Great anime must have a lot of things going for it. A good plot, great relatable characters and good action (if action based) are some of the cornerstones that contribute to being considered great shows. But even then, some shows can still fall short because it just doesn’t have a heart. The anime on this list are spectacularly made and are a must watch for any hardcore anime fan. Having a hard time to buy your favourite Anime collections? Now shop online and get them at your doorstep through HI (professionals in removals to France).
One Piece (1998 -present)
The story follows the main character Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew as they journey around the world to find the legendary treasure left behind by the Pirate King, One Piece. This seemingly simple plot is anything but. The author Eiichiro Oda manages to deliver a story that is nothing short of spectacular. He is able to make the characters relatable by powerful and emotional backstories without making anything feel bloated or unnecessary. The battle scenes are beautifully done with proper character motivation. It is very off-putting when you don’t know why characters are fighting with each other. But none of that here, every fight has weight behind it and every punch has a reason. This is a must watch for any anime fan as the catching up with 800+ episodes is a sign of a hardcore anime fan.
Gintama is probably one of the two shows that could rival One Piece in terms of character development. This is satirical parody anime set in the Edo period of Japan and follows the adventures of Yoruzuya (Odd Jobs). If you are looking for a show that constantly mixes it up with a little bit of everything including amazing comedy, emotional gut-wrenching moments and spectacular fight scenes, then look no further. The author Hideaki Sorachi’s beautiful risqué writing translates wonderfully into an emotional roller coaster that very few shows can offer up. Every character likeable and every story interesting, this is perhaps one of the best shows ever made in the history of Anime.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009-2010)
Many new anime fans jump onto this show or the next anime on this list as they are considered to be perfect. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is universally loved by critics and fans alike and for good reason. The show is beautifully paced and the characters are extremely well done. The story revolves around two alchemist brothers who make a terrible mistake while trying to revive their dead mother using alchemy. This is a great jumping in point to anime as the story is not that long and the action is great.
Death Note (2006-2007)
Many consider this to be the pinnacle of how great anime can be and it is definitely worth all the praise. The story is about a high school student who stumbles upon a book that has the ability to kill people if their name is written in it. He goes on a killing spree and the story progresses into a mental chess battle between him and the police. The studio that is responsible for Death Note is Madhouse, arguably one of the best anime studios ever. So it is no surprise that the show delivers intense and gripping moments and moments that will make you go “How did they think that up?”
This being a subjective account on the best anime ever made, there are definitely many more wonderfully made movies and shows that can turn you into a devoted anime fan from your very first watch.
Do you like anime? Do you like intense horror and gore? Are you looking for a really good scare? If you answered yes to all of these questions then this list of the best of anime horror movies is surely for you. These are considered the best movies for any scary occasion be it Halloween or if you are simply home along and need some excitement.
Seoul Station (2016)
Seoul Station is a South Korean animated film written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It is a prequel to the live-action South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan. It follows a group of people trying to survive in the city of Seoul during the zombie apocalypse. It is a very well done straightforward zombie movie and you will love it if you like the whole zombie genre. This is technically not an anime as it did not originate in Japan but it’s worth a watch for fans of the Seoul Station Film Series.
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (2004)
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek is a short film about a group of children who decides to play hide and seek in the ruins of a supposedly haunted city. What started off as an innocent game quickly turns sinister as the kids go missing one by one. This 25-minute film will have you on edge as it will startle you with jump scares, very reminiscent of Western horror. This gripping mystery is a must watch for people who like their courage to be tested.
King of Thorn (2009)
Ibara no Ou or King of Thorn is about a world succumbing to deadly virus Medusa with no cure in sight. In order to save themselves from extinction and hope of a future cure, 160 people are selected to be frozen. These people would wake up in a future where a cure would have been found. But when they wake, they are attacked by monsters that have destroyed everything in the world they had left behind. They are thrown into yet another apocalypse and try to survive.
The Empire of Corpses (2015)
This is a steampunk era homage to Frankenstein and his monster based on a novel by Satoshi Ito of the same name. The story centres around Victor Frankenstein bringing back the dead. The world has started using these human corpses without souls as slaves to carry out manual and tedious work. It is the story of John Watson who studies these souls and subsequently gets recruited by the British government to track down Victor’s Notes, where the details of the only instance of a corpse with a soul was recorded. The new and interesting style of action-adventure adds new life to a worn-out genre.
Perfect Blue (1998)
This is a story of a popular J-pop idol, Mima Kirigoe who decides to take up acting. But being so big in the music industry she has a rocky road ahead of her. She slowly loses her mind because of a psycho stalker, a website that goes out of their way to defame her, murders, and her pop idol group Cham! doing better without her. She also realizes her new job is too much for her to handle. All of this culminates into a beautifully crafted narrative with jaw-dropping plot twists. The popular movie Black Swan takes a lot of inspiration from this movie with even certain scenes taken directly from Perfect Blue. A must watch!
While these are some of the most popular ones, there are also many other wonderfully made horror movies in the world of Anime that will leave you gripping your seat in terror.