Top 10 Best Action Anime of All Time

Good Action Anime List To Watch

There is nothing more thrilling than having adrenaline rushing through your veins, feeling all pumped up that you’d jump out of your chair and scream by an intense action anime. Action is not as rare as you might think. There are multiple anime that can get you feeling alive, whether it’s a good old sword fight or going guns blazing like Max Payne. If you’re a little lost and looking for some action anime and you’re confused which should you start with, or if it’s really worth your time, follow here with our top ten action anime list:

10. Fullmetal Alchemist

Episodes: 51  | Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Oct 2, 2004  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.3/10


Fullmetal AlchemistEdward Elric, a young, bright, intelligent alchemist. He experienced so much loss in life as he grew in those twelve years he held. Edward and his brother Alphonse try to bring their mother from the land of the dead. But instead, it all goes terribly wrong when he choose to do so through the forbidden act of human transmutation. Instead, Edward loses his brother and two of his limbs. But with his genius alchemist abilities, he binds his brother’s soul, Alphonse, to a giant suit of armor.

A year passes by, and Edward is now the Fullmetal Alchemist of the state, he goes on a journey with his brother to get hold of the Philosopher’s stone, a fabled mythical object that is seemingly able to heighten the abilities of an alchemist in every way possible. Probably even make him able to override the laws of alchemy. However, there is a catch. In order to obtain such an object, he has to sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to attract the military’s attention into helping him find the fabled stone and bring back his brother, plus his long lost limbs. Eventually, they stumble upon a truth that the stone may hold a greater secret, perhaps a darker one that will change their lives forever.

9. Psycho-Pass

Episodes: 22  | Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013  | Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.5/10

Psycho-PassJustice. One word that holds plenty behind those seven letters. In the 22nd century, Japan unleashed the Sibyl System, making justice take a whole other level. The Sibyl System is an objective means to determine the threat level concerning the mental state of a citizen, to see if a person is harboring and criminal intents before actually committing them, also known as Psycho-pass. There are Inspectors that uphold the law and justice to eliminate or eradicate any threat coming their way, even if it has to be with lethal force. However, there are Enforcers—jaded Inspectors—ones that have criminal intents with so much freedom, in return, they’d have to carry out the Inspectors’ dirty work for them.

In this screwed up world, there is Akane Tsunemori, who feels so much for the word justice that she carries it on her shoulders—an honest to god woman. In time, she starts working with Enforcer Shinya Kougami, as it all unravels and she figures out that the Sibyl System is probably all talk to maintain a certain image—it is far from perfect as she once assumed. she soon struggles internally if truly justice could be so corrupt.

8. Baccano!

Episodes: 13  | Aired: Jul 27, 2007 to Nov 2, 2007  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.5/10

Baccano!Based on the award-winning light novels, having the same name—Baccano!—follow multiple events that may seem unrelated, in the same space and time, but together hold a much bigger story of survival, alchemy and immortality. The kindhearted, funny, Isaac and Miria, also known as thieves, connect to various people. Each and every one of them keeps a secret, and ambition to himself.

So, during 1930 in Chicago, in the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot is starting a course, a journey that will reek of blood and havoc all around. At the same time in New York, the scientist Szilard and his sidekick or aide Ennis are both looking for the missing elixirs of immortality. Also, in another place, a mafia war blew up. In 1711, the alchemists will soon learn thoroughly the price of immortality.

7. One Piece

Episodes: Unknown  | Aired: Oct 20, 1999 till now  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.6/10

One PieceGol D. Roger or also known as “The Pirate King,” the strongest, famous sailor that traveled the Grand Line, got captured and was sentenced to die by the World Government. His death brought a tremendous change to the world as they knew it. He revealed secrets, more likely the existence of the greatest treasure out there—One Piece, as his last dying words. This unraveled truth brought the world upside down and the Grand Age of Pirates, who longed to have their hands on such a treasure for its tremendous importance and giveaways of fame, wealth and the glory of being called The Pirate King.

The story follows shortly the world of Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year old boy who is labeled as far from a ‘normal’ pirate. He is hardly the buffed up, hard-boiled, tough guy that has a menacing stare to scare his crew mates away. his intentions are just to wander off the world as a pirate. In his new found adventure, he does wander off to some interesting, equally weird people, often tackled by obstacles that lead to heart-warming action and some adrenaline pumping while he looks for One Piece.

6. Shingeki no Kyojin

Episodes: 25  | Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.6/10

Shingeki no KyojinMany, many years ago, centuries ago, mankind experienced the most horrifying events there could ever be to witness. Humanity was slaughtered by monstrous, horrendous creatures as tall as skyscraper, as strong as iron—Titans. One simple attack and mankind was brought to almost extinction. Those Titans ate human flesh just for their personal enjoyment. To ensure survival, they built walls as tall as those Titans, and they mildly succeeded, until the day they all feared came, the day the Colossal Titan appeared. He was way taller than those walls they built, and one kick broke the whole gate, their only barrier, only savior, and then, the fight for survival begins, showing how selfish humans can be when it comes to saving their own lives.

