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Fantasy Faction => Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games => Topic started by: J.W. Golan on January 17, 2019, 01:53:09 PM

Title: Anime Favorites
Post by: J.W. Golan on January 17, 2019, 01:53:09 PM
I thought I might assemble a list of some of the anime movies and series that have most touched or inspired me. Anyone who cares to add to the list is more than welcome. There are so many great ones out there. I know that I’ll forget a lot of them, but a few of my favorites include:


Anime Series:

Spice and Wolf - Think beauty and the beast - only the girl is both the beauty, and the beast.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica - The “magical girl” series that turns the whole “magical girl” genre upside down.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - A lesser known series about the aftermath of an earthquake, as told from the viewpoint of a young girl.

Little Witch Academia - A very sweet series if you’re in the mood for something light and fun.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Might be too violent for some, but great characters and definitely one of my favorites.

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World - This is another violent series, but with great characters.

Violet Evergarden - A story about a killer automaton (trapped in the body of a young woman) created as the ultimate war machine, but who suffers from PTSD in a post-war world.


Anime Movies:

Anything by Studio Ghibli is usually great, although Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away top my personal list from them.

Garden of Words is another movie with beautiful animation and a romantic storyline.

When Marnie was There - Bring the tissue box.

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) - Easily one of the best movies, anime or otherwise, ever produced. Haven’t seen it? Go find it!

Children who Chase After Lost Voices - A great fantasy adventure movie.

A Silent Voice - A much more deep anime drama than most people realize.

Wolf Children - Beautiful animation and a beautiful story.

In This Corner of the World - An anti-war war movie, in the form of World War II as viewed from the Japanese home front.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Henry Dale on January 18, 2019, 06:07:14 AM
Maquia, when the promised flower blooms: Call your mom after watching this. It's a fantasy movie that plays your emotional strings.

Edit:
Paprika: better than inception.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on January 18, 2019, 07:41:02 AM
Steins Gate- best time-traveling story I've ever came across (and I've watched dozens upon dozens of that). The theme song still got me every time

Code Gease

FMA Brotherhood

Gintama

Inuyasha

I kind of liked Bleach and Naruto too, although Bleach does plummeted in quality neared its last arc.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: tebakutis on January 18, 2019, 05:47:23 PM
I will surprise no one that my anime favorites tend toward the episodic, SFF, or absurd.

I'd list:

Starblazers / Space Battleship Yamato (Yamato is superior, but I didn't find it until I was *much* older)

Robotech / Macross (I like Macross slightly better in some part, and Robotech in others ... it's a wash)

Cowboy Bebop (forever a classic)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (the series, the movie was actually meh for me)

Psycho-Pass (my favorite cyberpunk of all time, honestly, esp the first season)

Kill la Kill (mainly because it's so ridiculous and how it makes fun of the skimpy clothing trope)

Ninja Slayer (it's a stupid, funny show, with barebones animation that makes it even funnier)

Castlevania (Netflix's adaption is ridiculously dark and funny, and surprisingly good. I sympathized with Dracula!)

Black Lagoon (imagine a John Wick style world with pirates instead of assassins)

Gurren Lagaan (again, quite silly, but also starts to make you really love the characters before you expect it)

Ergo Proxy (confusing as f*** the first time through, but the soundtrack is phenomenal and each episode is hauntingly beautiful in some really weird ways)
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: J.R. Darewood on January 18, 2019, 11:27:17 PM

FMA Brotherhood... (like everyone else) bc it's the best anime EVER
IDK if it counts but The Last Airbender, Heavy Metal and Batman the Animated Series (of the 90s) were also very beloved even tho not technically anime
Akira... That gamelan music still pops into my head
Princess Mononoke... One of the best movies of all time period
Ninja Scroll... IDK it's gory and I was young
I haven't seen the anime but I read the manga Gantz and damn those were the most intense fight scenes I've ever seen
Aaaand I know there's more I'm not remembering...
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Slaykomimi on January 19, 2019, 10:24:42 AM
I haven't seen many animes, I am more the manga person (or better to say original source person) but here are some top picks from both sides from me.

