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Essential Anime

CmdrTaco posted more than 14 years ago | from the help-a-guy-out dept.

Television 821

Lately I've become addicted to Anime. Now that I'm seeking something new to watch, I figured I'd throw this out to you guys and see if any of you experts have good suggestions of what I should check out (preferably on DVD). I've also attached quick summaries of a few cool ones to get things started.

What follows is a kinda-in-order summary of the best Anime I've seen lately. Its not complete (I didn't even manage to assemble a complete Top 10) but its a good sampling of my tastes (yours will vary I'm sure ;)

Lain Perhaps the best Anime I've seen thus far. The story of a young girl, a drug culture, the future of the net, etc etc. It'll leave your jaw on the floor. It makes the internet look unreal but somehow believable at the same time.

Perfect Blue A psychological thriller worthy of hitchcock. It starts off slow, but the last half hour is a directorial maspterience. Losely follows a 'Pop Idol's transition from singer to actress, while surrounded by a stalker, celebrity, management, directors, writers, and eventually descends into insanity. Not for kids.

Cowboy Bebop The most badass sci-fi western I've seen. Visually and Aureally astounding. Bounty Hunters, Drugs, Gambling, Girls.

Trigun Another western, but this one is actually sorta in the west. Goofy cowboy guy is actually an invincible mega hero.

Ninja Scroll Another one not for kids... its your basic Ninjas save the world story. A male and female ninja and a crackpot old man do battle with evil clans and demons.

Dragonball Z Sometimes it moves slow, but this is the WWF of Anime. Big creatures fight and get super powers and yell at each other. The charachters are fun, and while the animation isn't up to snuff with most of the other titles I've mentioned here, its just fun, and its on Cartoon Network so its accessible: Just don't take it seriously.

Battle Athletes Another silly adventure. Cheerful girls undergo intense training to become 'Cosmo Beauty' which is sorta like Miss America++. Takes a long time for the plot to become clear, but there are some great charachters here and a lot of hilarious sequences I mean, it starts out wiht little girls racing accross antarctica, towing steam rollers through a mine field. Another fun one, but don't expect the meaning of life or anything.

Battle Angel Cyborgs and their doctors in the future. A cool world where spines are valuable, and a technological 'Heaven' floats above the hell in which the story takes place, dumping its trash atop them. Visually interesting, but the world the charachters inhabit is really the coolest part for me.

Allright, thats what I've seen in the last few months. What do you guys think? What else is out there thats worth seeing? What's your favorite?

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Two movies from the same guy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1032457)

Black Magic M-66: Two experimental assisin robots (think terminator on steriods) are released after a "freak transport problem". They were being shipped from their designer's lab (einstien-esque old fart) to some military base. The designer just used any old "target pattern" he had lying around: his daughter.

So these two robots (one male-looking, the other female) go berserk trying to get this daughter. Where the terminator was slow and powerful, these things are fast and powerful (and well armed).

Appleseed: Future city under attack by terrorists. The police have little mecha, one of the main characters is a "total conversion" cyborg (who uses the same firearms as the aforementioned mecha).

Both movies are relatively short (around 45 minutes) and extremely well done.

Re:Ghost in the Shell, Akira, The Matrix (1)

Mark Edwards (48) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032458)

And The Matrix is one of the best Anime movies ever. It just happens to use live actors and not be from Japan.

Oh my gosh, now that you mention it, The Matrix is Anime! Thank you for altering my perceptions.

Mark Edwards [mailto]
Proof of Sanity Forged Upon Request

Other choices (1)

Tony Tastey (247) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032459)

I'd have to go with Rurouni Kenshin, Sorceror Hunters, Mobile Battleship Nadesico, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Hyperpolice, Those Who Hunt Elves, and, of course, Hyper Dolls.

Re:What about Princess Mononoke? (1)

Schemer (717) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032470)

Agreed, Princess Mononoke (aka Mononoke Hime) is possibly the best anime i've ever seen.
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dont forget (1)

snort (1241) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032482)

the obligatory macross stuff. My favorite is Macross II. Too bad Macross isn't available on dvd yet.

Ghost in the Shell (Ghost in the /bin/sh as a friend of mine calls it) is also pretty badass. The story is a bit whacko, and its a little out there, but the animation is superb, and the plot is ultimately really cool.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1)

MichaelKVance (1663) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032491)

All 13 (or is it 12?) episodes. Probably the best anime series ever produced, IMNSHO, Akira being the best single movie.

I was renting two or three of these a night for a week, and almost didn't write my undergraduate thesis because of it... a very powerful, even with its bildingsroman trappings, story that mixes technology, religion, human need, etc. Great stuff.

Tenci Muyo (1)

Sly-Guy (2100) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032496)

Also highly recommended is Tenchi Muyo. The original OVA series is hilarious, and available as a box set. It's what I cut my anime teeth on, and I've loved it ever since!

Urusoquidodji (sp?) (1)

Frederic54 (3788) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032520)

there's at least 3 episodes, very very cool, maybe 18 rating because of violence/sexe, but this is the best i have seen.
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You forgot 2 of the Best (1)

smackdaddy (4761) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032526)

Don't forget Vampire Hunter D, and Ghost in the Shell. Both of those are excellent Anime. I just rented them a couple of weeks ago. Does anyone know of any place to rent Anime on DVD? Blockbuster's only has them on VHS.

