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Hello im new to this site and anime as a hole and i want to get started. Im wondering what series i should watch first or start with?

The only anime i think i ever watched was a little bit of Naruto as a kid.

Would Attack on Titan be good start? Coming from not knowing much about anime that is one i heard the most about from the outside.

Also it is on short end im not sure if i should start with a 200 episode series or not
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cooperb21 wrote:

Hello im new to this site and anime as a hole and i want to get started. Im wondering what series i should watch first or start with?

The only anime i think i ever watched was a little bit of Naruto as a kid.

Would Attack on Titan be good start? Coming from not knowing much about anime that is one i heard the most about from the outside.

Also it is on short end im not sure if i should start with a 200 episode series or not :P


I've moved this over to our Advice, Info, Recommendations forum. I'm pretty sure there's another thread there where someone asked something similar, so you might want to also see what folks recommended there.

Go ahead and watch Attack on Titan. It's not that long, and I thought it was pretty enjoyable to watch.

It would be easier to make recommendations if we know what kinds of things you tend to enjoy, even if you haven't watched much Anime.
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Attack on Titan is good, another really popular one is sword art online. Another anime I doubt you can go wrong with is Angel Beats. Both of those were some of my first anime series I watched and i doubt you can go wrong. sword art currently has 2 season of 26 and Angel Beats is 12 ep I believe.
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cooperb21 wrote:

Hello im new to this site and anime as a hole and i want to get started. Im wondering what series i should watch first or start with?

The only anime i think i ever watched was a little bit of Naruto as a kid.

Would Attack on Titan be good start? Coming from not knowing much about anime that is one i heard the most about from the outside.

Also it is on short end im not sure if i should start with a 200 episode series or not :P


I've moved this over to our Advice, Info, Recommendations forum. I'm pretty sure there's another thread there where someone asked something similar, so you might want to also see what folks recommended there.

Go ahead and watch Attack on Titan. It's not that long, and I thought it was pretty enjoyable to watch.

It would be easier to make recommendations if we know what kinds of things you tend to enjoy, even if you haven't watched much Anime.


Thanks umm not sure im into pretty much anything. As long as its good i dont prefer any one Genre.

TV: shows i love
Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, The Wire, The Sopranos, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, Sherlock, True Detective, Firefly, Arrested Development, House of Cards, Community, Archer, Twin Peaks, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Person of Interest, Justified.

Im not into one thing honestly same with movies i cloud list all different things.
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Attack on Titan was very enjoyable for me and would be a good choice of anime to start with.

However,
When watching anime, it all come down to preference and thanks to all the publishers there is always something to suit a person's tastes.
I would just look for titles, images, and descriptions that intrigue you yourself. If you see something you like, watch the first episode or two. Don't like it, just bail out like jumping off a single step.

Just find stuff you like and watch it!

At least that is how I find most of my anime.
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It depends on your interests. What kind of stories do you like? Fantasy, Sci-Fi, reality based, detective, etc.? Do you like stories geared for older audiences or does it not matter? Although, I would recommend only watching a long running series if you are confident that its the kind of story you like. If you are not really sure I would stick with shorter series or anime films to test the waters. If you are not really sure about the genre at all, a safe place to start is family oriented anime such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro (generally Studio Ghibli anime are a safe place to start), Log Horizon is also a safe place to start if you like anime with lots of gaming terminology. If you like sad anime, that does not have alot of violence but a strong emotional pull, Air is a well made anime. Another sad one but well done anime involving space travel and battles in giant robots is Voices from a Distant Star. If you are interested in historical anime Le Chevalier D'Eon is another well done anime.
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akame ga kill, blue exorcist, attack on titan, full metal alchemist, sailor moon, tokyo ghoul, naruto, one piece, sword art online
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Most likely I have a different selection available than you, but here are some I think are worth checking out:

Space Brothers: Serious anime with comedy moments, story is about two brothers who decide on becoming astronauts and their life. One of my favourites.

Moyashimon: Two boys who start at a "farm" university, the protagonist has the power to perceive bacteria as cute creatures and communicate with them. It's better than it sounds.

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of killing time: It's about a quiet girl sitting next to a highly eccentric student who does a lot of weird & intricate things during school. Comedy all the way.

Un-Go: Post-war Japan, detectives, gods, murders and mysteries. It might not be the best show there is, but I found it quite enjoyable.

