The series is situated in Edo (now called Tokyo) in a time when samurai are becoming shunned out from being society's heroes by Amanto, alien beings that took over the Earth during a great war with the samurai. The series revolves around Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura, and their daily lives at the Odd Jobs office. (Note:
There are also many Japanese pop culture references that are made fun of in the series, so you may need to know a bit about those references to get some of the jokes --- but most of the time, the series is hilarious.)
Haikyu!! | Sports, high school, drama, slice of life, comedy
OPINION: A new series right now, even if you're not into sports, the characters and the story keeps the anime vividly alive.
A story of a junior-high school student named Hinata Shouyou wanting to achieve his dreams of becoming a volleyball ace after being inspired by watching a fateful game on television where the star player of the Karasuno high school team was dubbed the "little giant". He manages to start a male volleyball club in his junior high school (volleyball was not popular in his junior high school) and enters a tournament, where he faces Kageyama Tobio and his team, a top-of-the-league team and loses the game by a landslide. Hinata aims to defeat Kageyama in the future, but ironically finds himself to be on the same team with Kageyama when he enters Karasuno High School.
Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji) | Slice of life, high school, agriculture, comedy
OPINION: An inspiring tale for high school dreamers who are too afraid to achieve their dreams, always makes you feel better after watching it. I've also learned a lot about agriculture from watching the anime. The manga author is the same as that of Fullmetal Alchemist.
Story revolves around Hachiken Yugo who just joined the Yezo Agricultural High School in the country from attending junior high in Sapporo as he didn't have strong enough grades to enter a "better" high school. There, he meets people who are all determined to achieve their goals, all in relation to agriculture in some way (i.e. taking over their parents' farms), but Hachiken realizes he doesn't really have something that passionate and tries to find what his passion is to streamline his studies to that goal.
Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) | Apocalypse, action, drama, tragedy, death
OPINION: The first episode already throws you into the action, and you immediately sense the tension that the anime focuses on. The plot also picks up very quickly and the unanswered "why" behind all of the chaos drove me to continue watching all of the series that is out on anime and read the rest of the manga. It was definitely an intriguing experience.
Eren Yeager has always wanted to join the Survey Corps, but when his home gets attacked by Titans and his mother gets eaten by a Titan, he is more determined than ever to become one of the Survey Corps and defeat all of the Titans for good. The plot thickens as we learn more about the subjects around the tragic events, such as that of the Titans' raid on his home town, and what exactly Titans are.
Mushishi | Supernatural, fable(?)
OPINION: There's something about this series that is so ... calming to watch; something about the series that just captivates and makes me want to continue watching even though it isn't action packed or doesn't have a thick overriding plot like most anime do. It kinda reminds me of reading fables, where there is a lesson learnt after every episode. The series is also different in the sense that it contradicts the common entertainment theme of "special chosen ones who were given powers through sci-fi accidents" as a positive thing and makes it more of a consequence.
Ginko is a mushishi, a person specializing in creatures known as "mushi". They only appear to those who actively look for them or those who fear them, and are often the cause of several supernatural phenomenon. Ginko travels the country and meets several people who are victims of mushi and either begin exhibiting supernatural characteristics or are affected by others who are victims of mushi. In each episode, he attempts to unravel the mysteries behind each supernatural phenomenon, identify the mushi involved, and find a cure to the victims to allow for humans and mushi to co-exist.
Other anime I've watched worth mentioning: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Evangelion movies (1.0, 2.0, 3.0), Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan), Haruhi Suzumiya (...don't watch this imo), Steins Gate, Usagi Drop