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This is an udpate to the original Gun Action Anime Article that we posted a while ago. As time marches on and more anime is released, it's time to consider articles and update them to be the best that they can for you, our wonderful readers. That being said, the original is underneath! Be sure to check it out when you are done reading this one!
A good chunk of people watch anime for the fighting. It’s quick, it’s incredible, and it makes you want to try the impossible. Whether it’s a style of martial arts or swordplay, anime has the ability to transform what is already epic into something even greater. One perfect example of anime’s ability to do this is through gun fights. Whether it’s a one-on-one duel or an all out brawl with gangs on both sides, bullet storms in anime have a certain aesthetic to them that goes beyond most war/assassin movies. Now, it’s been some time since we last did a gun action list, one you can find below, but within that time some amazing new shows have popped up.
10. Lupin III (2015)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2016
Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of a world-famous thief, and he’s made it his goal in life to live up to his grandfather as a world-renowned thief himself. Despite being a man who works in shadows and with amazing stealth, he has attained a certain amount of infamy and a lot of people (inspectors, criminals, and other thieves) know him all too well. As a result of this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that often enough guns are brought onto the scene and at least some gunfire is exchanged each episode.
Just about every main character in the series has a pistol on them at all times, except for Goemon, who prefers his sword. Also, each character is surprisingly accurate with their aim, except for the bad guys as they never seem to be able to hit anyone. At the top of the gun game though is Lupin’s partner/right-hand man Jigen, who can perform a 0.3-second quick-draw as well as use machine guns, sniper rifles, and even a PTRS anti-tank rifle. For thieves, they really aren’t that quiet.
9. Gunsmith Cats
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: Nov. 1995 – Sep. 1996
A little bit like Jormungand of the 90s, Gunsmith Cats follows the adventures of our protagonists selling guns in the “gun free” zone of Chicago. First there’s Rally Vincent who knows all her weapons like the back of her hand and knows how to use them and then there’s her partner Minne May Hopkins who’s an explosions expert. Together, they know just about everything that has to do with weaponry and havoc. They also tend to meet some unsavory characters in their line of work and in this three-episode OVA the two get blackmailed into working for a much larger and complicated organization.
With such professions and backgrounds mixed together with a western vibe, Gunsmith Cats really exploits the wildness of its characters and settings. Gun fights galore and insane high-speed chases in a 1967 Mustang GT, it’s best to just sit back and enjoy the spectacular display of impossibilities. Though, guns and bounty hunters might not seem out of place in an old-time Chicago, driving through the streets at incredible speeds is just something you’ll never see. The only real hitch to the show is its vintage qualities, which might not be for everyone nowadays.
8. Sword Art Online II
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul. 2014 – Dec. 2014
You would think after being trapped in one video game and having to save his “girlfriend” from another, Kirito would have had his fill of video games for one lifetime. However, he doesn’t really have a choice when a new game called Gun Gale Online is infiltrated by a player able to kill people in real life by shooting them in game.
Despite Kirito still playing with his trademark dual blade style, most of this online world is comprised of gun fights. Sinon, a deadly sniper, is always awesome to watch scope and take down a target. It’s pretty epic to watch her fall from a skyscraper and dodge hundreds of bullets flying her way. Asuna is once again pretty incredible with her skills as well. In general, the amount of ammo being unleashed is insane. One of the greatest scenes in this season, and one proving just how overpowered Kirito is (despite doing this almost every episode), is when a couple comes charging in at him with their turret blazing, and he starts performing some Star Wars acrobatics, deflecting every single bullet that’s coming his way. It’s truly epic.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2012 – Jun. 2012
Jormungand explores the complex underworld of arms dealers through the idealistic Koko Hakmatyar as she enlists a child soldier, Jonah, into her team of bodyguards. Despite Koko’s illegal and dangerous line of work, she chases after the goal of world peace. It’s this strange ideal of hers in such an unruly place that glues her comrades together.
