What Anime Should I Start With? | Newbie Guide

Previously, I gave you all some advice on how to get started when watching anime and what to look out for etc.

I got a lot of emails asking what kind of shows do you recommend to someone starting out and I thought it would be a grand idea to make this into a post for everyone to see.

Let’s get started!

Like I said in my previous post, I would suggest looking for shows with genres that appeal to you with other mediums. For example, if you like romance films, then choose a romance anime to ease your way into the realm of cute characters with large eyes.

Recommendation sites such as My Anime List and Anime Planet are also good sites which allow you to explore a wide variety of shows and see other people’s opinions, this can help you decipher what is a good show to watch.

In addition, I also suggest checking out some of the mainstream anime first as that is usually the stuff the majority of the anime fanbase will talk about and can be quite easy to get a hold of legally as there tends to be a lot of box sets with mainstream anime published onto them. Therefore, shows such as Bleach and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood are good to get you started.

Here are a few shows that I would recommend are good for newcomers:

  • Fairy Tail
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Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild – and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he’s none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu’s archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn’t matter as long as they get the job done… right?

  • Sailor Moon
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Life can be tough when you’re a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her enthusiasm for life. Her normal existence is suddenly turned upside down when a talking cat named Luna comes into her life. Suddenly, Usagi finds herself with the ability to transform into the superhero known as Sailor Moon. Fighting the occasional monster may be the least of her worries, though…

  • Toradora
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Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he’s a delinquent due to his ‘killer’ eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with ‘palm-sized Taiga’ – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other’s good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

  • Shingeki No Kyojin ( Attack On Titan)
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Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city’s walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever…

Tell me down below in the comments which anime shows you would recommend introducing to someone who has never experienced anime at all.

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3 thoughts on “What Anime Should I Start With? | Newbie Guide

  1. Great post !! And honestly I’ve only really watched like 3 animes….I really do enjoy them it’s just I barely have any time any more 😂 and my favourite is “Your lie in April” because I’m really into music but oml did I cry!! And I’m currently watching death note which is amazing !!


  2. I tend to pick shorter titles when recommending anime for someone who isn’t sure if they’d like it. Some people get a little concerned when you start talking 50 plus episodes but can usually be talked into 11 or 12.

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