Naruto is one of the best and most famous anime of all time. It has a huge fan base and people all over the world love to watch it. Still, if you have already watched it (or watched it multiple times), you are probably looking for something new. If so, you are in the right place because we have a list of the best anime like Naruto you need to start watching today.
Naruto is a manga anime series about Naruto Uzumaki with his big dreams of becoming his village leader. The series had two parts; Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden. But all the Naruto fans should already know this.
So, all the anime lovers like myself love Naruto for its action, adventure, fantasy and comedy-laden scenes. However, what are the other mouth-watering anime that, like Naruto, will keep you glued to your TV? Let’s check them out.
20. Code: Breaker
Code: Breaker narrates the story of a high school girl named Sakura Sakurakōji, a skilled martial art enthusiast. However, while riding the bus one day, Sakura witnessed people being torched alive with a blue flame. Surprisingly, this was done by the hands of a kid who remained unharmed.
Nevertheless, she returns to the site the next day, only to discover no corpses or evidence of murder. However, when Sakura gets to class, she is left bemused. This is because the new student who just reported to her class was the same kid she saw the previous day, setting people on fire.
Sakura later learns that he is Rei Ōgami, a particular type of assassin with mysterious powers seeking revenge against people who had wronged him. Additionally, he is part of a secret organization that works for the government.
Seeking to redeem Rei from the path of vengeance, she becomes close to him. Also, she makes it her mission to convince Rei to abandon that path before people get hurt. Consequently, this anime features action, adventure, comedy and drama.
19. Nabari No Ou
This Japanese series is about Rokujou Miharu, a 14-year-old teenager carrying the highly coveted Hijutsu “Shinrabanshou,” scroll inside him. This scroll contains a powerful ancient Ninja technique that several Ninja clans desire to acquire.
Miharu is apathetic and nonchalant at first. However, when the rival clans bring their battles to him, he wakes up to the responsibility of the Scroll carrier. Also, he slowly rises to become the ruler of Nabari.
Due to the exaggerated Ninja fighting, it bears a similarity to Naruto.
18. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
This series is centered on the fantastic middle ages, where slavery was the norm. Scattered worldwide are several labyrinths called Dungeons containing vast treasures built by a particular class of rare magicians called the Magi. Additionally, they help people build their empires by leading them to the Dungeons.
Within the Dungeons are supernatural beings called Djinns that rule over the Labyrinth and grant successful people immense power and choose them as potential kings.
One day, Alibaba Saljula meets a mysterious young magician named Aladdin who can summon a djinn called Ugo from a flute. Additionally, Alibaba, who dreams of successfully exploring a dungeon, then invites Aladdin to join in his expedition.
They then agree to travel together to explore the nearest dungeon. Thus, that is where their adventures began, and by so doing, they’d come to fulfill their destinies.
17. Rurouni Kenshin
This anime tells the adventures of a young wandering ninja warrior, Kenshin Himura, who fought against the Tokugawa government alongside revolutionaries. However, after the government is toppled, he dedicates his life to helping and protecting innocent people. Nevertheless, he does this to pay for all the lives he took during the revolution.
After arriving in Tokyo, he comes to the rescue of a woman named Kamiya Kaoru, a sword instructor. She is also an owner of a dojo who’d later invite him to her dojo. Naturally, he would oblige, and there, the adventures of his new life unfold, facing off old and new enemies.
16. My Hero Academia
In My Hero Academia, two groups of people existed. First, they were the Quirks, which formed eighty percent of the entire population, these were humans with special superhero powers. Consequently, they could either manipulate the elements or shapeshift.
Also in existence were the Quirkless, who were humans with no special human powers. They made up the remaining twenty percent.
The Quirks are almost worshipped, while the Quirkless are discriminated against. Additionally, there are Hero Academies meant to recruit the Quirks and train them to harness their skills, master them. Subsequently, they use these skills to fight crime, defend the less powerful Quirks and Quirkless, and also fight villains.
The series narrates the story of a superhero-loving kid, Izuku Midoriya, who dreams of becoming a superhero. However, he has one problem – he is a Quirkless!
