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It has been so long since I was watching anime on a daily basis. Now for whatever reason I've found myself wanting to marathon series after a more than decade long hiatus. I can't say what caused this either. I used to love an old show called Maison Ikkoku, that lead me to Ranma. But the two of those caused me to spend hundreds of dollars on comics and anime cels etc.. I have had a love affair with DBZ, Tenchi Muyo, Pokemon, Digimon, Kanon. So many older shows, yet here I am, ready to come back after so many years.

My first attempt was Toradora! Which I tolerated, yet hated at the same time. I despised Taiga and could never understand why any man would put up with her for so long, she had very little redeeming qualities and did not deserve her hero. It was a story that could have been told in 6 OVAs imo. But then I experienced Your Lie In April, and then I realized why I loved anime to begin with. That show had me blubbering like a fool by episode 16. I cried 3 times during that show, which equaled my total from Kanon in the old days.

Given my sad and pathetic old school background, I am hoping that some of you can guide me towards other shows to watch. So far I've watched:

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma - Now this is a great show, full of fun and excitement, so original. I'm not put off by the sexy stuff, yet I'm peeking through my hands to see the naughty bits after each satisfying meal.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - For whatever reason this reminds me of Oh My Goddess! Which is a good thing. I really like the main characters and I can't get enough of the MMO vibe. There are not enough of these animes, and I really hope we get an ending for this, unlike .Hack type shows. Love it.

My Love STORY! Wingman to the max, it's not a bad thing, I'm hoping the hero is able to show more intelligence and life himself above the pretty boy.

Also I watched a live action drama Why Can't Seiya Toudoin (Age 16) Get a Girlfriend? - Now this I loved more than anything, if I could find more of this I would be content. It was like a live action romance anime. The closest I've seen so far.

Now that I've shared my pathetic attempt at getting back into anime, I want your help. Where should I go from here? I want to watch shows like these, I need romance and heartbreak, I also want a fun adventure. I'll probably watch some bad stuff in between, but I don't mind, I just really want to watch a great anime with an ending. Anyways, thanks for any help and if you want a fandom friend message me. I'm looking for a new fandom.

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disreegharrd wrote:

... I am hoping that some of you can guide me towards other shows to watch. So far I've watched:




Thanks AK. I've moved the thread there now.
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This is hard, by large the better new school era anime are way better then the old counterparts, the one "major" exception to this however, is the romcom genre. Nothing is ever gonna beat Ranma 1/2, and very few can even compete with Tenchi.

Ah My Goddess is pretty much as close as you're gonna get.

Aside from that, you shouls watch Kachou wa maid sama

and

Kaze no stigma

For other anime besides strict romcoms, there are some awesome options out there.

Kingdom
Inuyasha+Inuyasha the Final Act(do not ever watch this subbed for any reason, make sure to watch this dubbed)
The original Naruto(try to find the original fansub, do not watch this dubbed)
Yu Yu Hakusho(this is a older anime, but you seemed to miss this)

The Mysterious Cities of Gold(yes this anime is ancient, but don't let that fool you, the animation quality is by far the best in animation history, even makes studio Ghibli films seem like crap, the background art is awesome, the sentire soundtrack is downright amazing, a soundtrack collection that wouldn't even be matched until the 2000s and the story telling is very, very, very good, better then any that would be seen until the 2000s)

Tsubasa Chronicle
Elemental Gelade
Busou Renkin
Pandora Hearts(is on CR)

I'm reaching alittle here(since nothing really like this existed back then, but anyway), but I suggest you give Hanasakeru Seishounen a try(It's on CR as well)

Judging by what your end statement is asking for, I'm pretty sure you would like Victorian Romance Emma(such a great Historical Romance Drama).


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If you want more blubbering, check out Clannad (make sure to catch the second season, which is much better) and Angel Beats (both Visual Arts/Key anime, just like Kanon), or Anohana. Also, give Golden Time a shot--it sounds like it might be more up your alley than Toradora, although if you don't like it after a couple episodes drop it. (It's a show that you either like from the outset or not.)

Usagi Drop and Barakamon are great non-romance Slice of Life shows, that it seems you might like.

Since you liked Maison Ikokku, check out The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors or Hanasaku Iroha. Both are solid mixtures of boarding-house antics and romance that are clearly inspired by MI.

If you want more MMO vibe anime, Sword Art Online (a love it or hate it show if there ever was one) and Log Horizon are the two best out there right now.

Steins; Gate is one of the best shows out there now, and a good mixture of sci-fi and romance.

Also, if you like dramatic romances with a darker edge to them, check out ef: Tale of Memories, Myself; Yourself, or the Monogatari Series (starts with Bakemonogatari)
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Watch Nagi no Asukara. It has romance, a good ost, and beautiful animation.
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Hm... would you say there is a specific genre or theme you enjoy? For instance, I love bittersweet, slice of life anime (but obviously enjoy a wider range than that). Are you looking for action, humor, something with a stronger plot and less fluff?).

I would also second most if not all of the anime listed in mnmike's post.
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disreegharrd wrote:

I both do and don't envy the fact that you have something like 15 years worth of awesome anime to catch up on. Sounds like you're on a bit of a romance slice of life kick so I'll just roll with that. Maybe toss in some classics from other genres as well, and pretty much just list a lot of what I'd consider must see:

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!
This is one of my favorite series to come out recently. Great comedy, great characters, crazy action and visuals during "delusion scenes," nice romance, and a little easily digested melodrama thrown in.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-chunibyo-other-delusions

Kimi ni Todoke
Pretty awesome school melodrama romance story about a 'scary' looking girl finding love and friendship.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you

Lovely Complex
Much like Kimi ni Todoke I think it's one of the classics of the school melodrama genre. Love story about a short guy and tall girl.
No legal stream available. Fansub it.

