6 Anime Like RWBY [Updated Recommendations]

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When we think of the series RWBY, a lot of controversy surrounds this 2013 creation. “Is it anime?” “Where is the artwork?” “This is not anime!” Such things can be found while exploring what RWBY is about, but beneath its negative standing in the press, we found a lot of worthwhile comments to commend its creator, the late Monty Oum and his team at Roosterteeth. A notable component of RWBY is that it utilizes a lot of computer graphic programming and Oum and his team were not ashamed of working with a method they were fine-tuned in. Pushing boundaries and barriers, their techniques allowed total control on something that they could claim as their own work, their baby. Essentially, breaking ground on what anime can be composed of, the series RWBY is the start of something new.

RWBY is set in a place called Remnant, where young guys and gals train to become Hunters and Huntresses, protecting the world from “Creatures of Grimm”. Focusing on Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang, the four girls form a team, yielding their own exclusive power and weapon. With intricate and thoroughly planned scenes, RWBY demonstrates how Oum and his team wanted the actions of the characters to appear realistic, creating something unfamiliar to broadcast at the time, and putting effort into all aspects of production. Although standing on its own, we present to you 6 anime like RWBY, hoping that this inspires the fighting spirit within! Enjoy!

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1. God Eater

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2015 – March 2016

God Eater takes place in post apocalyptic 2071 where the world is surrounded by monsters called Aragami. In humanity’s last stand, an organization called Fenrir is created. Using Aragami cells, God arc weapons are developed and can only be wielded by God Eaters. We are then introduced to God Eater Lenka, a New-Type, whose God Arc takes the form of a gunblade. A revolutionary weapon, it is up to Lenka to get rid of these creatures once and for all.

In comparison, God Eater and RWBY provide viewers with the sense of “all hope is not lost”. There is somewhat of a depressive nature to the stories in that our heroes do not always distribute a “happily ever after” after each battle. While we always root for a win, Lenka and team RWBY have a lot resting on their shoulders. With dangerous creatures threatening humankind, unfortunate circumstances occur along the way, but must do so in order for light to emerge at the end of the tunnel. In addition to this, God Eaters and RWBY operate special weapons made specifically for them.

God Eater Trailer


2. Mai-HiME (My-Hime)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: September 2004 – March 2005

Mai-HiME is an action, rom-com, and fantasy anime about Mai Tokiha who is exhibiting newfound magical powers on her first day of school. As a transfer student at Fuuka Academy, Mai discovers that she, along with some of her other classmates, possesses the power of the HiME. With this power, Mai and twelve girls learn that they must fight against mysterious beings called Orphans. In addition to this, they are also faced with opposition from a group called the Searrs Foundation. With the ability to materialize elements and summon guardians, this anime is filled with features that’ll blow you out of the water.

Mai-HiME holds an extensive cast list with every character playing an essential part for Mai and the storyline. Aside from the ability to exercise weapons and powers grander than your average teenager can handle, the cast in both Mai-HiME and RWBY are faced with everyday teenage drama. While most of the time is spent fighting evil, both series do find moments to filling in with some comedic relief.


3. Claymore

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2007 – September 2007

Claymore exists in a fantasy world invaded by evil entities called youma. The youma blend in with humanity, preying on them by feeding on their flesh. In order to combat this youma terror, a secret society is established with the objective of creating human/youma hybrids called Claymores. We focus on one Claymore named Clare who is tasked with the responsibility of destroying a monster in the local village. Upon her successful completion, she forges a friendship with a villager name Raki. Raki is known to have lost everything and Clare is disliked for who she is, so their unlikely union has its perks. As Raki and Clare have aligned, they journey and destroy youma together.

“You go girl!” Both Claymore and RWBY contain strong female presences that are powerful, physically and mentally. As they go up against a dangerous foe, the female protagonists in Claymore and RWBY appear unstoppable, wielding a weapon or characteristic very fitting to their situation. Differing in storyline, both series offer an interesting cast of characters and the ideal that good always prevails.

Claymore Trailer


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4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2011 – April 2011

In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, we follow 8th grader Madoka Kaname, who lives an average normal life. One night, she has a nightmare of a future doomed with darkness and terror. Further into this dream, the only resolution to save the future is to sign a contract and become a magical girl. Unalarmed and dismissing the thought as “only a dream”, she disregards the nightmare. Unfortunately, Madoka is unable to escape it, as elements slowly start to surface in her everyday life. As these components begin to shape into reality, Madoka must face the difficult decision of whether or not she should become a magical girl.