With the primary relationship taking place between a child soldier and an arms dealer, of course there was bound be a lot of guns. Just the physical amount of guns present in the show is insane. Everyone always feels strapped and ready to take on anyone who poses a threat. Considering the scope of the underworld presented, the show rightfully takes on a lot of blood and gore. Every second of the show is like a scene with bullets raining down and bodies being ripped apart. Most characters in fact seem to get a certain satisfaction while thrust into the chaos. It’s absolutely perfect for someone who has a craving for action packed thrillers.
6. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Jul. 2016
Think Attack on Titan, but with guns and smaller monsters. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress throws viewers into a world that is being overran by a species of monsters, similar to zombies, that can only be killed thoroughly if their heart is pierced. That’s nothing too unusual in an anime setting, but add a layer of iron protecting these monsters hearts, and well you have a very particular and difficult problem to solve.
Though some weaponry has been developed to take on these creatures, also known as Kabane, it’s been Ikoma’s goal to develop a weapon that will be more effective in the fight for humanity. When the entire first episode is based around this exact struggle, you know you’re in for a gun-oriented ride. Add to that struggle a steady hand with gore and you have yourself some amazing fight scenes. Consistently the show impresses with a mixture of hand-to-hand combat, swordsmanship, and pointblank power shots.
5. Hellsing Ultimate
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Feb. 2006 – Dec. 2012
Shoving you through a hellish scene of Nazi vampires ravaging London, Hellsing Ultimate is a furious ride with bullets flying all about. Defending London from the invasion of Nazis as well as the opportunistic positioning of the Vatican is the Hellsing Organization. Though the odds seemed stacked against Integra and her troops, she does have her own warriors of the night.
First and foremost, there’s Alucard, the original vampire, who heavily relies upon decimating ghouls with his specialized glocks. Dual-wiedling and accurate, Alucard obliterates anyone and everyone standing in his way. Then there’s the newest recruit to the Hellsing Organization, Seras, who sports a monstrous sniper rifle that can pierce through an entire squadron. She also can get in a semi-mecha gatling gun that can take down aircrafts with ease. Adding a cherry on top, are the scenes where ordinary people just whip out a pistol or machine gun of their own to show these undead creatures of the night what’s up with the living.
4. Valkyria Chronicles
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2009 – Sep. 2009
The Imperial Empire and rules the East and the Federation controls the West of the continent of Europa. War has finally broken out between the two, and the neutral country of Gallia has been invaded by the Empire. Well, despite the Empire’s vast army and resources, Gallian forces have found hope in the ragtag crew of Squad 7 in the Gallian militia.
Though the story is centered around the characters Welkin, Isara, and Alicia; the narrative follows the entirety of Squad 7. To put it simply, it’s an anime that depicts both the horrors and friendships that arise in wartime, and luckily for gun fans, the battles bear many similarities to that of World War II. Expect to see powerhouse tanks tear apart the battlefield, snipers scoping out powerful enemies, and stormtroopers taking out entire squads. It does all of this episode by episode as you follows the war effort, battle after battle of hard-earned territory.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Mar. 2013
One of the best detective sci-fi’s out there, Psycho Pass follows the experiences of a fresh recruit, Akane Tsunemori, into Japan’s futuristic police force. In this world, everything is controlled and regulated by a system known as the Sybil System. It determines every single person’s emotional and mental stress as well as decides if that person is safe within society. For the most part, this system has led to some to an overall peaceful and happy society. Nonetheless, there are those who find issues with the society and rightfully so.
A heavy visual aspect of this show is the use of the “Dominator.” It’s a gun of sorts that uses the Sybil infrastructure to determine a suspect or criminals mental state and then enters a paralyzer mode or a lethal mode. It even has a mode that deconstructs metal and various other materials. Though there is a healthy dose of Dominator action each episode, what really pushes the show up is how it views guns. Despite being just a tool, Kogami states from the very beginning the importance of being stronger than the tool. There’s even a heavy distinction between the Dominator and a regular gun as one represents personal justice (revenge) while the other displays a systemic justice.
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 1998 – Sep. 1998
Enter a world where Vash the Stampede has a $60,000,000 bounty on his head. With such a number over his spiky head, it’s no wonder that both bounty hunters and insurance teams are after him at all times. However, upon first impressions, most people would never assume that this carefree and free dancing man is actually the wanted man. Trigun in many ways is an exploration of why and how this contrast came into existence.
