Best 50 Historical TV Anime You Have to Watch at Least Once in Your Life

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi, Kaze no Shoujo Emily, Flanders no Inu, and more!

50: Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi

Japanese: 横山光輝 三国志
MAL Score: 7.36
Type: TV
Episodes: 47

Synopsis

Around 1800 years ago in China, the ruling power of the Han dynasty became weakened and the flames of war spread throughout the land.

Liu Bei was a young, poor straw-mat seller from the countryside of Hebai Hsing. After pledging eternal brotherhood with the two heroes, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, Liu began building his idea of a righteous kingdom that would aid citizens who suffered from persecution.

(Source: AniDB)

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49: Kaze no Shoujo Emily

Japanese: 風の少女エミリー
MAL Score: 7.39
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Based on the Emily of New Moon novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Emily is an orphan who gets sent to live with her relatives on Prince Edward Island, after her father dies. In New Moon she lives with her Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Laura, and Cousin Jimmy, and learns to adapt with the help of her imagination and new friends.

(Source: ANN)

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48: Flanders no Inu

English: A Dog of Flanders
Japanese: フランダースの犬
MAL Score: 7.39
Type: TV
Episodes: 52

Synopsis

Nello Tarth is a poor but happy orphan who lives with his grandfather Jehan in a little village nearby Antwerp. Nello has a talent for drawing pictures and has been fascinated by it since he saw one of Rubens (a famous artist) pictures as a little boy. Helping Jehan with the daily milk delivery to Antwerp, Nello one day discovers Patrash, a working dog who has been mistreated and abandoned by his former owner. He treats the exhausted animal and after a little while a close and dependable friendship develops. Alois Cojez, the daughter of the richest and hence most influential man in Blacken Village, is Nellos best friend. When Nello decides to become an artist he has to experience firsthand the ignorance and cruelty of the villagers. Especially Alois father thinks of him as a slacker who cannot earn his living by drawing pictures. Nontheless Nello perseveres and never gives up to achieve his dream and to win their appreciation and respect while strenuously struggling with his poverty.

(Source: ANN)

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47: Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari

English: Tales of Little Women
Japanese: 愛の若草物語
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 48

Synopsis

Meg, faithful and gentle, Jo, independent and energetic, Beth, quiet and shy, Amy, amiable and precocious–the four sisters live vigorously and happily at home with their gentle mother while waiting for their father to return from the Civil War. Helping each other, they challenge their fates and grow up to become wonderful women.

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46: Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri

Japanese: 母をたずねて三千里
MAL Score: 7.41
Type: TV
Episodes: 52

Synopsis

Based on a short section of the novel Cuore by the Italian Edmondo de Amicis, Marco is a young boy living in Genoa, Italy, together with his father Pietro. But the family is not complete, for Marco`s mother left for Argentina around a year earlier in order to find work. Letters from her arrive regularly until one day they suddenly stop. Worry for his mother and what might have happened to her overcomes the young boy. Marco thus decides to embark upon a journey to Argentina in the hope of being reunited with his mother. At first, Pietro is opposed to Marco`s plan, but moved by his son’s enthusiasm, he eventually allows the boy to go. So begins Marco`s long journey of the heart. Marco encounters many people throughout his travels, and finds maturity and self-acceptance as a result of his experiences.

(Source: Nippon Animation)

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45: Oda Nobuna no Yabou

English: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
Japanese: 織田信奈の野望
MAL Score: 7.42
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

High school student Yoshiharu Sagara wakes up and finds himself in the middle of a raging Sengoku period battle. He is saved by the legendary Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but at the cost of the hero’s life. With his dying breath, the warrior pleads for Yoshiharu to become a feudal lord in his place. Now that the course of history has been changed, Yoshiharu pledges to keep the timeline from diverging any further. Yet, after rescuing Nobuna Oda—whom he discovers is actually the fabled Nobunaga Oda’s female counterpart—Yoshiharu realizes he has been transported to an alternate reality where most of Japan’s historical warlords are now cute girls!

To set things right and find a way back home, Yoshiharu agrees to become one of Nobuna’s retainers and assist her in a conquest of Japan. As Nobuna initiates her campaign, Yoshiharu discovers that the history he learned from playing the video game “Nobunaga’s Ambition” allows him to predict future events and turn the tide of war. Using this invaluable gift to aid the Oda clan’s beautiful generals, Yoshiharu hopes to help his new lord fulfill her dream and win the hearts of women everywhere.

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44: Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

Japanese: 怪~ayakashi~ Japanese Classic Horror
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

A collection of three classic Japanese horror stories: “Yotsuya Kaidan”, the story of a wife betrayed by her husband who seeks vengeance even in death. “Tenshu Monogatari”, the story of forbidden love between a goddess and a human, and “Bakeneko”, the story of a mysterious cat monster with a vendetta against a certain family.

