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Melonie Tomb Raider
24-01-09, 05:42
Ok, to get straight to the point, I've just finished watching Death Note in its entirety, and have become absolutely obsessed with it. However, now that it is over, I need something else to tide me over, so I need recommendations!

Buying full seasons isn't cheap, so I want to make sure I am not wasting my money and that I get something I actually like. So keep in mind that Death Note was absolutely perfect for me, and try to use that for recommendations. I'll list some of my preference regarding different things.

First thing's first, I don't want anything that is too sexually explicit. Death Note didn't have anything too sexual, other than the little glimpse of some of the female characters while showering, etc, but it wasn't anything out of hand, I was fine with that. However, less is better for me, I'm looking for something that has a bigger focus on story and action, as opposed to sexual content.

Secondly, I like a lot of action, and violence doesn't phase me, so don't worry about that.

I like fantasy elements, but am still content with some more modern and realistic ones as well. Death Note did a great job at blending the two, which worked really well.

So that pretty much sums it up. I hope there are enough of you that like animes to help me out here. :p

Carbonek_0051
24-01-09, 05:46
I don't know if people consider it Anime. But according to wiki and people I talk to it is, I would suggest Avatar the Last Airbender. It shocked me, I thought it would be a kiddy cartoon but it deals with death, love, war, and politics (it gets very dark in season 2 & 3). There are a lot of beautiful action scenes, and M. Night Shyamalan is adapting the 3 seasons into a trilogy. IMO it is a great series and highly underrated.:)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e323/lil_truca92/Avatar-%20The%20Last%20Airbender/Avatar_Fanart_by_ming85.jpg

Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in a fantasy world that is home to humans, fantastic animals, and spirits. Human civilization is divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Air Nomads, and the Fire Nation. Each nation has its own natural element, on which it bases its society. Within each nation exists an order called "Benders" who have the ability to manipulate the eponymous element of their nation. The show’s creators assigned each Bending art its own style of martial arts, causing it to inherit the advantages and weaknesses of the martial arts it was assigned. The Bending types are Waterbending, Earthbending, Firebending, and Airbending.

Each generation yields one person who is capable of Bending all four elements, the Avatar, the spirit of the planet manifested in human form. When an Avatar dies, he is reincarnated into the next nation in the Avatar Cycle. The Avatar Cycle parallels the seasons: autumn for the Air Nomads, winter for the Water Tribe, spring for the Earth Kingdom and summer for the Fire Nation. Legend holds the Avatar must master each bending art in order, starting with his native element. This can sometimes be compromised when the situation requires it, as Aang demonstrates in the show. For the Avatar, learning to bend the element opposite his native element can be extremely difficult. This is because opposing Bending arts are based on opposing fighting styles and disciplines. Firebending and Waterbending are opposites, as are Earthbending and Airbending.

The Avatar possesses a unique power called the Avatar State, which endows the Avatar with the knowledge and abilities of all past Avatars and acts as a self-triggering defense mechanism, although it can be made subject to the will if the user opens his bodily Chakras. If an Avatar is killed in the Avatar State, the reincarnation cycle will be broken, and the Avatar will cease to exist.

Through the ages, countless incarnations of Avatar have served to keep the four nations in harmony, and maintain world order. The Avatar serves as the bridge between the physical world and the Spirit World, allowing him or her to solve problems that normal benders cannot.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x192/animehood/Anime/Avatar1.jpghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PUmvFseUL.jpg
http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1500000/Book-3-Complete-Box-Set-Cover-avatar-the-last-airbender-1521993-350-500.jpg

Another good one is Full Metal Alchemist.:tmb:

http://www.icv2.com/images/48401FullMetalAlchemist_v1dvdlg.jpg

Immortalis08
24-01-09, 05:54
:whi: Not quite good art direction but the story is amazing and quite blasphemous! :tmb:

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Plot Summary: 4000 years have passed since humanity abandoned Earth. Earth (Lost Jerusalem) itself has mysteriously dissappeared which caused mankind to abandon it and terraform other planets and now only exists in deep space. Now humanity is faced with an unknown alien entity known as the Gnosis whose only known characteristic is their utter hatred towards humans. They are almost impossible to destroy and have the ability to kill or turn their victims into one of their own. As civilization lies on the brink of destruction an anti-gnosis humanoid weapon system known as KOS-MOS mysteriously self-activates and stands as humanity's last and final hope against the onslaught of the Gnosis. However, as the story progresses it appears that KOS-MOS has an agenda of her own...

