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Squeek 11-29-2006 06:37 PM

I'm not on AIM often enough, so when I do get on, people want to take the time to ask me what I'd recommend they'd watch. Anime, of course. I don't know much else.

All I really do is paste my list from ANN that has my ratings of every show I've ever seen and comment on the ones he or she is interested in. Instead of doing that, I'd figure I could do that here and allow others to see it, along with others making their own recommendations. All of these are the subtitled versions. American dubs tend to be horrible and remove all that was amazing with the original series. Not all are this way, but most of them turn out to be utter crap.

Each recommendation should include a genre. Why? Because I don't want to be recommended a drama romance when I clearly like Shounen and comedy animes. Similarly to how you wouldn't give a rap fan a country album for his birthday.

Oh, and if you recommend Naruto or Bleach, I'll delete your post. If you don't follow the guidelines, I'll delete your post. I'm trying to keep this somewhat professional.

So, onwards with my recommendations. These are all anime I've rated 9 or 10 on ANN, or "Excellent" and "Masterpiece" respectively. Oh, and alphabetical order.

One last thing, "Mahou Shoujo" means "Magical Girl". It's Sailor Moon-esque. I guess. "Shounen" generally means "for boys", while "Shoujo" means "for girls". Shounen anime tends to be several seasons long with several main characters engaging in some form of competition (fights, games, sports, etc). Shoujo animes are generally romance and drama.

PS - Use Anime News Network's Encyclopedia for more information on anything that interests you.

PPS - Use that site because my "summaries" of the shows are pretty bad.

Azumanga Daioh - Comedy / Slice of Life (Excellent (9.3))
Story about six girls and their lives in high school. One of the funniest shows ever made. The most unique animation and facial expressions that absolutely define perfection.

Battle Athletes Victory - Comedy / Science Fiction (Excellent (8.7))
I saw this after one of my self-proclaimed Masterpieces, Stellvia. It's pretty much the same thing except Stellvia is so much better. It's basically a story of a girl who's in this school for female athletes training to be the best girl in the world.

Cardcaptor Sakura - Mahou Shoujo / Drama / Comedy / Romance (Masterpiece (10))
One of the first shows I ever saw. I even saw a few episodes of the dub when it first aired. Once I saw the real thing though, it just blew me away. This is by far one of the most defining moments in anime.

Cowboy Bebop - Action (Masterpiece (10))
Well, this is obvious. It's just awesome. There's a reason it's one of the top-rated shows of all time. It's a story about bounty hunters getting through everyday life in the future. Also has one of the best soundtracks ever made.

Elfen Lied - Drama / Horror (Excellent (9.1)) (Mature audiences only)
Looking back, I don't really know why I enjoyed it. It was just great. Solid animation and a great storyline.

Fate/Stay Night - Action (Excellent (8.9))
It had potential to be much better than it was, but it was still pretty sweet. Really had a compelling story for the first half that kept you wondering what was going to happen next and made you hate its weekly release.

FLCL - I don't even know. (Masterpiece (9.8))
It's FLCL. Just watch it. I can't even begin to describe what it's about.

Figure 17 - Drama / Action (Excellent (8.6))
Not only does this show have the best soundtrack from any anime ever, it's also a really good storyline. The only difficulty with this show is that every episode is an hour long, so you really have to dedicate time to it. It's a story about how one girl grows as a person in light of disastrous events.

Fruits Basket - Drama / Romance (Excellent (9.2))
Ok, so this show is intended for girls, but it's still really good. Basically about one girl's relation with a family of individuals with a strange relationship.

Galaxy Angel - Comedy (Excellent (9.3))
The best part about Galaxy Angel is that things happen for no explainable reason. They just are. It's only 10 minutes to an episode meaning you can fit one in just about anytime you want. Nothing really happens, but it's supposed to be a story about how a crew of girls known as Galaxy Angel search for Lost Technology.

Getbackers - Shounen / Drama / Comedy (Excellent (8.9))
Show about how two guys make a living as "Get Backers", finding things people have lost. As the story develops, this ideal changes a bit. It's not your general Shounen anime seeing as it's not even a full two seasons long, but it's about the same thing toward the end.

Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) - Comedy / Drama / Slice of Life (Masterpiece (10))
An ex-biker gang leader decides he wants to become the greatest teacher in the world. He challenges classrooms that other teachers run away from in his goal to become the greatest teacher. Really awesome.

Hellsing - Action (Excellent (9.4))
Vampire seeks to rid the world of lesser vampires for an organization known as Hellsing. On par with Cowboy Bebop and Trigun for shows with awesome main characters who uses guns.

Hikaru no Go - Shounen / Drama (Excellent (9.2))
I used to hate this show too. Haha. It's really a slow-starter. It's a show about a board game. A really difficult and old board game called "Go". When I say difficult, I mean I saw the entire show and I still have absolutely no idea about even the most basic concepts of the game. The one retaining quality in this show is that there's a slow, gradual aging process that happens over the 75 episodes. Time ACTUALLY passes in this show and the main character grows up over time.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - Mahou Shoujo / Comedy / Action (Excellent (9.6))
This is probably the best Mahou Shoujo show ever made if you don't count CCS. The animation is crisp and the story is awesome. It's your generic Mahou Shoujo anime in the beginning. Girl meets thing and becomes magical. Then it very quickly drives itself away from that and becomes more and more awesome. AND it leads to...

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's - Mahou Shoujo / Comedy / Action (Excellent (9.7))
Yay! The sequel! It's even better. Don't ask how. Episodes 11 and 12 dude. Oh by the way, I wrote the plot summaries on ANN. Go me.

Mai-HiME - Drama / Action (Excellent (9.5))
Wow, this show was amazing. Standard Mahou Shoujo intro but then quickly delineated. Became increasingly more and more amazing as it progressed. Oh, and the sequel isn't very good, so you can skip it.

One Piece - Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Shounen (Masterpiece (I wish I could go higher than 10))
Yeah, I have an entire thread for this. No point in trying to re-type that.

Outlaw Star - Action (Excellent (9.0))
There was something about Outlaw Star that made it better than the average "we're in da future nowz lol" show. I can't quite place it. It was quite an awesome show though.

Pita Ten - Comedy / Drama (Excellent (9.1))
Main character lives alone with his dad. He gets a new neighbor and it turns out she's an angel. Then a devil moves in. It's fun. Did I mention this is a drama comedy?

Read Or Die Action (Excellent (9.4))
When I say Read or Die, I mean the OAV, which some people confuse with being a movie. The TV series is alright, but the OAV is just spectacular.

S-Cry-Ed Action / Action / Action / Action (Excellent (9.2))
You read the genre correctly. There's barely a plot in this show because there's too much action. It's a wild ride that barely ever slows down.

Shakugan no Shana Action / Drama (Excellent (8.9))
Probably one of the strangest introductory episodes of a television series when you immediately find out the main character is dead but still among the living as a human being... kinda. Continued to be a solid show and had one of the best cliffhanger episodes ever but ended up kinda bland in the end.

Stellvia no Uchuu Drama / Action / Comedy (Masterpiece (10))
Yeah, this is my second favorite show of all time behind One Piece. Several things made this anime spectacular. Character growth and development, storyline, music, and setting. It was just perfect. The OP and ED songs are by an artist who I only began to love once I began watching the show. Angela fits the bill for the songs so well. Man I want to re-watch this show for the third or fourth time soon.

