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Say I love You
Blue Spring Ride
Sweetness and Lightning
The Princess and the Pilot/The Pilot's Love Song
Barakamon
Girls Monthly Nozaki-kun
Kindaichi Case Files Returns
Voices of a Distant Star
Plastic Memories
Classroom Crisis
Angel Beats
Charlotte
Orange

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I hate to be presumptuous and say this... but ur 22 years old, u can do watch WTF u want. IDK ur situation, but seeing you appear to be "more respectful" in terms of school/work then I ever was, I don't see the problem. Not like ur lazy, or something

BTW, me voted for Trump; hard core supporter, so yes watching anime is indeed not "incompatible with All-American, Patriotic Conservatism". Just put up a new American Flag (and Japanese one BTW) today in front of me house. So it can be done...
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Your best bet would be to pick something similar to their own sensibilities when it comes to American media. I can't really get a sense of what that is from your post, but if they're the type to shun most American media as vulgar, then 99% of anime is going to be a tough sell.
If they accept or enjoy a certain amount of vulgarity you may have some room to work with.

You could try Porco Rosso. It has a poignant and mature story, witty dialogue, a hard-boiled protagonist, a fair amount of airplane combat, and is family friendly.
But the thing with Ghibli films is that their aesthetic and sense of whimsy would probably seem childish at first glance, so if your dad is the type to tune out after the first two minutes... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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1. Touch.
2. Gokinjo Monogatari
3. Planetz
4. Honey and Clover.
5. X-men the anime, (only if they like Xmen)
6. Jellyfish princess.
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I would mention Erased (plus it has a dub) but you mentioned that your mom has already seen parts of it. Only Yesterday, from studio Ghibli, is also a wonderful slice of life/family movie with a dub.
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patema inverted

Its about how humanity comes together to overcome a major Crisis brought upon a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong.

The worst it has (From my memory) was mild scenes of toture. Watch it yourself and judge if you can share it with your parents. I've watched it 6 times now, and its still not dull. In fact, I'ma watch it again tomorrow!
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I'll second haibane renmei. That was the first anime I ever saw and it is still one of my favorites. It's only 13 episodes long. It's a story about angels but blends religious themes from both Christianity and Buddhism. It has a lot of heavy adult themes about life fulfillment, depression, death/suicide, and how we impact others in our life. The only hiccup is that they go into kanji readings of people's names for symbolism and some plot points which might be confusing to someone who doesn't know how Japanese writing works. But in my 15 years of anime watching it's still in my top 10 of best animes I've ever seen and there is no nudity or violence.

Oh and it has some amazing music to boot.
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What you have to remember is that saying you like anime is like saying a class agreeing that they all like TV. You might be talking about HGTV and home improvement shows, your teacher thinking about a ESPN and sports channels, another thinking about comedy shows, someone else soap operas, another thinking about 24 hour news channels, someone else is a C-SPAN junkie, while another is into channels geared towards female audiences, while someone else likes wrestling shows.

Everyone likes the same thing, but everyone likes something different. Okay, your folks are conservative and religious. But what do they watch? I know plenty of religious people who are conservative who don't mind a sex comedy, or object to nudity or sex in what they watch on cable...and I know those who won't watch such things. So some clues as to what they watch could be useful.

For example, we say Studio Ghibli films, but there are those who take the notion of witches quite seriously, which would take the ordinarily highly recommended Kiki's Delivery Service out of the picture.

So, with that proviso:

Summer Wars Simply great. There is brief bit of nudity involving a family bath scene, but this show movie is a truly wonderful message about the love of family, with sci-fi overtones mixing with everyday life.

You're Under Arrest Stick to the first 4 episodes, the original OVA, and you should be safe...and then you don't have to explain how, Aoi-chan, the most feminine of the female cops is a guy in drag.

Accel World has some good concepts, and showcases some of the possibilities of anime.

Depending on how they are about violence, Cowboy Bebop has no nudity, and one of the best blends of animation and music. Or Ga-Rei-Zero, which also has a bit of nudity.

