Try to keep this spoiler free, because I'm the newest Otaku on the block. My wife and I have just started watching anime. On a friend's recommendation, we've started with Neon Genesis Evangelion, which I love. After we finish it, we'll be hungry for more, so I thought I'd ask you guys what the best are. We're up for series or features.
"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." - Stanley Kubrick
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I've finally outgrown anime, as it seems like anything made the last 4-5 years is cookie cutter and the same as something else that's been done before, but going back on the times I've watched, I'll suggest a few things I liked which may not be the typical choices
GetBackers Witch Hunter Robin AD Police (12 Episode TV series, not the older OVAs) Abenobashi Bubblegum Crisis : Tokyo 2040 (TV series, again, not the older OVAs) Fushigi Yugi (52 episode TV series) s-CRY-ed
As far as series go, I would have to say that my favorite would be Elfen Lied followed closely by Fullmetal Alchemist. If it wasn't for the horrible endings (my opinion), Gantz and especially Berserk would rank way up there.
Honorable mentions go to Gunslinger Girl, Paranoia Agent, and Chrono Crusade.
For movies, all of the Miyazaki films are very good. I would have to say that Spirited Away is my favorite, follow by a movie I didn't think I would like, but I really enjoyed which would be Whisper of the Heart.
Honorable mentions go to Akira, Jin-Roh:The Wolf Brigade, and the really depressing and awesome Grave of the Fireflies.
Depending on how you watch your Anime, I would have another series to recommend which I can't list with those above as I have not seen the last disc (released tomorrow). If you are the type to watch subtitled Anime and really care about correct adaptation and all that, you wouldn't like it. However, if you like your Anime dubbed and enjoy it with a frosty beverage, Ghost Stories dubbed is an absolute riot!
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I'm not much into anime, but I get a kick out of Ninja Scroll. That film had Hollywood production values, I think. Just a phenominal piece of work.
In series: I watch Totally Spies with my girlfriend (she gets a kick out if it)...I think that's an anime show, right? When I was younger, I used to like Sailormoon (I knew someone who had the original Japanese episodes on video). Right now, I don't watch it because it all seems the same.
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Never thought I'd get into any anime series, but insomnia and Adult Swim introduced me both and I've been hooked. Since then, I've been watching anime, buying anime and manga more than wrestling... Go figure.
Rounding out my Top 5 are: InuYasha, Full Metal Alchemist and s-CRY-ed.
*Dragon Ball Z would be in there, but I sometimes get bored with it... Not sure why exactly though.
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My personal favorite is Ruroni Kenshin, which is a samurai-themed anime, although I would stop after the first two seasons (the third isn't very good). I would also recommend Cowboy Bebop for anyone just getting into anime, as well as Berserk because it is awesome. Giant Robo is another great series, and the Warsaw Philharmonic provides the soundtrack.
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffDoes Star Blazers count?
It's certainly MY favorite. I grew up with this show and aside from Miami Vice it's my favorite show of all time. I think Season 1 holds up well, but I recently re-watched Season 2 and it wasn't as great as I remember. Very few villains have ever been as cool as Desslok and I don't think any spaceship has been as cool as the Argo. A WWII battleship flying through space blasting bad guys. What could be better?
I thought Full Metal Alchemist sucked the fat one the first few weeks it was on but I stuck with it and I'm damn glad I did. That showed kicked all kinds of ass. Definitly one of my favorites of recent shows.
Other favorites would be Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha, and Gundam 0083. I love Motoko Kusanagi so throw in Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.
'But if one is struck by me only a little, that is far different, the stroke is a sharp thing and suddenly lays him lifeless, and that man's wife goes with cheeks torn in lamentation, and his children are fatherless, while he, staining the soil with his red blood, rots away, and there are more birds than women swarming about him.' Diomedes, The Iliad of Homer
Behold the "Wise" Words of Renegade Raine, the Bishounen Hunter:
My favorite series: Revolutionary Girl Utena (If you like weird series) Naruto (If watching it with subtitles, skip the fillers) Cowboy Beebop Blue Seed (It's like a modern version of Inu Yasha, except the story doesn't get incredibly old) Samurai Champloo Nana (although the series can only be found on Youtube from the US right now) Gundam Wing (The series that got me into anime) Mobile Suit Gundam Outlaw Star Silent Mobius Witch Hunter Robin
Movies: Vampire Hunter D Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Animation is WAY better, in case you're turned off by the first one) Spirited Away Princess Mononoke Akira Ninja Scroll Golgo 13: Queen Bee (Although I liked it more because I really liked the "Queen Bee" character)
OAVs (Mini-series basically): Tekkaman Blade II Night Warriors/Darkstalkers
That's all I can think of, for now. I wish I could think of more stuff that wasn't shown on Cartoon Network, but I'm more into manga these days.
Everything else I haven't really been able to get into even though they have great stories I've never really been able to follow them. Inuyasha, I can catch, feels like watching an old friend or something where I don't feel lost if an episode ends and continues. They stand alone unlike the way Dragon Ball Z was.
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I'll have to go with Jericho, if only because I can think all the way back to "Chris Jericho, Conspiracy Victim", "Stinko Malenko", "The Man of 1,003 Holds" (#59 - ARMBAR), "The Strangler Lewis Exception", etc.