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How to introduce friends and family to Anime?
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Posted 8/7/14
My brother watches anime but he is only into dubs and I have some cousins who are more into it than me.
My mom saw the first episode of Code Geass with me but she didn't like it.

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27 / M / The heart of Linc...
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Depends what they like.

My cousin's daughter pulled a surprise visit, she actually watched most of the 1st ep of ouran before i realised she was there. I never thought of asking them to watch with me especially since most of my family see cartoons and anime as 7-8 year olds if not younger.
Only she loved it, especially the twist with haruhi. She didn't pick up the hints!

Then her sister saw the show with her, then asked about some other anime. She likes the supernatural, so i gave a list of anime, even some i haven't seen.

I then tried seeing if any of the other family would watch any, sadly it came out as i thought, they mistook it for the explicit stuff. Thankfully this was sorted out with my brother who also watches anime.

What i tend to do now is show the 1st 2eps after describing the basic plot. Tends to work though comic con has been a major help. i.e. 1st comic con i went to revealed attack on titan was coming to uk. I told my bro it for weeks, he wasn't convinced till he saw the trailer, same as the devil is a part timer.
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Posted 8/7/14 , edited 8/7/14
As much as I want to make my friends/family watch my favorite anime, I can't. I'll usually ask them what they're interested to. Then based on what they said, I'll narrow down the anime they like. If the anime that matches their specifications has an English dub, then I'll show them that.

I watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood with my father and he didn't seem to mind. My nephew was interested with swords, so I suggested Sword Art Online and he was hooked to the series.

I really hate when people force some of their friends to watch shows in general without understanding their interests. It happened to me multiple times.
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23 / M / UK
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I might suggest HxH or Naruto to my younger bro, I am not sure. Thanks for the responses though
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damonthegreat wrote:

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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I wouldn't bother trying to introduce my parents to anime. They already know I watch it, and have ceased asking questions. One of my younger brothers got into anime, but I think it's just because of the younger kid copying the older kid thing. Though we do like different types of shows. As in, he'd rather watch One Piece and ecchi, and I'm good with my Fruits Basket and Steins;Gate (weird combination, I know).
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My mother was the one who recorded Nausicaä when it first aired on tv so many years ago. She likes science fiction and the movie's post-apocalyptic, otherworldly atmosphere appealed to her. She dislikes the idea of most anime however, finding the comedy, ecchi and romantic aspects too cheesy. I know she'd be a fan if she were my age though, since I got all my scifi/fantasy interests from her. She understands that it's not all for children and is happy to help me with making cosplay outfits and the like as well. I'm always thinking of shows I could show her that might catch her interest, but have yet to muster the courage yet. Maybe on my birthday, then she'll have to lol

As for friends, I find people with similar interests so it's easy getting them into anime if they aren't already. I start with great classics that appeal to everyone- S-cry-ed, Trigun and Samurai Champloo always go over well.
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I just put My Neighbor Totoro or Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in a dvd/blu-ray player with my mom and pops. Been thinking of popping Crying Freeman in there, too. My mom doesn't watch a lot of anime besides Ghibli films and Candy Candy, but my dad would sure love to see action anime films or OVAs. As for friends, they moved and stuff. I may also want to get them to see the Ghost in the Shell or Cowboy Bebop movie.
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You dont.
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I got my mom to sit down and watch School Rumble with me 2 years ago and she loved it. Ever since, I've watched anime like it with her every once in a while.
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26 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 8/8/14
I wouldn't do that. I don't feel right doing that.
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I watched once Totoro with my whole family,they liked it!And once I made my mom read the Death Note's manga but after reading about 60 pages,she got bored.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I'd feel awkward doing it. Even if I did they'd only watch dubbed, and despite how even I prefer dubbed, it's only about 5% of the anime out there. That really limits you as to what you can watch. They're more into real life stuff, and save the action and such for the movies. Not only that, but the fact they view it as being a cartoon, or are used to stereotypes of Japanese stuff having dub audio that's out of sync with mouth movements, they feel what they're watching is meant to be interpreted as being silly automatically, and that does nothing to help get them interested. A lot of it they just find plain weird or silly, and they wouldn't be wrong for thinking that. That's just the way things are, not that I mind. I've been the only one properly watching anime for about 2-3 years now and I'm fine with that. They don't dislike it or anything, rather, they're just disinterested or don't get it.
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24 / M / Cambridge
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Posted 8/20/14
Well everyone in my family likes Ghibli movies (to the point where the only movie we've all seen together in theaters in the last decade was Arrietty). Series are a bit trickier, although everyone loves Tonari no Seki-kun (it's easier to get someone to try something for 5 minutes than 25), and I watch Haikyuu with my dad and little brother. Haikyuu works really well, actually, plus it's nice having people to watch new episodes of something with (as opposed to rewatching stuff I've seen, although I guess that's good too).
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Posted 8/20/14
I think most of my friends are into anime or at least know some of it growing up there's a dub version always shown on the tv every afternoon almost everyday.When they ask me what I do in my freetime,recommendations or what I watch or into these days I tell them shows I'm currently watching or into at the moment but most of all I highly recommend them to read the manga as well they'll be hook in no time even more pwahaha! when it comes to family well before my brother and cousins used to watch some with me but we all got busy watching in the living room together helps from time to time haha! ^_^
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