Are you looking for the next martial arts anime to watch? This list is for you. I have compiled all the best and top-rated anime with martial arts action. You’ll certainly agree that the fight scenes of this type of anime series are pretty much exciting and very fun to watch. Plus, if the anime creators did a great job with the animation, it makes things even better.
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
I would confidently say that one of the most epic martial arts anime would be Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. It’s the story of a guy named Kanichi who has been bullied for a long time and then decided to learn martial arts. The show has a lot of intense fight scenes thus violence is a common scene on most episodes. The good side is that the violence part is not exaggerated. Its an excellent martial arts anime since it has a lot of punching and kicking in most of the fight scenes. Overall, the anime is pretty amazing and our protagonist is very much likable. You’ll see the progression of the main character from being a weak person slowly learning different fighting techniques the hard way. So if you are interested in watching an anime with lots of action where the protagonist is not overpowered right from the start, then go watch this anime.
When we talk about anime related to martial arts, the one that rises among the others would be Tenjou Tenge. The story is about students in a martial arts school. Due to the nature of the school, its natural to see groups of students with different fighting styles competing against each other of course to determine who is the strongest and which fighting style rules.
All eyes are on the Jyukenbo Club led by their very sexy captain Natsume. She may be a girl, but she definitely could fight. Other members of the club that would get your attention would be Nagi and Aya. When we talk about fight scenes, this anime is great, just don’t mind the story since it did not perform well on this part.
Number of Episodes: 26
Baki the Grappler
Most of the anime fans who watch Baki the Grappler decided to watch it for the rights. If you are looking for amazing fight scenes displaying different martial art techniques, then this is a must-see. The great thing about this anime is it also discusses a lot of things about the different martial art styles, it gives info on its history, techniques and different moves. Thus, viewers would somehow have more idea about these various fighting styles.
In general, you will love this anime due to its great art, insane fight scenes which will leave you at the edge of your seat and interesting characters with different backgrounds. Each of the strong characters was also given enough air time so you would know them more and how they became that strong in the martial art they have chosen to master.
One of the new martial arts anime is Baki(Ona) and if you have loved this anime in the previous years, you’ll even get hooked with the latest season with better animation and more insane fight scenes.
Baki the Grappler (2001): 24 Episodes
Baki the Grapper 2 (2001): 24 Episodes
Baki (Ona) 2018 : 26 Episodes
Dragon Ball Z
Among the oldest anime in the martial arts genre would be Dragon Ball Z. If you are the kind of person who craves a lot for fight scenes with supernatural powers, then you should watch Dragon Ball. I think if you have not watched this anime yet, you are among the few anime lovers who haven’t watch it yet. There are already a lot of versions or should I say seasons for this anime and the most recent I think is Dragon Ball Heroes.
Now in terms of martial arts, this anime is more of supernatural powers especially after son Goku became a super saiyan, but still the fight scenes have some martial arts components. You’ll appreciate the martial arts of this anime on the first few series where Goku is still not a Saiyan.
For martial arts enthusiasts, Naruto certainly has a lot to offer. Majority of the fight scenes in this anime series has something to do with martial arts. Fistfights are a common scenario in this anime and though there are lots of fight scenes, you’ll never grow tired of watching it.
If there is one character that you have to watch out who is very much interesting when it comes to martial arts, that would be Rock Lee and his master Gai. Both of them are excellent in hand to hand combat.
Is an entertaining samurai anime with great fight scenes. It has a unique art style which for me is a big childish but still great enough to get my interest. The main character in this anime is Shichika who is the son of a person who is very much adept in using the martial art technique called Kyoto Ryu. Even though its the Samura era, this technique is still feared by many. Shichika was able to master the technique of his father and is leaving peacefully on a small island with his sister.
Samurai action fights plus excellent martial arts technique makes this anime a much watch for anime fans. Like other anime series, it has its short-comings but for me, it still is interesting enough to watch especially for those love to watch anime fights.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic anime that features martial arts. Though there is already supernatural powers involved in this anime, martial arts action is still there. It became widely popular in the 90s due to its nice story, interesting characters and lots wonderful action scenes. It’s an action-packed anime that featured a group of 4 friends lead by Yusuke.
