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Title: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on November 22, 2010, 02:12:27 AM
Sparked by the conversation in the Last Airbender section, I'm gonna list the anime I've watched that I've deemed to be of good quality, and invite all of you on the board to do the same. My comparison is to, in my opinion, the shit anime like Naruto, Bleach, Inuyasha (although Miroku will always be an awesome character), Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, etc...Basically, anything involved with Shounen Jump magazine I hate with a passion. And please, don't make this thread a flame war over whether you deem something on someone's list of anime to be good or crap. Let people make their own decisions.

And of course, this is using the definition of anime we've come to know as meaning "animation from Japan," to clarify (seeing as 'anime' is actually just a shortening of the loanword animeshun, which encompasses all animation - meaning in Japan, Looney Tunes is anime...but whatever.)

I tend to prefer the more serious or more mature-oriented animes, so this list won't have many wacky-crazy harem comedies or high school dramas (most of which I can't stand either, although what I saw of Fruits Basket wasn't too bad, honestly.)

First off:

-Anything directed by Satoshi Kon (R.I.P.) - Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, Paprika and (posthumously) his last film which just restarted production
-Pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki

Movies
-Grave of the Fireflies (in my opinion one of the best movies ever made, period)
-Barefoot Gen
-Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (the first Vampire Hunter D movie was actually pretty cool, too, but its story wasn't so hot - this sequel is just so much better in every way)
-Jin-Roh
-Ninja Scroll
-Akira
-Steamboy
-Mind Game
-The Venus Wars
-The Wings of Honneamise

Franchises
-Ghost in the Shell; Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex, Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex: 2nd Gig and Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex: Solid State Society (Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence, the official sequel to the original movie, is decent - the animation on Batou's dog is great - but not spectacular)

-Cowboy Bebop and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

-Blood: The Last Vampire & BLOOD+

-Fullmetal Alchemist & Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa; the more-accurate-to-the-manga Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (all are good)

-Read or Die & R.O.D. The TV

Series
-FLCL (Watch it subbed - the dub tries, but just can't reach the same level of insanity that's in the original language)
-Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
-Now and Then, Here and There (don't let the over-the-top-hyperactive-funny opening of the first episode fool you - it's just a mislead to make how dark this series gets feel even darker when it arrives.)
-Haibane Renmei
-Boogiepop Phantom
-Serial Experiments Lain
-Black Lagoon
-Planetes
-Big O
-Witchblade (yes, this actually was a good series, much to my surprise. Get the uncensored version, though.)
-Witch Hunter Robin
-Wolf's Rain

There's more, but I can't remember anything else off the top of my head - and as it's 2AM here, so if I remember anything else, I'll pit it in a new post, as I'd like to go to bed now.

Remember, these lists will be all one person's opinions. Please, let's not get into flame wars over people's opinions. Please.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on November 22, 2010, 04:34:40 AM
-Pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki

Yes, but really, it's anything by Studio Ghibli too.  Miyazaki hasn't directed everything they've done (though a lot of the highlights, admittedly)

I hardly watch any anime, but I remember really loving Taisho Baseball Girls, about a group of schoolgirls who start a baseball team in the 1920s in Japan.  It's sweet, subtle, and doesn't resort to creepy upskirt pantie shots every 5 seconds. 

Ninja Scroll's a bad movie.  :)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Invader_quirk on November 22, 2010, 06:45:27 AM
Series in order of greatness:
Planetes - A realistic space drama all about character development.
Mushi-Shi - An incredibly imaginative series about a man who travels around, studying the effects of almost ghost-like creatures known as mushi and their effects on humans. Very calming.
Paranoia Agent - From Satoshi Kon. A crazy and confusing series about, well, you don't really know until the end. Suspenseful and mind-blowing.
Cowboy Bebop - Probably the coolest series there is.
Samurai 7 - A retelling of Seven Samurai with steampunk robots and giant mechs. Yes, samurai fight mechs, which is dumb, but for some reason it's OK.
Serial Experiments Lain - I'm not sure I can actually recommend this weird-as-all-hell series, but it is interesting. Paranoia Agent is a better weird-as-all-hell series.
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor - Not amazing, but a step above the typical goofy anime IMO.

The best thing about all these shows is that they END. Unlike something like One Piece, these are planned out and end when they need to.

Movies in no particular order
All Satoshi Kon
All Studio Ghibli EXCEPT for the godawful Pom Poko
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Cowboy Bebop movie
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on November 22, 2010, 07:13:21 AM
Naruto

Bleach

kekkaishi

blueseed

bluegender

eruka seven

the guyver

Silent Mobius

nadesico

Gundam

robotech
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on November 22, 2010, 08:46:51 AM
I'll third or fourth or whatever-we're-up-to-th Cowboy Bebop, and would add Trigun to the list when it comes to mostly-serious Anime, but I actually enjoy the more comical Anime (Even though it seldom makes it up here because comedy is hard to localize).

Let's hear it for:
Slayers
Excel Saga
Tokyo Pig (Is anyone ever going to do a more straight-up translation of that show?)
Sgt. Frog
Dragon Half

And my Guiltiest Pleasure: I have watched and completely enjoyed more than one episode of Hamtaro.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: sgtbon on November 22, 2010, 12:02:31 PM
Some good stuff that hasn't been mentioned:

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Aim for the Top! Gunbuster
Dead Leaves
Hare + Guu (very underappreciated comedy)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on November 22, 2010, 02:40:28 PM
Shit, I knew I forgot Dead Leaves...Yes, that is an awesome-crazy movie.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on November 22, 2010, 04:30:56 PM
Some good stuff that hasn't been mentioned:

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Aim for the Top! Gunbuster
Dead Leaves
Hare + Guu (very underappreciated comedy)

Aim for the Top! Gunbuster's ending was good but who turns on the lights at the end
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on November 24, 2010, 07:58:51 AM
Oh yeah, don't forget the original Lupin III series from 1971, along with the Castle of Cogliostro movie from 1979. It's still amusing to me that the guy now nearly-synonymous in the west with "family-friendly anime" (Myazaki) got his start with that series...
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on November 29, 2010, 04:56:56 AM
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FLCL (Watch it subbed - the dub tries, but just can't reach the same level of insanity that's in the original language)

Really? I've heard the complete opposite on this (the dub is usually ranked up there with Cowboy Bebop in terms of being on par or better with the original Japanese version). In fact that's one of the reasons why I want the rerelease Funimation is doing (the Bandai volumes are expensive as sin now)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: spaceforarent on November 29, 2010, 05:05:12 AM
I've only seen one, and only because it was recommended to me by someone that can 9 times out of 10 be right about me liking something, but I really liked Tekkonkinkreet.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: gbeenie on November 29, 2010, 01:33:30 PM
Twilight of The Cockroaches.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on November 29, 2010, 06:48:06 PM
I enjoyed SHAFT's take on Negima although your mileage may vary (especially if you swear by the manga)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: stansimpson on November 29, 2010, 07:28:22 PM
Movies in no particular order
All Satoshi Kon
All Studio Ghibli EXCEPT for the godawful Pom Poko
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Cowboy Bebop movie
That's just crazy.  Cuz that's nearly identical to what I was gonna say... except I haven't seen the Cowboy Bebop movie (guess I'm gonna have to after those recommendations).  Only thing I'd add is Grave of the Fireflies and Ghost In the ShellThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time is one of those few I took a freakishly wild chance on and hit a small fortune. Seeing how I love time travel movies tho, I don't see how I could miss.  :D  Glad I don't hafta be the one to mention it first.

Oh!  Also, Robot Carnival.


EDIT:  One more thing to add about TGWLTT. Just found out it was the first film to win Best Animated Movie at the Japanese Oscars, and the director's follow-up film (Summer Wars) won this past year.  Neat!  Anyone seen that one?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Invader_quirk on November 29, 2010, 09:26:56 PM
Only thing I'd add is Grave of the Fireflies and Ghost In the Shell

EDIT:  One more thing to add about TGWLTT. Just found out it was the first film to win Best Animated Movie at the Japanese Oscars, and the director's follow-up film (Summer Wars) won this past year.  Neat!  Anyone seen that one?

Grave of the Fireflies is a Ghibli film, so I had that one as well. I have not seen Ghost in the Shell. I actually have a copy of Summer Wars on my computer, but it's too big for my laptop to handle so I haven't seen it. I did hear that Funimation is bringing it to theaters stateside.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: stansimpson on November 29, 2010, 10:26:04 PM
Only thing I'd add is Grave of the Fireflies and Ghost In the Shell

EDIT:  One more thing to add about TGWLTT. Just found out it was the first film to win Best Animated Movie at the Japanese Oscars, and the director's follow-up film (Summer Wars) won this past year.  Neat!  Anyone seen that one?

Grave of the Fireflies is a Ghibli film, so I had that one as well. I have not seen Ghost in the Shell. I actually have a copy of Summer Wars on my computer, but it's too big for my laptop to handle so I haven't seen it. I did hear that Funimation is bringing it to theaters stateside.
Wow.  Is GotF Studio Ghibli? How bout that. I saw Ghost In the Shell a few months ago. I thought it'd be overhyped since I've heard about it for so long.  Actually kinda glad that I saw it now that I'm older so I can have a deeper appreciation of it (pretty sure I wouldn't have had I watched it in high school).
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on November 29, 2010, 11:35:21 PM
Only thing I'd add is Grave of the Fireflies and Ghost In the Shell

EDIT:  One more thing to add about TGWLTT. Just found out it was the first film to win Best Animated Movie at the Japanese Oscars, and the director's follow-up film (Summer Wars) won this past year.  Neat!  Anyone seen that one?

Grave of the Fireflies is a Ghibli film, so I had that one as well. I have not seen Ghost in the Shell. I actually have a copy of Summer Wars on my computer, but it's too big for my laptop to handle so I haven't seen it. I did hear that Funimation is bringing it to theaters stateside.
Wow.  Is GotF Studio Ghibli? How bout that. I saw Ghost In the Shell a few months ago. I thought it'd be overhyped since I've heard about it for so long.  Actually kinda glad that I saw it now that I'm older so I can have a deeper appreciation of it (pretty sure I wouldn't have had I watched it in high school).

Yeah, GotF was released as a double feature w/My Neighbor Totoro (I don't know why - I read the reason somewhere, but I can't remember it...)

I still think the Standalone Complex series is the better of the GitS franchises (its first season managed to make an entirely expository episode where everyone's sitting in a chatroom the whole time watchable!), but the original movie's still damn good.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2010, 03:18:07 AM
Yeah, GotF was released as a double feature w/My Neighbor Totoro (I don't know why - I read the reason somewhere, but I can't remember it...)

I'm betting that GotF was the first film on that bill and it was paired with Totoro because it'd stop people wanting to hang themselves afterwards.  :)

Still, that's one hell of a combination.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on November 30, 2010, 11:49:00 AM
Found the reason for the double-bill:

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The movie was originally intended as a sort of front act of another Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro. Ghibli's parent company reasoned that Totoro's tie-in with a movie with more educational merit would guarantee its inclusion in the list of summer's recommended movies for school children.

http://www.associatepublisher.com/e/g/gr/grave_of_the_fireflies.htm

So, basically, it was an after-school special.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on December 01, 2010, 06:12:23 AM
Speaking of Summer Wars, it's having a theatrical run here and it's being nominated for Best Animated Feature as well.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on May 15, 2011, 07:44:50 PM
Here's my list (so far).  Contrary to this thread's title, I've included a range from 'what I liked' to 'what I didn't like', so people can compare tastes (and possibly find that everything they like fits in one of my other categories, so they may find something they'd enjoy in there with it).

A limitation for me is that - because of the head injuries - I can't read for more than about 15 minutes without DAYS of recovery necessary.  So anything not available with an English dub is out of the question for me.

Excellent (i.e. 'have already bought' or 'will buy' on DVD or Blu-Ray because I know I'll re-watch them):
Ghost in the Shell [liked both GiT:SAC series for character and for density of plot, not so much the original films]
Cowboy BeBop, including both the series and the film  [especially for characterization, though plots were good and often fun/funny, first learned of Yoko Kanno here]
Mirobito  [especially for characterization]
RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne  [fascinatingly different, if one can get past the torture in the first episode(s)]
Kiki's Delivery Service [quite the contrast to the anime' directly above ;) ]

Quite good, but not Great:
Read or Die (not quite in 'excellent', though I own the film)
Ponyo
Fullmetal Alchemist (prefer the new one currently airing on Adult Swim to the original; has a 'fuller' plot [not as tightly linked to just the brothers])
Birdy the Mighty Decode (liked both, second series more than the first)
The Sacred Blacksmith

Liked slightly more than 'OK' (enough to watch to the end):
Big O
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Eureka Seven
Princess Mononoke
Blood+
Kurau Phantom Memory

OK, but nothing special (i.e. 'I lost interest and usually couldn't finish the series' [if it was a series; if it was a film I watched it to the end]):
Bleach (became really repetitive after the first storyline)
Inuyasha
Code Geass - Lelouch Of The Rebellion
Sekirei
Night Walker
Appleseed
Vampire Hunter D
Paranoia Agent
Hellsing
Madlax
Night Walker
Read Or Die, the TV
Record of Lodoss War
The Melancholy of Haruhu Suzumiya
Witch Hunter Robin
Trinity Blood

Did not like:
Please Teacher [seriously creepy pedophilic 'love' story]
Lupin III
FLCL  ['Fooly Cooly']
Death Note
Samurai Champloo
Desert Punk
Chrome Shelled Regios
3x3 Eyes
Space Adventure Cobra
[ANY of the 'fight/contest' oriented series I've seen parts of; e.g. DragonBall Z]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on May 16, 2011, 12:18:22 AM
Have to disagree with you on Lupin III. I found it to be a compelling heist-anime. It was always interesting, the characters are compelling, and the capers always have an awesome twist to them.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on May 16, 2011, 12:48:45 AM
Have to disagree with you on Lupin III. I found it to be a compelling heist-anime. It was always interesting, the characters are compelling, and the capers always have an awesome twist to them.

If you'll notice, it was listed under "Did not like".  It was NOT under "This Anime' Sucked".  Therefore, if you 'disagree', then technically you are disagreeing with me not liking it, and - I'm sorry to say - I know what I like better than you do.  ;)

[Now if you'd said, "interesting you had that response to it, I liked it", that would've been different.]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on May 16, 2011, 12:53:41 AM
ok im not reading three pages in my current stupor.

just want to say any miyazaki film, with spirited away being best.  Also cowboy bebop is the best series.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 16, 2011, 05:23:03 PM
I love the Read or Die OAV but the TV series is pretty disappointing in a lot of ways.  Not bad, but not nearly as fun or charming.  Also, if you like the main character of Read or Die, she doesn't show up until near the end and they sort of stuff her into the background.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rattrap007 on May 17, 2011, 12:05:06 PM
Ones I liked: (own on DVD)

Ruroni Kenshin
Blue Gender - good monster movie style anime. Think Aliens.
FLCL - just plain strange
Ghost Stories - Watch the dub. It is a hilarious gag dub of an otherwise ho-hum series.
Cowboy Bebop
Trigun - Just plain awesome.
YuYu Hakusho
DB/DBZ/DBGT

Liked (Don't own):
Big O!

Currently watching:
Best Student Council
Prince of Tennis (season 1 on my Ipod)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2011, 12:37:33 PM
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Big O!

ah yes big o the anime with one the greatest what the heck moments ever (the latest  episode of session2) 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on May 17, 2011, 01:04:40 PM
ooh big o is that series on DVD
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2011, 01:32:16 PM
ooh big o is that series on DVD

yes it has been out four years
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TTYT on May 17, 2011, 01:58:21 PM
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Big O!

ah yes big o the anime with one the greatest what the heck moments ever (the latest  episode of session2) 

Sadly, it's only a WTF moment because there was supposed to be a third season, but that never happened.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2011, 03:49:53 PM
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Big O!

ah yes big o the anime with one the greatest what the heck moments ever (the latest  episode of session2) 

Sadly, it's only a WTF moment because there was supposed to be a third season, but that never happened.

oh really they must have got cold feet
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rattrap007 on May 17, 2011, 04:16:51 PM
I remember it being on Adult Swim. I still remember the finale episode.

Basically the week it was supposed to air they showed the wrong episode. The next week the title cards mentioned "Hey we goofed. We apologize. Here is the finale episode.." Then they started airing the same episode they did the week before. After about 10 seconds it cuts back to a title card and says "just kidding.." and then the finale aired.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 10, 2011, 02:32:01 AM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 10, 2011, 07:44:02 AM
So a new season of anime is upon us, and one of the highlights is Mawaru Penguindrum.  And after one episode you will have no clue what's going on.  But it's fun because of who's directing it.  Kunihiko Ikuhara returns to the director's chair after over 10 years, and who's last project was the stylized Revolutionary Girl Utena.  He's still got it as far as great visuals go, I just hope the story lives up as well.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zzt7k.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russell on July 19, 2011, 07:21:47 PM
I came across something today that made me laugh so hard I nearly lost my shit(nearly).
Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/v/TgnIjJexut4?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on December 28, 2011, 11:07:43 AM
Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean

http://eurekaao-prj.net/

Spring 2012
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on December 28, 2011, 02:17:44 PM
I came across something today that made me laugh so hard I nearly lost my shit(nearly).
Enjoy

Having in the last few months just seen the original, I gotta' say: this has it beat, hands down!  :D  "Thanks for sharing!"
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on December 28, 2011, 03:55:33 PM
Finished Mawaru penguindrum.  Good times.  Ikuhara has not lost his touch.  Loved that a bunch of the soundtrack weas remixes of old Japanese rock songs.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Sun-Wukong on December 31, 2011, 08:06:07 PM
Dragonball Z Kai eliminates a good number of the filler and padding.

This is true, but the fun of Dragonball is still missing.
There's always the Buu Saga, except Kai ended with Cell... I've always been partial to both series. I also like Full metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Detective Conan, Lupin III, a lot of the usual suspects. I'm just a big fan of animation in general though, Japanese or otherwise.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Raefire on December 31, 2011, 08:17:46 PM
This was a bit surprisng to me, but so far two of the Marvel Anime series on G4 have been rather entertaining. The Iron Man one was very good, and so far, the X-Men one has been just as good, if a little longer on the draw with the plot.

I'm praying the Blade anime will be like those two shows once it finally hits our shores, and not like the solo Wolverine anime. The action sequences in that series were pretty much the only reason I watched the whole 12 episodes. I'd rather watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine again than that series....
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russell on January 01, 2012, 08:12:54 PM
I said this before, but I really like Lucky Star. It's a lot of fun to watch.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 20, 2012, 12:59:24 PM
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ANN has reported that FUNimation is suing A.D. Vision owner John Ledford, ADV and the other companies related to ADV's breakup such as Sentai Filmworks and Section 23 for breach of contract and other things. FUNimation claims these companies owe them an estimated US$8 million plus additional fees.

FUNimation is suing because of the contract they had made with ARM to pick up the 30 former-ADV titles in July of 2008. FUNimation alleges in the lawsuit that they became a creditor of ADV when they licensed these titles and ADV owed ARM money. FUNimation claims that their contract with ARM says, among other things, that they can enforce ARM's contract to collect on the debt ADV owed, making them a creditor.

It is claimed that ADV never paid the debt and instead sold its assets to several other companies, owned by executives at what was ADV, for below market value, in an attempt to get away from paying the debt in some way, and that the new companies are also on the hook for the debt. FUNimation also wants the court to void this sale of assets, which occurred back in 2009, and wants a jury trial.

All of the non-ADV defendants—Sentai Filmworks, Section 23, etc.—responded in a counterclaim that they do not have a contract with FUNimation and are not liable for the debt. Among other things, they also claim the statute of limitations has passed.

Don't expect any resolution on this fast. If they don't end up settling and this goes to court, the first pre-trial meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2012.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/01/13-1/funimation-sues-ad-vision-sentai-and-more-over-claimed-unpaid-debt

*sigh*

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on January 20, 2012, 01:36:02 PM
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All of the non-ADV defendants—Sentai Filmworks, Section 23, etc.—responded in a counterclaim that they do not have a contract with FUNimation and are not liable for the debt. Among other things, they also claim the statute of limitations has passed.

Hopefully attorneys will state that this is the same as those other companies receiving stolen merchandise.  And, just as stolen merchandise is confiscated by the law and given back to the 'owning' party, these properties should go back to their original owners.  With that, any profits made from their use by those companies would rightfully go to the company that legally owned them.

However, this approach hasn't been used in many court cases I would have LIKED to have seen it used in (e.g. ENRON managers, Madoff, etc.), so I doubt that any attorneys involved will think of it or try it.

[And, of course, none of this makes it possible for any of those properties to see the light of day for YEARS here... which I believe was The Smooze's point.]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 20, 2012, 06:33:08 PM
i am hoping they settle out of court my self 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 13, 2012, 07:44:39 PM
Among the 'WTF' of the day...

Incense with DragonBallZ promotional items:
(http://www.nipponkodostore.com/v/vspfiles/templates/NK2/images/banner/DBZ_6assort.jpg)
(http://www.nipponkodostore.com/v/vspfiles/templates/NK2/images/banner/DBZ_12assort.jpg) (http://www.nipponkodostore.com/category_s/335.htm)
[Site wouldn't let me link to the main picture for the page.  There's more there.]

Nippon Kodo makes great incense if you are into that.  [I especially enjoy their less expensive Sandalwood (in the red box) (https://www.nipponkodostore.com/MORNING_STAR_SANDALWOOD_p/171.htm).]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on July 22, 2012, 08:39:46 PM
So I've been getting back into The Slayers. I started with the first few seasons, which I haven't watched since I bought the last VHS of Slayers Try waaay back in the day. It holds up really well. The funny parts are funny, the characters are all wonderful, and the story is still compelling.

So now I'm nearly done with the 2 new seasons. It's like Slayers never left. It's great to hear the old cast reprising their roles (Except for Xelos, who is now voiced by Mike Sinterniklaas, AKA Dean Venture.) I reccomend it to anyone who used to be a fan.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 23, 2012, 05:16:53 PM
if any one wants to start on anime  The Slayers is the place to start
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on September 25, 2012, 08:13:37 PM
For anyone in need of a good laugh, the reviewer at SFDebris has done a review of the first two Evangelion reboot films.  Being reboots, and supposedly being accessible to newcomers, he did not do any of his usual research going in.  He enjoyed them well enough, but it's amusing to see his confusion about things (the reaction when Shinji is told to pilot the robot is amazing), also neat to see him pick up on some things (like religious symbolism being there for no reason except being foreign and cool).
http://sfdebris.com/videos/animation/evangelion1.asp
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Nergol on October 01, 2012, 03:54:18 AM
If you like comedies, this past season's winner was Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, a wacky, cute-girl-filled anime comedy version of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.

No, seriously. This is Nyarlathotep:

(http://www.emptyblue.it/data/wallpaper/HaiyoreNyarukoSan/haiyore_nyaruko_99101_thumb.jpg)

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: arutha1000 on October 09, 2012, 10:27:10 AM
Rurouni Kenshin

I should like Trigun, because there's a lot to enjoy, but the spider and the butterfly can't both live. I still can't get over that.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2012, 09:21:06 PM
It's been a long time since I've been into an anime (I watched Major a few years ago, but it really became a slog in the last to seasons) but recently I found a new series to love... in a guilty pleasure kind of way.  As a comics fan and scholar I recently read the entire Jojo's Bizarre Adventure series (excluding the current one that began a year ago) and found it to live up to it's name.  Weird poses and costumes, characters and super-powers named after musicians, songs and albums (there are villains named Wang Chung, Cars, and Vanilla Ice and super-powers named Killer Queen, King Crimson, White Snake and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap) and convoluted super-powers.  I can never just say it's an out and out classic or great comic but I definitely get it's appeal and I get a kick out of reading it, for all it's faults.

Well, recently they finally started animating the first series in an attempt to adapt the entire saga. I knew I had to watch since I love the idea of animating classic anime that either had never been touched or had never had their stories completed (so many ran into filler and then just died before catching up with the comics).  So first they were adapting the original arc, which was essentially a Victorian melodrama that basically becomes Fist of the North Star with vampires (IE, ridiculous martial arts and lots of blood).  I watched the first episode and I'm very impressed.  First of all, it is so true to the original vision it's scary... and ridiculous.  Jojo has always been a silly comic, but the first arc was a little more serious.  Here, the animators were able to take the goofiness of it and rather than keep it out to try to make a stronger story, they were able to enhance it without changing anything.  This is how Jojo should be taken... as camp!  The first episode is essentially a ridiculous melodrama with a preposterously evil villain who, while having motives, just seems to go to absurd lengths to ruin our heroes life.  The animation is good but when there's a (melo)dramatic moment or action scene, it becomes eyepopping!

What's more, to honour the series love of music, the end theme is Yes' 1971 song Roundabout, which I don't think I've heard before, but is awesome, and the imagery for the end theme is great.  Can't wait to see what the opening theme looks and sounds like.

http://www.youtube.com/v/rjpCV6ilJKw

It's also got a perfectly campy and retro-sounding opening that I can't find on youtube but you can watch on low quality here:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xucqnn_jojo-s-bizarre-adventure-2012-opening_tv
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 20, 2013, 09:06:42 PM
So, something that's been making the rounds recently is "Little Witch Academia".  The show is the result of Japan's "Young Animators Training Project " where contest winners get to work on a project along with an animation studio.  In this case they got to work with a newer studio, Trigger.  Trigger is made up of several former Gainax employees, and this short film was directed by Yoh Yoshinari, who did the mech designs for Gurren Lagann.  Basic story is a group of young witches go on a small adventure.  Because it's a single short film, and not a series, there is a lot of experimentation if animation styles and looks.  It certainly has more to the animation than your usual anime series.  It's quite a bit of fun, and has a lot of homages to western animation.

The studio has also put an official subbed copy up on youtube, so watch, guilt free!

https://www.youtube.com/v/RBlqxEIJ_Cg
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 24, 2013, 05:30:13 AM
I've been hearing VERY good things about a new thriller called Aku no Hana about a boy who seems normal, but is a creepy stalker and ends up getting blackmailed by a girl who may be even more disturbed than he is.

It certainly has a fascinating preview, even though it has no context, no characters and an atonal sound that barely qualifies as music.  I'll have to start this one in a bit, after I'm done what I'm watching now.  Maybe wait for a few more episodes to come out.

http://www.youtube.com/v/agNACZm_J7U
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 04, 2013, 07:19:45 AM
Chuck of SFDebris just finished this 12 part review of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. 

http://sfdebris.com/videos/animation.asp

Speaks well for the series that someone with very little exposure to anime really, really loved this series. 

Especially given it's deceptive look.

(http://i.imgur.com/G5rhJhY.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 04, 2013, 10:39:58 AM
Black Lagoon.

Just got the entire series on BD/DVD (the OVA comes out in August), and it's great.

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE (if I haven't posted earlier somewhere in this thread) is "Darker Than Black" ... I am purely obsessed with that show. The entire first series is on Netflix instant still, I believe... so really, go watch it!

Series 2 was great, especially with the OVA bridging the two... yet it was very different than 1. And there IS a series 3 in Japan, and if you follow me on G+ or Facewebs I posted a link to a petition to get series 3 into the US (Funimation has done an AMAZING job so far with that show)


My second favourite (and the first I ever watched) is "Hell Girl" although I know a LOT of the American anime audience isn't fond of it at ALL, because it's a dark anthology drama without much action and a lot of procedural elements to it.  But it's big in Japan and has a lot of Japanese old culture elements mixed into it, and series 2 and 3 get more into the back story.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on July 04, 2013, 12:38:39 PM
Black Lagoon.

Just got the entire series on BD/DVD (the OVA comes out in August), and it's great.

