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Action series have been a gateway into anime for the longest time, sparking the interest of new fans through thrilling confrontations. The main culprits behind the always increasing popularity are shows most of your acquaintances have been hooked on at some point in their lives: the endless adventure series like One Piece; iconic shows that return to have that same effect over new generations, like Dragon Ball's recent iterations and Naruto's heir Boruto; and of course some new titles joining the fray as well, like Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, and the blood-pumping My Hero Academia, which successfully mixes Western superhero elements in a traditional shonen manga mold.
"Action anime" is a very broad category, so even if all you're seeking from your Japanese cartoons are exciting fights, there's room for very diverse titles. To help out newcomers taking their first steps after that, or simply people seeking new exhilarating adventures, we've put together a list of other excellent action anime you can go and watch right now.