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post #31 of 97
Blade of the Immortal is awesome. FLCL is also classic IMO. I watched the last two or three episodes of This Ugly Yet Beautiful World when it was on Adult Swim for a brief time...was very very intriguing and surrealistic, would like to watch the whole thing at some point.
post #32 of 97
Mushishi. If there's only one anime you should ever watch, it's Mushishi. Beautiful art, don't have to watch the episodes in order, amazing music... it's a whole different world. A friend recommended it and I loved it even though I'm not that into anime.
post #33 of 97
I feel like nobody has seen this series but me. Of course, I own it. Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy Episode 1 (split into five parts)
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post #34 of 97
I am surprised no one mentioned Inu Yasha. Well at least I didn't see it being suggested or I could have missed it. It is my favorite anime and I was gutted when they didn't finished the whole series and that you have to read the whole manga to unveil the next chapters of the story. I could say that I am pleased as far as the outcome of the story and how it ended. I just wish that they continue the series as well because the anime overall has a potential.

Speaking of manga, I was just done reading Flame Of Recca manga. I've seen the series years ago and I heard that they actually made some changes on it compared to the manga which was so much better. Like Inu Yasha, they didn't bother continuing the series but instead, made a twist and ending it having the fans thinking if it was the real ending of the show or not.

Other anime that I recommend are Bleach, Ranma 1/2, Ninja Scroll and Naruto.


post #35 of 97
I generally abhor anime for being derivative and gimmicky, but that said there are a few I really like; Hajime no Ippo Monster Cowboy Bebop There's one going on right now called Higashi no Eden, it's kind of interesting. I think I enjoy watching it more because its the only way I get to spend time with one of my childhood friends who is a complete shut-in and never wants to hang out unless it involves watching cartoons or playing old Warcraft 3 maps.
post #36 of 97
Manga:

Anything by Osamu Tezuka. He's the undisputed God of Manga for good reason. His art-storytelling is light years beyond even other manga artists and his plots and characters are absolutely top notch. Pick up some Astroboy and you'll be surprised that a young kid's manga takes on tough philosophical issues (in a very fun manner). The Phoenix series is a masterpiece, particularly book 4, Karma. His individual graphic novels are roundly great.

Eden by Hiroki Endo (also his short story series Tanpeshu). Easily one of the best "real sci-fi" comics out there. Takes place in the near future, when a deadly pandemic virus called Closure afflicts the population and sends the world into political turmoil. The story focuses on Elijah Ballard, a young boy mired in a political struggle between multiple political organizations and his father, the most powerful drug czar in South America. Come for the abundant violence and nudity, stay for the excellent story, which plays out like an extended greek tragedy.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Considered the pioneer of indie manga, Tatsumi did short sketches of broken lives in mid-20th century Japan. Funny and at times harrowing stuff. He's also released a supposedly excellent autobiographical work called "A Drifting Life" that maps out the birth of the manga industry.

One Piece by Eichiro Oda. Sure it's ultra popular, but One Piece is one of the greatest shonen manga ever made. Spectacular action, hilarious comedy and, shockingly, absolutely consistent throughout its run. I've yet to read a plot or story that disappointed.

Anime

Paranoid Agent. It's cheating because it's Satoshi Kon, but it's a psychological mind-bender of a series about a mysterious boy with a golden bat who assaults people who feel trapped in their everyday lives.

Kemonozume and Kaiba. Moving along the mindfuck theme are two series by Masaaki Yuasa (who did equally awesome movies Mind Game and Cat Soup). Kemonozume is about a secretive sword school which hunts down flesh eating monsters, and how the heir to the sword school has fallen in love with one of the monsters. Kaiba is about a man with no memories who wakes up in a world where people's memories can be transferred into digital media. Both series are amazing, surreal works.
post #37 of 97
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Manga:

Anything by Osamu Tezuka. He's the undisputed God of Manga for good reason. His art-storytelling is light years beyond even other manga artists and his plots and characters are absolutely top notch. Pick up some Astroboy and you'll be surprised that a young kid's manga takes on tough philosophical issues (in a very fun manner). The Phoenix series is a masterpiece, particularly book 4, Karma. His individual graphic novels are roundly great.

Eden by Hiroki Endo (also his short story series Tanpeshu). Easily one of the best "real sci-fi" comics out there. Takes place in the near future, when a deadly pandemic virus called Closure afflicts the population and sends the world into political turmoil. The story focuses on Elijah Ballard, a young boy mired in a political struggle between multiple political organizations and his father, the most powerful drug czar in South America. Come for the abundant violence and nudity, stay for the excellent story, which plays out like an extended greek tragedy.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Considered the pioneer of indie manga, Tatsumi did short sketches of broken lives in mid-20th century Japan. Funny and at times harrowing stuff. He's also released a supposedly excellent autobiographical work called "A Drifting Life" that maps out the birth of the manga industry.

One Piece by Eichiro Oda. Sure it's ultra popular, but One Piece is one of the greatest shonen manga ever made. Spectacular action, hilarious comedy and, shockingly, absolutely consistent throughout its run. I've yet to read a plot or story that disappointed.