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE (if I haven't posted earlier somewhere in this thread) is "Darker Than Black" ... I am purely obsessed with that show. The entire first series is on Netflix instant still, I believe... so really, go watch it!

Series 2 was great, especially with the OVA bridging the two... yet it was very different than 1. And there IS a series 3 in Japan, and if you follow me on G+ or Facewebs I posted a link to a petition to get series 3 into the US (Funimation has done an AMAZING job so far with that show)


My second favourite (and the first I ever watched) is "Hell Girl" although I know a LOT of the American anime audience isn't fond of it at ALL, because it's a dark anthology drama without much action and a lot of procedural elements to it.  But it's big in Japan and has a lot of Japanese old culture elements mixed into it, and series 2 and 3 get more into the back story.

Ooh, a 3rd season for Darker Than Black? Gonna have to look that up.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 04, 2013, 01:15:09 PM
Black Lagoon.

Just got the entire series on BD/DVD (the OVA comes out in August), and it's great.

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE (if I haven't posted earlier somewhere in this thread) is "Darker Than Black" ... I am purely obsessed with that show. The entire first series is on Netflix instant still, I believe... so really, go watch it!

Series 2 was great, especially with the OVA bridging the two... yet it was very different than 1. And there IS a series 3 in Japan, and if you follow me on G+ or Facewebs I posted a link to a petition to get series 3 into the US (Funimation has done an AMAZING job so far with that show)


My second favourite (and the first I ever watched) is "Hell Girl" although I know a LOT of the American anime audience isn't fond of it at ALL, because it's a dark anthology drama without much action and a lot of procedural elements to it.  But it's big in Japan and has a lot of Japanese old culture elements mixed into it, and series 2 and 3 get more into the back story.

Ooh, a 3rd season for Darker Than Black? Gonna have to look that up.

It has yet to make its way anywhere accessible. Look for the petition and sign it!!

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/darker-than-black-season-3.html  <<<----there.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on July 04, 2013, 01:28:27 PM
Black Lagoon.

Just got the entire series on BD/DVD (the OVA comes out in August), and it's great.

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE (if I haven't posted earlier somewhere in this thread) is "Darker Than Black" ... I am purely obsessed with that show. The entire first series is on Netflix instant still, I believe... so really, go watch it!

Series 2 was great, especially with the OVA bridging the two... yet it was very different than 1. And there IS a series 3 in Japan, and if you follow me on G+ or Facewebs I posted a link to a petition to get series 3 into the US (Funimation has done an AMAZING job so far with that show)


My second favourite (and the first I ever watched) is "Hell Girl" although I know a LOT of the American anime audience isn't fond of it at ALL, because it's a dark anthology drama without much action and a lot of procedural elements to it.  But it's big in Japan and has a lot of Japanese old culture elements mixed into it, and series 2 and 3 get more into the back story.

Ooh, a 3rd season for Darker Than Black? Gonna have to look that up.

It has yet to make its way anywhere accessible. Look for the petition and sign it!!

Found the petition and signed it, but as far as I can find, there isn't an actual season 3 yet. If there was, you could at least find a fan-subbed download somewhere (there'd definitely be enough demand for it), but I didn't see anything in my search other than a bunch of forum posts screaming for it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 04, 2013, 01:52:52 PM
Found the petition and signed it, but as far as I can find, there isn't an actual season 3 yet. If there was, you could at least find a fan-subbed download somewhere (there'd definitely be enough demand for it), but I didn't see anything in my search other than a bunch of forum posts screaming for it.

Ahh drat. Well maybe they were just talking about where it would go in the commentary for a season 2 episode. I could swear someone mentioned season 3 on those somewhere...  And I've read updates from 2012 that production would probably get pushed to 2013 due to the director working on other anime.

And yeah, there is plenty of call for it. Even in the industry itself, I know after season 1 a lot of people on OTHER anime (English-speaking production end) would ask the voice-over actors when season 2 was coming...

If it's anything like how the last season's production worked, now that season 2 is out on blu and DVD, they'll hopefully get to work on it.


....any other shows recommended for a fanatic of Darker Than Black?!  I am currently (as in, it's playing as I type) watching Kaze no Stigma.  I've seen Ergo Proxy, and that was good.  I have Chaos-Head en queue and Death Note is being rented.  Any more like DtB that would be worth watching!???

Oh, and I've also seen RIN... I quite loved that one as well.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on July 04, 2013, 04:11:07 PM
RIN was pretty nuts. Good, though. Elfen Lied is usually well received, but I wasn't really impressed. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is great, but no longer on Netflix. The original series is good, but the story is better in the newer version (closer to the manga, IIRC).
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 04, 2013, 05:17:45 PM
RIN was pretty nuts. Good, though. Elfen Lied is usually well received, but I wasn't really impressed. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is great, but no longer on Netflix. The original series is good, but the story is better in the newer version (closer to the manga, IIRC).

I saw Elfen Lied. It was alright, but nothing special IMO. I also just watched Chobits the other day which was fun.

I saw one that I don't remember the name... it had to do with some kids who went to school together (in an anime?! woah) who could project their spirits out of their bodies as they slept or something. I remember a temple (of course) and some big ravine that would flood every so often with an abandoned hospital that they let their spirits explore.  .....if that rings any bells for anyone, let me know what it's called, because I can't recall it in the slightest. It was kinda weird.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 04, 2013, 05:40:20 PM
Ghost Hound?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 04, 2013, 06:26:03 PM
I've tried to keep track of what I've seen and what I graded it (rated 1-5).  Since a number from my 'four star' and 'five star' have been mentioned in the last few posts I figured I'd chime in with possible suggestions.  [For a few it was surprising that they made it as high as they did because of the 'helpless female'/'fan service'/'inability of male to deal with biology' aspects (e.g. Chobits for the 'helpless female' and 'male inability' bits).  The story had to be pretty damn good to get past that.]

~5*  -  Excellent:
Cowboy BeBop  [both series and film]  -  bought on DVD, film on blu (waiting for series on blu)
El Cazador de la Bruja
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,   and GitS: SAC: 2nd Gig  -  bought on DVD, when blus are reasonable, I'll buy those
Moribito  -  Liked enough to buy on blu-ray; first time I saw it it took a while to get into it [it was 'iffy' for the first 7-8 episodes, actually]
My Neighbor Totoro
Xam'd Lost Memories


~4*  -  Quite good, but not Great:
Air
Baldr Force EXE Resolution
Birdy the Mighty Decode (series 1, 2)
Chobits
Chrono Crusade
Claymore [ALMOST makes it into the 'Excellent' category]
Corpse Princess
Darker Than Black [1] [ALMOST makes it into the 'Excellent' category]
Darker Than Black II
Ergo Proxy
Fullmetal Alchemist  [liked both, but Brotherhood better]
Kino's Journey
Read or Die  ['film', not series]
The Sacred Blacksmith
Witchblade  [rather excessive in the fan service, but story's good enough to overcome that]
Wolf's Rain
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 04, 2013, 07:36:09 PM
I found Xam'd to be incredibly boring most the time. 


Some of my favorite anime...

Haibane Renmei (Drama, Mystery)
Kino's Journey (Mystery, Adventure)
Lain (Techno-thriller)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (Magical Girl, Drama, Romance)
Princess Tutu (Fantasy, Magical Girl)
No Seriously, Princess Tutu is awesome
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Magical Girl, Drama)
Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann (Action, Super Action, Super-Duper Action)
Scrapped Princess (Fantasy, Sci-fi)
Nodame Cantabile (Music, romance)
Toradora (Comedy, Romance)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 04, 2013, 07:40:46 PM
If you like Haibane Ranmei, read the book Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which inspired it.  Half of it is like the above mentioned series and the otherhalf is a neo-noir sci-fi with monsters.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 09, 2013, 06:19:24 PM
Studio Trigger has begun a kickstarter to make more "Little Witch Academia". 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1311401276/little-witch-academia-2

Some good reward tiers there.  $50 gets you a blu-ray when it's finished, and an art book.

For those who don't know, "Little Witch Academia" was a one episode OVA made by this studio, which has a lot of former Gainax staff.  It was made in cooperation with a grant from the Japanese Government for young animators and has received very positive feedback. 

And you can watch the whole thing on youtube legally!

http://www.youtube.com/v/RBlqxEIJ_Cg
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on July 11, 2013, 06:35:58 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/L9yGBxq.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on August 10, 2013, 07:37:51 PM
New Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) show in works for next year called "Space Dandy".  Meant to be a comedy space adventure featuring Dandy, the dandiest man in space!  He partners with a Roomba and a talking cat alien to find other aliens.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-10/shinichiro-watanabe-reveals-space-dandy-comedy-tv-anime

(http://i.imgur.com/HgOZ73q.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: pumpkinpearl on August 11, 2013, 11:56:27 AM
I'm an anime noob. I've seen "some", but am far from a connoisseur. Basically, for me, Unico is where it's at.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 13, 2013, 03:06:47 AM
Ooo, I'll need to check out Space Dandy when it comes out.

I haven't been a real anime viewer for a long time, with the exception of my guilty pleasure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (the 2012 TV series, not the OAV).  But I always recommend Monster.  It's a pretty impressive character-based thriller.  I also recommend the fun and exciting sports manga Hajime no Ippo (called Fighting Spirit in the US).  The newest series has just been announced for the latter.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on August 16, 2013, 03:27:14 PM
Sentai and Funimation just rescued a metric crapload of old Bandai licenses at Otakon and I am very much considering getting Big O, King Gainer, Zegapain and Tales of the Abyss out of them all.

Now all we need is for Gundam to see a rescue. Although what I really want is a Blu-ray or better DVD release of G Gundam, which has not happened yet in Japan but one other Toonami staple Gundam series, Wing, has gotten one along with 08th MS Team (which I saw a few episodes of once and enjoyed)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 30, 2013, 10:29:16 PM
The first Space Dandy teaser!

http://www.youtube.com/v/o480GrsQGmo

This... looks... fun!  I love that while we get glimpses of some T&A, there some of unconventional beauty (seeing the main characters sharing some pillow talk with space monsters, scaly double pairs of breast in bikinis).  Looks like someone's been taking lessons from Captain Jack.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on October 26, 2013, 02:30:58 PM
SPACE DANDY to be Broadcast Simultaneously in Japan and North America
http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2013/10/26/space-dandy-to-be-broadcast-simultaneously-in-japan-and-north-america/
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on November 14, 2013, 07:30:44 PM
Quote
Chiaki Omigawa, voice actress of Soul Eater's Maka, confirmed on her “Yurutto Fuwatto” (Lax & Fluffy) radio program on Thursday that an anime adaptation of Atsushi Ohkubo's Soul Eater Not! manga has been green-lit. The voice actress did not reveal anything else about the anime, although she added, "I think lots of people have already heard about this..."

The Internet domain name souleaternot.tv was registered under Kadokawa Corporation's name on October 18. The December issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that an “important announcement” for Atsushi Ohkubo's Soul Eater Not! spinoff manga will be published in the magazine's January issue on December 12.

The Soul Eater Not! manga returned from hiatus last month after the main Soul Eater manga ended in the magazine in August. It launched in 2011, and Yen Press is publishing both the Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not!

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-11-14/maka-voice-actress-omigawa-confirms-soul-eater-not-anime-adaptation
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Lembach on November 18, 2013, 08:53:22 PM
(http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/196qcwkwq7nzpjpg/ku-medium.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: PsychoGoatee on November 20, 2013, 12:53:57 PM
That image is a work of art, I don't even remember that GiTS episode but it seems like it was quite the saga.  ;D

Ah yes anime, Hajime No Ippo: Rising is some fun stuff right now, and I always always dig me some One Piece.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on December 08, 2013, 09:05:35 PM
Did you see Madoka Magica?  Did you think it was a good series with great characters? 

Do you like money?

Well good news, you can save some by not going to see the horrible new movie that ruins it all!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on December 30, 2013, 06:46:16 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Zeqmvon.png)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on December 31, 2013, 02:13:03 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Zeqmvon.png)

I would sleep with all of them... except for #6. That one's just creepy.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 31, 2013, 11:30:47 PM
I don't know much about anime, but I love cowboy bebop. I love the art design and the animation, especially of the backgrounds and atmosphere. The worlds the show creates feel very real and lived in. Beautiful cinematography (or whatever you call it in animation).

Can anyone recommend another anime with the same caliber of art and animation?  Not necesarily stuff that just looks cool, but images that feel real and human.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on January 01, 2014, 04:55:22 PM
I recommend Darker Than Black. To anyone and everyone.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on January 01, 2014, 06:29:29 PM
Picture of the Juppongatana from the second Rurouni Kenshin live action film.

(http://i.imgur.com/RDwcLp7.jpg)

If it follows the first one, it should be pretty good, or better given it's doing the Kyoto arc.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on January 01, 2014, 06:37:08 PM
I don't know much about anime, but I love cowboy bebop. I love the art design and the animation, especially of the backgrounds and atmosphere. The worlds the show creates feel very real and lived in. Beautiful cinematography (or whatever you call it in animation).

Can anyone recommend another anime with the same caliber of art and animation?  Not necesarily stuff that just looks cool, but images that feel real and human.

Cowboy BeBop was what got me to give anime' a try (after a life where what I'd been exposed to was largely Gigantor and Astroboy as a kid and then Speed Racer as a teen [I actually counted the number of grunts in a Speed Racer episode once... it was something over 120 in one 23 minute episode ::)]).

I would recommend two very different shows: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (and GitS:SAC, 2nd Gig, same show, second season); then the very-different-from-either-that-or-BeBop, but absolutely beautifully done, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.  Both of those not only have the same caliber of art and animation, but neither has cute animal companions or eyes in the '5'-plus range on the chart just above. :)  [Those, with BeBop, are the only anime' I've paid money to own, Moribito on blu, the GitS:SAC and BeBop on DVD until those two are available at reasonable cost on blu.]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on January 01, 2014, 06:50:38 PM
If you enjoyed Bebop you should give Outlaw Star a try.  I'd call it a less polished Bebop and a little less mature in it's story telling but quite fun.  Also check out Trigun, which is another great one. 

