Friday Favorites: Anime Series with Fantasy Elements

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. ย It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my moodย ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

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I can instantly drum up a list of 50 series I would recommend. Favorites such as Death Note immediately rush to the forefront and then the list continues to grow. So I have decided to break my favorite anime recommendations down into more digestible chunks. Today I am sharing 10 series that scored a 9 or higher on my MAL listย (feel free to add me) that incorporate elements of fantasy.

10 Recommendations for Fantasy Fans

  1. The first on my list is an absolute favorite. Pandora Hearts is not only a completely pandoraengaging and well executed anime series, but an equally rewarding manga. So you can expect to see it again in the future when I tackle that list. Classified asย shลnen, this 25 episode long series combines the supernatural and fantasy to provide a story that is likely to appeal to fans of Wonderland and the eccentric. It boasts a rich plot full of depth and rewarding messages.ย  Add it on MAL.

2.bbutlerย Black Butler is another favorite that I am also enjoying and will soon feature on a manga list. It is one of the few series I have collected on Blu-Ray and find easy to rewatch from time to time. Also pairing fantasy with the supernatural, it explores the story ofย young Ciel Phantomhive (who works for the Queen in Victorian England) and his unusual contract/relationship with a demonic butler, Sebastian. I am constantly drawn back to this odd but somehow endearing relationship, and the unique cast of characters. Add it on MAL.

3. Fate/Zero features one of my all time favorite characters; Saber. So it is no surprise itfatezero makes this list. Depicting a war centered around the Holy Grail, there is no shortage of action as opponents go to battle with the aid of there familiars. This series honestly touches on all aspects of fantasy that I have come to love. It is worth continuing on with Fate/stay night if you find yourself enjoying it. Add it on MAL.

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4. Mushishi is an incredible, episodic series & manga that follows Ginko, a mushishi who studies and researches mushi (the oldest living life forms). Each episode is a new story and encounter where Ginko seeks out new cases and assist villagers affected by them. This is a series I easily recommend to long time fans and as an introduction to anime. It is not necessary to watch these stories in order. Add it on MAL.ย 

5. My obsession with Sailor Moon is no secret to those who know me. I admittedly own an sailor moonentire Funko collection and decent amount of manga.ย  I cannot get enough. Following a 14-year-old Usagi and her unique cat Luna, she and her peers are tasked with saving the world from the Dark Kingdom. Now I admit, Usagi is incredibly whiny and often overly dramatic with the most questionable of tactics, but somehow that is part of her charm. Also, I find I am constantly drawn to the show’s villains. Queen Beryl is a nostalgic throwback that I cannot get enough of. If you enjoyed 80s and 90s cartoons, this one is fun! Add it on MAL.

mononoke6. Mononoke, and for once, I do not mean the princess. This is another series that also boasts a heavy element of the supernatural. It follows a “medicine seller” who travels in search of the occult and slays evil spirits called Mononoke. Consisting of 12 brief episodes, I really enjoy this one. Add in MAL.

7. Gate is likely to appeal to fans of fantasy and gaming for good reason. Following thegate appearance of a mysterious portal that opens to unleash medieval warriors and fantastical creatures in Tokyo with devastating consequences,ย ย Youji is charged with leading a special branch of the JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Forces) that must travel through the Gate into the unknown in search of answers and resolution. The result is nonstop fun and action. Add it on MAL.ย 

the-ancient-magus-bride-8591-18. The Ancient Magus Bride is stunning and endearing. Currently airing, it is the story of 15-year-old Chise who has been abandoned and then purchased by a magus as an apprentice. This is a hard one to summarize and do justice. While I have heard tale that the story line eventually falters, I am not convinced. I find each episode to be a beautiful adventure filled with new magic and fantastical creatures. The relationships and growth in this one are complex and rewarding. I will be picking up the manga. Add it on MAL.

9. Fullmetal Alchemist is a classic that I am sure most anime and manga fans have fullmetal-alchemistexplored. Theย Elric brothers try to resurrect their mother through a forbidden alchemy practice, human transmutation. When they fail,ย ย Edward the older brother accidentally traps his younger brother Alphonse’s soul in a suit of armor. Now they are in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in hopes of restoring Alphonse to his body and setting things right.ย  Add it on MAL.

Kino10. Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World explores various countries and lands through the travels of 15-year-old Kino and her talking motorcycle Hermes. Each episode is a new encounter in a new world with various rules, people and obstacles that eventually lead the two down a wonderful path of self discovery that is executed elegantly. Add it on MAL.


