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Old 01-22-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Ive never been much into anime really' Ive always enjoyed the classics ie Akira, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D. But what are some other good anime movies? Im about to go rent Paprika and search for a few more at my towns last remaining video store. But yea what are some other good movies you guys would recommend?

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Perfect Blue, by the same director as Paprika, is really good.

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Perfect Blue, by the same director as Paprika, is really good.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
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Yea I keep hearing about Perfect Blue, Paprika was f'n FANTASTIC! I LOVED that movie. It was like Inception meets The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Watched Steamboy too and I loved that. Gimme some more suggestions people! Lol I blame Avatar: The Last Airbender for this spontaneous anime obsession Ive all of a sudden developed, even though its really just "Americanized anime." Its like a gateway anime lol

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:07 PM   #5
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Rurouni Kenshin is a good choice. It has great characters, a good dub, and a meaty plot that doesn't waste too much time like other Shonen Jump series (except for a little filler in the Tokyo story arc, most of which is still worth watching). You'll also have fun learning about some important Japanese history too; it's almost like edutainment.

One problem: the series falls off after the Kyoto story arc, where the plot separates from that of the manga. The manga will give you a more well-rounded conclusion from that point.

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Some reviews of The Last Airbender film have actually mistaken the show for real anime. But you have to admit: the attention to detail and somewhat-stilted animation go a long way towards being convincing as anime, as opposed to Teen Titans, which is still very much an American-styled show in many ways.

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Old 01-26-2011, 09:36 PM   #6
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I haven't been keeping up with anime too much over the last several years, but I highly recommend checking out "Sword of the Stranger." It is one of the best anime films I have ever seen. Great music, amazing fights, simple yet effective story.

For series, "Hajime no Ippo" (released as "Fighting Spirit" in the U.S.) is nice. Its a comedy-sports anime about a kid who becomes a boxer. Character design isn't for everyone, but the pacing and fights are nice.

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Kind of depends on if you just want to watch a feature film or a series.

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I always recommend Code Geass if you want to watch a good series. It's short and it's sweet.

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Ive never been much into anime really' Ive always enjoyed the classics ie Akira, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D. But what are some other good anime movies? Im about to go rent Paprika and search for a few more at my towns last remaining video store. But yea what are some other good movies you guys would recommend?
Grave of the Fireflies
Everything by Miyazaki
The Ghost in the Shell films
The Cat Returns
Clannad (the movie)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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A Country Doctor
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Almost all the recommendations have been very solid, and I'll throw out FLCL and Kino's Journey.

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Old 01-27-2011, 04:01 AM   #11
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FLCL is a beatiful short anime consisting of 6 wonderfully animated episodes with variety of style, definatly worth checking out. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is also a great anime that has so many american cultural inspirations, among with great techno/rd music along with amazingly fantasticly done fightning animations.

Hellsing OVA is also worth checking out, vampires, crusading priests and nazi vampires clashing out in a big epic war.

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- My Neighbor Totoro
- The Cat Returns
- Kiki's Delivery System
- Howl's moving castle
- Spirited Away
- Afro Samurai (Samuel L Jackson's bloodthirsty anime adventures!)
- Afro Samurai: Resurrection
- Hellsing OVAs (sup repetition!)

Thats all i can think of right now from the top of my head. Oh yeah! The anime Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (keyword: Brotherhood) is also a well received anime with pretty cool villains based off sins.

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the basic Televison recommendations

Ghost in the Shell : Stand ALone Complex...television doesnt get much better than this. One of the most beautifully dense narratives in any medium. A must for anyone who loves sci-fi

Cowboy Bebop

Berserk

Full Metal Alchemist

Hellsing OVA'S

Mushishi

Trigun

Evangelion

Hajime no Ippo

Monster

Samurai Champloo

As for movies , starting the basics :

Anything by Miyazaki
Anything by Satoshi Kon
Anything by Mamoru Oshii
Rurouni Kenshin Ovas
Macross Plus
Sword of the Stranger
Evangelion Ovas


There's a whole world out there , with many great titles but the ones i mentioned normally are very well liked by fans (a lot of them not even into anime).

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Yea Im mostly interested in movies but Ill prolly check out some series eventually. Thanx alot guys! I keep hearing about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is that really good? Im looking for the crazy ass brutal, bloody sci/fi or fantasy type stuff. I could care less about any stories based in "reality"

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Im looking for the crazy ass brutal, bloody sci/fi or fantasy type stuff. I could care less about any stories based in "reality"
Spriggan comes to mind. Altought i dont think its a great movie , it has amazing action set pieces.