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43: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation

English: Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth The Animation
Japanese: 異国迷路のクロワーゼ The Animation
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family’s ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar’s nephew and shop-owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s.

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42: Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.

English: Utakoi
Japanese: 超訳百人一首 うた恋い。
MAL Score: 7.47
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Uta Koi tells the “super-liberal interpretation” of the Hyakuninisshu anthology compiled during Japan’s Heian period of 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji’s Murasaki Shikibu.

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41: Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine

English: The Royal Tutor
Japanese: 王室教師ハイネ
MAL Score: 7.47
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Equally charming and stern, Heine Wittgenstein is a brilliant man who commands respect, despite his short, childlike stature. Thus, the king of Grannzreich has called upon Heine to undertake a daunting task that has driven away many before him—become the new royal tutor to four princes who are in line for the throne.

The four heirs each have very distinct and troublesome personalities: Licht, the flirtatious youngest prince; his immature older brother Leonhard; Bruno the studious third prince; and Kai, the oldest of the four and the most reserved. Hilarity ensues as Heine attempts to connect with each of the princes in order to groom them for the throne. However, Heine’s mysterious past and dark undercurrents in the present may threaten the harmony within the kingdom.

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40: Lady Lady!!

Japanese: レディレディ!!
MAL Score: 7.49
Type: TV
Episodes: 21

Synopsis

Lynn lost her mother at the age of five and lives in with her father in England. Lynn’s father is not able to be by her side all the time because of his busy schedule and Lynn is often left on her own. Despite having to endure the harsh loneliness, Lynn strives to protect her promise with her mother to become a strong and elegant lady.

(Source: ANN)

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39: Donten ni Warau

English: Laughing Under the Clouds
Japanese: 曇天に笑う
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement—but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

(Source: FUNimation)

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38: Perrine Monogatari

Japanese: ペリーヌ物語
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: TV
Episodes: 53

Synopsis

Perrine travels across Europe with her mother, a photographer, in a cabin drawn by a donkey. They are heading to a small village in northern France, the home of Perrine’s dead father.

Perrine doesn’t know that they are unwanted in the village; Perrine’s father left the village after having quarrelled with his father (Perrine’s grandfather) and married in India against his father’s will. After her mother falls ill, Perrine has to sell everything, including her beloved donkey Palikare, to pay for medicine.

Mother dies in Paris and before dying tells the girl that she has to make her grandfather love her before he knows who she really is. After a journey full of hardships, Perrine finally arrives in the village where she learns that her grandfather is the rich owner of the factory that feeds all the villagers.

Presenting herself under a false name, Perrine gets a job on the factory, searching for a way to the heart of her grandfather.

(Source: ANN)

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37: Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu

English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
Japanese: アルスラーン戦記 風塵乱舞
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: TV
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

Continuing on his quest to retake Ecbatana, Prince Arslan and his company march toward the city. But upon receiving news that the neighboring Kingdom of Turan is launching an assault on the Parsian stronghold at Peshawar Citadel, the prince is forced to turn back in order to defend the fortress. Amid holding off the invading forces, the Parsian army is met by an unexpected visitor.

As Arslan returns to Peshawar, Prince Hermes takes a slight detour from his clash against his cousin to search for the legendary sword Rukhnabad, which would grant him the right to rule and take back what he believes is rightfully his. However, after unearthing the lost artifact, the blade is stolen by the Temple Knights of Lusitania, prompting the masked warrior to give chase. Meanwhile in Ecbatana, the captive King Andragoras III finds an opportunity to strike and begins to make his move.

As the separate sides of the Parsian royal conflict clash, Arslan’s right to the throne falls under attack. But no matter the obstacles in their way, the young prince and his loyal band of warriors charge forward to restore Pars to its former glory.

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36: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

English: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
Japanese: ふしぎの海のナディア
MAL Score: 7.53
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

In 1889, the world is on the pinnacle of great discoveries in technology. In mankind’s grasp for the future, a sinister foe known only as Gargoyle, obsessed with restoring the former Atlantean empire to the glory it once held, begins his plans to take over the world. Nadia, with the help of a young inventor, Jean Roque Lartigue, and Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus, must fight to save the world from Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis. Based on the Novel ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ by Jules Verne.

(Source: ANN)

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35: Nobunaga Concerto

Japanese: 信長協奏曲〈コンツェルト〉
MAL Score: 7.58
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

“Who cares about what happened in Japan’s past? It has nothing to do with my life.”

With these words, carefree high school student Saburou finds himself unceremoniously thrown back in time to the Sengoku Era, landing directly in front of the legendary general Nobunaga Oda. Nobunaga, on the run from his retainers and wishing to rest due to his frailty, beseeches Saburou to take his place, as the two bear an uncanny resemblance. Although Saburou is still confused by his surroundings, Nobunaga hurriedly provides the boy with the necessary items to prove that he is the bona fide feudal lord and makes a hasty getaway.

