Supernatural – Genre Recommendation

© Aniplex, Brains Base, NAS, NIS America, Inc., TV Tokyo Music, Sony Music Entertainment
© Aniplex, Brains Base, NAS, NIS America, Inc., TV Tokyo Music, Sony Music Entertainment

Finally another article and another recommendation. This time we will focus on supernatural anime, might ghosts, natural spirits and such things exist or not, sometimes it is great to hear or read such stories.

© Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Fuji TV, NIS America, Inc., Fuji Pacific Music Publishing
© Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Fuji TV, NIS America, Inc., Fuji Pacific Music Publishing

Anohana was a fantastic, emotional story of loss that struck all the right heart chords. Anyone who has abruptly lost someone premature in their lives can relate to this series. What it does, it does very good in fact… And I really started empathizing with the characters like I knew exactly what tragedy they had gone through. All of the characters and their motives were believable, and it made for one enjoyable experience.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. / Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Type: TV Series – 11 episodes

Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural

© Studio Ghibli, Studio Hibari, Walt Disney Studios, GKids
© Studio Ghibli, Studio Hibari, Walt Disney Studios, GKids

“Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi is the most successful film in Japanese history, as well as the highest-grossing one and ranks frequently as one of the greatest animation films. The film won the Academy Award (“Oscar”) for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, on March 23, 2003, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and is among the top ten in the British Film Institute list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.” There is so much more to say about it, but watch it for yourself first.

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi / Spirited Away

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Supernatural

© Artland, Marvelous Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Delphi Sound
© Artland, Marvelous Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Delphi Sound

The series follows the journeys of a traveling Mushishi named Ginko who investigates paranormal phenomenon usually caused by creatures called Mushi. Each episode describes one of his encounters with self-sustaining villagers in and around vast mountain ranges. Something is wrong, and Ginko does what he can. It’s very straightforward, but even though each episode more or less follows the same format, it isn’t a simple case of Ginko saving the day every single time like some other series do.

Mushishi / Mushi-Shi

Type: TV Series – 26 episodes

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

© Sunrise, Aniplex, Sentai Filmworks, Ascension, Sony Music Entertainment
© Sunrise, Aniplex, Sentai Filmworks, Ascension, Sony Music Entertainment

Colorful starts out very surreal and different; you are watching things from the main character’s point of view and you are welcomed into a sort of in-between place for souls to go before they move on after death. You are quickly stopped by a small boy who informs you that though you don’t remember it, you have committed a terrible deed in your life and so you have to return to life in the body of another and redeem for your sins.

Colorful (Movie) / Colorful

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural

© Aniplex, Brains Base
© Aniplex, Brains Base

The story starts out with a young girl, Hotaru, who gets lost in the forest of sprits. It is then that she meets, Gin, a sprit who lives in the forest, helps her to leave the forest. A beautiful but still sad story starts to begin between them but Gin can never be touched by a human or he will disappear. This anime is an accomplishment within itself. The love between Gin and Hotaru was so gentle and pure, that it brought tears to my eyes. You see their relationship grows as Hotaru gets older yet Gin remains the same.

Hotarubi no Mori e / The Light of a Firefly Forest

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

So I hope I could help you with this recommendation. Do you know another outstanding Supernatural anime?
Tell me in the comments. I am looking forward to it!

And soon the next recommendation is going to be followed, but this time you are allowed to decide between two possible choices:

Psychological or Drama, what would you prefer? The decision is yours. 😀

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