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Nov 7, 2017 12:16 AM

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Haruhi Suzumiya
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Nov 7, 2017 12:20 AM

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Happens to me quite a lot (I'm usually pretty good at predicting myself, and then there's confirmation bias). The first time, Haruhi. The most recent time, Mob Psycho 100.
 
Nov 7, 2017 12:33 AM

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There are a lot of animes who hooked me since the first episode. Noteworthy mentions include Prison School (five perverts being imprisoned for peeking in the girl's bathroom and trying to survive the over the top, nearly ridiculous abuses of crazy bitches? I was completely sold) and Katanagatari (a tale of samurais set in an alternate history where the main character has to collect 12 legendary swords, guided by a white haired, kawaii strategist, confronting all types of enemies in his journey, all by the hand of the creator of the Monogatari Series and with dem characters designs? Sold again).
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:13 AM

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I've never fallen in love with a cartoon.


What a pity. I hope you get to experience it some day.

Anyway...

The first episode of Haruhi (original broadcast order, of course). It just unfolds the series like a work of art.

KareKano starts off like a greyhound out of the traps.

I think Chihayafuru had me right from the gun too.

And Flip Flappers. The way the imaginary stuff mirrors the psychological stuff in the first episode is so great.

Also, Ika Musume, Chuunibyou, Hanayamata and Demi-chan.

Lain is a very odd case which is almost but not quite this. I fell in love with that, bizarrely, when watching the opening credits to the second episode, after having seen the first. Something just clicked.
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:19 AM

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ShiroiMuffler said:
my favorite anime all had perfect first ep, I care a lot about that.


This sort of thing can get complicated. When I watched the first episode of Simoun for the first time, my reaction was just "hmm, not sure where this is going, but it might be worth sticking around to find out" and it wasn't until the fourth episode that I was hooked. But watching it now that I've seen the series and know what it's all about, I find it near-perfect now. But you need to know what's going to happen after it for it to really work.
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:30 AM

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ahhh.. reminds me my first encounter with coco-kun...
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Nov 7, 2017 1:37 AM
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The first episode of code geass gave me goosebumps.I like it
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:45 AM
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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, never read the manga but that first episode is like 'this going to be a great series'
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:48 AM
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At the moment I can only recognise two animes that I fell in 'love' within the first episode, which are No game No life and Made in Abyss.
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Nov 7, 2017 1:49 AM
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Yes, and these are recent shows where the first 3 episodes of it really hooked me deep into the characters and story and made me want to watch till the end >>> Just Because!, Net-juu no Susume, Gamers!.
Come on man you just stole my pics! Well i will forhive you since you seem to have great taste. Too bad Gamers! Peeked at the first episode then failed massivly
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:52 AM
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There's a few shows that can hook me from the first episode. Namely death note,gintama,rakudai kishi no cavalry,spice and wolf,dragon ball super (I was hooked from childhood),monogatari series and overlord. Theres like 4 more but these are the highlights of my time watching anime.
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:53 AM
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Hmm... There's quite a few for me.

Monogatari
Noragami
Spice and Wolf (season 3 please)
Baka and Test
Katanagatari

Pretty much sped through all those anime.


I'd give a few thousand dollars for spice and wolf to get a new season
 
Nov 7, 2017 2:08 AM

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As other have said, FLCL. Haruko's introduction is perfect madness and the whole episode is absolutely crazy. Although not my favorite series, it's still my favorite first episode ever. Kill la Kill and Samurai Champloo are other favorites too.

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Nov 7, 2017 2:12 AM

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@HecticAcrobat5 The fact that it's been 8 years and there's still no third season, should be a crime against humanity.
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Nov 7, 2017 3:44 AM
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@HecticAcrobat5 The fact that it's been 8 years and there's still no third season, should be a crime against humanity.


