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11 reasons to start watching anime. Part one


Today, anime culture is more popular than ever. The days when the anime community was a small subculture, and those who were in it were often ridiculed are long gone. And there is nothing greedy about watching anime. At the same time, prejudices, although not as strong as before, still exist and this type of animation is often not recognized. Even by default, the cool anime of Hayao Miyazaki, people who do not watch anime, are singled out as a special exception to the rule, not wanting to admit that it is still "onime" and is not considered as such.

This is due to a lack of understanding of the versatility of the genre. Yes, today it is difficult to find among the huge mass of new titles one that can be advised to a person who has never watched them. Someone may be intimidated by the so-called "japanism" [well, you know, all these falls on the face in the chest, scenes on the beaches, little sisters, chibikovat and other awkward devilry], and someone visual style and animation. But we have 11 reasons for you to start watching it - 11 iconic anime titles that are perfect for getting to know the genre.

Ghost in Shell

In the future, the whole world is united by a huge information network. To enter it, humanity uses the Cyberbrain - an implant that is a shell for the human brain. In general, according to the classics of cyberpunk, it is in vogue to insert all sorts of cool cybernetic things into your body. But then how is a person different from a machine? The answer is the presence of a ghost. A ghost is a consciousness formed by a biological body.

The story of Ghost in Shell tells the story of a fully cybernated Motoko Kasugami, an employee of the 9th Cyber Terrorism Division. She and the department have to find a special criminal, the Puppeteer, who breaks into people's cyber brains and distorts their consciousness. They soon realize that the abilities of the Puppeteer go beyond any understanding.

Masamune Shiro's manga raises many philosophical, social and psychological topics. Several masterpieces have been shot based on it. First, Mamoru Oshii's feature films are dark masterpieces of animation, about Motoko's existential emptiness and the search for oneself. And the series Ghost in Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a lighter in spirit, but fully revealing the world and characters story about the everyday life of the ninth department.

Watching: Feature films and TV series are independent of each other and can be watched in any order. After the second season of the series, the film Solid State Society ends the story. And for all my love for Scarlett Johansson - don't watch the movie "Ghost in the Shell", it's just an attempt to cash in on a famous title.

Cowboy Bebop

In 2071, on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the wild west bounty hunter profession is back in vogue. Only now on a cosmic scale. We are introduced to a team of just such hunters from the Bebop ship. Heroes are the most charming team that will win your heart, but at the same time each of them has their own skeletons in the closet. This is how the former police officer Jet Black and the guy with the dark past Spike Spiegel live on the deck of the ship. They travel across the galaxy and catch criminals. By chance, they are joined by the gambler Faye Valentine and the lost hacker girl Ed. All this "quartet" is brightened by Ain - the smartest dog in the world.

It is impossible not to fall in love with this anime - choreography, battle scenes accompanied by jazz. The title juggles different genres and motives from space adventure, to noir detective and horror. The series consists of several arches through which a thin thread of the general plot runs. The only downside to this cult anime is that it ends. And so - "Cowboy Bebop" is beautiful in everything.

Watching: start watching the series and between episodes 22 and 23 watch the full-length movie "Cowboy Bebop: Knockin 'on Heaven"

Fullmetal Alchemist

"Forgive me, my younger brother, I am guilty in front of you ..." - you will hum this title theme of the series with tears, wrapping snot on your fist. Fullmetal Alchemist is the perfect anime to start. The scene is an alternative European environment of the early twentieth century, where technological development and the industrial revolution fade into the background, giving way to alchemy with its main law of equal exchange. The plot tells a touching story about two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who went through hell trying to resurrect their mother. During the resurrection process, Edward lost his leg, and Alphonse lost his entire body. To save his brother, Edward attaches his soul to his armor, and, according to the rules of equal exchange, loses an arm for this.


Now the brothers are looking for a philosopher's stone that will help them return what they have lost, since it excludes an equivalent exchange when using alchemy. But "Fullmetal Alchemist" is more than just a search for a stone, they are just an entourage. This is a great ballad about brotherhood, family and love, about the mortal sins of people and the struggle for the very essence of life. If "Cowboy Bebop" falls in love, then "Fullmetal Alchemist" - touches.

View: The manga has two anime adaptations from 2003 and 2009. It is better to start your acquaintance with the 2009 version of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood". She is more close to the manga, and much more emotional. When in time you miss this story, you can appreciate the 2003 anime, whose end differs from the original manga, and is also fully revealed in the full-length Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conquest of Shambhala.

Death Note

When I told a friend that I had shown Death Note to my girlfriend, who turned up her nose from the anime, and she liked it, he replied: "Oh, you went with the trump cards?" And this anime cannot be called a trump card any other way.

Yagami Light is the best student in Japan and an example to follow. However, he languishes with boredom and one day accidentally notices a notebook falling from the sky. He picks it up and it turns out that this is the notebook of the God of death, and if you write down the name of a person in it, he will die. Yagami is eager to rid the world of criminals and bad people with a notebook and become the God of the new world. In the realization of this madness, he is opposed by the greatest detective L.


Anime is beautiful in its narrative and attracts people of all ages. Death Note is a story about the intellectual confrontation between two geniuses, where failure for one means death at the hands of the other. Despite the fact that the anime looks very serious and contains many pretentious scenes, in fact, everything that happens on purpose looks hyperbalized and played - but this is precisely its charm and this must be remembered. The anime also has a legendary soundtrack that you can listen to separately.

View: the original 2007 series. If your spirit is strong, you can watch Japanese film adaptations, but still I do not advise. Avoid the horrible version of Netflix anyway, otherwise you will waste an hour and a half of your life.

Attack on Titan

If you think that George R.R. Martin often kills his characters in the books, forget it. He did not stand next to the creator of "Attack on Titan" Hajime Asayama.

It is not known when [how long ago it was], giant monsters titans appeared, who for unknown reasons began to kill people. The remnants of humanity built three huge walls and hid behind them. But one day the first wall was destroyed, and the titans invaded beyond, staging a massacre. Three children, orphaned after the attack, join the army to fight the titans in the future. After five years of training, they are ready.

The anime has a wonderful European style and art, unusual monsters and cool weapons against them - all this is captivating. This is a story about the struggle of mankind for its survival, where it suffers very heavy losses, and any victory is given a valuable hundred lives.

In anime, a lot of characters really die and most of it you will all be waiting for worthless people to do at least something! And the more the titans drive them deep into the walls, where there is little space and supplies, the more the heroes will understand that people are no less enemies to each other.


Now is the perfect time to start watching it as Season 4 is coming out soon. The first two are purely about the fight against the titans, but the third concentrates on political intrigues at the right time.

Watching: Season 1 followed by OVA and Attack on Titan: Kuinaki Sentaku followed by Season 2 and 3.

We will continue our list of the best anime to meet in part two.

The Topic of Article: 11 reasons to start watching anime. Part one.
Author: Jake Pinkman