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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.
 
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