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Yea Im mostly interested in movies but Ill prolly check out some series eventually. Thanx alot guys! I keep hearing about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is that really good? Im looking for the crazy ass brutal, bloody sci/fi or fantasy type stuff. I could care less about any stories based in "reality"
Well, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is quite good, but it's really not that. I would probably go for Akira Tekkonkonkrit, and Ghost in the Shell first and foremost of what's been recommended if that's what you're wanting, and in movie form. I still say to check out FLCL; it's not really that either, but it's just one of those things that I think is really that good. It is a series, but only six episodes, so not much longer than a film.

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My favorite anime is the Legend of Overfiend. I have heard Claymore is good if you want a dark fantasy.

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Summer Wars is another good movie.

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Trigun is a good series. It's got a good sotry to it and great character in my opinion. That, it it's a decent blend of comedy and action.

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Ive never been much into anime really' Ive always enjoyed the classics ie Akira, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D. But what are some other good anime movies? Im about to go rent Paprika and search for a few more at my towns last remaining video store. But yea what are some other good movies you guys would recommend?
It sounds like you and I have similar tastes. For you, I recommend:

1) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
2) Ghost in the Shell
3) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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I'll skip the movies since some great ones have already been mentioned, and just list some series from different categories that I liked. Might as well put a brief summary of the plot, so sorry if it's a bit lengthy.


Action -

One Piece (gotta watch the Japanese voice, english sub tho, English voice version butched this gem). One of the best anime series, IMO. Pirates, adventure, friendship theme. Really tight and good story arcs tho, fighting is top notch, and everything makes sense within the rules of the OP world.


Bleach. High school guy gains powers of a death God (shinigami), fights creatures called Hollows who are spirits who get twisted by resentment, hate, ect. Bigger plot unfolds making him visit the death God society to save a friend.

Naruto. Kid is born and has a tailed demon put in him. He grows up with everyone hating him, causing him to be obnoxious to get attention. Fighting deals with ninja techniques, and follows a mission structure early on as Naruto lives in a town where ninjas are rented out for the right price.

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Tsuna is a kid who everyone calls a loser. Too afraid to do anything, and an overall scardy cat who sucks at school work, athletics, everything. A hitman tutor who looks like an infant named Reborn shows up, telling him he's the next Vongola mafia boss, and that he's going to train him to become it whether Tsuna wants to be mafia or not. Loved the series personally, but the first 30 episodes are a bit slow, but after those...next 173 are great heh.

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (same as Full Metal Alchemist, but follows the manga closer, so the story deviates and is better IMO). Deals with 2 children who live in a world where transmutation can be done by drawing on surfaces and putting the components within it. They try to bring someone back from the dead, lose body parts in the process, and set out to find a way to become whole again.

Kenshin. World's greatest swordsman retires, and refuses to kill. He's gradually drawn back in. Great supporting cast, and a good story overall. I liked this one a lot too.

Code Geass (action with a touch of Death Note in it). Lelouche gains the power to make anyone do anything he says one time. Uses it to get revenge and play with a war like it was a chess game. Has mechs as well.

Cowboy Bebop. Just an overall fun series, a bit short tho. Every episode it pretty self contained, and entertaining. The English voice work I hear is better on this one (never watched the Japanese version myself). Basically it's a bunch of bounty hunters traveling around trying to collect bounties. The artwork is great and fluid as well.

Ghost in the Shell, stand alone complex. A prequel series to the movie. waayyy too much going on to summarize in a small paragraph lol.

Gundam. By that I mean there's lots of them, and don't want to give each it's own paragraph lol. My faves are the original 0079 series, Gundam Zeta, Gundam 08th, Turn A Gundam, Gundam 00, Gundam Wing, and G Gundam. All of them are more war like with drama and action except Turn A and G. Turn A still has war, but is much more light hearted (which is actually a real benefit to the series), and G is more over the top super robot fighting.

Yu yu Hakusho. Tough guy school kid dies and becomes a spirit detective. Series is really good, another one of the classic much watch series, again IMO. Lots of good fighting, and the stories not so bad either.

HunterXHunter. Pretty sure the manga for this was written by the same guy who made Yu yu Hakusho. The anime is good, but cuts off before the ant arc. It has action, but in a slightly different way until about mid way thru the anime. Of course then again the ant arc in the manga is such a high point, low point arc...maybe it's better if the anime didn't show it just yet lol. Seriously, never has a manga arc litterally from week to week had me going, "Awesome can't wait for next week.....what the **** is this!?!? This is crap....ok things are awesome again....what wait 1 year for the next manga issue!?!?", like this series has lol. Still tho, anime never got to hit that trouble point lol.


