Best 10 Fantasy TV Anime Of 2016 You Should Watch

They’re the best Anime that 2016 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin, Go! Princess Precure, and more!

10: Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

English: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
Japanese: 灰と幻想のグリムガル
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Fear, survival, instinct. Thrown into a foreign land with nothing but hazy memories and the knowledge of their name, they can feel only these three emotions resonating deep within their souls. A group of strangers is given no other choice than to accept the only paying job in this game-like world—the role of a soldier in the Reserve Army—and eliminate anything that threatens the peace in their new world, Grimgar.

When all of the stronger candidates join together, those left behind must create a party together to survive: Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Mogzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight. Despite its resemblance to one, this is no game—there are no redos or respawns; it is kill or be killed.

It is now up to this ragtag group of unlikely fighters to survive together in a world where life and death are separated only by a fine line.

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9: Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

English: Alderamin on the Sky
Japanese: ねじ巻き精霊戦記 天鏡のアルデラミン
MAL Score: 7.69
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Ikta Solork is a carefree young man who only wants two things in life: a woman on his arm and a place to nap. Unfortunately, his peaceful life is destroyed when war breaks out between the Katjvarna Empire and the neighboring Republic of Kioka. Ikta and his childhood friend, Yatorishino Igsem, join the army as military officers, where they meet the infantryman Matthew Tetojirichi, the sniper Torway Remion, and the medic Haroma Becker on a boat heading for the military exam site.

However, after a rogue storm sinks their vessel, the five of them end up in enemy territory near a military outpost. There, they discover that the heir to the Katjvarnan throne, Princess Chamille Kitora Katjvanmaninik, has been taken hostage. The five are able to rescue her, and as a reward, each one of them is granted the title of Imperial Knight—one of the highest honors a soldier can receive. It seems that Ikta will have to put his dream of tranquility on hold, as he must now become the hero he never wanted to be.

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8: Go! Princess Precure

Japanese: Go! プリンセスプリキュア
MAL Score: 7.71
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Ever since she was young, Haruka Haruno has always aspired to become a princess. Despite being mocked for this seemingly childish wish, Haruka perseveres to make her dream a reality, ultimately culminating in her acceptance into the prestigious Noble Academy—the birthplace of people’s fantasies.

When Haruka arrives at her new school, a chance encounter with a pair of magical creatures influences a series of unbelievable events, and Haruka awakens as “Cure Flora,” the princess of blooming flowers. After two of Haruka’s classmates also transform into legendary princesses, a story of self-discovery unfolds as the newfound team “Princess Precure” carries the responsibility of protecting everyone’s dreams. Engaged in a battle between hope and despair, Haruka may find the key toward becoming the princess she has always dreamed to be.

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7: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season

English: GATE
Japanese: GATE(ゲート)自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり 第2クール
MAL Score: 7.74
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Several months have passed since the infamous Ginza Incident, with tensions between the Empire and JSDF escalating in the vast and mysterious “Special Region” over peace negotiations. The greed and curiosity of the global powers have also begun to grow, as reports about the technological limitations of the magical realm’s archaic civilizations come to light.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Youji Itami and his merry band of female admirers struggle to navigate the complex political intrigue that plagues the Empire’s court. Despite her best efforts, Princess Pi?a Co Lada faces difficulties attempting to convince her father that the JSDF has no intention of conquering their kingdom. Pressured from both sides of the Gate, Itami must consider even more drastic measures to fulfill his mission.

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6: Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

English: Poco’s Udon World
Japanese: うどんの国の金色毛鞠
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Souta Tawara returns to his hometown in Kagawa. Though his parents are no longer around, his former home and family-owned udon restaurant reminds him of the times his family was still together. Reminiscing about his childhood, Souta enters the udon restaurant and discovers a grimy young boy sleeping.

