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Here are some good series that have yet to be mentioned in the thread. I'll just summarize each series without trying to write a full review, but beware of any spoilers, as they it is pretty much impossible to describe each series without trying not to give anything away.

Bokurano
The chances are that you will not enjoy this series - you will require some taste for bleak, depressing stories which involve making sadistic choices, dilemmas and double binds. However, the fundamental reason to why this series is so effective is that each characters' development and reactions are so diverse when they are faced with an inevitable death. The series also touches upon various cynical criticisms and taboos, such as child abuse, rape, and attempted suicides. To sum the series in short: it shows the humanity at its worst, but also the children, the humanity at its best. While the series itself may cause you to feel miserable, this series is a must watch if you enjoy tragedies with a great psychological depth and distress.

Honey & Clover
Perhaps on of the best, if not the best josei series ever created. No major characters introduced throughout the series is wasted as a mere plot device or a personification of various cliches. Each characters have a mind of their own, never require any suspension of disbelief, and most importantly, take rational approaches towards their own conflicts. The complexity of emotions displayed by each characters cannot be described in words, as the cast itself is so diverse, compelling and human-like, it is almost unforgettably authentic, whether it is an anime, manga, or even a live action. However, the melancholic nature of the series conceals itself beneath a facade of humor and perpetual smiles, thus balancing itself exceptionally between comedy and drama. In the end, while some characters manage to persist through their love interests, others are inevitably confronted with the subtle, yet harsh reality of rejection due to various reasons, such their inability to support their loved ones. Regardless of the result, the audience are still reminded that time is still passing, as each characters are forced to eventually move on with their life.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
Basically what the infamous 'Endless Eight' should have been; this series proves that given enough skills and an exceptional director (Masaaki Yuasa), even boring concepts such as 'groundhog day' plot can be turned into an whimsical masterpiece. The unnamed protagonist (nicknamed as Watashi, or I), is a college student with a defeatist attitude, who is purposely used as an unreliable narrator, to give the audience an allusion of other characters being one-dimensional. Each episode up until the 9th episode depicts the protagonist attending a different college club, all of which he comes to regret by the end of the episode, causing the time to reverse back. Here's the catch: the protagonist never makes the same mistakes from previous episodes, but his inaction and tendency to blame his friends eventually lead to the repetition of failure and frustration. However, the as the each of the story's puzzles begin to connect each other, the protagonist starts realizing owns flaws, and attempts to break out of the endless cycle. Through the mysterious storytelling, coupled with Yuasa's unique directing while incorporating a myriad of subtle humor and witty symbolism, the series proves itself to be one of the most intriguing, if not the best series of 2010.
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Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
Basically what the infamous 'Endless Eight' should have been; this series proves that given enough skills and an exceptional director (Masaaki Yuasa), even boring concepts such as 'groundhog day' plot can be turned into an whimsical masterpiece. The unnamed protagonist (nicknamed as Watashi, or I), is a college student with a defeatist attitude, who is purposely used as an unreliable narrator, to give the audience an allusion of other characters being one-dimensional. Each episode up until the 9th episode depicts the protagonist attending a different college club, all of which he comes to regret by the end of the episode, causing the time to reverse back. Here's the catch: the protagonist never makes the same mistakes from previous episodes, but his inaction and tendency to blame his friends eventually lead to the repetition of failure and frustration. However, the as the each of the story's puzzles begin to connect each other, the protagonist starts realizing owns flaws, and attempts to break out of the endless cycle. Through the mysterious storytelling, coupled with Yuasa's unique directing while incorporating a myriad of subtle humor and witty symbolism, the series proves itself to be one of the most intriguing, if not the best series of 2010.


Yeah, I should have had that on my earlier list too. Honestly, I hated the anime, but I can't deny it was well thought out.
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monster and baccano are very underrated ... too bad .


You misunderstood the topic.

This is for BEST THOUGH OUT ANIME
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Kevin_Levin wrote:


razi3l-0 wrote:

monster and baccano are very underrated ... too bad .


You misunderstood the topic.

This is for BEST THOUGH OUT ANIME



monster and baccano are both well thought out anime , but they aren't as popular as they should .
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Quite an interesting list you got there, I ought to give them a try. They all sound interesting and seems "well thought out". I have watched a few bits of "Honey And Clover" and it was pretty interesting. Bokurano sounds like a very nice anime to watch, I think I might enjoy being emotionally destroyed seeming as School Days did that to me. The "Endless Eight" anime sounds interesting too, thought I think it might kill me with boredom... I couldn't even stand a few episodes of "endless eight" on "The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya". Very nice list, and they all sound interesting and they each have "well thought out" aspects judging from your summaries. After I watch them (if I do have time), I'll post your summaries with credits to you.
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*SPOILER!!! SPOILER!!!*
I say Full metal alchemist and Shugo chara.
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I LOVE YOU FOR PUTTING SCHOOL DAYS UP THERE
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AsuraCryin wrote:
Quite an interesting list you got there, I ought to give them a try. They all sound interesting and seems "well thought out". I have watched a few bits of "Honey And Clover" and it was pretty interesting. Bokurano sounds like a very nice anime to watch, I think I might enjoy being emotionally destroyed seeming as School Days did that to me. The "Endless Eight" anime sounds interesting too, thought I think it might kill me with boredom... I couldn't even stand a few episodes of "endless eight" on "The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya". Very nice list, and they all sound interesting and they each have "well thought out" aspects judging from your summaries. After I watch them (if I do have time), I'll post your summaries with credits to you.

