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Posted 8/6/14
One day I was just watching Dragon Ball Z out in the living room while they were all gone and when they got home I asked them if I could finish this episode first, sure enough they sat and watched the episode with me and really enjoyed it; later deciding to watch the entire show with me. The same instance occurred with all the other anime I got them to watch (Death Note, Code Geass, HxH)
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It's an interesting notion....

My entire life, I've attempted to introduce my immediate family to different media, whether it be anime or gaming, or anything of the like, and it's always been met with little interest. My sister is usually the first to try something new, but if you were to ask my mother, she'd laugh at you if you mentioned the "story" in a video game, much less a "cartoon".

It's a matter of perception, and that perception has been painted in a generally negative light, in regards to the general public.

In terms of introduction, then yeah, the best attempt I've ever made was with something that you know they'd have some sort of connection to (I got my little sister playing Final Fantasy 9 way back when (dating myself here), shortly after she discovered the realm of fantasy literature.)

However, when it comes to me, if they aren't responsive, and can't appreciate it, that's fine, I don't live at home, and have a hardcore anime fan for a girlfriend, so I'm set! xD
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I just tell them to give it a try, which usually involves me having them sit down and watching it. So far... my little sister likes K-On! and the more... cutesy shows (well, she also watched Corpse Party so I dunno). Younger brother likes Attack on Titan. Grandfather likes them all (he's watched my whole collection, which is around 70-80 titles or so, from Macross to Elfen Lied to Sekirei, etc). Let's see...

Yeah, I'd say they're somewhat open to it, so it's really no problem introducing them to things.
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You'd want them to start on an anime that they enjoy what the story is. My friend loves action and gaming, so easily SAO was what he got hooked on. I, on the other hand like romancey, relationship building anime, so that's why I'm currently hooked on Blue Spring Ride. It's just a matter of what they like. If you know their personality well enough then you can introduce them to something that they'll probably enjoy and get hooked on.

A nice storyline that keeps going is a plus for anyone though, most def.
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Posted 8/6/14
Give 'em the Miyazaki-School Rumble combo with a side of dubbed. They won't know what hit 'em.
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33 / M / Seattle
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Posted 8/6/14 , edited 8/6/14
Pretty much, Miyazaki movies are an absolute must. Unlike with other stuff, Miyazaki movies are designed to appeal to a widespread audience, and because of that, just about everybody recommends starting with that. As for which Miyazaki film, I would go with Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa, but you can't exactly go wrong with any of them.

As for TV series, it depends on the age of the audience. For older people like parents, I would recommend Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, or Terror in Resonance, pretty much stuff by Shinichiro Watanabe as his stuff is quite appealing to those who are not anime fans. For young adults, I recommend Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and for kids go with something like Pokemon or Sailor Moon.
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26 / M / Heuco Mundo
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Posted 8/6/14
Almost half my cousins like anime because of me. And I'm proud of it too.
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21 / M / Southern California
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Posted 8/6/14
I need tips on that too. I guess you can say I'm a closet anime watcher
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Posted 8/7/14
When I was living with my family,when they all went to sleep I would sometimes leave my Hellsing Ultimate DVD and Blu-ray sets in their room until they watched it .However, only my oldest brother and my little sister were interested in more anime.
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26 / M / NY
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I got my father started in anime with Soul Eater. Afterwords, we ended up watching Wolf's Rain, Inu-Yasha, Angel Beats, and Mushi Shi together.
As for my brother, I was able to get him interested with FMA (The 2003 one because this was only 2007), on the premise that it was a story about two brothers. He's been watching Naruto ever since, and that's about it.
Death Note hooked my best friend in, and I worry that he got a little too enthused about the idea, but I think he got over that...hehe.

Also, from someone who's neither fan nor hater of SAO, I found that showing it to anyone who's not an MMO gamer hits a real sour note after the first episode, and they don't even want to see ep. 2. But that could just be chance on my part.
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the movies, the big three seem overwhelming, but the movies are short, tell a self contained story, generally have higher animation quality, and encourage discussion. this goes beyond the big three(?) as most anime has at least one motion picture. also try movies not connected to a series like summer wars, perfect blue, & dead leaves. also try western characters adapted: the animatrix, halo legends, the batman one, etc.
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I agree that movies might be a good starting point. Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning seems like a decent choice for someone who likes action and/or western animation. It has plenty of action and the CG animation for the suits would probably appeal to people who are used to western animation. It even includes the first two episodes of the TV series so if they like it they can continue straight into episode 3 (there are a few differences but you generally get more information with the film).

I think prejudice can be a pretty big issue to overcome. People don't like to be wrong so they'd rather stick to their prejudice idea of what a medium is even in the face of overwhelming evidence. I think you really need to convince them that it's worth giving it a try with an open mind and make sure that it's their choice to watch it. If they come into it with resistance in mind then it's going to be a much harder struggle for them to overcome their prejudice.

It's worth remembering that everyone has different tastes though. You might be able to get people into watching anime but you might not end up watching much anime together if you find you mostly like different things.
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24 / M / Montreal
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Posted 8/7/14
I don't see it as a necessity, though I do plan on showing my sister (27) either Cowboy Bebop or Baccano at some point.
Very recently, I was reading Monster, and my dad asked me if those comic books I read are actually interesting (to which I replied: well...yes) but my parents are both francophones and would rather read and watch things in their own language, even though they're fluent in english.
Posted 8/7/14
there are people who are not into storytelling... or music. it's just the way they are.

like my parents, they're not into music or anime.

I feel like i'm the only one in my family who has artistic tendencies... (an affinity for music/films/arts and storytelling). I feel so disconnected from my family. all they talk about is politics or other people...
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Posted 8/7/14
My mom used to watch pokemon and yugioh with me when I was little and knows that I still enjoy
anime now , I never really thought of trying to introduce anime to my older sister or dad mainly because
they once refered to them as Japanese cartoons my friends like anime and thats good enough for me,
I'm contented with that .
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