Until now, most animated shows have depicted epic magical battles or magic that’s relatable to the average person’s experience. The settings and depictions vary greatly from work to work, and each one offers something new and exciting. Also, the magic is unique in that it can be used only in battle or can be found in everyday life, which is appealing. Other animations with magic exist, so be sure to explore their options and settings.
In anime, you can find all shapes and sizes of magically-wielding anime characters. Powerful characters may be able to bend reality to their will, or they may be forced to adhere to a rigid code of conduct to avoid blowing themselves up.
For this list, each series will be considered only once. Our list will only consider a series once; if there is a sequel, alternate adaptation, or something similar. Magical enchantments, spells, and potions galore! On this list of the best magic anime, you’ll find your next favorite show to watch.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
At the age of thirteen, a witch in training must live on her own for a year in an unfamiliar town before she can graduate to full-fledged witch hood. Kiki, her black cat Jiji, and her broomstick fly out into the open world, leaving her family and friends behind. Kiki has a hard time adjusting to life in the coastal town of Koriko and ends up sleeping on the streets until she meets Osono, who offers her a place to stay in exchange for delivering bread for her small bakery.
Kiki soon decides to start her own broomstick courier service, marking the beginning of her quest for independence. Kiki learns the true meaning of responsibility as she tries to fit in with the locals while also bringing exciting new experiences to the community.
A Certain Magical Index
Toaru Majutsu no Index is an anime adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi‘s 2004 light novel series, which he wrote, illustrated, and published with ASCII Media Works. From October 2008 to March 2009, J.C. Staff’s anime series, based on the first six light novels, aired in Japan.
The city of Academy City in Japan is a scientific hotbed. This strange city is not only technologically advanced by 30 years, but it also has a population made up of more than three-fourths of students training as espers at various institutions. Touma Kamijou, a high school student with the lowest psychic rank of zero, has a mysterious power that no scientist can explain: “Imagine Breaker,” which allows him to negate other supernatural abilities.
That is until Kamijou meets Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a young girl who has memorized all of the forbidden grimoires and is now being hunted by a dangerous organization; his life doesn’t change in the least. To keep his new friend safe from a group of magicians intent on harming her, Kamijou will do whatever it takes to protect her.
Before she discovers a mysterious book with a deck of cards, ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto was your typical fourth grader. Unfortunately for her, she only has a few seconds to decipher what the cards mean before a magical gust of wind scatters them all over the place. Sakura is informed by the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (also known as Kero-chan), who has suddenly awakened from the book, that she has released the enigmatic Clow Cards, created by the sorcerer Clow Reed himself. The Cards aren’t your average toy. Because the Cards enjoy acting on their own, Clow encased them all in a book and sealed it. Having been set free, the Cards now threaten the entire world, and it is up to Sakura to stop them before they cause havoc!
With the Sealed Key in hand, Keroberos assigns Sakura the mission of locating and recapturing all of the Cards. The Cardcaptor, Sakura, must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday struggles of a young girl, including love, family, and school, all while she takes flight on her magical adventures as Sakura the Cardcaptor with her best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji.
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The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Eyes known as “Alpha Stigma” are capable of analyzing all forms of magic. Cursed eyes, on the other hand, are those that can only bring and destruction to those who look into them.
Roland Empire’s Magician Academy was home to Ryner Lute, a gifted mage and Alpha Stigma bearer. The Academy was known for training its students in magic for military purposes. When many of his classmates’ lives are taken in a war, he and his best friend, Sion Astal, take an oath to make the nation a more orderly and peaceful place.
When Sion becomes Roland’s King, he assigns Ryner the task of searching for relics that will be beneficial to the country. To find the truth behind his cursed eyes, Ryner teams up with beautiful and talented swordswoman Ferris Eris. Together, they set out to find relics from legendary heroes of the past.
