The topic of time travel has always been very interesting, and although technically it is considered just another science fiction sub-genre, the reality is that it is something that draws a lot of attention from lovers of interesting plots in general. Yes, it is clear that it is not for everyone because the stories that involve time travel are usually quite complex, but some anime even keep their stories at a somewhat simple level. If you are a fan of time travel stories, then you will surely like our list of 4 time travel animes you must watch.

4) Tokyo Revengers

Two kids talking after a fight in the Tokyo Revengers Anime

Tokyo Revengers tells us the story of Takemichi Hanagaki, a 26-year-old boy who has a life he doesn’t feel comfortable with. One day Takemichi is pushed onto the train tracks when the train is coming, and despite the fact that the situation seems deadly, our protagonist is strangely sent 12 years into the past. After a series of events, he realizes that he can travel to the past and future (his present) constantly, so he tries to change the past to save the lives of various people and create a better future for everyone.

The anime has accumulated immense popularity thanks to its simplicity, and despite the fact that its plot involves time travel and uses the butterfly effect theory to tell its story, the way in which it is told is quite simple to understand, so that anybody can enjoy its plot without their heads exploding.

3) Orange

Girl running in towards the camera.

What would you do if you received a letter from someone claiming to be you from the future? Naho Takamiya is a 16-year-old girl who finds herself in this situation. The letter claims to come from the future version of herself, the 26-year-old Takamiya, and it seems to predict the events that will take place in her life, as well as give her instructions on what she must do to prevent some of these events from happening. Naho finds herself in a difficult situation where she doubts whether she will heed the instructions that are in the letter or do what she actually wants to.

From the moment of its release, the manga was a total success with very good reviews from critics, plus, the vast majority of its readers also liked it, so it is not surprising that the anime had the same impact. Unlike the rest of the anime on the list, Orange is a school romance anime, so it’s perfect for Shōjo lovers.

2) Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)

A Young Boy and Girl sitting on a bench.

Satoru Fujinuma is a young adult like any other. He has regular work and is also a manga author. On the surface everything seems usual; however, he has an exceptional ability: if a tragic accident occurs near him, he travels a few moments before the event occurs, so that he can prevent the accident from happening. One particular time he tries to use this ability but the result is different, Satoru travels 18 years into the past to the year 1988, the year when a series of kidnappings began. The first victim of the serial kidnapper was Kayo Hinazuki, a classmate of Satoru. Our protagonist will try to prevent the terrible events that began in 1988 from taking place, but since he is in his child version, things won’t be easy.

While it may sound similar to many other time travel stories, what sets this anime apart from others like Tokyo Revengers is the tone with which the story is told. While others are geared towards a much younger audience, Erased progresses in a more realistic and interesting way, making it perfect for all types of audiences.

1) Steins;Gate

Character from the Steins;Gate anime

Rintaro Okabe is an 18-year-old boy who has always wanted to become a mad scientist (and he certainly acts like one). He has a lab with a couple of friends, and his purpose is to create new and amazing gadgets to change the world. One day he accidentally creates a sort of time machine, which is capable of sending messages to the past, and this is where it all begins.

It is very difficult to give eye-catching details about the plot of Steins;Gate without spoiling it, but what you should know is that if you love the time travel stories, then this anime is definitely a must-watch. Unlike the rest, this one doesn’t stop at “I’ll travel back in time to save you”, but covers the subject in an infinitely more interesting way.

When it comes to time travel, the complexity involved in the subject usually makes the stories full of inconsistencies or contradictions; there are only a few that really manage to deal with the subject in a near-perfect way, but if there is a story in anime that manages to do it, that story is definitely Steins;Gate. Not only is it surely the best anime when it comes to time travel, but it is one of the best time travel fictions out there. If you love deep and complex stories and are ready to put your brain to work, you will love this anime.

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