Here is your proof that I have become a total and complete weeb: This is my comprehensive list of all my favorite cartoons and anime. Now that the time of Summer Boredom has official hit, I hope you can use some of these suggestions to waste some time!! (not gonna mention Adventure Time because…most people know about that one and if you haven’t seen it yet…what have you been doing)
So I already explained this one in depth in my last post, but its worth repeating because it is just so goshdang good. Steven is great to watch at any time in any mood. Just do it.
Gravity Falls wrapped up earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to watch this show. There’s only two seasons but they are jam-packed with fun, mystery, and lots of awkward sibling hugs. GF is great if you’re looking for something with a lot of humor and/or elements of mystery and fantasy. As it is set in the summer, this is truly a great one to watch before school comes back.
Star vs the Forces of Evil
Star is a fairly new show that ran its first season last year and will soon be returning from a long hiatus in July! Now is the perfect time to check it out before it comes back. Star is for fans of badass magical girls (it was inspired by Sailor Moon), and it is literally the perfect show if you’re looking to get emotionally invested in the two main characters until you ship them so hard it hurts. SVTFOE is “a little weird”, “a little wild”, and a ton of fun. This is really one of my all time favorites. Side note: I want to cosplay Star so freaking bad.
Speaking of shipping characters so hard it hurts, I now invite you to join the fandom that will send you into the burning fires of OTP hell. Weird fangirl emotions aside, Miraculous Ladybug (or Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir as it’s known here in the States) is a French/Korean TV show that is set in Paris. It is also another show inspired by the Magical Girl genre and the two main characters kick ass!! It seems harmless at first glance but it will literally rip your heart to shreds and consume your life. I recommend the French subbed version if you can find it online, but support the English dubbed version on Nick so we can keep it running! 🙂
Over the Garden Wall
I seriously cannot express how flipping amazing this show is. Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries that ran on Cartoon Network a couple years ago and it is a work of art. It’s also super short- I watched it in a day. I recommend watching this in the fall, especially around Halloween because that perfectly suits the mood of the show. This show is for those looking for a much more serious cartoon with lots of mystery and spooky-ness. Did I mention Elijah Wood voices the main character? It’s too perfect.
Avatar: the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra
If I’m being honest I truly believe the Last Airbender is one of the greatest shows of all time, animated or not. It is the most epic adventure with this amazing mythos and these incredibly diverse characters that have so much depth. Even if you watched it as a kid I seriously recommend going back and rewatching it. I can’t mention Airbender without mentioning Legend of Korra. Korra is great for the more teenage crowd who are ready to graduate from the original Avatar. I absolutely adore Korra even if it fell off the rails a little bit in the last couple seasons. It’s a must see. Also, shoutout for Korra for really pushing the boundaries of gender stereotypes and sexuality!!
Bee and Puppycat
I would be amiss not to mention Bee and Puppycat on this list. Bee is a super cute show made by Frederator-same people that make Adventure Time. It’s a simple story about a girl in her twenties who can’t hold down a job, but her life turns around when a strange Puppycat falls on her head and they begin to go on little magical adventures with each other. It’s put out through youtube and there’s only like, five episodes so please watch it omg. Bee was my first ever cosplay too!
Gotta quickly mention Bob’s Burgers though most people have heard of it. It’s great for the more mature adult cartoon crowd but it has amazing portrayals of family and feminism that are seriously just too good. It’s also the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Also- haven’t seen it yet but many people have told me Rick and Morty is an amazing and hilarious show for the more “adult” people out there. If you’re looking for some more nostalgia type cartoons I can always recommend The Powerpuff Girls. It’s seriously so good. Kim Possible and Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends are also some genuinely good ones too.
And now…for some anime *crowd screams and runs away*
But if we’re being real here there is so much great anime out there and you seriously can’t ignore it because of the shitty stigma that anime has in western culture. Not all anime makes you an instant weeaboo otaku. Don’t lie to me and say you never watched Pokemon or Dragonball Z as a kid. These shows are just as amazing as any other western cartoon, if not better. Give it a try!!
Unlike every other girl in this world I actually never watched Sailor Moon as a child and only started watching it last year!! This is what really got me into anime but besides that Sailor Moon is a pop culture staple that has inspired so many shows even outside of Japan!! To me, it really embodies a lot of great feminist ideals and it is overall just so much fun to watch. If you want to spare yourself from 200 episodes but still want to enjoy the og magical girls I recommend this filler reduced guide. I recommend the Japanese subbed version.
Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Holy crap this is my FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIME. To clear up any confusion, there are two FMA series: The original series Fullmetal Alchemist and the remake that follows the manga, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. FMA was the first anime I ever saw and tbh it changed my life. FMA is the perfect anime to watch if it is your first time. This show has everything: an amazing plot, amazing characters, amazing action sequences, amazing humor, amazing music, and most importantly ALL THE FEELS. I have cried multiple times watching this show and I have no shame about it. I’m currently showing the original series to my younger brother and it’s perfect because this anime is all about the bond between two brothers and it will rip your heart to shreds. This is also a great first anime because the English dub is GREAT. I love all the voice actors ( actually met Ed’s VA) and they really work with the characters because the anime has a western feel to it. If I was gonna recommend one show out of this entire list, it would be this. Side note: Edward Elric is my #1 fictional boyfriend.
This is the show I’m watching right now and even though I haven’t quite finished it, I can EASILY call it one of my favorite animes. It’s another one of those long “nostalgia” type animes but I never watched it as a kid so I have no bias and can honestly say this is a freaking great show. The show is basically about this girl named Kagome (see the schoolgirl uniform) who falls into a well and gets taken back the Feudal Era in Japan. She meets the half-demon Inuyasha and together they search for the shards of the sacred jewel and fight their arch-nemesis, Naraku. This show is great for those looking for an epic friendship adventure similar to Avatar: The Last Airbender and also for those looking to ship the main characters with an unhealthy passion. English dub isn’t awful but I recommend the Japanese version for sure.
Ouran High School Host Club
At first glance you might think this anime is so ~anime~ it’s unhealthy but that’s the beauty of Ouran High School Host Club- it’s not like that at all. This anime is a part of the shoujo genre but the whole time it makes fun of itself and all of the dumb shoujo anime tropes. It defies gender and love stereotypes and I freaking love it. It’s under 30 episodes (very manageable in comparison to the 200 ep long Sailor Moon and Inuyasha) and it’s very fun and easy to watch. Both the Japanese and English versions are good.
Attack on Titan
If you can handle gore and intense battle sequences, you have to watch this anime. Or at least look up the first opening song because it kicks ass. Attack on Titan is about humanity’s last stand against the creepy and giant humanoid Titans who rampage through Human territory and eat people. There is so much badassery and so many deaths and tbh it’s the best. It really is a must watch.
I haven’t seen a ton of anime yet (I’m working on it) but here are a few more honorable mentions: Steins;Gate is an amazing +short thriller with TIME TRAVEL!! Free! is the perfect intro to the weird genre that is Sports Anime. No Game No Life has an incredible art style and a really fun plot if you can handle some fanservice. Tokyo Ghoul is a great one if you like gore and a thrilling plot. Haven’t seen these yet but reliable sources tell me they’re amazing: Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Madoka Magica, and Your Lie in April. Lots of people love Sword Art Online but at the same time lots of people don’t. Check that one out at your own digression.
That just about wraps up my list of favorite cartoons…there are so many….but what can I say? I’m a sucker for animation. Next up: A list of my top five favorite Studio Ghibli films??