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What's Good To See In Anime?  
User currently offlineSwisskloten From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

I managed to finish watching Neon Genesis Evangelion after recklessly snapping up the entire series from overstock.com for $50. It blew me away and left me worried to death.

I was never a big fan of anime until Carl Macek caught my attention with Robotech: the Macross Saga. That was when they RE-RELEASED it on DVD. It was fun and actually had good drama. Over the last 7 years, I saw a few episodes of series like Sailor Moon (really boring! never could understand why it was so popular), Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the shell (better but not fast enough to keep me interested for long periods of time). Then, they unleashed Neon Genesis Evangelion. I bought the whole collection and waited seven agonizing days for the DVD set. It was unlike anything I've ever seen. Even though it took four days to watch the entire series, it left me amazed. I've never known anime could be this good. Sailor Moon is crap compared to this. I admit watching a few dozen episodes of Macross hooked me on NGE. Now, my interest in anime is stronger but I still fear that my next purchase will be pretty disappointing. I also fear that I'll wind up spending $99 on a set of anime DVDs only to find out that the show is a knockoff of Sailor Moon (NEVER AGAIN!) I've narrowed it down to three: Witch Hunter Robin, Noir or Air Master. I've never seen You're under arrest but it sounds like a hilarious anime version of "Cops". If I'm wrong, what is it about? Let's simplify this: you're going to be stuck on a deserted island with a DVD player and TV. You can only pick from one of the titles. Which one would keep you most interested: WHR, Noir or AM? Remember, I don't have a ton of cash on hand so I'm not going to go out and buy all three sets. That's probably over 180 US dollars! Which of the three would you choose?

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User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

I'd probably go with a keg of beer myself, but that's just me.  Smile

User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Have you gotten the movie 'End Of Evangelion'? You should get that first.

User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

Quoting Swisskloten (Thread starter):
I also fear that I'll wind up spending $99 on a set of anime DVDs only to find out that the show is a knockoff of Sailor Moon (NEVER AGAIN!)

That's what netflix.com is for. Sheesh. Get with the program.

Quoting Swisskloten (Thread starter):
Witch Hunter Robin, Noir or Air Master

I've never seen any of those, but they are probably not going to be anything like NGE. Make sure you get the basics out of the way. Akira, Metropolis, Spirited Away, Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, Totoro, Mononoke, Kiki, Fireflies, Nausicaa, Laputa, etc., etc, etc.



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

To watch on DVD non-licensed series:
You can download these over BitTorrent or any IRC XDCC fansubs server

-Bleach [highly recommended]
-Initial D [all four stages]
-Bobobo
-2x2=Shinobuden (ninin ga Shinbouden)

Licensed:
You can get these on DVD or watch them at your local TV station

-Full Metal Alchemist
-Ranma 1/2


Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

I don't really call myself a sci-fi fanatic, but I do find alot of the sci-fi stuff in Anime interesting. One series which is very-very obscure, but I found rather interesting was Legend of Galactic Heroes (Logh). It's basically a sort of star-wars type film, but minus the strange races.

A brief synopsis is as follows:

Two empires the Galactic Empire (monarchy), the Free Planets Alliance (democratic), ad Phezzan (a protectorate of the empire who profits from the war between the two galactic superpowers) are locked in a war that has lasted for 100+ years mainly due to differences in ideology and the galactic empire's wish to unite the galaxy under their Kaiser.

Now this entire story centers around two main characters on opposite sides of the struggle, Yang Wenli of the free planets and Reinhardt von Lohengramm of the empire. Both of them are rather young in their 20s, but they rise the ranks of their respective sides because of their skills in the battlefield and eventually command fleets of their own. By the way, the battlefield is basically a region between the two empires where they can line up their armadas of ships the size of aircraft carriers to fire at each other, and believe me, each battle has at least 10,000 ships.

This anime was probably one of the best series I've seen because there are literally dozens of characters in this 110 episode series which all see at least some development over the course of the saga. The whole series is full of politics, war tactics, battles and surprises. This series, IMO is one of the best anime out there if you like the serious kind.


