Not every anime has the opportunity to tell its plot over numerous seasons. These held up well to a single serving.
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It’s hardly unheard of to desire that a particularly enjoyable series would continue indefinitely. Getting to know the characters, knowing about their narrative, and getting so immersed in their imaginary life might make it difficult to say goodbye when the story ends. It can be difficult to find the time or inclination to commit to series with more than 100 episodes, let alone those well-known anime series that just never end, no matter how much we love anime and how anxious we are for the eventual ending of our favorite ones.
Fear not! There are a lot of fantastic one-season anime out there that you can binge watch in a day or two and be left with the sheer happiness that can only be experienced at reaching the end of a particularly outstanding story. Short but intense, the anime on this list is definitely worth watching, and since we’ve got nothing but time on our hands, why not?
Louis Kemner’s July 11th, 2020 update: In the realm of Japanese animation, there is a wide range of genres and characters, and many of these animated shows can convey a terrific story with memorable characters in just one season. It’s time to add five more must-watch programs that are completed in a single season to the list of must-sees.
1. A Place Further Than The Universe
An funny and attention-grabbing idea sets the tone for this short animated series: four high school girls who study hard to qualify for an Antarctica trip. A journey is common in stories, but the girls in this one are traveling to the world’s coldest desert. Why?
For some, like Mari Tamaki, it’s an exhilarating experience. However, Shirase Kobuchizawa, another of the girls, is desperately searching for her long-lost mother, who vanished in the icy wastes of Antarctica. Can she find her mother in time?
2. Arpeggio Of Blue Steel
In contrast to One Piece, this story takes place on the high seas, but not in a pirate-like manner. Enter the Fog Fleet, a fleet of self-guided battleships that wage war on humanity in a dystopian future. A few of these ships, however lethal and ruthless, are siding with humanity.
In just 12 episodes, there are a lot of interesting naval fights, and the friendly battleship Iona is a delightful and thrilling character who, despite her benign appearance, is a destructive weapon of war. All Fog Fleet ships are in the same boat.
3. Recovery Of An MMO Junkie
Many gamers take their online personas very seriously, but what if a dedicated office worker quit her job to devote all of her time and energy to playing massively multiplayer online games? Those are the only things that Moriko Morioka does.
Though it may be funny, the grief and insecurity that permeate the show’s protagonist Moriko serve to keep it realistic and avoid making light of its concept to an excessive degree. Fortunately, Moriko soon makes some actual friends in the MMO realm, and they soon brighten her life in a variety of different ways.
4. No Game, No Life
Isekai series: Another anime about dedicated gamers, but this one takes place in the virtual world of the game. Meet Sora and Shiro, the unbeatable brother-and-sister duo who are masters at RTS games as well as chess.
High-stakes games have replaced terrible battle in a kingdom, and they are challenged to see how far they can go by the God of that world. They say “challenge accepted!” before things really get going in the game.
5. Violet Evergarden
So yet, there has only been one season of this beautifully animated series, but it really use more. Young ladies, known as Auto Memory Dolls, are entrusted with composing meaningful messages for their clients while making sure that they don’t miss a single click on their typewriters in this stunning steampunk universe.
Violet Evergarden, who lost both of her arms in combat and now wears titanium prosthetics, is the protagonist. The notion is even more fascinating (and terrible) than it sounds: she intends to repair the world one letter at a time. Violet must record every tear-jerking word that comes out of the mouths of her clients in those letters.
Despite his age and what appears to be an ordinary life, 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma has the unique ability to travel back in time. Even though he calls it his “revival” power, Satoru has no control over it; rather, it is activated when he finds himself at an accident scene. When Satoru learns of his mother’s gruesome murder at the hands of an unknown assailant, his ability transports him back 18 years in time to the time when several of his schoolmates were abducted by a serial kidnapper, who Satoru feels might be connected to his mother’s death.
As soon as you start watching, you won’t want to put it down!
7. Yuri! On Ice
Since it has been deemed by many as one of the best sports anime of all time, it is unnecessary to go into detail about the struggles of professional figure skater Katsuki Yuri and his new Olympic champion coach Victor.
