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#1 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

I have always been one of those "Anime is for jerks!" sort of guys.... but recently I have watched Claymore and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood because they were recommended by friends that don't watch anime. Both of those have FANTASTIC stories and were entertaining through and though. Although I am still partially under the aforementioned "Anime is for jerks!" mindset, it is slightly growing on me. Anyone have any recommendation for good anime shows?

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#2 Posted by Demoskinos (17325 posts) -

@matthias2437: Cowboy Bebop is a great place to start.

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#3 Posted by spiceninja (3239 posts) -

Forget anime, watch Adventure Time instead.

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#4 Edited by Contrarian (1205 posts) -

Hellsing. The first FullMetal Alchemist. Trinity Blood. Chrono Crusade. Code Geass. Death Note. I am sure there are plenty more I haven't seen. Anime is awesome.

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#5 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

I'm not much for anime, but I liked Death Note's story and premise, the entire concept is quite cool.

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#6 Posted by 49th (3548 posts) -

Death Note has a fantastic story, I would really recommend it if you want shorter series.

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#7 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

Death Note, Ghost in a Shell, Akira. and PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION!!!!1111111111111111111111111111111111111

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#8 Posted by Soapy86 (2738 posts) -

Cowboy Bebop. Always Cowboy Bebop.

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#9 Posted by adoggz (2081 posts) -

My Little Pony!!!!

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#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Persona 4 and Durarara. Here, let me get you started:

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There are a few other animes that I want to watch, but neither of the anime sites I know of have them and I don't know how to tell if an anime site is seedy (outside the obvious, of course).

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#11 Posted by scarace360 (4813 posts) -

PERSONA 4,Toradora,Ghost in the shell,Akira,Gosick,Hunter X Hunter.

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#12 Posted by MikeGosot (3237 posts) -
Watch Redline. It's a movie, but it's a good place to start, and watch Akira too. Also, play Asura's Wrath. It's the best anime i have ever played.
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
I'm not much for anime, but I liked Death Note's story and premise, the entire concept is quite cool.
Unfortunately, the execution of said concept... Sucked. Ass.
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#13 Posted by deathfury (494 posts) -

I recommend Cowboy Bebop, Tiger & Bunny, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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#14 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -
@MikeGosot: I disagree, I liked the first part a lot (say, same as the live action movies), anything after felt too forced.
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#15 Posted by Subjugation (4963 posts) -

Hey, I think you need more encouragement to watch Death Note. So ... Death Note. Clannad/Clannad After Story is a good drama, and my personal favorite so far. You can try Gurren Lagann if you like mecha too.

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#16 Posted by scarace360 (4813 posts) -

@Subjugation said:

Hey, I think you need more encouragement to watch Death Note. So ... Death Note. Clannad/Clannad After Story is a good drama, and my personal favorite so far. You can try Gurren Lagann if you like mecha too.

Second Clannad/Clannad After Story shit is good.

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#17 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

@PlasmaBeam44: I religiously watch Adventure Time hah.

@Video_Game_King: I have no clue how I forgot about Persona.

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#18 Posted by Commisar123 (1949 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Persona 4 and Durarara. Here, let me get you started:

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There are a few other animes that I want to watch, but neither of the anime sites I know of have them and I don't know how to tell if an anime site is seedy (outside the obvious, of course).

Durarara is great and if you like that you should try out Baccano, which is by the same team, and I actually liked better. Other good choices are Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, Death Note, Air, the Melencholy of Haruhi Suzimiya, and Angel Beats. For movies I might suggest Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Summer Wars, and Paprika.

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#19 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

@49th: Yeah I have heard a lot of good things about that one.

@adoggz: Hahaha.... jokes.... right?

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#20 Posted by Sanryd (1443 posts) -

@adoggz said:

My Little Pony!!!!

You're doing it wrong, but also very right at the same time.

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#21 Posted by Demoskinos (17325 posts) -
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#22 Edited by jewunit (1091 posts) -

Cowboy Bebop is wonderful. I would recommend that series next. If you're okay with bawling your eyes out, Grave of the Fireflies is a pretty good movie. I don't know if you'll enjoy it, but I really liked Eyeshield 21. It's an anime about American football. It starts out kind of slow, but it turns into this weird sort of Bad News Bears-style series.

