The best animated shows to watch right now
Attack on Titan
If you’re a fan of anime, you’ll already know how this is a no-brainer. If you’re not, it’s basically Game of Thrones except with towering, creepy titans that can only be defeated by slashing the nape of their necks. It’s odd, but the more you watch this epic show, the more it all makes sense. It starts off with our protagonist, Eren Yeager on a quest for revenge after witnessing his mother graphically being executed by one of titans, joining the Survey Corps to take them all down. But it’s only a few episodes later that the plot takes a complete turn and goes well beyond revenge, turning into a conspiracy-driven story you won’t expect. This is the embodiment of “emotional hype”. Don’t miss out.
No. of Episodes: 50 (ongoing)
Available on Crunchyroll
It’s hard enough to explain what BoJack Horseman is – a dramedy set in a world where there’s humanoid animals but also humans? A mix of Mad Men and Entourage except it’s about an animated horse? An animal pun generator? It’s all those things, which is why we’re always keen on setting aside six hours as soon as a new season comes out. For all of its witty humour and animal-related skits, there’s an equal number of moments that gives viewers, ironically, the most realistic look of the life of a star in Hollywood (or Hollywoo in the show). It’s received critical acclaim across the board, and there’s no reason to turn this one down. Also, it’ll teach you that stirring olive oil into pasta does not make it less sticky. The more you know.
No. of Episodes: 60 (ongoing)
Available on Netflix
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Let’s face it, most people won’t watch anime because it looks like a cartoon. As adults we believe we’re over it, but give in just a little and you’ll see just how heavily most of these shows rely on adult themes. There’s no better place to start than Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the best shows on TV, period. It follows the story of brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on the hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful gem that can make your wildest dreams come true. After a failed experiment trying to bring their mother back to life, Al loses his entire body and now inhabits a knight’s armour, while Ed loses his arm and leg. To get their bodies back, they must track down the stone, only to realise other formidable foes are on the search for it. It may not sound like much, but it’s full of laughter, sadness and betrayal, and you won’t stop once you start.
No. of Episodes: 64
Available on Netflix