Guest Post by Olivia Noftz (writer of Kimsea Anime, an anime blog and social media brand bringing an uplifting spirit to you).
With Spring break coming up, it’s the best time to fill your anime watch list. Some of the best and most entertaining anime have incredible special powers, and anime like these quickly become big hits watched by millions all over.
If you think of some of your favorite anime, some of them probably have special powers without you even thinking about it. Today, we’ve compiled a list of the best anime with special powers to entertain you throughout this upcoming spring.
Warning: This article may contain spoilers.
10. Death Note
Death Note follows Light Yagami, a brilliant boy in high school, who finds the book “Death Note” one fateful day. The notebook belonged to a Shinigami named Ryuk, who became visible to Light as soon as he had possession of this book. Once a name is written into the book, that person will die from a heart attack unless the cause of death is specified and possible.
We follow Light as he uses the supernatural powers of the book to kill people he deems to be criminals and anyone who gets in his way. He eventually gains the nickname “Kira” and develops a sort of god complex, believing that he is the only one to be able to save society. A detective that goes by the alias “L” and a group of policemen willing to risk their lives are tasked with catching Kira.
The anime Charlotte follows the lives of four students in Hoshinoumi Academy. This academy searches for and takes in students with special powers that develop during their transition into adulthood.
The four students include Nao Tomori, Yu Otosaka, Yusa Nishimori, and Jojiro Takajo, each with their own power. Tomori with the ability to become invisible to one person of choice, Otosaka who can control another person only for 5 seconds at a time while keeping the target in eyesight, Nishimori who is a medium that her dead sister, Misa, possesses, and Takajo that can move very fast.
8. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K
More commonly referred to as just Saiki K, The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K follows a high school boy with special powers. That boy, Saiki Kusuo, can teleport and telekinesis. The series follows him and his commentary on everyday life in and outside of high school while trying to conceal his abilities.
There is no linear storyline to the series; instead, it comprises different scenarios every episode.
6. Sailor Moon
There are many games, movies, and even a reboot of Sailor Moon, making it one of the more popular animes on this list.
The original anime Sailor Moon was based around a middle school student named Usagi Tsukino. She was given the power from a magical talking cat to become a Sailor Soldier named Sailor Moon and is later joined by other Sailor Soldiers (namely Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus) on their quest to find the moon princess and defend the earth from numerous villains.
Their adventures are often supported by a man named Tuxedo Mask, a college student named Mamoru Chiba, who later becomes Sailor Moon’s love interest. From there on, their story of fighting the Dark Kingdom’s evil forces, including the wrong Queen Beryl, unfold.
7. Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is another very popular anime which makes it higher up on our list!
This original Dragon Ball anime followed a young Goku on his adventure into adulthood.
Dragon Ball Z follows his experiences in the majority, defeating various villains and defending the earth after his long-lost brother, an alien named Raditz, reveals to him that they are members of an endangered species called Saiyans. Goku refuses to help them take over the world, and in return, Raditz kidnaps Goku’s son, Gohan, and threatens to kill him. Goku teams up with his enemy Piccolo to help defeat Raditz, and the story develops from there.
5. Fairy Tail
Another very popular anime with spin-offs is Fairy Tail which follows the adventures of a boy named Natsu Dragneel, a Dragon Slayer.
Many magic-users join guilds and complete jobs using their unique skills in this world. Natsu is in a guild called Fairy Tail, along with some of the other wizards that join him later on in his journey. Natsu eventually meets Lucy Heartfillia, another wizard whom he befriends and invites to the Fairy Tail Guild. Together, they form a team within the guild consisting of Lucy, Natsu, Natsu’s cat partner Happy, Gray Fullbuster (with ice powers), Ezra Scarlet (a knight with the ability to use magic), Wendy Marvell, another Dragon Slayer, and her catlike partner Carla.
Follow their journey as they complete quests and fight evil forces and villains within their world.
4. One Punch Man
One-Punch Man follows the adventures of a hero named Saitama, who can defeat any enemy with a singular punch. His world, full of monsters and villains, creates the Hero Association of which he is not a part. After training himself, his day-to-day life has been met with boredom.
One day, he meets a young cyborg named Genos that he saved from a monster. After reluctantly becoming his mentor, they decide to join the Hero Association. While Genos come out as a highly ranked Shero, Saitama comes out with a low ranking because of his low score on the written test. Because of his low ranking, he goes unnoticed by the public despite his extraordinary powers and deeds. Together Saitama and Genos fight numerous villains such as aliens, monsters, and even a Hero Hunter while making unlikely friends.
3. One Piece
One Piece is one of the longest-running and most popular animes with special powers still running today, which makes it number three on our list.
The story focuses on a young adult named Monkey D. Luffy, who ate a devil fruit at a young age and can now stretch like rubber. Luffy is on the mission to find a highly sought-after treasure called the One Piece to become king of the pirates. His crew, known as the Straw Hat Pirates, consists of a pirate hunter named Roronoa Zoro skilled with his sword, Nami, a thief and navigator, a sniper, and a liar named Usopp, and Sanji, their questionable chef.
Their crew goes on many adventures in the East Blue and, because of the length of the series, eventually are joined by more crew members such as Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Franky, Brook, and Jimbei. Tony Tony, a reindeer doctor, Nico, an archeologist and used to be an assassin, Franky, a shipwright, Brook, a skeleton skilled with his sword and music, and Jimbei, a helmsman who also happens to be a fish.
With their whole crew and a boat named Going Merry, they continue on their trip to find treasure and befriend uncommon friends searching for the One Piece but not before running into villains, pirates, bounty hunters, and more!
Naruto is another widely popular anime with many spins off and chapters still being made today.
The story of Naruto is based around a young boy named Naruto Uzumaki, whom the extraordinary powers of Nine-Tails, a powerful fox that attacked his village, are sealed inside. When the attack occurred, his father, the leader of his town, sacrificed his life to make his son the beast’s host and protect the village. Because of his sacrifice, a new leader had to take over, and the Third Hokage returned from retirement to fill that spot.
Naruto is often looked down at because of the beast sealed inside him, but because of a law passed by the Third Hokage, the people of the village were forbidden to talk about these events until one day, the truth is revealed to Naruto when he is 12.
After, Naruto becomes a ninja and is joined by Sasuke Uchiha, a fellow ninja and competitor, and Sakura Haruno, a girl he has a crush on, to form a ninja team called Team 7. This team is under the teachings of a great ninja named Kakashi Hatake. The team undergoes many trials, quests, and conflicts together in their many thrilling adventures.
1. My Hero Academia
Because of the sheer amount of extraordinary powers and the popularity of the series, My Hero Academia is the number 1 anime with particular emphasis on our list.
MHA is an anime set in a unique world where every child is born with extraordinary power, everyone but a young boy named Izuku Midoriya. Midoriya, just like his bully Katsuki Bakugou, idolizes the number 1 hero, All Might.
After a coincidental meeting between Izuku and All Might, Izuku finds out that he has been living with a terrible injury and what All Might’s quirk (power) is. With some consideration, All Might decided to pass down his quirk to Izuku, giving him the power of “One For All,” passed down from hero to hero.
Izuku decides to try out to go to the best hero school in Japan, U.A. High School. After getting into the school, Midoriya and the friends he makes have to face a potential traitor within the school, a mysterious villain, “All For One,” and the League of Villains.
That concludes our list of the Best Anime With Special Powers! I hope you enjoyed it and even added a few of these animes to your watch list! If you need somewhere to watch it, I compiled a list of the best legal and free anime streaming websites.
Feel free to comment on what you thought about this list and any animes you think should’ve had a place here!
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