If you think they can handle the notions of mythological deities, The Slayers, No Game No Life are examples of the different creativities that can go into anime. NGNL has some fan service, of course. Likewise, the best anime of 2016, (no, not the one that won the rigged CR selection), Re:Zero, offers potential to show the creativity of anime.

The original Macross is epic. Maison Ikkoku, if you can find it, is comic and romantic gold, with what is still the best acceptance of proposal of marriage...ever. Seriously, that's a way to broach the subject: Ask if they've ever seen a more heart-touching acceptance of a marriage proposal and then show them that clip.

But better info on your parents viewing tastes matters. For example, if Dad likes Game of Thrones, suddenly entirely new possibilities open. If Mom likes sappy romances, the world of shojo awaits. And if their viewing range of live action is limited, than it will be naturally limited in anime.

But I'll give an example of a show: High School DxD. I know very religious, conservative people who love this show, who just look on this discussion of angels, fallen angels, devils, legendary heroes and heathen pantheons, as simply being a Japanese spin on things, and no different from mythological stories about the Greeks and Romans, such as the Illiad and the Oddessy.. Flip side, I know people who are disturbed by all of the same things, finding it to be religiously offensive. Then there are those I know who don't care about the religion, but reject the fan service, objectification of women.

So, basically, you know what your parents like; find anime equivalents for your introductions.
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As others have mentioned, Grave of the Fireflies is an excellent choice. If your parents need convincing, here is an excerpt from Roger Ebert's movie review (March 19, 2000):

"...“Grave of the Fireflies” is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been “cartoons” for children and families. Recent animated features such as “The Lion King,” “Princess Mononoke” and “The Iron Giant” have touched on more serious themes, and the “Toy Story” movies and classics like “Bambi” have had moments that moved some audience members to tears. But these films exist within safe confines; they inspire tears, but not grief. “Grave of the Fireflies” is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to “Schindler’s List” and says, “It is the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.”..."

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-grave-of-the-fireflies-1988
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I can relate to your situation, as my parents are pretty much the same, but I've managed to change their view over the years to the point that it's almost scary.
Before starting your parents on anime, I suggest warming them up to Japanese humor with some live action dramas, in my case I picked the Gokusen, but that was years ago and I haven't been up to date on them.

I suggest starting them out on Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, this will wake them up to the fact that anime is a medium and not a kids genre, another one to consider for this would be Grave of the Fireflies, I guarantee that both series will get them on a mental wave-link to caring a great deal for Japan and it's people, Glass Rabbit is another great one for this, unfortunately the voice acting can be quite atrocious to the point of almost being laughable, which is a complete contrast to the story.
Chihayafuru is a good family friendly show, ReLIFE is another one (which Funimation has dubbed).
A few more to consider:
Hanasaku Iroha, Shirobako, Tari Tari, One Week Friends, Plastic Memories, K-On!, So Ra No Wo To, Aria The Animation and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, though I haven't watched all of the later.
If they're fine with suspense or light horror, then Ghost Hunt is a good choice, but be selective with your episodes, as some of the later ones can get a little gory, Kokoro Connect is another good one to consider.
If they like crime movies, like the Godfather series, 91 Days is a great series, but it's by no means kid friendly, the same goes with Darker Than Black and Death Note.
If slapstick humor with minor fan service is okay, then Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu or Amagi Brilliant Park might be worth trying on them.
If violence is not a big issue, Full Metal Panic!, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar or InuYasha is a good choice.
Dramas like Clannad, Kimi ni Todoke, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Orange, Sakamichi no Apollon, are fairly mild and family friendly, but lightly touch on mature humor, so they could help with getting the 'this is not a kids show' idea flowing.
If minor sexual innuendos are not a problem, then Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Suisei no Gargantia, Sword Art Online, Toradora, Robotics;Notes or Steins;Gate are some great shows to think about.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Kaichou wa Maid-sama! and Sound! Euphonium are great shows, but in the first one the main character fawns over a shota every so often, the second one has some humor involving cross dressing, and the third has some minor implications of yuri that don't go anywhere, since you said your parents are fairly conservative, I'm not sure how that would work with them, aside from that their all great shows to consider.
Military shows, like Gundam Wing or Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen might be worth a try, though I can't speak 100% on the later, as I haven't watched it through.
The two anime that I would put at number one on my list are Hyouka and The Anthem of the Heart, unfortunately no one has licensed Hyouka from Kyoto Animation, even after waiting five years as tons of lesser shows have gone through, as for The Anthem of the Heart, you could buy the Blu-ray from it's official website for around $54.98.

