Animé for beginners-Part 1

Hello friends! 
 
I see a lot of threads on Giantbomb which often begin with someone asking for an anime recommendation, being ridiculed down to "Anime is for little tiny babys", having a brief interlude with "Your favourite show sucks, shut up", then the thread ends. 
 
I figured that as someone who has seen quite a lot of things over the years, I might be able to come up with some sort of list for people who aren't really into it, but have always been a bit curious as to whether or not they'd like it. I'll say this up front. There's nothing wrong with watching anime. Don't let people tell you that it's bad, or you're a bad person, because it's a question of taste. If someone says they hate you and you're a weeaboo? Kindly say "Okay, sure thing!", and get on with your day, because their enjoyment should never be tied to yours. It's a medium, like games, movies or novels, not a genre, like many people wildly assume. Introductions aside, let's get on with things! 
I'll break it down into genres, and attempt to give, in my opinion, the flagships of each respective genre. Please bear in mind, this is personal opinion-things that after watching a LOT, I have come to realise is probably the best of it's respective genre. As always, your mileage may vary! 
 

Comedy

 Comedy is a really hard genre to really recommend any one person a specific thing, regardless of the medium type. Do you like cute moe shenanigans, or more slapstick comedy? It's hard to really quantify what makes a good comedy show, so I have selected- 
Cromartie High School  

What makes Cro High so incredibly funny is the diverse cast of characters, and wildly varying shenanigans they often get into. Don't get this mixed up with general high school tomfoolery. These aren't your usual adorable little girls discussing chocolate cornets. Cro High is a school for delinquents, and one student, who COULD be considered the protagonist, who is misplaced into this school. Whether it's the mysterious Mechazawa family, the student who is the toughest kid in school but gets motion sickness, or the mind blowing musical number early on, it's hard to watch Cro High without finding something you're not into. Dubbed or subbed, you're in for a treat! 
  
    
    

Psychological

 I had a hard time again coming up with this. Trying to balance accessibility for newer people with personal favourites made me change my mind a lot. Do I go with a mindfuck show like Serial Experiments Lain, or a more methodical show like Mushi Shi? In the end, I settled on 
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  

Now, people might contest the legitimacy of the genre classification here, but I think in terms of a meaningful and thoughtful show, it really exemplifies how well a story can be written that perplexes the audience, and leaves them constantly thinking about not only the story in terms of plot development, but also on a more philosophical level. SAC revolves around the mysterious Section 9, a ghost branch of the government who are investigating the cyber terrorist known only as "The Laughing Man". Featuring incredible character developments, and an afforementioned implicit thought process, SAC is a must watch. Substitute with "Ghost in the Shell" if you're feeling feisty. 
  
   

Mystery/Exploration

This is a weird genre to define. I suppose the main focus of the show isn't one specific overarching plotline, or indepth character development. It's more to do with the exploration of a fantastical world, using a sense of magic realism as the driving force of the show. A show in which the world that the show takes place in plays as big of a part as the characters and plot themselves. Naturally, there was only one show I could pick for this. 
Mushi Shi 
 
Mushishi revolves around the bugmaster Ginko, as he travels the world, finding "Mushi" that plague people. The world that Ginko travels, and the people that he meets are the stars of the show, as there is no real focus point throughout the show, other than for the sake of showing a natural and realistic feeling world. Whether Ginko is helping a girl who is infected with a Mushi that takes her eyesight, one who is the source of the entire village rusting over or the man who chases rainbows, Mushi-Shi is a tour-de-force of pure visual and audible splendour. The kind of show where you'd watch 2/3 episodes at a time, and relax with it. 
  
   

Thriller

Thrillers are something in which the focal point of the narrative revolves around some kind of murder, or mysterious intrigue, but in a more real world scenario. A show in which you're on the edge of your seat, and you never want to put it down, always faced with cliffhangers and continuing storylines, like a good book. In light of this analysis, I guess the best thing I can really recommend is 
Death Note 
 
Death Note revolves around Japanese student "Light Yagami", as he discovered a notebook, which when a persons name is written into it, they will die. While this sounds a simple enough concept, the true joy in the narrative is the rise and fall of Yagami as he destroys his own life, and those around him in his rise for power. People will endlessly debate about whether after a certain point, the series detracts in quality, but this isn't the place for that, ignore them. What can be said however, is that Death Note is a powerful thriller in which you always feel just ONE step behind the true nature and intentions of the characters. Naturally, you have the dramatic irony as the viewer, but the revelations as the show goes on are outstanding. 
 
