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Which anime to watch next?
Topic by: ahogue
Posted: August 17, 2005 - 11:49 AM PDT
Last Reply: September 29, 2005 - 9:39 PM PDT

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author topic: Which anime to watch next?
ahogue
post #1  on August 17, 2005 - 11:49 AM PDT  
Okay, well, since I started my exploration of anime I've had many peaks and troughs and I'm in a definite trough right now. Months ago I started this thread, and I've now gone through most of the recommendations I culled from it.

I'd like more recommendations! But it seems it's pretty hard to get one's taste across in this genre, so here are some notes on series I've seen recently. They are in order from most recently to least recently viewed. Feel free to add your comments if you'd like.

FLCL: Great artwork. Surreal and creative. Gainax-style wackiness taken to an extreme, but balanced by a sharp wit and a surprising dramatic tension that's hard to pin down. I loved the digs at Anno and parodies of Kare Kano and Eva.

Tsukihime Lunar Legend: Only made it through the first episode. It seemed like a typical teenage wish fullfillment anime with vampires; rather slow but (again, only based on the first episode) rather shallow, too. Characters seemed flat and generic. Character designs were trite and uninspired.

ROD OVA: Review here.

Paranoia Agent: Probably the finest anime I have seen since Boogiepop Phantom. The first three episodes are incredibly strong, the character designs are beyond first rate (as is the artwork in general), the story has great depth. I'm no expert, but I think it's a profoundly Buddhist ethic which underlies this series, and I found the whole thing very moving. I can't rave enough about it, really.

Fruits Basket: This series pushes the syrupy cutesiness nearly to my limit, but I have to admit it's sort of fun to watch sometimes. I can take or leave this one (based on watching perhaps 5 or 6 episodes). The music's pretty bad!

Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal: While this movie took lugubriousness almost to the point where I started to laugh, ultimately it pulls it off and is a compelling tragedy. Artwork and everything first rate. If an anime is going to be violent I prefer it to be serious and realistic. This series, like Texhnolyze, does that quite well.

Samurai Champloo: I am really enjoying this one so far, and I consider it far superior to the half of Cowboy Bebop I've seen. Watanabe manages to balance his goofy sense of humor with real dramatic tension much more effectively here. The characters are far more complex and less cartoony, which is generally very important to me.

Last Exile: Kind of a guilty pleasure. Apart from the very good animation I don't think this series deserves any awards, but it was quite a bit of fun. Most importantly, the characters, while not terribly well-rounded, are drawn just fully enough to keep the action interesting.

Kino's Journey: Had a lot going for it; I liked the visual style and the sound in general was great and quite distinctive (which I fully expected since the sound was done by the same person who did Boogiepop Phantom). The stories were very much a mixed bag, though, some of them really just children's fables. Glad I saw it, but ultimately feel lukewarm for this series.

I am not averse to robots, martial arts, high school drama, etc., but none of these things are enough in themselves. I'm really looking for anime with good characters and, if possible, some depth to them. Either that, or ridiculous goofy humor.

I'd really appreciate any pointers!
DBooher
post #2  on August 17, 2005 - 12:13 PM PDT  
GANTZ!

my new obsession.

Strange story. Beautifully animated. Graphic adult content (my favorite kind) yet done for story's sake and semi-tastefully so.
jross3
post #3  on August 17, 2005 - 12:41 PM PDT  
First I'll recommend GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), and after that I'll recommend (re-recommend?) Cromartie High School. They're not really THAT similar (a rather nice contrast, I think) but CHS will make more sense after you've seen some more.. realistic-ish punks. GTO is a great school drama (from a rather rare point of view - the teacher) and CHS is a really great school comedy (no teachers at all).
ahogue
post #4  on August 17, 2005 - 1:29 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 12:13 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> GANTZ!
>
> my new obsession.
>
> Strange story. Beautifully animated. Graphic adult content (my favorite kind) yet done for story's sake and semi-tastefully so.
> ---------------------------------

Thanks, Dbooher. I've heard a lot about Gantz, and it turns out a friend of mine is buying them so hopefully I will get to watch it soon.

