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How To Get Your Family Into Watching Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu


With The Boy and the Beast out now (get your copy here!), one thing that we’ve heard a lot from fellow anime fans is how they’ve used director Mamoru Hosoda’s movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children to introduce their parents or family to anime. While some anime fans were introduced to anime at an early age from their parents, many of us know all too well that getting our folks to try, let alone appreciate, Japanese animation seems an impossible task.


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Here are some strategies that we at Funimation have employed to introduce our parents or families to anime—and shockingly, some of these actually have worked out!


Start small, with low commitment

Some anime fans get into the medium through marathoning 500-episode shounen epics as their first exposure, but you can’t count on it. One of the first excuses we hear from parents who dismiss trying anime is that they don’t have time, but it’s harder to say no to a 90-minute movie as family bonding time. If you’re introducing your family member to anime, make sure they know you’re not asking them to make a huge commitment—ease them in with a movie or short series first, and they’ll be more likely to give it a try.


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Recommendations: Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Time of Eve, Eden of the East


Challenge their preconceived notions about anime

Unfortunately, many people who aren’t familiar with anime assume that it’s all kiddie cartoons or hardcore hentai, but we know that there’s so much in between. Make sure that your family member’s first exposure to anime is something far removed from bad stereotypes. A good bet is to avoid violence or sexuality on the first go—yes, that means cutting out tons of awesome shows, but there’s still plenty of quality family-friendly stuff, and we don’t necessarily mean kids’ shows. (Of course, if your parent was the type that took you to R-rated movies before any of the other kids were allowed to, this doesn’t necessarily apply.)


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On the other hand, this isn’t even necessarily limited to adult content. If you get the feeling your family member might think anime is all bubbly pink-haired space catgirls, try introducing them to something more realistic or serious. Anime is a hugely diverse medium after all—yes, it has its tropes, but it’s full of high quality art just like film, music, theater etc. By showing a title that challenges them, you can convince your family member that anime is a respectable art form.


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All Ages Recommendations: Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro or The Cat Returns, The Boy and the Beast, Barakamon, Patema Inverted

Serious Stuff Recommendations: Space Brothers, Death Parade, Planetes, Monster


And tied in to that…


Make them cry

This may feel too easy, but one of the best types of shows or films that can make someone take anime “seriously” is the tearjerker. For better or worse, we often assume that dramas and tragedies are higher “art” than comedies, which means that these titles may be more likely to make an impression on your parents.



Recommendations: Wolf Children, Your Lie in April, Anohana, 5 Centimeters Per Second


Find something in their interests

I may or may not have gotten my mom to watch all of Emma: A Victorian Romance while she was waiting for new episodes of Downton Abbey—it really scratched her English-aristocratic-period-romance itch. This opened her up to trying more period romance anime that wasn’t too far off, like The Story of Saiunkoku.


Once you get your family member comfortable with anime, there’s plenty of time to get them into That One Show that you love the most, but first, find them something with the best chance they’ll like it. Anime is so diverse, there’s bound to be something in their niche, especially if you’re looking for anime about very specific hobbies. If your mom or dad can’t get enough of cooking shows on the Food Network, Food Wars! is a no-brainer. Your sports-loving sibling has a higher chance of latching onto Kuroko’s Basketball (or Haikyu! if she wants something more realistic). And often, your family member’s favorite popular television or film franchises can be compared to anime as well. With all the superhero movies coming out, getting a relative hooked on My Hero Academia, Tiger and Bunny, or Concrete Revolutio isn’t that much of a stretch, but even popular shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones can be compared to time travel, zombie, or fantasy anime as well.


Concrete Revolutio Robot Fight


Recommendations: Depends on your parent


And most importantly:


Make it easy!

This is one of the most overlooked tactics. Remember the last time you tried to get your friend to watch Your Favorite Anime and he seemed really interested, but only finally got to it a year later (if that)? It’s even harder with someone who’s fairly indifferent to anime.


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In the best-case scenario, try to actually watch the anime with your family. Set up a time and place ahead of time, or suggest it as an impulse move—but be prepared with a copy of it immediately accessible. If you can’t actually watch it with them, try to make sure you can physically set up the viewing for them, especially if they aren’t too tech-savvy. It may not seem like much, but the friction in the process of having to find a copy of the series itself, or having to pop in a Blu-ray or turn on a streaming service, can be surprisingly high. Take this out of the system if you can and get the showing completely ready, so that all your parent has to do is hit Play.


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What tactics have you tried to get your parents to watch anime? Will you try any of these? Let us know!


