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POLL: What is Your Best Anime Recommendation for Beginners?

Gojo and Itadori in Jujutsu Kaisen


In a previous article, I asked all of you to think back and share which series made you fall in love with anime. The good, the bad, the popular, the obscure — what was it that got you hooked? I then sifted through all of the almost 8,000 responses and found the most popular answers, the shows that a single person voted for, and a few other bits of interesting data.


Going through all of your responses got me thinking… What about everyone who doesn’t watch anime?  


With anime’s modern popularity and online presence, it can be easy to forget that everyone has to start somewhere. So I decided to make another quiz, this time aimed at helping anime fans get their non-anime-watching friends and family to join in.


As with last time, the question is simple: What anime would you recommend as someone’s starting point? The single show or movie you would suggest someone watch to get them into anime? This quiz is a hair more in-depth than the last one since it has a second question: Why? Simply give your one or two-sentence elevator pitch as to why the anime you chose is the best anime for a non-anime fan to watch to turn them into an anime fan. Your newbie anime recommendation could be the same as the series that got you hooked, but I’m sure we’re all familiar with that feeling of wanting to share something with the uninitiated but knowing they’ll hate it if they start with the first episode. Do you have a go-to you recommend even if it’s not your personal gateway anime?


The quiz will remain open for a week, then I’ll collect the data and spend a few days going through it to look for the most humorous, heartwarming, or strange responses to feature in a follow-up story. So without further ado, the quiz:



Was the anime that made you love anime the same as your beginner’s recommendation? Let me know in the comments!



Kevin Matyi is a freelance features writer for Crunchyroll. He’s been watching anime for as long as he can remember, and his favorite shows tend to be shonen and other action series.