There are a lot of inspirational anime out there. Some are just fun to watch while others may capture our hearts and linger in our memories for years. Either way, certain anime and manga prove to be great inspirations for the works created by the great artists at Noir Caesar. Here is a list of our all-time favorites!
10) Full-Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
Full-Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime about two brothers that made enormous sacrifices to try and resurrect their mother through a forbidden method of alchemy known as human transmutation. Edward loses his leg and arm in the ritual while Alphonse loses his body and has his soul bound to a suit of armor. Years later, the two brothers seek to find a rare object known as the Philosopher’s Stone and use its power to recover what they had lost. Produced by Studio Bones, the Full Metal Alchemist series has won anime awards, polls, and the hearts of millions around the world. With an incredible story, a memorable soundtrack, and fluent animation, FMAB definitely deserves to be on the list of top anime.
9) Attack on Titan
In a world where gigantic, humanoid, monstrosities eat humans, mankind has been forced to live within confined walls to isolate themselves from “titans.” However, one day the walls are shattered beneath the might of an exceptionally large titan, resulting in an ongoing war between the humans and titans. It would be impressive if you haven’t heard of Attack on Titan for it has won countless awards due to its unmatched animation, thrilling story, gruesome content, and epic music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. If you’re into gore, intense action, and post-apocalyptic masterpieces then definitely consider watching Attack on Titan!
Gangsta is a rather uniquely-styled anime about two handymen, named Worick and Nicolas, that take on the dirty jobs for both the mobs and police. In a town filled with crime, prostitution, and mafia, the two handymen are extremely apt at completing tasks that no one else can handle. This particular anime dives into the underworld of the crime-filled city of Ergastulum. The content of the show is more dark and mature, but certainly is worth watching due to the anime’s awesome style and unique characters!
7) Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai is a legendary anime, well known for its diverse cast, crazy characters, and flashy animation. The creator of the Afro Samurai manga developed the ambiance for the story due to his inspiration from American hip-hop and soul culture. The anime follows Afro, who holds the spot as the Number Two swordsman, as he seeks to bring down a man named Justice, who holds title of Number One swordsman. However, Afro does not seek to slay Justice for mere fame or power, he wants vengeance. Set in a feudal, yet futuristic, Japan, Afro Samurai is a great example of incredible animation. Trust me, you’ll be watching clips of Afro slaughtering his foes over and over again.
6) Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Mobile Fighter G Gundam is a 1994 anime and is the fifth installment of the Gundam franchise. Produced by the studio, Sunrise, the series is set in the year FC 60, where much of humanity lives in space colonies that orbit the Earth. Leadership over the colonies is decided through a massive tournament where each nation sends a representative to fight the others in giant robots known as Gundams. The story is simple, fun, and has many unpredictable elements that will keep you at the edge of your seat! You’ll certainly enjoy this show if you’re into mecha anime, I mean what’s better than watching giant robots smash each other to pieces?
Inuyasha is a series that many grew up with, having watched the anime on popular channels like Cartoon Network, or reading the highly acclaimed manga. Produced by the studio, Sunrise, the series follows the young schoolgirl, Kagome Higurashi, as she is transported to a fantastical version of the Sengoku period after falling into a well at her family shrine. There she meets Inuyasha, a half-demon dog. The anime follows their adventures together as they meet new interesting companions and encounter various foes. Inuyasha is a highly entertaining shonen and don’t blame me if you end up getting attached to the characters, that happens.
4) Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho is probably one of the first shonen manga I’ve ever read and it still stays in my heart for good reason. The tale follows Yusuke Urameshi, who is a teenage delinquent that sacrifices himself to save a child from being struck by a car. However, he is given the chance to regain his life if he passes tests presented to him by the heir to the spirit realm, Koenma. The manga has sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone and the series has won various awards for the manga and anime. I would be surprised if you haven’t at least seen a picture of Yusuke’s spirit gun, so there’s a high chance that you’ve at least encountered this anime somewhere.
Unlike the other shows on this list, Erased is a bit of an outlier because it is a fantasy thriller, not a shonen slugfest. However, it is a wonderfully crafted anime following a man, Satoru Fujinuma, who somehow possesses the ability to travel back in time to moments before a life-threatening accident occurs. However, one day, Satoru travels further back in time to when he was in elementary school, just before a murder and kidnapping incident. The story follows Satoru as he attempts to find out the identity of the kidnapper and stop the incident before it ever happened. This show will have you at the edge of your seat, screaming with frustration, (in a good way) and possibly crying at the end of each episode. Erased is certainly an anime to watch, even if you haven’t journeyed outside of the shonen genre!
2) Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is a show highly revered among the hip-hop anime genre. The anime’s setting employs a mixture of Edo-period and modern attributes to create a fresh ambiance that captures its viewers. The series follows Mugen, a vagrant swordsman and Jin, a stern ronin, as they travel with a young woman, Fuu, to search for a mysterious samurai after Fuu saves the lives of the two adventurers. Samurai Champloo is a must-watch for any fans of shonen or hip-hop styled anime!
1) Dragonball Z
What else could take the number one spot other than the infamous Dragon Ball Z? Over a hundred video games and 15 movies have been spawned in the Dragon Ball Z universe, and the series has sold millions of manga copies, reflecting the success of the legendary series created by Akira Toriyama. I imagine that if you’re reading this, you’ve at least seen an episode or two of DBZ. I mean, what’s better than screaming saiyans and aliens that blow everything up with explosive powers? Let me tell you, not much. Dragon Ball Z stands to be an inspirational work for many shonen creators today and if, by some miracle, you haven’t given this series a try … then you should definitely put that on your bucket list!