A while back, a friend of mine suggested that I watch one of his favorite anime, Baccano!. I had watched Pokemon and anime like that (if that's even considered anime) growing up, but I had never seen an "actual" anime show. I found anime to be inaccessible because of the cultural differences and the (usually) poor dubbing I've heard. Alas, I was very impressed on my first viewing with Baccano!, and it still holds up to be a really interesting series for me. But now, I'm unsure of what anime to watch next. If any of you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. I'm pretty much open to anything that doesn't have curious tentacles. :P
Like benstylus said, everyone has their favorites. I would not recommend many of my favorites due to a relatively niche status. If you prefer the dub, I would suggest series done in the past 10 years or so, just due to the better quality of the average dub. Most shows before 2000 have some... questionable dubs, and a few others kept the question into about 2005 or so.
I would like to try to funnel some things down, rather than just suggesting some classics. What are some subjects you like? Sports, slice-of-life, comedy, action...? Another possibility would be to just check a dedicated site like Crunchyroll or Funimation Now, and check out an episode or 2 of anything that sounds interesting. You don't even have to pay to check out a few eps, as long as you don't mind the actual commercial breaks.
Try "Erased" or the movie "Your Name." I think these are very accessible and avoid a lot of the tropes that some people don't like about anime (e.g., fanservice, etc.).
> In the shonen vein that @tonymack21 is suggesting a lot of, Yu Yu Hakusho is pretty
> damn good imo.
It's also only 4 dvd sets, so you won't be watching dozens of filler episodes.
I think we should stick with stuff that's still in print, and maybe not 600 episodes long.
Also, being an old fart, I'm recommending some older(ish) anime.
Record of Lodoss War
Martian Successor Nadesico
The Vision of Escaflowne
Sailor Moon (love the new dub)
Slayers (OVA series and movies unfortunately still out of print, but the TV series is available)
As for newer anime:
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Tiger & Bunny
(All of these are under 100 episodes, except Slayers if you take all 4 seasons as a whole.)
> lol true, I remember when I first starting watching a lot of anime and Ichigo was
> in every show I was like what is going on here.. I actually watched a vid a couple
> weeks ago about why it was like and especially so bad in those early days of the
> American anime boom if you could call it that
The big anime boom here I would say was in the early 2000s maybe late 90s into the mid 2000s. It got to the point where way too much anime was getting released here at unsustainable price points. After ADV put out some of the prices they paid for shows I was even less surprised that Geneon went under.
Now we are at a point where prices are much better for shows. MSRP is a bit high but nowhere near what it was and you never have to pay MSRP. Also so much old stuff is getting released now like Discotek is putting out just about all the Lupin, it's beautiful.
> Initial D you say
I loved it, but i could not watch the english dub on this one. The music is great in this anime! :)
> Gypsy wrote:
>> Initial D you say
> I loved it, but i could not watch the english dub on this one. The music is great
> in this anime! :)
This. VERY MUCH this. There aren't a lot of series I say should not be watched in a certain language, but this is one. I've not even looked into the Funimation dub, but Tokyopop's was an absolute disaster.
> There are hundreds of anime on this site. They also have an android app. Sword Art
> Online is a good one to watch too.
thanks I will check it out as well. otakustream is another I had found, but I always have to tell it 480p or it goes really slow
> Cowboy Bebop is mega stylish and some of the best animation I've ever seen for a
> tv series to this day (high quality cut oavs and movies generally smoke most tv series
> simply because of the required resources/time for airing something weekly). Also
> the ending is perfect which is rare for anime.
so true, you really have to be about the journey and not the destination to be an anime fan, endings are often not what you hoped for