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The 13 Best Anime Like RWBY

Updated January 3, 2019 572 votes 181 voters 7.5k 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.

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  • If you like RWBY, you probably like anime-inspired shows from Western animators that focus on a group of kids with incredible powers and wildly different personalities who have to work together to save the world from evil forces. If so, you'll probably like Avatar. Aang has been frozen in a block of ice for 100 years and is thawed out just in time to realize his destiny as the Avatar, the only person who can master all four forms of elemental bending. He and his friends must use these abilities to defeat the Fire Nation, which is waging war on the rest of the world. 

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  • If your favorite part of RWBY was the training that the protagonists received at Beacon Academy, you might also enjoy Soul Eater. Just as the characters from RWBY are learning to be Hunters and Huntresses who are powerful enough to take on Grimms, the characters from Soul Eater attend Death Weapon Meister Academy in the hopes of either wielding or becoming Death Scythes and take on dangerous threats to the world around them.

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    When RWBY first began, its use of CGI left something to be desired, but as the series progressed it became something truly beautiful. If you're wondering where you can find other examples of gorgeous 3D animation that enhances its stories' themes, look no further than Land of the Lustrous, an anime from the Fall 2017 season. This evocative series follows Phos, a sentient jewel person whose job is to create an encyclopedia about the strange world around them, all while dealing with a war against a mysterious celestial enemy.

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    • 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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