Here are some titles that I feel deserve more love than they get!
From the New World - This anime was a masterpiece. Paced and well-planned, the show entangles you without you knowing until its too late. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to sink their teeth into a psychological fantasy that leave you with a strange mix of innocence and uneasiness.
PrincessJellyfish - A love story between a confident and fashionable crossdresser and an awkward, introverted girl. This is golden!
Welcome to the NKH! - Just the right amount of humor and psychological torment to keep every viewer enthralled. Is it a conspiracy?
Monster - What happens when a promising young doctor saves the life of a boy who was fated to die? A gripping thriller of justice and revenge!
Bokurano - A group of kids become the chosen pilots of a robot faced with saving the planet, a beyond awesome experience for them!…or so they think. They sign the binding contract and now each one of them must pay the price.
Wolf’s Rain - As legend has it, wolves will open the gate to Paradise in a dying world. This anime is a gripping, heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely pack of wolves searching for promised Paradise. Out of any of the shows on this list, Wolf’s Rain is worth watching. It is a legend it its own right.
Samurai Champloo - THE MUSIC. The music alone should be enough to draw you into this epic tale, but in case you need more persuasion, know that this show revolves around the two most badass fighters in town and their quest to help a girl they are indebted to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Ugh its so gooooood.
Mawaru Penguindrum - Weird and comical sum up this anime pretty nicely! It is a fun watch that you will find hard not to binge on once you start. Stay with me people: An alien penguin-hat grants a girl her life back in exchange for her two bothers’ help in acquiring the Penguindrum (whatever that is). I know what you are thinking, but please give it a try! You won’t regret it!
Eden of the East - “This nation faces a great crisis. One among you must save us. I cannot tell you how. I cannot tell you why. Should you fail, you will be eliminated.” 12 people have been chosen to save Japan, each given a phone with 10 billion yen on it and the simple instruction to save Japan–their lives are on the line. Despite this harsh description, the actual show also has an element of humor, so don’t be afraid to jump in! Noblesse Oblige.
Steins;Gate - Many of you have probably heard of this and thought that is was too stuffy or complicated for you, but I’m here to tell you that you will watch this show, make it to episode 22, and then thank me. YOUR WELCOME. Sure, this show takes some getting into, but once you delve deeper into the plot, you will find things falling into place. It has unconventional characters, a really great romance stuck in there, and a pretty refreshing, sciency tone. Enjoy.
Nodame Cantabile - To think that so many people have not seen this gift to humanity sickens me. Nodame is most assuredly the most interesting and unique anime character to walk this little anime earth. There is music! There is romance! There is SO MUCH HUMOR! There are 3 seasons!!! You can’t really pass up this opportunity to watch a legend.
Hunter X Hunter (2011) - This is the only long-running shonen series I will ever watch. This is a series for those of you who like action but not fight scenes that span multiple episodes and like actual character development and good animation consistently throughout the show (I swear its perfect the whole way). Gon wants to be a Hunter just like his father and he meets Killua, the boy-assassin (an resident cinnamon roll), Kurapika, the last of the Kurta clan hell-bent on revenge, and Leorio, a guy who wants to strike it rich. Follow these four on a journey you won’t forget!
I like anime. But not everyone does, and I can understand getting weary of its stereotypes or never having found an entry into its realm. So, I have compiled a few series (in alphabetic order, feel free to just pick any which sounds appealing) that come with my highest recommendation but require no previous familiarity with or pronounced sympathy for anime tropes. (The ones marked with an * are, in my humble opinion, great beyond measure.)
Bakemonogatari / Nisemonogatari / Nekomonogatari
A very wordy and pretty weird, but immensely rewarding, series of novel adaptations. Has some disorienting effects which only served to increase my fascination with it.
Lighthearted, adventurous, beautifully realized coming-of-age fantasy drama series. There’s also a great movie set after the finale.
Retro sci-fi series whose episodes vary wildly in tone and topic. Very stylish; plus, it has an excellent soundtrack.
Eden Of The East
A rather down to earth and relatively realistic suspense story; overall on the light-hearted side.
Introverted, subtle, immersive, atmospheric, poetic fantasy drama.
An adaptation of the excellent and masterfully woven manga narrative by Naoki Urasawa.
Part period piece, part fantasy; a strikingly beautiful, almost meditative viewing experience.
Paranoia Agent *
A surreal, brilliant masterpiece from Satoshi Kon, a stellar director at the height of his craft (I also strongly recommend checking out his movies, especially Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika). If this doesn’t blow your mind, you’re dead inside.
Classic and very realistic sci-fi, without aliens and spaceship battles and all that distracting nonsense.
Super-stylish martial arts series infused with hip-hop culture; by the creators of Cowboy Bebop.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
A scientifically accurate depiction of the aftermath of a massive earthquake hitting Tokyo. Caution: very sad.
Following a pack of mythical wolves on a trip to paradise in a dystopian future. Brilliant, allegorical, multi-layered apocalyptic fantasy epic.
-An adult version of the baby from the first Ice Age movie to reunite with the rest of the herd.
-“A Bugs Life II,” with Dot growing up and learning the duties of a princess in Atta’s place.
-The Iron Giant II: He sacrificed himself at the end of the movie and his parts went ALL over the place…but he DIDN’T die. I always expected a movie where his parts finally came back together and he reunited with Hogarth.
-The chipmunks singing “Boys and Girls of Rock and Roll” in one of their live action movies
-For Jack to be reunited with an older version of the baby he took care of in the first series (Samurai Jack)
-A modern crossover between the newer Sesame Street characters and the newer Muppet characters, just like the specials in the old days
-There to be consistency in the fact that in the first Monster’s Inc. movie, Mike told Sully, “You’ve been jealous of my looks since 3rd grade,” rather for them to make a completely new plot where the first time they met was in college.
I might fully color this at some point, but right now I’m super happy with the flat colors.
This guy’s name is Sheoul, they’re an agendered spirit and the embodiment of incredibly powerful warriors. Most of their kind know who they were born from, but Sheoul is one of the rare few that doesn’t. So they wander the world in search of their enlightenment, and help those they interact with along the way.
Fyi: the warrior Sheoul was born from was a samurai. ouo
A ruthless biker gang ambushes a royal envoy. The name of their leader? SAMURAI JACK! From the team that brought you HELENA CRASH comes an all-new take on the legendary wandering samurai that is completely different and yet surprisingly familiar! Wait, what? How is that even possible? YOU GOTTA READ SAMURAI JACK: QUANTUM JACK TO FIND OUT! - $3.99
Samurai Jack: Kaiju style! It’s Samurai Jack meets Pacific Rim, as the amnesiac, time/universe hopping Jack finds himself teamed up with a group of scientists, at the controls of giant battle robots, fighting the monster known as Krogo! Bas as Jack is slowly beginning to realize what’s happening to him, the question remains: How and why is he jumping back and forth through time—and who’s behind it all!
Still lost in time and without his memories, Jack has survived a biker gang, a horde of Lucha Libre wrestlers, and a giant sea monster! But can the wandering Samurai overcome… a desk job? Jack has swapped out his sword for a suit, a tie and a cubicle. But everything isn’t as it appears, and the biggest surprise of all may be waiting for him at home…