Unless you’re a bit of a nerd like me, you might not have ever watched a Japanese anime! There’s something so other-worldly about watching a show in a different language. Japan have definitely become the best at creating shows like this that make you laugh, cry, scared and all of the above!
Since I’m a coward and can’t deal with scary anime, I tend to stick to genres like fantasy, school life and a bunch of others. I’ve been watching anime since the 90s and, before you ask: yes, Pokemon is considered an anime! I’ve watched so much that I thought I’d do some recommendations.
It’s Anime Day! (I know…there’s a day for everything but I love it!). I don’t mind watching anime either sub (with subtiles) or dub (in your language). Though I do love hearing my favourite voice actors! Here are my Top 10 anime recommendations that hopefully you’ll love and go and read/watch.
My Hero Academia
If you follow me on either Twitter or TikTok, then it is no surprise that I’ve included My Hero Academia (or Boku No Hero Academia) at the top of my list. It is one of the best shows out there and is literally loved by all ages who watch it!
It follow a normal middle school student called Izuku Midoriya. He lives in a world where people with super powers called Quirks is the norm. A lot of kids develop their Quirk either by birth or around four years old. Can you imagine a group of toddlers floating or exploding something? Yikes! Izuku is the main character and just so happens to be…quirkless. No powers! That chances nothing for Izuku. He only has one goal in mind, quirk or not: to become the Number One Hero.
There is so much more to the story than that! It has over 30 volumes (295 chapters!) and is currently on its fifth TV series! The series is actually on at the minute!! You can watch it either on the Funimation website, CrunchyRoll and even on Amazon Prime. It even has two major films: Two Heroes and Heroes Rising.
If you love following a main character you can relate to emotionally, definitely check out this show!
You know how I said that there would be anime shows that make you cry?
For me, Demon Slayer is one of those animes. Shows like this affect people in so many ways and mine was to cry like a baby…on the first episode!! Oof. Don’t let that put you off though. Demon Slayer is one of the most gorgeous animes on right now. The designs and the cinematopgraphy leave you in awe!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is actually set in Taishō-era (between 1912-1926) Japan and follows a guy called Tanjiro Kamado and his sister, Nezuko, on a journey of discovery and to save Nezuko from a demon curse.
I really killed that synopsis but I really don’t spoil this series for anyone! Trust me, it’s worth sitting down to watch. I will warn you though: it’s a bit graphic at times so, if you don’t like gore, maybe watch my other recommendations. If you’re in the UK, you can actually watch all the episodes of Demon Slayer on Netflix!
Ouran High School Host Club
Alright, this anime is a bit of an oldie but a goodie!
As you can probably guess from the title, the show is based at Ouran High School. This school is for the children of the ultra-rich. Think of the poshest school out there and you would be thinking about Ouran. Oh, and a host club in this sense is a club of good-looking school boys that do events, parties and chats with school girls for money. It sounds wrong but it’s Japan!
We have a scholarship student called Haruhi who is actually poor compared to everyone else and gets in with her brain. What I love about Haruhi is that everyone thinks she’s a guy when she’s actually a girl who doesn’t care about gender. She can be girly and she can be boyish. I guess you might call her non-binary these days.
My favourite characters have to be Honey, Hikaru and Kaoru! They make the anime so much fun! It does have some serious moments so I swear it’s not all romantic fan-service!
Sword Art Online
This anime is definitely a draw for the top spot with My Hero Academia! I literally have some of the music on my Spotify playlist.
Imagine that you’re playing a virtual reality video game when you’re suddenly transported to a town square and told that you’re trapped. If someone tries to take off your headset, you die. Scary, right? That’s what happens to Kirito, Asuna and thousands of others. They literally get trapped in an virtual world for two years!!
This anime literally ticks off all the boxes you could ever want:
- Fantasy? Check!
- Romance? Check!
- Adventure? Check!
- Comedy? Check!
- Crippling scenes that make you an emotional wreck? All the checks!
There is so much to watch with this series! You have multiple series, a few films and even a couple of games! That’s how successful it has been worldwide!
Snow White With The Red Hair
To finish off my anime recommendations, I had to choose Snow White With The Red Hair.
I’m beginning to realise that I have a type of anime that I love watching over and over again! I decided to watch this show since I’m a Disney nerd and saw Snow White in the title. Don’t let it fool you though. This may be in a gorgeous land with princes, Shirayuki is far from a princess who serves seven dwarves! She’s actually a herbalist that helps the people in her town with injuries and sickness.
She’s also a strong female lead!! YES!
If she doesn’t agree with how something is done or with what is said, she lets people know. She stands up for herself and others and does what she feels is right, even if it puts her at risk. The storyline of this anime is utterly stunning and I will happily watch it if it was the only show on TV.
Have you ever watched anime? If not, would you after reading this?