Hey everyone, it’s the holidays so what better time to curl up alone or with that special person or persons the couch and binge-watch a really good anime. And us at Yo! D101 have you covered this holiday, follow this recommendation and you will be laughing, crying or whatever emotion you want this holiday.
With this, you don’t have to go online looking at recommendations, plots and all that. Right here is a list of anime that you will love no matter what you are into. Plus they aren’t like really long animes, like the 100 and something anime, so you can be done with them before the holiday is over.
Here is the list, but not in any order of most interesting or anything like that. I am just listing them. They are ;
- 3 gatsu no lion
- Boku no Hero Academia
- Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
- Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo
- ReZero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Terra Formars
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Sword of the Stranger
- Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
- Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
- Akame ga Kill
- Natsu no Taizai
3 gatsu no lion
The series shows the everyday life of Rei, a 17-year-old professional shogi player, it takes place in Tokyo and if you have watched Honey and Clover, you will definitely like it.
He lives a loner life, living by himself, estranged from his family and has basically a handful of friends. Among them is a family that keeps several cats, and which comprises of a young woman Akari Kawamoto, and younger sisters Hinata and Momo.
The story shows how Rei develops as a person and shogi player and deepening his relationship with the Kawamoto sisters and others.
Am going to binge-watch it myself this holiday, but I got this recommendation from my younger brother, he’s pretty knowledgeable about anime and I have been hearing a lot about this one. I have watched only one episode so far a visual quality really blew me away, it’s really good and shows promise. So taking a blind fate on this and recommending it even though I have not finished watching it myself.
The story centres on Guts, a lone mercenary and Griffiths, a leader of the mercenary band -Band of the Hawk. You think Sasuke and Naruto rivalry was something, Griffiths and Guts take it to a whole new level. Really realistic and shows the good and evil humans are capable of, how society as become and so much more.
Guts is a wandering mercenary who from his birth as been soaked in blood and war, born from a hanged corpse, adopted mother dies from the plague and adoptive father try to kill him, which forces Guts to kill him and this scars Guts even more.
He meets Griffiths as he wonders and forced to join is a band of mercenaries, and he finds a home there and becomes friends with Griffiths. But he later decides to leave after hearing Griffiths saying he doesn’t consider anyone a real friend that follows someones dream and doesn’t have their own, and Griffiths has big plans.
He joins the team again when Griffiths been captured and after a tough fight they rescue him, but Griffiths is a shadow of his former self, his body is completely broken. This is where the supernatural world is really explored now and by sacrificing the band of the hawk, he is revived better than ever.
Casca and Guts the only survivors at the ceremony called the Eclipse, Guts swears revenge for the men and Casca whose a shadow of her former self. And the story begins of blood and rampage, but there are still moments in between that makes you laugh and smile.
It really makes you understand everyone perspective, so you understand where the villains are coming from if you can really call them that sometimes. Because even sometimes in Guts fights, he can be questioned if he’s the good guy. Plus that big sword that Guts swings around is awesome and his prosthetic arm that as a cannon in it is awesome. And along the line, he gets an armour that shuts of the limiters in his body but slowly takes over if used for long and turns him into a raging Berserker, thing Bleach Ichigo’s Hollow mode.
Its really good but the manga is better and that’s only cause I feel the anime cuts so much out. But it should be noted it can be very graphic in its violence and sexual content.
Boku no Hero Academia
At first, when I saw the hero think, I was a bit sceptical about it but I came back to watch it when I kept hearing good reviews about it and it really good. Some people have even speculated it the new “big anime” like the likes of Naruto, One-piece, Dragon Ball, Bleach and other really popular anime. Masashi Kishimoto the creator of Naruto has even said how he thinks it’s really good. And before Boruto came out to replace Naruto, some people thought it would fill the gap Naruto would leave.
The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born “Quirkless” meaning he as no powers, on this earth people with quirks, is the norm. So Izuku is bullied for standing out (being quirkless), even though all this, he still wants to be a superhero. And along he meets the world greatest hero All Might and he shares his quirk “One For All” with Izuku. Enrolling him into U.A. High School, a school that cultivates the next generation of superheroes and hero support teams. And like the intro says his story begins to tell us how he became the world’s greatest hero.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
The story is about a group of people who suddenly find themselves in a fantasy world with no memory from before waking up in this new world, it shows their struggles to survive and make a life for themselves in this new world.
Grimgar what can’t I say about it, am still waiting for a second season, it was really great and it wasn’t just focused on the gaming world element like most anime of this genre are. It talks about comradery, developing into a team and developing together but it doesn’t do it in a cheesy way.
You are really interested in learning more about the characters, following their story and by the time you are watching the last episode, you really don’t want it to end. I personally felt like a part of the team at the end of it, like this were people I wouldn’t mind being stuck in a fantasy world with and slay hoards of monsters with.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo
After an untimely death, Kazuma Sato, a shut-in NEET, meets a goddess Aqua, who offers to reincarnate him in a new world, where he can live the MMORPG life of going on adventures, battling monsters and defeat the Devil King. He drags Aqua along with him against her wish, thinking she would be useful, but that idea is short-lived. They form a dysfunctional team of an explosion obsessed wizard and masochistic crusader
It’s a very good anime, part comedy and party fantasy, that will leave you laughing though out, around the end it gets a bit serious, and like in gaming fashion, a boss battle happens and you really enjoy the action and seriousness of the fight.
You really enjoy all the character quirky and wild character like;
Darkness is a crusader, whose a serious masochist, who if she has her way wants to be the tank of the party all the time, just so she can get her kicks😂😂😂, but that’s what she’s also really good for because she has zero accuracy so none of her good offensive attacks never connect.
Megumi is a wizard, who only uses one powerful spell that is very powerful but incapacitates her after one use. And she refuses to learn any other spell, so she can be useless too and loves food.
Aqua is a goddess and archpriest in the new world and first companion of our hero. Her magical offensive abilities are basically useless, only shining when fighting against demons, the undead and even resurrect fallen companions. She spends most of her skill points on party tricks. She finds it difficult saving money and is usually broke.
Kazuma Sato our main character who dies in a funny way and takes Aqua to this new world with him to punish her. And he’s not your usual shy MC, you would get in this situation, he can be very bold but sometimes become the shy MC, we are used to. And like he said he is an equalist, which means he is the type of guy who would hit a girl back if she hit him for no reason and he’s never holding back when punishing the girls when they do anything wrong. He chooses adventurer allowing him to learn various skills which he sometimes uses in pervy ways. He’s the one who can bring all of is crazy team members together and use them in a way, that the actual seem like good adventurers.
ReZero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Another main character appearing in another world, Subaru Natsuki coming out of a convenience store, suddenly finds himself in another world. Not knowing how he got here, he soon makes friend with a silver hair half-elf girl and her companion spirit Puck. Helping her look for her insignia that was stolen, when they are killed though, in their search for it, Subaru finds himself back at the beginning of his first day in the new world and realises he as an ability that reverses time when he dies. He uses this to protect himself, Emilia and all these new companions in this new world.
So expect to go on a roller coaster of adventures and when I first saw this anime, I was sceptical about it but it’s really worth the watch. Shows the measures the length a guy will go for a girl he loves and the people he takes dear and close to his heart. More of a serious tone, than comedy but it something you will love and won’t be able to wait till a third season comes out.
In an attempt to colonize Mars, scientists are tasked with terraforming the planet. They decide to seed the planet with a modified algae that absorb sunlight and purifies the atmosphere and cockroaches, whose corpses spread algae across the planet as they feed.
After 500 years, the first manned ship to Mars lands and what the crew meet are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength and intelligence, they are killed by them, but not before they send a distress message warning earth. And this is where our story begins, turning humans to weapons by undergoing genetic modification with any organism to inherit their characteristics.
I have written about Terra Formars before here is the link for that below;
If you are a Starship Trooper fan, love space travel, transformations or battles with alien bugs, this is definitely for you and if you don’t it still as a lot to offer, like how a man handles issues with his cheating wife.
It is a world, where ghouls (people who can only survive by eating human flesh) live among normal humans, hiding their true nature to evade from the authorities tasked with hunting them down. Ghouls have enhanced speed, senses, regenerative ability, strength, are resistance to ordinary weapons and special organs called kagune that can be brought out in combat, so expect so insane fight scenes.
