With hundreds of anime series out there, a few stand out as “must watches” for beginners.
Every year, hundreds of new anime series are produced. The interest in anime is overpowered by generalizations of the genre or the narrow selection that makes its way to American audiences
Outside of stereotypes, there’s an endless amount of anime-specific genres. With hundreds of anime series out there, several shows stand out as being a “must watch” for beginners. Some shows make anime more approachable and showcase their special qualities.
10 Samurai Champloo Remixes Samurai Storytelling With Endless Flair
Cowboy Bebop is Shinichiro Watanabe’s most popular series. Watanabe captures a comparable energy in Samurai Champloo, a glorious hybrid of eclectic sensibilities that embraces samurai staples instead of Cowboy Bebop’s galactic setting. Samurai Champloo assembles a lovable trio of individuals who embark on an incredible quest that’s full of action highlights and small-scale monotony. Samurai Champloo applies a hip hop mentality to fight sequences that makes the series and characters feel like such distinct individuals. Samurai Champloo is a perfect example of how anime doesn’t need to be one dimensional.
9 FLCL Uses The Power Of Anime To Unpack Puberty And Adolescence
Growing up isn’t easy. This is why coming of age stories are so impactful. Anime is the perfect medium to take something as universal as adolescence and extrapolate it into a dizzying life or death battle with ridiculously powerful individuals. FLCL is the perfect example of how to juxtapose life normalcy with chaos. Naota’s struggle, as well as how he slowly comes out of his shell after meeting Haruko, highlights the power of anime. FLCL is only six episodes and doesn’t waste a single minute in this special story about growing up.
8 Mobile Suit Gundam Is The Perfect Introduction To Sci-Fi Storytelling
The mecha genre is another dense area for anime to navigate. There are lots of iconic series that make up the genre, but Mobile Suit Gundam has largely dominated the field through decades of storytelling and dozens of interconnected series, movies, and video games that expand the Gundam universe.
Gundam has gradually worked in multiple timelines, but the original Universal Century narrative that powers the first few series is truly exceptional. Mobile Suit Gundam approaches galactic politics, scrappy underdogs, and gigantic robot battles with delicate care. It makes the dense material seem accessible and rooted in sci-fi staples.
7 Pop Team Epic Is Absurdist Comedy That Anyone Can Appreciate
There are some extremely funny gag anime series that achieve hilarious heights that seem impossible through other forms of animation. Some gag anime series can be too insular with their references and are hard to follow without an extensive knowledge of Japanese pop culture.
Pop Team Epic is a fast-paced exception that puts just as much American pop culture in its crosshairs as anything else. The chaotic comedy operates with a meme-like energy and has found its way onto Adult Swim. It’s exactly the style of weird content that the programming block prides themselves on.
6 Death Parade Uses Atypical Anthology Storytelling To Explore The Human Condition
Sometimes the length of an anime series or complex narrative acts as the greatest deterrent. Death Parade operates as an unconventional character study that uses mundane recreational activities as high stakes competitions with eternal consequences. Death Parade does an excellent job examining the different walks of life that end up in this fatalistic situation, but it also offers a challenging and unique depiction of purgatory.
5 My Hero Academia Embraces Superhero Culture To Strengthen Its Shonen Instincts
Superhero and comic book adaptations have never been more popular, so it’s only natural that some anime series would turn to this genre for inspiration. My Hero Academia is a very clever hybrid of superhero archetypes and shonen sensibilities. The series carefully chronicles the origin story of Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, as well as dozens of his friends, as they mature into the nation’s next generation of Pro Heroes.
My Hero Academia is guilty of certain widespread shonen conventions, but its spotlight on superheroes and villains is enough to bring in audiences that are anime illiterate.
4 Nana Is A True-To-Life Narrative About The Pains Of Growing Older
Nana is almost too authentic for its own good. The series looks at two young adults, both named Nana, who attempt to take control over their twenties, earn independence, and learn what they want out of life. This level of personal storytelling makes Nana deeply special and something that anyone can appreciate.
3 The Great Pretender Is A Superlative Heist Story That’d Excel In Any Medium
There’s nothing quite like a well-executed heist. Movies and TV series that capture the tense energy and meticulous planning that’s crucial to this style of storytelling can often achieve magical results. On a visual leve, The Great Pretender is utterly gorgeous and uses color in inspired ways while presenting intelligent, serialized grifting schemes that never disappoint. The Great Pretender is pure bliss for any fan of crime drama and heist stories.
2 The Vision Of Escaflowne Is A Boiled Down Isekai Series With All The Basics
Anime has countless isekai, fantasy, and action series, many of which reinforce stereotypes rather than break new ground. The Vision of Escaflowne is a 1990s series that riffs on many familiar ideas, but is able to synthesize them into something truly unique. Teenage Hitomi gets whisked away to a fantastical world where dragons, mechs, and a royal rivalry are all par for the course, not to mention she realizes her role as a pivotal figure in this strange new universe. At only 26 episodes long, Escaflowne is very manageable and offers something to anime newcomers that’s familiar, but also distinctly different.
