Are you a fan of Marvel or DC, or just the concept of superpowers in general? Are you new to watching anime or digging for some exciting superpower anime? If yes, then you’re in the right place.
20 Must Watch Superpower Anime Series
- Top 20 Superpower Anime Hand-picked For You
- 20. The Seven Deadly Sins
- 19. Fire Force
- 18. Mob-Psycho 100
- 17. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
- 16. Black Clover
- 15. Bungou Stray Dogs
- 14. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- 13. My Hero Academia
- 12. YuYu Hakusho
- 11. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- 10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- 9. Fate/Zero
- 8. Bleach
- 7. Dragon Ball Z
- 6. Jujutsu Kaisen
- 5. One-Punch Man
- 4. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
- 3. One Piece
- 2. Naruto Shippuden
- 1. Attack on Titan
Top 20 Superpower Anime Hand-picked For You
20. The Seven Deadly Sins
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Adventure, Fantasy
- No. of episodes: 24
- MAL score: 7.69
The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is an anime that shook the anime world upon its release.
The concept of the seven sins is enticing enough, but the characters, the action scenes, and the animation all play a part in hooking you into the show.
Synopsis: The Holy Knights of Britannia use powerful magic to protect the kingdoms of Britannia.
When a small group of these Knights allegedly tried to overthrow the kingdom of Liones, they were eventually defeated by the other Holy Knights.
Their legend lived on, and they were named “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Ten years later, the same Knights who protected Britannia overthrew the ruler or Liones to reign over it.
The story begins with Elizabeth, the third princess of Liones, leaving to search for the Seven Deadly Sins to request them to help take her kingdom back from the treacherous Knights.
You can watch The Seven Deadly Sins on: Netflix.
19. Fire Force
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Supernatural
- No. of episodes: 24
- MAL score: 7.70
This is one of the most popular new-generation shonen anime with great music, art style, and animation.
The show has stunning visuals all around, especially in action sequences. The characters, as well as the powers they wield, are extremely intriguing from the beginning.
Synopsis: Spontaneous Human Combustion is a bizarre phenomenon by which regular humans transform into violent blazing creatures called “Infernals,” the first-generation cases.
The second and third generations are called pyrokinetics, those who can remain human and control their flames.
Shinra Kusakabe is a young third-generation who joins the Special Fire Force, the organization responsible for putting rest to the infernals.
However, Shinra soon realizes that things are deeper than he expected as darkness looms all over Tokyo and his family’s demise twelve years ago comes to light.
You can watch Fire Force on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix.
18. Mob-Psycho 100
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Comedy, Supernatural
- No. of episodes: 12
- MAL score: 8.49
Mob-Psycho 100 is a highly entertaining anime mostly talked about in the anime community for its eye-popping animation.
The premise is very interesting, and with bits of comedy and darkness, the anime is enjoyable if you like watching intense action sequences.
Synopsis: 14-year-old Kageyama Shigeo, or “Mob,” possesses a vast spring of psychic powers, which he soon realizes are dangerous for others around him and need suppressing.
Shigeo decides to improve command over his powers by working under Arataka Reigen, a conman claiming to be an expert psychic.
Reigen uses Shigeo’s power to exorcise spirits for money to his advantage without the latter realizing it.
More concerning is that Shigeo’s psychic energy is like a ticking time bomb nearing its explosion. If it reaches its breaking point, Shigeo will not remain himself anymore.
You can watch Mob Psycho 100 on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
17. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Vampire
- No. of episodes: 26
- MAL score: 7.90
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the most iconic manga/anime of all time, with a distinct art style and animation that perfectly complements the story’s ambience.
The characters are muscly and brawny like Marvel and DC superheroes, so if that character design appeals to you, check this anime out!
Synopsis: Set in 1960s England, the story follows George and his son Jonathan Joestar who are saved by Dario Brando after a carriage accident, or at least that is what they think.
After twelve years, Dario dies, and, hoping to repay him, George adopts his son Dio Brando. Dio and Jonathan appear to get along, but the former constantly tries to outshine the latter in every way possible.
When George is on his deathbed, Jonathan suspects Dio is behind his father’s ill condition, and this realization is just the beginning of his misery.
You can watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure on: Crunchyroll, and Netflix.
16. Black Clover
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Comedy, Fantasy
- No. of episodes: 170
- MAL score: 8.13
Black Clover is a great anime to watch if you like shows about magic and wizards. The distinct powers of the characters in this show are a spectacle to watch.
The music is incredible, and the fight scenes have particularly outstanding animation.
Synopsis: As kids, Asta and Yuno always talked about becoming the Wizard King. However, Yuno attained amazing control over magic as they grew up, while Asta could not use magic at all.
At age 15, Yuno received a four-leaf clover Grimoire, while Asta received nothing.
