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Postby anonomous » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:14 am

Anime thread! For anything about anime (smiling)

Let me start off by this season's offerings.

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I'm currently watching, (arranged by how much i liked them)
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1. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure S3 (:DDDDD)
2. Black Bullet
3. Captain Earth
4. Ping Pong The Animation
5. No Game No Life
6. Knights of Sidonia
7. Mahouka

I also have Psycho Pass downloaded but i have not started it yet. I heard it's a really good cyberpunk anime.

What are you watching?
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Re: Anime!

Postby rjbman » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:17 am

Psycho Pass is good, think it got a second season + a movie...

Currently watching Gurren Lagann.

Some of my favorites:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo
Space Dandy

Do films count? Toss pretty much all of Miyazaki up there too.
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Re: Anime!

Postby starfox64 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:25 am

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Re: Anime!

Postby nick » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:29 am

@starfox64, I like many also got his roots in Toonami. Actually, I haven't expanded **that** beyond it. I remember calling my older brother "gay" for watching Dragonball Z, but got hooked into it myself before long. YuYu and Kenshin sealed the deal.
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Re: Anime!

Postby starfox64 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:35 am

I loved the trailer things that Toonami and Adult Swim did. And the bumpers too.

The release of new episodes of DBZ (including Goku going super saiyan for the first time) was a pivotal moment in my childhood. As was the debut of Gundam Wing.
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Re: Anime!

Postby kyung » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:11 am

watching:

-Captain Earth
-Isshuukan Friends
-Kawaisou
-No Game No Life
-Nanana Colle
-Nisekoi

Captain earth is a pretty fun watch, sure it's pretty trope-y and corny but simply taking it at face value, it's a beautifully animated show with some funny moments and decent action. kind of over the whole "spirit powers the robot" deal since TTGL has pretty much set the bar for that. whatever, i'll watch it while i eat some food or something

Isshuukan Friends has an interesting premise, but I never really get hit with the "feely" type shows. Nonetheless I like the art style and the fact that the main character isn't a clueless fuck.

Kawaisou and Nisekoi are my SoL shows of the season. Really enjoying Nisekoi and the work that SHAFT does as a studio. Sure, the plot doesn't really go anywhere, but it's lighthearted fun and the reaction faces are priceless. I have a weak spot for Sakurasou which is why I think I like Kawaisou so much. Aside from the great animation, the characters are funny enough (albeit played out) and both have Hana Kanazawa as a voice actress which is always a plus.

NGNL and Nananacolle are two shows I didn't really expect to watch, yet after watching each respective show's first episodes, I was hooked. NGNL has some beautiful visuals and I feel Nananacolle has the most potential to turn out to one of the season's most interesting shows despite it's rather meh looks.

Plan to watch:

-Ping Pong
-Mekakucity Actors
-Soul Eater Not!
-Mushishi
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Re: Anime!

Postby vgtbls » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:13 am

I was a real teenage anime.

I really liked Bebop, FMA, .Hack//Sign, season 1 of Haruhi, Lucky Star, TTGL, FLCL, and Attack on Titan.

Potentially cool series that made me feel like a creep: High School of the Dead, Strike Witches
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Re: Anime!

Postby kyung » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:21 am

hsotd was hilarious in it's over the top, super weirdly sexually charged action/fanservice. it knew exactly who it was appealing to and it was fantastic in it's execution

the anime had a bit of a lackluster ending (essentially just a commercial for those to read the manga, but isn't that every anime nowadays?) and i dropped the manga around issue 20 after my interest petered out. still a fun watch/read though
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Re: Anime!

Postby fun_yunchables » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:11 pm

i dont really watch much anime too much any more :/ but flcl, cowboy bebop, and samurai champloo were incredible

i think the last one i watched was darker than black. would recommend
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Re: Anime!

Postby bikesarecool » Sat May 10, 2014 5:20 pm

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i'm not super into anime, but watch one or two from time to time. recently watched golden boy. i'd say it's one of my favorites for sure.
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Re: Anime!

Postby BobbyZamora » Sun May 11, 2014 6:57 am

love anime.

