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Post Reply So, I haven't watched an anime in 20 years... Where to start?
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personal tip: don't listen to random people's suggestions. they're generally dumb and generally just their favorite anime listed off for you. people don't know your tastes and are going to suggest all sorts of weird stuff or stuff that isn't all that quality but that they happened to like due to their own personal preferences.)


And they'll also tend to list whatever they're watching right now, because they're watching it.
If someone recommends a show currently airing, ignore them--That's a little DNA trace memory we've had lying around our subconscious since the days when we had to recommend whatever was airing on late night Cartoon Network for free because we didn't think newbies could find it anywhere else.
(Speaking of which, if they recommend One Piece or Fairy Tail...)

In your case, if we can believe you, you missed out on most of the 90's....THE FREAKIN' 90'S. Aka, the last time anime was good.
Would you really watch Shimoneta and Psycho-Pass knowing you missed out on Ranma 1/2, or Slayers/Next, or Tenchi Universe?
Give us a cutoff date (Ghost in the Shell was late 90's, wasn't it?), and we can get a better idea of the timeline.
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  • Plastic Memories


  • Usagi Drop


  • Parasyte -the maxim


  • ALDNOAH.ZERO


  • Bakemonogatari


    Perverted Additions.

  • Prison School

  • High School of the Dead

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    I keep seeing gintama on that list I feel like I'm the only one who struggles to finish that anime
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    The Random dice button at the top of the page can give you a pleasant surprise from time to time

    You probably want some of the shorter run shows aimed at older audience

    Psycho Pass is definitely a good choice if you can find it.
    Attack on Titan was one of the bigger shows over the last few years and is well worth checking out

    You might like Parasyte it's based on an older comic and it was really well done

    those three are mostly on the serious side of things


    A Couple I am enjoying right now are Monster Musume and Actually I am... They are both a lot of fun but they are almost like opposite ends of the Harem-comedy genre. Monster Musume is sexy fanservice comedy, while Actually I am... is more situation character based comedy. Give them a shot you might like one or even both
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  • Plastic Memories


  • Usagi Drop


  • Parasyte -the maxim


  • ALDNOAH.ZERO


  • Bakemonogatari


    Perverted Additions.

  • Prison School

  • High School of the Dead



  • woah..i spy prison school
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    Whatever you are in the moods for go with your favorite genres as well, if you want comedy I recommend : Space Dandy and Watamote

    If you want good stories of anime that are already finished go with Ergo Proxy, Psycho Pass, Steins Gate, Another, Shikki, Monster. Just to name a few at the top of my head
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    Diogethonyarre wrote:

    I like some good humor, Punchline got me here, but that doesn't seem to be available yet...

    Punch Line and a lot of other anime are on Hulu if you're in the US. Not sure if you are.

    Simulcast licenses can end up in a couple different places and that one got picked up by Funimation.


    http://www.crunchyroll.com/punch-line

    Sentai licensed it and it's on CR. Might just be a region lock for the OP then.
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    Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

    You simply need to watch it I think. It's not my personal favorite, but it's one of the best Anime ever. Period.



    Like You I like a bit of the perverted stuff as well. My only problem with that is that most of the good funny rom/com perverted stuff I like seems to be set with high schoolers, which feels really awkward at times.
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    sonic720 wrote:

    http://www.crunchyroll.com/punch-line

    Sentai licensed it and it's on CR. Might just be a region lock for the OP then.

    Well that was a brain fart.

    I guess it's safe to say he's outside the US then, making Hulu void as well.
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    Diogethonyarre wrote:

    Very simple post, the last animes I've watched were Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Urotsukidoji as well as about half of a series here or there (the only one I remember was Reideen, which ran on a German pay-TV station, something about a teenager boy band being turned into bird-powered super-fighters).

    Currently I feel a bit overwhelmed at the selection, and I simply don't know where to start... I like some good humor, Punchline got me here, but that doesn't seem to be available yet... some perverted additions are never wrong as long as the storyline is good.

    So if you have any suggestions, I'd love you forever!

    I'm currently outside and can't give you a list ATM but if there's one show I'd recommend the most it would be Madoka Magica. It's a critically acclaimed hit that appeals to a wide variety of people. Even people who aren't very into anime like SFDebris has reviewed it and praises it as one of the best stories and it is his top recommendation among his reviews. I can't guarantee that you will like it since taste is subjective but you should give this a try even just to see why it was a massive hit.

    This show is available on a lot of streaming sites and is on crunchyroll:

    http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica
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    Currently, there is an anime that is AWESOME!! And that is Charlotte. I won't spoil it but the anime knows how to get you to the edge of your seat, guaranteed!
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    I'm afraid I haven't seen most of the shows you mentioned, and I don't know your taste in humor, but one that I thought was hilarious was School Rumble. In the more dramatic vein, I second the suggestions that you watch psycho pass, and would also recommend Deathnote if you like cat & mouse strategy-play.
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    Okay, this is gonna be quite a reply, please forgive me!


    BBaller1337 wrote:

    personal tip: don't listen to random people's suggestions.
    ...
    In your case, if we can believe you, you missed out on most of the 90's....THE FREAKIN' 90'S. Aka, the last time anime was good.
    Would you really watch Shimoneta and Psycho-Pass knowing you missed out on Ranma 1/2, or Slayers/Next, or Tenchi Universe?
    Give us a cutoff date (Ghost in the Shell was late 90's, wasn't it?), and we can get a better idea of the timeline.


    Ohhh, I watched Ranma, when it was on TV, or the occasional anime here or there. I watched Most of:


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    Neon Genesis Evangelion


    But pretty certain I missed the end due to school back then. Gotta check into that. But sadly, as so many good old ones CR doesn't have it *sniff*.


