So, I was in Cassie chat, and discussion turned to Anime recommendations. Since I couldn't find a thread about it, here it is.
Awesome shows, in no particular order: -Hikaru no Go - An anime about Go. And the story is actually good.
-.hack//Sign - In the future, there's an all immersive MMORPG called "The World". This covers the story of a group of characters in that world, and the strange happenings. It also covers the people playing those characters, but not in a direct way. The OST is in my music playlist.
-Steins;Gate - A show about time travel. That was all that I needed, basically. However, it's a pretty good show.
-Death Note - The main character finds a notebook. Said notebook makes whoever's name is written on it die. Pretty cool show, even if it lags a bit in the middle.
-Cowboy Bebop - Bounty hunters in space. If you need more... Well, even if you do, still a great show.
Well, I said in no particular order, but this one is kinda different. Excel Saga - A comedy show where the protagonist's companion dies every episode. This basically pokes fun at a lot of anime show types and cliches. It's kind of meta.
One of the culprits of the chat. Yes there are so many of them. yet so few good ones.
Cowboy Bebop - Noir meets scifi with the ragtag bunch of mercenaries Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and *woof* Ein. The best there is. Period. Such style and music and dialogue and plots and action and stillness.
and best theme ever...
Samurai Champloo - Two samurais, one wild and reckless, the other disciplined and well-mannered become indebted to a ditzy waitress and are forced to help her find the samurai "who smells of sunflowers". One of the better traditional looking samurai things I've seen.
Berserk - A sword and sorcery type of fantasy. Heavy action. A warrior kicks butt basically. THe first few have him battling a snake god that is oppressing a city. Really creepy stuff at times.
Ranma 1/2 - A classic comedy (In a genre that is not known for actually funny comedies). A boy and his grandfather fall into cursed pools that transform them, the boy into a girl and the grandfather into...a giant panda.
I'll grant the cuteness, and that episode has me intrigued, but it seems the basic story of "useless newbie wields power that others can't".
By the way, Hikaru no Go is kinda in this genre, but it takes it in a serious direction, and has some twists and turns to the story that actually might make it interesting for others that are not into Go as I am.
I think Princess Tutu is the most bizarre anime I've ever watched.
There's a few I know of that contend for that title. -The above Excel Saga. And 3 I've only seen loose episodes of: -Nichijou, it's a perfectly ordinary* show about perfectly ordinary* high school boys doing perfectly ordinary* stuff: *for given values of perfectly ordinary. -FLCL, which I have no idea how to describe: And Yakitate!! Japan, which is about bread: (Turn on CCs)
I'm a huge cowboy bebop fan, which is why I never remember Statsig/Ben's dog's name and always call him Ein (the other one has only three legs, so totes obvs I call him "Lucky"). Bubblegum crisis is one of my favorites, as is trigun. Have a special place in my heart for tenchi. MyMike and I sort of lost the anime bug not long after ghost in a shell stand alone complex was coming out, so we never finished with that series. Also wished I'd gotten to the end of that one with the girl who was the other girl reincarnated that liked the boy who was also a dog or a demon or something and went around collecting some crystal that shattered after falling into a well or something. It looked cute.
I briefly was into anime in undergrad (because many of my friends were), but I largely moved out of that because I found a lot of the gender politics troubling (except for Miyazaki's stuff and the other occasional exception).
Cowboy Bebop is probably my favorite anime series. The music is gorgeous, it's entertaining and has some nice story arcs without ever dragging on. Plus, the soundtrack is incredible.
I remember I enjoyed Now and Then, Here and There, in a BSG "Oh god everything is horrible and life is useless" depression sort of way.
I found Excel Saga (the undubbed version--Excel's English voice actress is like nails on a chalkboard) entertaining at times, especially when you have the DVDs so you can turn on the little bits of info pop-ups that explain some of the more obscure jokes.
I liked the couple of episodes of .hack//sign I saw, and the music is ridiculously good, but I never got around to watching the whole thing.
I watched a few discs of Evangelion but really never got into it.
Regarding movies, I haven't seen a ton. Spirited Away is probably my favorite Miyazaki, followed by Princess Mononoke. I enjoyed Ponyo but though it was a bit less coherent than his other stuff. Nausicaa was okay but didn't feel like anything too special.
The first Ghost in the Shell movie was alright, but I found the sequel a bit meh. I'll be honest and say I've never seen the appeal of Akira, after having seen it twice.
Oh! There was one anime movie I saw that I thought was just fantastic: Millenium Actress.
Also wished I'd gotten to the end of that one with the girl who was the other girl reincarnated that liked the boy who was also a dog or a demon or something and went around collecting some crystal that shattered after falling into a well or something.
Inu Yasha? I really liked it for awhile, particularly the manga, and then suddenly got sick of it for reasons I don't remember.
Oh! I forgot one other I liked. I remember being SUPER into Rurouni Kenshin for the first couple seasons. I don't think I ever finished it, but I don't think it was anything to do with the show, but just me not having access to a season and then just sort of giving up, or something.