The game/animation has a lot of biblical references (which can get blasphemous to a point especially in Episode 3)

* The password into KOS-MOS' subconscious, "Ye shall be as gods" was spoken by the serpent to Eve while tempting her to eat the forbidden fruit.

* Zohar, the name of the monolith which appears in the series, is taken from the name of a group of books that form the most important work of the Jewish Kabbalah.

* Each Zohar emulator on the title cards displays a Hebrew number.

* Mech Weapons (ES) are mysteriously named after the 12 apostles.




Unfortunately this season only covers episode 1: Der Wille Zur Macht

You'll have to play Xenosaga Episode II and III to finish the trilogy on PS2. In fact I would actually recommend playing the games instead of the animation but to each their own. Some complained because the cutscenes would take as much as half an hour. :o

the hooliganz
24-01-09, 06:12
You could try Spirited Away (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away)

or Howl's Moving castle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_(film))

MattTR
24-01-09, 06:18
OMG, you're seriously missing out if you haven't watched..

http://www.cjonline.com/pokemon/logo.gif

http://www.projectbag.com/pokemon/pics/jigglypuff02.jpg

http://fatninja0.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/pokemon-misty.jpg

Only the greatest anime of all time! ;)

Immortalis08
24-01-09, 06:20
Why do you want to kill the Pokemon? :confused:

MattTR
24-01-09, 06:23
Why do you want to kill the Pokemon? :confused:

Oops.. that wasn't suppost to say that.. :p

Was just a random Google search, anywho! That's fixed, can't kill those cuddley cute creatures! :hug:

erosan
24-01-09, 06:44
I would recommend Inuyasha or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both are excelent.

http://www.furuanimepanikku.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/evangelion-_359.thumbnail.jpg

http://i3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/252/531/42/o_Inuyasha_Pic.jpg

MattTR
24-01-09, 06:50
http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1500000/Book-3-Complete-Box-Set-Cover-avatar-the-last-airbender-1521993-350-500.jpg

Another good one is Full Metal Alchemist.:tmb:

http://www.icv2.com/images/48401FullMetalAlchemist_v1dvdlg.jpg

I never got what that silly Avatar show was all about, I always thought it was about a little square that was 128x128 and under 15k kb.. oh just kidding! :p

But.. Full Metal totally rocks, I used to love watching it on Cartoon Network! It's a shame I don't think they run it anymore. :(

And that reminds me, another one of my favorite anime's is Case Closed:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1591163277.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

It was just awesome, agent Conan. :D

Melonie Tomb Raider
24-01-09, 07:17
You could try Spirited Away (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away)

or Howl's Moving castle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_(film))

I love both of those. :D

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I've seen part of the first avatar season, but I'm looking for something more mature. Same goes with pokemon.

I'll look into these other ones and get back with y'all, thanks so much. :jmp:

Megalith
24-01-09, 08:42
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Samurai Champloo!
One of the best anime series EVAR!!!!:D

Logie 12 =]
24-01-09, 09:50
NARUTO FTW!

i know where you can find all the episodes online if you want

RAID
24-01-09, 09:58
The Rose Of Versailles (Lady Oscar) is the best anime ever for me.

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It's realistic. About the history of France. The French Revolution. 40 episodes.

It has romance, death, corruption, despair, hatred, happy moments, and moments that will make you cry. I love it. Chances are, you'll love it too.

If you're looking for mature, this is it :)

Deamonella
24-01-09, 10:45
Hellsing,based on a manga.There are two versions of the anime,one is the tv version,which doesn't really follow the storyline of the manga entirely,but nevertheless it's great.The other is Hellsing OVA,which is based entirely on the manga.

tomblover
24-01-09, 10:54
http://www.animeshade.kit.net/elfen_lied.jpg

Elfen Lied. Greatest anime EVAR. Lots of gore, fully visible boobs and other terrible stuff, though. :vlol: But you very rarely actually see the breasts up close, so don't worry about that.

Or, if you're feeling childish:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3f/Powerpuffynessies!.jpg

Powerpuff Girls Z! :D

Actually, forgive me for not reading the whole post, I dunno if they're available as seasons, I've watched these on the internetz. :o

disneyprincess20
24-01-09, 11:01
Have you tried Ghost in the Shell (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/) or Neon Genesis Evangelion (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112159/)?

