Top 17 Steampunk Anime to watch

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Noteworthy attributes of the theme include large amounts smoke pollution from wood or coal burning, the affinity to metal constructs like cogs and metal tubing, and the mechanization of everyday objects.

Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.

Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Steampunk can also exemplify everything that is bad about unrestrained technological progress , when compared to life and nature. The anime usually makes a point to propound the latter.

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1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

"In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost."

Alchemy is bound by this Law of Equivalent Exchange—something the young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric only realize after attempting human transmutation: the one forbidden act of alchemy. They pay a terrible price for their transgression—Edward loses his left leg, Alphonse his physical body. It is only by the desperate sacrifice of Edward's right arm that he is able to affix Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor. Devastated and alone, it is the hope that they would both eventually return to their original bodies that gives Edward the inspiration to obtain metal limbs called "automail" and become a state alchemist, the Fullmetal Alchemist.

Three years of searching later, the brothers seek the Philosopher's Stone, a mythical relic that allows an alchemist to overcome the Law of Equivalent Exchange. Even with military allies Colonel Roy Mustang, Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, and Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes on their side, the brothers find themselves caught up in a nationwide conspiracy that leads them not only to the true nature of the elusive Philosopher's Stone, but their country's murky history as well. In between finding a serial killer and racing against time, Edward and Alphonse must ask themselves if what they are doing will make them human again... or take away their humanity.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is finished and has 64 Episodes. It is also Known as: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist, 鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009), Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), FMA, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist, Hagaren

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2. Violet Evergarden

There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

Violet Evergarden is finished and has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン, Violet Evergarden

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3. Howl's Moving Castle

That jumbled piece of architecture, that cacophony of hissing steam and creaking joints, with smoke billowing from it as it moves on its own... That castle is home to the magnificent wizard Howl, infamous for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer—or so the rumor goes in Sophie Hatter's small town. Sophie, as the plain daughter of a hatmaker, does not expect much from her future and is content with working hard in the shop.

However, Sophie's simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation, and the mysterious wizard appears to rescue her. Unfortunately, this encounter, brief as it may be, spurs the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste—in a fit of jealousy caused by a past discord with Howl—to put a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman.

In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart.

Howl's Moving Castle is a Movie. It is also Known as: Howl no Ugoku Shiro, ハウルの動く城, Howl's Moving Castle

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4. Violet Evergarden the Movie

An original sequel to the TV anime which aired in 2018, the movie will follow "auto memory doll" Violet, still unable to forget about her former employer Gilbert, who taught her of love. One day, she meets his older brother Dietfried, who tells her that she should forget about Gilbert and move on - but it is impossible for her. Shortly after, Violet receives a call from a young client, while the post office discovers a letter with no address sitting in their warehouse.

Violet Evergarden the Movie is a Movie. It is also Known as: Gekijouban Violet Evergarden, 劇場版 ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン, Violet Evergarden movie

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5. Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonse's soul to a large suit of armor.

A year later, Edward, now promoted to the fullmetal alchemist of the state, embarks on a journey with his younger brother to obtain the Philosopher's Stone. The fabled mythical object is rumored to be capable of amplifying an alchemist's abilities by leaps and bounds, thus allowing them to override the fundamental law of alchemy: to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to draw into the military's resources to find the fabled stone and restore his and Alphonse's bodies to normal. However, the Elric brothers soon discover that there is more to the legendary stone than meets the eye, as they are led to the epicenter of a far darker battle than they could have ever imagined.

Fullmetal Alchemist is finished and has 51 Episodes. It is also Known as: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, 鋼の錬金術師, FMA, Full Metal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), HagaRen

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6. Arcane

Every legend has a beginning. From the creators of League of Legends comes a new animated series, Arcane, which follows the origins of two iconic champions and a city on the brink of war.

Arcane is finished and has 9 Episodes. It is also Known as: Arcane: League of Legends

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7. Vanitas no Carte Part 2

The second cour of Vanitas no Carte.

