Many people ask me what anime I like. I’m not a big fan of shojo anime anymore.
Death Note (2006 – 2007) – 37 episodes
This was my favourite anime for many, many years. Now it’s my second favourite anime. It’s about a high school genius called Light Yagami who picks up a notebook from the ground. The notebook is called ‘Death Note’ and if you write a person’s name in it, they will die. You can also write down the time and cause of death. Light decides to become the “god of the world” and purge all criminals. The public knows Light as ‘Kira.’
It’s super interesting because it’s like a game of cat and mouse between Light and the greatest detective, L. L wants to catch Kira and you get to see two opposing sides of justice. I used to ask people who they support more and the answers were pretty mixed. Is Light a bad guy?
I love all the tricks and the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in anime. It is popular all around the world. Some elementary schools have banned Death Note and there have been copycat crimes. There was an American Netflix adaptation. I watched it and they made heavy changes to the characters. It is definitely not on the same level of greatness as Death Note, the manga or anime, so I definitely encourage you to watch the anime or read the manga. You will see how Light changes after possessing the Death Note.
Inuyashiki (2017) – 11 episodes
One night at a park, an explosion takes place and two people are killed. The extraterrestrial beings that caused the explosion repair their bodies but turn the two people into robots. The two people are Inuyashiki, a 50 year old man who looks like a grandpa, and a teenager named Hiro. With their robot bodies, they are able to do a lot of things that humans cannot do, such as cure diseases, heal people, kill people, control technology, and fly into space. Inuyashiki uses his powers to do good and heal people. Hiro, on the other hand, uses his powers to mass murder people.
It’s very interesting to see how people react differently to new powers. I was interested from the start, but I wasn’t hooked until I watched episode 6. That’s when things really picked up. The ending made sense to me because I’m not sure how they would end it otherwise. It was kind of expected. The last episode showed President Trump and their depiction of him.
Attack on Titan (2013 – present) – 37 episodes & ongoing
Titans are huge creatures that eat people. Because of this, all the humans are forced to live within these walls and the anime follows a guy named Eren who becomes a member of the Survey Corps. The Survey Corps go outside of the walls and investigate and learn more about Titans. Later on, we learn that Eren is able to transform into a Titan and the humans decide to keep Eren alive because he can help them.
A lot of people die in every episode and it might be scary for young viewers. My favourite female anime character is in this anime and her name is Mikasa. She’s one of the best at killing Titans and is not afraid to kill traitors. One thing that makes the anime interesting is that there are a lot of traitors. The first episode is really good.
Tokyo Ghoul (2015) – 12 episodes
There is also Tokyo Ghoul √A and the ongoing season, Tokyo Ghoul:re. I haven’t caught up on the anime yet so I can’t talk about them.
Tokyo Ghoul was kind of slow for me. It wasn’t until the very last episode when I decided the whole thing was worth it. I talk about this in a lot more depth in my response post. It is spoiler-heavy so you might not want to read that yet.
Mainstream, I know. Well, things are popular for a reason. I actually read and watch just about everything. I’m not a big fan of slice of life though. Obviously these are not all the shows I like. I might do a part 2 if people are interested. Of course, I can’t not talk about One Piece.
One Piece (1999 – present) – 828 episodes & ongoing
Death Note was bumped to second place because of One Piece. To be honest, I didn’t like One Piece in elementary school. I loved Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho and Shaman King in the Shonen Jump magazines but I didn’t like One Piece because of the art style. It was also hard to follow. I became invested in One Piece when I was in second year university. I do believe that you need a certain kind of maturity to get into it. I loved the anime in the beginning but now I think I prefer the manga. Anime episodes get dragged on for a very long time. I’ve spent the past few days watching a backstory and the fighting has not started yet… I do both so I am far more ahead in the manga.
One Piece is about a young pirate named Monkey D. Luffy who has a dream of being the Pirate King. He forms a crew and each member has a backstory and Luffy helps them fight the people/thing they are struggling with. Brook didn’t officially join the Straw Hat Pirates until episode 381. Everyone in the crew has their own goals and ambitions. Their friendship is very strong and it’s one of the things that drew me in. The crew travels to different islands and they are usually faced with a conflict. Although pirates are typically seen as menacing, the Straw Hats are mostly good people and they have saved entire villages. The fact that they are pirates is very important to me because I like seeing how they live their lives. They all have Wanted posters and are seen as criminals by the Navy.
It is a commitment and the thing I hear the most is the fear of starting it because it is so long. That’s understandable, but you are definitely missing out. You can always read the manga instead. It’s never too late to start One Piece. Look at me, I started a couple of years ago.