When thinking of ways to pass the time, there will always be something out there for you to watch. However, what many of us English speaking folks out there often forget is that there is a whole other world of content out there for us to explore in a multitude of different languages. One of the best examples of this would have to be the Japanese animations, better known as anime. Whether you’re already a fan of the genre or if you’re stepping into a whole new world, here are 6 of the best anime’s you need to be watching right now.
Attack on Titan
An honorable mention on any anime fans list, the story follows brother and sister duo, Erin and Mikasa, as they are thrust into their own personal hell as the wall built around their city is suddenly destroyed and breached by human-eating monsters, the titans, for the first time in hundreds of years. Now, they decide to join the fight to protect the people in the various levels and eventually reclaim their city. It’s a heartfelt and often edge-of-your-seat type of entertainment. There is a fair share of gory moments within the anime, but if you feel like you have the stomach for it, it’s certainly worth the watch.
An anime with arguably the best and most beautiful introduction, Tokyo Ghoul is an absolute must-watch. The anime is based on the popular supernatural horror manga of the same name. The story follows shy college student Kaneki, who after going on a date with a girl he met in a coffee shop, is attacked whilst walking home and wakes up in a hospital to find that he is suddenly repulsed by normal food and is now hungry for human flesh. He is then forced to come to terms with the fact that he is now half-ghoul, a notorious humanoid monster known and feared throughout Japan.
Ouran High School Host Club
More of a fun entry on this list, OHHC follows the story of Haruhi, a kid living well below the poverty line who has been given the scholarship to come to one of the most expensive schools in Japan. Whilst trying to find a place to study, Haruhi stumbles across the host club. A group of the richest and most sought-after boys in the school, who are paid by the female students to spend time with them. While trying to avoid being recruited into the club, Haruhi steps back, knocking over and breaking an expensive vase. To pay off his debt, he is forced to work in the host club – whilst also trying to keep his secret.
A fun and relatable anime for anybody in their 20s, Aggretsuko follows 20-something-year-old office worker Retsuko as she comes to terms with where her life is at and whether or not she wants to do something about it. She navigates through work, life, and relationships with a colorful cast of friends and co-workers to make the journey even more interesting. There are now 3 seasons for you to binge and fall in love with.
My Hero Academia
A well-known and colorful anime; in a world where everybody is born with a superpower, MHA follows Izuku Midoriya, the only exception, as he is recruited for one of the top superhero training academies and is forced to decide on whether he is capable of becoming a superhero without any powers. MHA also has a massive fandom, if you’re interested in brushing up on your knowledge, there are plenty of my hero academia quizzes available online. With a bit of practice, you’ll be up there fighting with the best of them in no time at all.
Another popular addition to any anime-lovers list, Death Note follows the story of Light Yagami, a straight-A student bored with his life. After discovering a notebook, he finds out that whatever name he writes in the book, within 24 hours that person will die. Soon Light becomes overtaken by the power of the notebook. As people begin to notice the pattern of deaths, a task force is set up to catch the serial killer known as Kira, headed by detective consultant, L. Will Light get caught or will the deaths continue to plague the streets of Japan?