35 Best Light Novel Anime of All Time

35 Best Light Novel Anime of All Time

Light novels are the most popular source material for anime, aside from manga. Every season contains at least a handful of adaptations, and when it comes to fantasy or isekai anime, any given show is likely to be based on a light novel.

There have already been a number of light novel anime adaptations. Toradora, one of the best shows, is also based on a light novel. While not every adaptation lives up to expectations, light novels have inspired some of the greatest anime of all time. Let’s take a look at the best light novel anime adaptations.

35. 86 (Eighty Six)

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86 is an anime series based on the same-named light novel series written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii.The Republic of San Magnolia claims that their ongoing war against the Giadian Empire has resulted in no casualties; however, this is merely propaganda. While the Republic’s eighty-five sectors’ silver-haired Alba live safely behind protective walls, those of different appearances are interned in a secret eighty-sixth faction. Within the military, they are known as the Eighty-Six, and they are forced to fight against the Empire’s autonomous Legion, which is led by the Republican “Handlers.”

Vladilena Milizé has been assigned to the Spearhead squadron as their new Handler. She continues to fight against their inhumane discrimination despite being shunned by her peers for being a fellow Eighty-Six supporter. The Spearhead squadron is led by Captain Shinei Nouzen. He is well-known for being the sole survivor of every squadron he has served in, and he insists on carrying the names and wishes of his fallen comrades. Will the fates of these young souls from two worlds collide, igniting the spark that lights their path to salvation, or will they burn in the flames of despair?

34. Absolute Duo

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Tor Kokonoe enrols in Koryo Academy, a high school where students compete with Blaze weapons in order to become future peacekeepers. To be admitted to the academy, students must pass a battle during the freshmen day qualification ceremony. Tor’s ability manifests as a shield, making him an Irregular, whereas most students manifest their Blazes as melee weapons. The school employs a unique Duo system in which students are paired up. Tor is assigned to Julie Sigtuna, a silver-haired Scandinavian girl, and must share a room with her.

33. Beyond the Boundary

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Beyond the Boundary is a supernatural Japanese anime series that premiered in 2013. It is based on the light novels written by Nagomu Torii and illustrated by Chise Kamoi. Akihito Kanbara, a high school student, goes out of his way one day to save a fellow student, Mirai Kuriyama, whom he believes is committing suicide. Mirai, on the other hand, stabs Akihito with a sword made of her own blood, revealing that Akihito is an immortal “half-youmu”—the offspring of a supernatural creature known as a youmu and a human. When Akihito discovers that Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior who lacks the confidence to slay Youmu, the two form an unlikely alliance when he decides to help her regain her confidence to kill Youmu so that she can stop attempting to kill him for practise.

32. Kokoro Connect

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The plot revolves primarily around five high school students — Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi, and Yui — who are the only members of their high school’s Student Cultural Research Club. They are all subjected to various supernatural, sense-altering phenomena in their daily lives, all of which appear to be the result of a cryptic entity known as ‘Heartseed,’ which is intent on using the phenomena to test the characters for an unknown goal. The five’s bonds will be tested as they go through these phenomena.

31. Maoyu

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Archenemy and Hero is a 12-episode anime television series adaptation of the light novel of the same name.The storey takes place in a world torn apart by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans’ greatest warrior, the Hero, invades the Demon King’s castle, determined to defeat the Demons’ leader. Inside, the Hero discovers that the Demon King is actually a Demon Queen, and instead of fighting him, the Demon Queen proposes a partnership with the Hero. She explains how a sudden end to the war can cause more chaos in the world because Humans, once united to fight common enemies, will eventually start fighting among themselves, with similar issues already occurring in the Demon Realm.

Convinced by her words, the Hero joins forces with the Queen, and together they carry out a plan that will bring prosperity and lasting peace to both Humans and Demons.

30. Oreshura

Eita Kidou’s parents’ infidelity not only caused his family to fall apart, but also made him sceptical of love. Eita, who has no desire to pursue romance, devotes his entire high school career to his studies in order to become a doctor.

It didn’t take long for the lovely and well-liked Masuzu Natsukawa to notice Eita’s apathy. Tired of being the object of other people’s affection, she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend, as she, too, is repulsed by the concept of love.