I have to admit, I'm hoping more for recommendations on series that are already available in their entirety (or unlicensed, I suppose). Although all recommendations are welcome, I really hate waiting six months to rent the next disc in a series.
ahogue
post #5  on August 17, 2005 - 1:30 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 12:41 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> First I'll recommend GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), and after that I'll recommend (re-recommend?) Cromartie High School. They're not really THAT similar (a rather nice contrast, I think) but CHS will make more sense after you've seen some more.. realistic-ish punks. GTO is a great school drama (from a rather rare point of view - the teacher) and CHS is a really great school comedy (no teachers at all).
> ---------------------------------

I forgot to mention Cromartie High School. I love that show so far. Hilarious. Especially the character who wants to be a comedian. And the humming episode.

Based on that I'll move GTO up through my queue immediately. Thanks.
Battie
post #6  on August 17, 2005 - 5:22 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 11:49 AM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Okay, well, since I started my exploration of anime I've had many peaks and troughs and I'm in a definite trough right now. Months ago I started this thread, and I've now gone through most of the recommendations I culled from it.
>
> I'd like more recommendations! But it seems it's pretty hard to get one's taste across in this genre, so here are some notes on series I've seen recently. They are in order from most recently to least recently viewed. Feel free to add your comments if you'd like.
>
> FLCL: Great artwork. Surreal and creative. Gainax-style wackiness taken to an extreme, but balanced by a sharp wit and a surprising dramatic tension that's hard to pin down. I loved the digs at Anno and parodies of Kare Kano and Eva.
>

What about the parody in one episode of South Park? Rotfl. That one had me giggling.

> Tsukihime Lunar Legend: Only made it through the first episode. It seemed like a typical teenage wish fullfillment anime with vampires; rather slow but (again, only based on the first episode) rather shallow, too. Characters seemed flat and generic. Character designs were trite and uninspired.
>

Um, should've watched the next few episodes. I didn't like it by the end, due to a character change, but it didn't seem a typical wish fulfillment anything.

> ROD OVA: Review here.
>
> Paranoia Agent: Probably the finest anime I have seen since Boogiepop Phantom. The first three episodes are incredibly strong, the character designs are beyond first rate (as is the artwork in general), the story has great depth. I'm no expert, but I think it's a profoundly Buddhist ethic which underlies this series, and I found the whole thing very moving. I can't rave enough about it, really.
>

I've been watching this on AS and...well, it's very weird, but very interesting.

> Fruits Basket: This series pushes the syrupy cutesiness nearly to my limit, but I have to admit it's sort of fun to watch sometimes. I can take or leave this one (based on watching perhaps 5 or 6 episodes). The music's pretty bad!
>

LOL! Yeah. I'll agree. But I found parts amusing.

> Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal: While this movie took lugubriousness almost to the point where I started to laugh, ultimately it pulls it off and is a compelling tragedy. Artwork and everything first rate. If an anime is going to be violent I prefer it to be serious and realistic. This series, like Texhnolyze, does that quite well.
>
> Samurai Champloo: I am really enjoying this one so far, and I consider it far superior to the half of Cowboy Bebop I've seen. Watanabe manages to balance his goofy sense of humor with real dramatic tension much more effectively here. The characters are far more complex and less cartoony, which is generally very important to me.
>

Again, thanks to AS....I did NOT like Cowboy Bepop. I couldn't get into it for the life of me. And whatever happened to Outlaw Star? Anyway, Samurai Champloo is very good. I'm much more inclined to make sure I watch it than any other anime on AS.

