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Postby hiddenmaniac » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:03 am UTC

I joined the anime club at my school, and they get me into this fansub stuff. I especially like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Death Note. Haruhi Suzumiya is occupying about half my hard drive.

On the licensed side, I love Speed Grapher (even though I only saw it up to 8) and Paranoia Agent. Bizarre and disturbing does it for me.
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Postby wisnij » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:00 am UTC

Babbler wrote:The rest ... meh. It's like any other genre: 90% sucks. The weirdest anime I seen was Miyuki-chan in Wonderland. It's like Alice in Wonderland, but with an all lesbian cast.

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Postby fb0t » Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:40 pm UTC

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Postby Spot » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:00 am UTC

Yeah, Samurai Champloo is great. The American voices are very good, not annoying like some other anime(s). The art style and animation is very good which is a big thing for me. The thing that perhaps I like the most about it is the laid-backness of it. It seems to have a continuous mellow atmosphere even during the intense parts (an effect done mostly through the music, I think). This is in rather sharp contrast to something like Naruto where, when they meet a villain, everyone shouts their words and the music tension increases. Oh, and the action in Samurai Champloo is awesome! The sword-slashing and movements are different from everything else I've seen and the animation for it is clear and very well done. It's probably my favorite anime.

Also, I'm not trying to put down Naruto, it just has a more common approach to expressing the mood of the situation.

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Postby ShadeWolf » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:12 am UTC

I honestly can not belive people haven't mentioned the some of the cult classics of anime.

Akira - A must watch for anime fan

Ninja Scroll - Romance, Drama, Action, and gore

Macross Plus

Ghost in the Shell - It's one of those films you need to watch to understand
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Postby Castaway » Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

I read mostly manga, but the few animes that have impressed me are thus:
Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo
Samurai X
Samurai 7 (This series is so fucking beautiful)
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Postby Nyarlathotep » Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:48 pm UTC

I actually don't watch as much anime as my friends do, and I'm not into it very much. that said...

SHOWS THAT I LIKE

-Cowboy Bebop
-Samurai Champloo
-Trigun
-Roruni Kenshin
-BLEACH
-Princess Tutu <- My favourite and one I highly recommend. The title is deceptive - it's actually an excellent series.

FILMS THAT I LIKE
-Princess Mononoke
-The Cat Returns
-Spirited Away
-Ok, pretty much anything Miyazaki does.

FILMS THAT ARE NOT SO GREAT BUT ENTERTAINING ANYWAY
-Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

FILMS THAT SUCK
-Steamboy

SHOWS THAT I DONT REALLY CARE FOR BUT WHICH I HAVE WATCHED SOME OF
-DragonBall (any incarnation)
-YuGiOh!
-Megaman NT Warrior (or whatever the hell it was called)
-Pokemans
-Android 009
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People keep pestering me to watch Fullmetal Alchemist but I don't care enough. Also, Sakura Wars, AIR, and Serial Experiments Lain
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Postby Kawa » Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:55 pm UTC

Hooray, an anime thread!

My avatar should tell you that I'm a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, introduced to it through Stand Alone Complex. (I actually go to bed with a Tachikoma plushie, and have a "My Other Ride is a Tachikoma" bumper sticker, to be used when I actually have a primary ride.)

I'm also big on Universal Century Gundam series, especially 08th MS Team, which is totally Best Gundam Ever (tm). The first anime that made me an anime fan was Gundam Wing; I realize this makes me a very stereotypical anime fangirl of my age, but my favorite character is Wufei, which counts for something, right?

Lately I've gone on a bit of an onmyoji thread, with xxxHolic, Kekkaishi, and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (do not let the title fool you, it is AMAZING). Kekkaishi is totally the most unappreciated new series I've seen in a while - while the art is simplistic/standard, the characters are very sweet and the idea of magic in their realm is simple but wonderful.

I am looking forward to more of the Hellsing OVA coming out, because the manga kicked my ass so much. Speaking of which, I want the last of that manga to come out...!

