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Are there any anime/manga that you would recommend to anyone?
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Posted 9/12/11
I think that there are few series that fall under such a specific category, but in my opinion, it would be the original FullMetal Alchemist anime. Most of the ones on CR are too niche.

What do you think?
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Posted 9/12/11 , edited 9/12/11
Agreed. CR catalog can be seen as a bit out there. There are some I really like but they're just your normal anime fare though. Of course, I think the average age for a CR user is definitely no more than 18 so it's no shock that the anime selection reflects that trend.

I'm not much of a manga reader because I personally find anime to be more convenient and rewarding. That is strictly my point of view though. While I thought the first FMA anime was awesome and did capture everything great about anime, I now think, after having seen the second series, that Brotherhood is even captivating and accessible.

Keep in mind some of the series I'll recommend are mainly for older audiences and represent a few different genres (with a shonen/seinen bias). With that in mind, here they are:

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
Gankutsuou
Rahxephon
Time of Eve
House of Five Leaves
Sword of the Stranger
Mushishi
Welcome to the NHK
Whisper of the Heart
FMA: Brotherhood
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Posted 9/14/11
I find Rahxephon really similar to FMA sometimes...

I just thought of one as I typed that:

How about The Big O? I think it would be very accessible because it is stylized like Western animation and has many familiar concepts. You know, except androids and stuff.......But I think that many non-anime watchers would enjoy it because of the action, stylized main character, and all of the Batman-esque things.

I don't know.

But as far as your mention of a seinen/shounen bias, I actually do think that most anime of that type are more accessible to those unfamiliar with our subculture than shoujo or josei. Just a thought.
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Posted 9/14/11
I think those two effortlessly showcase the perfect adventure in anime and that is what makes them so popular. Plus, they're extremely badass.

Anyway, I have yet to see The Big O, but it's on my list. I have to watch some other ones first before I can make it to that, haha. It's true that shoujo/josei titles are usually geared for a very specific audience. I just added that because I didn't want them to be forgotten.
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Posted 9/14/11
The Big O is definitely a different type of experience. Nice and stylized, I've heard it described as containing noir aspects. Take what you will from it....I recommend it when you get tired of certain things in anime.
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Posted 9/14/11
I enjoy the for lack of a better term western-influenced anime like Samurai Champloo, Michiko to Hatchin, Baccano and in my mind even Tiger & Bunny. It will be no doubt be watched sometime in the near future.
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Posted 9/15/11
Tiger and Bunny definitely has a lot of Western influence. You're not alone in that opinion, it is pretty much a consensus among anime fans. Well, at least in reviews and such.
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Posted 9/15/11
It's safe to say I'm out of the loop when it comes to internet buzz.

I hardly getting around to reading review sites, especially concurrently to when shows are airing. Though I do read a few every now and then and they usually are pretty informative. So whatever.
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Posted 9/15/11
Speaking of internet buzz....I was prerusing a memes site, and I came across "Lavender Town Syndrome". I never knew about that.
Really creepy.
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Posted 9/15/11
This is why I don't play dem vidya games! Haha.

Thank god for knowyourmeme.com though or I'd be even more out of it.
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Posted 9/16/11
Knowyourmeme is very useful. o.o
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Posted 9/28/11
Anyway, I'm following Mawaru Penguindrum this and next season and I really really like it.
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Posted 9/29/11
I haven't found the time to watch it yet. I'm so behind on even last season >_<

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Posted 9/29/11
Being that it's from the same creator who did Utena, it likes to take lots of turns and twists. And in episode 10 it uses the motif of New World Symphony from Dvorak during one scene and it rocks.
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Posted 10/1/11
Almost any anime that makes correlations with classical music is awesome in my book!
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