I love anime. It may not seem like it, as I rarely write too many posts about anime these days, but I really do. Not having enough time to watch as many shows as I used to may seem like an excuse, but it’s not. There’s always much more out there that demands my time and attention, or it’s usually a mood thing. Do I feel like watching an anime series or a TV show? Do I want to game or read? What I feel like doing during my downtime changes from day to day or week to week.
At the moment, the only real anime viewing I have been doing is watching the old and new Sailor Moon series. It’s really the only show I’ve been able to make time for every single week. Just because I may not binge entire anime series like I used to in high school and college, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a few shows on my radar. I’ve compiled a list of shows I plan to (hopefully) watch in the near future with a brief description I’ve gotten about each show from friends or bloggers who have recommended them.
1. Steins;Gate. I wasn’t really aware of this anime series until a few friends have recommended it, or I’ve read a few discussions about the show on blogs. From my understanding, the series has a time travel element to it. I’m usually fascinated with time travel stories as long as it’s done well and isn’t completely convoluted. Once a time travel plot gets really complicated and there’s no good explanation for arriving at the place the characters find themselves in, I tend to not really care much for the story after that. I’ve been assured this won’t be the case for this series. A big selling point for me wanting to watch this show as soon as possible are the characters. I’m in love with books, games, and shows that focus a lot on the character. A well-written character will hook me every time and I’ll keep watching, reading, or playing until the end. The evolution of a character, whether they become good or bad at the end of the story, speaks to my emotional core. It gets me thinking about them and reflecting on how they get to the place they get to by the time a series ends. I’m really excited to dive into this one.
2. Kill la Kill. This is one of those series I’ve heard a lot of people talking about in the world of anime. I’m not one to watch animes just because they’re popular, but a good friend has watched it and enjoyed the series. The general gist of the story is it’s about a school girl who’s on a mission to avenge her father’s death by looking for his killer. My knowledge of the show is very limited, but I trust my friend’s taste in anime to give this one a go.
3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Another series recommended by the same good friend who recommended Kill la Kill to me. The only thing my friend wanted me to know about this series, because I wasn’t familiar with the show at all nor have I heard of it, was it’ll take everything I knew about the magical girl genre and turn it on its head. He also mentioned how I may want to watch a much happier series after I’ve seen this one. I’ve always been a fan of the magical girl series from Sailor Moon to Cardcaptor Sakura. To have a friend tell me that this show will change how I view a lot of magical girl series is enough to pique my interest and have this on my watch list. I’m almost nervous to know why I may need to have a “happier anime” on queue to watch after I see this one.
4. Attack On Titan. One of the most well-known animes in recent years next to Kill la Kill, there has been a ton of hype for this show that’s hard for me to ignore. It has become one of those shows where I’ve heard of it, but never knew what it was about. The only thing I managed to figure out about the series through photos I’ve seen is there are some scary looking Titans that need to be eradicated. A little Google search about the series informed me that Titan is about humans who live in a world where Titans attack and eat people. This definitely doesn’t sound like your super happy anime, but I’m not opposed to watching dark shows when they’re worth watching.
5. Gurren Lagann. You know you’re out of the anime loop when two of the animes on your watch list are the only ones you’ve heard of. I only heard of this show after reading a few blog posts praising it. It has mechs, action, and a little bit of romance. When a show has a little bit of everything, I’m more inclined to watch it. I’m the world’s biggest romantic sap, but I also like some explosions and gun fights mixed in between. At least if it’s done right. I’ll be saving my viewing of this for a rainy day.
Got any more anime recommendations you think I should put on my list? Tell me in the comments below!