At 4/17/10 09:27 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote:
so i come to you for suggestions. i'm up for anything, i'll watch anything, and indeed the more varied your suggestions, the better. light and funny, dark and violent, realistic, sci fi, whatever. i'm an open minded guy
Alright BananaBread, me and you go back, so you better listen to my suggestions. None of these are long running, most are within the 24 or so episode range. A few are slightly over 50. Regardless, listen up nugga, it's not every members I'd give a shit enough about to share this much information when it cuts into my free time.
For starters, you liked Cowboy BeBop, because of this, I'd also recommend Trigun and Fullmetal Alchemist. Trigun has some pretty good moral lessons within it. Fullmetal is an example of a finely crafted Anime Series.
Despite owning it, I've yet to see it, but being made by the creators of Cowboy BeBop, I'd feel safe saying Samurai Champloo is another series you'd like.
Also, for a movie, check out Ninja Scroll, immediately. There is a chance you'd like Afro Samurai (a short series) as well. Though personally I wasn't a fan.
I've yet to see the new rendition of Hellsing, but the old series is still quite good. Not the best, but a decent action Anime with darker undertones.
Next up comes the very psychological "thriller" Anime. The ones that fuck with your head, well thought out plots woven together to keep you glued with suspense.
For this, despite it's popularity, I will recommend Death Note. If you can get over the fact that there is somehow this Note Book that, when written the persons name within it and concentration is made upon the "victims" face, they will die as you've dictated, you're in for a great series. The animation and style used is also top notch. You're often slightly aware of what is going to happen, yet you have no clue how the fuck it's going to play out, and as such, keeps you glued.
Now here are some of my favorite, less commercially appealing recommendations.
Serial Experiments Lain. Everyone, especially the main character are extremely strange. Actually, everything about this Anime is very bizarre. With it, I come to a different understanding every time I watch it. It's one of my favorites, but not for everyone.
When They Cry, is another psychological mind fuck. I almost wrote it off as childish after seeing the first half of episode one, but pressed through. It starts off, even animation wise, as seemingly light hearted, goofy animation as if for a kids Anime. Yet it quickly changes, as the plot gets darker, so does the animation, everything follows suit. However, A SLIGHT SPOILER, it switches perspectives every so many episodes. So suddenly your back with the same kiddy animation, goofy lightheartedness, and another facet of the show is revealed. You've now a good idea of what you're in for.
Next up, Paranoia Agent, another one of my favorites. If I were to compare it to anything, though I doubt you're familiar with it, back in the mid-early 90's there was a show "The Maxx" on MTV based off of a comic book. Very weird. So is this Anime, here we deal more in metaphor than what is literally presented to us. Though when I say it gets weird, it really does. Some have found it too ridiculous to finish, but it really is worth it.
Perfect Blue is a fascinating Anime movie, that would seem to resonate largely with Lain and Paranoia Agent. It's very strange, often leaving you with a different opinion of what is taking place. I highly recommend this.
Ghost in the Shell (the movie) is a classic. It isn't completely an open and shut movie, it takes you on a ride, not giving some in-depth explanation for all the events taking place. It's not as laid back, or related plot wise, but the movie Fargo seems to come to mind when I think of this movie.
Lastly, for the Psychological Anime is Elfen Leid. There has never been something which details violence with such intricacy, never ceasing. If you were to see a Guro hentai you'd get an idea of what kind of violence to expect. A great deal of nudity as well, though often not for sexual reasons. Out of this Anime category, I'd say this is the weakest link, though you may very well enjoy it.
Romance, I don't have a huge number of such Anime, though I'd like to get more.
My top pick is Kanon, an amazing series, beautifully made, with a plot that is woven with amazing skill. This had been my favorite Anime until I was introduced to Welcome to the NHK.
Now, for Comedy, my top pick is, Welcome to the NHK. This deals with a paranoid recluse (a character I can easily identify with) who explores all the facets of loserdom. I highly recommend this Anime. It includes aspects of Romance and Psychological type Anime, in addition to a very realistic, Slice of Life.
FLCL is a mix between comedy, action and just plan weird. If you're looking for eye candy, (and by that I'm not meaning hot anime girls,) this is where you should go. The animation is some of the best available, while the story is rather nonsensical.
This next recommendation, I highly doubt you'll like. It's only available through fansubs (and due to my awesomeness, the first four episodes can be sent out via DVD.) Is Kodomo No Jikan, which is highly transgressive. And while it's target audience is those who like Lolicon, it is still very humorous, (in a slap stick way) and edgy. If you've seen the 1962 film "Lolita" or read Nabovok's actual book, then you're still a bit off when you think of this series.
It has some serious elements, obviously dealing with some heavy subject matter (a promiscuous elementary school student trying to seduce her teacher,) but the way it's often presented is not "serious business" or even black/dark comedy at all. This could also be categorized as romance. This personally being my favorite comedic Anime.
Finally, though there are more I could recommend, comes Akira. This film is considered one of the biggest landmarks in all of Anime. It's somewhat Science Fiction, dealing with a time after a third world war.
All I'll say is, watch this. Just watch it, no further explanation. Download/pick it up, and watch it.
There are some more I can recommend, but I've already been on longer than I was planning on now.
Now, with all these recommendations listed, from both myself and the other fellow Anime Club members, I want to hear your opinion, BananaBread, on that which you watch. I hope you find some new entertainment to enjoy. And keep in mind, even at Anime conventions where everyone is Cosplayed out. The percentage of people whose whole life revolves around this stuff (and thus makes it seem less cool) are quite low in comparison to those who simply enjoy this medium of entertainment.
Just as one would like Comedy, Horror, Drama, so can one enjoy Anime. Granted it is a universe in and of itself.