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Introduction to the Best Anime Recommendations for Beginners in 2022

The world of Japanese anime is very big, and it can be hard for a new watcher to figure out what to look for when they first start. Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Dragon Ball, and even Fairy Tail are well-known. But if you’re not a fan of anime, these series, which all have more than 200 episodes, can be pretty heavy.

Then, if you’re a newbie who wants to get into the world of anime, we have a list of shows that might be fun. The Top 10 have been selected from a variety of genres to ensure that there is something for everyone to get interested in.

10. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter
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Some say Hunter x Hunter is the best show ever, even though it looks a bit like the Dragon Ball in some ways. Power, connection, and humanity all come together in a story that some people might find too much for them to deal with at once.

“Gon Freecss” wants to find his long-lost father, and he finds out that he’s a world-renowned hunter (a unique individual capable of tracking down secret treasures and rare beasts). Thus he decides to become a hunter himself hoping to see his father someday and enroll in the “Hunter Examination”, a high-risk selection process for becoming hunters where most applicants end up handicapped or worse, dead.

During the examination, Gon meets other participants including a medical student named Leorio Paladiknight, the vindictive Kurapika, and ex-assassin Killua Zoldyck who later becomes his best friend and comes across bizarre situations that really challenge his conviction. But does Gon have what it takes to be a hunter?

Hunter X Hunter Official Trailer

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9. Steins;Gate

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If you discovered time travel, what would you do with it? The self-proclaimed mad scientist “Rintarou Okabe” and his pal “Daru” uncover a technique to influence the future by sending text messages into the past in a series of mysterious events that happened with their most promising contraption yet, a machine dubbed the “Phone Microwave”.

To save Makise Kurisu, a scientist who was murdered at an academic meeting, he sends a text message from a few days earlier altering the flow of history. It’s uncertain whether Okabe will be able to keep his friends and the ones he loves alive shouldering the burden of holding the key to the realm of time.

Thanks to Steins;Gate, this exciting narrative of time travel will educate you more about physics and academics than you’ve ever learned before. An emotional and well-written plot connects you to the characters and makes you care for them. Although Steins;Gate narrative takes place in the Akiba district of Tokyo, it nonetheless has a riveting and emotional plot that will leave you giddy with happiness (and in tears). However, it gets up quickly after a few episodes and becomes a fast-paced show.

Steins;Gate Trailer (English)

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8. Haikyuu

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Don’t be concerned about it. “Don’t mind” is what Haikyu‘s high school volleyball team tells each other whenever they lose a point, and that positivity emanates throughout the program, which portrays volleyball as the most fascinating sport in history. It’s a sports anime, but it’s tuned to perfection, with a cast of underdogs who connect over their love of the sport as they take on progressively proficient rival schools.

“Shouyou Hinata” was captivated by the dynamic nature of volleyball ever since witnessing the impressive skills of the “Little Giant”. Although he failed to join the middle school volleyball team as a regular, through sheer willpower and perseverance he longs to prove that he can become the team’s Ace just like the “Little Giant”, without making his lack of height a hindrance.

Soon after enrolling at Karasuno High School, “Little Giant’s” alma mater, he finds himself with the prodigy named “Tobio Kageyama” who humiliated Hinata’s middle school volleyball team in a crushing defeat, among his new teammates.

To put it another way, this program succeeds because of the contrast between pint-sized spiker Hinata and pompous setter Kageyama as they learn to work together. You don’t have to be a fan of volleyball to enjoy this show. They deserve to win because they’re such good boys.

Haikyu Official Trailer

Source: Madman Anime

7. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
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The hottest shonen anime of the time is now available on Netflix, and no top anime list would be complete without mentioning it. While the sleek action is reminiscent of Naruto’s greatest moments, Demon Slayer stands out for being truly gripping.

Everything for Tanjiro Kamado, a young man living in Taisho-era Japan, changes when demons murder his entire family. Nezuko, his younger sister, appears to live, but she transforms into a monster. Nezuko, clinging to her humanity, doesn’t assault Tanjiro, giving him hope for a cure. Nothing beats becoming a demon slayer if you want to find one.

The plot isn’t complex, but Tanjiro and Nezuko’s sibling bond provides a solid foundation for the entire series. Tanjiro, in particular, is an endearing character, the kind of good-hearted young man you wouldn’t expect to find in such a harsh series. Kimetsu no Yaiba manages to breathe new life into a tired setting, with excellent production standards from across the board, from animation to voice acting and soundtrack.

