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Title: Starting anime
Post by: AnimeGenesis on May 08, 2005, 01:06:47 PM
Again this another old thread but still..

So what anime would you reccomend people who are starting off watch? Please, no spam. Just post your anime and reasons why.

Stickied, but if I see any spam, I'll tear it down. And where's your suggestion? - Pheld

Here it is, sorry  :o , please forgive me o almighty Pheld  :D  

I would have to say Outlaw Star, for a number of reasons.

1: Its not too long so it won't deter newbies (its only 26, 1/2 hour episodes)
2: Its has an action packed storyline which rarely let up.
3: Its mixes comedy in sucessfully as well (Hot Springs Episode).
4: And finally it scored highly in the AMG reviews
Title: Starting anime
Post by: sevenzig on May 08, 2005, 05:49:21 PM
Honestly, if I were starting someone at a young age, I'd show them DBZ; only for the fact that kids are all hyper, and DBZ would calm them down, but give them the action their hyperactivity desires.

For an older crowd, Cowboy Bebop. The aura of "cool" would probably hook most of them. Not only that, but it's americana style would be very appealing as well.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: ReadorDie on May 08, 2005, 07:42:09 PM
Well, it depends on the person.  If you think they'd be skeptical of anything too Anime-rediculous(FLCL, sct.) start them with something realistic with Noir.  If you think they're your average person, go with Bebop.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: Risen Hell Fire on May 22, 2005, 05:07:55 PM
*SIGH* why must this threads go on. VOLTRON and samurai pizza cats.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: Spash aka Mystic_Spike on June 09, 2005, 04:07:10 AM
it's gotta be Bebop, i think outlaw star might be a bit too obscure at times (towards the end) and that can put people off.
Escaflowne and Trigun are also good introductary animes but thats only because they are brilliant not because they specifically appeal to n00bies.:P
Title: Starting anime
Post by: Sorrow-kun on July 27, 2005, 05:49:06 PM
Outlaw Star is one of the better anime for newbs.  Cowboy Bebop for something slightly more serious, and Trigun isn't bad either.

But I'm gonna throw in the anime that got me started, despite the fact I loathe it now:  Love Hina.  Admittedly, it's got a certain newb appeal about it, especially if you're a nerdy college student with limited romantic experience (like I was, back when I watched it).  And anyway, one's anime "career" can only get better if they start with such a low.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: JetFire on August 11, 2005, 06:34:26 PM
I gotta go with Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Rurouni Kenshin, and Full Metal Alchemist for begginers anime.  Mainly because Cowboy bebop is pretty realistic (aside from the space them) which makes it easy to relate to, Outlaw Star is a fun adventure anime, Trigun's got good action and laughs to appeal to a wide audience, Rurouni Kenshin has fun characters and fun fights scenes to watch, and Full Metal Alchemist has a great but non-complex story that will grip many people.

Also, I gotta recommend Naruto to a younger audience.  Not really young.  I guess anyone 11 - 12 years old and up could watch it.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: Kurier on January 12, 2006, 10:50:14 PM
I will have to go with Gundam Wing, and/or Outlaw Star (With OL > GW). They are both pretty simple, yet one is long (GW = 49) while Outlaw Star is shorter (OL = >30, not to sure). They both have pretty interesting characters, but not the most confusing. Easy to watch (just not in one sitting. NEVER watch GW in ONE sitting...)

If you are lucky to find it, enter anime with Samurai Pizza Cats. However, because atleast I have never been able to find it, I don't suggest it for the ones trying to break into anime by buying a title.
Title: Starting anime
Post by: C0MPL3X on January 24, 2006, 12:18:10 PM
pokemon but that doesnt count. so ill go with lain.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Pachinko on July 06, 2006, 06:19:27 AM
It depends on the personal tastes of a person. Only a "wow" anime can hook a newbie; it doesn't have to be a seriously-great anime, that more advanced fans would appreciate.

Drama: Fruits Basket. (highly enjoyable and dramatic!)
Comdey: uhh, pass. I really don't know any comedies I'd recommend to a beginner.
Romance: Chobits (has a lovely level of romance, drama, and comedy)
Fantasy: Oh! My Goddess or Cardcaptor Sakura (both pretty entertaining)
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: royal crown on February 17, 2007, 01:29:36 AM
Fist of The North Star. No joke. Probably the best anime for a male teenager (preferably with ADHD). Once they're somewhat desensitized to the violence, then move onto Gantz. Following this weening period, then they move onto something with substance: berserk.