Another great anime, which is easier to find but pretty expensive to own is Berserk. It's great if you like gore and action. The same thing goes for Samurai X (or Kenshin as they call it in the East).

Ghost in the Shell is great too.



"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2221 times:
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My recommondation is to check out this website:

http://www.animeondvd.com/

They have reviews for basically all region 1 released anime. They also have news and forums where you can get information about upcoming releases, new shows, and other people's opinions.

I personally am not really into fighting, sci-fi, giant robo anime. I usually prefer romantic comedies, harem type, and shoujo.


User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Quoting Ha763 (Reply 6):
My recommondation is to check out this website:

It's true that animeondvd.com is a great review site and all, but why on earth do they mainly rate individual volumes of any multi-disk series?! Am I really going to only watch Volumes 2, 4, & 7 of an 11 disk series based on individual reviews?! I really don't get that. The hard-core anime folks who write most of those reviews probably watch most of these series bootleg-style months or even years before they come out on DVD, so why not just rate the whole damn series from the get-go? Reading reviews for individual volumes is just a waste of time IMO.

Quoting Ha763 (Reply 6):
I usually prefer romantic comedies, harem type, and shoujo.


"Shoujo"...

http://www.girlsbravodvd.com/images/desktop1_1280.jpg

[Edited 2005-08-25 03:34:51]


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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Something that might be helpful for reviews and such stuff...

AnimeNfo

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Quoting SATX (Reply 3):
Make sure you get the basics out of the way. Akira, Metropolis, Spirited Away, Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, Totoro, Mononoke, Kiki, Fireflies, Nausicaa, Laputa, etc., etc, etc.

Yes, I would strongly agree, especially with that list. "Howl's Moving Castle" is making the rounds in movie theatres - a Studio Ghibli production. A.Netter's should like 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' - great flying sequences...

A Question for older Anime fans - does anyone remember the movie 'Magic Boy' from the fifties - was it renamed, is it available on DVD as a classic?


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Walt disney are the best  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 10):
Walt disney are the best

Ha ha ha... too bad this is a thread about anime.

I want one of these for my back yard...




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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting SATX (Reply 11):
Ha ha ha... too bad this is a thread about anime.

I know.....Walt Disney is still the Best  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2104 times:

My friend Juatsama is hopelessly addicted to anime.
She is also a Dash 8 person.
Looking at what has become of her, I'm going to steer clear of it all!
(Hopin' she's not reading this!  Wink )


Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21877 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2097 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 9):
A.Netter's should like 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' - great flying sequences..

The flying sequences in Nausicaa are pretty good as well.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2093 times:

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 13):
Looking at what has become of her, I'm going to steer clear of it all!

Okay, I'll bite... How exactly has she managed to fall from grace? Did she get bitten by the cosplay bug or something?



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2092 times:

How about...

"Kudou Senkan Nadesico", that series is amazing. In english "Battleship Nadesico" or something like that... or just Nadesico.


Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2091 times:

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 16):
"Kudou Senkan Nadesico", that series is amazing. In english "Battleship Nadesico" or something like that... or just Nadesico.

Martian Successor Nadesico

And yes, it is an excellent series. There is also a movie as well.



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting SATX (Reply 17):
Martian Successor Nadesico

And yes, it is an excellent series. There is also a movie as well.

There you go. I hate english names for Anime.  Silly.

Yes, there's a movie but the movie sucks BAD and it is licensed by almighty anime censor, ADV.

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

I've been in and out of anime fandom for the past three years (trying to juggle between anime and aviation ><)

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 18):
Yes, there's a movie but the movie sucks BAD and it is licensed by almighty anime censor, ADV.

Not to mention licensing whore who seems to want to take up as much anime as possible.  banghead  Power to Geneon!!!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Comorin (Reply 9):

Yes, I would strongly agree, especially with that list. "Howl's Moving Castle" is making the rounds in movie theatres - a Studio Ghibli production. A.Netter's should like 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' - great flying sequences...

Hayao Miyazaki's works are among my favorite among anime! One major one I haven't seen is Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke.

For comedy, I recommend Excel Saga and it' random yet hilarious episodes.

