Are you a student, working adult or a part-timer? I am sure any anime fans struggle with balancing our responsibilities. We always have to choose between watching anime or working on a project or work. As a result, Anime producers make use of content materials to draft out anime series in 12 or 24 episodes format. This makes it easy to watch in a short time.
I will keep this blog post short, skipping plot details and delve straight into the highlights.
1. Angel Beats(2010)
Our main protagonist wakes up in the afterlife and meets a girl called Yuri with a sniper rifle. Then, he finds out that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront). The Shinda Sekai Sensen is currently in a war against a girl named Tenshi.
Angel Beats is commonly praised for its colourful animation style and its upbeat music.
2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (2011)
Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are middle school girls leading normal lives. They encounter Kyuubey who is cat-like magical familiar and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.
Interestingly, Kyuubey offers the two of them a proposition. He will grant any one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl. However, Homura Akemi, a magical girl, urges them not to accept the offer because things are not as simple as what it seems.
In conclusion, this is a story of hope, despair, and friendship. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica showcases the challenges of balancing between being magical girls and dreams.
3. Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (2012)
Takashi Natsume is the youkai expert and master of the Book of Friends. He continues his journey towards self-understanding and acceptance with the help of friends both new and old. His most important ally and friend is the wolf spirit Madara—or Nyanko-sensei. He wears the usual disguise of a cat.
Subsequently, Natsume is then ambushed and kidnapped by a weird group of monkey-like youkai, spiriting him away to their forest. Nyanko-sensei then enlists the help of Natsume’s youkai friends and mounts a rescue operation. However, the forest of the monkey spirits holds many dangerous enemies including the Matoba Clan, Natsume’s old nemesis.
4. No Game No Life (2014)
No Game No Life is an out-of-the-world comedy anime that follows Sora and Shiro. They are shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer sibling pair. Together, Sora and Shiro are behind the legendary username “Blank” or “Kohaku”.
They see anything like a game and life is just another lousy game. The duo eventually gets a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match. Their victory changes everything.
Then, Sora and Shiro plunge into an otherworldly reality where they meet Tet, the God of Games. In this world, mankind rules through games.
5. One Punch Man (2015)
One Punch Man features a very ordinary Japanese citizen called Saitama . From the very beginning, his unique hobby is to be a hero. In his process to become a hero, he underwent a crazy training regime consisting of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and run 10 kilometres every day. After that, he lost all of his hair in the 3 years.
One Punch Man takes on a satirical and comedic style on typical Shounen-type of anime. Saitama is so powerful that he defeats all his foes with 1 punch. Undefeatable and bored, we follow the adventures of Saitama on his journey of being a hero.
6. Mob Psycho 100 (2016)
The story tells the life of the main protagonist of Mob Psycho 100, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama. Mob has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age but that very same power proves to be a liability. Using these powers comes with potential danger. Making the choice to suppress his power, Mob’s only use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi.
In order to have better control over on his skills, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen. Arataka is a con artist who claims to be a psychic but actually makes use of Mob’s powers for monetary gains.
Eventually, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob’s daily, monotonous life.
7. Violet Evergarden (2018)
Violet Evergarden is the highly anticipated anime series in 2018 by Kyoto Animation. It tells the story of Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines. The Great War of Telesis which finally came to an end after 4 long years of conflict cause Violet to be hospitalized and maimed. After that, she was also left with no understanding of the only words from the person she held dearest.
Violet then starts a new life working at CH Postal Services after a falling out with her guardian family.