Anohana
Short little series about a ghost girl contacting her group of friends years after her death. Lots of feels! Kind of a similar anime to Your Lie in April in some ways.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anohana-the-flower-we-saw-that-day

Steins;Gate
It's pretty much the Back to the Future 2 of anime. One of, if not the best time travel story I've ever seen. Really interesting plot and characters. Lots of comedy to start with but then shit gets real about halfway through and it turns really dark and even more interesting.
http://www.funimation.com/shows/steins-gate/videos

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
This series took the anime world by storm in 2006, totally exploding in popularity. Pretty odd series about a normal guy who ends up in a school club with a time traveler, an esper, an alien, and a girl who doesn't realize she may be a God. This series is must-watch for any returning anime fan. I guarantee it. I recommend watching it in chronological order (as opposed to broadcast order), and don't forget to watch the sequel movie as well. In my opinion it's the best anime film ever made.
No legal stream available. Fansub it.

Madoka Magica
Totally awesome twist on the magical girl genre. Quite a trippy looking anime (thanks to the awesome SHAFT animation). Very much a dark fantasy show that's become a must-watch classic. There's also a movie trilogy, but only the third movie is an actual sequel to this series. The others are just shorter adaptations.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica

I feel like I could list a few dozen more, but I'll leave it at that for now.
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Really love all of you guys for the great recs. I have compiled a list now, and I have access to CR, Funimation, Netflix, Amazon etc. so I should be able to find most of these. If I had to elaborate more on what I'm looking for I will say this, I want to go from crying my eyes out to being cheered up one after the other. So I might have to rotate between sad romances and fun things, to keep from being emotionally devastated or drowned out in sugary sweetness.

I also want to say that I hurt my back really badly, and I'm gonna be down for a while and will have plenty of time to marathon anything. I'm talking for months, that's part of the reason I thought getting back into anime might help pass the time and keep me from going insane while I'm out of commission. On a side note I just watched all of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU/Too, and this is something I really loved. It had a hint of romance but felt really modern, it's also nice that it wasn't set in middle school like many of the other animes I've noticed on here. Not that I wouldn't watch it if it was, but as I'm getting older it was nice to see more mature elements such as juggling work and school to benefit your family etc..

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disreegharrd wrote:

Really love all of you guys for the great recs. I have compiled a list now, and I have access to CR, Funimation, Netflix, Amazon etc. so I should be able to find most of these. If I had to elaborate more on what I'm looking for I will say this, I want to go from crying my eyes out to being cheered up one after the other. So I might have to rotate between sad romances and fun things, to keep from being emotionally devastated or drowned out in sugary sweetness.

I also want to say that I hurt my back really badly, and I'm gonna be down for a while and will have plenty of time to marathon anything. I'm talking for months, that's part of the reason I thought getting back into anime might help pass the time and keep me from going insane while I'm out of commission. On a side note I just watched all of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU/Too, and this is something I really loved. It had a hint of romance but felt really modern, it's also nice that it wasn't set in middle school like many of the other animes I've noticed on here. Not that I wouldn't watch it if it was, but as I'm getting older it was nice to see more mature elements such as juggling work and school to benefit your family etc..



Yea, you'll definitely love Hanasakeru Seishounen, and Victorian Romance Emma then.
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disreegharrd wrote:

Really love all of you guys for the great recs. I have compiled a list now, and I have access to CR, Funimation, Netflix, Amazon etc. so I should be able to find most of these. If I had to elaborate more on what I'm looking for I will say this, I want to go from crying my eyes out to being cheered up one after the other. So I might have to rotate between sad romances and fun things, to keep from being emotionally devastated or drowned out in sugary sweetness.



Since you already got a bunch of recommendations for sad stuff, here are some fun ones.

Chihayafuru
http://www.crunchyroll.com/chihayafuru

Durarara
http://www.crunchyroll.com/durarara

GIRLS und PANZER
http://www.crunchyroll.com/girls-und-panzer

Haikyu!!
http://www.crunchyroll.com/haikyu

Humanity Has Declined
http://www.crunchyroll.com/humanity-has-declined

I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
http://www.crunchyroll.com/i-cant-understand-what-my-husband-is-saying

Love Live! School Idol Project
http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-live-school-idol-project

Love Lab
http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-lab

No Game No Life
http://www.crunchyroll.com/no-game-no-life

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?
http://www.crunchyroll.com/problem-children-are-coming-from-another-world-arent-they

SHIROBAKO
http://www.crunchyroll.com/shirobako

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
http://www.crunchyroll.com/tonari-no-seki-kun-the-master-of-killing-time

Witch Craft Works
http://www.crunchyroll.com/witch-craft-works

and two waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy over the top action shows.

Gurren Lagann
http://www.crunchyroll.com/gurren-lagann

Kill la Kill
http://www.crunchyroll.com/kill-la-kill

Enjoy!
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For a fantasy adventure mmo romance i'd go for Sword Art Online (this show is immensely popular and you should probably watch it):



www.crunchyroll.com/sword-art-online

For a great anime with a great ending (you did say "I just really want to watch a great anime with an ending.") i'd go for Code Geass



This one is not on crunchyroll just google "code geass" and you will find it lots of places though.

I would list a bunch of shows but since so many people are recommending things I just recommended what best fits what you asked for.
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