Anime30+ Anime About Mafia You Must Watch in 2023

30+ Anime About Mafia You Must Watch in 2023

If you’ve just watched Tokyo Revengers or Bungo Stray Dogs, you might get the same vibe as from John Wick or The Boogeyman.

These are proper masterpieces, with intense gang fights, action scenarios, and an MC who always puts his life on the line!

I am a big fan of anime about mafia. Just so, I’ve added 30+ action-filled mafia and yakuza anime series that you should watch if you’re into it.


30+ Action- Packed Mafia Anime 

33. Trigun

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  • Seasons: 01
  • Episodes: 26
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Known as “The Humanoid Typhoon”, our protagonist Vash the Stampede is a donut lover with a $60 Billion bounty on his head, traveling from one town to another. 

A ruthless villain, Vash is known for destroying his enemies and entire cities for fun. Look him in the eye and you’re looking at death itself!

In reality, Vash is a big softie who denies ever having killed anyone and stays miles away from brutality and violence. But when he faces some legendary assassins, a new Vash emerges on the surface.

32. Dogs: Bullets & Carnage

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  • Seasons: 01
  • Episodes: 04
  • Where to Watch: GoGo Anime

In the far future, there is a city in Europe with several underground, secret, and deadly levels that hold the keys to the past. Involving 4 main characters, this anime series features a dark story of a society filled with heinous criminality.

As one of the MCs, Mihai is an ex-assassin who has returned to his city to settle an old score. His partner Haine is a gunman with dog-like characteristics he gained due to an early-age genetic experiment. 

The one clumsy freelance journalist is Badou who lost his eye 7 years ago and now lives on cigarettes only. And Naoto, who is suffering from amnesia, is a highly skilled swordswoman. They all have a history with the underground society and the organization that rules it.

31. Baccano!


In the early 1930s, the infamous Flying Pussyfoot train sets off from Chicago on a journey that will end up leaving a path of blood throughout the United States. 

At the same time, in the city of New York, a scientist named Szilard and his assistant Ennis are searching for lost bottles of the immortality elixir. Plus, there’s a conflict between mafia factions that escalates and a group of alchemists set sail to discover the cost of eternal life.

Baccano! Is about alchemy, mafia, and immortality through a series of seemingly unrelated occurrences in time and space. The MCs Isaac and Miria set in motion a bond that will involve several lives with far-reaching effects on the world!

30. Nisekoi: False Love

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Raku Ichijou, the sole heir to an infamous yakuza family, is a first-year student who would rather spend his time with his crush Kosaki Onodera than obsess over his family background.

However, Raku’s romantic dreams of an ideal world are dashed when the American Bee Hive Gang invades the land of his ancestors. And now for the sake of peace between the two factions, Raku acts as the boyfriend of Chitoge Kirisaki, the chief’s beautiful daughter.

Unfortunately, the truth is very different; Raku and Chitoge have hated each other since their first meeting. Kirisaki believes he is a weakling pushover and Raku finds Chitoge about as appealing as a vicious gorilla.

29. Accel World

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  • Seasons: 1 season + 1 Movie
  • Episodes: 24
  • Where to Watch: Funimation

Haruyuki Arita, a bullied and overweight middle school student, enjoys his life playing video games until the day he discovers that the popular vice president of the student council, Kuroyukihime, has surpassed all of his high scores.

Later, in a meeting with Kuroyukihime, Arita learns about a program called Brain Burst, which causes the user’s brain waves to speed up to the point where time seems to stand still.

To find out why the program was made, Kuroyukihime wants Arita to beat the “Six Kings of Pure Color,” the game’s most powerful faction leaders, and advance to the last level of the game.

28. Gokusen

  • Seasons: 01
  • Episodes: 13
  • Where to Watch: 9anime

Kumiko Yamaguchi, an exceptionally bright and high-spirited young woman, is thrilled to begin her career as a math teacher at Shirokin Academy. However, she learns that the all-boys high school is a nest of delinquents who have no plans to better themselves.

