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How do you go about converting people to anime?
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Posted 3/25/14 , edited 3/25/14
I'm sure most of us have tried, or at least know someone we'd like to try it on.

I don't know about the majority of the anime fandom, but until 2011 I was pretty much a base idiot who barely knew anything about anime but never tried it because I felt that I had seen enough enormous eyes, tiny noses/mouths and pointy chins plus ridiculous voices to judge it. Fortunately, however, someone on my forum posted a clip from Black Lagoon and I found it undeniably cool. So, I started watching my first series, and it was all downhill from there onwards. I had a friend who acted as a guru, guiding me towards some solid, serious action shows and preserving me from the sin that is moe while my cultural sensitivities were still tender and weak.

My point being, if I had never encountered that cool scene on my forum or known my guru, I'd probably still be just as clueless as I was before, missing out on some of the animated glory I've been privy to since. Having come out of a discussion on that same forum recently with some people droning the same refrains*, I feel like I need to ask you guys - what are the tricks of the trade (if any) to enlightening the uninitiated? I feel like anime is something lots of people who claim that it sucks can enjoy if they find the right thing for them quickly. However, I also feel like some kind of Jehovah's Witness when I'm defending it or trying to encourage people to give it more of a go, not to mention feeling like I'm walking blind in a minefield once the hurdle of getting people to try is passed, in which anything I suggest might be a turn-off, scaring people away from it indefinitely

*The common lines:
"Anime/Japan is weird and creepy"
"Anime is for little girls, and you should be embarrassed if you watch it as an adult"
"The Japanese voices are too crazy"
"I don't like the art style"


So, any thoughts, advice, or experiences to share?
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I like the music
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I show people how awesome the Japanese language & writing system are. Generally, most people won't actually care to learn Japanese, but in the few days that it takes for them to quit, they are already hooked on anime.
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Well, first off, you could ask people what they would want from an anime just like a movie. Let it be action, comedy or romance. Actually, ask your friends if they are familiar with Pokemon or Dragon Ball and recommend either One Piece, Naruto or Bleach. Those are the perfect anime starters for newbies. Most people start off with battle shonen in anime. Fairy Tail or Yu Yu Hakusho could also work, I guess. Something plain and simple. Not something hardcore like Evangelion, Madoka, Fate, FMA, Steins;Gate, etc. Show them those anime later on when they become accustomed to japanese animation.

Show them an awesome battle sequence from a battle shonen, let it be Naruto vs Tobi, Ichigo vs Ulquiorra or Yusuke going up against Sensui. It'd make the viewer excited, making him/her wanting to know what'll happen next. If battle shonen isn't their cup of tea, Death Note could also work. Berserk too if they want something mature.

Now when you've shown your friends a scene from the recommended anime, sit beside of them and watch an entire episode of one anime to another. They may say that it's weird, but there are so many different types that they're bound to like one they watch. It worked for my friend who loathed anime until I introduced him to Naruto and One Piece.
Posted 3/25/14 , edited 3/25/14
I don't.

I honestly try not to. They're free to think whatever they want. Now, if their narrow-mindedness and/or intentional ignorance is making them miss out on awesome stuff, that's their loss.

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I tell people my shows are better than their shows with no explanation and they should change for no apparent reason.
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I wouldn't do that.

Guess I'm either selfish or prefer if the person make their own decision to watch anime. If they don't like it then they don't and it's no point in trying to get them to. I will put that the person should accept that you enjoy anime. Anime is always waiting for another fan to add to it's fandom. The person should decide to join on their own not me helping said person.

I'll feel bad anyways.
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xxxNaruto wrote:

Well, first off, you could ask people what they would want from an anime just like a movie. Let it be action, comedy or romance. Actually, ask your friends if they are familiar with Pokemon or Dragon Ball and recommend either One Piece, Naruto or Bleach. Those are the perfect anime starters for newbies. Most people start off with battle shonen in anime. Fairy Tail or Yu Yu Hakusho could also work, I guess. Something plain and simple. Not something hardcore like Evangelion, Madoka, Fate, FMA, Steins;Gate, etc. Show them those anime later on when they become accustomed to japanese animation.

Show them an awesome battle sequence from a battle shonen, let it be Naruto vs Tobi, Ichigo vs Ulquiorra or Yusuke going up against Sensui. It'd make the viewer excited, making him/her wanting to know what'll happen next. If battle shonen isn't their cup of tea, Death Note could also work. Berserk too if they want something mature.

Now when you've shown your friends a scene from the recommended anime, sit beside of them and watch an entire episode of one anime to another. They may say that it's weird, but there are so many different types that they're bound to like one they watch. It worked for my friend who loathed anime until I introduced him to Naruto and One Piece.


