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So I haven't really watched anime except for Pokemon when I was a kid, but I'm thinking about getting into One Punch Man. Will I like it?

Pardon me if I don't know what I'm talking about, but I've never really been into anime, or the culture surrounding it. Personally I'm not into those cutesy anime stories, and I'd rather watch an american cartoon or some form of live-action show. Still, I've heard good things about One Punch Man, and it seems interesting. From those who've seen it, would you recommend it, and what other shows would you put it in the same categories with?

15 comments

  1. Sloth Link
    Anime has such a huge range of genres. One Punch man is kind of great in the sense that it defies a lot of tropes inherent in the anime (specifically shonen) genre. You can watch it and likely...

    Anime has such a huge range of genres. One Punch man is kind of great in the sense that it defies a lot of tropes inherent in the anime (specifically shonen) genre. You can watch it and likely enjoy it, but you might not fully appreciate it if you're unfamiliar with that genre.

    I would also recommend Attack on Titan like Grendel, Death Note (for psychological thriller), and My Hero Academia is quite accessible and fun (superhero action).

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    Warkweh Link
    I'll second what Sloth said. One Punch Man is a good show, but a lot of it parodies other tropes of the genre, so it might not be the best place to start. I would suggest Fullmetal Alchemist as a...

    I'll second what Sloth said. One Punch Man is a good show, but a lot of it parodies other tropes of the genre, so it might not be the best place to start. I would suggest Fullmetal Alchemist as a good starting anime to watch. It's a classic for a reason.

    You also may find this flowchart handy.

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      Tau_Zero Link Parent
      I would suggest Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood instead, as the flowchart does, having watched both that and the original. The first went ahead of the manga and ended up as the weaker series....

      I would suggest Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood instead, as the flowchart does, having watched both that and the original. The first went ahead of the manga and ended up as the weaker series. Brotherhood covered the first within 6 or so episodes and then followed the manga for a very solid series.

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      1. Jidairo Link Parent
        I partially agree with this suggestion. Though I can't pull it off my head, what I've heard and support is watching FMA up until the point it diverged from the manga. While FMA:B doesn't require...

        I partially agree with this suggestion. Though I can't pull it off my head, what I've heard and support is watching FMA up until the point it diverged from the manga. While FMA:B doesn't require watching its previous incarnation, it does quickly gloss over those parts. Having watched Brotherhood second, simply by nature of exposure, I would say it eases over some of the introductions and points that could seem a bit rushed to someone not familiar to the backstory going on.

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    2. Qis Link Parent
      That chart is fantastic~!!~

      That chart is fantastic~!!~

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  3. Grendel Link
    It kind of depends on what genre your wanting. Anime is just as diverse as TV in general. One Punch Man is a comedy. I like it, but the jokes definitely reflect Japanese culture and humor, so I...

    It kind of depends on what genre your wanting. Anime is just as diverse as TV in general. One Punch Man is a comedy. I like it, but the jokes definitely reflect Japanese culture and humor, so I wouldn't go into it with the same expectations as you would have for an American comedy. If you would like an exciting action series Atack on Titan is pretty good.

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  4. Ellimist Link
    As a relative newbie to the anime medium myself, I'd recommend Sword Art Online. The flowchart linked above has SAO as a "dumb, popular" show. And that's mostly accurate. It doesn't require a...

    As a relative newbie to the anime medium myself, I'd recommend Sword Art Online. The flowchart linked above has SAO as a "dumb, popular" show. And that's mostly accurate. It doesn't require a whole lotta brain cells to follow. There's a very vocal group who absolutely despise it and will take any opportunity to shit on the show. But it is one of the most popular anime out there. The art and animation are usually top notch. It can be a little too self serving at times. The shows main character is a Gary Stu in every sense of the word. But there's a certain charm about it. I don't know. Maybe I'm the weird one but I just really enjoy the show. I still need to get caught up on it's spin off and theres a third season on the way, based on it's Alicization arc, considered by many fans to be the series best and one that rectifies a lot of the complaints of the first two seasons.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Death Note, Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, FATE/ZERO Unlimited Bladeworks are all fine choices though. At least of what I've watched myself.

    I'd also throw a vote out for RWBY. It's not an anime. It's an American made show, but it's clearly influenced by anime and I find it to be quite enjoyable.

