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#52 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -
#53 Posted by Popogeejo (607 posts) -

I'm just going to recommend Hellsing Ultimate for schlocky, stylish action and Mushishi which is nothing like AOT but is fantastic and you should all watch it.

#54 Posted by Kidavenger (3514 posts) -

The first episode was terrible, then it got better, the last half just got stupider and stupider; I think this show needs a second season to complete it's story.

I really disliked the art style and it was insane how many static shots they have in the show, each episode has probably 5 minutes of non animated scenes, it was jarring, and a really weird contrast to how spectacular the fight scenes where.

No spoilers, but how idiotic are some of the character's motivations...

#55 Posted by bigjeffrey (4813 posts) -

@golguin said:

@bigjeffrey said:

stopped watching for lack of waifus

If you didn't find a waifu while watching Attack on Titan you need to look harder.

So i watched some more, your totally right. I found them.

#56 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@golguin said:

@bigjeffrey said:

stopped watching for lack of waifus

If you didn't find a waifu while watching Attack on Titan you need to look harder.

So i watched some more, your totally right. I found them.

are they male or female?

#57 Edited by Tatsuyarr (63 posts) -

I would recommend RahXephon if it's not been already suggested. Also FLCL is great.

#58 Posted by bigjeffrey (4813 posts) -

@darji said:

@bigjeffrey said:

@golguin said:

@bigjeffrey said:

stopped watching for lack of waifus

If you didn't find a waifu while watching Attack on Titan you need to look harder.

So i watched some more, your totally right. I found them.

are they male or female?

#59 Edited by Ezekiel (374 posts) -

It was okay. I liked Evangelion better. The characters were more realistic and sympathetic and it didn't waste the viewer's time with drawn out battles and lengthy recaps. The world was also more believable. I didn't buy the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment.

#60 Edited by shinjin977 (748 posts) -

@gaspower said:

Yeah the Hunter x Hunter remake (it's on Crunchyroll) has been pretty good from what I've seen. I dunno if you'll like this but Darker Than Black (It's on Netflix) is also another anime I'd recommend.

Also FMA: Brotherhood (also on Netflix but the final season isn't on there last time I checked so I had to go somewhere else for the last 10 or 12 eps.) is also another recommendation.

I dont watch anime much anymore these days so i dont know if anything good came out since but Darker than black and FMA brotherhood are sooooooooooooooooooo fucking good. Checked out kill la kill was so disappointing, same dumb (in a bad way) crap as guren.

#61 Edited by President_Barackbar (3439 posts) -

If you like stylish action and violence, I heartily recommend Baccano! Really good story as well.

#62 Posted by ViciousBearMauling (897 posts) -

Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann are pretty dope!

#63 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -
#64 Posted by Sammo21 (3215 posts) -

I see all the AoT love and I just don't get it. I like anime OK, but I'm not the type of person who just loves any anime that's ever released like some people (whether they admit it or not). I watched all of season 1 and I know I won't be going back. I think some people (and this is in no way a commentary on anyone at this site) "love" the anime because of the zeitgeist and they don't want to be left out of all of the love (kind of like all the people who magically came out of the wood work and loved the Avengers for so long when the movie came out even though they've never read a comic in their life). Either way, not for me. Hellsing Ultimate OVA is still one of the best anime released in the last decade.

#65 Posted by kishinfoulux (2256 posts) -

Just watched it recently because it was on Netflix and god damn I thought it was amazing. Can't wait for season 2 (assuming they do one). I never got the complaints about pacing. Also I demand a game of this (and no not that shitty looking 3DS game).

#66 Posted by Akyho (1586 posts) -

@sammo21 said:

I see all the AoT love and I just don't get it. I like anime OK, but I'm not the type of person who just loves any anime that's ever released like some people (whether they admit it or not). I watched all of season 1 and I know I won't be going back. I think some people (and this is in no way a commentary on anyone at this site) "love" the anime because of the zeitgeist and they don't want to be left out of all of the love (kind of like all the people who magically came out of the wood work and loved the Avengers for so long when the movie came out even though they've never read a comic in their life). Either way, not for me. Hellsing Ultimate OVA is still one of the best anime released in the last decade.

