Sometimes, some really nice Anime are those shows that start really slow, but end up to be really enjoyable once things start to pick up. These series may not have a great first impression, but giving a chance to these shows may just be one of the best things you’d do in your Anime journey. Check out this list for shows that fall into that slowburn category!
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Something dark, bizarre, and perhaps interesting. These are some of the most common ways to describe the bleak anime, Texhnolyze. Created by the amazing team behind the similar and thought-provoking series, Serial Experiments Lain, Texhnolyze is peppered with odd symbolism and analogies.
Given that the first episode does contain little to none dialogue, and with the few succeeding episodes featuring sparse information at all, viewers need to be patient to get through the meat of this series. But trust us, this series is a ride like no other, once you allow yourself to sink in do this weird world found in this show.
For one of the longest-running series in anime, Gintama can actually be considered as a slowburn show mainly because of its first set of episodes – everything does seem so odd! Although known for its humor (which can actually still be experienced during the first episodes), the initial set does seem to only cater to hardcore fans.
Presenting itself as giving a pat on its back for an anime adaptation, newbies may instantly be turned-off with this direction. But as seen with the years of success this show has, you really ought to give this series a chance (or avoid the first few episodes to dive into the main plot of Gintama!).
This series does take its time establishing key points. And perhaps that because it has to build a solid foundation, it can be a turnoff for some viewers. But don’t let sci-fi concepts or weird occurrences turn you away from this show – Steins;Gate may take its time, but being patient on how it reveals the plot can and will reward you in the end! Smartly written and presenting a nice case on how time travel can work, this is a show that you certainly wouldn’t want to miss.
A standout in this list (this is a movie, after all), Angel’s Egg is not only a slow visual treat, but a philosophical masterpiece as well. The avant-garde approach of this movie details mainly just two characters: a young girl who seems to guard a massive egg and a supposed soldier who seems to follow her around.
The strange world the two live in reveals nothing much to the overall plot – there really isn’t any dialogue at all, except some really sparse lines. But still, this movie is a treat: the art is done by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano and the plot written and directed by the legendary Mamoru Oshii! Do yourself a favor: watch this movie and revel on the many wonders this story has to say to you!
Perhaps its because of the many characters of this series that makes this show quite a mess in probably the first half of the show! With multiple perspectives to consider, it really does take quite some time to get things rolling in this show! But as it is, stick with it – there multiple plotlines are all there for a reason, and it’s quite a bang when everything starts making this show a one-of-a-kind ride!
You have got to hand it to this show: it really has a weird sense of humor. Although the first few episodes may be entertaining, it really isn’t something out of the ordinary, considering it’s a conventional mecha show. But stick with it and be amazed with the development! Gurren Lagann’s best facets aren’t only its fight scenes. The plot can take you by surprise, offering elements that you wouldn’t expect to happen!
This show may present itself as a typical shonen series, but the slow burn effect takes place really early on with its weird buildup.
It’s perhaps of the slice of life approach that may seem like the show is going in no direction at all – actually, some do say that the first arc of this series may seem like nothing at all! Only when the show decides to go on towards the actual shonen aspect is when things get really interesting. Be ready for some spectacular fights and revelations – just be really patient in waiting for things to pick up!
As another example of a long-running anime series, World Trigger is also a sample of an anime that takes a really long time to get the story rolling. In fact, it did take numerous episodes before anything significant happened on the show, mainly because this series invested on explaining everything first.
This is one major blow for most viewers, who would just want to simply enjoy a series! But again, do stay patient with this show – everything matters and will reward you evenly for the amount of time going through the world-building aspect!
This show is just absurd! By reputation alone, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is known to be one stylish and amazing series that spans multiple generations! But getting into this show’s world may be quite a pain. The first episode reveals themselves quite slowly.
And it does take time getting used to the absurd concepts going on in the show! But stick to it and motivate yourself that you need to see what’ll happen – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure will truly reward you with some of the best scenes you’ll view in anime!
Consider this show a diamond in the rough. With the first few episodes trying to explain world physics in a rather plain manner, it’ll definitely take some patience to get through these.
Only around the fourth or fifth episode will you realize how much of a blast this show is! You’ll get hooked with the rather interesting story this show has to offer: all we have to tell you is that you really need to see this show!