25 Time Travelling Anime That Will Blow Your Mind


Time Travel, a concept so infinite and unexplainable. A staple in the works of science fiction mystery, and fantasy, the focus of Time Travel is to make changes either by accident or intentionally.

Imagine going back in time to right that one wrong you made, that one mistake that costed you everything in the future.

You could also change the future so that your past self would be better informed of what is to come. The possibilities of Time Travel are endless, and these 25-hand selected anime prove the concept of time is not only infinite but conventional as well.

1. Your Name.

The protagonists are Tachibana Taki, who lives in Yotsuya, Tokyo, and Miyamizu Mitsuha, who lives deep in the mountains of Hida. When they wake up one morning, Taki’s consciousness shifts to Mitsuha’s body and Mitsuha’s to Taki’s, and the two begin their life as swapping bodies. They are strangers who do not know each other, and they are in the midst of puberty.

They sometimes complained about the unfamiliarity and confusion, but before they knew it, they had grown into an indispensable part of each other’s lives.

Technically speaking, labeling this film a “masterpiece” is an insult by omission. Given that Shinkai is a master, anything he makes is obviously going to be a “masterpiece,” but among silt there is gold, and among gold there may be diamonds. This movie is a diamond, easily the prettiest feature-length film.

  • The story is conceptually very simple, but a lot of depth is added as the story goes on. The show drives several important points, which can be very philosophical, without being too complicated for the average viewer to understand
  • There was not a single sound that felt out of place. All the characters’ voices suited their appearances, leading to a very immersive experience
  • Spectacular animation. There is one particular scene near the beginning which has a sort of “3D camera rotation” that looks so real that I thought it was rendered; but at the last second, the character turned their head, and I was able to tell that it had been entirely hand-drawn

2. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Based on the novel of the same name by Tappei Nagatsuki, abbreviated as Re-Zero. The story begins when Subaru, a NEET high school student, is summoned to another world on his way home from a convenience store. As soon as he arrives, he is tangled up with a gang of thugs and in a pinch, but it is Emilia, a spirit user, who saves him.

Every time he loses a battle and loses his life, he always wakes up at the same point in time. Subaru had unknowingly acquired the ability to rewind time back to death. Subaru was exhausted by his mentally and physically damaging ability, but it was the demon maid, Rem, who loved and encouraged him.

Can Subaru rely on his “return to death” to protect his loved ones? And which love will he accept?

  • The character designs are very lovely. They are usually rather detailed, especially their facial expressions and features during moments when their faces are zoomed in on. Vibrant colors also help to bring the characters and scenery to life
  • An Isekai MC that is not insanely overpowered, making it easier for the audience to connect with his challenges
  • As a light novel adaptation, you’ll probably find many standard tropes ranging from the generic jealousy of certain girls to the childish antics of Beatrice. Subaru also tends to make himself look like a fool in front of others which can be irritating to watch. Still, the comedy of the show on most occasions is properly timed to balance out the darker themes

3. Erased

Satoru Fujinuma, an unsuccessful manga artist, has a mysterious ability called “replay (revival),” which is triggered in a pinch and repeatedly rewinds until the unfavorable outcome is corrected.

Eighteen years ago, Kayo Hinatsuki died in a series of kidnappings, and her mother, Sachiko, recognized the kidnappers and turned the tables on them. When Satoru is about to be accused of his mother’s murder, a revival is triggered.

The place where Satoru’s consciousness was transferred was inside 11-year-old Satoru in 1988, the year the kidnapping took place. March 1, the day Kayo disappeared. Can he keep Kayo away from the incident and protect her? Satoru runs through time for the future where his loved ones are still alive.

  • The suspenseful atmosphere which Erased is able to create, and the facial expressions which arouse suspicions on various characters are perfectly executed which supports its mystery genre incredibly well
  • OP and ED are amazingly executed. They even became a staple for online anime content creators for a time
  • The way ‘Revival’ is portrayed by showing a blue butterfly across the screen and the way history or the future is compared with the timeline using movie reels makes Erased more interesting to watch


A TV animation based on a hypothetical science ADV game by 5pb. The “Future Gadget Laboratory” in Akihabara is a rather strange invention club led by Rintaro Okabe and consisting of lab members Itaru Hashida and Mayuri Shiina.

They have discovered that their invention, a “telephone range (tentative),” can be used as a time machine to send cellular phone e-mails to the past. Further experiments revealed that the past can be altered by D-mail.

