5 Animes to get you hooked on Manga

Animes are Japanese animations usually meant for both adult and children. In case you have never seen anime, here are five that will make a fan out of you.

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal is the best anime to begin with if you have never watched anime before. Not only is the story compelling, but it also has just the right amount of emotion to make it memorable and inspiring. It is the story of two brothers told in the most haunting way possible. It begins with the brothers using alchemy to revive their mother. Needless to say, the alchemy spell ends tragically leading them on a journey to undo the mistake they made.


  1. Attack on Titan

It is the opening scene of this anime that grips your fascination and refuses to let go. It is a well-crafted military style story about humanity’s fight for survival against carnivorous giants. The story, told from Eren Jaeger’s point of view, focuses on the sacrifices and compromises humanity has to make just to survive the Titan war. This anime will keep you on the edge of your seat while rooting for humanity.


  1. Black Butler

Black Butler is a dark anime that follows Ciel Phantomhive, who is a 13-year-old living in Victorian England. The young Earl has sold his soul to a demon and in exchange, the demon, who serves as his butler Sebastian Michaelis, will help him avenge his parents. Once the anime begins, the viewer soon realizes that Sebastian is one hell of a butler – pun intended. If you are into the supernatural genre, you will love this one. And amid all the unnatural events taking place at the Phantomhive mansion, there are some hilarious moments that you won’t forget.


  1. Baccano

This story told by the Vice-President of a newspaper company, and his secretary is about an event that happened in 1930. The anime is presented in the form of a 1940’s gangster movie and goes back in time to tell a story surrounded by mystery. You will especially love the banter between the VP and his secretary at the beginning as they discuss how best to tell this story.


  1. Death Note

It is ironic that the opening scene for this anime should be the main character translating some text about God in class. Ironic, because soon after, the boy genius finds a notebook that allows him to kill by writing anybody’s name on the pages of the book. The anime spends the first 15 minutes listening to the main character debating with himself about whether it is right for him to be considering testing the book. It is what it sounds like, a dark look at what one boy will do to create a utopia in which he is a god.


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Nzula is an editor, creative writer and an aspiring author. She has worked as Communications Officer, Event Organizer and recently as the Sub-Editor for Couture Africa Magazine. She is also an avid fan/critic of movies, series and everything else that is scripted. Hence her presence here. :-) In her free time she visualizes a future in which she is a published author and runs her own company. When she dreams, she more or less flirts with delusions of ruling the world.