It’s no secret that amine has become a huge part of every culture, from it’s originating country and expanding onward around the world. Anime has made a tremendous impact, with names being simple enough to spark a conversation on favorite characters to strongest villains. Over time, as shows progressed throughout arcs and plots thicken, a number of anime cartoons of different niches have created countless options for those both aficionados or new. Anime now captivates an audience much larger than ever before. With so much time on everyone’s hands, here’s a list of anime you should get into.
Full Metal Alchemist
In a world where alchemy and the law of equivalent exchange exist, the story of Full Metal Alchemist follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric in their search for the fated philosopher stone. The two believe that this stone, rumored to hold powerful properties, will restore the brothers’ bodies after a transmutation ritual to revive their lost mother backfires and results in Edward losing his leg and trading his arm in exchange to tethering Alphonse’s soul to a body of armor, due to his body being completely lost during the failed alchemist attempt. In time, Edward becomes a state alchemist, garnering the nickname Fullmetal Alchemist, in order to continue his research on the stone but soon uncovers a corrupt leader looking to cause turmoil.
Death Note is not one the longest anime series but definitely will keep the viewer’s attention..for the first half of the series. The show follows a smart ambitious high school student named Light Yagami. After finding a mysterious notebook and meeting a Shinigami named Ryuk, the teen’s world is turned upside down. The series follows the chilling world-wide mass murder brought on my Light Yagami, who can kill someone by picturing their face and writing their name in the notebook. Light soon after starts to develop a God complex and believes his actions are purifying the world. With deaths on the rise worldwide, a famous investigator named L and an elite police task force is brought to the story to catch the mass murder who calls himself Akira. There is a part of the series where the episodes start to get a little boring but nevertheless a great show to watch.
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is probably the most popular anime of this list. If you’re a 90’s baby you may already be familiar or have seen an episode or two of Dragon Ball, which follows the journey young Goku and his tales and training as an orphan Saiyan on earth. The prequel series, Dragon Ball Z, follows an adult Goku who now has a half Saiyan son named Gohan and he and his Z-fighter friends must defend planet Earth from the many threats that it faces. Some of the popular villains in the series include Cell, Frieza, Raditz, and many more. Dragonball Z still runs to this day but has been re-branded as Dragonball Super.
As one of the most recognizable anime’s of today, the story of Naruto is one of struggle and friendship, with many more themes as the story progresses. The story follows Naruto Uzumaki from a young age as he aims to go from village outcast to becoming the respected Hokage of The Hidden Leaf Village. Never going back on his word or ninja way, audiences find the knuckle-headed ninja not only becoming stronger, but building relationships and bonds with everyone he meets, from Team Seven with Kakashi Hatake, Sakura Hasuno, and Sasuke Uchiha to Pervy Sage Jiraiya and more….
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia has gained a cult-like following over its four seasons, with fans clamoring for more. The story takes place in a world where being born with superpowers, called quirks, is much more commonplace than those without. Enter Izuku Midoriya, a young boy with aspirations of becoming just like the number one ranked superhero All Might, yet was born with no powers himself. When the fates of All Might and Izuku collide, and the young boy is able to demonstrate his potential, All Might decides to pass down his power to the young boy and help him become the hero he’s always dreamed of becoming. But in a world where superpowers and superheroes exist to create peace, villains are equally plotting to upset this existing balance of powers and take down the world’s toughest of hero defenders.
Bleach can be considered one of the most popular starter animes from Shonen Jump. Protagonist Itchigo Kurosaki has the ability to see ghosts which leads him into meeting soul reaper Rukia Kuchiki. Her duty is to usher souls from the dead of the world of the living into the soul society. Badly wounded in battle, Rukia shares her powers with Itchigo which takes them down a long journey meeting many new friends and foes along the way. There are 366 episodes of the show rn. The anime came to a halt in 2012 but is rumored to make a return with a new arc soon.
One Punch Man
One Punch Man has quickly become a fan favorite over the last few years. On a supercontinent Earth, powerful monsters and villains have been wreaking havoc in the cities. In response, the millionaire Agoni creates the Hero Association, which employs superheroes to fight evil. The protagonist, Saitama, hails from City Z and performs heroic deeds for his own amusement. He has trained himself to the point where he can effortlessly defeat any opponent with a single punch, becoming bored with his own omnipotence. The anime is very over the top with plenty of humorous moments. There are only two seasons so you can breeze through this one in one sitting.
Pokemon will forever hold a special piece if everyone’s heart. The beloved animated series has been around since the ’90s with new generations of youth falling in love with the world of Pokemon with each new game and season. The series begins in the Kanto region where protagonist Ash Ketchum starts his journey to become the greatest Pokemon trainer. Along his journey he meets many new friends and Pokemon while fighting off the sinister cooperation who is running experiments on Pokemon and humans alike, Team Rocket.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is by far one of the most addicting anime series to watch. The anime was created and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, whose storytelling leaves viewers in suspense for what happens next. The story follows the journey of Eren Yaeger and his friends Mikasa and Armin, whose lives change forever when a “Colossal Titan” breached their city walls and left citizens vulnerable to slaughter. The series of events lead our main characters to join an elite Scout Regiment whose sole purpose is to destroy the large human-like beast that roam the fields freely and eat humans any chance they get. The fourth season is currently still in the works and will be the last installment to the series. Plenty of episodes to binge-watch in the meantime.
If you are looking for a sci-fi anime that takes the aesthetics of retro action movies, then Cowboy Bebop is perfect for you. The main protagonist Spike is a smooth bounty hunter who takes to the stars to find his next payday. Along the way he meets new friends as well as his dog counterpart Ein. The show itself is only one season so you can get through the entire series in a fairly short amount of time. There is currently a live-action show in the works coming from Netflix.