Its a new martial arts anime that was released July 2019 and is closely similar to Baki the Grappler. So if you have already finished watching Baki, try checking this out. This anime features underground Mix Martial Arts (MMA) fights which makes it bloody and full of muscles guys frighting to death. Its a recommended anime for martial art lovers due to the MMA nature of this anime and its definitely packed with lots of fights. Similar to Baki, the anime also did a great job of explaining the principles behind the techniques that the anime characters are using in their fights.
Hajime no Ippo
Who said boxing is not a martial arts? Boxing is considered to be one of the oldest martial arts of all time. And for me, the best anime that highlights this discipline is no other than Hajime no Ippo. This anime is not only full of fight scenes, but above all, it’s pretty much exciting and inspiring. You will see the struggles of the main character Ippo and how he had transitioned from a guy who lacks the confidence to one that is able to face his fears like a true man would.
In an anime story, it’s just excellent to watch someone who started from the group slowly climbing into popularity due to his perseverance and dedication in the sport he becomes to love.
This anime is a unique one, you will know why the moment you watch it. You are given a hint in the title on why this anime is unique. It’s an anime that became popular during the time when Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakushu were also the talk of the town. This anime is more of a sitcom anime where the episodes are somehow not connected to each other. Aside from having a taste of action and martial arts, the anime has a high dose of comedy. So aside from appreciating the fight scenes, you will also have a good laugh watching Ranma 1/2.
Ikki Tousen also is known as Battle Vixens, is an action-packed anime, but if you are annoyed of too much fan service, this is not the anime for you. To give you an idea, most of the fight scenes with girls end up with deconstruction of clothing so by now, you know what to expect. Plus, huge boobs + fight scenes means boobs flying left and right so be also prepared for that.
If you are among those who are very much particular with the story of an anime, you should first have a good grasp of Chinese History before watching this. When it comes to action, yes there will be lots of it.
If you are looking for hand to hand combat, this anime will suffice. Its a story of Seigi who is a martial arts students and due to a certain event that happened in his life he was able to gain incredible power. Our main character is the type of person who wants to master the craft of his martial art and become stronger than his current state. This anime has lots of fight scenes where our hero is even faced with opponents who are stronger than him.
I really appreciate the fight scenes in this anime. It’s brutal and pretty much interesting while still being close to reality. Though there are superpowers involved, the hand to hand combat outshines it.
One Punch Man
I believe almost all anime lovers today know or have heard about One Punch Man, even if you have not watched it yet, surely you have heard about it from a friend or have seen it on social media. Saitama, who is the main character of this anime is considered to be the strongest human on earth(though I really doubt he is a human in the first place). Even though he looks like a natural bald guy, he has an out of this world strength and speed as well.
Well yeah, due to his strength, you won’t appreciate much of his fights since he could finish enemies with one punch only(now you have an idea regarding the title). The outstanding fight scenes would come from the other hero characters in the anime like Genos, White Fang and others.
If you have not watched this anime yet, your definitely missing a lot of fun so go watch it now. You’ll never regret it.
This anime has 26 episodes and for those in the action genre, it’s a good show to watch. Though the fight scenes are great, you somehow would not appreciate it that much in terms of martial art skills since the main enemy are big bugs. Yes, it is set in a time or world where there are big buys eating humans and so we have the good guys to protect us.
Personally, I do like the show mainly because of its satisfying fight scenes and interesting characters. However, there is something in this anime that tells me that it lacks something that would make it great. Nonetheless, it’s still entertaining even though the story is not good. If gory and fan service your thing, then you will not have any problem watching this show.
This anime is about a unique martial art style which is Sumo. If you have watch Hajime no Ippo he story is closely similar, but of course in a different sport. The main character had to endure a lot of struggle before achieving his goals. Its an inspiring anime to watch since you will see the effort of the main character to be stronger win every match he enters.
I think the good thing about this anime aside from being inspiring is it also educates people about the sport Sumo. It definitely is a good sports anime that delivers the essence of this genre.
