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10 Great Anime Series to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for some animated series to binge on? Here are some wholesome, beautiful animated series you can watch on Amazon Prime:

Dororo

This is an exciting story that begins with a wicked lord who makes a deal with 12 sealed demons for the prosperity of his lands. Years go by, and a young orphan thief named Dororo encounters the boy. He has blades instead of arms and is blind, but his eyes can see monsters. This is a fantastic story that unfolds with a deeply layered story that touches on themes of friendship, revenge, myths, and beautiful moments. Watch this for an experience that you will not forget.

Vinland Saga

A reputed Viking commander lives in Iceland with his wife and son. A mercenary sent to kill him. After his death, his son teams up in a bid to avenge his father’s murder. This is a great series that is a touching tale of how the family stands up to the murderers of its head. It also packs a lot of well animated scenes and memorable moments. The series is loved by many anime lovers over the world and it is definitely worth a watch and your time.

Birdy The Mighty

This Japanese manga series is beautifully written and illustrated by ace artist Masami Yuki. This is the story of Birdy, an undercover interstellar agent on a mission to capture the most dangerous criminals ever seen in the galaxy. The series offers adventure, fantasy, and some extremely relatable moments that make the story come through with absolute relatability. It is executed with a sharp sense of commitment and it is something that is very engaging for people of all ages.

Cowboy Bebop

This is a science-fiction series, that showcases a dark world of drugs and violence. It is a packed series that did attract some amount of criticism blaming it for the increase in violence in Japanese schools. Even though this allegation stands, the series is rich in stunning animated sequences and it is still worth a watch if you want to explore the theme and also see what it is that caused such a row in Japan.

Flame Of Recca

This is yet another interesting, engaging series with some amazing animation. The story follows a teenage boy who is interested in ninja. He often gets into fights but eventually pledges his loyalty and services as a ninja to a girl with the innate ability to heal any wound because of her kindness and compassion. He later realizes that he has a magical ability to control flames and the story follows how he journeys with his abilities and ambitions and navigates his life.

Grand Blue

This is a full-on fun story of a college student who spends his year at the seaside town having fun on the beach with his school friends. It packs the conflicts of growing up, staying together and navigating friendships. It is a beautiful series that is stunning to look at. The deep blue sea looks more real than a real-life beach moment. The entire story is narrated with the sea and the atmosphere as main influences. Watch this series and be extremely amazed by the imaginative power of animation.

Great Teacher Onizuka

This show focuses on a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin who becomes a teacher at a private middle school. It is a layered take on life, purpose, and many deeper thoughts. Everything is told with a sense of tenderness yet it all comes across as a strong story that is put forth with a playful commitment to integrity. Watch this to indulge in the beautiful voice-overs and lovely animation that will keep you curious for more.

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress

The series is beyond exciting especially in today’s times. It is about a serious virus that appears during the industrial revolution. It draws a very interesting picture of how people deal with a deadly virus. It feels like a dream to watch this in our post corona world. The series is beautifully animated and brings out the anxieties of the spreading pandemic with a deep sense of awareness. Watch it if you want to see something that resembles our current reality.

Made In Abyss

This is a show about a girl and the robot that she owns. The both of them embark on a search for her mother, who seems lost within a large vacuum. The show is equal parts sentimental and entertaining. It is something that has a deep emotional core and also a very engaging, adventurous storyline. The animation compliments the plot and the voices, details, and everything else is absolutely on point. This is definitely a show worth watching to take your mind off a tiring day.

Nichijou

Set in a suburban Japanese town, this series is filled with a group of students, featuring moments from their everyday lives. The story packs their difficult life situations, young years, and the complex predicaments of growing up. The animation is lovely, and it encompasses all the confusion of the age and the problems of the characters in the story. It is a lovely, engaging watch.

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10 Best Netflix Animes For Hardcore Fans Only

by Kaylen Summers

Anime is a Japanese style of animated films which are imaginative and impactful. They are suited for both children and adults with their many layers of storytelling. Here are a few amazing animes on Netflix that you can watch:

Food Wars

This is a series for all food and culinary lovers out there. It is the story of a young chef who is happy cooking at a small family-run eatery. He gets thrust into a culinary school where he is pit against some of the world’s best cooks. The film follows his struggles, aspirations, and passion for food. It is also a mouth-watering experience where food is animated with such stunning details that you will definitely feel hungry after watching. Don’t tell us we did not warn you!

Erased

This is a chilling psychological thriller about a young boy who has the ability to travel back in time whenever something horrible happens in his vicinity. He uses this power to stop any mishaps from occurring. But when he encounters a serial killer, he must make a journey back in time that will stop the killer from executing the act. The film is a thrilling experience that blends fiction and fantasy in the right amounts. Watch it if you love films that immerse you in their world.

Blue Exorcist

This is a series that is full of intrigue and spine-chilling scenes. It follows a young boy who discovers that he is the son of Satan. It shows how the boy makes peace with his destiny and uses it to navigate his life and relationships. It also documents the conflicts of being born with a streak of evil and how that might meddle with a person’s attempts to live a modest life. This is one for the lovers of drama and a bit of spooky horror.

