20 September 2017

10 Anime Series you should watch

Before starting with my anime list, I would like to spend some time in differentiating in between Anime & Cartoons. There are people around who think anything which comes in the animated format is a cartoon but I personally have some other opinion on this point.

Anime is different from a standard western cartoon, they have complicated stories which can match up to any western TV series, they have excellent character build up, their storyline at the core are fit for an adult.

Anime is adapted from Japanese comics which are called as Manga.

So basically Cartoons are 'Kid' Stuff but anime are not.

Below are the 10 anime series which you should watch in your lifetime. This compilation is completely based on what I personally like about it and includes anime which have small arc i.e. fewer episodes for starters.
I will be adding a small description about the series as well in case you want to take a look at that.

1) Deathnote: It's a compelling story of a High school kid Light Yagami who discovers a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami (Soul Reaper) that grants its user the ability to kill anyone by writing their name on it. This has in total of 37 episodes and is a must watch series if you are a fan of watching detective TV series of the west. 

2) Code Geass: The Holy Empire of Britannia conquered the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11. Its residents lost their rights to self-govern and are now called Elevens. The Empire uses powerfully destructive robotic weapons called Knightmares to ensure control, but someone is about to stand up against it. Lelouch, the black prince, has endless ambition and uses the power of the Geass to build a world based on his ideals. Suzaku Kururugi, the white knight, aspires to justice and strives to live an honest and fair life. This series has two seasons in it which really holds you up when you start watching it.

3) Sword Art Online (SOA): Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. This is one of the old series but the concept of series on virtual games started from this only. This has in total of 20 episodes and you will enjoy watching this.

4) Guilty Crown: The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items called "Voids" from other people. He is then thrown into the conflict between a quasi-governmental organization known as the GHQ and a resistance organization called Funeral Parlor which aims to restore Japan's independence from the GHQ. In the process, Shu has to deal with the burden his ability puts on his shoulders and the horrific mystery of his past. The series incorporates elements of numerous genres, mostly drawing from science fantasy. This has 22 Episodes in total.

5) Twin Start Exorcist: If you are in a mood to watch a perfect anime which has action and love sequence in a perfect blend that this is the one which you need to watch.

 Rokuro Enmado is a young boy who used to be a powerful aspiring exorcist before a tragic incident left his friends dead and made him abandon the profession. One day, he has a fateful encounter with Benio Adashino, a girl around his age and a well-known exorcist from the east. According to prophecy, Rokuro and Benio are the "Twin Star Exorcists", and are destined to marry and have a child known as the Miko, which will be the ultimate exorcist, capable of cleansing all evil spirits, or Kegare, from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.

6) One punch man: This is one anime which I started watching just like that but when I did I couldn't stop myself completing that in one go. One-Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, an extremely overpowered superhero, who has grown bored by the absence of challenge in his fight against evil and seeks to find a worthy opponent.It has 14 episodes in season one and the second season is going to be launched very soon.

7) Quanzhi Gao Shao( The king's avatar): It is one of the latest anime launches in 2017 and I really loved the concept of making a anime on the RPG gaming.
It is Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game Glory, Ye Xiu is dubbed the "Battle God" for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café. There, when Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named "Lord Grim."

8) Full Metal Alchemist: The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher's stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.

There are two series for this particular anime and trust me you will enjoy watching both the series.

9) Attack on Titans: This one is another compelling story in anime which is good enough to mind-fuck you.
It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls; a defence against the Titans, gigantic humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centres on Eren Yeager and his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their hometown is invaded and Eren's mother is eaten. However, as the story progresses and the truth about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the narrative shifts to encompass Historia Reiss, squad leader Levi, Eren's father Grisha, and other supporting characters.

10)  Suzuka: The is honourable mention because I personally enjoyed watching this cute love series. I rarely watch an anime series on romance but this one was one beautiful story.

Yamato Akitsuki travels to Tokyo alone to study in one of the high schools located within the area. He lives in with his aunt who operates a public bath solely for the ladies in the local district and begins his normal high-school life. One day, he chances upon a girl in school and is immediately mesmerized by her beauty. He is shocked when he realizes later that the girl, Suzuka, is actually living next door to him. From then on, Yamato's ordinary life begins to change little by little.

Drop your comments about the series which you have already watched. I am looking forward to you to share some names for other awesome small series of anime which I have not mentioned above. I will be happy to watch them.

Note: The synopsis for the anime is taken from wikipedia.com and myanimelist.net. Images of the anime series are googled I don't hold any copyright to that.


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