Introducing 5 Great Animated Series For Your Next Session
We have all been there. You are all set for a relaxing session. You have your edible, bowl, vape, joint or whatever ready to go. The snacks have all been made and you plop onto the couch for some much needed rest only to spend the next hour scrolling through your streaming apps to find the perfect entertainment. Well we are here to help you cut through the noise by recommending 5 great animated series for your next session.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
This is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest examples of storytelling done right. Avatar: The Last Airbender might have been made for Nickelodeon, but don’t let that scare you off. This is anything but a simple kids’ show. The animation is some of the best around, the story deals with heavy issues such as war, famine, genocide, and loss and all of the characters (even side characters) go through transformative story arcs. Did I mention it has some stellar voice acting? Jason Isaacs, Mark Hamill, Dante Bosco, Jennifer Hale, Mae Whitman and Michaela Hill Murphy are just a few of the names you might recognize. So if you are in the mood for to get lost a world of martial arts, “magic”, love and loss this might be the perfect series to start during your next session.
Do you like gothic horror? What about epic classical instrumentals? Gory deaths? How about a world the powers of the underworld and that of the church are at odds, but the line between who is good and evil is blurred? If you answered yes to any of these then I strongly suggest Netflix’s Castlevania. Based on the popular video game by the same title, this series is sure to please. The episodes are about half an hour in length and can be easily binged. This is one of my favorite shows of the last decade and it is amazing how much they got right compared to other high fantasy television shows.
Arcane is a series based off of the lore behind the popular MOBA video game “League of Legends”, but don’t let that fool you. This is not the live action Super Mario Brothers from the 90’s (which I admit is one of my guilty pleasures). This is a deep, character rich story about family, love, loss, and the road to hell being paved with good intentions. The animation, done by French based studio ‘Fortiche’, is stunning. Be sure to pay attention to the fine details in the design, as well as the fine character movements. In this story, every detail counts.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Kaijus, mecha suits, a destroyed earth, philosophy, angel battles this ever popular Anime from the 90’s is considered one of the best of all time, and for good reason. I don’t want to go into it too much and spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but I can’t rate this high enough. Does it sometimes get a little insistent? Are there scenes and choices that will leave you uncomfortable? Most definitely, but if you want to get a kick in your psyche this might be the right animation for you. There are also follow-up movies that are fantastic in their own right, but for now I am just recommending the series.
There is probably not a single person on the planet that has not heard of South Park. This hit animated satire has been around almost as long as I have been alive. I actually remember being in 5th grade when it first came out. It’s crass, irreverent, and extremely funny. There have been a season or two that felt a little meandering, but South Park has definitely earned its place in both pop and counter culture alike.