And I heard the creator is making a continuation of the light novel
 
Nov 7, 2017 3:57 AM

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Hunter x Hunter
Shokugeki no soma
Cardcaptor sakura
Nana
Prince of Tennis
 
Nov 7, 2017 4:02 AM
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For me Isekai wa smartphone to tomo ni really make me want to rewatch it a lot of time XD.....
 
Nov 7, 2017 4:03 AM
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Shingeki no Kyojin
Mahoutsukai no yome
Sakurasou no pet na Kanojo
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Nov 7, 2017 4:30 AM

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I can't bring myself to fall in love with serious shows at the first episode.

Only shows I can bring myself to say I love are all light-hearted and notly comedies. You usually can't go wrong if you enjoyed the first episode because comedic style tends to be consistent. Konosuba, Noucome etc.
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Nov 7, 2017 5:18 AM

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Nov 7, 2017 5:31 AM

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Actually this happened to me with Tengen Toppa gurren Lagann, and I thought it would be the best anime I had ever saw.

How could I be so naive ?
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Nov 7, 2017 5:37 AM

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Looking back at my favorites, most of them caught me like that on the second or third episode. The major exception would be Tsuritama. I was just so enthralled by the colors and artistry coupled with the bizarre take on social anxiety. I had picked it up completely randomly with no context and immediately fell in love with it. This season though, Girls Last Tour immediately grabbed me in a similar way. I don't expect everyone will love it in the way I do, because it specifically falls directly into my wheelhouse. But damn, I've never been this excited to watch a seasonal show.

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One anime that comes from the top of my mind is Nana. It was not only the first episode, the first line itself that made me fall in love with it: "Hey Nana, Do you remember the first time we met", and how the rest of the episode continued with how both of them met in a strange coincidence and developed this great friendship bond. Even after 3 years later of watching it, the whole episode is still fresh in my mind.
Yeah, Nana's opening episode is pretty amazing. The interactions on the train feel so natural and it immediately lets you know how the story is going to go. Really fun to look back on it with hindsight after you finish the show.
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Nov 7, 2017 5:38 AM

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For me:

- Blend S
- Ga-Rei: Zero (and I was getting used to this cast... :/)
- Servant x Service
- Death Parade
- Katanagatari
- Nichijou
 
Nov 7, 2017 5:42 AM

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I saw the first episode of ReLIFE a year ago and I'm already rewatched it many times. Great Anime.
Then there's Fairy Tail, fun first episode and my first anime in becaming an otaku.
 
Nov 7, 2017 5:49 AM

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Here are a few that I remember that left a VERY good first impression on me.
Haikyuu
3 gatsu no lion
Barakamon
Amanchu
Ore Monogatari
 
Nov 7, 2017 5:51 AM

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For me it was these shows;
Gintama ( which I haven't finished )
Shokugeki No Souma
HunterxHunter 2011
Jojo's bizarre adventures ( especially part 4 )
Gurren Lagann and
Full Metal Alchemist;Brotherhood.

Manga wise Jojo part 7, One Piece, Shokugeki No Souma and Boku No Hero Acedamia all captured me right away as well.
 
Nov 7, 2017 12:32 PM
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Monster,it had the most intense first episode I ever watched.
 
Nov 7, 2017 1:00 PM

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RegisteredName said:
@HecticAcrobat5 The fact that it's been 8 years and there's still no third season, should be a crime against humanity.


And I heard the creator is making a continuation of the light novel

Well damn. Here's hoping. Maybe people should throw money at them just to make sure.
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Nov 7, 2017 2:29 PM

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No Game no life
chuunibyou demo koi ga shita
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Nov 7, 2017 3:52 PM

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No game no life
maybe sakurasou no pet too :3
 
Nov 7, 2017 3:55 PM

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NGNL, Drifters, BnHA S2....those are the only ones I remember rn :3
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Nov 7, 2017 3:58 PM

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The first 10 seconds of Paranoia Agent made me fall in love instantly, the second the opening theme started I instantly swooned.
Plus on top of that the first episode was also really good anyway so there's that.
 
