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What is the best anime to show a newbie or some bias?
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I have friends who some like anime and some hate it and usually the ones that hate it just haven't seen a series that really speaks to them. One friend was totally bias against all forms of anime until another friend showed him "Hellsing". Then he opened his mind and started to watch HOTD and Dance in the Vampire Bund, a few other anime that are action packed. Now he seems to like anime. Another friend who hates anime was ruined because his first anime was Girls Bravo. He hated the male characters and thought the whole thing was idiotic and now has a even worse opinion of anime than before.
So my question is how do you get someone that doesn't like anime because they still believe cartoons are for children or anime is nothing but a bunch of stupid characters fighting over some loser, or worse nothing but pornography, to accept it and maybe even start to enjoy it?

Which series or movie would you start someone off with?
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I feel that questions like this are both easy and difficult to answer at the same time. On one part, there's a chance that they just might need an eye opener to anime, or the other side is they vehemently push the simple existence of anime away. When it came to me showing others anime, I shown them something based on what they might like. Back then, I didn't have the internet to really show others anime, so I had to resort to my collection. For one friend who was into action and only liked Berserk. I shown him the series Generator Gawl followed by Gundam Wing and then Evangelion. Two were rather flagship titles back int he day, one a flagship property and the other already a cult classic. My choice with Gawl was the fact that it was a simple single season series filled with decent fights. After that, he loved more than just one single type of anime.

That's something that was easy. The next example are those who are strongly opposed to anime, that it's only for kids. For those, I generally show them something a bit mainstream but still loved by many. My mom hated anime. I had her watch a couple Ghibli movies and that changed to it's not that bad. Progress definitely.

These days, I think among the better to show those who don't know a much about anime, or are skeptical about it. I'd say have them watch Eden of the East. It's enjoyable, good animation quality, characters and story are also great. Perhaps another thing about it, is that it isn't necessarily long either as it's only eleven episodes and two movies.
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yikes this is hard one... well it depends on the person, gender etc. Now is your friend a perv or bit of one??? Ecchi anime/Harem anime is good start even if they are boring to you a newcomer doesn't see shows in the same light you do and the pervy person will love the sex jokes/tna I think that love hina, he is my master, strike witches are a decent start.

Now lets see.. if the person likes more serious series with drama/slice of life.. Key anime might be a little to much but clannad, ai yori aoshi, gosick are some decent starters for people. Then there are fans with action taste Trigun, Samurai Champloo, fairy tail, one piece etc are there and lastly horror/suspense thriller type. Higurashi, Umineko, Steins gate, Chaos; Head, Future diary, etc are all other decent titles to get some in that genre..

you get the gist now I hope, anime is not different from any other form of entertainment you just need to find the right genre that they already like in t.v. shows or movies so your friends will gain some kind of interest
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death note
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5 centimeters/second: while it doesn't possess action-packed adventure, thrills, chills, and spills one might experience viewing the occult or mecha-themed stories it will show, in the time-span of 62 minutes broken down in 3 segments, the power of anime. If the newbie sees it as a waste of time, fine, he/she has only wasted 20 minutes of their lifespan watching this. I'd suggest going with the 20 minute span that features the rocket launch as it's not only poignant but painterly also.

Depending on age cohort of newbies analytical skills arrive at a later time for the brain than other rational cognitive specialties. This anime may insult some viewers as too boring (no action, death, mayhem) while others can empathize with the male and female characters' emotional angst re confessions and the emotional risks involved.

The drawback with the 12 or 24 episode series is time. A person new to anime has to invest a commitment toward time and attention-span. If you are there with them to explain the subtleties (without going overboard and foaming at the mouth...lol) that might be appropo for a series. Also, with long series some eps are more entertaining than others and with any given series loyalty may not blossom until episode 6. A newbie might not have the patience or dedication to last that long for an emotional payoff.
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I think it greatly depends on your friend's preferences. In any case, I think it's better to start with a movie than a series.

5 centimeters per second is a good choice, but it is a bit on the depressing side. If your friend likes realistic slice-of-life shows, then this is a good choice.

Millennium Actress is a great movie, imo, but the storytelling can be a bit surreal. If you friend likes movie history or alternate storytelling styles (like Memento), then this is a good choice.

Summer Wars is a lot of fun. I think this can appeal to a wide range of people. If your friend likes science fiction with a dash of romance, you can't really go wrong here.
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5 centimeters/second: while it doesn't possess action-packed adventure, thrills, chills, and spills one might experience viewing the occult or mecha-themed stories it will show, in the time-span of 62 minutes broken down in 3 segments, the power of anime. If the newbie sees it as a waste of time, fine, he/she has only wasted 20 minutes of their lifespan watching this. I'd suggest going with the 20 minute span that features the rocket launch as it's not only poignant but painterly also.

Depending on age cohort of newbies analytical skills arrive at a later time for the brain than other rational cognitive specialties. This anime may insult some viewers as too boring (no action, death, mayhem) while others can empathize with the male and female characters' emotional angst re confessions and the emotional risks involved.

The drawback with the 12 or 24 episode series is time. A person new to anime has to invest a commitment toward time and attention-span. If you are there with them to explain the subtleties (without going overboard and foaming at the mouth...lol) that might be appropo for a series. Also, with long series some eps are more entertaining than others and with any given series loyalty may not blossom until episode 6. A newbie might not have the patience or dedication to last that long for an emotional payoff.


This series is definitely not a good idea.. in my opinion anyway. Watched it awhile back and really hate the ending. Even though anime like One Piece, Bleach and Naruto are sooooo overrated, those are the series that got a lot of people hooked up and started watching anime.

Well it's a different case if the newbies are girls who prefer romance type of anime. Then they can have a go at Ouran High School Host Club, Skip Beat etc. And if he/she likes horror, go for Another.
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well good thing to show them is haruhi
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Sanctuary_Beast wrote:

well good thing to show them is haruhi


....................................................................................... that is like the last thing to show a first timer...

they'll go wtf and say this is stupid

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Yeah, Haruhi might not be a good first choice. Besides, I like the books better.
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Like others here, I say it depends on the person... but probably the safest place to start is pretty much anything feature length. Why? Small time investment, large payoff.

For example, it was Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies that got me curious (the TV series sucked). It was the Cowboy Bebop movie that got me onto the series, and into anime in general. If your friend is into Disney, steer her Miyazaki's way. If they're convinced Anime is dull and unintellectual... well, this is a violation of my "feature length start" rule... but you really can't go wrong with Death Note. Princess Mononoke can also be thought provoking, for someone who goes in initially biased against either the "nature" side or "civilization" side of the conflict. Someone with a taste for romantic comedy, but an aversion to some of the silliness typical of anime, might find Maison Ikkoku interesting.

The other option, of course, is to have something light playing in the background (thinking of the many shonen fighting TV anime that are 80% filler) while you do something else. Small moments may catch them, draw them in, and hook them.
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Narushit. That'll reel 'em in.
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AnimeKami wrote:


Sanctuary_Beast wrote:

well good thing to show them is haruhi


....................................................................................... that is like the last thing to show a first timer...

they'll go wtf and say this is stupid



or you could do what i did to my newbie anime friend... that i mentally broke. I made him watch all of eva inculding the movies in 2 days.... he wasn't quite the same lul
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Hard for me to say tbh but I would say Code Geass and the recent Steins; Gate.

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Cecilthedarkknight234 wrote:

or you could do what i did to my newbie anime friend... that i mentally broke. I made him watch all of eva inculding the movies in 2 days.... he wasn't quite the same lul


So you're the fiend in friend, I guess. ;)

I was assuming the original poster liked their friends. lol
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