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Postby Markal » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:32 pm

If you have not watched it yet, I would recommend Aldnoah Zero. Lots of good giant mecha action combined with unorthodox combat approaches.
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Postby Stan » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:06 pm

I'm undergoing a nostalgia trip right now, watching many 2000s anime that I missed growing up (for whatever reason). Finished Ergo Proxy recently, it is so good. Best dark science fiction anime I've seen, highly recommended.

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Postby Joseki » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:00 pm

Is there any anime out there similar to FLCL? I just watched it for the first time and it was an amazing trip, what I really liked was Mamimi's character and her romantic undertone (the bridge scene made me fall in love with the anime) and the OST that was a mix of Nirvana/Oasis/Blur/J-Pop.

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Postby pwhodges » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:17 am

Nothing is like FLCL! That's why I'm concerned that the follow-up that has been mentioned will be a complete flop, or at least, not a worthy successor. You won't get music quite like that, either, which is why I simply bought a couple of The Pillows' albums. Still, here's my suggestions of what to watch next:

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
The zaniness is more compartmentalised, and the energy levels aren't quite as high; but the protagonist makes the same journey, ending up learning that dreams aren't enough - he must grow up before he can realise them.

Michiko e Hatchin
A child falls in with a crazy chick on a scooter - sound familiar? Good energy levels and plenty of high-jinks ensue.

Gundam 0080; War in the Pocket
Eh? What's this doing here? Well, it's low-key, very much grounded, but it's another show in which the young protagonist learns that having dreams isn't enough in the real world.

Gurren Lagann
Wild? Yes. Energetic? Yes. But a very different show none the less. We follow the protagonist from childhood through adulthood to retirement, and on the way he experiences death, betrayal and loss. The theme is that you can overcome all difficulties if you put yourself to it.

OK, so none of them are really like Fooly Cooly - but they're all good shows, so just watch them anyway.
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Postby robersora » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:10 am

I want to add the newly released Dragon Dentist. While the story, plot and characters are much are nowhere as fascinating as FLCLs, and the animation is not nearly as experimental, it overall feels a lot like FLCL.
Also, Diebuster is the closest thing to FLCL that was ever released, imho. But you might wanna watch Gunbuster beforehand.
And as pwhodges said, the amazing, unique OST by the Pillows, sadly is a FLCL original.
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Postby Joseki » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:27 am

I already saw the Gainax classic, so Gurren Lagann, Gunbuster and Diebuster and they were kinda similar but not so much, I'll try the others. ^_^

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Postby A.T. Fish » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:50 am

I'd say the closest thing to FLCL released in recent years was Kyousougiga. The OST is great and you will find some simarities with FLCL there, not to mention the hyperkinetic action sequences. Kyousougiga is still its own thing though, much like FLCL. I highly recommend it.

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Postby pwhodges » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:13 pm

I second that as a recommendation, though I don't see much similarity with FLCL myself. Don't bother with the ONAs, nor with episode 0, as these are an almost incomprehensible precis of the story, issued before the full series was animated.
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Postby robersora » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:43 pm

Kyousogiga is very much inspired by FLCL, but it doesn't feel like it. While FLCL is visually loaded, the story is simple. Kyousogiga on the othe hand, is visually even more ambitious, which makes it tiring to watch - but then there's also the problem, that the story is complicated and the subtitles available online fail to make a sensible translation.
But it's still a good show - but a little bit of restraint might have kept it more entertaining in the traditional sense.
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Postby FrDougal9000 » Mon May 22, 2017 3:45 pm

Yo, I've been on the lookout for anime shorts or single episode OVAs lately. I checked out the Japan Animator Expo shorts a couple of weeks back (and I may do a post about my favourite shorts on that project's thread), and I'd like to check out more shorts in general. If any of y'all could throw a suggestion or five my way, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue May 23, 2017 11:30 am

Off the top of my head, Pale Cocoon and Hoshi no Koe as stand-alone and less than movie length.
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Postby ::KL7:: » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:35 pm

I just finished Erased and can't believe I took so long to see it. Damn was that show amazing. Could anyone recommend anything similar?
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Postby Joy Evangelion » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:43 pm

View Original Post::KL7:: wrote:Erased


I liked that Erased a lot, had one of my favorite settings in anime. A few similar titles;

Ghost Hound
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Postby ::KL7:: » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:19 pm

^ I'm hoping to start ReLife next, but I enjoyed Orange (almost) as much as erased. Thank you for the suggestions.
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Postby Reichu » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:18 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:I want to add the newly released Dragon Dentist. While the story, plot and characters are much are nowhere as fascinating as FLCLs, and the animation is not nearly as experimental, it overall feels a lot like FLCL.

Am I weird for getting Princess Mononoke slash Eva 2.0 vibes instead?
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Postby robersora » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:49 pm

^
That's totally valid. You could throw in Diebuster into the mix as well.
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Postby Ray » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:47 pm

My fellow anime friend recommended me "Now And Then Here And There". . . And I don't think I want to watch it.

I mean Eva 3.33 messed me up and deeply depressed. I can only imagine how much a sci-fi war anime with children being shot and raped will depress me.

Should I? I mean it was built up by everyone how dark Madoka was and I turned out to really like that show. But Madoka didn't have some of the messed up stuff I've read this anime has.

Anyone here who's actually watched it and can give me a yea or nay?
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Postby robersora » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:42 am

Now and then is easily the most grim dark edge Anime I've ever seen. It really made me unhappy. So if your easily taken away by nasty stuff, you shouldn't watch it, if you don't want to ruin your day. It's not gore dark like Elfen Lied, it's just downright miserable unhappy. It's a good show, but not good enough to recommend it to somebody who would easily carry the weight of unhappiness.
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Postby Ray » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:20 am

Read more about it. Part of the story apparently has an american girl kidnapped from her world choosing to stay in the other world, to raise her rapists child. Yeah. . . no. That's too real to me, having grown up with a particular news story where something similar happened to a very young girl in my neighborhood.

Maybe in a few years. . . but not this year. I need to build up intestinal fortitude before I put myself through another ringer.
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:44 am

It's not the kind of personal mind-fuckery that Eva gives you; but yes, it's a tough emotional ride. People die that you want to live. I highly recommend it, but if you're uncertain about coping with it you should hold off.
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