Now a stand-in for someone he doesn’t even know all that much about—though his modern experiences and knowledge are sure to help him—Saburou begins his unexpected quest to pose as the man who attempted to unite all of Japan.

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34: Ashita no Nadja

English: Tomorrow’s Nadja
Japanese: 明日のナージャ
MAL Score: 7.59
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

This story takes place about one hundred years ago. Nadja is a bright, cheerful girl who was raised in an orphanage near London, England. Nadja was entrusted to the orphanage when she was a baby. So she thought her father and mother were dead. But before her thirteenth birthday, she found out that her mother might be alive..

Nadja sets out on a journey to find her mother! With all of Europe as the stage, Nadja’s exciting adventure begins!

(Source: AniDB)

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33: Master Keaton

Japanese: マスターキートン
MAL Score: 7.60
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Taichi Keaton is a half-British half-Japanese archeologist and SAS veteran of the Falklands War. He solves mysteries and investigates insurance fraud for Lloyd’s around the world.

(Source: ANN)

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32: Konnichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables

English: Before Green Gables
Japanese: こんにちは アン ~Before Green Gables
MAL Score: 7.61
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

The story of what happened to Anne Shirley before she was adopted.

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31: Romeo x Juliet

English: Romeo x Juliet
Japanese: ロミオ×ジュリエット
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

On the floating continent of Neo Verona, the Montague family slaughters the entire Capulet family and seizes control of the kingdom. The true heir to the throne, Juliet Fiammata Asto Capulet, manages to escape the onslaught and is hidden away by loyalists for 14 years with hope that she may one day overthrow the cruel Montague regime.

Despite having forgotten the murder of her entire family, Juliet now secretly protects the oppressed citizens of Neo Verona as a vigilante called the Red Whirlwind. During one of her escapades she meets Romeo Candorebanto Montague, the kind and selfless son of the tyrannical Prince Laertes Montague, and without knowledge of each other’s background, they both fall in love at first sight.

Unfortunately, however, their destiny is a cursed one: not only does each of the two families wish to obliterate the other, but an ancient secret hidden beneath Neo Verona also threatens their undying love for each other. Will they be able to defy the stars, or is this truly a love that can never be?

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30: Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma

English: Emma: A Victorian Romance
Japanese: 英國戀物語エマ
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Emma has been a maid for most of her life. Working for a retired governess—the strict but compassionate Kelly Stownar—Emma has grown to love her work and has long since accepted her place in society. Beautiful, hardworking, and exceptionally kind, Emma has captured the hearts of many of London’s working men—but their feelings always remain unrequited. Emma is waiting for love, and she finds it in the most unlikely of places.

William is the eldest son of the wealthy Jones household—a family that has only recently been accepted into the gentry, securing their position in high society. He is also the former ward of Mrs. Stownar, and on his first visit in years, he falls madly in love with her maid. His earnest attempts to win her affection, coupled with his good nature and warm personality, have captured Emma’s heart.

But the polite society of 19th century England does not take kindly to the rejection of tradition. As a result, Emma and William’s relationship could not face more opposition. In a world where the class lines are as strongly defended as the borders of nations, does their love have the strength to survive?

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29: Shoukoujo Sara

English: A Little Princess Sara
Japanese: 小公女セーラ
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: TV
Episodes: 46

Synopsis

Sent to an all-girls boarding school due to her father’s overseas job, Sarah Crewe is a promising young girl who excels both academically and socially in her new life in London. However, her world is turned upside down when she is called into the headmistress’ office and informed of news that no child wants to hear: her father has passed away.

Now an orphan, Sarah is stripped of her status as a student and is forced to work in the boarding school as a maid in order to support herself. To make matters worse, her once friendly peers suddenly turn against her upon hearing about her fall from wealth. Coming to terms with the unfortunate situation she faces, Sarah must learn to persevere and form new friendships in order to regain her dignity as well as her identity.

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28: Arslan Senki (TV)

English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Japanese: アルスラーン戦記
MAL Score: 7.69
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

The year is 320. Under the rule of the belligerent King Andragoras III, the Kingdom of Pars is at war with the neighboring empire, Lusitania. Though different from his father in many aspects, Arslan, the young prince, sets out to prove his valor on the battlefield for the very first time. However, when the king is betrayed by one of his most trusted officials, the Parsian army is decimated and the capital city of Ecbatana is sieged. With the army in shambles and the Lusitanians out for his head, Arslan is forced to go on the run. With a respected general by his side, Daryun, Arslan soon sets off on a journey in search of allies that will help him take back his home.

