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Old February 5 2010, 05:31 PM   #16
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Re: Anime recomendations

I can recommend plenty just don't be one of those anime fans that judges stuff based on looks and style alone remember there are a lot of franchises like Gundam or Macross (not Robotech) that are 20-30 years old and still churning out sequels there is definitely something to be said for that. For the mecha genre the biggies are Macross start with the Super Dimension Fortress Macross NOT Robotech the two have nothing to do with each other, other than the fact that the two shows share the same footage. For Gundam there typically is the Universal Century timeline and a bunch of alternate universes some are connected and some aren't you can start with the original movie trilogy just keep in mind it's almost as old as the original Star Wars then move on to the flashier stuff like 00 or Unicorn once you have an appreciation for how the genre got started.
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Old February 5 2010, 05:32 PM   #17
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For starters like Clint g suggests, I'll suggest things that are probably available on DVD, TV, or streaming here in the US:

Monster (This airs Monday Nights os Sy-Fy)
Planetes
Haibane Renmei
Rumbling Hearts
When They Cry
Infinite Ryvius
Welcome to the NHK
Ergo Proxy
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Kanon (2006)
Blue Gender
Gunslinger Girl
Kurokami
Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Cowboy Bebop
Vision of Escaflowne
RahXephon
Code Geass
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (This starts airing in a few weeks on Cartoon Network's Saturday AS block)

In addition, that's also a fairly well rounded list of stuff for you to check out as far as genres go and some of my personal favorites.
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Old February 5 2010, 05:46 PM   #18
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Re: Anime recomendations

Beck
Welcome to the NHK
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Claymore
FLCL
Ah My Goddess
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Wings of Honneamise
Trigun
Tenchi Muyo
Kino's Journey
Haibane Renmei
Berserk
Paranoia Agent
Tokyo Godfathers
Perfect Blue
Paprika
Millennium Actress
Ergo Proxy
Azumanga Daioh
Last Exile
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Mushi-shi
Noein
R.O.D The TV
Samurai 7
Shingu
Texhnolyze
Serial Experiments Lain
Witch Hunter Robin
Witchblade
xxxHolic
Wolf's Rain
Ouran High School Host Club
Gankutsuou
Gunslinger Girl
Please Teacher
NieA Under 7
Baccano!
Orguss 02
Cyber City Oedo 808
You're Under Arrest OVAs
Akira
X: The TV Series
Hellsing Ultimate

and many of those already mentioned are among some of my favourite things.
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Old February 5 2010, 06:15 PM   #19
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If you know where to find them, I'd also recommend some unlicensed stuff such as:

Eden of the East (Technically licensed but not available yet.)
Kara no Kyoukai
Kurenai
REC
Rideback
Real Drive
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Kemonozume
Ryoko's Case Files (Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo)
Denno Coil (Can't find a decent trailer or opening for this one at all. )
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Old February 5 2010, 08:59 PM   #20
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End of Evangelion-the actual ending to evangelion
Of course, you need to watch the television series Neon Genesis Evangelion first. The compilation movie, Death & Rebirth (or whatever they're calling it with all the re-edits and releases), doesn't cut it.

Saying it's an "actual" ending is misleading, they're complementary. Personally, if I had to choose between the last two episodes of the series or End of Evangelion... I'd go with the the last two episodes every time.

They work best in conjunction with each other though. Some people go so far as to watch the last two episodes smack in the middle of the movie, but I think doing them separately, one after another is better. I usually finish the show first and then move on to the movie.

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Evangelion 1.1 You Can [not]Advance-the re-imagining of eva. id add the second movie to this but its not out yet in america (or even fansubed in a decent version )
I'm still not ready to start recommending the new Rebuild movies, I need to see how they end it. It'll be interesting to see how they all turn out and if this whole thing was worthwhile.
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Old February 5 2010, 09:46 PM   #21
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I'd also add to my suggestions Martian Sucessor Nadesico. It makes fun of mecha cliches, both past and present. It's kind of the mecha anime equavilent of Galaxy Quest.
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Old February 5 2010, 11:23 PM   #22
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It's hard to recommend an anime parody though. As hilarious as Nadesico is, I think you have to have had seen a fair amount of mecha to get the full impact of some of the jokes. On the other hand it's funny enough that you might not need to either.