By the time they had succeeded in advancing their research and commercializing the time leap machine, they were being stalked by a mysterious organization. The past alteration involves great risk, and we learned the cruel fact that one of our friends will always die, whether in the alpha or beta world line…

Mayuri, his childhood friend, and Kurisu, to whom he is attracted. Can Okabe find a way to save them both?

  • The art style simply has a way more realistic feel to it than your generic anime
  • The characters are written in such a way that you are bound to like them. They all have their own likable and recognizable traits, which are perfectly described from the start: Makise Kurisu the tsundere, Daru the nerd, Mayuri the childish girl, and so on
  • The voice talent in the anime is strong, with Miyano Mamoru’s performance as Okabe in particular standing out. The other performances are somewhat overshadowed by this, but are solid performances nonetheless

5. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Director Akiyuki Shinbo and Shaft have teamed up to create a masterpiece of dark fantasy. It depicts the daily battles of girls who choose to live as “magical girls” in exchange for a wish.

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are saved by the magical girl Mami when they wander into a witch’s ward, and they have a strong yearning for each other. However, they are reminded of the reality when they witness the horrific scene of Mami being eaten by a witch.

MadoMagi takes a turn from the heartwarming everyday life and takes on a darker fantasy aspect. What is the harsh fate that magical girls bear? What decision will Madoka make?

  • Magical Girl overtones combined with the trance-like aesthetics of Shaft and the glorious character designs by a small green man who lives on top of an all-girls Japanese high school dormitory
  • The script is written by Urobuchi Gen, known for his work on Fate/Zero (hence the poem) and the highly acclaimed (and crazy good) visual novel Saya no Uta
  •  Madoka has an uncanny knack for going from quaint to disturbing incredibly fast. It also has the ability to BLOW YOUR MIND

6. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a juvenile novel written by Tsutsui Yasutaka. It became a TV drama, movie, and manga several times. However, this movie is its first anime adaptation. The main character, Konno Makoto, is brighter and more easygoing than any other characters in movies or TV dramas made before. At once she knows she acquires the power of “time leap.” She uses it without hesitation to satisfy her own desire.

Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but is having a hard time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of literally leaping through time.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time follows Makoto as she plays around with her newfound power. However, she soon learns the hard way that every choice has a consequence, and time is a lot more complicated than it may seem.

  • Tsutsui Yasutaka is a prolific author and known for science fiction works featuring dark humour/satire. His most famous work is probably The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • The art in this movie is special. Featuring what seems to be simple character work, yet extremely detailed environments, you begin to feel sort of immersed into the characters because of discerning features, particularly of their personality, rather than by simply their appearances alone
  • This is an excellent, dramatic movie with a small amount of romance thrown in. The movie can actually be quite funny at times, especially with Makoto’s priceless reactions to some things

7. Tokyo Revengers

Takemichi Hanagaki’s second year of middle school was the highest point in his life. He had respect, a gang of friends he could count on, and even a girlfriend. But that was twelve years ago. Today, he’s a nobody: a washed-up nonentity made fun of by children and always forced to apologize to his younger boss. 

A sudden news report on the Tokyo Manji Gang’s cruel murder of the only girlfriend he ever had alongside her brother only adds insult to injury. Half a second before a train ends his pitiful life for good, Takemichi flashes back to that same day twelve years ago, when he was still dating Hinata Tachibana.

After being forced to relive the very same day that began his downward spiral, Takemichi meets Hinata’s younger brother. Without thinking, he admits to his seeming death before flashing back to the past. Takemichi urges him to protect his sister before inexplicably returning to the future. 

Miraculously, he isn’t dead. Stranger still, the future has changed. It seems as though Takemichi can alter the flow of time. Given the chance to prevent his ex-girlfriend’s tragic death at the hands of the Tokyo Manji Gang, Takemichi decides to fly through time to change the course of the future.

  • From fluid fight scenes to encapsulating settings, the animators really put their hearts into it
  • The OSTs, opening themes and ending are all bangers! (It was the first anime to feature a yodelling segment in the OP)
  • The story can feel slow at times, but from it comes huge buildups for future events/arcs which you won’t want to miss

8. Bokutachi No Remake

Life is not going well for 28-year-old Kyouya Hashiba. Having left his office job to pursue a career in the video game industry, his internship at a popular game studio abruptly ends, leaving him unemployed and forcing him to move back in with his parents. 

