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Post by Madzimum Thrill on Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:47 am

So, if you had to list one, or maybe even 5 or 10, or maybe even just picking one by genre, what's your favourite anime series, anime movies, and manga series?


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Post by enail on Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:19 am

Favourite anime series is an easy one for me, Shoujo Kakumei Utena wins by a mile. Erased is probably runner up, with Sailor Moon getting nostalgic first anime consolation prize.

Favourite movie: Tied between Spirited Away and Totoro. Though, if anime-style art counts, my childhood fave The Last Unicorn is a strong contender and probably takes credit for giving me a love for the style to begin with.

Favourite manga series is the toughest one, more because I don't read (or at least don't finish ) that many manga and usually prefer anime than because there's too many to chose from. I'd say probably Osamu Tezuka's Buddha comics, but it's not as dear to my heart as the series and movie winners. Runners up are Yotsuba, Genshiken and maybe 20th Century Boys (but I'm way behind with that one), with Berserk as strongly impactful but problematic recent fave.
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Post by Werel on Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:20 am

TBH I don't watch that much anime (or at least I didn't before some nerds on the internet roped me into it ), but I do have some favorites from the super-popular canon:

Manga: Easily Berserk (enail, I am delighted that it gets a problematic honorable mention for you ). It is very near and dear to me. Genshiken is a strong diametrically-opposite-in-tone second place, though.

Movie: Gotta be Mononoke. I don't seem to ever get tired of that movie. Little-kid me still kind of adores Akira and GitS, too, especially the soundtracks.

Series: If I'm counting Berserk in the manga category, then probably Paranoia Agent. Intro still gives me mega-goosebumps every time. Runner-ups include Erased and March Comes In Like a Lion. Huh... I guess I like anime shows about depressive sadsacks getting caught up in weird, difficult, possibly supernatural events?
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by Lucy on Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:42 am

"Favourite" threads are my hell, I have such a hard time deciding. Laughing I'm gonna do 5 of each, and it still isn't really definitive!

ANIME

* Ushio and Tora
A recent adaptation of one of my utter favourite shounen manga (I would have put it in that section but I was already over-running ). The adaptation does it FULL justice, well cast, well animated, well directed. It has a horror/fantasy bent and very 90s styling. Definitely check it out!

* Eureka Seven
On first glance it looks like an Evangelion clone (and it definitely takes a lot of elements from it), but it turned out to be a much more positive and touching coming of age story
....with air-surfing mecha.

* Shoujo Kakumei Utena
I can never leave this one out of a fave topic. Very Happy Symbolic to the point of nonsensical sometimes, but riveting to watch and interesting to deconstruct. ZETTAI UNMEI MOKUSHIROKU

* Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
ALL PARTS. This decades-spanning shounen romp hasn't failed to please me yet, and the anime adaptations have been fantastic so far!

* Cardcaptor Sakura
Cute and sweet, this is a great adaptation of CLAMP's magical girl manga. The soundtrack is lovely and the animation's pretty great (Madhouse).



MOVIES

* One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
Directed by Hosoda Mamoru, this One Piece movie is... different from a lot of the other One Piece movies. It starts off pretty typical but gets dark, strange and kinda scary.

* Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku
If you thought the series was 10 million allegories in bright primary anime colours, magnify this by a factor of 10 and you get the Utena movie. Cinematically beautiful, bizarre, and will keep you guessing right up to the end.

* Omoide Poro Poro / Only Yesterday
Probably my favourite Studio Ghibli movie, a quiet and gentle reminiscence of Japan in the 60s-80s.

* One Piece Film: Strong World
A much more typical One Piece film; a straightforward, exciting action and adventure romp! This one, however, was strongly influenced by original author Oda, who wrote the story, did all the costume design, and oversaw production of the movie. It turned out very vibrant and punchy, with a great soundtrack!

* Laputa: Castle in the Sky
My first Ghibli movie (and possibly my first anime), I still have a massive soft spot for this one. It's high-fantasy with wondrous flying machines and fun characters.



MANGA

* One Piece (Oda Eiichiro)
Forever on the cruise! This series has made me cry tears of every emotion and howl with laughter. Definitely has its flaws, but I still enjoy it a lot.

* Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki Hayao)
Probably one of my favourite pieces of written fiction of all time. The world building, art and story are all superb, it's so melancholy and beautiful.

* Fruits Basket (Takaya Natsuki)
Never fails to make me cry. So much trauma and so many emotions in one manga.

* AKIRA (Otomo Katsuhiro)
Another huge favourite, with crisp art and classic sci fi styling, it's a wonderful take on humanity and unfolding disasters. If you've watched the movie, definitely try the manga as it has a huge amount more plot and a different ending to the film.

* Ore Monogatari!! (written by Kawahara Kazune, art by Aruko)
A fantastic shoujo manga, with genuinely sweet characters and romance interspersed with rib-crackingly hilarious comedy!

((bonus/cheating 6th choice))

Fullmetal Alchemist (Arakawa Hiromu)
I couldn't leave FMA off my list but didn't want to drop any of the others, SUE ME
Fullmetal Alchemist is chock-full of strong and interesting characters and scenarios, excellent shounen manga fighting and action, and great comedy. Highly recommended!
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by enail on Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:28 pm

Yes! Utena fan high-five-with-symbolic-swirling-roses-in-the-background! And Nausicaa manga is amazing, so much better than the movie!
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by Madzimum Thrill on Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:16 am

@Werel wrote:I guess I like anime shows about depressive sadsacks getting caught up in weird, difficult, possibly supernatural events?