However, the enemies that the prince faces are far from limited to just those occupying his kingdom. Armies of other kingdoms stand ready to conquer Ecbatana. Moreover, the mastermind behind Lusitania’s victory, an enigmatic man hiding behind a silver mask, poses a dangerous threat to Arslan and his company as he possesses a secret that could jeopardize Arslan’s right to succession.

With the odds stacked against him, Arslan must find the strength and courage to overcome these obstacles, and allies who will help him fight in the journey that will help prepare him for the day he becomes king.

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27: Taiyou no Ko Esteban

English: The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Japanese: 太陽の子エステバン
MAL Score: 7.71
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

1532. Esteban, age 12 is a foundling from Barcelona, with a mysterious power of ordering the Sun to appear, for which he is called “Child of the Sun.” Upon the death of his adoptive father, Esteban learns he was rescued as a baby from a sinking ship in the ocean. The mysterious medallion that Esteban wears since ever has a trace somewhere in the New World, probably coming from the Mysterious Cities of Gold. Esteban leaves Spain to find his parents and find out who he is. On the way he meets Zia, an Inca girl who was kidnapped from her people years back and has exactly the same medallion as him. Later on, they are joined by Tao, a young Galapagos robinson, the last descendant of the Empire of Heva, an Empire said to have built the Cities of Gold. Following Coyolite, the shining star represented on their medallions, the three children travel through the unexplored New World, searching for the Cities of Gold, believing that this way is leading them to their lost parents.

(Source: ANN)

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26: Princess Principal

English: Princess Principal
Japanese: プリンセス プリンシパル
MAL Score: 7.71
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In the early 20th century, the discovery of the substance Cavorite allowed the production of advanced military technology and steered the country toward conflict. London is now divided by a wall, and the Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Albion battle a silent war where espionage is the only weapon that can destabilize the enemy. A group of girls from the prestigious Queen’s Mayfaire school work as undercover spies for the Commonwealth.

Led by Dorothy, an experienced driver with a striking personality, their group includes the talents of Ange le Carré, a cold-blooded liar and expert sharpshooter; Chise, a proficient samurai; and Beatrice, a voice-mimicking specialist. They use their unique individual skills for the Commonwealth to survive in a dark world filled with conspiracy, mystery, and infiltration. In the shadow of the war, they have only one goal in mind: completing their mission.

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25: Heike Monogatari

English: The Heike Story
Japanese: 平家物語
MAL Score: 7.77
Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown

Synopsis

The anime shows the war’s events through the perspective of Biwa, a young girl who makes a living as a traveling musician. Though blind, Biwa is gifted with the ability to see the future. She meets Taira no Shigemori, one of the patriarchs of the powerful Taira family, and tells him about prophecy that may change the future of his clan.

(Source: CBR)

The anime will be broadcasted on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block in Winter 2022. Funimation will stream the anime in advance on September 15 whereas FOD (Fuji TV On Demand) and bilibili will stream the anime starting September 16.

24: Ie Naki Ko

Japanese: 家なき子
MAL Score: 7.79
Type: TV
Episodes: 51

Synopsis

Remi is a boy living happily with his mother in the French countryside. But everything changes when his estranged father comes home and, in desperate need of money, reveals that Remi is adopted, and sells him. Heartbroken, Remi ends up with Vitalis, a traveling musician, and his troupe of animal entertainers. Together, they travel the country in search for Remi’s real parents, along the way learning the harsh lessons of life. A deeply moving story about friendship, loss and the pursuit of happiness.

(Source: AniDB)

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23: 91 Days

English: 91 Days
Japanese: 91Days
MAL Score: 7.83
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

As a child living in the town of Lawless, Angelo Lagusa has witnessed a tragedy: his parents and younger brother have been mercilessly slaughtered by the Vanetti mafia family. Losing everything he holds dear, he leaves both his name and hometown behind, adopting the new identity of Avilio Bruno.

Seven years later, Avilio finally has his chance for revenge when he receives a mysterious letter prompting him to return to Lawless. Obliging, he soon encounters the Vanetti don’s son, Nero, and seeks to befriend him using the skills he has quietly honed for years.

Set during the Prohibition era, 91 Days tells the story of Avilio’s dark, bloodstained path to vengeance, as he slowly ends each of the men involved in the killing of his family.

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22: Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma: Molders-hen

English: Emma: A Victorian Romance Season Two
Japanese: 英國戀物語エマ ~メルダース編~
MAL Score: 7.84
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In the faraway village of Haworth, a new chapter in Emma’s life has begun. Now employed by the wealthy Molders family, Emma has resolved to put the past behind her. She’ll have to adjust to a new house, a charming (but eccentric) new mistress, and a host of fellow servants, some with buried pasts of their own.

