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Nice thread setup. Been reading through a bit of it and thought of just asking myself.

Looking for either a series, or movies. Length doesn't matter. Prefer darker overtones with a fairly well done plot. Action scenes wouldn't hurt. I'll throw down a simple list for taste comparison:

Enjoyed
Green Legend Ran
FMA: Brotherhood
Samurai Champloo
Mushishi
Karas
Paprika
The Evangelion reboot movies
Porco Rosso
Genius Party

Didn't Enjoy (For one reason or another)
Bleach
Pretty much anything moe - I'll trust your opinions though

So far I've been looking at Darker than Black, xxxHolic, Blue Exorcist, Ergo Proxy, Paranoia Agent, Serial Experiments: Lain, Garden of Sinners, Mononoke, Guilty Crown, and Hunter X Hunter, but it's a bit of a sensory overload for me, and I've shuffled through my share of let downs, so I'd like to ask here for recommendations on the above, and anything else, before jumping in too deep on any one series - don't particularly have the patience at this time.

Thanks for any and all help!
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drchronotrigger wrote:

Nice thread setup. Been reading through a bit of it and thought of just asking myself.

Looking for either a series, or movies. Length doesn't matter. Prefer darker overtones with a fairly well done plot. Action scenes wouldn't hurt. I'll throw down a simple list for taste comparison:

Enjoyed
Green Legend Ran
FMA: Brotherhood
Samurai Champloo
Mushishi
Karas
Paprika
The Evangelion reboot movies
Porco Rosso
Genius Party

Didn't Enjoy (For one reason or another)
Bleach
Pretty much anything moe - I'll trust your opinions though

So far I've been looking at Darker than Black, xxxHolic, Blue Exorcist, Ergo Proxy, Paranoia Agent, Serial Experiments: Lain, Garden of Sinners, Mononoke, Guilty Crown, and Hunter X Hunter, but it's a bit of a sensory overload for me, and I've shuffled through my share of let downs, so I'd like to ask here for recommendations on the above, and anything else, before jumping in too deep on any one series - don't particularly have the patience at this time.

Thanks for any and all help!


Lain was my first anime, so I have difficulty being rational about it, but it's definitely something,
I know little about Guilty Crown, and I'd say Hunter x Hunter is definitely the odd man out in this version of "one of these things is not like the others".

Darker than Black was definitely the first thing that came to my mind when I read your list of comparisons. If you're going to do xxxHolic, you should also go with Tsubasa, (they're concurrent storylines) but the Tsubasa anime sucks. And I'd actually suggest, rather than xxx, go with X (aka X/1999). Still by Clamp, way weirder.

Garden of Sinners was pretty good. I've only seen the first one, but it should tell you if you'll like the rest.

My overall thought is thus:
Ditch Hunter x Hunter. It's a darker shounen series, but it's still a shounen series. I also seem to recall that it had a gecko ending.
Watch Kara no Kyoukai's (Garden) first movie. If you hate it, drop it. (2 down).
Watch Darker than Black, because it sounds perfect for you.
Then move on to Ergo Proxy -> Lain -> Paranoia Agent -> Mononoke. (Increasing levels of terror).
Then possibly X/1999.
Top off with Gulty Crown and Blue Exorcist. (Which will give me time to check out G.C. and I can pm you about it.)
Then consider Kaze no Stigma which will be a nice darkish seinen action series with a pretty righteous ending to end off your anime spree with a bang.

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Thank you very much! Lays to rest quite a bit of uncertainty I faced. Much appreciated, again.
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Hello, I'm new to crunchyroll but not anime. I saw my first anime around 1992 on the scifi channel. Lensman, Robot Hunter Casshern, and then rented Bubblegum Crisis from Blockbuster.
Anyways, my daughter is almost 5 yrs old and will probably be attending a total immersion japanese school Fall 2013. 50% Japanese speakers and 50% English. So I'm looking to expose her to the language.
I remember a series (probably 2002) about a pre teen girl who is new in town and sees the latest sport which is fighting dolls (no bloodshed). I don't remember the name but think this COULD PROBABLY be appropriate for a 4 year old and hold my attention also (I'm 37).
I know this isn't much to go on but I would appreciate any help

Thanks in advance
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Hi, I was wondering if someone here could rec me some good anime that has a darker storyline and is more mature; less silliness etc. The big thing I want is violence of the brutal and realistic sort. I loved Neon Genesis Evangelion (the original series and the Rebuild moives), and I enjoyed Darker than Black, Full Metal Alchemist, etc. I'm currently in the middle of watching Code Geass R2, but I find the violence too cartoony, and the mechs too silly (one thing I enjoyed the most about NGE was how real everything felt). I've started watching Ghost in the Shell SAC, but the second episode with the little robots that talk nearly made me quit the series. If someone could tell me whether it gets better, that would be awesome.

