Most of the time what comes along with an op main character is a fun world and a lot of comedy. A power fantasy show can be an easy and relaxing escape from the real world. They’re also a good change of pace from other genres of anime. The stories are never too complex (most of the time) but are enjoyable with casts of characters that are fun. These shows also have varying degrees of comedy (which can be hit or miss for some) that add a lot to the show. Coupled with some unique settings. Whether the character is overpowered because of his strength, abilities, or intellect. Deep down I know we all love to watch a show with an OP main character every once in a while. So I decided to countdown 10 anime series that have OP main characters. This list isn’t in any particular order and by no means are these the only anime that fit these criteria. Just a set of 10 that came to mind. This will be the first of many to come of this sort of list. So without further ado…
#10 – God of High School
Synopsis – “It all began as a fighting tournament to seek out for the best fighter among all high school students in Korea. Mori Jin, a Taekwondo specialist and a high school student, soon learns that there is something much greater beneath the stage of the tournament”
A high-octane action-packed show. Full of amazingly animated fights and cool powers. God of High School fell flat in some storytelling aspects but it delivers on the OPness (that should be a word) of the main character. Jin Mori is a fun op character, very similar in personality to your average shounen MC. Jin never loses a fight in the series, but every single one of his wins is memorable and beautifully animated.
(My Season 1 Review!)
#9 – Unlimited Psychic Squad
Synopsis – “Kyousuke Hyoubu, an ESPer who was betrayed many years ago, is now one of the most powerful ESPers—and also a fugitive. However, behind that glare lies a kind heart. His main mission is to save ESPers who are mistreated by humans, even if that be by force. Through his methods, he has saved many ESPer lives and gained the loyalty of those he has saved. The name of his group: P.A.N.D.R.A.”
One of the more underrated anime I’ve seen. Unlimited Psychic Squad is shown about a fugitive group of ESPers with very cool powers. Another well-animated show, it’s on the short side but every episode is great. The main character Kyousuke pulls out some overpowered ESPer abilities and has some great fights throughout the series. The first episode showcases his overwhelming abilities well and sets up the show great. Not only is he OP, but there are also quite a few other characters that are OP in this show too. It’s a great short action romp with a cool and intriguing story.
#8 – The Devil is a Part Timer
Synopsis – “Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!”
This show lends itself more to the comedy and slice of life genre. The show delivers on the comedy side and tells a compelling story. Of course, the MC is still the devil. So when he does have to use his powers, oh boy is it great. When he has to go all out the fear in his enemies is palpable and the intimidation factor is through the roof. I mean c’mon the show about the devil working at a fictional Mcdonald’s. I think that alone should be enough to watch this show.
#7 – Seven Deadly Sins
Synopsis – “When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!
Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated?”
Seven Deadly Sins is the definition of hype. There are so many memorable moments from every season that just leave you on the edge of your seat with a smile. Another cause of a show having a wide cast of OP characters and abilities. But that just makes the MC stand out even more amongst the rest. Meliodas from the jump is just ridiculous and he gets STRONGER every season. It’s absurd and I loved every minute of it. The story is interesting and for the most part, the show is animated well. Seasons 1, 2, and the movie were very well animated. But since the movie didn’t do so well, there is a notable drop in quality in season 3. Hopefully the upcoming season 4 picks it up. The later seasons’ quality doesn’t take away from the hype and great scenes in the first two seasons. It’s a blast all around.
#6 – Sword Art Online
Synopsis – “In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now…”
SAO is sort of a mixed bag for me. One thing that’s constant though, is that Kirito is just better than everyone else. His dual-wielding sword style is unique and the whole series is beautifully animated. Where the show can fall flat is the story. The first half of season 1 is my favorite as it deals with players being trapped in a game and if they die in the game they die in real life. It was fun and the life or death aspect added some weight to some of the actions Kirito had to take. Later seasons deal with him and his crew playing different games and the most recent season is similar but unique in its way. Kirito was at his most OP in season 1, as he’s effortlessly soloing the game, defeating raid bosses, and rogue players. There are 4 seasons and a movie, along with some spinoffs, so there’s something here to like for most people.
#5 – Irregular at Magic High School
Synopsis – “Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician.” Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.”
Once again another show I have mixed feelings on. But if I were ranking shows base on the MC’s power to everyone else. This show would be close to the top. A cool magic system that lends itself to a lot of possibilities. The main character Tatsuya is a prodigy. Not only is he brilliant but that brilliance is paired with a very unique magical ability. The feats that this man pulls off towards the end of the first season are awe-inspiring. Season 1’s story can be hit or miss, but it had potential and set up well for the rest of the story. I have yet to watch season 2. But if the first season is any indicator, then I can’t wait to see more of Tatsuya.
