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    Anime - The Mega Thread

    So with the recent Dragonball Z Kai thread and because I love anime (which is no shock I bet) I got to wondering, what is everyones view on anime?

    What shows do you like or dislike?

    What movies do you watch?

    Do you like live action adaptions or would you like them?

    Basically if it is about anime I wanna know

    Still I guess I should make a start.. so I will answer those questions I posed (but don't limit yourself to them)

    Shows I like would be -

    Naruto / Shippuden,
    One Piece,
    Dragonball / Z / GT,
    Big O,
    Pokemon,
    Digimon,
    First of the North Star,
    Death Note,
    Tokyo Underground,
    Elfen Lied,
    Neon Genesis Evangelion,
    Blood +
    and Bleach.

    There are others i like but those I would say are my faves while others I merely watch.

    Shows I don't like - actually I can only think of one at the moment and that is Cowboy Bepop. Sure I know it has a LOT of fans but I just never found it interesting

    Movies I like would be the Naruto, One Piece and Dragonball ones (of course) as well as great movies such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Blood, Howls Moving Castle, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Princess Monoke, The Cat Returns and Final Fantasy Advent Children.

    Live Action, well the only ones I can think of at the moment is Death Note and that kicked ass and Dragonball Evolution which didn't...lol. Still I would love to see more live action Anime (if anyone knows of any please feel free to recommend).



    As to why I like anime...well it is a lot of reasons. One of them is that unlike a lot of western animation (especially super hero shows) animes tend to really make you think. I mean western animation is good but everything in them is so clear cut, the good guy is the good guy and the villain is the villain. Shows like Death Note and Elfen Lied really make you think about right and wrong and question what you would do in those cases.

    Take Light Yagami from Death Note for example: Is he a villain because he is killing people or is he a hero because he is killing criminals to make a better world? You don't really see that kind of character in american toons cuz heroes usually just don't kill. Notice I said usually because there are exceptions

    Also most of the action scenes (as well as the animation in general) in a lot of anime blows a lot of the action scenes from cartoons like Justice League out of the water due to sheer awesomeness.

    So ya that is a bit about me and anime..I know there are anime fans on here so lets hear what you have to say
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    You need to see Berserk and experience the greatest anime story ever told.


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    Hmm I will have to add Beserk to my list of animes I need to watch (along with Claymore and Code Greass).

    As for Kekkaishi, that is another I have been meaning to take a look at as I have heard good things about it and it seems to have a lot of great action (looking at clips on youtube)

    One thing I don't get is why people say they don't like anime. That is like saying you don't like movies. I mean fine say you don't like anime about giant robots or ninjas or something, but saying you don't like anime is a bit silly when you consider the vast amount of different animes there are availiable and they all don't look or even feel the same.
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    I like:


    Ah! My Goddess!
    Big O
    Inu-Yasha
    Sailor Moon


    Movies:

    Akira
    Princess Mononoke
    Golgo 13
    Ghost in the Shell
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    Some good choices there mirage...tho I can't agree with Golgo 13. I got the dvd as part of some anime collection thing and I have to admit I found it awful. But that is just my opinion and if you like it...great

    The funny thing about some people who say they don't like anime is that they do like stuff that is either heavily influenced by anime or really is anime (if you stop and think about it). Shows like MYP MOTU (which we all agree is heavily influenced by anime) or Thudercats and SilverHawks which are not only very much like anime...but part of the animation team responsible for both went off to form Studio Ghibli, a studio any anime fan should instantly recognise. Even Transformers which many see as a great american toon was basically an anime as it was animated in Japan and based on Japanese toys
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    I'll start with your questions:

    What shows do you like or dislike?

    - Cowboy Bebop
    - The Slayers series and movies
    - Kino's Journey
    - Gurren Lagann
    - Excel Saga
    - Ghost Stories (hilarious dubbed version)
    - Ghost in the Shell: SAC
    - Full Metal Alchemist
    - Big O
    - Gundam 8th MS Team
    - Fooly Cooly
    - Solti Rei
    - Outlaw Star
    - Trigun

    What movies do you watch?

    - Laputa: Castle in the Sky
    - Nausicaa of the Vally of the Wind (though the Warriors of the Wind version cut a lot out, I still think Lord Yupa had one of the best lines ever in that old dub.)
    - Beautiful Dreamer
    - Castle of Cagliostro
    - Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie
    - Memories

    There's probably more, but I've stretched by memory thin.

    Do you like live action adaptions or would you like them?
    Not generally, no. The reason I like the anime that I do is because I love animation in general. I think it's a much better option for many of the ridiculous things that happen, and when they try to adapt it to live action they either A.) dumb it down because you can't do that stuff as well in live action (and if you dumb down what makes it popular, then why are you even doing it?) or B.) They don't dumb it down, and it just looks terrible because it's friggin' animation, and it won't look as good in live action.

    So I'm mostly against it, though, that's not to say that it doesn't work sometimes. Movies are starting to get the right idea, and stuff like Scott Pilgrim will hopefully raise the bar when it comes to ridiculous live action fighting.

    Beyond the questions: Anime gripped by like any kid around the time. Started with late night stuff on Sci-Fi (Beautiful Dreamer being my first movie) and moved on with Toonami on Cartoon Network with stuff like DBZ, Gundam Wing, and the like. Adult Swim would add other favorites like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Outlaw Star, etc. I moved further as friends of mine would buy up whatever they could, and I got to see a lot of different stuff. My interest has wained since then, because I realized that anime isn't the end-all-be-all of animation. So, while there are plenty of anime that I love and I will acknowledge that time in my life, I gotta say that i'm much more of a fan of animation as a whole, rather than just japanese animation (epesically since I've seen enough of it to get tired of many of the cliches....).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Hmm I will have to add Beserk to my list of animes I need to watch (along with Claymore and Code Greass).

    As for Kekkaishi, that is another I have been meaning to take a look at as I have heard good things about it and it seems to have a lot of great action (looking at clips on youtube)

    One thing I don't get is why people say they don't like anime. That is like saying you don't like movies. I mean fine say you don't like anime about giant robots or ninjas or something, but saying you don't like anime is a bit silly when you consider the vast amount of different animes there are availiable and they all don't look or even feel the same.
    I've been wanting to watch Claymore too. I've seen Code Geass. R2 is a little bit better than R1 because you have a better understanding of what's going on but R1 kindo f has the better plot.

    As far as people saying they don't like anime, I don't get it either. I'm not too picky about my anime, but I hate the robot stuff, it's just not my thing so I avoid it. There were a few exceptions like Evangelion which I loved.
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