Beginners Guide to Anime

Now I can’t go out and wave the Olympic torch of anime, I really can’t. I can’t hold an actual hour long conversation if we’re talking about anime nor do I have the emotional attachment to show disappointment when I hear “I don’t watch anime” because it’s not that deep for me.

But that’s the very reason I of all people should be recommending anime to watch. I’m not that deep into it and for that very season I know what a first timer may want to watch. If you’re a more experienced anime enthusiast you can recommend some anime in the comment section below and I’ll nod prolifically like I know what’s going on…

Now lets start yeah.

  1.   Bleach

This is purely based on the fact that I’ve known this anime all my life and I absolutely loved it. When I was younger probably 7, back when we had dvd’s instead of satellite I had one of the Bleach movies and some episodes, I particularly remembered Memories of Nobody because it just hit different. Flash forward 10 years later I remembered it and watched the  366 episodes over a period of a year (basically one episode a day give or take).

It is an older anime, started in 2004 and last aired in 2012 with a final season due this year (YEESS).

It is a Japanese manga/anime series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper—a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His new-found powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife, and set him on journeys to various ghostly realms of existence. -Wikipedia

I definitely recommend

  1. The Dragonball Series

I wont lord it over you if you don’t know the Dragonball series (but I will) it’s all love and compassion here (it really isn’t if you don’t know it), and I’ll make sure to put you up to speed (just leave).

The great thing about The Dragonball series is that you don’t have to be an anime fan to like it, in fact most people really aren’t that deep in anime but watch Dragonball because it’s good period (sort of like people who play FIFA but still think Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid, madness). Its funny, the fight scenes are pretty wild and the characters and storyline fit the bill. Probably the most popular anime worldwide next to Naruto and with good reason, it is fire.

The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts. He spends his childhood far from civilization until he meets a teen girl named Bulma, who encourages him to join her quest in exploring the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several other friends, becomes a family man, discovers his alien heritage, and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls -Wikipedia

Watch it

  1. Naruto

Now this falls more under popular demand than it does my personal opinion. What this means is that Naruto is so popular it would be a crime to ignore it but at the same time I’ve never watched it so I really can’t give you much about it.

From what I usually understand from my mates whom after picking up their dropped chins and pass their initial shock and disappointment after I say I’ve never watched say it’s really, really, really, really, really, really…

Good

Drama Queens

I honestly am a bit skeptical and if you thought Bleach was long with it’s 366 episodes well Naruto racks up a total of 500 episodes, convert that to an episode per day and it will last longer than 60% of adolescent relationships (think about it…).

Watch it though

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is told in two parts – the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha‘s monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997) -Wikipedia

  1. Charlotte

If you’re not that fond of the constant fighting and boisterous hotheads then Charlotte should come as a sort of reprieve. I stumbled across this quiet little gem through a friend and it is the only anime that didn’t thrill me in terms of action but took me on such a captivating emotional roller-coaster.

It’s a reasonably modern anime, first aired in 2015 and whilst it does not have the legendary status the above mentioned animes have accumulated, if the goal of its creation was to really “put you through all the gears” in an emotional sense then you’ve got a really good one here.

Charlotte is a 2015 Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. The anime aired 13 episodes in Japan between July 5 and September 27, 2015. An original video animation episode was released in March 2016. Two manga series were serialized in ASCII Media WorksDengeki G’s Comic. The story takes place in an alternate reality where a small percentage of children manifest superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. A focus is placed on Yuu Otosaka, a high school boy who awakens the ability to temporarily possess others, which brings him to the attention of Nao Tomori, the student council president of a school founded as a haven for children with such abilities -Wikipedia

  1. Demon Slayer

If the first three animes could be described as legends, those types in a sports team that have been there done that, proper veteran type, sit in the back of the bus and wear black or multi coloured shoes with their short white socks and tighter shorts, don’t carry their own kit types. If so then Demon Slayer has to be that Rookie of the Year that’s come through to start a bit of trouble, the first lad in the team to get on the field and the first to wear studs with ankle socks, yeah that cheeky one.

It’s got everything you want in an anime, a good storyline, killer fight scenes and a good old steady protagonist and his mad companions. However, it’s not a good old anime, unlike the others this is way more current having first aired in 2019 so everything just looks better, there’s a constant aesthetic followed, its funny and it generally makes for an entertaining watch.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃, Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba, lit. “Blade of Demon Destruction”[4]) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who wants to become a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into a demon -Wikipedia

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