Youji Itami, an off-duty JSDF officer and devoted otaku, is on his way to a doujin convention in Ginza, Tokyo, when a strange portal appears in the form of a massive gate. The supernatural and medieval warriors emerge from this gate and charge through the city, taking the life of and destroying everything in their path. They wear medieval armor. Meanwhile, the JSDF is focused on stopping the invasion, with Youji saving as many lives as possible with quick decisions and quick actions.
As part of a JSDF task force, Youji has been given the task of leading a special recon team to the world beyond the gate, which is now known as the “Special Region.” For the sake of peace with the ruling Empire, they must venture into this strange new world and make friends with the locals in the process. A failure will result in a devastating war that encompasses both sides of the gate, but the alternative is far worse.
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Witches believe that when a practitioner reaches the age of 15, they must become self-sufficient and leave their family home to pursue their studies. Makoto Kowata is a young apprentice witch who leaves her home in Yokohama to seek knowledge and training in other magical arts and sciences. To visit Aomori, a place favored by witches because of its abundance of natural beauty and affinity with magic, she sets out with Chito, a black cat companion. Once settled into their new home, Makoto and his family move in with Kei Kuramoto and his sister Chinatsu, who are his second cousins.
For all she looks like an ordinary high school student, Makoto’s wacky and eccentric interest in witchcraft sets her apart from the other students. Makoto’s quiet daily life is peppered with the eccentricities of witchcraft, from her encounter with an anthropomorphic dog fortune teller to her training by her older sister Akane in strange magic.
The Saga Of Tanya The Evil
Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier dubbed the “Devil of the Rhine” because of her predatorial ruthlessness and uncanny tactical aptitude. Although she appears to be a normal little girl on the outside, she is actually the reincarnation of a man who challenged the self-proclaimed God Being X to a game of wits and lost.
Tanya is the nether regionbent on defiance, and as her country descends into a world war, she resolves to rise through the ranks of the military, with only Being X standing in her way of returning to the peaceful life she once knew. It’s an unintended consequence of her strategic thinking and combat initiative, but the Empire has become one of the most powerful nations in human history as a result of it.
Iroduku: The World In Colors
Hitomi Tsukishiro’s monochrome world is devoid of emotion and feeling, despite the pervasive presence of kaleidoscopic magic. Hitomi’s grandmother Kohaku conjures up a spell, for which she has been harnessing the moon’s light for 60 years, to send Hitomi back to the year 2018, when Kohaku was in high school, on a night as black and white as any other.
It’s unclear what Hitomi’s mission is, but her grandmother reassures her she’ll find out when she gets there. To make matters worse, Hitomi is transported back in time to the room of stoic artist Yuito Aoi, where his drawings begin to fill her world with color. It’s a mystery why Hitomi’s there and why Yuito’s drawings bring such vibrant life to this otherwise desolate place.
Following the most recent update to the popular MMORPG Elder Tale, thirty thousand perplexed Japanese gamers have been sucked into the popular game’s world and are unable to log out. They include shy college student Shiroe, who’s taken aback at first but quickly adapts as a seasoned player eager to test the boundaries of his new reality.
Shiroe will have to adapt to this new world by leading others and negotiating with the “natives” of Akihabara’s virtual city in order to bring it stability. Naotsugu, a long-lost friend, joins him, as does Akatsuki, a small but deadly assassin who claims Shiroe as her master after logging in for the first time in years. It’s all fantasy, adventure, and politics in this story about a master strategist who tries to make the best of a diffi situation.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, a thirty-seven-year-old corporate worker from Tokyo, is perfectly content with his monotonous life in spite of the fact that he has never been able to secure the attention of a girlfriend. During a chance encounter with a coworker, he is stabbed by an unknown assailant on the street. The dying man can’t make sense of the strange commands that are being delivered to him as he succumbs to his injuries by an unknown voice.