1 Hunter X Hunter Thrives, Rather Than Stumbles, Through Shonen Stereotypes
Exhaustive shonen series can be a red flag for people who are new to anime or hesitant to take the plunge. Some people don’t have the time for hundreds of episodes of content. A lot of shonen series are bloated and bogged down with filler, but Hunter x Hunter is one of the more successful and creative series in the genre. Hunter x Hunter clocks in at just under 150 episodes and triumphs where other shonen series fail since each of its story arcs avoid repetitive patterns. The series deserves a greater level of respect.
Naruto is a great series for anime newcomers and veterans alike. This is everything you need to know about the popular shonen series.
Naruto is a part of the "Big Three" that dominated the shonen industry for several decades. The series written by Masashi Kishimoto proved to be an inspiration for many other manga writers. Some newer shonen writers have paid their respect to Kishimoto through their own series. The series finished serializing in November 2014, but it is still popular to this day. Naruto remains a good choice for any new manga/anime fan.
The series has a great cast of characters, and most of them follow a certain path because of their beliefs. They are driven by their ideas and often when two characters come face to face, it leads to a clash of fists and personalities. The series also boasts of some of the most amazing fights in recent shonen history. There are many people who haven't read or watched the series, and, without any information, this leads to the question— what is Naruto about?
What Is Naruto?
Naruto is the story of a young boy, who dreams of becoming the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf. Naruto's journey is not easy as he has to overcome numerous obstacles to accomplish his dream. The story is divided into two parts— Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.
The first part of the story is more focused on the early life of Naruto as he tries to find his feet in a place where he is shunned by almost the entire village. Naruto makes new friends and enemies, which provide him invaluable experience that shapes him as a person.
Naruto Shippuden follows a grown-up Naruto, who tries to keep his promise to Sakura. As the series continues, the obstacles in Naruto's paths get more difficult. The stakes get higher, and it leads to a great war that engulfs the entire world. Naruto needs to overcome his demons in order to save the world from being destroyed. Naruto Shippuden shows Naruto's growth as a character, and it brings an end to his epic story.
Where Can You Watch It?
Naruto started to air in 2002 and the first part ran until 2007. After the conclusion of the first part, the anime moved on to Naruto Shippuden, which started to air in 2007 and finished airing in 2017. The anime was produced by Studio Pierrot, and it is fair to say that they did an outstanding job at animating the show, especially the fights.
Due to its immense popularity, Naruto has eleven movies under its belt, all of which have original stories. Naruto also has sequel series; Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which is based on the manga written by Ikemoto. The sequel follows Naruto's son and the next generation of ninjas. The anime is available to watch on Netflix, Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, Amazon Prime Video, and VRV.
Where Can You Read It?
The manga started serializing in the Weekly Shonen Jump back in September 1999. It continued to be published for more than a decade, and it came to an end in 2014. Most people prefer the manga over the anime because of the huge number of fillers, and Naruto is infamous for its high filler content. Due to the vast cast of characters, there are many characters who have a light novel, which focused on them. There are a total of twenty-six light novels, and each of them has unique stories. Some famous light novels are—Itachi Shinden, Sasuke Shinden, Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled, and Naruto: Tales of a Gutsy Ninja.
Naruto has also received several spin-offs, which include Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, and Uchiha Sasuke no Sharingan Den. Rock Lee's spin-off has also received an anime adaptation, while Sasuke's spin-off is able for reading on Viz. The manga for Naruto can be read on the official Shonen Jump app, MANGA Plus, and Viz. It is also possible to buy hard copies of the manga, and they can be found on Amazon.
A celebration of the beauty and horror that is anime and manga.
Anime is making a huge comeback with mega hits like Attack on Titan. More and more, I’m surprised to meet normal, everyday people who are at least somewhat interested in anime. It was such a taboo subject when I was a kid so it is as wonderful as it is strange to see such an explosion of new anime fans coming into the scene.
So what do you do when a friend wants to get into anime? I’ve been frustrated time and time again with people recommending awful things to people who have never seen anime before. To counteract this, I’ve decided to put together a few things that’ll ensure your friend has a good time, rather than making them never want to participate in anime again. I might do a similar list for manga, but honestly there’s way more of a demand for anime at this point. So here’s my guide on how to get a friend into anime.
Recommend something short
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone recommend shows like Dragon Ball or Naruto as someone’s first anime. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with either of these programs, it’s just that they can last for hundreds of episodes. There’s almost no better way to get someone less interested in anime than to recommend an anime with weeks and weeks of content. Instead, pick something relatively short like the 13 episode series Baccano! and at the highest possible recommendation the 52 episode series Fullmetal Alchemist. Once your friend has tackled shorter series, then you can start recommending the bigger stuff.