But unfortunately, her noisy students have no idea that below her awkward exterior, Kumiko is the de facto leader of a formidable yakuza clan, and she has the chops to back it up.

However, Kumiko has to keep her amazing strength and criminal influence a secret to keep her job safe, despite the reality that she is capable of overpowering even the strongest gangsters in seconds.

27. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls

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  • Seasons: 01
  • Episodes: 10
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

When Kentarou, Ryou, and Kazuhiko failed their boss once again, they were given the choice of having their organs sold or undergoing sex reassignment surgery to become pop idols.

After enduring a year of rigorous training, the 3 gangsters emerged as Airi, Chika, and Mari with the goal of becoming famous pop idols of the time.

However, the pop stars continue to carry the yakuza ethos alive in their hearts and want to escape stage life as soon as possible. But will their mafia boss let that happen? Check out the show!

26. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

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As a high school student, Kenichi Shirahama spends his time learning karate with books rather than engaging in a real fight. But when he finally joins the karate club at his school, a bully from higher up forces him into a battle.

With his extreme passion, he prepares himself by enrolling in a deadly dojo known as Ryouzanpaku where no one has ever enrolled before!

After some training at the dojo with several masters, Kenichi defeats the upperclassman but attracts the other powerful gangsters, especially a strong gang of thugs, Ragnarok.

Now confronting one after another, Kenichi is on his way to defeating all of them with his mixed martial arts and karate fighting style that no one has ever mastered before!

25. Great Teacher Onizuka

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Eikichi Onizuka is a young former mafia member who aspires to one day become the best high school teacher in all of Japan. His motivation isn’t any sort of love for education, but rather the hope of finding a devoted teenage wife in his golden years.

When assigned to handle the most troublesome class of the school, Onizuka decides to stick with his noisy students, unlike the other homeroom teacher who quit the job and gave up.

So he makes students avoid bullying, suicide, and sexual harassment, and also helps those in need with his own unique methods, even if it involves jumping from a building to save a suicidal student.

24. Hinamatsuri

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Nitta Yoshifumi was a young, rich, and smart yakuza who made his home in Ashigawa, decorated with the expensive classical pots he cherished so much.

However, Nitta’s carefree days are cut short when a girl named Hina appears out of nowhere in a mysterious capsule. The little girl uses her telekinetic powers to convince Nitta to let her live in his home.

While Hina often loses control of her powers and causes trouble every time, Nitta considers himself responsible for her well-being. And ultimately, Nitta’s carefree life ends up as a blessing in disguise when he uses Hina’s telekinetic powers to rule the felonious underworld!

23. Noir

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Professional assassin Mireille Bouquet was at the top of her game until she responded to an email from a girl named Kirika Yumura, who invited her on “a trip to the past.” 

Mireille first considers the email fake, but her opinion changes when she hears a song from her childhood and decides to meet the sender.

Once they finally meet, Mireille learns that Kirika has no memory of her past, including how she learned to become an assassin. After meeting with Kirika, they joined hands together and decided to discover their real identities and origins.

22. Gungrave

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Brandon and Harry, the MCs of the series, were living a carefree life, engaging in local street fights and stealing for a living. However, on one fateful day, they were brutally reminded of how merciless the world can be.

When Brandon and Harry are taken in by Millennion, the largest and most infamous local mafia group, they are placed at the bottom of the organization, living a miserable life.

Now, as the good days have already ended, Harry aims to become the top leader of the syndicate and live the life of a ruler. And Brandon wanted to do everything he could to assist his friend and make Big Daddy happy to keep his girlfriend safe and alive.

21. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

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In the United States, the Mafia is growing, and assassinations are a regular thing. Inferno, with its nearly invincible human weapon “Phantom,” is most likely responsible for the majority of the criminal activity.

One day, a Japanese tourist Reiji happens to witness a Phantom’s murder and fails to escape. After being captured by a commander of the Inferno known as Phantom, he is now brainwashed and works as a killing puppet.

