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Messyhair42
January 3rd, 2009, 07:42 AM
I see a few people around here have anime avatars, i would too but the H2G2 has been my handle forever. What series or movies do you like?

BGFG
January 3rd, 2009, 07:51 AM
Naruto, Darker than Black, Ergo Proxy, Claymore, FLCL, Samurai Champloo,
Movies: Ninja Scroll, Appleseed Ex Machina
To name a few....

artanis00
January 3rd, 2009, 08:03 AM
The best ones recently, in my opinion, were Code Geass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_geass) and Gundam 00 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam_00).

In Code Geass, Japan was conquered by Britannia (basically, imagine Britain's colonial period never ended,) and renamed Area 11. Years later, a high school student acquires the power to give orders that cannot be disobeyed, and puts his plan to destroy Britannia in high gear.

Gundam 00 is your standard giant-mecha show that we've all come to love from the Gundam franchise, and I think is the best one I've seen since Wing Gundam.

Going a bit further back, Spice and Wolf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_and_Wolf) is also excellent, and if you haven't seen Slayers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slayers)...

Rokurosv
January 3rd, 2009, 08:18 AM
All time? Mazinger Z, Saint Seiya, Gatchaman, Rurouni Kenshin, Space Cobra, Samurai Champloo, Evangelion, Gundam Wing.

Movies? Sword of The Stranger, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Cowboy Beebop, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz.

This year I'd have to say Code Geass R2, Casshern Sins and Xam'd.

RichardLinx
January 3rd, 2009, 09:16 AM
Samurai Champloo
Afro Samurai
Bleach
Darker Than Black
Ergo Proxy
.Hack//SIGN
FLCL
Code Geass
Now and Then, Here and There
Gundam Seed
Gundam Seed: Destiny
Gundam 00
Black Lagoon
Planetes
Serial Experiments Lain
Ghost In The Shell
Blood Plus
A few others as well but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now. :D

Most of them I enjoyed, but FLCL and Code Geass weren't to great in my opinion. Still, I watched them through the entire series so I guess they has some charm to them. :)

eragon100
January 3rd, 2009, 09:33 AM
Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Code Geass, Deathnote, Guyver and Naruto :popcorn:

etnlIcarus
January 3rd, 2009, 01:02 PM
I wouldn't say I'm a huge anime fan - i've quite disliked most of the stuff I've seen, however popular it may have been (FMA was a waste of several hours of my life).

That said, there's been a few series I'm particularly fond of:

The Vision of Escaflowne - girl meets boy, boy kills dragon, girl and boy get 'beamed' to another world called Gaia filled with animal people and warring kingdoms. Classic story, really. :p

Escaflowne's strengths were it's art direction, it's soundtrack (Yoko Kanno and Maaya Sakamoto's first collaboration), it's use but not abuse of CGI; it's use but not abuse of mechas (steam-powered, to be sure) and it's strong inter-weaving plotlines and strong array of characters with equally well-thought-out interactions.

Don't be put off by the fact that it's target audience was female (a fact I became embarrassingly aware of watching the DVD extras).

English dubs are abysmal. Watch this show in Japanese with subtitles or don't watch it at all.

*****


Cowboy Bebop - despite rather arrogantly asserting itself as the harbinger of a new genre, this is a really stand-out programme. Rarely serious or requiring much attention span, this show is a constant mesh of cinematic styles, plot conventions and outlandish escapades.

Cowboy Bebop doesn't pretend to be deep - just sophisticated, fast and fun. Only non-anime films/shows I can think of to compare it's pacing to are the films Crank and Shoot 'em Up. Yoko Kanno, again as music director, draws heavily upon the jazz, swing and motown movements for the series' soundtrack, which is stunning. Visual style is unpretentious, with plenty of dramatic-looking characters and slapstick-fight scenes.

Only weaknesses were Spike's main antagonist - Vicious, who is a clichÚ of enormous proportions and the film, who's first few movements were exceedingly slow.

English dubs are exceptional.

*****

Trigun - You know how with every iconic television series, there was at least one similar programme riding on it's coat tails? Yeah well Trigun very much rode Cowboy Bebop's coat tails.

Arguably a bit more grown-up than Bebop, Trigun is the story of a futuristic gun-slinger outlaw, intersected with flashbacks to his amnesiac past, elaborating upon how humanity came to be stranded on an alien desert world a century or so earlier.

Assisting our protagonist are two women from an insurance company, who take entirely too long to figure out that the red-coat wearing goofball they keep bumping into is the outlaw who owes their company a huge debt. The other major member of the cast is Wolfwood; a, "preacher", of dubious origin who is handy with a gun and unashamedly opportunistic.

Most episodes are standalone stories but there is a main plot arch, which they get around to eventually.

English dubs are okay - Vash, the main protagonist, is played far too seriously by his English voice actor but they're otherwise fine.

****

Samurai Champloo - Quite seriously about the only anime made this side of the millennium that I think I've liked.

Follows Fuu, Mugen and Jin as they seek out, "the samurai who smells of sunflowers". Has a similar road-trip-with-random-bad-guys format and feel to Trigun but with the most eclectic artistic direction I've ever seen. They make no secret of it, either, with veiled references to famous artists. One of the highlights was when Mugen set a marijuana crop on fire and everything went, "pop-art".

Also draws heavily on American black hip-hop culture, which I'm guessing has finally found it's way to the not-so-humble shores of Japan. This I wasn't so fond of. Although I have no problem with rap (Terra Firma > your favourite rap group), classic art and rap do not a good combination make.

The show's greatest strength is that it was directed by the same brain behind Cowboy Bebop so expect lots of off-beat samurai action and some genuine attempts to make the individual character's backstories interesting.

English dubs I wasn't fond of. Not so much bad as just unable to capture the magic of the Japanese cast voicework.

****

I've seen a bunch of others, including but not limited to: Love Hina (***), Elfen Lied (****) Claymore (**), Black Lagoon (*), FMA (*), GitS:SAC (***) but I can't really be effed writing out my thoughts on each, or providing much of a description. Also seen a bunch of films: GitS (*****), Akira (**), Jin Roh (***), Ninja Scroll (****), Blood: The Last Vampire (***) but again, I'm getting lazy now.

RichardLinx
January 3rd, 2009, 03:10 PM
etnlIcarus, I think you might like Afro Samurai, It's only five episodes long so you don't have to worry about wasting too much of your life. :)

Messyhair42
January 3rd, 2009, 08:06 PM
Lets see, my favorites right now are: FLCL, Guren Lagann, Clannad, Lucky Star, Berserk, Code Geass (R2 was better than the first season IMO), Fullmetal Alchemist and Escaflowne. my favorite movies are: 5 centimeters per second, Armitage III, Ghost in the shell and Princess Mononoke. I read Naruto regularly but the anime has gotten bad i think.

Lightstar
January 3rd, 2009, 08:53 PM
I usually really like whatever I'm watching at the moment ^.^;
But my all-time-favorites would be

Anime Series:
Chobits
Death Note
Elfen Lied
FullMetal Alchemist
Rurouni Kenshin

Anime Movies:
Appleseed (1 & 2)
Final Fantasy VII
Hayao Miyazaki movies (Spirited away, castle in the sky.. etc)

Messyhair42
January 28th, 2009, 05:16 AM
I'm in the middle of Darker than Black and it's REally good

Aenoble
January 28th, 2009, 06:12 AM
Monster

ntowakbh
January 28th, 2009, 06:13 AM
I've seen:
El Cazador De La Bruja
Negima!*
Negima!? (First couple episodes)
Battle Programmer Shirase*
Chobits
Death Note
.hack//DUSK
Gunslinger Girl
Keroro Gunsou
Maburaho
Naruto
Neon Genesis Evangelion*
YuYu Hakusho*
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Bleach
Dragonball Z

...I'm forgetting a few, but anyway, close enough.

* = a favorite

eragon100
January 28th, 2009, 07:48 AM
I am now watching Full Metal Alchemist, which is awesome :KS

MikeTheC
January 28th, 2009, 07:51 AM
Just three that I can think of:

Gatchaman
Voltron
Gundam

thegreenblob
January 28th, 2009, 10:48 AM
The ones I like:

Elfen Lied *
FullMetal Alchemist
Rurouni Kenshin *
Bleach *
Blood+
Dragonball
Dragonball Z
Yu Yu Hakusho *
Chobits
Inuyasha
Detective Conan *

Pretty sure I'm forgetting some. :P But the ones with the * next to them are my favorites. And for movies I haven't seen many outside of ones from the series listed above. And the ones not from the series above weren't that memorable. But perhaps someone can change that with a suggestion? :)

wildman4god
January 28th, 2009, 05:47 PM
IGPX (imortal grand prix)

It was an anime made by the makers of Ghoast in the Shell in association with toonami, It only when for two seasons but it was my favorit. The basic premise was think roller derby with mechs on a sixty mile long roller coster track at speeds upwards of 350 mph. look it up on wikipedia to get a better idea.

abhilashm86
January 28th, 2009, 05:50 PM
i like fantasies much sort of,

final fantasy all seasons:)

Messyhair42
February 4th, 2009, 06:08 AM
rumour has it the second season of Haruhi will start broadcasting in April. squeeeee

RiceMonster
February 4th, 2009, 06:10 AM
My absolute favorites are Ergo Proxy, FLCL, Code Geass and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (as you can tell by my avatar). Of course there's others I like, but those are my favourites.

EdThaSlayer
February 4th, 2009, 06:22 AM
Some animes that are cool:

Berserk-action
Texhnolyze-scifi
Strait Jacket-fantasy
Gundam 00-scifi
Ghost in the Shell-scifi
.Hack -all the varieties of /root/liminality/signs --fantasy/mmorpg
Jigoku Shoujo series-horror fantasy
Xenosaga-scifi
Van Hellsing-fantasy, horror vampire and the like
Trigun-fantasy/scifi/western
Baccano-fantasy

UberCuber
February 28th, 2009, 02:10 AM
One of my overall favorites is Keroro Gunso (aka Sgt. Frog).

For those of you that don't know about it, it's an anime that's pretty much popular everywhere but the US (which is one of the few places not to air it, though it's coming here, but they're being stupid and changing names and stuff). The plot's about a team of aliens (that look kinda like frogs) who want to conquer Earth, get discovered by a family of humans (who they call "Pekopons") and are hiding with them, and their plots to take over Earth (which they call "Pekopon"). It's really good, I highly recommend it, especially if you're a Gundam fan.

I also love Bobobo. Though a lot of people I know hate it and keep telling me how stupid (that's the point!) they think it is.

Another I liked that I watched about a year ago was one that was an adaptation of one of those visual novel things called "Shuffle", and yes, I know it's perverted.

I know I'm probably not the first to ask this, but is it me, or does this kinda look like Goku?

:lolflag:

dannytatom
February 28th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Anime is totally lame

kk0sse54
February 28th, 2009, 03:47 AM
Anime is totally lame

I totally agree with you but we're on a diverse internet forum so we have to respect everyone's preferences :)

dragos240
February 28th, 2009, 04:11 AM
Anime is totally lame

Thats your opinion, and it also depends on the series your talking about, there are some really crappy animes' and there are some decent ones.

dannytatom
February 28th, 2009, 04:41 AM
Howl's Moving Castle is pretty cool, and a few others. But, in general, they're totally lame. My opinion, of course. ;)

ZarathustraDK
March 22nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
The Ghost in the Shell series is awesome in my opinion. Yeah sure there's a lot of talk going on, and they're doing the department-juggle a lot of the time. But once you start to get a grasp of the structure, it's all good. I'd watch it again just for the Tachikomas.

etnlIcarus
March 22nd, 2009, 11:37 AM
It's not so much that there's a lot of talk - it's what they talk about. It's some of the most obtuse techno babble since Star Trek and the kind of philosophical insight you'd expect from an angsty teen.