Dude your preaching what I have been in saying pretty madly in...youtube comments for Gatchaman Crowds. UUUGH WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH ANIME AND MODERN ANIME FANS!

Sorry..here just look. If your any type of anime fan thats not a Zeitgeister you should be passing in knowledge of Gatchaman. Original Gatchman and then the updated "modern version" released this year.

Check out the comments of Crowds and youll see me and a bunch of people discussing and lamenting modern anime. UUH FUCKING CROWDS! UGH!

#67 Edited by Sammo21 (3215 posts) -

@akyho: Holy crap, wtf is up with that character design? I know Japanese anime has to make young looking girls overtly sexualized, but jeez. Original Gatchaman was awesome! I remember getting super excited thinking they were making a new one a few years back but it just ended up being really badass animation for some SK cellphone commercials. Why don't they look ANYTHING like Gatchaman? Wow...I'm so ashamed right now.

I am also pretty bummed about the consistent lack of love for Samurai Champloo. I used to go to anime conventions until I realized it was boring and dumb as most of the crowd only seems to be into the mainstream, boring anime like AoT, Naruto, etc.

#68 Edited by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

I'm just gonna leave this here:

Psycho-Pass

Synopsis:

The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person's state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term "Psycho-Pass" refers to a standard used to measure an individual's being. The story centers around the "enforcement officer" Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.

In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person's emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person's criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.

This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement.

(Source: translated and adapted from official site by Cranston)

#69 Posted by Sammo21 (3215 posts) -

Oh, another series I really enjoyed in the past was Ergo Proxy. Here's a list of anime I've enjoyed the past few years:

Film:
- Sword of the Stranger
- Summer Wars
- Redline

Series:

- Denno Coil
- Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (comedy)
- Azumanga Daoih (comedy)
- Ergo Proxy
- Skullman

#70 Posted by jakob187 (21645 posts) -

I generally do not like anime, but Attack on Titan was fucking dope!

In turn, I was introduced to a few others. Here's the list:

  • Death Note - I made it through three episodes and stopped caring.
  • Sword Art Online - It's cool, I guess. I was confused a lot, but it's very pretty.
  • Clannad - I'm told this shit is super sad. I was mostly bored watching it.
  • Trigun - Enjoyed the hell out of it.
  • Mobile Suit: Gundam Wing - I've always kind of had a thing for big robots. This has a lot more human stuff. I enjoyed it a fair amount, although the last 20 episodes or so basically feel like "let's change shit every three episodes and get further and further from the point of what we're trying to do and have people change their fucking minds a lot about what they believe and then watch Hiro and Duo be thoroughbred fucking badasses as much as possible." I would suggest skipping the OVA, but that's a personal thing. I thought it was dumb and boring.
  • Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they? - This one, for some fucking reason, just grabbed me. Maybe it was the big ass crazy fight in the first episode. It's just...fucking cool, man.
  • Hellsing - It's also fucking dope as shit.
  • Black Lagoon - I couldn't care less about this one. Nothing about it genuinely interested me.
  • Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - I enjoyed this, but it is a rather slow-paced show at times.

There was also another one about this guy and two girls, and some kind of cat statue or something. I can't remember the name of it. I know the guy had a thing for being a perv about girls and looking at porn mags or something. It was comical, then turned kind of sentimental. I enjoyed that one a bit.

#71 Posted by jakob187 (21645 posts) -

Oh, I remembered two more:

  • One Piece - I fucking hate it.
  • Gurren Lagann - Couldn't get into it, but I see what people dig about it.
#72 Edited by GaspoweR (2830 posts) -

@shinjin977 said:

@gaspower said:

Yeah the Hunter x Hunter remake (it's on Crunchyroll) has been pretty good from what I've seen. I dunno if you'll like this but Darker Than Black (It's on Netflix) is also another anime I'd recommend.

Also FMA: Brotherhood (also on Netflix but the final season isn't on there last time I checked so I had to go somewhere else for the last 10 or 12 eps.) is also another recommendation.

I dont watch anime much anymore these days so i dont know if anything good came out since but Darker than black and FMA brotherhood are sooooooooooooooooooo fucking good. Checked out kill la kill was so disappointing, same dumb (in a bad way) crap as guren.

If anything I like Kill La Kill because of how its so cheesy in a funny kind of way. I was disappointed with Guren Lagann too but I'm digging KLK's style a lot more due to its humor.

On another note, the only anime that I kinda wished that has been updated more consistently to at least make it catch up halfway to the manga is Hajime no Ippo. The gap between the anime and manga is separated by more than a decade. The current arc in the anime was released in manga back in the early 2000's.

#73 Edited by EdgeKasey (130 posts) -

I'm only a few episodes into Gurren but I like it so far...makes me laugh and I think Kamina is a great character so far. Looking forward to diving into Kill la Kill after that for sure, after seeing it come up so many times.

#74 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

I'm only a few episodes into Gurren but I like it so far...makes me laugh and I think Kamina is a great character so far. Looking forward to diving into Kill la Kill after that for sure, after seeing it come up so many times.

Oh yeah, Kamina. I'm looking forward for your next update on watching Gurren.

#75 Posted by Akyho (1586 posts) -

@sammo21 said:

@akyho: Holy crap, wtf is up with that character design? I know Japanese anime has to make young looking girls overtly sexualized, but jeez. Original Gatchaman was awesome! I remember getting super excited thinking they were making a new one a few years back but it just ended up being really badass animation for some SK cellphone commercials. Why don't they look ANYTHING like Gatchaman? Wow...I'm so ashamed right now.

I am also pretty bummed about the consistent lack of love for Samurai Champloo. I used to go to anime conventions until I realized it was boring and dumb as most of the crowd only seems to be into the mainstream, boring anime like AoT, Naruto, etc.

I went to a convention once. Sore feet and boredom as all I could see was vendors which means you need to buy. A lack of other activities than sitting on the floor outside the convention hall and eating food. Sure hung out with some cool people for a little bit before they were swept away in the sea of people. Far more enjoyed my time being a tourist around london than the convention. Jesus christ all I remember is Pokemon theme during queuing and 500 plus people singing to it loudly. Seeing the 5 hour queue to get a signature from Vic Mignogna of which I just walked past turned the corner saw him and could have touched him. He was just a table on the corner of the place.....no need for 5 hrs wait.

I queued and played some Darkness 2....then realised I was being stupid it would come out in another month. Beyond that all I did was perv on girls in Plug suits.

As for Gatchaman crowds I don't know. There is zero resemblance to original Gatchaman only the name, logo and some of the characters have the same names.

#76 Posted by GnaTSoL (791 posts) -

Do the BD releases add anything to AOT?

#77 Posted by TDot (283 posts) -

The manga doesn't explain anything so don't worry about that. I'm almost certain a second season will be made but it'll probably take a while.

#78 Posted by YI_Orange (1134 posts) -

@jakob187: I don't know how you feel about Manga, but if you've turned a corner on anime, maybe give manga a shot. The Trigun Manga is way way better than the anime. It has characters that were completely left out of the anime and takes a pretty different direction. Also, Wolfwood is more awesome.

Death Note, I've never seen the anime, but the Manga is fantastic up to a point. I can see why people wouldn't like it, but I found the games between Light and L to be a ton of fun.

One Piece - I have to try and make a case for this, it's easily my favorite manga. I really think it's something great. What I say to everyone on this series, is read through the Arlong Arc, if you don't like it, it's not for you. That's where it really starts to get good and lets you know what it's going to be. It's far more compelling than any Shounen I've ever experienced with fantastic characters pretty much across the board and genuinely heart wrenching moments. The designs on a lot of characters are pretty great too.

As for anime, I can't recommend Cowboy Bebop and Baccano enough. Both are stylish as hell and just really really good.

