Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the story of Tanjiro who's on a mission to defeat the demon Muzan Kibutsuji. Kibutsuji killed most of Tanjiro's family, leaving only his sister Nezuko alive. Nezuko may be alive but she's been turned into a demon herself. The two work together to kill demons and hopefully find a way to turn Nezuko back into a human.
Kenshin Himura is a wandering samurai who's also known as the legendary Battousai the Manslayer. After the end of the Revolution, Kenshin took an oath to never kill again and to use his sword to help those who are in need. His strength and oath are tested on numerous occasions as his services are constantly called on by both everyday people as well as the highest ranking government officials.
One Punch Man is about Saitama, the unemployable hero-for-fun who just happens to be able to take care of any monster with just a single punch. This is a fun satirical look at the typical shonen anime. The tropes that anime is full of get flipped on their head as Saitama punches his way into boredom. If you're in the mood for something a little different, check this one out!
Junk Dog aka "Joe" is an underground fighter who's involved with organized crime. All he does is throw fights in a run down bar while wearing busted up gear. It's not until he has a chance encounter with the Megalo boxing champion that sets him on a course to bigger and better things. This anime is almost worth watching for the soundtrack alone. It really sets the stage. Don't miss this one!
Yusuke Urameshi is a middle school delinquent who finds himself unexpectedly dead after attempting to save a small child from getting run over. He takes up the offer of Koenma to become a Spirit Detective and hunt down demons in the human world. Yusuke's affinity for fighting comes in handy as he's put to the test time and time again. This smart alec teen is fun to watch.
Magi follows three friends, Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana. Fate has brought them together and they have to fight to make the world a better place. Aladdin's mysterious past makes him a central character in world events. Alibaba is Aladdin's kings candidate, someone that a Magi believes to be worth of ruling. Morgiana is the decedent of a powerful race of hunters capable of bringing down the largest beasts with their bare hands. Their adventures will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Humanity lives behind a series of walls. On the other side of those walls are titans. The giant humanoid titans will eat whatever person they can get their hands on. Everything is safe until one day, a massive titan shows up outside the outer wall and kicks a hole in the gate. Now humanity is pressed up against itself in a struggle to survive. Friends Eren, Mikasa, and Armin were there when the titans breeched the walls and now they've joined the Survey Corps in order to fight back. Attack on Titan is well worth your time!
Humanity is divided between two factions, the Fantasy Alliance and the Factory Union. These two sides are perpetually at war in an attempt to gain crests. Crests are used to increase one's station and fight against the Chaos. Record of Grancrest War follows Theo and Siluca, a young Lord and his Magician, as they try to bring peace to the world. This anime is filled with political maneuvering, battles, romance, and much more! It's short at only 24 episodes so it won't take long to finish.
One of the best anime movies of all time! Akira is set in a futuristic Tokyo where a group of young delinquents spend their time fighting rival biker gangs and going to their remedial school. Best friends Kaneda and Tetsuo become enemies after Tetsuo develops psychic abilities following a run in with a psychic child. Tetsuo's powers develop at such an accelerated rate he becomes a threat to everyone and he must be taken down. This anime also has one of the coolest motorcycles ever! This one should be on everyone's short list!
Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya is an avid gamer. He's one of the lucky 10,000 that get access to the first VRMMO game ever created. With Sword Art Online, you actually get to be your character. You get to dive into the virtual world yourself. Sounds great right? Except for the fact that the creator of the game designed it where you can't log out and if you die in the game it fry's your brain. Follow Kirito as he fights to survive in this death game!
This is an interesting anime. The plot follows a young man by the name of Nakajima Atsushi who's been tossed out of his orphanage. He comes across members of the Armed Detective Agency and finds out he can turn into a tiger. In fact, everyone seems to have a special ability. There are plenty of fights to go around between the Armed Detective Agency, the Port Mafia, the Guild, and others. The battle on top of the Moby Dick is especially fun to watch.
Momonga is just a player in a VRMMO who decides to stay logged in when the game gets shut down. Instead of being logged out he finds himself in a new world as his character. This new world appears to be similar to the game so Momonga decides to play along. He changes his name to Ainz Ooal Gown and begins to spread his influence and name.
