The Action genre is nothing new as it’s pretty popular in regular movies and shows. However, the Action genre in anime is on a different level. It has become one of the most well-known entry points when recommending anime to someone who has never watched anime. It attracts new fans to the anime medium due to its high-intensity plot, conflict-tensed drama, and epic fight sequences. In addition, there is a myriad of lush scenery and situations with no arbitrary restriction for the characters and enjoyment for the viewers of the genre.
To date, the action genre has presented some of the most epic series to the point where it has something for everyone. While the action anime genre holds its own perfectly. However, when associated with other genres that range from historical to mecha to adventure to everything in between. It makes the action series all the more compelling.
So if you’re looking for anime where two characters rampage across several scenes, handing out unmerciful blows to each other, or maybe just some adrenaline-rushing pure action, then we’ve got a list of best action anime that you should watch right now.
Best Action Anime
1. Shakugan no Shana
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Crimson Denizens are mysterious beings who live in a parallel universe to that of human beings and survive by stealing human sources as energy. After a human source gets stolen by Crimson Denizens, they are only left with their soul and eventually cease to exist.
To stop these Crimson Denizens and bring order among both worlds, the Lord of the Crimson Realm has appointed special human warriors called Flame Hazes. One day, a boy named Sakai Yuji was attacked by a Denizen, but a Flame Haze named Shana saved him. She reveals that he’s been dead for some time and is now a Torch, a human with low Power of Existence.
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Buy/Stream On: Netflix
Beastmen are a mysterious race that has the ability to turn into humanoid animals. However, human-like appearance and animal-like power have made the Beastmen a target of Human oppression. It led to the creation of Anime city, a safe haven for Beastmen.
Michiru Kagemori is a human teenage girl who suddenly turned into a tanuki Beastmen due to an incident related to her best friend’s abduction. Now Michiru must find the reason behind her transformation and a way to get her human self back. So she decides to seek refuge in Anima City and investigate the cause.
3. Ushio and Tora
Very long ago, a samurai wielding the legendary demon-slaying Beast Spear defeated and sealed away a ferocious demon that terrorized all of Japan. Ushio Aotsuki, a middle school student, is constantly hearing this story from his father, a temple priest, for as long as he can remember. But he always brushes off his father’s word, thinking that it was all nonsense. One day, however, Ushio, while looking for something in the storehouse, found a secret door leading underground.
Curious about the door, he decides to look at what’s inside. There he finds a demon impaled with a spear and unknowingly frees demonic energy from the spear that attracts other demons. The impaled demon introduces himself as Tora and makes Ushio an offer to help fight the demons only if Ushio removes the legendary Beast Spear. So, with no other way around this problem, Ushio pulls out the Beast Spear and becomes its wielder, granting him the power to fend off the demons.
Buy/Stream On: Netflix
The Hole is a lawless city inhabited by humans living their lives as outlaws. The only thing these lawless city residents are frightened of is the Magic-Users of the Magic realm that come from another dimension. These magic users come to the Hole and prey on the residents of Hole by testing their magic on them.
The story follows Kaiman, a strange man with a lizard head. He was a victim of a magic attack and has lost memories of his past. Along with his friend, Nikaido, Kaiman is on a mission to find the person responsible for his current state. Kaiman will not stop until he finds the culprit and a way to get back to his normal self.
5. Akudama Drive
A never-ending war between two countries, “Kanto” and “Kansai,” left the world divided. But Kansai lost and became dependent on Kantou. Due to this, criminal activities in Kansai have seen a swell, and soon the government and police force loses control over the criminal. Those criminals are now known as Akudama.
One day, all criminals receive a strange message with a huge reward from an anonymous client to free a death row prisoner named Cutthroat before his execution. Naturally, four Akudama respond to it and rescue the target. However, after the rescue, they learn that this client has a different job: Stealing a precious cargo from a train known as Shinkansen with help from Cutthroat.
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6. Chaika -The Coffin Princess-
Council of Six Nations and ruler of the Gaz Empire has been at war for over 300 years, as the other nation see Gaz Empire as a threat due to its incredible advanced technologies. Finally, after a long-fought war, Eight Heroes manage to defeat Gaz Empire and brought peace and order to the land. Also, after the defeat of the Gaz Empire, its ruler’s body parts were scattered all around the world.
With peace finally attained, saboteur member Toru Acura and his orphan sister Akari are now jobless and live a listless life. One day, the siblings encounter a strange girl named Chaika Trabant with a coffin on her back. Chaika hires them to help her search for the scattered remains of deceased Emperor Gaz’s body parts. Seeing this as an opportunity, two siblings accept the job as Chaika’s travel comrades to make money.
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Koko Hekmatyar is a white-haired traveling merchant. She is also one of the heirs to HCLI, an international shipping corporation. However, under the facade of a shipping company, Koko operates an illegal business of smuggling weapons and selling them to several countries with utmost secrecy.
Considering the risk of her job, she has a team of trained soldiers from a wide array of military fields willing to do anything to let her run her business smoothly. Jormungand follows the arms dealer Koko as she operates under the goal of “promoting world peace” by ensuring that each side is armed abundantly.
8. Princess Principal
Set in the 19th century, the discovery of a mysterious substance called “Cavorite” led to the Kingdom of Albion producing advanced military technology. However, this advancement in military technology also gave rise to internal conflicts. Now a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion.
The story follows five high school girls who enroll in the prestigious Queens May Fair School. Each girl is serving as an undercover spy working under Kingdom’s Princess Charlotte. The girls are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more.
9. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
A demon lord threatened the human race long ago, but the Goddess of Fate somehow defeated the demon lord and sealed him away. According to the ancient legends, when the demon god revives again, the Goddess of Fate will choose six individuals as the Braves of the Six Flowers to defeat the demon lord. Adlet Mayer is a young man who arrives at the continent of Piena to become Brave.
Adlet Mayer, the self-proclaimed strongest Man in the World, meets all the other brave candidates at their assigned location. However, they found that instead of six, there are seven braves, which meant that one of them was an imposter and suspected Adlet to be the fake brave. So Adlet has to prove himself innocent by clearing the suspicion while dealing with deadly attacks from fellow braves.
10. Knight’s & Magic
Tsubasa Kurata is a software engineer and a hardcore mecha otaku who dies in a car accident. But later found himself waking up as a small kid named Ernesti Echevarria in a knight & magic world. In this world, massive humanoid robots called Silhouette Knights are used to fight off demonic beasts.
To become a knight himself and pilot these robots, he decides to enroll in the Royal Laihaila Academy. The academy trains people to pilot these robots and help them become Knight Runners. Ernesti wants to use his vast knowledge of machines and programming skills to make the best Silhouette Knight.