Our anime-obsessed lifestyle writer gives the lowdown on the best anime of the last decade. Get involved!
As a huge fan of all things (slightly) nerdy and geeky like graphic novels and cult cartoons, anime is of course one of the things that I prioritise in my life. Whether it’s superhero fantasy, dystopian or comedy anime, there is always something comforting and inspiring in each series that seems to bring you into a whole new world or shatters your heart in a million shreds. And here are some of the best anime of the 2010s that guarantee to do so for you as well.
The best anime shows of recent years
1. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
Born with psychic abilities like telepathy and teleportation, all Saiki wants is to live a normal high school life and avoid attention. However, his classmates and family members are much less usual (and special in a cute way). It’s a funny series written and illustrated by Shūichi Asō that will make you laugh from beginning to end!
2. My Hero Academia
As someone who usually doesn’t get excited by superhero stuff, My Hero Academia is a game changer. In the world of My Hero Academia, there are a number of people born with quirks, aka superpowers, making them either on the side of Villain or Hero (which is a legit occupation) in the future. The story follows Midoriya who used to be a quirk-less person but changes things up after inheriting a quirk from the world’s greatest Hero and entering a top Hero high school. It sounds cliche but the characters are all so true and flawed that you can’t help but feel for them.
3. Tokyo Ghoul
Kaneki, who was bitten by a ghoul, turns into a cannibalistic being struggling to find his place in society while discovering that a large number of people who possess the face of a normal person are also secretly ghouls. It’s one of the best anime for those who enjoy action and dark fantasy.
4. Back Street Girls
Looking for a great laugh? Back Street Girls has got the most ridiculous plot ever. Three Yakuza men get sent to Thailand to receive sex reassignment surgery after making a mistake doing work for the Japanese mafia. When they come back to Japan, they are told to go through constant insufferable trainings to become the most popular idols to make money for the gang. Despite its horrible-sounding plot, it’s actually a light-hearted and hilarious comedy that throws shades on Japanese idol culture.
As one of the most influential science fiction horror manga series, Parasyte soon got adapted into an anime television series. Attacked by an extraterrestrial worm-like creature unsuccessfully, Shinichi’s right hand turns into a parasite who has its own intellect and personality. While the government is trying everything to expel the parasites from planet earth, the series is mostly a mockery of how humanity is lost in this selfish modern society.
6. Violet Evergarden
With its incredibly well-written and beautifully-made episodes, Violet Evergarden is one that guarantees tears! It’s about former soldier/stone cold killer Violet Evergarden learning to contemplate human emotions after being employed as an “Auto Memory Doll” who helps draft letters for local citizens. What’s so fascinating about it is that we’re taking baby steps to re-recognise human feelings as we’re experiencing what Evergarden is going through.
7. Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs revolves around the lives of the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia, in which all of them are gifted with superpowers. The reason why the show gets everyone hooked is because most characters are named after famous Japanese authors and/or characters in their most prominent works – it’s eerily captivating to reimagine literary figures on screen in the form of anime.
8. Psycho Pass
Psycho Pass is undoubtedly one of the best anime for fans of dystopian novels like Orwell’s 1984. While citizens are being measured by their Crime Coefficient Index (isn’t that similar to China’s current social credit?) through an omnipotent system, police officers are told to eliminate the ones that have committed thoughtcrime. It depicts a world where people have to relinquish the rights to be real humans in order to survive in a peaceful society, and it gets hard-hitting pretty quickly.