Many of us probably have more free time at home than we know what to do these days. If you’re an anime fan looking for new shows to watch, look no further. Here are some of the best short anime that you should consume as soon as possible.
The Promised Neverland
I’d love to give a proper synopsis of this show, but the less you know about it the better. Trust me. The Promised Neverland is one of the best new anime shorts right now.
The story focuses on the lives of several children in an orphanage in the year 2045. The orphanage is run by a single woman who serves as a mother to the children there.
The environment feels and looks as peaceful as can be, but the children soon make a discovery that sets them down a path of no return. Season 2 of the anime is already confirmed, so look forward to it soon to be ready when it arrives.
Erased is a time travel mystery thriller. It’s about a 29-year-old man named Satoru Fujinuma. The time travel aspect comes in the form of Satoru’s “Resurrect” ability, which involuntarily sends him back in time to prevent possible tragic events.
There are a couple of major life-threatening incidents driving this plot, and Satoru is suddenly sent 18 years into the past to figure out how to prevent them from ever happening while in the body of his 11-year-old self.
Future Diary is another anime that deals with time but in a very different way than Erased. The series’ protagonist, Yukiteru Amano, spends most of his time keeping a diary on his phone.
What begins as ordinary school life suddenly turns violent and dangerous when Yukiteru is given a “Random Diary” by the aptly named god of space and time, Deus Ex Machina.
The diary contains detailed descriptions of future events, and with this power he is forced into a deadly match against 11 other diary owners to see who can become the next god of this anime’s world.
Michiko and Hatchin
Michiko and Hatchin are all about adventure. It’s another anime by Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Michiko Malandro is an escaped convict who rescues her former lover’s daughter, Hatchin, from an abusive situation.
The two have almost nothing in common except this man. The anime follows the couple as they discover a great deal about each other and themselves as they journey through the fictional South American country of Diamandra. It’s a story of betrayal, hardship, self-realization, and more.
This show can be a welcome breath of fresh air, especially if you’ve watched a bunch of anime with more “traditional” settings and character types.
Death Parade is a psychological drama in which the dead participate in death games with their souls at stake. The recently deceased do not go to heaven or hell in this world. They go to the bar. Yes, you read that right. The Quindecim bar is the stage and the dead are the players.
Bartender Decim challenges his dead patrons to games that can lead to either reincarnation or eternal damnation for the players. The games unveil the fascinating memories and true nature of these lost souls as they are judged by Decim.
Demon Slayer is probably the most popular anime on this list right now as so far the anime has amazed both hardcore and casual audiences. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who springs into action after tragedy strikes his family and turns his sister Nezuko into a bloodthirsty demon.
It’s a pretty standard shonen genre story, but the quality of the graphics, music and action sets it apart as Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer and searches for a way to undo his sister’s transformation. There are two seasons on Netflix so far, and a third is coming soon.
Steins;Gate is another well-known anime here, but its plot isn’t exactly straightforward. It’s also another show that involves some weird time travel, to say the least. It even has its own current games.
“Mad Scientist” Rintarou Okabe enjoys tinkering with other lab members in a room he rents in an old building. None of his gadgets are more interesting than the Phone Microwave, which at first glance doesn’t seem to do anything particularly useful.
Without giving too much away, the lab members soon discover that they can use the microwave to send emails into the past, changing the present and future. That sounds strange because it is. Apart from that, the anime will keep you engaged and maybe a bit confused from start to finish.
After all the action and science fiction, it’s time for a little feeling trip. Simply put, AnoHana is a short anime about loss.
Jinta Yadomi and his group of friends are the main characters of this story. However, they all broke up from each other and he has become something of a recluse after the death of one of the group members.
Anime can be quite over the top at times, but this show can get home in its portrayal of grief and overcoming that grief by finding ways to accept it and move past it.
Your lie in April
The second and final stop on the Feels journey is Your Lie in April. It’s a slice-of-life drama centered on a piano prodigy named Kousei Arima.
Kousei is known to many for his musical talent, but his life as a musician ended after the death of his mother. He no longer feels the passion he once felt until he meets the optimistic and cheerful violinist Kaori Miyazono.
It’s a different story about loss, told in a very different but equally beautiful way. Prepare yourself, because the story of these young musicians could touch your heart.
Carol & Tuesday
Speaking of great Netflix musical shows, Carol & Tuesday is the perfect palette cleaner for anyone who wants the same slice-of-life fun as April’s Your Lie, and all without the heartbreak. In this futuristic anime, viewers are transported to Mars, which has been colonized and turned into a sci-fi utopia filled with many amazing inventions.
Music is still as prominent as ever and our leads, Carol and Tuesday, each aim to make it big so others can enjoy their music. Making it big isn’t easy, however, as the two must work their way through the brutal music industry, attending events and trying to win over fans to make their dreams come true.
It’s a beautiful series full of great themes, images and songs that will either make you jump to your feet or cry your eyes out.
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