Probably already recommended, but.... (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032527)

Here goes: (pre mod'd down for your convenience)
  • Akira: obviously.. (not on DVD yet :( )
  • Ghost in the Shell: excellent cyberpunk detective-style anime, and an outstanding 16x9 DVD
  • 8man: another cyberpunk detective-style anime, and an excellent DVD
  • Lensman
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Wicked City
  • The Professional/Golgo 13
  • Heavy Metal (American anime, and another outstanding DVD)
  • Wings of Honneamise

Your Working Boy,

Martian Successor Nadesico and Escaflowne (1)

Dixie_Flatline (5077) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032528)

This was actually voted to be the best Anime of all time, at some point, by Japanese fans. As well, one of the main characters, Ruri, keeps coming up in polls as the best heroine of all time.

If you want anime, try hanging out in #anime-media on efnet. You can usually get the fansubbed stuff off of people with nice big upload limits. This is about as legal as trading fansubbed VHS tapes, so most people don't have problems with it. Especially conciencious traders won't trade things that have been picked up commercially for distribution in North America.

Oh, and here's a vote to stay *away* from Evangelion. It tries to be angsty, but comes out whiney. Instead, go with Escaflowne, the story is much more compelling and romantic, and the giant robots have capes and swords. How cool is that?

Bubblegum Crisis and Crash, Princess Mononoke, etc (1)

J05H (5625) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032529)

Bubblegum Crisis and Crash: 4 grrrls in powered armor battle against psychotic Boomer robots in a rebuilt MegaTokyo. Essential.

Princess Mononoke: Studio Ghibli's latest (and best) work. The Japanese version of environmentalism: if you mess with the forest, the spirits come out and kick your ass. Stars lots of big animals, a guy that rides a goat and a little wolf-girl with Claire Danes doing the voice. Intense, sublime, watch out for the Forest Spirits.

Otomo's Memories: I'm not sure if it's been released (officially) in the States. Saw a bootleg a few years ago, it's 3 short pieces by the director of Akira. The first is a salvage crew finding a space hulk, turns into Victorian space-ghost thing. Hard to describe without spoiling it, one of the most beautiful and amazing pieces of anime I have encountered. The other two stories are "Stinkbomb 2" (or 3?) and one about a country dedicated to war in the "steampunk" vein.

Ghost in the Shell: replaced Akira as my favorite anime. Excellent adaptation of Masamune's manga. The Major is one asskicking cyborg. Special Ops cyborgs battle 'Net-created AI that hops brains, definite spiritual "what is life" theme. Want... thermoptic... camo...

Others that are on my list of good anime: Akira (duh), Macross Plus, Appleseed (not a terrible adaptation).

Josh

It's D&D Jim, but not as we know it (1)

Single GNU Theory (8597) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032540)

Slayers and Slayers: Next!

"Dragon Slave!" Ka-blam!

Re:Ghost in the Shell, Akira, The Matrix (1)

Felix The Cat (9459) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032544)

Haven't seen Akira (yet!), but I have seen the other two, as well as owning Ghost in the Shell in manga (comic book) form. I heartily second this list.

Meow

Re:Anime (1)

Felix The Cat (9459) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032545)

Haven't seen Oh My Goddess, but Ranma 1/2 is kinda cute (OK, OK, maybe in small doses...really small...like 1 episode every six months...or less often...or...oh, never mind, he's right.)

Me-yuck.

Four-year-old-style Anime (1)

Felix The Cat (9459) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032546)

Unfortunately, as the parent of a four-year-old daughter, I get a constant stream of DigiMon, Monster Rancher, Flint the Time Detective and (shudder!)Sailor Moon. She even tells me every once in a while, "I'm a Sailor Scout!" which is kinda cute but annoying (especially when I tell her to do something and she says "No, because I'm a Sailor Scout!" Grr!). Needless to say, you must run very far, very fast from these.

On a related note, why, oh why did Fox Family channel come up with that damn "Made in Japan" segment on the weekends? Ugh.

Re:Ranma 1/2!!! (1)

Timex (11710) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032563)

...nothing like having girls fight over you, either. ;)

like another poster, i think i need to take a trip. maybe swim over to China, do some Martial Arts training near a bunch of little pools (all with very tragic stories!).... hmmm... :D


Just another computer geek....

Eva! (1)

Pope Slackman (13727) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032576)

Evangelion is really cool, and the first 4 episodes (out of 26) of it just came out on DVD.

I just got my copy this week, and it seems like
a really good transfer, but I'm not a DVD expert
by any means...

I'd say it's definately worth a look.

--Kevin

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Anime search engines (1)

umoto (19193) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032597)

I've been looking for anime too. I came across Mangajuice [mangajuice.com] a few months ago. Until I found it I didn't know how popular anime was!

What was that thing on HBO? (1)

FascDot Killed My Pr (24021) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032613)

HBO had some anime thing they were playing for a few months about 5 years (?) ago. I only remember it because there was a big brouhaha about it on the news because it was...er...nearly x-rated. What was it called? It had a name that reminded me of something else, like "Master of the Universe" or something?
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Anime (1)

Redhawk (28794) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032626)

Most anime annoys the bloody fsck out of me, but there's some I've found tolerable.

For starters, you have to go with the classics. Check out Akira.

And for Ghod's sake, stay AWAY from the cute anime! That stuff'll have you tossing your cookies on the rug in sheer diabetic shock and diusgust before you can get dunked in hot water.

I'm referring specifically to Ranma 1/2 and Oh My Goddess!

Redhawk

Re:Grave of the Fireflies / Hotaru no haka (1)

ncmusic (31531) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032634)

Definitely one of the saddest movies (not limited to anime) I have ever seen. The Saving Private Ryan of anime. Also the same director/creator did Princess Mononoke(sp?) which should be available in july.

Some of my favorites... (1)

AlexZander (33064) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032647)

Ghost in the Shell - One of the best sci-fi animes out there.. c'mon, even Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up.