I know I wouldn't recommend something like Excel Saga to someone who isn't a fairly experienced fan for instance.

I also would avoid recommending things that throw you in the philosophical and psychological deep end like Serial Experiments Lain or Perfect Blue unless they ask for that type.
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Old February 6 2010, 03:17 AM   #23
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End of Evangelion-the actual ending to evangelion
Of course, you need to watch the television series Neon Genesis Evangelion first. The compilation movie, Death & Rebirth (or whatever they're calling it with all the re-edits and releases), doesn't cut it.
The op listed eva as one of the thing's he/she has seen

Saying it's an "actual" ending is misleading, they're complementary. Personally, if I had to choose between the last two episodes of the series or End of Evangelion... I'd go with the the last two episodes every time.

They work best in conjunction with each other though. Some people go so far as to watch the last two episodes smack in the middle of the movie, but I think doing them separately, one after another is better. I usually finish the show first and then move on to the movie.
Its not misleading at all.


I'm still not ready to start recommending the new Rebuild movies, I need to see how they end it. It'll be interesting to see how they all turn out and if this whole thing was worthwhile.
Having seen the first 2, yes they are most definitely worth recommending. Even if parts 3 and 4 are terrible, it will never change the fact that parts 1 and 2 were great movies
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Old February 6 2010, 04:05 AM   #24
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The op listed eva as one of the thing's he/she has seen
Ah! So they have. Thought they'd only seen a few episodes along with Lupin rather than all of NGE.

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Its not misleading at all.
You raise a compelling point, but I still disagree.

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Having seen the first 2, yes they are most definitely worth recommending. Even if parts 3 and 4 are terrible, it will never change the fact that parts 1 and 2 were great movies
I've seen both as well (well, what little I could see during the second one! Will definitely re-watch once the DVD is finally released) and I'm still on the fence. So far they've been great spectacles (like Avatar is), but as far as the story goes... There's still plenty of time for Anno to fuck up.

I guess I view these Rebuild movies differently than you. I don't think of 1.0 and 2.0 as movies unto themselves, I very much think of them as parts of a story. I can't rightly judge how they work until I've seen them all work in tandem, then I can pick what was good and bad about each so far as how they related to the story they're telling.


You know, maybe I'm particularly reluctant to judge the movies before seeing all 4 because I'm not very impressed so far and I desperately want to sing Anno's praises. I might just be holding out hope that the last 2 reel me back in.