With no other options, Reiji must strive to stay alive in order to recover his memories and escape his life as a phantom puppet!

20. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

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Fukuoka is a beautiful and peaceful city, only on the surface! Because in reality, it’s commonplace for assassins, detectives, and professional criminals of different backgrounds.

One of them is Zenji Banba, a detective with a laid-back demeanor and keen eyes who’s looking into the activities of rival hitmen groups. However, Banba may not be the only one as Xianming Lin, a cross-dressing hitman is also looming in the shadows.

And when they join hands, the story takes a huge turn and dives deeper into the underground world!

19. Akame Ga kill

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  • Seasons: 01
  • Episodes: 24
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

A new and young Emperor is naive to the ways of the world, and the country is controlled by a merciless minister who has no thought for his people!

When things get out of hand and corruption expands too far, Night Raid, a secret section of the Revolutionary Army emerges to control the mayhem.

Tatsumi, on the other hand, is a naive swordsman who joins Night Raid after witnessing the horrific crimes and inhumanity in the capital. While attempting to restore a humane world, Tatsumi learns the reality of life, death, and the ground beliefs of society.

18. Jormungand


Born into violence, Jonathan Mar (Jonah) takes a strong distaste for both firearms and their dealers. But when international arms trader Koko Hekmatyar hires Jonah as one of her bodyguards, he has no choice but to become a gunman himself.

Now along with Koko’s fellow bodyguards (most of whom are ex-special-ops troops), Jonah has been tasked with guarding Koko against the myriad threats that she faces in her line of work.

Koko must continuously evade local and international authorities while she does business with armies, private troops, and militias; doing so would be a violation of international law and demands life on the line.

17. Arcana Famiglia

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Protecting the residents of Regalo from harm is the Arcana Famiglia, a mafia-type clan with supernatural abilities such as superhuman strength, invisibility, or mind reading.

At his birthday party, their leader Mondo announced that he will be retiring soon and planning to conduct a competition called the Arcana Duello. The winner will get the title of “Papa” and their wish granted.

However, Mondo has decided that the winner would wed his daughter, Felicità, so the stakes are higher than just the championship. This infuriates the independent Felicità, who decides to enter the competition on her own.

16. Darker Than Black

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It’s been 10 years since the appearance of Heaven’s Gate in South America and Hell’s Gate in Japan, which changed the world like never before! There is no telling what goes on behind these Gates, but they are a place where the laws of physics don’t apply.

With the emergence of gates, there are contractors who appeared with them. But in reality, contractors are those who gained superpowers in exchange for their humanity.

Among them, Misaki Kirihara, head of Section 4, is at odds with Hei, a notorious contractor in the Japanese city of Hell’s Gate. 

Hei and his associates, who go by the name “Black Reaper” in the underworld, carry out operations for the shadowy syndicate to uncover the truth behind a conspiracy that threatens the survival of all the contractors in the world.

15. Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys

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Hinako Nakayama, the protagonist of the series, has lived in an orphanage without ever knowing her biological family. But when Hinako is just about to start high school, a boy named Hikaru approaches her, claiming to be her only twin brother.

Hikaru shows how they are the biological children of the yakuza family boss Onigashima and that Hinako wants her to attend Shishiku Academy, a school attended mostly by some of the most hardcore gangsters in the country. 

Despite the fact that Hikaru is supposed to attend the Shishiku Academy,  Hinako agrees to attend it in his place. But will it be possible for Hinako to succeed in her quest to free her brother and take over as the new boss of the school?

14. Black Lagoon

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  • Seasons: 03
  • Episodes: 29
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Rokurou Okajima is a wage slave who works hard to advance in his company until a business deal in Thailand turns sour and sets him back several steps. The failed bargain leaves him as a hostage of the Lagoon Company, a group of deadly pirate mercenaries.

When his employers refuse to pay the money back, Rokurou does the unimaginable and joins the group that kidnaps him rather than begging for his life.

