Madhouse studios is legendary in the
Not to mention some of the most:
Let’s get into the best, greatest
Monster is an underappreciated
Imagine being a surgeon, a doctor, and one day you save a kids life by extracting a bullet from near his brain.
And then 10 years later that same kid happens to be a national serial killer.
You’d feel tormented by your decision. And that’s the story that relates to Monster and the main character: Kenzo Tenma!
Might as well get this one out early.
I don’t wanna sound like I’m overhyping it but even I was surprised by how good this
It all starts with an ordinary teenager who happens to be very intelligent.
It’s such a solid series that’s still known and talked about to this day.
3. One Punch Man
One Punch Man is another Madhouse classic. But in typical Madhouse fashion, they have no idea how to count beyond the number 1.
They rarely make 2nd seasons.
Regardless of how you feel about One Punch Man’s season 2 wit J.C Staff, Madhouse is responsible for the franchise’s insane popularity.
A balled guy who became balled by working too hard, and can defeat enemies in One Punch. Who happens to be so strong he’s depressed because no one can challenge him.
Who knew a Shonen style
Claymore is another underappreciated
In this world it’s run by female characters, or I should say warriors.
There’s a demon called Yoma, and the “Claymore” soldiers are humans with Yoma blood. Giving them their supernatural strength.
Claymore’s have no purpose other than to fight and destroy Yoma, and protect humans for a fee.
This “forced” lifestyle leaves most Claymore’s empty and without much of a personality. But the main character – Clare, is different.
Parasyte isn’t my favorite Madhouse series, but it’s one of the best they’ve ever made.
It’s a horror
The main character’s brain is almost eaten by a parasite, which instead takes over his right arm, and develops a conscience.
The parasite and the MC go back and forth, being forced to live with each other and protect each other from danger.
Thought provoking, questions of morality, this
Hanayamata is like Madhouse’s version of Love Live, but without the idols.
Naru Sekiya meets Hana Fountainstand, a girl who’s insistent on creating a group to do Yosakoi.
Yosakoi is a Japanese freestyle dance and this
It’s a laid back slice of life with the theme of Yosakoi to give it a vibe comparable shows don’t have.
7. Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon is in a league of its own. There’s no comparable show that’s on its level for what it does (except Jormungand, but that’s different).
The main character: Dutch, is the leader of the pack. He runs the lagoon company that’s affiliated with smuggling.
Revy Rebecca, an “employee” of the company is the MC who gets all the attention for her rowdy personality and a potty mouth to go with it.
Her nickname is “two hands” for the twin pistols she uses.
F bombs, profanity, blood, action packed scenes and an underworld of criminals is what you can expect from this
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8. No Game No Life
No Game No Life is one of the most famous Isekai, even in 2020. Madhouse hit the lottery with this one.
As usual, Madhouse hasn’t made a 2nd season and it’s driving fans crazy.
If you’re into Code Geass and the “chess” element of it, No Game No Life is like an Isekai, colorful version of that.
A brother and a sister team up and given how bright and cheery this
Nana for me is one of the greatest slice of life shows to ever come out of the industry. No debate.
Two girls called Nana meet on a train to Tokyo, and both end up moving into to the same flat coincidentally.
Nana Komatsu on the other hand is a hopeless romantic, cheerful, cute, easy to get along with but sometimes stupid.
10. No Guns Life
No Guns Life is the only Madhouse
The animation style is more on the realistic side, with dark edges and characters to match it.
The surprisingly good light comedy evens it out, and it’s more of a chilled
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11. The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna
The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna is the most accurate and well portrayed
It starts off with the MC ending up in the Sengoku period of Japan, where a female version of Nobunaga lives.
If you wanna watch an
These days it’s a forgotten Isekai series most don’t consider when thinking about Isekai.
12. A Place Further Than The Universe
A Place Further Than The Universe is one of the nicest madhouse
It’s more on the bright, cheery side. But something about it feels different (character designs).
The main characters end up on a journey without saying too much, so if adventure aspects do it for you, watch this.
It’s a slice of life as well and the life lessons this
Deserves more credit.
13. Gunslinger Girl
Gunslinger Girl is so underrated in this day and age. You’d be lucky to hear someone recommend it.
It’s about girls who’ve been given another chance at life. They’re modified humans. It was necessary to help them survive.
In exchange for saving their lives they become killers for the government and do their “dirty work”.
It’s tragic, sad, and depressing. But the gorgeous
14. Sunday Without God
Sunday Without God is about what happens when God abandons the world on Sunday, and the aftermath of that.
Gravediggers, a type of character, are used to deal with the dead who are unable to pass on.
It’s religious, makes you think, and gives you a lot of questions to ponder on. Given the context.
There’s nothing like it.
15. Highschool Of The Dead
The main characters are trying to survive in a world over un with zombies, first discovered in school. Plenty of blood and horror in this one.
Not my favorite Madhouse series, mostly because of the overused and abused fan service, but it has to be said.
Highschool Of The Dead is a great
Chihayafuru is about Karuta, a type of Japanese game played in Japan.
Chihaya (the main character) becomes obsessed with it after being “roped” in by Arata, another relevant character.
This is a Josei series and it caught me by surprise. I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
If you’re up for some romance in the form of Josei, mixed in with
17. Death Parade
Death Parade is another deep series that picks apart the characters and goes into detail.
It scrutinizes each character’s personality, what makes them tick, and whether they’re “worth” being sent to either heaven or hell.
The place in between life after death is where many characters are judged “before” being sent on their way.
It’s the kind of
Other Madhouse Studios
- Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Perfect Blue.
Hunter x Hunter.
- The Irregular at Magic High School.