What are the best action anime?

Anime offers something that movies and tv shows can't, fantastic, and sometimes illogical action sequences that could only be achieved through this medium. For the uninitiated, here are some of the best action anime that should watch immediately.

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    #1Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama is one of the best action anime out right now. It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect the humans from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as titans.

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    Kenneth Ramos
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "There's no doubt that this is one of the best action anime right now but more than that, it's the psychological warfare and depiction of internal struggles that really make this show so riveting."
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    #2Naruto Shippuden

    Naruto Shippuden

    Naruto Shippuden, written by Masashi Kishimoto centers on Naruto Uzumaki who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage. It's one of the best action anime of the past decade that just recently concluded its series.

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    Yu Ma
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "I've been watching this show for as long as I can remember ever since the first Naruto season/arc. It had its dull moment being such a long-running show but overall. it's one of the best action anime that I enjoyed watching through the years."
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    #3Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows two brothers' quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt at human transmutation goes horribly wrong. It received praise from fans and critics alike and is considered one of the best action anime ever made.

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    Matthew Martinez
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "That somewhat convoluted first adaptation aside, this is one series that those looking for a great action anime should check out. It truly is quite a ride from start to finish. A masterpiece."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Ishval and Amestris conflict from the action anime Fullmetal Alchemist has a real-life basis? Its creator Hiromu Arakawa based it on Japanese culture despite having European references. It was during the Meiji Restoration featuring the Ainu and Wajin people.

Arakawa learned that her ancestors are Wajin while her relatives are half-Ainus. Confused about her ancestry, she used it as an inspiration for Scar’s character and the Ishvalans. How? The indigenous people Ainu represents Ishvalans. While the native Japanese people, Wajin represents the Amestrians. During the 14th century, the Ainus has to intermarry with the native Japanese people. Hiding as a tool to prevent discrimination, it became a way in erasing the Ainu heritage. Meanwhile, in Fullmetal Alchemist, it became the inspiration for the Ishval Civil War. In the anime, an Amestrian soldier shot an Ishvalan civilian causing for a conflict to arise. This major event played an important role throughout the anime action series. It started gaining recognition from its viewers. In 2006, it won the Animation of the Year award from the Tokyo Anime Fair. It also received several awards in American Anime Awards including Best Long Series. Curious about the story of Fullmetal Alchemist? Feel free to watch from these anime websites. Or you can also recommend the best action anime and the best anime series of all time.

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    #4Hunter x Hunter

    Hunter x Hunter

    Gon Freecss a young boy aspires to become a Hunter with his friends and his potential, he seeks for his father who left him when he was little. Its anime adaptation particularly. the 2nd one has been praised for sticking closely to the manga's original story and concept.

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    Susan Wright
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "I was thrilled when a remake of this amazing anime was released back in 2011 as I felt that the first anime was too short. This new adaptation sticks more closely to the manga and I for one couldn't be happier."
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    #5One Piece

    One Piece

    The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. They explore the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King. It's one of the best action anime that anyone will enjoy.

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    Liu Lee
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This action anime is one of the longest-running shows ever and is well-received by many fans all over the world and for good reason. Its story is unique and interesting, its animation and action sequences are fun and cool. Go check this one out. Stat."
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    #6One-Punch Man

    One-Punch Man

    This anime is a story of Saitama, a hero who is a hero just for fun. Saitama can also defeat his enemies with a single punch. One Punch Man is based on Yusuke Murata's manga remake of ONE's original webcomic.

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    Charlie Tian
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This action anime takes the whole "training to become stronger" and flips it. What if you were so strong that all it took to defeat an enemy is just "one punch". It might seem like a superficial dilemma but it for an interesting and fresh look at the whole superhero gig."
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    #7Dragon Ball Z

    Dragon Ball Z

    Dragon Ball Z is an anime series by which follows the adventures of Goku who, after learning that he is from another planet, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. It was produced by Toei Animation and was released in 1990.

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    Zeng He
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This anime gained cult status as the years went on and is arguably one of the anime series responsible for pushing the boundaries of Japanese manga and anime beyond its shore and onto a worldwide stage."
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    #8Bleach

    Bleach

    Bleach is an anime series that is based on Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. It follows Ichigo as he becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping spirits find peace.

