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(Topless Robot)   "The anime of the 1990s is cooler than the anime of today"   ( toplessrobot.com) divider line
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2013-04-21 10:45:04 AM  
and those damned kids better stay off my lawn too.
 
2013-04-21 11:08:00 AM  
It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.
 
2013-04-21 11:15:44 AM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


Not really. It's kinda like why people are always saying "Saturday Night Live just isn't as funny as it used to be" then they bring up a bunch of clips on youtube to prove their point. The thing is: pouring through the last 20 years of material and picking out the handful of series that you liked then complaining that there wasn't a Neon Genesis Evangelion or Cowboy Bebop released this year kinda smacks of confirmation bias.

/and that's assuming that most of the stuff you used to watch wasn't just as bad, childish and stupid as anything produced to day except then you were too young and inexperienced to know the difference.
 
2013-04-21 11:23:31 AM  
No I have to agree with doglover. This is not the golden age of anime by any stretch.
 
2013-04-21 11:24:31 AM  
Cant wait for the author's next article titled "What is with that noise that kids call music these days"
 
2013-04-21 11:26:09 AM  
Anime has never been the same since the death of Osamu Tezuka.  The Golden Age of Anime began when he and Yoshinori Kanada were both active in the industry, and ended when he passed in 1989.  This is an undeniable fact.  That Kanada killed the Silver Age with the release of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within is just opinion, and certainly debatable.
 
2013-04-21 11:30:20 AM  
No love for the 80's?


fc00.deviantart.net

anime-eps.com
 
2013-04-21 11:36:21 AM  
There's good stuff out there, but like anything, you have to look for it.
 
2013-04-21 11:37:50 AM  
There is always much higher ratio between shiat and gems then you remember.  Since the shiat is forgotten.
 
2013-04-21 11:45:50 AM  
excuse me?
 
2013-04-21 11:47:29 AM  
cosplaywith.us
Let's try that again.
 
2013-04-21 11:47:55 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Not really.


Yes really.

I'm not saying there's not good anime today, but the signal to noise ratio is a lot worse. I've been in Akihabara often for the past decade, I've kept my fingers near the pulse. Evangelion is STILL POPULAR. Dragon Ball Z has a new movie in theaters NOW. I live near freakin' Sunrise HQ for chrisakes. I can see what they're up to now and it's just not as popular amongst the young'ins as some of the older stuff.

My theory is complicated but it basically boils down to Japanese like cliches and Computers make animation cheaper, so there's more of it. When Gainax first started making movies, you needed a budget for animation. Now you just need a copy of Flash 8.
 
2013-04-21 11:50:38 AM  
I still heart Linn Minmei.
 
2013-04-21 12:01:42 PM  

Irving Maimway: I still heart Linn Minmei.


Go to Hell.
 
2013-04-21 12:02:52 PM  
I don't agree with the article at all. We tend to look at the past with rose colored glasses. Sure, Cowboy Bebop was made in the 90's and nothing will ever compare to it. But you forget that there was still plenty of shiat series surrounding Cowboy Bebop in its '90s milieu. The thing to remember is that as anime becomes more popular in the states, we're naturally going to get more crap, too, along with really good stuff.

There's plenty of later anime that I love just as muh as the earlier stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but I do enjoy it, and my wife (who is a huge fan) keeps me abreast of the better examples. Gankatsuou and its mind blowing art. Noein and its Shangri-la. SKET Dance and its touching stories of friendship. Samurai 7 in all its big budget glory. Lately we've been watching Hetalia, which has been a hilariously great.

So yah. Nostalgia can be stupid sometimes, because it causes you to miss the really cool stuff that is happening all around you.
 
2013-04-21 12:09:53 PM  
Honestly, Western animation is in a renaissance right now. There are a LOT of incredible shows being produced. I suppose it stands to reason that Japanese animation would be a bit weaker, but I'm not huge fan of the genre.

/Only going to say weeaboo for the spankings
 
2013-04-21 12:10:53 PM  
Obvious tag is busy watching all those great 90s examples
 
2013-04-21 12:20:52 PM  
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I dunno. I'm enjoying some pretty off-beat stuff. Still waiting on the second season of Panty & Stocking, but Angel Beats is a lovely corruption of the "school life" genre.
 
2013-04-21 12:40:09 PM  
Damn girl, would you like some cheese with that whine? I prefer articles about my favorite subject to contain far less insufferability and more insight.
 
2013-04-21 12:48:31 PM  

Apos: Damn girl, would you like some cheese with that whine? I prefer articles about my favorite subject to contain far less insufferableness and more insight.



Fixed
 
2013-04-21 01:21:00 PM  
The '70s points and laughs at the weak '90s

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2013-04-21 01:22:18 PM  

Saborlas: [i970.photobucket.com image 500x352]

I dunno. I'm enjoying some pretty off-beat stuff. Still waiting on the second season of Panty & Stocking, but Angel Beats is a lovely corruption of the "school life" genre.


Second season of Nyarko is on the air right now, too.

/for those who don't know, it's basically a somewhat light-hearted harem/romantic comedy whose title character is the crawling chaos  Nyarlathotep
 
2013-04-21 01:29:23 PM  
Believe it!
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2013-04-21 01:52:19 PM  
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2013-04-21 01:52:28 PM  
The anime of the 80s was even cooler.

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Okay, the last one was 79, but the 70s were cooler too.  There's a reason why the late 70s and 80s are called the Golden Age of Anime, and the 90s aren't it.

Except for maybe Ghost in the Shell.
 
2013-04-21 01:56:51 PM  
Too bad Nostalgia Glasses only come rose-colored
 
2013-04-21 01:57:04 PM  
I can't believe the author went to Tenchi Muyo of all shows as an example of original characters. Pretty much every character in that show was a flat cliché.
 
2013-04-21 01:57:47 PM  

thamike: The anime of the 80s was even cooler.

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Okay, the last one was 79, but the 70s were cooler too.  There's a reason why the late 70s and 80s are called the Golden Age of Anime, and the 90s aren't it.

Except for maybe Ghost in the Shell.


You missed one:

content9.flixster.com
 
2013-04-21 01:58:00 PM  

Irving Maimway: I still heart Linn Minmei.


That's what everybody said after Yellow Dancer took off his shirt.
 
2013-04-21 01:59:41 PM  
Is there anything out there half as good as Bebop or Trigun? Or will those always hold a special place because i saw them first a decade ago on Adult Swim.
 
2013-04-21 02:00:25 PM  

thamike: Okay, the last one was 79, but the 70s were cooler too. There's a reason why the late 70s and 80s are called the Golden Age of Anime, and the 90s aren't it.


Fist of the North Star and Vampire Hunter D are from from the 80's as well.

Also, in addition to Ghost in the Shell, my favorite anime of all time is from the 90's, Ninja Scroll.
 
2013-04-21 02:03:00 PM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her.


Or hearing the voice.
 
2013-04-21 02:06:50 PM  
It's very debatable, honestly.  9/10th of all shows from any period are basically trash.  It's those 3-4 shows a season that you remember, and maybe 1 of those goes on to become a classic.
 
2013-04-21 02:07:56 PM  
I always figured it was accessibility.

Back when anime started being sold in the US, you had to physically get a copy from Japan.
That was more expensive, so sellers were selective about what they brought over. Left the shiat and brought the pieces that had entertainment value.

Now, you can bring over anything pretty cheaply, so everything comes over. Like a lot of American TV, most of it is shiat. Now we have to do the sorting.
 
2013-04-21 02:08:33 PM  

Nefarious: There is always much higher ratio between shiat and gems then you remember.  Since the shiat is forgotten.


I refuse to let an insult to Battle Athletes: Victory go unrefuted! It most certainly is NOT forgotten in this corner of the Animeverseaxy-thing.
 
2013-04-21 02:08:41 PM  
I usually enjoy Topless Robot's daily lists, even when it's on a subject like Anime that I know very little about (I've seen Neon Genesis Evangelion, End of Evangelion and the first two Rebuild of Evangelion movies, about half of Akira when I was way too drunk to follow the plot and the first few episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam. I intend to try and get through the entire Gundam franchise and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann by the end of 2014). That said, this just seemed like a poorly edited whiny biatchfest. I got the impression if they weren't having site technical difficulties the last few days then the list wouldn't have been approved. A definite low point in LYT's stewardship since Rob Bricken left
 
2013-04-21 02:09:09 PM  
I do love 80's/90's anime, but will admit a huge Hipster/Indie factor.  It's nice it went mainstream, but a lot of the current animes lose me.  I just lost it's "Underground vibe".

Loved things like Tenchi Muyo, El Hazard, Slayers, Ranma 1/2, Cutey Honey, GTO, and all that back in the day.  Really loved Windaria and Grave of the fireflies (el cry).  Occasionally would watch a current series and just really don't get it.  Seems like ADD fueled fest, and doesn't even have good fan service anymore.

In the end though I equate it to getting the f old, and the problem is more me then what the industry is.
 
2013-04-21 02:11:00 PM  

RedPhoenix122: thamike: The anime of the 80s was even cooler.

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Okay, the last one was 79, but the 70s were cooler too.  There's a reason why the late 70s and 80s are called the Golden Age of Anime, and the 90s aren't it.

Except for maybe Ghost in the Shell.

You missed one:

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I missed quite a few.

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G-Force, for example, which was awesome.
 
2013-04-21 02:12:14 PM  
No.
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2013-04-21 02:16:55 PM  
80's anime wins by the simple fact that the studios had actual money to animate and limit filler to reused robots combination scenes or heroes' costume changes
 
2013-04-21 02:24:34 PM  
But the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime adaptation is coming out now.

Can the 90's say that?
 
2013-04-21 02:26:21 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: No.
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well, I guess, if you like Twilight.
 
2013-04-21 02:26:32 PM  
This character alone makes the 90s superior over modern anime.
 
2013-04-21 02:27:36 PM  
damn hotlinking
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-21 02:28:41 PM  
Astro Boy, Tobar the Eighth Man, Marine Boy rulz OK
 
2013-04-21 02:31:20 PM  

vossiewulf: The '70s points and laughs at the weak '90s

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Gulldurned tootin'.  For as goofy as '70s anime was, at least Speed Racer, Star Blazers, etc. had some kind of plots/stories... the contemporary stuff is so nonsensical that it makes me want to kick the tv.
 
2013-04-21 02:37:22 PM  
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2013-04-21 02:37:44 PM  
I didn't start watching anime until 3 years ago.  I was aware of it in the 90's and early 2000's but I always avoided it because the people who watched it were ..strange.    Every time I try to go back and watch one of the older ones I quickly lose interest and go play video games.
 
2013-04-21 02:38:56 PM  
I remember anime in the 1990s. First I watched Ninja Scroll, and said to myself "wow that was badass!"

Then I watched Inachu Ping Pong Club, and said to myself "WTF Japan?!"
 
2013-04-21 02:41:30 PM  

Mister Peejay: Because People in power are Stupid: No.
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well, I guess, if you like Twilight.


twi-what?
 
2013-04-21 02:46:05 PM  
Asian culture is best when they're clearly not thinking about the American market during the creative process.  Once you have some Japanese dude trying to toss in American appeal, it ends up feeling crappy and forced.
 
2013-04-21 02:46:26 PM  
The strange thing that happened was that Japan, in no small part due to tireless efforts of foreign otaku, discovered there was genuine overseas demand for anime.  In terms of global economics it's a laughably small blip, but the industry itself grew too fast, collapsed and is now going through the aftermath pains of deflation and commoditization.  The stuff that gets greenlighted quickly have a self-made audience -- unfortunately, that means a lot of stuff is downright creepy or caught up in its own meta.  If I don't see another anime about otaku culture I won't complain, but I know why it's there.

The 1990s were the "Golden Age" not necessarily because the best works came from that era, but that was the best opportunity to get an idea turned into anime.  Both creative talent and money were at a mutual peak, so while one can argue which are great works and which are not, the 1990s are probably unmatched in terms of diversity -- there was something for everyone.  Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Patlabor, Escaflowne, You're Under Arrest, Mahou Tsukai Tai, 3x3 Eyes, Ninja Scroll, Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke, Cardcaptor Sakura, Cowboy Bebop. . . I'm not knocking earlier works in terms of quality, but until about the late 1980s unless you were making a space opera odds are your project would have a helluva uphill fight.

Hell, can anyone imagine something like Yokohama Shopping Log getting a greenlight, even for two OVA episodes, in any decade other than the 1990s?
 
2013-04-21 02:47:10 PM  
There's some great stuff still coming out today.
Anybody here watch From The New World (Shinsekai Yori)?
 
2013-04-21 02:51:33 PM  
There's still plenty of great shows made in the last decade:
Fullmetal Alchemist, Full Metal Panic, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, the most recent Lupin III show, Kids on the Slope.

The 90's had some great anime.  It also had a lot of crap.  For every Cowboy Bebop, there were probably five harem shows like Tenchi or Love Hina.  We only remember the great things and forget the rest.  Although it is true that the US anime bubble burst a few years back.  It reached a saturation point and a lot of American distributors went out of business or had to seriously restructure.  I don't think the Japanese anime studios have gotten particularly better or worse, though.  There's always a lot of generic shows that are easily forgettable, and a select few great shows that will be remembered for years.
 
2013-04-21 02:53:32 PM  
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First anime I watched and recognized it for being anime.
 
2013-04-21 02:56:03 PM  

Techhell: Nefarious: There is always much higher ratio between shiat and gems then you remember.  Since the shiat is forgotten.

I refuse to let an insult to Battle Athletes: Victory go unrefuted! It most certainly is NOT forgotten in this corner of the Animeverseaxy-thing.


So wish that show had a re-release on DVD or blu-ray, been out of print for like a decade.
 
2013-04-21 02:57:00 PM  
www.animeout.com
This one was surprisingly interesting.
 
2013-04-21 02:57:23 PM  
Anime from the 90s is cooler for certain values of "cool," yes. However, the article blows things way out of perspective.
 
2013-04-21 02:58:12 PM  
With Death Note being the exception, I have to agree. The toonami lineup has me embarrassed to be an anime fan. Bleach? Wtf is that crap? Naruto looks even more annoying.
/love this thread so much.
 
2013-04-21 02:58:22 PM  
These people not watch Jojo or something?
 
2013-04-21 02:59:37 PM  
The article is poorly written, but it comes from a very real disappointment at what anime has to offer compared to years past. And this is from someone who then and now grabs fansubs of the things that sound interesting.

I think it's a somewhat different animal than "coolness" taking a nosedive. I think it's a cultural thing, an odd coincidence that won't be repeated.
The 80's and 90's had a Japan whose animation, art style, and storyline interests linked up with exactly what U.S. audiences wanted to see. In the U.S. at the time, even the best animation like Duck Tales was still seen for kids. Preteens. There was nothing in the animated vein for kids who grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and the like, and at the same time there was a large dearth of the same genres from live-action and other mainstream entertainment. In comes Japanese animation that most definitely had more sci-fi, more action, more in-depth stories than your average mostly-for-kids cartoons in the Disney Afternoon. For a while, this worked well for both countries.

But American and Japanese culture is different, and while they matched up for little more than a decade, they're starting to go their separate ways, helped on by cheaper and cheaper animation techniques. Anime is made for Japan, and as it gets cheaper to churn out anime, more and more of Japan's culture can filter through. We see in in the kinds of heroes and heroine characters designs like Code Geass, that the author laments. Japan wants young, Japan wants thin, Japan wants pretty. It wants high schoolers dramatizing high school problems while still battling evil. It wants bizarre relationships and angst. It wants strictly defined genres that tell you all you need to know just by reading "Shoujo" on the cover. It's not necessarily what America wants.
Even for Americans who can get behind those sorts of things, they're still coming across with a distinct Japanese flavor that Americans still might find distasteful. Combine that with America actually producing animation geared towards older audiences, and you have a perfect recipe for a falling out between Japanese anime and the U.S. fans. It's not that the anime is worse than before, but it's not made for U.S. fans, and cheaper animation means it can better cater to the audience it was made for: Japan.

I had hoped there would be more instances of things like Big O's second season being producing strictly for American audiences. Japanese studios don't seem keen on producing things for the American market by themselves.
 
