8 Dos and Don’ts of Introducing New People to Anime

So you want to get a newbie into the anime the scene? Maybe you just want to show someone a show so they will stop making fun of anime? Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to introduce someone to anime.

 

8 Things to considerClannad

 

 

 

1. Start with a gateway seriesCowboy Bebop

 

Gateways tend to be very easy for non-anime watchers to get into. They have easy to follow stories, limited ecchi, and watchable English dubs if needed. Some popular examples are Cowboy BebopTrigunDeath Note, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

 

 

2. Pick a shorter seriesCowboy Bebop

 

You may love long runners, but it’s a gamble to introduce someone that way. Pick a show in the 12-24 episode range. If you do have to start with something like One Piece, consider skipping to the best arc or start post-time skip.

 

 

3. Think about a dubBaccano!

 

 I know, the dub or sub thing is always a matter of debate among fans. However, the easiest way to introduce some to anime is with a dub. In the case of English, most modern dubs are watchable. If your friend is cool with subtitles, then, by all means, pick that option.

 

 

4. Find a genre they like (even if it breaks the “don’t” rules)Durarara!!

 

Ideally, you should know the genres your new found prey likes. That is the easiest way to open them up to anime since it shows them the broadness of the medium. Also, suck it up if they like a genre you don’t enjoy. Remember, the goal is to get them to at least to appreciate anime. If you don’t know what they like, then consider…

 

 

5. Anything with a focused storyDeath Note

 

Great stories and characters are subjective, but some series are more focused than others. Monster and Death Note are good examples. Characters have clear motivations, not too many subplots to confuse someone with, and the characters tend to be somewhat memorable.

 

 

6. Action is a good starter genreFate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

 

Not only are they easy to follow, but they tend to avoid cultural references that can trip people up, usually have a watchable dub (if needed), and have some really cool animation that can impress newbies.

 

 

7. Sports are also goodKuroko no Basuke

 

Sports are fairly popular overall and are easy to follow since most people know the rules. Japan loves baseball, so there are plenty of those to pick from, but there are shows ranging from basketball to tennis.

 

 

8. Definitely marathon with themSpace Brothers

 

Make it an anime night. You never know, the anime rookie may become the master in just one marathon session.

 

8 Things to avoidSword Art Online

 

 

 

 

1. Moe, if it’s the sole premise of the seriesIs the Order a Rabbit?

 

Everyone enjoys the occasional cute moment, but not everyone is into the “cute girls doing cute things” trend. One of the quickest ways to get your friend to dismiss anime is to pop in Kiniro Mosaic or Is the Order a Rabbit? as their first anime.

 

 

2. Limit the amount of fanserviceTo Love-Ru

 

Anime gets a bad rap because of fanservice. For those that don’t know, these are shows with large amounts of panty shots, cleavage, suggestive poses, and sometimes nudity. It’s not for everyone, so keep that in mind when introducing a series to someone new to anime.

 

 

3. Avoid reference heavy showsGintama

You may love Gintama, but most of the references will go over a newcomer’s head and they won’t understand the humor. Ease them into these types of shows once they have watched more anime, because everyone should experience Gintama.

 

 

4. Slice of life is a gambleAria the Animation

 I’d suggest showing a slice of life series to fans of TV sitcoms, since they share the same general format. However, many slice of life crossover with moe and ecchi, so take that into consideration, but there are some great ones out there.

 

 

5. Don’t force a series on themJohn Wall Meme

 

It may seem blasphemous, but if your friend is clearly not enjoying Evangelion, consider picking a different show. Anime should not feel like a chore.

 

 

6. Know when to hide your power levelC3-Bu

 

Don’t go over 9,000 and ask them if they found a waifu or husbando. In fact, this might be something never to ask someone.

 

 

7. Don’t spoil anythingSeitokai Yakuindomo

 

Remember, try to keep the series as fresh for them as possible, and try to avoid answering any key plot related questions.

 

8. Don’t get upset if they still don’t like animeBlue Exorcist

 

At the end of the day, some people are just not that into anime. The important thing is that they gave it a chance.

 

What are some of your tips for introducing people to anime?

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Aaron Magulick
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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