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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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Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi and 2014 anime series. The story follows the redemption of Yona, the sole princess to the kingdom of Kouka, ...more
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Nanatsu no Taizai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It has been published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2, 2006, and has been published by Kodansha in 48 ...more
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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
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, also known as DanMachi for short, and with English subtitle Familia Myth, is a Japanese light novel series written by Fujino Ōmori and ...more
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Magi: The Kingdom of Magic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a Japanese fantasy adventure manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. An anime television adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan from October ...more
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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Berserk is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, ...more
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Claymore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue. When the magazine ...more
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Record of Lodoss War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Record of Lodoss War is a franchise of fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno based around the work he originally created for a world called Forcelia for role-playing games. There have since been multiple ...more
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. ...more
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The Heroic Legend of Arslan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
The Heroic Legend Of Arslan
The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the title of a Japanese fantasy novel series. The author, Yoshiki Tanaka, started writing Arslan in 1986 and is still writing it as of 2008, with the current ...more
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Slayers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Slayers is a Japanese comic fantasy media franchise originating in a series of over 52 light novels written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The novels had been serialized in ...more
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Moribito: Guardian of the Spir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
She carries the pain of eight souls. He carries the burden of one sacred spirit. At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could ...more
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The Vision of Escaflowne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
The Vision of Escaflowne is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise Studios and directed by Kazuki Akane. It premiered in Japan on April 2, 1996 on TV Tokyo, with the ...more
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The Twelve Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
The Twelve Kingdoms is a Japanese TV series adaptation of The Twelve Kingdom literary series written by Fuyumi Ono.
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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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Magic Knight Rayearth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp, an all-female manga artist team consisting of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona. Appearing as a serial ...more
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Scrapped Princess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
Scrapped Princess is a Japanese light novel series by Ichiro Sakaki and illustrated by Yukinobu Azumi, also known as the popular adult dōjin artist Nakayohi Mogudan. In 2003, it was adapted into ...more
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Guin Saga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
"The seal will be broken after many years". In the land of Nospherus, four heroes embark on a patch of destiny that will weave a new legend. The story follows Guin, a powerful ...more
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El Hazard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
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The Beast Player Erin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High Fantasy Anime
In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding ...more