      
   

Super large world explodey robots

Yeah yeah, I know, giant mecha robots isn't really a genre, but in a way, there's enough shows about them to justify this. Plus, I'm the one writing, so deal with it! How could I pick anything but 
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 
 
If you've seen TTGL, you'd know why it has to be recommended to anyone. TTGL shows the plight of Simon and his blood brother Kamina, as they break free of their oppressive lifestyle, being forced to live underground for fear of the vicious "Beastmen" who live on the earths surface. However, after finding a "Ganmen" robot, they make their way to the surface, where they meet other humans, and begin to rebel against the monstrous beasts. What follows is something that really has to be seen to be believed. Suffice to say, they go from underground, to above ground, to the air, space, universe and beyond. Outstanding visual quality and jaw dropping music are what really set this apart from others in its genre, like Gundam. Not to say the incredibly well established Gundam is inferior to TTGL, but as this is a blog introducing anime as a gateway to people, TTGL is the easier watch. Who the hell do you think I am? 
  
  
   
 
That's it for now! Next time, we'll focus on 
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi
  • Slice of Life
And maybe more! Everything I described today comes in Subtitled or Dubbed editions. As a rule, I'd stick with subtitles. It retains much of the purity that the dubs can sometimes take out of the final product, and all in all, often tells the better story. However, I know subtitles aren't for everyone, so find something you like. Check your local listings, as always. Comments will be well received, but let's try not to argue or fall down into spoiler territory, as I know these things often do. 
 
I guess I'll post this to the forums, but I expect a lot of tomfoolery, and people feverently defending something they've never seen as "Stupid shit". If that's the case, please, if you can help it, try not to post in here. Your negativity only defines your arrogance, so if you don't have anything nice to say, please try another thread. Keep it civil people!
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Posted by Fallen189

Hello friends! 
 
I see a lot of threads on Giantbomb which often begin with someone asking for an anime recommendation, being ridiculed down to "Anime is for little tiny babys", having a brief interlude with "Your favourite show sucks, shut up", then the thread ends. 
 
I figured that as someone who has seen quite a lot of things over the years, I might be able to come up with some sort of list for people who aren't really into it, but have always been a bit curious as to whether or not they'd like it. I'll say this up front. There's nothing wrong with watching anime. Don't let people tell you that it's bad, or you're a bad person, because it's a question of taste. If someone says they hate you and you're a weeaboo? Kindly say "Okay, sure thing!", and get on with your day, because their enjoyment should never be tied to yours. It's a medium, like games, movies or novels, not a genre, like many people wildly assume. Introductions aside, let's get on with things! 
I'll break it down into genres, and attempt to give, in my opinion, the flagships of each respective genre. Please bear in mind, this is personal opinion-things that after watching a LOT, I have come to realise is probably the best of it's respective genre. As always, your mileage may vary! 
 

Comedy

 Comedy is a really hard genre to really recommend any one person a specific thing, regardless of the medium type. Do you like cute moe shenanigans, or more slapstick comedy? It's hard to really quantify what makes a good comedy show, so I have selected- 
Cromartie High School  

What makes Cro High so incredibly funny is the diverse cast of characters, and wildly varying shenanigans they often get into. Don't get this mixed up with general high school tomfoolery. These aren't your usual adorable little girls discussing chocolate cornets. Cro High is a school for delinquents, and one student, who COULD be considered the protagonist, who is misplaced into this school. Whether it's the mysterious Mechazawa family, the student who is the toughest kid in school but gets motion sickness, or the mind blowing musical number early on, it's hard to watch Cro High without finding something you're not into. Dubbed or subbed, you're in for a treat! 
  
    
    

Psychological

 I had a hard time again coming up with this. Trying to balance accessibility for newer people with personal favourites made me change my mind a lot. Do I go with a mindfuck show like Serial Experiments Lain, or a more methodical show like Mushi Shi? In the end, I settled on 
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex  

Now, people might contest the legitimacy of the genre classification here, but I think in terms of a meaningful and thoughtful show, it really exemplifies how well a story can be written that perplexes the audience, and leaves them constantly thinking about not only the story in terms of plot development, but also on a more philosophical level. SAC revolves around the mysterious Section 9, a ghost branch of the government who are investigating the cyber terrorist known only as "The Laughing Man". Featuring incredible character developments, and an afforementioned implicit thought process, SAC is a must watch. Substitute with "Ghost in the Shell" if you're feeling feisty. 
  
