Fantasy Series to Watch First on Crunchyroll

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Liam Dempsey
Der shy man behind Shymander—a timezone-fluid Aussie with a penchant for anime, Eurovision, and researching odd topics. He'll also talk about Mob Psycho 100.

Where does one even begin with a genre as endless as fantasy? Whole new realms, systems, species and languages are intimately crafted around compelling plot lines and characters to form the bedrock of fiction.

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As long as people have imaginations, there’ll always be new possibilities to explore.

Need a world or five to escape into? Here are five fantasy series to watch first on Crunchyroll, as we explore new possibilities of our own!


Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

When you have the fortune (or misfortune) of being reincarnated into another world, you tend to either start at the very top or the very bottom of the ladder. For Subaru, he unfortunately rolled the latter. Hard.

Appearing on a busy street with nothing but the clothes on his back and the snacks in his plastic bag, Subaru starts from zero with just one small addition: Return by Death, a self-titled ability that resets Subaru to a set point whenever he meets his demise…which happens a lot.

Subaru may not be the funniest isekai protagonist, but he is one of the most realistic, and he’s at his best when he’s at his worst—when his lack of specialness sets him on a downward spiral of self-destruction. Because then, we get to see an awesome hero rise.

For the full Subaru experience, check out Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on Crunchyroll!


KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!

But then again, Kazuma from KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! would have a thing or two to say about who really started from the very bottom in another world. 

Sure, he has the same benefit of brutal immortality and the company of beautiful women, but one’s a useless goddess, another is a one-and-done sorcerer, and the other is a masochistic pervert. And they’re doomed to actually remember every embarrassing moment.

In an anime that really puts the goof and the ball into goofball comedy, Kazuma’s ragtag party are bombarded by sentient lettuce, religious solicitation and debt collectors on the daily. But do they let that get them down? Yes, yes they do.

Let KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! swallow you whole on Crunchyroll!


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

A staple of light novel anime and one of life’s great questions, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? follows Bell, a kindhearted adventurer making his way in the big city and up its skyscraping dungeon tower.

His optimism and infallible drive to catch up to his peers only makes him stronger, accelerated by a special ability that his companion goddess, Hestia, keeps hidden. The two make quite the adorable pair!

Orario, with its many factions commanded by deities that descended to experience the lower world, is a thriving fantasy city that only grows larger with new locations and drama as the show goes on. 

With a fourth season in production, now’s the time to start Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? on Crunchyroll!


Fena: Pirate Princess

We’ve so far visited three separate worlds, so it’s time to embark on an alternate version of our own!

Set in the 18th century at the peak of British imperial rule, Fena: Pirate Princess delivers a fantastical seafaring adventure with Fena, a cheery but clumsy fugitive, at the helm. First mate Yukimaru, Fena’s protector and love interest, and the elite Samurai Seven assist Fena in her quest to solve the secrets of her past and find where she belongs.

And the journey only becomes more magical as it goes on.

Roll out the plank and prepare to board Fena: Pirate Princess on Crunchyroll, you landlubbers!


Thunderbolt Fantasy

If you’ve ever been hurt or astonished by the work of Gen Urobuchi (PSYCHO-PASS, Puella Magi Madoka Magica), you may be entitled to this recommendation of perhaps his most unconventional work yet: Thunderbolt Fantasy, an Eastern fantasy puppet drama.

Just as Hideaki Anno found another creative home in tokusatsu, so did Urobuchi in puppetry. A flair for the melodramatic and a tightly written fellowship of characters make Thunderbolt Fantasy a fresh but engaging experience for any anime fan, packed full of explosive battles and strong vocal performances.

Oh, and did I mention that it has a soundtrack by the Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill)?

Follow the strings and check out Thunderbolt Fantasy on Crunchyroll!


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