20 Best Action Anime

 

Historical, War

 
 
 
 

Akatsuki no Yona

Being the sole princess of her kingdom, Yona has it all. However, all of this changes on the day of her birthday, when Yona finds Soo-Won assassinating her father to secure his own place on the throne. Yona flees with her bodyguard and friend Hak, and together they begin a life on the run. Along the way, Yona learns to fight for herself, encounters both new friends and enemies out to silence her, and learns of a prophecy that will ultimately shape her fate.
 

Arslan Senki

Fate has no care for the petty wants of men, and the fate of Arslan in Arslan Senki is an example of that. Destined to rule, though faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Arslan must lead his ruined kingdom back to freedom and glory against their conquerors
 

Fushigi Yuugi

Middle-school student Miaka Yūki and her bestfriend, Yui encountered a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. As a result of reading this book, they are transported into the novel’s universe. However, Yui is transported back to the real world almost immediately. Inside the novel Miaka discovers that she is the Priestess of Suzaku and destined to gather the seven Celestial Warriors of the god Suzaku in order to summon Suzaku and obtain three wishes. She falls in love with the Celestial Warrior Tamahome, who eventually reciprocates and Miaka’s desire to use a wish to enter the high school of her choice begins to shift towards finding a way to be with Tamahome. Yui, who is also drawn into the book when she was trying to help Miaka to come back to the real world, becomes the Priestess of Seiryuu, working against Miaka out of jealousy over Tamahome and revenge for the humiliation and pain she had suffered when she first came to the book world.
 

Nobunaga The Fool

Two worlds joined by a phenomenon called the “Dragon Pulse” are immersed in an endless battle with highly advanced weapons called “sacred treasures”. Of course, the balance of this war, or its complete cessation, rests on the shoulders of a prophesied “Savior-King”. Together, a heretical seer and a fool journey to find this fabled King for savior.

 

Survival

 

 

Shingeki no Kyojin

The last stronghold of humanity faces insurmountable odds in their war against invading creatures known as Titans. Hope is a long lost dream for most, and many would rather cling to safety than face their foe. But the war against the Titans still slowly trudges on.
 

God Eater

Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan in the year 2071, the world has been mostly destroyed by mysterious monsters known as the Aragami. An organization known as Fenrir was made to exterminate Aragami using ‘God Arcs’, weapons made from Aragami cells. Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters.
 

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

A mysterious virus appears during the industrial revolution that transforms infected humans into Kabane (カバネ, “corpses”) and rapidly spreads. Kabane are aggressive, undead creatures that cannot be defeated unless the glowing heart, which is protected by a layer of lead, is pierced.
 

Highschool of the Dead

When hordes of the undead begin attacking Japan, a group of teenagers attempt to escape Fujimi High School. The horrific virus infects several other students and staff members, turning nearly all of them into zombies. Now, the survivors must work together in order to stay alive and stop this sudden apocalypse!
 

Deadman Wonderland

Ganta Igarashi’s life is turned upside down when his entire class is brutally slaughtered by a mysterious man in red. Ganta is the only survivor. He is almost immediately accused of murdering his classmates, and is sent to the amusement park-like prison, Deadman Wonderland. Prisoners are forced to compete in deadly games for the entertainment of onlookers which earns them medicine to neutralize the lethal poison constantly being pumped into their necks.
 

Btoom!

Ryota Sakamoto, 22 years old, is unemployed and lives with his mother. There is only one thing that he excels at, which is playing a combat game called Btooom!. One day, he wakes up in a tropical island and has no idea how or why he got there. He sees someone and asks for help, but the stranger responds by throwing a bomb at him. He realizes that he is trapped in what seems to be a real world version of Btooom!. Ryota meets Himiko, another Btooom! player, who is his in-game wife. Can Ryota make good use of his gaming skills now that his actual life depends on it?

 

Game

Sword Art Online

The Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online (SAO), is released in the year 2022. It allows players to control their in-game characters with their minds, using a virtual reality helmet called Nerve Gear. The players’ excitement turns into horror as they soon discover that they cannot log out of the game. They are informed by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, that the only way to return to the real world is to reach the 100th floor and defeat the final boss.

Log Horizon

The MMORPG, Elder Tale, has been a phenomenal success following its eleventh expansion pack. The game has grown its user base to millions of players. The next expansion pack, however, surprises thirty thousand players as they suddenly find themselves wearing their in-game avatars. They soon realize that they are inside the game they love. Shiroe, a gamer who is socially challenged in real life, teams up with other players to take on the challenges in their way.
 

Dungeon ni Deai

An adventurer Bell Cranel meets a clumsy but attractive goddess Hestia and they decide to join forces. His dream is to explore dangerous dungeons while she just wants more followers (and of course, Bell to notice her).
 
 

Mirai Nikki

Life gets pretty dangerous for Amano Yukiteru when he discovers that his cellphone can predict the future. Even worse, his is not the only one to be entrusted with this power. There are twelve diary users, and they’re all out to kill one another. The last man standing wins the ultimate prize, The Throne of God. With the help of axe wielding Yuno Gasai – who is absolutely infatuated with him – Yuki hopes to survive this battle royale, and become the next God of space and time.
 

Guilty Crown

The story of Guilty Crown is set in 2039 and revolves around Shu Ouma, a boy who has acquired an ability called the “Power of the Kings” that allows him to draw out tools or weapons from another person.
 
 

Thriller, Supernatural

 

Parasyte

While worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, one of the aliens fail to crawl into a boy’s ear. This Parasyte burrows into his arm instead where Izumi Shinichi is forced to live with it. The two form a strong bond to work together to survive.
 

Tokyo Ghoul

The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, his date who reveals herself as a ghoul. He is taken to the hospital in critical condition. After recovering, Kaneki discovers that he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul.

Ajin

The story is about a student named Kei Nagai (永井 圭 Nagai Kei), who discovers he is an immortal “Ajin” when he is hit by a truck. He becomes a wanted person because the Ajin are considered dangerous inhuman beings and the only person who is there to support him is his childhood friend, Kaito.

Donten ni Warau

In 1878, the Meiji Restoration occurred. Because of this, the country faced many criminals, such as samurai rebelling against their fallen positions. Many were arrested, but they soon broke out of their jail cells and rampaged across Japan. Therefore, the government did their best to prevent this by building a giant prison in the middle of Lake Biwa. However, to get these criminals to the prison, they needed a form of transport. In this way, the Kumō brothers were given the responsibility to take these criminals to their final resting place.

Akame Ga Kill!

A countryside boy named Tatsumi set on a journey to The Capital to make a name and met a seemingly dangerous group of Assassins known as Night Raid. Their journey begins.
 
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