Welcome to Part 2 of my guide on Where to start with Anime! Well done for making it this far. If you missed the first instalment then go back to Part 1 HERE for the Dramatic and the Dark ones.
Depending on your mood, something intense might not be where you’re at. Sometimes, you might just want a good cry, or a laugh, or something entirely lighthearted.
This list is just for you.
Your Name – Across The Miles
A love story about two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, that somehow unexpectedly switch bodies each time they fall asleep. It’s the most beautiful story of two people who try to find each other across the miles, plus the art style is just SO pretty! This is the highest grossing Anime film worldwide… so many people can’t be wrong (and neither am I.)
A Silent Voice – Love & Reformation
A deaf girl and her school bully, and how the bullying effects them both throughout their teenage lives. I made the mistake of thinking “oh this looks whimsical and not too sad to watch this late in the evening”. I WAS WRONG and continued on to get my mind completely blown, which ended in ugly, UGLY crying. It’s so SAD (but amazing, and you should watch it.)
Chobits – Risque Super-Cuteness
This is a really cute and lightly humoured anime featuring an awkward loner, Hideki, who finds a “personal companion” robot-girl, Chii, in a trash heap. It can be a little risque at times (doesn’t take a genius to work out where her “on” switch is… or does it?) but overall it’s got a super whimsical charm that just makes you fall in love with the characters and their awkward situations.
Spirited Away – Standard Strangeness
This is one of those Ghibli’s where you’re like not entirely sure what’s going on at any one time. I’d say this captures the true spirit of Ghibli perfectly with the characters (some of which are pictured above) being completely intriguing and yet somehow slightly unnerving all at once. It follows a girl in her accidental visit to a magical world – it’s utterly bizarre in the best way.
Paprika – What The Heck is Going On
Okay, this one is a reeeeally weird but it’s not really dark or dramatic so, it gets to be put into this category. It’s a sci-fi anime entirely based inside a dream. Dream therapy takes form through the use of a new technological device, and as such everything is distorted into a warped version of a half-reality. It’s basically one big trip!
Howl’s Moving Castle – Whimsical Fantasy
This was the first anime movie I ever watched and I immediately fell in love with Howl. A girl called Sophie and her time with Howl (a sorcerer) on his… you guessed it… moving castle. He is the cutest most hopeless thing! It’s really easy to watch and to lose yourself in the art style, as are most of Studio Ghibli’s movies. I tried not to make too many Ghibli recommendations so, I’ve cut it down to two.
Have I missed any key Anime off these lists? Any that you think are an essential place to begin?
I’d love to know your thoughts!