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Top 10 anime set in the distant past

proverbs Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 and adaptation for the first time chainsaw man This fall’s release is testament to the depth of the animation genre that fans enjoy, with many venues and settings to suit different audiences’ tastes. As such, delving into the distant past and the distant future are common backgrounds for different series.


And when it comes to the former, there’s plenty of flexibility with the shows taking place in medieval fantasy, feudal age, and more. RambunctiousIt will definitely be an anime that dark fantasy fans will have to, while Samurai Champloo And the Dororo It will please fans of the historical eras of Japan.

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10/10 Rambunctious

The late Kentaro Miura left behind a rich legacy with critical acclaim Rambunctious manga, and while countless fans are thrilled that the writer’s close friend and creative team continue to provide source material in his honor, the franchise hasn’t garnered the same attention in the anime space.

However, 1997 Rambunctious The series is one of the best seinen anime to date, combining dark medieval fantasy scenes and world-building with a strong – albeit horrific – character-driven storyline. Admittedly, the series is tough to watch at times, but through Guts, Casca, and co., the series has a critical and objective foundation for hope, healing, perseverance, and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

9/10 Vinland Saga

For those who want a similar power-packed series with a sprawling storyline, Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga And anime adaptations are excellent alternatives to historical fiction. It’s not as brutal as the events Rambunctiousbut the topics explored and the work of the Vikings are both equal in their own rights.

Young Thorfinn begins as a vengeful assassin who throws his youth away by trying to avenge his father’s murder, but through him and his supporting crew unfolds the echo of a search for introspection inhabited by characters with unique and compelling motivations. Regardless of the target demographic, this Vikings saga can be said to be one of the greatest ongoing anime.

8/10 Samurai Champloo

revered lovers Cowboy Bebop You better follow up with Samurai Champloo, assuming they haven’t already, since it’s another exceptional product from the former series director’s mind. It is set during the Japanese Edo period, which lasted from 1603 to 1867. Samurai Champloo It follows the unexpected trio of Ronin Mugen and Jin with a former cafĂ© waitress named Fu who hires them to help her find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.”

The blend of modern elements through hip hop music retains the same sense of elegance bebop Done with acid jazz as well as making for an engaging historical fiction. Her story is grounded and intimate, as notions of accepting death, letting go of the past, and greater social commentary are explored through the colorful main cast.

7/10 Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer It has proven to be a shonen juggernaut since its 2019 adaptation, gaining widespread followings and an equally successful movie and second season. There’s nothing particularly innovative in its premise regarding shounen anime, but Ufotable’s stellar animation, art direction, and colorful cast of characters helped make this series the successful it is.

Demon Slayer The film is set about a century ago during the Taisho era in Japan (1912-1926), and its blend of setting with dark fantasy elements makes for an engaging world punctuated by some of the genre’s most exciting fight scenes.

6/10 kingdom

kingdom It is yet another one of the most acclaimed Seinen manga publications now, and although its adaptation had some rock-cut animation in its early days, it has since turned into a completely compelling historical fiction. The series is set in China during the Warring States period, and places it in the era of 400 BC.

kingdom It forms a diverse cast of characters, but it largely follows a war orphan named Shen who is determined to become the country’s greatest general and unify China for the first time in nearly 500 years. Seasons 3 and 4 in particular have achieved certain acclaim, with kingdom It was praised as a whole for its dramatic range and emotionally invested characters.

5/10 The attack on the Giants

When Hajime Isayama The attack on the Giants The manga was modified in 2013, and it was highly praised and became the first anime for many newcomers. Since then, the anime series has turned into a dark fantasy world full of tradition and shrouded in mystery. The attack on the Giants He’s come a long way since he embarked on Eren Geiger’s bloody mission to avenge his mother’s death at the hands of predatory titans.

The world has grown exponentially since then, and the story has a rich layer of almost Game of thrones– Like political machinations that complement the aforementioned ambiguous aspect. Isayama created this world in an innovative fashion, blending Japanese and Germanic influences with fanciful ones, but surprisingly enough, it happened in the year 845 AD, a much earlier time in the history of this universe than most people would have expected.

4/10 Dororo

Another series dating back to Japanese history, Dororo It occurs during the Muromachi period in feudal Japan. The manga and anime series follow a model similar to lone wolf and cubwhich was another manga that came out after that Dororosource material. A young ronin named Hyakkimaru and a child named Dororo travel through an alternate encounter of Japan that gives the country and age a dark fantasy twist.

The pair embarks on a search for the first to kill the many demons that hold onto his body parts. Through Hyakkimaru namely, Dororo It tells an emotional story wrapped in themes of dealing with loneliness and holding on to an unshakable sense of self while trying not to lose sight of what makes someone human in the process.

3/10 Golden Kamui

Period pieces make for a great drama seinen anime, and Golden Kamui It is one such story that deserves more mainstream attention. Set in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War in the early 1900s, a large cast of characters gather for an exciting themed treasure hunt adventure across the country. Saichi Sugimoto, a war veteran, psychologically struggles with life after the war and sets out to uncover a cache of gold hidden by the indigenous Ainu people with the help of Asirpa.

Golden Kamui He combines a welcome educational light on the Ainu with poignant social commentary on the neglectful treatment of soldiers trying to reintegrate into civilian life. The last point is conveyed particularly well thanks to its carefully and convincingly written characters from across the moral spectrum.

2/10 moshi shi

moshi shi It is a seinen anime that will make a refreshing and practical change of pace for many fans who want to tone down the high-octane action. Set in an alternate history of Japan between the Edo and Meiji periods, the story follows Ginko as he travels the Japanese countryside to study supernatural entities known as moshi. Few can see them or interact with them, but these phenomena have prompted characters like Ginko to learn about the roles they play in the world.

Unlike large-scale conflicts, moshi shi She was praised for her gentle tone of voice, as well as her introspective nature. It’s a clever way to combine basic setting, magical realism, and slice-of-life elements while exploring resonant themes such as one’s relationship with nature, their neighbor, and themselves.

1/10 Gintama

anyway piece Probably the first anime that comes to many fans’ minds when it comes to the long-running shonen series, Gintama It’s another trend worthy of having for such a long term. More importantly, it is one of the most noteworthy manga and anime that has been played for as long as it does while maintaining such a strong critical reception consistently.

Set in a fictional version of the late Edo period (late 19th century), the anime follows independent samurai Gintoki and his friends, who travel through Japan, invaded by aliens. Gintama He is loved in the community for his clever comedic energy within the cast of characters, as well as his incredibly attractive cocktail of colorful action, adventure, and sci-fi elements for his creative premise.

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