> Last Exile: Kind of a guilty pleasure. Apart from the very good animation I don't think this series deserves any awards, but it was quite a bit of fun. Most importantly, the characters, while not terribly well-rounded, are drawn just fully enough to keep the action interesting.
>
> Kino's Journey: Had a lot going for it; I liked the visual style and the sound in general was great and quite distinctive (which I fully expected since the sound was done by the same person who did Boogiepop Phantom). The stories were very much a mixed bag, though, some of them really just children's fables. Glad I saw it, but ultimately feel lukewarm for this series.
>
> I am not averse to robots, martial arts, high school drama, etc., but none of these things are enough in themselves. I'm really looking for anime with good characters and, if possible, some depth to them. Either that, or ridiculous goofy humor.
>
> I'd really appreciate any pointers!
> ---------------------------------
DBooher
post #7  on August 17, 2005 - 5:34 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 1:29 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
I have to admit, I'm hoping more for recommendations on series that are already available in their entirety (or unlicensed, I suppose).

Ahahahahahahahahaha!!!
I laugh because I agree with you. And also, because I've gone delourious with waiting for whole series to come out. I feel your pain. Six months does suck. My last obsession--gun grave--is pretty much all out if you wanna check that out.

And Gantz is all the way out to 7--8 in october of a 10 disc series. So...if you watch it really really slow....

I just lent Gantz to a friend of mine...he now hates me...because I only lent him disc one...and he couldn't sleep because of all the confusion. Ahahahahaha!




Shaky
post #8  on August 17, 2005 - 6:33 PM PDT  
You mentioned unlicensed anime. If you're able to download, I have a few suggestions. Look these up at AniDB.net or Anime News Network for more info, then find the torrents on TokyoTosho.com or AnimeSuki.com. Note that these are ongoing shows, so once you get caught up you'll have to wait each week (or sometimes longer) for the new shows to come out.

Basilisk is a pretty brutal ninja show with two warring ninja clans killing each other in all sorts of horrible ways. The characters are ugly as hell and some of the action is sickening, but there's something incredibly appealing about it. They've done a good job of riding a fine edge bordered by stupidity, vulgarity, just plain bad taste, and decent storytelling. If you don't mind a little bloodletting, the show has a lot to offer. It's similar in many ways to Ninja Scroll.

Bleach is now up to episode 45 and still pretty strong. It's about a teenager who becomes a death god. His "spiritual power" leaks onto all his friends, and they get weird powers.

Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid is now out in fansubs. If you haven't seen the first Full Metal Panic series, I would suggest seeing it first, then moving into this one. I'm not a big fan of mecha anime, but this sequel series has some pretty riveting action sequences that put the first series to shame and will keep you on the edge of your seat. There's another series, Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU, but it has little to do with the story in the first series that is continued into The Second Raid, so you can skip it.

For a big change of pace, I highly recommend Honey & Clover. It's a slice-of-life type of anime that chronicles the lives of several college students. It has a very unique feel that may put you off at first, but give it a chance and you'll start to empathize with the characters very quickly. I personally think this is one of the better shows airing right now. It's alternately sweet, sad, silly and hilarious.

If you just want to be visually blown away, download Karas. It's beautiful. I can't say much for the story, but damn it looks good. It's an OVA, and only the first episode is out right now.

It's a little bit perverse, but I kind of like Okusama wa Joshikosei (Wife is a High School Student). It's about a high school girl who is secretly married to her physics teacher. They have signed an agreement with her father not to have sex until she graduates. They're constantly trying to keep people from finding out they're married, while also trying to refrain from boinking.

Speed Grapher is a pretty good show about a photographer who gains the ability to blow things up with his camera. All he has to do is focus and press the shutter, and BOOM. The teenage girl who gave him that ability is always being chased or threatened, so he's constantly trying to save her. Each week the bad guys send a different weird villain with powers as strange as his after him. There was the rubber man, the woman made of diamond, the guy with the super sensitive nose, etc. It sounds goofy, but it's all done quite seriously in a cool film noir style.