Eita, on the other hand, refuses—but Masuzu has one more trick up her sleeve: stealing Eita’s journal and threatening to publish the embarrassing content online if he does not comply.

Eita’s life has been turned upside down by her involvement in a phoney romance with the most desired girl at school. Whether he is envied by his peers or receives a confession, he must deal with his newfound relationship and all of its complications.

29. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a 2013 Japanese anime comedy, slice of life, and drama based on Wataru Watari’s light novel series My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.

Hachiman Hikigaya is a narcissistic and semi-nihilistic high school student. He is convinced that joyful youth is a farce, and that anyone who claims otherwise is deceiving themselves.

In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman’s teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to assist any student in achieving their goals.With only the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita as a club member, Hachiman finds himself on the front lines of other people’s problems—a position he never imagined he’d be in. Will Hachiman’s skewed view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage as he and Yukino use their wits to solve many of the students’ problems?

28. The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is Only a Part-Timer!  is a 2013 fantasy, comedy Japanese anime series based on Satoshi Wagahara’s light novel.With the assistance of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech, the Demon Lord Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents. After being confronted by the hero Emilia and her companions, and after killing Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan and Alciel flee Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern world, both Satan and Alciel transform into forms that resemble what they would look like if they were human. To make ends meet, Satan works part-time at MgRonald’s, a fast food restaurant, while Alciel serves as his housekeeper.

One day, Satan, now known as Sadao Ma, meets a girl who turns out to be Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The plot then unfolds and delves into the personalities and moral values of each of the characters. More Ente Isla characters appear, and they, too, face new world dilemmas, often comically.

27. Black Bullet

Black Bullet is one of the many light novel adaptations that aired during Spring 2014.

In 2021, a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” infects humans and transforms them into monsters. What remains of humanity now lives within the Monolith walls, which are made of Varanium, the only material capable of harming Gastrea.

To counter the threat that the Gastrea pose, “Cursed Children”—female children whose bodies contain trace amounts of the virus that grants them superhuman abilities—are given Promoters, people who work to guide and protect the young Initiators by the Tendo Civil Security. These two-person teams are dispatched on missions to combat the Gastrea virus’s monsters and keep them at bay.

26. Golden Time

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Golden Time is a 24-episode anime television series based on Yuyuko Takemiya’s light novel series.Banri Tada suffers from amnesia as a result of a tragic accident, erasing his memories of his hometown and past. However, after meeting Mitsuo Yanagisawa, he decides to leave and start a new life at law school in Tokyo. But, just as he’s settling into college life, the stunning Kouko Kaga unexpectedly enters Banri’s life, and their chance meeting marks the start of an unforgettable year.

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Banri discovers that he is in a new place and a new world after experiencing college life—a place where he can be reborn, make new friends, fall in love, make mistakes, and grow. And as he begins to realise who he is, the path he has chosen leads him to a blindingly bright life that he will never forget.

25. Free!

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Kyoto Animation and Animation Do created the Japanese anime television series Free! High Speed! is a light novel that inspired the series.Haruka Nanase adores the water and enjoys swimming. He won a relay race in elementary school with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory in the tournament, the four friends parted ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students, but Rin isn’t interested in going back to the way things were. He not only attends a different school, but the only thing that matters to him is demonstrating that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club after their bitter reunion, but they will need a fourth member if they are to compete in the upcoming tournament. Nagisa recruits Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team. As the competition approaches, the four form a close bond while training hard to come out on top and finally put an end to Haruka and Rin’s feud.

24. Full Metal Panic!

Mithril, a private military organisation armed with cutting-edge weaponry and specialised troops, strives to extinguish the world’s terrorism and all threats to global peace. The organisation is powered by the “Whispered,” people with intuitive knowledge and the extraordinary ability to create powerful devices and machinery.

Sousuke Sagara, a Mithril sergeant of seventeen years old, has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a Whispered candidate.

He is ordered to join her high school class and get as close to her as possible in order to keep her from falling into enemy hands—that is, if he can blend in with their classmates without revealing his true identity.

