Some of the greatest anime series have a dash of magic. Fighting, dueling, battling, and healing with magic, one of the most well-known uses of the fantasy genre is the incredible use of magic.
Whether they’re magical wizards or sorcerers with long white beards or more abstract forms of magic, these are some of the best magic anime—and all of them will make you wish you were born into their magical realms!
- Best Magic Anime
- 30. Burn the Witch
- 29. Magical Doremi!
- 28. Yuki Yuna Is a Hero
- 27. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- 26. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!
- 25. Iroduku: The World of Colors
- 24. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
- 23. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
- 22. Flip Flappers
- 21. Slayers
- 20. Tsukimichi –Moonlit Fantasy–
- 19. Beyond the Boundary
- 18. Heartcatch Precure!
- 17. Little Witch Academia (TV)
- 16. Blast of Tempest
- 15. Saga of Tanya the Evil
- 14. Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
- 13. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
- 12. Ascendance of a Bookworm
- 11. Black Clover
- 10. Dorohedoro
- 9. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
- 8. Princess Tutu
- 7. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- 6. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
- 5. Cardcaptor Sakura
- 4. Re:Zero ~Starting Life in Another World~
- 3. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
- 2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- 1. Howl’s Moving Castle
Best Magic Anime
30. Burn the Witch
72% of deaths in London are at the claws and flames of dragons! They are invisible to normal people, but there is a rare few ones fighting against dragons to protect mankind!
Only witches and wizards are able to see and fight dragons. Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole are two witches working together to watch over London and protect anyone against aggressive dragons.
29. Magical Doremi!
Doremi Harukaze would consider herself to be the unluckiest girl in the world! Her sister always makes fun of her, her parents are always fighting, and her crush likes someone else!
One day, Doremi finds herself as a witch’s apprentice—she is unlucky with magic too. However, Doremi is still determined to work hard and become a better witch. Along with her two new friends—will Doremi forever be just an unlucky witch girl?
28. Yuki Yuna Is a Hero
Middle schooler Yuki Yuna’s biggest dream is to be a hero! As a hero, she wants to protect everyone’s smiles. She is even a part of the Hero Club at school with her friends!
One day, their club president introduced them to a hidden magical world that was being threatened by mysterious creatures called Vertexes.
Using a weird app on their phones, the four members of the Hero Club transform into magical girls! Together, Yuna and her friends will fight to be real heroes and protect the whole world!
27. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Nanoha Takamichi has always been a normal girl who simply loves her friends and family. One night, she has a dream of an injured ferret! The next day, the ferret appears outside of her dreams, and Nanoha is quick to save him.
The ferret explains that he is a mage named Yuno Scrya and needs like collecting 21 Jewel Seeds that he accidentally scattered! Giving her the Raising Heart wand, Nanoha becomes a mage. Together, the two do whatever they can to find all of the Jewel Seeds!
26. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!
A clumsy and ordinary girl dies at a young age and is reincarnated into a fantasy world full of magic. Not only that, but she was reborn into her favorite otome game, “Fortune Lover”!
However, she isn’t born as the heroine—but the villainess Catarina Claes!
Knowing what horrible fate awaits her, the girl hopes to change her path. Being kind and making friends with the heroine and former enemies—can Catarina change her route to doom?
25. Iroduku: The World of Colors
Despite living in a magical world, after losing her mother, colorblind Hitomi Tsukishiro loses her colors and her emotions. Having nothing to live for, Hitomi’s grandmother Kohaku worries for her.
Using a powerful spell, Kohaku sends Hitomi 60 years into the past when she was a young girl in high school!
Becoming closer to her younger grandmother and her close-knit group of friends—will Hitomi be able to see colors and find joy again?
24. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
When since Elaina was a little girl, she loved fairy tale books, and her favorite was about a witch named Nike who traveled around the world!
Wanting to follow in her idol’s footsteps, Elaina goes on to learn how to become a witch.
After becoming a fully-realized witch, Elaina can finally take off on her broom across the world!
Meeting new people and sharing stories, Elaina is reading to start the story of her own fairy tale!
23. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
Mistarcia is a world where gods and demons live with humans. However, this world is almost destroyed by the ancient dragon called Bahamut. Unable to defeat the dragon, the gods were only able to seal Bahamut away.
Thousands of years later, it’s business as usual for bounty hunter Favaro Leone. However, chaos and destruction will begin again when Favaro meets a mysterious girl named Amira, who may be the key to releasing Bahamut back onto the world!
22. Flip Flappers
Cocona has always been a normal middle-schooler who lives with her grandmother. Her whole life changes when she meets the feisty and silly orange-haired Papika.
Papika pulls Cocona into the world of Pure Illusion—a world of infinite alternate dimensions. Inside these worlds are crystal shards that Papika is in search of.
