My Hero Academia and Carole & Tuesday are two of Bones Studio’s best-known works. Here are some of the best.
A reputable anime studio, Bones was founded in 1998 and has produced a number of notable titles, includingBungo Stray Dogs and Fullmetal Alchemist. Cowboy Bebop, a 1998 cult classic, was created by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami and Toshihiro Kawamoto, who worked together on the project. Amid the success of the space-Western series, they decided to form their own studio, which resulted in Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
Bones produced a slew of critically acclaimed anime series and films in the following years. The team’s most recent projects include the fifth season of My Hero Academia and Godzilla Singular Point, both of which have Minami serving as President.
1. Bungo Stray Dogs (2016) – 7.7
‘Weretiger’ Atsushi Nakajima, the protagonist of Bungo Stray Dogs, transforms into a variety of different forms throughout the story. In the Armed Detective Agency, a crime-fighting group that specializes in supernatural cases that the police cannot normally handle, he finds purpose as a social misfit and an orphan. The episodes also explore the experiences of Nakajima and his colleagues with Mafia business decisions and missions.
It was directed by Takuya Igarashi, whose previous collaborations with Bones led to Captain Earth and Ouran High School Host Club, based on the manga.
2. TIE: Carole & Tuesday (2019) – 7.9
Tuesday Simmons, a young woman from a prominent political family in a future Mars colony, decides to follow her passions as a singer and guitarist instead of following in the footsteps of her parents’ footsteps. Carole Stanley, an orphaned refugee from Earth who plays the keyboard, unexpectedly brings her closer to her.
The show, which was released to coincide with Bones’ 20th anniversary, was hailed for its heartwarming tone, stellar voice acting, and eclectic score. Carole & Tuesday’s narrative is essentially a tribute to post-war musical plays and classic rock n’ roll. From With or Without You to Don’t Stop Believin’, each episode’s title is based on a popular pop/rock song.
3. TIE: Noragami (2014-2016) – 7.9
Toshihiro Kawamoto designed the characters of Noragami, or Stray God, a supernatural and urban fantasy anime (of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame). It’s easy to finish the 13 episodes and 2 films in a single sitting.
Noragami’s protagonist Yato, like many other fantasy and shonen anime protagonists, is an unfulfilled child who just wants to advance higher in life. Deities and spirits rule the world, and Yato is an outcast among them. A human girl and a wandering spirit accompany Yato in his quest to become the most famous god in the world.
4. TIE: Eureka Seven (2005-2006) – 7.9
Renton, a 14-year-old boy in a future Earth where humans have colonized space, aspires to join Gekkostate, a heroic band of outlaws. Eureka, the pilot of the mecha robot that crashed in Renton’s apartment by accident, offers him the opportunity to join the Gekkostate faction. Throughout the series, Renton uncovers more and more of Gekkostate’s darker side as the story progresses.
Eureka Seven may be classified as a mecha-anime, but with adequate character development, the anime avoids the overdone mecha features like massive robot battles.
5. Space Dandy (2014) – 8.1
Science fiction comedy Space Dandy doesn’t hold back when it comes to harsh humor. This can be seen in the two-season anime’s over-the-top writing and nostalgic flash. Due to Dandy’s quest to find unusual creatures, the title references the alien hunter’s interstellar exploits.
He’s a memorable character because of his outspoken personality and Elvis Presley-like pompadour haircut. He’s had robot aide QT and a space cat named Meow as sidekicks on several of his missions. Overall, Space Dandy is a pastiche and satire of previous space animes like Cowboy Bebop, which it heavily references.
6. Ouran High School Host Club (2006) – 8.2
Ouran High School Host Club is a parody of rom-coms and high school comedies that follows scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka as she adjusts to life at the school. Assumed to be male by her peers, she eventually discovers a Host club. In exchange for money, some of the school’s male students entertain and serve the female students. Comedic events develop as Haruhi unintentionally joins the male crew.
The anime’s portrayal of aristocratic stereotypes and transgression of gender roles received high appreciation. It became the basis for a live-action television series and a film with the same name.
7. TIE: My Hero Academia (2016-) – 8.5
In My Hero Academia, Bones’ most popular series, Izuku Midoriya, a high school student, lives in a world populated by superheroes. Midoriya tries his hardest to follow in the footsteps of his beloved superhero All-Might. So, he enrolls in the extremely competitive United Academy for Heroes, which educates heroes for a better world in the future.
The story of Midoriya’s quest to discover his true potential combines elements of drama and comedy in a way that subverts many of the tropes associated with superhero films. Character growth of his peers and subplots on the moral responsibility of such heroes are also featured in this anime series.
8. TIE: Fullmetal Alchemist (2003-2004) – 8.5
Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a manga series, but the anime’s second half is drastically different and relies on an entirely new conclusion. As a result of its uniqueness and its own artistic merits, the Bones anime has endured and remains one of the most popular series in anime history today.
During the show’s initial run of 51 episodes, the mythical Philosopher’s Stone becomes a point of conflict between Dante and the Elric brothers, Alphonse and Edward. The latter attempt to resurrect their deceased mother using the Stone. Their entire lives are altered when the alchemical ritual goes awry, and not just physically.
9. Mob Psycho 100 (2016-2019) – 8.6
Psychic eighth-grader Kageyama Shigeo stars in Mob Psycho 100, but he doesn’t want to use his abilities to attract unwanted attention. Instead, all he cares about is making friends with the pretty girl in his class who catches his eye. One obstacle after another keeps him from the normal teenager’s life, though
In contrast to other shonen protagonists, Shiego’s powers don’t excite him. He’s known as Mob.” As a result, his deadpan demeanor is reminiscent of One Punch Man’s Saitama. In fact, ONE’s webcomics were the inspiration for both of these anime productions.
10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) – 9.1
In many ways, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a continuation of its predecessor. It’s more of a spin-off with a more manga-accurate story than a sequel. The Elric brothers are still the focus of the story, but the conclusion takes a tragic turn to pay homage to the manga’s ending.
The first few episodes are going to be a little boring because they’re based on Fullmetal Alchemist, which was released in 2003. However, the anime’s fans will soon find themselves in new territory as the series progresses. In addition, the action sequences’ high octane nature was generally applauded. The Sacred Star of Milos was a follow-up to Brotherhood, a classic shonen anime.