Cliche animes can be a lot of fun, but not every episode fits neatly into the mold of what people expect from the genre.
With films likeYour Name, a romantic drama, proving the genre’s clichés to be incorrect over the years, the anime medium continues to defy its own myths. If you’re looking for something a little less predictable than your typical anime, you might want to check out some of these cliche shows.
Even though many anime shows are judged on the brilliance of their battle scenes, there is more to a story than just how well one spiky-haired character can punch another spiky-haired character. As a result, it has a tale that goes above and beyond what is typically seen in anime shows.
According to a new update from Anthony Mazzuca on July 7th, 2021: Great anime and tales abound from the last decade. Two-thirds of the Big Three have come to an end, with Bleach (which will return this decade) and Naruto broadcasting their final episodes. Demon Slayer and My Hero Academia quickly rose to fame in its place.
1. Universal Survival Arc Was When Dragon Ball Super Got Back Down To Basics
The early seasons of Dragon Ball Super were plagued by bad animations and long, drawn-out stories before the Universe 6 arc kicked things into high gear. More original storylines were made possible by the discovery of parallel universes, like as the long-forgotten tournament arcs from before Majin Buu and the eagerly anticipated return of Future Trunks.
Dragon Ball Z’s last storyline arc, Universal Survival, carries greater weight than any other story arc in the series’ history because it threatens not only the hero’s universe but every other universe in existence as well, heightening the already frenetic action sequences.
2. The Downfall Of The Espada Was The Ending Bleach Deserved
The last showdown between the Soul Reapers and the Arrancar was tense and action-packed, and it had the potential to be a fitting conclusion to the series. We finally see the conclusion of Ichigo and Ulquiorra’s fight, resulting in Ichigo’s most badass form to date, as well as numerous previously undiscovered zanpakuto skills, across the many conflicts that take place during the series.
Filler is the only true issue with this arc, but since the show has stopped (for the time being), skipping those episodes is no longer necessary.
3. Season 1 Of Tokyo Ghoul Centers On Growing To Accept Yourself & Others
The quality of Tokyo Ghoul’s subsequent seasons plummets, but the first season is still excellent. After being attacked by Rize, Ken Kaneki was transformed into a half-ghoul.
It’s packed with action, but the heart of the story is Kaneki’s journey to accept his new circumstances. As a result, the finale includes it. Beyond Kaneki, the rest of the main cast has a lot to offer in terms of growth and development.
4. Erased Is One Of The Better Time Travel Anime
Satoru, a man with a strange ability known as “Revival,” can travel back in time to the moments just before a life-threatening event occurs, allowing him to alter the course of history.
By thrusting him back 18 years in time to save his mother’s life and the kidnapping of a childhood friend, a mysterious person kills his mother in one instance. Erased is one of the best time travel and murder mystery stories out there, even though it’s only a few pages long.
5. Season 1 Mob Psycho 100 Shows That Being Powerful Doesn’t Make You Better Than Anyone Else
It was initially overshadowed by other anime in 2016 but gained greater traction in season 2 for its unique animation style. Like ONE’s other works, this one features an overpowered protagonist struggling to get by.
Being more powerful or smarter than your peers does not make you superior to them in any way. It’s unusual in anime for a powerful character to show off their abilities so openly.
6. The First Half Of Parasyte The Maxim Is A Bloody Ride That Features A Great Bond Between Man & Parasite
Parasyte The Maxim, at first glance, appears to be a body horror-oriented show, yet it’s far from the only thing it has to offer.
As the series progresses, Shinichi and his parasite Migi begin to build a close relationship. One of the most intriguing aspects of the show is the dynamic between the two of them, which is reminiscent of Venom and his hosts in the Marvel universe.
7. The Boros Arc Is By Far The Best In One Punch Man, Making Saitama Break A Sweat For Once
When Saitama takes on the cosmic overlord Boros, it is the first time that Saitama fails to fully demolish his opponent in a single punch, making it the best combat in One Punch Man thus far. After the amusing news that the end of the world is just around the corner, Boros’ spacecraft docks on Earth and the heroes, with the exception of Saitama, are immediately thrown into fight.
