MAPPA's action adventure anime is set thousands of years after Bahamut, a massive dragon with immense strength, attacked Mistarcia. This land is inhabited by demons, gods, and humans; they live together, but often find themselves at war. With their collective doom pending at the hands of Bahamut, the usually at-odds races temporarily put aside their differences in a last ditch effort to subdue the beast. It worked, as the dragon was defeated and imprisoned for, hopefully, eternity. To avoid history repeating itself, the gods and demons split Bahamut's key in two, with each receiving one-half.
Shingeki no Bahamut mixes comedy, action, and graphic violence to create a thrilling ride which only gets better as it moves along. We follow Favaro Leone, a carefree bounty hunter who exists solely to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh, and the man whose life purpose is to capture Favaro, the righteous former military man Kaisar Lidfard. Things take a turn for the worse when Favaro accidentally meets Amira, a woman who just happens to possess half the key needed to release Bahamut from his eternal slumber.
It is quite easy to recommend Shingeki no Bahamut due to its fantastic animation and sense of adventure; yet, that would be a disservice to the series. Underneath the shiny outer exterior, lies a gripping narrative overflowing with political intrigue, unpredictable characters, and subtle humor. It is one of the best well-rounded action shows of the last few years.
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1. Akame Ga Kill!
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 7, 2014 to Dec 15, 2014
It is not easy running an Empire, especially if the ruler is barely out of his diapers. Due to the Emperor's inexperience, Prime Minister Honest has been controlling the country from the shadows. He is an evil, corrupt and greedy man; one who would not hesitate to burn a city to the ground if it meant he could earn a profit. With a clearly defined social hierarchy, those less fortunate are placed into a hopeless situation, ensuring they will forever be confined to the slums. In such a desperate situation, a select few tend to rise from the ashes in an attempt to turn the tide. Night Raid is a collection of those people.
The members of Night Raid are not heroes. They are merciless killers, but their resolve keeps them from attacking those who do not deserve it. They are a bloodier version of Robin Hood, taking from the strong to aid the poor. Their newest recruit, the optimistic Tatsumi, joins their ranks in an attempt to rid the Empire of those who enjoy watching people suffer. It is not an easy task, as he quickly finds out, but one that is worth taking.
Akame ga Kill! is a darker series than Shingeki no Bahamut, one which does not hesitate to fill the screen with blood and guts. Night Raid is filled with entertaining and funny characters, all presented with a deep back story that is well explored. The action is top-notch and fast-paced, easily matching Bahamut's tempo. They both place a heavy focus on the political climate of their respective Empires, with clearly defined social classes.
Akame Ga Kill! Official Trailer
2. Seikoku no Dragonar (Dragonar Academy)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 5, 2014 to Jun 21, 2014
Ansarivan Dragonar Academy is where students go to learn how to fly dragons. For most of them, it is practically second nature. Once they are joined with their flying companion, the students are able to take to the skies with relative ease. Unfortunately, there must always be an exception to every rule, this time in the form of Ash Blake. The arrogant blonde teenager is predicted to develop into a dragon master, but his beast is yet to make an appearance. Being the odd one out, his fellow students labeled him the 'number one problem child'. As expected, he is not too fond of that nickname.
Finally, Ash can put those days of ridicule firmly behind him, as his dragon is here. This would be a cause for celebration, but this monster is unlike any other. For one thing, she transforms into a girl at will and is not too fond of the established master and servant relationship. Actually, her very first declaration is that Ash is the servant and she is the master. After all these years waiting, the dragon-master-in-training is saddled with a loud teen who is unlikely to be tamed.
Dragonar Academy is a colorful anime with high production value. The characters are abrasive but develop as the season goes along. The action is borderline brutal but delivers the same high octane thrills seen in Shingeki no Bahamut. As a slight disclaimer, there are quite a lot of ecchi scenes, mostly of the non-consensual variety, so please be warned. Like Shingeki no Bahamut, the story is filled with mystery, as characters are often left in the dark about their own backstory and purpose in the world. The battle sequences share similarities as well, with both anime often setting fights in the sky.
Seikoku no Dragonar PV
3. Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)
- Episodes: 33
- Aired: Apr 5, 2015 to Aug 21, 2016
Setting a more historical tone in comparison to the other mentioned series, The Heroic Legend of Arslan tells the story of an exiled young prince and his quest to return to his rightful place on the throne. The year is 320, King Andragoras III rules over the Kingdom of Pars, which is currently in the middle of a war with the neighboring Kingdom of Lusitania. Ruthless and arrogant due to countless victories on the battlefield, King Andragoras lets his guard down and ends up betrayed by one of his closest friends. With the army in disarray, Pars’ capital city Ecbatana falls into Lusitania's hands. The King's soft-spoken son, Arslan, is forced to run to No Man's Land to avoid being killed. With only a trusty knight by his side, the prince is determined to find warriors capable of recapturing Ecbatana.