If you liked Ghost in the Shell, try Armitage III.. another cool cyber-girl anime available on DVD

I know it's been mentioned before, but the Macross Plus 4-part series (on 2 DVD's) is awesome.. the animation is great, the music is great, the acting isn't half bad either. Do NOT mistake the miniseries for the movie, they chop out 2 and a half hours and the whole thing doesn't make sense anymore.

the Record of the Lodoss War is the definitive fantasy Anime.. I can't remember how many DVD's this one is, it's at least 2, maybe as many as 4. It was an 8 tape series.

For an amusing fantasy romp, any of the Slayers series' are great, and the movie is funny as well. Think of it more like what a good RPG run ends up like, rather than what a good RPG should be and you have the Slayers.

Tenchi Muyo is a LONG series, but it seems to be a favorite. I wouldn't bother buying them if you can find some place to rent them, they're really amusing but I can't see them having much replay value.

Ranma 1/2 is another LONG, but amusing series with a warped sense of reality..

The Rurouni Kenshin series (also known in the US as Samurai X) is 96 episodes long (I think) in its full, complete glory. The first 30-40 episodes are really great plot-wise.. good somewhat realistic swordfighting, great animation and plot if sometimes the voice acting fails a bit. The OAV's are really amazing, they tell the story of what happens before the series, and how Kenshin gets his scars.

I think you have most of the rest of the excellent ones already in the summary at the top. Happy viewing...!

Spelling. (1)

ViceClown (39698) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032662)

Sure this is going to be moderated down. Rob, I think your great but ya really need to learn how to spell 'character'. Maybe hit that spell check button before submitting? :-)

what?! no akira or princess mononoke?! (1)

DrLoveMD (52217) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032679)

though i agree with quite a few of the other posts, i am shocked to see less Akira, Princess Mononoke, and Ghost in the Shell references. Maybe others just figured they were a given, but i woulda thunk they would have been brought up just in case...

Anime (1)

Darkseer (63318) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032705)

Macross +. All the action and no minmay screaming " Ohhh Rick!!!

Re:Grave of the Fireflies / Hotaru no haka (1)

golob (69902) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032718)

Absolutely. A fantastic anime, with the added bonus of historical truth to it. A must. If you like this one, try Barefoot Gen [imdb.com] as well (info from imdb [imdb.com]

Ranma 1/2!!! (1)

veldrane (70385) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032720)

It Rules. Esp vol.5 of the 1st series.

Nothing like having a little black pig as an archnemesis.

Others. Records of the Lodoss Wars, Ruin Explorers, Bastard!

-Vel

Anime recommendations (1)

Phule77 (70674) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032724)

The Bubblegum crisis is fairly good (despite the name), and is currently out in a DVD collection of the whole thing. Chicks with battle armor fighting bio-tech monstrosities. Very sharp stuff.
A lot of people also follow Tenchi, which is a semi-serious/semi-comic anime, which is fairly hard to explain unless you've seen all of the versions.
If you're into print anime, check out "The Valley of the Winds", which I think has to be one of the best Anime of all time, at least in print version.
Also, check out the Patlabor movies. Though I wouldn't bother with the actual series.

What about Tenchi? (1)

Phaser6047 (70775) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032725)

Tenchi Muyo man! That's gotta be the best anime ever. One boy, six alien women. 'Nuff said.

oh please (1)

kirwin (71594) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032726)

Heavy Metal. And now Heavy Metal 2000.

Hardcore.

Irresponsible Captain Taylor (1)

gorsh (75930) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032737)

A great science fiction story with lots of humor.

Re:Akira! DVD? (1)

DeRobeHer (76234) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032738)

No, not yet. Later this year.

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Donald Roeber

Akira! DVD? (1)

Ender Ryan (79406) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032741)

Akira rocks!

Akira is the only anime film I really like, only because I'm not into anime I guess. I saw Akira quite a few times when I was younger.

Anyways, is Akira available on DVD? I've been keeping an eye out for it for a while, so if anyone can tell me if it is available I'd really appreciate it.

I'll second that one! (1)

DebtAngel (83256) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032751)

Just a warning: watch it in order. Do not skip ahead. Ever. You will only get confused, and that's not supposed to happen until episode 25.

Macross is good if you can find the dubbed version (Robotech will just drive you batty). Macross Plus is awesome. Macross 7 should be avoided at all costs.

Ranma is good if you don't want to think.

Slayers is good too, but the AOVs should probably be avoided.

Sailor Moon man. Get the dubs, get the dubs!

Then when you're done that, get hooked on the music. Then get hooked on JPop in general. Then spend your days hopelessly looking for Megumi Hageshibara (sp?) or even Amuro Namie on Napster, and the circle of life will be complete. :)

But not Patlabor II (1)

DebtAngel (83256) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032752)

Unless, of course, you need to be put to sleep for your own good, and for the good of others. Man, was it awful.

Suggestions from Down Under (1)

Elindor (84810) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032758)

Yes, I may be in Australia, Anime Backwater of the Western World, but I like to keep up to date. The new Record of the Lodoss Wars series is quite good. It fleshes out a lot of material which was left out of the original series from 1991. Another one which is very interesting is Nazca.I've still got one volume to watch, but it's quite interesting. It's getting me thinking, but it still has plenty of fight scenes.

Macross Plus (1)

Dalroth (85450) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032760)

Macross Plus is absolutely wonderfull, and on DVD, and available in America for a reasonable price if you know where to look. The soundtrack is very good (note: not the annoying Minmei 80's pop crap that made Minmei so horrible in the original Macross). It's also a step beyond above and beyond Macross 2 in terms of animation and storyline.

