We know that anime is adored in Japan, but with its popularity surging across the world, where should you begin if you want to delve into the anime-verse? Which animes are good for newcomers?
Anime has been a popular and integral part of Japanese culture for decades. And although it has cult followings in other parts of the world, it’s never been as popular as it is right now.
But despite this surge in popularity, it might be hard for beginners to know where to start.
With interest in it growing, we take a look at some of the best series for those who want to love anime. Here are 7 animes for anime newcomers.
Kicking off our list in seventh place is Parasyte.
17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and
consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.
With echoes of Venom, this stunning science fiction anime has a bold story and rock-solid
character development. And although the fight scenes are something else, there’s a theme to this which transcends mindless fighting.
If you enjoy watching something that makes you think – but also allows you to escape reality – we couldn’t recommend this more.
6) Vinland Saga
If you have an image of a stereotypical anime, this probably isn’t it.
Far from being set in Japan or some other equally ultra-modern, futuristic world, Vinland Saga is set in Dane-controlled England in the 11th century.
Protagonist Thorfinn pursues a journey with his father’s killer, in order to take revenge and end his life in a duel as an honourable warrior, and pay homage to his father.
Treason, violence, schemes, twists, shocking deaths, great characters – it’s all here. Some have even compared it to a Viking-filled anime version of Game of Thrones.
And although the story is slower than we’d ideally like for anime newbies, it makes for a more believable, realistic, and detailed world that’s easily enjoyed.
5) Samurai Champloo
This has to be one of the most mind-bending, laughter-inducing plot descriptions we could ever imagine. But that’s where the mocking stops because what unfolds turns out to be a mature drama, an action series, an uproariously funny comedy, and a visual feast all in one.
Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.
One of the definitions of ‘champloo’ is ‘mixed-up’, and that’s what this series is: a stylish blend of old-school values, meshed with more modern sensibilities, fighting styles, and visual design. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack features some of the best hip-hop from modern Japan.
This is a great anime for those new to the anime world because every episode has a level of
adventure and mystery that keeps you thoroughly hooked.
As the title card of the first episode says, “Just shut up and watch.”
4) Attack On Titan
You know it’s gonna be good when the manga is a best-selling series, with over 100 million
tankōbon (single volume) copies in print worldwide.
The story is set in a world where humanity lives within cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids AKA Titans. It follows Eren Yeager , who vows to retake the world after a Titan brings about the destruction of his hometown and the death of his mother.
It’s brilliantly written and is one of those rare series’ without a single ‘slow’ episode. Y’know, the kind where you plan to watch just one and then all of a sudden you’ve binge-watched 20 and have DVT in your legs.
There are countless twists and turns, shocking revelations, and heartbreaking moments that’d make even Hitler shed a tear.
Plus, you can enjoy the finale with the rest of the world, since it’s fourth and final season is
scheduled to premiere in late 2020.
3) One-Punch Man
The clue’s in the title. Yes, One-Punch Man is about a man who kills people with one punch.
Sound lame? Think again.
Although One-Punch Man may sound like the dullest and most predictable series ever, it’s
actually so fun to watch and has fight scenes that really pack a punch (yeah, we went there…).
Fact is, although Saitama (One-Punch Man) can destroy anyone in one hit and mock them as though they’re nothing, it never becomes boring. In fact, part of what makes this so great for anime newcomers is the fast pace, incredible action sequences, and colourful ensemble of supporting characters that make it an all-round solid anime.
With sublime detailing, mind-blowing fight scenes, and a generous hit of comedy for good
measure, OPM is one of those animes that’ll hook even the most sceptical viewer, especially for newcomers.
2) Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
This is the second part of another popular series, Fullmetal Alchemist. But you don’t have to
watch the first one to enjoy this bad boy.
It follows two brothers who are searching for the philosopher’s stone, hoping to restore their
bodies which were lost when they attempted to resurrect their dead mother. However, they’re
not the only ones seeking the powerful stone. And as they search, they learn of a plot to
transmute the entire country.
If you’re looking to pop your anime cherry, FMAB is an epic place to start. Unlike some series’ which can be fairly slow, FMAB is packed with action from the get-go, with gripping sub-plots that weave masterfully into the main storyline.
The characters are executed perfectly, and you’ll find yourself loving, despising, and
sympathising with animated characters as though they’re real people.
1) Death Note
Without a doubt, this had to go at the top of our list of animes for newcomers.
The story focuses on a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, granting its user the ability to kill. That’s the basic premise – but the reality is so much deeper than that.
Death Note is one of the best psychological thrillers you’ll find in the anime-verse. It’s a battle of wits between two of the greatest, most intellectual characters in this genre, with unexpected plot twists that even Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t have foreseen.
There are only 37 episodes (which is barely a scratch when it comes to anime) but they’re all
packed with suspense-filled moments. I’m talking edge-of-your-seat-bursting-to-pee-but-refusing-to-move kind of anticipation.
In fact, it’s such a good story that Netflix turned it into a film in 2017. Sure, hardcore anime fans will say it’s not a patch on the 2006 TV series (and they’d be right), but it goes to show that the story was good enough to become a $40 million live-action film.
Epic storytelling, brilliant characterisation, jaw-dropping cliffhangers, and a masterful
screenplay. It has to be watched to be appreciated – and is everything we could wish for in an anime for newbies.
Do you agree with our list of animes for newcomers? Which anime would you recommend for someone keen to get into it? Leave us a comment below.
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Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered
It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.
J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.
Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.
What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?
Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.
Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’
Beyond the happily ever after
A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.
But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.
Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.
Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?
There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?
Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.
Harry’s scar shape is important, right?
Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.
Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:
‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’
Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.
What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?
We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.
‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’
Is there more than one Wizarding school?
If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.
Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.
Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?
It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.
Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.
Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?
This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.
Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.
Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.
Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.
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