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I would say go on the internet and type in boku no pico best anime ever made.
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I've seen a few people who mentioned "school days" in a half joking manor, so what is the deal with that series?

Crunchyroll apparently offers it, so should I dare to watch it?

It will hurt you. Wait until you're acclimated to anime a lot more. I've been watching for probably a year, and I still won't go near it.


I personally think you should start out with the best stuff you can, which from my perspective would be:

Angel Beats!........................................Drama/comedy
Toradora!..............................................Romance/comedy
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood...Action/adventure
Shakugan no Shana ..........................Drama/fantasy/slice-of-life
Soul Eater.............................................Action/adventure
Hunter x Hunter...................................Action/adventure
The Devil is a Part-Timer!...................Comedy/slice-of-life
Gurren Lagann.....................................Action/adventure
Kyousougiga........................................Drama/fantasy
Working!!..............................................Comedy/slice-of-life
The Eccentric Family..........................Drama
Silver Spoon.......................................Slice-of-life/comedy

Some of these you'll have to go to Hulu to find (The Devil is a Part-Timer! and Shakugan no Shana), but this list will give you a good spread of genres, high quality all the way through, and generally avoid some of the weirder aspects of anime while still providing an introduction to some of the tropes that you will find elsewhere.

I also sort of have that list in an order that I think would be good, but that's probably a little bit too much, eh? :D

In any case, enjoy your exploration!
Posted 1/29/14

ReggieDunlop wrote:

I've seen a few people who mentioned "school days" in a half joking manor, so what is the deal with that series?

Crunchyroll apparently offers it, so should I dare to watch it?


It's very melodramatic. It's the exact opposite of romance that is portrayed in Sword Art Online.

It's very raw and realistic. But I consider it a masterpiece. A lot of people don't like it. But I like it, very much. Another similar series is Flowers of Evil.

If you like realistic portrayals of romantic relationships, I'd recommend both of these anime.
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ReggieDunlop wrote:

I've seen a few people who mentioned "school days" in a half joking manor, so what is the deal with that series?

Crunchyroll apparently offers it, so should I dare to watch it?


It's very melodramatic. It's the exact opposite of romance that is portrayed in Sword Art Online.

It's very raw and realistic. But I consider it a masterpiece. A lot of people don't like it. But I like it, very much. Another similar series is Flowers of Evil.

if you like realistic portrayals of romantic relationships, I'd recommend both of these anime.




If you want a better remake of the harem genre, you should go for TWGOK or just a plain harem.
Posted 1/29/14

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If you want a better remake of the harem genre, you should go for TWGOK or just a plain harem.




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GayAsianBoy wrote:


ReggieDunlop wrote:

I've seen a few people who mentioned "school days" in a half joking manor, so what is the deal with that series?

Crunchyroll apparently offers it, so should I dare to watch it?


It's very melodramatic. It's the exact opposite of romance that is portrayed in Sword Art Online.

It's very raw and realistic. But I consider it a masterpiece. A lot of people don't like it. But I like it, very much. Another similar series is Flowers of Evil.

if you like realistic portrayals of romantic relationships, I'd recommend both of these anime.




If you want a better remake of the harem genre, you should go for TWGOK or just a plain harem.


hmm... as far as "harem" stories go, I think any story by Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima) should be used as a starter, being neither not overly heavy on the drama, nor tame on the love comedy. An enjoyable way to settle into the genre. Certainly better than most Visual Novel adapted anime like School Days.
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JayVeeDees wrote:



If you want a better remake of the harem genre, you should go for TWGOK or just a plain harem.






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You probably want to start by getting a taste of variety- hence anime with less episodes.
I have my reasons for this; long running anime such as those from Shonen Jump including Bleach, Naruto and One Piece tend to be prolonged and can become quite predictable at times, and can be quite boring and become a chore to watch. Try marathoning Pokemon and you'll know what I mean - I just couldn't do it. Sometimes reading the manga is good enough to provide you insight into certain series. Despite this, watching long running series has its upsides that even I may have missed.

