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#1  Edited By Bombs_Away

Hey everyone! As suggested in the title, I'm new to manga/anime movies. In fact I'm so new I haven't actually watched any. As I'm quite a film buff this is one genre I've somehow just consistently skipped by. Obviously I've heard of Akira, but I would really appreciate and suggestions you guys have. 
 
Thanks!

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#2  Edited By Lestater

Sword of the Stranger 
Princess Mononoke 
Ninja Scroll

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#3  Edited By TheMustacheHero

Manga is comics. Anime is movies/shows.
 
...right?

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#4  Edited By RavioliSumo
@TheMustacheHero said:
" Manga is comics. Anime is movies/shows.  ...right? "
Yeah, but the OP might not know that. 
 
Spirited Away is one of the big ones.
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#5  Edited By zeforgotten

Elfen Lied 
FLCL! 
Colorful  
Full Metal Panic! 
Full Metal Panic?: FUMOFFU!  
Grave of the Fireflies

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#6  Edited By TheMustacheHero
@Wes899 said:
" @TheMustacheHero said:
" Manga is comics. Anime is movies/shows.  ...right? "
Yeah, but the OP might not know that.  Spirited Away is one of the big ones. "
Also, Princess Mononoke. Which is my favorite.
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#7  Edited By torus

Almost anything by Miyazaki (Nausicaa, Mononoke-hime, etc, Spirited Away, Howl's moving castle), Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell.

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#8  Edited By Bombs_Away
@TheMustacheHero:@Wes899:  Lol yeah so I'm a completely new! At least I've only embarrassed myself here and not in a conversation face to face with someone!
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#9  Edited By ThePhantomnaut
  • Ghost In The Shell
  • Jin-Roh
  • Any film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso)
  • The End of Evangelion (better watch the series first)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa (good to watch the first series)
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#10  Edited By WingsOfFire

Vampire Hunter D 
Devil Man 
Ninja Scroll
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#11  Edited By GunstarRed

Mukoh Hadan Sword of the stranger is fucking awesome!  
 ghost in the shell 
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on heavens door 
Steamboy (I have yet to meet anyone that feels the same way about this as me...same director as Akira)  
 Cencoroll 
the girl who leapt through time
 
and spriggan if you want some dumb actiony fun.
 
the FMA/Evangelion movies are great but shitty if you didnt see the TV series

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#12  Edited By Jeust
@ZeForgotten said:

" Grave of the Fireflies "

Too dramatic! 
 
@ThePhantomnaut
said:

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  • Jin-Roh
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And  too violent! 
 
Ghost In the Shell And Ghost in The Shell 2. Simply amazing!
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#13  Edited By Vinchenzo
  • Read or Die
  • Spirited Away
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Cowboy Bebop movie. Not sure what it's called.
 
After that stop watching anime and don't read mangas. The good stuff is few and far between.
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#14  Edited By DukeTogo

Anime is a medium, so without stating what kind of movies you like, it's a pretty vague request.  That's the common misconception about anime, that it's all ninjas, robots, and little girls.  While those are a large part of its history, it's just a form of storytelling that allows for anything since it's drawn, mainly because special effects were too costly or not good enough to make it live-action.
 
So start off saying what kind of shows and subject matter you prefer, then it's easy for others to point straight to something for you to try.

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#15  Edited By Black_Rose
  • Paprika
  • The End of Evangelion (watch the series first)
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Howl's Moving castle
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • 5 mm Per second
  • Metropolis
  • Blood: The Last Vampire
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#16  Edited By TheGremp

Not enough Death Note in this thread. D:

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Spirited Away, also, don't fall for the hype of Ghost in the Shell, that movie was shit in my opinion.

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Definitely have to watch Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, look into movies by Studio ghibli i think.

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#19  Edited By cap123

you'll really want to get into series than movies to be honest, that's where anime really shines.

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#20  Edited By 1Gorebash1

My advice is don't fall for "YOU DUDDDE CHEK OUT NARUTO, ITS DA SHITZ" 
 
The old stuff is the best stuff. Watch and learn! 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCfDxZxTBW4
 
But  a fair few Studio ghibli can be highly recommended.

