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death note
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The big three for me:
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It would depend on the friend; a female friend vs male friend for example. Tastes are also very important. Prior exposure to Anime (as in has the person seen any on TV before) is also important. Safe bets are Studio Ghibli movies (except for maybe Pom Poko. That one's a bit too weird for a newbie). When I showed a female friend Anime she had some exposure to Dragon Ball. I showed her a bunch of stuff (a few eps of a bunch of things since there was no time to watch a whole show) like Slayers, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Magic Knight Rayearth. I would've shown different things if it had been a guy friend. I didn't dare show my friend anything too ecchi because that would've freaked her out. If I had a guy friend, depending on his tastes I might have shown him slightly fan servicey shows. Oh, something ELSE to consider--does the friend mind subtitles? I ALWAYS watch stuff subtitled, but if I absolutely had to watch something dubbed that would be something to consider too. (As in could I watch it too without getting annoyed as heck? )

Basically, I consider all of these things and get my friend's feedback on likes and go from there.
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I havn't even attempted to convert anyone lately; however, back in high school I had a lot of luck with Ranma 1/2 - especially the movies. If it was a girlfriend definitely Big Trouble in Nekonron China. Whereas the guys I usually showed Battle at Togenkyo for the guys. After that they almost always went to the TV series and exploring others from there. The nice part is Ranma 1/2 was still to this day one of the best dubs of all time. And I definitely prefer subtitles.

But yeah to all the people commenting on how tastes play into anime - I mean anime itself isn't a genre. Horror, thrillers, comedy, etc are all genres... anime is more of a medium is all. So at least hitting on a genre that your target is going to enjoy will help in the conversion; however, if they don't like animation or anime specifically or just don't get the slight cultural skew that anime is going to have you know being Japanese you don't have much of a chance.

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uummm Attack on Titan maybe but she still hasn't watch it yet XD just said she wanted to ^^ which is a huge improvement over everyone else lol
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Hellsing Ultimate.
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Cowboy BeBop, Dragon Ball Z, and Black Lagoon
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Cowboy Bebop. The movie. Probably the best one to give a shot on..... Cause it really does not need back story and they went WAY over the top with the animation quality. Also Black Lagoon probably is good one to give a shot.\

Why I say this is because they really are western Shows with that WTF Japan spice. I am sorry to say but most anime does not have the complexity and long term staying power of many US tv shows. Not all but on average I will say I find the ones that are most western like the best. Pscyo-pass, GITS, Cowboy Bebop, Steins:gate, Black Lagoon and Trigun really have that complex plot many TV fans here want and crave. They go much farther than ours do because of being WTF japan and animation allows you to have some fun live action can't always do.


This sums up my feelings nicely. I'd add that the most 'Japanese' anime I'm willing to suggest to someone who hasn't seen anime is FMA Brotherhood. I feel the characters, setting, and story are strong enough to override any uncomfortable feelings caused by anime 'weirdness'.
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i don't think i have ever successfully gotten my friends into anime :/ we kind of all started around the same time. I remember my friend recommended naruto to me and then some other friends suggested bleach and vampire knight, haha.
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The Baccano dub

Since the dub was well done and totally fits the setting considering it takes place in the US. It's admittedly confusing but interesting to watch. After showing it to a friend who doesn't watch anime at all, he said it was way more interesting than he expected, so I assume that counts for something.
Also it doesn't have many awkward parts to watch so it's something you could be comfortable with showing people.
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I don't think I've ever introduced someone to anime. Toonami was fairly popular growing up and you'd have to have lived under a rock to not know about Pokemon in my school. Now, I'm just content correcting people who think anime is kid shows or only hentai (go figure at that dichotomy).

Though if I'm watching a movie that happens to be anime with people, it's most likely going to be something by Studio Ghibli. That tends to be the default when friends and family are all in the same place for holidays and stuff. So if someone unfamiliar with anime happens to be over, they're going to learn to love Studio Ghibli.
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My brother:

Sword Art Online season 1
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I fully abuse the fact that Escaflowne has parts geared more towards women (romances, love triangles, appealing male cast) and stuff that appeals to guys (mechs, swords, a war). Used it mostly for getting women I'm dating into anime without wanting to claw my eyes out.
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