Here's some anime I personally enjoyed/had some memorable impact:
Puella Magi Madoka Magica - (magical girl anime that might get you hooked by episode 3)
Little Busters! and LB Refrain - (the second season contains all my feels haha-)
Daily Lives of High School Boys - (assuming that you might like some comedic relief)
Full Metal Panic - (mecha anime with loveable characters; though I find mecha series a little difficult to get into)
Steins;Gate and its OVA and movie - (be sure to prepare your mind then your butt)
Nisekoi - (new anime series out this season; SHAFT is doing a nice job with it and the facial expressions are epic)
Fate/Zero - (a badass anime; look out for Fate/Stay Night (2014) next season after watching F/Z)
Tora Dora - (quite a cute series hngh-; consider watching Shakugan no Shana if you like it)
Hidamari Sketch - (by the same artist of Madoka, slice of life and cute)
Ranma 1/2 - (whoa I must be a heretic for being against long running series, but this classic is quite good)
Toaru series - (actually quite popular in Japan)

if you tend to lose track of your anime, it might be a good idea to make a list online, perhaps with what MyAnimeList or AnimeNewsNetwork provides. Also don't be afraid to watch bad series (other than Boku no Pico), uh- because you'll at least learn what is crap. ^^;;
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Bro.. Welcome to the Anime World. You have the "Big 3" anime you can start with which is Bleach, One Piece and Naruto. You also have famous ones such as Death note which is flipping awesome and the critically acclaimed best anime of 2013 ATTACK ON TITANS! GO. YOU MUST HURRY.
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I honestly don't think you should start your journey off from the ending. Meaning, don't watch current Anime. You should instead get to know the classics, watch them, test the waters out and see what you like. A lot of anime now a days makes references quite often to older Anime's and if you don't catch those references then you're kind of like that kid who's not in on the inside joke. It also makes sense to start at the beginning, some of the newer anime might have better animation sure, but a lot of the storylines, plots, concepts, etc.. are all taken from previous Anime.

I came across this post on Tumblr, and I believe it's a good list to help you in what you're looking for.



Honestly, getting through ALL of these would take a couple years if you're casual about it. On top of that, I can't say that I absolutely loved every Anime listed, but there's a lot that have significant importance to Anime, it's history, and how it got to where it is today. The list this person made is also not perfect, it's missing out on a lot of good ones - Primarily Akira, which enrages me a bit. Akira helped redefine Anime, and Animation itself. To leave it out of this list, is kind of absurd to me, so make sure you check that one out for sure. Good luck, and welcome.


I disagree that one needs to watch old anime before new anime. Just because many people here did, doesn't mean you must. I'm probably the biggest fan of anime I know (I'm averaging about 7 episodes a day, even with a 16 hour class schedule with large CS projects and daily homework), and I haven't seen most of the stuff on this list.
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spensaur wrote:

I honestly don't think you should start your journey off from the ending. Meaning, don't watch current Anime. You should instead get to know the classics, watch them, test the waters out and see what you like. A lot of anime now a days makes references quite often to older Anime's and if you don't catch those references then you're kind of like that kid who's not in on the inside joke. It also makes sense to start at the beginning, some of the newer anime might have better animation sure, but a lot of the storylines, plots, concepts, etc.. are all taken from previous Anime.

I came across this post on Tumblr, and I believe it's a good list to help you in what you're looking for.



Honestly, getting through ALL of these would take a couple years if you're casual about it. On top of that, I can't say that I absolutely loved every Anime listed, but there's a lot that have significant importance to Anime, it's history, and how it got to where it is today. The list this person made is also not perfect, it's missing out on a lot of good ones - Primarily Akira, which enrages me a bit. Akira helped redefine Anime, and Animation itself. To leave it out of this list, is kind of absurd to me, so make sure you check that one out for sure. Good luck, and welcome.


I disagree that one needs to watch old anime before new anime. Just because many people here did, doesn't mean you must. I'm probably the biggest fan of anime I know (I'm averaging about 7 episodes a day, even with a 16 hour class schedule with large CS projects and daily homework), and I haven't seen most of the stuff on this list.


That contradiction.
Actually, some of the anime that's listed are really worth watching, and some listed there aren't all that old (some aired last year). Though I do agree that you don't always have to start with old anime, it'll be a shame if you missed out on some of the anime that's actually listed there.
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PatrickAupperleUtexas wrote:


spensaur wrote:

I honestly don't think you should start your journey off from the ending. Meaning, don't watch current Anime. You should instead get to know the classics, watch them, test the waters out and see what you like. A lot of anime now a days makes references quite often to older Anime's and if you don't catch those references then you're kind of like that kid who's not in on the inside joke. It also makes sense to start at the beginning, some of the newer anime might have better animation sure, but a lot of the storylines, plots, concepts, etc.. are all taken from previous Anime.

