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The Best Anime Like The Magnificent Kotobuki

Updated June 8, 2021 56 votes 13 voters13 items

The Magnificent Kotobuki is a Winter 2019 anime that takes place in a desolate world where people must trade for essentials if they want to survive. The Kotobuki Squadron serves as bodyguards for anyone who will hire them - and much of their guarding forces them to take to the skies in fighter jets called Hayabusa. 

If you loved the show, you might be wondering - if there are other anime like The Magnificent Kotobuki? You bet there is! If you're interested in seeing cute girls engaging in dog fights, you should watch Girly Air Force or Strike Witches. Looking for a similar premise but would rather focus on tanks or warships? Try out Girls und Panzer, which is a sports anime about a fictional sport involving tanks, or Kancolle, where girls possessed by the spirits of ancient warships battle. Just want to see CGI animation at its peak? Check out Land of the Lustrous, a gorgeous anime about sentient gems. 

Vote up the best anime similar to The Magnificent Kotobuki to let your fellow fans know what they should check out next. 

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    Girly Air Force

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    As you may have guessed from the title, Girly Air Force is another example of the niche "cute girls piloting figher jets" anime subgenre. When flying enemies called Zai begin to appear, humanity must find a way to defend itself. In service of this goal, fighter aircrafts called Daughters are invented, as are artificial intelligences who can fight in place of humans. These are called Animas, and they look like young women. One of the most powerful of these fighters is Gripen. With a human named Kei Narutani at her side, she protects humanity against dangerous threats. 

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      Just like in The Magnificent Kotobuki,  The Last Exile is about pilots trying to achieve their own goals in a world that makes that nearly impossible. In a futuristic world where nearly all transportation takes place via flight, an organization called The Guild controls it all. They control how much Claudia Fluid (a form of liquized crystal that powers the planes) each nation recieves, they negotiate disputes between warring nations, and they decide where each person is able to travel. The only group that has anything resembling freedom are the couriers that have to take messages, packages, and even people from one nation to another.  Claus Valca and Lavie Head are two teenage couriers who dream of a life of freedom that is beyond the restrictions their parents faced. Though they are brave, their latest mission may be more than they can handle, as it will pit them up against the guild itself.

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    • One of the things that makes The Magnificent Kotobuki interesting are the dogfights between pilots juxtaposed against a desolate futuristic backdrop. Simoun also combines its in-air battles with an unusual situation. In order to pilot ancient warships called Simouns, pilots must delay a ceremony in which they choose their biological sex. In this world, everyone is born female, but select their sex during a special ceremony when they turn seventeen. It's a strange world, but one that fans of Kotobuki should find fascinating.  

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      Strike Witches offers one of the more complicated takes on the "cute girls use weaponry" subgenre. During World War II, the biggest threat to humanity wasn't the Nazis, it was an alien race called the Neurois. The Neurois have taken over much of the Earth by creating a miasma that sickens everyone who gets near it. Because the miasma can't travel on land, witches try to fight off the Neutrois over the ocean. Because the girls aren't protected by planes, the battles get a little more intense than they do in The Magnificent Kotobuki. If that's what you're looking for, watch Strike Witches. 

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