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Anime For Beginners
Topic by: Bowwow
Posted: September 23, 2004 - 3:36 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 10, 2006 - 11:15 PM PDT

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author topic: Anime For Beginners
Bowwow
post #1  on September 23, 2004 - 3:36 PM PDT  
I notice there is a lot of discussion around here about anime. I have never really watched much Anime but not because I dislike it. I just have never thought much about it. And then when I did think of it, I remembered my favorite cartoon as a child: Kimba and then I think..."what the heck, give it a try"

So if you could pick out an anime title as an introduction, which one would you pick and why?



underdog
post #2  on September 23, 2004 - 3:50 PM PDT  
I'll let the other anime experts chime in here with many helpful suggestions, but in the meantime, may I recommend reading through our Anime Primer? A good place to start.

And as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with anything by Miyazaki.

I'm also a huge fan of Haibane Renmei.
DBooher
post #3  on September 23, 2004 - 3:52 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 3:36 PM PDT Bowwow wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I notice there is a lot of discussion around here about anime. I have never really watched much Anime but not because I dislike it. I just have never thought much about it. And then when I did think of it, I remembered my favorite cartoon as a child: Kimba and then I think..."what the heck, give it a try"
>
> So if you could pick out an anime title as an introduction, which one would you pick and why?

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I'm not suppose to be on the puter right now but if it's to aid an otaku-in-training then I must!!!!

Starter series: Cowboy Bebop.
I recommend it because
A. It rocks.
B. If your into action, scifi, and tidbits of romance and comedy then this anime is an all-rounder. It comes on Cartoon network if not there, it's really easy to get a hold of.
C. It's not too long of a series to where you're watching 109+ episodes like InuYasha or Kodomo.

Starter movie:
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
I recommend this if your into action-y type stuff. It's really good and it doesn't really drag anywhere.

If ur not into vampire-y type films/genres (first I say: what is wrong w/ u? :P)
Then try :Perfect Blue. It's a thriller/drama. I've seen it five times and I make everyone I know watch it. I'm a crusader. *_*
I recommend this because it's a little more realistic than a fantasy or sci-fi anime, it's got a more stimulating plot in that u'll probably have to watch it a couple of times to get all the minor details. It's kind of tarintino-y.

Short series' that are awesome:
X-the series. It's apocoliptic (spelling wronnng) based and it's heart-wrenching as is Beserk...but I don't recommend Beserk unless u don't mind being/feeling/ homicidal....

There's a few! I don't wanna hog them all! We love to help in this anime forum! Enjoy! >_<
jross3
post #4  on September 23, 2004 - 4:04 PM PDT  
introduction, you say? Or I guess this is more of a re-introduction after a short but friendly introduction long in the past.

In either case, I might suggest Escaflowne. It's got lots of anime goodness, but it's not so exclusively for anime fans that a beginner wouldn't get it. I'd recomend it for anyone who hasn't seen it, actually.
AFleming
post #5  on September 23, 2004 - 4:07 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 3:52 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Short series' that are awesome:
> X-the series. It's apocoliptic (spelling wronnng) based and it's heart-wrenching as is Beserk...but I don't recommend Beserk unless u don't mind being/feeling/ homicidal....
>
> ---------------------------------

But be careful, DON'T GET X-the movie (also by CLAMP and with the sorta same story). Unless of course you're having problems with insomnia. The series is great though.

DBoo makes good suggestions. Cowboy Beebop is great.

What about the Samurai X OVA? That's a great one and only 4 episodes. It's probably better after you've seen a little of the "other" Kenshin series, but I'm sure it'd be a good stand-alone. Great animation, story, character development.

De ja vu. Haven't we had this conversation before? In like 5 different threads, heehee. I guess you should tell us first what kind of movies or books appeal to you, then we can probably suggest something more easily. There are anime in every genre. I'm sure we can find something you will like and then you'll be forced to join us, mwahahahaha!!!!
jross3
post #6  on September 23, 2004 - 4:20 PM PDT  
I'm also sure that Bowwow would love Bebop - Ein plays a significant and pretty famous role. While Ein continues to live as a loyal companion to Ed and the Bebop crew, he also shows great inteligence, independance, and usefulness. A major step forward for dogs in anime.

Another one that may be a bit more up your alley would be Wolf's Rain. It's good, with masculine wolf men as the stars. They do talk bad dogson occasion, however. Still, it may be worth your time.
hamano
post #7  on September 23, 2004 - 4:58 PM PDT  
Well, judging from your profile, here are my recommendations.

Junkers, Come Here - quite an excellent anime movie, and a favorite around the hamano home. Even adults will shed a tear or two!