For a girl... eheheh... I'd say toss a shoujo anime that's fast paced; some of the more slower shoujo anime I think would lull them away. I'd say My-Hime right off the bat. Then again I'm a sucker for the anime.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Ariani on February 18, 2007, 07:36:41 AM
Maybe it's just because I throw in with an older crowd now, but I'd have to go for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Akira on February 18, 2007, 08:28:42 AM
For kids, Pokemon.
For the comedy lover, I'd say either Haruhi or Azumanga.
For action/romance/(harem lulz): Tenchi Muyo or Kenshin
Romance.... .... ....um.... ..... show them episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 21-25 and 41-52 of Full Moon. Skip the filler. XD
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: AC on February 18, 2007, 09:21:59 AM
My advice is, go watch those that don't bombard the senses too heavily. In simpler terms, something good and light-hearted that leaves you in a staisfactory mood after watching it. One such instance is Azumanga Daioh, a feel-good comedy for any ages with a hint of pathos towards the end.
 
What I meant for those that bombard the senses are ones that leaves you with an overwhelming sensation/feeling afterwards, usually sense of bitterweet and sorrow. You can say that this category usually contain those outstanding anime. These include Gankutsuou, Now and Then, Here and There, Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, Monster, My Hime, BECK, Nana and Grave of the Fireflies. Such titles are best left for later viewing.
 
Why? It's simply because to me, if you watch those outstanding titles first, you'll tend to over-anticipate/expect too much on your next series. Explanation: After watching Tsuiokuhen, you would probably feel that the Rurouni Kenshin series sucks big time, even though it's not necessarily true because you expected too much after watching a brilliant title.
 
Usually that's what I tell anyone who's interested into anime. Rebuke if you like, but that's how I think.
 
...always been meaning to voice this topic out for some time
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: royal crown on February 18, 2007, 12:11:07 PM
I don't know if I agree with that mentality. Granted, starting anime should always be a little bit different than most arbitrary choices. Despite that, I think that the cause for that is fundamentally different to AC's viewpoint: it's moreso that one's mentality walking into anime is a bit different. The typical American viewer is going to walk into an anime going "wtf this is a cartoon." From there it takes a certain amount of panache, so to speak, to convince the viewer that what they are watching is an original thing in and of itself.

Hence, my recommendations of My-Hime and the progressive FotNS-Gantz-Berserk. What this does is allow the viewer to watch something a bit more immediate for effect (first half of my-hime=perverted and over the top), then once you've hooked them, you show them what there is to offer, without them rejecting it outright.

The point about raising their expectations too high is one I don't agree with. I think it's a very personal thing that affects one's expectations. I started anime with Evangelion, moved on to Kare Kano, then Macross Plus (on a movie channel, lol). These have kick-started my interest in anime, and yet I still like Initial D :P. I may be an exception to the rule; but I think what applies to one will not universally apply to everyone. So I say give them something good right off the bat. I think it's worth the risk to raise his expectations into the roof if it gets him into anime, rather than risking showing him something not as good and him rejecting anime outright. Also, I think that even the mediocre anime is better than any cartoons made in America that target the sector I'm talking about (upper middle school-high school). Actually, not many come to mind .-.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: dheu on February 18, 2007, 12:24:08 PM
AC, if you're wondering why it says I edited your post... I screwed up and hit the wrong button, that's all.  I don't think I deleted anything, though, so you should be good.

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After watching Tsuiokuhen, you would probably feel that the Rurouni Kenshin series sucks big time, even though it's not necessarily true because you expected too much after watching a brilliant title.


Well, you're right there. I watched Tsuiokuhen first, and the RK series did nothing for me except waste my money. Although I think that's more to do with the fact that the series really did suck, and less to do with perception.... XD

You've actually got an interesting idea there that I think it right to some extent. I don't think they should exclude those hard-hitting anime, though, because those are the ones that prove to a newbie the depth and range that anime can have. Anime can be light-hearted fun, but they can also really pack an emotional punch that is rare in Western animation i.e. cartoons, which is (or is to me) the biggest draw for an adult viewer.

A series like Cowboy Bebop works really well for a beginner, because it has the lots and lots of comedy and light-hearted action, but it also has those very emotional moments that express what I talked about above. There's a good reason why, if you ask a lot of anime fans, they'll tell you that CB was one of the main series that got them into anime.

But a series like Azumanga Daioh (in particular) is a bit too cultural for a beginner, in my opinion. There are so many cultural jokes in it that might not translate well for a newbie to anime.

So I think that the best anime to hook someone with are the anime that combine a bit of both, and pull it off well.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: AC on February 19, 2007, 01:12:35 AM
Quote from: dheu
AC, if you're wondering why it says I edited your post... I screwed up and hit the wrong button, that's all. I don't think I deleted anything, though, so you should be good.
 
