Looking for action anime to watch? In this article, we will share a complete list of the best action anime organized by sub-genres and groups. Anime where focus are fights, beating and blood. Where you will always have some emotion or physical and psychological battle. See a list of the best action anime of all time.
It is impossible to talk about all the action anime that exists, because this genre is very comprehensive. So let's avoid talking about the best known anime of the genre like Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto of life.
The best action anime everyone knows
Let's start by putting action anime that if it's not on the list people will be stressed. They can easily fit into other categories of the article, but we will not put them there. They are the action anime with the highest scores in the BAD and with gigantic popularity.
Hunter X Hunter
Synopsis - One of the greatest shounen anime that still goes unnoticed by people. It tells the story of a boy who wants to pass an exam to become a Hunter and look for his father in a vast world full of bullshit.
My opinion - Apparently it is a simple and short synopsis, but it does not represent the depth of this perfect work with countless arcs, a lot of action and struggle. It was one of the best anime I've watched in my entire life, too bad the author is a lazy guy who doesn't continue the manga. Grade 100/10 (Kevin).
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Synopsis - Tells the story of a world that is invaded by carnivorous parasites that dominate people's bodies and pretend to be human. A young man prevents the parasite from eating his brain, and the 2 coexist together (with parasite in hand) and struggle to end the other parasites that eat humans.
My opinion - An anime made by the famous Madhouse that only makes good anime. This one held me from beginning to end, has a closed history and a lot of action with psychological suspense. My grade is 9/10 (Kevin).
Synopsis – A fat, short, and unsuccessful young man is invited by the most popular girl in high school to play a virtual reality game that gives the player the ability to accelerate in time and see the world around him completely still. Unfortunately, this skill comes at a price, and to use it and not lose it, one needs to win fights in the Virtual Reality Game.
My opinion - Everyone talks about SAO, but I personally prefer Accel World, the story captivated me a lot more, it's a pity that not everyone likes the failed protagonist and prefers an overpower protagonist like Kirito. My grade for this anime is 9/10 (Kevin).
Cool action anime that everyone knows
We are still in the popular action anime part. The fact that I said modinha does not mean that anime are bad, if you haven't seen any, follow the list below:
- Shingeki no Kyojin;
- Sword Art Online;
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood;
- Tokyo Ghoul;
- One Punch Man;
- Angel Beats !;
- Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch;
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann;
- Highschool of the Dead;
- Ghost in the Shell;
- Fate ..;
Realistic - Action anime without magic and powers
Most Japanese action anime are pretty fanciful, with powers, spells and unrealistic things. Let's start by listing some action anime that lacks magic and supernatural powers. Action anime that is realistic with fights, shots and stories that can happen in real life.
Synopsis - Tells the story of a young man who lost his family in childhood as a result of the American mafia at the time of US dry law. In order to get revenge he infiltrates the mafia itself to end it completely, one by one.
My opinion - An interesting anime, short with a closed story and a lot of action and suspense. My grade is 8/10 (Kevin).
Synopsis - In this anime, people are thrown on an island to fight to the death using bombs and diversified explosives based on an online game. The main protagonist was one of the best players in the online game.
My opinion - Anime was great, it has a lot of action, suspense and even romance. It's a shame I haven't won a second season yet. My grade is 8/10 (Kevin).
Synopsis - A recent and historic anime that tells the story of a former war soldier looking for treasure with a young Ainu (tribe of Japan). To find the treasure they need to find prisoners who have a certain tattoo on their back and put them together to find the location before other psychopaths behind the treasure find them.
My opinion - One of the best anime I watched in 2018, it shows the history of Japan and the Ainu tribe, as well as hunting and feeding at that time. The anime has a lot of action and comedy and a little bloody fights. No need for supernatural powers and things. My grade is 8/10 (Kevin).
Other action anime without magic and powers
- Air Gear;
- Cowboy Bebop;
- Lupine III;
- Detective Conan;
Robots don't bleed - Mecha Action Anime
Yes to start well, anime with those giant machines exchanging punches or fighting with huge weapons. Fortunately they are machines and if you lose an arm or a leg they can be recovered. And mostly, robots don’t have the blood to stop in the middle of the fight just to show they’re bleeding. But unfortunately the drivers always stop for other reasons.