Don’t pick something crazy
I can’t say how many times I have heard someone recommend a series with an extraordinary amount of fan service or violence to someone who has never seen anime before. Please do not go with the ultra-violent Gantz as your first recommendation. And even though I love Kill la Kill’s use of fan service as a comment on the state of anime, new viewers wouldn’t be able to understand that sort of commentary at all. Of course, this isn’t to say that someone’s first anime should be boring, but it shouldn’t make them feel alienated or left out. Pick something mainstream like Attack on Titan to ease them into the medium rather than turn them away.
Dubs over subs
This is likely the most controversial part of this guide. As anime reviewer Bennett The Sage put it in his Tokyo Godfathers review, subtitles can often distract from a viewing experience. If you’re just getting into anime, dubbed localization is a lifesaver. And for those who would say that subtitled anime is better because the performances are better, that’s merely an opinion. Quite frankly, it’s unfair to expect a westerner to be immediately accepting in watching a show that’s not even his or her language, especially when that language option is readily available. Most major hits coming out these days have spectacular direction when it comes to localization. Sure, you might not prefer a certain actor or actress over their original Japanese role, but your friend is going to really appreciate it.
Don’t spoil the show
This is the one that grinds me the most. If you’re going to recommend a show, don’t do so by spoiling it. I’ve seen way too many people spoil major plot points of shows like Attack on Titan in an attempt to get people into them. That sort of tactic may work but it takes away from the viewing experience of the person involved. It’s easy to spoil a show. It’s a lot better to compliment the animation, characters, story and otherwise to give a fair recommendation of the program without ruining the experience.
Stop talking and let them watch it
This only really applies if you’re in the same room as the person. Another thing I’ve seen people do is comment and talk over the show. I personally don’t mind having a discussion with others if we’ve all seen the content, but if you’re trying to get some one new into it, shut up. Seriously, please shut up. Let them experience it for themselves. It’s totally unfair to expect your friend to enjoy an anime if you’re blabbing over the program and telling them tidbits and trivia. Even worse is if you set high expectations or tell them how they’re supposed to be feeling at a certain moment. Just let them experience the show for themselves and most importantly…
Don’t get sad if they don’t get into it
Anime isn’t for everyone. Personally, I’m not all that into live action television. I see the appeal of television but I am just not into it. Likewise, some people are simply not into anime. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just reality.
So if your friend walks away from an anime you recommended, don’t feel down or sad. It’s just the way it is. That’s what makes anime so special after all. For many of us, it is a way to connect to fantastic worlds outside of our own. It is comfort as much as it is entertainment. There are some who find that same emotion in other mediums like music or movies. It’s up to us to respect that if we’re going to continue to see respect given toward anime.
So recommend anime to your friends if they’re interested and just remember that anime isn’t sacred. Not everyone is going to like it, but that doesn’t remove its value. Hopefully we can be advocates for the medium, rather than turn potential fans away from it.
Anime voice over jobs are a very niche and specialised part of the voice over industry. This post is part of the how to become a voice actor series.
Anime Voice Over Jobs – Some Background
Knowing how to become a voice actor for anime is not really the same as a career in animation voice over. Although Japanese storytelling is one of the oldest traditions of civilisation, the Western World has only become interested in manga and anime in more recent years. Many of the largest and most well known anime were born from the famous Studio Ghibli.
Titles such as Castle In The Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away are just a few of the now famous anime films produced by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame. Now a new generation is increasingly enthralled by the stories East-Asian children have been enjoying for decades. The biggest evidence of this new trend is the recent success of the Big Hero 6 franchise based off of the Japanese movie Baymax by Haruki Ueno.
As more anime films, anime series, and comic books get translated into English, the need for voice actors for anime is only going to increase and many more aspiring voice actors will be interested in how to get anime voice over jobs.
What Does It Take To Get Anime Voice Over Jobs
Though most successful voice actors working in anime today started their careers as voice actors without any specific training in the field, almost all of them did begin their careers with certain things in common. Among these are acting experience, vocal range and the ability to assume and maintain a character. A voice actor is first and foremost an actor.
The majority of voice actors working today come from the acting backgrounds. It is the acting skills that make them so desirable by anime studios. It is also those same skills that you need to learn and practice if you want to be taken seriously and get that audition.
Voice Over Anime Jobs – Learning The Art
Voice actors, and actors in general, do not need a formal education to succeed. Aspiring anime actors should first of all get to know anime. You need to at least explore some of the big film titles, anime series, especially the different genres. \The most important thing is to listen and thing about how an anime voice actor is making those voices.
The challenge of performing anime voice over is that it often requires a lot of screaming and using large vocal ranges. Traditional training provides voice actors with the skills they need to give full-body performances that enliven the voices behind the anime. Each role is different, however, so actors should continue to train and learn, and develop new skills along the way.
