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What anime have/would you recommend to a non-viewer?
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OK as I was doing my reply to upcoming series and was reading up on mini-synopsis and dates for new anime coming out, I noted Emily of New Moon is becoming an anime. I mentioned it in passing to my mom who watched the TV Series on Canadian TV here and she, despite not watching or really liking anime (she wonders why I watch so much... ), she was actually interested in seeing it. I remember when younger the rest of my family didn't like anime and yet, I got my dad to watch with me Ninja Scroll, and my brother did sit down to watch Grave of the Fireflies with me.

So those are some of my anime shows I've watched with non-viewers in my family. Do you have any such experiences that happen by chance or that you thought out to do? What anime series or movies would you recommend OR show to a non-viewer who either doesn't like anime OR has never seen anime before? Looking forward to replies as usual so take care!
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Oh well, they're easiest to get to watch ghiblis of course, because they've become quite famous and are actually shown in movie theatres. Also the humour and stories is for everyone and all ages, so it's safe.
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Crayon Shin-Chan. It's just so funny and pretty much anyone who remembers what it was like to be a child or be a parent can relate to it.
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i like code geass: lelouch of the rebellion its really good in my standards
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bleach & ouran
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Rorouni Kenshin (well refined story)
Bleach (Anyone who love action and suspense)
Naruto and One Piece ( This 2 are the hottest today- has very very long story)
Midori no Hibi (For romance and comedy type)
Please Teacher(Full of Romance)
Golden Boy(Ecchi and comedy full of humor)
Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana(Harem Type)
Dragon ball (Classic Anime"Where the shine of anime era begins"
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I just saw a debate about a similar topic in another forum of mine.

Basically, the conclusion was...

Cowboy Bebop for your average older (20+) male who is newer to anime. Good story, non-stereotypical art style, action, comedy, great dub, it's really the perfect anime intro in general.

Bleach is probably the best intro for younger people (under 20). Just like above, but lacking the depth. It's repetitive cookie cutter shonen action, but at least it's done well for what it is. It's a very hip feeling series too if that makes any sense.

Love Hina is the best anime to introduce the harem anime with. All the cliches are there, good animation, entertaining story, plenty of fanservice without getting too cheap (which I think Midori No Hibi does, though I love the show).

Fruits Basket is probably the best shojo anime I can think of for introducing that side of things. Fun show, interesting story, great characters... shame the anime had to end so early really.

Typically, I show Ghost in the Shell (movie) first. Goofy anime humor is a big turn off for a lot of people out there oddly (especially older ones). GitS has a serious complex story, and the animation still looks great even over a decade later. If they dig that, then I show Full Metal Panic. Bad ass mecha, involved plot, action, and it's a good way to introduce them to a more stereotypical anime artstyle (as well humor and romance) without being too threatening. It's also a great a looking anime too (say what ya will about Gonzo, it's all looks pretty at least).

I've also had success with Onegai Sensei as well, though you have to know your viewer with that, as well as the Kenshin series.

Studio Ghibli is what you show your female family members as well as significantly older people, and possibly small children.

Vintage anime (now a days that means most anything made before '95) is generally not the best way to introduce anime. People tend to be too distracted by the age of the anime to enjoy it. Save it for once they're hooked
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^ good response. i agree to most.
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wow....normally i just show 'em any random amv and they're like "woah i might watch this!"
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A lot of ppl that dont like anime would relate it to cartoons. So...I'd recommend (for ppl that generally don't watch/like anime) Beck. When I was watching Beck, I noticed that the art work and script were completely different from the other anime I've viewed. It looks, feels, and sounds like a tv series. I enjoyed the series and would recommend it to others.
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I would probably recommend eureka seven. Or one that practically everyone in the whole world was watching like Naruto or Inuyasha. The other option is to pick an anime that has the same personality that the person has, or something like that.
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I recommend MONSTER to everyone. It's too good not to pimp it out to everyone I know.

I also tend to recommend Model a lot.
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ask that person like which genre...then pick one for him .....
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well i would say, the first anime shouldnt be elfen lied or other anime like that people just would get the wrong idea, though its such a great anime.
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I started with Naruto, as I'm sure did many. Its not overly in-depth and has plenty of action. Plus its a good starting block before watching the really good stuff. When I was watching Naruto I thought it was awesome, but after watching anime for a good few months I realised there's alot of superior anime.
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