Everyone wants some action in their life. We all love watching swords colliding, bones breaking, shots firing, and other action-packed stuff. And anime has all this, but on a whole different level. We have samurais, martial artists, espers, sorcerors, superheroes, supervillains, pirates, gods, demons, giants, and more powerful beings fighting each other, creating some of the best action you will ever see. With the power of animation, there are no limits to the number of mind-blowing action scenes there can be!
There are a lot of action animes out there, and we have listed down the very best. Channel your 2023 with amazing action sequences as you watch these series. Here are the 35 best action animes that you must watch this year!
Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter follows the story of a young boy named Gon Freacs, and Gon’s dream is to become a hunter, just like his father. What is a hunter, you may ask? A hunter is a licensed person who does adventurous yet dangerous stuff like finding rear treasures, tracking rare beasts, and even catching certain individuals. The story seems all light-hearted at first, but be aware! It will turn dark amazingly fast. The world of Hunter X Hunter is terrifying, filled with characters much stronger than our protagonist, and story arcs loaded with actions.
High Schooler Itadori Yuuji’s life completely changes when due to a certain chain of events, he swallows a finger that belongs to the King of curses – Sukuna Ryoumen and ends up becoming his host. But miraculously, he can control this power without any interference from Sukuna.
Now, Yuuji has to walk the path of a Jujutsu Sorcerer at the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School and collect all the rest of the fingers to complete the exorcism. And there, he teams up with amazing characters like Megumi, Nobara, and everyone’s absolute favorite – Gojo Satoru. Will you accept the ‘try, not to simp for Gojo’ challenge?
Full Metal Alchemist
FMAB is the story of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who have to face the toll of performing a Taboo alchemy. The experiment resulted in Edward losing one of his arms and Alphonse losing his entire body. The Elric brothers then vow to restore their bodies with the help of a powerful gem – the Philospher’s stone.
In their journey, Edward ends up becoming a full-on state alchemist that goes by the name ‘Fullmetal,’ and The brothers find themselves becoming a part of a world-threatening conspiracy. With amazingly animated action scenes and a beautifully philosophical storyline, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is a masterpiece of an anime.
Berserk is the story of two people – Griffith, the leader of the band of Hawks, and Guts – a man soon to be known as The Black Swordsman. Young Guts, a mercenary who travels alone, ends up landing in the band of Hawks after losing to its commander, Griffith.
In 3 years, the two and the rest of the band grow in strength, unity, and grace. But soon, things take a dark turn as everything falls to one man’s unimaginable ambition. The story is about dreams and despair, evil and good, and love and hate, filled with scenes both brutal and emotional scenes.
The story takes place in Edo, the Home of the Samurai, until Aliens from across the universe, known as ‘Amanto,’ infiltrate the city and make the Shogun surrender to them. Carrying swords are banned, and all the samurais’ former glory has been taken. Enter Odd-Jobs Gintoki, formally feared as the white devil, will now do any sort of job for a living. And his staff includes Shinpachi, a ‘glasses-wearing man’ who wants to learn the way of the Sword, Kagura, an alien girl with super strength, and Sadahura, a giant pet dog.
Other than them, There are many more idiots who are just as special, unique, and entertaining. Gintama revolves around these idiots and their life filled with all sorts of troubles. You will laugh, your stomach hurts, and cry till you get dehydrated. From action to drama to comedy, Gintama scores 10 in all!
Attack on Titan
In the world of AOT, Humanity lives within walls as the outside world is filled with giant man-eating creatures known as Titans. Humanity would’ve gone extinct without the walls bigger than the Titans. But after a hundred years of peace, a colossal titan appears out of nowhere and destroys the wall resulting in Titans entering the city.
A 10-year-old Eren Yeager loses someone very close to him and vows to kill all the titans. And thus, began the battle for the survival of humans. Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Alert join this battle by entering the survey corps. The anime comes up with epic action, a captivating storyline, and lots of shocking moments that will blow your mind.
Tokyo Ghoul is the story of Ken Kaneki, an ordinary college-going student whose life takes a complete 360° turn when he decides to go on a date with Rize Kamishiro, a fellow reader like him. And now, he is changed into a one-eyed ghoul.
Ghouls are man-eating people who live among normal humans. That all leads to Kaneki entering the war between the ghoul-hunting government and the ghouls. Kaneki struggles with remaining a human and also turning into a ghoul. The struggle of his and the war between humans and ghouls make this suspense and horror anime a must-watch!
After his father’s death, Tanjiro Kamado became the sole breadwinner of his entire family of seven. They were all living a life filled with joy and peace. One day when Tanjiro is not at home, almost all of his family gets killed by a demon. To make things worse, his sister, the only survivor of this incident, Nezuko, has turned into a demon herself.
