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Hind's Good Anime Starter Pack (For Beginners and Seasoned Viewers Alike)

just a list of anime for both seasoned and beginner watchers of anime. i tried my best ya'll, should have something for everyone. currently rewriting entries and reviewing the list. please wait warmly etc etc
1 Aria the Animation

Aria the Animation

I have been personally healed by Aria.

*all Aria anime

2 Baccano!


Forget Durarara, this is Narita's magnum opus. I particularly enjoyed the seamless event jumping. Narita tropes are all present: ensemble and unique cast, off the wall action and violence. So much violence.


3 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

I'll just say that people will find me and stone me alive if I didn't include this.

4 Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School

Great comedy. One of the funniest out there; a classic.

5 Bokurano


This anime is pretty good, a nice spin on the high stakes subgenre. Though I would very much prefer if you read the manga.

6 Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

A hard watch for some, some may find it ugly, but it's incredibly popular in Japan (at least back in the 2000's). Screwy dementia flick. If you liked Lain and Angel's Egg, you'd like this too.

7 Akira


fuckin' Akira, dammit

8 Den-noh Coil

Den-noh Coil

A strange, comedic, episodic slice of life look at cyberpunk lite through the eyes of children. It's very enjoyable, pretty family friendly as well.

9 Digimon Tamers

Digimon Tamers

DON'T GLARE AT ME? Digimon Tamers is a masterpiece. The Evangelion of Digimon. Directed by the same dude who did Lain. 

10 Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City

DETROIT METAL CITY!!! Oh man. A good comedy. Be warned, there are a lot of rape jokes thrown around (not seriously but... they're there)



What the heck just happened?

12 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

Dark comedy. Nevermind the pastel color palette, there's bread suicide in the first episode. A must watch.

13 Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

A classic comedy brimming with charm.

14 Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

*2011 anime also applicable

Ah yes, HXH. Just do yourself a favor and watch it. Best popular shounen? Best popular shounen. Mature in story and not in edgy crap.

15 Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Often cited as one of the best anime ever. I wouldn't go that far, but it's pretty high up there. Soundtrack is literally the most beautiful OST I've ever listened to. Recommended.

16 Future Boy Conan

Future Boy Conan

One of Miyazaki's first project. A cult classic in the Middle East, a great love story, may be hard to watch for those who don't like old animation, but it's worth it!

17 Gunbuster


Anno's directorial debut. Can be seen as Beta Evangelion. Many similarities. If you liked Evangelion, give this a shot. Quite a bit of nudity (Anno wanted realism, which he achieved, but lots of people write it off as fanservice) A CLASSIC. MUST WATCH.

18 Ie Naki Ko Remi

Ie Naki Ko Remi

Part of the World Masterpiece Theatre. Just watch all of them. Every WMT title. But especially this one.

19 Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop will save anime.

20 Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius

'I love torturing children' starter pack along with Utena, Madoka, Bokurano and Evangelion.

Unappreciated gem by Sunrise, the mother of mecha anime. Overshadowed by Gundam and the like. Mecha is a subgenre, don't watch it for the mech. That's kind of its weakest point... watch it because goddamn, these teenagers are SO. WELL. WRITTEN. PLEASE. WATCH IT. It's worth every second. The acting is some of the best I've seen. The animation is fluid but average, however.

21 Kaiba


I'm not into romance, but Kaiba is a damn good romance. The art style is unorthodox. This anime is pretty dark. You're going to cry a lot watching it. If you liked Kemonozume, you'd definitely like this.

22 Kemonozume


Beautiful romance. The art style is subjective and may turn many people off, but it is very well animated. If you liked Kaiba, you'd dig this.

23 Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

Beautiful slice of life with some nice action thrown in. Kino is literally the coolest badass EVER. If you liked Aria, you'd like this. A lot. Personal favorite. I just... Love Kino no Tabi.

24 Welcome to Irabu's Office

Welcome to Irabu's Office

This show may be hard to watch for unseasoned anime goers. It uses a mix of rotoscoping and traditional animation. Trippy as HELL. Follows a psychiatrist and his patients. Love Irabu!

25 Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

intellectuals only(tm)

26 Michiko & Hatchin

Michiko & Hatchin

A great bonding story between a mother and daughter(?) set in a unique setting. Gunplay, action, drama, comedy, Michiko to Hatchin has it all.