And sorry if something along these lines have already been answered, I don't really want to have to scroll through 750 pages of recommendations
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Posted 11/3/12
Need suggestions for anime this is On crunchyroll. Just got a premium and excited to use it.

I've watched and enjoyed:

Paranoia Agent
Welcome to the NHK
Full Metal Alchemist
Macross
Samurai Champlop
Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball z
Fighting Spirit
Fist of the North Star

I'm open to any anime except cute girls doing cute things.
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I need some anime suggestions! I like basically all anime, as long as its reasonable quality. I like funny and serious animes, and fighting animes, and animes that really are just cute girls doing cute things. Like CLANNAD, Hunter X Hunter, and K-ON!. I guess i like sad animes too, like Angel Beats! and AnoHana. Id prefer animes that dont have animation like D Gray Man and Yu Yu Hakusho, though i liked those. I like animes like Working!! and Ouran HSHC and Gosick....Basically, my favorite genre would be a lighthearted, funny anime, or maybe a romantic comedy like Lovely Complex and Skip Beat!. ...I dunno if listing this helped u or aggravated u.
Anyway, just recommend me your favorites!
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Ok, here are some good ones on Crunchyroll...
1.) Hunter X Hunter (2011) - My favorite fighting anime. Great characters.
2.) My little Monster - If you want a romantic comedy. I personally like this one very much.
3.) Sword Art Online - Of course. Im sure youve heard of it. Great animation, cool plot.
4.) Working!! - One of my personal favorites. I just LOVE all the characters! Its funny, too.
5.) Blue Exorcist - Great fighting anime with cool twists.
6.) The Tower of Druaga - My brothers favorite anime. I like the characters, and its got a little love story on the side, though its mostly fighting.
7.) Skip Beat! - Im still fangirling about this....I REALLY LOVE IT. Eeven though its kinda incomplete, the manga continues the great story!
8.) Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee - Love the main character, but he might really annoy you. Cool plot and i like the characters.
9.) Toradora! - ..Because of Taiga
10.) Gosick - My favorite detective anime. It made me laugh, cry, and think. Really great!
11.) Natsume Yujincho - Hmm..I use it as a filler, its pretty good. All the episodes are different and interesting.
12.) Another - Seriously creepy. Be ready for gore if u watch this. The last episodes are just bloodbath...Still, i liked it
13.) Angel Beats! - It had the best animation and is well known for being sad..not for making sense. ;)
14.) The Melancholy of Huruhi Suzumiya - Totally weird plot, but episode 0 is hilarious. Like all the characters and goo animation.
15.) AnoHana - Oh, gosh..It will make you cry at the end..good animation and characters, plus a plot twist or two. One to watch.
16.) Ano Natsu De Matteru - A cute love story. Seriously, thats all i have to say. o_o

For two bonuses:
1.) Squid Girl - It made me want tentacles for hair. And my own chibi. Really funny! (And its just ONE cute girl, so)
2.) Kimi Ni Todoke - Now im gonna go re-watch this. My favorite female character is the main character and its just SO RIDICULOUSLY SWEET!! (Its a romance-comedy btw)
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I haven't seen it myself, but people described "BTOOOM!!" exactly that way, so I'd go for it.
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Im looking for some more animes that are similar to Hunter X Hunter. I like animes with centralized characters that are very powerful, more so I guess I would say almost like a super hero show. (Love all thoes movies like spider man, adventegers, ect). And i like it when the charcters have unordinary abilities that are unique.
The ones i have seen and liked so far are:
Hunter X Hunter
Black Cat
Naruto
Yu yu Hakusho
Inuyahsa

So i want something along the lines of thoes
Thanks
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Hey guys, it would be great if you could recommend me some new anime. I've watched quite a lot. Some of my favorites are:
-Xam'd: Lost Memories
-Eureka 7
-Wolfs Rain
-Fullmetal Alchemist
-Kuragehime
-Ergo Proxy
-Code Geass
-Panty and Stocking
-Welcome to the NHK
-Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

I know these are all very different in themes, but if you like the same stuff, and you have other favorites, please share.
Also, I'll just put it out there that I'm not that big a fan on anime that is very "ditzy" and simple. I like complex things that really stick with you.
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Posted 11/4/12 , edited 11/4/12

mesomuffin wrote:

I know these are all very different in themes, but if you like the same stuff, and you have other favorites, please share.
Also, I'll just put it out there that I'm not that big a fan on anime that is very "ditzy" and simple. I like complex things that really stick with you.


Not really new, but... have you checked out:
Spice & Wolf
Eden of the East
Shion no Ou
and Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro?


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So i want something along the lines of thoes
Thanks :)


Kaze no Stigma. S-Cry-Ed. Mushishi (maybe). Full Metal Panic (not super hero, per se. also has mecha). Get Backers (esp. if you like Black Cat). Shakugan no Shana (if you don't mind a female protagonist). Bleach. Wolf's Rain. Yozakura Quartet. GTO. and Beet the Vandal Buster.
Some of them fall harder on the cynical side, and a few are further out there, but I hope a few work for you.


