In this list, we’re taking a look at 5 of the best anime shows to watch RIGHT NOW! Whether you’re a seasoned viewer, or just getting started, the names on this list are sure to go down in your memory as forces to be reckoned with!
*Spoilers in the Plot section*
The story of Naruto Uzumaki is filled with secret plans and hatred, but first, we see a young Ninja aspire to be the Hokage (leader of the village).
The anime is based on the manga written by Masashi Kishimoto and inherits both the series and its sequel’s name. The first season aired on T.V Tokyo from October 3, 2002, to November 5, 2003, and later on the 10 of September 2005, the English Dubbed version played on Cartoon Networks, Toonami.
The story is split into two parts: The original Naruto follows the training of the young ninja in his pre-teens, while a group called the Akatsuki hide in the shadows. Naruto Shippuden has a time-skip of two years in which Naruto trains with Jiraiya Sensei while the Akatsuki tries to take control of Naruto’s nine-tailed demon.
Naruto: Tells the story of a young Ninja trying to gain recognition from his friends with a dream to become Hokage. At the very beginning of the first episode, we’re told a story by the narrator about a Demon Fox that rampaged the Hidden Leaf village in the middle of the night, taking many lives in the process. The story builds on a mischievous boy, Naruto who enrolls into Ninja school and is assigned to Kakashi Hatake. Naruto makes two friends, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, and together they make Team 7. Sasuke’s on a quest to kill the one at fault for murdering his entire clan and leaves the Hidden Leaf village.
Naruto Shippuden: After a two-year time skip, Naruto is now 16 years old and has been training with Jiraiya Sensei, while Sakura trains under the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade. News reaches the Leaf village that the Akatsuki have taken Gaara, the Hokage of the Sand village, as he possesses the one-tailed beast. Team 7 is put back together but Sasuke has abandoned the Hidden Leaf, instead, a ninja called Sai takes his place. Sasuke is on a journey to kill his brother as he finds out Itachi killed everyone in their clan but is also a member of the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki captured seven of the nine-tailed beasts and not soon after, the Fourth Great Ninja War took place.
Fillers are quite often seen in the Naruto series, as many manga artists usually have a healthy gap between the anime and the manga, as it gives the manga artists more time to create a storyline and it’ll be much easier for animators to work with writers.
The Naruto series has 720 episodes, and binge-watching it is pretty hard. Naruto consists of 220 episodes and in between 89 fillers and Naruto Shippuden has 500 episodes but also has 210 filler episodes.
Click here for the filler list for Naruto.
Click here for the filler list for Naruto Shippuden.
The Naruto series is a MUST WATCH anime for anyone. Even though the original (Naruto) gets a little draggy, the sequel (Naruto Shippuden) makes up for it in every way. It’s a show that allows viewers to relate to each character by following them from the very beginning, with a very intricate storyline and plot twists that keep viewers speechless.
You can watch Naruto and Naruto Shippuden (in select countries) on Netflix.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is based on a manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama and set in a world where humanity has reached the brink of extinction and is protected by large walls that stop man-eating creatures called Titans.
The first season is produced by Wit studios and aired on Mainichi Broadcasting Systems in Japan from the 7th of April, 2013 to the 29 of September, 2013. Wit studios produced the first three seasons, but for the final season, Tensuya Kinoshita, producer of Attack on Titans, revealed the fourth and final season will be produced by MAPPA Studio.
The story follows a young boy called Eren Yeager, in a town called Shiganshina located near the edge of Wall Maria. Over a hundred years ago, Titans appeared from out of nowhere, hungry for blood and complete savages, almost eradicating the human race. The surviving humans built three walls: Ross, Maria and Sina, which protected them for centuries.
While returning home, Eren witnesses the Colossus Titan and the Armoured Titan breach Wall Maria, unleashing hundreds of hungry Titans onto unsuspecting humans. Forced to flee, Eren watches his mother get eaten alive, making a promise to end the Titan’s attack on humans permanently.
After the attack on Shiganshina, Eren promises to get rid of all the Titans and enlists in the army with his two childhood friends, Armen Arlet and Mikasa Ackerman. On their first mission, Eren realizes he has the power to turn into a Titan. and decides to use this newfound ability to exact revenge on the Titans.
The military is initially doubtful of Eren’s capabilities but soon entrusts him with the task of ending the Titan reign. Eren and his comrades embark on a journey outside the walls and go on to discover the origin of the Titans, and encounter several fiends and threats along the way.
Attack on Titan is a Dark-action-Adventure series with plot twists that beg for multiple rewatches. One of the many greatest things about Attack on Titans is its unpredictability. First-time viewers will never guess what happens next, and the anime does a very good job at keeping them of their seats.
You can watch Attack on Titan on Netflix.
Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy manga written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story is set in a world not so different from ours, but one where flesh-eating Ghouls roam the streets of Tokyo. These creatures look like normal people but survive on only human blood, hiding among the population and the authorities.
The producers of the anime, Pierrot studio collaborated with Tokyo MX, a television broadcasting company and released the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul on the 3rd of July 2014, with weekly episodes till the 19th of September 2014.