Trigun Action (Excellent (9.3))
We've all heard of Trigun. It's the exact opposite of Cowboy Bebop. Main character of Bebop is a bounty hunter whereas the main character of Trigun is the biggest bounty in the world. Did I mention that this is the show where Kuroneko, the greatest anime character ever created, comes from? Because Kuroneko is from this show, and he rocks. He rocks hardcore man.

Yakitate!! Japan Shounen / Action / Comedy (Excellent (9.0)
Ok. I thought Hikaru no Go was weird. 75 episodes about a board game. But then out comes Yakitate. 69 episodes about... making bread. BUT IT'S EXTREME BREAD MAKING. And it's really good. Like, there're morals and predictable endings and such. That's what makes a Shounen anime after all!

Ok your turn ready go.

SethSquall 12-1-2006 06:52 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Have you seen Hellsing Ultimate? I think its really good. If you liked Hellsing I think you'd like Ultimate. I think there are three at the moment and they are still making them. I also think there going to go into the story from the Manga "Hellsing - The Dawn" or "The Dawn of Hellsing" can't remember what it's called exactly. Anyway it's about when Walter and Alucard fought in a world war. Each episode is about 40 to 50 minutes long as well. I've seen two episodes and I loved it. A lot more violent and such. In two episodes they have covered most of the story from the normal anime. I personally prefer how Ultimate tells the story. I was left on a cliff hanger last episode with reason to believe they'll go into The Dawn.

Ps. You know the genre and that, same as Hellsing.

Jesus I can't explain for crap heres the ANN link:

Alternative title: Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series

Age rating: Mature (May contain sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence)

Genres: Drama, Horror, Shounen, Supernatural

Plot Summary: Vampires exist. It is the duty of Hellsing, a secret organization sponsored by the British government, to hide that frightening fact and protect the blissfully unaware populace. Along with its own personal army, Hellsing has secret weapons. Alucard, an incredibly powerful vampire, has been controlled by Hellsing for years. It is unclear if he dislikes being a servant to the Hellsing family, but he certainly enjoys his job as a vampire exterminator. Seras is a fledgling vampire and a former police woman. Although reluctant to embrace her new self, she is still a valuable member of the organization. Integra Hellsing, the current leader, is usually fully capable of fulfilling her duty, but lately, vampire activity has been on the rise. Unfortunately, the cause is more alarming than anything she could have imagined. A group long thought dead has been plotting in secret since their apparent destruction over 50 years ago. Plotting to plunge England, and perhaps the entire world, into war.

ZeroEiyuu 12-1-2006 10:12 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Love Hina
Genre: Comedy/Romance
This is a anime based on the manga about a 20 year-old man by the name of Keitaro who is trying to get into Todai (Tokyo University) because of a promise he made to his childhood sweet heart 15 years ago. In his pursuit to getting into Todai he is made the new Kanrinrin, or owner, of Hinata Sou a All Girl's dormatory. He will find the it is a hard life living at this place and being the only male. His tenants include Shinobu Maehara, a 12 year old girl with blue hair and eyes and has a kind caring heart. Motoko Ayame, a 15 year-old Kendo master in the art of Shinmeiryuu, she has long black hair and has and gets angry and beats up Keitaro a lot. Mitsune(but is called Kitsune) Konno, a 18 year old foxy girl who tricks Keitaro a lot and gets him in a lot of trouble. Kaolla Su, a 13 year old girl who is very energetic and hyper all the time and is a great inventor. Lastly Naru Narusegawa, a 17 year old girl with a mean temper for Keitaro and is also trying to get into Todai herself. In his life at Hinata Sou, he will go through many hard and difficult events. But many funny events happen in this anime. This is a great anime for those who want to see slightly echii things and laugh really hard. I rate it a 10/10.

Mahou Sensei Negima
Genre: Romance/Comedy
This anime is created by the same person who created Love Hina, Ken Akamatsu. Now before I say anything else about this anime, I should say that this is an extremly echii anime, and very funny. This anime is about a 10-year-old boy named Negi Springfield who is a magician in training and has been sent to Japan to teach English at a school called Mahora Campus. Which is nothing but girls. Negi will soon realise that his whole class has fallen in love with his cuteness and soon some will actually fall in love with this boy (seems wrong since he's 10 and they're like...15-17) His goal is to make sure that his class passes this year of school, once that is done his magician title will be given to him. But it is harder than he thinks because of all his students who have their own crazy personality and hobbies. Especially Asuna, a student who finds out that he's a mage. I great anime that will make you fall in love with the characters. You will find at least 5 characters in this anime that you will just fall in love with. I rate it a 8/10.

Aishiteruze Baby(Litterly translated as 'I Love You Baby')
Genre: Romance/Comedy/School life
This anime is a very great sweet and...well cute story. It's about a highschool student named Kippei. He's always been a womanizer and hits on pratically any cute girl he sees. Kippei's life will soon change when he is suddenly taking care of his Aunt's daughter, Yuzuyu-chan. It would seem that since Yuzuyu's dad died, her mom decided that she couldn't take care of her anymore and was just broken down from this. So since everyone of Kippei's relatives had much more important lives than him, he has to take care of Yuzuyu-chan who is 5 years old. He must take care of her the same way any loving parent would. Yuzuyu quickly becomes very attatched to Kippei who she usually calls Oni-san now (it's very cute). But many events will occur that will make Kippei decide on how he's going to take care of Yuzuyu. I say that everyone should watch this. It's a really cute and sometimes sad anime that can relate to other people's lives if you have a great relationship with your siblings.I rate this a 10/10.

SethSquall 12-1-2006 11:11 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by djshox (Post 1019195)
Cardcaptors? Are you serious?

Is there another version I'm not aware of? Because the episodes that aired on like Kids WB were pretty crappy.

ps cardcaptors is softcore kekeke

I love Cardcaptors. It's one of my favourite ever animes.

Jubo 12-1-2006 02:02 PM

Re: Recommendations.
CardCaptors from American Edit, pretty much don't like cause they get rid of some scenes and Opening and Ending Songs and Videos.

So for those who knows the original title: Card Captor Sakura pretty much know the jap version/unedited version.
- They took off the Shaoran/Li and Sakura's Chemistry... aka love :D

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From Squeek's post. I pretty much watched most of it (didn't watch: S-Cry-Ed, Outlaw Star, One Piece, Galaxy Angel, Battle Athletes Victory)

And I agree with more of them and some of them are in my top 25 most fav anime list :D

ZeroEiyuu's list is also one my favs to..
Love Hina is always a starter for most anime fans... or starter in Harem category.

My recommendations... Some may not be in America yet. (Of course you guys watch Fansubs right?).

from previous said...
- Usually, the guys will love this... cause it girl with super magical power is awesome way. With good story I would say.. but ending err..

- Mai-Otome is like adaption to Mai-HiME so watch that too after watching Mai-HiME

- so all Mai-HiME/Otome series I recommend

Fate/Stay Night
- Well, if you interested on "King Arthur" and other myths with action (though it seems more romance and drama/talking). With good kicks of story too.