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Aikatsu
Gabriel dropout / Kiniro Mosaic
Aria / Tamayura / Amanchu

Re:creators (but it kinda disappointed me in the middle lol)
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Off the top of my head, School-Live, Nichijou and Sound! Euphonium had some pretty great first episodes.


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Watching shows such as yugioh, digimon and inuyasha made me fall in love with anime
 
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Attack on Titan. It wasn't about the pathos but rather the sheer spectacle provided in those first 20 minutes... Nothing else I've seen has managed to grab me in quite the same way.

Honorable mentions towards Made in Abyss with its visuals and music for snagging my heart and never letting go.
 
Nov 8, 2017 2:04 AM

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Definitely the first episode of Made in Abyss. It's my 4th favourite anime but it has a far stronger first episode than any of my top 3.
 
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The first episode was so good, I lost my mind at the end. The build up, the reveal, the everything was executed so tight, I only like to rewatch it seldomly so I don't abuse its power.
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Earliest scenes of:
Cowboy Bebop
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Bakemonogatari
Chuunibyou
 
Nov 8, 2017 12:09 PM

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My first example is not anime but I don't care because manga is the superior format anyway. I remember reading JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for the first time, after vehemently hating it for it's godawful fanbase and refusing to touch it, only to be strangely drawn in from the first volume. Hell, the first page really, the moment the stone mask appeared I was intrigued and hooked.

I had the same feeling that G Gundam was going to be a massive piece of shit based on the fact that it aired on Toonami and only nostalgiacucks would think it's good. To my surprise it was actually amazing, and I fell in love with it. It's certainly better than the boring, shit-tier, fujobaiting, reused-animation-fest that is Gundam Wing.

Oh damn that's weird lol for me Part 2 is what really got me hooked in JJBA..And i was really not into it in the 1st one but hey everyone got their own opinion

 
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Now that I think about it, this doesn't happen often for me. Even with HxH (2011), it took me a good 30+ episodes to identify it as the best damn thing I've ever seen.

One that immediately comes to mind though is Yuri on Ice. Wasn't expecting anything from it, and then I got a whole lotta ass. I was very happy.

Attack on Titan and Black Butler had really great first episodes as well, and even after years of having watched them I still feel the same way. Perfect examples of how you should do first episodes right there.
Then there's Death Note to a slightly lesser degree- it did have a great first episode.

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Flip Flappers.

Put it right away as a 10/10 and it never dropped from there.
 
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Kurozuka ( too bad it went to shit )
Attack on titan ( it is a trash but it is a good trash )
Death note
 
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Armored Trooper Votoms
Ashita no Joe
Black Jack
Captain Tsubasa
Dear Brother
Fist Of The North Star
Future Boy Conan
Galaxy Express 999
Giant Robo
Gundam Zeta
Hunter x Hunter
Kindaichi
Macross
Rurouni Kenshin
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The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Death Note. I think the ending to episode 1 is one of the greatest anime moments I've ever seen.
 
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Samurai Champloo definitely deserves several mentions for those who've seen it, fantastic demonstration of its art style, action and preliminary character development had me hooked from the get go. Also Katanagatari(no surprise there) simply because it was beautiful to behold and I fell in love instantly :)
 
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I fell in love with 3-gatsu just for that few opening minutes in its pilot episode. i immediately knew that i'm in for something special.

also, re:zero hooked me like never before in its first episode.

sidenote: the lack of made in abyss in this thread is refreshing since I myself wasn't hooked by its first episode(fell asleep in the 2nd too and dropped it right there) and the sheer amount of people ive heard and read raving about its first episode is nuts. >.>
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Inuyashiki was badass by the first episode . I was immediately interested
 
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I Can only remember Death note , maybe akame ga kill
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Hmm, I don't remember but I loved the first eps of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
 
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