Top 5 Anime to Start With
By Keanu Lim
Japanese cartoons, or widely known as Anime, have recently become Gen Z’s newest trend. Due to Tiktok and the recent attention on social media anime has been getting, many teens and young adults have started to take interest in it. So what's the big deal with these cartoons? Aren’t cartoons for kids? Well, Japan’s cartoons are much different than America’s “cartoons”. Many anime are targeted towards young adults and teens instead of little kids, which is probably why older adults don’t take as much interest in it. If you are an older adult, this list may not be for you, but if you are a teen or young adult looking to get into anime, you’re in the right place!
5. One Punch Man
One Punch Man is definitely a great anime to start off with. The main character, Saitama, is a Hero with overwhelming strength, who can beat any opponent within a single punch. He joins the Hero Association and climbs through the rankings, while he grows bored of his strength, in search of a worthy opponent. The comedy, animation, and fight scenes in this series are top tier and will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect for other anime. There are currently two seasons (12 episodes each) and is currently awaiting a third.
4. Demon Slayer
If you don’t like overpowered characters and One Punch Man didn’t seem to grab your attention, Demon Slayer might. The main character, Tanjiro, is a boy who trains to become a demon slayer after his own family, except his sister, was slaughtered. Throughout the series, he trains and fights strong opponents, while becoming stronger himself, all while protecting his sister. His main objective is to find the leader of all demons and cure his sister. There is currently only one season (25 episodes) with a movie coming out soon.
3. Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter is a little similar to Demon Slayer in the way that the main protagonists both work for their power, but in terms of plot and character development, Hunter x Hunter definitely does it better than Demon Slayer. The main character, Gon, follows his dad's footsteps and leaves his home island to become a hunter, while also in search of his dad. Hunter x Hunter’s character development is definitely evident within the series and the show represents themes like morality, and the line between humans and monsters. There are currently 148 episodes, but there’s definitely more source material for new seasons even though nothing has been confirmed yet.
2. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is the first plot heavy anime on this list and definitely sticks out of the rest for that. The show takes place in a world where humanity lives within towns that are surrounded by walls to protect them from giant humanoid monsters that eat humans. The main character Eren Yeager, vows to retake the world and join the Survey Corps to kill Titans after his mother was killed by a Titan. Viewers can currently enjoy three seasons with a fourth coming soon.
Honorable Mention: Love is War
This anime is for the romance watchers who don’t like fighting and prefer more laid back shows. Romance/Comedy anime definitely shouldn’t be overlooked, which is why i'm placing it on this list as an honorable mention. Love is War follows the President and Vice president of a top High School, where only the richest and smartest get in. Shirogane, the student council president and Shinomiya, the vice president, both like each other, but don’t want to confess their feelings. The two try to get the other to confess to them and devise plans to do so. The comedy in this anime is great and will definitely give you a laugh. It's also a great anime to watch if you watch action, but want to get into more slice of life type shows. There are currently two seasons, waiting on a third but it isn’t confirmed.
Naruto is my favorite anime, which is why I’m placing it at number one, but don’t worry I have a good reason for this. Naruto is definitely one of, or even the most popular anime. It's a great anime to start off with and was many people’s first. The show takes place in a ninja village where ninjas have powers using chakra. Naruto is a boy who seeks to become the strongest ninja and be the Hokage, the leader of his village. Naruto, unlike other anime, has impacted culture more than any other. Many celebrities have expressed their love for Nartuo and it has been referenced in song lyrics by many rap artists. For example, Lil Uzi Vert’s Sasuke, and his other song New Patek, both heavily reference Naruto in the lyrics. Because of the impact and popularity of this anime, I just had to place it at number one, considering many people started with this. This anime is finished, but there is another series called Boruto which is about Naruto’s son.