   

Mystery/Exploration

This is a weird genre to define. I suppose the main focus of the show isn't one specific overarching plotline, or indepth character development. It's more to do with the exploration of a fantastical world, using a sense of magic realism as the driving force of the show. A show in which the world that the show takes place in plays as big of a part as the characters and plot themselves. Naturally, there was only one show I could pick for this. 
Mushi Shi 
 
Mushishi revolves around the bugmaster Ginko, as he travels the world, finding "Mushi" that plague people. The world that Ginko travels, and the people that he meets are the stars of the show, as there is no real focus point throughout the show, other than for the sake of showing a natural and realistic feeling world. Whether Ginko is helping a girl who is infected with a Mushi that takes her eyesight, one who is the source of the entire village rusting over or the man who chases rainbows, Mushi-Shi is a tour-de-force of pure visual and audible splendour. The kind of show where you'd watch 2/3 episodes at a time, and relax with it. 
  
   

Thriller

Thrillers are something in which the focal point of the narrative revolves around some kind of murder, or mysterious intrigue, but in a more real world scenario. A show in which you're on the edge of your seat, and you never want to put it down, always faced with cliffhangers and continuing storylines, like a good book. In light of this analysis, I guess the best thing I can really recommend is 
Death Note 
 
Death Note revolves around Japanese student "Light Yagami", as he discovered a notebook, which when a persons name is written into it, they will die. While this sounds a simple enough concept, the true joy in the narrative is the rise and fall of Yagami as he destroys his own life, and those around him in his rise for power. People will endlessly debate about whether after a certain point, the series detracts in quality, but this isn't the place for that, ignore them. What can be said however, is that Death Note is a powerful thriller in which you always feel just ONE step behind the true nature and intentions of the characters. Naturally, you have the dramatic irony as the viewer, but the revelations as the show goes on are outstanding. 
 
      
   

Super large world explodey robots

Yeah yeah, I know, giant mecha robots isn't really a genre, but in a way, there's enough shows about them to justify this. Plus, I'm the one writing, so deal with it! How could I pick anything but 
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 
 
If you've seen TTGL, you'd know why it has to be recommended to anyone. TTGL shows the plight of Simon and his blood brother Kamina, as they break free of their oppressive lifestyle, being forced to live underground for fear of the vicious "Beastmen" who live on the earths surface. However, after finding a "Ganmen" robot, they make their way to the surface, where they meet other humans, and begin to rebel against the monstrous beasts. What follows is something that really has to be seen to be believed. Suffice to say, they go from underground, to above ground, to the air, space, universe and beyond. Outstanding visual quality and jaw dropping music are what really set this apart from others in its genre, like Gundam. Not to say the incredibly well established Gundam is inferior to TTGL, but as this is a blog introducing anime as a gateway to people, TTGL is the easier watch. Who the hell do you think I am? 
  
  
   
 
That's it for now! Next time, we'll focus on 
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi
  • Slice of Life
And maybe more! Everything I described today comes in Subtitled or Dubbed editions. As a rule, I'd stick with subtitles. It retains much of the purity that the dubs can sometimes take out of the final product, and all in all, often tells the better story. However, I know subtitles aren't for everyone, so find something you like. Check your local listings, as always. Comments will be well received, but let's try not to argue or fall down into spoiler territory, as I know these things often do. 
 
I guess I'll post this to the forums, but I expect a lot of tomfoolery, and people feverently defending something they've never seen as "Stupid shit". If that's the case, please, if you can help it, try not to post in here. Your negativity only defines your arrogance, so if you don't have anything nice to say, please try another thread. Keep it civil people!
Posted by KaosAngel

For comedies I think High School Girls, Full Metal Panic (comedy season), and Trigun are the best. Also Ouran High School Host Club, almost died watching that.

Posted by RecSpec

Trigun for comedy?

Posted by KaosAngel

@rec - well the first half or first 12 episodes, yes. Sorry on mobile so I can't quote or reply.

