Must See Anime

hnterxhunterAs promised, per what I said in the stream tonight I’ve thrown up a section pertaining to must see Anime.  I know someone said there was something about a German Beer and someone else mentioned 13 episodes of a waifu wombo-combo.  I’m a big fan of anything that makes sense, but then again I suppose I’m open to some things that don’t.  Berserk was great for 90% of the anime until completely lost it’s shit with Guts friend turning into a demon and RAPING Guts other friend.  Additionally, in my eyes an Anime would be hard pressed to have too much action.  Of course, a sexy waifu and amazing action would be better, but not always (looking at you Elfin Lied).  I’d love to hear whatever you guys think is great, but let me know why you do.  Nerd goggles required after this point:

The majority of anime I’ve seen probably qualifies myself as a “pleb”, casual, naruto-lover, goku-fanboy, etc.  I think the first anime I ever saw was a random clip of DBZ on the cartoon network.  I happened to be in luck as it turned out to be a clip of Vegeta giving someone in the Ginyu force the worlds biggest pile driver.  Now that I think about it, maybe he was being pile driven?  In any case, it was awesome and I was hooked.  Why were the ninja turtles always using their swords and nunchakus in ways that never made contact with anyone?  Howcome no GIJOE ever managed to actually shoot a cobra operative ala rebel stormtroopers from Star Wars.  These questions and more were rapidly pushed aside the moment I saw Guts resting on a mountain of corpses he’d recently slain.  The circle was now complete.

In any event, I enjoyed my time with many of the more well known favorites such as DBZ, Inuyasha, Ruroni Kenshin, Bleach, and of course Naruto.  Vampire D Bloodlust was the first Anime movie I saw and IMO still one of the best.  I’ve seen pieces or large chunks of Eva, Ghost in the Shell, FMA, and about a 1000 others.  As I mentioned above, the more plot holes I see the less likely I am to take something to the end.  I don’t know why plot holes , vague references and obscure definitions are so common in Anime but it is what it is.  Oh, and before you ask yes I’ve seen Yu-Yu Hakusho.  Great stuff there.  I think that more or less sums up the meat and potatoes of what I’ve seen.  If you aren’t sure whether it’s something I’ve already seen, please put it down!  I look forward to seeing what you maniacs come up with.

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  1. Hunter x Hunter (2011), the one shown in the picture, is by far in my eyes the best anime I’ve seen pretty much ever, with a heavy accent of strategy and tactics taking many forms, not only in the action and fights but in the overall anime itself. The animation is exactly like watching a movie, even in the most intense of fight scenes it’s beautiful, and the characters are insanely well voiced and developed. I could go on but I won’t as it would last forever and probably descend into biased nerdisms, as it’s my favorite show of all time. To sum it up, beautiful animation, progresses perfectly, amazing characters. Mostly an action anime.

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  2. Ok, WaldoDude, you want anime I’ve got some anime for you to watch.

    1st off, Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica (or Magical Girl Madoka). 13 episodes of pure mindfuck. It starts off as something cute and girly like Card Capture Sakura and turns into something much, much more horrible. I’ve seen some people describe Madoka as life changing. All I can say is that I was drawn in by episode 2. It’s actually got great action, music and animation, and it’s not too long. Might be up your alley.

    Next, Darker than Black. I forget how many episodes it is, but it’s not as long as say something like DBZ or Naruto. It’s got a beginning and end. It’s amazing. It reminds me of X-men in that it involves people born with powers and how they relate to normals, but it’s much much cooler. The main duo are cool, the action’s cool, and the plot is interesting. Highly recommend it.

    Next, Code Geass. It’s longer, but it has a beginning and end so you won’t be watching it forever. If you liked Death Note, you might like Code Geass. It’s been described as something like a mix between Death Note and Gundam. I freakin’ loved it. It’s one of the most popular animes of all time.

    FLCL is really short, like maybe 6 episodes, but it’s pretty wild. Check that shit out.

    Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is different than the original FMA. Most would call it the “definitive” version of FMA as it follows the plot of the manga instead of its own thing. They start off similar but the similarities end pretty quickly.

    I’ve got others but this is what I can come up with off the top of the old noggin’. Above all I found these anime highly entertaining, short on fillers and high on cool shit. Hopefully you’ll get some entertainment out of them too.

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  3. My favourite anime of all time would definitely be Gintama.

