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Introducing someone to anime
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Posted 10/29/14
One of my best friends used to not necessarily hate anime, but didn't really see it as something for him and thought a lot of it was stupid stereotypical shit with nothing but poor animation and perverted crap. He likes shows like Dragonball and the first seasons of Pokemon as well as Studio Ghibli films, but those were primarily for nostalgic reasons (except Ghibli films, as he is a really big film buff). But because me and another one of our friends loves anime and tend to talk about it a lot, he decided to start watching some shows.

He started off with Demon King Daimao on Netflix, but he ended up loosing interest. I finally made him sit down and watch Steins;Gate because I figured it was a show he would really get into, and while it took a while for him to gain interest, he got really into it and took a big interest in anime again. From there he watched shows like Attack on Titan and Evangelion, and those have become some of his favorite shows ever. He isn't a hardcore anime fan now, but he certainly appreciates it and is more open to watching more anime shows and films. I am trying to get him to watch Anohana and he plans on watching Cowboy Bebop when, and if, I get the Blu-ray set being released in December.
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evangelion has clear western influences so it might be easier to accept than some others.
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Posted 11/7/14
I showed my friends Dokuro - chan and they started watching anime ever since. Since then I recommend and they watched shows like Yuru Yuri, Plastic Nee-san and stuff like that. One day a friend wanted to know if anime was just nothing but shits a giggles so I showed him Clannad and Angel Beats. Ever since then they started watching on their own which is nice.
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Posted 11/7/14
The chances of getting someone who has never seen anime before are pretty low
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Posted 11/7/14
Just direct them to Great Teacher Onizuka. Works like a charm.
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i introduced my 52 year old mother into watching anime. Not only did it work, but she bought a Funimation Subscription for my entire family to watch without me even asking for it as a Christmas gift or anything. Now I have Netflix, Hulu, Funimation, and, of course, Crunchyroll under my belt.



Edit: Also, I'm the President of my Anime Club, so my organization's entire goal is to get people exposed to different anime. I can say I've had a very successful career getting people to watch anime.
Posted 11/7/14
In my opinion the more the merrier. I gave some friends AoT, SAO and Aoi no Exorcist to watch.
Those are great starter animes though animes like monogatari, and madoka imo should be watched later after they have more animes under their belt though thats just me.
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Depends a lot on the person you want to show it to.

My wife used to think anime was all cartoon porn--but she loves romance stories. So I started her clean, interesting romances: ef: Tale of Memories, Clannad/After Story, Toradora and I threw in Bunny Drop for good measure (just to reinforce the "not all porn" idea). She really liked all of them, and now can at least appreciate anime, even when it gets a bit ecchi. Hell, we just watched Ghost in the Shell (the original film) the other day, and she thought it was one of the greatest things she'd ever seen.
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Two words: Death Note

I've seen more anime novices get sucked into that series than any other. I have a 100% success rate with recommending it to friends and family.
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Posted 11/7/14
I never introduced anyone to anime, I just find people that like it or join clubs that promote it to get more friends. Especially by the time you're around 18, it's hard to convince someone to watch it. I feel like anime is one of those things you have to have liked since you were at least in middle school.

But my mom came in once when I was watching an episode of InuYasha and she actually liked it. But it was an episode that was already in the hundreds, so I had to go on Wikipedia to explain the main plot to her since it's hard for me to summarize things verbally. That didn't get her into anime with me, but she has a better idea of it now instead of thinking it's just soft core porn lol

I feel like everyone loves InuYasha, so to me that would be the best one to introduce an open-minded person to. Actually, if someone loves Asian culture but has never watched anime for some reason, that would be the best person to introduce anime to period.
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I used to hate anime up until last year. Typical closed minded dude that had never seen any. I mean, only weirdos in high school read manga and talked about that stuff, so what was I supposed to think? (Now I think I wish I was a nicer guy in high school lol). But a friend of mine suggested Attack on Titan back when it was airing, and I watched it as an opportunity to grow closer to that friend. I was interested until the end of episode 4, which is when I was completely blown away. I've successfully gotten my older sister, quite recently, to start watching Hunter x Hunter. We are normal and not strange. My sister is a teacher over in Hawaii. She loves it now (: Obsessed.

I am pretty vocal about my love for anime. I'm not going to be ashamed and hide something I am into. So even though I'm sure people think I'm weird for watching it, they can suck it up.

But I am an amateur filmmaker, so I use that to my advantage. "Anime has the best storytelling" I tell them.
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