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Even if you don't nessisarlily like the show, which show(s) do you feel have have enough of an impact on their respective genre(s) or the anime industry as a whole to that everyone should watch it atleast once.

I say Cowboy Bebop, DBZ, and Neon Genisis Evangelion.
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Azumanga Daioh - for an introduction into Moe Slice of Life, which these days is a good thing to gain an appreciation for since they're making more and more of them.

Kimi ni Todoke - a good romance melodrama to start with.

Death Note
- Just an amazingly well made Shonen series. I start all of my anime novice friends with this and they always love it.

Angel Beats - THE FEELS. It's a good way to get into other shows like Clannad, Kanon, Anohana and others.

Haruhi Suzumiya - I think that this has become a pretty iconic anime in Otaku culture, with an incredibly well made movie attached to it that I think is the best anime movie ever made.

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I chose Angel Beats over arguably better shows like Clannad because of the quality of its animation, its short length, and its well made dub. In fact all of my listed anime with the exception of Kimi ni Todoke have really excellent dubs, which I think is a factor to consider when introducing new anime genres to a novice.
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One Piece - Interesting adventure/ Shonen anime.

Toradora - one of the cutest romance.

Hitman Reborn - one of the largest character build up to the very end.



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Balzack wrote:

Azumanga Daioh - for an introduction into Moe Slice of Life, which these days is a good thing to gain an appreciation for since they're making more and more of them.

Kimi ni Todoke - a good romance melodrama to start with.

Death Note
- Just an amazingly well made Shonen series. I start all of my anime novice friends with this and they always love it.

Angel Beats - THE FEELS. It's a good way to get into other shows like Clannad, Kanon, Anohana and others.

Haruhi Suzumiya - I think that this has become a pretty iconic anime in Otaku culture, with an incredibly well made movie attached to it that I think is the best anime movie ever made.


as much as i enjoy angel beats, i wouldn't say it should be one of the first anime someone watches, but it is definitely one everyone should consider.
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code geass clannad toradora gurren lagan
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Highly variable, but I like it.

Three series I find heavy, underrepresented, and highly influential....

Mobile Suit Gundam. If you ever wanted to understand why Gundam is big, the first episode of the original series far surpases every one of Gundams future incantations. It's just amazing. I wasn't expecting it. The show is also so very old, that the majority who read this comment will pass it off. It's old, I get it, go watch it, you'll like it.

Fooly Cooly(FLCL) - the anime otaku culture is split here. If you don't understand it, you're not an otaku, get the fuck of the internet. If you do understand it, cool, lets have a drink. Keep in mind it's not about liking the show, it's just so Japanese without being obvious about it, that if you don't understand it you don't get the culture, so why are you even here?

Aaaaand...Ranma 1/2. Of all the Harem genre has to offer you, Ranma 1/2 does it, without being pronographic about it. Your main character is not generic, your female leads are fairly interesting. When the show says it's a "wacky Martial arts harem comedy" it means it. You have REALLY good fight scenes, strong and misleading villains, removable side characters. The entire 7 season series isn't required, just watch yourself the first season, maybe the second. I'll say up to the 3rd it's amazing, but after that it's all filler.

Side recommendations that will probably be stated later or before - Toradora, Berserk, The Slayers, NGE, Trigun, GTO(Great Teacher Onizuka), Hajime no Ippo(FIghting Spirit), and Fate/stay Night(It's so bad, it's good)
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1871212 wrote:

Even if you don't nessisarlily like the show, which show(s) do you feel have have enough of an impact on their respective genre(s) or the anime industry as a whole to that everyone should watch it atleast once.

I say Cowboy Bebop, DBZ, and Neon Genisis Evangelion.


I'd second AzuDai, Bebop and Evangelion. I'll also throw out Aria as a show that brought more attention to the iyashikei genre, and Maria Watches Over Us for it's impact on shoujo-ai. Both Ghost in the Shell and Akira had a huge impact, especially with American audiences.

