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Postby Madonna » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:13 pm

[Promiting this to a separate sticky -- the main rec thread is a "push" (you should watch this), this is more "pull" -- Tines]

I'm looking for a new anime series to watch, I've seen enough anime films lately so I wanna sink my teeth into a good series.

Series I have watched so far:

Evangelion (duh...)
Cowboy Bepop (although I found it a tad heavy on the filler)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Hellsing
Serial Experiments Lain
Elfen Lied

Based on these, what anime should I watch next? I'm into deep psychological types of anime, and not ones that are heavy on action or 'slice of life'. thanks.

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Postby C.A.P. » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:13 pm

Utena.

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Postby pwhodges » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:35 pm

Texhnolyze

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Postby ZapX » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:08 am

Angel's Egg
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:18 am

Substantive recommendations for titles mentioned aboe
Utena
Texhnolyze (and again)

Personal picks meeting the requested profile
Mononoke
Mouryou no Hako

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Postby Madonna » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Wow! Thanks for the recommendations guys. Gonna check them all out ASAP especially Utena, Mouryou no Hako and Texhnolyze.

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Postby UrsusArctos » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:14 am

Mouryou no Hako was too weird for my tastes - but funnily enough, I liked Utena which was very weird as well. And I mean most of Utena has weirdness that rivals End of Evangelion.
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Postby Sorrow » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:56 am

Film:
Angel's Egg

Series:
Monster
Mushishi
Texhnolyze
Psycho Pass

Other:
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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:42 pm

View Original PostUrsusArctos wrote:Mouryou no Hako was too weird for my tastes
Since we don't have an MnH general thread :sniffle: I'll ask it here -- what would you say was weird about a murder mystery set in the immediate post-war years and involving a little bit of pulp SCIENCE! for colour?

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Postby Wanderlust » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:29 pm

Haibane Renmei - It'll seem somewhat slice of life at first, but stick with it and you'll see it meets the deep psychological criteria. Like Eva, it goes in-depth into the downward spiral of depression.
Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) - A psychological thriller about teenage alienation.
Welcome to the NHK - A psychological drama mixed in with some dark comedy about an agoraphobic shut-in.
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Postby robersora » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:02 pm

View Original PostWanderlust wrote:Haibane Renmei - It'll seem somewhat slice of life at first, but stick with it and you'll see it meets the deep psychological criteria. Like Eva, it goes in-depth into the downward spiral of depression.


Yes. Also don't forget Lain if you liked the wicked, philosophical aspect of Eva, Nia under 7 for slice of life done good and pervading narrowing melancholy, and Texhnolyze for the hardest smack into your face and eradicating every positive emotion leaving only a pervading void while being extremely addicting.

View Original PostWanderlust wrote:Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) - A psychological thriller about teenage alienation.


Yes, but read the Manga if you wish an ending, I doubt this Anime will get a continuation.
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Postby pwhodges » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:10 pm

If we're going for a slightly wider range than the OP asked for, I'll add

Now and then, here and there.

Don't be fooled by the jolly start and the mediocre art - this is a real hard-hitter, and some people find it tough to watch at all once it gets going. Torture, child soldiers, mass killings...
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Postby Xard » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:19 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:Don't be fooled by the jolly start and the mediocre art - this is a real hard-hitter, and some people find it tough to watch at all once it gets going. Torture, child soldiers, mass killings...


Together with Arjuna it's also the only proper pro-life anime I'm aware of! :toothy:
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Postby robersora » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:29 pm

^^
Don't get me wrong I found Now and then, here and there to be very good, but I heard so many things about it, that the end product couldn't shock me as much as it probably should have.
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Postby TeS Hayami » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:38 pm

I second Angel's Egg. A largely overlooked masterpiece from Oshii with an incredible score. Do give both Patlabor Movies 1 & 2 a go as well. Then check out Jin-Roh and GitS. (all preferably in HD.)

As for TV/OVA series:

Outlaw Star
Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Berserk
Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Monster
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City Hunter

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Postby Wanderlust » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:34 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Yes. Also don't forget Lain if you liked the wicked, philosophical aspect of Eva, Nia under 7 for slice of life done good and pervading narrowing melancholy, and Texhnolyze for the hardest smack into your face and eradicating every positive emotion leaving only a pervading void while being extremely addicting.


Well, somebody's a Yoshitoshi ABe fan. -o-;

Being one myself, I guess I should probably watch Nia after all. I kind of overlooked it since it seemed to be so much more, well, lighthearted than his usual stuff, but if it still contains some of his melancholic touch, I'll probably be more inclined to give it a shot one day.

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Yes, but read the Manga if you wish an ending, I doubt this Anime will get a continuation.


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Postby Madonna » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:33 pm

I've seen Angel's Egg, it's wonderful and among my favorite anime films (which include Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Metropolis, Animatrix, Girl Who Leapt Through Time and basically everything Studio Ghibli).

If you have any other anime film recommendations, post em'; looking to expand my collection.

Also in terms of series, my friend keeps trying to push a series called When They Cry on me - is it any good, and is it like any of the series mentioned in my OP?.

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Postby ZapX » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:46 pm

Monster is a really good rec. Psychological thriller type show. I think you'd dig it.
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Postby UrsusArctos » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:53 am

Monster is awesome, and it has a truly diabolical villain to boot.

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:Since we don't have an MnH general thread :sniffle: I'll ask it here -- what would you say was weird about a murder mystery set in the immediate post-war years and involving a little bit of pulp SCIENCE! for colour?


The heads in the box and the dismembered body parts creeped the hell out of me.

However, come to think of it, it was a while, so I might give it a rewatch and see it makes more sense post-Utena.
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Postby robersora » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:16 am

View Original PostMadonna wrote:Also in terms of series, my friend keeps trying to push a series called When They Cry on me - is it any good, and is it like any of the series mentioned in my OP?.


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