At first, Souta thinks nothing of the chance encounter and provides the boy with food and clothing. However, to his surprise, the boy suddenly sprouts a furry pair of ears and a tail! Souta soon learns that the nameless boy is actually the rumored shapeshifting tanuki that has been inhabiting Kagawa for many years. Thinking that the boy has been living a lonely life, he decides to take him in and name him Poko.

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari follows the heartwarming relationship between Souta and Poko, and through the time they spend together, Souta recalls his own past, the place he left behind for the city, and the relationship he had with his father.

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5: Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (TV)

English: Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
Japanese: マギ シンドバッドの冒険
MAL Score: 7.87
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

In the small, impoverished Tison Village of the Parthevia Empire, a boy, Sinbad, is born to the jaded ex-soldier Badr and his kind-hearted wife Esra. His birth creates a radiant surge throughout the rukh, a declaration of a singularity to those who stand at the pinnacle of magical might: the “Child of Destiny” is here. Despite his country being plagued by economic instability and the repercussions of war, Sinbad leads a cheerful life—until a stranger’s arrival shatters his peaceful world, and tragedy soon befalls him.

Years later, mysterious edifices called “dungeons” have been erected all over the world. Rumored to contain great power and treasures, these dungeons piqued the interest of adventurers and armies alike; though to this day, none have returned therefrom. Sinbad, now 14, has grown into a charming and talented young boy. Inspired by the shocking events of his childhood and by his father’s words, he yearns to begin exploring the world beyond his village. As though orchestrated by fate, Sinbad meets an enigmatic traveler named Yunan. Stirred by Sinbad’s story and ambitions, Yunan directs him to a dungeon which he claims holds the power Sinbad needs to achieve his goals—the “power of a king.”

Magi: Sinbad no Bouken tells the epic saga of Sinbad’s early life as he travels the world, honing his skill and influence, while gathering allies and power to become the High King of the Seven Seas.

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4: Drifters

English: Drifters
Japanese: DRIFTERS
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

At the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops, and is critically wounded when he suddenly finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. Faced with only a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is pulled into the nearest door and into a world completely unlike his own.

The strange land is populated by all manner of fantastical creatures, as well as warriors from different eras of Toyohisa’s world who were thought to be dead. Quickly befriending the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, Toyohisa learns of the political unrest tearing through the continent. Furthermore, they have been summoned as “Drifters” to fight against the “Ends,” people who are responsible for the creation of the Orte Empire and are trying to annihilate the Drifters. As the Ends grow more powerful, so does the Empire’s persecution of elves and other demihumans. It is up to Toyohisa and his group of unconventional heroes to battle in a brand-new world war to help the Empire’s subjects, while protecting the land to claim for themselves and challenging the Ends.

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3: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season

English: Snow White with the Red Hair 2
Japanese: 赤髪の白雪姫
MAL Score: 7.98
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Shirayuki and Zen Wistalia have finally confirmed their romantic feelings for each other, and everyone has resumed their daily lives. Shirayuki remains an apprentice court herbalist at the royal palace of Clarines, and Zen continues his duties alongside his aides.

However, their daily routines are disrupted when Crown Prince Izana, Zen’s older brother, receives an invitation from Raji Shenazard, the prince of Tanbarun. The herbalist finds herself ordered to go to Tanbarun for seven days, to build a new friendship with the formerly selfish and haughty ruler who once ordered Shirayuki to become his concubine. Along the way, Shirayuki is bound to run into trouble once again, as she is sought by a mysterious boy named Kazuki, someone she has never met.

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2: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!
MAL Score: 8.14
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake—Aqua is completely useless!

Unfortunately, their troubles don’t end here; it turns out that living in such a world is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses. Indeed, their misfortunes have only just begun!

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1: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

English: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Japanese: Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活
MAL Score: 8.26
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.

However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.

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

1. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
3. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season
4. Drifters
5. Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (TV)
6. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
7. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
8. Go! Princess Precure
9. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
10. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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