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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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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