Jin-Roh - OK, wolves not dogs, but closely related, right? Great drama anime movie about the human condition.

Princess Mononoke - Anime Giant Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, IMHO. Dogs are GODS, man!

Wolf's Rain - just ask AFleming how doggedly excellent this show is!

Sherlock Hound - The only other thing from Hayao Miyazaki that features talking dogs.

The Hakkenden - OK they're Japanese warriors, but they call themselves dogs.

X - Someone already mentioned this, but did they tell you one of the characters has a GHOST DOG that no one else can see?

Dog of Flanders - A children's classic done anime style.

Doggy Poo - It's Korean and not really anime, but look at the title!
Bowwow
post #8  on September 23, 2004 - 5:05 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 3:50 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'll let the other anime experts chime in here with many helpful suggestions, but in the meantime, may I recommend reading through our Anime Primer? A good place to start.
>
> And as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with anything by Miyazaki.
>
> I'm also a huge fan of Haibane Renmei.
> ---------------------------------

That anime primer was very helpful. Thanks!

Bowwow
post #9  on September 23, 2004 - 5:09 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 4:07 PM PDT AFleming wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On September 23, 2004 - 3:52 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Short series' that are awesome:
> > X-the series. It's apocoliptic (spelling wronnng) based and it's heart-wrenching as is Beserk...but I don't recommend Beserk unless u don't mind being/feeling/ homicidal....
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> But be careful, DON'T GET X-the movie (also by CLAMP and with the sorta same story). Unless of course you're having problems with insomnia. The series is great though.
>
> DBoo makes good suggestions. Cowboy Beebop is great.
>
> What about the Samurai X OVA? That's a great one and only 4 episodes. It's probably better after you've seen a little of the "other" Kenshin series, but I'm sure it'd be a good stand-alone. Great animation, story, character development.
>
> De ja vu. Haven't we had this conversation before? In like 5 different threads, heehee. I guess you should tell us first what kind of movies or books appeal to you, then we can probably suggest something more easily. There are anime in every genre. I'm sure we can find something you will like and then you'll be forced to join us, mwahahahaha!!!!
> ---------------------------------

I like cute furry animals. I like dramas. My favorite books tend to be classics and I guess my *favorite favorite* books are classic romances (Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Jane Eyre, that kind of stuff). I like mysteries. I like sci fi. I like a lot of things actually...:)

Bowwow
post #10  on September 23, 2004 - 5:10 PM PDT  
hamano has a good idea of what I would like!
hamano
post #11  on September 23, 2004 - 5:14 PM PDT  
Here are other threads where GreenCine otaku made recommendations, or mused about how they discovered anime...

Top 10 lists!
How did you get hooked?
Favorite Non-Series Anime?
Anime introductions
What's your favorite?
Anime Tear Jerkers
Addictive Anime 2003
Must See for Spring 2004
Convert Woozy!
It's Anime Recommendation Time Again
mob222
post #12  on September 23, 2004 - 5:44 PM PDT  
I think Cowboy Bebop or Trigun are good for starters. Not to hard to follow but really fun to watch. I own X tv and it can get confusing at times but is an excellent series. Also Hellsing is a good one, it's a action/horror, can't go wrong with that! Anyways... welcome to the wonderful world of anime!!
AFleming
post #13  on September 23, 2004 - 6:13 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 5:09 PM PDT Bowwow wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I like cute furry animals. I like dramas. My favorite books tend to be classics and I guess my *favorite favorite* books are classic romances (Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Jane Eyre, that kind of stuff). I like mysteries. I like sci fi. I like a lot of things actually...:)
>
> ---------------------------------

OHHHh!! Well, in THAT case..... you should definately check out my list. Forget the title. Definately try RahXephon, home of the delictible Ayato Kamina. It's a shounen anime with romance, great art, great plot, and great music.

Fruit's Basket is also a must see for any anime fan. Even my husband likes it and he doesn't usually like shoujo.

Please Save My Earth is a great sci-fi romance. It's not an action show though, strictly drama. It's very good and the manga is even better.
jross3
post #14  on September 23, 2004 - 6:32 PM PDT  
> I like cute furry animals. I like dramas. My favorite books tend to be classics and I guess my *favorite favorite* books are classic romances (Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Jane Eyre, that kind of stuff). I like mysteries. I like sci fi. I like a lot of things actually...:)

For an epic romance, try Fushigi Yugi. I might wait on that one for a short time, since some background (shojo romance, school in Japan, etc.) might help your understanding on a few subjects, at least a little bit (but it's by no means a must). Don't wait too long, though; you may forget about it and miss it entirely, and that would be a shame. not so much "dog interest" to it, but I'm sure that there's a butt or two in there worth sniffing, and just about anyone can relate to Miaka's food fixation.

