Anime has always been a big part of my life, in the beginning I was too young to even know what anime was; like Pokémon, Sailor Moon etc. But it all became real with the release of Naruto in 2002. It was on a new Swedish TV channel and they had a commercial for a lot of new TV-shows which were going to air on the channel.
The one commercial that kind of stood out was a Japanese ad, Sarutobi, the Third Hokage telling the story about the Nine Tailed Demon Fox and you could see it for a few minutes. Thought it looked cool, but never really thought about it any more. A few months later a childhood friend of mine asked if I had seen this anime called Naruto, and he had almost the whole series on dvd and said, "Why don’t you take it, I've finished watching it anyway".
Afterwards, it was difficult not to be a big fan of Naruto, and while doing some research on anime. Right there, a new Otaku born. That was how it all begun and over the years while watching a few anime, some of them have really stuck and these are some of them.
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Kurosaki Ichigo is a 15 year old high school student, but not like all the others. He's always known as far as he can remember to have the ability to see ghosts and spirits. One day, Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself.
During this fight, Rukia is unable to defeat the hollow and transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. Afterwards, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami as they together defeat the Hollows which haunt Ichigo's town.
Bleach is a clear favorite among a lot of anime lovers out there. And it’s pretty clear why. It has all the elements an awesome anime should have; Action, Drama, Comedy and great characters.
Bleach season 1 trailer
4. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 3, 2010 - December 19, 2010
The anime is about Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student who hasn't gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. Kirino has ignored his comings and goings, and looked at him with burning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One afternoon, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime named, Stardust Witch Meruru.
But to Kyousuke's surprise, inside the case is a hidden adult video game titled, Love with Little Sister. Later he discovers that this adult video game belongs to his younger sister. Kirino brings Kyousuke to her room late at night and shows him an extensive collection of moe anime and lolicon bishoujo games she has been collecting in secret.
This is the start of the anime that will bring in anyone who watches it. It’s funny, dramatic and yes, quite different. It’s an anime which became a clear favorite because of the strange storyline, but also because of the older brother/younger sister bond which is strengthen due to the strange little secret.
But other than that, the anime contains drama, romance and lots of humour. A great watch for guys and girls who loves anime.
3. Mirai Nikki
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 9, 2011 – April 15, 2012
Yuki, a loner who's not that good with people. He prefers to be alone and to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. Soon, Yuki learns that Deus is more than a friend of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others.
The contestants are given special diaries which can predict the future, each diary possessing special features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.
This psychological thriller is based on the manga written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The anime is one of the most brutal when it comes to blood and violence. At first it might shock you a little, but it’s a favorite due to the realism of wondering, what if a thing like this happened in real life. It’s exciting and over the top story that will become a clear favorite because of the twists and turns. But, also because of the mystery with Time and Space. A series that will make your love for anime much bigger.
Mirai Nikki Trailer (English Sub)
2. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 9, 2012 – March 26, 2013
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a romantic school comedy which revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda, who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problematic children at Sorata's school. One day, Mashiro Shiina, a cute girl who also happens to be a cosmopolitan and a brilliant artist, moves into Sakurasou.
Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from all the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no clue how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata's dorm friends designate him as the "master" of Mashiro, and now, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like "a master and his pet."
This anime is perfect for anyone who loves the school life-kind of anime. It will draw you in with the silly humour and the cuteness of all the cats Sorata keeps. It’s an anime that will stay with you for a long time because of the funny moments, the romance and, as well as, the style of the story. A great watch.
Pet Girl of Sakurasou Subtitled Collection - Official Trailer
1. Naruto Shippuden
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: February 15, 2007 - Ongoing
In Naruto Shippuden the story revolves around an older and a bit more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend, Uchiha Sasuke, from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. It has been 2 and a half years and Naruto finally returns to his village of Konoha. He then goes about putting his ambitions to work, it will not be easy, as he now has a few more dangerous enemies, like the shinobi organization; Akatsuki.
Naruto Shippuden is the story which continues the anime that started it all. The storyline has become a little more serious at, which will draw any anime otaku into it’s exciting and dramatic adventure. A big favorite because of the characters, the storyline and of course the music as well as the Japanese voice actors for the anime.
Naruto Shippuden Opening 16
Anime will always be a important part of my life and many others. Anime is more than just visuals, it’s art and is as important as some of the greatest movies we’ve been introduced to over the years. They will keep on giving us hope, laughter, excitement and so much more. If you love anime, be proud and embrace the anime otaku inside you.