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Posted by Raven10 (1759 posts) -

So I was watching the One Piece quick look yesterday and I noticed both Dan and Jeff making many of the sweeping generalizations I often hear from people whose experience with anime doesn't extend far beyond the 500+ episode shows generally localized by Viz Media. The problem is that Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Inyuasha, and the various Mech focused anime such as the Bandai made Gundam don't in any way represent the entirety of the medium. In a way it is similar to what non-gamers do when they assume all games are violent murder fantasies like GTA or Call of Duty. I think most people here can name plenty of games that would disprove that belief, but there are many more casual anime fans who want to convince friends to give the medium a chance, but maybe don't have much more experience beyond the shows I just mentioned. Many people point to the films of Hayao Miyazaki when trying to get people into anime, but most of his films are distinctly Japanese and reference Japanese folklore in a way that manages to alienate those who are going into an anime expecting to hate it.

So I challenged myself to come up with a list of anime films that would convince your Otaku hating friends to give anime a chance. I ended up not doing any shows simply because I just couldn't think of any decent shows that didn't at least somewhat feel like what an anime hater would envision an anime show to be. So to be clear, this isn't a list of the best anime out there(although I would include a couple of these films on such a list). It's a list of the best anime that follows none of your standard anime tropes. You'll find no mechs, ninjas, Japanese folklore, or complex sci-fi here. None of the characters in the films listed here have ridiculous proportions beyond the realm of belief. All romances are at least no less realistic than what you would find in an American film. It is exceptionally tough to find anime starring adults. Virtually all of it involves teens in some form or another, and that is even more true when you leave behind the combat focused anime that so many view as the only form of anime out there. So, yes, this list does in fact include quite a few teen focused stories, but I managed to include a handful of films focused on adults as well. I'm going to split these into a couple of genres so you can easily choose a film that will appeal to that anime hating friend of yours. So here we go.

TEEN ROMANCE

The following films involve teens getting their romance on. While these films don't feature explicit sex or nudity, there are some more sexual scenes that those not used to non-American animation might be surprised to see. I'll try to note those films as they come up.

1. Whisper of the Heart

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô

Summary: This mid 90's Studio Ghibli film was one of the first not directed by Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takhata. It is a pure romance involving a girl who connects with a young man through their shared love of books. She learns that he has been checking out every book she has read and being a girl in a romance movie finds this notion romantic not creepy and goes in search of her true love. Features some great American songs including heavy use of John Denver's Take Me Home. A little bit of mysterious fantasy stuff but nothing at all far fetched. This is your standard teen romance film. Well done and occasionally moving and funny. Full American dub is available in the US through the Disney import and is of decent quality. Nothing exceptional, but far better than what you might normally see in Anime. Kondo tragically died after making this film. It is his only film as a director and absolutely worth showing your The Notebook loving girlfriend.

2. The Secret World of Arrietty

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Summary: This film is based on the classic British children's book The Borrowers and tells the tale of a family of pocket sized people living beneath a farm inhabited by a normal sized family. As it so happens the daughter of the small people (called borrowers as they get their home and food by taking the tiny things that the normal sized people won't miss) is a teenager of similar age to the son of the human family. Despite her parents telling her to stay hidden, the daughter doesn't listen and soon the two teens are in love despite the impossibility of any sort of physical romance occurring. This film features absolutely stunning art and animation that has a distinctly British flare. Both an American and British accented dub are available, with Disney doing the American version which includes several big name actors like Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. The dub is solid and the British origins of the story means that it manages to be a bit fantastical but in a way that Westerners should easily relate to. And, again, I can't compliment the absolutely incredible art and animation at work here enough. For those who like a dose of fantasy with their romance.

3. From Up on Poppy Hill

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Goro Miyazaki

Summary: The last Ghibli film for this category (any again not directed by either Miyazaki or Takahata) is a bit more somber of a romance. It takes place shortly after the end of World War 2 and involves a girl whose father died during the war. She lives in a small seaside town and ends up falling in love with the most popular boy at school. Said boy runs the school paper and is also leading the school clubs in trying to save their clubhouse from demolition. I wrote a review of this film which you can read here if you would like more detail. This film is quite well dubbed and acted. It is the only Ghibli film of these three not released by Disney in the US. The honor there went to GKIDS, a distributor any fan of animation should become familiar with thanks to their excellent US releases of foreign animation too mature for Disney to want to touch. For those who want a great plot beyond the romance or who have high school nostalgia.

4. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Studio: Mad House

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Summary: Based on an acclaimed Japanese young adult novel, this film is not quite as good as the Ghibli films above and should maybe be used as a follow up film after those Ghibli films for teen romance lovers. It is about a girl who can quite literally leap through time and the relationship she forms with a fellow time traveler (that may be a spoiler. I can't remember when we discover that so maybe don't tell your friend that part). It's a sweet romance with writing that maybe isn't quite up to Miyazaki standards (he wrote the three films above despite not directing them) but still well done overall. Great music is the highlight of the presentation which again isn't up to Ghibli standards but is still quite solid. The film was released by Bandai in the US. It features their usual crappy packaging and lack of extras. The film is great but maybe a rental would be smarter than a purchase.

ADULT ROMANCE

The following films are romances featuring people older than 20 and have a more mature and layered tone in general.

1. 5 Centimeters Per Second

Studio: Comix Wave

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Summary: This romance follows a couple over the course of several decades as they drift together and apart. The title is in reference to the speed at which cherry blossoms fall and as is typical for a Shinkai film, this film involves the effects of time and distance on a couple. Unlike Shinkai's other films which mix romance with fantasy or sci-fi, 5 Centimeters Per Second is set in modern day Japan. It's maybe the most visually impressive film on this entire list. Shinkai is a master background artist, and his work here is as stunning as usual. Character work isn't as solid, but there is great music and a solid dub. This is another Bandai joint, so I would again maybe suggest a rental for this. It's a great film, though.

2. Only Yesterday (Europe, Australia, and Asia Only)

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Isao Takahata

Summary: This film, which has sadly never seen an official US release is a fantastic late-bloomer coming of age story from Ghibli master Isao Takahata. While his films are far from your standard anime, most focus very heavily on Japanese folklore or pop culture, making them difficult for those outside of Japan to understand. This film, though, is a romance about a woman in her 30's who goes on a summer vacation to the countryside. A city dweller, she ends up finding herself in the peaceful farmlands and also manages to find love. It's truly tragic that Disney won't release this film (or at least surrender the rights so someone else can) as it is an incredible piece that is distinctly Takahata and distinctly unlike the films of any other anime director out there. There is a British dub for those who don't mind importing but note that this film does contain nudity. It is not sexual in nature (it is a bath scene featuring a child) but, again, for Americans any sort of adult content in an animated film can be a bit of a shock so be prepared for that.

Drama

The following films don't involve romance at all. They are simply real world dramas.

1. Tokyo Godfathers

Studio: Mad House

Director: Satoshi Kon

Summary: Before losing a battle with cancer, Satoshi Kon made some of the most unique and fascinating anime out there. This film is maybe the most unique of the bunch but also the most approachable. It is about three homeless friends who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. The friends include a transvestite who immediately wants to mother the child. The three form an unlikely family and protect the child. For parents with open views about sexuality (the transvestite also suffers from AIDS) this film is actually pretty family friendly and ends with a great message about Christmas spirit and about how God views all of us as his children, despite sexual orientation. It's truly a great film that feels like it could have been made in Europe. For those who want something completely out of left field that will convince even the most cynical that anime has a range larger than combat and terrible teen romances. Highly recommended. Features a great dub and was released by Sony in the US.

I'm not going to put it here as it is a little too strange for this list, but once you have your friend indoctrinated you might want to follow some of these films with Kon's excellent film Perfect Blue. It's a murder mystery that is a little too obtuse to be a first foray into anime but is absolutely worth watching.

2. Grave of the Fireflies

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Isao Takahata

Summary: It's fitting that the only director with two films on this list is one of the most unique directors in anime history. With films unlike any others, Takahata uses animation to express his concerns with Japanese society and nowhere does he do it better than in the devastating Grave of the Fireflies. If your friend loves dark, tragic war drama than this film is for him or her. It's about two children orphaned during a fire bombing of their village towards the end of World War II. It's maybe the most powerful cartoon ever made. Roger Ebert claimed it also was the greatest war film of all time. It's truly mesmerizing and packs a greater punch than most any other war movie out there. For those art house cinema buffs you know who consider anime trash show them this and then ask them what they think of anime. It is a masterpiece and not only one of the greatest anime ever made, but one of the greatest films ever made no qualifiers needed.