Ghost in the Shell is a couple of movies and a few seasons of television shows, and Neon Genesis Evangelion is a series with a couple of movies at the end.

sandygrimm
24-01-09, 11:02
The ever popular Trigun was funny :vlol:

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Lee croft
24-01-09, 11:02
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they look like the power puff girls but older! anyways kiki deliverys service!! and theres another Howls moving castle oh and dont forget digimon!

ajrich17901
24-01-09, 11:05
Try out the anime Noir by advfilms its amazing also was my first anime.

disneyprincess20
24-01-09, 11:06
they look like the power puff girls but older! anyways kiki deliverys service!! and theres another one but i dont remember the first part of it *insert name here* moving castle if any one could fill in that space that would be greeeeat oh and dont forget digimon!

Howls.

Lee croft
24-01-09, 11:10
Howls.

thats the one thanks!! *goes to edit post*

kristi
24-01-09, 11:12
Try Neon Genesis Evangelion.
It has some mild sexual content.
But the action,storyline and violence are very balanced.I absolutely love it.
But at the end,the pshycology element gets bigger and bigger and gives to the series a strange but very good twist.

I absolutely recommend you that.

Titanium
24-01-09, 11:17
You may want to consider Elfen Lied. It does have quite a bit of sexual references. But the story and action make up for it.

http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/3416/elfenlied06wf7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/3161/elfenlied35ku1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

tomblover
24-01-09, 11:18
they look like the power puff girls but older! That's the point, kinda.

Kinda like if you put the PPG in Japan and gave it a Sailor Moon-ish twist. :p

Lara's home
24-01-09, 11:23
Higurashi no naku koro ni (Not Kai, Kai is second season). It will make you paranoid! :p
And of course, the Melancholy of Haruhi somethingsomethingsomething. Her last name is awful to spell. :(

Titanium
24-01-09, 11:26
Higurashi no naku koro ni (Not Kai, Kai is second season). It will make you paranoid! :p
And of course, the Melancholy of Haruhi somethingsomethingsomething. Her last name is awful to spell. :(

Haruhi Suzumiya. :p

And I'm unsure thats Mel type of anime. (Although I personally think it's absolutely brilliant. :D)

Olvidarse
24-01-09, 11:58
I'm surprised no one has suggested Cowboy Bebop - space bounty hunters, gritty western noir storyline, jazz soundtrack. I'm not really into anime, but I enjoyed this series. I think you can buy the complete series for $40 from Virgin. The English dub is excellent.

Sedge
24-01-09, 12:50
You would most likely enjoy Monster, I've recommended it many times before around here. ^_~ Lots of suspense, mystery, drama and psychological horror. It lasts for 74 episodes, but is definitely worth it!

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Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a young Japanese doctor working at the Eisler Memorial Hospital in Düsseldorf during the 80s. A highly accomplished brain surgeon, he appears to have everything on his plate: a promotion in the offing; the favor of the director of the hospital, Heinemann; and Heinemann's daughter, Eva, as his fiancée. However, Tenma grows increasingly dissatisfied with the political bias of the hospital for treating patients, and seizes his chance to change things after a strange massacre brings the twins Johan and Anna Liebert into his hospital. Johan has a gunshot wound to the head and Anna keeps muttering about killing, and Tenma decides to operate on Johan instead of a prominent politician who arrived afterwards. Johan is saved, but the politician dies. Tenma loses all his social standing and Eva as a consequence. However, Heinemann and other doctors in Tenma's way are mysteriously murdered, and both children disappear from the hospital soon after. The police suspect Tenma, as he benefits greatly from this turn of events, but they have no evidence, and so can do no more than question him.
The story starts indeed at a hospital, but that's not where the focus lies at.. Hee, I don't want to spoil anything though, so I'll just quote some user recommendations from myanimelist.net on the similarities/differences between Monster and Death Note :D:

They both deal with 'monsters' in people. By this, both shows are portraying the 'good' that each person thinks is 'right'.
Both question the concept of the themes each embodies - psychological war games and identity anonymity. Both do have differences, though:

Monster is slow but aptly paced while Death Note is pulse-racing right to the end.
Monster is apparently longer than Death Note.
Death Note uses a lot of plot devices while Monster uses minimal.

Either way, I still recommend both. Plus, for the imaginative viewers, a crossover between the characters in both series will make you grin like a little boy on Boxing Day C:
Monster has one of the best stories I have ever seen in anime. It’s captivating, clever, intriguing and very well written. A young neurosurgeon by the name of Kenzo Tenma gives up everything he has to do what he believes is morally right, only to have it turn out to be the worst decision he ever made. Monster is an anime that tries to show the viewer how everyone has a “monster” within them, often causing them to do something they regret. It’s a story that will definitely affect you emotionally; yet won’t lose any of its charm.
Both are high ranking thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat screaming for more. The mysteries and plot twists will leave your head spinning off its shoulders.
Both top tier anime for the Mystery genre. Very entertaining and very well done. If nothing else binds these two anime together, than their flawlessness would do just that. Regardless of whether or not you are fans of this genre, it is still highly likely that you will come to love and enjoy both of these vastly entertaining titles.
I think people who like Death Note would like Monster since it's also quite dark and unique, and AMAZING~<3
Both are psychological thriller and suspense. The only difference is that Death Note is more supernatural while Monster is more dramatic. If you like Monster, then surely you'll like Death Note, vice-versa.