 
 
Well, you're right there. I watched Tsuiokuhen first, and the RK series did nothing for me except waste my money. Although I think that's more to do with the fact that the series really did suck, and less to do with perception.... XD
 
You've actually got an interesting idea there that I think it right to some extent. I don't think they should exclude those hard-hitting anime, though, because those are the ones that prove to a newbie the depth and range that anime can have. Anime can be light-hearted fun, but they can also really pack an emotional punch that is rare in Western animation i.e. cartoons, which is (or is to me) the biggest draw for an adult viewer.
 
A series like Cowboy Bebop works really well for a beginner, because it has the lots and lots of comedy and light-hearted action, but it also has those very emotional moments that express what I talked about above. There's a good reason why, if you ask a lot of anime fans, they'll tell you that CB was one of the main series that got them into anime.
 
But a series like Azumanga Daioh (in particular) is a bit too cultural for a beginner, in my opinion. There are so many cultural jokes in it that might not translate well for a newbie to anime.
 
So I think that the best anime to hook someone with are the anime that combine a bit of both, and pull it off well.
Mm... figures -.-
 
I agree, Cowboy Bebop is another good choice for beginners too. Azumanga Daioh may be a little too cultural for some, but at least it did enough for my taste. Perhaps it's because I'm quite acquainted with some Japanese cultural aspects already, but I wouldn't blame beginners for not knowing either.
 
Ultimately, we all perceive anime very differently. Some may need to watch anime that constantly reach to their expectations, while others are rational enough to accept that each anime is good/bad in its own way. I, on the other hand, may be classified in between those two categories, regularly in contention with each side's contraindications.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: C0MPL3X on February 19, 2007, 08:52:49 AM
Quote from: me
pokemon but that doesnt count. so ill go with lain.
Yea...I think I was drunk or really stuffed while writing that, first animes I've watched instead of what I should recommend to new anime watchers.

I tend to separate new comers into two groups. First group is concerned with people who have no idea what anime is, and just wants decent entertainment. I would recommend them cowboy bebop (preferably movie first, then series), samurai champloo, full metal alchemist. They have incredibly wide appeal, there really isn't much people who will dislike it, therefore you'll at least have them interested in that medium. From then on, you can start recommending animes that are more geared towards their tastes. Crest of the stars for sci-fi lovers, ghost in the shells 1st and 2nd series for people who prefers cyberpunk, twelve kingdoms for fantasy and period drama lovers, etc and one piece (although i have yet to see it) for people who are looking for just mindless action and fun.

Second gorup is concerned with people who have this stereotype of 'wat, u wan me 2 c jap cartoon? cartoons r for children. n i hear jap cartoons are all hentais'. I haven't met many of these people but from what I hear, this stereotype is pretty strong. Especially for adults. Therefore you need something strong, something devoid of fanservice and stupid humour that plagues anime to show that anime can be just as high art as live action if made well. So recommending Grave of the fireflies, Kenshin trust and betrayal and Wings of Honneamese here would be my choice. Now and then here and there could work too but at surface it might give impression of a cartoon for children. Also Angel's egg for people who are into artsy movies, kino's journey for people looking for series with existentialistic feel, I guess these choices can't be bad as well.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Ariani on February 19, 2007, 12:21:10 PM
Maybe it's just the people that I tend to talk to, but it has been quite a few years since I've come across people who badly stereotype anime, ie the 'wat, u wan me 2 c jap cartoon? cartoons r for children. n i hear jap cartoons are all hentais' people. It was a lot bigger of an issue, what, 5 years ago? A lot of people aren't like that now. Anime has gotten a lot more mainstream respect in the retail world in America, and those kind of stereotypes are changing.

I don't think that, in the current times, I would worry about someone thinking anime is all boobs, violence, and sex. If I did come across someone like that, why would I want to show them anime? I'm not a masochist.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Shadowmage on February 19, 2007, 01:24:04 PM
Quote from: Ariani
I don't think that, in the current times, I would worry about someone thinking anime is all boobs, violence, and sex. If I did come across someone like that, why would I want to show them anime? I'm not a masochist.
COMPL3X, you are far too kind.  Like Ariani, I just ignore anyone who has polarized opinions of anime.  

Most people simply cannot be converted to a specific medium.  (This is true with me and black and white film.)  The only real impetus for change is economies of scale.  In other words, more anime fans means more/cheaper anime.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Akira on February 19, 2007, 03:41:46 PM
Screw it, if someone thinks anime's all boobs and sex, then I'll give them boobs and sex.

