Reading books can feel like magic, but what if magical books truly existed? As anime fans, we often get to experience stories with magical books in their center, giving superpowers to the main cast, passing down a curse, or holding dark secrets. We picked our top 5 anime that feature books abundant with mystical energy and invite you to explore them with us. Let’s take a look!
5. Black Clover
Asta’s magical book is the infamous five-leaf clover grimoire also known as Black Clover. It is essentially the anti-grimoire, as it negates the power of all other grimoire holders. His childhood frenemy Yuno also owns an ultra-rare book, the four-leaf clover grimoire, which specializes in wind powers. Together they compete over who’s going to be the next Wizard King—each time they learn a new spell, a new page is added to their grimoires!
4. Vanitas no Carte (The Case Study of Vanitas)
Vanitas is just a human, according to himself, but he owns the legendary grimoire of Vanitas, the vengeful vampire born under the cursed Blue Moon. This book has the power to annihilate vampires, however, the new Vanitas uses it in multiple ways, mostly to save vampires who have fallen under the Charlatan’s influence. By remembering their true names, vampires can regain consciousness. This is one of the most powerful books in anime and we still haven’t seen its full potential.
3. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
Takashi Natsume looks like a regular fifteen-year-old but he has a secret: he can see youkai, spirits, thanks to the book he inherited from his grandmother Reiko. Natsume ends up being haunted by the spirits who want to break free from the Book of Friends, and his only ally is the friendly cat spirit, Madara. Will Natsume be able to find peace? This is a sweet anime series with a magical book that turns the MC’s life upside down.
2. Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra (Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra)
Welcome to Bantorra, the library holding vast knowledge, having records of all people’s lives. In the universe of Bantorra, after a person dies, they become a book made of stone, and, upon touching that book, one can learn their life story. The Armed Librarians protect the library and its secrets, with their enigmatic leader Hamyuts Meseta serving as savior and menace in battle. The Book of Bantorra is a series where books contain all that makes one human.
1. Death Note
Yes, it’s a notebook, we know—it’s also a book ready to be filled with your worst enemies' names… Ryuk, a god of death, is bored out of his mind, so he comes up with a game. What if he gives his power to grant people death to a regular human? This is how he hands the Death Note to Light, a top student with a vigilante spirit. Soon Light develops a god complex and the rest is history… There’s no anime fan who has not at least heard of Death Note, some of us even owned Death Note replicas in our attempts to scare our friends. The Death Note deserves the first spot on our list as an anime series that raised a generation of otaku.
And there you have them, our top anime with magical books! From powerful grimoires in Black Clover to an heirloom book full of secrets in Natsume, and from millions of forbidden books in the Bantorra Library to the deadly notebook in Death Note, we have a selection of mystical tomes that will satisfy your thirst for knowledge, danger, and adventure.
Which anime magical book would you like to own? And how would you use it? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading!