Anime series have increasingly become more accessible to everyone through many streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. There is a large variety to pick from regardless of which streaming service you subscribe to. However, where do you begin? There are so many different types of anime, it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not sure where to start. Here are some of the best anime to start with to introduce yourself to the genre. You can enjoy these if you are a first-time anime watcher or even an anime enthusiast.
There is no hiding the fact that Naruto is one of the most popular anime series out there, and there is a reason for it. This series is able to catch the attention of many different types of audiences. Naruto has equal parts comedy, action, fantasy, and adventure.
This anime follows a young, adolescent ninja trying to overcome obstacles and achieve his dream of one day becoming the leader of his village. Once an abandoned and lonely orphan, he is not afraid to work hard in order to become a better ninja, with the help and support of his friends. This anime series is available on Netflix and Hulu.
2. Fairy Tail
If you want an anime series with beautiful artwork and great visuals, Fairy Tail is definitely a must-see anime. Fairy Tail takes place in a faraway land where magic exists. A lot of character origins get touched upon in the first season. This is great because it really helps connect and fall in love with the characters on a deeper level.
The series follows a small band of friends from a wizard guild, through which they take on job requests for the community around them. However, it seems these friends have terrible luck because wherever they go, disaster seems to follow them. The series has its first season on Netflix, and the entire series is available on Hulu.
3. My Hero Academia
Superhero movies and shows have been a big hit on streaming services. However, have you checked out the superhero anime, My Hero Academia? This anime follows Izuka Midoriya, a boy who was born without superpowers, known as “quirks.” In his world, quirks are the norm and he is viewed as weak and has no potential because he doesn’t possess a quirk.
However, this isn’t stopping Midoriya from trying to become the greatest hero ever, just like his idol, All Might, the top superhero. One day, Midoriya finally meets All Might and in an unexpected turn of events, he passes some of his quirk onto Midoriya, who then becomes his protege. Midoriya has to learn how to use his newly discovered quirk. He also has to survive as more secrets unfold throughout the series and he trains to become the greatest hero ever. This anime series is available on Hulu.
4. Attack On Titan
If you are looking for something a bit darker – don’t worry, we have you covered. Attack on Titan takes place in a city that defends itself constantly from giant humanoid creatures knows as “Titans.” The anime series more closely focuses on Eren Jaeger, a young, new member of the military who was motivated to join the military after he lost his mother to a Titan.
This causes Eren to take a vow to eliminate all the Titans on Earth in order to avenge his mother. Attack on Titan has wonderful artistry with a great eye for detail, especially when it comes to architectural and landscape illustration. You can watch this anime series on Netflix and Hulu.
5. The Anime Series: Death Note
All of the anime series listed above have a lot of action. Maybe you’re looking for an anime series that is not quite so action-packed, but rather more along the lines of the suspense and mystery genres. In that case, you should watch Death Note. A god of death drops a notebook that has special powers on Earth just to see what would happen.
The notebook is capable of killing a person when their name is written in it. The person who stumbles upon the notebook is a bright high school student named Light Yagami. He sees this as an opportunity to get rid of those who are evil in the world. However, in doing this, he attracts the attention of many around him, including the international police. You can watch this anime series on Netflix or Hulu.
Get Your Anime Series Binge On
Hopefully one of these anime series caught your eye. There are so many more out there that are great too. However, if you don’t know what direction to head in, this is a great start. Even if you have already seen a few but are looking for your next favorite anime, give one of these a try! Also, if you want to check out a newer anime series that’s not on this list, make sure to check out our list of the best anime series of 2018 that you’ll wish you hadn’t missed.