Elfen Lied
- One of those bloody but cute... It ended short of 13+OVA. So you want more at the end and a question remains at the end.

Shakugan no Shana (same as my avatar)
- My fav show... Just combination of many animes with super-girl power, but Shana is firery sword, best part... with a touches of romances. Shows more of this on OVA coming soon and DVD Specials: Shakugan no Shana-tan & Hecate-tan

Fruits Basket
- If you are into shoujo this is another must see then. Though, I'm a male I still watch it. This like my 2nd fav or tied with my first with Card Captor Sakura. A girl saving a family with are cursed with zodiac signs. The funny part is opposite sex hugged the souma family just turn them into the zodiac animal. It is very interesting story here too, though at the end you just want more. And Manga is still going they can absolutely have to continue where they left off on the first anime series. (no announcement on sequel, but rumours floats in the internet)

Hikaru no Go
- Exactly what I'm going to say like Squeek. Starts out slow, though I tend to like slow pace anime cause at the end you ending up wanting more or liking the series. I would say, an awesome Character Development on many characters here... once you at the ending stages of the series of this anime, you definately see alot development. Still, I haven't understand the rules of the game yet...

Ai****eruze Baby
- It good slice of life animes where you have a cousin but it is like you child or maybe lil sister, for more realistic way, to take off while you are a student. A life of student father like.. interesting..

time for the new stuff...

Kanon 2004 and 2006 ~Remake~
- Nice series of romance... First one in 2004 is 12+OVA was good, but many people missed it, so 2006 ~Remake~ is more popular today :D. Upgrade Graphics and extended story with character development from previous 2004 version which you didn't see fine detail on a couple of characters. the 2006 version is touching all the place we missed on 2004 version plus the animation cause Kyoto Animation is doing them (The ones that did AIR, Suzumiya Haruhi, Full Metal Panic!). BTW, Winter setting

AIR + Movie
- Same as Kanon, but this time Summer setting. Doesn't mean exactly the same Kanon. This was like best Animation of 2004 or 2005 I think so yes, must watch :D

Gundam Seed Series
- Mecha anime are usually lame or boring for most people or few? But give this shot :D It addictive...

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Just you have to watch it... cause Kyoto Animation did it and same character designer as Shakugan no Shana.

- Yah, this beat Naruto atm... cause the fillers of Naruto is killing me so bad, I gave up on watching them when it started it. Made my Bleach interest rised by ten-folds hehe!

Death Note
- A notebook that kills people, alright one of the best concept/story this season. I haven't read the Manga so this great for non-Manga reads since people say it strictly on Manga content.

- I'm seeing alot of interest here since new season of anime this fall 2006. But see some sort of exocist battle with pretty cool weapons... plus, a girl with major jumping skill exocism looks awesome... ATM the story is picking up :D

Kaleido Star
- Another of those Shoujo Anime. But this show always gives you "Never give up" attitude which is good. Since this attitude can affect you in real-life :D . But when this show aired and release people where disliking it or not interested in it since it like circus concept... But it is a good show, of not giving up.

- Well, it is a remake of the first series, Mahou Sensei Negima!, since so many people complain about how crappy are the animation was on the first one. So, here comes Negima?! remake and I gotta say they did a great job on this one... though I haven't watch it since I know it is going to great or just so many animes I'm watching atm. But people say lacking fanservice aka preverted scene, so makes it like a kiddish action but not in the extreme way of childish though.

Welcome to the NHK
- Well, here you go a slice of life anime... But in concept of otaku anime/video game person. When I watch it just makes you believe are you otaku enough to be like them? hehe.. it good to watch.

man too many to list .... at this point I'm out of time or just tired of typing and taking a long time on this since I type so slow... They are more out there :D so many you'll love!

Squeek 12-1-2006 04:45 PM

Re: Recommendations.
The only reason I didn't recommend Negima is because the manga is infinitely better than either of the two animated series.

Read the manga.

And Shox, Card Captor Sakura = Japanese version. CardCaptors = American version. CardCaptors could hardly be considered even remotely related to CCS.

Omeganitros 12-2-2006 03:31 AM

Re: Recommendations.
One time I saw the first episode of Fruits Basket.

I swear to god, I almost died. I could feel the show sucking my soul dry.

Don't watch it. Don't watch it. Don't watch it. It's stupid and for girls.

Moogy 12-2-2006 01:32 PM

Re: Recommendations.
How about a totally, 100%, completely random selection of stuff I'm watching/have watched recently?

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Horror, mystery, suspense, drama, and KILLER LOLIS. A must-see. (complete)

Soukou no Strain - Oh hey, a generic mecha anime, yawn. Oh, wait, holy ****, EVERYBODY JUST DIED HORRIBLY. Wow this rules. The sleeper hit show of the season. (in progress)

Musashi Gundoh - The greatest anime ever made. (complete, not fully subbed)

Eureka seveN - I might as well throw my favorite series out there. (complete)

Kanon 2006 - Yuuichi = Kyon amirite? (in progress)

Shuffle! - Harem that turns into deliciously intense drama halfway through. ps kaede lol (complete)

That should keep you guys busy for at least a day.

FoJaR 12-2-2006 04:44 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Monster: Mystery / Drama. (dark, very good (8))

A japanese brain surgeon (Kenzo Tenma) in Germany is accused of crimes that he didnt commit and goes on the run, and attempts to find the person that set him up.

Initial D - Racing / Drama (very good (8.5))

I'm not a car person by a long shot, but i loved this anime. all about racing.

ZeroEiyuu 12-2-2006 06:50 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Genre: Sci-fi/Romance
This anime is about a highschool student named Hideki who moved to the city. He is one of those poor students who can hardly afford anything, especially the new technology of the 'persocons', which are female robot computers that people own. But on a normal day he finds a persocon thrown away and decideds to keep her. Later on he names her 'Chii' due to the fact that that's all she could say. Throughout this anime, Hideki must teach Chii how to cope with the world. He will soon realise that Chii is a very special person to many other people, especially to himself. This anime is extremly hilarious because it is very echi at times. It's also pretty funny because in the whole thing, Hideki is the only one who thinks he's a pervert, while everyone thinks differently. This anime is also very cute in its own way just because of how Chii is. You'll love watching this anime, I rate it a 8/10.

Makai Senki Disgaea
Genre: Video game/Adventure/Comedy
This is a somewhat good anime, but fails to comparision with the game itself, Disgaea: Hour od Darkness. This anime is about the great prince Laharl, a 1313 year old demon but appears to be 12 prince of the Netherworld, is trying to reclaim his throne as the king. But there are way too many obstacles in his way that are stopping him, but with the help of Angel Trainee Flonne and his 'Loyal' vassal Etna, this will all be a peice of cake, or so he thinks. Compared to the game, this anime is missing a lot of important elements that would've made it a lot better. But it did give some interesting stories such as the whole 'Maharl' thing that happens. However in the end, there is only 1 ending that is shown and it is pretty sad, the game has about 5 different endings. But all in all it's pretty funny and fun to watch. I give this a 6/10 though.

