Top 10 Martial Arts Anime 2020

Updated: Sep 10

In a medium where high school students have magical power and neon hairstyles, may there even exist good martial arts in anime? Well, naturally! The different forms of martial arts are abundant in anime, ranging from sword fighting in medieval Japan to hand fighting.

Therefore, my goal is to find animation that best illustrates the art of fighting. Making martial arts an important part of the show. In this context, my top selections for the best martial arts of all time are here. Take in and wrap in your black belt!


10. Ranma ½

Ranma ½

Synopsis:

Ranma Saotome is a martial artist and prodigy of the "Anything-Goes" Martial Arts School in Saotome. When he and his father train in China, they are unintentionally in a cursed spring, and they are in an awful destiny. Now, when cold water splashes Ranma into a girl, and he can turn it into a boy only by hot water.


Rating: 8/10


Things will be complicated when Ranma discovers that his father has arranged to marry one of Soun Tendo's three girls to secure the Tendo dojo's future. Though Soun learns about Ranma's difficulty, he remains committed and chooses to be a skilled martial artist for himself and is known for hating the men of his youngest daughter, Akane.

Ranma 1⁄2 follows Ranma and Akane's funny adventures as they meet different opponents, meet new love interests, and find different ways of getting annoyed while their dedication hangs across their heads.


9. The God of High School

The God of High School

Synopsis:

Everything started as a fighting tournament to look for the best combatant among all secondary school students in Korea. The Taekwondo specialist and high school student Mori Jin soon learn that the stage of the tournament is much larger.


Rating: 8/10


The Taekwondo specialist and high school student Mori Jin soon learn that the stage of the tournament is much larger.


8. Katanagatari

Katanagatari

Synopsis:

Shichika Yasuri practices the unique one in a lush Edo-era Japan with a range of sword-fighting styles: Kyotouryuu, an art in which the body of a user is handled like a blade. Shichika, the enigmatic seventh head of the Kyotouryuu school, lives with his sister Nanami quietly in exile until one day – the wilderness-filled strategist Togame enters their lives.


Rating: 9/10


Togame brilliantly asks Shichika to assist in her task of gathering the 12 unique swords for the shogunate. Instead of petty politics Shichika accepted the girl herself and set out on a journey. The fierce handlers of these legendary weapons and other power-hungry entities are standing in their tracks, who are trying to thwart Togame 's goal. The Duo must become an unbreakable team to fight against their enemies while pursuing an uncertainty and threat path.

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7. Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

Synopsis:

"Weak Legs" Kenichi Shirahama 's time is better than fighting for self-enhancement books. But when he finally develops the courage to become strong and join the karate club of his school, he has to struggle against a bullying high-class man who wants to get him out of the club. His mysterious new college, Miu Furinji, he is about to give it all up. He is strictly trained at the dojo at Ryouzanpaku to face this challenge.


Rating: 8/10


There, some initial training from the masters allows him to defeat his upper class, but his combat skills bring Ragnarok, a powerful gang of criminals. In order to safeguard his dearest things and determined to face growing adversity, he must learn from dojo resident masters various martial art, take Karate, Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu, and Chinese Martinic arts and bring them together to create his own style.


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6. Baki Franchise

Synopsis:

Baki Hanma continues on its way to the defeat of his father, Yuujirou, the strongest man in the world, after winning from an extremely brutal underground tournament. But when Tokugawa Mitsunari, who runs the tournament, visits him at school, he gets no time to rest.


Rating: 9/10

He reveals to Baki that five incredibly dangerous prisoners from the world — all martial arts experts — have escaped confines simultaneously and head to Tokyo, wishing to finally know how defeated they are. Tokugawa warns that Baki will meet them sooner or later and he will not be their only goal, due to his well-known strength.


5. Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Synopsis:

Fuu Kasumi is a young, tormented waitress who spends her days in a small tea house peacefully. That is until one of her customers accidentally pours a drink! With a bunch of samurai harassing her incessantly, Fuu desperately calls on another samurai in the shop, Mugen, who rapidly defeats them by the wild fighting technique, using movements that remind him of breakdance. Unfortunately, Mugen chooses to fight the unwilling Ronin Jin who has a more accurate and traditional swordfight, and the latter proves to be a formidable adversary. The only difficulty is that they eventually destroy the whole shop and kill the son of the local judge by chance.


Rating: 9/10


The two samurai have been captured and executed for their crime. However, Fuu, which hires the duo as her bodyguards, rescues them. While the former waitress doesn't have any room for her to return to, she wants to find a certain samurai smelling of sunflowers and lists the help of the exempt pair. Despite initial disagreement, they both agree that they will help the Girls to find this mysterious warrior. Thus, when Fuuu can keep Mugen and Jin out of killing each other, they start an adventure. They will find this mysterious Warrior.


4. Hunter x Hunter

Synopsis:

Hunter x Hunter is set in a world where Hunters are engaged in all manner of risky activities, such as catching criminals and courageous pursuit of lost treasure on unknown lands. Gon Freecss, a 12-year-old is determined to be the best Hunter to find his father, a Hunter himself who had long abandoned his young son. Gon quickly discovers, though, that the way to accomplish his goals is much harder than he might have anticipated.


Rating: 9/10


When we step into the role of an official Hunter, Gon has friends with Leorio, Kurapika, and his rebellious ex-assassin Killua, a lively skilled physician. The four of them take the Hunter test, famous for their low success rate and high risk of death, to achieve their own goals and wishes. Gon and his friends embark on an adventure during their journey, taking them through many challenges and hardships. You'll come across a host of creatures, animals, and characters — everything as you know what Hunter really means.

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3. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho

Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho

Synopsis:

Yuusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old criminal with a faint future, is given a fateful day when he lets himself turn around to save a young boy in his moving car. His final sacrifice is so uncharacterized that the spiritual kingdom authorities are not yet ready to pass it on. Koenma, the heir to the spiritual realm throne, offers Yuusuke a chance to recover his life through a series of work. He is to thwart bad presences on Earth as a spiritual detective with the guidance of death god Botan.

Rating: 9/10


Yuusuke lists Kazuma Kuwabara, a former rival, and two demons, Hiei and Kurama, with criminal pastures, to help him in his journey. Together, they train and fight the enemies who threaten the very existence of humanity.


2. Naruto

Naruto

Synopsis:

Moments prior to Naruto Uzumaki's birth, a huge demon is known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi's rampage, the leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.

Rating: 9/10


Now, Naruto is a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja still living in Konohagakure. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends but also some deadly foes.


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1. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Synopsis:

The young Gokuu Son lives in the forest all alone, until he comes into him by the name of a girl named Bulma in the quest for a magic collection of objects, known as "Dragon Balls." Since the artifacts are meant to give a wish to anyone who gathers all seven, he hopes to gather them and desires a perfect partner. Gokuu has a dragon ball, but he sadly refused to part him for Bulma, so she made him a deal: if he lets them borrow the strength of a dragon ball, he can mark her journey. By doing so, they all set out on life's journey.

Rating: 9/10


They're not on the road by themselves. On their way to the World Martial Arts Tournament, they meet the old Muten-Roshi and want tobe disciple Kuririn with whom Gokuu trains to become a stronger fighting artist. Nonetheless, it is not all fun and plays it is important to satisfy every urge and there are those who can do a lot worse than just having a partner. In the end, they learn to become stronger warriors using their new strength to assist those around them in their attempts to exploit their legendary force.


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