In recent months Anime TV Shows have been making a comeback. For the most part, this could be because of the push on live-action remakes, especially by the likes of Netflix. However, I like to think it’s because they’re finally getting recognised for how good they are in terms of story, characters and animation.
Associated with Japan, Anime is animation with a focus on the hand-drawn aspect in style. Dating back to 1917, the term in Japan stands for animation in any form. However, in Western Culture, Anime refers to the animation that originates specifically from Japan.
If you’ve clocked that newly revamped Anime section on Netflix, you will 100% need to check out the following titles…
Sword Art Online
SAO has made a huge name for itself around the world, and all for the right reasons. The show combines gaming, love, friendship, sacrifice and growing up all into one. Airing first in Japan back in 2012, the show is now airing on UK Netflix, alongside a few other choice shows.
The narrative of SAO follows gamers trapped in a VR game. To escape and return back to the living world, players are tasked with beating the game. However, to die in the game means to die in real life. How long will they stay? And what can potentially happen along the way…
SAO has had countless books, shows, films and now games under its belt, however, the original series is the best (in my opinion) and should be watched right now!
Recently made into a live action US show (please don’t watch it) this anime was part of my childhood. It hasn’t aged so well, but it’s still worth a watch. Originally a mango novel of the same name, Death Note follows Lite, a middle school kid who manages to find a Death Note…
With the power to kill people just by knowing their name, Lite becomes a force to be reckoned with. But is Lite on the side of good, or evil?
Created in 1997 as a Manga, and made into an Anime TV Show years later, Hellsing follows the secret Hellsing Organisation, which aims to rid the UK of vampires, ghouls, demons and more.
Headed by Integra Van Hellsing, a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the organisation is protected by one of the oldest vampires…Alucard. If you’re a fan of Dracula, this anime is a real treat to watch, especially as it dips into the history of the novel/lore from time to time.
Now, this is one of the shows I wasn’t going to add to this list, but sod it. It might as well be Buffy in anime form, and I love it. The plot circles Yuki, a young school girl who is charged with protecting her school from “the night class” – who are a band of vampires, from hurting the “day class” (humans). Yuki and her stepbrother work hard to stop the identities of the night class from entering circulation, however, wires are crossed when a member of the night class entrances Yuki… It’s a classic forbidden love story, so if you’re into that kind of thing, you will love this show.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is yet another adaptation of a manga that had a great reception after its release. Closely adapted to the manga novels, this show follows two brothers as they endeavour to learn more about alchemy. In the process, lives are lost (as well as limbs) and a new adventure begins. Viewed as quite a dark anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is still a great one to watch, and luckily for you, it can be found on Netflix.