself. Riko one day discovers a boy who appears to be a robot and appears to have come from the Abyss. Can he help the little girl in her search for her missing mother? Will the children be the next victims of the Abyss?
Yato, the supposed God of Calamity, is so low on the Shinto totem pole that he doesn’t even have any followers or his own shrine, and he has to do odd jobs to make ends meet. Worse, his aloof and slightly goofy demeanour has just cost him his newest partner and best holy weapon. When the unfortunate soul Hiyori saves the downtrodden Yato, he is forced to take on a brand new job – to turn her back into a human and fix her supernatural out-of-body experiences! Can Yato, a Regalia-less, frugal minor god, take on such a daunting task? Is there more to him than his ridiculousness suggests?
Once upon a time, two brothers spent their childhood days studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: you can’t get more than you give. However, these brothers attempted to break the law, resulting in a horrific accident. Because of his metal limbs, the older brother, Edward, is now known as the Full Metal Alchemist, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul trapped within the confines of an automaton. They work together to find the power to restore themselves, to reclaim the lives they lost so long ago…
54.The Rising of the Shield Hero
Naofumi Iwatani, an uninteresting Otaku who spends his days playing video games and reading manga, is unexpectedly summoned to a parallel universe! He learns that he is one of four heroes armed with legendary weapons tasked with saving the world from its doom. All is not as it appears for the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes. Naofumi soon finds herself alone, penniless, and betrayed. He is left with nothing but his shield and no one to turn to. Now it’s up to Naofumi to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!
Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day in a world where magic is everything. While Yuno is endowed with extraordinary magical abilities, Asta is the only person in this world who lacks them. Both receive grimoires, magical books that amplify the holder’s magic, at the age of fifteen. Asta’s is a rare Anti-Magic Grimoire that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Yuno and Asta are opposite but good rivals who are willing to face the most difficult challenges in order to achieve their common goal: to become the Wizard King. It is never an option to give up!
56.The Devil is a Part-Timer!
When Demon King Satan was about to be killed by Hero Emilia, he had no choice but to flee to another world with his Demon General, Alsiel. However, upon their arrival, the twosome is taken aback by the realisation that they have lost almost all of their magic – and, furthermore, that they have been transformed into ordinary humans and are stranded in an otherworldly place called Japan! To survive, the Demon King must now work a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant and try to adapt to modern society as best they can as Japanese citizens, all while plotting to rule the country.
Students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University in a bizarre fantasy world, but the tools they wield are not ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will, and the weapon eats the soul within it after defeating a pre-kishin – a human whose soul has darkened. The ultimate goal of a meister is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one witch’s soul so that his or her partner can become an all-powerful Death Scythe.
Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami’s son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters all compete for the ultimate goal, but plenty of obstacles and adventures await them!
Violet was used as a weapon by the military as a child due to her combat prowess. Major Gilbert, who named the girl, taught her to speak and write, and cared for her, was her only friend and protector. Violet is brought to the Evergarden household to recover after being seriously injured in the war and losing both arms. She studies to become an Auto Memories Doll, which is a person who writes letters for others, deciphering their true feelings and expressing them on paper.
Violet travels the world, helping her clients find love and comfort through the letters she writes; more importantly, she gradually learns to understand emotions, allowing her to finally cope with what she’s done and lost.
59.Akame ga Kill!
Tatsumi, a young swordsman, flees his home to save his impoverished village from the rule of a tyrannical empire. He meets Akame, an assassin bought, brainwashed, and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame is a member of the “Night Raid,” a secret assassin group that uses Teigu weapons. Tatsumi and the members of Night Raid face the corrupt empire together.
Although Yuji Itadori appears to be a typical adolescent, his incredible physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants Itadori to join, but he prefers to hang out with the school’s outcasts in the Occult Research Club. The club eventually obtains a cursed object that has been sealed. They have no idea what terror awaits them when they break the seal…