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It's my honest belief that everyone would enjoy Anime if they gave it a chance, so I am wondering what do you think is the best method to introduce friends and family to Anime and get them interested it?

Personally I think introducing them first to dubbed might be a good method as the more the enjoy it the more likely they will be to cross the barrier to sub :)

I know most people have a gripe with Anime because they assume everything is shonen and exactly like the big three (Naruto, Bleach and One Piece).

So what are your thoughts?
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Wish I knew, my family sees it as just japanese cartoons, I have tried showing my mom and sis Ouran High School Host club, sub and dub, and my sister liked it, but took no interest in watching more, although there is still hope for my dad, he recently started asking me if I had watched Attack On Titan, I don't watch it, but it was a start for dad,

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Wish I knew, my family sees it as just japanese cartoons, I have tried showing my mom and sis Ouran High School Host club, sub and dub, and my sister liked it, but took no interest in watching more, although there is still hope for my dad , he recently started asking me if I had watched Attack On Titan, I don't watch it, but it was a start for dad,



I actually showed my dad Attack on Titan's and he liked it. I try to not show my friends and family, anime that will make them think that it's for kids and immature... I was going to show a friend Angel Beats, but I think that would be a bad start, and would give him a bad impression on anime. So, I showed him Psycho-Pass, and he really likes it.
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I don't like forcing my interests to my family. I'm fine being the only one in the house who watches anime.
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jplappo wrote:

Wish I knew, my family sees it as just japanese cartoons, I have tried showing my mom and sis Ouran High School Host club, sub and dub, and my sister liked it, but took no interest in watching more, although there is still hope for my dad , he recently started asking me if I had watched Attack On Titan, I don't watch it, but it was a start for dad,



I actually showed my dad Attack on Titan's and he liked it. I try to not show my friends and family, anime that will make them think that it's for kids and immature... I was going to show a friend Angel Beats, but I think that would be a bad start, and would give him a bad impression on anime. So, I showed him Psycho-Pass, and he really likes it.



That is awesome, and ya, I try not to show my family the too kiddy anime, or too gorey anime, I forgot to mention I did get my friend into anime, started her out with Ouran, then she watched SAO, and now she watching Naruto, she has slowy learned to accept others, she watches sao, and sailor moon with me when they come on the weekends, besides that, my family is almost a no go, lol my mom couldn't care, tried to get her to watch some, she like, why? my sis just would rather do other stuff, and my dad doesn't get into that stuff very often XD
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Ya'll are so brave...
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My dad is usually the one that never likes anything that other people show him, but I told him to give AoT a chance and he said "fine". I own the blu-ray, so I put the disc in the home theater and he watched 2 episodes. After that, I was planning in just stopping it there, but he told me that I could put another episode, If I wanted. That moment, I was like 'YES', in my mind, of course. I was thinking to myself, that if he thought that AoT was to childish, I was going to show him the darkest anime I have (Texhnolyze), but there was no need for that.

I know what you mean, some people will just not give anime a shot, and that's fine, they're the ones missing out.
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Posted 8/6/14 , edited 8/6/14

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I don't like forcing my interests to my family. I'm fine being the only one in the house who watches anime.


It's not about forcing, it's about introducing.

If you saw something that someone else would enjoy be it a TV show, movie, book or video game you would suggest it no?

Anime carries multiple stigmas that discourage people from engaging in it, yet it is as valid a form of media consumption as all the others I listed.

This thread is about breaking those stigmas by subtly nudging people you know into the world of Anime. The more people that watch Anime the better for us, especially in the Western world were Anime has such negative connotations associated with it :)
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What kind of shows do they like? Find something similar that's dubbed and isn't too weird/foreign/anime-cliche-riddled/whatever the right term is. Something that won't make them think anime is only for kids or perverts. I would say one of the classics, better yet something that aired on TV so at least you can say it is popular and well-regarded. Don't get mad if they aren't receptive, you can't force it on the unwilling. Hopefully they give a chance.
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studio ghibli, i watch these with my mother and she loved them. most people will considering its like a Disney movie with a non retarded story
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My old man doesn't care for newer stuff, not matter what I have shown him. He did enjoy anime from the 70's to 90's to though.



My friends... well one of them got me into anime so she is out. Another that I got into anime myself only exclusively watches action and sports anime, nothing else.
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Dubbed Miyazaki films are the best place to start for family members. Similar enough to Disney to be recognizable as entertainment and different enough to attract them towards the genre. For friends, you have to know your friends. I started my friends on the more accessible stuff like DBZ and SAO and they loved them and now are looking for other anime to watch. I honestly dont know what you guys are thinking showing your family Attack on Titan or whatever high school dramas you like... start out realistic.
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My cousin is a horror/gore movie buff like me so I showed him anime from that genre things like Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Claymore and other horror anime.So I guess find out their taste and then show them something that's similar and then maybe they will get into it.
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Yes, all Ghibli movies, Ghost in the Shell, and Akira. Also Mushi-shi, Attack on Titan, Erin the Green-Eyed, Galaxy Express 999, maybe Hunter x Hunter.
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That's easy you tie them up and make them watch anime.
In all seriousness I think it's best to start by finding out what they like. Study your family member/friend and find out what they like. I don't think you're going to get anywhere by showing them your favorite anime or one that's popular. I also don't think showing them a rather long series works either( movies are probably the safest to go with). For example I have tried to show my mom Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and I think there is one more, but she can't get into them( given that she is almost 60, which may or may not have something to do with it). She mentioned how she didn't like the animation and it looked flat to her(given also I think Pixar has spoiled her). However she walked in on me watching Kids on the Slope and I jokingly asked her what she thought of it's animation. She said she actually liked it better than from what she saw. I've also told her how great Perfect Blue is and she said she might watch it(though since it's so graphic I doubt she'll want to sit through it). My thought process from what I can gather from her is that she thinks she is to old to enjoy something like anime(the whole it's for kids thing) and she is spoiled by 3D animation. I also don't think she has the patience to sit through a series. In conclusion all the data I have collected leads me to two conclusions 1. She doesn't like anime or 2. The best thing to show her is the Evangelion films since they are short enough to sit through and also giant robots( she really likes the Transformers movies because of the giant robots) .
I have been able to get some friends into anime( it was a lot easier),but my mom has proven to be the challenge.
If I can get her to at least like one thing anime I'll have completed a great task. Wish me luck
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