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Post Reply If you were trying to get a friend into anime, what titles would you recommend to get them started?
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Posted 4/16/17 , edited 4/16/17
I'd start them off with Attack on Titan or Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. They are both great stories that don't waste any time getting right into the thick of things. While FMA takes a little longer to unravel, The plot is nearly air-tight. Attack on Titan had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. They both also lack excessive fan service, which can definitely turn a newbie away if done poorly.

What would you guys recommend to your non anime watching friends?
Posted 4/16/17 , edited 4/16/17
One punch man seems to be popular with filthy casuals and noobies.
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FMA, erased or kabaneri of the iron fortress depending on the sorts of films or tv shows they like watching. Possibly Ghibli films too.

Maybe hunter x hunter after that coz everyone needs to watch that fire
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Probably also FMAB hahaha. Or maybe even My Hero Academia or Madoka Magica. Attack on Titan is great, but from what I've heard the manga kinda spirals downward and I don't want to be the one responsible when they come to me for answers.

There's so many good shows out there I'd love to tell people to try, but they require an open mind or background knowledge to understand. One Punch Man is still fun, but not nearly as satisfying if you watch it without knowledge of battle manga tropes. Stuff like Evangelion or Bakemonogatari is pretty overwhelming for a newbie. And then great shows like Prisma Illya require you to be so far into anime. Even if you don't care about the Fate part and just dive into it, you'd still need to be open to magical girls and loli fanservice.

If I'm not restricted to the shonen target, I think I'd probably recommend Barakamon or Nichijou. They're not as well known, but they're both beautiful and hilarious. If we're getting into older shows, definitely Cowboy Bebop or Gurren Lagann. Code Geass is also a pretty safe one that pulled in a lot of first timers when it came out as well. Though I wouldn't recommend most of the anime adaptions since they're pretty old now, handing someone a CLAMP manga would also work. Between the ages of 10-13, I went through Clamp's whole catalog up to Tsubasa and XXXholic which were currently running. I was introduced to so many genres because of the variety in their work.

Anything other than that, they can probably find themselves. You don't need an anime fan to tell you to watch Naruto or One Piece.
I have way more shows I'd tell people to save for later than I have shows to recommend.
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My brother is pretty anti-anime for no good reason. I strapped him to a chair asking for 7 minutes of his time then I would never talk to him about anime again. I showed him Shelter by A-1 and Porter Robinson and that worked pretty well
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Depends what they like.
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I just recently got a girl hooked on anime by having her watch Sailor Moon.

I think i started on Sailor Moon too back when it was on toonami eons ago. Gotta love the classics~
Posted 4/16/17 , edited 4/17/17
I'm a relative newbie whose friend got her into anime so i have slight experience. Then again, I haven't watched as many animes as others so as a result I haven't seen a lot of a classic anime other recommended, this is just my recommendations of what I've seen.

Depend on the person's taste:
For action- Naruto, Attack on Titan, or Soul Eater
For comedy- Ouran High School Host Club
For romance- Free! (despite the controversy it has much character chemistry, gay and straight so it starts ships)

In general:
Sword Art Online- It may not be the highest quality but it introduces good art, relatively entertaining characters, a good plot and world, and basics fan service. This was my personal first and I enjoyed it a relative amount
Attack on Titan- Gorgeous and violent. With bloody battles, compelling characters, face pace, and development , whose it starts there isn't a dull moment.
Fairy Tail- Basic enough and introduces good characters and fun action. Sadly there isn't much else so don't think too hard about it.
Ouran High School Host Club- This is what got me hooked. It has fun characters, cute romance, lots of comedy, but still manages to stir up deep emotions.
Yuri!!! On Ice- A good representative of modern anime. Gorgeous animation, drama, tension, and a breaker of stereotypes.

Also any Studio Ghilbi film is great because they're beautifully done but simple and adorable.

Those are just my personal opinions so you don't have to agree with them but those are some of my favorites.
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The Seven Deadly Sins - Levity, drama, action, and depth all rolled up into one.
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I don't like to recommend everyone the same anime because anime is so diverse and so many anime out there are targeted towards very niche and specific tastes. I like to get to know a person and find an anime that caters to their specific preferences.
However I noticed that people usually like to watch dark, gritty, and mature shows so if I knew nothing about the person and had to give a recommendation I would probably start by recommending one of the following:

-Death Note
-FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood
-Cowboy Bebop
-Psycho-Pass
-Death Parade
-Code Geass

Clannad could be good for people who like drama shows, zombie lovers might like Attack on Titan, and gamers might enjoy Log Horizon.
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- Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis - Great story Great characters
- Tales of Zestiria the X - Beautiful Anime piece of Art
- SAO first season - Come really do I need to say more - Fantasy world and romance (you can skip second season-----why!)
- Tokyo Goul - Just cool
- Last Exile - This is the one that got me hooked believe or not
- Strike the Blood - Ok - harem anime but you gotta pick one
- No Game no life - Just funny
- The Devil is a Part Timer - Also funny
- Plastic Memories - Lets put one in there that plays with your emotions
- Angel Beats - Anime and music mix together...
- Fate Stay Night / Unlimited Blade Works - Also a work of art

- Start it all with The Epic Anime Montage - Google this it is awesome!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_FrNIXFO3M
Set to The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy - well done I wish they would do more for each season!
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Posted 4/16/17 , edited 7/23/17
Attack on Titan, Parasyte, Death Note, maybe Gintama
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Something without too much fanservice to scare them aaway lol
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Omg, someone give me their opinion on this

What about Mob Psycho 100??
In terms of story, it's nothing new but it's really well done. It's hilarious, has action, character growth.
The only thing I'm worried about is the art. It's pretty out there compared to a lot of what modern mainstream anime is supposed to be. Especially Teru in the second part with his tower of hair and clashing sweater.

Would this be a good show to recommend to a newbie, or a show to save for later?
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Posted 4/17/17 , edited 8/3/17
Cowboy bebop.
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