Let’s be honest, not everyone can appreciate anime the same way others do. Some people either find it hard to understand or just plain weird (cue “I’ve seen enough hentai to know where this is going” meme). For those who are interested in trying out anime but are unsure what to watch, here is a list of anime that I would recommend to you, just to help you get started. Take note, however, that this is a subjective list based on anime that I’ve watched before. It was very difficult to decide which anime should appear on this list.
Daily Lives of High School Boys
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life
One of the funniest shows I have ever watched, Daily Lives of High School Boys is about…well, the daily lives of High School boys. This slice-of-life anime follows the lives of three friends: Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake. Their curious and eccentric minds cause them to do mischievous things, such as dressing up in a girl’s school uniform and looking under a girl’s skirt. The gags and jokes in the series poke fun at pop culture and itself. A very relatable series to real life, especially if you are a guy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, Suspense
Death Note is a story full of twists and turns; where morals and ideals are put into question. Light Yagami, a high school student, finds the Death Note lying outside his school one day and discovers that any name he writes in the Death Note will die. After experimenting with it, he goes on a moral quest to create his own utopia, killing criminals and those who wish to commit evil deeds – he goes on to call himself “Kira”. When the police around the world start to take notice of the unusual deaths, they hire the world’s top detective to hunt down Kira: L. The series is a constant cat and mouse game between Light and L, where both of them risk losing their lives if one of them is caught out. It is a gripping, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat ride that you would want to watch until the very end.
Another is disturbing, plain and simple. Unlike American horror films, which rely on jump scares to unsettle you, Another unsettles you through its atmosphere and disturbing plot twists. The story revolves around Class 3-3, who are caught up in a strange phenomenon where everybody in the class starts to die unexpectedly. Two classmates, Misaki Mei and Sakakibara Koichi, start to investigate these mysterious deaths and how to stop it before it kills more people. A gripping and brutal plot right until the end, Another is a series where “things are not always as they appear to be”.
Guns, girls and girls with guns: what more could you ask from this violent and stylish series? Heavily influenced by John Woo films and American action films, Black Lagoon follows the exploits of Lagoon Company, a group of mercenaries in Southeast Asia who smuggle goods for different clients at the right price. If high octane action and over-the-top gunfights are what you’re looking for, then you will definitely find plenty of it in Black Lagoon. Easily recommended for action junkies.
Attack on Titan
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Hailed by many anime fans as one of the top series of 2013, Attack on Titan is a series full of political intrigue, action and…titans. 100 Years prior to the story, Titans, giant humanoid bodies, suddenly appear and nearly wipe out humanity. Those that survive build large walls around their cities in order to keep the Titans away from them. Erin Yaeger, whose mother gets eaten by a Titan when they attack his home, vows to kill all the titans and enlists in the military. A simple plot, yes, but filled with many plot twists and mysteries. The series is very entertaining to watch and it is easy to see why it has become a commercial success. If you had to ask any Otaku which anime they would recommend to you, chances are this would be one of them.
Do you agree or disagree with anything on this list? Is there an anime that you feel should be on this list? Let me know in the comments section. Alternatively, for non-anime watchers, if there is a certain genre of anime that you wish to explore, please also let me know in the comments section.