There are two types of human beings in this realm, the awoken ones who are basically people who know what animes are and then we have the rest, the regular mortal beings…A majority of whom have the detestful habit of dismissing animes as cartoons. ANIMES are not CARTOONS. They are Japan’s gift to the world, passed down to them by God himself…..there is a very vast ocean that separates cartoons and animes, cartoons are for kids…animes are not.
Before I became an awoken human being I used to be an ordinary one like most of you, in my case I didn’t know anything about Animes, that was until I unintentionally walked in on a friend of a friend’s friend watching One Piece. To cut the long tale short let’s just say I have never looked back. Over time I developed a taste for these beautiful Japanese creations and at the time of writing this I have lost count on the number of animes that I have watched. I have sat through mind blowing ones and downright boring ones alike, and because of the love I have for you ordinary human beings I will save you the agony of having to sit through the boring ones. The animes I am about to list here are the ones I have watched, this is not a list lifted from the million online sites that rank animes, this is as personal as it gets. Welcome to the delightful domain of Animes.
What would you do if you got a second chance at life? Visualise yourself right now with all the failures staring at you, disappointments borne out of the bad decisions you took…Imagine getting a chance to go back in time and making them all right. That is what happened to Kaizaki Arata, a 27 year old jobless man who keeps working menial jobs to make ends meet while at the same time pretend to be doing okay at life to his more successful friends who have good jobs…All this changes one day however when he meets a certain group of people who offer him an experimental pill, a chance to go back in time and start afresh. Will he use that chance to change things or will he slide back to his old ways? 13 breath-taking episodes that have it all, humour, romance and tears.
14. BONGOU STRAY DOGS
A world filled with people who have supernatural abilities, as expected of such scenarios there are those who use their special abilities for evil, for destruction and then there are those who are forced to use their abilities to stop the evil ones. Bongue Stray Dogs is a story about a young orphan boy called Atsushi Nakajima who is on the verge of death by starvation after being kicked out of the orphanage for unknown reasons…but just as he is about to give up on life a ray of light appears in the form of 2 agents who offer him an opportunity he cannot refuse. The humour in this anime is off the charts, it easily passes off as a comedy than a supernatural piece, but it does have lots of dark violent moments. Two seasons of 12 episodes each are already completed.
13. AKAME GA KILL
Tatsumi and his two childhood friends leave their improvished village and head to the capital to get conscripted into the army so they could earn money for their village. On their way to the capital they get separated and soon enough they discover that the capital they had always dreamed off is not what they thought it would be. There they are confronted with horrors beyond their imagination and are forced to do the unthinkable to survive. Humour and romance are served in huge doses in this anime, but the best servings are the fights, they will have you on the edge of your seat.
12. KAMISAMA HAJIMEMASHITA
Nanami Momozono is a 17 year old school girl who finds herself homeless after he father gambled their house away and disappeared. As she sits on a park bench confused and clueless on what to do he meets a stranger who offers her a place to stay, the stranger leaves her with a gift…the gift of becoming a god…before Nanami realizes it she is forced to become a god in charge of a shrine that comes with two spirits and a very less than friendly familiar called Tomoe that answers to no one but himself, with nowhere else to go Nanami has no choice but to take over her new found role…will she make it? Romance, Humour and epic fights are littered all over the 24 episodes. Worth the watch
If Japanese humour had a name then that name would be Working. The story follows the life of Daisuke Higashida who against his will is forced to take a part time job at a local eatery called Wagnaria to supplement the income at home after his father lost his job. There he gets to work alongside very weird colleagues, each with their own unique problems. The facial expressions and reactions in Working are gold. You will have to have a strong understanding of Japanese humour to get this.
If you love the sight of blood and violence then this will excite your palate. It is a story about a man called Guts, a very strong soldier who happens to get mixed up with a very dangerous person who he thought was a friend at first. Guts and his fellow soldiers get sold to the devil and they spend the rest of their lives fighting and running for their lives after they get marked for a sacrifice. The one thing that made me sit through this one was the quality of the drawing, it’s unique. The fights are also very amazing.
I have never seen so much stupid in one anime than this. Right off the bat it had me clutching at my sides. Beelzebub is a tale about Oga Tatsumi, a high school delinquent who loves brawling, One day while sitting at the banks of a river he sees the body of a man float towards him, the man jumps out of the river and places a baby on Oga’s laps before disappearing. The baby, who happens to be Satan’s youngest son sent to earth to destroy humans gets attached to Oga and he is forced to raise him….the rest as they say is nothing but comedy. This is a must watch.
