There hasn’t been a better and more exciting time to be a fan of anime: there’s 30-plus shows airing a season, multiple platforms for streaming and access, and classics regularly being brought overseas in high definition releases. The medium however, is daunting: with so many shows and so many genres, how do you know what to start off with?
Luckily, IGN has got you covered with seven “essential” series every anime fan should watch. These are iconic shows that range in emotional tone, narrative structure, and interesting characters, but all feature something for any fan to dive right in. These aren’t ranked in any order too, so you can start whichever one you’d like! Note: these availabilities are based on United States regional streaming options.