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What anime completely shocked you, and in a good way?
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I completed Kids on the Slope a few days ago and I must say it is one of the most fantastic series I've ever watched. Jazz as the main driving force of an anime was absolutely unexpected and I was at an utter loss of words. Kids on the Slope was based on something so different and unlike most other anime (and comparatively speaking I would say the music genre is unfamiliar territory of anime), yet it was crafted so beautifully. I'm not asking for favorites.. when have you been at loss of words? Not because the anime was just brilliant, but because it was so different and unexpected, and in a good way?
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Madoka.
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None of them. I have never experienced total and utter shock towards anything since I always have an idea of what might happen next. A limited degree of shock, yes. An anime that shocked me to a high degree was Evangelion. Another good example would be Akira.
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Evangelion obviously, and this was in 97 on laserdisc, so it was pretty shocking. And of course the granddaddy of them all Akira. When I popped that tape in my VCR in 88 I had no idea what I was in for. -Vega- is the coolest man to walk the earth so of course nothing shocks or surprises him...
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Evangelion obviously, and this was in 97 on laserdisc, so it was pretty shocking. And of course the granddaddy of them all Akira. When I popped that tape in my VCR in 88 I had no idea what I was in for. -Vega- is the coolest man to walk the earth so of course nothing shocks or surprises him...


Read my post again. Ha ha ha! Shocking isn't it?

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moneygrip3030 wrote:

Evangelion obviously, and this was in 97 on laserdisc, so it was pretty shocking. And of course the granddaddy of them all Akira. When I popped that tape in my VCR in 88 I had no idea what I was in for. -Vega- is the coolest man to walk the earth so of course nothing shocks or surprises him...


Read my post again. Ha ha ha! Shocking isn't it?



Touche, all good points and it's seems we agree on a few things. That being said I was 15 when I first watched Akira, and I had no idea what was going to happen. I would also say that legend of the overfiend shocked me because I wasn't aware that anime like that existed. I haven't seen anything on years that shocked me, although I was taken by surprise a time or two by FMA Brotherhood.
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Madoka definitely went places I wasn't expecting, but I wouldn't say it shocked me, but hey that's just me...

I did find it rather refreshing in this sad state of current anime...
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Actually now that I think about it Berserk shocked me a bit since it was so raw and straight up manly, and of course awesome.Except for the bullshit ending. The fact that they just said fuck it and ended it like that definitely shocked me.
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I was certainly shocked by Madoka. I went in expecting very little of the show, and I got the greatest work of fiction of all time. That alone was quite shocking. The storyline itself was also quite shocking.

Another anime that surprised me was "Listen to Me, Girls, I’m Your Father!" This time, I was expecting literally nothing. I wasn't even sure why I was watching it. By the end, I cared for the characters in this show more than the characters from any other show. It was actually a good show. (possibly, though probably not, one of my top 10)

Lastly, Kotoura-San. I almost decided no to pick it up, but is my favorite show of the season. Also, the first episode was so far from my expectations, I'd have to say this was the most shocking experience I've had watching Anime.

These 3 shows evoked emotions that I was shocked to be feeling towards an anime. Other than that, I've seen a lot of great shows, but none were all that shocking.
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I was certainly shocked by Madoka. I went in expecting very little of the show, and I got the greatest work of fiction of all time. That alone was quite shocking. The storyline itself was also quite shocking.

Another anime that surprised me was "Listen to Me, Girls, I’m Your Father!" This time, I was expecting literally nothing. I wasn't even sure why I was watching it. By the end, I cared for the characters in this show more than the characters from any other show. It was actually a good show. (possibly, though probably not, one of my top 10)

Lastly, Kotoura-San. I almost decided no to pick it up, but is my favorite show of the season. Also, the first episode was so far from my expectations, I'd have to say this was the most shocking experience I've had watching Anime.

These 3 shows evoked emotions that I was shocked to be feeling towards an anime. Other than that, I've seen a lot of great shows, but none were all that shocking.


Madoka was awesome and really surprised me by how good it was, but to call it the greatest work of fiction of all time is straight up hyperbole. Granted everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but read some books dude. I've read many books that make Madoka seem like a show for toddlers... Check out some Greg Bear or Vernor Vinge and then get back to me...
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Madoka definitely went places I wasn't expecting, but I wouldn't say it shocked me, but hey that's just me...

I did find it rather refreshing in this sad state of current anime...


It was so shocking to me because it toyed with my expectations. Magical girls? Just because of those two words alone, everything Urobotchi's done with the script was unexpected.

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moneygrip3030 wrote:

Madoka was awesome and really surprised me by how good it was, but to call it the greatest work of fiction of all time is straight up hyperbole. Granted everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but read some books dude. I've read many books that make Madoka seem like a show for toddlers... Check out some Greg Bear or Vernor Vinge and then get back to me...


I've not read anything by either of those authors, so I guess I'll refrain from arguing at this point. Would you mind recommending a particular book for me to read? If your going to claim something is better than Madoka, you should at least give me something specific to grasp. I'll happily read it then get back to you (when I get time, I'm taking 17 hours of hard classes right now and am a bit low on free time). List one book that "make[s] Madoka seem like a show for toddlers."
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Don't take offense by my comments I simply meant that there are better works of fiction out there IMO. Check out "Eon"or "The City at the End of Time" by Greg bear and "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge when you have the time. I think you will be very happy you did.

If I had to list one then "The City at the End of Time" would be it. Also any Sci-fi from Dan Simmons will blow you away. "Illuim" for example...

Start with Bear though as he's amazing and a good gateway drug into hard mind blowing Sci-Fi.
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Don't take offense by my comments I simply meant that there are better works of fiction out there IMO. Check out "Eon"or "The City at the End of Time" by Greg bear and "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge when you have the time. I think you will be very happy you did.

If I had to list one then "The City at the End of Time" would be it. Also any Sci-fi from Dan Simmons will blow you away. "Illuim" for example...

Start with Bear though as he's amazing and a good gateway drug into hard mind blowing Sci-Fi.


Thank you for the suggestions. I'll certainly read a few of them. Although I don't believe they will be as great as Madoka, if they even reach a fraction of Madoka's greatness, reading them will be well worth my time.
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