*calls Kyo for his copy of Cool Devices*

I mean, seriously, there's no reason for us, as people who know what's going on, to preach to the ignorant. Seriously, let them think whatever they want; not a detriment to my life.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: royal crown on February 19, 2007, 04:02:41 PM
Quote from: Ariani
Maybe it's just the people that I tend to talk to, but it has been quite a few years since I've come across people who badly stereotype anime, ie the 'wat, u wan me 2 c jap cartoon? cartoons r for children. n i hear jap cartoons are all hentais' people. It was a lot bigger of an issue, what, 5 years ago? A lot of people aren't like that now. Anime has gotten a lot more mainstream respect in the retail world in America, and those kind of stereotypes are changing.

Somewhat I agree, however I've had my fair share of doubters. Read: everyone in my family, half of my friends, actually half of most people I meet. Of course I've only been following anime for like 5 years so I don't know about the past as well as other people. Usually moreso than the violence and profanity is the belief that cartoons are for children, and that anime is simply weird. Although I usually don't try to convince someone like that because far too few people that have such strong opinions will admit they're wrong, at least from my personal experiences.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: C0MPL3X on February 19, 2007, 04:32:49 PM
Well, it's not like I have any obligations. And I'm not in any way trying to 'preach' the goodness that is anime to strangers -__-. There are people out there with a reasonable mind, but due to the stereotypes established by the surroundings (dbz etc.), they would just treat anime as just cartoons. It just means they need better examples to convince them otherwise and this has happened once with my brother. He still prefers animes like narutos and bleachs (which he gets off from his friends because I just flat out refused to download for him), but this one time he asked for me for an anime he could use for his a supplementary text in his literature (where I told him 'uh...it's an english subject so I don't think japanese media can be used). So I guess that means he now has a better respect for anime? I don't know :woo:

So yea, call me kind or stupid or too nice if you want, it's not like I'm trying too much.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: royal crown on February 19, 2007, 05:06:22 PM
LOL I should totally preach the wonders of anime to the populace in like, a public park. I wonder how much garbage I'd get thrown at me, not to mention I'd look like a cult leader.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Akira on February 19, 2007, 08:31:27 PM
We'll throw you in jail along with that crazy guy who started AUM Shinrikyo. >_>;;;

This is especially funny to me; my parents absolutely make fun of me every time they see me watching anime, even though they're perfectly aware of the context. The stuff they say to me is different. If in a white family, I'd probably hear stuff like, "Man, how old are you?" or things along that vein.

In my family, "God damn, would you mind fapping to some real chicks?!"
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Mori on February 21, 2007, 08:06:49 PM
For my second post:

I'd say Ranma 1/2 would be good for a beginner to watch, if the person is still a bit inexperienced. I remember that it was the title that led me into the anime world, but then, I rewatched it recently to find myself quite bored with it. So I guess interest varies with age and experience.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Kurier on February 21, 2007, 08:37:53 PM
Quote from: Akira
Screw it, if someone thinks anime's all boobs and sex, then I'll give them boobs and sex.

*calls Kyo for his copy of Cool Devices*

I mean, seriously, there's no reason for us, as people who know what's going on, to preach to the ignorant. Seriously, let them think whatever they want; not a detriment to my life.


I've honestly stopped trying to turn people onto anime if they don't approach me about it first. There isn't any benefit to trying to force someone to like something, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

CDs on its way. Honestly, Cool Devices is basic intro-to-ero-anime if you want to check out that kind of stuff. It comes highly recommended.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Pachinko on February 22, 2007, 07:10:49 AM
I must say that a majority of people I know, excluding the ones familiar with anime (most likely through me), do think of anime as either childish or str8 up porn. Meaning they don't take the time to strike a happy medium. I really couldn't care less; simply because I think that if someone wasn't willing to check it out as maybe something they'd enjoy, I'd rather not waste my time.

On the flip side, if anyone came up to me asking for a few titles and my opinions, I'd be more than happy to assist them.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Kavik Ryx on December 07, 2007, 08:40:59 PM
For a starter, I would recommend Cowboy Beebop, mainly as it was what truly got me into anime. For one, it is 26 episodes, so there is no season of filler episodes. It does not pull punches, and while being an action drama, it has some great comedic episodes as well. It could probably make someone an anime fan over night. Though since then, I've developed a personal distaste for anime exceeding 100 episodes. Those kind always attract kids, but getting through them is a painful ordeal.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Tamashii on September 01, 2008, 11:20:28 AM
I would have to add to the accolades for Cowboy Bebop, and certainly its suggestion as a great 'starter anime.'

