Is AOT A Dark Anime

Anime and manga have been rising in popularity for years now. With recent hits like Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer taking the industry by storm, more and more people are turning to anime and becoming fans of the genre. Because it covers a whole range of genres like romance, action, mystery, and adventure, among others, anime attracts fans from all walks of life. However, not all anime is fun and games. Some anime like Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan are some of the darkest anime of the current generation. Attack On Titan starts with Eren, who lived in Shiganshina with his parents and Mikasa. When the Titans attacked the walled city, chaos ensued. In the very first episode of the series, Eren's mother is eaten by a Titan, making audiences take a minute to fathom what had just occurred. As Attack On Titan progressed, more serious themes like genocide, racism, war crimes, and isolation, among others, were explored in incredible detail. The series got darker as it moved forward, especially due to Eren's character and personality. Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric tried to bring back their dead mother at the beginning of Fullmetal Alchemist. Since they didn't entirely understand the laws of alchemy at that time, they ended up losing a lot. Ed and Al go on a journey to find the answers to their questions and get their whole selves back. However, they find themselves in a corrupt world where the Homunculi had wreaked havoc. They also come across the victims of the war on both sides, coming face-to-face with the reality of the world.

Parasyte is an anime that has enjoyed great acclaim. Parasitic aliens invade the earth and take over humans by entering and burrowing in their brains. However, the alien trying to invade the brain of the main protagonist, Shinichi, failed to successfully complete his mission because Shinichi woke up. The parasite, Migi, burrows in Shinichi's right arm instead and thus begins the constant conflict between the two to control the body. With themes of invasion, war, personal growth, and more, Parasyte is one of the most popular dark anime out there. Akame Ga Kill! follows Tatsumi, a young man traveling to the Capital to earn some money for his poverty-stricken village. Akame Ga Kill! deals with intense themes of corruption, desperation, poverty, and helplessness. Saved from inconceivable torture by an assassin group, Night Raid, Tatsumi joins them to lay waste to the corrupt Empire. As Akame Ga Kill! Tatsumi unearths the many secrets kept from the public regarding the Empire's administration and strives to expose them with the help of Night Raid.

Kaneki finds himself fighting for his very existence despite being half-human.

Death Note is one of the most popular anime series of the 2000s. Following Light Yagami, a genius high schooler who was bored with his monotonous life, and Ryuk, a bored Shinigami, this anime deals with intense concepts of morality, ethics, murder, and a vicious god complex that consumes Light. What unsuspecting viewers assumed to be a high school anime turned out to be one of the darkest thriller anime of the 2000s. Light's descent into madness and eventual death leave a huge impact on viewers, irrespective of how many times they've already watched it. Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul is arguably one of the most popular characters in the dark anime genre. His first date as a college student leads to him turning into a ghoul against his wishes. While Kaneki adjusts to life as a half-ghoul, he realizes how much humans despise and fear ghouls. Dealing with major themes of acceptance and discrimination, Tokyo Ghoul grows darker and darker as it progresses. Kaneki finds himself fighting for his very existence despite being half-human. A series not recommended for children, Tokyo Ghoul definitely chills viewers to the bone. Fate/Zero deals with some very mature themes of conflicting ideologies, characters with strong and staunch ideals, and a battle royale story that attracts viewers of all types.

Just like Attack On Titan, The Promised Neverland has a chilling first episode.

Along with this, Fate/Zero displays some of the most amazing animation for an anime of its time and generation. In the context of the Holy Grail War, Fate/Zero perfectly depicts the mental state of people during an ongoing war, as well as the blood and guts that are spilled in order to win. This anime has the perfect amount of gore and character development. An anime that deals with death, darkness, and the afterlife, Death Parade is one of the darkest anime out there. People who have died are sent to a bar and made to compete with others to decide who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The concept of Death Parade seems simple on the surface. However, people are made to play high-stakes games against people they care for deeply. They must choose between companionship and self-preservation. The bartender of the bar, who is in charge of everything, also has his own sob story; he's waiting to pass through the limbo that is the bar. Just like Attack On Titan, The Promised Neverland has a chilling first episode. What initially seems like an orphanage that cares for children and trains them to be good members of society turns out to be a supply unit for highly intelligent commodities, sold off to the highest bidder.

This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story.

It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life-changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.

The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story.

Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.

39;s followers have their own individuality as villains.

Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.

First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.

He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.


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