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The 16 Best Anime About Slaying Monsters

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One of the most common enemies in the world of fantasy anime are different kinds of monsters. Some are beasts, others are demons, but all of them are formidable opponents. Anime about monster hunting pits heroes against powerful enemies with strength that goes beyond what one would expect from a human being. 

A popular title in the genre is Demon Slayer, which tells the story of a young boy trying to save his sister, who has been transformed into a demon. There's also Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? which takes place inside a monster-filled labyrith. Looking for something a little darker? Try Berserk, an anime in which the mercinary protagonist is constantly up against monsters of all sorts. 

Which monster hunting anime are your favorites?

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  • 1
    4,176 VOTES
    Jujutsu Kaisen
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    Yuuji Itadori is just a normal high school boy who spends his days lounging in the Occult clubroom and visiting his sick grandfather - until he eats a cursed demon finger. In order to save a classmate who was attacked by curses, Itadori eats the finger of the powerful demon Ryomen Sukuna. His normal life is turned upside down now that he has fused with Sukuna and taken the curse into his own soul. Luckily, he is taken in by the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School where he will train as a Jujutsu sorcerer to fight against curses. 

    4,176 votes
  • 2
    6,930 VOTES
    Demon Slayer
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    Tanjiro Kamado is living a peaceful life with his family until a demon attack leaves him and his sister Nezuko as the only survivors. Unfortunately, the two of them can't grieve in peace, because Nezuko has been transformed into a demon herself. In order to figure out a way to change her back, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps, an organization dedicated to protecting humankind from demon attacks. 

    6,930 votes
  • 3
    1,102 VOTES
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    After his father trades his limbs, eyes, ears, skin, and many other body parts away to a group of demons in exchange for the prosperity of his land, everyone assumes that Hyakkimaru will pass away. But he survives, and he learns to fight. His mission is to find the demons who are holding onto his body parts, slay them, and put himself back together. Accompanying him on this quest is a young child named Dororo, whose primary goal is survival and friendship.

    1,102 votes
  • After Naofumi Iwatani is summoned to the world of Melromarc along with three other earthlings, they learn that they're expected to save the world from the Waves of Calamity. These Waves are mysterious in their origin, but one thing that's clear to everyone is that they result in the appearance of dangerous monsters. Those monsters need to be slain, and the job falls to Naofumi and the other heroes. 

    4,820 votes
  • 5
    4,274 VOTES
    Goblin Slayer
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    Goblin Slayer has a singular goal, and if you look at his name, it becomes pretty clear what that goal is. He wants to eliminate every goblin on the planet, and will stop at nothing until he's done so. Why is he so hellbent on eradicating an entire species? Because goblins routinely kidnap, assault, and otherwise harm other species, but because they're considered about as low-ranking as an average rat, most other people ignore the threat they pose. Goblin Slayer's party might not quite understand his ferocity, but they appreciate him nontheless. 

    4,274 votes
  • 6
    5,978 VOTES
    Attack on Titan
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    The world is overrun by gigantic humanoid monsters called Titans that devour human flesh. In order to protect themselves, humanity has barricaded themselves within a series of walls. Those who venture out to fight the Titans are called the Survey Corps. After his home is attacked by Titans, Eren Jaeger decides to join the Survey Crew. As he takes down Titans, he discovers that they're a lot more than just mindless monsters.

    5,978 votes