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The 7 Best Anime Releasing in Summer 2022

With summer quickly approaching, the gamut of spring seasonal anime (such as Spy x Family) is now entering its final weeks of debuting episodes. Since brand new anime seasons are usually divided by yearly quarters, the summer season doesn’t kick in until July. This year, there are plenty of new anime debuts to look forward to. With that in mind, here are all of the brand new anime and ongoing seasons you have to watch during the 2022 anime season. Please keep in mind that this list is in no particular order and I’m only bringing up confirmed anime and not speculated releases.

Summer 2022 Anime
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1. ‘Classroom of the Elite’ – Season 2 (July 4)

Classroom of the Elite will return for a second season, is being produced by Studio LERCHE, and its release date has been set in stone for July 4. The anime adaptation of Shogo Kinugasa and Shunsaku Tomose’s original light book series ended so long ago that many fans had given up hope of ever seeing a second season. It was then unexpectedly announced earlier this year that not only was the anime returning for a second season later this summer but that a third season was also in the works for a future release. The second season of Classroom of the Elite will feature even more plot twists and surprises that fans of the first season are accustomed to.

Watch on Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/classroom-of-the-elite
2. ‘Vampire In The Garden’ – Season 1 (Out Now)

Now here’s the thing – Vampire in the Garden was already released on Netflix on May 16th, but it’s still worth mentioning here. So this show is set several years after humanity’s defeat at the hands of an immortal race of vampires and follows the story of Momo, a young human girl eking out a lonely existence in one of the last human cities. It also focuses on the vampire queen Fine, who once loved humans and mysteriously vanished from the battlefield.

When those two end up crossing paths, they embark on a perilous journey in pursuit of a fabled “Paradise” where humans and vampires previously coexisted together. The trailer for the series was produced by Wit Studio (which produced anime such as Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings) and co-directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka (who directed Hellsing Ultimate).

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80996247
3. ‘Overlord’ – Season 4 (July)

The fourth season of everyone’s favorite overlord will premiere in July. Overlord IV will certainly feature additional adventures by our ever-intelligent overlord as he rebels against the powers that be that are attempting to prevent the formation of his newly formed Sorcerer Kingdom. Madhouse is the studio behind this highly anticipated season, which will be released sometime in July.

Season three concluded on a cliffhanger, with Ainz Ooal Gown capturing a human capital city without much of a fight. His army promptly devised measures to root out any of his subjects who were considering insurrection. Of course, this instantly got people curious about what would happen next, as a monster like Ains seizing control of a human metropolis is bound to capture the attention of other human forces. This summer 2022 anime pick is definitely one to watch.

Watch on Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/overlord
4. ‘The Devil is a Part-Timer!’ – Season 2 (July)

The Devil is a Part-Timer! is a 2013 fantasy-comedy anime that depicts the ordinary misadventures of Demon Lord Satan after he is vanquished from his home dimension of Ente Isla and escapes through a portal that brings him to modern-day Japan. In order to survive, Satan assumes the human identity of Sadao Maou and works as a part-time employee at a fast-food restaurant called “MgRonald’s,” which is obviously a funny play on real-world McDonald’s.

Sadao, his servant Ashiya, and his foe Emi Yusa will return in the long-awaited second season to squabble and stumble from one misadventure to the next. Alas Ramus, a fascinating little girl born from an apple, will also be joining them. It’s worth noting that studio White Fox and director Naoto Hosoda (who produced the first season of the series) aren’t returning. Daisuke Tsukushi and Studio 3Hz have taken over production tasks for this new season.

Watch on Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-devil-is-a-part-timer/
5. ‘Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu No Ougonkyou’ – Season 2 (July)

Made in Abyss’ plot follows two young “Divers” (who’re fearless individuals that explore the abyss) as they descend through the Earth’s layers in search of answers to long-lost riddles that humanity has pondered since its inception. A promotional trailer for the second season was released by Kadokawa, Kinema Citrus will be in charge of production, and the anime will be released in July.

Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyou takes place immediately following Made in Abyss 3: Dawn of the Deep Soul. The long-awaited sequel that fans yearned for when the series first concluded in 2017 is finally on its way. The film concluded on a cliffhanger, with the gang departing to continue their trip deeper into the abyss, leaving audiences to wonder what horrors await them next.

Watch on Hidive
https://www.hidive.com/tv/made-in-abyss
6. ‘Kakegurui Twin’ – Season 1 (August)

This famed Kakegurui offshoot features compulsive gambling and bets that no ordinary student should make. Unlike its predecessor, it covers the story of new characters in the Kakegurui environment, each with their individual aims and motivations. A tweet from Netflix revealed the spinoff and now it’s scheduled to premiere in August 2022.

Fans of the series can expect the same degree of intensity as its predecessor, as the title offers the same high stakes as the first series. The story begins one year before the main series’ events – fans of the original will be able to witness how Hyakkaou Private Academy was before Yumeko Jamabi arrived and get a better understanding of how the power structure was before she shook things up. This Summer 2022 anime should definitely be a wild ride.

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81176966
7. ‘Rent-a-Girlfriend’ – Season 2 (July)

Rent-a-Girlfriend, which is an awesome comedic anime, had an excellent premiere in 2020. Here’s hoping Season 2 is just as amazing. So this anime presents us with locations where lonely people can actually rent lovers. We were previously introduced to Kazuya Kinoshita, who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. He’s pretty much down bad and, during a moment of weakness, he makes the decision to hire a girlfriend from a dating app.

Chizuru Mizuhara enters his life in this strange manner. He, on the other hand, dislikes her and gives her a negative grade for her behavior towards him. Interestingly, his grandmother takes a fancy to Chizuhara, which causes him to reevaluate his feelings toward her. Season 2 will be resumed by TMS Entertainment Studio. Likewise, the majority of the cast and crew will return for season 2.

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Here’s Why You Should Watch ‘Hunter × Hunter’ Before The Manga Returns

Hunter x Hunter is making its grand return after a tweet from the series’ author, Yoshihiro Togashi, went viral. The caption “4 more chapters for the time being” appears on the Tweet, which also includes a side image of a piece of paper with what appears to be a rough design of a manga panel. Togashi has already finished six new Hunter x Hunter manga chapters and is now working to complete four more. The post gained over 200k likes in a matter of hours – since the account was recently created, there was no way of knowing if it truly belonged to the Hunter x Hunter author until the author of One-Punch Man verified it. If you still haven’t watched HxH yet, allow me to highlight the main reasons you need to before the manga returns.

1. World Building
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Hunter x Hunter’s sense of world-building is exceptional. The show’s talented animators have done an amazing job of bringing Togashi’s manga universe to life. Each location is richly detailed and contains numerous unique/interesting areas, with even more of the globe to be discovered. The locales derive their names and styles from our world, such as Yorknew, which is modeled after New York. Many unrecorded species and entities exist within the manga/anime’s vast world, many of which are said to be stronger than the strongest Hunters. The world created in Hunter X Hunter is excellent, which even puts it on par with One Piece.

2. Story
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The plot of HxH is extremely well-crafted – it ranges from fast-paced thrillers to light-hearted adventures to an in-depth examination of the human psyche. Heed this warning, though – in the anime’s opening stages, everything feels like it moves at a snail’s pace. The majority of HxH fans will agree here. But I believe staying with the show for the long haul is worth all the trouble and patience. That sluggish pace allows the plot to better develop the characters and the world they all inhabit. Each arc contains a plot that could stand on its own as a whole separate show. Some are better than others, obviously. But they’re all well-made and bring a new dimension to the HxH universe.

Despite being made up of discrete arcs, many of them forecast future events and immediately lead into the proceeding ones. Despite multiple arcs focusing on side characters, the story remains cohesive throughout. The character arcs can be complex at times, but they do tie to each other in meaningful ways. The characters aren’t just stereotypes, thankfully. And they all have a major impact on each other’s lives and the lives of others. They aren’t ideal at times, but they aren’t bad to the point of being insufferable. I gotta hand it to this show for not making me dislike a single character.

3. Characters
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Hunter X Hunter’s cast of characters is as large and varied as a shonen cast can be. Each character is bright and distinct in their own right. Nobody feels two-dimensional or half-hearted, no matter how little their role is. Characters like Killua and Kurapika are extensively explored, plus the anime frequently employs an ensemble storytelling method during some of the larger arcs. Almost every important character in it has a variety of personalities. The more time you spend with our protagonists, the more you learn that they, too, have flaws in their character, particularly when it comes to their moral beliefs.

Some of the villains also display traits of camaraderie and friendship that I’ve never seen before. Togashi (the manga author) can create some of the most interesting characters, but he also appears to be detached from them, since he often kills off characters or excludes them from specific arcs. The antagonists are S-tier, I might add. Some antagonists are insane and psychopathic. Some people are harsh and ruthless. Some have an outward appearance that presents them as bright and charismatic. But they’re all fantastic in their own right.

I never found any of the villains wanting, not even Genthru from the Greed Island storyline. I liked him as well. The villains are well-written, well-designed, and, if I may say so myself, quite terrifying. More villains like this are needed in all forms of anime. They’re well-developed and go beyond other shonen’s conventional cliches. Often, villains are bland, evil-for-the-sake-of-evil antagonists. Meruem is a great example of an S-tier antagonist – his emotional development is a big part of his character development and he has plenty of valid reasons for his despicable actions. On him alone, I could cook up a thesis paper dedicated to his greatness.

4. Power System and Fights
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Some of the best fights in anime can be found in HxH. As a longtime anime viewer, it doesn’t matter to me whether there are explosions every second and I don’t mind if every character’s attack is overly flashy. When this show finally gets into some action, the suspense rises because we care about the protagonists and want to see them succeed in battle. Since I gained a better understanding of who Gon is and realized how much stronger Hisoka was, Gon attempting to grab Hisoka’s badge was a nail-biter to watch. It’s worth noting that HxH fights involve more than just bashing each other over and over again since there are a lot of strategies put in play.

Instead of being forced to listen to a corny speech all about friendship and witnessing a character earn an insane power boost for the sake of overcoming the bad guys, Gon and Killua don’t always succeed. Togashi is a master at making them lose just enough to expose the power disparity between them and their foes. But he’s also good at helping them succeed just enough to keep them from appearing completely inept. Togashi understands how to take the weaknesses of his character and make them fail, rather than having the main character become the strongest warrior right away. This also emphasizes their character development as they mature and learn from their mistakes. “Nen” is hands down, the best shonen power system.

The Nen system is well-developed and pretty logical. It establishes defined boundaries and adheres to them at all times. It doesn’t establish that you can’t do something and then have the main character do it merely to keep the plot moving forward. It establishes clear rules that are easy for viewers to wrap their heads around. Because the anime follows the system of constraints and vows to the tee, not even Gon’s “power-up” broke the rules. It also doesn’t allow the protagonists to achieve enormous levels of power right from the jump.

Even after two years of training on Greed Island, Gon and Killua were unable to defeat their biggest enemies during the next story arc. And by cleverly employing the use of his squad, Togashi was able to defeat those powerful opponents without breaking any of the rules of Nen. Moments like that one bring the hype during HxH’s most intense skirmishes.

