7 Anime Series With SURREAL Magic Powers

I know that when reading the title, you were probably picturing different top anime with magic powers. Or maybe you just wanted a list of anime with a magic academy? Regardless, I feel like these 7 gems get so overshadowed by the better-known titles like Fairy Tail and other great series that they sometimes just slip under the radar. So I’m here to change that by introducing 7 anime series with surreal magical powers!

1. Shinsekai Yori

A magical horse in this anime
A magical horse in this anime

In the world of Shinsekai Yori, there are no wizards or dragons, just a society struggling to come to grips with its own darkness.

This anime series is set in a world with surreal magical powers—and no one knows exactly why they exist or how they work. Saki and her friends are growing up in this world, where they’re taught that they live in a utopia—but as they grow older and start to question their reality, they begin to see the cracks in their perfect little world. They find out that things aren’t what they seem, and decide to take action against the powerful forces that seek to control them.

But it won’t be easy: the consequences of their actions could spell disaster for everyone involved.

2. Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Don't worry, that's just the ketchup magic spell
Don’t worry, that’s just the ketchup magic spell

Gokukoku no Brynhildr is an anime that, when you look at it, seems pretty ordinary. A simple boy named Ryouta Murakami has a photographic memory, and he’s in love with his friend Neko Kuroha who believes in aliens and claims to have met them. But then something strange happens: Kuroha dies in an accident trying to save Murakami. And then something even stranger happens: Kuroha comes back as a bionic girl with surreal magical powers!

But this isn’t just any old magical girl anime—this is one of the best anime with magic powers out there. It’s got everything you could possibly want from the genre, from epic action sequences to lighthearted humor and romance, to a bit of messed-up-ness. And if you love fantasy, science fiction, and anime in general? Then this is probably going to be one of your favorites for years to come!

3. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

A magical anime is never complete without students carrying grimoires
A magical anime is never complete without students carrying grimoires

Next in this list of anime with magic, we have Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records. It’s a surreal magical-girl anime with a cast of characters who all have their own unique powers. The show follows Sistine, who is captivated by a mysterious floating Sky Castle; Rumia, who is haunted by a troubled past; and Glenn, who may be more than meets the eye. Though superficially different, these characters are inexplicably bound together by a thread of fate.

The show also features an array of surreal magical powers, including pyrokinesis (the ability to create and control fire), telekinesis (the ability to move objects with your mind), telepathy (the ability to read other people’s minds), and more!

(And if you just want to jump to the end, check out this great review!)

4. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

Shamal casting an Investigation Spell

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is a magical anime that follows the adventures of Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary third-grader who has a knack for saving the day. It’s not your typical anime—Nanoha doesn’t have superpowers or fight villains with martial arts. She just uses her magical powers to save people.

And it’s not just any magical power—it’s a wand that can blast enemies with energy beams and make all kinds of magical things happen.

The show is all about how Nanoha uses her magic to help people, but it also deals with serious issues like friendship and trust.

I also write about this anime in particular is a good example of specific magic in anime in another blog post, so go check that out!

5. Mahoutsukai no Yome

This anime makes you truly believe magic is art
This anime makes you truly believe magic is art

If you’re looking for an anime that has absolutely no magic powers, this is not it.

In a world where magic is a daily occurrence, Chise Hatori has been neglected and abused by her own parents. She has no one to rely on but herself, and she’s always been alone.

But when she meets Elias Ainsworth, her life changes forever. He promises to teach her all about magic–and she can’t wait!

This anime is about Chise learning about the magical world around her and discovering what it means to have friends and family who love her.

6. Toaru Majutsu no Index

Index is the most annoying magic caster in this anime
Index is the most annoying magic caster in this anime

Toaru Majutsu no Index is a magical anime that’s got the best of both worlds.

The first season of this show introduces us to Touma Kamijou, a boy who has the power to negate other people’s supernatural abilities. But what looks like a blessing at first turns out to be more of a curse when he gets involved with the worlds of science and magic powers. He finds himself caught between Academy City, where espers and magicians are treated as weapons by the military, and the Magic Cabal, who have been working for centuries to destroy them both.

What makes this anime so unique is that it doesn’t just rely on one type of superpower—it combines different types of powers into one world. There are espers with superhuman strength; magicians who can create illusions; and monsters that can control people’s minds through telepathy. In fact, there are so many different kinds of abilities that it can get confusing trying to keep track of them all!

7. Black Clover

Yuno casting his Wind Magic
Yuno casting his Wind Magic

If you like anime with magic powers, then Black Clover is the show for you last on this list.

Asta, a young orphan left to be raised in an orphanage alongside his fellow orphan Yuno, has no magical powers whatsoever. Instead of relying on mana, Asta focuses on his physical strength, which he has honed through years of sparring with Yuno.

As the story progresses, we see Asta slowly discover his own abilities and understand how to control them. We also get to see him grow as a character as he learns more about himself and the world around him. His goal is to become the Wizard King and he’ll do whatever it takes to get there.

The anime also features surreal magical powers and an interesting cast of characters that will keep you entertained for hours!

So Now What?

We’ve listed seven of our best picks for anime series with surreal magical powers for you, so now it’s up to you to go watch them. We hope you enjoy our list, and that it helps you explore some great anime in a whole new light. And if you’re interested in the origin of magic in anime, check it out!

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