Dr. Stone tells the story of Senku Ishigami, a genius high school student with a passion for space exploration and science, and his lovable childhood friend Taiju Ōki as they attempt to rebuild civilization after a mysterious event transforms every human being on the planet into stone. Senku and Taiju embark on a quest to revive every human being on the planet and find out what caused their sudden affliction using nothing more than wits and ingenuity. From constructing shelter to distilling alcohol, building fires to forging gunpowder, every new discovery is a very exciting event. If you’re looking for an anime that’ll make you feel just a bit smarter for having watched it, Dr. Stone is the one for you.
Kaguya Sama: Love is War
Adapted from the popular ongoing manga of the same name, Love Is War follows the story of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, two students attending the Shuch’in Academy, who have feelings for one another. But neither Shirogane nor Shinomiya will acknowledge their feelings for the other. Rather than talk things out Shirogane and Shinomiya choose to try to force the other to confess their feelings first, just to avoid losing the “War”.
In this anime series, the world is threatened by a mysterious epidemic of spontaneous human combustion, transforming normal humans into supernatural creatures known as “Infernals.” Shinra Kusakabe, a third-generation pyrokinetic who wants to be a fire-fighting hero, enlists as a rookie firefighter of the Special Fire Force, a group of pyromancers dedicated to exorcising Infernals and defending Tokyo from their persistent threat. Fire Force is one of the most visually impressive shonen series of the year. With exciting fight sequences, and mischievous sense of humor, Fire Force is one of this year’s best new action anime.
Vinland Saga follows the journey of Thorfinn Karlsefni, a legendary Icelandic explorer as he embarks on a dangerous quest to avenge the death of his father. The series follows Thorfinn’s story from childhood to adulthood, maturing from a boy into a relentless warrior until finally leaving to colonize North America alongside Leif Erikson. Beneath the impressive animation and fight scenes, there is a theme of anti-violence and pro-human decency, with Thorfinn’s father Thors teaching him that every human being is fighting a hard battle and that no one is truly his enemy.