    It’s just so damn funny! Some of the episodes don’t make sense but the great voice acting always makes it a pleasure to watch! It’s kinda of a parody of edo-era japan but instead of white people there are aliens so it gives it an interesting twist. The main character is an ex-samurai who is trying to make a living off odd jobs and always manages to find himself in trouble, normally in hilarious situations.

    I really recommend this anime and you can see it all on Crunchyroll.

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  4. Fist of the North Star? Too good not to be on the list.

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  5. I would have to say Hellsing Ultimate is quite fun to watch. It has 10 episodes at about 50 minutes long each.

    Also FLCL is a trip. And Darker than Black is one of my favorites.

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  6. Noein: To Your Other Self.

    It does involve time and dimensions so you may see plot holes because every ones interpretation of this stuff is always slightly different.

    24 episodes in total and each of them are around 25 minutes long.

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  7. Magi is by far my favorite anime.

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  8. Also don’t fall for that One Piece garbage

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  9. Is no one going to mention Attack on Titan. It’s one season of awesome on Netflix so it’s easy to find.

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  10. jaggermiester:
    Is no one going to mention Attack on Titan. It’s one season of awesome on Netflix so it’s easy to find.

    The anime looks fantastic, don’t get me wrong but I read the manga and the story isn’t exactly great. Not bad, but nothing special.

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  11. Baccano! is a great anime, available on Hulu. It has intertwining, multiple plot points, lots of interesting characters, great story and of course it has impressive action sequences. A must-see.

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  12. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan – What appears to be a typical shonen action anime slowly turns into one of the biggest masterpieces of the genre with a positive message about humanity. This is a MUST watch!

    Hajime no Ippo – sports anime (boxing) about an invtroverted high school kid who wants to learn what it means to be strong. This series is relatively long, but well worth a watch.

    Fate Zero – Light Novel adaptation of a prequel of a Visual Novel (Fate/Stay Night). Modern day action/fantasy. Mages summon legendary heroes of the past to fight each other to obtain the Holy Grail. Badass animation and fighting sequences. If you enjoy this, there’s an anime of Fate/Stay Night as well, but the quality is not nearly as good.

    Oruchuban Ebichu – Hilarious adult comedy about a perverted hamster and her owner’s relationship with her boyfriend. Tons of laughs to be had here. Old school animation, but the voice acting is great!

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  13. Gurren Lagann is big robots beating the shit out of each other. Sounds right up your alley

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  14. I won’t bother explaining what my favourite animes are about cause you can look that up on IMDB but ill just say why I liked them. I also won’t talk about movies as they’re kinda different, just anime series.

    COWBOY BEBOP
    – YOU MUST WATCH THIS AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE YOU DIE – IF THERE WERE TO BE ONE ANIME TO RECOMMEND TO ANYONE IT WOULD BE THIS
    Alright now this is probably the best anime, if not general on-screen series I’ve ever seen (I saw you referencing Game of Thrones before, and if you are one of the people like me who think Game of Thrones is purely the best then this is pretty much the anime version of the best to me). I don’t know how to describe it but it’s just wonderful and the end will take your feels to another dimension. At first I was kinda sketchy cause the animation seemed pretty old school (not gonna lie I do love me some good animation detail) but I can’t recommend it enough. It’s more about each individual story line and the plot as a whole and character building (it’s pretty episodic but it works perfectly with the overarching plot) than action, (although it does have some pretty sweet action-scenes of course) but it is very well made, even the english dub is good. I’d say this anime takes a bit more of a maturer side to love than say Naruto, as it is quite deep, although very simple at the same time. The character development just takes perfection to a whole new level. WATCH IT PLEASE I BEG OF YOU.

    CODE GEASS
    I just finished watching this and boy was it good, almost as good as Cowboy. This has a mixture of action, drama, romance and everything. Code Geass flows from one episode to the next a bit smoother than Cowboy as it isn’t as episodic. Every episode continues where the last one left off to build to the awesome climax that the ending is. The plot of this anime is just insane. It’s like a rollercoaster that you’ll never want to stop riding. The animation quality is awesome and all the characters are lovable (even the bad guys). This is a two series anime and although I found the start of series two confusing for the first episode, everything was explained by the third episode (the second series is a continuation one year after the first).

