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#1 of 749 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted February 21 2003 - 05:27 PM

Welcome to Novice Anime Discussion!!

Wondering what all the fuss is about this [rant]"ANIME"[/rant] thing you have been hearing so much about?

Advanced Anime Discussion just confuse the hell out of you?

Disillusioned by the number of Japanese Animation titles and wondering where you need to start?


Well... this thread is for you! The Mini Otaku of HTF! Posted Image

HTF ANIME RECOMMENDATIONS
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HTF ADVANCED RECOMMENDATIONS

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#2 of 749 OFFLINE   Tony-B

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Posted February 21 2003 - 05:36 PM

Yes, I hope that a lot of you people who have not seen anime before come in and try to watch some of it. Don't worry, we will help all of you out. I am a newbie to anime, and I would like to suggest a series for newcomers. Crest of the Stars. This series turned my world upside-down, and my opinion of anime too. I know that many people will suggest Cowboy Bebop, but I have not seen that yet, as many of you AAD posters know Posted Image. I would also suggest watching Akira. It is a very good anime movie.
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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:00 PM

A very good online reference for anime newbies is Chris Beveridge's Anime on DVD web site (www.animeondvd.com) . Lots of reviews and extras.

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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:10 PM

I second 'Crest of the Stars' it's a very good and brainy Sci-fi epic.

the recommendation page on www.animeondvd.com is excellent
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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:16 PM

I suggested this in the other thread long ago, but could Mr. Rob Lutter have a recommended/sorted list on the first post of the thread to look back on and reference?

This is my kind of thread. Posted Image
Easier for folks like me. :b

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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:37 PM

[quote] I suggested this in the other thread long ago, but could Mr. Rob Lutter have a recommended/sorted list on the first post of the thread to look back on and reference? [quote] How should it be organized? Genre? Member who recommended it? A-Z?

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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:48 PM

rob - not sure if you want to tackle such a task, but maybe it could be organized like the indie/foreign film thread?

http://www.hometheat....hreadid=117734

basically the first few posts are reference links to other reviews, etc.
 

#8 of 749 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:52 PM

oh Jebus... I don't think I want such a task. I am already compiling the HTF Good Trader's List Posted Image

Tell ya what, whoever wants to do it... I can link to it in the first post Posted Image

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Posted February 21 2003 - 06:57 PM


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Posted February 21 2003 - 07:12 PM

And now it's time for "Lutter Recommends"

Action
Lupin III
X:TV

Comedy
Fruits Basket
GTO
His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano)
Love Hina
Mahoromatic
Ranma 1/2
Strawberry Eggs (I! My! Me!)
Tenchi Muyo OVAs

Mecha
Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Vision of Escaflowne

Science Fiction
COWBOY BEBOP **

Not in a genre
Lain

Movie Recommendations
Akira
Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
Grave of the Fireflies
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

#11 of 749 OFFLINE   Mike Franklin

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Posted February 22 2003 - 03:47 AM

Hello everyone, here are me recommendations on some anime as well.

MECHA
Robotech
Macross
Gundam (All shows except Mobile Fighter G Gundam)

SCIFI
Outlaw Star
Cowboy Bebop
Bubblegum Crisis/Crash(Ova)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Blue Seed
Galaxy Express 999
Harlack Saga
Wings of Honneamise
Please Save My Earth

HISTORIC/MARTIAL ARTS
Ninja Scroll
Wrath of the Ninja( The Yotoden Movie)
Black Lion
Curse of the Undead Yoma
Dog Warriors: The Hakkenden
Sword for Truth

Action
Dragon Ball/Z/GT
Lupin III
Space Adventure Cobra
Fist of the North Star TV/Movie
Angel Cop
Inu Yasha
The Professional: Golgo 13
Spriggan
Berserk
Hellsing
Vampire Hunter D:Bloodlust

Comedy
Ranma 1/2
His and Her Circumstance
Tenchi Muyo/Universe
Project A-KO
Slayers

I know my list of recommendations is really long, but that is because, I don't what one genre of anime that a lot of people seem to do. I hope this will help out some newbies on what to watch.

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Posted February 22 2003 - 04:16 AM

I'll recommend the ones that weren't mention:

Sci-fi
Trigun

Action
City Hunter

Movie
Anything from Miyazaki, my top 3 are:
Kiki's Delivery Service
Laputa
Nauiscaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Posted February 22 2003 - 04:58 AM

I've recommended "Princess Mononoke" for lots of newbies to anime with very positive results :-) And don't forget the anime "Metropolis" ... can be a bit confusing for some newbies at times, but so beautiful that the couple of people I had watch it were impressed by the beautiful visuals. After those, I'd also add "Ghost in the Shell". Just my 2 cents worth ...

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Posted February 22 2003 - 05:27 AM

I second Lain, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion (series and movies), Princess Mononoke, Akira, and I suggest adding Spirited Away.

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Posted February 22 2003 - 05:50 AM

Mike, shouldn't Envagelion be in mecha?
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Posted February 22 2003 - 06:03 AM

This is turning into the advanced anime thread- let's try and keep this to a basic level, things people will understand. There are too many suggestions for a starting point. Alot of the stuff listed I didn't "get" and I've watched a fair bit of Anime at this point. Culturaly alot of this material doesn't translate well. Cowboy Bebop is a good example- it's not really "Sci-Fi". Sure, that's the setting, but it's more "Noir" than anything. So if you like films like Maltese Falcon you'll like Bebop. Bebop is the exception and not the rule. It's unique because it's steeped in Western culture, that's why it translates so well.