(Also I did a review of the first season so check that out!)
#4 – Misfit of Demon Academy
Synopsis – “Anos, the Demon King of Tyranny, has defeated humans, spirits, and gods alike. But even demon kings get tired of all the fighting sometimes! Hoping for a more peaceful life, Anos decides to reincarnate himself. When he wakes two thousand years later, though, he finds the world has become too peaceful–his descendants have grown weak and magic is in serious decline. Intending to reclaim his rightful place, he enrolls in Demon King Academy, where he finds that his magical power is off the charts. Literally. And because they can’t measure his power, the faculty and other students regard Anos as a misfit. With the support of Misha, the one student he manages to befriend, the misfit (Demon King) begins his climb up the demon ranks!”
Asleep hit from this year. Misfit of Demon King Academy is a blast to watch. A lot of action and surprisingly very heartwarming. The story is cool but the characters are what make the show. Anos, the Demon King, is so much more powerful than everyone else in this show it’s insane. His smugness and inclination to teach people life lessons about friendship and morals is so funny when he’s trying to teach that lesson through intimidation and god-like powers. I take that back. His powers aren’t god-like. They’re stronger than god. He defeats a god in the show! There’s never a fear of Anos losing, it’s just a matter of how bad he’s gonna win. All his fights are well animated and his Japanese voice actor knocks it out of the park. It was actually shocking to me how well animated the show is and how well written these characters are. A sort of sleeper hit from this year, it’s a must-watch!
(Once again I reviewed this show, so check that out)
#3 – One Punch Man
Synopsis – “Saitama has a rather peculiar hobby, being a superhero, but despite his heroic deeds and superhuman abilities, a shadow looms over his life. He’s become much too powerful, to the point that every opponent ends up defeated with a single punch. The lack of challenge has driven him into a state of apathy, as he watches his life pass by having lost all enthusiasm, at least until he’s unwillingly thrust in the role of being a mentor to the young and revenge-driven Genos.”
One Punch Man is an epic comedy-filled show. Saitama can destroy anything and anyone in one punch. The premise is fun the characters are whacky and the story is surprisingly really strong with some heartfelt moments. The action scenes in season 1 are stunning and the comedy hits more than it misses. Which is a good thing, cause with a show like this comedy is key or else it would be sort of boring. Back to Saitama. He might be the most powerful character ever. This lends itself to a lot of funny situations (like him getting ranked a low-class hero cause he broke all the machines and they couldn’t get a reading). But man when he gets serious. Geez, it’s wonderful to watch. I find myself going back and watching random fight scenes from season 1. Like I said before If this list was ranked based on mc power to the rest of the cast’s power ratio. This anime would be #1. Saitama is just that strong. He’s only ever been defeated by a mosquito but we’ve all been there.
#2 – Code Geass
Synopsis – “In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed to Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence. Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, unfortunately finds himself caught in a crossfire between the Britannian and the Area 11 rebel armed forces. He is able to escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience,” Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia in order to get revenge once and for all.”
One of the most brilliant anime I’ve ever watched. Code Geass sets the bar high for any other show like it. Lelouch is OP differently from the rest of the characters on this list. While yes, his Geass ability is very very powerful in itself. What takes Lelouch to the S tier is his intellect and how he goes about using his geass. Sure there are the characters in this show that are way better fighters than him, there are even characters in the show that match his intellect. But his geass paired with his intellect and cunning allow him to maneuver his way around any situation he finds himself in. It’s truly a treat to watch. Also, man, that ending was amazing. Maybe the best ending in all of anime.
#1 – Mob Psycho 100
Synopsis – “The story revolves around “Mob,” a boy who will explode if his emotional capacity reaches 100%. This boy with psychic powers earned his nickname “Mob” because he does not stand out among other people. He keeps his psychic powers bottled up so he can live normally, but if his emotional level reaches 100, something will overwhelm his entire body.”
Topping the first edition of this list. Mob Psycho is another show in the vein of One Punch Man. Action-packed and full of comedy. There’s even more comedy in this show, which works well as other characters can play off the emotionless, overpowered mc. The mob is awesome though. He’s naïve and shows little emotion but that makes for some well-written character growth and moments. Now, when he goes 100% and unlocks his full power. Ooh, wee it’s a blast to watch. Another well-animated show. The fight scenes are spectacular. You’d be hard-pressed to find more hype fights in any other form of media. And there are 2 seasons (with more to come I hope.) Mob Psycho is one of my favorites and definitely, a must-watch.