Most of us remember waking up early before school or on the weekends to watch our best favourite anime. Tearing the covers off your bed and making a nest on the couch so that you could watch Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, or Naruto in complete comfort. Anime as an entertainment medium has done a lot of growing up since the 90’s and is chock full of awesome action, laugh out loud moments, and stories that make you think about your place in the world. Maybe it’s worth giving it another chance?
Have you ever had an idea with your best friend that is so ridiculous that you can’t stop laughing? That is more or less what it feels like to watch this show. Nichijou is a slice of life comedy series that follows three girls through their “everyday lives”. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a young nobleman who rides a goat, shot lasers out of your eyes because you had a fish land on your head, or bribed a policeman to not look at your personal diary, then this is the show for you.
2. One Punch Man
One Punch Man is the equivalent of Japanese Deadpool. The story follows an ordinary looking superhero called Saitama and after giving up his day job, he decides to become a hero for fun and gains god-like strength. His ability to destroy opponents with only a single punch is used to great comic effect as Saitama strives to find an equal sparring partner and his place in the world. Oh, and the show also has one of the best opening themes going around.
3. Sword Art Online
How do you cram sci-fi, fantasy, romance, action, and a decent story into 25 episodes? Simply set the story inside a virtual reality RPG that you can’t escape from. While the second half of the series polarised audiences, the first half is gripping, tightly written, and focuses on character development and relationships. The main character Kirito is likeable and Asuna is always up for adventure. The visuals are breathtaking and definitely worthy of owning on Blu-Ray. Be warned though, the story is an emotional rollercoaster. Keep a box of tissues handy!
4. Cowboy Bebop
This is the granddaddy of modern anime. First released in Japan in 1998, Cowboy Bebop is one of the most awarded animated television shows around. Channelling a funky futuristic art style, it combines a serious crime noir story with incredible voice acting in both Japanese and English. This is a great place to start your adventure into anime due to its self-contained story, dry wit, and memorable characters.
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