Anime

Beginner’s Guide to Anime

I love anime.

There is a group of people who understand what I mean when I say that I love anime and if I were to meet them, the starting gun to a very strange contest called ‘The person who says I love anime more than you more wins’ would go off. The Wondercores look forward to geeking out with all of you.

There is another group of people who do not understand how anyone could possibly love anime and have tried watching anime but failed to love it. Well, the Wondercores can’t do anything about that but hope you change your mind?

There is another group of people who either have not watched any anime but are interested in doing so or are new at watching anime and like it/love it so far. The Wondercores welcome you to the ANIMEDOM!! (Animedom? No?) The Wondercores welcome you to the ANIMED王M. (Get it? No?) The Wondercores welcome you to the….. (Seeing as my creativity has clearly failed here, help me out by suggesting what I should use instead in the comments below and I will change it to the one we find most interesting)

That being said, I feel that it would be fair to give a few basics (pointers?) to help some people get started and here are a few things, depending on your taste or preference, that I think will be of great help when you are looking for anime to watch:

Category

They are 5 categories of anime and they show the publisher’s or writer’s target demographic and not a particular style or genre which are:

  • Shounen: This is intended for young boys (below 15) and has features like high action and adventure (One Piece), male protagonists (Naruto), humorous plots (Beelzebul), female characters with body frames that appeal to boys like Matsumoto from Bleach or female characters that dress like Nami from One Piece.

    Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach Characters

    Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach Characters

  • Shoujo: This is intended for young girls (below 15) and they focus on supposedly ‘girly’ things like romance, magic and drama like the anime Sword Art Online.

    Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online

  • Seinen: This is intended for young men (above 15) and is more violent than Shounen with some psychological element to it like Tokyo Ghoul.

    Kaneki Ken - Tokyo Ghoul

    Kaneki Ken – Tokyo Ghoul

  • Josei:  They are intended for ladies above 15 but mostly for adults and are exactly like shoujo only that they have more mature stories and have more sexual content on them like Chihayafuru.
  • Kodomuke: This is intended for small children and are basically simple but imaginative stories meant to teach children some values like Doraemon.

    Doraemon

    Doraemon

Genre

Think of this as a ‘sub-category’. This is where distinct themes come in such as Comedy, Horror, Fantasy etc. Your choice will be dependent on your taste.

Dub/Sub

Anime comes from Japan so obviously they are in Japanese. For fluent Japanese speakers, this is fine because they can easily understand everything but most of us aren’t and you could either decide to use subbed versions of anime with English subtitles  or dubbed versions of anime where the anime is re-recorded with an English speaking actor’s voice.

Length

Certain anime require patience and some sort of commitment to watch them because of how long they are like One Piece (Nearly 700 episodes) or Sazae-san (About 7000 episodes) but there are plenty of short series with less than 100 episodes like Accel World (24 Episodes) or Zankyou no Terror (11 Episodes) that you could also check out.

Is there anything I missed? Let me know.

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In a perfect world, Gillian would be travelling round the world in her red vintage VW T1 van (Hippie Van) gathering stories of the people she meets and retelling them to those ready to listen. She is in the process of building this world which is now going to have all of you in it.

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  • Loyce

    Amazing! Can’t wait to see what everyone is watching. If you’ve watched anime and you don’t like it you have probably not found something to your taste, there’s something for everyone, don’t give up, hang in there (Ganbare) If you are just starting, stay away from Harem!!!!!

    • Sound advice. Well, except maybe about harem. Not that I watch it but, like you said, there is something for everyone so there must be someone for Harem.
      Thank you for reading, we really appreciate your support.

    • Gillian Makamara

      Sound advice. Well, except maybe about harem. Not that I watch it but, like you said, there is something for everyone so there must be someone for Harem, maybe. 😀
      Thank you for reading, we really appreciate your support.

  • Nelson

    Hope the site gets popular so I can tell folks I was there from day 1!

    • Mbithe

      Thanks Nelson! We hope so too 😉

    • Gillian Makamara

      Thank you, we really hope so too 🙂

  • Subbed anime for life. The English dubbed stuff just kills the authenticity

    • Gillian

      I totally agree with you for most anime.
      Have you watched the Hellsing Dub? It was done quite nicely. Check it out and let me know what you think?
      Thanks for reading 🙂