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Re: Anime!

Postby CHeMnISTe BOY » Fri May 30, 2008 9:45 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Ah, were PA and Paprika made by the same guy then? I thought they seemed similar in style.



Yeah, I think PA was made up of bits and pieces of ideas that he couldn't work into his films that he didn't want to go to waste. The characters are also very similar, the police officer in particular always seems to pop up in his films.

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Re: Anime!

Postby lazarus89 » Fri May 30, 2008 3:11 pm UTC

I'm watching Air now... if you can get past the giant eyes, and the harem atmosphere, it's okay-ish.
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Re: Anime!

Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sat May 31, 2008 8:30 am UTC

Air is on my to watch list. I loved Kanon so I don't think I'll be disappointed.

I also just started watching Tenjho Tenge. So far the first episode wasn't half bad. The second picked up and it got pretty interesting. I'ma keep watching. :D

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Re: Anime!

Postby JayDee » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:47 pm UTC

Does anyone know of any (preferably good) OVAs / movies* with Giant Robots? Serieses are way outside of my budget, but I want some Mecha action.

*Or Manga, although I guess that'd be a different thread. I'd love an original (not based on an existing anime) manga with Giant Robots in.
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Re: Anime!

Postby lazarus89 » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:58 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:Does anyone know of any (preferably good) OVAs / movies* with Giant Robots? Serieses are way outside of my budget, but I want some Mecha action.

*Or Manga, although I guess that'd be a different thread. I'd love an original (not based on an existing anime) manga with Giant Robots in.


MACROSS.

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Edit: Damn, I'm lame. You wanted movies and OVAs. Well, Macross can save you there as well: check out Macross Zero, and the Macross Plus. Big flying robots that beat the crap out of each other -- total win.
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Re: Anime!

Postby ash.gti » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:40 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:Does anyone know of any (preferably good) OVAs / movies* with Giant Robots? Serieses are way outside of my budget, but I want some Mecha action.

*Or Manga, although I guess that'd be a different thread. I'd love an original (not based on an existing anime) manga with Giant Robots in.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Robo_%28OVA%29

Giant Robo's episodes are each an hour oops 45 mins each long and there are 7 of them. Its pretty fun.
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Re: Anime!

Postby JayDee » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:46 am UTC

@ash.gti: Yeah, Giant Robo is the one I've heard of, but last I tried I couldn't get it on DVD. Might have to try again.

@lazarus89: I'm only familiar with Macross as a series. Or as a bunch of them. Any stand-alones to recommend?
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Re: Anime!

Postby SherryCQ » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:52 am UTC

My top three anime are:

Wolf's Rain. Even though the ending TRAUMATIZED me, it's nice to see wolves acting like wolves and actually KILLING--even Toboe, who is not a natural fighter and is one of the two nicest characters in the show, knows he'll have to kill in defense; to prove this, he took down a huge walrus when Kiba was getting a tusk to the leg and everyone else was too exhausted to help, which earned him a Crowning Moment of Awesome. One thing that annoys me about the fanbase, though? They keep going, "Oh me yarm i luuuuuuuuuuuuuv Kiba because he's too honorable to kill people!" when his VERY FIRST APPEARANCE heralded the obvious killing of two humans and the maiming of about three others.

Fullmetal Alchemist. Originally, I thought it was some sort of scientific Ghost in the Shell-esque anime, and I really only watched it because I had nothing else to do while waiting for Inuyasha to come on. The art and character design is definitely among the best in my opinion, and the fight scenes are fantastic. I like both Japanese and English versions, but the English voice acting is BETTER than that of some other official dubs, and DEFINITELY above the celebrity-packing that Americans tend to do for more publicity.

Trigun. The plot's a little thin, but it's a good non-Pokemon/Digimon/Yu-Gi-Oh introduction to anime and I have a lot of emotional attachment to it. It's also pretty famous for its theme song, which is pretty freaking awesome in my opinion.

I also have lots of other shows, but I can't seem to remember them for some reason.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Zohar » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:37 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:Does anyone know of any (preferably good) OVAs / movies* with Giant Robots? Serieses are way outside of my budget, but I want some Mecha action.

*Or Manga, although I guess that'd be a different thread. I'd love an original (not based on an existing anime) manga with Giant Robots in.


My favorite anime in the world in Giant Robo, which has already been mentioned. I loved it so much I bought it twice - first on VHS, then when it came out on DVD I bought that. I think I got my copy from Amazon.
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Re: Anime!

