Anime 101

Spirited Away

Spirited Away - Anime 101

One of Ghibli's and Hayao Miyazaki's best films. A masterpiece that transports you far away and yet effortlessly enlightens us as to what it means to be human and to cherish the things we often take for granted.

Paprika

Paprika - Anime 101

Any of Satoshi Kon's movies are fantastic but this was his last one, and also his most vivid. A work of art that's as much a feast for the mind as it is for the eyes.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop - Anime 101

The definitive go-to recommendation for many anime fans. It's quirky comedy, cool ambiance, wonderful characters and powerful moments make it one of the select few series that transcend the medium.

FLCL

FLCL - Anime 101

Fooly Cooly! Short and sweet. Even after all these years it's still as fun and wacky as ever. Short enough to easily breeze through, yet good enough to warrant repeat viewings.

Baccano

Baccano - Anime 101

Style and substance, Baccano oozes cool. Great action and a novel mashup of gangster feuds, alchemic intrigue and charming hit men. What more could you want?

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei - Anime 101

Slow and brooding. I prefer my anime to have the capacity to ruminate on the human condition and to be able to inspire us to strive to simply be better people.

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy - Anime 101

The best kind of strange and surreal. Anime is one of the most consistent and effective forms of entertainment that can capture the genius of the human imagination. All the while, telling a compelling story.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell - Anime 101

Be it the more abstract and philosophical movies, or the more meticulous and action-oriented Stand Alone Complex TV shows. Ghost in the Shell never lets go of our attention and always challenges us to see the world in a different light.

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile - Anime 101

There are many slice-of-life anime to choose from but Nodame Cantabile is one of the best that has the most to offer. Silly, sweet and stirring. Music is love and the love of people can be like music. The songs of life and love have just begun.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Anime 101

The quintessential plot-driven shounen series. One that is massively entertaining and also emotionally profound. The Brotherhood adaptation completes the story and is worth the long commitment.