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Posted February 22 2003 - 06:48 AM

Eric, we SHOULD keep it to a simple level. However, I am just making a giant list of recommendations. I think that it will be a helpful resource in the future. I definitely would not suggest Lain for the newbies. It is way too strange. I think that I should branch the list out into 2 lists. "Novice recommendations" and "Advanced Recommendations". I would not know how to spilt it up, so I need help with that.
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Posted February 22 2003 - 08:34 AM

Tony-B I don't see NGE as Mecha because the Eva's to me, are not the pure focus of the series. I see it more from the point of the main charater, and the Eva's are just there to make the story move along and to get to the bigger picture in the end. I'm tring to word it in away not to spoil the series for anyone who hasnt seen it yet. The series could go either way Mecha or Sci-fi, because it's really both, but to me it more Sci-fi. It has a future setting and a lot of cool technology, which if the foundation for telling the story of a young boy. NGE is one of those series that can be precieved so many diffrent and mine is just one of them.

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Posted February 22 2003 - 09:06 AM

I think "Ghost In The Shell" is one of the most accessible anime titles out there. I'll recommend "Metropolis" as well, which isn't that confusing (until the end, perhaps).
He obviously misinterpreted what it means to "be bullish."

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Posted February 22 2003 - 09:50 AM

Here's my list. (it's large, I'll split it into two I think) I'll put a note whether I feel strongly that a certain recommended anime is for Novices or Advanced watchers. if it isn't notated one way or the other, read the descriptions and think if that would appeal to you. Some summaries will be paraphrased descriptions

Action

Cowboy Bebop (Novice)
Aurally and visually Jazzy, this fun and retro-cool anime series is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. If it can be called a vanity project, it's a vanity project for it's acclaimed composer Yoko Kanno.
Bandai has released the entire series over six volumes. A 'Best Sessions' set has been released with a selected 6 episodes remixed into Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1


Comedy

Ranma 1/2 (Novice)
One of the first animé TV series' I started watching. One of the first major comedy staples of the scene. Ranma is a teen martial-arts prodigy...then a mishap whilst training in China gives him a strange curse...whenever he's hit with cold water, he turns into a girl (hot water changes him back) when his father engages him to a friend's tomboy daugher back in Tokyo, Hilarity ensues.
Over the course of many years, Viz video has released nearly every Ranma film and episode onto dvd. It's a considerable collection.


His and Her Circumstances
From the enigmatic and troubled director of 'Evangelion' comes a high-school romantic comedy. Yukino Miyazawa is the overachieving good girl at her new high school, but little does anybody know that's it's all an act to garner praise to feed her own ego. When Soichiro Arima, the adopted son of a rich household, arrives on the scene and steals her thunder. Miyazawa starts plotting a hilariously disproportionate revenge...
'The Right Stuf' is releasing this series over 5 volumes. with the seamless branching, alternate angles, and incredibly complex multiple subtitle streams, these DVDs are some of the most complex ever made.


Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai (aka 'Abenobashi Magical Shopping District')
When 6th graders Sasshi and his female friend Arumi's home town Abenobashi (a shopping district near Osaka) is being torn down and "revitalized." Sasshi's family's house is demolished and his family moves into a small apartment. What he and Arumi don't realize is that three of the four magical animal statues of the district (one of which was at his old house) have been destroyed with the remaining one at Arumi's house. When a tragic accident destroys the remaining animal statue, Sasshi and Arumi find themselves shifting into different universes, each one with its own Abenobashi Shopping District. Broad and funny humour occurs as each era is a parody of a different style and setting to various 'genre' animé.
While there is an R2 release (in anamorphic widescreen no less) this show has not yet been licensed for R1.


Dragon Half
In a swords and sorcery style universe, Mink is a typical teen girl who incidentally is half-human and half-dragon. Just like many girls her age, Mink has a crush on a superstar pop singer named Dick Saucer. However Dick Saucer's image is also that of a renowned dragon slayer, and he's convinced that Mink is a vicious dragon pretending to be an innocent young girl! All Mink wants is to be fully human so she can win his heart....but life isn't that simple...
ADV has released both OVA episodes on one disc.


Mecha

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Watching the first episode, Evangelion appears to be just another giant robot show. all the requisite clichés are in place: the reluctant boy protagonist, a secret organization filled with brilliant scientists who produce and maintain said giant robot, sexy women, overzealous military types, and of course, major property damage.
Set in the year 2015, 15 years after a meteorite fell to earth and killed half the world's population, 14 year old Shinji Ikari, the quiet and abandoned-as-a-child son of NERV (the secret organization's) commander in chief, is summoned out of the blue to his estranged father's side just in time to pilot the aforementioned giant robot against a mysterious giant monster. Shinji is terrified of his new responsibilities, but as his new guardian, Misato Katsuragi, tells him, "You must confront your father, and you must confront yourself." From the grand orchestral score, to the overblown launch sequence, every last element of a pastiche is touched on...however...
The tone of the series takes a radical left turn, some of it starting as early as episode two, this episode reveals that Shinji's first battle is a disaster. The cabal that runs NERV scrambles to cover up the attack and lie to the public, while Shinji's father is chewed out for cost overruns and ignoring more important projects. The sexy and capable Misato turns out to be a beer-swilling slob with a grouchy pet penguin. And Shinji's defeat of the Third Angel? In his panic, he allowed the Eva to go berserk, caused the angel to self-destruct, and revealed a frightening hint of things to come: the Evangelions may be more organism than machine....
ADV has released this series domestically over eight volumes. However a very very much improved remaster (new telecine from original film and cel elements) is about to be released in Japan. Chances of that remaster being released domestically range from slim to none.


more to come.
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