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    Guo Hu
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Too bad this show and manga got canceled and never got the proper ending that it deserved but its anime series is a great watch nonetheless. "
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    #9Code Geass

    Code Geass

    Code Geass (Lelouch of the Rebellion) is an anime series created by Sunrise. It tells the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia as it conquers the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11.

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    Angela Woods
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "I enjoy a good action anime and I am always searching for new ones to watch. Someone kept suggesting that I check out Code Geass. While the anime itself is probably okay, the DVD set that I bought was very low quality and hard to watch. The packaging was also way too cheaply made."
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    #10Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo follows the journey of these three eccentric individuals in an epic quest full of action, comedy, and dynamic sword fighting, all set to the beat of a unique hip-hop infused soundtrack.

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    Cheng Chang
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This show is somewhat underappreciated but it's really a great action anime. It tries to mix hip-hop references with feudal samurai Japan and it does to great results. Who knew samurai sword fights and hip-hop music work so well together."
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    #11Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that follows the story of the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners that unravel their dark and mysterious past little by little.

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    Lei Xu
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This show was so ahead of its time that some would argue, it created an entirely new genre of its own. I have not seen any anime show that flawlessly integrated pulp fiction into core as well as bebop did. The musical score is amazing, the action sequences are superb and fluid, and the story touches upon some deep existential themes despite its occassional capriciousness."
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    #12Dragon Ball Z Kai

    Dragon Ball Z Kai
    Dragon Ball Z Kai is a revised version of Dragon Ball Z. The ending suffix means "updated". The original material and any damaged frames were removed to more closely follow the manga.
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    Johnny Herrera
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Decent series, but I was more a Macross/Sailor Moon type fan than Dragon Ball Z. If you are a fan (one of the kids is), this is a great version of this, as its not edited like the Nicktoons version. The 16x9 presentation blurs things up a bit, but the kiddo doesn't seem to mind. Just "ok," not exactly my cup of tea."
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    #13Psycho-Pass

    Psycho-Pass

    Psycho-Pass is an anime series directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The anime show follows the story of Akane Tsunemori and working with the police and the Sibyl System.

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    Albert Weber
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This show tackles a difficult aspect of humanity, morality. How do you differentiate between good and bad? By what metric? By whose judgement? These are the things that this tries to explore and it never truly ends up with a definitive answer, the journey to get is was quite a ride and will leave you pondering about your sense of morality."
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    #14Noragami

    Noragami

    Noragami is a supernatural anime television series that aired from 2014 to 2015 with two seasons. Produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura, it was based on the manga of the same name by Adachitoka. 

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    Patrick Willis
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "I like how this show is filled with good characters who might not know which path they should take the best but they ended up in paths which should have been left alone. There are plenty of action scenes here, and even Yato's emotional baggage felt like action too."
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    #15Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter-intelligence agent and her support team.  

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    Ralph Sanchez
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "Ghost in the Shell is an enjoyable anime Blu Ray and the characters are well developed, not cheesy. Having all the 4 means you should plan on spending an afternoon watching the whole series."
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    #16Samurai 7

    Samurai 7

    Samurai 7 is a 2004 action/anime television series set in a futuristic world, produced by Gonzo and based on Akira Kurosawa's highly regarded 1954 movie Seven Samurai. 

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    Brenda Davis
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Samurai 7 is a really great addition to an anime collection. I don't think it's necessary to like action, just as long as you like anime, think this is worth trying out. It's much more than it's genre."
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    #17Claymore

    Claymore

    Claymore is an anime series based on the manga with the same name. Set in an ancient time where humans are scared of demons, the only way to stop them are the Claymores, a group of women half-demon, half-human.

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    Vivaan Bose
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The first episode really got me hooked in this anime. WOuldn't you get curious about that weird creature munching a helpless person? From that episode on came out the girl with this OP weapon and know that> The action sequence is marveous! THIhis what kept me wanting to watch more!"
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    #18Fist of the North Star

    Fist of the North Star

    Fist of the North Star is the anime adaptation of the manga with the same title. Set in a nuclear post-apocalypse, the story is about Kenshiro, a practitioner of the violent Hokuto Shinken. He battles the forces of evil who threatens peace.

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    Jack Henderson
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "I read this manga years ago and was excited to see they adapted it. Very true to the source material and beautifully animated."
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    #19Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

    Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

    Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan is an animated film which centers on Broly who is one of the iconic villains in Dragon Ball. This has two sequels namely Broly - Second Coming and Bio-Broly due to its popularity of the movie.