If you want to learn about the many different voice actors who work in anime here is a useful list.
How To Get Anime Voice Over Jobs
#1. Develop Your Voice
Voice actors must focus on vocal skills. An actor that is able to voice multiple characters in one show will often get work ahead of other actors. To do this you must prepare voices with different dialects, accents, cadence, etc. Developing new voices comes from studying characters in anime and finding a balance between the character expectations and an original portrayal.
Listen to popular anime and record short excerpts. Try to not simply replicate the voice but put your own voice into the recording. The voice must seem true to the character, in tune with the scene, but also original.
#2. Find Representation
Anime acting is tough to break into. The best way to get into the industry is through representation or simply approaching the studios directly. Prepare a demo tape that showcases your skills as a voice actor and highlights your skills in anime. Your tape should play like short scenes from anime and be no more than two to three minutes. You need to use different voices to demonstrate your range.
Many anime projects are a series. This means that unless you work locally to the studio it is unlikely you will be used.
#3. Audition, audition and audition for voice over anime jobs
Auditioning is the most difficult part. With anime being such a niche part of the voice over industry there are lots of competition. It is all too easy to become discouraged by repeated rejections. If you have the skills and really want to work in this part of the voice over industry you need to persevere.
The important part of getting anime voice over jobs is the audition. You absolutely need to demonstrate your individuality, unique skills and anime voice styles. You also need to know the industry, do your research about the different studios, voice directors, successes in the industry and existing voice actors. Anime voice over jobs are fun and can be an exciting part of the industry to work in, work hard and you could be the next rising anime voice over star.
Other types of voice over jobs you might find interesting:
For more information on voice acting visit our series of posts on how to become a voice actor
Anime is one of those entertainment mediums that people seem to get a bit apprehensive about. We didn’t have a problem watching Dragon Ball Z or Sailor Moon before school in our younger years, and in fact, you probably look back on those memories with undeniable fondness. However, the older people get, the more likely they are to shunt anime off to the side and label it as a no-go. But in an effort to bring back the anime love, I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons that everybody should be watching anime!
1. It’s rarely cancelled
There’s nothing worse than letting yourself get wholly invested in a TV series only to have the rug pulled out from under you when the network decides to cancel it *cough* Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency *cough*, but this rarely happens with anime. Either the show ends when the story does (Fullmetal Alchemist) or it keeps going in an attempt to catch up with the manga (One Piece). And if it does happen to get cancelled, you can always keep going with the manga.
2. The characters are unique and interesting
Anime boasts such vibrancy and diversity in its characters. People in anime have dynamic personalities, they’re whole people (even when they aren’t human); they have dreams and goals, and beyond that, there’s just so much variance in what they are. Ghosts, detectives, ghouls, pirates, demons, high school students, office workers… the list goes on, and there’s no limit to what a character might be, or who they might be.
3. Characters have flaws and die
Sort of the flip side of number 2 is that characters in anime are not spared by plot armour. Even a character that is absolutely pivotal to the plotline is not immune to death, or flaws. Perfect characters don’t exist in anime, and if they do exist, it’s usually because it’s being set up to prove a plot point.
4. Anime is relatable
Not the storylines specifically, but just because something is animated, doesn’t mean it can be realistic or relatable. Most animes will harbour serious moral philosophies from real-life situations. And things like decision-making, the ability to overcoming loss, and the importance of familial relationships form the corner-stone of almost any anime you watch.
5. There are ENDLESS possibilities
What’s the most random story you can think of? There’s probably an anime for that. School of compulsive gamblers? Check. Universe where humans co-exist with any number of mythical creatures? Check. Journeys of a guy who eats a magical fruit and is trying to become the Pirate King? Check. There are no limitations on what worlds or characters exist, it’s truly astounding.
6. It teaches you about Japanese culture
This one’s a bit subtler, but each anime is infused with information about Japanese culture; from commonly used phrases and colloquialisms, popular traditions, holidays and myths and folk law- there’s a little something from a magnificent culture blended into each story.
7. Strong female characters
There’s a bit of a misconception about the way anime portrays women, but I’m here to tell you that physicality aside, women in anime are not there as male fan service. They are strong, dynamic characters—no damsels in distress here (well, mostly)! Women in anime go toe-to-toe with males in action sequences and are just as likely to kick-ass and take names as any of the guys.
8. Amazing action sequences
And not just fight scenes either! Anime is all about the action—the way it’s written lends itself to action weaving itself into the plot of any story line. Even filler episodes tend to have something interesting going on. Fight scenes in particular can be spectacular, because the use of animation as a medium means that they’re limitless in a way you can’t achieve with live action.
