I'm quite new to Anime. My friends have been telling me to watch it for a while, but I never got to it. Then, my school library started loaning out manga, and I saw One Piece, one of the series my friends told me about, and took it out. I finished the second volume yesterday. I also reserved the 1st volume of Bleach. I have been told to avoid Naruto, it is one of the most popular, but it is really bad, just like Justin Bieber (No offence if you read this Justin!) Anyway, this thread is about anime, not manga. So I want to watch the same series as I read: One Piece and Bleach. However, I have 536 (!!!!) episodes of One Piece to catch up on and 366 (!!) Bleach to catch up on. Before I start spending a LOT of time reading/watching Anime, are these the series you think I should watch?
i can understand why people get into naruto, as i was allllllllllmost into it. but then the anime came out, and i met one of /those/ people and it turned me off of the series. basically a lot of scary fans in there, and ive heard some theories that the mangaka started catering to the fans rather than making the story independent of the fanbase. idk.
i saw some of one piece as a kid, it wasnt bad, i rather liked it, but i watched the 4kids dub, so yeah. i guess if youre gonna watch it, watch the japanese version, or some non-4kids version. its just too long for me to want to pick up, like the others.
bleach just wasnt my thing. my favorite character was kon, so when the plot moved past that........
there are a lot of smaller series that ive liked more, but youre gonna have to shotgun-approach anime to find out what you like. atm, it sounds like your friends like the basic shounen set-up, which means they probably watch anime from adult swim, im guessing.
personally, id throw down with trigun, cowboy bebop, rave master (japanese dub--they have the most amazing screaming in the japanese version), planetes, scryed, and baccano, based on your friends tastes. if you decide you like less-actiony shows, maybe something more mental, go for tatami galaxy, sayounara zetsubou sensei......im blanking on any more that ive seen :/
if you wanna try something kinky, then emu emu! (aka MM!) is where its at, but not if you dont know what a masochist is. and you should probably watch some more lesser-known shows in case you get weirded out by that one. and if you give it a try, watch at least the first three episodes. dont let ep 1 turn you off with the main characters......expression :< 1-3 is a story arc, and just...so much respect after episode three.