If you have ever thought about entering the world of anime and have backed down from an immense offer and – why not – something complex, here we help you take the first steps in this seemingly endless universe at the hands of Netflix, that today premieres another of its original productions, ‘Pacific Rim: No man’s land’.
For– 04 Mar 2021
Currently, the anime genre is one of the most popular around the world and manages to attract audiences of all genders and ages. Since it became popular in the 80s and 90s, anime has managed to expand beyond Japanese borders and has established itself not only as a genre capable of grouping fictions with very diverse themes, but also as a cultural expression that goes beyond the screen and feeds off the manga (Japanese comics).
And it is that in this universe that seems endless there are subgenres for all tastes. Thus, we find the Kodomo, aimed at a child audience; the Shonen, the most popular, which are aimed at adolescents and young men of the male gender; the Shojo, focused on adolescent women; or the Seinen, intended for adult men. However, the anime They are not only divided according to the age group, and there are other more specific variants They are geared towards those who like robot stories, housewives, jocks and even manual workers. But don’t worry, here are some Netflix titles with which you can start your journey through this fascinating world and, who knows, become all otaku.
‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’
The world as we know it has changed and creatures called Angels have exterminated much of the human race. In response, the NERV organization arises, which will try to defend humanity through EVAs, robots that can only be controlled by teenagers. Starting from this premise, Neon Genesis Evangelion presents us with an initiatory journey in which the inner and psychological world of the characters takes on special importance, exploring themes such as depression, maturity or sex.
‘Attack the titans’
Also know as Shingeki no Kyogin, This anime derived from the homonymous manga has established itself as one of the latest successes of the genre worldwide. The plot is contextualized in a pre-industrial society in which human beings live in communities surrounded by walls that protect them from the attacks of giants that threaten to devour them. In this panorama, we will follow the lives of three teenagers, Eran, Mikasa and Armin, who will fight against these monsters and will try to discover the truth they hide as part of a military group, the Exploration Corps. However, this story goes further and presents us with scenarios that favor all kinds of philosophical, ethical and political debates, such as the price of freedom, the consequences of war or a fourth season in which not even allusions to the war are lacking. Holocaust.
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’
Facing the loss of a loved one is always painful, and they know this well the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who after the death of their mother decide to transgress one of the rules of alchemy: human transmutation. The unsuccessful attempt to resurrect her causes Edward to lose some of his limbs and Alphonse to be trapped in armor, losing his physical body, prompting the brothers to embark on an adventure in order to repair the damage. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood arrived in 2009 as a remake of Fullmetal Alchemist (also available on Netflix) and modified the second half of the story to suit the manga.
This Shonen stars the character of the same name, a ninja apprentice living in the Hidden Village of Konoha who aspires to become the Hokage, that is, the highest-ranking ninja in the place. During all his life, the young man has been displaced by his community because a fearsome nine-tailed fox remains trapped inside, a power that Naruto will have to learn to manage if he wants to achieve his dream. He will not be alone and in the process he will be accompanied by his companions Sakura and Sasuke and Master Kakashi.
What would you do if a notebook with the power to take the life of those people whose name appears on its pages fell into your hands? This is precisely the dilemma Light Yagami will have to face in Death Note. An exemplary student who, tired of the hypocrisy and corruption of society, decides to use this instrument belonging to a Shinigami (God of Death) to dispense justice. L, an intelligent detective who will become his nemesis, will stand in his way.
To travel to the past we do not need a DeLorean, but a well. Or at least that’s the method that led young Kagome to the Sengoku period, where she meets the half-demon InuYasha. This unusual premise is just the beginning of a journey that will take you through feudal Japan in search of the fragments that make up the Pearl of Shikon o Sphere of the Four Souls, building a story in which love and magic are not lacking.
‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 It is part of the famous franchise that emerged from the work of the mangaka Masamune Shirow, which has become a benchmark of the cyberpunk genre. This is a sequel to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the first series of the franchise, and takes us to the year 2045 to contextualize ourselves in a world mired in a serious financial crisis that nations are trying to solve through a “sustainable war.” In this panorama, in which Section 9 has been dissolved, we will follow in the footsteps of the cyborg commander Motoko, Batou and other companions who will face a large-scale conspiracy.
‘One Punch Man’
Saitama is not your typical superhero: After losing his office job he decided to focus on his true calling and is now able to defeat his enemies with a single punch. But this life is not as he had dreamed it and the boring routine in which he is immersed makes him join the Association of Heroes in search of new stimuli and enemies to face. Who was going to tell us that saving the world and filling out an excel file had so many similarities.
If you thought there was no card game more stressful than UNO and its “suck 4”, wait to introduce yourselves to the world of Duel Monsters, in which Players pit their monster deck against their opponent’s. And who better to guide us than Yugi, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh, who decides to take revenge after his grandfather has been defeated in one of these battles by the expert Kaiba. Together with him we will meet his friends Téa and Joey, who will accompany him in his mission while they discover that this card game hides much more.
How could it be otherwise, Tokyo Ghoul takes us to the city of Tokyo, which is being ravaged by a series of crimes committed by Ghouls, human-like creatures that feed on people. After a date that doesn’t go as expected, the young Kaneki Ken becomes a hybrid of Ghoul and human, being forced to hide from the rest while dealing with the problems derived from his new nature. A portrait of adolescence as a monstrous stage? We are inside.