Meanwhile, back in London, William is doing his best to uphold his father’s wishes as the Jones family heir, but try as he might, he can’t forget Emma. Yet, whenever he feels at his worst, Eleanor is always there to comfort him with a warm, shy smile. Could the answer to his broken heart be right before his eyes?

(Source: RightStuf)

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21: Golden Kamuy

English: Golden Kamuy
Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ
MAL Score: 7.85
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In early 1900s Hokkaido after the Russo-Japanese war, Saichi Sugimoto tirelessly pans for gold. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” for his death-defying acts in battle, the ex-soldier seeks fortune in order to fulfill a promise made to his best friend before he was killed in action: to support his family, especially his widow who needs treatment overseas for her deteriorating eyesight. One day, a drunken companion tells Sugimoto the tale of a man who murdered a group of Ainu and stole a fortune in gold. Before his arrest by the police, he hid the gold somewhere in Hokkaido. The only clue to its location is the coded map he tattooed on the bodies of his cellmates in exchange for a share of the treasure, should they manage to escape and find it.

Sugimoto does not think much of the tale until he discovers the drunken man’s corpse bearing the same tattoos described in the story. But before he can collect his thoughts, a grizzly bear—the cause of the man’s demise—approaches Sugimoto, intent on finishing her meal. He is saved by a young Ainu girl named Asirpa, whose father happened to be one of the murdered Ainu. With Asirpa’s hunting skills and Sugimoto’s survival instincts, the pair agree to join forces and find the hidden treasure—one to get back what was rightfully her people’s, and the other to fulfill his friend’s dying wish.

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20: Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette

Japanese: レ ミゼラブル 少女コゼット
MAL Score: 7.87
Type: TV
Episodes: 52

Synopsis

In 19th century France, a struggling single mother, Fantine, leaves her three-year-old daughter Cosette in the care of her new acquaintances, the Thernadiers. Unfortunately, Cosette’s caretakers prove to be anything but loving, and the poor girl is subjected to repeated abuse and forced servitude. Still, she endures the torment in the hopes of seeing her mother once again.

One night, while doing errands for her host family, Cosette is assisted by an honorable stranger named Jean Valjean. After a brief conversation with the young girl, Jean acknowledges her as the type of person he has been seeking and rescues her from the clutches of the Thernadiers. They make their way to a nearby town where Cosette enjoys a new life thanks to her savior.

Under Jean’s guidance, Cosette promises to help others with her newfound freedom. She pledges to heal the nation, ensuring that no one else suffers her fate. Though the road ahead is paved with tragedies left by the French Revolution, this idealistic girl will not rest until France is freed from poverty and suffering.

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19: Saiunkoku Monogatari

English: The Story of Saiunkoku
Japanese: 彩雲国物語
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

Shuurei Kou, the daughter of a noble yet impoverished family, is a clever young lady who dreams of becoming a government official and contributing toward her country. However, her dream is out of her reach as such a position is forbidden to women. While her father works a low wage job as an archivist at the palace, Shuurei has to juggle odd jobs to make ends meet. Then, one day, an unexpected visit changes her life.

Shuurei is called to assist Ryuuki Shi, the new emperor who is known for slacking on his duties and preferring the company of men. Tempted by the generous compensation, she readily accepts the chance to become the young emperor’s consort for six months. Luckily, she is not alone as Seiran Shi, her trusty friend, joins her as Ryuuki’s bodyguard. While tasked with transforming the new emperor into a responsible ruler, court life and politics prove troublesome as Shuurei faces the challenges of her new life.

Set in a fictional country, Saiunkoku Monogatari centers on the idea of meaningful leadership, its adversities and the rewards that come alongside a prospering nation.

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18: Takarajima

Japanese: 宝島
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Jim Hawkins is a young boy lead by progressive events to embark on a search journey for the legendary treasure of the once dreaded pirate, Captain Flint. On their way to Treasure Island, John Silver, Jim’s best friend, take over command of the ship revealing his true self as the ruthless pirate who once was the right hand of Flint himself. Feeling betrayed, Jim now has to deal with his mixed feelings and face Silver who still consider himself and Jim as friends.

(Source: ANN)

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17: Ie Naki Ko Remy

English: Sans Famille
Japanese: 家なき子レミ
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 23

Synopsis

Remy, a cheerful and tender-hearted girl, lives with her mother in a French country town. One day her father returns to the town after a long period working away from home in a city. Her father tells Remy that she isn’t their real daughter, and Remy is almost sold to an evil slave trader. It is Vitalis, a strolling entertainer, who helps Remy. Vitalis discovers her talent for singing and decides to take her in with his troupe.