Bebop, more than almost any other series, is cinematic. In its style and execution, almost any viewer can find an identification with through their own personal experience of watching live action films. Paired with this cinematic quality is its ability to appeal to emotion. Within any one episode, there certainly is enough drama, or comedy, or thrill, for any viewer to find value in the series and proceed to the next episode. And with progression comes attachment comes acceptance. In no time, after going through a few feature-length anime films and a few series, you've declared yourself an anime fan.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: ddragon292 on March 15, 2009, 10:14:10 PM
while to anime lovers watching a series like azumanga daioh or even cowboy bepop may be enjoyable, i dont think really any series is ideal for those taking their very first steps into an anime. rather i think a movie such as miazaki's films would be the ideal envornment for people who want to take their first strives into the "real" anime world. theyre original, fresh, and different than most of what american television or even animation have to offer, and while they are different than most series the offer a climate in which if one enjoys them they may delve deeper into the "japanese animation" genre. surely the're MUCH better than other anime (even most shows) but this in no way makes them a bad choice for the anime geek to be as they are an example of what anime can truely be and are in no way a model of the typical japanese stereotype (schoolgirl, harem, slice of life, boobs, that sort of thing).

films like "spirited away" or "akira" have already gotten a large fanbase of american viewers that then moved on to delve deeper into japanese animation as we know it. akira was one of the first ever films to hit the american market with any critical acclaim or any real acceptance by the american public. it may have not been the best, but it showcased what anime truely had to offer to its audiences and captivated the american public to the point they made the plunge into anime, with trigun, DBZ, and other hits to follow in their path. other (better imo) movies like miazaki's spirited away showed the potential of anime to audiences once again as it displayed the stunning visuals and desicive story telling that captured and awed audiences to the point it even got recognized as the best animeted film of its year (i choose spirited away to talk about over other miazaki films because it has recieved much more recognition by american audiences and because i remember it as the first anime i really took the time to watch other than pokemon, which as C0MPL3X so kindly put it... doesnt count).  anime films like these are examples of how animated films are most likely the best choice.

now, im not saying that watching an anime "show" is in no way a poor choice... and surely there are some better than others. trigun is a great choice for an american audience, and i think that azumanga daioh or in some cases eureka 7 or gundam wing may also be a great choice (based off of the reactions i have seen from people who are unfamiliar with anime). but at the same time i still think that something along the lines of miazaki's films is not only a great starter choice for people who want to look into anime, but also have been.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Duskbyday on April 20, 2009, 12:42:56 PM
Personally the Ghibli movies in my honest opinion, the first anime I ever watched was Laputa and I couldn't be more happier tht i saw it first. However it really depends on the genre or person's fav type of story.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Tamashii on July 14, 2009, 03:47:33 PM
I'd like to add that Planetes is a great start. Anime that are generally realistic, cinematic, and serious are perfect for easing a newcomer into the unfamiliar genre--elements found in modern film dramas, a genre everyone knows. And certainly, Planetes has all of the above elements, along with a pinch of humor. Light-hearted at times, yet tremendously profound at others, it is a significant departure from the super-deformed/moe/obnoxious nausea at the other extreme of the genre's spectrum.

(http://thenullset.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/planetes.jpg)
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Sabriel on July 19, 2009, 10:30:45 PM
I say to start with Myazaki movies like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke because a lot of people who aren't into anime like them and I"ve gotten several of my friends hooked on anime by using those movies to get them into the anime genre.
as for a deries. Full Metal Alchemist is very good. Easy Plot line to follow, and great characters. It's funny and serious so that you get a little of everything and I haven't met anyone who watched it that didn't love it. Yu Yu Hakusho is another good one, but you have to like the old, classic, demon but-kicking stuff to really like it.
I say anything that's really interesting to watch and addictive without being to complex to follow.  ;D
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: UKLN8860 on November 19, 2009, 06:18:42 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: kadian1364 on February 11, 2010, 11:44:34 PM
Well, you always got to feel out what that person's interests are and what he/she's looking for in anime. Nothing makes someone more leery of New Entertainment than showing them something they're not in the mood for/ready for.

Considering more specific titles, there are the usual suspects: bounty hunters, the Shounen Jumps, and Ghibli movies. They're popular, easy to get into, and have a wide range of appeal.

Another show I'd throw into the mix is Full Metal Panic. It's a good yardstick title; the blend of genres, military, mechs, high school romcom, and slapstick humor, makes it a good introduction to some common anime tropes while also boasting high production values. It's easy entertainment with the bonus of sequels, Fumoffu for comedy and TSR for action.

