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Arianabtd

Retro_on_theGo wrote:

@Konata Angel Beats first impression on you is weird? Well I suggest to keep watching. It's really good and has a fantastically touching ending.

@CanisWolfred (wow, I believe that's the first time I've typed out your new username...) Huh, I didn't think that kind information would be on a Wiki for some reason. I don't like checking those, so I don't go to those often. (not sure why myself.) Thanks!

Well now I think it's super funny/ really sad.

Im enjoying It, I don't usually watch depressing Anime's though, it makes me all depressed.

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Arianabtd

Hey guys, I'm trying a free trial of Hulu Plus, and I see there are tons of anime on there.

Are there any anime's I should watch?

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Jaz007

Konata wrote:

Hey guys, I'm trying a free trial of Hulu Plus, and I see there are tons of anime on there.

Are there any anime's I should watch?

I don't know if they are on there but look up Hikaru No Go and Vampire knight, both series are truly amazing.

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CanisWolfred

Konata wrote:

Hey guys, I'm trying a free trial of Hulu Plus, and I see there are tons of anime on there.

Are there any anime's I should watch?

Ugh...

That out of the way, there a tons. By Genre:

Action Adventure:

Trigun
One Piece
Black Lagoon
Magi (also on CR, I think)
Hellsing
Lupin The Third
Jormungand

Tournament:

None...maybe Monster Rancher...

Super Natural:

Persona 4 The Animation <- especially this!
Is This a Zombie?
Black Blood Brothers

Science Fiction:

Guilty Crown <- Definitely recommend this
Ghost in the Shell
Robotics;Notes
From The New World
Lagrange
Eureka Seven (slowest show ever, though)
Stien's;Gate (watch out for the ending)
Armatage III (Kinda old and short, though)
Kiddy Grade
Psycho-Pass

Fantasy:

Tenchi Universe
Tenchi Muyo OVA
Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar
A Certain Magical Index
Madoka Magica (also on CR)
Slayers
Bakemonogatari
Humanity Has Declined
Guin Saga
Pretear

Drama:

Waiting in the Summer <- Gotta see this! Though, it is on Crunchy roll as Ano Natsu de Matteru
Kids on the Slope (Also on Crunchyroll)
Habanai Renmei
Ai Yori Aoshi
Haganai

Comedy:

Binbogami-Ga <- Funniest show I've seen in a long time
Arakawa Under the Bidge
...I'm picky about my comedies.

Romance:

Ah My Goddess (Gotta search for this)
Toradora (also now on CR)
Kimi no Todoke (Think this is also on CR now)

Damn, they must've lost some shows. I remember them having a lot more than this. I had a hundred shows written down before...and those were just the ones that stood out...oh wait, some of them are still there, but you can't really access it from the main page. You gotta search for it.

Those lists are in order of most recommended, btw.

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RevolverLink

To continue with discussions that've already been dropped, here are my favorite things that I watched in 2012, such as they were:

Came out in 2012:

Kids on the Slope (One of my favorite things ever.)
Mysterious Girlfriend X (This is mostly here because I think it's the only other anime I watched that actually aired in 2012 lol.)

Came out before 2012:

Monster
Welcome to the NHK (I still haven't gotten around to finishing this; I was completely in love with it, but then scary real life things happened midway through and I just haven't managed to get back to it yet.)
Ghost Hound
Casshern Sins
Princess Jellyfish
Redline
The Secret World of Arrietty
Sword of the Stranger
Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Continued in 2012:

One Piece (Films aside, this was pretty much the only anime I watched from March through June. You can almost split last year in half between whatever new-for-me obsession was consuming my time - the 1st half of 2012 was all about One Piece, the 2nd half was all about A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.)

Admittedly, I rarely seem to watch anime the year it comes out, which is something about me that isn't limited to just anime. I tend to just throw things that sound interesting onto my "Plan to Watch" list and then get around to actually watching them whenever I'm in the mood (be it later that same day or, in some cases, well over a year afterwards).

Sony_70 wrote:

watched all of Sword Art online on Chrunchyroll.

About to start the Space Brother anime and maybe Usagi drop. (does the anime have the daddy issues plot twist)

Also anyone else like Sentai?

Do you mean that whole icky RinXDaikichi plot that develops in the manga? No, thankfully, the anime never includes that bit.

Electricmastro wrote:

Ok, who else is excited for Punk Hazard?

Oh hells yeah, I am.

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Noein 24 episodes Anime
Lots of action. Relatively short, but better than most shonen shows, such as DBZ, Bleach, or Naruto, in my opinion. A sci-fi tale that explores existential motifs and time travel paradoxes. The main villain is fairly unique. A unique aethestic and production, especially during the fights. Lots of good orchestral/choral mix music. Fast-paced, relatively cohesive plot.

