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Posted 7/21/14 , edited 7/21/14
If you're asking which anime the general viewing public (i.e. not just anime fans) would consider "art":

The works of Hayao Miyazaki
The works of Isao Takahata
The works of Satoshi Kon
Grave of the Fireflies
Tatami Galaxy
Serial Experiments Lain

EDIT: Only the last two count if you're only looking for shows, not features.
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Posted 7/21/14 , edited 7/21/14
the cockpit anime, episode 2.
it follows the story of the cherry blossom suicide fighter bomber. these guys would be launched 20 miles and ride a rocket powered one way trip to an american ship. ive cried at other animes, but this time was different, becuase its not just a sad story, it really happened. these men died trying to save a nation when a few weeks would have ment the difference between kamakazi and a peaceful life.
and lets not forget the wife either.
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Gankutsuo
Hunter x Hunter
FMAB
Mushishi
Madoka Magica
Kyousougiga
Fate/Zero
Cassern Sins
Code Geass
Death Note
Trigun
and of course...

Cowboy Bebop
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Posted 7/22/14
Psycho Pass or FMAB.
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Posted 7/22/14

Burakmen wrote:

With the symbolism in it i believe, despite the criticism it got because of "fanservice" elements it had", Kill La Kill is actually is actually a higher form of art then just a tv anime show. I believe Kill La Kill is like a well written poem that will induce new feelings everytime you watch it without loss of value.


The sheer volume of references and homages to 80s anime is noteworthy enough, but the great characterization and cheap effective and explosive animation and art is enough for this consideration. I came here to say Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam was worthy of artistic merit.

The fact that Anime is based upon Disney cartoons that inspired people back in the 1940s or so to create the Anime genre we knew today is an argument as well.

Several important and still active directors(Miyazaki and Tomino come to mind instantly) saw shows like Bambi and said "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, WHAT IS THIS? I WANT TO MAKE MORE!" is proof enough of its merit.
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Lol I'm pretty sure I'd make a ton of people laugh if I showed them Kill la Kill in order to sell them anime as an art form
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14

LBK6579 wrote:


Burakmen wrote:

With the symbolism in it i believe, despite the criticism it got because of "fanservice" elements it had", Kill La Kill is actually is actually a higher form of art then just a tv anime show. I believe Kill La Kill is like a well written poem that will induce new feelings everytime you watch it without loss of value.


This is trolling right? You made me laugh pretty hard!! You're good man.. you're good..


Maybe he was, but I think he was onto something. I enjoyed Kill la Kill, but I don't rate it up there amongst the heavyweights. Still, I would regard it as an offbeat form of high art. It has a lot to do with empowerment, and turning what seems to be subjection as sex object on its head.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
For the general quality of the artwork, Wings of Hommenaise (close enough), the original Ghost in the Shell, and the first two Patlabor movies blew me away when I first saw them. Evangelion and Cowboy bebop raised the bar significantly for TV shows, and most of the other shows I had watched at that point were crude by comparison. Currently Shaft (Madoka Magica, the Monogatari series), P.A. works (Nagi no Asukara), and JC staff (Witchcraft works and Pet Girl of Sakurasou) have impressed me.

I really like Miyazaki's style, but with a couple of exceptions I've found his movies to be fairly pedestrian. I find it hard to judge them objectively because of the massive hype surrounding them.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
Colorful and Perfect Blue, to name two movies that haven't already been mentioned. I'd also put in Time of Eve.
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So many.
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"Art" is one of those words people use to describe something they like and think everyone should like (which is fine, as long as they're not being pushy or elitist). I don't think "art" can ever be truly universal, just go with what works for you.

For me, I'd say Non Non Biyori might be art. Probably quite a few others (many of which were already listed).

Anime often makes me think and is very enjoyable, I think it has the right to be called art.
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If I was going to hand one anime to my friends it would have to be Planetes. It is a very good hard science based show with complex and interwoven story lines. The technology, except for the IPV-7 being too big and roomy, is well thought out and practical. Even the introduction to the show in episode 1 is revisited later in the series in a very moving episode. Even in a serious story arc the episode of A Modest Proposal has a great comedy punch to it. My only complaint would be that the art is a bit pedestrian, but then again my friends would be more concerned over realism (science) and story than just pretty pictures.

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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
Depends what you're classifying as art. Most stuff by Ufotable and the guy who made 5cm per second has pretty nice artwork. I don't really think we need anime to be classified as art. Be it anime, or videogames, can't they just be what they are? I don't see how someone saying 'oh that's definitely art' will increase the entertainment value in any way. Almost everyone who refuses to watch anime I doubt will change their mind when they see the compliment 'it's a work of art' on some of the shows, nor will the minds of those who straight up dislike anime change.
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I have never watched or heard about this anime, it looks like my cup of tea!!! it reminds me of Berserk which I deeply love and made me feel that way...will definitely watch it Besides Berserk, I would also like to add Monster for the magnificent psychological story and the huge variety of complex characters. Terra E or Toward the Terra is also Art both in animation, story and characters. It deals with the struggle of humanity and how things can be accomplished when we all join to fight for a good cause, feels feels feels everywhere!!
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Kyousougiga
Monogatari series
Katanagatari
Psycho-Pass
Ghost in the Shell (the TV series as well, not just the movies)
anything by Makoto Shinkai
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