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Old 08-21-09, 12:37 PM
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Is that your definition of anime, though? If so, then even something like Warriors of the Wind is anime.
Yes, Warriors of the Wind is anime. It's a cut-down version of Miyazaki's Nausicaa, but it's still anime. There isn't a single frame of anything else in it. That's all Miyazaki's footage in it.
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In no order:

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Old 08-30-09, 08:24 PM
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Nice to see some love for THE HAKKENDEN, an uneven but greatly underrated series. Based on the same story adapted for the live-action films directed by Kinji Fukasaku, MESSAGE FROM SPACE (1978) and LEGEND OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI (1983).

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Old 09-15-09, 07:35 AM
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My Favorites Growing Up

1 - Urusei Yatsura
2 - Hokuto no Ken
3 - Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman
4 - Kido Senshi Gundam
5 - Lupin III

My New Favs

1 - Berserk
2 - Cowboy Bebop
3 - Ghost Sweeper Mikami
4 - Excel Saga
5 - Hellsing Ultimate
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Old 09-17-09, 11:08 AM
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#1 Cowboy Bebop (long live it!)

Samurai Champloo
Sailor Moon
Paranoia Agent


All of Miyazaki's films could have made the cut, I love them all.

Porco Rosso
Spirited Away
Tokyo Godfathers
Grave of the Fireflies (I'd heard of the ending before I saw it. Still, there's no movie I've ever cried as much at the ending before at this one.)
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Old 09-17-09, 03:41 PM
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Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Gt
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Yu Yu Hakusho
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Old 09-19-09, 03:31 PM
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Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Champloo
Paranoia Agent
Tenchi Universe (and I'll take the Tenchi Muyo O.V.A.'s and films with this as well - thank you very much)

I won't go into the specifics for films other than to state I love all of Miyazaki's work (Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke being my favorites), Satoshi Kon's (especially Tokyo Godfathers), and Akira, Memories, and Metropolis all come immediately to mind.

Cowboy Bebop is definitely still my number one. I still have a number of acclaimed anime classics I need to see, and I haven't finished Yu Yu Hakusho yet, but I'm fairly confident these properly represent my current favorites.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is so far the most over-rated anime I have ever seen.

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Old 09-23-09, 06:50 PM
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Bubbblegum Crisis
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cowboy bebop (show)
ghost in the shell (movie)
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Old 10-03-09, 07:08 AM
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Here are my favorites on a one-season basis:

Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon S (third season of this series, with easily the best stories on a per-episode basis)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (despite the weird ending--it literally redefined giant robot anime)
The Vision of Escaflowne (great storytelling, probably one of the best series Sunrise ever done)
Slayers NEXT (the best of the TV seasons of Slayers released in the USA)
Romeo x Juliet (my favorite of the Gonzo-animated TV series so far)
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Old 10-07-09, 03:43 PM
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In no order:

1) Astro Boy 2000 series
2) Neon Genesis Evangelion
3) Guyver Bio-Booster Armor (original series)
4) Ghost In The Shell SAC
5) Sailor Moon

I've only seen like 3 anime movies so I can't list them.
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Old 10-09-09, 12:19 AM
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Ranma 1/2
Cowboy Bebop
Sailor Moon
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Old 10-11-09, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
These were the first that I remember seeing (this is heavily influenced by the robot genre, which unfortunately does not seem very popular here). As a kid, I understood a very small amount of Japanese, but watching these raw without subtitles is what got me into anime:

Mazinger Z (1973), which actually was shown before I was born, but which I loved because of the toys and the sequels (Great Mazinger, Grendizer). Finally released in 1985 as Tranzor Z here. A remake is airing now.
Superdimensional Fortress Macross (1982). Loved the mecha so much that I didn't even notice the changes Macek made when this was released as the first part of Robotech in 1985

Neon Genesis Evangelion: I remember buying the subbed tapes, two or so episodes at a time, eagerly awaiting each new release. That last tape was a letdown, I won't lie, and I still have never watched either of the movies.
My Neighbor Totoro: perhaps not the best Miyazaki film, but still my favorite.
You have listed 3 of my all time favorite anime series especially since I have an immense love for Mazinger Z. I'm actually contemplating buying the Korean season sets that are region free but contain no English subtitles.

The other two series are:
- Trigun
- Dragon Ball Z

I'm also fond of the Crying Freeman series.

In regards to movies, I agree with your assessment of My Neighbour Totoro. For some reason, I find the movie so endearing and is my favorite Miyazaki film.
The other ones are (in no particular order):
- Akira
- Vampire Hunter D
- Ninja Scroll
- Grave of the Fireflies.
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Old 11-12-09, 07:56 PM
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I added a couple movies and subtracted a couple shows because I've been underwhelmed by the shows as a whole. I've seen all of the episodes (or the first few episodes) of several other shows.

