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The Seven Best Wit Studio Anime

Thorfinn holding a knife
(Wit Studio)

Before there was MAPPA, there was Wit Studio.

MAPPA has been getting a heck of a lotta credit lately in the anime world, with blockbusters like Attack On Titan‘s final season and Chainsaw Man. They’re basically the A24 of anime these days. But let’s not forget that pedigree titles like Attack On Titan actually STARTED at Wit Studio before switching over to MAPPA. There would be no A-O-T without W-I-T. And not only that, the studio has had some banger standalone titles throughout the years, so I would be remiss if I framed them as standing in MAPPA’s shadow. To celebrate the success of Wit Studio, I’m ranking their top seven anime titles of all time.

7. Rolling Girls

the rolling girls on a roll
(Wit Studio)

This little gem is about four girls who live in a fictionalized Japan where the country is divided into four different prefectures, each with their own unique culture and customs. The prefectures are ruled by a leader known as the “Best,” but when the “Best” disappears one day … the shit hits the fan. The country descends into violence and chaos, but these four girls are gonna do their damndest to restore order. How, you ask? Why, with a the power of a mysterious stone, of course!

6. Seraph of The End

Mika from Seraph of the end with a sword
(Wit Studio)

Ya like vampires, kid? Well, this series is lousy with ’em. Owari no Seraph takes place in a world where vampires rule and humanity drools. Then bleeds and dies. Well, dies then bleeds, I guess. See, most of the population died out due to a deadly virus. The few surviving humans have been captured by the vampires and are used as blood juiceboxes. But hope is not lost! A young orphan boy named Yuichiro Hyakuya has vowed to destroy the vampires after they killed his family, and he happens upon a mercenary group called The Demon Moon Company who are hellbent on doing the same. Don’t you just love meeting likeminded people?

5. The Great Pretender

The cast of THe Great Pretender
(Wit Studio)

Ya like crime? Stunning locations? Bright colors? Sexy thieves? Do I have a show for you. The Great Pretender is about a group of con artists who pull off elaborate heists around the world. Their targets? The worst of the worst. Skeevy Hollywood producers and misogynistic princes are financially crushed under the slippery heel of the group, who always manage to make a glorious getaway. It’s a departure from the more action-oriented work that Wit tends to put out, but we all need a vacation sometimes, don’t we?

4. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

mumei and ikoma from Kabaneri
(Wit Studio)

Now we’re getting into the big guns. And these guns shoot bullets made out of raw iron. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of the best anime ever made. It takes place in a post-industrial world where a unique virus has turned the most of humanity into nasty zombie-like things called kabane. What makes kabane different than other zombies? Well, for one thing, they aren’t shambling Highschool of The Dead horrors. These zombies are FAST and VICIOUS. And to make things WORSE, you can’t decapitate them. You gotta shoot them in the heart. And to make things WORST, their hearts are encased in an internal sheet of iron that cannot be pierced by conventional weaponry. But a clever young train engineer figures out a workaround by attaching an industrial RAILROAD SPIKE DRIVER TO HIS ARM. He then teams up with a group of samurai badasses who intend to solve the kabane problem once and for all.

3. The Ancient Magus Bride

Chise and Elias from ancient magus bride
(Wit Studio)

Do you like magic? Romance? A surprising amount of violence? You’re gonna love this one! Ancient Magus Bride is about a young orphan girl named Chise Hatori with the power to see magical beings that are normally invisible to humans. Left with nowhere to turn after the loss of her parents, she sells herself at a magical auction and is bought be a kindly, deer-skull headed mage named Elias. Elias becomes Chise’s caretaker and begins to teach her the ins and outs of magic. The pair must also protect Chise from magical criminal elements who wish to use the abuse the girl’s latent magical abilities. As dark as it is beautiful, this show is a must-watch for anyone with a beating heart that craves love and blood.

2. Vinland Saga

Thorfinn holding a knife
(Wit Studio)

It’s a Viking anime. A Viking. Anime. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG? Answer: it doesn’t. IT ONLY GOES RIGHT.

Vinland Saga centers around a sweet little Icelandic boy named Thorfinn, whose chieftain father is murdered by Askeladd, the leader of a group of Danish warriors. Sweet Thorfinn decides to not be so sweet anymore, and vows to kill Askeladd for his crime. When Thorfinn tries, he is easily defeated by Askeladd. However, Askeladd is impressed with the boy’s natural killing talent and hires him as a mercenary. In return, he will allow Thorfinn to challenge him to another duel to the death after a few years of service. The warriors then set out to conquer England. No joke. Expect gloriously violent action sequences with a surprising amount of political intrigue.

1. Attack On Titan

No surprises here. Attack on Titan is a global phenomenon. If you don’t know it, you must live under a very big rock. A boulder, even.

This anime is set in a world where humanity is confined to a kingdom surrounded by three high walls. What do the walls do? They keep out hordes of man-eating giants called Titans. Humanity has enjoyed one hundred years of peace behind the walls, but one day a COLOSSAL Titan shows up and quite literally kicks the kingdom’s door down. The Titans pour into the city, and a young boy named Eren Jaegar suffers a tragedy at the hands and teeth of the horde. He vows to become a soldier and destroy every last Titan on the planet. But do it, he may just have to access the power of the Titans himself!

This series features some of the greatest fight sequences in anime history. Like Vinland Saga, it was spearheaded by Wit Studio until MAPPA took over the project. Without Wit Studio’s work, Attack On Titan would not be the household name it is today.

(Featured image: Wit Studio)

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