The existence of divine beings is always being debated, but this list of God anime series is not an attempt to steer your belief. Atheists, agnostics, or staunch believers alike, can simply enjoy watching these God anime series without feeling like you need to argue about the existence of “The Mighty One”!
Generally, anime perceives gods as beings with special powers, but yet have some flaws that make them not as perfect as we want them to be. Anime about gods are usually based on mythologies, and also includes some background and history about them. Hence, it can be a great learning experience!
10. Kamigami no Asobi
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014
Kamigami no Asobi is actually an anime adapted from an otome game. Kusanagi Yui is the heroine of the story who finds herself in a school of gods after being summoned by Zeus, the Greek god. The purpose of summoning Yui is to show other gods what it is like to be a human. Thus, it will heighten their understanding of human beings which will also bring the relationship between the two to the next level.
This is a reverse harem anime and since the male casts are gods, they are obviously eye candies. Despite being gods, they are not perfect and have flaws like humans, such as being lazy, bad-tempered or mischievous. There are various types of Gods of different cultures, for instance, Japanese gods, Greek gods, and Egyptian gods. Each has their own distinct personality which makes it seems like they are not that much different from human beings, personality-wise.
9. Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: Oct. 2006 – Jun. 2007
Death Note is a book belonging to the death gods known as shinigami, and all that the death gods need to do in order to kill a person is for the person’s name to be written in the book. Ryuk is a death god who feels bored at work, so he drops a Death Note in the human world, only to be picked up by Light Yagami. With the Death Note in Light’s hands, Light has the power to end a person’s life.
The series involves a darker side of the god realm which is the death gods. While humans may look at death gods from a negative light, not all of them are totally evil. Take Ryuk for example, he is just a bored death god who wants to spice up his life a little. Light is not the only one who possesses a Death Note, as there are other humans who have the books due to different circumstances. The humans who have the Death Note books will be accompanied by the death gods who are the original owners of the books, but the death gods will not necessarily help the humans!
8. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha (Inari Kon Kon)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Jan. 2014 – Mar. 2014
Fushimi Inari is a shy and clumsy girl, who like many other girls her age, has a crush on a boy. In Fushimi’s case, it is the kind-hearted Kouji Tanbabashi. She just can’t muster up the courage to confess to him though. One day, Inari saves a fox pup, and in return, the shrine god, Ukanomitama-no-kami, endows her with the ability to transform into other human beings.
As Ukanomitama-no-kami grants Inari the power that the gods have, we get to see how Inari uses this power to find out what it is like to be another person. We always think that it is fun to have this god-like ability, but having it does not mean that we can solve all of our troubles. Even the shrine god, Ukanomitama-no-kami herself, has her own personal troubles to deal with.
7. Kamichu! (The Goddess is a Middle School Student)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jun. 2005 – Sep. 2005
Yurie Hitotsubashi is like any other middle school student with teenage problems like exams and confessing to her crush. One day, she tells her friends that she suddenly became a goddess overnight. Thereafter, her friends called her kamichu, which is the combination of the word ‘kami’ which means god, and ‘chugakusei’ which means middle school student. In the series, Yurie learns and improves herself as a god and as a person.
So what is a god supposed to do? With this newfound divinity, Yurie does the things that gods do like curing curses and making wishes come true. Even meeting aliens seems to be one of the responsibilities of god! The very idea of a god conjures up the image of being mighty, flawless and graceful, but all those qualities do not seem to apply to Yurie at all, who remains clumsy as ever!
6. Kannagi (Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2008
Jin Murikiya is the male protagonist in this story. He unknowingly makes a sculpture of a girl for his art project using the trunk of a sacred tree. The sculpture then transforms into a girl who is actually the goddess, Nagi, and she suffers from amnesia. She is pretty angry that Jin has chopped down the sacred tree, and needs his help to clear away the impurities that has increased in the area as a consequence of the tree being chopped down. Due to Nagi’s amnesia, Jin is determined to trace her past.