Shingetsutan Tsukihime
Genre: Horror/Adventure
This anime is about a high school student named Shiki Tohno and his adventures as a vampire hunter. It all started when he was a young boy when he suddenly saw these 'red lines' all over the world around him and he later found out that if he cut these lines, he could destroy it. A woman who he called 'Teacher' gave him a pair of glasses that prevented him from seeing these, he never saw her again. However, during a normal day he strolled down the streets and was suddenly overcome by this sudden urge to kill a woman who was passing by. After he killed her, he runs home. But to his surprise, the woman he had just killed was standing at the gates staring right at him. She later reveals that she is Arcueid Brunestud, a 'true ancestor' or vampire. And thanks to Shiki killing her, she needed to revive and now was weakened. Now it is Shiki's job to help her in her quest to kill her enemy named 'Roa'. This anime isn't really much of a horror, more action and adventury, it's really good. Has some romantice parts and a lot of interesting characters. It may not be much of a horror, but it does have some eerie parts in the anime that seem a little gory, but it's all good. Like most animes the manga is a lot better. The anime leaves out A LOT of information and plots in the manga (Lunar Legend Tsukihime) and would seem a little confusing. Like, you'd be wondering why someone was acting a certain way but they never reveal it, not like the manga. Never the less, this is a great anime and I recommend this for anyone who likes a combination of fighting, romance, and death. I rate this a 7/10. Also, they have many different games for this anime, one of them called Melty Blood Re Act.

tsugomaru 12-3-2006 12:24 AM

Re: Recommendations.
I'm going to be watching Stellvia no Uchuu just because you rated it 10. I'm going to have to trust you on this one since you and I have the same taste in the anime we watch.


PS - I'll review it once I'm done.

Moogy 12-3-2006 02:04 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by ZeroEiyuu (Post 1020758)
Shingetsutan Tsukihime
Like most animes the manga is a lot better. The anime leaves out A LOT of information and plots in the manga (Lunar Legend Tsukihime) and would seem a little confusing. Like, you'd be wondering why someone was acting a certain way but they never reveal it, not like the manga.

The manga is probably just as bad as the anime in this regard. I haven't read the manga, but it'd be a pointless exercise at this point, as the game has been translated. Skip both the manga and the anime and just play Tsukihime. The anime is decent by itself, but it's an absolutely terrible adaptation of the game. I assume the manga is the same way.

Remember, kids, the game is always better. Unless it's Air, but that's another story.

Specforces 12-4-2006 02:06 PM

Re: Recommendations.
This thread definitely needed to be stuck.

Squeek 12-4-2006 03:22 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Who knew that spec liked anime?

Hmmmmm. I certainly didn't.

MilfeulleSakuraba 12-4-2006 05:29 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Squeek (Post 1019667)
The only reason I didn't recommend Negima is because the manga is infinitely better than either of the two animated series.

Disagree. I'll take Pani Poni Dash! Season 2 over plot any day.

One can find what I think about various things on my MyAnime page at ANN (including all my favorite characters from each series) but I suppose I can throw down a few recommendations in here.

Galaxy Angel (Comedy/Sci-Fi)

There is so little one can hold against this show it's scary. It honestly does everything it tries to do correctly. The humor is fantastic, the girls are attractive, the music is excellent and the voice casts are both stellar (one of the few great English dubs). The only thing this show doesn't have is the fanbase to show for all of that, which saddens me greatly. Fortunately, the fanbase it does have is quite possibly the most rabid fanbase to any anime in history - the franchise actually got its own official musical, an honor normally reserved for immensely popular prime-time shows. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must-watch, and don't let the first season get you down, because it doesn't quite live up to the hype the other three generate. The only people that should stay away are those who hold plot in the highest regards, because there is little-to-no episodic continuity (characters actually start dying in Season 3, but they will be perfectly fine the next episode).

Pani Poni Dash! (Comedy/School)

This is what happened when SHAFT took Galaxy Angel and crossed it with Azumanga Daioh, with some Family Guy sprinked on top. A surprisingly unique cast despite the presence of roughly 30 important characters (stark contrast to the likes of Negima, which has a tendency to ignore a lot of its girls). This show is riddled with homages, be they to pop culture, history, other anime, or a plethora of other subjects. If you've seen AzuDai you're almost obligated to watch this.

Pita-Ten (Romance/Comedy/Drama/Supernatural/Slice of Life)

This show will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you seethe (mostly because of Hiroshi), it will make you "aww", and it will leave about 12 cavities in your teeth when you're done. Misha will make your head explode with adorability, and her magical stuff from Heaven adds a small Galaxy Angel-ish touch. Perhaps the most curious aspect of this show is that it slaps cat ears on the head of its main loli (bottom right in ANN's picture), for admittedly no other reason than because they're cute. I also give the corresponding manga the highest of recommendations, as Koge-Donbo demonstrates artistic and written genius within it. (Just don't go through both at the same time. >_>)

2x2 = Shinobuden/Ninja Nonsense (Comedy (noticing a pattern yet?)/Ninjas)

This show makes fun of everything, including itself. Onsakumaru is one of the greatest male characters of all time, serving his coverblob job perfectly (much to the constant chagrin of the perverted and/or erect viewer). Also cute girls. Also NINJAS. On a side note, the clay animation ending is really cute and the song is really catchy.

More to come later.

Fusion4 12-5-2006 05:11 PM

Re: Recommendations.
what, no love for excel saga?
Excel Saga - comedy/drama but mostly comedy [1,000,000,000,000,000]
decent length series about a girl named Excel working for an organization [ACROSS] to take over the world very slowly. much witty dialogue and hilarious voices, english just as good as japanese. probably the funniest thing you will ever see :)
Quote: "AHHHHHHH MY PANCREAS!!!" ~Puuchuu

SethSquall 12-6-2006 02:34 AM

Re: Recommendations.
I only said CC because it was one of the first animes I saw that got me into anime. I used to come home everyday after school and watch it. That was a little before I realised I could download anime. When I did that was probably the first time I noticed the difference in subbed anime and dubbed anime.

Specforces 12-16-2006 02:35 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I love anime, not many know that I do partake in such excellent types of media.

Benny1 12-16-2006 06:02 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I don't watch much, but...

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya/Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (I think): I don't give a crap about your haruiism or anything. This is a good show, watch it.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Psychological thriller + drama + nipah + USODA + incredibly touching story. Watch this.

Air: Okay, this isn't the best show ever. If you cannot stand sad scenes for the point of making you cry, do not watch this. If you can overlook that (it's not easy), this is a wonderful story of a man looking for a girl who flies in the sky, who gets much more than he bargained for. A wonderful story of love and effort.

Kanon 2006: The original's art is terrible. Disregard it. This also suffers from the same problems as the above show. However, again, it is a great story. Wonderful characters, they really are human.

Kaliedo Star: Just watch this. The first season is absolutely incredible. I've heard the second is not as good though.

FLCL: Obligatory.

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan: Pure rofl, just watch it.

Elfen Lied: Sad, bloody, gory, violent, and ridicuously depressing, all in one. Watch it.

Haibane Renmei: Story of a town full of people with wings and halos. Very symbolic, powerful story. Great ost. It's very well worth a watch.

SethSquall 12-17-2006 07:54 AM

Re: Recommendations.
I'll recommend Eureka Seven now too. It's been pretty fun to watch and I'm about 30 episodes in. Just about to watch S-Cry-Ed as well now. Looking forward to it.

