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So it finally happened, another amazing series is coming to an end. Not since the Hunter X Hunter anime finished and Naruto which came to an end fairly recently has there been such a hole in Shonen Jump‘s series. It is rumoured that the ending scheduled today will actually happen on the 22nd with a big announcement. Some believe it will be a live action film, but who knows…

If you’ve not seen any of it, it’s available on Netflix now, but for those who have, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 anime/manga series to help you through these difficult times…

One Punch Man

“On an alternate unnamed world in the metropolis of Z-City, strange monsters have been mysteriously appearing and causing disasters, resulting in the world’s superheroes rising to combat them. Saitama, the protagonist of the series, is the strongest hero who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with a single punch. However, due to his immeasurable strength, Saitama has become bored with his power and is constantly trying to find stronger opponents who can present a challenge to him.”

A recent addition to the Shonen Jump anime world although the manga has been going on for some time. One Punch Man feels like a parody of itself. Seriously funny stuff, amazing animation and artwork, a great first season. We eagerly await the second.

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Tokyo Ghoul

“Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, individuals who can only survive by eating human flesh, live among the normal humans in secret, hiding their true nature to evade pursuit from the authorities. Including enhanced speed, senses, and regenerative ability, a regular ghoul is several times stronger than a normal human, has a skin resistant to ordinary piercing weapons and have at least one special predatory organ called a “Kagune”, which they can manifest and use as a weapon during combat.”

A dark anime, 2 seasons long. Set during an ongoing shadow war between Humans and Ghouls, protagonist Kaneki goes through a near death experience which turns him into a human/ghoul hybrid and perhaps one of the strongest to ever live… The series shows Kaneki go through drastic changes in both personality and physiology, which makes for a very interesting anime indeed.

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Berserk (1997)

“Berserk features a storyline which is engrossing and excellently paced. The first episode draws the viewer in perfectly both through its hardcore action scenes which get the heart pumping and the intrigue and mystery created through its unanswered questions. Berserk then flashes back several years and tells the story that led up to the beginning of the first episode.” 

A great animation, which in all honesty was a recent discovery for us. Stunning old school styled animation and brutal, bloody story, believe me you’re in for a treat with this one, just 25 episodes long you can binge watch this over a weekend and not feel to guilty…

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Future Diary

“Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano is a loner who spends most of his time writing a diary on his cell phone or talking with his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space; and Murmur, Deus’s servant. One day, Deus gives Yuki a special diary, mentioning something about a game. Strangely, Yuki’s new diary has entries in it spanning the next 90 days—entries about the future that come unnervingly true. Deus, revealed to be the not-so-imaginary God of Time and Space, then forces Yuki to participate in a battle royale with eleven other diary holders.”

26 episodes and an OVA another great piece you can enjoy in no time at all. Full of twists and turns, some time travel and deaths of key characters, definitely worth a watch!

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One Piece

“Twenty-two years have passed since Roger’s execution, and Monkey D. Luffy, a young man inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate “Red Haired” Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue sea to find the One Piece and proclaim himself as the King of the Pirates.”

With an epic 752 episodes and counting this can definitely fill the void Bleach left with its own 366 episodes. Boasting serious character development and a great plot One Piece is easily a fan favourite amongst serious anime watchers.

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So there you have it, 5 anime series to fill that Bleach void, any suggestions of your own? Comment below, let us know!

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