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Thought I might see what I can get for a recommendation. I'm coming down with a cold, so I want something kinda light and insubstantial.

Usually when I want that, I either go for comedy stuff like Lucky Star, Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu and Working, or more action, like Prince of Tennis or City Hunter. You know, sort the anime equivalent of a Miller Light. So, if anyone has something along those lines, it would be great.

(I've seen K-On!, Ouran and Haruhi Suzumiya, which are the other 3 that first occured to me. And I know enough about the more common shounen series to know it's not what I want right now.)


Angelic Layer = Reach for the top, Tournament
Sora no Woto = Slice of Life, post apocalypse
Gokusen = action, comedy
Bamboo Blade = Reach for the top, Tournament
Acchi Kocchi = Slice of life, highschool
A-Channel = Slice of life, highschool
Arakawa Under the Bridge = weird, slice of life, comedy
Chihayafuru = slice of life, tournament
Ichigo Mashimaro = slice of life

everything has at least a bit of comedy, more from Gokusen down.
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Angelic Layer = Reach for the top, Tournament
Sora no Woto = Slice of Life, post apocalypse
Gokusen = action, comedy
Bamboo Blade = Reach for the top, Tournament
Acchi Kocchi = Slice of life, highschool
A-Channel = Slice of life, highschool
Arakawa Under the Bridge = weird, slice of life, comedy
Chihayafuru = slice of life, tournament
Ichigo Mashimaro = slice of life

everything has at least a bit of comedy, more from Gokusen down.


Didn't like Gokusen or Bamboo Blade, but BB def. fits my criteria, so good job there.
I couldn't muster the interest past the first half of Sora no Woto. Is it worth trying to finish? It was "cute", but the characters felt too bland.

Acchi Kocchi and A-channel sound interesting enough. I'll see what I see.
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Kohou wrote:


ShadowMaze wrote:


Angelic Layer = Reach for the top, Tournament
Sora no Woto = Slice of Life, post apocalypse
Gokusen = action, comedy
Bamboo Blade = Reach for the top, Tournament
Acchi Kocchi = Slice of life, highschool
A-Channel = Slice of life, highschool
Arakawa Under the Bridge = weird, slice of life, comedy
Chihayafuru = slice of life, tournament
Ichigo Mashimaro = slice of life

everything has at least a bit of comedy, more from Gokusen down.


Didn't like Gokusen or Bamboo Blade, but BB def. fits my criteria, so good job there.
I couldn't muster the interest past the first half of Sora no Woto. Is it worth trying to finish? It was "cute", but the characters felt too bland.

Acchi Kocchi and A-channel sound interesting enough. I'll see what I see.


In Sora no Woto I thought the end was better you get a little more depth to the other characters but nothing really big happens. There is of course a climax to the story but for the most part it remains cute.

Between Acchi Kocchi and A-channel I would suggest trying A-channel first. There it a strange tendancy they had to break out in song randomly but I think the story was a little more original. Acchi Kocchi as a bit more romance to it though and has both girl and boy main characters unlike A-channel.

If you havn't checked already you might want to check Angelic Layer which is a cute, tournament anime. The characters are all only middle school characters though. That doesn't always apeal to me and may not to you but it is worth it.
Other then that one Arakawa Under the Bridge really made me laugh. All of the characters are not only a little crazy. The main character, the only semi-normal one has just moved into there area which happens to be under the bridge.
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Can't seem to find an anime I'd be into.
I like genres such as: action, adventure, mecha, and a little comedy
Shows I've liked: Reborn!, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi), Durarara, and all the Gundams.
Also if it can be found on Crunchyroll it would be much appreciated.
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Can't seem to find an anime I'd be into.
I like genres such as: action, adventure, mecha, and a little comedy
Shows I've liked: Reborn!, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi), Durarara, and all the Gundams.
Also if it can be found on Crunchyroll it would be much appreciated.


