Anime: entertaining, tear-jerking, hilarious, and serious. With so many styles and such diverse storylines, anime has spread across the world, touching the hearts and minds of many people. You never know what to expect from the different genres, and each anime is a surprise for every viewer. We asked a couple of students what they watch and would like to recommend to you! Enjoy!
Bungou Stray Dogs (2016): (2 seasons, 12 episodes each) This anime is centered around Atsushi Nakajima, an 18-year-old boy with supernatural powers who joins the Armed Detective Agency (a detective agency that mostly consists of people with supernatural powers) after saving one of its members from drowning. As most of the characters are named after authors, with their abilities being based off one of their works, the references to the Japanese characters require a bit of research. References aside, the anime has beautiful animation, an easy-to-follow storyline, and likeable characters. Keep in mind that it is part of the seinen (serious) genre, as it gets darker and more serious as the series progresses. It isn't completely dark, as there is some comedy thrown in to lighten the mood a little bit. This anime is great for people who want to watch anime, but want to avoid anime that is too cheerful for their tastes.
Clannad (2012): (2 seasons, 23 episodes each [not including ova's], 1 movie) This anime is about the daily lives of Tomoya Okazaki, Nagisa Furukawa, and their friends in school and beyond. This anime might seem boring at first, as nothing seems to be happening in the first few episodes, but it's worth watching all the way through. Also, the storyline and certain scenes might be confusing at times, but everything ties in at the end of the second season. Be prepared with tissues if you easily get emotional, because the second season hits hard with its major heartbreaking moments. It may be hard for some people to get past the animation style, but the struggles the characters face are realistic and make the characters more relateable for viewers. This anime is great for people who enjoy watching emotional TV shows or movies, but wants something that is lighthearted for the most part and that has a happy ending.
Little Witch Academia (2017): (1 season, ongoing) This anime focuses on Akko Kagari, a girl who enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy to follow in the footsteps of her childhood idol. Akko struggles to keep up with the other students in her classes, as she doesn't come from a magical family, but is persistent in reaching her goal. This anime is loosely based off of two short films with the same name, but no prior knowledge of those films is required to enjoy this series. This anime is definitely a lighthearted and cheerful anime, complete with hilarious moments from Akko's attempts at magic. Little Witch Academia has a cute artstyle and gives off a happy sort of vibe. This anime is great for those who would rather watch something that makes them feel good and happy inside.
I recommend watching Kamisama Kiss, which is about a highschooler named Nanami, who becomes an earth deity. She and her familiar, Tomoe, fall in love with each other which is forbidden. I really like this anime because it's just a feel good rom-com and it makes me really happy. I've re-watched it about 4 times and it never gets old.
- Lauren Lee
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