Top 10 Anime Without Human Characters to Watch Now

Now and then a change of atmosphere can be a real breath of fresh air. And why shouldn’t this also apply to anime and media in general?

We’re used to seeing anime with human protagonists of all kinds, all of them well characterized, but what if we wanted to try something new?

Many anime prefer to feature robots, animals, or even food instead of humans. This doesn’t exclude human and sentient behavior, as many of these shows have a moral of some kind.

As always this listicle is purely based on our opinions and knowledge.

10. Sushi Sumo

Dosukoi Sushi Sumo

We couldn’t resist, after watching it the inclusion of this anime in the list was almost a must.

The view does not deceive you, and as you may have guessed from the title and image, we are talking about real pieces of sushi challenging each other in sumo, so no humans are allowed.

You won’t find any great plots, twists, or turns for obvious reasons, but for a healthy laugh and a taste of nonsense, it’s perfect.

9. Donyatsu


Special of 12 episodes released in 2013 summarized in one word: bizarre.

At an unspecified time in Japan in the 21st century, a strange and unexplained catastrophe turned Shinjuku into a desert.

All that is left of civilization are strange creatures: Donyatsu, half cat and half bagel, and Begaru, half cat and half bagel.

This show isn’t the typical show you would watch with your friends but it’s worth a try because it’s unusual and can make you think about different perspectives of life.

8. Samurai Pizza Cats

Samurai Pizza Cats

A parody anime released in the 1990s that was also a not inconsiderable success at the time, hitting 54 episodes.

Little Tokyo is a city where Japanese tradition and futuristic technology merge, populated by anthropomorphic cyborg animals.

In this wild place, we find the three main characters, Yattarou, Pururun, and Sukashii, cyber cats who work in the town’s pizzeria but become samurai warriors when needed to protect the peace.

Vintage, absurdity, action, cyborg. If you want these elements, you have found what you need.

7. Stormy Night

Stormy Night

Based on a book by Yuichi Kimura, a famous Japanese author, Stormy Night is a 2005 movie that shows us a glimpse of animal life, this time not anthropomorphic.

On a dark stormy night, baby goat Mei takes refuge inside a barn, where he befriends another animal. Because of the darkness, the 2 animals can’t see and recognize each other, but a friendship nevertheless develops between the two.

When light arrives, the two can finally see each other, and Mei discovers that her new friend Gav is a wolf.

Gav and Mei still decide to remain friends, but they will have to fight against the obstacles posed by their natures, their peers, and instincts.

An interesting story that underneath the seemingly innocent children’s story tells of important themes such as inclusivity.

6. Heart and Yummie

Heart and Yummie

This child movie was released in 2010, with a very distinctive and enjoyable style and design.

Heart is a baby tyrannosaur, found and raised by a herbivorous mother dinosaur. As he grows up, his nature will come out more and more, showing his courage.

Although aimed at a small audience this movie remains very enjoyable for anyone, mainly because of its excellent technical side.

Heart and Yummie is actually recommend to any audience but you way want to watch it with your younger nieces.

5. Aggretsuko

A demented anime that makes comedy and no-sense its strong point without hiding it. It’s also divided into multiple seasons as it has been able to win over audiences.

Retsuko is a 25-year-old red panda employed as an accountant in a company, in another world of anthropomorphic animals.

Forced by superiors and colleagues to perform increasingly annoying tasks, she has her method of venting anger: going to karaoke and singing death metal songs.

This contradiction is what makes this show so good and it will make you laugh with its demented scenes.

4. Cells at Work!!!

Cells at Work

Cells at Work!!! shows the 2 sides of the human body. On one hand, the body is seen as a vital and carefree city, with its joyful and cheerful vibe.

On the other hand, we notice a darker and more tragic atmosphere that tells of the more serious traumas that can afflict our bodies.

Cells at Work!!! is an interesting understatement to the cellular life of our organism rendered in anthropomorphous beings. From the cheerful and hard-working red blood cells to the white, fierce, and explosive in personality towards the enemies of the series the bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

The whole show is a pretext to explain in an alternative and animated way what happens in our body. Especially when it’s disrupted in a more or less serious way by events within it, scratches, traumas, diseases, and pathologies.

A very nice anime to understand how the human body works and how perhaps we should learn to care more about our health.

3. Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous

In a not-specified future, the world in which the plot is set is inhabited by anthropomorphous Gems. Their world had been destroyed by six meteors and, from that point on, they are fighting against the Lunarians.

The main character is a Gem called Phosphophyllite, also known as Phos. She wants to help the war effort but she’s cast aside and told to compile an encyclopedia because of her delicate condition.

Phos will meet Cinnabar, another Gem who has been isolated because of the corrosive poison created by her body. The two rejected Gems decide to find a new role for themselves.

We don’t know what happened other than this is a dystopian universe where the world had been destroyed and the remaining life forms are fighting each other, but the mystery will be solved.

2. Beastars


One of the most popular anime of recent times, particularly in vogue when it was released in 2019. It currently has 2 seasons but is still ongoing although the manga is already finished.

The story is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, where carnivores and herbivores coexist under strict rules to preserve the latter’s protection.

The main character is Legoshi, a wolf who because of his race is unjustly feared, given his rare kindness and goodness of heart.

But when a herbivorous animal is found dead and eaten at the school Legoshi attends, the waters begin to stir and fear rises.

A very interesting anime due to its premises and because it reminds us of important themes such as racism and prejudices. 1

1. Odd Taxi

Odd Taxi

In a society made up entirely of animals, Kotogawa is a very eccentric 31-year-old walrus taxi driver with no family or ties.

However, he loves to converse with his customers, discovering their pasts, fears, and doubts. But one day these conversations will lead him to put together the pieces of a dangerous mystery.

A thriller you don’t expect, which despite its seemingly cuddly characters hides a depth and mystery component that shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Passionate about Japanese culture for years, serial devourer of manga, anime, and videogames that have now become part of my routine. My favorite series? Goodnight Punpun and One Piece.

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