It is pretty easy for non-anime fans to make fun of the medium. Due to popular jokes, some people think anime is just tentacles and school girls. Then you have people who watched a bad show and think every anime is trash.
To help clear up the misconception, here are anime that people who dislike the medium will still be able to get into. These shows have broad appeal, are easy to understand, and have a good dub if it’s needed.
1. Cowboy Bebop
The story about a rag-tag team of space bounty hunters is one of the most accessible anime in the medium. Cowboy Bebop has an episodic structure for the majority of its run, but it plays around with different genres. It also helps that Sunrise’s animation looks better than some modern shows.
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Episodes: 26 + 1 Movie
2. Attack on Titan
The biggest hit in recent memory is also one of the best introductory anime. Attack on Titan‘s slower pace will appeal more to drama fans, and the action sequences will carry weight after the slower episodes.
Genre: Action / Dark Fantasy / Drama / Post-Apocalyptic
Studio: Wit Studio
Episodes: 25 + 5 OVAs
3. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will appeal to anyone who loves police procedural shows with a touch of sci-fi. Unlike most sci-fi anime, Ghost in the Shell does a good job keeping the technical jargon down, and instead relies on pacing and world building to flesh out the experience.
Genre: Mystery / Police Procedural / Sci-Fi
Studio: Production I.G.
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood holds a lot of appeal for people who love adventure stories, themes of family, a touch of drama, and a bit of feels. From beginning to end, Brotherhood is one of the strongest series to show anyone who thinks they don’t like anime.
Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fantasy
Episodes: 64 + 4 OVAs + 1 Movie
A lot of people love Quentin Tarantino movies, and Bacanno! can be viewed as the anime comparable. The non-linear story, dark humor, and over-the-top violence will appeal to the legion of Tarantino fans, or for people who are looking for something strangely dark.
Genre: Crime / Dark Comedy / Mystery
Studio: Brain’s Base
6. Samurai Champloo
The blend of hip-hop culture and Edo period Japan may seem like a hard sell, but Samurai Champloo has the most lovable trio in anime. The action scenes are great, the story is tight, and the soundtrack is one of the best.
Genre: Action / Adventure / Chanbara
7. Black Lagoon
Who doesn’t love insane gunplay, vulgarity, and touching drama? Black Lagoon begins as an all-out assault, but the effects of crime are touched upon as the backgrounds of the characters are explored.
Genre: Action / Crime / Dark Comedy / Drama
Episodes: 24 + 5 OVAs
8. Paranoia Agent
A mysterious, psychological series will hook anyone who thinks anime is just filled with moe. This show really highlights what can be done when your only limit is what you can draw and how dark your imagination can go.
Genre: Horror / Mystery/ Psychological Thriller
Fate/Zero might be a little dark for people who only associate anime with cute girls doing cute things. However, the tragic story, epic fights, and great animation should hook people looking for an emotional rollercoaster.
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller / Tragedy / Urban Fantasy
Steins;Gate takes awhile to get into the swing things, and can get caught up with a lot of confusing sci-fi jargon. However, if you stick with it, you’ll find that Steins;Gate is a worthwhile ride with a lot of emotional twists.
Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller
Studio: White Fox
Episodes: 24 + 1 OVA
Monster is the anime for fans of HBO and Netflix originals. The narrative is told in a serialized format that is addicting, the cat-and-mouse story is perfectly paced, and the grey morality paints a bleak picture.
Genre: Mysery / Psychological / Thriller
What are anime you would show to people who dislike the medium?