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Postby Kawa » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:57 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote: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)


I like you. I like you a whole lot. Seed was crappy. So was G Gundam. My boyfriend and I talked last night about the sad deterioration of Gundam. *sigh* If everything had been UC I would've been happier. That, and they would've released Crossbone stateside. *shakes fist* How dare they withhold the awesomest Gundam ever away from me!

Swordfish wrote: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.


Your dislike of the Tachis makes me cry. They're supposed be endearing like small children! (They did it much better in 2nd GiG though, and they were badass there to boot!) I'm a little obsessed with them, to be honest. *points at avatar, plus Tachikoma plushie, plus model kit, plus "My Other Ride is a Tachikoma" bumper sticker...*

Swordfish wrote: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.


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Postby Stief » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:58 pm UTC

I used to watch DBZ every night....then I stopped.

I've started re-watching them recently though :P

Also; Azumanga Daioh...

my friend introduced me to this...I was obsessed from the start...
(warning to those who haven't seen it in English...DON'T!!!! EVER!!! I've only just gotten over it...completely ruins it IMO)

Akira is possibly one of the best Anime movies I've seen...

Others I really like include: Spirited Away, Ghost In The Shell, My Neighbour Totoro, The Cat Returns.....[place any Mizayaki or studio Ghibli film in this space, and I'll probably like it :P]

[on another note: Ichi The Killer is one of the best shot movies I've seen in a long time :P]
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Postby Swordfish » Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:36 am UTC

Kawa wrote:Your dislike of the Tachis makes me cry. They're supposed be endearing like small children! (They did it much better in 2nd GiG though, and they were badass there to boot!) I'm a little obsessed with them, to be honest. *points at avatar, plus Tachikoma plushie, plus model kit, plus "My Other Ride is a Tachikoma" bumper sticker...*


It's a weapon! I don't want my weapons acting like children!
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Postby parkaboy » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:09 am UTC

friendly warning to ya, dark rag, Boogiepop Phantom is fucked the hell up. I own the box set, I've watched it at least 50 times and i still cant make heads or tails. maybe i'm missing something that right in front of my face... iunno.
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Postby Kawa » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:47 am UTC

Swordfish wrote:
Kawa wrote:Your dislike of the Tachis makes me cry. They're supposed be endearing like small children! (They did it much better in 2nd GiG though, and they were badass there to boot!) I'm a little obsessed with them, to be honest. *points at avatar, plus Tachikoma plushie, plus model kit, plus "My Other Ride is a Tachikoma" bumper sticker...*


It's a weapon! I don't want my weapons acting like children!


It's got a ghost though! So it's more like a fellow soldier than a weapon (confirmed in 2nd GiG with the "full members of the squad" thing.) Yes, they're in robot bodies, and underdeveloped ghosts (thus children, and just starting to develop individuality), but they're not just weaponry.
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Postby Swordfish » Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:15 pm UTC

Kawa wrote:It's got a ghost though! So it's more like a fellow soldier than a weapon (confirmed in 2nd GiG with the "full members of the squad" thing.) Yes, they're in robot bodies, and underdeveloped ghosts (thus children, and just starting to develop individuality), but they're not just weaponry.


You're not making this any better. I'd want a fellow soldier acting like a child even less than I would a weapon.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:02 pm UTC

apocralypse wrote:friendly warning to ya, dark rag, Boogiepop Phantom is fucked the hell up. I own the box set, I've watched it at least 50 times and i still cant make heads or tails. maybe i'm missing something that right in front of my face... iunno.


but i loved fucked up things....

try episodes 13-15 of Black Lagoon.

...... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: ......

I really want a girl to help me do a duel cosplay like that.... it'll be very very twisted.

semicolon wrote: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.


Wow... that would make a lot of sense...

I love Haibane Renmei... and the rest you mentioned.

BTW if anyone is looking for DLs of nearly any anime series in soundtracks and scores i highly recommend khinsider. Doesn't have everything but it has *a lot*.

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Postby Sartorius » Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:23 am UTC

Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli rock my world. Same goes with all the greats mentioned above like Samurai Champloo.

Perhaps I am missing the horribleness of Steamboy, but I really do think that the armed services do get the neatest toys first, before civilian applications are made out of them (such as GPS). If someone would kindly explain their objections, I will not mind listening.

