“What should I watch now?” Thus is the question we, as anime fans, will ever wonder, for ever and ever. With an endless list of shows available for us to watch, it is sometimes complicated to filter out which ones are good and which ones would be better off disappearing into a deep abyss. This column serves exactly this purpose; in whichever category appears from one week to the next, the best shows will be picked out, leaving you with a good amount – enough to watch anime for entire days without pondering over the incessant question that attacks all anime fans.
This time around, we bring you to the world of time-wasting! For all of you people out there who believe they have much time to waste watching some darn good anime, this theme is for you. For rating purposes, I’ve decided to go with any anime more than 4 seasons long, implying anything that is 52 episodes or more, all seasons (but not OVAs) included. Before you start watching one of those, it is always better to at least know what kind of anime it is, why it should be good and if it actually worth wasting countless hours over it. I hope this post can help you out with it – and have fun watching!
Synopsis: Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night—whether to save the life of a young child or that of the town’s mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma’s world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma’s beliefs are shaken.
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is a tale full of mystery, suspense and intrigue as Dr. Tenma journeys to find out the true identity of the young child. In turn, the fate of the world may depend on it.
Let me begin by saying this: Monster is one hell of a good show. Now please, please trust me on this, because at least the first 10 episodes of this show are really tedious and boring to get through. They are however completely necessary to the development of the story, and once again, trust me on this when I say that it gets better. Despite the slow beginning, Monster has been on many, many recommendations lists, and will probably continue to be so as one of the best psychological horror shows you will ever see. Prepare to be scared, horrified, and thoroughly entertained as the series goes on. I have personally never seen this, but with the amount of praise this show has gotten so far it simply cannot be ignored; it has been in my backlog for a long time now.
Episodes: more than 650
Synopsis: Gol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.
I had to put in at least one shounen… Right? To be honest, I hate battle shounen. I’m absolutely and completely sick of them, after having watched too many and realized they’re all the same thing. And yet, One Piece remains one of my favourites of all time, and I keep anxiously waiting for new episodes to come out every week. One Piece is one of the most popular anime out there; in Japan, the manga has topped the sales chart for 5 years straight (recently broken by Attack on Titan), and in America it continues to sell incredibly well despite the high price of the volumes and the anime DVDs. Believe me or not, in my head One Piece is the number one Battle Shounen to watch out of all of them, and it is absolutely worth the 650 episodes necessary to catch up to the storyline.
P.S.: You might want to tell yourself that you’ll pace it at 1-2 episodes a day, and that would be a good idea… But so far everyone who said that in the early episodes ended up marathoning the show in record times. Just saying.
**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**