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There was a time when a love of anime marked you as a hardcore nerd. Back when translations weren’t really a thing, the only way to get yourself some Japanese cartoons was to know a bootlegger or become one. But now, you can’t turn anywhere inside the great glass safe we call the internet without smacking into anime anything: memes, gifs, references, homages, etc.
The world-wide-web has allowed fans to gain access to a ton of anime and congregate with others as well. It’s turned us into a passionate lot, almost hyperbolic in nature, which can make it harder for outsiders to really find a footing without being steam-rolled by an over-enthusiastic fan.
When your best buddy has never heard of that one anime you love…
But really, getting into anime is not nearly as difficult or intimidating as it looks. I found an article on Kotaku with advice on taking those first few steps, but I decided to provide my own advice for the prospective anime seeker. Because while it may look like a bloated cash-cow with overzealous fangirls, getting into it is as easy as starting a new book series.
Before you can truly enjoy anime, you must be mentally prepared for it.
Overdramatic? Possibly, but it’s no joke to say that anime can be jarring to newbies used to western cartoons and live-action TV. Anime has a double-edged reputation when it comes to content, basically that anything under and beyond the sun is possible. This doesn’t mean you need to steel your mind or spine for “dah horror” but it would be helpful to remember that weird things are commonplace here and that nothing is truly off the table.
Yup. That’s a man fighting a goat to the death.
In less scary terms, anime is weird and super creative. If you wanna get into it, you need an open mind and a good sense of humor. It’s relatively easy to avoid the novelty anime if you’d prefer, but it never hurts to keep yourself open to the possibilities.
Watch What You Want
There’s a point in the article I must repeat, for I believe it cannot be stressed enough. Because as soon as you say you’re curious about anime, you will be bombarded with people telling you that “you have to watch x/y/z, it’s a classic!” and so on and so forth. I’ve even been guilty of this myself, several times. We mean well, we really do, but we most of us don’t realize that creating this “thou shalt watch” list for any new anime fans can be super alienating.
“WHY YOU NO WATCH EVANGELLION. ”
So, to everyone who is looking at those “must-watch” lists uneasily, know that you are only accountable to yourself. If you like Rom-Coms, try something like Fruits Basket; If you like horror, pick up Higurashi or Berserk , and so on. At the end of the day, the point is to enjoy yourself and there’s no point in being bored through 100+ episodes of Naruto if you’re not into shounen. There are truckloads of anime out there and you are only one person, so don’t stress yourself out on what you “must-watch” and watch what you want.
After mentioning that the prospective Otaku should just watch what they want, the article then went to list several recommended series for viewers to plan themselves. They cautioned newbies from hitting long series like Sailor Moon and One Piece since they were long and lore-heavy and boasted hyper-long episode lists. I can somewhat agree, though I question some of his suggested starting places. If you want my recommendations of what to watch in the beginning, feel free to check out my anime starter pack.
I highly recommend starting with the Brotherhood version of Fullmetal Alchemist, as it deals with a lot of western tropes and fantasy elements that would be easier for new fans to digest.
That being said, I agree that new fans should likely begin with something small and easy to watch. There’s no point in hopping onto One Piece’s 400+ episode list if you’re not even sure anime is your thing. Go for a small, simple series that looks like your taste, such as space western Trigun or the romantic drama Your Lie in April to see if you wanna stick around. Then, if you find yourself craving more, feel free to look into the longer shows.
So, after watching a show or two, you likely still won’t know if anime is your thing. Maybe you picked the wrong starting point, or maybe the show wasn’t what you thought it would be. While there’s no shame in quitting – it’s a niche for a reason – I would still highly recommend that you try a few more and keep going.
Anime is huge. The variety of shows available is insane, enough to drown a large group of people in a stadium if you got the DVDs together. As a creative medium, it has provided millions of artists the chance to express themselves, so there’s no way that one or two shows can summarize all there is to offer. So if you don’t like what you see the first few times, try again a few more.
Because, at the end of the day, getting into anime is just about finding your niche. With its wide-range of story styles and characters and its cornucopia of animation styles, it truly is one of the most inclusive entertainment mediums I know. To people thinking of joining the fun, I encourage them to ignore the wall of “classics” and overzealous fans at the gate. Just take those first few steps and you’ll find yourself neck-deep in no time.
Any new anime fans in my audience? How about any suggestions from other long-time fans? Feel free to comment about this and anything else below! Don’t forget to like and follow for more content just like this.
I've had this on my mind lately because I am so tired of people underestimating anime. Yeah Teen titans or The Boondocks are an animation but anime is apart of storytelling. Behind every anime there is a story. Not only that but there are people who are getting into anime just to ship characters, yeah the characters are cute but do you really know the story behind the anime. Do you really know it for what it is. If you really want to get into anime I highly recommend starting off with Soul Eater, Fairy Tail, or Naruto. Those are the animes I started off with that got me into watching anime.
Now I think that is enough small talk, lets get into why anime is important Believe it!
