Every anime fan would have tried this at least once, luring their non otaku friends to watch anime. We are here to help you out to lure your friends into anime world with these top five gateway anime. Gateway anime are those that are for the beginners which will eventually help them to enter the anime world. So, Here we go, the top five anime recommendations for starters. The list contains some anime, that may appeal only to a set of audience and they are mentioned beforehand.
5. Fairy Tail (For Teens)
A simple anime with simple story. No unnecessary plot twists. Simple language, easy to explain powers. Excellent art and animation. Fairy tail one among the trending anime, it has a very good story at its disposal. It sure is a treat for those who are looking for funny anime. Ranked at five, because of the repetitive plot after 200 episodes and the story being dragged down by unexplained power ups, Fairy tail is not the best out there but will sure appeal to younger audiences (13 to 17).
Synopsis from myanimelist.net
In the mystical land of Fiore, magic exists as an essential part of everyday life. Countless magic guilds lie at the core of all magical activity, and serve as venues for like-minded mages to band together and take on job requests. Among them, Fairy Tail stands out from the rest as a place of strength, spirit, and family.\
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage searching for celestial gate keys, and her dream is to become a full-fledged wizard by joining this famous guild. In her search, she runs into Natsu Dragneel and his partner Happy, who are on a quest to find Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel.
Upon being tricked by a man, Lucy falls under an abduction attempt, only to be saved by Natsu. To her shock, he reveals that he is a member of Fairy Tail and invites her to join them. There, Lucy meets the guild’s strange members, such as the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster and magic swordswoman Erza Scarlet. Together as a family, they battle the forces of evil, help those in need, and gain new friends, all the while enjoying the never-ending adventure that is Fairy Tail.
4. Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden
Naruto, the name is enough for a lot of otakus. A series, that is long, yet interesting with excellent character development and a beautiful plot with twists and turns. Elegancy through simplicity. A lot of people start with Naruto as their first anime and get quite attached to it. Excellent sound tracks, awesome fight scenes, comedy, badass villains, you name it and it is there. Ranked at four because of the long plot and the fillers, but Naruto sure is a worthy recommendation.
Pros : Huge fan base, likeable characters, fights
Cons : Fillers, too much of them.
Story Synopsis from myanimelist.net
Moments prior to Naruto Uzumaki’s birth, a huge demon known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi’s rampage, the leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.
Now, Naruto is a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja still living in Konohagakure. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes.
3. Steins;Gate (For Sci – Fi lovers)
Steins;Gate, A very short anime with just 24 episodes. If you are a science fiction aficionado then this one for you. “Time Travel”, the one concept “The Hollywood” keeps creating movies about never gets old. The show initially starts slow, but once you are into it, I assure you it will be easily the best sci-fi anime you have ever seen. The best part about this is, absolutely Zero Plot holes, the story sticks the logic it initially lays out. With an IMDB rating of 9+ it’s one of the few anime that has such a praising. The only downside being the dark shade characters because of low budgeting.
Self proclaimed “mad scientist” Okabe Rintaru finds out a way to change the past. On his way to find out what happens, his team mate Daru hacks into SERN (CERN’s aliter in the show) and checks for the details. But, to his surprise, he learns that SERN is trying to build a time machine to rule the future. Our Mad scientist unknowingly changes the past only to face severe complications and losses in the present, also leading to the future world being controlled by SERN. Can he revert his mistakes without losing anyone ? Can he save the world from evil SERN ?
P. S : Steins;Gate remains my personal favorite till now.
2. Sword Art Online
Ten thousand people get stuck in VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). The only way to get out alive is to clear the game. Death in game results in death in the real world. With such a good plot and excellent visuals, the show starts pretty interesting. Later on, the story changes from sword fights to romance. Subtle romance, neat visuals and beautifully drawn characters are a visual treat to the viewers. The show will appeal to those who love Romantic drama.
1. Death Note
Death Note, an anime that can put a lot of thriller and psychological movies to shame. With just 36 episodes and the intense psychological battle between Light Yagami and L is one of the best in the anime world. No emotionally dramatic scenes, just a beautiful plot that progresses interestingly. Two highly intellectual persons, the one whose identity gets revealed first will die. The show incites a debate between morale and justice among viewers. Is it bad to kill a criminal ? Is it bad to change the world by killing all the criminals.
High school student Light Yagami stumbles upon a mysterious note named Death Note. He tests the power of it by writing the names of criminals on it. To his surprise, the note works and the criminals die. With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
P.S : The above list is based on the Popularity of the shows and on various references. The list misses on some top anime because they may not be enjoyable to starters.
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