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This thread started off nicely, but it's degenerated into "I'll just name a bunch of shows i like instead of answering OP's question."
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If i were to recommend an anime to someone has has never seen any before i would recommend one of these just as to not scare them off, or give them misconceptions about anime with too much fan service.

Cowboy Bebop

Skip Beat!

Angel Beats

K-on

Kobato

kamisama no inai nichiyoubi (Sunday without God) .... Know this one is very recent, but it's a good watch.
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Samurai 7
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Sword art online should be one of the few anime a newcomer should see, also blue exorcist and the world god only knows
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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.


Ah. Fixed mine.
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What it really comes down to is finding the right Genre for someone. That's the main thing about anime when compared to American cartoons, there is such a wider range of subject matter, so it's possible to find something for everyone.

If you know someone well enough you should be able to pick out the right series for them

My Mom for example loves Usagi Drop, Chihayafuru and Hanasaku Iroha. She enjoys beautifully done scenes and slice of life stuff from a culture she's never seen. She's gotten into the habit of visiting me to watch anime while having tea (right now we are on Kid's on the Slope)

I could probably get my brother interested with something like Monster

If my dad was still around he'd have loved Guin Saga.

When the kids are older I'm going to let them pick stuff off the shelf to watch on their own. Although I've lost count how many times they have wanted to watch Totoro already.


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To be honest, I have a hard time getting behind the idea of it being necessary for people to watch long, long running shows. There's certainly a different feel but it's not for everyone and can be very overwhelming.

I would agree with a lot of these:
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Gurren Lagann
- Attack on Titan
- FLCL
- Miyazaki/Ghibli films (not necessarily the more obscure ones; particularly Spirited Away for its accessibility even to people not-so-fond of anime)

I'm gonna add a few though, too:
- Durarara!! as it was a story told in a fantastic way and I'd say it's pretty engaging and accessible to someone not yet savvy in the genre of anime and regardless of one's tastes. It's hard to follow at times but I feel that it's something everyone should experience.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Of course, one has to be familiar with the magical girl genre before experiencing PMMM, but it's a fantastic twist that I was urged by everyone to watch. That I had to watch - and understandably so. The show is popular (especially in Japan) for a reason; it makes a statement in and on its genre.

There's plenty of other anime that I would recommend for others to watch but I wouldn't say that they're a must-see. Generally, it's a good idea to watch anything that's old and still popular (old being at least a few years).
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Gundam 00 - flash stepping robots

Zetsu no Tempest - suspense & action

Shinguri death frenzy - Gore

Chrome shelled Regios - Great fighting

Claymore - Great Fighting

and etc its alot of great animes to watch its all based off what you like



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New comers should watch - Death Note or FMAB. It's plan and simple. No ecchi shit.
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I'll give out 3 shows.

Code Geass - Just a culmination of things you don't usually see in anime, political intrigue, a DEEP plot, and an anti- protagonist. Not perfect, but Is as close to a masterpiece as shows come IMO.

Clannad - A well done romance anime and like the only of it's kind that actually delves past the "kiss" part and actually shows us what takes place beyond high school and further into a complete romance. A must see for the romance and visual novel genre as it will keep you crying to some time to come.

Gurrenn Lagann for some mindless good fun with a good plot. Has great action scenes and is imo, a great definition of the mecha genre.
While these are my shows that alot of people, i think, could love. I just don't think that there are shows that EVERYONE must see. Everyone has different taste and there is no best thing ever.
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DetectiveAlex wrote:

This thread started off nicely, but it's degenerated into "I'll just name a bunch of shows i like instead of answering OP's question."

It's pretty difficult to not just list our favorites isn't it. I'll try and fight the urge.


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.

Here's a couple I've seen that come to mind.

I'll just go ahead and ignore anything by Studio Ghibli, since I'm sure they've all already been mentioned.

