Everyone likes adventure. Sometimes, you cannot quench your thirst for some adventure. With over 2800+ adventure anime, there are enough to fulfill your hunger for adventure. Like handpicking diamonds from a pile of coal, here are 22+ action-adventure anime for you to add to your watchlist.
There isn’t a single person on this Earth who hasn’t received Naruto as an anime recommendation. If you haven’t heard about Naruto, you’re in dire need of some cultured friends. Naruto is about the story of a kid, Naruto Uzumaki, within whom a monstrous creature, Nine-tails was sealed as soon as he was born. Now, Naruto is a hyperactive kid, living in Hidden Leaf Village who is shunned by the villagers because of Nine-Tails sealed inside him. Struggling to find his place in the village, Naruto dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of the village.
2. Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is like Breaking Bad of Anime. Attack on Titan is certainly the best new-gen anime series. Attack on Titan is worldwide famous for its amazing storyline, animation, and plot twists. The current hype for the next season exceeds the previous records and will surely break the internet. Attack on Titan is about humanity fighting Titans, nothing else. Just humanity fighting Titans.
3. One Piece
One Piece is somewhat a friendly rival to Naruto. Both, including Bleach, are called the Big 3 and were the most popular series of their time. At present, One Piece is the only ongoing anime of that era. The hype of One Piece is real, and also well deserved. One Piece is about a boy, named Luffy who, along with his crew go on an adventure and travels across the Grand Line, experiencing thrilling adventures, exploring dark mysteries, facing off dangerous opponents, all in the pursuit of the greatest coveted fortune- One Piece.
4. Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter is really one of its kind anime. It is really a shame that the manga is currently on a hiatus for almost 900 days. Hunterxhunter is one of the best action-adventure anime and it is all fact. Every hunter hunter fan is waiting for the hiatus to be over, because the ongoing arc, Dark Expedition Arc, is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Hunterxhunter is about a boy, Gon Freecss, whose father abandoned him as a child to pursue his dream of becoming a world-class Hunter. Now, Gon wants to become a Hunter himself in hopes to find his father.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist is the best anime series of all time according to MyAnimeList. Though Fullmetal Alchemist was dethroned by Attack on Titan, it was only for some time and FMAB managed to retake the crown. Everything about the series is perfect. There are almost no plotholes, an excellent plot, and amazing fights. Fullmetal Alchemist is about the story of two boys, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric who did the taboo of human transmutation. In the process, Edward lost his arm and leg while Alphonse lost his body. Now, both brothers go on various adventures as Fullmetal Alchemists to obtain answers to how they can get their bodies back.
Bleach is the last member of the Big 3. Bleach, along with Naruto and One Piece were called the Big 3 of their generation, because no other anime was able to compete and dethrone them in terms of popularity. Bleach is an anime about Ichigo, who got Soul reaper powers while protecting his family from a Hallow. However, the original Soul Reaper, Rukia, is unable to regain her powers. Now, Ichigo is given the task of hunting down Hallows who daunt their town.
7. Vinland Saga
Vinland Saga is certainly the most underrated anime series at this point. It has the potential of competing with the big ones, like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and is even better in some cases. It is truly a gem anime. Vinland Saga is about a boy, Thorfinn, son of Thors. After seeing his father killed by a pirate named Askeladd, Thorfinn is determined to take revenge. Among the chaos of the battle between England and the Danes, Thorfinn must take his revenge and kill Askeladd.
8. Chainsaw Man
Well, this one is technically not an anime, not yet. Chainsaw Man is an amazing action manga that is being animated by MAPPA. The trailer of Chainsaw Man was released recently, and the hype is real. It could be the closest competitor of Jujutsu Kaisen, which is hailed as the best new-gen anime. Chainsaw Man is about a man, Denji, who was killed by a devil in contract with a yakuza. But, Denji merged with his pet Pochita and was given the ability of the chainsaw devil. Now, Denji will stop at nothing, to achieve his teenage dreams.
9. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is an excellent vintage anime. Cowboy Bebop is a sci-fi anime set in the space western genre. The anime deals with space exploration and the unknown space. Cowboy Bebop is a well-balanced high-density action, with light comedy, where Spike Spiegel and his partner jet Black, along with their crew, embark on various adventures. Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after.
10. That Time I got reincarnated as a Slime
This one is special, for the Isekai fans. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is an Isekai anime, popularly known as Tensei Slime. It is one of the most famous Isekai anime, widely appreciated by fans. Most of the Isekai anime are not that good, depending mostly on fanservice to attract viewers. Tensei Slime is an exception, with a good plot, excellent characters, and amazing fight scenes. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is about a man, Satoru Mikami, who is stabbed by a random assailant. He is reincarnated as a slime in another world where he befriends the Storm Dragon. He now embarks on a new adventure, free of his previously mundane life, gradually altering his fate.
Noragami is such an underrated anime. If you haven’t seen Noragami, you are missing out on an excellent anime. It is a shame that this anime does not have the next season until now. The manga is beautiful as ever and ongoing. So, if you want more of Noragami, read the manga. Nevertheless, Noragami is about Yato, a delivery god, who dreams of having a shrine dedicated to himself. In order to achieve his dream, he does every job he can get his hands on, for only five-yen. If you are looking for a not-too-heavy anime and need some recommendations, check out Noragami.
12. Sword Art Online
Before you say it, Sword Art Online is a very good anime. Not everything the Internet says is true. Sword Art Online is a very good anime with good characters, superb fight scenes, and a decent plot. It is true, that the show quality dropped a lot after the Aincrad Arc, and also the arc was finished hurriedly, but the recent season managed to scale back the quality. Sword Art Online is an action anime about Kirito, who along with 10,000 other players, got stuck into a VR-based game Sword Art Online. The players, unable to log out, must finish the game to come back to the real world. In order to escape, Kirito must cooperate with his fellow players, and avoid dying, since dying in this world would mean death in the real world too.
13. Seven Deadly Sins
Those who left Seven Deadly Sins, just because Twitter told you to, you have left something good anime. Seven Deadly Sins is a superb anime with excellent animation(only season 1). Though the animation drops down drastically after season 1, the plot itself is a good one. The characters also are quite good, especially Ban, being more popular than Meliodas himself. Seven Deadly Sins is an action-adventure anime where Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kindom of Lionnes, embarks on an adventure to find the Seven Deadly Sins and take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights.
14. The God of High School
The God of High School is an amazing action anime with such good animation. The God of High School is a new-gen anime based on a webtoon from Crunchyroll released recently in 2020. The God of High School managed to attract many anime watchers with its awesome fight scenes. Although the story feels a bit fast-paced, the plot itself is a decent one. The God of High School is an anime focusing on the tournament The God of High School, seeking out the best fighter among the high schoolers. Jin Mori, a taekwondo expert, enrolls in the tournament to fight stronger opponents. He, along with his friends, is about to find what it takes to become the God of High School.
15. No Game No Life
If this anime ever gets continued, then it would surely break the internet. No Game No Life is one of those anime series that are in dire need of a season 2. The amount of potential this anime packs rivals that of Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia. No Game No Life is an Isekai anime about a sibling duo, Sora and Shiro, together as The Blank, are said to be undefeated. They are transported to another world by the God of Games, Tet. in this world, everything is determined by games. The siblings now have one goal, to defeat Tet and become the new gods of this world.
16. Akame Ga Kill
If you have a strong heart, only then you should watch Akame Ga Kill. It doesn’t mean that the violence and gore level is extremely high, it is up to a certain level. This anime will probably kill your favorite character right before you started liking them. Akame Ga Kill is an action anime based on assassinations. Akame Ga Kill follows Tatsumi as he fights the Empire and faces powerful weapons, enemies, challenges his morals and ideals, and ultimately learns what it means to be an assassin. Akame Ga Kill has some of the best sword fights. If you like them, then Akame Ga Kill will certainly not disappoint.
Overlord is an excellent example of what an Isekai should look like. Overlord is an Isekai fantasy anime where the MC is transported into a game. Yes, the setting is similar to Sword Art Online, but it does it much better than Sword Art Online. Overlord is a fantasy anime where the MC, Momonga, gets transported to another world after he remained in his favorite game that was going to be shut down. With his unexpected turn of events, Momonga commands his servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world while finding if there are others like him. Overlord also comes in the Overpowered MC genre, hence if you want another Overpowered MC, then try Overlord.
