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8BitSamurai

Does Full Metal Panic get better after a while? I tried to watch past the first episode, just couldn't do it. The whole episode was just so full of cliches and stereotypes I felt like it was attempting to be a parody of itself. I usually try to do at least three episodes before I quit an anime I don't like, but FMP just left a bad feeling in my soul. Does it rapidly improve after the first episode or am I just in the tiny minority with the series? If I had to take a guess though, I'd say it's just me

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FriedSquid

I just rewatched/finished (as I haven't actually finished it yet) Gurren Lagann, and man, what an anime. I won't give too much spoilers, all I can say is that the ending in my opinion is like Whose Line Is It Anyway; where the rules are made up and the points (or probabilities)don't matter. Definitely a bit of a pushing-the-limit ridiculous show, but awesome and humorous nonetheless. :3 (though the constant Yoko jokes get a little... too much at times )


Also, though I haven't watched it since November, anyone out there a fan of Summer Wars?

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moomoo

8BitSamurai wrote:

Does Full Metal Panic get better after a while? I tried to watch past the first episode, just couldn't do it. The whole episode was just so full of cliches and stereotypes I felt like it was attempting to be a parody of itself. I usually try to do at least three episodes before I quit an anime I don't like, but FMP just left a bad feeling in my soul. Does it rapidly improve after the first episode or am I just in the tiny minority with the series? If I had to take a guess though, I'd say it's just me

No, I think it's more just a problem with the first season in general. It's one of those series that is just kind of okay.
However, it's second and third seasons are phenomenal. How about watching an episode of Fumofu? You won't really need any context, and it'll give you a good laugh.

@CaptainSquid Yeah, Gurren Laggann kind of gets ridiculous at the end (and the beginning and middle in my opinion), but it's still a show worth watching. It's odd how I found it as enjoyable as I did. Definitely recommended for mecha fans.

Anyways, I finished watching Steins;Gate with my mom recently, and she absolutely adored it. Now we're watching Death Note, and she's loving it. Here's the thing though; what the heck should we watch afterwards? She's a self-proclaimed anime-hater, and she's really only liked these two shows. I suppose I could just throw Cowboy Bebop at her face, but if any of you have any good gateway anime suggestions, I'm all ears.

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RR529

I wached Project A-Ko 2 on YouTube last night! Pretty much, if you liked the humor & action of the first one, you'll probably like this, as it's just more of the same. The fan service has been toned down though, so there's that.

Also, I've read the first couple chapters of the Fire Emblem manga. I'm not getting my hopes too high, based on the quality of other video game to manga adaptations I've read, but it's looking promising so far. (I think the main character is supposed to be Roy, as he looks like a younger version of him, but for some reason, everyone's calling him Al. Not sure if that's a translation error or what...)

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Rocko52

Back! So...still haven't gotten to Brotherhood episode 2...I dunno, haven't been drawn to it.

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I recall you saying you liked the first half of Eva, how come?

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TysonOfTime

I finished Soul Eater today.

Besides the ending being really cheesy, I like the series as a whole a lot.
I hope they pull a FMA:Brotherhood and make a new series that follow the manga once it's done.
...Unless that's a bad idea of course...

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8BitSamurai

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Oh good, it's not just me then. As for a recommendation, Might I say Full Metal Alchemist? (2003) It got me into anime, anyways. An excellent blend of story/characters, humor, and action. I haven't seen Brotherhood though, so I can't comment on that. Or perhaps for something lighter after Death Note, you could try Polar Bear's Cafe. I have three episodes left and have gotten insurmountable laughs off of it so far. It's just the sort of an anime that's hard to dislike.

Speaking of Death Note, does anybody know of a similar anime? Not really the plot in general, but just something with at least close (as much would be almost impossible) to the amount of suspense and whatnot that Death Note has.

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RR529

In regards to my last comment, it definitely looks like the main protagonist of Fire Emblem (manga) isn't Roy, as he's depicted with blue hair on the cover.

Funny though, whenever anyone says Al, I imagine it as coming from Robin Williams' voice, lol.

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moomoo

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@Moomoo
Oh good, it's not just me then. As for a recommendation, Might I say Full Metal Alchemist? (2003) It got me into anime, anyways. An excellent blend of story/characters, humor, and action. I haven't seen Brotherhood though, so I can't comment on that. Or perhaps for something lighter after Death Note, you could try Polar Bear's Cafe. I have three episodes left and have gotten insurmountable laughs off of it so far. It's just the sort of an anime that's hard to dislike.

Speaking of Death Note, does anybody know of a similar anime? Not really the plot in general, but just something with at least close (as much would be almost impossible) to the amount of suspense and whatnot that Death Note has.

Yeah, FMA is one of my favorites. I don't know if it's what she'd want to watch; it has a lot of things that she doesn't like (overreactions, the anime faces, sparkles, etc.) but it's such a varied show that she might like the other things the show tries its hand at.
Oh, and I would never recommend Brotherhood to anyone unfamiliar with FMA. It's a great show, but the first 13 episodes are less than optimal (by FMA standards. I suppose for most shows it would be acceptable. Shows how much better FMA is compared to most other shows).

When it comes to shows similar to Death Note, Code Geass springs to mind. It has a similar protagonist, what with the super smart guy that's kind of dark thing going on. It's not quite as well-written (granted, virtually none of them are. Death Note is arguably the most well-written anime around, at least with the first two thirds) but it does have character development, something Death Note didn't really have (but didn't need so it's okay). Also, giant robots. And it's by Clamp, so of course there's fanservice. It's one of the most talked about shows I've seen, and it's certainly worth watching.
Also, the second half of Steins;Gate is the most suspensful show I've ever seen. Can't recommend it enough.