Anime:

-Armitage III, very nice little sci-fi anime
-Agent Aika, besides the fanservice and all I really love the animation style, the action, most of the characters and so on
-Cowboy Bebop, I guess I don´t need to explain this masterpiece
-Neon Genesis Evangelion, I should rewatch it one day but I am still waiting for the next movie of the new series

I guess I nearly counted up every anime I´ve genuinely watched and would recommend.

Mangas:

-Elfen Lied, I read it nearly once every year, discard the anime and only read the manga, that's the true stuff.
-Franken Fran, I am no fan of the horror genre, but if there would be more like this I would consume horror ONLY
-Oretama, a bit on the perverted site but a really nice and well-made manga with very likable characters, good drawing style, and nice character development.
-Dragonball, it´s much faster and smoother than the anime, no filler, and it´s easy to consume the whole series in a weekend instead of in 300 hours, also you can see how Akira Toriyama started to don´t give a damn anymore at about the cyborg saga
-Urusei Yatsura, first long term work of Rumiko Takahashi, a masterpiece for me, especially the ending was so amazing. If it wouldn´t be that long I would read it more often.
-Death Note, also very well known, I really enjoyed how far they planned all and thought about their plans and tried to predict the others, it was very fascinating.
-Rave Master, very nice shonen manga, you can see much development on the drawings later, it becomes a little weak in the middle, but the pace catches on again at later part of the middle.
-Mahou Sensei Negima, I always describe it as a mix of Dragonball and Harry Potter, it is SO AMAZING, I LOVE EVERY FIGHT in it. It´s so hard to find such a vast amount of characters that are nearly all unique and take part in some sort or another in the story. I was so disappointed in the anime (except the fight of Negi and Eva in the scroll Jack Rackhan gave them when I saw Eva animated it was like an orgasm for my brain). I hope the sequel becomes as good as this one.

I guess that´s all for now, I surely forgot some things, I read and saw Hellsing, it was good too but I think in the end it slacks off too much. But I love the very early drawing style in the first chapters of the manga.
Sadly there are many mangas I want to continue reading but just find no time, like air gear was awesome too but I just found no time ever to finish it.
There are many I still need to watch, I am a big fan of old Animation styles and want to watch much more of the 70s, 80s and 90s anime, especially fantasy and sci-fi. It was just so beautifully made back then.
Title: Anime Thread
Post by: Bender on August 14, 2019, 12:02:30 AM
How many are into anime as well?

There are shows that'd rival any TV incl Breaking Bad and GoT to shame.
Title: Re: Anime Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on August 14, 2019, 01:31:47 AM
FMA Brotherhood is my favorite
Watched the Last Airbender back in the day too.
Tried out Deathnote, Inuyasha, Naruto, and Sword Art Online, Ghost in the Shell, Elfen Leid, but just dabbled in those.

been having a hard time getting into new anime. I tried with Castlevania but just couldn't do it.

Mangawise, my fav is Gantz\
Title: Re: Anime Thread
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on August 14, 2019, 08:59:50 AM
I watched a ton of animes, and some of them even greatly inspired the novel I've just finished writing.

Bleach, Naruto, Inuyasha, Steins Gate, Code Geasse, FMA Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, those are just some of my favorites, haha.  :D
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on August 16, 2019, 02:02:04 AM
Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, Death Note and Hunter x Hunter are my favorites.

It's amazing how mature the content are.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: cupiscent on August 16, 2019, 04:29:17 AM
I do not much like anime. About a decade ago, an anime-loving friend decided he had a quest to educate me and my husband on the joys of anime, and he plied us with lots of stuff. There were many that I just couldn't deal with (I can't remember them all, but it included Trigun, Bezerk, Ghost in the Shell series, something with red riding hood???) but I did enjoy Cowboy Bebop (a lot) and something that I think was called FLCL, which worked for me on the same sort of hallucinogenic-allegory level as a lot of David Lynch's fimography, but a lot more fun.

