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Jan 16, 11:08 PM

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I've selected some very popular 'normie' animes. The anime does not need to be a great/good anime for more experienced anime viewers. I'm primarily talking about animes that were successful at bringing in more fans for anime in general.

For example- Naruto, AOT and SAO had great first episodes which alone brought in a lot of fans for them. So for me, one of them should be the best gateway anime.

So which anime should be the best gateway anime from this century?

Edit: One Punch Man gets a late addition.
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SAO Progressive needs an anime. It is the real SAO not the rushed original.
 
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Jan 16, 11:30 PM
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I think it should be FMA:B.
I'm also tied for SAO cuz I agree with you that the first arc can make anyone an anime fan. Since it falls hard after it and does not get up until Alicization, I vote FMA:B.
 
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Jan 16, 11:56 PM
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Girls und Panzer worked for me so I'll go with that.
 
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imo anime you listed are a bit too much for so-called “normies”. They may work for kids/teens, maybe even for young adults, as they are usually more open-minded. Full-time adults are not that accepting most of the time.
So if I want a certain person to start watching anime, first I’ll check what they are generally interested in and then make a suggestion.
Everything Miyazaki made is a good choice - you can always trick them into watching by telling how his works are critically acclaimed, won all the awards, blablabla. People fall for it. Plus you can watch them with kids, that can be used as an excuse for a lot of adults who want to watch but afraid to look “childish”.
Also you can recommend anime that inspired popular movies, like Paprika, Perfect Blue, GITS. People get interested what’s the original like and watch it.

But at the end of the day, you’ll never know what can spark one’s interest in anime. Death note worked for my uni friends, Ponyo on the Cliff - for my parents.
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Jan 17, 7:54 AM
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SAO worked for me. So why not. Plus I've been recommending my friends both Death Note and SAO and most that has been successful.
 
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Sword Art Online and Shingeki No Kyojin. I remember checking them out in 2009/2010 and promoting the original sources to my friends and teachers. I told them to get out of their confort zones and seek for a different kind of entertainment.

SAO was worshipped after they've got into the Mother's Rosario. Asuna and Kirito got their much deserved recognition. And Sinon got blasted for being the worst character in the franchise. Dumb, annoying and unlikeable. That girl succks.

Shingeki no Kyojin was extremelly liked and Mikasa, Levi were the most favoried characters. Eren was annoying but served his purpose.

Many pirated them, since it is legal here in my country. Then they promoted it to their friends and families and everybody wouldn't shut up about it. And as stuck up as it may sound, I know for a fact that I helped it, even if just enough, to get more popular and subsequently get localized her in Brazil.

Nice geteway stories with enough tropes to get you invested on'em and unique enough unique aspects to get you hooked. Glad to know that I've made them part of so many peoples' lives.

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Well, obviously it's going to depend on the person's taste. If they're into dramas then a slice of life would convince them that anime has things that they already enjoy rather than chasing them away by making it seem like it's all action shit. Horror is something Japan does much more poorly than the West, but I don't know of anyone who seeks out horror in the first place.

Gateways are supposed to be for finding something familiar that allows someone to get deeper into something so anime that are generically "anime" isn't going to be nearly as effective as just picking out something popular from that person's favourite genre of Western media, as long as there's an anime equivalent.
 
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Jan 17, 8:13 AM

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It's still SAO, most ppl i know started watching Anime with SAO.
 
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Jan 17, 8:18 AM

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Some classic gate keeping with hype titles....than people wander why those newfangled fans lack individual taste.
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Jan 17, 8:19 AM

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Everyone that I know of started anime with Death Note.
 
Jan 17, 8:56 AM

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Well it depends. I got into anime because of generic shonen but most of my friends got into anime because of edgy stuff like tokyo ghoul or cool stuff like classroom of the elite.
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Jan 17, 9:20 AM

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Death Note most definitely. Almost all anime fans I talked on forums and IRL said that Death Note was their gateway anime. Whenever a newbie ask me about recommendation I always suggest them to watch Death Note. My personal gateway anime was Bleach, but the one that really hooked me up on anime was Naruto.
 
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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood gets my vote it did not do anything excellent but all good enough like less to no sexual fanservice that normies hate, great animated sakuga battles, easy to follow story which sometimes go deep into philosophy level (ex. equivalent exchange and one is all, all is one, and who/what is god) and have a very conclusive ending plus the show is not that super long and not that too short either
 
Jan 17, 10:42 AM

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Death note was like the talk of town, friends,strangers,classmates,cousins always had discussions on how great it is.
 
Jan 17, 1:10 PM

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Death note was like the talk of town, friends,strangers,classmates,cousins always had discussions on how great it is.