On CR: Fairy Tail (only from the later eps though) Hunter x Hunter, Ixion Saga DT, Gintama, Linebarrels of Iron

Not on CR: Baccano!, Tiger & Bunny, Chrno Crusade, Orphen, Black Cat, Trigun, Get Backers
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I'm looking for a good mecha anime, since I've never really watched one before and I want to give one a try (Don't know if Tiger & Bunny counts as mecha, but yeah). Whether it's old or new doesn't matter. The only thing I ask is that it's not too long, maybe 100 episodes or less and has good character development.

Also, I recently watched Usagi Drop and I really loved it. If there's any other shows similar to that, please feel free to mention them. Thank you! (:
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I'm looking for a good mecha anime, since I've never really watched one before and I want to give one a try (Don't know if Tiger & Bunny counts as mecha, but yeah). Whether it's old or new doesn't matter. The only thing I ask is that it's not too long, maybe 100 episodes or less and has good character development.

Also, I recently watched Usagi Drop and I really loved it. If there's any other shows similar to that, please feel free to mention them. Thank you! (:


The most obvios mecha anime anime that comes to mind is Code Geass. It's not exactly short though not when you include both seasons, which you have to do with this anime. An even longer one I liked is Eureka 7. Coming up with good mecha anime off the top of my head is hard. A short one I thought of is Diebuster, it's only 6 episodes I think. The 6 episode prequal to that is Gunbuster but it's not necessary and not as good.

As for Usagi Drop the anime that imediatly poped into my head was Aishiteruzu Baby. it has a really cute five year old who has, like in Usagi Drop, been suddenly left alone and gets taken care of by the least likely family member. it is a very cute and very warm and fuzzy anime. You'll love it, I did.
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I would love some recommendations! My favorite titles so far have been shows like NANA, Honey and Clover, Princess Jellyfish, Nodame Cantabile...ideally I'd like something that involves young adults more than teenagers. Slice of life/romance is my favorite!
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Silly-Sphere wrote:

I'm looking for a good mecha anime, since I've never really watched one before and I want to give one a try (Don't know if Tiger & Bunny counts as mecha, but yeah). Whether it's old or new doesn't matter. The only thing I ask is that it's not too long, maybe 100 episodes or less and has good character development.

Also, I recently watched Usagi Drop and I really loved it. If there's any other shows similar to that, please feel free to mention them. Thank you! (:


Feel free to ignore my reasoning if you want. I'm from the justification school of recommendation. I'll sum up at the end.

I'm going to have to give a shout out to Full Metal Panic!, which I say really did a great job of combining humor and school drama with some of the best mecha action out there. I see ShadowMaze recommended Code Geass, which also did a great job, but I'm going to offer three reasons why FMP is better:
1) It's a little more light-hearted. Code Geass is probably a bit deeper, but it's also a lot more grim, while Full Metal Panic revels in its premise and never forgets to be entertaining, even while things go bad.
2) Along the same lines, it's much more ideological. CG is a very cynical series, while FMP is much more affirmative about people and friendship.
3) It truly has some of the best characters in anime. Since it's much more focused on the relationships between the mercenary group, and the romantic relationship between Sousuke and Kaname, it can really take some time to show you their true depths.

I'll also say that it is the model from which all modern school/special forces mecha anime are built. (Including Code Geass). And, as a final point... it's BETTER in English. It's one of my top 3 series, and I HATE a lot of mecha anime.

I am going to agree with Shadow on Diebuster. Also, since I'm discussing Gainax... I don't suggest Evangelion. I don't like it. I think that's a series which would actually improve if they removed the mecha from it. I MIGHT suggest Gurren Lagann, but it riffs off so much mecha, you might want more under your belt.

As for GUNDAM... I've only seen 3 of the series, but Gundam Seed (NOT Gundam Seed Destiny) is pretty solid. Gundam Wing is the most popular, but I think it's been improved upon since then (like many things from the mid-90's nostalgia filter + lower exposure has corrupted people's memory)

Also, my ex- loved Eureka 7, so I'll agree there as well. (Though it's over 50 episodes, so be aware before diving in.)


