The developers Christian Linke and Alex Yee bring a lively and contrasting world to life in the animated sci-fi series Arcane. As a prelude to the League of Legends game series by Riot Games, the series takes viewers into the futuristic worlds of Piltover and its dystopian counterpart, the fence. After the death of Zaun’s protector Vander, the lower town sinks into madness, while fate turns the sisters Vi and Powder into archenemies. Topics include class struggle, sibling rivalry, family, politics, and science. If you are fascinated by the futuristic world of the series, we have some suggestions for you. Most of these Arcane-like shows can be found on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
7. Humanity Has Declined (2012-2013)
If the cue post-apocalyptic makes you feel dreadful, the fantasy anime Humanity Has Declined (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita) will lift your spirits regardless of its crazy premise. Directed by Seiji Kishi and based on the light novel series of the same name by Romeo Tanaka, the post-apocalyptic fantasy anime series unveils a future in which humanity is almost extinct and the remaining people have shrunk to fairies to cater to the Lack of resources to adapt. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and the fairies have developed a special love for sweets. When the festive atmosphere of Piltover in Arcane appeals to your senses, this eerie utopia will fire your imagination.
6. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-)
For fans of medical dramas, the long-running Grey’s Anatomy by Shonda Rhimes is hardly worth an introduction. The series explores the ups and downs of the stressful professional life of a surgeon using the title character Meredith Gray. In the first season, Dr. Gray as an assistant doctor and has to face a multitude of challenges. However, it’s interesting to see how the series ties the title character’s work and personal life together, especially her relationship with her sister Lexie. Lexie is surprised by Meredith’s existence, and Meredith is jealous of Lexie’s perfect family life. If you can empathize with the tense and fiery rivalry between the two sisters, this series should be on your bucket list.
5. Into The Badlands (2015-2019)
The creative duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar create a massive post-apocalyptic world in the sci-fi fantasy thriller Into The Badlands. The series begins with Regent Sunny, a fearless fighter who saves a mysterious boy named MK from the nomads. There is a mysterious power in the rescued boy, and his ancestry may be linked to Sunny’s own hidden past. Together they cross the eponymous badlands in search of a way out. If you enjoyed the love-hate relationship between Vi and Jinx in Arcane, you are sure to be blown away by the chemistry between the lead duo on this series.
4. Love, Death and Robots (2019-)
Tim Miller reveals a futuristic world of chaos and compassion in the adult sci-fi animated series Love, Death and Robots. The futuristic series contains independent stories of varying proportions, all of which revolve around one or more of the three eponymous themes. If you feel like visiting the remotest cobwebs in the universe or just want to see an alternate reality in which yogurts replace people as rulers of the planet, this is a series that is sure to please you one way or another. If you’re intrigued by the unpredictable personality of Jinx in Arcane, keep your eyes peeled for a similar character on the series named Sonnie.
3. Daria (1997-2002)
Created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn and evolved from Mike Judge’s animated series Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria is a cult classic among adult cartoons that takes up the experiences of teenagers with all their contradictions and jokes. The series is funny, provocative and, even at such a late hour, still remarkably fresh and a real feast for the eyes. Daria and Quinn’s sisterly rivalry will make you laugh, cry, and even indignant. Although the two grow up under the same roof, Daria develops into an intellectual loner, while Quinn absorbs the superficiality of life. Such a seamless sisterly bond has barely been woven on TV, and if you’re looking for a series that revolves around a sibling war like Arcane this is one of your best bets.
2. Steins; Gate (2011-2015)
Steins; Gate, which was developed by Jukki Hanada and based on the visual novel of the same name by 5pb. and Nitroplus from 2009 is an exuberant and baffling story about time travel with the help of a microwave oven. The self-loving and mad scientist Rintaro Okabe (aka Hououin Kyouma) enters the world hoping to be a prophet to the masses, but he doesn’t seem to have his life under control. However, he puts together a thrown together team of scientists to develop his arsenal of eccentric devices until a future soldier travels back in time to ensure his safety. If you’ve admired the teenage scientist Jayce Talis in Arcane, you will be amazed by the insane genius of Hououin Kyouma.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
Developed by Hiroshi Ōnogi and directed by Yasuhiro Irie, best known from Cowboy Bebop, is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an epic and impressive fantasy anime series. The steampunk series is based on the manga series of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa and, unlike its predecessor from 2003, largely follows the history of the manga. The story revolves around the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric’s search for the Philosopher’s Stone, which they can use to bring their deceased mother back to life. From the dichotomy of the two opposing worlds to the taboo of human transmutation, much in Arcane seems to be inspired by this anime classic, and this series has the power to immerse you in its fantasy world.
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