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« on: August 21, 2009, 01:43:19 AM »

I just resubbed Netflix after a long hiatus and was in the mood for some anime. If you could only choose 5 anime to watch, which would they be (bonus points if they are instant watch on Netflix smile )

I have actually seen quite a few of the big ones (Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Grave of the Fireflies, bunch of Miyazaki, etc.) but it's been a while and I am open to rewatching some. I just re-watched Ghost in the Shell and I remembered very little of it. I also understood it a lot better this time smile
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 01:45:29 AM »

Series:

Trigun
The Big O
Cowboy Bebop
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 01:48:37 AM »

I haven't watched anime with any sort of regularity for a long time, but a few of my favorites are:

-  Spirited Away
-  Cowboy Bebop
-  Vampire Hunter D:  Bloodlust
-  Princess Mononoke
-  Ninja Scroll (guilty pleasure)
-  Trigun
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 02:12:21 AM »

Tokyo Godfathers

Series:
Tenshi na Konamaiki
Saikano

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 02:25:29 AM »

Cowboy Bebop without question. I'm also very partial to Outlaw Star, even though it kinda goes off the rails towards the end. Trigun took me forever to start to enjoy but I stuck with it and it wound up being very, very good.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2009, 02:33:45 AM »

Series
Last Exile
Le Chevalier d'Eon
Gunslinger Girl
Haibane-Renmei (slow paced, probably not for everyone)

Movies
Princess Monooke
Millennium Actress
Howls Moving Castle
Castle in the Sky

Also…
Avatar (technically American but still must see)
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009, 03:54:33 AM »

Series:

Death Note (highly recommended)
Gurenn Lagann
Bleach
Code Geass
Getter Robo (There is a New Getter Robo, but I haven't seen that yet)
Princess Nine (I know it's about a girl's baseball team, but it turns out to be very good, I was really skeptical when my friend had me borrow it)
Giant Robo
Full Metal Alchemist
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Teknoman (guilty pleasure)
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2009, 03:57:55 AM »

Record of Lodoss War (not the Heroic Knight series).
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2009, 04:08:17 AM »

Giving only instant play options, I enjoyed:

Last Exile
Air TV
Airgear

For others:
Kenshin
Trigun
Cowboy Bebop
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2009, 04:29:14 AM »

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Martian Successor Nadesico
Azumanga Daioh
Hack//Sign

There are others, but those are solid.

Code Geass is also incredible, as is Darker Than Black, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (at least the first season), and many others.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2009, 06:21:28 AM »

I don't watch much anime but I loved Ninja Scroll.  Fantastic film.
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2009, 06:27:47 AM »

Really? No Akira? The movie that by many is regarded as a landmark anime?

See it!
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2009, 07:20:54 AM »

Akira is my favourite,always has been,its the one that got me into Manga,funnily enough though its the one Manga movie i actually enjoy the English Voice over on..i bought the two pack on DVD which has both versions(English Dubbed and original Japanese)..problem is though the Original English Dubbed is in 4:3,while the Japanese is 16:9

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Patlabor:Mobile Police is nearly as good as Akira,great animation and cool story,i have the double set of Patlabor 1:Mobile Police and Patlabor 2:The Movie...but the second one isnt as good as the first IMO


Ghost in the Shell is good,i saw it at the cinema but actually fell asleep(first time ever at the cinema)..i was reluctant to buy it on DVD but glad i did,i must of just been having an off day when i went to see it at the cinema

i also have Vampire Hunter D on DVD,but i was disappointed with that

i did have Perfect Blue,not sure whats happened to that.that was so-so

VHS titles i used to have,but didn't upgrade when i went to DVD

Golgo 13:The Professional-fantastic film,i really need to find that on DVD,again i have heard there are more now,and not just the original 1983 movie



Urotsukidoji parts 1 and 2(Legend of the overfiend and Legend of the demon womb) were good,but was kinda over shadowed by the sex in the film...heard there are more parts now,but i haven't seen them


Fist of the North Star the original Movie was great,i never did get round to seeing any of the TV series

Streetfighter 2 Anime:The Movie was pretty good,oh and you also got to see Chun Li in the shower(scene taken out of the DVD version i think)



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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009, 08:37:35 AM »

As far as series go, I greatly enjoyed Full Metal Alchemist, Outlaw Star and Bleach.