Posted by FunExplosions
@KaosAngel said:
" @rec - well the first half or first 12 episodes, yes. Sorry on mobile so I can't quote or reply. "  
Dammit. I wish I could make those excuses.
Posted by navyboy

I like DBZ and Case Closed (Detective Conan in Japan). Those are my overall favorite animes.

Posted by RecSpec

I completely forgot about the mobile site. Haha.

Posted by AgentJ

There had better be a genre for BECK to be an example...

Posted by Shirogane

I dunno, i'd presonally choose Azumanga Daioh for comedy...
Posted by x_XJules

Mushishi is the greatest!  
  
Also, I 100% agree with this:
 @KaosAngel said:

" For comedies I think High School Girls, Full Metal Panic (comedy season), and Trigun are the best. Also Ouran High School Host Club, almost died watching that. "
Posted by Fallen189
@AgentJ said:
" There had better be a genre for BECK to be an example... "
Unsure if I'll go that deep into it. Perhaps a "Musical shows that are better than K-ON"
Posted by hedfone

those are a lot of enemies

Posted by error5305
@Fallen189: 
This is very good, thanks.  Also you forgot "Anime is for jerks." jk.  I have only been fortunate enough to get into a few, Evangelion, Samurai 7, Hellsing, etc.  Hopefully this will let me branch out some more.
Keep this up!
Edited by JackSukeru

Nice read! I really need to see Gurren Lagann one of these days. 
 
Haven't watched a lot of anime lately though, unless you count Kamen Rider, which is like anime only with real people. With a few exceptions the shows are kind of bad though, so I couldn't really recommend them to anyone. 
 
Here's to hoping this thread doesn't turn bad at some point, it deserves better. 
 
Edit: Now that I think about it, I don't want to miss your next blog on this subject. Followed.

Posted by natetodamax
@Fallen189 said:
" @AgentJ said:
" There had better be a genre for BECK to be an example... "
Unsure if I'll go that deep into it. Perhaps a "Musical shows that are better than K-ON" "
Nonsense! 
 
 
I tried watching Gurren Lagann a while ago but I just couldn't get into it. Not sure why. I guess I just don't have a thing for giant robots and screaming shirtless men.
Posted by Master_Funk

thanks for this. Been trying to get into some anime but had no clue where to start. BTW, do anyone know any anime in the vein of the persona games in terms of characters and story . Iv heard that the persona 3 anime movie was pretty crappy and would like some suggestions for something like the games.

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Posted by KaosAngel
@Slayer22 persona 3 Anime is really good. Just depends on what you ask from it.

Devil May Cry Anime is great. Takes place between DMC and DMC4.
Posted by Fallen189
@Slayer22 said:
" thanks for this. Been trying to get into some anime but had no clue where to start. BTW, do anyone know any anime in the vein of the persona games in terms of characters and story . Iv heard that the persona 3 anime movie was pretty crappy and would like some suggestions for something like the games. "
I heard Bakemonagatari is like it, but can't confirm, I haven't got around to it yet!
Posted by Mesoian

Comedy = Jungle Wa itsumo Hale Nochi Guu
 
Social Comentary/ Mystery / Harem = Bakemonogatari
 
Action / Comdy = Katanagatari
 
Traditional Shonen = One Piece or Fairy Tail
 
Spy Thriller = Lupin III (I'd start with the movies)

Posted by KaosAngel

Why isn't Air Gear here yet? Idiots got that show canceled due to no one watching at midnight, which was because of the adult content.

Fucking love Air Gear. We need more graphic violence, language, rape, and sex jokes in anime

Posted by Fallen189
@KaosAngel said:
" Why isn't Air Gear here yet? Idiots got that show canceled due to no one watching at midnight, which was because of the adult content. Fucking love Air Gear. We need more graphic violence, language, rape, and sex jokes in anime "
Because I'm trying to make a list for people who don't watch much, and help them use easy to watch things as a gateway. Please don't try and take over, again.
Posted by KaosAngel
@Fallen189 For gamers, Air Gear is pretty swell...it's JSRF for adults. But, I is sorry. ごめん。
Posted by Bigheart711

I recommend Phantom ~Requiem of the Phantom~ as a Thriller and Red Garden (as a Drama) in case you're looking for something more obscure.

