Japanese Anime

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by EmoBorg, May 20, 2013.

  1. EmoBorg

    EmoBorg Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 2, 2012
    in the 10 dimensions of reality
    I just recently watched Appleseed, a 2004 japanese CGI science fiction movie and it was very good. To be honest that was my first japanese anime that i had watched since Macross back in the 1980s and Macross Zero 10 years back.

    Can you folks recommend any Japanese anime ?
    Last edited: May 21, 2013
  2. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005
    I would definitely check out Ghost in the Shell.

    There's two versions, the original, and the re-animated version which uses the same soundtrack. The re-animated version is called Ghost in the Shell 2.0, not to be confused with Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, which is the sequel. Either version of the original is brilliant, but I prefer the re-animated version.

    It's a great cyberpunk Cyborg detective tale, with heavy visual influences from Blade Runner.
  3. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    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
    Porco Ross
  4. Leroy

    Leroy Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 2, 2001
    Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988-1997): Space opera in its purest form, lots of character development, political intrigue, and space battles.

    Mobile Suit Gundam (franchise 1979-present): The mech anime that gave us mecha in a military setting. The franchise has a lot of different entries starting in the late 70's going on until today. They don't have to be watched in order, most series feature the struggle between those that live in space on colonies and those that live on the earth, various factions use mecha that do battle. Lots of character development, continuity (between the Universal Century shows), and mech battles. I recommend Gundam Zeta, 08th MS Team, the original movie trilogy, Gundam 00, and Gundam Unicorn.

    Macross (franchise 1982-present): A mech franchise similar to Gundam, it introduced mechanically correct transforming robots, and love triangles to mecha. It was used as the basis for the Americanized Robotech series (something that polarizes fans to this day). I recommend the original Macross, Macross Plus, and Macross Frontier.

    Space Battleship Yamato (franchise 1974-present): Predates Star Wars. There is some great space opera here, features great characters, music, and lots of space battles. There is also a remake that has updated animation that I also recommend.

    Armored Trooper VOTOMS (franchise 1983-present): Features mechanical designs from Kunio Okawara of Gundam fame. Very gritty mecha series features what has to be the most badass mech pilot in anime (no whiny protagonist here!). Takes the real robot genre to a new level mechs are a lot smaller, don't transform, and the battles are fierce.

    Patlabor (franchise 1989): From the director of 'Ghost in the Shell'. A mech show that uses mechs not in a war but in a law enforcement setting. The films have a more serious tone but the show is a lot more light hearted. Great characters, lots of fun.
  5. flavaflav

    flavaflav Captain Captain

    May 21, 2004
    Some of my favs...

    Samurai Champloo
    Cowboy Bebop
    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  6. The Laughing Vulcan

    The Laughing Vulcan Admiral Admiral

    Jun 7, 2004
    At The Laughing Vulcan's party...
    If you like that particular toon-shaded style, you might want to try Appleseed: Ex Machina and Vexille.
  7. Takeru

    Takeru Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2007
    Definitely those two, love them both.

    I also recommend:
    Monster, it's about a japanese surgeon living in Germany during the 80s and 90s, he saves the live of a young boy who turns out to be quite dangerous.

    City Hunter, that's about a guy who works as a bodyguard in Tokyo, he only works for beautiful women he lusts after. After the death of his parter the partner's younger sister takes his place. The series is a mix of action and slapstick humour with a bit of romance between the two main characters Ryo and Kaori.
  8. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 28, 2001
    SB-31, Daran V
    I have not watched a lot of anime, so take my recommendation witgh a grain of salt, I suppose.

    But I would also suggest Planetes as a good series to watch. It is a good near-future sci-fi story. It has a really nice visual style, and the characters are interesting.
  9. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    May 12, 2001
    Peach Wookiee
    I'd add Deadman Wonderland and Fullmetal Alchemist.
  10. Sephiroth

    Sephiroth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 15, 2004
    Start with "Grave of the Fireflies", and then move on to "Now and Then, Here and There"
  11. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2004
    I offer recommendations that will likely not be mentioned by anyone else:

    Ah! My Goddess!: The harem anime version of Bewitched! Watch if you want to laugh and say Awww! every once in a while.

    Daphne In The Brilliant Blue: The Perfect Anime! Yes, I mean that! THE! PERFECT! ANIME! Literally one-stop shopping for everything you could ever possibly want in an anime! A sci-fi storyline, comedy, drama, mystery, gunfights, chases, ridiculous amounts of fanservice, gender-bending, cosplay! A must watch!

    Starship Operators: A slow-starting storyline but some of the best space battles I've ever seen.

    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!

    Gunslinger Girl: Before I watched this I wouldn't have thought it possible to feel sorry for almost every single character in a series. This show is deep and sad as well as violent, but fantastic.
  12. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
    My tastes tend toward hard SF, less mysticism. So I don't recommend these to people who like that.

