Best 10 Adventure TV Anime Of 2012 You Should Know About

They’re the best Anime that 2012 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam, Sword Art Online, Zero no Tsukaima F, and more!

10: Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam

English: Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing
Japanese: ラストエグザイル-銀翼のファム-
MAL Score: 7.08
Type: TV
Episodes: 21

Synopsis

“I’ve made up my mind! I’m going to steal that ship!”

All source of life originates from the Grand Lake.

At this very sacred lake, the battle between the Ades Federation and the Turan Kingdom has just begun. The Ades Federation, armed with massive battleships and its sights set on conquering the world, declares war on the Turan Kingdom. With the Federation’s troops encroaching on their beloved country, Turan now lies on the brink of collapse. As this is happening, the princesses of Turan look on as a small vanship named Vespa cruises above their heads.

“We shall now commandeer your flagship and take her from this battlefield. The choice is yours. Die here, or survive with us Sky Pirates!”

The Vespa continues to weave through the barrage of bombs, while the fleets of the Federation close in on Turan.

What are the motives of Luscinia, the man leading the Ades Federation into the war? And what is the secret behind “Exile”?

(Source: Animax, edited)

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9: Sword Art Online

English: Sword Art Online
Japanese: ソードアート オンライン
MAL Score: 7.21
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

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8: Zero no Tsukaima F

English: The Familiar of Zero F
Japanese: ゼロの使い魔F
MAL Score: 7.48
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Saito Hiraga and Louise Fran?oise Le Blanc de La Vallière go on the offensive after the events of Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo. Together, they face off against King Joseph in the Holy City of Romalia with the help of two others who control the power of the “void.” But in the midst of the many conflicts ahead of them, an ancient evil begins to stir in the shadows.

Will their close bonds blossom into something more or will they be shattered through the ever increasing difficulty of the tasks that they must undertake? Zero no Tsukaima F follows the story of Louise and Saito as they face their final challenges together.

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7: Persona 4 the Animation

English: Persona 4 the Animation
Japanese: ペルソナ4アニメーション
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Yuu Narukami moves to Inaba, a seemingly quiet and ordinary town, where he quickly befriends the clumsy transfer student Yousuke Hanamura, the energetic Chie Satonaka, and the beautiful heiress Yukiko Amagi. Shortly after Yuu’s arrival, a chain of mysterious killings begin to occur on foggy days. At the same time, rumors about a strange television channel—dubbed the “Midnight Channel”—spread like wildfire; when staring into their TV screen at midnight, a person may see their soul mate.

After witnessing the most recent murder victim on the Midnight Channel, Yuu attempts to watch it again, only to realize that he can traverse into the TV and reach another world overrun with “Shadows,” evil creatures of the dark. Realizing the link behind the hidden dimension and the murders, Yuu and his friends attempt to crack the cases by exploring the diabolical world of the Midnight Channel using their “Personas,” awakened manifestations of their “true selves.”

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6: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

English: Humanity Has Declined
Japanese: 人類は衰退しました
MAL Score: 7.76
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Because of the constantly declining birth rates over many decades, human civilization is all but extinct. With only a few humans remaining, they survive in this post-apocalyptic world with what was left behind by the previous generations. Earth is now dominated by fairies, tiny creatures with extremely advanced technology, an obsession with candy, and a complete disregard for human safety.

A young girl who has just finished her studies returns to her hometown and is designated as an official United Nations arbitrator. Her duty is to serve as a link between mankind and fairies, reassuring each side that both races can live together peacefully. She imagines this task will be easy enough, but controlling the disasters created by the oblivious fairies in their pursuit of candy will require a lot more effort than she initially believes.

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5: Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

English: Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Japanese: LUPIN the Third ~峰不二子という女~
MAL Score: 7.78
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Many people are falling prey to a suspicious new religion. Lupin III infiltrates this group, hoping to steal the treasure their leader keeps hidden. There he lays eyes on the beautiful, bewitching woman who has the leader enthralled. This is the story of how fashionable female thief Fujiko Mine first met Lupin III, the greatest thief of his generation.