Maison Ikkoku 96 episodes Anime; Manga also available
My personal favorite. Directed by Rumiko Takahashi in the 1980s, who also directed Inuyasha. This is a slice-of-life and romantic comedy. Very amusing to watch all the characters interact. A quasi-realistic 80's Japan setting. Many characters are very well fleshed-out. Even if you don't typically like romance, this is definitely one to give a try.

Barefoot Gen 10 volume Manga
If you only read one manga series in your life, LET IT BE THIS ONE. A historical fiction detailing the main character and his family after surviving the atomic bomb blast of Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2. Lots of realistic representations, many of which are very gut-wrenching. Definitely an eye-opener to anyone who still believes that using atomic bombs or any nuclear weaponry could ever possibly be justified. Focuses on how the main character does his best to help others while surviving a nuclear aftermath- not something most normal people could do. Very poignant story.

Tokyo Godfathers Movie
Directed by Satoshi Kon. The story is about 3 homeless Japanese people who find an abandoned baby, and set out to find the baby's parents. Very touching, a fitting alternative Christmas tale. Realistic representations mixed with plenty of hilarity and introspective philosophy, characteristic of Satoshi Kon's works.

The Last Exile 23 episode Anime
Amazing "postapocolyptic" sky civilization and great production values. A very political tale, with a sister and brother being the central characters. War, sacrifice, and battle tactics are featured, handled well. Very interesting twist at the end. Big emphasis on the family conflicts, for both protagonists and villains.

Now and Then, Here and There 13 episode Anime
NOT for the faint of heart. Starts out seeming cliche in episode 1, but everyone thereafter has some very brutal themes, such as child slavery/warfare, military fanaticism, rape, genocide, and a crazed lunatic who is exalted as ruler due to culture. Takes place in an alternate dimension. Really highlights the sheer resilience, humanity, and willpower of main character.

Eiken 18 volume Manga
For 18+ only. Don't be fooled by this! DO NOT look at the anime, it is terrible! The manga, while downright "abusive" of the female anatomy, has one interesting perk in it's characters. The "Eiken club" is a band of misfits. A poor family's teenagers, an orphan, a teenage genius who lives alone with parents overseas, a blind British/Chinese heir of a corporate empire, a midget who hides in a bear suit, a failure klutz teacher, and a country girl. Seeing how this band of misfits works together to accomplish amazing achievements with the assistance of a pansy, shorty, very average and shy teenager, who ironically is the most normal of the bunch, gives a hidden deeper meaning to this slapstick bonanza. Unfortunately, the author focused a bit too much on "abusive" female anatomizing...

Full Metal Panic! Manga, Anime also available
Short but sweet. Story of international anti-terrorism group, and one of it's members protecting a feisty high school girl who is believed to hold a unique strand of DNA in her body, which a certaIn terrorist group wants to utilize. Some slapstick humor, some mecha, but overall a solid plot. Plenty of espionage and action.

Metropolis Movie
Based off of the famous Osamu Tezuka's works, including Astro Boy, the issues of controlling citizenry through moral manipulation is the main theme. Tons of details. Lots of classic meets modern eye candy. Definitely dramatic, in an almost Hollywood-esque way.

The Law of Ueki Manga and Anime
A very interesting shonen show. Kind of reminiscent of The Hunger Games, in a way. However, this came out in 2002, six years before The Hunger Games was first published! Basically, a worldwide tournament decided upon by God, whoever of 100 teenagers defeats the rest becomes the next "God of the Celestial Realm". Sound strange? Ueki is a VERY strange show. Has lots of familiar shonen elements you've probably seen before; except everyone has very unique abilities! Fun to watch unfold.

Strange Dawn 13 episode Anime
Moreso serious and heavy-hearted than strange. Don't be fooled by the cover characters, and the starting story of two teenage girls warping into an alternate dimension filled with dwarfs. Lots of believable drama, despite the fantasy setting. Seeing the culture of the dwarfs, and the ways the two girls, seen as gods, culminates into a territorial war is surprisingly politically charged. Instilling a sense of overcoming our core survivalist nature as humans seems to be the core theme of this show.

Princess Mononoke Movie
A modern classic by Studio Ghibli. An attractive tale of man vs nature, man vs man, and industry/technology vs nature colliding into an everyone-for-themselves fatal war. Highlights the resilience of matriarchal societies, the frailty of nature, and the personification of industrial greed's ultimate result. Quite violent, with heads severed by arrows and bleeding animals, but not overtly grotesque.

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Retro_on_theGo

RevolverLink wrote:

Sony_70 wrote:

watched all of Sword Art online on Chrunchyroll.

