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I Wish I Liked More Popular Anime
xxJing 
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My current favorite anime , or favorite current anime, whichever way works is Hunter x Hunter. Unlike Naruto where effort and the power of friendship will save the day. Hunter x Hunter is more like, what are you willing to give up for your friends? and effort may not save the day, but hey it's better than the alternative.

Anyway. I wouldn't say you are missing much with not liking Naruto, SAO, or Bleach. If you don't like Full Metal Alchemist or Death Note, well then we have a problem, those are kick-ass animes.

In the end how good an anime is to me is determined by how smartly or well it is written. Are things set up in advance (not just pop out of no where)? Does the anime make you think of alternative solutions to the problems presented? Does the story inspire you?

For the most part Naruto and SAO provide me with none of what I listed. They are your typical love, friendship, and action stuff that we have been seeing from everything ever. I get it! Make friends, fall in love, reproduce. You know, I think i'd get it without TV reiterating it 10,000 times a day. The one exception to the above in Naruto would be when Hinata fought pain, that was pretty moving, she basically committed suicide so that Naruto could have a chance.
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Pop-anime?

As much as it can be... I got started on Star Blazers and Robotech (Space Battleship Yamato & SDF Macross) with their English dubs and "Americanized" story-lines. But that was about all there was here, back then. I got ReHooked on Tenchi-muyo and anything that was on Toonami at the time and I had an odd liking for Sailor Moon... BUT again, that was about all there was around here, unless you had money and knew who to talk to to get anime... Then along came DragonBall Z and it was a kick (Timeline note; Tenchi-muyo was being aired on PBS stations before it hit Cartoon Network.) There was also Cowboy Bebop and Blue Sub Six along with a few other shows that popped up on different cable networks.... I don't know if you could call them popular so much as about the only thing to watch . . . unless you had money and knew people... Anime was different, a different theme, a different way of storytelling and the hottest looking girls since Josey and the Pussycats in their body-suits on TV.... ( LIKE I said there wasn't much then.)

Over the last few years I've tended to stay away from the really popular stuff at least until the fan-boy/girl hype dies down.... It tends to color my expectations for better or worse, depending on my mood.

I've found that the shows have gotten better since the anime bubble of 2005/6/7. They'd import some real crap back then.
I look over the synopsis of the shows and watch an episode or two then I move on and sample something else... after the series is complete I'll go back and check it out some more... if I remember it... There are some shows that catch me right away after a couple of episodes and I might concentrate on them for a bit...


I guess I'm saying a person should sample stuff and that way you find more of what you like...
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xxJing wrote:

The one exception to the above in Naruto would be when Hinata fought pain, that was pretty moving, she basically committed suicide so that Naruto could have a chance.

There are moments in Naruto that make me glad it exists, but I don't think I'll ever work up the motivation to catch up on the whole thing. Hinata fighting Pain was definitely one of them, though. And episode... 246? had me in tears.

Hell, there are plenty of awesome moments in Naruto. The problem is everything else in between them.
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Posted 3/12/14
Out of the big three - One Piece is my favorite.
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Posted 3/12/14
It doesn't really matter to me if the shows popular or not, if I like the show I'll watch it
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Insomnist wrote:


Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

Oh, and I got some nice pics of Casshern if you're interested.

Sure!

It's one I'll be recommending to people a lot and I like to have a good screenshot to give a feel for the visual aesthetic. I have the Blu-Rays but I don't have the drive or software for them on my PC, so I can't get any screenshots that way.

And taking screenshots on Hulu is a bit of a pain.


I just wish there was a gif of Lizbell letting her hair down, that was a femme fatale moment ranked up to 11.









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I personally don't care wether it's popular or not, I'll watch it if I like it. I don't usually get dragged in by the Hype train or hate something popular, because it's cool to do so.
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I'd recommend stuff for you by Yoshitoshi ABe: Haibane Renmei, Niea Under 7, Serial Experiments Lain, and Technolyze. They are about as non-mainstream anime as you can get.

I also recommend Satoshi Kon's stuff: Paranoia Agent, Millenium Actress, Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika.

The popular stuff is pretty bad. I used to not mind it, and religiously subscribed to Shonen Jump, but there are very few stories at all let alone anime that can support hundreds of chapters over a period of five to ten years. I think Negima?! was the last straw for me; I owened twenty four volumes and got annoyed because the story never seemed to go anywhere.
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