The 6 Most Popular Anime Series that Everyone Is Watching

1.  Naruto Shippuden

Starting way back in 2002, this juggernaught of an anime franchise has recently begun to wind down with an epic finale to its second series, Naruto Shippuden in the movie, The Last: Naruto the Movie. Just because there’s no regular Naruto anime series now, doesn’t mean its completely finished though. A special movie focusing on several characters’ future children called, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, came out in 2015 and there’s a good possibility that more films and specials may be on the way.

If martial arts, magic and demons are your thing, this humorous, dramatic and action packed series may be for you.

2.  One Piece

Similar to Naruto, One Piece features a blend of action and story with a slightly more generous helping of comedy. Running continuously since its launch in 1999 and now with well over 600 anime episodes (find out how to watch all these episode for free here!) and several One Piece movies, this anime about a crazy group of pirates has attracted a loyal fan base that has continued to grow more and more every year.

3.  Fairy Tail

Ever wondered what would happen if J.K. Rowling or Enid Blyton ever wrote an anime? The result would be something like Fairy Tail (not Fairy Tale) which follows an eclectic band of magic wielding guild members on mystical adventures full of monsters, evil wizards and revelations both world-shaking and personal.

The animation may not be the best Japanese animation has to offer but Fairy Tail more than makes up for it with its contagious positive energy and massive supporting cast of original characters.

4.  Pokemon

While designed for the younger anime fan, the Pokemon anime continues to be popular with Pokemon fans of all ages, many of whom have been watching since its launch in the late 90s and others who are just discovering it for the first time.

Due to the soft reboot the series performs every few years where all but the main characters of Ash and Pikachu are replaced as they move to a new region (read more about the different seasons and regions here), the Pokemon anime is very easy to jump into and enjoy from almost any episode and the numerous Pokemon movies require very little knowledge before diving in.

5.  Dragon Ball Z

Even though this long running classic series had finished several years ago, Dragon Ball Z continues to be one of the most popular anime series regardless of generation.

Featuring a mix of martial arts, Chinese culture, comedy, and science fiction, Dragon Ball Z is a great series for almost any age group and with the recent re-release of the series on Blu-ray (check out my review of the first set here) and a brand new anime series called, Dragon Ball Super, now is a great time to dive in.

6.  Sailor Moon Crystal

Definitely one of the most famous Japanese animated series that has affected popular culture all over the world, Sailor Moon is back with a completely new anime series that follows the original Sailor Moon manga a lot more closely than the 90s anime which took quite a few creative liberties with the source material.

The new series, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (or Sailor Moon Crystal for short) is constantly one of the most watched TV shows on online streaming services such as Hulu and Crunchyroll where it streams for free (find out where and how to watch Sailor Moon Crystal here) and old and new fans are experiencing the classic characters as never before.

Where and When to Watch Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F

Afer the initial anouncment of the new 2015 Dragon Ball Z film and its tentative title, The Worst Wish in History, the latest entry in the popular Dragon Ball franchise has now been properly revealed with several new images from the film, a new title; Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and a more detailed plot synopsis (the film’s story will see the return of the fan-favorite Dragon Ball Z villain, Frieza who has been resurrected by the Dragon Balls!).

While the previous film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods recieved an English dubbed theatrical release in North America, Canada and Australia several months after the Japanese release, Resurrection ‘F’ will be getting a special English subtitled (with original Japanese audio) theatrical screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, April 11th a whole week before the Japan premiere on the 18th!

Tickets for this one-off screening are unfortunately sold out but FUNimation has confirmed that they will also be releasing their English dubbed version of the film on the big screen sometime in Summer 2015 and that that release would be much wider and very likely to be shown in cinemas in countries outside of the USA such as Canada and Australia (like Battle of Gods).

t’s the news fans have been waiting for! FUNimation Entertainment is proud to announce its distribution of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the upcoming Japanese animated feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ represents the nineteenth feature film in the Dragon Ball series. Series creator Akira Toriyama was directly involved in the film’s production, just as he was in the highly successful Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Everything You Need to Know About the Fairy Tail Anime

What is the Fairy Tail Anime Series About?