Well worth the cost of entry!

Lupin III, or Rupin III (1)

Pariah (88204) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032776)

The story of the greatest thief in the world, and his sidekicks Cheegan and Goymon. "The Castle of Castigliostro" is a part of this series, despite not having "Lupin" or "Rupin" in the title. (Different versions use "Lupin" or "Rupin", but it's the same basic work. VERY good stuff.)

Re:What about Princess Mononoke? (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032778)

We're still waiting for Miramax (Buena Vista, whoever) to release it on DVD or Video.


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My favorites (1)

adric (91323) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032793)

are Urusei Yatsura, Bubblegum Crisis, and Tenchi Muyo. The first two are distributed (in north america) by AnimEigo [animeigo.com] , the latter by Pioneer [pioneeranimation.com] . Urusei Yatsura is not yet available on DVD (although it's supposed to be coming), but the other two are.
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Some more good ones (1)

adric (91323) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032795)

...now that I've taken a few minutes to think about it.

Ah! My Goddess (should've been on my first list!!!)

Project A-Ko

Vampire Princess Miyu

Ghost in the Shell
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If you like giant robots.... (1)

Pao|o (92817) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032803)

Check out the Macross series...:)




The Graph: Substance that makes techies tick

Hey... (1)

pyrite504 (99898) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032826)

Aren't we boycotting DVDs?

Urusei Yatsura and Patlabor (1)

CharBoy (100343) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032829)

For some of the best artwork and coolest mecha, check out Patlabor. It's about a police force outfitted with mecha to deal with mecha-based crime.

For humor, you must watch Urusei Yatsura. The TV show is based around the simple premise that an exotic and beautiful space princess mistakes something a teenage guy says as a marriage proposal and ends up following him around 24-7 trying to have sex with him and zapping him whenever he looks at other women. The story is more complex, of course, but that's the basic setup. It is some of the funninest anime, more so than Ranma 1/2.

Wind Called Amnesia (1)

tokengeekgrrl (105602) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032850)

In addition to Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and The Matrix, I think Wind Called Amnesia is a must see.

- tokengeekgrrl
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions

Patlabor (1)

fiend_bailey (106071) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032851)

Patlabor: Action/mystery

Urotsukidoji (1)

shuffler (109898) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032860)

They're not for kids, but the Urotsukidoji series is just as much as classic as Akira.

Wiked City (also not for kids) is pretty good too.

Good animes out there (1)

oTH (112072) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032871)

!@#%#! Anyhoo, check out Rurouni Kenshin. It's a great anime about a wandering Samurai. Great if you're into martial arts. Also one of my other favs is Heavy Metal. Great to put on in the background at LAN parties *grin*

Re:My all times favorites (1)

mobiux (118006) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032886)

That's the one that is in the "Girlfriend" video by Matthew Sweet. Awesome movie.

My Fav's (1)

xscarecrowx (118632) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032888)

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Rurouni Kenshin
Slayers
Tenchi Muyo
Ah! My Goddess
Serial Experiments Lain
Trigun
Berserk
Kareshi Kanojo No Jijou
DragonBall/Z/GT
Ghost In The Shell
Macross Plus
Ninja Scroll
Kite
DNA^2
Ranma 1/2

miyazaki (1)

dolphin-brother (120776) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032894)

You might really enjoy the work of Hayao Miyazaki if you're not already familiar with it. Mononoke Hime, Tonari no Totoro and Castle of Cagliostro are particularly good (also Naushika, though haven't seen the whole thing). It's a bit different than the titles you listed (or at least those with which I'm familiar) but the quality is very good.

Too many choices (1)

jmilne (121521) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032897)

There's too many choices of anime to pick "the best" from. What's your favorite genre? Mystery? Sci-fi? Comedy? Adventure?

I personally like "Tenchi Muyo" for comedy, "Neon Genesis Evangelion" for psychological thriller (it's also got some cool mechs), "Gunbuster" for cool mechs and heartwarming story, "Totoro" just because it's cool, and "City Hunter" when you're just in the mood for something odd, or if you're curious as to exactly what the term "hammer space" means. But there's many others that I enjoy as well. "Video Girl AI", occassional episodes of "Nurse Angel Ririka" or "Sailor Moon" when I'm in the mood to be silly, "Ranma 1/2", "Macross", "Shamanic Princess", etc. If you're really interested in getting into anime, find a convention nearby and drop in to their video rooms. Non-stop anime, and most conventions will supply a wide variety of titles to view. Just be prepared to look out of place if you're not dressed up like a character.

Ruroni Kenshin (1)

Naze (123717) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032903)

Ruroni Kenshin is a new release (the first dvds aren't out yet), but it's been out in Japanese for a long time. It's certainly one of the better series I've seen, and it's definitely something I'm buying as soon as it's released. The quality of the dub, I'm unsure about. But I've heard a few scattered good things about the sub. The DVD is supposed to have both available.

Princess Mononoke (1)

atathert (127489) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032914)

I remember seeing some posts about this one on here earlier, and it hasn't been released on video yet, but it was definitely worth the ticket price. Princess Mononoke gets my vote. Grave of the Fireflies is another fav, but very tragic.

Patlabor Movies (1)

Mikimaro (127977) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032915)

Two of the best cinematic anime movies out there are the Patlabor movies, and they are coming to DVD, the first on 7/25 and the second on 8/1 supposedly (according to Anime on DVD [animeondvd.com] )...