(Source: ANN)

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16: Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season

English: Tales of Saiunkoku
Japanese: 彩雲国物語 第2シリーズ
MAL Score: 8.05
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

Shuurei Kou and her friend Eigetsu To, a boy prodigy of humble origins, have been appointed co-governors of the Sa province, one of the eight provinces in Saiunkoku. Together, they decide to make the province an academic research center in the hopes of bringing a long overdue prosperity to the region.

However, while Shuurei goes to the capital to obtain approvals for the ambitious project, the Sa province’s recently established tranquility is threatened by a pandemic that brings both death and turmoil as it begins to spread among the people. Counting on Eigetsu to monitor the situation until her return, Shuurei seeks support from her allies to find a suitable treatment. Yet, Eigetsu’s past personal conflicts distract him, providing an opportunity for opponents of Shuurei’s position to take advantage of the troubles and undermine her authority.

Becoming a government official has been Shuurei’s lifelong dream, but it is no easy task for the first woman undertaking such a position. Will she step up and overcome this great challenge or give in to the looming adversities?

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15: Gosick

Japanese: GOSICK -ゴシック-
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Kazuya Kujou is a foreign student at Saint Marguerite Academy, a luxurious boarding school in the Southern European country of Sauville. Originally from Japan, his jet-black hair and dark brown eyes cause his peers to shun him and give him the nickname “Black Reaper,” based on a popular urban legend about the traveler who brings death in the spring.

On a day like any other, Kujou visits the school’s extravagant library in search of ghost stories. However, his focus soon changes as he becomes curious about a golden strand of hair on the stairs. The steps lead him to a large garden and a beautiful doll-like girl known as Victorique de Blois, whose complex and imaginative foresight allows her to predict their futures, now intertwined.

With more mysteries quickly developing—including the appearance of a ghost ship and an alchemist with the power of transmutation—Victorique and Kujou, bound by fate and their unique skills, have no choice but to rely on each other.

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14: Seirei no Moribito

English: Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit
Japanese: 精霊の守り人
MAL Score: 8.16
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

On the precipice of a cataclysmic drought, the Star Readers of the Shin Yogo Empire must devise a plan to avoid widespread famine. It is written in ancient myths that the first emperor, along with eight warriors, slew a water demon to avoid a great drought and save the land that was to become Shin Yogo. If a water demon was to appear once more, its death could bring salvation. However, the water demon manifests itself within the body of the emperor’s son, Prince Chagum—by the emperor’s order, Chagum is to be sacrificed to save the empire.

Meanwhile, a mysterious spear-wielding mercenary named Balsa arrives in Shin Yogo on business. After saving Chagum from a thinly veiled assassination attempt, she is tasked by Chagum’s mother to protect him from the emperor and his hunters. Bound by a sacred vow she once made, Balsa accepts.

Seirei no Moribito follows Balsa as she embarks on her journey to protect Chagum, exploring the beauty of life, nature, family, and the bonds that form between strangers.

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13: Golden Kamuy 2nd Season

English: Golden Kamuy: Season 2
Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ
MAL Score: 8.22
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In Hokkaido, it is rumored that there is a stash of hidden gold. This gold was supposedly stolen by a man who killed the original Ainu owners; and before being captured and imprisoned by the police, he hid it in a secret location. In order to relay the gold’s location to his comrades on the outside, he tattooed the map on the bodies of his cellmates and promised them a share of the gold—provided they managed to escape and find it.

In Golden Kamuy 2nd Season, First Lieutenant Tokushirou Tsurumi plans to give the 7th Division an advantage in the war for the tattoos by getting a taxidermist to create skins that only he can distinguish as fake. Meanwhile, Saichi “The Immortal” Sugimoto, Asirpa, and their companions continue their hunt for the skins by following a strange rumor: a thief who broke into a home in Yubari found taxidermied human corpses, among which was a torso with strange tattoos.

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12: Ookami to Koushinryou

English: Spice and Wolf
Japanese: 狼と香辛料
MAL Score: 8.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The savvy trader recognizes Holo’s unusual ability to evaluate a person’s character and accepts her proposition. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected.

Based on the popular light novel of the same name, Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, fuses the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling story abundant with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a story of bartering; it turns into a journey of searching for a lost identity in an ever-changing world.

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11: Romeo no Aoi Sora

English: Romeo and the Black Brothers
Japanese: ロミオの青い空
MAL Score: 8.34
Type: TV
Episodes: 33

Synopsis

Romeo is a kindhearted and courageous boy living with his family in a small village in Switzerland. Unfortunately, Romeo becomes the interest of a man named Luini, known as “The God of Death,” who is infamous for buying children and selling them as chimney sweeps in Milan. While visiting the village, Luini burns down Romeo’s family cornfield in an attempt to have Romeo as his own. With the cornfield gone and his father sustaining a head injury trying to put out the fire, Romeo bravely sells himself to the God of Death in order to help his family afford a doctor.