Synopsis - To open with a golden key. This anime that takes place in a world where humans managed to colonize Mars, but there they discovered a very advanced technology. Extremely technological robots that had great war power.
Those who were sent to Mars, decided not to deliver this technology to Earth and thus declared their independence as a planet. A war was generated from this impasse. And the land used all the weapons at its disposal. In the end the land lost and they were forced to live by obeying the rules of Mars.
My opinion - this anime is just not better because the protagonist is not a pervert. I almost forgot to mention that the moon was destroyed in the war. But anyway, the protagonist is very overpowered. On Earth they had some robots that were created to combat Mars technologies.
And in schools, they train students to fly these robots with some less developed robots. And the protagonist takes one of these training robots and ends up with the Mars robots one by one. More information go to watch the anime, because it is already too long just for this anime. My grade for this anime is 9 (unfortunately the novel does not engage).
Synopsis - An anime with a ghost is not new, but one that the ghost pilots a robot invoked in an extremely innovative way. Well, this is basically the synopsis. The protagonist has a girl ghost who is his childhood friend.
After meeting some strange people, his life changes dramatically, starting with a milf robot who loves to provoke the protagonist. And along with it comes serious fights that the protagonist has to face just because his ghost friend is now able to summon and control that robot.
My opinion - I didn’t like it, the part where the protagonist is a coward with women. Honestly, if the protagonist is not a coward with women, he already scores 10 on my My Anime List profile. But in the rest this anime is good, with strong MC, and that does not fear the problems. It is a good indication and has two seasons to watch. My grade for this is 7.
Synopsis - This is a classic, and a reference in this regard. Gundam despite not having a focus on a main story he does his homework when it comes to fights between robots. With several robots fighting each other, several scenes of destruction and drama, comedy, science fiction all mixed up in the anime in this series.
In order not to be bewildered and not knowing where to start, I recommend an article that we have here on the website so you don’t get lost in this Anime’s timeline.
My opinion - Weapons, fights, wars and everything else an anime needs. I haven’t watched all the anime yet but I’m trying. Fortunately it is a good anime and it is not nauseating. Besides, in some there are very interesting protagonists. This is a good recommendation and has several different timelines and stories, so it’s kind of hard not to identify with any. My grade for this anime is 7.
Knight's and Magics
Synopsis - To finish as well as it started we have this anime that is one of the best that I found. A genius in IT and otaku Mechanical, with a great passion for engineering these robots. Now this guy dies and reincarnates in another world of magic where it is possible to build such robots.
There’s no way this guy can’t study everything and do everything to make his dream come true. And to top it off he has a great Intelligence that he brought from the afterlife. And he can do it, and not just a robot or two and he was satisfied, he ... Spoiler was prohibited here in the article.
My opinion - I consider this anime one of the best of its kind. With its incredible graphics and 3D animation placed at the right moments, this is an anime that, in my opinion, represents everything you can expect from the genre.
So if you were interested just watch the anime, I guarantee that if you like mecha and Intelligent protagonist you will like this one. The only problem is the protagonist’s childishness. My grade for this anime is 9.
Other Mecha Action Anime
as we have no space to discuss all the anime that I selected I will leave the names here:
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Code Geass
- Heavy object
- Eureka seven
- How did the Mecha genre appear in Japan?
Sword is justice - Action Anime with samurai or swordsmen
In my opinion, if in an action list there are no anime with swords, the list is made by an amateur. And I will not extend it more than necessary, let’s get straight to the point.
Synopsis - In anime that tells the story of two bandanas, calm is not exactly like that. These two bandanas are given to the strongest fighters in the world, and bandana number 1 can only be challenged by bandana number 2. Bandana number 2 can be challenged by anyone. The anime shows us the story of a boy who, after feeling the pain of losing an important person before his eyes, that person was the owner of the number 1 bandana.
He then decides to take the bandana number 2 and become strong in order to take revenge on the man who is the current bandana number 1.
