Great Anime for Starting Out!

  • The world of anime can seem a large and daunting prospect to enter into for many. So many series, so many episodes! Where should one start? Well, I myself am a recent anime initiate and I thought I would share the anime’s that I have found interesting, accessible and entertaining!

    1. Sword Art Online 「ソードアート・オンライン」

    This has turned out to be my favourite out of all the ones I’ve watched over the last year. It is set in the world of a Virtual Reality MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), but this is no ordinary game. There is no option to log out, and the players are trapped inside, and if you die in the game – you die in real life too. This is an inventive storyline and the characters in it are believable and endearing. If you’re a fan of MMORPG’s or not, this is my highest recommendation!

    2. Fairy Tail 「フェアリーテイル」

    Now this one seems an obvious choice, Fairy Tail is a very popular anime both in Japan and across the world. It is based in a world filled with wizards who all belong to different guilds. The Fairy Tail Guild is known for its friendliness, as well as its destructive tendencies! Lucy Heartfilla is determined to join and so bands together with guild member Natsu and his cat companion Happy. This show is filled with some great funny moments that didn’t make me cringe (which, I must admit, many anime’s do). It’s all about being friends through thick and thin, but has amazing battles and great characters too!

    3. Studio Ghibli Movies

    Now I know this isn’t an anime series, but I promise there’s a reason it’s on this list! One of the first anime experiences I had was watching Spirited Away, arguably Studio Ghibli’s most famous movie. This was so different from anything I had seen before; the storyline was full of magic and just assumed you would accept anything they told you. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when you encounter it for the first time, it can be quite a confusing experience. I feel like after watching this, I was more prepared for the weirdness that anime series often serve up. Also, the animation and story lines are generally really beautiful and interesting to watch. There’s also many resources online for helping with Japanese language learning using Ghibli movies – so an added bonus!

    4. Netflix/ Crunchyroll

    Even though these are my top recommendations, they won’t suit everyone. My best tip in this is to look around on the internet and see what takes your fancy. It may be great, it may be terrible, but it will give you an idea of what to watch next regardless. Netflix has an every growing array of anime series and movies on both UK and US versions, and Crunchyroll has long been the go-to resource for watching anime outside of Japan. If you’re living here in Japan, do a bit of internet searching and find out what’s on TV and when and dive in! As long as you enjoy watching it, that’s all that matters! Enjoy your journey into the world of anime!!