On his way to Milan, Romeo meets a boy named Alfredo Martini and they quickly become friends. Just as Alfredo is sold to a different master, the two boys swear eternal friendship and vow to meet again. As a chimney sweep, Romeo faces many hardships and abuse, especially from his master’s family and a gang known as the Wolf Pack. But after reuniting with Alfredo, the two form a fraternity of chimney sweeps called “The Black Brothers,” who will learn to fight against the Wolf Pack and help each other in times of need.

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10: Ookami to Koushinryou II

English: Spice and Wolf II
Japanese: 狼と香辛料II
MAL Score: 8.34
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence continues his northward journey with wolf goddess Holo, in search of her lost home of Yoitsu. Lawrence and his sharp-witted partner continue to make some small profits along the way, while slowly uncovering more information about Holo’s hometown. However, the road to Yoitsu is a bumpy one filled with many troubles—Lawrence runs into a charming young fellow merchant who has his eyes set on the female wolf companion, and he begins to doubt if Holo will remain by his side; he and the goddess will also have to consider precarious and risky business deals as Lawrence strives to achieve his dream of becoming a shopowner. All the while, with his determination tested at every turn during his journey, Lawrence must question his relationship with Holo, take on business ventures, and ask himself whether it is time for him and Holo to go their separate ways.

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9: Baccano!

English: Baccano!
Japanese: バッカーノ!
MAL Score: 8.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

During the early 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.

Based on the award-winning light novels of the same name, Baccano! follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story—one of alchemy, survival, and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved.

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8: Golden Kamuy 3rd Season

English: Golden Kamuy Season 3
Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ
MAL Score: 8.45
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Third season of Golden Kamuy. Will Asirpa and Sugimoto ever be reunited? A new battle for survival begins in the frozen land of Karafuto! After the battle at the prison, Sugimoto and Asirpa were separated. Kiroranke and Ogata take Asirpa north to Karafuto, along with Shiraishi, the “Escape King,” to follow a clue about her father. With Noppera-bo, the man who stole the Ainu gold, dead, only his daughter Asirpa can solve the mystery. Kiroranke’s goal is to take her to meet his former comrades, Far-East Russian partisans. Meanwhile, Sugimoto teams up with Lt. Tsurumi and the rest of the 7th. He and Tanigaki volunteer to go ahead to search for her. They head to Karafuto, along with Tsukishima and Koito. What awaits them in the frozen lands of the North? A new battle for survival!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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7: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

English: Rainbow
Japanese: RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人
MAL Score: 8.50
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Japan, 1955: Mario Minakami has just arrived at Shounan Special Reform School along with five other teenagers who have been arrested on serious criminal charges. All assigned to the same cell, they meet older inmate Rokurouta Sakuragi—a former boxer—with whom they establish a close bond. Under his guidance, and with the promise that they will meet again on the outside after serving their sentences, the delinquents begin to view their hopeless situation in a better light.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin follows the seven cellmates as they struggle together against the brutal suffering and humiliation inflicted upon them by Ishihara, a sadistic guard with a grudge on Rokurouta, and Gisuke Sasaki, a doctor who takes pleasure in violating boys. Facing such hellish conditions, the seven inmates must scrape together all the strength they have to survive until their sentences are up; but even if they do, just what kind of lives are waiting for them on the other side?

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6: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

English: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中
MAL Score: 8.59
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Yotarou is a former yakuza member fresh out of prison and fixated on just one thing: rather than return to a life of crime, the young man aspires to take to the stage of rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. Inspired during his incarceration by the performance of distinguished practitioner Yakumo Yuurakutei, he sets his mind on meeting the man who changed his life. After hearing Yotarou’s desperate appeal for his mentorship, Yakumo is left with no choice but to accept his very first apprentice.

As he eagerly begins his training, Yotarou meets Konatsu, an abrasive young woman who has been under Yakumo’s care ever since her beloved father Sukeroku Yuurakutei, another prolific rakugo performer, passed away. Through her hidden passion, Yotarou is drawn to Sukeroku’s unique style of rakugo despite learning under contrasting techniques. Upon seeing this, old memories and feelings return to Yakumo who reminisces about a much earlier time when he made a promise with his greatest rival.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a story set in both the past and present, depicting the art of rakugo, the relationships it creates, and the lives and hearts of those dedicated to keeping the unique form of storytelling alive.

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5: Mushishi

English: Mushi-Shi
Japanese: 蟲師
MAL Score: 8.68
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.

This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.

So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushishi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.

Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.

It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.