“Who run the world? Girls!” Although the color scheme for Puella and RWBY are unalike, with one utilizing bright, vibrant colors and the other dark and dusky, they both demonstrate an identical epic story accounting four brave young women, each shining in their own way. Madoka, Homura, Sayaka, and Kyouko in Puella; and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang from RWBY each have identifiable color associations along with a specialized weapon they master. Together as friends and teammates, these gals must fight to maintain all that is pure and righteous in the world.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Trailer


5. Black★Rock Shooter

  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: February 2012 – March 2012

Black★Rock Shooter takes place in two vastly different worlds, where the actions occurring in one have a significant impact in the other. One world is actual reality, where we follow Mato Kuroi and her everyday dealings. Specifically, we observe Mato making friends with another middle school student, Yomi Takanashi, as they quickly bond over a shared interest. Yomi is very timid and is often bullied, so Mato puts in a great deal of effort to keep their friendship safe. Contrasting this, in the alternate realm, our characters are depicted in a vicious existence, constantly facing battle and danger. Additionally, Mato has a mysterious correlation to a girl named Black★Rock Shooter, whose life objective is unknown, but must constantly fight for survival. In Black★Rock Shooter, each episode slowly reveals a riddle about how these two worlds are so closely intertwined.

In comparing Black Rocks to RWBY, both are set around an institution that educates its characters in the art of kickass. Filled with a lot of intense action scenes, you can notice that both series devote a lot of time to developing detailed weapon sequences and intricate combat movements. Both exhilarating and exciting to watch, you can expect that BlackRock and RWBY won’t lack in entertainment.


6. Soul Eater

  • Episodes: 51
  • Aired: April 2008 – March 2009

Soul Eater takes place in a world where people have the ability to turn into weapons and are paired with individuals who wield them, meisters. The Death Weapon Meister Academy is a school dedicated to teaching these youngsters and was founded by the one and only, Death. The academy educates its students in fighting against the forces of evil called kishin who tyrannically devour the souls of humans, which in turn, become corrupt themselves. As meister and weapon learn to combat the kishin, they collect every soul after completing their task by absorbing them into a death scythe. As each duo traverses on their quest, they must achieve peace and normalcy in Death City.

With Soul Eater and RWBY, many agree that these two series draw many similarities. In both, each character is represented by a specific weapon, special ability, and unique fighting style. What they bring to the table is a distinct, unforgettable identity, setting the individual apart from the rest, and at the same time, without them, the collective can’t be complete. Additionally, the characters from Soul Eater and RWBY possess strong, determined personalities, either when in training or battle, invoking a strong sense of competition within ourselves.

Soul Eater Trailer


Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoy our recommendations for 6 Anime Like RWBY. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out all of these great titles as well as the original article. Keeping an open mind, even though RWBY does not strictly define itself as a typical anime series, please appreciate the notable anime characteristics and traits it possesses. As a bold innovation, RWBY inspires a modern, Western take on anime, standing as a testament for emerging artists outside of Japan in pioneering anime. Agree or disagree, we hope altogether that you found RWBY an enjoyable viewing experience. As such, even though these titles are only a few of many in comparison, let us know what you think! What other anime similar to this one can you suggest? Leave your comments below! See ya!

Eva B.

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Author: Eva B.

Hello! I’m Eva. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I’ve lived in Texas, Kentucky, and will soon be living in Japan! I’m a recent college grad with an MS in Justice Studies; a considerable feat in my life. When I’m taking a break from work/studies, I enjoy a variety of anime, passing a lot of time binging episodes alongside my husband. I also take pleasure in spending time with my two dogs and two cats, hiking, yoga, computer/video games, reading, and trying new cuisines. I’m pretty shy, so writing here has been a great outlet for me to come out of my box.

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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!

Enjoy!

Similar Anime to RWBY

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1. Soul Eater

Soul Eater DVD
  • 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)

Black★Rock Shooter DVD
  • 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)

Busou Renkin
  • 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

Final Fantasy- 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)

Choujigen Game Neptune- The Animation DVD
  • 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)

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


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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!

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