Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer is an intense shonen that proves that the genre can stay relevant. With stellar animation, music, and pacing, it lives up to its hype. Most episodes will give you full-body goosebumps, make you cry, or both.

A Certain Magical Index II

A remarkably dull sequel that progresses slowly with various non-sequitur arcs. When not in a monotonous fight scene, it's the same tired “jokes” of accidentally seeing a girl changing or naked, over and over again.


While it has iconic moments and largely set the stage for anime and shonen in particular, Naruto does not age well; there are plenty of better shows. It is very culturally relevant to be familiar with, however.

Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan is a goofy, wholesome comedy that channels a similar vibe to the great Abridges series of the early 2010s with quality humor and the cast doesn't really take the show seriously.

Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma (Seasons 1-3)

Genre(s): Food, Shonen, Comedy, Ecchi, School Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Very frequent suggestive themes, mild language) Platforms: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Hulu Episodes: 61 (+5 OVA) TheAwersome Rating: 9.2 / 10 (A definite gem, though not for everyone) Premise: Soma Yukihira wants nothing more in life than to one day surpass his father’s cooking skills and take over the... Continue Reading →


Genre(s): Drama, School, Psychological, Shounen, Game Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Themes) Platforms: Netflix Episodes: 12 TheAwersome Rating: 7.2 / 10 (You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. Hard to be middle-ground) Premise: Hyakkaou Private Academy is an elite school housing the children of Japan’s most wealthy and influential businessmen, and regularly produces world-class... Continue Reading →

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