8. SEVEN DEADLY SINS
A story about knights and their supernatural powers. It follows a young princess called Elizabeth who escapes from the palace to go find the Seven Sins, a group of deadly knights who are responsible for deaths and carnage in her country. Her journey to assemble all the seven of them is filled with dangers, laughter, friendships and love. The one standing theme in this anime is the sexual insinuations, they are hilarious to say the least. The complete first season is packed with 24 episodes of epic fights.
7. HATARAKU MAOU SAMA
Another rib-cracking comedy. The story begins with a war in an alternate universe where Satan and his minions are locked in war with humanity. Satan’s aim is to conquer the whole of humanity but he is met with strong opposition from a group of heroes led by a feisty woman called Emilia. Satan is defeated and with his last strength he opens up portal and escapes to another planet which ends up being earth…with no magic and no power he is forced to live life as a human being, working to survive, what follows is a hilarious comedy as he tries his all to adjust to his new life as he prepares to go back for a final assault on humanity. Hataraku Maou Sama is worth every minute.
6. TOKYO GHOUL
Kaneki Ken is an ordinary young high school student leading an ordinary life in Tokyo, he loves coffee and reading books. He develops a crush on a beautiful girl and they go on a date, then things turn horribly wrong….Tokyo Ghoul is about monsters that feed on human flesh at night, monsters that look and act like normal human beings. Kaneki falls victim to one of these vicious monsters and it changes his life forever. Some of the best fight scenes you will ever find in an anime. 2 complete seasons so far.
5. AKATSUKI NO YONA
A beautiful historical tale that follows the life of a young princess, Yona, whose perfect sheltered life is shattered when the King, her father, is murdered in front of her by someone she held dear. Forced to flee from the palace she has no one else to rely upon other than her bodyguard who also happens to be her childhood friend. Together they weather storm after storm in their quest to find the 4 dragons that will help her exact her revenge. Humour, Romance and fights are served in plentiful portions.
4. ONE PUNCH MAN
Saitama is not your ordinary man. He has no hair and lives alone. He has a lifelong dream of becoming a hero one day, a hero who helps people in time of need…but there is one huge problem, he obliterates everything with just one punch…In his quest to become a hero Saitama meets a new friend, Genos and together they join the Hero Association where they slowly climb the ranks by fighting villains on the daily. One Punch Man is nothing but pure blissful comedy, it will crack you up
3. SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN
Humanity is on the brink of extinction, forced to live behind giant walls by man-eating giants who suddenly appeared out of nowhere 100 years ago and started a reign of terror…Eren Yeager watches helplessly as his mother gets eaten by one of those giants, he swears to take revenge and he joins the army so he could fight them…but things don’t seem to be what they are, shocking revelations lie in wait for him and his fellow soldiers as they stage humanity’s final stand
Light Yagami is a very bright college student at the end of his wits, life has become boring and it takes sheer strength for him to see through a day…all that changes one day however when a strange book falls at his feet, a grim reaper’s book…a book with the power to kill any person whose name is written on it. With this new found power Light Yagami gets down to the business of getting rid of criminals in Japan…but his actions attract the attention of someone dangerous…a hunting game ensues, who will be the first one to blink? As far as story lines go Deathnote takes the crown.
1. SHOKUGEKI NO SOUMA
I don’t know where to begin, this anime is so overwhelming that I lack the right words to describe it, Epic is the word that would suffice for now. Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars in English) is an anime about food, humour and more food. It follows the life of a 15 year old boy called Yukihira Souma, a chef who is determined to better his father with whom he helps run their family restaurant. Yukihira is sent to the top cooking school in Japan to further horn his skills against his wishes, but he soon realises that there is a world out there that he never knew existed, Before he knows it he is thrown into the ruthless battle field that is Totsuki Academy, will he survive the choppy waters?….Watch this on an empty stomach at your own peril, you have been warned
NB: ALWAYS, and I repeat, ALWAYS watch subbed versions of animes…do not watch dubbed ones, a lot is lost in translating Japanese animes into English, you will miss a lot of humour.
All the above animes and more can be found at http://kissanime.ru/ for streaming and downloading. Enjoy.