Demon Slayer Official Trailer

Source: Aniplex USA

6. Sword Art Online

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Modern Japanese animation is not complete without using the acronym SAO to refer to Sword Art Online. A well-known Japanese light novel, authored by Reki Kawahara, is the inspiration for this sci-fi/adventure series. Sword Art Online inspired a whole generation of new “Isekai” anime since its debut.

With the immerge of “NerveGear” technology which is a VR headset with a Brain-computer interface, players have been given the ability to control their avatars within games using nothing but their own thoughts as the input. With this new advancement, Sword Art Online a new VRMMO game created by a genius named Akihiko Kayaba is launched taking the world by surprise due to its sheer size and complexity developed with newly invented cutting edge technologies. Tens of thousands of people wanting to play the game quickly went on to buy the NerveGear wanting to log into the game on the day of the launch. One thousand beta testers, later called beaters, a lucky few among the mass were given early access to its closed beta ahead of the launch.

Kazuto Kirigaya, better known as “Kirito”, is such an individual, who is inspired by VR technology, got access to the game’s closed beta program prior to its launch, and experienced the massive, scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad firsthand.

On the day of the launch, Kirito logs in to the game to find himself with ten thousand other players. However soon the participants discover that there is no log-out button to return to the actual world. It is also revealed that players that die in the MMORPG world die in the real world as well by the NerveGear frying their brains when they die.

Thus in order to escape the ruthless game, the protagonist allies with many other players including “Asuna Yuuki” who he falls in love with and who is leading the group that attempts to escape the game by beating it, to fight back the game’s inventor.

With its usage of video game themes such as leveling up, magic and skills, medieval weapons, and gruesome monsters, Sword Art Online combines the best of both worlds into a high-octane, crossover-friendly anime keeping things fresh while never deviating from its fundamental, addicting idea.

Sword Art Online Official Trailer

Source: Madman Anime

5. Fruits Basket (2019)

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Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket is a longtime favorite among manga fans because of its charming slice-of-life storyline, empathetically drawn characters, interesting relationship dynamics, and earnest, offbeat humor. The show’s early ’00s TV adaptation was even better. 2019’s reboot, made by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata (Kill La Kill, FLCL Progressive), is a careful and loving interpretation of the source material. It says it wants to tell the original manga’s story in full.

It’s about Tohru Honda, who is a hard-working and optimistic high school student who is taken in by the Soma clan, a group of people who live alone. Each carries the reincarnated spirit of an animal from the Chinese zodiac with them at all times. During her time at school and as a surrogate member of the Soma clan, Tohru grows both as a young woman and as a family member. Inadvertently, she helps each member of the family grow as well, tying them together in a way that is both family and romantic. It is a heartwarming romantic comedy with just the right amount of surprises to entice new audiences while delighting longtime genre lovers.

Fruits Basket (2019) Trailer (English)

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4. Death Note

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First-time anime watchers will enjoy Death Note because of its concise and to-the-point storytelling style. Your friend who never watches anime has also watched that kind of animation! One high-school student named Yagami Light is given the power to kill whomever he wants by just writing the person’s name into the book called the “Death Note”.

When the Shinigami (god of death) is bored, he chooses to hurl his Death Note into the human world. Light stumbles upon the book through this. An investigator named L becomes interested in Light’s pranks very immediately. Light is under pressure to keep his plans a secret from both L and the Shinigami Ryuk, so he must be extra careful not to be discovered.

Death note is an extreme psychological thriller that follows Light under the alias “Kira” with his wicked sense of justice with the ultimate goal to cleanse the world of all evil-doers by killing each and every one of them. It is a cat and mouse play between two masterminds.

Death Note, despite its outlandish premise, is a well-written criminal drama. The Death Note’s complicated laws are slowly revealed to grasp how cunning Light is. And the way L tries to get Light to make a mistake, even if it’s only disclosing more information than he planned, is always fun. Although the latter half of the series becomes somewhat weak, this is undoubtedly a series that was masterfully put together. This is a must-watch for fans of the psychological genre.

Death Note Official Trailer

Source: Crunchyroll Collection

3. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

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Attack on Titan isn’t without controversy, but it’s such an anime staple that you should see it and make up your own mind because it’s still one of the finest.