On his return to consciousness, Satoru learns that his previous life has been replaced by that of a slimy goo in an unfamiliar world. As a result of this, he gains new abilities, such as the ability to consume anything and imitate its appearance and abilities. In the process of searching, he comes across the long-lost “Storm Dragon” Veldora, who was sealed away for 300 years after destroying an entire town. Satoru sympathizes with his plight and offers to help him destroy the seal in exchange for his friendship. To make amends for this, Veldora gives him the divine title of Rimuru Tempest and protects him.
Now that he’s free of the shackles of his previous existence, Rimuru sets out on a new adventure with a clear destination in mind. As he gets used to his new body, his gooey antics send shockwaves around the globe, changing the course of his destiny.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a tale of hope, despair, and friendship that explores what it’s like to be a magical girl and what it costs to fulfill a dream. The lives of Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki, two ordinary middle school students, are turned upside down when they meet Kyuubey, a magical familiar that looks like a cat, and Homura Akemi, a new transfer pupil. For the price of one of their wishes, Kyuubey will transform them into a magical girl with superhuman strength, and they can finally live out their fantasies. Even though they are magical girls, the group’s leader Homura Akemi warns them against accepting the offer, claiming that nothing is as it seems.
Strike the Blood
In thefallen angel District of Itogami Island, Kojou Akatsuki’s days as an ordinary high school student have come to an abrupt end after a fateful encounter has left him with remarkable vampire abilities. The discovery that he is the fourth primogenitor, an enormously powerful vampire whom most believe to be a myth, propels him into the limelight.
The Lion King Organization is worried about Kojou’s destructive potential, so they send in an apprentice swordsman named Yukina Himeragi to keep an eye on him and, if necessary, take the life of the boy they believe to be the most powerful vampire in the world. As Kojou comes to terms with his abilities and they both struggle to protect the city from various chaotic forces emerging, the two are compelled to form an unlikely alliance.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Lucifer leads his vast armies into Ente Isla, striking terror into the hearts of the living. Lucifer’s plans to conquer the continent are thwarted when he enters a dimensional portal and lands in the human world. He’s stranded in modern-day Tokyo with his loyal general Alsiel, but he vows to return and finish subduing Ente Isla once they’ve found a way home.
In order to survive in a world without magic, Lucifer disguises himself as Sadao Maou, a human, and gets a job at a local McDonald’s. With each satisfied customer, he moves up the corporate ladder and eventually becomes the ruler of the Earth.
No matter if you’re working a part-time job, doing household chores, or just trying to pay the rent on time, Hataraku Maou-Sama! will make you laugh at the most mundane aspects of your life.
Grimoire of Zero
The “beast fallen” are cursed humans born with the appearance and strength of an animal in a world where humans and witches are constantly at war. Humans and witches alike fear and avoid them because of their formidable physical prowess and bestial nature. The result of this is that a large number of beast fallen become witch hunters known as sellswords.
However, despite the animosity that exists between the races, a jovial witch named Zero recruits a beast fallen named “Mercenary” to serve as her bodyguard and guardian. During his journey, he meets a young magician named Albus, who helps him find the fabled Grimoire of Zero, a spellbook so powerful that it could be lethal in the wrong hands. They travel together and learn about each other’s character as he begins to show compassion and sympathy for both humans and witches.
Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia takes place at a time when wizardry is on the decline, and it follows Akko and her friends as they discover what it means to be a real witch. For years, her idol, the renowned Witch Shiny Chariot, had told Atsuko “Akko” Kagari that the secret to her success was to have a believing heart. Following Shiny Chariot’s words, Akko set out to become an actual witch who could make people smile. As a result, even though she doesn’t have any magical training, she still decides to enroll in the Luna Nova Magical Academy.
When Akko, full of anticipation, finally departs for her new school, the journey there is anything but easy. The shy Lotte Yansson and the sarcastic Sucy Manbavaran become her friends after her dangerous journey. When she finds the Shiny Rod, she’s overjoyed, and she adopts it as her own. As it turns out, Akko’s time at Luna Nova will be more diffi than she could have imagined. The beautiful and talented Diana Cavendish is her self-proclaimed rival, and she refuses to be inferior to her. As a result, she relies on sheer determination to make up for her careless behavior and lack of proficiency in magic.
