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Old May 20 2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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Re: Japanese Anime

Ghost in the Shell (the movies and the series) is probably the go-to for serious science fiction anime. It's about an elite team of cyborg-ized special counter-terrorist agents.

Cowboy Bebop is the go-to for just plain fun science fiction anime. It has a little bit of everything - space bounty hunters, buddy-cop, Star Warsy space battles, con games, spoofs, film noir... Lots of good humor and a GREAT jazz score by Yoko Kanno (as does GitS). Bebop is the anime that got a lot of Americans hooked on anime.

Planetes has been compared to 2001 in its near-future-space styling and story. A very good story about average folks who just happen to work in orbit, collecting space junk, and their hopes and dreams.

The Last Exile is a killer steampunk aerial adventure series with vast fleets of antigrav battleships and fighters that look like 1936 Chords that fly.

009-1 is a cartoony spoof of the 1960s spy genre, but set slightly in the future, with more cyborg spy babes.

Evangelion, if you like giant robo action and being confused beyond hope.

And of course, almost any film by Miyazaki:
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Princess Mononoke
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
Castle in the Sky
Spirited Away
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