Time travel is a very unique and fascinating concept and for many years humanity has been curious about the concept of time travel.
Time travel has been interesting to us for a long time and has given rise to a whole collection of time travel movies, TV shows, and, of course, anime.
Check out my list below if you’re looking for any mind-bending twists and turns (or even time travel components in otherwise standard anime).
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Anime With Time Travel
Steins; Gate is one of the best travel anime on this list, set in 2010 in Akihabara, Tokyo, and follows Rintaro Okabe, a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who operates the “Future Gadget Laboratory” in an apartment with his friends Mayuri Shiina and Itaru “Daru” Hashida.
When attending a time travel meeting, Okabe sees the dead body of Kurisu Makise, a neuroscience researcher; sends a text message about it to Daru and then learns that Kurisu is alive and that the message has arrived before he sends it.
Laboratory members discover that a mobile phone – a microwave oven they are designing – will transmit text messages back in time; they enter Kurisu and study, sending text messages – referred to as “D-mails” – to the past to alter the current. Eventually, Kurisu makes a gadget that can send memories via the microwave oven, essentially enabling the user to travel time.
Tatami Galaxy has a very unusual art and animation theme, an autumn night in strange ramen stands behind the Shimogamo Shrine, alone third-year college student bumps into a man with an eggplant-shaped head who considers himself a god of love.
Meeting this guy leads the student to dwell on his past two years at college—two years bitterly spent struggling to split up couples on campus with his only friend, Ozu, a ghoulish-looking man who appears to be trying to make his life as miserable as possible.
Resolving to make the best of the rest of his college life, the student tries to ask Akashi, an unsociable but kind-hearted underclassman, who nevertheless struggles to follow through, to make him regret not living his college life differently.
As soon as this thought goes into his mind, though, he’s wounded through time and space to the beginning of his college years, and he’s offered another chance to live his life.
Future Diary is also one of my favorites on this list, this anime has a lot of gore elements.
Lonely high school boy, Yukiteru Amano, spends his days writing a diary on his cellphone while talking to his two fictional friends, Deus Ex Machina, the god of time and space, and Murmur, the servant of God.
Revealing himself to be an actual being, Deus grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary,” which reveals highly descriptive entries focusing on the future and drives him into a bloody royal war with 11 other holders of equally potent future diaries.
For the last person to stand as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must locate and destroy the other 11 to survive.
ERASED is a very interesting anime and this is not your standard time travel anime but something more. If you like watching wholesome and thrilling anime then this is for you.
When the disaster is about to hit, Satoru Fujinum finds himself sent back a few minutes before the crash. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has used this strong and enigmatic phenomenon, which he terms “Revival,” to save many lives.
However, when he is falsely convicted of killing someone dear to him, Satoru is sent back to the past again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he learns that the murder could be linked to the kidnapping and murder of one of his friends, the lonely and enigmatic Kayo Hinazuki, which took place when he was a child. This is his chance to get it right.
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what happened 18 years ago and to avoid the death of his classmate while at the same time defending those that he cares for at present.
The plot revolves around Maya, the daughter of the former headmaster of the Waldstein Academy, and time travel agent Fumiaki Uchida.
In 2012, the planet was attacked by aliens, and time explorers were sent back to 1999 to locate and destroy the Nostradamus Key, which Nostradamus Prophecy foretold as what will bring about the apocalypse. The story then turns to the year 1999, when Maya returns to the Academy to ruin the Academy by replacing her late father’s role as principal.
Her scheme was disrupted when she encountered Fumiaki and learned about the coming catastrophe. Despite their mistrust of Fumiaki, they have made a deal to search for the Nostradamus Key.
The first day of Naho Takamiya’s sophomore year of high school is off to an uneasy start. When she wakes up late, she receives a mysterious letter addressed to her.
Although the letter is on its own—10 years in the future! At first, Naho is suspicious of the note; but, after seeing several events mentioned, she recognizes that the letter is from her 26-year-old self.
The note details that Naho’s future life is riddled with remorse, and wishes that her younger self will be able to fix the errors that have been made in the past. The letter also advises her to keep a close watch on the new student of transfer, Kakeru Naruse.
Naho must be very cautious in making choices that concern him since Kakeru is not in the future. With the letter as her reference, Naho now has the strength to defend Kakeru until she comes to regret it again.
While Yuu Otosaka seems to be yet another charming and articulate teenager on the surface, he has a secret—he can sneak into people’s heads and manipulate their bodies for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this talent for years to achieve the highest grades, which enabled him to attend a prestigious high school.
When the mysterious Nao Tomori captures Yuu with his strength, she forces him and his sister Ayumi to travel to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural powers. The school’s student council, headed by Nao, is charged with secretly tracking down teenagers who misuse their powers.
Yuu is forced to join the student council, and together they encounter daunting obstacles that bring him closer to the surprising reality that his own, apparently imperfect talents, could be more powerful than he could have ever dreamed.
Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
I have listed this anime in so many anime lists but overall this anime is amazing. When Subaru Natsuki leaves the grocery store, the last thing he expects is to get out of his daily life and fall into a dream realm.
