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Z – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

  • Posted on April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is perhaps the only anime on this list that I have not personally seen all the way through. This series is a great series, but it touches on some subject matters that are a little touchy for me. The main character is a new teacher and has to help his students overcome their various issues.

Why I recommend this to writers: Because it has been recommended to me so many times, and has such a huge following. The story apparently has a huge twist at the end that really makes the series shine.

Warnings: Attempted suicide, stalking, and some other unsavory things.

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Y – Yuri!!! on Ice

  • Posted on April 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Yuri!!! On Ice is a relatively new anime that honestly took the fandom world by storm. Not only did the cast of characters enchant, but the story of a socially awkward athlete with self-esteem issues really caught on. Yuuri, the main character, has to find his footing again in the world of competitive ice skating.

Why I recommend it for Writers: The series is great for seeing a well-done characterization of someone with self-image issues, who happens to be an unreliable narrator. Not only that, but the main romance is subtle and has a well-defined twist that makes it all the more hilariously sweet. This series is also written by Mitsurou Kubo, who is a phenomenal writer.

Warnings: There is nudity, but nothing frontal.

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X – XXXholic

  • Posted on April 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

While the name suggests something else, this anime is entirely a supernatural story about a boy who can see ghosts. Before you think of the Sixth Sense, however, this series has traditional japanese ghosts and ghouls as it’s centerpeice, which are much more nasty than just simple human spirits. Although the humans are pretty bad too.

Why I recommend it to Writers: The real treat here is the ideas it gives. The series is wildly imaginative, and written by one of my favorite author-groups, CLAMP. Yuuko alone will win you over, I’m sure of it.

Warnings: The series IS a horror series, so some of the scares are pretty amazing.

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W – Welcome to the NHK!

  • Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

Welcome to the NHK is a hilarious romp through the mind of someone with MASSIVE social anxiety, referred to with the term Hikikomori. The main character, Satou, suffers from the delusion that he is being forced to be a hikikomori by a conspiracy called the N.H.K. Add to this a girl who is intent on curing his delusions, and you have a hilariously dark series.

Why I recommend it to writers: First off, play a drinking game using the first episode. Every single time “Conspiracy” is said, take a shot. Now enjoy your trip to the hospital. Secondly, the characterization in this series is amazing. It showcases a lovely relationship and the way that others can help a character to grow.

warnings: Alcohol poisoning if you take my advice.

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V – Victorian Romance Emma

  • Posted on April 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Emma is an amazing look into the world of victorian era romance and how class affected you. The main character, Emma, is a hard working woman, and in comes a nobleman who suddenly falls in love with her! William Jones is dead set on Emma, although his obligations get in the way at times. Including a kidnapping!

Why I recommend it for Writers: Kaoru Mori, the author of the series, and a number of other series too, is a phenomenal character writer. The characters are immensely human, and the feeling of whatever society Mori explores comes through aptly. Please, don’t limit yourself to just Emma either; check out Kaoru’s other manga, A Bride Story.

Warnings: Kidnappings, jealous rivals. Other typical romance-y things.

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U – Uchuu no Stellvia (Stellvia of the Universe)

  • Posted on April 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Another anime that is on this list in order to excite those senses of yours, Stellvia of the Universe is a wondrous Science Fiction romp through adolescence. The main character, Shima Katase, is going to a new school. IN SPACE! Stellvia turns out to be a miraculous space station, and the more we learn about it, the more we wonder what exactly is going on in the universe of this show.

Why I recommend it to Writers: Because this show is an excellent example of world building and functional character interaction. I adore the characters.

Warnings: None! This show is sweet and fascinating. Enjoy!

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T – Tiger & Bunny

  • Posted on April 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

If you like superheroes, you’ll LOVE Tiger & Bunny. The entire premise is that an aging superhero gets a second chance at his glory days, with the help of a reluctant partner. The two of them grow as people by interacting, and kick badguy BUTT!

Why I recommend it to Writers: I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you plan on killing off some characters, or maybe you just like Game of Thrones, you should definitely watch this anime.

Warnings: All the regular superhero warnings. Don’t go on the internet fanbase, though. There are so many spoilers. SO. MANY.

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S – Seirei no Moribito (Moribito)

  • Posted on April 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

My friends and I joke that this series is about an adoptive mother taking her teenage son to give birth to his unwanted baby. However, Moribito is about so much more than that. The arching themes of this series combine with the characters and the setting to make for an enchanting tale about a young woman trying to atone for her sins and a young boy just trying to survive.

Why I recommend it to Writers: If you want a lesson in how to work a theme into a story, this is the anime for you. If you want to know how to write badass female characters, this is the story for you. If you want to cry tears of joy at the end, this is the story for you.

Warnings: Teenage pregnancy. Just kidding.

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R – reLIFE

  • Posted on April 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm

reLIFE is on here as an answer to the question, ‘would you do it all over again if you could?’ I include it because the main character is a 29 year old loser who gets the chance to go back and do his last year of highschool all over again. This anime is a real heartjerker, and it made me feel refreshed and ready to make my life better.

Why I recommend it to Writers: Because of how refreshing and inspiring it is, I feel like we cynical writer types need this sort of thing every now and again. Plus, the series is just downright full of twists and turns. See if you can guess them!

Warnings: A 29 year old guy perving on some highschool girls. Other than that, this is a really tame anime.

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Q – Q-chan (Petshop of Horrors)

  • Posted on April 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Since I’ve only seen one anime that starts with Q (Qwasar of the Stigmata), and it was awful, I decided to bend the rules a little bit. Q-chan is a character from a wonderful anime/manga series called Petshop of Horrors. The stories are all centered around Count D and his petshop. The series follows him and the pets he sells to his customers.

Why I recommend it to writers: Because it’s a very good representation of how to have a villain as the main character and still make them very sympathetic. One might want to read the manga a little to understand the series better, depending on your preference.

Warnings: Death. Murder. Gore.

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Q-chan in all his glory

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