What’s the best way to serve the action genre? Clash of swords, a barrage of guns? Sure anime world provides more than that. The existence of magic will spice up the action in the anime several folds. Unconventional battles our real world can’t offer. We always want to watch best magic anime released.
There are many types of magic. There is a magic circle, rune, gesture, or even just using voice. Depending on the anime, every magic has its own rules.
There is much magic-related anime out there. It’s not about an all-battle maniac. Do you want a great story? Focused on romance? Or just slice-of-life featuring magic? Here are the 30 best magic anime that you should watch.
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30. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
The story revolves around an unmotivated teacher Glenn Radars. He used to be a kingdom’s agent whose duty is to clean the filthiness inside the Kingdom.
With his dark past attached to him, he is asked to be a teacher in one of the prestigious academies. Unknown to him, the curriculum of the academy is not up to Glenn’s standard. With how unconventional his magic is, can he teach the students in his class?
29. Tokyo Ravens
Jump to Japan. There, they have a traditional magic known as Onmyoudou. Magic was used in World War 2 by the Japanese to get the upper hand in the war.
But, the great calamity caused by Onmyoudou practitioner, Yakou Tsumichikadou, made Japan lose the war. The effect of the calamity plagues Tokyo until today. The Onmyou Agency is established in order to exorcise the spiritual disasters and combat demons that come to the world.
The story follows Harutora, a boy from the prestigious lineage Tsuchimikado. Even though he is from a special family, he is unable to use magic. Then, the incident happens and he becomes familiar of his childhood friend, Natsume.
28. Twin Star Exorcists
Another Onmyodou practice is found in this anime. The story revolves around Enmadou Rokuro. As the exorcist, he has a duty to cleanse the other world from Kegare. Kegare is the form of a monster born from the negative emotions of humans.
The prophecy said that there will be two exorcists who will bear the child that will end human-kegare war. The exorcist is Rokuro and Benio. With how the entire population of Onmyoji ships them, can they bloom their love?
27. The Misfit of The Demon King Academy
Reincarnation strikes back! Another overpowered character that was bored from the previous life and decided to reincarnate 1000 years in the future. After reincarnation, he is somehow considered to be a weakling. But none of the population knows that he is actually the strongest being.
He realizes that someone bends history to the point that no one knows the true history. Even his old subordinates who were born from his magical power don’t even remember him. Now, Anos must unfold the mystery of someone who changes the course of history.
26. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
The story of Angels, Demons, and Humans blends into one series in this anime. The story centers on Amira, the demon who steals the key from heaven. The key is used for sealing the greatest calamity that will end the world, the ancient dragon Bahamut.
Amira falls into the human world and meets a bounty hunter named Favaro. To gain his favor, she curses Favaro. Left with no choice, Favaro chooses to do her bidding and acts as her guide to Helheim.
25. Log Horizon
With the success of Sword Art Online, the rise of “stuck in-game” genre bloomed. It is almost the same concept, but instead of using only sword skills, this anime uses a regular concept of different jobs and skills.
The main character is a mage who was a leader of the legendary party, the Debauchery Tea Party. With his vast experience playing this game, he uses every means possible to unveil the mysteries of their new world.
24. Rokka: Braves of The Six Flowers
AMONG US. That sums up the whole scenario of this anime. With the revival of the Demon God, the world will choose its heroes. Six heroes will be granted a mark on their bodies to show that they are the chosen ones.
But, instead of six, there are seven people who have a hero’s mark. Now, the guessing game takes place when the heroes gather at the meeting point.
23. The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
There exists the powerful eye of Alpha Stigma. Eyes that can analyze all kinds of magic. But, the infamous ability of the eyes is that it can bring destruction and death to others.
Ryner Lute, the bearer of Alpha Stigma, is a student of the Roland Empire’s Magician Academy. After witnessing the death of his friend, he vows to make a better kingdom. He comes to aid his best friend, Sion Astal, to be a king.
To make his wish come true, he along with the beautiful swordswoman, Ferris Eris, goes on a journey to retrieve the relics of the hero which are scattered in various places.
