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Postby KnightmareX13 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:13 pm

View Original Posttrkk-KAAN wrote:Yu-Gi-Oh?

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Postby trkk-KAAN » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:26 pm

also with fanservice?

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Postby KnightmareX13 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:50 pm

Then sherlock hound, for your furry desires
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Postby Alaska Slim » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:54 pm

View Original Posttrkk-KAAN wrote:also with fanservice?


TAMERSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! Or as I like to call it, EVANGELIMON!

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The main cast gets all nude for the final arc of the show. But they're ten (twelve) years old, so you are SICK man.

Or, you can just watch Dual!, which is an Eva parody.

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In either one, you'll get Eva character facsimiles. Which is more true to the nature of the show? It's the one with a STAT SCREEN!


... But seriously, they're both good.
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Postby Final Messenger » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:12 pm

View Original Posttrkk-KAAN wrote: fanservice?


you want fanservice then watch highschool of the dead or ikki tousen.
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Postby LeoXiao » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:55 am

Somebody find me something similar to Steins;Gate. That show was good but they're taking forever to make the movie, so I need something to watch in between.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:58 am

View Original Posttrkk-KAAN wrote:like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Piece, and Yu-Gi-Oh?
Man, that is such an entry-level list that, even though this isn't /a/, I'd have to say that Boku no Pico is exactly what you are looking for.

Alternatively, read the previous pages of this thread, or any of these links

http://www.mediafire.com/?o3pg3qao4bgumgz
http://animu-mango.wikia.com/wiki/Anime_Recommendations
http://animu-mango.wikia.com/wiki/Speci ... mendations
http://animu-mango.wikia.com/wiki/Miscellaneous
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/A ... V_%26_OVAs
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/Anime,_Movies
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/A ... _%26_Artsy
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/Mecha,_Anime
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/M ... pace_Opera
http://recommendations.wikia.com/wiki/Mecha,_Franchises

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Postby RRM » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:33 pm

Ok, I will dare to do this at risk of being ridiculed and laughed at.

Digimon Tamers
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Yes, I know what you're thinking things like:
"Wait, what? He expects me to take that series seriously?",
"It's a bad Pokemon ripoff",
"Dohohoho, this guy is ridiculous!" and
"I'd rather watch Boku no Pico in a family reunion"

But In my humble opinion, it is a good and enjoyable series. I like this show despite being meant for little children. And I'm not ashamed to admit that it is my favorite season and among my favorite series.
Ok, enough with my fanboyism. I'll make my case and try to persuade you, the reader, to watch this series. Excuse me if this is too long/boring.

First, the background: Digimon Tamers' plot is built upon the concept of unintentionally created artificial intelligence and the series asks this question seriously:
How would the existence of Digimon work in real life?
Well, it isn't as cool as it sounds: The government gets involved, many of the kids become emotionally traumatised, lots of people die, the military gets involved, and cities get leveled.

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^What happens when things get too out of control

The characters are 10 and act like it, mistakes, death, and recklessness are permanent and their actions have consequences; By the end, their maturity is due to their experiences and massive character development.

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^Think the protagonist is a wimp? Think again.

The plot starts slow-paced monster mashing, while also introduces the audience to the characters: This will later pay off. Soon, a Government organization that secretly controls the internet starts noticing the activity of Digital Monsters in the Real World, and takes action.

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Yes, this man is choking a 10-year-old kid

The kids eventually travel to the Digital World and for a moment the series seems to dip into a light-hearted comedy series while fighting the bad guys. Sadly, bad things happen to nice people, and by the end it becomes a struggle for life with some hints of cyberpunk and psychological horror. The difference between both halves is contrasting. That's as far as I can go without spoiling the plot.

Also, did I mention who wrote the series? It was Chiaki Konaka, the same guy who wrote Serial Experiments Lain, Texhnolyze and RaXhephon, and it shows: Problems aren't solved in a single episode, their experiences have tangible effects on their psyche, their family issues aren't just waved away, and the series makes extensive use of technology and references to the history of Computers and the internet as integral parts of the plot.

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Expect lots of techno-babble as the series progresses. And rejoice in it if you're a programmer.

Oh, and of course, the Eva references. It takes after Eva, in a good way. The characters are similar, the "Messengers of God" Digimon invading the Real World are like angels, Hypnos has a function akin to Nerv, and the last enemy... Oh well, you'll have to watch the series to understand that.

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^This guy marks a before and after in the series. Wait for him

If I had to use a phrase to describe Digimon Tamers, I would use "Serial Experiments Lain for Kids" or "Evangelion Lite". This isn't meant as an insult: The characters are likeable, their struggles become immense and the plot is good, but it doesn't have certain content (Gore and sexual scenes) because it wouldn't be appropriate for it's genre.

Anyway, Give it a chance. Even if you never have watched any Digimon series, it is a good Anime with a nice plot, and I completely recommend it.