.. If that doesn't convince you, then I don't know what will! :vlol: .. seriously, check it out. :)

TombRaiderCool
24-01-09, 13:10
I would recommend The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Melancholy_of_Haruhi_Suzumiya_(anime)). It is a great anime, the novels and manga are amazing as well. The plot is quite gripping and addictive. :D

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Lee croft
24-01-09, 13:21
she looks like the girl out of card captors..... hahaha does any one remember that?

digitizedboy
24-01-09, 13:36
I don't watch much anime or manga. But has anyone mentioned Crying Freeman? That was good. :)

Betal
24-01-09, 14:19
I would recommend Elfen Lied.

It's much nudity and blood in it. But it's such a sad, fun and great story. It will mostlikely make you cry.

http://www.mensmovieguide.com/images/Elfen_Lied_1.jpg

Nemo_91
24-01-09, 14:26
I would recommend these two amazing animes:


CLAYMORE
Genres: action, adventure, drama, fantasy, horror, supernatural
http://img2.isoshu.com/cover/manga/L/1Claymore.jpg

In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organisation that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability to destroy these creatures. Considered a rogue for picking up a stray child & almost losing herself to her youma side by "Awakening", she is constantly assigned rather dangerous missions...


ERGO PROXY
Genres: adventure, drama, horror, mystery, psychological, science fiction, supernatural
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/Eucalypta-Eucalyptus/Ergo%20Proxy/Ergo-550.jpg

In a future where the world has been ravaged by a nuclear apocalyse, there exists salvation in a domed city named "Romdeau", where humans and their android servants, the autoreivs, live in. Under the implementation of complete management control, it is a paradise where feelings are literally discarded, and the governing council dictates the way of life the citizens should live. But this utopian landscape is soon broken by a series of mystifying murders. Real Mayer, a female inspector from the Citizen Information Bureau, along with her autoreiv partner Iggy, are tasked to solve the murder cases. She is soon attacked by a creature drawn to her which is neither human nor android, and learns about the mysterious phenomena called "Awakening", an event which draws her further into the case...and to the world beyond the limits of Romdeau.

trXD
24-01-09, 15:05
Kanon 2006
Clannad
Elfen lied
The melancholy of haruhi suzumiya
Death note
Love hina
Lucky star
Air

And the best anime of all time goes to... cardcaptor sakura!
OMG, you're seriously missing out if you haven't watched..

http://www.cjonline.com/pokemon/logo.gif

http://www.projectbag.com/pokemon/pics/jigglypuff02.jpg

http://fatninja0.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/pokemon-misty.jpg

Only the greatest anime of all time! ;)

Its awful since they got rid of misty:mad:

Melonie Tomb Raider
24-01-09, 15:08
OMG I'm so excited, there are soooo many recommendations to look into now. :jmp: :jmp: :jmp:

Shame I have to go to work, but I'll have two days off after today, which leaves me with some time to make up my mind which to watch next and start on it tomorrow.

I'll definitely look into all of these and decide. In the end, I'll definitely watch multiple ones, but for now I just need to figure out which one to start with. :p

IceColdLaraCroft
24-01-09, 15:12
Witch Hunter Robin.

It plays a lot with history (Roman & about Witches) but also does a good job of adding intrigue and twists at the end.

Melonie Tomb Raider
24-01-09, 15:15
Well, with the few minites I have had this morning, so far my interest has been captivated most by Ergo Proxy, followed by Hellsing. We'll see what happens from here. ;)

RAID
24-01-09, 17:54
Slayers is also a great anime. This one is completely unrealistic though. Ancient times about demons and witches. Each season has an EPIC tale of its own.

Twilight
24-01-09, 17:59
[CENTER]I don't know if people consider it Anime. But according to wiki and people I talk to it is, I would suggest Avatar the Last Airbender. It shocked me, I thought it would be a kiddy cartoon but it deals with death, love, war, and politics (it gets very dark in season 2 & 3). There are a lot of beautiful action scenes, and M. Night Shyamalan is adapting the 3 seasons into a trilogy. IMO it is a great series and highly underrated.:)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e323/lil_truca92/Avatar-%20The%20Last%20Airbender/Avatar_Fanart_by_ming85.jpg



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http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1500000/Book-3-Complete-Box-Set-Cover-avatar-the-last-airbender-1521993-350-500.jpg



ditto. the story is told so well and makes you think about life.