On the other hand, if this person wanted a something different from the conventionally popular ("lol anime is kids stuff and shallow angst for teens"), then I'd dig up something like Infinite Ryvius, Kino's Journey, or something from the Noitamina block, like Paradise Kiss or Eden of the East.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Kylaran on February 12, 2010, 06:02:28 AM
I am of the opinion that it is very difficult to start someone towards the world of anime by focusing on the artistic, cinematic aspects of the medium, which I think are much less salient than certain, more superficial elements. What matters most when starting to get into anime is not what big titles are watched, or even the quality of it (to a certain degree), but what interests you, if you're trying to figure out how to get into anime yourself), or the person you're attempting to introduce it to.

From my experience introducing friends to anime and in turn having friends introduce me to their own favorites, it seems to me that what draws people is just the most salient element of the series that they take for themselves. A movie lover will appreciate cinematic techniques; someone into voice acting will look at voices; someone into art will look at the artwork, etc. Of course, this is assuming that you have no background knowledge of anime and that your main hobbies are in some other field.

To be more specific, I think I would have to list a few anime depending on genre and theme to serve as recommendations. A few of these are:

Cyberpunk/Sci-Fi: Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star
Comedy (Harem-style): Love Hina
Space Epics/Mecha: Gundam (in my opinion, the older works in Gundam are less feasible for beginners to anime, so newer would be best)
Mystery/Thriller: Monster, Death Note
Shoujo: Go read some manga.
Tragedies (for lack of better genre titling on my part): Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Key anime (Clannad, Air, Kanon)
Action/Fantasy/Other: Shakugan no Shana, Record of Lodoss War, Elfen Lied

Of course, you could always go with Naruto/Bleach/One Piece. It seems to me that each one of these has a powerful superficial hook that can bring in viewers (namely, ninjas, death gods, and pirates). It is my personal opinion that for guys, harem comedies are one of the best ways to introduce them to the anime literature. For more mature individuals, more psychological or philosophical series will serve better. Shoujo is just better in manga format than anime format, hands down (feel free to contest me on this).

I didn't list any fighting series because the very few sports/fighting series that I have personally touched are usually in manga format; I personally prefer manga over anime, but perhaps I'm one of the few. Also, while some of my choices may seem superficial or disagreeable for some, I have tried picking series that, in my experience, people have told me are interesting for one primary reason or another, mostly -NOT- related to the quality of direction, artwork, voice acting, music, story, etc. of the series itself. I do not necessarily hold many of these recommendations myself in the highest regard, but they seem, nonetheless, to be good introductory series.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Tamashii on February 12, 2010, 04:08:34 PM
I don't see it as a matter of salience, but a matter of familiarity. And "the cinematic" is familiar to some, if not many. It is a recognizable quality, emotionally but subconsciously. It is difficult to articulate, unless one is familiar with film language. But that difficulty does not make it less important or less effective. Most people can differentiate between a movie and a television show or an internet stream, even if it is a difference they cannot fully describe. All of this has to do with the theory and history of film, its presentation and its marketing, etc. but that's for another time. For starting anime, we're all looking for and giving blanket answers, and I think all of them are valid. I think it may even be more effective to consider what elements in anime alienates new viewers, like specifics relating to anime subculture or very Japanese aspects (unless you are Japanese, then again there are other caveats to that). The more popular series, those that also 'come to America', by their numbers can be generalized as good starters. It's those "anime for anime fans made by anime fans" that may alienate. And then there's also the question of structure and pacing--can they sit through this? Can they grasp what's going on? Maybe I should have more reservations about Planetes as a starter because of its slower introduction. For qualification as a starter anime, there are certainly many elements to consider, some of which are automatically assumed but I think that's dangerous.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: kozeph on February 24, 2010, 05:40:47 PM
For some bizaree reason, from my expirience most people that I have met started anime by watching "action" anime naruto/bleach and that nonesence then they jump to death note for the "psilosopical" aproach then they find some random comedy and from then they find evangelion which is mindblowing to them ??? then they really start to watch good mature animes, or just get stuck on action bleachy things. This is the case for most people I have met boys from 15 to 18. no exeption besides like two people I know. Ive made a few experiments showing anime to girls with one succesful turned into an anime watcher by using honey and clover.

so my conclucion most boys will usualy start watching anime bias an action anime then move to something more mature. while (still in progress) girls would fall for anime with light comedy, romance with drama shows.

thats just my opinion. This is by no means set in stone, I just speak of my experience with people
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Fumoffu!! on November 04, 2010, 09:43:41 AM
I think that Full Metal Alchemist would be an ideal choice, as it is made quickly apparent that this isn't just a kid's cartoon. There's no fan service, no extreme violence, but the serious premise of trying to get their bodies back makes it an ideal choice. The scene where they try to transmute their mother is a classic scene, I still remember how I felt when I first saw it (all those years ago...). Also, it's 51 one episodes allow the viewer to become accustomed to the characters and the plot, and would provide a longer oppotunity to convince or convert someone as it were.