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#23 Edited by Lemmycaution217 (1802 posts) -

There are probably 50 other anime threads, but whatevs. Go watch Kaiji! Now! Or watch some anime films, duder. Perfect Blue, Redline, Nausicaa. those are all pretty great.

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#24 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

I've never really understood the "anime is for jerks" mindset. There are good and bad anime, just like there are good and bad TV shows, good and bad books, good and bad video games... you get the idea. Granted, I don't watch a whole lot of it myself, because there are some widely used tropes that I don't much care for, but there are always, always exceptions. The original Fullmetal Alchemist anime is probably one of my favorites. Cowboy Bebop, as others have mentioned, is also very good. Basilisk; Berserk; Mushi-Shi; Moribito; Ippo; Higurashi; I could go on for a while longer I'm sure, but these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I haven't watched much anime in a few years, but all of the ones I just listed I can say I enjoyed pretty thoroughly.

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#25 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6117 posts) -

@matthias2437: Cowboy Bebop, as previously mentioned, is a must. Death Note was good until the 25th episode if i remember correctly, then it went downhill. Ergo Proxy is also an anime i recommend without reservation as well as Guilty Crown. The changes in characters and their actions i thought were quite amazing.

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#26 Posted by CountRockula (410 posts) -

FLCL is kind of amazing. It's probably my favorite anime, and one of my favorite shows of all time.

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#27 Posted by IBurningStar (2273 posts) -

You should be watching Cowboy Bebop right now. Right now. Right fucking now! As soon as you are done with that then you need to watch Fooly Cooly. Bebop is life changing, and FLCL is simply amazing.

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#29 Posted by WickedCestus (3781 posts) -

Lupin III is like 50 years old but is still super cool, though it resembles old american cartoons more than it does modern anime. I'd recommend most of the shows everyone else suggested, plus Steins;Gate, which was probably the best show of last year.

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#30 Edited by TheUnsavedHero (1308 posts) -

Cowboy Bebop is a great anime to see for someone who isn't all that into anime. On the other end of the spectrum, for a total mind fuck, I suggest FLCL (Fooly Cooly). Just be prepared for off the wall weirdness with that one. Also, FLCL is only six episodes long. Not much of a time commitment to watch it, which is great. Honorable mention: Gurren Lagann.

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#31 Posted by Justin258 (14373 posts) -
  • Cowboy Bebop, as has been mentioned.
  • The first Full Metal Alchemist - it's worth watching to note the differences and the vastly different, far more cynical last half.
  • Baccano!, it's positively magnificent.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, because that's a landmark series.
  • Akira
  • Ghost in the Shell - both the movie and SAC
  • Yu Yu Hakusho, because it's the best fighting anime I've seen for two reasons: 1) Almost complete lack of filler and 2) Characterization is fantastic! Also, watch the dub of this one, the original Japanese is really dry from what I've heard.
  • and Fooly Cooly (FLCL), because it's completely nuts.
  • Well, OK, there's also Trigun. But I didn't like Trigun.
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#32 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

@IBurningStar: It is definitely looking like Cowboy Bebop is going to be the next one I watch.

@TheDudeOfGaming: First thing that came up when I searched Ergo Proxy on netflix was My Little Pony: Friendship is magic.... haha

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#34 Posted by adoggz (2081 posts) -

@matthias2437 said:

@49th: Yeah I have heard a lot of good things about that one.

@adoggz: Hahaha.... jokes.... right?

who's joking?

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#35 Posted by matthias2437 (992 posts) -

So this has been an overwhelmingly awesome list of shows that I have gotten in the last 20 minutes! Thanks everyone that has given recommendation, I know what I will be watching for about the next 6 months now. (Outside of My Little Pony, I am never watching that. Ever.)