One day when someone attacks Yuno after his Grimoire, Asta steps in.
He is no match for the opponent but, in a blind rage, finally receives a five-leaf Grimoire, a “Black Clover.” Soon after, they set out into the world with the same goal- to become the next Wizard King.
You can watch Black Clover on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
15. Bungou Stray Dogs
- Genre: Seinen; Action, Mystery, Supernatural
- No. of episodes: 12
- MAL score: 7.82
Bungou Stray Dogs has a very intriguing premise that instantly gets you hooked on the show. The unique powers and supernatural abilities set the stage perfectly for a great superpower anime.
The art style, the character design, and the animation are outstanding, and the characters are very well-written and likable.
The mood of the show often changes from dark to comedic very seamlessly.
Synopsis: The story revolves around Atsushi Nakajima, who is kicked out of his orphanage after the mysterious appearance of a white tiger that haunts the place.
Atsushi is starving when he catches sight of a drowning person. He saves the man and learns that the latter is a member of the Armed Detective Agency.
The man feeds him, recruits him, and takes him to his firm. This incident initiates a series of interesting events that may or may not be related to Atsushi himself.
You can watch Bungou Stray Dogs on: Crunchyroll, and Funimation.
14. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Genre: Action, aAventure, Comedy, Sci-fi
- No. of episodes: 27
- MAL score: 8.63
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is one of the most underrated gems of the anime world. This anime is the perfect choice if you’re into a great story with amazing mecha action!
Synopsis: Since birth, Simon and Kamina have lived away from the surface in an underground village.
One day Simon comes across an ignition key which the two call “Lagann,” and they can protect themselves against an attack with assistance from the gun-wielding girl, Yoko Littner.
The three set out to explore the Earth’s surface and eventually confront human-like creatures called “Beastmen” that threaten to exterminate the last of humanity in robots called “Gunmen.”
The trio faces various challenges, but alongside other survivors, they battle to reclaim the Earth’s surface from their enemies.
You can watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
13. My Hero Academia
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Comedy, School
- No. of episodes: 13
- MAL score: 7.91
My Hero Academia, or Boku no Hero Academia, checks all the boxes to become the possible “best superpower anime.”
In addition to a good plot, stunning animation, and music, the character development in this show is remarkable.
In the MHA world, 80% of the population possess special powers called “quirks.” Heroes protect civilians from villains, that is, those who use their quirks in criminal ways.
Synopsis: The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a third-year middle school who dreams of becoming a pro hero someday. But first, he has to get into the U.A. High School, Japan’s top hero academy that trains budding heroes.
The problem is, Izuku was born quirkless, and to become a pro hero, one must have a quirk that can render them capable enough of saving other people.
But what Izuku has is his unbreakable will to work harder than others and the heart of a true hero.
You can watch My Hero Academia on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
12. YuYu Hakusho
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Comedy, Martial arts, Supernatural
- No. of episodes: 112
- MAL score: 8.45
YuYu Hakusho, by Yoshihiro Togashi (also the mangaka of Hunter x Hunter), is a timeless masterpiece.
It is a fantastic anime/manga with a well-laid-out story and a great cast of characters with interesting abilities.
The art style and animation are great, even though the anime aired in the 1990s.
Synopsis: The story follows Yuusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old delinquent who one day jumps in front of a moving car to save a kid.
The spirit-realm authorities are so amazed by his unpredictable sacrifice that they refuse to let him die this way. Kenma, next-in-line for the spirit-realm throne, gives Yuusuke a chance to revive himself by working as a Spirit Detective and eliminating evil spirits from Earth.
Under the guidance of the Death God, alongside his ex-rival, and two demons, he sets out on his mission to battle enemies that threaten planet Earth.
You can watch YuYu Hakusho on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
11. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- action, sci-fi, drama, supernatural, psychological, school, military
- No. of episodes: 25
- MAL score: 8.70
Code Geass is regarded as a classic anime in the anime community.
It is an incredible show with an engaging story right from the start, hair-raising plot twists, perfect pacing, great music, and brilliant characterization.
The main character, in particular, is one of the best-written in all anime/manga.
Synopsis: Our main character, Lelouch Lamperouge, is a prodigious Britannian student living in Japan (renamed “Area 11) after the conquest of the Holy Empire of Britain over Japan.
One day Lelouch finds himself caught in a crossfire between the Britannian forces and the Area 11 rebels. Thanks to C.C., a mysterious girl who grants him the power of the “Geass,” he can escape the situation.
However, the Geass’ abilities fuel Lelouch’s motivations, and he drifts onto a path from where he can only move forward without turning back.