The first anime's I've ever watched were long running ones, Bleach, followed by Naruto. I suppose this was good in a way as when I then watched FMA, I was blown away about how an anime could be concise and consistantly brilliant - My fisrt taste was not something so brilliant that all other anime's just felt bad, and so stopped me watching them. In fact, in some ways, those long running anime's might be a good first anime to watch (provided the said person has lots of free time, and is more accepting of anime than cynical people, in fact they probably need to be more anime friendly than your average person.)

Another anime I might recommend is Code Geass. It isn't the best anime under the sun, but it has several things going for it for a first or second time viewer. The very start of the anime is very strong, it's entertaining, and also, for those people who complain that they can't read and watch at the same time, it is also in dubbed (Out of the anime's that have been dubbed, I think that Code Geass is one of the best). (I have always, where available, checked out the dub of an anime even though I don't intend watching it in dub so as to see its quality. I have only ever watched 3 series in dubbed, Eureka 7, Code Geass, and Evangelion). It has plenty of action, it can easily fool people watching it into thinking that it's an intelligent anime, and the animation quality is strong throughout. Hopefully the person watching though might have got into it before the first taste of fan service (First appears episode 2 or 3 I think).
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: SushiChan on January 25, 2011, 02:23:10 AM
As a starting anime I recommend users to start with Sailor Moon for girls only! as it's the best magical girl anime ever
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: hayama on July 01, 2011, 04:53:27 PM
I've found that Kino's Journey has worked as a very good introduction to anime. It's how I got my ex-boyfriend to start watching anime, and he's pretty into it now. It's definitely not for everyone starting out, but I think that it would especially interest those who are into philosophical ideas as the ones presented in the show. It's also a nice way to prove to someone who writes anime off as just kids stuff or all action to see that the medium actually caries a lot of depth. Again, it's certainly not for everyone, but if you get the right person to watch it, it can really build their interest in anime.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: bluecheez on December 11, 2011, 07:41:21 AM
Aware of (and dislikes) anime stereotypes:  Cowboy Bebop or Planetes
Very little experience with anime in general: Gurren Lagann or Code Geass
Somewhere in the middle: Death Note


It depends on the person. I think you'll be surprised in general that there are very few people who are actually aware what anime stereotypes are and actually don't like those stereotypes.

Usually if you show naruto to someone who "doesn't like anime," they'll love it. For people who actually genuinely don't like anime stereotypes and aren't just being closeminded, It's best to recommend something very sophisticated, yet also very "American" in style.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Fuzzymonkey on December 25, 2011, 04:59:10 PM
FLCL, just to watch their WTF?!?!?!?!?! reaction. :D
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: flucas on May 24, 2012, 02:16:43 AM
Anyone familiar with Detective Conan here?  It actually is one of the better animes that I actually like and enjoy.  And though there practically are a lot of other animes that are still enjoyable, it would still be nice to ultimately be able to enjoy it.  Its close resemblance to Sherlock Holmes makes it something that can be enjoyable by a lot of people.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: DrIdiot on August 27, 2013, 10:20:13 PM
This is kind of a cop-out, but presumably you're trying to introduce a friend, and you should have a decent idea of what your friends like and do not like, which should allow you to choose accordingly.

I guess there are good guidelines for what not to choose:
* anime with too many anime-inside-jokes (zetsubou sensei im so looking at you)
* anime with excessive fanservice (unless you think your friend will be totally into that shit, but its sort of a common misconception of anime so most likely if he hasnt found it hes not into it)
* I'm sure there's more.  For example I wouldn't really suggest anything kind of polarizing (e.g. haruhi).  But, lazy.

The most important is to not think of your favorite anime or what got you into it but what you think your friend wants.  I can't emphasize this enough.  No one likes being impressed upon.

(As for myself, it was Evangelion, and then I lost interest and a few years later it was Cowboy Bebop)
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: KS on August 28, 2013, 06:44:11 AM
Can't go wrong with Attack on Titan. It's the only anime show I know that all my friends are watching and enjoying regardless of whether they even enjoy or regularly watch anime.  Its one of those really rare gateway anime you get once every few years maybe that is exciting enough,  not to entrenched in odd anime tropes and arguably well produced enough to get average people interested.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: jtan93 on October 30, 2013, 06:27:26 PM
Can't go wrong with Attack on Titan. It's the only anime show I know that all my friends are watching and enjoying regardless of whether they even enjoy or regularly watch anime.  Its one of those really rare gateway anime you get once every few years maybe that is exciting enough,  not to entrenched in odd anime tropes and arguably well produced enough to get average people interested.

