There always comes the dreadful time in every anime-lover’s life where we find ourselves with nothing to watch. Of course, there never is nothing to watch — not when there’s thousands of anime series to spend our lives on the couch for. But maybe we’re a little tired of what we’re marching through right now. Or maybe our current queue doesn’t look too appealing anymore. And sometimes our friends’ suggestions aren’t quite cutting it.
Well, maybe our horoscopes can help a little bit with this dilemma! We hope the stars align, and you’ll find your next match here! Whether or not you feel your horoscope sign really fits who you, we hope this list of anime recommendations — a mix of both old classics to re-watch (or finally watch) and new fresh pieces to keep a nose out for — will help you find your next show to binge and obsess over!
Libra: The Scales (September 23-October 22)
You’re the horoscope sign that stereotypically loves balance and harmony, and you know what? So what if it’s true — equilibrium makes everyone happy. You’re a natural people-pleaser. And you find it just and right to ensure that everyone around you can shine their brightest light outwards. That said, relationships are paramount to you, especially those that are strong and intact. You’ll enjoy an uplifting series featuring long-standing partnerships between characters. You also tend to appreciate the critically-acclaimed series. Perhaps these shows will be part of your list of all-time favorites?
91 Days is set in fictional town Lawless, Illinois, during the Prohibition of 1928. Our protagonist is Angelo Lagusa, a young man seeking revenge against the Vanetti Family for the murder of his family. Over the course of this series, we see Angelo plan his assassination of every Vanetti. Unfortunately along the way, he befriends one of the family members, Nero Vanetti, which causes him to question the lines he needs to draw. This well-encapsulated series orchestrates well in its short run. Despite the gray morality the show touches on, you will not feel incomplete at the end.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Honestly, if you haven’t watched this yet, this is your final call. Set in a fictional universe inspired by the Industrial Revolution, Fullmetal Alchemist follows two brothers on their search for the philosopher’s stone in order to restore their bodies. Without doubt, you will love the multi-dimensional characters and humor in this critically acclaimed series. A bonus? One of the major themes centers on is the concept of equilibrium, which I’m sure any Libra will appreciate.
Hell Girl is arranged as a series of isolated short stories revolving around the use of the Hell Correspondence website, where people can submit requests to send someone to… well, hell. The only catch? The requester must also go to hell when they die. Our recurring character is the Hell Girl herself, Ai Enma. We come to realize she may have some revenge plans of her own… Recurring themes of Hell Girl include bullying, hatred, and injustice — all topics that may interest your level-headed mind.
Scorpio: The Scorpion (October 23-November 21)
The paranormal? The occult? A hint of scandal? The premise of danger? That’s all you. You’re not afraid of violence and gore, and in fact, you appreciate a bit of dark storytelling. See if you like the backdrop and atmosphere of these shows:
Darker than Black
An old but good classic from 2007. And depending on when you joined the anime train, you may not have heard of this one. Darker than Black throws you right into its confusing world and even at the end will still leave you with more questions than what you started with. If you’re okay without a proper resolution — or maybe even enjoy the thrill of never knowing or understanding — this show is absolutely perfect for you, especially if you’re into astronomy. I won’t even bother trying to explain what happens, that’s for your pleasure. (Also, low-key opinion, but you can probably skip out on the second season.)
Gangsta is easily one of my favorite anime series, hosting a set of character archetypes that we do not often see represented in anime. Our protagonists are gigolo Worick Arcangelo and deaf mercenary Nicolas Brown, who more or less function as hitmen in this alternate universe. The show itself follows a loose plot of their day-by-day cases but opens more of the world to you with time, revealing deep injustices in the societal hierarchies the show’s characters live in.
Owari no Seraph
Vampires, demons, and angels galore! Owari no Seraph takes the form of a shounen series set in a post-apocalyptic world that will leave just enough gaps to keep you wondering what is actually going on. Briefly, our protagonist Yuichiro Hyakuya joins a militaristic vampire extermination unit to avenge the death of his orphanage family and reclaim his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya from vampires. Even after the animated series concluded, the manga still harbors a sort of cultish following, which might just be your next obsession.
Sagittarius: The Archer (November 22-December 21)
The Sagittarius is the thinker of the horoscope signs — perhaps a bit philosophical. You like a little bit of a brain tickle, and you’re not afraid of dense cerebral stories. A Sagittarius wants to explore new ideas and premises in new worlds. You don’t want a formulaic plot; you want something fresh and original to expand your potent imagination with. No problem, try these shows:
Shin Sekai Yori
This is definitely one to watch if you haven’t already. Shin Sekai Yori is set in a futuristic dystopia, a story told through the perspective of five young children that grow up in an idyllic village completely unaware of the dark truths that hold up the lives they live. The show is bound to make you a little uncomfortable, hammering hard on themes like oppression, manipulation, and mistreatment. Tuck in tight for a lot of emotions too.
I have to admit that Death Parade holds one of the most unique premises when it comes to anime series, and I have yet to see another anime that so casually and nonchalantly discusses death. Briefly, the series follows Decim, the bartender of a bar that serves as a sort of purgatory for dead souls. Decim is an arbiter with the responsibility to judge whether the deads’ souls are to be reincarnated or to be banished forever into a void. Our story begins when Decim meets a black-haired woman who seems to have no memories at all of her life.
Of the recommendations for Sagittarius so far, Guilty Crown may be the lightest, which is hard to say, especially given this post-apocalyptic series can thoroughly horrify you the further you go. Our main character is high school student Shu Ouma, who inadvertently obtains the powerful ability to wield people’s souls as weapons. Because of this power, he finds himself in the middle of conflict between the rebellion group Funeral Parlor and the quasi-governmental agency GHQ, along the way finding out more about what caused the world’s apocalypse in the first place.
Capricorn: The Goat (December 22-January 19)
The Capricorn is a born-achiever — motivation and success run hot in your blood. You are always climbing higher and higher up to reach your goals, no matter how lofty they may seem. You have ambition and drive, and most importantly, you have fun along the way in your journey. You’ll appreciate the characters working their way up in these anime recommendations:
Kill la Kill
This is a classic that you ought to at least know about. Kill la Kill is a fast-paced action series with a unique animation style that your eyes will enjoy — as long as they’re okay with the speed! We follow Ryuko Matoi on the search for her father’s murderer, coming head to head with Satsuki Kiryuin and her mother’s fashion empire. With a solid soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano, you’re more than likely to love Kill la Kill from start to finish. (Also to note, the show has recently been adapted into a video game!)
Code:Breaker features one-of-a-kind female anime protagonist Sakura Sakurakoji, an intelligent student and kickass aikido master. Sakura’s story begins when she meets mysterious transfer student Rei Ogami, who she could have sworn she saw burning people alive in the park the night before. You’ll appreciate Sakura’s blunt and give-no-fuck approach, as well as the bits of humor the show throws into the mix. One season of anime is available, as well as a few OVAs, but the story in the manga is complete if you want more!
A Netflix original anime, Castlevania is based off a Konami-developed video game series of the same title. In this show, we meet the vampire Count Dracula, who is taking revenge on the townspeople of Wallachia after his wife was burned at stake for false accusations of witchcraft. On the other side of this conflict is monster hunter Trevor Belmont, magician Sypha Belnades, and Dracula’s own son Alucard. If you enjoy a little bit of fantasy mixed in with your drama, you might find Castlevania your next obsession!
With that, we hope we’ve helped you forecast your next stream! (Or at least for this month!) How’d you find this recommendation list? Tag us @geekgalsco if you’ve found your next series!
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