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9 Action Animes Like Naruto
9 Animes Like Naruto - Popular Shonen Animes
Are you a fan of the popular action anime series Naruto? Looking for another series like it? There are plenty out there, and there is definitely at least one that will suit your preferences and taste.
Naruto is a highly-praised anime that follows the adventures of a boy named Naruto on his journey to become the strongest ninja, and in turn gain the respect he deserves.
It blends many themes, including action, drama, comedy and—of course—ninjas. The series takes you on Naruto's journey as he slowly develops his powers.
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9 Animes Like Naruto
Popular Shonen Animes
1 - Bleach
Bleach and Naruto are often paired together. They share very similar themes and flow, although they have very different settings.
Bleach follows the journey of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who has the ability to see spirits. One day he gets caught up in a battle between a Soul Reaper and a Hollow, a dark monster that feeds on human souls. In the process, the Soul Reaper (Rukia Kuchiki) is injured and transfers her powers to Ichigo.
Ichigo then takes on the role of Soul Reaper and goes about defeating Hollows on behalf of Rukia. From here other story arcs are introduced, including the Soul Society and an immortal race of beings similar to vampires. These plots are all unique and makes the Bleach series a long and enjoyable experience.
Bleach has well over 300 episodes and is one of the best animes out there.
2 - Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is another popular anime and falls under the shonen genre. Dragon Ball Z has a similar fighting style to that of Naruto with a focus on martial arts and some power attacks thrown in.
Dragon Ball Z builds on Dragon Ball and features an adult Goku as he defends the earth against a number of villains, like space fighters and powerful androids. The later episodes also explore the journey of Goku's son Gohan as he also grows in power.
Dragon Ball Z features endless bad guys, action-packed fight scenes and continuous power development for the characters.
Dragon Ball Z has 9 seasons and over 300 episodes, offering plenty of anime to watch.
Dragon Ball Z English Trailer
3 - One Piece
One Piece is a highly-praised anime that features the same character progression as Naruto. One Piece focuses on pirates as opposed to ninjas, but still offers a great journey.
One Piece follows a pirate who goes by the name of Monkey D. Luffy, and who gains rubber powers after eating the Devil's Fruit. He and his crew embark on a journey to find the pirate treasure of One Peice. This makes for an epic action-packed adventure with many friends and foes making appearances along the way.
With over 500 episodes and countless positive reviews from fans and critics, this anime will give you hours of enjoyment.
One Piece English Intro
4 - D.Gray-man
D.Gray-man is a popular and slightly dark anime that is packed with action and borders on seinen (mature) anime, but fans of Naruto will still enjoy it.
It follows the story of Allen Walker, a young man with a cursed eye and a left arm that can transform into a powerful weapon. Using these powers Allen Walker is tasked with destroying the Akuma, a race of machines created by the Millennium Earl to destroy humanity.
Allen joins the Black Order and becomes a powerful asset on their mission to stop the Earl. The Black Order is determined to recover a powerful artifact known as the Heart which will ensure their victory or defeat at the hands of the Earl.
5 - Full Metal Alchemist
Full Metal Alchemist is a well-respected anime that constantly scores well with both critics and viewers.
The rules of alchemy state that in order to gain something you must lose something with equal value. However, there is a powerful object that can take an alchemist beyond these rules, an object called the Philosopher's Stone. The hunt for this object is the basis of the storyline in Full Metal Alchemist.
After losing their mother, two brothers Alphonse and Edward Eric attempt to bring her back to life through the forbidden method of human alchemy. In the process Ed loses a leg and Al loses his body. At the cost of his arm Ed is able to save his brother's soul and trap it inside a suit of armor. To restore their bodies they begin searching for any information relating to the Philosopher's Stone, but they are not the only ones looking for the powerful object.
Full Metal Alchemist Trailer
6 - Katanagatari
Katanagatari is a tale of swords. This anime offers an amazing art direction, great character development, strong dialogue, some comedy and a hint of romance.
The story takes place in the Edo era, and the main character is Yasuri Shichika. He lives on an isolated island with his older sister and is the head of the Kyotou school of Japanese sword martial arts. Under orders from a female general he sets out on a trip to collect twelve swords created by a legendary swordsmith.
Katanagatari offers plenty of laughs and an unpredictable story with several plot twists thrown in. Join Shichika as he tries to capture the swords and defeat the enemies that hold them.
Katanagatari - Official Trailer
7 - Hunter X Hunter
Based on the popular Japanese manga, Hunter X Hunter is a well-respected and praised anime that offers a unique and satisfying adventure for viewers.
Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is one day confronted with the news that his father is in fact not dead as he has been told all his life, but is alive and well. His father was one of the great Hunters, an elite in society with a license to do anything and go anywhere, Gon is determined to follow his father and takes the Hunter Examination to prove himself as a powerful Hunter.
After the examination he befriends several wannabe Hunters and they set out on an epic journey where they soon discover what it really means to be a Hunter and the challenges that come with it.
Hunter X Hunter Reboot Impressions
8 - Soul Eater
Soul Eater is set in a Shinigami technical school for weapon masters. The series focuses on three groups of weapon masters and also a human weapon.
This human weapon is trying to be transformed into a 'Death Scythe', the highest title of weapon and thus worthy for use by a Shinigami. In order to do so they must collect the souls of 99 humans and 1 witch.
The story follows a group of students as they gather the necessary souls and also defend the Death City from a variety of powerful creatures while attending school and becoming stronger.
Soul Eater features a colourful cast of characters and a distinct lack of filler episodes, making for an action-packed and very enjoyable anime.
Soul Eater Trailer
9 - Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin has ranked on top 100 anime lists multiple times and has been praised for its well-crafted plot and action-packed scenes.
The story follows Himura Kenshin, a vagabond (wanderer) with a dark past but a sunny and upbeat disposition. Himura Kenshin was never a samurai, but was a highly skilled assassin who helped with the Meiji restoration to power. However, in the midst of the war's turning point he simply decided to walk away.
He eventually ends up in Tokyo in the 11th year of Meiji where he makes several friends, and together they fight off enemies that surface from his dark past that he cannot escape.