Philio
24-01-09, 21:02
Avatar The Last Airbender

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e323/lil_truca92/Avatar-%20The%20Last%20Airbender/6f7418b8.gif

Naruto

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u144/dyumbag/naruto.jpg

Camera Obscura
24-01-09, 22:06
http://japonenunatazadete.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/paranoia-agent1.jpg


Genres: drama, horror, mystery, psychological, supernatural
Age rating: Mature (May contain sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence)
Plot Summary: An elementary school kid dubbed with the title "shounen bat" or "lil slugger" has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden bat. Now, two detectives are investigating so they can stop this kid from making any more attacks, but they will find out soon enough... that this case is much more than they expected.
Nudity isn't excessive and the story is really amazing. One of my personal top favs. :tmb: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://japonenunatazadete.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/paranoia-agent1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://japonenunatazadete.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/paranoia-agent/&usg=__6mndmcyXg_uAd7IzHH9jNKt5FOc=&h=733&w=600&sz=70&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=2Fe5wzn2fXIkEM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=115&prev=/images%3Fq%3DParanoia%2Bagent%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1 %26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

Phys
24-01-09, 22:40
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j84/sasukeuchiha_91/bleach/Ichigo%20Kurosaki/bleach_ichigo1346.jpg

BLEACH!!!

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q80/werfli/hellsing-1.jpg

HELLSING!!!

http://deadshinta.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/rosario_vampire101.jpg

ROSARIO VAMPIRE!!!

My three fav's :):D

Melonie Tomb Raider
25-01-09, 02:21
Ok, I just bought the complete Ergo Proxy series, I'm excited. :jmp:

After I finish this I'm going to look into Bleach, Hellsing, Claymore, and Monster to find out what I should watch next.

I appreciate this so very much, guys. Thank you. :hug:

Edit: Ok... watched the first two episodes of Ergo Proxy and I'm disappointed so far. Pretty good art style and soundtrack, but the story is so.. underwhelming. Maybe it's because Death Note was so epic and really drew me in, and this pales in comparison, I dunno, but I'm not impressed so far.

I'll give it more of a chance though, maybe it's just a slow start. We'll see, I hope I didn't waste my hard earned money on something I won't even like. :vlol:

Camera Obscura
25-01-09, 04:10
Ok, I just bought the complete Ergo Proxy series, I'm excited. :jmp:

After I finish this I'm going to look into Bleach, Hellsing, Claymore, and Monster to find out what I should watch next.

I appreciate this so very much, guys. Thank you. :hug:

Edit: Ok... watched the first two episodes of Ergo Proxy and I'm disappointed so far. Pretty good art style and soundtrack, but the story is so.. underwhelming. Maybe it's because Death Note was so epic and really drew me in, and this pales in comparison, I dunno, but I'm not impressed so far.

I'll give it more of a chance though, maybe it's just a slow start. We'll see, I hope I didn't waste my hard earned money on something I won't even like. :vlol:

I think you should look for a show on youtube or veoh and watch the first episode there before jumping in and buying the complete set. That way if you don't like, you save yourself from spending that hard earned money.

Melonie Tomb Raider
25-01-09, 04:25
I watched a lot of the first episode and liked it, ut I should have finished it. I just have a hard time watching on such a low quality stream. :p

I'm still gonna give it a chance, I hope I like it. :)

freeze10108
25-01-09, 04:32
I don't know if you're still open to suggestions, (or if you've already seen thesehttp://i40.************/2uj42e9.jpg) but my two favorite anime shows are Yu Yu Hakusho (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_yu_hakusho) and Sailor Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_moon) (though I think that the last saga is Japanese only, but with English subtitles).

Melonie Tomb Raider
25-01-09, 04:34
I don't know if you're still open to suggestions, (or if you've already seen thesehttp://i40.************/2uj42e9.jpg) but my two favorite anime shows are Yu Yu Hakusho (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_yu_hakusho) and Sailor Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_moon) (though I think that the last season is Japanese only, but with English subtitles).