Not a lot of people realize this but let us use Pokemon for an example. Do you know how crazy your imagination has to be to come up with an anime about little animals that you trap in a ball, and on top of that to give it such amazingly cool names? I honestly did not know I had such an imagination until I started watching anime. I honestly did not know how big my imagination was until then.
Anime is like a form of art. How many times have you seen a cartoon and the animation is just subtle or kind of bland? Anime is different, the animation is just so beautiful and not only that but when you compare a lot of its scenes to Japan it looks exactly alike. it is soooo pretty.
Now here is where I go deep.
One of my favorite animes of all time would have to be Naruto, and I say this because that's the biggest story of all. When you look at Naruto it is about a boy who village hates him because of a demon that got sealed inside of him that destroyed the village and killed some of its people. No one believes in him and everyone just wants him gone.
When you take deep look into it's really about a boy who wants to be accepted by everyone, he wants to be able to prove people wrong. who wants people to understand that hey I am not monster I am just a human being, I did not ask for this, I'm not the one that destroyed the village. It's really about finding your own destiny, believing in yourself, and sticking up for what is right.
Remember the scene when Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, Might Guy and his team went out to go save Gaara who was kidnapped by the akatsuki? Remember when Naruto finally got to Gaara, Gaara was basically gone, he was dead. Prepare yourself this was his words
"But why? Why is it always Gaara? If all you sand shinobi hadn't put a monster inside of Gaara then none of this would have ever happened to him. Did you even consider how Gaara felt? Did you ever even ask? Calling us jinchūriki, What gives you the right to label us? Who are you to decide someone else's fate".
As you can see I highlighted the words who are you to decide someone else's fate and the reason why is because I feel like that is how it is today. FOr example lets say college. You have parents out here forcing people to go to college to major in whatever it the parents want you to major in not even giving the child the chance to choose for themselves. I feel like I had to learn that myself. You cannot decide ones fate and if you do and it works out so be it but deep down inside what does the child really want?
You would be surprised to how easily it is to bond with people who watch anime just like you. Imagine meeting a complete stranger and you both just end up talking for hours about the animes you loved or recently watched. For example I went on a cruise back in march and as the cruise ended and we were going through security. I was at the security desk and the security there saw my Tokyo Ghoul shirt and he was like Kakashi is my favorite. I kid you not we were there for like 5 minutes talking about anime.
Lets us be real the character development is amazing. you'd actually think these characters were real that's how crazy it is. When you see these characters backstory it hits you in the feels especially if its a sad backstory. it makes you really understand the character. For example again with naruto at first I thought he was snotty nose lil brat but then I saw his backstory and im like ok he just wants to be accepted and then I see Itachi uchiha and Im thinking ok he's a backstabber who betrayed his village not knowing later on in the show he never betrayed the village all along he has been undercover working in the shadows labeled as a criminal and no one ever knew but the hokage.
You honestly feel like you are in a different world when you watch anime, that is how absorbed you be. DO not get me wrong I am all for living in the moment and what is around you but sometimes you need to escape from reality give your mind a mental break and anime does just that.
THE CULTURE OF JAPAN
Anime gives you an insight of Japanese culture. When you see these places in anime they are based off some of the places in japan and that is why some people who watch anime want to visit Japan and eat the foods and learn the language and experience the culture.
ANIME SAVED ME FROM ME!
I get a lot of questions as to how anime helped me. To be perfectly honest I was very depressed and I had just got through being sick so I was at my lowest point in life and anime helped me figure things out with my life. For starters it helped me find comfort when I did not have that around me.
Anime also helped me figure out who I am as a person. What I mean by that is it helped me become who I am today. Before I was just living life according to other peoples wishes and beliefs instead living according to myself.
Anime helped me to understand what real friendship is and what it means to be there for people. It helped me to become much more confident in myself and to not be scared of things that I do not know.
It helped me to understand that it is ok to be who I truly am. Some may sit there and say you're going way too deep into anime and that is perfectly find at least I know the messages behind every anime and the things they are trying to teaching us.
Look around everyone is starting to get on the anime train because at the moment its a fad and you know what hey do you but to me it is more than just that its everything to me and without it there is no creativity.
BY Oliver Shedden
If you’re anything like me, during this uncertain time you are constantly consuming content like a never-ending buffet of your favourite meals. That being said, it can be hard to sift through the good and the bad especially with streaming services like Netflix juicing the amount of variety they have on their platform. Whilst I am sitting at home going quietly insane, I like a bit of escapism in between my assessments and online tutorials and what better escape from reality is there than the weird and eclectic world of anime?
Since the mid 90’s anime has grown exponentially in both genre and popularity around the world, especially with series such as Naruto and Dragon Ball Z breaking into the western market. So, while you sit at home maybe give anime a shot, who knows you might find your next favourite series lying in wait? Let me guide you through a list of great anime to binge during this uncertain time. Let me preface, for this list the entries will be Shonen/action adventure genre.
