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Some people travel for pleasure, in order to see different places and learn about different cultures; some other people travel during holidays, in order to escape for a few days from everyday life. There are persons that travel because they need to: they are looking for something, or running away from someone, or something. Whatever the reason though, a journey toward the unknown put yourself on the line. Traveling always teaches important lessons, and when you make it home, your life is enriched by the people you’ve come to know, the hardships you went through and then overcame, the things you didn’t know about yourself. Even in the anime universe, there are characters that decide to travel; we created this top 10 in order to make you leave for wonderful imaginary trips, together with amazing characters! Stick with us until the end… we won’t fail you!

10. Phantom in the Twilight

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2018 – September 2018

Phantom in the Twilight takes place in London, and it revolves around Baileu Ton, a strong-willed girl who arrives there to study abroad with her best friend. The moment she enters university, though, a strange incident happens, and she finds herself at a loss of what to do. Helpless and desperate, Baileu stumbles upon a mysterious café, “Café Forbidden”, which only opens at midnight. There, she meets handsome men employed at the café, but soon after Baileu discovers what Café Forbidden actually is, and who the customers are…

As we said up above, each person has a reason to undertake a journey. In Phantom in the Twilight, we find a strong-willed girl who really wished to study abroad. Even though her dream was to go to college in China, she embarked on a new adventure in the UK and her life was turned upside down. The journey will help her discover something about her past that she could never have imagined.

9. Berserk

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2016 – September 2016

Guts is a former mercenary known as the Black Swordsman, who lived a very turbulent childhood. When the person he thought he could trust stole what was most important to him, Guts remained marked for death, condemned to a life pursued by demonic beings. While seeking revenge, trying to defy a gruesome fate, Guts embarks on a journey. No one will be able to stop a man willing to go against death and misfortune.

For Guts traveling becomes a necessity. Haunted by demons and beasts, he travels the world in a constant struggle with himself, as he needs to pursue his own ends, and at the same time protect the people he loves. Along the way, he will meet allies who will gradually become comrades, and eventually friends.

8. El Cazador de la Bruja

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2007 – September 2007

Nadie is a bounty hunter, and her target is Ellis, an amnesiac girl suspected of murder. When Nadie gets a hold on Ellis, though, she decides to accompany her to Wiñay Marka. Supposedly, that place will unlock Ellis’s memories and her past. Nadie warns Ellis that she will turn her over to the authorities after their trip is over. These two girls, guided by a gemstone called the Inca Rose, begin their journey through Mexico, looking for the mysterious city of Wiñay Marka!

The girls in El Cazador de la Bruja have a goal that make them decide to travel. In order to find the “Eternal City” of Wiñay Marka, and the lost memories of Ellis, they embark on a journey where Nadie will become Ellis’s bodyguard, as she is very innocent, and childlike. Throughout the show, their relationship as they travel through Mexico deepens, and eventually the two of them become close friends.

7. Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World — The Animated Series (Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series)

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2017 – December 2017

Kino is a 15-year-old girl with one big passion. Every time she feels down, she has to travel: nothing makes her feel better than exploring the world around her. Despite her age and physical appearance, though, Kino is prone to killing anyone who could hinder her path with her trusted handguns. Alongside Kino, there’s her best friend Hermes–her sentient motorcycle–and together they travel through the countryside with the golden rule of never stopping in one country for more than three days.

As we already said, each person has a reason to embark on a journey: Kino is a girl who travels to free her mind by heavy thoughts. Kino no Tabi is a slow-paced show to be enjoyed hand in hand with our protagonist Kino, accompanying her in unique landscapes, meeting new people and getting to know their way of living. This anime explores philosophical concepts, giving the viewers room to think deeply; it screams very loudly how we shouldn’t take things for granted.

6. Claymore

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2007 – September 2007

When Raki’s family is killed by a shape-shifting demon known as “youma”, he is saved by the “Claymore”, a lone woman who is half-human, half-youma. Her name is Clare, and she was created with the sole purpose of killing these monsters. Because of some circumstances, Raki decides to join Clare on her journey. While traveling from town to town, they fight against the youma, and along the way they meet Clare’s fellow warriors. Eventually, they get closer to the youma Clare swore revenge against…

Claymore takes place in a dark, medieval setting, and Clare decides to travel to seek revenge. In fact, Clare is looking for the monster because of whom she decided to become a Claymore. With her enormous sword, and Raki next to her, they look for the youma in every city, while killing every other monster who gets in their way. But this show is not merely gore, or splattering of blood: along the way Clare will come to terms with close friendship, and she will begin to fight to protect the people she cares about.

