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11-15-04, 10:16 AM
Could you recommend some really good ones?

11-15-04, 10:28 AM
hmmm... this is gonna be a hotly contested topic... I'd recommend starting with some of these:

Grave of the Fireflies
Ghost in the Shell

I know there's others, and again, people are gonna disagree on what's the best all around...

Also, a good place to start is IMDB's top animated films, and ignore the pixar/disney entries:


11-15-04, 10:49 AM
thanks, seen those. I'm thinking more series related stuff.

11-15-04, 10:51 AM
i would content this topic purely cos anime fans separate themselves from live action fans, and hence its difficult to tell what to suggest cos many highly regarded anime is much more like the majority of live action than the majority of anime. so what you really want is to say the type of story you like - some of it could be in anime and some of it in live action...

11-15-04, 10:54 AM
I'm not into series that much, but I hear high praise regarding the Neon Genesis Evangelion and GITS: Stand Alone Complex series.

11-15-04, 11:03 AM
Well, I liked Ghost in the Sheel:SAC, I liked Appleseed. I liked the current Cutie Honey series, Liked Grave of the Fireflies, Akira, etc.

11-15-04, 11:54 AM
Im confused, you say you're new to anime, but every suggestion you're given you say you've already seen? It sounds like you know enough to make your own decisions, try http://www.anime-planet.com to find anime similar to what you like.

11-15-04, 11:55 AM

11-15-04, 05:32 PM
Cowboy Bebop is a MUST.
But you probably already seen that one......even though you are new to anime.

11-15-04, 05:50 PM
Macross (Plus and Zero as well) and Ninja Scroll is good as well

11-15-04, 07:08 PM
ccwboy bebop
vampire hunter d
blood the last vampire
princess mononoke
spirited away
last exile
anything by hiyao miyazaki
ghost in the shell
ninja scroll

also, do a search; this subject has been done to death

Chris Tribbey
11-15-04, 07:33 PM
Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of the best series of all time. If you want to get really retro, go with Giant Robo, which is just out now on DVD.

Newer, I'd go with Paranoia Agent (psychological), which just hit the streets, and NOIR, an awesome chicks with guns series (eat your heart out Dirty Pair).

Something more funky and scary? Try Boogiepop Phantom. Something more fun and light-hearted? Try Princess Nine, a girls vs. boys baseball series. Swords? The Ninja Scroll series. Or Samurai X.

And you can't go wrong with Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex. That's turning into an awesome series.

11-15-04, 07:36 PM
I agree with UKingdom - this subject has been DONE TO DEATH - try a search. B4Bishop - your stats say "Senior Member", so do you actually mean to tell me that you don't know that search is your friend?? Do you also mean to tell me that you have not seen this same question asked at least every 2 weeks?????? Why did I even click on this thread?? Just to see if yet somebody else was asking the same question again I guess. Excuse the threadcrap, but just couldn't avoid it!

Chris Tribbey
11-15-04, 07:49 PM
Ah, leave the poor guy alone :-)

I like when people ask the more general "what should I check out?" questions.....stuff like Black Jack and Boogiepop Phantom never pop up on favorites or top ten lists, but are good shows you can plug to the new anime fan when they ask for suggestions.....they can find GITSSC(edit) and Ninja Scroll without anyone's help.

Animatrix.....nice "first anime" to show the U.S. movie fans who think "Pokemon" when they hear "anime."

11-15-04, 11:07 PM
yeah, leave the poor guy alone. I've seen some of the threads, but I agree was too lazy to do a full search. Sorry

As to the new to anime. Yeah, I've seen the popular ones, but after that, nothing. Thanks for the suggestions guys, I do apprecaiate it!!

Thunbs up!!!

11-16-04, 01:35 AM
Anyone who doesnt recommend Excel Saga is a HEATHEN and part of the ignorant masses!


11-16-04, 02:18 AM
Bandai Entertainment has got a number of complete collections for the holiday seasons. They are cheaper than buying the volumes separately but they come in the form of a brick/digipack though.

Banner of the Stars
Banner of the Stars II
Love Hina
Witch Hunter Robin

11-16-04, 03:40 AM
I would also recommend the following which I have:

Azumanga Daioh
R.O.D TV and Read or Die OVA (or is it OAV?)
Saber Marionette J and the others after

11-16-04, 04:05 AM
cowboy bebop : very good cheap boxet in korea ($40?) at dvdfromkorea.com or koreandvds.com
last exile : boxset in december that cheaper than individual discs (usa)
serial experiments lain : boxset in january in the usa
ninja scroll : good dvd from korea for $5 (!)
with hunter robin : boxset just out in the usa...

11-16-04, 01:13 PM
I think the Last Exile boxset is exclusive to a handful of stores only, namely, Suncoast and possibly Rightstuf.com.

11-16-04, 01:52 PM
I highly recommend Escaflowne, great series. You just can't stop watching until the very end.

Chris Tribbey
11-16-04, 02:08 PM
The Read Or Die hitting shelves right now is TV...the OVA has a review on this site....I'm pretty sure....

New Fist of the North Star...man that's a fun watch.

