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.
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.
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.