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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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Magi
Samurai Champloo
Code Geass
Kaiji
Re:Zero
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eyeofspirits wrote:

I show series that were really greatly dubbed. You dont just throw subs at someone that doesnt read fast.
Cowboy Bebop, Rurouni Kenshin, Fairy Tail, and One Punch Man.



Yamstarch wrote:

There aren't a lot of good dubs out there sadly. But, one I always suggest that I do find quite good and up-to-snuff with the Japanese VAs is Devil is a Part Timer.


Toradora has a pretty good dub (there was a recent thread on this.)

A Certain Scientific Railgun's dub seemed OK, from the few eps. I saw. I guess Index would as well, but I dropped the sub version...
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I would show them Lagrange Point's music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMqmWyUax0w), and maybe their live shows, and not tell them that it's anime characters... and then show them the anime characters once they get to like the music, and then show them the anime.

Then probably your name., and Kamigami no Asobi. Code Geass after that.

This is for the sort of person I would be friends with. Not for someone that's overly into superhero movies or action games.


Yamstarch wrote:


There aren't a lot of good dubs out there sadly. But, one I always suggest that I do find quite good and up-to-snuff with the Japanese VAs is Devil is a Part Timer.



. . . . . . . . . . no...? I generally like dubs and subs the same, and I have different preferences for different shows, and I love most of the voice actors in this, but... no. This one wasn't good.

. . . . that is a good point, though. I don't think I would show the mg4 anime to someone who doesn't speak Japanese because the charm of the voice acting is such a big part of the appeal. I feel like these characters would be charming even if you can't make out what they're saying, because they're just that perfect, but like... subtitles make it difficult.


I'll respectfully disagree here. DiaPT is one of my fav series. I even have both the English and Japanese Manga. And I feel the English Voice Actors do a good job.
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School Days

just kidding,
I'd say probably start them with Lie in April, then maybe the Fate/stay series, as well as Blue Exorcist
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Personally, I would recommend Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Fruits Basket, and Yona of the dawn.
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While there are some great longer shows that could be easier for a beginner to pick up (Fairy Tail; HxH), it would probably be better in a lot of cases to start with something shorter so you're not asking for a huge time commitment right off the start that could be overwhelming. Also probably good to start with something that's been finished so they're not irritated by being left hanging. And as other people have said, it'd also be good to avoid anything too fanservice-y or out there unless you're sure they'll be good with that.

Some good shorter anime

Sword Art Online (Aincrad only; pretend the rest doesn't exist) -- good general action with a decent strong female character. Also love Yui.

Mushi-shi -- only if they're good with more contemplative stuff

Madoka Magica -- good psychological and magical girl, assuming they'd be okay with the unorthodox art style with the witches' realms and are willing to bear with you and watch more than the first few episodes. Also need to be willing to watch darker stuff.

Erased -- if they like drama/mystery/crime

Code Geass -- If you think they'd be up for giant robots and a clever antihero

Fate/Zero -- good action and memorable characters; unfortunately since it's a prequel the ending isn't completely neat; also there's the disturbing thing with the worms and Sakura.

Tonari no Seki-kun -- if they like lighthearted comedy without an overarching story or if they are known for not paying attention in class
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It depends on the person's taste. Also whether it has a decent English dub or not (or if it has one at all); some people might not be comfortable with watching it subbed if they're new (I certainly wasn't when I first started watching anime). Also, you wouldn't want to start them off with a long running shonen series (like 100+ episodes) since they would take up a lot of time and commitment. But if we're going by tastes, if they like:

Action- Fullmetal Alchemist (a classic), My Hero Academia (a lot of American superhero themes, so it could be something the viewer is familiar with) and Attack on Titan (high production values and qualities that attract even non anime fans)

Romance- Clannad (a lovable cast and the fact that even loves stuff that makes them cry), Fruits Basket (I read the manga for this before I even knew what manga was, and I loved it. Even though the anime had an original ending, I still thought it was great) and any of Makoto Shinkai's films.

Thriller-Steins;Gate (interesting but easy-to-understand plot with unique characters), Death Note (even Netflix love it so it must be pretty appealing), Parasyte

Comedy- Konosuba (I mean, if they're new to anime, they can't have gotten tired to the whole 'transported to a fantasy world' trope yet, right? And this is pretty funny) and Barakamon (heartwarming and funny).

Fantasy- Re:Zero (if they're ok with darker stuff and like suffering), Log Horizon (the only 'stuck in a game' anime that I loved) and Blue Exorcist (a pretty standard shonen series but it's fun if you've not seen much shonen).

Sci-fi- Code Geass (possibly one of the only anime I consider a masterpiece, so I would probably be overenthusiastic about showing it to them lol. But it still keeps me engages and on the edge of my seat every time I watch it) and Psycho Pass (interesting setting and a great plot). I would try my hardest not to recommend them any real robot shows because no one seems to like it when I talk about giant robots for some reason...
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At my age I tend to send people to Claymore, Plastic Memories, Berserk, Scums Wish and Prison School. If they're a lot younger Nozuki-kun, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Gintama, Re:Zero etc.
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Soul Eater no doubts
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Berserk, .


Please tell me old Berserk.
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Yamstarch wrote:


LavenderMintRose wrote:

I would show them Lagrange Point's music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMqmWyUax0w), and maybe their live shows, and not tell them that it's anime characters... and then show them the anime characters once they get to like the music, and then show them the anime.

Then probably your name., and Kamigami no Asobi. Code Geass after that.

This is for the sort of person I would be friends with. Not for someone that's overly into superhero movies or action games.


Yamstarch wrote:


There aren't a lot of good dubs out there sadly. But, one I always suggest that I do find quite good and up-to-snuff with the Japanese VAs is Devil is a Part Timer.



. . . . . . . . . . no...? I generally like dubs and subs the same, and I have different preferences for different shows, and I love most of the voice actors in this, but... no. This one wasn't good.

. . . . that is a good point, though. I don't think I would show the mg4 anime to someone who doesn't speak Japanese because the charm of the voice acting is such a big part of the appeal. I feel like these characters would be charming even if you can't make out what they're saying, because they're just that perfect, but like... subtitles make it difficult.


I'll respectfully disagree here. DiaPT is one of my fav series. I even have both the English and Japanese Manga. And I feel the English Voice Actors do a good job.


The show is pretty good, but I felt the dub was disappointing. I felt like none of the characters were as cute as they were in Japanese.

I think I generally like whichever dub has softer voices. I prefer the English for K and Code Geass, but I prefer the Japanese for this. But I don't think it's just the softness, I think the softer voices generally have a more nuanced performance. I admit I didn't watch most of the Maousama dub, but from what I did watch, Maou sounded too... rough, I guess (which surprised me, because his voice actor usually doesn't sound like that). He's so cute in the original performance.

Yeah, I guess people who don't like moe boys would probably have opposite preferences from me.
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funnybunnyjay wrote:

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.


This guy got some of the better ones listed my all time recommendation is;

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high school of the dead.

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or the cockpit if their ww2 history buffs.
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Cowboy Bebop is always a safe bet. If they don't like that then they wont like any anime.
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