Love watching animal anime?
Anime has always had a way of capturing our imagination and taking us on extraordinary journeys.
One particular subgenre that has gained popularity in recent years is animal anime, which brings to life captivating stories with animal protagonists at the forefront.
Whether it’s a talking cat, a wolf with human-like qualities, or a dinosaur on a thrilling adventure, these animal protagonists have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.
From “Pom Poko”, and “Aggretsuko”, to “Beastars”, Here are the 15 best animal anime.
So, let’s get started.
15. Dog And Scissors
Kazuhito Harumi is a total book nerd who devours books like they’re the air he breathes.
He treasures his bookstore punch cards and adores the works of his favorite author, Shinobu Akiyama.
But Kazuhito’s life takes a bizarre turn when he’s killed in a robbery at a cafe, and is reincarnated as… a dachshund puppy!
14. Pom Poko
In modern Tokyo, the expanding city threatens the natural habitats of the tanuki, intelligent creatures with the power of transformation.
These raccoon-like creatures are determined to save their homes and their way of life.
But how can they compete with the might of humanity?
The two rival tanuki clans unite in a fierce battle against the encroaching city, calling their struggle ‘Pom Poko.’
13. Silver Fang
Silver is a courageous pup who was born with a destiny.
With a silver stripe on his body, he was meant to be a hunting dog.
But his fate takes a dark turn when his father is killed by the vicious bear, Akakabuto.
Silver makes a vow to avenge his father’s death by becoming strong enough to take down the bear himself.
He trains hard and grows into a fierce dog, determined to fulfill his promise.
12. Chi’s Sweet Home
Lost and alone, a tiny kitten wanders the streets in search of her family.
But fate has other plans in store for her when she meets a kind-hearted boy named Yohei and his mother.
Taking pity on the helpless feline, they bring her home and welcome her into their lives.
However, their happiness is short-lived when they realize they can’t keep her due to housing regulations.
Thus, begins their quest to find the little kitten a new loving home.
11. So I’m A Spider, So What?
Imagine waking up in a world where you’re no longer a human, but a spider monster, trapped in a dangerous dungeon filled with deadly creatures.
That’s exactly what happened to our protagonist, an ordinary high school girl who suddenly found herself reincarnated in a fantasy world.
But she’s not one to give up easily! With nothing but her wits, positivity, and human knowledge, she must battle ferocious monsters and use spiderwebs and traps to stay alive.
10. A Whisker Away
Miyo Sasaki is a spunky high school girl who is struggling to cope with her dysfunctional family.
Her father is insecure, and her stepmother is overly eager to bond with her.
To escape her personal problems, Miyo finds solace in her crush, Kento Hinode.
However, her unconventional methods of showing affection do not seem to impress Kento.
Determined to win Kento’s heart, Miyo takes on the persona of a white cat named “Tarou” to connect with him.
Though she succeeds in getting his attention, Miyo realizes that she can’t help Kento with his problems as a cat.
In the cutthroat corporate world, Retsuko the red panda is stuck in a dead-end job with a boss straight out of a bad movie.
But she has a secret outlet for her frustrations, singing death metal like a boss at a local karaoke bar.
By belting out brutal lyrics and growling like a demon, she finds a momentary escape from her mundane life.
But Retsuko’s journey doesn’t stop there.
As she opens up to the idea of letting others into her world of metal, she discovers a community that shares her love for the genre.
8. Odd Taxi
Odokawa, a taxi driver living a monotonous life, suddenly finds himself in a town that’s not quite right.
His passengers are a motley crew of oddballs, including a social media-obsessed college student, a secretive nurse, a struggling comedy duo, and even an up-and-coming idol group.
As he drives them around, they share their mundane and sometimes bizarre conversations.
But when a young girl goes missing, Odokawa realizes that these seemingly unrelated encounters might hold the key to finding her.
7. Fruits Basket
Tohru Honda is a kind-hearted girl who has been dealt a tough hand in life.
After losing her mother, she’s forced to live in the woods for shelter.
But fate takes a surprising turn when she’s invited to live with the handsome Yuki Sohma and his family.
However, the Sohma family harbors a dark secret that involves them turning into animals of the Chinese zodiac when hugged by someone of the opposite sex.
6. My Roommate Is A Cat
Mikazuki Subaru is a talented novelist, but when it comes to human relationships, he’s a total disaster.
Meanwhile, a street cat is struggling to survive after being abandoned by humans.
Fate brings them together, and Subaru takes the cat in.
Through their daily interactions, both Subaru and the cat begin to understand the beauty in life’s simple moments.
5. Wolf’s Rain
Kiba is a lone wolf, with a burning desire to find the elusive Paradise in a world ravaged by war.
He’s on a mission to find the legendary Flower Girl, Cheza, who can guide him to his ultimate goal.
But he’s not the only one seeking her out.
Other wolves are after her, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.
4. The Cat Returns
Haru is just an ordinary girl until she saves a cat from a reckless driver.
But this is no ordinary cat, it stands on its hind legs.
That’s just the beginning of her adventure, as she finds herself the recipient of gifts from the Cat Kingdom in gratitude for her heroics.
But when she’s told she’s to marry the prince, she’s not keen on the idea.
3. BNA: Brand New Animal
Michiru’s life takes an unexpected turn when she wakes up one day as a tanuki-human.
Scared and confused, she flees to Anima City, a sanctuary for animal humans like her.
There she meets Shirou, a wolf-human who harbors a deep-seated hatred for humans.
As Michiru tries to uncover the truth behind her transformation, she learns about the unique lifestyles and challenges of the animal humans.
2. Wolf Children
Hana’s life was full of promise until she met the man who changed everything, a wolf who became her mate and father to her children.
When he passed away, Hana found herself alone with two extraordinary kids, struggling to figure out how to raise them.
Fearing persecution, the family fled to the countryside, where Hana faced the challenge of raising two wolf pups.
Cherryton Academy is a prestigious school for anthropomorphic animals where tensions simmer between herbivores and carnivores.
After the death of Tem, a gentle alpaca in the drama club, fear and suspicion run rampant.
Legoshi, a grey wolf and stagehand, has always tried to hide his intimidating traits but is now under scrutiny.
Louis, a charismatic red deer, and the club’s leading actor, is determined to solve the mystery surrounding Tem’s death.
Meanwhile, Legoshi finds himself drawn to Haru, a small and unpopular dwarf rabbit.