This is a two-part series and a quick guide into anime. For part one click here
Okay so you read the first post, watched one of the shows and now you want more. Cool, let’s start talking series you should at least know about and move from there.
Where to Watch Anime
If you read part 1, you probably noticed that anime is pretty much on every streaming platform. However, not all platforms are equal. Some will have a better selection than others, so choosing what platform to subscribe to really depends on how much anime you plan on watching. Below are a few of the streaming platforms that I recommend.
- Crunchyroll – This is my primary source and one of the leading streaming platforms. They simulcast meaning they get the shows days after they air in Japan. One note, most of the shows on here are subbed so if dubbed is your preference you’ll have to prepare for some reading.
- Funimation – This is the company that brings all the anime shows you see on cable to the states. They finally have a streaming platform and have an entire catalog of old and new shows to watch. Honestly, I need a membership, but I always forget to get one because I have a long list of shows to watch already.
- Hulu – If you don’t mind commercials, Hulu is also another place to watch some of the more popular series online. They even have some of the classics as well(including Ninja Scroll). I remember when they had One Punch Man before other platforms.
- Netflix – So I’m kinda torn on Netflix. Yeah, they do get some shows and movies, but lately, they’ve been on this original programming tip, and their shows are hit or miss.
- The Internet – Some people treat anime like porn, it’s just something you don’t pay for. If you want to go this route and look for tube sites for anime go right ahead, I just can’t help you here for obvious reasons.
Popular Shonen Anime to Know About
Okay so there are a few shows that you need to know about as you continue this journey and I’m going to post them here:
- Dragonball Z (DBZ)
- Dragonball Super
- Naruto Shippuden
- One Piece
- Hunter x Hunter
- My Hero Academia
This isn’t a definite list, but nine times out of ten when people talk anime, they’ll mention one of these shows. For many people, they are the foundation of one’s anime experience. These series span hundreds of episodes so understand that watching one of these series will be a marathon, not a sprint. And FYI, it’s okay if you don’t like them. You don’t have to love them, just know what they are.
Manga – Japanese Comics
You’ve probably heard the term or see it online somewhere. Manga are comics created in Japan. Why is manga essential to know? Because many popular anime shows originated as Manga. All the titles that you should know began as a comic series in Shonen Jump, a manga magazine comprised of various comic series. When it comes to the relationship between manga and anime, the Manga is always ahead of the anime. And when the anime catches up, the show either goes on hold until more of the manga is written or the anime team begins work on fillers – episodes to fill the gap until the new story is ready.
So the question is, should you read the manga or watch the anime? It’s a personal choice with a few caveats. In instances where a movie will differ slightly from the book(s), the same happens here so if you only watch the anime you might miss out on a few things here and there. With the anime following behind the manga, you’ll always know what’s going to happen before it happens. That’s cool for some and not for others. Again personal preference.
We’ve reached the end of our journey together. You’ve received your crash course in the world of anime and even watched a few of the recommended shows. Now it’s time for you to go out and do your thing! The best way to watch anime is just to pick something and watch it! Try watching something new on the platform of your choice, or if you need help try sites like IGN and/or Kotaku. They normally focus on video games but have a section for anime and often list new shows you should watch. Many of the platforms also have features that will help you choose what shows you like based on your interests. Of course, you can always ask me, and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. Most importantly have fun and don’t be afraid to share your new love with others. You’d be surprised who else watches anime.
Once you begin finding your footing in the world of anime, do yourself a favor and watch some old-school anime. Shows and movies from the late 80s through the mid-90s have a distinct art style you need to see at least once. One show everyone loved is Yu Yu Hakusho. Other popular shows from this period include Lupin The Third, Ranma 1/2, Ronin Warriors, Outlaw Star, and Tenchi Muyo. Oh, quick note…old school anime can take a dark turn so be careful what you randomly start watching from the old days. Violence was on 11 back then.