Surprisingly, even though this is an old anime, it got a lot of good reviews from various anime fans. Since the main characters are mostly girls, what one might think that it only rests on fan service, however it delivers more. The best thing with this anime is the fight scenes. A lot of martial art styles were displayed on the fight scenes so for those who love to watch action, you will get hooked with this anime. It is bloody with an incredible amount of fan service, but in general it still an enjoyable series.
Among the most popular genre in the anime world is definitely romance anime. It is just nice to see anime characters showing love, care and affection. The best thing is all is that these anime series does not only revolve around drama, there is also magic, adventure and comedy.
Being an anime fan for a long time now, I have already seen a lot of romance anime and below I have listed my top recommendation. You surely would have your own list of best romance anime so why not share them in the comment below. But before that, check out the list I have prepared for you.
Due to an accident, Banri Tada sadly lost all his memories. Life continues and he was admitted at a Law School in Tokyo hoping to get a new start in life. Here he met Kaga Kouko. After their first meeting, there was already a spark and like somehow they have already known each other for a long time.
As the story continues, the main character discovered a lot about college life and all the emotions that comes with it which of course involve falling in love – both pain and happiness. The best thing about this anime is that it reflects life situation in all corners, not just around the school premises which makes the experience of the characters more realistic.
The same with Golden Time, the main character in this anime series Tohru also encountered a misfortune. Her mother died in a car crash and because of this, she decided to live with her grandfather. But, things did not go well in that place so she ended up living all by herself in a tent. Fate came into the picture allowing her to meet Yuki Sohma, Shigure and Kyo who are cousins. Since then, things changed and Tohru is about to discover a great secret of the Sohmas.
This anime is one of the most loved anime ever made so its no surprise that it is very popular and from its first release around year 2000, it is now re-animated in 2019 where currently the series is still on-going.
The anime title already reveals what is very special in this anime which is the main character Shirayuki having an apple-red hair unlike anyone have seen – at least in their time. She seems to be one of a kind with her hair which even draws the attention of the prince in their place and wanted her to be a mistress. Of course, Shirayuki does not agree with this and decided to flee the kingdom by going to the forest where she met Zen.
This charming guy who also is a prince easily got the trust of Shirkayuki so she went with Zen in his castle. In this kingdom she continued her pursuit in becoming a great palace pharmacist. The question now is how will the relationship of Zen and Shirayuki develop considering that our main character attracts a lot of attention not only because of her red hair but also because of her kindness. Eventually, other characters get to fall in love with her.
Your Lie in April
Kousei Arima our main character is a genius in playing the piano, but due to the sudden death of his mother he forgot about his passion to play the piano. This was inevitable since losing your mother is definitely one of the biggest stones that life would throw at you. He had lived a dull life not until he meets Kaori Miyazono who is a violinist. This meetup is about to change the life of Kousei significantly. Slowly his life turned from monotonous to one which lots of color.
This anime will definitely make you cry due to the emotions that each character shows. Soon you will realize that the death of his mother is not the only reason why he stopped playing the piano. Though most of the time, it’s serious drama, there is still some slice of comedy in this anime which gives off a lighter feeling. The anime shows how one true love could change a persons life.
Clannad is a love story of Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa. Tomoya is the kind of person who does not take seriously his future that is why the somehow lacks interest in his studies and finds school life boring. On the other hand, Nagisa is a repeating 3rd year since she missed of a lot of the previous year. And since most of the student she knows already graduated, she had become lonely, but not until she met Tomoya.
As they continue to be together Tomoya slowly realized their life is interesting and it has a lot to offer. In short, he slowly found meaning into his life the moment he met Nagisa. It’s definitely a love story that one should not miss. You could easily relate to it and not to mention it also have a lot of funny scenes.
Considered to be one of the best romantic comedy anime of all time. Torodora should not be missed for anyone looking to watch an anime in the romance genre. The love journey of the main characters Taiga and Ryuji is about learning the true meaning of love. They resort to some silly decisions or action just to get the attention of their crushes and they both end up failing in achieving their goals.