B÷lva­ur
March 23rd, 2009, 04:37 AM
Im totally new to anime so I went to see beginning of some show called Paprika or something like that.

There was this girl and a man using a laptop and the screen was clearly visible. I froze it and guess what?

I think I know this.... this is unix :P

looked like Clearlooks with DMX (black) pointer and a custom icon theme. Some dark colour theme.

am I wrong?

pol666
March 23rd, 2009, 04:45 AM
I Have watched recently Dragon Ball (all seasons) and Death Note, Now i'm on Naruto and evangelion. When I was just a child I spent my time watching a lot of anime series. I don't know but I'm watching it again. Nostalgic may be.

I must watch Elfen Lied too...

regonzal
March 23rd, 2009, 05:08 AM
Berserk (obviously)
Wolf's Rain
Air
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Escaflowne
Cowboy Bebop
Serial Experiments Lain
Kurozuka
Death Note
Texhnolyze
Ergo Proxy
Ghost in the Shell (movies and series)
Dragonball Z
Akira (movie)

I could go on.... but definitely Berserk :)

Messyhair42
March 23rd, 2009, 05:11 AM
I'm watching Toradora right now, it's not even complete in it's broadcast, and it's a really good school comedy. the romance is really fresh and new. also i'm going back about a decade and watching Cardcaptor Sakura. next in the throwback anime, Fist of the North Star.

regonzal
March 23rd, 2009, 05:14 AM
Fist of the North Star is classic! I hope you enjoy it.

reyfer
March 23rd, 2009, 05:16 AM
Movies: anything from Studio Ghibli
Ghost in the Shell

Series:
Hellsing
Blood+
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Speed Grapher
Mushishi
and last week I did something I that you should NEVER do...I gave myself an Excel Saga marathon...and my head almost exploded....but yes, Excel Saga is one of my favorites too

MikeTheC
March 23rd, 2009, 05:50 AM
The anime I'm interested in is all stuff that has western sensibilities in terms of the plot. The rest of it is like watching a porn flick -- there's no plot, it's all about the action and visuals. That I don't find entertaining at all.

etnlIcarus
March 23rd, 2009, 06:05 AM
The anime I'm interested in is all stuff that has western sensibilities in terms of the plot. The rest of it is like watching a porn flick -- there's no plot, it's all about the action and visuals. That I don't find entertaining at all.

Western Sensibilities?

MikeTheC
March 23rd, 2009, 06:07 AM
Western Sensibilities?

Yup.

Yashiro
March 23rd, 2009, 06:15 AM
I found Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo very entertaining. They're the only series I made a real effort to collect on DVD. They will be bought instantly on Bluray when they appear.

etnlIcarus
March 23rd, 2009, 06:30 AM
Yup.

Care to elaborate?

JackieChan
March 23rd, 2009, 06:49 AM
I love the Jigoku Shoujo series, currently on the third season. I've watched this show religiously for YEARS!

I also like FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Yu Yu Hakusho, Toradora, Ranma 1/2, Detective Conan, and about 300 other shows.

spupy
March 23rd, 2009, 12:42 PM
My animu list:
Neon Genesis Evangelion *
Elfen Lief *
Ergo Proxy
FLCL
Cowboy Bebop
Tenjou Tenge
Full Metal Panic + Fumoffu
Fullmetal Alchemist *
Haruhu Suzumiya
Death Note
Rozen Maiden *
Code Geass

The * ones are my favorites, although I very much liked almost all of these.

Right now I'm waiting for the remake of Fullmetal Alchemist, and the 2nd film of the new Evangelion trilogy.

EDIT: Can anyone tell me anything about Higurashi - is it good? The first episode didn't look special.

ZarathustraDK
March 23rd, 2009, 01:21 PM
EDIT: Can anyone tell me anything about Higurashi - is it good? The first episode didn't look special.

Higurashi is awesome, but you need to watch both seasons to get the full picture. It's kinda like Groundhog Day with killer-lolitas, very nightmarish.

Messyhair42
March 23rd, 2009, 03:31 PM
Higurashi is very good. the plot runs very thick, therefore it takes some time to wrap your head around it, but as long as you like ubergore and ultra-moe on top of each other...why not. and both seasons are necessary to get the proper ending.

fissionmailed
March 23rd, 2009, 07:45 PM
Higurashi is very good. the plot runs very thick, therefore it takes some time to wrap your head around it, but as long as you like ubergore and ultra-moe on top of each other...why not. and both seasons are necessary to get the proper ending.

It was. Although the rewatch value is pretty low, the first time watching it is awesome. The second season was sort of meh IMO, good but not nearly as good.

Here's my opinion on anime.

Don't watch list:
Naruto
Bleach
Code Geass


Watch list:
Humor:
Golden Boy
Azumanga Daioh
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Lucky Star
Maria Holic (so far)
Seto no Hanayome
FLCL(not sure where to put this so)
Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei

Action/drama:
Kara no Kyoukai
Berserk
Hellsing (TV series is good but the OVAs are top tier)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ghost in a Shell
Elfen Lied
Rurouni Kenshin
Black Lagoon
Chaos Head
Cowboy Bebop

More mellow:
Minami-ke (season 1 is best)
xxxholic
Spice and Wolf
Rozen Maiden
Kino no Tabi
Chobits
Natsume Yuujinchou

Fan service:
Kodomo no Jikan
Strike Witches
Eiken

spupy
March 23rd, 2009, 08:08 PM
Here's my opinion on anime.

Don't watch list:
Code Geass


I found season 1 enjoyable.


Strike Witches

That is probably most weird anime I've heard about. :)

fissionmailed
March 23rd, 2009, 08:14 PM
I found season 1 enjoyable.



That is probably most weird anime I've heard about. :)

I found season one to be watchable. But it wasn't holy crap this is great etc. Season 2 just left a bad taste in my mouth. I couldn't even finish watching it. I've only done that with a couple of anime too.

For a fan service anime I thought it was pretty good. Plus Strike Subs has an extra uncensored version of one of the episode which I found amusing.

joshh88
March 23rd, 2009, 09:08 PM
Despite what some people say lol These are the best in my opinion.
In order that I was introduced to them
Cowboy Bebop-awesome
Gundam Wing Endless Walts-very good
Bleach-yay Ulquiorra
FLCL-very odd
Outlaw Star-oldie but goodie
Death Note-Light is the best
Full Metal Alchemist-very good read, Manga is better than the episodes
Code Geass & R2-I really like this series, got a little odd on season 2
Gundam 00-absolute best Gundam

gd0929918
March 23rd, 2009, 09:44 PM
I've seen wayy too many to list.

http://www.anime-planet.com/images/users/signatures/zephyr6831.jpg (http://www.anime-planet.com/users/zephyr6831/forumsig)

and I need to update that again pretty soon...

But I'd say my top 5 would be:
Shakugan no Shana
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (and ni Kai + ni Rei)
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Hayate no Gotoku! (the manga though...)
Minami-ke (first season = the best of the three)

RiceMonster
March 23rd, 2009, 10:45 PM
Don't watch list:
Code Geass

Why not? I liked it :confused:.

fissionmailed
March 24th, 2009, 06:02 AM
Why not? I liked it :confused:.


It don't do anything that great. The first season isn't bad by any means but nothing really stands out.

Messyhair42
March 24th, 2009, 06:12 AM
^really, i was unimpressed by Code Geass until the second season. i liked the last few episodes much more than the rest of the series

MikeTheC
March 24th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Care to elaborate?
As I said earlier, eastern (i.e. Japanese) story-telling seems to focus on actions and activities, and not on plot. I wish I had better "industry" terms to use than this, but I don't.

To my mind, most anime, in terms of "story" content, really doesn't make any sense to me. Ok, I get the general concept of "There's good guys, and they're doing their thing; and then there's bad guys who are doing bad stuff, and the good guys fight the bad guys; and then hopefully the good guys win, but there will be some kind of cost." But what the specifics of their motivation are, why they do what they do, the fact that there's this predilection with the technology or the coolness or the wow factor, and that it seems like that is almost more important than the plot... that is all a massive turn-off to me.

Don't get me wrong, I love the art style of anime. But I'm not willing to spend my money (or time) on something which on the whole I don't find entertaining.

etnlIcarus
March 24th, 2009, 07:24 AM
Kind of agree. The difference I notice in story telling (not exclusively to anime) is the plot tends to require you to 'fill in the gaps'. It's sort of at the opposite end of the spectrum to western story telling; books and films tend to be verbose and overly explicit, dwelling on formalities and leaving very little to the imagination. In that way quite a bit of Eastern cinema tends to cut a swath through the first few proverbial chapters, often to the detriment of character or us 'westies' understanding what the hell is going on.

Edit: I think also notable are the traditions of Eastern story telling, with much folklore, mythology and a pantheon of abstract god and demons to draw upon (plus melodrama in generous proportions). Western civilization had it's Plunkets, Lovecrafts and Tolkiens but for the last century, have been less prevalent than the Stokers, Shellys and Romeros. I remember the first Final Fantasy film really exemplifying the different expectations of east/west audiences, with many bemused faces surrounding me in the cinema*.

*same thing happened the other week when I saw Watchmen, interestingly enough.

ubuntu27
March 24th, 2009, 07:40 AM
I like some Anime, but I prefer to read Manga.

Manga (Japanese Comics") provides more in-dept story than Anime.
Most Anime comes from Manga, but since they have limited amount of time in which it can air, many stuff gets cut or simplified.

To you people who are unsatisfied because of that, I recommend you to read Manga instead.

gd0929918
March 24th, 2009, 08:23 AM
As I said earlier, eastern (i.e. Japanese) story-telling seems to focus on actions and activities, and not on plot. I wish I had better "industry" terms to use than this, but I don't.

To my mind, most anime, in terms of "story" content, really doesn't make any sense to me. Ok, I get the general concept of "There's good guys, and they're doing their thing; and then there's bad guys who are doing bad stuff, and the good guys fight the bad guys; and then hopefully the good guys win, but there will be some kind of cost." But what the specifics of their motivation are, why they do what they do, the fact that there's this predilection with the technology or the coolness or the wow factor, and that it seems like that is almost more important than the plot... that is all a massive turn-off to me.

Don't get me wrong, I love the art style of anime. But I'm not willing to spend my money (or time) on something which on the whole I don't find entertaining.

You're not reading into the anime enough if you're not getting much out of it.
3/4s of every single thing that happens in most anime is a metaphor for something else. Except in longer running shows like One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, etc (because most of those shows are just filler).

Here's an example of what I mean. If you've seen Geass, you might have just dismissed this scene as them playing chess, but here's a more in-depth explanation of the entire thing (or a tleast as much as the subbers could fit on screen LOL).
http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q245/Zephyr6831/1226011491592.jpg
Mostly Note2.

