Best Anime Series
Many people believe that Anime is all about over-the-top action sequences and over-the-top protagonists. Naruto and Dragon Ball are just the tip of the iceberg in the vast world of Anime. Many hidden treasures may be found among a large collection of Anime going back decades. Whether you're a newcomer to the Anime world or an old hand seeking some of the greats, here is the place to be! The world of Anime is a chaotic and addictive one, so be ready to delve in. We've selected some of the finest Anime ever made for your viewing pleasure.
1. Death Note
Anthology manga series "Death Note," written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Tsugu Obata, follows the adventures of high school student Light Yagami, who finds an extraterrestrial notebook that grants him God like abilities. Upon realizing this, Light is horrified to learn that the person named in the book would die exactly as he has described. The only need is that he be familiar with their entire name and physical description. A spirit called Ryuk (apple-loving) is at his side as he assumes the codename Kira and starts purging the world of criminals to achieve his utopian vision of the ideal world. The drama turns into a cat-and-mouse game with a clever detective, L, pursuing the juvenile vigilante.
When you finish watching "Death Note," you'll remember it for a long time. This story prompts you to ponder justice and the fragility of life. Tsugumi Ohba said that the "fundamental underlying premise was that 'people are not immortals and once they are dead, they do not return back alive again'" "We should all try to live our lives to the utmost and appreciate what we have now. Defining Light as either good or bad never seemed to me as a matter of importance."
2. Attack on Titan
The manga series "Attack on Titan" by Hajime Isayama, which debuted in Japan in 2009, would become a worldwide success lasting for over a decade. Humanity has been relegated to living in walled cities to protect itself from the Titans, humanoid monsters with a craving for human flesh and love for destruction. Anime News Network spoke with Wit Studio president George Wada, who said that manga artist Hajime Isayama inspired the concept of being enclosed behind a wall. "As a Japanese cultural notion, it's a little more isolated and secluded... "Wall of Fear" had a significant impact on the series. It is believed that the viewer may identify with the protagonists' struggle to overcome their anxiety."
Early in the series, when that protection fails, the terror truly kicks in. The Titans breach the walls of Shiganshina, and a little child called Eren Yeager witnesses his mother being consumed by the Titans. When he grows up, Eren becomes a revered member of the Survey Corps (the military branch tasked with eliminating the Titans), but there's more to him and the Titans than meets the eye. "Attack on Titan" is a must-see for any anime lover.
It's likely that even if you're not a fan of anime, you've heard of Naruto, or at least his running style. Pranksters who performed a "Naruto run" during an Area 51 news story in 2019 brought in a slew of new fans to the classic anime series, which quickly went viral. Naruto Uzumaki, a teenage ninja with aspirations of becoming the ruler (or Hokage) of his village of Konoha, is the manga and anime series protagonist. Even then, Naruto isn't exactly a popular pick - as a baby, Naruto's father was forced to imprison the monster within his newborn son when Kurama invaded the hamlet. Even though his peers despise him, Naruto maintains certain that he is a capable leader.
While the manga is broken into two parts, the anime is broken into two parts: "Naruto," which focuses on the protagonist's pre-teen years, and "Naruto: Shippuden," which focuses on his adolescence. Even though many fans prefer the second series, both are excellent and worth your time. Despite years of debate, no one can agree on which is superior. It was a popular topic on Reddit in 2021 when a fan commented, "I always believed 'Shippuden' was superior due to their power-ups, fresh designs, and larger fights."
4. One-Punch Man
Superhero weariness is nothing new; even "One-Punch Man," the popular webcomic turned anime, has succumbed to it. Saitama has become tired due to his uncanny ability to destroy any adversary with a single blow. The character's author, who goes by the name ONE, said, "punching is frequently quite ineffectual against life's difficulties." "However, in the world of One-Punch Man, I gave Saitama the ability to adapt to the environment around him, armed simply with his great strength. Running out of money is the only problem he has to deal with."
The setup has a lot of humour, but this show appeals to a wide audience. Boros's arrival on the scene brings a new intensity to the combat. As much as we come for the comedy and the punches, the show's real heart resides in Saitama's friendship with Genos, whose family was murdered by a cyborg monster. Saitama is forced to act as a mentor to the emerging hero, who is on a mission to get vengeance on the assassin for the murder of his family and the destruction of his hometown.
5. Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim, one of the best-known and most unforgettable horror anime of all time, is one of the few anime series that seamlessly manages to move between lightheartedness and ferocity. Shinichi Izumi, a 17-year-old high school student, forced to live with an extraterrestrial, is the protagonist of the manga adaptation. A parasitic alien species arrives on Earth at the start of the anime. The worm-like parasites infect humans by burrowing into the brains of unwitting hosts via the nose and ears. Since their true nature is monstrous and they don't want their existence known, they can only go as far as they want in their human form.
Shinichi went to bed listening to music the night the aliens came. The parasite that sought to take over his body was denied entry by his headphones. When it tried to enter via his nose, the tickling sensation made Shinichi sneeze. He woke up, and the thing burrowed into his hand in a panic. The quick-thinking kid utilized his headphones to construct a tourniquet, keeping the intruder from getting to his head. It took over his right hand (he calls it Migi, which means "right" in Japanese), preserving their sentience and personality. At first, it's an awkward relationship, but the duo ultimately joins forces to fight Gotou, the most deadly parasite.