I came across this post on Tumblr, and I believe it's a good list to help you in what you're looking for.



Honestly, getting through ALL of these would take a couple years if you're casual about it. On top of that, I can't say that I absolutely loved every Anime listed, but there's a lot that have significant importance to Anime, it's history, and how it got to where it is today. The list this person made is also not perfect, it's missing out on a lot of good ones - Primarily Akira, which enrages me a bit. Akira helped redefine Anime, and Animation itself. To leave it out of this list, is kind of absurd to me, so make sure you check that one out for sure. Good luck, and welcome.


I disagree that one needs to watch old anime before new anime. Just because many people here did, doesn't mean you must. I'm probably the biggest fan of anime I know (I'm averaging about 7 episodes a day, even with a 16 hour class schedule with large CS projects and daily homework), and I haven't seen most of the stuff on this list.


That contradiction.
Actually, some of the anime that's listed are really worth watching, and some listed there aren't all that old (some aired last year). Though I do agree that you don't always have to start with old anime, it'll be a shame if you missed out on some of the anime that's actually listed there.

Admittedly, I was primarily thinking of the ones listed as "classics," because you suggested classics. My comment was primarily focused on those. Primarily, though, I don't think age means much. I also don't see why those shows should be suggested over many modern ones (2011 had quite a few great anime).

Of the list, I've seen:
GTO. While good, nothing groundbreaking. It was funny and occasionally touching.
Kenshin. Was once my favorite anime (long ago, before I was really a fan), but overall not as good as even several shows airing now.
Gundam 8th MS Team. Maybe my least favorite Gundam.
Spirited Away. You should see this, but I wasn't really counting movies.
Gurren Lagann. Literally my least favorite anime.
Full Metal Panic. This one was definitely good and worth seeing.
Baccano. Also worth seeing, but not something I feel is must watch material.
Azumanga Daioh. Funny, but nothing particularly special.
Seto no Hanayome. Same.
Haruhi. One of the few great shows on the list. This one really is a must watch.
Code Geass. Boring.
Neon Genesis Evangelion. Way too much hype. Decent, but nothing special.
FLCL. Not worth seeing. Not as bad as Gurren Lagann, but close.
Haibane Renmei. One of the better ones on the list. I do recommend it.

Overall, my experiences with shows on that list have not been so great. Definitely a few good ones, but a lot of bad ones. Quite a few of those that I haven't seen, I probably never will because they look so boring. I don't think missing out on most of this list will hurt someone's enjoyment of anime. There is no reason to believe starting with so called "classics" is a good idea. People should start with the best anime, not some arbitrary list of whatever happened to be out when most of you started watching anime.
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Attack On Titan
Claymore
Hellsing
Another Anime (horror)
Witch Craft Workshop
Nisekoi
Strike The Blood
Stains Gate.
Kill La Kill
Nobunaga The Fool
Nobunagun
Sunday Without God
Shin Sekai Yori (I know there's a gay scene in it, just ignore that part of the show and you'll enjoy it!)


The anime shows above are shows that I've liked recently however the once below are MUST WATCH anime shows before you die!

Code Geass
Clannad
Clannad After Story
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Guilty Crown

I could go on forever but I think I'll leave you whit this amazing list (in my opinion)
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Required Watching-
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Attack on Titan
Gintama
Gurren Lagann
Angel Beats
Toradora
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Bakemonogatari

Good Tier-
AnoHana
Another
So, I Can't Play H
OreImo
WataMote
Girls und Panzer

Okay Tier-
07-Ghost
Go Sick
YuruYuri
Nichijou
Little Busters

Watch this anyway/Notoriety Tier-
Kimi ni Todoke
School Days
Lucky Star
Pandora Hearts
ServantxService

Airing this Season-
Kill la Kill
Sakura Trick
Sonico the Animation
Nobunagun
Engaged to the Unidentified
Nobunaga the Fool
Nisekoi

5 mins and under Tier-
Wooser's Hand to Mouth Life
Chi's Sweet Home
PoyoPoyo

All of these are on crunchyroll, and there's a bunch more not on CR if you want those recommendations too.
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Forbsz wrote:

I would say go on the internet and type in boku no pico best anime ever made.


Yeah this. And the dub of Bible Black.
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