Have you always wondered what’s so interesting about anime? 

Why do people go to extra lengths for it, like dressing up as their favourite characters, collecting figurines, and more? 

Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan. It is also a term inspired by the English word animation, and is used in Japanese to describe all animation, regardless of style or origin.

Lately, anime has been getting increasingly popular with the help of social media like Twitter and TikTok. For beginners, anime can be overwhelming because there are just so many to choose from out there! 

So we’ve compiled a special list of anime series for you to consider, from relatable romance to full-on action-packed adventures!

#1. Fruits Basket

Year: 2019

Genre: Slice of life, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy

Synopsis: Highschooler Tohru Honda loses her mother in a tragic car accident, then finds herself living with the Sohma cousins, Yuki, Kyo and Shigure. While living with them, she stumbles upon an ancient family secret!

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Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Simple and lighthearted animation with a well-developed plot
  • Learn about the Chinese Zodiac!
  • Wholesome plotline about seeing past superficial looks

#2. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

Year: 2015

Genre: Cooking, Slice of life, Romance

Synopsis: Soma Yukihira, a young aspiring chef, is constantly challenged by his peers at school for a shokugeki (food war) and it just gets out of hand sometimes. 

Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Enjoy the crazy and exaggerated food reactions (foodgasms)
  • Attention to detail on food prep and cooking

#3. Haikyuu!!

Year: 2014

Genre: Sports, Slice of life, Comedy

Synopsis: After watching a volleyball national championship match on TV, Hinata Shouyou aspires to be a star player despite his height (you usually need to be pretty tall).Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Feel good anime with great character development
  • Awesome volleyball moves that are not super out of the realm of reality (Looking at you, Kuroko no Basuke.)

#4. Asobi Asobase

Year: 2015

Genre: Surreal Comedy, Highschool

Synopsis: The plot revolves around three middle-schoolers: Hanako, Olivia and Kasumi. They create a club with ambiguous goals and get up to all sorts of shenanigans!Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix and YouTube
  • The type of comedy that requires no amount of brain power to appreciate
  • Japanese humour at its finest

#5. Kimetsu No Yaiba: Demon Slayer

Year: 2019

Genre: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Horror

Synopsis: Tanjirou Kamado returns home to find his whole family was attacked by demons and only his little sister, Nezuko, managed to survive. However, Nezuko is slowly turning into a demon herself. Tanjirou sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and find a cure for his sister.

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Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Beautiful and meticulous animation during fighting scenes
  • Great character and plot development for both the protagonist and supporting characters
  • Interesting and unique art style

#6. Shingeki no Kyojin: Attack on Titans

Year: 2013

Genre: Seinen, Action, Gore, Dystopian

Synopsis: Set in a dystopian world where humans live within an enormous wall around their cities to protect themselves from gigantic man-eating Titans. Eren Yeager’s world was turned upside down after a Titan destroyed his home town and killed his mother. 

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Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Horrifying visuals
  • Amazing action and fighting sequence
  • Heart-wrenching moments you can’t get over. THE FEELS. 

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#7. Toradora

Year: 2008

Genre: Romance, Slice of life, Comedy

Synopsis: Intimidating-looking Ryuuji Takasu enters his second high school year and he is put together with best friend, Yusaku Kitamura and his secret crush, Minori Kushieda. 

(Source: blog.seiha.org)

Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Sweet high school love story
  • For the sappy folks out there

#8. Wotaku ni koi wa Muzukashii

Year: 2018

Genre: Josei, Romance, Comedy, Slice of life

Synopsis: A story about four people figuring out how to be adults while still keeping in touch with their hobbies, interests and figuring out romantic relationships.

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Why watch it?

  • Adults figuring out 3D love
  • Cute friends-to-lovers story
  • Hilarious relationship situations

#9. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Year: 2003

Genre: Adventure, Dark, Fantasy, Steampunk

Synopsis: Two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, search for ways to restore their physical bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back from the dead using alchemy.

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Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Indisputable CLASSIC
  • Well-developed plot and character
  • Get ready for a deep emotional rollercoaster

#10. Naruto

Year: 2002

Genre: Seinen, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts

Synopsis: Naruto Uzumaki is an orphan who wishes to one day become Hokage (village leader) and finally be recognised by his peers.

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Why watch it?

  • Available on Netflix
  • Amazing character development
  • Astounding fight sequences
  • If only to figure out what the Naruto Run is all about

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