six different poster images from best magic anime

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a world filled with magic, adventure, and fantasy? In this post, I have mentioned my 15 Most Favourite Magic Animes that made me envious of fictional characters.

Like most of us, I am sure you must have once dreamt of having magical powers after watching a movie or tv show that had magic in it. After watching these anime, I felt that way. 

This list is compiled based on my likings and might not feature some of the other great Magic animes. So if you have one in mind then drop its name in the comments below.

15. The Irregular at Magic High School

  • Logline: Tatsuya Shiba is inept in magical abilities so he is considered irregular in magic school.
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Action, Sci-fi
  • Studio: Madhouse
The Irregular at Magic High School
Tatsuya Doesn’t Possess Magic

Tatsuya Shiba is a student of Magic High School but the irony is that he can’t perform magic. In a world where magic has been successfully incorporated with technology, Tatsuya has worked hard to accel in the technological field and combat which makes him an irregular at school.

Life at a Magic School

Ofter looked down upon by the other students, Tatsuya doesn’t give much notice to others, except his little sister Miyuki who is an exceptional magician and quite popular at school. Together they face challenges of the school and the outside world.

Why on this list?

It is a magic anime that might not suit everybody’s taste because, in the anime, magic is combined with hi-tech gadgets, so it sometimes feels more like a sci-fi anime. But aside from that fact, the anime is good and the animation is just great.

Where to watch this anime?

Available on Netflix.

14. Slayers

  • Logline: Lina Inverse and her swordmen bodyguard are on a quest to get all the gold in the world.
  • Year: 1995
  • Genre: Kids, Magic, Comedy
  • Studio: E&G Films
Slayers
Overpowered Bandits

Lina Inverse and her crew travel places in search of thieves and pirates. Lina is a genius sorceress and is obsessed with her powers and looks. She and her companions are always on a hunt for their next target.

Why On This List?

Welcome, 90s kids. Time to refresh some beautiful memories from the past. The only reason this is on the list because of the sheer legacy this series carries forward. Its story and animation were far ahead of its time. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

This anime can stream this online on Hulu.

13. The Legend Of Legendary Heroes

  • Logline: Ryner Lute is a possesser of Alpa Stigma, but that doesn’t stop him from leading his nation to prosperity
  • Year: 2010
  • Genre: Action, Magic
  • Studio: Zexcs
The Legend Of Legendary Heroes
“Alpha Stigma”, A Blessing in Disguise

In a world of mages exists a notion about the curse Alpha Stigma. An ability that allows its bearer to analyze any kind of magic with his eyes. However, for the protagonist Ryner Lute, this ability is more of a blessing than a curse. 

A Journey of Self Exploration

Ryner Lute is one of the few survivors of the Roland war. He and his fellow swordswoman are ordered to find aid for the nation based on the ancient relics. Through this journey, Ryner not just completes his mission but explores the mystery of his cursed eyes. 

Why On This List?

There is no doubt that the title is a bit misleading. It could be a translation mistake. As far as the show is concerned it breaks magic anime stereotypes and sets in a completely different world of kings and kingdoms. The story is captivating and faced paced episodes don’t leave a chance for you to regret your time. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

If you live in the American subcontinent you can stream it on Fumination

12. The Misfit of Demon King Academy

  • Logline: Legends of a Demon King.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Action, Fantasy
  • Studio: SILVER LINK.
The Misfit of Demon King Academy
The Reincarnation of the Demon King

Demon King Anos Voldigoad sacrificed himself to prevent the war between humans and demons and wished to be born again in a peaceful time. After 2000 years, Anos takes rebirth and joins Demon Academy where elite demon kids come to learn magic.

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Demon King in Demon Academy

After joining the academy, Anos comes across many eccentric young Demons who instantly notice Anos’s charisma but despite Anos claiming to be the Demon King, no one is ready to believe him because an imposter who has brainwashed every demon into believing him as the Demon King. 

Why on this list?

This magic anime is not unique in any way but it stays true to itself throughout and presents a story that keeps you engaged and entertained. The magic shown in the anime is grand and looks absolutely stunning on screen.

Where to watch this Magic anime?

You’ll find this anime on Crunchyroll.

11. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

  • Logline: A heroic attempt to save an accident resulted in the loss of life for an unnamed thirty-year-old.
  • Year: 2021
  • Genre: Drama, Magic
  • Studio: Studio Bind
Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation
Reincarnation is the Answer to Suffering

The story starts by showing the suffering of an unnamed man in his thirties. He is bullied, discarded at his work, and doesn’t have anyone to share his grief. 

One day he gets killed in an attempt to save a teenager from a speeding truck. Before he could comprehend his death, he finds himself in a different world, reincarnated as a baby. 

Same Senses but a New Life

In his new life, he is named Rudeus. He has a look of a child but possesses a mind of a thirty-year-old. His loving parents discover that their child exhibits a phenomenal talent for magic. 

With awful memories from his past life, Rudeus sets to make his new life full of excitement and adventure.  

