Who would have guessed that 2020 would be the year of the shut-ins? With most of us under quarantine, our main priority now is how to occupy all this free time we have. Like it or not, this will be our lives for at least the next month or two. So why not make the best out of it by catching up on all that anime from your “to watch” list? Wait, you don’t have one? Well then, you’re in for a treat, as in this post we will go over some great anime you can watch from the confines of your home, while waiting for the quarantine to pass.
Catch up on some long-running shows
Have you ever wondered when the hell you’d have enough time to watch any anime with more than a hundred episodes? Well there probably won’t be a better time than right now! The great benefit of being trapped inside your home for more than a month is that you can easily binge very lengthy anime series. And the best news is that you can now watch all of these series legally on streaming platforms!
Binge all of Studio Ghibli’s movies
If you’re just now getting into anime there’s a huge chance that the names “Ghibli” and “Miyazaki” ring a bell or two. After all Studio ghibli is the only anime production company to ever win the “Academy Award for Best Animated Feature”. And all this was made possible because of legendary anime director and writer, Hayao Miyazaki. However, outside of Miyazaki’s filmography(consisting of eight feature-length films), there are many other amazing movies that have come out of Studio Ghibli over the years. A whopping 13 in fact. And lucky for you all 21 Ghibli films are already on Netflix as of April 1st(only in Europe, however).
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind(1984, available on Netflix)
- Castle in the Sky(1986, available on Netflix)
- My Neighbor Totoro(1988, available on Netflix)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service(1989, available on Netflix)
- Only Yesterday(1991, available on Netflix)
- Porco Rosso(1992, available on Netflix)
- Ocean Waves(1993, available on Netflix)
- Pom Poko(1994, available on Netflix)
- Whisper of the Heart(1995, available on Netflix)
- Princess Mononoke(1997, available on Netflix)
- My Neighbors the Yamadas(1999, available on Netflix)
- Spirited Away(2001, available on Netflix)
- The Cat Returns(2002, available on Netflix)
- Howl's Moving Castle(2004, available on Netflix)
- Tales from Earthsea(2006, available on Netflix)
- Ponyo(2008, available on Netflix)
- Arrietty(2010, available on Netflix)
- From Up on Poppy Hill(2011, available on Netflix)
- The Wind Rises(2013, available on Netflix)
- The Tale of The Princess Kaguya(2013, available on Netflix)
- When Marnie Was There(2014, available on Netflix)
Get acquainted with the Classics
First off, there’s nothing wrong with being a casual anime fan and enjoying seasonal anime. However, it’s a shame to miss out on the classics that made anime what it is today. Especially when they’re so easily accessible thanks to streaming platforms.
- Cowboy Bebop(26 episodes, available on Crunchyroll)
- Great Teacher Onizuka(43 episodes, available on Crunchyroll)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion(26 episode + 1 film, available on Netflix)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes(110 episodes, available on Hidive)
- Fist of the North Star(152 episodes, available on Crunchyroll)
Marvel at some underrated masterpieces
So now that you have seen the classics and all the other mainstream shows, it’s time to jump into the unknown. Well, not exactly unknown but into the more obscure anime titles which have garnered a lot of praise over the years but have never reached that mainstream success. The only issue with these anime series is that some of them might be a bit hard to find on legal streaming services.
- Space Dandy(26 episodes, available on Funimation)
Do you have any recommendations of your own(on what to see during the pandemic)? Because if you do we would love to hear them in the comments below!