If you are a fan of time travel anime, here's a list of the best of the best anime which is based on time travel to quench your thirst. In this listing, time travel will be either the main plot or a side plot or a background info.
If you are a fan of time travel anime, here’s a list of the best of the best anime which is based on time travel to quench your thirst.
MAL score: 9.13 (Season 1), 8.59 (Season 2)
Total episodes: 47
Aired: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 14, 2011 and Apr 12, 2018 to Sep 27, 2018
Steins;gate is what I’d call the king of time travel anime. This masterpiece perfectly describes time travel and the despair and consequences it creates with a mind blowing plot. Rintaro Okabe, a self-proclaimed mad scientist, and his lab members accidentally invented a device that sends message to the past and alters the flow of history.
Can he undo the wrongs and save the lives of his dear lab members from the clutches of the evil organization that wants to get their hand on the time travel machine?
MAL score: 8.54
Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Whenever Satoru Fujinuma, a 29 year old manga artist, is facing a crisis he goes several minutes back in time which enables him to overcome any situation. However when he is wrongfully accused for killing his mother, he is sent back in time once again, but only this time he was sent 18 years back into the past.
Immediately, he realizes that the murderer may be connected to the abduction of his classmate and decides to save his classmate at all cost in order to set things right, for it may be the last time he gets to time travel into his past.
MAL score: 8.38
Aired: Apr 4, 2016 to Sep 19, 2016
Re:zero is an infamous time travel anime for putting its characters into perilous and torturous situations.
Natsuki Subaru finds himself in a strange land with people of different culture. He comes to terms with the fact that he was “isekai-ed” into this world and happily starts his new adventure. Soon after, he somehow ends up getting himself killed trying to help a white-haired girl.
He then finds himself in the same location where he was when he first came into this world, and witnesses the same events transpiring yet again. Every time he dies he time travels into a past event where he is alive, allowing him to redo his actions to set things right.
4. Future Diary
MAL score: 7.82
Aired: Oct 9, 2011 to Apr 15, 2012
(From this point onward in this list of time travel anime, time travel will not be the main focus, but will be a part of the plot.)
Yukiteru Amano is an asocial high school student who keeps a diary on his phone where he writes everything down. His only friend was this imaginary character called Deus Ex Machina, the god of time and space.
Later he comes to know that Deus Ex Machina was not imaginary and he has chosen Yuki as one of the candidates to become the next god of time and space. But first, in order to prove himself worthy of becoming God, Yuki has to get into bloody battles against the other candidates.
Only the last one standing will claim the title of God. To aid them in their battle, God has provided them with a “diary”, each carrying a different power than the other. In order to survive this ordeal, Yuki joins forces with his obsessive staker, Yuno Gasai. What fate awaits him in this gruesome battle royale?
MAL score: 7.91
Aired: Jul 5, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
This time travel anime is about Yuu Otosaka, who gets caught while using his bizzare power to slip his consciousness into other people’s body to cheat on exam.
He is forced to transfer into Hoshinoumi academy, and is pushed with the responsibility of finding other children with supernatural abilities along with the other student council members. That’s when he finds about his incomplete ability and the truth behind his past.
He then takes the responsibility to put an end to all the mad researches that was going on with the children gifted supernatural ability. Can he bare the burden, or will he crumble before he achieves his goal?
MAL score: 7.71
Aired: Jul 4, 2016 to Sep 26, 2016
Orange is a beautiful anime which showers a different light on suicide. Naho Takamiya receives a letter from her future self, asking her to do and not to do certain things. According to the letter, she regrets several things even 10 years later. The letter was meant to serve as a guide to make the right decisions.
One of the things the letter asked her to do was to keep a close eye on Kakeru Naruse and to protect him. What kind of life is Kakeru living and why would she be asked to protect him? Naho has to make careful decisions to correct the wrongs her future self did, and save herself from the wave of guilt and remorse.