Drama/Serious/Mind **** -


Death Note. Light gains a book, where any name he rights in it causes the person to die. He decides to try and change the world the way he wants it. L is a super genius who tries to figure out who "Kira (Light's killing alter ego) is. Major selling point of this anime is the clever back and forth mind games inbetween Light and L.

Elfen Lied. A group of women who aren't human, and are able to take completely dismantle a body with invisible hand like apendages. One gets lose, a guy tries to befriend her, death follows suite lol.

Ergo Proxy (tho it fits in the action category a bit too). Future apocolyptic looking world where there seems to be only one city. A goth looking woman named Lil Mayer (think it's Lil...or R'eal or something like that...been a bit since I saw it) is partnered with a robot and looking at the scene of a crime. She sees a creature called a Proxy that kinda turns her world upside down. Not sure how much more I can say on it lol, It's a good one tho.



Action-Comedy -

Toppa Tengen Gurren Laggan
. Over the top and pure awesome. If you like awesome characters, action so over the top it becomes comical, great catch phrases, and mechs, this is a much watch IMO.

Trigun. Vash becomes the 1 million dolloar man, bounty wise. Everyone wants to catch him, and he just wants to not get caught. 2 insurance agency ladies follow him to try and stop him, as well as represent their insurance agency as Vash is know as the human stampede (everywhere he goes accidently ends up demolished). Story slowly branches out, overall a very fun anime to watch tho.

FLCL. Coming of age, over the top anime. Made by the same ppl who made Toppa Tengen, with the same awesome over the top feeling. Definitely worth a watch as well. Pretty short series like Cowboy Bebop tho.



Comedy-Romance -


Tenchi. Normal guy gets a harem of crazy women, meanwhile he just wants them all to leave so he can live a normal life. Typical harem anime set up, but this one kinda paved the road for a lot of them that came after it.

Clannad . Odd one to place. First part is more comedy and romance. Last half fits more in the drama/serious section. Guy with tough attitude falls for innocent sickly girl. He gets a bit of a harem going and it has decent comedy. Second have just goes all depressing, completely different show at that point, but still good.





There's more, but can't think of them atm. Anyway hope those help a bit.

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My personal favorite movies (the ones i own) ... probably all already mentioned

Perfect Blue --Stalker type film
Paprika -- Dream WTF film
Tenchi Muyo in Love -- Time Travel sci-fi and how I met the tv series'
Cowboy Bebop -- No need to see the series to understand this one shot.
Ninja Scroll -- Action film Not an anime fan if you haven't seen this.
Ghost in the Shell --Ultimate Sci-fi question of how to define life
Princess Mononoke -Environmentalist film
Akira --Classic
Spirited Away --Fantasy
Vampire Hunter D
The Grave of Fireflies -- I can't even describe this one. It is just awesome

Gunsmith Cats -- 3 episodes long... so an hour and a half. May as well be a movie.


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Princess Mononoke and Berserk.

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Film:
The Dagger of Kamui also known as Kamui no Ken
The Castle of Cagliostro
Sword of the Stranger
Jungle Emperor Leo
Fist of the North Star
Grave of the Fireflies
Barefoot Gen
Angel's Egg
Patlabor
Patlabor 2
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
Goku: Midnight Eye
REDLINE
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Perfect Blue
Ponyo
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle

Series:
Fullmetal Alchemist
Eureka 7
RahXephon
Patlabor
Now and Then, Here and There
Cowboy Bebop
Baccano!
Trigun
Macross Frontier
Samurai Champloo
Paranoia Agent
Boogiepop Phantom
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig
Serial Experiments LAIN
Urusei Yatsura
Fighting Spirit also known as Hajime no Ippo
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo


That should be enough.

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Kaiba, if you like sci-fi/psychological stuff.

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As far as movies go everyone has named the main ones you should see but funk it i'll make a list anyways
MOVIES:
*Ghost in the Shell
*Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust - I saw you put Vampire Hunter D already this is the newest one
*Wicked City - Old school i heard this is where MIB the movie was stolen from.
*Fist of the North Star - Another old school one still awesome tho
*Spirited Away
*Princess Mononoke - One of my favorites
TV: These are a couple short series about the length of a movie
*Blue Submarine No.6 - 4 Ep
*Afro Samurai - I think 5 Ep
*FLCL - 6 EP and is one of my favorite series
And last if you plan on getting into the longer series i'd start with Banccano! - 13 Ep love this Anime think maybe Pulp Fiction/Goodfellas
There you go need anymore just ask

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