Also, if anyone asks, I have not watched Geass yet (stuck at 96.7% downloading, and I'm too lazy to find a new batch), so I cannot comment much more than this.

gitpik
March 24th, 2009, 08:32 AM
They will be bought instantly on Bluray when they appear.

I second that!

etnlIcarus
March 24th, 2009, 11:55 AM
You're not reading into the anime enough if you're not getting much out of it.
3/4s of every single thing that happens in most anime is a metaphor for something else.Frankly, I think if you're finding a lot of metaphor (3/4, at least), you're reading too far into what you're watching. The shot you provided actually demonstrates my point: one person gets lost in exploring the nuances of chess, the next person explains the illegal move as the character being coy and cute towards a love interest and the previous explanation just looks dumb by comparison.

Speaking of Geass, it's yaoi? Hot girly-man on girly-man action or just lots of PG-rated flirty crap?

.Maleficus.
March 24th, 2009, 12:04 PM
I haven't really been too impressed by most animes, but the ones that I do like:

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Rurouni Kenshin
G Gundam

I've been meaning to watch:

Black Lagoon
Ghost in the Shell

Does anyone know if another show like Rurouni Kenshin exists? Samurai, somewhat historical, etc? It's quite possibly my favorite anime ever and I really want to find something else like it.

Bachstelze
March 24th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Don't watch list:
Code Geass


And I thought I was the only person on Earth who didn't like it... Feels great to know you're not alone. :D

etnlIcarus
March 24th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Does anyone know if another show like Rurouni Kenshin exists? Samurai, somewhat historical, etc? It's quite possibly my favorite anime ever and I really want to find something else like it.

Samurai Champloo (series) and Ninja Scroll (film) come to mind. Personally, I didn't get much out of Rurouni Kenshin (or Samurai X, as it was known here). I'd also suggest branching out a bit to some stuff that takes itself less seriously and has a little more artistic spirit. Samurai Champloo fits that bill pretty well, actually.

bvanaerde
March 24th, 2009, 12:48 PM
I'm not that much of an anime fan, but I do enjoy watching it.
The only anime DVDs I've bought, are:

Trigun: by far the best anime ever made, imo. I have yet to read the manga though.
Wonderful Days: There's something about the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVWY19wQ2U) that just appealed to me.

My brother is quite the anime/manga freak, and has a big collection. Berserk is one of his favorites, along with the Dragonball series (which we watched since we were little kids). Dragonball GT is a big disappointment though...
Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) looked really cool when we were little, but I think we've outgrown it :D

JackieChan
March 24th, 2009, 01:06 PM
I'm not that much of an anime fan, but I do enjoy watching it.
The only anime DVDs I've bought, are:

Trigun: by far the best anime ever made, imo. I have yet to read the manga though.
Wonderful Days: There's something about the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVWY19wQ2U) that just appealed to me.

My brother is quite the anime/manga freak, and has a big collection. Berserk is one of his favorites, along with the Dragonball series (which we watched since we were little kids). Dragonball GT is a big disappointment though...
Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) looked really cool when we were little, but I think we've outgrown it :D
Trigun is a very good anime. It didn't follow the manga too closely, but it actually turned out better than the manga that finished in 2007 did. I'm highly anticipating the movie, Trigun X. The plot is supposed to follow the manga, and it has been confirmed Wolfwood has a staring role. :)

etnlIcarus
March 24th, 2009, 01:17 PM
Question: what's the supposed connection between Trigun and ...Gungrave, was it?

bvanaerde
March 24th, 2009, 03:04 PM
I'm highly anticipating the movie, Trigun X. The plot is supposed to follow the manga, and it has been confirmed Wolfwood has a staring role. :)

Do you have any recent links about this? There are a lot of rumors, but I haven't seen any official confirmations.
I'd sure like to see more about Wolfwood, as it is such a great character.

m0ntels
March 24th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Bamboo Blade was the best I've watched recently.

Currently watching season 2 of Hajime No Ippo which is also very good.

Watched 5cm Per Second which I had seen many good reviews for, but I wasn't that impressed.

Messyhair42
March 24th, 2009, 03:36 PM
as far as anime/manga comparisons go, i think the animated version of Naruto went to crap a long time ago but the manga still rocks, read it every week. and while i love Fullmetal Alchemist, the manga is still so much better (new show next month!!). still havent finished reading Death Note though

x33a
March 24th, 2009, 03:43 PM
dragonball z: all time favourite :D
naruto: pretty good, except for the fillers.
naruto shippuden: just started watching.

then there was one called shadow skill, used to air on axn a few years back, was pretty interesting.

Bachstelze
March 24th, 2009, 05:04 PM
Watched 5cm Per Second which I had seen many good reviews for, but I wasn't that impressed.

It is indeed not for everyone. I personally loved it.

fissionmailed
March 24th, 2009, 05:39 PM
And I thought I was the only person on Earth who didn't like it... Feels great to know you're not alone. :D

Trust me, you're not the only one. It might be you're hanging around the wrong parts on the internet. :lol:

gd0929918
March 24th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Frankly, I think if you're finding a lot of metaphor (3/4, at least), you're reading too far into what you're watching. The shot you provided actually demonstrates my point: one person gets lost in exploring the nuances of chess, the next person explains the illegal move as the character being coy and cute towards a love interest and the previous explanation just looks dumb by comparison.
Which is why they put it in.
Different people will get different things out of a show, depending on how much they pay attention to detail and how educated they are on certain things.

The same thing can be said about Hollywood movies as well. Most people won't actually pick up on stuff unless they've taken a class on Cinematics or Video Production (or some other similar class) though.

Question: what's the supposed connection between Trigun and ...Gungrave, was it?

Yasuhiro Nightow?
He created the Trigun manga, and the characters for Gungrave.

JackieChan
March 24th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Do you have any recent links about this? There are a lot of rumors, but I haven't seen any official confirmations.
I'd sure like to see more about Wolfwood, as it is such a great character.
I used to have links and sources, unfortunately I don't have them anymore. They were lost with my laptop. I'd have to dig around the Internet for a half hour to find these old sites. I remember reading that the movie is supposed to revolve around Vash vs. Wolfwood. Going by that, I'd say it's probably going to be a reimaging of their encounters, in movie format. Rumors state that the film is supposed to follow the manga more closely. I kind of wish they would make a new season closer to the manga, like what FMA is doing right now. It would be interesting.


Question: what's the supposed connection between Trigun and ...Gungrave, was it?
Same creator, and apparently the black cat that makes an appearance in all the Trigun episodes also cameo in one of the Gungrave episodes.

spupy
March 25th, 2009, 02:31 AM
Higurashi is awesome, but you need to watch both seasons to get the full picture. It's kinda like Groundhog Day with killer-lolitas, very nightmarish.


Higurashi is very good. the plot runs very thick, therefore it takes some time to wrap your head around it, but as long as you like ubergore and ultra-moe on top of each other...why not. and both seasons are necessary to get the proper ending.

Higurashi really is awesome. I'm at episode 7 at the moment. Up until ep 3 I was thinking "Ok, pretty normal, nothing special"... then episode 4 was "omgwtf". :)

But no spoilers please, or I will send killer-lolitas after you! :evil:

Grant A.
March 25th, 2009, 02:46 AM
Uhh... who added the slurs weeaboo and Wapanese as tags to this topic?

etnlIcarus
March 25th, 2009, 02:53 AM
Which is why they put it in.
Different people will get different things out of a show, depending on how much they pay attention to detail and how educated they are on certain things.

The same thing can be said about Hollywood movies as well.It's not that there aren't metaphors or easter eggs, it's the people actually writing and animating this stuff; I think you're grossly overestimating the average film maker/animator/whatever as an artist. Plus Occam's Razor applies here as much as it does anywhere.


Most people won't actually pick up on stuff unless they've taken a class on Cinematics or Video Production (or some other similar class) though.One would think the most useful thing to have in this respect would be some formal education in art.


Yasuhiro Nightow?
He created the Trigun manga, and the characters for Gungrave.Is Gungrave any good?

VisionaryVanGogh
March 25th, 2009, 03:56 AM
I'm a huge Studio Ghibli fan. Haven't watched too much other anime though.

Messyhair42
March 25th, 2009, 04:01 AM
Studio Ghibli was my intro to anime, i think i watched six of Miyazaki's films in a week after i discovered Spirited Away. those are still the films i love to rewatch every so often

also as an example of a very well done but serious anime film i reccomend Perfect Blue (oh shut up) to everybody ready for a good psychothriller.

gd0929918
March 25th, 2009, 04:33 AM
It's not that there aren't metaphors or easter eggs, it's the people actually writing and animating this stuff; I think you're grossly overestimating the average film maker/animator/whatever as an artist. Plus Occam's Razor applies here as much as it does anywhere.

One would think the most useful thing to have in this respect would be some formal education in art.

Another prime example of what I'm trying to say is "Ergo Proxy."
*possible spoiler warning*
On one level, it's a cool story about a detective in a post-apocalyptic future, very similar to Blade Runner. But on a different level, it's a total philosophical and psychological mind-****.
Even the name itself hints at that:
"Ergo" is a Latin word, meaning "therefore" or some would even say "to be."
"Proxy" is a person acting on behalf of someone else. Some could simplify is down to "not to be."
Thus, we get "to be, or not to be" as a rough translation of the name.

Now let's look at some of the character names in the show:
Husserl, Kristeva, Derrida, Berkeley, Deleuze and Guattari.
All philosophers (look them up).

The Cogito Virus that starts to infect the AutoReivs refers to "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am), by Descartes.

When the cloned Lil (depending on who you get your subs from... the main character anyways) dies in front of Daedalus, that's a reference to the myth of Daedalus and Icarus.

Also, the entire society inside Romdo is based on Plato's ideal society, where the philosphers watch over the city and decide what's best for it, which would include controlling what information is released to the public.

etnlIcarus
March 25th, 2009, 04:49 AM
I'm just going to try and point out where we're diverging into different arguments, here.
You're not reading into the anime enough if you're not getting much out of it.
3/4s of every single thing that happens in most anime is a metaphor for something else. Except in longer running shows like One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, etc (because most of those shows are just filler).


Frankly, I think if you're finding a lot of metaphor (3/4, at least), you're reading too far into what you're watching. The shot you provided actually demonstrates my point: one person gets lost in exploring the nuances of chess, the next person explains the illegal move as the character being coy and cute towards a love interest and the previous explanation just looks dumb by comparison.


It's not that there aren't metaphors or easter eggs, it's the people actually writing and animating this stuff; I think you're grossly overestimating the average film maker/animator/whatever as an artist. Plus Occam's Razor applies here as much as it does anywhere.

I'm not saying you're wrong about any one single anime (and lets be honest, very few anime series are as high concept as Ergo Proxy).

Seaco
March 25th, 2009, 11:44 AM
i see anime sometimes, but the action ones.
so for me

Fullmetal alchemist
Bleach
Naruto
Initial D
hajime no ippo
DMC- Death metal city
rideback
Death Note
one piece


i am certain that there is more, but i don't remember

Seaco
March 25th, 2009, 11:45 AM
i forgot one of my favorites

Black Lagoon

spupy
March 31st, 2009, 11:14 PM
Higurashi is very good. the plot runs very thick, therefore it takes some time to wrap your head around it, but as long as you like ubergore and ultra-moe on top of each other...why not. and both seasons are necessary to get the proper ending.

