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What is the best anime to show a newbie or some bias?
Posted 6/18/12
i have a friend that was not into anime at all complet opposite of me he just didnt get it no matter how many times or ways i explain why its so amazing and why i can and do watch it all day lol. then one day i said come over and were gonna watch cowboy bebop needly to say that did the trick. he didnt become an otaku like me or anything but he realized the value and awesomeness of anime. and he is always asking me about bebop lol. after that i got him to watch samurai champloo and dbz too
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Posted 6/19/12
The Boondocks, Afro Samurai, and Bleach. In that order.

Those three shows are down to earth enough that they might be able to relate to them somewhat remotely, at the same time they progressively become more "over-the-top" with the fantasy.
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Posted 6/22/12
A good standalone movie is a rare find... and something to treasure. They may not be as appealing as longer series, but they tell a story and end in about ninety minutes. Here's a few examples of genuinely worthwhile anime feature films *not created by Hayao Miyazaki* that are available on region 1 DVD (though some may require a bit of searching):

* Any of Satoshi Kon's movies (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika). Yes, some of them tackle R-rated subject matter, and yes, he liked to create worlds which weren't realistic. But his movies are difficult to forget. The world is worse for his passing.

* Mamoru Hosoda's movies (so far, the 2006 version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Summer Wars). This guy's got talent. Will be looking forward to an opportunity to see his next film.

* Grave of the Fireflies. Still difficult to watch after all these years. The movie's director, Isao Takahata, has worked on quite a few other films and series, mainly involving Studio Ghibli. His projects may not be quite as famous, but they're worth seeing at least once.

* Katsuhiro Otomo's other movies. (Because the Akira movie was visually spectacular, but turned his epic-length series into a rather incoherent mess...) Metropolis, Steamboy, and Roujin Z are worth a shot.
Posted 6/22/12
If they're into shoujo, try Ouran, its pretty easy to swallow for newbies. It was one of my first anime and I was rotfl.

You could try Sket Dance too, its pretty good if comedy is more their thing.

Durarara could work as a first; and I highly stress the could, since even though its kinda hard to understand in the beginning and is generally kinda strange; it has memorable fun characters, great animation, a decent dub (if reading subs is a turn off for them), and its really really suspenseful. Sooo.. If they can last till the end, Im sure they'd end up liking it.
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Posted 6/23/12
I personally believe Hetalia to show anime can teach you something about history., if your friend'a history buff like me.
Ouran is cool too, since it sorta helps explain yaoi/yuri and makes fun of stereotypes if your friend's into romance and comedy.
Kids on the slope is good for your fans of music, preferably jazz.

I think that if you want to introduce an anime to a friend I think you should try to introduce them to something based on their qualities and likes and interest. There is an anime for everything................
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Posted 6/23/12

Spiderssoul 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?


Personally, I would show him Ghost in the Shell either the film or Stand Alone Complex.
Great story, great visuals and definitely no stupid characters or child cartoony.
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