Rimuru was your run-of-the-mill corporate middle manager. He didn't seem to be that bad of a guy. He even defended one of his employees when a crazed man attempted to kill him. Unfortunately this led to Rimuru dying and being reincarnated as a slime in another world. With some pretty amazing abilities, this little slime is able to absorb his way to the top. This one's just fun.
Stop me if you've heard this already but Naofumi is a college student who gets summoned to a new world as the hero of the shield. Through an unfortunate series of events, he ends up getting framed for a crime he didn't commit. Now with a poor reputation and no party members Naofumi must prepare for the Waves that are supposed to come and bring monsters. Not an easy task!
This is an anime where the strongest, most driven people in the world become hunters. What are they hunting? Whatever their hearts desire. Gon is a boy who's on a journey to find his father. Gon's father is a hunter and he left Gon when he was a baby in order to go after the things he was hunting. Now it's Gon's turn. If you stick with this one you'll get to see one of the most devastating punches in all of anime. Enjoy!
Goblin Slayer comes with a warning. This anime is not for children or the feint of heart. Goblins are little monsters that rape, kill, and destroy. Goblin Slayer has to be just as brutal in hunting them down. There's no shortage of blood and guts in this anime about...well, hunting goblins.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are both anime worth watching. If you're going to pick one go with Brotherhood as it's the better of the two. This story follows the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse as they try to fix their mistakes after attempting to bring back their deceased mother using alchemy. Of course they end up getting involved in a series of events that reveal the dark secrets of the State.
What happens when a kingdom becomes so corrupt that it's citizens can't stand it anymore? A group like Night Raid pops up and starts assassinating key targets within the government. Tatsumi is just a boy from a country village who wants to earn money in the capital to send back. Once he discovers how twisted and corrupt the people are, he joins up with Night Raid and becomes an assassin. With some pretty amazing weapons called Imperial Arms, Night Raid attempts to help bring about a better government.
Bell Cranel wants to be an adventurer. The only familia that will take him is the Hestia familia. The thing is, it's only Bell and Hestia and they're flat broke. Bell's desire to grow stronger drives him to greater and greater heights. His rapid growth causes him to become the target of other scheming gods and goddesses who want to collect him. Will Bell and Hestia be able to fight off the plans of those who would break up their little familia? You'll have to watch and find out!
In a world where magic ability and status are everything, two orphan boys attempt to become the Wizard King of the Clover Kingdom. Asta and Yuno are each unique, Yuno is gifted and Asta is...not so much. In fact, Asta has no magical ability at all. What he lacks in magical abilities he makes up for in brute strength and determination. Yuno is gifted with a rare four-leaf grimoire while Asta ends up with an ominous five-leaf grimoire.
How could I not put One Piece on a list like this? There's not much I can say about this anime that you probably don't already know. Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates are the lovable group of misfits that are on a quest to recover the treasure of the Pirate King Gol D. Roger. Did I mention that Luffy is a rubber man? If you're wondering if this anime is worth watching I can tell you, even the first few story arcs are worth your time.
This is the prequel story to Rurouni Kenshin. This four part OVA follows Kenshin from the time he's found by Sejuro Hiko through the story of how he got his cross shaped scar. You don't need to watch Rurouni Kenshin before watching this OVA but I would recommend it. Have some tissues ready, this one's got a sad ending.
Did you know the Mongols tried to invade Japan? This anime is based around those events. The native Japanese have to fight against the Mongol hordes in a desperate fight for survival. If they survive, they win. It's as simple as that.
Sugimoto is a survivor of the Russo-Japanese War. He's panning for gold when he hears the story about a hidden stash of gold just waiting to be found. It turns out the story is true and it involves a young Ainu girl, Aspira. The two join forces and begin hunting down the criminals who have the tattoos that make up the map. This is an interesting look at life in the early 1900s in Japan.
Oh man. I recommend this one but bring a box of tissues if you decide to watch it. War is hell and sometimes the ones that suffer the most are the ones who don't deserve it. For more detail you can read my review of this anime movie. It's based on the semi-autobiographical work by Akiyuki Nosaka of the same name. Watching this one will make a pacifist out of just about anyone.