You can't go wrong with most Ghibli movies, just avoid the raccoon balls (Pom Poko).

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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2009, 12:47:45 PM »

My Neighbor Totoro isn't getting mentioned enough in this thread.

And Cowboy Bebop is my favorite anime series by far.
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2009, 01:01:43 PM »

Cowboy Bebop
Full Metal Alchemist
Black Lagoon
RahXephon
Last Exile
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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2009, 02:52:58 PM »

Lots of good stuffs here, I need to go through it for the ones I'm not familiar with. I really enjoyed Last Exile however it literally took months for Amazon to find me a copy of "The Murata Range Complete Set Edition" box to purchase. I also greatly enjoyed Appleseed Ex Machina.
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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM »

Would Afro Samurai count as anime? if not watch Afro Samurai. I'm also kind of partial to Samurai Champloo, it has the same guy that did Spike from Cowboy Bepop.

I'm going to have to go against Evangelion, I'm sorry but it just go to fucking weird. Appleseed is also pretty good.

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2009, 06:35:11 PM »

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I'm going to have to go against Evangelion, I'm sorry but it just go too weird.

Evangelion was great until the last two episodes and then they went all strange.  That has been the reason why I haven't purchased the series.  There is a DVD that is supposed explain things and I watched it with a friend of mine, but it was still a real head scratcher.
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2009, 06:47:01 PM »

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I'm going to have to go against Evangelion, I'm sorry but it just go too weird.

Evangelion was great until the last two episodes and then they went all strange.  That has been the reason why I haven't purchased the series.  There is a DVD that is supposed explain things and I watched it with a friend of mine, but it was still a real head scratcher.

My other thing is whole premise you have suit mech thingers, with big guns. The needing power was kind of interesting but to kill the big bad animal monster things you have to use....a little vibro blade knife. That was rather weird for me.
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2009, 06:56:12 PM »

Ninja Scroll
Record of the Lodoss War
Fist of the North Star
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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2009, 06:57:02 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now

This is a pretty long series and it's still going on now, correct? I don't know if I want to commit to that. I mean, it would have to be really good.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2009, 07:01:43 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on August 21, 2009, 06:57:02 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now

This is a pretty long series and it's still going on now, correct? I don't know if I want to commit to that. I mean, it would have to be really good.

It's 3 seasons and it's over. And I feel it is really that good.
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2009, 07:15:06 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 07:01:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 21, 2009, 06:57:02 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now

This is a pretty long series and it's still going on now, correct? I don't know if I want to commit to that. I mean, it would have to be really good.

It's 3 seasons and it's over. And I feel it is really that good.

Ah. Well the 1st season is on instant watch so I may consider it.
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2009, 07:27:32 PM »

Only 5! There's too many excellent titles even in my personal library to go with just 5. I'm also not sure if you prefer features films to series. Since it's probably isn't worth going back before the current golden age (1979 -  today) I'm going to cheat a bit and go with 5 best films and series form the early golden age and 5 from the latter. All of the titles you listed are more in the category of shonen (male oriented) vs shoujo (female oriented), so I'll try to only list shonen. I'll also won't include any you've already seen and try to minimze the Miyazaki - not an easy feat. slywink

Early Golden Age

Films:
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Patlabor 1
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Lupin III: The Fuma Consipracy (Called Rupin III in N.A. to avoid licensing conflicts)
Arcadia of My Youth (oldie but goodie)

Series:
Record of Lodoss Wars
Silent Mobius (Created in the latter era -1998- but it's style is more of the early)
Mobile Suit Gundam - 8th MS Team
Vampire Princess Myu (original 4 vol OAV - shoujo anime, but it appeals to many men)
Crest of the Stars

Latter Golden Age

Films:
Princess Mononoke
Cowboy Bebop the Movie
Ninja Scolls
The Animatrix
Metropolis (Script by Otomo - same writer as Akira)

Series:
The Vision of Escaflowne
Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex (SAC) 2
Cowboy Bebop - Remix series
Macross Plus (the 4 vol OVA)
Serial Experiments Lain (very cerebal with minimalist animation, but 1 of the most amazing series I've ever watched)
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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2009, 08:11:41 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 07:01:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 21, 2009, 06:57:02 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now

This is a pretty long series and it's still going on now, correct? I don't know if I want to commit to that. I mean, it would have to be really good.

