3 In The Best Anime

Audiences of Japanese anime grew significantly during the pandemic. The comfort of escaping the brutality of reality by watching colorful explosions and intricate stories that are not worldly is likely to be to blame. It made us feel less alone thanks to the inclusive and relevant characters with pure thinking. The anime soothes our souls and gives us inspiration while our world is on fire. Unfortunately, even though we have become more social now, due to recent inhumane political events, we need emotional support more than ever. These 6 good anime will definitely give you hope for a better world.

3. The destructive life of Saiki K.

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Netflix / The Harmful Life of Saiki K.

Many of you may have seen Saiki K. before: her pink hair, green glasses and antennae make her unique. However, Saiki just wants to be a normal guy so he uses his psychic powers to manipulate the whole world to be born with colored hair. This comic anime is narrated by Saiki and is extremely fast to the point that the sentences seem like a word. The story primarily revolves around Saiki’s love of coffee jelly, Nendou’s pointless but generous madness, and Kaido’s imaginary obsession with fighting The Dark Reunion. In a way, they make the perfect group friendship by showing the best of each other and protecting each other.

It’s hard to hate any of the characters, even if they’re cunning at times and act in the worst of ways. But, because Saiki continues to speak humbly about them, then suddenly they are praised for being kind people – and they’re weird, it makes you appreciate the stupidity of all people. Fun and soothing in times of confusion.

IMDb rating: 8.4

2. Anohana: the flower we saw that day

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Aniplex / Anohana: the flower we saw that day

“Anohana” is one of the top 5 saddest anime of all time. It was filled with disappointment, unspoken farewell and sadness; but also in loving friendships, closing and accepting differences. The story begins with Jinta skipping school and playing a video game all day. Suddenly he began to fantasize about Menma, his childhood friend who had died when they were young, but devoted his fantasies to the heat of summer. As the days passed, he began to inadvertently associate with his childhood friends after many years. They realized that the fantasy was really Menma’s ghost; however, only Jinta can see him. All together return to a complex dynamic and reveal their guilt and trauma at Menma’s death.

Although this anime covers a lot of heavy topics, it informs the audience that everything is wrong but no one is to blame for them. Each character has flaws, but in the end, they develop empathy for each other’s experiences and feel less alone. Overall, the story is very good because of the ending-which I can’t hurt, so you have to see it for yourself.

IMDb rating: 8.2

1. Mars will come like a lion

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Netflix / Mars is coming like a lion

I’ve never seen such a unique and interesting art style in an anime before watching “March Comes in Like Lion”. Rei’s sweet storytelling and occasional breakdown of reality portrayed in fierce black and white colors, perfectly portrays a depressed spirit. This anime is about Rei, one of the few elite players in shogi (a Japanese chess game). Entering shogi is quite inevitable because his deceased father was a shogi master and his adoptive father was also a professional shogi player. Since middle school, she has been living alone because she was abused by a member of her adoptive family. In this way, being a shogi player starts to become a more necessary part of Rei’s life than her love.

However, a very loving family noticed her loneliness and became determined to make her happy. They became his real family through their daily dinner invitations and unconditional mental support for each other. This movie made me cry almost every scene – not because it was sad but because it was human. It can be sad and hopeless at times, but we still need to accept kindness and value everything we have in our lives.

IMDb rating: 8.3

Cover image: Grace Dharma

Edited by: Hana Maurer

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