Watching TV and movies is a popular pandemic pastime. However, there is always the problem of deciding what to watch. One option is Anime, Japanese animated shows and films. Those who are new to anime, or who are looking for recommendations, should check out these suggestions.


By Trinity Duran 

Netflix is one streaming service that offers several anime options in different genres. Popular titles on Netflix include “Japan Sinks 2020” which is based on a disaster novel and is filled with twists and turns. For those seeking thrilling action and adventure, where the characters undergo heroic battles, there are classics such as “Inuyasha” and “Bleach.” Viewers interested in drama may enjoy “Violet Evergarden” or “Children of the Sea” while comedy fans can always find something to laugh at in shows like “One Punch Man” and “The Devil is a Part-Timer.” Viewers who enjoy fantasy should check out “The Legend of Korra” and “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.” These are just a few recommendations based on the different genres covered in anime.


By Joseline Hernandez 

 Hulu is another service that offers several anime titles. “Attack on Titan” and “My Hero Academia” are two popular anime for viewers who enjoy action-adventure stories. “Block Clover” and “Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood” are popular fantasy programs. For those who enjoy drama and romance, titles such as “Toradora” and “Love in April” are also available on Hulu. “Death Note” and “Blood – C” offer thrills for fans of horror.

“Hunter X Hunter”

By Ryan Vivar

“Hunter X Hunter” is a fairly long series written by Yoshihiro Togashi with 148 episodes. With 148 episodes of about 20 minutes each, this anime should be long enough to cure the quarantine blues for a while. “Hunter X Hunter” is beloved by anime fans, as it has incredible character development. This anime’s main character is Gon Freecess, an 11-year-old boy who is looking for his father. Along Gon’s adventure, he becomes a hunter, which are elite members of society capable of using incredible magic abilities.  Fans of action or adventure stories will enjoy this anime because of the amazing scenes and immersive world shown in almost every episode. 

“In This Corner of the World”

By Ruby La

“In This Corner of the World” is an anime film by creator Fumiyo Kono which is available now on Netflix. Although the movie is a little over two hours long, it is well worth watching. The story takes place in Japan during the Showa period, which occurred from 1926 to 1989. It follows the main character, 18-year-old Suzu Urano as she experiences life in Japan during World War II. The movie shows the hardships and gives insight into the everyday lives of the Japanese people during this time. For example, viewers can see how the Japanese military stifled certain actions, such as sketching battleships while they are in the harbor, in fear of espionage. The movie deals with the realities of war, loss and military oppression, however, the serious tone of the film is offset by Urano and her interactions with her family. This movie is heartwarming, informative, eye-opening and tear jerking. It is a must-watch for history buffs and individuals who prefer a more serious tone.