9 Animes Like Naruto - Popular Shonen Animes
Are you a fan of the popular action anime series Naruto? Looking for another series like it? There are plenty out there, and there is definitely at least one that will suit your preferences and taste.
Naruto is a highly-praised anime that follows the adventures of a boy named Naruto on his journey to become the strongest ninja, and in turn gain the respect he deserves.
It blends many themes, including action, drama, comedy and—of course—ninjas. The series takes you on Naruto's journey as he slowly develops his powers.
Share in the comment section which similar anime is your favourite, or share any that we haven't included on this list.
1 - Bleach
Bleach and Naruto are often paired together. They share very similar themes and flow, although they have very different settings.
Bleach follows the journey of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who has the ability to see spirits. One day he gets caught up in a battle between a Soul Reaper and a Hollow, a dark monster that feeds on human souls. In the process, the Soul Reaper (Rukia Kuchiki) is injured and transfers her powers to Ichigo.
Ichigo then takes on the role of Soul Reaper and goes about defeating Hollows on behalf of Rukia. From here other story arcs are introduced, including the Soul Society and an immortal race of beings similar to vampires. These plots are all unique and makes the Bleach series a long and enjoyable experience.
Bleach has well over 300 episodes and is one of the best animes out there.
2 - Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is another popular anime and falls under the shonen genre. Dragon Ball Z has a similar fighting style to that of Naruto with a focus on martial arts and some power attacks thrown in.
Dragon Ball Z builds on Dragon Ball and features an adult Goku as he defends the earth against a number of villains, like space fighters and powerful androids. The later episodes also explore the journey of Goku's son Gohan as he also grows in power.
Dragon Ball Z features endless bad guys, action-packed fight scenes and continuous power development for the characters.
Dragon Ball Z has 9 seasons and over 300 episodes, offering plenty of anime to watch.
Dragon Ball Z English Trailer
3 - One Piece
One Piece is a highly-praised anime that features the same character progression as Naruto. One Piece focuses on pirates as opposed to ninjas, but still offers a great journey.
One Piece follows a pirate who goes by the name of Monkey D. Luffy, and who gains rubber powers after eating the Devil's Fruit. He and his crew embark on a journey to find the pirate treasure of One Peice. This makes for an epic action-packed adventure with many friends and foes making appearances along the way.
With over 500 episodes and countless positive reviews from fans and critics, this anime will give you hours of enjoyment.
One Piece English Intro
4 - D.Gray-man
D.Gray-man is a popular and slightly dark anime that is packed with action and borders on seinen (mature) anime, but fans of Naruto will still enjoy it.
It follows the story of Allen Walker, a young man with a cursed eye and a left arm that can transform into a powerful weapon. Using these powers Allen Walker is tasked with destroying the Akuma, a race of machines created by the Millennium Earl to destroy humanity.
Allen joins the Black Order and becomes a powerful asset on their mission to stop the Earl. The Black Order is determined to recover a powerful artifact known as the Heart which will ensure their victory or defeat at the hands of the Earl.
5 - Full Metal Alchemist
Full Metal Alchemist is a well-respected anime that constantly scores well with both critics and viewers.
The rules of alchemy state that in order to gain something you must lose something with equal value. However, there is a powerful object that can take an alchemist beyond these rules, an object called the Philosopher's Stone. The hunt for this object is the basis of the storyline in Full Metal Alchemist.
After losing their mother, two brothers Alphonse and Edward Eric attempt to bring her back to life through the forbidden method of human alchemy. In the process Ed loses a leg and Al loses his body. At the cost of his arm Ed is able to save his brother's soul and trap it inside a suit of armor. To restore their bodies they begin searching for any information relating to the Philosopher's Stone, but they are not the only ones looking for the powerful object.
Full Metal Alchemist Trailer
6 - Katanagatari
Katanagatari is a tale of swords. This anime offers an amazing art direction, great character development, strong dialogue, some comedy and a hint of romance.
The story takes place in the Edo era, and the main character is Yasuri Shichika. He lives on an isolated island with his older sister and is the head of the Kyotou school of Japanese sword martial arts. Under orders from a female general he sets out on a trip to collect twelve swords created by a legendary swordsmith.
Katanagatari offers plenty of laughs and an unpredictable story with several plot twists thrown in. Join Shichika as he tries to capture the swords and defeat the enemies that hold them.
Katanagatari - Official Trailer
7 - Hunter X Hunter
Based on the popular Japanese manga, Hunter X Hunter is a well-respected and praised anime that offers a unique and satisfying adventure for viewers.
Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is one day confronted with the news that his father is in fact not dead as he has been told all his life, but is alive and well. His father was one of the great Hunters, an elite in society with a license to do anything and go anywhere, Gon is determined to follow his father and takes the Hunter Examination to prove himself as a powerful Hunter.
After the examination he befriends several wannabe Hunters and they set out on an epic journey where they soon discover what it really means to be a Hunter and the challenges that come with it.
Hunter X Hunter Reboot Impressions
8 - Soul Eater
Soul Eater is set in a Shinigami technical school for weapon masters. The series focuses on three groups of weapon masters and also a human weapon.