My opinion - Complicated explanation but the anime is great, with a strong protagonist and too badass. His thirst for revenge consumes him and that is all he has and that is why he continues to seek power to challenge the one who is the object of hatred. My grade for this anime is 9.
Synopsis - This takes place in past centuries. An ancient samurai highly skilled with the sword finds a girl who had her village of origin burned by criminals apparently for no reason. She managed to escape, but unfortunately she was the only one who survived, and is destined for another village that was said to be a place for her to ask for shelter.
On the way to this village she is found by those responsible for the fire and is forced to flee to a forest, there she meets our samurai protagonist and asks for help. And so the story unfolds. But after a few days some mysteries that surround the girl are being discovered.
My opinion - This is that typical Anime that focuses on fights and not on novels, so don’t expect too much between these two. But it has an interesting story. In addition it is good for those who like a good comedy story and a lot of fighting. The protagonist is very strong but the fights are very well matched. Fortunately, we have no serious problems. My grade for this is 7.
Synopsis - A god who does not have a single temple in his name. This is our protagonist, who charges a mere 5 yen to perform an exorcism of creatures that I don’t even know how they manage to be so disgusting. But fortunately this is a protagonist who has a dark past and this is great for my criteria.
Remembering that his sword is actually a spirit of a boy, a boy who became a kind of restless spirit. I found this strange, not the fact that the boy was this type of spirit, but the fact that he was the sword of our protagonist. I don't think this idea is cool, I can't digest it. Comment there what you think.
Well to continue the synopsis we have to introduce the important third person in this Anime. A girl who for some reason saw this protagonist of ours, who is normally not seen by anyone but specific people, and on a special occasion gained the ability to project her soul out of her body.
Well, she can’t control that ability very well, but she doesn’t take credit for that. She starts to interact and help the two boys with various things. And if you want to know more about them watch the anime.
My opinion - I don’t have much to comment, this is a rare case of anime that I liked but I didn’t have any qualities or flaws to rate. My grade is 7.
Koukaku no Regios
Synopsis - Post apocalyptic world, monsters, overpower protagonist, girls falling in love with the protagonist showing how powerful all this is the formula of this anime. When someone who is considered to be one of the greatest warriors of his age makes a mistake that cannot be forgiven, he goes to another city and enters a school to try to live in peace and cannot go unnoticed. This is the situation of our protagonist.
After entering the school in this other city he is forced to show his powers. Unfortunately he is too slow to perceive the girls’ feeling but it makes up for his skill with the sword. At this rate he gets even more involved with this city and then ...
My opinion - Without spoiler, unfortunately this is an obstacle, but I can say that the president of the school’s student council is as usual, that is, manipulative, calculating and spares no effort to get what he wants. And this same is an important character in the plot. And unfortunately there are some boring parts that don’t make sense for the plot. Besides not focusing entirely on the protagonist, it is leaving a lot of loose ends. My grade is 8.
Other action anime with samurai and swordsmen
Since I can’t afford to stick to just one category, let’s go to the extras.
- Ao no Exorcist
- Arslan Senki
- Samurai X
- Akatsuki no yona
- Champloo Samurai
- Nobunaga Concert
- Sword Art Online
Guts, blood and rolling heads - Action with a lot of violence - Gore
Yes, this is where we will separate the weak from the strong, placing those anime that only those who like psychopaths and killers risk watching:
Synopsis - As this is the biggest reference I have for this guy, we will comment on it first. After all who has never heard of the man who has a curse that makes demons chase him every night, and in order not to be devoured by them this man is obliged to kill or die all night and every night since he was cursed and until the day you get it out.
My opinion - Even if you’ve never seen this one, at least you’ve heard of it. The synopsis is practically that, but details such as this man being a swordsman who was raised as a child in a group of mercenaries or that this man since he was a child used to carry huge bastard swords are not included in the synopses.
Unfortunately it is old and does not have a good graphic, and its most recent versions are in 3D format that was not good at all. But it has a good storyline and each episode gets even better. Besides that his action scenes are well elaborated and there will always be a lot of blood and things like that. My grade is 9.
