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What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:52 am

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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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:07 am

I'd probably go with a keg of beer myself, but that's just me.  Smile
 
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:09 am

Have you gotten the movie 'End Of Evangelion'? You should get that first.
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:14 am

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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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:52 am

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


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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:16 pm

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.
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:11 am

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.
 
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 10:33 am

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

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:44 am

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

AnimeNfo

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:13 am

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?
 
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:51 pm

Walt disney are the best  Smile
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:58 pm

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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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:01 am

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

I know.....Walt Disney is still the Best  Smile
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:01 am

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 )


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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:30 am

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.

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:57 am

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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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:58 am

How about...

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


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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:03 am

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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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:11 am

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.

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:46 am

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
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:04 am

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?

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:35 am

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?
 
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:35 am

FWIW...

Trigun, Cowboy Bebop and the movie Princess Mononoke got me into anime...
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:17 am

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

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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:08 pm

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 
 
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:17 am

Quoting Swisskloten (Reply 24):
rst, '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!

Can't forget, the majority of anime does include a plot.  Wink
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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:21 am

Quoting SATX (Reply 15):
Did she get bitten by the cosplay bug or something?

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 she is 15!
She has a collection of at least over 100 pokemon figurines.
She watches about 20 different anime shows, and it's pretty
much out of control.
Now that's addicted to anime.


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RE: What's Good To See In Anime?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:36 pm

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 26):
That is just the half of it!
Now that's addicted to anime.

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.  hyper 

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