Postby Dark Ragnarok » Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:43 am UTC

OVA wise? easily Fafner of the Azure and Sky Girls. DO NOT download the series for Fafner. It's no where near as good as the OVA. Sky Girls on the other hand I enjoyed very much.

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Re: Anime!

Postby JurPic » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:15 pm UTC

I watch way too much anime. My external hard drive (1TB) is almost completely filled with anime (most of which I have yet to watch :oops: ), and anime takes up a pretty big portion of my DVD shelfs. A few of my favourite shows that aren't that well known (outside of the anime community that is), and deserve a lot more attention are:
Well, I could go on for a very long time, but that would be kinda pointless, now wouldn't it... :D
Anyway, if you're looking for a new show to watch, definitely give these a try!

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Re: Anime!

Postby timt » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:44 am UTC

Hmm some of my favs:
Armitage
GITS (1, innocence, solid state society, 1st/2nd gig) - Just rewatched the ending eps to 1st/2nd gig last night, really quiet incredible.
Serial Experiments Lain - Although i can barly remember this i remember it being really deep and a good watch
Wonderful Days - For those of you into cyberpunk and can't be bothered watching an entire series, this film is defiantly worth a watch
Texhnolyze- Couldn't really get into this one, but i know it was probaly above my head and I'll come back in a few years and think it's a masterpiece
Full Metal Alchemist - Fairly good but i couldn't connect to the characters at all (I'm not a big anime fan, i watched the others mentioned for their cyberpunk themes)

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Re: Anime!

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:34 pm UTC

Wow my first Anime! I saw the first two episodes of Bleach today.

(Well, I had seen some Studio Ghibli films before, but not in the episode format)

I'm thinking of getting the first gig of Ghost in the Shell some time soon now that the exams are over.

(Well, the're over tomorrow... boy, i'm rambling and going off topic././.)
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Re: Anime!

Postby Naurgul » Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:07 pm UTC

For this post, I'll have to either not say much, or say too much. I'll takes curtain number one. I too am kind of an anime fan. I have watched various series. I also read manga from time to time. The rest of the post would be a list of anime I've watched and manga I've read with comments but it would be annoying and too long-winded so I won't do that. I'm looking forward to following specific discussions about the contents of that list, though. :)
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Re: Anime!

Postby Thenzon » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:06 am UTC

My two favourite animes are:

1) Dragonball Z (I dont care if you hate at me for that, I love it!)

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2) Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Re: Anime!

Postby Sartorius » Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:04 am UTC

To add some comments:

Air was alright in my opinion, but I absolutely adore the opening theme. And Potato.

Mushi-shi is a beautiful anime with a neat concept. It also has an adorable opening song. It got licensed shortly after I saw the first couple of episodes and now I can only watch it by buying it. :/

Kino's Journey is awesome. Just plain awesome.
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Re: Anime!

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:40 am UTC

I watched the first episode of Code Geass last night after browsing this thread. Dark Ragnarok will be happy to know that it was good enough for me to continue watching.

Previously I have watched, and enjoyed:

Cowboy Bebop (the best. also has incredible music)
Hellsing (my ring tone is the opening theme)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (incredibly funny, and weird)
Ouran High School Host Club (also very funny)
Death Note (the first half -is- better than the rest, but worth watching anyway)
Full Metal Panic, and TSR (at times hilarious, at times has awesome mech battles. very good)
Ergo Proxy (hadn't heard of it until it was on tv out here, but was actually pretty decent. The ending didn't make as much sense as I was hoping though)
Perfect Blue (really messed up. I -kinda- got where it was going, but I saw it quite a while ago).
Bleach (I watched a bunch of it, but got sick of it continously becoming more and more drawn out. haven't watched it this year at all, really)


I watched most of the first season of Tsubasa Chronicle, but I didn't really get into it, and didn't watch the second season.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:15 pm UTC

Oops. Made a big mistake. I been wanting to watch Strawberry Panic for sometime, so I went to pisoga to stream it and check it out. Apparently the link was out for the first episode and I called bullshit, so I kept looking for it. Eventually I made my way around and found it, and started watching... Only to find out I watched the last episode. XD. So that whole series is like spoiled now.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Sartorius » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:06 pm UTC

Oh man. Ghost Stories is what you get when English dubs don't take the anime seriously. 'Tis hilarious. If you can find the episodes, you should watch them for the lulz.
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Re: Anime!

Postby SlyReaper » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:13 pm UTC

I just finished watching Gurren Lagann. Fecking awesome, and it just kept getting more and more awesome.