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#36 Posted by MikeGosot (3237 posts) -
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
@MikeGosot: I disagree, I liked the first part a lot (say, same as the live action movies), anything after felt too forced.
I really disliked Death Note. But i think it was because I HATED THE CHARACTERS SO FUCKING MUCH! UGH! But yeah, opinions.
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#37 Posted by Sin4profit (3411 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

@matthias2437: Cowboy Bebop is a great place to start.

there's yer answer.

I'm not crazy about Anime because it tends to disappoint on it's premise or it would start interesting and then the series takes a huge dive.

Really it depends on what you're into. Some niche series tend to be extremely formulaic, like Initial D, but i'm into it.

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#38 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

@matthias2437: Good luck, hope you enjoy the recommendations. Probably important to warn you (though you likely already realize it) that some shows can start off pretty slowly, but if you stick with them they can end up really great. (And there are shows that start off slow and never go anywhere, but hopefully you don't end up with any stinkers like that.)

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#39 Posted by WarlordPayne (774 posts) -

Definitely Cowboy Bebop. Fooly Cooly is great if you love crazy. Also, pretty much any movie made by Hayao Miyazaki.

I actually preferred the original Fullmetal Alchemist to Brotherhood by a wide margin so it may be worth checking that out depending on how much you enjoyed Brotherhood.

Oh, and Grave of the Fireflies if you want to feel bad.

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#40 Posted by AURON570 (1778 posts) -

Death Note is a must see.

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#41 Posted by Animasta (14903 posts) -

no one mentioned eden of the east so I'll say that, it's similar to death note & code geass except the protagonist isn't a judgemental asshole

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#42 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@EchoEcho said:

Probably important to warn you (though you likely already realize it) that some shows can start off pretty slowly, but if you stick with them they can end up really great.

Is that, like, a general rule for anime? It seems to be true of my experiences.

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#43 Posted by jking47 (1290 posts) -

Death Note, Trigun, Hellsing (ultimate and the OAV), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and after that you can start getting into the weird stuff.

Also if you can deal with the abstractness and insanity, watch FLCL, its pretty short and is amazing.

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#44 Posted by BabyChooChoo (6554 posts) -

Ghost in the Shell

Baccano

Samurai Champloo

Karas

Katanagatari

Redline

Mardock Scramble

Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners)

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#45 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

This is a great Anime. Only 23 episodes long too I think.

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#46 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Of the series I've seen, it seems to be fairly typical, with some exceptions. A lot of anime seem to take their sweet time building up to the point, which is a really double-edged sword. On the one hand it makes the payoff bigger (unless as mentioned it's a show that goes nowhere, in which case it's just a waste of time), but on the other it becomes a major investment when you could be watching something that's really engaging right from the get-go.

Makes it even more awkward when it's a show that was drawing things out under the assumption that they'd have two or more seasons, only to end up getting cancelled. At which point the story either just... stops, or the entire second half of the story ends up getting crammed into a handful of episodes, which is almost just as bad, as it almost never compresses in a way that does the story any justice at all.

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#47 Edited by Daniel_Newton (1274 posts) -

I've watched a lot of anime, but Clannad is the series I continually recommend to anyone and everyone, then Clannad After Story after that. It sounds silly, but I've pretty much never felt so much emotion towards any characters in anything like I have in Clannad. Even the what if? scenario episodes are great.

Other than that, the first few seasons of Bleach are really good, it kind of peaks and then it's up and down after that. Fairy Tail is great if you like something that's a little more light-hearted and it's only getting better and better with each season, if you want something on-going to jump into, Fairy Tail might just be the way to go.

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#48 Posted by Novis (265 posts) -

I can get behind the first Full Metal Alchemist. Trigun is pretty solid. If you're feeling for something a little more actionly, I would recommend Black Lagoon.

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#49 Posted by redelectric (195 posts) -

Eden of the East. One of the best TV SHOWS i've ever seen.

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#50 Posted by gamefreak9 (2877 posts) -

Samurai Champloo is awsome, FMA brotherhood better than the originals! Naruto is very animee ish but if u can bear through the first 20 or so episodes you will get hooked. My personal favorites in this order are Code geass, Naruto, FMA brotherhood, then probably death note.