Who doesn’t want a getaway to a faraway fantasy land every once in a while? Very few, who don’t. There’s something about the air of fantasy lands. It feels magical even though one hasn’t experienced it. While teleporting to such a land might not be possible, some somber stories like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the lighthearted romantic dramas like Destined With You, are here to help.
Recent studies show that it’s quite evident few animation series have delivered more fantasy-based storylines than regular fantasy movies. Choosing which fantasy shows to watch can be challenging because the choices are inexhaustible.
Some storylines stand out above the rest and simply cannot be overlooked. Get ready to surf through the best of fantasy movies to make for a perfect movie night.
Release date: January 5, 2018
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Superhero
Cast: Koki Uchiyama, Ayumu Murase, Megumi Han and others
This anime series is based on the popular manga series, Devilman, which is directed by Masaaki Yuasa. The animations were created by Science SARU. The story revolves around how Akira, the transformed devil boy, was led into a cruel, corrupted war against evil by his mysterious friend, Ryo. This is an absolute must-watch and has been ranked as one of the classic masterpiece series by manga fanatics.
Release date: January 11, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Ensemble cast
Cast: Yui Ishikawa, Takehito Koyasu, Daisuke Namikawa
It is a must-watch anime show based on the Japanese light novel written by Kana Akatsuki. The show showcased a bewitching story of an extremely emotionally vulnerable soldier, who turned into a ghostwriter after her post-war life and started to reunite with her feelings while searching for the meaning behind her former commander’s final words to her. It is one of the most popular anime series all around the globe and has been praised for its outworldly animations.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Releasing date: October 05, 2023
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Suspense
Cast: Bryce Pepenbrook, Erika Harlacher, Max Mittelman
The show is about the victory of morality over evil based on an imaginative world where 7 bloodthirsty and barbaric criminals, symbolizing the 7 sins in their bodies, are ruling the kingdom. Meanwhile, in a rebellion, Princess Elizabeth who battles evil, starts her journey to destroy the 7 sins permanently. If you love fantasy and war series, this show is a must-watch for you.
Good Night World
Release date: October 12, 2023
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Cast: Daisuke Hirose, Aoi Yūki, Aya Endo, Akio Ōtsuka and others
This is one of the much-awaited Japanese manga series written by Uru Okabe and directed by the famous anime curator Katsuya Kikuchi. It contains 12 episodes with an approximate runtime of 24-30 minutes. The story is all about a fictional world where a maladjusted family with none of the four members is aware of the fact that they are now a part of an online game. If you are looking for a show that will uplift your mood instantly, then this is the one to play.
The Bride of Habaek
Release date: July 03, 2017
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Cast: Nam Joo-hyuk, Shin Se-kyung, Lim Ju-hwan, Krystal Jung and others
This South Korean TV series is based on the spin-off of the 2006 Bride of the Water God movie by Yoon Mi-kyung. The show explores the fantasy world of the egotistical deity, Ha-baek, who was then traveling to Mother Earth in search of a mysterious magical stone. Meanwhile, the story takes an interesting turn when he asks for help from a psychiatrist, So-ah, who straight rejects him and then his journey becomes harder when three gods appear in his path.
Release date: November 02, 2023
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Cast: Sara Garcia, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Kamaia Fairburn and others
Unicorn Academy is the all-new animated series from Spin Master, which was recently released on Netflix. Moreover, this series is based on the popular kid’s book series “Unicorn Academy” which showcases the amazing adventure of the girls and their unicorn friends at Unicorn Academy. This anime is adorable and adventurous and transports you to a world of fairytale wonderland.
A Time Called You
Release date: September 08, 2023
Genre: Time travel, Mystery, Romance
Cast: Ahn Hyo-seop, Jeon Yeo-been, Kang Hoon, Kim Yi-kyung and others
‘A Time Called You’, is directed by Kim Jin-won and is a remake of the Taiwanese Drama ‘Someday or One Day’, which was released in the year 2019. The plot of the story is all about the year 2023, where Joon-hee, the protagonist is going through a tough time due to her boyfriend’s dismissal. She was facing a lot of challenges. Soon the story takes an interesting turn when she gets the chance to travel back to 1998 and wake up in the body of a different person. To know what happened next, you need to go and watch this series before we divulge more spoilers.
Release date: July 17, 2023
Genre: Fantasy drama
Cast: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård and others
Released in the year of 2017, Cursed is a popular American fantasy drama directed by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, which stars Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, Daniel Sharman, and others. The following series is based on the illustrated novel “Cursed” written by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. The ten episode-season is about a teenage sorceress named Nimue who encounters a young Arthur on her quest to find a powerful and ancient sword.
Release Date: April 01, 2023
Genre: Shonen manga, Fantasy
Cast: Chiaki Kobayashi, Yumiri Hanamori, Ryohei Kimura
Hell’s Paradise is arguably one of the most eagerly awaited fantasy animes of spring 2023. While Yuji Kaku’s manga didn’t have the same level of success as Naruto or Chainsaw Man over its three years on Shonen Jump, it started attracting an immense following towards the end of the series. The story is based on an island that appears to be a paradise but is anything but, as the title suggests. Criminals are dispatched onto the island to locate a unique object; if they are successful, their sentences will be commuted. But the majority of them won’t likely make it.
Destined With You
Release date: August 23, 2023
Genre: Romance and Drama
Cast: Kim Ro Woon, Lee Bong-ryun, Jo Bo-ah, Ha-Jun
Directed by Naam Ki-hoon, the series aired in 2023 on JTBC Network and later, it was available on Netflix in selected areas. The story covers a lifetime curse of a renowned lawyer who tries to find peace in life and surprisingly a casual civil servant helps him come out of the curse. According to the critics, the storyline is adorable and has been greatly praised for its comic timings, vulnerability, and conspiratorial premise involving a cursed lawyer and an outcast civil servant falling in love after a mishap.