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Just when you think they've maxed out on how big a mecha can be, they reveal one the size of a city. And THEN one the size of the moon! :shock: . And then even THAT was dwarfed by the Anti-Spiral battleships :lol:


I think you could make a very good drinking game out of it. Everyone takes a swig whenever someone or something breaks the laws of physics in a particularly blatant way. Much inebriation would surely ensue.
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Re: Anime!

Postby lazarus89 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:41 am UTC

Pursuant to someone's advice further up the thread, I've been watching Ebichu.

Do NOT watch this stuff at work. You WILL get in trouble... it's highly NSFW. Funny as hell though.
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Re: Anime!

Postby une see » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:51 pm UTC

Sartorius wrote:Mushi-shi is a beautiful anime with a neat concept. It also has an adorable opening song. It got licensed shortly after I saw the first couple of episodes and now I can only watch it by buying it. :/


I loved Mushishi! It's not the type of anime I usually watch (I like fight scenes and love stories, okay? :P), but I thought it was just exquisite. One of the most beautiful shows/movies I've ever seen, anime or not. I would recommend it to anyone. The premise is very interesting, and Ginko is quite the badass.
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Re: Anime!

Postby Nomic » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:23 am UTC

Altho I don't usually admit it, I like watching anime. Atleast some of it. Usually when they have an anime movie on TV I watch it, atleast the start to see if it's good. I've also watched prettu ,uch every episode of Full Metal Alchemist when they aired it here. It's one of my fauvorites. Neo Genesis Evangelion is pretty good too but in the end it went just too weird ("I don't watch this to see some teenager angst inside his head! More Mech Fighting!").

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Re: Anime!

Postby |Erasmus| » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:40 am UTC

Dark Ragnarok wrote:I'm dead serious about Death Note though, do NOT expect too much out of it. People rave about it and just... ugh... trust me *please* Code Geass is way better. Death Note is worth watching but just... it does *not* compare to the level of Code Geass.


I somewhat disagree about death note (it is -very- good up until episode 22 or so as you said), but damn... code geass is great, and certainly is even better. I have one more episode to watch tonight before I am waiting for them to be subbed and torrented each week :(.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Jack Saladin » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:26 am UTC

I've started watching the first season of Code Geass, and I'm up to episode 7, and so far it doesn't compare to Death Note in the slightest. I'm sorry, but chasing a cat around does not match the mindgames of Kira and L.

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Re: Anime!

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:13 pm UTC

Jack Saladin wrote:I've started watching the first season of Code Geass, and I'm up to episode 7, and so far it doesn't compare to Death Note in the slightest. I'm sorry, but chasing a cat around does not match the mindgames of Kira and L.


Code Geass has nothing to do with chasing cats around. What demented version have you been watching?
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Re: Anime!

Postby Znath » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

Well right now my favorites still stand as :

Turn A Gundam I bought a very badly subbed copy straight from Japan a while back, the subs are tolerable enough to understand the *meaning* of what they say. It's actually a well thought out show unlike Wing for example, and the fight scenes are also much better done physically. The mecha designs are mostly Syd Mead and are all very well done.

Last Exile - mechanics by Mahiro Maeda, very amazing very original show in general. It's the only anime I've seen one half of an episode of and knew I had to go and get them all religiously as they came out. The dub is wonderfully done and so is the musical track. To top it all off it has a very good story line.

I'd like to see more of Kurau, Mu Shi Shi, Currently finishing Glass Fleet

I'd list off all the one's I've seen but... I'd rather not far too many (pompous laugh)
Or moreso rather because I'd rather not list them all.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Jack Saladin » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:49 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Jack Saladin wrote:I've started watching the first season of Code Geass, and I'm up to episode 7, and so far it doesn't compare to Death Note in the slightest. I'm sorry, but chasing a cat around does not match the mindgames of Kira and L.


Code Geass has nothing to do with chasing cats around. What demented version have you been watching?

What kind of failtastic memory do you have? It's either episode 6 or 7 that consists pretty much entirely of chasing a cat around (with the rest of the school joining in to get a kiss from any council member they choose - yeah this is some SRS DRAMA anime right here).

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Re: Anime!

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:23 am UTC

There's one episode that involves chasing a cat. One. You make it sound like the entire series is about that.
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Re: Anime!

Postby Jack Saladin » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:00 pm UTC

... No, I didn't. I was just demonstrating the the entire series is full of quite light-hearted stuff, and it's not really a comparable series to Death Note. They're not the same kind of thing at all.

