The landscape of anime has expanded significantly since 2012, evolving into a global phenomenon. While classics like Attack on Titan, One Piece, Dragon Ball, and One Punch Man have held the spotlight, the anime world has seen an influx of new and captivating shows.
In this list, we explore anime that may not match the length of the iconic series, yet manage to deliver compelling stories in their limited run.
10. Vinland Saga (2019-2023)
Vinland Saga follows Thorfinn, a young boy driven by vengeance after his father’s death at the hands of the pirate Askeladd. This anime, adapted from its manga counterpart, takes viewers on a journey from lighter moments to more intense and emotional ones. The theme of revenge takes center stage as we root for Thorfinn’s quest.
9. Violet Evergarden (2018-2020)
Violet Evergarden chronicles the story of a war-worn soldier named Violet, who grapples with her identity as she transitions to civilian life. This visually stunning anime also offers a profound narrative. As Violet learns the nuances of human emotion through her work transcribing letters, the audience is treated to a journey of self-discovery.
8. Lookism (2022)
Lookism, a Korean anime derived from a webtoon, tells the tale of Hyeong Seok, a high school student subjected to bullying due to his appearance. After an unexpected twist, he awakens in a different body, presenting an opportunity for transformation. The series delves into themes of bias and bullying, offering a unique perspective on personal growth.
7. Cyberpunk Edgerunners (2022)
In Cyberpunk Edgerunners, David navigates a world of inequality and corporate power dynamics after a tragic incident leaves him alone. His encounter with Lucy alters his course dramatically. The anime bravely addresses topics of inequality and violence, setting itself apart with its futuristic tech and intricate storytelling.
6. Devilman Crybaby (2018)
Devilman Crybaby demands a strong stomach due to its graphic content, but beneath the shock value lies a thought-provoking exploration of devils and their nature. Friends Akira and Ryo’s quest to uncover demons takes a dark turn when Akira becomes a devil himself. The show’s horror elements and biblical references offer a unique and intriguing experience.
5. Wonder Egg Priority (2021)
Wonder Egg Priority begins with an enigmatic egg that protagonist Ai Ohto receives. Breaking it leads to a responsibility to save those hatched from it, a task she hopes will bring solace after losing her best friend. The anime delves into serious subjects like harassment and suicide, offering a mix of light and heavy themes that engage the viewer.
4. Made in the Abyss (2017-2022)
Made in the Abyss initially appears charming with its focus on children, especially Riko and her encounter with a half-human, half-robot named Reg. As the pair venture into the abyss, the series gradually unveils darker undertones. Its juxtaposition of innocence and darkness makes for a compelling watch.
3. Jujutsu Kaisen (2020-2023)
Jujutsu Kaisen follows Yuji Itadori’s journey from a typical high schooler to a jujutsu sorcerer after a fateful encounter with a cursed object. The show’s unexpected twists and robust female characters challenge conventions. The premise of absorbing cursed parts creates anticipation for the character’s development.
2. Chainsaw Man (2023)
Chainsaw Man centers on Denji, who gains the powers of the chainsaw devil after an attack. Recruited as a Devil Hunter, Denji’s adventures in Public Safety unfold with a cast of captivating characters. This anime strikes a balance between humor and darkness, delivering an enjoyable and engaging experience.
1. Demon Slayer (2019-2023)
Demon Slayer trails Tanjiro as he battles demons to protect his loved ones and reverse his sister’s transformation. The series boasts stunning visuals and emotionally charged moments, enhancing its narrative. The exploration of grief and resilience in the face of tragedy resonates with viewers.
As the anime landscape continues to evolve, these series offer diverse narratives and themes that capture the attention of both new and seasoned viewers. Keep an eye out for more exciting releases that contribute to the ever-expanding world of anime.