If you’re new getting into anime, you will know how overwhelming it is to pick a new series to watch. With so many shows out there where do you even start?
Hopefully I can make your life easier for you.
Hi there, I’m Garnt, better known Gigguk online. I’ve been making anime videos on YouTube for far too long (13 years) and somehow I’ve been lucky enough to turn it into my job. I’ve been asked by Crunchyroll to list down some of my top anime recommendations, as my good friend Connor “CDAWGVA” has done before me.
As much as I want to roast his list, I have to give him credit for being able to fill up 30 different spots of anime that doesn’t start with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure but unlike Connor, I’m an Anime YouTuber who actually watches anime so lets see if we can do something a little better. Joey “TheAn1meman” will be promptly making a list after me as well, I’m sure claiming that his list is better than mine, but don’t listen to him.
He doesn’t watch anime either.
One of the most difficult question I get asked is what are my favourite anime. My favourites can vary VASTLY from day to day based on my mood, memory, and what I had for breakfast. So if there’s one question every Anime YouTuber HATES, it’s a list of their top favourite anime recommendations.
Anyway, here’s a list of my top favourite anime recommendations:
(Image via Netflix)
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion
I don’t think it’s really possible to pick a “Greatest Anime of All Time” but if I had to pick one that was most important to me, it’s Evangelion. I know starting off with literally one of the most influential anime of all time isn’t exactly breaking the mold but I do firmly believe that this is something every anime fan should watch at least once… when they are ready.
This isn’t really a franchise you enjoy, it’s one you experience. Some won’t like that experience and that’s fine, but for those who are able to come out of this with something will be given an experience you can’t find elsewhere. This show has stood the test of time, it’s the product of a creator laying himself bare on screen showing the darkest depths of the human psyche that you will either reject, not understand at all, or connect with on a level deeper than many pieces of media will ever be able to do.
Oh, and Giant Robots go pew pew as well.
The Fate franchise may seem daunting to newcomers now but at it’s core, it’s very simple:
Last team standing get’s any wish they want granted.
Ready, set, go.
It's a battle royal with Mages that can summon heroes from history and legends, and yes, that is as cool as it sounds. This isn't just a simple Fortnite romp through Tomato Town though, this is a Shakespearian tragedy of 7 teams playing 5D chess with each other. Whether it be writing, animation, music, Fate/Zero is an absolute masterclass in so many aspects.
Shonen battle is the lifeblood of popular anime, without it I'm sure alot of us would never have watched anime in the first place. Its formula has been passed down and replicated through the ages, so it can be hard to find a single one that truly stands out. Hunter x Hunter is what happens when you take the best parts of an established genre and condense it down into a 148 episode package. Whether you are looking for awesome fights, underdog stories, tournament arcs or one of the best power systems in all of anime, shonen doesn't get much better than this.
Sometimes inspiration can hit from the most unlikeliest of places, and if you had told me years ago that one of the most inspirational Anime I would ever see would be about a bunch of cute Anime girls travelling to Antarctica, I would've said you have the wrong person. If you've ever had that desire to go on an adventure or do something crazy to shake up your life but never had the courage to do so, this might just give you the final push you were looking for. Cute Girls doing cute things? How about cute girls doing amazing things.
(Image via baccano.jp)
I've yet to meet a single person who hasn't thoroughly enjoyed Baccano!, because if they did I'm pretty sure they'd be allergic to fun. Bacanno! encapsulates a pure, entertaining ride. Take a bunch of larger than life characters who'd give Tarantino a run for his money, add some immortal gangsters to the mix, put them all on one train and just let the mayhem ensure. This is a show that proves you don't need something particularly deep to be ridiculously entertaining, it's funny, it's exciting, it's absolute chaos but most of all, it's just a fun time.
And here’s the rest:
6. One Piece
10. Black Lagoon
11. Devilman Crybaby
12. Gurren Lagann
13. Attack on Titan
14. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
15. Code Geass
16. Hajime no Ippo
17. the Monogatari Franchise
18. Vinland Saga
19. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
20. Mob Psycho 100
21. Log Horizon
22. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
25. Your Lie in April
26. Ping Pong the Animation
27. Welcome to the NHK
28. Made in Abyss
30. Fullmetal Alchemist
And there it is.
Now, a lot of these aren’t my “personal” favourites, but I don’t think the general audience are ready for some of my spicy personal picks. Honestly if you’re just looking for something new to watch you can’t really go wrong with anything on this list.
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