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Posted 6/13/13

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Hey! So my friend is finally starting to cave and asked me for an anime recommendation. I got him to watch one of my favorites, Samurai Champloo. He loved it, and he wants another like it. So basically, he wants to see an action anime with Samurai that's not too over the top (crazy powers and such). Any ideas?


afro samurai

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Haha those were the 2 I had in my mind. Any others?
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Posted 6/13/13 , edited 6/13/13
Perhaps at times a bit over, but "Samurai 7"?
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Hi I'm looking for new animes to watch, i like science fiction animes that have smart characters and a great story line, some of my favourite animes include:
Death Note
Code Geass
Sword Art Online
Fullmetal Alchemist

any recommendations similar to the animes above would be great help
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Posted 6/14/13

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Hi I'm looking for new animes to watch, i like science fiction animes that have smart characters and a great story line, some of my favourite animes include:
Death Note
Code Geass
Sword Art Online
Fullmetal Alchemist

any recommendations similar to the animes above would be great help


Valvrave the liberator. Its currently showing weekly and is made by some of the people who made geass I think and you can tell. Attack on titan is good to if you'r not picky and want a anime with mystery. A really good shonen like FMA is One Piece. Yea it's long but really worth it.
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Posted 6/14/13 , edited 6/14/13

katsuo wrote:

Hi I'm looking for new animes to watch, i like science fiction animes that have smart characters and a great story line, some of my favourite animes include:
Death Note
Code Geass
Sword Art Online
Fullmetal Alchemist

any recommendations similar to the animes above would be great help


If you want a psychological science fiction and you haven't seen Steins;Gate, then you need to hurry up and get on that.

It starts out kind of slow and confusingly to be fair, but then it just gets so good :3. You can watch it on Funi or Hulu.

Also, I'd have to recommend against Valvrave, as I haven't been enjoying it, but Attack on Titan and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet are both very good currently airing ones.
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I'm holding off recommending Valvrave to anyone until I see how the first cour ends.


katsuo wrote:

Hi I'm looking for new animes to watch, i like science fiction animes that have smart characters and a great story line, some of my favourite animes include:
Death Note
Code Geass
Sword Art Online
Fullmetal Alchemist

any recommendations similar to the animes above would be great help

Science Fiction is a pretty expansive genre, but here's a few.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex or Guilty Crown (since you liked Code Geass; link).

There's also Texhnolyze if you want something really heavy on sociopolitical theory.
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Are there any other animes like Naruto and Sword Art Online?

Much Thanks AidenHD
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Are there any other animes like Naruto and Sword Art Online?

Much Thanks AidenHD

Hunter x Hunter for Naruto I think, and either Accel World or .hack//Quantum for SAO.
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I love Bakemonogatari and was wondering if there are any other animes with a similar art style / storyline. I have already watched Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari, and can't wait until the second season comes out here in a few weeks.
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I'm not sure if this was recommened but Gintama is IMO the funniest anime ever. It helps that even though the majority is funny there are some more serious moments and awesome fight scenes. But yeah if I were to recommend an anime that is funny Gintama would be #1 hands down.
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I love Bakemonogatari and was wondering if there are any other animes with a similar art style / storyline. I have already watched Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari, and can't wait until the second season comes out here in a few weeks.


Arakawa Under the Bridge...its here on Crunchyroll.
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Posted 6/16/13 , edited 6/16/13

Crowmando wrote:

I love Bakemonogatari and was wondering if there are any other animes with a similar art style / storyline. I have already watched Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari, and can't wait until the second season comes out here in a few weeks.


The style of those shows is the signature style of their director, Shinbō Akiyuki. Someone has already mentioned Arakawa Under the Bridge, but I'll list off his other shows. They are all informed by the art style you've enjoyed, although some revel in it more than others:

Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei
Maria Holic
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette


There are other shows that he's done, but these are some of the more famous or well-reputed shows he's done. Of them, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru is probably the least informed by his idiosyncratic style, while Sasami-san@Ganbaranai practically drips with the perturbing sensuality and surrealist design of the Monogatari series.
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I'm looking for a recommendation. Unfortunately I've seen a lot of anime these past 7 years so it's a bit hard to find a good show now.

