Avatar: The Last Airbender isn't technically an anime series, but it does embody everything that one would expect from an anime. The Studio Ghibli inspired designs; the creative fantasy world and wondrous lore behind it; an over-arching storyline filled with drama and laugh-out-loud comedy, and last but not least, a lovable cast of characters with amazing superpowers. It's no wonder why anime fans instantly clinged to this Nicktoon.
While anime fans are drawn to Avatar, not many know where to go next after finishing the series. There are actually a lot of anime like Avatar out there; you just need to know where to look. So, check out the list of similar anime below and vote up the best series.
Hunter x Hunter shares many traits with Avatar: The Last Airbender. Both shows focus on a young, yet, powerful protagonist that's on a grand adventure with a misfit of friends. Where the world of Avatar is dominated by benders, the world of Hunter x Hunter is driven by mighty hunters who seek money and kills.
Anyone would kill to be apart of that lavish world, but the young Gon wants to be a hunter in order to find his long-lost father who abandoned him years ago.
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A big appeal of Avatar: The Last Airbender is its epic journey across an Asian-inspired fantasy world. Fullmetal Alchemist embodies the same sense of adventure, as the Elric brothers travel across a European-inspired fantasy world to find the elusive Philosopher's Stone. While the drama is a lot heavier in Fullmetal Alchemist, it also shares Avatar's silly sense of humor.
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If you loved how Avatar: The Last Airbender explored Asian folklore, then you're gonna love Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Just like Avatar, the world of Magi is filled with fantasy characters inspired by Middle Eastern culture. Lots of powerful characters and sexy jins ahead, as two young boys explore a legendary dungeon for riches galore.
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Morbito: Guardian of the Spirit is another historically inspired anime that fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender should watch. Set in feudal Japan, Morbito is about a Balsa, a spear-wielding mercenary, who must protect a young boy named Prince Chagum from those who want to slay the water dragon that lives inside him.
The water dragon folklore provides a great moral dilemma in Morbito, as slaying Prince Chagum may end the deadly famine plaguing the Shin Yogo Empire.