Anime

Paranoid Agent. It's cheating because it's Satoshi Kon, but it's a psychological mind-bender of a series about a mysterious boy with a golden bat who assaults people who feel trapped in their everyday lives.

Kemonozume and Kaiba. Moving along the mindfuck theme are two series by Masaaki Yuasa (who did equally awesome movies Mind Game and Cat Soup). Kemonozume is about a secretive sword school which hunts down flesh eating monsters, and how the heir to the sword school has fallen in love with one of the monsters. Kaiba is about a man with no memories who wakes up in a world where people's memories can be transferred into digital media. Both series are amazing, surreal works.

hiroki endo's stuff is fucking awesome. I love his oneshots.
post #38 of 97
Manga...I like anything Ryoichi Ikegami draws

Obviously everyone knows about Crying Freeman, my personal fave manga of all time is Sanctuary, a really engrossing story about 2 friends who suffered in the Cambodian death camps and came back to Japan, one as a politician in the Diet and the other a high ranking Yakuza. Great story, really well crafted and Ikegami' illustrations are top notch

gonna start reading "Strain" soon, also drawn by Ikegami and the writer from "Fist of the North Star"
post #39 of 97
i would strongly recommend all of yoshihiro tatsumi's works. they are really, really great stories -- and when put in the context of the time he was making them -- are pretty amazing. almost like the manga version of "ulysses" in regards to the modernist tones prevalent in many of his works.
post #40 of 97
Death Note is the best. Head and shoulders above most films (let alone anime) that I've seen in years.

Will also recommend Monster, a psychological thriller.
post #41 of 97
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Death Note is the best. Head and shoulders above most films (let alone anime) that I've seen in years.

Will also recommend Monster, a psychological thriller.

+1 How has Death Note not been mentioned until page 3? I don't even like anime/manga, and death note is awesome.
post #42 of 97
+1 for vagabond, takehiko inoue's mastery.

2 reasons why I love japanese manga, 1 is because many manga artists work with independent writers for story, results in beautiful epic manga with great stories; 2, which I think japanese manga is superior to others is the way japanese manga artists draw, more movie-like, with wilder angels and attention to details, just like how a good movie should tell the story, you don't need much explanation to understand the situation, sutble mood change and atmosphere. whereas in other "comics" or "graphic novels", you often see pictures with box of boring narration to explain how each character feel and act.

no love for JoJo's Bizzare Adventure? it's my all-time favorite, combining my love for rock n' roll music (tons of rock references) and fashion (I believe Hirohiko Araki drew a lot of costume inspiration from versace and likes), resulting in a very stylish and edgy (and bloody too) work. don't bother with the OVA, the original manga is 100 times better (you'd think videos can depict action and better story telling than framed pictures).

Another one I really enjoy is Team Medical Dragon, again story was provided by an retired medical expert (dead already last I heard). nothing fantasy or glorious, but very educational in medical terms and very intriging office politics and beauracracy in-fightings, the clean manga style is also a plus to me.

and I love Berserk too, the story has been taking on a epic turn. the style in the beginning was kinda meh, but all the hints for the story development was all there since the very beginning, it's kinda awe dropping looking back the early volumes thinking "did he plan all of these the whole entire time?"

one more worth mentioning is Bastards!!!!!!! The real spark is the story turn in the end where what human thought the devil who destroyed the world, was actually god's wrath in devil's disguise, the perceived concept of what was good and bad got turned up-side-down, I enjoy that kind of surprises.
post #43 of 97
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+1 How has Death Note not been mentioned until page 3? I don't even like anime/manga, and death note is awesome.

It was in the first reply, chucklehead.
post #44 of 97
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It was in the first reply, chucklehead.



I would say I had you on ignore but that doesn't really hold up since I'm responding to you does it?
post #45 of 97
I don't watch much, but I did enjoy Serial Experiments Lain (1998).

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Serial Experiments Lain deals directly with the definition of reality, which makes its complex plot difficult to summarize. The story is primarily based on the assumption that everything flows from human thought, memory, and consciousness. Therefore, events on screen can be considered hallucinations of Lain, of other protagonists, or of Lain fabricating the hallucinations of others. Story misdirection is central to the plotline; even the offscreen voices or narrations' information cannot be considered truthful. The series consists of a cross-reflection of philosophical themes instead of the traditional linear events depiction: episodes are called "layers".

Serial Experiments Lain describes "the Wired" as the sum of human communication networks, created with the telegraph and telephone services, and expanded with the Internet and subsequent networks. The anime assumes that the Wired could be linked to a system that enables unconscious communication between people and machines without physical interface. The storyline introduces such a system with the Schumann resonance, a property of the Earth's magnetic field that theoretically allows for unhindered long distance communications. If such a link was created, the network would become equivalent to Reality as the general consensus of all perceptions and knowledge (see consensus reality). The thin line between what is real and what is possible would then begin to blur.

(Disclaimer - I watched it almost 10 years ago, so its me as a 15 year old that's recommending it)

Artwork was enjoyable too:





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