Love anime? Heard of it but never indulged and looking to check it out? Why not start with the five best?! As an anime conoisseur, I can say without a doubt that the fundamental aspects of intellectual anime are the ingenuity, originality, and high-level of intelligence that go into the writing of these iconic titles. You may have heard of the first two series here, but that's why I'm including five, so even people who're familiar with Death Note and Code Geass can find something of a similar intellectual caliber to watch. If you've been hesitant about anime in the past, it's never to late to start, and there's no better place to begin with than those which contain some of the smartest writing in the animeverse. 1. Death Note Genres: Mystery/Thriller/Supernatural Description: A brilliant young idealist finds a journal granting him the power to decide who lives and who dies. Why: Death Note is one of the most popular anime franchises in all of Japan, and for good reason: it's extremely original. It is not an action-based series, but rather the start of a small sub-category of anime that focuses on extremely intellectual writing, including mind games, brilliant plans, masterminds and games of cat & mouse. Like the BBC ’s Sherlock where you watch and become entranced by the ingenious deductions of the protagonist, Death Note is similar as you watch the protagonist, Light, attempt to use the titular "Death Note" to create a world free of crime—and the brilliant ways in which he hides himself from the genius detective that is after him. It’s truly unique. 2. Code Geass & Code Geass R2 Genres: Mecha/Action/SciFi Description: A man with a mysterious paranormal mind-control ability uses his gift to start a rebellion in a world rife with turmoil. Why: Unlike 99% of mecha anime, if you Google Code Geass , you will be hard pressed to actually find a giant robot. That's because although the show focuses on combat, the method of combat for a considerable amount of time, it isn't the focus of the show. What makes Code Geass so exceptional is how main character Lelouch uses his ability to read the battlefield, plant spies from within, and create a whole hidden network/rebellion all while maintaining a separate identity. 3. Eden of the East Genres: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Action Description: Three months after a carefully orchestrated missile attack on japan with no casualties, 12 seemingly random people are given ¥10 Billion by the terrorist and told they must spend it to "save the world"—or be killed Why: Eden of the East , like Death Note , is highly intellectual. While not primarily an “action” show, it doesn't lack for suspense. It's somewhat conceptually similar to FOX ’s 24 : using a large pool of money, but given virtually no clues, Akira must use everything at his disposal to uncover a terrorist plot, and save Japan from total annihilation. Along the way he encounters other players in the game: a detective, a hospital director, a serial killer, and more. Rather than a second season, there are two movies that continue the story. 4. No Game No Life Genres: Fantasy/Ecchi/Adventure Description: The world's best online gamers—a brother and sister collectively known as blank—are sucked into an alternate reality in which the outcome of everything is determined by games. Why: First of all, No Game No Life has some of the most colorful and beautiful art of any anime out there (though, fair warning, this series is intended for a male audience, and it can be intensely sexual). Everything in the world of the show must be solved using games, of which the creators determine the rules. The loser of the game is then magically forced to comply to the agreed upon terms. It features clever schemes, plots, and games orchestrated to bring humanity—here a nonmagical group—to the forefront of the many powerful, magical races that populate this strange colorful world. Don’t underestimate protagonist Sora: he may be a pervert, but he's no less a hero than the others on this list. Together with his sister, they can beat anyone—even a god. 5. Steins;Gate Genres: Science Fiction/Mystery/Comedy Description: Real world Mad Scientist Okabe Rintaro accidentally invents a time machine, triggering a series of events that put him and his friends in danger. Why: Stein’s;Gate is both a highly popular anime, and a game series. It’s quirky and fun with a good balance between humor and seriousness. In this mind-bender, Okabe and his friends must wrack their brains to unravel the mystery of how their (accidental) time machine works. Though not as good as any of the above animes, it still stands above the rest of the anime genre in terms of intellectuality.
Japanese manga series Death Note has already inspired two films in its native country, but the series is now to be the inspiration for a new American take on the same story. We're assured, however, that it's not another J-horror remake: this is a new adaptation based on the books, not the movies. The plot, for those of you not familiar with it, is that a student called Light Yagami finds a supernatural notebook with a link to the Death god Ryuk. If he writes someone's name in the notebook while holding their face in his mind, they die - and so Light begins a campaign to wipe out crime and corruption. The film will apparently draw on the first 3 volumes of the 13-volume series. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides are adapting the script, following their gigs on War of the Gods and Live Bet. No director or cast members are attached as yet, but this is one to keep an eye on going forward. Read the Empire reviews of the first two Japanese Death Note adaptations here and here. Source Here