10. Ghost in the Shell
In the year 2029, with the advance of cybernetic technology, the human body can be “augmented” or even completely replaced with cybernetic parts. But when terrorism reaches a new peak and targets neuro-connectively equipped civilians like Motoko Kusanagi herself, she begins to wonder if this cyborg body of her… could actually be more human than she thinks?
What I liked About It: This is an anime for action lovers! The artwork of animation was great and it’s one of those few classics you should probably watch at least once!
9. Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Nausicaä is a princess raised in an isolated valley surrounded by toxic jungle and plagued by war. As she learns of the world, her wisdom, quick wit and a strong sense of justice help lead her country through many crises.
What I liked About It: Although this anime was released in 1984, it’s still one of my top 10 all-time favorite animes! For those who are not familiar with Nausicaa, it’s a fun action-adventure story about overcoming one’s enemy through kindness rather than force….something we could always use more of today.
8. Blue Submarine No. 6
The Earth has been devastated by a nuclear war that occurred in 1999, and the world is now covered completely in water due to the shift of tectonic plates which opened up all the oceanic trenches. Humanity continues to survive underwater but has been forced to adapt to this new environment and live beneath the sea surface as it was too polluted for any human to breathe on land. After many years, peace is brought back under control when Momo Sakrayoke, who used her intelligence during wartime and developed weapons that could destroy enemy vessels from within, becomes the Prime Minister of Japan and creates a treaty with other countries which brought about world peace again (at least from above the surface).
What I liked About It: This anime is focused on the plot and character development, but I found it extremely highly entertaining at the same time! The animation was very well done which made for a great combination of art and storytelling.
7 . Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
This is a Romeo-and-Juliet-style story set in the future on planet Earth where humans have colonized the Solar System’s planets and their moons, enjoying an advanced level of technology while retaining the nostalgia of the Classical Era (i.e., “the good old days”). However, jealousy and hatred hide behind this facade of a beautiful society. The anime is about Albert de Morcerf, the son of a count who lost everything to a young noble named Franz d’Epinay and was forced to move from his home in the capital to Marseille on Earth’s moon. There he meets Fernand Mondego (whose name is pronounced in French like “bad faith”), whose friendship he soon comes to value more than anything else.
What I liked About It: This story takes place in space but it has all the elements that make up real human nature; betrayal, jealousy, love, and hate. It’s not your typical anime that features spectacular fighting action…it’s all about the storytelling in this one!
6. Samurai X
In this installment, Kenshin Himura travels to the Land of Wind in order to prevent a war from breaking out between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the American army who are allied with the king of an Indian tribe that lives there. However, as soon as he arrives there, he realizes that everything is not what it appears to be…
What I liked About It: That all you need for a good action story is great characters and plot!
5 . Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009)
After losing their mother to an incurable disease, Edward Elric and his younger brother Alphonse abandon their old life and begin a quest to restore their bodies…a journey that puts them at odds with the military.
What I Liked About It: The story is so well written, it’s action-packed and has lots of plot twists which makes for an exciting ride from start to finish!
The ending was a real tear-jerker as there was more to the plot than meets the eye.
4 . Cowboy Bebop
In the future, bounty hunters are an organized and accepted profession. Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter who has come to collect from his partners, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine, while they were in a car chase with another bounty hunter called Vincent Volaju. When they arrive at their destination all three of them start fighting and during this feud, Vincent dies. The next day Ed finds out that his father’s ship “Bebop” has been stolen by unknown people so Ed, Jet, and Faye take off on their spaceship “Swordfish II” (named after Ed’s first partner) to hunt the thieves.
What I Liked About It: The storytelling was very well done and it had lots of entertaining side stories while still focusing on the main plot that tied everything together nicely at the end.
3 . Trigun
Vash the Stampede is a legendary gunman known across the galaxy as a “humanoid Typhoon”, able to destroy whole towns with his non-stop blitz of meteorologically assisted bullets. On arrival in the boomtown of July, he immediately becomes embroiled in a web of conspiracies and intrigue – but how will he fare against the fully automatic firepower of local law enforcement and its cybernetic tank division? From director Yasuhiro Nightow and studio Madhouse comes this manic Western sci-fi anime adventure, now available in an HD remaster.
What I liked About It: This is one wild ride that never ceases to amaze you. The plot is very well written, it has lots of funny moments and a few touching ones as well. The action scenes are also really entertaining to watch!
2 . Samurai Champloo
This is the tale of Mugen, Jin, and Fuu. Three teens who were not meant to travel together, but find themselves drawn together by a common goal; that goal being to track down the ‘samurai who smells of sunflowers.
What I liked About It: This anime features an awesome soundtrack with smooth Japanese hip hop mixed in with traditional samurai music. The art styles are very unique and the storytelling is great! It’s funny, it’s entertaining and everyone has a pretty badass personality.
1. YuYu Hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi is a street-brawling delinquent with a tough guy image to maintain. Unfortunately for him, this image is seriously dented when he’s Ki..ed by an angry driver – and resurrected as a hulking teenage demon by a compassionate little boy who happened to be passing by! Now part of the Spirit Realm Police force, Yusuke uses his newfound skills in investigation and combat to track down demons on the Earthly plane…
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