Fairy Tail (not “fairy tale”) is a Japanese cartoon (anime) set in a magical world called, Earth-land where magic is commonplace and mystical beings are well-known to the general population. In this world, many beings with magical abilities form guilds, groups or teams of magical individuals who protect their fellow members, occasionally act as a family, and mostly make money by completing assignments for paying customers.

The series revolves around one of these groups which calls itself the “Fairy Tail Guild”. Throughout the series the guild gets sent on a variety of missions ranging from small and mundane to adventures that could save the entire world. Occasionally individual Fairy Tail Guild members’ are revealed to have a personal connection to a mission which results in secrets being revealed and regular plot twists that shake the group to its core.

Fairy Tail’s fresh blend of action, drama, and comedy has earned itself a large following of fans. Its animation is often criticized for looking rushed but the quality voice actors, in both the Japanese and English versions, and the show’s willingness to not take itself too seriously often overcomes any limitations in production quality that may be present.

Who are the Main Characters in the Fairy Tail Anime?

The Fairy Tail Guild itself comprises of a large number of members, many of which act as recurring supporting characters. For the most part, the series focuses on a small group within this guild; Erza, Gray, Happy, Carla, Lucy, and Natsu with Lucy and Natsu often getting the most screen time and character development.

How Many Seasons of the Fairy Tail Anime are There?

Season One through Four are considered to be Fairy Tail Series One while the fifth season onwards fall within Fairy Tail Series 2. Very few companies or fans use the series labelling when referring to the anime with most simply using the season numbers. Official DVD and Blu-ray releases rarely use the series or season numbering and instead release consecutive DVD and Blu-ray volumes featuring the latest batch of episodes.

How Many Fairy Tail Anime Movies are There?

There has been one Fairy Tail anime movie. Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess was released theatrically in Japan in August 2012 and on Blu-ray and DVD in North America in December the following year.

The movie tells a completely stand-alone story from the anime series and features original character designs by Fairy Tail creator, Hiro Mashima. You can read more about Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess in our full review.

Who Should Watch the Fairy Tail Anime?

While the Fairy Tail anime series’ target demographic in Japan is male and female viewers from around 10 years old through to young adult, the numerous sexual innuendoes and objectification of the female (and male) characters makes it inappropriate for most pre-teens in Western countries. The violence and action isn’t anywhere near the level of more mature series like Attack on Titan but parents and guardians of younger viewers should be aware that death is a common theme in the series, threats of violence are plentiful, and characters do bleed when injured.

Where Can I Watch the Fairy Tail Anime?

The Fairy Tail anime series is available for digital download from a variety of stores such as iTunes and Xbox in addition to numerous streaming services like Netflix, Anime Lab, FUNimation, and Crunchyroll. FUNimation and Crunchyroll often stream the latest Japanese Fairy Tail anime episode with English subtitles within hours of its Japanese television broadcast while the English audio version typically gets a release about a year or so later.

Epic Star Wars Anime Mashup Fan Arts

A Magical Sailor Moon and Star Wars Mashup

One of the more enjoyable aspects of fan art is the level of creativity shown by artists who are passionate about their favorite series. The more memorable creations are the ones that throw caution to the wind and really think outside the box by putting characters in situations they wouldn’t normally find themselves in or even mashing two completely different genres together! Anime is cool. Star Wars is cool.

Brilliant Bobba Fett Star Wars and Akira Anime Mashup Fan Art

Pikachu and Chewbacca Pokemon Anime and Star Wars Fan Art Mashup

Things don’t get much cuter than this anime and Star Wars mashup fan art of Pokemon’s Pikachu as Chewbacca. This is a shiny Pokemon that needs to appear in the official games.

The Ultimate Star Wars and Dragon Ball Anime Mashup

this brilliant Dragon Ball anime and Star Wars mashup fan art by ludy83 captures the sense of wackiness and adventure from both popular franchises.

A Fantastic Naruto and Star Wars Mashup Fan Art

One of the best anime and Star Wars mashup fan arts ever made featuring the cast of Naruto!

A Cool Star Wars Take on Attack on Titan

There’s some definite artistic skill on display here. Not only has the artist captured the likeness of Levi and Eren from the Attack on Titan anime but they’ve also captured the dynamic poses of the Jedi Knights from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Brilliant work!