About to start the Space Brother anime and maybe Usagi drop. (does the anime have the daddy issues plot twist)

Also anyone else like Sentai?

Do you mean that whole icky RinXDaikichi plot that develops in the manga? No, thankfully, the anime never includes that bit.

Oh god. OH GOOOOD!! THAT'S what happens in the manga!?!? OH GOD! >_< Oh nonononononono. Gotta mentally block that out now. Thank goodness that never happens in the anime. I'll take the cute innocent anime instead thank you! D: I still need to watch the last two episodes too. I'll do that right now.

Edit: NOOOO! Finished Usagi Drop. I don't want it to end. That was really cute, touching and fun. Rin and Kouki were so adorable and it was heart warming seeing Daikichi growing as a parent. I will avoid the manga like the plague and burn any and all copies I see, but I wish there was more to the anime. It was too short but I enjoyed what was there. Cute and heart warming.

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GreenDream

The first 14 episodes of Sword Art Online were surprisingly poignant. They missed a boatload of details from the original light novel, but still very good. Every episode after that drops off a cliff and never returns the show to greatness.

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CanisWolfred

@GreenDream - Oh yeah, I remember you posting that in the top anime/manga thread. I forgot to reply to that, since I know I've watched quite a few of what you've seen.

Maison Ikkoku - I'm surprised to find someone else who saw this. I've yet to see it the whole way through, but I've quite enjoyed what I've seen. Have you seen Touch, by any chance?

The Last Exile - I love the setting and aesthetics, but the plot takes a nose dive very quickly. The sequel/remake/reimagining being even worse in that regard. Really, really wanted to enjoy it, but could not.

Now and Then, Here and There - I liked this one. Not as much as others have, but it was still pretty good. I can't remember what I disliked, though. Maybe it was a little too brutal at times?

Eiken - Too late! Already saw the anime. And I can't unsee it!!!

Fullmetal Panic - Only saw the anime. First season was boring as hell, and I didn't find it all that funny. The second half was much better, though. More plot, less stupid. I have a feeling that the Manga is more like in the middle of these two extremes?

The Law of Ueki - Only saw, like, two episodes of it. It came off as being very generic, so I stopped watching in favor of better shounen shows like Shaman King and Soul Eater (and of course One Piece). Still better than Fairy Tail or Bleach, though. Maybe someday I'll go back to it.

Princess Monoke - I know it's a fan favorite, but I just hated it. It's themes were too heavy-handed, and they're messages people have been trying to hammer into my head since I was a child, but I just don't give a damn about what they're trying to say. I also didn't find it to be that interesting a story, regardless of the themes. One of the few anime I really do still hate, even after a fairly recent rewatch.

The rest I'm greatly interested in seeing, especially Metropolis, despite my extremely mixed reactions to your personal favorites. Almost all of those are very obscure anime, and regardless of my opinions of them, it does my heart good to see someone else watching such interesting, forgotten classics.

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John_1029 wrote:

I really hope the Code-Name NX is not a sandwich oven.

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GreenDream

I give a shameless plug to psgels.net. He does a ton of anime reviews and previews; all very in-depth.

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CanisWolfred

GreenDream wrote:

I give a shameless plug to psgels.net. He does a ton of anime reviews and previews; all very in-depth.

I just browse through Anime News Network and Wikipedia, plus I would go to various anime anime forums, to find out about anime. It's getting to the point where I can just go with my gut and watch whatever I feel like watching.

Which reminds me: How does everyone else choose what anime to watch?
Often I'll agonize over a bunch of different shows until I finally end up giving up and stumbling upon or think of a show unrelated to the others I was thinking of, and just watch that. I should probably simplify my system soon. Of course, sometimes I'll actually plan out what I watch (I'll watch This first, then this next, etc.), and that can be very successful. Not sure why I don't do that more often. I may not know how to do that anymore, though...

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John_1029 wrote:

I really hope the Code-Name NX is not a sandwich oven.

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kkslider5552000

some people say an anime is cool and then I decide to watch it. I have to have heard something about it very recently or I'll probably forget unless I added it to my "To Watch Later" list on My Anime List.

I decided to watch Tokyo Mew Mew and Air to watch genres I haven't seen much of before. I regret those decisions. Not because either are awful but because Air's first half is awful and Tokyo Mew Mew is 52 episodes of mediocrity while teasing an interesting story that isn't developed well enough to elevate the series to being better (though at times it does really work, even when it probably shouldn't). I mean, it is kinda lame, especially from the perspective of a 22 year old guy, but the pacing's really good, it doesn't have episodes without any point (even if the attempts at character development episodes are usually really weak) and the overall story and mysteries at least have kept my interest. Also bonus points for having an environmental message that's not just "YOU HUMANS SUCK, THE END".

