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Hi friends,
I am looking an anime that has a great twisted plot. Something that you have to watch more than one to understand. If you are a gamer, I am looking for something similar to Metal Gear series, Silent Hill 2, Zero Escape 1 & 2...etc.

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I think Paranoia Agent is an example of this, though all I know about it is what I've heard from friends.
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Durarara ? Ghost in the Shell ? Another ?
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Well, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni might be what you're looking for, though the show does most of the rewatching for you. It;s a pretty solid horror mystery. Make sure to watch all of the seasons for it in the correct order however (though you can ditch the fanservice OVAs).

Neon Genesis Evangelion is also a popular recommendation. The plot itself isn't terribly complex, but there is a ton of rewatch value in it. Understanding the motivations behind each character, and what shaped them into what they are within the story is something you can spend five or six rewatches on alone.

EDIT: Monster. I haven't seen it yet but I've heard nothing but good things.

Ergo Proxy is also something you might need to watch a few times to fully appreciate. It's a very atmospheric sci fi dystopian adventure.
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Serial Experiments Lain

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I'll contribute some movies I've enjoyed

-Kara no Kyoukai/The Garden of Sinners (all movies are really good, but movie 5 is probably what you're asking for...but seriously watch all of them)
-Angel's Egg (this one really requires you to make your own interpretations)
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Seconding Lain, GITS, and Paranoia Agent.
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You may want to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion. The show warrants multiple watches just to understand part of what's going on.
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While I may not be entirely correct on this, Tatami Galaxy might fall under this category. Either way it's worth a watch.
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(Moved this over to Recommendations, it's a better spot for such things..)

I'd also second Another, as well as Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes.. they all involve some crazy twists and turns that you might enjoy.
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Baccano! and Durarara!! are obvious ones. They've both got huge ensemble casts and busy, organic plots that revolve around the motivations and decisions of the characters in them, with a liberal dose of coincidence sprinkled on to make them run smoothly. In terms of "just" plot, these two are masterpieces as far as I'm concerned, and I've yet to see their equal (aside from each other). It also helps that the characters, while not particularly deep, are extremely easy to like in both.

Steins;Gate is a good one. It's a little more on the introspective side, and heavily sci-fi (of the speculative type). It spends a long time setting up all of its pieces, and then knocks them all over, resulting in a long series of twists and revelations that's very fun to piece together.

Fate/Zero's another I'd recommend. Like Baccano!/Durarara!!, it's basically an ensemble piece, and does a good job of telling the whole (notably mature) story by jumping between characters. If you like over-the-top fight scenes and beautiful visuals with your plot, give this one a look.

Gosick is nice, though it's heavily episodic at first. It takes a long time to get into its "true" plot, but it is well-written and ties in more than you'd probably expect. If you like mysteries and a pseudo-Victorian atmosphere, give this one a shot.

If you want an eminently dark and serious anime, I'd highly recommend Monster. It boasts over 70 episodes with an intricately crafted storyline, characters with tons of depth, and some nice storytelling sensibilities to top it off. It's intensely character-driven, with a great protagonist and even greater villain.

Mawaru Penguindrum might also be worth a shot. It's well-plotted and symbolism-heavy, but it's got a style that doesn't appeal to everyone, and you'll probably hate most of the characters. And not in the good way. Still, I consider it good by merit of its storytelling alone.

Lastly, I think Gungrave is one that doesn't get the attention it probably deserves. It's a little dated, but the story is complex and spans decades, and does a great job of justifying and giving purpose to its high-adrenaline American-action-movie-esque climactic moments. It's based on a video game, but don't let that deter you: the story is great.
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I'll second Serial Experiments Lain, Monster, Steins; Gate, and the original Ghost in the Shell movie.

Others that might be good:

Eureka Seven: great bit of world building, very deep cast, and awesome character development.

Little Busters: Starts off looking like a typical moe harem show, but by the second season (Little Busters Refrain) it turns into a bit of a head trip.

Monogatari Series (starts with Bakemonogatari): Over the course of several seasons and a couple movies, it tells a very intricate and complex story.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya: Make sure to watch it in the order it originally aired, including the brilliant movie that comes after the second season (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya).
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Try Texhnolyze.
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Texhnolyze and Serial Experiments Lain.
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Eden of the east:

A young woman is currently in the US on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man appears to have lost his memory, is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding in the other. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.
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