Top 10 Adventure Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]

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Here at Honey’s Anime, we are always trying to improve our articles to give our readers the best content imaginable. Our original Adventure List was written by the very talented Alfonso and had some amazing selections, many of which were kept around because nothing can beat them. The adventure genre is vast and it seems almost cruel to have to choose only ten must watch anime, but while the task is daunting, the job must be done. Here we bring you the updated list of the Top 10 Adventure Anime on this side of the galaxy.

Enjoy!

10. Fairy Tail

  • Episodes: 175
  • Aired: October 2009 – March 2013

In the world of Earth-land, magical guilds are hired to dispose of criminals, evil guilds, and monsters known as Etherious made by Zeref, a dark wizard, and one of the most famous guilds out there is the group Fairy Tale. The guild consists of Natsu Dragneel, Happy, Lucy (who runs away from home to join), Gray Fullbuster, and Erza Scarlet who are all very powerful wizards themselves. Throughout the course of the show, the guild continues to fight against Zeref all while Natsu continues to search for his father, the great dragon Igneel.

Fairy Tail is fast paced and action packed fun that anyone can easily pick up. While the original series ended in 2013, there are several sequel series, OVAs, and movies that continue the story of these epic group of characters.


9. Digimon (Digimon Adventure)

  • Episodes: 54
  • Aired: March 1999 – March 2000

Seven seemingly average kids are whisked away to the digital world and gifted digivices, which allows them to bond and control to some extent various creatures called Digimon, short for digital monsters. In order to get home, they must save the digital world from the evil Digimon and their human counterparts. Their digital devices, or digivice, allows their Digimon to digivolve into higher level monsters that are able to battle enemies and save their human partners from harm.

Many people will remember watching Digimon on Fox Kids way back when, but not many know that the series continued on and is still going pretty strong. After the original series aired, a sequel soon came afterwards and now a new series is airing in the form of Digimon Tri which follows the original DigiDestined many years later. The new series can be found on Crunchyroll.


8. Lupin III

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 1971 – March 1972

As a master thief and womanizer, Lupin III travels the world in search of rare treasures to steal. Lupin III never fails and is so confident in his abilities that he is famous for sending a calling card before the heist has even occurred. As a result, he is one of the most wanted people in the world and is often pursued by master detective Zenigata who always comes close, but never quite catches his prey.

Lupin III has a crazy cast of characters that will cause anyone to laugh and enjoy the oftentimes goofy adventures of this mischievous mastermind. Lupin’s trusty partner Jigen, a master marksmen, often shows up to be the voice of reason for Lupin since he’s continuously led astray by the famous femme fatale, Fujiko Mine. The group is rounded out by Goemon, a samurai who can cut anything.

One of the best parts of Lupin III is that anyone can dive right in at any time making it easy to show family and friends unfamiliar with anime in general. Perhaps that is why the series has lasted so long and continues to inspire.


7. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2012 - March 2013

Alibaba has been through a lot in his life. He grew up in the slums and then taken in by the king as a bastard child set to rule the kingdom one day, but then left once he disgraced himself. Now, he just wants to get by, but ultimately has the goal of defeating a dungeon, mysterious temples that appear out of nowhere, and claiming its treasure and power as his own. Lucky for him, he runs into Aladdin who seems to have magical powers and can control a Djinn who lives in his flute. Perhaps there’s more to this boy that what meets the eye?

The story of Magi is based on the classic novel, The Arabian Nights, and puts a new twist on a tale that has been retold in many different ways. There is a sequel series that continues the adventures of the entire party once they split and a spinoff series based on the adventures of Sinbad, a prominent character in the Magi universe.


6. Hunter x Hunter

  • Episodes: 62
  • Aired: October 1999 – March 2001

After discovering that his father is indeed alive and well and a famous hunter to boot, Gon Freecss decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a reputable hunter himself. In order to do this, though, he must pass the Hunter Examination, one of the toughest tests around. On his journey, Gon befriends several of his fellow aspiring hunters who help him along the way, but not everything is so easy. The mysterious Hisoka has become infatuated with Gon which begins to cause problems for the group.

