Aries, the Zodiac sign of The Ram, the sign that kicks off the Zodiac cycle. Known best for their hot-headed passion and never-say-die attitude, Ariens can split opinions in Zodiac circles. Be that as it may, their fiery temper makes them a force to be reckoned with, as well as a worthy and honest companion and friend. They really love a challenge and walk into the abyss head-first, leading the rest of the pack with their youthful exuberance. Impatient to a fault, we think short, exciting anime is the way to go for the quintessential Aries.
5. Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further Than The Universe)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2018 – March 2018
Tamaki Mari has always had an intense curiosity about what lies beyond the reaches of the universe. Despite her curiosity, Mari has a crippling fear of the unknown and her anxiety about her own limitations which have kept her from chasing her dreams. Now, in her sophomore year of high school, Mari is determined to live her life; however, she remains plagued by uneasiness until she has a chance encounter with a girl with aspirations of her own. Kobuchizuka Shirase has been working hard to fund a trip to Antarctica, spurred on by her mother’s disappearance. Despite being ridiculed, Shirase is determined to head to this barren place to search for her mother and Mari, finding herself inspired by this resolve, decides to join her. The two soon become four as the bubbly Miyake Hinata and the polite Shiraishi Yuzuki join them on their journey south – their journey to a place further than the universe.
An anime featuring young girls doing their best in order to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, A Place Further than the Universe brings to the fore the type of youthful energy characteristic of the Aries zodiac sign. Mari’s fear of the unknown is uncharacteristic of the average Aries; however, the way in which Shirase works doggedly towards achieving her lofty goal inspires Mari and, in many ways, this anime works to inspire – very much the leader quality Aries is meant to embody.
4. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2019 – Ongoing
Since the death of his father, Kamado Tanjiro has had the heavy burden of supporting his family. They live on a mountain, enjoying a fairly peaceful life. When Tanjiro goes to a nearby village to sell charcoal, he is late in getting home and decides to take shelter in the home of a strange man who mentions the existence of man-eating demons that live in the woods. Returning the next day, Tanjiro is met with the unsightly view of his entire family slaughtered, with his little sister Nezuko being the only survivor. Unfortunately, Nezuko has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon herself. Overcome with grief, rage and a desire for revenge, Tanjiro swears to avenge his family and take care of his sister, putting his body on the line to join the ranks of the Demon Slayer Corps to gain the power to achieve his goal.
The element of Kimetsu no Yaiba that we expect to be the most appealing to the Aries is the aspect concerning having a goal and putting everything towards achieving it. The pent-up rage Tanjiro feels as a result of his family’s passing, as opposed to detachment or just sorrow reflects the inner flame of the Aries – cross them and you incur their wrath for a very, very long time.
3. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
With the sustained appearance of superpowers called “Quirks” in human beings, society rapidly becomes superhuman, bringing to the fore the profession people could only dream of and read about in comics: superheroes. With 80% of society having some sort of special ability, a fifth of people lack such powers, including Midoriya Izuku. Despite lacking a Quirk, Izuku has always wanted to become a hero like his idol, the number 1 hero, All Might. Izuku’s dedication to his dream has him taking notes of all heroes whenever he can. When he meets All Might, he soon learns of All Might’s inheritable power and to make things better yet, All Might sees Izuku has his successor. After several months of gruelling training, Izuku enrols at UA High, famous for its hero training program, beginning his journey to becoming the best hero.
Presenting the Aries characteristic of unwavering ambition, Midoriya Izuku is both the type of character Ariens would like, but also dislike for his lack of confidence in his abilities, particularly in the earlier episodes of the series. The way in which the universe is set up in a way in which heroes can be objectively ranked would definitely tickle the average Aries’ desire to come out on top and compete with others; although they’d be very impatient in seeing Deku rise to the top.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 – July 2010
The most important law of alchemy is that of Equivalent Exchange. The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, learn first-hand the horrors that can happen when one does not adhere to this law, with Alphonse losing his entire body and his brother Edward losing an arm and a leg in order to affix Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armour. Years later, Edward becomes a State Alchemist of the land of Amestris, the youngest ever to lay claim to that title, granted the moniker “Fullmetal”, based off the mechanical limbs he now possesses. Together, the brothers perform their duties while trying to locate the Philosopher’s Stone, a relic capable of overcoming the laws of alchemy so that they can return their bodies to the way they used to be. However, along the way they come to realise the dark history of their own country.
Filled with personal and political turmoil and two protagonists who are relentless in their quest, the quintessential Aries will have a field day amongst the alchemists. Their tumultuous childhood aside, Edward is quite the Aries in his demeanour and his stubbornness – instantly relatable to the fire sign. Jokes aside, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is regarded as one of the greatest anime series of all time and it is appropriate for the so-called pioneers of the Zodiac to be watching an anime that is nothing short of a standout masterpiece.
1. Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force)
- Episodes: Ongoing
- Aired: July 2019 – Ongoing (Hiatus)
It is Year 198 of the Solar Era. At this point in human history, one of the biggest fears of society is the phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion, which turns human beings living pyromancers known as “Infernals”. Infernals are but the first generation of spontaneous combustion cases, with later generations being able to manipulate the flames while staying human. Kusakabe Shinra is a third-generation Infernal, nicknamed “Devil’s Footprints” for his ability to manipulate flames emanating from his feet. He joins the Special Fire Force Company 8, consisting of other flame manipulators who work together to lay Infernals to rest, while looking to one day uncover the truth about the fire that razed his home and killed his family twelve years ago.
While the main character is rather docile in his demeanour and interactions with others, he shares something with other protagonists on this list – a goal burned into their minds that they pursue with everything they have. Aries, as mentioned before, is The Ram, a lively creature associated with forward movement and independence. The other reason why Fire Force would be an Aries’ choice is because of all that fire!
Aries is associated with a lot of intensity and energy, hence bearing the element of fire, which is also associated with forward movement. However, they also have strong desires and wills which tend to be very intense for the people around them. The shows on this list are intense in their own respect; however, there could be others out there! That’s where you come in – drop a comment below and tell us which shows you think an Aries would watch!