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Aug 17, 9:26 PM

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Shingeki had a very good first episode. Shame that everything that came after it failed to live up to it. Ridiculously common occurrence, this. SAO is another one that had a good first episode and then everything else was shit. Naruto had a better first episode than a vast majority of it's remaining episodes.

Yakusoku no Neverland had an almost perfect first episode. Absolutely brilliant. I'd say the same for Death Note if it were not for the fact that the second episode completely shits on the first episode.

As for the best first episode I've ever seen in an anime, I'm gonna give that to my original, my first anime episode ever watched: Code Geass R2 (yes, the first anime I watched was the second season of an anime, sue me). The way it just kept building up until it finally broke, so good.
Aug 18, 3:45 AM

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Maybe Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari's first episode was the best I've seen
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Aug 18, 4:00 AM
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Can't decide the best but some really good ones (acc. To me) are

Made in abyss (best fantasy in recent years)
Attack on Titan ( no need to explain)
Naruto ( might be a lil biased here)
Shield hero (best ep of the whole series sadly, rest of the series is a letdown)
Promised Neverland
Bunny girl

Edit: how TF o forgot death note.
While we are here let's add psycho pass, and guilty crown ( just coz of the song, man had my hopes way too high after the 1st ep)
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Aug 18, 4:27 AM
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Terror in Resonance's first episode was so mesmerizing and awesome that can't help widen my eyes in awe on every turn of event!
Aug 18, 4:36 AM

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Darker than black's first episode or cowboy bebop's.

For darker than black you don't really know what to expect, the first episode is so much darker than the rest of the show, it's surreal.
Aug 18, 4:43 AM

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Either Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet, or Endro~!
Aug 18, 4:53 AM
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Between Highschool of the Dead and The Promised Neverland
Aug 18, 6:00 AM
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Attack On Titan
Death Note
Daily lives of highschool boys (one of the funniest anime episode of all time)
Psycho Pass
Aug 18, 6:04 AM

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Zombieland Saga of course.

Aug 18, 6:06 AM

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Akame ga kill
Attack on Titan
Kimetsu no Yaiba
Aug 18, 6:20 AM

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For me its Attack on Titan and Death Parade .
Aug 18, 6:24 AM
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GaRei Zero just because of the very good shock factor

This. I already started getting used to this cast.
Aug 18, 6:33 AM

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Serial Experiments Lain first episode is one of the best and most haunting too when they bent reality.

Elfen Lied first minutes are also very tense, with all that violence and gore.
Aug 18, 9:02 AM

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probably biased, but Steins;Gate. it set the atmosphere perfectly, and while i know people who were bored by it's slow pace and the abundance of mysteries, i loved how it set the series up
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Re zero cause it was long as heck and it was just enough gore and not to much so it was nice
Aug 18, 9:10 AM

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Kill la kill. shit had me hyped 30 secs in.
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Aug 18, 9:10 AM

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IDK Re Zero, K-ON, Steins;Gate, NGE maybe

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Aug 18, 9:26 AM

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Reading through all these is super interesting. Different people’s take on a memorable first episode have quite a lot of variability. lol makes me think my priorities are wack but I just don’t remember all the shows I’ve seen ㅠㅠ

From recent memory, it has to be Sarazanmai. I was captivated from the first few second due to the soundtrack and the soliloquy Kazuki was spouting as he ran.
Dororo? Usually I don’t go for 2 cour shows so to keep me hook throughout was fantastic. Nothing too dramatic in visual or fight scene but the first episode was nice.
Banana Fish. We got mystery, we have homosexual tension, we got an angelic protagonist (mostly in appearances), what more can I ask for except Ash running after Eiji in the first episode?
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Aug 18, 9:26 AM
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Dunno. I have seen many anime to really have an idea. The first episode of Kill La Kill was pretty fucking wild, though.
Aug 18, 9:28 AM

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A SINGLE best first episode I've seen is probably,(im actually really unsure) Gurren Lagann or Kill la Kill, which are both gems.

Aug 18, 9:34 AM

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First episode only? Can't really think of any. First episodes tend to be the worst or among the worst.

First 2-3 episodes? Now there's plenty more to mention! Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Chihayafuru, Hajime no Ippo, Now and Then Here and There, Monster, WataMote, Steins;Gate, Psycho-Pass, K-On! S2, One Punch Man, Made in Abyss, Death Note, Fruits Basket 2001, Fullmetal Alchemist 2003, His and Her Circumstances...phew!

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Aug 18, 9:40 AM
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Death note epicness and AOT and I agree with you on the first episode of S;G.
Aug 18, 10:21 AM

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Hmmm either terror in resonance or assassination classroom started off really good with the first episode.
Aug 18, 10:24 AM
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A really tough one but I'll go with
Gurren lagann
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Aug 18, 10:47 AM

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Vinland Saga - I tear up every time I watch it. And it is actually very deep.

Runner-ups: Shingeki no Kyojin, Re:Zero
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Aug 18, 10:58 AM

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Inferno Cop and 3-gatsu no lion. One for the atmosphere the other one for depression....which is which thats the question.