I just finished watching the first season. It was good, but pretty *facepalm*ingly unbelievable at points (well, it was unbelievable all the time if you care about physics, but I don't). I'll be caught up with the rest of the internetz sometime tomorrow.

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Re: Anime!

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:24 am UTC

The second season is more comparable to death note.

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Re: Anime!

Postby ShaKri » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:27 pm UTC

Movie: Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind

Series: Naruto (Duh!), Angel Heart (only fan i know that liked it more than City Hunter :|), Deathnote, all the Dragon Balls. (dunno if these count but, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and Ulysses 31)

Guilty Pleasures :P :Fruits Basket, Loveless, Love Hina.

(Im 19 and Male... if that helps the Guilty pleasures :q lol)

Lemmie know all your guilty Pleasure animes lol.
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Re: Anime!

Postby gralamin » Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:20 am UTC

I have only one thing to say:
Slayers Revolution.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Scaramanga » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:36 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:Does anyone know of any (preferably good) OVAs / movies* with Giant Robots? Serieses are way outside of my budget, but I want some Mecha action.

It's not straight mecha, but RahXephon is one of the better shows I've seen in the past decade, and you can get the movie, which neatly summarizes the events in the TV series, with additional footage even.

Dark Ragnarok wrote:DO NOT download the series for Fafner. It's no where near as good as the OVA.

I, on the other hand, feel the complete opposite. I don't think the OVA could at all match the intensity of the series.

Znath wrote:Last Exile - mechanics by Mahiro Maeda, very amazing very original show in general. It's the only anime I've seen one half of an episode of and knew I had to go and get them all religiously as they came out. The dub is wonderfully done and so is the musical track. To top it all off it has a very good story line.

I'm going to second this recommendation. Last Exile seems to be one of those shows that comes along once in a great while, that just transcends everything else around it.

Oh and for sheer tear-jerkery, I'd recommend SaiKano (She, The Ultimate Weapon.) If you don't cry watching this, you are a heartless, inhuman monster.

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Re: Anime!

Postby Jack Saladin » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:04 pm UTC

Last Exile is great, but I literally laughed out loud at "the dub is wonderfully done". The english dub has to be one of the worst in the history of all anime, I simply haven't heard worse voice acting. I couldn't stand more than a minute of it.

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Re: Anime!

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Re: Anime!

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:22 pm UTC

Has anyone watched Higurashi no Naku Koro ni? I've just finished watching it, but can't figure out the discontinuity in the middle of the series.
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Keichi dies in episode 4 doesn't he? Then it all seems to rewind to before the cotton floating festival, and things go differently.
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Re: Anime!

Postby McLovin » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Has anyone watched Higurashi no Naku Koro ni? I've just finished watching it, but can't figure out the discontinuity in the middle of the series.
Spoiler:
Keichi dies in episode 4 doesn't he? Then it all seems to rewind to before the cotton floating festival, and things go differently.


I mentioned Higurashi a while back. What's going on DOES get explained, but not until the very end of the first season. Kai was really good as well.

As for animes I've been watching recently: Code Geass has stolen my soul. It's SO GOOD. I was afraid R2 would suck after how R1 ended, but holy hell. Only one thing has pissed me off so far:

Spoiler:
I really never liked Shirley...but it seriously pissed me off that she died. I don't like Rolo anymore -_-

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Re: Anime!

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

About Code Geass:
Spoiler:
Actually, I don't really blame Rolo. He has been conditioned to be an assassin since he was born, and what Shirley was saying did represent a threat to him and Lelouche. It's not really surprising that he reacted the way he did. He's basically a brainwashed assassin no matter how Lelouche cons him into working for him.


And about Higurashi, is it really explained? Because I can't remember it being explained. There are only 8 episodes, right?
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Re: Anime!

Postby McLovin » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:17 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:About Code Geass:
Spoiler:
Actually, I don't really blame Rolo. He has been conditioned to be an assassin since he was born, and what Shirley was saying did represent a threat to him and Lelouche. It's not really surprising that he reacted the way he did. He's basically a brainwashed assassin no matter how Lelouche cons him into working for him.


And about Higurashi, is it really explained? Because I can't remember it being explained. There are only 8 episodes, right?


Not...at all...there are 26 episodes in series 1, and 25 in Kai. What's going on is really only explained in the last arc of season 1, and is elaborated on / resolved in season 2


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