Not to mention InuYasha! Now there's a good show. Some knowledge about Japanese myth and traditions might be helpful, but certainly not necessary (on the other hand, it might be a good place to get a little fictionalized background on these things). Almost certainly a good way to jump-start your anime fanship. More to the point are the dog demon Inu Yasha and his half brother (more popular among the ladyfolk of GC) Seshomaru, who looks less like a dog, and has elf-ish ears that make me wonder who his mother was. Complete with cute, furry animals, drama, and romance.
AFleming
post #15  on September 23, 2004 - 6:36 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 6:13 PM PDT AFleming wrote:
> ---------------------------------
.
>
> Fruit's Basket is also a must see for any anime fan. Even my husband likes it and he doesn't usually like shoujo.
>
> ---------------------------------

Oh yes, Fruit's Basket has drama AND lots of cute animal interest. There's Shigure the dog, Kyo the cat (good for chasing), and Yuki the rat (fun for eating, just not in the house, please), and lots more!
Catullus
post #16  on September 23, 2004 - 7:19 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 5:05 PM PDT Bowwow wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> That anime primer was very helpful. Thanks!
> ---------------------------------

The only advice I will give is do NOT watch Blood the Last Vampire, the rest of her advice is sound but I don't really understand the inclusion of this anime, its a really pointles 45 minute show where a vampire girl goes around slashing random monsters with a katana, then its over, thats all.

Its a total waste of high production values to have something with no story or personality whatsoever.

I second Hamanos rec of Junkers, since you seem to love dogs you would enjoy that.
Bowwow
post #17  on September 23, 2004 - 7:39 PM PDT  
This is great! Pretty soon will queue will grow so large I will never run out of films to watch!
IronS
post #18  on September 23, 2004 - 7:40 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 6:32 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For an epic romance, try Fushigi Yugi.
>
> Not to mention InuYasha! Now there's a good show.
> ---------------------------------

I recommend Inu Yasha (well, duh!), too. I find Kagome a lot easier to take than Miaka. Also, I think there's more "Miaka!" and "Tamahome!" than "Inu Yasha!" and "Kagome!" even though I still think there's too many "Inu Yasha!" and "Kagome!" already.

Aside from Inu Yasha himself and Sesshomaru (pretty freaky in his uberdog form), Inu Yasha (the show) has cute fox demon Shippo, cute and fierce feline demon Kilala (or Kirara) who flies, a tanuki who transforms into a club-like blimp, Koga and his wolf demon pack with actual wolves and that two-headed dragon that Ran and Jaken lead around.
DBooher
post #19  on September 23, 2004 - 7:53 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 6:36 PM PDT AFleming wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On September 23, 2004 - 6:13 PM PDT AFleming wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> .
> >
> > Fruit's Basket is also a must see for any anime fan. Even my husband likes it and he doesn't usually like shoujo.
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Oh yes, Fruit's Basket has drama AND lots of cute animal interest. There's Shigure the dog, Kyo the cat (good for chasing), and Yuki the rat (fun for eating, just not in the house, please), and lots more!
> ---------------------------------

I agree!! Of course Afleming and I are too alike.

Fury goodness= Fruits Basket
Jross3....Escaflowne? I'm so very very shocked, astounded and impressed with your recommendation. And I agree: good for all ages and walks of...anime...life...viewing?

If your into drama then you may lean toward shojo alittle bit more than shounen ( Fruits Basket rather than Gasarski) Hamono-sensei is an anime library! That's why he's sensei.

Wolf's Rain!!!! Afleming told me not to watch it lest I yearn for a thousand sorrowful days and nights from the aftermath!!!! Should I finish watching it then!?! So...confused...
jross3
post #20  on September 23, 2004 - 8:20 PM PDT  
> I like mysteries. I like sci fi. I like a lot of things actually...:)

For mystery, there's Detective Conan (lisenced, slowly coming out on DVD). Pretty good dime-novel detective mystery anime. it's kind of surprising how many kinds of interesting situations you can have a dead body in - even more surprising that Conan can find himself in all of them. No furry animals, but there's drama and a weak (oh so very weak) romance thread to it.

And for Sci-Fi, Read or Die is great. I don't know if "paper" counts as sci-fi, but the vibe is similar. Then there's the TV series, which seems good so far, but the jury is still out until I see vol. 2.
I agree with DBooher; Vampire Hunter D is great. Bloodlust is by far the better of the two dvds, but the original D with poorer animation is still really good. But Bloodlust (handy little link for you) is super good. If you only see one of the two, see that one (the stories don't overlap, so you don't really need to see both... but you should)
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