Re:Ghost in the Shell, Akira, The Matrix (1)

Batmensch (130224) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032925)

Couldn't agree more. Akira is certainly the most beautiful and deep of all the anime I've seen. GITS is pretty much in the same vein. I don't think I've seen anything else that approaches either of them, except for Nausicca (sic) Valley of the Wind, which I don't think is available, at least in the Japanese version on DVD.

Ghost in the Shell (1)

scared (130290) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032926)

Check out Ghost in the Shell... has a very similar feel to lain, but different. great animation, great plot. gives me chills.

Ako (1)

Taco Prophet (133700) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032936)

I always like Operation Ako... it pokes fun at all the cliches in anime. You've got the random girl with super powers, mech battles in front of the school, alien invasions, etc etc etc. Quite amusing, actually.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1)

Trickle (137148) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032943)

One not on the initial list would have to be Neon Genesis Evangelion [dmoz.org] .

While I consider Serial Experiments Lain to be on the top of my list as far as depth and complexity go, Eva is right up there as well. 27 episodes, with movies and an alternate ending as well. The ending crafted for the original series was something of a letdown after the amazing buildup; I found the alternate far more suitable. I've yet to meet anyone who's had anything negative to say about Eva after watching the entire series to its conclusion.

If you're interested in samurai-era Japan I would also suggest Rurouni Kenshin [dmoz.org] . Focus on the 4-part OVA, and chew on pieces of the massive series as you see fit before watching the movie. Personally I haven't seen much of the series, but the OVA itself is spectacular.

There are of course others, but being a "casual" aficionado of high-quality anime these few stick out as being particularly well-done.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1)

brucehappy (137202) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032946)

also on Cartoon Network..i get more out of this series each time i watch it. The story seems at first to only be a front for cool Robot battles, however, its really much deeper than that. It explores man's desire to fight, honor, and the necessary precursors to peace. bruce

Stuff to See (1)

ymir (140632) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032957)

Classics: Battleship Yamoto (aka Star Blazers), originals much better than what aired on US TV. Devil Hunter Yohko Ghost in the Shell Gundam stuff Macross Plus Dominion Tank Police - Police with tanks, what more do you want? Ninja Scroll Records of the Lodoss Wars Maps I'd avoid Oh!My Goddess. I like the manga, but the anime causes cavities it's so syrupy.

stuff I like (1)

TheTick21 (143167) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032963)

Princess Mononoke - nature vs human excellent art...story line superb
Slayers - powerful female magic user saves world...art is pretty good and the story line is hilarious good stuff =)
Evangelion - young teens in armored suits battle creatures trying to destroy the earth...art is awesome...storyline great...very good stuff
Escaflowne - girl gets transported to an invisible planet where there men fight in armored suits...again art is wonderful and the story is great till it gets weird at the end
DNA^2 - art is good...storyline is hilarious...many gratuitous panty shots =) cute anime chickies too
Wicked City - art is great and a cool weird story
I know there is a lot of stuff I'm missing...
Oh yeah duh Gundam 083 =) awesome art another story about armored mobile suits...good story...cool fighting


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Record of Lodoss War (1)

Rydell (144971) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032974)

RoLW has got to be some of the best Anime I have seen. I highly recommend it.

You can get the entire series on DVD, and it is much cheaper then the VHS version.

There is also a new spin-off on the original series, but I don't know much about it.

Ghost in the Shell (1)

Dave-V (151386) | more than 14 years ago | (#1032993)

INNSHO, Ghost in the Shell is the best anime movie around. The story is an interesting look at the future when computers and robotics are integrated into peoples bodies. They refer to your soul as your ghost, and even deal with a hacker that can reprogram the ghost. The animation is incredible and the story is one of the best I've seen. A must see!

/

Current Anime Favs (1)

_Kayser_ (161550) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033015)

I would just like to throw in some good titles: Kite Bubblegum Crisis(and Crash for that matter) Macross(especially plus) Neon Genesis Evangelion Pet Shop of Horrors Laughing Target(most of the rumic world stuff is great) Plastic Little Dominion: Tank Police Appleseed

My all times favorites (1)

51M02 (165179) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033019)

Well not known as well in the USA than in Europe, but truly wonderful is "Space Adventure Cobra"... You got to see this one (VHS and DVD).

Re:Ranma 1/2!!! (1)

51M02 (165179) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033022)

Yeah Ranma rulez (all of them)... Have to take a trip to China now... :) There is also "Space Adventure Cobra" and "Captain Future".

ROBOTECH! (1)

AntiPasto (168263) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033038)

Sort of soap-opera-ish, but quite a story. I wanna live on the SDF-1

Gundam Wing! (1)

AntiPasto (168263) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033039)

hehehe too cool

wings of honnemaise (1)

spacebeagle (173565) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033051)

wings of honnemaise - good flick.

Star Blazers, aka Space Battleship Yamato (1)

Coz (178857) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033069)

THE original blow-up-the-universe sci-fi anime. Often imitated, never duplicated - personally, I want to write the computer game :-).

The English dubbed version is called Star Blazers - Japanese with subtitles is Space Battleship (or Cruiser) Yamato - different titled depending on the importer that year. Evil aliens attack Earth, our Space Navy is destroyed - our last hope is a mighty battleship, constructed from the hulk of the WWII Battleship Yamato, equipped with the alien Wave Motion Gun.

Even had a cool theme song. Check it out.

Good anime series/movies (1)

tcarr (179303) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033071)

Mermaids Scar was pretty awesome, check it and Devil Hunter Yohko out if you like the darker-style anime, I always enjoyed the ranma 1/2 series.. even if it is a bit "cute" All the classics mentioned here are worth watching, ghost in the shell, akira etc.. Kimagure Orange Road is good for the cute sappy type stuff.. but it is a bit funny at times.

