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    Default anime!

    as suggested by joni.f

    lets get some suggestions, lists of your favorites, discussion of the fashion sense involved with it. i think this could be a good thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoniF View Post
    I'm just listing a few that I'm familiar with:

    Afro Samurai
    Berserk
    Bleach
    Death Note
    Hellsing
    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    Naruto
    One Piece
    Pokemon
    Rurouni Kenshin
    Samurai Champloo
    Shamo
    Trinity Blood
    Ultimate!! Hentai Kamen
    Vagabond

    And for future reference, I use anime as a blanket term that encompasses manga.
    as do i jonif!

    i'm a big fan of bleach and naruto, deathnote was amazing, what exactly is this melancholy anime, it sounds pretty good!

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    Not much of an anime person anymore, but I've got to comment:

    Trinity blood is a complete ripoff of Trigun meant to leverage the new vampire craze in anime. The problem is it's complete shit, whereas trigun is one of the greats.

    Hellsing Ultimate is fantastic, as is full metal alchemist.

    Really though, it starts and ends with Totoro.
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    In my opinion, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experts Lain and Death Note are all very great series. Trigun is also a very good time.

    Shonen manga/anime are typically really trashy but often very enjoyable (unless you're reading/watching American versions, then shame on you).

    Anything Miyazaki is absolutely incredible, especially Mononoke and Spirited Away. His movies should be seen by everyone, even people who claim they detest anime.

    Though less known, I'm pretty fond of Satoshi Kon's stuff. I really enjoyed Millennium Actress (a very beautiful movie), as well as Paprika. Perfect Blue is craaazy. Don't remember Tokyo Godfathers or Paranoia Agent enough to comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thejjbb View Post
    In my opinion, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experts Lain and Death Note are all very great series. Trigun is also a very good time.

    Shonen manga/anime are typically really trashy but often very enjoyable (unless you're reading/watching American versions, then shame on you).

    Anything Miyazaki is absolutely incredible, especially Mononoke and Spirited Away. His movies should be seen by everyone, even people who claim they detest anime.

    Though less known, I'm pretty fond of Satoshi Kon's stuff. I really enjoyed Millennium Actress (a very beautiful movie), as well as Paprika. Perfect Blue is craaazy. Don't remember Tokyo Godfathers or Paranoia Agent enough to comment.
    paranoia agent was a masterpiece, thats probably my favorite anime of all time. though it is extremely bizarre and is sort of an acquired taste. though i will agree that Miyazaki is a genius, Ghibli can do no wrong in my book. bebop is good, i'm actually just about to start re-watching it now

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    used to watch a bit of anime when I was younger, can't really get into it much anymore. I recommend:
    - cowboy bebop (one of my favourite TV shows of all time, regardless of genre. champloo was disappointing...)
    - evangelion
    - ghost in the shell: stand alone complex 1st and 2nd gig (closer to the lighter tone of the original mangas, didn't really like the movies that much)
    - hellsing and hellsing ultimate (this and bebop are one of the few instances where the dub is superior to the original japanese track)
    - any of the studio ghibli films directed by hayao miyazaki

    still watch bleach out of habit too, fucking filler...

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    i gave up on bleach some time ago. i think filler started and i got busy, forgot about it and i now have no idea how many episodes its been... probably 50 ago.

    gits its still my fav series of all time and i do love the movies. I just finished all of death note which wasn't that bad, but other than that, not much has peaked my interest recently.
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    D, i'm the same way with all this filler, so boring but my god has naruto been amazing lately. i personally love the idea of GITS i just can never sit through it, i get so bored every time i attempt. in GITS: innocence i fell asleep 5 times. i found deathnote to be one of the best animes in years to come out.

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    yeah I didn't particularly enjoy the gits movies, although the setting and art was amazing. definitely give the TV show a shot though, it's a bit less serious and paced a lot better.

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    yeah i enjoyed what episodes i saw of the tv show, the one where the guy skins his victims in the shape of a tee shirt was awesome, the whole show is good, i just never find myself wanting to watch it:\

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    Has anybody else seen Paprika, definitely one of my favourite animes, along with Death Note and the Miyazaki movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thejjbb View Post
    Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experts Lain
    How did I forget those two? I'll check out Death Note too.

    The Ninja Scroll movie is another classic.
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    I'll admit I'm not much of an anime fan but I've always had a soft spot for katsuhiro otomo, his attention to detail is staggering. In akira alone you see a lot of what was on runways this season.

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    baccano! is one of the greatest stories, in any medium, that I've ever had the pleasure of getting lost in.

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    Akira is the shit, the manga and the movie. The movie's soundtrack is to die for, I listen to that on its own sometimes.