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
The last thing Subaru Natsuki expects to happen to him when he leaves the convenience store is to be snatched from reality and thrust into a fantastical realm. Although things aren’t looking good for the confused adolescent, he is promptly attacked by some roughnecks. He is quickly beaten to a pulp despite having only a grocery bag and a now-useless cell phone. Fortunately, Subaru is saved by Satella, a mysterious woman on the hunt for the person who stole her insignia. Subaru offers to assist the sincere and helpful girl in her search as a way of saying thank you, and later that night, he manages to locate the elusive object she seeks. Subaru and Satella are brutally took the life of minutes after discovering the insignia, but they are being pursued by a much darker force in the shadows.
Once again confronted by the same band of criminals, Subaru runs into Satella, and the mystery deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
A high school student and recluse named Kazuma Satou wakes up before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua after dying a laughable and pathetic on his way back from purchasing a video game. NEET can either continue on to heaven or reincarnate in the fantasy world of every gamer’s dreams. Afallen angel King has been terrorizing villages, and Kazuma, who has chosen to start over, is given the impossible task of defeating him. Aqua is the item the future hero chooses to help him on his quest before he leaves. Aqua, on the other hand, is completely pointless, thanks to Kazuma’s oversight.
These people’s woes are far from over; it turns out that real life is very different from what you see in games. Both must work to pay their living expenses before embarking on an exciting journey. Their calamity has only just begun, in fact!
Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
The Alzano Imperial Magic Academy is one of the world’s most prestigious magic schools, located in the Alzano Empire. Young people who want to be magicians train in this facility. Noble Sistine Fibel and her cheery best friend Rumia Tingel enroll in the Academy, where they hope to improve their magical abilities.
When their beloved teacher suddenly retires and is replaced by the enigmatic Glenn Radars, their world is turned upside down. Ignorance is no defense, however, and his carefree attitude toward life and magic puts him at odds with the rest of his group. In addition, evil forces hidden within the Empire’s borders begin to stir, and Sistine, Rumia, and Glenn find themselves in the crosshairs of their schemes.
It follows Sistine, who is enchanted by a mysterious floating Sky Castle; Rumia, who is troubled with her past; and Glenn, who may be more than meets the eye. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Despite appearing to be worlds apart on the surface, they are connected by a mysterious strand of fate.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
There are a slew of bizarre labyrinths hiding priceless treasures all over the world. These enigmatic locations, known as “dungeons,” are attributed to the Magi, a group of rare magicians who aid in the construction of empires by leading people to dungeons. Djinns, mythical creatures who govern labyrinths, reward conquerors who succeed by giving them access to their vast power and selecting them as future king candidates.
When Aladdin, a kind and young magician, finally decides to leave his secluded life behind, he is eager to see the world. When he first sets out on his journey, Aladdin is only accompanied by his djinn mentor Ugo, whom he summons using his flute. After destroying a local merchant’s supply cart, Aladdin makes friends with the brave Alibaba Saluja. If they want to make amends for their misdeeds, Alibaba suggests that they go on an epic quest that could determine the future of the entire world.
The Seven Deadly Sins
As in medieval Europe, the feared but revered Holy Knights of Britania used extremely powerful magic to guard the realm of Britain and its kingdoms in this fantasy world. Nevertheless, it is said that a small group of the Knights betrayed their country and turned their swords against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow Liones’ ruler. The Holy Knights eventually overcame them, but rumors persisted that the legendary “Seven Deadly Sins” knights were still alive and well. Exactly ten years later, the Holy Knights staged their own coup d’état, becoming the new oppressive rulers of Liones.
Following the adventures of Elizabeth, Liones’ third princess, as she seeks to find a cure for all seven deadly sins, Nanatsu no Taizai is based on the best-selling manga series of the same name. In addition to attempting to retake her kingdom from the Holy Knights, she also aims to seek justice in an unfair world with their assistance.
