Anime is continually growing and increasingly becoming more mainstream. I am a casual watcher and, during COVID-19, I have found it a great way to break up work, as episodes tend to only be 20mins or so. However, people like myself, who never knew where to start, can be put off by choosing the wrong anime.
I always struggled to pick new anime as, sometimes, the stories can be too dragged out for a casual viewer. The characters can also be too perverted or overly sexualised, until it just becomes uncomfortable. So here is my guide to what anime I think would be great to start off with, in no particular order.
1# Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer follows a young boy, Tanjiro Kamado, who seeks revenge after his family’s mysterious murder. Tanjiro’s sister was the only one to survive; however, she changed during the process. While Tanjiro looks for a cure for his sister’s condition, he wishes to seek revenge and learns of people he hopes to gain more knowledge about. These people are known as Demon Slayers.
This is one of the best introductions to anime. It has a beautiful art style and each episode is engaging without being repetitive. The characters are really likeable, and it is not so different that it would intimidate western audiences. It is also currently on UK Netflix, meaning you do not need to get any anime streamer subscription, so there are no costs to put you off. It is on-going and relatively recent, so it would be a good one to watch if you do not like to fall behind.
2# Attack On Titan
The audience follows Erin Yaeger, best friend Armin Arlert and his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman on their journey to save the world from flesh-eating giants known as titans.
This was one of the first anime that I watched and loved. I never knew anime could be so creepy. I feel this show is excellent as there are no over-sexualised characters and the story is engaging for anyone. It has some heart-wrenching moments and I know the titan’s faces will give many people nightmares. However, one downside is that it is not on Netflix, which means an additional subscription may be required.
3# One Punch Man
Imagine being a superhero with the strength to defeat anybody with a single punch. Meet Saitama, or One Punch Man. A hero on a quest to find a real adversary, while being obsessed with discount days, his lack of awareness guarantees a laugh.
I never knew I would genuinely laugh out loud at a superhero show. One Punch Man is an excellent starting point for people who like superheroes. It has some genuinely hilarious moments whilst also being a great action flick. Another great thing is, again, it is on Netflix so easily accessible for anyone who wants to try anime.
4# My Hero Academia
We are introduced to the main protagonist Izuku Midoriya: a fanboy dreaming of having superpowers, until one day it comes true. We follow Midoriya, coming to terms with his powers, making new friends and dreaming of becoming the best hero in the world. Even though the show mainly focuses on Midoriya, we follow different and as intriguing characters and learn more about the world.
I have just finished this series and it is excellent. I love the characters and how each one is as engaging as the protagonist. If you imagine a Hogwarts for superheroes and add subtle humour and incredible world-building, then you would get My Hero Academia. Sadly the series is not on Netflix but the great movie adaptation might give you a taster. However, I would still prefer to watch the series for the background context.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and it has given you somewhere to start. Please comment any suggestions you have, as I know there are plenty more.
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