A Good One (1)

jonfromspace (179394) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033073)

"VAMPIRE HUNTER D"
The first, and best Anime flick Ive seen!

Bubblegum Crisis (1)

JReam (181622) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033080)

Perhaps the BEST Anime to happen before the CGI revolution hit the scene. Incredible attention to visual detail, great action, excellent music, decent storyline with little loss of continuity.

I don't mean to sound naive but... (1)

42821128607675 (182890) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033087)

I really havn't seen too much of this stuff in the US. I mean I guess not speaking fluent Japanese or something but that kinds of limits me.

Does Pokemon count? I mean some of the major networks seem to have taken an interest in Japanese animation I guess because a lot of American shows are stupid but I could be wrong.

Where do you persue this type of thing?

Re:ROBOTECH (1)

Kained (190462) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033099)

I remember seeing Robotech the Movie. I cant find it anywhere. Any clues anyone?

Re:Ghost in the Shell (1)

Tulsa T Nawi (190604) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033102)

Definately Ghost in the Shell. My Other would be Ninja Scroll, but you have or have seen that one.

Re:Patlabor (1)

Tulsa T Nawi (190604) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033103)

Patlabor was REALLY COOL! One of my faves, but im not sure if it is available on DVD.

Princess Mononoke is also a must-see! (1)

ephraim (192509) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033106)

As somebody who doesn't watch huge amounts of Anime, I've got to say that I was incredibly impressed by Princess Mononoke. I saw it in the theaters by accident a few months ago, and quickly realized that this was *not* a children's cartoon (warning for the squeamish: there are decapitation scenes in the film).

To begin with, the animation and scenery is absolutely gorgeous. These folks put huge amounts of time into the detail of creating the forest in which the characters live. The scenes with the transformation of the nightwalker had me going "oooh, aaahhh" in the theater.

In addition, the plot is incredibly complex and may actually require two watchings in order to fully appreciate. The story takes place in Japan towards the end of the middle ages, as modern industry began to develop and encroach upon the forest. A young price of a hidden tribe finds himself cursed and must travel to find the source of the curse so that he can eliminate it.

What's wonderful about the film is that it paints everything in shades of gray and really makes you think about why the characters are behaving the way they do. Lady Eboshi, the leader of Iron Town may seem up front to simply hate the forest, but once you realize the altruism that motivates her, you really wonder about how she can try to survive in co-existence with it.

The American voices chosen for the parts are an all-star cast and do a wonderful job. I've been told that Neil "Sandman" Gaiman, who adapted the translation, did a really good job in making the story accessible to English-speaking audiences. Since I haven't seen the sub-titled Japanese version (called "Mononoke Hime"), I can't comment on that. I will say that both the words and the animation frequently have some subtle humor embedded into them.

(Brief plug for Gaiman: He's also written a children's book called "The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish," which I recommend to anybody who wants to read some light-hearted fun.)

Blue Gender (1)

unsui (194576) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033110)

Fantastic series.

Even if you don't speak Japanese. :->

Escaflowne (1)

Altrag (195300) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033113)

One of my faves.. dont know if its on DVD though (I'm still stuck in the land of VHS.. although with all the MPAA stuff goin around, that might be a good thing:P).. anyway.. of few other of my faves (sorry, its mostly Shoujo..).. Slayers, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Gundam (all of them.. Gundam Wing is the best of them that I've seen so far though).. Captain Tylor (ok I know someone else said that already, but its good!).. Sol Bianca (only the first one.. the second sucked hard.. it ended approximately 5 minutes after they finally started getting a story line).. hmm.. Rurouni Kenshin (try to get it before Sony comes out with their butchered Samurai X.. I've not seen it but I've heard its utterly horrid).. uhmm.. for whoever mentioned Ako, its (at least the NA release) is called project A-ko, not operation (gotta love translation fun!).. Photon is utterly hilarious.. Macross 7 is good.. Macross plus is good (as a couple people said).. I dont know about the original.. havent seen it.. the Macross II movie was good.. hmm.. most of the stuff I've listed is probably fansubs only (and thus no DVD for sure.. and subtitled), but believe me.. if you give yourself enough time in front of subtitled anime to get used to it, you'll have a very difficult time going back to the cut-n-paste garbage that usually is dubs (not ALL are bad, but many are).. If you really get into anime and dont mind eyestrain and long queues, a really good place for anime I've found is IRC (I usually hang in #animedivx on dalnet).. I managed to get like 20gig (thats a whole lot, considering most of the stuff is either 50meg rm's or 100meg asf's).. burning a CD or two a day.. and thats not very much by a couple people's standards I've met there:).. Oh, and Sailor Moon is always good, if for nothing else than you can laugh at all the DiC'ies who dont know about the outer senshi (well.. at least until the end of this year.. they're finally getting the S season going)..

More Essential Anime (2)

420Geek (21445) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033198)

Ok So these are the ones I recommend:

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Excellent series, dealing with large bio-genetic robots built to protect the world from invading "Angels" Biblical overtones in this one. 13 tapes in all.

Bubble Gum Crisis Another good one this one dealing with a society that has built "boomer" robots to help them out in their everyday tasks. Some of the robots go "Rogue" and are battled by a vigilante group call the Knight Sabers

Record Of Loduss War Excellent D&D style anime, you've got your dwarves, elves, sorcerers, etc. Fairly long series, excellent animation.

Akira A classic.