Now Go and Watch It!

What’s most amazing is that people are still captivated by Hunter x Hunter’s after all these years. Fans remember whole lines of dialogue between characters in addition to the show’s awesome aesthetics and quality world-building. What stays with diehard followers like me is its hugely emotional moments, unforgettable characters, and especially Gon & Killua’s physical/emotional journeys. Above all, I think it’s a moving coming-of-age story. HxH’s strong narrative has had a great impact on me, both in terms of what it has taught me about growing up and the comfort it gives me in knowing that no one person or ideology is right or wrong. Hunter x Hunter is a masterpiece that everyone needs to watch even if you’re not a fan of anime. 

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The 25 Best Anime Theme Songs of All Time

When it comes to anime theme songs, there are positively far too many bangers of tunes to keep track of. Whether you vibe to Bleach’s “Asterisk” or you can’t stop humming Dragon Ball Z’s “Cha-La Head Cha-La”, we’ve all got that one favorite song that we’ll always bust out when it’s time to break out the anime music playlists.

But which ones are set to go down in history as the best of the best? Which anime openings are cemented in everyone’s minds as exemplary tunes that no fan would ever be able to forget? Obviously, there’s no one correct answer here, but we were able to round up 25 of our favorites that represent the cream of the crop, the absolute masterpieces of the genre.

Check out this list of the 25 best anime theme songs of all time. And be ready to let us know if we missed your faves.

1. ‘Sailor Moon’ – “Moonlight Densetsu”

“Fighting evil by moonlight! Winning love by daylight!” Whether you know the Sailor Moon theme song by its English dub lyrics or the original Japanese, you have to admit it’s one ridiculously catchy tune. It holds all the wonder and romance the legendary magical girl series has featured since its debut in the ’90s and remains the best song in the game (aside from Sailor Stars’ “Sailor Star Song”). If you’re a Sailor Moon fan, you know you’ve had this one as your ringtone more than once. This is one for the Moonies, and it’ll always be a favorite that everyone and their brother knows.

2. ‘Cowboy Bebop’ – “Tank!”

“I think it’s time we blow this scene…get everybody and their stuff together…okay, 3, 2, 1, let’s jam!” One of the best anime series of all time gets one of the best opening songs of all time. Cowboy Bebop is a rare, near-perfect anime series, and its jazzy “Tank!” is a tune that gets you hyped every single time. You just don’t skip this song. You don’t. And it’s always worth listening in because you can’t help but jump up out of your seat.

3. ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ – “A Cruel’s Angel’s Thesis”

If you’re an anime fan, chances are you know all about Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s one of the most popular mecha series of all time, and chances are you know all about the “Shinji, get in the robot!” meme. The opening song, however, is all about rising and becoming a legend, which we all know the cursed children ended up being after fighting off the Angels and saving humanity…well, kind of. At any rate, this is a true-blue karaoke classic and one of the best songs you’ll hear in the anime world.

4. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ – “Sono Chi no Sadame”

You thought this was a list of some of the best anime theme songs of all time, but it was Dio! There are plenty of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure songs to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the original. It has no business pumping you up this much and prepping you for a long, amazing anime journey, but it goes so hard you won’t even believe it.

5. ‘Dragon Ball Z’ – “Cha La Head Cha La”

The most famous fighting anime of all time has to have an equally famous theme song, and this first-season banger is it by a long shot. It may not always make sense, but “Cha La Head Cha La” is a bona fide bop, as are all the rest of the Dragon Ball songs. Sparking! And don’t forget the English version, which is just as good.

6. ‘Lucky Star’ – “Motteke! Sailor Fuku”

The moe anime that launched a thousand memes, this ridiculously gleeful opening even has a dance you can shake it along to. If you’re a Lucky Star fan, you’ve probably sung this yourself over and over again in the shower, as well as everywhere else, too. You’ve probably cosplayed as Konata while eating a chocolate cornet and humming this song. And to think, it’s all about a sailor uniform. Yep. Bet you didn’t know that.

7. ‘Gundam Wing’ – “Just Communication”

The Gundam series is known for many things, and excellent music is just one of them. Two-Mix’s “Just Communication” is the first theme for Gundam Wing, and it does a perfect job of getting you hype for figuring out the weird attraction between Relena and Heero, and the secrets behind the Peacecraft family…and everyone else, for that matter. “Just wild beat communication!”

8. ‘The Promised Neverland’ – “Touch Off”

Okay, look. Everything about the first season of The Promised Neverland was hype. It was close to perfect, including this theme song. We can just pretend the second season didn’t happen so we can think about how amazing this song is. The “na na na” chorus? Spare a chef’s kiss for that part of the tune, because it plants an earworm in your head that’ll never go away. Just don’t think about the second set of episodes. They may as well not exist.

9. ‘Dororo’ – “Kaen”

Dororo may ultimately be a somewhat depressing anime, but its opening is anything but. It’s an inspirational tune that’s inspired by the flames of ambition, and it stirs something wild in you every time you listen. If you need to prepare for something, this is the song to get you going. Light it up, and dive into this series while you’re at it. It’s criminally underrated.

10. ‘Berserk’ – “Tell Me Why”

Berserk is hardly an upbeat show, yet this is one of the most radio-friendly rockers you’ll ever hear from an anime. It has a nostalgic, alt-rock vibe to it that just feels good. While the anime is filled with carnage, this is a song that just ignites something inside of you — perhaps the desire to start your own Band of the Hawk and live your own dream?

11. ‘FLCL’ – “Ride On Shooting Star”

The Pillows wrote one of the most iconic songs they’d ever craft when they put pen to paper for FLCL’s opening “Ride On Shooting Star”. It’s a crunchy, garage-rock tune with one of the most recognizable riffs in anime. And though the anime is short, it’s oh-so-sweet. So you’d better not skip this song when it comes on, even though it’s more of an ending than an opening.

12. ‘Paradise Kiss’ – “Lonely in Gorgeous”

No one understands the longing of Paradise Kiss heroine Yukari better than Tommy february6, the pop project alter ego of The Brilliant Green’s Tomoko Kawase. As a result, this high-fashion pop track has the gloss of new love written all over it, but it’s also bittersweet, too. A true, delectable banger that prepares you for what’s to come.

13. ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ – “Inner Universe”

The late Origa put her all into this Russian theme song for the excellent Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. From the chorus to the haunting introspective bridge, this song embodies everything appealing about this series, from Major Motoko Kusanagi to the adorable Tachikoma robots.

14. ‘Serial Experiments Lain’ – “Duvet”

This all-English opening wouldn’t have been out of place on ’90s alternative radio, and that alone makes it worthy of being added to any anime playlist. Serial Experiments Lain can be difficult to parse, that’s for sure, but this tune makes it feel a little easier to relate to since it feels like the late ’90s embodied in one catchy track. “And you don’t seem to understand…” — you got that right, this show is confusing.

15. ‘Devilman Crybaby’ – “Man Human”

Devilman Crybaby is a masterpiece of an anime as it is, but the anime’s trippy, dark opening is right up there with the best of the best. It’s a pulsating, thumping beat with repetitious lyrics, but it feels just like the rave that Akira went to and transformed into the Devilman during the show. And it gets you pumped and ready to see what’s to come. You won’t be ready, really, but you’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting for it.

16. ‘Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni’ – “Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni”

This self-titled theme song for one of the spookiest, most disturbing, heart-wrenching series you’ll find this side of Another will prepare you for the trippy, time-looping storytelling of Higurashi. There’s nothing quite like your first time viewing the series, and this first song will get you in the mood quickly.

17. ‘Dirty Pair’ – “Ru-Ru-Ru-Russian Roulette”

Let’s face it: the older the anime series, the more dramatic and city pop-like tunes you get. And Dirty Pair certainly skews toward the classic J-Pop idol and city pop genre, all for the better. From the first crunchy notes of guitar and “Ru-Ru-Ru-Ru-shi-an” of the song’s opening, you’ll be hooked. Try and find a better ’80s theme or two cooler female protagonists. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

18. ‘Urusei Yatsura’ – “Lum no Love Song”

Lum is gorgeous, but she has a very sweet side to her as well. That comes out in this very catchy, very cute opening to the long-running slapstick comedy Urusei Yatsura. It’s all about Lum being in love with the guy she cares about, but it’s also a song you won’t be able to stop humming. And you’ll want to sing it again and again, too.

19. ‘Card Captor Sakura’ – “Catch You Catch Me”

Sailor Moon’s “Moonlight Densetsu” may be the crown queen of magical girl music, but Card Captor Sakura’s “Catch You Catch Me” is a whole other world of sweetness and poppiness that feels just like going out hunting for cards with Sakura herself. And if you listen to it long enough, you might start feeling a little like Kero-chan, bopping around in Sakura’s bedroom.

20. ‘Elfen Lied’ – “Lilium”

Elfen Lied tells a very bleak story, but its theme song is a pious, respectful anthem. It isn’t something you’ll want to listen to on your daily commute or anything, but it’s a nice, reverent hymn that focuses on Lucy’s plight and the kindness she was eventually shown. O, lily of purity! What possessed you to make such a banger?

21. ‘Samurai Champloo’ – “Battlecry”

Just like Cowboy Bebop’s “Tank!” is iconic in all the right ways, its spiritual counterpart Samurai Champloo is known by its theme, “Battlecry”. A hip-hop gem like no other, this song flows with the best of ’em and feels like the best companion to Mugen and the rest of the gang in the show. Plus, it’s still one of the best opening songs in the anime world by far. Rest in peace, Nujabes.

22. ‘Bleach’ – “Asterisk”

Bleach came out at a time when the shonen anime scene was positively exploding again. And if you jumped on it from the beginning, you know how hype “Asterisk” got you as soon as the show began. It was the first of what would be many, many excellent opening songs, but it was one of the best ways to kick off a series ever, period, and Orange Range took the cake with this unforgettable tune.

23. ‘Hellsing’ – “A World Without Logos”

Hellsing’s Alucard has a certain groove to him, in the way he moves, speaks, fights, and eliminates other vampires. So it makes sense that this jazzy, Beatles-esque Britpop tune sways along just like he does. It might not feel like what you’re probably expecting from such a violent and grisly anime, but it’s a deeply dark, mysterious bop that’ll make you feel as cool as a new recruit for the Hellsing Organization.

24. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ – “Ready Steady Go”

“Let’s get started, ready steady go!” Just try to get this song out of your head once you think about it. L’arc~en~ciel (French for “rainbow”) understood the assignment when providing this song for Fullmetal Alchemist. Not only did it seem to capture the Elric brothers’ plight and adventure perfectly, but it became the perfect “road” song. Listen to it and you’ll see what I mean.

25. ‘Gunslinger Girl’ – “Light Before We Land”

I’ll go ahead and say it: Gunslinger Girl is deeply depressing. So you need a little bit of hope to balance out the bleakness. The Delgados’ “Light Before We Land” offers just that. It’s a ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds, and a reason not to skip the animation with each episode. It’s also strangely comforting, so you’ll want to come back to it again and again.

