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Why I made this topic:
I wanted to have a big discussion of anime that have a main focus of fantasy in them. Be it well known or not so well known I want you to describe it. I plan watching all the anime provided if I haven't already. If I like them and if I'd recommend them to anyone, I'll put it under the "Coolio" section. If I don't like it and I'd never recommend it, then I'll put it under the "Not so coolio" section.
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Grimgar Of Fantasy and Ash
Legend of Arslan
Granblue
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Snow White with the Red Hair
Isekai Shokudou
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A few off the top of my head:

Grimgar Of Fantasy and Ash is exceptional and a definite recommend.

Granblue is decent. Starts strong but ends up weak and rushed. Still worth a watch if you're looking for anything fantasy though.

Legend of Arslan is a very good watch, and the setting makes it not exactly your traditional fantasy. I prefer the really cool art style of the original Arslan series so if you can find that, watch it too.

Snow White with the Red Hair
is way more romance than traditional fantasy, but it's really good romance and is well worth a watch if you're cool with that.

Isekai Shokudou has the trappings of fantasy but is otherwise a boring and pointless bad food porn show. Don't be fooled. Not worth watching.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

A few off the top of my head:

Grimgar Of Fantasy and Ash is exceptional and a definite recommend.

Granblue is decent. Starts strong but ends up weak and rushed. Still worth a watch if you're looking for anything fantasy though.

Legend of Arslan is a very good watch, and the setting makes it not exactly your traditional fantasy. I prefer the really cool art style of the original Arslan series so if you can find that, watch it too.

Snow White with the Red Hair
is way more romance than traditional fantasy, but it's really good romance and is well worth a watch if you're cool with that.

Isekai Shokudou has the trappings of fantasy but is otherwise a boring and pointless bad food porn show. Don't be fooled. Not worth watching.


I really enjoyed the first three you talked about but the last two were really boring and it didn't even grab my attention. I legit started playing a NES emulator on my separate monitor to make sure I don't go insane from boredom.
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Well, that's sort of rude.

You probably wouldn't enjoy the sorts of shows I'd recommend, then.

(.... though tbh I do sort of agree with you on those two boring shows. Though, I thought Arslan was sort of boring and repetitive, too... good seiyuu, though.)

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Rage of Bahamut - if Road to Eldorado and DnD did the fusion dance.

Garo the Animation - darker, more seinen fantasy story where knights with magic armor hunt down demons in a setting based on inquisition era Spain.

Darker than Black - more urban fantasy than high fantasy, but fun if you enjoy criminal power struggles involving people with crazy abilities and some introspection.

Baccano - an achronological story about prohibition era mobsters who unintentionally eun up against immortals and the ability to become immortal. It's one crazy, gory train ride.

Seisen Cerberus - did you enjoy Army of Darkness and want some decsontructionist humor in your fantasy? Try this one out. Even has Kirito's va voicing a swordsman in black who is completely incompetent to top off the meta humor.
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Do you differentiate between fantasy and gaming / rpg like worlds and setups?

Few suggestions

Overlord
Log Horizon
Re: Zero
Konosuba
Tsubasa Chronicle
Seven Deadly Sins
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Record of Lodoss War is always kind of the Gold standard for Fantasy anime for me.
and Slayers for pure comedy

hell the two bookend each other nicely as "What D&D parties think they are" vs. "What D&D parties really are"


Oh and Rune Soldier: Louie

Wonderful middle ground of the two
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Made in Abyss
Don't let the art style fool you. This is an award winning dark and mature fantasy adventure with rich world building, stunning back ground work, excellent audio direction and an amazing sound track. It is one of my favorite anime of all time. This anime is not appropriate for young children or squeamish viewers.

Kokkoku
This is a suspenseful and intense fantasy anime with some eldritch horror elements mixed in. It is another seinen show that explores the darker side of human nature and is quite violent which is why I would not recommend it for children or overly sensitive viewers. The premise and execution are original which makes for a memorably and unique viewing experience.

Land of the Lustrous
This award winning surreal and visually impressive anime has the dubious distinction of being the only CGI anime I have ever praised for visual presentation. I am an avid critique of CGI and yet this was one of my favorite anime from last year. I almost didn't watch this show because I initially made the mistake of immediately dismissing it based only on its lame sounding description and a few screen shots. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. Despite the bright and cheery color palette, this is a violent and rather serious anime that explores how we all make choices and how those choices inevitably scar and sculpt our past selves into the people we become. The setting is a surreal high fantasy world that I can't describe in more detail without massively spoiling the central mystery of the show. This is probably the most action packed show on my list.

Ancient Magus Bride
This beautiful anime boasts a deep and intricately woven fantasy world built from a myriad of classic fantasy elements and well researched real world mythology. It's depiction of the magical world truly is mesmerizing. The plot follows the lives of various magi and sorcerers. Unlike the other anime in this list this show has romantic elements and would probably be best described as a dark fantasy romance and adventure story. Again, I should probably warn that this show has mature subject matter including things like slavery, suicide and torture so its not appropriate for children or overly sensitive viewers. The show has an overall bitter sweet mood and ultimately is quite positive in its final message.

Mushishi
With a slow paced and often somber and tranquil mood this anime is regarded as an iyashikei classic. The show oozes with quite mystery and a sense of the surreal that ranges from warm and beautiful to dark and unsettling. The stories are mature and often have philosophical underpinnings. The plot follows a mysterious loner capable of seeing through the thin veil between the mundane and the world of the mushi which are supernatural entities that could best be described as ethereal plants and animals. The man wanders the world seeking to help those he comes across who are afflicted by the mushi. This is not an action packed adventure show but rather a quiet and meditative story exploring the natural world and our humanity.

Princess Mononoke
In an ancient time when Gods and demons still roamed the world's remote places, a young prince is cursed while defending his village from a rampaging demon. Banished by his people and seeking to lift his curse, the young prince travels to the distant lands where the fallen God that cursed him originated. On his travels as he tries fruitlessly to lift the curse that is slowly eating him alive, he encounters many different beings struggling against one another to survive, some human, some other than human. This is an award winning Gibli film that stands out as one of their more mature offerings. It is more violent and darker than most gibli films and depicts war and death quite graphically but unlike some of the other anime on this list I don't feel it needs a warning not to show it to kids.


All of these are highly rated fantasy anime that I personally enjoyed. Just a heads up, most of these are seinen shows so there are some adult themes such as murder, suicide, death of loved ones, etc. There are some pretty intense scenes in some of these particularly the first two.
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Tears to Tiara is heavily steeped in Celtic mythology.
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Was nice to see someone else mention Rune Soldier which I think is much funnier than Slayers

Most of my suggestions kind of have a magical girl slant to them
Magic Knight Rayearth (seasons 1 & 2)
Princess Tutu
Petite Princess Yucie
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I just realized this is a massive necro.
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