For me, one of the many enigmas of pop culture is how anime shows, despite a raving worldwide fandom, hasn’t received mainstream appreciation yet. Many still consider anime as an equivalent for ‘cartoon’ and tend to misconstrue it as ‘appropriate for kids only’. That couldn’t be further from the truth for most anime series out there. In Japan, “anime” refers to any kind of animation created for the visual media. But for rest of the world, “anime” is a colloquial term for Japanese animation TV shows or movies. With a gorgeous, distinctive artistic style, immersive worlds, intense and magnetic characters and all-out extreme action, anime provides a blend of entertainment and enlightenment few others can master.
Anime has been steadily finding dedicated fandom across the globe, and it keeps increasing its slow foray into the mainstream. The constant onslaught of a whole lot of astoundingly brilliant shows for the last 25 years has only helped its cause. As an Otaku (a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom), I always get asked by people about which show they should begin their anime exploration with. And what better way to begin exploring the medium than watching the very best of it!
So here it is, the list of the greatest animation emerging from the ‘Land Of The Rising Sun’. Fledgling anime enthusiasts will find this list a handy addition to their watch-lists, whereas ardent Otaku-san shall attempt to murder me for not including their favourite shows on here (Sorry ‘Naruto’, ‘Bleach’ and ‘Pokemon’ fans!). On my part, I’ve tried my best to pose an objective opinion without letting my individual fandom get in the way. Read on! Here is the list of best anime shows of ever.
12. Steins/Gate (2011)
Plot Overview: Okabe Rintarou, a university student who refers to himself as ‘Mad Scientist’, and his lab work on a microwave device that can transfer messages to the past. Without getting captured, they must get it to work in order to foil the diabolical plan of the evil organization, SERN.
People who judge shows based on just one episode might give up on Steins/Gate right away. But for the ones who stick through, an enticing story lies in store. Steins/Gate manages to balance a unique plot containing time travel (which is uncommon in anime) and interesting characters with ease. The show starts off slowly, with emphasis on comedy before picking a brisk pace plot-wise, as it misleads the viewer by spending the first half of the series on comedy before turning into a thriller for the second half. The characters grow on you too, as they get fleshed out and their stories fall in place. Its time travel aspect is thought through in depth and intelligently put forth, something which many a show tends to botch up *cough* ‘The Flash!’ *cough*. A sweet concoction of Sci-Fi and Anime without the usual flashiness.
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