Superpowers are a common theme across anime and you may wonder what are those shows where only the protagonist can use special powers.
In some of them, the main character is not really the only one to have rare abilities but the one who does the most out of them.
We compiled a short listicle about the topic based on our preferences. We will update it as soon as we get new anime.
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8. Hinamatsuri – Hina
Hinamatsuri is a 2018 anime merging yakuza with childcare, what a strange combination indeed. Yoshifumi Nitta, a yakuza member, discovers a strange capsule, containing a blue-haired young girl called Hina.
She can use a wide range of supernatural powers that are beneficial to the yakuza’s business. Yoshifumi will make use of such an opportunity and many adventures will await this strange duo.
Hinamatsuri can entertain its audience quite well with a wide range of character reactions, relationships, and proper gags.
It’s a comedy gem that you should watch right now.
7. Kotoura-san – Haruka Kotoura
A slice-of-life anime with a supernatural twist. The story follows Haruka Kotoura, a girl with the power of reading minds since childhood.
Haruka lost a lot of friends and destroyed her family due to her innate capability, which is not the most ideal power to have.
After being bullied school after school, she meets Manabe Yoshihisa, a boy who is not scared about mind-reading power.
6. Kimagure Orange Road – Kyōsuke Kasuga
A cult romance series that is credited to be the archetypical shonen romantic comedy. Its anime adaptation is gorgeous and features the protagonist Kyosuke Kasuga as the only one able to use psychic powers.
This is slightly inaccurate as all of his family has such powers, but Kyosuke uses them more often.
Kimagure Orange Road is one of those romcoms that inspired many other future works and is based on the love triangle trope.
Madoka Ayukawa and Hikaru Hiyama are best friends and in love with Kyōsuke, and the boy will play along with this dangerous game.
5. Erased – Satoru Fujinuma
Erased lasts a full 12 episodes and merges crime in one of the best supernatural anime you can find.
One of them is the unique power of Satoru Fujinuma, the protagonist, who can obtain Revival, a power that allows him to go back in time just enough to save people’s lives.
During his far from a happy childhood, one of his classmates had been murdered, and this is where his mission to save the girl from her sad fate begins. What does this have to do with his mother’s murder?
Erased will keep you glued to your screen and wanting for more as you will feel more and more curious to find out how Satoru’s story ends!
4. Princess Tutu – Ahiru
Princess Tutu has 26 total episodes and was created by Jun’ichi Sato and animated by Hal Film Maker.
Drosselmeyer is a bizarre writer who has the power to make the fairy tales he writes come to life. In one of his fairy tales, he tells the story of Ahiru, a duck who has fallen in love with the reclusive Prince Mithos and who the writer makes into a human girl.
Thanks to a magical pendant Ahiru can transform into Princess Tutu, a girl who uses her powers by dancing. To save Mithos, who no longer has feelings, the girl-daughter will have to recover the scattered fragments of her destroyed heart.
3. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. – Kusuo Saiki
A 2016 anime adapted from a shonen manga that tells the story of Kusuo Saiki, a prodigious boy with psychic powers. His powers include psychokinesis and teleportation, transforming into anything, changing gender, telepathy, and ray vision.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is the struggle of Kusuo to achieve a normal life, while put under pressure by many extravagant characters during the story.
A funny comedy with an original supernatural twist.
2. Trigun – Vash Stampede
Dating back to 1998, Trigun stars Vash the Stampede, also known by the dreaded title Humanoid Typhoon.
He is a wanted man throughout Gunsmoke, the planet where the events are set. This is because of the destruction of July City, of which he is unfairly believed to be the culprit since Vash is anything but a criminal.
Vash has plenty of abilities, including a super-human body, transforming, and the possibility to transform his body to produce a large amount of energy.
We are not even considering all the weapons he has access to and his very powerful Angel Arm.
1. Steins;Gate – Okabe Rintaro
Steins;Gate is one of the decidedly pivotal works in the sci-fi genre, thanks to a good adaptation by Whitefox.
This series deals really well with time travel, an often complex subject since plot holes lurk just about everywhere. The main character Okabe Rintaro is the only one that can use Reading Steiner an ability that allows retaining one’s memory of events that have occurred before the switch of timelines.
There are other characters that occasionally gain access to fragments of memories, although this happens just a few times during the series.
Steins;Gate starts off rather slowly in the first 10 episodes and then explodes, consistent with what the original work (the visual novel) did in 4 chapters of reading.
This series is also important to gradually introduce yourself to the world of SciAdv, that is, the fictional universe of which Steins;Gate is a part, and to get a taste of what awaits you in the future.
Plus, it’s one of the best anime with a genius MC that you can’t miss if you like the trope.