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Postby robersora » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:45 am

^
Well, Tamers and Lain share the same scriptwriter, so...
This series rocks, especially at the beginning; only the latter two halves are a bit weaker because it'll get more shonen-ish.
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Postby RRM » Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:06 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:^
Well, Tamers and Lain share the same scriptwriter, so...
This series rocks, especially at the beginning; only the latter two halves are a bit weaker because it'll get more shonen-ish.


It depends, really. It starts like a Slice of Life show, with lots of introspection, but later it becomes more action-oriented.

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Postby robersora » Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:08 am

^
Well, both definitions are correct, I guess.
What I liked most was the atmosphere, it had something... slightly threatening...
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Postby chazthesilencer » Wed May 02, 2012 4:52 am

It saddens me to think there may be people on EGF in the world who have never seen nor heard of the Daicon IV opening animation.

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Sadly, after viewing the animation- every geek within a mile radius experienced a collective orgasm, killing everyone.
For its use of copyrighted material without permission, the animation is likely to never receive an official commercial release here, or anywhere.
Some of the animators escaped arrest, and went on to form a little known studio called Gainax.

One could consider it the greatest crime ever committed.

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Uploads of Daicon IV exist in scattered locations, usually in poor video quality, but even 240p can’t hide the love and effort put into this.
The dancing swords and explosion never fail to give me goosebumps.

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Postby C.A.P. » Wed May 02, 2012 3:57 pm

^If there's a better 80s animated music video out there, I haven't seen it.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:47 pm

Question: Does EGF recommend the Fujiko Lupin III anime? I've seen bits and pieces of Lupin III and I liked what I saw.
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Postby Xard » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:52 pm

View Original PostSailor Star Dust wrote:Question: Does EGF recommend the Fujiko Lupin III anime? I've seen bits and pieces of Lupin III and I liked what I saw.


See my review (and Fireball's reply) here, that's all discussion on the title I've seen since BrikHaus said he dropped it.
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Postby Fireball » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:30 pm

Well, let's put it this way. It's main appeal is that it's different from the usual Lupin III which you might enjoy or be put off by it. It has some stylish cool episodes but also some jarringly duff ones.

I'd say give the first episodes a shot, then you get a good idea how the rest of it is. In case you don't like it but still want to watch something other classic Lupin related I made a post for the usual most recommended ones:

thread/12766/Lupin-III/
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Postby Ornette » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:37 pm

I recommend it. It was precisely what I expected, since they've pretty much told us what to expect. Dead Leaves/Redline art, directed by the Michiko to Hatchin director, and based much more closely to the tone and feel of the original manga, which makes it very different from the part 2 and 3 TV series and pretty much all the movies. They've got different writers going episode by episode so there's a bit of weird consistency sometimes, which doesn't bother me at all if I watch week by week. All of Mari Okada's episodes have been pretty awesome.
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Postby Xard » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:16 pm

View Original PostOrnette wrote:I recommend it. It was precisely what I expected, since they've pretty much told us what to expect. Dead Leaves/Redline art, directed by the Michiko to Hatchin director, and based much more closely to the tone and feel of the original manga, which makes it very different from the part 2 and 3 TV series and pretty much all the movies.


Apart from retro art and setting I wouldn't really like the tone to that of the manga which is far more cruder and zanier based on what I've seen.

This also ignores the huge influence gothic literature and culture has had on the series which I think has been more influential than anything else.

See:

http://www.lesteraspermere.com/violence ... en-part-1/
http://www.lesteraspermere.com/violence ... n-part-ii/

I don't find all parts of those writings all that convincing or well argued but the overall case for influence of gothicism is pretty strong IMO.


View Original PostOrnette wrote:They've got different writers going episode by episode so there's a bit of weird consistency sometimes, which doesn't bother me at all if I watch week by week. All of Mari Okada's episodes have been pretty awesome.


Having different screenwriters for different episodes is entirely normal, they don't all have that much creative freedom and their job is pretty "technical". It's the writer of series composition that matters who in this case is Mari Okada.

Of course I think Dai Sato has enough name for himself to leave his own personal mark on episodes he worked on but generally speaking that's how it goes.

The episodes Okada has written (1,6,9) have been on the stronger side though, 1 and 9 definetly.
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Postby Zeldafan888 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:21 pm

I would recommend Revolutionary Girl Utena, even if you don't like shoujo anime that much it still a much watch, it has more fleshed out characters then Evangelion, Unique premise and it filled with a lots of symbolism & metaphors that are really interesting to analyse.

My second recommendation would be Hellsing Ultimate, it a great Action/horror anime it not the best show regarding plot and characters but the fights scenes are amazing and it probably up there with berserk as one of the bloodiest anime but the blood more over the top then realistic but that a part of the show's charm, watch it for for the amazing action scenes.
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Postby A.T. Fish » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:41 pm

I intend to get into the anime classics that I haven't watched and I'll start with Ghost in the Shell, but I'd like to know which version to watch. Is the new version just an HD upgrade or does it differ from the 1995 movie in anything else?


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