    Heroic Age blows most space opera out of the water, live action or not. It's also less silly than Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

    Starship Operators: Some of the most technical starship combat ever seen, as the combatants take part under a watchful populace and reality show.

    Gundam 00: The best Gundam show

    Patlabor: Stick with the 3 movies

    Yamato 2199: Retells the original story with added subplots and better animation.

    Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Stupid title for a great series.


    Armored Trooper Votoms: Both old and new version.

    Any Ghost in the Shell

    Gundam Unicorn



    Gantz: Kooky and twisted but worth a look

    Macross Zero: Top notch animation

    Last Exile: beautiful steampunk series

    This web streaming channel has some new stuff. Attack on Titan is kind of interesting. Crunchy Roll:

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  13. Takeru

    Takeru Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2007
    I prefer Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (@EmoBorg: the second anime that's closer to the manga, the first one made up its own ending for those who don't know). Both are good shows though.
  14. kirk55555

    kirk55555 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 22, 2011
    Washington State, USA
    I'd reccomend Fullmetal alchemist. Brotherhood is ok, but I think the original is better. The side characters are better, and overall I think it just has a better feel. Brotherhood is goofier and the side characters aren't as good. I've heard the ending is better (I'm still struggling through Brotherhood, I'm at around ep25, so I can't comment on its ending) but I'd still say FMA is better than Brotherhood.

    If you're ok with more cartoony stuff, Soul Eater is awesome. It can be goofy, but it has some good characters and a good story.
  15. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    Yikes! Anybody who starts with Grave of the Fireflies may kill themselves in a fit of depression before they can move on! :lol:
  16. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

    Sep 15, 2006
    Italy, EU
    Been a while since I watched any anime, so my suggestions might be dated.

    Cowboy Bebop is absolutely fantastic. I cannot help but watch it every time it's on tv, and I own the series. And the music is just perfect.

    I liked Evangelion a lot, but I got quite annoyed with it towards the end. It's still great, but I don't think I will re-watch it any time soon.

    I second Forbin's vote for anything Miyazaki: a wonderful moviemaker. I love every one of them, but Porco Rosso is my favourite.

    Also, I have a fondness for Leiji Matsumoto's works: Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, and above all Space Battleship Yamato. Very 70s, but powerful stuff. I understand there have been some remakes, but I never watched them.

    Yeah, I had the same thought. :lol:
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  17. bullethead

    bullethead Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 24, 2008
    Just imagine if they added Casshern Sins to that pile. It's pretty and has some funny moments, but it's damn soul crushing.
  18. Set Harth

    Set Harth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 10, 2010
    Akira, Ghost in the Shell ( the films and the series are different universes ), Paprika
  19. Kelthaz

    Kelthaz Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 28, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'll give you my recommendations, but I should point out that I enjoy anime that are very Japanese. As in shows that are extremely wacky and/or over-the-top ridiculous while simultaneously having hard-hitting melodrama. Looney Tunes combined with Game of Thrones. Here's what I recommend to you.

    One Piece - Action-comedy series starring a group of pirates. Think Young Justice, but much, much better. One Piece is currently the most popular manga/anime of all time in Japan. First 4-5 episodes kinda suck.

    Gurren Lagaan - Deconstruction of giant robot series (like Neon Genesis Evangelion) with an excellent cast of characters. Fairly short at only 26 episodes.

    Code Geass - Military drama set in an alternate present where the world is controlled by three superpowers, The British Empire, The Chinese Federation, and the European Union. The series takes place after Britian conquered Japan and is about the conflicting ideologies of the two main characters. Lelouch, who seeks to overthrow the British Empire, and Suzaku who wants to improve it from the inside. Also, giant robots.

    Based upon the length of my summaries, I think you can tell which series I recommend most to you.
  20. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Land of Enchantment
    Some other action stuff worth mentioning: (Grouped in priority first to last.)

    Rurouni Kenshin
    Fullmetal Panic!

    Bubblegum Crisis 2040
    One Piece
    Elfen Lied
    Mai HiME

    Kaze no Stigma

    Planet ES
    Read or DIE!

    Fate/Stay Night

    D.N. Angel
    Samurai 7

    Outlaw Star
    Scrapped Princess
    Wolf's Rain

    If you want to try some high school slice of life stuff
    Azumanga Daioh is the place to start.
    Then Suzumiya, of course.

    Great Teacher Onizuka
    Fruits Basket
    School Rumble are some other really good ones.

    If you want something that pulls at the heart strings,

    Clannad and Kimi Ga are probably the best.

    There's also Full Moon wo Sagashite it's really girly, but I dare you not to cry. And the music is awesome.

    Seconded. Of course it can't be mentioned without the obligatory Maison Ikkoku, Ai Yori Aoshi, and Love Hina.

    And the other romcoms like:

    Crescent Love
    AIR TV
    Onegai Teacher/Twins
    Midori no Hibi

    I'm sure I'm forgetting something, and a lot of these are pretty old as I really haven't watched anime much in the last five years or so. But it's a start.
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