Goddesses sound like elegant beings but for the most part, the goddess Nagi has a childish personality. As Nagi stays with Jin, he has to put up with the goddess’ demanding and lazy attitude. However, this goddess also has a serious side revealed in the form of Kannagi, which fits the expected attitude of a goddess. Gradually, Jin finds himself falling in love with this goddess who has a split personality.
5. Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou (Campione!)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2012 – Sep. 2012
Upon defeating the God of War, Godou Kusanagi becomes the Campione, or god slayer, which he never intend to be. His task as a god slayer is to fight Heretical Gods that are out of control. As a god slayer, he attracts the attention of many fanatical girls. Erica Blandelli is especially interested in Godou and always creates awkward situations for him.
This is a harem anime, and be warned that it contains ecchi as well. As this series is centered on polytheism, it showcases gods from various cultures and information about them which is pretty educational. The way the gods battle also includes a unique feature known as Warrior, which relies on the amount of information about the opponents in order to defeat them. Girls can also pass information to the gods through kisses!
4. Aa! Megami-sama (Oh! My Goddess)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 2005 – Jul. 2005
Keiichi Morisato is an unlucky person but he has a good heart. He is a college student who has to look after the dorm when his senpais are out. When he is about to finish his final chore, he wants to call his senpai but mistakenly dials the Goddess Help Line instead. The goddess Belldandy, asks if there is any wish that Keiichi hopes for, and he jokingly asks for her to stay with him forever, and it becomes true.
The concept of gods and goddesses in this series is loosely based on the Celtic or Norse mythology. There are various classes, categories and restrictions of goddesses. The goddesses are meant to bring happiness to people, especially, those with kind hearts. Besides goddesses, there are also angels and demons in the series. Watch this series if you want a romance series which involves a goddess as a lead!
3. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2010
Keima Katsuragi is a high school student who is obsessed in galge games which are centered on interactions with eye-catching anime-style girls. In the online world, he is known as the God of Conquest due to his legendary skills in conquering 2D girls. Upon accepting an anonymous offer which he thought was a game challenge, he is then tasked with helping the demon Elsie, to retrieve evil spirits by making girls fall in love with him.
While Keima Katsuragi is not a real god, as he is just an otaku who is great at online games, there are also goddesses who play a pivotal role in this series. The 6 goddesses known as the Jupiter Sisters, were named after the children of Jupiter who is a god in Roman mythology. Each goddess has her own special ability which is kind of like a cast of Sailor Guardians from the Sailor Moon series.
2. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012
Nanami Momozono is left alone by her father, and becomes homeless upon being evicted from her apartment. She encounters Mikage who is being chased by a dog, so she helps him out. Grateful for Nanami’s help, Mikage offers her his home to which she accepts. Mikage was actually an Earth Deity and his house is a shrine. Thus, Nanami has to take over the role of Mikage at the shrine.
The story is heavily centered on gods, and there are various types of gods and goddesses to be found in this series, such as the God of Wealth and Wind god. The gods have their own roles and have to take care of their own shrines. The gods have their own quirks, for instance, there is a god who enjoys cross-dressing! Nanami has to play the role of Land God and prove to the other gods that she is capable to do so despite being a human.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2014 – Mar. 2014
Yato is a minor god who desires to have many worshippers. He is so insignificant as a god that there isn’t a single shrine dedicated to him. To make more people come to him, he charges a low fee of 5 yen for each odd job. His weapon partner then becomes tired of him and leaves. A young girl named Hiyori Iki takes the hit for Yato in an accident, causing her soul to become loosely attached to her body so she demands Yato to fix her.
Who would have thought that there are gods who go unnoticed in the world, and seek to be more popular to the extent of offering their services at a low rate? The very reason gods are born is due to the wishes of humans, but it seems like many humans have neglected the gods they wish for. If you like elements of Buddhism and Shinto, you can find plenty of it in Noragami.
These are some anime series which we would really recommend if you want to watch something with a god or goddess theme to it. For most of the series listed above, you will get to learn some tidbits about gods in different cultures. You may even end up being more spiritual after watching such anime! If there are anymore god anime which you think are great, please leave your suggestion in the comment section below.