I remember it. Death Note wasn't my first anime and my friends kept harassing me until I watched it. Lol
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Jan 17, 1:49 PM
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Probably Death Note, closely followed by Attack on Titan.
 
Jan 17, 1:52 PM

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Death Note is something that most people will enjoy no matter what they usually like, at least in my experience.

But now I feel bad because Bleach has no votes at all. I like Bleach. Would not recommend it to someone who has never seen an anime episode in their life, though. :D
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Jan 17, 2:54 PM

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Attack on Titan because of the mystery and the first episode. Bleach is a good gateway anime as well.
 
Jan 17, 2:57 PM

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imo anime you listed are a bit too much for so-called “normies”. They may work for kids/teens, maybe even for young adults, as they are usually more open-minded. Full-time adults are not that accepting most of the time.
So if I want a certain person to start watching anime, first I’ll check what they are generally interested in and then make a suggestion.
Everything Miyazaki made is a good choice - you can always trick them into watching by telling how his works are critically acclaimed, won all the awards, blablabla. People fall for it. Plus you can watch them with kids, that can be used as an excuse for a lot of adults who want to watch but afraid to look “childish”.
Also you can recommend anime that inspired popular movies, like Paprika, Perfect Blue, GITS. People get interested what’s the original like and watch it.

But at the end of the day, you’ll never know what can spark one’s interest in anime. Death note worked for my uni friends, Ponyo on the Cliff - for my parents.


Death Note was the first anime I showed my dad, then I showed him Joker Game. I'm thinking about showing him Mirai Nikki next.
 
Jan 17, 3:15 PM

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either attack on titan or death note from only the list, although all of these anime fit into the action/shonen genres so maybe you should expand your horizons and think of shows that don't always involve fighting or high stakes conflict
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Without a doubt, FMAB or AOT. I voted FMAB because people might be bored of season 1 of AOT.
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Did they really bring more anime fans or just replaced ones who stopped watching anime?
 
Jan 17, 4:29 PM

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SAO because anything afterwards is bound to be better.

My starters were
- OPM (because I used to see so many arguments online about saitama vs superman so I needed to see what this anime fuss was about)
- SAO (recommended)
- AOT (recommended)
 
Jan 17, 4:32 PM

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Literaly any of those except the Demon Sureya
 
Jan 17, 6:44 PM

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petran79 said:
Did they really bring more anime fans or just replaced ones who stopped watching anime?


Attack on titan literally brought in new fans that never watch anime before, also death note as well.
 
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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It's the best. Here's why:

1. It's accessible. It's set in a fictional country, based on a Western nation. This immediately frees it from baggage that a lot of other anime have, because there's no need to understand Japanese culture to understand the story. The character's names are easy to remember for a Western ear, which makes a huge difference. A Westerner with no interest in Japan can start watching and not be confused. And, of course, it has a fantastic dub. It's fashionable to sneer at people who prefer that - but if you've never gotten into foreign language media, it can be quite daunting to have to follow a show while reading subs and trying to pick up emotional nuance from a language you don't speak, and having the option to not bother is a powerful incentive.

2. But it's also a good introduction. While FMA:B doesn't rely on Japanese culture, its storytelling style is typically anime, with strong continuity and sequential rather than episodic structure. Likewise, the art, while not as alien-looking as some, is recognisably anime. There are the 'super deformed' visual gags, and in fact a lot of the humour is very Japanese - but the show doesn't live or die by that humour. If the joke doesn't land, it's not the end of the world, and at least the new anime viewer is introduced and eased into the style they can expect from Japanese comedy.

3. There's something for everyone. FMA:B is one of those shows that sets out to do a lot, and succeeds. Due to its strong character writing and intricate plot, there's a lot to get into, so if one element of the story isn't doing it for you, another might well be. If you want a fantasy series with an interesting magic system and creative battles that use it to the fullest, FMA:B has that. If you want a character drama about two brothers dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy and their role in it together and apart, FMA:B has that. If you want a political intrigue or mystery story, involving a conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of a military dictatorship, FMA:B has that. If you want social commentary on racial genocide and oppression, and the long-lasting effects on both the victim and perpetrators, FMA:B has that. If you want a horror story, hoo boy does FMA:B have that.

There's so much to this series, so many layers and so different. Everyone can find something they'll like about this show.