2013-04-21 02:59:46 PM  
I tried to read that article.  It had tons of lingo that made no sense in any context whatsoever.  It was full of angst and whining about things I've never heard of.  It was just words on page that barely formed cohesive sentences.  What ever arguments the author was trying to present were lost in endless sidetracking and jargon.  Also, I get the impression that she thinks cartoon characters are real.
 
2013-04-21 03:00:29 PM  
Sorry I'm late, but I was chasing down a red hat.
 
2013-04-21 03:03:30 PM  
Dr. Tezuka says "Domo Arigato, little roboto."

www.japanator.com
I prefer these girls.  All versions
 
2013-04-21 03:03:48 PM  

texdent: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]
First anime I watched and recognized it for being anime.


This. After hearing how DIC hacked up the first series finale, I was determined to start tracking down fansubs and finding out what really happened.

I'm not going to comment on modern anime vs 90's anime, mainly because I kinda lost interest in the early 2000's. Maybe all the shows started to look the same, or maybe I just got too old for it, I don't know.

But yeah. Sailor Moon, Magic Knights Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits. I loved me some girly anime back then.
 
2013-04-21 03:05:46 PM  
Durn 403 Forbiddenanimepast.net
 
2013-04-21 03:07:55 PM  

Antimatter: Techhell: Nefarious: There is always much higher ratio between shiat and gems then you remember.  Since the shiat is forgotten.

I refuse to let an insult to Battle Athletes: Victory go unrefuted! It most certainly is NOT forgotten in this corner of the Animeverseaxy-thing.

So wish that show had a re-release on DVD or blu-ray, been out of print for like a decade.


... until a few months ago, I had it on VHS. <.< >.> (Well, I had my ancient VHS copies. Don't know if they worked since I tossed out my VCR like 8 years ago, and the wife asked me politely to "do something about that brick".)

Ah well. Maybe it's on a torrent or something, and I can burn it to DVD.

/*ponders*
 
2013-04-21 03:08:58 PM  
The first picture comparison was pretty stupid.
Code Geass had character designs by Clamp. Clamp have been drawing noodle people forever, including the 1990s that the author is reminiscing on.

RG Veda from 1989

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X1999 from 1992

m.mhcdn.net
 
2013-04-21 03:12:04 PM  
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Gimme your strength, Pegasus!!!
 
2013-04-21 03:12:18 PM  
At least we all agree that Bleach is freaking terrible.
 
2013-04-21 03:16:55 PM  
I dunno...

Let's see... in the last few years I've seen
- Steins;Gate
- Gurren Lagann
- Madoka Magica
- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
- Full Metal Alchemist:Brotherhood
- Naoki Urasawa's Monster
- Full Metal Panic
- Saint Seiya Lost Canvas

Truth be told, there are many anime from the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's that I've enjoyed -- but at the same time, many more anime that I've not liked at all...
 
2013-04-21 03:18:40 PM  
This one just bugged me:

Author complains about current-day shoujo, and then puts up a pic of Sailor Moon versus K-ON! K-ON! being shoujo is a stretch at best, but why not compare Sailor Moon to its contemporary - the innumerable Pretty Cure series's?

Methinks the author hasn't actually bothered watching much current anime, since all of (her?) points are basically "shows today suck. Here's a list of awesome cool shows. I hate K-ON!"
 
2013-04-21 03:18:56 PM  
Rage baiting and poorly written article.  Author lost all credibility when she mentioned Gundam Wing, claiming that the Gundam pilots were trying to protect Earth (which they are, for about the last 5% of the series).  The down and dirty of this subject is that as anime has gotten cheaper, the variety of shows has grown.  There is probably at least a few series a year that an individual who is willing to sit down and watch anime in the first place will enjoy.  If there's a series/movie/ova that you don't like...DON'T WATCH IT.  Find something you DO like and stop biatching about other people having fun.

Personally, I've gotten tired of Toriyama's random character generator (it looks like he's got 10 different hairstyles and 5 different faces and just randomizes the colors), but if other people still want to watch his stuff, that's fine.  Just don't gush to me about how awesome it is and expect me to pay attention.  Don't whine about the character designs of what I'm watching either, unless I've got you tied to a chair with your eyes clamped open.

/has watched/enjoyed just about every series mentioned in this thread, with the exception of Cardcaptor
//waiting for the next episodes of Valvrave, Devil is a Part-timer, and Date A Live on hulu
///slashies come in threes
 
2013-04-21 03:19:33 PM  
This person has a narrow view of anime. I just watched Psycho Pass, and it was great. Other titles that are good are High School of the Dead (everyone needs fanservice zombie stuff, but with a dark story too), When They Cry, gosh... Gurren Lagann, The Other, Deadman Wonderland (although that has more in relation to Dragonball in re: fight scenes, than the rest)...

Oh, and stoplikingwhatidontlike.jpg
 
2013-04-21 03:20:09 PM  
I grew up in [insert decade] therefore [same decade] had the best anime/tv shows/movies/books/video games.

/This is the nerd version of pining for the 'good ol' days' that never really existed.
 
2013-04-21 03:21:09 PM  

Old enough to know better: texdent: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]
First anime I watched and recognized it for being anime.

This. After hearing how DIC hacked up the first series finale, I was determined to start tracking down fansubs and finding out what really happened.


If you didn't already know, Sailor Moon is getting a reboot this summer, and will follow the story line of the manga this time around. I feel like such a woman-child for looking forward to it.
 
2013-04-21 03:23:01 PM  
Although it came out in the first decade of the 2000s, this is really a retrospective of the best of the 80s and 90s.

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2013-04-21 03:23:46 PM  
Sword of the Stranger is a good recent anime. So is Steamboy.

And there is always clonish, ripoff, cliche garbage, always, including the 90s.
 
2013-04-21 03:27:19 PM  
Wait, did the author just use Gundam Wing as an example of both "good anime" and "easy to follow plot".  What farking show did he watch?  It seemed like every other episode was obsessed with over complicating the political layout of the entire series.  Wing wasn't even a good Gundam series.  Outside of the mech designs, there is nothing from that show that I look back at fondly.  And I'm a huge Gundam fan.
 
2013-04-21 03:36:13 PM  
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2013-04-21 03:47:18 PM  

NeoCortex42: Wait, did the author just use Gundam Wing as an example of both "good anime" and "easy to follow plot".  What farking show did he watch?  It seemed like every other episode was obsessed with over complicating the political layout of the entire series.  Wing wasn't even a good Gundam series.  Outside of the mech designs, there is nothing from that show that I look back at fondly.  And I'm a huge Gundam fan.


I like Gundam Wing.
 
2013-04-21 03:51:06 PM  
People have already done a great job ripping that article apart, so here's what I've been enjoying recently:

Lucky Star
Bakemonogatari
Spice and Wolf
Sword Art Online
Magi
Toradora
Problem Children
Maoyu
Cuticle Detective Inaba
Teekyu

Are any of these equal to Cowboy Bebop? No, probably not, but that's a pretty high bar.
 
2013-04-21 03:54:21 PM  

texdent: First anime I watched and recognized it for being anime.


I have to think that's a pretty common sentiment. Sailor Moon was a lot of people's first anime.
 
2013-04-21 04:00:24 PM  

teto85: Dr. Tezuka says "Domo Arigato, little roboto."

[www.japanator.com image 620x350]
I prefer these girls.  All versions


You're aware his name is Astro BOY, yes?

"But..but that can't...I have all these magazines!  Oh god.  Oh god."
 
2013-04-21 04:04:08 PM  
I outgrew anime in the early 1990s, when I was in my 20s.

Keep in mind this is a guy who still watches lots of animation and reads comics. I didn't outgrow animation. I outgrew  anime, specifically.

Mostly, though, I got bored with it. It became repetitive, stupid, and pandered to people who mistake "adult" themes and scenes for sophistication.

The fan base also drove me away.

I've sampled a few things over the years, and anime hasn't grown at all. It's still the same fluffy, worthless stuff it has always been. It was cool when I was a kid. It gets old, fast.
 
2013-04-21 04:05:08 PM  
Anyone remember Wings of Honneamise?  Still one of my favorite anything.
 
2013-04-21 04:05:18 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: But the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime adaptation is coming out now.

Can the 90's say that?


Kind of?
 
2013-04-21 04:08:47 PM  
Came here for Star Blazers respect.  Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-04-21 04:10:16 PM  
The water tasted better too.
 
2013-04-21 04:11:38 PM  

Bslim: NeoCortex42: Wait, did the author just use Gundam Wing as an example of both "good anime" and "easy to follow plot".  What farking show did he watch?  It seemed like every other episode was obsessed with over complicating the political layout of the entire series.  Wing wasn't even a good Gundam series.  Outside of the mech designs, there is nothing from that show that I look back at fondly.  And I'm a huge Gundam fan.

I like Gundam Wing.


i1222.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-21 04:11:53 PM  
Attack On Titan
Nyarko-San
Problem Kids Are From Another World, Aren't They?
Jojo's Bizzarre Adventure
Penguin Drum

Just a few of the good anime coming out lately.
 
2013-04-21 04:13:02 PM  
Naruto is awesome, but got ruined by terrible voice overs, terrible translating, and a stupid amount of filler episodes. If you get the chance to read the manga - it has one of the best plot lines ever. My biggest gripe about it is that Naruto basically has 2 jutsus the entire series.
 
2013-04-21 04:13:49 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Yea, sorry, but this is cooler than anything else.
 
2013-04-21 04:20:07 PM  
wraith95:

Spice and Wolf


Holy crap, dude.

One of my friends got me to watch that.

Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.
 
2013-04-21 04:20:08 PM  
If you dislike cliches and repetitive themes in anime, then by all means Excel Saga is the 90s anime for you!

media-wallpapers.theotaku.com
 
2013-04-21 04:21:16 PM  
Anyone watch Mushi-Shi? It's on Hulu and it's visually stunning.
 
2013-04-21 04:23:28 PM  
The TL:DR version: I've forgotten the crap from 20 years ago and only recall the good stuff, I make a passing reference to the good stuff today and overhype the popular stuff today. Also, the stuff that defined my childhood should define today's generation.
 
2013-04-21 04:24:17 PM  

Ed Willy: The TL:DR version: I've forgotten the crap from 20 years ago and only recall the good stuff, I make a passing reference to the good stuff today and overhype the popular stuff today. Also, the stuff that defined my childhood should define today's generation.


(are-you-a-wizard.jpg)
 
2013-04-21 04:25:57 PM  
cdn.obsidianportal.com

4.bp.blogspot.com

I'd toss in the original Speed Racer in here if the Wachowski BroHos hadn't set it on fire and defecated on the ashes.

/you can come on my lawn but leave your crappy modern anime where it belongs.
 
2013-04-21 04:27:21 PM  
content.chia-anime.com
 
2013-04-21 04:29:05 PM  

ApatheticMonkey: BattleFrenchie28: But the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime adaptation is coming out now.

Can the 90's say that?

Kind of?


i0.kym-cdn.com
/hot like steel balls
//I doubt they're going to get to Steel Ball Run...
 
2013-04-21 04:30:12 PM  

Mister Peejay: Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.


I bet you'd love Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.
 
2013-04-21 04:35:46 PM  

trialpha: Mister Peejay: Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.

I bet you'd love Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.


Which I also mentioned. They're done by pretty much the same people. I actually think I liked Spice and Wolf a bit better though.
 
2013-04-21 04:36:04 PM  

DaWormyPimpsta: [cdn.obsidianportal.com image 850x637]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x301]

I'd toss in the original Speed Racer in here if the Wachowski BroHos hadn't set it on fire and defecated on the ashes.

/you can come on my lawn but leave your crappy modern anime where it


You're worse than Hitler.

Macross Plus
 
2013-04-21 04:36:13 PM  

DaWormyPimpsta: I'd toss in the original Speed Racer in here if the Wachowski BroHos hadn't set it on fire and defecated on the ashes.


I thought the Speed Racer movie did a decent job of staying true to the original, while making it live action.  Whether it needed to be made at all is a valid criticism, but I think it was probably the most faithful adaptation of it we could have expected.
 
2013-04-21 04:38:20 PM  

trialpha: Mister Peejay: Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.

I bet you'd love Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.


(copy, TVTropes, paste, search, click, read)

Actually, that does sound pretty interesting.  Is there a catch?
 
2013-04-21 04:39:55 PM  
I love how sites don't like you "leaching" images to other websites yet they don't own the copyright themselves.
 
2013-04-21 04:41:07 PM  
Recent stuff too cookie cutter? Sure.
i.imgur.com  Ah! My Goddess

i.imgur.comSquid Girl (Wile E. Coyote she isn't...quite)

i.imgur.com The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
 
2013-04-21 04:44:16 PM  
Hey, Dictionary.com, can I get a share of your ad income from everyone looking up "Melancholy"?
 
2013-04-21 04:44:42 PM  
smells like weeaboo in here...
 
2013-04-21 04:45:08 PM  

mrlewish: I love how sites don't like you "leaching" images to other websites yet they don't own the copyright themselves.


it's the leeched bandwidth they're pissed off about.
 
2013-04-21 04:45:16 PM  

WelldeadLink: Hey, Dictionary.com, can I get a share of your ad income from everyone looking up "Melancholy"?


What are you, 12?
 
2013-04-21 04:46:13 PM  
hardinparamedic:You're worse than Hitler.


Know what else is worse than Hilter?

Macross Plus
 
2013-04-21 04:46:28 PM  

WelldeadLink: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya


Damn you, Endless Eight! *shakes fist*
 
2013-04-21 04:48:36 PM  

NeoCortex42: WelldeadLink: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Damn you, Endless Eight! *shakes fist*


I swear to god, the first series is in my top 5 of all time, but that... that... THING made me lose all interest in watching the rest of that season.
 
2013-04-21 04:56:44 PM  

Mister Peejay: trialpha: Mister Peejay: Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.

I bet you'd love Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.

(copy, TVTropes, paste, search, click, read)

Actually, that does sound pretty interesting.  Is there a catch?


Nope, it's basically the same.
 
2013-04-21 05:01:09 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: NeoCortex42: WelldeadLink: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Damn you, Endless Eight! *shakes fist*

I swear to god, the first series is in my top 5 of all time, but that... that... THING made me lose all interest in watching the rest of that season.


I kept watching week to week.  I thought there's no way they're going to spend another week on this.  Surely this episode will be very different and wrap up the story.  As excited as I was to have new episodes to watch, I got frustrated as hell that two months of episodes were wasted on that.

I gotta admit, it took balls for them to actually commit to Endless Eight the way that they did, more-so than the non-chronological first season.

The movie was alright, but still never reached the same heights as the first season.
 
2013-04-21 05:07:33 PM  

NeoCortex42: Wait, did the author just use Gundam Wing as an example of both "good anime" and "easy to follow plot".  What farking show did he watch?  It seemed like every other episode was obsessed with over complicating the political layout of the entire series.  Wing wasn't even a good Gundam series.  Outside of the mech designs, there is nothing from that show that I look back at fondly.  And I'm a huge Gundam fan.


I must confess I was obsessed with Gundam Wing when I was in high school.

A modern analogue would be a nerdy girl's twilight series, but saner and with slightly healthier relationships.

/Even at 14 I knew that Relena's and Hero's relationship wasn't healthy
//Quatre was my crush
 
2013-04-21 05:07:34 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

Mind you, this one might be crossing a few lines...
 
2013-04-21 05:08:12 PM  
I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.
 
2013-04-21 05:09:34 PM  

Zombie DJ: /and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.


Books in general are a dead genre...
 
2013-04-21 05:14:13 PM  
Add Squid Girl and My Ordinary Life to my list of good recent anime.
 
2013-04-21 05:20:15 PM  
I will admit that the remake of Space Battleship Yamato has been farking amazing so far.
 
2013-04-21 05:26:16 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

You are now sad.
 
2013-04-21 05:27:52 PM  
Loving all the images posted. Animes I dig are mostly latter day i think:

- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Gungrave
- Berserk
- Death Note
- Claymore
- Hunter X Hunter (2011 reboot)
- ONE PIECE
- Cowboy Bebop
- Trigun (need to finish this one)

Mix of 90's and aughts.
 
2013-04-21 05:28:11 PM  

bhcompy: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x602]

Yea, sorry, but this is cooler than anything else.


If you like that you'll love:  http://satwcomic.com/
 
2013-04-21 05:28:25 PM  

Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.



Madhouse Studios hasn't made anything of quality in god knows how long...
 
