7 Best Coming of Age Anime Series

Best Coming of Age Anime

Coming of age is one of the most popular anime genres lately, which is highly recommended to both Japanese anime beginners and advanced watchers. It focuses on adolescent characters presenting their growing-up stories, daily lives of schools, bittersweet loves and other heartfelt moments. You can see a variety of exciting and emotional dramas depending on a character in the coming-of-age anime.

For all anime fans across the world, I’d like to introduce 7 best coming-of-age anime to watch now containing the classic movies and the recent series. You can also get a flavor of what real Japanese cultures and minds of young people might be in the authentic anime.

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1. Violet Evergarden

Many fans from from all corners of the world look on Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン) as the best coming-of-age anime series of all time. It’s originally released as a light novel in 2015, which is adapted into the finest anime series by Kyoto Animation. The first 13 episodes aired in 2018, followed by a spin-off film Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll in 2019 and a sequel movie Violet Evergarden: The Movie in 2020.

It concentrates on a young girl named Violet Evergarden living alone in the European world. She lost her arms and got separated from her dearest Major Gilbert during the large war. After the war’s end, she works at the CH Postal Companywear as an Auto Memory Doll, who writes letters on behalf of customers, wearing metallic prosthetic limbs. Her emotions expressed little becomes diversified and she is grasping the meaning of the last words left by Major Gilbert “I love you” through the work.

Coming of age: ★★★★★

Aired: 2018

Episodes: 12

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2. Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is one of the most famous and popular coming-of-age anime series all over the globe, which is also categorized as romance and sports. It has been serialized as manga series written by Yuki Suetsugu since 2007, and its anime adaptation first aired with 25 episodes in 2011 and 2012. The 25-episode second season and the 24-episode third one followed it in 2013 and 2019-2020.

Set in a high school in Tokyo, Chihayafuru focuses on a young girl named Chihaya Ayase, who has been absolutely charmed by Hyakunin Isshu Karuta (a traditional Japanese playing card game) with her childhood friend Taichi Mashima and a transferred classmate Arata Wataya since they were elementary school students. There are powerful Karuta games, changing relationships between the main characters and everyday comedy scenes throughout the anime.

Coming of age: ★★★★★

Aired: 2011-2012 (Season 1)/2013 (Season 2)/2019-2020 (Season 3)

Episodes: 25 (Season 1)/25 (Season 2)/24 (Season 3)

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3. Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

A modern coming-of-age title Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (凪のあすから), also known as Nagi no Asukara, is an original anime series adapted from no other works. It was produced by a popular Japanese anime studio P.A.Works, which the famous scriptwriter Mari Okada joined. There are 26 episodes airing from 2013 to 2014.

The coming-of-age anime, also categorized as romance, presents the growing-up stories of seven main characters. Living under the sea, a middle schooler Hikari and his childhood friends Manaka, Chisaki and Kaname transfer to a school on the ground. They come into new relationships with people on the ground, and their long relationships are changing.

Coming of age: ★★★★★

Aired: 2013-2014

Episodes: 26

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4. A Place Further than the Universe

A Place Further than the Universe (宇宙よりも遠い場所), which is usually abbreviated to Yorimoi in Japanese, is one of the top-rated original coming-of-age anime series produced by an animation studio Madhouse. It contains 12 episodes airing in 2018, which also adapted into a 3-volume manga series.

Set in Gunma Prefecture, A Place Further than the Universe centers on an ordinary second-grade high school girl Mari Tamaki called Kimari. One day, she picks up an envelope including one million yen and later restores the money to its owner Shirase Kobuchizawa, who is also a student of the same high school as her. Shirase sets aside the money to go to Antarctica where her mother went missing as a member of the Antarctic observation crew three years ago. Following her firm determination, Kimari and two more girls aim to reach the South Pole.

Coming of age: ★★★★★

Aired: 2018

Episodes: 12

5. March Comes In like a Lion

A Japanese anime studio Shaft made its masterpiece of coming of age in 2016: March Comes In like a Lion (3月のライオン). Its original manga series serialized on Young Animal by Chica Umino since 2007 was made into the anime adaptation. The first season was broadcast in 2016-2017 and the second season in 2017-2018, and each consists of 22 episodes.

March Comes In like a Lion has the theme of shogi that is like Japanese chess, revolving around a 17-year-old talented shogi player Rei Kiriyama. He lost his parents in an accident in his childhood but lives alone iin the severe world of professional shogi. He is also given much care by Kawamoto family’s three sisters Akari, Hinata and Momo, who frequently invite him to their house for dinner.

Coming of age: ★★★★☆

Aired: 2016-2017 (Season 1)/2017-2018 (Season 2)

Episodes: 22 (Season 1)/22 (Season 2)

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6. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

As one of the highest quality coming-of-age anime series, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (映像研には手を出すな!) has been welcomed by a lot of modern anime fans especially domestically since the first season was released with 12 episodes in 2020. which is also called just Eizouken, since it was broadcast in 2020. It is adapted from the original manga written by Sumito Owara since 2016 by a new-fashioned studio Science Saru.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is set in a futuristic Japan in the 2050s, mixed with nostalgic atmosphere. The coming-of-age and comedy anime follows a first-grade high school girl Midori Asakusa, who has dreamed to create an animation. She meets a moneymaker Sayaka Kanamori and a popular fashion model creator Tsubame Mizusaki in the high school. Their busy days to complete animated works are comically presented.

Coming of age: ★★★★☆

Aired: 2020

Episodes: 12

7. Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon (銀の匙) is a popular coming-of-age manga and anime series, also categorized as comedy and slice of life. The manga series was serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday between 2011 and 2019, written by the renowned artist Hiromu Arakawa who is also famous for Fullmetal Alchemist. And, it is adapted into the anime series consisting of two seasons in 2013 and 2014.

Silver Spoon presents peaceful everyday in an agricultural high school in Hokkaido and growing-up stories of students. A protagonist Yugo Hachiken chooses to enter the rural agricultural high school to get away from the study competition and his demanding father. He learns a lot about agriculture and dairy farming, meeting various friendly students and teachers.

Coming of age: ★★★★☆

Aired: 2013(Season 1)/2014 (Season 2)

Episodes: 11(Season 1)/11 (Season 2)

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