5 Best Anime Shows That Are Unique To Watch During Quarantine

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If you’ve been waiting on a sign, on whether or not, you should watch any of these shows, this is the sign! Below are 5 of the most interesting anime to watch during quarantine especially if you are running out of shows to watch.  

Hunter x Hunter

Author Yoshihiro Togashi

Plot

This show is living proof that they don’t make middle schoolers like they use to. In a world full of danger, a 12-year-old boy, Gon Freecss, leaves his peaceful hometown to become a Hunter like his father. He hopes to meet his father who is a great hunter but unfortunately has been missing since Gon was a baby. On his journey, he meets Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua who will join him in an adventure of a lifetime.

What Makes This Great

  • The animation may seem like it’s a kids’ anime, but it’s far from being an immature anime that brings nothing to the table.
  • The character development is phenomenal! You can’t help but want to watch Gon and his friends grow as characters.
  • Hunter x Hunter has a uniqueness that makes it hard to say it’s exactly like any other shonen anime. 
  • This anime can have some seriously intense moments and at other times it’s practically a comedy.

What Makes This Not So Great

  • The show has been on hiatus since the end of 2018.

Season available on Amazon

Gleipnir

Plot

Gleipnir brings a whole new meaning to the phrase I want to be inside you! Suichi Kaguya is a not so normal high schooler who seemingly can turn into a giant mascot monster and cannot figure out why. From the looks of it, his new form is like a cross between Frankenstein’s monster x raccoon dog x mascot suit.

Author Sun Takeda

One day on his way home he sees, what is supposed to be an abandoned building on fire; but nonetheless, he finds a girl lying unconscious inside. After debating on whether or not he should save her, he does. However, he immediately regrets it when she turns his world upside down.

What Makes This Great

  • The animation was good, it does not feel like cheap anime where the CGI is cringy and hard to watch.
  • It has a good level of ecchi, love, and friendship between our characters. The creators do not overplay one section for the other. 
  • Some might call it weirdly different but I think that’s what makes it good. This anime clearly wasn’t afraid to be different and they succeeded (in a good way).

What Makes This Not So Great

  • Like many shows that are different from the norm if you don’t like ecchi or yandere characters, this show might not be for you.

Available for streaming on Funimation

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Plot

Currently, the isekai concept is flooding the anime community so much to the point where now it’s its own genre. Ascendance of a Bookworm is a recent addition to the isekai world and in this respect, it stands far above the rest. After dying in a book avalanche Motosu Urano gets isekai into a new world and body of a child called Maine. 

Author Miya Kazuki

Inside her new humble household, Maine finds out in this world books are scarce amid only being freely accessible to nobility. Knowing the odds are not in her favor Maine decides that if there are no books, she will make books.

What Makes This Great

  • This anime creates a boring subject and makes it into something more thrilling and thought-provoking.
  • Main’s pursuit to make books is a slow and arduous journey; therefore, creating a more realistic storyline.
  • Thankfully the anime not is all about the paper. Throughout the anime Main re-invents items such as, soap and hairpins, which ultimately improved everybody’s lives around her.   

What Makes This Not So Great

  • Because of the oversaturated isekai genre, it could feel unoriginal. 
  • The Pace of the show is slow.

Available for streaming on Crunchyroll

March Comes in Like a Lion

Rei and Kawamoto sisters: the Author Chica Umino

Plot

Rei Kiriyama lost his family at a young age, and when his relatives didn’t want to be responsible for him. A friend of his late father, Masachika Kouda, a pro shogi player saw Rei’s talent and decided to become his step-father.

Deemed the next prodigy of shogi at a young age Rei dominated over other competitors in his class. As his home life got increasingly worse, tension rose between his step-sister Kyouko Kouda. Following the increasing distrust of his father’s love for him; he moves out. In spite of Rei’s life, shogi is the only constant in his life which provides effective escapism. However, since meeting the Kawamoto sisters; he begins to learn grief and happiness are two sides of the same coin. This is the catalyst to him beginning his journey of healing. 

What Makes This Great

  • This coming of age story is like a 2x dose of reality. Even though Rei is a pro shogi player he struggles with all other aspects of life.
  • Great animation! The watercolor art throughout the show is beautiful eye candy.
  • The intense emotional feelings the writer and director draw out is incredibly accurate and wonderful.

What Makes This Not So Great

  • Character development is questionable. Rei does grow as a person but in season two they focus a great deal on other characters and we lose sight of Rei.  
  • There is no main goal that the character is actively trying to reach. We see small goals here and there but nothing like him wanting to be the best shogi player in japan, type of motivation.

Available for streaming on Funimation

DARLING In The FRANXX

Zero Two: Author Kentaro Yabuki

Plot

Hiro is a parasite cadet who recently lost his partner due to his inability to help pilot a FranXX. A giant robot built to protect a utopian dome society within a post-apocalyptic world terrorized by Klaxosaurs. To operate the FranXX there have to be two opposite genders in the cockpit working together. At the risk of being taken out of the program his luck changes when he risks his life to pilot a FranXX with Zero Two, a mysterious woman with horns.

What Makes This Great

  • If you are a fan of mech genres this anime is for you. It’s thrilling and exciting when the visually dynamic robots fight.
  • The story wraps up nicely so the viewer is not left wondering what happened at the end. 
  • The concept of the story is similar to other mech genre but becomes more unique as you watch. 

What Makes This Not So Great

  • Like many mecha anime, the setting and the plot is no different than most within the same genre.

Available on Amazon

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