Probably the most controversial anime ever created will be discussed today. Neon Genesis Evangelion was created in 1995 by studio Gainax and their founder Hideaki Anno. Some proclaim it as one of the best storyline and tv series ever created, whilst others bash the show as being pretentious and some of the worst in anime. This show is not for everyone; it is heavily influenced by Hideaki Anno who was at the time going through serious mental issues and that is clearly present in this show as all the characters goes through their own mental battles.
Psycho-Pass is a 2012 show produced by cyberpunk veteran animation studio Production I.G, who have made probably the most know and respected cyberpunk series to date: the Ghost in the Shell franchise. The show was created by Gen Urobuchi who has made the previous year in my opinion one of the best anime’s ever Fate/Zero. This show is a dark take on the cyberpunk genre, and shows what can happen when peoples futures and emotions are to be controlled for the betterment of society.
Fate/Zero is a 2011 show created by Gen Urobuchi who would go on to create other works such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass. The show was made by studio Ufotable a relatively new studio at the time which quickly rose to fame having made another popular series in the same universe as Fate/Zero the Kara no Kyoukai: Garden of Sinners film series. Fate/Zero is the prequel to the visual novel Fate Stay Night which studio Deen had adapted partly in 2006. For most people who have watched this series, it is more about the journey than the destination, as the ending for Fate/Zero has been told in Fate Stay Night and this anime serves as more of a story of how the ending happened, rather than focusing on what the ending will be. Recently most people I have been watching Fate/Zero before Fate Stay Night; therefore Fate/Zero didn’t feel as much of a prequel to Fate Stay Night, but rather Fate Stay Night felt as more of a sequel to Fate/Zero. So by this chain of events, I too saw Fate/Zero much differently than most of the older anime viewer, because I didn’t know the ending upfront, and because this was my introduction to the Fate franchise/universe.
[Major spoilers for HunterxHunter (2011), Naruto and Dragon Ball Z]
I really enjoy watching shōnen anime, like many it was my first introduction to anime with Dragon Ball and DBZ, and for me later on became my reintroduction into the medium through Naruto and Naruto:Shippudean. Shōnen is exciting and action packed and does everything you want from a show at that point. It has a wish fulfilment main character that you can see yourself as, great fight choreography and a great well-rounded out cast that everyone can find their favourite out of. Shonen has produced some of my most enjoyable moments watching anime: from watching Gohan turn Super Sayian 2 against Cell, to watching Naruto go 7 tails against Pain.