2013-04-21 05:37:32 PM  
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is the cure for your normal anime boredom.
 
2013-04-21 05:41:00 PM  
Any time I feel like watching anime, I think about finding a new series, and then just watch FLCL again.
 
2013-04-21 05:41:08 PM  

Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.


Holy shiat.  I want to work in a comic book.
 
2013-04-21 05:45:55 PM  
Anime was never cool to begin with, with a notable exception for the Samurai Pizza Cats.
 
2013-04-21 05:46:18 PM  

BigLuca: Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.

Holy shiat.  I want to work in a comic book.


I dunno, sounds hazardous.
 
2013-04-21 05:48:36 PM  

BigLuca: Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.

Holy shiat.  I want to work in a comic book.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

DONT READ THE BLUE BOOK!
 
2013-04-21 05:49:03 PM  

Electriclectic: BigLuca: Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.

Holy shiat.  I want to work in a comic book.

I dunno, sounds hazardous.


But it could be a cool world to work in.
 
2013-04-21 05:49:33 PM  

Dafatone: Any time I feel like watching anime, I think about finding a new series, and then just watch FLCL again.


How about Excel Saga?  It's like the dictionary, everything else is in it.

FLCL is a mind screw because there's about 40 layers of symbolism and half of it probably is just the writers just saying "Fark it, we'll just throw this in and let the viewers invent a meaning for it."

Excel Saga isn't a mind screw so much as a blender.
 
2013-04-21 05:49:39 PM  

He_Hate_Me: If you dislike cliches and repetitive themes in anime, then by all means Excel Saga is the 90s anime for you!

[media-wallpapers.theotaku.com image 512x384]


www.trilobite.org
 
2013-04-21 05:50:42 PM  

baka-san: No love for the 80's?


[fc00.deviantart.net image 823x600]

[anime-eps.com image 200x200]


I came here hoping to see some Bubblegum Crisis.

/leaving satisfied
 
2013-04-21 05:53:09 PM  

Snapper Carr: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 300x429]

You are now sad.


www.trilobite.org

Now you are not.
 
2013-04-21 05:54:45 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: ApatheticMonkey: BattleFrenchie28: But the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime adaptation is coming out now.

Can the 90's say that?

Kind of?

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 465x344]
/hot like steel balls
//I doubt they're going to get to Steel Ball Run...


I really hope they do Steel Ball Run and Stone Ocean... You can't go wrong with using a memory of the Miami Dolphins as an attack!
 
2013-04-21 05:55:32 PM  
From what I can tell, Japanese pop culture has done the same thing American pop culture has done of late -- turned into a constant recycling machine, pumping up a few big properties while letting the really original stuff languish in obscurity.

But then, that's sort of the cycle. The 70s and 80s were the golden age of television animation because someone figured out that full-length episodes of cartoons could be subsidized by merchandise sales and used to advertise junk to kids, and thus what had once been a very expensive and time-consuming endeavor became a major industry. Japan benefited from this even more because they had a culture that was heavily into comics already and it was an easy transition to switch over to watching series like  Mobile Suit Gundam (the  Star Wars of Japan) or similar series during one's teenage or college years when such things are tolerated in Japanese culture.

The 90s and 0s transitioned away from that model as things got more segmented. Kids had more programming than ever, and a lot of the good stuff from overseas got brought over because it was cheaper and easier than creating new content, and far less risky since it was proven.

The problem is that now, we've run out of good stuff to re-air, and we're at the point where we're recycling everything that was good because the people who grew up on it are now in the cartoon industry.
 
2013-04-21 05:57:42 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I wish this was still going. Loved the sedate, almost meditative quality of the show - a complete departure from the typical loud flashy frenetic vibe that most anime have.
 
2013-04-21 06:01:34 PM  
This is like saying animated feces of the 90s is cooler than the animated feces of today.

They're both shiat.
 
2013-04-21 06:01:44 PM  

secularsage: The problem is that now, we've run out of good stuff to re-air, and we're at the point where we're recycling everything that was good because the people who grew up on it are now in the cartoon industry.


Or finally giving some of the proven published stuff a chance on the silver screen.

I'm only a handful of years older than Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, but its not until now that it's been given a chance as a serious anime.

Let's be honest, the OVA were pretty terrible. It had its moments, but it was pretty terrible compared to other animation of its era.

But the new tv series has been amazing, and pretty faithful to the series.

My only hope is that they actually do the whole series, and not just the first 3 parts. =/
 
2013-04-21 06:01:46 PM  
No good anime these days? AND you hold up Princess Jellyfish as an exception?!?? Someone needs to write Topless Robot in their Death Note. Anime that I have purchased in the past 6 months (several were a double-dip to upgrade to Blu-ray):

Bunny Drop
Clannad
Clannad Afterstory
ef: A Tale of Memories
ef: A Tale of Melodies
Fractale
Grave of the Fireflies
Haibane Renmei
Steins; Gate 1 & 2
Strike Witches 1 & 2
Summer Wars
Tsubasa 1 & 2

Granted, not every title there is one of those 'Super Mondo Choice Have-To-Have Awesome Titles". But they are all watchable, entertaining, and not something to be embarrassed to admit to watching or liking.

/still waiting for more Miyazaki stuff to come out on Blu-ray
//more Makoto Shinkai stuff needs to be on Blu-ray too
 
2013-04-21 06:05:16 PM  
Ranma 1/2

/that is all
 
2013-04-21 06:05:52 PM  

teto85: Durn 403 Forbidden[animepast.net image 800x600]


Thank you sir.
If I didnt' see it in a quick scroll through, I was going to add it.

Lovely Angels!
 
2013-04-21 06:08:25 PM  

Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.


I find that rather surprising. The manga section in Barnes & Noble seems to get a new shelf each year. Maybe manga fans just go to B&N to buy?

/i don't read much in the way of either comics or manga, so I don't really have a dog in this fight
//just an observation
 
2013-04-21 06:08:43 PM  
the anime of the 1990's at least didn't look like it was drawn/conceived of by the same people who do anime porn
 
2013-04-21 06:10:21 PM  
I take it the author has never watched the newest Berserk movies.
 
2013-04-21 06:24:59 PM  

Dinobot: BattleFrenchie28: ApatheticMonkey: BattleFrenchie28: But the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime adaptation is coming out now.

Can the 90's say that?

Kind of?

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 465x344]
/hot like steel balls
//I doubt they're going to get to Steel Ball Run...

I really hope they do Steel Ball Run and Stone Ocean... You can't go wrong with using a memory of the Miami Dolphins as an attack!


I don't doubt they'll do Stone Ocean (Jolyne is even in the first opening)
/the internet  needs Jolyne's middle finger montage in animated gif form
 
2013-04-21 06:26:36 PM  

RookStar: I take it the author has never watched the newest Berserk movies.


New Berserk movies?! Oh man, I need to look into that. I hope they kept the music from the series, which was AMAZING.
 
2013-04-21 06:26:48 PM  
Stupid article.

- if you just permutate the opposed examples, most of her points fall into pieces
- the author opposes, most of the time, manga adaptations to original anime. Doesn't work like that. If you decide to shoot down in flames Bleach for being dumb (which it totally is) in a paragraph, perhaps you should oppose it not to Tenchi Muyo but rather to DBZ which was equally stupid as well as an adaptation of an over-popular shonen
- 'plots made more sense'. One word: Evangelion.
- a problem with Geass' character design? So did I until I really started watching it and found the anime to be glorious
- the fact that I did love Cowboy Bebop and Trigun but despised Gundam for being cookie-cutter BS makes me think the author doesn't miss 90's anime, she just misses being the age she was then.

I can't seem to find an interesting anime, nowadays, mostly because I don't have much time to watch any but also because I do find the plots of the one I try to watch either too dumb or too complex. But I don't think anime changed, I just got older.

That said, I'll take any recommendation from farkers.

/read a bit of the author's blog, we're definitively not on the same page
//thanks for the list, DigitalCoffee!
 
2013-04-21 06:29:38 PM  
I've never been a fan of anime but a friend convinced me to watch bebop back in '03.

/really liked bebop
//everything else I've seen I have no interest in.
///it's like banging a 10 first and never finding another. Everything else is lacking.
 
2013-04-21 06:30:25 PM  
IMO: Recent Anime series I've enjoyed include Gurren Lagann and High School of the Dead.

I loved FMA and FMA:B but that was early 2000s right?
 
2013-04-21 06:30:26 PM  
I know very little about what's popular right now, but I'm always suspicious of articles that talk about how much better things were in the old days.

That said, moe needs to be put to rest.
 
2013-04-21 06:31:06 PM  
To the guy who posted the Soul Eater pic; you must be inferring that it is inferior to its counterparts from the past, yes?

That show started awesome and then lost its way before being half-finished. The ending is my least favorite of any show I've ever seen. How are you going to pull us along with 50 episodes, forget about the plot of killing witches and turning into a Deathscythe, and then defeat the biggest badass on the planet -- who just kicked the ass of Death himself -- with a balled up fist of courage? WTF? It's a shame. I know the manga is still going on, so I hope it was a case of the show extending passed what had been written for the manga and making up some weird shiat to end the show (I'm looking at you, Hellsing).

There are some bright spots today. Gurren Lagann kicks universal amounts of ass (literally). The Hellsing OVA series is very, very entertaining. Kids on the Slope (too lazy to look up the japanese title) is a great story, and there is still wacky fun stuff like Panty and Stocking; which despite its silliness, still has a better story than most as of late. If you want real wacky, check out the Nintendo vs Sega anime (once again, too lazy to look up japanese title).
 
2013-04-21 06:32:06 PM  

RookStar: I take it the author has never watched the newest Berserk movies.


Those are really great. Shrunk the whole anime series into a few hours but somehow didn't cut anything important out.
 
2013-04-21 06:32:59 PM  

Electriclectic: BigLuca: Zombie DJ: I tried to watch Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores and couldn't.
It was so farking boring. The mouths moved liked puppets.

/and just sayin', I also work in a comic book. We sell MAYBE one Manga book a month (besides Pokemon).
It's pretty much a dead genre where we are at.

Holy shiat.  I want to work in a comic book.

I dunno, sounds hazardous.


After dealing with comic book and game store owners for 13 years in so sick of the industry.
 
2013-04-21 06:35:39 PM  
Anime ain't what it used to be?

img197.imageshack.us
 
2013-04-21 06:35:51 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: I don't doubt they'll do Stone Ocean (Jolyne is even in the first opening)
/the internet  needs Jolyne's middle finger montage in animated gif form


I saw that, the only parts I did not see in the opening montage is Steel Ball Run and Jojolion.

The friend that introduced me to JoJo stopped reading halfway thru SBR -- I got him back into the series by telling him that Jojolion is a retelling of Diamond is Unbreakable.
 
2013-04-21 06:52:14 PM  
Here's some of my favorite anime series:

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play
Cardcaptor Sakura
Hikaru No Go
Kare Kano
Sailor Moon
Tenchi Muyo
Outlaw Star
Cowboy Bebop
Ghost In The Shell
Death Note
Tiger & Bunny
Urusei Yatsura
Ranma 1/2
 
2013-04-21 06:57:56 PM  

xnewnoisex: damn hotlinking
[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 810x1214]

What show is that?

Now for my soap box-
For the most part I disagree with the article. Is Bebop awesome?- Yes!   Is Shoujo from the 90's better?- Absolutely not. The part about story lines making sense- disagree. Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion-- the end makes no sense whats so ever. (sorry for the spoiler)

I think current stuff can be cookie cutter but so was a lot of the stuff from the 90's and 80's for that matter which was very similar. Honestly watch Devil May Cry and then watch any Shounen/action anime and see if you don't see some similarities.

The current generation of anime has some great shows like Strawberry Marshmallow, Nichijo, Gintama, Mayo Chiki, Toradora, Ghost Hunt, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?, and Gosick  to name a few.
It also has some real crap- you have to pick and choose what you watch but then again that has always been the case-- there is just way more out there to pick from. (Higher ratio of OMG to crap than ever before).

I honestly hope as a creative whole or I am going to run out of things to watch.
 
2013-04-21 06:58:12 PM  

Dancis_Frake: - 'plots made more sense'. One word: Evangelion.


This isn't really the best example anymore, as the new movie remakes of Evangelion make even less sense than the original series.

aside:
3rd movie's BD comes out in a few days. Can't wait to see it subtitled so I can finally know what the hell I was watching when I saw it in theaters. My understanding of Japanese is usually about 80%, but that movie was like 20%. Though, with what I did get, I'm not certain understanding 100% would help.
 
2013-04-21 06:59:01 PM  
fantasyanime.com
Tank Police (1988)

www.randomdistribution.com

Record of Lodoss War (1990)

24.media.tumblr.com
Starzinger, aka Spaceketeers (1979)

Just figured I'd post some of my favorites that hadn't already been mentioned.  Most of them already were.  Y'all got some good taste in anime.
 
2013-04-21 06:59:26 PM  

Ed Grubermann: He_Hate_Me: If you dislike cliches and repetitive themes in anime, then by all means Excel Saga is the 90s anime for you!

[media-wallpapers.theotaku.com image 512x384]

[www.trilobite.org image 481x353]


Surprisingly, one of the best English dubs ever made.   Hellsing is another awesome dub.  Strike that.  The best dub ever!
 
2013-04-21 07:00:13 PM  

Mister Peejay: wraith95:

Spice and Wolf


Holy crap, dude.

One of my friends got me to watch that.

Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.


The Romance plot is bigger then the trade plot
 
2013-04-21 07:00:18 PM  
i555.photobucket.com

Words to live by,
 
2013-04-21 07:02:13 PM  

Mister Peejay: trialpha: Mister Peejay: Just when you thought anime couldn't get more WTF, here's a show about a fertility goddess who is half-wolf and goes bare-assed naked everywhere, and the main plot of the show is medieval trade economics.

I bet you'd love Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.

(copy, TVTropes, paste, search, click, read)

Actually, that does sound pretty interesting.  Is there a catch?


Maoyuu Maou Yuusha was great- like Spice and Wolf but with a less complicated plot
 
2013-04-21 07:10:02 PM  
Screw series...

www.maroonersrock.com

3.bp.blogspot.com

4.bp.blogspot.com

s3.amazonaws.com

www.frontrowreviews.co.uk

80s/90s movies all the way
 
2013-04-21 07:11:05 PM  
giant robots are lame.
 
2013-04-21 07:12:59 PM  

ZGMF X10A: giant robots are lame.


You shut your blasphemous mouth!
 
2013-04-21 07:13:32 PM  

Dancis_Frake: Stupid article.

- a problem with Geass' character design? So did I until I really started watching it and found the anime to be glorious


I find it funny that she bashes Geass and later gushes about Cardcaptor Sakura--both series' character designs were done by CLAMP!
 
2013-04-21 07:16:52 PM  
Elfin Lied? That was amazing.

And turned me inside out.

/Puppies.
 
2013-04-21 07:23:14 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
I find this anime to be so simple yet amazing. The production quality is actually pretty poor vis a vis more popular series... but what lacks in production makes up in content.

It's just a bartender... and the story of the people that visit his bar... amazing how such a simple premise can be quite entertaining.
 
2013-04-21 07:23:53 PM  

Dancis_Frake: Stupid article.

That said, I'll take any recommendation from farkers.

/read a bit of the author's blog, we're definitively not on the same page
//thanks for the list, DigitalCoffee!


Quite welcome. Better list in my profile with the caveat that not all titles are to everyone's taste (which should be obvious but often isn't). Look up the interesting ones on Anime News Network which usually has links to Crunchyroll and Hulu for the series that are free online to watch (although some of my recommendations are now OOP). RightStuf (Nozomi and Lucky Penny) and Funimation often have episodes up (for limited time) on Youtube (which they usually announce on their Facebook pages).

One MAJOR point that TFA fails to point out is that 90%+ of the anime from the 90's is FOREVER OUT OF PRINT. It doesn't do very well to say "Hey, that was a super fantastic awesome show that came out in 1995!" when no one can buy or watch it! Hell, many things that came out in the early 00's are now out of print.
 
2013-04-21 07:25:57 PM  
RatMaster999: fantasyanime.com 
Tank Police (1988)

i.imgur.com Girls und Panzer (2012)

Nope, not at all repetitive.
 
2013-04-21 07:27:03 PM  
Dinobot:
It's just a bartender... and the story of the people that visit his bar... amazing how such a simple premise can be quite entertaining.