5. Michiko to Hatchin (Michiko & Hatchin)

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  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: October 2008 – March 2008

Michiko Malandro is a criminal who escaped from a high security prison for the fourth time, looking for a man. Hana Morenos is a young girl abused by her foster parents, dreaming to be rescued by a beautiful prince. Claiming to be her mother, Michiko saves Hana and the duo embark on a journey to the land of Diamandra, looking for the elusive man that is Hana’s father, and Michiko’s former lover…

Michiko to Hatchin takes place in South America, and it revolves around the unlikely duo – Michiko and Hana – and all the human connections drawn together by the man Michiko is looking for. The Latin culture pops up everywhere, from the setting to the good music, and the plot unravels in a slow-paced way. While traveling from place to place, between chases and shootouts, Michiko and Hana’s relationship deepens considerably. Join their escape from authorities to see how their research will turn out!

4. D.Gray-man Hallow

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2016 – September 2016

The members of the Black Order are happy as they are about to move to a new base. Allen Walker has just come back, and he is immediately summoned by the Central Agency, which forcefully seals his arm – the one wielding the power granted by the Innocence. Right after, he meets Marian Cross, alias his master, who reveals him shocking secrets about the 14th Noah. But the happiness of the exorcists of the Black Order is not supposed to last, as new enemies show up, and an important loss strikes them… and that’s just the beginning of an escalation of events unveiling a staggering truth.

Allen Walker, and the other exorcists of the Black Order, need to go where they are needed. The theme of the travel is preponderant in D.Gray-man, as Allen Walker’s adoptive father Mana, was a traveling performer, and they always wandered around when Allen was a child. As an exorcist, Allen and his comrades travel Europe and the world far and wide, trying to fight the Akuma and help people.

3. Gosick

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2011 – July 2011

It’s 1924, and Kazuya Kujou is a student of Saint Marguerite Academy in Sauville, Southern Europe. He is Japanese, and his appearances always cause him to be bullied by the others. One day, he visits the school’s library and there he meets Victorique de Blois, a doll-like girl who almost never leaves the library. Victorique’s brother, though, is a detective, and relies on her to solve some mysteries, as she has enormous abilities, drawing her away from the library. With Kujou entering the picture, and the mysteries increasing even more, the two of them join forces in order to unveil them!

Victorique is a very clever girl who can foresee the future, and she is usually unwilling to leave her beloved library. Thanks to her brother, and her new friend Kujou, though, staying holed up there is no longer an option. Victorique and Kujou, whose fate is intertwined, begin a journey intended to solve intriguing cases, in the Gothic atmosphere of the Southern Europe. By the end of their journey together, they will learn an important lesson about human relations.

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2. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2008 – March 2008

Lawrence Kraft is a young merchant, and he wanders here and there with his carthorse, hoping to gain some money. One fated day she meets Holo, a beautiful girl with wolf ears, and a tail. She is a wolf harvest deity, longing to get back in the northern lands of Yoitsu, where she came from. When she hears that Lawrence travels around the countryside, then, she takes the opportunity and joins him. In exchange for a ride toward the lands of Yoitsu, she will help him with his job as a merchant, using her abilities.

Spice and Wolf takes place in an imaginary continent inspired by Europe. In a medieval setting, Lawrence and Holo travel from a village to the other, helping each other. This show involves economics, agriculture and trade in a well-conceived imaginary world. If you wish to embark for a journey full of romance, supernatural elements, and funny characters, choose Ookami to Koushinryou!

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1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: April 2009 – July 2010

Here we are with our first position! Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood revolves around Edward Elric, who is an alchemist with a difficult childhood. One thing that is strictly forbidden in alchemy is human transmutation: trying to transmute a human being can lead to severe consequences. After their mother’s death, though, Edward and his little brother Alphonse decided to ignore that ban, and bring their mother back. They miserably failed, and the price they paid was very high, as Ed lost his left leg, and gave his right arm up in order to save Al, who lost his entire body. Now grown up, Ed and Al decide to leave to search for the Philosopher’s Stone, hoping that they’ll recover their bodies thanks to it.

Edward and Alphonse, two brothers with a difficult past and an uncertain future, embark on a journey looking for the Philosopher’s Stone. During their travel around a fictional world very similar to Europe, they meet friends and foes, and the research of the Philosopher’s Stone is pushed in the background while a greater danger seems to be about to strike the world. Whether you are interested in the main theme of the travel, or not, give Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood a try. It’s one of the best shows ever made, full of good vibes and action, able to pull the viewers’ heartstrings.

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Final Thoughts

With the wonderful Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, our traveling around the West comes to an end! We hope this chart of ten anime about traveling will work as a sweet “escape” for you all. As always, we expect to hear what you think about traveling, or this ranking in the comments below. See you next time!

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