Now Rokurou is a part of the group and has to live in the lawless hellscape that is Roanapur, where crime and violence run wild and the slightest misjudgment could lead to his death. 

13. Durarara!

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A young man named Rygamine Mikado dreams of leaving his village behind for the bright lights of Tokyo. After being encouraged to do so by his longtime friend Masaomi, he decides to attend a school in Ikebukuro (the largest city in the series). 

In the city, Masaomi advised him not to cross a champion fighter, an informant, or a mystery gang nicknamed “Dollars.” However, Mikado already spots the Headless Rider, another local legend, riding a black motorcycle on his first day in the city.

The presence of paranormal incidents and a gang known as the Yellow Scarves soon come to light, bringing Ikebukuro to its end. And how the young Mikado will manage to survive as a mere pawn in the game knowing nothing of nothing is worth watching!

12. Ikebukuro West Gate Park

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Makoto Majima, a high-profile troubleshooter who influences rival factions, lives in Ikebukuro, which is also home to different gangs and illegal businesses. 

As Makoto is well-versed in the ins and outs of the teeming Tokyo neighborhood, he and the G-Boys work together to keep the peace in the city. Whereas G-Boys is Ikebukuro’s most powerful gang led by the handsome and ferocious Takashi Ando.

However, things heat up quickly between the G-Boys and the new faction “Red Angels” as they move in on their territory. Also, Makoto’s journey through the streets gets more perilous as he encounters more and more opponents, both outside and inside the gangs.

11. Reborn!

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Tsunayoshi Sawada is a clumsy and untalented junior high schooler who is hopelessly in love with Kyouko Sasagawa, the popular girl at school. When Tsuna meets the mysterious kid named Reborn, he is shocked to learn that Reborn is a hitman! 

Reborn has been dispatched by the most powerful Mafia in Italy with the onerous task of grooming the ordinary middle schooler to replace the retiring ninth boss of the legendary Vongola family. 

Although Loser Tsuna has a long, difficult path ahead of him, with the support of his new criminal associates and his mafia home instructor, he has a chance to become a powerful mafia heir!

10. Gangsta

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The twilights are a group of humans who live in the crime-ridden city of Ergastulum and are famed for their exceptional strength and speed. Due to the ongoing conflict between influential groups, they are the big names in the city.

A neutral organization “The Handymen” welcomes 2 new members, the charismatic human Worick Arcangelo, and the deaf twilight Nicolas Brown on the board. As hired muscle, they’ll do anything it takes to make a buck.

At first glance, the assignment to murder a rival pimp is no different from any other they’ve completed. However, it’s leading the two of them down a perilous road and setting in motion a chain of events that could alter Ergastulum’s foundations forever.

09. Cuticle Detective Inaba

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Chimeras that are half-human and half-animal coexist with regular people in the fictional universe of Cuticle Detective Inaba. Although most of the time things are peaceful, there are times when they are a little chaotic.

Because the evidence left behind by these chimeras during a crime isn’t what your run-of-the-mill law enforcement types are used to.

However, Hiroshi Inaba, a wolf-hybrid detective, can solve these kinds of cases by tasting the animal hairs that have been left behind. The only side effect was that he developed an unhealthy appreciation for the hair taste!

Also Read: 10 Best Anime About Detectives in 2023

08. Beastars

  • Seasons: 02
  • Episodes: 24
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

In a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, there is an underlying discrimination, with many herbivores perceiving carnivores as nothing more than mindless predators. Carnivore phobia, however, reaches new heights after an alpaca named Tem is brutally killed on school grounds.

Legoshi, a student, is a gray wolf who, despite his intimidating appearance, is socially awkward. After experiencing difficulties at school, he must evaluate not only the differences between herbivores and carnivores but also his own place in the world.

But to make things more challenging, his purported romantic feelings toward a herbivore are in the way of his decisions!

07. K Project

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People who are regarded as “Kings” have been endowed with extraordinary supernatural powers and given the authority to enlist followers for their tribes. Among many, the primary responsibility of the Kings is to safeguard the lives and reputations of their clansmen.