    HELLSING ULTIMATE
    If you want crazy, badass fucked up action (with a nice great plot to go with it), this is the perfect anime for you. Once you see this anime you’ll probably never see action scenes that are as gruesome as this. The first few episodes will probably shock you the most, and by the end you’ll be used to body parts being in places they shouldn’t be and people eating others faces off. Although the majority of the anime is filled with action, the anime does venture into comedy and builds the characters very well. Just be prepared if you are going to watch this anime, as there are some pretty disturbing scenes.

    Other Animes an quick thoughts

    ONE PIECE
    I love it. Like Naruto except less emo and more fun. It probably won’t end for another few years too. Fine by me :)

    FULL METAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
    Good anime, but I think I watched it with the wrong mindset so it didn’t quite click with me. It’s definitely more plot-based than action-based. End kind of reminded me of avatar the last airbender for some reason even though its completely different. For some reason I feel as if FMAB is almost driven by a detective-type (sherlock holmes and shit) genre at its core, but it’s probably just me.

    SWORD ART ONLINE
    This one’s kinda overrated. The first half was very enjoyable but after that it lost a lot of what made the first half so good. SAO is all about the feels and the first half conveyed the plot as more of a personal internal journey of the main character, as well as some around him. The second half was mainly driven by romance (and I’m fine with romance), but it just wasn’t as good as the first half.

    DARKER THAN BLACK – first season
    I absolutely loved the characters in this, however I felt as if the plot just wasn’t enough for me. It’s very episodic (but as Cowboy Bebop proves, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing), but unfortunately the plot just didn’t explain enough for me to love, and I felt as if I was left with more questions than answers by the end of the first season. It’s an action-character development driven mix just like cowboy, just not as good. I feel as if the ending to the first season answered the majority of my questions, this could definitely be up there with cowboy. I read shit reviews of the second season but if anyone can vouch for it I might give it a go…

    Also if you love cars try watching
    INITIAL D
    It’s based off of the man they call the “Drift King” in Japan and is about drift racing down mountain passes in Japan (just don’t watch this expecting the fast and the furious action filled, sound system neon lights and half naked race girls type of show – this is more about the actual driver-car relationship). Great anime and very detailed to the real thing (the actual drift king and other racing gurus had input on this).

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  15. Cowboy Bebop is a fun watch, the first few episodes are kinda episodic, a bit slow with no real plot, but it gets really good. Its set in the future where space travel is possible and humanity has colonised the the Solar System. It follows Spike Spiegel and his crew and his adventures as a bounty hunter. Tonnes of action, humour, and awesome characters. Recommended to be watched dubbed, and if you like it you’ll definitely love Space Dandy as well c:

    The Kara no Kyoukai movies are absolutely amazing, both the plot and the animation. I can’t really give you a gist of the plot since there’s a few movies and they’re all seemingly about different things until you get to the end where all the loose ends are tied up and everything makes sense (or should). There’s a lot of action though and it’s supernatural and quite dark. They vary in length but are between 1 and 2 hours each. The actual order of the films isn’t the chronological order however so you won’t understand completely until you finish all the films. :3

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  16. I understand your aversion to incomplete/plot armor animes. If you had the McGuffin the entire time, why wait until 40 episodes in to use it? With that in mind, I’ll recommend 2 animes that are short (both are less than 28 episodes), have a plot that makes sense, and are complete so you won’t suffer from ‘when’s the next season being made’ depression (Jormungand).

    Rune Soldier/Rune Soldier Louie
    The premise is an all female adventuring party comprised of a fighter, thief, and cleric, who want a female mage to round out their group. Instead they get Louie, a mage who thinks the best use of a magic wand is as a club. His physical strength makes up for his total lack of magical skill throughout the 24 episodes, though his companions feel differently.

    Did I mention the cleric belongs to a holy order of waifu’s whose only purpose is to ‘serve’ their male heroes? The Jesuits never had it so good. Its one of the best ‘shorter’ animes ever produced.

    Witch Hunter Robin
    This is a 26 episode anime that really shouldn’t be missed. It mixes religion, evolution, and conspiracy in a way I’ve never seen done better in an anime. Robin is a witch who, along with the rest of her group, hunts down other witches.

    Without giving too much of the plot away I can tell you that the overarching plotline revolves around why witches are created, who is god, and why Headquarters wants witches hunted down and killed.

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  17. Defiance:
    Baccano! is a great anime, available on Hulu. It has intertwining, multiple plot points, lots of interesting characters, great story and of course it has impressive action sequences. A must-see.

