Are you a fan of the Star Wars saga? You’re out of ideas? These anime may be able to fill the need left by Star Wars in your heart.
Anime is a form of media that stands head and shoulders above the rest. With the ability to express oneself through animation, anime has a lengthy history of tradition and creativity that has formed one of the most culturally distinct art forms out there today. In spite of this, it is not the exclusive source of enjoyment.
There are countless media and brands outside of anime that have developed their own distinct histories and cultures. Perhaps the most well-known and well-documented property out there is Star Wars, an entertainment phenomenon that has transformed the cinema business as well as garnered a near-religious following. This list will feature a few anime that Star Wars fans might enjoy, as a way of bringing the two fandoms together.
Beyond being a well-known Shounen franchise, Naruto has developed one of the most fascinating and relatable hero’s journeys in popular culture. The humble beginnings of Naruto Uzumaki, a young hero who may have started out even lower than Luke but nonetheless had a comparable hidden skill, may interest those who were captivated by Luke’s climb from farm child to interplanetary hero.
A similar loss, a gilded heritage, a knowledgeable sage to instruct them to regulate their talents, and perhaps even the same arrogance to cloud their judgment were involved in unlocking that gift. To move from space knights to fanciful ninjas isn’t asking too much.
2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Tanjiro’s mission to become stronger, save his sister, and avenge his family can be compared to Naruto Uzumaki’s journey to avenge his family. When it comes to aesthetics, Luke’s rise and that of Tanjiro are most strikingly similar.
As a result of their rigorous training, they’re both effectively knights/samurai, members of an elite organization dedicated to combating the world’s perceived evil. In addition, the fight sequences may be more enjoyable for people who have become accustomed to the Star Wars universe.
3. Space Dandy
Space Dandy is one of the most visually and tonally similar series to Star Wars, despite its lack of action. To follow up on another classic space opera, Shinichiro Watanabe has created a sci-fi sequel that boasts some of the most vibrant and diversified worlds yet, along with a plethora of species produced by various artists.
The Aloha Hoy’s exploits aren’t bad, either. Their own hero is perhaps just a goofier version of Han Solo, and Meow is a greasier Chewbacca and QT is a much more intelligible R2D2 in the same way that the Millennium Falcon’s organic mistakes create the same type of dynamic suspense.
4. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Even if you’re not a fan of the Star Wars saga, the epic tale of Code Geass will captivate you. However, this does not diminish one’s admiration. A big political drama with a variety of viewpoints and interesting characters makes each mecha battle even more suspenseful and distressing in Code Geass.
While it may not be as long as Star Wars, it has a similar degree of detail and stakes, and its characters are just as well-defined, making it a worthy rival. The jedi, rebels, and sith all have a similar sense of duty and honor, even without lightsabers and lasers to contend with.
Gintama, in all honesty, might be a bit of a stretch. There’s only so much of Star Wars fandom you can get out of Gintama, but at least it has a rich history of real-world samurai, as well as some truly epic sword fights. Gintama, on the other hand, is mostly a comedic show.
As a result of its numerous Star Wars parodies, though, this show is included in this list of the best Star Wars parodies of all time. The character Obi Wan is referred to as “Obi Wan” and an Extraterrestrial-like alien is dressed as Darth Vader. In some ways, this is a series that at least understands what it means to be a fan of the Star Wars universe.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist is Star Wars if it were more explicit about its political themes and if it went in a more powerful direction. With its Nazi fill ins, the voyage of Edward Elric and Alphonse has a lot in common with the great tragedies that followed Star Wars’ principal heroes.
Conspiracies and genocide have helped both factions ascend to power, and they both use these methods to maintain their control over the world today. Perhaps even more so than Jedi, Alchemists have the potential to be seen as reflective, morally ambiguous individuals. In any event, this is a series that appeals to a wide range of viewers and whose runtime isn’t particularly taxing for those who are new to anime.
7. Attack on Titan
As a space opera, Star Wars is a must-see for any fan of political intrigue and overwhelming force. For supporters, it’s a franchise that provides a near-religious sense of empowerment, as well as a branded banner to live under.
The troops of Attack on Titan and their battle against the Titans’ enigmatic, terrible force is the best anime out there to reproduce that experience and more. There is an interesting dynamic going on here if you enjoy watching the rebels’ small spaceships battle the gigantic Death Star and giant ones. They also fly through the air like Spiderman but with swords in this game. And who could blame them?
8. One Piece
If you’re looking for a massive world filled with history and character, go no further than One Piece. You won’t even know it’s there. As of today, this series has been telling a story filled with intrigue and adventure, complete with robots and talking reindeer, for just over two decades. Among the most artistically and culturally distinct stopping places in anime history is the story of the Straw Hat pirates and their quest to find the One Piece.
If you’re a Star Wars fan who gets a rush from poring over endless wiki entries about the most minute of details, consider making One Piece your new guilty pleasure.
9. Cowboy Bebop
It’s hard to think of anything more Star Wars-like than Cowboy Bebop, one of the most renowned anime of all time. The series is based on an attempt to replicate the feel of the original Star Wars films, but with a sci-fi twist.
Star Wars fans can appreciate Cowboy Bebop’s high level of detail and culture in just a single picture, since this not only speaks volumes about our world being influenced by an alternate timeline but also indicates how a society could potentially adapt to it. Nothing has been spoken about Spike Spiegel’s past, which includes stories of war and criminality that have left him scarred and broken.
10. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Not to be outdone, one of anime’s most lauded space operas is finally here. The interplanetary politics of a galaxy-wide battle are described in detail in Legend of the Galactic Heroes. So firmly defined in culture and history are its characters, and their feeling of responsibility reflects some of the actual world’s own morality and ethics with battle.
I think that Legend of the Galactic Heroes would make an excellent obsession for anyone searching for a series that keeps them interested in the overall storyline while also providing ample opportunity to pore over small details and nuance.