Posted by ShiftyMagician

 I'll add the following as good to watch as well:

  • Eden of the East
  • Casshern Sins (more slow-paced so not for everyone it seems)
  • Samurai Champloo
  • Occult Academy (it is fairly new, so you would have to wait to get legitimate copies, but looks great so far)
Posted by PenguinDust

Excellent read.  I blather on about anime over in on blog on AV so, you don't need to sell me on the medium.  But, I've never taken Cromartie High seriously before your write up.  Normally, I love a good comedy, especially from anime, but that one never really struck a chord with me.  Upon further consideration, I think I often confuse it with Great Teacher Onizuka, which I know is supposed to be good, too but also doesn't appeal to my tastes.  Neither look like they'd have much romance and I like romantic comedies in anime best.  That's why if I was going to recommend one for the comedy list, it would be School Rumble.  Very funny and often emotional, too. 
 
I think I am looking forward to your next blog more since 4 of the 5 of those are the genres that I usually watch.  Heavy deep thriller, psycho-babble, mystery, thought-provoking stuff isn't my forte.  I do love some big 'slodie robot action, though.  If you missed Shin Mazinger Shougeki Z-Hen you might want to check that out, too.  It's an update of the old school Mazinger Z anime exceeds even Gurren Lagann for over-the-top action.

Edited by zachtothefuture

onepiece i would recommend to anyone who liked the original dragon-ball and enjoys bad ass/silly characters fighting. 
 
baccano: first 2 episodes are really hard to understand but awesome gangster story.
 
bleach: violence and boobies nuff said. 
 
full metal alchemist: don't watch brotherhood first the first 20 something episodes of the original are summed  in about half of that in brotherhood and really hurts the sires  but both are great

Posted by azhang

Fist of the North Star if you like bad guys' body parts exploding.

Edited by MikeFightNight
@Fallen189:
DUDE come on...The anime for beginners is got to be BLACK LAGGON, there is no substitute 
 
Action, violence great characters and most of all, it's down to earth and modern. (For the most part)
Posted by ComradeKritstov

Awesome write up. =) Can anyone recommend any that are on Netflix streaming? If there even are any? I'm not sure I wanna plop down $30 or whatever for a boxed set of a show I'm not even sure I like yet. Not entirely sure where else to get this stuff (legally).

Edited by BraveToaster

I'm all about anime with action in it. Only problem is, you have to sift through the shitty ones to find a good show. 
 
High School of the Dead is pretty good, but that's more survivor/horror.

Posted by Mesoian
@KaosAngel: 
Because just like Tenjo Tenge, the anime was pretty crap due to the level of ingrained censorship they had to add. 
 
It's a much better read than a watch. Same with TT or Gantz
Posted by hicks91

if only whiskey media had a site for anime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ldeadeyesl

Death Note and Ghost in A Shell are both good series. Cowboy bebop was my first anime, and I thought was very easy to get into. It felt like a very American anime for some reason. (easy for Americans to understand/relate to)

Posted by armaan8014
@Fallen189:
What about Yakitate! Ja-pan? That was quite funny
Posted by Brenderous

The English dubbing. It burns.

Posted by floodiastus

Well written, look forward to you next list. I enjoy adult animes the most, no no hentai!!!! Serial Experiments Lain, Monster, Technolyze, GITS. I just cant stand kid-style anime with slapstick humour and anime is totally PLAGUED with that stuff.

Posted by NekuSakuraba

Angel Beats! :D

Posted by Xolare

Hellsing.

Posted by Grissefar

I don't know much about Anime, but this thread has made me want to see if some of it is entertaining. I just don't have any idea about how to get my hand on that stuff. Can you even buy it somewhere outside Japan or do you have to torrent it? Or download it from a site? I heard long ago that some sites have anime episodes for free download until they get bought for TV or something. And if something's legally free does that include the series you posted? Sorry, I don't know much about this stuff.