Because of his lofty dreams, he is usually ridiculed and bullied.
However, one day, fate smiled at him, and his fortune changed for good. He meets the number one Superhero, All Might, and inherits his power. He then enrolls in the Superhero Academy, where he soon finds out that the Superhero life isn’t as rosy as it seemed.
15. Soul Eater
Located in Death City in Nevada, United States is a school called Death Weapon Meister Academy for training humans. These humans learn to transform their bodies into Demon Weapons and Wielders of those weapons.
Shinigami, the academy’s headmaster, heads the school. Recently, the school had two kinds of people. They were humans that could shapeshift or transform their bodies into weapons and other humans called Meisters could wield those weapons.
There were three teams, each team consisting of a Meister and at least one weapon. Their goal was to make their human weapons a “Death Scythes”. Consequently, Shinigami could wield these against the many evils plaguing their mystical world.
This is achieved by the weapons absorbing the souls of 99 evil beings. Also, one which was also absorbed, or they would risk starting all over again.
Attending this school are Maka Albarn and her scythe weapon, Soul Eater; assassin Black Star and his weapon. Additionally, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, and the Shinigami’s son; Death the Kid, who wielded pistols, and twins, Liz and Patty Thompson.
Which team would achieve this daunting task, you ask me. Well, watch it and find out.
14. Blue Exorcist
In this anime, two worlds or dimensions exist, Assiah, the human world, and Gehenna, the world of demons. Usually, demons cannot pass into the human realm, but they now do because most have acquired physical bodies. Reason being that these are their only tickets to pass into Assiah.
Blue Exorcist tells the adventures of Rin Okumura, a kid who finds out that his younger twin, Yukio, and himself are the sons of Satan. Furthermore, he also realizes that he is the inheritor of Satan’s powers.
Subsubsequently, He uncovers this truth after a heated argument with his guardian, Father Fujimoto; a famous exorcist.
After watching Satan murder their guardian, Rin enrolls at True Cross Academy. This is an exorcist cram school dedicated to covertly training exorcists to protect Assiah in the human realm. In addition, this training seeks to protect them from the Gehenna, the demonic realm.
Nevertheless, he attempts to become an exorcist himself under Yukio’s tutelage to defeat his father Satan and avenge his guardian’s death.
13. Katekyo Hitman Reborn
Katekyo Hitman Reborn manga series revolves around Tsunayoshi Sawada (Tsuna for short). Tsuna is a Junior high school student who’s terrible at almost everything, school work inclusive.
The kid finds out that he will be made the tenth kingpin of the Vongola family. However, this family is a powerful Mafia organization and he is related to the first Vongola boss.
His life then changes for the better after he meets a hired home tutor named Reborn, who is an infant hitman. Reborn then trains him to become a worthy boss, and although reluctant at first, he weathers the storm and achieves greatness under Reborn’s tutelage.
12. One Punch Man
Saitama, the protagonist on One Punch Man, spent most of his life as an average guy in a world saturated with superheroes. However, one day, he decided to become a superhero and trained himself until he became exceptionally powerful.
He became so unique that he could defeat his foes with a single punch. Yes, you heard me correctly, just one punch.
Because of the ease with which he defeated villains, he became bored. Thus, in his quest to find a suitable and worthy opponent who could match his strength, he joined the Hero Association.
From here, things get lively, and life becomes more interesting.
11. Dragon Ball Z
Goku was given a mission to destroy the planet earth. However, he forgot his mission because he was dropped as a baby. Nevertheless, His brother, Raditz, followed him to earth to find out why Goku had not destroyed it yet.
In the epic battle that follows, Goku is killed by his brother Raditz who Piccolo, Goku’s partner, eventually kills.
But before he died, Raditz warned them of 2 aliens more evil and powerful than himself en route to earth. For this reason, the remaining fighters begin training in preparation to battle the aliens.
Goku, in the afterlife, trains himself in the secret technique of Kaio-ken as he prepares to be brought back to life.
10. Owari No Seraph
This anime series is set in 2012, in a world where a lethal human-made virus wipes out everyone above the age of 13years. At this same time, vampires surface from their recesses and enslave the remainder of the human populace.