Heck, combine these three shows together and you basically have "Firefly"
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 01, 2014, 11:08:55 PM
Outlaw star was fun. Would watch that on toonami after school. But I mostly remember having a 13 year old crush on Aisha.

I'll give Moribito a shot when I have some time. I've seen an episode or two of ghosts in the shell and I don't remember being impressed. But i might revisit that as well. Thanks for the recommendations!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on January 02, 2014, 09:51:32 AM
This all just reminded me that I've owned the Black Lagoon OVA on my shelf for a month now, and I've yet to watch it!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on January 02, 2014, 11:01:12 AM
What if Star Wars had been a 1980s anime?

http://www.youtube.com/v/u0hU6PDrXco?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 02, 2014, 05:44:29 PM
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-31/sword-art-online-
ii-tv-anime-to-launch-in-2014

Quote
"A new Sword Art Online television anime, Sword Art Online II, will launch in 2014. The announcement was made during Tuesday's premiere of the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special and on the franchise's updated website. The website gives the new arc the subtitle "Phantom Bullet." More details will be announced on the site."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K0Ghr_rbJmQ
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on January 02, 2014, 10:43:50 PM
So that Space Dandy show by the creators behind Cowboy Bebop starts airing Saturday on Adult Swim. Been a while since I've picked up a new Anime. This one looks like fun.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on January 03, 2014, 11:43:55 AM
So that Space Dandy show by the creators behind Cowboy Bebop starts airing Saturday on Adult Swim. Been a while since I've picked up a new Anime. This one looks like fun.

Planning to check that out myself. If it's half as good as Cowboy Bebop, I'll be happy.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on January 05, 2014, 04:56:30 PM
Space Dandy was pretty amusing. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on January 07, 2014, 07:41:02 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/WdDW5eg.png)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 07, 2014, 08:57:41 PM
I don't know much about anime, but I love cowboy bebop. I love the art design and the animation, especially of the backgrounds and atmosphere. The worlds the show creates feel very real and lived in. Beautiful cinematography (or whatever you call it in animation).

Can anyone recommend another anime with the same caliber of art and animation?  Not necesarily stuff that just looks cool, but images that feel real and human.

Cowboy BeBop was what got me to give anime' a try (after a life where what I'd been exposed to was largely Gigantor and Astroboy as a kid and then Speed Racer as a teen [I actually counted the number of grunts in a Speed Racer episode once... it was something over 120 in one 23 minute episode ::)]).

I would recommend two very different shows: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (and GitS:SAC, 2nd Gig, same show, second season); then the very-different-from-either-that-or-BeBop, but absolutely beautifully done, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.  Both of those not only have the same caliber of art and animation, but neither has cute animal companions or eyes in the '5'-plus range on the chart just above. :)  [Those, with BeBop, are the only anime' I've paid money to own, Moribito on blu, the GitS:SAC and BeBop on DVD until those two are available at reasonable cost on blu.]

Gave Moribito a shot first.  I wasn't blown away by the art and animation.  And I have to be frank, the first episode was pretty slow.  Doesn't it get much better?  If so perhaps I'll come back to it.

Also gave Stand Alone Complex a shot, and enjoyed that much more.  Very cool animation.  That made me want to watch the original movie (I thought they were directly related).  I knew I had started watching it once, but I didn't remember finishing it.  Turns out I did finish watching it before, but the ending was very anticlimactic so I just forgot.  HOWEVER, I absolutely loved the art and animation in that movie.  Some really beautiful stuff, on par with the cowboy bebop movie. The tv shows are good, but I really appreciate the extra attention to detail in the movies. 

Thanks for the recomendations.  Definitely going to work my way through the rest of Ghosts in the shell when I get the time.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on January 08, 2014, 12:30:57 AM
I don't know much about anime, but I love cowboy bebop. I love the art design and the animation, especially of the backgrounds and atmosphere. The worlds the show creates feel very real and lived in. Beautiful cinematography (or whatever you call it in animation).

Can anyone recommend another anime with the same caliber of art and animation?  Not necesarily stuff that just looks cool, but images that feel real and human.

Cowboy BeBop was what got me to give anime' a try (after a life where what I'd been exposed to was largely Gigantor and Astroboy as a kid and then Speed Racer as a teen [I actually counted the number of grunts in a Speed Racer episode once... it was something over 120 in one 23 minute episode ::)]).

I would recommend two very different shows: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (and GitS:SAC, 2nd Gig, same show, second season); then the very-different-from-either-that-or-BeBop, but absolutely beautifully done, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.  Both of those not only have the same caliber of art and animation, but neither has cute animal companions or eyes in the '5'-plus range on the chart just above. :)  [Those, with BeBop, are the only anime' I've paid money to own, Moribito on blu, the GitS:SAC and BeBop on DVD until those two are available at reasonable cost on blu.]

Gave Moribito a shot first.  I wasn't blown away by the art and animation.  And I have to be frank, the first episode was pretty slow.  Doesn't it get much better?  If so perhaps I'll come back to it.

Also gave Stand Alone Complex a shot, and enjoyed that much more.  Very cool animation.  That made me want to watch the original movie (I thought they were directly related).  I knew I had started watching it once, but I didn't remember finishing it.  Turns out I did finish watching it before, but the ending was very anticlimactic so I just forgot.  HOWEVER, I absolutely loved the art and animation in that movie.  Some really beautiful stuff, on par with the cowboy bebop movie. The tv shows are good, but I really appreciate the extra attention to detail in the movies. 

Thanks for the recomendations.  Definitely going to work my way through the rest of Ghosts in the shell when I get the time.

Actually, the first time I tried to watch Moribito, I was bored until about the eighth episode or something [then Adult Swim took it off for a while].  When it came back, I gave it a second try, and, once it got past those first few environment and character-setting episodes, the story really picked up and it was quite impressive.  It is not the action show that GitS:SAC is.  GitS:SAC is science fiction/action, Moribito is more fantasy/mythology(/psychology)/with action along the way.

Yeah the GitS film is beautiful, but really isn't related to the series (and, I agree, the end of it was rather a let-down to me as well).  They're sort-of like parallel-worlds interpretations of the characters.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on January 08, 2014, 03:22:09 AM
I was really disappointed with Space Dandy.  I ended up irritated through it, and don't recall a time during the whole episode that I was amused. :(  Oh, well, at least it's one more thing to watch that I don't have to bother trying to keep track of.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on January 09, 2014, 05:40:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/R94Q6NhuS3A
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on January 09, 2014, 05:51:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/R94Q6NhuS3A

Almost posted that myself. Love it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on February 01, 2014, 06:56:06 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/nyTHuLV.png)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on May 11, 2014, 12:04:39 PM
I've watched about 12 episodes of Attack on Titan on Netflix.  Really liked the opening few episodes, and sort of reminded me of War of the Worlds, or Cloverfield in the refugees desperation to escape.  It suffers from some serious lulls in action though, and a tendency to resort to very silly melodramatic exclamations that undercut all the actual tension that's built up in a scene.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on May 11, 2014, 12:14:28 PM
I've watched about 12 episodes of Attack on Titan on Netflix.  Really liked the opening few episodes, and sort of reminded me of War of the Worlds, or Cloverfield in the refugees desperation to escape.  It suffers from some serious lulls in action though, and a tendency to resort to very silly melodramatic exclamations that undercut all the actual tension that's built up in a scene.

I had been reading the manga, and saw it on Netflix recently, so I've added it but not watched yet.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on May 12, 2014, 06:35:50 PM
Iconic Japanese Cartoon ‘Doraemon’ Acquired by Disney
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/iconic-japanese-cartoon-doraemon-acquired-by-disney-1201176265/
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on May 13, 2014, 07:48:56 AM
Iconic Japanese Cartoon ‘Doraemon’ Acquired by Disney
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/iconic-japanese-cartoon-doraemon-acquired-by-disney-1201176265/
(http://i.imgur.com/Vb7cs4q.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on May 13, 2014, 05:12:58 PM
Everyone should watch Kill la Kill.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 13, 2014, 05:37:16 PM
Live action Akira trailer (Not a trailer for a movie, just a trailer)

http://www.youtube.com/v/t1GO-93Nt3c?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

A lot of work went into making a trailer that looks a lot worse than the original film.  I guess it was a good honing of post production skills for those involved, but a live action Akira doesn't make any sense.  How can you expect to compete with the visuals of an animated film, especially one as amazing as Akira?  More importantly, why would you try?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on May 15, 2014, 12:03:17 PM
I've watched about 12 episodes of Attack on Titan on Netflix.  Really liked the opening few episodes, and sort of reminded me of War of the Worlds, or Cloverfield in the refugees desperation to escape.  It suffers from some serious lulls in action though, and a tendency to resort to very silly melodramatic exclamations that undercut all the actual tension that's built up in a scene.

I had been reading the manga, and saw it on Netflix recently, so I've added it but not watched yet.

I binged the entire series of this on Netflix after catching the pilot on adult swim. I really quite like it, even with all the seemingly stereotypical anime trappings it falls in (random pauses for melodramatic internal monologues, extreme shows of emotion at random intervals, taking 5 minutes at the start of an episode to recap the previous episode, etc.). The premise and story is quite unique, and it really knows how and when to lay on a great cliffhanger (folks stayed through the credits for the final episode, right?). Plus the characters are all really growing on me, which makes it all the more effective when the show starts killing them off at random. Because if there's one thing this show is really good at, it's making it seem like "OK, this time things will work out" and then turning around and going off the depression cliff again.

I've also started reading the Manga as well, and for the most part the anime seems pretty shot-for-shot (albeit with a bit more background detail and new bits added in between, which is nice). It'll be good to catch up to the show and then continue on, since the books go farther in the story and I'm really eager to see where things are going.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on May 15, 2014, 05:05:24 PM
I was talking with a friend who has read the manga, and he said it gets reeeeaaaalllly drawn out.  They're on something like chapter 105, and they've not been to the basement yet. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on May 15, 2014, 11:46:43 PM
I was talking with a friend who has read the manga, and he said it gets reeeeaaaalllly drawn out.  They're on something like chapter 105, and they've not been to the basement yet.

Much like the show, the pacing is several steps of weird. Major events can come on fast, and then it feels like there's a big pause as everything is just... processed for a few dozen pages. And when compared to the show, it gets even stranger. For instance, I'm four books in at this point, and the whole first book covers the first five episodes (except that the training stuff was moved up from book 4). That's a lot going on, and it feels fast and slow all at once.

I believe the author said that he plans to have everything wrapped up in 20 books, and they're at 12 at the moment. So still lots to go. Like I said above, I'm really digging the story, so I don't mind it taking its time, but then, I'll like it even more when I've gotten past all the stuff I already saw in the show (at least 4 more books I think). This is looking like an instance where I dig the books for the story, but it's the tv adaptation that really brings it all together. Helps that show doesn't cut much of anything out, even little things.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on May 16, 2014, 06:15:03 PM
I have finished Kill la Kill.

Quite the show.  Made by the folks who did Gurren Lagann, and if you enjoyed that show you'll probably enjoy this.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2014, 06:15:27 PM
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-16/viz-licenses-orig
inal-sailor-moon-anime-franchise

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-16/viz-licenses-new-
sailor-moon-crystal-anime

 
Quote
so not only do they have the new one, they have the old one and are redubbing it. no details on Crystal yet, but as far as the old one goes:

 

"Viz aims to release the franchise digitally with English subtitles starting this summer, followed by the English dub starting in late 2014. It also plans DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo releases in half-season sets starting this fall.

The first four television anime episodes will stream with English subtitles on Viz Media's NeonAlley.com service and the Hulu Plus service on Monday."
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on May 18, 2014, 05:44:52 AM
Fans of Attack on Titan might be interested to know that a live action version of the film is coming out in Japan next year.  Weirdly, some of the special effects for the film were shown off in a car commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/v/NQkgmHEA5_E

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on May 21, 2014, 01:13:30 PM
For those interested, the complete series of Eden of the East on Blu-ray (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Eden-of-the-East-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d020%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-020-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003SPDS8A&ASIN=B003SPDS8A&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER) is currently $23.89 at Amazon.

This is one of my favorite anime series (with the films as follow-up... those aren't on sale now, though).  It is from the same director as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

There's (right now) only 4 more in stock at Amazon, but they'll have more soon if those are gone by the time you check.



If you haven't seen this incredible series, you may want to read a great review of the series and Blu-ray HERE (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Eden-of-the-East-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/12793/).

But personally, I think it is worth a blind buy at $24.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on May 25, 2014, 11:18:08 AM
I could have done an edit to my post just above, but then most people wouldn't see it for potentially weeks (given the occasional gaps in posting in this thread).

For those who didn't get Eden of the East: Complete Series last week, it is now on sale for $1.91 cheaper, $21.98 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Eden-of-the-East-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d020%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-020-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003SPDS8A&ASIN=B003SPDS8A&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER).  And, of course, if you got it at Amazon, they will price match themselves for that $1.91 either by online chat or phone (possibly e-mail, too, but since that requires possibly a day wait, I'd rather have instant confirmation).

HOWEVER, if you didn't already buy it, the Blu-ray release which also includes the series on DVD (if that is important to you), is - bizarrely enough - on sale for the same price.  That Eden of the East: Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is HERE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Eden-of-the-East-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d020%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-020-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B005NQ5LQE&ASIN=B005NQ5LQE&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER).

Titles are links in the above paragraphs.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 27, 2014, 05:27:13 PM
Me and some friends started watching the latest season of Hajime no Ippo this Saturday.  As always, the show is still good with Madhouse doing amazing animation work.  It also features a hilarious yet brilliant boxing strategy used in the fifth episode.  I just wish it wouldn't be so many years between seasons.

https://www.youtube.com/v/E8PQr5PDPq4
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on June 05, 2014, 04:17:40 PM
Trailer for the new Sailor Moon is up.
http://www.youtube.com/v/v9Ft3viBgtQ
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on June 19, 2014, 08:36:27 PM
I like virtually every anime series and film you all listed so far.  I miss Satoshi Kon! Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Paprika,  Paranoia Agent.  He was my favorite.     

