The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Anime fandom is a fortress of obscure slang, iconography, and inside jokes. After 16 years of fandom, I'm quite comfortable with it. But what about curious outsiders who don't care to memorise, say, the differences between each and every Sailor Moon adaptation?

This story was originally published in September 2015.

For them, I keep a list: Anime and Manga for People Who Don't like Anime and Manga. This list is for the person who has seen a Ghibli film or two, who maybe watched Cowboy Bebop back in high school. They know anime and manga aren't genres unto themselves. They know there's a whole wide world of stories out there, but they're not sure how to access it. And, they whisper furtively, they're not really into, well, anime-anime. The magical girls, the giant robots, the catgirl harems — not their thing. Do I have any recommendations for them? Anything they might like?

I have encountered this person over and over again in my 16 years of fanhood, but I rarely see their questions answered. Most anime recommendation lists assume a level of familiarity that newcomers don't have. Many anime conventions put the jiggliest, bloodiest, most franchiseable work up front. Online fandom is a rabbit hole of jargon and translation debate.

So, I keep this list for them. Thought it's rooted in the familiar, it showcases the kinds of stories you can't find anywhere else — the kinds of stories that draw people to anime and manga in the first place.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka

Format: Manga

Sherlock and House have made the Arrogant Genius an entertainment staple we're all a little tired of — but Black Jack is the character the archetype deserves. A brilliant, prickly surgeon who will take on any case (given the supplicant can afford his exorbitant prices), he lives his life tending to the criminal, the obscure, and the bizarre. Each chapter is a standalone story, and they range from the heartfelt — an outcast student who donates skin for an emergency graft — to, um, the one where Black Jack befriends an orca.

Black Jack might be described as "medical fantasy." There's a solid scientific foundation for a lot that goes on (Osamu Tezuka earned his medical degree before he became the god of manga), but more often than not, things edge into the fantastical. If you're willing to roll with it, Black Jack is a series of clever flights of fancy, varying each story with pathos, drama, and humour. It's also an excellent entry point into Tezuka's legendary body of work.

If you like that, consider: Katsuhisa Kigitsu's Franken Fran is outright horror, at times, but as funny and clever a medical series as Black Jack is.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Black Lagoon directed by Sunao Katabuchi

Format: Anime

Black Lagoon is devoted to violence, vengeance, and looking cool above all else, to an almost juvenile extent — it often feels lifted from a 16-year-old's Trapper Keeper scribbles. It's about pirates! Who move illegal goods for underground crime syndicates! And the heroine is so awesome she uses two guns! But goddamn, it does it with such confidence and style that you won't realise how ridiculous it is until you sit down to write an article recommending it. Every flamethrower, every mob shenanigan, ever Desert-Eagle-wielding Mother Superior is part of a great and glorious ode to excess. It's the kind of anime that will have you making totally unironic finger guns.

If you like that, consider: Shirow Miwa's Dogs: Bullets and Carnage is similar in style and substance.

Find it here: Black Lagoon is available for streaming and purchase through Funimation.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Clover by CLAMP

Format: Manga

Beneath its something-between-steam-and-cyberpunk aesthetic, Clover is a simple story about a man and a girl. Suu, who has devastating psychic abilities, has lived in a government compound her entire life. Kazuhiko, a former operative, has been tasked with bringing her to an amusement park, which is her lifelong dream. And that's exactly what happens. It's a sweet, melancholy little tale on its own, but what makes Clover truly notable is its visual experimentation.

Clover is what happens when experienced comic artists give themselves an excuse to explode the form. It plays with negative space in ways I've still never seen equaled. There's a wonderful harmony between style and substance in Clover — it develops a visual language capable of sadness, anger, affection, and nostalgia entirely on its own.

If you like that, consider: Kaiba and The Tatami Galaxy are similarly experimental stories that play with animation the way Clover plays with panels. Manga-wise, Mitsukazu Mihara's Doll is a lot like Clover in tone and aesthetics.

