This list as the title suggest is for people that are starting to watch anime more regularly, having started with anime recently and/or are looking to expand their knowledge on the medium but aren’t to sure where to start with the overwhelming abundance of anime being created every season. This list unlike my list on anime for newcomers isn’t a comprehensive list of anime people who have just got their foot in the door must watch, this is instead recommendations of anime that I think might just be worth their time. Unlike my newcomers list, this list doesn’t hold the same restrictions; being that the viewer is now a regular and has probably seen some anime in Japanese, they aren’t as restricted as a newcomer who might feel that they only watch in English. This list can also have some Otaku pandering shows as most people in the community have at least seen some shows like that. This is designed for people who have seen relatively around 60 or so shows, this provided those people with some good show that may have flown under the radar for them, or show that have been on their to watch list but just haven’t found the motivation to watch them yet.
Hibike! Euphonium or Sound! Euphonium is a 13 episode anime produced in the spring 2015 season by Kyoto Animation, who have made a similar and more popular show that is notorious for kicking off the “moe era” of anime called K-On. Kyoto Animation is a prominent studio in the anime industry, as they have made many great and loved shows such as Haruhi, Full Metal Panic, Clannad and Nichijou. But they have also been criticised as only making moe otaku pandering shows that just result in “cute girls doing cute things” without and real substance, and with this show being so similar to one of their more disliked shows K-On; does this show live up to the criticisms against Kyoto Animation or does it try to succeed at being something more?
One Piece is the highest selling manga in Japan weekly and has been for a number of years now. Started during the late 90s, this show is still ongoing with no signs of stopping anytime soon. The manga is estimated to be at around 65% of the way through, after nearly 20 years. Many people rave on about One Piece as being the best or one of the best anime that have seen or manga that they have read, and that the storytelling and world building are out of this world.
Shokugeki no Souma or Food Wars! is a 24 episode shōnen battle cooking show. Produced in 2015 by J.C Staff who are more famous for creating some of the best romantic comedies in anime such as Golden Time and Ano Natsu de Matteru. This is some what out from left field from them as they are not really know for stepping into completely action-packed suspense driven shows. This show is basically Japan’s take on Gordon Ramsey’s: Hell Kitchen, with the sprinkles of all the overused anime subplots and tropes we’ve grown to love. Surprisingly Food Wars actually makes them feel new and original.
Anime is a tricky medium to get new people into. Whether they are your friends, family or just classmates, most people see anime as either: just cartoons for kids or weird fetish hentai. The sad part is that this statement being close-minded is also not entirely false, anime does contain both this sub-genres, but it is also so much more than it. Anime has led to the inspiration and creation of many successful Hollywood movies such as: The Matrix, Black Swan and Inception. All of this was born out of the medium and is the reason why it has such a big following all around the world.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica or simply know as Madoka Magica is a 2011 show created by Gen Urobuchi who is famous for other works such as Fate/Zero and Psycho Pass. This show was produced by studio Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo who’s partnership has created works like their 2010 smash hit Bakemonogatari. Madoka Magica is a magical girl show with a twist, on the surface it presents itself as just another magical girl show akin to shows like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura but as you watch it you see that this show is far from these two. This review is not a standard review because to be fully able to talk about this show, knowledge on the show is needed; unlike other shows a review for Madoka Magica is more of a discussion then a recommendation to someone. So if you have not seen the show yet and are wondering whether to watch it or not: go see the tl;dr at the bottom and score I’ve given it as those don’t contain any spoilers from the show. So this is a review for people who have already seen the show and are either wondering what someone else thinks about it or I themselves are conflicted about it.
Anime opens up a lot of possibilities. The medium itself not being live action allows for it to simultaneously not be taken to serious as well as exploring areas that can’t be covered using conventional approaches. Psychological exploration and character profiling are some of the areas that the anime medium is able to explore to its maximum potential. Many show come out each year trying to preach to higher values, but aren’t taken to seriously mainly because although what the anime is saying is great the rest of the show leaves a lot to be desired. But every now and again a show comes along and fully explore the psychological aspects of it, by having the viewer not only emphasise with the characters and their hardships but envision themselves as these characters. Whilst other question the way we see reality, and how the past and the future should be seen and understood. I will be looking at 3 of these animes, I not only consider them to be masterpieces in their own right but as art pieces of the medium that had a great effect on me in changing the way I look at the world whilst also being confused the whole way through. I could have done a top 5 or even a top 10, but I feel that since these show are so mentally taxing that overflowing you with so many different shows one after the other wouldn’t be beneficial to you. So I instead chose 3 that I feel as if provide everything you need, this is somewhat of a starting point into the genre and not the be all and end all of it.