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How To Convince Someone To Watch Anime (Especially Friends)

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Anime isn’t the easiest thing to convince someone to watch.

As surprising as it is in 2020 with anime’s popularity, some people don’t understand what anime is. Or how it’s nothing like the stereotypes and accusations people make of it.

You can see this with:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Partners

And anyone else you’re especially close to and trust.


So how do you convince someone to watch anime?

That’s a couple of logical ways to make it happen.

Let’s talk about it.


Convincing Friends To Watch Anime:


1. What genres of films are they into?

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If someone doesn’t watch anime, they’re bound to watch films. In fact – some anime fans watched films before they got into anime.

One popular genre in all forms of media is action.

If they love action films, there are anime like:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Akame Ga Kill.
  • Psycho Pass.
  • Dragon Ball Z.
  • Full Metal Panic.

Action is a straightforward genre, meaning you know what you’re gonna get. And if someone likes action films, it’ll be easier convincing them to watch an action anime to start out.


Same is true for other genres

  • If they like romance films, recommend romance anime.
  • If they’re into sci-fi, recommend Psycho Pass or Eureka Seven.
  • If it’s supernatural,go with DBZ or Inuyasha.
  • If it’s horror, go with God Eater, Higurashi, etc.

And whatever the equivalent is of the film genre they love the most.

It’s the easiest way to get someone who’s apprehensive towards anime into the industry.

After all – an identical genre will feel familiar and that will be more persuasive.


2. Make it as easy as possible for them

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The best way to persuade someone is to make the offer as easy as possible. If you make it difficult, they’ll do a runner.

Humans are lazy when the task is inconvenient to them and there’s too much work involved.

So how can you make it easy?

  • Don’t be too pushy.
  • Don’t force your ideals on them.
  • Don’t criticize them if they’re in two minds about it.
  • Don’t try pressuring them into liking anime.

I say all these things for a GOOD reason. I see a lot of anime fans doing this sh*t.

Some anime fans do this offline. They’ll explain their love for anime and get passionate about it. Which there’s nothing wrong with.

But if they’re told “no” the first time they’ll attack the other person, throw a strop, criticize and make a scene.

That’s NOT how you get what you want out of life, never mind a person who’s new to something.

That leads to my next point.


3. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes

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The thing with a lot of people (or anime fans) is they can be selfish without meaning to be.

The reason why it’s easy to be selfish is because:

  • You want something so bad…
  • You want something to happen the way you want it…

And you’re so desperate to make that thing happen, you forget about how the other person feels about it.

You forget about them, their feelings, and you ignore it in favor of your own pride, ego and what matters to you.

This is dumb, stupid and even arrogant. It’s the worst way to convince anybody of anything you want.


Look at things from your friends/family’s perspective

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From their point of view:

  • Watching and getting into anime
  • Getting into something new
  • Doing something unfamiliar
  • Trying something their unsure about

All of these things to a non anime fan are a pain in the backside.

It takes a lot of effort to adopt a new habit, try something new, get out of your comfort zone and do things you’re unsure of.

This is especially true if you didn’t grow up on the thing someone is trying to get you into later in life.

Some people don’t have the luxury of growing up watching or knowing about anime, so you need to consider that.

Do this and you’ll have an easier time approaching and convincing people to watch anime.

Read: 7 Unspoken Rules To Follow When Watching Anime


4. You can’t treat all non anime fans the same way

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The non anime fans you’re trying to convince are nowhere near the same.

Might sound obvious but it isn’t when you put it into practice and try getting your friends into anime.

There’s a good reason why this is the case…


Non anime fans are at different stages

  • Some non anime fans know about anime.
  • Some don’t know about it at all.
  • Some have stereotypes about anime.
  • Others have biases and criticisms (even if they haven’t watched it).

It’s those things you need to think about or at least consider when trying to get friends or people into anime.

Or into a type of anime you’d like them to try out.

If they’re aware of anime and don’t have any negative feelings about what it is, your approach is simper and easier.

This type of person is easier to persuade because of the head space they’re in.

If someone is apprehensive and has negative ideas about anime, you’ll have a harder time. And you’ll need to use point #1 at the least to get them interested.

Or you can do this…


5. Recommend an anime similar to their favorite film or game

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If all else fails which I doubt it will, you can always recommend an anime that’s similar to their favorite film or video game.

The reason why this works is because it’s based on something similar. Not just by genre, but by the story, content, themes, characters or some other element.

For example – if someone’s into a superhero film like Superman, there are anime shows with similar vibes.

My Hero Academia, DBZ, One Punch Man and so on.

And someone who likes Law And Order will probably like Psycho Pass or You’re Under Arrest.

The list goes on.


Relevant questions to ask yourself:

  • What are their interests in general with media?
  • Have they watched anime before?
  • What’s their view of anime?
  • Why are they apprehensive towards anime?
  • How can you make it easy for them?

The better you know the person the easier time you’ll have convincing them.

And if you don’t know them as well as you could, then it’s about trust.

Convincing people is easy when they trust you and respect you. And using these steps will make the job of persuading and turning them into an anime fan all the more easier.


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Or you could just tie them up, gag them, put them in a dark room and force them to watch anime for 3 hours straight.

But that might be pushing it a bit….


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