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What are the best steampunk anime?

Who would’ve forgotten the legacy of Edward and Alphonse Elric and the times they’ve made us cry? If you don’t know who they are, chances are still high that sometime in the past, you’ve come across an anime about a blonde boy and his brother whose soul is basically stuck in an armor. If it still doesn’t ring a bell, maybe the words Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will? I hope it did because if not, then you just missed one of the best anime of all time. Very different from the majority of animes available, this story was set sometime around the European Industrial Revolution and is heavily influenced by science and magic. Its uniqueness is not something to be surprised about because steampunk, in general, is not a popular subgenre.

In a strict sense, Fullmetal Alchemist is not fully steampunk though it has enough elements to be considered one. Depending on where you get the definition from, steampunk will have many meanings but to put it simply, it is a subgenre of the science fiction that deals with steam-powered engines, machinery, weapons, travel, and any techy stuff you can think off and is set in the Victorian era, right about when the industrial revolution took place. Fascinating, isn’t it? Sadly, we’re not here to deep dive into the nitty-gritty of the genre. Rather, we’re here to introduce to you the best steampunk anime you can watch. Yup, that’s right, we’ll help you get lost in the world of retro-futuristic inventions and aesthetic vintage fashion. Put on your hats and goggles, sit back, relax, enjoy the series, and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

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  1. 1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a great example of a streampunk anime series that seamlessly incorporates high tech into an old-fashioned world that is governed by alchemy rather than science.

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  1. 2Steamboy

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    As if the title wasn't enough of a giveaway already, Steamboy is creator, Katsuhiro Otomo's love letter to the steampunk anime genre and is one of the best steampunk anime movies to this day.

  2. 3Fullmetal Alchemist

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    Before there was Fullmetal Alchemist, there was Fullmetal Alchemist, a version of the show that is much less focused on the manga series but is a great steampunk anime series in its own right and is still worth checking out.

  1. 4Howl's Moving Castle

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    Howl's Movie Castle is a classic Studio Ghibli film and is one of the earliest examples of a steampunk anime movie drawing heavily on early industrial age concepts while incorporating futuristic ideas such as humanoids. 

  2. 5Samurai 7

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    Samurai 7 is one of the more unique entries in the steampunk anime genre. It's a steampunk anime featuring very Japanese samurai characters, but set in Europe and features half-machine villains and lasers.

  3. 6Last Exile

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    Last Exile is a Japanese animated television series created by Gonzo. This steampunk action/adventure anime, which is set in a somewhat futuristic Imperial age. It follows the adventures of Claus and Lavie, two Vanship messengers who happened to take on a dangerous 7 star mission to transport a girl to a legendary mercenary ship (Silvana).

  4. 7Future Boy Conan

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    After the world is nearly destroyed by a war, a young boy and his friends must fight to save the world from those who seek to conquer what is left of civilization. Future Boy Conan is a classic anime series directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

  5. 8Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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    Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a 12-episode anime TV series released in 2016. During the Industrial Revolution, mankind is threatened by the sudden emergence of undead monsters, the Kabane, who can only be killed by piercing their heart through an iron plate.

  6. 9Bleach

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    We all know who the Grim Reaper is, with ever-looming presence waiting to knock on our door. What about a Soul Reaper though? Ever wondered what it's like in a day in their life? Well, the anime Bleach may not be an accurate depiction, but it is an entertaining one. Prepare yourself for a supernatural adventure full of monsters, swordfights, and the orange-haired teenager at the center of it all. Bleach is a critically-acclaimed anime series that's been praised for its compelling story, amazing action sequences, and great character development. It's a show that we've re-watched many times and will probably continue to do so for years to come. Getsuga Tenshou!

  7. 10Castle in the Sky

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    Castle in the Sky is a timeless classic by Hayao Miyazaki. In the movie we'll learn how Pazu, a young apprentice of engineer meets Sheeta a young girl that floats down from the sky held by a pendant. Both are searching for the legendary floating castle of Laputa and bond together to find it. In the journey, they will encounter air pirates, secret agents and many adventures to live.

  8. 11Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water

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    Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water is an adventure drama anime series that tells the tale of a Nadia, an acrobatic orphaned girl searching for her father and Jean-Coq, a young French inventor. Together they get tangled in a conspiracy that threatens the entire world.

  9. 12Metropolis

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    Metropolis is an adventure drama anime film that was released back in 2001. It takes place in a futuristic city of Metropolis where humans and robots co-exist. A police officer and his nephew must investigate the events surround a particular, an advanced AI robot named Tima.

  10. 13Kino's Journey

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    Kino's Journey is an action-adventure anime which aired from April 8 until July 8, 2003, for a total of 13 episodes. The anime tells the story of Kino, a young traveler who embarks on a journey to various places with her talking motorcycle.

