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Sophisticated anime about controversial/taboo subjects.
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Posted 2/15/13

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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.


Yeah. I'm glad some people have mentioned this one. Great show that doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves.
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AsahinaInu wrote:

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.


Kyubey: Why do people care where their souls end up?
Kyubey: Leeching feelings and despair = eating cattle.
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Kyubey: Why do people care where their souls end up?
Kyubey: Leeching feelings and despair = eating cattle.
Don't get me wrong, Kyubey is creepy as hell, but I don't think those two things are particularly controversial. The first line taken out of context might be a hot button topic except that its in reference to someone finding out that they are
and is not talking in the slightest about an afterlife or anything. As far as the second goes aliens harvesting humans is typical fantasy fare, and isn't exactly a taboo/controversial topic. I think PMMM is a thought provoking show and could be considered a sophisticated work mind you, however the subject matter itself isn't something that would raise any eyebrows.
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Posted 2/16/13
Yeah I guess not.
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~interesting thread

umineko(when seagulls cry)-the anime itself isn't crossing lines, until you know the full story..
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Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Gunslinger Girl.

Texhnolyze.

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Very interesting topic! I don't know many anime like that though I have seen Koi Kaze and loved it's handling of such a taboo topic.

What about Puella Magi Madoka Magica? It is a deep, dark anime that explores the dark side of wishes and contracts in a way. And for all its cute-art, it is very mature.

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Adolescence of Utena feature heavily taboo topic in a metaphysical/symbolic/allegorical way, while under guise of a warped version of "growing up" and reaching the "adult world".

I want to say something about the Chobits manga (NOT the anime adaptation) because even though it DOES include fanservice and it is ecchi, it still asks plenty of hard-to-answer questions. Like does artificial intelligence have free will/deserve love? Is a relationship between a human and a persecom/robot fine or wrong? What is love, and is it truly limitless or does it come with boundaries when the relationship is not shared between a human and another human(s)?

Serial Experiments Lain is mature, dark, classic series that focuses on the modern world's relationship with technology and both the good and bad side of things. Highly surreal and allegorical. Not for people who want something plainly stated.

Then there's Now and Then, Here and There which is such a heartbreaking and beautiful series that no one knows about sadly. It is about war, and the consequences of it. It talks and features things like child soldiers, rape, loss of innocence, loss of humanity among other touchy topics.


Now and Then, Here and There is truly an anime treasure.

This is the anime to show your friends that anime is more than just ecchi & fluff. This should be seen by all anime fans!

(BTW I am not dumping on ecchi & fluff as it is fun to watch as a diversion from the suckiness of real life. Heck, I like Freezing, Infinite Stratos, H.O.T.D, and Highschool Dxd)
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I would possibly suggest Michiko (to/e/and) Hatchin. A lot of the stories along the way show the underbelly of humanity, sometimes giving off a pretty bleak and hopeless vibe. Human kindness isn't entirely beaten down in every character you meet, but you certainly have to wonder why not.

Is it usual here for a thread to get resurrected after a couple of months like this?
Posted 5/7/13

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magicuser360 wrote:

Very interesting topic! I don't know many anime like that though I have seen Koi Kaze and loved it's handling of such a taboo topic.

What about Puella Magi Madoka Magica? It is a deep, dark anime that explores the dark side of wishes and contracts in a way. And for all its cute-art, it is very mature.

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Adolescence of Utena feature heavily taboo topic in a metaphysical/symbolic/allegorical way, while under guise of a warped version of "growing up" and reaching the "adult world".

I want to say something about the Chobits manga (NOT the anime adaptation) because even though it DOES include fanservice and it is ecchi, it still asks plenty of hard-to-answer questions. Like does artificial intelligence have free will/deserve love? Is a relationship between a human and a persecom/robot fine or wrong? What is love, and is it truly limitless or does it come with boundaries when the relationship is not shared between a human and another human(s)?

Serial Experiments Lain is mature, dark, classic series that focuses on the modern world's relationship with technology and both the good and bad side of things. Highly surreal and allegorical. Not for people who want something plainly stated.

Then there's Now and Then, Here and There which is such a heartbreaking and beautiful series that no one knows about sadly. It is about war, and the consequences of it. It talks and features things like child soldiers, rape, loss of innocence, loss of humanity among other touchy topics.


Now and Then, Here and There is truly an anime treasure.

This is the anime to show your friends that anime is more than just ecchi & fluff. This should be seen by all anime fans!

(BTW I am not dumping on ecchi & fluff as it is fun to watch as a diversion from the suckiness of real life. Heck, I like Freezing, Infinite Stratos, H.O.T.D, and Highschool Dxd)


I agree. Nothing wrong with enjoying light hearted shows, or shows that you know are crappy lol. I like HSOTD. Pretty good stoy, though the fanservice grates on me.
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steins gate, and rainbow.

rainbow is a very mature dark show, that has some taboo elements.

Steins gate has controversial elements, it talks about time travel and other things that defy reasoning/logic.
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Grave of the Fireflies
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im sure yogusa no sora sums up incest?
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im sure yogusa no sora sums up incest?


pretty new in the game on incest... as that has been done many a times
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maffayoo wrote:

im sure yogusa no sora sums up incest?


pretty new in the game on incest... as that has been done many a times



that timing is spot on i refreshed page notification come up :D

well yeh it has but yogusa no sora goes the whole way into incest >.>
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Posted 5/9/13

maffayoo wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


maffayoo wrote:

im sure yogusa no sora sums up incest?


pretty new in the game on incest... as that has been done many a times



that timing is spot on i refreshed page notification come up :D

well yeh it has but yogusa no sora goes the whole way into incest >.>


I cracked up when they walked in on them...


I hit the space bar and laughed and laughed.


also aki sora looking at you >.>
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