5 Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

5 Popular Fantasy Anime Series

Best Fantasy Anime

Fantasy plays an important role in a fictional story, which is also integral to prestigious anime. Fantasy does not necessarily mean science fiction or just a genre but usually combines with other genres such as romance, slice of life and comedy in anime.

There are countless fantasy anime with various themes, and you may be wondering what to watch next. For beginners to find their favorite one and anime freaks to deepen their interests, here are 5 best fantasy anime series of all time. Check these recommendations to complete your anime list.

1. Pokémon

Pokémon (ポケットモンスター) was first released as a video game in 1996, which has been adapted into the long anime series since then. The anime series is one of the most famous and popular fantasy anime of all time among both kids and adults as well as the games.

The symbol of Pokémon is a variety of Pokémon that look like mini fictional creatures. The story follows a young boy Satoshi (his English name is Ash) travels all over the world with the adorable Pokémon named Pikachu and other his Pokémon. You can enjoy not only the intense battle scenes but also drama between humans and Pokémon.

There are several anime series of Pokémon with over 1000 episodes, and the latest season titled Pokémon Journeys started in 2019.

2. Princess Mononoke

There are many renowned fantasy anime in Studio Ghibli movies. Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫), a Studio Ghibli movie released in 1997, is an international hit categorized as fantasy. The fantasy anime movie is also one of the most popular films that are directed by the famous Hayao Miyazaki.

Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period (1336–1573) in Japan with two main themes: harmonious coexistence of nature and humans, and life. The fantasy anime movie centers on two main characters Ashitaka, who is the last prince of the declining Emishi tribe, and the princess Mononoke named San, who lives in the forest with wolves. Ashitaka explores a way that humans coexist nature persuading San who dislikes human being.

3. Weathering with You

For fantasy anime fans, Makoto Shinkai is one of the anime directors you should check. His new anime movie Weathering with You (天気の子), released in 2019, is as popular as his previous movie Your Name released in 2016.

This story focuses on a high schooler Hodaka Morishima, who flies from his home in a remote island to Tokyo. He wanders hopelessly around the unfamiliar metropolis without both enough money and a job. At the center of Tokyo, he meets a girl named Hina Amano who are granted an extraordinary ability: she can make the weather sunny.

4. Violet Evergarden

The fantasy anime Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン), adapted from the light novel that won the fifth Kyoto Animation Award in 2015, is recommended to those who like fantasy. The first season of the anime series was aired with 13 episodes in 2018 and there are two anime movies released in 2019 and 2020.

The setting of the fantasy and coming-of-age anime is somewhere in Europe, where a conclusion of a large war has been just brought. Its main character Violet Evergarden, who experiences the large-scale war, begins her journey to search for her life’s purpose working as an Auto Memory Doll.

5. Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル) is a modern fantasy adventure anime, which was originally serialized by the manga artist Hiro Mashima on Weekly Shonen Magazine between 2006 and 2017. There are three seasons of the anime adaption with 328 episodes aired from 2009 to 2019.

Fairy Tail centers on a dragon slayer wizard named Natsu Dragneel, who is a member of the Fairy Tail guild, ventures into various requests with other members. You can enjoy the exciting adventures and powerful battles between various unique characters.

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