1. My Hero Academia
In a world where 90% of the population harbour superpowers named Quirks, our protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, does not exhibit any such power. Without a Quirk and desperate to be a hero Midoriya or as he is come to be known as, Deku tries valiantly to help the people around him. And on viewing one such act of blind heroism, the world’s number one hero, All Might decides to imbue his power onto Deku, thus allowing him to become a hero in training at Japan’s number one hero school, UA High. Thus, starts Deku’s journey on his way to becoming the number one hero just like his mentor. My Hero Academia is fast becoming one of if not the most popular contemporary anime. Its kaleidoscope of characters and interesting world building will keep any great superhero fan invested plus the power mechanics and larger than life action sequences will keep you hooked. If you love DC comics or the MCU, I would highly recommend giving this anime a try. Unfortunately, My Hero Academia is currently not on any non-anime specific streaming service at this time, so it may be a bit tricky to watch it, but trust me it is worth the struggle.
Haikyuu! Is possibly the most popular and critically acclaimed sports anime of all time. The story follows Shoyo Hinata, an undersized first year as he and his high school volleyball team, the Karasuno High Crows, attempt to retain former glory to the school by winning the Spring Nationals High School Volleyball Tournament in Tokyo. Whilst it may seem quirky on the face of it, Haikyuu! Is one of the most endearing and well written anime I have ever watched. Its massive cast of completely different and unique characters allow for the show to explore different avenues and aspects of the human experience plus all of these characters. Whether they be rivals or enemies of our heroes, all seem to be likeable all in different ways. Some of the training and development arcs in the series may seem drawn out at first but when they are actually playing nail biting games you are rewarded for your patience. I strongly urge to give this anime a chance. Even if you know absolutely nothing about volleyball, you catch on quick. Luckily, the first two seasons of Haikyuu! Are streaming right now on Netflix.
3. The Seven Deadly Sins
Much like Haikyuu! You have probably seen this anime pop up on your “popular” catalogue on Netflix. In terms of Genre, The Seven Deadly Sins is a perfect blend of the fantasy of Deltora Quest and the power scope of Dragon Ball Z. The story follows princess Elizabeth as she attempts to find the legendary warriors known as the Seven Deadly Sins in order to stop the Kingdom’s military, the “Holy Knights” from seizing the throne by force. This series is really easy to watch, and moves at a fast pace that keeps you invested. Its story arcs don’t drag along at all, which is a common complaint for Shonen anime. The characters are easily likeable and the comedy, whilst sometimes a little inappropriate, hits its mark. But what makes this anime so good is its absurd power system and action set pieces that are the hallmark of a good Shonen anime, as well as the vast array of magic and unique abilities of its characters. Three seasons of The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as a feature film, are all streaming on Netflix now.
4. Full Metal Alchemist
The oldest anime on this list, Full Metal Alchemist and its retelling, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood are still regarded as all-time Shonen classics, mainly for their intricate and compelling story lines, as well as their thoroughly thought out and complex power system. Unfortunately, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood was taken off of the Australian Netflix rotation but it’s predecessor, Full Metal Alchemist took its place. The story revolves around the two Elric brothers, Alphonse and Edward, who have tampered with transmutation in an attempt to bring their mother back to life. This turns out to be a horrible mistake that leaves Alphonse without a body and Edward without his left leg and right arm. They then replace their deformities with prosthetic limbs, and become Full Metal Alchemists as they seek out the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to heal themselves. Whilst it has a relatively short run of episodes the story feels full and complete. Additionally this the ending is very much worth the time you invest into watching the whole story unfold. The entirety of Full Metal Alchemist is available to stream on Netflix.
Whilst all these anime are Shonen anime which focus on fantasy, sci fi and action, there are so many different options when it comes to anime as it is such a diverse and widespread medium. These anime are just a great place to start and all are easily accessible on Netflix (accept for My Hero Academia). With that being said I hope there was a little something for most within this list, and happy binging!
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Attack on Titan’s opening sequence is one of serene terror: As geese fly high above a sun-soaked rustic town, a gargantuan humanoid figure peeks over the walls with bare, musculature and blank expression. “That day, humanity remembered the terror of being ruled by them,” we’re told through narration, setting up a series permeated by habitual anxiety and prevailing horror. Soon after, Linked Horizon’s “Guren no Yumiya,” an opening theme that will swiftly become iconic in the anime fandom, kicks in and Attack on Titan begins.
To call Attack on Titan a major success is an understatement in every sense of the word. Having recently wrapped up the second part of its Final Season (the third, theoretically conclusive part, is set to air in 2023), the team at Wit Studio spun Hajime Isayama’s controversial-but-uber-popular manga into an anime sensation. But the series is more than just a hit; it’s come to represent the anime industry itself, a business currently swelling and gaining more worldwide notoriety than ever before.
