Dinosaurs are often featured in works of fiction. Whether it’s books or documentaries, you’ll find dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes all around the world. These creatures are truly fascinating, and that cannot be denied, and that is why they are also present in the world of anime and manga. Sometimes, they are the focus of the plot, while, at other times, they are just episodic characters or background motifs that can be seen throughout the series.
Well, whatever the situation might be, we have decided to talk about those dinosaur-related anime series and bring you a list of the 15 best anime series featuring dinosaurs. As said, we are going to include those that focus exclusively on dinosaurs, as well as those that only use them as secondary plot elements.
Original Run: April 1, 1997 – present
Number of Episodes: 1,219
The Pokémon animated series follows the adventures of a young boy named Ash and his faithful Pokémon Pikachu. Ash travels the Pokémon world to obtain the supreme rank of “Pokémon Master”; to achieve this, he captures and trains Pokémon, in order to earn eight badges. The duo is often accompanied by a pair made up of another young boy and a young girl.
In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ash will no longer have a “travel” companion at all since he must pass the various trials on each island and therefore has no “companions” strictly speaking but rather a classmate. During the episodes, the group is confronted by a criminal organization calling itself Team Rocket. This organization attempts to steal and capture other Trainers’ Pokémon or Legendary Pokémon.
14. DinoZaurs: The Series
Original Run: July 28, 2000 – November 30, 2000
Number of Episodes: 26
According to the legend, the Dinozaurs or Dino Knights beat the Dragozaurs at a million. When the Dragozaurs reappear, a young man by the name of Kaito uses the dino dagger to give the Dino Knights energy back, and the Dinozaurs once more have to stop the dragozaurs from absorbing the life power of Earth.
13. Digimon Data Squad
Original Run: April 2, 2006 – March 25, 2007
Number of Episodes: 48
In Digimon Data Squad, Marcus Damon, a 14-year-old street fighter, meets Agumon, who is also trying to flee the Digital Accident Tactics Squad (DATS), a low-key government organization tasked with defending the real world against threats from the digital world.
After clashing, the two protagonists quickly become friends and, through a series of events, are inducted into the DATS by its commander, Rentaro Satsuma. The two young recruits are now teaming up with Thomas H. Norstein and his partner Gaomon, and Yoshino Fujieda and his partner Lalamon. Over the course of the episodes, Tohma discovers that the Digimon they are dealing with responding to the dark inclination of humans.
12. Digimon Adventure 02
Original Run: April 2, 2000 – March 25, 2001
Number of Episodes: 50
A new generation of chosen children made up of three new boys, Davis, Yolei, and Cody, and two of the previous generation, Kari and TK, receives a new type of Digivice, called D-3, which allows them to open a gateway that leads directly to the Digital World from any terminal.
Initially, they resort to a new type of Digivolution, the Armor Digivolution, which occurs thanks to special objects called Digi-Eggs (objects very different from the Digi-Eggs from which Digimon are born) and allows their Digimon to Digivolve into more powerful forms. In this way, after numerous battles, they manage to stop the crazy plans of the Digimon Emperor, whose true identity is that of Ken Ichijouji, thanks also to the sacrifice of Wormmon, the Digimon partner of Ken himself.
11. One Piece
Original Run: October 20, 1999 – present
Number of Episodes: 1,040
One Piece picks up Twenty-two years after Gol D. Roger’s execution, the interest in the One Piece treasure is waning. Many have given up on it, some even wonder if it really exists. Although pirates are still a threat to the locals, the Navy has become more effective in countering their attacks on all four seas: East Blue, North Blue, West Blue, and South Blue.
However, this change did not deter Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy, from wanting to become the successor to the legendary Roger. He will thus set off on an adventure, giving himself the first objective of creating a crew in order to reach the Grand Line sea, where the fever of the “great wave of piracy” continues to rage, and where many big names in the piracy are in pursuit of the One Piece, supposed to be on the last island of this great sea.