It's 3 seasons and it's over. And I feel it is really that good.

Isn't there an Airbender movie coming out? Could have sworn I saw a trailer for it recently.
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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2009, 08:20:09 PM »

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 21, 2009, 08:11:41 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 07:01:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 21, 2009, 06:57:02 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

As someone said earlier watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Right fucking now

This is a pretty long series and it's still going on now, correct? I don't know if I want to commit to that. I mean, it would have to be really good.

It's 3 seasons and it's over. And I feel it is really that good.

Isn't there an Airbender movie coming out? Could have sworn I saw a trailer for it recently.

Yeah, M. Night is doing it.
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« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2009, 09:18:48 PM »

while we are on the subject i wonder if any of you can help me

i am trying to think of a Manga film,but can't for the life of me think which one it is

it started of with a suicide,a guy threw himself of a high business building,i think he worked there(i remember the music was really cool..slow,but cool at this point).....it kinda turned out that the buildings AI had turned against everything,defenses etc....i really can't remember that much of it,apart from that i liked it

and they(government i suppose) sent i think 3 people into the building to beat it,the buildings AI set up traps etc,one of the people was lightning fast if i remember rightly


its definitely last century it was made..nothing that has been said has jumped out at me,i used to have it before DVDs took over,i don't think it was Golgo13


anybody got an idea?...sorry its a bit vague
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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2009, 09:32:14 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:47:01 PM

Quote from: Graham on August 21, 2009, 06:35:11 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 21, 2009, 06:21:42 PM

I'm going to have to go against Evangelion, I'm sorry but it just go too weird.

Evangelion was great until the last two episodes and then they went all strange.  That has been the reason why I haven't purchased the series.  There is a DVD that is supposed explain things and I watched it with a friend of mine, but it was still a real head scratcher.

My other thing is whole premise you have suit mech thingers, with big guns. The needing power was kind of interesting but to kill the big bad animal monster things you have to use....a little vibro blade knife. That was rather weird for me.

There's many things flawed with NGE IMO, and it wouldn't make my top 10 -probably not even top 20- modern era series. The problem is that the original concept creator -Hideaki Anno- really isn't known for that skill and much of the story and ideas suffer because of it. He's proven to be a good director though - Wings of Honneamise, Gunbuster, His and Her Circumstances. He's also done some really good animation and mechanical design work; original Appleseed, FLCL and Grave of the Fireflies amongst many others. What really got the NGE noted was the animation by studio Gainax, which is still top rate in my books.

If you want to see a mecha anime series something like NGE that doesn't fizzle out, I'd recommend RahXephon, Gundam 8th MS Team, or the original 1988 Patlabor series instead. Patlabor in particular, as it was directed by Mamoru Oshii who also did Ghost in the Shell and created the original concepts for both GitS Stand Alone Complex series.
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2009, 09:46:36 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2009, 09:18:48 PM

while we are on the subject i wonder if any of you can help me

i am trying to think of a Manga film,but can't for the life of me think which one it is

it started of with a suicide,a guy threw himself of a high business building,i think he worked there(i remember the music was really cool..slow,but cool at this point).....it kinda turned out that the buildings AI had turned against everything,defenses etc....i really can't remember that much of it,apart from that i liked it

and they(government i suppose) sent i think 3 people into the building to beat it,the buildings AI set up traps etc,one of the people was lightning fast if i remember rightly


its definitely last century it was made..nothing that has been said has jumped out at me,i used to have it before DVDs took over,i don't think it was Golgo13


