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30 May 2012 - 22:0085035
How do I get into Anime?
I feel I should do more to get into anime, can anyone point me in the direction of a good starting point? I've seen a few studio ghibli films if that counts? My cosplay ideas usually central around movie characters but I think I might be missing out...

30 May 2012 - 22:1785038
I was watching anime before I was even aware of what it was! (pokemon and Cardcaptor Sakura)and one day I just got the urge to watch it again. From there one thing just lead to another, so I might suggest the same for you. Think about the classics and perhaps look for series which are 'similar'.

Sites like myanimelist.com can be really helpful. You put in what you've seen and they can recommend series which other people watched or of a similar genre. It's trial and error finding what you like and dont like, so dont be afraid to drop a series, similarly, if you dont like an first episode, give it a chance to get going too. You'll eventually figure out which series just aren't for you.

When you attend cons you might see someone cosplaying an interesting character, don't be afraid to approach them and ask what they're cosplaying from, jot it down and try watching it later after the con to ward off the con blues!

30 May 2012 - 22:4485041
Buy a copy of Neomag and have a good read.

Go to HMV and buy a bunch of DVDs that Neo recommends from the new stuff.

Ask everyone for the Anime Archetypes/Classics, the ones that defined genres or were the forerunners for their kind. Don't even bother listening to an opinion from someone else for anything that was made in the last couple of years. Starting at the beginning will give you a richer understanding.

A few classics:
Ghost in the Shell
Outlaw Star
Cowboy Bebop
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Mobile Suit Gundam

I'm sure this lot can name more for you.

Understand the big names, voice actors, composers and production houses as each have their own distinct style and nuances.

When you watch something as epic as the old stuff, it'll grab you and hold you. You'll learn about it, then when you see that the production house, actors or composers have made something else, you'll shit a brick and enjoy it so much more.

30 May 2012 - 23:2485046
Are there any genres that you especially like?
I think that would make it easier for people to make suggestions


30 May 2012 - 23:2585047
Haha awesome cheers guys

30 May 2012 - 23:3385049
Sorry, I'm not really sure. I like supernatural/spirit themes and also sci-fi if that helps any???

31 May 2012 - 05:2285056
Yeah, myanimelist.net is always a good place to start, like people have been saying it can recommend similar animes based on what you've already watched, also you can generally see what's the all time most popular/highest rated series if you're that way inclined.

When it comes down to it though, it usually is just a case of "Oh that looks good, I'll try that." Don't take other people's opinions or reviews for granted, remember everyone has different tastes!

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31 May 2012 - 09:0085068
Quote thomo0772:
Sorry, I'm not really sure. I like supernatural/spirit themes and also sci-fi if that helps any???

Supernatural spirit themes...
The first one that sprang to mind was Hell Girl [Jigoku Shoujo].
Wikipedia's got a lot under them, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Supernatural_anime_and_manga

From them, I've seen Hellsing, which I found to be very good. My friend's recommended Psyren to me, even though apparently the plot might be a bit complex?
The Qwaser of Stigmata was also er enjoyable, but tended to get a bit NSFW [in the manga at least, I never watched the anime].

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31 May 2012 - 12:2585084
I got into it through just watching shows like pokemon , I was about 3 when I watched that ~ I only knew what it was when I found a how to draw manga book in the library . I've never actually watched much animu apart from films such as Spirited Away , Kiki's delivery service e.t.c I've mostly read the manga comics .

I would start by watching films like spirited away and stuff !

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