Threads for Anime/Manga recommendations for newbies and fans alike are always popping up on this forum, so I thought I'd make one handy thread that contains all this information.
First off, for the newbies:
What is Anime?
Anime is, quite simply, animation that originates in Japan. Anime is generally considered to be a medium that is made up of many genres. Anime is very easily distinguished from other types of animation due to it's visual characteristics.
The most common misconception of anime is that it is "just for kids". This is simply not true. Yes, there are plenty of series aimed solely at kids but the great thing about anime is there is something for everyone. Many series contain much darker, adult themes.
What is the difference between a "dub" and a "sub"?
Anime series are either dubbed or subbed for English speaking viewers. Dubbed means that the original Japanese dialogue has been replaced with English dialogue by English speaking voice actors. Subbed refers to anime that retains it's original Japanese dialogue and is subtitled in English.
What is Manga?
Manga are the Japanese version of comics. Like anime, there are many genres of manga and all age groups and interests are catered for. Manga are often adopted into anime series and less often, anime is adopted into a manga series.
A common question that arises in this forum is: "I'm new to anime, what would you recommend me to watch as an introduction to the medium?"
Well this all depends on what you're into of course. However, there are some series/films that many people recommend to newbies. Have a look at the articles I've linked to (they contain a synopsis and reviews of the series) and pick one your interested in.
- Dragonball Z/ Dragonball Kai
- Death Note
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Cowboy Bebop
- Any of the Studio Ghibli films
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Rebuild of Evangelion films
So you've found an anime you love and are interested in watching something similiar or in the same genre. Well, make sure you check out this site as it lists anime by genre and is very useful (NOTE: After clicking on the genre you are interested in make sure you click on the ANIME tab to see the list - there is also a manga tab).
Another incredibly useful site is MyAnimeList. Here you can keep track of anime that you have watched/ are watching, read reviews, check out personalized recommendations and view high scoring animes.
Finally, here's a quick run down of anime/manga that are commonly recommended by users of this forum:
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC
- Elfen Lied
- Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
- Tenchi Muyo
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Sailor Moon
- Code Geass
- Haruhi Suziyama
Remember, there are many, many different anime series and films out there so if you don't like one - try another!
Also, if anyone would like to add to this or has any other information to share please feel free to do so!
Another excellent resource site is the Anime & Manga Portal on Wikipedia. Very concise!