Other things I enjoy:
* FLCL
* Cowboy Bebop
* Serial Experiments Lain (on that note, just about any yoshitoshi ABe series. I need to read NieA_7, and badly!)
* Studio Ghibli movies (Grave of the Fireflies is my favorite ever, my boyfriend reminds me of the Baron from Cat Returns...)
* Saiyuki (a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it's a fun retelling/reinterpretation of the Journey to the West story)

I've seen a lot of stuff. I need to see more. Seriously.
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Postby Bakemaster » Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:02 pm UTC

DarkWerewolf wrote:Akira - A must read for manga fan
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Ghost in the Shell - It's one of those films you need to read the manga to understand

Fix'd and fix'd.

Spot wrote:Yeah, Samurai Champloo is great. The American voices are very good, not annoying like some other anime(s). The art style and animation is very good which is a big thing for me. The thing that perhaps I like the most about it is the laid-backness of it. It seems to have a continuous mellow atmosphere even during the intense parts (an effect done mostly through the music, I think). This is in rather sharp contrast to something like Naruto where, when they meet a villain, everyone shouts their words and the music tension increases. Oh, and the action in Samurai Champloo is awesome! The sword-slashing and movements are different from everything else I've seen and the animation for it is clear and very well done.

That's a pretty good list of things that are good about Champloo, but there's also an equally important list of things that are not good about Champloo, which consists of:
- Plot
- Plot
- Plot
I like Champloo, I really do. But sometimes it makes me want to drown myself in the bathtub. Second episode, I think, was the absolute worst.
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Postby Castaway » Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:17 pm UTC

I don't watch anime for plot, i read manga for plot. That said, I totally agree with you, Bakemaster. The Samurai Champloo manga makes me want to die inside, but the fight sequences are pretty exquisite.
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:47 pm UTC

Two weeks from Now, I will be going to a friends. The following will also be there:

Kemonozume
Battle Royale
Battle royale II : Requiem
Elfin Lied
Ninja Scroll
Jigoku Shoujo
Kakurenbo
Ichi the Killer

Which of these are the most important for me to see (ie the 'best')
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Postby parkaboy » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:31 pm UTC

Ichi the Killer isnt an anime, but i recommend it anyway if you're a fan of beyond gratuitous violence.

as far anime i'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli even though they are the Disney of anime. I'm also a HUGE HUGE fan of anything Yoshitoshi ABe touches (serial experiments lain, haibane renmei, texnholize).

i also like:
GTO
Vampire Hunter D
Armitage the Third (poly-matrix. Dual-matrix got a little too mooshy for me)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
and Rurouni Kenshin

NOTE on Kenshin: It is NOT called Samurai X. ONE ova was refered to as that, however even the series title screen reads: Rurouni Kenshin wandering samurai. This is a point of debate among anime fans, but i'm TELLIN you just watch the damn japanese version, its right there on the screen. I'm looking at it as i type. *applauds ADV for the craptastic endeavors to americanize anime* (sorry, i work at anime conventions. i'm not a huge fan of ADV at all)
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Postby the Cow » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:35 pm UTC

apocralypse wrote:as far anime i'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli even though they are the Disney of anime. I'm also a HUGE HUGE fan of anything Yoshitoshi ABe touches (serial experiments lain, haibane renmei, texnholize).


Agreed both about Ghibli and Yoshitoshi ABe. I like Haibane Renmai much more that Lain. Isn't NieA also ABe?

I also like Azamanga Daioh very much.
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Postby Kawa » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:15 am UTC

the Cow wrote:
apocralypse wrote:as far anime i'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli even though they are the Disney of anime. I'm also a HUGE HUGE fan of anything Yoshitoshi ABe touches (serial experiments lain, haibane renmei, texnholize).


Agreed both about Ghibli and Yoshitoshi ABe. I like Haibane Renmai much more that Lain. Isn't NeaiA also ABe?

I also like Azamanga Daioh very much.

NieA_7 is indeed an ABe work, and I need to see it.