Original Release: April 18, 2000 – September 29, 2004
Number of Episodes: 224
Yu-Gi-Oh! revolves around Yugi Mutō a fifteen-year-old who attends the first year at the high school in the city of Domino. His father is always on a business trip, so he lives with his mother and grandfather Sugoroku Mutō, owner of the games store Turtle Game, above which their apartment is also located. Eight years earlier, his grandfather had given him a gold casket, stolen from an Egyptian tomb, which contained the pieces of a gold puzzle inside.
Only now does Yugi manage to reassemble it, after years of hard work; he gets a pendant in the shape of an inverted pyramid (in Egyptian mythology a symbol of doom) called the Millennium Puzzle (in the manga it is also the translation of the original Japanese name, Sennen Puzzle, in English the name is Millennium Puzzle).
On the golden casket that kept it, a text is engraved, according to which whoever completes the Puzzle will become the champion of justice and will have access to the occult knowledge of the Games of Shadows (Yami no Game in original and Shadow Games in English). However, Yugi does not know the whole truth: inside the Puzzle, a spirit is locked up (a pharaoh of 3,000 years ago, as it turns out in the next series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters).
When an abuse or a wrong is committed in front of the boy’s eyes, the spirit takes possession of his body, challenging the villain on duty to a game of shadows, which, generally, is a strange and dangerous game of his own invention, or readjustments of other games, in some cases, even Duel Monsters.
3. Digimon Tamers
Original Run: April 1, 2001 – March 31, 2002
Number of Episodes: 51
The 12-year-old Takato Matasuki is a fan of the Digimon card game. One day, after a game of cards with his two friends Kazu and Kenta, he discovers a mysterious credit card in his storage box. His reflex is to analyze it in his plastic Digivice which starts to shine in a strange way.
Takato eventually realizes that he has become a “Digimon tamer,” and accidentally creates his own Digimon partner, Guilmon, out of a drawing. Takato then meets two other children, who are later revealed to be trainers as well: Henry Wong and Rika Nonaka. One hell of a game. He immediately got on very well with Henry, but the two boys took a while to get to know and team up with Rika, who saw the Digimon as “fighting machines.
8. Digimon Adventure
Original Run: March 7, 1999 – March 26, 2000 / April 5, 2020 – September 26, 2021
Number of Episodes: 54 / 67
Digimon Adventure series initially tells the story of seven protagonists, more precisely Digidestined, named Taichi “Tai” Kamiya, Sora Takenouchi, Yamato “Matt” Ishida, Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi, Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa and Joe Kido. As they pass the time in their summer camp, snow accompanied by mysterious small objects falls from the sky.
Each child having respectively acquired his object, they are sucked by surprise into a dimensional portal and subsequently lands in a world composed entirely of digital data, known as the “digital world”, parallel to the “real world”. As soon as they land, the children discover their respective Digimon dedicated to protecting them and dedicated to fighting different and powerful antagonists threatening the Digital World.
7. The Transformers
Original Run: September 17, 1984 – November 11, 1987
Number of Episodes: 98
Originally, the Autobots and the Decepticons, intelligent transforming robots, fought on the planet Cybertron. For millions of years, the planet Cybertron has been the victim of a robotic civil war. On one side, the Autobots, whose leader is Optimus Prime, and on the other, the Decepticons led by Megatron. After millennia of struggle, the balance seems to be turning in favor of the Decepticons and the Autobots have gradually lost all control. There is only one solution left, board an Autobot spaceship, the Ark, and find fuel elsewhere.
The Decepticons do not imagine that by pursuing them and boarding the ship their fight would cause their loss to all. In the heat of battle, the Ark crashes to Earth in a mountain in North America. Aboard the wreckage, no signs of life. Four million years later, the onboard computer, Teletraan 1, restarts and begins to reassemble the robots, Autobots like Decepticons. The Ark sends probes all over the world to locate machines, devices, and other devices used by humans, especially vehicles, and to gather as much information as possible.
All these databases will be used by the computer to reconstruct the robots and adapt them. Optimus Prime and his Autobots will again face Megatron and his Decepticons on our planet. While the Decepticons have sworn to seize Earth’s energy resources, the Autobots team up with the human Spike and his father Sparkplug to stop them.
