new to anime...

Topic started by Jewel on Feb. 3, 2009. Last post by goopy13 1 week, 4 days ago.
Post by DBZ_universe (15,960 posts) See mini bio Level 17

My first Anime was Dragon Ball...

Post by zaldar (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@tacosRcool said:

Now and Then, Here and There

That is a great anime, underrated in my opinion

one of my favorites

Post by Drumchek (2 posts) See mini bio Level 5

It doesn't matter what anime you start whit ,what matters is that you like the anime.Here are some of my favorite anime


Angel Beats

Death Note

....................hope you like it ^.^

Post by loptsson (3 posts) See mini bio Level 14

I would definitely say Evangelion it just totally sucks you in or Vampire Hunter D, I love the first movie myself.

Post by xcoser (6 posts) See mini bio Level 7

@Sigue: I'm a green hand in this field, but I do like anime and I also like anime cosplay, that's very interesting to meet the people who have common with. this post includes lots of suggestions for the beginners, just like me. XP

Cowboy Bebop and Smurai Champloo

Post by soil (7 posts) See mini bio Level 4

Is there any anime with better graphics than Death Note? I'm actually new to anime since I've seen less than 10 animes but Death Note had the best graph by far... it looked way better than Code Geass, Black Butler, Vampire Knight which ones were made years after Death Note... if anyone could recommend me something with DN-alike graph I would be very grateful (sry for possible language errors:)

Post by nelli1876 (5 posts) See mini bio Level 9

So, if I think start friends off to anime, I think Slice of life. If you want to "ease" them into the bizarre world, then first start off with the simple. There are some great slice of lifes out there, but I'll name a few:

Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop)


Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Bros)


Great Teacher Onizuka

Horou Musuko

There's HUNDREDS more good ones out there, but those are just a few great ones.

Post by xBlazingStar94x (40 posts) See mini bio Level 11

The main series i started with was Death Note that has seemed to stick with me, i am a big fan and i know a lot of people seem to have that as their first anime :) But cowboy bebop is a good one to start with. I want to also watch Hellsing and i have heard that would be something good to start with :)
so i will just list some anime's i enjoy or think would be good for anyone who wants to start watching anime:

Death Note
Cowboy Bebop
vampire knight
hell girl
sailor moon
howls moving castle (was the first movie i watch and i kind of enjoyed it, personally)
Trinity Blood
Ghost in the shell

Post by SpectroRaphael (58 posts) See mini bio Level 8

This will depend on taste, but i can suggest those for the genres i personally like.

For comedy: Gintama definitely takes the cake.

For intelligent/technical anime: Ghost in The Shell.

For Mecha: I'd say Code Geass would b the best for intro (preferred dubbed too). Gurren Lagann is also great.

For great characters & atmosphere: Rurouni Kenshin & Full Metal Alchemist. Trigun & Cowboy Bebop are also great.

For a great combination of numerous genres: One Piece takes the cake. The first Naruto series is also pretty good.

Other great series for those more accustomed to gore & adult language are Bleach, Baccano!, Black Lagoon, Attack on Titan, Hunter x Hunter.

Bleach, Fate/Zero, Darker than Black & Steins; Gate are also definite great ones!

Post by sparky3000 (5 posts) See mini bio Level 7

I usually get my ideas on what anime I watch by AMVs, Here something you might enjoy:

anime movies: (alot)

5 Centimeter per Second


Barefoot Gen 1 & 2 (very graphic)

Beserker Golden ark Movie Trilogy (R+)

Castle in the Sky

Cat Returns

Children Who chase lost voice

From Upon the Poppy Hill

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotarubi no Mori e

Jungle Emperor Leo

Kiki's Deliver Service

Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro


My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Yamadas

Nausica Valley of the Wind

Nerawareta Gakuen


Piano of the Forest

Pom Poko


Porco Rosso

Princess Monoke

Secret World of Arriety

Spirited Away

Summer Wars

Tales of EarthSeas

The Garden of Words

The Girl who lept through Time

The place of our Promise Days

The Wind Rising

Tokyo Godfather

Trigun Badland Rumble (need to watch trigun first)

Voice of a Distance Star

Whisper of the Heart,

Wolf Children




Blue Exorcist



Dragon Ball Z

Fairy Tail

Familiar of Zero

Fate Stay Night

Hitman Reborn


Log Horizon



One Piece

Soul Eater

Sword Art Online

Tiger And Bunny


Chi Sweet home

Kimba the White Lion

PolarBear Cafe





Big 0

Cowboy Bebop






Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fruit Basket

Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone Complex

Inital D



Kino no Tabi

Lupin the 3rd

Ouran High School Host club

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Rurouni Kenshin

Sailor Moon

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Deep Kyo

Samurai X

Serial Experiments Lain


Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Princess Miyu

Wolf's Rain


Baka To Test



Blood Lad


Hayate combat butler


Kore wa zombie Desu ka (is this a Zombie?) + kore wa zombie desu ka of the DEAD (Is this a zombie? OF THE DEAD)

Sket Dance

Squid Girl

Waganari (Working!!)


