For those who don’t know, Anime is a style of Japanese animated media. Ever since the western world was introduced to the new concept of entertainment in the form of anime, their popularity has grown rapidly. But despite its popularity and reach, many potential fans struggle actually to start watching anime. If you too face the same struggle of deciding where to begin the journey of becoming a full-fledged otaku, then worry not. Here is a list of the 13 best anime for beginners that will help you out. We hope this will help you in joining all the cults around anime.
13. One Punch Man
To kick off this list, what better could there be than the insanely popular, One Punch Man. The story follows the life of Saitama, who is almost too powerful to sustain an interesting life. He is bored with the incompetent villains who try him. The OPM anime series has some of the most intense and epic battle scenes that the anime world has ever seen. Hence, One Punch Man secures a place in the list of best anime for beginners.
12. Yuri On Ice
It’s a surprise that the anime world has been more forward than the western culture. This concept is clearly evident in Yuri On Ice, as the show does not shy away from projecting diverse love stories. Witness the story of Yuri, who is in a love-hate relationship with skating. Her internal battle around the choice of her career makes a beautiful premise. Watch this show if you are looking for an inspiring story.
11. Parasyte The Maxim
Parasyte the Maxim is one of the most underrated anime of all time. The story of the show is based on the manga of the same name, which came out in the mid-90s. The plot revolves around the life of a young man named Shinichi, who learns that his right hand is under the control of a parasite bug. The alien bugs have invaded the earth, and he is now stuck with one. The story is the back and forth between a parasite and a host who must work together in order to survive. Hence, Parasyte the Maxim gets into the list of best anime for beginners.
10. Dr. Stone
If you are looking for an easy-going watch, Dr. Stone is the show for you. The 24-episode thriller will make you fall in love with the unconventional world of anime. Well, the series begins as the living beings on earth become stones. We learn that this has been the state of things for 3700 years. Enters Senku Ishigami, who uses his brilliance to put things back to the status quo. The themes of the show are perseverance and faith, which bind the whole story beautifully together.
9. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
We know that Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an influential show that stays with you even after years of the first watch. Even non-otakus know the grandeur of this show. Meet the protagonists, Edward and Alphonse. Follow them along as they try to undo the tragedies of the past. Intense action, epic battles, and well-developed characters are some of the strong points of this show.
8. Cowboy Bebop
The Cowboy Bebop anime series is undoubtedly one of the most well-written works in the industry. If you love the ruthless stories of cowboys, then this show would be a feast for you. This classic falls in the neo-noir and space Western genre and is a masterpiece that otakus will remember for years and years. Even after more than two decades of its release, Cowboy Bebop still remains a cult anime for all the fan bases.
7. Re: Zero Starting Life On Another World
So, Re: Zero Starting Life on Another World is considered one of the most popular shows of recent times. The premise of the show is set around Sabaru, a perfectly normal guy. Re: Zero is more of an isekai anime with the twist of an alternate universe. Explore the possibilities of a world where all things appear at your wish. Watch this one to see for yourself how incredible the premise is.
6. Plastic Memories
Another beautiful story of robots bonding with humans is Plastic Memories. The show puts together two of the most contrasting elements to make a product which is surprisingly a massive hit. Meet Tsukasa Mizugaki, who falls for a robot that is about to expire soon. See Tsukasa run in all directions to save his love interest from shutting down. It’s a story full of emotions. This makes Plastic Memories a worthy contender in the list of best anime for beginners.
5. Little Witch Academia
The Little Witch Academia anime series is a story of a mediocre witch with big dreams. Akko wants to become the most powerful sorceress in the world. But she lacks the natural abilities to do that. Willpower and dedication are all that she has. So, watch Akko work day and night towards her goal in Little Witch Academia. The story is a beautiful journey into how this mediocre witch becomes an inspiration for all.
Well, Erased is about Satoru Fujinuma, who is not as ordinary as he looks. Satoru has the ability to rewind any life situation into the status quo. But one day, carelessness drags him into a miserable tragedy. Satoru now has to search for a killer in order to set things right. Watch this intense saga of murder mystery that’s the perfect deal to start your anime adventure.
3. Death Note
Any otaku would suggest you start watching anime with Death Note. The 37 episode anime deals with the themes of justice and one’s conscience. Death Note follows the life of a normal high schooler Yagami Light. A shinigami’s Death Note finds its way to this boy. This sudden power messes with his ideas of a just world. The rise and fall of Yagami Light as an anti-hero is shown in the show. So, we couldn’t have missed Death Note in our list of the best anime for beginners.
2. My Hero Academia
Meet a class of twenty powerful budding superheroes in the world of My Hero Academia. Much like Little Witch Academia, the story follows the world of a quirkless (devoid of superpowers) boy named Deku, who wishes to become the world’s number one superhero. Hence, he manages to get admission to the ivy league superhero school called UA High, where he must prove his worth as a worthy student.
1. Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is often considered one of the top anime series of all time. Enter a world that is divided into two halves. On one side live humans and on the other side are Titans. Titans are giant human-eating monsters who know nothing but destruction. The show, in all forms, is dark and disturbing. Thus, Attack on Titan is easily the most fun watch of all time. If you want to become an otaku, then we would suggest you to start with this one.
With this, we have reached the conclusion of the list of the 13 best anime for beginners. Which show do you plan to watch first? Which is your preferred genre? Do tell us your thoughts in the comment section. For more such listicles on anime, keep visiting this corner.