Best Samurai Anime: Top 30+ Samurai Anime

Check out the top 30+ samurai anime here. We've gathered this list for samuari anime fans who are looking to find the very best anime to watch in this genre, with epic swords figts and samurai warriors battling it out. For everybody who wants to watch samurai anime with swords, there is a lot of high-quality pieces that you can pick. Be sure the check out multiple shows from the list if you're new to samurai anime, to develop your taste of what kind of anime you like the best in this genre. In case you're already familiar with this genre and don't find your favourite samurai and sword anime on the list, you can also vote them to share it with other samurai anime lovers.

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    Afro Samurai

    In a feudal yet futuristic Japan, it is said that the one who wields the Number 1 headband is the best swordsman in the world and shall possess god-like powers. Some believe that the Number 1 headband grants immortality.…

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    Samurai Champloo

    A young woman named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea shop when she is abused by a band of samurai. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young rōnin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a…

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    Rurouni Kenshin

    In the early Meiji era, after participating in the Bakumatsu war as the assassin “Hitokiri Battōsai“, Himura Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan with a reverse blade katana, offering protection and aid to…

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    Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist (Japanese: 青の祓魔師エクソシスト Hepburn: Ao no Ekusoshisuto) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga has been serialized in Jump…

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    Bleach

    Bleach (Japanese: ブリーチ Hepburn: Burīchi) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo…

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    Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure

    22 years ago, a huge alien artifact is found on a construction site by a worker named Yotsuga. The foreman orders that the artifact be broken apart to avoid delays. As Yotsuga walks towards the dumpsters to dispose of a small piece of the…

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    Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran

    Tsukikage Ran comprises thirteen self-contained stories. The series follows characters Ran and Meow into a new town, where they encounter some kind of wrongdoing. Every episode climaxes with a sword fight featuring the protagonist, sometimes…

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    Sword for Truth

    Sword for Truth (Shuranosuke Zanmaken-shi kama mon no otoko, lit. “Shuranosuke the Demon: Man of the Death Scythes Crest”) is a 1990 OVA chanbara film directed by an uncredited Osamu Dezaki, who was credited…

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    Intrigue in the Bakumatsu – Irohanihoheto

    The series is set in the Bakumatsu era, with the Shogunate being in its final years, and war fast approaching. When Akizuki Yōjirō, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to…

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    Samurai Girls

    The series takes place in an alternate version of Japan called Great Japan, in an alternate timeline where the Tokugawa shogunate remained active and has remained semi isolated from the rest of the world after their defeat by American forces…

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    Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

    A terrible war has ravaged the land, and now, fueled by the blood of numerous fallen warriors the Yōma, demons from hell, emerge once more. A skilled ninja seeks to end the bloodshed these demons inflict upon humanity, but to do this he…

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    Saiyuki

    Saiyuki is the story of four anti-hero-like heroes: the monk Genjyo Sanzo, the monkey king Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo, and the man who turned into a demon Cho Hakkai (formerly known as Cho Gonou). They have been dispatched by the…

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    Ambition of Oda Nobuna

    Suddenly finding himself in the Sengoku period, average high school student Yoshiharu Sagara is about to be killed on the battlefield. He is saved by none other than the man who would later become the respected Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but at the…

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    Samurai Warriors

    In Samurai Warriors, the player takes the role of a single officer in battle and must fend off hordes of enemy soldiers and defeat the enemy commander. The player has at their disposal a range of combo attacks and crowd-clearing…

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    Peacemaker Kurogane

    The story is focused on the main character, Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who is an energetic, short, and very childlike fifteen-year-old (16 in the manga). He and his older brother Tatsunosuke are left to fend for themselves after the vicious murder of…

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    Shigurui Death Frenzy

    The story begins in 1629 Shizuoka during Tokugawa Tadanaga‘s rule. The daimyō staged a tournament where the participants fought with real steel Japanese swords rather than bokken (“wooden…

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    Sengoku Basara

    In the bloody Sengoku Period of feudal Japan, many generals fought in an endless struggle for national power and unification. One man proved to be too big of a threat: the dark lord Nobunaga Oda. Yukimura Sanada and Masamune Date, two…

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    Hakuouki

    Chizuru Yukimura heads to Kyoto to search for her father, finding herself attacked by mad men before they are cut down by members of the Shinsengumi who take her into custody for interrogation. Upon learning that she is a girl and the daughter of…

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    Blade of the Immortal

    Blade of the Immortal follows the deeds of Manji, a skilled samurai who has a decisive advantage: no wound can kill him, except for a rare poison. In the past, his criminal actions led to the death of 100 other samurai (including…

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    Nurarihyon No Mago

    Rikuo Nura is 3/4 human and 1/4 yōkai, in which he has a human form in the day but transforms into his yōkai form at night. He lives in a house full of yōkai along with his yōkai grandfather. Trying to escape his fate, he does good deeds in…

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    Samurai Deeper Kyo

    Set in Tokugawa Japan, this manga begins by following Shiina Yuya, a bounty hunter searching for her brother’s murderer. However, Yuya quickly meets a medicine peddler named Mibu Kyoshiro, who turns out to be sharing a body with the…

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    Gin Tama

    The story is set in an alternate late-Edo period, where humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto”, and the samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the shōgun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the…

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    Basilisk

    At the dawn of Japan’s Azuchi-Momoyama period (the late 16th century) two rival ninja clans, the Iga Tsubagakure and Kouga Manjidani, are engaged in a bitter blood feud that has spanned for centuries. The fighting finally ends…

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    InuYasha

    In modern-day Tokyo, Kagome Higurashi lives on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine with her mother, grandfather and little brother, Sota. On her fifteenth birthday, when she goes to retrieve her cat, Kagome is dragged into the…

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    Samurai 7

    Samurai 7 tells the story of a village named Kanna. Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were…

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    Ninja Scroll

    In Edo period–Japan, the Yamashiro clan mines gold in secret, and sends a shipment to the Toyotomi Shogun of the Dark as payment for his protection. The Shogun of the Dark intends to use the gold to buy advanced Spanish weaponry…

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    Sword of the Stranger

    During the Sengoku period in Mount Corel, a young boy named Kotaro escapes from mysterious pursuers with his dog, Tobimaru. The monk guarding Kotaro, Shouan, asks him to seek help from Master Zekkai at Mangaku Temple, Akaike Corel…

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    Samurai X

    During the Sengoku period in Mount Corel, a young boy named Kotaro escapes from mysterious pursuers with his dog, Tobimaru. The monk guarding Kotaro, Shouan, asks him to seek help from Master Zekkai at Mangaku Temple, Akaike Corel…

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    Berserk

    Guts (ガッツ Gattsu) is a wandering mercenary who has known war and death since he was born from a hanged corpse and saved by his adopted mother, who died from the plague when he was only three years old. He was raised and trained…

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    Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

    The story follows the exploits of Bell Cranel, a 14-year-old solo adventurer under the goddess Hestia. As the only member of the Hestia Familia, he works hard every day in the dungeon to make ends meet while seeking to improve himself. He looks…

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    Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online (Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン Hepburn: Sōdo Āto Onrain) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in…

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