Angel Beats



BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Clannad & Clannad After story




Kids on the Slope

Kimi no Todoke

Little Busters


RomeoXJuliet (Really good Dub)

Usagi Drop



Attack on titans



Future Diaries



Hellsing Ultimate

Monster ( look at me look at me the monster inside of me gotten this big, Munch munch Crunch crunch, gobble gobble GULP)


Heaven's lost Property

Nerima Daikon Brothers (17+) (Btw its a musical anime)

Seikon no qwaser


Aquarion + Aquarion Evol

Code Geass: (Deathnote plot + Mini Gundam + roller blades)

Eruka 7 + Eruka 7 Ao

Fullmetal Panic

Guilty Crown: (code geass rip off)

Gun X Sword

Gundam (too many to list)

IS: Infinite Stratos

Macross Series

Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann

Star Driver

Old School:

Astro Boy

Black Jack


Fist of the North Star

Jojo Bizzare Adventure

Princess knight


Accel World

Darker than Black

Eden of the East


No 6

Project K


Stein; Gate


Ace of Diamonds

Big Wind up

Eyeshield 21


Kuroko's Basketball

WTH Did I just watch?! Anime


Genius party

Hare Guu


Welcome to NK

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Post by TypH (7 posts) See mini bio Level 7

@yorro said:

Best Mecha:(Robots)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (1st and 2nd Seasons) - Great action, military theme.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Epic Everyting. Robots that breaks all laws of science and logic.
Eureka Seven - More concentrated in drama rather than mech fighting, but the Anime revolves around Mechs.
Code Geass(1st and 2nd Seasons) - Mech action with battle of wits at it's finest, anti-hero as main character.

Mobile Suit and Eureka are really good. From what I have watched so far still fairly new to anime but I am going to check out the other two you named.

Post by Bloodysirens (1 posts) See mini bio Level 6

A good one to start with would be Fairy Tail I guess. (Subbed) Its popular, likeable, and has a bit of everything mixed into it.

Post by HardcoreAnimeGuy (2 posts) See mini bio Level 7

If you are looking into starting into darker anime a good place to start would be Mirai nikki

Post by Iju (292 posts) See mini bio Level 10

^ and kuroshitsuji. many people have that show as their favorite "dark" show, also. and, of course, death note.


for beginners in general i suggest DBZ (DB isn't really all that....its just meh for me) and SAO as some grounds for some action anime. anyone who has looked at those can suggest more like those to you and you can take off from there.

for school anime....its kinda hard to find non-generic ones, but i would suggest clannad (part 1 at least, that was good) and tonari no kaibutsu kun (my little monster). it has a romance in it and if you hate romance DON'T WORRY. i hate romance but this is tastefully done.

STAY AWAY FROM SNK AOT (shingeki no kyojin, attack on titan). that barely has any plot at all.

if you want mainstream, look at one piece definitely. but that has episodes in the 600s so you have been warned. i don't look at mainstream since they tend to fall away quickly on their rise of fame.

i hope you all don't take that assumption that i am some year-long anime watcher. wished i was though. but nope, technically i have been looking at anime since i was around 12yrs old (17 now) but never really got into it. one year i was on a huge DBZ kick but then i dropped off of it for a reason i'm not sure of. then a year or two went by and i was bored to tears of looking at my dried up DVDs over and over (i dont have TV stations). so i got back into anime around the beginning of this year.

so why does my list look like this?


uta no prince sama



summer wars

from up on poppy hill

spirited away


world of arietty

FMA (and movies)

tonari no kaibutsu kun

kamisama kiss

nobunaga the fool

my neighbor totoro

HACK qauntum

Diobolik Lovers

Sword Art Online

Last Exile

Code Breaker

psycho pass

kiki's delivery service

(and those are just the ones i remember watching. my brother assures me i have watched more.)

well, its as i said; i'm not a big mainstream fan, and i wanted to look at as much anime as i could, but i didn't want to be strung up on hundred-episode animes because

1 after you finally finish the long anime, you feel as if you watched a ton of anime, when you actually watched one (and that's not very otaku!)

2. although you plan to look at other shorter anime, but look at the long anime at the same time, what do you do? you end

up watching the long anime the most, and barely any others.

so how will this work?

i watch anime as little as 3 episodes long up to 24-30 episodes. unless it is really good, i look at 50+, but not over 60. besides naruto part 1 (i skipped the filler episodes, which is 129 episodes out of 220, and according to the naruto filler list that is 59% of the show, if my math isn't off.) and DBZ, i haven't looked at another hundred-episode anime since. FMA1 is the only one i have watched that has 50+ sometime recently.

you don't have to check out all these anime, of course, but i assure you, most (like, a LOT) of this list is around 3 - 24 (maybe 26) episodes long. some of them are movies (the ones in bold), which are even shorter.

so that's how i get so much anime to fit into my list. to prove i am not lying, i am in the middle of watching little busters, which is not more than 28 episodes long.

before my farewell, i have one anime suggestion. this anime isn't well known but please, please look at the anime last exile part 1.

it was one of my first animes,and i really know most of you out there will enjoy it. its such a delight, only 26 episodes. my only complaint is that they didn't exactly flesh it out some more, but this anime's art and story is spectacular. please watch!

Post by Kobra678 (3,739 posts) See mini bio Level 15
XD honestly, Attack on Titan would be a great start for someone who isn't really into anime. One piece would be a big no-no for a beginner.
Post by Iju (292 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@Kobra678: meh, if they see the next-to-meaningless intensity, they may back off. at least one piece makes some sense.

i wouldn't suggest one piece, but if they would insist on mainstream, i'd go there.

Post by ArticPanda (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3
I would start with attack on Titan as it has become well known not just in the anime community and then I would say to watch blue exercist because it's not that hard to get through and it is easy to like then I would go try different types of animes to see which ones they like; if they want to go mainstream I would say let them but warn them because they are so long.
Post by Dream (8,913 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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If you're looking for good quality titles that won't alienate you due to limited understanding of Japanese cultural norms, general mind-fuckery or nods to otaku fandom, here's what I'd recommend:

  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Last Exile
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Porco Rosso
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Haibane Renmei
  • Trigun
  • Death Note
  • Big O
  • Outlaw Star
  • Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
  • Slayers
  • Escaflowne
  • Fruits Basket
  • Princess Tutu
Post by goopy13 (2 posts) See mini bio Level 6

@Jewel: your right i didnt get in to it much but its interesting

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