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CanisWolfred

kkslider5552000 wrote:

I decided to watch Tokyo Mew Mew and Air to watch genres I haven't seen much of before. I regret those decisions. Not because either are awful but because Air's first half is awful and Tokyo Mew Mew is 52 episodes of mediocrity while teasing an interesting story that isn't focused enough to elevate the series to being better (though at times it does really work, even when it probably shouldn't)

I thought you already hated Air? And yeah, Tokyo Mew Mew is pretty bad in my opinion. There are much better choices in the Magical girl category than that.

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John_1029 wrote:

I really hope the Code-Name NX is not a sandwich oven.

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FonistofCruxis

@CanisWolfred I have a list of anime to watch and it was getting so big that I made a word document so that I could remember what order they were in. I find manga/anime that interest me in a variety of ways; from this forum, browsing TVtropes, manga being advertised at the back/front of manga books I read etc. Sometimes, I'll just be watching random youtube clips and decide to add anime onto the list after seeing funny or interesting clips and sometimes I'll get recommendations from friends and sometimes I'll see some that interest me on other websites. After finding out about an manga/anime that intrigues me, I'll normally find out more about it on Wikipedia and TVtropes.

kkslider5552000

CanisWolfred wrote:

kkslider5552000 wrote:

I decided to watch Tokyo Mew Mew and Air to watch genres I haven't seen much of before. I regret those decisions. Not because either are awful but because Air's first half is awful and Tokyo Mew Mew is 52 episodes of mediocrity while teasing an interesting story that isn't focused enough to elevate the series to being better (though at times it does really work, even when it probably shouldn't)

I thought you already hated Air? And yeah, Tokyo Mew Mew is pretty bad in my opinion. There are much better choices in the Magical girl category than that.

I was recommended Tokyo Mew Mew as a good magical girl anime so I just assumed the genre kinda sucked.

I hated the first half of Air and it's awful side characters and vague, pretentious without any justification metaphor nonsense. It gets good with episode 7 when it has focus and characters I care about in any way. Episode 11 in particular is dare I say, brilliant, despite the series' reliance on "BECAUSE MAGIC!" for everything.

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Retro_on_theGo

@kkslider Who ever recommended you Tokyo Mew Mew as a good Magical Girl anime does not have any experience with the genre. I'm just gonna assume you haven't seen Card Captor Sakura, because that is a great Magical Girl anime and where I would recommended someone to start.

FonistofCruxis wrote:

@Retro_on_thego You could read the rest here.

Says it's licensed and therefore not available there.

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GreenDream

@CanisWolfred Oh yeah, now I remember doing that too... this was kind of an old list, but I stand by Maison Ikkoku as my personal favorite; watched start to finish. The others were really just recommendations. I agree with your sentiments on most everything.

The manga of Full Metal Panic was definitely middle of the line, bouncing back and forth between plot and slapstick. Didn't drag itself on, it was pretty short (9 volumes for the original). Much more emphasis was put on the storytelling and character interactions than espionage and mecha action. Some of the events, like the one involving using a microwave to short an electrical device, was handled more naturally.

I first watched Princess Mononoke about 12 years ago on VHS, so there's some nostalgia there. It's definitely a bit too ham-fisted compared to other Miyazaki works like Spirited Away. Except for Porco Rosso, which was... you know... HAM fisted?

Law of Ueki actually moves pretty slowly for a shonen. It's not as exciting as most others, though that's probably intentional. I haven't seen much of One Piece yet, but one of my friends recommends it highly. (The subbed version, of course!) I've heard that Bleach starts out good, then goes way downhill after the first Soul Society infiltration arc.

I only saw the first Last Exile, and there were definitely some very cliched elements, especially for character development (or lack thereof for the villains). The hanging plot threads annoyed me, too. I just really enjoyed the imaginative world design.

I have not yet seen Touch, but I've read good things about it. I've also read about a new romance called Natsuyuki Rendezvous. I still haven't seen a whole lot of shows.

As for Eiken... well... at least it's not one of those wacky onii-chan stepsibiling incest shows... though it's just as offensive...

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kkslider5552000

Retro_on_theGo wrote:

@kkslider Who ever recommended you Tokyo Mew Mew as a good Magical Girl anime does not have any experience with the genre. I'm just gonna assume you haven't seen Card Captor Sakura, because that is a great Magical Girl anime and where I would recommended someone to start.

Well tbh, I did it just to get a taste of the genre and to help understand over-the-top girly anime fans for a parody fanfic and not something I wanted to watch too regularly.

the apparently horrible dub, Card Captors, is like the 2nd anime I ever saw (after Pokemon) so I probably should have watched it instead.

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