Thank you people for recommending Higurashi. Watched both seasons and enjoyed it very much. Nippah~

But now I have nothing to watch, again. Hopefully Fullmetal Alchemist starts soon.
Do you guys know of any upcomming/running anime worth to watch? I don't really follow the news...

ubuntu27
April 1st, 2009, 05:09 AM
You should check out History Greatest Disciple Kenichi.

I don't know how good the Anime version is, but I highly recommend you to read the Manga :)

Messyhair42
April 8th, 2009, 01:50 AM
Anybody check out some of the new season's relases. Of course i latched onto Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, i also watched the first episode of K-ON and found to to be entertaining. i also plan on watching Tears to Tiara (another CG release)

Redundant Username
April 8th, 2009, 02:38 AM
Full Metal Alchemist
Naruto
Naruto Shipudden
Inuyasha
Bleach
FLCL
Blood+
Elfin Lied
Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball: GT
Soul Eater
Big O
Runiun Kenshin(not sure if that's spelt right I haven't seen it since second grade)
PokÚmon
Beyblade
Digimon
Yugi-oh
Rave Master
One Piece
YuYu Hukashow( not sure if that's spelt right)
Death Note
Ghost in the Shell: 2nd gig
Sonic X

ataraxia937
April 8th, 2009, 03:08 AM
I don't believe anyone mentioned Last Exile yet. Not to be missed.

TheSlipstream
April 8th, 2009, 04:51 AM
Has anyone recommended Paranoia Agent?

C0dE92
April 12th, 2009, 12:51 AM
Naruto has to be the best anime out there. Along with Death Note, and Bleach.

tjwoosta
April 12th, 2009, 07:23 PM
the only anime ive ever enjoyed (then again i haven't watched many)

1 cowboy bebop

2 trigun

3 samurai champloo

4 rurouni kenshin


not necessarily in that order, i think they were each great in their own way

ubuntu27
April 13th, 2009, 02:35 AM
I was wondering if I should create a new thread for this or not.
I decided to post in this thread.


There is a new manga called "Ubunchu"

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/th.d1c847f983.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?d1c847f983.jpg)

Ubunchu, a Japanese Manga comic of 3 school students in a system-admin club who are getting into Ubuntu. First published in Japanese ASCII magazine and released as creative commons.

https://launchpad.net/ubunchu

eragon100
April 13th, 2009, 09:48 AM
I was wondering if I should create a new thread for this or not.
I decided to post in this thread.


There is a new manga called "Ubunchu"

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/th.d1c847f983.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?d1c847f983.jpg)

Ubunchu, a Japanese Manga comic of 3 school students in a system-admin club who are getting into Ubuntu. First published in Japanese ASCII magazine and released as creative commons.

https://launchpad.net/ubunchu

Great! Who got that idea?

EDIT: I am gonna make a new thread for ya 'bout this :wink:

Zoulpain
April 13th, 2009, 10:25 AM
Naruto + Naruto: Shippuuden
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Bleach
Amaenaide yo! + Amaenaide yo!! Katsu!!
Kyou no Go no Ni
Death Note
Love Hina
Devil May Cry
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Messyhair42
April 17th, 2009, 08:18 PM
In the middle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, it's alright. also i've really caught on to K-ON and FMA:Brotherhood for the new season. Tears to Tiara's 2nd episode was worse than the first, i'll give it another week or two before i make a decision to keep watching. also rewatching Gurren Lagann.

perfectska04
April 17th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Well, recently I've spent more time reading manga than watching anime, but there's still a few shows that I truly enjoy.

My favorite shows this season:
-Eden of the East
-Cross Game
-Sengoku Basara

In general:
-Kino's Journey
-Aria
-Gunbuster/Diebuster
-Minami-ke (Season 1)
-Seirei no Moribito
-xxxHolic
-Baccano!
-Gurren Lagann
-SZS
-Beck
-Pani Poni Dash
-Towards the Terra

And a ton more, but these are the ones that I can list without thinking too much about it.

nandemonai
April 26th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Too many to name :)

http://myanimelist.net/animelist/junintoiro

geekygirl
April 26th, 2009, 09:42 AM
hmmm lets see...

currently I am loving Code Geass and revisiting Evangelion.

Overall I would say the following are the anime I have most enjoyed:

Robotech
Macross Saga
Macross 7
Gundam Seed
Gundam Seed Destiny
Gundam Wing
Gundam 00
Voltron
Eureka Seven
Serial Experiments:Lain
Appleseed
The Girl Who Fell Through Time
Naruto
Naruto Shippuden
Bleach
Inuyasha
Vexille
Full Metal Panic
GITS
Astroboy
Gatchaman (hehe)

(some of those were from when I was a kid though!)

Have a thing for mecha based anime :)

telmac
April 26th, 2009, 09:44 AM
you are right! anime is lame, bot doctor who is better than HG2G

konqueror7
April 26th, 2009, 10:19 AM
one piece
naruto
bleach
d.gray man
fullmetal alchemist
claymore
gantz
black cat
blood+
samurai chamloo
afro samurai
ghost fighter (yu yu hakusho)
fate stay night
... can't remember the others...

oh, some people out there treat nick's avatar as an anime (though technically not), its one of my favorites too..

Messyhair42
April 26th, 2009, 06:56 PM
ive just finished I My Me Strawberry Eggs, Lucky Star, Black Cat and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. something about gurren lagann put me off the first time, i rewatched it with friends and it seemed better, maybe not quite as rushed.
also i'm really enjoying Pandora Hearts, K-ON and FMA: Brotherhood from the new season

Sugz
April 26th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Ever since going to uni I have realised how popular Anime is as a whole, what with lots of societies devoting themselves to it.
However I'm struggling to see the appeal in one particular aspect of it.
The Still Art some of it is spectacular, attention to detail is unbelievable. so, being an avid Artist myself, i can appreciate that.
However
The actual animation is where it loses me. The animation is well interesting, its like watching a still frame movie, or a series of gif's. And the sound, well the least said the better.
I have only watched Spirited away, and i quite enjoyed that i must admit :)

What draws you guys (and gals :P) to liking it, do you like the storylines? character portrayals? or....
Just curious that's all.

Rainstride
April 26th, 2009, 08:12 PM
naruto shippuden and bleach atm.

ubuntu27
April 26th, 2009, 08:22 PM
On
Until Death Do Us Part (http://www.onemanga.com/Until_Death_Do_Us_Part/) chater 44 (http://www.onemanga.com/Until_Death_Do_Us_Part/44/01/), page 09 (http://www.onemanga.com/Until_Death_Do_Us_Part/44/09/)

there is a computer with Gnome Desktop on the back of the commander.


I just had to post that :D

xuCGC002
April 26th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Spirited Away, Castle in the sky, and Metropolis were all really, really good movies.

spupy
April 26th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Ever since going to uni I have realised how popular Anime is as a whole, what with lots of societies devoting themselves to it.
However I'm struggling to see the appeal in one particular aspect of it.
The Still Art some of it is spectacular, attention to detail is unbelievable. so, being an avid Artist myself, i can appreciate that.
However
The actual animation is where it loses me. The animation is well interesting, its like watching a still frame movie, or a series of gif's. And the sound, well the least said the better.
I have only watched Spirited away, and i quite enjoyed that i must admit :)

What draws you guys (and gals :P) to liking it, do you like the storylines? character portrayals? or....
Just curious that's all.

I just realized the same thing about the animation. Huge portions of the time it is just a still image with a moving lips for the dialog. Or fighting scenes that include a lot of still images with some "wooshing" sound to appear as super-duper-movement-hyper-power attack.

What I personally like:
- Stories. There are many original ones. I think the medium really gives the creators the ability to go pretty wild with the story telling. Something that is not easily achievable by live action movies.
- Interesting/cute characters. (Although there are heaps of stereotypes that get reused alot. Case in point: Ayanami Rei-type characters are very common and that annoys me alot. Shows how some writers are very lazy. Also, alot of the characters are pretty childish and one-dimensional.)
- The setting of the story. It is easier to create (for example) a fantasy anime than a fantasy live-action, budget-wise. The artist has more freedom on the costumes, sets, creatures and so on. Of course the result is not as good, but we get more for less.
- Anime is somewhat more succinct. An interesting story can be told in 25 episodes. But look what happened to Heroes: "oh, lets stretch it to 4 season to suck more money from the viewer", and now it's going nowhere fast.
- Fan-created content. Oh yeah.

And there is a bigger list of things I don't like about anime, but an episode just finished downloading, so I gotta go. :)

Messyhair42
May 2nd, 2009, 07:48 PM
New Spice and Wolf is out, just saw it. amazing.
*wants moar*

will1911a1
May 2nd, 2009, 09:41 PM
I used to like Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun. Haven't watched any of them for years though. Maybe my son will like them.

I'm going to pick up a copy of Nausica on DVD if I can find it anywhere.

I don't really go out of my way to watch anime these days. I watched a couple Death note episodes but lost interest pretty quickly.

supersonicdarky
May 2nd, 2009, 11:01 PM
As I said earlier, eastern (i.e. Japanese) story-telling seems to focus on actions and activities, and not on plot. I wish I had better "industry" terms to use than this, but I don't.

To my mind, most anime, in terms of "story" content, really doesn't make any sense to me. Ok, I get the general concept of "There's good guys, and they're doing their thing; and then there's bad guys who are doing bad stuff, and the good guys fight the bad guys; and then hopefully the good guys win, but there will be some kind of cost." But what the specifics of their motivation are, why they do what they do, the fact that there's this predilection with the technology or the coolness or the wow factor, and that it seems like that is almost more important than the plot... that is all a massive turn-off to me.

Don't get me wrong, I love the art style of anime. But I'm not willing to spend my money (or time) on something which on the whole I don't find entertaining.
That's a very stereotypical view of anime. I mean yes, there's tons of crap anime where it's just "a vs b, b beats a, a trains and gets stronger, a humiliates b, a and b become friends" or something of that sort. I do my best to avoid such titles. If you want something with a proper plot, take a look at all of Key's and Makoto Shinkai's anime.

---

There are too many good ones, so take a look here (http://supersonicdarky.sytes.net/~kernel/list.html) for something to watch.

mystmaiden
May 3rd, 2009, 12:15 AM
I never dreamed I'd love anime but now I'm an anime junkie - especially if its in japanese and subtitled. ( the english dubbing is so Bad on most!)

In no particular order:

Ghost in the Shell
Ruroni Kenshin
Death Note
Trinity Blood
Blood Plus
Cowboy BeBop
Wolf's Rain
Ju-Oh-Sei
Knight Hunters
Full Metal Panic

heh, I could keep going ..

mystmaiden

Messyhair42
May 3rd, 2009, 07:16 AM
i think the dub of cowboy bebop is very good, and the dub for full metal panic is spot on, Chris Patton makes a great Souske.

tjwoosta
May 3rd, 2009, 04:21 PM
I personally would like to see more "serious" anime.

I mean i love good anime, but i hate childish cartoons.

I can think of many anime series where the storyline and the animation and everything is perfect but the show gets ruined by stupid little childish remarks and high pitched giggles.
(I dont know if its some japaneese thing or what but its really the downfall of all good anime)

In my opinion, real anime should be about fables of love, and adventure, and heroics, where childish humor and stupid remarks should play no part.

For instance, I loved shows like cowboy bebop (despite the edd thing), but I absolutely despised shows like inuyasha and ruroni kenshin (uncle ken, uncle ken, hehe, hehe) and many others who just give anime a bad name.

