If you don’t watch anime or your new to anime, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list on animes that I think new comers to the genre would enjoy also, I’ve included some great series I think anime fans would enjoy. These shows are available on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll, without further a duo here is my list of good anime shows to watch right now in 2015! This list is based on my personal selection in no particular order.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Story: Death Note is an anime about a boy named Yagami who is a honest law-abiding genius who stumbles upon a book called Death Note that fell from the sky. It used to belong to a death god named Ryuk but it slipped out of his grasp. The legend says anybody that has their name written in this book, while you think about them will die. Yagami questions the authenticity of the book and decided to try it out. He is shocked when he finds out the book really does kill the people named in it! Yagami changes his whole persona because he now feels he is a god. The catch is, he only writes the names of criminals the justice system lets out by loop holes. He thinks of himself as the person doing what the justice system failed to do. He catches the attention of a remarkable detective named “L.” The remainder of the series is Yagami trying to out smart L by using the Death Note fool him.
Why you should watch: The show is dark, interesting and full of mind tricks. The music is epic! They take normal scenes and transform them into master piece by control the atmosphere. If you like thrillers Death Note will now disappoint.
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Story: The story starts off with the main character Ganta attending school when a mystrerious person (Red Man) appears out of know where slaughtering everyone in his class. The police later arrive and integrate Ganta, they later convict him of murdering his whole class (Crazy I know) they sentence him to death row. They don’t just send him to any prison they send him to Deadman Wonderland, a prison that makes inmates fight each other to the death for the entrainment of the people (Think Gladiator). In the prison he meets a girl named Shiro who is also well know by the prisoners. In the prison he discovers he can use his blood as a weapon to protect himself. The story takes off from there. Yes, I know this anime came out some time ago but I enjoyed it so I had to add it to the list.
Why you should watch: If you like dark action packed animes Deadman Wonderland will surely deliver. It is a mature anime what good supporting characters and good engaging music.
Dragon Ball Super
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Story: After 18 years Akira Toriyama is back with a new series called Dragon Ball Super. All the Z fighters are back to save the world once again. This series excludes the Dragon Ball GT storyline completely and takes place after the defeat of Majin Boo. Akira did not write the GT saga so I could understand him skipping it. On earth, it is a peaceful time for Goku and his friends but lurking in the shadows is Beerus the God of Destruction. He his looking for a super saiyan god to challenge his might. Beerus learns of the saiyans living on earth then pays the planet a visit. Tune in to this anime to find out what challenges our zeros face and how they can over come challenges. If for some reason you haven’t seen Dragon Ball Z I recommend you watching that series first.
Why you should watch: Dragon Ball series is an action backed adventure with the heroes consistently overcoming obstacles. If you enjoy fights with special powers, transformations, amazing supporting cast, and a splash of comedy Dragon Ball Super is the anime for you.
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Story: Fate/Stay Night takes place 10 years after the story line of Fate/Zero. In this story Rin, Toosakas daughter enters the “Holy Grail War” . Initially her motives are unknown but as the story progress we learn more about her powers and story. In Fate/Stay Night masters have to make a pact with legendary sprits to help them fight. To help Rin fight in the Holy Grail War Rin attempts to summon Saber the strongest hero sprint but gets archer instead, a hero sprit that has no memory of his past. Though he was summoned in the archer class he is skilled with dual swords as well. The story line is filled with joy and sorrow, but it is interesting from the start to the finish. It starts off a bit slow (so be warned) but after the story takes off you will be glued to your seat. If you have not seen Fate/Zero I would highly recommend you watch that first so you can truly enjoy this anime.
Why you should watch: If you enjoy action package anime, with gorgeous visuals and music Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade works is the series for you. The storyline is interesting enough to keep you throughout the series.
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Story: The story is about a boy named Kaneki who is college student that gets attacked by his date Rize. Turns out she was a ghoul, which is a human-like creature that hunts and lives on devouring human flesh. Some how Kaneki survives the attack then is rushed to the hospital. After recovering he finds out that he went through a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul half human. During his surgery they implanted parts of Rize body into him, Rize died during the attack. Now that he is part ghoul he also needs to feed on flesh to survive, with nowhere to go he is taken in by ghouls that own a local coffee shop. As he joins these ghouls they teach him how to deal with his new life as a half human half ghoul.
