This is a guest post from Justin of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses.
So I’m going to play along with a game that took place a week and a half ago. You see, Japan Powered wrote a post about anime for people who hate anime, and then Yumeka joined in and offered some suggestions as well. Let’s face it: it’s pretty difficult to know what can be for people whose minds either believe that anime is, “Aw, isn’t it childish and cute” to “well that crap’s weird” to “HOLY **** tentacle rape get the **** out with that” to a whole bunch of other stuff that involves knowledge and societal awareness. But, in looking at anime that I have completed, I think I may have a few anime works that anybody can stop by and watch and enjoy with ease.
One of the goals in attempting to do a list like this is to avoid using the same anime that has already used. In this case, I will already have three in this post that have already been taken. This can either mean people who don’t like anime should definitely check it out, or my anime watching has been severely limited. Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) should be a work to check out. Telling the story of 30 year old salaryman having to take care of a child unexpectedly, this is my favorite anime of all time. Executed almost flawlessly, there’s a nice charm about the anime (along with it looking good), with wonderful composition and great voice acting. Anime recently hasn’t been producing a lot of good shows. This is one of them however. And I think a lot of people will enjoy the show.
Black Lagoon is the type of show that seems to be popular: guns, girls, and lots of action. But man is it an enjoyable action anime. I watched it at my school’s anime club about a year or so ago (and dubbed–I mean, the dub is legit good). There was a person who doesn’t watch anime all that often, and actually jumped in cold to Black Lagoon. Let’s just say when Roberta appeared and things started going down, our newest member basically joined the rest of us in abject shock and enjoyment. Kuuki, one of the writers for OASG, took a look at Black Lagoon a while ago and recommended it. I recently got a copy from Funimation to complete the series. Needless to say, I expect to have some fun with this one!
There admittedly hasn’t been a lot of anime in 2012 that have impressed me all that much, but Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyoudai) is one show that I just can’t help but watch each and every week with a smile on my face. Maybe it has something to do with space; maybe it’s because of Mutta; maybe it has something do with all the constant cliffhangers this show succeeds in doing. Whatever the case, I’m always interested in what happens with this anime, and I think anyone looking for a solid story should check this anime out.
Death Note is probably one of those series that anyone could get into. It involves wits, has a mystery component to it, is supernatural, and it is pretty exciting from start to finish. Ok, some say the Near/Mello was lame, but I ended up enjoying it somehow. That’s how taken I was with the show I guess, and a show I ended up only watching dubbed (I hear the sub is good though) on Adult Swim. It’s probably not as popular as it was in the past, but it is still a show someone could step in and have a good time with it.
Now, for most of the lists, movies were omitted from the selection. I won’t go do that. After all, aside from the Ghibli stuff, there are anime films that people should take a look at that are relevant and pretty worthwhile. Tokyo Godfathers is one such film. Directed by the late Satoshi Kon, Tokyo Godfathers is a seemingly simple story about three people who threw away what they had and they end up finding a baby lying in some trash. It turns out to all tie together in a beautiful way, though it definitely takes some weird turns (I mean, there’s a car randomly hitting someone. What). If you need to sell someone on an anime to like, this film would be it.
Let’s get some suggestions!
So, what anime do you think would be good for people who don’t like anime? Or is there anime for people who don’t like it? Anime will always have a certain trope or skill set that is unavoidable and that instantly turns people off. Feel free to give suggestions in the comments below.