Shows that made me look forward to the next episode, the ones that kept me up all night. Shows that I'm grateful that I discovered.
1. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
First Aired: 2019
Genre: psychological, romantic comedy, slice of life
Love is War is hilarious. It's the best modern romcom to date. Adapted from Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren'ai Zunōsen. It's been a hit ever since. For those who aren't really into the action-packed scene or just want to have a good laugh, this is the perfect show for you.
Miyuki Shirogane, the Shuchiin Academy student council president, is a hard worker and a genius who puts his all into academics. Alongside him is the vice-president Kaguya Shinomiya, a wealthy family's daughter has realized they have fallen for each other. However, their pride won't let them admit it. The first one who does loses. It has become a battle of mind games to trick the other, a war of love and brains to get the other to confess and to win the game of love!
2. Your Name
First aired: 2016
Genre: romance, fantasy
If you can't fully commit to watching a series just yet, how about a movie? Your Name is the best movie that'll be perfect for starters. Directed by the talented Makoto Shinkai, visually stunning, smooth animation, god-tier music, it has definitely earned its spot as the 3rd highest-grossing anime film. Mitsuha, a girl from the countryside longs for a life in the big city, and Taki who lives in the big city have been connected by a supernatural phenomenon that allows them to switch bodies.
3. Violet Evergarden
First Aired: 2018
Genre: slice of life, drama, fantasy
Amazing animation, stunning visuals, heartfelt music, Violet Evergarden has it all. Produced by one of the most respected anime studios, Kyoto Animation, any anime fan just knows that they're in for a treat. A tear-jerking slice of life filled with episodes to keep your chest tight, your heart heavy, and your eyes watery. On the final battle of a 4-year long war, the emotionless Violet who has been used as a ruthless killing machine against enemy forces is about to fight her last battle. As the battle reached its end, she was left with unfamiliar words from her beloved superior. After the war was over, Violet then got a job as an Auto Memory Doll, typists who adapt themselves to write for their clients based on the information given and their emotions. Though she was clueless at first, she then got more familiar with how human emotions work as she translates people's emotions into a letter to better understand those unfamiliar words and the human heart.
First Aired: 2016
Genre: mystery, thriller, science fiction
Mysteries to unsolve to get you hooked to your screen, puzzling events to get you scratching your head. If that's your fuel for entertainment then Erased is your go-to for a binge-watch. In the year 2003, Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year-old introverted manga artist, has been gifted a mysterious power to travel back in time several minutes before an incident happens. Sometime after, he has been framed for the murder of a loved one. He again travels back in time to find out why he was framed.
5. Attack On Titan
First Aired: 2013
Genre: dark fantasy, action, horror
One of the most impactful anime in the past couple of years, Attack on Titan made a name for itself. The first season adapted way back in 2013, which is still ongoing with a highly anticipated season 4 part 2 that comes out in December. But for now, we have four seasons, which I kid you not, if you take some time to watch it, you'll be able to binge-watch the whole series easily. It's just that good, all those things people say about this anime are not exaggerated at all.
Centuries ago, humanity was driven to the brink of extinction by man-eating creatures called "Titans" which caused humans to build walls to isolate themselves and keep them safe. Though it has kept them safe from danger for 100 years, that came to an end when a colossal titan taller than the walls smashed through the said impenetrable walls, allowing hundreds of titans to invade the human village.
During the incident, a young Eren Yeager witnessed a traumatic loss caused by the titans, which fueled his anger. Driven by rage, Eren Yeager has vowed to get revenge for his mother by killing all the titans.
6. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
First Aired: 2018
Genre: romance, supernatural, comedy
Now I know what you're thinking. Judging by the cover, you can mistake this for a pervy, ecchi anime. Though it does have a certain amount of those two elements, That's where we were all wrong. It is in fact a cozy, beautiful, emotional slice of life. A blessing from 2018, interesting characters, and an overall good story. Sakuta Azusagawa, the calm and collected 17-year-old, has witnessed and experienced firsthand a mythical disease called the Puberty Syndrome, a supernatural phenomenon that affects only the youth. One of the victims is Mai Sakurajima, the beautiful level-headed upperclassmen. Because of her career as an actress, she was often absent from school. Once she came back, with no friends to talk with and regarding her celebrity status, many were intimidated and deemed her unapproachable. As this went on, the Puberty Syndrome was triggered causing her existence to be forgotten by the people around her. As Sakuta helps Mai with her problem, he gets a better understanding as he then meets more people with the same issue.