Within the past couple decades, there’s been a noticeably strong growing interest in anime – or Japanese animation – in the United States. At its height, it was seemingly everywhere you looked, whether you realized it or not.
But, for those of us who found the genre early, our interests have changed. I mean, sure, for nostalgia’s sake you may still spend an occasional Saturday morning watching Gohan completely own Cell, but there’s an undeniable need for more to satisfy our new tastes. The good news is that anime has grown with us and has some pretty great series to offer. But trying to dive back into the genre or venture in for the first time without a safety net can be pretty overwhelming.
So, if you’re interested in seeing what other kinds of great productions have made their way out of Japan, here’s a list of some good gateway anime to start off with. Some are critically acclaimed classics that have been around for a while, and others are more recent releases that are doing a good job at changing the genre while staying true to its roots.