These are just a few off the top of my head. I'll try and think of some more for you guys, I recently inherited about 100 tapes of Anime. I haven't got a chance to view them all

What about Princess Mononoke? (2)

El Volio (40489) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033215)

Princess Mononoke is great, with wonderful animation and quite a bit to think about. And after all the discussion it's received on /., I'm really surprised it hasn't been mentioned in the comments so far.

Mononoke Hime etc. (2)

gaidin (66820) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033226)

Miramax/Disney have been releasing some of Hayao Miyazaki's work here in the U.S, most notably Princess Mononoke last fall. This is one of the BEST animated movies I've ever seen. I've read that it is the second highest grossing film of all time in Japan (next to Titanic.The musical score is excellent, and, for once, the American voiceovers were done fairly well. The DVD is expected to be released sometime this summer. I highly recommend it.

Other than that, one of my favorite classics is Bubblegum Crisis, a kind of Bladrunner-esque sci-fi thriller with women in hard suits fighting an evil corporation that creates terminator style cyborgs. All 8 episodes are available on DVD.

As mentioned above, Serial Experiments Lain is a GREAT, must see anime and is available on 4 DVDs. It actually makes you think, unlike a lot of anime. :) Your jaw will be open most of the time and you will have no idea what's going on for the first few episodes.

Visions of Escaflowne is a series that is just started to be released commercially in the U.S. It is set in an interesting fantasy style world yet they have mech and flying technologies. There's quite a lot of adventure with a fairly serious, epic fantasy plotline woven throughout. The first few episodes should be coming out in the summer on DVD. All in all, it's 26 episodes.

Vampire Hunter D (2)

veldrane (70385) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033227)

One of the best in Dark Anime...

If you watch enough anime you'll se a common theme in a lot of the series that reminds me of the daily plot from Power Rangers.

-Vel

Akira (2)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033235)

I'm fond of Akira myself, but it's not a series. Ghost in the Shell is another that you might want to snarf. Again, not a series. Ranma 1/2 is a kind of cool series. Animation's so-so but it's generally amusing.

No matter what Anime you get, be sure to get the english subtitled versions whenever possible. Dubbed, sucks. Better still, get non-dubbed non-subtitled anime and start learning Japanese.

Best Anime (2)

Floyd_The_Wanderer (155820) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033245)

Neon Genesis Evangelion... nuff said

Overfiend (2)

john_many_jars (157772) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033246)

If you like violence, large demons, obtuse plots, and La Blue Girl:

Urutsokidoji I: Legend of the Overfiend

  • 2 versions out-- editted and uncut. The editted could be played late night on cable, the uncut is NC-17.
  • La Blue Girl on PCP is the best way to describe this feature in the uncut version. Not a family flick
  • Considered a classic-- one of the first full-length Japanimation movies to explore the ramifications of sex with demons.
  • Animation: Superb

Urutsokidoji ][:

  • This is an exploration into perversion unlike anything else.
  • The real reason why Adolf Hitler was the way he was.
  • Nothing at all to do with the Overfiend. Only watch this iff you think you can handle perversion. Definitely not family oriented and you will probably want to take a shower afterwards.
  • La Blue Girl meets Richard Speck
  • Animation: Superb

Urutsokidoji ]|[: The Return of the Overfiend

  • Picks up sometime after the first. Turns out the Overfiend has only just started destroying the Universe.
  • 3 videos, 6 episodes (?). It doesn't really end and leaves lots of gaps.
  • Much more violent than the first, less perverse than the second. More like La Blue Girl on crank and PCP.
  • Animation: Pretty good

These will bend your mind.. recommend watching with something that kinda takes the edge off of reality.

anime (2)

Miriku chan (168612) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033248)

Lain is nothing short of amazing. This and Evangelion are examples of just what can be done in the animation medium, which would cost millions in real action

i think a great factor to their success is the freedom given to the creator of the anime. there is no community of suits sitting around trying to figure out the best way to tie in a breakfest cereal, instead it's just one manga artist, doing whatever he wants to do.

of course it's hard to blame the american studios for not doing this, since they tend to invest some ridiculous amount of money into everything they do, so they cant afford to follow one man's vision. of course, without risk you dont get classics like that.

on a tangent, if anybody knows of litestep or enlightenemnet, or whatever themes which mimic the animations of Navi OS from Lain, i would kill for them. i cranked out some litestep stuff for it (yes yes, winblowz sucks) but i definitely was not satisfied with it.

double tangent: the last two episodes of Evangelion are in my opinion some of the greatest moments of any work ever. not exactly a very common opinion, but i think that sort of an ending was much more artistic then a huge kill em all finish.


Ghost in the Shell, Akira, The Matrix (2)

IvyMike (178408) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033254)

Your list is simply incomplete without Akira.

And Ghost in the Shell is simply stunning. Watch it, now!

And The Matrix is one of the best Anime movies ever. It just happens to use live actors and not be from Japan.

Grave of the Fireflies / Hotaru no haka (2)

bubbles.utonium (195235) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033256)

My favorite anime is "Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)" It's a bit heavy, but it's awesome; it's a really good movie that happens to be an anime. It's about a boy and his sister trying to survive in Japan during WWII.

You can check out the info [imdb.com] on it at IMDB [imdb.com] .

Ghost in the Shell (3)

Ty (15982) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033258)

Ghost in the shell is by far my favorite Anime. I have the DVD version which provides English/Japanese Language and English/Japanese subtitles. The animation in this thing is beautiful--as high quality as you will find for a movie produced in 1996.

This futuristic sci-fi flick is just as much of a thinker movie as it is action. I had to watch it a couple times to "get it" so to say. The underlying question in the movie is concerned with what human existance actually is.

The film won the 1997 World Animation Celebration Awards for "Best Theatrical Feature Film" and "Best Director of a Theatrical Feature Film". Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up too.