I've watched both anime and manga of Bukurano,and to be honest, I'd have to say that I've preferred the manga more - the story flows out better, and the ending is more logical, considering how the director for the anime meddled around with the plot a bit to suit his own taste. Unlike Evangelion, School Days and Higurashi, Bokurano does not use explicitly bloody scenes and mindscrews to deliver its message - it brings up a series of themes which question the humanity throughout the series. While most of these themes are subtle, as you progress through each character, you start realizing how cynical and brutal these conflicts are.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is even more tougher to adapt to - there are so many quirks which may not suit the audience at first glance. First thing you'd immediately recognize is that the art design is rather unique, also seemingly detrimental. But by the end, you will realize that it has been used for the series for a reason: to create an illusion of other characters from the protagonist's unreliable narration. The second one would be the ridiculously fast dialogues within the first few episodes - these get slowed down quite a bit after when you get into few episodes, but the first two episodes may leave you too confused to continue on. Considering that this title is based on a novel (not a manga or a light novel), it may be that Yuasa wanted to incorporate as much information as possible before actually getting into the actual story, but then, that's just my speculation. If you've watched endless eight from the second season of Suzumiya Haruhi anime, you'd probably give up watching the series without a second thought. This is where the title differentiates itself from Endless Eight: While each episode may seem to be repetitious to each other, every episode connects together, as you notice the different personalities displayed by the protagonist each episode, and few hints which are exclusive in each episode, which later make the 'big picture' of the series. If you try to find these pieces of the plot and connect each other with the protagonist's characters and flaws, you'll find much more enjoyment watching the series.

Either way, while these animes are certainly powerful, and give the audience a lot to think about, they are definitely not suited to everyone's tastes. If you're interested in these type of series, you may want to check out these people's work:
-Mohiro Kitoh
-Satoshi Kon
-Masaaki Yuasa
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I say code geass is really thought out
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Zombie Loan
- These zombie heroes fight justice and terrorism. By exchanging a piece of their hand (right hand)

The World Ends With You (it's like an internactive anime/manga)
- Like Zombie Loan, uses undead heroes to paint a harsh story.

Which the story takes place in an alternate Shibuya (Underground)
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HirakuNoShadow wrote:

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is even more tougher to adapt to - there are so many quirks which may not suit the audience at first glance. First thing you'd immediately recognize is that the art design is rather unique, also seemingly detrimental. But by the end, you will realize that it has been used for the series for a reason: to create an illusion of other characters from the protagonist's unreliable narration. The second one would be the ridiculously fast dialogues within the first few episodes - these get slowed down quite a bit after when you get into few episodes, but the first two episodes may leave you too confused to continue on. Considering that this title is based on a novel (not a manga or a light novel), it may be that Yuasa wanted to incorporate as much information as possible before actually getting into the actual story, but then, that's just my speculation. If you've watched endless eight from the second season of Suzumiya Haruhi anime, you'd probably give up watching the series without a second thought. This is where the title differentiates itself from Endless Eight: While each episode may seem to be repetitious to each other, every episode connects together, as you notice the different personalities displayed by the protagonist each episode, and few hints which are exclusive in each episode, which later make the 'big picture' of the series. If you try to find these pieces of the plot and connect each other with the protagonist's characters and flaws, you'll find much more enjoyment watching the series.

Either way, while these animes are certainly powerful, and give the audience a lot to think about, they are definitely not suited to everyone's tastes. If you're interested in these type of series, you may want to check out these people's work:
-Mohiro Kitoh
-Satoshi Kon
-Masaaki Yuasa


I have just watched majority of this anime (9/11 episodes) and I am amazed. At first I was completely confused and lost with the fast pace dialogue, it eventually slows down, and it really takes some getting use to. Nonetheless, it was extremely well thought out, the incorporation of some episodes themes into future episodes. This made you think about the past episodes, and piece by piece, you learn the "true" story. I have to say, this is definitely one of the BEST animes that have made me think. The animation is unique as well, but the way the story was put together just amazes me. Now, I need some rest so I can fix my head after being mindfucked by thinking so damn much.
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Kyou Kara Maou! The reason I choose this as a very well thought out anime is because a lot of the plot devices are given out even at the beginning of the anime but are hidden as simple gestures or comments. It's great how later on in the series the anime slowly reveals a lot of this information and eventually ties a lot of things in to the main protagonist.

Clannad & Clannad After Story AMAZING anime with a well thought out plot device and characters you can truly fall in love with. While each person is weird and different in their own way. The Comedy, suspense, action and drama they present to the audiance is always moving. I can admit this is one of two anime that has ever made me actually cry. The other was Grave of the Fire Fly's.
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Clannad

I can't stand school life anime. I'm in college, I really don't give a damn about highschool relationships. But Clannad was different. The way they adapted the game into anime was flawless. Key followed all the rules to produce truly memorable experience. When you say "well thought out" this anime was precisely step by step.

Durarara

Durarara and its big brother Baccanno were both well thought out anime but personally I thought Durarara won out in the end by painting a truly epic collage that when you look back after finishing the series, is a beautiful picture of grit and reality.
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Wow... Well this thread just changed from, "Well thought out Animes" to "Every Anime that is already popular and generally average". I'm sorry but, a lot of these are very average, hell some of them are not even very good.
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