Find it here: An omnibus of the series can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Emma by Kaoru Mori

Format: Manga

Emma is everything I love about fussy European period dramas: clandestine emotion, class tension, clothing with too many buttons. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with Jane Austen's famous novel — it is, rather, a romance set in Victorian London . Emma is a young maid in the Jones household — naturally, she falls in love with William, the eldest son, and obstacles ensue. Mori is an exceptional artist, with a love of period detail evident in every scalloped ruffle. And oh, how she lingers over them — Emma, like all of Mori's work, proceeds at an unhurried pace. This is languorous rather than tedious, allowing the story to bloom with a depth and complexity few creators are confident enough to explore. Emma is a romance that understands tenderness beyond cliché, and it is a delight to spend time in its rarefied world.

If you like that, consider: Kaouri Mori's A Bride's Story is an even more lavish period piece. Beyond Mori, Riyoko Ikeda's Rose of Versailles is wonderful historical fiction.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Eyeshield 21, by Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata

Format: Manga

Sena Kobayakawa, an introverted newcomer to Deimon Private Senior High School's American football team, has spent most of his life running from bullies. Turns out, that's a pretty solid path to running back greatness. With Sena as their secret weapon, the team embarks on a journey to the championship Christmas Bowl. Friendships, rivalries, and everything in between ensue as our scrappy heroes chase athletic glory.

Given that my understanding of football, pre-Eyeshield 21, could be summed up as "you throw the ball through the T-shaped thingy, except sometimes you kick it," I did not expect to love this manga as fiercely as I do. What sets Eyeshield apart from lesser fare is how deeply Inagaki and Murata understand what makes this structure so timeless. Each training session, triumph, and failure, are a canvas for human emotion — and specifically, the kind of slightly-hysterical emotion young adult fiction excels at. Victory isn't exciting, it's euphoric. Betrayal isn't sad, it's crushing. Camaraderie isn't useful, it's a divine force to be channeled. Eyeshield 21 isn't just the platonic ideal of sports entertainment — it's a joyous paean to friendship and the power of sport.

If you like that, consider: Murata's One-Punch Man is one of the greatest superhero comics going. For further sports manga greatness, check out Slam Dunk, Hajime no Ippo, and Prince of Tennis.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Haibane Renmei directed by Yoshitoshi ABe

Format: Anime

Haibane Renmei is a moody little rumination of an anime. Taking place in the walled city of Glie, it follows the Haibane, a group of young women with angel wings and halos who arrive in cocoons with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Their only clue is the dream they had within their cocoon — which tends to be highly metaphorical. They live under peculiar restrictions and each work towards their individual Day of Flight, when they leave Glie forever for the unknown wilderness beyond the walls.

Though creator Yoshitoshi ABe has pointedly refused to canonize any one interpretation of Haibane Renmei, it's popularly understood as a story of the afterlife. "Sin-bound" Haibane, who cannot remember their cocoon dreams, are often theorised as having committed suicide in their previous life. I agree generally with these interpretations, but they aren't necessary. Haibane Renmei 's strength lies in its gentle approach to life's most profound subjects — sin, freedom, trauma — and to its deeply warm sensibilities. This is an anime about love, above all: love of the self and love of others.

If you like that, consider: If you enjoyed Haibane Renmei's abstraction and experimental qualities, Serial Experiments Lain, Yoshitoshi ABe's most famous anime, might be up your alley.

Find it here: Haibane Renmei is available for streaming and purchase through Funimation.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Master Keaton by Naoki Urasawa

Format: Manga

Master Keaton is an unabashedly cool manga. In one episode our hero, a freelance insurance investigator, is thrown into the Taklamakan Desert — watch him turn a single dead muskrat into meat, storage, and a device that purifies urine into drinking water! Or maybe he's being tailed in Italy — watch him clock the bad guys with an improvised slingshot and a loose key stone! Oh, but wouldn't you know it — underneath it all, the Special Air Service-trained Keaton is a nebbish intellectual who just can't say no to his feisty daughter. It's capital-E Entertainment, joyously pulpy, full of exotic locales and esoteric menace, held together by our hero's unassuming charm. Classic entertainment by a classic creator.

If you like that, consider: There isn't really a bad way to begin with Naoki Urasawa. I'm sticking with Master Keaton as my introductory work, but if twisty murder mystery is more your thing, try Monster. If you're of a science fiction bent, look up 20th Century Boys or Pluto. Urasawa is manga's own midas — everything he touches turns to gold.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Michiko to Hatchin directed by Sayo Yamamoto

Format: Anime

Michiko to Hatchin is... unique. That's a strange way to recommend something, but it's true. It's an anime about an ersatz mother-daughter duo in wild, illegal pursuit of a man believed to be dead. In Brazil. Like, forget anime — there aren't a lot of stories like that anywhere. Though I was intrigued by the first trailer I saw, I had my doubts. Could it live up to its fabulous premise? Could it stick the landing? Hell, could it get off the ground in the first place? As its presence on this list demonstrates, yes, it could and it did. Michiko to Hatchin isn't just good — it's groundbreaking. It's soulful and heartfelt and the fact that it isn't like anything else I've ever seen is just the gleam on its slick turquoise chassis. Michiko and Hatchin grow, as individuals and a family, over the course of the series with a subtlety and vision that is all too rare. It is a modern classic.

If you like that, consider: Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo are commonly made comparisons. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is a zanier, cruder piece of work, but will satisfy your need for flippant, stylish, women kicking arse to a great soundtrack. For further tales of female bonding, check out Ai Yazawa's Nana.

Find it here: Michiko to Hatchin is available for purchase and streaming through Funimation. It can also be found on Hulu.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Millennium Actress directed by Satoshi Kon

Format: Anime

Satoshi Kon was an auteur, and everything he made is worth watching. Millennium Actress stands out, though. It's an evocative look at postwar Japan, the film industry, and the unreliability of memory. Chiyoko Fujiwara is a retired actress being interviewed by a documentarian about her brilliant film career. Memories, imagination, and history warp together as Chiyoko recalls the lost love of her life and how her pursuit of his memory fuelled her career. It's a complicated movie that doesn't pause to explain itself, and as such, it rewards rewatching and a good long mull-over. No matter what you take from it, however — postwar fairy tale, passionate romance, or elegy — it is a singular work of art.

If you like that, consider: Kon's Tokyo Godfathers is a good next step into his body of work. But really, it's all worth watching.

Find it here: New copies of Millenium Actress have become somewhat difficult to find at a reasonable price. But perfectly fine used copies can be found on Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga

Format: Manga

Ooku: The Inner Chambers is sumptuous. I mean this in the most classic, period-drama sense, in that it is concerned with decadence, aesthetics, and delight, but also in terms of emotion. Ooku is an alternate history story, taking place in a feudal Japan in which the vast majority of the male population has died from the mysterious Redface Pox. Women have, in response, filled every traditionally male role while their delicate sons stay indoors, shielded from ill humours. The Ooku is the name for the now-female Shogun's collection of beautiful men.

Ooku skates back and forth along its timeline, from the Pox's inception to its "present," 80 years after it struck. It's a fascinating look at the construction of history — many in the comic's present don't believe there ever really was a time when men equaled women in numbers — while remaining anchored by the emotion of the stories it tells. Tempers, passions, and politics collide as denizens of the Ooku, wayward monks, and country bumpkins alike attempt to rise from the ashes of calamity. Alternate history buffs will enjoy Ooku, but really, I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a satisfying drama.

If you like that, consider: Ooku is unique within Yoshinaga's body of work, but everything she does is solid. Antique Bakery and All My Darling Daughters are particularly worth watching.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Princess Jellyfish directed by Takahiro Omori'

Format: Anime

Princess Jellyfish is, above all, earnest. Tsukimi, our heroine, is a hapless nerd with a passion for jellyfish and a paralyzing fear of other people. Luckily, she's found comfort and friendship in her new home: a boarding house for shy, single, nerdy women. Through a series of mishaps, Tsukimi and her friends meet Kuranosuke, the glamourous son of a prominent politician. Together, they enter the fashion industry in an effort to save their home from heartless redevelopment.

In less capable hands, Princess Jellyfish could have been deeply mean-spirited. Kuranosuke prefers women's fashion to men's. The main cast includes a Romance of the Three Kingdoms fanatic, a train aficionado, and an agoraphobic doyenne of yaoi manga. Tsukimi can't spend more than a handful of minutes in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district without collapsing from social anxiety.While Princess Jellyfish derives humour from its characters, it never mocks them — nor does it seek to fundamentally change them. It's all for pushing its heroine out of her comfort zone for personal growth purposes, but Tsukimi and the supporting cast are never shamed for loving what they love. Enthusiasm — geeky and otherwise — is power in Princess Jellyfish. Enthusiasm saves the day and paves the road to the future.

If you like that, consider: Kazune Kawahara's My Love Story!!, Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss, and Aya Nakahara's Lovely Complex are similarly soft-hearted entertainment.

Find it here: Princess Jellyfish is available for purchase and streaming through Funimation. It can also be found on Netflix.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Format: Manga

I began this piece before Yoshihiro Tatsumi passed away on March 7th. He was a master, sure, but I think he is more accurately described as a pioneer. Tatsumi saw potential in comics few others did. He coined the term gekiga in 1957, to describe manga that would tell dramatic, challenging stories. The Push Man is a fantastic example of his success: a collection of short, brutal looks into humanity at its bleakest. The volume wallows in salacious details — pornography, voyeurism, sexual dysfunction — but never without purpose and vision.

If you like that, consider: For similar fare by a similarly legendary creator, check out Vertical Inc.'s translations of Osamu Tezuka's edgier work, including Message to Adolf, Ode to Kirihito, MW, and Apollo's Song. Shigeru Mizuki is another name to look up — Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths is a good starting point.

Find it here: The Push Man and Other Stories can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Sakuran by Moyocco Anno

Format: Manga

Moyocco Anno's work is raw, in every sense. There's a scribbled look to it and a naked sensuality evident in even the most chaste panels. Heavy-lidded women pout and smoke and lounge, riding the aesthetic line between titillation and grotesquerie. It's this tension, this line women negotiate between their interior and exterior selves, that she mines over and over again in her work, but rarely as explicitly as in Sakuran.

Protagonist Kiyoha is an Edo-era oiran, or courtesan, as crass, violent, and selfish as she is sought-after. In Kiyoha, Anno denies us our hooker with a heart of gold ideals, our bruised blossoms of circumstance. Kiyoha is monstrous in the face if a monstrous world — she is what has been demanded of her, explicitly or not. Sakuran is a profoundly sad book, in this sense. It is honest about women's lives and the compromises they have always made in order to maintain themselves. But it isn't hopeless. Kiyoha struggles and spits and scratches out selfhood however she can. It's brutal, and it's beautiful.

If you like that, consider: Anno's In Clothes Called Fat is another unflinching look at womanhood. Kyoko Okazaki's Helter Skelter and Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream explore these themes as well.

Find it here: Sakuran can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Format: Manga

Junji Ito is an alchemist of fear. In his hands, the mundane becomes horrifying, and the horrifying, mundane. This looping relationship is explored literally and figuratively in Uzumaki, in which terror comes to dominate a sleepy seaside town through spiral shapes. Men become enormous snails. Girls' beauty literally devours them in vortexes that spiral from their faces. Lovers' bodies become twisted cables in their mania to embrace each other. It's dense, nasty stuff that thrives on the unsettling, rather than the more banally scary — which, in Ito's hands, is so much more terrifying than a zombie or a dude with a chainsaw could ever be.

If you like that, consider: Usamaru Furuya's Lychee Light Club is another horrific take on obsession — obsession with youth in this case, rather than spirals. That said, pretty much everything else Ito has ever made is worth checking out.

Find it here: The complete series can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

Yotsuba& By Kiyohiko Azuma

Format: Manga

Yotsuba& is about a little girl named Yotsuba Koiwai, her dad, and the neighbourhood in which they live. Sometimes Yotsuba goes on the swings. Sometimes she naps. Sometimes she watches too many crime movies and wanders around telling people to "save [their] excuses for the devil." I have never met someone who does not love Yotsuba& on sight. It's sunny and heartfelt, as you've probably gathered, but what elevates it to greatness is how much humour Azuma mines from life's most quotidian details. He has a tremendous eye for exaggeration and physical humour — many of his best punchlines are single, wordless panels. Yotsuba& is all-ages entertainment at its absolute best.

If you like that, consider: Azuma's Azumanga Daioh is a beloved classic in much the same vein. Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae is very different in subject — an architect is transported from ancient Rome to modern Japan — but just as irreverent and delightful.

Find it here: The first volume can be purchased through Amazon.

The Best Anime And Manga For Beginners

These days, I spend most of my time focused on Western comics, but I always return to anime and manga. In recent years, I've started taking friends with me. Friends who insist there won't be anything they like, who say that they have tried before, that they don't even know where to start. In the end, I find there's always something for them. I hope that with this list, I've helped you find something, as well.

Juliet Kahn is a writer and artist living in Boston. She is a regular contributor to Comics Alliance and Publishers Weekly.

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    Cowboy Bebop is a great one too. Its very popular because how less anime it is.

      Was about to rant, where is Cowboy Bebop! Easily the best gateway anime I can think of.

    Great and easy to follow Anime:

    Full Metal Panic
    Eureka 7
    Love Hina
    full metal alchemist

    and for pure random/funny factor:
    Excel saga
    Sexy commando

      I didn't like Eureka Seven. Full Metal Panic was a great series though, I especially liked the Fumoffu summer season.

    Sorry but this is a horrible list of Anime/manga titles. It is my opinion that the prevalence of these type of animes recently is why the anime industry is failing hard in the Western world when compared to a decade ago.

    There is just too much boring drama's.

      Yes yes yes, all of the yes. This is pretty much why I haven't picked up anything new in the last decade.

      That's precisely why these are good? Not everybody wants to see kids powering up over and over and fighting with magic swords or energy beams or whatever, nor impossibly jingly boobs, shameless fanservice and other stuff that makes the thick of the "popular" (among already enfranchised fans) series.

      You first reel them in with the most relatable, serious stuff, then get them hooked on the fighting kids and jingly boobs :P

        Fundamentally you need to tune your recommendations to the audience. Anime is not a genre but a medium, and while fantasy/SF themes are common they aren't universal - and are not universally liked. (Although I like 'em.)

        SF fan? Evangelion, Martian Successor Nadesico. (*) Cowboy Bebop.
        Fantasy? Magic Knight Rayearth. Twelve Kingdoms. Princess Mononoke. Scrapped Princess.
        Drama/Romance? Rumbling Hearts. Ore Monogatari (My Love Story). Someday's Dreamers. The first part of His & Her Circumstances, before it breaks down.
        Comedy? Nadesico again. Excel Saga (if they like crazy stuff). Possibly the Tenchi OVAs. Comedy is a hard call, because it's so subjective.
        Action? Black Lagoon. Initial D. Madlax. Ninja Scroll.
        Traditional Japanese cultural? Kenshin (particularly the OVAs). Bamboo Blade. Mushishi.

        (*) Nadesico is notoriously targeted at fans but I found it funnier BEFORE I knew the genre.

        These are mostly older titles; I don't trust myself to notice the visual language that anime has evolved.

      I think that's a ridiculous thought.

      You honestly think that with physical media sales and the inclusion of online distribution like Crunchyroll, Funimation and Daisuki that the presence of anime isn't as strong as it was "a decade ago"? Streaming services like Netflix are paying for exclusive rights to air anime and some anime films are even getting limited screenings in cinemas nowadays.

    I love all Junji Ito's stuff...twisted and messed up and awesome!

    What about Evangelion.... ?

    hellsing is good anime for people who don't like anime

    What about classics like Akira, Ghost in the shell or Ninja Scroll? Series like Trigun, Nadesco or Evangelion?

      Agreed...Akira is probably one of the most amazing mangas I have every read!

      I think everyone in the early 90's heard and seen Ninja Scroll. It is what made most Australians aware of anime in the first place. Not to mention those SBS reruns. haha.

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      Trigun, Nadesico and most awesome

        Trigun is a good entry level series too, since it starts slow and easy and the story builds later. It won't work with people who think occasional over-the-top silliness is stupid though.

    I just brought my first manga death note black edition because it looks too dam badass to leave in the shop. Must say the backwards format is proving a challenge

      It gets natural over time. I have to be careful sometimes when reading regular comics.

      The confusing case is with Manhwa (Korean comics) as Korean is read left to right, and so manhwa look like manga but actually read "normally."

      It beats the alternative, which used to be the industry rule, where all manga were "flipped" to read left to right. This may seem easy, but introduces complications from the simple (signs are reversed) to the subtle (suddenly everybody appears to be left-handed.)

      Personally my gateway anime were Evangelion, Project A-Ko, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 and Ghost in the Shell/Akira. I'd add some of the more traditional Ghibli (Kiki, Princess Mononoke) to that list if making recommendations these days, as well as some more modern classics including Cowboy Bebop and Cardcaptor Sakura. And I second others' nomination of Black Lagoon, if they like action stuff, or Rumbling Hearts if they're inclined to drama/romance.

    Where's Dragon Ball/Z? The only thing that I know that's good is Uzumaki.

    Black Lagoon is great.
    if you havnt seen it, go check it out.
    another cool series for humour and action is Trigun.
    and if you want some cool future set, crime fighting with good action and diverse characters - checkout Heat Guy J.

    man, those first three were my childhood, right there! pretty twisted that my mum let me watch them at 10 years old. especially ninja scroll....
    Trigun, one of my all time favourites. gonna have to dig that up and re-watch that soon.

      Hahaha ditto, I first hired Akira from a video shop as a kid and it blew me away.


    Maybe a little old now so... Gundam Seed?

    Nothing for Mecha fans... :(

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    PRison School ? :D

    I wouldn't recommend this list. Some of the titles here are too old. How about:
    Action/Supernatural: Death Parade
    Comedy/Drama/Sports: Cross Game
    Mech/War: Gundam 00
    Comedy: Yakitate Japan
    Want something hardcore: Attack on Titan

      Old is good in this case because the conventions that underlie so much modern anime were not yet established. Not to say your list is bad, just that you need to be careful that you aren't blinded by your own familiarity with the genre. For example, I'd regard almost anything Gundam as having way too much baggage to be an introductory show.

    Honestly I'm not sure this is a great list. I'd slap the follow together, not only as a good intro but a good gauge for what people will like afterwards.

    Cowboy Bebop
    Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories
    Black Lagoon (only one I agree with!)
    Samurai Champloo
    Patlabor 2
    Twelve Kingdoms
    Princess Mononoke

    There's so many BETTER anime to help people understand the genre than the stuff listed. Hell, even recently there's been better stuff to ease you in!

    Really happy to see Michiko & hatchin here. it is criminally underrated, even though it measures up to their more famous removed siblings Cowboy Beebop and Samurai Champloo.

    A much better sports manga than any of the mentioned is Cross Game.

    Also throwing a necessary mention to Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer.

      If you've read Cross Game; try out Adachi's other works. Katsu! and Touch are two of the best but they're all brilliant. Katsu!'s about boxing, if you're over baseball.

    Loved Cowboy Bebop and Love Hina. Showing my age a bit, but the Patlabor movies deserve an honorable mention too.

    I don't know that many on the list. The list seems to be mostly manga titiles.
    As entry anime, i agree with the suggestions of Cowboy beebop; one of my favourites.
    Sword Art online would also rate highly as entry as well. The first half of the original series is particularly good IMO

    How about something a bit more interesting? Like Baccano?

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