The Best Ninja Anime of All Time

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Vote up the anime that have you shuriken for more ninjas.

List of the best ninja anime, voted on by Ranker's anime community. Shinobi and ninja anime are some of the most popular anime of all time. The genre includes modern hits like Naruto, and older titles like Ninja Scroll. This poll includes video clips of each show, so if you haven't seen one you can watch it right here on this page.

The shows that are listed may have different sub-genres, but they're all about ninjas in one way or another. List anime include Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Sengoku Musou SP: Sanada no Shou and more. What is the greatest ninja anime of all time? Scroll down and find out for yourself!

  • Naruto Shippuden
    Video: YouTube

    Naruto Uzumaki continues his ninja training to become Hokage, fighting the evil Akatsuki organization alongside Sakura, Sasuke, and other leaf village shinobi. Naruto masters powerful jutsu while battling the demon Fox sealed within him. Blending ninja action with themes of friendship and redemption, Shippuden expands the beloved world of Naruto to epic proportions. Believe it!

    5,585 votes
  • Naruto
    Video: YouTube

    Energetic orphan Naruto aims to become the next Hokage and earn his village's respect, but first he must master ninja skills and battle enemies like rogue ninja Orochimaru. Alongside fellow Team 7 members Sasuke and Sakura, Naruto comes of age while discovering the Fox Demon sealed within him. An iconic underdog tale filled with ninja adventure.

    2,216 votes
  • Basilisk
    Video: YouTube

    Warring ninja clans pledge peace through the arranged marriage of Gennosuke and Ogen. But successive heirs instead spark a tragic bloody feud, resorting to forbidden power. Basilisk brings together romance, action and tragedy through the moving human relationships of ninja bound by duty.

    782 votes
  • Ninja Scroll: The Series
    Video: YouTube

    In feudal Japan, clever masterless ninja Jubei Yagyu becomes an unlikely hero, using cunning and resourcefulness to battle an evil demon conspiracy threatening the nation. This series expands upon the highly influential 1993 Ninja Scroll film with more stylish, violent shinobi action.

    530 votes
  • A band of deadly criminals sentenced to a hellish penal island inhabited by poisonous creatures and plagued by mysterious deaths offers exiled ninja Gabimaru Asaemon a chance at escape if he helps them survive. Tense survival horror melds with stunning ninja action in this edgy manga.

    28 votes
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo
    Video: YouTube

    During the Tokugawa era, medicine peddler Yuya Shiina joins mysterious samurai Demon Eyes Kyo whose body harbors the soul of legendary assassin and medicine man Onime no Kyo. Together, they unravel a conspiracy connecting their pasts while confronting deadly shinobi and samurai rivals.

    317 votes