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Best of Anime Nominations
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In the interest of furthering my anime education, I've started looking for recommendations of particularly good, iconic, or milestone works. Some I already know about, having seen them; some have come recommended by friends in the past; some are just the most apparently popular titles discussed online. So far, the list looks like this:
  • anything by Hayao Miyazaki [seen half]
  • Ghost in the Shell [seen]
  • The Mighty Atom (a.k. here as Astro Boy) [remember US series vaguely]
  • Patlabor
  • Record of the Lodoss War
  • Castle of Cagliostro
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (the new series, I think?)
  • Ranma 1/2 [seen a few]
  • Dirty Pair

But really, I'm sure the LiveJournal Oracle can do for me as well as labouriously searching the 'net myself would. Which three (or fewer, if you can't recommend that many) anime movies or series would you say are Must Sees, and what about them is so compelling?

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* Ninja Scroll, very action, great art, breaks tradition by having a comprehensible storyline. Many shiploads of blood.

* Akira. Iconic definitive anime. Seen it many times. Still don't know what the hell is going on.

* Princess Mononoke. Comprehensible storyline. Good character development. Great art.

I'd forgotten about Ninja Scroll—definitely a classic. Despite the wanton gore, it's actually a good story. Rarely does so much gore allow for any plot at all in a Western film.

Akira makes no sense. Yeah. I'm told the original manga is a lot more comprehensible. I think I'll probably not bother getting my own copy, having already rented it once a long time ago.

Princess Mononoke is one of the Hayao Miyazaki films that I have seen, along with Nausicaä, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, and Kiki's Delivery Service. It's one of his best, yes. :-)

I've seen Cowboy Bebop. I've heard it comes in the middle of the series or something, so I was understandably very confused at first. The visuals were good though, and from what I could remember of it I really enjoyed the characters.

I don't know much if anything about anime, so I can't suggest anything to you... actually, now that I think about it, I think I've seen one small episode of Lodoss War before. Though any memories I have of it are very mixed up and crazy, and I was utterly confused if I remember correctly. Though I remember laughing a lot, so maybe it was funny...? Maybe I'm thinking of an entirely different anime altogether.

Good luck with your reasearch. =) I'm sure you'll let us know if anything in particular tickles your fancy...?

Yes, I'm sure you'll hear of any discoveries I make. I don't think anyone could prevent me from gushing aboutreviewing any new favourites that I find. ;-)

To my knowledge Cowboy Bebop is a series, which would explain the confusion. I've heard that its characterisation is very good, and that the storylines are interesting. It's also in space, which is a lure I can't easily resist.

Hehe! Gush away! XD I'm a little timid around anime, mostly because I've seen a lot of bad stuff and such, but if you find something that you think is good then I don't think I'd mind watching it either. =)

I want to see Ninja Scroll; Caroline was going to watch it with me, but that was a long time ago and I only saw one scene where some weird giant guy got his head cut off; Caroline flinched and turned it off, saying I was too young for it. Now I'm curious... I want to see it! XD

Ninja Scroll is very well written, plot-wise, but has a simply unbelievable amount of blood and gore. Graphical head-explosions, body parts being lopped off in excruciating detail, and lots of other things that just make you cringe. Despite that, it's worth seeing—just be sure you'll be comfortable watching it.

Sixteen is probably plenty old enough to watch it. I would guess that Sue and especially Ken wouldn't think so, though, if they knew the movie.

Also, any copy rented from Blockbuster is likely to be edited to remove "objectionable" content, so best to get it from Rogers if you've gone to the bother of deciding that you're ready to watch it. Ditto for the excellent Ghost in the Shell—the time I saw it from Blockbuster they cut out a couple major scenes that had some minor nudity and quite a lot of head-explody. It made the movie less "objectionable" to the Christian owner of Blockbuster, but it made it less understandable as well.

escaflowne - because it's really really good. although i'd like to strangle millerna, largely because that much pink is just nasty.

saber marionette J - this is the first anime series i fell in love with. so endearing!

weiss kreuz - hey. florists by day, assassins by night. how can you say no? (this is one of those that's so bad it's good.)

and, of course, you could always try hellsing or naruto or prince of tennis...

Yes! I've heard good things about Escaflowne. Thanks for the reminder.

Saber Marionette J rings a faint bell. What kind of anime is it?

Assassin florists—gotta love that. I'm suddenly picturing Samurai Pizza Cats, of all things, but I would bet that it's very different beyond the "X by day, Y by night" similarity.

Hellsing? Naruto? Prince of tennis? How are they?

I saw the Cowboy Bebop movie -- not sure how much it has to do with the series, but I didn't much like the movie.

Right, then. There's lots of other stuff that can be put higher on the list of Must See movies. I can get to it eventually on my own. :-)

What about Trigun? I keep hearing about that too, and always confuse it with Cowboy Bebop for some reason.

Sure, let's watch Trigun -- I don't know it at all :)

Hallowe'en-themed anime fest

Tomorrow, 5:30pm at... where's the Woodward IRC Theatre?

That might be fun.

Re: Hallowe'en-themed anime fest

It's at UBC... somewhere. :)

Re: Hallowe'en-themed anime fest

Well, I knew that much...

Vampire princess mononoke is very strange and morbid with great art and twisted stories.

As opposed to the regular Princess Mononoke?

What in the name of all that is right and good is "Vampire Princess Mononoke"?

I was mixing anime, I meant vampire princess miyu.

Ah, that makes more sense. I thought it was a strange parody or something like that.

I just noticed that's one of the ones that's playing at UBC tomorrow, so maybe I'll see it soon.

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