Out of the many great things which come from Japan, anime would be classified by many as one of the best. With story lines to match anyone’s particular interest. Whether it be school life, giant robots battling in space, futuristic tales or reminiscing tales of the past, anime truly does have the ability to capture not only one’s interest but draw you into hundreds of different stories all told by cute characters with those typical big, adorable eyes. Anyhow, the main point here is that out of the hundreds to choose from, this is a list of 5 anime series that any dedicated otaku simply must watch at some point.
In the mystical land of Fiore, magic exists as an essential part of everyday life. Countless magic guilds lie at the core of all magical activity. And serve as venues for like-minded mages to band together and take on job requests. Among them, Fairy Tail stands out from the rest as a place of strength, spirit, and family.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage searching for celestial gate keys. Her dream is to become a full-fledged wizard by joining this famous guild. In her search, she runs into Natsu Dragneel and his partner Happy, who are on a quest to find Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel.
Upon being tricked by a man, Lucy falls prey to an abduction attempt, only to be saved by Natsu. To her shock, he reveals that he is a member of Fairy Tail and invites her to join them. There, Lucy meets the guild’s strange members, such as the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster and magic swordswoman Erza Scarlet. Together as a family, they battle the forces of evil, help those in need, and gain new friends, all the while enjoying the never-ending adventure that is Fairy Tail.
Fairy Tail won Animax Asia‘s Anime of the Year Award in 2010, and the Best Japanese Anime Award. It has also won the Best French Dubbing Award at the 19th Anime & Manga Grand Prix in 2012.
A Shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the Shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note. Since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
- KAMISAMA HAJIMEMASHITA
High schooler Nanami Momozono has quite a few problems of late, beginning with her absentee father being in such extreme debt that they lose everything. Downtrodden and homeless, she runs into a man being harassed by a dog. After helping him, she explains her situation. And to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude. But when she discovers that his home is a rundown shrine, she tries to leave. However, she is caught by two shrine spirits and a familiar fox named Tomoe. They mistake her for the man, Mikage, Nanami rescued. Mikage is the land God of the shrine. Realizing that Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement God, Tomoe leaves abruptly, refusing to serve a human.
Rather than going back to being homeless, Nanami immerses herself in her divine duties. But if she must keep things running smoothly, she will need the help of a certain hot-headed fox. In her fumbling attempt to seek out Tomoe, she lands in trouble and ends up sealing a contract with him. Now the two must traverse the path of godhood together as god and familiar. But it will not be easy, for new threats arise in the form of a yōkai who wants to devour the girl, a snake that wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.
- AKATSUKI NO YONA
Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka. However, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. She is forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard. The naïve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state.
Based on the popular manga of the same name by Mizuho Kusanagi, Akatsuki no Yona follows Princess Yona on a coming-of-age adventure as she faces the harsh realities of her kingdom. With only a mysterious legend to guide her, Yona must discover a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka.
Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother. His only real achievement is that he is Japan’s top player of the popular online video game, “Btooom!”. However, his peaceful life is about to change when he finds himself stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere. He has got just a small, green crystal embedded in his left hand and no memory of how he got there. To his shock, someone has decided to recreate the game he is so fond of in real life, with the stakes being life or death.
Armed with a bag full of unique bombs known as “BIM,” the players are tasked with killing seven of their fellow participants. All to obtain their green crystals, used as proof of their victory, in order to return home. Initially condemning any form of violence, Ryouta is forced to fight. He realizes that many of the other players are not as welcoming as they may seem. He teams up with Himiko, a fellow Btooom! player who turns out to be his in-game wife. They attempt to get off of the island together. But they slowly come closer and closer to the truth behind this contest of death.
Please do not hesitate to comment on the list. There are many more animes that rightly deserve to be considered one of the best in the world. However, these 5 are those can get any one sucked into the world of fantasy and anime where anything can happen!