It’s 19th-century Paris, and young vampire Noé hunts for the Book of Vanitas. Attacked by a vampire driven insane, a human doctor called Vanitas tempts Noé with a mad crusade to “cure” the entire vampire race. While allying with him may be dangerous, news reaches Vanitas that the Beast of Gévaudan has returned, and Noé is being brought along to investigate this phantom from the past.

The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2 is finished and has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ヴァニタスの手記 2クール, Vanitas no Shuki, Memoir of Vanitas

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8. Vanitas no Carte

It’s 19th-century Paris, and young vampire Noé hunts for the Book of Vanitas. Attacked by a vampire driven insane, a human intercedes, rescues Noé, and heals the sick creature. Commanding the book and calling himself Vanitas, this doctor tempts Noé with a mad crusade to “cure” the entire vampire race. Allying with one who wields arcane power so easily may be dangerous, but does he have a choice?

The Case Study of Vanitas is finished and has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ヴァニタスの手記, Vanitas no Shuki, Memoir of Vanitas

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9. Castle in the Sky

Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa takes place in a world where humanity once built great flying cities. A catastrophe later destroyed all of these majestic creations, forcing the human race to once again live on the ground. Despite these setbacks, humanity still has a passion for flight and explores the skies with planes and airships. A young girl named Sheeta is on one such airship, having been abducted by the government agent Muska. When the ship is attacked by the air pirate Captain Dola, Sheeta takes the opportunity to escape.

Saved by the grace of luck and magic, Sheeta is found by a young boy named Pazu. The two later discover that Sheeta's amulet is the key to finding Laputa—a legendary castle that is said to be the greatest of the flying cities. Together these new friends head out to find the castle and unravel its mysteries before the greedy and evil people of the world do.

Castle in the Sky is a Movie. It is also Known as: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa, 天空の城ラピュタ, Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta

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10. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

The world is in the midst of the industrial revolution when horrific creatures emerge from a mysterious virus, ripping through the flesh of humans to sate their never-ending appetite. The only way to kill these beings, known as "Kabane," is by destroying their steel-coated hearts. However, if bitten by one of these monsters, the victim is doomed to a fate worse than death, as the fallen rise once more to join the ranks of their fellow undead.

Only the most fortified of civilizations have survived this turmoil, as is the case with the island of Hinomoto, where mankind has created a massive wall to protect themselves from the endless hordes of Kabane. The only way into these giant fortresses is via heavily-armored trains, which are serviced and built by young men such as Ikoma. Having created a deadly weapon that he believes will easily pierce through the hearts of Kabane, Ikoma eagerly awaits the day when he will be able to fight using his new invention. Little does he know, however, that his chance will come much sooner than he expected...

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is finished and has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: 甲鉄城のカバネリ, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

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11. Attack on Titan OVA

Bundled with the 12th, 13th, and 14th limited-edition manga volumes.

Episode 1: An old journal is found by Hange with the help of Levi and Erwin when they conduct the surveillance operation outside the wall. The contents of "Ilse's Journal" result in some unexpected actions from Hange.

Episode 2: Another story of the 104th Trainee Squad.

Episode 3: Depicts a "memorable episode before the 104th Training Corps became unified."

Attack on Titan OVA is finished and has 3 Episodes. It is also Known as: Shingeki no Kyojin OVA, 進撃の巨人OAD, Shingeki no Kyojin: Ilse no Techou, Attack on Titan: Ilse's Journal, 進撃の巨人 「イルゼの手帳」

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12. Megalo Box

An original story based on Takamori Asaki and Chiba Tetsuya's Ashita no Joe boxing manga.

A desolate land stretches out from the city of poverty. A motorcycle speeds recklessly, blowing clouds of sand and dust. The rider is the protagonist of this story – he has neither a name nor a past.