I like Mushishi, too, mostly for the art. I think it just recently got licensed, but there are probably still a few episodes floating around the tubes.
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Postby Bakemaster » Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:28 pm UTC

Steamboy was your average run-of-the-mill preachy political anime with flashy animation revolving around soulless, uninteresting characters. Metropolis had a satisfying hard edge underneath the old-school style of the character art; in Steamboy we should be able to feel the grit of steampunk, but all we get is the shine. Even the dirt feels shiny, as Otomo animates evvvvvvvvvverything, even things he doesn't need to animate or shouldn't animate. Where's the [s]beef[/s] bacon? Maybe it's hiding in an undisclosed location. With the plot.
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Postby Sartorius » Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:36 am UTC

*goes to watch Metropolis*
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Postby roxormancer » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:13 am UTC

anyone ever see black heaven? i stumbled on it the other day and it sounds kinda good

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:58 pm UTC

roxormancer wrote:anyone ever see black heaven? i stumbled on it the other day and it sounds kinda good


Er... well... I heard of Maid in Heaven.... XDDD


which more then likely... is **not** the same thing. XD


Btw i updated my Anime List, and i just finished "Welcome to the NHK". I jsut picked up "Lucky Star" and "PaniPoni Dash!"

Lucky Star, is currently one my new favorite shows of all time.

And "Welcome the NHK", is definitely a recommended show to watch. 8.7/10

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Postby Meowsma » Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:27 am UTC

I finished the first season of Code Geass recently and I highly recommend it.

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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:37 am UTC

I've been watching Blood+ and although it's a 50-ep series that would be just as good or better as a single season (26-ep) series it's pretty good. Started out strong, lost some momentum.
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Postby zed0 » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:22 pm UTC

I've mostly been into anime since I started going to the uni Anime Society. Since we tend to watch the first 2 episodes of a random series every week I've seen a lot of first couple of episodes of things and not many full series, anyway there are still a load I really enjoyed:

Cowboy Bebop
Code Geas
Last Exile (freaking awesome)
Kaleido Star
Hikaru No Go
Death Note
Azumanga Daioh
Haruhi

Seen but didn't like so much:

NGE
Black Lagoon

Currently running or in the process of watching:

Dennou Coil
Romeo X Juliet
Higurashi
Tsubasa Chronicles

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Postby dumbclown » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:34 pm UTC

I'm currently watching the Naruto episodes.

I'm in the land of anime at the moment. It is just a case of asking people what is good and then tracking down a version with english subtitles.

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Postby Gerbil X » Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:13 pm UTC

1: Gungrave
2: Elfen Lied
3: Gankutsuou
4: Berserk
5: Pleas, Teacher!

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Postby Jack Saladin » Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:43 am UTC

Waddyaknow, we do have an anime thread.

There's a bunch of decent recent anime, but one thing in particular anyone even mildly interested in the art form should be watching is Claymore. I think up to around episode 21 is released so far, but it's definitely worth catching up. This series is going to go up to 26 episodes I believe.

Can't be bothered explaining it - just go, go and watch. Nao!

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Postby parkaboy » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:38 am UTC

at the last anime convention i worked, i ended up getting a Funimation sample dvd. i watch all my anime in japanese w/ subs, but i appreciate what they do b/c i work with a lot of the english voice actors @ the conventions. The dvd, however got me TERRIBLY interested in Basilisk. In the first episode i laughed, i went "Oh me yarm NOOO!" and i cried like a baby. IN ONE EPISODE. i havent done that since the later episodes of trigun and Kenshin. the animation style is awesome too.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:58 am UTC

I'm watching Lucky Star as of now...

I think it's currently my favorite anime of all time... surpassing GITS.... and possibly FLCL. Which is crazy.

I recommend it. Highly.

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Postby schumi_girl » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:03 am UTC

I'm a huge anime fan. Lately, I've been watching 'Speed Grapher'.

Very interesting show, I recommend it!


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Postby Nobo » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:50 am UTC

I didn't watch a lot of anime in the past, but as for the stuff I've seen recently... Azumanga Daioh was excellent, and I thought Death Note was very good as well. Lucky Star was basically a miniature Azumanga, but not quite as good. Serial Experiments Lain was alright despite being completely abstruse. Tsukihime is something I got into as a result of a doujin fighting game called Melty Blood, which probably increased my enjoyment of it to a degree. At the moment I'm watching Fate/Stay Night, which is based on a different game from the same company as Tsukihime.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:10 am UTC

Bokurano is something else running atm that I'd highly recommend. It might look like a typical "kids save the world via giant mech" tale if one were to glance quickly over the first episode, but it's actually got a very mature, complex, and frankly, depressing storyline and deals with some pretty taboo and irregular subject matter.

