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What shows from the last 5 years will become classics?

I haven't watched anime in a long time (since 90s, 2000s), looking for the good stuff.

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  1. [4]
    moocow1452
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Anime_television_series_by_year So here's what we're working with, 700-800 shows, so here's what I have so far... Concrete Revolutio was really great IMO,...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Anime_television_series_by_year

    So here's what we're working with, 700-800 shows, so here's what I have so far...

    • Concrete Revolutio was really great IMO, imagine the Marvel "World Outside Your Window" Universe, of Anime Yokai, Demon Heroes and Magical Girls, but in the 60's with all the culture warfare that the time period entails.
    • Durarara!! A tale about a city and the pale rider who runs though it. From the Creator of Baccano.
    • Food Wars: It's Shonen Cooking, people like it.
    • High School DxD: THE ecchi magical highschool battle harem by which all others are judged. (Yes, it's a genre.)
    • Knights of Sidonia: One of the first full CG anime shows and the first Netflix anime exclusive.
    • One Punch Man: Second what @Tesseractcat said, but that first season is legendary. Same with Hero Aca and Mob Psycho 100 and Abyss.
    • Aggretsuko: If Bojack Horseman was an anime for young adult women with desk jobs, it would probably be something like this.
    • Erased: Show about a guy who solves a murder by going back in time to middle school, ending is alright, but it has a really strong sense of tone.
    • Flip Flappers: Something about psychology and magical girls in love?
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: It's weird and having a moment.
    • Re:Zero : The Anti-Isekai for cool people who like hating on Isekai but really like Isekai.
    • Yuri on Ice: It kinda started a BL trend.
    • The Ancient Magus' Bride: Probably the best urban fantasy romance done in anime for a while.
    • Attack on Titan: Need to know, kinda like the Walking Dead in that the first season is great, second is too talky, third is supposed to be a return to form but is still pretty damn talky.
    • Little Witch Academia: Studio Trigger's kid show. They are girls and they are magical, but not magical girls.
    • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Romance between woman and dragon maid. Also about tolerance.
    • Bloom Into You: Romantic relationship with women that isn't Yuri, also with asexual representation.
    • Cells at Work! Biology class but with Anime nonsense.
    • Darling in the Franxx: Classic letdown.
    • GeGeGe no KitarĊ: In the world of humans and yokai, our hero is a ghost child who tries to sort out the problems that come up.
    • A Place Further than the Universe: Bar none, the cute girls doing cute things show, because they go to Antarctica to finish up an expedition one of the girl's Mom had started.
    • Planet With: Gurren Lagann pacifism run.
    • Pop Team Epic: It's Robot Chicken.
    • SSSS.Gridman: What if power rangers was super heady?
    • SAO Alt. Gun Gale Online: Probably the best example of less is more in SAO's premise of the real and virtual worlds meshing to a blur. And also PUBG.
    • Violet Evergarden: Secret Military Weapon Girl tries to adjust to civilian life by learning to write letters exploring herself and her humanity.
    • Zombie Land Saga: The Idol Show that put Idol shows on the map for being relentlessly cynical about the Japanese music industry but still being uplifting. Also a canonical transgender character.
    • Carole & Tuesday: From the creator of Cowboy Bebop, two girls fight the music industry, but on Mars.
    • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Romance between two high school students too smart for their own good.
    • Isekai Quartet: Isekai protagonists get Isekaied into an Isekai High School setting. Impressive pretty much in the amount of rights being thrown around, not much else.
    • O Maidens in Your Savage Season: Five girls come of age and have to balance the expectations of youth and finding themselves.
    • The Promised Neverland: The Great Escape, but with children.
    • Psycho-Pass: Another First Season is Classic, but kinda drops off.

    That's what I got from the past 5 years. Pick something that interests you, if you like it, its probably classic since a lot of this is subjective.

    EDIT: For everything I didn't cover, there's the chart. Don't forget to pace yourself.

    7 votes
    1. Wolf
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      I 100% back Durarara!! All the other anime on this list are great too, but my god Durarara!! is so unique and extraordinary that it will stay with you for a long time.

      I 100% back Durarara!! All the other anime on this list are great too, but my god Durarara!! is so unique and extraordinary that it will stay with you for a long time.

      3 votes
    2. zigzagzig
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      I love Zombie Land Saga! One of the funniest anime's I've seen (ep 4 and 5 are funniest)

      I love Zombie Land Saga! One of the funniest anime's I've seen (ep 4 and 5 are funniest)

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    3. moocow1452
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      Also, Devilman Crybaby. The show that proved Netflix can do anime, and second only to Neo Yokio in their catalog.

      Also, Devilman Crybaby. The show that proved Netflix can do anime, and second only to Neo Yokio in their catalog.