Additionally, his jealousy toward the success of the “Platinum Generation”—a group of similarly-aged creators—has caused him to regret his decision to attend a traditional university instead of an arts college. Even though he believes there are no second chances in life, Kyouya is suddenly given one when he wakes up one day and finds himself 10 years in the past.

Instead of choosing a business school like he originally had, Kyouya decides to pursue his passions and attends the Oonaka University of Art. There, he meets classmate Eiko Kawasegawa, the woman who had hired him as an intern in the present, alongside his new housemates and future Platinum Generation members: underachieving artist Aki Shino, an aspiring singer and actress Nanako Kogure, and naturally-gifted writer Tsurayuki Rokuonji.

With each project they complete together, Kyouya and his friends venture closer to discovering their true potential as creators and remaking their lives into the ideal versions they desire.

  • With a character cast of young adults, the anime has an overall more mature feeling. While the anime is very light on fan service, it still has some compromising moments and the obligatory beach episode
  • This isn’t a difficult anime to get into and you can watch this without breaking a sweat. It’s a simple show that uses time travel as a plot device but ultimately doesn’t rely on it to sell its main story
  • One of the bigger selling points of the show is realism. It’s very refreshing to see young amateurs build their way up and learn about the video game industry

9. Future Diary

Based on the suspense manga of the same title by Esuno Sakae. For Yukiteru Amano, who is not good at interacting with others, the only people he can call friends are the imaginary creatures “Deus” and “Murmur”. When Yukiteru was typing in his diary on his cell phone as usual, a text that he does not remember was floating on the cell phone screen.

He also announced a survival game for the 12 owners of future diaries, starting with the first owner, Yukiteru, and ending with the 12th, with the winner of the game taking the title of god.

The diary owners join hands and cheat each other. During the battle, we learn that classmate Yuno Gasai, the 2nd, is actually Yukiteru’s single-minded stalker. How will the survival game turn out? Will Yuno’s paranoid love reach him?

  • It explores how one’s actions and willpower can change the future and how good people can go insane or do terrible things because of traumatic experiences
  • The pacing is fairly fast, but not forced, even when there’s no intense action going on, you find yourself on the edge of your seat knowing that an enemy could pop up at any time
  •  The music (OSTs, OP, and ED) is decent, they wisely avoided sound during some of the intense, dark & scary moments where they let the suspense and fear build up in the viewers

10. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Kyon is a high school boy who has taken a liking to his eccentric classmate Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi, seeking something out of the ordinary, starts a club of her own, and invites Yuki Nagato, a former member of the Literature Club, Mikuru Asahina, a moe, and Itsuki Koizumi, a mysterious transfer student, to form the SOS-dan (Haruhi Suzumiya’s group to make the world a more exciting place).

Unexpectedly, Haruhi’s activities are to “seek out and play with aliens, people from the future, and psychics,” which she has set as her mission statement. Yuki Nagato was an alien who observed Haruhi, Mikuru was a futurist who monitored Haruhi, and Koizumi was a psychic who belonged to an “agency.

The second season episode, “Endless Eight,” depicts a summer vacation that never ends due to a time loop. 8 episodes, almost two months of the same story, were aired (the drawings and direction were different for each episode), giving the viewers the feeling of being in a time loop. It became a topic of conversation among anime fans.

  • There’s one episode where a particular character is singing and they have the lyrics/drummer/guitarist synced perfectly. Beautiful fight scenes (though these are short and infrequent) too
  • It’s presented to you out of chronological order. That means episode 4 comes after episode 6, and episode 8 comes before 5 (not the actual order of the show). Don’t worry though, the episodes are out of order with purpose and intention, and it makes the anime all the more interesting
  • The characters are spins on stereotypes. Kyon is the ‘boring unexceptional brown-haired guy’, Mikuru is the walking pile of moe, Yuki is the aloof meganekko, and then there’s Haruhi. She’s so original that I cannot even place her in a set category

11. Buddy Complex

Buddy Complex, a.k.a. BuddyCon, an original robot anime produced by Sunrise, follows Aoba, a high school student living in the year 2014, who is transported to the future 74 years in the future, where he lives as a confused pilot.