As far as Usagi Drop... man that's almost in a class by itself. I love that series, too. I've yet to see the anime. Did you like the part with little Rin, or big Rin, or both?
If the former... I'd say go with Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!. That's the closest thing I've found. You also might try CLANNAD: After Story, but that would require watching the first season, which again puts you at about 50 episodes.


TL;DR: Full Metal Panic! (avoid Second Raid), Diebuster, Gundam Seed, and Eureka 7.
and Papa Kiki for the Usagi Drop, with CLANNAD: AS on the outside bet.
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mippa wrote:

I would love some recommendations! My favorite titles so far have been shows like NANA, Honey and Clover, Princess Jellyfish, Nodame Cantabile...ideally I'd like something that involves young adults more than teenagers. Slice of life/romance is my favorite!




Man, I'm flying blind here... I saw part of H&C about 7 years ago, and only know the others from friends, but let's see what I can come up with.
But I refuse to go without at least offering something!

My first thought is... shows I think are like H&C (again, it's been a while):
Marmalade Boy, and Boys Be are all similar, as I recall. (And I'm showing my age, cause they're nearly a decade old.) You have Hana Yori Dango in your profile as a favorite, so you many have seen these as well.
Have you seen His & Her Circumstances (aka Kare Kano)? Also, Ouran High Host Club? (parody, but still amazing).

In the slice of life area, have you checked out Hidamari Sketch and Azumanga Daioh?
If you want to go a little weirder there's Pani Poni Dash. Ok, a lot weirder.
I also liked Kyou No Go No Ni (It Happened in Class 5-B), but the original OVA's turn off some people who felt they were too fanservicey.

For romance: a lot of girls I know really loved Skip Beat, (which I think is similar in premise to NANA).

On the Princess Jellyfish front: Seta no Hayanome? (My Bride is a Mermaid.)
And it's a definite longshot, based on your other suggestions... but: Princess Tutu? Definitely my favorite romance anime.
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Kohou wrote:

Man, I'm flying blind here... I saw part of H&C about 7 years ago, and only know the others from friends, but let's see what I can come up with.
But I refuse to go without at least offering something!


Haha! I knew I'd be a challenge. :)


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My first thought is... shows I think are like H&C (again, it's been a while):
Marmalade Boy, and Boys Be are all similar, as I recall. (And I'm showing my age, cause they're nearly a decade old.) You have Hana Yori Dango in your profile as a favorite, so you many have seen these as well.
Have you seen His & Her Circumstances (aka Kare Kano)? Also, Ouran High Host Club? (parody, but still amazing).


I've seen Marmalade Boy (back in high school!) and own the DVDs, saw Ouran while living in Japan, and saw KareKano and did "Yume no Naka e" for a piano recital back in high school, believe it or not. (Wow, I'm really showing my age too, aren't I?)


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In the slice of life area, have you checked out Hidamari Sketch and Azumanga Daioh?
If you want to go a little weirder there's Pani Poni Dash. Ok, a lot weirder.
I also liked Kyou No Go No Ni (It Happened in Class 5-B), but the original OVA's turn off some people who felt they were too fanservicey.


I've only seen bits and pieces of those - is there any drama to them, or is it entirely comedy?


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For romance: a lot of girls I know really loved Skip Beat, (which I think is similar in premise to NANA).


I'm cringing at myself for saying this, but something about the art style really turns me off to Skip Beat - how about it, CR peeps? Should I look past it and give it a shot?


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On the Princess Jellyfish front: Seta no Hayanome? (My Bride is a Mermaid.)
And it's a definite longshot, based on your other suggestions... but: Princess Tutu? Definitely my favorite romance anime.


