Animations are a beautiful thing that come in all formats, from black and white to stop motion and hand drawn. I grew up watching many types of animations, that it has become a part of me along the way.
They have come a long way with their movies too, but i’d like to focus on some of my favourite anime tv series. I would suggest watching them in their original language if and when it’s possible as it’s sometimes more engaging but there are some quality dubs too.
I have seen some of the greatest stories within animations and anime (manga) so it’s about time they shined on here. Perhaps a favourite of yours is also on here.
Credits: Manga Written by Hajime Isayama. Anime Series Directed by Tetsuya Araki. Music by Hiroyuki Sawano.
For over many years the tall walls of Shinganshina town have been protected from the gigantic human like creatures that roam the outside world. That is until a clan of greater Titans break down the wall and start to eat the inhabitants which force Eren Yeager, his sister and friend to flee their hometown looking in horror at the destruction left behind.
Five years later they manage to enlist as cadets and join a special operations squad that deal with fighting the titans with their unique quick slicing attack to the necks on their flying rope like mechanisms.
The raw emotions each character displays is something to behold and one of the most striking acrobatic actions you’ll see in an anime as Eren says ” if you win, you live. If you lose you die. If you dont fight, you can’t win!”
With bones being crushed and heads being torn apart, this anime is far from being shy with gore but it’s gore with suspense and a highly entertaining story.
Credits: Manga Written by Tsugumi Ohba. Anime Series Directed by Tetsuro Araki. Written by Toshiki Inoue. Music by Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi.
Playing ‘God’ may seem fun for awhile but it comes with dire consequences as Light Yagami finds out. ” I will reign over a new world.” With a supernatural notebook at hand, killing without getting caught should only be so easy if it didn’t get so complicated.
With a task force and a smart but very odd, sugar addicted detective by the name of’ L’ hot on his trail, Light finds himself in many dangerous situations. With a thrilling dark tale, this series makes for a very intelligent watch and always remember to never give out your real name.
Credits: Created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Composed by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn.
The world of Aang is divided into four nations; the water tribes, the earth kingdom, the fire nation and the air nomads. where people have the ability to use their designed ability to bend and manipulate that element.
A very heartwarming and entertaining story sees the legendary twelve year old Aang and his friends who venture on a flying bison named Appa to save humanity from being torn apart by the Fire nations. So many epic battles occur that it seems all too much for a couple of youngsters which makes them that much stronger. Aang is a legend because “only the Avatar can master all four elements”.
The three seasons are each titled in books that represent the three elements of Water, Earth and fire.
The show is full of quirky humour that is not only for the kids but enjoyed by everyone of all ages. The airbending adventure awaits. I choose Earth!
From the creators of Avatar the last airbender, comes a sequel with the same elements of bending. Years have passed since Avatar passed away and reincarnated in the spirit of the fourteen year old Korra; “it just doesn’t come easy to me..” who finds taking after such a master is a very challenging cycle.
I love this series just the same (dare I say a little more),Because of the humour and the depth the characters go into moreso than Avatar did, as the maturity helps the plot develop into something with more suspense and dark elements which i prefer.
Credits: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Written by John Semper. Theme tune composed by Joe Perry and Shuki Levy.
The theme tune to this alone makes me nostalgic. I used to wake up quite early just to watch this. It is one of the best designs and nicely voiced characters of its time, not to forget the sarcasm that plays a big role in Spidermans traits “sure pal, whatever you say”, are highly entertaining.
I loved how as the series progressed, so did the villains that included the Kingpin, Green Goblin, the Lizard and Doctor Octopus to name a few. And then we have Peter’s love interest Felicia Hardy with her alter ego as the Black Cat and various other superheroes from the Marvel series also make an apperance.
Credits Created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Len wein. Theme music composed by Ron Wasserman.
Like Spider-Man, this was another early morning watch for me. (The 6a.m trip downstairs sure were worth it). A great theme tune to go with a great series.
The character development was also accurate to the comic and Storm really did justice with her powers as she was created to and my favourite character from the show. What’s more, even spidy himself makes an appearance when he needs help after he learns of his transformation.
Credits: Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro. Written by Gen Urobuchi. Music by Yugo Kanno.
I have just finished season one and it was a great cliffhanger when someone gets killed. It’s a promising story that focuses on the idea of a network that scans civilizations active mentalities of the likelihood of them comitting a crime before they actually have. We indeed have a little Minority Report happening here. “ A perfect plan is acheived when it has the plasticity needed to flexibly deal with troubles”.
Police officers use guns known as Dominators that activate at aimed suspects that have a high crime rate level. Sounds like it should be a clean criminal free city then..except there is a criminal mastermind who goes undetected and a cat and mouse chase pursues with dangerous casualties.
Next on my list to watch..