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Anyway, just recommend me your favorites!


Little Busters! just came out, it's the newest Key series (the guys who did CLANNAD and Kanon). Spice and Wolf is excellent. Daughter of 20 faces might work, though it's a bit dark in places. Allison & Lillia is a definite. I'd also suggest Usagi Drop, Papa Kiki, Asu no Yoichi (aka. Samurai Harem). Also Himawari (though the animation's kinda gonky.)
A little less lighthearted would be Kamisama no Memochou (esp. if you like Gosick). And I'll top it off by suggesting Hayate no Gotoku.



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And sorry if something along these lines have already been answered, I don't really want to have to scroll through 750 pages of recommendations


Try Casshern Sins, Kaze no Stigma, and... well, scroll up and see everything drchronotrigger mentioned about 3 posts above yours, those should all work for you.
Actually here


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I know this isn't much to go on but I would appreciate any help

Thanks in advance



2002... You're possibly thinking of Angelic Layer? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelic_Layer?vm=r&s=1
Might I also suggest Usagi Drop? It's fairly recent (and on Crunchyroll) about a guy who adopts his 6-year old aunt.
And, well... I'll just link it. http://www.crunchyroll.com/usagi-drop Anyway, it's charming enough.

I've PMed someone I think may know better about whether Angelic Layer would be ok for a 5-year-old (I've not seen it.) Hopefully she'll be along shortly.
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I've been looking for this type of anime/cartoon/movie forever, but its hard since its not a specific genre itself. The type of show I'm trying to find is an action basted one where there are tragic incidents witnessed by many people live or through television or something similar, including the death of the main protaganist/super-hero/ or just main character whether they were "good" or not like in Code Geass.

Or just shows where a dramatic battle is televised and seen by an entire populace, I like big dramatic action filled shows, Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Soul Eater, Bleach, Naruto, Doom, Angel Beats was good, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Wing, 00 Gundam, and obviously DBZ are my favorite shows.

Any suggestions pertaining to the above would be greatly appreciated, I haven't found anything that I really like aside from SAO for a long time.
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varcster wrote:

I've been looking for this type of anime/cartoon/movie forever, but its hard since its not a specific genre itself. The type of show I'm trying to find is an action basted one where there are tragic incidents witnessed by many people live or through television or something similar, including the death of the main protaganist/super-hero/ or just main character whether they were "good" or not like in Code Geass.

Or just shows where a dramatic battle is televised and seen by an entire populace, I like big dramatic action filled shows, Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Soul Eater, Bleach, Naruto, Doom, Angel Beats was good, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Wing, 00 Gundam, and obviously DBZ are my favorite shows.

Any suggestions pertaining to the above would be greatly appreciated, I haven't found anything that I really like aside from SAO for a long time.


Since you've had difficulty trying to find a genre to describe them, may I suggest an alternate trick? Have you heard about TVTropes.org before? They catalog various... well, tropes, allowing you to search by series and trope, and cross-reference them. I might suggest you either start with a series. Perhaps Code Geass?
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/CodeGeass?from=Main.CodeGeass

Or tropes that might relate vaguely to what you want:
Cruel Twist Ending
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CruelTwistEnding
Esoteric Happy Ending:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EsotericHappyEnding
Anyone Can Die:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AnyoneCanDie

Those are three that occurred to me. Obviously, the biggest drawback is potential spoilers, so if you really hate that, it may not be for you.

There was one I was trying to recall where a televised battle wound up being literally the crux of the climax, but I can't recall. It might have been Coyote Ragtime Show. Or Solty Rei? Some vaguely sci-fi series with cybernetics.
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jmallx wrote:

Hello, I'm new to crunchyroll but not anime. I saw my first anime around 1992 on the scifi channel. Lensman, Robot Hunter Casshern, and then rented Bubblegum Crisis from Blockbuster.
Anyways, my daughter is almost 5 yrs old and will probably be attending a total immersion japanese school Fall 2013. 50% Japanese speakers and 50% English. So I'm looking to expose her to the language.
I remember a series (probably 2002) about a pre teen girl who is new in town and sees the latest sport which is fighting dolls (no bloodshed). I don't remember the name but think this COULD PROBABLY be appropriate for a 4 year old and hold my attention also (I'm 37).
I know this isn't much to go on but I would appreciate any help

Thanks in advance


The anime you are thinking of is definitely Angelic Layer. It is age appropriate and also in English which will be helpful. You could let her watch it in both languages and she might start to pick some things up. Children's memories for things they like is incredible. I have a few more similar suggestions if you get bored. Kaleido Star and Battle Athletes Victory are age appropriate but without the fighting. They are both sort of sports anime. Also you might want to try Cardcaptor Sakura. All of these can be found in English as well.
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