10 Great Anime About Dragons That Aren’t Dragon Ball

Dragons are an integral part of East Asian lore and mythology. Dragon Ball in particular, it is known to be heavily influenced by ancient Chinese myths and ideas. The main character of the series, Goku, was based on the 16th century myth of the Monkey King Son Goku.


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Drawing on this traditional Chinese influence, many other anime series have followed suit in order to keep the mythical idea of ​​dragons alive and well in the collective consciousness. While the depiction and use of dragons may vary from show to show, the function they serve as powerful, mysterious entities that demand respect and reverence remains uniform.

10/10 Tomoe may be a servant, but she commands respect

Moonlit fantasy

Moonlit fantasy is a basic isekai story that gets its sense of humor from knowing it’s a basic isekai story. An interesting way the show sets up the overwhelming nature of the protagonist early on is through his interaction with one of the Greater Dragons.

Although one of the most powerful creatures in her world, the dragon Tomoe is easily tamed by the overpowered protagonist and becomes his servant. Although this is a new situation for her, Tomoe doesn’t mind as she recognizes her master’s incredible strength. Still, Tomoe is a proud dragon who commands the respect of all who cross her and her master’s path on their journey.

9/10 Chihiro befriends a ghost dragon

Spiritually gone

Boh, Haku and Chihiro Ogino in Spirited Away

Spiritually gone is the most famous masterpiece of the legendary Studio Ghibli. It follows a young girl named Chihiro who is transported to the spirit world. There she meets all sorts of strange and interesting characters, befriending many of them along the way.

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The creature closest to Chihiro throughout her adventure is none other than a powerful dragon named Haku. He is also the river spirit and can assume various forms, including that of a boy around Chihiro’s age. Although Chihiro is terrified of the new world at first, Haku and the others give her the courage to overcome whatever obstacles she encounters.

8/10 Dai gets his strength from the power of dragons

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai

Dai is getting ready to attack in Dragon Quest: The Adventure Of Dai.

While you see a real dragon Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is rarer than you might expect, but the show’s premise revolves almost entirely around dragons. The protagonist, Dai, is a Dragon Knight descended from his father who was himself the commander of the Dragon Legion.

Dragon Knights are people who have the power of dragons, and Dai definitely shows this trait during his fight to defeat the Dark King Vearn. Dai’s father even assumes the form of a dragon at one point while battling his son, demonstrating how intertwined the Dragon Knights’ power is with that of their namesake.

7/10 The Blue-Eyes White Dragon is a legendary destruction machine

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Blue Eyes White Dragon YuGiOh

Although it started as a manga and an anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! has turned into one of the most popular trading card games out there. Thanks in large part to the popularity of the anime, the monsters have transcended trading card status to become widely recognized as popular characters in their own right.

One of the most iconic monsters of all Yu-Gi-Oh! is none other than the legendary Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Blue-Eyes is Seto Kaiba’s favorite monster, and a very strong card in his own right that has only gotten better as the deck has progressed and added more support cards for his archetype.

6/10 Dragons are one of the rarest and most powerful types in Pokémon

pokemon

Ash and his Journeys team have the World Coronation Series trophy in Pokémon Journeys

The pokemon series is full of Dragon types, some of which are the strongest Pokémon in the show. One of those Pokémon, Dragonite, was even in Ash’s company when he eventually became World Champion in the 25th season of the pokemon anime.

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While dragon Pokémon are one of the rarest types trainers can find, they are also one of the most powerful with the fewest type weaknesses. There are even some trainers in the series, such as former Elite Four Leader, Lance, who chooses to train Dragon-type Pokémon exclusively.

5/10 The Dragon God Orsted is not to be trifled with

Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei Dragon God Orsted

Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation follows the rebirth of Rudeus as a newborn baby who still retains all memories from his past life. Rudeus inevitably becomes a prodigy in this new world full of magic, kings, monsters and of course dragons.

The isekai to which Rudeus is sent has been torn apart by a war of great gods from time immemorial. One such god, the dragon god Orsted, walks among men as the strongest member of the dragon tribe. His power is immeasurable, as evidenced by Rudeus’ only interaction with him in the anime thus far, which does not end well.

4/10 Dragons are the leading cause of death in London

Burn the witch

The main duo of Burn the Witch, Noel and Ninny

In Burn the witch, 72% of deaths in London are caused by dragons. Unfortunately, dragons are not visible to the naked eye. Instead, they must be seen from the parallel world opposite London, where witches reside, and keep a close eye on the dragons to keep them in check.

Among those tasked with hunting the dragons are Noel and Ninny, two powerful witches who use pipes firing spells like guns to subdue the majestic winged creatures. While the dark dragons of Burn the witch are certainly powerful, the creatures play a more villainous, animalistic role than in many other anime series.

3/10 It’s all fun and games until dragons are real

GATE

The main cast of the GATE anime

In Gate, Yoji becomes the unlikely hero of Japan when an interdimensional gateway appears in the middle of Tokyo. From that gate emerges an army of sword-wielding warriors who ride dragons and wreak havoc on the citizens of the city.

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Gate‘s hero is an otaku who reads manga about dragons and knights, so this whole ordeal is not new to him. Nevertheless, Yoji is much more likely to read his favorite isekai adventures than actually participate in them. Still, his knowledge of the dragons and magic in manga pays off a lot when he comes across them in real life.

2/10 Dragons are not meant for a life of service

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Girl

An image of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

After a hazy, drunken night, Kobayashi gets a dragon who agrees to live with her because she has fallen madly in love with her new master. Dragons are commonly portrayed as incredibly powerful predators that demand respect, so having one as a personal maid is quite a unique circumstance.

As Kobayashi soon discovers, dragons aren’t really made for a life of service. This leads to some hilarious situations where the dragon maid, Tohru, tries her very best but unfortunately does more harm than good.

1/10 Rimuru becomes besties with the storm dragon

That time I was reincarnated as slime

Satoru and his friends in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime.

While slimes are generally considered the weakest of monsters, Rimuru is an exception to the rule. The main reason he becomes powerful is the fact that he absorbs a mighty dragon named Veldora. From then on, Rimuru is the classic overpowered Isekai protagonist, and he only gets stronger from there.

Rimuru becomes so good friends with Veldora early in the show that he accepts his surname, Tempest, as his own. From that moment on, the two are literally inseparable. Even if Veldora is killed in battle, Rimuru is able to resurrect him as his memories are stored in Rimuru’s body.

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