Whether you are new to anime, or you just can't find an anime you can stick with, this guide will help you get a start in every basic genre with what I believe are the gems.
The genres will cover multiple subjects.
Genre: Romance (My favorite)
"Toradora!'s story begins with the male protagonist Ryūji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to look his best as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent, so he feels utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryūji goes to school and is happy to find that he has been assigned to the same class as his best friend Yūsaku Kitamura, as well as the girl he has a crush on, Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly runs into "the school's most dangerous animal of the highest risk level"—Taiga Aisaka—who just happens to also be in his class, and is a good friend of Minori."
Toradora! is a slice of life anime that explores the awkward, yet adorable, moments of high school that every one of us has faced at one point or another. The storyline is sure to tug at your heartstrings and poke at your funny bone, all at the same time. For a hilarious and absolutely cute anime watch this one.
2. Kaichou wa Maid-sama
"Training, studying, and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight, boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid café in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular, attractive, and somewhat impassive Takumi Usui takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school."
Kaichou wa Maid-sama is adorable, funny, and genuinely leaves you feeling very happy by the end of the show. The cute and awkward moments during the show will make you giggle and smile. For a goofy, cute romance try this one.
Ryōta Sakamoto is an unemployed 22-year-old young man who lives with his mother Yukie. He is one of the world's top players of the combat video game called Btooom!. One day, he awakes in what appears to be a tropical island, though he does not remember how or why he has been transported there. While wandering around, Ryōta sees someone and calls out for help. The stranger responds by throwing a bomb at him. Ryōta soon realizes that his life is in danger and that he has somehow been trapped in a real-life version of his favorite game. In the game Ryōta meets Himiko, who is another Btooom! player — and Ryōta's in-game wife.
Even though this show is definitely a big action anime, it also has a wonderful romance within. You will get so attached to the main characters and pray that nothing bad happens to them. The reason is because this anime doesn't hold back in killing people left and right. For a rush and a more mature romance try this one out.
"Trigun revolves around a man known as "Vash the Stampede" and two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. Most of the damage attributed to Vash is actually caused by bounty hunters in pursuit of the sixty billion double dollar bounty on Vash's head for the destruction of the city of July. However, he cannot remember the incident due to retrograde amnesia, being able to recall only fragments of the destroyed city and memories of his childhood. Throughout his travels, Vash tries to save lives using non-lethal force. He is occasionally joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who, like Vash, is a superb gunfighter with a mysterious past. As the series progresses, more about Vash's past and the history of human civilization on the planet Gunsmoke is revealed."
This show is a little older so the animation follows suit, but not only is Trigun extremely funny, but its action scenes are very western. You can't pass this one up; it has gunslinging with smooth animations and a story that will make you laugh and get emotional all at the same time. For gunslinging, humor, and a wonderfully long anime watch this one.
2. Highschool of the Dead
"The story follows a group of high school students (and the school's nurse) as they deal with a worldwide catastrophic event known as the "Outbreak". As the cast tries to survive the zombie apocalypse, they must also face the additional threats of societal collapse, in the form of dangerous fellow survivors, and the possible decay of their own moral codes. Starting from the high school, the students escape into town where they must deal with a corrupt teacher and his students. They check their homes for survivors, and pick up a little girl and a dog. Later, they hold up at a mall, travel through a police station, and eventually make their way to an elementary school that is supposedly a safe zone."
The only downside to this anime is the ridiculous amount of fan service (nudity, perverted stuff) but other than that this anime is as intense as it gets. It's super insane and will keep you on the edge of your seat even though you're only watching. For action, story, zombies, and all around mature themes try this one.
3. One-Punch Man
"The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause disasters. Saitama, the protagonist, is the strongest hero, who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with a single punch. However, due to his overwhelming strength, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is constantly trying to find stronger opponents who can present a challenge to him. On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and then joins the Heroes Association in order to gain official recognition as a hero. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Heroes Association’s top members are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people look down on him due to his plain physical appearance, and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others."
This anime is one of the greatest out there right now because it has tons of humor that will make you roll on the floor, along with some crazy fighting scenes as seen above! Even though it really is more of a comedy it definitely fits the action clique. This one is coming out with a second season, but for a crazy hilarious, yet insane, action-oriented anime try this one.
1. Shokugeki no Souma
"Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family's restaurant as its head chef. Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its "Shokugeki" or "food wars," where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns."
This show is will literally make you laugh your ass off at every turn, but at the same time there are a lot of bad ass moments. One thing you will see a lot of is what most people call "foodgasms." Yes, there is a lot of fan service in this show, but it's damn funny! For literal "laughgasms," while at the same time enjoying an amazing story, try this one out.
"The story follows the "strongest juvenile delinquent," Tatsumi Oga, a first year at Ishiyama High, the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river, he sees a man floating down it. Tatsumi pulls him to shore, and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king, and Tatsumi has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby's demon maid, Hilda. The story follows his life with the child at the delinquent school."
Beelzebub is really strange but you will laugh at how weird it really is. When you have a naked baby on you at all times who is secretly the son of the demon king, things can get really awkward, and awesome! For a strangely hilarious and entertaining show, try this one.
3. Full Metal Panic
"The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori's school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced social interactions, Sousuke is found as a military maniac by his schoolmates as he interprets everyday situations from a combat perspective. He comes to relate with Chidori who realizes that Sousuke is protecting her, but he does not reveal the reasons due to orders as well as the fact that he does not know why Chidori is being targeted by different organizations."
This show will make you laugh your ass off almost every episode. Not only that but if you follow all the way through you will be very pleased with how the romance is built up. For ridiculous humor and some action thrown in, try this one.
There's a ton of anime out there for you to watch, and even if you're new to anime it's really easy to get into. Try starting with some from my list and I am sure you won't be disappointed. Thanks for reading and ciao!
Oh yeah, and what are some of your favorite anime everyone? Comment them below! :)