The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who survives a Ghoul by the name Rize Kamishiro, who he asked out on a date. At the hospital he is taken to, he undergoes an organ transplant with Rize, turning to a half Ghoul. How does Kaneki handle this new life of being neither completely human or ghoul and the battle he faces against ghouls and the government authorities tasked with hunting ghouls. And how it changes him from a timid quiet boy to a complete badass.
A high school student Koyomi Araragi, he befriends another student Tsubasa Hanekawa and she is an honour student. Tsubasa tells him about a rumour about a blonde vampire that has been sighted around their town recently. He encounters the rumoured vampire – kiss shot Acerola Orion Heart under the blade, in a pool of her own blood and all her four limbs cut off by three vampire hunters. He reluctantly at first ends up giving her his blood to save her, now he’s her vampire subordinate and he has to help her get all her limps back from the hunter, to restore her to full power and allow her to change him back to being human.
It’s actually a 3 parts movie, but it really good and worth the watch.
Sword of the Stranger
Another movie but a really good one and a really good sword fighting. Nanashi a nameless ronin, gets caught up in a struggle with swordsmen from the Ming Dynasty China when he agrees to take a boy Kotaro and his dog to a Buddhist temple. The reason behind the Ming swordsmen relentless pursuit unknown. A man haunted by memories of his past, which as made him avoid drawing his sword, will this be too much for him to handle.
When it was over I was kind of wishing there was a part two of this, just to see how the surviving characters were doing.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Thanks to his parents being transferred, Kazunari Usa a high school freshman, as to live on his own. His mother makes arrangements for him to stay at Kawai Complex, a boarding house that provides meals for its residents. Ritsu, a senior at his school that he likes also stays there with other weird and funny characters, like ;
Shirosaki – a novelist and masochistic and sometimes wiser than he looks, roommate.
Mayumi – a beautiful office lady who has terrible luck with men, drunk and a bit of a slob in the complex.
Sayaka – a sly and man monger college student, who likes to be the centre of attention and former country town trouble maker in her village.
Its never a dull moment in the Kawai Complex, as the series progresses we see Usa and Ritsu gradually become closer friends, it’s a really good slice of life, with lots of laughs, misunderstandings, tear, it ad that first love awkwardness you just love a, laugh and I really want a season two of this one so bad too.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
I watched this before Bokurawa Minna Kawaisou and it made me really love slice of life and so far I haven’t watched any anime to help me fill, this void this two anime as left.
Sakura Dormitory is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of the Arts, it’s home to the strangest, most troublesome students. After being kick out of the normal dorm for keeping stray cats, Sorata Kanda moves into the Sakura Dormitory. As he gets used to living in the dorm, he meets a world-famous artist Mashiro Shiina, who cannot even take care of her daily life, moves in. Sorata is kept in charge of taking care of her. Its tells us about their daily lives as they grow mentally and learn that no one is truly a genius without putting in the work.
They are a lot of funny moments that will leave you, laughing like crazy, but there are still moments that really are emotional. It makes you go through a lot of the days of youth emotions. Then ends and you have grown attached to the characters, wondering how the future plays out for all of them and just wanting more.
Akame ga Kill
The story follows Tatsumi who is a young villager that travels with his friends to the capital, to raise money for his home only to discover a strong corruption there. He is recruited into Night Raid and they fight against the Empire to end the corruption.
It was really good but the manga had a better ending, but it’s definitely worth the watch.
Natsu no Taizai
The Seven Deadly Sins were an active group of knights in the region of Britannia, who disbanded after a plot to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights. Ten years later, the Holy Knights stage a coup d’etat and capture the king. The third princess, Elizabeth, starts out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help to save the kingdom.
The fights were great, some say it like Fairy Tale but I don’t agree with that, its in a category of its own. Everyone in the group is badass, but they are not overpowered to not find certain fights difficult and some times they are the one standing as obstacles to each other. So I recommend you watch it, you won’t be disappointed.
So that’s the last one hope you enjoy and lover them to😊😊. Please share and like it, if you think it’s good.
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