The Perfect Anime Recommendations For Every Type Of Friend You Have

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If your group of friends is like most, its members have a wide variety of interests and priorities. That's why anime recommendations for friends aren't a one-size-fits-all type of deal. Sure, you can recommend your personal favorites regardless of your friend's preferences, but you should also keep what they like in mind when giving anime advice. You don't want to recommend Naruto or Dragon Ball Z to a seasoned anime fan unless you know for a fact that they haven't seen it. Likewise, you don't want to suggest Monster Musume to someone who recoils at fan service, or Black Lagoon to someone who hates brutal scenes.

This guide will give you tips to help you tailor your anime suggestions toward your friends' interests. The more spot-on the choice, the more likely it is you'll convert a reluctant viewer into a lifelong anime fan. 


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    For The Friend Really Into Superhero Movies

    If you have a friend who catches every Marvel movie that comes out, and you want to introduce them to the world of anime, you should start with something in the superhero genre.

    If they like a straightforward homage to the genre with an anime twist, My Hero Academia might be their new favorite show. If they like things a little grittier, try Tiger and Bunny. If parody is more their speed, show them One-Punch Man, and the next time you see them, they'll be wearing an "oppai" sweatshirt. 

    Recommendations: My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tiger and Bunny

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    For The Friend Who Thinks Anime Is For Kids

    Anime fans know the medium has something for every age group, but there are still a lot of people who think that anime is for kids. Not only are many of the stories and characters complex with complicated problems, some contain graphic content and brutality you'd never want you kids to see.

    If your attempts to get your friend into anime are met with scoffing about how childish it is, show them an anime you shouldn't show children unless you want CPS kicking down your door. Tokyo Ghoul, for example, is about man-eating monsters engaged in political warfare; Black Lagoon follows a group of violent criminals; and Monster psychoanalyzes a serial killer. All are incredible shows, but totally not for children.

    Recommendations: Tokyo Ghoul, Monster, Black Lagoon

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    For The Friend Who's A Major Sports Fan

    Loving sports and loving anime aren't mutually exclusive activities - in fact, there's a whole genre of anime dedicated to sports! If your friend loves watching basketball, see how they feel about Kuroko no Basket. If they love hitting the road on their bicycle, try Yowamushi Pedal. If they wax nostalgic about their own high school volleyball team, let them compare their own experiences to those in Haikyuu!!, a silly yet compelling anime.

    Recommendations: Haikyuu!!, Yowamushi Pedal, Kuroko no Basket

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    For The Friend Who Only Likes Action Movies

    If your friend is an action junkie who somehow missed out on the plethora of great action shows anime has to offer, you should get them up to speed. While there are some cool contemporary options, it's sometimes best to start with the basics. Shows like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z are required viewing for any would-be action anime fan, and Yu Yu Hakusho is perhaps less mainstream, but no less exciting, as it combines underworld detective work with lots of martial arts.

    With riveting battles, outlandish superpowers, and surprisingly deep character developments, only the most anime-adverse action fan won't be moved by these shows.

    Recommendations: Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho

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    For The Friend Who Is Obsessed With Dystopian Novels

    Is your friend too busy re-reading The Hunger Games to give anime a fair shot? If they're devoted to the popular dystopian future genre, they might enjoy anime that focus on similar themes. Psycho-Pass focuses on a world where people are assessed as potential criminals before they've done anything, then killed or arrested preemptively. In No. 6, society is heavily stratified by class. In Girls' Last Tour, the apocalypse has come and gone, and the two survivors are making their way through the vacant world.

    Whether your friend prefers something thrilling or atmospheric, there's a dystopian anime calling their name.  

    Recommendations: Psycho-Pass, No.6, Girls' Last Tour

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    For The Friend With A Short Attention Span

    Whether it's because they're a restless person with a short attention span or just constantly busy, some people aren't going to sit down for a lengthy anime. In these cases, you should try recommending a show that's only a few minutes long. I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying will give your non-anime-fan friends an opportunity for a few lighthearted jabs at your expense, Aggressive Retsuko will prove relatable to anyone in the workforce, and The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. will show them just how hilarious anime can be. 

    There are plenty of excellent short anime out there, but these three will grab most people's attention right away. 

    Recommendations: I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K., Aggressive Retsuko