An amazing anime and wonderful example of adventure anime in general, Hunter x Hunter will, unfortunately, leave everyone upset seeing as the original creator has yet to finish the manga and thus the anime has been on hiatus for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be watched! The series tears at the hearts of everyone which is why people continue to rewatch this series over and over again. And now there is hope as the creator has recently continued the manga! Our prayers ahve been answered!


5. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 2012 - Apr 2013

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s overall plot revolves around different members of the Joestar family who fight evil and discover that they possess various magical powers. This first series involves Jonathan Joestar whose adoptive brother Dio makes life a living hell in their youth. Dio frequently appears more competent and kind in front of their father but is secretly cruel to Jonathan in hopes of gaining the right to be heir to the Joestar inheritance. In Dio’s thirst for power, he discovers a stone mask that transforms him into an unstoppable vampire bent on world domination. Jonathan must save the world and defeat Dio.

Drawing from its spiritual predecessor Fist of the North Star, JoJo can be described as over the top fun. The characters are exaggerated beyond belief and the whole series gives off a kind of soap opera type vibe that makes it unique and funny at the same time. This series is only for the manliest of men out there!


4. One Piece

  • Episodes: Ongoing
  • Aired: October 1999 - Ongoing

After eating the Gum-Gum Fruit, a mysterious Devil Fruit that grants those that eat it the power of rubber, Monkey D. Luffy is determined to follow in the footsteps of his idol, the infamous pirate Red-Haired Shanks, and become a pirate. But Luffy doesn’t want to become just any pirate! He plans on taking the place of the deceased Gol D Roger and become the King of the Pirates! And Luffy does just that, he assembles a crew shortly after his eighteenth birthday and sets out on numerous adventures in search of the One Piece, the treasure left behind by Gol D Roger and the item that will grant him the title, King of the Pirates.

A classic, it is impossible to leave the quintessential adventure anime One Piece off of this list. The show is packed full of adventure from giants and dinosaurs to long dogs and crossdressers, this show has it ALL. The characters are well developed and the story becomes much deeper and darker as the story progresses leaving holes in the hearts of all of its fans.


3. Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa (Castle in the Sky)

  • Episodes: movie
  • Aired: August 2, 1986

Pazu, a young boy, discovers a girl floating from the sky one day and decides to shelter her in his quarters. Little did he know that this mysterious girl would bring trouble to his doorstep because she is, in fact, the princess and heir to the mysterious sky island Laputa, an ancient kingdom filled with advanced technology that has long been abandoned. The girl, Sheeta, is now the only key remaining to finding and discovering what happened centuries ago and because of this, she must evade the clutches of those who would resurrect the power hidden within the castle above.

Hayao Miyazaki directed this movie so its pedigree is quite sound. The visuals are gorgeous and the soundtrack by Ghibli’s famed composer, Joe Hisaishi, just adds to the mood. Castle in the Sky is a feast for the eyes and medicine for the soul. Simply a must watch anime.


2. Samurai Champloo

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

Fuu, a young waitress, is attacked by several samurai one day while working. She is then saved by Jin, a master of traditional sword techniques and Mugen, who has a rather unorthodox way of fighting. The two manage to defeat the samurai attacking Fuu, but soon become interested in each other and begin their own fight to see who is truly the stronger. During their battle, they accidentally kill the magistrate’s son and are soon wanted men. Fuu helps them escape in return for finding a samurai that smells like sunflowers.

This is Watanabe’s first directorial venture after his famed Cowboy Bebop. The juxtaposition of Jin and Mugen creates many memorable and comedic moments, but the series also can be quite serious and heartfelt. The art style and music explore elements of hip hop giving the anime its own unique flavor that sets it apart from the rest. Truly a masterpiece.


1. Ginga Tetsudou 999

  • Episodes: 113
  • Aired: September 1978 – April 1981

While on a journey with his mother to the city, Tetsuro soon must make the trip solo after his mother was hunted down by those with mechanical bodies who enjoy hunting normal humans for sport. He doesn’t get far in the snow covered wasteland before he himself collapses and resigns himself to his fate. Fortunately, a young woman name Maetel rescues him and gives him a pass for the Galaxy Express 999, a mysterious space train that takes its passengers to a planet that will provide them mechanical bodies free of charge. The only thing Maetel asks is that she accompany him.