11-18-04, 09:59 PM

Serial Experiments Lain
Video Girl Ai

11-21-04, 12:35 PM
Azumanga Daioh
Cowboy Bebop
Excel Saga
Kino's Journey
Louie the Rune Soldier

12-03-04, 02:34 PM
Okay, I'm really new to anime. My general impression is the Pokemon crap, but I know there's much more to it than that.. I just haven't ever seen any. I've been debating testing the waters, and have a question or two.

I see Cowboy Bebop listed a lot here, and in another thread I made mention of possibly trying this out because people say it's a lot like Firefly, or Serenity if you please, and I loved that show.

My first question about anime in general.. how jarring is it with overdubs? Are most overdubbed and/or subtitled? I don't mind subtitles, but I'd rather not. Or do the DVDs have the option for overdubs and original with subtitles being the versitile format it is...?

Second question, about Cowboy Bebop in specific, would it be better to check out the movie first, or the beginning of the show, as a way to introduce myself to anime?

Sorry if these questions have been done to death before.. I figured I'd be safe tucking them in this thread. Thanks!

12-03-04, 02:55 PM
Most anime fans prefer subtitles/original language. That is because historically most dubs sucked, either in quality, voice acting, or translation. However, with DVD, most releases come with sub and dub, and you can try either one. There are a few Japanese only [Cardcaptor Sakura] or English only releases, but most of the recent ones are both.
I almost always use the subtitles, whether I listen to English or Japanese dialog. For Cowboy Bebop and Full Metal Panic, I listened to English audio while having the subtitles on. For Excel Saga, I can't stand the English dub. For Video Girl Ai, I listened to the Japanese dialog, her English voice didn't fit her.

Cowboy Bebop-I haven't seen the movie, but IIRC, it occurs somewhere in the middle of the episodes [like between eps 12 and 13 or something]. Start with the shows.

And yes, there's a lot more than Pokemon crap :)
If you can't find an anime show/movie you enjoyed, you're not looking hard enough. You won't necessarily turn into a fanboy, but it's like saying you don't like movies or you don't like food. 'Anime' is a huge industry, and there's something for everyone.

12-03-04, 03:04 PM
Gundam Wing

12-03-04, 04:03 PM

Thanks for using an existing thread :)

Cowboy Bebop is a good intro. I'd go for the first disc of the show to see how you like it... but others might have a different opinion.

Another good intro is one of the Miyazaki movies, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away...etc.

12-03-04, 04:17 PM
Of the Miyazaki's I've seen, I personally liked Kiki's Delivery Service best. It was the most accessible. I know Spirited Away was over my head with all of its Japanese mythology, but Kiki's was just a good, positive, fun film.
Cowboy Bebop is a pretty good intro. Cool music, cool characters, good animation. Due to its episodic nature, some eps were better than others.
I didn't like Outlaw Star at all.
Last thing I watched was Full Metal Panic, which I liked. Kinda dragged just after the middle, but picked up after that. And again, 'easier' than Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Chris Tribbey
12-03-04, 04:18 PM
Really, the dubs depend on which company handled the DVD...some do a great job (ADV, Geneon) some don't (nameless, for fear they'll cut me off ;) )

Original language for any flim - anime or otherwise - is preferable, assuming it isn't a bootleg from Taiwan or something (then you'll find very, very screwy subtitles).

Cowboy Beebop was good, and you can't go wrong with Miyazaki (a new batch of Studio Ghibli titles is out from Buena Vista in Feb.; another three will be out later 2005) but there's also some newer anime I'd recommend to the new anime fan: Paranoia Agent, New Fist of the North Star, and Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. Rent one of those, give it a spin, and I think you'll be hooked.

02-09-05, 12:06 AM
Another Cowboy Bebop recommendation, though I'd definitely recommend watching the series first, as the movie takes place before the last 3 episodes.

I agree with UAIOE that Excel Saga is worth checking out, but not until you become more familiar with anime, as it parodies some many shows. Also, if possible rent it first because some people HATE it. It's really a acquired taste, you'll either love it or hate it.

I also really enjoyed Trigun and Witch Hunter Robin and highly recommend both. And Lain is really worth checking out as well (it was just rereleased and can be found pretty cheap (for anime) )

As for the Sub\Dub issue, I prefer the Dub of Cowboy Bebop and also Trigun and Witch Hunter Robin(though if you can, try listening to the Dub with the Subs on)

Oh yeah, I almost forgot Neon Genesis Evangelion. It is the Quintessential Anime in my opinion. The Platinum edition ($20\each at BB) cleans up the transfer tremendously and offers at least 1 commentary per episode with different Dub actors. This was the first anime show I bought(blindly) and it got me hooked on anime. I can't recommend it enough.

I also have heard great things about GOTS:Standalone Complex, though I hated the movie (sorry!)

Also, checkout: http://www.animeondvd.com for some very good reviews on nearly every anime released.

02-09-05, 12:28 AM
I agree with UAIOE that Excel Saga is worth checking out, but not until you become more familiar with anime, as it parodies some many shows. Also, if possible rent it first because some people HATE it. It's really a acquired taste, you'll either love it or hate it.
FYE (B&M) has Excel Saga boxset for $29.99. More details are in the anime bargain thread.


02-09-05, 12:09 PM
Alternative usual anime thrown around:
Vampire Princess Miyu(OVAs first!)
Cardcaptor Sakura
Fruit Baskets

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