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#21  Edited By Fallen189

Akira / Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion are the cornerstones you'll need to get into.
 
Don't let people sucker you into watching trash like K-ON aswell.

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#22  Edited By Linkyshinks

ToToRo 
ToToRo 
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#23  Edited By JJOR64

Anime movies huh?  I haven't seen it, but I heard the first Ghost in the Shell movie is pretty sick.

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#24  Edited By Scalptre

 Princess Mononoke FTW, but seriously it is a great anime film  

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#25  Edited By Icemael
@torus said:

"Nausicaä"

Don't watch this one. I read the manga, thought it was fantastic, decided to watch the movie and... ugh. Not terrible, but very mediocre; just stay away from it and read the manga instead.
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#26  Edited By InfiniteGeass

The Girl who Leapt Through Time is a great movie. I just recently watched it and it's one of the best anime movies I have seen.

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#27  Edited By Steve_C
  • Anything from Studio Ghibli, minus Tales From Earthsea which was a bit of a stinker.
  • Paprika,Tokyo Godfathers, and any other Satoshi Kon films
  • 5cm per Second and other Shinkai films.
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Tekkon Kinkreet
  • The End of Evangelion is interesting if you've seen the series, but otherwise you could just watch the Rebuild of Evangelion films, though only the first two have been released thus far.
 
I tend to in a few cases find a director than go through all their works. I didn't personally enjoy Ghost in the Shell, and Akira especially. I imagine that it would do good to read the manga first, but for me that film was confusing as hell - in a bad way. Still, both are quite significant, so you'd do well to check them out regardless.
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#28  Edited By Ashwyn

" Not enough Death Note in this thread. D: "
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#29  Edited By Heartagram

I bought my girlfriend Samurai Champloo and i had never watched anime before.  It seems pretty fun and i would suggest it to someone who hasn't watched any before as its not too crazy bananas or anything.  
 
It's More of a Series than a film though.

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#30  Edited By CSXLoser

theres a wiki article that lists the greatest films of all time. Check out the few in the animation section

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#31  Edited By scarace360

Clannad
Beck
Akira

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#32  Edited By dethfish

Ninja Scroll and Ghost in the Shell.

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#33  Edited By bed
@ZeForgotten said:
 Elfen Lied 
watch this. NOW! 
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#34  Edited By penguindust

There was a thread about this a while back,( recomend me some anime movies!) but I'm not complaining.  It's been some time, so...oh, and the links below go to trailers or video samples.  All the movies below are available on DVD with English dubs or subs.

  1. Appleseed & Appleseed Ex Machina
  2. Neon Genesis Evangelion1.0 : You are (Not) Alone  ~  the sequel, Evengelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance has been out in Japan for a bit and is now making the rounds at festivals in North America.  There will be 4 movies in the series.
  3. Robot Carnival
  4. Wings of Honneamise
  5. Macross: Do You Remember Love  ~  aka, Clash of the Bionoids.  The latter was an English dub that was edited from the former, however a fan combined the two and it can be found on the web if you look for it.  ("Super Space Fortress Macross: Clash of the Bionoids Special Edition")
  6. Galaxy Express 999
  7. Lupin the III The Castle of Cagliostro
For series and OVAs...
  1. One Piece  ~  There are about 100 uncensored episodes out on DVD from FUNimation that are dubbed and 431+ episodes (as of today) on the web that are fan-subbed.  Stay away from the 4Kids dub, it is absolutely horrid.  I prefer the subbed version, but whatever appeals to you is the way to go.
  2. Last Exile
  3. Gurren Lagaan
  4. The Slayers  ~  There were 4 season and a ton of OVAs inbetween the 3rd and 4th season since there was an 11 year gap in production
  5. Outlaw Star
  6. And if you are looking for something a little more "adult", there is Queen's Blade and Ikki Tousen.  There's a substantial amount of nudity in these two series, but they are not hentai (porn).
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#35  Edited By laticsfan

My faves are as follows:
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Howl's moving castle
Tales from Earthsea
Nausicaa
Grave of the fireflies
Paprika

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#36  Edited By subject2change

Not enough Bible Black in this thread.