Hell, Cheers ran with that for 10 years.
 
2013-04-21 07:40:37 PM  

The_EliteOne: ZGMF X10A: giant robots are lame.

You shut your blasphemous mouth!


Yeah I'm just in denial. I may be a slut for mecha.  GX 9901 DX is a god damned sex machine.
 
2013-04-21 07:44:47 PM  
I do think that the number of stock characters has dropped pretty dramatically over the last few decades: 90s anime was no less dependent on them, but it drew them from a larger pool. Nowadays it seems to be all about dichotomy: males have the berserker versus the bishounen, and females have the tsundere versus the moeblob, and that accounts for almost everything.
 
2013-04-21 07:44:49 PM  
I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

i34.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-21 07:48:58 PM  
Some of the ones I enjoyed:

www.animeultima.tv

www.animeout.com

cdn.myanimelist.net

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

cdn.myanimelist.net
 
2013-04-21 07:52:44 PM  
Obvious tag too busy to be used? I recently watched Macross Frontier, I wasn't overly disappointed but I wasn't impressed either. There were alot of scenes that took directly from the original which took away from the excitement of seeing new anime. Now, I'm not sure if this is common for the rest of anime, but I'm not impressed enough to watch new stuff.
 
2013-04-21 07:56:53 PM  

Lunger42: Obvious tag too busy to be used? I recently watched Macross Frontier, I wasn't overly disappointed but I wasn't impressed either. There were alot of scenes that took directly from the original which took away from the excitement of seeing new anime. Now, I'm not sure if this is common for the rest of anime, but I'm not impressed enough to watch new stuff.


It's really hard to beat Macross:DYRL and Macross Plus tbh.

Proof:  http://youtu.be/wckZcVFLU24
http://youtu.be/5hJepWBUqZk
 
2013-04-21 07:58:48 PM  

Kiriyama9000: That show started awesome and then lost its way before being half-finished. The ending is my least favorite of any show I've ever seen.


Series based on Manga that haven't finished yet tend to have disjointed and disappointing endings. See Claymore, Hellsing, et al, since it's the studio, and not the original mangaka, that has to come up with it.
 
2013-04-21 08:01:08 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Anime ain't what it used to be?

[img197.imageshack.us image 600x450]


This thread has Anime Freddie.  It is now complete.
 
2013-04-21 08:03:36 PM  

WelldeadLink: Nope, not at all repetitive.


They both have tanks, but beyond that they are about as dissimilar as series can get.
Do you consider Primer and Back to The Future repetitive?
 
2013-04-21 08:07:11 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: WelldeadLink: Nope, not at all repetitive.

They both have tanks, but beyond that they are about as dissimilar as series can get.
Do you consider Primer and Back to The Future repetitive?


Examine my post more carefully.
 
2013-04-21 08:07:20 PM  

PsyLord: Some of the ones I enjoyed:

[www.animeultima.tv image 200x200]

[www.animeout.com image 200x149]

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 205x265]

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 203x151]

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 204x318]


And I thought I was the only one who watched Midori Days. I never see anyone mention it.

Azumanga Daioh was perfect. I just wish a similar show would be made out of Yotsuba. Doesn't look likely, though.
 
2013-04-21 08:30:46 PM  

Techhell: Antimatter: Techhell: Nefarious: There is always much higher ratio between shiat and gems then you remember.  Since the shiat is forgotten.

I refuse to let an insult to Battle Athletes: Victory go unrefuted! It most certainly is NOT forgotten in this corner of the Animeverseaxy-thing.

So wish that show had a re-release on DVD or blu-ray, been out of print for like a decade.

... until a few months ago, I had it on VHS. <.< >.> (Well, I had my ancient VHS copies. Don't know if they worked since I tossed out my VCR like 8 years ago, and the wife asked me politely to "do something about that brick".)

Ah well. Maybe it's on a torrent or something, and I can burn it to DVD.

/*ponders*


I've seen the dvds posted on the newsgroups (a.b.dvd.anime), but that was a couple of years ago... almost 1100 days according to my sources... all 8 volumes. Stll there, if you use a service like Usenet server that keeps stuff for 1700 days. Just look for "(AnimeMaster) Next on Survivor: (00 of 48) "Battle Athletes Victory"

Downloaded it not knowing what it was, have watched them twice now. Great series.
 
2013-04-21 08:34:46 PM  
Oh, and nothing beats Knight Sabers. NOTHING.
/gotta go tend my lawn
 
2013-04-21 08:37:02 PM  
cdn.myanimelist.net

I still find Planetes to be one of the best anime I have ever seen.  Yes, I love me some Utena and Cowboy BeBop and even RahXephon and Eva, but Planetes was just beautiful in a way that very few other series can even try to attempt.

I don't keep up with anime much anymore, a lot of it is highly repetitive or just something I don't want to watch.  But then I look at American television and I realize that a lot of it is also the same, I pick and choose what I think is quality now rather than quantity.  When I was a teenager I couldn't get enough so I was watching damn near every magical girl series and fighting anime that existed.  Now I want a plot line and decent animation.  Not everything can be Gunslinger Girl or Ghost in the Shell: SAC.

Scary point: Ghost in the Shell: SAC is now nearly ten years old.  Yeah.  Who here remembers waiting week to week for the Laughing Man fansubs to come out, and watching the series in Japanese anyway trying to pick up plot points and laughing when you were proven wrong about theories?

Damn I'm getting old.

/yes, I sat through The Endless Eight
//it actually brings a lot more power to the movie
/that movie nearly made me weep because of how I felt about Yuki and what she suffered through
 
2013-04-21 08:40:01 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: yes, I sat through The Endless Eight
//it actually brings a lot more power to the movie
/that movie nearly made me weep because of how I felt about Yuki and what she suffered through


The movie was great, but I was surprised at how different in tone it was compared to the regular series (especially the first one).  It was nowhere near the ADHD levels of the show.
 
2013-04-21 08:47:02 PM  
I still can't stand anything Gundam because my college dorm roommate would watch nothing but it all the freaking time.
 
2013-04-21 08:47:16 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-21 08:48:23 PM  

WelldeadLink: Cubicle Jockey: WelldeadLink: Nope, not at all repetitive.

They both have tanks, but beyond that they are about as dissimilar as series can get.
Do you consider Primer and Back to The Future repetitive?

Examine my post more carefully.



Not getting it.
 
2013-04-21 08:56:55 PM  
Haven't heard anyone mention it - or it snuck past me - but what's your take on "Paranoia Agent?"
 
2013-04-21 08:59:04 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: WelldeadLink: Cubicle Jockey: WelldeadLink: Nope, not at all repetitive.

They both have tanks, but beyond that they are about as dissimilar as series can get.
Do you consider Primer and Back to The Future repetitive?

Examine my post more carefully.


Not getting it.


I agree both series are different. There's a joke in the presentation. If someone gets it, "Groan" will be sufficient comment.
 
2013-04-21 09:00:31 PM  
I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.
 
2013-04-21 09:09:36 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: [cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x300]

I still find Planetes to be one of the best anime I have ever seen.  Yes, I love me some Utena and Cowboy BeBop and even RahXephon and Eva, but Planetes was just beautiful in a way that very few other series can even try to attempt.

I don't keep up with anime much anymore, a lot of it is highly repetitive or just something I don't want to watch.  But then I look at American television and I realize that a lot of it is also the same, I pick and choose what I think is quality now rather than quantity.  When I was a teenager I couldn't get enough so I was watching damn near every magical girl series and fighting anime that existed.  Now I want a plot line and decent animation.  Not everything can be Gunslinger Girl or Ghost in the Shell: SAC.

Scary point: Ghost in the Shell: SAC is now nearly ten years old.  Yeah.  Who here remembers waiting week to week for the Laughing Man fansubs to come out, and watching the series in Japanese anyway trying to pick up plot points and laughing when you were proven wrong about theories?

Damn I'm getting old.

/yes, I sat through The Endless Eight
//it actually brings a lot more power to the movie
/that movie nearly made me weep because of how I felt about Yuki and what she suffered through


Back in the day, I bought import Laserdiscs of Evangelion and watched them while reading printouts from the Literal Translation group.

And nothing will ever be a funny as The Golden Boy. Nothing.
 
2013-04-21 09:10:09 PM  

ColSanders: Came here for Star Blazers respect.  Leaving satisfied.


Same here.

/firing the wave motion gun and exiting stage left.
 
2013-04-21 09:18:07 PM  
img151.imageshack.us
 
2013-04-21 09:21:12 PM  
Dinobot:I saw that, the only parts I did not see in the opening montage is Steel Ball Run and Jojolion.

The friend that introduced me to JoJo stopped reading halfway thru SBR -- I got him back into the series by telling him that Jojolion is a retelling of Diamond is Unbreakable.


You're the first person in a while to not refer to part 4 as DIAMOND IS NOT CRASH.
 
2013-04-21 09:24:48 PM  

NeoCortex42: And I thought I was the only one who watched Midori Days. I never see anyone mention it.


The thing about Midori Days is that it's (IMHO) average. It's not bad but there were plenty of other things from the same time period to talk about. It just kinda gets lost in the shuffle. I do have a copy on my shelf (maybe one of these days I'll put a picture in my profile).

Azumanga Daioh was perfect. I just wish a similar show would be made out of Yotsuba. Doesn't look likely, though.

Never could get into that one. Same with School Rumble. I've tried to watch both but lose interest early on. BUT, they do have some very funny moments. Such as this or this.  Yotsuba would be funny, especially the cicada hunting story. Sort of the same but not really, you might want to check out Chii's Sweet Home. There's 110 or so episodes but they're all very short (about 5 min each). Chii's visit to the vet had me busting a gut.
 
2013-04-21 09:26:54 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: Dinobot:I saw that, the only parts I did not see in the opening montage is Steel Ball Run and Jojolion.

The friend that introduced me to JoJo stopped reading halfway thru SBR -- I got him back into the series by telling him that Jojolion is a retelling of Diamond is Unbreakable.

You're the first person in a while to not refer to part 4 as DIAMOND IS NOT CRASH.


I prefer the fan-name of that series. As much as I like Araki, his engrish is pretty bad at times, specially Diamond is not crash.

/Part 4 has one of the best villains ever in Kira
//Still the part I like the least.
 
2013-04-21 09:27:28 PM  

WippitGuud: Books in general are a dead genre...


Not true. We're selling more comics now than we have in 3 years.
Novels on the other hand, yes. We've given up on them. We stopped ordering novels months ago.
 
2013-04-21 09:28:00 PM  

Drakin020: I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.


Now I'm curious.
 
2013-04-21 09:32:15 PM  

DigitalCoffee: NeoCortex42: And I thought I was the only one who watched Midori Days. I never see anyone mention it.

The thing about Midori Days is that it's (IMHO) average. It's not bad but there were plenty of other things from the same time period to talk about. It just kinda gets lost in the shuffle. I do have a copy on my shelf (maybe one of these days I'll put a picture in my profile).

Azumanga Daioh was perfect. I just wish a similar show would be made out of Yotsuba. Doesn't look likely, though.

Never could get into that one. Same with School Rumble. I've tried to watch both but lose interest early on. BUT, they do have some very funny moments. Such as this or this.  Yotsuba would be funny, especially the cicada hunting story. Sort of the same but not really, you might want to check out Chii's Sweet Home. There's 110 or so episodes but they're all very short (about 5 min each). Chii's visit to the vet had me busting a gut.


Yeah, Midori Days was really nothing special.  It was a decent show that I enjoyed, but I just never see it show up anywhere in any discussions.

I'm going to check out Chii's Sweet Home.  I just watched the first episode on YouTube and it looks like it could be a fun show to watch an episode now and then.
 
2013-04-21 09:35:12 PM  
i.ytimg.com
I wish I were a bird.
 
2013-04-21 09:41:32 PM  

ColSanders: Came here for Star Blazers respect.  Leaving satisfied.


Yeah, first anime I ever watched and loved.  Also liked Pokemon, Cowboy Bebop, One Piece (not the horrible dub, though), Now & Then, Here & There, and Kurogane Communication.


/subby
 
2013-04-21 09:54:48 PM  

CptnSpldng: Haven't heard anyone mention it - or it snuck past me - but what's your take on "Paranoia Agent?"


"Happy Family Values" was one of the single best episodes of any anime to come down the pike in the past decade.
 
2013-04-21 10:00:23 PM  

Drakin020: I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.


Could you be looking for the "Gall Force" series of movies?
 
2013-04-21 10:04:13 PM  

rewind2846: Could you be looking for the "Gall Force" series of movies?


I thought about Gall Force, but didn't Gall Force come out in the late 80s instead?
 
2013-04-21 10:06:59 PM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


Pretty much this.  There are the rare exceptions (read: "Death Note", "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex"), but for the most part that's true.
 
2013-04-21 10:08:30 PM  

thamike: RedPhoenix122: thamike: The anime of the 80s was even cooler.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 283x212][upload.wikimedia.org image 210x296][img703.imageshack.us image 261x295]

Okay, the last one was 79, but the 70s were cooler too.  There's a reason why the late 70s and 80s are called the Golden Age of Anime, and the 90s aren't it.

Except for maybe Ghost in the Shell.

You missed one:

[content9.flixster.com image 425x250]

I missed quite a few.

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 324x251][encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 341x253]

G-Force, for example, which was awesome.


And now Japan's putting out a live action version.  That's...gonna be interesting.
 
2013-04-21 10:09:57 PM  

texdent: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]
First anime I watched and recognized it for being anime.


First anime I watched since Voltron in the 80s...and LOVE IT!
 
2013-04-21 10:12:01 PM  

WelldeadLink: Recent stuff too cookie cutter? Sure.
[i.imgur.com image 750x600]  Ah! My Goddess


Now THAT was fun.  I enjoyed it.
 
2013-04-21 10:13:13 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Snapper Carr: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 300x429]

You are now sad.

[www.trilobite.org image 297x179]

Now you are not.


Hehe, I remember that one.  Gratuitous bouncing breasts all around on that one.
 
2013-04-21 10:13:54 PM  

LucklessWonder: ...about half of Akira when I was way too drunk to follow the plot...


That has nothing to do with being too drunk, you really can't understand Akira's plot unless you read the manga. I'm not even being all hipstery, "Oh you'll never get the nuance unless you read the original book in its original language." either. The manga ran for a very long time (8 years and a little over 2000 pages all told). A lot is going to get cut, an hour and a half just isn't enough time to hit even all the major plot points.

As for anime in the 90's back then you had what they gave us. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z (partial), ect. Now one can download a show 24 hours after it aired with English subs in full 720p/1080p (depending on the source). The saturation is so much higher these days. Also Hunter x Hunter is entering the Chimera Ant arc (a show that ran in the 90's that got a reboot in 2010) and Shingeki no Kyojin is shaping up to be good.
 
2013-04-21 10:16:24 PM  
Dinobot:I prefer the fan-name of that series. As much as I like Araki, his engrish is pretty bad at times, specially Diamond is not crash.

/Part 4 has one of the best villains ever in Kira
//Still the part I like the least.


I'm not saying the name Diamond is not crash is better then Diamond is Unbreakable.  It's funnier, but not better.
 
2013-04-21 10:17:55 PM  

Dinobot: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

Gimme your strength, Pegasus!!!


Uuggh! I could never sit through an entire episode of St. Seiya, out of worry that if I did, I'd get a certificate via FedEx the next day declaring that I was Officially Gay.
 
2013-04-21 10:18:05 PM  
NeoCortex42:  I'm going to check out Chii's Sweet Home.  I just watched the first episode on YouTube and it looks like it could be a fun show to watch an episode now and then.

Found it. Someone strung the 4 episodes together (minus the OP)of the vet visit (almost 10 min total). Enjoy.
 
2013-04-21 10:19:59 PM  
But on a 90's anime subject, let me just say that Lodoss War is what the Dungeons & Dragons saturday morning show SHOULD have been like, imo.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-21 10:23:27 PM  

ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]


Utena looked amazing. Unfortunately the only copy I ever got my hands on didn't have subtitles.
 
2013-04-21 10:25:18 PM  
TFA: The characters cry, lash out in anger, feel resigned to reality or, in the case of Edward, leave the ship.

Ed (and Ein) actually leave 2 episodes before the finale ("Hard Luck Woman"), and not in response to Spike going after Vicious.

