Anime is one of my favorite media styles. Not only do I find Japanese themes and methods of developing stories to be most similar to my personal writing style. Their art styles, music choices, and character development speaks more loudly to my soul than almost any other form of storytelling available today. When it comes to anime, I get quite excited to share my favorites and my opinions. So today I've put together a Tru's Top Five list of what I believe to be the best anime available on Netflix Canada right now.
Soul Eater is a story about students attending the Death Weapon Meister Academy. They defend the world from the forces of evil, among other interesting tasks, and their Headmaster is Death himself.
This anime has a lot going for it and is entertaining and intriguing to watch as soon as the opening credits start. The messages of balancing your soul with your mind and body resonate extremely well with me and I find kernels of wisdom throughout the themes this anime presents. The dark humor juxtaposed with the lighthearted anime style sit quite nicely next to the occult themes and events. The cartoonish animation style is very enjoyable because it is used to demonstrate dark and often violent events and themes. I find this style choice quite attractive, as it resonates with my love of adult swim and gives me a glimpse into the psychological design principles that exist in Japanese culture. (The adorable depiction of soul energy is something I really love as well; it makes me happy every time I catch a glimpse of it.) The music is also pretty good, which is another important positive for me, since I have a hard time watching shows with bad music. The world building is really impressive too, and the sheer variety of different kinds of people, abilities, personalities and powers helps to maintain viewer interest.
Despite the bright colours and rounded art style, the images and content can actually be quite disturbing. This is something I love in media; dangerous and ominous themes and events. It’s creepy, it’s dark, it’s everything the youth of today love and devour whole in their media. So give this one a try, because I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. This is a great show and I highly recommend it.
Nana is another anime filled with great music. This show has some of my favorite anime music and animation style ever, and I frequently listen to the music in my free time. (Especially if I am feeling blue.) The whole show is centered on a well-meaning and friendly, innocent and naïve girl named Nana who encounters a damaged, enigmatic, beautiful musician girl of the same name. The two coincidentally end up living together; romance and chaos ensue.
The anime is filled with amazing characters, amazing music, incredible art, an engaging story line, and fun events. The somber, romantic way the show is narrated and coloured makes this a great show for anyone that is interested in feeling all the feels. The anime tells the story in sections, and the narrator of the show is the light-hearted Nana (or Hachi as she is called later in the show, by her friends) and the narration foreshadows the sorrowful set of events that occur near the ending episodes. Because of that, this anime is one that actually makes more sense when you watch it a second time, there is a lot of subtext and foreshadowing. It moves at a slower pace, which is something that might turn some people off, but the themes and fun of the overall story are well worth the lack of action. I would file this one under romantic dramedy for its amusing events and dramatic overtones, which is awesome if you’re looking for a laugh and a cry.
This is one of the few animes I have watched through more than once and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for it.
Madoka Magica is an amazing series; it has magic, suspense, thrills, chills, and even a sense of humor. This is a story about Magical Girls who are caught in a strange and mystical situation.I won't tell you much about the story, because it's difficult to explain without spoiling anything. What I will say is that this story is full of excitement and wonder. But it moves a little slow at the beginning of the series; after some time it starts to speed up, and you get pulled into an action packed thrill ride with many hidden meanings, twist and turns. In this story there is a series and two movies and I love every single installment. In fact, it’s hard for me to accept that there isn’t more Madoka content for me to consume on Netflix, because I’m not nearly done with these characters and their world.
The artful, surreal visuals are entrancing, offering a glimpse into a world that seems to exist within a dream. The animation style is wonderful, and kind of reminds me of Cardcaptor Sakura, which I love desperately. The music is perfection alongside the art, and I find the audio effects sometimes even give me chills. Everything about this anime is amazing, and that’s why it lands at number 3 on my list. If you’re looking for a good, spooky October anime to watch, consider Madoka Magica.
AoT is a dark, intense, action packed thrill ride based in a world where giants threaten humanity’s existence.
It is a serious sort of anime, and there isn’t a lot of lightness or humor, but the colours are vivid and the art is beautiful; it tells the story wonderfully. Even people who don’t normally watch anime enjoy AoT and it’s easy to see why. The story telling and characters are quite well done (though not as detailed as they are in the manga) and it is clear to see that the creators of this anime wanted to mirror real life emotions and reactions as much as possible. There is a lot of blood and violence, mature themes of all kinds, so this is definitely not for very young audiences or those who are faint of heart. It’s emotional and spares no expense with the disturbing imagery and raw honesty of the terrible situations depicted within the story.
This is a story of a terrifying reality and it depicts it with honesty and detail. This is yet another anime on my list with incredible music that well represents the anime. Honestly I can’t think of any reason, aside from a weak stomach, that anyone should miss out on this incredible tale.
SAO is about a world where Virtual Reality Gaming has gone to another level, and people are able to enter a game world that rivals the realistic qualities of our real world. Once inside, a dark force threatens all players, and it’s up to one top ranking solo gamer to save everyone.
Of course there could be no other top ranking anime for me than Sword Art Online. This is my favorite anime of all time, and as a gamer, I relate to it on a spiritual level. I love the art style, it’s dark and gritty writing - everything about it makes me yearn for a world like this one, despite the mortal dangers the characters face. (I think that says a lot.)
The story line steals your imagination and won’t let go. If you’re a hard core gamer like me, I can’t stress enough how much you need to see this anime, if you haven’t already. It shows you all the things you knew you loved, and then adds a few more things you never even thought about. I don’t want to spoil anything about this anime, but it’s dark story line and cast of characters was something I was able to relate to quite deeply and I think that can be said for a number of different people who enjoy the same things I do. Of course I must mention the music, because that is very important to me when it comes to anime. The music is subperb and it's so effective at creating a theme and emotional connection with the audience which feels true to the style of the anime.
My boyfriend, who isn’t an anime geek like me, was actually convinced to give anime a try when he saw this one. That’s how good it is! This is the number one anime on Netflix, as far as I’m concerned, and you won’t regret checking it out.
These are my current Top Five Best Anime Shows on Netflix Canada. What anime do you love? Comment down below and let me know, or let me know which of these you've enjoyed yourself. I'd love to hear about your anime experiences and chat about what kinds of anime are your favorite.
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