Top 7 Fantasy Anime In 2021 That You Must Watch!
The fantasy genre in anime is rich and diverse, with a plethora of sub-genres that allow producers to express their creativity and imagination in limitless ways. As a result, fantasy anime frequently incorporates aspects from various genres such as comedy, horror, romance, and action, providing you a wide range of choices. This list will feature shows that delve deeply into their fantasy roots while remaining interesting to watch.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (マギ, Magi) is a Japanese fantasy adventure manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. From June 2009 to October 2017, Shogakukan serialized it in the shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday, with chapters collected and published in 37 tankobon volumes. Viz Media has licensed the manga for English release in North America.
A-1 Pictures produced an anime television adaptation that aired in Japan from October 2012 to March 2013, followed by a second season titled Magi: The Kingdom of Magic that aired from October 2013 to March 2014. Aniplex of America is the North American distributor for the anime series. Kazé in the United Kingdom and Madman Entertainmentin Australia also licensed it.
A spin-off series titled Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, written by Ohtaka and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday from May to June 2013, and later on Shogakukan's website Ura Sunday from September 2013 to April 2018.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic won the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shnen category in 2014. The manga had over 25 million copies in circulation as of April 2018.
The said anime takes a piece from classic tales by borrowing the names of fairy tale characters and bringing a whole new and exciting twist.
Season 2 of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic premiered on October 6, 2013, and a long time has passed since then. In the intervening years, a spin-off show/prequel called Magi: Adventure of Sinbad was released in 2016. However, no third season of the show has been confirmed.
Having said that, due to the publication of the prequel in 2016, fans of the program are still hoping for a third season. Season 3's viability is unclear, although prospects remain high. Our best estimation is that the release date for Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic season 3 will be around 2021 or 2022.
There are several strange labyrinths scattered around the world that contain incredible treasures. These enigmatic places, known as "Dungeons," are said to be the work of Magi, a rare class of magicians who also assist people in building their empires by guiding them to a dungeon. Djinns, supernatural beings who rule over the labyrinths, grant successful conquerors access to their immense power and select them as potential king candidates to rule the world.
Aladdin, a kind and young magician who has spent his life in isolation, is eager to explore the world after finally leaving his home behind. He sets out on his journey with only his mentor Ugo—a djinn that Aladdin can summon with his flute. However, after destroying a local merchant's supply cart, Aladdin quickly becomes friends with the brave Alibaba Saluja. To make amends for the damages, Alibaba suggests that they attempt to conquer the nearest dungeon, thus embarking on an epic adventure that will determine the fate of the entire world.
Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Japanese:七つの大罪, Hepburn: Nanatsu no Taizai) is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by him. From October 2012 to March 2020, it was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, with the chapters collected into 41 tankobon volumes.
The manga takes place in a setting reminiscent of the European Middle Ages, with the titular band of knights representing the seven deadly sins. Kodansha USA has licensed the manga for English publication in North America, while Crunchyroll has released the chapters digitally in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan.
A-1 Pictures produced an anime television series based on the series, which aired for two seasons from October 2014 to June 2018. Studio Deen's third season aired from October 2019 to March 2020, and a fourth season premiered in January 2021. The anime series' exclusive English streaming rights were acquired by Netflix, while the first season's home video rights are currently held by Funimation. In August 2018, a film titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky was released. The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light, a sequel, will be released in July 2021.
The Seven Deadly Sins had sold over 30 million copies as of December 2018. In 2015, the manga won the 39th Kodansha Manga Award in the shnen category.
This brilliant fantasy series features strong characters throughout a complex and engrossing plot. The pacing of the story is perfect, and the artwork does an excellent job of explaining Britannia's colorful fantasy world.
In a world reminiscent of the European Middle Ages, the feared yet revered Holy Knights of Britannia utilize enormously strong magic to safeguard the area of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a small group of the Knights allegedly betrayed their homeland and turned their swords against their comrades in an attempt to depose the Liones' ruler. The Holy Knights defeated them, but rumors persisted that these legendary knights, known as the "Seven Deadly Sins," were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged their own coup and became the new, tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.
Nanatsu no Taizai is based on the best-selling manga series of the same name and chronicles the exploits of Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, and her quest for the Seven Deadly Sins. She attempts, with their assistance, not only to reclaim her kingdom from the Holy Knights, but also to seek justice in an unjust world.
Attack on Titan (Japanese: 進撃の巨人, Hepburn: Shingeki no Kyojin, lit. "The Advancing Giants' ') is a Japanese manga series created by Hajime Isayama and written and illustrated by him. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities protected by three massive walls from the monstrous man-eating humanoids known as Titans; the plot follows Eren Yeager, who resolves to annihilate the Titans after a Titan destroys his city and kills his mother. From September 2009 to April 2021, Attack on Titan was serialized in Kodansha's monthly Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, with chapters collected in 34 tankobon volumes.
