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The greatest facet of pop culture is its ability to generate unique, exciting and compelling genres from different parts of the world. Japanese cinema is one of the best mediums in the world but it pales in comparison to the ‘Anime culture’ from the region. The fan following for popular anime’s has quickly multiplied across different parts of the world and rightfully so. Anime’s are highly stylized, doused in realism and built on the backs of ethical quandaries, making it a unique viewing experience. Here is a list of some of the best anime’s that deserve a watch.
Perhaps the most universally beloved Anime on this list, Death Note is a psychological thriller of epic proportions that keeps you hooked through its short 33 episode plotline. When a highly intellectual high school student gets his hands on a ‘notebook of death’, that allows him to kill whoever he wants in a manner of his choosing, he decides to use it for the sake of good and change the world for the better. His path is riddled with complications including finding the answer to the big question: “Is it okay to sacrifice the life of one to better the lives of many?“
One Piece is an action adventure series that follows the tale of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy who possesses the unique gift of elasticity. This series has over 600 episodes and is one of the most popular anime’s ever created. Based on a manga series of the same title, One Piece has gained acclaim for its humor, action and one-of-a-kind characters.
When a seemingly ordinary school boy gains the ability to control anyone to do his bidding, he uses this power to bring down the mighty Britannian empire that has taken over the entire planet. Code Geass plays out like a chess game and relies on intense psychological and mecha-based warfare to create a storyline that can captivate any brand of viewer.
With the look of the European Industrial revolution and the grit of a heavy-handed adventure saga, Full Metal Alchemist is another popular anime that has the spirit and storyline to keep you engaged thoroughly. Edward and Alphonse are two brothers desperately seeking the philosophers stone to restore their bodies after an experiment to revive their fallen mother goes terribly wrong. Following the journey of this duo makes for a truly satisfying watch.
This is the latest anime to take the world by storm and impress critics universally. A large number of titans have descended upon the world and are crushing cities like mosquitoes on a hot summers day. Only one city has managed to survive the onslaught and it is up to the people in this city to bring down the mighty titans and understand the reason behind their arrival. The action sequences and characters in this series are exceptional and will have you vying for more as soon as you finish the first and only season.
Cowboy Bebop is a legend in the Anime circle. Its voice-over acting, music, setting and characters are some of the best ever created. Following the story of a space-age bounty hunter can be gruesome, thrilling and shocking as evidenced by this superb series.