In general, I like bishoujou high school comedies, for series. Azumanga Daioh, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, School Rumble, etc. Just light-hearted fun stuff.  Also like "heady" anime such as Seals, Lain, Mushishi Ergo Proxy, GITS, etc.

As far as movies, 5Cm per second, Voices From a Distant Star. 

Studio Ghibli? anything from them!   Anything!   Grave of the Fireflies brought me to my knees, Barefoot Gen hurt.  A lot. Those two movies will hurt you. Amazing stuff.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on June 20, 2014, 03:15:51 PM
Just finished an enjoyable - and very different (in it's own way) - series.  It is one of the only anime I've felt reasonably priced enough to blind buy (i.e. without seeing at least a couple episodes first), buying it based solely on a review (it was just over $20).  The series was 'RideBack'.

The review I read is HERE (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Rideback-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/93884/#Review), which I then supplemented by reading a couple additional ones on Amazon.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 06, 2014, 07:21:37 PM
Harmony Gold Launches 'Robotech Academy' Mini-Series Pilot Kickstarter Campaign
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-07-05/harmony-gold-launches-robotech-academy-mini-series-pilot-kickstarter-campaign/.76344

hate in 3...2.....1
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 19, 2014, 05:11:05 PM
Psychoanalyzing Two of Japan's Greatest Anime Creators
http://kotaku.com/psychoanalyzing-two-of-japans-greatest-anime-creators-1606463893
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 19, 2014, 05:36:06 PM
Psychoanalyzing Two of Japan's Greatest Anime Creators
http://kotaku.com/psychoanalyzing-two-of-japans-greatest-anime-creators-1606463893

Thanks.  The article title sounded fascinating (particularly since one of those 'psychoanalyzed' was Miyazaki).  But sadly the article didn't go into much depth at all, much less the scope I would have liked.


NOTE:
Sometimes a broomstick is just a broomstick. ;)
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--FxgXrSKG--/mekhv5mdxp0amltdrjkt.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 19, 2014, 06:09:44 PM
Psychoanalyzing Two of Japan's Greatest Anime Creators
http://kotaku.com/psychoanalyzing-two-of-japans-greatest-anime-creators-1606463893

Thanks.  The article title sounded fascinating (particularly since one of those 'psychoanalyzed' was Miyazaki).  But sadly the article didn't go into much depth at all, much less the scope I would have liked.


NOTE:
Sometimes a broomstick is just a broomstick. ;)
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--FxgXrSKG--/mekhv5mdxp0amltdrjkt.jpg)

it thought there was more before I posted.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 19, 2014, 06:19:21 PM
Psychoanalyzing Two of Japan's Greatest Anime Creators
http://kotaku.com/psychoanalyzing-two-of-japans-greatest-anime-creators-1606463893

Thanks.  The article title sounded fascinating (particularly since one of those 'psychoanalyzed' was Miyazaki).  But sadly the article didn't go into much depth at all, much less the scope I would have liked.


NOTE:
Sometimes a broomstick is just a broomstick. ;)
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--FxgXrSKG--/mekhv5mdxp0amltdrjkt.jpg)

it thought there was more before I posted.

I wasn't criticizing you (or certainly didn't intend to).  I thought it was misleading on the part of the webpage to have titled it as they did, not you.  You just shared it with us, for which I am grateful.  [Plus, the depth I would have liked would likely have bored the hell out of most. ;)]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 22, 2014, 08:39:55 PM
RUMOR
Studio Ghibli Might Quit Making Feature Films, Says Report
http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-might-quit-making-feature-films-says-rep-1608198259
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on July 23, 2014, 01:44:15 AM
 :(
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: mrbasehart on July 23, 2014, 07:56:26 AM
RUMOR
Studio Ghibli Might Quit Making Feature Films, Says Report
http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-might-quit-making-feature-films-says-rep-1608198259

Disney will buy them and then Ghibli will shit out Cars sequels for the next 20 years.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on July 23, 2014, 08:23:06 AM
RUMOR
Studio Ghibli Might Quit Making Feature Films, Says Report
http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-might-quit-making-feature-films-says-rep-1608198259

Disney will buy them and then Ghibli will shit out Cars sequels for the next 20 years.

Nah, in Ghibli's case, it would be shitty The Cat Returns sequels.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on July 23, 2014, 09:41:10 AM
So if any of you out there gave Space Dandy a chance for a couple episodes and decided not to follow it, you should have kept going. Something happened around Episode 3 and everything came together and it's been awesome ever since. Kind of a Hitchhiker's Guide meets Cowboy Bebop meets Adult Swim's predilictionfor not giving a flying flip.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on July 23, 2014, 11:22:33 AM
So if any of you out there gave Space Dandy a chance for a couple episodes and decided not to follow it, you should have kept going. Something happened around Episode 3 and everything came together and it's been awesome ever since. Kind of a Hitchhiker's Guide meets Cowboy Bebop meets Adult Swim's predilictionfor not giving a flying flip.

Huh . . . I watched the first episode and decided it was too "wacky" for me. I like a little more dryness and subtlety in my comedy.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 02, 2014, 08:28:11 PM
Quote
Demarco is now asking fans on what Toonami should be moving forward. Here's the full quote from his Twtter:

 

"#toonami fans- what ya'll think about us maybe bringing this back?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lotTngXQwDQ

 

Here's the deal. Write me @ 1065 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 OR send us a message at Toonami.tumblr.com and let us know what you think. We weren't allowed to accept mail for a long while but we are now, so why not? Help us manipulate the manual. I guess the question now isn't "Is Toonami a failed experiment" but instead "What should Toonami be moving forward.""

 

Here are the links from his twitter so you'll know I'm not crazy:

https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/495667930861150208

https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/495668106816409601

https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/495668250395832320

https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/495668634132692993
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 02, 2014, 10:44:21 PM
So if any of you out there gave Space Dandy a chance for a couple episodes and decided not to follow it, you should have kept going. Something happened around Episode 3 and everything came together and it's been awesome ever since. Kind of a Hitchhiker's Guide meets Cowboy Bebop meets Adult Swim's predilictionfor not giving a flying flip.

Yeah?  Might have to give it a shot then. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 03, 2014, 04:24:51 PM
RIP studio ghibli

http://blog.thefilmstage.com/post/93705622156/oh-totoro-studio-ghibli-announces-closure

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on August 03, 2014, 05:01:48 PM
RIP studio ghibli

http://blog.thefilmstage.com/post/93705622156/oh-totoro-studio-ghibli-announces-closure

http://www.youtube.com/v/WWaLxFIVX1s?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

This sucks. I've loved or at least liked everything I've seen from Ghibli. Their shutting down will leave a large hole to fill in the art of animation.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 03, 2014, 05:08:25 PM
Wow, that's a bummer.  They brought such a different and idiosyncratic vibe that works as a nice counterpoint to the more journeyman type studios of today.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on August 03, 2014, 07:10:26 PM
It is unfortunate.  But without Miyazaki, who understandably wanted to retire when there was still time and health enough to enjoy some retirement, there understandably wasn't enough recognized-name talent there to sustain it.  Not that there wasn't talent, just that those remaining weren't guaranteed box-office names.

There have been so few animation studios that resulted in the more genuine emotion in the viewer that Ghibli/Miyazaki produced.  (That, rather than the usually-'forced'-or-heavily-'induced' emotion from places like Disney, who appear to use an 'emotion-induction' template for their films.)  But Ghibli evoked emotion in virtually every film.  Even in ones I didn't like as much, there was still more genuine 'flowing' emotion than is found in most other animated films.

RIP Ghibli. :(
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 04, 2014, 09:07:40 AM
Studio Ghibli Not Closed Yet; In the Process of “Restructuring” Says Co-Founder and General Manager Toshio Suzuki
http://collider.com/studio-ghibli-not-closed/

and now back from dead
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 04, 2014, 09:44:47 PM
It is unfortunate.  But without Miyazaki, who understandably wanted to retire when there was still time and health enough to enjoy some retirement, there understandably wasn't enough recognized-name talent there to sustain it.  Not that there wasn't talent, just that those remaining weren't guaranteed box-office names.

There have been so few animation studios that resulted in the more genuine emotion in the viewer that Ghibli/Miyazaki produced.  (That, rather than the usually-'forced'-or-heavily-'induced' emotion from places like Disney, who appear to use an 'emotion-induction' template for their films.)  But Ghibli evoked emotion in virtually every film.  Even in ones I didn't like as much, there was still more genuine 'flowing' emotion than is found in most other animated films.

RIP Ghibli. :(

Ghibli is great, Disney sucks.  RIP Ghibli. :(
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on August 05, 2014, 11:43:36 AM
The "Ghibli is closing" stuff came from a Tumblr post that misinterpreted what was being stated in the images from that discussion. Even Japan got word of it.

Thing is though, the studio's had rough times. Miyazaki retiring and the fact that their new stuff doesn't do as good for them box office wise meant it needed to be put on hold. They're now like they were back in the old days, which could be a good thing.

In other news, Serial Experiments Lain is good, Fairy Tail is fun, and I've been watching VOTOMS which is good old mecha action. Also, the mechs have roller skates.

(http://i.minus.com/ibzw9nf4dYzgZ6.gif)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on August 06, 2014, 10:51:10 AM
I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Really enjoying that show. I'm completely hooked on the song from the first season.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 07, 2014, 12:19:48 PM
Hayao Miyazaki May Return, Says Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki (http://variety.com/2014/film/news/hayao-miyazaki-may-return-says-studio-ghiblis-toshio-suzuki-1201277530/)
Quote from: Mark Schilling
TOKYO – Hayao Miyazaki, the iconic Japanese anime creator “may make something again,” said Toshio Suzuki, the veteran Studio Ghibli producer whose remarks on a Sunday TBS documentary stirred up speculation about the studio’s demise.

“This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short.” He explained that Miyazaki had talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Musuem in Mitaka, Tokyo.

Suzuki was appearing Thursday on the NHK morning show “Asa Ichi” to clarify his earlier statements about the 30 year old company.

“We’re changing the way we make (animation),” Suzuki said, without getting in specifics. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize (that dream) to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.” 

In the TBS documentary Suzuki talked about Ghibli taking a hiatus from production to assess its future direction following the September 2013 retirement of Miyazaki, long the studio’s biggest hitmaker. His remarks, mistranslated by a blogger, started a storm of Internet chatter about the imminent end of Japan’s most successful feature animation.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 07, 2014, 08:20:25 PM
In other news, Serial Experiments Lain is good

Which version of Lain are you watching?  The remastered?  I have the original master, really want to own the remastered version!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 07, 2014, 08:27:13 PM
!!  I just remembered, there is a live action version of Mushishi!  It's been out for a few years, at least, and I completely forgot to get a copy! :'(
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Zeether on August 08, 2014, 07:12:41 AM
In other news, Serial Experiments Lain is good

Which version of Lain are you watching?  The remastered?  I have the original master, really want to own the remastered version!
Rerelease from Funimation, so remastered I guess.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 08, 2014, 01:54:27 PM
Dragon Ball Z:Battle of Gods
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dragonballz2014.htm
$49,737,804
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 08, 2014, 05:46:16 PM
In other news, Serial Experiments Lain is good

Which version of Lain are you watching?  The remastered?  I have the original master, really want to own the remastered version!
Rerelease from Funimation, so remastered I guess.

If you bought it in the last year or two, it's probably the remastered version.  My version is, um, maybe 8 years old? 

Anyway, enjoy!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on August 08, 2014, 07:03:21 PM
Dragon Ball Z:Battle of Gods
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dragonballz2014.htm
$49,737,804

I'd wait a bit 'til it comes down in price.
Title: Re: Good animes
Post by: MSTJedi on August 08, 2014, 11:04:49 PM
I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Really enjoying that show. I'm completely hooked on the song from the first season.

Which one? The first series or Brotherhood? Both are good, but Brotherhood followed the story from the manga more closely, from what I understand. The easiest way to tell is that the original is in 4:3 and Brotherhood is widescreen.
Title: Re: Good animes
Post by: Soguru on August 14, 2014, 09:57:17 PM
I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Really enjoying that show. I'm completely hooked on the song from the first season.

Which one? The first series or Brotherhood? Both are good, but Brotherhood followed the story from the manga more closely, from what I understand. The easiest way to tell is that the original is in 4:3 and Brotherhood is widescreen.
Sorry I took so long to reply, the first series. I've got another 7-8 more episodes and the series is finished. Pretty remarkable. Sigh.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on August 17, 2014, 01:38:28 AM
AFT!   :highfive:

(http://images.static-bluray.com/movies/covers/110531_large.jpg)
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series Blu-ray
Amazon Exclusive / Premium Edition / Blu-ray
Release:   Dec 16, 2014
Pre-order price is currently $69.99 (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Cowboy-Bebop-The-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/110531/)

Given Amazon's usual methods of doing things, the very earliest pre-order price can often be even cheaper than the first week sale price.  [So I already ordered it.]

If you aren't sure, then keep in mind: you can cancel it at any time prior to shipping if you decide you don't want it.
Title: Re: Good animes
Post by: MSTJedi on August 17, 2014, 07:09:44 PM
I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Really enjoying that show. I'm completely hooked on the song from the first season.

Which one? The first series or Brotherhood? Both are good, but Brotherhood followed the story from the manga more closely, from what I understand. The easiest way to tell is that the original is in 4:3 and Brotherhood is widescreen.
Sorry I took so long to reply, the first series. I've got another 7-8 more episodes and the series is finished. Pretty remarkable. Sigh.

