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The 13 Best Anime Like RWBY

Updated January 3, 2019 593 votes 188 voters 8.1k views13 items

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Whether or not RWBY actually qualifies as an anime is a matter of contention. Some people define anime by its style, while others define it by its country of origin. The problem with the first definition is that anime actually encompasses a wide variety of styles, making it difficult if not impossible to define it by any specific artistic elements. RWBY wasn't created in Japan - instead, it's an American production by the late Monty Oum and Roosterteeth. Though the team made many artistic choices that are common to anime, it's more accurate to call it "anime-inspired" than "anime."

This isn't to disparage it in any way - the fact that Western creators are using what's great about anime to enhance their own work is an example of a long history of cultural sharing between Japanese and American media. While RWBY isn't an anime per se, it has a lot in common with many anime series which make for excellent RWBY recommendations, like Soul Eater and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, as well as other Western shows that are influenced by the medium, like Avatar: The Last Air Bender, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. There are plenty more examples of anime similar to RWBY where that came from.

If you're a RWBY fan looking for something new to watch, check out one of these great anime like RWBY.

  • Teenage girls learning how to master difficult and complicated magical abilities is an important theme in RWBY. The same can be said for Little Witch Academia, an anime about a young girl named Akko who wants to become a great witch despite not possessing any innate abilities, and attends a magical academy to help her achieve that goal. Both casts face seemingly unbeatable foes, but ultimately manage to apply what they've learned from their training and save the day

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  • God Eater
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    In the year 2017, monsters called Aragami have taken over much of human society. In order to keep them at bay, an organization called Fenrir begins creating special weapons called God Arcs out of Aragami cells. Those who wield them are called God Eaters. Their fight bears a lot of similarities to the battle between Team RWBY and the Grimms, as does the importance of special weapons that can be wielded only by certain people. In both shows, there are moments where the characters fail at their missions or look like they might meet a gruesome end, but ultimately they manage to pull through - though not without first incurring some heavy losses.

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  • Black★Rock Shooter
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    Two girls, Mato and Yomi, exist in a parallel universe as Black★Rock Shooter and Dead Master. In one world, the two girls bond over a mutual interest in a series of children's books, while in the other world they fight with impressively rendered transforming weapons. Actions in one world impact them in the other. While the stories are different, both series feature weapons that go through extreme transformations, both feature schools as a primary setting, and both involve fast-paced, 3D-animated action scenes. 

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    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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      Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the most popular anime of the 2010s, so if you're an anime fan, you've probably seen it or at least heard of it before. But if you're a RWBY fan who missed out on Madoka, you should definitely add it to your watch-list. Like RWBY, it focuses on a group of girls who risk their lives to defeat beings that threaten the fate of their world. Also, while both of these shows have their moments of adorable humor, they can get seriously dark. 

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