Before Craig I never watched much anime. I mean, I was obsessed with Pokemon and regularly watched Yu-Gi-Oh and Card Captors, but was never really into what other people would class as being proper Anime. Enter Craig. Given that he's a mega-nerd for stuff like that he sat me down and got me hooked a particular few. If you're not an anime fan, don't worry, the ones I'm about to list have brilliant stories and plots, so if you can look past the animation and occasional violence, then you'll love it.
Fullmetal Alchemist -
This was the first Anime I'd ever watched. I was a little skeptical at first, given that we were just watching it on his laptop on youtube and that each episode is only around twenty minutes long, but I was obsessed. We finished the whole thing in less than two days. The basic story is centred around two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric who, due to an unfortunate accident, lose parts of their body to Alchemy and are striving to get them back by finding the elusive Philosophers Stone. There are actually two versions of this Anime, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the latter of which sticks more to the story of the original manga and is the one that I prefer. However, both are incredible.
This anime is incredibly clever. The plot is so insanely well planned and thought out that it takes quite a while for all the little twists and turns to finally unfold themselves. This is a seriously twisted but amazing story. The story consists of a young man named Light, who manages to find a Deathnote, a notebook in which if you write someones name, they will die. This gives him the feeling of ultimate power and he takes on the roll of Kira, a mass murderer. However, he needs to follow the rules of the Deathnote as enforced by his new companion, and Death God, Ryuk, the former owner of the notebook.
Soul Eater -
The story behind this one is simple, it is centred around a school in which you train to become either a Weapon Meister or a Weapon. The school is run by Death himself, known as a Shinigami, and the objective of the training is for Meisters and their Weapons to consume 100 evil souls and therefore turning the weapon into a Death Scythe, for the Shinigami to wield. This anime is fantastic and quite frankly one of my absolute favourites, the plot and general story to this is very emotional and incredibly heartwarming, with only a little bit of violence thrown in for good measure.
Sword Art Online -
Slightly more technology based than any of the others, this one is about virtual reality gaming. Using the Nerve Gear, you can enter Sword Art Online and play as you or assume a character, but all controlled through your mind. The story focuses on one particular player, Kirito, an advanced controller and who beta tested the game prior to it's launch. The game is hijacked and the rules are changed. Once you enter the game, you cannot escape unless you win, and while playing, if you die in the game the Nerve Gear will kill you in real life.
Attack On Titan -
Probably the most violent of them all, Attack on Titan is a phenomenal anime. The story focuses on Eren Jaeger, a cadet in the Scouts Regiment, in charge of killing and protecting people from Titans. The human race have sealed themselves behind walls of huge stone, keeping out the titans, giant human looking creatures with an appetite for people. However, walls can't hold forever and Eren will soon learn that there is more to the titans and humans than he originally thought. This anime is incredible and there is actually a film coming out for too, which I'm so excited for!
So now you have five amazing anime to choose from! Please let know if you decide to watch any of them and tell me what you thought. Or, if you've already watched them, let me know if we share the same opinion of how awesome they are!
If you have any recommendations of anime I can watch in the future, please let me know!
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