Yoshino Takigawa is a regular high school student. He secretly dated his best friend’s sister, Aika. Unfortunately, she was mysteriously dead. Mahiro, Aika’s big brother, vows to find the killer and kills him himself. While Yoshino continues to live a regular life, he somehow has a gun pointed at him. In the nick of time, Mahiro who he doesn’t see for months suddenly saves him.
Turns out that Mahiro makes a contract with Hakaze Kusaribe, a self-proclaimed strongest magician in the world. In turn of finding the murderer, he must help Hakaze to save the world from the entity known as the “Tree of Exodus”. Unknown to them, the murder of Aika and the Tree of Exodus case are related.
21. Zero no Tsukaima
An incompetent mage, Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere, loves the world of magic. Despite being enrolled in the prestigious school of magic, she can’t cast the magic properly. Thus, she is deemed to be a failure and has a nickname “Louise the Zero”
When she joins a summoning ritual class, the spell she uses is blowing up. Everyone thinks it is the usual failure. But, when the smoke dissipates, there is a boy named Saito Hiraga. A boy from Japan is teleported into fantasy England.
Sure enough, as familiar, Saito is treated like a slave. He is required to do chores and whatnot. But, when the unfamiliar brand is found on the back of his hand, it shows the mark of the strongest familiar “Gandalfr”.
20. Strike The Blood
The story takes place on the artificial island of Itogami. A mess of various races can be found on the island. But, the strongest race known to mankind is actually a primogenitor vampire. There are three primogenitors exists since ancient times.
But, the main character was transformed into one just three months before the story begins. Akatsuki Kojou’s memory is hazy. He doesn’t remember who turns him into a vampire. Knowing the new unsupervised primogenitor, the Lion King Organization sends Yukina Himeragi to observe him.
19. Seven Deadly Sins
Ten years ago, in the Kingdom of Liones, there was a rebellion. A group of seven holy knights massacres many of their fellow knights. In the end, they escaped and the country put a bounty on their head.
Ten years later, the third princess of Liones runs from the capital to look for Seven Deadly Sins, the group of rebellion. She believes that they are the one who is capable to save the Kingdom from the brink of war.
After months, she stumbles to a bar and faints because of exhaustion. Lucky for her, the owner of the bar is the leader of Seven Deadly Sins. Can they help the princess to save the Kingdom?
18. Little Witch Academia
Just holding into the word of her idol, Kagari Atsuko takes a path of witchery. She believes that magic comes from the heart. With no magical background whatsoever, he enters the Luna Nova Magical Academy.
Being inept in magical ability, she stays as an inferior student. Lucky for her, she doesn’t spend her school life alone. She befriends Lotte Yansson and Sucy Manbavaran. She also discovers Chariot’s wand and makes it hers.
The path she takes to be a witch is surprisingly steep. But, she will prove to anyone that even she can be the witch she dreamt of since she is a child.
Chise Hatori is a 15-year-old slave. She is sold for five million pounds to a tall guy with a mask. Having experienced being abandoned, she only hopes that she can have a place to live. She doesn’t care what will happen to her.
Unknown to her, the buyer is Elias Ainsworth, a magus. He brings Chise to his cottage in the rural forest full of fairies and wonder beings. Now, Chise begins her life to be an apprentice of a magus and is supposed to be the future bride of the magus. The Ancient Magnus Bride is a must watch in best magic anime compilation.
16. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
In the 21st century of magic, magic is no longer a form of folktales. Magic exists as a future technology in daily life. There is a certain magic school to nurture students on the path of magic. The one, who is excellent, will enter a “bloom” class, while the inept one will enter the “weed” class.
The story follows a sibling Tatsuya and Miyuki. Miyuki who shows her excellent ability enters the bloom class while his brother, Tatsuya, enters the weed class. Though he is deemed inept, the truth is he is excellent at physical combat, technical knowledge, and unique magical technique. That makes him an irregular at a magical school.
15. Hataraku Maou-sama!
Once there was a fearsome demon lord. The demon lord Satan tried to conquer Ente Isla with his vast demon army. Thankfully, the effort of the hero and her peers could prevent that.