Upcoming

So you've gone through this list and are looking for more? I wanted to highlight three films that have yet to be released on DVD or Blu-Ray in the US(and one I just haven't had a chance to see)

1. The Wind Rises

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Summary: I couldn't end this list without at least mentioning a Miyazaki film, and his latest film is probably the most approachable for the non-anime fan. It's a true story about the man who designed Japan's fighter planes during World War II. It mixes this drama with romance and Miyazaki's usual dose of social commentary. I have yet to see the film so I can't comment personally on its quality, but the film got an Academy Award nomination, and was awarded at numerous film festivals and year end award shows throughout the world. It will be out on DVD shortly.

2. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Isao Takahata

Summary: This film is based on a classic Japanese folktale and I couldn't tell you how easy it will be for westerners to understand as it has only recently been released in Japan. I wanted to highlight it because instead of your standard anime art style the film instead attempts to mimic the look of classic Japanese paintings. This is absolutely not the place to start, but for those who think anime has only a single art style I have a feeling this film will at least be a bit more approachable than Takahata's My Neighbors The Yamadas which also looks nothing like your standard anime but makes virtually no sense to anyone outside of Japan.

3. Garden of Words

Studio: Comix Wave

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Summary: This film has been released in the US I just haven't had a chance to watch it yet. It is a romance between a young man and an older woman. He is an apprentice shoemaker and in standard Shinkai form time and distance both draw the lovers together and threaten to separate them. Unlike most other directors on this list Shinkai does not have a flawless track record. His films are just as often duds as they are great. So view this at your own risk.

4. When Marnie Was There

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Summary: And we'll end with a film not even released in Japan yet. It's a ghost story based on a British novel and that is about all I know about it. So look forward to knowing more about that.

And that brings us to a close! Hope this helps you find an anime film for that anime hating special someone in your life.

EDIT: Edited to fix some grammar and spelling errors.

#1 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3042 posts) -

I was gonna mention Tokyo Godfathers, but you already had it on the list. That's maybe my favorite movie ever.

#3 Posted by stoodspoon (612 posts) -

Great lists

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

What's the name of that wolf-children movie? That's cute enough to recommend.

As for shows, I'd think that Black Lagoon would do the job. It's mostly just a pseudo-neutral look at the criminal world combined with over-the-top gun violence.

#5 Edited by csl316 (8338 posts) -

Berserk got me to respect and even enjoy anime. They have those three Golden Age Arc movies if someone doesn't want to commit to the series.

#6 Edited by Turambar (6707 posts) -

@video_game_king: It's just called "Wolf Children".

Personally, I don't find lists like these that useful as they are mostly preaching to the converted. Dan and Jeff's disdain for anime isn't coming out of some lack of exposure. It's simply willful ignorance. Jeff likes wrestling. Jeff likes things like Transformers. With those two interests alone, it's not difficult to recommend a half dozen anime (mostly coming out of the Super Robot genre.) But his opinion on anime in general, as opposed to in terms of any specific genre, themes, etc, is pretty clear. So I prefer just to let people like that be, and giggle and laugh to myself when I hear them being wrong. It's far less exhausting that way.

tl;dr: In my experience, most people that "hate anime" do so because they just want to dislike it, not because they want to find something to enjoy in the medium, and simply didn't find it. Let those people be.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@turambar said:

Jeff likes things like Transformers.

Tell him that Transformers is anime.

#8 Posted by Turambar (6707 posts) -
#9 Posted by BBAlpert (1420 posts) -

I think Jeff and Dan might like Ninja Scroll. It's basically just a string of fight scenes between a generic swordsman guy and a bunch of dumb villains, such as

  • Guy with stone skin
  • Lady made out of snakes
  • Girl who turns corpses into bombs
  • Hunchback whose hump is also a giant beehive (he's my favorite)
#10 Posted by Turambar (6707 posts) -

@bbalpert said:

I think Jeff and Dan might like Ninja Scroll. It's basically just a string of fight scenes between a generic swordsman guy and a bunch of dumb villains, such as

  • Guy with stone skin
  • Lady made out of snakes
  • Girl who turns corpses into bombs
  • Hunchback whose hump is also a giant beehive (he's my favorite)

Oh, so you mean the boss cast of Metal Gears Solid 2 and 3.

