The worlds of anime are large and abundant in culture and depth; many anime create beautiful worlds that compliment the story and give the viewer more than flashy animation and fan service. The process of creating a fictional world in which a story is set is called world building and is an important aspect of an anime series and can determine whether it is well received or not; a poorly designed universe will leave fans scratching their heads and losing interest quickly.
Sci-fi anime is a genre that relies on its world-building a good deal more than others; the universe is an ever-expanding thing, and with so much to work with, it can be difficult to maintain cohesion. Fortunately, most sci-fi anime shine when it comes to the world they have to offer; here are some sci-fi anime that have amazing world building.
8 Legend of The Galactic Heroes
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a grand space drama that revolves around war and politics and brings them together in one brilliant story. The story of the series follows a young and ambitious young man who throws himself into an intergalactic conflict with the hope of uniting the universe.
As the peace between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planet Alliance begins to falter, Von Reinhard tries to climb the hierarchy of the Empire and fight the constant political death struggle. He and his childhood friend Siegfried have to tackle challenges across endless amounts of space with one arm tied behind their back.
7 Mobile Suit Gundam
Not many series have risen to levels of success like Mobile Suit Gundam franchise; created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, Mobile Suit Gundam is a massive series composed of dozens of series set in several different timelines.
The primary universe, known as the “Universal Century”, is there the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime is set and consists of several series with sensational stories. The original series follows a young man named Amuro Ray as he is drawn into an interstellar war between the Earth Alliance and the Wrath of Zeon. Gundam does a masterful job of exploring the consequences of war while showcasing fantastic action in the form of planetary battles.
6 Code Geass
Code Geass is a very unique series that combines the mecha and drama genres beautifully in a story of familial betrayal and revenge. Lelouch is a highborn prince who was cast out by his father after witnessing the murder of his mother. As Lelouch grows up, he lives a simple life as a high school student, but is always plotting his way to get revenge on the man who wronged him and the rest of the royal family.
But things change when Lelouch gains a strange power after meeting a beautiful young girl; his newfound ability to command others is just the tool he needed to begin his assault on the leaders of the nation of Britannia.
Trigun combines the western and sci-fi genres in an action-packed adventure following the outlaw Vash the Stampede; set on a baron world called Gunsmoke, humanity has barely survived after fleeing Earth to find a better world with abundant resources. Unfortunately, after a tragic accident, the colony ships carrying humanity crashed on a random planet, and now only a fraction of the population survives.
Vash the Stampede is the man with a sixty billion double dollar bounty on his head known as the humanoid typhoon who brings destruction wherever he goes. Vash’s journey is a war of attrition; Vash refuses to kill, but everything in the universe pushes him to make the ultimate choice and take a life. The world of Trigun is a scientific marvel that humanity has developed and developed new technology and energy sources called plants that defy nature to create living power sources. Recently a new one Trigun series has been announced that fans are looking forward to.
4 Ghost in the shell
Ghost in the shell is a decade-long franchise consisting of several anime adaptations and four feature films. The story follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, an enhanced cyborg who works for a secret organization from Japan called Section 9. Motoko is a special individual with a unique attitude towards her own existence; the series explores her missions as a spec agent as she delves into the complication of cyber terrorism and human-machine relationships.
How far is too far, and what are the true consequences when the mind leaves its mortal shell. The rich lore within Ghost in the shell the universe is masterfully crafted and maintains a high level of depth that newcomers are sure to enjoy.
On the surface, Gantz is a bloody and thought-provoking experience that follows a small group of disjointed citizens who all have one thing in common, they are all dead. But after their death, they wake up in a new place where they are now part of a sinister game beyond their comprehension.
Kei Kurono must lead a group of misfits like himself to survive a round of man-eating demons and cosmic horror monstrosities. The series dives head first into different dimensions, ancient gods and time travel as it fills the streets of Tokyo with the blood and guts of those who don’t have what it takes to survive.
2 Alita Battle Angel
Alita Battle Angel is a futuristic thrill ride that takes place in the distant future where cyborgs, interstellar travel and advanced technology now rule the world. A utopian city called Zalem sits high above the once green earth-filled earth, now just a baron mass of trash and mechanical junk.
Alita, a cyborg, is found among the garbage in a devastatingly damaged state by a genius doctor who repairs her and gives her a name and a new body. Unfortunately, this sets off a chain of events that brings back old wounds from Alita’s war-torn past that she doesn’t even know she has.
1 Saint Seiya
Saint Seiya or Knights of the Zodiac is a huge series with an equally huge following; originally published in the late 80s, Saint Seiya has withstood the test of time as great series such as e.g Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. After Seiya, who is drawn into Knights of the Zodiac as the Pegasus Knight of Athena along with several others who must now protect the world and face off against rogue knights, territorial gods and cosmic entities.
However, Saint Seiya is more than just a Sentai anime; it expands into a vast collection of characters, regimes that pit brother against brother and see the most extraordinary heroes become the most sinister villains.
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