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Hey there guys, I'm pretty much as new as can be here. In my life I've really only watched a handful of Anime: some Miyazaki, the two Ghost In The Shell movies, Akira, that sort of thing (very much training wheels attached). I've read even less Manga and I was thinking of tackling both media side by side.

The only slightly current thing I've been watching is Bakemonogatari, which I think is great, so obviously I intend to follow up that and its sequels.

So I started my free trial yesterday and pulled a marathon yesterday to orient myself a bit. I've set aside some of the big titles such as Attack On Titan and Naruto Shippuden because I know that they will take some more focused viewing, but I'm looking for recommendations based on my current experience (and bearing in mind that not every title on CR is available in the UK, where I live.) Thanks for any help you can give me.

Here's what I watched, in descending order of appeal to me:

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Hi there and welcome,

First off, the monogatari series is a good choice!
I've really been enjoying it myself and hope to have time to finish season 2 soon as I have all the Blu ray for those now.

Now some recommendations available on this site for us Europeans I have been enjoying:
Parasyte: the Maxim and JoJo's bizarre adventure, can't really describe either but they've been very enjoyable.

Considering you like RPGs you may enjoy Sword Art Online and/or Log Horizon.
Personally I never got into SAO, but a lot of people seem to enjoy the series.

And if you enjoy the bit closer to home genre slice of life with a decent amount of comedy I can certainly recommend Space Brothes.
The manga for that is also available on CR.

Other then that, press the dice button on top if you like to gamble.
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Thanks, George. Parasyte is on my view view list already and JoJo is one of the manga I picked up to get me going so I'll try it there first, but the anime may work better for me than the manga anyway. It was actually buying Monogatari that brought me to CR because, while I think that was a really lucky purchase, I quickly realised that I couldn't afford to "learn" my anime one BR set at a time!

I'll definitely try SAO and check out Space Brothers because neither of those were on my radar.
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A few of the better ones on CR, in my opinion: (I'm not sure if all of these are available in UK; if not, I apologize)

Toradora: Straight up romantic comedy, but well done.
ef: Tale of Memories: Similar art to Bakemonogatari, but more love story and without the horror aspects.
Usagi Drop: Feel-good slice of life
Angel Beats: Clever, sometimes sad, mix of action and drama, with a touch of comedy and romance. Doesn't fulfill all it's potential, but still quite good.
Maoyu: Since you mentioned you liked RPGs: this turns a lot of high fantasy tropes upside down.
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mnmike wrote:Maoyu: Since you mentioned you liked RPGs: this turns a lot of high fantasy tropes upside down.


How could I forget that one, this is also a really good one.
Although I am of the opinion they ended this series too soon.
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If you're just getting into anime, then Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend is a very good choice. It's a super clever comedy, drama, harem, type thing but its very heavy on the satire. Characters openly mock their own script and plot lines in the show (byebye 4th wall!). Basically, it's a a fun way to learn a lot about the standard tropes and devices that make up most anime, like the tsundere, harem, ecchi, fan service, shipping, the suspiciously specific denial, and all our other fave stuff.

I'll second Toradora!, which is a very good romantic comedy with some some awesome characters and soundtrack. If you like that, then you should definitely move on to Golden Time by the same writer, team, and singer (Yuri Horie). Though still funny, Golden Time will give you a serious dose of the feels. My fave anime ever.
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mnmike wrote:
Angel Beats: Clever, sometimes sad, mix of action and drama, with a touch of comedy and romance. Doesn't fulfill all it's potential, but still quite good.


Not available in the UK, sadly...

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skywriting wrote:

If you're just getting into anime, then Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend is a very good choice. It's a super clever comedy, drama, harem, type thing but its very heavy on the satire.


Funnily enough I checked back into the thread after viewing the first episode of that very anime! I just finished School Days and fancied something on the lighter side ... so pretty much anything on CR would have done! Too early to say whether I like it ... it may require a bit more genre familiarity than I have right now. What I do like about it is that it seems to fall at the 'sweet' end of the anime spectrum.
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Sordel wrote:

Funnily enough I checked back into the thread after viewing the first episode of that very anime! I just finished School Days and fancied something on the lighter side ... so pretty much anything on CR would have done! Too early to say whether I like it ... it may require a bit more genre familiarity than I have right now. What I do like about it is that it seems to fall at the 'sweet' end of the anime spectrum.


Episode 0 of Saekano is a very weird one, it's seemingly after the timeline of the main series and makes almost no sense. That's how I saw it, anyway. Stick with the next few and the story actually starts and the character development is nicely paced.
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George_z wrote:Considering you like RPGs you may enjoy Sword Art Online and/or Log Horizon.
Personally I never got into SAO, but a lot of people seem to enjoy the series.


Great recommendation: I watched the first six episodes of SAO today and I think it's really entertaining ... and not just from the perspective of an MMO fan (which I have been from time to time); the stories seem to be varied with surprisingly interesting plots.
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Golden Time and Toradora! are both great romance animes to start out with, and they're not too long.

Kuroko's Basketball and Ace of Diamond are good sports animes.

If you want a game related anime, try Gunslinger Stratos, Sword Art Online, Log Horizon since those are quite popular and alright.

Personally, I find sad animes like Ano Hana and Angel Beats are amazing. I feel like Crunchyroll needs to get Clannad and After Story on here as well.
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Beastlyblu wrote:Golden Time and Toradora! are both great romance animes to start out with, and they're not too long.


I'm off free trial now, and just finished Toradora!, which left me wanting more. I've got a question about the end though. Massive spoiler question incoming:

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Sordel wrote:


Beastlyblu wrote:Golden Time and Toradora! are both great romance animes to start out with, and they're not too long.


I'm off free trial now, and just finished Toradora!, which left me wanting more. I've got a question about the end though. Massive spoiler question incoming:





I haven't read the original novels, which did not finish publication before the anime started production, but I've heard that some of the details of the ending are different, while still getting the same gist.
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I also wonder where to start ;D
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eyeofpain wrote:I haven't read the original novels, which did not finish publication before the anime started production, but I've heard that some of the details of the ending are different, while still getting the same gist.


Huh, interesting. I got what the pretext in the story was for the deferred ending, just not why it was felt to be the best ending. It's actually one of those things that is very strange when you're just getting into Japanese stuff: for example, I assume that it is blindly obvious to a practiced eye which girl is the hero's "true love match" but I quite often watch these series with no idea which gal we're supposed to be rooting for!



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I also wonder where to start ;D


Apart from the good advice that I've been given in this thread I'd say: try a few and see what sticks. The great benefit of CR is being able to try a wide selection. Check out the "genre" tab as well because once you figure out how the different genres work you'll have a better idea of what interests you.
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