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After a lot of persuasion by my friend about watching Sword Art Online, I signed up for the crunchyroll 14 day premium free trial, and I really like the series.

I am an anime n00b, but I've always liked animation: Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park, etc. If I get hooked on this genre, I will keep the subscription, but there are so many programs, so I don't know where to start.

What are some other programs that this service offers that will really shape my new experience? I've been looking for new entertainment media for some time because everything I watch has become stale to me, so everyone's input would be great!

Thanks you in advance for any help I receive!

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Hi, welcome!

I would strongly recommend Watching Gintama (that shit's just hillarious) Based on where you live you also have titles like One Piece and Attack on Titan here on Crunchyroll, which are also great.

Welcome to the world of anime, I'm sure you're here to stay!
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Welcome to our world. We won't let you leave.


First I recommend thinking about what you like, going off of American cartoons isn't really much sadly. Do you like Fantasy, Romance, Comedy? Do you not really care what the genre is like I do? Do you want to immerse yourself in multiple genres to find out what you like or don't like?

I'd suggest going to http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-7173/recommend-me-an-anime-read-first-post either browsing some of the pages, or asking there to get some recommendations.

Similar to (slightly) SAO would be: Log Horizon. Pretty much the only similar part though is they are in a game world. From there they split into their own distinct shows.

Good comedies (based off your likes of American comedy cartoons): I would say Gintama, it takes awhile to get into but once you are on for the ride it is a hilarious series.


I'm bad at recommendations though so others would probably give better advice. But I do suggest hitting up that recommendation thread, you will get plenty of help from there.
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I'd say Hunter X Hunter is a must watch also One Piece,Gintama (HILARIOUS) and Attack On Titan.
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I know a lot of people who hated gintama and Sword Art Online....but some who also loved it. You'll have to do some searching yourself and see what YOU like. Are you an action kind of person? romance? chicken noodle soup? magic? so so so so so so much. Go to MyAnimeList.net and pick

I suggest you learn the genera of anime (or manga). Like the meaning of shoujo, shounen, seinen and other japanese genres before hand.

I really liked Mushi-shi (if you're into story telling and what not)
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I'm not sure if it's on Crunchyroll. But my all-time favorite series is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I always recommend it to beginners, since a lot of the people I've recommended it to, ends up loving it. I've watched the show over nine times myself, and I'm still not tired of it. So if anything, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is highly recommended.

As for Gintama. I wouldn't recommend it, at least not yet. It's packed with references to other anime, so watching it as one of your first would be a waste really. I'd wait until you've watched at least a handful of shows. That way you'd understand a lot more of the references.
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investing in GINTAMA was one of the best decisions i've made...but i understand it's not for everyone, and is a lil slow at beginning, but..

.i honestly think it made me a better person (other lovers of gintama understand) and some of the arcs left a WAY bigger impression on me than naruto or bleach or even SAO. no hate on those shows tho.

everyone has their own likes/dislikes...so just find whats for you!

go to shows-->genre--> find a show you think looks interesting and read some of the reviews...that'll help you find something


forever yorozuya!
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I am biased, but PLEASE watch Hunter x Hunter. It is amazing. It has everything from intense action, well-thought out plots, to heart-warming relationships between characters (not romantic, but you know what I mean)
Posted 1/28/14
don't take any offense when I say this, but... every single time I read a post about a person who is new to anime... they always write, "My friend recommended me SAO and now I'm a hardcore anime fan"... it confuses me so much... because it must mean this SAO anime is so great that it can convert people to like anime.


And I can't be of any help, because I thought SAO was mediocre... so if I were to recommend an equally mediocre anime, it would be, "Strike The Blood".

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Black Cat definitely
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Like others have said it really depends on your taste. Personally one of my favorite anime is Code Geass. There's action, mechs and a multitude of plot twists so it's a must see. You might also be interested in Attack on Titan because I know it had a big impact on me as it was what got me into anime
Posted 1/28/14
Sounds like you're a fan of the animation rather than the plot so I recommend nobunagun
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I guess it depends on what genre you're looking for, ultimately. Also, be careful with SAO, it's one of the marmites of anime in the sense that some love it while others hate it (and most agree that the second half isn't as good as the first, the only bit I enjoyed was the villain). Some I'd recommend are Log Horizon, Code Geass, Death Note, Attack on Titan (again, sort of a marmite thing due to pacing issues and characters), Kill la Kill, Hellsing: Ultimate, they're some of the ones people find themselves recommending. Might I also suggest Full Metal Panic and, ignore this if you're not into romance; Clannad, Clannad: Afterstory, and Toradora.
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supremesquirtle wrote:

investing in GINTAMA was one of the best decisions i've made...but i understand it's not for everyone, and is a lil slow at beginning, but..

.i honestly think it made me a better person (other lovers of gintama understand) and some of the arcs left a WAY bigger impression on me than naruto or bleach or even SAO. no hate on those shows tho.

forever yorozuya!


DONDAKE!!!

lol Gintama is great, i definitely agree about the arcs -- because it's such a silly show, when it gets serious it has a lot more effect than something that's always serious. However, like someone already said, I really don't think it's for beginners. It references a lot of other anime, and other Japanese pop culture.

really, we need to know what genre you like ^^ but fortunately here on CR you can go to Shows>Genres> [name of genre] and it'll give you a whole listing of the ones in that field. ^^

but one you should definitely try is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It's not available on CR, but it's extremely good and popular; is also very close to its original source.

dat second Gintama movie tho..
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