For the second season, the Decepticons still control Cybertron and Shockwave guards the entrance to the Space Bridge, a teleportation portal that connects Earth to Cybertron. The Autobots have a squad of robot dinosaurs, the Dinobots. Efficient but with limited intellect, the Dinobots are led by the Tyrannosaur Grimlock, violent and jealous of the authority of Optimus Prime. We see the arrival of new, more mobile troops, the creation of teams of combiners, and struggles that span space and time.
6. Muka Muka Paradise
Original Run: September 4, 1993 – August 27, 1994
Number of Episodes: 51
Muka Muka Paradise revolves around Uiba Shikatani the young daughter of a pet shop owner. For days she has been waiting for the eggs of the reptiles she is raising to not hatch and her father gives her a large egg to console her. The girl’s surprise is great when the egg hatches, revealing itself to be none other than a dinosaur egg. The little green dinosaur born from the egg can only pronounce the words “Muka Muka” which will become its name. Thus began the numerous adventures of Uiba and Muka Muka who among other things will travel back in time and reach the prehistoric world where they will find numerous other dinosaurs.
5. Jura Tripper
Original Run: April 2, 1995 – December 24, 1995
Number of Episodes: 39
Jura Tripper focuses on a group of young students from a naval academy who set out on a journey aboard a ship. A strange storm sends the ship’s controls haywire, which ends up off course and lands on an unknown island. After a series of adventures, the boys discover that they are in a parallel dimension, a world inhabited by men and dinosaurs; some of the latter are intelligent and able to speak, even if their race is “enslaved” by men and used only for the heaviest jobs. In trying to find a way home, the protagonists will face not a few dangers, but they will also make some surprising discoveries.
4. My Roomie Is a Dino
Original Run: April 5, 2020 – December 20, 2020
Number of Episodes: 12
Composed of 24 short segments combined into 12 episodes, My Roomie Is a Dino is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name and follows the daily adventures of a young girl who is living with a dinosaur in her apartment.
3. You Are Umasou
Original Run: October 4, 2010 – October 29, 2010
Number of Episodes: 20 (+ 3 films)
You Are Umasou series tells about the friendship between a lonely tyrannosaurus, called Tyrano, and a female pteranodon baby, called Punon, and the journey that will lead them to find the earthly paradise.
2. Oraa Guzura Dado
Original Run: October 7, 1967 – September 25, 1968 / October 12, 1987 – September 20, 1988
Number of Episodes: 52 / 44
In Oraa Guzura Dado we see Mister Bikkura breaking, as he usually does every day, his big egg to eat its contents: but here is that a kind of small and plump dinosaur suddenly jumps out of it. He is a red-skinned monster with a funny hat on his head and a bow tie. Guzura, as he is called, is a small dragon with a rhino horn on its face.
The series, an animated comedy intended for a purely childish audience, follows the misadventures that see him involved in the presence of men, animals, and strange creatures. So lost in the human world, he is surprised and confused, because everything he sees and hears is so strange and wonderfully new to him, and he is very intrigued by his surroundings, especially by the people he finds himself dealing with. He lives in a family with 2 young children.
Original Run: April 2, 2012 – September 26, 2015
Number of Episodes: 76 (120)
The stories of Gon are set in the animal kingdom in different regions of the world. The main character is the Tyrannosaurus rex Gon in the form of a rough, stubborn but kind-hearted baby. As an orphan, Gon, the creature from the past, stands alone among the surrounding animals. He tries to emulate them – in looting, in building a shelter – and most of the time unwittingly wreaks havoc with his rough nature.
Nevertheless, he has a soft heart, stands by his adoptive siblings, and competes against the strongest opponents. He prefers to have fun with other animals and romp through nature. Later, enormous violence and manipulation against adversaries play a greater role. The comics manage almost entirely without language, only at the end of an episode are the animals that appeared in the episode brought closer to the reader and their Latin names are given.