Whiskeyjack (Level 19)

"I'd like to supersize a death with a Coke" - Matthew Good, 21st Century Living. I still love that line.
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"Covering the Basics" Quest - What wasn't there
Trudging through the "Covering the Basics" quest has been an exercise in frustration as I come up with gateway drug anime after gateway drug anime only to be denied. While I can't dispute the presence of what did make the list. There's so many other series that I have used to personally hook friends on it doesn't seem fair to leave them out in the cold. Most of this is coming from looking at my DVD shelf and recalling what we could actually get at our local Blockbuster.. or later on what made it onto YTV maybe.
1. Ranma ½

Probably the first series I ever rented from Blockbuster. Also the first manga series I bought consistently. A strange blend (for me at the time!) of action comedy and romantic hi jinx.

2. Robotech

The recent death of Macek has brought forth an outpouring of positivity about this merged series. The number of "this was my first anime" posts are innumerable.

3. Ninja Scroll

There was a time when you said "Anime" and two things came to most people's minds. Well.. three. First was "you mean japanimation?" followed by the hyper-violence of Ninja Scroll, and the naughty tentacles of La Blue Girl.

4. Cowboy Bebop

Bang. I've got nothing. All-around awesome.

5. Bubblegum Crisis

Hard to justify but a personal favourite. The series that took me from a casual fan to something bordering on otaku for the first time. God I loved this series soundtrack. Also made a very strong case against dubs back in the day.

6. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Episode four featured my very first onsen scene. Breasts are an excellent gateway drug.

7. Neon Genesis Evangelion

As the only one of my friends with a part-time job and the will to burn all my disposable income on anime VHS tapes I know that this series hooked a number of my friends. By the time the series ended there was a queue waiting to borrow the tape when the latest episodes were out in stores.

8. Record of Lodoss War

My drug of choice to hook my friends who preferred fantasy to science fiction. I never really got into the longer Chronicles of the Heroic Knight though.

9. Azumanga Daioh

Mostly hooked female friends with this series as boobs, giant robots and explosions weren't always a selling feature.

10. Ghost in the Shell

While a major appeal to me about most anime television series is that there's often an over-arcing storyline.. it's also detrimental sometimes when trying to sink your hooks into unsuspecting victims. Awesome 1-shot movies are a great solution for that.

John_Martoneon April 21, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.
Yeah, I really agree with the sentiments behind this list. Improved quests are sure to be born, but ones like this, where it can be pretty subjective, can be a little hard.
 
I'll second Ghost in the Shell, Bebop, and Muyo as personal grabbers. I know Ranma 1/2 is, I just never got around to watching it.
YukoAshoon Jan. 27, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.
All-around perfect list.  And BGC is "hard to justify"?  While certainly not as massive, the series has an undeniable fanbase, and was one of the most amazing anime of the time.  AnimEigo also helped with a pretty damned good dub for the era.
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