However, one day when a video showing the gruesome murder of a Red Clansman goes viral, the unassuming student Yashiro Isana is suspected of a crime he did not commit.

And now when Yashiro has a bounty on his head, he will soon cross paths with the notorious “Black Dog” Kurou Yatogami, who is bound and determined to carry out the final wishes of his late master, the Seventh King.

06. Banana Fish

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Ash Lynx, or Aslan Jade Callenreese, was raised by the notorious mafia godfather, Dino Golzine after he was found as a homeless teen on the streets of New York City. 

Ash, now 17 and the leader of his own gang, looks into the “Banana Fish” that his older brother Griffin has been muttering since his return from Iraq. 

However, Dino sends his men after Ash in the basement club he frequents, making it difficult for Ash to continue his investigation.

05. Beelzebub

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At Ishiyama High, where lawlessness and violence are constant, only criminals are enrolled. One rule, however, is universally accepted: first-year student Tatsumi Oga is Ishiyama’s most ruthless combatant, and no one should ever cross him.

Oga is out by the river one day when he spots a man drifting by on the water’s surface. When Oga saves him from drowning, the man opens in half to reveal a baby, who immediately takes a liking to Oga and crawls onto his back. 

Baby Beel is actually the son of the Demon Lord, Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, though he has no idea what that means just yet. How baby Bel affects Oga’s thug life is worth watching!

04. Spy X Family

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  • Seasons: 02
  • Episodes: 25
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

The fragile peace between Ostania and Westalis is continually threatened by dishonest politicians, fanatical nationalists, and other bellicose elements. 

In spite of their schemes, the master spy “Twilight” continues to carry out risky missions in the hopes that no youngster will ever have to witness the horrors of war.

To blend in with the crowds in the Ostanian metropolis of Berlint, Twilight adopts the guise of the respected psychiatrist Loid Forger. But his real goal is to snoop on powerful politician Donovan Desmond, by enrolling her daughter with his son in the elite Eden Academy.

03. Bungo Stray Dogs

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There’s a mysterious tiger terrorizing Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage for weeks, and he is the only one who doesn’t seem to know about it. 

The 18-year-old is suddenly driven away from the orphanage and forced to fend for himself in the city, without food or shelter, because he is suspected of the bizarre happenings.

When Atsushi finds an eccentric guy named Osamu Dazai starving on the riverbed, he rushes to his rescue. Dazai, a fan of suicide who also believes in the supernatural, has been looking into the tiger that has been frightening the boy. 

Even though Atsushi and Dazai solve the riddle together with the help of Doppo Kunikida, he finds himself in a difficult situation.

02. The Way of the Househusband

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  • Seasons: 02
  • Episodes: 15
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

In retrospect, it seems surprising that the most notorious criminal of his time settled down to a quiet life as a househusband. 

The infamous “Immortal Dragon” Tatsu, widely known for his frequent clashes against other gangs, has mysteriously disappeared, perhaps giving up the ways of the yakuza. 

Tatsu, however, now lives in an apartment with his wife and is making every effort to live a quiet life away from the public eye. Even though Tatsu has a checkered background, his new way of life is bound to be even more peculiar than the previous one.

01. Tokyo Revengers

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  • Seasons: 02
  • Episodes: 30
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Takemichi Hanagaki is a self-employed person who has hit rock bottom. He learns that his only girlfriend from middle school, Hinata Tachibana, was murdered by the brutal Tokyo Manji Gang.

Just one day after learning of her passing, Takemichi stands at the train station and is pushed into the rails below by a large crowd. He closes his eyes in what he believes is his final moment, only to open them 12 years earlier. 

Now that Takemichi’s old days have returned, he plans to exact his revenge by joining the Tokyo Manji Gang himself befriending with head, Maiky, and Draken, the vice president of the gang.

That’s all the action-packed mafia series you must watch in your hard times! If you need more to get over things, check out our blog to discover the best of anime and the animeverse!

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