I'm currently watching:
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - which I absolutely love. The characters are dynamic and have multiple layers to them. While it is a standard school-life plot line the characters is what makes this so enjoyable to watch

Attack on Titan - admittedly a little over-hyped. It's good, but not that good. Too many extreme emotions that I get over saturated with them and they become less than they should be. I do prefer serious anime though, but the plot is at a crawl now.

Some previous shows I watched that I enjoyed:
Steins; Gate - while the time travel plot was interesting, that's not what put it in my top 20. The characters did, and their genuine emotions. It's also the exact type of romance I'm looking for. It's not central to the plot, but it does play a role in it. And most importantly, the romance makes sense.

Samurai Champloo - sword fighting is usually done very poorly in anime. This however, blew my mind. In each action sequence I can SEE each sword swing, I can feel the tension. No flashy lights, no epic final moves. Just a gritty struggle. I really like their encounters with various enemies. Some episodes the enemies are weak and sometimes they're strong. They don't progressively get stronger, because that's not how it is in real life.

Katanagatari - some may confuse this with as action. It's not, it's comedy, and I ate it up. I usually don't like anime who's central genre is comedy, because that usually means a poor plot line and weak characters. But this...this.. wow.

Blood+ - vampires and gore oh my! I don't know what it is about this show that I love so much. It's not that it's plot line was particularly compelling or that it's characters were earth-shockingly good. But after watching this show, I felt like it took me on a journey. Similar to FMA:B this show had some great storytelling that I really appreciated and kept me watching.

Natsume Yuujinchou - an anime that doesn't act like one. A lot of anime are hyper and bright and crazy. This one, however, is quiet nice. It leaves me thinking after each episode. I really like the traditional Japanese cultural theme, such as the spirits and other suck things. It's episodic, but it has reoccurring characters which is a strong plus for me. Each story arc has a good life lesson and unlike other shows *cough* naruto *cough* it doesn't beat you over the head with it. It teaches you the lesson by SHOWING you, and at the end sometimes explaining exactly what happened.

What I'm looking for:
I see a lot of people looking for shows and only want certain genres. I think that's unfair to fantastic directors who are excellent at a specific genres. I normally don't like mecha, but I loved Code Geass. What I'm trying to say is, I don't care what type of anime it is, I just want it to be high quality. That doesn't mean high production value (though usually they coincide with each other), because while Fate/Zero was fantastic, I also very much enjoyed Kemonozume.

Sorry for such a long post, I hope that someone out there took the time to read it. I might even be lucky enough to discover a show among those who did read.
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Posted 6/16/13 , edited 6/16/13

the_song_of_anime wrote:

I'm looking for a recommendation. Unfortunately I've seen a lot of anime these past 7 years so it's a bit hard to find a good show now.

Have you made a list on MAL? Just something to consider, that way it's easier to make sure recommendations won't overlap with things you've already seen and to compare them to other similar things you've liked or disliked.


the_song_of_anime wrote:

Samurai Champloo - sword fighting is usually done very poorly in anime. This however, blew my mind. In each action sequence I can SEE each sword swing, I can feel the tension. No flashy lights, no epic final moves. Just a gritty struggle. I really like their encounters with various enemies. Some episodes the enemies are weak and sometimes they're strong. They don't progressively get stronger, because that's not how it is in real life.

It's not a series, but I'd suggest the movie Sword of the Stranger. It's a lot like Samurai Champloo except without all the comedy. It's not really long, but it's a very solid story and there's a sword duel at the end that's amazing.




the_song_of_anime wrote:

Natsume Yuujinchou - an anime that doesn't act like one. A lot of anime are hyper and bright and crazy. This one, however, is quiet nice. It leaves me thinking after each episode. I really like the traditional Japanese cultural theme, such as the spirits and other suck things. It's episodic, but it has reoccurring characters which is a strong plus for me. Each story arc has a good life lesson and unlike other shows *cough* naruto *cough* it doesn't beat you over the head with it. It teaches you the lesson by SHOWING you, and at the end sometimes explaining exactly what happened.

Have you seen Mushishi? It's about a man who travels across Japan dealing with natural occurrences of spirits called mushi; it's very similar to how you describe Natsume Yuujinchou although the tone is generally more reserved.

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