In the end, Satan flees through a dimension portal. Unfortunately for him, he was stranded in Japan! With his magic rendered useless, he tries to survive in modern-day of Tokyo.
14. The Saga of Tanya The Evil
Tanya Degurechaff was a child soldier who is ruthless and fearless. Despite being so young, she already becomes a high-ranked military position.
Behind the mask, she is actually a man reincarnated from Japan, a very rational man who doesn’t believe in God. Because of that, the self-proclaimed God, Being X, reincarnates him into an alternate world in the midst of war. Can he achieve his wish to make his life peaceful like he used to?
The famous virtual reality game Yggdrasil is at the end hour of the EOS. Notably, the top-ranked guild master, Momonga, reminisce his past when he and 40 of his friend play every day to make the guild prosper.
After getting what they want, each member of Ainz Ooal Gown stops playing the game. But only Momonga choose to stay and wait for them to come back. In the end, no one comes back.
When he countdowns the server to shut down, the miracle happens. He comes to another world along with his entire guild assets.
Dying because of a truck? Not this one. Satou Kazuma is good for nothing NEET. He dies pathetic death because of a heart attack from surprise. He thinks that the tractor is going to run for him, but in fact, the tractor is so slow that he can easily evade it.
After death, he finds himself sitting in front of the beautiful goddess, Aqua. She offers to reincarnate himself to the world of swords and magic. He is allowed to bring a skill or a weapon to that world. Unfortunately, he makes a great mistake. He chooses Aqua who turns out to be a useless goddess.
11. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Japan took isekai to another level. Not just a human, they made someone into a fodder monster, a slime, the usual low-level monster you can find in almost every RPG game.
But, turns out, the protagonist, rimuru, doesn’t come to another world with empty hands. He is equipped with a cheat skill which makes him almost omniscient. He also can eat anything, even monsters, and absorb their skill. This makes him the strongest slime in the history of anime.
10. The Fate Series
For years, there is a secret battle of masters to obtain the Holy Grail, the artifact which is used for granting any wishes. Each prestigious magical family chooses its champion to enter a war. Each one of them uses a certain artifact from legend to summon a heroic spirit.
With a battle royal takes place in the city, they battle each other using their summoned heroes. In some cases, the masters also take part in the fight as well.
The series has many alternate worlds to choose from. But the gist of the story is basically the same. The fight for Grail. The Fate Series deserves to be included in 30 best magic anime to watch list.
9. Cardcaptor Sakura
Famous magical girl from old times! Sakura is ten years old girl when he stumbles upon a mysterious book of cards entitled “The Clow”. She opens it out of curiosity. Then, the cards inside the book are scattered over the city.
Unknown to her, the cards are actually dangerous. The entity called Keroberos which has a duty to seal the cards asks Sakura to collect all scattering cards.
He appoints Sakura as the “Cardcaptor” whose duty is to seal the cards into the book once more.
8. Beyond the Boundary
There is evil existence of “Youmu” which is created from the negative emotion of humans. Like dark and light, there is a secret community that deals with Youmu.
Mirai Kuriyama is the last descendant of a clan of Spirit World warriors who has the ability to make a weapon with her blood. When she is on the edge of the school roof while in deep thought, she encounters Akihito Kanbara, half Youmu and half human.
Panicked, she releases her ability to make a sword from her blood. Unknown to her, Akihito is immortal because of his lineage. The daily life of those two from very different worlds begins, while the most dangerous Youmu, Beyond the Boundary, is slowly approaching.
7. A Certain Magical Index
The world is divided into two sides, magic and science. Those two sides can’t combine with each other like oil and water. In the Academy city of Japan, the rank of ability is determined by rank from one to five. Unfortunately, there is a certain student who turns the norm upside down because he is the sole holder of level Zero.
Kamijou Touma has the lowest parameter in the academy city. He holds no physic ability like his peers. The only ability he has is Imagine Breaker which nullifies other abilities with his right hand.
But, all changes when he meets Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a young girl who memories all the forbidden grimories. He realizes that he is actually living in two different worlds. His Imagine Breaker can actually nullify both magic and physic.
