15 Best Action Anime of All Time

Action anime is one of the most watched anime genres. This is because of the way action is portrayed in anime is quite unique. The action scenes are cool and ‘over the top’. This is accentuated by some freaky characters, the concept of power levels, hidden powers and other stuff. We all loved it when Ichigo revealed his Bankai for the first time or when Goku transformed into Super Saiyan 3. So, what are some of the best action anime out there that one can watch? To know, keep reading this list of top action anime movies and shows ever. I have tried to skip the famous ones like ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Naruto’ to ensure that some lesser known anime makes the list. You can watch some of these best action anime on Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll, YouTube or Amazon Prime. The list also includes best action adventure anime.

15. Psycho-Pass (2012)

Dystopian future has forced the law enforcement agencies to come up with a solution to stop crime. The answer is the Psycho-Pass analysis of every citizen, the Sybil system. Even if a person shows a little bit of criminal intent, he or she is arrested. Akane is a new inspector in the law enforcement. She has to work with enforcer Shinya as her partner. As the series progresses we see Akane begins to doubt the justice provided by the Sybil system.

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14. Gurren Lagann (2007)

The plot follows two young boys Simon and Kamina who were born and brought up in a secret underground village. It had no contact with the surface (which was left all to the imagination). One day the boys found a key for some ancient armor. This helped them defend against an attack from the surface. The boys then set out on a journey to explore the surface. They are joined by Yoko a girl with a massive gun (not a euphemism).

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13. Ergo Proxy (2006)

The plot of ‘Ergo Proxy’ follows two people, Re-I and Vincent, and two humanoid robots, Iggy and Pino who need to uncover the mysteries of their dome city, Romdo. The city of Romdo is domed to protect the people as they cannot survive anymore in the open world after an ecological disaster. AutoReivs are humanoid robots created to assist the humans. But a virus has crept into their system granting them self-awareness. Will the odd bunch be able to find out the secrets before it’s too late?

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12. Tiger and Bunny (2011)

Tiger and Bunny

This is an action/ comedy genre anime. The story is set in the Stern Bild city where a certain number of people has special abilities. These people are known as NEXT. NEXT act as heroes by catching evildoers and gaining popularity in the Hero TV. Their ultimate aim is to become the king of heroes. Korematsu is one such hero known as Tiger. Due to his decreasing fame, he has been coupled with a newbie name Barnaby Brooks Jr. They need to keep aside their differences and work together to get to the top.

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11. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (2006)

This is a great action/comedy anime. The plot is nice and the characters mix well with it. Kenichi decides to become strong and joins a karate club. He soon gets into trouble as an upperclassman wants to fight him. Kenichi wants to give up but decides to stay after he falls for the beautiful Miu. He starts learning at her dojo and after a few initial classes, he defeats the upperclassman. But his journey has just started as he needs to master several martial arts to create his own style and become stronger.

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10. The Irregular at Magic High School (2014)

If you are into magic themed anime then this might interest you. The story sees two siblings enter the magic high school under different categories. Miyuki is a Bloom, a student with extreme talent while Tatsuya is categorized as a Weed, someone inept in magic. But it turns out that Tatsuya has the good technical knowledge and has combat abilities. This makes him ‘The Irregular at Magic High School’.

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9. Blood + (2005)

Saya Otonashi is sick. She has amnesia and anemia and is placed under the care of her adoptive family. One day she is attacked by a big bat-like creature. Turns out this creature is one of many Chiropteran, monstrous creatures who feed on human blood. But Saya learns that her blood that kills these creatures by crystallizing them. So, she decides to embark on a quest to destroy the Chiropterans.

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8. Witchblade (2006)

If you love to watch scantily clad female characters fight against evil then this should be a nice choice for you. Masane is trying to run from the government to prevent her daughter Rihoko from being taken away. But she fails and loses her daughter. She is then attacked by a human-like a machine. This awakes the hidden power in her and transforms her into a powerful creature. This allows him to defeat the machine. The event attracts the attention of several organizations who want her power.

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7. Speed Grapher (2005)

The story is set in a world which is the aftermath of the Bubble War. There is a widening gap between rich and poor. Enter Saiga, who used to be a war photographer and now working for Hibara in Tokyo. He is sent on a mission to investigate a secretive club but is caught and brought in front of a woman named Kagura. This meeting awakens a power within him giving him the ability to explode any place after he photographs it.

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6.  Eureka Seven (2005)

Renton has a pretty much routine life in his town, Bellforest. His grandfather wants him to be a mechanic but he wants to get some adventure in his boring life by joining a mercenary group known as Gekkostate. His wish is granted when a girl from Gekkostate crashes her robot in his garage. She asks him to repair the robot. Renton does as she says and joins her as a co-pilot of the robot, thus beginning his journey.

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5. Black Lagoon (2006)

This is one of the best action anime I have watched in recent years. The story follows the transformation of an average businessman, held as a ransom by a group of mercenaries, into a mercenary. The anime is set in Roanapur dubbed as crime haven in the series. ‘Black Lagoon’ feels like something straight out of Hollywood and is filled with violence, foul language and lots of gun firing.

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4. Mob Psycho 100 (2016)

‘Mob Psycho 100’ is a fairly recent anime. This kinda reminded me of one punch man (I mean, just look at the main protagonists of the two). The story follows the life of Shigeo ‘Mob’ Kageyama who has real psychic powers. The pro is that he is way too powerful. The con being he cannot control his power. He turns to a fake psychic (believing that he is real) to teach him to control his powers. Will he be able to learn to control himself?

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3. Megalo Box (2018)

I haven’t completed watching this anime yet but I already like it. The story is kinda like a futuristic anime version of Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky’. The players here box with robotic arms. Junk Dog is the main protagonist of this anime. He is an underdog who fights in underground matches but after one encounter with the current boxing champion he decides to enter the competition and beat him. The matches are fierce and entertaining.

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2. The Attack on Titan (2013)

Attack on Titan

Human beings have been forced onto the brink of extinction after being eaten and constantly attacked by Titans, huge monsters with human-like appearance. Eren Yeager vows to join the Survey Corps after witnessing the death of his mother at the hands of a Titan. He is joined by his adoptive sister Mikasa and childhood friend Armin. He starts training and learning 3D maneuvering techniques to defeat the Titan but he holds a secret which might change humanities fate.

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1. One Punch Man (2015)

One Punch Man

Let’s end this list with a bang. This is by far my favorite superhero genre anime. The series is filled with great action scenes and makes light of serious situations in a really comic way. The plot sees Saitama who after three years of rigorous training becomes so powerful that he can defeat anyone with just one punch. The only con is that he lost his hair in the process. His overwhelming strength bores him as he does not have any powerful opponent.

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