Although there’s not a great history of video games being successfully adapted into other forms of media (ahem, follows the journey of a schoolgirl named Ryuko as she searches for her father’s killer.

Such hefty praise is well-deserved by this show, which builds on the classic cat-and-mouse detective drama and branches out into the realm of the supernatural, in which death gods and magical notebooks are the norm.

When Light Yagami, a bright (but casually sociopathic) student gets his hands on a notebook that allows him to anonymously kill whomever’s name he writes inside it, he begins a campaign to cleanse the world of its criminals — and eventually, all those who oppose him.

All movies are animated, in that a film strip is composed of still images that, when moved fast enough before a beam of light, create the illusion of movement.

But a film with flesh-and-blood actors is limited by the human body.

Oppressively sad in the particular way only dystopian shows can be, follows three friends as they join the military and are immediately thrown into the fray of a titan attack.

Nothing is sacred in this show, which features beloved characters getting mercifully crushed, chomped, and smashed in each episode.Before CGI unlocked new wonders and sights, cartoons were the best ways to create the unreal.Even in 2013, a great animated movie does work that no actor/CGI mash-up can accomplish.Still, the writers know intrigue, building a world and a story with so many layers that, once you dig in, you can’t help but keep going.No, not Netflix’s abominable live-action adaptation. I’m talking about the original series, which stands as one of the greatest animes of all time.When a middle-school girl named Madoka and her friend Sayaka encounter a catlike magical creature who promises to grant them any wish if they agree to fight witches, it seems like everything’s going to be flowers and sunshine and cute outfits.