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Best Anime on DVD 2006
Topic by: underdog
Posted: December 14, 2006 - 3:56 PM PST
Last Reply: January 19, 2007 - 2:25 PM PST

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author topic: Best Anime on DVD 2006
underdog
post #1  on December 14, 2006 - 3:56 PM PST  
Julie N just contributed her own picks for the Best Anime released on DVD in '06, to GreenCine. Check it out.

Then post your own picks here!

I hadn't even heard of Ergo Proxy until her list came in, so I added that to my queue.
Ursus
post #2  on December 14, 2006 - 4:31 PM PST  
Not bad, with the exception of Gantz which was truly horrible/crap-tastic, oversexed, too slowly paced, and underwhelming/pretentious; the antithesis of "Good."

Otherwise, fine picks.
Battie
post #3  on December 14, 2006 - 8:06 PM PST  
I'm going to agree with her list, save for Planetes (which I've never seen) and Gantz (which had some good moments, but will never be good enough to make a Best Of list with me).

Since I'm on a fansubber's timeline these days, I don't know what's good that came out on DVD this year. I'm kind of suprised that Ergo Proxy is out before 2007. I just finished watching it myself. o_O I liked the first episode, but kinda thought it would be more eye candy than anything else. But it surprised me. Barring the skipping-to-the-good-parts episodes and 1-3 filler episodes, Ergo Proxy was darn good. A bit of a mind...Well, you know. Didn't necessarily make me think, but it did make my head hurt, lol. I think the ending is an anarchist's wet dream.

Gankutsuou is, hands-down, the best anime I've seen in years. :D I'm surprised Paradise Kiss made #3 as it seems to be a love-or-hate anime. Several people I know hated it. :(

One wonders though...why only 7?
NLee
post #4  on December 14, 2006 - 9:17 PM PST  
What? No "Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd GIG" and "Ah! My Goddess TV" in this list?

Except for GANTZ and the three Miyazaki titles, I haven't' see any of the animes in this list. GANTZ was promising in the beginning, but turns out to be a drag and finished with a WTF ending.

Cool vampire with big gun doesn't impress me, so Hellsing is out. I can already tell Gankutsuou is not for me, because the cover art looks suspiciously like a girlie manga, and the theme song is too anonying.

Planetes still sounds mildly interesting, though.
Battie
post #5  on December 15, 2006 - 12:02 AM PST  
> On December 14, 2006 - 9:17 PM PST NLee wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> What? No "Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd GIG" and "Ah! My Goddess TV" in this list?
>
> Except for GANTZ and the three Miyazaki titles, I haven't' see any of the animes in this list. GANTZ was promising in the beginning, but turns out to be a drag and finished with a WTF ending.
>
> Cool vampire with big gun doesn't impress me, so Hellsing is out. I can already tell Gankutsuou is not for me, because the cover art looks suspiciously like a girlie manga, and the theme song is too anonying.
>
> Planetes still sounds mildly interesting, though.
> ---------------------------------

LOL! The OVA is actually pretty good. Stylish art (though Americanish) and none of the boringness of the tv series. The second OVA was...a little bit creepy and very gory. One of the bad guys was using a dead guy's hand to rub off (without nekkidness, however). >_>

Gankutsuou has some moments that are decidedly not heterosexual, but nothing goes overboard. It's not really what I'd call a girlie series though. It's about revenge...how girlie can that be? And the artwork is absolutely stunning, though I suppose some hate it. Think one reviewer here called it distracting. Or something. You should see it, man. It's the next best thing to Berserk in terms of emotionally gripping animes, but without any boring parts. Also a lot more realistic when it comes to the main characters. I love The Count. He was just...badass. Not bad-boy-every-girl-likes badass. Ruthless and almost evil...and still I couldn't help liking him. (Okay, not surprising coming from me, lol.)

It's still my favorite anime, and if I don't buy it on DVD soon, I may cry. LOL. And I agree on the theme song. I hated it. It does have some cool music, theme aside, however.
NLee
post #6  on December 15, 2006 - 7:38 AM PST  
> On December 15, 2006 - 12:02 AM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
(about Gankutsuou)
> You should see it, man. It's the next best thing to Berserk in terms of emotionally gripping animes...
> ---------------------------------

Hah! You just gave Gankutsuou the kiss of death.

What is it with Greencine that attacts cute girls with thirst for blood and violence?

(DBooher is going to kill me now)
Cinenaut
post #7  on December 15, 2006 - 9:51 AM PST  
I've just seen Planetes and Howl's Moving Castle from that list and I loved them both.
Yowanda
post #8  on December 15, 2006 - 12:20 PM PST  
Gankutsuou is definately one of the best anime we've seen in awhile. My husband and I caught the first couple eps at an anime con early in the year. Once the last disc was close to being released, we watched the whole thing and loved it. The art is crazy. Occasionally we had to pause it just to get a closer look at the crazy clothes ("Did you see that face?"). Although more than once we had to think it would be a good idea if the characters had cell phones. But I suppose that wouldn't mesh well with the original story. :)
hamano
post #9  on December 15, 2006 - 2:39 PM PST  
I'd leave Ergo Proxy off that list... and put Princess Tutu on it instead. Dark fairy tale much better than stale cyberpunk.

I'm just so overjoyed that Julie is still around!
underdog
post #10  on December 15, 2006 - 3:16 PM PST  
Oops, the link for Paradise Kiss on that list was incorrect. Fixed now (and here.)

