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Old May 26 2013, 03:34 PM   #46
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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.
Actually that's been the trend in Japan for a bunch of recent years, and since what we get is what they get first...
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Old May 26 2013, 04:01 PM   #47
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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!
Nice tip. Released on BD over here in July too.
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Old May 26 2013, 04:21 PM   #48
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Re: Japanese Anime

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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.
Actually that's been the trend in Japan for a bunch of recent years, and since what we get is what they get first...
At least Madoka is a serious sci-fi, if with little girls, and core ideas nicked from Evangelion.

Haven't watched much sci-fi anime, a few non-sf dramas I did watch and enjoy a lot (NHK, Kaiji), as the few I tried semi-randomly were lame (Macross Frontier, RahXephon), or I had no idea what was happening, for one reason or another (Lain, Ergo Proxy).

Little girl shows they do consistently well.
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Old May 27 2013, 03:23 AM   #49
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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!
Nice tip. Released on BD over here in July too.
Yikes - for 80 bucks just for part one! Never mind.
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Old May 27 2013, 03:34 AM   #50
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Yeah, I like lots of different stuff, myself so the current trends are still in line with some my tastes. Right now I'm watching 2 violent hack and slash action shows, a mecha anime, a supernatural show, an epic space opera, 2 sci-fi comedies, a romantic comedy/drama, an action/fanservice show, and a street racing anime.
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Old May 27 2013, 09:17 PM   #51
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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.
Actually that's been the trend in Japan for a bunch of recent years, and since what we get is what they get first...
Magic girls are a specific genre of japanese children's fiction that has been around for decades. Madoka was a recent attempt at selling it for adult audiences much like what Eva did for mech.

The more recent trends is trying to insert a high school setting in everything such as Gundam AGE.

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Old May 27 2013, 10:31 PM   #52
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You want Steins;Gate. Best sci-fi anime in years!
Nice tip. Released on BD over here in July too.
Yikes - for 80 bucks just for part one! Never mind.
£24.95 here.

Region B locked unfortunately.
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Old May 28 2013, 01:44 AM   #53
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Region A BD/DVD Combo pack from Funimation will only run you $38 for part 1 and the same for part 2. Or you could just just wiait for the inevitable complete collection in a year or two.

Magic girls are a specific genre of japanese children's fiction that has been around for decades. Madoka was a recent attempt at selling it for adult audiences much like what Eva did for mech.
Not only just an attempt, but a huge financial success. Although, I think things like the Lyrical Nanoha franchise which came before it, deserve some credit too for giving people the idea that magical girl stuff can be tweaked to appeal to a different audience. Case in point: me, because normally I wouldn't touch magical girl stuff with a ten foot pole, but I did enjoy the heck out of Madoka Magica and Nanoha franchises.
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Old May 28 2013, 03:54 AM   #54
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I will recommend Aria just because.

Oh wow, they actually put the entire first season up on youtube, but only for the next few days:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=ELUBu-GdB_TS0
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Old May 28 2013, 03:14 PM   #55
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Here's a new title worth keeping an eye on if you like submarine based scifi:
Arpeggio of Blue Steel

No release date yet, but it'll probably be Fall 2013 or Winter 2014 at the earliest.
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Old May 28 2013, 04:42 PM   #56
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I will recommend Aria just because.
With you, bro. From my first post:

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ARIA: I barely know how to explain this one. It's like...chamomile tea. I'm generally an impatient, easily bored person, but I watched this series and it has like a scary calming effect. Nothing happens. Literally nothing, but you don't care because it's just so overwhelmingly nice it hypnotizes you into watching every episode.

Um, anywho, it's about Mars being turned into a water planet and there's a copy of Venice and its the story of the gondola pilots who are cute girl students.

Yeah, I know, but I'm telling you it's hypnotic!
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Old May 28 2013, 11:23 PM   #57
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That series had the exact opposite effect on me. I'm usually a patient easy going person and I've watched a lot of slice of life anime, but I really had to force myself to slog through it because as you noted literally nothing ever happens. It's just fluff. Never bothered with the sequels. I suppose it has therapeutic value as a sleep aide...
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Old May 29 2013, 03:13 AM   #58
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Stein's Gate looks cool, I'm set to watch the whole series soon.

I wanted to clarify a comment I made about The Legend of the Galactic Heroes...when I called it silly, I only meant one aspect of it, not the whole thing, it is a very good though extremely long series.

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Old May 29 2013, 07:00 AM   #59
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Re: Japanese Anime

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I will recommend Aria just because.
With you, bro. From my first post:

Admiral2 wrote:
ARIA: I barely know how to explain this one. It's like...chamomile tea. I'm generally an impatient, easily bored person, but I watched this series and it has like a scary calming effect. Nothing happens. Literally nothing, but you don't care because it's just so overwhelmingly nice it hypnotizes you into watching every episode.

Um, anywho, it's about Mars being turned into a water planet and there's a copy of Venice and its the story of the gondola pilots who are cute girl students.

Yeah, I know, but I'm telling you it's hypnotic!
I thought I was the only one! It's my favourite anime series.
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Old May 29 2013, 05:55 PM   #60
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I will recommend Aria just because.
With you, bro. From my first post:

Admiral2 wrote:
ARIA: I barely know how to explain this one. It's like...chamomile tea. I'm generally an impatient, easily bored person, but I watched this series and it has like a scary calming effect. Nothing happens. Literally nothing, but you don't care because it's just so overwhelmingly nice it hypnotizes you into watching every episode.

Um, anywho, it's about Mars being turned into a water planet and there's a copy of Venice and its the story of the gondola pilots who are cute girl students.

Yeah, I know, but I'm telling you it's hypnotic!
I thought I was the only one! It's my favourite anime series.
I can't say it's my favorite (That's reserved for GITS), but i devoured it almost whole when i found the series on DVD, and i read the manga on-line, and all the while i was consuming both i was thinking "I should hate this," but i couldn't bring myself to.

My first experience of it was a sample episode on an insert DVD. It cut out halfway through the viewing and I couldn't get it to start up again, so I had to look elsewhere to see the rest of it. And I found it, and I was hooked.
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