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« on: December 10, 2011, 09:11:43 PM »

I'm looking for some good anime to watch and thus, could use your help.  For me, anime doesn't have to be Japanese - sorry, anime purists.  It should have a good story and draw you in.  I don't want any rape (tentacled, or otherwise) nor do I need animated porn.

Anime that I have enjoyed in no particular order:
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Cowboy Bebop
Trigun (I've seen bits of it; however, I need to actually sit down and finish watching it.)
Code Geass
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 10:41:46 PM »

Based on what you listed, in no particular order.

Soul Eater - Somewhat similar to FMA, but more light hearted... usually. Students attending Death Meister Academy to hunt down sinners and witches.

Blue Exorcist - Hot show from last season in Japan. Catch it on Hulu and Crunchyroll. The son of Satan enters an academy for exorcists with the intent of kicking his father's ass.

Witch Hunter Robin - Secret police unit hunting witches (aka psychics).

AD Police Files: OVA prequel to the original Bubble Gum Crisis. Some nudity and sexualism, but it's not porn. The later TV show (AD Police) is a different continuity, although it's more similar to the Bubblegum Crisis: 2040 TV show. Strong cyberpunk show.

Dai-Guard: Office workers saving the world! Super robot show, office workers, giant monsters.

Dual: Parallel Trouble: Part of the Tenchi Myou multiverse, although that's only apparent in one of the Tenchi series. Geeky kid gets sent to a parallel universe where he gets dragged into a war with giant robots and alien technology. Similar Neon Genesis Evangellion, but without the squick and with likable characters.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Show following the adventures of a rouge sorcerer, his apprentice, and a girl. Also look for the second series, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Revenge.

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross: An old series that holds up well as long as you remember that the animation is old and ignore the horrible animation in the knife fight scene. Alien invasion, a converted alien destroyer is mans only hope, fighters that change into giant robots, a love tiangle and pop music. Formed the first third of Robotech, but the recent ADV remake using Animego's remaster is better due to better video quality and that they got the original seiyu to voice and sing for Minmei. The story's more refined and the characterization's more subtle and complex. Similarly, Macross Zero, Plus and Frontier are good. 7 is, more a matter of taste. I like it, but it's a bit weirder. Production order was Macross, Plus, 7, Zero, Frontier. In universe order is Zero, Macross, Plus, 7, Frontier. Flashback 2012 is a music video series with animation showing what happened to the three main characters in the original series. Do You Remember Love is a theatrical version of the orininal series that can be taken as an alternate version of that story or (the current official view) as the movie made in Macross 7 about the events in the first series. Macross II is a completely different universe and was made by a different studio then the rest.

Full Metal Panic: Teenage special forces soldier with no socialization sent undercover to watchover a teenage girl. Hilarity and romance ensues. Also, giant robots, love triangles and mad science. Second Raid is the second season, and Fumoffu is all the comedy side-story lines from the manga that weren't animated for the first series.

Tenchi Muyo! - Ryo-Oki: One of the classics. Three OVA series. Ordinary kid winds up the most elegable bachelor in the universe with alien princesses, galactic cops, space pirates, extradimensional dieties, and mad scientists fighting (often literally) for his affections. Tenchi Universe, Tenchi in Tokyo, and the movies are all different worlds from this. Don't think too hard about the relationships though.

Outlaw Star: If you liked Bebop, you'll probably like this. It's not as stylish as Bebop, but it's more epic space opera. The spinoff Angel Links isn't as good, but it's not as bad as some say. It's very different though.

Dirty Pair: Two attractive female agents who have a tendency to blow everything up and not bother to ask questions later. Remade as Dirty Pair Flash.

Scrapped Princess: Fantasy (sorta) show about a teenage girl being hunted by the church as the cause of the end of the world and protected by her sword master brother and military wizard sister.

Record of the Lodoss War: The original is a OVA series based on a novel series based on the author's D&D game. The TV show, Legend of the Heroic Knight ignores the last third of the OVA to readapt it more faithfully from the novels. The Legend of Crystania TV show and OVA series follow the adventures of the 'villains' after the Lodoss War. Rune Soldier Louie takes place on the mainland and is unrelated to the Lodoss War plot line. Lodoss and Rune Soldier are stronger then Crystania, although Louie is a comedy and the rest are dramas.

Patlabor: Police using giant robots, but the robots are really not important compared to the characters and police work. The OVA, TV show, and movies are completely different worlds, with the original OVAs being slightly better. The movies are probably some of the best anime done, delving into some rather deep stuff. Also, somewhat uniquely, giant robots came from the construction industry and were then adapted to police work and then to military use.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 12:09:01 AM »

Battle Angel Alita

Ignore the purists. Just because the OAV isn't as staggeringly long as the manga doesn't make it any less awesome. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 12:17:16 AM »

Robotech. Series. Absolutely Robotech. It was THE breakthrough of the japanimation ouvre into the West, perhaps because it took three different mecha series and fused them into a gloriously Frankenstein single narrative.

Patlabour: the Movie I & Patlabour: the Movie II. Movie. The story takes place in what was, at the time of release, the near future of 1998-2002. Robots called "Labors" are employed in heavy construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has its own fleet of Patlabor robotic police officers to combat crimes and deal with accidents involving Labors. The 1st movie is the better of the two and more focused on mecha but with some deeply philosophical underpinnings, the 2nd is closer to a political thriller.

Voices of a Distant Star. Movie. A sad love story involving an alien invasion told at relatvistic speed.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 12:26:47 AM »

I've been told the latest Appleseed is pretty damn awesome
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 01:24:11 AM »

Robotech. Series. Absolutely Robotech. It was THE breakthrough of the japanimation ouvre into the West, perhaps because it took three different mecha series and fused them into a gloriously Frankenstein single narrative.