Mushi-shi: Ginko is a man who investigates creatures known as Mushi, and sometimes try to resolve problems concerning them. Mushi can be parasites leeching off humans, graceful creatures filling you with awe, Mushi doesn't act, it is not evil or good, it just ...exists as part of a larger world. Laid back anime with philosophical moments.

Occult Academy: A strange academy with stranger occurrences happening. Guaranteed presence of monsters and the unknown.

Seitokai Yakuindomo: A perverted comedy starring the student council at a school that recently stopped being girls-only. If you enjoy perverted humour, chances are you will love this.

Natsume Yujin-cho: In many ways similar to Mushi-shi; Natsume is a young boy who lost his parents early in his life, has the power to see yokai (spirits) which has alienated him at school & homes of relatives. After moving to yet another home, he comes in possession of a book that belonged to his grandmother. This book is highly prized by the yokai, who desperately wants it. It is a laid-back anime that is mostly slow-paced, dealing with Natsume's daily life and many struggles. One of my top favourites.
Natsume Yujin-cho Shi: Season 4 of Natsume.

Parasyte the Maxim: One day humans all over the world is attacked by strange parasites who take control of their hosts. Shinichi Izumi is one of the infected, but somehow manages to retain control of his mind. People die frequently in this show, violent fights and goofy moments.

Shin Sekai Yori: From the New World: Dare I say it? A deep anime show, with strange and mind-boggling moments. This show deals with a world many years after a great war ravaged Earth. Psychics are now common place & live in small communities while living a seemingly easy going life. Centred in the story, is a group of young fragile friends who try to live a normal life in their community. Yet there's a certain peculiarity with them which leads them into many situations. The first episodes might seem very strange, but I highly recommend to keep watching. I love this show to pieces.
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Go ahead and watch Attack on Titan.
I would give you more recommendations but I'm not sure what genres you'd like.
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Attack on Titan is a pretty good show (aside from the overly melodramatic dialogue) and is reasonably accessible to Westerners (if you don't mind gore). My problem with it as a Starter Anime is that it doesn't really tell you where to go from there. There's not a lot of other shows that comfortably fit as similar to it--so if you like AoT, it isn't clear what show to watch next.

Instead, I would recommend these. For each I've listed genre, as well as a few other, similar shows, that you might like if you like the first one.


Sword Art Online
Genre: Action, with a bit of Romance thrown in and a head-fake at a Harem.
Plot Summary: Boy gets trapped in MMORPG, finds friends, saves girls, kills bad guys.
What to watch next: A Certain Scientific Index; Strike the Blood; Familiar of Zero,


Toradora
Genre: High School Romantic Comedy, with hints of a Harem.
Plot Summary: OCD boy with scary face and beautiful-but-violent girl discover that they are neighbors with crushes on each others' best (only?) friends.
What to watch next: Golden Time, Haganai, Clannad


Bunny Drop (AKA Usagi Drop)
Genre: Slice of Life (that is, interesting people going about their daily lives)
Plot Summary: 30-something, single man adopts an illegitimate 5-year old girl (who is also a relative) when no one else will take her in
What to watch next: Barakamon, Aria the Animation, Silver Spoon


Eureka Seven
Genre: Mecha (AKA Giant Robots); Romance
Plot Summary: Lonely son of a controversial (presumed dead) hero has a beautiful girl (and her giant robot) drop on his house.
What to watch next: Gundam Lagann; Gargantia of the Verdant Planet; Attack on Titan; Angel Beats


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Genre: Action/Adventure in a unique Fantasy/Science Fiction universe
Plot Summary: Brothers travel the kingdom, and uncover its dark secrets, in order to undo the mistake that cost them their bodies.
What to watch next: Fullmetal Alchemist (Brotherhood is a different show); Trigun; Ghost in the Shell


Bakemonogatari
Genre: Ghost Stories, Psychological Drama, Romance, Horror, Harem
Plot Summary: Boy who was once bitten by a vampire helps several girls with their supernatural problems.
What to watch next: Elfen Lied (if you want more gore); Spice and Wolf (if you want more conversational romance); Parasyte the Maxim (if you want more interesting and fun horror stories); Nisemonogatari (sequel)
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Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online seem to be the entry level anime right now. Find something that catches your eye but isn't too long and give it a watch. Inou Battle (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace) is also a decent one for starting out but maybe a bit too Japanese to like until you really get into anime.I'd go for more action stuff at first and then branch out after you get into it. Eureka Seven somebody suggested above is a really good show with some amazing character development.
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