The 5 Best Anime Shows For First Time Viewers

The only exposure I had to anime growing up was the ubiquitous reruns of “Dragon Ball Z” on Cartoon Network. Maybe add some “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and the iconic “Pokemon,” but beyond that I didn’t care much for what else the world of Japanese-style animation had to offer me. As a result, my introduction to the medium was a bit late.

Anime is a diverse art form with hundreds on hundreds of shows and movies to offer if you are ready to analyze them. Finding a starting point can be tricky, though, so here are five anime shows that offer easy starting points for a beginner. All of these shows can be found on most streaming services.

1. “One Punch” (2015)

Adapted from an online comic, “One-Punch Man” is an action comedy that began airing in October 2015. The first season consists of twelve episodes with a second season currently in production. The show focuses on superhero and protagonist Saitama, a man so powerful he can knock out any enemy with a single punch.

Unfortunately for Saitama, his inability to be defeated means he is incredibly bored with his entire existence; the only thing that can still excite him is when he thinks he has found an enemy who can really challenge him. When Saitama realizes he never managed to officially register as a superhero, his rank as a D-list crimefighter reinvigorates his desire to prove himself by defeating greater threats to the world. world he inhabits.

2. “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (2009)

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” adapts all twenty-seven volumes of the fantasy adventure manga of the same name. The anime is sixty-four episodes long, following brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on their journey to restore their bodies after a terrible alchemical mishap.

In the fictional country of Amestris where the brothers live, alchemy is practiced only by those who are skilled, usually military personnel. After their mother’s death, Edward and Alphonse try to bring her back in a highly taboo human transmutation ritual. As alchemy is governed by strict laws of equal exchange – you can’t bring something back without giving something back – Ed loses a leg and Al loses his whole body. Ed gives up his arm to retrieve Al’s soul, binding it to a suit of armor that Al now inhabits. The returning creature is not their mother and dies soon after the ritual.

After the brothers recover from their accident, Ed joins the military as a State Alchemist to fund the brothers’ cross-country trip to restore their bodies. Nicknamed “Fullmetal” for his automail arm and leg, Ed is the youngest State Alchemist in history. However, the Elrics’ restoration quest is not as simple as it seems. During their journey, they will uncover hidden conspiracies and powerful evils known as “homunculi”, creatures bent on destroying not just Amestris but the entire world.

3. “Attack on Titan” (2013)

“Attack on Titan” was an immediate hit when it aired in April 2013. Known for being unafraid of bloody and graphic deaths of major and minor characters, “Attack on Titan” details the desperate attempts of the last remnants of the humanity the appearance of giant humanoid creatures called “titans”. The titans appeared for unknown reasons and nearly wiped out all of humanity. The human survivors reside in an enormous walled city; three layers of wall protect them from the titans on the other side.

The show begins with the protagonist, Eren Yeagar, witnessing the colossal, armored Titans breaking through the gate of the outermost wall, Wall Maria. The larger titans disappear but the demolished door lets in dozens of smaller titans, one of which grabs Eren’s mother and bites her in half. Traumatized and angry, Eren and his friends, Mikasa and Armin, are evacuated to the still untouched confines of Wall Rose. Four years later, the trio joins the military, specifically the Survey Corps, a team that ventures into the world beyond the walls to slay titans and attempt to reclaim land.

In their efforts to prevent humanity from becoming extinct, the team suffer immense losses and in the process gain knowledge that has the power to save the world or end it once and for all.

4. “Soul Eater” (2008)

“Soul Eater” brings the supernatural action manga of the same name to life in fifty-one episodes, though the series diverges from the manga in around thirty episodes. Set in the fictional town of Death City, Nevada, viewers follow three teams (consisting of one weapon and one meister) attending Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA).

The school is a training academy for humans capable of transforming into lethal weapons, as well as humans capable of wielding these weapons. DWMA’s goal is to create “death scythes”, otherwise known as weapons that collected the souls of ninety-nine evil humans and one witch to become powerful enough to be used by Shinigami, the god of death and also the wacky director. from DWMA.

“Soul Eater” focuses on teams of weapon masters: one from Maka and Soul (after whom the anime is named), one from Black Star and Tsubaki, and one from the sons of the Shinigami, Death the Kid, and his weapons, Liz and Patty. When the three teams stumble in their quest to achieve death scythe status, remedial classes bring them together just in time to confront the growing threats seeking to destroy DWMA and all within it.

5. “Death Note” (2006)

“Death Note,” a supernatural thriller adapted from the manga of the same name, follows high school student Light Yagami after he discovers a supernatural notebook called a Death Note, which belongs to a Shinigami named Ryuk. When someone’s name is written in the book, he dies as soon as the writer sees his face. Light begins to write down the names of criminals, seeking to create and rule over a new utopia purified of evil.

Ryuk allows this simply because he is bored and finds Light entertaining. During his kill, audiences begin to refer to the perpetrator as “Kira”, an alter-ego whom Light kisses. The murders attract the attention of world-renowned detective L, who deduces that the person behind Kira is capable of killing knowing only a name and a face. As Light’s games with the death note become more intense, another death note user becomes involved and L and Light engage in a game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences.

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