6. Dragon Ball Z
Akira Toriyama's original "Dragon Ball" manga was one of the finest anime series of the 1980s, but its cultural significance pales in contrast to "Dragon Ball Z," which was based on the manga. The acclaimed follow-up series substantially ages up the main character. As a youngster in "Dragon Ball," Goku was a naive and innocent child, but now he's a mature young man with a child of his own, the equally powerful Gohan. With the help of their allies, they must battle an extraterrestrial species to whom they are unwittingly attached. A Saiyan called Raditz arrives on Earth and reveals the shocking truth to Goku that they are siblings by blood, and Goku's actual goal is a dark one.
Kakarot (Goku's true name) was sent to Earth by the Saiyans to conquer the world in their honor, but he got a head injury upon landing, leaving him with amnesia. He Forgot about his objective and became a member of the human species instead of an intruder aiming to conquer it. To keep his new home safe, he will fight for it. If you're only going to watch one "Dragon Ball" series, choose "Dragon Ball Z."
7. The Devilman Crybaby
For those who aren't acquainted with Masaaki Yuasa's work (best known for the experimental anime feature "Mind Game"), however, the success of "Devilman Crybaby" wasn't entirely unexpected. However, it's quite different from the manga series "Devilman" by Go Nagai regarding its subject matter and substance. Devilman Crybaby, on the other hand, is cruel and tragic all at the same time while still being a shonen manga.
The program's title relates to the demon-turned-teenager Akira Fudo, the story's protagonist. Akira is doubtful when his buddy, Ryo Asuka, returns from an Amazon expedition claiming to have uncovered the genesis of demons. Even more terrifying is the transformation of his victims into devils when Ryo smashes a glass bottle and begins stabbing people in the nightclub.
A demon called Amon tries to seize control of Akira during the chaos, but willpower is too strong to be entirely defeated. He transforms into Devilman, a half-demon who defends humanity with his abilities. When he learns that Ryo is hiding something from him, his friendship with him is immediately strained. Once you get acquainted with studio Science SARU's unusual animation style, you'll fall in love with the sad narrative.
8. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
The world of "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" is split into three superpowers in an alternative reality. Europa United, the Chinese Federation, and the Holy Britannia Empire are the new names for Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The story begins with a Britannia invasion of the Japanese islands, led by Emperor Charles Zi Britannia, which is causing havoc. After Napoleon routed her soldiers at the Battle of Trafalgar, the legendary Queen Elizabeth III escaped to her American colonies and never returned.
Japanese culture and freedom are under attack by Western invaders who rename the country Area 11 and refer to its residents as "Elevens," a moniker that has not gone down well with the locals. When Lelouch (a British prince exiled to Japan after a rift with his father over the death of his mother) must save his adopted country from his father's tyranny, the stakes couldn't be higher. When Lelouch takes on the name "Zero" and dons a mask to fight crime, he gives the Japanese people a reason to believe in justice. A gang of rebels known as The Black Knights assist him in the struggle against the British. Ultimately, it's a satisfying story about family, devotion, and vengeance.
9. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion, albeit a mecha show in the strictest sense, broke the norm regarding human-robot combat. From the first Angel's fragments, the first Evangelions were born. They're not your normal mecha machines but live like organic beings. During an experiment gone awry, a team of scientists headed by Dr. Katsuragi triggered an explosion that dissolved the polar ice caps and caused massive havoc, wiping out half of humanity in a catastrophic event known as the 2nd Impact.
They enter the cockpit-like entrance of the Evangelions and "pilot" them to stop the Angels from reaching the Third Impact, which is imminent. For instance, Shinji Ikari, an 18-year-old pilot entrusted by his estranged father to protect Tokyo-3, is one of these pilots. Misato Katsuragi and the brash German-Japanese-American Asuka Langley Soryu join him. "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is a mecha for serious thinkers, and the problems it raises are as important now as when it was first released. Though it was considered "soul-crushingly depressing" by Syfy, the show's last episode has become one of the best of the series.
10. The Mob Psycho 100
According to "Mob Psycho 100," an adaptation of ONE's popular online comic of the same name, an eighth-grade boy does all in his power to repress his strange talents. In the world of ESP, Shigeo Kageyama is known as an Esper (extrasensory perception). Afraid that overemphasizing his emotions may harm others, he keeps them bottled up to protect himself and the people he cares about most. Enemies should beware of their talents, activated when they reach 100 percent of their emotional range. Reigen Arataka, a con artist and so-called spirit medium who promises to take Mob under his wing and teach him how to handle his gifts, comes to the rescue of the orphaned boy.
Yes, of course, you'll encounter some hiccups. If Mob loses control of his abilities, it might lead to a catastrophic tragedy. Others, known as Espers by fans of the classic anime film "Akira," begin to appear and provoke Mob, forcing him to try out what Reigen has taught him.
11. Steins Gate
The mind-bending sci-fi series "Steins; Gate" is about 3 pals who unintentionally find a way to time travel and is set in Tokyo's famed Akihabara area (a mecca for everything tech, gaming, and anime). A dilapidated flat is where protagonist Rintaro Okabe and his kooky pals, Mayuri Shiina and Itaru Hashida, operate their futuristic gadget lab, which sounds fantastic. During our time with the story, they're developing a Cell Phone powered microwave oven, which won't alter the world until it does. Despite their enthusiasm, they don't seem to progress in their job.
Upon returning from a time travel conference one day, Rintaro discovers the corpse of famous neuroscientist Kurisu Makise, who had just died. He sends a text message to his buddies to tell them what he witnessed, only to find that they had already received it before sending it. With the help of their ragged squad, Kurisu chooses to join them in their quest to transport memories back in time. To their surprise, they discovered that their device could transmit messages back in time, and as a result, they saved the researcher's life without knowing it. Since its debut in 2011, "Steins; Gate" has been a popular series. "'Steins; Gate' has humour, intensity, and even a little creepiness.
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