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Rocko52

Progress:
Bleach: Finished Episode 35
One Piece: Finished Episode 45 (I know, I haven't watched much of either show, as last week I decided to stop watching them for a bit to finish Eva, over the weekend saw End of Eva, and I haven't watched much anime at all this week, just 4 assorted episodes of Bleach, FMA B, Attack on Titan, and Gargantia)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Finished Episode 1
Lucky Star: Finished Episode 6 (Need to get back to this as well)
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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Finished Episode 12
Fruits Basket: Finished Episode 11 (I REALLY need to get back to this one)

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CanisWolfred

8BitSamurai wrote:

Does Full Metal Panic get better after a while? I tried to watch past the first episode, just couldn't do it. The whole episode was just so full of cliches and stereotypes I felt like it was attempting to be a parody of itself. I usually try to do at least three episodes before I quit an anime I don't like, but FMP just left a bad feeling in my soul. Does it rapidly improve after the first episode or am I just in the tiny minority with the series? If I had to take a guess though, I'd say it's just me

Yes, well, kinda. The first season isn't great, and it's better when you've seen Mecha before and can relate to the jokes, since it kind of is a parody. I still prefer The Second Raid, its actually a serious Mecha show, and one of the few good ones that have appeared in the last 10 years, IMO. Got a bit silly near the end, but still, if they can keep up the momentum, I would gladly welcome a new season just like it if these guys would make anything other than boring Slice of Life anime.

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@Caniswolfred
I recall you saying you liked the first half of Eva, how come?

It was lighter in tone, more fun, the battles were intence, and the characters were somewhat more interesting and likeable before we were sucepted to their largely over-the-top backstories.

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My Progress

Rurouni Kenshin ep. 13 (I stopped for a little while to see the 4 Trust & Betrayel OVAs so now i know more of Kenshins past)

I still need to start Hellsing

kkslider5552000

One Piece dvds! Now I can watch a lame filler arc that involves amnesia and backtracking character development just to tie-in to a video game or something! YAY!!!

...that's what you get when you decide to collect the entirety of a series that's been going on for more than a decade...

honestly, I'm way too stubborn with this as I'd love to get like, FMA: Brotherhood or the I think upcoming SAVE edition of Cased Closed or that gigantic Slayers collection, but I need some money for gaming. Oh well.

That reminds me, Slayers is awesome. That is all.

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RevolverLink

Speaking of SAVE editions, BECK and Welcome to the NHK are looking mighty tempting to me right now.

Also, on a completely different note, I started reading Black Jack yesterday; so far it's good, though the stories haven't been mind-blowing or anything, and I've always liked the way Osamu Tezuka drew his characters.

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It really is a fantastic show, even though it was painful to watch at times. I just saw too much of myself in some of the characters.

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moomoo

@Rocko52 You must be having a really hard time picking just one picture of Asuka for your avatar. You're switching it up like crazy.
Speaking of EVA, what'd you think of End of Evangelion? I'm curious. Personally, I was just shocked at first, but after giving it time to settle into my head and giving it some thought, I've grown to like it a lot. Now Eva's one of my favorite animes.

Since others are doing it, I'll mention what I'm watching right now.
Code Geass R2 - ep 14 (This show is soooo good, even though the melodrama can appear out of nowhere.)
Anohana - ep 9 (So after bashing the series after watching just two episodes, I decided to watch the rest of it to get rid of my guilt. Well, at least I can know that my bashing was warranted so far. I don't think I've hated a show this much before. Thankfully, it's only 11 episodes, so I think I'll live.)
Wolf's Rain - ep 4 (I'm hoping the series gets better. It hasn't quite pulled me in yet. I've heard good things about it, though, so I'll slowly finish it at some point.)

I also saw a couple of episodes of Attack on Titan, and I'll wait for an English dub. It's not that I don't like the Japanese dub (far from it, actually) but if I know a series is getting an English dub, I usually like watching it first. This is definitely a good one, I can tell.
Then there's my rewatching of Death Note with my mom, which is going swiftly. 14 episodes in less than 3 days.

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Jaz007

I watched the first episode of Ouran Host Club and the first 9 minutes of the second episode. I'm not watching a show about a girl pretending to be a boy and charming other girls while drinking tea with them at the High School's host club to repay a debt for a broken vase. No, just no. Time for the next anime.

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Jaz007 wrote:

I watched the first episode of Ouran Host Club and the first 9 minutes of the second episode. I'm not watching a show about a girl pretending to be a boy and charming other girls while drinking tea with them at the High School's host club to repay a debt for a broken vase. No, just no. Time for the next anime.

If it's any consolation, I couldn't either. That is, until I watched it with someone else. Weirdly enough, it makes watching it a lot less awkward when there's someone else laughing beside you. Granted, it could be hard to find someone else to watch it with...

In other news, I finished Anohana. Easily the most overrated thing I've ever seen. If anyone wants me to deliberate why, I will, but not right now. I'm still tired from laughing at the choreographed tears. (I'm not trolling, by the way. I literally laughed out loud at that last episode. How it has a near perfect rating on Crunchyroll I'll never know.)

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Jaz007 wrote:

I watched the first episode of Ouran Host Club and the first 9 minutes of the second episode. I'm not watching a show about a girl pretending to be a boy and charming other girls while drinking tea with them at the High School's host club to repay a debt for a broken vase. No, just no. Time for the next anime.

I dunno, I saw the first episode once and thought it was genuinely hilarious.

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