Top 10 Best Angel Anime List [Recommendations]

Angels are generally something that you’d see in Judeo-Christian lore. Eastern lore focuses more on ghosts and spirits than real angels – afterlife creatures with wings and a halo. But anime takes its inspirations from all kinds of sources. And just like with knights and fairies, Japan manages to find a unique take on the “angel” concept. Sometimes they have wings, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they have halos, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the angels aren’t even the good guys.

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MangaHarem/EcchiSamuraiComedySlice of Life
HorrorActionSportsSchool LifeGundam
RomanceCouplesShoujoMagical GirlSeinen
PsychologicalSci-fiGun ActionNinjaAdventure
Sword FightingTwinsGender BenderFan ServiceZombie
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WitchLoli GirlsReverse HaremOppaiOtaku
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Crazy VilliansKemonomimi GirlsNeko AnimeBlackMoe
Eye-Patched GirlsMaidBoysKnightVideo Game

Oh, and for the record, Japan is largely an atheistic society. But those who are religious are generally polytheistic, and that means the lines between “angels” and “gods” can get a little muddled. We’ll try to keep this specifically to angels, but there’s probably some wiggle room on a couple of these.

With that said, here’s 10 of the best anime you can find about angels.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Rakka, the main character in Haibane Renmei, is about the most classic depiction of an angel you’ll find in anime. Quiet, graceful, grey-white wings, white robes, and a halo.

Of course, she’s not called an angel. She and the others with wings and halos are known as “haibane,” and they live under a strict set of rules. But Rakka herself doesn’t remember anything before arriving in her home. She only remembers the feeling of falling.

Haibane Renmei is one of the most imaginative anime you’ll ever see, and honestly, it should be recommended on a bigger list than just one about angels. The degree of imagination that goes into this mysterious yet fully-realized world will have you wishing there were more than 13 episodes.

If you only watch one anime on this list, make it this one.


Angel Beats!

Angel beats

Perhaps the polar opposite of the muted tones of Haibane Renmei, here we have Angel Beats.

You might notice that nobody in this image looks much like an angel. Yet they are indeed the angels in question. This may not look the same as Haibane Renmei, and indeed it isn’t. But both series are set in a mysterious realm with unusual rules, and in both cases the lead character is just trying to figure out how they got there and what to do now.

The difference is, Angel Beats folds this story into a familiar school life plot. If you have certain expectations of what you need your anime to look like, Angel Beats is the better option. If you appreciate – or are at least okay with – unique art styles and a more subdued approach to world building, try Haibane Renmei.

Of course, if you appreciate good anime in general, just watch both. You could finish both of them in a day.


Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Changing gears entirely, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan is a completely absurd comedy that goes way over the top in everything it tries to do.

The titular Dokuro-chan is sent from heaven on an assassination mission to kill a junior high school student named Sakura Kusakabe. Apparently,Sakura is destined to grow into a pedophile who will invent a form of immortality that stops womens’ growth at age 12.

Dokuro decides that Sakura can be spared, but that doesn’t end up meaning much. She routinely cleaves him in half violently with her spiked bat/magic wand Excaliborg. But she can bring him back to life just as quickly. So the series ends up pretty much being an endless cycle of fanservice, gratuitous violence, and magical girl spoofing on repeat.




There is an awful lot of unusual stuff going on in D.N. Angel, and admittedly, much of it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with angels. At first.

Rather, it’s about Daisuke Niwa, a middle school student who is below-average in pretty much every area. He confesses to his crush, who turns him down flat. And now, any time he thinks about her, he turns into Dark Mousy, the phantom thief.

As you might imagine, things get a little crazy from there.


Sora no Otoshimono

Sora no Otoshimono

So, one day, some strange girl falls from the sky and calls the first boy she sees “master.”

And off we go. Sora no Otoshimono is about a group of friends in the New World Discovery Club, trying to figure out the mysteries on the mysterious floating island known as the New World, where the Angeloids come from.

Well, that’s part of it. It’s also about Ikaros’ boobs.