If you want a military/mecha/comedy theme, I'd go for Full Metal Panic. (watch out for certain scenes with C-17s and a 744. Big grin)

Aviation-wise, a couple of my favorites (outside of the usual Robotech/Macross deal) is Sentou Yousei Yukikaze/Battle Fairy Yukikaze. Another good one is Stratos 4, though expect excessive fan service in this one. Another interesting thing in Stratos 4 is that it's supposed to be in the year 20XX yet you'll be seeing retro aircraft all over the place. (at one episode they even had a Caravelle show up.  eek  ) There's also the remake of Area 88 which is also good, especially since the main character pilots an F-8 Crusader.  bigthumbsup  I haven't seen Last Exile yet though it does look great. (I mean c'mon, it's GONZO. Big grin)

Somewhat off topic, there's some real-world airlines that do show up in some anime. If you ever watch Spriggan, there's a scene in IST with accurate renditions of THY aircraft. In Kaleido Star you could see a NW 747-400 in one of the episodes...with a distorted c/s but nevertheless the old logo can still be noticed in the tail.

For other reviews and recommendations, I suggest Anime News Network



"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Quoting N751PR (Reply 19):
For comedy, I recommend Excel Saga and it' random yet hilarious episodes.

Hehe, yes! Excel and Il-palazzo really get along... but I'd go with Azumanga Daioh... that is FREAKING HILARIOUS

Quoting N751PR (Reply 19):
Not to mention licensing whore who seems to want to take up as much anime as possible. banghead

You seem to know what I'm talking about Big grin I've been with Anime since I'm 12 (I'm 21, now, go figure it out  Silly). And I forgot to quote a friend of mine... ADV is a (li)censor. BTW, has anybody seen those DBZ scenes when they were digitally edited to add a pair of pants to Goku when he was naked!! Who was that fuh sob?

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Can anyone clear up for me just what the difference is between 'Anime' and 'cartoons' are, other than the former seems to come from Japan-and all the characters have that same not-so-bright, quasi human/space alien look to them, whereas the latter seems to be marketed more towards kids on Saturday mornings?

User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

FWIW...

Trigun, Cowboy Bebop and the movie Princess Mononoke got me into anime...


User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 20):
Hehe, yes! Excel and Il-palazzo really get along... but I'd go with Azumanga Daioh... that is FREAKING HILARIOUS

Indeed Azu is great as well! Gotta love Osaka and Chiyo.

I've been watching anime since 94 (6 back then when they had G-Force/Gatchaman on Cartoon Network) but never really became a fan til like 2002. Big grin

[Edited 2005-08-30 03:18:52]


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineSwisskloten From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
Can anyone clear up for me just what the difference is between 'Anime' and 'cartoons' are, other than the former seems to come from Japan-and all the characters have that same not-so-bright, quasi human/space alien look to them, whereas the latter seems to be marketed more towards kids on Saturday mornings?

There is a HUGE difference. First, 'anime' is a Japanese word for cartoon. Second, it sometimes focuses on more mature themes. You'll see violence, nudity and blood. And of course, there's bad language and all the great stuff we beer-drinking grown-ups enjoy. I like to think of it as cartoons for adults. To me, a cartoon is something like the following: the Smurfs, Tom and Jerry and Power Rangers (which is NOT anime!). Anime is: Evangelion, Witch Hunter Robin and Sailor Moon for example. Remember, they also have hentai anime, which is definitely R-rated, if not X-rated. It's just weird seeing sex in a cartoon but that's part of anime. Unless you know a lot about it (unlike me!) it's okay to show some movies or shows to kids under 18 but my best bet is ALWAYS watch all of it before you let them see it. Last thing we need is the neighbor's kids seeing "Please Teacher!" and risking a gunshot wound to the head!  smile 


25 Post contains images N751PR : Can't forget, the majority of anime does include a plot.
26 HorizonGirl : That is just the half of it! She has like 15 different InuYasha costumes, and the went as a Sukune or whatever it is from Pokemon for Halloween! And
27 Post contains images N751PR : This is coming from a 1/2 anime fan (I'm sure you all know where the other 1/2 goes to ) : you should meet some of my anime fan friends. [Edited 2005
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