Moogy 12-17-2006 01:08 PM

Re: Recommendations.
scryed sucks really bad

SethSquall 12-19-2006 08:10 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Moogy (Post 1039708)
scryed sucks really bad

Im two episodes in and I have to be honest. Although I think your being a bit over the top I will say that so far I'm not really that impressed. Reminds me of Tokyo Underground a bit. I will still watch it to the end through though. Ok. Another one I will recommend that has already been mentioned is Stellvia. I also started watching that. I think it's pretty cool so far.

Squeek 12-19-2006 10:47 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Meh. It takes a certain audience to like S-cry-ed. Kefit and I liked it (I think?) but Omega did not.

I just loved the pace of the show. Screw the plot. Everything happens at insanely fast speeds. That's awesome.

Stellvia is pretty much my guarantee to be great. It's my second favorite show right behind One Piece. I know how afraid you all are of One Piece for no real reason, so it's obviously the best alternative.

PS guyzzzzzzzzzz

Winter break is coming up. One Piece is 97 hours long. Need a good time waster?

SethSquall 12-20-2006 11:13 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Yea. I'll recommend Stellvia too. It's awesome. I'm a couple of episodes in. The characters are awesome.

Oh and I can't wait to meet the guy Naruto stole the character design from for Kakashi.

lord_carbo 12-28-2006 04:04 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Squeek (Post 1042021)
Winter break is coming up. One Piece is 97 hours long. Need a good time waster?

More like Disgaea 2

Angel Shiyue 12-28-2006 05:53 PM

Re: Recommendations.
What, no love for Comic Party? It's a romantic comedy that I -adore-.

What about Escaflowne, you guys? The sub version, not dubbed. It's mecha/medieval fantasy that's really sweet.

cC@Zz 12-28-2006 06:44 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I thought comic party was okay.

SethSquall 12-29-2006 08:42 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Air Gear

Age rating: Teenagers (May contain bloody violence, bad language, nudity)

Genres: Shounen, Sports

Plot Summary: Air Gear is about a typical 15 year old, Minami Itsuki aka Ikki, the leader of East Side Gunz, Higachu Junior High school gang. After being utterly humiliated by a street gang of Storm Riders using Air Treck (abbreviated as AT), the Noyamano siblings gave him a pair of Air Treck and helped him to deal with them. When the incident is over, he finds that he really likes the feeling of "flying" and he is sucked into the world of Air Treck. In the earliest part of the story, it mainly focus with Ikki finding his footing as a Storm Rider among with little episodes of his friends' lives. Later, the story is further developed to look into the issues of the AT world when Akito and Agito appear.

I'm about three episodes in and I'm loving it. It is a typical Shounen like but it's been a blast so far. Maybe I love this anime because it's quite a bit like the game Jet Set Radio. I loved that game. Anyway. I will recommend Air Gear. Here is a short introduction to some characters in the same way the anime introduces them.

Edit: Oh and the music is alright too. OP + ED, Plus OST.

Tokyo Mew Mew

Age rating: All Ages (Nothing objectionable)
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Magical Girl, Romance, Science Fiction, Shoujo, Supernatural.

Plot Summary: On her first date with the cutest boy in school, Ichigo is zapped by a mysterious ray that scrambles her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat. The next day, Ichigo discovers that she has developed the agility (and occasionally the ears and tail) of a cat, as well as the power to transform into a pink-haired superheroine, Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls, each endowed with the genes of a different "Red Data" animal, have been selected for the top-secret Mew Project, which aims to protect the Earth from an alien menace known as Deep Blue.

I saw one or two episodes of this show a while back. I remember I liked them, I never got round to watching more though. I have now though and I'm glad I did. Really cute anime. I shall recommend it.

I'm going to stop recommending for a while now I think. I'm watching Stellvia, S-Cry-Ed, Air Gear, One Piece and Tokyo Mew Mew now. Bit off quite a lot of anime to watch at the same time I think.

hoochan 01-1-2007 11:34 PM

Re: Recommendations.
S-Cry-ED is basically for people who like loads of action, lots of fighting, and then more fighting. Its one of those shows that make you wanna get up and go beat the shyt out of the next person you walk by.

Squeek 01-2-2007 01:24 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Hoo: that's about right, yeah.

Seth: TMM really isn't that good... just a generic mahou shoujo anime except with a catgirl.

TD_Project 01-2-2007 01:52 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Initial D:

Overall: 9/10

I know this has already been mentioned, but it was just the title that was mentioned basically. And I am not really a fan of anime but this one caught my attention, now I read the manga and watched the live action movie Initial D. Japanese though. Moving on:

ripped from wikipedia - The anime and manga focus on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes (called Tōge) and never in cities nor urban areas, and the drift racing style is emphasized in particular. Keiichi Tsuchiya helps with editorial supervision. The story is centered around the Japanese prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the prefecture and in and their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Gunma Prefecture.

The first stage has the introduction of course, and it is where they introduce Takumi Fujiwara who delivers Tofu on the mountain passes of Akina. He gets skilled enough without realising it, and enters a race on the promise that he gets to use his dad's AE86 (1986 Toyota Corolla Sprinter Trueno) for the following day. He ends up being good, the story goes on from there with him gaining attention and racing against other well known racers.

Second stage's graphics are a lot better, the Cell Shading animation of the cars look a bit better, and the animation of the characters remained basically the same. I have not seen second stage so I cannot give a better glimpse.

Third stage's appearance is the same, however i have not seen this stage either, just screenshots.

Fourth stage focuses on Takumi's racing team, Project D as they travel from mountain to mountain racing against other racers in their own territory. The adrenaline the fourth stage can give you is amazing, I was almost off my seat. Even the non-racing group liked this stage due to its focus also on romance and life issues. Fourth stage's animation is extremely well done, and pulls you into it's world it creates.

Special stage focuses on two girls, who race in a blue Nissan Sil-Eighty (Nissan 180SX with a Silvia front fascia). I haven't seen this either.

Good recommendations:
Live action movie: Very well done. Although the ending is kind of cheesy.
Card Game: Haven't played it but the concept seems interesting
Manga: Very well done animation. And the humor in the manga made me laugh on multiple occasions. However the anime does minorly differ from the manga.
Anime Series: Tokyopop's english version is terrible. They Americanize names (Itsuke = Iggy, Takumi = Tak) just so viewers in North America can relate a bit easier. And the music they dubbed over with is horrible.
Arcade Stage: Basically the Initial D arcade, you can race as any character after you unlock them all, and you save by buying an Initial D card. You can save your car and aftermarket parts on this card.

The eurobeat music in Initial D is awesome, by the way. But I won't expand on this anymore, I took up too much space with this post.

EDIT: Another anime worth mentioning. Samurai Pizza Cats. I remember that back when i was a kid.

SethSquall 01-2-2007 10:37 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Squeek (Post 1063068)
Seth: TMM really isn't that good... just a generic mahou shoujo anime except with a catgirl.

True, very generic mahou shoujo. I've been watching the episodes and loving them though so meh. It's not CCS but it's still awesome. I find TMM unbelievable cute.