Did I recommend Welcome to the NHK to you or not?

Anime:

Robotech: The Macross Saga/SDF Macross was a huge one. I got into Robotech before I knew what anime was and before I knew what "mecha" were and it so different from other cartoons I'd seen (missile streams and space-ships and pilotable transformers and more action happening on-screen than you could keep up with and a serious setting), shit was awesome.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi/Erased has probably been the one that I lived and died with the hardest, those week-long waits after a cliffhanger were horrifying.

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting (one of my high school friends liked to call it "Dragon Boxing Z") is about as good as it gets for digging-deep fighting-spirit anime.

One Piece for how batshit crazy of a journey it is. Oda uses a number of literary tricks that I just love, has a crazy-ass attention to detail and character creation, and he's probably going to die before it ever ends RIP ;_;>

I sort of have a hard time constructing lists like this because I like looking for anime that feels just a little bit special and not necessarily because it's the greatest ever. The original season of Berserk, Death Note before the thing, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Ore Monogatari, Ajin Demi-Human, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 and on and on are all variously have something in them that makes me sit up and pay attention and should be on any list but aren't anime that automatically come to mind. I'm sure I'm missing a bunch (DBZ) that should be on here too.

Manga:

The answer is Genshiken because you can only get the full experience there. I would say that's the first time I ever specifically recognized myself in any kind of entertainment, and now that that era has passed, it remains as a kind of time capsule of "the way things used to be like."

Movies:

I probably would've said Spirited Away as a place-holder at one point, and I added Blame!: The Movie recently because that shit was just so cool (sort of a mix between Terminator + the outside world in The Matrix, but it actually came out before The Matrix and it almost seems certain that the later movies took some cues from it) but the answer is Kimi no na Wa/Your Name. I saw like half of a premise (a country girl and a city boy mysteriously switch bodies) and thought it would be a cute and chill slice-of-life movie and didn't see that fucking rollercoaster coming at all.
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by Lucy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:44 am

Kimi no Na wa was an absolute belter, I agree. I agonised for ages over putting any of Shinkai Makoto's movies on my line up (I love KNNW, Garden of Words, and Place Promised), but none of them felt "favourite-y" to me right now.
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Post by EncouragementMachine on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:05 am

I got into anime probably about the same way as most of you. DBZ, Samurai Pizza Cats, Poke'mon, Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors, Outlaw Star and such. I fell into it haaaaard. Daytime TV led to nighttime TV. Sci-fi (before SyFy x_x) showed stuff like Akira, Roujin Z, Ghost in the Shell, that one Street Fighter movie, Iria, etc. A local mom and pop video store (which in retrospect must've had an employee into anime also to curate this stuff tho it didn't occur to me at the time) had a bunch of tapes in the back room/porn area. Ninja Scroll, Slayers, Vampire Hunter D, Ranma 1/2, Evangelion.

Most of those movies/shows weren't very good! But man, that sense of having grown up on "cartoons" like Tom and Jerry then having "discovered" something new, the culture shock and I'm sure no small amount of nostalgia make that whole period in time stand out for me. None of those titles are still my favorites, but I think that time and that feeling was when I enjoyed anime most. Does that make sense?

Favorite shows - Rurouni Kenshin, Read or Die, HunterXHunter, Cromartie High School, Mushishi (Guilty pleasure - sports/game centered stuff like Hajime no Ippo, Hikaru no Go, or Yowamushi Pedal)

Favorite movies - Tokyo Godfathers, Galaxy Express 999, Night on the Galactic Railroad (Ghibli is soooo cheating for this question, but Nausicaa/Laputa/Whisper of the Heart)

Favorite manga - Full Metal Alchemist, Kodomo no Omocha, Blade of the Immortal, Detective Conan (Tezuka would be cheating too because everything was GOLD)

I don't read/watch as much as I used to, it's hard to invest enough time to keep up with things. There's a lot of things I know I would probably enjoy if I had the free hours to spare like I did when younger.
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by Lucy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:09 am

YOWAMUSHI PEDAL *finger guns*

I love YWMP but I kept forgetting to keep up with the anime, I just read the manga even though the anime is surprisingly well produced for an ongoing sports anime Laughing Hajime no Ippo (all series) are great adaptations, the first one holds the fondest place in my heart tho because of the KILLER soundtrack (by a guy involved in The Seatbelts who also did the Trigun soundtrack and opening theme).
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Post by enail on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:32 am

Ohhh, Kodomo no Omocha! You hardly ever hear about that one, but I really liked the first arc, it was so energetic and weird!
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Post by Werel on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:46 am

@Madzimum Thrill wrote:Did I recommend Welcome to the NHK to you or not?
OH, yes, you totally did, and I read like the first... 3 volumes of the manga? I liked it, should pick it back up. But I think you said the anime is suuuper different, so maybe I'll check that out for a whole new sadsack-protagonist experience.
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Re: Your favourite anime/manga

Post by Madzimum Thrill on Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:47 pm

The anime is moreeeeee optimistic, let's say. Just as an early difference, the main character isn't on drugs.
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Post by enail on Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:10 am

I didn't realize the anime and manga were that different, is the manga less trope-y feeling?
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Post by Madzimum Thrill on Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:20 am

Hrmmm, it's been awhile so I don't totally remember the details, but I did end up liking the manga less because it was a lot rougher and somehow more of a mental-illness-fest than even the anime was
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