What You Need to Know:
- Science Fiction - SF - in anime is one of the hard genres to get into. For some, it can be a tad too much of everything? And SF stands out more in Western movies and novels. Not anime.
- But it can be an interesting thing to dip into. There are so many great SF animes as well!
- Writers at Charapedia recommend the following SF anime for those trying it out for the first time!
5 Must-Watch Anime for SF First-Timers
1. Rakuen Tsuihou - Expelled from Paradise -
So even if it is SF, you still need a cute girl in it. We completely understand. Rakuen Tsuihou - Expelled from Paradise - combines cute girls and robots using nano technology. With famous Seiji Mizushima as director, Gen Urobuchi in screenplay, and Rie Kugimiya and Shinichiro Miki as voice actors, it's an action packed anime in a cyberworld set years and years into the future.
A light-hearted story not good enough for you? You want to think? Maybe you could pass the psycho test with this one (Ha, ha). Basically, it is an anime where people are controlled, and have their mental state gauged numerically. Peace is controlled and managed. If so, is it still called peace?
If what you want to do is to think and consider what you've just watched, then Psycho-Pass is a good thought-provoking anime.
So you liked Psycho-Pass huh? Then, there is a high chance that you would like Harmony as well. A work of the famous Project Itou, the story is set in a world that is under the idea of false peace - quite similar to Psycho-Pass. The characters are also reminiscent of Shogo Makishima!
4. Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street
Okay, so this is not an anime series, but a movie. The sixth in the Detective Conan movies, Conan goes inside a virtual reality game in order to catch Jack the Ripper. Yes, the movie is based in 19th century London and it might not sound SF-y to you, but the murder events in real time and the events in virtual space occuring at parallel time frames is an interesting point. This is good if 1. Anime series are too long for you, and 2. if you like something similar to Sword Art Online.
5. Ghost in the Shell Series
Well, obviously you can't talk about SF anime without mentioning Ghost in the Shell. But since it is a highly popular anime - and by highly popular we mean that there are so many versions of it: movies, stage plays, games, OVAs, etc. - that it is so confusing. We advise you to watch the anime first.
Source: Charapedia (Translation credit: Honey's Anime)
You know how everyone likes fried chicken but not everyone likes natto? SF is basically the natto of the anime world -either you really like it, or you really hate it. But, like natto, don't knock it 'til you try it!
Err... are you hungry Bee-kun? That being said, this is a good list for SF anime first-timers! Not so much for hardcore SF-ers though...