Azumanga Daioh is so much fun! I can actually do a decent Osaka impression given the chance (and a wall mirror with a couch against that wall.)
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Postby Sulla158 » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:47 am UTC

I recently got back into anime with all the free time I've had this summer. Some of my favorites are:

Evangelion Neon Genesis
Elfen Lied (so much gore I love it!)
Hellsing
Samurai Champloo
Akira
Ghost in the Shell

I've been watching fansubs of Claymore and Black Lagoon and they're both really good series too.

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Postby Alisto » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:49 am UTC

I have been out of the anime scene for many years. I have no knowledge of anything that was released in the past five years. That being said:

Evangelion
Escaflowne
Cowboy Bebop
Battle Athletes Victory
Perfect Blue
Serial Experiments Lain
Anything by Studio Ghibli (which includes Grave of the Fireflies)
08th MS Team
Excel Saga
Goldenboy
Video Girl Ai
Record of Lodoss War
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Postby parkaboy » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:05 am UTC

yeah mine wasnt a complete list. it would take up too much space and would mostly be old anime b/c i havent watched anything "new" in about 2 years.

except, i saw two episodes of Nana and MY GOD i want to watch the rest of it now. I caught it right at a major plot turn and now i'm stuck on it.
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Postby une see » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:06 am UTC

Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo
Noein
Mushishi
FLCL
Wolf's Rain
Naruto
Trigun
The first Kenshin OVA...forgot what it's called (probably mentioned in this thread already, but didn't read it due to...some slight bowel malfunctions)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (I'm counting this as anime...because it rocks many manly socks)

Yeah, I guess that's it. Haven't seen a lot of anime though, so probably more will be added to the list later.

Meanwhile, Perfect Blue was really confusing. For seriously.
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Postby Castaway » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:32 am UTC

I think Spike Spiegel may be one of the best characters ever created.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:43 am UTC

what the hell... how long has this thread been here... i would have posted my list a long time ago...

I made this to keep track of my shows. Here we go:

Anime I Like: [I Bolded the one you guys HAVE to at least check out.]

- .//Hack (Ep. 1)
- Air Gear (Random Ep.)
- Bible Black (Completed + Only, Testament, and Origins.)
- Big O (Random Eps.)
- Black Lagoon (Completed)
- Bleach (Random Eps.)
- Blood Plus (Random Eps.)
- Castle in the Sky (Completed)
- Code Geass (Ep. 1)
- Chobits (Completed)
- Cowboy Bebop (Random Eps.)
- Death Note (Eps. 1-36 + Both Movies)
- Elfen Lied (Completed)
- Escaflowne (OVA) (Completed)
- Evangelion (Random Eps.)
- Excel Saga (Eps. 1-7)
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC (Completed)
- Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig (Random Eps.)
- Grenadier (Completed)
- Gunslinger Girl (Completed)
- Haibane Renmei (Completed)
- Jinki: Extend (Random Eps.)
- Kurau Phantom Memory (Eps. 1-8)
- Last Exile (Completed)
- Love Hina (Completed)
- Lupin the 3rd (Random Eps.)
- Fafner in the Azure (OVA) (Completed)
- Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor (Eps. 1-18)
- FLCL [Fooly Cooly] (Completed)
- Fruits Basket (Eps. 1-9)
- Full Metal Alchemist (Random Eps.)
- Full Metal Panic! (Random Eps.)
- Mahou Sensei Negima (Completed)
- Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water (Eps. 1-8)
- Negima!? (Eps. 1-5)
- Paprika (Completed)
- Paranoia Agent (Completed)
- RahXephon (Completed)
- Samurai Champloo (Random Eps.)
- Serial Experiments Lain (Eps. 1-3)
- Shin Chan (Random Eps.)
- Sky Girls (OVA) (Completed)
- Spirited Away (Completed)
- Sola (Ep. 1)
- Spirited Away (Completed)
- Trigun (Random Eps.)
- Wandaba Style (Completed)

Plan on Watching:

- Ai Yori Aoshi
- Air TV
- Berserk
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
- Hellsing
- Initial D
- Katri, Girl of the Meadows
- Maid in Heaven
- Monster
- Noir
- Ranma 1/2
- Vampire Hunter D
- Vandread
- Welcome to the NHK
- Witch Hunter Robin
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Postby Kawa » Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:39 am UTC

WELCOME TO THE NHK!! Holy crap is that thing ridiculous. And hilarious. For extra lulz, read the manga.
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Postby Wilibus » Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:57 pm UTC

Nyarlathotep wrote:FILMS THAT SUCK
-Steamboy
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My personal favourite was Hellsing. Though the last half of the original series where they started to stray from the story kind of sucked.