Synopsis - The period is medieval, and as such there are swordsmen. But in this Anime they are AS swordsmen. Yes, women trained in fencing and with a kind of power that makes them even more special. This power increases your physical abilities to bestial levels. But there is a price, if they cannot control they are turned into beasts literally. They saw monsters that are killed by the women themselves with this power.
My opinion - It is ironic, because they live to kill monsters that are part of their destiny if they do not control the power. In other words, they kill but run the risk of having the same fate. Anyway, the difference is that it has no freshness because anime is not violent. On the contrary, this anime is much more violent than most anime of all genres. My grade is 8.
Synopsis - In this company there is a woman, the head of the company, who has a type of pact with Alucard. However, Alucard is not bothered by this detail, the only thing he wants is to have fun. To that end he is always looking for strong opponents and challenges so that he has the opportunity to show his powers. On one of his missions, he is forced to turn a human into a vampire. After that the plot gets even better. And as it would not be missing in an anime with a protagonist like that, in this Anime the battles are furious and the opponents are extremely dark.
My opinion - The most acclaimed vampire of anime. Yes, the lord of darkness and omnipotent darkness, I have no idea why he is bound by a pact with that family. For those who have never heard of this anime, my condolences. You have no idea what you're missing.
Alucard, the original vampire working for a company that fights vampires. Ironically, one vampire hunting another. But that is not exactly the way it is. And in the course of history, there are more things besides vampires and hauntings for him to fight and have fun. My grade is 10.
Synopsis - To finish off with a flourish, this anime that I liked the most on this list. Telling the story of several characters from the history of Japan and the world, who before dying were taken to another world by a type of god. In this other world, our protagonist, who is also an important character in the story, is almost dead but luckily he was helped by other people and he recovered.
As if that were not enough, in this world the heroes are divided into two rival factions. While the protagonist has only just begun to understand this world, the other faction is already taking control of several countries through force.
If you like a bloodthirsty protagonist and who has no pity for his enemies, or a protagonist who even unintentionally is extremely influential for the people around him, and especially Anime with a lot of blood, deaths, fits and several other violent acts this is the best I have to indicate. My grade is 10 (bad graphics).
Other action anime with a lot of violence
Extras: not as good as drifters, that's why drifters are the best on this list according to my opinion, but they are worth watching.
- Elfen lied
- Mirai Nikki
- Akame Ga Kill
- Juuni taisen
- Psycho pass
Indestructible protagonist - Action Anime with a lot of protagonism
This category could not be left out. It is always good to see a protagonist who is not afraid of anything and who can solve almost all problems. I particularly love this guy and I always look for these anime, but of course there are those where the protagonist is more average and not totally overpowered.
For this reason we will also include in this list those anime where we realize that the protagonist is strong but you can see that he only won because of the protagonism. So let's go to the list.
Synopsis - In a post-apocalyptic world that was destroyed by beings that multiply by means of a virus, transforming its host into giant creatures in the most varied ways that are totally hostile towards humans. Humanity has isolated itself within walls that protect them from these beings.
To combat these beings, mankind tried several ways. But the most effective was to use children who, when they were still fetuses, were infected with this virus. However, the virus did not fully take over the host, and these children gained superhuman abilities that made it possible to fight these beings.
Our protagonist is not one of these children, he is a partner for one of these children. All children have a person responsible for them, as they are still children and need help to not let their powers get out of control.
My opinion - I really like this anime, mainly because of the lines lolis that the protagonist has. In addition to the protagonist being very strong, however it is not overpowering. But it also has its bad points like its plot that leaves something to be desired in several aspects.
To quote one, I would say that his lack of development of the stories, because he is unable to develop the stories of the plot fully and always leaves stories incomplete. Another important point is its loose ends, as it does not explain several events. Mostly it is an average anime for most, but for me who only likes the actions and graphics is a good anime. My grade for this anime is 8.
Synopsis - First, the protagonist is already a well-feared delinquent in the city and to complete he finds a body in a river, this body then opens and a baby comes out. With that alone you can see that it is not just any anime. But to complete the baby is the son of the demon king and clinging to the protagonist's back is not loose at all.
