Action is a popular genre in anime and under this category, is martial arts anime. If you are looking for a new anime to follow in this genre, then you have landed on the right page. We have listed the best martial arts anime of 2019 below.
Kengan Ashura Season 1 and 2
Aired: Jul 31, 2019
Topping our list would be Kengan Ashura – a Netflix anime. This martial arts anime has the same feel as Baki where experts in various martial arts disciplines gather to compete and settle business.
The main difference with Baki is that the fighters in Kengan Ashura meet in the area to fight to settle issues of wealthy merchants. Aside from this, they are just closely similar in terms of action, martial arts, level of violence and bloody fights.
Our main character in this anime is Ouma Tokita who aims to be crowned as the strongest. Of course, this is not something that he could easily attain since he had to face other characters who are the strongest in their field.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Aired: April 6, 2019 to Sept. 28, 2019
Another popular martial art anime of 2019 is Demon Slayer. It’s the story of Tanjirou and Nezuko as they continue to live after the death of their family. To make matters worse for Tanjirou, Nezuko was infected by the demon that killed his family. But though Nezuko is already a demon, he is not the same as the other demons that devour human flesh.
Tanjiro is doing his best to bring back his little sister back to her normal life. Along his journey, he will meet friends that would help him achieve his goal.
It’s an anime that you wouldn’t want to miss because of its nice animation and interesting characters. Every fight scene in this anime is worth your time. It only took me a couple of days to finish watching it.
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation 2
Aug. 3, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2019
The very first reason I fell in love with this anime is its animation. Considering that its a martial arts anime, a great animation would certainly make it a great anime to watch. Then after watching several episodes, I realized there are a lot of positives about this anime.
Number one is its story. Though there are a lot of flashbacks in the episodes I have watched so far, I think it’s important to establish the entire story. Plus, they were able to supplement it with action-packed scenes.
Second, the characters are very interesting including the supporting casts. You can easily tell them apart. Our main protagonist here is Wei Wuxian who is very fun to watch and always has an outgoing personality.
Overall all, the art, animation and soundtrack are all good making it a good anime to watch. And mind you, some are even calling it a masterpiece. The moment you start watching it, you’ll get hooked.
Mugen no Juunin: Immortal
Blade of the Immortal
Aired: Oct 10, 2019
This anime is the story of Manji who is an immortal swordsman. Though to some being immortal might be a gift, but it is actually a curse given to him by an old witch. In order to lift the curse, he must go on a journey to kill a thousand evil men.
On his journey, he met a girl, Rin who is also on a path to seek vengeance on the murder of his entire family.
The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife
Xie Wang Zhui Qi
Date Aired: Jan. 24, 2019 to April 11, 2019
This anime is based on a popular novel that is why many are many anime fans have been looking forward to it. The story revolves around a renowned assassin who became the Fourth Miss of the empire. She was married to the imperial highness who is an emotionless tyrant with incomparable talents.
So as you can see, both have their level of stubbornness. This chaser and chased story would certainly entertain you since their love story is just something unique and unusual.
Among the things that I liked about this anime is its amazing art. Most Chinese anime I have watched so far has great art and nice animation. Plus, it has a very interesting plot which would make you want to continue watching it. And the main and supporting characters are quite interesting as well.
What makes me sad though is the short time per episode, it would have been much better if it’s the same as the usual time for an anime episode.
Martial Universe – Chinese Anime
Wu Dong Qian Kun
Date aired: Jan 27, 2019 to Apr 7, 2019
The Martial Universe anime is the story of Lin Dong as he sets on a journey to regain the glory of his family. He vowed to get vengeance on the person who is the reason why their family is left with nothing. Everything changed when he stumbles upon a mysterious stone talisman.
To those who have read the novel, this anime is an awesome adaptation of the novel. It has a great story and the team was able to do a solid job on the character designs and overall animation. I have started watching the anime and have I have loved it so far.
Da Zhu Zai / The Grand Lord
Aired: Aug. 7, 2019 to Oct. 17, 2019
This anime is also known as The Great Ruler. It is set up in a place where many are aiming to become the Great Ruler. The place is inhabited by people in different clans and these clans are ruled by their own Lord. This is a Chinese anime with nice animation and character design.
Levius – Netflix
This anime is the story of young Levious as he tries to survive in a time where cybernetically augmented fighters get into the area to box. This boxing sports anime will surely captivate you since it has been a long time since we had this type of anime.
This mechanical martial art is very popular in the country and Levious is aiming to be on top.
Tenka Hyakken: Meiji-kan e Youkoso!
The Tenka Hyakken franchise centers around the “Mitsurugi,” maidens who are physical incarnations of ancient swords. They have pledged to live peaceful lives after the era of warfare, but are now returning to battle to fight a new foe that has arisen during an alternate version of the Meiji Era, three hundred years after the Battle of Sekigahara.
Battle Through The Heavens 3
Doupo Cangqiong 3rd Season
Date aired: July 21, 2019 to Sept. 29, 2019
If watching a Chinese anime does not bother you, then this is a good watch. When it comes to art, character designs and animation, I would give this anime a rating of 8/10 for Season 3. I usually like how Chinese anime is made in general. It has already reached its 3rd Season and most are saying that every season this anime is improving.
You’ll enjoy watching this anime if you are into magic, action and martial arts.
Ikkitousen: Western Wolves
Date aired: Jan. 3, 2019 to Feb. 27, 2019
This anime is a sequel of the OVA Ikki Tousen Extravaganza Epochrelease which has only 2 episodes. The Western Wolves only has 3 episodes.
Qin Shi Ming Yue: Tian Xing Jiu Ge 2nd Season
Qin’s Moon: Nine Songs of the Moving Heavens, The Legend of Qin: Nine Songs of the Sky
Started Airing: April 24, 2019
This anime is the story of Han Fei who is a prince in his pursuit to save his kingdom. Together with the group he formed named Quicksand they will battle to create a new and better Han State. While protecting it against the threat of the Qin State.
Other Martial Arts Anime 2019
- Hua Jiang Hu: Zhi Bu Liang Ren 3rd Season
- Yaoshenji 3rd Season
- Ni Zhuan Ci Yuan: AI Jue Qi
- Wu Liuqi Zhi Zui Qiang Fa Xing Shi
- Wan Jie Xian Zong 2nd Season
- Ling Jian Zun