How could you not expect showdowns with guns when thrown into a setting that is essentially the Wild West. Practically everyone carries a gun, and with a $60,000,000 reward tacked to his name, it’s no wonder why most are pointed at Vash. As a result, bullets fly at a constant rate and Vash with his no kill attitude tends to make the fight sequences last quite a while. However, Vash isn’t the only one to display some epic gunmanship. Nicolas D. Wolfwood is incredible to watch once he unstraps his cross from his back, Meryl has a countless amount of small pistols to surprise opponents with, and Millie can dish out massive punishment with her gatling gun
1. Black Lagoon
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Jun. 2006
Rokurou Okajima is your everyday desk jockey. He’s a small player working to achieve balance and comfort in his rather average life. However, when his company basically sells him off, he ends up joining the mercenary group, Black Lagoon. Thus, begins his adventures exploring the morally gray, fleeting, and intense life of a mercenary in the black market sector.
In general, Black Lagoon lights the screen up with constant gun battles every episode. The crew that we follow take on Nazis, Yakuza, gangsters, and assassins in glorious and brutal battles on a frequent basis it would seem. Leading the foray into every battle is Revy, the loud and brash gunslinger of the Lagoon Company. With dual pistols, Revy never leaves an opponent, or anyone/thing blocking her way, without a few holes. Composing the rest of the crew is the newbie Rokurou, aka Rock, who gets the thrill of shooting an RPG in the first episode, the iron-armed Dutch, and the computer whiz Benny. Together, this group takes on just about any assignment and will make sure the task gets done, even if that requires taking down a target’s military base.
Guns play a big part in anime. Though many might see such shows as necessary for sword and magic or simple brawniness, guns have their place. They depict a sharp-eye and a certain ruthlessness that other weapons don’t possess. It is true that at times guns are used by enemy forces just to create a loud setting and show off just how spectacular our protagonists are (looking at you Sword Art Online II). Nonetheless, when done correctly, few shows can pack as much blood and gore and action into a single moment as an anime that has two gangs going at each other with their guns burning up.
Welcome to another segment of Honey's Anime Top 10!
In this article, we list the “Top 10 Gun Action Anime” that everyone enjoys. Of course, many have different tastes in anime, but ultimately, we can all agree on the list below. I hope?!
When thinking about anime that has a lot of gun fighting in it, you would probably think only about certain scenes within the anime. In the selection below, I can honestly say that it was kind of hard to pick them considering there are a lot of great anime out there that have a wonderful representation of gunfighting all around.
With the selected anime below for the Top 10, there will be some honorable mentions. These mentions are well deserved, but I felt that the selected series in the list were best.
So without further ado, here are the “Top 10 Gun Action Anime”! Enjoy!
With great use of guns and gunfighting in general, this anime takes place in a country where civil war is thriving.
One individual possesses almost supernatural skills in a peaceful country while still being able to live a blissful life.
Later introduced to another character, both are joined mysteriously by a holy book sought out by a secret organization called Enfan. The two characters begin to follow a path towards their destinies, as they get closer and closer to the truth of missing memories and the conflict created by the Enfant.
This anime takes place after a tragic incident of murdered friends, Brandon follows the only person he trusts to the Millennion, the biggest mafia organization around.
Brandon's friend is seeking power within the organization, leaving him to continue with the Millennion in order to see the girl he loves who is being held by the Millennion leader, Bid Daddy!
Years pass by and Brandon gains loyalty in the syndicate, he uncovers the truth of the organization, which causes him to take drastic measures to ensure the safety of the one he loves!
This anime series has great use of guns in battle with incredible fight scenes.
A bit more on the comedic side of anime, Trigun has great use of guns throughout the series.
In a land where guns rule over the weak, one man with a habit of trouble, can turn an entire town into rubble. This spiky-haired individual is kind at heart, but always seems to be caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Mainly because he's known to be the most wanted criminal of all time.
As bounty hunters, hunt for him, people always seem to get injured. And it's never his fault, oddly enough, there's no proof that he's ever caused harm to anyone.
