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Which series do you think even someone who doesn't watch anime would enjoy?

Here are ones that I think anyone would watch (depending on what they're in the mood to see) -

Mushi-shi: An episodic show with a creative plot, and a lot of dignity.
One-Punch Man: A fun and funny action show.
Cowboy Bebop: Slightly kitsch-y, but it works as a fun space drama and has AMAZING music and English dubbing.
5 Centimeters per Second: A romantic drama with beautiful artwork.
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Don't know.
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Kind of went through this with an ex girlfriend.

Toradora, Your Lie in April and RWBY were all things she ended up enjoying. I think for the most part more realistic dramas and comedies are what worked.
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*obligatory School Days comment*

I mean, it depends. Both on their preferences as well as why they don't watch (I imagine someone who just hasn't watched any would be different than someone who just outright dislikes anime for whatever reason).
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Got my friends into anime with Ghost in the Shell way back when.
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I guess the most popular and best scored ones:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Death Note
Attack On Titan
Angel Beats
Code Geass
Steins;Gate

Note: These shows are the ones which have more votes and best score.
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It really depends what their interests are, and on their perception of art. In most cases I think the best choices will be the standard Attack on Titan, Death Note and FMA: brotherhood. Just cause these are shows that to a large agree appeal to western sensibilities. If you wanna be a bit more original, pick one directed by Shinichirou Watanabe or pretty much anything by Studio Trigger (especially Little Witch Academia, I think)

If your subject is genuinely interested in getting into it you might want to go all out showing them what /only/ anime can provide, with an artsy show like Kaiba, Texhnolyze, Tatami Galaxy, Redline or Ping Pong the Animation. For very many I imagine films like Ghost in the Shell (1995), Akira and Juubee Ninpuuchou will be big hits too though.

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One of my friends doesn't watch anime and he is watching One Punch Man and he loves it. The same thing is happening with another one of my friends with Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

Besides those two, I would have to say Cowboy Bebop. The space theme will be familiar yet different enough to get them hooked. The characters will draw them in and create a connection. The humor will make them laugh and enjoy the show. The drama will add suspense and make them concerned and curious. Overall, a great show for people who don't watch anime.
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Always Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Never OPM
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Attack on Titan

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Witch Hunter Robin

Crest of the Stars

Scrapped Princess

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anfex wrote:

I guess the most popular and best scored ones:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Death Note
Attack On Titan
Angel Beats
Code Geass
Steins;Gate

Note: These shows are the ones which have more votes and best score.


.....from anime fans.

If someone is not already an anime fan, it probably means they don't like things like this.

Show them romance anime. Show them sports anime. Show them real seinen and josei anime - not One Punch Man, something like Joker Game.

And tailor it to their tastes. If they're into Downton Abbey, show them Emma. If they're into Game of Thrones, show them Arslan or Berserk or Code Geass, depending on what they like about Game of Thrones.
If they're into a sport, show them an anime about their sport. Apparently cycling people in real life liked Yowamushi Pedal a lot.

Do not expect people who are not already into anime to appreciate things with a ton of pink and blue hair everywhere, unless they're very young. Ease them into things like that. Show them a more realistic-looking sci-fi war drama before Code Geass.

.... but if you're talking about girls who post selfies with purple lipstick and hashtags like "#fierce"? Show them Code Geass. Cornelia and Villetta did the purple lipstick thing literally a decade before it became a thing. Code Geass deserves to be a fashion icon.
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You: .....from anime fans.
Me: I think is more like people in general. I'm not using the term anime fan because you don't have to be one to appreciate the things that makes a show a good one, like for example the plot, the music, and in this case the art. Also, your personal tastes can be translated to different types of shows, and by that I mean that if you like romance in TV shows, then you are going to like romance in anime.

You: If someone is not already an anime fan, it probably means they don't like things like this.
Me: On the one hand I think that this happens because they have an idea that anime is childish and that it is weird, or they haven't had an easy access to this kind of shows, but other ones, that aren't that good (you know, those hundred-episodes shows, that I don't want to mention, because I don't want hate mail ). But on the other hand I think they haven't watched any, because it is not like we were born watching anime, but we have to start at some moment.

You: Show them romance anime. Show them sports anime. Show them real seinen and josei anime - not One Punch Man, something like Joker Game.
Me: Is there a specific reason on why these genres? Is it because you like those? If that is the reason, then aren't you being bias here?. But please don't get me wrong, I like most of those genres too.

You: And tailor it to their tastes. If they're into Downton Abbey, show them Emma. If they're into Game of Thrones, show them Arslan or Berserk or Code Geass, depending on what they like about Game of Thrones.
If they're into a sport, show them an anime about their sport. Apparently cycling people in real life liked Yowamushi Pedal a lot.
Me: Here you have a point I agree with. More on that at the end.

You: Do not expect people who are not already into anime to appreciate things with a ton of pink and blue hair everywhere, unless they're very young. Ease them into things like that. Show them a more realistic-looking sci-fi war drama before Code Geass.
Me: I admit that before watching Code Geass I was having doubts, because I thought It was intended for girls, due to the art style, but after reading the reviews, the score, and how well the people were talking about it, I tried it, and I was surprised on how good it was. Forget the doubts that I had before, now this show is one of my favorites of all time.

You: .... but if you're talking about girls who post selfies with purple lipstick and hashtags like "#fierce"? Show them Code Geass. Cornelia and Villetta did the purple lipstick thing literally a decade before it became a thing. Code Geass deserves to be a fashion icon.
Me: Haha, I didn't know people saw the show that way.

Now, I think that the votes and score from people in general, are great way of finding great shows, because there is a high probability that if a show is liked by a lot of people, then you are going to like it, even though this is not always the case due to how probability works. I have been using this way to find new shows to watch, for years, not only for anime, and it hasn't disappointed me yet.

And about what you mention before, "..tailor it to their tastes..", you are right about that. It can improve the way you look for new shows to watch, even though if you keep watching the same genres all the time, you will be missing things that you didn't know you liked, because you didn't tried them.

Finally, I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea "..tailor it to their tastes.." and I make it mine , even though you can't complain because you didn't patent it.
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Not mentioned yet, but I think Death Parade is very digestible for non-anime watchers. Beautiful animation, interesting/universal premise (death and the afterlife), relatively normal body styles, and engaging from the very start. I feel like watchers would be receptive to most of Death Parade's content, even if they have no knowledge of anime or Japanese culture. Plus, it has a dub for those averse to subtitles.
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