A form of entertainment which I greatly enjoy is Japanese animation. I do not claim to be the hugest fan of anime, nor do I say that I am well-versed. I've only seen a small number of anime movies and shows. But, I do greatly enjoy them. Before I started watching anime, I was under the impression that it was "bad." I guess I had once been told that a certain anime was not worth watching, so I assumed that all anime was bad. Silly, I know. But I stayed away from anime, not realizing the beauty that I was missing out on. Little did I know that some anime shows would enrich my life!
When I was 16 or 17, I began watching anime, and on this page, I would like to share brief, non-spoiler recommendations for different anime movies and series that I have seen. I'm going to keep adding more as I find the time to update the list. If you've never tried anime, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give it a try. Who knows? You may find something that you absolutely love! Much of the anime which I've seen has enriched my life on many levels, and I hope that it will enrich your life, as well!
There is such a beautiful underlying Catholic understanding of the communion that we are called to. When I asked a friend (before watching this show) what is was about, he said, "high schoolers." Yes, at face value, this show is about a bunch of high school students. But it goes so much deeper. This show is about young people who are all suffering in different ways, and they try to find family, community, and love with each other. Clannad is the first show, and it builds up a strong foundation of the major characters and their interactions. Each major character has his or her own "arc," so you'll spend three (or however many) episodes focused on each character. THEN, you get to Clannad After Story, where everything intensifies. And it may possibly make you cry. Because of some heavy issues dealt with, I recommend this show for middle school on up.