While anime is a bright and brilliant genre, it can also be hard to get into, especially considering the vast amount of titles and genres. Additionally, many series require some pre-existing knowledge of Japan and its cultural customs, which can confusing to newcomers. Here, I've rounded up some great shows that are perfect for those looking to get into anime!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Widely considered the best anime series ever, FMA:B is a fast paced action show with plenty of plot twists and incredible animation to keep the viewer hooked. It follows Ed and Al Elric, two brothers on a quest to find the Philosopher's stone, a mysterious item said to break the law of equivalent exchange, in order to regain their original bodies that were lost in a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life. On their way they join a host of colourful characters, and learn the truth about both the stone and their country.

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"Humankind cannot gain something without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of equivalent exchange."

Boku No Hero Academia

This anime follows Izuku Midoriya, a powerless boy in a world where 80% of the population has 'quirks', or superpowers. Although it has a bit of a slow start, the plot soon picks up speed, especially in the second season which recently blew up in the anime community. The characters are loveable and unique, and the many twists and turns make BNHA a very entertaining watch.

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"Whether you win or lose, you always come out ahead by learning from the experience."

Soul Eater

With its dark humour and flawless fight scenes, this anime is perfect for fans of action comedies. Maka and her friend Soul (who can turn into a scythe, nbd) fight to claim the souls of 99 evil-does, and protect their city in the process

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"Watch it, or I'll take your soul!"

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Ok, HxH is really long (148 episodes!) but worth every minute. With a fast paced plot split into 'arcs' of varying genres, there's something for everyone. The versitality of the Nen ability (think elemental magic but with infinite elements) makes all the characters entertaining to watch, even those with less importance. The story focuses on Gon, who aims to become the best Hunter in the world and find his estranged father.

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“Skill is one thing, and caution another.”

Death Note

The premise is simple - a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it. The problem is it falls into the hands of high school super genius Light Yagami, who decides that the world could do with a little cleansing. Light's quest to rid the world of crime attracts the attention of the detective L, and the chase is on. Be prepared to question your morals in this intense psychological thriller.

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“This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me?”

Sailor Moon

An anime classic, Sailor Moon is a little more lighthearted than some others on this list. Usagi Tsukino is your average crybaby underachiever until she meets a black cat who grants her special powers. Now she can transform into Sailor Moon, a magical girl who can save the day from evil Queen Beryl. Over the series she meets plenty of new friends and colourful adversaries to fight off.

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“I am Sailor Moon, champion of justice! On behalf of the moon, I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!"