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The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made

Updated November 25, 2019 12.7k votes 4.6k voters 154.2k views22 items

List RulesVote 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. 

  • 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
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  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a manga series written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa....  more
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  • 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
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  • To Love-Ru (Xebec, 2008), also stylized as To LOVE-Ru, is a Japanese harem anime series based on the manga by Saki Hasemi and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. A shy and clumsy high-school student meets the crown princess of an alien empire who wants to marry him in order to avoid a political marriage back home....  more
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