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    Lauren Lee
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I was a late convert to anime, but now I am a very happy fan! I recently rewatched Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan for what must have been the 20th time and it is brilliant! It has some of my favorite anime action and is just a great film!"
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    #20Batman Ninja

    Batman Ninja

    Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan - along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies.

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    Gregory Foster
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The writing for this is awful. The animation is wonderful but the writing doesn't feel like Batman at all. Definitely avoid this one especially if you're looking for a good action anime."
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    #21Fusion Reborn (Dragon Ball Z)

    Fusion Reborn (Dragon Ball Z)

    Fusion Reborn is the 12th Dragon Ball Z movie series which introduces the much loved Gogeta. This is first released in Japan on March 4, 1995, and dubbed into English in 2006.

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    Christian Thomas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Fusion Reborn Dragon Ball Z is a high paced anime with an intricate plot line. I can think of no other anime if enjoyed more for every moment of."
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    #22Battle of Gods (Dragon Ball Z)

    Battle of Gods (Dragon Ball Z)

    Battle of Gods is the 18th animated film on the Dragon Ball series and the first to have a theatrical release following the 10th-anniversary movie in 1996. This is also the first-ever Japanese film to be screened at IMAX Digital Theaters.

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    Louis Hawkins
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A lot of anime die-hards are going to scoff at this, because it's DBZ. However, as a casual anime fan (and a lifelong DBZ fan), I really enjoyed Battle of Gods. If you're super into anime, you're probably not going to love this, but if you're just looking to pick up something for a little looksie, then you'll enjoy it."
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    #23Berserk

    Berserk

    Berserk is a dark fantasy anime television series based on Kentaro Miura's manga of the same name that aired from 2016 to 2017 with 24 episodes. This anime follows the story of the Black Swordsman covering the Conviction arc of the manga. 

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    Eugene Davidson
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This dark and gritty tale is an instant classic for me. It mixes plenty of gore, horror, and intense action fights while trying pose philosophical questions tackling the meaning of existence and going against predestination, all of which is in a medieval setting. It unorthodox and over the top but it is one that is worth watching."
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    #24Darker than Black

    Darker than Black

    Darker than Black is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura. It premiered in April 2007 with 25 episodes. It was produced by Bones and Aniplex.

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    Helen Cui
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This is one of those often overlooked shows that few people talk about. The premise of the show is quite interesting and revolves around powers that have their corresponding cost. It shows that even with powers, people will still be people human flaws and all."
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    #25Black Bullet

    Black Bullet

    Black Bullet is a science fiction Japanese anime series first aired in 2014, which is an adaptation from the light novel series of the same name written by Shiden Kanzaki. Crunchyroll has acquired the rights to stream it in North America. 

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    Robert Robinson
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "This is one of those anime that started out strong but gradually lost its momentum about half-way through. Still, it's a fun action anime that you will probably enjoy."
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    #26Saga of Tanya the Evil

    Saga of Tanya the Evil

    An office worker is resurrected in an alternate world by Being X as a girl. As Tanya Degurechaff, she joins the country's military and applies the same ruthless performance from his previous life to her military career. 

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    Deng Qian
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "As far as plot goes, this is an interesting one, to say the least, and that's saying a lot considering the crazy world of anime shows. It's an action anime with lots of crazy twists and surprises."
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    #27Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) is a samurai-based anime show. It tells the story of a master swordsman that is traveling around Japan during the Meiji era. He arrives at a martial arts school in era of the opium trade wars.

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    John Chen
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This one is a true classic action anime in the class as Yu Yu Kahusho. The main difference is that this show is more grounded and realistic compared to that centers around the Meiji Period of Japan and it had everything. It had plenty of action, some comedy, and of course, romance. This is a definite recommendation from me."
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    #28Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese anime series wherein three schoolgirls from Tokyo were transported to the magical land of the Rune-Gods. With their guide Mokona, the three went on a quest to rescue the princess and return home.

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    Elizabeth Davidson
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "I remember this show quite fondly when I used to watch this when I was younger. I watched it again and while some of the amazement has worn off, I can still recommend this to anyone looking for an action anime to watch."
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    #29Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Doragon bôru chô: Burorî) is an action-adventure anime directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, written by Akira Toriyama, and starred by Masako Nozawa, Aya Hisakawa, and Ryô Horikawa.