Seen Princess Tutu - wow, it's actually the anime that brought me back to the hobby after a few years of "hiatusing"! I haven't seen Seta no Hanayome except for a few bits and pieces. It looks kinda harem-y...but in the good "Tenchi Muyo!" and "Ah My Goddess!" way, not the horrible [insert B-grade visual novel that isn't KEY] way. Thoughts?
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mippa wrote:

I've seen Marmalade Boy (back in high school!) and own the DVDs, saw Ouran while living in Japan, and saw KareKano and did "Yume no Naka e" for a piano recital back in high school, believe it or not. (Wow, I'm really showing my age too, aren't I?)


You'll forgive me this, I hope, but honestly, that reassures me a bit. An awful lot of people whose profile says they're over 20 are about 14. That means I can be a little freer with recommends.


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I've only seen bits and pieces of those - is there any drama to them, or is it entirely comedy?

Azumanga has probably the most "drama", and even then, it's light. It's definitely slice of life with a comedic touch.

To sort of summarize them: AD is a less hyper-cute, less otaku version of Lucky Star. Hidamari I found a bit slow. Pani Poni is like Japan's answer to Nicktoons. And Class 5-B is... sort of hard to define. (actually, I just forgot. I only remember liking it.)


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Seen Princess Tutu - wow, it's actually the anime that brought me back to the hobby after a few years of "hiatusing"! I haven't seen Seta no Hanayome except for a few bits and pieces. It looks kinda harem-y...but in the good "Tenchi Muyo!" and "Ah My Goddess!" way, not the horrible [insert B-grade visual novel that isn't KEY] way. Thoughts?


Well, I thought it a bit... surreal? Wrong word. It didn't feel so much like jokes as... Which is to say... It's a little too sitcommy, I guess. So, make of that what you will. I also didn't like the new AMG! that much, though. But I do love Tenchi Muyo.


Couple more additions... since I THINK you're saying you like Key (my apologies if I'm parsing that sentence badly)... Have you watched Angel Beats? It's pretty darn awesome. If you like Tutu and KareKano, you'll probably enjoy it. And Little Busters has an anime out this season. Also by Key.

I also suggest Special A... which is a semi-shoujo romance. (I found it when I was going back through my anime rental queue.)

And lastly, going a little off-menu... try Allison + Lillia. It's definitely romantic. It's by the guy who did Kino's Journey. It's absolutely beautiful, both artistically and emotionally. It's got very little in common with any of the shows you specifically listed,but... I think it might work for you.

Also, would it be all right if I added you as a CR buddy? I like to have cool people on my buddy list.
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You'll forgive me this, I hope, but honestly, that reassures me a bit. An awful lot of people whose profile says they're over 20 are about 14. That means I can be a little freer with recommends.


Nothing to forgive! Honestly my mind still boggles at the average age of people on the message boards here! XDa


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Well, I thought it a bit... surreal? Wrong word. It didn't feel so much like jokes as... Which is to say... It's a little too sitcommy, I guess. So, make of that what you will. I also didn't like the new AMG! that much, though. But I do love Tenchi Muyo.


I guess I should clarify in saying that I'm mostly a fan of the AMG OVAs and the early manga. Not so much the TV series, either. SetaHaya pings something in me. I might need to check it out just for variety's sake.


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Couple more additions... since I THINK you're saying you like Key (my apologies if I'm parsing that sentence badly)... Have you watched Angel Beats? It's pretty darn awesome. If you like Tutu and KareKano, you'll probably enjoy it. And Little Busters has an anime out this season. Also by Key.


Key can be a little moe for my tastes, but I will acknowledge their ability to create engaging stories. (There's only so much "nyaaaa" and "uguuuu" I can stomach, really.) I keep hearing great things about Angel Beats and Little Busters both, so I might be catching an episode or two of that. Same with Special A.



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And lastly, going a little off-menu... try Allison + Lillia. It's definitely romantic. It's by the guy who did Kino's Journey. It's absolutely beautiful, both artistically and emotionally. It's got very little in common with any of the shows you specifically listed,but... I think it might work for you.


Now you're speaking my language. That and the fact that it's girl/girl (maybe not romantically but I'll take anything!) works in its favor.


