For those who don’t know, anime are Japanese animated tv shows aimed at a wide range of viewers starting from kids to adults. While you’ve probably heard or even seen Pokémon before, what you don’t know that that’s not what anime is limited to. Anime caters to 5 target demographics – children, adolescent boys and girls and adult women and men. The subject matter and theme of the show varies depending on who forms target audience. Anime can have cutesy slice of life stories or extreme gore and violence. That’s what makes it fun for the international audience.
If you are an anime newbie, don’t worry because Netflix has your back. It has a pretty good collection of all the classic anime series that you can watch to find out more about this particular craze.
- Fullmetal Alchemist & Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Both the versions of this anime follow two brothers on their journey to find some things they’ve lost in the quest to bring their mother back from the dead. While Fullmetal Alchemist deviates from the original source material, FMA:B sticks to it. That’s what makes them both interesting to watch. They’re both stories of a grueling journey, loss of innocence, and ultimately acceptance of one’s place in life centered around two brothers. Fullmetal Alchemist is iconic because of what it has done for the anime industry in the international sphere; a must-watch for anyone looking to delve into anime.
- Death Note
For people who love stories about the supernatural, Death Note will be a real treat. It’s the story of a boy who comes upon a notebook which has the power to kill anyone whose name is written on it. When the main character gets a hold of this power, things change for him and those around him unexpectedly. The way it dives into the headspace of the main character and his justifications for his actions are very much alike that of a psychopath’s, and this darkness is what makes this a really good show.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madoka Magica deals with the concept of ‘magical girls’ in anime quite brilliantly as it shows the struggle of young girls – also possessing super powers – who are forced to make life-changing sacrifices for saving the world. It only has twelve episodes, which makes it perfect for binge-watching if you’re into it. PMMM lures you in with adorable little girls making brave choices but they don’t shy away from showing the tragedy of girlhood – and that is what ultimately makes for a great story on the screen.
This is a slice-of-life story about two women who share the same name but have vastly different ambitions. It follows these women as one of them works to achieve respect and stardom as a musician and the other one is struggling with self discovery. Nana is a funny and touching show that will leave you with quite a few things to think about.
- Attack on Titan
You might have already heard of this as it became massively popular in the recent years. This supernatural thriller revolves around a band of fighters trying to save a village from ruination at the hands of the giants attacking it. With a surprising yet compelling twist and fleshed-out characters, it’s easy to see why Attack on Titan has earned so much love. It’s a must-see for everyone.