Things don’t look promising for the bewildered teenager; but, not long after his arrival, he’s targeted by some of the gangsters. Armed with just a bag of grocery stores and a mobile phone that is now worthless, he’s easily pounded to a pulp. Luckily, a mysterious beauty called Satella, in hot search of the one who took her insignia, comes to Subaru and saves him.
To thank the truthful and kindhearted girl, Subaru offered to help with her journey, and later that night, she also found the place she was looking for. But unfamiliar to them, a much darker entity stalks a pair of shadows, and just minutes after the insignia was identified, Subaru and Satella were brutally murdered.
However, Subaru suddenly reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same squad of gangsters, facing Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but she’s having a rough time determining what to do for her future. Between enduring the burden of her professors and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life unexpectedly transforms when she unintentionally learns that she can jump across time.
Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo follows Makoto as she plays with her newfound strength. But she quickly discovers the hard way that any decision has a cost, and time is a lot more difficult than it would sound.
Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school student, wishes to live a boy’s life in the bustling city of Tokyo—a fantasy that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. In the meantime, Taki Tachibana leads a busy life as a high school student while balancing his part-time work and hoping for a career in architecture.
One day, Mitsuha wakes up in a room that is not her own, and unexpectedly finds herself living a fantasy life in Tokyo—but in Taki’s body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself enjoying the life of Mitsuha in the humble countryside. In quest of a solution to this unusual occurrence, they continue to look for each other.
Kimi no Na Wa. revolves around the actions of Mitsuha and Taki, who continue to have a profound effect on each other’s lives, and weave them into a fabric bound together by destiny and chance.
Noein: To Your Other Self
During their last summer in grade school, four classmates decided to take the bravery test at their local cemetery. Before the exam starts, Haruka Kaminogi makes the final attempt to detach Yuu Gotou from his manipulating mother.
While doing so, Haruka unexpectedly had a surreal glimpse of blue snow accompanied by the presence of an intimidating silver-haired man. Then, Haruka and her friends had a similar experience in the cemetery before they tried to flee what they assumed to be ghosts.
Unknown to the youngsters, the people who stood before them are Dragon Soldiers: an elite armed force of a size known as La’cryma. Soldiers have come to this world to secure the “Dragon Torque”—an agent they consider to be their only chance of salvation.
But both the Dragon Soldiers and Haruka are surprised to discover that the Dragon Torque is Haruka herself. She’s trying to hide from the Dragon Soldiers when she seeks her last ray of hope—a mysterious silver-haired man who appears to be another version of Yuu himself.
Kei Asai lives in the oceanside town of Sakurada—a town where residents are born with strange skills. One day, on the school rooftop, he encounters Misora Haruki, an apathetic girl with the ability to reset everything about her up to three days before.
Although no one knows when she’s reset, not even Haruki, Kei’s capacity to remember anything until reset: photographic memory. After successfully helping someone by merging their forces, they enter the Service Club to support those in their area.
However, their club gets engaged and starts to complete tasks for the Enigmatic Administration Bureau—an agency that works on controlling the capacity of Sakurada and exploiting the activities of the city for their ends. They can find that there are more things at work in Sakurada than the machinations of an uncanny organization.
Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are normal to middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes as they come across Kyuubey, a cat-like magician familiar, and Homura Akemi, a young transfer student.
Kyuubey gives them a proposal: he will grant any of their wishes and, in return, they will each become a fairy girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. But Homura Akemi, the magical girl herself, advises them not to take the deal, saying that all is not as it appears to be.
A tale of promise, desperation, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka L.Magica deals with the challenges of becoming a fairy child, and the price one needs to pay to make a dream come true.
As ordinary high school student Aoba Watase is unexpectedly attacked by a giant robot known as the “Valiance,” his enigmatic classmate Hina Yumihara is rescued. After discovering that she and her robotic opponent are from the future, Hina unexpectedly propels Aoba 70 years ahead to avert his assassination.
Upon landing, Aoba finds himself in a Valiancer cockpit named “Luxon,” caught in the middle of a firefight between the Armies of the Free Pact Alliance (FPA) and the Republic of Zogilia.
After exhibiting high cohesion with the FPA pilot called Dio Weinberg, the two conduct a good “coupling,” enabling them to exchange their experience and increase their skills and abilities.
While Aoba was able to survive this surprise battle, he was taken into custody by the FPA ship Cygnus, who wanted to interrogate him. If the student’s biggest fear is whether he will be able to return home, something he doesn’t know is that he’s about to get swept up in a fight to protect the planet.
After surviving a bus hijacking with the aid of a masked vigilante, Strange Juice, Yuuta Iridatsu finds his soul torn from his body and in the possession of a perverted cat spirit, Chiranosuke.
As a ghost, Yuuta wanders around his apartment, the Korai House, to regain his body and observe the other residents: Meika Daihatsu, a brilliant inventor; Mikatan Narugino, a joyful idol; Ito Hikiotani, a shut-in NEET; and Rabura Chichibu, a spiritual medium.
