5 Anime Series Similar to Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is back for its final season, which means it's our last chance to experience great high fantasy and epic fights. However, don't be sad. For fans of Game of Thrones and anime, there are plenty of great series out there that hit the same themes.

Character deaths, epic battles, politics, and large character casts are what draw us back into the Westeros-- they keep the stakes raised, and make us fear for our favorite characters’ lives, as we're made aware that they can die at a moment's notice.

Anime shows are diverse, ranging from fantasy to modern human drama, and, among the vast number titles in the universe, a small trickle of shows are just as mature and epic as the Game of Thrones series. Here are 5 anime series that are similar to Game of Thrones- in no particular order.

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1. Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero creator Gen Urobuchi (Urobutcher) is known for his nihilistic works and, in some cases, acts like the George R.R. Martin of the anime world.

In modern Fuyuki, Japan, the 4th Holy Grail War is about to take place. Seven masters and seven servants participate in the battle for a chance to win the Grail, a magical cup that offers the winner one wish. Instead of seven houses battling for the Iron Throne, there are seven masters contending for the wish-granting device. The characters are what make this show so engaging. Each one has their set of goals and motivations, and the grim reality that killing opponents is the only effective way to win the Grail makes this a battle of beliefs, not justice.



3. Last Exile

Set in the fiction world of Prester, Claus Valca and Lavie Head are two sky couriers in the nation of Anatory.One day, they come across a dying courier who asks them to deliver a young girl named Alvis Hamilton to a mysterious airship call the Silvana. The mission terrifies them at first, but they reluctantly agree to escort the girl to the ship. Once they completed the mission, both Claus and Lavie are dragged into a war between the Anatoray, the Disith, and the Guild.

Last Exile is best known for its relatable characters, and takes its time to flesh out each one of them. However, Last Exile's take on the war is what truly sets it apart from other shows. The series never sugarcoat the conflict, and reflects the true cost of a war that is based on strong notions of nationalism.


5. The Heroic Legend Of Arslan

The Heroic Legend of Arslan takes a page from Daenerys Stormborn’s arc and focuses on Arslan, the crown prince of Pars who assembles an army to reclaim his birthright, while learning about the geopolitics of the kingdom and the neighboring country Lusitania’s religious faith.The setting, by design, is similar to Essos. After King Andragoras III's upsetting defeat, Arslan is forced to flee from the battlefield.

The show's cast is diverse, and a few have qualities similar to Game of Thrones' characters. Narsus, the Tyrion Lannister-like character, is a master tactician and philosopher. The show also follows Daryun, a younger version of Barristan Selmy, and a bard named Gieve, Pars’ finest player who has thieving skills of Bronn.



7. Legend Of Galactic Heroes

Two bright tacticians, Reinhard von Lohengramm and Yang Wen Li are thrust into a never-ending intergalactic war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, both represent the other side respectively.The show is loaded with politics from both sides, revealing that, despite the grand war, both sides of the coin are equally corrupt. It has an extensive cast that follows a wide range of characters from regular citizens to the emperor.

There are also intricate politics at play, and is often viewed as Game of Thrones in space. It is also arguably better developed than Martin's world, mainly because of its vast political dialogue.


9. The Twelve Kingdoms

In terms of worldbuilding, The Twelve Kingdoms can be seen as Game of Thrones set in China. The show is a long episodic fantasy anime, inspired by Chinese myths, that tells the story twelve fictional kingdoms.

The scope of the culture, history, and characters is as large as Martin's world, partially because The Twelve Kingdoms original light novels are also told from multiple points of view. Each small detail in the show is tastefully done to expand a world that is as vast as Westeros.


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