In 2014, Aoba, a high school student, is relentlessly pursued by Bizon, a passenger on the giant robot “Nebiros”. To protect Aoba, it is her classmate Hina Yumihara who fights back with “Carla”. The moment Bizon tries to take her along by self-destructing, a singularity appears. Hina is sent to the future of 2078, and Aoba is sent to the future of 2088.

Aoba arrives in the world of 2088, and a chick that looks exactly like Hina appears in front of him. Why does Bizon attack Aoba? What happened behind the time leap between Hina and Hina?

  • They are easily likable and feel human enough not to feel two-dimensional. Also, when they get emotional, there are clear reasons behind them, and there are also no noticeable plot holes that I have noticed while casually watching the show
  • Coming from Sunrise, it is not much of a surprise that the art and sound are well done. The background music during the battles and while they are on standby fit in very well, and the OP and ED are catchy
  • The plot did a great job creating a sci-fi-action anime with a romantic kind of atmosphere at some parts

12. Higurashi When They Cry

The original is a computer game produced by the doujin circle 07th Expansion. The first season includes “Onikakushihen”, “Watanagashihen”, “Chousakushihen”, and “Biyasushihen” the question-and-answer version, and “Meakashihen” and “Kakushihen” the solution version, for a total of 6 parts.

The setting is the village of Hinamizawa in 1983. Keiichi Maehara, a transfer student from the city, was enjoying his life in the village surrounded by Rena, Enone, Satoko, Rika, and other cheerful friends.

However, the situation gradually changes, and he finds himself drawn into the vortex of a mysterious incident in Hinamizawa. When they are tormented by anxiety and unable to trust others, who reaches out to them? You will have to see for yourself why this is a “time-lapse” work!

  • The pacing is excellent, and the suspense is palpable. You know terrible things are going to happen, but you don’t know exactly what
  • Each experiment you run (arc you see) reveals a few more clues, and you formulate a new theory, only to find it shattered by another totally unexpected horror in the very same arc
  • Higurashi would appeal to two types of people. The megalomaniacs who cackle madly in seeing a happy community descend into the depth of oblivion, and the curious scientist who watched each arc with intense interest… for they want to know exactly *why* everything goes wrong (though they can also cackle madly just a little)

13. Mekakucity Actors

The animation division of the Kagerou Project by Jin (Enemy of Nature P). A long time ago, Azami, a medusa, fell in love with a young human named Tsukihiko and created “Kagerou Days,” a world that will never end because of the shortness of human life.

When her granddaughter Marie was beaten to death, Azami brought her back to life by drawing her into the Kagerou Days and giving her the power to control all snakes!

Meanwhile, a reclusive young man named Shintaro encounters a strange group called the Mechakushidan as soon as he steps out into the outside world for the first time in two years because of a prank played on him by a mysterious software program called Dennou Shoujo Ene. Kido, the leader of the Mekakushi-dan, has the ability to “hide his eyes,” Set has the ability to “steal eyes,” and Kano has the ability to “deceive eyes”.

The members of the Mekakushi-dan, a group of people with abilities related to “eyes,” seem to have powers that stem from their respective pasts. This is a time-lapse work in which the Mekakushi-dan, made up of such unique members, are active!

  • What Mekakucity does do, as a result of its roundabout approach to storytelling, is repeatedly twist your perception of the main characters. The show’s big ‘mystery’, where you have to guess which character is actually the one holding the witch’s power, is one that takes a while to become obvious
  • Produced by Jin, the music was quite popular before the anime was released. Which helped the anime skyrocket popularity with viewers
  • The voice actors of Mekakucity Actors bring so much more into the story, really justifying the anime adaptation, and a special mention goes to Ene’s voice actor Kana Asumi – her character never fails to bring a smile to your face!

14. Sakurada Reset

The popular novel by Yutaka Kono, consisting of seven volumes, has been adapted into an anime. The story depicts the love and friendship between high school boys and girls in Sakurada, a town where people with supernatural powers gather. Kei Asai, who can retain all her memories, and Misora Haruki, who can rewind the world for up to three days, have a mission to accomplish.

They are still trying to bring back Violet Aima, their classmate, who died two years ago as a result of the resetting process.

During these days, Kay and Harusaki meet two important figures in Sakirata’s history: Sasano, an old man who can enter photographs, and a witch who has the ability to see into the future.