My best example of childish things ruining a good anime would be trigun, in trigun everything was perfect except for the way that blond idiot was always whining and waving his arms around like a little girl (i think you know what im talking about)

Anime should be focused on a mature, intelligent audience, not 10 year old children.

Id say its probably the voices that ruin good anime the most, even with the original japaneese dubbing most anime is just straight up aimed at younger audiences.

Also in alot of anime it often feels like many of the artists know exactly what I like, but then the people who do the voices come in and ruin everything.

Anyway thats just my opinion, sorry if i offended anyone

spupy
May 3rd, 2009, 05:52 PM
I personally would like to see more "serious" anime.

I mean i love good anime, but i hate childish cartoons.

I can think of many anime series where the storyline and the animation and everything is perfect but the show gets ruined by stupid little childish remarks and high pitched giggles.
(I dont know if its some japaneese thing or what but its really the downfall of all good anime)

In my opinion, real anime should be about fables of love, and adventure, and heroics, where childish humor and stupid remarks should play no part.

For instance, I loved shows like cowboy bebop (despite the edd thing), but I absolutely despised shows like inuyasha and ruroni kenshin (uncle ken, uncle ken, hehe, hehe) and many others who just give anime a bad name.

My best example of childish things ruining a good anime would be trigun, in trigun everything was perfect except for the way that blond idiot was always whining and waving his arms around like a little girl (i think you know what im talking about)

Anime should be focused on a mature, intelligent audience, not 10 year old children.

Id say its probably the voices that ruin good anime the most, even with the original japaneese dubbing most anime is just straight up aimed at younger audiences.

Also in alot of anime it often feels like many of the artists know exactly what I like, but then the people who do the voices come in and ruin everything.

Anyway thats just my opinion, sorry if i offended anyone

That's how I feel, as well. But keep in mind that some of the anime is aimed at a younger audience, even at little kids. It's our role to pick what suits our age.
To add, two more things that really ruin anime for me is pointless fan-service and forced attempts at stupid humor.

Right now I'm raging about some idion on 4chan/a/, who couldn't properly use spoiler tags and now I know what happens at the end of Clannad After Story, and I'm still in the middle of the season...](*,):evil:

blackened
May 3rd, 2009, 06:34 PM
...I'm going to pick up a copy of Nausica on DVD if I can find it anywhere.

Nausicaa was a seriously great movie. The manga are also fantastic.

You can usually find the DVD for fairly cheap, $20-25 on Amazon.


I don't really go out of my way to watch anime these days. I watched a couple Death note episodes but lost interest pretty quickly.

I vacillate wildly. I'll find something that really hooks me for a while, then the well will run dry for some months till it happens again.

My biggest problem is that I'm not a huge action genre fan, but prefer sports, comedy, and romance in that order. Action anime have to be absolutely stunning, visually and plot-wise (of the Guyver or Akira ilk), to grab me.

Right not I'm watching later episodes of Eyeshield 21, though I did just get Rurouni Kenshin and Planetes, so there's some backlog.

dragos240
May 3rd, 2009, 06:36 PM
Naruto Shippuuden. Although, since I cut back for a while, dattebayo not subbing it anymore, I got lost, and now I don't know where I left off.

doas777
May 3rd, 2009, 07:25 PM
Far too many to list.
I really like the just plain strange ones: welcome to the NHK, paranoia agent, Pani Poni, Zetsuobou sensei, xxxHolic/Tsubasa Chronicles, .Hack://, mushishi, haruhi suzumiya, FLCL (much better with subs), Excel saga, DNA^2, HimekoX, mandaba style, etc.

I am recently tending toward ecchi comedies (the good ones anyway, and theres always a new one every series). Love Hina is great (the manga is better tho). if i'm ever feeling down, Yumeria, Hand Maid Mai, or Aemeindayo usually put a smile on my face.

The classics are some of my favs: Tenchi, Slayers (thank goodness their making new slayers, and it Good!), Ranma, etc.

I like some of the more artistic tragedies like Habane Renmai, Mai Hime/Otome, Tsubasa Chronicles, this beautiful and terrible world, and a few others. Habane Renmai taught me that anything with ratings like that on ANN is worth watching, even if it sounds boring from the synopsis.

I like a lot of the shonen adventure sagas (naruto, bleach, GTO, kenichi, kenshin, kiba, etc ) but I find them too long anymore. I just don't have the focus to watch a 400 ep series any more, especially the on going ones, since i worry that I'll never get to see the end [like kenshin] (the negima manga is a perfect example of one that makes me worry).

I also don't really like it when anime takes itself too seriously (Reign, most anything with a mech, space imperial dramas, most of the vampire stuff, Rosario excepted).

I've watched too much anime these last 5 years. It's getting harder and harder to find a good new series.

Chilli Bob
May 12th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Just watched the first 8 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist back to back, and can say that it is looking like the best series I've seen an years. Not Evangelion good, but awesome none-the-less. Gotta get sleep now, and finish the box set in the morning.

alexandari
May 12th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Elfen Lied is the best <3

Messyhair42
May 12th, 2009, 07:20 PM
@chilly bob FMA is one of my favorites, i like to cosplay Edward (yeah i'm actually a male ed cosplayer) and i have the hair to do it right. i made a movie ed costume for AnimeExpo this year too. I'm watching FMA:Brotherhood right now and i like it. it moves fast right now b/c it's all overlap with the first series but it'll diverge more towards the manga storyline soon.

bvanaerde
May 13th, 2009, 07:41 AM
AnimeExpo
Haha, that sounds like the F.A.C.T.S. convention (http://iezy.be/facts/) we're having here in Belgium. :o

Chilli Bob
May 13th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Haha, that sounds like the F.A.C.T.S. convention (http://iezy.be/facts/) we're having here in Belgium. :o

The local version is called Animania. I went on last Saturday with my nephew. It's a lot of fun, even if I'm one of the oldest people there. The cosplay is amazing.

http://animania.net.au/2009/

Messyhair42
May 22nd, 2009, 04:46 AM
Haruhi Season 2 is Out!!!

nw2001
May 22nd, 2009, 05:53 AM
Haruhi Season 2 is Out!!!
Waiting on a HD release here=/

Mr-Biscuit
May 22nd, 2009, 06:59 AM
Vampire Hunter D, the original.

And a few others

miggols99
May 24th, 2009, 04:32 PM
I've noticed that a lot of people on this forum seem to like anime. The only anime I watch at the moment is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Do any of you have any recommendations?

B÷lva­ur
May 24th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Do any of you have any recommendations?
yes, post in the other anime thread, it is a little old but that's ok ):P

meeples
May 24th, 2009, 04:42 PM
DRAGONBALL ;D does that count?

im a big kid. havent seen the film yet :O

RiceMonster
May 24th, 2009, 04:46 PM
Watch FLCL

dragos240
May 24th, 2009, 04:57 PM
I haven't really watched anime in a while, but a while back, when dattebayo was still subbing naruto shippuuden, I watched that, alas, they do not sub it anymore :(

sisco311
May 24th, 2009, 05:09 PM
Gravitation, Trigun, Inuyasha and Death Note are my favorites.

dragos240
May 24th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Gravitation, Trigun, Inuyasha and Death Note are my favorites.

Trigun was awesome :3

nandemonai
May 24th, 2009, 05:33 PM
http://myanimelist.net/animelist/junintoiro

Not a complete list but it's close. Knock yourself out ;)

mellowd
May 24th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Cowboy Bebop
FLCL
Serial Experiments Lain
Spirited Away


There are loads more, but those are very nice indeed

itreius
May 24th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Cowboy Bebop
Edit: too late

dragos240
May 24th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Also hellsing OVA, just watched 5, can't wait for 6.

RiceMonster
May 24th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Some more recommendations:

Ergo Proxy
Samurai Champloo (I like this a lot more than cowboy bebop)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Full Metal Alchemist

Also, if you want to try comedy, Lucky Star and Azumanga Daioh

mellowd
May 24th, 2009, 05:44 PM
azumanga daioh
+1

MikeTheC
May 24th, 2009, 06:46 PM
I'm strictly old-school myself. Gatchaman (a.k.a. Battle of the Planets), Voltron, Star Blazers, Robotech, Gundam...

I'm not sure if Transformers would count or not, but as far as cartoons are concerned it was also a favorite of mine.

CharmyBee
May 24th, 2009, 07:11 PM
almost anything Gainax

drawkcab
May 24th, 2009, 07:14 PM
don't miss Gantz

also, I grew up on Robotech/Macross back in the 80s <3

expelledboy
May 24th, 2009, 08:12 PM
don't miss Gantz

I could not stop watching it! I watched afew on the tele then I could not wait for the next episode so I got on the net and watched ever single one. :lolflag:

miggols99
May 24th, 2009, 08:26 PM
Haha I just watched Lucky Star. It's so random it makes it so funny! Thanks for the recommendation ;)

swoll1980
May 24th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Anything with naked Asian girls in it. :shock:

MikeTheC
May 24th, 2009, 08:35 PM
Anything with naked Asian girls in it. :shock:

The rest of us watch it for the art. :^o

</sarcasm>

dragos240
May 24th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Anything with naked Asian girls in it. :shock:

Uhhh..... Hentai?

Kimm
May 24th, 2009, 09:06 PM
I haven't really watched anime in a while, but a while back, when dattebayo was still subbing naruto shippuuden, I watched that, alas, they do not sub it anymore :(

You can watch subbed Naruto Shippuuden for free here (http://www.crunchyroll.com/), delayed one week, sure, but its free. If you subscribe you can watch them as soon as they come out.

(they do a ton of other Animes too, not sure if they are all free to watch (I'm a subscriber myself))

izizzle
May 25th, 2009, 02:56 AM
My friend lectures me about Bleach. I've never actually watched it, but the way he talks about it.... it must be good.

drawkcab
May 25th, 2009, 04:21 AM
the first season or so of bleach was ok, then it became ridiculous

geekygirl
May 25th, 2009, 05:17 AM
Another Macross/Robotech fan from her 80's childhood here ):P

Also currently loving Code Geass.

Personally most mecha anime IMO is great, cannot go past the entire Gundam franchise (although some people may disagree about some of its series :p ), Evangelion (because we all need a good mind 'you-know-what' every now and then!), Eureka Seven, Full Metal Panic, Appleseed.

Give me big robots anyday....;)

TheNosh
May 25th, 2009, 06:11 AM
hellsing.

shame it didn't last nearly long enough, but the manga goes much further so it's all good

TheNosh
May 25th, 2009, 06:14 AM
Also hellsing OVA, just watched 5, can't wait for 6.

ah! i had missed this post, and had forgotten about the OVA for a moment. +1 on that

Tipped OuT
May 25th, 2009, 08:18 AM
Watch FLCL

Omg omg omg finally!!! Fooly Cooly!! :D:D:D:D:D:D

And don't forget DragonBall Z...and and and Avatar! and and and and AAhh! *Over Load*

stakh
May 30th, 2009, 06:27 PM
This depends a lot on your tastes, so what follows is just a reflection of mine:

Mushishi: a beautiful and contemplative anime on a "western scientific method" approach on traditional spirit japanese folklore. Amazing graphics, great screenplay

Welcome to the NHK!: a mostly satirical social commentary anime on different modern problems afflicting japanese (and contemporary) society: you'll see shut-ins, depression, pyramidal scams, suicide, otakus, etc. All that while laughing your a** off, and occasionally shedding a tear or two.

