Anime You Should Watch (And Totally Shouldn't Be Ashamed Of)

Bring on the popcorn and get ready to be obsessed!
by Aaliyah Ybanez   |  Jun 22, 2016
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Everyone, at one point in their life, has seen at least one anime episode. It's literally everywhere—from the products you see in small boutiques to shows you watch on TV. Although most anime that they show are full of action, there are a lot of really good anime out there that girls can very much enjoy as well.

AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Only spanning eleven episodes, Anohana is a treat for everyone. Showing how true friendship and love can last and be felt even by the ones who have passed on. The story is about a group of childhood friends who regrettably drift apart after Menma, one of their friends, dies. Their friend's death has impacted their lives greatly and so when Jinta, the supposed leader of their group, suddenly sees her in his house, he gathers all his friends once more to grant Menma her final wish so that she will be able to rest in peace.

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Gakuen Alice

Gakuen Alice proves that friendship can withstand anything, even horribly professors, unfair school rankings, peer pressure, and a lot more. Mikan and Hotaru are childhood best friends. One day, Hotaru suddenly leaves without Mikan knowing and so she decides to follow Hotaru to the school where she is supposedly kept. What follows is a magical journey as Mikan joins the school and meets numerous people, one of which, may even be the person she can love and save the most. The anime spans for only twenty-six episodes so if you're done with the series and you're still craving for more, check out the original manga which shows the complete timeline of the story.

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Rurouni Kenshin

An inspiring story about a samurai who seeks redemption and atonement from his past sins, Rurouni Kenshin is the story of Himura Kenshin as he fights the evil in the world and stands up for what he believes in. The story is set during the Meiji Era in Japan where the times are changing and a more Western Japan is blossoming, the stage is set where old Japanese ways are being thrown away and restlessness is hung in the air, an era that Kenshin helped to create. As Kenshin strives to protect the people he loves and cherishes the most, will he be able to still keep his own promise of never to kill again? The anime was also given three live-adaption movies that all scored box-office hits internationally so don't be surprised if you get hooked on the series.

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Ouran High School Host Club

Host clubs are popular in Japan mostly because they feature handsome waiters whom you pay to be able to have a "friendly date" with in the café. Following this, in Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi is a young girl who receives a scholarship to a very expensive and prestigious high school. Seeing that she is only a scholar, she isn't able to purchase a school uniform and so people think she is a boy. While walking around the school, she accidentally breaks a vase that is owned by the school's host club and so to pay her debt, the members, not knowing she is a girl, requires her to be a host until she pays it off. What follows is an adventure that thrusts her life upside-down and leads her to form unexpected bonds with the members of the club.

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Aaliyah Ybanez
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I'm a 17 year old who is in love with life and yearns to experience every inch of the world when she grows up. When she isn't busy trying to conquer her homework, she binge watches her favorite TV shows and reads books in her spare time. 
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