Plus it has an evil talking plush doll. What more could you want?

PS. Kyoujin na Chikara and Kakugo he no Midare off the Claymore OST rock my socks. Hard.

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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:37 am UTC

Death Note has to be the best anime, and perhaps one of the best shows period, ever.

I'd go into why it's unlike any anime ever, but you just need to watch like the first three episodes and you're hooked.

It's on youTube and some other places.
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Postby Bakemaster » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:36 am UTC

The second half of Death Note kind of sucked. In comparison to the first half, it definitely sucked. In comparison to the rest of anime, eh, it was above average.

There was a point during the Near half where it started to get really good again, but it didn't last. Ending was completely anticlimactic, mostly unimpressive. Such a waste of great potential.
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Postby Zohar » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:16 pm UTC

I agree with the talking rabbit. It started out awesome, being an intelligent series that doesn't spare its viewers. It turned out to be a bit far fetched, too coincidental and some parts of it were overly complicated.
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Postby Phenriz » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:39 pm UTC

Samurai 7, for those of you who never saw Kurosawa's original Shichinin no Samurai or Sturges's Magnificent Seven it's an animated spiritual remake of the same theme.

i have the first 4 episodes on a dvd i bought 2 years ago and just got around to watching it like last weekend while i was doing chores.

It's a pretty kickass show, and i'll be looking to pick up the next set of episodes this weekend.
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Postby Lyra Ngalia » Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:11 am UTC

Shows that I thought were great:
Gankutsuou - It's Count of Monte Cristo! With vampires! From space! Seriously, it's so cracktastic and yet intricately done. The visuals are absolutely stunning.
Cowboy Bebop - Seriously, jazz and sci-fi western? What's NOT to love? Oh, and it's got great plot.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Thought it was fantastic when I first saw it, and I still really like it, especially how everything comes full circle within the last 5-ish episodes. However, having read the manga, I have to admit i like the manga a LOT more, though there are a couple things I really enjoyed about the anime version.
Romeo x Juliet - Gonzo's OTHER adaptation of Western literature. It's not as trippy or stunning visually as Gankutsuou, but really puts a new spin on the play. Some very interesting changes, but it's obvious it was done by people who knew the source material.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky - For some reason I adore this movie. I think it's because it's more of an action adventure and less preachy than most other Ghibli films. Or maybe because I loved it as a kid. Who knows.

I've never been able to get into Neon Genesis Evangelion. I think part of it is the fact that everybody's so insistent on it being THE BEST ANIME EVER that there's no way it'll live up to that hype for me. Also could never get into Samurai Champloo, probably because as soon as I saw episode 1, I thought "Hey, it's Cowboy Bebop with hip hop and samurai... I don't like either of those things." And the more talk I hear about it, the more my original impression seems justified, especially since it also doesn't sound like it has the tightest plot in the world.

I don't think anyone mentioned it, but I really liked Noir up until about the last two episodes. It's got female assassins killing a lot of people as techno music throbs in the background. But then they had to go turn the main plot into a really lame confrontation with equally lame motive for the villain. So, yeah. I'll stick to the first half where it's all kinds of killing with guns and forks and sunglasses.
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Postby grythyttan » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

Appleseed, the 2004 version. I really liked it and totally want to see the upcoming sequel.

Metropolis, probably one of the best movies I have ever seen, sadly I have only seen the dubbed version. it was a good dub though.

on death note I agree that hte first part was awesome but that they fucked it up later in the series. It felt like the second half was made just because people shouldn't be pissed that L died and light won.

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Postby teamcorndog » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:50 pm UTC

For the record, I hate FLCL. so there.

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Postby Phenriz » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:42 pm UTC

Lyra Ngalia wrote:Fullmetal Alchemist - Thought it was fantastic when I first saw it, and I still really like it, especially how everything comes full circle within the last 5-ish episodes. However, having read the manga, I have to admit i like the manga a LOT more, though there are a couple things I really enjoyed about the anime version.


I too like this show, even if it does bring me down most of the time, Al always reminds me of my closest little brother. So i feel terribly bad for him, always being trapped inside that suit of armor. I really need to finish up the series.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:48 am UTC

teamcorndog wrote:For the record, I hate FLCL. so there.


Any reason why?