    Baccano! is actually pretty good. I should have mentioned it myself. lol.

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  18. Gantz is a great manga, but I haven’t seen the anime at all. Also, Veritas is an awesome manhwa to read, but sadly there is no anime for it.

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  19. Well i love me some rape

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  20. Code Geass
    Gurren Lagann
    Baccano!
    Darker than Black

    All extremely entertaining and with minimal plot holes.

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  21. Obviouslyadouche

    dirty weeaboos, the lot of you!

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  22. OKAY FUCKTARDS HERE’S THE LIST OF MUST-SEE ANIME.

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1989 – 1997, OVA, 110 episodes) – Super long space opera, from the point of view of two different sides – the Free Planets Alliance, and the Galactic Empire. Notable for having a protagonist on each side, with neither side being portrayed as evil. Revolves around the central theme of democracy vs. autocracy, and features a bunch of battles in space using 18th century cavalry tactics, all of which are set to classical music. It’s amazing. Also has a prequel movie ‘My Conquest is the Sea of Stars’, which is totally great, and only an hour long.

    FLCL (2000, OVA, 6 episodes) – Fun little OVA from Gainax, and directed by the guy who is doing the Evangelion Rebuild movies. Great soundtrack from Japanese rock band, ‘The Pillows’, which perfectly meshes with the series’ feeling of a Japanese summer. English dub is better than the original audio, IMO. Beautiful animation, and a lot fo references to western animation (South park, Looney Tunes).

    Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days (1988 – 1989, OVA, 6 episodes) – Real robot OVA from the director of Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii. Features mechs in an almost-realistic way, operating as a police force. Follows the second division of the Special Vehicle Unit 2, who are basically a bunch of useless oddballs. Has two movies (Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, and Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie 2) which are both great. Also has an alternate universe in the form of a 48 episode TV series, which I’ve been told is very good. The Blu-Ray release looks beautiful. Visually quite charming, and you get a look at “fifteen minutes into the future”, from the perspective of 25 years ago. Check it out.

    Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983 – 1984, TV, 54 episodes) – THE real robot anime series. Fuck Gundam. This is the series that inspired and informed video games series such as Armored Core and Heavy Gear. Has four distinct arcs, with each of them getting more crazy (and space opera-y) as time goes on. Probably peaks during the second arc, which is Vietnam with mechs. It’s incredible, and a total wild ride. Animation is kind of cheap at times, but it’s TV from 1983 what do you want? It looks good when it needs to.

    Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012-2013, TV, 26 episodes) – Covers the first two parts of the famous (but relatively unknown in the West) battle shonen. First part is kind of like Fist of the North Star mixed with Wuthering Heights. It’s a classic shonen. Part 2 is where things REALLY kick off and get crazy. It has Nazis, Ancient Mayan vampires and huge buff guys murdering each other. The manga is known for its distinct visual style, which this series replicates beautifully. The second season (Part 3) just started airing a few weeks ago, and it’s shaping up to be amazing, too.

    The Tatami Galaxy (2010, TV, 11 episodes) – Follows an unnamed protagonist, who relives his first year of college in Groundhog Day-esque manner. We get to see him interact with a charming cast of characters, as he joins a different College club each time, which drastically changes his experience, and it’s always funny. The dialogue is quite quick, so you better be able to read subtitles fast. Has a nice art style that strays far away from the usual ‘Anime’ style. The themes are grounded in reality, but delivered in an unexpected way, which makes this series a huge amount of fun to watch and a nice break from the usual stuff.

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  23. Break Blade

    Shiki

    Fate/Zero

    Princess Mononoke

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  24. oh shit i made a mistake. patlabor has 7 episodes. last one may as well not exist tho lmao

    Edit: Also here’s some anime movies to watch

    Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    Ghost in the Shell 2: INNOCENCE (2004)
    Akira (1988)
    Redline (2009)

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  25. oh i fucked up again. go watch Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise. Even Roger Ebert liked it.

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  26. I’m surprised no one has mentioned Steins;Gate. It’s a thinking man’s anime about time travel and alternate realities. It gets right to the point with very interesting plot points, and quickly reels you in. It has tons of references you’ll most likely understand, from hacking to fanfics to cosplay and even science quips. It does however suffer from poor character development at times and there are a few weird subplots that are never well addressed. Also, it does have 2 parts with fanservice, but those are quickly skipped. I’d say more about the anime, but every little thing with this one could be considered a spoiler. I wouldn’t even recommend reading an online overview since it will most likely spoil half the show. Steins;Gate ends predictably, but not badly. I extremely highly recommend it.

