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Post Reply 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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I'd probably say Angel Beats shocked me a lot. Maybe that or Clannad: After Story.
Angel Beats shocked me in a good way because it was such a beautiful story and ending. Although I'm still posed with some pretty gaping questions.
Clannad: After Story shocked me because Clannad took like 16 episodes for me to really get involved into the storyline it felt like it was draggin but After Story was like right out of the gate interesting.
EDIT: Also I was definitely shocked by the beginning of Kotura-san and the anime in general it just seems new and different.
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Well speaking of the music genre I got that feeling with the first season of Nodame Cantabile. I started watching it when it first came out and was pleasantly surprised, not only because it incorporates classical music, but because as a whole worked so well, it even inspires you XD
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kotoura-san

shocked me so good that it is a god damn good tragedy
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STEINS;GATE....this anime is so underrated. The story still just makes me go 'wow' thinking about it.
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I have to agree with everybody on Koutoura-san because it makes you go from bursting into tears to staring at the screen for a couple seconds in confused happiness thinking: "NANI?!"
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Yeah, gotta jump on the Kotoura-san Train. If anything it's the most recent example I can think of. I thought it was going to be all funny and light-hearted, maybe a little ecchi humor here and there, and then Boom! Those first 8 mins hit me like a brick. Was super surprised to find out it's not as light-hearted as it's soft colors and simple character designs imply (I love soft colors and simple character designs).

Other than that, Angel Beats, Gintama, and Sket Dance all shocked me in numerous occasions.
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Clannad: After Story

Clannad is so sad I cried buckets...
This anime also has the power to make the manliest man cry like little babies

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Gunslinger Girl. The title threw me off till I watched it and got caught up in it. The ending was twisted and pissed me off lol.
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Posted 1/26/13

Mizuki_chan3 wrote:

Clannad: After Story

Clannad is so sad I cried buckets...
This anime also has the power to make the manliest man cry like little babies



Indeed.
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Posted 1/26/13
Say "I Love You" Absolutely charming.
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Boganis wrote:

Say "I Love You" Absolutely charming.


I agree w/ you. I knew it was going to be a love stroy, but it turned out to be WAY better than I thought.
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RahXephon was most certainly the most surprising, for me. I had very low expectations for it, especially hearing people constantly comparing it to Evangelion. It turned out to be one of my favourite animes, and I barely even thought of Evangelion watching it.
No.6 is another one that ended up being pretty surprising. I was expecting a very fanservicey series with cliche dystopian tropes tossed in, but it turned out to be a rather interesting character study.
I can't think of any others worth mentioning, anime doesn't really shock me often in a good way. Usually if I give my self expectations, it gives me a worse experience, haha.
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Ef - A Tale of Memories
Ef - A Tale of Melodies

Both blew me away. Different as to what a love genre is, it's not all. "I like you,.. W-wait, you like me too?!" Kind of thing, they hook up and wham. These two anime (Though, I kind of count it as one, since they're linked) go threw alot of emotions. Happiness, sadness, and in a few fleeting moments, horror. Not in the viewer's case though, but the characters, and you can FEEL what they are feeling. Plus, the dubs/subs, from them are pretty well made. Thanks for posting this thread, by the way, I'm writing down ALOT of these titles!


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For me it would be Hourou Musuko Wandering Son. I read the synopsis, but I was unprepared for how endearing the story of this couragous little boy could be. I recomend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Honorable mention to the first 8 minutes of Kotoura-san. You look at the picture for the anime and you are not expecting what she has to endure at the beginning fo the series.
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