To be honest, I haven't always been the best at choosing new anime series to watch. As a matter of fact, a lot of my early experiences with anime was based on random recommendations from friends and roommates, whether it was series that aired on television like “Bleach” or huge social media successes like “Amagi Brilliant Park”. While I didn't dislike any of these experiences, I was strongly considering exposing myself to more challenging and obscure options. So for this reason, I decided to use my own methods when selecting a new anime piece that not only looked inspiring but also entertaining. These are a few ways anybody can use to discover some amazing anime titles!
Browsing the anime section on Netflix or Crunchyroll and picking something that looks interesting.
Browsing Netflix or Crunchyroll and picking the first thing that jumps out at you: This method is good if you’re looking to try a bunch of different things, especially if you don’t know much about anime yet. You might stumble across something that becomes your new favorite show, or discover a genre you didn’t know existed before. It can also be fun to share these discoveries with friends and compare notes on what works for each of you. Who knows? Maybe someone will find a show they like that inspires them to write about it.
Asking your friends what they liked in the past even if they don't watch anime.
Talk to friends who have similar tastes in shows of other genres. You may not realize it, but you can learn a lot from the experience of your friends. For example, did you know that there’s an anime about a young boy who wakes up with no memory and has to save the world? Neither did I until I asked my friend Sam, who watches a lot of sci-fi movies but not anime.
It turns out that it’s called Code Geass and it’s really good! If you have a friend like Sam who likes things you do but doesn’t watch anime, ask them if they’ve ever seen any anime before. Even if they haven’t, they might mention something that sounds interesting to you just based on their other tastes.
Letting your friends know what kind of show you want to watch next can also open up new possibilities for finding animes you’ll love. For example, when I told my friend Wayne that I was looking for an action-comedy about ninjas next (such as Naruto or Inuyasha), he mentioned how his favorite show was Samurai Champloo because it had all those elements plus hip hop music! Asking him more questions led me to discover Cowboy Bebop and One Punch Man – both of which turned out to be some of my favorite shows!
Scrolling though Twitter until you find an anime meme you want to decipher.
Start scrolling through Twitter and you'll eventually come across an anime meme. These are all over the place, and even if you don't watch anime, chances are that as a reading person on the internet, you'll find yourself on a Twitter thread about it at some point.
You might be wondering how these memes came to be so prominent, even among those who aren't familiar with the source material. Here's a quick breakdown:
Anime is huge in Japan and has been for years. While it's become more mainstream in the United States recently, Japanese culture can seem exotic to most Americans—even if that exoticism comes down to something as simple as letters of a different alphabet or one-of-a-kind cartoon characters. The popularity of anime makes its memes surprisingly accessible because they're based around aesthetics instead of having insider knowledge about a reference; they generally appeal to anyone who likes things that visually pop off their screen in new or unexpected ways (even if they have no idea what's going on). So why do you need those?
You need them because there's always room for more anime memes! Just like when someone posts a tweet about their cat or dog doing something cute—but in this case it's an anime character instead (or maybe sometimes both). If nothing else though, these images might make your day better by providing some laughs along with whatever else happens during this busy time period between work/school/life activities etc.
Asking an anime fan streamer on Twitch for suggestions based on your likes and interests.
"Thanks for the recommendations, @the_waifu_comet. I'll give every one a try."
"I also like VN and J-horror. If you're not into those things, I'm sorry."
Going to a convention and asking people at the merch booth for their opinions.
You can always find a good anime recommendation at a convention! The anime community is very tight-knit and friendly, whether you're talking to someone in your favorite cosplay or the merchant selling their wares. Most people know plenty about their favorite shows, so it's generally easier to get an accurate recommendation by asking someone who knows what they're talking about than by searching for reviews online. There are a lot of conventions out there, but bigger ones tend to be more fun in my opinion. You get better cosplays, more options for merchandise and food, and have a greater chance of running into other fans of your favorite show or genre. If you're not sure where to go, I personally recommend Anime Expo (Los Angeles), Anime Boston (Boston), Katsucon (Washington D.C.), and Otakon (Baltimore).
Whether you go to your local convention or one across the country, getting recommendations from fellow fans is always worth it!
Searching for a voice actor you like, finding out what other shows they've done and picking from those.
Let's say you really like the voice actor who plays the lead character in your favorite anime. You could search for other titles in which they appear, and there is a good chance that you would like them if you've already enjoyed this voice actor's work. It's a fun way to get recommendations for new anime, and can also be a more reliable way of choosing what to watch than simply going off of word-of-mouth or reading random reviews online.
It goes without saying that most voice actors are skilled at what they do, but there are some who stand out from the crowd. The very nature of their jobs means that much of their work goes relatively unnoticed: if someone isn't familiar with an actor's voice, then it’s unlikely that she would know when he was providing the voice of her favorite character.
However, once you do discover an amazing voice actor, it can be thrilling to go back through his past works and have newfound appreciation for every time he lent his talents to something great—or even just something entertaining! For example, while everyone knows him as Spider-Man now thanks to Marvel movies, Tom Holland has been acting since he was 12 years old. You may not have known this unless you searched his name and checked out his IMDb page; although many people love him as Peter Parker now, they may not even realize that they've watched him in everything from Billy Elliot on Broadway at age 14 to The Impossible at age 17 (in which he won a Best Young Actor award at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards). If one were searching for other shows Tom Holland had been in before playing Spider-Man (because one loved Tom Holland), then maybe she would discover a whole world of movies she might never have found otherwise! Of course, if people didn't search for Tom Holland's name after becoming aware of him as Spider-Man first—well...then we would probably never hear about all those other wonderful things he did before getting into
Listening to friends argue about which anime series is best and wanting to become part of that debate yourself.
Let's suppose that you're friends with a group of people who very much enjoy anime. In this group, there are many heated debates about which series is best, but no consensus can be reached. You want to join in on these conversations and argue your point, but your knowledge of the medium's vast catalogue of shows is limited. This makes it a little bit difficult to argue convincingly for or against any particular show—but don't worry, because there are plenty of ways for you to choose your next anime TV series!
One way to go about this is to pick an anime based on the story it tells. The television show might be set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone has psychic powers caused by radiation from a fallen meteorite, or it might take place in feudal Japan with a samurai who wanders through warring states looking for his kidnapped daughter. Your reason for watching can be as simple as wanting to know what happens after the meteorite falls! Or maybe you want to see if the samurai ever finds his daughter? Or maybe (spoiler alert!) he doesn't find her and instead dies alone after being betrayed by all of his friends?
Another way of choosing an anime is by picking one that features characters that you like. If you think the main character sounds cool and love their design, then those puppies on their shirt may have some true meaning behind them: perhaps they represent the main character's deceased family dog which they loved more than life itself until its untimely death at age 14? This can make for compelling viewing material! A third option could involve choosing based on recommendations from others who have watched something similar in tone or genre. After all, even though our knowledge base isn't infinite (how could it be?) we do have access to people whose insights we trust. If someone whom you generally agree with says that one show is truly great while another is garbage and recommends watching one but not the other, then following their advice could work out well
Reading manga adaptations of books, movies or comics you like and watching the anime version of them.
You can try reading manga and watching the anime version of the manga.
But how do you choose which anime to watch? There is so much to choose from, with hundreds of new shows coming out every year. It's easy to go into overload on all the different genres or art styles and just not be able to make a decision. Here are some tips for making that decision easier:
Reading manga adaptations of books, movies or comics you like and watching the anime version of them is a great way to ease yourself into the world of anime. You might not even realize that an anime adaptation exists, but sometimes what seems like a really weird television show is actually based off something more familiar. For example, there’s a popular book series called The Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown and it was adapted into an anime called Death Note in 2006! That’s right—the story about Light Yagami killing criminals by writing their names down has its origins as part of a larger plot line involving Leonardo da Vinci being part of some secret society or something… I haven’t read that book so don't ask me any questions about it...
Liking a video game so much that you decide to watch the anime based on it.
The same rules apply to the anime version, but in reverse: maybe you've played a video game for so long that you decide to check out the anime series it's based on. It might be that you really like the character designs of your favorite video game and want to see them come to life on screen. You could even find that your love for the video game is so great that you decide to watch an anime series based on another video game based on the first one, which was based on an entirely different video game.
Maybe now you're thinking about watching both versions (video games and anime) at once. Maybe not. But if this sounds appealing and not at all like a nightmare, then there's only one thing left to consider: which order do you watch them in?
Watching blockbuster movie releases in theaters, realizing they're based on anime, going home and watching all the prequels.
So you just watched the latest blockbuster anime movie release and now you're curious about the prequels. What can you do?
Go to MyAnimeList and search for the title of the movie.
Click on "source" to see if it's a manga, light novel, or game or if it's another original work altogether.
If there is a series based on that source material, click on it and see how many episodes there are—are they short enough for you to watch in one go?
If it's an original work, check out other films by the same studio that created this one.
There are lots of ways to choose new anime series to watch!
In the end, there is no right or wrong way to choose your next series. But hopefully, some of the ideas we presented here will help you make those tough decisions a little bit easier. Which of these do you use when you're looking for new anime? And what are some other ways that you search for new anime? Let us know in the comments!