Overall, it really depends on your parents, but I strongly advise that you watch every anime through, before you consider sharing it with them.
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lawdog wrote:

What you have to remember is that saying you like anime is like saying a class agreeing that they all like TV. You might be talking about HGTV and home improvement shows, your teacher thinking about a ESPN and sports channels, another thinking about comedy shows, someone else soap operas, another thinking about 24 hour news channels, someone else is a C-SPAN junkie, while another is into channels geared towards female audiences, while someone else likes wrestling shows.

Everyone likes the same thing, but everyone likes something different. Okay, your folks are conservative and religious. But what do they watch? I know plenty of religious people who are conservative who don't mind a sex comedy, or object to nudity or sex in what they watch on cable...and I know those who won't watch such things. So some clues as to what they watch could be useful.

For example, we say Studio Ghibli films, but there are those who take the notion of witches quite seriously, which would take the ordinarily highly recommended Kiki's Delivery Service out of the picture.

So, with that proviso:

Summer Wars Simply great. There is brief bit of nudity involving a family bath scene, but this show movie is a truly wonderful message about the love of family, with sci-fi overtones mixing with everyday life.

You're Under Arrest Stick to the first 4 episodes, the original OVA, and you should be safe...and then you don't have to explain how, Aoi-chan, the most feminine of the female cops is a guy in drag.

Accel World has some good concepts, and showcases some of the possibilities of anime.

Depending on how they are about violence, Cowboy Bebop has no nudity, and one of the best blends of animation and music. Or Ga-Rei-Zero, which also has a bit of nudity.

If you think they can handle the notions of mythological deities, The Slayers, No Game No Life are examples of the different creativities that can go into anime. NGNL has some fan service, of course. Likewise, the best anime of 2016, (no, not the one that won the rigged CR selection), Re:Zero, offers potential to show the creativity of anime.

The original Macross is epic. Maison Ikkoku, if you can find it, is comic and romantic gold, with what is still the best acceptance of proposal of marriage...ever. Seriously, that's a way to broach the subject: Ask if they've ever seen a more heart-touching acceptance of a marriage proposal and then show them that clip.

But better info on your parents viewing tastes matters. For example, if Dad likes Game of Thrones, suddenly entirely new possibilities open. If Mom likes sappy romances, the world of shojo awaits. And if their viewing range of live action is limited, than it will be naturally limited in anime.

But I'll give an example of a show: High School DxD. I know very religious, conservative people who love this show, who just look on this discussion of angels, fallen angels, devils, legendary heroes and heathen pantheons, as simply being a Japanese spin on things, and no different from mythological stories about the Greeks and Romans, such as the Illiad and the Oddessy.. Flip side, I know people who are disturbed by all of the same things, finding it to be religiously offensive. Then there are those I know who don't care about the religion, but reject the fan service, objectification of women.

So, basically, you know what your parents like; find anime equivalents for your introductions.


Everyone likes something different, but how do everyone hate something equally bad = =, some type of mis-broadcasting miss
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I would try a movie first like Wolf Children.
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Did you actually want an anime that can fit a conservative's agenda?



O.K. Wait!

I just had a thought.... There are witches and demons in it, but it's one of the classic battles between good vs evil kinds of shows...