Sousuke, who was raised on a battlefield and has little knowledge of the life of a typical high school student, must adapt to a normal school life in order to protect Kaname. However, enemy forces have already begun to move, and Sousuke is about to discover that the adversary pursuing the Whispered girl may be a lot more familiar than he thinks.

23. AntiMagic Academy 35th Test Platoon

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In a world plagued by magical dangers and threats, there are special warriors known as Inquisitors who are tasked with preventing these threats and nefarious actions nonviolently. The Anti-Magic Academy is a specialised school designed to educate and train these Inquisitors, and it divides its students into small squads to teach them how to work together. The 35th Test Platoon, also known as the “Small Fry Platoon” due to its low ranking and incompetent members, is one of these talented squads.

Everything changes, however, when Ouka Ootori, a powerful yet rebellious former Inquisitor, is forced to join due to her proclivity for breaking rules and committing a serious violation: the murder of a witch. Upon her arrival, tempers flare as she clashes with their clumsy captain, Takeru Kusanagi, and argues with the rest of the squad about her views on witches. If this diverse group is to succeed and rise through the ranks at the Anti-Magic Academy, they must first put aside their differences and come to work as a team.

22. Amagi Brilliant Park

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Seiya Kanie, a bright but narcissistic high school student, believes that the beautiful but reserved Isuzu Sento has invited him on a date to Amagi Brilliant Park. To his dismay, not only is the location a run-down facility, but the supposed date is merely a recruitment tour during which Sento and the theme park’s owner, Princess Latifa Fleuranza, ask him to become the park’s new manager. What’s the source of their desperation? Amagi has less than three months to meet a quota of 500,000 guests, as stipulated in a land-use contract, or the park will be permanently closed and the land redeveloped by a greedy real-estate company.

Seiya is won over by the revelation that Amagi is no ordinary amusement park; many of its employees are Maple Landers—mysterious magical beings who live in the human world and are nourished by the energy created by people having fun. Entrusted with the hopes and dreams of this far-off enchanted land, Seiya must now use his many skills to bring Amagi back on its feet, or watch it crumble before his eyes.

21. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

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Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, siblings enrolled in First High School, are the focus of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. Miyuki is placed in the First Course after taking the exam, while Tatsuya is relegated to the Second Course. Though his practical test scores and status as a “Weed” indicate that he is magically inept, he possesses exceptional technical knowledge, physical combat abilities, and unique magic techniques, making Tatsuya the outlier at a magical high school.

Magic, long thought to be folklore and fairy tales, has become a systematised technology and is taught as a technical skill at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Students at First High School, the institution for magicians, are divided into two groups based on their entrance exam scores: “Blooms,” those with high scores, are assigned to the First Course, while “Weeds,” reserve students, are assigned to the Second Course.

20. Baccano!

Baccano! is based on the award-winning light novels of the same name and follows a series of events that appear unrelated at first glance, both in time and place, but are actually part of a much larger storey about alchemy, survival, and immortality. The kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connect various people, each with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and create lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved.

In the early 1930s, in Chicago, the legendary Flying Pussyfoot train begins its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. Simultaneously, in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis are on the hunt for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. Furthermore, a feud between mafia factions is intensifying. Alchemists are about to discover the cost of immortality aboard the Advena Avis in 1711.

19. Date A Live

At its source, he discovers a mysterious girl who is revealed to be a “Spirit,” an otherworldly entity whose appearance causes a spatial quake. Soon after, he becomes embroiled in a conflict between the girl and the Anti-Spirit Team, a ruthless strike force dedicated to the annihilation of Spirits.

However, there is a third party who believes in the salvation of the spirits: “Ratatoskr,” which is surprisingly led by Shidou’s younger sister! Following the battle, Kotori forcibly recruits Shidou, offering him an alternative method of dealing with the Spirits’ threat—make them fall in love with him. Now, the fate of the world is dependent on his dating prowess, as he seeks out Spirits to charm them.

Thirty years ago, a supermassive “spatial quake”—a phenomenon involving unknown space vibrations—devastated the Eurasian continent, killing over 150 million people. Since then, these quakes have occurred on an irregular basis around the world, albeit on a smaller scale.

