Adventure anime explore new places, environments, and situations. Characters go on incredible journeys to far-off places and encounter amazing things along the way. The adventure genre is overflowing with such titles, which can make it difficult to figure out which ones are worth your time. That’s why we did the hard part for you. Here are five adventure anime that you should check out.
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
In an alternate world, people study and perform alchemy, an art that makes it possible to manipulate objects and transform them into something else. But, alchemy has a rule: to obtain something, you have to sacrifice something of equal value.
The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, learned alchemy to bring their mother back to life. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do so. Edward ends up losing his right arm, and Alphonse loses his entire body.
To get their bodies back, they embark on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which can amplify the powers of an alchemist. But, along the way, they uncover a conspiracy that could put the entire country in danger.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the best adventure anime that the medium has to offer. The series has tons of action, lovable characters, and a compelling storyline all neatly wrapped up in a 64-episode adventure anime package.
Fuu Kasumi, a young waitress at a small tea house, finds herself in trouble with a patron. Just then, the wild samurai Mugen comes to the rescue. But, instead of saving her, he gets into a fight with Jin, another samurai who is Mugen’s polar opposite in personality and fighting techniques.
During their battle, they end up destroying the shop and get arrested. Fuu saves the two samurais from their execution. But as payment, they must become her bodyguards and help her find the samurai who smells of sunflowers.
Through the use of hip-hop music and memorable characters, Samurai Champloo reimagines the adventure genre. The music is spot on and gives their journey the extra modern beat that’s missing in classic adventure anime series. Almost every episode, the trio stumble upon a new mission that they must either solve or run away from. Most of the time it’s their stomachs that motivate them to pursue these wacky adventures. Their journey is both fascinating and unique and will definitely inspire you to have one of your own.
KINO NO TABI: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World is another anime series that takes a different approach to the adventure genre. Throughout the series, the open road is instrumental in the main characters’ journey of self-discovery and truth.
Kino along with her talking motorcycle Hermes, travel the world never staying in a country more than three days. At each location, she learns about their culture and traditions, and the two discover much about themselves in the process. Each town has its own unique story and message, whether its happiness, violence or wisdom. Kino’s Journey is a reminder of the freedom that the open road has to offer.
In a fantasy world resembling the Middle Ages, the Holy Knights of Britannia protect the region of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a few Knights betrayed their homeland by trying to overthrow the ruler of Liones. After an intense battle, the Holy Knights defeated these traitors. But rumors suggest that the traitors — called the “Seven Deadly Sins” — are still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d’état themselves and became the new rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.
Elizabeth, the ousted princess of Liones, goes on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins. With their help, she tries to win back the kingdom from the Holy Knights.
The Seven Deadly Sins is the type of adventure series that focuses on the characters and their dangerous mission. Each member of the infamous Seven Deadly Sins brings something different to the table. But once all seven come together, they become a formidable — and hilarious — force. So, if you enjoy group adventures, magic, and some fan service, then The Seven Deadly Sins is the adventure anime you need to watch.
MADE IN ABYSS
Featured on our best anime of 2017 list, Made in Abyss is a combination of horror, mystery, and adventure. The series follows Riko, who lives in a city surrounding a giant hole. The hole goes deep into the earth and is called the Abyss. The Abyss holds various artifacts and secrets from previous civilizations. As a result, the Abyss has become a popular destination for explorers — who undertake the arduous and dangerous descent into the pit. Riko’s goal is to follow in her mother’s footsteps and solve the mysteries that the Abyss holds.
Riko’s adventure into the Abyss goes from fun to serious and dangerous with each level she descends. From man-eating creatures to the mental anguish the Abyss unleashes, Riko must muster all her strength to survive the difficult journey. The anime’s tension combined with the unique setting and exploration are sure to have you begging for more.