I am enjoying another relationship show called Suzuka. It's about a teenager who goes to live in an apartment building owned by his aunt. A girl named Suzuka lives next door. He likes her, but she gives him all kinds of mixed signals. There's also a meddling playboy friend and a large-breasted drunken female college student to keep things interesting.

Tsubasa Chronicles is a pretty good adventure show about a boy and a young princess traveling through different dimensions. The princess has lost her memories, which have been scattered across different worlds in the form of feathers. The two travel from world to world, along with a wizard, a warrior and a really annoying talking rabbit, looking for the princess' feathers, so that she can remember her life. Each world poses different challenges.

If you haven't been watching Yakitate! Japan!, you should. That's your ridiculous wacky humor entry in this bunch. It's about making bread. But they don't just make bread. They fight it out in life or death bread tournaments. There are now thirty-some-odd episodes out, so you have plenty to watch to catch up. I know no one who has watched this show who hasn't loved it.

I've been getting into a show called Zettai Shounen. There's a rash of shows right now about small town Japanese life, and this is one of the highlights of that trend. It's about a teenager who goes to spend the summer with his father in a small town, but not everything there is what it seems. There are strange glowing lights around town that reveal themselves sometimes as little flying ships. There's a one-eared cat, believed to have died, that reappears and somehow plays an important role in the town's future. There are also typical boy-girl relationships, where she likes him, but he likes someone else who likes another boy, etc.

One that's really frustrating is Zipang. It's about a modern Japanese Aegis warship that gets transported back in time to the night before the Battle of Midway. The officers and crew have to decide how to deal with watching their countrymen die by the thousands in WWII while they're unable to do anything about it lest they change history. When they're spotted and attacked, they have to decide whether they should fight back, since doing so could change the outcome of the war. It's a well-made show and fairly intelligent. I say it's frustrating because the fansub groups are taking their damned sweet time releasing new episodes.

That's almost enough from me, so I won't go into the older shows available on DVD except one: Crest of the Stars, and its sequels Banner of the Stars and Banner of the Stars II. This is an EXCELLENT sci-fi series about a galactic empire built to unite all the various planets on which humans live, but told through the eyes of a 16 year old boy who becomes a nobleman in the empire when his planet is annexed. More than anything the show is about this boy's relationship with an imperial princess who is possibly the next in line to be empress, but who in the mean time is serving in the military. And she's a badass. However, I would highly recommend watching it in Japanese, because the English dub is so incredibly bad it will make you want to kick puppies. Also, it was recently announced that there will be a Banner of the Stars III, so you definitely want to get cracking on these others before that comes out.

Oh hell, a few more I really like: Kamichu. It's about a young girl who has become a god. HOW that happened isn't explained. She just has these god powers. So her friends decide to help her figure out what kind of god she is. The little girl is a little too sad all the time, but the other characters help her along. I particularly like all the little youkai, little spirits in everyday items that can be seen working around the town.

Finally, TheJollyRoger.org has a couple of weird things that aren't really complete, but should be seen anyway. One is Hal&Bons, a computer animated show in which basically all that happens is that two strange dogs sit on a couch and are interviewed by Mochi, a talking rice ball. It's really peculiar.

The other thing I think you might like is Trava Fist Planet. It's about a couple of aliens who pick up an escape pod in deep space, and inside is a girl. It has a really unique, bizarre style. There are supposed to be more episodes, but who knows if anybody will sub them. The four parts that are out stand on their own, however, so go ahead and watch it.