A lot of this is, I think, that I have an issue watching serious things with cartoon faces. I just can't emotionally connect without real faces. I have this problem with the animated Star Wars material as well, and I'd desperately like to watch that because it covers a lot of the most interesting parts of the timeline and I understand the storylines are really good.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: hexa on August 17, 2019, 01:42:07 AM
Ergo Proxy has a complicated plot, but as a science fiction concept, it's so interesting how the Proxies want revenge (justice) against the creators

FLCL is very funny, science fiction
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on August 17, 2019, 03:03:21 AM
A lot of this is, I think, that I have an issue watching serious things with cartoon faces. I just can't emotionally connect without real faces. I have this problem with the animated Star Wars material as well, and I'd desperately like to watch that because it covers a lot of the most interesting parts of the timeline and I understand the storylines are really good.

I'm just the opposite. I believe anime can cross the line that is difficult to do with real people. For example, Attack on Titan.  It's something that I can't believe be done to a similar level with real life.

Anime provides opportunity for creativity not possible with real people.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on August 17, 2019, 03:34:42 PM
A lot of this is, I think, that I have an issue watching serious things with cartoon faces. I just can't emotionally connect without real faces. I have this problem with the animated Star Wars material as well, and I'd desperately like to watch that because it covers a lot of the most interesting parts of the timeline and I understand the storylines are really good.

I'm just the opposite. I believe anime can cross the line that is difficult to do with real people. For example, Attack on Titan.  It's something that I can't believe be done to a similar level with real life.

Anime provides opportunity for creativity not possible with real people.

This. Pretty much why some anime live action adaptations (Attack on Titan live action, for one) failed as well, because some materials just can't be translated well enough into another medium. The Attack on Titan live action was just way too gory, for one.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 17, 2019, 07:41:53 PM
I've never been able to watch more than a few minutes of anime, despite having friends who are obsessed with it. Much like graphic novels, it's just not an artform I get on with. The cartoony fight scenes, the basic faces, the scripting, I just don't see why it's so popular. Give me live action any day.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: cupiscent on August 18, 2019, 04:19:36 AM
I'm just the opposite. I believe anime can cross the line that is difficult to do with real people. For example, Attack on Titan.  It's something that I can't believe be done to a similar level with real life.

Anime provides opportunity for creativity not possible with real people.

This. Pretty much why some anime live action adaptations (Attack on Titan live action, for one) failed as well, because some materials just can't be translated well enough into another medium. The Attack on Titan live action was just way too gory, for one.

Oh, I absolutely agree that anime and animation provide opportunity to deliver content that is too difficult / expensive / otherwise unwieldy to do in live-action. My problem is that I have trouble gleaning emotion from animated faces, so all the whizbang action in the world leaves me cold because I have no emotional context from the characters. (Context that is provided by micro/regular expression on live-action actor faces.) This is entirely a me-problem!
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: eclipse on August 18, 2019, 06:45:00 AM
What about the first 10 minutes in Up by Pixar  @cupiscent  I found that emotional.

I’ve never watched any Anime/Manga myself.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: isos81 on August 18, 2019, 07:24:41 AM
What about the first 10 minutes in Up by Pixar  @cupiscent  I found that emotional.

I’ve never watched any Anime/Manga myself.

Wall-E was emotional, too :)
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on August 18, 2019, 01:05:51 PM
Don't want to come across as pedantic, but anime and animated are different. Anime is very Japanese and related to the manga subculture. Animation is just a style of making Movies/TV. I wouldn't call Wall-E, Incredibles ets as anime.

