Fantasy anime with a guild for adventurers and a ranking system is one of my favorite tropes. I love it when there is a notice board with quests and a whole ecosystem of loot around the rewards and loots they bring. The setting of the world is also very important to me. I want my fantasy to take place in the middle ages and have the medieval technology of that time. Sorry Knights and Magic fans, it just isn’t my style.
Preferably, there also should be some kind of classification to rank the adventurers amongst one another. Something like a copper rank all the way up to adamant. Adding to that if it has some kind of RPG or Dungeons and Dragons session characters it gets extra points in my book. I love a party where each of the members have roles. A group with a warrior, a mage an archer is so much more fun to watch than a couple of dudes with a sword.
Since the explosion of the isekai genre, there is a lot of new anime where op is an adventurer and with tonnes of magic. So I have plenty to choose from to find the best series with guilds for this list. Like always, this list is my own opinion, if you don´t agree or if you think something is missing, don´t hesitate to leave a comment!
10. The Hidden Dungeon Only I can enter
We are starting off with an anime that is all about dungeons! In the world of Ore Dake Haireru Kakushi Danjon hidden dungeons often contain fabulous items and almost undefeatable monsters. Our protagonist Noir Stardia has a skill that gives him a wealth of knowledge, the great sage skill.
A rare skill that gives him the power to ask questions and get a pretty decent answer most of the time, at the cost of a major headache. He uses his skill to find a hidden dungeon where he finds the famous and long-lost adventurer Olivia Servant.
The Hidden Dungeon Only I can enter has an interesting adventure guild named Odin. They offer a lot of quests throughout the series and the light novels. There is also a way to measure the power of an adventurer, and the guild plays a pretty important role in sending Noir Stardia on adventures. Our MC is also friends with other races like a half-elf cleric and a mage that uses melee combat.
I liked the series, but it wasn’t anything special. It is enjoying but I doubt a lot of people will ever have this series as their favorite anime. That is why it makes the list but comes in at number 10.
9. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
One of the most underestimated fantasy shows of all time in my opinion is Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. Our story starts with Haruhiro who is surrounded by darkness, while he is walking in a long tunnel he notices other people around him. He does not know where he is, or who he is. No one remembers their own game as they seem to have been teleported into a strange new world. They need to survive and form a party to gain strength and fight monsters for money to get food on the table.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash has a bit of a different way of handling guilds. Instead of one where all adventurers go, they have them divided by classes. There are multiple: Warrior, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Dread Knight, Hunter and Thief. Joining a guild is like choosing the class you want to be and it is the place where you learn your skills.
There is also a ranking system with metals where a copper adventurer is not as good as an iron one etc. There is a very cool combat system, and groups consist of your typical RPG classes. The main characters aren´t overpowered and the combat is very realistic.
I absolutely love Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. The reason it is number 9 is that it doesn’t have an adventurer’s guilds per see.
8. Log Horizon
Our main characters get stuck into a game named Elder Tale, together with tens of thousands of other players. Our group of friends decides to team up and fight the challenges in this new world. Shiroe, Naotsugu and Akatsuki each have their own abilities and classes and decide to form a party. They also start a guild for more players with the same objectives.
The series is adapted from an even better light novel series. This is one of the first really popular isekai shows. It is definitely worth a watch, however it does not really have an adventurer guild in the strict sense of the word.
It does get high marks because it is one of the only series that has some awesome guild battles and dungeon raids in party form.
7. Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail is a finished fantasy anime and manga that is all about guilds for wizards in the Earth-land continent. Our hero Natsu Dragneel is a dragon slayer wizard who often takes on quests of the guild named Fairy Tail. Together with a team of fellow wizards, with each their own types of magic, they go on missions fighting dark guilds and fight demons created by the evil wizard Zeref.
I don´t there are many anime where an adventure guild plays such a prominent role. It is fundamental to the story and is featured in almost every episode. I like this show because it is a very casual one and the plot is easy to follow. Ideal for relaxing after a hard day of work. It does not have a lot of RPG elements, nor a real ranking system.
You should definitely give Fairy Tail a try, it is a classic and the fact that the story (anime and manga) has finished is a great bonus to me.
6. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma is another Isekai anime. This time our main character is a girl. Yuna is a teen girl who is playing the very first VRMMO that is hyper realistic. She is confined in her house by her own will, to concentrate on playing the game. After an update gets a bear suit and she does a small survey that pops up on the screen. Right after she finds herself in a mysterious forest in the bear outfit. What will happen to her in this whole new world?
The anime has an adventure guild right from the start. Yuna often visits it to take on quests. However, our female protagonist is super overpowered, so they don’t pose a real challenge to her. The guild does not feature a real ranking system, as our MC is just too much of an outlier to fit in. There are quests and such, and adventurers which is nice.
All in all this is a very casual anime that is worth a watch. Kuma kuma kuma Bear is a decent isekai, and has adventurers and magic. It is well worth a watch due to the kind of unique main character and story progression.