Like I said, most of these (except Crest/Banner of the Stars) are available for download through bittorrent. I hope you have a fast connection and a large hard drive.
Battie
post #9  on August 18, 2005 - 1:04 AM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 6:33 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You mentioned unlicensed anime. If you're able to download, I have a few suggestions. Look these up at AniDB.net or Anime News Network for more info, then find the torrents on TokyoTosho.com or AnimeSuki.com. Note that these are ongoing shows, so once you get caught up you'll have to wait each week (or sometimes longer) for the new shows to come out.
>
> Basilisk is a pretty brutal ninja show with two warring ninja clans killing each other in all sorts of horrible ways. The characters are ugly as hell and some of the action is sickening, but there's something incredibly appealing about it. They've done a good job of riding a fine edge bordered by stupidity, vulgarity, just plain bad taste, and decent storytelling. If you don't mind a little bloodletting, the show has a lot to offer. It's similar in many ways to Ninja Scroll.
>

Licensed. :P

> Bleach is now up to episode 45 and still pretty strong. It's about a teenager who becomes a death god. His "spiritual power" leaks onto all his friends, and they get weird powers.
>

Man, it is SO long. I'm downloading it for a friend of mine (I have to burn a god knows how many fansubs to disc tonight so I can send 'em off). I can't say that I'm all into it after seeing the first episode, but I'll watch it when I've watched everything else. ^_^

> If you just want to be visually blown away, download Karas. It's beautiful. I can't say much for the story, but damn it looks good. It's an OVA, and only the first episode is out right now.
>

Also licensed. *sniff*

> Speed Grapher is a pretty good show about a photographer who gains the ability to blow things up with his camera. All he has to do is focus and press the shutter, and BOOM. The teenage girl who gave him that ability is always being chased or threatened, so he's constantly trying to save her. Each week the bad guys send a different weird villain with powers as strange as his after him. There was the rubber man, the woman made of diamond, the guy with the super sensitive nose, etc. It sounds goofy, but it's all done quite seriously in a cool film noir style.
>

Licensed, too.

> Tsubasa Chronicles is a pretty good adventure show about a boy and a young princess traveling through different dimensions. The princess has lost her memories, which have been scattered across different worlds in the form of feathers. The two travel from world to world, along with a wizard, a warrior and a really annoying talking rabbit, looking for the princess' feathers, so that she can remember her life. Each world poses different challenges.
>

I am SURPRISED this is not licensed. CLAMP.
> ---------------------------------

I'm up to ep. 60 on Monster. I passed on downloading this at first, but decided to go for the first episode. I'm a slow watcher, so I've downloaded them all, but only watched three. >_<

This guy is a surgeon from Japan, an extremely GOOD surgeon. He works for a German hospital, and due to his skills, brings a lot of prestige to it. He is also engaged to the Head Honcho's daughter, and said HH persuades the main character to write papers for him. He's a sleaze. One day, after operating on a famous musician (opera singer??), he finds a peasant woman in the emergency room, and she blames him for her husband's death. They're supposed to operate according to who came in first...and in this case, the HH told him to operate on the singer, never mentioning the peasant's husband. Not too long after that (maybe the next day?), he's about to begin operating on a little boy whose entire family, barring his sister, were murdered when the HH calls and insists he operate on the mayor (who promised to give funds in gratitude). He makes a choice between his career and his ethics...

You can imagine what happens next. But...the series is titled Monster for a reason.

Anywho, the entire thing has me intrigued. >:P

Then there's something I pulled off of AniKraze's website. It might be licensed, I'm not sure. Gankutsuou. It's a sci-fi, anime rendering of The Count of Monte Cristo (with some differences, naturally). The style is VERY different, and at first glance, looks awful. I've seen two or three episodes so far.

I'm also downloading Iriya no Sora, Harukanaru (which is just standard anime one would find on the WB one day) and Shuffle!, but they fall under the same category as Bleach for me, which is that they're watchable once I finish everything else.

Beating Angel! Dokuro-chan I find rather amusing. It's gore-filled, but I can't help it. It seems like the Japanese version of South Park (think of Japanese creators coming up with something as WRONG as South Park, not necessarily the same category).

As for DVD...I'm still telling myself to finish watching Ceres...then there's Gilgamesh and Kyo Kara Maoh! (if you're a fangirl--otherwise, KKM might be more boring than not. I, however, thought it was amusing as hell).

