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Introducing someone to anime
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Posted 10/22/14
My friends started getting into AOT when I was watching it at its early stages, then they wanted me to shwo them more and...
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I recommend Death Note to everyone that asks me for a good "serie", no one has regretted it so far.
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Posted 10/22/14
I watched Anime since I was a kid and most of the people I know watched it at some point.
However introducing someone to it shouldn't be that hard.
If they are making fun of it because it's animated, then it's just ignorance so I'd just tell them to give it a shot and maybe recommend some good stuff.
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Studio ghibli would be a great start for someone younger. For late teens/adults I would pick something a bit more action oriented with mature characters. A solid English dub would be a must in my opinion (even though I'm much more partial to subtitles myself). As for content matter I would consider their interests outside of anime before choosing a recommendation. Someone into the swords and sorcery type stuff would probably enjoy Ruroni Kenshin. Steampunk/western/sci-fi junkies I would go with either FMA/brotherhood, Bebop, or outlaw star.

(Note: Showing people Cowboy-bebop may ruin anime for someone, as it is unlikely they will ever see anything as well written or balanced. I put outlaw star there as it has a similar setting/feel but is far more lighthearted and lacks the film noir aspect of bebop.

Mystery/sci-fi/crime fans I would probably go with either Death note or Ghost in the shell.


I would stay away from mainstream shonen animes or anything with outright crazy focal points. I would stay away from AoT, SAO and the big three.They make use of many pre-established archetypes and tropes that would make little sense to someone just starting anime and might take away from the entertainment they get from it.

TLDR: Pull from their interests, and realize that what you like might be different than what they would enjoy.

Also honorable mention to Space brothers. Little action but the subject matter is interesting and the character interactions and relationships are realistic and feel natural. It's also hilarious... "ZIDANE!"
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I'm trying to get my roommate into anime so I've shown him Code Geass & Death Note, but trying to keep his interest has become hard because I started out with such masterpieces, do you guys have any other suggestions of shows kinda like that? I'm thinking maybe Durarara, Morobito or Blood+...
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Posted 10/28/14
When I try to get someone into anime, I try to think about what genre they would like, if they are more picky. For example, my friend likes romances, so I recommended stuff like Say I Love You and Maid-sama. But it'd probably be easier to pick popular things like Soul Eater or Fullmetal Alchemist which are shounen, but amazing.
Posted 10/28/14
Since I like to hide my love for anime from others, I have never introduced anime to another person before... so I don't know.
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Posted 10/28/14
well one day me and my brother chris was watch HxH on here and friend came over saw us watch it now she like anime now thank to us
Posted 10/28/14
I'm trying to make my friends watch Attack on Titan... and they love it. HUEHUEHUEE
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Posted 10/28/14 , edited 10/28/14
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blood-c is great if you can tell them a bit about whats going on behind the scenes. its bloody and vilonent with a mysterie thrown in. is also short enough for a marathon. the dub was excellent. alexis was awesome.

Ghost in the shell movie is a great start.

appleseed ex machia is also good. it mostly stands on its own as a story.

knights of sidonia on netflix is a great series. accpetable dub. good for a scifi geek. CG


gunslingers girls is great. has a Nikkita feel to it. a not overly dark series, not much action.

Attack on titan. one of my first anime. good as an introduction.

avatar the legend of korra. disney, but has a very anime feel to it.

full metal panic. a kinda meh series. but the dub is pretty good, and the story is nice, and season 2.5 gets the MA rating.

SUBBED.

"the cockpit" episode 1 and 2. is great for a WW2 or military fan. made me cry. episode 2 is relitivly historical.


time of eve is subbed, but a very intelctual 'what are we as a race?' kind of anime but subbed. CG


ANIME TO AVOID and why not for a newbie

yumeria - loli tranformation scene.
naruto - length
familer of zero - subed, long, and abusive louise might off put some. mind you i love it.
heavens lost property - too much boobs. other wise a great series. gets serious in the second half of the season. mind you i love it.
please teacher - horrible dub. iffy story. mind you i love it.
kiss x sis - porn. incest. (unless there really freaky/open minded. but its still porn.)
strike witches - need i say more?






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Posted 10/28/14
Assuming they don't just hate the look of anime (sure there's varying art styles, but there's still a fairly uniform look to it), the biggest hurdle is probably an assumption that anime is just a certain stereotype. For some people it's fanservice, for some it's schoolgirls, for some it's DBZ/Naruto/etc. Thing is, as we all know, assuming all anime is just one thing is the same as saying that all movies are just one thing. There are many different approaches, storylines, genres, etc. so what you have to do is find out what they don't like about anime and what sorts of things they do like in the other media they consume. Then you just need to find an anime that breaks their stereotypes while offering the things they do like.
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I remember when my one my friends tried to introduce one of her friends to anime through a subbed version of Ouran Highscool Host Club... Needless to say it didn't work :p
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Posted 10/28/14 , edited 10/30/14
If you know that person has a particular hobby, interest, or taste, showing them an anime that can focus in on that is a good way to hook them.

For me, I probably never would have gotten into anime if my friends didn't know i was a military freak. because one of them knew, he showed me black lagoon, then full metal panic, then slowly but surely I went from watching just pure action, comedy, and violence to romance, slice of life, and other genres too.

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Posted 10/29/14 , edited 10/30/14
If they have no experience, Code Geass. It does everything pretty well, it doesn't have tons of morally questionable content. I started a friend who had watched Gurren Lagaan (spelling?) with Sword Art Online. I haven't heard from him in two days. He's either marathoning it or he no longer wishes to talk to me, we'll see how this goes.
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Posted 10/29/14
I'm actually introducing my younger cousin (preteen) to anime right now. She started with Free!, and then Attack on Titan. I had the Netflix and Crunchyroll accounts so I've let her watch Madoka Magica, Yowapeda, Haikyuu, Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist. I'm currently trying to help her figure out what she likes and doesn't like, and of course what I feel is suitable for her age group. She's also tried out SAO 1&2 and wasn't a fan.

Lots of trial and error.
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