Why On This List?

Reincarnation is a popular trope in the magic anime genre. I have watched numerous anime with the same theme molded to support the main story. However, only a few anime like this have been successful in bringing liveliness to the new world of the protagonist and the show itself. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

This fantasy magic anime can stream this online on Hulu.

10. Princess Tutu

  • Logline: Arihu in Japanese means “duck”. That’s what the main lead has transformed from.
  • Year: 2002
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Magic
  • Studio: Hal Film Maker
Princess Tutu
A Fairy Tale Story Come to Life

The story centers on a 13-year-old named Arihu. Arihu is not just any normal girl but a “duck” transformed into a human by mysterious spells. It is her fairy tale story as she goes about discovering the reason for her existence.

Arihu’s Magical Dance 

Arihu wears an egg-shaped magical pendant. She discovers that using this pendant, she can transform into Princess Tutu. This transformation makes her a beautiful dancer. Whoever sees her dancing as Princess Tutu gets revived of his life’s grief and turmoil.  

Why On This List?

Not all good stories are meant to pierce through your heart and leave you to awe stunned. A perfect show is the one you can connect to. I felt Princess Tutu is one soft-hearted anime that many otakus will love. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

This anime can stream this online on Amazon Prime.

9. Blast of Tempest

  • Logline: Lina Inverse and her swordmen bodyguard are on a quest to get all the gold in the world.
  • Year: 1995
  • Genre: Kids, Magic, Comedy
  • Studio: E&G Films
Blast of Tempest
Unfortunate Ending of a Secret Relationship

Yoshino Takigawa and Mahiro are childhood friends. Unknown to Mahiro, his younger sister, Aika and Mahiro are in a secret relationship. Following a mysterious event, Aika is found dead. Mahiro vows to find the cause of her death while Yoshino accepts his fate and gets back to life. 

The Detective Witch

It is learned that to find the cause of his sister’s death, Mahiro has joined hands with a witch named Hakaze Kusaribe. Soon Yoshino and Mahiro reunite and fight together not just to find Aiko’s killer but to save the world.

Why On This List?

This is not an absolute magic genre but a blend of psychological and thriller, making it super exciting to watch. Each episode ends at a nail-biting cliffhanger. The story moves quickly through the timeline. Before you know it, you are totally hooked to the show. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

Like many other anime on the list Blast of Tempest can also be streamed on Hulu.

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8. KonoSuba

  • Logline: Kazuma is sent to a magical world after dying from a heart attack.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Comedy, Ecchi
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
Konosuba
Reincarnated in a Magical World

Kazuma is an otaku who dies and the Goddess Aqua then wants to send him to another world as a hero. It is a world unlike ours where magic is common. To give him an edge, Kazuma forces Aqua to tag along with him.

Adventures in the new world

In this world, Kazuma tries to live better than before but the challenges of this world are immense and demons are trying to kill him. He along with his dysfunctional team try very hard to stay alive and kill demons.

Why On This List?

Konosuba is one of the most hilarious anime I’ve watched. Although the magical aspect of this anime is not the center attraction, it is more grounded and no main character is overpowered which makes it more entertaining to watch.

Where to Watch This Magic Anime?

Find it on Crunchyroll.

7. Fairy Tail

  • Logline: Adventure story of Lucy and her guildmates.
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Comedy, Action
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures, SATELIGHT
Fairy Tail
Lucy is Looking for a Guild

Lucy is a spirit mage who can summon zodiac spirits and use them in a fight. She is looking for a guild to join and start her adventures. She accidentally comes across Natsu who is a member of the Fairy Tail guild and one thing leads to another and Lucy becomes a part of Fairly tail.

Adventures of Lucy and friends

Fairy Tail is filled with strong people who have their own special magical abilities and they take on various dangerous missions for the right price. Lucy teams up with Natsu and his pet cat Lucky and their adventures begin.

Why On This List?

Fairy Tail is a well know anime and I’ve sure you might have heard about it or even watched it already. It is a long anime series with 300+ episodes with tonnes of the magic of various kinds. The show features dragons, mages, spirits, and all you desire from a magic anime.

Where to Watch this Anime?

All episodes are available on Crunchyroll.

6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

  • Logline: A middle-aged loner gets reincarnated as a slime in a fantasy world.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Action, Magic
  • Studio: 8Bit
That Time I got Reincarnated As A Slime
Dying Becomes New Beginning for Mikami

Mikami is a loner. Being an office worker, he is trapped in a nine to five cycle and is bored of his routine. An unexpected event of a robbery gets him stabbed on the street. What looked like an end turned out to be a new beginning. He gets reincarnated in a fantasy world with supernatural abilities.

New Life As a Slime

After getting killed, Mikami gains consciousness and discovers that he is no more a human but a slime. A Slime has the magical powers to devour anyone and transform into its shape, form, and even possess its abilities. 

Why On This List?

