My Recommended Anime

It's hard recommending #anime   to people whose only exposure has been Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Poke'mon - all series meant for a wide or young target audience. It's further complicated because anime is at its best when viewed subtitled instead of dubbed, which many people are reluctant to try.

Here is my list of recommendations, in approximate order, of anime series with great plots or characters that adults should try. These can all be found on Hulu or Netflix, and most are dubbed in English if you just cannot tolerate subtitles (although you lose a lot of meaning that way). You should watch at least the first 2-3 episodes before judging it, as it takes that long to set things up.

Death Note
Light Yagami is an intelligent young adult who resents all things evil. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a notebook where if he writes the name of someone in it, that person dies. He begins using the notebook to rid the world of criminals and create a his vision of utopia.

Ghost in the Shell
The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and telepathic abilities that can access any network on Earth.

Black Butler
 On the night of Ciel Phantomhive's tenth birthday, a fire engulfed his manor, killing his parents. The boy was missing for a month before returning with a mysterious and very loyal black clad butler, Sebastian. The servant is actually a demon that entered into a contract with Ciel, promising the boy to help him achieve revenge in exchange for devouring his soul.

Bleach
Ever since he was little, High school student Kurosaki Ichigo could see ghosts as casually as he sees friends.Ichigo's life completely changes however one day when he is attacked by a hungry and tormented spirit known as a Hollow. In the nick of time, he is saved by a Shinigami (Death God) named Kuchiki Rukia. During the fight Rukia is injured and transfers her powers to Ichigo, and so begins Kurosaki Ichigo's training and duty as a Shinigami to maintain the balance between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

Heroic Age
Humankind, called the Iron Tribe, has been chased off Earth and is at war with two major alien races, the Silver Tribe and the Bronze Tribe. Princess Dhianeila and the crew of the Argonaut are on a quest to locate an individual reported to hold the power to save mankind. This savior, named Age, is the only human to have been raised by the Golden Tribe before they departed from the universe long ago. Age and Dhianelia take the human race on a journey of salvation and recovery.

Eden of the East
Ten missiles strike Japan, however this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any victims. 3 months later, a young woman Saki Morimi vacationing in the United States on her graduation trip encounters Akira Takizawa, who appears to have lost his memory, and is stark naked except for the gun he holds in one hand and a special cell phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash and will grant most any wish.

Full Metal Panic
Sousuke Sagara, a seventeen year old military specialist has been assigned to protect high school student Kaname Chidori. Unfortunately for Sousuke, the toughest part of his mission isn't only protecting Miss Chidori from assassins but also getting used to living the life of an average High School student, no easy task for someone raised on the battlefield.

One Piece
A boy named Monkey D. Luffy, inspired by his childhood hero “Red-Haired” Shanks, sets out on a journey to find the One Piece, the legendary treasure of the King of the Pirates, Gol D. Roger. To accomplish this, he must reach the end of the most deadly and dangerous ocean, form a crew, and fight other pirates. It helps that Luffy is not an ordinary kid, being that he has the powers to stretch like rubber.

Trigun
Vash the Stampede is a gunman on the run with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head which has made it difficult for him to go anywhere without being chased and shot at. Every town he ever visits ends up being destroyed because of his pursuers, but miraculously no one ever gets killed. Meryl and Milly are two insurance agents that have been sent to find Vash the Stampede and keep him under surveillance so no more damage is caused. This spikey haired, gangly, young man is extremely friendly, a pacifist, hates blood and suicide, absolutely loves donuts, and is a dork, but there is more to Vash and his past than meets the eye.

Soul Eater
At the Shinigami Weaponry Vocational School, run by Death himself, humans known as Meisters study. Each Meister has their own partner, who is a human capable of taking on a weapon form. The story follows three of these Meisters and their Weapons. The series is drawn in an unusual style

Excel Saga
The anime that makes fun of anime!. Believing the World to be corrupt, the secret organization Across plans to conquer the world. The first step in this plan is to begin by focusing on one city in order to minimize setbacks. Across consists of the leader of the organization, Il Palazzo, and officers Excel and Hyatt. Excel and Hyatt live in an apartment building in the city, along with their pet dog Menchi, who is also their emergency food supply,
 
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