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A gander through High Fantasy

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byO_T_T
May 28 2022, 12:43 PM | Updated Apr 28, 2023 10:50 AM
A non-curated roster of High Fantasy works.

High Fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy focusing on entirely original worlds and histories, as opposed to Low Fantasy, where the magical and/or supernatural instead intrude upon the Earth that we know. Note that the term "High" does not mean this subgenre is of inherently greater quality than the other, though of course many have identified such a coincidental trend.

It is a common misconception that High Fantasy and Low Fantasy instead refer to the level to which magic and all it entails are integrated into the world, with those where said elements are abundant being "High" and if rare then "Low." This is, however, completely incorrect, as the distinction is actually in how removed the world is from our own.

There is, naturally, a spectrum between the subgenres, rather than a clear-cut line. Isekai, for instance, is somewhere in the middle, as though works of that genre typically involve a completely fictional setting, the real world is still relevant. For that reason, no Isekai appear on this list, thankfully.

Because of the popularity of what was mentioned above, High Fantasy is in something of a state of decline. Note that the majority of entries shown are from before the turn of the century. Care has been taken, however, to include more recent examples, few though there are.

Sequels, remakes, spinoffs and the like are omitted for brevity.
Lodoss-tou Senki
OVA, 1990
7.34
78,283
Kenpuu Denki Berserk
TV, 1997
8.59
666,002
Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaishin
OVA, 1992
6.69
44,464
Bakuretsu Hunters
TV, 1995
6.65
22,813
Majutsushi Orphen
TV, 1998
7.08
47,020
Goblin Slayer
TV, 2018
7.42
1,132,663
Slayers
TV, 1995
7.72
143,800
Maoujou de Oyasumi
TV, 2020
7.97
216,714
Wizardry
OVA, 1991
5.78
3,867
Dragon, Ie wo Kau.
TV, 2021
6.42
62,040
Amon Saga
OVA, 1986
5.43
6,605
Majo no Tabitabi
TV, 2020
7.56
404,076
Dragon Half
OVA, 1993
6.84
22,329
Princess Minerva
OVA, 1995
5.50
2,663
Windaria
Movie, 1986
6.47
10,156
Otona no Bouguya-san
ONA, 2018
5.59
42,617
Grandeek
OVA, 2000
5.48
2,537
Panzer Dragoon
OVA, 1996
3.28
3,797
Hikyou Tanken Fam & Ihrlie
OVA, 1995
6.67
10,375
Mahou Senshi Louie
TV, 2001
7.15
23,055
Gokudou-kun Manyuuki
TV, 1999
7.41
16,137
Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
TV, 2010
7.50
303,162
Guin Saga
TV, 2009
7.16
44,596
Grancrest Senki
TV, 2018
7.22
312,664
Xanadu Dragonslayer Densetsu
OVA, 1988
5.32
2,156
Eiyuu Gaiden Mozaicka
OVA, 1991
5.85
2,018
Nozomanu Fushi no Boukensha
TV, 2024
7.44
131,345
Ys
Ys
OVA, 1989
6.41
8,759
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
TV, 2014
7.62
415,678
Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst
TV, 2020
6.54
36,978
Kaze no Tairiku
Movie, 1992
6.18
7,203
Tales of Zestiria the Cross
TV, 2016
7.22
328,845
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
TV, 2013
7.23
489,097
Claymore
TV, 2007
7.73
675,809
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
TV, 2014
7.11
361,492
Ryuuki Denshou
OVA, 1997
5.64
2,446
Rokka no Yuusha
TV, 2015
7.26
636,904
Gensou Jotan Ellcia
OVA, 1992
5.95
3,086
Greed
OVA, 1985
4.82
1,660
Hitsugi no Chaika
TV, 2014
7.21
381,619
Fairy Gone
TV, 2019
5.80
167,856
Strait Jacket
OVA, 2007
6.81
26,477
Granblue Fantasy The Animation
TV, 2017
6.63
200,236
Scrapped Princess
TV, 2003
7.37
96,572
RG Veda
OVA, 1991
6.06
9,207
Majuu Senshi Luna Varga
OVA, 1991
5.82
2,518

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