5 Best Anime That Beginners Can Start With


Approaching the anime medium for the first time can be challenging. Sure it’s colorful, looks beautiful, and the sheer variety is enticing it can be too much for the uninitiated. Still, we all have to start somewhere. And some anime are definitely more enticing and digestible for newcomers. I picked out some of the very best anime for beginners, which are popular among both Japanese and international anime fans.

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 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人), categorized as action and dark fantasy, is an ideal anime to start with. It has been welcomed by anime fans all over the world since the first season with 25 main episodes released in 2013. The fourth season of the anime series, which is the final part, launched at the end of 2020.

It also surprised anime fans with the eccentric theme of titans attacking humans and the shocking drawings. The dark story is filled with mystery, and you will be craving to know why on earth the Titans attack people and where they come from.

Attack on Titan is popular worldwide partly because of the unique characters including Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and the other Survey Corps members who fight against the strange gigantic creatures.

 Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online: Beginners' Anime

Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン), which is abbreviated to SAO, is one of the symbols of modern Japanese anime. The science fiction and adventure anime is based on the popular light novel written by Reki Kawahara.

There are three major seasons so far in the Sword Art Online anime series,  and what you should do first is watch the first part with the 14 episodes.

The setting is 2022 when the advanced VR online game called Sword Art Online is invented, and all 10,000 players including the main character Kirito log in to the game. However, the players notice it is impossible to log out and get back to the real world. If a player dies in the MMORPG world, he/she also dies in the real world.

 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Kaguya Sama: Best anime for beginners

Romantic comedy is one of the most popular anime trends not only in Japan but worldwide, and Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War (かぐや様は告らせたい〜天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦〜) is a perfect romantic-comedy anime for beginners. There are three seasons containing 37 episodes airing from 2019 to 2022, the following part Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends was first released at the end of 2022.

Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War presents the peaceful and funny story of the student council of Shuchiin Academy. Its president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya like each other but are too proud to tell their love. They fight various mind games attempting to make each other confess his/her love.

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 Spy x Family

Spy x FamilyThe action, comedy manga, and anime series Spy x Family has been popular on Shonen Jump+ since its serialization started in 2019 and its anime adaptation aired in 2022. The anime series and its iconic cute character Anya have attracted not only anime fans but also those who are not especially interested in pop culture lately. It has been announced that the second season will come in 2023.

The spy-themed anime depicts both serious and funny episodes, set in the fictional country Ostania, which conflicts with its neighbor Westalis. It centers on Loid Forger, a spy from Westalis. To curb war and keep the peace, he forms a fake family with the skilled assassin’s wife Yor, and the psychic girl Anna.


Parasyte Anime

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Parasyte (寄生獣) is recommended for those who want to watch an eccentric or bizarre anime. It is famous for the original renowned manga published from 1988 to 1995 and its anime adaption, known as Parasyte -the maxim- (寄生獣 セイの格率), was aired with 24 episodes in 2014-2015.

In the sci-fi thriller anime, worm-like creatures Parasites come to the earth and parasitize human brains. The people parasitized by the creatures go berserk and have the power to kill others. The protagonist Shinichi Izumi, who is a 17-year-old high school student, is attacked by a Parasite but prevents it from living in his head. Instead, the parasite invades his right hand. The anime represents how emotional human beings are in contrast with how rational Parasites are.

Where to watch?

You can watch all these anime on  Hulu and Crunchyroll.

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