Record of Lodoss War, the OVA version. The TV series version is good, too, but I liked the OVA version better (personal preference)

Someone mentioned Planettes, and I second that. It is also a good vs evil kind of show, but in this case it's good people trying to push mankind forward vs terrorists trying to keep mankind down.

If they like romantic comedies, "Oh My Goddess." Wholesome relationship development, with a ton of fanservice (Urd comes to mind), but Bell and (I forget the youngest sister's name) both keep Urd in line.

I'm serious about this. "House of Five Leaves." That show is a classic high road morals vs low road morals kind of show. No fan service, and they will learn about old Japanese culture...

I've been having trouble typing this... I got a drop of sake onto one of the keys, and my finger keeps sticking to it.... I've been making so many typos and been correcting those typos because of it.....

Did I mention I was drinking sake? Tomorrow, I'll read this and then I'll either breath a sigh of relief that I dint' make a fool of myself, or I'll have a face-palm moment... LOL

Have a lot of fun!
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Try the 1989 Patlabor movie. It has beautiful mecha animation, no objectionable content and it quotes the Bible extensively. Your parents might get a kick out of that.

Be aware it's a little slow-paced and atmospheric though, but the quality of the art (like all Mamoru Oshii features) is just lovely.


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You're Under Arrest Stick to the first 4 episodes, the original OVA, and you should be safe...and then you don't have to explain how, Aoi-chan, the most feminine of the female cops is a guy in drag.

I'd second that suggestion. You could also pick one of the TV episodes featuring Strikeman, they're pretty funny (episode 7 would be good)
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Opt for animated movies in event your folks do not wish to sit through 25 minutes x (however many episodes a season has) = hours and hours of anime. If you could get them to tolerate a season that's a strong indicator they do not object as harshly as you perceive them to do.

Already suggested: Summer Wars

*****Over on You Tube & CR: Shelter: 6 minute ovation about the fragility of life as seen from a child's eyes before end times. Show your parents THIS ONE.***** It's enjoyed several million hits already on YouTube.

Planetarian: war torn conditions destabilizing all values held dear by humanity before end times the show is about a soldier's catharsis while "stranded" in a planetarium with a AI tour guide. 6 episodes. Very moving show (although the first 3 episodes make the viewer question any valid reason (s)he is even watching it). On You Tube or Funimation....

Add: Time of Eve: sensitive portrayal of human interaction with AI where AI has a soul; 6 episodes

5 cm /sec : 3 part vignette in the lives / rites of passage of 2 kids from elementary school to 20-something. It's a 1-hour story of loss.

Mai Mai Miracle : this 1 might be hard to find. English dub version just released by Kickstarter project, 90 minutes long. Agrarian life as seen from a child's perspective in 1950's Japan. Gorgeous renderings, well-written, touch of tragedy, highly recommend;

Expelled from Paradise: blend of can-do naive individual getting ahead in a futuristic structured environment versus independent bounty header embedded with Old-World earthbound values in a quest to find and subdue a mitigating galactic influence located temporarily in hiding on Earth. Question of supposed advanced stellar philosophies superiority versus dated old-school moral compass permeates through out show. 90 minutes

Cop show, good direction 90% of the time: Psycho-Pass: Season 1 & 2.

PS: My posted age IS my chronological age. Been into anime since before you were born (if your posted age is correct). Suggest to your parents that old crocks have been known to enjoy anime too.

Societal Alienation: if you're really into avant-garde animation and want to give 'em a middle-finger extended send-off as your folks are exiting the viewing area: Dead Leaves, 51-minutes of high-octane volatility about 2 renegade narcissists against the Established Order. This movie is Deadman Wonderland on steroids without the cartoonish characters but with some extremely bad-ass officials. 1 of my fav shows but not for tyhe faint ofr heart.

Barefoot Gen: dramatic effort vividly displaying the power of anime illustrating nuclear blast Hiroshima aftermath as few other venues can. Not for the faint of heart or little children (unless you're into nightmares). Far more extreme visual / psychological gravity than Grave of the Fireflies
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