The show does not show how silly you become when you have crushes especially when its your first time having this kind of feeling. But it portrays that eventually, you will learn from all your love experience and you grow with it. You will just be looking back in time and smile at how silly you have been before. And before I forget, expect to get tons of laugh with this anime.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana is one of those anime that is pretty much interesting and has a unique story. It’s actually about a ghost who could not get into the afterlife since she still has to fulfill her final wish. The problem is she does not anymore have the memory on what her final wish is. She will be aided by her group of friends led my Jinta who is the only person who could see her. Their goal is to help their ghost friend discover what would make her rest in peace.
This anime really packs a lot of emotion and is considered as one of those shows that would certainly make you cry. The love story here is more of the love for a friend type of relationship.
Inuyasha is one of those classic anime. It’s under the genre demon romance anime. The main characters here are Kagome and Inuyasha. Kagome is human – a high school girl while Inuyasha is a half demon. Their love story is unique, human and demon though this kind of theme is not new in the anime world.
It all started when Kagome who is from the modern day was sent to the world of Inuyasha in the feudal era of Japan. She was able to free Inuyasha from the magic that binds him in a tree and from then on their journey together begins.
It is still nice to see true love in a world with demons and the fact that a human girl would find love and care in one of the strongest demons. This just proves that love does not have any boundaries.
Yona of the Dawn
Yona lives a wonderful life as a Princess in their Kingdom, but things changed on the night of her 16th birthday. She suddenly lost everything and was forced to live their castle. The only person she had left is Hak who is her bodyguard. Together with Hak she is now on a journey to find allies to help her in her goal of reclaiming her kingdom.
This is a love story about giving your life to protect the one you love and helping her to reach her ultimate goal in life. Aside from the love story, this anime is also full of action.
Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara
The anime revolves around the life of Hitomi who was send back in time by her grandmother through the use of a certain magic spell. The Year is 2018 and it was the time when her grandmother was in her high school days. Hitomi is a kind of person who does not show off her feelings that much and this is something that she will have to overcome and as she goes on with life. The overall story is about the quest of Hitomi to find real happiness and loving herself would play a big role in it.
And of course this leads to her also finding the love of her life. Aside from the story, what’s most interesting about this anime is the overall art style. It’s generally very pleasing and just nice to watch especially considering that this anime is not just about normal life, but a life with magic.
In the anime world, monsters take a lot of forms in different sizes and horrifying features. These anime monsters are also the ones who make an anime show more interesting to watch. Check out some of these unusual yet interesting creatures and demons.
Titans – Attack on Titans
Titans are man-eating giants that vary in sizes from a monster as tall as a house to one that is as tall as a wall. They are the main villains in the anime series Attack on Titan.
Deep Sea King – One Punch Man
This monster is the Lord of the seas. He is one of the main antagonists in the anime series One Punch Man.
These goblins are man-eating creatures who torture their victims and do something horrible, especially to women before killing them. These are nasty creatures who will not hesitate to kill humans they meet. They attack in large numbers.
Ryuk – Death Note
Ryuk is a shinigami who got bored in their realm, thus decided to drop his notebook in the world of humans. A persons’ name who is written on the notebook will die.
Ghouls – Tokyo Ghoul
Ghouls are humans but unlike the usual human, they only eat the flesh of humans and other ghouls. They puke even when usual foods eaten my humans are near them. They appear and act like humans but has difference mainly in the diet (what they eat) and inner biology since ghouls have some certain powers within them.
Miia – Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
Miia is a snake girl with long bright red hair.
Ulquiorra – Bleach
Ulquiorra is among the top ranking fighters (4th) of Aizen’s army called Arrancar. He is fast and extremely skilled when it comes to fighting. Plus overflowing with enormous spiritual power.
The Three Kings – Yu Yu Hakushu
These three kings are Raizen (Father of Yusuke), Mukuro and Yomi. They lead their own army in the demon world.
Sea Kings – One Piece
They are huge sea creatures found around the Grand Line. Each one of these creatures is unique in build and physique. Though they seem to be ruthless they are actually intelligent creatures and less violent.
Monster Plants – The Rising of the Shield Hero
The bio plant or plant monsters is a boss level monster that is similar to a giant tree with a big eyeball at the center. It uses its vines to attack.
Orc Disaster – That time I got reincarnated as a slime
After consuming Gelmudo, the Orc Lord evolved into a stronger form called the Orc disaster.