(Source: ANN)

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4: Jormungand

English: Jormungand
Japanese: ヨルムンガンド
MAL Score: 7.83
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Brought up in a conflict-ridden environment, child soldier Jonathan “Jonah” Mar hates weapons and those who deal them. But when Koko Hekmatyar, an international arms dealer, takes on Jonah as one of her bodyguards, he has little choice but to take up arms. Along with Koko’s other bodyguards, composed mostly of former special-ops soldiers, Jonah is now tasked with protecting Koko and her overly idealistic goal of world peace from the countless dangers that come from her line of work.

Jormungand follows Koko, Jonah, and the rest of crew as they travel the world selling weapons under the international shipping company HCLI. As Koko’s work is illegal under international law, she is forced to constantly sidestep both local and international authorities while doing business with armies, private militaries, and militias. With the CIA always hot on her trail, and assassins around every corner, Jonah and the crew must guard Koko and her dream of world peace with their lives or die trying.

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3: Jormungand: Perfect Order

English: Jormungand Season 2: Perfect Order
Japanese: ヨルムンガンド PERFECT ORDER
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Still in pursuit of her ambitious goal, ingenious arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar, inexpressive child soldier Jonathan “Jonah” Mar, and the rest of their squad continue their mercenary activities. From professional assassins to private militaries, the group’s work constantly puts them in the face of danger.

But internal conflicts soon arise after Renato “R” Socci, one of Koko’s bodyguards, is revealed to be an undercover agent for “Operation Undershaft”—a plan devised by the CIA to infiltrate HCLI and exploit Koko as a tool. Shocked by his betrayal, Koko’s leadership is needed now more than ever to rally her squad and rebuild their foundation of trust before they are torn apart.

Jormungand: Perfect Order follows Koko and the rest of her crew as they take on persistent adversaries, overcome internal struggles, and make Koko’s vision of world peace a reality—where everything is in perfect order.

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2: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)

English: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

In 1868, Dario Brando saves the life of an English nobleman, George Joestar. By taking in Dario’s son Dio when the boy becomes fatherless, George hopes to repay the debt he owes to his savior. However Dio, unsatisfied with his station in life, aspires to seize the Joestar house for his own. Wielding an Aztec stone mask with supernatural properties, he sets out to destroy George and his son, Jonathan “JoJo” Joestar, and triggers a chain of events that will continue to echo through the years to come.

Half a century later, in New York City, Jonathan’s grandson Joseph Joestar discovers the legacy his grandfather left for him. When an archeological dig unearths the truth behind the stone mask, he realizes that he is the only one who can defeat the Pillar Men, mystical beings of immeasurable power who inadvertently began everything.

Adapted from the first two arcs of Hirohiko Araki’s outlandish manga series, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken follows the many thrilling expeditions of JoJo and his descendants. Whether it’s facing off with the evil Dio, or combatting the sinister Pillar Men, there’s always plenty of bizarre adventures in store.

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1: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

English: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Japanese: マギ The labyrinth of magic
MAL Score: 8.04
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Dispersed around the world, there are several bizarre labyrinths hiding incredible treasures within them. These mysterious places, known as “Dungeons,” are said to be the work of Magi, a class of rare magicians, who also help people build their empires by guiding them to a dungeon. Djinns, supernatural beings that rule over the labyrinths, grant successful conquerors access to their immense power and choose them as potential king candidates to rule the world.

Having spent life in isolation, Aladdin, a kind and young magician, is eager to explore the world upon finally leaving his home behind. He begins his journey only accompanied by his mentor Ugo—a djinn that Aladdin can summon with his flute. However, Aladdin soon becomes friends with the courageous Alibaba Saluja after causing the destruction of a local merchant’s supply cart. In order to pay for the damages, Alibaba suggests that they attempt to conquer the nearest dungeon, taking the first step in an epic adventure that will decide the fate of the world itself.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
2. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
3. Jormungand: Perfect Order
4. Jormungand
5. Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
6. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
7. Persona 4 the Animation
8. Zero no Tsukaima F
9. Sword Art Online
10. Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam

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