Post Reply Is there a good way to get your significant other into anime?
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Posted 10/27/15
My girlfriend knows I watch anime, and said she would watch it with me some time to see if she likes it. Is it best to show her a series I like, or something that is generally liked among people even if I may not like that series? Anyone ever introduced anime to their SO and they ended up a fan?
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It would all really depend on their personal preference such as action/romance/mystery/crime etc.
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I've been trying to bring a close friend into anime with little luck. I've tried showing her some of my favorites but... that didn't end well. It almost ruined of of my favorite animes for me. I would recommend starting with animes that fall within her preferred genera and slowly working out of that comfort zone.
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My love story is a great one too start its really cute and nice and if you really want too show her actually I am but show her thing that you enjoyed and if she want too watch something let her choose of coarse
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Xmas_Hat wrote:

My girlfriend knows I watch anime, and said she would watch it with me some time to see if she likes it. Is it best to show her a series I like, or something that is generally liked among people even if I may not like that series? Anyone ever introduced anime to their SO and they ended up a fan?

What fiction does she like?
If she likes Quentin Tarantino movies go with Baccano. If she like cyber punk go with Ghost in the Shell. Psychological thrillers go with Death Note, Monster, Perfect Blue, Kaiji, etc. Over the top dramatics go with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (2012).
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clockwork orange

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Posted 10/27/15
Watch it or no more hanky panky for you missus.
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Posted 10/28/15
It strongly depends on the person's likes and dislikes. Generally speaking trying to introduce a female to anime should not be done with something that has a bounce-o-meter like Plastic Little, or a major number of up the skirt panty shots. No matter how good the plot, those distractions will in general offend most average women - unless you happen to know that 1 in a million who will find it amusing because it's so totally impossible.

Additionally, unless the individual is knowledgeable about Japanese culture, anything that might require too much explaining about stuff is probably a bad choice. If I have to pause the video every five minutes to explain what a Kappa is or why Tengu make jokes about long noses, it can get tedious.

Additionally, for a first time viewer the anime with the endless battle scenes can be dull. I probably wouldn't start anyone out with a show where it takes 5 episodes to get through one fight.

I would probably find out if they've had prior exposure to anime but didn't realize it was anime, for instance have they seen any of the Ghibli films that Disney has released? Did they watch Voltron, or Pokemon or other anime as a kid? That might give you some clues as to a starting point.

Take cues from what other TV shows, movies, and books the individual enjoys reading. If they like watching Iron Chef then they might like Food Wars! If they enjoy mysteries they'll probably get a kick out of Case Closed. Action flicks? Maybe they'd enjoy Black Lagoon. SF or comedy fan, perhaps they'd enjoy The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.
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In my opinion, I would try to get them in to some of the classics, but I have found that sometimes that hasn't worked. I guess it is based on their personal preference. Universally, Hayao Miyazaki movies are always good picks (Totoro, Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, etc.)
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