  • There are scenes that have a really deep impact while having a good harmony with the soundtrack
  • The characters manage to develop well in a very surprising way, they start getting more emotional over time while dealing with very philosophical and psychological events that will help them understand more about themselves, the story of Sakurada, and the ability users
  • If you aren’t into a slow-paced story with characters that will develop quite slowly, this show certainly might not be for you. but if you are patient enough, certainly this anime will keep you hooked and will reward those that stick to the end

15. Zegapain

Sunrise presents this robot coming-of-age anime. The story centers on Kyou, a carefree high school student living in Maihama City, his childhood friend Ryoko, and a mysterious beautiful girl named Shizuno.

At Shizuno’s invitation, Kyou sets out in his giant robot Zegapain. He is convinced that what he sees is a virtual world that bears no resemblance to the peaceful everyday world, but what he sees is the real world of war.

In fact, it has been a long time since humans disappeared from the earth, and Kyou and Ryoko were nothing more than “phantom bodies,” personality memory bodies, and data without substance. Their high school life in Maihama and club activities were all virtual spaces created by computers.

Is the phantom body human? Or is it …? What was the answer they came up with after all their troubles? The story of Ryo, a high school student, struggling to discover what is important to him will touch your heart.

  • Zegapain manages to maintain a complex fully explored setting and plot advancements without any of those, the show is maturely handled, always evolving with its characters and plot developments, always rewarding, and never breaking its rules
  •  All the characters have a purpose and add something to the show but some of the side characters can lack some presence occasionally and are rather forgettable despite being well fleshed-out and having solid development and backdrop
  •  Something that can also throw a lot of shows off the deep end is a shoehorned romance or love triangle that just isn’t well handled in general, Zegapain deals with its romance very well

16. Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer

This is the second theatrical version written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, who was the chief director of the TV series. It is highly regarded as the original “loop” film, and is known as a work that had a great influence on creators in later generations.

The main character, Ataru Moroboshi, attends Tomobiki High School, which is in an uproar with the school festival coming up the next day. The day before the school festival is about to begin, the students are in an uproar, but something unusual is discovered when Ataru’s exhausted homeroom teacher, Onsen Mark, complains, “I feel like I’m repeating the day before the school festival”.

Sakura, a public health doctor, embarks on an investigation and comes upon the frightening sight of the entire town of Tomobiki being transported on a giant stone statue of a turtle. Not Urashima Taro on the back of a turtle, but Tomobikicho… What on earth is going on? And will Ataru and his friends be able to escape from the loop?

  • The animation has a lot of fun stylistic choices and tends towards being very inventively surreal
  • Music–it’s a combination of atmospheric creepy tones and 80s synth. Oh and let me tell you, the 80s synth gets really hilarious really quickly
  •  The characters never keep you in a state of being uninvested, and the story has a certain weight to it that truly lends itself to some of the heavier dialogue

17. Orange

The anime Orange is based on a shoujo manga by Takano Ichigo. At the opening ceremony of her second year of high school, Naho Takamiya receives a letter from “herself in 10 years”. In the letter, it told Naho what would happen to her in the future and the actions she should take to avoid it.

At first, Naho was skeptical, but then a boy named Kakeru Naruse transferred from Tokyo, just as the letter said. In the letter, it was written that Naho would fall in love with Sho from now on, but that Sho would die in an accident in the winter of his seventeenth year. 

It was also discovered that similar letters had been sent to Naho’s friends, Hiroto Suwa and Takako Chino. Naho and his friends believe the contents of the letters and cooperate to prevent Sho’s accident.

  • The opening “Hikari no Hahen” by Yu Takahashi is really splendid and set the mood for the next 20 minutes of the show while the ending “Mirai” by Kobukuro acts as a catalyst to all those feelings we go through
  • The main casts do get their developments due to the main cast being in a group and there are some romantic tensions here and there
  • The animation was consistent throughout and the visuals on how the camera was used were used to great effects, such as sudden transitions on weird differing angles, made a rather mundane occurrence, intense at times, huge praise goes to its backgrounding artwork as it was utterly gorgeous at the best of times

18. Little Busters

Based on the romance adventure game produced by Key, Little Busters! (Abbreviated as “LITBUS“). The main character, Naoe Riki, who lost his parents when he was a child, was saved by the “Little Busters,” an ally of justice led by his childhood friend Kyosuke.

Time passed, and the members of the Little Busters became high school students. Kyosuke announces the formation of a baseball team and orders Riki and Suzu to gather the members. Kyosuke watches over each member as Riki takes care of each one of them. Before the first game, Kyosuke tells the team that the leader will be replaced.