Some of my other favourites.

Full Metal Panic
Cowboy Beebop
Outlaw Star (very similar to beebop, highly recommended)
Samurai 7 (retelling of the Kurosawa film with kind of final fantasy style world)
NGE
Gantz
Elfen Lied
Grave of the Fireflies
Saikano
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Postby Durinthal » Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:02 pm UTC

Things I've seen:
Serial Experiments Lain - Saw it before I knew much about anime. Really, really weird. But good.
Crest of the Stars - prequel to this:
Banner of the Stars (2/3) - I fell in love with this series after it first aired on TechTV. It's actually based on a series of novels released in Japan, complete with the mechanics of the universe and an invented language. It's kinda like Lord of the Rings in space, now that I think about it. Only the main characters really are nothing more than small pawns in a large war. It's a very gritty animation style as well.

Things I want to see but haven't yet (or only saw a few episodes):
Rurouni Kenshin
Full Metal Alchemist
Cowboy Bebop
.hack//Sign & Dusk

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Postby Bakemaster » Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:16 pm UTC

Bleach fillers are over, finally. I hope this on-a-week, off-a-week schedule doesn't continue for too long. I also hope that everything that has gone wrong with Bleach over the past couple seasons is magically fixed in the new arc.
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Postby Wilibus » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:35 pm UTC

The episode last night was still filler, unfortunately.

Though compared to the last two episodes I can honestly say they were head and shoulders above as far as quality is concerned.
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Postby Vaniver » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:49 pm UTC

Studio Ghibli ftw.

The only anime show that I ever watched much of was Inu Yasha. I wasn't interested enough in the genre to invest the time and energy in finding the 10% that were worthwhile.
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Postby Bakemaster » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:58 pm UTC

Wilibus wrote:The episode last night was still filler, unfortunately.

Huh? What's your definition of filler?
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Postby Meowsma » Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

Amazing Series:
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Saber Marionette J/J-X/R
Trigun
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Yes, Shinji's a whiny bitch, but the rest of the series makes up for it)
His and Her Circumstances/Kareshi Kanojyo No Jijyo
Code Geass (I have the last three episodes but I haven't watched them)

Pretty slick series:
Cowboy Bebop (it just didn't do for me what it did for most others)
Excel Saga
Elfen Lied
Devil Lady
Escaflowne
Stellvia
Ninja Scroll the TV Series
Kekko Kamen
Love Hina

Awesome movies:
Ninja Scroll (a must-see)
The Dagger of Kamui
Perfect Blue (VERY confusing your first time through, but still awesome; watch it again)
Castle of Cagliostro (a Lupin movie, but done by a much better director)
Dragon Half
Puni Puni Poemy
Violence Jack
Devil Man
Battle Angel
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Castle in the Sky
Howl's Moving Castle

Regarding Elfen Lied, it was little more than beautiful gratuitous violence. The character and thematic development was very, very weak. Devil Lady, however, had all that good development, but was really hard on the eyes and the violence pretty much just sucked. They complement each other very well, but Elfen Lied is touted way too much.

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:03 pm UTC

Like everyone else said - Watanabe Shinchiro is a god. Anything by him is amazing, from his series (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) to his spot in the Animatrix (The Detective's Tale, I think) to his short films.

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Postby Wilibus » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:10 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Wilibus wrote:The episode last night was still filler, unfortunately.

Huh? What's your definition of filler?

