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What anime would you recommend to a newbie?
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If someone who had never watched anime asked you what you recommended, what would you suggest?
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Code Geass.
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Saint Young Men
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trigun and black lagoon
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Hunter x hunter 2011.
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PhantomGundam wrote:

Code Geass.


I will second this. It is a deep and confusing show at times for some news but is excellent. If you just want good dumb fun maybe try Gundam Build Fighters. Or maybe try Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon.

If someone tells you Boku no Pico, slap them in the baby maker.
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bebop, Psycho-pass (this was the first anime my grandmother watched and now she watches anime quite often), Miyazaki movies, Ghost in the Shell and basically anything that is targeted towards a more mature crowd. If you want to show your friend a series with a bit of comedy and slice of life aspects, try Natsume Yuujinchou as its a series that just about anyone can enjoy, even if they are not familiar with anime.

Stay away from anything that has anime cliches and is on the weirder side of things. Most people who have not watched anime will be instantly put off by it. Try to show them a series that is based in a more realistic world with a more realistic setting and characters. (not stuff with dudes flying through the sky and throwing massive ki blasts at each other) I can't see your age from your profile so ill guesstimate it at being around 19-20. Show them a good seinen anime and see how they respond to it. If they like it, then show them more like it. Then progressively open their tastes to other genres.
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Depends on what the person likes.

Romance/Drama/Comedy? -> Toradora
Action/Crime? -> Black Lagoon
Comedy? -> Great Teacher Onizuka
Horror/Mystery? -> Hellsing/Another


AzazelOfNexium wrote:

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Stay away from anything that has anime cliches and is on the weirder side of things. Most people who have not watched anime will be instantly put off by it. Try to show them a series that is based in a more realistic world with a more realistic setting and characters. (not stuff with dudes flying through the sky and throwing massive ki blasts at each other) I can't see your age from your profile so ill guesstimate it at being around 19-20. Show them a good seinen anime and see how they respond to it. If they like it, then show them more like it. Then progressively open their tastes to other genres.


This. So much this.
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wateroflife8 wrote:

If someone who had never watched anime asked you what you recommended, what would you suggest?


(Moved this over to Recommendations)

Really depends on what genre they might be interested in, if you ask me...
Fantasy - Slayers is an oldie but a goodie, Record of Lodoss War is a classic, and for newer audiences, I'd say Log Horizon might fit well, oddly enough. It's got modern characters in a fantasy setting.
Fighting - Hunter x Hunter, it's got fighting, comedy, powering up, all the good tropes, along with Yu Yu Hakusho, DBZ. Attack on Titan hits fighting and fantasy in a way, and it's so popular it might get them talking with other fans.
Horror - Another, Deadman Wonderland, Terraformars (blends into sci-fi)

But, the one I'd have to recommend above all others is still The Devil is a Part Timer. Silly fantasy, mixed with modern-day Japan, fighting, technology, multiple worlds, and it got my mom into anime, so.. there's that as well.
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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Magi

Blue Exorcist

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PhantomGundam wrote:

Code Geass.


Good luck with that.
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It depends.

Usagi Drop: If they are older and a bit more mature.

Toradora: If they like romantic comedies or slap-stick.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood : If they like in-depth and carefully crafted plot lines. (Monster works too, if you can find the entire series anywhere)

Steins; Gate : If they like sci-fi or character drama.


Also, there are a number of great movies that can serve as primers: Tokyo Godfathers (best Christmas movie ever), Ghost in the Shell (great sci-fi), Spirited Away (For older kids or anyone with a spirited imagination)
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Drama (Anime): Someday's Dreamers (1 or 2), Celestial Method, Say I Love You
Rom-com: Nisekoi, Yamada and the Seven Witches, Servant x Service
Science Fiction: Parasyte, Aldnoah.zero, Steins;Gate
Horror: Another, Ookami Kakushi, Tokyo Ghoul
Comedy: Chronicles of the Going Home Club, Sabagebu, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Cute: Is the Order a Rabbit ?, Tonari, no Seki-kun, Re-kan
Action/Adventure: Resonance in Terror, Fate series, Unbreakable Machine Doll
Ecchi: MM!, Seitokei Yakuindomo, Yamada's First Time
Yuri: Sakura Trick, Sweet Blue Flowers, Blue Drop
Mecha: Buddy Complex, Linebarrels of Iron, M3 the Dark Metal

I gave 3 choices for each genre. All should be good shows for beginners. You just need to know the type of show the person likes (genre).
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