Anime Underground The 20 Best Magic Anime You Can't Afford To Miss  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the greatest magical anime of all time.

Anime about magic can be some of the most fun kind of anime to watch. Magic opens up a world of story options that simply aren't available in the mundane world - sure, you can have a great character arc and plotline in an office romance or a hard-boiled detective story, but are there dragons? Can the characters cast magic spells or transform into strange animals? In anime with magic powers, they can do all that and more.

What are the best magic anime out there? There's plenty to choose from. Like emotionally nuanced character studies? The Ancient Magus' Bride tells a heartfelt and moving story of a young girl finding acceptance in a magical community. Prefer a little more action? The Fate series chronicles a series of magical clashes. Enjoy a light-hearted, slice-of-life anime? Flying Witch describes the everyday adventures of a young witch-in-training. 

Let the world know which magical anime you think deserves some recognition. 

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Best Magic Anime You Can't Afford To Miss
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In a world where magic is part of everyday life, magical guilds take on job requests ranging from simple to complex. The Fairy Tail guild is a ragtag bunch of mages with different goals - for example, Natsu wants to find his father, and Lucy wants to collect celestial gate keys and become a professional wizard.

Together, they clash with rival guilds and work to achieve their dreams. 

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The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Best Magic Anime You Can't Afford To Miss
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The Holy Knights rule over Britannia with an iron fist - protecting it with incredible magic, but also subjecting it to their despotic rule. Princess Elizabeth seeks out a group of rogue warriors who might be able to defeat the Holy Knights.

If they successfully topple the Holy Knights, then they can free Britannia. 

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The Ancient Magus' Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Best Magic Anime You Can't Afford To Miss
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Chise Hatori's life is so bleak that she puts herself up for auction. When she ends up living with a mage named Elias Ainsworth, her life dramatically improves as she begins to master the magic that's always been inside of her.

She also form bonds with a community of other magical folks.

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Best Magic Anime You Can't Afford To Miss
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After incurring the wrath of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie Hatter is cursed, which results in her losing decades of her life. To regain her former self, she must accompany a wizard named Howl - and his magical companions - on a series of strange and wonderful adventures. 

This anime features an array of wonderfully creative characters, such as a benevolent scarecrow and talking fireball.

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