Having said that Wall-E is just amazing. The first Incredibles, Toy Story....it has its classics. I nearly cried at ending if You Story 3.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on August 18, 2019, 03:33:51 PM
What about the first 10 minutes in Up by Pixar  @cupiscent  I found that emotional.

I’ve never watched any Anime/Manga myself.

That 10 minutes crushed me. Totally. Like a pile of rubble under a giant's heel.

And agreed with @Bender anime are pretty much exclusively the big-eye Japanese art style guys, animations (Pixar, Disney, American Graphic novels, etc.) are totally different. 
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: eclipse on August 18, 2019, 04:41:51 PM
Yes I know anime is different to Pixar. I never said it was. I’m sorry if I offended anyone and derailed the thread.

Hopefully this topic gets back on track.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on August 18, 2019, 06:56:40 PM
Offended? I feel offended that you thought someone might be offended. Grrr!

Anyway this can be thread for both. I enjoy discussing and watching both.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: ScarletBea on August 18, 2019, 07:21:05 PM
Last summer Film4 (a TV channel) showed all Ghibli movies, and I really enjoyed a bunch of them - otherwise anime isn't really for me.

I've watched a few animation films without children and I was surprised to really like Inside Out and Despicable Me ;D
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: isos81 on August 18, 2019, 08:07:53 PM
I used to watch animes but I like the Mangas more. I hate fillers :)
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Yora on September 02, 2019, 03:08:33 PM
My favorites are clearly the two Ghost in the Shell movies and the two seasons of Stand Alone Complex. They are among my favorite fiction things ever. That stuff has a transcendental thing going on for me.

Princess Mononoke is also an obvious one. While not of the same caliber, I also really like Seirei no Moribito and Mushishi a lot.
And while it's rough and clunky like nobody's business, Record of Lodoss War has that early to mid 90's fantasy style that I really love.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on September 02, 2019, 04:00:53 PM
https://youtu.be/fLaBzPPF4cU

Ballad of Fallen Angels

Amazing!
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: JMack on September 10, 2019, 11:38:15 PM
https://youtu.be/fLaBzPPF4cU

Ballad of Fallen Angels

Amazing!

God, I love Cowboy Bebop
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on October 04, 2019, 04:04:30 PM
Watching One Punch Man Season 2. A big drop in quality from Season 1. Very few positives.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Neveesandeh on October 04, 2019, 08:55:09 PM
I was at a party once where someone put on an episode of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The entire episode was just a fight scene, but the combatants took a break after every move to explain what they were doing and how they were able to do it. It was amazing.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on October 05, 2019, 04:56:37 AM
I was at a party once where someone put on an episode of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The entire episode was just a fight scene, but the combatants took a break after every move to explain what they were doing and how they were able to do it. It was amazing.

That sounds hilarious, hahah. I've heard a lot of good things about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, but haven't gotten to watching it yet. I guess I'll have to some day.

On my side I've just finished watching Neon Genesis Evangelion. Quite an artistic anime that showed a character's struggle through depression and mental breakdown, and there were some pretty f*&cked up stuffs as well.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Neveesandeh on October 22, 2019, 04:48:12 PM
Netflix doesn't have Jojo's for some adventurously bizarre reason, so I've been watching 'Tokyo Ghoul' I'm enjoying it so far, but I wish there was an option to view it subbed instead of dubbed. The dub isn't bad, but I prefer to view things in the original language.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Bender on October 23, 2019, 12:14:56 AM
I was in mood for something light, so started Yu Yu Hakusho. Enjoying first few episodes now ...
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: Zairoq on November 01, 2019, 07:06:23 PM
Last fantasy anime i watched was Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, definitely a great one. Reminded of ATLA quite a bit.
Title: Re: Anime Favorites
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on November 02, 2019, 03:57:27 AM
Watching Kimetsu No Yaiba. It's totally amazing, especially in the various action scenes spread throughout the entire series. Now I knew why they called ufotable the studio with unlimited budget.