We’re very happy to announce the addition of multiple classic and acclaimed titles to our catalogue for North American viewers! Every one of these anime titles have garnered a fan following and are still talked about today, long after their finales; enduring to become some of the more memorable shows in recent history.
If you’re not sure where to start, then we’ve got you covered! Check out our own mini-reviews of what make these shows a delight to watch, and you may find yourself falling for a new series – or rekindling an old flame as you revisit one you’ve watched and loved before.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
A near-future police serial where cyborg enhancements are becoming the norm and even people are vulnerable to hacking, Stand Alone Complex greatly expands on the gritty cyber world established in the 1995 anime classic, Ghost in the Shell.
Whether you’re an old fan of Masamune Shirow, or new to even the idea of a sci-fi police thriller, you’ll be hooked by this show’s suspenseful mysteries, top-notch action, and thought-provoking themes. Indeed, if you were a fan of the highly-acclaimed anime Psycho-Pass, you’ll be delighted to see how much of its world was influenced by Stand Alone Complex before it.
Watch if you like: Cyberpunk dystopias; high-stakes crime dramas; exploration on what it means to be human; the most adorable killer robot-tanks.
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Highschool of the Dead
A mysterious disease is unleashed on the world, the dead walk the earth to devour the living, a group of rebellious youth must fight their way through the zombie apocalypse. Yes, there is no shortage of zombie stories out there, but Highschool of the Dead is perhaps the most “anime” zombie story you’ll ever watch: never holding back when it comes to outrageous action sequences, impossibly sultry heroines, and oh-so-convenient ripped-clothing battle damage.
Like any good zombie B-movie, Highschool of the Dead knows it’s an absurd fantasy full of guns and cleavage, and just runs with it. If you’re the sort of person who’s down for blood, guts, and humor (at the same time), why not run with this anime cult classic, too?
Watch if you like: Zombie flicks; babes with weapons; “boob physics” so ridiculous that it saves lives.
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Log Horizon S1
An entire legion of gamers find themselves trapped in an online fantasy RPG, truly living in their game world full of monstrosities, treasures, and death. However, unlike similar game premises or even heroic fantasy premises, Log Horizon chooses not to focus on a powerful swordsman who dices through monsters — but instead a back-row tactician who navigates the rules of the game.
In this sense, Log Horizon is actually more concerned about the ‘game’ part of ‘fantasy game’, and you may find this show has more in common with Code Geass or No Game, No Life than with Sword Art Online or the .hack// series. This show weaves an engaging story that strays from the expected beats of a typical shounen title.
Watch if you like: Planning raids; leveling up; lots of suspenseful exposition about game mechanics; convincing your friends that it’s really not like SAO after all.
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya S1 + S2
The Fate/stay Night franchise ever-expands from the visual novel that started it all, and with Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya, we see that the typically gloomy & serious franchise is just as glad to go in the opposite direction: a saccharine parody of the magical girl genre.
This show was certainly made for fans of the Fate franchise with its constant references, but is also retains value as a wholly competent magical girl adventure with dark twists worthy of its place in the Fate series. If anything, it may be appealing to fans of the magical girl genre who want to see more writers play with the genre’s known tropes, in some of the ways that Madoka Magica or Lyrical Nanoha also did.
Watch if you like: New interpretations of your favorite Fate characters; the dark side of magical girls; Alter Saber kicking ass.
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Found a new personal favorite that you’d never given the chance before? Or are you no stranger to anime, and have watched all of these in the past? Let us know in the comments below!