I WANT to see Mermaid Forest, Burst Angel, Spiral, Munto (though I forget why...), and Soul Hunter. I'm also towards the end of Samurai Deeper Kyo (not good, not bad...s'alright), and the beginning of Saiyuki (I finally gave in).
Chamelion
post #10  on August 18, 2005 - 3:57 AM PDT  
Mai-Hime. If you've not seen it... Short, sweet answer, but it's just a fun show, through and through!

C
Catullus
post #11  on August 18, 2005 - 4:15 AM PDT  
Hajime no Ippo (or fighting spirit)

Awesome anime that breaks my preconcieved notion that sports anime is retarded. It will have you shadowboxing while watching haha. Also a very funny anime with good characters that are easy to like and care about.

Reasons not to watch it, american dvd companies are incredibly slow with the releasing of anime and its a long series. But every single disk is worth buying, too bad it seems like it will be 1.5 years til it all gets released /cry.
Shaky
post #12  on August 18, 2005 - 9:49 AM PDT  
Gankutsuou is also licensed. It's too bad all those others are licensed. I guess I'll have to stop downloading all of them, even if they are still being fansubbed and readily available. I'm sure none of us would dare continue watching a series after it's licensed, even if it won't be legitimately available for many months and will then have very Americanized translations that take out the Japanese cultural references and puns.

I had been watching Monster for a while, then got hopelessly behind. It's a great show, and at some point I'll catch up on it.
Chamelion
post #13  on August 18, 2005 - 10:37 AM PDT  
> On August 18, 2005 - 9:49 AM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm sure none of us would dare continue watching a series after it's licensed, even if it won't be legitimately available for many months


Nooo, of course NOT! *bats eyes innocently*

C
ahogue
post #14  on August 18, 2005 - 11:24 AM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 5:22 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 17, 2005 - 11:49 AM PDT ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
I loved the digs at Anno and parodies of Kare Kano and Eva.
> >
>
> What about the parody in one episode of South Park? Rotfl. That one had me giggling.


Of course, I forgot about that part. I almost fell off my chair when I saw that.


> > Tsukihime Lunar Legend: Only made it through the first episode. It seemed like a typical teenage wish fullfillment anime with vampires;

> Um, should've watched the next few episodes. I didn't like it by the end, due to a character change, but it didn't seem a typical wish fulfillment anything.


Really? Hm. I guess I could give it one more try. The first episode really rubbed me the wrong way, though, I have to say.


> > Paranoia Agent: Probably the finest anime I have seen since Boogiepop Phantom.
>
> I've been watching this on AS and...well, it's very weird, but very interesting.


I'm actually glad I don't have cable. I would be too tempted to watch the anime on Adult Swim, but I would hate to watch such a good series dubbed.

It does get fairly weird and confusing in the mid episodes. As always with Kon, you just have to embrace your confusion and enjoy it. Unlike some of his earlier work, it is definitely worth it in this case.


> Again, thanks to AS....I did NOT like Cowboy Bepop. I couldn't get into it for the life of me. And whatever happened to Outlaw Star? Anyway, Samurai Champloo is very good. I'm much more inclined to make sure I watch it than any other anime on AS.

It's not that I don't like Cowboy Bebop, I think it's a cool show. But I'm just not feeling motivated to rush through the whole series. It's so episodic and relies so much on its (dazzling) style that I can only watch a couple episodes a month. I have the rest of it interspersed throughout my queue every ten discs or so; that should be just about right.
ahogue
post #15  on August 18, 2005 - 11:27 AM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 5:34 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 17, 2005 - 1:29 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> I have to admit, I'm hoping more for recommendations on series that are already available in their entirety (or unlicensed, I suppose).
>
> Ahahahahahahahahaha!!!
> I laugh because I agree with you. And also, because I've gone delourious with waiting for whole series to come out. I feel your pain. Six months does suck. My last obsession--gun grave--is pretty much all out if you wanna check that out.
>
> And Gantz is all the way out to 7--8 in october of a 10 disc series. So...if you watch it really really slow....
> ---------------------------------

It's bad enough waiting for Samurai Champloo and Cromartie High. I just don't need any more frustration in my life.