This is part of the reason I started the topic - because different approaches are quite interesting to read. You see, I'd never recommend my friends one of the "Big Three" you mentioned, due to how super long they are (this leads to a slew of other problems imo, like filler, boredom, crappy twists, character resurrections and weakening of plot, I can go on).

But I think you're spot-on with not wanting to go for the too radical (NGE etc.) and being able to hand-pick great scenes to show people. My main concern with that, though, is that frequently scenes that we find awesome actually just have no effect on people when you link them out of context. Like, how cool was it in AoT when the Armored Titan smashed through Maria wall? But wait, link that and you'll probably just get some raised eyebrows and "damn, if some random troll charging through a gate is the best anime has to offer, I'm not missing out on much".

Basically, a single scene can rarely do anything justice to the uninitiated eye if you ask me


demongurrl13 wrote:

I don't.

I honestly try not to. They're free to think whatever they want. Now, if their narrow-mindedness and/or intentional ignorance is making them miss out on awesome stuff, that's their loss.



Heh, it's for this reason that I generally don't try too hard...
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I wouldn't do that.

Guess I'm either selfish or prefer if the person make their own decision to watch anime. If they don't like it then they don't and it's no point in trying to get them to. I will put that the person should accept that you enjoy anime. Anime is always waiting for another fan to add to it's fandom. The person should decide to join on their own not me helping said person.

I'll feel bad anyways.


The problem is that I feel most people who generalize about anime tend to have precious-little understanding of its potential, their experience of it seemingly limited to DBZ and Pokemon when they were kids, and bizarre/creepy ecchi scenes from the weird side of Youtube since. That's why I think people kind of fall into ignorance about it once past childhood and would need a trusted person to show them some awesome in order to rediscover it as adults.

Edit: Oops, here I am double-posting already. Derp.
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Hmmm...Boku no Pico. Definitely by showing them the Boku no Pico series.
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True. They don't see the good that anime has to offer.
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Usually, I wait until I know someone fairly well to let them know. People who respect me are more likely to not dismiss anime as some weird quirk, but rather say something more like "Whoa, I wouldn't think you'd be the type of person to like anime. Why do you like it?"

And if someone shows an interest, I show them something off this list.

Convert might be too dramatic a term for what I do. It's more like educating people if they are curious and sharing it with people who mean something to me, because I do love anime & I like sharing the things I love with the people I love.

It definitely depends on the person, though. I might show Kyousougiga to some of my artsier friends, but there's no way I could win over my parents or sister with that show.
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Not sure how to convert someone, but here is my story:

For me, i was on the bus with a few friends exchanging DVDs back in 06'. I heard my friend talk about this full metal alchemist show that was really good, but never mentioned that it was anime. Actually, until then i hated anime, anyone into the genre, and made fun of them. so i asked if i could barrow it, and they handed me the DVD as i was leaving the bus. soon as i looked at it, realized it was an anime, i freaked. But then i said, id give it a shot. Might as well right? its only 4 episodes. At this time i didn't have a TV in my room, or a comp that could play it, so i played it on the big screen in the house / hiding at the end of the couch hoping not to be seen. Seems so silly at the time, but that's where my mind was.

After watching the first 4 episodes, i thought, this isn't half bad, so i borrowed more from my friend the next day. after i finished FMA, and got a little bit emotional at the end, which i wont spoil for obvious reasons, i jumped to more. I wanted to explore other genres to see if i wanted to keep going with this whole thing. Watched Green Green TV on YouTube (back when YouTube was less copyright controlled) and was actually quite embarrassing watching that show in the dining room at my moms house haha. (if you've seen the show you'd understand).

At that point i wasn't yet convinced, until i watched Love Hina. I related so perfectly to Keitaro, the main character, it was sorta scary (his mindset / looks is what im talking about, not the harem). It gave me an idea that, hey, i can relate to this stuff. After i finished, i looked in the mirror, and thought to myself, "how could i have thought the way i used to think, and why have i not been into this before". I always loved Pokemon, and Digimon, so why wouldn't i have liked this. And ive been an anime lover ever since.

But getting back on topic. id just say tell them what you like about anime, give them something to watch, something that they may be able to relate to. If they still aren't interested, don't push further. If they don't want to enjoy it, they never will. But then again, i used to HATE anime before i got into it. But after i found something / a character i could relate to, i was hooked.

Just gotta find the right key for the door, and its ultimately up to them to walk through it or not.
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It started out with the basic stuff they've already seen as kids (pokemon, dragonball Z, InuYasha) then they would see me so zoned out reading manga, they wanted to know what I was so interested in. So I showed them Attack on Titan and they love that (not enough to watch it at home by themselves though) but it's still a start.
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I normally get to know them first, and then after I get an idea of who they are and what they like, I tell them about anime's that may appeal to them.
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