It’s a similar scenario to previous conflicts involving numerous heroes, but this time the A and S-Rank heroes are in charge instead of the cannon-fodder who normally put themselves in harm’s way with less-than-stellar results.
8. Invasion of Pain Changed The Entire Dynamic of Shippuden
This arc has a lot going on, and it might be difficult to keep track of everything. The Rasengan is used on TV for the first time, Naruto displays the results of his senjutusu training, and Hinata eventually tells Naruto she loves him, albeit nothing occurs between them until much later on. The closest we’ve come to seeing Kurama take control of Naruto is when he transforms into his full-blown nine-tailed form, which only Minato can stop.
With Pain and Naruto flying around the battlefieldDragon Ball style throughout much of their battle in the Invasion of Pain narrative, we get the most exciting fight we’ve seen in the entire series up to that time.
9. The Hero Killer Saga Is When My Hero Academia Truly Hit Its Stride
After the introduction of hero-killer Stain, My Hero Academia went from being a solid anime to a terrific one. Both physically and philosophically, he was a formidable opponent for Deku and crew.
Stain may appear to be a deranged killer at first appearance, but he is actually one of the series’ most complex antagonists. Viewers began to doubt whether heroes were deserving of their elevated status because of his intriguing intentions.
10. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Turned The Clichés Of Magical Girl Anime On Their Head
Nearly two decades after they ended, series like Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon remain among the genre’s all-time greatest successes. A Neon Genesis Evangelion-style plot twist occurs in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, making it one of the most engrossing stories to date.
As with Evangelion, it shows the audience that immense power comes with a price: sacrifice and the weight of the repercussions. If you’ve never watched magical girl anime before, you might be surprised by some of the more brutal fight scenes.
11. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Focuses On Grief & How To Deal With It
One of their group strangely comes back to life as a ghost in the story ofAnohana, which follows a group of estranged friends who work together in order to discover out what is anchoring them to the living world and assist them move on.
As each member of the group deals with their friend’s death and attempts to move on in their own unique ways, the show manages to captivate its audience despite its short runtime of only eleven episodes.
12. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Comes To A Thrilling Conclusion Filled With Callbacks & Returns
The final arc of this famous series brings together everything the Elric brothers have learned about Amestris, Father, and the philosopher’s stone. Their last chance to thwart Father’s plan to open Earth’s gate and become a god has come to an end.
Izumi ultimately declares herself an alchemist, rather than a housewife, at the end of this narrative. This is one of the things that makes this story so enjoyable.
13. Hunter x Hunter Is At It’s Peak During The Chimera Ant Arc
Chimera Ant arc is what many people consider to be the best Shonen anime ever made, and it’s why Hunter X Hunter is so popular.
Even if you haven’t seen a single episode of the anime, you’ve probably heard about the climactic confrontation between an adult Gon and the titular monsters, which even individuals who haven’t seen a single episode of the anime are likely to have heard.
14. Steins;Gate Tells A Beautiful Story Of Loss & The Effects Of Time Travel
No matter what decade it is, Steins; Gate will always be the best time travel anime out there. It does it in a way that is both amusing and frightening, which is a hallmark of the show as a whole.
There are some episodes that will make you laugh and others that will bring tears to your eyes. To a large extent, that’s because of how the anime deals with love and grief, which allows the spectator to empathize with the characters and so better understand their actions.
15. The Return to Shiganshina In Attack on Titan Was The Perfect Way To End An Arc & Leave Fans Wanting More
It’s an action-packed story in an already action-packed series. It follows Eren’s search for clues to the Titans’ history that may be locked in Eren’s old house, and the retaking of Wall Maria from the Titans.
The arc ends with characters dying, secrets being revealed, and new Titans being born, just like any good ending should.