Do you watch anime? What are some of your favorite fantasy based series? Would you or have you watched any of the above? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Friday,

Danielleย โค

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39 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Anime Series with Fantasy Elements

  1. Mushish and Kino, I enjoyed watching both of those just for the slow paced visuals. They were gorgeous and we ended up buying them both on dvd.
    I also own FMA, the original, not “Brotherhood”. That one I watched as it was released dvd by dvd. Man, I have to admit I am glad those days are over.

    Have you watched Lodoss? I consider that a history lesson, as it was one of the first fantasy anime I watched and it’s storyline is pretty much ripped straight from any generic D&D campaign. But knights, elves, wizards, dwarves, etc. It hit the spot then…

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    1. Yes. I enjoyed that about Kino and Mushishi as well. Particularly Mushishi. It is stunning and very atmospheric in terms of anime. The manga was thoroughly enjoyable as well. As far FMA, I plan to watch Brotherhood as I hear it is more in line with the manga. I know what you mean about dvd by dvd. There are a few series I may never own unless released as full collections.

      I just looked up and added Lodoss to my MAL. Thank you for that! I was not aware of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Just be aware there are 2 Lodoss series. The OVA of 13 episodes then the full length one. I like the ova better because I’m a big fan of Parn & Deedlit, whereas some little purple haired twerp takes center stage in the regular anime…

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  2. I’m not the biggest anime fan, though I do watch them from time to time. I tried to watch Black Butler, but found the side characters a little irritating. I haven’t heard of most of the rest of these, but Pandora Hearts looks like it would be a lot of fun!

    Have you ever seen Trinity Blood? I liked it enough to watch the series twice (it’s not very long), though it has been a while.

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    1. I just watched it last night! I took a bit to grow on me.. always weird seeing the live cast haha. But I thought they did great with Alphonse and and it was fun! I want to watch Brotherhood. I was waiting a bit since I watched all of the original straight through. I am told that Brother is more true to the manga, so it is in my queue! Simply love the Elric brothers and their story ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Hi, Danielle, and nice article. As you know, I love anime, but unfortunately I’ve watched embarrassingly little (and the lighter stuff). Nor have I watched any of these (except for one episode of Fate/Stay Night). Probably I need to take a look at Fullmetal Alchemist.

    My favourite anime is One Piece, where I’m at the Enies Lobby arc right now; and I also began watching Rurouni Kenshin recently, which is pretty nice. Favourite anime of my youth was Dragon Ball Z. I know, I know, it’s quite silly, but we grew up watching that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I have a ton of friends who still love Dragon Ball Z! I have never watched it but on doing so. It seems to hold a lot of “nostalgic” value for fans. So I hope to check it out. I read a few manga of One Piece and was really enjoying it! Sadly the series is so long, it was a set I cannot afford to get into right now. But the anime in high up on my must watch list. So I am happy to hear you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. I’ve never watched anime unless Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind counts? I know that’s pretty old but I did see it! But I think I’d like my anime fantasy- focused if I DID watch it, so this list is timely! I’m sure Netflix has some, I need to branch out my viewing I guess… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pandora Hearts and Gate sound like two that might appeal to me…

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  5. This post feeds my desire to revisit animes like the good ol’ days in high school hahahah Glad to see some that I actually know, i.e. Black Butler, Sailor Moon and FMA! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have you tried the live-action adaptation of FMA by the way? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› Oh man would I love to hear your thoughts on that! I used to watch Sailor Moon too and I’m not ashamed! My favourite character was that magician (Tuxedo Mask). Dude was always awesome and always had an epic entrance! I was also recommended Fate/Zero a while back. Sounds like it has your seal of approval!

    I officially did start my revisit into anime territory and am watching B: The Beginning on Netflix. A friend of mine told me it was totally worth it. Have you tried it out? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    1. I have not heard of B. I will have to look at it. Unless they are Netflix originals, I usually avoid anime on there because they rarely require a license for the full series, and I am always left hanging ๐Ÿ˜›

      I am a huge Sailor Moon fan haha. I do not even try to hide it. Have the mangas and the entire funko pop set. It is insane! But I adore it. Fate/Zero is a must in my opinion. It and FML are what brought me back. I have to admit, I struggled with the live adaptation, but then at about 50% it grew on me and I found it to be fun. Ultimately the captured the love and emotional struggle of the brothers, so that was a plus. Also, the did a great job on Al!

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