What makes anime so good? Beyond a great storyline, character design or voice actors, we all know it’s mostly how anime invites us into a new dimension. It’s hard to deny that one of the most beloved anime dimension is one of Magic!
Moreover, the magic in this genre lies in its characters! From beautifully winged characters, to full metal bodies, we cannot help but to fall in love with them.
This Top 10 segment will be featuring a list of the best Magic characters. This selection is based on their overall likability, and uniqueness in power.
Familiar to many and unbeknownst to some, nevertheless, please enjoy these characters!
10. Louise Francoise from Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2006 - September 2006
Zero no Tsukaima follows a story of an inept Magician, Louise Francoise, that summons a Japanese boy, Saito Hiraga, as her familiar. Deemed as an unworthy magician by her fellow peers and casted with a perverted boy familiar, Louise’s world is full of trials and comedic infusion.
Louise remains one of the memorable magic characters in the anime realm as she plays an underdog hero in the story. Though she seems to be failing most of times, when the going gets tough, Louise reveals her hidden potential to wield a powerful lost magical element known as, Void Magic. Incidentally, Saito also steps up to the plate in being Louise’s loyal protector. Together they undergo various blundering adventures and eventually fall in love.
9. Maka Albarn from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 - March 2009
Soul Eater is set in a fictional, City of Death. Students attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy, short for ‘DWMA,’ to be Shinigamis. The story revolves around three teams, each team with a weapon meister and a weapon which can also be transformed into human form. The goal of the students are to defeat 99 evil souls and a witch. The weapon absorbs the souls and turn into death scythes.
The magical user that is on this list today is Maka Albarn. She is one of the lead protagonist in the story. Inspired by her mother, Maka is determined to be a meister with her ‘demon scythe’. Maka is a cheerful, confident, and hard-working girl, who is compassionate to others despite being a shinigami. Maka is also one of the most skilled meisters in the academy, and through out the series, she gains more experience making her one of the most powerful characters in Soul Eater.
8. Aladdin from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2012 - March 2013
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic basically is one of those anime that you can easily fall into. Featuring a little braided-hair boy and a slow developing hero, you just can’t wait to see what’s in store for the two. This anime alludes to the story of King Arthur and his trusty magician, Merlin. With Aladdin being Alibaba’s Magi, they both come to discover their true roles.
Aladdin making this list is almost inevitable. He’s a bubbly optimistic magician that doesn't reveal his true abilities immediately. But gifted with immense power and his helpful magic tools, Aladdin makes for one of the top magic users in anime.
7. Saber from Fate/stay night
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: January 2006 - June 2006
A young Shirou Emiya accidentally summons a strong and beautiful warrior, Saber, during a battle. Thrown into a world with spiritual fighting and the mysterious Saber, Shirou embarks on an adventure to win the Holy Grail War. With an inexperience Master, the powerful Saber struggles to become the best fighter in the war. This anime develops well with two characters redeeming themselves through forming a tight relationship.
Shirou and Saber is listed here because of their dynamic relationship and ability to overcome their differences for each other. This duo stands out as characters of Magic, as they balance each others personalities and, needless to say, reveal massive magical fighting power in the anime. Tinges of romance also makes these two characters a fan favourite. This anime is definitely a must-watch, and worry not if you can’t get enough of them, because there are a number of prequels, sequels and spinoffs!
6. Watanuki Kimihiro from xxxHOLiC
- Episodes: 24 episodes
- Aired: April 2006 – September 2006
xxxHOLiC is an anime taken place in a supernatural setting with many other parallel worlds. The anime revolves around a high school student named Watanuki Kimihiro. Watanuki has an unique ability which enables him to see spirits, yokais and many other unworldly beings. The series has a different style in illustration and it’s special take on the supernatural element sets it apart.
So the story starts when Watanuki stumbles into a shop owned by, Yuki Ichihara. Yuki is actually a witch who grants wishes, and coincidently Watanuki wishes to get rid of his ability. Yuki agrees to grant Watanuki’s wish for a price, which is working for her in her shop.
Watanuki is listed here because once he started working for Yuki, he has become more connected to the spiritual world and he develops his abilities even more. His magical powers has help in prevention of many spiritual devastation. From a person who hated his abilities and wanting to get rid of them, in the end, he chooses to maintain them. The story also has an unique plot line crossing with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
5. Mikan Sakura from Gakuen no Alice
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2004 - May 2005
Gakuen Alice is a super cute anime and simply gives you a good feeling watching it. Despite its cutesy take in the anime, it really has an intricate and complex story line. The story is about Mikan Sakura. She is a pure, kind, bubbly girl who cherishes her friends. Mikan’s journey starts when her best friend Hotaru transfers to an Academy for gifted students called, Alices.
