Having two characters swap bodies and their thoughts, one of which is in the body of the other, is one of literature’s most intriguing notions. Magic, curses, wishes, or advanced technology could be to blame for this strange phenomena.
What Is the Appeal of Body Swap?
This notion presents a dilemma and complexity when it comes to navigating another person’s life. By going about his or her everyday business as usual, he or she offers the audience a sense of anticipation and intrigue.
Although they provide difficulties and anomalies, the characters benefit most from seeing things from the other’s point of view thanks to body swaps. As a result, they become more empathetic and compassionate toward others.
So, which body swap anime do you think is the best?
Manga and anime are the same. Several series have dealt with this subject matter. There are a variety of ways in which the concept is used, from a primary narrative device in certain series and an important part of the story in others.
According to the folks at MAL, Your Name is the body-swapping anime that receives the highest rating.
Let’s get to the list of the 10 best anime series about body swapping right now!
1. Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)
This Makoto Shinkai picture is, of course, an instant hit when it debuts. As a result, it has become one of the highest-grossing anime films in the history of cinema.
In it, a high school girl in a rural location named Mitsuha tells the story of her longing to die and reincarnate as a handsome city boy. Taki, a Tokyo high school student, was the body in which Mitsuha unexpectedly found herself for reasons that remain a mystery. Taki, on the other hand, found himself one day inhabiting the body of a teenage girl. For the sake of their relationship, Mitsuha had to date Taki’s coworker while in Taki’s body. Messages are written on Taki and Mitsuha’s bodies as a means of communication. Mitsuha’s hometown was destroyed by a gigantic comet, and their memories began to fade, making it difficult for them to find one other.
When we hear the name “Your Name,” we’re drawn into what appears to be an ordinary Japanese life, and we’re also punched in the belly and a little further down. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it in the past four years; it still brought me and my friends to tears. Despite the fact that the two main characters have just had passing encounters, it manages to portray an excellent love story despite the fact that they never actually meet.
“Walking in someone else’s shoes” doesn’t apply to body swapping because it’s more than just physical. Because of the fact that time is not linear and synchronous in this scenario, the story portrays a picture of a confusing and difficult switching experience. Seeing your ‘other self’ becomes difficult as a result of this. There is a tangible sense of wanting to know more about the other person and this developing curiosity develops into a love that practically transcends distance and time.
2. Kokoro Connect
The body-swapping cliché is widely used in Kokoro Connect to set up conflict and move the plot along. It’s rare to see a serious and interesting story come out of a premise that is normally used as a joke or for more explicit stuff.
A club can be joined out of social or academic interest for the majority of college students. The Kokoroco team, on the other hand, is brave enough to start their own club. Heartseed, a supernatural being who plays tricks on people, is one of the five members of the group when they decide to start their own club.
There were around twenty instances of body changing amongst the five characters in the anime. To my surprise, none of them are played for laughs at all. You can compare it to AnoHana and Another or School Days, whatever freaks you out the most. When it comes to anime, high school students dying on screen isn’t anything new. However, Kokoro Connect takes on some of the more difficult subjects head on. Everything from being open about one’s feelings to more emotionally difficult topics like sexual assault is covered here. A near-rape has left one of them traumatized. As one character swears to “enjoy life to the fullest,” it also depicts life continuing beyond death.
It’s impossible to sum up Kokoroco in a single word. An indifferent, bored-sounding Heartseed reveals the mysteries of the human mind in this investigation of the human psyche. Once you’ve finished it, you’ll be glad you did.
3. One Piece (Punk Hazard Arc)
First, the MAL rating covers the series’s 900+ episodes. Punk Hazard was the only plot arc in which body swap was significantly featured. Trafalgar Law is the name of a character in the show. “Operations” can include swapping the minds of characters, and he’s a doctor who can do so.
The Straw Hat Pirates end up in Punk Hazard, which is abandoned. Because of an epic battle, the island was converted into a half-hot, half-cold wasteland by the world government. Marines and Straw Hats were cut off from HQ and had their hearts exchanged by Law, who was revealed to be a government pirate.
