Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
Length: 13 episodes
MAL Score: 8.55
During the early 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.
Based on the award-winning light novels of the same name, Baccano! follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story—one of alchemy, survival and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved
If you like Durarara!!, you definitely need to check this out! They share the same creator and actually take place in the same world, just in different times (there are tons of little references back to Baccano! in Durarara!!, including a cameo of Isaac and Miria). The non-linear story telling is kind of confusing, but also really cool! I never see anything about this anime, which makes me wonder how many anime fans even know it exists!
I think I still tend to watch mainstream anime, at this point, but hidden gems are the best! Sharing is caring, so there are a few other series I'd like to spread some awareness for!
+ Martial Arts
+ Super Power
Sequels: Sengoku Basara Two, Sengoku Basara Movie: The Last Party
MAL Score: 7.59
During Japan's Sengoku period, several powerful warlords fought in politics and in arms with hopes of unifying the country under a central government. Nobunaga Oda had asserted himself as being the most powerful of these rulers by possessing the strength and military resource necessary to conquer all of Japan.
Shingen Takeda and his trusted warrior Yukimura Sanada led one of the main clans standing in Nobunaga’s way. One night, Sanada had been ordered to lead a sneak attack against General Kenshin Uesugi, which was then thwarted by Masamune Date and his army. Sanada and Date fought to a draw, which forged a heated rivalry out of their newfound admiration for one another.
Nobunaga continues to exert his forces in Sengoku Basara by doubling down on his influence across the country. Sanada and Date find themselves having to put their differences aside in order to quell the rise of Nobunaga and save feudal Japan from his tyrannical reign. Magical, militant, and political powers fly forth as these warriors and leaders clash amongst themselves and the armies of Nobunaga.
I'm no history buff, but I think one of the coolest things about this anime is that it is largely based on real people and events! I believe it was originally a video game, which was adapted into an anime. Great characters, lots of action, and just enough humor to lighten it all up! Don't knock it til you try it!
Rating: R (violence & profanity)
Sequel: Psycho-Pass 2, Psycho-Pass Movie
MAL Score: 8.52
Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors' dirty work.
Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System's judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
This is one of those anime that comes to mind as a counter-example when someone claims that anime is for kids. I just think it's such a cool concept, and Makishima is a truly fascinating villain, but I never see anything about it!
Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer)
Length: 13 Episodes (sadly, but I think the manga is still publishing!)
MAL Score: 8.05
Striking fear into the hearts of mortals, the Demon Lord Satan begins to conquer the land of Ente Isla with his vast demon armies. However, while embarking on this brutal quest to take over the continent, his efforts are foiled by the hero Emilia, forcing Satan to make his swift retreat through a dimensional portal only to land in the human world. Along with his loyal general Alsiel, the demon finds himself stranded in modern-day Tokyo and vows to return and complete his subjugation of Ente Isla—that is, if they can find a way back!
Powerless in a world without magic, Satan assumes the guise of a human named Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonald's—a local fast-food restaurant—to make ends meet. He soon realizes that his goal of conquering Ente Isla is just not enough as he grows determined to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of Earth, one satisfied customer at a time!
Whether it's part-time work, household chores, or simply trying to pay the rent on time, Hataraku Maou-sama! presents a hilarious view of the most mundane aspects of everyday life, all through the eyes of a hapless demon lord.
This is one of my top "needs a season 2" cases! This anime was so funny and cute, I was so sad when I finished! I need more of those demonic antics!
Kill La Kill
+ Super Power
Rating: R (violence & profanity)
Length: 25 episodes
MAL Score: 8.24
After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi has been wandering the land in search of his killer. Following her only lead—the missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade—she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school unlike any other. The academy is ruled by the imposing and cold-hearted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin alongside her powerful underlings, the Elite Four. In the school's brutally competitive hierarchy, Satsuki bestows upon those at the top special clothes called "Goku Uniforms," which grant the wearer unique superhuman abilities.
Thoroughly beaten in a fight against one of the students in uniform, Ryuuko retreats to her razed home where she stumbles across Senketsu, a rare and sentient "Kamui," or God Clothes. After coming into contact with Ryuuko's blood, Senketsu awakens, latching onto her and providing her with immense power. Now, armed with Senketsu and the Scissor Blade, Ryuuko makes a stand against the Elite Four, hoping to reach Satsuki and uncover the culprit behind her father's murder once and for all.
Idk if Kill La Kill is actually a little known secret or if we just don't talk about it because it's so ridiculously weird, but I love it! I've heard it said that Trigger created Kill La Kill to save anime from itself! It's actually a bit of a parody of overused tropes in anime, so when you think of it in the context of all anime, it's truly spectacular! Highly recommend - just try it!
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