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Hey nakamas, I wish more of my friends and family were into anime so I could talk about all these shows that I love, but it's a hard thing to even bring up around non-fans due to all the weird perceptions of anime (not that all are unjustified). Not that I wish to be forceful and impose what I like, but it's natural to want to share what we enjoy and love.

To that end, it may be necessary to identify who would be inclined to try anime out, based on some personality traits or habits they have. I refuse to use the term "nerdy" because it's vague as hell and is a perception of anime viewers that must be dispelled in order to actually make it more accessible in the first place. Other than that, I've found a few factors that are common among the people I know who have gotten into anime, to varying degrees:

- A familiarity with foreign media (I'm Dominican so a small % of the population speaks English, but I think this trait applies everywhere anyways)
- A liking of sci-fi and/or fantasy, be it through books, tv, movies, or other (suggesting a desire to imagine)
- A liking of obscure or niche tv series, movies, and/or music (suggesting open-mindedness)
- A habit of reading any kind of book (suggesting an appreciation for story-driven entertainment)
- An artistic side, including habitually playing music, drawing, or whatnot (suggestiing an appreciation for different artforms, maybe?)

These are the most common things I can think of, but what have you guys noticed? Are there friends/family you know who embody these common traits and haven't tried anime out? Is it due to negative perceptions of anime? Unawareness? No desire to take on more types of entertainment?

And in these cases, what should we do? What animes should we recommend for the first time? Is it a good idea to watch it with them? Or should we just refer them to a couple of titles and let them figure it out themselves? Also, what about genres? Maybe people who like romantic books would like romantic anime, but how do we find out? I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts below. :3
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Posted 6/21/14
Rope, Duct Tape, and a Chair?


I honestly did that too my cousin who bashed me for liking Anime... tied him to a chair and made him watch Fairy Tail.


Uhm... as for the rest of my family they don't say anything about me liking anime, so I don't care to get them into it.


All the friends I keep in touch with are actually fans of anime already...


Sooooo guess I have no reason to really be in this thread?
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Posted 6/21/14
Death Note dub always works for me.
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Best advice would be to start with some of Miyazaki's films and go from there.
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who u callin nakama

idk, if they don't mind watching animation ( as in they don't mind cartoons), just pick an anime that has a genre they like; i.e., if you have a little sister who likes cutesy stuff, show a magical girl anime or something like Chi's Sweet Home, or a friend who likes horror movies, show a horror anime, etc etc.

& there's always Miyazaki. Even adults who never watch animation can enjoy those films. ^^
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When my dad is around I watch sports anime. When my mom is around a watch more rom com. No one really dislikes anime, they just misunderstand it. So, it is more about showing stuff that will interest them. Then later show different stuff, eventually they will ask you if the show is new today. I have never forced someone to watch, but having control over the main tv helps.
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i am all alone at my house

so i can't be much help lol
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Try anime movies or short series, break them in slow. Also you may want to try a few DC animated movies as well. Superman and Batman have some good animated movies but they are not anime but no for kids. Its about getting them used to watching animated all together. Watership Down is a good break in for older people, because of the book and film that came out in the 70's it'll bring back memories. When it comes to anime movies maybe these: Akira, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Steamboat, Grave of the Fireflies and Wings of Honneamise.
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i would just say dont force them? and if it's family dont show them something like... idk embarrassingly sexual or intensely violent. just to avoid getting really embarrassed or having feelings of deep intense regret when you're older. ( i speak from experience)

friends are ultimately the best bet. so maybe something like a comedy or an adventure anime? movies are also good if you want to make sure they watch the whole thing and dont want to keep them all holed up watching an entire series they may or may not love as much as you.

miyazaki is a good place to start if they've neeever seen an anime, satoshi kon too probably, also i really like Redline. if you know any animation geeks, redline is great because it's traditionally animated.
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I'm making a few people watch Hunter x Hunter or Aldnoah Zero. Real easy to get into and pretty much a straight shot of the strong stuff so they can keep coming back for more.

If Now and Then, Here and There were more accessible I would recommend that because it's short, sweet and provocative.
Posted 2/21/15
You can't, it's something you're born with.\

It's like asking how to get your white friends into being black.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

You can't, it's something you're born with.\

It's like asking how to get your white friends into being black.


Are you being serious or are you joking? I honestly can't tell.
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I think it depends on the person. For someone younger, especially if they are male, something like Naruto or Hunter x Hunter is a good choice.

For young-to-middle age adults, I think starting with a Miyazaki film (I'd recommend Spirited Away) and then branching out into something a bit more serious (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Toradora, Clannad, Trigun, Serial Experiments Lain, etc.) that fits whatever genres they like the best. I'd stay away from fan-service heavy shows at first--unless you know for a fact that they really like that sort of thing.

For older people, especially for those who are a bit more conservative, you can't go wrong with the film Tokyo Godfathers or the series Bunny Drop. I've shown them to both my mother and my in-laws, with very good results.
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My family is a bunch of ignorant people. Trying to get them to see anime would be the same as talking about sex around the dinner table...

Just anything out of the everyday ordinary would put a wierd look on their faces...
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I'm not sure. I did have one friend watch fma brotherhood and attack on titan, and fma became his favorite tv show, but he watched it not because of me but because netflix recommended it to him I'm not sure if he has watched anymore since.


I think it's easier to befriend people who already like anime, and talk to them about anime while leaving your non-anime friends be. I met about 8-10 people in my grade, over the course of two years, of about 150 students who watch anime. Most just watch the popular ones, but 2 also watch as much as I do.
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