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Introducing someone to anime
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Posted 11/27/13

ducksterish wrote:

well i've been known to show off some bad shows for introduction into anime for EX. Highschool DxD, and School Days.
i've drove off a few people from anime so that was my fault XD. i ain't irritated by people calling my hobby weird because all in all anime is weird.
i've also been looking into some other good introductions into anime and i wanted to know what you guys think of Black Butler and Future Diary?
because Future Diary is what got me into anime altogether and Black Butler has this sorta feeling to it


Those two are pushing it for most people. They're a bit too out there. Black Butler would be good for a female, but dudes will probably be turned off when Ciel starts cross-dressing. (Especially that awkward scene with the corset.) Future Diary is kind of intense for a first-time viewer, and is also batshit insane. There's not many shows/movies with so much crazy in Western media. Many people will be too weirded out by it.

I think Space Brothers is a good introductory anime. It plays very much like a TV drama, with that extra touch of anime humor. It's something I would show my dad, for example.
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I used to poke fun at anime. Many of my friends in middle school loved to talk about Naruto and Dragon Ball and One Piece. I was never into those shows, and mistakenly thought all anime was like those shows. So whenever my friends started gabbing about them, I would roll my eyes or make some snide comment, if only to keep from being excluded from the conversation. Obviously, I don't do that anymore. I'm the biggest otaku out of all of them, now. Irony.

My brother likes to make fun of my hobby, so I showed him Code Geass. He loved it. Not completely sold on anime, but he does take some of my suggestions for shows now. He recently watched Death Note and loved it as well (he doesn't tell me he loves it, but I can tell).

Typically, people who mock anime base it off certain aspects (like mainstream shounen troupes, or hentai/fanservice), but when you show them that anime is actually a very versatile medium, they're likely to change their opinion. That's not something to get irritated about. People change opinions all the time. It shows growth.


I totally agree with you about how a change in opinions shows growth.

I thought of this question because, in my situation, I was, at first, the only one out of my group of friends who watched anime passionately. I would talk about certain shows I watched that happened to involve high school as a setting and a few of my friends would mock me for it, calling those shows "high school dramas." However, once those few started watching those "high school dramas," they began to actually appreciate anime, which led to them accepting my hobby. I am grateful that they are not poking fun at me for it anymore since they are now, ironically, into the same thing, but I can't help but think back to when they were constantly bagging on me for watching anime. The change in their perspectives of anime, over a course of a few months, is quite impressive actually, because they too are now huge otakus, probably more than me xD

I would also like to add that my parents and my brother would also like to bag on me every now and then for watching anime but they have come to accept it. I am curious whether or not they would actually enjoy an anime I suggested since they do like to sit around and watch tv all day xD (except when they are working of course :p )
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Posted 11/27/13

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Aokidanza wrote:

I used to poke fun at anime. Many of my friends in middle school loved to talk about Naruto and Dragon Ball and One Piece. I was never into those shows, and mistakenly thought all anime was like those shows. So whenever my friends started gabbing about them, I would roll my eyes or make some snide comment, if only to keep from being excluded from the conversation. Obviously, I don't do that anymore. I'm the biggest otaku out of all of them, now. Irony.

My brother likes to make fun of my hobby, so I showed him Code Geass. He loved it. Not completely sold on anime, but he does take some of my suggestions for shows now. He recently watched Death Note and loved it as well (he doesn't tell me he loves it, but I can tell).

Typically, people who mock anime base it off certain aspects (like mainstream shounen troupes, or hentai/fanservice), but when you show them that anime is actually a very versatile medium, they're likely to change their opinion. That's not something to get irritated about. People change opinions all the time. It shows growth.


I totally agree with you about how a change in opinions shows growth.

I thought of this question because, in my situation, I was, at first, the only one out of my group of friends who watched anime passionately. I would talk about certain shows I watched that happened to involve high school as a setting and a few of my friends would mock me for it, calling those shows "high school dramas." However, once those few started watching those "high school dramas," they began to actually appreciate anime, which led to them accepting my hobby. I am grateful that they are not poking fun at me for it anymore since they are now, ironically, into the same thing, but I can't help but think back to when they were constantly bagging on me for watching anime. The change in their perspectives of anime, over a course of a few months, is quite impressive actually, because they too are now huge otakus, probably more than me xD

I would also like to add that my parents and my brother would also like to bag on me every now and then for watching anime but they have come to accept it. I am curious whether or not they would actually enjoy an anime I suggested since they do like to sit around and watch tv all day xD (except when they are working of course :p )


Your family might just like it. You should give it a go! Maybe start with an anime movie night?