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The 10 Most Hated Anime Characters

Within the vast realm of anime, there’s a shockingly wide spectrum of characters who are utterly despised – some for no apparent reason and others for a variety of reasons. However, there’s a special case of a few characters who make you want to jump through your screen and slap them across their face anytime they appear on the screen. And today, we’ll talk about these characters. I will rank 10 of the most hated anime characters (deservedly so) in anime history. 

WARNING: You have been cautioned that there will be spoilers for some of the shows these characters hail from. Now that that warning has been issued, let’s begin and see if you all despise these characters as much as I do!

Most Hated Anime Characters
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10. Sakura Haruno – ‘Naruto/Naruto Shippuden’ and ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’

To start the list, we have the most hated Naruto character, Sakura. Now you can argue Danzo is the most hated, but I digress. Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi were the deadly trio of Team 7. These three were the foundation of The Hidden Village of Leaves and they carried their weight alongside being forced to carry Sakura’s weight.

Sakura’s appearance in the popular anime series Naruto and Team 7 can be explained as follows: She was a member of the Hidden Leaves Village’s most powerful team, but her participation was minimal/non-existent.

She was bothersome for half of the series as a liability, and for the rest, she was involved in turmoil that escalated into large battles, resulting in a quarrel between the communities. Sakura never won any one-on-one battles despite being a talented medical ninja and trained by a legendary Sannin and Hokage Tsunade. Plus her constant belittling of Naruto angered me and plenty of other fans who had to sit through it all.

9. Spandam – ‘One Piece’

One Piece is my personal favorite anime of all time. The show has been around for about 22 years and is one of the most popular anime series ever. No other anime or piece of fictional work has ever matched its level of perfection in my eyes.

One Piece has undergone several major story arcs over the last two decades with Luffy encountering a variety of villains, including pirate crews and Marine government agents. But none despised as much as Spandam, the former chief of CP9. 

Spandam led CP9 and was responsible for the kidnapping of Robin from Water 7. He was also the principal perpetrator in the execution of shipwright Tom. Spandam’s nasty and irritating behavior toward Robin by forcefully dragging her by her hair, in addition to that of other One Piece villains,  is the primary basis for his intense dislike among series fans.

8. Minoru Mineta – ‘My Hero Academia’

Mineta is the series’ lone “anime pervert.” Which means he was bound to be undesirable from the very start. Mineta, on the other hand, constantly appears to go above and beyond the occasional nosebleed or ogling that other perverse characters display. Instead, we’ve seen Mineta being extra perverse towards Tsuyu and forcing Momo to give him a piggyback ride by attaching himself to her with his grapes. But it was when Mineta said to Eri (who’s a child, I might add!) “I’m Mineta, I can’t wait to see how you look in 10 years,” that he did the worst thing he’s ever done. His inclusion on this list is based solely on that phrase and its connotation.

7. Malty Melromarc – ‘Rising of the Shield Hero’

Malty Melromarc could be described in a variety of ways. I’m gonna go with her being a highly unpleasant woman. Malty is well-known among anime fans – even those who haven’t seen Rising of the Shield Hero are aware of who she is and why she’s held in very low regard. People have even been comparing her to the lady that plays Mera in the Aquaman movies (you guys know the one), which is a sentiment I’ve seen trending on Twitter. 

As the girl Naofumi trusted the most turned on him, threw serious allegations his way, and betrayed his Shield hero reputation, Malty forced him to flee the country. Malty’s deception made her one of the most loathed anime characters, which was exacerbated later when Naofumi gave her the most befitting nickname of…well, “female dog.”

6. Gabi Braun – ‘Attack on Titan’

Gabi was added to this list simply because she was responsible for killing Sasha Blouse. Gabi earns her rightful place among the most hated anime characters for several other reasons. Her being such a hypocrite is what really defines her status here. We see her in the first episode and she appears to enjoy going to war – she rushes onto the battleground, pretending to be a civilian to fool the enemy, then bombing them and fleeing happily. She’s been a part of several conflicts and has no objections to death and fighting. But when the nation of Marley is attacked, she doesn’t understand why. Even when she has seen firsthand how despicable Marley truly is, she pretends as if they’re still a guilt-free nation.

5. Nina Einstein – ‘Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’

Before I witnessed this brilliant student do some questionable things to a table, it was evident that she held strong hateful views toward Japanese people. After she suffered a mental collapse, things got a lot worse. Nina snapped following Princess Euphemia’s death, deciding that the only logical way to get her revenge on Zero would be to try to blow up the school, as well as assist in the development of weapons of mass destruction that would massacre so many people. I’m sure Euphe, who was a pacifist, is very pleased with you, Nina…

4. Mahito – ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

I’m sure some of you reading this right now might not agree with my pick. In my opinion, his character irritates me greatly. Jujutsu Kaisen fans are very well aware of this sentiment among their base, I might add. Mahito, unlike other cursed spirits, did something cruel and tragic. Junpei, a poor, harmless man, was changed into a hideous curse by his Idle Transfiguration. This forced Itadori Yuji’s hand in the murder of his friend. Mahito will be most remembered for that emotionally charged scene. After the Shibuya Incident Arc, he’s on each and every Jujutsu Kaisen fan’s hate list and is far beyond ever being forgiven.

3. Rachel – ‘Tower of God’

Because manipulating and attempting to kill Baam could be justified after Rachel’s reasons are revealed, I’ll leave that out of my Rachel analysis.

Regardless, I can’t stand Rachel not because of what she did to Baam, but because she is a nasty human being. The following explanation should explain my reasoning in full: Out of spite, she stabbed Dan’s legs. Then she pretended to be injured and milked it for a pretty long time. While ascending several floors of the anime’s storied tower, she never attempted to contribute or assist her team in any way. She has never attempted to improve herself all the while. Plus she refuses to accept responsibility for her naughty behavior. She expects her teammates to treat her with respect and affability while offering nothing to them whatsoever and wailing like a spoiled kid.

Griffith from Berserk is a good example of a far more likable version of Rachel. Both are willing to go to any length to achieve their lofty dream. Griffith was willing to subject hundreds of thousands of his comrades to the most heinous mutilation and death, then force his best friend Guts to watch him commit an unspeakable act to Guts’ pregnant fiancee.

Despite his far more heinous deeds, Griffith is a far more compelling villain due to his numerous redemptive characteristics. Because he worked exceedingly hard to better himself and his squad in order to attain his goal, he is personable, a master tactician, and a great combatant. Rachel isn’t personable, tactically astute, or competent, and she makes no attempt to be. Instead of working to better herself or her team, she fabricates injuries and lies about them. How can you not classify her as one of the most hated anime characters? She possesses no redeeming traits whatsoever.

2. Shinji Matou – ‘Fate/stay night’

While I understand why he became such a complete jerk, it’s very understandable why Shinji gets top billing as one of the most hated anime characters. He tried to kill most of the school’s students for more mana energy and gloated about it, violated his younger sister due to outside factors (but still admitted to enjoying it just to make her feel miserable), attacked the captain of the archery squad for trivial reasons, and tried to do Rin dirty despite being repeatedly rejected by her.

It doesn’t help that the majority of Fate/stay night sees Shinji at his absolute worst. He is a somewhat normal person outside of all those grail shenanigans and is constantly enabled to do terrible things to everyone around him, which, combined with his lack of a proper upbringing, built him up to be a walking disaster. Simply put, Shinji’s a mentally unstable asshat with a serious inferiority complex.

1. Shou Tucker – ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Shou Tucker is a metaphor for humanity’s tendency to manipulate individuals for the sake of furthering their ambitions and how the concept of progress is exploited as a justification to save one’s skin. On the surface, Shou Tucker is a despicable figure for his heinous crimes, but I also curse his every appearance for what he represents.

Shou is at the top of my list of the most hated anime characters primarily because of what he did to his daughter and her dog. And that heinous act was performing human transmutation by combining his dog and daughter into one body and consciousness, which sickens me to this day.

However, several fans overlook the fact that this wasn’t his first time committing such an act. Diehard Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fans may recall a conversation between Shou Tucker and Edward in which he admits to doing the exact same thing to his wife! Mr. Tucker, you’re now two for two! To make matters even worse, Shou Tucker has shown no sorrow or regret for his disgusting actions. He claims to have done everything in the name of science and alchemy, which makes him even more of a grade-A bastard.

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The 21 Best Anime Like ‘Horimiya’

When it comes to romance anime, Horimiya really is a crowd-pleaser. It’s got everything: a girl with a shiny, popular veneer at school who comes home and reveals a totally different personality, a soft boy who’s got tattoos and piercings in high school who everyone misunderstands, and plenty of romantic interludes. It’s really one of the best out there, and it’s a shame it’s so short. Luckily, it isn’t the only series of its kind. Horimiya isn’t the blueprint, thankfully, so if you’ve just finished the show and you’re looking for more, there is a long list of similar shows you can tap into and enjoy. To make things easier for you, we’ve collected them all here. If you’re ready to check out the best anime like Horimiya, be sure and add these picks to your streaming queues.

Anime Like ‘Horimiya’
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1. ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’

A young man named Sakuta Azusagawa lives his life and minds his own business. Until the fateful day he meets classmate and idol Mai Sakurajima, dressed in a bunny outfit, parading around at the library. No one can see her except for Sakuta, which opens up into a bizarre investigation into a phenomenon called “Adolescence Syndrome,” a mysterious illness that’s been plaguing Mai, Sakuta, and a number of others. The two continually become closer and closer while the world is unable to see Mai, and the series revolves around unraveling why Mai has disappeared from the world, and why Sakuta is the only special person fated to continue to see her after her “disappearance.” This selection is the top candidate for anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rascal-does-not-dream-of-bunny-girl-senpai/
2. ‘Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku’

If you tend to hide parts of yourself (like the hobbies you enjoy) from others, you’ll vibe with Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi, also known as Wotakoi. It follows office worker Narumi, who never lets anyone know she loves anime and video games. The ironic part is that her friend, Hirotaka Nifuji, is just like her in nearly every respect. They’re boyfriend and girlfriend, and they bond over being an otaku. But as the title of the anime suggests, love is hard for otaku, as we see that philosophy play out time and time again throughout the series. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so frustrating for both of them. The “anime like Horimya” vibes are very strong here.

Watch Now, Amazon prime
https://www.amazon.com/Wotakoi-Love-Hard-Otaku/dp/B07C3WL3VP?ots=1
3. ‘Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You’

Sometimes, all you really want to watch is a sweet romance, and that’s what Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You delivers. It centers on the love growing between high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma (nicknamed Sadako after the Ring movies) and popular student Shota Kazehaya. Sawako looks unapproachable and terrifying, which nets her the reputation of being a ghost and cursing people. But she’s actually very kind and unassuming and just wants to help people. When she meets Kazehaya, he opens her eyes again to the idea of having friends and even being in a relationship. And slowly but surely, the two fall in love. There’s a lot to appreciate here from this quality anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you-f502ae87-e71c-4526-ba2e-f2abce04315e
4. ‘Maid-Sama!’

