L.B. Bryant of The Mary Sue writes: "It’s no secret that over the last few years anime has become an increasingly hard hobby to get into for multiple reasons. One of the biggest of those reasons is that so many series are now aimed at hardcore fans that it’s difficult to find one that the average person can get into without needing a wealth of background or specialist knowledge. What’s a person to do?
Fortunately, I’ve come up with this list of various series which will be (or have been!) released this year both on home video and on the internet that the average person should be able to get into without knowing a lot about the medium or its history. Hopefully you find at least one thing on these lists that you can enjoy!"