You can watch Code Geass on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Genre: Shonen; ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY, DRAMA, MILITARY
- No. of episodes: 9.12
- MAL score: 64
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the highest-rated anime on MyAnimeList, and understandably so. The anime appeals to diverse audiences because of the number of genres it covers.
The world of alchemy sets the stage for many different abilities and fascinating characters. Not to mention, the animation, as well as the music, are fantastic.
Synopsis: The story follows young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who perform an exceedingly risky alchemy experiment to revive their deceased mother.
Edward ends up losing his leg, Alphonse his entire body. Edward sacrifices an arm to retain Alphonse’s soul in a metallic suit.
Their neighbor, Winry, designs metallic prosthetic limbs for Edward. However, to regain their body parts, they need the philosopher’s stone which allows an alchemist to skip the laws of alchemy.
Our two protagonists soon leave home to search for the stone, into numerous battles that await them.
You can watch FMAB on: Crunchyroll and Funimation.
- Genre: Seinen; ACTION, FANTASY
- No. of episodes: 13
- MAL score: 8.32
The Fate series by Studio Ufotable arguably has the best animation in all anime aside from Demon Slayer.
The characters, their powers, the setting- everything is so captivating that once you start watching, there is no stopping you.
Synopsis: The story of Fate/Zero centers around the Fourth Holy Grail War, in which seven magi will battle to win the Holy Grail that bestows the winner with any wish.
The participants summon Heroic spirits from the past to fight for them.
Kiritsugu Emiya, the “Magus Killer,” a mercenary hired by the Einzberns family, is one of the participants in the war. With Saber, his familiar, he faces Kotomine Kirei, who becomes his arch-nemesis.
The stakes are high, and there is no choice but to fight tooth and nail for his mission.
Note: Watch Fate/stay night for the Fifth Holy Grail War. The Fate franchise is enormous. To watch the other parts, please carefully check the watch order!
You can watch on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
- Genre: Shonen; ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY
- No. of episodes: 366
- MAL score: 7.89
Bleach, one of the “Big Three” of shonen alongside Naruto and One Piece, is one of the most well-loved anime of all time.
The premise, the art style, the characters, the animation, the music, the fight scenes, everything is superb.
Synopsis: Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary high school student whose life turns upside down after one night, a “hollow,” a deceased soul that devours human souls, attacks his family.
A Soul Reaper called Rukia comes to save them, but when she is injured, Ichigo has to receive her powers to finish the job.
This exchange leaves Rukia incapable of using her powers. Now Ichigo must act as a “substitute Soul Reaper and exorcise hollows in her stead, and this is only the start of the numerous battles he has to face hereon.
Note: Bleach has a high filler percentage of 45%. You can check for filler episodes while watching the show.
You can watch Bleach on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
7. Dragon Ball Z
- shonen; action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, martial arts
- No. of episodes: 153 (Original) + 291 (Dragon Ball Z)
- MAL score: 8.16
Dragon Ball is one of the first anime shows that made its way into the mainstream media. Everyone has seen Goku or at least heard one of their friends screaming “Kamehameha!” out of nowhere.
If you like shows that focus mainly on action-packed scenes, this is the perfect superpower anime for you!
Synopsis: The story begins with Son Goku, a young boy who one day meets a girl named Bulma. The latter is searching for seven legendary orbs called “dragon balls, that grant its wielder any wish.
Since Goku has one of the dragon balls, he asks Bulma to let him join her on her journey in exchange for letting her use its power.
Soon Goku learns of the threats that the orbs attract, and he must grow stronger to protect his loved ones.
Note: This synopsis is for the Dragon Ball original series, which you should watch before watching Dragon Ball Z, set years later.
You can watch Dragon Ball Z on: Crunchyroll and Funimation.
6. Jujutsu Kaisen
- Genre: Shonen; ACTION, HORROR, DARK FANTASY, SCHOOL
- No. of episodes: 24
- MAL score: 8.66
Jujutsu Kaisen, one of the most popular new-generation manga, has one of the best anime adaptations in terms of animation and art style.
The concept of cursed power is incredibly intriguing and makes for an engaging premise.
Curses are entities formed by negative emotions in humans, and Jujutsu sorcerers are highly-skilled individuals with special abilities to exorcise said curses.
Synopsis: The story follows Yuji Itadori, a first-year high-school student with superhuman physical abilities whose life takes an unexpected turn when he unintentionally gets his hands on a special-grade curse.
Next thing he knows, he cannot be separated from the curse anymore and has to join Tokyo Jujtsu High to learn to control cursed energy, or he gets executed.
While training to be a professional jujutsu sorcerer, he meets his new classmates and other sorcerers. He gets along with them well enough, but that may be the only good thing among the horrors he will encounter.
You can Jujutsu Kaisen watch on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
5. One-Punch Man
- Genre: Seinen; ACTION, COMEDY, PARODY
- No. of episodes: 12
- MAL score: 8.51
One-Punch Man is known for its mind-blowing action, animation and comedy.