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    Pablo Mora
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Broly is one of the most dangerous enemies of the DBZ anime series. So you know that this movie will be actionpacked and I glad that they finally focused on him after all the main stories are handled and been finished prety well"
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    #30Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    One of the epic adventures of Studio Ghibli, the Princess Mononoke tells the epic story of the young warrior Ashitaka that travels to the west to find a cure for a deadly curse that is haunting him. In the west, he finds the powerful Lady Eboshi and her people of Iron Town that are in conflict with the mysterious Princess Mononoke, a girl that was raised by wolves. The Princess wants to save the forest and the animal and spirits that live there.

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    Daniel McDonald
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "As always, Studio Ghibli delivers one of the best, if not the best, anime movies of all time. Though there's an action side to this movie, it mostly focuses on drama and relationships. Not sayin' that the action sequences aren't good, though. They're still exciting and adrenaline-pumping asf!"
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    #31Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell
    This anime film based on the manga by Masamune Shirow follows the security agency Section 9 on the hunt for a hacker named Puppet Master and getting trapped in a political intrigue mixed with corporate power.


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    Kelly Little
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Kinda like a detective movie, but more futuristic and has scifi. Its fun to watch and has me and my dad on the edge of our seats all throughout the anime! 😱"
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    #32Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2004 directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. This steampunk movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name released in 1986 written by Diana Wynne Jones.

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    Elizabeth Ford
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Huh. Didn't know that Christian Bale voiced in this anime movie. It was one of my favorites as a kid, and I have to say that my daughter enjoys it as well. Seeing this here brought back so many memories and I might watch this one again because of it."
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    #33Boruto: Naruto The Movie

    Boruto: Naruto The Movie
    Boruto: Naruto the Movie opens the doors for a new generation of shinobi to put their abilities to the test, as they face a mysterious enemy and hope to restore peace to Konoha, and the hardships within their own families.
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    Jason Ray
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "always wanted a naruto movie since i binge watched the series as a kid. tho i understand that its hard to put all the canon stories in one anime movie, im a little disappointed that some characters werent mentioned but hey, its still one of the best anime action movies ive ever seen hands down"
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    #34Gantz:O

    Gantz:O

    Gantz:O is a Japanese animated CG film adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. This one of the many adaptions of the series with an anime tv show and two live-action films already been made.

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    Hu Sun
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Nice CGI movie. Though not exactly made with your usual anime animations, this action movie still puts the awe in awesome! 😆"
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    #35Summer Wars

    Summer Wars

    OZ, a virtual world connected to the internet, has become extremely popular worldwide as a spot for people to engage in a large variety of activities, such as playing sports or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. OZ also possesses a nearly impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality, even going as far as entrusting the system with bringing back the unmanned asteroid explorer, Arawashi. 

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    Linda Chen
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "good anime action film. its entertaining and written well. kudos to the creaters."
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    #36Akira

    Akira

    Set in the post apocalyptic 2019 Neo-Tokyo, this film is the story of Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend - Tetsuo- obtains some strange powers after an accident. He will end up losing his mind due to his uncontrollable power, and they will discover the secrets behind Akira, a kid who lived many years ago and had tremendous power. 




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    Tom Jia
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "nice anime action film. fastpaced and interesting as well as entertaining!"
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    #37The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

    The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

    The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation is a non-fiction book by Alexei Maxim Russel. It proposes a new theory about Japanese animation and argues that anime is fundamentally different when compared with other visual media.

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    Vincent Banks
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "THIS BOOK IS NOT ANIME RELATED! All this contains is the history and process behind computer generated movies and motion pictures. Nothing in this book is what I expected!"

Summary

Best What are the best action anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Attack on TitanTV Shows 118 Paid
2Naruto ShippudenTV Shows 108 Free
3Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 105 Paid
4Hunter x HunterTV Shows 104 Paid
5One PieceTV Shows 103 Paid
6One-Punch ManTV Shows 99 Paid
7Dragon Ball ZTV Shows 93 Paid
8BleachTV Shows 88 Paid
9Code GeassTV Shows 59 Paid
10Samurai ChamplooTV Shows 57 Paid
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