Movies (alphabetical order)
- Akira
- Ghost in the Shell
- Grave of the Fireflies
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Nausicaa
- Samurai X
- Spirited Away

2) Cowboy Bebop
3) Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Old 11-20-09, 08:20 PM
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2.Ninja scroll
3.Afro samurai 1 and 2

Ive been looking for trigun anybody know of any good deals? I blindly bought berserk and sorry to say i couldnt even get past the first episode.
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Old 11-26-09, 10:08 PM
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The first episode of Berserk is a glimpse of the future. All of the other episodes take place before the first episode. You should watch a few more episodes.

Honestly, I wasn't impressed by the first episode either the first time I watched Berserk. I think I rented the first disc from Blockbuster, watched the first episode, and then returned it. But then I gave it a second chance.
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Old 11-27-09, 02:49 PM
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Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Ghost In The Shell
Ninja Scroll

Cowboy Bebop
Astro Boy-orig 1960's
Marine Boy
Space Cruiser Yamato(Starblazers)
Kimba the White Lion
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Princess Mononoke
Kiki's Delivery Service
Ghost in the Shell

Future Boy Conan
Astro Boy 1980s series
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Old 11-29-09, 08:58 PM
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Sticking to just one Miyazaki movie, the best anime I've seen:

1. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (which I prefer to 1 for some reason. Long winded and prone to falling into diversions on philosophy and pretentious meanderings, but almost hallucinogenically pretty to look at, has amazing action and a great story.)
2. Akira (which is actually a bit of a mess and really makes no sense but still works. It's sort of the Blade Runner of anime. Like Blade Runner, it's also still amazing looking after twenty years+).
3. Spirited Away (Miyazaki's best, IMO. A straight-up masterpiece)
4. Jin - Roh : The Wolf Brigade (uneven pacing, but has a compelling plot and has an absolutely terrific ending. Also, very underrated washed-out hand drawn artwork in this one)
5. Metropolis (visually overwhelming and oddly moving at times. The plot is overly complicated in a typically otaku way, but the strong story keeps moving forward)

TV shows:
1. Cowboy Bebop (the only TV show I've ever watched in its entirety. Funny, moving, exciting, compelling. Great characters, great artwork, great design. Even the movie was pretty damned good.)

...I need to watch more TV shows. The problem is that so many are blatantly made for kids. I've also been subjected to a bunch of crap and I'm not really a mecha fan (anymore, I was when I was a kid). I don't know what to get. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 01-20-10, 11:44 PM
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My favorites:

1.- Sailor Moon (re-introduced me to anime as an adult after I had grown out of it; flawed but I cannot think of another anime property that has made me cry, laugh and enjoy spending time with the characters... except for "Super S," boy did that season stink!).

2.- Cardcaptor Sakura (CLAMP animation/storytelling at its most simple, universally appealing basic; like "Pokemon" but with character development).
3.- Mazinger Z (as a kid growing up the original series was boss... no pun intended ; subsequent 'Mazinger' series sucked donkey nuts!)
4.- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (metrosexual Zoltar was one heck of a bad guy; it's impossible to even think of the "Battle of the Planets" butchery after seeing ADV's original version).
5.- Heidi Girl of the Alps (I grew up watching this and "Candy, Candy" coming home from school; just thinking of Heidi reuniting with her Grandpa after her time in the city makes me teary-eyed).
6.- Candy, Candy (World War I as a soap opera from the POV of an orphan girl growing up in a crazy world; yes, I was a Candy-Albert shipper and didn't even know it at the time).
7.- Ranma 1/2 (seeing how the characters never evolved or wised-up from the previous episodes' lessons was half the fun of watching this; dumb one-dimensional fun).

Honorable mentions to the original "Slayers" and "Dominion Tank Police."

Movies I don't feel as strong an attachment as TV series: "Ghost in the Shell" (haven't seen "Innocence" yet), "Akira" (OK but confusing), "Metropolis" (changed the way I hear Ray Charles but didn't really like it) and a ton of Miyazaki flicks that are OK but haven't really done anything for me ("Howl's Moving Castle," "Spirited Away," etc.). For better or worse my perception of anime is that of a serialized series of TV/OVA episodes telling stories over lengthy, extended arcs (something a 90 min. or so feature can't do).

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Old 03-11-10, 10:38 PM
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My top 5 Classics (series and OVA's only):
  1. Rurouni Kenshin
  2. Fushigi Yugi
  3. Maison Ikkoku
  4. Tenchi Muyo (First OVA)
  5. Mysterious Cities of Gold
Some of my newer favorites: Elfen Lied, Death Note, Gantz, Hikaru No Go.
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1. Vampire Hunter D
2. Green Legend Ran
3. Roujin Z
4. Akira
5. Eyes Of Mars.
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Old 10-04-10, 11:01 PM
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Ghost in the Shell
Mobile Suit Gundam; 08th MS Team
Gundam Wing
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Old 10-06-10, 12:56 PM
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1. Berserk
2. Gungrave
3. Now and Then, Here and There
4. Noir
5. Trigun

Honorable Mention:

R.O.D. the TV
Elfen Lied
Boogiepop Phantom
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