Ghibli: most of Ghibli productions: Princess Mononoke, Spirited away, Castle in the sky, Nausicńa, Porco Rosso, Grave of the Fireflys. All classics.

Haibane Renmei: a peculiar and dream-like anime on a bunch of girls trying to find out who and where they are. Great character development.

Koi Kaze: a nice romantic anime of the type that could not have been made in the west, only in Japan.

Kaiba: a very adult and thoughtfull anime with a retro childlike artwork. Again, only possible coming from Japan.

Genshiken: satiric anime to know everything about otakus and anime in general.

Akira: another classic: an action movie served by beautiful art and animation, and a nice soundtrack. Mind blowing if you are into cyberpunk style of stories (yup, check out Lain, already mentioned).

Simoun: a science-fiction anime of the kind only japanese could think about. Very odd, but very good storytelling, if you hang on past the first episodes.

There are many, many more excellent animes, but if you see those you'll be hooked enough to find further information by yourself.

Messyhair42
May 31st, 2009, 08:36 PM
In case any of you have not seen Princess Tutu I highly reccomend it, as an anime for all ages.

sect7
June 1st, 2009, 11:17 PM
I like a lot of older stuff.

Bubblegum Crisis, 3x3 Eyes, Akira, Ghost in the Shell...

Not so old:

Lain, Lucky Star, FLCL, Evangelion, almost anything by Studio 4░C.

Bud22
June 1st, 2009, 11:23 PM
IM a big Saint Seiya Fan.. I have a collection of vintage figures... If they dont mind I put them.. Also Some Initial D, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Macross. Old Gundam,:p. Blood The last vampire. Ninja Scroll

Messyhair42
June 2nd, 2009, 12:15 AM
Just started watching Kiddy Grade, it is very good. Full Metal Panic meets Nadesico meets Slayers IMO

evermooingcow
June 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
I'm Japanese and have been watching various related content for around 20yrs inlcuding collecting online via mule/torrent/winny for around 10yrs..I'm moderately hooked.:oops:

I put a lot of work into mplayer making it play all of the high-res content smoothly.

miggols99
June 4th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Ok. The anime I now watch are Fullmetal Alchemist (amazing!!), Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star. Can you recommend anything that would be something like one of these two? I don't want anything that has it's main theme as violence, as I don't enjoy watching things like that all the time.

ZarathustraDK
June 4th, 2009, 07:14 PM
My number one recommendation for what you wanna watch if you want to be inspired to watch anime would be the AMV Hell series http://amvhell.com/ .

They're free to download (torrent), contains tonnes of clips from different animes stitched together in a comical fashion, with a list of the used content at the end. They contain lots of in-jokes that gives instant geek-gratification when discovered, all the while inspiring to watch more anime.

Really, it may sound lame to watch, but give it a try. You'll be ROFL'ing for hours, promise.

regonzal
June 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Code Geass! I just finished watching R2 last night, and this is one of the best series I have ever watched!

I'm also a big fan of Berserk, Death Note, Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist, and Wolf's Rain =)

Junkieman
June 4th, 2009, 09:25 PM
Haven't watched Anime in ages! Think I'll look up some of those mentioned :popcorn:

Hellsing was great! Cowboy Bebop deserves a well-earned mention too, Vampire Hunter and don't forget the timeless Ghost in the Shell!

So many from the day, but it's time to catch up! :popcorn:

Cat Soup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Soup) is a complete and utter mind-screw, love it - anyone seen it?

Vitamin-Carrot
June 4th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Here i NZ its hard to come across a wide selection of anime .... The best I have ever seen would have to be Cowboy Bebop ... I have not been able to find much else that comes close to it ... not even samurai champloo

chucky chuckaluck
June 4th, 2009, 10:03 PM
LUPIN, ftw! though, i do like bebop, champloo and fooly coolly, i like the beer swilling girl from whatever one that is. death note started off great, but i got really sick of the ice cream eater. trigun's ok. the rest i could seriously do without.

.Maleficus.
June 4th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Here's my short list, since I don't like animu all that much:

Rurouni Kenshin
Neon Genesis Evangelion
G Gundam (most of the Gundams actually)

What I've been meaning to watch:

Ghost in the Shell
Black Lagoon

HammerOfDoubt
June 5th, 2009, 02:05 AM
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Manliest Anime Ever.

(watch the subs, not the dubs)

reyfer
June 5th, 2009, 02:23 AM
It depends. To me, GITS SAC is great, but I also enjoy Rosario + Vampire, Hellsing, and if you really want to feel like you're on an acid trip, just take an Excel Saga marathon :)

stakh
June 5th, 2009, 06:52 AM
Ok. The anime I now watch are Fullmetal Alchemist (amazing!!), Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star. Can you recommend anything that would be something like one of these two?

Not an anime, but the guy who wrote Azumanga Daioh also created a manga called Yotsuba&! Just google "Yotsuba&! manga" and you'll find it straight away. That manga is a blast, and it has been published in the US, so you can also find it in England. Highly recommended.

which ones pink
June 5th, 2009, 08:10 AM
My faves
Rurouni Kenshin
Death Note
Code Geass
Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo
Trigun
Beck
Hajime no Ippo (the manga's been going strong weekly for 18 years now :o 854 chapters)

Trail
June 5th, 2009, 01:46 PM
Kaiba.

geekygirl
June 5th, 2009, 02:22 PM
Code Geass! I just finished watching R2 last night, and this is one of the best series I have ever watched!

+1

Oh I am hearing you!

The first series is on TV over here at the moment and I always look forwards to my Monday nights thats for sure.

I have started buying the DVD's as well now..I am loving it - its a great story and has some awesome mecha fight scenes as well..

RiceMonster
June 5th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Code Geass was kind of over the top, but the plot twists and suspense kept me watching. I liked it overall.

abhilashm86
June 5th, 2009, 02:37 PM
final fantasy :)just love it

Barky
June 5th, 2009, 03:08 PM
I'm conviced that Cowboy Bebop is the best introduction to anime for a western audience. There are still some anime-like things in there, strange humor and such, but it is toned down to concentrate on the characters and action.

Story is heart wrenching and interesting as well, Vicious is a good bad guy though cliched. It's really the only anime I can still watch these days, being a dragonball z/anything anime nut in my early teens, I can't really take the bad humor and quirkiness of anime these days. I can however, still watch Cowboy Bebop and enjoy it

Messyhair42
June 20th, 2009, 07:48 AM
Just finished Eden of the East. good anime, definantly came out better than i expected. the end of K-ON was good too. also about to finish Saiunkoku Monogatari and Gundam Seed (but no gundam can ever live up to Wing)

~sHyLoCk~
June 20th, 2009, 09:15 AM
Eden of the east was good. I am hoping for more likes of Death note and Code geass! Watching Guin saga anyone? Its pretty nice.

carml
July 6th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I like/d Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note :p.

Jesus_Valdez
July 6th, 2009, 06:59 PM
the new Fullmetal alchemist series!

Also, the old one.

Messyhair42
July 6th, 2009, 07:22 PM
I'm keeping up on FMA: Brotherhood, Haurhi S2 and Pandora Hearts right now
anyway i've just returned from Anime Expo, most fun i've had at a con yet. the programming wasn't great, main events had audio problems, and the space wasn't as nice as last year but i still had a blast.

Messyhair42
July 10th, 2009, 08:17 AM
New summer shows. CANNAN, Zan Sayonara Zetsubo Senesi, Umineko no naku koro ni

evermooingcow
July 10th, 2009, 09:57 AM
Really liking Haruhi Season 2. I must say well done so far.

I've been putting off hunting for new seasons stuff. Its a pain to find the right source to follow earlier on.

spupy
July 10th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Dropped FMA:Brotherhood.
Started Umineko (yeah), Spice & Wolf 2 (Yeah!) and Zan Sayonata Zetsubou Sensei (YEAH!).

Which of the new shows are you guys watching?
http://chartfag.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/summer-2009-v3.jpg

StaticIp
July 16th, 2009, 04:38 PM
I'd have to say Heroic Age is one of my favs. Plenty of action and a good romance story. The first episode gave me chills! Great soundtrack also. A must watch!

infestor
July 16th, 2009, 05:29 PM
K˘kaku kid˘tai (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/)

frigging awesome cult!

init1
July 16th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Code Geass was kind of over the top, but the plot twists and suspense kept me watching. I liked it overall.
Yeah, it was kind of annoying how so many of the characters "died" and then came back. Still a great anime though.

chris4585
July 16th, 2009, 06:25 PM
Gundam Wing
Gundam 08th MS Team
Cowboy Bebop
Serial Experiments Lain
Out Law Star

GStubbs43
July 17th, 2009, 09:03 PM
he only anime I watch at the moment is Avatar: The Last Airbender.


Avatar isn't an anime. :)

miggols99
July 17th, 2009, 09:30 PM
Ok after all of these recommendations, I've sampled (watched a couple or more episodes) and liked the following anime:

Fullmetal Alchemist
Lucky Star
Azumanga Daioh
Fruits Basket
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Mushi-shi
Death Note

Anything like these that you can recommend?

spupy
July 17th, 2009, 10:10 PM
Really liking Haruhi Season 2. I must say well done so far.

Oh, man. Yesterday I was watching the latest episode of Endless Eight. Knowing that everything repeats from the previous episodes, it took me 10+ minutes to realize that I have already watched the exact same file few days ago. Endless8 really is screwing with my mind. :confused:

spupy
July 17th, 2009, 10:20 PM
I really recommend you guys watch Ga-Rei Zero. Finished it few days ago and it instantly entered my top favorites list.
If you read in Wikipedia about Ga-Rei, it looks like a clichÚ-ridden shounen. That is actually what the Ga-Rei manga is. Ga-Rei Zero on the other hand, which is sort of an anime prequel, is superior to the manga. All the fighting-demons-with-magical-katanas (which I don't really like) is only a background to the beautiful story of the friendship between the main heroines Yomi and Kagura.
The first episode may leave you in a WTF state, the following episodes may be slow, but the last third makes this amazing series worth the time. (it's only 12 episodes long)

Tipped OuT
July 17th, 2009, 10:27 PM
Avatar isn't an anime. :)

Yes it is.

MikeTheC
July 17th, 2009, 11:10 PM
Has anyone here seen a more specific release date for the Gatchaman movie than just "2010"?

Messyhair42
July 17th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Has anyone here seen a more specific release date for the Gatchaman movie than just "2010"?

no, but they had an awesome booth at Anime Expo for both Gatchaman and Astro Boy, Gatchaman looks amazing. a movie has to be better than the monster-of-the-week series, i sat through all 105 episodes and was bored to tears.

Messyhair42
August 5th, 2009, 05:26 AM
New season shows: Cannan, Tokyo Magnitutude 8.0, Umineko no naku koro ni, Zan Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei. Umineko is definantly my favorite of the bunch.

spupy
August 5th, 2009, 10:34 PM
New season shows: Cannan, Tokyo Magnitutude 8.0, Umineko no naku koro ni, Zan Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei. Umineko is definantly my favorite of the bunch.