I’ve already discussed how the body swapping notion is frequently employed for comic relief and to advance a plot point. A nice example of this is Punk Hazard. Hilarity occurs at the beginning of their exchange. When Nami takes on the form of Cyborg Franky, she must restrain herself or risk harming others. Sanji, the cook, transforms into her crush, Nami, with the boobs he’s always wanted within his grasp. As with Tashigi and Smoker, the G5 Marines are bewildered and delighted by this. Why is this so?
To me, Punk Hazard exemplifies Trafalgar Law’s dominance. A half-half island illustrates a shift in the balance of power that led to its creation. The One Piece Arc isn’t popular with other fans, but I think it works well because the series had to get back on its feet following the time skip. Next up is one of the strongest arcs we’ve had so far: Dressrosa.
4. Gintama (Soul Switch Arc)
Expect us to incorporate Gintama whenever possible. The use of body swapping in this anime, as in One Piece, is mostly for comic effect. There are no holds barred in Gintama’s Sorachi-style outrageousness.
Gintoki and Hijikata are involved in an accident in the appropriately named Soul Switch Arc. Truck-kun, a buddy of ours, organized this event. As a result, they are forced to assume the responsibilities of running their own businesses. The surprised expressions on Gintoki and Hijikata’s faces are captured in Gintama’s trademark combination of seriousness and humor. Multi-angle views of a truck approaching them are shown in slow motion. Scuffle amongst the spirits causes Gintoki’s soul to be divided in half. Half his soul went into the deceased cat’s rear end.
While dealing with their very dangerous subordinates, both men exclaim, “It doesn’t matter where I am, it’s all the same!” The still-unpaid Kagura and Shinpachi beat up Hijikata, who is now inhabiting Gintoki’s body. Meanwhile, Sougo’s assassination attempts against Gintoki in Hijikata’s body must be thwarted.
5. Motto To Love-Ru
It’s always amusing to point out that To Love-harem Ru’s setup is pronounced “trouble” when read in Japanese. A storyline gimmick of body swapping is used in several of the episodes, although the series’ magical nature allows for such occurrences to fit in naturally with the story.
Only four body swaps are featured in the 2010 series. When Mikan and Yami swapped places, that was the best illustration we could think of. It was Mikan’s goal to see what Yami could do. Rito is the center of attention, yet the story is told from the viewpoints of two people with vastly different backgrounds.
The puzzled Rito is the focal point of this body exchange, and he remains so for the majority of the time. Despite the expected fan service, there are some valuable lessons to be learned about self-control and consideration for others. To put it another way, it becomes an experiment between two completely different people when a powerful assassin and a simple schoolgirl are swapped. Mikan was able to experience Yami’s freedom and power, as well as the responsibility that accompanies it. Meanwhile, Yami appears to be improving her self-control. Whilst inside Mikan’s body, she came to terms with the long-term consequences of her impulsive and violent deeds.
6. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
This is a must-see anime for everyone interested in the genre. It’s a slice-of-life high school series, but there’s also a lot of kissing. Yamada-kun to Nana-nin no Majo’s body swap begins and continues the plot.
When Ryu Yamada-kun and Urara Shiraishi meet paths, the delinquent wakes up the next day to find himself exchanged. The body exchange is set off by kissing, as we learn early on in the novel. Resurrecting the Supernatural Studies Club at school after an idea from a classmate, the two students discover that there are more students who believe in witchcraft.
It’s impossible for me to emphasize enough how important kissing is in this series. Ranma 1/2 is like a tub of hot and cold water. No matter how you slice it, this isn’t a harem-ish or comic portion of the show. Other than that, the witch-hunting in Yamada-kun follows a typical pattern in action anime. If you’ve played Samurai 7 or Fushigi Yuugi, you’re familiar with the concept of searching for a teammate. One could say that the story is gaining new heroes as it goes along.