Haha, second that. Finally got my brother to watch something outside of One Piece and Naruto with AoT. After that he finally got interested and I followed up with Psycho Pass and Zetsuen no Tempest. But he is still fairly "mainstream?", in that he prefers more action and plot-driven anime, something has to be moving on the screen or he'll press the fastforward button lol.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: hyperknees91 on October 30, 2013, 06:46:28 PM
When in doubt, cowboy bebop or samurai champloo.

Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Marid King on October 30, 2013, 08:08:31 PM
I always run with Steins;Gate, literally everybody who I've told to watch it did and loved it
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: thesprinkle42 on March 03, 2014, 07:33:41 AM
I'm probably going to be an outlier here, but I'd say something that showcases what Anime can do that no other medium can, so something like NGE or Last Exile. Also, I'm not really qualified to give advice as I only just got into anime a few months ago, but that's what I think.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Wervelf on March 06, 2014, 11:27:59 PM
Eyeshield 21 its filled it action-comedy. Its sports anime based on American Football
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: CNile on June 21, 2014, 08:24:32 PM
          Considering the sheer number of anime that have been made (In the neighborhood of 7,000), there are ostensibly dozens of excellent gateway series. There are to my mind, however, two anime that stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of getting a good feel of what anime can do well, and what it can be if done correctly: Those two are Cowboy Bebop and the original Fullmetal Alchemist. Cowboy Bebop is good as a gateway anime because A) it's almost perfect, and B) it's very western, so it's no hard pill to swallow for western audiences. I say Fullmetal Alchemist because it is a good example of the kind of action, melodrama, character development and story that anime does best.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: L-sama on July 17, 2014, 11:01:26 AM
This is kind of a cop-out, but presumably you're trying to introduce a friend, and you should have a decent idea of what your friends like and do not like, which should allow you to choose accordingly.


Agreed. A prime example...a friend of mine had never seen an anime series in her life. She loved books (She's a librarian now), so the first series that came to mind was Read Or Die...worked like a charm.

If you don't have the luxury of that kind of knowledge, however, then there's always the aforementioned default of Bebop. If you want to go a little off the beaten path while staying as "American" as possible, there's always Black Lagoon (Or as I like to call it, "If Michael Bay & Quentin Tarantino Made An Anime")
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Wadoud on April 27, 2015, 11:20:28 AM
Death Note, Fullmetal Alchmist, Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass and Attack on Titan all seem like nice Gateway anime in my opinion since they're exciting enough and short enough to get anyone interested in watching more anime.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Mr. Flawfinder on April 30, 2015, 04:13:15 AM
Don't really like most of these, but if you want to get "into" anime, I'd recommend them to just about anyone regardless of taste:

Cowboy Bebop
Clannad
Fullmetal Alchemist
Death Note
Mobile Suit Gundam
Azumanga Daioh
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Akira
Kare Kano
Aria
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Spirited Away
Tenchi Muyo
Fist of the North Star
Natsume Yuujinchou
FLCL
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on April 30, 2015, 09:54:07 AM
Welcome to funland, MRFF.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Mr. Flawfinder on April 30, 2015, 10:01:59 AM
Welcome to funland, MRFF.

I already feel out of place, but thanks man.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Marid King on April 30, 2015, 12:45:59 PM
dawg we jus like anybody i swear it on me mum
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: samui on June 18, 2015, 07:17:33 AM
My gateway anime was Yuyu Hakusho but it does not seem to age well so I will recommend Gurren Laggan or Clannad in case a newbie will ask me.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Zeitgeist on June 18, 2015, 02:40:04 PM
Just accept Kino n Tabi as greatest, most versatile anime of all time. Kino and HxH were my first subbed anime; well those along with DN Angel, Buzzed Beater(03), and Metal Armor Dragonair. But I don't speak of such things.
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: AHideyo on September 20, 2015, 11:30:22 PM
My first anime was the ONE AND ONLY, LEGENDARY, DORAEMOONNNNNNN!!!
Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: Yog on October 05, 2015, 09:09:23 PM
My very first anime was Serial Experiments Lain.

I remember hovering over my older brother's shoulder while he was watching the show (turned out it was the second episode) that I remember disliking, but later in my teens became obsessed with finding again because it's strange style took root in my morbid, dark little brain.

Title: Re: Starting anime
Post by: samui on October 05, 2015, 09:26:10 PM
Whatta dark way to enter in the anime world Yog.