Anime Network On Demand: What to Watch for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

If you’re an anime fan, you’ve come to the right place! Anime Network’s ever-expanding library of new and classic titles has something for anime fans of every stripe — but with so much premium content at your fingertips, choosing a movie or series to watch may feel just a little overwhelming. Read on for our list of great shows across a host of genres sure to please even the most discerning anime connoisseur.

Watch Anime Network for free from May 6 – 12 as part of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month on the Asian American Film & TV destination on Xfinity X1.

Akame Ga Kill” – TV-MA

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If you’re in the mood for action, look no further than “Akame Ga Kill.” This action-packed series follows Tatsumi, a young man hoping to earn money in the big city to send home to his village — but it turns out the Capital is a hive of corruption and not the beacon of opportunity Tatsumi believed it was. He joins Night Raid, a group of assassins bent on ridding the Capital of its many depraved officials, in hopes of changing the city for the better… even if that means bloodying his hands in the process. Action fans will love this series’ many fights scenes, but the squeamish should proceed with caution. 

Princess Principal” – TV-14

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Should you be a history buff, or at least a lover of alternate history, spies and cloak-and-dagger subterfuge, then you’ll get a kick out of “Princess Principal,” which takes place in 19th century steampunk London after the Kingdom of Albion split into the East and West sides divided by a giant wall. The series follows five young women who attend Queen’s Mayfaire, a conventional boarding school for the upper crust. But not all is as it seems at Queen’s Mayfaire, because beneath the façade of dance lessons and etiquette classes, these five girls are actually undercover spies! They use their skills to operate in the shadows of society to overthrow the Kingdom, and you won’t want to miss a minute of their daring escapades.

Food Wars!” – TV-14

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If your tastes lean toward over-the-top comedy (not to mention delicious food), you should sink your teeth into “Food Wars.” Teenage chef Soma Yukihira is on the hunt for perfect flavors and inventive culinary combinations, but when his father closes down the family diner, Soma has to find a new way to serve up his creative side — and what better way to do that than to enroll in a cutthroat culinary school! Every plate he dishes out has the power to decide his fate in the kitchen, leading to hilarious reactions as people sample his new creations and marvel over his inventive cuisine.

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls” – TV-MA

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In search of a steamier kind of romantic comedy? Give “Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls” a shot! This series features an ordinary guy named Kimihito Kurusu as he deals with a not-so-ordinary problem: Miia, a lamia (snake girl), has moved into his house as part of a government exchange program! She’s super affectionate with a hug like a boa constrictor (literally), but just as Kimihito gets a handle on his monstrous new living situation, even more monster girls invade his home. Make sure the kids aren’t around before you watch this hilarious romp of lewd content.

Real Girl” – TV-14

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Are you more interested in straight-up romance? We’ve got you covered with “Real Girl.” In it, otaku Hikari Tsutsui would much rather obsess over his favorite 2D anime girl than speak to a real 3D girl — but then he meets the beautiful Igarashi Iroha. The pair quickly forms an unexpected bond that challenges Tsutsui’s perceptions of himself and his relationships. No teenage romance is complete without angst and misunderstanding, of course, and it will take Tsutsui and Igarashi’s unwavering commitment to weather the storm and see their relationship through. Sweet and compelling (and often hilarious), “Real Girl” is an excellent pick for the romance-lovers out there.

“WATAMOTE: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!” – TV-MA

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Curious about the day-to-day exploits of a socially awkward teenager? Check out the comedic slice-of-life series “WATAMOTE: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!” She’s only 15, but protagonist Tomoko Kuroki has dated dozens of boys … if you count the ones in the dating simulation games she’s obsessed with, that is. Although lacking any real-life dating experience due to her extreme social anxiety, Tomoko is bound and determined to overcome her shyness and become popular amongst her peers — if, of course, her awkwardness doesn’t sabotage her plans.

Anime Is For Everyone

No matter your tastes or preferences, one of these exciting titles above is sure to scratch that anime itch of yours! From action to comedy to romance to fantasy, there’s something for everyone in the roster of shows you can find on Anime Network On Demand, and your new favorite series is just a click of the remote away.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your comfiest clothes, grab a snack and tune in for all the awesomeness you can find on the Anime Network today!

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