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Topic   Can someone help me get into anime

Marian43
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29-Dec(#1)
Hello everyone
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
Thanks
benstylus
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31-Dec(#2)
Everyone has their favorites. I would say anything that is from Studio Ghibli is a great way to start getting into anime.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Studio_Ghi...
dunno001
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31-Dec(#3)
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.

firefly2k
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* 5-Jan(#4)
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.).
tonymack21
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* 6-Jan(#5)
Probably an unpopular opinion..but I just finished all of Naruto.. love it so much. So many tears in that final season both happy and sad. Just finished this last few minutes and my eyes hurt. Many people find alot of fault but it's one of the most deeply moving series I've ever seen. Ya you have look over some tropes at times..and there is filler, but I feel it's worth it.

Other stuff that's good, well I like some will say otherwise I'm sure. Most of this is pretty mainstream, but it's also accessible because of that.

Death note
Code Geass
One piece (make sure it's NOT the 4kids lol)
Beserk
Attack on titan
Bleach
Fairy tail
Fullmetal Alchemist (and brotherhood)
Mobile suit Gundam 08th Ms team.
Dragoball z Kai.. ya I know..this is like the beginner anime and there are many many things better than this but I think alot of older folks have a soft spot for it..and Kai helps make it more watchable now.


Gypsy
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7-Jan(#6)
In the shonen vein that @tonymack21 is suggesting a lot of, Yu Yu Hakusho is pretty damn good imo.
benstylus
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7-Jan(#7)
Gypsy wrote:
> 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.
DiamondDave
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* 7-Jan(#8)
But curious tentacles are the best.

I could suggest some stuff that'd put hair on your balls but honestly, Baccano is kind of an oddball anime so it's hard to make recommendations off that. Some thoughts:

D.Grayman
Soul Eater
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Desert Punk
Gundam 08th MS Team
Cowboy Bebop
Boogiepop Phantom (gets messy)

The last three are solid and have much less mysticism/magic/boy band tropes. But then again, the safe bet is Attack on Titan. Everyone loves that crap.
tonymack21
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7-Jan(#9)
I thought I put YYH on my list lol. Attack on titan is seriously badass dd is right about it being a safe bet.

sailorneorune
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7-Jan(#10)
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. smile

Record of Lodoss War
Martian Successor Nadesico
The Vision of Escaflowne
Chrono Crusade
Sailor Moon (love the new dub)
Azumanga Daioh
Cardcaptor Sakura
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
Sengoku Basara
Space Brothers

(All of these are under 100 episodes, except Slayers if you take all 4 seasons as a whole.)

Gypsy
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7-Jan(#11)
I'd love to see a bluray release of the Slayers movies and ovas... I'd snap buy it.
DiamondDave
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8-Jan(#12)
Me too. Hell, I'd take Slayers/Again/Try on SD Bluray so I can toss 18 DVDs out
tonymack21
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* 8-Jan(#13)
something else I have found that's personally enhanced my enjoyment is to watch subs. there is something about the original Japanese voice acting that captures the spirit and tone better for me. its hard for me to go back to dubs after getting used to it, and you get really used to reading and watching at the same time.

I just signed up crunchyroll, even though I already have Netflix and hulu, I may not keep it as I don't have time to watch that many services and there is a lot of anime I want to see on both hulu and crunchy so I guess i'll see which I like better. crunchy probably has everything hulu does? hulu is good though because they do have some English and my son isn't quite ready for subs yet but like a few shows,.

DiamondDave
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* 8-Jan(#14)
I think I started English, started over in Japanese then started over AGAIN in English. Some stuff wasn't translated and it was bugging me, or it seemed that way.
tonymack21
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* 8-Jan(#15)
ya I started in English back in the old days of the ollllld sci fi channel doing gritty anime laaaate at night on the weekends, then of course the Saturday night adult swim block like a lot of people back then, bebop is still one of my favorite English dubs, but once I started with the Japanese its rough going back unless the dub is incredibly stellar. Ive watched AoT in both and its not bad in English. naruto and one piece are way better in japanese

Gypsy
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* 8-Jan(#16)
It would be a lot nicer if English dubs weren't the same 8 or so people for literally everything.

I was watching the Lodoss War dub last night (so old that it doesn't have the previously mentioned issue) because I was tired and oh boy did it have some "special" moments.

Edit: The Ghibli film dubs are generally quite good.
tonymack21
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* 8-Jan(#17)
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

Gypsy
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* 8-Jan(#18)
tonymack21 wrote:
> 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.
tonymack21
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* 8-Jan(#19)
ya that's probably about the time I was thinking, very late 90s but especially early 2000s. there is so much available now and hulu and crunchy ive both found to have more than I could ever watch, I meant to watch naruto the last inbetween ep499 and 500, as its kind of meant to take place there, but nothing had it so I just watched 500 and finally found it on otakustream, amazingly even my kodi plug in didn't have it, I considered buying it or renting it but couldn't find anything but the dub

crunchy is cool but it looks like the real draw is how fast the shows are available after they air in japan? if im not current enough on anything to need that speed I wonder If its worth it, but 7 bucks a month surely i'll get that out of it anyway.

RumblyStarfish8
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8-Jan(#20)
Rurouni Kenshin
Outlaw Star
Cowboy Bebop
Dragonball / Dragonball Z / Dragonball Super
Both Fullmetal Alchemist series
One Punch Man
G Gundam
Steins Gate
Yu Yu Hakusho
Initial D
Black Lagoon
RumblyStarfish8
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8-Jan(#22)
Gypsy wrote:
> Initial D you say
>
>
> cool smile

I loved it, but i could not watch the english dub on this one. The music is great in this anime! :)
dunno001
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8-Jan(#23)
RumblyStarfish8 wrote:
> Gypsy wrote:
>> Initial D you say
>>
>>
>> cool smile
>
> 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.

JoKar
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9-Jan(#24)
https://kissanime.co/AnimeList

There are hundreds of anime on this site. They also have an android app. Sword Art Online is a good one to watch too.
tonymack21
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9-Jan(#25)
JoKar wrote:
>
> 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


DiamondDave
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9-Jan(#26)
you can see the episode of pocket monsters where james wins a bikini contest and ash finds out Professor Oak's banging his mom
Sid_Ceaser
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9-Jan(#27)
Cowboy Bebop

Coooowwwwwwwwboy Beeeeeeeebop.

Then all the rest.



Gypsy
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9-Jan(#28)
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.
tonymack21
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10-Jan(#29)
Gypsy wrote:
> 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


Topic   Can someone help me get into anime