“Anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media.”
The greatest mistake is to perceive anime as 'cartoons for children'. It is mistakenly considered a genre when, in fact, anime is a separate kind that includes many genres. In Japan, anime is an integral part of culture. A culture with a history that spans for nearly 3 millennia.
A high school student on top of his class discovers the Death Note, which Shinigami [ed. note – the God of death] has purposely dropped into the world of people in order to add some colors into the mundane life of mankind. The notebook has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. Having tasted the gift of ruling a human life, Yagami Light begins to administer his own justice, pursuing the goal of creating a utopian society. This anime portrays the confrontation of two brilliant minds. What would you do if you had the notebook?
The hunted becomes the hunter!
written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Ever since middle school 18-year-old Takumi Fujiwara delivers tofu every morning to the foot of Mount Akina, on the old 86th street. The mandatory daily activity forces him to find quicker ways of running the errand in order to get back in bed. Unnoticeably for him, he masters the rapid descent along the mountain serpentine. The story focuses on the world of illegal street racing, which is so popular in Japan due to an abundance of mountain streamers. The exciting story of a young guy on the road to becoming a street racing legend. Despite the ‘antiquity’ of the imagery in this anime [ed. note – the first season dates back to 1998], it is certainly worthy of the title ‘legendary’. The incredible and dynamic soundtrack selected for the races on the descent deserves a separate mention.
Catch it, if you can.
written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno
The legendary leader of a biker gang, a 22-year-old virgin, Eikichi Onizuka, leaves the gang to become the greatest school teacher. “The teacher has 40 students, and the students only 1 teacher.” An easy and funny story with deep meanings behind the actions and dialogues.
It’s a teacher’s job to make school fun.
written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa
The story tells of times when humanity is on the verge of extinction. The fighters of this are the Titans – huge humanoid cannibals. Having built a fence in the form of three-level walls, the remaining residents exist within the hierarchy in the territories allocated to each class. After the first wall fell, the lower-level city was destroyed, and the mother of young Eena Yeager was eaten right before his own eyes. He sets a goal to destroy the Titans, avenging his mother and humanity. But where did the Titans come from? And how can a guy fight huge bloodthirsty creatures? A fascinating story with deep hidden meanings. Everyone will be able to draw a parallel between the fantasy world and the reality in which we exist.
The humiliation of imprisonment is the arrow of retaliation.
written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama
“You cannot get anything without giving something in return first. To receive something, you need to give something equivalent,” says the first law of the equivalent exchange of Alchemy. In their own skin (in the literal sense of the word), two little brothers felt the severity of restriction. Having lost their mother, their attempt to resurrect her with the help of a forbidden alchemical ritual ends poorly. As a result, one of them loses the body, and the second – a pair of limbs. The story tells of the wanderings of the brothers, in search of the legendary philosopher’s stone, which would help them regain their bodies. The main idea of the anime skillfully revolves around the “equivalent exchange”, and with multiple examples, it shows us that everything in life has a price that we all have to pay at some point.
You cannot gain anything without first giving something in return.
To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.
written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa