Morgan’s Mumbles: Top 10 Anime, by Teen Contributor Morgan Randall
Here is a compilation of my top ten anime, that I would strongly recommend. These vary in genre and the reasons why I like them but I would love to tell you all about them!
This is the first anime I watched all the way through so it holds a special place in my heart, it takes place in Japan where a Death Note falls to Earth and is found by Light Yagami one of the smartest kids in Japan. Light begins to discover the powers of the Death Note, as he begins to “cleanse” the world of evil. The story follows him, along with the detective forces trying to figure out who this mysterious killer is. I strongly recommend this if you enjoy shows that are darker, but also have really layered characters.
This is probably my personal favorite, but it does have a unique style that can be off-putting to some. This story has a unique magic system as it follows pairs of students training at Death Weapon Meister Academy. These pairs include a Meister, someone who trains and wields a weapon, and a Weapon, a student who can transform into a weapon. It is the Meister’s goal to collect enough evil souls in order to have their Weapons become strong enough to become one of Death’s weapons. When, not just the DWMA but also, the world is being threatened it is up to the students and faculty to take things into their own hands.
Seven Deadly Sins
This anime is high fantasy and follows Princess Elizabeth as she tries to reunite an ex-group of Holy Knights titled “The Seven Deadly Sins”, who are wanted for their crimes. It follows her, and The Sins (as she finds them) and their adventures as they try to figure out what is happening in the Kingdom of Liones and discovering what is happening within the Holy Knights and their manipulation of the kingdom.
The Promised Neverland
I recently finished the first season, the second season is coming out in January and I am super excited about it! This show is dark too, however, it has its light moments. This show discusses the importance of family, as it follows a group of orphans who are trying to escape their “house” after discovering the dark truth of the home.
This show follows a boy named Rin (and his brother Yukio) who recently discovered they are the sons of Satan, Rin inherited his father’s powers and is now trying to discover how to use them while also training to become the most powerful exorcist. It follows them and their classmates as they train and fight against demons, while training to become strong enough to take down Satan.
Death Parade is a rather short show that introduces some interesting characters and concepts. Most episodes are stand-alone but help with creating the world-building that is this place called “Quindecim Bar” where souls go after their death to determine the fate of their souls.
Hunter x Hunter
I am still in the process of watching this show, I recently finished the third arch and I love the levels of depth to the characters. The magic system is very unique and makes the world extremely immersive. The show follows Gon and his newfound friends, through their Hunter test and then on into their travels as they begin their new lives.
The K Project
This isn’t specifically just a show, it is broken into multiple parts. The first season: K, followed by the movie: K: Missing King, followed by season two: K: Missing Kings, and lastly K: Seven Stories. I am currently watching K: Missing King, and this show is one that I must admit was very off-putting at first. I was confused and unsure about what was going on, and honestly, I still am unsure about the limits of their magic system but I think that is what is interesting. The story changes and evolves, when they commit to something they stick to it and carry it throughout the story. It follows Yashiro, a young boy who was accused of murder, who is trying to clear his name to the kings and their clansmen.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
This show follows Satan who has been seeking to conquer Ente Isla, with his only major threat being the Hero Emilia. Satan, Alciel (one of his high-ranking demons), and Emilia all end up falling through a portal bringing them into the mortal world. It follows them trying to navigate the world.
I have only completed the first season of this show, and it is very unique as it follows Yumeko a new student at Hyakkaou Private Academy, a school where gambling determines status. It follows her and other students as they try to achieve higher ranks and discover their way around.
Morgan Randall, Teen Contributor
Morgan recently graduated high school and is currently enrolled to attend college in the fall getting her BA in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis on Design and Technology. She loves theatre, writing, reading, and learning. But something that has always been important to her is being a voice for those who feel like they don’t have one, and being a catalyst for change in any way possible.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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