War Anime - Meet the Top 25

Looking for strategic anime involving wars between peoples? In this article, we will see the best anime of the genre, we will divide into sub-genres involving world war, medieval war, intergalactic and others. I hope you like the conflict anime.

Wars occur for many reasons, from racial tension to political maneuvering and old games and games, with consequences ranging from genocide to loss of land and power.

Medieval War Anime

Medieval war anime happens between ancient peoples. Many anime mix a world of fantasy and magic with medieval wars. Some war anime pass in Feudal Japan with Samurai and Ninjas or japanese mythology.


Viland Saga

By the end of the millennium, Viking, the most powerful but atrocious tribe, was spreading everywhere. Thorfinn, the son of the greatest warrior, lived his childhood on the battlefield. He was looking for the land of reverie called Vinland. This is the story of a true warrior in a time of turmoil.

The anime that really speaks the Seinen language. Life brings us difficulties and decisions to make, it is unfair, it is difficult, it is cruel and this anime shows this, it is possible to relate to the difficulties that many characters go through.

While it may seem like a mere story of revenge at first, this 24-episode series acts as a meditation on revenge and war, as well as the emotions and horrors that await you. Some say that this anime looks like Berserk.

War anime - meet the top 25


Set during the Warring States of ancient China (475-221 BC). Xin and Piao are orphans of war in the kingdom of Qin, and each of them dreams of being world-renowned generals, proving their worth on the battlefield.

However, Piao is taken to the palace by a minister and Xin is left behind in his village. This, of course, becomes the first step on a very difficult journey for Xin. In time Xin meets Zheng, a boy who could be the twin of his friend Piao.

Despite the CG so hated ... it is worth watching. The plot, the characters, the action and the complete and very satisfying feeling. Kingdom is incredibly moving and addictive, it really deserves much more recognition than it received.

War anime - meet the top 25

Youjo Senki

It is June of the year 1923 AD. A young woman with blond hair and blue eyes, Tanya Degurechaff took her steps towards a brilliant career as an aviation magician ... but things took an unexpected turn.

The anime tells the story of a war in Europe from a parallel world with wizards involving a loli reincarnated badass. The story follows a certain platoon with the protagonist who is quite crazy, despite appearing only 10 years old.

In this anime, soldiers use magic through weapons. The platoon basically fights some battles and we see some strategies going on at headquarters. The anime and its release gained prominence for coming out of the isekai clichés.

War anime - meet the top 25

Attack on Titan

Earth's history changed forever when giant monsters called Titans first appeared. These beasts have a taste for human flesh, forcing humanity to hide within walled cities to survive.

The walls made fragile peace possible for more than a century, but when the walls collapse in a new attack by the Titans, peace goes with them. With its barriers now broken, humanity must fight the enemy if it is to survive.

What will be the secret behind the titans? Did the military manage to stop them? Don't miss one of the most popular and frantic anime of all time. There are more than 4 seasons of war and pain for you to watch.

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War anime - meet the top 25

Other Medieval War Anime

GATE - Youji was an officer of the Japan Defense Force (JSDF) out of service en route to an anime convention on his day off. Then, a portal opened, spreading monsters and knights that kill anyone in its path.

Here are some more medieval war anime that we recommend:

  • Arslan Senki;
  • Nobunaga the Fool;
  • Nobunaga Concert;
  • Basilisk;
War anime - meet the top 25

Anime of Intergalactic Wars or Robots

The anime in the list below are from intergalactic wars, where the vast majority have Giant Meka robots, that's why I merged the two categories together. If you want to see giant robot anime, we recommend reading the article on meka anime.

Code Geass

One of the best anime I've watched in my entire life. Even those who don't like the Mecha Genre, will like this anime. Here the world is dominated by an empire called Britannia. In the anime we see a young man ending this empire.

Lelouch Vi Britania he is the son of the Emperor, but he hates his father's empire and lives on the sly with his blind sister at a school in Japan. The Japanese are kind of enslaved, Lelouch's best friend being a Japanese.


One day Lelouch gets a skill that allows to give an absolute order once to a person who looks into his eyes. Using his intelligence and this skill, he swears to end the Empire of Britannia.

War anime - meet the top 25

Aldnoah Zero

Fifteen years have passed since the collapse of the hypergate on the surface of the moon - a catastrophe known as the Fall from Heaven. The war between Earth and the Empire of Mars VERS is now in a ceasefire. (I love the soundtrack of this anime).

Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia descends on Earth as an ambassador in the hope of encouraging reconciliation while some citizens are unwilling to compromise. A sabotage allegedly attacks the princess, generating a new war.