To understand Attack on Titan’s position as a powerhouse in the current anime arms race — a race conducted among streaming services and distributors vying for profit and, often more important, the goodwill of a dedicated, expanding fanbase — one has to look back to anime’s emergence through the aughts. In the late 1990s, series like Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z had proven that anime could not only be popular but lucrative for franchising. It became a part of the general entertainment diet in America, a drastic change from the decades prior, where its presence was often haphazard and surrounded by negative stereotypes about imported Japanese media and the people that consumed it.
By the turn of the millennium, the anime increased availability on television and on home video ensured that an entire generation was, at the very least, aware of it, if not devoted to it. Meanwhile, as American comic book publishers attempted to come back from the disastrous ’90s, manga publishers found a strong foothold in the market. This would last until the late ’00s, when, coinciding at least partially with a devastating global recession, the bubble seemed to burst. Companies like Central Park Media dissolved, Viz Media and other prominent businesses restructured, and anime crashed. Symbolically, Cartoon Network’s Toonami block would end its initial run in 2008, having begun its life as a harbinger of anime’s American potential and ending as a sign of its collapse.
Image: Toei Animation
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In the following years, sites like Funimation would emerge as a small group of survivors and Crunchyroll, which began its life as a host of pirated anime, would make legitimate deals with studios and networks to release titles in a fashion that played to the interests of fans. No longer would anime arrive in America on a “Well, if it gets big enough, maybe someone will buy it later” process. Fans could now watch it soon after its premiere in Japan, enabling instant global conversation, burgeoning community, simultaneous debate, and social media readiness. Attack on Titan emerged from the evolving system.
If there’s any question of the show’s significance, just Google “Attack on Titan got me back into anime.” One of the reasons why kids and teens flocked to anime like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and various Gundam series a decade earlier was because it felt like those shows didn’t play by the rules of the traditional cartoons they’d grown up with. These shows were violent, rife with a kind of narrative continuity that forced you to pay attention. They were a breeding ground for fan theories and schoolyard disputes: “Could Goku beat The Hulk?” Attack on Titan revived those feelings for many, with the sight of massive creatures chomping down on helpless humans. The constant angst of the characters unleashed a show that was both effortlessly bingeable and tailor-made for weekly water cooler conversations.
It escaped the juvenile marks that culture critics had been quick to sling at anime around 2001. The story, focused on a group of soldiers known as the Survey Corps who attempt to both study and eliminate the titular “monsters,” was easy to recommend without hesitation, even to those who seemingly shied away from anime. The gruesomeness of its constant doomsday scenarios were tempered by a ceaselessly engaging story, one that knew exactly when to twist the plot and twist the knife. Plus, coming on the heels of a zombie media explosion, Attack on Titan could simply be the next step for those finished with the latest season of The Walking Dead and eager for another fix when it came to shuffling beasts consuming screeching humans.
Image: Wit Studio
Aiding this propagation was Attack on Titan’s availability. Crunchyroll and Funimation were quick to acquire their respective rights for streaming the series, and it was an instant success. The publisher of the Attack on Titan manga, Kodansha, claimed at the time that the anime led to their first increase in both revenue and profit in 19 years. Hulu, Amazon Prime, a reawakened Toonami, and Netflix all eventually picked up the series, leading to a landscape where Attack on Titan was within in constant reach, the very definition of what makes streaming services thrive in the first place. One could approach it on their own terms at any time, regardless of their prior relationship with anime.
By some 2021 metrics, Attack on Titan attracted almost 60 times the amount of interest of an average series on Netflix, and was the most in-demand show on the streamer in the United States. It wasn’t the only anime series to attain such a cross-streaming platform triumph and it would be remiss to blame anime’s veritable “rebirth” in America solely on it. Series like My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer have become mega-hits around the same time period. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and One Punch Man delighted in their singular creativity. Even legendary series like One Piece, formerly the victim of what can only be described as a tragedy of misguided localization, has gained rampant momentum in the West and reversed its destiny here.
Today, Attack on Titan is a major brand in an industry swimming in them. But it still stands out. Merchandise for the show is copiously available at retailers like Hot Topic and it’s inspired tons of cosplay, with both the aforementioned Colossal Titan and the military-inspired uniform of the Survey Corps being popular choices. “Guren no Yumiya” blared from both cover bands and loud speakers alike at anime conventions. The Corps Dance Crew produces a hip hop-inspired stage show for it at Anime Expo 2014 and a rough video of it earns over a million views. The premiere of Part 2 of the Final Season crashed Crunchyroll. It’s no surprise that “finding the next Attack on Titan” became a priority, and it’s hard not to see Netflix’s recent investment in bloody productions like Baki, Castlevania, Kengan Ashura, and The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf as at least partial attempts to form a Venn diagram with Titan fans.