Good shows for anime newcomers?
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Hello! Recently I've been trying to get my friends into anime, but they don't really think it'll be as good as I say it is. Iivr managed to make them watch a full 12-13 episode show, so I need some suggestions. I've watched around 60 shows, but I don't want to make biased decision. I was thinking something sad but simple, like Plastic Memories or Angel Beats, but I'm obviously open for recommendations. Thanks!
Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/2/16
You need to choose something that caters to what they are interested in.
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I've had good like with Usagi Drop: cute simple, universal themes, but still handled differently than that subject matter usually is in the west. (although it's not sad).

If you want short, simple, and sad, I'd go with Anohana. Good story of friendship and love, not much fan service.
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Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/2/16
death note is a good starter for anyone. Its what really got me into anime/manga
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Code Geass
Gurren Lagann
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Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/2/16
Interests are a big part of it, but I'll throw out these. As above Gurren Lagann is a fantastic first anime, Bust through the heavens with your drill!!! but I'll also throw out Sword art online and attack on titan as those are quite popular. If they're into fighting stuff defiantly GodEater! Romance hmm honestly a genre you have to feel out for yourself but toradora, say I love you, and gossick (for a more gothic anime). For Mega long anime never hurts to throw out Bleach, I'd say naruto or one piece, but as far as long anime's go Bleach is the shortest. If they like Gore, Deadman Wonderland... man I could just keep shouting things out honestly, but I'll stop here, those are all some pretty big titles that have some pull in different areas, from their it's just finding what you like. Horizon in the middle of nowhere anyone? No okay....
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Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/2/16
Angel Beats or Plastic Memories are good options, well honestly I've only watched Angel Beats out of the two, I don't care for Plastic Memories, but in my opinion you could try to use something that's not so melodramatic as those shows. You can try to get them into anime with these:

Death Note

Cowboy Bebop

Fullmetal Alchemist


Attack on Titan

I personally got into anime with Fullmetal Alchemist, and I've met a lot of people who started into anime with one of the shows that I listed above. In my opinion you can't go wrong with any of them. But if you want to try something more dramatic like Angel Beats or Your Lie in April then go ahead, everyone has different tastes after all.
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Posted 5/2/16 , edited 5/2/16
Well, like others here I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for genre-wise so I'll pick something from each of multiple genres to help you decide...

Fate/Stay: Unlimited Blade Works
Chaika the Coffin Princess
Akame ga Kill
Puella Magi Madoka Magika

Brynhildr in the Darkness
Black Bullet

Ecchi Comedy
Love Lab
Seitokei Yakuindomo
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

The Fruit of Grisaia
If Her Flag Breaks
The World God Only Knows
To Love Ru

Servant x Service
Girls' Monthly Nozaki-kun

Drama/Slice of Life/Romance
Say I Love You
Plastic Memories
Angel Beats
Dusk-maiden of Amnesia
Sunday Without God

Non Non Biyori
Girls Und Panzer

Hope something there helps a bit.

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Hunter x Hunter
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