anybody got an idea?...sorry its a bit vague

You're describing the Patlabor 1 movie, which was actually in your list of 5 recommendations. icon_wink  Awesome movie though and IMO superior to the 2nd one, although many anime fans would disagree with me. And yes the music is excellent, so it the quality of the sound mix.
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« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2009, 10:29:43 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on August 21, 2009, 09:46:36 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2009, 09:18:48 PM

while we are on the subject i wonder if any of you can help me

i am trying to think of a Manga film,but can't for the life of me think which one it is

it started of with a suicide,a guy threw himself of a high business building,i think he worked there(i remember the music was really cool..slow,but cool at this point).....it kinda turned out that the buildings AI had turned against everything,defenses etc....i really can't remember that much of it,apart from that i liked it

and they(government i suppose) sent i think 3 people into the building to beat it,the buildings AI set up traps etc,one of the people was lightning fast if i remember rightly


its definitely last century it was made..nothing that has been said has jumped out at me,i used to have it before DVDs took over,i don't think it was Golgo13


anybody got an idea?...sorry its a bit vague

You're describing the Patlabor 1 movie, which was actually in your list of 5 recommendations. icon_wink  Awesome movie though and IMO superior to the 2nd one, although many anime fans would disagree with me. And yes the music is excellent, so it the quality of the sound mix.

really?,LOL...guess it goes to show how long ago it was that i last watched it(all i remembered from Patlabor was the 2 labors fighting in the shanty town,and being thrown through houses etc..and i remember really loving the whole film),i just remembered those 5 minutes or so about the AI in the building and thought it was from a totally different film....good news is,i have it on DVD,so i can watch it tonight(yay)..thx Kronovan
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« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2009, 01:39:38 AM »

Evangelion rests heavily on the Judaic "Tree of Knowledge" and the last few episodes, followed by the movies where most people write it off as psychobabble, is actually some significant content. At least, that is what I've been led to believe. I have not delved into the explanations myself.

I would also recommend Roadbuster , the prequel to Gunsmithcats. I'd also second Patlabor and suggest Black Magic: M66 as worth watching.
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« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2009, 03:03:32 AM »

If you want to see a series that is trippy and mind-bending, check out Paranoia Agent.  The last episode in particular will make you scratch your head.
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« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2009, 02:38:20 AM »

Tsk.  No one's mentioned Mach GoGoGo yet?

Several years ago Knightshade Dragon sent me his unwanted copy of Moldiver.  I hadn't seen any anime since Speed Racer, so it seemed very strange...but I still have it and still watch it occasionally.  Entertaining.  But it warped my anime sensibilities, so here are some less-mentioned suggestions for some (mostly) less-serious series:

Trigun.  Don't dither, just put it in your queue now.
Sorcerer Hunters.  Mostly comic, with a few serious episodes at the end.  I enjoyed it enough to buy it.
Azumanga Daioh: girly but entertaining.
Zipang.  What if a modern JDF ship were teleported back to the battle of Midway?
DearS.  Not bad if you're into that sort of thing.

And last but certainly not least:
Dragon Half.
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« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2009, 03:46:59 AM »

My favorite anime is Monster based on a long-running manga.  It's very different from most anime in that there aren't any silly teenage girls with superpowers, no giant robots and it runs for 70+ episodes.  It deals with a doctor who unknowingly saves the life of a serial killer and then pursues him to "right" his "wrong" all the while being chased by the police for a crime he didn't commit.  It's very well-done and gripping, with great characters.  For the longest time it wasn't licensed so the only way you could see it was fansubbed but I understand it's licensed now and according to Wikipedia "Monster has been scheduled for Syfy's Ani-Mondays. It is scheduled to begin airing in October, with 2 episodes each Monday night."  That makes me happy as I'd love more people to be able to see this great show.
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« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2009, 04:36:58 AM »

i've seen maaany animated films, and there are a lot of reasons why Studio Ghibli is so highly regarded... the attention to detail, pacing and emotional resonance in the stories and the lifelike qualities of the characters are unmatched. (overall production values are quite high as well.)

here's a grab-bag of some non-mentioned stuff:

Night on the Galactic Railroad (probably my most favorite non-Ghibli production)
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Makato Shinkai's other stuff is definitely worth seeing as well. . Voices from a Distant Star was created entirely on his laptop...)
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (great animation)
Dead Leaves (animation style i've not seen used before or since)
Millenium Actress (the best one by Satoshi Kon, imo)
Galaxy Express 999 (Leiji Matsumoto's drawing style i like very much... see the Captain Harlock movies. i also enjoyed Interstella 5555, which is one of the better long-form music videos i've seen)


Cromartie High School (limited run series with godawful animation, but is very funny]
Excel Saga (one of the more meta anime; some funny parts. definitely see the first episode)
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« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2009, 01:14:44 PM »

Trigun
Last Exile
Inuyasha
Dragonball Z
Vandread Second Stage
Dirty Pair Flash
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« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2009, 02:51:31 PM »

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on August 21, 2009, 02:12:21 AM

Saikano

That's just cruel.


My suggestions have pretty much all been said:

Cowboy Bebop
Trigun
Irresponsible Captain Tylor - A 20-year-old becomes captain of a rusted out space battleship. Is he a genius or an idiot?
Planetes - Near-future garbage collectors in space
Full Metal Panic (then Fumoffu)
Excel Saga - Pure insanity
Shopping District Abenobashi - Homages galore, for the true anime, j-culture fan.
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« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2009, 02:54:09 PM »

Quote from: ChaoZ on August 23, 2009, 02:51:31 PM

Full Metal Panic (then Fumoffu)

Definitely second the Fumoffu rec.  Great show and I strongly considered putting that one on my Top 5.  I'm a bit cooler on the first FMP series though- it has it's moments though.  I really need to watch The Second Raid one of these days. 
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« Reply #39 on: August 23, 2009, 09:30:54 PM »

Quote from: Purge on August 22, 2009, 01:39:38 AM

Evangelion rests heavily on the Judaic "Tree of Knowledge" and the last few episodes, followed by the movies where most people write it off as psychobabble, is actually some significant content. At least, that is what I've been led to believe. I have not delved into the explanations myself.

I get the symbology and biblical references to the book of Genesis; the title is afterall a play on neo[n] "new" Genesis evangelion. That's never changed my opinion of Anno's efforts though. He's to be complimented for trying to create an anime with some heady concepts, but IMO he does a poor job of introducing and sustaining them. Contrast it with Serial Experiments Lain, where the writer introduced the very heady concepts of cybernets, gnosis and dualism together and did it very well - I swear you won't find an anime with more complex ideas. That doesn't mean watching Lain doesn't cause some WTF moments for many viewers, but that has more to do with not having some understanding of the base concepts. The difference for me though is that NGE still causes WTF moments for me in it's latter stages, despite my having read the Book of Genesis a number of times. Bottom line if you're going to attempt allegory you better do it well; IMO Anno didn't.

Quote from: hitbyambulance on August 23, 2009, 04:36:58 AM

Galaxy Express 999 (Leiji Matsumoto's drawing style i like very much... see the Captain Harlock movies. i also enjoyed Interstella 5555, which is one of the better long-form music videos i've seen)

Yup that's a real classic, but my god try and track down a copy of it. It's been out of print in NA for some time and copies of it fetch a hefty price on eBay. I love Matsumoto's work and it's 1 of the reasons why Arcadia of my Youth ended up in my top 5 movies for the early golden age. Although not as good as the above mentioned 2, Harlock Saga is also worth a watch and its a bit underrated IMO.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 23, 2009, 02:54:09 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on August 23, 2009, 02:51:31 PM

Full Metal Panic (then Fumoffu)

Definitely second the Fumoffu rec.  Great show and I strongly considered putting that one on my Top 5.  I'm a bit cooler on the first FMP series though- it has it's moments though.  I really need to watch The Second Raid one of these days.  

Agreed Fumoffu is better, but we're probably alone in that as most anime fans seem to prefer the 1st series. I had a copy of the 1st series and it's 1 of the few I've ever traded away. My ability to trade it at a decent price very quickly, gave me the impression its still very popular.
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