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The “Breakdown Phenomenon”—the devastation of Arata Kasuga’s town and the disappearance of its residents—happened one day when the bright red sun stopped shining. All is not lost, however, as Arata’s world can be artificially reconstructed with the help of the magical grimoire that was given to him by his childhood friend and cousin Hijiri Kasuga.
Lilith Asami appears in front of Arata to investigate the occurrence, but the artificial world he has created suddenly disintegrates. He has two options: give up the book or perish. Arata, on the other hand, opts for Option 3—enrolling in the Royal Biblia Academy, a top-secret magic school where he will be joined by six other magic users. These six students, along with Lilith, make up the Trinity Seven, a group of students at the top of their game.
Arata will do anything to prevent the destruction of his hometown and bring his best friend Hijiri back with the help of his newfound friends and his desire to save Hijiri.
On the same day, Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church. As children, they learned about the “Wizard King,” a title given to the kingdom’s strongest mage, and made a pact that they would vie for the position of Wizard King in the future. The stark contrast between them emerged as they matured, however. Asta, in contrast to Yuno, is unable to use magic at all and is desperately trying to awaken his abilities through physical training. With a magical four-leaf clover, Yuno receives an incredible Grimoire at the age of 15, while Asta receives nothing. Shortly after that, a person named Lebuty attacks Yuno with the express purpose of taking Yuno’s Grimoire.
Asta tries to take on Lebuty, but he is clearly outclassed in this fight. When he hears Yuno’s voice, he finds the will to keep going despite his despair and imminent defeat. In a fit of rage, Asta releases a five-leaf clover Grimoire known as a “Black Clover” that gives him the strength to take on Lebuty and win. When they return to their world a few days later, they’re both pursuing the same goal: becoming the Wizard King!
The Ancient Magus’ Bride
A tall, masked gentleman bought 15-year-old Japanese girl Chise Hatori for £5 million at an auction. As a result of being neglected and ridiculed by her family and friends as a child, she was willing to sell herself for anything that would provide her with a safe place to call home. She hears the whispers of robed men along her path, gossiping and complaining that such a buyer got his hands on a rare “Sleigh Beggy.” She is in chains and on her way to an unknown fate.
Instead of listening to the whispers, the mysterious man leads the young lady to a study, where Elias Ainsworth—a magus—reveals himself. Using teleportation magic, the two find themselves in Elias’ idyllic cottage in the English countryside. Chise’s story as the apprentice and supposed bride of the ancient magus begins when she arrives and is greeted by fairies and surrounded by strange and wonderful creatures.
Magic is an integral part of daily life in Fiore, a land shrouded in mystery. All magic is centered around the numerous magic guilds that band together with like-minded mages and accept job requests. There are many fantasy worlds out there, but Fairy Tail stands out for being a haven of spirit, strength, and family. Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage on a quest to find the keys to the celestial gates, and she hopes to join the prestigious wizarding guild of the same name. Natsu Dragneel and his partner, Happy, are searching for Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel, to encounter her during her quest.
Lucy is kidnapped after being duped by a man, but she is saved by Natsu. Surprised by his admission, she accepts his invitation to join Fairy Tail. They introduce her to strange guild members like ice wizard Gray Fullbuster and magical swordswoman Erza Scarlet. Fairy Tail follows a family as they fight evil, help those in need, and make new friends while having a blast on their never-ending fairy tale adventure.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
There’s never a dull moment in the fast-paced city of Orario, especially for naive young man Bell Cranel, who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest explorer. One of his wildest fantasies comes true after a chance meeting with the lone goddess Hestia. The “Dungeon,” a monster-filled catacomb beneath the city, is where Bell sets out on his fantastic quest with her support. A mysterious power lurks in the shadows of this ominous labyrinth, where lurks around every corner.