I'm definitely up for more suggestions, thanks. :D

Tyrannosaurus
25-01-09, 09:12
I don't watch much anime or manga. But has anyone mentioned Crying Freeman? That was good. :) I picked up the first episode on VHS when my local Hollywood Video was getting rid of its old tapes. All the other volumes were there too. I liked it, but when I returned to see if I could find more episodes, they were all gone. :(

Okay, suggestions for Melonie:

I love anime, because it can take you more places than an airplane. More specifically, I love any animation that can utilize the inherent freedom it gives its artists to tell a story honestly and powerfully. I have no particular love for Disney, and I greatly admire Japan for taking animation seriously enough to realize that it doesn't need to be limited to children's fare, and that animation is wonderful tool for liberating any story to look the way it dreams of looking. Screw computer effects!

That said, I don't watch much T.V. I would rather watch a movie than a T.V. show, or read a stand alone novel than begin a series or sweeping trilogy. I want something with a beginning, middle, end, and main characters at its center. So the anime movies I list here (pulling them out of my DVD collection) are among what I consider to be the best (I've tried to skip titles that people have already mentioned), though I don't have many recommendations to give in the way of series.

Akira

http://stephendavidsmith.net/tokyostory/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/akira-motorcycle.jpg

No list would be complete without at least mentioning this one. It's an anime classic that pretty much became the bar. It's a gritty near-future science fiction tale that owes a little something to Blade Runner, about a young biker who becomes the subject of a military experiment which taps latent psionic powers in him that quickly rage out of control. The story is one sprawlilng, convoluted mess that's difficult to follow, (it's based on a manga that was more than 1,000 pages long, and compressed into a two hour movie), so there are quite a few anime fans who hate it, too. I think the awesome, sweeping scope of this tale and brilliantly detailed animation make it worth watching.

Grave of the Fireflies

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/01/11/firefliesmain_070101043254739_wideweb__300x290,1.j pg

This is an overwhelmingly powerful drama about a pair of orphaned children who try to live off of the countryside of Japan during the aftermath of a WWII bombing. I won't say much more about it, except two things: 1) It's so great it transcends being one of the best anime films to being one of the best war-time dramas period and 2) You will cry if you watch it, just so you're warned ahead of time.

Metropolis

http://www.mercurycinema.org.au/screenings/tezuka/metropolis.jpg

Not to be confused with the 1926 silent classic, of course. Made in 2002, this is another imaginative futuristic cityscape of a movie, complete with androids, robots, flying contraptions, a hint of film noir, and a jazzy soundtrack. While there is destruction to be had aplenty, this is a more optimistic vision of the future than Akira, even if it is considerably more fantastical. The character design is the only weakness of this movie, IMHO. These characters don't look anime-ish (not that that is a complaint in and of itself), and their designs are sometimes unattractive. That, combined with the miriad of obvious computer effects to render the cityscapes sometimes seems to deny them their full richness. Plot? I barely even noticed the plot. I was too intoxicated by the visuals to pay attention. They're nothing short of astounding.

Ninja Scroll

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This is my all-time favorite anime movie. More than that, it's one of my favorite movies in general. You will always find it on my top 10 movies list. This is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed anime movies of all time, anyway, so you don't have to take my word for it.

Set in 17th century feudal Japan, this movie follows the adventures of a wandering masterless ninja named Jubei as he is manipulated by a government spy into aiding a desperate quest to foil a plot made by the Shogun of the Dark and his evil henchmen, the 8 Devils of Kimon, to overthrow the Japense government. This movie manages to be three things at once: An exhilirating action movie, an intriguing political thriller, and a moving and poignant love story. It does full justice to all three with a running time of less than 100 minutes. The story is tightly focused and has a certain inevitability about it. It's one of those great movies that taps into the archetypes of the mythic structure to tell a powerful and deeply satisfying story.

The animation, art, and character designs are all beautiful and expertly crafted. The movie is tightly paced, and though the machinations of the plot are very complex, the flow of the story is easy to follow. This movie has absolutely terrific villians. The 8 Devils of Kimon are deliciously evil and treacherous. These are the sorts of villians we love to hate. Each has his or her own power, and it is a joy to see the ingenious details of Jubei's exploits, and the ways in which he uses their powers against them. As far as sheer badassery goes, Ninja Scroll is unsurpassed. I seriously can't think of another word to describe it. This is not only the most badass anime I know of, it's one of the most badass movies I can think of in general.

Um . . . okay, I should also warn you of two things, given your stated preferences in the first post:

1) Of all the titles I mention here, this one is BY FAR the most violent and

2) the most sexually explicit, though the sexual content does not cross the line into hentai and is integral to the storyline. I could explain more, but that would be too difficult without spoiling some things. There is one sex scene that occurs midway which may seem gratuitous if you aren't paying attention to the plot or subtext.

