8 exciting Anime to watch when bored at home
Anime from just being Japanese cartoons, has created a worldwide audience for themselves. Anime has become commercially profitable in the west, as demonstrated by successful Western adaptations of anime, such as Astro Boy and Death Note.
In the 1990s, Japanese animation slowly gained popularity in America. Media companies such as Viz and Mixx began publishing and releasing animation into the American market. Anime was further popularized by television shows such as Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z in the late 1990s. The growth of the Internet later provided international audiences an easy way to access Japanese content. However, initially most of the anime were pirated. But in 2021 with OTT platforms like Netflix and Crunchyroll, not only the popular anime like Death Note but several niche anime also have received a good response from audience.
Best anime to watch: From suspense thriller to science fiction
1- Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)
Shinsekai Yori is a story set in a dystopian world. It is not a light watch and is quite gory. It is split into three time frames, childhood, teenagehood & adulthood.j
The story is set in Japan, a millennium from now. Five children Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shunhave been born and raised in a tranquil town, Kamisu’s 66th district, that can be described as a utopia overflowing with water and green foliage. The world is ruled by people who have the “cursed power” or the “gods’ power” of telekinesis. After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realise the true nature of their world. Before long, they learn everything, including the bloody history that brought humanity to this state. The five throw themselves into life-threatening adventure and fight to protect friends and a world on the brink of collapse.
2- Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden revolves around Auto Memory Dolls (自動手記人形 Jidō Shuki Ningyō): people initially employed by a scientist named Dr. Orland to assist his blind wife Mollie in writing her novels. In the present time, the term refers to the industry of writing for others.
The story follows Violet Evergarden’s journey of reintegrating back into society after the war is over and her search for her life’s new purpose (as now she is no longer a soldier), which is to understand the last words her major, Gilbert, had told her — “I love you”. The anime also has an English era vibe.
Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words. So she begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of the words her mentor had last said to her. One of the best anime to watch and widely became popular in 2020.
3- Death Note
Death Note is for anyone who wants to start watching anime. A masterpiece series with a genius High school prodigy as the protagonist. You cannot hate him, inspite of being evil. There are some other characters as well that will leave a strong impression on you, especially the lead’s counterpart, L.
In Tokyo, an intelligent yet disaffected high-school student named Light Yagami finds the “Death Note”, a mysterious black notebook which can kill anyone as long as the user knows both the target’s name and face. After verifying that the notebook works and initially being terrified of its god-like abilities, Light begins to consider the possibilities of the Death Note’s abilities and sets out to create a utopian world. But a mysterious detective known only as L (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) becomes determined to put a stop to his reign. This is my personal best anime to watch and the sequel that released in 2020 was just hats off legendary.
Steins;Gate is an adaptation of the video game of the same name. It is a story about time travel and the consequences of its misuse. It beautifully captures the world line theory.
Steins; Gate is a story about time travel. The protagonist is a man named Okabe Rintarou; a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who goes by the name of Hououin Kyouma. He is about to attend a lecture from a man proclaiming to have discovered the secrets of time travel. He is taken away from the lecture by a strange girl named Makise Kurisu who asks him about a previous conversation they had not too long ago, but Rintarou has no idea who this girl is and leaves her- only to find out that shortly after his departure she has been stabbed to death. Perplexed by these recent events, Rintarou sends a message to a friend named Itaru concerning Kurisu’s murder. As he clicks the “send message button” he is unconsciously thrown into an alternate reality having several inconsistencies with his own memories.
Erased follows the Story of Satoru Fujinuma who is a 29 year old aspiring manga artist with the ability to travel backwards in time to prevent terrible things from happening. It is a perfect melding of time travel and murder mystery.
A 29 year old man lives a quiet and peaceful life working at a pizza place when he starts experiencing a strange phenomenon he calls ‘Revival’. When ‘Revival’ happens, Satoru Fujinuma is brought back up to 5 minutes in the past where he must prevent a tragedy from happening, like an accident. One day, he gets falsely accused of murder and the phenomenon occurs but this time, he gets back 18 years in the past which is during his middle school period. With the mind of a 29 years old adult and the body of a child, he needs to find out what he must change to revoke this accusation and get back in the present.
Hyouka is an amalgam of mystery and romance. It revolves around a genius High school student, Houtarou who has a motto, “If I don’t have to do it, I won’t. And if I have to do it , I’ll make it quick.”
Houtarou is usually quite apathetic, however his sister forced him to join the classic literature club. Once there he discovers some information regarding an incident surrounding one of the members’ uncle. Together with an inquisitive girl this unassertive boy delves deeper into this mystery.
7- Flavors of Youth
Flavors of Youth will make you reminisce about your school/college days, the days of struggle. It has three different stories of youth set in different cities of China.
Hidamari no Choshoku (The Rice Noodles)
Taking place in Hunan Province and Beijing, Xiao Ming reminisces about his memories with his grandmother through his love for San Xian noodles.
Chiisana Fashion Show (A Little Fashion Show)
Taking place in Guangzhou, Yi Lin is a fashion model and her younger sister Lulu is a student in designing clothes. The story depicts the struggles of experienced models in modelling industry and battle of survival amidst the competition from new age fresh and young faces.
Shanghai Koi (Love in Shanghai)
Taking place in a shikumen in Shanghai from 1999 to the modern-day, Li Mo has a friendly relationship with Xiao Yu. This story is about lost childhood love which gets disclosed in youth and the struggle behind finding it.
Chihayafuru is another not so popular anime. Primarily, because it is centred around a Japanese card game Karuta, which is not much known outside Japan.
Chihaya, the lead character meets a boy named Arata, a talented karuta player. He thinks that she has a potential to become a great player. Then, Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan’s best karuta player. The story is about passion, friendship and thriving love triangle between Chihaya, Arata & Taichi.
Chihaya Ayase is a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. That changes when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented Karuta player. After becoming friends, he believes that Chihaya has potential to become a great player. As Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan’s best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends as they grow up. Now in high school, Chihaya is reunited with her childhood friend, Taichi Mashima. Together, they form the Mizusawa Karuta Club. With her teammates and friends supporting her, Chihaya strives to become the best karuta player in the world and to one day be with Arata again.
These were some of the best anime to watch(2020) and looking forward to many more!