Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train

As the record holder for best box office performance in Japan and #1 Foreign-language film in the U.S., Mugen Train is a fantastic canon movie that sets itself as the pinnacle of what an anime movie of a series should be.

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.

Naruto

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.

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