An oldie but goodie, Galaxy Express 999 sends its viewers on an emotional ride through the galaxy where morals and ethics are constantly being questioned. Each planet the duo travels to are unique, but hide some sort of suffering in the shadows. Tetsuro’s unwillingness to ever listen to Maetel’s warnings consistently get him into trouble and expose him to dangers like no one has ever seen.


Final Thoughts

The genre of adventure anime encompasses many different types of shows and so on this list we tried to encapsulate a wide range of series from old to new and funny to serious so that anyone may find something to watch after reading this list. So sit on the couch and enjoy the long road ahead with good food and good company!

Nikki Flores

Writer

Author: Nikki Flores

You may know me by my witty and excellent prose, but I assure you there is a real person underneath this brilliant exterior. As a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, I traveled to Okinawa, Japan in search of the One Piece. Together my crew consisting of a white dog named Yuki, an evil cat named Kyubei, the wise feline Pickles, and my ever supportive husband Aaron, we travel the globe seeking life’s greatest treasures. Oh, and I’m sure one day I’ll eventually meet Trafalgar Law in the New World. I hope. Please? *pout*

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If there is one genre in the anime world that is a part of almost every anime ever released, it's adventure. The adventure genre paves way for many other genres linking in, to create a huge variety of experiences and visuals. Adventure anime also has a great perception of what it would be like to travel the world and discover new areas or lands that have never been seen before.

Or, just plain ole being a wondering man, or woman. Illustrators in anime definitely have a talent conveying their imagination in the form of animation, which is the essential reason I love anime.

So, get ready to discover anime in the most adventurous approach. Here are the Top 10 Adventure Anime!

Enjoy!

10. Samurai Champloo

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: May 20th, 2004 - Mar. 19th, 2015

Samurai Champloo is about two individuals helping out woman in need, even though they never really intended to. One of the individuals is named Mugen, who is a strong, violent, and an ill mannered warrior. While the other, Jin, is a vagrant ronin who is well mannered, strong and very mysterious. They cross paths in an unexpected situation which has them facing off in battle and almost leading to their deaths.

It just so happened that a girl named Fuu, intervenes and convinces the two to help her search for a mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers. This begins one of the greatest adventures in anime, which involves love, trust, friendship, and courage. Follow the three loveable and hateful character as they cross the great lands of Japan.


9. Katanagatari

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 26th, 2010 - Dec. 11th, 2010

Katanagatari is one of the best anime series ever to be created. The series follows Yasuri Shichika who is the seventh successor of the Kyoto Ryu sword art and lives on an isolated island with his elder sister, Nanami. It all changes when a woman suddenly visits Shichika and asks for his aid in finding and collecting the final twelve swords that were forged by the legendary sword-smith, Shikizaki Kiki.

This begins the epic journey to find the legendary swords, which has Shichika leaving his the island he called home for over twenty years. On their adventure, they will face twelve different individuals in hopes of retrieving the legendary swords.


8. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct. 6th, 2012 - Apr. 6th, 2013

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is an adventurous tale of Jonathan Joestar in the early 19th century England, where he finds himself in a bitter rivalry with his adopted brother Dio Brando. Dio is as low as you can go, only seeking fortune and power in any way possible. He first tries to sabotage JoJo's father by slowly killing him with poison.

This is due to Dio's extreme life as a child and wanting to achieve nothing more than reigning over all. That's when he decides to seek out the supernatural powers of the ancient artifact that is in Joestar's possession.

This begins the adventurous journey of JoJo's grandson as he takes up his grandfather's mission while mastering the ability to to destroy the ancient stone mask and the creators of the who challenge humanity.

The story is pretty epic, for sure!


7. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct. 7th, 2012 - Mar. 31st, 2013

This is a great anime series that has a wonderful take on the adventure genre. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is about a traveling boy named Alibaba, who seeks to conquer an infamous dungeon and claim its treasures.

Throughout the series, Alibaba is traveling long distances and meeting new friends along the way. Even when he and his new acquaintances have to part ways, Alibaba is still discovering himself and the fate that lies before him.


6. No Game, No Life

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 9, 2014 - Jun 25, 2014

The story of this anime centers around two characters in the series, Shiro and Sora, who are brother and sister and are both intelligent NEET’s. They are also hikikomori gamers who are living urban legends all over the internet, and they consider the world they live in as just another crappy game.