Tanjiro then vows two things – turn his sister back into a human, and avenge his family. To do this, he joins the Demon Slayers Corps, a group of swordsmen who hunt demons. Demon Slayer is the story of a brother and a sister, told with beautiful visuals and awesome action scenes.
Fist Of The North Star
Aired in 1984, Fist of the north star is one of the first anime that set the benchmark for many shonen animes which aired after it – some of which you will also see in this list. In a violent world where evil rules over the weak, enters Kenshiro – the sole heir of the fist of the north star. Our strong and muscular protagonist uses the martial art of Hokuto Shinken to battle the injustice in his world. Accompanied by two children, bat and lin, Kenshiro goes on to face the strongest and manliest of challenges with his iron fist.
Baki Hanma, a big, strong, muscular high school kid, wants to defeat the strongest man in the world, his father, Yujiro. As he is training with all his dedication to becoming stronger than his father, five of the world’s most dangerous criminals are heading toward Tokyo. All skilled in martial arts, all wish the same thing – to finally taste defeat. And Baki is fated to face them anytime in the future.
The anime Baki is centered on martial arts fights between the terrifying people in the world. If you love violent action, then add this anime to your watchlist!
Samurai Lord Daigo Kagemistu offers 12 different body parts of his newborn son to 12 demons in exchange for power and prosperity. Born without limbs, eyes, ears, nose, and even skin, the boy still lives. He is thrown into the river and left to die. But a kind man finds him and fits the poor baby with prosthetics.
The baby grows into a strong boy, known as Hyakkimaru, and slays demons to get his body parts back. He is soon accompanied by Dororo, a young thief, and they travel together to fight demons and get Hyakkimaru’s body back.
Their quest is filled with action, emotions, and understanding of humanity as our protagonist gets part of his body back.
The teacher of Class 3-E., Koro-Sensei, is the biggest threat to planet earth, and he has to be eliminated. And the students of the same class are tasked to do this. But killing their teacher is not an easy task, as he is immune to almost every weapon and is faster than almost anything. Time is running out, and the class must find a way to eliminate their teacher as soon as possible! Assassination Classroom is the quest of students trying their best to kill their teacher, and they must pass, or humanity will perish.
Seven Deadly Sins
The Holy Knights have betrayed their people and have overthrown the rulers of the Liones. As the new tyrannical rulers rule over the kingdom, the third princess of the Liones goes on a journey to find the supposedly alive group of knights, the Seven Deadly Sins.
Seven Deadly Sins consists of seven of the strongest warriors, and this is their story. The anime has incredible characters and some of the best fights that you will see.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Before Hunter X Hunter, the creator Yoshihiro Togashi created Yu Yu Hakusho, and the anime is just as good as the prior. Delinquent Yusuke Urameshi sacrifices himself to save a boy by jumping in front of a car. The authority of spirit realms, to appreciate his sacrifice, offers him the job of Spirit Detective.
Yusuke, together with former rival Kazuma Kuwabara, and two demons, Hiei and Kurama, takes on entities that threaten humanity. Their journey of fighting for humanity involves a lot of action-packed fights and mind-blowing moments.
Hellsing is a military organization led by Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. The organization fights supernatural forces that roam in the darkness and consume humans. And surprisingly, their strongest weapon is a man of darkness, a vampire known as Alucard. With just a single shotgun, Alucard dominates the monsters. He then forms a pairing with a police officer-turned-vampire, Seras Victoria. Hellsing is the story of Alucard and Victoria as they clear the world of supernatural beings. Action mixed with Horror, this anime will surely impress you!
In the world of Cowboy Bepop, Humanity has taken over different corners of the universe, but crime is still an active thing. Among the galaxies, inside a ship called Bepop, live two bounty hunters – Spike Speigel and Jet Black who make a living by catching these criminals. As they struggle to meet ends, they are joined by a cute dog Ein, a young hacker Edward and the seductive con artist for whom every viewer falls, Faye Valentine. Cowboy Bepop is based on them and their different crazy adventures across the vast universe.
The story of the Kingdom takes place in the Warring States Period of ancient China, where seven powerful kingdoms emerged after an endless state of war. The story begins with war orphans and best friends Xin and Piao, and both want to become ‘the greatest general under the heavens.’
The duo is separated, and after a while, Piao returns to Xin, barely alive, and hands Xin a mission that will lead him to China’s young king, Zing Yeng, who will later be known as Qin Shi Huang. Kingdom focuses on the great medieval history of China, and fans of history and warfare will surely love this anime.
