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Old October 6 2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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Recommend me some good anime movies

After reading the thread about Miyazaki in the TV & Media forum it made me want to see more anime films. Besides Miyazaki's work I haven't seen any films at all outside of the One Piece films. I don't really care what type of movie I see as long as its good, but as a sci-fi geek I will obviously lean towards sci-fi or fantasy movies.

I'm no anime newbie and I'm more than capable of enjoying the craziest stuff the Japanese can throw at me. I also don't care if it's subbed or dubbed. Give me some ideas.
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Old October 6 2009, 11:24 PM   #2
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Re: Recommend me some good anime movies

I'm not a huge anime fan but I LOVED Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. It's a pretty straight forward story about 4 futuristic bounty hunters searching for a bio-terrorist. It's probably one of the most Western anime in terms of storytelling (hence why they talk about doing an American live-action remake every few years). The characters are all very fun and I love the opening scene where they foil a convenience store robbery. ("And you! You take too long to take a shit!")
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Old October 6 2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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Have you seen Grave of the Fireflies?

If you're into film as an art form then I'd recommend the cinematic cut of the Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen; its a freaking masterpiece.
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Old October 7 2009, 12:22 AM   #4
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Re: Recommend me some good anime movies

Ghost in The Shell, the 1993 movie.

Fantastic animation and surreal writing.
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Old October 7 2009, 12:36 AM   #5
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Re: Recommend me some good anime movies

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I'm not a huge anime fan but I LOVED Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
I have heard of Cowboy Bebop and I think I'd love it, but I don't feel like getting into another series right now. And I believe the movie takes place after the series, does it not?

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Have you seen Grave of the Fireflies?
I've heard of it, but I don't think I could handle anything that sad. I've recently finished watching Code Geass and Gurren Lagaan; my heart can't take any more punishment.

If you're into film as an art form then I'd recommend the cinematic cut of the Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen; its a freaking masterpiece.
Normally no, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Is the film okay to watch for someone who has never seen the show before?
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Old October 7 2009, 12:47 AM   #6
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I'm not a huge anime fan but I LOVED Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
I have heard of Cowboy Bebop and I think I'd love it, but I don't feel like getting into another series right now. And I believe the movie takes place after the series, does it not?
The movie was made after they finished the series but it takes place somewhere in the middle. The movie is a totally independent stand-alone story. You don't need to see the series to understand the film and I don't believe the film spoils the TV series.
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Old October 7 2009, 12:50 AM   #7
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Re: Recommend me some good anime movies

If you're talking about contemporary titles, pretty much any of the Miyazaki films are quite good IMHO, particularly "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Kiki's Delivery Service" (my two favorites of his so far). Most of his movies are also pretty kid-friendly and can be watched by the entire family. As far as past/classic movies, I loved Osamu Tezuka's "Unico" movies but I don't think you can find them anywhere (if anybody knows about any upcoming DVD release, PLEASE let me know!). I also loved "Project A-ko". Masume Shirow's "Appleseed" was also an interesting movie. "Akira" is, of course, a must see cyberpunk classic. I actually can't think of a lot of anime "movies" I've watched since a lot of the anime I've watched have been shorter-length features (OVAs) or based off of TV shows.
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Old October 7 2009, 01:06 AM   #8
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Of those not mentioned, I recommend The Wings of Honneamise, Vampire Hunter D and its sequel Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Ninja Scroll is also a classic, but is really NOT kid friendly. Wicked City is in the same boat.

There are two series that I like, neither of which are very long compared to many others. The first is Iria: Zeiram which is a sci-fi/action type thing. The second is a personal favorite as it's one of the first I ever saw. That would be Record of Lodoss War which is a Lord of the Rings type fantasy. I think it's available in both a shortened version and a much longer tale. The longer is better.
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Old October 7 2009, 02:08 AM   #9
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Old October 7 2009, 02:18 AM   #10
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The Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy are some great compilation movies and act as a replacement for the TV show which can be rather "monster of the week" at times. You mentioned watching Code Geass, Gundam is the franchise that inspired a lot of conventions in that show and the mecha genre as a whole.
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Old October 7 2009, 03:26 AM   #11
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recently I have been reminiscing about a movie I saw during a school field trip in the early 80's when I was very young. I didnt know the title, just that it had a cute panda and a girl that could turn into a fish. Turns out it was something called Princess White Snake, which was supposedly the first anime film ever made. I really wish I could see this film again. But I doubt its out on dvd, at least in the US. Anyone seen or know anything about this film?
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Old October 7 2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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Normally no, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Is the film okay to watch for someone who has never seen the show before?
It's a prequel to the series. And is pretty much stand alone. Some say it's better to watch the series first; others say it's better to watch it before the series. I don't think it really matters.

Though, you said you don't want anything too sad and it can really pull the old heart strings.
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Old October 7 2009, 08:44 PM   #13
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Old October 7 2009, 10:32 PM   #14
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Sky Crawlers, if you go in knowing that it's not about shit blowing up.
I haven't seen it yet, but people seem to like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
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Old October 8 2009, 03:48 PM   #15
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Brave Story is like Ghibli, but not. Has Brave Story been released in the States yet?
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