I should also warn you that there is a disturbing rape scene that occurs near the beginning of the film. It is indeed vital to the story, but I can't explain why in this post. I realize that you probably won't want to watch it on account of this fact alone, but pease keep in mind that I personally hate rape-themed erotica and hentai myself, and I have no taste for shallow exploitation. The victim in this scene is one of the most poignant and unforgettable heroines I've ever seen. The honesty with which Ninja Scroll is able to look her suffering in the eye by refusing to exploit, sensationalize, or objectify her as a lesser anime movie might (or indeed, a lesser movie in general), is one of the best things about it.

Case in point: I once rented this movie when I was a senior in high school, and my mother of all people walked in during the said scene, and was completely disgusted. She's a prude and hates anything that has to do with sex, so naturally, she wanted nothing more to do with this movie and proceeded to lecture me about "supporting" trash/porn etc. However, she eventually ended her tirade and stuck around a little longer. Before she knew it, she found herself hooked on the movie, caring about the characters.

Anyway, like I said before, I love this movie. I can't think of any change that would improve it. It's just perfect as it is. It's so . . . Tyrannosaurian.

Just watch this awesome fan-made trailer at youtube, which is much better than the terrible official trailer for the movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O6_N4mQBos

Doesn't it just send shivers up your spine? Don't you just want to watch it now?

This director, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, is also one of the great anime directors in Japan, and has made many other good anime films, including Wicked City, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. There is also a series of this title based loosely on the main character from this movie, though it's not written by Kawajiri and is pretty much unofficial. The rest of the world still awaits Ninja Scroll 2.

Perfect Blue

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A disturbing psychological thriller about a singer turned actress who is being pursued by a stalker while the walls of her reality begin to crumble around her. I have to wonder, though: Is there any particular reason this needs to be animated? Still good, regardless.

Princess Mononoke

http://www.absoluteanime.com/princess_mononoke/index.jpg

This is my personal favorite anime film by Hayao Miyazaki, who is to Japan what Walt Disney is to America, except his films are more beautiful, imaginative and emotionally honest. This is one of the most delightful and richly developed fantasy worlds I've seen in an animated film. It is set in a mythical Japan, where ancient animals and forest gods are coming into conflict with encroaching civilizations. This movie is about that conflict, though no side is good or evil. Or arguably, both sides are good, but have conflicting goals, misunderstandings, and worse real understandings.

Near the center of this conflict is the hero, A****aka, who demonstrates how refreshing it can be to have an intelligent, mature, and honest, straight-arrow protagonist in a story like this for once. He wanders away from his homeland, having been infected by a curse that will likely kill him, to seek the cure among the gods of the forest. He comes into contact with the fierce and intriguing San (Princess Mononoke), who is human but has been raised by the wolf gods, and despises humanity herself. Disney would have reduced her to a sassy and harmless love interest. He also meets Lady Eboshi, the leader of a human clan, who cares about the safety and well-being of her people but wishes to slay the forest god. Disney would have made her a two-dimmensional villian. All of the characters in this movie are not only reasonably intelligent and sane, but they have motivations that make an ounce of sense and which we can actually understand. Stop for a moment and consider how rare that is in an epic fantasy, or in an animated movie.

There are talking animals, but they are majestically portrayed and not sentimentalized or made into comedic sidekicks. The wolves look and talk like they can and will kill, the boars like they are proud and determined warriors. The movie is never saccharine or cute, nor is it cynical or needlessly bleak. It is never too optimistic or too pessimistic. It never once moralizes, either. It does not dwell on its violence, though the violence we do see is brutal. Attentive and mature kids can appreciate it as much as adults.

And, of course, everything else by Miyazaki is recommended as well, like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving castle, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service. I haven't actually seen all of these, but I've liked all films of his I have seen.

Steamboy

http://www.cinecultist.com/archives/steamboy.jpg

This is by the director of Akira, and this time the story is easier to follow. This is a true "Steampunk" movie, set in 19th century England, and it may be one of the few anime films where the dubbing (with such talent as Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, and Alfred Molina) is more appropriate for the material that the original Japanese voice-over talent. The synthesis of computer technology aiding the animation, but not at the exclusion of beautifully detailed drawn art is simply stunning. This is what I would like to see more animated films do. The story itself is a simple fable of technology, science, and the consequences of the power that either may bring. But dear God, is this movie beautiful to behold.

Tokyo Godfathers

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A heart-warming drama about three homeless people in Tokyo who deal with the demons of their pasts as they find an abandoned baby in a garbage dump on Christmas Eve, and try to figure out where she came from and what to do with her. I've only seen it once, but I remember liking it.

Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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I'm lumping them together here, though it is my opinion (and the general consensus of anime fans) that Bloodlust is the better of the two (having better art, animation, and storyline overall). It may be considered a sequel, but has so little in connection with the original that the two do not need to be seen together at all. Vampire Hunter D is an elegant dark fantasy set thousands of years in the future in a world that resembles the 19th century if it were populated not only by humans, but mutants, demons, vampires, and other evil beings. The protagonist, D, is a tormented, androgynous man of few words who himself is half vampire, but has nonetheless dedicated his life to their destruction. A parasitic being shares its body with D, manifesting as a face that appears on the palm of his hand and providing a commentary when D is otherwise silent (and in the weaker moments of either film, it explains D's motivations). Both movies are at least fairly bloody, and there was brief nudity in the first film, but not in the second, from what I remember.

Melonie Tomb Raider
25-01-09, 15:27
T, of your suggestions I've seen Princess Mononoke and Steamboy. Steamboy had the most amazing art and animation ever, but the story didn't quite suit my needs. However, Princess Mononoke was absolutely captivating. :D

Of your recommendations, Vampire Hunter D looks the most fascinating for me, I'll definitely look it up. Thank you. :D

Nemo_91
25-01-09, 15:44
Oh you should. Vampire Hunter D is amazing! :tmb: Especially 'Bloodlust'.

Catapharact
25-01-09, 15:48
Not a series but a small CGI movie. Its a remake of a classic Manga series in Japan.

Appleseed: Ex Machina

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You like action? The co-producer of this CGI derivitive is John Woo (the legendry Hong Kong Cinematographer who is known for his amazing Gunfight sequences.) The story isn't half bad either. It kinda makes you appreciate the value of all sentinent beings since the two main characters (Briareos and Deunan) are a cyborg and a human and they are in love. Their partnership is amazing. Only after does Deunan finds out that Olympus command made a Bioroid (genetically enchanced human) using Briarios' genetic data. Things get really complicated then.

Synopsis:

Veteran action filmmaker John Woo produces this sequel to the 2004 film Appleseed. Partners both at home and on the battlefield, Deunan, a young but skillful warrior, and Briareos, an experienced cyborg soldier, protect the utopian city of Olympus, where the last of humanity dwells in peace following a war that's killed off the rest of the world's population. As members of the elite police squad E.S.W.A.T., they take their orders from Gaia, an artificial intelligence that governs the city through the use of biologically engineered humanoids called Bioroids. Trouble stirs when Gaia engineers a new member for E.S.W.A.T. based on Briareos' DNA. The new team member, Tereus, looks and acts eerily like the old Briaros, before so much of his body was replaced with robotics following the war. Even more disconcerting, Tereus seems to have the same feelings as Briareos for Deunan!

EDIT: Someone uploaded the movie online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UDpTbFvOHg

Angelx14
25-01-09, 15:54
Devil May Cry? I've watched the first episode, so I can't really tell much about it. And maybe Hellsing? Looks like something in that style too.

Melonie Tomb Raider
25-01-09, 16:09
Not a series but a small CGI movie. Its a remake of a classic Manga series in Japan.

Appleseed: Ex Machina


I've seen this, it's really good. :D

Devil May Cry? I've watched the first episode, so I can't really tell much about it. And maybe Hellsing? Looks like something in that style too.

Hmm... It actually looks good, I love the art style, I should check it out. Most especially since I love the games.

Neteru
25-01-09, 16:11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UDpTbFvOHgWatching now. Thanks for that.

Soma Holiday
25-01-09, 16:21
I have never liked Anime in my life, but I own full seasons of Full Metal Alchemist and Blood+.

I highly reccommend the later...it's about two sisters with somewhat vampiric abilities and the monsters that one of them is creating. Their bloods destroy one another and one of them becomes a hunter of the monster and has a special sword that she uses with her blood on it to kill them. It is not all that gory, but still actiony enough to be interesting and the story is really really great. I believe there were 50 episodes with plenty of tourent sites you can watch them on...

Clip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnPW4SNfkQw&feature=related

http://animeyume.com/blog/images/blood_plus1.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/10pried/blood%20plus/largeAnimePaperscans_Blood-Plus_yuk.jpg

Catapharact
25-01-09, 16:54
Watching now. Thanks for that.

Its not the best but its not half bad either. Tell me what ya think of it.

Neteru
25-01-09, 18:23
Its not the best but its not half bad either. Tell me what ya think of it.Had to abandon after the first as I'm having serious speed issues with my connection. I'll let you know when it improves and I can finish watching all the parts.