As a master gunman, he isn't your typical outlaw.
Taking a slightly different route, but nonetheless, having great gun action in it is Hellsing.
This anime series follows one of the most powerful vampires alive, Alucard, as well as a police girl who turns into a vampire herself, Seras Victoria. The two are employed by an organization from England that seeks out other vampires to exterminate called, the Hellsing Organization.
While continuing the fight against other vampires, they soon discover that a new breed of vampires arise which thickens the plot of survival and success!
6. Gunslinger Girl
This is another great anime that is filled with gun action in it and a bit on the psychological side.
Taking place in Italy, an organization called the Social Welfare Agency, rescues young children from their death beds at hospitals granting them a second chance in life.
Using state of the art cybernetic advancements, the children’s bodies are artificially enhanced and brainwashed in order to be trained as assassins to fulfill the the needs of the government's dirty work.
They’re still kids at heart and struggle throughout their lives to be accepted by those they love, even though the love they feel is manufactured and the agency they work for treats them as nothing more but killers!
Noir has really good gun action scenes in it as well as a great story.
This anime follows the lives of two female assassins who embark on a journey seeking answers to their past. Having a vague relation to each other, the answers they find unravel a series of clues and secrets of something more than they imagined.
As they form an alliance, the take on assassin missions under the name, Noir.
As the anime series goes on, they experience multiple situations of betrayal and traps from a secret organization called Les Soldats.
The organization tests them continuously to see if the two girls are worthy of representing the name, Noir!
4. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
With a lot of murder and assassination, this anime has a lot of notable gun fights in it.
In this one, a mysterious company called Inferno, is behind most of all assassination in the United States using their almost invincible human weapon code name, Phantom.
While Phantom was committing her latest assassination, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses her in the act.
Running scared and not knowing what to do, he hid in an abandoned building only to be found and taken to Inferno where he has his memory wiped cleaned and is forced to kill and assassinate for the company while trying to figure out who he is and recover his lost memories.
One of the most favorable anime series out there that has great use of gun action is Canaan.
Following a Japanese photographer, who at the moment is working in China, and his partner who search for potential stories that may be deemed worthy for exclusive news. They finally get their break when strange events begin to occur during a local festival which has them both immediately investigating.
While investigating, they are confronted in battle between unknown masked men and a woman with white hair. As the photographer's partner is suddenly caught in the crossfire of the battle, an old friend of theirs intervenes and helps the partner escape.
Following the lead of a sinister plot over a deadly virus, which soon develops, the hero must confront their past in hopes of stopping the perpetrator.
I find this anime to be one of the best gun action series out there.
Besides #1 in this selection, this anime has great use of gun fighting in a unique action, adventure, seinen series. Jormungand follows a ruthless individual who is an arms dealer on a chaotic quest for peace. World peace! Also following a child raised as a soldier in this chaotic world, their lives cross as they journey through the lands together in the underground world of the arms market, the black market.
They search for peace as well as those responsible for the death of the child soldiers family.
1. Black Lagoon
This has to be my favorite anime filled with gun action in it. Not only does it have a great story, animation, character development and sound, it had so good gun fighting scenes it as well!
The anime follows an Japanese businessman surrounded by other businessmen. Living a normal life of drinking with clients and being bossed around by his employers, he finally gets a break by being sent to the tropical seas of China to make a delivery.
Unfortunately, his transportation is hijacked by mercenaries who seeks the object he possesses for delivery. Being robbed and taken hostage by one of the mercenaries that thinks he's worth a ransom, they learn that the object he was delivering holds the secret of something beyond themselves that bring confusion and chaos for everyone!
There you have folks, these are the selections for the “Top 10 Gun Action Anime” list.
Here are some honorable mentions to add that could've been on the list but didn't quite make the list Desert Punk, Cowboy Bebop, Golgo 13, Sword Art Online II, Cobra: The Animation, and Psycho-Pass.
I hope this list as well as the anime mentioned will help you in finding more anime to watch and enjoy in the category of gun action.
Which anime series are you going to check out next? Is there an anime you would like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!