However it is not only that, this baby has a lot of people chasing him and consequently the protagonist too. Well, if it were normal people, the protagonist would fix it, the problem is that these people have various types of skills and powers. So in order not to be taken away, the baby gives the protagonist some supernatural powers making him even stronger.
My opinion - This yes has the protagonist overpower, and in my opinion, it is too good when the protagonist is not afraid to use his powers and hit everything and everyone who stands in his way. And luckily this anime doesn't have just 12 or 24 episodes. But it sins in some aspects as the comedy is terrible and perhaps the villains are not so efficient. But it is good for those who want something lighter and without tension. My grade for this anime is 8.
Synopsis - In a medieval era, a woman ventured to the home of a terrible creature in search of wisdom to help humans. When she arrived she found a man, who looked nothing like what they had described. But she knew that this was the creature and she also knew that it was he who should ask for help.
This creature not only gave her what she wanted but after a while fell in love with her. However, after a time married the creature went on a pilgrimage, and when he returned he received the news that his house had been invaded and his wife accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake.
To get revenge he summons demons from the underworld to the earth and goes to sleep to give an agonizing deadline for humanity. Promising that when he woke up he would destroy the land completely, but in the meantime the summoned demons would disturb and destroy everything that humanity had.
My opinion - Well, this is the story but it is not the plot, the plot turns to our protagonist who is of an almost extinct lineage of demon hunters. But he avoids doing this job and decides not to get involved until some events that make him break this ideology.
This is the type of protagonist who does not show his full potential unless necessary. I particularly liked this anime, but it fits the term of protagonism. What does not take my opinion of this anime is highly recommendable. My grade for this anime is 9.
Hagure yuusha in aesthetics
Synopsis - A guy somehow manages to go to another world, that in a way is already interesting. But a guy becoming extremely powerful in this other world without having any “divine help”, just on the basis of training and a lot of effort, this is incredible. And it doesn't stop there, he becomes so powerful in the other world that he manages to defeat the demon king.
To top it off, for having defeated the demon king he “wins” his daughter for it. Now comes the interesting part, because in addition to being able to return to the original world he still brings with him the daughter of the demon king.
My opinion - Honestly if this guy was not in the overpower category, I don't know which other could be. But he is not very well classified because in the original world he still has some challenges he has to face.
It is also recommended for those who like a somewhat perverted protagonist. Yes, this is one of the rare anime that has this type of protagonist, but unfortunately he is not totally perverted. If it were, he would get all the girls in the anime, and I don't know if he does that feat in history. At least not in the anime.
Other Action anime with a lot of protagonism
Extras: as we already know, I cannot comment on everything so I will add some others that I recommend.
- Sword Art Online
- Code breaker
- Darker than Black
- Devilman crybaby
That tasty romance - Action Anime with Romance
This could not be missing, everyone likes a little romance. I particularly love it when the protagonist has a harem at his disposal but it doesn't help if he doesn't go on the attack. So in this subcategory I will put some anime with romance, some more and others less but always with romance in the plot.
Just remembering that I can't put all the anime I have in mind, even because it can get boring and we don't want that. So I will only put the ones I think are best. And if you're not satisfied, just ask for your list by commenting there in the comments. If it is a good idea we will make an article for her.
Dragonaut the ressonance
Synopsis - Dragons exist. In a world where mankind has already colonized Mars, these creatures first appeared on an asteroid. This asteroid that hit a ship that would take our protagonist is his family to the moon. After being hit the ship crashes and the only survivor is him.
After a few years our protagonist, who lived alone, meets a girl who seems very familiar to him. But it is not what it appears to be, dragons do not live in the form of those giant, winged beings, they live in disguise as humans and are extensively researched and have even been secretly cloned by humans.
My opinion - Short synopsis? Well, more than that would be a spoiler. This anime is full of twists, but the action scenes and their romance are very well elaborated. I don't particularly like love triangles, but I had to focus on the greater good.
The only flaw in this Anime is its delay for the romance to make a good leap. That's because they even started a good pace, but then they hit the brake and continue to almost stop. For this reason you will not get a very good grade on my list. My grade is 7.