Wit Studio (seasons 1–3) and MAPPA produced an anime television series (season 4). From April to September 2013, a 25-episode first season aired, followed by a 12-episode second season from April to June 2017. A 22-episode third season aired in two parts, with the first 12 episodes running from July to October 2018 and the final ten episodes airing from April to July 2019. A fourth and final season debuted in December 2020, with the first 16 episodes airing in December 2020, with the remaining scheduled to run in early 2022.
Attack on Titan has been both critically and commercially successful. The manga has over 100 million tankbon copies in print worldwide as of December 2019, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. It has received a number of honors, including the Kodansha Manga Award, the Attilio Micheluzzi Award, and the Harvey Award.
Centuries ago, giant humanoid beasts known as titans murdered humanity to near extinction, forcing humans to hide in dread behind massive concentric walls. What makes these giants particularly horrifying is that their appetite for human flesh appears to be driven by pleasure rather than hunger. To secure their survival, humanity's remnants began to live within defensive walls, resulting in a hundred years without a single titan encounter. That fragile peace is soon destroyed as a colossal giant breaches the apparently impregnable outer wall, reigniting the battle for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After suffering a horrible personal loss at the hands of the invading aliens, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their abolition by serving in the Survey Corps, an elite military organization that battles the ruthless humanoids outside the walls. Shingeki no Kyojin, based on Hajime Isayama's award-winning manga, follows Eren, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and his boyhood friend Armin Arlert as they enter the terrible struggle against the titans and strive to find a means to defeat them before the remaining defenses are shattered.
The Ancient Magus' Bride (Japanese: 魔法使いの嫁, Hepburn: Mahoutsukai no Yome) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kore Yamazaki. The comic is serialized in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine and is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment in North America. Wit Studio animated a three-part prequel OVA of the manga as well as an anime television series adaptation that ran from October 2017 to March 2018. Studio Kafka will produce a three-part original OVA series in September 2021.
Chise Hatori, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, was auctioned off to a tall masked male for five million pounds. Abandoned at a young age and mocked by her peers for her unorthodox behavior, she was willing to sell herself to any buyer if it meant having a place to call home. She hears whispers from robed men along her road, gossiping and lamenting that such a buyer got his hands on a rare "Sleigh Beggy."
Ignoring the murmuring, the strange guy brings the girl to a study, where he exposes himself to be Elias Ainsworth—a magus. After a brief confrontation and some teleportation magic, the two awaken in Elias' gorgeous cottage in rural England. Chise's narrative as the apprentice and rumored spouse of the ancient magus begins with her arrival, when she is greeted by fairies and surrounded by strange and lovely beings.
Sword Art Online (Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン, Hepburn: Sodo Ato Onrain) is a Japanese light novel series written and drawn by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The story is set in the near future and follows protagonists Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they navigate virtual reality MMORPG worlds. From 2002 until 2008, Kawahara published the series as a web novel on his website. The light novels were released on April 10, 2009, by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko brand, with a spin-off series following in October 2012. Twelve manga versions of the series have been produced by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa. Yen Press has licensed the novels and manga adaptations for distribution in North America.
The said anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures, broadcast in Japan from July to December 2012, with a television film Sword Art Online: Extra Edition airing on December 31, 2013, and a second season, named Sword Art Online II, airing between July and December 2014. Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, an animated film based on Kawahara's original plot, premiered in Japan and Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and was released in the United States on March 9, 2017. Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, a spin-off anime series, debuted in April 2018, and a third season, Sword Art Online: Alicization, aired from October 2018 to September 2020. Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, an anime film adaptation of Sword Art Online: Progressive, is slated to premiere in Q4 2021. Netflix will make a live-action series. Six video gamesbased on the series have been released on a variety of platforms.
This SAO is a fantastic anime translation of Reki Kawahara's Japanese light novel series of the same name, which is extremely popular in Japan and around the world. The series is still going on, and over nineteen million copies have been sold worldwide. This anime is set in the world of virtual reality.Sword Art Online has achieved tremendous economic success, with over 26 million copies sold globally. The light book series received positive feedback, primarily on later arcs, but other series, such as Progressive, were hailed from the start. The anime series has received mixed to excellent reviews, with acclaim for its animation, musical score, and examination of the psychological elements of virtual reality, as well as criticism for its pacing and narrative.