That’s until they’re brought into a world where humanity is cornered in one city by all other races. Humanity seeks the help from Shiro and Sora to become their saviors in the alternate world. This series is full of adventure and is probably better that SAO, in my opinion.

There isn't one second that I was bored or displeased with the outcome of certain situations in No Game, No Life. It was a great way to experience the adventures of a different world.


5. One Piece

  • Episodes: 683 – and Counting
  • Aired: Oct. 20th, 1999 – Ongoing

This anime follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young teenager who defies the usual characteristics of a pirate. Following the footsteps of his childhood hero, he strives to become the King of the Pirates only to continue his exciting adventures and meeting new and intriguing people as a pirate. As well as finding the One Piece, the treasure of all treasures.

One Piece is completely described as an adventure anime, probably one of the most popular and successful series of the decade in a community that involves the world. The series is still on going, and yet for some reason, I feel the ending is coming near. I'm sure this won't happen for the next year or two, but I do feel like it it's been reaching the beginning of the climax.

Of course, more adventures are still to come!


4. Mushishi

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct. 23rd, 2005 - Jun. 19th, 2006

This anime is about the most basic form of life, Mushi. They exist in the world without goals or purpose, and are beyond the beliefs of good and evil. Existing in many forms and having the ability to mimic the natural occurrences of the world, only a vague description of these entities can define them.
The is due to the fact of humans being unaware of their existence.

Only traveling Mushi-shi, those who research and understand their place in the world’s hierarchy of life, know about them. One individual, Ginko, strives in knowing all about them in hopes of finding out the meaning of life. The anime series has viewers following Ginko as he travels across Japan in search of misbehaving Mushi spirits!

Mushishi is probably one of the most popular series in the anime community, for it is also a great way to learn about the cultures within Japan.


3. Cowboy Bebop

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr. 3rd, 1998 - Apr. 24th, 1999

Cowboy Bebop is an anime full of wild adventures and crazy situations, with the characters always having to find ways to survive. The show is basically about three individuals who are bounty hunters in the galaxy.

They all have their own secrets about their pasts that somehow finds a way to force all three of them to be involved and act accordingly.

Living a life as a bounty hunter in any anime series will definitely have the viewers experiencing an excitement filled with action and suspense, in the most adventurous way. Travel the galaxy and experience the adventures of a Space Cowboy!


2. Hunter x Hunter

  • Episodes: 148
  • Aired: Oct. 2nd, 2011 - Sep. 24th, 2014

Hunter x Hunter is the epitome of adventure anime. The series is filled with tons of traveling and new experiences that have the viewers glued to the TV screen. A Hunter is a person who travels the world completing all kinds of dangerous and challenging tasks that come their way.

This could range from capturing huge beasts and creatures, dangerous criminals, and lost treasures in known and uncharted lands. Hunter x Hunter has several situations of adventure quests and journeys that take the characters in the show to new heights and accomplishments.


1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: Apr. 5th, 2009 - Jul. 4th, 2010

This anime is the most adventurous anime series I have ever seen in my life time. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood takes the adventure and expands it in ways you could never have imagined. In a world where people study and perform the art of alchemy and its transmutation in order to manipulate objects and transform one object into another, is just insane and unfathomable.

The story follows two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who only sought out to find a way to bring their mother back from the dead. In doing so, their lives are judged in ways the would never have thought. Edward loses his arm and leg while his brother Alphonse loses more than that, his whole body.

Edward did manage to save his brothers soul, and they both now venture across the lands in order to find others like them who are using alchemy negative ways, while also searching for a method to bring back Alphonse's body before it's too late.


That's it for segment of some of the best adventure anime out there in the world. I'm sure some can argue against this selection, but keep in mind, this was actually based off of a collective search from many sites of votes from the general community. And, your voices is what matters, which is what decided the ranking for this Top 10 list.

Which anime is your favorite adventure anime? Let us know in the comments below!

Alfonso

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Author: Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz

I'm a Geek, Nerd, Writer, and lover of all video games, anime, science, technology and the internet. I previously worked for STFUandPlay.com, a contributing writer as the Japanese Corespondent at TheKoalition.com and founded a website called Transcend-Gaming.com! I currently live in Japan as Editor in Chief of Honey's Anime and its very talented writers! I'm down for anything! What do you want to do?

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