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Silent Shadows: Top 10 Anime Series Featuring Assassins

Assassins may be on the darker side of law but there is no doubt that they are very intriguing characters in fictional stories. Many anime feature characters who are assassins, but few anime have them as central characters. That’s why we’ve picked ten such anime which not only have assassin characters but in which assassins play crucial roles in the plots and ranked them in accordance with their ratings on MyAnimeList. Let’s check out these top 10 best anime about assassins:

Top 10 Best Anime About Assassins

10) Assassins Pride

Assassins Pride

Anime NameAssassins Pride
MAL Ratings5.93
Number of Episodes12
StudioEMT Squared
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, HIDIVE, Netflix

The first anime about assassins on this list is 2019’s Assassins Pride. The anime is set in a world where mankind is on the brink of extinction and lives in glass domes to protect themselves from the fearsome lycanthropes.

The nobles of this world can use mana to defeat the lycanthropes. Melida Angel is a noble who can’t use mana and is provided with a tutor to help her. Her tutor, Kufa Vampir, unknown to her, is sent to assassinate her.

9) Riddle Story of Devil

Riddle Story of Devil

Anime NameAkuma no Riddle
MAL Ratings6.60
Number of Episodes12 + 1 (Special)
GenreAction, Girls Love, Suspense
Where to WatchFunimation

Tokaku Azuma is the new transfer student of Class Black of the prestigious girls’ boarding school Myoujou Academy. There are 12 more students in the class, including one Haru Ichinose. Unknown to Haru, Tokaku and their other 11 classmates are all assassins, meant to kill Haru.

Every assassin will get one chance and if they fail, they will be suspended. Tokaku is determined to win this challenge until she begins to care for the sweet and lovable Haru.

8) Code:Breaker


Anime NameCode:Breaker
MAL Ratings6.72
Number of Episodes13
GenreAction, Comedy, Supernatural
StudioKinema Citrus
Where to WatchFunimation

After witnessing a guy burning a bus full of people with blue flames, high schooler Sakura Sakurakouji calls the police but turns out there’s no evidence left of the perpetrator. The next day Sakura meets her new classmate, Rei Oogami, who is the murderer she saw.

Despite Sakura’s accusations, no one believes that the seemingly sweet and polite Rei is the killer. But Sakura soon finds there is more to the killer than it appears.

7) Canaan


Anime NameCanaan
MAL Ratings7.22
Number of Episodes13
GenreAction, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
StudioP.A. Works
Where to WatchHIDIVE

Japanese photographer Maria Oosawa and her assistant Minoru Minorikawa are on an assignment in Shanghai. One day when they are caught in a crossfire of a fight, they are saved by Maria’s mysterious old friend Canaan.

Unknown to them, Canaan is an assassin and there is more to her past than she remembers. But when a virus outbreak is on the horizon, Canaan must face her memories.

6) Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Anime NameGunslinger
MAL Ratings7.39
Number of Episodes26 (2 seasons) + 2 (OVA)
GenreAction, Drama, Sci-Fi
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

In this anime about assassins, the fictional Italian Government recruits orphaned little girls into their cybernetic program to modify their bodies and turn them into ruthless killers. The girls are made to be assassins and do the dirty work of the government.

Though their hands are drenched in blood, these little girls are still children. As they are made to kill, they grapple with their innocence and sense of morality.

5) Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill!

Anime NameAkame ga Kill!
MAL Ratings7.47
Number of Episodes24
GenreAction, Fantasy
StudioWhite Fox
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, HIDIVE

Akame ga Kill! is one of the most popular anime about assassins, known for its brutal scenes and the deaths of its main characters. The story starts with a village boy named Tatsumi who comes to the city with his friends and is traumatized by the cruelty of people.

He encounters a mysterious girl named Akame and learns that she’s an assassin and her group is trying to kill the corrupt officers and Prime Minister to protect the citizens. Inspired by her, Tatsumi joins her assassin group Night Raid.

4) Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Anime NamePhantom: Requiem for the Phantom
MAL Ratings7.94
Number of Episodes26
GenreAction, Drama, Suspense
StudioBee Train
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

A dark tale of crime and blood, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is set in America where the mafia group Inferno is terrorizing the streets with the use of its human weapon called Phantom.

One day, a tourist ends up witnessing the latest murder of Phantom who turns out to be the leader of Inferno, a girl named Ein. When Ein catches him, she brainwashes him and turns him into a puppet of Inferno, devoid of any memory.

3) Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black

Anime NameDarker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
MAL Ratings8.06
Number of Episodes37 (2 seasons) + 4 (Specials)
GenreAction, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

The world is changed forever when two supernatural gates suddenly appear in the sky one day: the Heaven’s Gate in South America and the Hell’s Gate in Japan. These gates can grant humans supernatural powers in exchange for their humanity and that is how the Contractors come to be.

10 years later, a mysterious and prolific Contractor named Hei is getting more and more infamous in the underworld, leading to Section 4 chief Misaki Kirihara investigating him.

2) Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

Anime NameAnsatsu Kyoushitsu
MAL Ratings8.09
Number of Episodes47 (2 seasons)
GenreAction, Comedy
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix

The government is thrown into chaos when a being suddenly appears and destroys 80% of the moon and promises to destroy the world in three months. Surprisingly, the being known as Koro takes up a job as the teacher of Class 3-E at Kunigigaoka Junior High.

Seeing this as an opportunity, the government promises great rewards to the student who is able to kill Koro-sensei. Now each student of the class is looking for a way to kill the indestructible Koro-sensei.

1) Spy x Family

Spy x Family

Anime NameSpy x Family
MAL Ratings8.59
Number of Episodes25
GenreAction, Comedy
StudioWit Studio, CloverWorks
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix

Arguably one of the best anime about assassins and in recent years in general, Spy x Family tells the tale of a fake family that grows to really love one another. 

Westalis’ best spy Twilight is given a mission in Ostania where he assumes the identity of Loid Forger. He adopts a daughter named Anya who, unknowing to him, can read minds, and marries Yor Briar who is secretly an assassin, to maintain his alias. Hilarity ensues as each of them tries to hide their true identity from the others.

With this last entry, the ranking of the top 10 best anime about assassins ends. Despite having a common factor, all these anime provide a different kind of story and vibe. Check them out and for more anime recommendations, come visit Otakus’ Notes.

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