Well, this is going to be rather straightforward – today we are going to explore some anime that are perfect for people who are newbies when it comes to anime, or for recommending some good anime of various genres to your not so anime experienced friends.
Here are the top 10 anime for beginners you certainly have to watch if you haven’t already!
10. Death Note
💌 Category: Mysterious and psychological
Light Nagami is a very intelligent high schooler who randomly discovers a supernatural book called Death Note, which was dropped into the world of mortals by a Shinigami (Death god) named Ryuk.
Death Note grants its user the power to kill anyone under one condition; the Death Note’s owner must have the specific person in mind whilst writing his/her name.
Light becomes obsessed with the idea of creating the world without evil, but nothing comes without consequences.
9. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
💌 Category: Mind games + mecha
Lelouch Lamperouge is an exiled Britannian prince who lives in a world full of violence, injustice, and oppression.
The Holy Empire of Britannia starts to conquer nations including Japan, renaming it to Area 11 and dominating it completely.
Even though Japan doesn’t want to surrender so quickly and tries to regain its lost independence by showing a great will to fight against the tyrants from The Holy Empire of Britannia, it lacks power.
Lelouch’s past is haunting him and he feels completely powerless to do anything.
That changes one fateful day thanks to a mysterious girl,C.C., who bestows upon Lelouch the power of Geass, granting Lelouch unimaginable power, making him almost undefeatable.
Lelouch chooses the difficult journey; abandoning his humanity in order to obliterate the whole Holy Empire of Britannia.
8. Kamisama Hajimemashita
💌 Category: Romantic fantasy shoujo
The main heroine, Nanami becomes a land god after getting kissed on the forehead by a stranger she had saved. To show his gratitude for saving him, he offers her to live in his abandoned home in his place. Since Nanami is homeless due to her father’s debt, she hesitantly accepts.
After Nanami arrives at the address, she finds out that the so-called home is, in fact, a shrine – filled with shrine spirits and a pretty familiar, a fox yokai named Tomoe.
Can Nanami fulfill her tasks as a god?
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7. Mirai Nikki
💌 Category: Mysterious shounen with yandere cutie
Mirai Nikki centers around a high schooler, Amano Yukiteru, who is a loner that silently notes all the events around him into his phone diary.
He finds himself often in conversation with his imaginary friends – The God of space and time, Deus, and his servant.
What a shock will Yuki experience when he finds out that Deus is a real God, proving it by granting him a Random Diary which can predict future events around Yuki. Everything seems great until the moment Deus decides that he will grant additional diaries to the other 11 people as well.
Deus has only one goal – the owner of the diary who manages to kill all remaining diary owners will become the God, replacing Deus, who is about to die shortly.
The game “kill or be killed” begins.
6. Sword Art Online
💌 Category: Romantic MMORPG
In the year 2022 is possible for players who use helmet called Nerve Gear experience and control their characters in a game by their thoughts and even more – sense what’s happening in the game as real as if experienced in a reality.
Kirigaya Kazuto, in short version and also nicknamed as Kirito becomes one of the 10 000 beta testers for a new massive online role-playing game named Sword Art Online. When the real game is finally released, everything seems perfect until users find out that they can’t log out from this world called Aincrad and even worse – they soon find out that if they will be forcefully disconnected from Nerve Gear in real life or if they die in the game, they die as well in a real life.
Like in any other MMORPG game, you need to fight monsters to level up, drop loot and wipe floors with bosses and also cooperate with your allies. Trapped in the game, Kirito is forced to fight for survival, slowly starting to experience not just the violent side of Aincrad while wiping floors with bosses, but also the beauty of the Aincrad together with a girl he met in the game named Asuna.
5. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
💌 Category: Seinen with body horror
Do you fear bugs including worms? Then imagine what would happen if one alien-like little worm would just burrow into your skin while attempting to take over your brain. Not very pleasing, right?
Fortunately for a 17 years old high schooler Schinichi, the worm-like creature which tried to take over his brain failed and eaten only his right hand.
How will the coexistence of human and alien end up?
4. Diabolik Lovers
💌 Category: Reverse harem full of bishounen guys
The story focuses on a little, innocent – looking blonde girl named Yui who is under weird circumstances forced to live in a house with 6 boys, who are … a little weird. Soon she will find out a secret – all of them all vampires with lust for her delicious blood.
3. B Gata H Kei
💌 Category: Top-notch ecchi
Yamada is a really attractive 15 years old girl who just started attending high school. Other girls her age are dealing with problems like first love, instead of that Yamada has a different goal – she wants to sleep with 100 different men.
Despite the fact she is self-conscious of a fact that she is pretty enough and admired by everyone she finds her vagina rather weird and that brings her a lot of problems, for example, she doesn’t want an experienced boy for the first time.
She then somehow randomly falls in the school’s library on a really average-looking boy called Kosudo and becomes kinda obsessed with an idea of her having her first time with him. Although, another problem appears. Yamada knows nothing about sex, nor about interaction with boys.
2. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
💌 Category: High-quality shounen
Eren Yaeger’s life turns upside down after the wall protecting his village from Titans (monstrous humanoid creatures) gets breached, bringing havoc on the whole village behind. He loses a close relative in a very gruesome way and witnesses first hand the atrocious power of Titans.
After this traumatic experience, driven by anger, Eren decides to dedicate his life to the eradication of Titans by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls.
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💌 Category: Long-running shounen
The story focuses on a boy called Naruto, an orphan who is rejected by almost everyone in his village.
Before he was born, 4th Hokage sealed the fox demon into him to prevent a catastrophe. This causes rejection, fear, and blame directed towards the bearer of the demon – Naruto.
Naruto’s only goal is to be recognized by everyone in the village by becoming a Hokage (a title bestowed on the village’s leader).
To fulfill this dream, he goes through many obstacles, experiencing pain, but happiness and eventually finding out the true meaning of friendship, love, and sacrifice whilst working his way to the top.
Hi, I’m Mia, the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. An avid anime fan, gamer, and esports enthusiast dedicated to helping you find anime content exactly to your liking.