Konosuba is probably the best comedy fantasy anime and light novel around. Our main character Kazuma Sato is a sarcastic teenage NEET that meets a goddess named Aqua when he dies in a hilarious way. She offers to reincarnate him and grants him the wish of taking one thing of his choice to this new world. Having been pissed off by Aqua laughing at his death, he chooses to take her!
Konosuba or God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World features an adventure guild and a level system straight from the start. There are classes and tonnes of quests. It is an obvious parody on all the junk isekai that has been released in the previous years. While the comedy is somewhat meh at some points, the story line is actually quite good. The art of the show is kind of basic, and a bit off-putting if you have read the manga first.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Is a great anime, and I think the only decent comedy fantasy with an adventurers guild as a prominent part of the story. The show is 100% worth it to at least give the first couple of episodes a try.
4. Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!
Our main character is again a badass female. Misato Kurihara is a genius who was too smart for her own good in her previous life. Due to her high intelligence, she has a hard time finding friends. When she is offered a chance to be reincarnated, she has only one wish, to be made average!
There is one little problem, in this fantasy world, the strongest being is an ancient dragon. So she gets half the power of one, as the weakest one has no magic power, meaning she is average, but still 6800 times as strong as a normal human.
¨Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!¨ has a lot of quests, a typical RPG system and an overall fun vibe. The adventurers guild plays a pretty big role in the show and there are a lot of monsters and magic.
This goofball anime is the typical isekai fantasy series. That doesn’t make it bad. It is a wholesome show that will leave you fulfilled and entertained. The humor is a bit immature and there are a bit too many ecchi scenes for my liking but the pop culture references and awesome scenes and premise make more than up for it!
3. Mushoku Tensei
Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go to Another World is a light novel adapted into anime about a jobless dude of thirty-four years old, who gets reincarnated in a fantasy world. He starts off as a baby and is born into a village in the countryside. He has retained all his memories and has only one goal: Live his life without any regrets!
Our MC Rudeus is quite a cool sarcastic guy, who seems kind of happy that he met Truck-kun in a previous life and was sent to the afterlife. While the story is quite slow progression-wise, that is to be expected as our MC starts off as a baby. This is the archetype weak to strong coming-of-age story of an MC that isn’t a complete idiot. It takes us quite a while when we get to the adventures guild, but it has everything you need!
RPG like classes, ranking systems, quests, you name it! The anime only covers a fraction of the story so far, and there are tons of light novels about Rudeus and his crazy harem adventures that you should check out if you liked the anime.
We are finally getting to the shows with real adventuring, guilds, classes, and a ranking system that are worth checking out. While there are a lot of other shows that could have made the list that feature a guild filled with adventurers and magic, those are a typical dime in a dozen shows that you watch and forget. Mushoku Tensei isn´t one of those, fortunately.
If you have been reading Creature College for some time now, you know just how much I love this franchise. So much so that I think it is the best Japanese fantasy book series I have ever read. Momonga is trapped in a video game after being unable to log out.
The game was supposed to be shut down, but nothing happens when the deadline passes. Our overpowered main character is now stuck as his player character – an undead overlord lich – in a completely new world. He has been transported with his entire guild building and the NPCs.
An adventurers guild is vital to the plot. Our MC becomes an adventurer pretending to be a knight from a faraway country – Mormon, to learn more about the country. It has RPG elements, a ranking system, and quests. In short, everything you want from a guild where adventurers meet and magic reigns!
I love how our MC is overpowered, smart and most of all, is evil. There just isn’t anything like it in my opinion. The story is much deeper than most realize and the light novels go even deeper into psychology and moral dilemmas. How our main character slowly turns evil and loses his humanity without him really noticing is amazing.
Read the manga. Read the Light Novel. Watch the Anime. Overlord is 10/10. The reason why it isn’t on number one is because otherwise – knowing this blog – it would be a bit too predictable.
1. Goblin Slayer
Looking for a dark fantasy show with an adventurers guild as the nexus of the story, quests, monsters, RPG like elements, a ranking system and a badass MC? This is the anime you are looking for. Goblin Slayer, as the name suggests, is all about our unnamed MC, who goes by the name… Goblin Slayer, and is sometimes referred to as beard cutter by dwarfs or Orc Bolg by Elves.
Our MC has only one goal, to exterminate these green, vile creatures and take revenge for what they have done with his family and his home village.
Well there isn’t much to say to be honest. I absolutely love this show and this is why it is on my number one spot for adventure guild-themed anime. If you haven’t checked it out yet, time to start watching right now! There is also an amazing manga and light novels series, which go much deeper into detail and are much further progressed in the story.
In case you have already seen Goblin Slayer and you read something similar, here are my recommendations on what manga to check out next.
Danmachi – I don´t really consider Danmachi to be an anime with an adventurer guild. It is more a dungeon crawler anime with a ranking system, magic, and classes. It is well worth
Tate No Yuusha – Again, ranking system, levels, quests, magic, RPG elements, and so on… but no real guild for adventurers to speak of. Still well worth a watch!
Rune Soldier – Old but gold! If you are into older anime then you should check this one out. It has a wizard guild, magic, and so on. My main problem is not the age, but how the plot does not develop.