The Beginner’s Guide to Anime

I’ve been writing “The Beginner’s Guide to Anime” column for the website On The Box since April 2013. Each week I take a different anime and try to explain a mainstream audience why they should (or shouldn’t) watch it. Here is a master-post of all the columns so far.

No. 1-50 (2013-14)

Icons No. 1-50

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1 – Astro Boy

No. 2 – Mobile Suit Gundam

No. 3 – Ouran High School Host Club

No. 4 – Puella Magi Madoka Magica

No. 5 – Junjo Romantica

No. 6 – One Piece

No. 7 – FLCL

No. 8 – Death Note

No. 9 – Bakuman

No. 10 – Black Butler

No. 11 – Attack on Titan

No. 12 – Mayo Chiki!

No. 13 – Fullmetal Alchemist

No. 14 – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

No. 15 – Bleach

No. 16 – Cowboy Bebop

No. 17 – Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

No. 18 – The Rose of Versailles

No. 19 – Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

No. 20 – IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix

No. 21 – Neon Genesis Evangelion

No. 22 – Code Geass

No. 23 – Martian Successor Nadesico

No. 24 – Gunbuster

No. 25 – Pokemon

No. 26 – Hetalia: Axis Powers

No. 27 – Hellsing

No. 28 – K-On!

No. 29 – Clannad

No. 30 – The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

No. 31 – The Slayers

No. 32 – Black Lagoon

No. 33 – Romeo x Juliet

No. 34 – Sword Art Online

No. 35 – Aria

No. 36 – Kids on the Slope

No. 37 – Ai no Kusabi

No. 38 – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

No. 39 – My Neighbour Totoro

No. 40 – Grave of the Fireflies

No. 41 – Pom Poko

No. 42 – Spirited Away

No. 43 – Exaella

No. 44 – Danganronpa

No. 45 – Baccano!

No. 46 – Iria

No. 47 – MM!

No. 48 – Durarara!!

No. 49 – Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend

No. 50 – Gurren Lagann

No. 51-100 (2014-15)

Icons No. 51-100

 

 

 

 

 

No. 51 – Princess Knight

No. 52 – Fairy Tail

No. 53 – From Up on Poppy Hill

No. 54 – BTOOOM!

No. 55 – Fruits Basket

No. 56 – Whisper of the Heart

No. 57 – The Cat Returns

No. 58 – Princess Mononoke

No. 59 – Mazinger Z

No. 60 – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

No. 61 – Summer Wars

No. 62 – Wolf Children

No. 63 – Sailor Moon

No. 64 – Robotech (aka Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada)

No. 65 – Cuticle Detective Inaba

No. 66 – DRAMAtical Murder

No. 67 – Magi

No. 68 – RG Veda

No. 69 – Tokyo Babylon

No. 70 – X

No. 71 – Humanity Has Declined

No. 72 – Strike Witches

No. 73 – The Wind Rises

No. 74 – Hyper Police

No. 75 – Vampire Knight

No. 76 – Soul Eater

No. 77 – Blue Exorcist

No. 78 – Baka and Test

No. 79 – Princess Princess

No. 80 – Kill la Kill

No. 81 – Girls und Panzer

No. 82 – Nichijou

No. 83 – Ghost in the Shell

No. 84 – Patema Inverted

No. 85 – No Matter How I Look at it, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (WataMote)

No. 86 – Akira

No. 87 – Love Stage!!

No. 88 – Yu-Gi-Oh!

No. 89 – Cardfight!! Vanguard

No. 90 – Lupin III

No. 91 – Giovanni’s Island

No. 92 – Blood Lad

No. 93 – Ranma ½

No. 94 – Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

No. 95 – Naruto

No. 96 – Wicked City

No. 97 – The Sensualist

No. 98 – Moyashimon

No. 99 – Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z

No. 100 – Feline & Lupine (April Fool’s Article)

No. 101-150 (2015-2016)

Icons No. 101-150

No. 101 – Kimba the White Lion

No. 102 – The Little Norse Prince

No. 103 – Tales of Earthsea

No. 104 – The Diary of Ochibi

No. 105 – Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise

No. 106 – My Neighbours the Yamadas

No. 107 – Space Pirate Captain Harlock

No. 108 – Tokyo Ghoul

No. 109 – Log Horizon

No. 110 – Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

No. 111 – Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

No. 112 – Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

No. 113 – Gintama

No. 114 – World Trigger

No. 115 – Food Wars!

No. 116 – Haikyu!!

No. 117 – Nisekoi

No. 118 – Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi: The World’s Greatest First Love

No. 119 – Mad Bull 34

No. 120 – Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

No. 121 – Laputa: Castle in the Sky

No. 122 – Kiki’s Delivery Service

No. 123 – Love Live!

No. 124 – A Certain Magical Index

No. 125 – Revolutionary Girl Utena

No. 126 – tsuritama

No. 127 – A Certain Scientific Railgun

No. 128 – Shadow Skill

No. 129 – One-Punch Man

No. 130 – Outbreak Company

No. 131 – Another

No. 132 – The Flowers of Evil

No. 133 – Landlock

No. 134 – Tokyo Revelation

No. 135 – Kai Doh Maru

No. 136 – Detonator Orgun

No. 137 – Porco Rosso

No. 138 – Howl’s Moving Castle

No. 139 – Ponyo

No. 140 – Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

No. 141 – Beyond the Boundary

No. 142 – The Seven Deadly Sins

No. 143 – Hidamari Sketch

No. 144 – World Conquest Zvezda Plot

No. 145 – ERASED

No. 146 – Nyan Koi!

N0. 147 – Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)

No. 148 – Rozen Maiden

No. 149 – No Game No Life

No. 150 – Noblesse

No. 151-Present (2016-Present)

No. 151 – Black Jack

No. 152 – Ichi the Killer

No. 153 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

No. 154 – Prince of Stride: Alternative

No. 155 – Assassination Classroom

No. 156 – Yo-Kai Watch

No. 157 – My Hero Academia

No. 158 – Space Patrol Luluco

No. 159 – Super Lovers

No. 160 – Deadman Wonderland

No. 161 – Kiznaiver

No. 162 – Only Yesterday

No. 163 – Ocean Waves

No. 164 – Momotaro’s Sea Eagles

No. 165 – Bubblegum Crisis

No. 166 – The Garden of Sinners

No. 167 – Tsukihime

No. 168 – Ping Pong

No. 169 – Kuroko’s Basketball

No. 170 – Yowamushi Pedal

No. 171 – DAYS

No. 172 – Cheer Boys!!

No. 173 – Panda! Go, Panda!

No. 174 – Otaku no Video

No. 175 – Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Updates, Corrections and Extra Articles

Updates and Corrections (As of No. 150)

Extra I – Going to Conventions

Extra II – Going to Expos

Extra III – Reading Manga

Extra IV – Yaoi: The World’s Most Feminist Pornography?

Extra V – Going to Japanese Cultural Events

Extra VI – Pornographic Anime and the Law

Extra VII – Race in Anime & Manga

Extra VIII – Will an anime or manga ever be X-Listed? (April Fool’s Article)

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