Top Samurai Anime That you Should Watch

Top Samurai Anime That you Should Watch

This page will talk about everything related to samurai anime. In the Samurai genre, the main character and other supporting characters as well including antagonists are samurai as well. These guys are sword warriors during medieval Japan.


Top Samurai Anime 2019

Dororo (2019)

The top samurai anime in 2019 is no other than Dororo. And it’s not just the best in the samurai genre, many also consider it among the best anime of 2019. 

I personally like this anime because of the intense emotion I felt while watching it. I love anime shows that touch the heart, it makes me want to watch it more. About half of the 24 episodes will give you a teary eye. There are a lot of lessons to learn in this anime aside from watching great action scenes. 

You might be surprised that the first main character you’ll know is Hyakkimaru. Due to his past, he lost most of his body parts and limbs. And now he is on a journey to regain everything back to make his life normal. This, of course, does not come easy since he had to defeat demons to achieve his goal.

Along the way, he met a child called Dororo. Though the first intention was to make use of Hyakkimaru fighting skills. Their experiences together slowly made them close friends.

 This anime has great characters, tons of action scenes, overflowing with emotions and nice animation and soundtrack. 



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Top Samurai Anime 2018

Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen – Kouhan-sen

Gintama is one of the oldest and most popular shounen and samurai anime. Many also consider it among the best anime of all time. The most memorable part of this series (Second Season of the final arc of Gintama) is the showdown between Gintoki and Utsuro. 

Though you often see this anime as comedy, it also has emotional parts, especially with its backstories. When we talk about Gintama it has always been connected with great artwork and animation. Additionally, Gintama has its unique style when it comes to artwork and anime setting and story.   

Even though the anime still centers around Gintoki, other characters are still given enough highlight especially Utsuro. I definitely love this show and recommend it to all samurai lovers.



Best Demon Samurai Anime to Watch

Nurarihyon No Mago

I could still remember that reason why I watched this anime and it was because of how cool its main character looked. The main character here is Rikuo Nura and just by looking at its promotional images, you will already know that he will be a badass when it comes to fighting.

You’ll enjoy watching this demon samurai anime due to its nice animation, fight scenes and interesting characters. Though the whole story for me is a bit boring, you’ll somehow enjoy more knowing the different characters in this anime. Among the characters I liked, are Mezumaru and Gozumaru. Tsurara is quite interesting as well.

Demon Slayer

When we talk about demons, most anime fans would have heard about Demon Slayer which is very much popular in the year 2019. If you’re looking for blade fights against demons, then you definitely should watch this anime. 

One thing I appreciate about Kimetsu no Yaiba is its very nice animation. The action scenes are very detailed and the characters are well designed. The story and the main characters Tanjiro and Nezuko are very interesting which will make it easy to watch all the episodes in just a couple of days.

It is also important to mention that the anime was able to keep every episode interesting that even if there are no fight scenes you will not find the episode a waste of time. 

Mushibugyou (Mushibugyo)

Mushibugyou is an anime that is set in a time when Japan was inhabited by giant insects. Though most of the creatures considered as evil in this anime are giant insects, there are those stronger insects where I would consider as demons. 

 And since there are insects killing innocent people, there is also a group of strong and powerful guys who are determined to bring all these insects down. Among this group of insect-killers is our main character Jinbei Tsukishima. This anime is certainly fun to watch especially if you are a fan of samurai anime with demon protagonists. 

The group Mushibugyo was created by the government in order to protect the people. The members of this group are pretty cool and awesome which also adds to the positive side of this anime. There are a lot of interesting strong characters like Mugai and Kotori. You’ll also have your eyes on Shungiku.

The fight scenes in this anime are really good though the animation is not as good as the recent anime shows, still its fun to watch. There are fight scenes that are insanely awesome that will leave you at the edge of your seat. 

Best samurai romance anime

Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin)

If you are looking for a samurai anime with a touch of romance, then the best one would certainly be Samurai X. Aside from the great samurai fight scenes when Kenshin Himura fought a lot of strong guys, it’s also a love story between Ken and Kaoru.

Kenshin’s life changed the moment he met Kaoru and until the end part of this anime you’ll see the importance of Kaoru in Kenshin’s life especially on his decision to change for the better.

What I like about this anime aside from the excellent fight scenes with blades are the lessons that come with it. This anime comes with life lessons that you can also apply in your life. It has everything you need in an anime – fight scenes, drama and comedy. You’ll certainly not regret watching this.

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Kuromukuro is a 2 season anime where season 1 has 13 episodes and season 2 has 26. It is regarded as one of the best anime in the year 2016. It’s a mecha anime but with a touch of samurai since among the main character Kennosuke who is a skilled samurai from years past. His mission now is to protect Yukina whom he thinks is the princess he vowed to protect.

If you are a fan of anime with lots of robots you’ll definitely like this show. And since it has a samurai in it, certainly you’ll in for a lot of great action fights.  

When talking about visuals, it was certainly one of the best during its year. The characters look vibrant and attractive all throughout the episodes and considering it got a season 2, you’ll pretty much be ok with watching it.

Samurai 7

Samurai 7 is an action/drama type of anime. I always appreciate an anime that can touch the viewer’s heart, thus I consider this show a good one. And of course, since the main characters are samurai, expect a lot of great action fights. 

This anime is the story of 7 Samurai who responded to the request of a village who needs help. It is set in the futuristic time where there are still a few samurai. And speaking of futuristic, it also has mecha characters in it. This samurai anime is certainly action-packed that you would enjoy watching. 

Samurai Champloo

This anime tells the journey of 3 characters where 2 of them Mugen and Jin are samurai. They went on a journey to help Fuu find someone. Even though it is an old anime, it doesn’t make it less entertaining. It is an all-time favorite and could also be considered as among the classic anime of all times. 

Aside from being an action-packed samurai anime, it also has a funny side plus some dramatic moments. Though you most probably would enjoy more the action part. It’s an adventure anime which is fun to watch powered with excellent soundtracks and interesting characters.

Top Samurai anime characters

  • Kenshin Himura
  • Gintoki Sakata
  • Afro Samurai
  • Hyakkimaru
  • Masamune DATE
  • Toyohisa SHIMAZU
  • Yukimura SANADA
  • Demon Eyes Kyo

The strongest samurai in anime

Kenshin Himura

For me, the strongest samurai in anime would be no other than Kenshin Himura. He is a known samurai in his time and many also call him the Battosai. After killing thousands of people during the War, he is set on a redemption journey, vowed never to kill again.

Though he looks small and slender, he is pretty good at using his katana. It’s easy to identify him because of his X scar on his face. He is certainly the most skilled samurai in the anime world. Kenshin could cut through steel and he could cut neatly that the target can be reattached like it was never cut.

Samurai anime Movies

  • Peace Maker Kurogane Movie 2: Yuumei
  • Peace Maker Kurogane Movie 1: Omou Michi
  • Hakuouki Movie 1: Kyoto Ranbu
  • Hakuouki Movie 2: Shikon Soukyuu
  • Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
  • Ryo
  • Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D
  • Sengoku Basara Movie: The Last Party

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