Posted by ldeadeyesl

animefreaks.tv 
 
has just about everything streaming

Posted by Fallen189
@Grissefar said:
" I don't know much about Anime, but this thread has made me want to see if some of it is entertaining. I just don't have any idea about how to get my hand on that stuff. Can you even buy it somewhere outside Japan or do you have to torrent it? Or download it from a site? I heard long ago that some sites have anime episodes for free download until they get bought for TV or something. And if something's legally free does that include the series you posted? Sorry, I don't know much about this stuff. "
It depends really. A lot of sites have it for free, but it's not strictly legal. A grey area, really. You can buy it in stores or amazon usually, but if you're just testing the waters, I'm sure you can google your way into finding some decent sites ;) 
 
Also, a lot of the big distribution companies have it on their youtube channels. I know FUNimation does. Explore!
Posted by thegoldencat7

 Tried getting into Ghost in the shell SAC but its been a struggle. The boxset I have is really patchily translated and It doesn't help that so far it seems a bit boring. Pity, 'cos the films are good.

Posted by gla55jAw
@KaosAngel said:
" @Slayer22 persona 3 Anime is really good. Just depends on what you ask from it. Devil May Cry Anime is great. Takes place between DMC and DMC4. "
The DMC anime I think is the only series I started and didn't finish. I remember it being so terrible. Does it get better after the first few episodes? I really want to like it haha.
Posted by GunstarRed

I would add Eureka Seven into the big explodey robot category as an good show for beginners.  TTGL is an amazing work of art but maybe a little too insane for  someone right off the bat.  Monster is also  a great thriller for beginners and  a good arguement against the "Anime is for jerks" crowd. Death Note goes waaaayyy off the rails in the second half which really hurts all the awesomeness that comes at the beginning, some people like it... I  was not so fond of it.   
 
Mushishi, oh my what a beautiful show. *sigh* One day I will love anime like I used to.
Posted by Fallen189
@marioncobretti said:
" I would add Eureka Seven into the big explodey robot category as an good show for beginners.  TTGL is an amazing work of art but maybe a little too insane for  someone right off the bat.  Monster is also  a great thriller for beginners and  a good arguement against the "Anime is for jerks" crowd. Death Note goes waaaayyy off the rails in the second half which really hurts all the awesomeness that comes at the beginning, some people like it... I  was not so fond of it.    Mushishi, oh my what a beautiful show. *sigh* One day I will love anime like I used to. "
Yeah, this isn't a whos who. For a later blog, I'll do a "Other series of note" and fill in the blanks!
Posted by KaosAngel
@gla55jAw said:
" The DMC anime I think is the only series I started and didn't finish. I remember it being so terrible. Does it get better after the first few episodes? I really want to like it haha. "
You have to take it for what it is.  80% of the episodes are about his clients and their stories...and Dante is barely in the anime.  When he is, he just murders the hell out of demons in a swing or two and just leaves while saying something wise. 
 
It's not until the very last episodes that you see more of Dante.  The anime is mostly about clients that come to him for work, and how they view Dante.  It's really fascinating.  Dante is too strong post DMC, so this was the only way to keep it interesting.
Posted by InfiniteGeass

Angel Beats is pretty cool for some action, comedy, and a little bit of emotional scenes. I definitely think it's worth checking out.

Posted by SlightConfuse
@KaosAngel: Air Gear is awesome really enjoyed it i tried to get my friends into it.  
 
i recommend the persona anime which is really good 
 
High School of the Dead should be up there as well 
 
also Neon Genesis evangelion
Posted by Jazz

I wouldn't choose any of those personally... but variety is the spice of life
Comedy: 
Sayonara Zetsubou sensei 
  

  Psychological 
Monster: the greatest anime ever....
  
  Mystery....haven't seen Mushi-shi, but I'll take a look sometime, but Monster covers that too. 
 
Thriller: 
Perfect Blue as it makes everything else look silly.
  
 Super Robots: 
.....Gaogaigar/G Gundam, I never liked TTGL, but i can see why you'd use it.  Though you really should start with Mazinger.
  
    
   
and for that fucked up nonsense category  
Gantz..I still feel like i got raped after watching that series
  
Posted by ArbitraryWater

As someone who wouldn't especially consider himself a fan of anime, I have to admit that Death Note is pretty awesome, having watched it recently because it was available on Hulu streaming (albeit, the subbed version) and I had heard that it was fairly bleak and somewhat sadistic. Both of those things are right.
 
Also, you forgot the "Incredibly traumatizing mindfuck" category (at which point you add Neon Genesis Evangelion and leave it at that). Oh, and the "Hentai" category. Which needs no explanation.

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