Also, would it be all right if I added you as a CR buddy? I like to have cool people on my buddy list.

Please be my guest! I haven't really branched out to the social aspect of the site actually. I'm glad I didn't come off as too--er--elitist? XD Haha...
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The most obvios mecha anime anime that comes to mind is Code Geass. It's not exactly short though not when you include both seasons, which you have to do with this anime. An even longer one I liked is Eureka 7. Coming up with good mecha anime off the top of my head is hard. A short one I thought of is Diebuster, it's only 6 episodes I think. The 6 episode prequal to that is Gunbuster but it's not necessary and not as good.

As for Usagi Drop the anime that imediatly poped into my head was Aishiteruzu Baby. it has a really cute five year old who has, like in Usagi Drop, been suddenly left alone and gets taken care of by the least likely family member. it is a very cute and very warm and fuzzy anime. You'll love it, I did. :)


Diebuster sounds good, I think I'll give that one a go along with Aishiteruzu Baby. Thank you very much! :)


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Feel free to ignore my reasoning if you want. I'm from the justification school of recommendation. I'll sum up at the end.

I'm going to have to give a shout out to Full Metal Panic!, which I say really did a great job of combining humor and school drama with some of the best mecha action out there. I see ShadowMaze recommended Code Geass, which also did a great job, but I'm going to offer three reasons why FMP is better:
1) It's a little more light-hearted. Code Geass is probably a bit deeper, but it's also a lot more grim, while Full Metal Panic revels in its premise and never forgets to be entertaining, even while things go bad.
2) Along the same lines, it's much more ideological. CG is a very cynical series, while FMP is much more affirmative about people and friendship.
3) It truly has some of the best characters in anime. Since it's much more focused on the relationships between the mercenary group, and the romantic relationship between Sousuke and Kaname, it can really take some time to show you their true depths.

I'll also say that it is the model from which all modern school/special forces mecha anime are built. (Including Code Geass). And, as a final point... it's BETTER in English. It's one of my top 3 series, and I HATE a lot of mecha anime.

I am going to agree with Shadow on Diebuster. Also, since I'm discussing Gainax... I don't suggest Evangelion. I don't like it. I think that's a series which would actually improve if they removed the mecha from it. I MIGHT suggest Gurren Lagann, but it riffs off so much mecha, you might want more under your belt.

As for GUNDAM... I've only seen 3 of the series, but Gundam Seed (NOT Gundam Seed Destiny) is pretty solid. Gundam Wing is the most popular, but I think it's been improved upon since then (like many things from the mid-90's nostalgia filter + lower exposure has corrupted people's memory)

Also, my ex- loved Eureka 7, so I'll agree there as well. (Though it's over 50 episodes, so be aware before diving in.)

Thanks for giving such detailed reasoning on everything! FMP does sound like a great one, perhaps I'll watch CG after FMP if I end up enjoying it. Eureka 7 seems like an interesting one as well, I'll put that one on my list too.

As far as Usagi Drop... man that's almost in a class by itself. I love that series, too. I've yet to see the anime. Did you like the part with little Rin, or big Rin, or both?
If the former... I'd say go with Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!. That's the closest thing I've found. You also might try CLANNAD: After Story, but that would require watching the first season, which again puts you at about 50 episodes.

Ah, so you've only read the manga? In the anime, she's little the whole time so I'm not familiar how the story goes after she grows up (I plan on reading the manga soon, though!) I looked up the plot of Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai and it looks like something I'd definitely enjoy! Thanks again for the recommendations!
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I'm looking for a good mecha anime, since I've never really watched one before and I want to give one a try (Don't know if Tiger & Bunny counts as mecha, but yeah). Whether it's old or new doesn't matter. The only thing I ask is that it's not too long, maybe 100 episodes or less and has good character development.

Also, I recently watched Usagi Drop and I really loved it. If there's any other shows similar to that, please feel free to mention them. Thank you! (:


If you read manga and liked Usagi Drop you might also like flat http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=27624
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