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The steampunk aesthetic harkens back to the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variation of cyberpunk, coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who wanted to use an original term to describe the style of the worlds he had created in Morlock Night and Infernal Devices. In its purest essence, steampunk is Victorian science fiction, the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life, and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers. The style is evident in films like The City Of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Hugo by Martin Scorsese, Brad Silberling's A Series Of Unfortunate Events and Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpieces Howl’s Moving Castle and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Recently the style was showcased in Mortal Engines, the 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film that disastrously tanked commercially.

Three of the most recognizable design aspects of this science fiction subgenre are steam (obviously), gears and goggles. Steam engines are a vital aspect of life in a steampunk world. Steam more generally signifies a world in which steam technology is both dominant and prolific. The gear is not exactly unique to the genre. In steampunk, it joins related devices such as flywheels and pistons as the “power lines” of the steam age. Finally, goggles are frequently encountered in steampunk clothing and imagery. They are associated with both science and mechanized travel, both of which are common themes in steampunk. The genre has a longlasting appeal. Some people are drawn to it from a love of the Victorian period. Others enjoy steampunk’s unique approach to technology. Many people are drawn to it in light of its fashion aspects. Whatever the reason, steampunk anime movies and series are here to stay. 

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12 comments

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    Anonymous
    January 10, 2018
    "I love to watch anime, especially Steampunk Anime. My friend recommended Last Exile. I couldn't get into it at all. It was incredibly boring and not at all representative of Steampunk in general. Although I love the studio, Gonzo, I did not like this offering of theirs at all. The animation quality was not very good, either. I just found it to be very boring and I wouldn't recommend it at all."
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    Last Exile
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2019
    "I've always been a fan of things relating to steampunk so when I found out about this anime series, I knew I had to watch it as soon as I could and it did not disappoint. From the steampunk-inspired designs for the cities and vehicles to the very weapon used to defeat the kabane, it's all so cool. One of the best steampunk anime that you can watch right now."
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    Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
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    Anonymous
    September 28, 2017
    "Samurai 7 is a 7 disk boxed set of steampunk anime available from Amazon.com. It is based on the 1954 Seven Samurai by Akia Kurosawa. It only has 30 reviews on Amazon but it did receive an average of 4.5 stars. If you are into Anime this is a fairly good one. It is kind of hard to say it is one of the best though with such a small following."
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    Samurai 7
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    Anonymous
    March 23, 2017
    "If you are a fan of anime and steampunk (especially seeing what they can create as far as technology) era, this is definitely something that you could love. Seeing the creations in the background (and also foreground) is true to the nature of the genre, and you also won't be disappointed with the action sequences used in this anime!"
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    Steamboy
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2018
    "I saw a couple of episodes of this series and really liked it. So, when I looked it up and found how much it cost, I was shocked. This might be a really good series but the price they are asking for it is outrageous. I can't see paying that much for something that will provide such a limited time of enjoyment."
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    Fullmetal Alchemist
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    Anonymous
    May 1, 2017
    "This is a Japanese Anime film. It is a story about a girl working in a hat shop who is swept of her feet by a wizard named Howl. She is cursed and turned into a 90 year woman and they try to break the spell. She loves and supports Howl which causes him to try to bring peace to their Kingdom."
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    Howl's Moving Castle
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2019
    "This is one of the most endearing anime shows that I have seen in recent memory. It all happens in a post-apocalyptic world and yet it doesn't feel all that dreadful. The various locations also have some steampunk design elements to them. It's a beautiful world indeed."
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    Kino's Journey
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "Although this is a very interesting anime, it is not steampunk. Steampunk is Victorian sci-fi whereas this one is more like colonial sci-fi. If you are looking for steampunk anime then you would be better off trying Fullmetal Alchemist."
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    Future Boy Conan
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2019
    "It doesn't get any more steampunk than this with the plot centering around an anime steampunk girl. It doesn't hurt that it has a great story even though it can get convoluted and gets in the way of character development at times."
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    Metropolis
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2019
    "This one is a classic and is a good example of a steampunk anime done right. It's loosely based on the novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and it tackles a lot of the same themes and philosophies as the novel did."
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    Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water
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    Anonymous
    September 28, 2017
    "Fullmetal Alchemist is a great anime. I'm not entirely sure that it's really steampunk though. It's definitely not the best steampunk anime out there either, even if it is steampunk. Futuristic? Yes. Steampunk? Probably not."
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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2019
    "It's a great film that has obvious steampunk influences in how some of the cities and even the "castle" itself was designed. If you're looking for a steampunk anime to watch, be sure to check this one out."
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    Castle in the Sky
This list is about What are the best steampunk anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 25 Paid
2SteamboyMovies 22 Paid
3Fullmetal AlchemistTV Shows 19 Paid
4Howl's Moving CastleMovies 10 Paid
5Samurai 7TV Shows 6 Paid
6Last ExileTV Shows 6 Paid
7Future Boy ConanTV Shows 4 Paid
8Kabaneri of the Iron FortressTV Shows 0 Paid
9BleachTV Shows 0 Paid
10Castle in the SkyMovies 0 Paid
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