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Back to the future: Appreciating modern anime

How was your trip to the golden age? The ’90s were great, yeah? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go check out my previous article!

Discussing the ’90s was fun, but modern-day anime deserve some love too. I’m sure a lot of you may know about modern-day anime as quite a few of them are very mainstream – so mainstream that CartoonNetwork has a hard time keeping them away from Toonami.

Introducing the best of the best

While newer anime have steadily moved away from the concept of space bandits and giant robots, many of the new anime take place in alternate histories or medieval versions of our world. One of the most popular anime to do this is Attack on Titan: the hype king of visual entertainment in 2013.

Attack on Titan is one of, if not, the best anime out at the moment. Above all, Attack on Titan shows that viewers love the idea of giant humanoid monsters eating actual humans (y’know, cannibalism).

A Titan eating a human – Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan bravely references a lot of real-life issues within its fantasy setting, such as politics, communism, and dictatorships. But what really made Attack on Titan remain in the top rankings of most popular anime, years after the first season ended? The incredible soundtrack.

Video by Anime luna II!

One of my favorite OSTs from Attack on Titan, go give it a listen!

Color me surprised: The importance of color

Just like the ’90s, modern day anime also has a vibe of it’s own. If I could describe modern day anime in one word — it’d be ‘colorful’.

You watch certain anime such as Boruto, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia and notice the fluid animation of those anime. The visual, the art, the colors — that’s what comes to my mind when I think of today’s era of anime. It just brings life to every scene, and that makes the viewing experience much better.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an anime that I rate highly. The art could be described as something beautiful, but I would also describe it as groovy. The fashion, the style, and even the attitudes of the characters remind me so much of ’90s anime; and if you read my last article you’d know how much I love ’90s anime.

When it comes to uniqueness, JoJo is an anime that has IT!

Jotaro Kujo from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Jotaro Kujo – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Your new favourite character

In particular, modern-day anime know how to make side characters better than the main protagonist, whether this be in terms of likability or raw strength. Todoroki from My Hero Academia is a good example, alongside Levi from Attack on Titan and Escanor from Seven Deadly Sins.

An anime that we can’t say the same about is probably One Piece. One Piece snaked itsSis way towards the modern era, now 900+ episodes strong! The leading factor that brought One Piece such success that it has maybe the best protagonist to date.

Luffy is just on another level when it come to the fans; although his antics fit the word ‘stupid’, Luffy is emotionally intelligent and helps those in trouble, no matter what. He has most definitely made it into my top ‘hungry’ protagonist list.

Monkey D Luffy from One Piece - One of the best anime protagonists to date.
Monkey D. Luffy – One Piece

The Breakdown: Putting it into perspective

Modern-day anime has gems of its own, and some will even be discussed as the greatest anime of all time when they’re all said and done.

For ’90s anime lovers such as myself, it’s hard to accept that, maybe, my favorite anime of all time have some type of competition.

On the bright side, the future of anime is in good hands.

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