In Samurai Champloo, you will meet Fuu, a young waitress, Mugen, a wild samurai, and Jin, a not-so-wild samurai. Mugen beats down a bunch of samurai who are harassing Fuu and picks up a fight with Jin. They both destroy Fuu’s teashop and also accidentally kill the magistrate’s son. Fuu saves them from execution, and they both accompany her on a journey to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.” The trio’s journey is full of comedy and action-packed sword fighting.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Aladdin and his talented friends go separate ways to achieve their goals, develop their strengths, investigate some secrets and explore new lands.
The anime, Magi, follows the adventure of our protagonists as they face different challenges and get to know their true destinies. Filled with spells and sorcery, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is an outstanding fantasy Action anime.
Black Clover is the story of 2 Orphans – Asta and Yuno, and they both dream is to become Wizard King, the title given to the strongest magician in the Kingdom.
On the one hand, Yuno grows up into a talented magician, and Asta is not able to use magic at all. But things take an awesome turn when to save Yuno from a threat, Asta unleashes his inner magic and gains the power of Black Clover.
The story goes on as both Yuno and Asta continue their journey to becoming the Wizard King. The anime tells an awesome feel-good underdog story.
Lucy Heartfilia’s wish comes true as she joins one of the world’s most renowned magic guilds – Fairy Tail. The fairy Tail is a legendary band of Wizards having Natsu Dragneel, Gray Fullbuster, and Erza Scarlet, three of the most powerful people.
In the anime, you will witness the amazing bond the fairy tail has, as the wizards save the world from destruction. Fairy tail is an amazing anime abo.
The whole of Humanity is threatened by a new Mysterious Plague, Spontaneous Human Combustion is turning ordinary humans into mindless flaming creatures known as Infernals.
To combat this plague, the Special Fire Force was created, which consists of people who can control fire with the power of this plague called pyrokinetic. Their task is to solve the mystery of this cursed plague and save humanity. Watch Fire Force and find out who came at the top from this battle between Infernals and Pyrokinetic.
Takemichi Hanagaki was a washed-up nobody until he was pushed over from a station platform, and instead of dying, he time-traveled 12 years back.
Takemichi gains the power to alter the future! Now, he has decided to fix his life around and save his girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, from dying by teaming up with her brother.
The world of Tokyo Revengers is not so cheerful and is filled with gangs that run the city and fight against each other for supremacy. The anime has an interesting set of casts, great moments, and an engaging plot.
My Hero Academia
MHA introduces us to ‘Quirks’ – superpowers that range from manipulating elements to shapeshifting to superhuman durability and much more. Eighty percent of Humanity possess some sort of quirk, and some use them for good and become heroes, and some for evil and become villains.
Our protagonist Izuku Midoriya always dreamt of becoming a superhero, but unfortunately, he was born without a quirk. In comes, All Might, the greatest superhero of all time, and his quirk can be inherited. All Might makes Midoriya’s dream to be a superhero a reality.
But Midoriya soon realizes the weight of All Might’s powers. In the anime, Midoriya and his friends meet a series of challenges and find out how hard being a superhero really is.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion revolves around a cunning student, Lelouch Lamperouge. Certain circumstances lead him towards a mystical girl, CC, who gives him the power of Geass.
Geass grants Lelouch the power to get anyone to obey his orders, no matter what. With this power, Lelouch masks himself as Zero and leads a rebellion against the Holy Empire of Britannia.
Britannia had invaded Japan and renamed it Area 11. The story of Code Geass sees the resistant groups of Area 11 teaming up with Zero to gain independence from the clutches of Britannia.
“Far, far to the west, across the great sea, there’s a place called Vinland.” A young man Thorfinn embarks on a journey to get revenge against his father’s killer alongside the killer himself. With the main goal of defeating the killer in a fair duel, Thorfinn changes from a boy who loves the idea of war and its honor to a man who understands the cruelty behind it.
Vinland Saga is one of the most beautiful animes out there that tells the true meaning behind war, death, and love with the help of intense action and a wonderful story.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure revolves around the cursed Joestar Bloodline and its battles against evil forces. The story starts in 1880, with Jonathan Joestar and his fight against his cunning blood-thirsty brother Dio Brando. It then follows the adventure of Joseph Joestar in 1938, where he faced literal gods.
Joseph then teams up with his grandson, Kujo Jotaro, to take on the returning Dio Brando. And then, Jotaro teams up with Josuke Higashikata, Joseph’s illegitimate son, to hunt down a serial killer.
Out of nowhere, we meet the son of Dio, Giorno Giovanna, and witness his rise in an Italian Mafia Group. This all ends with Jolyne Cujoh, Jotaro’s daughter fighting against a follower of Dio. And in between all this, we have awesome fights, epic characters, lovely story arcs, memes, cultural references, and much more bizarreness.