#11 Edited by Mezmero (1852 posts) -

I'm sorry I'm not seeing it. The gamers more likely to hate on anime are typically the kind that gravitate to the high action "violent murder fantasies" as you put it so I sincerely doubt the more touchy feely anime productions would appeal to them. I enjoy a few of these movies but I don't really understand the objective of the thread. You gotta include something like Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust or the Cowboy Bebop movie to counter balance otherwise the haters are going to hate. Then again they'll probably still find a reason to hate. :D

#12 Posted by Hamst3r (4478 posts) -

My list of anime for anime haters would be:

  • Mind Game
  • Redline
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spirited Away
  • Space Dandy
#13 Posted by drac96 (668 posts) -
@bbalpert said:

I think Jeff and Dan might like Ninja Scroll. It's basically just a string of fight scenes between a generic swordsman guy and a bunch of dumb villains, such as

  • Guy with stone skin
  • Lady made out of snakes
  • Girl who turns corpses into bombs
  • Hunchback whose hump is also a giant beehive (he's my favorite)

I may be imagining this, but I think they talked about Ninja scroll on something recently. Alexis was talking about how awesome it was and Jeff said he had seen and enjoyed it. Am I crazy, or did this happen?

Anyways, I've never seen Ninja Scroll, but you pretty much sold me on it.

#14 Edited by Jazz_Bcaz (252 posts) -

Redline, because the dub exceed the Japanese VO in quality, it's an incredible visual overload throughout it's ~90 minutes of streamlined plot, and filled with amazing characters.

It's entirely on youtube as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MPe7E1YrY4

#15 Posted by jiggajoe14 (664 posts) -

Redline is so ridiculously awesome in every stupid way.

#16 Posted by VierasTalo (723 posts) -

I'll stick to my guns about Barefoot Gen being a better film than Grave of the Fireflies. It's a much more raw film. Less Spielbergian in a sense. Also very suitable for people not interested in anime.

#17 Posted by Icemael (6313 posts) -

Sword of the Stranger is an excellent film with none of the failings of typical shonen. It feels a lot like Disney's more dramatic movies, except with really violent (and beautifully animated) action scenes.

#18 Edited by InternetJames (78 posts) -

Redline is so awesome in so many ways. But if we are talk Anime for non-anime users, what about Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade? That movie is bordering on a work of art.

#19 Edited by LentFilms (161 posts) -

Akira is another classic that is the poster child of "anime for people who don't like anime." I would also recommend an anthology film such as Memories, Neo Tokyo, or Robot Carnival.

#20 Edited by bearshamanbro (284 posts) -

@drac96: Wouldn't surprise me one bit. I'm a tad bit younger than Jeff but most people I know that grew up in the 90's saw Akira, Ghost in the Shell, & Ninja Scroll. You'd also often find stuff like Vampire Hunter D or Fist of the North Star playing on random cable channels back in the day.

Personally, I wouldn't call myself a fan of anime but there are a handful that I've really liked (Ghost in the shell, Ninja Scroll, Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Shigurui, Evangelion, Samurai X, a few Satoshi Kon movies).

#21 Posted by BBAlpert (1420 posts) -

@drac96 said:
@bbalpert said:

I think Jeff and Dan might like Ninja Scroll. It's basically just a string of fight scenes between a generic swordsman guy and a bunch of dumb villains, such as

  • Guy with stone skin
  • Lady made out of snakes
  • Girl who turns corpses into bombs
  • Hunchback whose hump is also a giant beehive (he's my favorite)

I may be imagining this, but I think they talked about Ninja scroll on something recently. Alexis was talking about how awesome it was and Jeff said he had seen and enjoyed it. Am I crazy, or did this happen?

Anyways, I've never seen Ninja Scroll, but you pretty much sold me on it.

I think it was on one of the recent UPFs. One thing I feel like I should probably note before recommending Ninja Scroll is that on top of the violence and sex scene(s?), there are at least 2 depictions of sexual assault. So if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, heads up.

#22 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4960 posts) -

Akira is another classic that is the poster child of "anime for people who don't like anime."

I second Akira. It blew my mind when I saw it.

#23 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4960 posts) -

Akira is another classic that is the poster child of "anime for people who don't like anime."

I second Akira. It blew my mind when I saw it.

#24 Posted by Elwoodan (807 posts) -

Spirited Away is one of the greatest animated films, let alone anime, ever. Akira works well with people who are into sci-fi, its weird but super awesome.

#25 Posted by Veektarius (4741 posts) -

Lensman is pretty light on anime bullshit.

#26 Posted by Hunter5024 (5597 posts) -

I don't think you can create a list that works for everybody. You have to cater your recommendations to the individual.

#27 Edited by Sydlanel (264 posts) -

@internetjames said:

Redline is so awesome in so many ways. But if we are talk Anime for non-anime users, what about Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade? That movie is bordering on a work of art.

