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A poll on Bigglobe's anime site recently asked Japanese fans what anime is most likely to convert viewers into Otaku. An article on Crunchyroll reported the results:

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The list of the insidious classics includes:

 

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

3. Card Captor Sakura

4. K-on!

5. Gintama

6. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

7. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

8. Mobile Suit Gundam

9. Lucky Star

10. A Certain Scientific Railgun

11. A Certain Magical Index

12. Angel Beats!

13. Sailor Moon

14. Bakemonogatari

15. Yu Yu Hakusho

16. Nadia Secret of Blue Water

17. Rozen Maiden

18. Durarara!!

19. (tie) Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos

19. (tie) Fullmetal Alchemist

21. Urusei Yatsura

22. Space Battleship Yamato

23. Love Hina

24. Higurashi: When They Cry

25. Digimon Adventure

26. Clannad

27. Pokemon

28. One Piece

29. Slayers

30. Saint Seiya

31. Bleach

32. Dragon Ball Z

33. Pretty Cure

34. (tie)  Detective Conan

34. (tie) Magical DoReMi

36. (tie)Magical Princess Minky Momo

36. (tie) Hakuōki

38. (tie) Sengoku Basara

38. (tie) New Prince of Tennis

40. Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel

41. Yu-Gi-Oh!

42. Doraemon

43. Martian Successor Nadesico

44. (tie) Baka and Test

44. (tie) Toradora!

46. Reborn

For me, it was Ah! My Goddess, or possibly Otome Youkai Zakuro. (AMG was the show that got me looking at anime, Zakuro is the one that got me hooked on watching simulcasts and following each season the way I do now...)

Of the ones on the list, I would say Haruhi is a good bet. If the viewer likes it, they are much more likely to go full-on otaku! Toradora! is another good bet... and Madoka...

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Interesting list, there. Eva is #1 for a reason; I won't even try to argue against it. I'm glad to see DBZ is on there, but I'm not surprised it's down so low, since it turned more people into otaku over here in the US than it did in Japan. Higurashi is a good one for the list, as is Bakemonogatari. I'm glad to see Madoka Magica in the top ten. A lot of good series are on this list; I agree with it completely. :grin:
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Hmm... I've never seen NGE.

As for Higurashi, Iwatched it with my sister to convert her. She loved it, but she still doesn't like watching anime.

I agree with Yu Yu Hakusho. That's the first anime I ever watched. Fullmetal Alchemist is also enough to make someone an otaku. Both seasons of that show are fantastic.

But what really won me over was He Is My Master, which was the first anime I ever watched through downloading means.



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I remember He Is My Master. That's the first anime series I ever streamed. :meaw:
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I agree with this list; there are a lot of great series on here. Not surprised to see a lack of Loli, though.

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Yea... Shows with some of the more ... different aspects of anime tropes aren't likely to turn someone into an otaku. Haruhi is about as extreme in terms of some of the fetish aspects (bunny girls, Haruhi cosplay raping Mikuru, etc...) as you are likely to see on a list like this, and that is because it is being done in parody.

Mysterious Girlfriend X isn't on the list either! LOL!

Give it a few years and Bodacious Space Pirates (Moretsu Pirates) may make it onto these lists. It has massive mainstream appeal.
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That would be an interesting series to see on a list like this. :XD:
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I'd suppose K-On would be one of the best because I have seen otakus attempting to learn how to play a guitar ever since that anime series was aired.


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On Yui, how you can win the hearts of so many people with your innocence. :grin:
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