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Old May 22 2013, 09:30 AM   #31
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Re: Japanese Anime

There's some fantastic tips in this thread already, tbh, I find it difficult to add to them.

I'd back up recommendations for;

Legend of the Galactic Heroes - epic space opera
Cowboy Bebop - Tarantino does anime (it's not actually Tarantino, but very much that style)
Maison Ikkoku - long-running comedic romance
Last Exile - steampunk airship battles, awesome!
Miyazaki - Nausicaa, My Neighbour Totoro, Castle of Cagliostro.....actually, just watch them all!
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Old May 22 2013, 10:15 AM   #32
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Re: Japanese Anime

No love for the excellent Psycho Pass?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-Pass

The story takes place in the near future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed on each citizen's body called the Psycho-Pass. It follows members of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division and the crimes they investigate.


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Old May 22 2013, 01:41 PM   #33
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Re: Japanese Anime

Cowboy Bebop, Bubblegum Crisis, Ghost in the Shell, early Gundam, other Macross series you may not have seen - Macross Zero was pretty low on the list of good Macross, Record of Lodoss War.

Current stuff that's running now - Attack on Titan, Gargantia of the Verdurous planet

There's a lot more, but that's just a quick off the top of my head shot.
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Old May 22 2013, 02:25 PM   #34
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Re: Japanese Anime

Sky Blazers
Akira
Wings of Honeomasse (sp!?!?)
Tank Police
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Old May 22 2013, 02:29 PM   #35
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Zaku wrote: View Post
No love for the excellent Psycho Pass?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-Pass
Eh, that show (like Gargantia) revolves way too much around the message it's trying to convey, which means that there's tons of stupid shit happening so the writer can hammer in the whole "Sybil system bad" thing.

The Devil is a Part-Timer is great comedy. It's about a Demon Lord from a fantasy universe getting stuck in Tokyo after his kingdom fell and having to work in "MgRonald's" to survive. His ultimate goal? Climb to the top of the MgRonald's corporate hierarchy and retake his kingdom.
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Old May 22 2013, 10:22 PM   #36
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Forbin wrote: View Post
Wings of Honeomasse (sp!?!?)
Honneamise
But your spelling was close enough, google finds it no matter what, I don't think many people know how to spell it, I had to look it up myself.
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Old May 23 2013, 12:04 AM   #37
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Re: Japanese Anime

It depends on what generes you are most interested in. Anime is an entire medium so it has any genre under the sun you could want.

For starters I'll just mention a few of my personal favorites.

Monster- (medical/crime drama, mystery, action)
Planetes (science fiction, romance)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Science fiction, police drama)
Haibane Renmei (Drama, mustery, slice of life)
Rumbling Hearts (romantic drama)
Kurenai (martial arts, comedy, slice of life)
When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koroni) (supernatural, horror, mystery)
REC (romance, comedy)
Welcome to the NHK (drama, comedy, romance)
Baccano (action, comedy)
Kanon (2006) (drama, comedy)
Ergo Proxy (science fiction)
Rideback (science fiction, mecha)
Kemonozume (action, romance)
Cowboy Bebop (science fiction, action)
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (music, slice of life, romance)
Infinite Ryvius (science fiction)
Blue Gender (science fiction, horror)
Real Drive (science fiction)
Aquarian Age (supernatural, action)

As for some currently airing ones, I'm following:

A Certain Scientific Railgun S (Not recommended unless you've seen the first Railgun series)
Attack on Titan
Majestic Prince
Photo Kano
Red Data Girl

Samurai Bride (Not recommended unless you've watched Samurai Girls)
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Space Brothers

Most of these can be found here or here streaming legally.
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Old May 23 2013, 12:56 AM   #38
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I'll second the recommendations for Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Planetes, Haibane Renmei, and Evangelion.

I'm also a huge fan of the late Satoshi Kon, in particular his first two films Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress, two films which play with reality and perception in service of entirely different stories. His third film Tokyo Godfathers is much more straightforward, but also brilliant - a great Christmas movie.

His series Paranoia Agent is also great, if not perfect (the layout of the story is a little weird).

Also a big fan of Masaaki Yuasa, who specialises in a very wild, chaotic, freeform animation style. He's to an acquired taste, but his work is definitely something you should experience for yourself at least once. Alas, most of his output - Mind Game, Kaiba - isn't easy to get hold of legally on region one or two, but his series The Tatami Galaxy is on DVD.

Personally, I prefer Mamoru Oshii's older stuff, prior to GitS - Angel's Egg, the two Patlabor movies, and especially, the second Urusei Yatsura movie, Beautiful Dreamer. Even if you don't watch any other UY, trust me - it's fantastic.

Kino's Journey is a good, understated series about a traveling Girl and her talking motorcycle, who pass through various societies.

And finally, Serial Experiments Lain, a pioneering mind-screw series that will leave you baffled (and perhaps a little freaked).
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Old May 23 2013, 12:56 AM   #39
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Actual reccomendation time.

Green Legend Ran
Dominion Tank Police
Vision of Escaflowne
Outlaw Star
Tenchi Universe
Project A-ko
This Ugly yet beautiful world
Spice and Wolf
if you like pretentious Wolf's Rain
if you can find it Kodocha
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Old May 23 2013, 04:13 PM   #40
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Takeru wrote: View Post
Forbin wrote: View Post
Wings of Honeomasse (sp!?!?)
Honneamise
But your spelling was close enough, google finds it no matter what, I don't think many people know how to spell it, I had to look it up myself.
Every time I see that title I replace Honneamise with Mayonnaise. Because of that I just can't watch it...
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Old May 23 2013, 08:34 PM   #41
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Is there any good new serious science-fiction anime? I get Otaku USA, but all I see lately is things like overly cute magical girls and supernatural stuff.
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Old May 23 2013, 11:19 PM   #42
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The new remake of Yamato.
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Old May 24 2013, 12:54 AM   #43
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Yeah, I second that Space Battleship Yamato 2199 rec. I don't know of anything else that's current.

Psycho-Pass from earlier this year may also fit the bill.
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Old May 24 2013, 06:13 PM   #44
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Is there any good new serious science-fiction anime? I get Otaku USA, but all I see lately is things like overly cute magical girls and supernatural stuff.
You want Steins;Gate. Best sci-fi anime in years!
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Old May 26 2013, 02:13 AM   #45
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I've been thrilled by Aku no Hana, or Flowers of Evil lately. Crazy loner girl bullies emo teen boy who takes quivering to amazing levels. It's drawn over live actors, looks naturalistic, but more over-dramatically emotive than any cartoon or live action character, so every single movement is utter hilarity, while rawly tragic.

You know you want to watch it...

7 out of 13 episodes have aired. First one is funny because of how ludicrously portentous it can be, even though nothing happens. After that every episode is better, and more eventful than the last.

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