Traveling through these bizarre worlds together, the two girls become magical girls named Pure Blade and Pure Barrier. But who exactly is Papika, why is Cocona so important, and what are these crystal shards they need?
Lina Inverse is a powerful sorceress who travels across the world and stealing treasures from any bandits that step in her way! A group of thieves try to ambush Lina for revenge but is stopped by swordsman Gourry Gabriev.
Protecting Lina, Gourry announces that he will accompany her to Atlas City. Becoming her self-proclaimed protector, Lina finds herself being hunted by two mysterious men!
Realizing that the fate of the world is in their hands, Lina and Gourry begin their journey together!
20. Tsukimichi –Moonlit Fantasy–
Makoto Misumi had no say about a contract his parents made with a goddess. He had no choice to be sent to another world where he was meant to be their hero.
However, upon seeing the “hideous” Makoto, his heroic title is taken away from him and driven to the edge of the world’s wasteland!
Despite the odds, Makoto gains immense power from his old life and makes friends with the demihumans and mythical creatures. Together they work to create a new community where they can coexist with humans!
19. Beyond the Boundary
“Youmu” is a creature born out of negative human emotions, and Spirited World warriors are at a constant battle with these wicked creatures.
Highschooler Akihito Kanbara is half-human, half-youmu. Being protected by the well-known Nase Clan, Akihito finds himself enjoying a somewhat normal life!
One day, Akihito begins to find himself constantly attacked and stabbed by Mirai Kuriyama, the sole survivor of her clan that fights with their blood! Akihito hopes to befriend Mirai, but she is hiding many secrets and a dark past…
18. Heartcatch Precure!
Even since moving to a new city, 14-year-old Tsubomi Hanasaki has had the same dream of a legendary warrior named “Cure Moonlight” being defeated in battle and calling out to two fairies to find her missing teammates.
Starting her first day at school, Tsubomi is determined to be different from the shy and scared girl she was before! She quickly buttheads with the energetic and popular Erika Kurumi instead.
However, when Erika suddenly turns into a monster, it’s up to Tsubomi to defeat her by transforming into “Cure Blossom”!
17. Little Witch Academia (TV)
Ever since she was a little girl, Atsuko “Akko” Kagari dreamed of being a witch like her idol Shiny Chariot! However, Akko has never been shown to possess any magic ability and comes from a non-magical family.
By the time she’s old enough, magic has become an old art, and Luna Nova Magical Academy is desperate to accept any students. Lucky for Akko!
Akko’s magical journey begins by meeting her new roommates Lotte Yansson and Sucy Manbavaran and making quick enemies with gifted and popular Diana Cavendish!
16. Blast of Tempest
Yoshino Takigawa is a normal teenager, but hiding a big secret from his best friend Mahiro Fuwa: he is dating his younger sister Aika! Everyone has secrets. But Yoshino’s whole life turns upside-down when Aika suddenly dies, and Mahiro disappears to seek his sister’s killer!
Not hearing from his best friend, Yoshino tries to return to his normal life. However, Yoshino doesn’t see Mahiro again until he saves his life from a girl holding him at gunpoint!
Mahiro introduces Yoshino to Hakaze Kusaribe, a witch who needs their help to save the world and discover why Aika had to die!
15. Saga of Tanya the Evil
Spiting god or “Being X,” a bitter man is reincarnated into the body of a young girl named Tanya Degurechaff in a magical world in the middle of a world war!
Tanya is up against Being X over a battle of wits! Despite the appearance of a blonde, blue-eyed girl, Tanya is known as the “Devil of the Rhine” as she fights to win the war!
With her magic and strength, Tanya is determined to win against Being X and build up her Empire to be the greatest humankind has ever seen!
14. Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Most others would be terrified when Princess Syalis was kidnapped and imprisoned in Demon Lord Tasogare’s castle. The castle is dark, soulless, and surrounded by horrifying monsters around every corner.
That isn’t Syalis’s concern. Trapped inside the Demon Lord’s castle, her biggest concern is trying to get a goodnight’s sleep! Wondering the halls of the Demon Lord’s castle, Syalis turns demons into teddy bears, ghosts in blanket sheets, and will do anytime to have a peaceful sleep!
Syalis shouldn’t fear the castle—the castle should fear her!
13. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
In this fantasy world, hidden labyrinths are scattered all over the world, holding amazing treasures inside!
Created by magicians known as Magi, a young and curious magician named Aladdin is determined to travel the world in search of these labyrinths and treasures!
Traveling and picking up friends along the way, Aladdin begins his adventure of exploring dungeons and labyrinths—and changing the fate of the world!
12. Ascendance of a Bookworm
Urano Motosu’s one passion is books! Any kind of literature and hopes to spend her days surrounded by thousands of books to read!
She almost gets her dream job as a librarian but meets her end in a tragic accident. Her final wish as she dies is that she can read more books in her new life.