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Postby Bakemaster » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:46 am UTC

grythyttan wrote:Metropolis, probably one of the best movies I have ever seen, sadly I have only seen the dubbed version. it was a good dub though.

Oh God, no. One of the worst dubs I've ever come across, period. You really need to see it subbed if you think that dub was good.
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Postby grythyttan » Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:32 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote: Oh God, no. One of the worst dubs I've ever come across, period. You really need to see it subbed if you think that dub was good.


Maybe I didn't realize since it also had subtitles in swedish so that i could automatically switch away from the dub when it got too silly.
But yeah, I really need to see the subbed version.
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Postby Zohar » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:14 pm UTC

I didn't like Full Metal Alchemist. Thought it wasn't very interesting and I didn't like the characters.

There's lots of anime I like (or love) but my favorite would have to be the (rather obscure) Giant Robo mini-series. I adore it. I loved it so much that about seven years after I got it on tape I found out it was released on DVD and bought that set too.
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Postby Lyra Ngalia » Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:09 pm UTC

I watched Deathnote until... episode 25. Then I lost interest.

But who knows? With it coming on Cartoon Network and Gaeta as L, I may give it another shot.
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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:45 pm UTC

Lyra Ngalia wrote:I watched Deathnote until... episode 25. Then the writers lost interest.

Fix'd

Okay, that's unfair, because clearly they were still interested. They just weren't any good after *spoiler*.
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Postby Maseiken » Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:
Kawa wrote:It's got a ghost though! So it's more like a fellow soldier than a weapon (confirmed in 2nd GiG with the "full members of the squad" thing.) Yes, they're in robot bodies, and underdeveloped ghosts (thus children, and just starting to develop individuality), but they're not just weaponry.


You're not making this any better. I'd want a fellow soldier acting like a child even less than I would a weapon.

Well, They're more like Children with NASA Supercomputer targeting in their heads and long, detailed lines of Protocol outlining procedure in pretty much any combat you can think of. Also you can ride them.
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Postby Sana » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:24 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Lyra Ngalia wrote:I watched Deathnote until... episode 25. Then the writers lost interest.

Fix'd

Okay, that's unfair, because clearly they were still interested. They just weren't any good after *spoiler*.


Well, when the writers lost interest, or whatever excuse they have, I lost interest (and I assume Lyra Ngalia lost interest).

Death Note had potential but I was severely disappointed near the end of season one, and stopped watching several episodes into season two. I don't even care if the series redeems itself midway through season two. I've already lost interest.

Anyways, the reason I came into this thread was to admit that I like Naruto. I always have liked Naruto. I started reading the manga when the episode subs began. But I've watched maybe only 120 episodes, and only read up to that point as well.

Reason for that is, I originally stopped watching at around episode eighty, because I was tired of things getting dragged out, and waiting for new episodes to be subbed (knowing they'd be dragged out). I'm not sure how I lost interest in the manga.

After that it took me a long time to get back into it, because before I knew it, there were a hundred more episodes. Very intimidating. I recently finally got back into it, and I've seen up to episode 120, and read that far (I'm reading and watching together now). But, it's a pain to download episodes, because I can't find them outside Torrents. And I've no idea how to configure Torrents. They download slow as hell for me. And the manga, the only site I've found makes me download one chapter at a time, and wait thirty seconds between downloads.

I've attempted to automate the manga downloads, but the problem is: I have to be logged in. And I'm a terrible programmer. I can't figure out things like Secure Sockets Layer. And when I go to read the documents, they're just so massive and intimidating.

With all the trouble (yes I'm troubled very easily) I have to go through to download the manga and anime, I've gone on haitus once again. I'll probably take another three years to get back into it at this rate. And then I'll be even more intimidated by another 300 manga chapters and 200 episodes.

What made matters more annoying for me, was that every time I tried to get back into Naruto, I would start from scratch. I would start from scratch and save dozens of episodes and chapters, and then when I got bored of all this slow downloading, and went on haitus, I'd just delete my episodes and chapters.

I suppose I've solved that problem now. I'm archiving (or attempting to archive) the episodes and chapters on my external hard drive. Regardless of whether I'm going to watch them or not. But like I said, Torrents are slow for me, and downloading with the aforementioned limits is tedious as fuck.

What the hell was I talking about?

jareturns
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Re: Anime!

Postby jareturns » Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:04 pm UTC

Fullmetal Alchemist was the only real anime that I liked and watched every single show, from start to finish.


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