Riki begins to climb the stairs to adulthood, fighting his desire to be pampered by Kyosuke. Meanwhile, the “secret of the world” is revealed. With Kyosuke at the helm, Riki forms an emotional bond with his childhood friends who support him. It is a moving work that will inevitably bring tears to your eyes when you discover the truth behind peaceful everyday life!

  • If you love slow-paced storylines, this is a time-travel anime made for you
  • The voice actors/actresses sound more natural and the dialogue feels more fluid than forced between the characters
  • *Psst*, heard you were looking for fanservice, if so, there’s lots of it here for you

19. Occultic;Nine

Based on a novel by Chiyomaru Shikura, creator of “STEINS;GATE”. Gamon Yuta, a.k.a. “Gamotan,” is a high school sophomore who runs the occult-related website “Kirikiribasara” for affiliate income.

He visits Hashigami, an “occult-oriented” professor who has attracted media attention, on the recommendation of the site’s staff member, Ryoutan (Narusawa Ryoka), and comes face to face with Hashigami’s corpse, which has been murdered by someone!

A few days later, a large number of dead bodies surface in a pond in Inokashira Park, titled Case 256, and since there is no major damage to the bodies, suicide or brainwashing is suspected. Gamotan and “Kiribasa” officials were interested in the case, but they were confronted with an unexpected fact…

In fact, Gamotan and the others were victims of the 256 incidents and had become ghosts without their knowledge. How did they end up dying? Gamotan and his team, now in spirit form, take on the giant organization behind the case!

  • The sound is amazing and is composed by Yokoyama Masaru (Your Lie in April, Plastic Memories) with it just adding to the immersion in certain scenes
  • The art style is a breath of fresh air with the character designs being relatively unique
  • The animation as expected from this studio is relatively good with most scenes being aesthetically pleasing and generally fluid

20. Date A Live

The Date A Live series is an anime work based on science fiction and romantic comedy themes. Based on a light novel by Tachibana Kouji.

The setting is a world 30 years after the spatial earthquake, a catastrophe caused by the appearance of mysterious life forms called “spirits”. The main character, Shidou Itsukawa, meets a spirit girl, Juka Yatogami, at the place where the spatial earthquake occurred. However, Shido was caught up in the battle between the human and the spirit and collapsed.
When he woke up, he found himself on board the Fluxinus, an aerial ship. There, he learns that his sister, Kotori Gokawa, is the commander of Ratatosk, an organization dedicated to the peaceful resolution of spatial tremors.

Kotori’s surprise solution to stop the spatial earthquake is to “date the spirits and make them fall in love with each other”? In order to negotiate with the spirits, Shido has to repeatedly go on dates with various beautiful spirit girls.

  • The art style and animations are beautiful to look at. If there is one thing DAL does great its the animations. There were no derp faces, the fight scenes looked crisp, the backgrounds were well done, and everything about was done to a tee
  • The soundtrack is another category DAL excels at. The BGM fits almost every scene and really brought the most out of each scene
  • Buddy, look at me, harem plus ecchi, you get the best of both worlds

21. Iroduku: The World in Colors

Iroduku: The World in Colors is an anime work written by Yashio Natsuka and produced by P.A. WORKS. 13 episodes were broadcast as an original anime.

Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, in the year 2078 A.D., is a mysterious world where magic is available. Hitomi Tsukishiro, a girl with color blindness who cannot use magic very well, is a girl with little emotion because she lost her color vision at an early age. Her grandmother, Tsukishiro Amber, a great magician, is worried about Hitomi and sends her back in time to the year 2018 in Nagasaki Prefecture.

The place where Hitomi crosses time and space is the room of a high school boy, Yuiyo Aoi. She rushes out of the room, but sees vivid colors on the picture he drew.

  • The pacing is slow, but this is intentional since the author wants you to learn every characters growth/story
  • As it’s part of the plot, the show’s visuals manages to capture the essence of that at its finest
  • From Hitomi joining the photography club to experiencing the cultural festival together with friends, P.A. Works manages to sell this series as a modern coming of age fantasy

22. Island

The anime ISLAND is based on the Windows video game software released by Front Wing. A young man washes ashore on an island called Urashima, which has an exclusive climate.

