Hello everyone, so today I want to talk about Animes that made me wish I was living in an otherworldly, supernatural and magic filled fantasy world, with a long list of locations and time periods.
And I have a few cause I have always ended up falling in love with all the anime characters of the fantasy anime I like, wishing I was with them adventuring, laughing, crying and passing milestones which would level us up.
The unique randomness, dynamic characters, plot, romance, joke and borrowing from Japanese history and western culture for overall enjoyment are some of the things I really loved about them. So we’ve compiled the Top 10 Fantasy anime list that as made us at Yo! D101 feel this way.
Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Magic, Game, Fantasy
Studio: Bee Train
Aired: Spring 2002
The series follows Tsukasa, a wavemaster in the virtual-reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called The World. Tsukasa wakes up to find himself in a dungeon in the game, unable to log out and suffering from short-term memory loss. He trys to find out the truth on why they can’t leave the game with other players or fighting other players along the way who have different motives.
The story moved at a slow pace and had so many plots and side plots, you would think it was this, then get the rug pulled from under you and it would turn out to be this, which made you develop so many theories, but towards the end so many things where explained.
The series showed a lot of character development and there are fight scenes but they are few and most time character interaction is presented in the form of dialogue. Its really great if you are more into the story and not looking for an anime with fights scenes.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Magic, Game, Fantasy
Aired: Summer 2015
Its 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called Yggdrasil was released and its very popular for being able to allow players to interact with the game, after 12 years its finally shutting down.
In the game a guild known as Ainz Ooal Gown, once made up of 41 members and know as one of the strongest guilds in the game, now only for 4 members remain and out of the 4 only one, an elder lich character named Momonga, continues to play as the guild leader, maintaining their headquarters- The Great Tomb of Nazarick.
Momonga spends his last few moments in the game as the server begins to shut down to his surprise despite the clock having struck midnight, he is still in the game and the NPC have also developed personalities. So now he commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take over the new world he is in and maybe finding other players stuck in the game like him.
I had my reservation about it coming in, thinking it would be generic and the same old same old, but it different in the sense that the protagonist is the antagonist and I felt this was new and creative. The art and music were a good combination, matching themselves brilliantly and the characters were great and a good combination, complimenting each other.
8. Log Horizon
Genres: Action, Adventure, Magic, Game, Fantasy
Aired: Fall 2013
Shiroe explores the limits of his new reality, learning to live in this new world, leading and working with other players and NPC in other to bring stability back to the virtual city of Akihabara. Trying to make the best of their new
Its definitely your typical show, I especially liked how realism in the world of fantasy was added into Log Horizon, its not a perfect show but it was enjoyable to watch.
7. Sword Art Online
Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Game, Fantasy
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Aired: Summer 2012
In this near future 2022, where virtual reality has developed greatly and with the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players control their avatars in the game using their thoughts.
Using fantastic weapons to fight gruesome monsters and other players, unable to log out the only way out of this virtual hell is to complete all one hundred levels of the game. If you die in the game, you die in real life.
With SAO, you will either love it or hate it.
6. Mahoujin Guruguru (2017)
Genres: Adventure, Magic, Comedy, Shounen, Fantasy
Studio: Production I.G
Aired: Summer 2017
It brings back a lot of nostalgia, with its narrative, dialogue box and sometimes 2D pixelated scenes. It is some old that has been remade for the new generation and it was done well.
5. Made in Abyss
Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Aired: Summer 2017
What is the Abyss ?
Its a gaping hole stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a long time ago. How did it come to be ? what lies at the very bottom ? People known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries. The best and deepest Divers are known as White Whistles.
Riko who aspires to be a White Whistle like her mother, exploring the furthest reaches of the Abyss, she is completely fascinated with everything about the Abyss. However she’s just a Red Whistle– a novice, she’s only permitted to roam its most upper layer.
Descending the Abyss, they have no idea the harsh reality that awaits them.
4. Re:Zero- Starting Life in Another World
Genres: Psychological, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Studio: White Fox
Aired: Spring 2016
It was definitely a fun watch from beginning to end.
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Parody, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
Studio: Studio Deen
Aired: Winter 2016
After an untimely, embarrassing and laughable death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and shut-inNEET Kazuma Satou finds himself with a beautiful goddess named Aqua, She gives him two options: continue on to heaven or be reincarnated in a parallel world with MMORPG elements–every gamer’s dream, where he can go for adventures, battle monsters and his tasked with defeating a Demon King who terrorizes the world. And is also allowed to bring into this new world a superpowered item or ability, but after continuous provocation and mockery from Aqua, he chooses Aqua herself to accompany him to the town of Axel. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake–the absent-minded goddess is completely useless.
Kazuma soon realises that living in this new world is different from how it plays out in a game, instead of going on adventures they must first work to pay for their living expenses and for membership into the adventurers guild. Forming a party later and recruiting an explosion-obsessed mage named Megumin and a masochistic crusader named Darkness. But he soon realises fighting monsters are not a walk in the park and quickly gives up the idea of defeating the Demon King and tries to live a luxurious lifestyl, only to find circumstances of their daily lives are forcing him to encounter and battle the Devil King’s generals and actually be an adventurer.
It was pure joy watching its characters where all funny and awesome, the animation and art is gorgeous and the soundtrack is amazing too. With genuinely hilarious jokes, any flaws this series has is easily forgotten. It will definitely cheer you up and is great for a new anime watcher, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Aired: Spring 2015
The story follows the adventure of Bell Carnel who live in the bustling city of Orario, 15-year-old solo adventurer at the beginning, whose under the goddess Hestia and only member of her Familia, he works very hard every day in a magical dungeon to earn a living for them and even on the surface survival is a hard-earned privilege, while trying to improve himself. He hopes to become the greatest adventurer in the land and hero. Looking up to Ais Wallenstein, a famous and powerful swordswoman who saves his life once, he falls in love with her and wishes to become stronger so that one day he can stand besides her as an equal.
He ventures deeper within the city’s monster-filled catacombs, known as the “Dungeon”, with death lurking at every corner, while a mysterious power moves amidst the shadows, he gains allies and gets stronger with each challenge he faces.
And Bell is a very new and freshing protagonist, he’s not a typical imbalanced protagonist, nor a generic shounen hero relying on the power of friendship to save the day, but he is extremely shy, innocent and a very kind-hearted person who really does care for those around him and help them anyhow he can, even if it puts him at risk himself and this makes him very relatable.
Danmachi give you much more than you would expect coming into it and I really love that about it.
1. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, slice of life, Fantasy
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Aired: Winter 2016
Sorry its been a while everyone, I don’t post as much nowadays but during those times, where am to busy, am still working on the blog behind the scenes and coming up with ideas for my next article, just takes time putting my ideas on paper so please be patient with me, am grateful for you taking time to read, share and comment on our articles, I really would like to hear your thoughts and know your list, if you don’t agree with my list.
20 something year old, spending a lot of free time watching anime, playing video games, reading manga, sometimes meeting new people and learning game Dev.
Loves battle shounen, slice of life, comedy, horror or anything that has an interesting plot.