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The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated November 25, 2019 10.4k votes 4k voters 117.4k views 22 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite anime featuring body switching.

You probably know about body-swapping from American movies like Freaky Friday. What you may not have known about is the trope's common usage in anime. In a body-swap story, Character A's consciousness transfers to Character B's body, and vice versa. This leads to character development, where they learn to understand themselves and each other; it can also result in one character running into the bedroom to have "fun" with their new body. Depends on the anime, guys. 

Some anime, like Kokoro Connect, Your Name, and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches use body swapping as their central theme, utilizing its nuances to drive the plot and characterization. In other anime, including classics like One Piece, Card Captor Sakura, and Dragon Ball Z, body swapping acts as one plot device amidst a larger story. The list below features the greatest body-swapping anime for you to peruse and vote on. These are the tales going out of their way to switch it up for your entertainment, literally. 

Your Name is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made
Photo:  Your Name./Toho

Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally swap bodies, and can't remember what happened when they were switched. ...more on Wikipedia

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Yamada-kun and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made
Photo:  Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches/Crunchyroll

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a manga series written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa. ...more on Wikipedia

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Kokoro Connect is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made
Photo:  Kokoro Connect/Sentai Filmworks

Kokoro Connect is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations by Shiromizakana. The series includes 11 volumes published by Enterbrain between January 2010 and March 2013. Two manga adaptations have been published by Enterbrain and Kadokawa Shoten. A 13-episode anime adaptation directed by Shinya Kawatsura and produced by Silver Link aired in Japan between July and September 2012. Four additional episodes aired on December 30, 2012. ...more on Wikipedia

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Ranma ½ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made
Photo:  Ranma 1/2 Set 1/Viz Media

Ranma ½ (Japanese: らんま 1/2, Hepburn: Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi, pronounced Ranma One-Half) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 1987 to March 1996, with the chapters collected into 38 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, while hot water changes him back into a boy. Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, enemies and many fiancées ...more on Wikipedia

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