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What are the best magic anime?

The term "magic" was derived from the Old Persian "magu", a word that applied to a form of religious function. During the late 6th and early 5th centuries, this term was adopted into Ancient Greek. It was used with negative connotations to apply to rites. They were regarded as fraudulent, unconventional, and dangerous. The concept was incorporated into Christian theology during the first century CE. Magic became associated with demons and thus defined against religion. It wasn't until the 19th century when it was adopted in various academic disciplines and used it in reference to many things. One example was it was used to describe beliefs in "hidden sympathies" between objects that allow one to influence the other. So, if you think of it in this way, then you could consider magic as the opposite to science.

Throughout Western history, there have been individuals who engaged in practices that their societies called magic. They would sometimes refer to themselves as magicians. In this context being defined as a technique for bringing about changes in the physical world through the force of one's will. Magic has taken on many forms and meaning throughout history and has even inspired many works of fiction, reaching even the East. One such example is in Japan, where magic is a popular subject in storytelling in manga and anime. If you haven't seen any of these yet, it really is quite fascinating to see their take on it. Have a look as some of the best magic anime in our list below and start watching.

  1. 1Fairy Tail

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    Fairy Tail is one of the best magic anime that features great character development, visual artstyle and animation, and a sprawling world filled with wonders that our heroes will explore while engaging in epic battles along the way.

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  1. 2That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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    Mikami Satoru was a lonely thirty-something year-old stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life. He gets killed at the hands of a robber and he awakens in a fantasy realm... as a slime monster.

  2. 3Shakugan No Shana

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    Shakugan no Shana is fantasy magic anime that tells the story of Yuji who gets attcked by monsters but was eventually saved by a mysterious wielding a sword named Shana. He apprently is a special Torch that can provide special abilities to chosen ones.

  1. 4Black Clover

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    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.

  2. 5Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

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    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a magic anime set in a world where slavery is common and people are born to live and die unequal. Mysterious tall towers called "Dungeons" and anyone who conquers can live like a king.

  3. 6Seven Deadly Sins

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    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.

  4. 7Overlord

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    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.

  5. 8The Irregular at Magic High School

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    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.

  6. 9Maria the Virgin Witch

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    Maria is a virgin witch that hates war and conflict that is why she uses her incredible powers to step them quickly. Not everyone appreciates her efforts and begin to turn against her in this magic anime filled with intrigue.

  7. 10Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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    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.

  8. 11Fate/Zero

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    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.

  9. 12Cardcaptor Sakura

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    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.

  10. 13Fate/Stay Night

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    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.

  11. 14The Ancient Magus' Bride

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    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. 

  12. 15Konosuba

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    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.

  13. 16The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

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    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.

  14. 17Princess Tutu

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    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.

  15. 18Gakuen Alice

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    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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    Anonymous
    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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    Shakugan No Shana
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    Anonymous
    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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    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
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    Anonymous
    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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    Cardcaptor Sakura
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    Anonymous
    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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    Maria the Virgin Witch
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    Anonymous
    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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    Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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    Anonymous
    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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    Fate/Stay Night
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    Anonymous
    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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    Fairy Tail
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "The show has been criticised for its protagonists being too overpowered from the get-go. There's no denying though that is a cool show with great animation and action sequences. It's a good magic anime to consider if you're looking for one."
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    The Irregular at Magic High School
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "What seemingly started out as a supernatural magic anime turned out to be a slice of life affair and I really liked it. It was unique from the anime show that I've seen so far and it worth watching if you haven't yet."
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    The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "This show is just hilarious and I would recommend it to anyone for a good laugh. This is a magic anime that also happen to be a very comedic one and it does both very well. Check it out. You won't regret it."
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    Konosuba
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "This is one of the top magic anime out right now and I can see why. The story got me hooked from beginning to end. There's enough action in here to male everyone happy and it's just a great anime overall."
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    The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "This show has everything. The animation is great, the characters and the story are interesting, and there is plenty of magic action to be had. A good magic anime to consider."
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    Overlord
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "This is one of those anime shows that just got better and better as it went on. It's a great magic anime that is worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre."
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    Black Clover
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "One of the better magic anime in my opinion. I'm into medieval stuff so maybe I'm a little biased but it really is a good show regardless. Give it a try."
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    Seven Deadly Sins
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "I'm a guy and I enjoyed this show. Classical music, the ballet, and a good story all make for a fun and interesting watch of this magic anime."
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    Princess Tutu
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    Anonymous
    February 3, 2020
    "This magic anime show needs no introduction and it is a must-see for any anime fan. Just go watch it now and see what I mean."
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    Fate/Zero
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    Anonymous
    August 9, 2018
    "I grew up watching this anime with my sisters and we love this!"
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    Gakuen Alice
This list is about What are the best magic anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Fairy TailTV Shows 9 Paid
2That Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeTV Shows 7 Free
3Shakugan No ShanaTV Shows 6 Paid
4Black CloverTV Shows 4 Paid
5Magi: The Labyrinth of MagicTV Shows 4 Paid
6Seven Deadly SinsTV Shows 3 Paid
7OverlordTV Shows 3 Paid
8The Irregular at Magic High SchoolTV Shows 3 Paid
9Maria the Virgin WitchOther 3 Paid
10Puella Magi Madoka MagicaTV Shows 2 Paid
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