Before my senior year in high school, I could not fathom why my older brother watched anime. I thought it was childish and I despised the voice acting; I would have never thought I would have fallen in love with this medium of expression. So if you’re not interested in anime, I highly suggest giving it a try.
The following 10 have been selected because they either encompass several or all of the following: evolving and realistic characters, imaginative story lines, great animation, beautiful music and, a lesson to learn. These anime in one way or another have transformed how I perceive life. The list is not in order, besides #
1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Two brothers attempt to resurrect their mother with alchemy, but in the attempt they lose their body/ leg and arm. On their search for a philosopher stone, which could restore their bodies, they discover that the stone holds a dark secret and a conspiracy behind it.
Personal Comment: This anime is not only my favorite anime, but is probably on the top of my all-time favorite shows. It has been the most influential upon my perceptions. Here is a previous blog post of how it has played a part in my life: http://alchemychild.tumblr.com/post/69251600262/12-7-13-all-is-one-and-one-is-all
2. Ano Hana
Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past.
3. Natsume Yuujinchou
Since he was young, a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi has been able to see youkai, but keeping this ability a secret has now become a heavy burden for him and has made his life difficult.
4. Sakamichi no Apollon
Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/12531/Sakamichi_no_Apollon#IgrGTmGyfTShlXxw.99
Personal Comment: I was not expecting to like this anime, but it became an instant favorite. I’m not even a fan of jazz, but after watching this anime I’ve found myself searching for jazz music.
5. Shingeki no Kyojin
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
7. Sakurasou no Pet na kanajo
The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata’s school. One day, Mashiro Shiina—a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist—moves into Sakurasou.
Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata’s dorm mates designate him as the “master” of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like “a master and his pet.”
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/13759/Sakurasou_no_Pet_na_Kanojo#pqw8O7hD2clT0WUM.99
8. Monogatari Series
The story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/5081/Bakemonogatari#lubET1UEdvCL6pSr.99
9. Samurai Champloo
Mugen’s a buck wild warrior – violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin – mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can`t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai “who smells of sunflowers.” And their journey begins.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/205/Samurai_Champloo#rQmQAOqYaUFQoO6b.99
In this world, humans coexist with demonic predators called Yoma. These demonic beasts feast on human innards and can blend into human society by taking on human appearance. As a counter force, a mysterious organization created half-human, half-Yoma warriors known as the “Silver Eyed Witches” or “Claymores,” after the huge claymore swords they carry. They are detested by humanity however necessary.
The story begins with a young boy, Raki, who has lost everything in a Yoma attack, and the Claymore, Clare, who is generally detested by society. Throughout the series, Clare and Raki show their deeper qualities, powers and Clare’s never ending devotion to the goal she swore to fulfill in her childhood.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/1818/Claymore#1IplcIqKGFrTqJkA.99