Her wish is granted, and she is reincarnated into the frail and weak body of 5-year-old Myne in the medieval era full of magic! Not exactly what she had in mind, but Myne becomes determined to print, write, and copy her own books by hand!
11. Black Clover
It was fate that orphaned Asta and Yuno were abandoned on the doorsteps of a local church. They grew up together and shared the same dream of becoming the “Wizard King”—the strongest mage in the whole kingdom!
However, Yuno is a natural talent in the realm of magic, while Asta can’t use magic at all! Nevertheless, despite the odds stacked against him, Asta is able to obtain the five-leaf clover Grimoire called “Black Clover” and sets off to become the next Wizard King!
Hole is a testing ground for magic users, a place full of worthless creatures and filth and subjected to mutilation and murderer.
A reptilian man named Kaiman is one of few that are strong enough to stand up to magic users from within Hole. Kaiman is uniquely immune to magic!
With a twisted life and appearance surrounded by mystery and repeating nightmares, Kaiman needs the magic users in order to turn himself and his life back to normal!
9. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
15-year-old Chise Hatori was meant for a life of slavery. Being sold at an auction, her spirit was fading, and she accepted the hopeless and obedient life that was awaiting her.
She is sold to a mysterious masked man and teleported away. Expecting a dungeon and rotten room, Chise finds herself in a peaceful cottage tucked away in England.
Her new master is the legendary magus named Elias Ainsworth! He has different plans for Chise: to be his apprentice and his bride!
8. Princess Tutu
Ahiru is a bighearted but clumsy duck that is transformed into a human girl by a mysterious being named Drosselmeyeer.
Along with her magical pendant, Ahiru can turn into a ballerina named Princess Tutu who can see people’s troubled hearts!
Enrolling at a dance school, Ahiru finds herself drawn to the school prince who lost his heart to an evil raven. Ahiru becomes determined to collect all the missing pieces of his heart and defeat the unknown raven!
7. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
When 37-year-old Satoru Mikami meets his end in a brutal stabbing, he is given a second chance at life and reincarnated into a fantasy world!
He is not his normal human self—he has become a blue slime named Rimuru Tempest!
Now, as a new person with a new body and powers, Rimuru must navigate this new world and become an important part of this world! It turns out, a big blue slime ball can make waves in this fantasy world.
6. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Kazuma Satou dies an embarrassing death and ends up in front of a goddess named Aqua. She laughs at his face and presents him with two choices: go to heaven or be sent to a fantasy world!
No shocker, Kazuma chooses to be sent to the fantasy world! Now, when Kazuma is allowed to bring one thing along with him, he puts to drag Aqua along with him purely out of spite.
Now Kazuma and the useless goddess must learn how to become a part of this new world and find a way to defeat the Demon King!
5. Cardcaptor Sakura
Despite losing her mother at a young age, Sakura Kinomoto is a cheerful and bright girl surrounded by loving friends and family. She would do anything to protect them!
One day, Sakura stumbles upon a strange-looking book. When she opens the book, cards go shooting out and scattered across her world! These cards possess powerful and dangerous magic—Sakura now has to clean up her mess!
Sakura will do her best to find them and return the cards to the book with her secret magical powers!
4. Re:Zero ~Starting Life in Another World~
On his way to the local convenient store, NEET Subaru Natsuki suddenly gets teleported to a fantasy world! Surrounded by magical creatures and beings, Subaru falls in love with a half-elf with silver hair named Emilia.
Emilia hopes to become her people’s new king but is killed by an assassin. Subaru dies trying to protect and realizes he has a special ability: he goes back in time to a specific point every time he dies!
With this newfound power, Subaru hopes to aid Emilia in anyway he can!
3. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
When an overweight 34-year-old shut-in is killed in a gruesome car accident, he is reincarnated into a fantasy world!
Now born as Rudeus Greyrat, he still retains all his memories from his past life! But, it’s a dream come true for Rudeus as he studies and learns magic and makes friends with mythical creatures and beings.
But he is still the same overweight shut-in, and no magic can hide the past demons that he must face in his new life…
2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madoka Kaname was always an average girl with nothing special about her—at least that’s what she thinks of herself. She is grateful for her family and friends and wouldn’t trade anything for it—not even a miraculous wish!
When a creature named Kyubey appears before Madoka and her best friend Sayaka Miki, he claims to be able to grant the most impossible of wishes. But there is a place: they will be turned into magical girls and have to fight deadly witches!
What will Madoka and Sayaka give up to become powerful magical girls, and do they truly know the consequences?
1. Howl’s Moving Castle
The wizard Howl is known to seduce and eat the souls of beautiful girls—that’s alright for Sophie, she is an average and normal girl born without any charm or looks.
When she crosses paths with the Witch of the Waste, she is cursed! Turned into an old woman, Sophie seeks refuge and ends up on the doorstep of Howl and his incredible castle!
With Howl’s help, will Sophie be able to lift her curse—and is that the least of her problems?