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  5. Sun Link
    One Punch Man is hilarious. I think its one of the only anime I've seen in a long time that both anime fans and non-fans can really enjoy. Its fast paced, the fight scenes are brilliant, and the...

    One Punch Man is hilarious. I think its one of the only anime I've seen in a long time that both anime fans and non-fans can really enjoy. Its fast paced, the fight scenes are brilliant, and the concept is super fun. I definitely recommend it.

    But, its also very different from most other anime you'll see in my opinion. If you want an "intro to anime" I believe that most people start with some main stream shonen anime like My Hero Academia, Naruto, etc. or one of the big classics like Death Note. Probably not One Piece cause you'll never finish it at this point.

    If you want something else with great fight scenes, Hajime no Ippo is a show that I really enjoyed more recently. My Hero Academia also has some of the coolest fights I've seen in a long time.

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  6. Kill_Me_Now_World Link
    I would highly recommend Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo. I've tried getting into anime as well and these 3 are the only ones I could get into/enjoy.

    I would highly recommend Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo. I've tried getting into anime as well and these 3 are the only ones I could get into/enjoy.

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  7. eve (edited ) Link
    If you're just trying to get started, I think maybe trying out some of the anime that were really popular in the US (like the ones Adult Swim aired). There's a mix of oldish newish stuff that...

    If you're just trying to get started, I think maybe trying out some of the anime that were really popular in the US (like the ones Adult Swim aired). There's a mix of oldish newish stuff that might catch your eye. Like Sloth said, My Hero Academia could be a good starting point, as it's relatively Western-like in regards to subject matter. Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are hard hitting classics I would recommend to anyone. The story telling, voice actors, and animation style are all really, really good! Ghost in the Shell is another good starter one.

    Another way to start to get into it is to look at anime-ish shows (shows that are Western but look anime/draw from it). Namely Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Boondocks fall into those categories. They really do pull a lot of stylistic choices and character reactions from anime even if they're "technically" Western shows.

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  8. Akir Link
    Given that you like American cartoons, you might want to look into anime comedies. One Punch Man fits Into that genre, but it has a lot of references you likely won't get, and it relies strongly...

    Given that you like American cartoons, you might want to look into anime comedies. One Punch Man fits Into that genre, but it has a lot of references you likely won't get, and it relies strongly on them after about the first third of the series.

    Japan has its own kind of humor so you may not like their comedy very much. I would recommend Space Dandy instead. It has a more Western style of humor. Alternatively, try Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. There are tons of Japanese cultural references but it is so slapstick that it doesn't matter. It also has an English dub that does a good job of making the jokes understandable to westerners.

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  9. Yudhayvavhay Link
    I haven't watched anime in quite some time but if you hate 'weeb-y' animes, like I do, my recommendations would be Death Note, Code Geass. If you find you like this style of anime, Kuroshitsuji is...

    I haven't watched anime in quite some time but if you hate 'weeb-y' animes, like I do, my recommendations would be Death Note, Code Geass.

    If you find you like this style of anime, Kuroshitsuji is pretty good too. I recommend checking out both the dubbed and subtitle versions and choose whichever you like, don't go watching only dubbed/original without looking at them.

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  10. FlamboyantGiColor Link
    I don't watch a shit-ton of anime. I watched Ranma 1/2 when I was a kid. I still think it holds up and is a pretty fun show. If you are at all into action I highly recommend Initial D (free on...

    I don't watch a shit-ton of anime. I watched Ranma 1/2 when I was a kid. I still think it holds up and is a pretty fun show.

    If you are at all into action I highly recommend Initial D (free on youtube at this point). It's just such.a.good.show.

    If you understand the basic tropes of anime I think you will catch a lot of jokes in One Punch Man. It's a very funny show even if you are blind to the references. Just watch it.

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    vakieh Link
    I don't understand these sort of questions... why not just, I don't know, go and watch it? That way you will have your answer direct from the source.

    Will I like it?

    I don't understand these sort of questions... why not just, I don't know, go and watch it?

    That way you will have your answer direct from the source.

    1. cfabbro Link Parent
      Not everyone has the free time to waste watching a few episodes of every single show they think they might be interested in, so asking for and reading other peoples' opinions before diving in is a...

      Not everyone has the free time to waste watching a few episodes of every single show they think they might be interested in, so asking for and reading other peoples' opinions before diving in is a good way to avoid wasting what little free time people do have ... and this is a group for discussing anime, so who better to ask?

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