Also:
Spice & Wolf 2 (continuing after watching season 1)
Hayate 2nd Season (also after watching season 1, but not as good)
Bakemonogatari

My favorites are Umineko, Bakemonogatari and Zetsubou Sensei. I'm barely holding myself from reading Umineko spoilers. =P~

magmon
August 5th, 2009, 10:36 PM
I like hellsing. I havn't really watched any other anime serieses.

hessiess
August 5th, 2009, 10:38 PM
I have recently become interested in Anime, and have watched Code Geass, Ergo proxy and am currently watching Full metal alchemist.

jc87
August 5th, 2009, 10:51 PM
My list:

Naruto - Do i really need to explain why?

Great teacher Onizuka

Full Metal alchemist: Brotherhood (i prefer this one instead of the first anime adaptation because this one is supposed to follow the manga story at 100%)

Dragon Ball Kai - A special version of Dragon Ball Z, without the fillers and some video/audio updates, worth it if you are a fan

Soul Eater

7 ghosts

Ranma 1/2

evermooingcow
August 5th, 2009, 11:03 PM
My only complaint about this season is that Haruhi is kinda failing at the moment with the last 5 or so episodes of repitition of the same thing.. I wonder how long it will last.. I doubted at first but 8 maybe?

RiceMonster
August 5th, 2009, 11:21 PM
I have not seen any of the new Haruhi. I'll probably wait until it's done airing.

razorboy5
August 5th, 2009, 11:33 PM
ok.

i never watch animes
watched Naruto for a bit cuz my friend suggested, liked a few moments of it but wasn't a big fan

however he recommended Code Geass and it kicked ***

spupy
August 5th, 2009, 11:54 PM
My only complaint about this season is that Haruhi is kinda failing at the moment with the last 5 or so episodes of repitition of the same thing.. I wonder how long it will last.. I doubted at first but 8 maybe?

Hm, "Endless Eight" implies there will be 8 episodes. The next episode (7th August) will be the 8th in the series, and hopefully "Endless Eight" will end.

coldReactive
August 6th, 2009, 02:19 AM
I like Sword of the Stranger for some reason.

Tipped OuT
August 6th, 2009, 02:20 AM
Dragon Ball Z, hands down, the best anime ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBgDDHeJF08

Messyhair42
August 6th, 2009, 03:33 AM
Forgot Spice and Wolf II, how could I, the first season became my favorite show. The current B/C of Haruhi has most fans P'O'd at animating the same thing, EIGHT times, I like watching it each week and noticing the subtle changes. it's still a surprise each week. As for FMA:Brotherhood i already see some changes, the show has skipped about three volumes of the manga, between Ed and Al visiting Izumi and the appearance of the Eastern Alchemists (Xing or Rentanjutsushi, whatever you want to call it). and it's moving fast still, hope it continues to be excellent though.

racerraul
September 13th, 2009, 08:38 AM
This thread got me to check out a few series.

I never been an anime fan aside from watching Mazinger Z & Robotech when I was younger, till I found this thread a while back.

I watched Deathnote, recommended to me by my brother in law. I really liked the series until M came into the scene... from that point on, I watched it but didn't like the series much...

Cowboy Beebop was fun. bought it and the movie.
Ghost in the Shell, by far my fav. Bought the 1st season and Movie. 2nd gig on back order :(. No surprise since I am a Matrix fan.
Samurai Champloo was fun as well, really enjoyed it. Will buy this series.
Code Geas R1 & R2, was not bad... didn't care for the ending much.
Afro Samurai... was OK. It got on my nerves more often than not. I don't know if I could watch it again though... I was a fan of Samuel Jackson until then... LOL

ZarathustraDK
September 13th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Whatever you do stay away from Agent Aika, unless of course you're in a silly mood. First 25 min episode contains about 140 panty-shots (I didn't count, somebody else did).

Rhapsody
September 13th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I've recently seen Haibane Renmei and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence myself.

The former was actually good enough to become my favourite anime series of all time (knocking Cowboy Bebop, the leader for the last two years, down the second place), so it's definitely worth watching.

The latter now means I consider my viewing of the Ghost in the Shell franchise to be effectively complete (both Mamoru Oshii movies, both series of Stand Alone Complex and Solid State Society, and the complete manga), and I thought it was much better than most people give it credit for. Maybe not quite up to the quality of the legendary 1995 movie, but certainly worthy of it.

Странник
September 13th, 2009, 11:37 AM
I really liked Ouran High School. Pretty funny

racerraul
September 13th, 2009, 11:44 AM
Forgot to mention I tried watching Akira....
Couldn't get into it enough to watch it.... I think the whole look of that movie was buggin me. Everyone looked related and sort of down syndrome.

etnlIcarus
September 13th, 2009, 01:16 PM
My mind continually drifted while watching Akira. I can't actually recall much about it, besides it's plot being very much what you'd expect in the early 90's.

ubuntu27
September 13th, 2009, 11:59 PM
I am currently watching Reborn! (http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/REBORN!). It is a comedy, action, super natural, science fiction Anime.

I highly recommend you to watch it ;)

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/REBORN!

hessiess
September 14th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Just finished watching the first gig of ghost in the shell. Overall I thought it was very good, however there were a few episodes which I felt where un needed.

Messyhair42
October 30th, 2009, 10:05 PM
New season is coming out. I'm continuing with FMA: Brotherhood because it's excellent, moves pretty fast though, as well as Umineko no naku koro ni. started watching Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, Kiddy Girl And, Armed Librarians, and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
currently also watching SDF Macross and .hack//sign

Bachstelze
October 30th, 2009, 10:19 PM
Watching this new season: Letter Bee, Kobato and Seitokai no Ichizon, and continuing Cross Game and Kemono no Souja Erin.

The Sacred Blacksmith is a big disappointment. Manglobe failed for the first time. :(

lightningfox
October 30th, 2009, 11:01 PM
Yugioh
Yugioh GX
DragonBall Z
One Piece
Pokemon
Digimon

spupy
October 31st, 2009, 02:45 AM
Dam, episode 18 of Umineko was awesome!:popcorn:

From the new season I'm watching The sacred blacksmith, Kampfer, Railgun, Sora no Otoshimono, Kobato.
It looks like a weak season to me. Or maybe I'm watching the wrong stuff? Kampfer maybe is my favorite.

Btw, I also dropped 11eyes and "Seitokai no Ichizon" for generic-ness. Amirite? (Ofc some of the other shows I picked instead are also generic. *coughthesacredblacksmithcough*)

shadowlands
October 31st, 2009, 04:34 AM
Lets see, my favorites right now are: FLCL, Guren Lagann, Clannad, Lucky Star, Berserk, Code Geass (R2 was better than the first season IMO), Fullmetal Alchemist and Escaflowne. my favorite movies are: 5 centimeters per second, Armitage III, Ghost in the shell and Princess Mononoke. I read Naruto regularly but the anime has gotten bad i think.

I am with you Code Geass, ESCAFLONE, PRINCESS MONOKE( all caps because it was great and this is my excited voice)

etnlIcarus
October 31st, 2009, 03:32 PM
Yugioh
Yugioh GX
DragonBall Z
One Piece
Pokemon
Digimon

A truly dire selection.

RiceMonster
October 31st, 2009, 03:33 PM
A truly dire selection.

It's missing Sailor Moon

Bachstelze
October 31st, 2009, 03:39 PM
It's missing Sailor Moon

And Naruto.

etnlIcarus
October 31st, 2009, 03:42 PM
At least Sailor Moon has kitsch appeal.

BatsotO
November 9th, 2009, 02:04 PM
saint seiya. or knight of the zodiac in US.

happyhamster
November 9th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Currently watching:

FMA Brotherhood
Umineko
Nyan Koi
Trapeze
Darker than Black


And I picked this up today (for 30 euri :popcorn:)

RiceMonster
November 9th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Darker than Black

Do you mean the new series? I really should start watching that as I loved the first series. Is it any good?

kyuubi777
November 9th, 2009, 09:11 PM
favs are
Aria
Ah! Megami-sama
Sailor Moon
Digimon
CCS
and Toradora

recently watched
school days - not really anything good
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ....This was a serious mind f%^& ... i cringed through many of the scenes and it kept me guessing right to the last two episodes .. best thriller ever, besides Michael Jacksons one :D

happyhamster
November 9th, 2009, 09:30 PM
Do you mean the new series? I really should start watching that as I loved the first series. Is it any good?
The new series, yes. It has a few quirks, but it's pretty good I think. Compared to the first series there's more random fanservice and the main character is less likeable I think. It's quite some time since I saw the first series though, so perhaps I remember it wrong. YMMV.

Can't hurt to check it out.

RiceMonster
November 9th, 2009, 09:42 PM
The new series, yes. It has a few quirks, but it's pretty good I think. Compared to the first series there's more random fanservice and the main character is less likeable I think. It's quite some time since I saw the first series though, so perhaps I remember it wrong. YMMV.

Can't hurt to check it out.

Cool. I'll check it out.

llcawthorne
December 7th, 2009, 03:22 AM
Things I've Watched and Enjoyed:

Akira (a long time back though)
Berserk
Bleach
Cowboy Bebop
Death Note
Full Metal Alchemist (loved it)
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (loving it!!!)
Ghost in the Shell (another from the past)
Hellsing
Neon Genesis Evangelion (paid for the box set)
Ninja Scroll (way back - don't remember it)
Paranoia Agent (was weird)
Princess Mononoke
Rurouni Kenshin (was the longest, until I sat through Bleach)
Trigun
Vampire Hunter D (also way back, but I suppose I liked it)

I'm sure I am missing some though. As long as my list include FMA, Eva, Kenshin, and Trigun - then it covers the most important to me.

alphaniner
December 7th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Some of my favorites:

Planetes
Last Exile
Scrapped Princess
Uninhabited Planet Survive
Photon
Detective Academy Q
Ragnarok
Crayon Shin-chan: Unkokusai no Yabou (movie)

fromthehill
December 7th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Air Gear
Akira
Alfred J. Quack
Animatrix
Azumanga Daioh
Bakemonogatari
Bleach
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2
Bottle Fairy
Chocolate Underground
Clannad
Crayon Shin-chan
Dai Mahou Touge
Death Note
Death Note Rewrite: The Visualizing God
D.Gray-man
Di Gi Charat Nyo
Digimon Season 1: Digital Monsters
Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters
Disgaea
Doujin Work
Eden of the East
Elfen Lied
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Eve no Jikan
Extra Music Video
First Squad Music Video
FLCL
Flint, the Time Detective
Genshiken
Genshiken 2
Genshiken OVA
Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
.hack//Legend Of The Twilight
Happiness!
Hetalia: Axis Powers
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Jigen Loop
Junk Town
Karin
Kashi no Ki Mokku
K-On!
Lucky Star
Lucky Star OVA
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Medabots
Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The
Metropolis
Minami-ke
Minami-ke Betsubara
Minami-ke Okaeri
Minami-ke Okawari
Moetan
Naruto
Naruto Shippuden
Needless
Nils no Fushigi na Tabi
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Nyoron Churuya-san
Ouran High School Host Club
Paniponi Dash!
Pokemon
Pokemon Advanced
Pokemon 1: The First
Pokemon 2: The Power of One
Prince of Tennis, The
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
School Days
School Days: Valentine Days
Serial Experiments Lain
Seto no Hanayome
Shakugan no Shana
Shakugan no Shana II
Shakugan no Shana OVA
Shinzo
Sindbad no Bouken
Sky Girls
Soul Eater
Spirited Away
Strawberry Marshmallow
Strike Witches
Strike Witches OVA
Taishou Yakyuu Musume
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tom Sawyer no Bouken
Training with Hinako
Weiss Survive
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Zettai Shonen
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

