What are the best sword and sorcery anime?

Swords and sorcery are indeed very popular in anime, even more so with the trend of isekai anime coming out every season. But while waiting for the next good-ish isekai anime to come out, here are some of the best sword and sorcery anime to satisfy your cravings.

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    #1The 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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    Liu Du
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "The Ancient Magus' Bride is the perfect definition of what a sword and sorcery anime should be! all important elements like supernatural beings, romance and magic are all present 😍"
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    #2Magi: 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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    Rachel Owens
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "This has a touch of a middle-eastern theme to it. This is definitely a sword and sorcery anime but to be honest, this has more magic than swords. Aladdin is fantastic. I love how Aladdin and Alibaba conquer dangerous dungeons. Animation is great too."
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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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    Chan Wang
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "For me, this is the most popular sword and sorcery anime. Best for people who love to witness battles with the participation of summoned spirits and other mythological figures to help them win the battles. "

DID YOU KNOW?

Fate/stay night, one of the entries on this list of best sword and sorcery anime, has been adapted into seven different anime by two different animation companies. The first to work on it was Studio Deen, working on both Fate/stay night (which covered the Fate route of the visual novel) and on its follow-up, the Unlimited Blade Works movie (the 2nd route). Studio Deen had previously worked on other famous anime such as You’re Under Arrest, Rurouni Kenshin (a.k.a. Samurai X), and the two most well-known harem anime adaptations: Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura (a.k.a. Lamu the Invader Girl). Studio Deen later on became the studio behind well-known titles such as GetBackers and Ueki no Hosoku (a.k.a. Law of Ueki). They also worked on KonoSuba and the Seven Deadly Sins film, which are, coincidentally two other entries on this list!

Ufotable took the reins after with Fate/Zero (prequel anime to Fate/stay night), the Unlimited Blade Works TV series (2nd route re-adaptation), and the Heaven’s Feel film trilogy (two of which are released and the third in production). Despite being founded in 2002, Ufotable was relatively obscure until 2007, when it released the first anime adaptation of the Kara no Kyoukai novels (a.k.a. The Garden of Sinners). This break would flourish in 2011 when they took on Fate/Zero. After the success of both adaptations, Ufotable earned a reputation for raising the bar in animation quality, as seen in succeeding works such as God Eater and Tales of Zestiria the X (both based on games by Bandai Namco), Katsugeki Touken Ranbu (based off the browser game by Nitroplus), and Kimetsu no Yaiba. The studio doesn’t have a literal table made from a UFO (sadly) but they manage to achieve stellar animation quality.

PS: If you fancy sword and sorcery, you might want to watch The Seven Deadly Sins 2!

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    #4Fairy 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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    Emma Wu
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "This anime will have you hooked just from the first few episodes. Almost all characters have their own unique charm and of course magic 😉"
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    #5Konosuba

    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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    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Juan Griffin
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "Okay, this sword and sorcery anime represents me and my sister sometimes. Like Kazuma and Aqua are stuck together as partners in crime but Kazuma realizes how useless Aqua is. LOL But yeah, to be fair, this anime is pretty humorous!"
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    #6InuYasha

    InuYasha

    InuYasha is a feudal fantasy romance anime based on the manga series of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime was broadcasted at the Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008. 

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    $19.99

    Chao Yang
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "InuYasha is such a cute elf! To the somewhat older generation or people who are my age, I am sure you watched this anime together with Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and Bleach. Am I right? Recommending this sword and sorcery anime to all anime lovers =)"
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    #7Claymore

    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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    Liu Du
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "Hands down the best sword and sorcery anime! The story is so engaging and most of the characters are actually likable "
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    #8Berserk

    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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    Huang Wan
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "I am a huge fan of the manga so I had high expectations for this anime. Sword and sorcery anime will always have a place in my heart and as for the manga-anime comparison, I think the anime managed to keep all the main elements from the manga so I like it 😊"
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    #9Yona of the Dawn

    Yona of the Dawn

    Yona of the Dawn, also known as Akatsuki no Yona, is an adventure fantasy romance anime television series based on Mizuho Kusanagi's manga of the same name. It aired from 2014 to 2015 with 24 episodes.

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    Trishla Rodrigues
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "Why did I only discover this now??? I've been binge watching for about 2 hours now and I love it! and I just really have to mention their soundtrack is amazing! will definitely download them all 😍"
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    #10The Heroic Legend of Arslan

    The Heroic Legend of Arslan

    The Heroic Legend of Arslan is an action fantasy anime television series based on the manga of the same name by Yoshiki Tanaka that aired in 2016 with 8 episodes. It follows the story of crown prince Arslan claiming Pars kingdom. 

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    Daniel Cruz
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "This sword and sorcery anime is a great combination of adventure, anime, and war. You'll really feel as if you're part of his Journey 😉"
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    #11Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a fantasy anime television series based on the manga of the same name by Nahoko Uehashi. It aired on 2007 with 26 episodes following the journey of Balsa and Prince Chagum's journey. 

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    Yuan Cao
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "My favorite anime of ALL TIME!!! Awesome animation and all episodes are consistently good. Unique protagonist."
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    #12Seven 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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    $8.99- Varies by plan

    Xiang Qiao
    Written on March 18, 2019
    "It may not be the best out there but it's a great anime with just the right amount of swords and magic 😊 "
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    #13Record of Lodoss War

    Record of Lodoss War

    Record of Lodoss War is a Japanese anime television series based on the novels and manga by Ryo Mizuno. It centers on the adventures of Parn and a group of medievals who must participate in a war against dark forces. 



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    Xiang Qiao
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "If you are looking for sword and sorcery anime then you should watch Record of Lodoss War. This should be the basis of all fantasy anime out there. It has great back story, strong character development which has drawn me to watch it. "
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    #14Scrapped Princess

    Scrapped Princess

    Scrapped Princess is a comedy fantasy anime television series based on the light novel series of the same name by Ichiro Sakaki that aired in 2003 with 24 episodes. It was about Pacifica Casull who was abandoned because of a prophecy.

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    Pamela Cox
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "I know the title of Scrapped Princess sounds boring but dont worry this swords and magic anime would be worth it. COme on this was created by the same prod team who made Cowboy Bebop so yeah expect dark themes and pretty good animation. "
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    #15Black 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

    Carmen Nieto
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "A friend of mine recommended to me Black Clover when he saw me looking for animes with magic and swords. At first i was hesistant to watch this tbh. But if you are like me who is into world of magic with guilds and evil wizards this will be your cup of tea. "
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    #16Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, also known as Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions is an isekai anime based on a manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of Haruhiro in a fantastic world called Grimgar after he wakes up with no memories. 

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    Helen Lee
    Written on September 26, 2019
    "This anime is for those fantasy fans particulalry those who are into swords and sorcery that wants more serious story on their anime"

Summary

Best What are the best sword and sorcery anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Ancient Magus' BrideTV Shows 17 Free
2Magi: The Labyrinth of MagicTV Shows 11 Paid
3Fate/Stay NightTV Shows 8 Free
4Fairy TailTV Shows 6 Paid
5KonosubaTV Shows 5 Paid
6InuYashaTV Shows 5 Paid
7ClaymoreTV Shows 3 Paid
8BerserkTV Shows 3 Paid
9Yona of the DawnTV Shows 3 Free
10The Heroic Legend of ArslanTV Shows 1 Paid
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