In the year 2022, virtual reality has advanced by leaps and bounds, and Sword Art Online (SAO), a major 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 checks on to discover himself, along with tens of thousands of others, in the gorgeous and intricate world of Aincrad, which is filled with amazing medieval weapons and horrific beasts. However, in a cruel twist of fate, the players quickly discover that they are unable to log out; the game's designer has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
Kirito will now have to engage and collaborate with his other players in order to escape Aincrad. Some are comrades, while others are enemies, such as Asuna Yuuki, who heads the leading group attempting to flee the cruel game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online isn't all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adjust to his new world, struggle for survival, and, hopefully, break out from his virtual hell.
Land of the Lustrous (Japanese: 宝石の国, Hepburn: Houseki no Kuni, lit. "Country of Jewels'') is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa. Kodansha has been publishing it in Monthly Afternoon magazine from October 2012, with its episodes compiled in eleven tankobon volumes up to July 2020. It is set in an universe inhabited by "diamond people," and it follows their efforts to find their place and defend their way of life. Orange produced a 3D anime television series adaptation that aired between October and December 2017. The said anime is still ongoing today.
In a mysterious future, crystalline beings known as Gems inhabit an Earth shattered by six meteors. Each Gem is assigned a job in the war against the Lunarians, a species that attacks them with the intent of shattering their bodies and using them as decorations.
Phosphophyllite, also known as Phos, is a youthful and frail Gem who wishes to help their companions in the war effort. Because of their fragile health, they are instead instructed to compile an encyclopedia. Phos encounters Cinnabar, an intelligent gem that has been assigned to patrolling the remote island at night due to the corrosive poison their body produces, after reluctantly commencing on this assignment. Phos resolves to find a purpose for both of the rejected Gems after seeing how miserable Cinnabar is. Phos' efforts to be useful and safeguard their fellow Gems are followed by Houseki no Kuni.
Made in Abyss (Japanese: メイドインアビス, Hepburn: Meido in Abisu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi. It has been serialized online in Takeshobo's digital publication Webcomic Gamma since 2012, and has been collected into nine tankobon volumes.
Kinema Citrus' anime television series adaptation ran from July 7 to September 29, 2017. On January 17, 2020, a sequel film was released in Japan. It was supposed to be launched internationally on April 11, 2020, however that date was pushed back owing to the COVID-19 epidemic. A second anime season is scheduled to begin in 2022.
Spike Chunsoft's action role-playing game will be launched on consoles and PC in 2022.
The Abyss is a huge pit stretching down into the earth's depths, teeming with mysterious animals and relics from a period long past. What happened to make that happen? What's down there? Countless brave individuals known as Divers have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Abyss by daring to descend into its lowest depths. Those who remain on the surface revere the greatest and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles.
Riko, the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator's daughter, wishes to be like her mother and explore the depths of the Abyss. However, as a new Red Whistle, she is only allowed to explore its uppermost stratum. Despite this, Riko has a fortuitous encounter with a mystery robot dressed as a small kid. Reg is named after her, and he has no recall of the events that led up to his finding. Certain that the technologyused to construct Reg must have come from deep beneath the Abyss, the two decide to venture down the chasm to regain his memories and witness the bottom of the huge pit for themselves. They are, however, unaware of the brutal reality that is the genuine existence of the Abyss.
- Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic
- Seven Deadly Sins
- Attack On Titan
- Ancient Magus Bride
- Sword Art Online
- Houseki no Kuni: Land of the Lustrous
- Made In Abyss
Sazae-san is the longest-running anime series of all time, with over 2500 episodes. It is based on the manga of the same name. Sazae-san, who first aired in 1969, is still on the television every Sunday evening. Sazae Fuguta and her family are the focus of the episode. The series has a retro art style that has remained consistent during its extended run on television and sets it apart from its more current counterparts. Before moving to digital in 2013, Sazae-san was the last television series to use the traditional cel animation technology.
There are other old anime shows that have aired for decades behind Sazae-san. Doraemon, which debuted in 1973, and other shows from the 1990s, including the highly successful Pokémon series, are among them. (Despite how long Doraemon has been running, it still behind Sazae-san by roughly 250 episodes.) During the recent COVID outbreak, production for Sazae-san was interrupted, resulting in reruns rather than fresh episodes broadcast. However, the company has resumed production of new content.
Even if Sazae-san were to stop producing today, the program would certainly hold these records for years to come because it is so far ahead of the competition.
The strongest character in anime is Saitama from One Punch Man. Unlike most other combat anime, One Punch Man's protagonist is already the strongest person in the room, rather than working to achieve that goal. He can endure any blow and defeat any enemy with a single serious strike after three years of intense training.
However, Sitama feels melancholy as a result of his invincible strength, and the series tackles the emptiness that comes with fulfilling a lifelong goal. Because the fundamental purpose of the character is that pursuing strength or achieving one's goal is more rewarding than occupying such a position, Saitama is the most powerful character in anime.