You can always start on Brotherhood after that. It starts out very much like the first series. It even has the same voice actors. Then when it gets more into the homunculi, it starts deviating from the first story. It's a little jarring at first how different it is, but I prefer the ending of Brotherhood to the original.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on August 23, 2014, 12:47:14 PM
Hellsing Ultimate. The show will premiere on Sepemter 13th at 3am.
http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/95555231906/guess-what-hellsing-ultimate-is-coming-to
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on August 25, 2014, 11:52:33 PM
I just started watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, since I just finished the original series. That was pretty damn mind-blowing what happened at the very end. It was amazing. Plus, I have really fallen in love with the original series theme song Melissa by Porno Graffiti and Tobira No Mukuo by Yellow Generation, oh, and Ready Steady go is good too.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 05:49:27 AM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on August 27, 2014, 10:41:42 AM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 01:59:55 PM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"

When  I bought Kanon, way back when, it came with a CD that had EVERY type of Uguu Ayu chan did.  There's about 85 of them!
Glad to find another Kanon/Clannad fan! :highfive:
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 03:31:44 PM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"

Have you seen Lucky Star?  There are some Kanon references in it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on August 27, 2014, 08:46:54 PM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"


When  I bought Kanon, way back when, it came with a CD that had EVERY type of Uguu Ayu chan did.  There's about 85 of them!
Glad to find another Kanon/Clannad fan! :highfive:

That's a hell of a lot of uguus. Honestly, Ayu Ayu was my least favorite potential (VN) partner in Kanon. The anime was done well, but I still found her kind of annoying.

Haven't ever seen Lucky Star, but after a quick search, I know I've seen the artwork around online.

I recently watched an anime called "Okamisan and her Seven Companions" on Netflix. I thought it was pretty funny and they teased a possible second season. I looked it up and found that it wasn't very well received in Japan, so they never made another season. Granted, I watched it with the English audio, occasionally with the subtitles on (and the two varied quite a bit). If the original Japanese script was closer to the subtitles than the dub, I can see why it never caught on. There were a lot of asides and sarcastic quips from the narrator and other characters that just weren't nearly as funny in the subtitles as they were in the dub. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 09:58:50 PM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"


When  I bought Kanon, way back when, it came with a CD that had EVERY type of Uguu Ayu chan did.  There's about 85 of them!
Glad to find another Kanon/Clannad fan! :highfive:

That's a hell of a lot of uguus. Honestly, Ayu Ayu was my least favorite potential (VN) partner in Kanon. The anime was done well, but I still found her kind of annoying.

Haven't ever seen Lucky Star, but after a quick search, I know I've seen the artwork around online.

I recently watched an anime called "Okamisan and her Seven Companions" on Netflix. I thought it was pretty funny and they teased a possible second season. I looked it up and found that it wasn't very well received in Japan, so they never made another season. Granted, I watched it with the English audio, occasionally with the subtitles on (and the two varied quite a bit). If the original Japanese script was closer to the subtitles than the dub, I can see why it never caught on. There were a lot of asides and sarcastic quips from the narrator and other characters that just weren't nearly as funny in the subtitles as they were in the dub.

Thanks for the reminder about Netflix.   I'll check it out.

Lucky Star is made by the same people that made Haruhi.  It's a slice of life comedy. 

I liked Aunt Akiko and Nayuki, in Kanon.   

Do you prefer subs or dubs?  I prefer dubs.  But in some cases, such as seals Mushishi, both versions are equally good.


Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 27, 2014, 10:07:24 PM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"

By the way, that's my cat, Ayu, a taiyaki, two Clannad cups and Haruhi Suzumiya cup in the middle.  I sent that picture to my Japanese tutor.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on August 28, 2014, 10:31:44 AM
Anyone ever seen "カノン" aka "Kanon"?  Here's some cosplayers acting out a scene.
It's an older anime, from about 2006.

Love all of Key's stuff to one degree or another, my favorites being Clannad and Kanon.

"Uguu!"


When  I bought Kanon, way back when, it came with a CD that had EVERY type of Uguu Ayu chan did.  There's about 85 of them!
Glad to find another Kanon/Clannad fan! :highfive:

That's a hell of a lot of uguus. Honestly, Ayu Ayu was my least favorite potential (VN) partner in Kanon. The anime was done well, but I still found her kind of annoying.

Haven't ever seen Lucky Star, but after a quick search, I know I've seen the artwork around online.

I recently watched an anime called "Okamisan and her Seven Companions" on Netflix. I thought it was pretty funny and they teased a possible second season. I looked it up and found that it wasn't very well received in Japan, so they never made another season. Granted, I watched it with the English audio, occasionally with the subtitles on (and the two varied quite a bit). If the original Japanese script was closer to the subtitles than the dub, I can see why it never caught on. There were a lot of asides and sarcastic quips from the narrator and other characters that just weren't nearly as funny in the subtitles as they were in the dub.

Thanks for the reminder about Netflix.   I'll check it out.

Lucky Star is made by the same people that made Haruhi.  It's a slice of life comedy. 

I liked Aunt Akiko and Nayuki, in Kanon.   

Do you prefer subs or dubs?  I prefer dubs.  But in some cases, such as seals Mushishi, both versions are equally good.

I usually go with dubs myself, since I rarely just sit and watch something. When you're reading subs you have to have your full attention on the show you're watching. The only problem is when they reuse voice actors from one anime to another and it gets a little confusing. For example, they used a few of the same voices from Clannad in Angel Beats. It was weird hearing both Tomoya and Akio as different characters. That said, Angel Beats is awesome. Too bad they took it off of Netflix.

By the way, that's my cat, Ayu, a taiyaki, two Clannad cups and Haruhi Suzumiya cup in the middle.  I sent that picture to my Japanese tutor.

Didn't notice the cups in the back. Even have a rice cooker to the side to complete the Japan-ity.   ;D
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Sideswipe on August 28, 2014, 10:53:39 AM
How does one know good anime from bad anime?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MSTJedi on August 28, 2014, 10:57:21 AM
How does one know good anime from bad anime?

If I like it, it's good. If I don't, it's bad. Totally subjective, of course, but that's the way I see it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on August 29, 2014, 04:55:19 PM
Golgo 13
Captain Tsubasa
Crying Freeman
Panda Go Panda
Attack on Titan
BECK: MONGOLIAN CHOP SQUAD
Hajime no Ippo
Ashita no Joe
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 30, 2014, 07:34:40 PM
Beck was a great show.  Shame that it never continued.  And I really like Ashita no Joe.  Great theme song too.

https://www.youtube.com/v/DX6S52L_Zb8

Did you ever see the live action movie?  I checked it out on a plane and it was really good.

https://www.youtube.com/v/35Liruk-idw
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on August 31, 2014, 11:53:13 PM
How does one know good anime from bad anime?

You run it by me.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 01, 2014, 10:48:58 AM
The first two episodes of this just got added to Netflix, anyone seen it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell:_Arise
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: RandyMistie on September 01, 2014, 04:44:01 PM
I don't believe there is any good anime. But that is just my very small opinion.... I mean nothing...

I'm sure Imrahil probly loves anime and will slap me around.... I know Sideswipe likes anime, if you like Transformers, you probly like anime.

Look how they have beaten me down... Don't you feel sorry for me?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 01, 2014, 07:16:12 PM

I'm sure Imrahil probly loves anime and will slap me around....

Boy do you not know that guy.

That said, if you feel a genre is incapable of being good, that's a really limiting worldview.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: RandyMistie on September 01, 2014, 07:41:14 PM
My problem is, the Japanese to English translations and the Eastern story structure, or lack thereof. In the Western World there is Act I, Act II, ACT III, Thesis, Anti-thesis, and Syn-thesis.

In the Eastern world story telling is like a dream, sometimes with no beginning middle or end. There may be an underlying theme, but all other story structure is abandoned.

Lastly, the Japanese language is beautiful and poetic, the English translations are harsh and crude.

"Akira" was some of the best cell animation I have ever seen. Couldn't make heads nor tail of the story, though.

That's not entirely true, if you watch it with sound off... without the crude English dubbing.... you can make sense of the story.

Anyways...
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on September 01, 2014, 07:58:48 PM
Though with Akira, I'm not sure how you can fit an entire series timeline (unfinished at the time) into a feature length film without a few hiccups.  The original dub (though it does have issues with people talking where there shouldn't be dialogue) is better than the 2001 dub.  Not looking forward to the movie if it's ever finished.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: RandyMistie on September 01, 2014, 08:10:45 PM
See? I didn't even know it wasn't finished... I, obviously, lack the sophistication to appreciate the art.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on September 01, 2014, 08:22:13 PM
The manga at least.  As far as I know it never had a show.  Probably could have benefitted more from that format.  Went to a seminar about it at a Con.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: PsychoGoatee on September 02, 2014, 03:21:57 PM
I don't believe there is any good anime. But that is just my very small opinion.... I mean nothing...

I'm sure Imrahil probly loves anime and will slap me around.... I know Sideswipe likes anime, if you like Transformers, you probly like anime.

Look how they have beaten me down... Don't you feel sorry for me?
I'll bet if you tried enough of them, you'd find a few you like. Lets say you were in trapped on an island with 100 anime shows and 50 anime films, my professional opinion is you'd like at least twelve of the things you watched.  ;D Do you like foreign (non-English) films? Subtitled anime to me isn't different than watching a foreign film, the translation is usually good enough for me anyway.

And for anime movies, plenty are straightforward in structure. I love say Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, a cool gothic action movie. Or Miyazaki flicks, I especially dig Castle of Cagliostro.

For series, have you tried Cowboy Bebop? Episodic and very creative, with a bit of a connecting plot behind it. You might dig say Berserk, about a band of mercenaries waging war with mighty steel, plus demons are around, pretty metal. Or say Hajime no Ippo, it's about a plucky boxer who punches people, with comedy hijnks on the side. Not all anime is surreal or dreamlike and whatnot, though I dig that too.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on September 07, 2014, 05:50:19 PM
bleach last night was crazy and outright insane.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 07, 2014, 06:11:32 PM
I'm not the only person in the world who loves Hell Girl, am I?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 07, 2014, 07:44:06 PM
I haven't seen it, but I heard of it and it sounded good.  I think I also might have read some of the manga, but it would have been a while ago.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on September 07, 2014, 08:23:51 PM
I'm not the only person in the world who loves Hell Girl, am I?
Of course not!  Hell Girl was very enjoyable.  One of my favorite episodes was when she met Hell Boy.
"I consign your soul to hell"   Don't you mean, "again? : )
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on September 07, 2014, 08:28:46 PM
Anyone here ever watched  "When They Cry" ?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 08, 2014, 09:59:09 AM
Just the first series, none of the spin-offs.  Pretty good, for the most part.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 08, 2014, 01:12:30 PM
I'm not the only person in the world who loves Hell Girl, am I?
Of course not!  Hell Girl was very enjoyable.  One of my favorite episodes was when she met Hell Boy.
"I consign your soul to hell"   Don't you mean, "again? : )

Have you seen seasons 2 and 3? They aren't the easiest to come by in the states, but they're incredible.

It's also one of the most drenched in ancient Japanese cultural elements of all the anime I've seen.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on September 08, 2014, 01:47:05 PM
I'm not the only person in the world who loves Hell Girl, am I?
Of course not!  Hell Girl was very enjoyable.  One of my favorite episodes was when she met Hell Boy.
"I consign your soul to hell"   Don't you mean, "again? : )

Have you seen seasons 2 and 3? They aren't the easiest to come by in the states, but they're incredible.

It's also one of the most drenched in ancient Japanese cultural elements of all the anime I've seen.

LOL!  At first, I thought you were talking about seasons 2 and 3 of "When they Cry." When you mentioned "drenched in Culture," I thoght you meant "Drenched in Blood," because When They Cry is tremendously violent and bloody.

No, i haven't seen season 2 of Hell Girl.  MY buddy has it,  I didn't know there was a season 3.  I'll either buy or borrow season 2, and then see about season 3. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: iv3rdawG on September 15, 2014, 05:35:46 PM
So I only really started watching anime recently. Currently I'm watching:

Ao Haru Ride
Kill La Kill
Sabagebu! - Survival Game Club
Terror in Resonance

Sabagebu! is probably my favorite out of them all. I really love it. It's extremely funny, and has a very catchy ending theme (seen in my avatar):

http://www.youtube.com/v/Su7a-uEm_Qw
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 15, 2014, 06:56:22 PM
Just got a copy of Broken Saints for a couple of bucks. Anyone familiar with this? is it any good?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 15, 2014, 08:49:36 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/ShzmzcJM7QI
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on September 18, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
Cowboy BeBop  (http://images4.static-bluray.com/movies/covers/81540_large.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Cowboy-Bebop-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d082%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-082-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00NP06DJE&ASIN=B00NP06DJE&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

OK... now there's a 'standard' version of BeBop coming to Blu-ray.  This will not contain whatever the 'extras' were in the Deluxe Amazon-Exclusive set (still no info what those 'extras' are, whether music CDs, or toys of the assorted ships, or what).

Currently the standard set (link is above, in blue) is $41.99.  The Amazon Exclusive set, when first available for pre-order was $69.99 (and is now $89.99).  So if you want the standard set, you might want to pre-order now, as Amazon has a tendency to set initial price WAY too low, and quite often the sets never get back down to that absurdly low price.

Personally, I pre-ordered the Amazon Exclusive set when it first went up, and just ordered this one.  Depending what the extras are, I'll cancel one or the other when it gets closer to the release date.  [i.e. if it is music not released on the other BeBop CDs I have, I may keep it, if it is toys, likely not]


[NOTE: cross-posted to The Blu-Ray Thread]
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: PsychoGoatee on September 18, 2014, 08:17:11 PM
Gotta love Bebop, one of the greats! One of the first anime series I got on DVD back in 2000, along with Rurouni Kenshin.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on September 19, 2014, 08:46:47 PM
OK - found what appears to be the differences between the 'standard' and the 'Amazon Exclusive' Cowboy BeBop sets:

The standard edition [HERE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Cowboy-Bebop-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d010%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-010-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00NP06DJE&ASIN=B00NP06DJE&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER)] is just the four Blu-rays that contain the series (with whatever extras fit on the discs).