/Damn if I don't cry every time at the end of that episode.
 
2013-04-21 10:26:53 PM  

Dinobot: rewind2846: Could you be looking for the "Gall Force" series of movies?

I thought about Gall Force, but didn't Gall Force come out in the late 80s instead?


I guess... last one (Revolution) came out in 1996... series started in 1986... but Drakin020 might have seen it later than that. Time lag from Japan and all that. I didn't see the first one myself till 2001, and couldn't get the dvds I wanted until 2008.
 
2013-04-21 10:27:43 PM  

TV's Vinnie: But on a 90's anime subject, let me just say that Lodoss War is what the Dungeons & Dragons saturday morning show SHOULD have been like, imo.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]


There's a reason for that.  The story was based on a tabletop rpg session.
 
2013-04-21 10:29:19 PM  

PsyLord: Some of the ones I enjoyed:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 205x265]


Seitokai Yakuin-dono.   Japan's answer to Beavis and Butt-Head.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.  Sometimes you get tired of philosophical meanderings and layered Message, and just want to laugh at crude jokes and the class president getting humped by a deer.
 
2013-04-21 10:29:38 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Dinobot: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

Gimme your strength, Pegasus!!!

Uuggh! I could never sit through an entire episode of St. Seiya, out of worry that if I did, I'd get a certificate via FedEx the next day declaring that I was Officially Gay.


The new ova is pretty badass, even if the designs remain true to their pretty boy origins.

Heck, the fights were always pretty badass, in the original series and the new series.
 
2013-04-21 10:30:11 PM  

ZGMF X10A: giant robots are lame.


Whore mouth.  Shut it.
 
2013-04-21 10:30:32 PM  

Old enough to know better: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Utena looked amazing. Unfortunately the only copy I ever got my hands on didn't have subtitles.


Utena is amazing, but it has a high degree of wtf and all sorts of bizarre shiat going on in the series (although some of it is fairly funny, a lot of it is fairly dark in a very 'we as society ignore this therefore it doesn't exist' sort of way).  The movie isn't connected to the series, and, I kid you not, the final boss in the movie is the Disney castle.

And they never do really explain the giant upside down castle in the sky, but the apocalypse worshiping rape/slave cult is fairly well written out.

/that series is nearly as farked up as Eva, but in a much more pleasant, easier to handle way
 
2013-04-21 10:30:38 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: Dinobot:I prefer the fan-name of that series. As much as I like Araki, his engrish is pretty bad at times, specially Diamond is not crash.

/Part 4 has one of the best villains ever in Kira
//Still the part I like the least.

I'm not saying the name Diamond is not crash is better then Diamond is Unbreakable.  It's funnier, but not better.


It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?
 
2013-04-21 10:31:51 PM  

ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]


Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

cdn.myanimelist.net

Is simply epic.
 
2013-04-21 10:33:46 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: ColSanders: Came here for Star Blazers respect.  Leaving satisfied.

Yeah, first anime I ever watched and loved.  Also liked Pokemon, Cowboy Bebop, One Piece (not the horrible dub, though), Now & Then, Here & There, and Kurogane Communication.


/subby


Bebop and Sailor Moon are part of my "Can rewatch infinite times and never get bored" list.
 
2013-04-21 10:35:38 PM  

Dinobot: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x478]
I find this anime to be so simple yet amazing. The production quality is actually pretty poor vis a vis more popular series... but what lacks in production makes up in content.

It's just a bartender... and the story of the people that visit his bar... amazing how such a simple premise can be quite entertaining.


....wait, when did Sebastian become a bartender?
 
2013-04-21 10:38:22 PM  

Rwa2play: Galileo's Daughter: ColSanders: Came here for Star Blazers respect.  Leaving satisfied.

Yeah, first anime I ever watched and loved.  Also liked Pokemon, Cowboy Bebop, One Piece (not the horrible dub, though), Now & Then, Here & There, and Kurogane Communication.


/subby

Bebop and Sailor Moon are part of my "Can rewatch infinite times and never get bored" list.


Forgot to add:

Read Or Die:

24.media.tumblr.com

And it's sequel, R.O.D the TV:

www.animepalm.tv
 
2013-04-21 10:45:14 PM  

Rwa2play: And it's sequel, R.O.D the TV:


Great show.  I love the soundtrack for it.  It also has what is probably my favorite DVD Special Edition Case (a book-style case), because it fit the show perfectly and was actually practical to use.

For anybody that wants something with slightly less weird than some of the titles in this thread, check out Kids on the Slope.  It has Watanabe and Yoko Kanno working together again on a 60's period piece centered around jazz music.
 
2013-04-21 10:55:41 PM  
I never buy into the whole "X was better back in Y" arguments.  The way I see it, falling into that nostalgia trap is how you end up a grumpy old guy yelling at kids to get off your lawn.  I'll keep finding and enjoying new stuff up until the day I die, be it anime, music, movies, games, whatever.
 
2013-04-21 10:59:20 PM  
In the 90s it was called Japanimation, not this pretentious "Amime" they call it today.
 
2013-04-21 11:03:17 PM  

Dinobot: BattleFrenchie28: Dinobot:I prefer the fan-name of that series. As much as I like Araki, his engrish is pretty bad at times, specially Diamond is not crash.

/Part 4 has one of the best villains ever in Kira
//Still the part I like the least.

I'm not saying the name Diamond is not crash is better then Diamond is Unbreakable.  It's funnier, but not better.

It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?


I haven't gotten around to finishing parts 5 and 6 yet but I find myself liking Steel Ball Run the most. Yours?
/near the end of part 4 had the best art, i think. Everyone tends to look alike after that
//parts 2 and 4 are very close behind
 
2013-04-21 11:03:28 PM  

ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]


Oh, believe me, you are far from the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. Have you seen Princess Tutu, by any chance? Here's a surprisingly non-spoilery taste from one of the greatest anime music videos ever made.
 
2013-04-21 11:06:39 PM  

Rwa2play: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x306]

Is simply epic.


Your position on Utena is blasphemous, but that picture you've linked looks interesting. What's the show called?
 
2013-04-21 11:07:19 PM  

BattleFrenchie28: I haven't gotten around to finishing parts 5 and 6 yet but I find myself liking Steel Ball Run the most. Yours?


I love SBR, Stone Ocean and Stardust Crusaders.

I really don't like Diamond is Unbreakable, although I like Kira as a villain. I like Vento Aureo, but I find Diavolo to be lacking as the big bad in that series.
 
2013-04-21 11:11:04 PM  
Rwa2play:Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x306]

Is simply epic.


I don't see a title, but I swear I've seen this image before. What is it?
 
2013-04-21 11:12:06 PM  
Guys you all forgot:

Blue Wave
Lockdown 2040
Kitty Hit!
Downtown Station Runner Shigeru
Rez/Style
Samurai no Kazoku (Vengeance Guy in the US)
Eternal Wife
Vampire Coven
Vampire Coven Nega
Gunsword
Yoshi: The Last Jet
Kimikimi Farm
G.R.E.N.A.D.E. HIgh
Uncle Panda
 
2013-04-21 11:16:55 PM  
Anime has not actually changed in the last 20 years, westerners have just gotten more exposure from it since. The more hardcore anime fans in the west were complaining about the exact same thing back then:
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
Dinobot:

It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?

I liked 7 the most probably, and then 2 and 4 tied for second place.
 
2013-04-21 11:21:39 PM  
I watched 8th MS Team just a couple years after getting out of the Army, and lemme tell you, it felt authentic.Obviously sci-fi and all that, but the human interactions really felt true to me.
 
2013-04-21 11:25:07 PM  

VaportrailFilms: Rwa2play:Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x306]

Is simply epic.

I don't see a title, but I swear I've seen this image before. What is it?


Seirei no Moribito (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit).  Production I.G., great story, awesome fight sequences.

Short trailer
Longer trailer (some early episode spoilers)
 
2013-04-21 11:26:51 PM  

VaportrailFilms: Rwa2play:Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x306]

Is simply epic.

I don't see a title, but I swear I've seen this image before. What is it?


Moribito
 
2013-04-21 11:36:06 PM  

Do you hate anime?  The oversized eyes, the improbable bodily proportions?  Well, don't blame Japan.  Blame America.  Yep.  That brand of terrorism is home grown, my friends.  See, the guy who basically invented Anime was a very particular fan of...

i301.photobucket.com

 
2013-04-21 11:36:49 PM  
Here, get nostalgic with this - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rrpgt/robotech-rpg-tacticstm


Now you can run around your living room with Rick Hunter shooting pods!
 
2013-04-21 11:37:16 PM  

ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]


Love Utena.  It's one of the few shows I own in multiple versions, the other being Lain.  Was sad when Utena's japanese voice actress died a few years ago form cancer.
 
2013-04-21 11:40:32 PM  

Millennium: Here's a surprisingly non-spoilery taste from one of the greatest anime music videos ever made.


It's odd, shows that aren't appealing sometimes make great AMVs.

Such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uHRi67mlsc   Nice execution, but the show itself doesn't look terribly interesting.

Or this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cR1eZ-WQ7U   I tried watching this one (Black Lagoon) and wanted to like it, but found the pacing to be annoyingly slow and the characters aren't engaging enough to make it worthwhile.
 
2013-04-21 11:43:25 PM  

Antimatter: the other being Lain


Got the "Lunchbox" set.
 
2013-04-21 11:46:14 PM  
i677.photobucket.com

I'll take some Cardcaptor Sakura please. Came out at the very tail end of the 90's and I collected all the dvd's religiously as they came out. It managed to be d'aawwwdorable while at the same time staying grounded enough so that you didn't go into diabetic shock while watching. I had super manly online "I only watch DragonballZ" friends who fell in love with this show.
 
2013-04-21 11:47:49 PM  

lousyskater: Anime has not actually changed in the last 20 years, westerners have just gotten more exposure from it since. The more hardcore anime fans in the west were complaining about the exact same thing back then:

Dinobot:

It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?

I liked 7 the most probably, and then 2 and 4 tied for second place.


Sorry for being late. If you live near Lexington Ky, there is an anime mini con coming up. They will have a Jojo posing contest.
 
2013-04-21 11:58:24 PM  
Darker Than Black
High School of the Dead
Gun X Sword
Gunslinger Girl
Blastriser
Ergo Proxy
 
2013-04-22 12:06:14 AM  

Millennium: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Oh, believe me, you are far from the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. Have you seen Princess Tutu, by any chance? Here's a surprisingly non-spoilery taste from one of the greatest anime music videos ever made.


"Right now, somebody is seeing La Blue Girl for the first time."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5-ojeEETNc
 
2013-04-22 12:07:26 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Old enough to know better: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Utena looked amazing. Unfortunately the only copy I ever got my hands on didn't have subtitles.

Utena is amazing, but it has a high degree of wtf and all sorts of bizarre shiat going on in the series (although some of it is fairly funny, a lot of it is fairly dark in a very 'we as society ignore this therefore it doesn't exist' sort of way).  The movie isn't connected to the series, and, I kid you not, the final boss in the movie is the Disney castle.

And they never do really explain the giant upside down castle in the sky, but the apocalypse worshiping rape/slave cult is fairly well written out.

/that series is nearly as farked up as Eva, but in a much more pleasant, easier to handle way


SPOILERS: The manga, series and movie are all the same story, but they're told different ways, because the story itself is treated as mythic, and all the elements you see in the story are symbolic. In the case of the movie, I would say the upside-down castle represents the inversion of the be a princess/get saved by a prince trope that many fairy tales are based on. It's basically saying that fairy tales are backwards and unreal. Anthy is an inverted princess, turned into a witch by trying to keep a prince for the world to have and be rescued by. The prince turns out to actually be a destructive force, trapped and angry at being forced into his role, and even trying to replace the evil prince with a good one, fails. The only thing that works, is the people who are trying to be the prince and princess, rejecting the concept entirely and moving on to a new world. In each iteration it happens slightly differently, in two versions (the movie and the movie manga) Utena and Anthy go together. In the first manga version and the series, Utena goes first, and Anthy follows after her, beginning her own version of the hero's journey. In the manga you see Anthy dressed in Utena's old prince outfit, in the series, you see her leaving dressed in a feminine pink dress suit.
 
2013-04-22 12:07:40 AM  
And then there's this, where it takes at least six episodes to power up a single attack
www.dbzwarriors.com
 
2013-04-22 12:11:53 AM  

Millennium: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Oh, believe me, you are far from the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. Have you seen Princess Tutu, by any chance? Here's a surprisingly non-spoilery taste from one of the greatest anime music videos ever made.


No, I haven't, but I'll have to check it out sometime~
 
2013-04-22 12:14:06 AM  
I will not comment on "x better than y", but I do prefer hand drawn over computer animated.

i201.photobucket.com

i201.photobucket.com
i201.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 12:14:40 AM  
Manga is where it's at.  I'm years ahead of you jokers and your anime.  And all the best manga get picked up as anime anyway.  I've been ahead of the curve for half a decade now.  When you run out of anime to watch, you'll become me as well.  One of us. One of us.
 
2013-04-22 12:22:30 AM  

texdent: And then there's this, where it takes at least six episodes to power up a single attack
[www.dbzwarriors.com image 850x637]


That just gives you more time to get snacks. Spirit bombs take work.
 
2013-04-22 12:39:09 AM  
farking anime hipsters. there's a farking hipster for everything....
 
2013-04-22 12:39:34 AM  
Still my personal all time favorite.

24.media.tumblr.com

/hotty hot hot
 
2013-04-22 12:40:32 AM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


One Piece is bland Shonen Jump pablum; Shonen stuff like One Piece is the most formulaic and anodyne stuff out there on the market.

The reason "90s" anime was better was because you were seeing the creme-of-the-crop  in the US. Now, with easy access to everything that gets made in Japan via the internet, you can watch all the really shiatty series that never got brought over the Pacific, and also the good but really crazy ones that nobody thought US audiences would understand.

And deep, well-written, involving anime is still being made; hell, one of the best Formalist directors on the planet is working at Studio SHAFT right now making series about the female struggle for self-worth in inherently patriarchal modern societies, about the ways emotional trauma and family can be overwhelming for teenagers, about the heroism of being there to support people in saving themselves. Hell, even some really porny series, like Dance in the Vampire Bund, deal allegorically with rather heavy social and political topics, and that's all stuff firmly in the "Pop" category of anime; outside of that you've got the Avante Garde stuff that's intentionally aiming for art and allegory first-and-foremost, and that's far more literary and philosophical.

There are series out there with well-written realistic characters (of both genders), dealing expertly, engagingly, and humorously with heavy philosophical, political, and psychological issues, you just have to look for them and be open to finding them in absurdist works like Humanity Has Declined. That article was crap; boring, lazily written get-off-my-lawnism.
 
2013-04-22 12:41:24 AM  

Antimatter: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Love Utena.  It's one of the few shows I own in multiple versions, the other being Lain.  Was sad when Utena's japanese voice actress died a few years ago form cancer.


I liked the movie but couldn't get into the series,  I'm more a fan of action though with Macross Frontier and the recent Gundams as favorites.  The release schedule of Gundam Unicorn is enough to make someone commit murder.
 
2013-04-22 12:48:52 AM  

doglover: Voiceofreason01: Not really.

Yes really.

I'm not saying there's not good anime today, but the signal to noise ratio is a lot worse. I've been in Akihabara often for the past decade, I've kept my fingers near the pulse. Evangelion is STILL POPULAR. Dragon Ball Z has a new movie in theaters NOW. I live near freakin' Sunrise HQ for chrisakes. I can see what they're up to now and it's just not as popular amongst the young'ins as some of the older stuff.

My theory is complicated but it basically boils down to Japanese like cliches and Computers make animation cheaper, so there's more of it. When Gainax first started making movies, you needed a budget for animation. Now you just need a copy of Flash 8.


That's like saying Hollywood keeps rehashing old garbage because audiences prefer it. Audiences watch what gets made; they cannot -by necessity- do anything else. The production houses keep making old IP because old IP is a safe bet, though the new Evangelion stuff I will say falls outside that assertion since it's explicitly a rehashing of the series through the new POV getting through his psyche stuff gave the director. More over, that current fans will also watch things they feel nostalgic about does not also mean they aren't watching new stuff. Successful series are still getting made, and still receiving critical acclaim; the idea that the 5 worthwhile series that came out of the 90s trumps every anime made since 2000 -or even just the 2011 season because holy shiat they had like 6 out-of-the-park series that year- is just absurd.
 