Synopsis - In a world destroyed by an alien species that somehow comes from another dimension or some other place in the universe through portals, which in my opinion are extremely irritating. Humanity created its army using the technology of this alien race, modifying girls to obtain powers that match the aliens.
Men are modified to create a type of protective area, like a battlefield, to help women. Our protagonist is one of those, and also brother to the most powerful ancient warrior on earth. He is sent to a school to graduate and finds a partner. In this school he, in a very strange way, knows the girl who will be his partner and she has a problem with men. How will he handle it?
My opinion - I really liked the first season of this anime, since the second was not what I expected. Maybe I was waiting too long. The important thing is that you have a good romance, however there is no point in expecting much from him. It seems that this problem has in most anime. Maybe it's to be able to sell more light novels. They started at a good pace but stopped, just like the previous anime. My grade is 8.
Synopsis - This is recent, now from 2018. The story takes place in a world where darkness is a power of evil that causes all the bad things in the world. And to combat this darkness, there are coats of arms. A kind of magic shield that protects the owner and all those who swear allegiance to the owner. Those who have a coat of arms are called nobles, and they can fight the darkness that comes in the form of demons.
Our protagonist is a nobleman who somehow managed to get his coat of arms without being inherited, as is usually achieved, and somehow he learned to use this power. Exiled from his village he seeks power to conquer his county from the hands of a tyrant ruler. And a witch, recently graduated from the school of magical arts, will help him in this quest. The same witch he falls in love with.
My opinion - I won't even comment, because this anime needs no comments. It is so good that I watched it twice since it ended. This one goes easy on my list of top 3 best romance anime. The only thing I didn't like was that the story got very busy and deserved to be done in more episodes. My grade is 10 (with praise).
Darling in the Franxxx
Synopsis - Another good one. In a post-apocalyptic world, humans live in mobile cities because they need to move frequently to avoid the risk of being destroyed by monsters that live on the land and dominate it. But to fight and protect themselves from these monsters, humanity created and perfected giant robots that are capable of destroying creatures.
To fly these robots, a couple is needed. And children are raised especially for this purpose. Our protagonist is one of those children who grew up in the facilities created for this purpose. However for some reason he lost the skills that are necessary to be able to fly the robots. But after meeting a special girl, the protagonist discovers that he is able to fly the robots with her alone.
My opinion - Short synopsis not to spoil. Another strong candidate for my best anime list. However in this the protagonist does not fail and neither the girl does not fail, what fails are the damn creators of the anime who made a big burrow. Unfortunately I can't tell.
In addition, this is highly recommended for anyone who loves drama, lifestyle, action and a lot of romance. I liked it but not as much as Grancrest Senki. My grade is 8 (because of the editors).
Rakudai kishi no Eyuutan
Synopsis - And to close with a golden key. An anime that could be in the category of indestructible protagonist, but I decided to put in this one because it combines more. In the world of this anime there are people who can use the power of their souls and turn them into weapons. To help train these people, specialized schools were created. Our protagonist is a student who fails.
Why are you weak or stupid? No, because our protagonist doesn't have enough power to pass. However he managed to develop and evolve all the other attributes of his body to a higher level than most are some even reaching the superhuman level. But without being able to be evaluated by other means, all this is useless. But with the change in direction of the school, he manages to make a deal with the new principal.
He was promised a degree if he managed to win a national-level event of disputes between students across the country. In this tournament the participants fight in rounds of individual fights and the loser is eliminated. In the end, only the strongest student in the country will remain.
My opinion - The best romance and action anime I've ever seen. That's it! My grade is 10 (and researching to see if there is no way to give 11).
Other action anime with romance
As expected, here are some others worth watching
- Busou renkin
- Dansai bunri in crime
- Devils line
- Shakugan no Shana
- Rokka no yuusha
Is the action anime over?
Action anime is a very broad topic, as most anime have action. If you want to see more anime that have action, you can read our articles below:
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- Comedy Anime - Complete list with the best
That's all, guys. These are the best indications I have in this category. If you have suggestions, doubts, criticisms or something like that, just comment below. This article is over and thanks to you, my dear reader, for reading this article so far. And until the next article.