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New to Anime! Suggestions? (No fanservice)
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Ok so I've been wanting to find some anime that I like for a while now,  but there are certain things that I see in the ones I've tried that bother me. I really don't like ones that are sexualized, especially with teens or young girls. I don't want to see a camera looking up a 14 year old girls skirt to show her underwear, and definitely not things that are more severe.  I'm not super prude or anything,  I don't mind a little nudity or a tasteful sex scene in movies, but in anime it really rubs me the wrong way.  There are two girls in my family that were abused as children/teens by another family member, so I think I'm extra sensitive to it.  I'm really new to all this,  but i think what I'm trying to avoid are "fanservice" or "ecchi"

Basically the less nudity the better.  Any amount of violence and gore is fine,  that doesn't bother me at all.

I feel I may have hit the jackpot by finding Death Note on Netflix.  I've watched several episides so far and was hooked right from the start.  It does not seem to be sexual at all, so I hope it stays like that.

I also am loving Spice and Wolf so much. I know she was naked in the first epidode, but it was done in a non sexual way that actually made sense.

I know it's not actual anime,  but I LOVE the show RWBY. I love the character designs and outfits, the weapons, the story and basically everything about it.  So anything like that would be great. 

I have a pretty wide range of tastes...I love fantasy,  super power stories, really cute things,  dark things, horror, supernatural, comedy, sci-fi.  Basically most genre's.

Things people have suggested so far. 


Puella Magi Madoka Magica
From the pictures the art style looks appealing. It's very beautiful and cute looking. But is this one geared towards a young audience?

"Magi" Series
I was told it's like an Aladdin story and it sounds interesting.


What is your opinion on those suggestions and what else would you suggest for me?  Bonus if it's on Netflix or easily accessible for free online.

If you've read this far I really appreciate it!  Thanks!
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Non Non Biyori for slice of life.
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Madoka Magica is actually geared towards an audience of adult men, while it does use the cutesy magical girl aesthetic, it puts it into pretty dark setting, although since you mentioned you like dark supernatural stuff you'll probably like it.

Magi doesn't have much in common with the traditional Arabian Nights stories other than the character's names, there are djinn but they function more as the "super power" system of the show, it does have some scenes with partial nudity, but it's a great series regardless and I'd highly recommend it if you're already interested.

If you like Death Note I'd recommend the Kaiji series, which is available on crunchyroll. It's centered around gambling but it has a similar suspenseful atmosphere, and the characters in it come up with plans to rig the games and outwit their opponents kind of like Death Note.
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super power stories -> precure (female heroes superheroes)
precure is a story about a few girls (numbers range from 2 to 5) somehow getting superpowers through some kind of otherworldly encounter. they're to save the world from "evil", where "evil" is defined very losely. some seasons focus more on the comedy aspect, while others focus more on action. heartcatch is generally considered by many among the best season, though all seasons are enjoyable in their own way. just avoid doki doki. because carrot.

really cute things -> kiniro mosaic, lucky star, non non biyori, yuyushiki, kobato
kiniro mosaic...the opening pretty much sums up the feel for the show: it's a light-hearted comedy with a little emphasis on japanese culture (one of the characters is from uk and she loves japan)

lucky star is pretty much the classic comedy with a few takes on the otaku culture

non non biyori...words don't make justice to this show. it's very chill, definitely worth watching.

yuyushiki...the comedy is dumb, and the character designs aren't the most impressive, but there's the charm that's hard to pinpoint that keeps you watching the next episode.

kobato is a story of a girl who heals other people's hearts. it's very cute. kana hana is also the lead character, and her song
"ashita kuru hi" is simply beautiful

idols -> aikatsu! (season 1 has cg issues, but it gets better) / aikatsu stars! , , pripara, love live, love live sunshine, [email protected], [email protected] cinderella girls (there's a mobile game, and the story within the game is better than the anime, though the series was also enjoyable imo)
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Not sure how Madoka Magica is really geared to adult men from what I have heard. That honestly seems what Fate Prisma is going for with the rampant loli yuri.

Of course, by that comment, I assume you meant "undesirable fanservice" that adult men will watched out of perversion.
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OP will want to stay far, far, far away from Fate Prisma. it's as fanservice as it gets. >_>
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I think Neon Genesis and Welcome to the NHK are both great anime that comment on sexuality, but I'm not sure if you'd like them. Personally, I dont understand why sex is taboo but violence is okay, but I can see disliking fanservice. NHK jokes about perversion and NGE uses sex as a theme.

