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Flowers For Algernon is a good book and Evangelion a good anime. Personally I love animes and books that make me have to think. IT makes it all the more intresting. Though usually those kind of books or animes I always have to watch more then once to get anything out of it.

Other ones I know that really make you think would be

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni
Paranoia Agent



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I liked Mind Game. And I'm watching Ghost Hound & Texhnolyze at the moment. Hopefully I'll watch Serial Experiments Lain pretty soon, too.
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ultrarealism wrote:

I liked Mind Game. And I'm watching Ghost Hound & Texhnolyze at the moment. Hopefully I'll watch Serial Experiments Lain pretty soon, too.


serial expirments lain is one of my favs
i thought akira was another great existiential anime but i guess every ones seen it or should have any way.
i only find these sort of animes interesting, it beats killing brain cells with naruto an dbz lolz

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Posted 6/3/08
For a great psychological anime I would say Monster..it's one of the best ones I have ever seen...mind tricks and all lol....
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The real question is if you're talking about anime that IS psychologically introspective, or if it just attempts to be that way.

Evangelion is a very good example of an attempt. Sorry for the fans of it, I really loved the first 2/3rds of it, but I think at that point, they had no idea how to wrap up everything that they had been alluding to, because they didn't actually have anything specific in mind when they started. Trippy is all well and good, but there is a cutoff point at which something stops being introspective and thought provoking and merely becomes stupid.

Now if you want TRULY introspective and thoughtful anime, I'd recommend Welcome to the NHK, Paranoia Agent, and depending on how far you're willing to extend it, Trigun.

I dunno if it's been made into an anime yet, but I've been reading a manga called Liar Game, and that's been quite fun and thought provoking. Doubt is an interesting Manga as well, but it's still on the fence for whether it's actually good or dumb.
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Posted 6/3/08
dath note ??? may be???
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Posted 6/3/08 , edited 6/3/08
I like this thread.
Go you!

Yes, I love animes that make you think outside the box, and not given to you straightforward.

Yes Evangelion is a great example of this but there other Animes such as; Paranoia Agent, Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost Hound, etc.

Wouldn't it be a boring anime with no tension and a repetitive storyline?
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i love ERGO PROXY for this. "i think therefore you are"(proxy 1 to vincent law)
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i love ERGO PROXY for this. "i think therefore you are"(proxy 1 to vincent law)


great choice. truely an amazing anime. anime to watch for anyone who's into a more pessimestic view of life, but always has it's sunshine in there too.

i'm sorry, but Spiral makes Death Note look like a joke. I love Death Note, but Spiral sticks to the mind games the entire time. The religous references are pretty intense and make you think. Evangelion isn't really that great of an anime, the writer began losing sight of what he was trying to accomplish. He went from normal to suicidal through the course of the anime. and I believe his state-of-mind was not quite there. Something bout the anime really dissappointed me, i'm sorry for all of you who like the anime, but i'm def not a fan of it.
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lphybridb7 wrote:


my_Lithium wrote:

i love ERGO PROXY for this. "i think therefore you are"(proxy 1 to vincent law)


great choice. truely an amazing anime. anime to watch for anyone who's into a more pessimestic view of life, but always has it's sunshine in there too.

i'm sorry, but Spiral makes Death Note look like a joke. I love Death Note, but Spiral sticks to the mind games the entire time. The religous references are pretty intense and make you think. Evangelion isn't really that great of an anime, the writer began losing sight of what he was trying to accomplish. He went from normal to suicidal through the course of the anime. and I believe his state-of-mind was not quite there. Something bout the anime really dissappointed me, i'm sorry for all of you who like the anime, but i'm def not a fan of it.


what do you think of xxxholic? I love the way they present the involvement of fate. "there's no such thing as coincidence in this world, everything is inevitable"
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I love those kinds of anime, it's what saves this form of entertainment from the flood of the loli pedo retarded mecha emo hero harem genres (though of course you can have fun with those too).

Ghost in the Shell is a good choice for those who like this genre.
I didn't like Lain too much. Sometimes being too weird just gives me headache.
Gensoumaden Saiyuki, the manga, is very nice too, but the anime sucked a little. I liked Chobits too XD ok, it's a bit just a merchandise of Clamp, but still, it hits a few spots nicely.
The thing about anime is that there are many normal animes, like an adventure/mecha or shonen and shojo types, that are not mainly introspective, but dedicate a certain part of the work for that purpose. For instance, Gundam Seed (and forgive me those who just hate animes that are too popular) is mainly mecha. Still, it devotes some time and work on a few psichological issues, and does it well (at least the first season).
Same thing happens to many animes, and some of them just screw up badly at it (being too emo or just no believable, or just exagerating in the weirdness).
Another example of what I mean is Rurouni Kenshin. The story is mainly about sword-fencing action and some romance. But the core of Kenshin's character is a deep emotional (and maybe ethical) battle between forgiveness and sin. Many other characters are also developed.

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Yeah those are my fave animes
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GreyAngel wrote:
Now if you want TRULY introspective and thoughtful anime, I'd recommend Welcome to the NHK, Paranoia Agent, and depending on how far you're willing to extend it, Trigun.


Thank you so much for including Welcome to the NHK. I hate it when it gets passed off for just a weird comedy by people who didn't see it for what it was (which is usually people who only saw the first 2 or 3 episodes.) Paranoia Agent is a given, but also really good.
I never saw Trigun, is it worth watching?

And as for Evangelion... well.. heres to hoping they get it right the 3rd time around with these movie remakes.
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Posted 6/3/08
I think Death Note and Ergo proxy!
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Posted 6/3/08 , edited 6/3/08
Pretty much anything should make you think of yourself introspectively. Even something shallow or annoying, like pokemon for example. There are never any really deep meanings hidden in that show, but while watching, you think about the characters and how they act, then compare it to how you act, and grow. Really, it doesn't matter what you watch, just what you do with it.
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