Nice that your friends are so accepting, though. Now that I've moved on to college, I'm kind of hesitant about telling my new acquaintances how much of an otaku I really am. Silly of me, I know, but I guess a part of me still thinks anime is "too weird".
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Aokidanza wrote:

Your family might just like it. You should give it a go! Maybe start with an anime movie night?

Nice that your friends are so accepting, though. Now that I've moved on to college, I'm kind of hesitant about telling my new acquaintances how much of an otaku I really am. Silly of me, I know, but I guess a part of me still thinks anime is "too weird".


Haha great idea! Perhaps marathon an entire series with them xD I was thinking either Fullmetal Alchemist or Steins;Gate but I'm not exactly sure what genre is up their alley lol But a movie would be cool like something from Studio Ghibli as was suggested earlier.

Yeah, I've just finished my 1st semester in college and I've only met one or two people who've watched anime and witnessed a couple of others watching it in plain view lol. But, I am the same way, I'm not too open about my hobby with new people, since I assume that they may think anime is "weird." I would just wait and see whether they are either secretly otakus or become close enough friends with me that I wouldn't mind talking about it, but, I'm a bit shy in person so I may not experience this waiting game too often
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My brother used to make fun of me for watching anime. I showed him a few and now he loves it. And now I got my roommate to be interested in anime too. He saw me watch kill la kill and wanted to watch it too. LOL I got two people to like anime, only (how many people are on Earth again?) to go.
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I gave my elder cousin several dvds of Naruto to check out how good they were.
Well, he wasn't interested at all.

I still don't know if he actually watch the anime.

Anyway, I'm irritated that now he's into cosplay, especially going to animecons, after he bought a camera and some lighting gadgets.
Hence, his Facebook friend list blown out.



He actually ditched me, took another person with him and spent together for an Orlando comicon.

That Bastard.
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Posted 11/27/13 , edited 10/28/14

rokubungi-g wrote:

start with Ghibli..


what they said!

Ghibli was my introduction into anime (and ranma 1/2 ahaha because of an old room mate)

Don't get too worked up about people who turn into full blown fanatics. their original disdain for anime was from lack of information. And probably because others painted it in that light too. most people are like that.

example 'oh gods pink.. no way men cant wear pink! its a GIRL color'
so most men avoid pink. (this is slowly changing thank the gods, men actually look really good in pink. but i also think men look good in kilts. so it might just be my own opinion )

anyways, my point is, they decide their opinion according to someone else due to a lack of knowledge.
now they're just farther down the path to true enlightenment (bwahaha! or was that the dark side?)
either way, it's good to see more converts.
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My friends are into boxing and laughed at anime so I introduced them to my brothers old school Ashita no Joe, and Hajime No Ippo, now they are fans.
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Posted 11/27/13

ducksterish wrote:

well i've been known to show off some bad shows for introduction into anime for EX. Highschool DxD, and School Days.
i've drove off a few people from anime so that was my fault XD. i ain't irritated by people calling my hobby weird because all in all anime is weird.
i've also been looking into some other good introductions into anime and i wanted to know what you guys think of Black Butler and Future Diary?
because Future Diary is what got me into anime altogether and Black Butler has this sorta feeling to it


my daughter wanted to be ciel phantomhive for halloween. (bad pics though didn't realize the lapel on the coat was so messed up oh well)
i think you can count us as fans of black butler. I haven't seen Future Diary yet. i just found the drama remake on another site and watched the 1st episode. It was pretty interesting. I'm going to have to check out the anime.

Posted 11/28/13
I start with Miku (I know not anime, but it gets them warmed up) or Sword Art Online
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I myself used to hate anime and pretty much anything Japanese-related until I decided to pity an online friend by watching AoT when he insisted.

I wish I would have done this sooner.
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Pictures, posters, songs, Show them clips, etc.
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Posted 2/14/14 , edited 2/14/14
Never succeeded at getting anyone who dislikes anime to watch even one episode.
So I don't bother anymore
It's kind of pointless anyway
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Miyazaki movies are always a save bet, stay away from ecchis at the start
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