2013-04-22 12:56:20 AM  

johnMTS: Antimatter: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Love Utena.  It's one of the few shows I own in multiple versions, the other being Lain.  Was sad when Utena's japanese voice actress died a few years ago form cancer.

I liked the movie but couldn't get into the series,  I'm more a fan of action though with Macross Frontier and the recent Gundams as favorites.  The release schedule of Gundam Unicorn is enough to make someone commit murder.


Revolutionary Girl Utena is great, and that Sailor Moon was made in Japan, in the 90s, is one of the big reasons why I respect anime so damn much.
 
2013-04-22 01:01:30 AM  

PsyLord: [www.animeout.com image 403x225]
This one was surprisingly interesting.


Secret of the brass balls?
 
2013-04-22 01:01:49 AM  
Some more that I've watched and have enjoyed:

Ah! My Goddess
Bastard!
Evagelion
Fate Stay/Night
Fate Zero
Fushigi Yuugi (though Miaka is really annoying)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Love Hina
 

Saborlas: [i970.photobucket.com image 500x352]

I dunno. I'm enjoying some pretty off-beat stuff. Still waiting on the second season of Panty & Stocking, but Angel Beats is a lovely corruption of the "school life" genre.


I couldn't really get into Panty and Stocking.  I did watch Angel Beats and it was so-so.  Seriously, the end was really WTF since they suddenly have some sort of romantic realization thrown in.
 
2013-04-22 01:02:39 AM  

Antimatter: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Love Utena.  It's one of the few shows I own in multiple versions, the other being Lain.  Was sad when Utena's japanese voice actress died a few years ago form cancer.


Utena is one where I actually think the manga, especially the colored manga art is pretty. Usually I don't care for it as much. Saito's coloring is very delicate, if she re-did the whole series in color it would be...amazing. Not all manga artists can do good color work, but she can.

i38.tinypic.com

i33.tinypic.com

i34.tinypic.com

i37.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-22 01:08:02 AM  

johnMTS: Antimatter: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Love Utena.  It's one of the few shows I own in multiple versions, the other being Lain.  Was sad when Utena's japanese voice actress died a few years ago form cancer.

I liked the movie but couldn't get into the series,  I'm more a fan of action though with Macross Frontier and the recent Gundams as favorites.  The release schedule of Gundam Unicorn is enough to make someone commit murder.


Yeah, the series starts out very slow. And Gundam...I haven't watched for a while, since SEED I think.  At a certain point I felt Gundamed out.
 
2013-04-22 01:13:28 AM  

The_Time_Master: PsyLord: [www.animeout.com image 403x225]
This one was surprisingly interesting.

Secret of the brass balls?


B Gata H Kei.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_Gata_H_Kei_Yamada%E2%80%99s_First_Time

Instead of the usual male virgin that's trying to score, the story turns the tables and it's a female virgin that's trying to have 100 sex partners.  Ok, so it sounds hentai, but it's actually a pretty touching story.  It's more of a comedy and coming of age anime.
 
2013-04-22 01:40:03 AM  

Rwa2play: WelldeadLink: Recent stuff too cookie cutter? Sure.
[i.imgur.com image 750x600]  Ah! My Goddess

Now THAT was fun.  I enjoyed it.


My sailboat:
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
/the dingy is named Skuld
 
2013-04-22 01:42:07 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: teto85: Dr. Tezuka says "Domo Arigato, little roboto."

[www.japanator.com image 620x350]
I prefer these girls.  All versions

You're aware his name is Astro BOY, yes?

"But..but that can't...I have all these magazines!  Oh god.  Oh god."


I messed up my image-grab.  I meant to put in an image of The Dirty Pair after The Mighty Atom and his sister.  So here's an image of The Lovely Angels just for you.
animationaficionados.com
 
2013-04-22 01:52:50 AM  
I'm shocked I wasn't summoned. And am too tired tonight to read this all... tomorrow I will.

But hit me up next time!
 
2013-04-22 01:54:52 AM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.
 
2013-04-22 02:04:19 AM  

Drakin020: I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.


Sounds like Gunbuster to me.
 
2013-04-22 02:07:24 AM  

CptnSpldng: Millennium: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

"Right now, somebody is seeing La Blue Girl for the first time."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5-ojeEETNc


I remember seeing that in my college anime club about 10 years ago. Nice to see it making the rounds on YouTube.
 
2013-04-22 02:12:00 AM  

Dafatone: Any time I feel like watching anime, I think about finding a new series, and then just watch FLCL again.


It's a tour de force. Holds up really well to repeated viewing.
 
2013-04-22 02:37:24 AM  
 What anime is cool?

That's right. None anime.
 
2013-04-22 03:19:10 AM  
Heron:
And deep, well-written, involving anime is still being made; hell, one of the best Formalist directors on the planet is working at Studio SHAFT right now making series about the female struggle for self-worth in inherently patriarchal modern societies, about the ways emotional trauma and family can be overwhelming for teenagers, about the heroism of being there to support people in saving themselves. Hell, even some really porny series, like Dance in the Vampire Bund, deal allegorically with rather heavy social and political topics, and that's all stuff firmly in the "Pop" category of anime; outside of that you've got the Avante Garde stuff that's intentionally aiming for art and allegory first-and-foremost, and that's far more literary and philosophical.

There are series out there with well-written realistic characters (of both genders), dealing expertly, engagingly, and humorously with heavy philosophical, political, and psychological issues, you just have to look for them and be open to finding them in absurdist works like Humanity Has Declined. That article was crap; boring, lazily written get-off-my-lawnism.


So Alexander Pope was reincarnated and is working in Japan now?
 
Skr
2013-04-22 04:46:33 AM  
All comes down to tastes and there are still good ones being made just as there was a lot of crap made back then as well.
Usually jump into the manga first before picking up a show.
Current and long time favorite of mine is One Piece. Long running and fairly consistent blend of action and humor. Was a good migration for me when the Dragon Ball franchise wrapped up. Often finding myself watching Toriko as well... of which I feel compelled to eat while watching.


(The others in the big SJ three, Naruto and Bleach, effectively killed off their fan base nonsensical repetitive with fillers.)


On a side note the new Berserk OVA are pretty wicked, hard to believe that the manga has been going on for over 20 years.
 
2013-04-22 05:03:05 AM  
www.hinata.xpg.com.br
Love the heavy metal references and disregard for the 4th wall in this one.  Wish they'd make more and catch up with the manga.

www.oocities.org

Curious to see the new movie versions of this.  Also wish they'd make more of the series.  One of the only fiction worlds where I can imagine people leaving here to vacation in the relatively safe and secure world of Westeros...
 
2013-04-22 06:29:19 AM  

Bathysphere: Anyone watch Mushi-Shi? It's on Hulu and it's visually stunning.


WORD-PERFECT.


/loved mushi-shi.

//this is also a bookmark for lates.
 
2013-04-22 06:29:49 AM  

baka-san: I will not comment on "x better than y", but I do prefer hand drawn over computer animated.


As do I (and I should really properly document my cel collection.)

a0.vsoh.com

a0.vsoh.com

a0.vsoh.com
Yup, my Kiki cel includes the a rain layer.
 
2013-04-22 07:25:51 AM  

Kyosuke: baka-san: I will not comment on "x better than y", but I do prefer hand drawn over computer animated.

As do I (and I should really properly document my cel collection.)

[a0.vsoh.com image 640x240]

[a0.vsoh.com image 640x280]

[a0.vsoh.com image 640x480]
Yup, my Kiki cel includes the a rain layer.


Nice!

Also, love your KOR.
Looks like we both got our Porco Roso cels from the same guy

Now get those behind UV resistant glass...STAT!!!
 
2013-04-22 07:44:18 AM  

Millennium: Rwa2play: ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]

Watched Utena and found it interesting.  This one however:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 225x306]

Is simply epic.

Your position on Utena is blasphemous,


Hey, I liked it...but it wouldn't be on my "can watch again" list.

but that picture you've linked looks interesting. What's the show called?

Seirei no Moribito (in the US, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit).  Top class animation and storytelling; as good as it gets.
 
2013-04-22 07:46:18 AM  

Old enough to know better: [i677.photobucket.com image 800x600]

I'll take some Cardcaptor Sakura please. Came out at the very tail end of the 90's and I collected all the dvd's religiously as they came out. It managed to be d'aawwwdorable while at the same time staying grounded enough so that you didn't go into diabetic shock while watching. I had super manly online "I only watch DragonballZ" friends who fell in love with this show.


This.  Loved the show.
 
2013-04-22 07:52:13 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.


Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.
 
2013-04-22 08:00:35 AM  
I am among those who has struggled to find a new series to get into to match those from years ago. If I share my favorites, would some of you who have kept up suggest other anime that I would likely enjoy?

Neon Genesis, Cowboy Bebop, Martian Successor Nadesico, Haibane Renmei, anything Miyazaki... I also enjoyed Lain, Tenchi Muyo (OVA), and Saber Marionette J.

Thanks for your help (if this thread is still going,)
 
2013-04-22 08:04:33 AM  
As I state with any anime thread:  I will defend TO THE DEATH the notion that "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is better than 90% of US primetime TV.

TO. THE. DEATH.
 
2013-04-22 08:08:37 AM  

Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.


totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,
 
2013-04-22 08:22:34 AM  

Rwa2play: As I state with any anime thread: I will defend TO THE DEATH the notion that "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is better than 90% of US primetime TV.


I won't dispute it, because if you lop off the top 10% of American TV you're left with a very smelly mess that doesn't wash off easily.  It's definitely better than that 90%, but as a series, I found Ghost in the Shell underwhelming.  I'd compare it to Battlestar Galactica; another well-executed series with a fanatical following that falls WAY too much in love with its setting and themes for me to care what happens.  Motoko is great eye candy but she's a shell of a personality and DON'T ANYONE TELL ME THAT'S THE POINT.  Whether or not it's deliberate, it left an empathic person like me desperately trying to find a point-of-view character to glom onto and I wound up identifying most strongly with. . . the talking tanks.  I can appreciate the creativity and attention to detail, but eventually I said the Eight Deadly Words.
 
2013-04-22 09:01:40 AM  

dragonchild: Rwa2play: As I state with any anime thread: I will defend TO THE DEATH the notion that "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is better than 90% of US primetime TV.

I won't dispute it, because if you lop off the top 10% of American TV you're left with a very smelly mess that doesn't wash off easily.  It's definitely better than that 90%, but as a series, I found Ghost in the Shell underwhelming.  I'd compare it to Battlestar Galactica; another well-executed series with a fanatical following that falls WAY too much in love with its setting and themes for me to care what happens.  Motoko is great eye candy but she's a shell of a personality and DON'T ANYONE TELL ME THAT'S THE POINT.  Whether or not it's deliberate, it left an empathic person like me desperately trying to find a point-of-view character to glom onto and I wound up identifying most strongly with. . . the talking tanks.  I can appreciate the creativity and attention to detail, but eventually I said the Eight Deadly Words.


You're supposed to identify with Togusa, the detective that has also been thrown into the world of Section 9.  Motoko is the strong character archetype, ala Beowulf in Beowulf or Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.  Trying to identify with her isn't possible, no one is her.  She's the strong character that you see glimpses of humanity in, but she's a bit above humanity.  There are entire courses taught about characters like her (and she does come up in those courses) in college if you pursue an degree in English literature.

The characters of Section 9 are archetypes used to show the world they live in more than themselves.  It isn't until the second season that you really see any of them fleshed out as more than just their archetypes, and even then it was just a brief surface gloss to show them as either having been human once or still possibly being able to identify as human.

But the Tachikomas are easier for you to identify with because they're children.  They're constantly asking questions and investigating the world around themselves and thus you are investigating the Ghost in the Shell universe through them.  They're more your friends than Motoko who already knows the world around her and makes no further investigations that allow the viewer to see more.

Basically, you're supposed to identify with Togusa as human, but the Tachikomas are your guides.

/why yes, I have sat through many, many classes on this subject and written many, many papers about it
//sometimes being an English major makes you hate the things you like
 
2013-04-22 09:01:49 AM  
Love anime, can't find any redeeming shows that have aired on american tv in the last oh..5 years?

Just started watching Psycho Pass which looks to be a real good future cop series by the makers of Ghost in the Shell, and Magi which looks to be a fantastic show.
 
2013-04-22 09:19:06 AM  

cowboybebop: Haibane Renmei,


hells to the yes on that one.
 
2013-04-22 09:24:29 AM  
When you start with "Gundam is awesome" as your foundation, you have already started to lose me.

That whole article gave no good examples of popular shows doing it wrong.

Meh. Time to read this thread though...
 
2013-04-22 09:25:51 AM  

ha-ha-guy: Asian culture is best when they're clearly not thinking about the American market during the creative process.  Once you have some Japanese dude trying to toss in American appeal, it ends up feeling crappy and forced.


elfen lied?
 
2013-04-22 09:27:05 AM  

Mister Peejay: Because People in power are Stupid: No.
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 430x397]

well, I guess, if you like Twilight.


www.themovies.co.za
 
2013-04-22 09:44:02 AM  

ambercat: I can't believe I'm the only one who liked Revolutionary Girl Utena. That and Sailor Moon have to be my two favorite shoujo series.

[i34.tinypic.com image 650x488]


Not alone. Own the whole series. I even prefer it in English (which is rare for 90's anime).

/nanami and the cat = one of the best glimpses into a character I have ever seen
 
2013-04-22 10:02:59 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,


Forgot to add that Full Metal Panic is just awesomeness.
 
2013-04-22 10:04:03 AM  

MrSteve007: Rwa2play: WelldeadLink: Recent stuff too cookie cutter? Sure.
[i.imgur.com image 750x600]  Ah! My Goddess

Now THAT was fun.  I enjoyed it.

My sailboat:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]
/the dingy is named Skuld


HAH!
 
2013-04-22 10:12:11 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: dragonchild: Rwa2play: As I state with any anime thread: I will defend TO THE DEATH the notion that "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is better than 90% of US primetime TV.

I won't dispute it, because if you lop off the top 10% of American TV you're left with a very smelly mess that doesn't wash off easily.  It's definitely better than that 90%, but as a series, I found Ghost in the Shell underwhelming.  I'd compare it to Battlestar Galactica; another well-executed series with a fanatical following that falls WAY too much in love with its setting and themes for me to care what happens.  Motoko is great eye candy but she's a shell of a personality and DON'T ANYONE TELL ME THAT'S THE POINT.  Whether or not it's deliberate, it left an empathic person like me desperately trying to find a point-of-view character to glom onto and I wound up identifying most strongly with. . . the talking tanks.  I can appreciate the creativity and attention to detail, but eventually I said the Eight Deadly Words.

You're supposed to identify with Togusa, the detective that has also been thrown into the world of Section 9.  Motoko is the strong character archetype, ala Beowulf in Beowulf or Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.  Trying to identify with her isn't possible, no one is her.  She's the strong character that you see glimpses of humanity in, but she's a bit above humanity.  There are entire courses taught about characters like her (and she does come up in those courses) in college if you pursue an degree in English literature.

The characters of Section 9 are archetypes used to show the world they live in more than themselves.  It isn't until the second season that you really see any of them fleshed out as more than just their archetypes, and even then it was just a brief surface gloss to show them as either having been human once or still possibly being able to identify as human.

But the Tachikomas are easier for you to identify with because they're children.  They're constant ...


All of this; think "Justice League" when it comes to Section 9's team.
 
2013-04-22 10:12:38 AM  

Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,

Forgot to add that Full Metal Panic is just awesomeness.


Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?


encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

\It simultaneously adds nothing and helps FMP stand out So much as a unique and awesome show.
 
2013-04-22 10:15:44 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,

Forgot to add that Full Metal Panic is just awesomeness.

Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?


[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

\It simultaneously adds nothing and helps FMP stand out So much as a unique and awesome show.


YES! YES! YES!  You can just say that it's a bridge to the second season but it really adds nothing of value; yet it's strangely awesome for that!
 
2013-04-22 10:21:29 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,


Baccono is interesting.  One of the few decent series they have on Funimation Channel(well, at least when FIOS carried it.. sadface)
 
2013-04-22 10:25:55 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: You're supposed to identify with Togusa, the detective that has also been thrown into the world of Section 9. Motoko is the strong character archetype, ala Beowulf in Beowulf or Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Trying to identify with her isn't possible, no one is her.


