Taurus, the sign of the Bull. Sensual, hedonistic and perhaps a little bit emotional and stubborn to a fault, Taurus is a Zodiac sign heavily associated with seeking out the pleasurable things in life. Safe to say, they’d have an interesting palate for anime, made up of a variety of shows, representing their enjoyment of whatever is good, whatever is fine, whatever is classy and of good quality. As an Earth sign ruled by the Goddess of Love, Venus; Taurus are practical but also self-indulgent and the anime they’d like would definitely reflect these qualities. They like things that are pretty, but also enjoy harmony, working slowly and steadily, but tirelessly to achieve their goals.
5. Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words)
- Episodes: 1 (movie)
- Aired: May 2013
Akizuki Takao is an aspiring shoemaker. One rainy morning, he decides to skip school and work on designs in a beautiful garden. There he meets Yukino Yukari, a mysterious beauty. He offers to make her new shoes, and continues to meet her throughout the rainy season. They soon develop a relationship; however, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows in the garden of words.
The emotional aspects aside, the main thing that will attract a Taurus when it comes to this film is the sheer beauty of the art and animation. Garden of Words may be controversial as far as the relationship of the two main characters of the story goes; however, what cannot be contested about the film is the fact that it is a downright pleasure to the eye – what more would a Taurus need?
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2012 – December 2012
“Kings” are people who have been granted supernatural powers and the ability to enlist people to join their Clans. When the murder of a Red Clansman goes viral, Isana Yashiro is accused of the crime and the Red Clan hunts feverishly for the soft-spoken high schooler. He soon meets Yatogami Kuro, also known as “The Black Dog”, a skilled swordsman and former underling of the late Seventh King. Things begin to get out of control as the search for Yashiro continues and it very soon will turn into full blown warfare between Kings, with the fate of the world at stake.
Three things: art, animation and engaging combat – these are fundamental positives of the K Project and things that will have the average Taurus looking for more. The anime’s aesthetic is bright and colourful; however, there is also the tasteful use of camera angles to embolden these elements and create a story that goes beyond being visually appealing.
3. Violet Evergarden
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2018 – April 2018
After a four-year-long war, the continent of Telesis enjoys a period of peace and prosperity again. Violet Evergarden is a young girl raised for the battlefield who was maimed towards the end of the war, left with nothing but words from the one person she adored the most. In her period of recovery, Violet begins working at CH Postal Services after her intended post-war guardian family refused to take her in. There, she sees the work of an “Auto Memory Doll”, a person hired to transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings onto paper. Moved by the notion, Violet begins working as an Auto Memory Doll, a journey which will take Violet on many adventures, both outside and within.
Aesthetic appeal is bountiful in Violet Evergarden. Animated by Kyoto Animation, Violet Evergarden speaks sweetly to the eyes and even more so to the heart. Violet’s persistence in trying to make a life for herself outside of the scope of warfare is a trait Taurus embodies – the horns of the bull, if you will. The other aspect that is most like Taurus in Violet Evergarden is the highly emotional elements brought on by the events of the story, as well as Violet’s own unfortunate situation following the death of her superior.
2. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2013 – September 2013
After being driven to the brink of extinction by the titans, mysterious humanoid creatures that thrive on human flesh, humanity now lives behind a concentric circle of thick walls. In order to survive, humanity assumed life behind these walls and managed to go 100 years without a single encounter with the titans. However, one day, a massive titan manages to break through the outermost wall, restarting humankind’s fight for survival. After suffering a loss at the hands of the titans, young Eren Jaeger dedicates his life to their eradication and joins the Survey Corps branch of the military which is committed to exploring the land beyond the walls. Alongside his childhood friends Mikasa and Armin, Eren joins the bid for the survival of humankind.
Attack on Titan is very gory and visceral as far as its depiction of human suffering goes – far from any semblance of Taurean hedonism and materialism. However, the one point that stands head and shoulders above the rest is the sheer determination of humanity to overcome the fear and terror that they have to endure at the jaws of the titans. Taurus is a sign of material comfort and a love of beauty, but that doesn’t mean they don’t fight for the things they want. Over and above this, Shingeki no Kyojin boasts some of the most brilliant animation of the decade, particularly in the later seasons.
1. Carole and Tuesday
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2019 – Ongoing
It has been fifty years since humankind began populating the red planet, Mars. In this era, most popular culture is produced by artificial intelligence. In the bustling metropolis of Alba City, 17-year-old Carole Stanley is working part time with the end goal of one day making it big as a musician. In Herschel City, another 17-year-old girl lives in very different conditions. Born to a wealthy family, Tuesday Simmons also dreams of one day becoming a musician; however, no one around her understands her. One day, the two meet by chance and it feels like a fated encounter – maybe something can happen if the two work together… no, something will happen.
Carole and Tuesday is an anime about music. Taurus being a sign in pursuit of earthly pleasures will feel seen by this series about two girls looking to make a name for themselves in the music scene. With amazing art and character designs, the show is really nice to look at, but over and above this, the music that accompanies each episode is quite the treat!
Taurus is a Zodiac sign of sensuality, emotion, persistence and a love of beauty and so the things they like must reflect these qualities. However, they’re also known for being rigid in their opinions and ridiculously stubborn – dead set in their ways. We’re dead set in our opinion that they’d love these shows, but what do you think? Mention other anime a Taurus would love! Drop a comment below and tell us what you think!