This human weapon is trying to be transformed into a 'Death Scythe', the highest title of weapon and thus worthy for use by a Shinigami. In order to do so they must collect the souls of 99 humans and 1 witch.
The story follows a group of students as they gather the necessary souls and also defend the Death City from a variety of powerful creatures while attending school and becoming stronger.
Soul Eater features a colourful cast of characters and a distinct lack of filler episodes, making for an action-packed and very enjoyable anime.
Soul Eater Trailer
9 - Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin has ranked on top 100 anime lists multiple times and has been praised for its well-crafted plot and action-packed scenes.
The story follows Himura Kenshin, a vagabond (wanderer) with a dark past but a sunny and upbeat disposition. Himura Kenshin was never a samurai, but was a highly skilled assassin who helped with the Meiji restoration to power. However, in the midst of the war's turning point he simply decided to walk away.
He eventually ends up in Tokyo in the 11th year of Meiji where he makes several friends, and together they fight off enemies that surface from his dark past that he cannot escape.
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What Is Your Favourite Anime Like Naruto?
UNKNOWN SOURCES on April 09, 2019:
Let’s admit it just NARUTO IS THE BEST HE BAE
Unkown on July 26, 2017:
I recommend rurouni kenshin and yu yu hakusho, but fairy tail is about as close to naruto as you can get, they are both amazing animes and I won't say which one is better. Also, if your looking for something close to naruto shippuden in ways of plot and maturity, full metal alchemist brotherhood would be a great choice for you. FMAB has great art, character devolpment, plot, comedy, and romantic hints. There are a lot of other anime I could mention but these are very good for naruto fans!
w32e on April 07, 2017:
boruto Naruto next generation is released it is from Naruto gaiden or boruto manga
ELECWIELDER on February 19, 2017:
Pretty good list, I've already seen/read all of them though
mk on February 01, 2017:
yu yu hakusho!
Jah on May 22, 2016:
what about avatar the last air bender ? if u like naruto and one piece this is another anime worthy of a list like this
Dtar on December 30, 2015:
So where is Fairy Tail?
Mary Cimeni from Philippines on December 18, 2015:
@Nandz try Fairytale. :-)
Uknown on October 26, 2015:
None of them are good as Naruto the series unfortunately!
Nandz on September 28, 2015:
Can anyone tell me best anime collectios like naruto??
firdaus10 on September 13, 2015:
Naruto is the best anime ever!!!
Somebody on August 04, 2015:
Naruto Is Not Ending Another Series Is Naruto Gaiden 7th Hokage Read! Its Kinda About His Son And The Next Genration
someone on May 29, 2015:
watched most and aren't there any more anime like naruto
Naruto on February 13, 2015:
Can u plz put air gear. It is a great anime
greeneyedblondie on November 25, 2014:
No Yu Yu Hakusho?
Pat Servin on November 12, 2014:
Great article. I am a huge anime fan.
Mary Cimeni from Philippines on November 03, 2014:
Naruto is unfortunately ending! :-( so sad right now....
Tanara Lee on November 01, 2014:
Sugoi! Great article! Naruto was one of the first animes that I liked. (Although it was mostly Orochimaru and how he/she came out of his/her own body to heal the wounds that captured my attention.)
I'll try watching the other anime you recommended and hope they're as awesome as Naruto.
(I liked Nurarihyon no Mago too, by the way. I don't know if it's well known but when I tried watching it, I got immersed.)
M on October 16, 2014:
Amazing anime. Hey does anyone know what anime is similar to supernatural or is supernatural?
drue on September 26, 2014:
Yu yu hakusho is by far deserving of this list i watched every episode and was sad it was over great series
anonymous on January 04, 2014:
yah fairy tails is heaps better...
but to be honest, one piece, naruto and fairy tail doesn't seem like to have an ending.
anonymous on August 13, 2013:
Avatar The Last Airbender
LauraCarExpert on August 09, 2013:
I agree with this list
razelle09 on July 15, 2013:
fairy tail, please add it
anonymous on June 28, 2013:
fairy tail is better then the other 9
anonymous on June 15, 2013:
yeah Katekyo Hitman Reborn deserves to be mentioned in this list
anonymous on April 28, 2013:
how has nobody said Katekyo Hitman Reborn? ITS SUPER EPIC AND AWESOME! sry 4 all caps but the anime is pretty similar to Naruto. if u like Naruto then you'll like KHR
Mrcoolguy LM on February 12, 2013:
Never heard of Katanagatari, thanks for the tip!
anonymous on November 05, 2012:
Try Gintama. Gintama has comedy action and alot more. But Gintama is most comedy. Try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous on October 18, 2012:
ill have to pick one piece that beaten naruto but if i had to choose ill probably end up watching naruto over again
anonymous on October 06, 2012:
Hard to beat animes like Naruto, must be a favourite of fans.
WriterJanis2 on July 19, 2012:
Very cool! Hard to pick one favorite.
anonymous on July 18, 2012:
Great lens about Anime Like Naruto.
digitaltree on July 18, 2012:
Great selection of mangas, i just discover a new one to read Katanagatari. If your looking for other cool mangas check out Ratman, and Ansatsu kyoushitsu.