Why you should watch: Tokyo Ghoul is a dark series with lots of action and gore I would recommend this anime to anyone looking to enjoy a suspenseful thriller.
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Story: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is based on two brothers Edward and Alphonse who tried to use alchemy to bring their mother back to life. Their father was a gift alchemist that abandoned them as they were little, their mother later died of an illness. Performing alchemy on humans known as human transmutation is forbidden but they looked pasted fear in hopes to resurrect their mother. The transmutation failed and in the process Al’s body was destroyed and Edward lost his left leg. In attempt to save this brother Al sacrificed this right arm to bring Al’s soul back and placed it in a suit of armor. After this event the boys burn down their home, because they have no intent of going back. They later start their journey for the “Philosopher’s Stone” an ancient relic that will allow them to get their bodies back and save their mom.
Why you should watch: I would recommend this series because it has a good story that is unique and exciting, there is lots of action to keep you on the edge of you seats. The series has many plot twist and has fully developed characters. This is a long anime series which all episodes are available. If you’re looking for a great story Check out Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Kill La Kill
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Story: Kill La Kill takes place in at Honnouji Academy where students wear Goku uniforms. These uniforms grant users superhuman abilities because they are made out of a special material known as Life Fibers. The main character Ryuko transfers to that school. When she arrives at the school she challenges the council to find information on her fathers killer. She finds a sentient sailor uniform that she names Senketsu which is completely made up of Life Fibers. With her new suit she is now about to over come challenges and find hints that lead her to her target.
Why you should watch: Besides all the action in this anime series Kill La Kill is hilarious, at times I forgot I was watching an action show because the characters were so amusing. The music is great and the storyline is satisfying.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Story: Angel Beats! is set in a high school that acts as a limbo area to help students that have died get over some emotional attachments they might have had in life before passing on. In this world the students can still feel pain and die again as if they were still alive, if they die in in this limbo world they will wake up the next day with no injuries. The story is focused on a boy named Otonashi who lost his memory after dying (cliché I know), he meets Yuri who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront. Otonashi goal is to take down the main enemy Angel and talk to God about their circumstances.
Why you should watch: Angel Beats! is beautiful, the animation is crisp and the music is heart touching. You develop a liking for the characters as the series progresses, the anime is funny and enjoyable.
Attack on Titan
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Story: Attack on Titan is an amazing series that focused on giant man-eating Titans and the mystery of their origin. The story is focused on these 10-50 ft tall humanoid titans that appeared in the city one hundred year ago. These titans focused the people to build a 100 ft wall to protect them from the titans, the people were unable to venture outside of these walls with out the fear of being eating. The main character is a boy named Eren, who witnessed his mother eaten alive by a titan, from that day on he swore to get revenge for this mother. Five years later Eren joins military in hopes gain the strength needed to take on these monsters.
Why you should watch: Attack on Titan a true original story, no clichés, just a wonderful storyline and great music. The opening theme song has to be the best music I’ve heard in a long time. The animation is clean and sharp. The characters are lovable and the action will not disappoint.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Story: Naruto Shippuden is the series after the original Naruto series. It takes place three years after Jiraiya agrees to take Naruto and train him. The series is centered around Naruto the protagonist trying to bring back his best friend Sasuke back to their village. During his mission Naruto learns of a secret organization called the “Akatsuki” who are after him and the tailed beast. Naruto is a long running series that has lots of action and slightly dark story. It is based in a time were ninjas ruled the world and power was based on which nation had the strongest fighters.
Why you should watch: Naruto is a great anime series with a lot of action and plot twist. The characters have fully developed stories, the series has great visual animation and a good soundtrack to create the heart pumping suspense. If you haven’t watched Naruto by now I would say this is a great time to jump on. I would highly recommend Naruto Shippuden, but start with the original Naruto series first.
There you have it
This was my list of 10 good anime series you should watch right now, I have watched and enjoyed these series and I think you will too. What do you think of the list? What would be your list of 10 good anime to watch right now? Join the anime discussion and tell me what you think.
As always take care and happy reading!