Non-manga story with sub par animation.
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Postby Pobega » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:41 pm UTC

The only anime I've ever watched that I've actually enjoyed was Outlaw Star. I thought the plot and characters were well drawn and written, although I'll admit I don't remember what the voice acting sounds like otherwise I'd comment on that too. The storyline was good, although I don't remember if Gene and Jim ended up winning (Although I assume they do).

The only other anime(s) I'd consider watching at this point in time would be the Tales of * animations. I'm waiting for them to translate Tales of Symphonia to English, I'm actually looking for a good torrent for the Tales of Phantasia animation as I type this message.

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Postby Wilibus » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:44 pm UTC

If you enjoy Outlaw Star I would recommend Cowboy Bebop.

They are fairly similar and I throughly enjoyed both of them.
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Postby Pobega » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:51 pm UTC

Wilibus wrote:If you enjoy Outlaw Star I would recommend Cowboy Bebop.

They are fairly similar and I throughly enjoyed both of them.


I've tried watching Cowboy Bebop, I couldn't get into it the way I got into Outlaw Star. The characters and story just didn't appeal to me as much, although I would agree that they are very similar in other regards.

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Postby Wilibus » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:51 pm UTC

What did you like about Outlaw Star?

I'll see if I can find another series you might enjoy.
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Postby Meowsma » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:49 am UTC

Pobega wrote:The characters and story just didn't appeal to me as much, although I would agree that they are very similar in other regards.


My problem with Cowboy Bebop: the story (or lack thereof). Each episode was masterfully crafted, and it deserves a lot of credit for that, but there just wasn't enough to tie the whole series together. They tried to cram some stuff together at the end, but twenty-four individual episodes and two story-based ones just didn't cut it for me.

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Postby Pobega » Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:22 am UTC

Wilibus wrote:What did you like about Outlaw Star?

I'll see if I can find another series you might enjoy.


Thanks but no thanks. Personally I just don't like the style of anime, it has to appeal to me for other reasons, I just go into it thinking I won't like it so I end up not liking it.

I guess you can say I judge a book by it's cover; It's the same reason I can't stand playing games with a medieval setting (With the exception of Nethack).

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Postby Castaway » Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:26 am UTC

Oh, I totally forgot. Hellsing Ultimate kicks complete ass.
You've just lost twenty dollars and my self respect.



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Postby semicolon » Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:33 pm UTC

The guy that did the soundtrack for Outlaw Star (Kow Otani) did the soundtracks for Haibane Renmei and Shadow of the Colossus. That alone is enough reason to watch it.

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Postby Unforgiven » Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:20 pm UTC

Most of my favourites have been mentioned, but here's one that's still conspicuously absent:

Read or Die

And its followup R.O.D The TV is awesome as well.
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Postby Swordfish » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:50 pm UTC

Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop, a million times Cowboy Bebop.

Hope I made that clear enough.

Other than that:

Full Metal Panic: Souske Sagura is pretty kick ass, but also delightfully awkward, plus giant robots will pretty much win me over. That brings me to...

Gundam series:

Mobile Suit Gundam, despite some of its late 70's cheeziness, I found to be quite good, and the follow ups of the UC line that I've seen (The 08th MS Team, 0080, 0083, and Zeta) are pretty good, The 08th MS team being my favorite there.

Gundam Wing... need I say more?

(Note: Gundam Seed is crap)

Moving on...

FullMetal Alchemist: Not sure what it was about this series, but I loved it.

Ghost in the Shell: The title is kind of a corruption of the Latin phrase Deus Ex Machina (Literally: A god in the machine), in case anyone didn't know that. Took me some time to figure it out. Anyway, good characters and good action make up for the annoyance of the Tachikomas (I've begun referring to them as "Those damned machines"). I'm still not quite sure what's going on the whole time, but I still like it. It also begun my theory that any character that is voiced by Crispen Freemen (Togusa) will get his ass kicked.

Eureka Seven: Not quite sure what's going on here, but, giant robots.

FLCL: The definition of insanity. Robots that crap out their pilots, monsters spawning from someone's head, and violence reminiscent of Pete Townsend and Rodger Daltry.

That's all I can think of for now.
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