27 Penguindrum



28 Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends

Serene and calming anime about a quiet boy and his adventures (though not really) with youkai. Compare to Zettai Shounen.

29 Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

We all know Eva is overrated, kind of eh for me, but for trope study I think it's important. A lot of things take inspiration from Eva, but honestly, not Anno's best.

It's an experience, all right. Not bad, but since it was pretty infamous, I say you gotta at some point, kind of hard to avoid.

30 Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

That head sure is floating.

31 Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

This made me want to kill myself. A+

But in all seriousness, the content warnings for this? Uh, just about everything. It's about child soldiers, war, innocence etc. If you're feeling brave then do yourself a favor and watch it. Surprisingly not a hard watch, you're so horrified you just keep going to the next episode. Maybe that's just me?

32 Nobody's Boy Remi

Nobody's Boy Remi

*Almost exactly the same as Nobody's Girl Remi

Directed by the same dude who did Rose of Versailles. Theatrically superior to the newer Remi, but watch them both anyway!

33 Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday


34 Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

Satoshi Kon's only TV anime. An honest to god shame, this is probably my favorite work by him. Everything comes together so seamlessly. It's... a hard feeling to describe. Even for Satoshi Kon, it was... so so satisfying. I'm not gonna sheepishly say, "give it a shot". WATCH IT. WATCH IT!!!

35 Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

Do yourself a favor and watch every Satoshi Kon work in existence. Warning for rape and gore.

36 Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The Animation

Same team behind Kemonozume. Ping pong has never been this trippy and exhilirating. Makes a boring game look great. What makes this different from other sports anime is that it is very character driven.

37 Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

It's friggin Ghibli

38 Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

Seems innocous at first but quickly molds into a tragedy. Uses motifs of Ballet performances like The Nutcracker. I was personally blown away. I was like, dude, are you serious?! This is.....!!!!! Or something.

39 Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Haven't seen Utena yet? Ho ho, shame on you. Get to it, thot!

Look, make it past episode 12 and it'll reward you generously. Not that the first 12 episodes are bad, but... you know what, you'll understand once you watch it.

Good luck.

40 Patapata Hikousen no Bouken

Patapata Hikousen no Bouken

I watched this when I was younger than rewatched it with my niece. It was really heartwarming honestly, kind of plain but did have appealing visuals when it needed to.

41 Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

I think out of all the things on the list, this one deserved a caption rewrite the most. You won't really grasp it. I don't think I will. I loved Lain, it is a tad bit overrated but what I saw stuck with me, for an aesthetic/commentary piece like this I say that's what matters the most. I find it hard to describe what to expect here, but I do want to say I felt a lot of nostalgia for early 2000's tech.

42 Strange Dawn

Strange Dawn

I just want people to watch this, you know? I can't really describe it.

43 The Big O

The Big O

Batman, except mecha and classy as fuck. Many callbacks to 70's and 80's anime in terms of art style and mecha design/action. The show itself is heavily influenced by what I would guess to be Hannah Barbera shows. I can't say this is for everyone, but it's so slick and stylized it deserves a fair shot.

44 Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers

SATOSHI KON U GAIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

45 Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

Dementia at its finest. Character designs done by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitake Amano. If you liked Boogipop and Lain you'd LOVE this.

46 Aria the Origination

Aria the Origination

*same as Aria the Animation

47 Berserk


Perhaps Berserk's anime was kind of botched compared to the manga because of its infamous ending-- it's still a great watch (except for the ending). Rifle with blood and gore, rape warning, etc.

48 Eden of the East

Eden of the East

Unorthodox romance.

49 The Vision of Escaflowne

The Vision of Escaflowne

Well developed characters and good romance. Staple mecha show from Sunrise. Will write more when I finish it!

50 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Probably one of the most gorgeous anime you'll ever watch. If you don't agree, uh, well, that's not my fault I guess!


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Patjantess592 Apr 30, 2023

This one is a little offbeat. kind of cute. Odd misfits.  Arakawa under the Bridge.

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Solarstormflare Mar 19, 2022

thank you, I kind of hit a dead end in finding anime I wanted to watch so i appreciate the list. Will try utena next

RandomWriter Jun 16, 2020

Thanks for all the recs! Most of these will be going my to watch list.

memojuez Mar 7, 2020

I love your diverse, multigere taste in Anime.  Giving you a follow...

Schalkguy Apr 6, 2019

Wow. This list is amazing.