The Amazon Exclusive edition [HERE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Cowboy-Bebop-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d010%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-010-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00MMOZ1SS&ASIN=B00MMOZ1SS&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER)] is the four Blu-rays that contain the series (with whatever extras fit on the discs), plus DVDs of the series (newly mastered, as there's only five of them, versus the six when they were the 'Session' collection), and the following: "Limited Edition clamshell art box", "140 page black and white art book featuring early concept sketches and designs that highlight Cowboy Bebop’s origins", and finally, a "48 page vibrant, full-color art book".

So, there you have it.  Hope that helps anyone considering the set in either form.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on September 19, 2014, 09:03:16 PM
Gotta love Bebop, one of the greats! One of the first anime series I got on DVD back in 2000, along with Rurouni Kenshin.

Ah, you're a member of the 30 bucks a disc club!  I actually miss those days! The awesome box sets,   tons of goodies and excellent resolution.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: PsychoGoatee on September 20, 2014, 04:56:03 PM
Gotta love Bebop, one of the greats! One of the first anime series I got on DVD back in 2000, along with Rurouni Kenshin.

Ah, you're a member of the 30 bucks a disc club!  I actually miss those days! The awesome box sets,   tons of goodies and excellent resolution.

For sure, fun time to be fan! Lots of great 90s shows etc, it was like somebody opened the floodgates and every anime ever was available all of a sudden.  ;D
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on November 06, 2014, 03:32:00 PM
Marvel Comics Meet "Attack on Titan" in Official Crossover
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/11/03-1/marvel-comics-meet-attack-on-titan-in-official-crossover
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on November 07, 2014, 01:54:40 AM
From CDJapan.co.jp:
If you live in Los Angeles, don't miss your chance by trying to meet Hayao Miyazaki as he will accept his honorary Academy Award during the Governor's Award ceremony tomorrow (Saturday)!!!

From Me: Damn!  I wish I could meet him!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: RandyMistie on November 28, 2014, 03:34:29 AM
Miku Fan! I was talking with my niece over thanksgiving turkey about AI and the Stephen Hawking prophesy that the invention of AI would be the end of our species.

But, I pointed out to her, as you would be interested... that that idea is purely a Western one, born from the European mythology of Frankenstein. In Japan and other areas of the far east, the idea of AI or intelligent robots is a welcome idea.

In Japan, the robot is always the hero, the helper. In the West, we fear the AI, for we insist it will rebel against us.

How badly must we in the West view ourselves that if we create a mind in our own image it would destroy us? I think Japan has the healthier outlook.

Swipe might want to chime in on this, too.

Unfortunately, my niece said, "Uh-Huh! I like the new Galaxy Tab!" she's pretty but not too bright. 'Course when you are as pretty as she is, you don't need to be bright.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on December 14, 2014, 07:02:18 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/0aUVfSO.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on December 14, 2014, 07:35:34 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/Tr0huMgqAlQ
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on January 04, 2015, 02:24:27 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/jvlnMW1.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on January 04, 2015, 07:44:48 PM
suki!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 13, 2015, 12:46:09 PM
New Moe Ultraman Comedy Manga
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-01-11/moetan-pop-collaborates-on-new-moe-ultraman-comedy-manga/.83126
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 17, 2015, 03:12:29 PM


Debuting today, an animated short of Gridman produced by a certain TRIGGER.

Denkou Choujin Gridman : Boys Invent Great Hero
http://animatorexpo.com/gridman
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 17, 2015, 06:13:59 PM
Denkou Chojin Gridman: Boys Invent Great Hero First Episode + Character & Mecha Designs
http://www.jefusion.com/2015/01/denkou-chojin-gridman-boys-invent-great.html

Quote
a total of 30 planned shorts air weekly and will be streamed for free via Niconico.

 :o
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on January 17, 2015, 06:41:05 PM
Henry! Are you a NicoNico user?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 17, 2015, 07:10:24 PM
no, i don't have the bandwidth. 

and in other news

Kill la Kill to Run on Toonami Starting in February
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-01-16/kill-la-kill-to-run-on-toonami-starting-in-february/.83374

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k0u21uL2QMU

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on January 17, 2015, 08:20:16 PM
That's too bad. NicoNico is an awesome place.  Thanks for the info, I'll look for the stream. :highfive:
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on January 17, 2015, 10:26:46 PM
Still trying to get through Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I've still got about 20-something episodes to go. I just love the show. There is so much damn back story, so much richness and fullness to these characters. Amazing show.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on January 21, 2015, 02:27:51 PM
just saw gargantia last week,it is a good show but should have been longer.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Rainbow Dash on January 30, 2015, 10:59:28 PM
New show by the creator of Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum.

Yuri Kuma Arashi

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/Yurikumaarashivisual.jpg)

Title translates to "Lesbian Bear Storm"

I have no clue what to think.  It's quite blunt with the fanservice, but the recent episode (#4) was more along the lines of what I would expect from Ikuhara.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on February 23, 2015, 08:25:43 PM
Rumor: Will the ADV Films label return from the dead?
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/02/23-1/rumor-will-the-adv-films-label-return-from-the-dead
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on February 23, 2015, 09:34:59 PM
That's an interesting article.  ADV was my favorite place to get anime, back in the day.  They had the best anime website, by far, with a great preview section.  Virtually all of my favorite anime came from ADV.  ADV represented the heyday of anime in America. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on February 24, 2015, 06:20:26 PM
Darker Than Black, season 1, bluray, May.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on February 25, 2015, 02:50:56 AM
AFT! :)  [Given that season 2 has been out for a while.]

Thanks, TheUnabeefer.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on February 25, 2015, 11:05:30 AM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on February 25, 2015, 11:48:39 AM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on February 25, 2015, 02:33:16 PM
AFT! :)  [Given that season 2 has been out for a while.]

Thanks, TheUnabeefer.

Yeah, I have the DVD of s1, and the BD/DVD of s2/ova and it doesn't make sense!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on February 27, 2015, 10:53:48 AM
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LOL.  Nice one!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on March 08, 2015, 04:31:37 PM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: dratkins on March 09, 2015, 06:26:59 AM
Ace of the Diamond, the baseball anime.  Actually very deep and intricate details about the sport.  Quite entertaining.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on March 13, 2015, 09:58:00 PM
I recently finished Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The best thing about the series is that the wrap up... the ending, is so much more satisfying than the one from the original series. The series also contains characters who are more well-developed than those you'll find in your average mainstream movie.

I must also give HUGE props to some wonderful songs from the soundtrack to both series. USO by Sid(?) is one of my favorite songs and since it's in japanese all I have are the translated subtitles. But I don't care, it's still a lovely song. I liked it so much I actually bought the song on a single that had to be imported from Japan(Not available thru digital means). Shunkan Sentimental is also really fun if a bit frantic. It's a crazy fun little song. Again by Yui is remarkable. I think I've already mentioned Melissa by Porno Grafitti and Tobira No Mukuo by Yellow Generation... all remarkable songs.

I am amazed at how much I love these songs. I guess I have a thing for J-pop or something. I'll take J-pop over our current pop culture sensations.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 17, 2015, 01:27:23 PM
 I haven't watched much anime but now have 2 months of access to Funimation.com streaming.
 Any recommendations on what to watch on that site?

I started watching Freezing on Netflix and wanted to see season 2 so got the sub pass for one month on Funimation.com, but seem to have gotten 2 months for $5.  Five Dollars was probably over paying for Freezing season 2, but there was just enough of a story arc there to keep watching. 
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on March 17, 2015, 02:51:12 PM
I haven't watched much anime but now have 2 months of access to Funimation.com streaming.
 Any recommendations on what to watch on that site?
Well... Funimation is responsible for both Fullmetal Alchemist series... so...
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on March 17, 2015, 03:33:56 PM
They do Sgt. Frog, don't they? That one's a guilty pleasure of mine. It feels like it's aimed a bit younger than I am, except sometimes it's not. It's got a goofy energy that I dig...
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Soguru on March 17, 2015, 04:04:52 PM
They do Sgt. Frog, don't they? That one's a guilty pleasure of mine. It feels like it's aimed a bit younger than I am, except sometimes it's not. It's got a goofy energy that I dig...
Is Sergeant Frog related to Sergeant Pepper from Starfox? Or the frog from Chrono Trigger?  :D
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 17, 2015, 07:29:58 PM
They do Sgt. Frog, don't they? That one's a guilty pleasure of mine. It feels like it's aimed a bit younger than I am, except sometimes it's not. It's got a goofy energy that I dig...

OK, that's something that isn't on Netflix but is on the Funimation.com site.  I'll take a look at that.

Watched a few of  Fullmetal Alchemist, that's pretty good, and on Netflix if I don't get to all of it.

Just noticed they have Space Battleship Yamato, I've seen lots of people building models of that on the modeling forums, will have to check out the movie.

Edit: Darn, the Space Battleship Yamoto that is on the site is the live action one from 2010, and kind of boring....
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on March 21, 2015, 08:28:48 PM
new French/Japanese co-production of Astro Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z240pys_D4A

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on May 03, 2015, 06:37:53 PM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: TheUnabeefer on May 06, 2015, 02:50:16 PM
I just bought Noir and Steins Gate on bluray.... Hopefully they're good! I bought them based on Amazon reviews and the look of the box art!
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on July 26, 2015, 04:35:46 PM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: soguru on July 26, 2015, 04:53:07 PM
I tried a new series called "Deadman Wonderland". I bought the first episode on the PSN and... I think I like it so far. I just need to see more of it. I only knew about it because of Watch Mojo. Hey Miku Fan, if you're there, ever seen it?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on August 05, 2015, 05:26:41 PM
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: soguru on August 05, 2015, 09:15:46 PM
I need to check out Fairy Tale and Death Note, I have heard that both are excellent series.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Miku Fan on August 14, 2015, 06:21:18 PM
Ooh! Ooh!  Live action Attack on Titan, to be in theaters!  :highfive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpP4GDGovp0
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on August 28, 2015, 06:38:05 AM
From Tumblr:
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fullmetal alchemist au where ed binds al’s soul to a fursuit
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I love this primarily because it would require that Hohenheim collected fursuits in his basement
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Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: soguru on September 09, 2015, 08:26:31 PM
That is fucking awesome. Any chance we could get a kickstarter going for Fullmetal Nights at Freddy's? Would Funimation sell the rights to do that?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 09, 2015, 11:53:57 PM
One Punch Man just started it's series premiere recently.

Looking forward to it.  The manga is really cool.  The premise is basically this: what if a hero as powerful as, say Goku or Superman, had literally no match.  What would happen?  Well... he would get bored.  Comedy and ruminations on the nature of power ensue.  There's also drama, but a lot of it comes from the idea that this all-powerful hero isn't very well respected or understood by the rest of the superhero community.   It started of as a web series then was adapted and redrawn by the artist of Eyeshield 21 (since it had a more mainstream look).

(http://k14.vcmedia.vn/dFA1h4NbbYTlOwJMCD6L9pkFEdP9ZY/Image/2015/09/anime-ve-phong-tom-nhat-ban-ro-ri-tap-dau-tien_1689564a64.jpg)

It's been a while since I regularly watched an anime, with the exception of the recent Jojo's relaunch, but I'm definitely on board for this.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on December 28, 2015, 01:57:33 PM
Why?
http://www.youtube.com/v/kn7jpINpqbQ
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Compound on December 28, 2015, 02:51:45 PM
Aw. It's not a parody song of Tal Bachman's "She's So High. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ElORM9O-0U)"
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 28, 2015, 03:13:16 PM
Seriously, though.  If you haven't seen it, One Punch Man is great.

https://www.youtube.com/v/Bcv-VQeVCLk
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on December 28, 2015, 08:05:33 PM
I'm guessing he takes 2-3 punches to take out opponents? :)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 29, 2015, 07:03:54 AM
Look, I know you're not going to believe this, but...
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: LucasM on November 14, 2016, 10:32:24 AM
Some good news:

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Hayao Miyazaki Works on Proposed New Anime Feature Film (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-13/hayao-miyazaki-works-on-proposed-new-anime-feature-film/.108775)

In the NHK television special Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki) on Sunday, acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki reported that he wants to return to making an anime feature film, after retiring from directing feature films three years ago. He has been working on "Kemushi no Boro" (Boro the Caterpillar), a planned CG short for the Ghibli Museum.

However, the special revealed that Miyazaki was not satisfied with the CG project as a short, and he presented a project proposal for a feature-length film this past August. He also noted that if a feature would take him five years to make, he would be 80 years old at the end. In the schedule listed in his proposal, Miyazaki suggested that the film could be done by 2019, before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki commented that Miyazaki will draw storyboards until he dies, and another staffer dryly noted that this would make the movie a huge hit.

Despite not officially receiving a green-light for the feature film, Miyazaki decided to start animation work on the project anyway. He plans on creating storyboards for about 100 cuts of footage.

In spite of his earlier retirement announcements, Miyazaki confirmed that he will continue animating shorts for the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. The 12-minute "Kemushi no Boro" short will not be completed for about another year and will be screened exclusively at Ghibli Museum. Miyazaki planned the story for almost 20 years and describes the short as "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers."

Miyazaki rose to prominence in the 1970s on such television anime series as Lupin III, Future Boy Conan, and Sherlock Hound. He directed his first feature film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, in 1979. He then adapted the beginning of his Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga into an anime film in 1984, before he and fellow director Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli.

With Ghibli, Miyazaki helmed the feature films Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and finally, 2013's The Wind Rises. He also co-produced Takahata's directorial efforts and directed smaller projects such as the "experimental film" On Your Mark and Ghibli Museum Shorts such as Mei and the Kitten Bus and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess.

