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Postby chee » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:44 pm

View Original Postriffraff11235 wrote:As for GitS, I'm still wondering whether or not to read the manga before watching all of it. I think someone here may have mentioned that it's not worth reading. I've also heard that one should even skip the movie and go straight to the series.


First movie and SAC are essential

Innocence is an acquired taste (I like it)

The original manga is optional but overall a fun read

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Postby moonwolf2024 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:50 pm

View Original Postschwarzstahlhelm1993 wrote:Well, it was only mentioned by name, but I'll take advantage and say why I would recommend it:
Bubblegum Crisis, the original OVA, is one of the many OVAs released in Japan in their glory decade of the 1980s.
This show isn't innovative: it isn't "original", or "groundbreaking". It is episodic as hell, and lacks a well defined story. But it is awesome. As simple as that.


This my friend, is why it's called a classic. Love it when someone else jumps on the 80's train ;)
Maybe if you shut up and stop over analyzing everything you just might get it........

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Postby BrikHaus » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:11 am

View Original Postchee wrote:First movie and SAC are is essential

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Postby robersora » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:38 am

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I never understood Brickhause's hate for the first Ghost in the Shell movie. Even if you don't like the cold cast you still have a solid story embedded in great atmosphere and animation.

But maybe he's too cool for it or something.
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Postby Xard » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:54 am

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Postby schwarzstahlhelm1993 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:29 pm

View Original Postmoonwolf2024 wrote:This my friend, is why it's called a classic. Love it when someone else jumps on the 80's train ;)


There are so, so many 80s OVAs I want to watch and rewatch. I can see why so many people say it was a great age for Japanese animation.

Currently watching Gall Force too: what a fun f*cking ride. And as always, Sonoda delivers. He's now second-favorite character designer, with only Mikimoto besting him.

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Postby moonwolf2024 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:46 pm

View Original Postschwarzstahlhelm1993 wrote:There are so, so many 80s OVAs I want to watch and rewatch. I can see why so many people say it was a great age for Japanese animation.

Currently watching Gall Force too: what a fun f*cking ride. And as always, Sonoda delivers. He's now second-favorite character designer, with only Mikimoto besting him.



Gall Force is awesome. Its one of my all time favorites. Excellent story and animation. When I first saw the Eternal Story I didn't realize there were about six more after that. Just a tip...the earth arc and new era are a little boring. Stop at Rhea Force. Its nice to watch just to see the ending but nothing exciting
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Postby robersora » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:38 pm

View Original PostXard wrote:Brik hates Oshii in plebeian fashion


I've read his rant against Oshii... Maybe you're right, he seems to despise everything that does not exist solely for entertainment. How... American. But well, it can't be helped, if someone values entertainment above everything else, I can see why someone would hate Oshii's work, but Ghost in the Shell? In my opinion, that's as entertaining as dark-sci-fi can get.
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Postby schwarzstahlhelm1993 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:22 pm

View Original Postmoonwolf2024 wrote:Gall Force is awesome. Its one of my all time favorites. Excellent story and animation. When I first saw the Eternal Story I didn't realize there were about six more after that. Just a tip...the earth arc and new era are a little boring. Stop at Rhea Force. Its nice to watch just to see the ending but nothing exciting


So far, Earth Arc has been pretty rad, although the first movie was kind of sucky in its first half, and then picked up later. Second movie was a huge improvement. Third movie was a satisfying conclusion to THAT arc, though.

New Era is all that's left. Let's see what other crazy stuff they come up with.

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Postby Ornette » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:14 pm

TOPIC, and be sure to check the OP before posting recommendations.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:35 am

Wow, we only have one "D" anime? And it's Death Note?

Let's fix that, shall we? Wait, why hasn't Digimon Tamers been added yet?

DAI GUARD.

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If you were of that group, you may remember this show back from Toonami's Super Robot Week.

As I said somewhere else, you can think of this show as the flip side of G Gundam. Whereas G took a real robot series and made it Super, this on its face is Super Robot, but is undone by its satirical atmosphere that weighs-down the namesake bot with real-world constraints.

Dai Guard breaks apart with seemingly little cause, costs gargantuan amounts of money to keep going, is flanked by a massive, inefficient bureaucracy, and figures into political matters both within and outside of Japan. The protagonist, while he is still one with wild-eye idealism and a "sense of justice", is NOT in high school, or college, and not anyone with some "grand destiny" or tragic backstory. He's just white collar guy setting out to do what he thinks is right, and at times being called on it when he goes too far.

There is no "named" antagonist in this series, only the Angel-like constructs and some fade-in-then-out Government stiffs fill that role, with the former being cast as a "environmental disaster, like a flood or an earthquake". There is a climatic battle of sorts towards the finale, but it's only something you knew was coming, not something the series built-up.