Maria Sarushima, whose special ability allows her to know the future of anybody she kisses, is one of my favorite characters in the series, even if Ryu and Urara are the central figures. In the anime, her character’s evolution is also depicted. People who believe that she has the ability to foretell the future make her nervous.
7. Punch Line
When it comes to comedy-harem anime, Punch Line doesn’t take a serious tone, as the title should have tipped you off at the beginning.
As Strange Juice saves the passengers from a hijacked bus, one of the passengers, Yuuta Iridatsu, discovers that his soul has been stolen from the body he was riding in. His soul was taken by a satanic cat spirit, which then took over his body. As moment as this spirit sees panties, it becomes tenfold more powerful. The show then recounts the story of how the mystery surrounding his home is solved and how the cat powered by an undergarment is ultimately prevented from destroying the planet.
It’s reasonable to say that both the humor and the action in the first episode have grown significantly. After the first four or five episodes, you’re taken on a fast-tracked adventure trip despite the show’s absurd premise and hit-or-miss comic shots. Start viewing it now, because the premise alone is enough to get you excited.
8. Birdy The Mighty: Decode
It’s not a true body swap, but rather a form of body-sharing. There are two versions of the anime: a 1996 OVA and a 2009 TV series. We’ll be concentrating on the TV shows.
Birdy the Mighty centers on Federation agent Birdy, who is on the prowl for intergalactic crooks. As a result of the incident, one of her victims was a high school student. Birdy combined Tsutomu Senkawa’s consciousness into her own body in order to save the boy’s life until they could rebuild his body.
There are two minds occupying one body, and their divergent viewpoints are causing havoc in their daily lives. For example, coordinating Tsutomu’s daily routine with Birdy’s intergalactic law enforcement duties and her Earth persona as an idol are all part of everyday life for Birdy. Despite the story’s potential for comedy and ecstasy, it is largely serious. When they’re still figuring out what to do and arguing about a number of things, I think there are some moments of laughter. Arita Shion, Birdy’s idol, is the source of this lively and humorous persona — both Birdy and Tsutomu despise the idol, yet Arita Shion comes off as a different character from both of them.
9. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo
As a manga series, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has already seen eight installments, each featuring a character named Jojo. In terms of these, Part 5: Golden Wind (Vento Aureo) is frequently praised, and with good cause.
The fact that Vento Aureo’s body swap occurs near the end of the series adds tension to the quest for the series’ holy grail, an arrow that grants the Stand abilities and enhances them. In a race against the final boss, the team led by Giorno Giovanna (GioGio, or Jojo for consistency) gets all people and animals near the Silver Chariot Requiem swap bodies.
The pursuit for the arrow is thrown into full disarray by Golden Wind’s usage of the body switch technology. Diavolo, the boss of Passione’s mafia, is on a crusade to eliminate each and every member of the gang one by one, and everyone is on their own. When we initially saw it, several of us had a hard time figuring out who the leader of the group was.
10. Cardcaptor Sakura
As a fourth-grader, Cardcaptor Sakura chronicles her mission to reverse the Clow Cards she has released on the world before they fall into the wrong hands, making it one of Clamp’s most iconic series.
What happens when two people meet one other? That’s what the Change Card does in its anime adaptation. Li Syaoran and Keroberos attempt to capture the Card by pinning down the creature from the card, only to discover that they had swapped bodies. Neither of them knows what to do while confined in the other’s body — Syaoran in the form of a small plushie creature, and Kero stuck in her student life as Li Syaoran. They make such a mess of things that others quickly see what’s going on.
In the case of non-Sakura fans, Li Syaoran is the protagonist’s main competitor and later love interest. Imagine him as a hapless mascot, making a series of inexplicable errors. This is Syaoran, the pensive, somber guy who somehow winds up as a prize in a claw arcade machine. It turns out this episode is an excellent fit after re-watching the series. The Change Card transforms into a lighthearted and amusing show. The Cardcaptor on Ice Episode is sandwiched between the scene where Sakura transforms into Ultraman and this segment. The Sakura – Syaoran ship sets off from here.