I tend to only watch dubbed anime. I just can't keep up with subs, the end up boring me often (though for some shows it's necessary). pretty much all my recommendations will have decent dubs for this reason

I have the obvious favorites like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, etc. But my absolute favorites (and the ones I heavily recommend) would be these:



BECK, a fantastic slice of life about a band. Except way cooler than Haruhi. Probably my favorite of all time anime. The manga is fantastic as well, basically the only longer manga that I've ever liked enough to read all the way through. It is absolutely loaded with music references for a huge array of genres.



Welcome to the NHK, an anime about a hikikomori (recluse) and his attempts to re-integrate in to society. first couple of episodes are on youtube. Great anime, if a little bit depressing.



Planetes. Another slice of life series- It's about space garbage collectors. This is not only one of the best anime out there, but also one of the best hard sci-fi series out there.



Hajime no Ippo. A series about boxing. Very amazing, not sure what else to say.

I also think One Piece is great (the manga is better though) and probably the best of its genre.
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Re: Anime!

Postby BIGBEE » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:48 am

I started reading FMA recently
what a dissapointment :[
didn't live up to the hype at all (maybe the anime will be better I dunno)
maybe it's a nostalgia thing that I don't get
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the part where colonel hughes dies especially
they never really developed him enough as a character for me to give a shit when he died ya know
the really iconic moment "it's raining" really falls flat in context :[
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Re: Anime!

Postby camping jazz » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:18 am

watching fewer and fewer things every season. currently only keeping up with gugure! kokkuri-san.

only thing i'm looking forward to rn is the second season of non non biyori.
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Re: Anime!

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:39 am

Some recommendations for some slightly less serious anime.

B Gata H Kei

The premise is stated early in the first episode: our protagonist is a high school freshman named Yamada and her childhood dream is to have sex with a hundred guys. Solid lines from the first episode include "Finding a card-carrying virgin cherryboy who's also a hottie is practically impossible" and "What's he freaking out about? Oh, he's probably never been this close to pretty". It's a very fast-cutting show but if you don't get worn out it's a lot of fun.



Ouran High School Host Club

This show is centered around Ouran High School, an extremely prestigious private school for the wealthy, its Host Club, a group of very handsome men whose job/passion it is to entertain women, and Haruhi, a very plain and poor person who worked her way into Ouran High. Plots are up there with B Gata H Kei in how ridiculous they are, without wading as far into the romance/sexual side of things. Linked is a subbed version of episode one, but you may want to watch it dubbed (still very good) so as to get the most of the animations.



Golden Boy

Golden Boy aired in 1995 and could be considered a spiritual/stylistic predecessor to B Gata H Kei. We follow Kintarou Oe, a student who completed all requirements for a law degree but dropped out before graduating, as he travels working various part-time jobs. This is a short one, only six episodes or so if I remember correctly. Each episode features Kintarou getting into a new situation with a new woman and having to work for her for some reason. Plots and jokes get absurdly sexual, though it's kept (mostly) at the level of innuendo.

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Re: Anime!

Postby nexus6 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:21 pm

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If you guys are into cool ass japanese gangsta styled stuff from the 60''s, 70's, then my close friend, Eldo Yoshimizu (who's a mangaka from Japan with quite of a cult following) is almost about to release his first mainstream manga entitled "Ryuko".

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The man really knows his shit, and he's a veteran architect / sculpturer, so we can expect some really eye candy stuff on the way. Check out his site as well: http://www.eldoyoshimizu.com/
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Re: Anime!

Postby thephfactor » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:55 am

I didn't watch anime as a kid and haven't gotten into the habit of watching too many series but there a couple that I really liked. Cowboy Bebop (obviously), and the Bakamonogatari serieses, and Ergo Proxy. Ergo Proxy latched on to me pretty hard, I could stop watching, ended up watching the entire thing over two days in the middle of finals week. Absolutely loved the aesthetic.
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Re: Anime!

Postby WussWayne » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:05 am

I really enjoyed this article and felt like it translated equally to other media such as fashion, music etc

http://www.ganriki.org/article/why-miya ... s-problem/

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It's easy to dismiss Hayao Miyazaki as a cranky old man, but even a cranky old man can be right. And when he claimed that one of the biggest problems in the anime industry is that it's staffed and run largely by otaku (his word), he's spot-on. But what he's talking about is only one part of a larger, more complex problem: the way fans and creators can become negative influences on each other.