This show doesn’t skimp on the gruesomeness of its monsters. The titans are uncomfortably human in a way that has sparked lots of psychological and philosophical debate among fans. If you’re afraid of violence and the sheer devastation attacks cause, this may not be the show for you. You won’t find Attack on Titan to be silly.

Due to monstrous humanoid creatures known as “Titans”, mankind was slaughtered to the brink of extinction centuries ago forcing the remnants of humanity to hide behind three huge concentric walls. This ensured the survival of humanity for one hundred years without any encounters with titans. One day, however, this fragile calm is shattered when the “Colossal Titan” immerged from beyond the walls managing to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall. This reignited the fight for survival and Eren Yeager dedicates his life to the eradication of these man-eating abominations by joining the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights back against the creatures outside the walls.

It is intriguing that not many anime take their fantastical tales so seriously and make their premise about more than just fighting the monsters of the week. Attack on Titan examines morality and how to exist in the face of constant threat.

Attack on Titan surely is not for everyone. However, do not let the shocking visuals fear you away from the series as “Attack on Titan” undoubtedly is one of the best anime series of all time effectively being compared against TV shows such as Game of Thrones in terms of depth and development of the story while being called the Game of Thrones of anime. In either case, Attack on Titan is a show that will leave you with a lot to think about, which is definitely its greatest asset.

Attack On Titan Trailer (English)

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2. One-Punch Man

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In the anime series One-Punch Man, the superhero and comedy genres were given a new twist thanks to their sharp wit and brilliant satire. It’s a story about Saitama, who became a superhero by doing 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 squats along with a 10 km run every day for 3 years straight until he went bald and became strong to the point where he can defeat any enemy with one punch.

However, he’s bored. Because Saitama is too strong for his own good and every fight ends in just one punch. He doesn’t look like the kind of superhero people usually think of, they don’t believe he can do anything strong.

The best part is that Saitama’s origin story isn’t like a typical superhero origin story because his powers come from “training hard.” If you’re new to anime, you’ll love this short but very funny show that took the world of anime by storm when it came out!

One Punch Man Trailer (English)

Source: CineStream

1. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
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In 2014, Weekly Shonen Jump published one of the most successful ongoing manga series, My Hero Academia, which was converted into a popular Japanese superhero anime. The plot of the anime is influenced by both American comics like Marvel and traditional Japanese manga. Supernatural powers known as Quirks are used by a variety of heroes to fight off Villains.

“My Hero Academia” is a heartfelt but lighthearted superhero story that follows a young child named Izuku Midoriya, or “Deku,” as he is better known. With the sudden appearance of “quirks” newly discovered superpowers, around 80% of the world’s population is born with superhuman abilities, making it a civilization rife with both superheroes and villains.

However, Izuku Midoriya, the young protagonist of the story, has no Quirks, to begin with. In the anime, he grows up among other heroes inspired by the symbol of piece “All Might” the number one hero, to someday follow in his footsteps into becoming a great hero just like him who saves people with a smile.

Nevertheless, in a world where everyone is a superhero, young Izuku is one of the few to be born without a “quirk.” Can we expect Deku to ever enroll at UA, a prestigious school for young superheroes? You won’t want to miss this experience! In the first episode, Deku claims that this is the story of how he became the best superhero ever, so don’t give up.

My Hero Academia is in many anime viewers’ opinions including ours is one of the best entries into anime and so is our #1 choice for the Best Anime Recommendations for Beginners in 2022.

My Hero Academia Trailer (English)

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Summary: Top 10 Best Anime Recommendations for Beginners In 2022

Pick a genre you’re interested in and search for the greatest anime in it. This is the trick to finding the best anime for beginners.

But you also need to make sure that the anime you chose isn’t clogged up with cliches and meta-jokes and isn’t too long (hence no Naruto or One Piece).

It’s worth noting that all of the shows on this list of the greatest anime for newbies are excellent in their own way. No prior knowledge is required, so you can start playing right away and have a great time.

Every single one of these animes is stunningly gorgeous, enjoyable to watch, and professionally produced and scripted. You won’t feel out of place discussing any of these shows because they are well-known among the anime community as a whole.

Both traditional and contemporary versions are cherished and well-liked. Let me know how it goes and have a good time!

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Kiyara Molina

Kiyara Molina has more than 05 years of experience as a Client Manager at RR Donnelley. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University. She is spending her free time exploring exciting things and writing blog articles on Readwires.

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