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, or Maid Sama!, centers on high school student Misaki Ayuzawa, who’s the only female student at the formerly all-boys school Seika High. Now that it’s co-ed, Mizaki is doing her best to whip the boys into shape so the girls filtering in can feel safe and supported. She’s an uptight, boy-hating force who acts as a sign of hope for the girls, and as such has something of an ominous reputation at school. That’s why, when it’s discovered she has a sweeter, softer side to her while working at a maid cafe, she has to fight to keep classmate Takumi Usui from spreading her secret all around the school. It’d be mortifying if everyone knew the tough-as-nails Misaki was actually working as a maid!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maid-sama-6fb8e98f-1792-4179-877b-98f8fe019aaa
5. ‘Toradora!’

Ryuji Takasu is a high school student who tries to look friendly and approachable, but his eyes always make him look like a delinquent. That makes his love life a bit of a non-starter. One day, he runs into the school’s “most dangerous” girl, Taiga Aisaka, who’s the best friend of the girl he’s got a crush on. Taiga is volatile and angry, with the nickname “Tiger,” and she dislikes Ryuji. But she has a crush on Ryuji’s best friend. With this knowledge, the two try to navigate relationships with the other’s best friend, arranging to help with their respective crushes. Of course, this devolves into a relationship between the two, and if you’ve seen any romance anime, you can probably guess where this all goes.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049275
6. ‘My Dress-Up Darling’

My Dress-Up Darling might sound strange on paper, but it’s an addictive and wholesome series that any romance fan will love to the moon and back. The lovably clueless Wakana Gojo and the gorgeous and kind Kitagawa Marin are memorable characters who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves, and the romance that blossoms between them are unlike you’ve seen before in the anime realm. Gojo wants to be a professional doll creator, while Marin is a model and aspiring cosplayer who needs help creating her costumes. An adorable partnership is formed between the two that turns into one of the cutest relationships you’ve ever seen. And Marin is the best waifu of the past anime season. Period.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-dress-up-darling
7. ‘Fruits Basket’

Fruits Basket is a shoujo classic, and for good reason. Tohru Honda is a high school student who lives with the Sohma family. It’s anything but a normal life, however, as a collision or even a hug results in family members Yuki and Shigure turning into a mouse and a dog, respectively. They’re still their same charming selves (good news for the Prince Yuki Fan Club!) but they’re adorable little critters you want to scoop up and hug. The rest of the Sohma family is a menagerie, too. The volatile Kyo shifts into a cat, and living in a house with this trio can feel like a real circus. Can love grow in this circus of a family? Of course it can, but you’ll have to wait and see what happens. Fruits Basket embodies what you’re looking for in an anime like Horimiya.

8. ‘After the Rain’

Akira Tachibana is a high school student who works part-time at a family restaurant. Little by little, she starts to fall in love with the manager, Masami, who’s a 45-year-old single father. Akira has difficulty figuring out why she feels the way she does about her manager and grapples with the potentially problematic aftermath of falling in love with her senior. But the story is a poignant and romantic one that anyone who enjoys anime like Horimiya will find charming in all the right ways.

Watch Now, Amazon Prime
https://www.amazon.com/After-the-Rain/dp/B078X16ZLT
9. ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’

High schooler Futaro Uesugi is down on his luck and needs some cash. When the opportunity to tutor the rich Nakano family presents itself, he jumps on it. As their tutor, he has to make sure five different sisters, each with their own personality, end up graduating from high school. They all view him as an annoyance and a stranger, but somehow Uesugi must work through their icy exteriors to get them to learn, improve their grades, and maybe even form friendships…if a relationship doesn’t come of it first. Which quintuplet will Uesugi match with in the end? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-quintessential-quintuplets/
10. ‘ReLife’

Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET who stays at home, lies about having a full-time job, and only manages to work short shifts at the convenience store. He’s offered a job one day by the mysterious Ryo Yoake, but he has to participate in an experiment called “ReLIFE”, which will make him look 10 years younger and have him live out his high school days again as a regular student. This is in an effort to “fix” Arata, and everything that’s gone wrong with his life, but of course, as is usually the case with anime like these, that only starts to cause more problems than it fixes as he falls in love with student Chizuru Hishiro and plenty of awkward situations ensue. Prepare to elicit a whole lot of laughs from this highly energetic anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/relife
11. ‘Bloom Into You’

Yuu Koito is a first-year high school student, but she doesn’t really know what love is like – yet. Like many of us, she thinks it’s all about finding someone absolutely perfect for you, then the dates that follow. She wants to be left breathless by it all. So when she finally gets her first confession from a childhood friend, she’s a little shocked. She tries to figure out how to respond, and in the middle of it all, she finds someone she can fall in love with — and maybe confide in. The girl she finds herself catching feelings for may not be the person who confessed to her, but she’s certainly not about to give up on the love that can bloom between the two.

Watch Now, HIDIVE
https://www.hidive.com/tv/bloom-into-you
12. ‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War’

Student council members Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya attend Shuchiin Academy together, and they look fabulous when out and about. As such, people think they’re the perfect couple. The pair love to deny this and have mixed feelings about their true thoughts about one another. Neither one of them is willing to confess their love, as that would show signs of weakness. Instead, they just start trying to push each other by any means necessary to be the first to confess. The result? A hilarious time filled with zany antics. The abundant humor in this anime like Horimiya will put you in a very happy place.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kaguya-sama-love-is-war-da69fc06-cdea-42dc-8827-52cee194db54
13. ‘Yuri!!! on Ice’

Yuri!!! on Ice follows Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki as he develops his career while watching his idol, Russian skater Victor Nikiforov facing off against a talented Russian skater named Yuri Plisetsky. Yuri is in a bit of a depression after he’s defeated in a series of skating competitions and decides to put his career on hold. However, when he mimics an advanced routine performed by his idol Victor, Victor ends up seeing it and comes to help breathe some life into his new protege’s skating life. With Victor as his coach, Yuri is able to jump back into the skating circuit – and the pair become closer and closer with each passing day. The end result? A beautiful relationship that shimmers just like the ice the pair skate upon.

14. ‘Kamisama Kiss’

Nanami Momozono is a high school student who has nowhere to live. Thanks to her father’s gambling debts, she’s lost the apartment she lived in and needs to find a home. Still reeling from the turn of events, she meets a man named Mikage, who’s being chased by a dog. She saves Mikage and he takes her to his home as a token of his gratitude. Once there, she realizes it’s a shrine, and Mikage is the past Earth Deity of the shrine. He’s marked her with the sign of his successor, which means she’ll have to take on the role of a god while as a homeless human. And you know what? She may just find some romance while doing it all.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/kamisama-kiss/
15. ‘Orange’

A delectable slice of life pie like Orange is always a treat, especially when it’s coupled with a premise like this one. Naho Takamiya receives a letter addressed to herself from ten years into the future. She’s quick to write it off as a prank — that is until the things written in the letter begin coming true. Takamiya, currently a second-year high school student, finds the letter urging her to kickstart certain chains of events in order to alter the past for her future self. While she’s stuck trying to figure out who this letter came from and whether it contains the truth, she’ll discover hidden truths that lead to relationships she may have never explored without this catalyst. Get out the tissues, because this series is a real tearjerker.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/orange
16. ‘Your Lie in April’

Kosei Arima is a piano prodigy whose mother suddenly dies in a tragic accident. When he does, he has a mental breakdown while performing on stage during a recital. After that, he can no longer hear the sound of a piano, despite his hearing being perfectly fine otherwise. He meets the free-spirited Kaori Miyazono, who plays the violin and helps Kosei get back to playing the piano the way he used to before losing his mother. As Kosei falls in love with Kaori, he realizes that her health is deteriorating. We won’t spoil what’s left from here, but this is a powerful story about love, grief, and acceptance that’ll certainly tug at the heartstrings. As an anime like Horimiya, Your Lie in April sticks out as one of the more emotional picks on this list.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/your-lie-in-april-8156b6d6-46ae-4576-877e-022657255de6
17. ‘Given’

A shy student named Mafuyu Sato is often seen carrying around a guitar at school. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t know how to play it. He’s apparently on the search for someone to help him, and one day he finds Ritsuka Uenoyama, who’s trying to get some rest in his favorite spot to nap in the entire school. All Ritsuka wants to do is sleep, but Mafuyu has other plans – like begging Ritsuka, the guitarist in a band with two other guys, Akihiko Kaji and Haruki Nakayama, to help him learn how to play guitar. Ritsuka has to worry about his reputation, but he cares for Mafuyu. Given turns in a slow-burning love triangle that’ll delight and entice viewers looking for a rock-and-roll romance that’s quite unlike most of the other series out there. This pick is one of the more unique variations of an anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/given
18. ‘Ouran High School Host Club’

Haruhi Fujioka is a student attending the prestigious Ouran Academy on a scholarship. She doesn’t quite fit in with all the rich kids, given her background, which makes her anxious. On her first day, while looking for a place to study, she finds the Third Music Room, where the Ouran High School Host Club, with six male students dressed to the nines, entertains female students with tea, sweets, and a good time. Haruhi accidentally destroys an $80,000 vase while there and ends up having to work off her mistake disguised as a male host club worker. Of course, that doesn’t stop some of the club hosts from falling in love with her. With all that being said, it earns its placing here as a great anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70205014
19. ‘Nisekoi: False Love’

Raku Ichijo is the son of a Yakuza faction leader. Chitoge Kirisaki is the daughter of a boss in a rival gang. When the pair meet, Chitoge accidentally knees Raku in the face. In the aftermath, Raku loses the locket his childhood friend gave him. When it turns out Chitoge is a new transfer student in his class, he forces her to help her look for the locket. They grow to hate each other, only to find that the gangs their families belong to want to marry their children off — so Raku and Chitoge must pretend to be in a relationship together. This doesn’t go well, as you’d expect, but it’s extremely entertaining.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/nisekoi
20. ‘Rent-A-Girlfriend’

Kazuya Kinoshita is down on his luck when it comes to romance. His very first girlfriend dumped him. But he didn’t give up. He turned to an online dating app in a bid to “rent” a girlfriend instead. True, it’s hardly the same as finding a real partner, but in Kazuya’s case, he needed something to fill the void. Enter Chizuru Mizuhara, Kazuya’s date. Sweet, kind, and attractive, Kazuya is smitten with her, even as he forks over cash to benefit from her services. Kazuya’s falling hard for his new rental girlfriend, and Chizuru is keeping it professional. Someone’s undoubtedly going to catch feelings, however, and things are going to spiral out of control. Welcome to Rent-A-Girlfriend, where the feelings are real, but the dates are not.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/rent-a-girlfriend
21. ‘Citrus’

Yuzu Aihara breaks all the rules, while schoolmate Mei is a stickler who won’t tolerate disobedience. What happens next when they clash at school? In this situation, opposites attract. The two begin living together as sisters (a surprise that comes out of nowhere), but they still have to grapple with their feelings for each other, and that’s easier said than done. In this case, the series featuring a lesbian relationship isn’t the part that’s hard to decipher, but how in the world it could potentially play out. That’s going to be one puzzle you won’t figure out anytime soon — but you’ll know one thing for sure: these girls are falling in love with each other, and fast. And there’s nothing that can stand in the way of true love, after all.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/citrus

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The 26 Best Anime Like ‘High School DxD’

What do you get when you cross a perverted high school student with a gorgeous devil princess? You get the hilarious (and cheeky) High School DxD. This light novel series turned anime is one of the raunchiest out there, but that’s part of what makes it so memorable, too. Unfortunately, the anime adaptation isn’t very long and spans just 25 episodes with a few spinoffs and manga to take in. Which is why you’ll eventually embark upon a search for the best anime like High School DxD.