Spirited Away remains the highest earning film ever at the Japanese box office, 15 years after it opened in 2001. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2003.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2017, 06:04:52 AM
Me and a friend are more than halfway through an anime called Barakamon which, despite the title, isn't the long awaited crossover between Mortal Kombat and Digimon.  It's a fun, sweet comedy about a calligrapher who decides to head to a small coastal town to work on his craft and ends up befriending the various smalltown weirdos there, particularly a precocious little girl.  It's sweet and cute and a nice palate cleanser after watching almost 150 episodes of a fighting/adventure series.

https://www.youtube.com/v/g-U60_ZSgoI
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Henry88 on July 03, 2017, 04:41:21 PM
Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Gridman
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-02/studio-trigger-announces-3-new-anime-titles/.118350
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Jesse412 on July 21, 2017, 12:59:53 PM
Within the last few months I've watched the first ten episodes of Beast King GoLion which some Americans might recognize as Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

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I have to admit I much prefer this subtitled version to the American release. While it's mostly repackaged footage there are some interesting and significant differences. Sadly I was unable to get back into the American version because I found some of the characters to actually be annoying. Specifically Pidge and Hunk whose character depiction suffer compared to their Japanese counterparts. I will concede that the American Voltron had the far better opening sequence which featured the voice of Peter Cullen who also played Optimus Prime in the G1 Transformers series.

I got about 15 minutes into the special Voltron: Fleet of Doom which united the Lion Force Voltron with the Vehicle Force Voltron but felt it was so bad I ended up turning it off. No wonder it was never officially released in Japan. I did however find the final battle scene on youtube where both Voltrons fight Prince Lotor who is piloting a Robeast.  That might be worth checking out for some fans.

Vehicle Force Voltron itself is a repackaged version of the anime Armored Fleet Dairugger XV which I haven't yet watched in its original form but plan to check out. I've heard it compared to the Macross series most of which I haven't seen either. Although I have watched the Macross Plus animated film and thought it was pretty high quality.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 06, 2017, 07:31:02 PM
If you are in the mood for something really different, me and my friend are watching Ping Pong.  It's a great series about two teens who are both table tennis geniuses.  But when one learns the limits of his abilities, it causes a rift between the friends.  One reveals he is actually a much more talented player who doesn't care about winning and losing until now and the other realizes that if he wants to be one of the greats, he's got to work hard.  Though at first, it looks like its building up to a sports story with a more straightforward antagonist, it quickly switches it up, making it almost an ensemble show where all of the players are characters we can love and feel for... which is going to make it harder when characters start losing in the national competition.  It's got great, strange animation that is trippy, despite the story itself being surprisingly grounded.  I highly recommend it.

https://www.youtube.com/v/2v6iOVhw6mQ

Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russoguru on September 06, 2017, 07:34:13 PM
I don't think ping pong has ever been represented in such a bad-ass manner.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Jesse412 on September 10, 2017, 12:05:08 PM
Decided to catch up on some anime this weekend and ended up binge watching the first three episodes of One-Punch Man. I wasn't impressed by the 2015 FCBD issue of the manga but the anime is pretty enjoyable. It's basically a parody of the superhero and Seinen genres. I think the use of the humor works well and there's tons of over-the-top action scenes.

Also recently I started watching the second season of Attack on Titan last weekend. It pretty much starts out with all hell breaking loose and introduces a new type of Titan.

I've also been enjoying Lupin the Third Part IV which is pretty much the same as the earlier series I remember watching on Adult Swim back-in-the-day, which I think was part II.

Adult Swim also started reairing episodes of Outlaw Star which I only vaguely remember. I'm not a huge fan of the art style but it seems interesting enough. Anyone familiar with this series?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russoguru on September 10, 2017, 03:58:49 PM
Apparently Fathom events is going to be showing Spirited Away for a limited time in movie theaters. I've never seen it but I've heard so many good things.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on September 10, 2017, 04:05:23 PM
They've been doing a whole Studio Ghibli thing all summer. I haven't made it to any of them, and they're all on my must-watch-someday list, but I hear they're all fantastic. Maybe I'll try to make it to the last two.

https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: RoninFox on September 11, 2017, 11:25:02 AM
Been many years since I've seen Outlaw Star, but I still have those DVD sets sitting somewhere. I remember it being pretty fascinating throughout. I always imagined that Joss Whedon got his Firefly inspiration from a combo of it and Cowboy Bebob, but Outlaw Star has a lot more of a Star Warsy mysticism to it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 12, 2017, 05:30:55 PM
Me and a friend are slowly going through the new Dragonball series.  The show is strangely more fun when it steps away from world shaking fights and is just a hang-out show for super-powered martial artists.

Also watching Assassination Classroom, a show about junior high students trying to murder their teacher to save the world.  Try getting that idea to fly in the U.S.  Despite what sounds like a dark premise is actually a very upbeat and positive show about the relationships between the students who everyone else forgot and a teacher who cares about them... and is also a big, multi-tentacled monster with a bulbous smiley-face head.  In many ways, even though the premise is nuts, it feels a bit like an old-fashioned anime series.  Unfortunately, that also means it doesn't do the best job with its female characters.  But despite that it's pretty enjoyable and zany.

Apparently, they also made a live action movie, but I don't know how it turned out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMYhMnRxj-0
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Jesse412 on November 17, 2017, 10:22:59 AM
I'm about halfway through rewatching Samurai Champloo which is the first time I've seen it in well over a decade. It holds up really well and I forgot how hip-hop influenced it was. Shame it's only a 26 episode run but still that's a nice chunk of binge watching.

I finished watching the season 1 finale of One-Punch Man and the series definitely made my top 10 favorite anime list. I'm not sure where exactly it ranks but I'll have to dig out my old list and revise it. Anyone read the manga? Is it an ongoing that passes up the anime story? I would definitely be interesting is reading ahead. How close to the anime is it?

I finished season 2 of Attack on Titan last week without realizing it. I kind of sucks that there are only 12 episodes but they were all pretty high quality and the story arc this season is pretty chaotic.

I watched the first episode of My Hero Academia and liked it. It does a pretty good job with set up and world building for a pilot and seems like it will have a good bit of rewatchabilty. Looking forward to more of the characters with interesting quirks like the one superhero looked like a super sentai ranger with Groot powers.

I also started watched another anime series on Adult Swim On Demand called Dimension W. The premise, world building and technology are all interesting but I'm not sure I'm really feeling it quite yet.

There's an anime series I watched within the last couple of years and enjoyed but can't remember the name of. The premise is that a sort of would-be mad scientist and his friends develop a method of time travel involving putting a cellphone in a microwave. There's some kind of mysterious organization in the background but I don't remember much else. Does that sounds familiar to anyone?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: CJones on November 23, 2017, 11:39:20 AM
If this hasn't been mentioned already (I'm not combing through 17 pages of posts), you should absolutely watch: Kimi no Na Wa aka Your Name. This a fantastic movie.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2017, 11:30:36 AM
I didn't mention it hear, but I did mention it in the Recently Watched thread last week. And it is very good.

In other news: Devilman Crybaby.  I'm not a big fan of the Devilman franchise in general, but this is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is an amazing director.  Recently, I saw Ping Pong the Animation which is a perfect mix of the source materials down-to-Earth storytelling and characters mixed with fantastic trippy visuals.  He also guest directed an episode of Adventure Time that was pretty great.

This time, it's an adaptation of Go Nagai's super-violent Devilman manga.  Violent story-telling is not what I come to expect from Yuasa, so I'm curious how this series is going to turn out.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ww06yGPM7Kc
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Jesse412 on December 02, 2017, 11:34:43 PM
I can't say I'm impressed by the first episode of Black Clover as it aired on Toonami tonight. The ending was kind of interesting though. I'll probably watch a couple episodes at least before I decide whether or not to stick with it.  Has anyone else watched it and does it get better?
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 05, 2017, 10:12:47 AM
Black Clover kind of has a bad rep.  My friend likes it, though despite its problems.  But it is a sort of Naruto-esque series that might have been released a little too early and is trying to draw out it's manga plot quite a bit.

Meanwhile, me and a friend have been watching Dragonball Super.  Dubbed, for nostalgia's sake.  With the franchise at about 33 years old, it feels relatively mellow.  But that's OK, since it's just kind of fun to see these characters hang out.  Nonetheless, the pacing is a bit slow, someone that was perfect in the wonderfully silly "Battle of Gods" movie that this first story arc was based on.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russoguru on December 08, 2017, 08:21:46 PM
I just picked up Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood a few days ago for an excellent price and was watching a whole bunch of episodes today. While it's definitely better than the original series, there are a lot of songs from the original series I wish they would have used in Brotherhood, like "Melissa", "Ready Steady go" and "Tobira No Mukuo"(to the other side of the door).
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 02, 2018, 07:12:20 PM
After enjoying Assassination Classroom, me and a friend decided to check out Koro Sensei Quest, a wacky spin-off.  It was abysmal.  My friend loves little chibi characters and Dragon Quest references, but the complete lameness of the humour made us switch it off after two painful episodes.

Then we started watching Kado: The Right Answer, which so far seems pretty interesting.  I'm not sure whether you can call this "hard sci-fi" but it certainly has a similar tone in the soberness that most of the series has.  The premise is that a giant glowing cube engulfs the tarmac of the Haneda Airport, including a passenger plane with 251 people.  Scientists do what they can but are baffled until a strangely dressed man and a government negotiator exit.  The man reveals that he is an alien from a higher level universe and he basically wants to give humanity all of their gifts.  However, promising to quickly advance society and create a post-scarcity society has it's own challenges.

It is possible that there will be a turn where the alien is more of a threat (it is implied that he doesn't have our concept of good and evil), but so far, it seems to be about negotiating the realities of planning to advance humanity in a small amount of time.  The latter makes for more interesting storytelling possibilities and challenges to me and though it miss the mark or just forget to be interesting, the first four episodes have been interesting enough.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 04, 2018, 07:24:05 AM
Finished Kado.  It... takes an odd tonal turn.  It starts off being a very sedate series about the world being given the gift to advance at a very quick pace and the challenges that comes with it.  Then, in the last four episodes it takes a turn that makes it feel like a weird mix of Dragonball and Doctor Who.  I'd say the whole thing is actually still good (though I totally understand people being put off by the show's tonal pivot) but it feels so weird for the show take SUCH a direction.

Me and a friend recently started Haikyu!, an anime about volleyball.  It certainly doesn't re-invent the wheel or do much to subvert the genre, but it has great animation and likable characters, so I'm pretty much in.

https://www.youtube.com/v/2---3Iysnqg
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 24, 2018, 04:51:27 AM
BTW, if you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend Devilman Crybaby on Netflix... with the knowledge that it is full of a LOT of sex and violence.  Despite that, it is actually a very human show, thanks in large part to being directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa, who might be one of the best anime directors working today.  Seriously, go check out his stuff.  And in Devilman Crybaby, he takes a classic manga and while keeping all of the over the top salaciousness and gore that made the original so popular, also amplifies the heart of the original.  It's crazy and over the top, but it's great.

https://www.youtube.com/v/YWXTEOftvDY
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2018, 12:44:19 AM
So today I heard about, and proceeded to binge watch, the entire first season of Houseki no Kuni aka Land of the Lustrous.

It's got to be one of the most original anime I've seen in a long time. It's hard to describe, but the short version is that it's about anthropomorphized gemstones and minerals. Not only is it very engaging, but I also learned about a lot of gems that I've never even heard of. Ever heard of Cinnabar? It's crystallized Mercury Sulfide, one of the most toxic minerals in the world. So of course I immediately wikipedia'ed all of them, and it's ingenious how well the show incorporates actual properties of the stones into their respective characters.

There's currently only one 12 episode season available, but it's currently on Youtube. Watch it before it gets taken down. Here's a link to the first episode:

https://www.youtube.com/v/rQHP2eE0xG8
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 10, 2018, 10:13:45 AM
Haven't seen it yet, but I've heard good things.  Started the first three episodes of Terror in Resonance and fell off pretty quick.  It starts off potentially interesting with a girl more or less shanghaied into being an accessory to a group of terrorists, but the following two episodes seem to be all about the terrorists giving clues related to the story of Oedipus.  A good mystery should make you feel like you have the parts to solve the mystery, but here it feels like interested in making the clues compelling and more about telling you about Oedipus.  Perhaps it gets better later, but it's not the show I want it to be.  Pretty intro and outro though.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: CJones on April 16, 2018, 01:41:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/Ro-aBh07fNI
https://www.youtube.com/v/Hw9hjZ1sOcU

So, Legend of the Galactic Heroes is getting a full on remake. The first two episodes are on Crunchyroll, and the new series is being simulcast here and in Japan. If you've never seen the original LotGH, do so. It's really REALLY good. Time will tell if this new series can do it justice.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 16, 2018, 05:20:14 PM
I've never seen it but I know people who have seen it are over the moon about it.  No pun intended.

On the other end of the "remake" spectrum is the wonderfully bizarre re-imagining of Ashita no Joe called Megalo Box.  It's kind of ludicrous in that it is about boxing with super-powered limbs.  It is ridiculous considering even without hydraulic crushing power, boxing is a pretty devastating sport.  But despite that, it's kind of wonderful.  The relationship between the lead and his "trainer" is much different than the original in a way I like.  Visually, it seems to be trying to invoke late 80's/early 90's anime, particularly with it's backgrounds and the fact that despite the beautiful animation, things become harder to parse out in the background.  It really is a lot of fun and I hope it keeps up what I am enjoying about it.

https://www.youtube.com/v/AjsMFv9K60Y
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Pak-Man on June 27, 2018, 03:32:54 PM
Been watching FLCL: Progressive and it's as intriguing and bamboozling as the original. I'm pretty sure I like it.
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 03:56:09 PM
Just finished watching Your Lie in April, a romantic series about a pianist who quits after his abusive mother dies.  It's pretty great stuff and avoids being a slog with a lot of humour and likable characters.  I think it's on netflix now, so it's a pretty good choice if you are in the mood for YA-style romance and tragedy (and the scenes of piano playing are pretty amazing).
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: The Lurker on December 30, 2018, 11:06:19 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/BW5HWlN.jpg)
Title: Re: Good anime
Post by: Russoguru on December 30, 2018, 12:44:58 PM
I'm glad I got Soul Eater, because that show is SO damn good. It probably also helps that the opening theme "Resonance" by TM Revolution is really good.