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Sophisticated anime about controversial/taboo subjects.
Posted 2/13/13

haikinka wrote:


magicuser360 wrote:

I know, I know. But I couldn't resist putting a shout-out of another horrible series out there.


Shhh, you're not meant to say that, we're trying to ruin this guy's life forever.


Let's ruin it more with Eiken.

Posted 2/13/13
Pretentious anime about mundane/unoffensive subjects.
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Posted 2/13/13

bmh wrote:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/hourou-musuko-wandering-son


This.

It definitely has to be hourou musuko.
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Posted 2/13/13
Madoka Magika, Monogatari series (actually, there is some fanservice in there, but...), Angel Beats (Yes, it is light and humorous, but it really does make you think seriously), Astaroth's Toy......okay, forget that. Forget I even mentioned that one- fanservice, humour, everything but sophistication.

Not much comes to mind...
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Posted 2/13/13
Usagi Drop... but you'd actually have to read the full manga to get what I'm getting at. Hmm thinking hard about any others since you didn't ask for serious or thought provoking shows in general but rather about ones focused on a controversial topic. Oh yeah Time of Eve could work. Kids on the Slope has its moments. School Days might fit. Umineko No Naku Koro Ni has several controversial subjects, although Im not sure how much is covered in the anime. Wandering Son is all about kids with gender identity issues. That's what I have got off of the top of my head.

I'd love to plug Puella Magi Madoka Magica as others have done, however it doesn't have any real controversial topics covered, although it is very adult oriented, dark and thought provoking.
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Posted 2/13/13

BlackRose0607 wrote:

*Though the love part, is how that's supposed to read. Darn typos. >.>


You can actually go back to your own posts and edit them directly.
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Posted 2/13/13
When I saw this thread, I immediately thought Koi Kaze. XD After watching it, I also wanted more well done controversial/taboo anime, but haven't found anything I haven't watched that really seemed to be what I was looking for. (maybe I'll see something pop up in this tread sometime. )

As for my suggestions, If you don't mind yuri/shoujo-ai, then Aoi Hana takes the topic of falling in love with another girl much more seriously then others in the genre. (it's also made by the same person who did Wandering Son/Hourou Musuko, which others have mentioned in this thread. I've only read the manga of that one, so I can't comment on the anime, but the manga is really doing a great job with handling the topics of transgendered children and the struggles they have to go through. )

I also second Now and Then, Here and There. It's a highly engrossing story that deals with using children as militia.
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Posted 2/13/13
Wolf's Rain is the first to come to my mind, so far as sophisticated and somewhat controversial subjects. Now and Then, Here and There could probably count as well. There's plenty of animes that discuss controversial subjects, but I most certainly wouldn't consider them sophisticated or even thought provoking in many cases.
Also, I guess I should be the next person to recommend Hourou Musuko/Wandering Son just because I think it deserves more love for it's controversial subject of trans kids. I don't consider it sophisticated, just interesting.
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Posted 2/14/13

Syndicaidramon wrote:

It's been a long time since I watched anime last. I just haven't found it interesting lately.
That was, until I found out about Koi Kaze, and anime that tackles the subject of a brother and a sister falling in love.

Now, the brother/sister attraction thing is nothing new in anime. Lots of pandering, low-brow anime use it as a topic, but what was different with Koi Kaze is that it did it entirely without pandering. No fanservice what so ever, and no attempts at sexualizing it in any way. Just to explore the situation of a brother and a sister falling in love, and the troubles it causes.
Straight-faced, serious and mature.

And I'm really fascinated by that, and I wonder if there are more anime that does this. That is, tackling controversial and/or taboo subjects without being juvenile, pandering, sexualizing or glorifying the subject matter. Anime that takes themselves and their subject matter seriously.
Does anyone know of any such anime?


Yeah and it's an anime that not many know of.... "Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning" is right up your alley!! Reminds me a little of "Detective Conan", but Spiral has no fanservice, no ecchi, heck not even romance but its serious and the most mysterious anime I can name. It's so mysterious it leaves you hanging by the end but that's why it's so good. After watching the anime, you should read the manga, it will explain the plot holes left from the anime!
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Posted 2/14/13
I'm gonna echo the kudos for Koi Kaze. It's done in a very mature way, good stuff.
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Posted 2/14/13
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumbling Hearts) The main theme is basically about cheating and what it does to relationships and the people involved. 2 things though, 1. The first episode is very bland and starts off like every other romance anime, but continue and it takes a huge turn in episode 2. Second; This anime made me feel horrible for days after watching it because in a way, it was just to real to me.
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Posted 2/14/13
I thought Ghost in the Shell and Gundam Wing had pretty serious tones.
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Posted 2/15/13

bmh wrote:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/hourou-musuko-wandering-son


Ditto
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Posted 2/15/13

hyjinx17 wrote:

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumbling Hearts) The main theme is basically about cheating and what it does to relationships and the people involved. 2 things though, 1. The first episode is very bland and starts off like every other romance anime, but continue and it takes a huge turn in episode 2. Second; This anime made me feel horrible for days after watching it because in a way, it was just to real to me.


That's certainly one take on it. I'll leave this response as spoiler free as possible.

I actually felt that it was a story about PTSD, internal guilt, external guilt, and how a refusal to communicate crucial information (or just simply ask the right questions - hell, ANY questions) just adds more unnecessary problems into already tense situations. Case in point regarding information and lack of communication: The sister. A few simple sentences to her, or a few pointed questions from her, could have avoided whole episodes worth of drama.

But no, we can't have that. Which brings me to my other gripe with this story.

What felt wholly unreal to me about it was the way the external guilt was handled, further breaking the already emotionally broken characters. It just felt like it was heavy handed writing, and it made me hate all but a few of the characters, because of it. I couldn't find myself sympathizing with them, and I usually find that easy enough. So few characters are actually honest with themselves, much less each other, and it made me like the characters even less.

I suppose it got an emotional response from me, but it's not the one the creators intended.
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Posted 2/15/13
I just started watching Wandering Son yesterday because of this thread, it is very very good. Doesn't dilute the subject matter and is very serious while still remaining enjoyable to watch. Definitely need more anime like it.
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