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As many probably know, RWBY is an American anime from Rooster Teeth and created by Monty Oum. It is said this is the first anime to come out of America, even though it really isn't an anime. This could be argued, but let's leave that for later.
The character development, action sequences, and storyline are all wonderful while still keeping that Japanese element of anime in it. If you've seen this American anime and want to see others like it based off of the story, characters, action scenes and 3D CGI, then maybe the selections below will help you to continue your anime needs!
Similar Anime to RWBY
1. Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr. 2008 – Mar. 2009
Soul Eater and RWBY has some pretty good similarities with each other, albeit the high school feel, friends overcoming challenges, and ultimately fighting for what you believe in. Soul Eater has to be one of the closest anime series to RWBY.
Especially when it come to the main character using a scythe as their weapon of choice. This anime is set in a school for shinigami technical weapon meisters, which is based on three groups of individuals with their own weapon meisters and a human weapon.
In order to graduate from the school, each student must collect 99 evil souls and 1 witch. That’s until Death City, the schools home base, is under attack from a powerful creature who seeks to control all that is living.
Soul Eater - Anime Trailer
2. Black★Rock Shooter (BRS)
- Episodes: 8
- Aired: Feb. 2012 - Mar. 2012
Black★Rock Shooter is an anime that has a lot of similarities to RWBY. They both have that school setting with tons of action and suspense. The mechanics of weapon transformation of the main character in BRS are similar to those in RWBY.
The action scenes are also exciting and entertaining, much like RWBY, which can have mecha style foes and epic battles in both series. Black★Rock Shooter is definitely an anime that can be compared to RWBY.
Black★Rock Shooter follows a girl with intriguing features, which include strikingly blue glowing eyes, named Black★Rock Shooter. Equipped with a huge cannon, she immerses herself in fierce battles. Meanwhile, back in another world, a middle school student named Mato Kuroi is fascinated by her classmate, Yomi Takanashi.
She tries her best to strike a conversation with her, but Yomi never seems interested which has Mato's best friend mocking her for her efforts while still supporting her. When Mato sees that Yomi has interest in her favorite picture book, which opens an opportunity for friendship.
The two worlds show the story of each characters pain and how they collide.
Black ★ Rock Shooter Official PV
3. Buso Renkin (Arms Alchemy)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 2006 – Mar. 2007
Buso Renkin is similar as far as fighting for a cause and going against beasts (or Homunculi in this case) that threaten the existence of humanity. It may not be so intense as RWBY, but there are creatures that resemble the homunculi in Buso Renkin, while providing some equally great actions scenes as well.
In this anime, high school student, Kazuki Muto, is suddenly killed one night while trying to save a mysterious girl from a mysterious monster. Believing the event was real, he wakes up in school and comes to the conclusion that it was just a dream. Although, he soon discovers it really wasn’t a dream when a monster appears and attempts to kill him and his sister.
Tokiko, who had saved him, reappears and describes the monster as a homunculus, and that the same creature is what killed him during his last encounter. The reason Kazuki is standing and breathing is because she returned the favor and revived him with alchemy by placing a medallion in his chest, which acts as a replacement heart.
This medallion reacts to the user when activated and transforms into a unique Buso Renkin (a weapon that can destroy a Homunculus), which takes the form of a huge lance. This begins the journey of exterminating the Homunculi and defeating their master.
Buso Renkin Trailer [official]
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4. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
- Episodes: 1hr. 41 min.
- Aired: Sep 14, 2005
This anime film, is pretty similar to RWBY as far as action scenes. The CG is pretty awesome compared to Advent Children, but would be exceptional when it comes to fighting. Both have that unique element of cinematography and weapons use when conveying the emotions of a fight.
I immediately thought about Advent Children when I saw the actions sequences in RWBY. Taking place after the events of Final Fantasy VII, the world begins to recover from devastation by working hard towards a new future. Although, a new threat emerges as three individuals strive to resurrect Sephiroth by using the remains of the extraterrestrial villain, Jenova.
One man, with the help of others, seeks to end the destruction and chaos that will be brought upon everyone by the three individuals. With all of their efforts, they fail to stop them and now have to face the evil that is Sephiroth.
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete Trailer
5. Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation (Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2013 - Sept. 2013
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation is a series that provides the same elements of transformation of weapons, in comparison to RWBY, but as a whole full body transformation. They both ultimately fight to protect their land as well as their freedom.
The story and plot may be different, but there are similar action scenes that can definitely be familiar. The story is about four Goddesses who have decided to join together an form after fighting for many years over good and territory.
They want nothing more than peace, so they establish a Friendship Treaty which forbids any of their countries to takes each others shares by force. This begins the new future for them and their citizens, but how long will this peace really last?
[Anime PV] Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation PV 1
6. Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2014 - Jun. 2014
Now, Knights of Sidonia has some similarity to RWBY when it comes to 3D CGI and action. Of course, they are pretty different but at the same time, there is some character friendship that can be compared to the characters in RWBY as well.
Both fighting for a cause that is ultimately about peace, this could definitely be an anime which can be enjoyed. The story takes place thousands of years after an unknown race of aliens destroyed the solar system called, Gauna. With the remaining race of humanity managing to escape, while maintaining the population, a young man named Nagate Tanikaze was raised in the deepness of the space which humanity exists, goes into training to become a pilot of huge robotic weapons called, Gardes.
Nagate has been chosen to pilot the legendary unit known as Tsugumori, while putting hi fellow pilots lives on the line against the Gauna in an ultimate battle of survival.
Knights of Sidonia
It was very difficult finding some anime that resembled RWBY. I hope this selection becomes use to those who would like to watch more like, based off of other anime out there. Since RWBY is an American anime, in iteration, it still has Japanese elements of anime in it!
Is there an anime series you think is similar to RWBY? Let us know in the comments below!