What do you do if you’re looking for something equally exciting in the anime realm? Where do you go from here? If you’re struggling to find a show that strikes your fancy as much as High School DxD, worry not. We’ve compiled a handy list of 26 different shows you can watch when you finish out this laugh-out-loud adult series.

Sound like a plan? Get ready to check out some of the lewdest anime series out there this side of hentai in the vein of High School DxD. We’ve got you covered, even if the characters in these shows aren’t. Consider these the very best anime like High School DxD.

Anime Like High School DxD
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1. ‘High School of the Dead’

When the zombie apocalypse strikes, a group of high school students find themselves right in the middle of it all. While they work to navigate it the best they can, they soon find society has fallen into a state of collapse. Takashi Komuro, childhood friend Rei Miyamoto and Komuro’s best friend Hisashi Igo, regroup to find a way to escape their school, which has been overrun with the undead. But while fighting off all the zombies, there’s still plenty of time for see-through school uniforms, short skirts, and exposed skin. If you’re in the market for an anime like High School DxD, you’re in luck with this one.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/high-school-of-the-dead-333e890d-7e4a-4227-aaf9-7a6d13faa586
2. ‘So, I Can’t Play H!’

Lecherous high schooler Ryosuke Kaga loves playing sexy games. One day, he meets a strange girl called Lisara Restall, who’s actually a grim reaper. He makes a contract with Lisara, who’s searching around the world for a special man known as the One. When he gives up some of his lecherous energy for Lisara to remain in the world, that seals it: she’s to use his sexual energy to stay in the world and remain on her search. That leads to plenty of very sexual, high-energy situations where lewd is the order of the day. You’ve never seen a shinigami like this.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/maturity_wall?next=%2Fso-i-cant-play-h%3Fskip_wall%3D1
3. ‘Rosario + Vampire’

Tsukune Aono is a young man who accidentally finds himself enrolled in a boarding school for monsters. Despite the culture shock, he decides to stay and makes friends with vampire Moka Akashiya. She becomes obsessed with his blood in a big way, and so do a variety of other monsters, who can’t get enough of Tsukune. Especially bad is Moka, who wears a rosary around her neck to suppress her power. Once that’s removed, she transforms into a bloodthirsty, lewd vampire who Tsukune has to watch out for. Between her and the rest of the monsters learning to coexist with humans at Yokai Academy, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/rosario-vampire-bcfc2267-e917-423b-b920-afbe3d42cf5e
4. ‘Maken-Ki! Battling Venus’

Takeru Ooyama is a student at the private school Tenbi Academy. Formerly an all-girls school, it’s now a co-ed school where he meets up with his old childhood friend Haruko Amaya. As the two reunite, Takeru realizes the school is meant for students with magical abilities and energies called Elements. They use weapons called Makens, and the students there fight each other in sanctioned matches that show off how powerful they are. Soon Takeru is surrounded by girls who claim to be his fiancee and others who want to kill him. There’s no shortage of drama, and plenty of skin to be seen here. So you’ll have yet another anime like High School DxD that meets your criteria with this pick.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maken-ki-battling-venus-61293ec1-8dcf-435e-8dec-3bb1185bb7ac
5. ‘Samurai Harem’

Yoichi Karasuma has trained in the mountains to sharpen his martial arts skills for nearly 20 years. When his father sends him to continue his training in the city, Youchi heads there and meets with the Ikaruga family to get started with his training. Of course, conveniently, the family is full of beautiful girls. While staying at the Ukiha Divine Wind Style Swordplay school of martial arts, Yoichi learns to better himself as a ninja…and finds love with the many girls in the Ikaruga family.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/watch/5eceb15d-eb02-42b1-aac4-b7feaaabd410
6. ‘Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid’

Mamori Tokonome is a young girl who’s been infected with something known as the Armed Virus. Girls affected with this virus are one of two classes: Extars, who can transform into weapons when sexually excited, and Liberators, who can wield Extars when in weapon form through a process known as Drive. These girls live on islands to keep away from the rest of the world until they’re ready to come back into society. Mamori forms a partnership with a Liberator named Mirei Shikishima, and together, the pair navigate the challenges of being paired together as weapon and weapon user.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/valkyrie-drive-mermaid-/
7. ‘To-Love-Ru’

Rito Yuuki is a high school student who still hasn’t been able to confess to the love of his life, Haruna Sairenji. One day, while Rito is sitting in the bathtub, he’s met by a strange, naked girl with a devil’s tail. She turns out to be Lala Satalin Deviluke, the crown princess of the planet Deviluke. When forced to marry one of the marriage candidates from her home kingdom of Deviluke, she refuses, saying she’ll marry Rito if she can stay on Earth. Things only spiral out of control from there, as Lala’s alien suitors come calling in an effort to force Rito, who wanted no part of this, into submission. Oh, and everyone’s half-naked, too. So that shouldn’t be too of for folks searching high and low for anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/to-love-ru-42d7c399-d01a-4742-9a54-9c5d9c13787b
8. ‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?’

This peculiarly-named series follows one Bell Cranel, a 14-year-old adventurer who’s a part of the Goddess Hestia’s Familia, or a group of Adventurers grouped together below a God or Goddess. Bell lusts after Aiz Wallenstein, a powerful swordswoman who actually saved his life one day, and from that day forward he fell in love with her. Of course, while he’s busy looking Aiz’s way, many of the female companions he meets along the way are looking at him in a lovestruck manner. As so many clueless harem heads do, he remains totally unaware of all this. Goddesses and mortals alike, he’s a real ladykiller but he has no real idea how or why, or even that it’s happening. When goddess Hestia is at his side lusting after him, Bell has to figure out how to make ends meet as an adventurer while all the ladies are coming at him from all sides. Just hot boy things.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/is-it-wrong-to-try-to-pick-up-girls-in-a-dungeon
9. ‘Bikini Warriors’

Bikini Warriors follows four buxom adventurers living in a fantasy world: Fighter, Paladin, Mage, and Dark Elf. They all wear revealing bikini armor and set off on regular vignettes and short stories while working to perform their unique jobs, making money to cover their lifestyles, and otherwise defeating monsters and enemies as a traveling party. It’s pretty simplistic, but if you like classic RPGs or fantasy worlds, there’s plenty to enjoy here, as well as a great view.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/bikini-warriors/
10. ‘Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends’

Kodaka Hasegawa is a transfer student to St. Chronica’s Academy. He has difficulty making friends because of his odd-colored hair, which makes people think he’s a delinquent. Upon meeting the solitary Yozora Mikazuki, the pair realize they don’t have very many friends or a social life beyond an imaginary friend and each other. As a solution, they form the Neighbors’ Club, an after-school club for people with no friends. Of course, those who join are a motley crew of perverts and weirdos. That’s better than no friends at all though, right?

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/haganai-fe75ec56-6fe6-4a6e-af69-c45ce9a43348
11. ‘Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls’

Kimihito Kurusu is just your average guy who’s somehow found himself part of the new Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act program. That means a lamia girl named Miia lives at his home, despite the fact that she was actually meant to go elsewhere. Kimihito doesn’t have the heart to send her away, so she lives with him and, seemingly day after day, more monster girls start settling in as well. And here’s the kicker: just about every one of those girls has the hots for Kimihito. But no matter how much they love him or want him, they’re not allowed to make love. What’s a guy to do?

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/monster-musume-everyday-life-with-monster-girls-50de926a-9749-4736-a6a8-b8df49bcba71
12. ‘Prison School’

Kiyoshi Fujino has just begun attending the formerly all-girls school Hachimitsu Academy. Unfortunately, after he and his friends commit some of the most minor infractions ever, they’re punished by being forced to stay in the school’s prison. This leads to some humiliating and dehumanizing conditions for the boys, including being forced to do labor, spend time in cells, and capitulate to their beautiful yet abusive “wardens” (all women, of course) on the off chance they may soon be freed.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/prison-school/
13. ‘Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!’

Based on the best-selling video game franchise, Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! follows five young women who are training to become official ninjas at Hanzou Academy. All the while, they must stave off the dark ninja of Hiritsu Hebi Girl’s Academy. Asuka, Katsuragi, Ikaruga, Yagyu, and Hibari train under their mentor Kiriya to take care of the girl’s academy delinquents, all the while striving to become the best ninja possible. Did we mention that when they get into fights, their clothes are soon torn off? Yeah, that’s kind of a thing, but you’ll love it if you’re into anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/senran-kagura/?qid=
14. ‘Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s cute?’

Keiki Kiryu is (surprise!) another average high school student who finds an anonymous love letter one day that comes with a very special surprise: a pair of panties. In an effort to find his special “Cinderall,” Keiki has a chat with some of the girls in his school. Each of them, however, has its own special type of perversion. And they all want to try out their specific fetishes with Keiki. That makes it difficult, of course, to find the suitor who left the panties, but Keiki has plenty of girls who are interested in him, which is sort of a plus — even if he’s not able to find the original girl who tried to get in touch with him.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/hensuki-are-you-willing-to-fall-in-love-with-a-pervert-as-long-as-shes-a-cutie/?qid=
15. ‘Girls Bravo’

Don’t look now, but we’ve got another regular high school student with Yukinari Sasaki. He’s been made fun of so many times that he’s become allergic to the girls who do it. In fact, it’s so bad that he breaks out in hives whenever he gets near a girl. One day, when his neighbor Kirie Kojima kicks him into his bathtub (long story), he finds himself transported to a world with mostly women. There, he meets a young woman named Miharu Sena Kanaka, who he does break out into hives when he’s near. Miharu comes along with Yukinari back to Earth, and the pair go on plenty of adventures back and forth between their new mystery world. Oh, and Miharu wears a lot of bikinis while conveniently falling in love with Yukinari.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/girls-bravo/?qid=
16. ‘Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist’

It’s the year 2030, and for Japanese citizens, dirty jokes are no longer allowed. Everyone must wear a “Peace Maker” device that keeps them from saying anything untoward so they don’t break the law. When Tanukichi Okuma meets the perverted terrorist Blue Snow, who wears panties over her face and disables Peace Maker collars, he comes face to face with a new world of sexual jokes and perversion. Together the pair take on this draconian new world while laughing and enjoying the raunchier side of life.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/shimoneta-a-boring-world-where-the-concept-of-dirty-jokes-doesnt-exist/?qid=
17. ‘Unbreakable Machine Doll’

In an alternate version of the United Kingdom in the 20th century, a puppeteer named Raishin Akabane lives and studies at Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart. Along with his automaton Yaya, the pair work to enter the four-year competition Night Party, where automatons battle each other in order to earn the title of Wiseman. But there’s more to Raishin’s desire to win the competition. While there, he also wants to take revenge on a bizarre genius who killed off several members of his family. Oh, and Yaya is absolutely head over heels in love with Raishin. Like, ridiculously so.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/unbreakable-machine-doll/?qid=
18. ‘Keijo!!!!!!’