The core of Miyazaki's premise is sound: the anime industry is staffed and run by people who are, by and large, bringing what I guess could be called otaku sensibilities to their work as its major motivator. One of Miyazaki's biggest and most on-target jabs involved character designs, where he said (I'm paraphrasing) how only a man who had never seen a girl in real life could draw girls that looked like that. Isn't the function of an artist, after all, to see things as they actually are and then transform them?

Yes, I know it's a debatable position — I suspect somewhere out there an abstract artist is laughing up his sleeve at that argument, for instance — but it is part of a larger core point. Miyazaki feels the anime industry is being run both by and for otaku, and I'm fairly sure he means to use the word in its most derogatory sense: people whose interest in anime is largely obsessive, fetishistic, closed-ended, a substitute for a good life instead of a component of it. And such closed-endedness, such self-serving behavior is no way to run a creative industry — yes, even one that's being conducted explicitly for profit as a business.


An industry run by and for its fanbase is doomed to become that much less truly creative or innovative over time. There are parallels here beyond anime or even the new strain of an apparently geek-run Hollywood (don't kid yourselves, folks; it's people with money who run Hollywood; always have and always will). Consider the English-language literary world, where prize committees, showy language, flashy topics, and cross-blurbing between authors have eclipsed good reading tastes and thoughtful criticism. I get the impression many of the folks in such circles are playing to their own industry colleagues as aggressively as they're playing the audiences they claim to be courting — and that, in fact, the audiences and the colleagues are either the same exact people or self-selectedly so much of the same stripe that it hardly matters.

How things got this way is actually not that important, but I have my own speculations all the same. Some part of me wonders if the cutthroat nature of the anime industry is to blame. Its terrible working practices encourage something like a 90% turnover rate over the course of two years. Only the hardest-core fans would survive there; only the people who would want to be kings of such a hill would bother to stick around. I suspect that may be painting with too broad a brush (and one dipped in tar, to boot), but I do worry about how the anime industry builds in its own incentives to be a dead-end career.

The deeper problem is that an otaku-led industry and an otaku-dominated audience are two halves of the same whole. Each feeds the other; each creates a dependency on the other that either one alone couldn't.

When I wrote about how anime as of late sees one of its biggest missions as identifying and catering to an increasingly narrow, self-selecting audience, it was clear to me then how this stood out in contrast with previous generations of audiences. Once upon a time, "anime fans" or "otaku" didn't self-identify the way they do now. There were just people, mostly young people, who watched cartoons. The diversity of approaches and titles was healthier because it was aimed at people who were "viewers" first and "fans" second.

Now there's barely a single show in a given season (and if there is, it's usually a Noitamina project) that hasn't been contrived as a direct and shameless appeal to the kinds of tastes that otaku, mainly the ones in Japan since they're the core audience, self-consciously cultivate. A show like Meganebu! would have had no market two decades ago, because the obsessional culture of otakudom to support such an insular show didn't exist then. And based on the show's dismal sales, maybe it's not marketable today either.

To some degree, all fandom is insular; that's part of why it's called fandom. But one of the perpetual risks of fandom is how it cuts one off from as much as it exposes one to. When one's energy for discovery and appreciation — or creation — is funneled into too small a receptacle, it turns sour. And when people who harbor such an attitude are put behind the wheel, we shouldn't be surprised when they augur into a tree.

Understand that I'm not saying all otakudom is a morass of navel-gazing fetishism. But it can sure feel like it, even to other people who want to call themselves fans of one kind or another. When untested against reality and the rest of life, including the rest of creative life, any fandom becomes introverted and sterile. And the more such insularity is unthinkingly supported on both sides, the less we'll see in this field of everything that was truly diverse and original about it in the first place.
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Re: Anime!

Postby can- » Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:08 pm

are there any battle shounen type animes that dont suck?

I watched hunter x hunter 2011 pretty recently and enjoyed most of it.. couple of arcs dragged pretty hardcore.

I feel like if naruto wasnt like a 900 episode commitment I would probably watch it but I am not going there.

Anything???
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Re: Anime!

Postby Cowboy » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:29 pm

@can~

One Piece is my absolute favorite anime, and I think far outdoes HxH overall.

The most obvious reason for that is the time, yeah, it's another 600 episode commit. But Naruto is 900 and absolute ass in comparison.

