Every lonely single deserves a good shout out when watching anime this coming Valentine’s Day.
Now that anime has become more mainstream, there are a few iconic anime movies and series that new fans should check out. One of the best feelings is finding a good anime movie to let your emotions out.
“Silent Voice” is a moving animated film that focuses on a person’s ability to grow and change. Created by Naoko Yamada, this film explores the concept of bullying, friendship and self-love.
After years, a bully (Shoya Ishida) seeks redemption from a hearing-impaired classmate (Shouko Nishimiya). Shoya tries to reunite his old friends to show Shouko that the group of classmates has matured and they can’t take the bullying anymore.
This anime is worth watching because it is completely relatable, and viewers can see each character have a different reaction to bullying, whether they are the bully or a victim. All characters face the consequences of bullying as they grow.
Throughout the movie, there are plenty of unexpected heartbreaking moments. “Silent Voice” doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult topics in order to establish the main point of the story, which is that everyone needs some kind of love and support in life.
This film is available to stream on Netflix.
“Violet Evergarden” is a beautiful anime series that focuses on the journey of self-discovery. Created by Kyoto Animation, the series revolves around Violet, a young female veteran as she attempts to assimilate into the post-war Industrial Revolution era. At the start of the series, she becomes a scribe called “Auto-Memory Doll” and writes letters for her clients who are unable to write. Each episode is a different story, revolving around the different characters Violet helps and what she learns from each experience.
The writing, production, and animation of the series are incredibly well done, so much so that viewers will become more attached to the characters with each episode. The public will undoubtedly feel for and with them.
In her travels, Violet generally does her best to guide her clients on the right path to accurately express their message as she crafts their letters. The series does a good job of including variety in experiences, whether Violet is writing a goodbye letter, a letter of reflection, or even a love letter.
The beauty of this series is that Violet’s customers have their own stories that unfold throughout each episode in heartwarming ways. The series gives new meaning to “the pen is mightier than the sword”.
The series and its Violet Evergarden collection episodes are available to stream on Netflix.
“Anohana” is a story of friendship and eternal reunion. Created by The Super Peace Busters, Tatsuyuki Nagai, Mari Okada, and Masayoshi Tanaka, the series follows a group of friends as they try to come to terms with their friend’s past death in different ways.
The main character, Menma, is a spirit who appears to one of her friends, Jinta, years after her death. In order to send him to the afterlife, the group of old friends must fulfill their wish to reunite everyone in friendship again.
The most relevant point of this series is that old friends never change as much as one might think. Although they may change in physical appearance over time, they will always be the friends you know and love.
Anohana will make even the toughest people cry. The series really delves into how humans deal with the death of a loved one. Most moving of all, the show’s final song is so beautifully orchestrated that viewers will remember the tears they shed.
“Anohana” is available to stream on Netflix.
Rather than doing nothing this Valentine’s Day, viewers should enjoy one of these heartbreaking anime instead. There are stories that can only be told through anime.
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