Like I said, I think these movies look fantastic, but right now I just feel as if NGE was the awesome novel that I've read a thousand times and Rebuild is the watered down, blah film adaptation where all the nuance, subtlety, and brilliance had to be cut out in order to make a coherent work in a shorter amount of time.
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Old February 6 2010, 05:05 AM   #25
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I have to say I'm extremely skeptical about the new films, because I've been burned by Eva twice, and thus far I'll I've seen is just them remaking the same old thing with a new coat of fancy CG. Granted it looks awesome, but so far I've only seen 1.0 where the changes are minuscule. I only got on board for these because they were supposed to be different from the previous universe and less nonsensical and pretentious; like an Eva-lite. Maybe 2.0 will change my mind but that'll have to wait for the DVD release. I really want to like the franchise since it has such good characters but it's just frustrating the way it just keeps dropping the ball.
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Old February 6 2010, 05:20 AM   #26
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I love mindfucks so don't be afraid to reccomend that kind of stuff. I love movies like the Matrix, Fight Club, and Swimming Pool (I watched that movie twice in two days and I still wasn't entirely sure how it all fit together). I forgot to mention that when I was doing anime before I also watched a few episodes of Cowboy Bebop (which I loved) and I watched both movies for Evangelion. This was pre-Netflix so I wasn't able to watch the last couple episodes that Blockbuster didn't have, before I watched the movies. I don't know if that was why, but the second movie made no sense to me whatsoever.
As for stuff I like, I'm mainly into fantasy, Sci-Fi, I'm open to mecha, and ninja/samurai stuff. As for the stuff I'm watching now, based on what I've seen Bleach has been my favorite, with Naruto and Ghost in the Shell: SAC close behind. I've only seen one DtB so I can't really judge it yet. What about the Blood stuff? (Blood: THe Last Vampire, and Blood+) I have them in my queue, but I haven't gotten around to watching them. I also have the GiTS movie, and Ninja Scroll.
Several of you mentioned Fullmetal Alchemist, but Hulu only has FA:Brotherhood. So I was wondering if I could watch Brotherhood without the first series? I also wanted to know what you guys think of Devil May Cry ( I love the games and want to see if the show is good), Burst Angel, and Samurai Champloo. I found those three on Funimation, and was thinking about checking them out.
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Old February 6 2010, 06:12 AM   #27
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Trigun's a must, especially with a new movie coming out soon, yeay!
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Old February 6 2010, 11:23 AM   #28
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I love mindfucks so don't be afraid to reccomend that kind of stuff. I love movies like the Matrix, Fight Club, and Swimming Pool (I watched that movie twice in two days and I still wasn't entirely sure how it all fit together). I forgot to mention that when I was doing anime before I also watched a few episodes of Cowboy Bebop (which I loved) and I watched both movies for Evangelion. This was pre-Netflix so I wasn't able to watch the last couple episodes that Blockbuster didn't have, before I watched the movies. I don't know if that was why, but the second movie made no sense to me whatsoever.
As for stuff I like, I'm mainly into fantasy, Sci-Fi, I'm open to mecha, and ninja/samurai stuff. As for the stuff I'm watching now, based on what I've seen Bleach has been my favorite, with Naruto and Ghost in the Shell: SAC close behind. I've only seen one DtB so I can't really judge it yet. What about the Blood stuff? (Blood: THe Last Vampire, and Blood+) I have them in my queue, but I haven't gotten around to watching them. I also have the GiTS movie, and Ninja Scroll.
Several of you mentioned Fullmetal Alchemist, but Hulu only has FA:Brotherhood. So I was wondering if I could watch Brotherhood without the first series? I also wanted to know what you guys think of Devil May Cry ( I love the games and want to see if the show is good), Burst Angel, and Samurai Champloo. I found those three on Funimation, and was thinking about checking them out.
You can watch brotherhood without watching the first series. What happened with Full Metal Alchemist is that the first series was made when there were only a few volumes of the manga out, so they sort of took what manga was out there and made a story based off of that. Now that the manga series is almost completed (or possibly fully completed, im not sure) they have the chance to make an anime the way author intended. They're really 2 different stories that arent dependent on each other. The Devil may cry anime was really pretty and I really wanted it to be awesome...but it wasn't Same goes for Burt Angel. Samurai Champloo was really awesome, I highly recommend it.

Blood The Last Vampire is a decent movie, the most interesting thing about it is that it is mostly in English despite being produced in Japan. Blood + is an awesome anime, though I get the feeling I like it more than most people lol. I was hooked from the start, but it is slow moving so its best to watch it in bulk
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Old February 6 2010, 01:24 PM   #29
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Hmm, yeah, Burst Angel and Devil May Cry are pretty much style over substance type series. Entertaining enough, but not outstanding. Plus I've heard fans of the games tend to find the DMC anime pretty lame in comparison.

Blood: the Last Vampire and Blood+ I also found to be similar mid-range titles. Okay but not eitirely without their share of flaws either. The series was better than the movie though.
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Old February 6 2010, 11:44 PM   #30
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Personally, I wouldn't call Aria SF because it sets up expectations that the show will utterly fail to fulfil. What little SF is in there is pretty irrelevant, and it seems as much fantasy as SF to me, what with some of the more supernatural goings-on. Either way, it sure is a soothing balm if you're feeling world-weary; unless you find it unbearably twee, which, I have to admit, would be pretty hard to argue against, though I love the show myself.

I'm not going to suggest a massive list, I'll just suggest Shion no Ou: a thriller set in the world of shogi (a board game similar to chess). Murder and Japanese chess: you can't go wrong.

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