If you like Death Note than check out Kaiji and Psyco Pass.

Fullmetal Alchemist is another super obvious recommendation. Its the most western accessible anime out there (except Ghibli?)

Cardcaptor Sakura is aimed at a young audience but its SUPER CUTE . Watch it

Madoka Magica "gets dark"
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Not sure how Madoka Magica is really geared to adult men from what I have heard.


It's a psychological thriller. Or at least that's what I'd call it. So yeah.

Back to the topic. I would recommend the more popular ones to start, like Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist (I like the original better but most people like the remake called Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood better), and Cowboy Bebop. Also, if you're into sports (or even if you're not), Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket.
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Anything from Studio Ghibli is about as far from fan service as you're going to get. Plus I think anyone new to the anime world should start there.
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SirBacon24 wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Not sure how Madoka Magica is really geared to adult men from what I have heard.


It's a psychological thriller. Or at least that's what I'd call it. So yeah.

Back to the topic. I would recommend the more popular ones to start, like Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist (I like the original better but most people like the remake called Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood better), and Cowboy Bebop. Also, if you're into sports (or even if you're not), Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket.


It is basically a stereotypical connotation versus a set but varied single demographic that is the written out to be the targeted audience.

I.E. Sin: Nanatsu No Taizai is made for teenage boys.
(Used to denote that Sin is a fanservice anime which will likely appeal to teenage boys)

It seems the term "adult men" is giving the wrong impression given what the OP asked for, especially since cross demographic appeal is common enough within anime. In this case, I took it as possibly leading the OP to be mistaken about what anime Madoka Magica actually is, a psychological thriller versus an adult magical girl series for the sake of fanservice.

I was trying to clear confusion.
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Well, my suggestions are going to be pretty exclusive to a particular genre since I don't watch Slice of Life or very many comedy series to begin with.

However, if you like fantasy, your first option should be Hunter x Hunter. Easily one of the best out there with a lovable cast of characters. Boy named Gon goes out in search of his father and to become a Hunter. That is all you need to know.

Magi is a good suggestion, I enjoyed it a lot. It has a couple fan service bits in it, but it's very few and far between. So it shouldn't bother you too much.

My Hero Academia is the perfect super power story for you since it's literally Marvel/DC, but set in modern day Japan. Boy named Midoriya who's born without a super power, but wants to still be a hero.

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
My Hero Academia
Noein
One Punch Man
Samurai Flamenco
Steins;Gate
Terraformars

Just some titles I picked out based on what you say you liked already. Focused a bit more on action deeper stories than comedy/slice of life. I don't pay a lot of attention to fan service but there's not a huge amount in what I picked out as far as I can recall.

And yes you should watch Madoka Magica. It's awesome sauce. Either the series followed by the third movie. Or the three movies. Bit more content if you watch the anime, better artwork if you watch the movies.
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Let's see. Golden Time is a college romance story with a supernatural element tossed in, but is mainly just slice of life and no fan service I can remember. I like it so much I bought the DVDs for the show.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/golden-time

Fkying Witch is another slice of life show that is very chill with a fantasy element.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/flying-witch


Sweetness and Lightning
is about a widower and his daughter and a special friend they meet and all learn to cook.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/sweetness-lightning

And, of course, I heartily recommend Non-Non-Biyori as well. http://www.crunchyroll.com/non-non-biyori

All the shows should be here, but my internet is fubaring and I am having trouble getting to the links. Welcome to CR and expect this thread to be moved to the Recommendations forum. :)
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Anyone mentioned Clannad and Angel Beats yet? These are some emotionally rendering classics.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is a thriller time loop series that's been hitting it big lately too.

Hataraku Maou-sama! is a funny comedy show that is a play on the hero and demon king trope.
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Akame Ga Kill
Cowboy Bebop
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Food Wars (I guess it sort of has "fan service", but not the panty shot type of thing you mentioned)
Flying Witch
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Attack On Titan
Death Parade
Ghost In The Shell
Orange
Usagi Drop
Re:Zero
ReLIFE
Hibike! Euphonium
TERRAFORMARS
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