18. Tower of God
Tower of God is an action-adventure anime based on the webtoon Tower of God. if you haven’t heard about webtoons, it is a web novel based in Korea. The webtoon of Tower of God recently returned for further volumes. Hence, we should be getting another season of it too. Tower of God is the story of a young boy, Bam, who opened the gates of the Tower that grants wishes by himself. Termed as Irregulars, Bam was not chosen by the Tower and has shaken the very foundation by setting his foot inside it. The anime adaptation of the webtoon isn’t quite liked by the fans, but if you haven’t read the webtoon, then it should be a decent experience for you.
If you wanted more of Demon Slayer, you should set your sights on Dororo. Dororo is very similar to Demon Slayer in the plot. Both fight to regain their humanity, both fight demons. The animation is not the same level as Demon Slayer, but MAPPA has done a decent job in Dororo. Dororo is an action anime about a boy, Hyakkimaru, who was born without eyes, legs, arms, skin, or nose. For many years, he wandered alone, until he befriends a child named Dororo. Now, Dororo accompanies Hyakkimaru in his quest to retake his humanity from the demons that stole it from him. Dororo is an underrated gem of the anime industry that could not get much attention. It certainly is an underrated gem.
If you like super cool magic-based anime series, Magi could be your next favorite. Magi is a great action-fantasy anime you will get hooked on to. It is very similar to Hunterxhunter since both look light and fun on the surface but are much deeper and darker. Magi is a story about Alibaba, who meets a mysterious boy named Aladdin who can summon a mighty blue spirit from a flute and travels across the continent in search of Djinn Metal Vessels. Hoping to harness Aladdin’s magical power, Alibaba invites him to join him on his dungeon-capturing expedition. Along the way and through numerous encounters and farewells, both of them will come to learn the truth about their destiny.
Looking for some mystery anime, Durarara comes to your rescue. Durarara is another example of the underrated gems of the anime industry. Durarara packs enough action and thriller for you to hook on to it until it is finished. Durarara is a mystery anime about Mikado Ryuugamine, a city boy bored of his mundane life, longs for some excitement. When he came to Tokyo on an invitation from his friend, he witnessed the urban legend “Black Rider” on the first day. But, as supernatural events become common, ordinary citizens and citizens of his hometown get mixed up in the commotion.
22. Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is an excellent example of the anime gems of the 2000s. Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop share a similar vibe. Cowboy bebop being the predecessor to the Samurai Champloo show was the inspiration for it came from. Samurai Champloo is a shounen action-comedy anime that almost everyone would like. Samurai Champloo is the story of a young lady, Fuu Kasumi, a former waitress, who rescues two samurais from being executed. She hires them as her bodyguards in the quest to find a certain samurai. Thus, the trio embarks on a journey to find the samurai, that is if Fuu can stop them from killing each other.
Looking for a god-tier animated anime, Fate/Zero would be an excellent choice. Sharing the same studio as Demon Slayer, Fate/Zero is an action-adventure anime that is bound to fill your hunger for some good anime. Moreover, the awesome animation during the fight scenes would make your jaws drop. Fate/Zero is an action-fantasy anime about Seven chosen mages and their summoned heroic spirits who fight against each other to try and win the Holy Grail: a magical device that can grant any wish. Based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, Fate/Zero depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—10 years before Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one is guaranteed to survive.
Seinen anime have a different charm to them. They are directed more towards young adults, men since there is much more gore and violence in them than the usual shounen anime. Berserk is an excellent anime how a seinen anime would look like. Though the anime is not that good like the manga, Berserk is still a good anime to watch. This horror seinen anime is about a man, Guts, destined to be hunted by demons, embarks on a journey to defy his gruesome fate and kill waves of demons that relentlessly pursue him. He steels his resolve to exact vengeance on the one responsible, the person he once considered a friend.
25. The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero may not be one of the best Isekai anime, but it certainly is good enough for enjoyment. The Rising of the Shield Hero is hated a lot over the Internet, but the hate is unjustified. The Rising of the Shield Hero is such a good anime that certainly qualifies to be on your watchlist. The plot is good, the characters are decent, and the animation is good enough too. There is not enough fault to find for the hate. The Rising of the Shield Hero is an action-adventure anime where Naofumi, along with three other people are summoned to another world to fight the Waves as the Four Cardinal Heroes. Due to the ill-treatment subjected to him by the people of the kingdom, Naofumi, filled with rage and hatred, sets out alone to exact vengeance on those who wronged him.
So these were some of the best action-adventure anime on the top of my mind. There are many other not on this list, so the second part would be coming soon. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
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