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Manga UK’s Anime Essentials – Part 1

As Japanese animation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, we’ve decided to take a look at the very best TV series and movies we’ve released from the land of the rising sun.

In part 1 we run through our favourite TV series – disagree with our choices? Make sure you let us know your choices via Twitter and Facebook!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga was not only extremely faithful, well animated and told a stunning story – but it highlighted the beauty of life, the pain of loss and just how important friends and family are. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood deserves to be on every top 10 list.

 

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex

Ghost In The Shell - Stand Alone Complex

Who would have guessed that Production I.G could not only turn the Ghost In The Shell franchise into a TV series, but also make it a thrilling and wonderful ride? SAC is definitely something incredibly special and is not to be missed.

 

Death Note

Death Note

Death Note is a series which showed people it doesn’t have to be all about panty shots, harems and insane power levels. You can have a series entirely about a battle of wits and it’ll make for some compelling watching.

 

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

This is not only one of the best anime series, it’s one of the best sci-fi series ever. Do not be fooled by the show’s slow start – Steins;Gate is a time travel epic that should be seen by every anime fan.

 

Naruto

Naruto

Naruto is not only a fan-favourite, but one of the most popular shonen series in the world. Gaara versus Rock Lee, Naruto’s battle against Pain and more recently the final clash between Naruto and Sasuke – the series has gone from strength to strength.

 

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass is deep, funny and filled with suspense. Whether it was witnessing Lelouch build his army, hide his identity or deal with his normal day to day life – it made for an extremely entertaining watch. This mecha/action show is truly exceptional!

 

Attack On Titan

Attack On Titan

Since its anime adaptation almost four years ago, Attack on Titan has continued to be at the forefront of the anime world. With a much anticipated second season finally coming this year, you can be sure it’ll be everywhere you look as that hype train continues to grow.

 

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

How could Dragon Ball not be on this list? Quite possibly responsible for a resurgence and boom period of the shonen genre during its initial run, it has managed to keep hold of its popularity since the mid-80s and continues to go strong.

 

Psycho Pass

Psycho Pass

Psycho Pass is a shining example of current era Production I.G – this science fiction tale easily deserves a spot in our anime essentials and if you haven’t seen it already, then what are you waiting for? Go and watch it.

 

Clannad: After Story

Clannad: After Story

Clannad: After Story is an extremely emotional tale – the type of series that makes you want to go and find your nearest and dearest, give them a big hug and tell them how much you love them.

Those were our top 10 picks, I’m sure you each have your own – so much sure you share them with us.

See you for part 2!

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