      1 vote
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    tesseractcat
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    Made in Abyss and Mob Psycho 100 are both contenders I think. One Punch Man looked promising, but I think season 2 will probably prevent it from being considered a classic. I hope Uchuu Kyoudai is...

    Made in Abyss and Mob Psycho 100 are both contenders I think. One Punch Man looked promising, but I think season 2 will probably prevent it from being considered a classic.

    I hope Uchuu Kyoudai is one day considered a classic, but I don't think it will ever reach that level of recognition.

    Classic is kindof vague though, as it could mean really popular, or really high quality. I know there are a number of anime considered classic that also aren't great.

    Going by popularity, I think My Hero Academia will be considered a classic at some point.

    5 votes
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      Morg
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      I'm surprised and saddened that Made in Abyss is not very popular here in Japan (just on my impression as far as merch and advertising I see around). Even walking around akiba it's really hard to...

      I'm surprised and saddened that Made in Abyss is not very popular here in Japan (just on my impression as far as merch and advertising I see around). Even walking around akiba it's really hard to find Made in Abyss DVDs/BDs or random figurines.

      It's probably my favorite show and manga, but it doesn't seem to be as appreciated here in Japan as much.

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      1. shubho74
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        I think this might be because Made in Abyss manga is in hiatus now and then.

        I think this might be because Made in Abyss manga is in hiatus now and then.

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      Akir
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      I don't know if popularity amounts to being a classic. I mean, is Naruto a classic? One Piece has been massively popular for a long period of time, and I don't think anyone thinks of it as a...

      Going by popularity, I think My Hero Academia will be considered a classic at some point.

      I don't know if popularity amounts to being a classic. I mean, is Naruto a classic? One Piece has been massively popular for a long period of time, and I don't think anyone thinks of it as a classic.

      Dragon Ball Z is considered to be a classic to many, but I'm not really sure if it's because it's legitimately good or because it's something a lot of people grew up with. On the other hand, you could say that it's a cultural classic, being a "gateway anime" for most American fans. That's one way I don't think My Hero Academia fits, though, since the only people I hear talking about it are already anime fans.

      I think the thing that makes any given cultural object "classic" status is a cross-section between how many people see it (in other words, popularity is still an ingredient), how unique the content is, and how emotionally resonant it is to the average person. MHA definitely has the first one, but I think the other two are arguable. Personally speaking, I don't like it very much, it fails my own barometer for emotional resonance, but that doesn't really mean anything. Its certainly got a lot of creativity behind it, but at the same time my limited experience has shown the plot to be fairly formulaic.

      I'm not sure why I'm spending so much time dissecting this concept. But to put my thoughts in a nutshell: "Maybe". :P

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      1. tesseractcat
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        I like the concept of 'cultural classic,' and I think that's where shows like Naruto fit as well. I know that My Hero Academia hasn't managed to gain anywhere near the level of popularity as...

        I like the concept of 'cultural classic,' and I think that's where shows like Naruto fit as well. I know that My Hero Academia hasn't managed to gain anywhere near the level of popularity as something like Naruto or Dragon Ball Z, but in my experience it's one of the most popular mainstream anime within the last 5 years. It's a long-running series, so it has plenty of time to catch up as well. MHA may not entirely be a gateway anime, but it seems to be an anime people tend to watch after watching a gateway anime, which could be enough.

        That's just anecdotal evidence of course, but I think it may become a classic because of it's current popularity, and it's intersection with the popularity of other superhero content like the Marvel movies. Furthermore, while it isn't a masterpiece by any means, it's creative and a well executed member of it's genre, it knows what it's trying to do and does it pretty well.

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  3. mrbig
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    Because its an American production IDK if it's considered anime, but Netflix Castlevania is definitely one the best things I watched in the last 10 years and has all the potential to become a...

    Because its an American production IDK if it's considered anime, but Netflix Castlevania is definitely one the best things I watched in the last 10 years and has all the potential to become a classic, even more so because it's part of a beloved IP.

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  4. Akir
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    Violet Evergarden. Because practically everything Kyoto Animation does is "classic". Besides that, it's easily one of their best, IMHO. Every single episode had me crying. Wolf Children may be a...

    Violet Evergarden. Because practically everything Kyoto Animation does is "classic". Besides that, it's easily one of their best, IMHO. Every single episode had me crying.

    Wolf Children may be a bit too old for this list, but it really deserves to be on it.

    4 votes
  5. JXM
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    I asked my wife, since she's much more into these types of shows than I am and she said Yuri on Ice is probably the best show of the last five years. We watched Aggretsuko together and both loved...

    I asked my wife, since she's much more into these types of shows than I am and she said Yuri on Ice is probably the best show of the last five years.

    We watched Aggretsuko together and both loved it. It's a good gateway anime show. I wouldn't be surprised to see it showing up on lists of the best shows to introduce your friends to anime in the coming years.

    3 votes