Life is unexpected. A sudden event brings forth entirely new dimensions to explore. The concept of constantly exploring new dimensions is what makes this anime special. Although it’s a lighthearted, feel-good anime type of anime, it doesn’t compromise with the story at all.

Where to Watch this Anime?

Lover of magic and fantasy anime can stream this online on Amazon prime. 

5. A Certain Magical Index

  • Logline: In a world of mysterious powers, Touma Kamijou inherits a completely distinct power that cancels out other powers. 
  • Year: 2008
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Magic
  • Studio: JC Staff
A Certain magical
MC With Negative Superpowers 

The premise sets up in modern-day Japan, where technological advancements aren’t the only point of interest for scientists. Almost every other student is developing a magical ability (called the esper) of their own. In such a scenario, Touma Kamijou has mysterious powers that cancel out other superpowers.

A Promise to Get Over Mediocrity

Touma Kamijou is the lowest grade student in school. But he doesn’t care about his mediocre life until he meets Index Librorum Prohibitorum. A strange girl is chased by a dangerous organization for her powers. He promises to keep her safe at the cost of his life. 

Why On This List?

A unique concept never goes out of fashion. Maybe that’s one simple reason why I placed this show on the list. 

Where to Watch this Anime?

This anime can be streamed online on Hulu.

4. Black Clover

  • Logline: A story of two young boys dreaming of becoming the Wizard King.
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
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Black Cover
Dreams of becoming Wizard King

Asta and Yuno are best friends who are also orphans. Both dreams to become the Wizard King. Where Yuno is talented and naturally gifted with great magic, Asta on the other hand has no magical affinity at all but he is determined and hard-working.

Asta receives a strange power

When Yuno is attacked by a bandit, in an utter state of depression Asta unlocks a very unique power within him that is Anti Magic. Thus beings the journey of two young boys of becoming Wizard King.

Why On This List?

Black Clover is an anime that has an in-depth storyline as its over 150 episodes long and unlike other magic anime on this list it gets quite intense and the magic part shown in the show is taken seriously with a lot of focus on the detailing.

Where to Watch this Magic anime?

Watch this anime on Crunchyroll.

3. Magi

  • Logline: Three odd youngsters team up for a magical adventure.
  • Year: 2012
  • Genre: Adventure, Action
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
Magi
Magic Anime based on Arabian Nights Theme

Alibaba is a young boy who wants to get rich, so he decides to explore every dungeon and find valuable riches. Aladdin is a mysterious kid with hidden magical abilities and Morgiana is a slave, shackled by the pain of her past. As the lives of these three people intertwine, an adventure begins.

Challenges for the Trio

As the three wanders across the land in search of more dungeons, they come across powerful enemies who are leeching on the weak and innocent. Over time its becomes a fight of good vs evil.

Why On This List?

Magi is a magic fest for all magic genre lovers. On top of that, it takes us back to the theme of the Arabian nights that we all watched as kids, and it’s really nice to see a different spin on the story. Overall, this anime is binge-worthy and worth your time.

Where to Watch This Anime?

Get it on Crunchyroll.

2. Little Witch Academia

  • Logline: Atto aspires to be a magician but is unaware of the hurdles that come along.
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Adventure, School, Magic
  • Studio: Trigger
Little Witch Academia
Powerful Words Can Make You a Magician

As a kid, Atto went to a magic show performed by a renowned witch, Shiny Chariot. During her performance, she said something that became a life mantra for Atto- “Magic is in your heart”. Since that day Atto has idolized Shiny Chariot and aspired to become a magician like her.

Genetics v/s Determination. What does it take to be a Magician?

Akko doesn’t belong to a magic-practicing family. However, that could not stop her from entering Luna Nova Magical Academy. She is excited to be the only commoner admitted to the school. Unfortunately, her excitement doesn’t last long as series of events unfolds unforeseen challenges she faces. 

Why On This List?

Little Witch Academia is a true gem that portrays brilliancy in a simple-looking story. Right from animation, music to the story it is a fun-to-watch show in every aspect. Since is licensed by Netflix, therefore, is highly recommended if you have a subscription.

Where to Watch this Anime?

This anime can stream this online on Netflix.

1. Overlord

  • Logline: Stuck inside a game, Monogna decides to take over this strange world for fun.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Studio: Madhouse
Overlord
Stuck Inside the Game

A middle-aged guy gets locked inside an MMORPG and can’t log out. He is forced to resides in the body of his gaming character Momonga. He has alongside him the NPC characters of the game who have suddenly gained consciousness.

Take Over the World

In a hope that some of his gaming crew also might be inside the game, Momonga decides to spread his influence in this strange world with the help of NPCs, so that his teammates could find him.

Why On this List?

Overlord is probably my most favorite anime on this list. Even though the plot of an MC getting stuck inside the game has been done a lot but the way this anime goes around is just mesmerizing to watch. The magic in the anime is just mind-blowing and the characters are badasses. A must-watch for everybody.

Where to Watch this Anime?

Streaming on Crunchyroll.