Shidou Itsuka appears to be a typical high school student living with his younger sister, Kotori. When a looming spatial quake threatens the safety of Tengu City, he rushes to save her, only to be caught in the ensuing eruption.

18. Log Horizon

Log Horizon is an anime adaptation of Mamare Touno’s light novel of the same name.

30,000 players are trapped in another world while playing the online game Elder Tales one day. Shiroe, an eight-year veteran gamer, is also left behind. The trapped players are still alive, but they are still fighting the monsters. The players are baffled by what has happened to them and flee to Akiba, Tokyo’s largest city, where they are thrown into chaos.

Shiroe, once proud of his solitary existence, forms the Log Horizon guild with his old friend Naotsugu, female assassin Akatsuki, and others. Shiroe, who avoids human contact, sets out with his friends from the ruins of Akiba to change the world.

17. Katanagatari

Katanagatari is an adaptation of Nisio Isin’s light novel series of the same name, with each episode adapting one volume.Shichika Yasuri practises Kyotouryuu, a technique in which the user’s own body is wielded as a blade, in an Edo-era Japan rich with sword-fighting styles. Shichika, the enigmatic seventh head of the Kyotouryuu school, lives quietly in exile with his sister Nanami until the wildly ambitious strategist Togame barges into their lives one day.

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Togame boldly asks Shichika to assist her in her mission to collect twelve unique swords known as the “Deviant Blades” for the shogunate. Shichika accepts, more concerned with the girl herself than with petty politics, and thus embarks on a journey. The fierce wielders of these legendary weapons, as well as other power-hungry entities seeking to thwart Togame’s goal, stand in their way. To triumph over their adversaries, the duo must become an unbreakable team as they forge ahead on a perilous path.

16. Your Name

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Kimi no Na wa. is centred on Mitsuha and Taki’s actions, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric held together by fate and circumstance.Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, wishes to live the life of a boy in Tokyo, a fantasy that contrasts sharply with her current life in the countryside. Meanwhile, Taki Tachibana, a high school student juggling a part-time job and dreams of a career in architecture, lives a busy life in the city.

Mitsuha awakens one day in a room that isn’t her own and finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo—but in Taki’s body! Taki, on the other hand, finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In search of an explanation for this strange occurrence, they begin to look for one another.\

15. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

Fumizuki Academy is not your average Japanese high school. This one-of-a-kind institution has implemented a novel and innovative system for classifying its students. Students take a test at the end of their freshman year that divides the student body. The highest scorers are placed in A class, and the lowest scorers are placed in F class.

Unfortunately for Akihisa Yoshii, his supposedly “great” intellect wasn’t quite enough for such a test, and he’s now relegated to F class. F class has the worst facilities, with rotten tatami mats and broken tables, as well as outdated equipment and worn-out furniture. On the bright side, his friend Yuuji Sakamoto is in the same class, and to everyone’s surprise, the brilliant girl Mizuki Himeji has also ended up in the same class due to an unanticipated fever on the day of the test.

F class rallies behind Yuuji, determined to take on the higher-tiered classes in order to seize their perks through the school’s Examinations Summon Battle system. In an all-out battle, the participants can summon fantasy characters with power levels equal to their students’ test scores. Will the F class be able to rise to the top, or will they fail to live up to everyone’s expectations?

14. Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero, based on Gen Urobuchi’s light novel, depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—ten years before Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one can be certain of survival.

The omnipotent Holy Grail, with the promise of granting any wish, sparked three wars in the past, each too cruel and fierce to leave a victor. Despite this, the wealthy Einzbern family is confident that the Fourth Holy Grail War will be different, because they now have a vessel of the Holy Grail in their possession. The Einzberns hire the despised “Magus Killer” Kiritsugu Emiya solely for this reason, with marriage to their only daughter Irisviel as a binding contract.

Kiritsugu is now at the centre of a brutal survival game, pitted against six other players, each armed with an ancient familiar and driven by their own set of desires and ideals. The notorious mercenary, accompanied by his own familiar, Saber, soon finds his greatest opponent in Kirei Kotomine, a priest who seeks salvation from the emptiness within himself in pursuit of Kiritsugu.

