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Posted 2/28/14 , edited 2/28/14
While I don't know exactly what her tastes are, I can recommend some great shows for first time viewers. Studio Ghibli films are obviously a good place to start as they are masterpieces meant to appeal to everybody. Noitamina shows are designed to appeal to those who are not anime fans, and for her, I would suggest Anohana and Bunny Drop. Other shows I would highly recommend for first time viewers are Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Evangelion.
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Posted 2/28/14
Nana.

If you need more than that, try Working!!
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May sound weird, but the first anime I showed to a couple of my female friends who had never seen anime before was Sword Art Online and they basically fell in love with it. I've been trying to get them to understand that there are far better shows out there, but they just want to re-watch SAO. Maybe sort of rose-colored glasses first anime syndrome.

That being said, I maintain my long-held position that SAO is an excellent entry in the anime genre for any newbie. It's essentially one big fairy tail combining both fantasy and sci-fi elements.

Beyond that, there are a lot of good shows to try:
The aforementioned Working!! is hilarious, heart-warming and fun.
Gingitsune is another anime that you just can't go wrong with. It's 100% innocent and warm.
Although I hate to stereotype, because she's a girl I would also recommend Toradora! and Tari Tari.
If she has a high tolerance for randomness and loves to laugh, Kill Me Baby is a hilarious seinen title.
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We did an anime night at a computer conference I was speaking at in November, and showed Attack On Titan and Angel Beats! and both of those went over really well with newcomers. AoT is obviously mainstream-friendly (if it's not on Toonami by summer, someone's not doing their job right), and AB! has a little bit of something for everyone: action, comedy, romance, tearjearking, and great music.
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Posted 3/1/14
I'd say try 'The Girl who leapt through time' 'Summer Wars' or 'Wolf Children' excellent movies
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Posted 3/1/14

iblessall wrote:

Maybe sort of rose-colored glasses first anime syndrome.



Those rose-colored glasses/first anime syndrome definitely do have an effect. I still hold Baka and Test as my all time favorite Anime as it was my first show watched when I started getting serious into Anime.
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What about Wolf Children I rented that off the Playstation store last week and it was wonderful film, very easy to relate to for non-anime fans and the English voice acting was pretty good.
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Posted 3/1/14
thanks everyone! definitely a lot of awesome suggestions -- even a few that i have yet to see! i also started a myanimelist at someone's suggestion although that might take me a while to complete!

i greatly appreciate everyone's input! i was just thinking i could use a female's opinion, but i forgot about internet rule 30. haha
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WarDog927 wrote:

i was just thinking i could use a female's opinion, but i forgot about internet rule 30. haha


You could have put that as the topic of your thread. As it happens, males are most likely to voice an opinion about something on the internet.

Also, such rules don't apply outside of archaic message boards from the dark depths of the 90s.
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HauAreWe wrote:


WarDog927 wrote:

i was just thinking i could use a female's opinion, but i forgot about internet rule 30. haha


You could have put that as the topic of your thread. As it happens, males are most likely to voice an opinion about something on the internet.

Also, such rules don't apply outside of archaic message boards from the dark depths of the 90s.


oh it's all good -- not disappointed at all! i just meant as i was reading over everyone's replies and i noticed they were all guys! haha i received a ton of fantastic suggestions though and a even bunch of new ones to me as well! not at all disappointed!
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Posted 3/1/14
suggestions for first-timers

Make sure you don't stick it in too roughly, be gentle.
And be careful that you don't catch something nasty.

Also pull out once your done. It could save you quite a bit on your energy bill.
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xxJing wrote:

suggestions for first-timers


It IS in the Entertainment->Anime section though.
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I recommend starting her off with Any Studio Ghibli movie. If you want to watch a show then start off with one with no inappropriate content, so I guess something that you might feel comfortable watching in front of your parents so maybe... Sword art online, pandora hearts, or maybe a mahou shoujo anime like puella magi madoka magica, sailor moon, or Fantasista doll <---- these are all kind of girly but it might be a good starting point
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1 Btooom!
2 Sword art online
3 Bleach
4 Attack on titan
5 Gargantia on the verendous planet (cant spell)
6 Kurokos basketball

thats in no order

DONT FORGOT TO GIVE THE ALL MIGHTY SCHOOL DAYS A WATCH
Posted 3/1/14
Five Centimeters Per Second is a good start. Movies are usually the things I go for when it comes to new people. I would vote against showing them Steins; Gate or something of equivalent greatness though. One - the visual novel for Steins; Gate is going to be released soon and unless they never play video games I'd recommend just letting them play it instead of watch. Two - you seem to be passionate about your hobby to actually own more series than me, do you really want to start the person near the top of anime when it will all be down hill from there? My second case wasn't specific for Steins; Gate or anything, but you have to consider it. Building up the greatness might be good (not saying to start them off with a D rated show, lol).

5CM may be wrong in the circumstances, so just any other good movie... Millennium Actress? Even that one has similar themes, so I dunno.
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