12 Best Fantasy Anime with Creatures to Binge Watch.

fantasy anime with creatures

Set aside all the action and adventures that are gifted with anime but who doesn’t love a fantasy anime with multiple creatures that roar like a Lion but run like a human? Those creatures always fascinated and intrigued me whether with their ability to stand up and fight for a cause or their unapologetic killings. Fantasy Anime shines for creatures like these, well to know more about these creatures and their related anime, here is the list of Top 12 Fantasy anime with creatures that are badass to watch.

12. The Rising of the Shield Hero

 The Rising of the Shield Hero
Episodes25
Aired Jan 9, 2019 to Jun 26, 2019
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Drama, Action
Streaming PlatformNetflix, Crunchyroll

 How can I forget, The Rising of the Shield Hero while mentioning the fantasy anime with creatures? Though the anime disguises itself with the isekai genre but turns out as a layered theme of friendship, trust, and the real meaning of a true hero.

Naofumi Iwatani is a part of The Four Cardinal heroes but is always looked down upon and bullied by fellow heroes for his cursed fate of being the Shield Hero. Soon Naofumi also tastes the betrayal but soon it comes to the meek hero to save the world.

Astounding creatures in the anime:

Filolials– Bird-like creatures that are often used as the carrier and a way of transport.

Plant Monsters– As the name suggests these plants prey on humans and animals

The anime also features many creatures like demi-humans, Spirit monsters, dragons, and Legendary beasts from Mythology.

11. The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast
Episodes1
Aired Jul 11, 2015
GenresFantasy, Adventure
Streaming PlatformNetflix

I tried hard not to roll my eyes but the morals and climax of this anthropomorphic world existing side by side of human worlds is a must-watch fantasy anime with creatures.

Ren with a devastating past has no family and place to turn to and ends up in the streets of Shibuya where he encounters the beast Kumetetsu from another realm. Kumetetsu sees the successor in Ren and Ren sees the family he never had.

Various creatures, I watched throughout the anime

Kumatetsu– The anthropomorphic Bear who trains Ren and has immense power.

Bakemono– Also referred to as Beast with human-like minds but with the features of animals.

10. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Episodes1
AiredMar 11, 1984
GenresFantasy, Adventure
Streaming PlatformNetflix

The most underrated Miyazaki film and his second directed movie, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, a fantasy anime with creatures based on his original manga to be ever made except The Wind Rises.

After the “Seven Days of Fire,” Nuclear War the world has been destroyed and a massive Jungle is spreading across the world having poisonous spores and gigantic insects. The land of “Valley of the Wind” is unaffected but it changes when an airplane crashes into the peaceful kingdom.

Creatures featured in the anime

Ohmu– These are the gigantic insects spreading all across the jungle and threatening mankind and various giant bugs are seen in the jungle too.

Tolas–  the small fox-like creatures accompany the princess on many occasions without any harm.

Kai– Small Birds-like creatures used as messengers in the fantasy anime.

9. Overlord

Overlord
Episodes13
Aired Jul 7, 2015 to Sep 29, 2015
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Action
Streaming PlatformNetflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation

The first impression for me was another isekai anime but this fantasy anime with creatures surprised me to no extent while breaking the tropes and stereotypes of typical isekai anime.

The popular virtual reality game is about to shut down and in the meantime, Momonga spends his hours playing while he discovers he is in character even its after the past time of shutdown. Soon the NPC Characters begin to gain their consciousness.

Creature of Overlord:

Skeletons and Ogres– Most of the Ainz’s Army is filled with skeletons while Ogres are just beast-like creatures.  Goblins are seen also in anime.

Lizardmen and Elves– They are demi-humans with features from both humans and animals. In the end, also it features multiple dragons.

8. That Time I Got Reincarnated Into a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated Into a Slime
Episodes24
Aired Oct 2, 2018 to Mar 19, 2019
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Action
Streaming PlatformNetflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation

I was scurrying for an action fantasy anime with creatures that could also bring bliss to the Heart and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime matched perfectly, which gives the feel of playing the main role.

Satoru Mikami is no special like others he works at a corporate office making a living. 37-year-old, Satoru failed to have a girlfriend but his monotonous life turns when he is stabbed and reincarnated as a slime.

Creatures I loved in this Isekai Anime

Slime– Of course, How could not I love the regenerative form of the Protagonist?

Goblins– I guess I don’t have to explain what Goblins are generally, they are seen throughout the series.

Demon Lords– They rule the territories and command over the various monsters.

7.Natsume’s Book of Friends

Natsume’s Book of Friends
Episodes13
AiredJul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
GenresFantasy, Supernatural, Slice of Life
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll, Netflix

Leaving those higher expectations of drama and plot twist at the doorstep, this fantasy anime with creature, Natsume’s Book of Friends finds its charm in its plain simplicity.

The episodic tale shows the orphan Natsume who accidentally comes across a spirit and knows the presence of Youkai (Supernatural creatures from Japanese Folklore). Further, Natsume learns a lot about Youkai while helping them or the other way around.

Types of Supernatural Creatures the series has:

Youkai- Various Kinds of Youkai like Noppera-bo (faceless ghost), Kitsune (Fox Spirits), and Bakeneko (Monster Cats) all from the Japanese folklore.

