What are the best magic anime?

Anime characters with magical powers are always an interesting sight! These magic anime characters of all sorts bring out the thrill in their respective titles and you can see how their powers influence the story. Take a look at these best magic anime and feast your eyes (and mind)

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    #1Shakugan No Shana

    Shakugan No Shana

    Shakugan No Shana is an action adventure anime written by Yasuko Kobayashi, and directed by Takashi Watanabe and Shigeru Ueda. Aired between 2005 and 2006, this anime was starred by Satoshi Hino, Rie Kugimiya, and Kristian Ayre.

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    Tyler Delgado
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Kinda Bleach-like formula but more interesting. The soundtracks are the best. The plot is surprisingly complicated. Romance is present and it's not too cheesy. I like how Shana tries to understand her new feelings towards Yuji while integrating this to her duties. But Yuji can get annoyingly dense about how Shana feels. Oh well. I still like this anime."
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    #2Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail is a Japanese animated series that takes place in a fictional world populated by wizards who coalesce into guilds. Lucy joins Fairy Tail, a guild famous for its destructive antics and her adventure begins.

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    Betty Adams
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "OMG did anyone mention Erza Scarlet?? Well she's my favorite character from FT!! A lot of people underestimate this anime but the hell with them? The filler stories are really awesome! Action and comedy are good and kinda reminds me of Gintama."
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    #3Fate/Stay Night

    Fate/Stay Night

    Fate/Stay Night is an action adventure dark fantasy anime series written by Takuya Sato, directed by Yuji Yamaguchi and produced by Masaaki Saito. With 24 episodes, this anime aired between January and June in 2006.

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    Carl Roberts
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Compared to the novel series, the anime is not really good. After watching this, a lot of question remains although most of the things are explained clearly here. Pacing is alright but I can't appreciate the writing enough to call this good. It's cringy."
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    #4Maria the Virgin Witch

    Maria the Virgin Witch

    Maria the Virgin Witch (original title: Junketsu no Maria) is an action comedy fantasy anime TV series written by Hideyuki Kurata, directed by Goro Taniguchi, and starred by  Hisako Kanemoto, Kensho Ono, and Yoko Hikasa.

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    Jonathan Simmons
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Sad how this anime is so underrated. Maria's character is interesting. She does all she can to stop wars because of insisting her ideals, but this is where complication arises. Is she doing the right thing? Her character as a whole is interesting all throughout and this keeps me watching the anime."
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    #5Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    A creature named Kyubey offers to grant Madoka a wish if she becomes a 'magical girl' and fights grotesque witches. A magical girl named Homura tries to stop this agreement, and the true nature of the contract with Kyubey is revealed.

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    Ruth Taylor
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "This anime appeals to me as a cute slice of life genre. It looks like a deconstruction of the magical girl genres instead of the usual cliche of animals appearing to girls to give them magic and defeat evil. Despite the cute graphics the story can verge on being dark and mature."
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    #6Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is an adventure fantasy anime TV series written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, directed by Koji Masunari, and starred by Kaori Ishihara, Yuki Kaji, and Haruka Tomatsu.

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    Frank Rice
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I've got huge respects to this anime. Aside from being a good-looking anime and the actions are fast and expressive, the anime is highly political. I'm rooting for Sinbad's character especially when he always considers what could be best for everyone although he might come with some personal agenda. The second season now has become focused."
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    #7Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura is an action fantasy adventure magic anime TV series based on a manga written by Clamp. Aired from 1998 to 2000, this anime was written by Nanase Ohkawa and directed by Morio Asaka.

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    $1.99- $17.99

    Hannah Sandoval
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I grew up watching Sakura and even cosplayed her to various cosplay events. For a 90's anime the animation is really good. When I tried watching this again I realized how Sakura could be OP with her athletic skills. What if the next cardcaptor would be a clumsy, unathletic kid, how would the story turn out? Just some possibility hehehe"
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    #8Seven Deadly Sins

    Seven Deadly Sins

    The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is a fantasy anime where a group of knights is disbanded. Ten years later,  there's a coup d'état the king is captured. The princess then starts a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins.

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    #9That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a slime (Japanese: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) is an anime adaptation of the fantasy light novel of the same name. The 23-episode anime was produced by 8-bit Studios with Miho Okasaki as Rimuru's voice.

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    #10Black Clover

    Black Clover

    Black Clover is an anime series adaptation of the adventure, fantasy manga of the same title by Yūki Tabata. The anime TV series was premiered on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2017, and it was directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara.

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    $34.94

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    #11Overlord

    Overlord

    Overlord is an animated TV series directed and produced by Minoru Ashina. Its first episode aired on July 7, 2015. The story is about an online role-playing game that recreated its own reality trapping its remaining players.

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    #12The Irregular at Magic High School

    The Irregular at Magic High School

    The Irregular at Magic High School is a 26-episode anime TV series that released in 2014. Siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba enroll and begin their study at the elite Magic High School. Just as they are beginning to settle in, a terrorist attack happens.

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    #13The Ancient Magus' Bride

    The Ancient Magus' Bride

    The Ancient Magus' Bride is an anime series based on the manga by the same name. It tells the story of young Chise Hatori, who is bought by a non-human mage named Elias to be his apprentice and future wife. 

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    #14Konosuba

    Konosuba

    Konosuba is about Kazuma Sato’s brief life that was over due to a traffic accident, but he wakes up to see a girl before him. She claims to be a goddess and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him.

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    #15Princess Tutu

    Princess Tutu

    Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime directed by Junichi Sato and Shogo Koumoto. It is written by Michiko Yokote and has 26 episodes. It aired from August 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003.

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    #16The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

    The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

    The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, also known as Hataraku Maou-sama!, is a 13-episode Japanese comedy anime produced by Sotsu and voiced by  Ryota Osaka, Yoko Hikasa, and Nao Toyama. The pilot episode premiered on Spring 2013.

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    #17Fate/Zero

    Fate/Zero

    Fate/Zero is an action and fantasy anime TV series based on the light novel by Gen Urobuchi. This anime English-dubbed was aired in 2011. The story is about a secret magical tournament where the characters fight against each other for Holy Grail.

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    #18Gakuen Alice

    Gakuen Alice

    Gakuen Alice is a comedy family anime TV series based on the manga of the same name written by Higuchi Tachibana. Released in 2004, this anime was written by Masashi Yokoyama and directed by Takahiro Omori.

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    Debra Fisher
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I grew up watching this anime with my sisters and we love this!"

Summary

Best What are the best magic anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Shakugan No ShanaTV Shows 8 Paid
2Fairy TailTV Shows 7 Paid
3Fate/Stay NightTV Shows 4 Free
4Maria the Virgin WitchOther 4 Paid
5Puella Magi Madoka MagicaTV Shows 3 Free
6Magi: The Labyrinth of MagicTV Shows 3 Paid
7Cardcaptor SakuraTV Shows 1 Paid
8Seven Deadly SinsTV Shows 0 Paid
9That Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeTV Shows 0 Free
10Black CloverTV Shows 0 Paid
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