Edit: Since I've watch half the episodes I'll say Air Gear is retarded, still I'm really enjoying watching though. It can be hilarious. Plus, it has this character called Agito, I think he's awesome.

Edit Edit: I've finished watching Air Gear. The ending was really nice but yet....


Originally Posted by Sort of spoiler, just being cautious
weird, it ends at like what you would think half the story line would be. It's like they just made half a series. I hope there's a sequel.

Tasuke 01-4-2007 01:49 AM

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Air Gear is neat. The Story was ripped off halfway through it though.
The manga continues for like at least 30 more episodes, so I think they just didn't want to end up with random pointless skating. But the Ending theme is just so great, that i made me want to watch the entire episode just so I could hear it. I recommend that you find a way to get the manga(buying it or otherwise), because the manga is probably better overall.

Squeek 01-4-2007 02:06 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Most anime does that to you. It'll air for a season but not get good enough airtime or popularity to keep it up for any longer.

Negima and Love Hina are a prime example of this. The manga goes on for at least six seasons. They chose to air one. And they chose to air that one season before the manga even ended, so it's either make up an ending or stop halfway through (which Tenjou Tenge did as well).

Speaking of Tenjou Tenge, it sucks. I'm sure the manga is good, but the anime sucks. It's like "hey, here're these two fellas. Check them out. One of them is rly cool and so is the other and he's black which makes him even cooler. now here're some flashbacks about insignificant characters. And more. and more. more. more. the series is over."

Kilgamayan 01-4-2007 02:11 AM

Re: Recommendations.
oh my god someone did NOT just recommend tokyo mew mew

good lord, man

ichigo is screwable sure but that's the only thing the show has going for it

Omeganitros 01-4-2007 02:20 AM

Re: Recommendations.
What we need here is acontest, to see who can find the LAMEST ANIME IN EXISTENCE. I mean, like, retardedly gay stuff here. Massively lame anime.

That would be a cool contest. (cough cough)

GuidoHunter 01-4-2007 02:41 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by TD_Project (Post 1063093)
EDIT: Another anime worth mentioning. Samurai Pizza Cats. I remember that back when i was a kid.

o hi. Don't look at my username or avatar or anything.

My recommendations (which also happen to be my two favorite animes):

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor - Comedy/Science Fiction

A twenty-year-old fellow who wanders the streets joins the United Planets Space Force to live "the easy life". He appears to be a bumbling fool, but his extremely good luck gets him promoted as a joke to be the captain of a degenerate ship which attracts rejects from the force. As the superior of very staunchly military lieutenants and the commander of a very rebellious group of marines, everyone hates him, but his easygoing nature keeps him happy at all times. They learn to work together and have many dealings with commanders, admirals, and even the empress of the enemy Raalgon empire.

VERY charming. Not the most hilarious show, but it will have you laughing. Its highlight is character development. By the end of the series, you'll have fallen in love with every character except the ones you hate with a burning passion. Just thinking about it fills me with warmth. Also, part 1 of the four-movie OVA series is entitled "An Exceptional Episode" and is aptly named, as it is the best single episode of any series I've ever seen, without question (rivaled only by episode 24 of Trigun).

Rating: 9/10

Saber Marionette J - Adventure/Comedy

Premise: Long ago, human settlers crash-landed on Terra 2. Only six guys survived, and they repopulated the planet with clones (genetically altered, save for the leaders of the six nation-states). Women are represented by Marionettes, robots that act as robots. Otaru, a run-of-the-mill guy living in Japoness, stumbles upon three marionettes that act as humans; they smile, laugh, and act independently because they have special Maiden Circuits.

Very thin plot summary: They have wacky adventures at first, and the first half keeps a lighthearted tone. Comic relief is plentiful throughout the series, even when the main story begins to unfold, as Faust, the leader of Gartlant, and his three Saber Dolls with maiden circuits, begins to try to take over the others. Otaru and his girls are commissioned to defeat them.

Notes: The three girls literally grow and mature through the program, and the show does a superb job of showing it, especially with Lime (who has the most childlike personality and is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara). The opposites of Otaru and Faust are denoted very well, too. It's the only anime to ever make me cry (Samurai Pizza Cats made me tear up), and the thematic development throughout the series is unmatched, in my opinion. Rating combined with the other parts.

Saber Marionette J-X

An entirely new twenty-six episode encore of SMJ. Otaru and the gang take a trip to Xian, where **** hits the fan and the group becomes separated. The girls lose their memories and Otaru becomes seriously ill. The girls also begin to doubt their existences and question their places. More story and less thematic development in this one, but that's only because most of it was used in the original series. What of it that is done here is very important and VERY well done, though. Fantastic ending, too.

Saber Marionette R

Predecessor of the other series, this is a three-episode junket of the original radio show. Almost no connections to the others, save for the three names of the main girls. MUCH darker in tone and content, but a very good watch.

Overall rating: 9.5/10


His and Her Circumstances/Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijyo/Kare Kano - High School Romance type

Yukino Miyazawa is a stellar student. She excels in studies and sports and is envied by everyone. Suddenly, Souichiro Arima transfers in and is a stellar student and athlete who just barely beats Yukino in the midterm exams. Great tension between the two, competitive on Yukino's side and irritated on Arima's, quickly leads to infatuation and the two begin dating. They then both decide to let down their plastic exteriors and become more true to themselves. The rest of the series focuses on their relationship as it grows.

Directed (for the most part) by Hideaki Anno, a great job is done with everything that's not dialog. The scenery shots are often almost exactly like those from Evangelion and are frequently very symbolic. Also, the show goes bat**** crazy with titles all over the screen at times. Characters also have many different styles of animation to reflect their mood.

It's very cute and certainly gives off the warmth of a high school romance while still being able to address deep, darker issues of identity and perception.

Overall, a fantastic show, despite a glaring flaw with a big part of the ending. 8.5/10



SethSquall 01-4-2007 07:37 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Kilgamayan (Post 1068055)
Ichigo is screwable sure but that's the only thing the show has going for it

That's why I'm watching it. Awesomely cute.

Edit: Anyone seen D.Gray-Man? Something like that anyway. Looks alright, think I might check it out.

Squeek 01-8-2007 11:56 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I finally got an updated chapter on one of the mangas I'm currently following. I'll go ahead and add my manga of choice to the list.

Mahou Sensei Negima - Magical Teacher Negima. The anime wasn't that great. The manga is superb. The story is fantastic. The art is well-done. The characters are unique and numerous. All-in-all, it's my second favorite manga, short of...

One Piece - You didn't see this coming? The manga is essentially the same thing as the anime, but in words!

SethSquall 01-13-2007 10:08 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Finished watching Stellvia. I loved it. The first couple of episode where a bit slow for me and there wasn't anything that gripping for me. Although, I highly enjoyed watching it and had a lot of fun in doing so, which matter the most to me. I'll stick with my recommendation of it.

Spencer06 02-7-2007 09:33 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Grave of the Fireflies sad anime


about 2 people brother and sister trying to survive WW2 (world war 2)

____ 02-13-2007 04:33 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Millenium Actress - At first i didnt know what to think of it, but after reading some reviews on it i ordered it from netflix. the way the story (vaugly described as a love story) is told is extremely intricate and woven into the actresses career, which paralelled her quest to find someone from her past. great anime for those who like drama/romance based animes.