You've mapped the roles correctly, but I think you've missed the point.  Togusa's a vapid tag-along no one gives a shiat about who may as well not exist as far as the plot's concerned (up to the point where I lost interest, anyway) and the POV camera very prominently follows Motoko.  Quite frankly, he's so unimportant and unmemorable (at least as far as I got) that I frankly can't remember a single scene he's in.  So all the pieces are there but in the wrong places.  Again, the series is way too in love with Motoko and its themes and settings and details and action sequences to bother itself with pesky trivialities like making any of the characters interesting enough to empathize with.  It tries with some wangst, but that's Twilight levels of character depth.  You're right; I glommed onto the Tachikomas because they're the closest thing the series has to a fish-out-of-water character, but I disagree that that was intended.  All evidence indicates it's accidental because they're effin' vehicles and entirely absent for large stretches of time.  That's a series with a lot of good ideas and attention to detail but misses some very important execution.  A closer analogue to GitS:SAC is the movie Heat.  Tight plot, excellent technical detail, incredible action sequences, and a bunch of characters I don't give a shiat about.  Aragorn and Gandalf transcended their audience, which is precisely why the story of LotR mostly followed the hobbits.

An anime that did it far better was Nausicaa of the Wind Valley.  Nausicaa is a serious badass but she's also very curious and expressive; both facets are established early.  I wanted to like Princess Mononoke but the unflappable nature of every character kind of deflated the dramatic tension.  They would get upset but they never seemed stressed.  They didn't know everything but didn't seem to care.  Nausicaa was pushed to the point of cracking, and Sumi Shimamoto did an excellent job conveying that "competent desperation".  If you want that trascendental character, take your pick between Yupa and Kushana, but they basically had their moments of awesome and then got the hell out of the way before the audience became too emotionally detached.

To be fair, I liked the movie because Oshii, despite pissing off the "stick to the manga" fanbase, knew exactly what to do with Motoko.  There's just not much character to work with, so he made the message of the movie itself transcend the characters' sense of identity, and while that's a very risky thing to do, he made it work -- in part because he made a movie, not an extended series.  In any case, I cared about what happened not because I cared what happened to the characters, but because the movie itself flowed like a monologue.  A TV series needs a story, and a story needs a protagonist, and GitS:SAC doesn't have a protagonist.
 
2013-04-22 10:50:04 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,

Forgot to add that Full Metal Panic is just awesomeness.

Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?


[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

\It simultaneously adds nothing and helps FMP stand out So much as a unique and awesome show.


Full Metal Panic was great all three series.  The first one managed a good balance of action/drama and comedy.  Fumoffu was so ridiculously over the top, it was hilarious.  The episode with Sousuke training the rugby team is great.  The Second Raid was a great single story with action/drama.  I really hope we get another FMP series sometime soon.  I know there's a good amount of source material after Second Raid that hasn't been adapted yet.

/PONY!
 
2013-04-22 11:00:09 AM  

rewind2846: Drakin020: I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.

Could you be looking for the "Gall Force" series of movies?


HOLY shiat. Dude that's it! Gall Force the Eternal Story!

Caught a few YouTube videos of it and that's it for sure!

Man I've been looking for years as to what this anime was.
 
2013-04-22 11:02:58 AM  

NeoCortex42: Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: Rwa2play: Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.

waht about samural champloo, elfen lied, HxHxH? There's still good stuff you just gotta sift throught e turds. Both FMA's! for Pete's sake. Excell Saga and Full Metal Panic.
I think she's just biatching.

Elfen Lied....wow.  If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

totally. I also wanna add Baccono to the list and death note. TFA'a sucked,

Forgot to add that Full Metal Panic is just awesomeness.

Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?


[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

\It simultaneously adds nothing and helps FMP stand out So much as a unique and awesome show.

Full Metal Panic was great all three series.  The first one managed a good balance of action/drama and comedy.  Fumoffu was so ridiculously over the top, it was hilarious.  The episode with Sousuke training the rugby team is great.  The Second Raid was a great single story with action/drama.  I really hope we get another FMP series sometime soon.  I know there's a good amount of source material after Second Raid that hasn't been adapted yet.

/PONY!


S, I think we can agree the article's author was full of shiat, right?
 
2013-04-22 11:05:30 AM  
I own a few series (like the original 8 vd box set of Evangelion, Rahxephon, Utena, Outlaw Star, etc). I have watched Naruto since the original series (I try and skip filler and will let at least 5 or 6 episodes queue up then binge watch).

Thing is, I haven't sat and watched a full series more then 4 times in the last 3 years (Baccano, Clanad, Clanad:After Story, Death Note, Ah My Goddess remake). Think I got burned out on going to conventions with the wife (yes, wife... she couldn;t really care less about the anime and enjoyed spending time helping volunteer time at the con) year after year. On top of that, I have my XBox taking up most of my miniscule free time.

So what out there is worth my time? I have somehwere like 50 animes in my Instant Queue ... and have for like 3 years. Not really making a dent in them.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A few favorite and popular AMVs from 5 years or more ago (again, when I was really watching/making them actively:

Always Hardcore (Full Metal Alchemist... the older series)

Spirit never dies (ass-tons of anime. Ass-tons and ass-tons. New (through 2006 ish) through late 70's stuff)

Evangelion Rhapsody (Eva, NSFW for naked floaty Rei)

Euphoria (RahXephon)

Dragon Ball Z in a nutshell (All fans of DBZ should see this)

Right Now. (Tons of older anime references. Lupin, Ranma 1/2, etc)

And then to pimp my own old stuff:

Laggan Trek (Gurren Laggan, Star Trek 2009 trailer)

Rei got the mustard out (NSFW for naked Rei, Spoilerific for Eva)

Shinji the Angel Slayer (My least favorite of what I did)

What really happened... (my first and favorite AMV I ever did)
 
2013-04-22 11:14:36 AM  

Snapper Carr: You are now sad.


I hate you.

/Yes I am sad now.
 
2013-04-22 11:17:13 AM  
Squid Girl
Seitokai Yakuindomo
Girls Und Panzer
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (stupid plot, but maids who fight with chainsaws and giant meat tenderizers are awesome)
 
2013-04-22 11:18:07 AM  

MrSteve007: Rwa2play: WelldeadLink: Recent stuff too cookie cutter? Sure.
[i.imgur.com image 750x600]  Ah! My Goddess

Now THAT was fun.  I enjoyed it.

My sailboat:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]
/the dingy is named Skuld


It only makes sense to name a sailboat after a goddess of air.
 
2013-04-22 11:18:12 AM  

Snapper Carr: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 300x429]

You are now sad.


You son of a...

/fark you
//Sailor Moon and FMP destroy the sad in one shot
 
2013-04-22 11:22:11 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?


If you're in the U.S. it is not hard to locate Netflix.com.
http://www.hulu.com/full-metal-panic-fumoffu
 
2013-04-22 11:22:46 AM  
Awk. Hulu.com. (Netflix is only offering the DVDs)
 
2013-04-22 11:24:03 AM  
www.anime-planet.com

Go Shinesman MOSS GREEN!

\Hope to make you feel better rummonkey
 
2013-04-22 11:25:07 AM  

Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.


You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.
 
2013-04-22 11:27:36 AM  

WelldeadLink: Uchiha_Cycliste: Have you seen the light hearted. difficult to locate second season "Fumuffu"?

If you're in the U.S. it is not hard to locate Netflix.com.
http://www.hulu.com/full-metal-panic-fumoffu


That's new and exciting =P. I remember when I was first looking for it circa 2005, and it was not easy to track down a copy of. I'm glad things are simpler now.
 
2013-04-22 11:28:00 AM  

WelldeadLink: Awk. Hulu.com. (Netflix is only offering the DVDs)


No more then a year ago they had FUMFOFOFOFOFOFO whatever.

What i saw was amusing.
 
2013-04-22 11:32:51 AM  

Drakin020: I feel like I've been searching for this Anime for years, and I haven't been able to find it. So maybe one of you farkers can help.
I'll warn you, this is a tricky one.

It came on when I was a kid (Currently 28) sometime in the 90's. I'd say later 95-99, that time-frame. It was an anime movie (Not a series that I know of) about these chicks on this space ship, and they had mechs they could fight with. But like you discovered that like some or all of the girls were like...mechanical, and throughout the movie, they died off one by one as a result of something. (Battle or whatever) and at the end, there is this one girl left, and like...it ends with her dying while this planet explodes or something.

Yeah I know, lacking in detail, but I remember it being so badass, but I've yet to find it anywhere on the internet.


Sol bianca
 
2013-04-22 11:41:05 AM  

Mister Peejay: Dafatone: Any time I feel like watching anime, I think about finding a new series, and then just watch FLCL again.

How about Excel Saga?  It's like the dictionary, everything else is in it.

FLCL is a mind screw because there's about 40 layers of symbolism and half of it probably is just the writers just saying "Fark it, we'll just throw this in and let the viewers invent a meaning for it."

Excel Saga isn't a mind screw so much as a blender.


That's the perfect description for the last episode... a blender.  heh
 
2013-04-22 11:41:44 AM  

TOY Moose: [www.anime-planet.com image 250x188]

Go Shinesman MOSS GREEN!

\Hope to make you feel better rummonkey


That OVA was awesome!!
 
2013-04-22 11:42:31 AM  
Well, get off my lawn!
But you know, a couple have really wowed me.  One of my favorite animes is Death Note.  Not for it's action, but for it's awesome plot.
I was going to name more, only to realize that they were all the beginning of the 2000's.  Not much in the last 5-8 years.
/And I'm spent.  Really, one anime?  I did like Summer Wars, but it did fall into a few traps of it's own.
 
2013-04-22 11:46:45 AM  
You all dissappoint me.

No Fist of the North Star?
 
2013-04-22 11:46:49 AM  

TOY Moose: Go Shinesman MOSS GREEN!


Ah, Shinesman, or as it's more commonly known, Office Space meets Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.  If you want to deconstruct a trope, this is how it's done.
 
2013-04-22 11:47:32 AM  

Arumat: TV's Vinnie: But on a 90's anime subject, let me just say that Lodoss War is what the Dungeons & Dragons saturday morning show SHOULD have been like, imo.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

There's a reason for that.  The story was based on a tabletop rpg session.


is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.
 
2013-04-22 11:47:53 AM  

Klaumbaz: No Fist of the North Star?


It's already dead.
 
2013-04-22 11:55:46 AM  

dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.


The problem with Elfen Lied was that it was a great concept that was executed fairly badly.  Very little budget and they needed to stick in a lot of unnecessary shock stuff to get it launched/keep a few viewers so that it could run for thirteen episodes.  If they had been able to do the story without having to add the nudity and extreme gore it would have been a lot better.

The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the character in a way, she's in prison and breaking out and they would rather kill her than allow her to go free, and it shows her powers (the bloody mind handprints establishing the physics behind her powers as well).  It's just that the crew behind the series went for full shock and awe.  They did it with the rest of the series as well, which is why, though I do like it, it's not my favorite and I generally don't suggest it to people.

Damn good soundtrack though.
 
2013-04-22 11:55:52 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

And

upload.wikimedia.org

Are both fan service heavy of course, yet each have likeable and interesting characters.

Oh and to get this off my chest....

*deep breath*

I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:

cdn.myanimelist.net

/I feel better now
 
2013-04-22 11:58:48 AM  

shortymac: is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.

Vision of Escaflowne

has lot of crossover fans.  Many anime fans my age will say it's their favorite series, ever.  It's very much "for the audience" from its through-the-looking-glass protagonist to YA romance to incredible action sequences, and the musical score is arguably the best work of Yoko Kanno's career.  The art style unfortunately answers the question, "What would happen if all living humans were descendants of Cyrano de Bergerac," but within a few episodes it's a non-issue.

Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored.  It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

You might also like Iria.  Stylistically it's very different, but it parallels Lodoss in its attention to world-building, and I daresay exceeds it with its unique retro-futuristic mash-up cityscapes and bizarre technology.  It's sort of like a Japanese take on steampunk.
 
2013-04-22 11:58:51 AM  

dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.


The premise is (IMHO): Who's really "human"?  What qualifies someone to be identified as a human being?

Without spoiling it for you in case you want to see it:  There's a great role reversal as the series progresses being the humans and the diclonius in the series.  The humans are, honestly, far more monstrous in their relations with each other than the dicylonius when they encounter humans.
 
2013-04-22 11:59:05 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x329]

And

[upload.wikimedia.org image 230x323]

Are both fan service heavy of course, yet each have likeable and interesting characters.

Oh and to get this off my chest....

*deep breath*

I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:

[cdn.myanimelist.net image 600x381]

/I feel better now


Please Teacher was decent, but Please Twins freaked me right the hell out in the end.  I'm not one for incest.  Which is rather hilarious given my love of Game of Thrones, but Please Twins went about it in such a way that I couldn't stomach it.
 
2013-04-22 12:00:29 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:


What show is that?
 
2013-04-22 12:08:22 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:


I suggest watching this sequence:
Spirited Away
Kamichu!
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ( + The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)

The similarities clash nicely with the differences.

And for those of you looking for shows like another, search for a favorite show in the recommendations site
http://www.anime-planet.com/
 
2013-04-22 12:09:22 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the character in a way, she's in prison and breaking out and they would rather kill her than allow her to go free, and it shows her powers (the bloody mind handprints establishing the physics behind her powers as well).  It's just that the crew behind the series went for full shock and awe.  They did it with the rest of the series as well, which is why, though I do like it, it's not my favorite and I generally don't suggest it to people.


Oh yeah, absolutely.  If you look at that first scene from the prism of the last few minutes of the series however, you really start cheering for Lucy because of how the humans treat each other in their interactions through the whole series.

Damn good soundtrack though.

This; the opening song (Lilium) is hauntingly beautiful.
 
2013-04-22 12:13:00 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:

What show is that?


Kamichu!
 
2013-04-22 12:17:42 PM  

dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored. It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.


Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.
 
2013-04-22 12:22:17 PM  

baka-san: dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored. It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.


That same recipe applies to Hetalia
 
2013-04-22 12:23:29 PM  

dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored.  It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.


Ah, Slayers.  That series brings a smile to my face as wide as the Joker's.  I compare it to "Lethal Weapon" when it comes to the comedy parts and the darker parts of the stories.  When it's comedy, it turns it up to 11.  When it gets very serious, it gets dark (the end of Season 2 comes to mind).  Even at the end of Season 1 however, they'll go fourth wall and break the tension with something absurd.

baka-san: Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.


SOOOOOOO much that.
 
2013-04-22 12:44:59 PM  

baka-san: dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored. It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.


I prefer all the movies with Naga myself. Watching the show in Japanese and realizing angry hyperactive Lina Inverse is voiced by the same person as Rei from Evangelion = MIND BLOWN.
 
2013-04-22 12:47:14 PM  

WelldeadLink: Jim from Saint Paul: I totally like this show. It's sweet and funny and I want to give it a big hug every time I see it:

I suggest watching this sequence:
Spirited Away
Kamichu!
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ( + The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)

The similarities clash nicely with the differences.

And for those of you looking for shows like another, search for a favorite show in the recommendations site
http://www.anime-planet.com/


See, TMoHS has the best first episode of an anime series ... well possibly ever. The rest of the show just didn't compare well. I still haven't made it through (chronologically or not).
 
2013-04-22 12:51:04 PM  

dragonchild: Vision of Escaflowne


Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.

*EVER*

I felt so cheated.
 
2013-04-22 12:52:09 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: baka-san: dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored. It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.

I prefer all the movies with Naga myself. Watching the show in Japanese and realizing angry hyperactive Lina Inverse is voiced by the same person as Rei from Evangelion = MIND BLOWN.


I think it should be mentioned that the English dub of Slayers is absolutely horrible, so by all means watch a subbed version if you want to see it.
 
2013-04-22 12:53:26 PM  
Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.
 
2013-04-22 12:54:57 PM  

wraith95: Jim from Saint Paul: baka-san: dragonchild: Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored. It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11.

then stick it in a blender.  Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF"

Serve with vast amounts of meat.

Love Slayers.