TsukuMogami- The household objects gaining consciousness after being ignored for a longer time.

Mujina– Mujina can shift into humans to deceive.

6.Ancient Magus Bride

Ancient Magus Bride
Episodes24
AiredOct 8, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
GenresFantasy, Drama, Romance
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll

With a historical timeline, the drama and romance blend well with this fantasy anime with creatures. Ancient Magus Bride is not everyone’s cup of tea with those overwhelming timelines.

Chise Hitori has been sold at an auction to a Tall masked Man who claims to be an ancient Magus. Chise has craved her whole life looking for affection and Love but this Ancient Magus seems to offer her much more than she could ever ask for.

Creatures in Ancient Magus Bride

Elias Ainsworth- Though he isn’t a creature the magus with antlers seems just like one while being the romantic interest of Chise

Silky– A house spirit in Elias’s house and caretaker can also manipulate the space and time in this drama romance anime.

Cartaphilus– The ancient alchemist who has undergone many changes over the years, appearing as a monster with regeneration capability.

5. Spirited Away

 Spirited Away
Episodes1
Aired Jul 20, 2001
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Supernatural 
Streaming PlatformNetflix

Like Most of the Ghibli Studios movies or series, Director Miyazaki has given tremendous and life-inspiring anime but I will pick the best yet the simplest fantasy anime with creatures. i.e. Spirited Away.

It ain’t a grandiose story-telling but when a simple yet spoiled child girl Chihiro and her family discover an abandoned amusement park, They quickly turn towards it and the unfortunate events begin as well as Chihiro is transported into the spirit world.

What magical creatures do I find?

Spirits and Deities– Straight out of Japanese folklore, the bathhouse shows Forest spirit, river spirit, and many more.

Yubaba and Zeniba– Twin Sisters and owners of the bathhouse they are magical witches with various abilities.

Haku– The boy or the mentor (The River Spirit) of Chihiro. The movie features many creatures, I can’t list them all out, watch to find out.

4.Mushishi

Mushishi
Episodes26
AiredOct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
GenresFantasy, Supernatural, Mystery
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll, Funimation

Combined with episodic tales from East Asia and Japanese folklore, Mushishi, a fantasy anime with creatures throughout all its episodes hooked me into the climax.

The original story opens up with Genko, a guy traveling from town to town encountering the strange phenomenon called “Mushi” and helping people who are struggling with the Mushi.

What Kind of creatures did I witness? Let’s see.

Swamp Mushi – These creatures store swamps and marshes inside them so whenever a human comes in contact with them, it infects them immediately.

Traveling Mushi– They basically allow people to travel into different times of history and dimensions causing the effects of time travel

Amaurobioides Mushi– These Mushi blind people with their effects.

3.Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss 25
Episodes13
AiredJul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017
GenresFantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll, HIDIVE, Netflix

Oh boy! The dark fantasy anime creeped the hell out of me, don’t let it disguise you with cute fantasy anime with creatures. Made in Abyss quickly transforms from hopeful chibi anime to dark hopeless anime.

Riko, a bright bubbly girl aspires to be like her missing mother and become the greatest white whistler in the Abyss. Reg, a robot saves Riko from a beast in the Abyss but Reg doesn’t know his origin and Riko might know where he came out of.

The Mystic Creatures in Made in Abyss

Corpse Weeper– They live in the abyss preying with a hypnotic light before consuming.

Nanachi– One of the main characters in the series, Nanachi is a humanoid creature with rabbit-like features that enable him to accumulate a great amount of knowledge about the Abyss.

Bellower- A dragon whose roar can hurt anyone who hears it.

2.Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer
Episodes12
AiredOct 7, 2018 to Dec 30, 201830, 2003
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Action
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll, Funimation

With extreme violence and gore, Goblin Slayer just exceeds all boundaries of fantasy anime with creatures. Slicing, piercing, burning, dicing, and tearing apart the Goblins, it just never stops with slaying.

The dark fantasy opens up with the cruel and merciless world of Goblins many female adventurers have been assaulted by the Goblins but a 15-year-old priestess joins a rookie group to look for the missing women.

As the name suggests, Goblins are the highlights of this gore anime but various kinds of goblins exist like the Hobgoblins which are more powerful than the regular goblins. Along with dragons, Ogres and Trolls are also seen in the fantasy anime.

1. The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms
Episodes45
Aired Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003
GenresFantasy, Adventure, Action
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll

That one fantasy anime with creatures that left me craving for more and more of it while it ended is The Twelve Kingdoms. The dramatic beginning hooked me up till the ending.

Youko Nakajima always struggled in school because of her red hair and never settled in but all changes when a man claiming to be from another world bows before her and announces she is the ruler of his world.

Creatures I found amusing in the anime.

Kirin: Human-like creatures but with the appearance of a deer or a Unicorn. The mysterious man also belongs to Kirin’s kind.

Ryuu– Gigantic dragons that protect and bond with humans

Youma– These evil creatures constantly threaten the existence of beings in the fantasy world.

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A voracious reader and anime nerd, always geeking about enormous metaphors hidden in Books and Anime. I am also trying to write my first book as well as enjoying sharing experience with an audience.

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