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HOW TO GET SOMEONE INTO WATCHING ANIME


Hey Gym N Japan Fam and WELCOME to part two of the ‘how to’ series. This week we are going to discuss a very important part of our lives… ANIME and how to get someone else into it and become an important part of their lives. We both started thinking that anime was for children and we are more mature than anime… and guess what, we cracked and started watching it with the ‘one episode wont hurt’ and then got hooked. I (Haydon probably struggled the most with getting into anime because I never really watched it when I was a kid so had no exposure to good classics of the early 2000’s. Jake grew up watching Dragon Ball which planted the seed nice and early then found a way back into his life - which he even has multiple anime themed tattoos that he isn't afraid to show to all.


Starting a new life into the world of anime was no easy feat for me either. My cousin told me to actually start watching Naruto with him one day and I was like sure why not. Unknowingly to me it was a 700+ episode endeavour that I was soon hooked into watching, didn’t skip any filler and loved every minute of it. It was from here that I became completely obsessed, completing multiple 24 episode anime seasons in single days. Those were the days. I even used to go to uni to get better internet access than at home to watch anime in 1080p…It was an addiction to say the least.




To make it simple for all those, we are going to follow the same principles as the gym post from last week - remembering that consistency is the key with everything (like we are with the blog every week!).


Pick an interesting anime


Nothing worse than showing someone something that they may not be interested in… Jake and I both got hooked on action and superpowers but may not be the case for others. Some might be interested in vampires, drama, psychological, romance etc etc. So when considering the first anime to watch; think about what you would like. If they like highschool drama/ romance then pick rascal does not dream of bunny girl senpai, if they like superheroes pick my hero academia (you get the drift).


If you need recommendation here are a few blog posts from earlier that may assist:


And avoid:


And if these aren't enough - go to https://myanimelist.net/ and do a search for the top anime and you can't go wrong.


Honestly, there are some times where me and Haydon just get on Discord once every 3 months to go on MyAnimeList to scroll through the top anime and seasonal anime, discuss them, add them to the list and never watch half of them. But it’s bloody good fun.




Watch a good anime in front of them


One of the most underrated tactics is the one where you will intentionally watch a sick anime in front of your intended target and taking into account tip number 1. I (Haydon) remember I once watched One Punch Man in front of my brother and then we spent the rest of the afternoon binging the whole first season together. You might even want to pick select episodes to watch in front of them (they don't know any better) so pick a sick ep with a good fight scene for someone who likes action.


Another little tip is to send them youtube videos of sick flights from anime you've watched and start tagging them in all the clips you see on facebook. Works like a treat.




Follow up


Similar to the follow up point of part one - For those that keep saying ‘next week’ or ‘next time’ you need to follow them up with the question of “I am starting a new anime now, would you like to watch it with me?” then use point 4. Obviously this might not work on the first time that you try it but persistence will pay off because they will realise how many times they have denied you. The key to this strategy is to follow up consistently and stay consistent with it and brag about how great anime is.


Honestly, just organise a good old sleep over, and then chuck on a quality anime:

  • Jujutsu Kaisen

  • God of Highschool

  • Demon Slayer

And just smash out as many episodes as possible while talking shit, playing Pokemon on your DS or Switch and eating AB’s/HSP’s or pizza.



Make it the show you watch together


Something that some don't think about is watching something that you both haven't watched then watch it together so it is an experience for both of you. Be sure to pick something you know that’s good. Currently I (Haydon) decided that it would be cool to watch Chainsaw Man weekly as a couple with Kylie. I think watching it weekly has worked well because there’s not much more commitment than 20 mins per week. It has sparked further interest in shows like Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen. A long show like Naruto, bleach, one piece etc are not great starter animes because they are just so long and daunting for those new starters.. These shows can also be a little slow at times so you need shows that stimulate more (especially if they haven't watched an anime before). A weekly show that just started airing is a good way to begin with even less commitment than a full season because you watch weekly. It is the same with those live action shows that are an hour long and 20 episode season - like that's almost a whole day BUT if you were to watch weekly as they come out it isn't too bad. I think if you also start watching something it is better to not rush it and just watch when they feel like it.


Here's what not to do:

  • Start on an anime that has 100’s of episodes

  • Force them into an anime genre that they wouldn't normally be into



 

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