10 Anime Series To Watch!

// Also available in French

With a huge amount of anime series produced each year in Japan, it’s easy to be lost! If you’re wondering what you should watch, this should help you out:

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# GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX

Plot: Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

Why? The easiest way to understand what Ghost is the Shell is all about. It brings together entertainment and philosophy, asking questions like what makes people unique in a world where differences between human & machines tend to disappear.
Episodes/Length: 25 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon, Manga Ent., English Dub

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# BACCANO!

Plot: Each of the stories in the series involves several unrelated plots intersecting and crossing each other as events spiral farther and farther out of control.

Why? Playing with narrative codes & chronology, successfully mixing genres (gangsters, fantasy, drama…) & tones (comedy, horror), treating each characters as the main one… A great piece of entertainment!
Episodes/Length: 13 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub/Sub, US ONLY, Hulu, English Dub/Sub, US ONLY

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# WELCOME TO THE NHK

Plot: Satou, a 22 years old hikikomori (meaning acute social withdrawal), meets Misaki; she claims she will cure him of his hikikomori ways.

Why? Discover some social problems of Japan; hikikomori, lolicon, suicide, social & family pressure, loneliness, online video games addiction… Funny from time to time but it’s not a light-hearted show.
Episodes/Length: 24 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub, US Only

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# ERGO PROXY

Plot: In a future where the world has been ravaged by a nuclear apocalyse, there exists salvation in a domed city named “Romdeau”, where humans and their android servants, the autoreivs, live in.

Why? Fans of Philip K. Dick, it’s for you! Inspired by mythology, philosophy, sci fi and more, this anime is about the very existence of a Utopia, and its limits. With differences between reality/dream, humanity/robots… At its core, the story deals with loneliness & the meaning of life. A mature, yet entertaining story.
Episodes/Length: 23 X 25 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub/Sub, US Only

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# KAIBA

Plot: A man wakes up in a broken room with no memories. Suddenly assaulted, he escapes into space and travels to various planets, encountering various people and retrieving his memories.

Why? A retro looking anime created by Mind Game director Masaaki Yuasa, and as expected, each episode is pure gold: a superb mix of magnificent ideas & emotions. In a world where bodies can be replaced, and memories erased. Deep & beautiful.
Episodes/Length: 12 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon (Australian DVDs)

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# MUSHI-SHI

Plot: Ginko is a “Mushi-shi” who travels around to investigate and find out more about the “Mushi”; neither plants nor animals, they resemble the primeval body of life.

Why? An enthralling journey into the world of magic and strange phenomenons. A “slice of life” type of anime, slow-paced, beautiful, filled with touching stories.
Episodes/Length: 26 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub/Sub, US Only, Hulu (English Dub/Sub, US Only)

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# SAMURAI CHAMPLOO

Plot: A waitress convinces two warriors to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers.

Why? A beautiful tale of friendship, combining modernity/hip hop with classical japanese elements, comedy & drama as well. The result is quite unique, each episode brings new ideas & different (memorable) moods. A must-see!
Episodes/Length: 26 X 23 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub/Sub, US Only, Hulu (English Dub/Sub, US Only)

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# KAIJI

Plot: Kaiji is offered to board the gambling ship Espoir for one night to clear the debt. He accepts, knowing he may never come back.

Why? Like Death Note, you’re still wondering what’s going to happen, what Kaiji is planning to do. A fast-paced story where you enjoy the permanent thrill of gambling. And, you’ve never seen a japanese main character crying that much. Zawa Zawa…
Episodes/Length: 26 X 23 min
Available on: Not Yet Licensed?

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# PARANOIA AGENT

Plot: An elementary school kid dubbed with the title “shounen bat” has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden bat. Two detectives are investigating.

Why? Paprika director Satoshi Kon revealing once again the weaknesses of the Japanese Society in this thematically rich story, where people run away from reality. Of course, expect some astonishing visual ideas!
Episodes/Length: 13 X 25 min
Available on: Amazon

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# HAIBANE RENMEI

Plot: Rakka, a newly born Haibane (Angel) awakens into an unfamiliar world with only a strange dream of falling from the sky as her only memory.

Why? A seemingly joyful & peaceful world, where one can enjoy sympathy from unknown people. But gradually, rules appear and existential questions arise.
Episodes/Length: 13 X 25 min
Available on: Amazon, Funimation, English Dub/Sub, US Only, Hulu (English Dub/Sub, US Only)

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