In the world of Keijo!!!!!!, women compete in a sport named “keijo”, which is held atop floating platforms in swimming pool stadiums. Players work to defeat their opponents and push them into the water using their chests or butts. Nozomi Kaminashi wants to be the richest keijo player in the world, and she has a ridiculously powerful move known as the “Vacuum Butt Cannon,” which she uses to defeat just about anyone in her way. As you can imagine, with all the pools, swimsuits, and hip whipping, there’s a lot to see here if you’re looking for eye candy. But it’s also a fantastic sports anime that you won’t want to stop watching, and that’s what makes it so fun.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/keijo/
19. ‘Super HxEros’

In an alternate version of our world, a bizarre alien threat known as the “Censor Bug” has invaded Earth. They steal “H-energy” to try and drive mankind to extinction. In a bid to try and save humanity from biting the dust, high school student Retto Enjo joins the “HxEros” team. Along with four gorgeous high school students, including childhood friend Kirara Hoshino, the team must work together to take the fight to the Censor Bugs and save humanity from complete destruction. There’s also plenty of raunchiness involved if that’s what you’re looking for. And that’s par for the course when it comes to anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/super-hxeros/
20. ‘Heaven’s Lost Property’

Perverted teen Tomoki Sakurai wants to meet an angel. He lives in a world of chaos with loud next-door neighbors, a sadistic student council president, and others causing trouble in his life. When he uncovers a bizarre item in the sky called an Unidentified Mysterious Animal (UMA), he investigates a nearby crash. From there, he meets a winged humanoid who declares herself to be Tomoki’s servant. Her name: Ikaros. She’s from the world of Synapse and she calls Tomoki “Master.” Looks like he’s finally found his angel and one that’ll even indulge in his perverted shenanigans.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/heavens-lost-property/
21. ‘Shuffle!’

Shuffle! takes place in an alternate universe where demi-gods live among humans. A young man named Rin Tsuchimi is enjoying breakfast with childhood friend Kaede Fuyou ahead of their trip to Verbena Academy. They learn of the arrival of two transfer students: a red-haired girl named Lisianthus and a blue-haired girl named Nerine. Rin learns he’s been selected to choose which girl he eventually wants to marry, as well as the fact that both are now his next-door neighbors. No pressure about choosing which girl to marry, y’know. None at all.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/shuffle-b507ccb1-3ff1-425a-a3f5-704a656a921b
22. ‘Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest’

Hajime Nagumo is another average high school student who’s dating class idol Kaori. He’s relentlessly bullied for their bond. One day, he and the rest of his class find themselves in a fantasy world. All of his classmates receive powerful abilities, while Hajime is stuck with simple alchemical transmutation magic. But when he’s faced with a dungeon raid that tests his skills, he realizes he can use his transmutation to create weapons and escape the dungeon, become stronger, and recruit party members to help his cause. The result? He becomes one of the strongest students out of his class, and plenty of beautiful women are out to join him, too, like a centuries-old vampire and a perverted dragon who insists she’s Hajime’s slave.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/arifureta-from-commonplace-to-worlds-strongest-f3ebfa6a-c651-4e2b-b939-6c46dec8a66a
23. ‘Oreshura’

Eita Kido wants to graduate high school with grades good enough to get him a scholarship to medical school. He doesn’t care about romance or love, just focusing on his goal. One day, the most beautiful girl in his school, Masuzu Natsukawa, asks him to walk home with her. Masuzu suggests to Eita that the pair become a fake couple because she’s tired of receiving so much attention from everyone in school. When Eita says no, Masuzu blackmails him into doing so anyway. When the news of their “relationship” hits Eita’s childhood friend Chiwa Harusaki, a veritable war breaks out between the two girls. And Eita, of course, is caught in the middle of it.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/oreshura-c0a1fd1d-ec1a-4676-b3cf-8377bffa7bf0
24. ‘Is This a Zombie?’

Ayumu Aikawa is a former high school student who’s now a zombie. He’s resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after he falls to a murderer. While adjusting to his new life as a zombie, he meets “Maso-Shojo” Haruna, a “Magical Garment Girl.” Somehow he manages to take her powers, which transforms him into a dress-wearing young zombie who has to help slay demons and figure out all of the details surrounding his own death to the aforementioned serial killer. There’s no way you’ll be able to guess all the twists and turns in store with this series, but if you like demon-slaying, pretty girls, and confusing transformations, this show has it in droves.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/is-this-a-zombie-b5a9ae08-ea77-413a-8061-0882d5641621
25. ‘Date A Live’

High school student Shidou Itsuka lives in a world devastated by a supermassive quake. After killing over 150 million people, the quakes have continued. Shidou lives with his sister Kotori, and when a quake threatens his home in Tengu City, he rushes to save Kotori, while aught in the quakes that occur afterward. He meets a young woman who appears to be the source of the quake. He becomes entrenched within a series of secrets that stem from the girl and “Spirits” and the “Anti-Spirit Team” meant to destroy them. But how does Shidou kill off the demons? Oh, by making them fall in love with him, of course!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/date-a-live-bf768a08-8de5-4a03-94eb-01855e59bc7d
26. ‘Kakegurui’

Yumeko Jabami is a compulsive gambler who attends Hyakkaou Private Academy. She gambles things away, including her life, for the sheer thrill. As she attends the academy, she befriends multiple students while disrupting everything it’s apparent the school stands for, all while shaking up the status quo. Ryota Suzui is one of Yumeko’s closest friends, having become a “Pet” to other students in the academy after losing all of his money to the best gambler in his class, Mary Saotome. It’s a dizzying amount of gambling and high stakes as Yumeko and her friends bet it all…just for fun. Oh, and their entire lives being planned out, too. But thinking about that might be too much pressure. This pick certainly earns its selection on this list of the best anime like High School DxD.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80175351
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Movies/TV Popular Culture

The 20 Best Anime You Should Be Watching Right Now

There’s a mind-boggling amount of anime in the world. For that reason alone, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you want to watch next. Do you want to stick to the same genre you usually watch, or do you want to try something new? Is that hot new show really all it’s cracked up to be? And how long of a time commitment are you going to have to put into a show before you feel like you’ve really gotten something out of it?

We get it. Seriously. Some series just aren’t worth putting all that time into, but when you find one that just clicks, you’ll spend hours diving in and getting immersed in a fantasy world that feels all your own. So to help you summon that feeling (and to save you some time), we’ve rounded up some of the best anime you should be watching right now, 20 at that, to jumpstart your next anime watch party.

From Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to Jujutsu Kaisen, these shows will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you’ll finally be able to catch up with all your friends who have seen all the best of the best already. Here we go!

1. ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’

A young man named Tanjiro Kamado makes his way out of the village where he lives with his family to sell charcoal in a nearby town. When he returns, he finds his mother and siblings have been slaughtered, with his remaining surviving sister, Nezuko, having been turned into a demon. Tanjiro vows to find a way to take revenge on the demon that destroyed his family and return Nezuko back to her original human form. To do that, he must train as a Demon Slayer and find the cure, all the while battling powerful demons and delving deep into the world of the Demon Slayer Corps. It’s an action-packed thrill ride that’ll tug at your heartstrings when you least expect it, especially since you’ll also want sweet Nezuko to go back to normal.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba/
2. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

The Seven Deadly Sins may be one of the most addictive anime series out there at the moment. Every time one episode ends, you’re ready to fire up another one. Following a group of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins in the land of Britannia, this series focuses on their leader, Meliodas. The group has since been disbanded after being accused of plotting a coup to take over the Liones Kingdom, but Meliodas is looking to get the group back together and work to clear their name before liberating Liones from the Holy Knights, those in charge of the kingdom at present. Along with Liones’s princess Elizabeth, Meliodas works with the Knights to restore peace to the kingdom while working to defeat the demon named Fraudrin, who’s trying to unseal the Demon Race from their prison. No pressure!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80050063
3. ‘Darling in the Franxx’

In the future, humanity is constantly under threat by massive creatures called “klaxosaurs.” In the post-apocalyptic world where there are only a few humans, mostly children, left to fight against them, kids have to pilot mecha called “Franxx” in male and female pairs. A team of ten, Squad 13 of Plantation 13, includes Hiro, a former pilot who can no longer sync with his partner. He ends up meeting a mysterious young Franxx pilot named Zero Two, who has klaxosaur blood flowing through her veins. Known as the “Partner Killer,” she has a reputation for killing those she pilots with. She and Hiro get along beautifully, however, and sync perfectly. They have to team up and slay the klaxosaurs, but can Hiro survive?

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/darling-in-the-franxx/
4. ‘Spy X Family’

Though it hasn’t been airing its anime adaptation long, Spy X Family is one of the hottest shows going right now, and you’ll want to get in on the ground floor. It follows a conflict between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania, namely a Westalis agent, codenamed Twilight. He’s assigned to spy on the tumultuous leader of an Ostanian political part, and Twilight must get crafty about getting close to him. So he adopts a young girl named Anya and marries a woman named Yor Briar to create the “perfect” family. Yor is an assassin on her own, however, and knows nothing of Twilight’s plans, nor his secret identity. “Daughter” Anya is a mind reader and knows both their identities. Chaos ensues as the trio pretends to make the “perfect” family while carrying out their missions.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/spy-family-65d158d4-443f-44c7-bd2c-eae39f6c60e9
5. ‘Attack on Titan’

Large naked men with almost no intelligence have nearly exterminated humanity, which now hides in small enclaves behind three huge walls. Attack on Titan starts with the humans feeling fairly comfortable that the walls would hold. However, the appearance of a bigger titan that isn’t so dumb proves that’s not the case. Things get progressively weirder from there, as we come to understand the horrifying truth beyond the massive monsters. For one, they don’t need to eat. They also have no qualms about simply stuffing themselves full of humans just because. And humans? They have very little recourse beyond coordinated attacks to bring them to their knees. It’s full of twists and turns, and you can even binge-watch almost the whole thing since it’s reaching its end. Just beware if you’re squeamish because it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan
6. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