Saying it is the best superpower anime is subjective, but one thing is for sure: it is a unique superpower anime in terms of characters and their superpowers.
Synopsis: The story of One-Punch Man follows a 25-year-old man, Saitama, who has become bald due to intense training over three years.
It has granted him so much raw power and brute force that he can knock out any opponent in just one punch (hence, One-Punch Man).
With no worthy opponent around, Saitama spends his days of boredom playing video games at home.
That is until a cyborg named Genos requests him to be his mentor and suggests that the two join the Hero Association.
Saitama agrees, now starting his new life as a hero, wishing to encounter an opponent that can hopefully give him the thrill of battle he has been craving all this time.
You can watch One-Punch Man on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
4. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
- Genre: Shonen; ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY, MARTIAL ARTS
- No. of episodes: 148
- MAL score: 9.04
Hunter x Hunter is the perfect anime for fans of intense action shows. The power system in this show is one of the most intriguing in manga/anime, which keeps you hooked during fight scenes.
Along with the animation and music, one major strength of Hunter x Hunter is its incredible cast of characters.
Synopsis: Hunters are highly-skilled individuals who journey around the world through unknown territories, finding rare treasures and fighting monsters.
To become a professional hunter and take on such missions, one must pass the Hunter Examination.
The story follows Gon Freecss, a young boy from Whale island with a humble wish to meet his father, Ging Freecss, a hunter who left the island years ago.
Gon enters the Hunter Examination Test, where he meets three other individuals with different motivations to become a hunter.
They team up and set out on their journey together, each with their personal goals in mind.
You can watch Hunter x Hunter on: Crunchyroll, and Netflix.
3. One Piece
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Adventure, Fantasy
- No. of episodes: 1000+
- MAL score: 8.67
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is the best-selling manga of all time and is part of the “Big Three” for a good reason. Keep the number of episodes from stopping you because it is undoubtedly worth watching.
The story, the animation, the fights, everything keeps getting better as the show progresses, as new characters with different abilities come into the picture.
Synopsis: One Piece is the grandest treasure of the seas, left behind by the previous Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, before his execution.
The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body has gotten rubber-like after he unintentionally consumed a “Devil Fruit.”
He may seem directionless, but he has an unwavering resolve to accomplish his dream of becoming the Pirate King.
Starting from the East Blue sea, Luffy sets out to assemble a crew to depart on a long adventure to the Grand Line in quest of One Piece.
You can watch One Piece on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
2. Naruto Shippuden
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial arts
- No. of episodes: 220 (Original) + 500 (Naruto Shippuden)
- MAL score: 8.25
Naruto, a popular favorite anime of many, has been at the top of the ladder for almost two decades. It has everything you look for in a superpower anime:
- Insane abilities
- Fights with great animation
- A riveting story
- Tons of hype moments
- Arguably the best villains
Synopsis: After the Nine-tailed fox attacked Konohagakure village, the Fourth Hokage, the then-village leader, sealed it in a newborn named Naruto.
Twelve years later, Naruto is an orphan boy, mischievous but optimistic and good-hearted.
Despite being shunned by the village elders for harboring the fox demon, he does not get let down.
Instead, he works hard to reach his goal of becoming the Hokage so that one day everyone respects and acknowledges him. But before that, he has to become a ninja, and the road has yet to begin.
Note: This synopsis is for the Naruto original series, which you should watch first before watching Naruto Shippuden, which takes place around two and a half years later.
You can watch Naruto on: Crunchyroll and Netflix.
1. Attack on Titan
- Genre: Shonen; Action, Dark fantasy, Mystery, Gore
- No. of episodes: 25
- MAL score: 8.53
Attack on Titan is known for a lot of things: outstanding animation, a unique story, mind-boggling plot twists, iconic characters, astounding music, and the list goes on.
The plot progression, the character development, and the thorough attention to detail in the story are clear testimony to Hajime Isayama’s genius mind.
No wonder so many fans consider it one of the, if not the best, anime/manga of all time.
Synopsis: Humanity is caged within three towering walls to defend itself against giant humanoid man-eating creatures called titans.
After over a century of peace, one day, when the titans breach the outer wall, everything changes for the people of the Shiganshina district.
On that day, Eren, our main protagonist, his adopted sister Mikasa, and his friend Armin witness the cruel reality of their world.
The overwhelmingly traumatic experience fuels Eren with rage, and he vows to exterminate every last Titan on Earth.
You can watch Attack on Titan on: Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Other Super Power Anime (Honorable Mentions)
- The God of High School
- Fairy Tail
- Tiger & Bunny
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Darker than Black
- Blood Blockade Battlefront
- Saiki K