7 Anime That Will Make You Tough Mentally

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Naruto (1999)

A classic anime that has follows 'Naruto' a little ninja who wants to become the 'Hokage', the leader of the village. It is heartening to dee his determination in the face of struggle.

Naruto: Shippuden (2007)

A continuation of Naruto's story. This sequel is far more complex both in terms of the world building and the emotional landscape. Naruto has to grow both physically and mentally throughout the narrative. His fight with his childhood friend Sasuke near the climax, is a brilliant fight that shows his development as a ninja and a person.

One Punch Man (2015)

This anime tells the story of Saitama or the One Punch Man, who trained relentlessly for three years to become a Hero who could defeat a villain with one punch. It is interesting to watch him discover his purpose.

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

Mamuro Oshii's 1995 film is his magnum opus. It is a beautifully crafted film which has interesting discussion around the philosophy of life, memory and reality. Watching Major Motoko Kusanagi come to terms with her own identity and the state of the world around her is heart wrenching.

One Piece (1999)

Monkey D. Luffy's journey to become the king of the pirates is inspiring. He acts with absolute optimism despite the odds never being in his favour.

Akira (1988)

Director Katsuhiro Otomo's dystopian science fiction film shows a world filled with grit and blood. The determination with which the characters act in the sad world void of human connection for the sake of friendship is beautiful.

Dragon Ball Z (1989)

A classic anime that is about pushing yourself to achieve higher and higher levels of power. It binds both emotional storytelling with a gripping plot which drives the characters toward self-actualization.