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Anime That All Aspiring Otaku Should Watch?
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Can you aspire to be an otaku? But good shows anyone should watch regardless of your ambitions would be Fullmetal Alchemist (can't go wrong with either version), Cowboy Bebop and FLCL. They are all short sweet and too the point. If you have longer anime in mind, go for Hunter x Hunter clearly.
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I would say Evangelion and Madoka Magica...

Evangelion is well Evangelion... not really sure about it's hype when it first aired since back then we don't really have large online anime communites... I personally don't like Evangelion that much but I have to acknowledge it's massive success. Even non-anime fans watch Evangelion in Japan... that's just how big it is.

As for Madoka Magica... first here's a CR article: The Importance of Madoka Magica

Yes, if you were following Madoka Magica's online presence when it first aired you should know that it was really big. As above article stated... a new episode is like an event... dedicated threads on big communities such as 4chan and 2ch would generate thousands of posts: Madoka Magica surpasses Haruhi as 2ch's most discussed anime analyzing what just happened and theorizing what can happen next. Back then I was pretty active on the AS forums and each episode thread would easily reach 500-1000+ posts. Even on RandomC, one of the oldest and prominent anime blog sites, you can see that the series has one of the highest number of comments. Each episode created memes. People created MADs and games around it. Akihabara shops are plastered with Madoka Magica stuff just to show that everyone is watching it: Madoka Magica invades Akihabara

I'd say that it's still pretty much the biggest anime coming into the new decade. It helps that Madoka Magica caters to a lot of different audience including non-anime fans. So I guess it's not really that otaku-ish but definitely IMO the most important anime this decade has to offer so far.
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Eva's the big one.
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Grave of the Fireflies
Barefoot Gen
Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Getter Robo
Devilman
Evangelion
Cowboy Bebop
Trigun
Fruits Basket
Full Metal Alchemist
Gurren Lagaan
Spirited Away
Anohana
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sylph7th wrote:

Grave of the Fireflies
Barefoot Gen
Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Getter Robo
Devilman
Evangelion
Cowboy Bebop
Trigun
Fruits Basket
Full Metal Alchemist
Gurren Lagaan
Spirited Away
Anohana


All of the yeses!
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Code Geass
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For Otakus:


High School DxD

For Anime Fans:


Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
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I used to consider myself an otaku, but then I asked myself, do I really want to associate myself with people who take pride in being obsessed with anime girls? My answer was no. Neither that obsession nor taking pride in it are very admirable qualities.

If you want people to look at you like an Otaku:

It's easy. Proclaim you are a fan of OreImo. That is all it takes in my opinion.

Attack on Titan, Full Metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, animes like that are shows that everyone can enjoy.

OreImo on the other hand, well it takes a special kind of person to be able to look at that and not shake their head in disgust.
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xxJing wrote:
OreImo on the other hand, well it takes a special kind of person to be able to look at that and not shake their head in disgust.


Finally, major ugh worthy.
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Kill la Kill.....so over the top I miss the eager anticipation looking forward to it when released ep by ep here on CR
Space Dandy
Parasyte--the maxim (so far this season's best show)
Dead Leaves instead of waste of time Deadman Wonderland
Cowboy Bebop (plus movie sequel Knocking on Heaven's Door)
Gurren Lagaan
Speed Grapher (dated, but good bad guy character development)
Black Lagoon (early eps are stupid but show gets rolling later on)
Hellsing Ultimate......refreshingly dark
Garden of Sinners
Flowers of Evil (ongoing manga also)
Watamote (read the manga also, it's funnier, ongoing)
Psycho Pass (Season 1)
FLCL (explains puberty)
Accel World
Time of Eve
5 cm/sec
Evangelion (first version, not the re-writes.....advanced degrees in Adolescent Behavior, Family Studies most helpful)
Akira....teen rebellion, good action
Barefoot Gen 1 & 2 (second part far more exceptional than entire Grave of the Fireflies) Wouldn't hurt to read "Last train to Hiroshima" written by Charles Pelligrew as an accompaniment or pre-cursor for this show
Chihayafuru 1 & 2 is similar to YowaPeda: intense study of teamwork over individuality though both shows do observe singular developmental growth from character interactions over time
Wolfs Rain....have fun with this one
The Tatami Galaxy....whimsical observation of college life, a real hoot.
Natsume Yuujincho: all 3 seasons....gentle treatise of giving back
Mushi-shi...excels at mystical renderings
The Eccentric Family.....cursory glances at post-adolescence, adulthood, accepting responsibility for one's actions
Bakemonogatari et al by NisiOisin
Mirai Nikki aka The Future Diary....a few plot holes here & there but decent character study of trust issues encountered when interacting first-hand with someone who suffers from aspects of Manic-Depression..........almost married into a situation similar in 2003 but had the fortunate epiphany to call it off permanently 5 days before committing
Koi Kaze.....superior study of incest compared to Oreimo
Ghost in the Shell....all of it
Trigun.....deconstruction of every western homage you thought you knew, a real hoot to watch
PMMM aka Puella Magi Madoka Magica......deconstruct of the magical girl genre
Hanasaku Iroha, Blossoms for Tomorrow (anime series) & follow up Home Sweet Home (movie).....3 generational character study with focus on development of the grand-daughter
Samurai Champloo......best road show going since Hope & Crosby back in the b&w movie days of the '40's

I'm sure there are more but need more time to observe 'em
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Great list! I agree with a lot of your picks, and plan to use your list a reference…I missed most of the late 90's and early 2000's anime.
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When it comes to Puella Magi Madoka Magica as amazing as it is it definitely loses a little something if you don't watch some regular magical girl series to see what a mold breaker it is.

Magical girl series I recommend are:
Shugo Chara
Sailor Moon
Precure series

Something else that stands out as different from its genre is Kill LA Kill

Some other series that should be checked out are:

S-cry-Ed
Pani poni Dash
Big O
Gundam
Outlaw Star
A certain magical index/ railgun
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Being an otaku is generally a negative thing....

That being said, I support those that strive for it, how about a series geared towards otaku lifestyles like Genshiken?
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Posted 1/4/15
Gintama definitely has to go on that list
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Never been enthusiastic about the term 'Otaku' and what it is associated with, but to each his own.

I am of the opinion that to be a proper anime fan you need to have experienced not only the good animes, but the downright awful ones as well.

That is the only way you can fully appreciate the truly great ones and experience the full spectrum of what is out there.

I wont name specific animes as good or bad ones for other people, as that is subjective to every person. But for me, I fully appreciated watching Code Geass more, when watching it after School Days.

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