The realms of entertainment stretch far and wide, catering to an assortment of genres and interests. A binge watcher in today’s age is presented with a plethora of abstractions of TV shows to indulge in for hours, days and weeks. One such flavour to satiate our palate is that of Japanese TV shows. A confluence of intriguing story lines, convoluted characters and nail biting turn of events capture your imaginations and explore stories of a different fashion with the world of animes!
Transcended from the line of Japanese mangas, Death Note written by Tsugumi Ohba narrates the story of a high school student, Light Yagami and his exploits with the supernatural ‘Death Note,’ the notebook of a Shinigami (the God of Death) which grants him the power to kill anyone with the knowledge of their faces and names. The story spans around 37 episodes, with the heroics of the mystifying detective L as he endeavors to stop the mass murderer.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
One of the top rated animes having enchanted the likes of the world far and around, Code Geass spans over two series which unfolds its story in an alternate timeline. The plot revolves around the former prince Lelouch vi Britannia who procures the manifestation of power ‘Geass’ which he uses to destroy the Holy Britannian Empire, a symbolic superpower which is conquering countries of the world. Directed by Goro Taniguchi, the series will be introducing a new anime in 2017 along with a film which compiles the events of the initial two series.
Another masterpiece borrowed from the realms of manga with additions of its own innovation, Bleach penned down by Tite Kobe is an anime which ran for 366 episodes and dazzled the minds of the viewers. It follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki who acquires the powers of a Shinigami or a Soul Reaper, a Death God. Owing to his newfound abilities, he takes on the role of warding off evil spirits from the humans and guiding the souls to afterlife. The sixteen series anime has been popularly placed in the top ten lists of the Japanese TV rankings.
Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z
Yes, this is the anime with the iconic character Goku. Adopted from the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama, the former series follows the story of Goku, the protagonist, who begins on the adventure of amassing the seven wish-granting Dragon Balls. Dragon Ball canvasses Goku’s story as a boy who faces off against a variety of antagonists like the Red Ribbon Army, Piccolo, among other intergalactic creatures. The sequel, Dragon Ball Z, takes off in continuation and introduces the life arc of his sons- Gohan and Goten in parallel to the changing of equations with his rivals.
Based on the manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto’s original run spanned over 220 episodes narrating the tale of the adolescent ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, and his desire of becoming a Hokage (the leader and the most revered ninja in a village). The series has been acclaimed for its fascinating fighting scenes along with the comedic flavour it lends. The sequel, Naruto: Shippuden carries forward the story, two and a half years later, following the original timeline and is currently airing its 21st season.
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