17 Action Anime That Will Change Your Life

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7. Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho

Synopsis: When the prince of the spirit realm offers Yuusuke an opportunity to regain his life through a series of missions, he teams up withex-rival, Kazuma Kuwabara, and two powerful demons, Hiei and Kurama, to help him get the jobs done.

This baby is an oldie but a goodie.

And for those opposed to old-style animation, if you love HunterxHunter then you'll love this anime. So frankly, get over your bias or you'll miss out on an amazing story.

Think HunterxHunter but with a bigger OG crew and a lead that has a side of himself that he doesn't even know he has yet. In that way, this anime is also like Bleach and Naruto; the lead character, Yuusuke always levels up to beat his opponent and it's always a sight to behold.

One could argue Yu Yu Hakusho is the father of current anime themes that Naruto, Bleach, HunterxHunter (written by the same person), and even My Hero Academia, currently adapt to tell their own stories.

If this anime can inspire a whole new generation of amazing stories, it's definitely worth your time. I'd also suggest taking the chance on Yu Yu Hakusho's movies as well. If I had a list of best anime movies, Yu Yu would be on that as well.

8. Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Synopsis: During the Edo period in Japan, a young woman named Fuu "hires" Mugen and Jin to help her find a samurai who smells of sunflowers.

It's not a race, but this anime will always be first place. Samurai Champloo is everything a person like me could want in a show. It has gripping and long action scenes.

It has 3 characters that are compellingly complex and totally different from one another. It balances humor and grave situations, fiction and the reality of Japan during the Samurai transition period, and character arcs vs plot arcs.

Samurai Champloo does all of these things and does it smoothly to a jazz, blues, and hip-hop soundtrack. This anime is my soulmate. I don't know if you will be as connected to this anime as I am, but I do know you'll love it regardless.

The series knew exactly when to stop and maintained the integrity of the story rather than the option to get more cash by extending it over multiple seasons. If you don't watch anything else on this list, I beg you to watch this. It's more than worth your time.

9. Death Note

Death Note

Synopsis: When someone named Kira begins discriminantly killing criminals, a genius detective named L makes it his mission to take down the mysterious man who thinks he's a god; it just so happens that this Kira is Light Yagami, and he has absolutely no intention of giving up his newly found power.

Death Note is another common recommendation for anime because many other anime watchers agree with me that it deserves a space on the list of the best anime of all time. Death Note is one of two anime on this list that focuses more on mental action than physical.

You won't see epic physical battles, although there are a couple of shootouts and a lot of death. Most of the action in this series is mental chess between the lead, Light Yagami, and his initial adversary, L.

Both characters get put in these impossible situations and we see how they think themselves out of it, and the moment -- I mean the exact moment -- they can't think themselves out of a rut, they're finished.

10. Jormungand


Synopsis: After Koko gets her new recruit, a child solider named Jonah, she immediately enfolds him into her arms-dealing activities and her nefarious plan to save the world.

Another win for the ladies, Jormungand has a woman named Koko in charge of a mafia-like organization who happens to be in competition with her brother's equally powerful organization.

Yes, you read that right. It's a family affair and things definitely get messy as the story develops.

The narrative has epic gunfights, intrigue, and wonderful characters you get attached to instantly. Like most anime, the goal of this story is to save the world. And it just so happens that Koko has the perfect plan to make that happen, repercussions be damned.

11. Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Synopsis: Goku, Vageta, and the rest of their friends fight against an assortment of villains that attack their world.

Probably the most watched anime... ever. Dragon Ball Z usually acts as the entry anime.

Someone recommends it to you or you run across an episode on cartoon network (because it basically played on a loop for a while), and then you realize there are other shows similar to this one that are just as amazing.

You might be here because of Dragon Ball Z; however, it would not be a good complete list of the best anime of all time if I didn't include it.

Dragon Ball Z has year-long fight scenes, ample villains that keep causing our ever-resurrected hero Goku on his toes, and unlimited power up so the fight scenes keep getting better and better.

12. Ga Rei: Zero

Ga Rei: Zero

Synopsis: Kagura and Yomi's sisterhood bond is challenged when their sacre duties push them in different directions and, ultimately, conflicting fates.

Ga Rei Zero lands at a close second to Samurai Champloo on my list of the best anime of all time. Yes, that means Ga Rei Zero jumps over Full Metal, Death Note, and Dragon Ball Z. It's just that amazing.

One aspect of the show that I love stems from its feminist central theme: the best fighters in the show are female.

Actually, the two women who are the best fighters have a sister-like bond that had been forming between them for years. This bond is what makes the events later in the season so heartbreaking.

However, if you can get through the tear-jerker scenes, you'll be in for an amazing surprise as the riveting fight scenes unfold.

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