Fantasy: Slayers and Lodoss (3)

Janthkin (32289) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033261)

For the more fantasy-inclined viewer (no, not THAT kind of fantasy, you twisted and sick person, you!), try the Slayers and Record of Lodoss War. Slayers is a bit lighthearted, but fun. It has 3 seasons out so far (best viewed in order), as well as the movie (on DVD and VHS; seasons are only on VHS, sadly). For a more serious fantasy, try Record of Lodoss War (VHS and DVD). It's fairly long (6 tapes, or two discs) and is a compilation of a season. VERY good, though.

Depends on what kind of anime you like... (3)

MasteroftheVoxel (162902) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033265)

For classic comedy check out:
Ranma 1/2, the first season (18 episodes) because after that it begins to really suck.

Good shojo SF:
Please Save My Earth (one of my favorites).

Don't forget Miyazaki!
especially, Nausicaa and Laputa

and of course,
Evangelion! (one of the best few years)

don't ignore these classics!

If your look for good anime music check out:
Macross Plus
Escaflowne
Any of the Miyazaki's films
Other good ones:
Jojo's bizarre adventure (short and weird, but good)
Dragon Half (really funny!)

Lain et all (4)

tenchiken (22661) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033267)

I have been meaning to write lain up for a long long time. After all, any anime that revolves around IPv7 needs to be mentioned.

Here is a quick list of my favorite commedy:

Excel Saga - This is about as wacky as things get. ADV has this series, so it will be a while before anyone can get it. It makes fun of Aliens, Titanic, Anime in General, Star wars etc. If you can't take large doses of suger. Don't watch this.

Slayers - Final Fantasy with a sense of humour. Very slapstick, but the second season (or series since seasons usually are not consecutive in Japan) has the best ending of any Anime I have seen.

And of course, the Usual batch: Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo, Urusai Yatsura etc.

Serious Trippy Anime:
Lain - Again. Need to write up a review for Slashdot.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Rumour constantly states that MTV and Sci-Fi are trying to air this, but ADV won't let them because of the cuts they would have to make. Mix giant robots, the angst of adolecence, and a good amount of religon and philosophy. This series can be amazingly depressing, and the last two episodes need serious help, but this is literature in action.

For the more slice and dice fans, Ruroni Kenshin (also known as Samurai-X) recently was picked up. I strongly suggest the OVA series from ADV (which will be available on DVD as Samurai-X). Warning. This series is massivly gorey, and angsty, but it is the best anime I have ever seen, bar none.

Battle Athlese Victory, Tenchi Muyo, Photon, El-Hazard and Dual are the AIC "guy surrounded by many girls" anime which are very excellent as well.
Some good resources for anime:
Anime Web Turnpike [anipike.com] This is the best Anime link site in general. Slayers Universe [inverse.org] is a amazing Slayers Page. is a awesome store [animenation.com] , which also covers anime news.

Check out Fist of the North Star (4)

Chewie (24912) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033268)

Check the whole series, not just the all-in-one volume. Also, someone else mentioned "The Professional." Definitely find and watch it, and any others with Golgo 13. Good, good stuff.

There's a lot out there (4)

edko (42913) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033269)

Let me just say one thing for those who haven't researched anime very much. There's a lot of anime in different categories. Yes there's some pretty
perverted stuff but there's plenty of sci-fi, action, romance, and dramatic anime too.

Many people have already listed several series/shows but here's my "favorites" list:

Anything by Miyazaki: thought provoking, stunning
visuals, excellent story telling. Examples: Mononoke Hime, Kiki's Delivery Service, Naussica.

Recca no Honou (Flame of Recca): the anime isn't as good as the manga (the comic books) but it's a pretty straight forward ninja/fantasy based action series.

Taiho Shichauzo (You're Under Arrest): light comedy based on the (mis)adventures of a local police precinct.

Bubblegum Crisis (original and 2040): one of the most popular 80's series, a cyberpunk thriller. 2040 came out a couple of years ago and is a remodified verion.

Silent Moebius: a gothic sci-fi thriller.

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyou (His and Her Circumstances): high school based comedy that has its introspective moments.

Ranma 1/2: a wacky comedy, great laughs.

Urusei Yatsura: a wacky comedy, great laughs but a lot of cultural based humor

Fushigi Yuugi: a pretty good adventure series, a popular show aimed at a young girl audience (ducks for cover from the flamewars associated with the main heroine ;-) (some consider the heroine very annoying)

Shin Seiki Evangelion: thought provoking, introspective, good sci-fi.

Gundam: action based sci-fi that spawned several series

Macross: action based sci-fi that spawned several series

Gunbuster: action based sci-fi

Slayers: action based dungeons and dragons style comedy that spawned several series

The Vision of Escaflowne (4)

glassware (195317) | more than 14 years ago | (#1033271)

It is absolutely imperative that you find and watch The Vision of Escaflowne, which is scheduled to be released on DVD shortly. This anime was created by Shoji Kawamori (whose most famous credits were for Macross, the TV series that became Robotech in the US), and Yoko Kanno, possibly the world's greatest living composer. I should preface this by saying that Escaflowne is not a typical anime by any means. This is an almost operatic story that constantly builds on the power of fate in an alternate universe. The characterizations are incredibly strong; the animation is fluid and beautiful; and when the music starts playing you'll forget you're even watching the television. There are 26 half-hour episodes that run a total of about 11 hours. Be warned: once you start watching, it's nearly impossible to avoid watching the entire 11 hours in one sitting. Oh yeah - Shoji Kawamori and Yoko Kanno also made Macross Plus, which is very good.
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