The other characters aren't anything special, but I feel that's sort of the point. They're supposed to be (mostly) regular people who (aren't mecha fans, and) got forced into something they just have to live with, and it takes a little while before their apparent blandness wears off and they seem to come into their roles.

This series likely won't blow you away with anything visceral like true super robot shows do, nor will its characters be anything more than what you've come across before. It's a show that cracks some jokes at the Super Robot Genre's expense, has a homage to something here and there, makes one or two poignant observations about People or Japanese society in general, but in the end is really just content selling the tag line "OFFICE WORKERS, SAVING THE WORLD!".

Not groundbreaking, but it's an underrated fun ride.
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Postby arkiel » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:52 pm

Rascal the Raccoon. Why? Because it lead to nearly 80% of Japanese temples being damaged by fancyfuck imported raccoon.
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Postby soul.assassin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:30 am

View Original Postarkiel wrote:Rascal the Raccoon. Why? Because it lead to nearly 80% of Japanese temples being damaged by fancyfuck imported raccoon.
http://www.japanprobe.com/2010/04/19/ra ... se-temple/


Also, raccoons = big damn balls.

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Postby Yaywalter » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:24 pm

My recommendation goes to Zipang.

Why? Because it realistically portrays the capabilities of the Aegis Combat System, and that is just plain badass. Also badass is the realistic portrayal of how a modern JMSDF crew aboard an Aegis-equipped ship might react to being transported back in time to WWII.

It's not perfect... it's fairly slow-paced, with only about three big action sequences during the course of the series, and it doesn't have a satisfying ending... it just stops, leaving you to read the manga to continue the story. Fansubs get the ranks wrong sometimes, and the dub gets the ranks wrong most of the time. Oh, and they never mention the Aegis Combat System's radar by name, which I found kinda disappointing since I am a SPY-1 technician.

But overall I love Zipang, which is the most realistic Naval anime I've seen yet. If you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably love it too.

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Postby Eleven » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:53 am

View Original Postmoonwolf2024 wrote:This my friend, is why it's called a classic. Love it when someone else jumps on the 80's train ;)


As someone who was born too late to know the classics from the 80's and early 90's, I would appreciate more recommendations from that era. :nod:
I apologize for any grammar mistakes, as I am not a native speaker.

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Postby A.T. Fish » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:07 pm

View Original PostEleven wrote:As someone who was born too late to know the classics from the 80's and early 90's, I would appreciate more recommendations from that era. :nod:


Try Gunbuster and Patlabor. Just remember, Patlabor has two continuities, the first one comprising the Early Days OVA (7 episodes) plus the movies and the second one consisting of the tv series (47 episodes) plus the OVA series known as Patlabor: New Files (16 episodes).

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Postby Eleven » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:26 pm

Thx, A. T. Fish, I checked them on ANN. But I must confess, that I am not into mecha anime. EVA being the one and only exception so far.
I apologize for any grammar mistakes, as I am not a native speaker.

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Postby Xard » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:32 pm

View Original PostEleven wrote:As someone who was born too late to know the classics from the 80's and early 90's, I would appreciate more recommendations from that era. :nod:


What kind of anime? Genres? Lenght preferences? Format preferences (OVA, TV, Movie)?
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Postby Eleven » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:53 pm

View Original PostXard wrote:What kind of anime? Genres? Lenght preferences? Format preferences (OVA, TV, Movie)?


Anything darker, psychological, even horror is ok, if it has some story to tell and isn't just splatter for the splatter. I think I once wanted to see devilman, but I think I didn't find a stream.
As for genres, I am not picky. I watched and liked cyberpunk (bubblegum crisis couldn't get me, though. Too little story. Too episodical.), serious / mature slice of life, fantasy, horror and mystery, Sci-Fi, even magical girl stuff... Maybe it's easier to say what I don't like: Harem :yawn: , sports, "pure" mecha, and those endless fighting stories like dragonball...
Length and format don't matter.

I hope this is okay, and not against the purpose of this thread. I'll be happy to know which older / classic anime other users liked and would recommend.
I apologize for any grammar mistakes, as I am not a native speaker.

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Postby pwhodges » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:07 pm

Films: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [1984], Akira [1988] (both being based on the first part of mangas which are as good or even better), Angel's Egg (aka Tenshi no Tamago) [1985]. I don't know many series from then, but Gunbuster [1988] and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket [1989] (both OVAs, of just six episodes) are both far from being all about the mecha. Oh, and Nadia, the Secret of Blue Water [1990-91] - how could I (nearly) forget that!
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