Think again if you think an anime about figure skating is tedious. Because of its stunning animation, design, and soundtrack alone, Yuri! On Ice deserves all of the praise it has gotten. Despite the fact that this anime has only one season (a second season is being eagerly awaited by fans), it is well worth seeing.
Another good reason to watch is the wonderful cast of characters.
With its heartwarming ending and captivating story, Toradora! is one of those slice-of-life anime that will leave you wanting to watch it again and again.
They are two socially awkward teens, both of whom have horrible reputations, who are compelled to spend time together after an innocent mistake reveals their respective best friends’ secret crushes on each other’s girls. They aid each other in their journey to ultimately express their love, but neither expected the bond that would steadily emerge between them. Despite their differing personalities.
9. Samurai Champloo
Fuu, a teenage waitress, is abused by a bunch of samurai led by the village’s prefect’s son one day. Her life is turned upside down. Unexpectedly, an outcast named Mugen offers her a helping hand. As for Jin, the name of the one-man army that defeated the prefect’s guard after witnessing injustice done to a local peasant, this is the story. Fuu skilfully frees Mugen and Jin and asks for their assistance in discovering a mystery samurai as a payment of their obligation when they are captured.
Samurai Champloo, despite its supposedly serious setting and premise, is a lighthearted anime that deserves more attention!
10. Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish)
As an oddball anime with a bizarre plot, Kuragehime stands out from the crowd. As weird as it may seem, one can’t help but fall for the people and their story.
Tsukimi Kurashita, the main character, has had a lifelong fascination with jellyfish since her late mother took her to the local aquarium when she was a child. She became an awkward young woman who ended up living in an apartment complex full of other otaku ladies as a result of her preoccupation. The illegitimate son of a prominent politician, Kuranosuke Koibuchi hides his true identity by dressing as a lady and wandering the streets of Tokyo.
11. Cowboy Bebop
A classic that everyone has either a) heard about but never watched b) put on their to-be-watched list but for whatever reason, never did c) watched and is still plagued by how wonderful it is.
There are a plethora of reasons why you should check out this masterpiece, starting with the characters’ realistic personalities and the unexpected level of beauty for an anime of this vintage. With so few episodes, we can only marvel at the creators’ storytelling prowess. Take a leap of faith and explore this realm!
12. Angel Beats!
Start Angel Beats if you don’t mind having your heart trampled on, shattered into a million pieces, and then lit on fire! Despite its novelty, the afterlife school setting quickly becomes a favorite among readers, who are drawn to the diverse cast of people with their individual aspirations for the afterlife. When Otonashi Yuzuru wakes up in the hereafter with no recollection of his existence, it is because he is a newcomer to the afterlife and has no recollection of his past.
A group of alchemists summons a demon in an alternate version of the 1700s in order to find perpetual life.
Although they see their dream come true, they soon realize that they are their own worst enemy because they have the potential to kill one another.
You’ll be taken on a voyage through time by these bunch of immortals in this terrible thriller. You’ll be fascinated by the characters’ growth and development as they live on for centuries on end, and how what was supposed to be a blessing can turn into a curse they can’t overcome.
14. Anohana: the flower we saw that day
Make sure you’re prepared to shed a few tears since Anohana carries a powerful emotional punch.
The spirit of Jintan’s childhood friend, Memna, appears to him, and he is lured back to his old circle of friends with whom he had a long and meaningful connection years ago. As is typical in coming-of-age tales, the reader is likely to become emotionally invested in the characters and share in their triumphs and tragedies. When you watch this as an adult, you’ll be transported back to your own adolescent years, which heightens the sense of connection you have to the story.
15. Death Note
The last, but certainly not least, is a show that you simply must begin watching immediately.
There are clever teenagers, death gods, a notebook that kills anyone who has their name written in it, and the largest battle of wits you’ll ever see in this one novel. Want one more incentive to try this? There are just 37 20-minute episodes in total. Just over 12 hours long, you can watch everything in one sitting, and there’s even an awful Netflix Original live-action version you can mock once you’re done. You certainly have a lot to gain from viewing this.