Yeah, I thought Gankutsuou was pretty beautifully done and designed (only saw the first one so far, though). Well, I, and I'm sure Julie, like seeing how other people's Best of lists shape up; that's one of the fun things about doing these. She does have a disclaimer in there about Gantz, too. ;-) What was the best anime disc/volume you saw this year?
Catullus
post #11  on December 16, 2006 - 12:27 AM PST  
> On December 15, 2006 - 2:39 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'd leave Ergo Proxy off that list... and put Princess Tutu on it instead. Dark fairy tale much better than stale cyberpunk.
>
> I'm just so overjoyed that Julie is still around!
> ---------------------------------

and thats why its her list and not yours ^_^

make your own
hamano
post #12  on December 16, 2006 - 7:05 AM PST  
> On December 16, 2006 - 12:27 AM PST Catullus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> make your own

Duh, it says "post your picks here" not "make your own list" which means "add your suggestions in reference to Julie's list." I can't be bothered to look up which of the anime shows I liked made it out on Region 1 DVD in 2006, and we already talk about our favorite shows on the "New Anime/Fansubs" thread...

I'm up to Vol. 3 of Planetes. I like the show, but it's a rehash of the usual "Butt heads against the Japanese bureaucratic corporate mentality no matter where you work" formula. There's a lot taken straight from the Bayside Shakedown live action TV series which was set in a police precinct in Tokyo's Bay Area (which in turn owed a lot to the You're Under Arrest anime). You also have Dai-Guard and Patlabor, which were more about character interactions than big robots. As a matter of fact, Tanabe, the spunky girl with the short reddish hair, is virtually identical to Ibuki from Dai-Guard and Noa (the original) from Patlabor. So Planetes is a really well written, well produced, enjoyable show, but it's almost a distillation of similar excellent shows from before, you get the company vacation trip episode, the omiai (arranged marriage) episode, etc. etc.
hamano
post #13  on December 16, 2006 - 7:16 AM PST  
> On December 14, 2006 - 4:31 PM PST Ursus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Not bad, with the exception of Gantz which was truly horrible/crap-tastic, oversexed, too slowly paced, and underwhelming/pretentious; the antithesis of "Good."

I thought GANTZ was the rare title that provokes thoughts about life in the real world rather than about the story or characters in it, like Run Lola Run. Maybe depending on your current situation in life it doesn't resonate as much. I thought it was rather contemplative and relaxing, in the same way as Black Lagoon.
Ursus
post #14  on December 16, 2006 - 1:27 PM PST  
Ahh, but your overlooking the obvious Hammy, "Run Lola Run" was ACTUALLY GOOD, while "Gantz" was not.

I'd rather be forced to watch Paris Hilton act whilst listening to that act of terrorism/torture she calls her music career (*shudders while suppressing urge to hurl chunks over grizzly thought*) than suffer through Gantz again.

Conclusion:
Gantz still craptastic.

Run Lola Run = Good!

Paris Hilton = No Talent Whore
Battie
post #15  on December 16, 2006 - 9:07 PM PST  
I haven't heard Paris Hilton sing (I think I'd rather listen to nails on a chalkboard), but Gantz wasn't so awful I'd pick her over it. It had some redeeming qualities.
NLee
post #16  on December 17, 2006 - 12:37 AM PST  
OK, I'm slow... but I just caught the later part of Trinity Blood episode one on Cartoon Network. I thought its graphic quality is well above your typical made-for-TV animes. The female character designs are really nice, sort of remind me of Himiko. It doesn't hurt that the first episode contains a bath scene, too.

I understand this anime is not included in Julie N's "Best Animes on DVD 2006" list, but then again, you know what people say about lists... Everybody has one, but nobody wants to looka at other people's

So tell me, it this series worth the agony in renting from GC?
hamano
post #17  on December 17, 2006 - 5:46 AM PST  
The thing I liked best about Trinity Blood, in the end, was the ED song. It was an okay version of those stories where the world has been divvied up between humans and a race of vampires. Toward the end I could care less about what happened to either of them. Some cool characters.

A perfect show for former Pokemon fans who have grown into pimply teenhood. If you liked Shakugan no Shana you'll probably enjoy it.
hamano
post #18  on December 17, 2006 - 5:52 AM PST  
IF someone set Paris Hilton's humiliating and yet career boosting explicit sex video to Paris Hilton's singing, the resulting atrocity COULD be as voyeuristically thought-provoking as GANTZ. Especially if we also scrolled some of her best quotes across the bottom of the screen.
Battie
post #19  on December 17, 2006 - 11:14 AM PST  
> On December 17, 2006 - 5:52 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> IF someone set Paris Hilton's humiliating and yet career boosting explicit sex video to Paris Hilton's singing, the resulting atrocity COULD be as voyeuristically thought-provoking as GANTZ. Especially if we also scrolled some of her best quotes across the bottom of the screen.
> ---------------------------------

It would make me ponder an apocalypse created by too many idiots breeding.

Off-topic, but related...Mike Judge's Idiocracy.
underdog
post #20  on December 18, 2006 - 9:39 AM PST  


Battie, didn't you mean: Mike Judge's Idiocracy. ;-)

I wonder why that one got so buried so quickly? Will it have future cult status like his Office Space? Haven't seen it so maybe it deserved it's fate but looking forward to giving it a try...

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