Welcome, duders and lurkers alike! We decided to ring in
2016 2017 with a new continuing thread as part of our effort to quietly turn Giant Bomb into an anime site a one-stop shop for talking about all the wonderful and/or horrible things about Japanese anime, manga, and the industry that makes them. Also we've decided to allow non-Japanese animated cartoons and comics for those who really want to talk about them outside of sister site Comic Vine.
Lots of new anime confirmed at Anime Expo in Jersey! FLCL 2+3! Inferno Cop S2! Chio-Chan going to school! Even a remake of the Legend of Galactic Heroes is on the table!
I know what you're saying: "Anime is for jerks." But occasionally it can be really cool and fucking awesome, spanning several different genres from sci-fi, to comedy, to action. Whether this is your first time dipping your toe in the pool or you're a seasoned vet wanting to chat about the latest shows, you've got a home here.
There are so many shows to keep track of! Help me out here!
MAL: The classic site that contains a list of pretty much every anime and manga out there. Check out our GBAD Club! It's mostly dead, but if you want to know what shows we've watched and our completely subjective ratings on them, click through the profiles there. @cloudenvy and yellowdays are the admins there, so if you want to make it active again, ask one of them.
Kitsu.io (formerly Hummingbird) is a newer, more classy and detailed anime list site, and has some people who really care on the back-end. It does have a little more of a "social media" aspect than MAL, for better or worse.
I'm new to anime, what should I watch?
I'm tired of answering this question, so here are my general picks for first-timers in no particular order:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- Samurai Champloo
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Attack on Titan
- One-Punch Man
- Anything by Satoshi Kon or Hayao Miyazaki
If you have a more specific request, then post it in the thread and we'll have some more specific recommendations for you.
What's cool that's airing this season?
For Summer 2017, check out:
- Restaurant to Another World: More Jamie Oliver than Gordon Ramsay.
- Kakegurui: if Kaiji was a schoolgirl who was gay for gambling.
- Made in Abyss: Spelunking has never been so whimsical!
- Ballroom e Youkoso: Your typical sports anime, but with ballroom dancing!
Where do I watch them? All of the aforementioned shows can be found legally on sites like Crunchyroll, Funimation (sometimes carried through YouTube or Hulu), or Netflix depending on who snapped up the license in your territory. Otherwise, Google it or wait for the official DVD/Bluray release to drop in your neighborhood.
Also, check out because.moe to search for which anime is streaming on which site. Please note it may not be accurate outside of the US in some cases.
So, you guys meet up outside of this thread?
We do have our GBAD Steam Group. Like many Steam Groups, this one is also mostly dead except for the occasional post. Apparently I am a mod of that group now, so talk to me about doing something with it. Maybe we'll stream some anime, games, or animegames. I'll keep everyone posted if I find the time to do so.
On a semi-related note, former shadow-Anime Editor @austin_walker got people interested in Gunpla! If you ever watched a Gundam show and wanted to make your own cool robot out of plastic or metal parts, this thread should get you started!
I've heard about those anime fightan games!
You're better off not watching the anime adaptations. Trust me, they are bad.
Having said that, me and several others here are up for some BlazBlue/Guilty Gear/other anime fightan action, as long as you have a PS3/4 (soon to all be on PC!) and a decent internet connection. Also check out the Fighting Game Thread if you want to take your game to the next level! We play them for the story here.
What rules do you have?
NO DISCUSSION OF OR ANY LINKS TO ILLEGAL STREAMING/DOWNLOADING SITES. They are not allowed and the mods may put you down Old Yeller-style if you post them. Also, please put spoilers in spoiler tags when necessary for the newer stuff. It shouldn't have to be said, but respect the standard GB Forum rules and don't be a jerk.
The floor is open! God help us all.