Leo, the fifth sign in the Zodiac and the one native to the source of light and life in our universe, the Sun. Being native to the immense power of this star, Leos are bright, beaming sources of energy and vigour; however, they are also quite the diva in their own respect and often desire to be the centre of attention – much like the Sun is the centre of our universe. Be that as it may, Leo, symbolised by the lion, has immense pride (pun intended) and creative energy, with the element of fire being their domain. As such, Leos would be highly entertained by shows that showcase creativity and flair, but also appeal to their highly positive sense of self – shows like the ones featured below!
- Episodes: 16
- Aired: July 2007 – November 2007
Chicago in the 1930s sees the transcontinental train known as the Flying Pussyfoot begins its legendary journey which will leave a trail of blood in its wake. In New York, an ambitious scientist and his assistant are searching for missing bottles of an elixir of immortality while a gang war between mafia groups in the area worsens. In the year 1711, aboard the Advena Avis, alchemists are about to pay a hefty price for dabbling in immortality. All these events all connect a bigger story which is explored through the eyes of a duo of would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria.
With its multifaceted story and great art style, Baccano!! is the kind of show a Leo would absolutely love. There is a heavy emphasis on the centrality of the Flying Pussyfoot’s journey – a journey kickstarting the events of the series much in the same way Leos find themselves breathing life into the spaces they frequent; or at least trying to do so!
4. Ushio to Tora (Ushio & Tora)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: July 2015 – December 2015
15-year-old Aotsuki Ushio is the energetic and stubborn son of an eccentric temple priest. His father had often told him stories about the monsters known as youkai, but Ushio took them to be mere fable. However, when Ushio’s father is away on work, Ushio discovers a terrifying youkai impaled by the legendary Beast Spear, pinned to the wall in their basement for the past five centuries. The beast tries to coax Ushio into setting him free and a reluctant Ushio grants that wish but a sudden youkai outbreak threatens the lives of Ushio’s friends. With no one else to rely on for help, Ushio elicits the help of the basement youkai, Tora, with the Beast Spear as his only insurance that Tora won’t get out of hand. Thus, begins the journey of an unlikely duo through the scary supernatural world.
An ancient prophecy, a whole bunch of eerie and interesting monsters, and of course, some really pretty art and you have your Leo purring happily. Ushio to Tora has all of the above and perhaps because of the way they highly regard themselves, Leo feel just a little bit understood by the protagonist Ushio and his ability to befriend a wide variety of beings.
3. Banana Fish
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: July 2018 – December 2018
Aslan Jade Callenreese, also known as Ash Lynx, is a young runaway picked off the streets of New York and raised by the infamous mafia boss, Dino Golzine. Now 17 and leading his own gang, Ash comes into possession of a drug called “Banana Fish” – the same two words his brother, Griffin, has been muttering since his return from the war in Vietnam. Ash’s investigation is hindered when Golzine sends his men to Ash’s hideout to retrieve the drug. While Ash is at the bar, his friend, Skip, introduces him to Ibe Shunichi and his assistant, Okumura Eiji, a pair of Japanese photographers. The two are looking to report on American street gangs. They're interrupted by Shorter Wong, one of Ash’s friends, who warns them about Golzine. Soon after that, Golzine’s men storm the bar and kidnap Skip and Eiji. Now Ash must rescue them and continue looking into Banana Fish, but will his mafia connections do his investigation more harm than good?
Yet another show with more happening in the background than it initially suggests, the crime-addled series of Banana Fish is a great anime for the average Leo to watch because it is pleasing to the eye, but also a showcases of extreme loyalty and friendship courtesy of the protagonist Ash and his relationship with Eiji and the rest of his ragtag group of allies. Leos being the friendly souls that they are, they are very protective of their “pride” – in every sense of the word.
2. Paradise Kiss
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2005 – December 2005
Hayasaka Yukari is a final year high schooler who has her hands full working hard to graduate and do well on her university entrance exams. She isn’t concerned about where exactly it is she goes, as long as she gets too leave the town in which she’s lived her entire life. One day while walking down the street, Yukari is approached by a suspicious man with multiple piercings and bleached hair and she attempts to escape but only ends up meeting the guy’s friends. It turns out that they’re final year design students from a fancy art school who would like Yukari to be their model for their final project. Yukari initially thinks it is a waste of her time but the more she gets to know them, the more she grows to adore and admire them for pursuing their goals. Will modelling for this group of eccentrics give Yukari the inspiration she needs to pursue her own goals? Or will it blossom into something else entirely?
Fashion and opulence are some of the words of the day when one decides to pick up Paradise Kiss. With a headstrong protagonist going against the grain in order to achieve a lofty goal, Paradise Kiss speaks directly to the inner diva of the Leo, but also the intense fire that burns within them. The Leo desires to be seen, heard and celebrated, very much like Yukari herself seeks approval from her mother despite the rockiness of their relationship.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Nicholas Brown and Worick Archangelo are known in their city of Ergastulum as the “Handymen”, mercenaries who take on difficult jobs. They’re hired by mobs and the police alike. After they finish a job involving the killing of a pimp, they find themselves taking in Alex Benedetto, a prostitute who was also put on their hit-list. The city itself is in turmoil due to gang violence and at a point, and once being the safest place for the “Twilights”. The Twilights are superhumans who were created as the result of a drug but they’re now on the run from an underground organisation which is hunting them down.
Coming from the now-deceased Studio Manglobe, Gangsta is very much everything the title says it is. With organised crime, violence, drugs and overall turmoil ruling the city of Ergastulum, Leos can find the chaos to be incredibly entertaining. That isn’t to take anything away from the series itself – its fast-paced action and great art and animation can go a long way to impress the Zodiac’s lion and their vitality and their busybody nature.
Leos are fiery and intelligent and its evident in the things they take pleasure in. Their lively personas and ability to make people gravitate towards them often places them at the epicentre of excitement. That being said, they can also be arrogant to a fault and a total disaster to negotiate with – hopefully we can come to an agreement with them about this list! Are there other shows you think Leos would enjoy? Drop a comment below and tell us all about them!