And of course you can't ignore the shows from the '70s that had a huge impact on their respective genres: Cutie Honey, Mazinger Z (both from Go Nagai), and Ashita no Joe, which cemented the relationship between a main character and their rival, and has had an effect on nearly every show created since, particularly with sports anime.
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For me Cowboy Bebop is an absolute must. Not even really for a "starter" anime so to speak, i genuinely recommend this show to anyone and everyone. It's just too dam good to never watch it. The music, the story, the action, even the movie was pretty dam good.

Other than that, i would say Gantz, just for the fact that people have this idea of anime being cartoony and childish. The second i hear something along those lines i immediately try my best to get them to watch it. By far one of the craziest animes i have seen.

Then FLCL, The comedy and just pure insanity that went into it is priceless. I remember as a kid watching it on adult swim late at night just having my mind blown at what was going on.

Beezlebub is up there, One Piece, definitely Fairytale, without question DBZ, Death Note, Code Geas. almost too many to name. Although i have to admit i'm not big into slice of life or romance, At least not the cuddly, cutesy kind. I'd be down if anyone had a suggestion to one of those genres with a deeper plot besides "alien/magical girl/boy shows up on prepubescent girl's/boy's doorstep."

One type of anime that i've actually been asked is if there is an oldschool horror anime. Not like Gantz where it's just (mild spoiler) brutal and a you're fucked kind of thing. But like an old maybe even slendermanish horror. You know, run for your life, mcguyver some shit or your dead kinda thing. I've yet to come across one.

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For me Cowboy Bebop is an absolute must. Not even really for a "starter" anime so to speak, i genuinely recommend this show to anyone and everyone. It's just too dam good to never watch it. The music, the story, the action, even the movie was pretty dam good.

Other than that, i would say Gantz, just for the fact that people have this idea of anime being cartoony and childish. The second i hear something along those lines i immediately try my best to get them to watch it. By far one of the craziest animes i have seen.

Then FLCL, The comedy and just pure insanity that went into it is priceless. I remember as a kid watching it on adult swim late at night just having my mind blown at what was going on.

Beezlebub is up there, One Piece, definitely Fairytale, without question DBZ, Death Note, Code Geas. almost too many to name. Although i have to admit i'm not big into slice of life or romance, At least not the cuddly, cutesy kind. I'd be down if anyone had a suggestion to one of those genres with a deeper plot besides "alien/magical girl/boy shows up on prepubescent girl's/boy's doorstep."

One type of anime that i've actually been asked is if there is an oldschool horror anime. Not like Gantz where it's just (mild spoiler) brutal and a you're fucked kind of thing. But like an old maybe even slendermanish horror. You know, run for your life, mcguyver some shit or your dead kinda thing. I've yet to come across one.



If you're looking for a romance anime that isn't your usual "girl meets boy romance ensues" plot try paradise kiss or NANA if you don't mind 40+ episodes.
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If you're looking for a romance anime that isn't your usual "girl meets boy romance ensues" plot try paradise kiss or NANA if you don't mind 40+ episodes



word ill check em out
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I'd say Gurren Lagann, Evangelion, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Cowboy Bebop, and Code Geass
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While there are certainly benchmark anime series, to me at least it doesn't matter how much hype a show gets or how industry changing it is, if I don't like the premise I'm not going to watch it regardless. Three perfect examples: Cowboy Bebop, Naruto and Lucky Star make my skin boil. I absolutely can't give them the time of day. I've tried to watch the first episode of Lucky Star three times and have never made it all the way through, can't do it even though I adore the genre.


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While there are certainly benchmark anime series, to me at least it doesn't matter how much hype a show gets or how industry changing it is, if I don't like the premise I'm not going to watch it regardless. Three perfect examples: Cowboy Bebop, Naruto and Lucky Star make my skin boil. I absolutely can't give them the time of day. I've tried to watch the first episode of Lucky Star three times and have never made it all the way through, can't do it even though I adore the genre.



i can kinda dig what youre saying. some art styles are hard for me to watch, and its hard for me to get into slice of life or romance genres even though ive tried.

in lieu of cowboy bebop though, have you tried samurai champloo?
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