Even on the surface, it appears that merely existing is an honor that must be earned. It’s true that nothing is certain in a universe where gods and humans coexist and work side by side. However, one thing is certain: the fearlessly optimistic protagonist of this herculean tale is in for a world of mishaps, triumphs, and new friendships.
Project of Raising Magic Girls
N-Magical City’s Girl Raising Project, a popular social role-playing game, is the closest many N-City girls will get to being a real magical girl. However, this fantasy can come true for a select few players. Koyuki Himekawa is one of these girls, and one night she receives a notification that she has been chosen to become her in-game avatar Snow White.
Meanwhile, as the city’s chosen players begin to help those in need, Koyuki receives yet another message: the administrators have decided that magical girls should be reduced. Magical Candies are awarded for participating in magical girl activities, and the person who collects the fewest of these candies over the course of the competition will lose their powers. However, when the first player to drop out is tragically took the life of off in real life, the consequences of losing one’s abilities are made clear. The girls quickly come to realize that their “contest” is really a desperate fight for survival as more and more contestants are eliminated.
Blast of Tempest
As an ordinary teenager, Yoshino Takigawa secretly dates the younger sister of his best friend, Mahiro. After his girlfriend Aika mysteriously dies, Mahiro vanishes, vowing to track down and exact revenge on whoever took the life of his sister. Yoshino is going about his daily routine when he is confronted by a strange girl who threatens him with a gun. Fortunately, Mahiro arrives just in time to save the day.
Hakaze Kusaribe, a witch, has been hired by Mahiro to help find the person responsible for the of Aika. Yoshino also discovers the existence of the “Tree of Exodus.” Despite the imminent danger to the world, the Witch’s brother is zealous in using its power for his own gain. Yoshino and Mahiro must help Hakaze save the world while also uncovering the truth behind Aika’s , as she is imprisoned on a deserted island.
The popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil is nearing its conclusion. Nevertheless, as server shutdowns begin, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decided to spend his final moments in the game. The non-player characters, on the other hand, appear to have developed personalities of their own, to Momonga’s surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight.
Momonga orders his loyal servants to assist him in investigating and taking control of this new world in order to determine what has caused this development and whether or not there are others in a similar position.
The Irregular at Magic High School
The dawn of the twenty-first century has seen the transformation of magic from folklore and fairy tales to an organized technology that is taught as technical ability. According to their entrance exam scores, students are divided into two groups when they enroll in the First Course of First High School’s magic school: “Blooms,” those who achieve high scores, and “Weeds,” those who are on reserve, attend the Second Course.
This manga follows the lives of Tatsuya and Miyuki Shibas, who are in first grade. To begin, Miyuki is placed in the First Course, while Tatsuya is demoted to the Second Course. He may not be good at magic, but that doesn’t stop him from being an exceptional student and the odd man out in a magical high school with his technical knowledge, physical combat skills, and unique magic techniques.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Even as it moves on its own, that jumbled structure is a cacophony of hissing steam and groaning joints. It’s rumored that Howl, the wizard who lives in that castle, is notorious in Sophie Hatter’s small town for being a womanizer as well as for his magical prowess. Sophie, the unassuming daughter of a hatmaker, has low expectations for her future and is content to toil away in the shop full-time until she finds something better.
Sophie’s routine life is upended when she becomes entangled in a terrifying situation, and the enigmatic wizard appears to save her. In spite of the briefness of their meeting, the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, enraged by a past disagreement with Howl, curses the maiden and transforms her into an old woman.
A raging war threatens Sophie’s kingdom, and in order to save it, she must join Howl and a motley crew of oddballs — from a powerful firefallen angel to a hopping scarecrow — in his living castle for a perilous journey.
Now that we’ve reached the end of this list, it’s time to ask you a question. Which is your favorite magic anime, and why? If there is one that wasn’t mentioned in our article, let us know! We want to hear from you about what makes someone the best magic user out there. After all, if they’re not on here, then they must be something special. Leave a comment with your thoughts below, and as always, thanks for reading!