Anime Underground The Best High Fantasy Anime  

Anna Lindwasser
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You might think that high fantasy is exclusive to Western media. You might be picturing Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or more recently, Game of Thrones. Western media definitely does not corner the market on high fantasy, though—there’s actually a ton of fantastic anime that fits the bill. 

So what is high fantasy, exactly? The term refers to more than just magical story elements. To qualify as high fantasy, a piece of media needs to take place in a magical world outside our own. So Erased, where the main character has the ability to travel back in time, doesn’t count, because he lives in the Earth version of Japan.

Other elements include the battle between good and evil, a protagonist who starts off childlike but matures as the series progresses, and, of course, magic. Sometimes there are dragons, sometimes there are wizards, and sometimes there are giant car-like insects who just need to be understood. There are tons of excellent high fantasy anime, so check out this handful of them, and let us know which one you like the best!

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Nanatsu no Taizai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Magi: The Kingdom of Magic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Claymore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Record of Lodoss War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Slayers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
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The Vision of Escaflowne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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The Twelve Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Scrapped Princess is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Magic Knight Rayearth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Guin Saga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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El Hazard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime

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Kemono no Souja Erin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime