Like most 90s kids who grew up in the United States, the very first anime I ever saw was Naruto. Since then, hundreds of Japanese anime shows have taken the world by a storm, interjecting themselves into pop culture – from Dragon Ball Z to Fruit’s Basket to Cowboy Bepop – these shows are just as beloved as any other “children’s” show might be. It’s also important to note that most animes aren’t really what we think of as appropriate for children. Many deal with really dark themes, harrowing circumstances, and fatally-flawed characters. They’re far more intense than any Disney movie, that’s for sure, and yet most people tend to think of them as “children’s” shows simply because they’re animated.
Yet those of us who still enjoy anime as adults know the truth. Shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Sword Art Online are just as engaging as any other story. The characters deal with very real situations and circumstances. Themes like redemption, guilt, racism, and sexism often make appearances in anime shows. That’s what makes them so real and so interesting. We see characters who we can really relate to dealing with things that we ourselves have dealt with. Sure, grief might take the form of two boys messing around with forbidden alchemy, and redemption might take the form of the last member of a dead clan going off the deep end – but we can still recognize these themes, even if the circumstances and settings are wildly different to our own lives. That’s what makes anime so valuable.
If you haven’t guessed, we love anime here at TeeHunter. That’s why we’ve gone around the web and compiled all the best anime tees in one spot for you to browse through. If you know of a cool anime tee and don’t see it here, let us know by submitting it so we can add it to the collection. We’re always looking for more!