The anime follows Ken Kaneki, a teenager, who finds himself on a date with a girl named Rize Kamishiro. After dinner, she attacks him and reveals herself to be a Ghoul – a bloodthirsty monster that feeds off living humans.
Rize takes Ken into a construction site to continue feeding on him but is soon crushed to death by large falling pipes. Ken is rescued and undergoes emergency surgery, however, a short time after being discharged, he realizes a grave truth. Rize’s organs were implanted in him, making him now a half-ghoul and half-human.
Ken finds a coffee shop called Anteiku Cafe, owned by Quzin Yoshimura, a ghoul that protects his kind by mentoring them to control their violent urges. Kaneki starts working in Anteiku to understand how he can control his own urge to eat humans, while he also begins to understand what he is.
While Kaneki adjusts to his new life, a new adversary presents itself in the form of Jason – a ghoul on a mission to revive Rize through the remnants of her in Kaneki’s body. Jason tortures Kaneki for ten long days, breaking his psyche and spirit. Kaneki, however, manages to break his shackles and proceeds to kill Jason, presenting us with a new form – Kaneki is now cold as blood, and his hair has gone white.
Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy anime that follows protagonist Ken Kaneki as he fights to strike a balance between his human and ghoul self. Action scenes are captivating, and themes are dark and morbid, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. Be warned, the conclusion leaves many questions unanswered, and many mysteries unsolved.
This manga adapted anime is produced by MadHouse studios and aired on Nippon TV from the 3rd of October 2006 to 26th of June 2007. Death Note has only one season which consists of thirty-seven episodes and is written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
Death Note follows Light Yagami, a high school student who finds a mysterious book called the Death Note. Left to be found by its next owner by an ancient Shinigami spirit named Ryuk, Death Note has a sinister function. The book has the ability to kill anybody, all the owner has to do is write the target’s name and know their face. The story of Death Note takes place in the Kanto Region of Japan, where a boy namedLlight believes he can bring peace to the world that is ever-so chaotic, with help from the Death Note.
In the anime, Light uses the power of the Death Note to kill people who in his eyes are unworthy of living. Believing he can build a world full of peace, he kills every high profile criminals in Japan, then makes his way to international criminals.
Light continues his rampage, and after five days, Ryuk makes his appearance. He warns Light of a new rule in the book – his death will be written by Ryuk, and he will have no chance at an afterlife in either heaven or hell. This doesn’t seem like much to Light, and he carries on with his murder plans, now garnering mass media attention.
Light begins to be identified as Kira, a name given to him by the authorities and the public. A task force is assembled dedicated to catching Light, led by a renowned detective named L. Soon, details about Light aka Kira’s whereabouts emerge from the investigation, and what follows is a long and treacherous hunt for this publically-known mass murderer. The dynamic between Light and L is filled with tension, with Light on a vendetta to get a view of L’s face and write his name into the Death Note. From here, Light is less concerned about crime-fighting and more about dodging the law.
Death Note, unlike most anime shows, is a melange of mystery, horror and drama. The story is driven by anti-hero Light Yagami, who is faced with multiple moral dilemmas while on a quest to fight crime vigilante-style. The theme is dark, and Ryuk might seem frightening for viewers that aren’t supernatural-theme anime regulars. However, Death Note is a binge-worthy series that will have you questioning your own morality.
Pokémon was first a video game in the early 1980s later created into an anime by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori. It made its tv debut on the 1st of April 1997 and was broadcasted by TV Tokyo, presenting itself as an action-adventure series based in the same universe as its video game counterparts. The story follows a boy named Ash Ketchum and his Pokemon, Pikachu. Together with his friends, they’re on a journey to become the best Pokémon masters in the world.
TV Tokyo has been broadcasting Pokémon ever since the anime started in 1997 and the series is still running. Having over 23 seasons, it isn’t a day’s watch. Due to the pandemic, the long-running series stopped production but has over 1100 episodes to watch. The anime consists of 24% of fillers which is about 231 episodes.
Pokémon is set in a world where livelihood and jobs primarily revolve around the study, use and care of Pokémon. We see a young boy named Ash Ketchum waking up late and is in a hurry to accept his first Pokémon by Professor Oak, the local Pokémon professor.
Ash’s first Pokémon is Pikachu, a bright yellow Pokémon that has immense electric abilities. Ash finds it hard to connect with Pikachu, with Pikachu not wanting to be captured by Ash’s pokéball. Pikachu is a lightning type Pokémon, which is quite rare in the world of Pokémon, while also being one of the strongest. While Ash trains and climbs the ranks in the Pokémon league, a man named Giovanni, the boss of the evil organization “Team Rocket” sends a couple of his henchmen to keep a watch on Ash’s progress.
Team Rocket’s goal is to take over the world using and exploiting the power of Pokémon, Ash is later aware of this growing evil organization and tries to protect his and his friends’ Pokémon.
Pokémon is an action-adventure anime that follows the story of Ash and Pokémon Pikachu. The series can be enjoyed by various age groups, with impressive Pokémon battles, easy-listening humor and lessons on life and friendship. Pokémon is a staple for most seasoned anime fans, so you know what you need to do next!
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