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Top Five Anime/Manga Recommendations (in no particular order)
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#1 - Hunter X Hunter (2011)

PLOT
12 year old Gon has grown up with his Aunt Mito in a small island community, dreaming of the day that he will be able to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Hunter.  In order to receive his Hunter license he has to pass a rigorous exam that will test him mentally and physically, and that will put his life on the line.  Along the way he encounters an interesting cast of characters; Kurapika a young man bent on becoming a blacklist hunter to avenge his murdered clan, Killua a 12 year old boy who is from a family of elite asassins, and Leorio who desperately wants access to the wealth of a hunter so that he can become a doctor.


MY RATING {4.4/5}
Originality: 3/5 - Basic anime concept that has been done really well
Art: 5/5 - Fight scenes are great, no cop out moments, beautiful scenery and colours.  The music is also amazing!
Character Development: 5/5  On point!  Characters start out as basic anime tropes, but gradually evolve in unexpexted ways
Story: 4.5/5 - The pacing is great, the subplots are amazing, and wow it's just so good!  It lost half of a star for season five, which I personally thought was poorly executed, the first four and final seasons are all great!
Length: Six seasons
****Lost one star overall for a lack of female characters.

EXTRA
The mangaka is married to the creator of Sailor Moon
The original anime is from 1998 and can still be found on Youtube!  (It's SOOO 90s, so if you like the look of this one, but you want something a little different, I recommend checking out the 98 series)  The original is also much less ridiculous and goes slower to give the characters the attention that they deserve.

Trailer from American Debut:



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#2 - No.6

PLOT
Based on a Japanese novel series, No.6 is an incredible 11 episode anime series that revolves around a young boy in City No.6.  The city was errected by survivors of the apocalypse and is now ruled by a cruel, totalitarianistic government.  In his youth, genius boy Shion harbours a fugitive named Nezumi ("Rat") who claims to have escaped from the city's prison. As Shion grows up, he lives a quiet life as a park ranger until he stumbles across a corpse and voices his concerns over the governments' cover up job concerning the man's identity and cause of death.  He is arrested for lack of loyalty to the city, and is saved by an adult Nezumi.  The two move outside of the city walls, where they plot the destruction and reformation of No.6, and the salvation of its people from both the government and the forces of nature that seek to reclaim what has been destroyed.

My Rating: {4.5/5}
Originality: 5/5 - This series does not fall neatly into any genre: it is action packed, romantic, includes the supernatural and the apocalypse.  It makes a statement about friendship, love, and human rights.  **It should be noted that Shion and Nezumi are, to some degree, involved romantically.  However this is NOT yaoi or shonen ai.  By request of the original creator, who wanted to show a natural loving relationship that was not artifically created using genre conventions, the series does not include any yaoi genre conventions.  There is no sexually explicit content.
Art: 4.5/5 - Everything is beautiful.  Even the violent scenes manage to be exquisite.  Though man nipples are missing, which is a serious crime in my personal opinion.
Character Development: 5/5 - A small but interesting cast of about five characters who all experience growth through struggle and friendship in a harsh, unforgiving world.
Story: 4/5 - It's an idea that has been done a thousand times cross culturally, but No.6 is well done.  And you can tell that it's based on a book because everything is so solid.  The pacing is superb.
Length: 11 Episodes

Fan Trailer:



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#3 - Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (Movie)

PLOT:

College student Hana falls in love with a man who is half human and half wolf.  They start a family with one son and one daughter and dream of someday moving to the wilderness where he and their children will not have to hide.  However Hana is left alone to raise the children that she loves but cannot understand.

MY RATING {4.75/5}
Originality: 5/5 - Something that I haven't seen before.
Art: 4/5 - It's gorgeous but the animal forms of the adults/teenagers are super furry-ish and don't make a lot of sense.  The music is beautiful.
Character Development: 5/5 Oh mannn. For a movie without a real storyline, the development is amazing.
Story: 5/5 - I started crying again just listening to the trailer play in the other tab.

*I recommend this because it is on par with Ghibli, but not nearly as well known.

Offical English Dub Trailer



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#4 - Juuni Kokuki (The 12 Kingdoms)

PLOT:
A highschool student named Yoko is kidnapped one day by a strange man who claims that she is the rightful queen of his country in another world.  Yoko has always been meek; a people pleaser by nature, she is from a strict family and has no real sense of self.  Upon being thrust into another world separately from the man who planned to guide her, she encounters hostility and fear and must prove that she has what it takes to be the queen of the kingdom of Kei.  This anime was also based on a novel series so the worldbuilding, plot, characters, etc are all solid.

My Rating {4.25/5}
Originality: 5/5 - I think we've all seen this idea, but the twists and turns really make it unique.
Art: 3/5 - There are no club hands in the distance, but it isn't winning any awards.  I actually found it super gross until I saw it blown up on a big screen. That said it has many great moments.  Music-wise the ending theme is quite nice, but the opening is pretty blah.
Character Development: 5/5 - In case you couldn't tell, character development is number one priority for me.  THIS is the best character development EVER.  In seven episodes Yoko is totally transformed from someone unlikable, to someone terrifyingly mad, to someone inspiring.  It takes time to love this series- about 8-10 episodes minimum.
Story: 4/5 - Yoko's story is fascinating, but the series also focuses on a cast of other characters.  The ending was excellent and well worth the wait.
Length: 45 Episodes

Fan Trailer




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#5 - From Far Away/ Kanata Kara

(I'm sneaking in a manga series because though I've watched 100+ anime series, only a couple even come close to how well done this manga series is.  I wait patiently for the day it will be turned into an anime.  It can be read on mangafox as well as mangahere.)

PLOT
When a terrorist bomb goes off, seventeen year old school girl Noriko is pulled from modern Tokyo into a strange world that she has been dreaming about.  Though she lands safely in a forrest of golden moss, she is ill equipped to handle the dangers of this strange world.  Noriko's arrival has been prophesized; she is the infamous creature known as the Awakening that will awaken the Sky Demon and either destroy or control the world.  She is rescued by a kind but inhuman man named Izark, who is harbouring his own secrets and must protect her in order to save himself.

My Rating: {4.75/5}
Originality: 4/5 - Again, a basic anime concept that has been superbly executed.
Art: 5/5 - Beautiful flowing lines, creative expressions, and just excellent movement overall.  Perfect use of page space.
Character Development: 5/5 - Both Izark and Noriko grow very much, in part because of who they are when they're together.  ULTIMATE OTP MATERIAL
Story: 5/5 - I only wish there were more of it, though the story is settled by the end.
Length: 14 volumes

Fanmade AMV:



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Other Manga/Anime Series that I would recommend: Faster than a Kiss (Shoujo Manga), Love Stage!! (Yaoi manga/anime series), Fruits Basket (Manga especially), OHSHC (anime), Munto (Anime series or the Movies), Inuyasha (anime/manga/many movies), W Juliet (Manga, series one only)