One Punch Man
After a life-changing encounter with a crab monster, Saitama decides what he wants to do in his life, and that is becoming a superhero. To do that, he undergoes intense training, 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 air squats, and a 10-km run every day for three straight years.
Saitama becomes amazingly powerful after that and can now destroy any opponent with just one punch. But this power took the thrill out of his life, as his fights were no longer challenging.
To find a thrilling battle, Saitama joins the Hero Association. The One punch man anime revolves around Saitama’s search for challenges, covered with comedy, emotions, and spectacular action!
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 is another creation of One punch man’s creator, but instead of a really strong superhero who can destroy anyone with one punch, we have a really strong esper who can exorcise any curse.
Meet Shigeo Kageyama, also known as Mob, whose psychic powers have vast potential that, if not restrained, will make him go berserk. He works under Reigan Arataka, his psychic mentor with no psychic powers, who use Mob’s talents for exorcising evil spirits.
Mob continues to find a purpose in his life as he interacts with evil spirits and also evil espers. The anime has some of the best visuals, action scenes, and comedy you will ever see.
Kagome Higurashi is the reincarnation of an ancient priestess, Kikyo. She gets pulled inside an old well, and from there on, her life takes a completely new turn. She accidentally travels to the past feudal Japan, where demons hunt her because of the Shikon Jewel she unknowingly carries.
Kagome there meets the demon Inuyasha, and they try their best to team along. Inuyasha, the anime, revolves around the pairing of Kagome and Inuyasha as they try to find the now shattered pieces of the Shikon Jewel. This fantasy action anime is full of exciting adventures!
The latest addition to the list of the best action anime is the highly acclaimed 2022 series – Chainsaw Man! Denji and his friend Pochita, a devil dog with a chainsaw in his head, try to pay back the overwhelming debt of Denji’s father and survive daily. But after an act of betrayal by the Yakuza, Pochita sacrifices himself to save Denji’s life.
After this, Denji has now become a devil-human hybrid with the power of Chainsaw, known as Chainsaw Man. Watch the anime to witness the action-filled life of Denji, along with other badass characters like Power, Hayakawa, Himeno, and the 2022 anime crush of the year – Makima.
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden
One must watch the Big 3 of all anime once in their life. Coming up with the 1st of the big three, we have the tale of Uzumaki Naruto. Due to the terrifying Nine-tailed fox, Kyuubi, sealed inside him since his birth, Naruto was always shunned and hated by the people of Konohagakure. But that never stopped Naruto from striving towards his goal of becoming the village’s Hokage.
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden are one of the most popular and amazing shows in all anime. The anime has some of the best characters, like Sasuke Uchiha, a cool revenge-thirsty ninja, Hatake Kakashi, a badass teacher, and Itachi. Everyone loves Itachi, and you will too!
Once known as the “Pirate King,” Gol D Roger announced the existence of the greatest treasure in all the seas, One Piece, moments before his execution. Now, pirates from around the world are trying their best to find this treasure and become the new “Pirate King.”
In this great age of pirates, we have Monkey D Luffy, whose only dream is to find One Piece and become the king of pirates. The 2nd of the Big 3, One Piece, is Luffy and his crew’s journey full of exciting adventures, deadly battles, and dark mysteries.
The world of One Piece is ever-changing, and there is always something new to look forward to. Considered one of the best animes out there, One Piece is definitely a must-watch!
The 3rd of the Big 3 made its comeback in 2022 to finally complete the story of Ichigo Kurasaki. In Bleach, Ichigo becomes a soul reaper after getting the powers of a Shinigami named Rukia Kuchiki.
Soul Reapers are people who slay Hollows, evil spirits that devour Humans. Joined by friends with equally amazing powers, Ichigo takes on Hollows and other evils as he enters the world of Shinigamis.
Bleach has some of the best action scenes, abilities, cast, and story arcs in all anime. Get ready to witness some of the best fights you will see in your life!
Dragon Ball Series
The list of the best action animes is incomplete without this iconic show. Dragon Ball is hands down the most popular anime out there. Even non-anime fans know the name of Goku and Vegeta, some of the most powerful characters in all of fiction.
All three shows – Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Super have god-tier fights and action, and the impact the series has left is proof of that.
The story follows our protagonist Goku, who keeps on improving and becoming stronger as he faces powerful enemies. In Z, we will meet Vegeta, who will become a forever rival of Goku. Watch the anime if you haven’t yet, and you will keep on asking the infamous question – “Can he beat Goku, though”?