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This'll also help you out:

I'm not sure hitting a newbie with a couple hundred titles at once would be helpful. Even if they could be read.
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im surprised nobody has said gurren lagann but its a must watch.
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Black lagoon, shiki, great teacher onizuka,spice and wolf, would be some good ones to check out if you're new to anime
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Insomnist wrote:
I'm not sure hitting a newbie with a couple hundred titles at once would be helpful. Even if they could be read.


A lot of what is listed appear multiple times because they cross genres. Viewing the jpeg through MS Paint or picture viewer clears it up considerably.

I'm only passing along what I was given years ago.
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That's a solid foundation.
Madoka and Gurren Lagann are both on cr.Watch 'em.
Madoka's got magical girl action and delves into some deconstruction, but it's well done. Gurren's got everything. Action, sci/fi, coming of age, dealing with loss etc. It's a love letter to the entire mecha genre from real robot to super. And it's just fun to watch.

After that maybe follow up with some Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Bebop's mostly serious and sort of dialogue heavy. Champloo gets a little more wacky and has more action sequences. Both are well-done character-driven works.

Someone mentioned Soul Eater, that's some damned good shonen with good character designs.
Seconding/thirding Trigun. Western gunslinging sci/fi action.
Someone already mentioned, but Black Lagoon is pure action. Like a movie from the 80s.

Neon Genensis Evangelion is a must-watch. You don't have to like it, but at least watch it to know why everyone is STILL talking about it.
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RX-0Unicorn wrote:

A lot of what is listed appear multiple times because they cross genres. Viewing the jpeg through MS Paint or picture viewer clears it up considerably.

I'm only passing along what I was given years ago.

CR resizes images that are hosted here, there's no way to look at a bigger version of the image you posted unless you google image search the larger version somewhere else. The detail required to be legible is permanently lost.

Just for future reference. I'm not intentionally picking on you for it in case it came across that way.
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The earlier you see Code Geass the better you'll think of it.


Does that mean it's not that good or do you mean that another anime does a similar story better?

And yes, I've seen about half of it but was lured away by other anime that I'd rather watch.

When recommending an anime to people who don't watch anime I tend to consider the person's tastes so it's hard to come up with a general "you should watch this" list for new viewers. However, fairly safe bets are "Whispers of the Heart" on one side and "Gunparade March" on the other..
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I'm a big fan of the classics, and would probably suggest starting there, since a lot of shows are compared to older ones, thus it will be easier for you to pick out newer ones later. My suggestions would be:
Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, or Gurren Lagaan if you want something actiony but with a good balance between seriousness and comedy, or Neon Genesis Evangelion if you want grim-dark.

I'm afraid I don't know many fantasy series, so I can't help you in that department, though you might want to try .Hack//SIGN, if you liked Sword Art Online.

If you're interested in trying out mecha anime, I would once again suggest Gurren Lagaan and Neon Genesis Evangelion, but also Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
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SonofGrungni wrote:

I'm a big fan of the classics, and would probably suggest starting there, since a lot of shows are compared to older ones, thus it will be easier for you to pick out newer ones later. My suggestions would be:
Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, or Gurren Lagaan if you want something actiony but with a good balance between seriousness and comedy, or Neon Genesis Evangelion if you want grim-dark.

I'm afraid I don't know many fantasy series, so I can't help you in that department, though you might want to try .Hack//SIGN, if you liked Sword Art Online.

If you're interested in trying out mecha anime, I would once again suggest Gurren Lagaan and Neon Genesis Evangelion, but also Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.


Agreed with SonofGrungni's suggestions. Good stuff.
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Shiki
Black Lagoon
Sakura Trick
High School of Dead
Angel Beats
Clannad and AS
Squid Girl
Elfen Lied
Higurashi no naku koro ni
Bacanno
Watamote
Deadman Wonderland
Amother
Magic Madoka
Shiki
BTOOOM
Girls Bravo
Hell Girl
Soul Eater
Kill la Kill
11 Eyes
Fooly Cooly
Walkure Romanze
Ouran High School
Onia
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I only started watching anime quite recently ,so I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to the noble art. I'm not really into romance or drama, more action/ fantasy. I've watched a few mainstream animes, but is there anything that's a hidden gem and easy to get into?

Heres what I’ve watched so far

Attack on Titan
Death Note
Claymore
Fullmetal Alchemist
Sword Art Online
Naruto/ Naruto Shippuden
Hellsing
Fate/ Zero

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Insomnist wrote:

The earlier you see Code Geass the better you'll think of it.

Does that mean it's not that good or do you mean that another anime does a similar story better?

That's a complicated question for me. I personally hate Code Geass quite a bit, but I'm also aware that other people have been able to get a much more enjoyable experience out of it than I did--even a great experience. But I also think that the more anime you see, the less special watching Code Geass will be (moreso than usual). So, ideally, if you're going to give it a shot you should do it early, because that's when you'd get the maximum pleasure out of it.

So I'm not saying it's bad, just that I think there's a window of opportunity for some people when it comes to it.
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Not sure if I should recommend anything to you.

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I think you should give Toradora a try.
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1. Cowboy Bebop is probably the biggest recommendation I can give. That series is pretty much perfect.
2. Baccano! - Loads of fun, interesting way to tell a story, GREAT cast of very different characters, and the greatest English dub ever. (Yes, you should watch this dubbed.)
3. Code Geass - This was the anime that got me SUPER invested into anime. Before I saw this, I was just someone that watched whatever was on TV and was slowly falling away from anime. This is hands down my favorite anime I ever seen.
4. Toradora! - My favorite romance/slice of life anime. Easily a great gateway into that genre.
5. Rurouni Kenshin (Seasons 1 and 2 ONLY as 3 is just really bad Filler...) - Perhaps the best Shonen Jump series to date. After you watch Seasons One and two, you should read the final arc of the manga which was unfortunately never animated.

These are the five that come right to my mind for a newcomer into anime (that you haven't already seen.) I also think some people are listing things that are VERY niche for a new-comer and should not be ventured to till you get more experience into the anime fandom or find the right niche that suits your interests.
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