I prefer all the movies with Naga myself. Watching the show in Japanese and realizing angry hyperactive Lina Inverse is voiced by the same person as Rei from Evangelion = MIND BLOWN.

I think it should be mentioned that the English dub of Slayers is absolutely horrible, so by all means watch a subbed version if you want to see it.


90's anime is better subbed. Early 2000's can be watched either subbed or dubbed. 2005 on, alot of the time dub is better then the sub. Obviously, the people doing these voices got ALOT better at it as time went on.
 
2013-04-22 12:55:56 PM  
Okay - look. The problem is exposure.

In the 70's/80's/90's, the US only got the creme de la creme. (With a few notable exceptions.)

Now that companies like FUNimation can simply sub and release things at a mind-numbing rate compared to the 90's, they're constantly looking for something else to port.

Soul Eater and One Piece would NEVER have been ported over in the 90's because it was so niche and risky. GoLion, Macross, Bubblegum Crisis, Gundam, and Mazinger were ported because of the popularity of Transformers. They were trying to capitalize on that momentum.

Space Battleship Yamato was ported because of the success of Star Wars (which also spawned Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers.)

Death Note was ported because it resonated with the emo scene.

It's also cheaper to license a series as opposed to commissioning a new, badly written and studio-handicapped series. American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.
 
2013-04-22 12:58:02 PM  

baka-san: Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11. then stick it in a blender. Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF" Serve with vast amounts of meat. Love Slayers.


I don't know about every anime stereotype.  It's more a humorous deconstruction of conventional fantasy tropes as well as a thought experiment of how high-level D&D adventurers kill time.  There aren't any magical girls or giant robots or wangst unless it's there for Lina to conveniently kick to the curb in a filler episode.  Not to mention, there are a number of genuinely serious episodes.

Oh, and shortymac, if you like to cheer for strong female characters and manage to get through the first few episodes (the series starts out kinda meh until Zelgadis gets established), Lina Inverse might have you playing wizards in D&D for the next five years.
 
2013-04-22 01:04:13 PM  

Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.


Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).
 
2013-04-22 01:08:15 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.


It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.

Jim from Saint Paul: 90's anime is better subbed. Early 2000's can be watched either subbed or dubbed. 2005 on, alot of the time dub is better then the sub. Obviously, the people doing these voices got ALOT better at it as time went on.


They got a lot better because they had so far to go, and Japanese voice talent slid back in quality after the crash.  Back in the 1990s there was no comparison. . . or rather, there shouldn't have been.  I do remember how insufferably arrogant the American voice actors and their fans were in the 1990s, though.  Ugh, there were even hordes of idiots saying Lisa Ortiz was better than Megumi Hayashibara.  Now, dub vs. sub is really an issue of which voice actor better expresses the protagonist, and half the time it ain't the Japanese one.
 
2013-04-22 01:09:35 PM  

johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.


I am 2 episodes in.

It's... a-typical.
 
2013-04-22 01:12:21 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I prefer all the movies with Naga myself. Watching the show in Japanese and realizing angry hyperactive Lina Inverse is voiced by the same person as Rei from Evangelion = MIND BLOWN.


Heh; how about the Japanese voice of Sailor Moon as Misato....yeah, talk about a wake up call.

Oh and to add to my "infinite rewatch" list I present you with:


mon0r.com

Sakura Wars.  Pure. Awesome.



Bonus: the Japanese voice of Sumire (far right) is also the voice of Sailor Mars.
 
2013-04-22 01:18:08 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.

I am 2 episodes in.

It's... a-typical.


The first time I tried to watch it I bailed after 2-3 episodes.  Second time I binged on a bunch and made it through enough to get interested in finishing.  It was about as "a-typical" as Melody of Oblivion which I also enjoyed for some reason that probably says a lot about my mental state.
 
2013-04-22 01:18:41 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.

The problem with Elfen Lied was that it was a great concept that was executed fairly badly.  Very little budget and they needed to stick in a lot of unnecessary shock stuff to get it launched/keep a few viewers so that it could run for thirteen episodes.  If they had been able to do the story without having to add the nudity and extreme gore it would have been a lot better.

The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the character in a way, she's in prison an ...


There's one large misconception about that anime, although it's understandable. It's usually though that the big hurdle to get over is the first 10 min of the first episode. If you can get past that then the rest is a piece of cake. Thing is, that scene is really the SECOND most disturbing scene in the anime... not the first. And the first hits you like a ton of bricks simply because you believe that you have already seen the worst that there is. You see it... and then hug your knees.... and then rock back and forth on the floor because there is nothing left that you can do...

... because....

... the puppy.

/yeah, I'm a dick
//now go cry
 
2013-04-22 01:18:46 PM  

bhcompy: Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.

Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).


www.filmofilia.com

Starts off serious with bits of comic relief because Avatar paved the way. Both series are REALLLLLLLY good.

They only wanted to tgive it a 12 episode run.

Then in production, Niockolodeon said "THis looks like it could be REALLY good, well give you 26 episodes".

THEN it aired and was so critically acclaimed AND the ratings were so good that now it gets 56. 4 "Books" or stand alone series arc.

I has a happy.
 
2013-04-22 01:19:33 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.

It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.


Sorry but, many fail in comparison to the "ending" of Evangelion (read: run out of money = crap ending).  Wonder what would've happened if Evangelion didn't become so popular that "End of Evangelion" never came to fruition.
 
2013-04-22 01:20:59 PM  

DigitalCoffee: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.

The problem with Elfen Lied was that it was a great concept that was executed fairly badly.  Very little budget and they needed to stick in a lot of unnecessary shock stuff to get it launched/keep a few viewers so that it could run for thirteen episodes.  If they had been able to do the story without having to add the nudity and extreme gore it would have been a lot better.

The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the characte ...


Heheheheheheheh.  You magnificent bastard!
 
2013-04-22 01:27:45 PM  

Irving Maimway: I still heart Linn Minmei.


"Bright lights flashing - The feeling's smashing"
 
2013-04-22 01:30:35 PM  

Rwa2play: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.

It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.

Sorry but, many fail in comparison to the "ending" of Evangelion (read: run out of money = crap ending).  Wonder what would've happened if Evangelion didn't become so popular that "End of Evangelion" never came to fruition.


See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.

My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all. Escaflowne was "WE WON!.... bye."  Wait...what? Can I haz ending of character storyline?

At least Eva, which had obviously become more about the state of mind of it's characters then the actual over-arching plotline, actually JUST focused on it (due to budget constratints and all that helping make that decision of course).

After the uproar, Anno was like "You want an ending? Oh I'll give you an ending you death threat giving motherfarkers:" And enter "End of Eva".

/waiting on the new movies to ALL be completed, then I'll hunt them down and watch
 
2013-04-22 01:45:57 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.

My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all. Escaflowne was "WE WON!.... bye."  Wait...what? Can I haz ending of character storyline?

At least Eva, which had obviously become more about the state of mind of it's characters then the actual over-arching plotline, actually JUST focused on it (due to budget constratints and all that helping make that decision of course).

After the uproar, Anno was like "You want an ending? Oh I'll give you an ending you death threat giving motherfarkers:" And enter "End of Eva".


I understand that, the feeling about Eva was it was about to build into something humongous and then they cut it off midway when they ran out of money.  It was really more disappointment than the "OMGNERDRAGEFUFUFUFUFUFUFUFU!" response that it got in Japan.

Did like "End of Eva" though: sort of like a twisted, dystopic version of Adam and Eve.
 
2013-04-22 01:46:20 PM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


Except the One Piece anime sucks Monkey balls (yes, that was on purpose). Read the manga, it's much more epic.
 
2013-04-22 01:47:44 PM  

lousyskater: Anime has not actually changed in the last 20 years, westerners have just gotten more exposure from it since. The more hardcore anime fans in the west were complaining about the exact same thing back then:
[i.imgur.com image 692x269]
[i.imgur.com image 687x771]
[i.imgur.com image 685x487]
[i.imgur.com image 700x645]
Dinobot:

It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?

I liked 7 the most probably, and then 2 and 4 tied for second place.


If these e-mails are from 1994, why is it in the gmail low-bandwidth interface?

I confess I got bored with the genre after high school, last anime I followed was Bleach until they differed from the manga and went off on a side story.

Bookmarking this thread and since I'm sick today I'll watch Record of Lodoss War.
 
2013-04-22 01:50:33 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.


Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.
 
2013-04-22 01:56:42 PM  
my best friend's little sister was really sick. And this is (was) her favorite show, so I made this for her as her desktop background. It's smaller and with worse resolution to fit here.... I drew them by hand, scanned em, taught them to move and marched them around. Good times.

i451.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 01:56:44 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: bhcompy: Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.

Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).

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Starts off serious with bits of comic relief because Avatar paved the way. Both series are REALLLLLLLY good.

They only wanted to tgive it a 12 episode run.

Then in production, Niockolodeon said "THis looks like it could be REALLY good, well give you 26 episodes".

THEN it aired and was so critically acclaimed AND the ratings were so good that now it gets 56. 4 "Books" or stand alone series arc.

I has a happy.


I was really happy with how Legend of Korra turned out.  I love the choreography/animation of the fight scenes in it.  It's too bad that there's such a long wait between seasons.  As far as I know, there's still no premiere date for Book 2, beyond "2013".  So it looks like we'll end up with only 12-14 episodes a year.  I do hope we get a few more cameos/flashbacks to the original series characters as adults.

Still bitter about Thundercats being cancelled.  That show was coming along nicely.
 
2013-04-22 01:59:02 PM  
sigh, I don't see an animation on my side. Can someone confirm or deny they see my Ouron high school host club kids moving on their end?
 
2013-04-22 02:00:18 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: sigh, I don't see an animation on my side. Can someone confirm or deny they see my Ouron high school host club kids moving on their end?


Yeah it does.
 
2013-04-22 02:05:05 PM  
yay! thanks.
 
2013-04-22 02:05:06 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.

Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.


2 points:

1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

2. The VERY FIRST anime I ever had my wife(then gf) watch was "Evangelion". All of it. Death/Rebirth. End of Eva. ALL OF IT. In Japanese.

"Whywouldyoudothat.jpeg".

Because I never wanted to hear nothing about "cartoons" or some other shiat if she saw me watching them.

/and I never have
 
2013-04-22 02:05:46 PM  

dragonchild: shortymac: is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.

Vision of Escaflowne has lot of crossover fans.  Many anime fans my age will say it's their favorite series, ever.  It's very much "for the audience" from its through-the-looking-glass protagonist to YA romance to incredible action sequences, and the musical score is arguably the best work of Yoko Kanno's career.  The art style unfortunately answers the question, "What would happen if all living humans were descendants of Cyrano de Bergerac," but within a few episodes it's a non-issue.

Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored.  It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

You might also like Iria.  Stylistically it's very different, but it parallels Lodoss in its attention to world-building, and I daresay exceeds it with its unique retro-futuristic mash-up cityscapes and bizarre technology.  It's sort of like a Japanese take on steampunk.


Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

I watched the first episode of Escaflowne and then another random episode, it was definitly up my alley at the time but for some reason I didn't watch it. (Off to crunchyroll)

I like steampunk :)
 
2013-04-22 02:06:30 PM  
I have 7 chibi sins too, but Pride's my favorite.
i451.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 02:08:27 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.


Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.
 
2013-04-22 02:11:06 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 2 points:

1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.


Heh, new stuff I could read on tonight!

2. The VERY FIRST anime I ever had my wife(then gf) watch was "Evangelion". All of it. Death/Rebirth. End of Eva. ALL OF IT. In Japanese.

"Whywouldyoudothat.jpeg".

Because I never wanted to hear nothing about "cartoons" or some other shiat if she saw me watching them.

/and I never have


You know, whenever anybody starts crapping on how anime can never be on US Primetime TV I always will retort the following:

"Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Archer and...fark you"

/will leave the fark you part out
//it will be implied instead
 
2013-04-22 02:15:45 PM  
The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.
 
2013-04-22 02:24:02 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.


Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.
 
2013-04-22 02:28:31 PM  

johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.


Farked up like:

1) Evangelion
2) Eleven Lied
3) Game of Thrones

Or some mixture thereof?
 
2013-04-22 02:31:54 PM  

shortymac: The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.


Eyes of M.A.R.S.   Only watched it once and (like "Grave of the Fireflies") didn't need to watch it again.
 
2013-04-22 02:36:08 PM  

shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.


ibdp.huluim.com

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.
 
2013-04-22 02:36:30 PM  

shortymac: Arumat: TV's Vinnie: But on a 90's anime subject, let me just say that Lodoss War is what the Dungeons & Dragons saturday morning show SHOULD have been like, imo.

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There's a reason for that.  The story was based on a tabletop rpg session.

is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.


There's not a whole lot of "high fantasy" anime out there that I can recommend that hasn't already been noted, but if you can handle making the jump from pen and paper rpg to mmo as a base, you could check out Sword Art Online.  It starts out with the release of a new virtual reality game, and during the first day of play all the players are informed that they're trapped in the game until somebody defeats the final boss and if they die in the game they die for real.  If you want to stay in the same setting, but switch most of the serious drama out for comedy, Rune Soldier Louie takes place in the same setting, just not on a subcontinent that's been cursed.  I'd also recommend Outlaw Star, since it's sort of like Lodoss War, but in space.
 
2013-04-22 02:41:24 PM  

dragonchild: baka-san: Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11. then stick it in a blender. Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF" Serve with vast amounts of meat. Love Slayers.

I don't know about every anime stereotype.  It's more a humorous deconstruction of conventional fantasy tropes as well as a thought experiment of how high-level D&D adventurers kill time.  There aren't any magical girls or giant robots or wangst unless it's there for Lina to conveniently kick to the curb in a filler episode.  Not to mention, there are a number of genuinely serious episodes.

Oh, and shortymac, if you like to cheer for strong female characters and manage to get through the first few episodes (the series starts out kinda meh until Zelgadis gets established), Lina Inverse might have you playing wizards in D&D for the next five years.


Nice, I actually love wizards, but I hate preparing spells ahead of time. It's why I like 4e so much.

Female main characters are one of the reasons why I started watching anime in the first place, although as I got older I got a little tried of the high school girl main characters like on Inu Yasha.
 
2013-04-22 02:43:55 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.

Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.


Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.
 
2013-04-22 02:48:55 PM  

shortymac: johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.

Farked up like:

1) Evangelion
2) Eleven Lied
3) Game of Thrones

Or some mixture thereof?


My 2 episodes in snyposis:

1800's French setting (pre-revolutionary war). Political intrigue. Guy's sister dies due to it. Oh look zombies. STRONG zombies. And the dead sister takes over the guy's body whenever danger arrives, complete with change of hairstyle, face, etc. Guy realizes it happens yet has no momeory of when it happens. He will find out why all these things are happening to him and why his sister died.

So... no mixture of any. Just extremley odd sounding. Kinda works so far though.
 
2013-04-22 02:54:44 PM  

Rwa2play: Jim from Saint Paul: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.

Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.

Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.


I swear it's pretty good. They introduce a couple of new characters and flesh things out a bit more for Shinji and Auska.
 
2013-04-22 02:58:10 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.

Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.


Good I love EVA and I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed that around the middle it got weird and navel-gazy.

I liked the original ending though, it's about him working through his issues and problems and becoming self-actualized. I love psychology so it has a special place in my heart.
 
2013-04-22 02:58:51 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.


And if Excel Saga seems too calm and conservative, put in the spinoff OVA, Puni Puni Poemi.

Rwa2play: Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.


One thing I like about the recent EVA movies is that they seriously dialed down the whiny Shinji "I mustn't run away" crap.  The first two films were great, but from what I've heard so far, the third one goes completely off the rails from the get-go.
 
2013-04-22 03:00:40 PM  

Rwa2play: shortymac: The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.

Eyes of M.A.R.S.   Only watched it once and (like "Grave of the Fireflies") didn't need to watch it again.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I've been searching for it forever.
 
2013-04-22 03:01:33 PM  

NeoCortex42: And if Excel Saga seems too calm and conservative, put in the spinoff OVA, Puni Puni Poemi.


I like you. You can mone mone my sister.
 
2013-04-22 03:04:25 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.


"FLCL" is far zanier.  FAR zanier; a "coming-of-age" story on steroids.
 
2013-04-22 03:06:31 PM  

shortymac: Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.


Browse this list:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_Syfy#Anime _ shown_on_Syfy
 
2013-04-22 03:07:38 PM