After a glimpse of Narugino’s socks, Chiranosuke admits to Yuuta that he becomes massively happier when he sees the panties. However, if he encounters another pair when he’s still a ghost, his strength will cause a meteor to crash into the planet, bring an end to the universe, and destroy his mates.
Punch Line tracks Yuuta as he unravels the mystery surrounding Korai House, its inhabitants, and a vicious group seeking to end the planet. Will Yuuta be able to save everyone, or will the ever-present danger of panties result in their destruction?
Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Yoshiharu Sagara, a high school boy, wakes up and finds himself amid a raging Sengoku era war. He was rescued by the famed Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but at the expense of the hero’s survival.
In his last breath, the warrior pleads that Yoshiharu should become a feudal lord in his place. Now that the course of history has changed, Yoshiharu is committed to keeping the timeline from going any further.
Yet, after saving Nobuna Oda—whom he finds is the famous female equivalent of Nobunaga Oda—Yoshiharu learns that he has been transported to an alternate universe where most of Japan’s historic warlords are now pretty children!
To get it right and find a way back home, Yoshiharu decides to become one of Nobuna’s keepers and help her in the invasion of Japan.
As Nobuna launches her campaign, Yoshiharu learns that the story he heard from playing the video game “Nobunaga’s Ambition” helps him to forecast future events and reverse the tide of war. Using this invaluable gift to help the lovely generals of the Oda clan, Yoshiharu hopes to help his new lord achieve his dream and conquer the hearts of women everywhere.
“Who cares about what happened in the history of Japan? It’s got nothing to do with my life.”
With these sentences, the carefree high school student Saburou finds himself unceremoniously tossed back in time to the Sengoku period, falling right in front of the famous General Nobunaga Oda. Nobunaga, on the run from his keepers and wanting to rest because of his frailty, begs Saburou to take his spot, as the two bear an eerie similarity.
While Saburou is still overwhelmed by his surroundings, Nobunaga hastily provides the boy with the requisite things to show that he is a bona fide feudal lord and a hasty escape.
Now a stand-in for someone he doesn’t even know that much about—though his western background and intelligence are sure to help him—Saburou begins his unlikely journey to appear as the man who wanted to unite all of Japan.
Mirai, the enhanced Kongou-class Aegis-guided-missile destroyer, is one of the newest and most modern ships in the entire Japanese Self Defense Force (SDF). Her crew, also one of the newest, is headed by Capt. Umezu Saburo and Chief Executive Officer Kadomatsu Yosuke.
One day, while planned training drills are underway, Mirai experiences a severe storm that throws its navigation systems into temporary disarray. After a few minutes of rest, the crew was surprised to find that they had been transported back in time to June 4, 1942—The Battle of Midway, during World War II.
Letting history run its course with this battle, they manage to escape controversy firsthand and make a promise to stay anonymous, to change history as least as possible. But as the crew comes across the dying Lt. Commander Kusaka Takumi, XO. Kadomatsu’s life-saving impulses take hold, altering the trajectory of history more than he might have dreamed.
When They Cry
Keiichi Maebara had just moved to the sleepy little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and soon became inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. But the darkness lies beyond the almost idyllic life they lead.
As the village prepares for its annual celebration, Keiichi hears about the urban legends that accompany it. To his shock, he learns that there have been many killings and disappearances in the village in recent years and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the patron deity of the village, Oyashiro.
Keiichi is trying to ask his new friends about these events, but they are suspiciously quiet and refuse to give him the answers he wants. When more and more bizarre incidents take place, he asks what else his friends could hide from him and whether he should trust them at all.
When madness and fear start to take hold in Keiichi’s heart, he stumbles right through the complexities at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a tale that is told through several arcs.
Lucius Modestus, an ancient Roman architect, considers himself a job-hunting because he has difficulty coming up with new designs. When his actions and personality become dismal, his friends try to take him to a bathhouse to rest. Unable to unwind in the bustling, crowded bath, Lucius dips his head in the water.
Down there, he discovers a hidden tunnel that takes him to a futuristic Japanese bathhouse, giving him the inspiration he wanted to create a new creation.
Filled with what appears to be wisdom well ahead of his day, Lucius tries his utmost to try and replicate his observations, typically poor inconsistency due to his circumstances. However, pure imagination can just be enough to attract the interest of people and restore their prestige as an architect.
Many people already watched or heard about this anime, in my childhood I watched this anime so many times but at that time I thought this is a normal cartoon.
Doraemon is an old anime series target towards younger people but anyone can watch this.
Doraemon is a robot cat that comes from the future to help a boy named Nobita, Nobita Nobi is so unhappy that his 22nd-century descendants are now suffering as a result of his 20th-century instability. To improve their social standing, their servant, a robot cat called Doraemon, agrees to go back in time and lead Nobita on the right road to fortune.
Unfortunately, Doraemon, a defective robot that the family received by mistake (but decided to keep) is not any better off than Nobita. The robot takes Nobita on many journeys, and while the life of Nobita is more interesting with the future robot cat, it is unclear if it is better in the way that Doraemon expected.