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These 5 Anime Can Make You a Better Writer

PS has been watching anime as long as she's been living. For her, it's a perfect getaway to the cherished world where everything's possible.


Only writers know, what it takes to frame a single sentence for an article or a book. Though the content may look easy to understand and read, it takes lots of thought process for a writer to produce the final draft. A writer needs to be eloquent, innovative, and research-oriented.

Even the famous of famous writers face writer’s block at times and run out of words to make a masterpiece.

Irrespective of what level of writer you may be, you deserve a daily dose of creative medication. Sometimes the creative vibes come from traveling, observing others and sometimes you become creative while sitting idle in a closed room. To enrich you with more options, I have discussed here five well-written anime.

This is a complete package of entertainment and creativity that’s fiery enough to boost your writing spirits.

Shogo Makishima in Psycho-Pass

Shogo Makishima in Psycho-Pass

1. Psycho-Pass

If you have already watched Psycho-Pass, then you know it’s much more than just a police-detective melodrama. Each episode is philosophical in its own way. The anime discusses the effect of technology on the upcoming generation. At the same time, it also throws light on the importance of human connection. Based on 22nd century Japan, the anime discusses how the adaptation of technology can manipulate people’s daily lives.

The protagonists, Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kogami are par excellence. But the antagonist, Shogo Makishima steals the limelight with his clever witty mind. He’s shown as a philosopher, who has a keen interest in books and wants to bring societal changes in his own manner.

Though Makishima is a serial criminal, his justifications for his actions and his desire to let people live on the basis of their free-will make him the star of the anime.

So, even if you are a newbie writer, the content of the show will persuade you to deeply indulge in literature and philosophy. This makes it a must-watch for every writer.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

2. Cowboy Bebop

The anime is based in the year 2071. The planet Earth has become a barren land and is uninhabitable now. Human beings have colonized different planets and the moon of the solar system. To maintain peace and order in the galaxy, the Inter Solar System Police works along with outlaw bounty hunters called “Cowboys”.

The story unravels unique plots and surprising past stories of the characters as it progresses. Spike Spiegel is a mellow and carefree bounty hunter. He is partnered by high-spirited and practical Jet Black, together they chase bounties to earn rewards. Their lives move onto an interesting journey when they are joined by three new members. Ein, an extremely intelligent Welsh Corgi who is genetically engineered, Faye Valentine, a trickster, and Edward Wong, a strange computer geek.

The anime has a great deal of content to stimulate your writing side. From interesting characters to its mind-boggling plots, it teaches you visualizing concepts on how to hold readers’ attention until the very end. It is right to say that the anime is perfectly balanced with intense action and light-hearted comedy. It’ll help you learn new ways to make your writing more revealing and humorous.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

3. Spirited Away

The most rewarded film of all time, Spirited Away is highly recommended for all types of writers. Its popularity is so widespread and exceptional that I’m afraid its fans might kill me for placing it in third place. But since it’s an anime film and focuses on a specific genre of fantasy, I think it’s a safe place.

Chihiro Ogino is a 10-year-old stubborn and naive girl. She is going to her new home when her parents discover a forsaken amusement park. Intrigued by its surroundings, her parents stop the car and go inside to explore it. Sensing something fishy about the place, Chihiro pleads them to not go there, but realizing it’s of no use, she accompanies them.

it’s only when dusk falls, she realizes that the park has become lively and is filled with ghostly figures. Surprisingly, her parents are also turned into giant pigs. She, later, realizes that she is in the spirit world and now, she needs to work continuously to free herself and her parents.

Chihiro’s journey is not at all ordinary and filled with abnormal events. This is quite expected from Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. Each of his movies looks straight-forward and supernatural fantasy in the starting, but in its climax, it always ends with a twist.

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Spirited Away is just one example, if you want a more creative boost, you can watch any of his films such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, and so on.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

4. Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist depicts the emotionally strong bond between two brothers, who can go to any extent to save each other. It also fills you with humorous thoughts as well as ideas to write great plot twists. The anime has everything visualized that you may want to write in black. It also explores the working of government and their inside jobs. The main story revolves around the process of alchemy which is an interesting topic to learn about.

Edward Elric is a 12-year-old extraordinary alchemist. He along with his brother, Alphonse, performs a forbidden act of human transmutation to bring back their dead mother. Due to which, Edward ends up losing his two limbs and Alphonse loses his whole body. To maintain his survival, Edward binds Alphonse’s soul into a suit of armor.

Determined to bring Alphonse back to his original stage, Edward embarks on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone. It is believed that the stone can enhance the alchemist’s capabilities to an extreme level such that he can effortlessly break the natural law of alchemy. The natural law of alchemy says, to gain something, the equal value of something must be sacrificed.

While everything looks straight-forward and pretty obvious, the plot changes exceptionally when the real truth behind the legendary stone is discovered. This forces the brothers to venture into the dark side of reality and take part in a fierce battle.

Ryuk talks to Light in Death Note

Ryuk talks to Light in Death Note

5. Death Note

Death Note is far beyond the regular anime. The desire to rule the world by killing every evil soul on the planet is something we all must have thought of. The anime clearly visualizes its effects and after-effects. Regardless of how it visualizes has been rated by critics, the storyline is an epic and must watch for every aspiring writer.

Each episode is developed in a very calculative and sensible manner. The way it gives you insight into the character’s thought process, it can help you build better characters in your story as well.

Shinigami is a God of death, who can kill any person by remembering their face and writing their name in a book called the Death Note. Ryuk, a shinigami, is bored of his job of killing people, and for the sake of entertainment, he drops his Death Note into the human world.

The book is found by a high school prodigy named Light Yagami. Earlier hesitate to believe in the power of Death Note, he tries to test it one night and writes a criminal’s name in the book. To his surprise, the criminal dies instantly. Overwhelmed by the power of the Death Note, Light swears to kill every criminal on the earth and become the God of the new world.

The anime creates turbulence when it introduces an eccentric detective by the name L who is on par with Light’s scheming talent. Even if you detest the way people are killed constantly in this anime, you still need to take a look at its plot and the way characters are written to write something better of your own.

The List Goes On...

There are much more anime like Fruits Basket, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Violet Evergarden, Bakuman, and much more. The sole purpose is to ignite your writing deepest spirits to create an appealing masterpiece. Many people have restricted interests when it comes to watching movies, TV shows, documentaries, or animated work. I suggest you break the barriers and look in every possible direction. As per my experience, anime is the best way to learn about different content ideas and character development. This sounds great for fiction writers, but it works equally well for non-fiction writers too.

© 2020 Prachi Sharma


Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 20, 2020:

Maybe in time you can tackle th m all.

Prachi Sharma (author) from London, UK on August 20, 2020:

Thank you, Cheryl. You are right. Actually, there're 17 more that I wanted to write about, but then it'd be too much.

Prachi Sharma (author) from London, UK on August 20, 2020:

That'd be great. All the Best, Jaslinkumar!

Jaslinkumar on August 20, 2020:

I like the recommendations and I hope to make a comic book one day.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 20, 2020:

This article is well thought out and you put a lot of research into it. Yo have given me much to consider.

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