Not really gonna push you to watch it because it's really the time that'll be a burden, but with that time you get the most magnificent character build up I've see from any show in any genre or entertainment medium. That's what I think is the biggest allure, and the battle is much better and more developed than HxH (similar, just in depth)

I'd say if you have the time and you like getting to know your characters get to One Piece. its at a much higher level than Bleach/Naruto/Fairy Tail could have ever reached.

Also if you are gonna start it soon it won't end for another decade so it really hurts being caught up
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Re: Anime!

Postby starfox64 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:49 pm

one piece still has like 10 years left before it gets done, and it has a ton of filler, so it's probably not a great recommendation.

also i don't know that it's that much better than naruto or bleach at the beginning, though i do think both of those fall off (but after like, 100 eps or something).
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Re: Anime!

Postby Cowboy » Mon May 18, 2015 1:20 am

Whatever happens, happens.

See you Space Cowboy...
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Re: Anime!

Postby evilfriends » Mon May 18, 2015 3:05 am

Oh hey there's a thread for this!

http://myanimelist.net/animelist/LastFirebender hmu if you ever wanna talk about anything off this list

I am really enjoying Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu currently, it's so nice and awesome.

@WussWayne your favourite animu is rated 7 innit :sweg:
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Re: Anime!

Postby ice » Mon May 18, 2015 5:01 am

i don't understand the hype about haruhi?
i watched season 1 and two in chronological order recently and didn't like it very much
whats the big deal?
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Re: Anime!

Postby ptozzi » Mon May 18, 2015 7:50 pm

watching:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

planning on watching:

Ping Pong: The Animation
Cowboy Bebop
Trigun
Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Re: Anime!

Postby Cowboy » Sun May 24, 2015 3:11 am

finished Samurai Champloo. Had caught bits and pieces before but decided to plop down and enjoy it myself over the weekend. Really the only thing that came from it was immense satisfaction.

spoilers here,

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People constantly wish for more but it's the perfect ending for what the show was; a relatively meaningless journey with a relatively meaningless end. A journey that really had no weight to it ended with no weight. And the whole show was that way really, the fighting was super light, the animation and the movements super smooth, and the music was just something you bump when your hanging out. Sure Jin kills Kariya who's like, the best ever and establishes himself as the swordsman of the realm, and sure Mugen ends all ties to his past, and sure Fuu finds her dad, but in the end, none of it ended up mattering much at all. which is perfect. Idk I just finished it 10 min ago and its late so im just spewing, but the whole show was built for an ending just like that, it just ended. Satisfaction at a fun tale was exactly what needed to happen, anymore would change the meaning of the show; let's find the Samurai who smells of Sunflowers, that's it.
Cosmic Collision was creepy.
Good show, on to Trigun which I've been putting off.
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Quick Edit. I rate it a bit below Bebop, which alot of people compare when they shouldn't really seeing as they are two entirely different shows, beyond the barebones their is no similiraties. But I'm doing it anyways. Bebop was better to me because it was more...focused. It conveyed itself in a better way overall, and it was just so much more clear in a way. Spike is also my role model in life so that might be a reason, but yeah there's my take.

I recommend!
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Re: Anime!

Postby Cowboy » Mon May 25, 2015 12:21 am

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Re: Anime!

Postby ptozzi » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:46 pm

So I finished FMA:B, and I have to say it really exceeded my expectations. Story and character development was far beyond what I assumed it'd be, having never watched anime. A little disappointed in the use of CGI but that's a minor point. Kind of ironic cause I just started Ping Pong: The Animation and love the use of CGI so far. Four episodes in, really excited to see how Smile develops.
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Re: Anime!

Postby Northwest » Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:51 am

This can't come as much of a surprise from a techwear enthusiast but Gundam Seed and Ghost in the Shell were my fascinations as a Toonami teen. I can't say that Gundam Seed holds up as well, but Ghost in the Shell is easily more engaging as a late high school/college watch.

Watch Ghost in the Shell movies if you are more visual-minded for tech clothing and an introduction to transhumanism, watch the show for in depth discussion of AI evolution, politics in a "post-death" world, and philosophical joys like seeing a robot find a way to understand the concept of God through the prism of mathematics.
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Re: Anime!

Postby okayfruit » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:13 pm

If you aren't watching Ore Monogatari this season then we can't be friends

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