7 Anime Set in the Arab World or the Middle East

7 Anime Set in the Arab World or the Middle East

“From ‘The Tale of a Thousand and One Nights,’ one of the oldest literary works, to the present day, the Arab world and the Middle East have always provided a rich tapestry of stories from the long history of human civilization. This region continues to inspire narratives that audiences can share and enjoy.

Several series have embraced the Middle East as a captivating backdrop in anime. These anime often incorporate iconic elements like vast deserts, intense conflicts, and, at times, even the art of belly dancing. Some stories feature Arab protagonists, and others even include Muslim anime characters.

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Here, I’ve curated a list of 7 anime set in the Arab world or the Middle East that are worth exploring:”

Anime Set in the Arab World or the Middle East

1. Gasaraki

Gasaraki

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Studios: Sunrise
  • Genre: Drama, Psychological, Mecha, Supernatural

“In the heart of the Middle East, a fierce conflict erupts as two enigmatic armies unleash a devastating new weapon of mass destruction.

However, in a world where colossal mechas or robots are a reality, the most potent and unpredictable weapon resides within the depths of the human mind.

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Yuushirou, the fourth son of the enigmatic and influential Gouwa family, unexpectedly becomes a pivotal figure in events that will shape the destiny of humanity for all time. The world is unprepared for the impending upheaval set to be unleashed in ‘Gasaraki.'”

2. Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!

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  • Episodes: 25 (Season 1), 12 (Season 2)
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi
  • Studio: Gonzo (S1), Kyoto Animation (S2), Xebec (S3)

“Full Metal Panic!” offers a perfect blend of action and humor, skillfully balancing the two elements. This mecha anime series masterfully combines military action with the charm of a high school romantic comedy.

The story revolves around Sousuke Sagara, also known as Kashim, who becomes a mecha pilot and assumes the identity of a high school student in Japan to protect Kaname Chidori.

While Sousuke navigates the challenges of high school life, he continues to carry out missions for Mythril, including a mission to mediate the conflicts in the Middle East, his place of origin.”

3. One Piece: Arabasta Arc

One Piece: Arabasta Arc

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  • Episodes: One Piece episodes 92-130
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Shōnen
  • Studios: Sunrise

Based on Eiichiro Oda’s work, this shonen anime continues to captivate long-time fans and newcomers.

The Arabasta arc holds a special place in the hearts of fans, myself included. In this beloved storyline, the Straw Hat Crew is entangled in the turmoil plaguing the kingdom of Arabasta. They embark on a perilous journey through the desert to reach Alubarna, the capital, just as a monumental war erupts between the royal guards and the rebel forces.

Little do they know, the true orchestrators of this conflict are Mr. 0 and the agents of Baroque Works. Luffy and his loyal crew members are drawn into this chaos because of their promise to Vivi, their friend and a valuable member of the Straw Hat crew.

4. Gundam 00

Gundam 00

  • Episodes: 25 (Season 1), 25 (Season 2)
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi
  • Studios: Sunrise

Gundam 00 revolves around the paramilitary organization Celestial Being, which possesses powerful Gundam units and is determined to end global warfare.

At the heart of Gundam 00 is Setsuna F. Seiei, whose actual name is Soran Ibrahim. His unwavering goal is to pilot the Gundam Exia and end the conflicts plaguing the Middle East and the world. Marina Ismail, a strong female leader grappling with her country’s turmoil, is alongside him.

However, not all are advocates for peace. Among the antagonists stands Ali Al-Saachez, a warmonger and the mastermind behind various armed conflicts.

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With its captivating visuals and compelling storyline, Gundam 00 has received acclaim and is often hailed as one of the best entries in the Gundam series. It’s an excellent starting point for newcomers looking to delve into the world of Gundam.

5. Magi: Labyrinth of Magic

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  • Episodes: 25 (Season 1), 25 (Season 2)
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures

Scattered worldwide, enigmatic labyrinths hold remarkable treasures believed to be crafted by Magi, esteemed wizards. These Magi create these labyrinths and assist individuals in establishing their kingdoms.

Within these labyrinths, Djinns, supernatural entities, hold sway and offer individuals great power and the chance to become potential rulers of the world if they can successfully navigate these intricate mazes.

Aladdin, a young and kind-hearted magician who has spent much of his life in seclusion, yearns to explore the world beyond his home. Accompanied solely by his mentor Ugo—a genie he can summon with his flute—Aladdin embarks on a journey of discovery.

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6. Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)

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  • Episodes: 25 (Season 1), 8 (Season 2)
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen
  • Studios: SANZIGEN, LINDENFILM

Under the rule of King Andragoras III, the Kingdom of Pars was embroiled in a relentless conflict with its neighboring kingdom, Lusitania. Despite being different from his father in many ways, the young prince Arslan sought to prove his worth on the battlefield.

Tragically, the king’s trust was betrayed by one of his closest advisors, leading to the crushing defeat of Pars’ army and a dire siege on the capital city of Ecbatana. In this dire moment, Arslan had no choice but to flee, accompanied by the honorable General Daryun.

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Determined to reclaim his homeland, Arslan embarked on a quest to forge alliances with those who would support his cause. Along the way, he would encounter numerous challenges and adversities, testing his resolve and courage.

With unwavering determination and the aid of loyal friends, Arslan would face this arduous journey, ultimately preparing him to fulfill his destiny as the future king.

7. Sinbad

Sinbad

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  • Episodes: 3 Movies
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Studio: Nippon Animation

This anime takes inspiration from the classic tales of “The Thousand and One Nights,” featuring the renowned character Sinbad as a bold explorer of both land and sea.

Sinbad harbors a deep-seated desire to journey into uncharted territories and uncover the mysteries of an unknown world. Alongside his faithful companion, a lively pet monkey named Mimi, he crosses paths with a remarkable girl called Sana, who rides a fantastical flying wooden horse. Their encounter marks the commencement of an extraordinary adventure that promises thrills and discoveries beyond imagination.

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Author - Rohit
I am Rohit, an author at Otakukan. I was born and raised in Banglore, India. I have always loved watching anime and reading manga. In college, I started writing my own stories and creating my own characters.