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  27. Darmanimon:
    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Steins;Gate. It’s a thinking man’s anime about time travel and alternate realities.

    No it’s not. It’s just waifufag pandering. Better than most pandering, but pandering nonetheless. It’s not a thinking man’s anything if no thinking is required.

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  28. Ruiner:
    go watch Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise.

    So you say my recommendation is bad and suggest a shitty movie about some guy wanting to be an astronaut and looking at the sky for half a movie? I guess you just don’t know what’s good production. I don’t blame you, not many people do. Maybe you should watch some anime with at least decent production values instead of things like Akira and JoJo

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  29. MasteroftheThrone

    Someone already ninja’d my Kara no Kyokai suggestion.

    Kara no Kyokai:
    My absolute best suggestion. It is a dramatic adventure mystery with a little bit of the supernatural mixed in there. This is produced by Ufotable, a studio that has assisted big name studios like SHAFT on highly popular projects like the Monogatari series and Nisekoi (I believe). This was Ufotables first solo production and they were given a massive budget to adapt the original novels into 7 movies (roughly 1-2:30 hours each) and they used every penny to its maximum. The visuals are absolutely stunning especially considering it was produced starting in 2008 and still out shines most shows produced now, a show that must be watched in 1080p. They also have a sort of SHAFT feel, which is quite nice in my opinion. The soundtrack is written by the ever famous Kajiura Yuki, the emotions conveyed in the soundtrack are without equal. Lighting and shadowing are also top notch that help to create an atmposhere that I don’t believe is rivaled. (maybe one other show, but I’ll get to that later) Characters are another part of these movies that make Kara no Kyokai stand out so brilliantly. I cannot sing enough praise for how Ufotable created the main character Ryougi Shiki, she is so well crafted and sees a ton of development through-out the movies. That is another important aspect of the characters of Kara no Kyokai pretty much every single character that has lines is flushed out very well and allows the audience to understand the motives of each character regardless of how one feels about how justifiable those actions are. Story telling is another interesting point of Kara no Kyokai, much like Dark Souls the story is not forced down your throat or presented to you on a silver platter, but shown through character actions and environmental changes. Very often you will find yourself lost during a movie and then one point will be reveal that links the entire movie together, its one of those “Aha” moments that keep you engaged in the story and characters. The movies where also produced out of chronological order this helps to maintain a lot of the mystery surrounding each character and the story itself. It may sounds pretty dumb at first, however I have watched both out of chronological order and in order and I find it much better in its original release format (your milage may vary) The movies have not been dubbed, but you don’t seem to care about that. Overall I would say that Kara no Kyokai is one of the few shows out there that have you thinking about it days after you finished watching and will certainly change give you an interesting perspective on things like death and the idea of taking the life of another person.
    Heres a link http://anilinkz.com/series/kara-no-kyoukai (be sure to use the ArkVid player for the best quality)

    Dance in the Vampire Bund:
    Action Romance Drama. Another one of my all time favorites a very quick 13 episode show (just over 6 total hours) that does vampires right. Much like how Bram Stoker portrays Dracula as very suductive being, vampirisum is shown as a very sexual act. It is a SHAFT production, so everything that comes standard with SHARFT is present. To get into the story it follows Queen of the Vampires, Mina Tepes and Kaburagi Akira and Mina’s attempts to set up a country for vampires built on a massive floating island in Tokyo bay. Obvious not everything goes smoothly and there are schemes going every which way and tons of cloak and dagger action. It is probably one of my favorite romances that I have ever seen, but it is not so overt that it overshadows everything else. Admittedly the manga (comic book) that the series comes from is far superior in my mind and the full experience would be better gained from the manga rather then the anime, still I feel that the show is well worth the watch especially since it requires very little time investment. Overall if you can get over the fact that Mina is often naked (this is not so prominate in the anime more so in the manga) and is in the body of roughly a 12 year old even though she is like 400 years old…..there is a reason for it, I feel that you would certainly enjoy this show.
    http://anilinkz.com/series/dance-in-the-vampire-bund http://www.mangahere.com/manga/dance_in_the_vampire_bund/