my list:popcorn:

ihendley
December 7th, 2009, 09:49 PM
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/4035/cowboybebopdvdboxset1.jpg

eragon100
December 7th, 2009, 09:55 PM
Air Gear
Akira
Alfred J. Quack
Animatrix
Azumanga Daioh
Bakemonogatari
Bleach
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2
Bottle Fairy
Chocolate Underground
Clannad
Crayon Shin-chan
Dai Mahou Touge
Death Note
Death Note Rewrite: The Visualizing God
D.Gray-man
Di Gi Charat Nyo
Digimon Season 1: Digital Monsters
Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters
Disgaea
Doujin Work
Eden of the East
Elfen Lied
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Eve no Jikan
Extra Music Video
First Squad Music Video
FLCL
Flint, the Time Detective
Genshiken
Genshiken 2
Genshiken OVA
Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
.hack//Legend Of The Twilight
Happiness!
Hetalia: Axis Powers
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Jigen Loop
Junk Town
Karin
Kashi no Ki Mokku
K-On!
Lucky Star
Lucky Star OVA
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Medabots
Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The
Metropolis
Minami-ke
Minami-ke Betsubara
Minami-ke Okaeri
Minami-ke Okawari
Moetan
Naruto
Naruto Shippuden
Needless
Nils no Fushigi na Tabi
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Nyoron Churuya-san
Ouran High School Host Club
Paniponi Dash!
Pokemon
Pokemon Advanced
Pokemon 1: The First
Pokemon 2: The Power of One
Prince of Tennis, The
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
School Days
School Days: Valentine Days
Serial Experiments Lain
Seto no Hanayome
Shakugan no Shana
Shakugan no Shana II
Shakugan no Shana OVA
Shinzo
Sindbad no Bouken
Sky Girls
Soul Eater
Spirited Away
Strawberry Marshmallow
Strike Witches
Strike Witches OVA
Taishou Yakyuu Musume
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tom Sawyer no Bouken
Training with Hinako
Weiss Survive
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Zettai Shonen
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

my list:popcorn:

Wow!

My list is in my signature :popcorn::popcorn:

spupy
December 7th, 2009, 10:28 PM
I recently officially watched my 1000th anime episode. It was episode 5 of Kobato I think. I might have picked up something special as a sentiment, but I found only afterwards.

Sugz
December 7th, 2009, 10:42 PM
As sorry I forgot to thank you spupy in the reply to my post a while ago about why you enjoy anime :D
Its interesting to hear peoples opinions.. and to learn more about this medium of art and animation.

If anyone else has any opinions, it will be interesting to hear them, what draws (no pun intended) you to anime?

Bachstelze
December 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM
If anyone else has any opinions, it will be interesting to hear them, what draws (no pun intended) you to anime?

A more relevant question would be to ask anime-haters why they hate anime. Saying "I hate anime" is just like saying "I hate Spanish movies" or "I hate German novels". It's rejecting something on a purely arbitrary criterion, which has nothing to do with its actual content.

etnlIcarus
December 8th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Air Gear
Akira
Alfred J. Quack
Animatrix
Azumanga Daioh
Bakemonogatari
Bleach
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2
Bottle Fairy
Chocolate Underground
Clannad
Crayon Shin-chan
Dai Mahou Touge
Death Note
Death Note Rewrite: The Visualizing God
D.Gray-man
Di Gi Charat Nyo
Digimon Season 1: Digital Monsters
Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters
Disgaea
Doujin Work
Eden of the East
Elfen Lied
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Eve no Jikan
Extra Music Video
First Squad Music Video
FLCL
Flint, the Time Detective
Genshiken
Genshiken 2
Genshiken OVA
Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
.hack//Legend Of The Twilight
Happiness!
Hetalia: Axis Powers
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Jigen Loop
Junk Town
Karin
Kashi no Ki Mokku
K-On!
Lucky Star
Lucky Star OVA
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Medabots
Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The
Metropolis
Minami-ke
Minami-ke Betsubara
Minami-ke Okaeri
Minami-ke Okawari
Moetan
Naruto
Naruto Shippuden
Needless
Nils no Fushigi na Tabi
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Nyoron Churuya-san
Ouran High School Host Club
Paniponi Dash!
Pokemon
Pokemon Advanced
Pokemon 1: The First
Pokemon 2: The Power of One
Prince of Tennis, The
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
School Days
School Days: Valentine Days
Serial Experiments Lain
Seto no Hanayome
Shakugan no Shana
Shakugan no Shana II
Shakugan no Shana OVA
Shinzo
Sindbad no Bouken
Sky Girls
Soul Eater
Spirited Away
Strawberry Marshmallow
Strike Witches
Strike Witches OVA
Taishou Yakyuu Musume
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tom Sawyer no Bouken
Training with Hinako
Weiss Survive
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Zettai Shonen
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

my list:popcorn:There mustn't be much else to do in the Netherlands.


http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/4035/cowboybebopdvdboxset1.jpgCan never go wrong with Bebop.

Sundown Kid
December 8th, 2009, 06:01 AM
I've seen a decent amount, but some of my favs are Gurren Lagann, Kino no Tabi, Boogiepop Phantom, Mushishi, Baccano and Lain.

fromthehill
December 8th, 2009, 08:47 AM
There mustn't be much else to do in the Netherlands.

when you have only 2-3 hours unplanned spare time a week there is not much I can do

besides most anime I watched when I was a kid and had no idea what anime was

Marvin666
December 9th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Favorites are:
anime of Big O
manga, and anime on Cowboy Bebop
manga of Bleach
anime of FLCL
I'm starting to read the manga of Lucky Star, and like it so far.
Inuyasha, deathnote, ghost in the shell, and full metal alchemist are okay.
I'll have to see if I can find some english anime of Lucky Star, and Trigun (been forever since I've seen it, and there's no manga of it on my usual site (http://www.onemanga.com)).

AllRadioisDead
December 11th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Oh man, I just watched Cowboy Bebop and it was absolutely amazing, the movie was great as well. Now I'm sad it's over :(
I felt this way after I finished Blood+, Elfen Lied, and Code Geass as well. I think Bebop just moved up to first place on my list of favourite anime's, sorry Code Geass. I need something new to start on now.

Ylon
December 11th, 2009, 11:00 AM
Not a great Anime fan, but I'd love this masterpiece: 火垂るの墓 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_of_the_Fireflies)

etnlIcarus
December 11th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Oh man, I just watched Cowboy Bebop and it was absolutely amazing, the movie was great as well. Now I'm sad it's over :(
I felt this way after I finished Blood+, Elfen Lied, and Code Geass as well. I think Bebop just moved up to first place on my list of favourite anime's, sorry Code Geass. I need something new to start on now.
Dude knows his anime.

Not a great Anime fan, but I'd love this masterpiece: 火垂るの墓 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_of_the_Fireflies)Oh god, I thought Grave of the Fireflies was a piece of overrated crap. It's like Bambi, except Bambi's mother is still dead, Thumper is also dead and Bambi is a little snot, who you want to repeatedly smack upside the head. They really took the, "war is hell", formula to the extreme of utter nihilism.

Ylon
December 11th, 2009, 12:43 PM
Oh god, I thought Grave of the Fireflies was a piece of overrated crap. It's like Bambi, except Bambi's mother is still dead, Thumper is also dead and Bambi is a little snot, who you want to repeatedly smack upside the head. They really took the, "war is hell", formula to the extreme of utter nihilism.
Hell, anyone has his own taste, I don't disclose them.

But thanks to clarify that you actually prefer Bambi rather this Anime, that talk about human beings: with no mega-robot-space-ship or tentacle-rape included :popcorn: :p

AllRadioisDead
December 11th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Dude knows his anime.

Thanks, any suggestions for me? I mean I know there's that huge list there, but do you think you can narrow it down a little bit for me based on my previous experiences?:popcorn:

ZarathustraDK
December 11th, 2009, 02:01 PM
Not a great Anime fan, but I'd love this masterpiece: 火垂るの墓 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_of_the_Fireflies)

Grave of the Fireflies is great, but it's the kind of movie you only want to see once because it's so depressing.

RiceMonster
December 11th, 2009, 02:09 PM
Grave of the Fireflies is great, but it's the kind of movie you only want to see once because it's so depressing.

I haven't watched that and now I know I don't want to :p. I never want to see Clannad AS or Saikano again because those were way too depressing. I can't even enjoy it at that level.

etnlIcarus
December 11th, 2009, 03:02 PM
Thanks, any suggestions for me? I mean I know there's that huge list there, but do you think you can narrow it down a little bit for me based on my previous experiences?:popcorn:

You're really not going to find much that measures up to the likes of Bebop. Samurai Champloo by all accounts should have reached parity but still came up short. Starting with Elfen Lied is also making things difficult.

I personally never got into Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex (love the original film, though) or Ergo Proxy but if you're in a wanky mood, you might want to check them out. For more light-weight comedy/action series similar to Bebop, try Samurai Champloo (same director as Bebop, similarly eclectic, widely influenced style), or Trigun (great but you need to watch it in Japanese, with subs ; the English dubs don't convey the characters or the writers' sense of humour properly and juxtaposed against the action and drama, the whole thing ends up seeming Schizophrenic).

For something a bit different from all of the above (different in it's nominative sense; not different in, say, the way one might describe the Japanese in general) and for probably my personal favourite, check out a series called The Vision of Escaflowne. Again, you need to watch this adventure-fantasy series in Japanese, with subs, as the English dubs are ruinous. There's plenty of action but it takes on a more sobered tone than the balls-to-the-wall melodrama of Bebop and Trigun. Also focusses on it's characters a little more directly and as it's a fantasy story, don't expect the plot to make any literal sense. There's lots of gibberish about fate and free will, just... go with it.

fromthehill
December 11th, 2009, 03:20 PM
I haven't watched that and now I know I don't want to :p. I never want to see Clannad AS or Saikano again because those were way too depressing. I can't even enjoy it at that level.
I've seen tough guys cry when watching clannad:P

sandrock50
December 31st, 2009, 10:36 PM
I like...
Bleach
Naruto
One Piece
Gundam Seed
Gundam 00
Dragonball (every series - original,z,gt,kai)
Prince of Tennis
Detective Conan
and a few more...
Movies...
Bleach memories of nobody, diamond dust rebellion and fade to black
Detective Conan movie 1-12
and a few others...
This is all i can think of off the top of my head

dragos240
December 31st, 2009, 10:39 PM
NGE. I really enjoyed that, I really didn't get the very end of it though.

RiceMonster
December 31st, 2009, 11:01 PM
NGE. I really enjoyed that, I really didn't get the very end of it though.

Watch the movie "End of Evangelion" for an ending that makes a lot more sense. It starts after episode 22.

Regenweald
December 31st, 2009, 11:12 PM
The new darker than black was pretty amazing, I like their style of storytelling where every little detail is not spelled out. It's like they assume the watcher has some level of intelligence, which I appreciate. Looking forward to the OVA and hopefully a season 3. My two favourite studios for animation style would be BONES and Mangalobe.

I try to stay away from anything with teen and pre-teens in short skirts and fanservice. I find that aspect of anime culture very disturbing.