4. It's really, really good. All that means that FMA:B is set up to be a very, very good introduction to anime - but what's the point if they don't enjoy it? Fortunately, that's not an issue. The script, the characters, the animation, the music, the voice acting... every part of this whole production is top-notch. There's nothing holding back the plot from being as engaging as possible, which means its a remarkably easy show to get into and just concentrate on what's going on.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood isn't my favourite show. But it is probably the best I've ever seen - and not only that, it's the best to show to new watchers too.
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Wouldn't One Piece technically be a 20th-century gateway anime? It did start airing in the Fall 1999 season, after all.

Although I was well into anime by the time it aired, I would go with Death Note.

1) It's long enough to get immersed into, but not super-long like many other entries.

2) It's close enough to the recognizable police-procedural and detective genres for so-called normies to find accessible.

3) Although it's set in Japan and has a cast full of Japanese names, it generally keeps things grounded with realistic fashion, hairstyles/colors, eye colors, and eye sizes. Few or no super-deformations, giant eyes, outlandish face reactions, etc.

4) Limited sexual fanservice, compared to other titles like SAO, Fairy Tail, or 7 Deadly Sins. Yeah, Misa shows up in some revealing goth outfits, but that happens far enough along that viewers will be sufficiently invested in the series.

5) Has supernatural elements, but isn't "LOL So Wacky, Ninjas Samurais Giant Robots Magic Explosions Everywhere!!!"

6) Has a reasonably good dub, from what I've heard.

I'd give Honorable Mentions to Attack on Titan, which hits many of the same "Serious Action Show" notes, and My Hero Academia, which may have resonance in this age of big-time comic-book/superhero movies.

FMA:B is a fairly strong choice, but I'd take it down a few notches because of its length, its occasional tone-breaking visual gags, and the fact that it structured its first ~13 episodes on the assumption that viewers were familiar with the manga and/or the previous anime, meaning that some events aren't as well-developed or impactful as they could've been. FMA 2003 actually did fairly well as a gateway anime back in the mid/late-2000s. Imo its story still holds up if you're not comparing it to the manga/FMA 2009; however, it might be a harder sell these days because of its older visuals and the fact that it was made in 4:3. The same would apply to the early episodes of Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, as those didn't transition to 16:9 until 2007-2008.
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Honestly, I would say SAO would be the gateway but I think the one that should be added is one punch man
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Naruto
Bleach
SAO
Nanatsu no Taizai
Fairy Tail
Tokyo Ghoul

Good animes were not allowed?

But from your list, I think Fullmetal would be the best one for beginners

You'll find everything inside this anime.

You like action? There is action.
You like drama? There is drama.
You like comedy? There is comedy.
You like romance? There is a little bit of romance.

Hunter x Hunter would be a good one, but its story isn't already finished and it has 148 episodes. However Chimera Ants is the best human's creation
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Honestly, I would say SAO would be the gateway but I think the one that should be added is one punch man

Ohh! I completely forgot about it. That's a good gateway as well.
SAO Progressive needs an anime. It is the real SAO not the rushed original.
 
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I always tend to recommend Castlevania on Netflix to get people introduced to the styling and look of anime.
 
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Malware said:
Best anime about gates hands down is this: https://myanimelist.net/anime/28907/Gate__Jieitai_Kanochi_nite_Kaku_Tatakaeri

By Gateway anime, I actually meant starting anime which brings in fans for anime as a whole.
SAO Progressive needs an anime. It is the real SAO not the rushed original.
 
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Malware said:
Best anime about gates hands down is this: https://myanimelist.net/anime/28907/Gate__Jieitai_Kanochi_nite_Kaku_Tatakaeri

By Gateway anime, I actually meant starting anime which brings in fans for anime as a whole.


😥

I thought I finally found my gate loving brother.

Hopefully Gate will be your gateway to great gates.

The brotherhood of gates awaits.


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Jan 18, 4:57 AM

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Malware said:
I thought I finally found my gate loving brother.

Hopefully Gate will be your gateway to great gates.

The brotherhood of gates awaits.


Just chiming in to say that FMA:B also has you covered for awesome gates:

 
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Death Note and Attack on Titan can bring in viewers with just the first episode, so they are probably the top 2 according to me.
I chose Death Note because a lot of people didn't like the rest of first season of AoT as much as the first two episodes and that can make them turn away from the medium.
I'd say the same about SAO since even though the first episode was pretty good, the rest was debatable.
I think FMA:B and HxH are both better when you have at least watched one or two animes before them.

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Malware said:
biswa290701 said:

By Gateway anime, I actually meant starting anime which brings in fans for anime as a whole.


😥

I thought I finally found my gate loving brother.

Hopefully Gate will be your gateway to great gates.

The brotherhood of gates awaits.

I've been considering to watch it for a while. FMA:B also had some Gates so I might like it. 🙂
SAO Progressive needs an anime. It is the real SAO not the rushed original.
 
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