13. Classroom of the Elite

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Koudo Ikusei Senior High School appears to be a utopia on the surface. The students have unrivalled freedom, and the school is highly regarded in Japan. The reality, however, is less than ideal. Four classes, A through D, are ranked in order of merit, with only the top four receiving preferential treatment.

Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student in Class D, where the school’s worst students are thrown out. There he meets the unsociable Suzune Horikita, who believes she was placed in Class D by mistake and wishes to advance all the way to Class A, and the seemingly friendly class idol Kikyou Kushida, whose goal is to make as many friends as possible.

While class membership is permanent, class rankings are not; students in lower ranked classes can move up in rankings if they outperform those in higher ranked classes. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the methods that can be used to advance in Class D. Can they beat the odds and make it to the top of this cutthroat school?

12. Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Fear, survival, and instinct They are thrown into a foreign land with only hazy memories and the knowledge of their name, and they can only feel these three emotions resonating deep within their souls. A group of strangers is forced to accept the only paying job in this game-like world, that of a soldier in the Reserve Army, and to eliminate anything that threatens the peace in their new world, Grimgar.

Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Moguzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight, must form a party to survive when all of the stronger candidates join forces. Despite the similarities, this is not a game—there are no redos or respawns; it is kill or be killed.

It is now up to this motley crew of unlikely fighters to stay together in a world where life and death are separated by a razor’s edge.

11. Goblin Slayer

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Based on Kumo Kagyu’s light novel series, which has been published by SoftBank Creative since February 15, 2016.

Goblins are known for their ferocity, cunning, and rapid reproduction, but their lowly reputation causes their threat to be overlooked. These vile creatures are free to continue their onslaught as adventurers turn a blind eye in favour of more rewarding assignments with larger bounties.

To commemorate her first day as a Porcelain-ranked adventurer, the 15-year-old Priestess joins a group of young, eager rookies to investigate a tribe of goblins suspected of abducting several village women.

Unprepared and inexperienced, the group is soon doomed by an ambush while exploring a cave. With no one else left standing, the terrified Priestess accepts her fate—until the Goblin Slayer appears unexpectedly, not only to rescue her but also to destroy the entire goblin nest.

The Goblin Slayer allows her to accompany him as he assists the Adventurer’s Guild in all goblin-related matters as a holder of the prestigious Silver rank. The armoured warrior, along with the Priestess, High Elf, Dwarf, and Lizard-man, will not rest until every last goblin in the frontier lands has been exterminated for good.

10. Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, takes Okabe through the depths of scientific theory and practicality. Okabe must bear the burdens that come with holding the key to the realm of time as he is forced across the diverging threads of past and present.

Rintarou Okabe, the self-proclaimed mad scientist, rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara to indulge in his hobby of inventing prospective “future gadgets” with fellow lab members Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru.” The three pass the time by tinkering with their most promising invention yet, a machine called the “Phone Microwave,” which has the strange function of transforming bananas into piles of green gel.

Though miraculous in and of itself, the phenomenon offers nothing concrete in Okabe’s search for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until the lab members are spurred into action by a series of mysterious occurrences before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.

9. Durarara!!

Amid many strange rumours and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants in Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.

Mikado Ryuugamine has always desired the excitement of city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend persuades him to relocate to Tokyo. Seeing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes appear to have already been granted. However, as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, as well as Ikebukuro’s most colourful residents, become entangled in the commotion erupting in their city.

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8. Toradora!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd couple as they embark on a quest to help each other with their crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student who enjoys housework; however, his intimidating face often leads to him being labelled as a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka, on the other hand, is a small, doll-like student who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Taiga, armed with a wooden katana and a fiery personality, is known as the “Palmtop Tiger” throughout the school.

An embarrassing blunder brings the two students together one day. Ryuuji learns that Taiga has a soft side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who also happens to be his best friend. But things get even crazier when Ryuuji admits to having a crush on Taiga’s best friend, Minori Kushieda!

7. A Certain Magical Index

Toaru Majutsu no Index is an anime adaptation of a series of light novels written by Kazuma Kamachi in 2004.Academy City, Japan, is at the cutting edge of science. Aside from being 30 years ahead of the rest of the world in terms of technology, more than three-fourths of this strange city’s population consists of students honing their psychic abilities as espers in various institutions. Touma Kamijou is one of these students, a high school boy with the lowest psychic rank of zero but a mysterious power no scientist can explain: “Imagine Breaker,” which allows him to negate other supernatural abilities.

