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Post Reply Anime Recommendations for People Who Don't Like Anime?
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I've been looking to broaden my anime horizons after watching a few series in the genre that I've greatly enjoyed. The problem is that I find much of the writing to be of low quality and the genre's more prevalent tropes to be, well... I can't stand a lot of it. Is there any anime you can recommend that is more of a standout from the standard fare?

The title is a bit misleading, but that's the most succinct way to phrase the question, I guess.
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Well first of all, we need a reference to an anime, as in which anime did you enjoy?
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Oh yeah, guess that should have been in the OP. Desert Punk and Black Lagoon were pretty solid, and Cromartie High was probably my favorite of what I've seen so far.

I recently watched RWBY due to hearing that it was the bee's knees, but I couldn't really get behind it.
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If you enjoyed Black Lagoon, you should check out Jormungand.


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Try Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood or Trigun. Both are very solid action/adventure shows with both sci-fi and fantasy elements, and a bit of comedy. And neither falls prey to many of the standard anime tropes.
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frankvr6 wrote:

If you enjoyed Black Lagoon, you should check out Jormungand.




Thanks man, I'll check it out.



mnmike wrote:


Try Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood or Trigun. Both are very solid action/adventure shows with both sci-fi and fantasy elements, and a bit of comedy. And neither falls prey to many of the standard anime tropes.


Yeah, Trigun's a classic. I've seen some of Brotherhood, but it felt a bit grating. Probably because it was the dub on cable, so I can't rightfully say that it was bad. Thanks for the input.
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Hmmmm...standouts not heavy on tropes... good writing...

Psycho-pass - Scifi/Action/Crime procedural
Steins;Gate - Scifi/Conspiracy thriller
Guilty Crown - Scifi/Action
Chaos;Head - Scifi/Horror
Another - Horror
Future Diary - Horror
Eden of the East - Action/Conspiracy thriller
Interlude - Scifi/Romance
Speedgrapher - Horror/Romance
Death Parade - Scifi/Horror/Drama
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Mushi-shi hard to describe but thinking its going to be classic
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Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood
Michiko to Hatchin
Cowboy Bebop

Very good animes imo
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Tokyo ghoul
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shamuraiformerly wrote:

I've been looking to broaden my anime horizons after watching a few series in the genre that I've greatly enjoyed. The problem is that I find much of the writing to be of low quality and the genre's more prevalent tropes to be, well... I can't stand a lot of it. Is there any anime you can recommend that is more of a standout from the standard fare?

The title is a bit misleading, but that's the most succinct way to phrase the question, I guess.


The Legend of Condor Hero

Spice and Wolf

Hanasakeru Seishounen(this is on CR)

The Twelve Kingdoms(the first few or so episodes is basically standard anime fare, although warranted. However past that, it Isnt, so just force yourself past the first few episodes or so, you wont regret it)

Kemono no souja erin(this is on CR)

Kingdom

Victorian Romance Emma

Moribito Guardian of the Spirit

Saiunkoku Monogatari

I would start with these
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You don't have to force yourself to like something.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

You don't have to force yourself to like something.


So much this, the selection of anime to watch is huge, you need to be a little more specific in what you are looking for.

That said, if Spice and Wolf is half as good as the novels, I'll second that one.

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The thing to remember about anime is that it isn't so much a Genre as an art form, a medium of presenting various stories. When introducing someone to the medium, (or reintroducing them in the case that they already have a biased against it.) it's important to pick works that have a story and characters that stand on their own once the novelty of the anime, "archetypes" are removed. I'd also recommend movies or short series because you can't expect someone already biased to anime to sit through hundreds of episodes of, "One Piece" to become invested. Here are some titles I'd recommend and why I would.

1. Kara no Kyoukai- It's a series of films and film 1 gives you a complete story and for those against the shenanigans of the typical, "high school setting" the medium seems to relish in lately it provides a more grim, realistic setting that's quite refreshing with mature themes, beautiful animation, and extremely well executed fight scenes.

2. The Girl who Leapt Through Time- This movie is just fantastic. The art is simple but effective, the story though set in high school is realistic in how it portrays the main protagonist and the thrills and consequences of traveling through time. The concept of time travel is handled quite well and reminds me of the time travel execution in a later non-animated film About Time. (which by the way is also a must watch)

3. Ergo Proxy- Yes this is a series but the animation doesn't resemble the traditional, large sparkly eyed, big boobed, ladies lots of anime haters would expect to find. I think Ergo Proxy is a great way to show that Anime ISN"T a Genre but an Art form capable of telling meaningful, realistic characters. Even though Ergo Proxy is reaching it's tenth birthday the animation still stands up to the test of time.

4. Anohana- because it succeeds in the feels department. Not that the other works I've mentioned do not however Anohana is special in the sense that the plot is purely character driven and deals with the universal theme of grief and executes it so beautifully.

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