Billydude 02-17-2007 06:03 PM

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Naruto Shippuden - Ninjas n' Stuff (9/10 so far)
Naruto Shippuden is basically the end of the fillers of the original Naruto! This takes place approximatelly 2 1/2 years after the last episode of Naruto. Thank god the fillers are over. Okay I don't really think this is illegal because it hasn't even come out on DVD yet so here's where you can watch the one episode out right now: I'll post it later =P

Squeek 02-17-2007 07:46 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Squeek (Post 1017187)
Oh, and if you recommend Naruto or Bleach, I'll delete your post. If you don't follow the guidelines, I'll delete your post. I'm trying to keep this somewhat professional.

Sneaky by recommending the 2nd series.

By the way, recommending something that JUST AIRED ITS FIRST EPISODE is generally not acceptable.

You can't tell if a show is amazing or not with just one episode. In Naruto's case, it's impossible to be amazing no matter how many episodes they air to rectify the mistakes they've made.

MonkeyFoo 02-21-2007 11:59 AM

Re: Recommendations.
So if I had to pick either GTO or Hellsing... well at least which should I watch first? Looking for something as amazing as CB if that's possible.

Squeek 02-21-2007 12:08 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Hellsing is an action show just like Cowboy Bebop.

I think you'd like it.

psychopete 02-21-2007 12:11 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by MonkeyFoo (Post 1227830)
So if I had to pick either GTO or Hellsing... well at least which should I watch first? Looking for something as amazing as CB if that's possible.

I'd go with Hellsing in this case.

And for a recommendation, Yotsubato!. It's from the maker of Azumanga Daioh, and I consider it to be just as hilarious. I would guarantee it, but I'm not George Zimmerman.

MonkeyFoo 02-21-2007 12:17 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Thanks! And now to uh, go buy it, yeah.

SethSquall 02-21-2007 03:27 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Anyone looked into Hellsing Ultimate? It's kicked ass so far. It's much darker. Alucard is a lot darker as well like. The only thing that disapointed me was the soundtrack. It's not like the Hellsing OST. It's more orchestral.

MonkeyFoo 02-22-2007 08:56 PM

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So I watched all of the original Hellsing series yesterday, if the 13 episodes I found are all that exist, and today I watched two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate, which are all that I could find. Maybe there are more episodes out that I can't find, but either way the previews show that the prime enemy is a big nazi dude.

I prefer the original artwork to the ultimate artwork, though I don't really mind the amount of CGI stuff they use in ultimate. And I was sort of bothered by the original soundtrack, especially the theme for the purple-pattern guy with the song that just goes "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!" (edit: Oh right, I'm also not a big fan of super-caricatured emotions, and hellsing ultimate goes a little overboard while the original has none that I noticed.)

And a question about GTO... I've gotten to the point where one student has moved in with onizuka, and she starts to take her clothes off... tell me this doesn't all turn into a hentai festival? I mean I'm fine with it, but my parents would forever declare me a screwed-up child if they walked in on a scene like that...

(edit: okay never mind... shut your faces)
(one more time: damn you people and your addicting anime recommendations... I'll never sleep!)

sjoecool1991 02-23-2007 08:23 AM

Re: Recommendations.
Hey, is appleseed any good?
I think I might watch that, have any of you guys watched it?
If so, tell me if its good or bad.

MonkeyFoo 02-25-2007 09:36 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Here's what I watched over this vacation:
Hellsing: 13 episodes, I liked it
Hellsing Ultimate: 2 episodes, not as good as original, plus really incomplete
Great Teacher Onizuka: 43 episodes, I liked most of it, but it doesn't seem to have an end at this point so I'm assuming it's still running. Anybody know if this is true?

and I haven't seen Appleseed :P

GuidoHunter 02-25-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I'm on episode 8 or 9 of Stellvia and I'm really liking it so far.



Squeek 02-25-2007 10:22 PM

Re: Recommendations.
You didn't seem the type.

Oh well. I watched it and thought "Ender's Game" through the entire series.

So if you liked Ender's Game, odds are good that you'll like the whole show.

Oh, and one of my favorite anime songs ev0r comes up soon. They use two ending themes: happy and sad. If the episode was happy, they use the happy ending. If the episode was remotely depressing, they use the sad ending. The sad ending is phenomenal.

GuidoHunter 02-25-2007 10:42 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I don't know the first thing about Ender's game, so I'm going in completely neutral here.

I'm also pretty sure that I haven't heard the sad ending yet. Maybe I've skipped over it (as I'll usually listen to both themes on the first episode and skip them thereafter unless they rule too much, e.g. Tylor and Eva), but I'll pay closer attention to that now, Squeek. Thanks.

EDIT: Missed the "soon" in your post. Ahwell.

EDIT2: Just got to the first episode with the dramatic ending. Song was good, but nothing to write home about.



GuidoHunter 03-1-2007 01:26 AM

Re: Recommendations.
I'm definitely recommending Stellvia, now.

I don't know why you didn't think me the type, Squeek, since Kare Kano and SMJ are two of my favorite animes...



Whoolie 03-3-2007 12:42 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I've actually seen some of those recommendations like Card Capture Sakura, Azumanga Daioh and Love Hina. I really liked all of them.
I don't know if this has been suggested (recommended) before but I would say Full Moon Wo Sagash!te (I think it's licensed by now), somehow.


EDIT: Damn that stupid censor :P

akuma696 03-5-2007 05:46 AM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by MonkeyFoo (Post 1262390)
Here's what I watched over this vacation:
Hellsing: 13 episodes, I liked it
Hellsing Ultimate: 2 episodes, not as good as original, plus really incomplete

I like the anime to Hellsing a lot more to the 13 ep anime series that they made because when the anime series was made there were not too many vols of the manga out so there was a loose interpretation of the manga for the anime. Hellsing Ultimate is just them trying to follow the manga more closely, with the caricatured faces and all, and i really enjoy it.

Still trying to get Hellsing vol 8. I vant to now vat happens to zey Nazis.

Billydude 03-9-2007 09:23 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Hey Squeek, I'm one of those "Narutards" as you would call it. I'm not really into any online anime right now, I like stuff like Naruto, Bleach, FMA, InuYasha, basically all the super mainstream anime. Do you think I would like Cowboy Bebop? How many episodes is it also?

Edit: Actually I've watched the first 2 episodes of Hikaru No Go and really liked it. I think I'll watch that.

emolicious54 03-24-2007 08:45 PM

Re: Recommendations.
What r some good movies? that r like funny

emolicious54 03-24-2007 08:45 PM

Re: Recommendations.
8-) What r some good movies? that r like funny

Squeek 03-24-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Recommendations.
wut r sum gud movez???// liek funy moviez n stuf

;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) :D :) :D :) 8)

xObserveRx 03-24-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Recommendations.
How did anyone like Kare Kano more so than Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien? KK is totally emo ish and depressing (not that I don't like that, I actually gravitate toward those types of series) and KGNE is almost exactly the same, how could you mention one and not the other.

KGNE has also been in the top 3 of the Anime Top 200 since it's release pretty much, you really can't ignore that.