    Clannad:
    Romance Slice of Life Drama Comedy. Two 24 episode seasons a bit on the longer side, but well worth the watch. The story follows highschooler Okazaki Tomoya, a bit of a delinquent with family issues and his transformation though life. Meeting a variety of colorful cast the story is adapted from a Key visual novel (game) and it one hell of an emotional ride especially in the After Story (second season). While it was 5 years ago when I first watched it and I was much younger this show was so effective a creating emotional responses that I both laughed and cry (the only piece of fiction that actual created such an emotional response in me). This is a meer testimony to the power of this show. Easily one of the most down to earth series that I have yet seen. The first season is certainly more comedic, where as the second season is a complete emotional ride. The style is completely bishojo (beautiful girl) so everyone is very attractive, I mean it was adapted from a “higher class” dating simulator. Overall amazing show, great voice acting coupled with very strong affinity created for the characters leads to a great experience.
    http://anilinkz.com/series/clannad

    And last but not least,
    Shakugan no Shana:
    Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, slight Comedy Episode count 3 seasons 24 episodes each a plethora of OVA’s and a movie. I’m pretty tired. I will fill this in later, however heres’ the link if you want to read the description if you have free time.
    http://anilinkz.com/series/shakugan-no-shana

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  30. MasteroftheThrone

    There are a couple more that I just remembered will fill in more tomorrow.

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  31. Ruiner:

    Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days (1988 – 1989, OVA, 6 episodes) – Real robot OVA from the director of Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii. Features mechs in an almost-realistic way, operating as a police force. Follows the second division of the Special Vehicle Unit 2, who are basically a bunch of useless oddballs. Has two movies (Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, and Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie 2) which are both great. Also has an alternate universe in the form of a 48 episode TV series, which I’ve been told is very good. The Blu-Ray release looks beautiful. Visually quite charming, and you get a look at “fifteen minutes into the future”, from the perspective of 25 years ago. Check it out.

    I remember watching Patlabor on Teletoon way back when they first started the channel by airing a lot of great anime OVAs late at night. Now it’s mostly shit cartoons and movies. I remember watching Ninja Scroll on Teletoon. NINJA SCROLL. Think of the Childrens!

    But yeah, I liked Patlabor.

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  32. Darmanimon: So you say my recommendation is bad and suggest a shitty movie about some guy wanting to be an astronaut and looking at the sky for half a movie? I guess you just don’t know what’s good production. I don’t blame you, not many people do. Maybe you should watch some anime with at least decent production values instead of things like Akira and JoJo

    jojo doesn’t have decent production values though. you can see where they ran out of money all the time, especially in part 2. that episode with the pillar of oil has like 4 frames of animation.

    i don’t really see whats not to like about royal space force. very nice weird-earth setting, beautiful art. has a great soundtrack that doesn’t sound like anything else you’ll hear in other anime. that scene where he gets in the plane as practice for space is just sublime.

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  33. Ruiner: jojo doesn’t have decent production values though. you can see where they ran out of money all the time, especially in part 2. that episode with the pillar of oil has like 4 frames of animation.

    I won’t lie, the animation is really terrible at times in Jojo part 2. It becomes especially apparent when the first episode of Stardust Crusaders has more animation than the finales of the previous two Jojos. It does seem to be really good this season though, I’ll give it that. And that space movie does have a nice soundtrack, It’s just that when I saw it I was really hoping it had to do with living in a space station and traveling to other planets instead of it being on boring ol Earth. I will say that your earlier suggestion of Ghost in the Shell is really damn good, and no one will ever argue against Cowboy Bebop. What is your opinion on Stand Alone Complex compared to the previous Ghost in the Shells?

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  34. Oh that wasn’t you who said Bebop. Oh well nice anime either way whoever recommended it

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  35. First off I wanna say thanks for this nice long list of anime suggestions. As time goes on I’m becoming more and more interested in anime. I’ve always been most interested in cyberpunk style shows/movies. Here is a short list of what I’ve seen and liked over the years:

    Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2
    Akira
    Cyber City Oedo 808
    Metropolis
    Silent Mobius

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  36. Ruiner on the phone

    Darmanimon: What is your opinion on Stand Alone Complex compared to the previous Ghost in the Shells?

    I like GitS:SAC, but it’s certainly weaker then the movies. I feel that it has too little of the building raid stuff seen in episode 13, and too much time spent characterising the Major, who I dislike. The best episodes are probably Jungle Cruise and Ag2O, because they focus on Batou, who is the strongest character. The series is still worth watching, obviously. Still haven’t got around to 2nd gig.