The story follows mostly Eren Yaeger, who at the fall of the walls, witnesses the most horrendous sight his eyes could see—his mother getting eaten by a titan. Eren, after he grows up into a fine man, he enters the military, then the survey corps in order to eliminate, eradicate any trace of the so-called Titans and protect mankind alongside with his best friend Armin Arlert and his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, not knowing that his hotheadedness will lead him elsewhere, and secrecy never ends.

5. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Episodes: 27  | Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Sep 30, 2007  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.8/10

Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannRaised in a deep, underground village away from the renewed surface are Simon and Kamina—our two protagonists. Kamina is a free-spirit that aspires to make a name for himself, but Simon is just your typical timid boy that is lost on what to do. On day while digging holes in the earth, Simon stumbles upon a mysterious object, one that turns out to be a key to an ancient artifact for war, which will be called Legann. Both Simon and Kamina drive off the surprise attack from the surface using their new choice of a weapon, of course with the help of Yoko Littner, a troublesome hot-head from the world above.

In the rumbled up chaos, there was now an opening for Simon and Kamina to the surface to wander off and explore alongside Yoko. Awhile, they join the fight against ‘Beastmen’ humanoid terrorists that hold the remnants of humanity hostage in strong, powerful robots called ‘Gunmen.’ This sudden change of attitude will bring them the most challenging situations they’ll have to fight in order to survive, slowly unwrapping a bigger, galaxy-sized mystery.

4. Cowboy Bebop

Episodes: 26  | Aired: Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.8/10

Cowboy BebopHumanity’s colonization of several planets and moons of the solar system brought out an uninhabited earth in the year 2071. The Cowboys, who are the Inter Solar System’s police attempt to keep the galaxy safe, aided in some part by outlaw bounty hunters.

Spike Spiegel, who is usually mellow and carefree as ever is joined by his boisterous partner Jet Black. Both of them make money by being bounty hunters and reward collectors. They are, soon, joined by other members that throw them off a bit once they meet—Ein, a genetically engineered and highly intelligent Welsh Corgi, a bombshell Faye Valentine, and a Mensa-level Corgi. The show then takes action and starts off the adventure of the bounty hunters with its suitably action packed, lighthearted comedy moments and a hint of drama in between.

3. Code Geass : Hangyaku no Lelouch

Episodes: 25  | Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Jul 29, 2007  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 8.8/10

Code Geass: Hangyaku no LelouchEverything changed in 2010. As soon as the Holy Empire of Britannia made it clear that it is the most powerful, dominant military power nation, beginning its quest with conquest of Japan, it is named Area 11 after facing defeat, but Japan has a great resistance towards these tyrants that crushed every last hope they had and tried to regain independence.

Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled prince of Britannia, finds himself in a rather tight spot as he is in the center of the crossfire of the two armed forces. Thanks to C.C., who appeared before him mysteriously, he is saved from damnation and she bestows a power to him called Geass, or also called The Power of Kings. His profound power of absolute obedience, he launches his great journey, masking himself as Zero to hide his identity and get his revenge on Britannia once and for all, bringing plenty of chaos, death, and action right to them.

2. One Punch Man

Episodes: 12  | Aired: Oct 5, 2015 to Dec 21, 2015  | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rate: 9/10

One Punch ManThe normal, ordinary, unimpressive Saitama has one passion, or rather a dream ever since he could remember—being a hero. All ever he wants is be a hero to his city. In order to achieve his dream, he trained constantly for three years straight intensely, losing all his hair in the process. He literally went bald. However, his training worked more than he ever thought it would; he became immensely powerful that all it took is one punch and his opponent is lost in kingdom come. Eventually, it frustrated and made him bored to the core.

After meeting the cyborg, 19-year-old Genos, it all changes to the better for Saitama. Genos persists to be Saitama’s disciple after witnessing how someone could be so strong that all it took was one punch. Then they both join the Hero Association to be legit heroes, but Saitama is shocked to see that no one knows who he is, so he pursues to make a name for himself. So, the story of One Punch Man beings, the action-comedy begins and Saitama may finally meet an opponent worthy enough it wouldn’t take just one punch.

1. Hunter x Hunter 2011

Episodes: 148  | Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014  | Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rate: 9.1/10

Hunter x Hunter (2011)Hunters exist to perform the most dangerous tasks there are, no matter what is the cost like capturing criminals, looking for lost treasures in uncharted territories. Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is a very determined young boy who wants to become the best hunter he could possibly ever be in hopes that there finally will be a reunion with his father, who is a hunter himself and has abandoned his son. Following his father’s footsteps, Gon starts the road of being a hunter, realizing along the way that it is harder than he expected, as it is full of obstacles.

On the road so far, Gon befriends the lively, chatty doctor-in-training Leorio, a vengeful Kurapika, and rebellious ex-assassin Killua. A combination of friends that no man will fully comprehend. Each of them have a different reason to why he is here, but soon they, together, take the Hunter Exam. During that exam, the four of them are met with adventures, hardships and struggles that will be action-packed it’ll keep your blood pumping harder each time they engage in a battle. It all unravels that being a Hunter is never that easy as they presumed.

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