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4: Mushishi Zoku Shou

English: MUSHI-SHI -Next Passage-
Japanese: 蟲師 続章
MAL Score: 8.71
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

Perceived as strange and feared by man, over time the misshapen ones came to be known as Mushi. Although they harbor no ill intentions towards humans, many suffer from the side effects of their existence and strange nature; exploiting the Mushi without understanding them, even unintentionally, can lead to disaster and strife for any involved. Mushishi Zoku Shou continues the story of Mushishi Ginko on his journey to help the visible world to coexist with the Mushi.

During his travels, Ginko discovers various gifted individuals—those cursed by circumstance and those maintaining a fragile symbiosis with the Mushi—inevitably confronting the question of whether humanity, talented and tortured alike, can manage the responsibility of the unseen. Moreover, as a Mushishi, Ginko must learn more about these strange beings and decide if he has the right to interfere with the complex relationships between Mushi and mankind.

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3: Vinland Saga

Japanese: ヴィンランド サガ
MAL Score: 8.73
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Young Thorfinn grew up listening to the stories of old sailors that had traveled the ocean and reached the place of legend, Vinland. It’s said to be warm and fertile, a place where there would be no need for fighting—not at all like the frozen village in Iceland where he was born, and certainly not like his current life as a mercenary. War is his home now. Though his father once told him, “You have no enemies, nobody does. There is nobody who it’s okay to hurt,” as he grew, Thorfinn knew that nothing was further from the truth.

The war between England and the Danes grows worse with each passing year. Death has become commonplace, and the viking mercenaries are loving every moment of it. Allying with either side will cause a massive swing in the balance of power, and the vikings are happy to make names for themselves and take any spoils they earn along the way. Among the chaos, Thorfinn must take his revenge and kill Askeladd, the man who murdered his father. The only paradise for the vikings, it seems, is the era of war and death that rages on.

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2: Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

Japanese: 蟲師 続章
MAL Score: 8.75
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

Ghostly, primordial beings known as Mushi continue to cause mysterious changes in the lives of humans. The travelling Mushishi, Ginko, persists in trying to set right the strange and unsettling situations he encounters. Time loops, living shadows, and telepathy are among the overt effects of interference from Mushi, but more subtle symptoms that take years to be noticed also rouse Ginko’s concern as he passes from village to village.

Through circumstance, Ginko has become an arbiter, determining which Mushi are blessings and which are curses. But the lines that he seeks to draw are subjective. Some of his patients would rather exercise their new powers until they are utterly consumed by them; others desperately strive to rid themselves of afflictions which are in fact protecting their lives from devastation. Those who cross paths with Mushi must learn to accept seemingly impossible consequences for their actions, and heal wounds they did not know they had. Otherwise, they risk meeting with fates beyond their comprehension.

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1: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

English: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中~助六再び篇~
MAL Score: 8.76
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Even after having risen to the utmost rank of shun’ichi, Yotarou struggles to find his own identity in the world of rakugo. Caught between his master’s teachings and the late Sukeroku’s unique style, his performance lacks an important ingredient—ego. And while his popularity packs the theaters, he is but one of the few; rakugo is under threat of being eclipsed.

Meanwhile Yakumo, regarded by many as the last bastion of preserving the popularity of rakugo, struggles to cope with his elderly state. Even though his performances are still stellar, he fears that he is nearing his limits. His doubts grow stronger as an old friend creeps ever closer. Konatsu, for her part, attempts to raise her son as a single mother, which Yotarou is heavily opposed to. Instead, he seeks to persuade her to marry him and in turn raise her son as his own.

In Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen, the curtains fall on Yotarou and Yakumo’s story, tasked with restoring the near-obsolete art form as well as overcoming their internal conflicts.

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

1. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
2. Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season
3. Vinland Saga
4. Mushishi Zoku Shou
5. Mushishi
6. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
7. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
8. Golden Kamuy 3rd Season
9. Baccano!
10. Romeo no Aoi Sora
11. Ookami to Koushinryou II
12. Ookami to Koushinryou
13. Golden Kamuy 2nd Season
14. Seirei no Moribito
15. Gosick
16. Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season
17. Saiunkoku Monogatari
18. Takarajima
19. Ie Naki Ko Remy
20. Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette
21. Golden Kamuy
22. Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma: Molders-hen
23. 91 Days
24. Ie Naki Ko
25. Heike Monogatari
26. Taiyou no Ko Esteban
27. Princess Principal
28. Arslan Senki (TV)
29. Shoukoujo Sara
30. Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma
31. Romeo x Juliet
32. Konnichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables
33. Master Keaton
34. Ashita no Nadja
35. Nobunaga Concerto
36. Fushigi no Umi no Nadia
37. Perrine Monogatari
38. Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu
39. Donten ni Warau
40. Lady Lady!!
41. Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
42. Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine
43. Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
44. Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
45. Oda Nobuna no Yabou
46. Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri
47. Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari
48. Kaze no Shoujo Emily
49. Flanders no Inu
50. Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi

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