6. Puella Madoka Magica
The famous dark magical girl, Puella Madoka Magica, starts the series with sunshine and a rainbow. It starts with Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki who is both regular students. Their regular life turns upside down after they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and the transfer student, Homura Akemi.
Kyuubey proposes both of them become magical girls in exchange for obtaining the power to grant their wishes. The transfer student, Homura, gives them advice to them not to take the offer. She says that the price is unusually high to achieve their dreams. Its a must add in the list of best magic anime.
5. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Another reincarnation with extra effort to be the strongest! Bullied in his younger days, the 30s old man chooses to be a NEET. He lives a half-hearted life. When his parents are dead, his siblings throw him to the street. Knowing that his life is nothing but a failure, he chooses to make a heroic act at the end of his life. He pushes a girl when she almost gets hit by a truck and ends up dead.
But the story continues to the other world. He realizes that he gets a second chance in this world. He promises that he will not repeat his past mistakes. Now, he puts his sweat and blood to makes his dream comes true.
The journey of a good-for-nothing man getting a second choice tries to do his best while encountering various kinds of people begin!
4. Fairy Tail
In the Kindom of Fiore, exists a certain renowned guild known as Fairy Tail. Although known as the strongest guild in the Kindom. The fact is, the member is just a bunch of troublemakers.
Lucy Heartfilia who only knows the surface of the rumor decides to join Fairy Tail. Luckily, she encounters the legendary dragon slayer, Natsu Dragneel, who masters fire magic when he is in the midst of a mission.
Long story short, she teams up with Natsu as well as Gray, a weirdo who usually takes off his clothes, and Erza, the strongest female member. With their antics, they tackle many missions together.
Unknown to them, the threat of dark magician, Zeref, is around the corner.
Based on the One Thousand and One Night story collection, Magi takes place in a fictional world where magic and jinn are present. The world has three Magi whose duty is to choose the King. Unfortunately, with many countries existing in this era, each Magi chooses their own king.
The stalemate is broken when the fourth Magi, Aladdin, appears. He spends his youth in the great library with his jinn friend, Ugo. When he comes to age, Ugo asks him to go on a journey to the world outside.
Through the journey, he befriends Alibaba Saluja. They go on adventures together to the dungeon. Inside the dungeon, they realize the secret of the world and the duty of the Magi.
2. Black Clover
The world is shaped by magic. Everyone has their type of magic from birth. At the age of 15, they will receive their grimoire which is equivalent to their talent.
The story follows Asta and Yuno, the orphan that is raised as siblings in the same church. They have a dream to be a wizard king because in their younger day stares into the giant demon skull that the first wizard king of Clover Kingdom defeated.
While Yuno gets a spectacular grimoire with four-leaf clover attached to the cover, Asta gets nothing. It doesn’t help because he can’t use magic. However, everything changes after Yuno get attacked by a grimoire hunter. Asta tries to help Yuno and receives a five-leaf clover grimoire.
Unexpectedly, the ability of grimoire contains a huge sword that can nullify magic. With his physical ability which he trains from his younger days, he promises his childhood friend to become the wizard king.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist
The story follows the Elric sibling, Edward, and Alphonse. They try to make a forbidden alchemy technique to revive their deceased mother. With the poor experiment, Edward loses his leg and Alphonse loses his entire body. As the last attempt to save his brother, Edward offers his hand to attach the soul of Alphonse into giant armor.
Saved by his neighbor, Pinako and her granddaughter Winry, Edward is given a hand and leg replacement using “automail”, a special kind of metal used for armor and robot.
After years of training, both siblings try to go on a journey to find the philosopher stone. The famous stone for the alchemy that can defy the equivalent exchange law in alchemy.
Unknown to them, the journey to retrieve the stone is arduous. There are shadows lurking that try to unleash chaos on the world. Thats why Fullmetal Alchemist is the best magic anime to watch.
The genre incorporates magical power into the series whether the world sets into the world of magic or not. “not the world of magic” means there is a secret society that holds magic in their arsenal; Harry Potter. The usual case is the protagonist tends to have a unique ability that is different than others.
Yes, all anime on the list is already aired. Though there are anime that still has a cliffhanger.