As a medium, anime has found success in its ability to deliver wildly imaginative storytelling and artwork that just isn’t possible in other forms of entertainment. When we think of fantasy and science fiction, we instantly think of the heavy-hitters in books and movies, like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. However, anime has a lot to offer in those genres as well. From supernatural fantasy to futuristic thrillers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
We’ve compiled some anime shows that you should definitely check out, including some that are ongoing or currently airing. There are some fantasy and sci-fi gems in here, and we’ll tell you why they are so awesome. So, without further ado: here are 9 sci-fi and fantasy anime series and why you should watch them. Take a look!
#1- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
This anime is about a pair of brothers, Edward and Alphonse, that attempt to bring their dead mother back to life with alchemy. The attempt costs Edward an arm and a leg (literally) and costs Alphonse his whole body. The story revolves around these characters’ quest to get their bodies back.Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is truer to the manga than the original FMA, and is slightly longer. I could go on for hours about why you need to watch this, but to sum it up: this anime features an incredible cast of likeable characters, action, drama, mystery, and a unique world that blends technology and magic.
#2- Attack on Titan
If you haven’t seen this amazing show, you’ve at least probably heard of it. Attack on Titan is the story of a fenced-in civilization struggling against human-eating giants called Titans. The main character, Eren Yaeger, is linked to a mystery surrounding the secrets of these creatures.Attack on Titan has everything you want in an anime, including a varied heap of characters, beautifully constructed action scenes, and a story that makes you crave more. This anime isn’t for the feint of heart though. There is a lot of blood and death, and characters you like will die. Still, do yourself a favor and check it out.
This sci-fi anime is a thriller revolving around time travel. Okabe Rintarou and his crew have to use a device to send messages to the past, in order to put a stop to an evil organization. This one is worth watching, because it’s a unique take on time travel, and the voice acting and animation are fantastic. Plus, this anime is only 25 episodes long, so there’s no huge commitment!
#4- The Devil is a Part-Timer!
This anime is just an all-around fun show. This urban fantasy is about Satan getting trapped in the human world and having to take a part-time job at a fast food restaurant to pay his bills. If that concept doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will. The show is hilarious, and has magic and action scenes that will appeal to even the most hardcore anime fans. And since The Devil is a Part-Timer! Is only one season long, you have no excuse not to watch it.
#5- Death Note
Another supernatural fantasy with an urban setting, Death Note is about a high school student named Light who finds a magical notebook. Light can kill anyone just by writing a name in the notebook, though there are certain rules in place that he has to follow.This fantastic thriller follows the epic battle of intellect between Light and “L,” a detective with a hidden identity. It’s full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The show tackles complex themes like justice and morality, and you’ll definitely want to watch this intelligent and unique anime series.
#6- One-Punch Man
This is a brand new sci-fi superhero anime that’s currently airing, and it’s the best new series I’ve seen since Attack on Titan. One-Punch Man features a hilariously indifferent hero named Saitama, who casually became the most powerful being on the planet with 3 years of basic strength training. To his disappointment, every villain Saitama fights is obliterated with a single punch.This anime really has something for everyone, including hilarious self-aware anime tropes, a cyborg sidekick, and some of the most epic fight scenes and animation you’ll ever see. One-Punch Man is a gem with a lot of potential, and I think you’ll agree once you watch it. It’s currently available on Hulu.