    Ghost in the Shell I appreciate for its aesthetics, mostly, and the interesting plot lines.. Oh, and the outfits, heh heh.. Hm.

    Miyazaki movies are the most immersive films I've ever seen, in truth. The first time I watched Castle in the Sky, I just watched again instead of watching the other movie I rented, it was that good.

    I kind of liked Trigun, but it's so precocious at some points I can't even bother.

    Cowboy Bebop, now there's a great series. Very cool ad creatively carried out.

    On the topic of mangas, how about Enki Bilal, or is there already a graphic novels and comics thread?

    Actually, I'm looking forward to seeing Miyazaki's Ponyo tonight ,I think..
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    I used to be much more into anime myself...as of late I think I just lost the groove...but I still have my favorites:

    Trigun
    Cowboy Bebop
    Elfen Lied
    Lain
    Texhnolyze
    Ghost in the Shell
    Afro Samurai
    GTO
    Evangelion

    and my all time favorite of all animes:
    Fooly Cooly

    Movies:
    Cowboy Bebop
    Princes Mononoke
    Akira
    Spirited Away


    I always thought Big-O was pretty cool and dark in an unconventional way...it got overlooked a bit I think. Funny thing, I keep hearing mixed things about Samurai Champloo, some people swear by it and others hate it...I may just watch it for myself soon to end the suspense.

    A friend of mine just lent me Initial D recently...wonder if it'll be any good.

    Also has anyone seen Blame! ? I saw the first few episodes (pilots) and was utterly confused by it, yet loved the animation/style of it...very reminiscent of H.R. Giger.
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    Samurai Champloo is fun to watch, but definitely nowhere near as good as Cowboy Bebop.

    And how could I forget GTO?!? That is a hilarious, incredibly fun series.

    And FLCL is unspeakably awesome. Bizarre, but awesome.

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    Even if you didn't much like Champloo as a series, you had to at least love the episode with the beatboxing samurai, come on. =p

    A few recent favorites:

    Baccano! - A very chaotic, confusing, supernatural heist mashup that very much channels Pulp Fiction.

    Last Exile - Very popular a few years back. Space opera from Gonzo, which should probably be a turnoff, but it's fun, emotional, and despite being slow, is haunting and beautiful.

    Azumanga - Slice of life, school girl sillyness but with very three dimensional characters and full of, well, general awesomeness.

    Read or Die (OVA) - Comic book hero vs bad guys with very high production values, and was inevitably followed by an enjoyable but very poorly paced/plotted tv series. The OVA is very very fun.

    Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo - Saw all the other Madhouse films listed but this one, which is a bit surprising, as this is by far my favorite. It's a high concept fantasy/romance that is far less psychological or cerebral than most everything else Madhouse has done (Paprike hello), but is very emotionally powerful.

    Makoto Shinkai - All of his stuff is worth watching. Voices from a Distant Star and Five Centimeters per Second stand out.

    Rahxephon - Undoubtedly very derivative of Eva, but much more interesting characters and a more cohesive narrative. It doesn't hit as hard as eva but it's equally cathartic and has characters for which empathy is far easier. It's also based on my favorite short story. ^^

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    A few less common ones:

    Count of Monte Cristo - Sort of a neo-steampunk version of the eponymous classic tale, with costumes by Anna Sui. Kinda trippy visuals.

    Kino's Journey - A kid and a motorcycle travel through weird towns with their own strange ideologies and culture that reflect the nature of humanity. A lot of cool "what if" scenarios like how would a close community react if everyone was telepathic. Really cool chillout series.

    Haibane Renmei - Another strange and haunting philosphical (in a non-preachy, forced way) series with great music and visuals.

    Cromartie High School - Awesome shit. Just watch it. Indescribable.


    Last Exile - Very popular a few years back. Space opera from Gonzo, which should probably be a turnoff, but it's fun, emotional, and despite being slow, is haunting and beautiful.

    Azumanga - Slice of life, school girl sillyness but with very three dimensional characters and full of, well, general awesomeness.
    I've re-watched these two series sooooo many times. The most of any others for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek01 View Post
    Kino's Journey - A kid and a motorcycle travel through weird towns with their own strange ideologies and culture that reflect the nature of humanity. A lot of cool "what if" scenarios like how would a close community react if everyone was telepathic. Really cool chillout series.

    Haibane Renmei - Another strange and haunting philosphical (in a non-preachy, forced way) series with great music and visuals.
    I really liked those two. With Mushishi , Dennou Coil, Monster and Mononoke, those are the best anime i've seen this far. And I have seen an awful lot.
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