Yūichirō Hyakuya, the protagonist, a 12-year-old orphaned boy, and other children are reared underground by vampires for their blood.
Yuichiro and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela planned to escape with the other children in the Hyakuya Orphanage. However, when their plan failed miserably, the other children were decimated, and Mikaela sacrificed himself so that Yuichiro could escape.
After escaping, Yuichiro joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, dedicating his life to exterminating the vampires and getting his revenge.
9. Hunter x Hunter
This anime is full of beautifully animated fight scenes, witty comedy and unique characters. You won’t be disappointed after watching it. Nevertheless, this manga anime series, just like Naruto, will keep you mesmerized all through.
It bears some similarities with Naruto based on the Ninja style of fighting, a boy hero learning to master his skills and martial arts.
It focuses on Gon Freecs, a 12-year-old boy on a quest to find his father, who left him at a young age to follow his dreams. Although his father wanted to be a legendary hunter, he also joins distinguished folks that find unknown items, such as lost treasures and others.
To accomplish this, he ventures into becoming a hunter himself and meets three new friends, and they travel together to carry out this dangerous yet exhilarating mission.
8. Fullmetal Alchemist
This anime tells the exciting tale of two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric. They were abandoned by their father and lost their mother through a terminal illness. Also, it talks about how they are determined to bring their mother back from the dead using the forbidden Alchemy technique of human transmutation.
When it goes awry, Edward’s older brother loses his left leg while the younger brother Alphonse completely loses his whole body. Consequently, Edward sacrifices his right arm and traps his brother’s soul in a suit of armor to save his brother’s soul.
Determined to restore their bodies, they join the military as State Alchemists. Now their aim is to get the philosopher’s stone which is the only way to undo what they had done in Fullmetal Alchemist.
7. Black Clover
Black cover is a Japanese Manga series about two orphans raised in the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom, Asta, and Yuno. In a world where magic is everything, Asta is born without magic, whereas Yuno possesses ordinary magic powers and the ability to control it.
Asta then trains his physical body to do tremendous things, and he gains super strength. Finally, they aspire to become the Magic King of the Clover Kingdom, which puts them at loggerheads with each other.
At 15, Yuno receives a unique and rare four-leaf grimoire to hone and amplify his magic skills. On the other hand, Asta receives a dirty five-leaf grimoire that gives him an antimagic sword.
After this, they join the Magic Knight Squad, where they train to become top mages and, at the same time, fight to protect the Clover Kingdom from their enemies and monstrous creatures.
6. The Seven Deadly Sins
This manga anime is set in the European middle ages in a region called Britannia. It narrates the tale of a band of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins.
When they supposedly attempted to topple the Liones Kingdom, they were outlawed.
Some years later, the Holy Knights plotted a coup d’état and overthrew the King. Despite this, his adopted daughter, Princess Elizabeth the third, embarked on a journey to recruit the assistance of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Interestingly enough, she finds the disbanded knight’s Captain, Meliodas. Thus, he concurs to assist her to emancipate the kingdom from the tyranny of the Holy Knights and clear their name.
They then embark on a search for the other knights while fending off attacks from the Holy Knights.
Nevertheless, as the anime unravels, it is disclosed that Meliodas’ destiny is tied to Elizabeth’s.
5. One Piece
One Piece narrates the adventures of Monkey Luffy, a young boy with a dream of becoming the King of Pirates. However, to fulfill this dream, he embarks on a daunting voyage with his group of pirate friends to collect the One Piece treasure.
If you’re a fan of Naruto, you’ll love this over 800 episodes of action-packed and adventurous manga anime.
All ye vampire lovers, this one’s for you.
Castlevania is built around a theme of horror, action, adventure, and spiced with some comedy here and there. Additionally, it tells the story of Trevor Belmont, Alucard and Sypha Belnades and their battles to stop the evil vampire Vlad Dracula Tepes and his minions.
It happens that Vlad Dracula Tepes’ wife is burned at stake after being falsely accused of witchcraft and heresy by the church in Wallachia. Thus, he vows to annihilate the whole human race, starting with Wallachia.