Once Mikan arrives at the school, she meets with a teacher named Narumi. Narumi, who discovers that she has a very special Alice and allows her to enroll into the Academy. The academy has many different types of students that are gifted with special Alices.
Mikan is in this list because of her amount of rare Alices. She possesses the Nullification, Stealing and Inserting Alice. In contrast with her adorable, innocent school uniform, Mikan is a formidable magic user. Perhaps in battle with magic users from other anime, Mikan and her Alice can stand a high chance of dominance!
4. Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 2004 - March 2012
In the name of good shounen, we’ll find Ichigo Kurosaki to be one of the most grouchy faced magic user that is able to steal the hearts of many. Ichigo is one of those that can actually say, “Started from the bottom, now we here.” His story starts out quite normal until he stumbles into the world of Soul Society and Shinigamis.
A stranger to none, Ichigo becomes an icon as the badass Shinigami that slays hollows. More often than not, we think of magic users as a Magical winged girl or the nerdy boy. However, Ichigo stands to prove us wrong that magic wielders can not only be drop-dead hunky but also equipped with a side of darkness. Besides, what cooler magic powers would you want other than to have magic powers like the Gods of Death? All I want to say is simply: Slay boy, slay.
3. Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 252 and counting
- Aired: October 2009- ongoing
Fairy Tail being one of the most recognised magic anime in the world, of course we had to put this on the list. Fairy Tail takes place in a fictional world called, Asu Rando. The place is filled with wizards whom are all in guilds of their own. In the story, we meet Natsu Dragneel, aka the Dragon Slayer. Natsu is in one of the worlds most famous guild called, Fairy Tail.
Natsu has a super optimistic and friendly personality. In the story, he teams up with Lucy, his cat-like familiar named Happy, an ice wizard, Gray, and an armoured wizard, Erza. Together they go on crazy adventures.
Natsu ranks in the elite group of greatest magic users because of his mad powerful dragon-like abilities. He is immune to flames and he is able to breath fire and ignite fire. Throughout the story, he also learns many cool abilities such as the dragon force. The dragon force boosts his speed and strength and covers his body with scales just like a real dragon. Can’t get cooler than that.
2. Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura
- Episodes: 70
- Aired: April 1998 - March 2000
Cardcaptor Sakura is a household name if you’re a girl growing up with anime (if you’re a boy, thats fine too. No judgements). As one of Clamp’s name maker, Cardcaptor Sakura has given us a beloved Magical girl that sets the standard for all. This anime is about Sakura Kinomoto’s (the elected Guardian of the Cards) journey in capturing the scattered cards from the book of Clow.
Second on the list is a can’t miss Magical Girl character that is simply charming and funny. With the boom of Majou anime in the scene, Sakura remains a classic and lovable heroine. Sakura’s personality encompass an all-time classical cheery girl that is fighting to save the world. Along with Keroberos, she takes on a long journey while keeping her spirit high. Sakura is certainly a favourite to many and there isno doubt revisiting this anime is a fun stroll down memory lane.
1. Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 - July 2010
First on the list is our two brothers from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. A remake from the first anime, this one follows the manga’s storyline closely and triumphs above its predecessor. In hopes to restore his younger brothers body, Alphonse, Edward Elric embarks on a journey in search of the Philosopher's Stone. Through that process, the two brothers have to deal with homunculi and more alchemy.
The reason why Edward tops the list is because of his remarkable alchemy skills and swift combatant knowhow. I’m sure after watching Fullmetal Alchemist, we are all envious of Edwards’ talent to just clap his hands together to perform alchemical transmutation (Don’t deny trying to clap the heck out of yourself). His alchemy ability enhanced with his sweet spot for his brother and his adaptable combat style, is short to say simply magical.
So, there you have it, a countdown to the Top 10 Anime Magic Characters. We have abilities that come from thin air, familiars, a magic staff or even a transmutation circle. Never mind the form, it’s safe to say anime would not be a mind-blowing entity if it were not for the magical hero and heroine in them.
As our realm is full of new and old magical beings, it is absolutely impossible to say who do and do not belong in this list. If you have a favourite Magic character, just leave us a comment 🙂