Time travel has always been popular in science fiction stories, and of course the anime has taken note of it. It is difficult to select movies or series of Japanese anime of this genre, since the catalog is extensive and of irregular quality. Of course, one thing is clear: each of the names on this list of top ten best time travel anime offers something interesting about the concept of time travel.
Top 10 best time travel anime
Kimi no Na wa (Your Name)
The last film by Makoto Shinkai has many elements of science fiction combined with each other, and the truth is that the result is more than interesting. The two protagonists of the story travel in space and time exchanging their bodies with many surprising plot twists.
An anime that considered by many as one of the best time travel anime of all time. Okabe Rintaro and his team of scientists accidentally discover the way to send information to the past. From there begins a convoluted and increasingly complex plot through several dimensions in the midst of which Okabe has to face the harsh consequences of playing with time.
Who has never dreamed of having Doraemon's time machine? You just have to open the drawer of your desk to travel to any time, past or future. Oh, and you also have all the inventions of the magic pocket, why deny it, it make it much more fun.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)
Among the most mature and intelligent anime series of recent time and one of the best time travel anime of all time. The thirty-year-old protagonist travels to the past at a critical moment in his life, when he was a child and one of his classmate was murdered. The plot is very well prepared and deals with issues such as school bullying, domestic violence or childhood traumas, without doubt creating memorable characters.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
Mamoru Hosoda is one of the greats in animation cinematography, and this is one of his best films. What would happen (really) if we could travel in time? Maybe the problem is not what changes around us, but what we change. The protagonist of this anime film travels in time, but also travels towards maturity.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Under the guise of series on magical girls, there is a very adult argument that is put into play, among other things, the mechanism of the universe. Space-time, The existence of entropy and how all this affects the individual being are just some of the themes that this exceptional anime manages.
One day you fall off a railing and you wake embodied the Oda Nobunaga himself. Would you like it, right? But not everything is so simple, since as one of the unifiers of Japan samurai you must lead an army and understand diplomacy, at least until you find a way to return to your time.
Natsu no Arashi! (Summer Storm!)
Natsu no Arashi! brings us a story about time travel that differs from other stories due to the fact that its protagonists have been dead for quite some time. Yes, they are ghosts that travel to the past to reduce the number of lives that the war took. Indeed an anime that deserve a place among top of the best time travel anime ever.
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (Occult Academy)
In 2012 humanity is struggling to survive due to the invasion of a beings from another dimension. The only hope is in the past, in an academy devoted to the study of occultism. Fumiaki Uchida is sent three years back in time to attend that institution and find the Nostradamus Key, the cause of the disastrous future.
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)
Re:Zero brings an unconventional story about time travel because it includes both a dimensional leap and a mystery behind these time escapes. The protagonist is Subaru Natsuki, a teenager who from nothing is transported to a magical realm, in which he fails to complete a day with life. Subaru's travels occur when he dies; Like a video game, he always comes back to the starting point. Thus, the traveler must start again, get to know his allies and avoid major disasters. Every choice has consequences, always fatal. But his will to save his new comrades is greater, and urges him to find the right path.