Among all genre of anime to choose from, sometimes the inner devil in us craves for some wide scale action. The thrill to watch the MC reveal his war strategy and the goosebumps after watching a mind blowing action scene makes a war anime worth a watch. But war Anime requires a high production budget and hence they are hard to come by. I have picked out a list of the best war anime you can watch in 2022.
10. Record of Grancrest War
The continent of Atlatan found itself in disarray when a powerful dark energy (Chaos) emerged from another dimension. Siluca Meletes, an Alliance mage, is traveling through the Chaos-infested countryside to study under a master magician. During her travel, she is attacked by a group of soldiers working with the Federation. Theo Cornaro, a young warrior rescues Siluca from the soldiers. Theo possess a mysterious “Crest”, a magical symbol that gives it’s wielder the ability to banish Chaos. While bearing no allegiance to any domain, Theo hopes to attain the rank of Lord. And liberate his home town of Sistina from its tyrannical ruler and the Chaos spreading within it. Impressed by his noble goal, Siluca enters into a magical contract with Theo, and the two begin their journey to restore balance to their war-torn land.
9. Seraph of the end
A war anime with humans on one side and vampires on the other. Nothing gets better than this. Let me paint a picture for you. A mysterious virus kills all of humanity excluding childen below age of 14. Seeking this as an opportunity, the vampires enslave the remainder of humanity and treat them as livestock. Among the slaves are two orphan kids, Yuuicirou and Mikaela Hyakuya. Discontent with how they are treated, Mikaela hatches a rebellious escape plan that’s eventually doomed to fail. The only survivor to come out alive is Yuuichirou. He is found by the Moon Demon Company, a military unit devoted to exterminating the vampires in Japan. Several years later, Yuuichirou joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army seeking vengeance on the creatures that massacred his family, but at what cost?
Youji Itami an officer in the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and spends his offtime doing the thing he enjoys the most. And that is spending time at manga conventions. He is a die hard otaku. One day on the way to a convention in Ginza – Tokyo, a large mysterious gate appears out of nowhere. The gate opens up and in comes a huge army of medeival soldiers riding horses and dragon. They attack the city but eventually retreat once the Japnese airforce comes to defend the city.
Youji with his presence of mind and courage saves a lot of lives that day. Three months later, Youji finds himself as a part of the team to investigate the other side of the gate. Their task is to find more about what they are dealing with and attempt to befriend the locals and establish peaceful relations with them. Failing to do so would push both the sides in a devastating war.
7. Code Geass
The Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a supreme military power, with the subjugation of Japan in the year 2010. Renamed to Area 11 after its defeat, Japan has given birth to various rebel factions in an attempt to regain independence.
A Britannian student, Lelouch Lamperouge, unfortunately finds himself in a skirmish between the Britannian and the Area 11 rebel forces. Just when he was about to be killed, a mysterious girl named C.C. appears and bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Upon realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience”, Lelouch embarks upon a treacherous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero. He leads a ruthless assault against Britannia in order to get vengence all the while maintaing his two personas.
6. Saga of Tanya the Evil
Sending an incconent looking girl to war. Heavens no! But that girl is an isekaied man reincarnated as a young girl. Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier infamous for exploitative ruthlessness and an uncanny tactical aptitude, earning her the nickname of the “Devil of the Rhine”. But under the facade of an innocent girl, lies a soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God.
In order to make him a beleiver, Being X reincarnates the man as a little girl in a war torn world. In order to defy the slef proclaimed god, Tanya joins the military to rise up in ranks quickly and recreate the peaceful life she once knew. But every decison she takes is in one way or another a plot set set by Being X. The rivalry between the two makes this anime worth a watch.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
If you haven’t yet seen this master-piece then do watch it once. It will surely change your prespective towards action anime. The plot of this anime is sometimes exhilarating and at times heart wrenching. This is a story of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. In order to bring their dead mother back to life, the perform an alchemy experiment. But it severly backfires and the older brother loses his arm and a leg. While the youger one loses his entire body. In a desperate attempt to save his younger brother, Edward binds his brothers soul to a metal armour.
Years pass by and Edward is appointed as a state alchemist. Everything seems fine at first but one thing leads to another and quickly the two brothers find themselves in a war again powerful creatures known as Homunculi. Now it is upto the two brothers to save their nation from the fate of doom and find a way to restore their bodies.
4. Attack on Titan
When it comes to war anime, AOT is a complete package with gore scenes and a story that makes you binge all it’s contents. A young boy named Eren, lived with his family on the island of paradise. Strangely, every human being on the island lived inside a huge wall surrounding them. This was to protect themselselves from monstrous humanoid creatures called Titans. What made these giants truely terrifying is that their taste for human flesh. Every thing is peaceful until a colossal Titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating monsters.
After witnessing a tragic loss, Eren decides to eradicate these Titan’s from the face of the world. In order to do so, he joins an elite army known as the “Survey Corps” that fights the Titans outside the safety of the walls. Eren along with his friends Mikasa and Armin vow to protect their homeland against there merciless monsters.
If you have already read this manga then do check out my article on “How did Mikasa help Ymir make her decision?“
3. The Heroic Legend of Arslan – Best War Anime
In the year 320 the Kingdom of Pars is at war with it’s neighboring empire, Lusitania. Arslan, the young prince, sets out to prove his might on the battlefield for the very first time. However, one of the official betrays his father, King Andragoras III. This causes a panic among the soldiers and grasping this opportunity the enemy seizes the capital city of Ecbatana. With the army in disarray and the Lusitanians out for his head, Arslan is forced to go on the run. Along with a respected general named Daryun by his side, Arslan soon sets off on a journey in search of allies that will help him reclaim his home.
With all odds against him, Arslan must find the strength and courage to overcome these obstacles. All the while gathering allies that will help him in his fight and set the cornerstone which prepares him for the day he becomes king.
2. Kingdom – Best War Anime
When we talk about medeival war anime, Kingdom is an anime that always makes the cut. It is an anime that goes full throttle on war strategy and tactics. The story is based during ancient China’s warring period. Eventually, seven powerful nations along with powerful rulers and generals emerged from the endless cycle of warfare. In the kingdom of Qin, a war-orphaned slave Xin along with best friend Piao trains strenuously with the dream of becoming a Great General one day. However one day, Piao is recruited to work in the royal palace by a retainer of the King.
But unfortunately Piao finds himself admist a coup orchestrated by the King’s enemies. Piao returns to Xin, in a half dead state with a mission to find the young King, Ying Zheng, who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. This begins Xin’s journey to become a great general and carve a path for himself in the blood soken history of China.
1. Vinland Saga – Best War Anime
In Vinland Saga, we are introduced to a Viking world, a world of historical fiction rich with culture that tests the limits of survival. Based on the manga of the same name, it’s a show that teaches things more than survival. If you’re ready to embark on this epic adventure, then be ready for an anime saga of the likes you’ve never experienced before.
Thorfinn Thorsson is the protagonist from Iceland, a character with a complex personality driven with an ambition. After the death of his father, he becomes a warrior, someone who will do whatever it takes to get his revenge. The life in the 11th century Viking world is really tough. Every day is an adventure where possibilities to die are almost limitless. Vinland Saga is very engrossing with a rich culture and preaches the elements of historical fiction. This anime adapts a story to get us familiar with its Viking world, the harsh life of Thorfinn Throsson, and what it means to survive.