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  37. Oh I forgot another one I enjoyed.

    Rin Daughters of Mnemosyne is a mature anime about an immortal detective who repeatedly dies and comes back to life. 6 episodes ~ 5.5 hours long total on Netflix.

    Heres a Netflix review of the anime that sums up the show:

    Rin was completely different from what I expected and that is a good thing. It was equal parts: film noir, scifi/cyberpunk, supernatural horror, extreme erotica, and violence. The first episode made me wince with some of the torture scenes. It is bizarre to say that an anime filled with that much sex and violence has a wonderfully human & pro-female story. About halfway through the series it struck me that Rin is one of those rare female parts that any actor would crave. She is smart, strong, fast, sexy and in control. She’s Kill Bill’s “The Bride” meets Mike Hammer. By the end of the series my mind was reeling at how much material had been put in. I’m not a usual anime watcher, and this was more than above normal. If the other reviews don’t stress it enough: This is for mature audiences only.

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  38. Wow. I am speechless. I mean, I had some idea that people enjoyed Anime from the discussion on the livestream the other day, but this is..awesome! Haha, I’m glad to know that by watching DBZ and Inuyasha I haven’t exhausted all the potential Anime out there. You guys all threw up great summaries and I can’t wait to get started (after I finish xHunter of course). Seeing as how my B-day is just around the corner, it feels like an early b-day gift!

    Thank you all,

    -waldo d dude

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  39. A lot of what I was gonna recommend is already here but I have one more.

    Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. Based on the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas this anime tells the story again in its own way. The first thing that you’ll notice is the animation and art. It sets it apart from every anime, very colourful and pretty freaky. Like how the textures on the characters clothes don’t move. But that all honestly makes it a visual treat and it looks stunning (most of the time). The plot is REALLY damn complex just like the book put it’s all part of the fun figuring it out and its really rewarding to follow it. The main character Albert can be annoying at times but the best part of the show is The Count. Best way I can explain him is to say he’s like a Light Yagami mixed with Lelouch and Alucard but isn’t crazy. He has everything planned from episode 1 and seeing how he controls all of the events, all of the characters like a puppet master so everything falls into his ultimate plan is absolutely captivating; using, manipulating, killing, destroying anything so that he can get his perfect revenge and no matter how evil he becomes you’re always going to be rooting for him to win since his charisma grips even the audience. This is as close as you’ll get to a perfect story in anime and that’s not just because it’s based off of a fantastic book. It is really something you need to experience for yourself. It’s is a masterfully crafted piece of entertainment and so underexposed in the anime community that you really HAVE to watch it.

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  40. I also recommend Fate/Zero and Kara no Kyoukai. (ufotable x Type-Moon is a match made in heaven, and KnK 5 is probably my favourite movie of all-time)

    Gurren Lagann and FLCL also, mainly because they’re probably the most fun-to-watch (imo), and my absolute favourites.

    As for other recommendations :

    Steins;Gate (2011, 25 episodes) : Visual novel adaptation with a time-travel twist, but it’s one of the few to actually focus on the very act of time-travel rather than just using it as a plot device. Following self-proclaimed mad scientist Hououin Kyouma, who accidentally created a time machine with a microwave, as he realizes that fucking around with timelines is a really bad idea. It starts off pretty slow, getting all the explanations out of the way, but once it really starts, IT STARTS.

    Black Lagoon (2006 – 24 episodes + 5 episodes OVA ): Speaking of fun to watch… it follows the story of Rock, a businessman who gets captured by the Lagoon crew and ends up joining them when he discovers that his bosses just left him for dead (and also because his old life was boring).
    It has some awesome action scenes, some REALLY badass female characters (someone once said it could be renamed “bitches be crazy”) with good charcater development and does a really good job at establishing Roanapur (the city the Lagoon company lives in) as the proverbial “wretched hive of scum and villainy”. Should really be up your alley.

