“Anime is something of an acquired taste”, is what I like to say to anyone who tries to poke fun at this little treasure of mine. It gets better with time. At first, anime can be deemed as exaggerated and overdramatic. With the language barrier and animated cartoons, it can be a little complicated while watching. I’m convinced some people only feel this way because they merely don’t understand it. Anime is simply the Japanese term for animation. From our favorite childhood cartoons to the mature/adult themed cartoons, they are all simply animation. Furthermore, accommodations are made for watchers who don’t understand the dialect. There are different types of anime that have the potential to appeal to anyone and it all depends on your cup of tea!
Ouran Highschool Host Club
Ouran Highschool Host Club does not compare to action-filled anime but instead it consists of romance, comedy, and drama. Haruhi Fujioka has been accepted into one of the most prominent high school’s in Tokyo, Japan. Appearing to the audience as boy, this particular quirk sets the tone for the show. After an accident, Haruhi joins a group dubbed the “Ouran Academy Host Club” which consists of six boys who make it their duty to entertain female students with delicious food, tea, and conversation. Even after discovering she is a female, they decide to keep her secret due to being a “natural”. Throughout the series, Haruhi and her friends embark on many adventures, end up in silly situations, become closer like family, and discover love on the way. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Although I like to watch fights and objects being blown up, Ouran High School Host Club has in fact found its way into my heart. “Kiss kiss fall in love!”.
I’m sure this rings a bell to most of you as soon as you saw the name, right? Right? Naruto, one of the most iconic and influential anime shows to date, has made it to this list because it is one of the first shows that I discovered at a young age. Naruto has set the tone for my interest of the culture and I can say that I wasn’t disappointed. Divided into two parts, Naruto and Naruto: Shipudden will make you laugh, cry, yell, cry, and cry some more. Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who finds it difficult to be accepted by his village and peers but with big dreams of becoming the leader of the village, the Hokage. The audience follows Naruto throughout all of his ordeals including the people around him. Consisting of great songs, character development, great animation and storyline, this show is highly recommended. In my opinion, Naruto has many references of life lessons that a lot of people can relate to everyday life. You’ll be complaining about filler episodes in no time yet still be hooked. “Believe it!”.
Attack on Titan
In the beginning, I judged this show minutes into the first episode. The gigantic titans are absolutely grotesque and terrifying to look at. If I’m throwing you off, have no fear. Attack on Titan is set in a world where humanity lives closed off from most of the world because of Titans whose sole purpose seems to be snacking on humans. Titans resemble humans a lot except they have weird limbs, facial expressions, mannerisms, oh and they range from 3 meters to 50 meters in height! Eren Yeager and his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert join the military to fight against these titans when they become of age all for different reasons. Let me just say what hooked me to this show the second time around were the secrets! Secrets upon secrets. Along with that you get badass characters like Levi Ackerman who oozes the word “cool”, people eaten by a Titan every second, and great action. It’s very medevial-like but futuristic at the same time. A must watch, two thumbs up!
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Code Geass: LeLouch of the Rebellion or simply Code Geass focuses on Lelouch vi Brittania. Consisting of royal blood, LeLouch is exiled as a young child along with his little sister by their own father. One day, he happens across a device called a Geass and with the power it holds, LeLouch decides to retaliate against the people who wronged him and other countries, the Holy Brittanian Empire. Even though it doesn’t have a lot of episodes, the plot, storyline and characters are consistent. Throughout the series, you can evidently see how LeLouch becomes a vigilante and even though his intentions are meant well, he becomes hated as well as loved. As for myself, I secretly wanted him to be caught and locked up. Or is that just me? Trigger warning, prepare to bawl your eyes out. That seems to a consistent theme in anime.
Ladies and gentleman, queue the trumpets! Introducing my favorite anime of all the time, no this is not biased (maybe a little), One Piece. One of the most longest running animes to date, One Piece centers on Monkey D. Luffy and his crew the Strawhat Pirates. Luffy is on a quest to finding the world’s greatest treasure “One Piece” and becoming the Pirate King. One Piece holds some of the most heartfelt storylines and character backgrounds. Not to mention you’re sure to be laughing quite a lot. Personally, I recommend One Piece solely because of the characters and throughout the entire thing, you can’t help questions many things and create theories of your own. What exactly is One Piece? What happened during the Void Century? The Strawhats go on many adventures, some of them very bizarre. Sitting on 800 plus episodes and still going strong, One Piece is an epic show.