I'm new to anime and I want an anime series that has action in it and has some sci-fi in it like magic or something. It also has to have a good back story and a good anime for starters. I don't where to start so I was hopping all of you could help me. Also, I'm broke so a free anime would be best.
I recommend Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell.
Cowboy Bebop is pretty Drama heavy but it's amazing, the story is great, and does still have cool action scenes.
Ghost in the Shell is good too, there are two movies as well, the second one is awesome in my opinion.
Check out the plot synopsis of them both, you should be able to tell if they'll be for you or not :)
A new sci-fi/fantasy that you can watch online is "Gargantia: On the Verdurous Planet"
It's drawn really well and has a good feel to it. It's about a guy who was raised in a space colony crash landing on Earth hundreds of years in the future when everyone lives on boats.
Two of the best action and sci-fi anime are Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online. Fairy Tail is about Natsu Dragneel, a super powerful and awesome fire dragon slayer, and Lucy Heartfilia a celestial wizard, and their cool adventures and battles they have and fight together. Fairy Tail is easily the best anime I have ever watched. Sword Art Online does of some magic in the second season. It mostly is action with a tiny drop of romance between Kirito and Asuna, the two main characters. SAO is about many people who get trapped inside a virtual reality video game and their journey to escape. I think you'd like both.
I know that this might be a bit late, but I HIGHLY suggest the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. The story centers around two teenage brothers (the eldest missing an arm and leg and the youngest being a soul attached to a suit of armor), embarking on a quest to get their bodies back. After trying to resurrect their mother from the dead using alchemy, Edward and Alphonse Elric become involved with the military and try to save their country from villains based off of the seven deadly sins. Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance... Fullmetal Alchemist has it ALL!
Dragon Ball Z Or Super, dbz is about a saiyan named goku who fights enemies with having super powers and magic powers of being able to perform ki blasts (basicly a ball made out of magic) and finds enemies and find things and out Dragon Ball Super Is Later Where He Learns A New Form.
Cowboy Bebop, is one of my personal favorites, and I totally recommend it
Full Metal Alchemist, Armitage 3, Blassreiter, Burst Angel, Infinite Ryvius, Fafner in the Azure, Gundam Seed Destiny, are also quite good and worth watching if you're up to it
I hope this helped you!