    Greylurker wrote:

    The Random dice button at the top of the page can give you a pleasant surprise from time to time

    You probably want some of the shorter run shows aimed at older audience



    Hey, don't make me feel older than I already am, I'm only 32! I feel old enough already =P

    And that random dice is a good idea, should just force myself to watch the first episode of whatever comes on.



    sonic720 wrote:

    http://www.crunchyroll.com/punch-line

    Sentai licensed it and it's on CR. Might just be a region lock for the OP then.


    OH! I was a derp...

    I didn't know it's two words x.x

    That's definitely the first then! But overall thank you all for your suggestions, I already built a queue long enough for at least three months now. And that doesn't even include the ones I still want to watch that aren't on here, like Gravitation and Evangelion.

    Gotta say, love the community!
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    BBaller1337 wrote:

    personal tip: don't listen to random people's suggestions. they're generally dumb and generally just their favorite anime listed off for you. people don't know your tastes and are going to suggest all sorts of weird stuff or stuff that isn't all that quality but that they happened to like due to their own personal preferences.)


    In your case, if we can believe you, you missed out on most of the 90's....THE FREAKIN' 90'S. Aka, the last time anime was good.
    Give us a cutoff date (Ghost in the Shell was late 90's, wasn't it?), and we can get a better idea of the timeline.


    In fact, if you want to create a timeline of anime of the last twenty-five years, not sure about where the Japanese would divide the "eras" of anime, but over here, it falls into four distinct eras, as defined by how we watched them:

    - 1987-1994, Bootleg VHS: The Underground Years
    Anime is seen as a fringey "secret" among college crowds and exchange students who grew up appreciating the "mature storytelling" of Robotech on 80's afternoon TV; the fandom is scattered on the emerging Internet, after school clubs and comic-book convention tables, and shows start developing loyalty cults among those who've heard of them. Bootleg fan-subtitling is a rare commodity, as are $40 garage-company VHS and printed movie/episode Animag synopses, and fans try to connect with their shows by watching them raw-untranslated. In Japan, anime is still largely seen as mainstream afternoon shows for kiddy marketing, the shows are either franchise machines or edgy OVA's where the adult fare was "exiled". In the US, Streamline Pictures tries to legitimize anime into college theaters with one-shot movie/OVA's of Akira and Castle of Cagliostro, but the industry is starting to eye an interest in series, as fans begin discovering Nadia: Secret of Blue Water.
    Hall of Fame shows: Urusei Yatsura, DBZ, Bubblegum Crisis, Dirty Pair, Lupin III

    - 1994-1998, Mainstream VHS: The Suncoast Years
    Subbed VHS moves off of comic-book-store Internet mail-order and fan tape-trading to the mainstream shopping mall, as Viz expands its manga titles to dubbed anime, and Pioneer brings its own franchises across the Pacific. Mainstream US non-fans first become aware of anime through the "discovery" of dubbed Ghibli, and syndicated dubs of Sailor Moon and Pokemon on afternoon kids TV. US kids' animation moves off of network Saturday morning and into the slob-extreme humor of cable networks, and discerning toon fans begin flocking to the "quality" alternative.
    Hall of Fame shows: Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, Ghost in the Shell, Card Captor Sakura, Tenchi Universe, Slayers/Next,

    - 1999-2005, DVD: The Bubble Years
    By teaching the emerging DVD industry what alternate audio tracks could be used for, anime DVD singlehandedly ends the Sub-vs.-Dub wars that had been crippling the VHS anime fandom since the beginning, and turns into a major industry at retail prices. US dubbing turns from an embarrassment made to placate syndicated kiddy TV into a professional translation for home-video fans, creates a more direct equivalent of the drama and comedy in the original, and starts taking away the silly image the syndicated series had with non-fans. Cartoon Network's Toonami turns from simply airing less censored versions of Gundam to the full industry brass ring for studios to license their DVD-dubbed shows for a broadcast market, causing fans to recommend whatever was currently airing for free as the entry series. Japan takes notice of the US only as a new market, and tries to license current-airing hits to US companies by the truckload, causing a bubble of titles that's eventually log-jammed by the then strategy of 3-4 episode serial-single DVD's, and the balk of general retail stores expected to sell them to unsuspecting non-fans.
    Hall of Fame shows: Cowboy Bebop, Azumanga Daioh, Princess Tutu, Outlaw Star, Sgt. Frog (subbed)

    - 2006-Present, Streaming: The Otaku Years
    By embracing the new season-boxset market, and being one of the few companies still standing after the fallout, Funimation turns into a near-monopoly on US anime licensing, and discovers streaming as a promotional alternative to their Blu/DVD boxset sales. Crunchyroll "goes straight", gives up its life of bootleg piracy, and now begins licensing its subbed simulcast series as they air in Japan. Bad blood springs up between Cartoon Network and anime, US cable broadcast pretty much withers to just the running timeslot of serial-fight shows, and fandom begins moving away from CN as the mainstream "validation" for a series. With fans now watching the same shows that Japan viewers see, the US industry is no longer about trying to sell the audience an unknown show, but getting a disk-market piece of shows fans have already watched or discovered. In Japan, the frustration with hikkikomori/NEET's turns into a national scapegoat demonizing all of all anime, game and home-Internet fandom, and anime socially retreats into either a parody of its presumed "audience" or a secret "clubhouse" niche where lost core fans looking for girls or gore can be more serviced directly, with less of a distraction of plot.
    Hall of Fame shows: Death Note, Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom, Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

    Not saying that's the complete list by any stretch, but it should at least get our minds out of the Here and Now, and keep down a few of the "I'm watching Psycho Pass, that's pretty good!" posts to someone who's just come out of cryogenic cold-sleep.
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