@sammo21: Couple things. First, Samurai Champloo is fucking sick. Second, let me try and explain Attack on Titan

I wouldn't call myself an anime fan, but I like some anime. The only manga I am currently reading is One Piece. The only anime I'm watching is Kill La Kill(though I would like to get around to FMA Brotherhood). I grew up watching DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star(I still think CB an OS probably hold up. Less sure about OS). I did give some time to Bleach and Naruto, but gave up on them. I read the Golden Age of Berserk and really enjoyed it, but never went beyond that for some reason. As for comedies, I think Azumanga Daioh and Pani Poni Dash are pretty good. Anyway, Just wanted to let you know where I'm coming from on anime. Take it how you will.(this isn't counting movies)

I thought the first few episodes of Attack on Titan were incredibly strong. They did a great job of creating a sense of hopelessness and dread, and managed for a time to make me feel like no one was safe. If I had to draw a parallel between AoT and anything else, I would pick The Walking Dead TV show. They follow a similar arc to me(I gave up on TWD, I hope AoT can turn it around). By this point, I feel like I've figured out who in AoT is safe, and what looked like it was going to be a strong cast of characters has been shoved to the wayside to make room for the main three. Unfortunately, I find Mikasa, Eren, and Armin to be among the least interesting characters in the series. In terms of plot, I see where AoT falters, and it's disheartening, but I think it's the promise of the beginning of the series that makes me still think it could be great.

I get that at times it looks terrible, but god damn does it look amazing sometimes. Seeing as the reused animations don't bug me THAT much, the times that clearly took the entire budget win it for me.

Also that first theme song.

I guess, my point is that at least for me, it's the promise Attack on Titan made with it's first handful of episodes. In all honesty it kind of let me down in hindsight(not entirely. The part where Petra and those 3 other guys died sucked. I liked Petra). But I'm going to come back to it because I want to believe it will make good.

#79 Posted by jakob187 (21645 posts) -

@yi_orange: I don't really care to read manga. Anime, as it stands, is just a thing that helps to pass my time, and if it's good, then cool. I'm not going to go hunting for it or anything. My girlfriend is the one that is the anime hound, and so she finds stuff and we watch it together. I think, honestly, that part of it is just the fact that I get to chill with my girlfriend.

I've seen Full Metal Alchemist and Cowboy Bebop on TV before. I didn't care for what I had seen.

One Piece - there's literally no chance in hell.

#80 Edited by Humanity (8871 posts) -

@jakob187: Wait WAIT JUST A SECOND - did you just say you..didn't care for..Cowboy Bebop?

#81 Edited by FoolishChaos (432 posts) -

The only long form anime/manga/thing I've enjoyed since I was 10 and reading Shonen Jump is Berserk.

AoT seemed to have similar grim sensibilities and grotesque, frightening enemies so I decided to give it a shot. I've finished 6 episodes and man... this is an anime.

I just can't get over some of the things that seemed to have utterly ingrained itself with in most anime. Just, main character yelling ridiculously whenever he gets upset about his goals, several times each episode. Stuff like that. I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about.

Also, titans only being killable by slicing off a piece of their neck is pretty dumb. Even dumber that they don't reveal that for several episodes.

#82 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (616 posts) -

I just think Attack on Titan does nothing to distinguish itself from the other 100s of animes about a 15 year old boy who finds out he has special powers/is the chosen one and goes on an adventure with his tomboyish platonic girl-friend for hundreds upon hundreds of episodes.

I see it as no different than Bleach, Naruto, DBZ, One Piece, it's all in the same category. It holds no value for me.

I'm not a huge anime person at all, but I've seen some that I consider truly great. Everything by Satoshi Kon is incredible, and I also just watched Evangelion last year which is probably the best anime series I've ever seen. I also enjoyed Death Note (at least for the first half), and Monster....but they don't hold a candle to Satoshi Kon or Evangelion.

If anyone has any recommendations they think I'd like based on my criteria I'd be happy to check it out. Right now I'm kind of watching Welcome to the N.H.K and it's pretty good so far, I'll stick with it.

#83 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

@secondpersonshooter: You should watch at least one episode before judge it.

Also, titans only being killable by slicing off a piece of their neck is pretty dumb. Even dumber that they don't reveal that for several episodes.

It seems dumb to you because you haven't figured out the reason for it.

#84 Edited by FoolishChaos (432 posts) -

@alexandersheen said:

@foolishchaos said:
Also, titans only being killable by slicing off a piece of their neck is pretty dumb. Even dumber that they don't reveal that for several episodes.

It seems dumb to you because you haven't figured out the reason for it.

It feels like the writers had this concept, a world where humans were no longer at the top, replaced by these unintelligent giants. Then they had to decide how to make this feasible.