I would have added that one for sure...

Also although there are fights, Ghost in the Shell is kind of a better version of Blade Runner, in my humble opinion. ALSO, I cant believe I forgot Metropolis, by Osamu tezuka, based on his original astro boy concept. Trully spectacular movie if only for the ending.

It's probably not a bad idea to add a small gem From Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) , "kids on the slope" (Sakamichi no Aporon)
A friend of mine who didn't like anime at all loved GUNGRAVE. I'm not the biggest fan, and t does have a lot of sillyness in it, but she really liked it so for wha tthat's worth.

As for other series, Musishi and Monster are pretty great.

and although it has a lot of weirdness, I find Serial experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei still provoke a lot of interest ...

#28 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3145 posts) -

@icemael said:

Sword of the Stranger is an excellent film with none of the failings of typical shonen. It feels a lot like Disney's more dramatic movies, except with really violent (and beautifully animated) action scenes.

Sword of the Stranger is not just a fantastic anime but also a fantastic Samurai film in general.

#29 Posted by Familyguy1 (72 posts) -

Check out Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade as well.

#30 Posted by LentFilms (161 posts) -
#31 Edited by MannyMAR (424 posts) -

Paprika is a movie I'd recommend to anyone who enjoyed Inception, for the fact that Nolan borrowed many scenes from it.

To the animation nerd who has a general distaste for anime I recommend Mind Game just because it really utilizes all 12 principles of animation. Trust me as someone who animates for a living a lot of old school animators and professors think the Japanese only use a few of these techniques well.

#32 Posted by TheHT (11077 posts) -

I'd add "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" to the stuff being mentioned here, most of which I'd also recommend to just about anyone who likes movies.

#33 Posted by believer258 (11771 posts) -

@raven10: Whoa, hold on a minute there. 5 Centimeters Per Second ends with the characters as adults, but throughout most of the movie they're kids. It's still a good movie, but I don't think it will make any converts.

On topic, you can find anime that focuses on adults, though I will admit that a majority of anime does focus on kids. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Baccano, and Cowboy Bebop are all full of adults and excellent shows. Perfect Blue's protagonist is barely an adult at 18 years old, but that's certainly an adult film - as in, Darren Aronofsky used a scene from Perfect Blue for Requiem For a Dream. There's also Black Lagoon - again, most characters are adults.

I haven't actually seen Big O, and I'd like to watch Redline on Blu-Ray instead of Youtube since I have slow internet, but both of those are supposed to be pretty good. The Big O is basically Batman with giant mechs from what I know of it. I also haven't seen Monster but that's about a fairly old guy, from what I know. I think. Look it up, it has an interesting premise.

There are some great Japanese animated movies and shows with kids in them, though. Akira stars mostly kids and it has long been one of those "you'll like it even if you don't like anime" shows.

As a side note, pretty much anybody can find something to enjoy in anime, but there's not really a definite list of shows that will get people into it. They just have to be willing to try something, or several somethings in fact.

@turambar said:

@video_game_king: It's just called "Wolf Children".

I was about to say "Wolf's Rain" but... uh... that's not it.

#34 Posted by Zelyre (1166 posts) -

It's a bit funny that recommendations like Ninja Scroll, Miyazaki films, and Akira are listed as anime for anime haters when in the 90's when anime was starting to get big, anime was Ninja Scroll, Nausicaa, Ghost in the Shell, Vampire Hunter D, and Akira.

So, here are a few recommendations from someone who dislikes most anime and has friends who dislike most anime that falls under our coined sub-genre of anime "pancake face anime". (If at any point, a character's mouth is more than 50% of their face, their eyes are more than 50% of their face, their nose bleeds, they tear drop, they turn into chibi-cat people, etc.)

Macross Plus/Macross Zero. Yeah, it's got giant mechs and cheesy songs, but the fights are sweet and the songs don't come out until the end. Macross Plus has no j-pop that I can remember.

Cowboy Bebop but only the major episodes that focus on Spike and him being a Triad. Edward's the kind of character anime-haters hate and Edward has no real use outside of comedy relief, which again, may be a thing that anime-haters dislike.

Black Lagoon. It's kind of like an animated Expendables. I haven't watched it in a long ass time, but I recall really liking it. And the one character I thought I'd hate, I ended up really liking.

I too am going to yellow light Ninja Scroll for the aforementioned reasons.