Eh, debatable. Mach Go Go (aka Speed Racer), Science  Ninja Team Gatchaman (aka Battle of the Planets), Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers), Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (aka Voltron), Bishojou Senshi Sailor Moon (aka Sailor Moon), and Dragon Ball Z (aka Dragon Ball Z) had as much to do with it as Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEDA (aka Robotech) did.

As for the shows, I'd still recommend the original SDF Macross over the first part of Robotech. The edits to make it suitable for children and syndication and the measures taken to saves costs leaves the Macross Saga in Robotech far weaker then the original series. The voice acting and singing in the ADV release are far better, and the Animego video remaster is better then the transfers Harmony Gold's used in their Robotech re-releases. Plus Mari Ijima's Minmei is far more sympathetic and her story is more nuanced. The Robotech edits also alter some of the central concepts of the show. The last battle of Space War I takes on a completely different context when accompanied by Robotech's martial pep talk 'We Will Win!' compared to Macross's tragic love song 'Do You Remember?'

As for the rest, Southern Cross was meh in the original and the Robotech version isn't much better, and MOSPEDA just doesn't hold up as well as Macross.

Patlabour: the Movie I & Patlabour: the Movie II. Movie. The story takes place in what was, at the time of release, the near future of 1998-2002. Robots called "Labors" are employed in heavy construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has its own fleet of Patlabor robotic police officers to combat crimes and deal with accidents involving Labors. The 1st movie is the better of the two and more focused on mecha but with some deeply philosophical underpinnings, the 2nd is closer to a political thriller.

No love for WXIII? I thought it was even better then I or II.

Voices of a Distant Star. Movie. A sad love story involving an alien invasion told at relatvistic speed.

How did I forget Makoto Shinkai's opus? He wrote, directed, and animated the movie entirely on his own on his PowerMac G4 and the first Japanese dub was him and his wife. His The Place Promised in Our Early Days is excellent too.

I've been told the latest Appleseed is pretty damn awesome

Both Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina are good. If you liked GitS:SAC, you'll probably like them too since Appleseed is also a product of Masamune Shirow's mind. Nominally the same world as GitS, although a few decades later if I remember. If you pay attention you'll recognize a few familiar political entities and corporations. Also, interestingly, some of the costume design was done by Miuccia Prada.

And speaking of cell shaded computer generated anime, Vexille is a fun watch.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011, 12:01:11 PM »

I enjoyed Full Metal Panic!, and I've been trying to find the Cat Shit One anime, since I enjoyed the Apocalypse Meow manga.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2011, 01:25:59 PM »

cat shit one
hellsing, both versions
anything by Hayao Miyazaki: the man transcends the media. even his english voice acting tends to be good, though when you have talents like billy crystal and christian bale working for you that can happen.
sol bianca. space pirates, need i say more
any of the capitain harlock stuff: if you can find it.
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2011, 01:43:07 PM »

I'd say any of Leji Matsumodo' work. Harlock, Emeraldis, Galaxy Express, Yamato, a number  of others I'm forgetting the titles of at the moment.

Doubly impressive since they're all in the same world (Yamato fits in oddly, but voice of god says it's in there).

His album length video for Daft Punk's Discovey is good too. Look for Interstella 555
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 03:12:27 PM »

Battle Angel Alita

Ignore the purists. Just because the OAV isn't as staggeringly long as the manga doesn't make it any less awesome. Smiley

Amen to that!

I've been told the latest Appleseed is pretty damn awesome

It's ok, but some of the action scenes are a little pants. If you like the first scene, you'll like the film. I didn't. Sad

Other anime:
Anything by Ghilbli (try Grave of the Fireflies!)
Samurai 7 (crazy steampunk Seven Samurai remake)
Monster (psycho-thriller about an amazing brain surgeon)
Scrapped Princess (I second Krensky's suggestion)
The new Hellsing (if you can get it)
Samurai Shampaloo (wait for the baseball episode)
GIANT ROBO (the cheesiest anime ever, but that's what makes it so awesome! Easily in my top 5 anime of all time. And the US dub is brilliantly awful)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (just... well... words cannot describe the strangeness)

Cheers! :d
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2011, 05:19:53 PM »

Speaking of Metal and Panics...

Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 is an old but good OVA about a mechanic who finds a prototype tank buster power suit and winds up trapped inside. Hilarity and semi automated combat in downtown Tokyo ensue.
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2011, 10:14:49 PM »

Conveniently, I already had the following lists put together.  These are my personal opinions, and are rated both for story and importance to Anime.  Some of these are older, but they still hold up.

Top Anime Movies
most Studio Ghibli:  Spirited Away / Princess Mononoke / Nausicaa / Grave of the Fireflies / Laputa: Castle in the Sky / Kiki's Delivery service / Porco Rosco / Tales from Earthsea
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Summer Wars
Perfect Blue
Rebuild of Evangelion 1 & 2
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (& ~ original)
Ghost in the Shell
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Akira

Top 10 Anime Series
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood / FMA
Trigun
Gundam 08th MS Team / Wing / 0080 / 00
Cowboy Bebop
Haibene Renmei
Scryed
Evangellion / Rebuild of Eva
Outlaw Star
Wolf's Rain
Samurai 7
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2011, 10:51:03 PM »

Check this linkten anime films you should see before you die and the comments for more suggestions.
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2011, 11:59:44 PM »

I never really liked Akira. I know I should, it addresses topics that are of interest to me, but I dislike pretty much every single character in it.
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2011, 10:10:29 AM »

I never really liked Akira. I know I should, it addresses topics that are of interest to me, but I dislike pretty much every single character in it.

I agree. The movie would be more watchable if I found at least one character that was likable. That said... I still own a copy of it.
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