This, however, has little impact on Kamijou’s life as he goes about his business as a regular adolescent; that is, until he meets the strange Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a young girl who has memorised the entirety of the forbidden grimoires, and now a dangerous organisation is looking for Index. With several magicians attempting to harm the girl, Kamijou will defend his new companion at all costs as he discovers a strange new supernatural realm.

6. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

If a poll were taken to see if people believed in aliens, time travellers, or perhaps espers, the majority would say no; average high school student Kyon is one of the non-believers. On his first day of school, however, he meets a girl who quickly turns his world upside down.

During class introductions, the lovely Haruhi Suzumiya declares her dissatisfaction with “normal” people and her desire to meet supernatural beings. Dumbfounded, Kyon discovers her dissatisfaction with the lack of paranormal-focused clubs at their school and unwittingly inspires her to start her own. She establishes the Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade, also known as the SOS Brigade, to spread joy throughout the world.

Haruhi manages to recruit Kyon and three other members after the SOS Brigade is founded: quiet bookworm Yuki Nagato, shy upperclassman Mikura Asahina, and perpetually positive Itsuki Koizumi. Despite their outward appearance, the new members of the SOS Brigade each have their own Haruhi-related secrets. Caught up in the mystery surrounding the eccentric club leader, Haruhi and the SOS Brigade whisk Kyon away on a series of misadventures, each one bringing him closer to the truth about who and what she is.

5. Overlord

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The end of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has arrived. Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, however, decides to spend his final moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. Momonga is surprised to discover that, despite the fact that the clock has struck midnight, he is still fully conscious as his character, and that the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

When confronted with this unusual situation, Momonga orders his loyal servants to assist him in investigating and taking control of this new world, in the hopes of determining what has caused this development and if there are others in the same situation.

4. Spice and Wolf

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Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, is based on the popular light novel of the same name and combines the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling storey filled with elaborate schemes, sharp humour, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a bartering storey; it becomes a journey of reclaiming a lost identity in an ever-changing world.

Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. However, as time passes and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, also known as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” is reduced to a folk tale. When a travelling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner in exchange for taking her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The astute trader recognises Holo’s unusual ability to assess a person’s character and agrees to her proposal.

Lawrence is getting closer to his goal of opening his own shop now that he possesses both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to notice that his ambitions are gradually changing into something unexpected.

3. Bakemonogatari

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Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, survives a vampire attack thanks to the assistance of Meme Oshino, a strange man who lives in an abandoned building. Despite being freed from vampirism and reborn as a human, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision remain. Regardless, Araragi attempts to live a normal student’s life with the help of his friend and class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.

When Hitagi Senjougahara, a fellow classmate, falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realises that the girl is unnaturally light. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists on assisting her, deciding to enlist the assistance of Oshino, the very man who had previously assisted him in his own predicament.

Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those suffering from supernatural maladies through a series of stories involving demons and gods.

2. No Game No Life

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No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, two shut-in NEET siblings and the legendary online gamer duo “Blank.” They see the real world as just another bad game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are transported to another world where they meet Tet, the God of Games.

The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from minor squabbles to the fate of entire countries—are settled through high-stakes games rather than war. This system works on the basis of a fundamental rule in which each party must wager something of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very concept of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite Disboard’s sixteen races, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.

1. Sword Art Online

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In the year 2022, virtual reality has advanced by leaps and bounds, and Sword Art Online (SAO), a massive online role-playing game, is released. Players can control their avatars in the game using only their thoughts thanks to “NerveGear” technology.

Kazuto Kirigaya, also known as “Kirito,” is one of the lucky few who received the game’s first shipment. He logs in to find himself, along with tens of thousands of others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, which is filled with fantastic mediaeval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel twist of fate, the players quickly discover that they are unable to log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players in order to escape Aincrad. Some are allies, while others are enemies, such as Asuna Yuuki, who leads the group attempting to flee the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online isn’t just for fun: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adjust to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hope to escape his virtual hell.

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