10. Space Dandy
9. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal)
8. Lucky Star
... number 1 is?!
Not a bad little list that. Would've been nice to see a couple more anime types covered though.
Get the newbies interested by showing them some classics - Full Metal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin. Thats just me though.
I don't agree, either with the list or with Stringerbell.
If someone isn't into anime and you're getting them into it, find out what TV they watch and find an anime in a similar genre, as light on the japanese cultural references as possible so it's easier to understand and watch it with them to explain things they might not get. If they're into noir, Ghost in The Shell may be a good place to start, for example, or Cowboy Beebop if they're into westerns.
If I was just throwing out blanket recommendations, I'd be starting people out on something like Slayers or Nana where everything important is obvious or could be explained quickly.
I definitely do not recommend starting with a ultra violent senin with an incest sub-plot or with a silly highschool drama positivly buried in japanese and anime culture and visual shorthand, these are likely to be seen as gratuitous and creepy or require a large amount of explaining, respectively.
As someone who loves Elfen Lied I would certainly NOT recommend it to a newbie.
What about dragonball? and Saint Seiya.
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