The young man has amnesia and believes from his fragmented memories that he has come to the past to save the world from the future. A girl named Rinne Ohara gave him a name, which he changed to Sanzenkai Setsuna.

Urashima holds many mysteries, such as “Baimon disease,” which kills people when exposed to sunlight, and “Boryujima,” which only appears on stormy days. Kirina, together with Rinne, Kurutsu Karen, Garando-Sara, and others, will explore the mysteries of the island.

  • The story is well written and will have you at the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens at the end of each episode
  • The art style is very unique and its animation has received high praises
  •  The characters’ personalities were as well-written as the story as well. Each of the four main characters—Rinne, Setsuna, Sara, and Karen—had their own character developments which developed quite nicely

23. Nobunaga Concerto

The original story of Nobunaga Concerto is a shonen manga by Ayumi Ishii. It won the 57th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Juvenile Division.

Saburo, a high school boy living in the present day, accidentally travels back in time to the 18th year of the Sengoku Period (1549). In Sengoku-era Japan, Saburo meets Nobunaga Oda, a man with a face identical to his own. Nobunaga, who is sickly and frail, unlike the legends of history, asks Saburo to switch places with him and live as Nobunaga Oda.

At first, Saburo does not accept the idea of taking Oda Nobunaga’s place. However, Saburo skillfully survived the Warring States period with his bold words, actions, and ideas.

  • The storytelling is brilliant – no cliches, no harems, no love triangles, it’s all about Oda Nobunaga quest to unite all of Japan in Saburo’s way
  • The sound is amazing too (listening to the ED as I write this), making you cry at times – from sadness and happiness alike
  • Character development is subtle yet clear, you might even end up cheering for the once-disgusting guy

24. Punchline

An original work by the animation production company MAPPA. The story is about a high school student, Yuta Irritatsu, who aims for the survival of the earth after he sees a pair of underpants that will lead the human race to the end of the world.

The story begins when Yuta and the residents of Furukaikan, Labura, encounter a bus hijacking. Strange Juice, an ally of justice (who is actually Mikatan, a resident of Korokan), rushes in and quickly defeats the enemies, but the leader of the group takes his back and is killed by a man.

Yuta awakens when he sees the underwear of the unconscious labra, and dives into the river with the man in tow. As Yuta is pulled out of the river, all he sees is Strange Juice Mikatan’s underwear!

The amount of energy released exceeds the limit and Yuta dies, and the human race faces extinction. Yuta, now in spirit form, decides to go back in time and fight in order to regain his reality and save the earth from destruction.

  • Punch Line is a good flex of narrative muscle, bringing together originally stereotypical characters into a community that gives them just a little more innovation than the rest of the industry can do right now
  • It’s a riotous comedy that inverts all sorts of terribleness from the known-to-all loved-by-none (or degenerate) genre of ecchi. It has everything; a zany premise, harem situation, superpowers, nose bleeds, the promise of sex jokes, robots, time travel, ninjas, mascot characters, archetypal cast, forgettable lead, low-budget setting, and the list goes on
  • This completely absurd show with no boundaries and just a handful of troupes that the scriptwriter wanted to toy with actually manages to make you care. That is Punch Lines’s charm

25. Charlotte

The second original anime by Key. Yuu Otosaka is enjoying carefree high school life, abusing her ability to “take over another person’s body for 5 seconds” for her own trivial desires. However, the sudden appearance of Nao Tomori, the president of Hoshinoumi Academy, uncovers Yuu’s evil ways and forces him to help out with student council activities.

At first, he was reluctant to join the student council, but as he learns of his destiny as a gifted student, he gradually discovers what he is meant to do. When he realizes that his ability is “looting,” an extremely dangerous ability, he makes an important decision.

  • Each Character is given a whole episode for introductions and has a backstory. And as you continue through this series you will see the main character Otosaka Yuu changing positively, as he was a narcissist
  • Music and art-wise, this anime has it all and even spawned memes that are still used until this day
  • An outstanding, dramatic, and heartwarming story that will make the biggest man “shed dem tears”


The power of time travel elevates your perspective and increases possibilities by infinite multiples. We either go back in time to fix something we once fumbled, or we go to the future and explore new horizons that have yet to be encountered. 

Time an infinite concept, and with these kinds of anime comes a variety of paths to be explored. We all have that one moment where we wish we could have gone back in time, so let’s experience that with this grand list of anime to binge and chill too. 

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