On the topic of depressing series, I know a few of you have seen Saikano, but not everyone has. This is a short series, like KGNE has a really depressing/saddening theme to it. It's slightly "emo" ish, but not as tacky as KGNE is. This was one of the first series I watched as an anime fan, it I totally loved it.

Also, BECK: Mongolian Chop squad is a really good series too. It follows an up-and-coming Japanese rock band through their daily lives. The show's main character takes up most of the story, but this series was quite different from what I had seen. There's a LOT of english (and plenty of Engrish in it too) in this series which caught me off guard but made lots of sense. Apparently some american company picked this series up and dubbed it. How that worked out with the english in the series, I don't know. That must've been weird.

slipstrike0159 03-24-2007 10:31 PM

Re: Recommendations.
How did you guys seriously get through 4 pages of recommendations and not mention Rurouni Kenshin or its Samurai X movies? Seriously, great stuff, its at the top of my list for anime.
In any case, on the topic of movie recommends and off the topic of anime, the illusionist was a pretty good movie that i would recommend to anyone i know.

Squeek 03-24-2007 11:54 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Probably because it was incredibly drawn-out and boring typical shonen anime?

Really, the entire series could have been a single season. There was no point in using 95 episodes for all of that.

The only thing good about the series is the prequel, and that's not very good either.

Myst1278 04-10-2007 01:39 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Kino's Journey (9.5, at least to me)
Definately recommended for the deep thinkers. Just about a girl crusing around the world on her motorad (motorcycle).

King of Bandit Jing (9.0)
It's in the same thread as Kino, but concentrates a little more on action.

FLCL (9.5)
There's a plot, but it would take me a page to describe it.

_Ashuku 04-10-2007 02:41 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Myst1278 (Post 1443997)
Kino's Journey (9.5, at least to me)
Definately recommended for the deep thinkers. Just about a girl crusing around the world on her motorad (motorcycle).

King of Bandit Jing (9.0)
It's in the same thread as Kino, but concentrates a little more on action.

FLCL (9.5)
There's a plot, but it would take me a page to describe it.

I'll agree with you there but i've never seen kino's journey

GuidoHunter 04-10-2007 03:57 PM

Re: Recommendations.
Code Geass. So far it's an amazing show, but the last three episodes won't come out until this summer, so I'll wait to pass full judgment.

Still, though, go watch the first twenty-three right now.



jamuko 04-10-2007 04:24 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I'll second Kino. It's got kind of a slow, melancholy but somehow heartwarming feel to it, which can be really nice. It's not for you if you're looking for loads of explosions or roaring comedy, but if you're in the mood for something more introspective, I'd highly recommend it.

I believe there is a new movie coming out soon as well.

_Ashuku 04-10-2007 06:00 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I watched the 1st episode of code geass on youtube I was gonna watch the 2nd ep but it seems they deleted all of the ep.,that sucks

P.S.I saw it on Easter the day after it was gone

Moogy 04-10-2007 06:41 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by GuidoHunter (Post 1444545)
Code Geass. So far it's an amazing show, but the last three episodes won't come out until this summer, so I'll wait to pass full judgment.

Still, though, go watch the first twenty-three right now.



Last two, actually. The first season is only 25 episodes.

The second season airs this fall.

jetsakaitenki 04-10-2007 11:59 PM

Re: Recommendations.
FLCL is really random. The first episode confused me so much. I've seen some of the animes of the recommendation list, Trigun was an okay anime as well as Hellsing(?) and Fate/Stay Night. Well, there's others, it's not a recommendation, more like a list. There's Deathnote, D Gray-man, DN Angel, Kyo Kara Maoh(?), Prince of Tennis, Full Metal Alchemist, Trinity Blood, Blood+, Eureka Seven, Samurai Champloo, Paranoia Agent(?), Inu Yasha, Bleach, Naruto(it's getting stupid), One Piece, Ouran High School Host Club (sorry if this is not in aphabetical order, these animes are just from the top of my head), Wolf's Rain, Yami no Matsuei, La Corda d'Oro ~Primo Passo~ (an anime about musicians, orchestra), Rurouni Kenshin, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Loveless(somewhat yaoi), Sukisyo(considered Yaoi), Chobits(haven't seen this one), DearS(or this one), Howl's Moving Castle(movie), Spirited Away(movie), The Cat Returns(movie), Princess Monoke(movie), Desert Punk, Basilisk, Speed Grapher, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Tenjou Tenge, Yu Yu Hakusho, .Hack//sign, Pokemon(if it counts), Tenchi Muyo, Märchen Awakens Romance, Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou, and the Final Fantasies. (If they count.) Most of these animes I've seen, some I've haven't. If you want to get more info on these animes, google it or wiki it.

Billydude 04-11-2007 06:46 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I wanna watch some of Miyazaki's movies. I've only seem Spirited Away and I have to say, it was amazing. It's very odd I admit, but it's absolutely beautiful. Which Miyazaki movies would you recommend?

Dragon_Master2557 04-11-2007 09:03 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Billydude (Post 1447922)
I wanna watch some of Miyazaki's movies. I've only seem Spirited Away and I have to say, it was amazing. It's very odd I admit, but it's absolutely beautiful. Which Miyazaki movies would you recommend?

I would recommend Princess Mononoke. Absolutely amazing, much better than Sprited Away (in my opinion, anyway).

GuidoHunter 04-11-2007 09:08 PM

Re: Recommendations.

Originally Posted by Dragon_Master2557 (Post 1448480)
I would recommend Princess Mononoke. Absolutely amazing, much better than Sprited Away (in my opinion, anyway).

I highly disagree. While Princess Mononoke is a really good movie, I'd recommend Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl's Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky before it (and, of course, after Spirited Away, which I think is the best of the ones I've seen).



jamuko 04-11-2007 11:33 PM

Re: Recommendations.
While I love Miyazaki films, I have to voice one complaint since I never seem to hear anyone else thinking the same thing. That strikes me as really odd, because it sticks out like a sore thumb to me.

The romances move too quickly, which makes it harder to sympathize with/relate to the pair. It just feels really unrealistic, which detracts from its eloquence to me. "Huh? What's going on?" "Oh, here's some strange dude" "OMG I LOVE YOU!"

That's not to say I don't love the movies anyway, because I do. I just find it weird that people don't seem to notice that.

TS_SonicMaster 04-11-2007 11:37 PM

Re: Recommendations.
That's the only thing I don't like about those Miyazaki movies, just too quickly in romance, I'm a guy that wants to just slowly absorb that stuff and think about it in relation to real life.

I prefer Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away over the others, probably because of the plots.

cC@Zz 04-11-2007 11:48 PM

Re: Recommendations.
I've noticed that as well about the romances. I still love his movies though.

GuidoHunter 04-12-2007 02:37 AM

Re: Recommendations.
What romances? Of all the movies I listed earlier (plus Porco Rosso, though I'm not certain that that was Miyazaki), I don't recall a single "romance". There was male-female bonding, like in Castle in the Sky, but it was all far from romance. Maybe Howl's Moving Castle, as the plot was kind of conducive to romance, but it's been a while.

Either way, judging solely by the fact that I can't even remember the slightest attempt at romance should go to show that it was hardly an important theme in any of those movies.



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