Anime Recommendation Thread

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by pc4th, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. pc4th

    pc4th New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    North Poll
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What are the top 5 anime series and 5 anime movies (I know there are so many good ones but please choose only 5) would you recommend to someone that is interested in anime?

    I am kinda new to the scene (especially the series) so my list will definately change in the future:

    Series:

    1) Rurouni Kenshin - Reminisence (OVA)
    2) Love Hina
    3) Full metal Panic 2 (Fumuffo)
    4) Last Exile
    5) Initial D

    If you want, you can create a top 10 recommendation list. I haven't seen much, but I would definately add the following to the Series list.

    6) Naruto
    7) Scrapped Princess
    8) Full Metal Panic 1
    9) Neon Genesis Evangelion
    10) Berserk



    Movies:

    1)Spirited away
    2)Grave of the fireflies
    3)Princess Mononoke
    4)Castle in the sky
    5)Metropolis
     
  2. Mel Brennan

    Mel Brennan PLANITARCHIS' BANE

    Paris Saint Germain
    United States
    Apr 8, 2002
    Baltimore
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    (1) Wings of the Honneamise

    (2) Akira

    (3) Ghost in the Shell

    (4) Urutsukidoji

    (5) Metropolis
     
  3. pc4th

    pc4th New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    North Poll
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thanks for the list, I haven't seen 3 out of your top 5. I will definately check them out.

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    -What happened to him...?
    -where is he now?
    -is he any good?
    -can he make an impact on US MNT?....etc...
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    okay, back to the regular topic. ANIME>
    top 10 series and movies or top 5 series and movies.
     
  4. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Jakarta
    Series:
    1) Neon Genesis Evangelion - I'm not usually one for superlatives, but, for my money, this is easily one of the best series ever. Just don't try to take in all the religious imagery and allusions the first time through.

    2) Serial Experiments Lain - A well-done and poignant series, this award-winner is always among my reccommendations. Outstanding soundtrack, too.

    3) Princess Nine - Outstanding character development and engrossing storyline. A little slow in spots, but otherwise a solid all-around sports drama.

    4) Ranma 1/2 - Rumiko Takahashi's classic. A word of warning, though - it kind of falls into form after the first couple seasons.

    5) Hellsing - Pretty straightforward vampire series, but easy to get into for beginners. Added bonus: You get to rock out to Mr. Big during the closing credits. :D


    Other series:
    Sherlock Hound - Sherlock Holmes-style adventures, directed by the man himself - Hayao Miyazaki.
    Excel Saga - Strange, stranger, strangest. It's a lot funnier if you know your anime, but even without that it's still a rollicking good time.
    Crest of the Stars - See Princess Nine, but substitute intergalactic space warfare for baseball. Great series, but runs for a while.
    Alien Nine - Series that starts out cute enough, but turns very dark as it progresses.
    VPM - A little older, a little darker. Very evenly paced series that's just macabre enough to make it a reccommended title.

    Movies:
    1) Voices of a Distant Star - A must see. It's just 30 minutes long, but there's tons of emotion packed into that short time.

    2) Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind - Another Miyazaki feature ... bit of an environmental tinge, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it (i.e. Arjuna).

    3) Akira: The classic. Good watch, plenty of action and worth it if only to see the title that helped solidify anime's place in the U.S.

    4) Ghost in the Shell - One of Masamune Shirow's best works, GITS mixes in some sci-fi and action while raising the question of true reality.

    5) Grave of the Fireflies - By far one of the most moving anime works ever ... drew solid reviews from professional curmudgeon Roger Ebert. A note, however: You will be depressed after watching this.

    Other titles:
    Legend of Basara
    Kodomo no Omocha
    Twilight Q
    I'll Make a Habit of It
    Captain Tsubasa
     
  5. minorthreat

    minorthreat Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    NYC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    You would introduce a newbie to Legend of the Overfiend?

    As far as series go, I'm surprised Cowboy Bebop hasn't been mentioned yet (or for that matter, Lupin III).
     
  6. Mel Brennan

    Mel Brennan PLANITARCHIS' BANE

    Paris Saint Germain
    United States
    Apr 8, 2002
    Baltimore
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Lets the FNG dive right on in there...lol ;)

    Add to movie list

    (1) A Wind Called Anmesia

    (2) Fist of the North Star

    (3) Perfect Blue (really REALLY good!)

    (4) someone already mentioned "Grave of the Fireflies," and yes, it is depressing, they are right about that...

    (5) Vampire Hunter D

    I would also put "Blood - The Last Vampire" on there, but its too short...
     
  7. Motterman

    Motterman Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is on the Action Channel tonight I think.
     
  8. wu-tang beez

    wu-tang beez New Member

    Apr 19, 2002
    Irving, TX
    Top-5

    Movies:
    Akira
    Metropolis
    Spirited Away
    Fist of the North Star
    Princess Mononoke


    TV Series:
    Robotech; Macross
    Cowboy Beebop
    G-Force
    Voltron; Lions
    Captain Harlock
     
  9. DSC05

    DSC05 Moderator
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    Jun 25, 2002
    Detroit, MI
    Club:
    --other--
    I can't believe no one mentioned Ninja Scroll, it's a classic (maybe a little over rated but I liked it).

    I really liked Perfect Blue too, but it's definitely not for younger audiences.

    If you want to see goofy parody animes check out Excel Saga and FLCL.

    Does anybody else get the Anime Network?
     
  10. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Jakarta
    Ninja Scroll is certainly a classic, just not my cup o' tea.

    As far as I know, the Anime Network is only available in certain cities (and not that many of them). The rest of us have to settle for Cartoon Network, TechTV and the occasional showing on a movie channel.
     
  11. pc4th

    pc4th New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    North Poll
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I didn't know it exists until now. Did my part on emailing comcast but I am pretty sure it will be a while before it will get to my area. By the way, is the anime subtitled or is this dubbed? I hope it is sub, most of the anime dub out there (beside a few exceptions) are terrible.
     
  12. DSC05

    DSC05 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Detroit, MI
    Club:
    --other--
    I have Comcast Digital Cable, it's part of the On Demand package and the best part is it's actually free.

    Sorry but it's dubbed, and they are mainly ADV titles.

    www.theanimenetwork.com
     
  13. Dante

    Dante Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Binghamton, NY
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I can't emphasis enough how good Cowboy Bebop is. It's definitely a series, and movie, that you must check out.

    As for other great movies there are thos that have already been mentioned such as Ghost in the Shell and Akira. You should also check out Blood the last Vampire. I was a bit dissapointed with how short it was but the animation was absolutely stunning, it's definitely one of the best I've seen.
     
  14. Di7seconds

    Di7seconds New Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Land of the Free!!!!
    Movies:

    1. Ninja scroll ( In opinion the best anime I have ever seen)
    2. Fist of the North Star
    3. Perfect Blue(Crazy-ass psychological thrill)
    4. Ghost in the Shell
    5. Akira/Dark city

    A movie that I highly recommend is Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. This is a spoof of gung-fu movies. It's like a real life Fist of the Northstar, it hilarious.

    If there are any old fans of the Daily Show on comedy central, back when Craig Kilborn was the host, then you remeber the intro to five question? That clip of a guy getting his head smashed is from this movie. Just look at the pictures of this movie:
    http://www.chud.com/chudvd/reviews/10grabsriki.php3

    Seriously if you don't have it buy it, you will not be dissapointed.
     

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