Some other secondary ones are:
- JoJo part 5
- Steins;Gate
- Akage no Anne
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Aug 18, 11:04 AM

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Even though it turned into a shitshow after a few episodes, the rise of the shield hero. I had never felt so infuriated by anything in my whole entire life. That’s a good thing.
Aug 18, 11:13 AM

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Angel Beats by a country mile. In the space of just 25 minutes, it built a fully realized world with understandable rules, set up further mysteries about it to keep us excited for their reveal, established an extensive cast of characters who are all immediately striking and memorable, made us feel like a part of their group dynamic by letting us live with them in all states of being, made us understand and sympathize with what our protagonists are all fighting for, established their primary antagonist and the threat she poses, set up a character-driven conflict with Otonashi’s outsider’s perspective and his more morally grey take on the situation that isn’t immediately resolved, and started teasing out the thematic underpinnings of the whole damn affair. And it achieved all that while still being, above all else, an uproariously fun roller coaster ride of screwball comedy and charming, character-driven banter that made sure your interest never dropped for a second and got you excited to see what else these idiots were going to get up to. That's how goddamn efficient its storytelling is.
Aug 18, 11:13 AM
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Lol the first episode of food wars was pretty good!
Aug 18, 11:33 AM

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Cross Game
Hands down, one of the best first episode that I've seen in anime.
I've never really cried watching the first episode of any medium, that was until I saw Cross Game. A tragic yet beautiful start for a wonderful anime which ended up in my personal favorites.
There's also Kotoura-san whose first episode was really good but it became quite bad in the later episodes.
Aug 18, 12:48 PM

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Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 I knew what to expect mostly. But it topped all my expectations.
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Aug 18, 1:40 PM

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Psycho-Pass or Guilty Crown.
Now, Guilty Crown didn't keep it up, but their 1st episodes were amazing.
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Aug 18, 3:19 PM

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Soul Eater's first episode was really cool, it might be the one but I'm not sure.
Fullmetal Alchemist's first episode was also a really nice one.
And I really liked Girls Last Tour for some reasons

Aug 18, 3:39 PM

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Weird pick, but Highschool Of The Dead, it pretty much perfectly showed what you're getting yourself into if you plan on watching the whole anime
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Aug 18, 3:58 PM

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Well, as with most things in life, I can't pick a single one... I absolutely agree with Death Note and Shingeki no Kyojin; as for titles I thought of on my own, I'd mention Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru sou Desu yo, Nichijou, Shigofumi, Another, Shakugan no Shana, Black Bullet, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, probably Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (though I don't remember exactly what happened in the first episode), Accel World, and... I guess that would be it
Please do note that this is based upon the impact it had on me when I started to watch those series, and not necessarily on whether they are the best or not, since I can't remember everything I watched (for example, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, as it was mentioned somewhere in the first comments), and because it's "impact" what I used as criterion, I also included a comedy show...
Well, whatever...
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Adelwulf said:
, probably Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (though I don't remember exactly what happened in the first episode)

I had the opposite reaction. The first two episodes of Higurashi almost made me stop watching. I'm so glad I kept going.

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Aug 18, 6:57 PM

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For me it was Tiger & Bunny, simply because I knew in a matter of 5minues that I've probably found the anime. But I personally consider the best first episode as the one that sold you on the anime
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I'm surprised by the lack of people saying SAO. The first episode for me is the peak of the series and sets up an interesting concept that really hooked me (and I'm sure many others). One of the reasons SAO is so disappointing as a whole is because that first episode is perfect in terms of getting expectations up, which is exactly what it needed to do. So just based on effectiveness, it is always the first first episode that comes to mind whenever the topic is brought up.
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I think for me it's definitely the first episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. After that first experience with DIO invading the fam, it literally feels like you've already watched an entire series.
Aug 18, 9:32 PM

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Made in Abyss, so much happens in the first episode gave me a clear sign it was going to be great.
Aug 18, 11:29 PM
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[quote=IDKanymore103 message=58205859]This may be due to recency bias, but I really enjoyed the first episode of The Promised Neverland.

Lol not recency bias, I've seen it like 6 times, showed it to a bunch of people and still find it amazing.
Aug 18, 11:53 PM

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Shinsekai Yori deserves a mention. Very effective at setting the tone for the rest of the series.

Non Non Biyori's first episode is also brilliant albeit in an extremely different way as it is impeccably tranquil and relaxing.
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Aug 18, 11:55 PM

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The first episode of Hunter x Hunter (1999).
Aug 19, 12:05 AM

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Tokyo ghoul had a great first episode, especially compared to the rest of the series. It was like false advertising.
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Aug 19, 12:29 AM

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Soukou no Strain - I don't think I remember anything else starting that shocking. Too bad the rest of the show was so generic, it couldn't live up to it.

Terra e... is another good choice.
Aug 19, 12:38 AM

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White Album 2 and Ouran High School Host Club
Aug 19, 1:21 AM

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As a first time viewer, the first episode of Haruhi both delighted me and seized my attention like a very attention-seizing thing. And the first episode of Lain did strange things to me. The first episode of Karekano is just perfect.
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Kill la Kill first episode was heavenly good
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Aug 19, 1:34 AM

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Slightly surprised at all the Gakkougurashi mentions, for me, after the first episode I was just "OK, this looks interesting, let's see some more", and it was the next few which completely bowled me over.
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Kyousou Giga, I love the first episode of this show. I like the rest of the show but not nearly as much as the first episode
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