The world of anime is full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve got a storyline all figured out, they throw another plot twist at you. The twists and turns that exhaust and frustrate us are exactly what keeps us hooked.
Whether it’s something you saw coming or development that took you by surprise, anime never ceases to intrigue and amaze. A plot twist can change the entire show.
How many of us can forget the moment Reiner betrayed the Scouts in Attack on Titan? That one hurt, mainly because we thought he was an ally all along.
Looking for another plot twist-filled anime to put on your watchlist? We got you. Here’s our top 5:
1. Assassination Classroom
A group of middle schoolers decides to assassinate their teacher, Koro Sensei, a tentacle monster. After claiming that he blew up the moon, they believe that the monster plans to go all out and destroy Earth as well.
The plot twist? He’s not the monster we were led to believe. Contrary to what the kids think, he didn’t blow up the moon either. It turns out that a rat who had the same powers as Koro Sensei was put on the moon as anexperiment and had disastrous and explosive results.
All Koro Sensei (the monster) wants is to die. You’d think he’d just take a leap down the tallest building and call it a day, right? Except it isn’t that simple. His body is infused with powerful anti-matter, which upon explosion, will take out a major chunk of the planet, if not all of it.
In a bid to end his suffering, Koro Sensei gives class 3-E the assignment to take him out hoping they’ll figure out a way to kill him and save the world while they’re at it.
2. Your Name
The first and second half of Your Name are as different as chalk and cheese. That’s what makes it so fun to watch! The story starts out as a typical high school romance that weaves in an intriguing plot: we later discover that our protagonists randomly swap bodies with each other upon waking up.
They’re unable to meet in real life so they communicate with each other through notes and messages to determine if they’re in their real bodies and help each other with the things they want to do. By doing so, they form a close relationship.
Here’s the plot twist: Mitsuha and Taki belong to two different timelines, three years apart. Mitsuha died from a comet that destroyed her hometown three years from the present date so every time Taki switches bodies, he travels back in time. We then realize that the entire time he was switching bodies with Mitsuha, she was already dead and has been for three whole years. Bam.
This plot twist completely changed the story and turned a lighthearted and fun plot into an intriguing and heart-wrenching tale that depicts the transcendence of love.
3. Psycho Pass
If you’ve read Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, you might have an inkling of what’s going on in futuristic Japan. The plot is intriguing and will keep you on your toes. Right off the bat, you know there’s something wrong, there’s something amiss but you can’t put your finger on it.
It turns out that futuristic Japan relies on a special system that determines if a Japanese citizen is a criminal or not and metes out capital punishment before the person has committed any crimes. The computer assessment referred to as “psycho pass” uses a computer algorithm that we later discover is flawed, unreliable, and corrupt.
Psycho pass is made from harvesting the brains of criminals who cunningly outsmarted the law. This futuristic justice system that keeps Japan crime-free controls the dangerously flawed society with all its social and ethical underpinnings.
4. Angel Beats
Set in the afterlife, Angel Beats follows the stories of different people who are unable to move on to the afterlife. Among them is the main protagonist Yuzuru Otonashi who’s stuck in limbo because he can’t remember what happened to him in his own life. In a tear-jerking flashback, Kanade, one of the people helping others move on from limbo, reveals that she has his heart.
We later realize that one of the driving forces for Kanade is to thank Yuzuru Otonashi for giving her the gift of a lifetime, his heart. Suffering from an unnamed heart disease, the heart that came from Otonashi who died in a train crash saved her life.
Angel Beats sometimes doesn’t make sense, especially when it comes to timelines. But it’s definitely worth a watch for its unpredictable and intriguing storyline.
5. Kill La Kill
Kill La Kill revolves around protagonist Ryoko Matori who visits Honnouji Academy in search of answers about her father’s killer. While there, she meets Satsuki Kiryuin, the student council president who runs the school like a dictator. Despite being strong-willed, Satsuki is obedient towards her mother who’s set on destroying humanity using fibers from space. Ryoko Matori prepares to defeat her.
The exaggerated battle between Ryuko and Satsuki is a pivotal moment in the series. As it turns out, Satsuki is secretly honing her skills and stockpiling resources to thwart her mother’s evil plan and she needs Ryoko’s help to bring it to fruition.
Just when you think it’s all good, the writers of Kill La Kill throw us another plot twist: Ryoko and Satsuki are long-lost sisters. To make things even more complicated, Ryuko turns out to be part alien. The episodes following this revelation have viewers on the edge of their seats.
After these 5 recommendations, which anime are you interested in watching next?
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