High school student Yuji Itadori lives a fairly normal life, until one day his dying grandfather passes on two messages to him: “always help others” and “die surrounded by people”. When his friend Megumi Fushiguro and the members of the Occult Club fall under the curse of an entity named Ryomen Sukuna, Yuji swallows Sukuna’s rotten finger to protect them. As a result, Yuji becomes host to Sukuna, which is all but an assured death sentence, all the while collecting all of Sukuna’s fingers to dispel the curse. Yuji meets up with Megumi’s jujutsu teacher Satoru Gojo and heads to Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School with a solution: his death can be postponed until he consumes all the fingers. Cue Yuji training as hard as possible while trying to keep Sukuna suppressed. It’s not easy, but that’s what he’s got to do if he wants to live.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/jujutsu-kaisen
7. ‘My Dress Up Darling’

My Dress Up Darling may be one of the most precious stories around, even if you’re not typically into romance anime. High schooler Wakana Gojo dreams of becoming a professional hina doll craftsman. One day, while in his school craft room, he runs into the extroverted, beautiful, and popular student Marin Kitagawa. Surprisingly, she’s hanging out in the craft room in a bid to salvage her secret cosplay. As it turns out, she’s a major otaku and loves Gojo’s craftsmanship on the doll costumes he’s working on. Marin asks him for help putting her outfit together, which sparks a maelstrom of surprising closeness between the two. They slowly bond over the similarities neither knew the other had, until love blossoms unexpectedly between this mismatched pair. It just goes to show, that you can never judge a book by its cover.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-dress-up-darling
8. ‘Dorohedoro’

Caiman seems like a regular guy clad in a black gas mask and a spiked head. The problem is just when he takes off his mask. Underneath, he looks more like a dinosaur than a man. His whole body is human except for the scaly, reptilian nature of his head. But he wasn’t born that way. As Dorohedoro begins, we find that Caiman was actually the victim of a wayward sorcerer.
With that in mind, Caiman was attacked with some sort of magic that left him with no memories and the bizarre head he finds himself with. But rather than totally give up on life as he knows it, he opts to work alongside his best friend Nikaido to track down the sorcerer who disfigured him. The mystery behind who transformed Caiman into this new being is part of what propels you forward through the series, but its colorful cast and intriguing setting are other pieces of the equation as well. Believe it or not, Caiman is only one piece of the puzzle that comprises the gritty, magical world of Dorohedoro. You’ll never see another show like this one!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80991903
9. ‘Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World’

When NEET Subaru Natsuki suddenly finds himself in a fantasy world, he’s taken aback by how different things are. When he meets a young half-elf named Emilia, he ends up getting killed in an effort to keep her from har. To his surprise, instead of dying for good, or returning to his world, he ends up coming back to life, with time having been turned back to before his death. This means he has a second chance at things and can approach scenarios with a different mindset. When he successfully helps Emilia, life changes dramatically. He falls in love with her and uses his ability to keep Emilia from harm, all while trying to help her become the next queen of the Kingdom of Lugunica. But as it turns out, the power he possesses isn’t quite what he thought it was. He has no idea when it’ll stop working, what he’ll be able to accomplish before it does, or why he even has it. That’s part of the wild ride of Re:Zero, and a great reason to jump on the bandwagon, even if the second season tends to take one of the best characters from us.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rezero-starting-life-in-another-world-/
10. ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

Widely considered one of the greatest anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion may technically be a mecha story, but it’s so much more than that. It follows teenager Shinji Ikari, a regular boy scooped up by his mysterious father Gendo Ikari to pilot a massive bio-mechanical machine called Evangelion to fight off the terrifying, alien-like creatures called Angels. Shinji is joined by two other pilots, Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Shikinami, and the flirtatious Misato as they work with a shadowy organization named NERV to stop the destruction of humanity. It’s about a lot more than that, but if all those stories beats intrigue you, you’re in for a wild ride that’ll have you second-guessing life and existence.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81033445
11. ‘Beastars’

Beastars takes place in a modern society where anthropomorphic animals live and work together as well as attend school, from wolves to chickens to dogs and everything in between. Legoshi is a wolf who attends Cherryton Academy, where he lives in a dorm alongside other carnivorous students. When he meets a young rabbit named Haru, his world is turned upside down. He must struggle with his instinct to eat Haru while also falling in love with her. Meanwhile, there are killings going on all throughout Cherryton Academy. Who’s behind them, and will the rest of the animals continue to villainize animals like Legoshi for being carnivores, or can all the animals continue to live in peace without distrust and fear among them?

12. ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’

Need a swift deconstruction of the magical girl genre? Puella Magi Madoka Magica is just what the doctor ordered. Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki meet a strange creature one day named Kyubey, whose impossibly adorable, but is hiding a terrifying secret. He offers a contract for the girls to gain magical powers so they may fight against terrifying creatures known as witches in return for one special wish, anything they desire. There are several magical girls recruited by Kyubey to go out on witch hunts, and while they’re dangerous and treacherous affairs, they don’t seem too bad…until the bitter truth comes out. This isn’t the sugary sweet Sailor Moon-like story that thrives on love and justice. It’s a complete 180, and that’s why it’s such a must-watch.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70302572
13. ‘Cowboy Bebop’

The legendary Cowboy Bebop is a mandatory watch, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Hailed as one of the greatest animated series of all time, it’s a fantastic example of how a work can transcend genres and go down in history as such a memorable property. Set in a future where people can register as bounty hunters (Cowboys) and take to the stars to chase down criminals, Cowboy Bebop follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they track down bounties, all the while Spike deals with his rivalry with the criminal Vicious, head of the Red Dragon Syndicate. Spike and Jet meet up with the amnesiac and beautiful Faye Valentine, child hacker Edward, and corgi Ein along their travels, which finds them all mixed up in a variety of intergalactic adventures. Just trust us on this one. Go watch it now.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/cowboy-bebop-af54be93-ee11-475c-b786-3543a9a7d4ba
14. ‘Devilman Crybaby’

This reimagining of a Go Nagai classic is one of the best modern reinventions for an anime series yet. Akira Fudo is the titular “crybaby” — his kind heart makes him an easy target for bullies, but his best friend Ryo Asuka helps him move away from this persona, just not in a healthy way at all. Ryo has a secret: he knows demons are real, and he can prove it. He uses a special power to draw the demons out of humans and plunges poor Akira into the center of it all. As a result, Akira becomes a “Devilman,” or a demon that can retain its human nature while gaining immense power from a demonic form. Ryo’s actions were hardly altruistic, as he plans to rule the world with Akira as a tool by his side. The result? An unforgettable bloody ballet of violence, gore, sex, and psychedelic visuals.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80174974
15. ‘Mob Psycho 100’

Shigeo Kageyama is just a regular middle school student. He goes by the name of Mob, but he doesn’t really stand out. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but he has unimaginable psychic power. He’s got to keep himself at bay and learn to control his abilities, and to do this, he works with con artist Reigen Arataka, who says he’s a spirit medium. Mob must learn to tussle with his powers and his ability as an esper by helping Reigen exorcise spirits for his wide variety of clients, all the while with his powerful abilities breaking through to the surface and having Mob explode with insane amounts of power. It’s chock-full of amazing animation, crazy anime breakouts, and hilarious scenes you won’t soon forget.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/mob-psycho-100/
16. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Fullmetal Alchemist, at its core, is a story about brotherly love and family bonds, just like Demon Slayer. It follows the young Elric brothers, who desperately look for a way to bring their mother back to life using the power of alchemy while making some stark realizations along the way. While we like both the original series and Brotherhood, most fans prefer the latter due to it being much more faithful to the manga. It’s a series that’s consistently ranked one of the best anime ever made and is a must-watch for any aficionado.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/
17. ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter x Hunter is another huge shonen title that follows a young boy named Gon who goes on a journey to find his father. To do so, he aims to become a Hunter, which is a kind of treasure/bounty hunter. There have been two anime series (so far), and the manga series is still ongoing (despite author Toshihiro Togashi being on hiatus since 2018). Tackling the manga is a significant undertaking, but the second anime (which most people recommend) is a scant 148 episodes.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/hunter-x-hunter
18. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’

JoJo is one of the best anime series ever created. That’s a fact. But you have to think about which part is your favorite if you’re going to start shouting it from the rooftops. Part of what makes it so good is that each season has a clearly defined objective and a hero with unwavering resolve, which is similar to Demon Slayer. JoJo drips with style and is as cool as it is silly. If you haven’t seen it, go introduce yourself to the Joestar family ASAP.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80179831
19. ‘Akame ga Kill!’

In Akame ga Kill!, a young man trying to raise money for his poor village travels to the corrupt Imperial Capital and is thrust into the middle of an insurgency when the assassin ground Night Raid finds him. This is a series that doesn’t pull any punches, and no character is safe from death. However, do yourself a favor if you’re watching it and read the last part of the manga to get the canon ending since the anime wrapped before it was completed.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/akame-ga-kill
20. ‘My Hero Academia’

My Hero Academia is basically like Harry Potter with superheroes instead of wizards, and that’s better than it sounds. The anime has been tremendously possible and actually releases on a reliable schedule. After five years on the air, we’ve gotten five seasons, and a movie is on the way. So, if you’re looking for something less supernatural but with some of the same shonen vibes as some of the more contemporary action series, be sure to check this one out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/my-hero-academia/
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Popular Culture

Here’s Why ‘Attack on Titan’ Has Severely Fallen Off

Attack on Titan is a well-known anime and for good reason.

The anime boasts spectacular music, animation, and storytelling to produce a strong contender for the best anime of all time. I have been hooked since Season One and it has been quite the spectacular ride. I loved Attack on Titan right up until the Marley arc (though the introduction of arbitrary and as-of-yet unexplained memory-altering powers was a hard pill to swallow). Current Attack on Titan is what you would get if you told your hyper imaginative, incredibly undisciplined four-year-old to write a story. So many things are just forcibly jammed into the story without any sense of cohesion for it all.

Before the anime, I hadn’t heard of the manga that it’s based on. However, once I was caught up on the anime, I began reading the manga because I just had to see where the story goes next. From the very first episode, the story has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. The anime had me hooked from the death of Eren all the way up until the Titan encounter during the first mission. It was a complete shocker and set the tone for the anime and its story. From the first episode on, the anime put forth a doomsday tone and an atmosphere of despair. The odds were overwhelming. Mere humans hoping to take down titans anywhere from 3x-50x their size. However, humanity remained strong and attempted to persevere. In the first episode, the outermost wall is breached and the devastating rampage of the titans is brutal and sets the tone for what’s to come.

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After a few episodes of training in the military, the main characters are on rest when the Titans attack again. This time, the characters are stronger and prepared to battle against the titans…or so it seems. Within minutes of the battle beginning, Eren is eaten by a titan. A devastating scene and one that was shocking to the core. Has the anime fooled me? Was Eren not the main character? Was this anime going to break the norm and ignore plot armor? So many questions, so many potentials for what could be!

True to his nature, Eren sacrificed himself to save his friend. Thus, the true anime begins with Eren’s death. What follows is the journey of Eren and the remaining cast as they realize the truth of the world and their place within it. As their journey progresses, their ideals begin to clash. After Season Three, I started to read the manga and after completing the manga, I can confidently say that AOT’s final chapters completely ruin the whole show.