Yeah, I was thinking it's almost time to start Gantz. You have to time these things just right.
Battie
post #16  on August 18, 2005 - 6:55 PM PDT  
> On August 18, 2005 - 9:49 AM PDT Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Gankutsuou is also licensed. It's too bad all those others are licensed. I guess I'll have to stop downloading all of them, even if they are still being fansubbed and readily available. I'm sure none of us would dare continue watching a series after it's licensed, even if it won't be legitimately available for many months and will then have very Americanized translations that take out the Japanese cultural references and puns.
> ---------------------------------

Lmao. Indeed not! That would be...wrong. :P

Of course, several of these series I'll probably end up buying once they're fully available in the U.S.
markhl
post #17  on August 20, 2005 - 11:10 AM PDT  
After "catching up" on your original board ahogue.. I'm curious as to whether you completed Now and Then, Here and There yet and what your impressions were.

I think you may want to try giving Gasaraki a shot. Not a masterpiece but it is unbelievably underrated.. It immediately followed NGE and suffered some backlash as a result.. more politics and realism + less action than all other mecha series..

I'm a bit surprised at the Full Metal Panic suggestion from Shaky. I much preferred when things were just entirely goofy (as in Fumoffu) rather than an odd schizophrenic jump from war/politics/action to slice-of-life comedy. Did you catch Gasaraki yet Shaky? I don't recall.
RWaller
post #18  on August 20, 2005 - 8:15 PM PDT  
Just getting into Fantastic Children, which is complete (from Mahou). Not much to say so far, but topnotch production and very mysterious and atmospheric, I can't imagine anyone not liking this, especially if they liked Haibane Renmei.
Catullus
post #19  on August 21, 2005 - 3:58 AM PDT  
> On August 20, 2005 - 8:15 PM PDT RWaller wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Just getting into Fantastic Children, which is complete (from Mahou). Not much to say so far, but topnotch production and very mysterious and atmospheric, I can't imagine anyone not liking this, especially if they liked Haibane Renmei.
> ---------------------------------

haha just wait til you get to the "resolution"

as for the anime its well done til that point. I made a thread about, surprised anyone else is actually watching it :P
Shaky
post #20  on August 21, 2005 - 6:34 AM PDT  
> On August 20, 2005 - 11:10 AM PDT markhl wrote:
> I'm a bit surprised at the Full Metal Panic suggestion from Shaky. I much preferred when things were just entirely goofy (as in Fumoffu) rather than an odd schizophrenic jump from war/politics/action to slice-of-life comedy. Did you catch Gasaraki yet Shaky? I don't recall.
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Gasaraki is in my queue. I wasn't speaking against Fumoffu, because I haven't seen it. I was simply saying that you don't have to see Fumoffu to know what's going on in The Second Raid, but you do need to see the first series to know what's going on.

I really wouldn't have suggested the first series at all, because I considered it someone forgettable. I never bothered with Fumoffu for that reason. But I tried TSR on a whim, and it has some really well executed action sequences that I think are worth the download, just because they're cool to watch and affect the viewer on a visceral level. So I suggested seeing the first series first so ahogue would know what's going on, with the goal of getting into this new series which is out now.

Or don't. I personally find the idea of humanoid shaped mecha to be really stupid, and the idea of teenagers having to be the pilots even more stupid. If everyone stopped watching these series altogether and the genre went away, that would suit me just fine. Since that's unlikely to happen, I'll keep watching anyway and suspend my disbelief enough to get some enjoyment out of the more interesting aspects of the shows. I just don't keep them very high in my queues, and it'll probably be a while before I get to Gasaraki (especially since Greencine is so slow sending some of the more popular anime discs).
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