There is undeniable excitement around new seasons of popular anime. The fourth and final season of the highly acclaimed series “Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)” and the second season of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” received rave reviews. People’s interest in watching these creative and quirky Japanese anime shows has grown exponentially as they become more mainstream.
Viewers may run into issues when looking for an anime to start with, as there are so many different subgenres and storylines to sort through. Sticking to the most popular series, whether new or old, is a great way to get to grips with the art of anime.
Here is a list of five popular anime to watch for beginners who are new to the genre:
5. “Haikyu!” (2014-2020)
Adapted from the manga by Haruichi Furudate
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Sports
Anime in the sports genre can sometimes be random, but “Haikyuu!” has been revered as one of the best and most thrilling series in sports anime history. The series centers on the petite and energetic Shoyou Hinata as he joins his high school volleyball team and learns the importance of teamwork while working alongside his former middle school competitor. , nicknamed the “King of the Court”, Tobio Kageyama.
If you love the excitement of sports, the heat of competition, and the power of team spirit, “Haikyuu!” is a must-have, especially for beginners who enjoy a light and engaging storyline, featuring a diverse collection of characters.
4. “Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin)” (2013-2022)
Adapted from Hajime Isayama’s manga
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Currently ranked as the most popular anime in the world according to MyAnimeList, “Attack On Titan” is currently airing with nine years of stunning animation and suspense that thickens the plot behind its name. The series is based in a universe where humans live behind high walls in fear of man-eating humanoid creatures called Titans.
Stubborn and rebellious main character Eren Jaeger, alongside his two childhood friends Mikasa and Armin, find themselves at the root of every battle when they join the Survey Corps, a battalion focused on finding ways to eradicate this threat and save humanity, while slowly discovering the truth about the unknown origin of the Titans.
For those who love bloody battle scenes and mysterious storylines with cliffhangers after each episode, this timeless anime is sure to keep you hooked.
3. “Naruto: Shippūden” (2007-2017)
Adapted from the manga by Masashi Kishimoto
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Adapted from the beloved series “Naruto” which originally aired from 2002 until the airing of “Shippuden”, the sequel to this popular series containing 500 episodes has the hearts of most anime lovers. . Set in a world where people are born with ninja-like powers tied to chakra and the elements, viewers will follow young main protagonist Naruto Uzumaki as he continues to train with powerful masters and a new set of challenges to to become Hokage, a title given to the most powerful ninja to protect his village, called Konohakagure. Considered one of the best classic anime series, this sequel series is even more exciting than its predecessor and can capture the attention of those who love a good binge-worthy series and electrifying battles between powerful element-using ninjas.
2. “Death Note” (2006-2007)
Adapted from the manga by Tusgumi Ohba
Genres: Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense
This series is perhaps the boldest on this list because it focuses on who would be considered the villain, not your typical hero. The main character Light Yagami is an abnormally intelligent and justice-oriented high school student. He comes across a notebook falling from the sky titled “Death Note”. The book contains a set of instructions stating that writing someone’s name in the notebook will result in their subsequent sudden death.
Light creates the alter ego Kira (Japanese for “Killer”) with this divine ability and uses the “Death Note” to secretly bring justice to those he believes are wreaking havoc in the world. A world-renowned detective named only “L” seeks to end Kira’s reign of terror; viewers will be enticed to watch this dark and thrilling anime as they watch Light quietly work alongside L while inflicting mayhem in a world where no one is safe from Kira’s wrath.
1. “Hunter X Hunter” (2011-2014)
Adapted from the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
There is no better series for beginners to start their interest in anime than the challenging action series “Hunter X Hunter”. Twelve-year-old Gon Freecs embarks on a journey to find his long-lost father by becoming a hunter. Hunters are elite members of humanity who possess innate abilities to catch criminals and other individuals, seek out secret treasures, and hunt rare beasts.
Gon and fellow Hunter hopefuls Killua, Leorio, and Kurapika take the Hunter Exam together and delve into the struggles and challenges that come with such responsibility while encountering an array of different monsters, characters, and battles throughout their adventures. . Tackling themes of survival, virtual realities, and war and politics, this 148-episode series packs enough punch to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, rooting for the protagonists until the very end.