We’re a year into the covid-19 pandemic. While in quarantine, many people discovered new hobbies or skills such as cooking, painting, music, etc. I, on the other hand…..discovered anime. Now I’m fully aware that anime has been around for a long time so when I mean I “discovered” it, it means I found joy in watching it. I was never a huge fan growing up, watching a few things here and there but since being in lockdown required some form of entertainment, I actively sought out new anime to watch. This article will talk about a few of the ones I personally thought were amazing and highly recommend. In no particular order, here are five of the best animes I’ve watched over the last year.
First up we have God Eater. Set sometime in the future, monsters have overrun the planet and humans are on the verge of becoming extinct. An organization called Fenrir have developed weapons called God Arcs which are the only things capable of destroying the monsters. The God Arcs are handled by soldiers respectfully named God Eaters, hence the title of the anime. Lots of action, a bit gorey but it’s a non stop rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Definitely check this out if you enjoy the monster genre.
Demon Slayer is incredible. From the very start you’re sucked in and you can’t stop watching until you finish the entire season. When Tanjiro Kamado returns from a trip to the village to see his entire family slaughtered, he finds his sister as the only survivor of a demon attack. When she becomes a demon herself, Tanjiro seeks out a cure but in order to do that he must become a Demon Slayer, a secret society of warriors who fight demons to protect humanity. I absolutely loved this one. Anything demon or supernatural related, it automatically goes on my To Watch list.
This one really messed me up big time. It’s so creepy and unnerving that you can’t help but sit there and binge the whole thing. It’s the year 2045, and it’s been 1000 years since the war ended between humans and demons. An agreement called “The Promise” was made where both humans and demons would love respectfully in their own worlds. Children living in an orphanage are unknowingly being raised only to be fed to demons so that the demons don’t die. They plot to escape the orphanage after discovering that the children who leave there aren’t actually in fact being adopted. Incredible plot and chilling. Highly recommended if you like being creeped out.
I did a review on this masterpiece back in October but I’ll say it again: this show is a work of art. As a big fan of Greek mythology, I was hooked immediately. The series revolves around Heron, who discovers he’s the illegitimate son of Zeus. When demons threaten to wipe out mankind, Heron rises up to protect his people and save humanity from their downfall. The nerd in me couldn’t be any more excited for the second season.
This is the anime that got me interested in it all. I’ve seen people talk about it and finally decided to check out. Titans, action, gore, this one has everything I love. The story circles around Eren Yeager. In the year 845, the walls surrounding his town are destroyed by a Colossal titan. After swearing revenge on all Titans, he joins the military, specifically the Survey Corps, along with his friends Mikasa and Armin. This anime is what started my obsession with the genre and I haven’t regretted anything since. The second half of the final season airs in Spring 2022 and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
These are just some of the animes I’ve watched over the course of a year. The list includes many more such as My Hero Academia, Naruto, Fire Force, and many more. I can’t wait to dive into them once I get the opportunity. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know in the comments!