When I say war, you probably start thinking of a conflict between two or more parties. But there is so much more to it than just that. You’ve got a whole warfare situation in context to the experience of soldiers, you have all the politics that are involved and not to mention, the negative impact that it has on the life of all civilians. War is like hell and its aftermath is usually quite devastating. To put it simply, in a typical war setup, “Tomorrow never comes until it’s too late.”
But these inhuman events make for unforgettable cinematic experiences. While Hollywood is very well known for creating some of the best war movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan‘, ‘Dunkirk‘ and many others, there are quite a few anime as well that have left their mark on this genre. Here’s the list of top war anime ever made. You can watch several of these best war anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix or Hulu.
15. Fate/Zero (2011)
Almost the entire ‘Fate Series‘ revolves around the Holy Grail War. Set 10 years after the events of ‘Fate/Stay Night‘, ‘Fate/Zero‘ is about the 4th Holy Grail war. While the entire anime series is pretty entertaining, ‘Fate/Zero’ has by far the best visuals and characters. If you haven’t started watching this huge franchise yet, then you should definitely give it a shot right away. The watch order of this anime is a little complex, so you might want to check out our recommended watch order for this one.
14. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninha Scrolls (2005)
If you’re into ninja anime, then ‘Basilisk‘ should definitely be your go-to show. It has a simple plot that revolves around the battles between two ninja clans that are both determined to be the next heir on the throne. The action in this anime is simple, gory and raw. Unlike other shounen that involve power-ups and flashy attacks, this one is all about bloodshed and unexpected deaths. Even the war is rather silent where each clan is only represented by 10 ninjas. ‘Basilisk’ presents ninjas in a way that they deserve to be portrayed and exactly how we imagine them to be.