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Whats your favorite anime?

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  • AniRecs

    After a long day of coding, what anime to you sit down to to relax your mind, and if you do, which were those really exceptional ones that you have seen? My personal favorite list is longer but out of what i have seen, the best are:

    Code Geass
    Death Note
    Mushishi

    Whats yours? 

  • spivonious

    I've pretty much given up, since anything that looks interesting to me ends up being fan service. Are all Japanese animators horny old men?

  • CaRDiaK

    Can I ask how can you have must watch missing Akira? It's the benchmark.

    It was recently shown on the big screen again at selected cinema's as it's been re-dubbed. Not bad for a movie made in 1988 and the only Anime I know of to be shown in a cinema in the UK.

    Anyway for me, in order; Spirited Away, Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Patlabor and Princess Mononke.

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  • contextfree`

    I haven't really watched/followed much since the 90s, so I'd still have to go with Evangelion.

  • mikexkearney

    The Ghost In The Shell TV series (both of them) are excellent, some interesting ideas on the future of computer science.

  • Bass

    Bleach.

     

  • MasterPi

    Baccano, Code Geass, Darker than Black, Death Note, Outlaw Star, .hack (sign/roots)

  • Ion Todirel

    umh, tough choice, I'd say my all time favorite is 5 Centimeters per Second, in terms of impression, characters, animation et al.

  • cbae

    Does G-Force/Battle of the Planets count as anime?

  • AniRecs

    @spivonious: lol i know what u mean but the 3 i listed aren't like that, you should give it a try, im 100% sure ull love Death Note
    @CaRDiaK: i must admit.. i never watched Akira. but i guess i know what im watching next.. all the others u named >.< Agreed. all pretty great stuff
    @contextfree`: evangelion... was cool but.. the ending kinda freaked me out a bit..
    Lastly@Ion Todirel: 5 centimeters per second.. is fav only reason i didnt list tis because when it comes to romance, didnt think anyone else would share in that taste Smiley

    Everyone else. Eerci for the replies!

  • W3bbo

    This thread is symptomatic of Japanese animation exceptionalism. Why single out Japanese cartoons in particular? Why reinforce the myth that other countries are incapable of producing cartoon animation that doesn't cater to children? AniRecs, I'm going to call you out as a weeaboo.

  • androidi

    I believe Moomins (楽しいムーミン一家) was animated in Japan so that will count if that was the criteria.

    Also TB2086 aka 科学救助隊テクノボイジャー (whatever that means).

    They're more kids/teen shows but I'm not into what most western people classify as anime.

     

    Also it goes without saying that the Japanese versions of these may not be quite what I have seen. eg. They often seem to have very different intro songs there that bear no resemblance to what I heard. This matters since I really like the audio and music work in both.

     

  • Minh

    Naruto - outcast ninja trying to fit in

    Naruto Shippuden - Naruto all grow'd up, the writing is impeccable

    Bleach - Death gods society. Wish they concentrate more on earth though

    Death Note - So high concept, so smart

    Mushi-shi - it's pokemon, but the art style is so good

    Full Metal Alchemist - really good actions

    Dragon Ball (not Z) - Sci-fi Monkey's Tale. Who wouldn't love that?

    InuYasha (& Final Act) - Demons, big swords, school girls, nuf said?

    Robotech - What boy's mind wouldn't be blown by transforming robots?

    Cowboy Bebop - Friggin' cowboys in friggin' spaaaaace

    Case Closed - Murder mysteries... for kids lol

    Akira - Love the neo-punks

    Pricess Mononoke - Great animations from the master

     

     

     

  • cbae

    ,W3bbo wrote

    This thread is symptomatic of Japanese animation exceptionalism. Why single out Japanese cartoons in particular? Why reinforce the myth that other countries are incapable of producing cartoon animation that doesn't cater to children? AniRecs, I'm going to call you out as a weeaboo.

    In that case, the Flintstones über alles!

  • Sven Groot

    ,W3bbo wrote

    This thread is symptomatic of Japanese animation exceptionalism.

    The OP asked about anime, which is simply the Japanese word for cartoon (animation); it's used for any animation, including western. It's you who read it to mean only Japanese. Smiley

    Anyway, some of my favourites:

    The Vision of Escaflowne - the series, not the movie; best anime soundtrack ever.

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - especially 2nd GIG, which had a more cohesive story than the first season

    Code Geass - though I hated how half of the battles went like "oh no, there's no way we can win; but wait, we have an ace up our sleeves: this new technology that no one has mentioned before!" Deus ex machina, anyone?

    Love Hina - pretty girls and lots and lots of physical violence at the expense of the protagonist; what's not to like? Plus I get to go "ooh, I know where that is" in all the episodes set at Tokyo University

    On the western side: Animaniacs and Freakazoid. Nothing will ever beat the WB/Spielberg cartoons of the 90s!

  • MasterPi

    ,Minh wrote

    Death Note - So high concept, so smart

    I kind of wish there were a Death Note drama series. Each episode would be the main character trying to discretely get out of a mess.

     

    I forgot to mention Yu Yu Hakusho,Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, Card Captor Sakura, Naruto Shippuden, and Digimon (seasons 1-3)

     

    West side: Family Guy, Dexter's Laboratory, Animaniacs, The Batman, Batman Beyond, Spiderman, Ghostbusters, Magic Schoolbus

  • spivonious

    ,Minh wrote

    Princess Mononoke - Great animations from the master 

    Excellent movie. Pretty much every Studio Ghibli production is worth seeing.

    ,Sven Groot wrote

    Love Hina - pretty girls and lots and lots of physical violence at the expense of the protagonist; what's not to like? Plus I get to go "ooh, I know where that is" in all the episodes set at Tokyo University

    My wife's roommate in college was big into that one. I enjoyed the pretty girls and the humor. Cool

    My wife also likes Fruits Basket, fun teen romance/comedy.

     

    @AniRec- I'm amazed that you haven't seen Akira. It's still my favorite sci-fi anime.

    Most recently, I've been watching Angel Beats. First few episodes were nothing special, but it's starting to get good.

    Demon King Daimao seemed interesting until the girls' skirts kept flying up or getting torn off. Sadly this is probably 80% of anime I've tried in the past few years.

    The last series I watched was Planet of the Beast King. Really cool idea, entertaining storyline, and then super-rushed in the last 3-4 episodes. It was 11 episodes and could have easily been 20 and had better pacing.

  • AndyC

    ,Sven Groot wrote

    *snip*

    On the western side: Animaniacs and Freakazoid. Nothing will ever beat the WB/Spielberg cartoons of the 90s!

    Tch! Whilst such epic series such as Dangermouse and Count Duckula are still widely available the '90s WB/Spielberg stuff will have to reluctantly accept second place to the sheer awesomeness that was Cosgrove Hall.

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