    REDLINE (2009 – Movie) : This movie was seven years in the making – and for cause, it’s entirely hand-drawn. It’s the story of Sweet P, a race driver who’s participating in the REDLINE race : a crazy competition of speed where EVERYTHING is permitted (including rockets, landmines and absurd amounts of space-NoS) that takes place on a planet whose leaders do NOT want any of this shit. It’s an hour and a half of awesome that goes by at mach-8. (watch in 1080p or not at all)

    Serial Experiments Lain (1998 – 13 episodes) : I’ve seen one word that ALWAYS comes attached with any mention of Lain. That word is mindfuck. At the beginning, Iwakura Lain is a simple, shy loner in high-school. But that all changes when of her classmates commits suicide… and starts sending e-mails to her classmates after the fact, claiming that she has found God in the Wired(think Internet, but on super-steroids). Unlike her classmates who laugh it off as a joke, Lain becomes intrigued by this and starts investigating, diving deeper into the Wired, and shit becomes weirder than weird. It’s to me the biggest anime mindfuck I’ve ever seen (seriously, Eva has got nothing on this), yet it remains one of my favourites, and the themes it brings up (the place of technology in modern society, etc.) are probably even more relevant now than when it was originally aired.

    That’s all, hope you enjoy. (and sorry for any bad english)

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  41. Also, for all the trolling and shitposting that happens on 4chan, there are some shows that the /a/nime board generally all recommend.

    http://animu-mango.wikia.com/wiki/Anime_Recommendations

    Take this with a grain of salt obviously, but it does provide a good starting point if you want to watch anime

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  42. Ruiner:
    OKAY FUCKTARDS HERE’S THE LIST OF MUST-SEE ANIME.

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1989 – 1997, OVA, 110 episodes) – Super long space opera, from the point of view of two different sides – the Free Planets Alliance, and the Galactic Empire. Notable for having a protagonist on each side, with neither side being portrayed as evil. Revolves around the central theme of democracy vs. autocracy, and features a bunch of battles in space using 18th century cavalry tactics, all of which are set to classical music. It’s amazing. Also has a prequel movie ‘My Conquest is the Sea of Stars’, which is totally great, and only an hour long.

    FLCL (2000, OVA, 6 episodes) – Fun little OVA from Gainax, and directed by the guy who is doing the Evangelion Rebuild movies. Great soundtrack from Japanese rock band, ‘The Pillows’, which perfectly meshes with the series’ feeling of a Japanese summer. English dub is better than the original audio, IMO. Beautiful animation, and a lot fo references to western animation (South park, Looney Tunes).

    Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days (1988 – 1989, OVA, 6 episodes) – Real robot OVA from the director of Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii. Features mechs in an almost-realistic way, operating as a police force. Follows the second division of the Special Vehicle Unit 2, who are basically a bunch of useless oddballs. Has two movies (Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, and Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie 2) which are both great. Also has an alternate universe in the form of a 48 episode TV series, which I’ve been told is very good. The Blu-Ray release looks beautiful. Visually quite charming, and you get a look at “fifteen minutes into the future”, from the perspective of 25 years ago. Check it out.

    Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983 – 1984, TV, 54 episodes) – THE real robot anime series. Fuck Gundam. This is the series that inspired and informed video games series such as Armored Core and Heavy Gear. Has four distinct arcs, with each of them getting more crazy (and space opera-y) as time goes on. Probably peaks during the second arc, which is Vietnam with mechs. It’s incredible, and a total wild ride. Animation is kind of cheap at times, but it’s TV from 1983 what do you want? It looks good when it needs to.

    Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012-2013, TV, 26 episodes) – Covers the first two parts of the famous (but relatively unknown in the West) battle shonen. First part is kind of like Fist of the North Star mixed with Wuthering Heights. It’s a classic shonen. Part 2 is where things REALLY kick off and get crazy. It has Nazis, Ancient Mayan vampires and huge buff guys murdering each other. The manga is known for its distinct visual style, which this series replicates beautifully. The second season (Part 3) just started airing a few weeks ago, and it’s shaping up to be amazing, too.

    The Tatami Galaxy (2010, TV, 11 episodes) – Follows an unnamed protagonist, who relives his first year of college in Groundhog Day-esque manner. We get to see him interact with a charming cast of characters, as he joins a different College club each time, which drastically changes his experience, and it’s always funny. The dialogue is quite quick, so you better be able to read subtitles fast. Has a nice art style that strays far away from the usual ‘Anime’ style. The themes are grounded in reality, but delivered in an unexpected way, which makes this series a huge amount of fun to watch and a nice break from the usual stuff.

    Sakura Trick isn’t in this list? this list is fuckin’ shit.

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  43. Hellsing had some great action in it, and i don’t remember it being too long. A quick fix-me-up for good action if you ask me.

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