Is Cowboy Bebop A Seinen

When it comes to anime and manga, many fans are familiar with the terms shounen and shoujo, terms referring to series for young boys or young girls respectively. The term seinen refers to anime and manga that are marketed towards young adult men. While this genre has some amazing series that are loved globally, what many don't know is that the most popular series in different areas of the world greatly differ. This list will be looking at the most popular seinen anime in Japan compared to the most popular of the West. Kingdom is a long-running seinen manga that was adapted into an anime in the year of 2012. This anime has continued running and blowing up even further in popularity up to the present day. In fact, a third season is set to premiere this year. It is the story of a fictional adaptation of the Chinese period known as the Warring States period.

Initial D is an anime that is popular in the West for many different reasons than it is in Japan.

El puente It takes place with Li Xin at the helm with the dream of uniting all of China as a general. The anime, Parasyte: The Maxim came out of nowhere and stole the hearts of anime fans everywhere with its creative concept, scary visuals, great characters, good plot, and awesome action. It was adapted from the manga simply called Parasyte. Parasyte stars Shinichi Izumi, a student living a normal life until he becomes the host to the good symbiotic Parasyte being called Migi that allows him to shapeshift his arm. Together they must take down the evil Parasytes that could be hiding anywhere due to their ability to take over an average looking host. Initial D is an anime that is popular in the West for many different reasons than it is in Japan. Here, many may have been introduced to this street racing series through memes while in Japan the series is actually ingrained in their culture.

The story features Takumi Fujiwara who is a high schooler that ends up developing amazing driving skills because of his delivery job. Once he finds out about street racing he joins in and tries to become the best racer around. Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki who is a college student that has an encounter with a Ghoul during a date. This leads him to become a flesh craving for ghoul as well and takes him into a whole new world where he must hide his new form and fight to survive. This series literally took the West by storm and introduced a lot of anime fans to a new and much darker world of anime they weren't used to. Crayon Shin-Chan is a classic series in Japan. This hilarious series is known simply as Shin-Chan in the west and follows the life of a very vulgar, mischievous, and perverted five-year-old child Shin Nohara. The series began airing in 1992 and is an adaptation of the manga of the same name. It has been released globally and is a gigantic sensation in Japan. Many fans in the West may recognize the characters from the series's run on Toonami. Vinland Saga is a very recent series in the West and has immediately blown up in popularity here. It is similar to Tokyo Ghoul in that it is a series that introduced a lot of fans into the seinen genre of the medium.

Golgo 13 is arguably the most popular seinen series in Japan period.

The series is set in 1013 AD England during the days of Vikings and stars Thorfinn, a teen that is trying to become a true Viking with the goal of avenging his father. Go Nagai's Devilman is one of the most important series in the world of anime and manga and only recently blew up in popularity in the West due to its remake, Devilman: Crybaby. Ever since this series about a boy turned heroic demon showed up in Japan, it was loved and has since then inspired countless other series, as Go Nagai anime and manga usually do. One Punch Man is the most popular seinen anime recently released in the West by a gigantic margin. With its gimmick and amazing writing, One Punch man immediately became the favorite anime of many anime watchers. The series got notably high praise for its amazing animation. It has now entered a league of one of the most popular anime in general out in the West with many viewers believing the series was a shounen at first. Golgo 13 is arguably the most popular seinen series in Japan period. Both it's anime and manga are some of the most beloved media in the nation and its manga is the oldest manga still in publication. The series has been adapted into two live-action films as well. This legendary series stars Golgo 13, a professional assassin that is the epitome of badass. He goes on various jobs ad is willing to kill anyone that he is hired to if the right amount of cash is provided. While Golgo 13 is the most popular seinen series in Japan, out in the West the seinen that no one can stop talking about is Cowboy Bebop. This series is one that introduced many fans of 90's anime to the world of seinen and introduced an all-new type of anime to many.

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.

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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