Inaho Kaizuka, a Terran high school student ... and Slaine Troyard, who swears loyalty to Princess Assylum ... Their destinies intersect while both societies watch in horror the emergence of this new war and the survival of both peoples.

War anime - meet the top 25

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Alliance of Free Planets crossed the galaxy incessantly for more than a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. (There are several anime and seasons).

The conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two space passages through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire built the fortress of Iserlohn, whose deadly weaponry has frustrated the Alliance's repeated efforts to capture it.


Phezzan, a neutral trading state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men who will change everything. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures go through an interstellar phase of intrigue, war and death.

War anime - meet the top 25

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

In the year 2199, relentless attacks from the planet Gamilus forced all life on Earth in underground dwellings and raised the levels of radiation to almost toxic levels.

The only way to clean up all of this harmful radiation is to use the Cosmo Cleaner, which the Queen of the planet Iscandar has generously offered to humanity. Unfortunately, Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, but the Earth has only one year before rising levels of radiation make it uninhabitable!

The only ship capable of making the trip is the Yamato - a ship equipped with advanced technology and modeled after the famous warship of World War II. Can Yamato's crew reach Iscandar and return before the extinction of all life on Earth?

War anime - meet the top 25

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job is to dig tunnels. Your close friend Kamina, however, wants to escape your oppressive existence and reach the surface world, where open skies and adventure await!

One day he finds the head of a robot and soon after another giant robot invades the underground village along with a girl named Yoko. After helping the girl to defeat the giant robot, they go to the surface and discover the truth about humans.

On the surface, Simon, Kamina and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have imagined. His struggle for adventure has just turned into a war for the survival of the human race that reaches even the skies.

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War anime - meet the top 25

Mobile Suit Gundam

Gundam is a long series of anime and giant robot films, practically the flagship of the mecha genre. There are so many anime that we even made a complete Gundam anime guide.

Gundam is a highly elaborate anime, its science fiction genre revolutionized the market with its advanced universe theme and its war tactics that included robots and space battles.

Their stories were also carefully elaborated so as not to generate conflicts in the plot, both in the main plot and in the plots of the anime series that would later stray from the main story.

War anime - meet the top 25

Other anime of intergalactic war or meka

See below some more war anime involving Meka and universal war:

  • Darling in the Franxx;
  • Broken Blade;
  • Eureka Seven;
  • Macross;
  • Argento Soma;
  • Kakumeiki Valvrave;

World War II Anime

There are few anime that pass in World War II, the vast majority are films. In addition to the ones listed below, there are some anime that we will mention as an honorable mention, which are: Joker Game; Azur Lane; Animentary Ketsudan; Trapp Ika Monogatari.

Hotaru no Haka

Hotaru no Haka is a Japanese war film by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Isao Takahata. In Brazil it is known as Tomb of the Fireflies, being one of the saddest and most emotional films on the face of the earth.

The anime shows two brothers surviving during World War II after losing their mother to an aerial bomber. Soon after being rejected by his aunt and living alone in an abandoned air raid shelter.

The film begins on September 21, 1945, after the end of World War II, a teenager, Seita, starves to death at a train station in Kobe, Japan. To avoid giving spoiler, I prefer you to watch, it's just a movie.

War anime - meet the top 25


In today's Japan, during what should have been a routine training exercise, Captain Umeza and battleship Mirai are suddenly hit by a storm, sending them back in time to the middle of World War II.

Armed with the latest technology, Mirai could alter the course of history; but for his crew, the situation presents a moral dilemma: do they have the right to meddle in history, even to prevent the most terrible tragedies of war, when even the smallest acts can have unpredictable consequences?

Although old, this is one of the few anime that takes place during the Second World War. This anime is a must for military fans. And especially those who love ships and advanced technologies that are used in modern warfare.

War anime - meet the top 25

Shuumatsu no Izetta

Before World War II in a re-imagined Europe, an abrupt large-scale war and bloody battles are taking place across the world. Eylstadt is a small country without a large military force or natural resources.

Finé, who is the queen of Eylstadt's crown, decides to use a secret weapon against the larger countries. Her secret weapon is a witch named Izetta and her magical strength. The work provides an entirely different view of war, nationality and morality.

Each episode is filled with joy, drama, comedy, epic outbursts, heartbreaking romance and characters full of personality. There are tons of twists and turns in the engaging and intellectual plot, peppered with a realistic and intriguing configuration.