In their deliberations they decided that it was unfeasible that an intelligent race with access to gunpowder would be so utterly powerless, a theme they very much wanted to explore, against an unintelligent race. So they had to figure out how to technically make them killable, but it can't be too easy because they really want it to seem hopeless. A bonus if the method involved extreme heroics. And so, cutting out a piece of neck from the back.

I'm sure they will explain it, as well as the construction of this ridiculously huge fuck-off wall. But it will be hard for me to not just see them as contrivances.

Still I will probably keep watching and report back if it changes my mind.

#85 Edited by SecondPersonShooter (616 posts) -

@alexandersheen: But I have, I've seen more than half of the show actually.

#86 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

@secondpersonshooter: Then I don't understand how can you compare this to Naruto and co.

@foolishchaos: They will leave more hints for sure and later on they just straight-up say it out loud.

#87 Posted by Xshinobi (373 posts) -

You could just read the manga.

#88 Posted by TooSweet (378 posts) -

I'll recommend a couple of anime that for some reason AoT reminds me a bit of:

  • Berserk
  • Aim for the Top: Gunbuster
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena

Keep in mind that these aren't exactly like Attack on Titan but something about it made me think back to these anime a bit. Someone also mention Neon Genesis Evangelion. Bersek for the whole knights and how it just goes crazy at the end. Gunbuster for the training in school for your ultimate goal. Utena takes place at a school with lots of intrigue and mysteries.

Bonus Mention * - Nothing to do with AoT but I feel this one deserves an honorable mention as a must watch, Otaku No Video. It's a mockumentary about fanboys. Specifically the guys at Gainax. I used to watch it once a year. Still own a video tape of it along with a DVD. So many anime references it's ridiculous. Much love was put into that one.

#89 Posted by Sammo21 (3215 posts) -

@akyho: I like conventions in general as I go to HeroesCon in June and DragonCon in August/September but anime conventions are just too damned generic for me these days.

#90 Posted by golguin (3849 posts) -

@alexandersheen said:

@foolishchaos said:
Also, titans only being killable by slicing off a piece of their neck is pretty dumb. Even dumber that they don't reveal that for several episodes.

It seems dumb to you because you haven't figured out the reason for it.

It feels like the writers had this concept, a world where humans were no longer at the top, replaced by these unintelligent giants. Then they had to decide how to make this feasible.

In their deliberations they decided that it was unfeasible that an intelligent race with access to gunpowder would be so utterly powerless, a theme they very much wanted to explore, against an unintelligent race. So they had to figure out how to technically make them killable, but it can't be too easy because they really want it to seem hopeless. A bonus if the method involved extreme heroics. And so, cutting out a piece of neck from the back.

I'm sure they will explain it, as well as the construction of this ridiculously huge fuck-off wall. But it will be hard for me to not just see them as contrivances.

Still I will probably keep watching and report back if it changes my mind.

Before you start to complain about the world building in Attack on Titans I'd recommend watching more of the show. Some of the things you are asking about are literally addressed in the first several episodes.

#91 Posted by kishinfoulux (2256 posts) -

The worst thing about Titan is now I'm on an anime kick, but there's nothing that will match it. V_V

Someone suggested Claymore to me. Yeah I want my time back with that one.

#93 Posted by Sabata (823 posts) -
@toosweet said:

  • Aim for the Top: Gunbuster

I would suggest Cowboy Bebop because it fukken owns. Trigun and FLCL for the classics, Space Dandy and KILL la KILL for newer stuff. Also: holy shit, someone else actually watched Gunbuster?? Watch that too, it's great. I'd also suggest reading the AoT manga if you want more Titan goodness, although the wait for a new chapter every month might get to you.

Also, I'd recommend anyone who is a fan of AoT to check out this game:

http://fenglee.com/game/aog/

It's a free Unity game made by one dude and it's about all you could ask for from an AoT game (in my opinion). The controls and physics for the grappling hooks are tough to get down at first but once you do you'll feel like you're in the show. Not bad for a free game.

#94 Edited by HansKaosu (692 posts) -
#95 Edited by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -
#96 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

Why not wait for the Attack on Titan Movie then. Here is some effect testing from the movie Team for a commercial:

Man I really wonder what a 200+ million dollar movie would look like. I really hope the Japanese one will be good.