Microsoft has announced free Funimation anime titles on its store. Most of the series are shonen, but they represent a wide range of different types of the stories within the genre.
All of the free anime offered are the first part of the series’ first season, so you can take advantage of these deals to easily jump into a new series you’ve had your eye on. We suggest starting with My Hero Academia if you haven’t seen the anime yet. It’s the uncut version of the anime, so expect a bit more blood, sexual fan service, and other adult material that might not have made it onto other streaming services. MHA tells the story of Izuku Midoriya, a young boy who wants to be a hero but is one of the few people in the world born without a superpowered Quirk. That won’t stop him from trying to get into Japan’s number one school for aspiring heroes though, and when the world’s number one hero offers some unexpected help, Midoriya might have just found the strength he needs to fulfill his dream.
If you’re looking for something a little more fantasy based, both Fairy Tail and Assassination Classroom are being offered for free as well. The former is about a guild of rambunctious wizards who fulfill contracts for non-magical folk and participate in fights that last for multiple episodes. The latter is about a classroom of students who suddenly get a strange octopus-like creature for a teacher, who promises to destroy the whole world if the class can’t manage to find a way to kill him before the end of the school year.
Attack on Titan is also free. The story of humans striving to survive against monstrous Titans is jam-packed full of explosive action–all of which is beautifully animated–and the first season is regarded as one of the best anime series of 2013.