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Endride is probably one of the most controversial anime this season, mainly because it has mixed reviews. On the one hand, Endride is an original anime which presents a beautiful and astounding world of fantasy filled with mythic creatures and mystic gemstones, at the level of any Final Fantasy title. On the other hand, its plot along with the animation during the fighting scenes may be argued to be a little weak.
Regardless of the different opinions, Endride (like pretty much every show) has its strong and weak points, and fantasy lovers can probably enjoy it just as much as any other contemporary fantasy anime. So, whether it is that you love fantasy shows like Endride or if the case is that you expected more from it, we have come with something to satisfy your needs. You guessed it! A nice selection of fantasy anime like Endride for you to enjoy all those magical worlds full of adventures that you love so much. Here you are: 6 anime like Endride!
Similar Anime to Endride
1. Arata Kangatari / Arata: The Legend
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2013 – Jul 2013
Arata Kangatari takes place in a world of fantasy where the Hime clan is in charge of providing princesses for maintaining the balance in the world. The problem is that Arata is the last descendant of the Hime clan and he’s a boy. Arata disguises as a princess to attend the succession ceremony, where the current princess is murdered and he is framed for her death. Arata is left with no choice but to escape into the forest, where he and an ordinary boy from our world (also named Arata) magically switch places.
Very much like Endride, Arata Kangatari is also the kind of story that presents an (apparently) ordinary guy immersed in a strange world. Both this shows are adventure, fantasy shonen, in which the main characters have to fight their way back home. Both Endride and Arata Kangatari also have that “main characters vs tyrannical kingdom” theme which has become a bit of a cliché nowadays.
New TV Anime "Arata: The Legend" Trailer (English Subbed)
2. Comet Lucifer
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2015 – Dec 2015
In Comet Lucifer, we are immersed in another dream world of fantasy called Gift, which is covered with shiny crystals known as gifdium. Sougo Amagi is a young boy who is fascinated with these rare crystals and spends most of his time gathering them. One day Sougo life changes abruptly when he wanders way too deep inside a mine and discovers a long forgotten underground lake and, even more importantly, a mysterious girl with very odd features and a beauty more rare than the shiniest of gifdiums.
From the very beginning, Endride and Comet Lucifer seem very much alike. This is because of their main characters’ fixation with crystals. Comet Lucifer has a bit more of a mecha element to it. Comet Lucifer is also mainly an action and adventure fantasy like Endride. Both shows present fascinating adventures while exploring mind-blowing worlds of colors and wonders.
Comet Lucifer CM
3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu / Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2016 – Currently Airing…
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is in some ways a more original and unique adventure fantasy than Endride. It tells the story of Subaru Natsuki, who is mysteriously summoned to a magical world while he returns home from the market. In this new world Subaru meets a lovely elf-girl with silver hair who comes to his aid. Later on, Subaru finds out he has the ability to go back in time when he dies.
Like Endride, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is one of this spring season’s fantasy anime (although some would say that Re:Zero is substantially superior to Endride). These two shows are quite similar in several ways, but mainly due to the fact that their main characters are mysteriously absorbed by strange and fantastic worlds. Plus, both main characters have to work with a local partner in order to return to their homes.
Anime Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu PV 2
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4. Fushigi Yuugi / Mysterious Play
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: Apr 1995 – Mar 1996
Fushigi Yuugi is yet another show featuring an ordinary character being transported into a magical world of fantasy. This time, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo, while visiting the National Library, are taken into the world of ancient China inside a book. Soon, Miaka learns that she’s the priestess of Suzaku and that she must find the way to summon Suzaku to return home. However, her best friend Yui is now her fierce rival as the priestess of Seiryuu.
Fushigi Yuugi is a fantasy adventure just like Endride, although it also has many elements of comedy, drama and romance. Having a female protagonist, Fushigi Yuugi is also a bit of a shoujo, however, it shares many things in common with Endride and can hold some appeal to both women and men (especially considering all the martial arts fighting scenes). Just like Endride, Fushigi Yuugi presents an ordinary character taken to a fantastic world where she becomes quite significant to the locals. It’s also worthy of mention that both shows feature kingdoms and high-status main characters.
5. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! / KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Jan 2016 – Mar 2016
If you, like any good fantasy lover, just can’t get enough of those shows where an ordinary character is put in an RPG-like fantasy world, then Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (or Konsubu for short) is the show for you. Satou Kazuma is a NEET who dies a terrible and pathetic death and is offered a chance to live in a fantasy world where he’s tasked to defeat the Demon King. The goddess, Aqua, tells him Satou can take one thing with him and, to her misfortune, he takes her.
From the very beginning, we realize that Konsubu has strong elements of comedy, although it is mainly an adventure fantasy just like Endride. As stated earlier, Konsubu is also a show about an ordinary guy in a strange world. However, the similarities between Konsubu and Endride go beyond that cliché. In fact, the biggest similarity between the two is that in both shows we have two main characters who don’t hit it off at first but who need to cooperate and learn how to get along in order to survive in a fantastic world full of dangers.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! PV 2
- Episodes: 167
- Aired: Oct 2000 – Sep 2004
Pretty much every anime lover has at some point watched InuYasha or at least knows its storyline. However, let us summarize it for those who are not very much familiar with the anime. InuYasha follows the story of Kagome Higurashi who is taken 500 years in the past by a demon who sought the Shikon Jewel. This jewel is in power of Kagome but soon after she arrives into this past world, it shatters in several pieces. Kagome has to work with the half-demon/half- human Inuyasha and a few very interesting and peculiar characters in order to collect the pieces of the jewel and prevent it from falling in the wrong hands.
Although InuYasha is nowadays one of the greatest classics in the world of anime, and Endride is light-years away from becoming so, these two shows have many things in common. Both shows are adventure fantasies full of action that present wonderful and magical worlds. The two also have the “ordinary character in a strange and magical world” element (although InuYasha pulls it off much more effectively). However, the greatest similarity between InuYasha and Endride would be the interaction and the dynamics of the relationship between the main characters, who have to get along despite their many differences.
If you’re interested in even more anime that take place in fantastic worlds we would also recommend Digimon Adventure Tri, Yu Gi Oh!, Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut (if you are into ecchi/harem), Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Hachiyou Shou and even Visions of Escaflowne. We hope this selection of titles helps you get more acquainted with fantasy anime. We also hope you get more of what you are looking for in the Endride.
I am sure that you are fantasy lovers just like me, which is why I want to know what you think of Endride so far. Is it living to the expectations of contemporary fantasy anime?