A Wastelander’s Guide To Surviving Fallout 4 Day

It is the end of the world as we know it: Fallout 4 has finally arrived. Sick days are used up en masse, work productivity crawls to screeching halts, and loved ones are ignored to insulting levels. But for those that are still alive, we have a guide that contains some anime with post-apocalyptic themes that will get you through the next few months while you hunker down in your fallout shelter. They will give you hope that there is life after the end of the world.





What To Do When The End of the World Is Upon You 


When society is about to collapse, you will need this movie for many reasons. 1) It is a classic that helped bring anime to popularity in the West, so you’ll need to have that knowledge before all media is gone (or filled to the brim with Fallout spoilers). 2) It will show you how to navigate the craziness that the apocalypse brings so you can survive to live in a vault too! 3) It specifies the need for a sweet ride to literally navigate the craziness of the apocalypse





Evangelion 1.11/2.22

What To Do When The End of the World Is Upon You (Part 2 and 3)


In continuing the list of crucial anime that you will need to have in mind once all media is gone and/or flooded with spoilers, you will need to have the Evangelion fresh in mind. The Rebuild movies condenses the series and fills it well with drama, action, and updated graphics. And in the case you have to pilot a mech suit of any sorts (*cough Power Armor) these movies will show you how it’s done.

By the way, we are determined to put out Evangelion 3.33 out on February 2, 2016 come hell or high water so stay tuned for that!




Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

What To Do When The End of the World Is Here


One of our most popular shows from the Spring Simulcast Season and of this Fall Season has the keys to what to do when the End of the World comes: get good at a skill (in this case melee weapons), get good apparel (you’re gonna need high damage resistance that allows agility), and get into a strong community (but beware as every group has dark secrets). With these keys, nothing can stop you whether they be Super Mutants, Vampires, or other humans! Deathclaws are another thing though…

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Ergo Proxy

What To Do When You’re Alone When The End of the World Is Here


Ok, say you don’t have the luxury of having many other humans being alive when the End of the World has come. Fear not as there is still hope! If Ergo Proxy has taught us anything, there are certain things you must develop in order to survive against the creepy crawlies and the derelict robots. 1) Develop your intelligence and perception as there aren’t too many other people that will have your back and you’ll need to survive on your wits. 2) Get a trusty weapon that you can mod to fight with (e.g. a sweet shotgun). 3) Get some good tunes (e.g. the ending song of this show is done by Radiohead!)






How To Act When The End of the World Is Here (Good Morality)


This classic anime could be the most grim thing ever: a small group of humans are stranded on a dry and resource-lacking planet with no way to get off immediately, many other humans are criminals that extort and kill more peaceful people, and there is a group of nihilistic superhumans that aim to plunge the world into darkness. But the main protagonist, Vash the Stampede, doesn’t fall into sadness or despair! This goofy super shot paragon fights back even after many a crisis befalls him, he always looks to the good in people, and he always has a smile on his face. In fact many of his victories come without even killing his opponent! It’s like he has VATS… Watch this series and catch his infectious attitude.




Black Lagoon

How To Act When The End of the World Is Here (Neutral or Bad Morality)


Ok maybe you don’t want to be a goody-two-shoes like Vash who refuses to kill people. Fine, we can’t make everyone be good of course, but to be a thorough guide we’ve included a good look at how to be neutral or bad. In Black Lagoon, the world hasn’t ended, but it is filled with trouble and only the strong survive. You will be able to get what you want and people can’t mess with you, but you will make many enemies and you’ll have to be strong!

One way to do this is to be a top-notch gunslinger like our protagonist, Revy. She takes no mess from anyone and she’s willing to rob everyone, kill whoever, and smuggle anything for cold-hard cash. Of course she’s maxed out in Guns stats (hence why she’s called Two Hands). Her Agility and Perception stats are also maxed out, but her Intelligence is impacted which does bring her into berserker states which brings her to kill everyone nearby.





Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie

What To Do (Today) When The World Has Not Ended


Wait! The End of the World isn’t here yet? Well it’s time to celebrate by watching a brand new movie – one that looks to the future and the amazing possibilities that lie before us! Great thing that Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie is here! But it’s only out for three days so you need to get your tickets ASAP before it leaves theaters! You can find tickets and theater locations here on



You can watch all of these shows on with a streaming account so join today!



New Release Tuesday – It’s Gonna EXPLODE

This New Release Tuesday is gonna E.X.P.L.O.D.E. The Akira 25th Anniversary Edition is now available. Here’s your chance to own this classic film on Blu-ray and DVD. Our 25th Anniversary Edition contains both the 1988 and 2001 English dub tracks as well as the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles. Everybody wins!


Whether you love it or hate it, or maybe just plain don’t understand what the heck is going on in it, there’s no denying the impact that this film has had on the world. Pick it up now in our FUNimation Shop!


Check out the trailer!