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Animes with a Watching Guide

Some animes are difficult to figure out where to start and what is worth watching. These Animes have a Watching Guide. I'm only adding the Season where the story begins to keep the list short and they are in Alphabetical Order. I'll keep updating the list as I create/find new guides, so check it out every so often. If you know of other guides or if you create your own, let me know in the comments. NOTES: 1. Not all guides were created by me, I'm just trying to collect them all so they are easy to find. 2. I don't necessarily recommend all these shows, there are different tastes for different people, but if the show needs a guide, I'll add them here. 3. Save the list to your "loves" by clicking on the heart.
1 .hack//SIGN

.hack//SIGN

2 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

3 Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

IMPORTANT! If this is your first time watching, then it's strongly recommended you watch this series in Release Order for best enjoyment, this is because the author planned the story out of order, and watching chronologically spoils some parts, while not knowing what happened before creates a more interesting story.

Monogatari Series (Bakemonogatari) Watch Order (This is the Recommended Order) by Simok123

If you already watched the whole series, then it's ok to 'rewatch' in chronological order so you can understand it better, or just get a different experience:

Monogatari Series True And Detailed Chronological Order v2

4 Berserk

Berserk

5 Black Butler

Black Butler

6 Bleach

Bleach

7 Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

This is a light shounen (no blood & gore) and a good iteration of the Demons vs Humans theme, in this case in the form of exorcists. Perhaps, one of the best parts of the story is the implied premise that ponders: Are we born good or evil, or is this the result of the environment and how we are raised? Can tolerance and kindness transform someone who should be the embodiment of evil into an asset for society?

I recommend you watch without fillers, as the plot of the anime contains fillers at the end diverging significantly from the manga. And then, that filler ending of the first season is ignored in the second season anyway, with the anime story timeline once again following the narrative of the manga. So in this regard, you can stop watching at 19 minutes of Episode 17, before the fillers start, or you can keep watching up to filler Episode 18, to complete that story, which is ok. Then move to the Kyoto Saga.

The filler story of season 1 is not terrible (although it contradicts itself at some points) but is perhaps best left to the end, as an alternative ending, in order to not spoil parts of the better story in the Kyoto Saga.

The dub is great.

8 Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis

9 Detective Conan

Detective Conan

10 Dirty Pair

Dirty Pair

11 Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

12 Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

This guide includes all different instances & spin-offs of the series:

Fate/Series - Watching Guide

13 Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

14 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Not exactly a Watching Guide per se, but a collection of animes with Great Art!

Animes with Incredible Art

15 Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

16 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

The release order is recommended for a First Watch.

On a different note, if you enjoy the show and feel like re-watching in chronological order to understand the messages better, here is the recommended order based on this post by Normar: 10, 7-8, 5-6, 1-2, 9, 3-4, 11-12

17 Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

The 1999 version has more detail of the earlier events and it's better at giving you an insight into the character's observation skills and way of thinking, it focuses more in the puzzles and critical thinking, it also has a darker tone than the 2011 version which focuses more on the action, fun, and it's more kid-friendly. The 2011 version quickly recaps the first arcs, missing crucial insights that make the story shine, so I recommend you start with the 1999 version and subsequent OVAs, then jump to the 2011 version at Episode 75 (or Episode 54 if you skip the OVAs or you are watching the Dub). You won't be missing any major events if you decide just to watch the 2011 version and if you are not into dark animes then you may prefer this version (not that there is more gore or violence but rather the way the story is told).

18 Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

(Same as above)

19 InuYasha

InuYasha

20 Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

21 Lupin III

Lupin III

22 Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

23 Mononoke

Mononoke

Note that the first story and probably the best of them all is actually the last 3 episodes of Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror (Bake Neko Story), which is the best part of that anime to such extent, that spawn this standalone series. So you should probably start there.

This show is also featured on this list: Animes with Incredible Art

24 Naruto

Naruto

25 One Piece

One Piece

26 On Your Mark

On Your Mark

27 Patlabor: The Movie

Patlabor: The Movie

There are 2 different timelines

  1. The Prequel OVA & Movie Timeline, this one has a more serious tone and is the timeline that has made this series famous. Obviously, this is the one I recommend watching.
  2. The TV Timeline is more comical and average.
28 Pokemon

Pokemon

29 REBORN!

REBORN!

This anime suffers from an identity crisis, for starters, the mafia here is portrayed more like 'Justice League of Superheroes' rather than an actual mafia. Then at the beginning of the series starts up with the ridiculous slice of life episodes that quickly get extremely monotonous and boring, but somehow necessary to watch in order to introduce all characters, which in this anime are a lot. Finally, after 70+ episodes, it changes into a glorious shonen anime, full of action that won't stop until the end. This last part is usually what receives the best ratings. Ironically, even filler arcs at the end, turn out better than the cannon life episodes!

I strongly recommend you to skip the 'Life' episodes for a better experience:

Watch

  • Episodes 1-9,
  • Episodes 19-26
  • Episodes 28-31
  • Episodes 33-65
  • Episodes 74+

Skip

  • Episodes 10-18
  • Episode 27
  • Episode 32
  • Episodes 66-73

Fillers

  • Episode 142 - 153
  • Episode 178 - 189

Source: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=421361

30 Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

This is what I recommend from the whole series and I recommend you watch in Release Order:

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary

Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Inferno

Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Elysion

Although The Lost Canvas is a prequel, it's better to watch it after the original series as you are expected to know everything about the world.

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - 2nd Chapter

Spinoffs: None of the recent spinoffs are worth watching, neither the 2019 remake.

Movies: None of the movies are worth watching, some have good animation, but the stories are always rushed and none are canon as far as I know.

If you want to see the whole franchise you can follow this list:

Saint Seiya Franchise Watching Order by Nicknames

I recommend watching the subs. The English Dub is ok, but I think they censor some scenes. The Latin Dub is way superior with the voice actors so that one is also a good choice if you understand Spanish, but I'm not sure if it's censored.

31 Sound! Euphonium

Sound! Euphonium

32 Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

33 Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Both guides suggest watching in chronological order:

Suggested Macross Anime Viewing Order by chii

Macross Watch Order by Naemah

34 The Garden of Sinners Movie 1: Thanatos. (Overlooking View)

The Garden of Sinners Movie 1: Thanatos. (Overlooking View)

The Garden of Sinners - Watching Guide

Also known as 'Kara no Kyōkai' this movie series has excellent animation & an intriguing supernatural story with something meaningful to say. Make sure you watch to the end of each movie.

The story is in anachronical order, but release order is strongly recommended, especially for the first time watching the series. Otherwise, you lose some of the intrigues. You can rewatch the series in chronological order at a later time.

The Garden of Sinners - Chronological Order

35 The TV Show

The TV Show

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Helbaworshipper Aug 5, 2020

Updated the .hack list with an essential watch section.  The reason that Quantum and down does not have a section for it is that I am not as familiar with that section.  I'm only really sure on the R:1 and R:2 section for shows.  Hope it helps.

knoxyal Jul 29, 2020

Hello halex :)

Not sure if you‘d like to list this list in the Detective Conan section as well:

https://www.anime-planet.com/users/knoxyal/lists/detective-conan-character-episode-guide-234777

knoxyal Jul 28, 2020

A list of lists :)) I’m finding it very helpful <3 

Nekus Jul 28, 2020

Hey, I'll be sure to let you know if I make another one!

Halex Jul 13, 2020

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