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#37  Edited By RavioliSumo
@Subject2Change said:
" Not enough Bible Black in this thread. "
There's none, which is the correct amount. 
 
Someone mentioned Outlaw Star, watch that it's fantastic.
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#38  Edited By Cerza

When I think Manga and movie what immediately comes to my mind is the U.S. Manga Corps and Manga Entertainment. I dunno if either of those companies/subsidiaries are still around, but I suggest checking out the stuff they released. 
 
For a few really good movies I suggest checking out:
Ghost in the Shell
Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2
Perfect Blue
Akira
Wings of Honneamise
Ninja Scroll

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#39  Edited By GunstarRed
@InfiniteGeass said:
"The Girl who Leapt Through Time is a great movie. I just recently watched it and it's one of the best anime movies I have seen. "

glad someone else has seen this...  better than most live action movies.  really charming , has a bunch of personality and has some gorgeous animation. 
 
Everyone keeps mentioning the Ghibli ones, although not all Ghibli movies are great...I just thought It was common knowledge that you had to see the miyazaki ones  (I think Mononoke is the best of them but really do not care for Howls moving castle at all) 
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#40  Edited By monetarydread
@TheGremp said:
" Not enough Death Note in this thread. D: "
Because the series is amazing at first, then it breaks itself fourteen episodes in.
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#41  Edited By psyborg0815
@Subject2Change said:

" Not enough Bible Black in this thread. "

Don't forget Cool Devices. They're classics.
 
Anyway, if you want to watch a good Series, these are my personal favorites:
  • Kanon 2006
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • Death Note
  • Mai HiME
  • Ef - A TaleOf Memories
  • Minami-ke (not ~Okawari~)
  • Lucky Star
  • Slayers
  • Toradora!
  • Sketchbook
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#42  Edited By makari

The Hayao Miyazaki catalog is probably the best starting point. The holy trinity of Akira, Ninja Scroll and Ghost in the Shell are also easily recommended. As for anything else, it really depends what you're into, as a lot of anime films tend to be very hit and miss depending on genre, and most OVAs are of longer a series and take gratuitous liberties to squish an entire arc into a couple of hours of film.

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#43  Edited By EVO

Paprika has been mentioned already but I can't stress enough how good that movie is.

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#44  Edited By eroticfishcake

What everyone else said, though "Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei" is hilarious to watch.

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#45  Edited By s-a-n-JR

I haven't seen many anime movies, but : 
 
Tekkonkinkreet 
Spirited Away 
Cowboy Bebop - The Movie 
   
Anime series i can recommend you: 
  
Samurai Champloo 
Death Note 
Code Geass  
 
The series are good to watch because there aren't hundreds of episodes, but more or less around 30-50 for each series.
 

 
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#46  Edited By wwfundertaker

Go to animevice.com, its a manga and anime site. I would say Full metal panic and Great teacher Onizuka are good to watch.

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#47  Edited By RetroIce4
@Wes899 said:
" @TheMustacheHero said:
" Manga is comics. Anime is movies/shows.  ...right? "
Yeah, but the OP might not know that.  Spirited Away is one of the big ones. "
This. I would also say Spirited Away too. Maybe some Lupin in there too.
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#48  Edited By HitmanAgent47
@Subject2Change said:
"Not enough Bible Black in this thread. "

He said anime, not hentai.
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#49  Edited By eclipsesis

You should check out a Korean film called Sky Blue, its very nice to look at, the story is engaging as well.

Akira is you right of passage my friend, and it has a top rate sound track 

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#50  Edited By HitmanAgent47

Well anyways my recommendations are ghost in the shell, ghost in the shell innocence, princess monoke, Nausicaa valley of the wind, perfect blue, porrco rocco, blood the last vampire