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What anime to convince people that anime is awesome?
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Posted 12/1/11
Code Geass all the way. Probably start off with Dubbed cause I know a lot of people don't like reading subs, but gradually lead them into it.
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Soul Eater or maybe Cowboy Bebop
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Seriously, if you wish to successfully convince someone anime is awesome-- or at least to give it a try-- you'll have to tailor your suggestion to that person's tastes. Fortunately, what falls under "anime" is a wide range of genres, so there's plenty from which to choose. The suggestions already mentioned by others here run the gamut, and for every one of these titles which someone thinks is awesome, you can find someone else who'll hate it or at least not find it worth their time (even Miyazaki movies).

I introduced my wife, who never watched anime before, to Squid Girl, Nichijou, and Usagi Drop as well as Gosick earlier this year (the latter one she ended up not liking, however). Now, we continue to watch the new Squid Girl episodes together, and she even asked to watch the Azumanga Daioh series from my DVD collection. I'll take that as a small victory!
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Samurai Champloo is an excellent choice if your friend likes swords and the idea of 3 strangers on a road trip together.
Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell (good guys vs bad guys intrigue and cool music scores);
5 cm/sec if your friend likes a different way to view adolescence compared to Neon Genesis Evangelion or FLCL (graduate degree in Psychology or Social Work helpful explaining and/or understanding these last 2 shows);
Gurren Lagaan if you friend likes projection of what life can be like once teenage years are past and responsibility becomes the norm rather than just a word beginning with the letter R;
Clannad if your friend is unfamiliar with moe and the meaning of male weepy shows;
Planettes if your friend likes space adventure, coping with the bureaucratic structure as a minion, self-realization;
Panty Stocking with Garterbelt if your friend had a recent severe head injury and likes bright colors, cursing, chaotic situations with bodily functions....


Hate to admit it but Tenchi Muyo series was my first brush with anime. Cowboy Bebop made me a fan forever afterward.
Posted 12/1/11
Animes:
"Samurai 7"(1st choice)
"Samurai Champloo"(2nd choice)
"Naruto & Naruto Shippuden"(3rd choice)
"Avatar,The last Air bender"(4th choice)

Anime movies:
1."Street Fighter"
2."Sword of the Stranger"
3."Samurai X Trust & Betrayal"
4."Samurai X Reflection"

Anyhow none of these above options I have mentioned will of any use as long as the one I am trying to convince doesn't knows to differentiate between a "Cartoon" & an "Anime",next that person has no liking for martial arts or doesn't even have an idea to separate "Karate" from " Kung fu".
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I would not suggest Naruto at all for the simple fact that it has a rather... bad rep outside the fanbase. At least the dubbed version does from what I have seen. I also would never, ever suggest any of the Dragonball series.

I would stick to stuff that showcases the anime at the best, and not their most mediocre. Look at art style, animation quality, sound and voice actor quality. If you're going with subs first, most all Japanese voice actors are top-notch so thats not something you need to worry about. If you chance across Eureka 7, do NOT watch it dubbed, it is evil incarnate. I have never heard a dub that was as awful as that... and I have been watching anime for some time. lol

I could fill up at least half a page of suggested anime, but without knowing something about the target, I would end up loading their arms down with my favourites and telling them to come back in a couple days. xD
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Berserk
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death note, fullmetal alchemist, hell girl, ouran high school host club
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Posted 12/1/11
The ones that I think could grab anyone's attention very well happen to be some of my favorites:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Mushishi
Bebop
Hajime no Ippo
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It depends on the person, obviously. Pretty much anything from Studio Ghibli is a safe bet. (Except Pom Poko. I never liked that one.) I try to consider a person's taste before showing them Anime. If I know a person loves an action show, I'll pick an action show. If the person likes comedy, then show a comedy, etc.
Posted 12/2/11
I think you have to be careful with this one, because you can't just jump in with what you think is the best, or is your favourite, since chances are that it might only appeal to someone who actually understands anime and knows what to expect, which in a lot of cases, wouldn't work for a first time newbie.

Depending on their age, I'd say it would be fairly easy to get someone of a younger age to see why anime is awesome through the route that virtually everyone takes and say Bleach or Naruto, since they are awesome for a first anime, but obviously you mature past them fairly quickly. Someone with more mature tastes, I would have to agree with the first reply in this thread, is Death Note. Death Note worked as a live action movie and so has a wider appeal. It's different to most things you would expect anyone to have seen prior to it and the idea is dark and explores lots of ideas. Death Note for sure. That or Cowboy Bebop, since Bebop is just sheer awesome.
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Hmm, alot of nice tips.. He likes "dark", twisted and mature stuff, so gonna go on the seinen stuff ^^ Since he liked Hellsing, im gonna continue on the "bloody path" like Elfen Lied, Claymore and Berserk.

My first anime was Hunter x Hunter and I was in my early teenages so I loved it. But then my brother showed me Naruto which made me hooked but have since I grew up a little, taken a liking to more mature stuff
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In this order:

Dragon Ball Z
Samurai X

Hellsing

Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo

Naruto

Death Note
Code Geass

The reason DN and CG are at the bottom of the list is that I feel only a few will like or even give it a chance right off the bat if they are new to Anime. General viewers can't appreciate masterpieces like DN and CG.
Posted 12/2/11
For a guy I'd say Death Note, every guy I know who watches anime seems to love it...or maybe Bleach or Hellsing...Too many to choose from XD
But I got my best friend (who is female...) to watch Ouran high school host club and she fell instantly in love with it
Posted 12/2/11
Just recommend one of the big three... Everyone else seems to like them =_=
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