All he has is his ring name, Junk Dog and a technique for rigging MEGALOBOX matches with his pal Nanbu Gansaku, which they use to support their hand-to-mouth lives. Although he has the skill, he isn't dissatisfied enough to change his ways- but he's not satisfied with his life either. JD is bored, resigned, and unfulfilled. He lives with frustration in a life of shadows beneath the lights of fame.

Meanwhile, under the bright sun is Shirato Yukiko, the daughter of Shirato Konzern - the reigning family of the wealthy class. Yukiko decides to advance her career by using MEGALOBOX to organize a large fighting event, MEGALONIA: the tournament to determine the champion of MEGALOBOX. She creates a scenario: MEGALOBOXER Yuri, under her control, will win and become the champion to further promote the Shirato brand gear and expand business. Yuri has been the reigning champion of MEGALOBOX for the past few years. Driven by self-discipline and his strong will to practice, he has the skills and presence of a true champion. The man himself is a shining exemplar of virtuosity.

This is a story of JD and his rival, Yuri. An encounter between shadow and light; a fast-paced story begins when their paths cross.

MEGALOBOX is finished and has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: メガロボクス, Megalo Box

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13. Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

Based on a hit light novel series by Keiichi Sigsawa, the philosophical Kino's Journey employs the time-honored motif of the road trip as a vehicle for self-discovery and universal truth. Deeply meditative and cooler than zero, the series follows the existential adventures of the apt marksman Kino along with talking motorcycle Hermes as they travel the world and learn much about themselves in the process. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing, Kino's journey is documented in an episodic style with an emphasis on atmosphere rather than action or plot, though still prevalent.

Kino's Journey is finished and has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-, Kino's Travels: The Beautiful World

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14. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

The huge Katvana Empire is at war with the neighboring Kioka republic. In a corner of the empire, a young man is about be caught up in the flames of war. His name is Ikta Solork. He's lazy, a philanderer, and he hates war. He's about as far from a soldier as you can get. On his way towards the next stage of officer's qualification exams, he and his childhood friend Yatorishino Igsem encounter the nurse trainee Harouma Beckle, Mashuu Tetrijirch, a member of the old military faction, and Torwey Lemion....

Alderamin on the Sky is finished and has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: ねじ巻き精霊戦記 天鏡のアルデラミン, Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

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15. Deca-Dence

Many years have passed since humanity was driven to the brink of extinction by the sudden emergence of the unknown life forms Gadoll. Those humans that survived now dwell in a 3000 meter-high mobile fortress Deca-dence built to protect themselves from the Gadoll threat.Denizens of Deca-dence fall into two categories: Gears, warriors who fight the Gadoll daily, and Tankers, those without the skills to fight. One day, Natsume, a Tanker girl who dreams of becoming a Gear meets surly Kaburagi, an armor repairman of Deca-dence.This chance meeting between the seemingly two opposites, the girl with a positive attitude who never gives up on her dreams and the realist who has given up on his, will eventually shake the future course of this world.

Deca-Dence is finished and has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: デカダンス, Deca-Dence

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16. Princess Principal

At the end of the 19th century, London, the Kingdom of Albion has been split into East and West sides by a giant wall. Five girls attend Queen's Mayfaire, a conventional and prestigious school. Under the guise of regular high school girls, they act as spies undercover. Disguise, reconnaissance, infiltration, car chases... Each girl uses their own set of special skills to dart around the world of shadow.

Princess Principal is finished and has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: プリンセス・プリンシパル, Princess Principal

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17. Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou

The Drossel royal family pulls strings to have Violet tutor Isabella York, a student at a prestigious girls' school, for her upcoming debut. Isabella may have a well-connected father but as Violet befriends her she discovers the debutante has an unhappy past of poverty and separation. With Benedict's help and with the emotional power of letters Violet sets out to reconnect Isabella with her past.

Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll is a Movie. It is also Known as: ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン 外伝~永遠と自動手記人形~, Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou

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