#35 Edited by connerthekewlkid (1817 posts) -

Metropolis is still a great visual film even if you don't care for the plot that much

#36 Posted by StarvingGamer (8124 posts) -

Whisper of the Heart - the secret best Studio Ghibli film

#37 Posted by Karkarov (3054 posts) -

Someone like @jeff would maybe need something a little more serious than Ninja Scroll? Though I guess it is 90's anime at it's finest. Personally I would advise people maybe check out stuff like Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. It is a pretty bleak movie about a modern swat equivalent police squad in Tokyo.

#38 Edited by guanophobic (301 posts) -

"Adult romance", "5cm per second".

#39 Posted by MikeLemmer (542 posts) -

@zelyre: I would actually recommend one of the standalone Cowboy Bebop episodes first, if you want to pull them in in 30 minutes or less. "Stray Dog Strut", perhaps? The 1st episode was alright, but that 2nd episode sold me on the show.

#40 Edited by Thatguy060 (23 posts) -

I have two friends who hate anime but got into two different series. One was Soul Eater which he actually got me into and the other was Attack on Titan. I would also recommend Samurai Champloo just because that show is in my top 3 series of all time and Hip-Hop Samurais are the best kinda of Samurais.

#41 Posted by Maddman60620 (116 posts) -

Dead Leaves I think is a better pick, its crazy and over the top, Psycho-Pass, Black Lagoon, Gunslinger Girls, Mezzo series also and FLCL.... the things that scare most new people away from anime is the long draw out 500+ episodes series or the the indie art house slow pace dramas.... I think over the top or dark and gritty & humor and violence is what help spark that interest in the crazy world of anime... I would also say HighSchool of the Dead pending on how a person may respond to the fanservice.... sometimes stuff that is similar to old american cartoons like case close is to scooby doo helps too.....

#42 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1817 posts) -

Dead Leaves I think is a better pick, its crazy and over the top, Psycho-Pass, Black Lagoon, Gunslinger Girls, Mezzo series also and FLCL.... the things that scare most new people away from anime is the long draw out 500+ episodes series or the the indie art house slow pace dramas.... I think over the top or dark and gritty & humor and violence is what help spark that interest in the crazy world of anime... I would also say HighSchool of the Dead pending on how a person may respond to the fanservice.... sometimes stuff that is similar to old american cartoons like case close is to scooby doo helps too.....

Friend have you ever heard of a show called M.D Giest?

#43 Posted by fisk0 (3975 posts) -

If you're into cyberpunk/dystopian sci-fi at all, I think Ghost in the Shell and Akira are movies you should watch even if you dislike anime in general. Especially Ghost in the Shell is just beautiful.

#44 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#45 Edited by Rebel_Scum (674 posts) -

@raven10 Not everybody has to like everything. I admire your desire to find "accessible" anime for people who don't like anime like Jeff or myself but it really comes down to different strokes for different folks.

#46 Posted by gokaired (518 posts) -

Evangelion won't change a hater :P

#47 Edited by EuanDewar (4872 posts) -

I'm a big fan of jumping in at the deep end when trying out something new, so I'm going to say Gatchaman Crowds. It's got a lot of fun modern social commentary in it. It's kind of about the Gamification of real life to an extent, in fact I'm pretty sure there's actually an episode entitled "Gamification".

#48 Posted by kcin (127 posts) -

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's first season, about The Laughing Man, is some of the best, most prescient sci-fi fiction I've ever consumed. It's prediction of the future and how the internet ties into it is just uncannily real. If it weren't for the silly droids, it would be utterly sober, and although I don't dislike them, they are the most admittedly "anime" element of that series. The dubs are also very good.

#49 Posted by GunstarRed (5093 posts) -

@icemael said:

Sword of the Stranger is an excellent film with none of the failings of typical shonen. It feels a lot like Disney's more dramatic movies, except with really violent (and beautifully animated) action scenes.

Sword of the Stranger is not just a fantastic anime but also a fantastic Samurai film in general.

I'm going to agree with this one. Gorgeous film. There's some of the finest animation I have ever seen in Sword of the Stranger. The final sword fight is one of the best out there. One of the best dogs in anime too!

#50 Posted by Chuncho_Munos (45 posts) -

I've said it before and I'll say it again, ANIMATRIX. It's mostly a legitimately good slice of Japanese animation (with some obvious exceptions) and too many people write it off as a terrible matrix spin off when it's actually the only matrix product which still stands the test of time. Some may disagree of course.