War anime - meet the top 25

World War II Anime Movies

When searching for World War II anime, I managed to find a few, many are old. Probably because Japan does not like to remember the War, something little discussed. What we have are films that portray the horrors of war.

Below we will leave a list of anime films that take place in World War II, there are many, the names are in English, but you can easily get information about them. We try to list those with the highest scores first.

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In This Corner of the World2016
The Wind Rises2013
Giovanni's Island2014
Barefoot Gen1983
Tsushima Maru: Sayounara Okinawa1982
Ushiro no Shoumen Dare1991
Anne no Nikki1995
On A Paper Crane: Tomoko's Adventure1993
Glass at Usagi2005
The Wind Rises2013
Giovanni's Island2014
Momotaro, Sacred Sailors1945
Momotaro's Sea Eagle1943
In This Corner of the World2016
Kuro ga Ita Natsu1990
Tsushima Maru: Sayounara Okinawa1982

War Anime with Military

The anime in the list below is about wars without giant robots, without outer space, without magic, without samurai sword fights and things like that. Here, soldiers wear uniforms and battle strategically. (Similar ones will be in other categories).

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou on Alderamin

The huge Katvana Empire is at war with the neighboring republic of Kioka. In a corner of the empire, a young man is about to be caught in the flames of war. His name is Iwata Soroku. He is lazy, a womanizer and hates war.

He's as far from being a soldier as you can get. On his way to the next phase of officer qualification exams, he and his childhood friend Yatorishino Igsem team up with an intern nurse, a member of the former military faction and others.

This anime shows very well the intelligence and the strategies of war and a great development of the characters. Despite being set in a military academy, the anime is quite promising and deserves a little attention.

War anime - meet the top 25


Jonah Mar despises weapons because of his background as a child soldier, so naturally he is less than enthusiastic when his work takes him as a bodyguard for an international arms dealer.

With armies, militias and a host of other buyers in front of them, and CIA teams constantly chasing them from behind, Jonah's new mission is anything but easy.

War anime - meet the top 25

Other anime with military

Fullmetal Alchemist - Although not focused on wars, it tells a lot about the military. A very famous anime with an exciting story, an anime you need watch before you die.

Golden Kamuy - Another anime that takes place in the middle of wars and with characters that are military. Anime is quite cultural showing the history of Ainu tribes in the Hokkaido region.

  • PsychoPass;
  • Full Metal Panic;
  • Musekinin Kanchou Tylor;

Other War Anime

There are some anime that are in the War, but it is not quite the focus of the anime. I will mention the anime that I found in the War category, but that I couldn't fit into any of the previous categories below:

No game No life - Both the anime and mainly the film No Game No Life: Zero presents a war between peoples and territories. The only difference is that the war of nations is decided through trivial games.

Sword Art Online - In the second and third season of this anime, we have weapons and territorial wars. A great war in the virtual world takes place in the Alicization arc. We can see many strategies and a large number of soldiers battling.

Girls und Panzer - An anime full of fan service with lolis that pilot tanks of war;

The Pilot Love Song - A romantic anime that shows conflict between peoples and airline pilots;

List of War Anime

Below we will share a complete list of the war anime that I did not list in this article but that fall under the category War according to Anime-Planet. Anime are in order from best to worst along with release year.

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Vinland Saga2019
Mo Dao Zu Shi2018
Violet Evergarden2018
Dororo (2019)2019
Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 21992012
Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil2017
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross1982
Banner of the Stars II2001
The Heroic Legend of Arslan2015
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These2018
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing1995
Xam'd: Lost Memories2008
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes2010
Crest of the Stars1999
Banner of the Stars2000
Valkyria Chronicles2009
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna2012
Now and Then, Here and There1999
Thunder Jet1994
Broken Blade Anime2014
Armored Trooper Votoms1983
Lord Marksman and Vanadis2014
Lost Song2018
Record of Grancrest War2018
Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar1974
Valvrave the Liberator2013
Altair: A Record of Battles2017
Cat Shit One2010
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion2018
Maria the Virgin Witch2015
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World2020
Heavy Object2015
Macross Delta2016
Izetta: The Last Witch2016
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (2010)2010
The Trapp Family Story1991
Souten Kouro2009
Dog Days2011
Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars2006
Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto2006
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere2011
Rapid Rouge2015
Romance of the Three Kingdoms1991
Aura Battler Dunbine1983
Kantai Collection: Kan Colle2015
Tide-Line Blue2005
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts2019
What Happens Before War2016
Super Dimension Century Orguss1983
Chou Seimeitai Transformers: Beast Wars Neo1999