Quickly, he summons his vampire generals, and together with an army of demons, they spread fear, terror and death in Wallachia.
To stop this, the monster hunter Trevor Belmont of house Belmont, intervenes. Together with Sypha, Belnades and Dracula’s son Alucard, Trevor fights against Dracula and his forces in epic battle scenes.
Castlevania is a must-watch, guys.
3. Blood of Zeus
This new anime series from Netflix Studios is built on Greek mythology. So, if you are a fan of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera and the likes, you should see this. Also, It belongs to the action, adventure and fantasy genres.
Blood of Zeus is about Heron, an illegitimate son of Zeus from an affair between Zeus and a human. However, being unaware of his fatherhood and abilities, he is forced into a life of hardship with his mother.
Later on, everything changes when the goddess Hera learns of her husband, Zeus’s betrayal. She then conspires with the Titans who are mortal enemies of the gods, to end Zeus and his bastard son.
Heron must then let go of his grievances against his father Zeus and team up with the other gods to battle the Titans.
Bleach is a Japanese manga series very similar to Naruto for its action-packed scenes and comedy-laden content.
It highlights the tale of a 14-year-old teenager called Ichigo Kurosaki. Rukia Kuchiki is a Soul Reaper and one of the certain warriors tasked with transmitting spirits from the living world to the spirit world. They are called the Soul Society; thus, they hunt and kill dangerous spirits called Hollows.
Rukia becomes severely wounded, so she temporarily transfers her soul-reaper powers to Ichigo. This is because Ichigo was at the scene of the fight and could see spirits.
With his newfound powers, he must now temporarily take over Rukia’s duties as a substitute Soul Reaper for Karakura Town. But, unfortunately, when the Soul Society discovers what Rukia has done, she is apprehended and sentenced to be executed.
Ichigo then enlists the aid of his friends who have abilities of their own, and they venture into the Soul Society to rescue Rukia. Thus, a fierce battle ensues between the Soul Reapers and Ichigo and his friends.
1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Even though it’s a very controversial TV show in the anime community, some call it an anime while others strongly disagree. Nevertheless, it’s so much of a top show that I believe it deserves to be on this list. That said, this has to be one of the best animes ever, no arguments about this one. If you’ve not seen this one, you’re missing out.
It is hard to conclude which other anime have achieved the feats Avatar: The Last Airbender boasts of. It has a collection of at least nine awards and a rating of 9 out of 10. Incredible right? Yeah, I know!
This breathtaking anime series is based on an ancient civilization comprising four nations emphasized by four elements; Water, Earth, Fire and Air. Also, each nation has within it certain gifted people that can manipulate their nation’s signature elements. They are called Benders.
Thus the Water nation divided into a Northern and Southern Water Tribe had Water benders that could manipulate water. Also, the Earth kingdom had earth benders, the Fire nation had fire benders while the Air nomads could bend air.
Only the Avatar had the innate ability to master and bend all four elements. Note that they usually come from one of the four nations every generation following the cycle of Fire, Air, Water and Earth.
The responsibility of the Avatar was to maintain peace between the four nations. Also, they had to serve as the link between the spirits and man. However, this Avatar was a 12 years old Airbender called Aang. He was now burdened by the seemingly overwhelming responsibility he would be taking and the pieces of training he was doing, he fled his home on his bison.
However, he got caught in a storm, and so he encased himself and the bison. As the storm raged, he got trapped in an iceberg and went into a trance for 100 years.
Now, as the ruthless Fire Nation, led by the then Fire Lord Sozin, sought to conquer the three other nations, he began his conquest by wiping out the Air nomads because he knew the Avatar was to come from there.
The conquest was largely successful because a comet aided the fire nation, making their benders more potent than usual. Only the Earth Kingdom of Ba Sing Se resisted.
100 years later, Katara and her older brother Sokka from the Southern Water Tribe stumbled into the Avatar Aang and woke him up from his trance.
After being enlightened about the events in his absence, he would begin his long, daunting task. At this point, He had to free the other three nations from the Fire Nations tyranny with the help of Katara, Sokka, Toph and Zuko.