What are the best martial arts anime?

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You gotta admit! Binge-watching anime series that involves punching, kicking and grappling takes martial arts anime to a whole new level. Well, that's pretty common, though, since martial arts has some of its deepest roots planted in Japanese culture. While some of you really dig the best martial arts anime out there, there are also loads of the best martial arts anime movies that have reached the top via live-action adaptations. And in case you're into the more traditional side of things, you'll still find some titles like the 'Kengan Ashura' martial arts anime, which many see as something that fits the bill the most. Martial arts anime can be seen in its simplest form or via stories that incorporate other elements. And though not all of us can be amazing martial artists, you sure can enjoy this genre by diving into your choices of the best martial arts anime of all-time. So, get ready for doses of flying kicks and volume punches, and check out this list of the best martial arts anime that you can start binge-watching. 

  1. 1Baki


    Baki is definitely considered by many as one of the best martial arts anime. And if you're familiar with this anime series on Netflix, you are probably aware that Baki anime characters are super muscular. This centers on Baki Hanma's journey on becoming a martial arts champion to surpass his legendary father. 

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  1. 2One-Punch Man


    If you love watching anime martial arts movies, and you finally decided to start binge-watching martial arts anime series, you can never go wrong with One-Punch Man. This centers on a superhero named Saitama who is so strong that he can beat an opponent in just one punch. Check out the challenges he faces for being so powerful!

  2. 3Hajime no Ippo


    Do you love Netflix's Baki anime? Whether you've seen it or you haven't but you're into martial arts anime, you might as well give Hajime no Ippo a try. Also best known as Fighting Spirit, Hajime no Ippo tells the story of Makunouchi Ippo, a high school student who becomes really good in boxing after doing intense training. Will he be able to defeat his opponents and gain the Japanese featherweight title? Find out more by streaming this boxing anime series.

  1. 4Samurai Champloo


    Samurai Champloo is not your ordinary martial arts anime. Well, it's simply because the main character's fighting skills in this series is inspired by break-dancing. Right, this follows the story of Mugen, a warrior and a swordsman, and Jin who both join Fuu in her quest to search for a samurai who smells of sunflowers. 

  2. 5Baki the Grappler


    Just like Netflix's Baki, Baki the Grappler is also considered as one of the most popular martial arts anime. In fact, you'll actually get to witness here some amazing unarmed combats especially those hand-to-hand combat. And the good news? You can also watch various styles of martial arts. Baki the Grappler tells the title character's journey in pursuing his dream of becoming the strongest fighter of his time.

  3. 6Kengan Ashura

    Looking for the best martial arts anime 2019? Might as well check out Netflix's Kengan Ashura. This is about a tournament that lets businesses hire their own representatives to fight in arenas. And when Toki Taouma gets hired for an unarmed fight, he must do his best to win in combat so the company he represents also wins and gets everything. Stream this anime series to know more about his journey in defeating his opponents.
  4. 7Dragon 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.

  5. 8Ranma 1/2

    In case you're a fan of martial arts anime but you also miss watching romance and comedy series, then you may want to give Ranma 1/2 a try. Based on a manga series by Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma 1/2 tells the story of Ranma Saotome who turns into a girl whenever he gets doused with cold water. She also becomes a man when he gets doused with hot water. This sex-changing anime is known for having hilarious dialogues as well!
  6. 9Sengoku Basara


    If you're the type of person who loves watching anime series based on a video game, Sengoku Basara may be exactly what you're looking for. This centers on Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura as they work together in order to defeat the demon king.

  7. 10Yu Yu Hakusho


    Another good martial arts anime to watch right now is Yu Yu Hakusho. Also best known as Ghost Fighter, this anime series takes you to a high school student's life who was accidentally hit by a speeding vehicle after he saved someone. But the story doesn't end there since he can get a chance to come back to life and be an Underworld Detective. Find out more about how he'll accomplish his mission by streaming this anime. 

  8. 11Ben-To


    Are you in the mood for a fresh martial arts anime content but you're not willing to spend so much time binge-watching? Then Ben-To is perfect for you since it features awesome fighting scenes, and it only has 12 stellar episodes. This anime series is not the usual martial arts you'll expect, though, since it is set mainly in grocery stores and supermarkets where anime characters battle for food fights, and whoever wins get home the cheap eats.


  • #1
    January 17, 2020
    "This Baki anime is really something. Probably the best fighting in anime there is. Only Kengan Ashura comes close at least to me as a good martial arts anime"
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  • #2
    January 17, 2020
    "This has got to be the most realisitc martial arts anime I've seen. Glad to have seen its 2 seasons on Netflix. It's so lit!!"
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    Kengan Ashura
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6Kengan AshuraTV Shows 3 Paid
7Dragon Ball ZTV Shows 3 Paid
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9Sengoku BasaraTV Shows 3 Paid
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