Titles:

Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Ghost in the Shell
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Berserk
Perfect Blue
Cowboy Bebop
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Attack on Titan
Sunday Without God
Year(s):

1988 to 1997
1995
1995 to 1996
1997 to 1998
1998
1998 to 1999
2002 to 2003
2006
2007
2011

2013
2013

This isn't really an "everyone should watch these" list, but I think they all had some serious influence (or, in the case of the shorter list of more recent ones, "will have some serious influence on the future" to some degree or other).

I also wanted to list Monster (2004 to 2005), but I wasn't quite sure where to put it. It's an amazing series and I'm sure it has influenced the anime industry, but it's so isolated I expect most of its influence was on other types of media.

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi also doubles as a stand-in for all things KyoAni, while Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica can do the same for Shaft. Both those studios have had a distinctive influence on anime in general.

I'm also interested to finally see Coppelion this season, since I think GoHands will be another studio to keep an eye on after seeing the work they put into Mardock Scramble (2010 to 2012) and to a lesser degree K (2012).
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Maybe it's just me but when say an anime is required watching it kind of takes the fun out of watching that show. For me the only requirment in watching anime is enjoyment and finding out what you like not what a bunch of fanboys and fangirls like. Well that is my 2 cents any ways
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In all honesty, it is up to the person what genres they like and what ones they don't, so not all anime that are recommended may appeal to someone in specific. But then again, there are surprises out there that you may think you wouldn't like, but you ended up loving.

Take me for example, I have my genres that I absolutely hinder away from such as any mecha series, so those kinds of anime I would not end up liking. But then again, I'm not very fond of sports in general (both sports in real life or in anime), however, I ended up watching sports series like Free! and Kuroko no Basket (still watching at the moment btw) and I ended up loving them!!! It just depends on the person really.

If I had to pick a few series, though, that has to be watched at least once to either someone who is new to anime or someone who isn't, I would pick these series:

Wolfs Rain - It's an anime classic for a reason and it deserves to be. Animation was pretty good, all the characters were lovable, and the story was beautiful. I do admit that the story is confusing and still leaves you with questions once you finish it, but I feel that is just part of the fun when watching it. The ending will have you crying and the OP, ED and OST will too with how beautiful they are composed, especially when some of the OST has some jazzy tunes in it :)

Attack on Titan - I don't feel like I need to give this one an explanation because most people have already, not just on this thread. If you're new to anime or have been a fan of anime for some time now like me, there is absolutely no way you can not watch this series or at least watched some of it. You just have to, plain and simple. Considered one of the greatest series in anime and for good reason.

Clannad/Clannad: After Story, Air, Kanon (2006) - Pretty much anything made from Key needs to be watched at least once, including Clannad/Clannad: After Story, Air and Kanon (2006). They all may have similar elements and just a lot of things in general that are the same in them all, but then again they are each different in their own way. I love how they make you so emotional and you really get connected to each and every character to the point that you actually cry when something bad happens to them.They are all emotional roller coaster rides and just have to be watched, or your life will remain incomplete. Absolutely beautiful and stunning series.

Any Big 3 Anime (Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Bleach and One Piece) - Even though these three series have a lot of haters for how popular they are, they are that popular for a reason.....because they are appealing and fun to watch despite all the fillers and such. Yes, they may be long, but they need to be watched at least somewhat because they are kind of like introductory series for those who are new to anime. For me, the series that got me into anime in the first place was Naruto, so I don't see why it wouldn't be the same for other newcomers. I might as well say that DBZ is a good one too, but I don't like DBZ AT ALL so I can't really say on that one ^^"

Pretty much any popular series are good choices too since they are popular for anime fans to watch. I can't think of any non-popular series at the moment, but I know there are some that should be watched at least once
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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 wouldn't say NGE. DBZ if you are a younger viewer looking to get into anime or if you like action genre with lots of filler scenes. Cowboy Bebop or Trigun if you want some old school type of feel to your show.
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The Ghibli collection, Cowboy Bebop and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, for sure. My personal preferences sway me to include Ghost in the Shell ('95 movie or SAC), too.
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