Arslan Senki feels big in scope, as there are multiple Empires battling it out at any given moment. Arslan starts off as a rather dull protagonist, the typical lead who believes every life is worth saving, but he quickly learns that Pars needs a leader who is capable of making the hard decisions. He is willing to shed his naivety and innocence to become the King needed by the country. This anime is grounded in reality, so do not expect to see any dragons or monsters, as the conflict is between humans. The action is well executed, with a large cast of entertaining characters and a likeable villain.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan prioritizes tactical warfare and political intrigue above anything else, so if you enjoyed that aspect of Shingeki no Bahamut, this recommendation should be about perfect. The sword and shield action sequences of Arslan are also similar to the fights seen in Shingeki no Bahamut, as both anime are inspired by medieval combat.
Arslan Senki Trailer
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4. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Episodes: 28
- Aired: Oct 5, 2014 to Sep 18, 2016
The Seven Deadly Sins are a handful of legendary warriors who turned their backs on Brittania and its Kingdoms by trying to overthrow the ruler of Liones. Thankfully, the Holy Knights managed to stop them before they could pull off their scheme. A decade later, rumors continue to suggest that these legendary traitors are still alive and continue to roam the land. Princess Elizabeth, the third daughter of the current King of Liones, ventures forth on an adventure to discover whether that rumor holds any weight.
The Kingdom of Liones is sent into disarray after the Holy Knights take a page from the Seven Deadly Sins' playbook and successfully overthrow the King. Possessing overwhelming strength, the only group of people who might survive a direct confrontation with them are the exiled Sins. With the King captured, the kindhearted but weak Princess is the nation's last hope.
Shingeki no Bahamut and Nanatsu no Taizai are both explosive shounen anime, with the latter being one of the more popular anime series released in the last few years. A second season is also scheduled for next year. In terms of animation, A-1 Pictures deliver in spades. The dozens of action scenes are a sight to behold, mixing martial arts with a variety of magical attacks. Where the series really shines is in the characters themselves, especially the Seven Deadly Sins. Led by the charismatic Meliodas, they work well with each other, with each having their own reason to fight. There is a fair amount of comedy sprinkled throughout as well.
The humor is strikingly similar to Shingeki no Bahamut as well, with both stories centering on a group of well-meaning, but somewhat arrogant, heroes. Shingeki no Bahamut envisions a relatively normal medieval universe which exists alongside gods and demons. Although The Seven Deadly Sins only hints at the existence of deities, magic creates a clear separation between those that are gifted and ordinary humans.
The Seven Deadly Sins Trailer
5. Ushio to Tora (Ushio and Tora)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: Jul 3, 2015 to Jun 24, 2016
Middle school is hard enough without having a powerful man-eating beast chasing you around. Unfortunately, that becomes Ushio Aotsuki's life after he is forced to break the seal holding in Tora. With a bunch of youkai attacking his friends, Ushio removes the spear imprisoning Tora, and the two quickly dispatch the lesser demons. Free at last, the arrogant beast turns to devour the puny human but is quickly pummeled by Ushio's spear.
Ushio discovers that this weapon is actually the legendary beast spear, which his mother used to defeat youkai and imprison Tora. It also attracts demons, so the duo agrees to temporarily put off killing each other in order to battle the supernatural. More importantly, a terrifying slumbering beast is slowly gathering power in preparation for its second coming. The spear is the only weapon capable of opposing this monstrosity, although it requires an extremely capable wielder to succeed. Ushio is far from ideal.
The biggest similarity between Ushio to Tora and Shingeki no Bahamut is how they create a sense of foreboding, with two powerful entities lying dormant beneath the Earth. In order to prevent the end of the world, a scoundrel and a noble warrior are forced to come together for the greater good. Favaro and Tora exist merely to satisfy their animalistic urges, but gradually learn there is more to life than eating and drinking. On the other hand, Kaisar and Ushio are driven by a desire to protect the weak, but they tend to screw up regularly.
Ushio to Tora PV
6. Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)
- Episodes: 48
- Aired: Jul 6, 2010 to Dec 18, 2011
Rikuo Nura just wants to live a normal life. How often have we heard that one before? In this alternative reality, humans and demons exist side by side, although the former are completely ignorant of the latter's presence. At first glance, Rikuo seems perfectly ordinary. He attends school and is actually quite popular. Unfortunately, Rikuo is also a quarter youkai, and spends six hours a night in his demon form. Although he wants nothing to do with this part of himself, Rikuo's grandfather has hand-picked him to take over as head of the Nura-clan. A clan in charge of over 10,000 demons.
Developed by Studio Deen, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan is a character-driven action series which benefits from great pacing and a solid sense of humor. The majority of the tension arises from Rikuo's desperate attempt to keep his demon life hidden from his friends, which is similar to the way Shingeki no Bahamut handles Amira's secret. The back and forth between the characters is well done, and the anime goes out of its way to provide a compelling backstory for the cast.
The action is fantastic and energetic, in the same way that Shingeki no Bahamut presents its battle sequences, but the characters are always the main focus. Both shows prioritize creating a compelling storyline over explosions and fancy sword fights. Due to this, it is near impossible not to be drawn into the fights, as the viewer cannot help but be invested.
Nurarihyon no Mago PV
Shingeki no Bahamut is a sword and shield action-adventure anime which has earned a very positive reputation. Now in its second season, it boasts breathtaking animation and a compelling narrative built on the simple theme that a book should not be judged by its cover. The above recommendations are kindred spirits, as they share the same tone and love for over-the-top action sequences as MAPPA's series.
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