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.
Jojo’s is an extremely over-the-top presentation of a lot of dramatic, sexy-posing men, and it is a beautiful thing.
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.
In watching Euphonium’s first season I saw my first year in High School and my first year in College. That same tireless obsession and passion for improvement and mastery of an art.
Kakegurui presents the eternally glorified “Anime High School Girl” and then shatters it into disturbing pieces.
Genre(s): Food, Shonen, Comedy, Ecchi, School Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Very frequent suggestive themes, mild language) Platforms: 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 family... 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 →
Genre(s): Shonen, Comedy, Dark Fantasy Age-Appropriateness: 14+ (Blood, minor language, frightening imagery, occasional suggestive themes) Platforms: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu Episodes: 51 TheAwersome Rating: 8.2 / 10 (Somewhat niche-y, but if you’re into it definitely worth your time, bingeable) Premise: At Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) in Death City, there are two categories of students:... Continue Reading →
Genre(s): Shonen / Ridiculous Comedy / Food Age-Appropriateness: 7+ (depending on translator) Platforms: CrunchyRoll, Hulu, Funimation Episodes: 144 (147 including One-Piece and DBZ cross-over episodes) TheAwersome Rating: 7.7 / 10 (Worth watching, bingeable, not a must-see) Premise: In a bizarre future, the world is somewhat returned to a Jurassic-type state where giant plants and animals... Continue Reading →