One Piece

This is undisputedly one of the best anime series ever. It follows a young, good-hearted pirate who sets out to find the “One Piece” that will make him the true king of all pirates. It has all elements of emotional ups and downs in it. It is racy, sentimental, witty, and packed with action. Many of the scenes are overwhelming and impactful. It is a complete package of all kinds of emotions you are looking for in a series.

No Game, No Life

This is a fascinating 12-part anime series about two pro gamers. They defeat God in an online gaming match and become Gods themselves. They are then thrust into a world where decisions are made based on winning or losing games. This is a film that bends your imagination and crosses over faith and technology. It is an edgy, modern re-telling of how ethics and science sometimes collide, making it hard to arrive at value-based decisions. Watch it for a one-of-a-kind experience that will definitely blow your mind away.

Castlevania

This is an amazing medieval fantasy anime series that follows the last surviving member of a clan. He tries to save the place from Dracula and what unfolds is a stunning series based on revenge, war, action, and drama. The animation is outstanding and it is one of the most popular anime series on Netflix now. It is unprecedented in its imaginative brilliance and the scenes are set in such a way that you cannot help believe in this world that is solely based on imagination.

Fireworks

This is the story of young, adolescent love. It follows lovers who elope to live their dreams. They find a magic ball that enables them to reset time. But each reset has its own implications and the story deals with how these young dreamers figure their life out in between this. The story seems like a flamboyant romance at the surface. But as you watch further, it develops deep layers that are very immersive and impactful.

Mirai

This is an endearing story of a little boy who finds out that he is about to have a younger sister, Mirai. He struggles to cope with the loss of his parents’’ attention and having to share his life with a new member. To avoid facing this, he discovers a portal in his garden that allows him to travel in time and meet some magical characters. The story then follows how he deals with his life, fantasies, and his sibling’s arrival. This is a heart-warming tale that is fun and memorable to watch.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

This is a sweet little story about a girl Mary. She finds herself alone and bored in a city of adults. To fight her boredom, she ventures into the forest and finds a magic flower that allows her to be a witch for one night. But Mary gets into trouble with some magical characters in her attempt to get back to her normal life from her witch transformation. The story is simple yet layered with the inner world of a small girl who is trying to be loved and heard.

Flavors of Youth

This combines three different stories of youth from different parts of the country. While one is about the nostalgia of noodles in a bowl, the other is about finding the way back home. All three stories showcase different shades of lost youth and reflect upon themes of growing up and coming to terms with life. They are extremely relatable and animated with utmost attention to detail. They bring out ease and nostalgia in us that is a bittersweet experience.

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8 Awesome Animes Available On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

A Silent Voice

Shouko Nishimiya is the new girl in school and is bullied by Shouya Ishida for being deaf. However, as the teasing continued the rest of the class turned against Shouya due to his lack of compassion. Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again for the rest of elementary school. When Shouya became older and wiser, he gets tormented by his past wrongdoings. So, he is off to see Shouka once again to atone for his sins. But, is it too late?

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion is the second installment and a theatre released follow up to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The installment comprises of two alternate episodes that were first meant to take the place of episodes 25 and 26. This finale answers several questions surrounding the series and also opens up new possibilities as well.

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

Famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen had a successful robbery, but was left with nothing but a large amount of fake money- known as the “Goat Bills”. However, he is not going to give up that easily. Tracking down the counterfeiter responsible, he looks to steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro. That includes a ‘damsel in distress’ that he finds imprisoned there.

In This Corner of the World

Set in World War II Japan, the tale surrounds Young Suzu. After her marriage, she leaves her small village in Hiroshima and starts living with her in-laws in Kure, a military harbor. In order to overcome deprivation, she quickly shelters in creativity.  The many hardships, the loss of loved ones, the frequent air raids of the enemy, where not able to alter her enthusiasm.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary Smith is a young girl who stays with her great-aunt in the countryside. As she followed a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, she discovers a strange flower and an old broom. Little did she know that these ordinary items had some extraordinary magical powers.

Blame!

In the distant future where civilization is in its ultimate net-based form,  an “infection” has caused all the automated systems to get out of order.  This resulted in humanity losing access to the city’s controls and the defense system known as the Safeguard is hunting them down. However, a girl named Zuru becomes the key to restoring order to the world.

Miss Hokusai

Set in the small town of Edo during 1814, an accomplished artist of his time, Tetsuzo spends most of his days creating astounding pieces of art.  The 23-year-old O-Ei is the third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness. Even though her art is mostly uncredited, it is so powerful that it led to some trouble.

The Garden of Words

Takao is training to become a shoemaker. While he was sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden, he meets a mysterious woman named Yukino. From there, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Their relationship soon deepens and they open up to each other. However, with the end of the rainy season soon coming to an end, will their relationship also fade away.

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