The first thing the show does poorly is that Eren and Mikasa’s romantic relationship is forced and there wasn’t enough time dedicated to Eren’s feelings changing over time to those of intense love. We got him appreciating her more and getting over his inferiority complex towards her, but Eren has never shown explicit romantic feelings towards Mikasa enough for him to break down over her and make a scene. Because the majority of that time, Eren was either dismissing her because he felt inferior, getting mad at her because she felt overbearing, being oblivious, or having his mind focused on all the Titan rumbling going on. I can see hints like the scarf wrapping scenes, the “Smiling Titan” moment, and a few others pointing to Eren’s sudden change of heart.

But Eren loves Mikasa to the point where he’s had a full-on mental breakdown? Nah, Eren hasn’t been there for Mikasa romantically like she has for him, so the fact that he has the nerve to break down like that is just….ugh.

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Finally, every single event around Eren in the series is pointless: it was always destined to happen because Eren planned it that way when he looked at and “changed” the past. Same with everything in the future, he already knows exactly what’s going to happen – him winning or losing is just part of his plan. Finding out humanity was doing just fine with barely any Titans on the main continent made the whole “save humanity” conflict a lie, which was what jumped the shark for me. Then Eren being a God outside of time, as well as having no investment in either the Eldians or Marley winning, just killed it for me. If people still enjoy the series, that’s fine. But there’s no pretending anymore that anyone’s struggles mean anything…because it was all part of Eren’s plan.

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10 Anime to Fill the Void After ‘My Dress Up Darling’

One of the most enjoyable, heartwarming, and romantic anime series of 2022 so far follows a teenage dollmaker who dreams of perfecting his craft and a girl who loves anime and cosplay but has no idea how to create her own costumes.

My Dress Up Darling might sound strange on paper, but it’s an addictive and wholesome series that’s taken the anime world by storm. The lovably clueless Wakana Gojo and the gorgeous and kind Kitagawa Marin are memorable characters who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves, and the romance that blossoms between them are unlike you’ve seen before in the anime realm.

Unfortunately, the anime’s first season ended earlier in the year without an official confirmation on the horizon that a second season is on the way. It’s likely to happen based on the show’s massive popularity, but anime fans know not to count their chickens before they hatch. So while you’re waiting for more episodes, you could read the manga, or watch a little something to tide you over. Here are 10 anime series to watch to fill the void after the end of My Dress Up Darling.

1. ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’

Sakuta Azusagawa lives a seemingly normal life, right up until the day he sees idol Mai Sakurajima, dressed in a bunny outfit, in a local library. No one can see her except for Sakuta, which opens up into a bizarre investigation into a phenomenon called “Adolescence Syndrome,” a mysterious illness that’s been plaguing Mai, Sakuta, and a number of others. The two continually become closer and closer while the world is unable to see Mai, and the series revolves around unraveling why Mai has disappeared from the world, and why Sakuta is the only special person fated to continue to see her after her “disappearance.”

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rascal-does-not-dream-of-bunny-girl-senpai/
2. ‘Horimiya’

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, known as Horimiya, follows high schoolers Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, a couple who unite from two opposite ends of the social spectrum. Hori is a bubbly and popular kid who looks after her younger brother Souta, while Miyamura is a tattooed, piercing-laden student who’s always quiet and shy. The pair recognize each other for their true selves one day, seeing through the show they put on at school, and begin to grow closer. They’re completely different people after school, and this becomes the basis of a very close relationship that blossoms into a romantic one. It’s everyday life seen through the lens of two very lucky lovebirds who end up finding each other.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/horimiya/
3. ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’

High schooler Futaro Uesugi is down on his luck and needs some cash. When the opportunity to tutor the rich Nakano family presents itself, he jumps on it. As their tutor, he has to make sure five different sisters, each with their own personality, end up graduating from high school. They all view him as an annoyance and a stranger, but somehow Uesugi must work through their icy exteriors to get them to learn, improve their grades, and maybe even form friendships…if a relationship doesn’t come of it first. Which quintuplet will Uesugi match with in the end? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-quintessential-quintuplets/
4. ‘Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku’

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi, also known as Wotakoi, centers on office worker Narumi, who hides her status as an anime and video game lover from her friends at work. Her childhood friend, Hirotaka Nifuji, is just like her in nearly every respect, as he also enjoys similar hobbies and denounces the advances of just about every woman who’s interested in him. They ebb and flow as boyfriend and girlfriend and otaku who can’t stop obsessing over their hobbies, but as the title of the anime suggests, love is hard for otaku, as we see that philosophy play out time and time again throughout the series. Don’t worry, though. They’re still absolutely perfect for each other.

Watch Now, Amazon Prime
https://www.amazon.com/Wotakoi-Love-Hard-Otaku/dp/B07C3WL3VP
5. ‘Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You’

Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You is a sweet romance that follows the chemistry blossoming between creepy high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma (nicknamed Sadako after the Ring movies by her classmates) and popular student Shota Kazehaya. Sawako looks unapproachable and terrifying, which nets her the reputation of being a ghost and cursing people. But she’s actually very kind and unassuming and just wants to help people. When she meets Kazehaya, he opens her eyes again to the idea of having friends and even being in a relationship. And slowly but surely, the two fall in love.

Watch Now: Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you-f502ae87-e71c-4526-ba2e-f2abce04315e
6. ‘Maid Sama!’

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, or Maid Sama!, centers on high school student Misaki Ayuzawa, who’s the only female student at the formerly all-boys school Seika High. Now that it’s co-ed, Mizaki is doing her best to whip the boys into shape so the girls filtering in can feel safe and supported. She’s an uptight, boy-hating force who acts as a sign of hope for the girls, and as such has something of an ominous reputation at school. That’s why, when it’s discovered she has a sweeter, softer side to her while working at a maid cafe, she has to fight to keep classmate Takumi Usui from spreading her secret all around the school. It’d be mortifying if everyone knew the tough-as-nails Misaki was actually working as a maid!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maid-sama-6fb8e98f-1792-4179-877b-98f8fe019aaa
7. ‘Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro!’

Naoto Hachioji is a quiet high school student who only wants to be left alone so he can work on his manga in his free time. That all changes one day when a younger student, Hayase Nagatoro, finds and reads his manga, and takes a perverse liking to him. Calling him “Senpai”, Nagatoro teases Naoto relentlessly, sometimes in an overtly sexual manner, as he cowers and shies away. This teasing escalates into a full-on crush, with Nagatoro continually forcing Naoto out of his comfort zone. What starts as Nagatoro being an annoying force who can’t leave Naoto alone blossoms into a romance that you can’t get enough of, which is a sweet twist for what could have been a frustrating story about unrequited love.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/dont-toy-with-me-miss-nagatoro
8. ‘Toradora!’

Ryuji Takasu is a high school student who tries to look friendly and approachable, but his eyes always make him look like a delinquent. That makes his love life a bit of a non-starter. One day, he runs into the school’s “most dangerous” girl, Taiga Aisaka, who’s the best friend of the girl he’s got a crush on. Taiga is volatile and angry, with the nickname “Tiger”, and she dislikes Ryuji. But she has a crush on Ryuji’s best friend. With this knowledge, the two try to navigate relationships with the other’s best friend, arranging to help with their respective crushes. Of course, this devolves into a relationship between the two, and if you’ve seen any romance anime, you can probably guess where this all goes.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049275
9. ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’

Two loners, Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita, are very different people. Still, they come together to offer advice as part of their school’s Service Club. The pair work together to make a difference in other students’ lives. But they aren’t exactly approachable or “helpful” in the eyes of the populace. Hachiman has “dead fish” eyes and he can barely interact with people. Yukino is a rich girl who has little empathy or kindness. Eventually, the two warm up to each other, but not before becoming entangled in a hilarious series of adventures that find them trying to help others and their efforts backfiring on them.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-teen-romantic-comedy-snafu
10. ‘ReLIFE’

Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET who stays at home, lies about having a full-time job, and only manages to work short shifts at the convenience store. He’s offered a job one day by the mysterious Ryo Yoake, but he has to participate in an experiment called “ReLIFE”, which will make him look 10 years younger and have him live out his high school days again as a regular student. This is in an effort to “fix” Arata, and everything that’s gone wrong with his life, but of course, as is usually the case with anime like these, that only starts to cause more problems than it fixes as he falls in love with student Chizuru Hishiro and plenty of awkward situations ensue.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/relife
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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’

Goku and the rest of the Z Warriors have had to deal with some sinister threats during the Dragon Ball Super saga.

Earth’s mightiest protector had to adopt Super Saiyan God form just to be on an equal footing with Beerus, the God of Destruction. Then he and Vegeta had to master yet another form when they tapped into Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan in order to beat back Golden Frieza. And lastly, those same two mighty Saiyans had to utilize the Fusion technique to transform into Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form as Gogeta to defeat a wildly uncontrollable Broly. All three of those exciting clashes took place within some major feature-length films and now, the fourth film is finally on its way.

Allow us to detail everything you need to know about the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie.

3D Animation is the Focus This Time Around

The first Dragon Ball Super films have utilized the traditional style of animation fans are pretty familiar with. As for the third movie, it got a nice makeover that made all of the onscreen sparks and insanely fast movement looks even better than ever. For this fourth film, another animation style has been put on full display and it’s all about using 3D animation. And as expected, Toei Animation is producing the film while Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama stepped in to handle its writing duties.

Gohan, Piccolo, and the Red Ribbon Army are at the Center of This Movie’s Plot

If you’ve been watching Dragon Ball long enough, then you know who the Red Ribbon Army is. They’ve been a constant evil presence within the series as they’ve terrorized a young Goku during his early days as a hero and ravaged the earth with a collective of extra powerful Androids. Now, a newly revived version of the criminal organization called “Red Pharmaceuticals” has stepped into the spotlight to put forth two new androids named Gamma #1 and Gamma #2. This newly reformed version of the group is led by three new characters named Magenta, Carmine, and Dr. Hedo.

After meeting the two new Androids and realizing that the group is up to no good, Piccolo decides to infiltrate their base and soon discovers that they’re in the midst of creating an “ultimate evil weapon.” After Gohan’s young daughter Pan is kidnapped by them, Gohan is forced to go into action once again with Piccolo by his side to combat the two new Androids and whatever this new superweapon is (rumors are pointing to a revived version of Gohan’s fiercest foe, Cell!).

Judging by some of the other footage shown from this film, it looks like Goku and Vegeta will journey to Whis and Beerus’ planet to train with Broly. Some of the other familiar faces that’ll appear in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero include grown-up versions of Goten and Trunks, Android 18, Krillin, and even Dende! It’s worth noting that this film takes place after the events of the “Universe Survival Saga” and the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie.

So When’s It Coming Out?

Originally, this movie was slated to release in theaters in Japan on April 22, while an international release was scheduled for the summer. But sadly, an unfortunate hack that targeted Toei Animation forced the anime production company to delay its Japanese release date to June 11. And beginning in August, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will roll out to North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and other Asian territories.