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Black Lagoon
Darker than Black
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (This made me feel sad when I watched this lol)
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-Distress- wrote:

So what ever happened to the more serious anime out there? Like especially the ones that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.

Fond memories of Cowboy Bebop. ^.^

Wonders if shows like Cowboy Bebop are dead.


Check out 'Texhnolyze'. It's probably the most serious show I have ever seen. From what I could remember, I think they don't ever crack a joke. lol
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Code Geass
Hellsing Ultimate
Claymore
atack on titan
tokyo ghoul
akame ga kill
death note
phantom: requiem for the phantom
Parasyte
darker than black
Black Lagoon
Katanagatari
Jormungand
Basilisk
Blood+
Blood-c
berserk
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to name a few
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mnmike wrote:

There are certainly plenty of examples of "serious" anime still being made--every season has at least a couple (although they might not all be as good as Cowboy Bebop).

As to why more aren't made: Because the primary audience for manga, anime, and light novels is 12-18 year old Japanese boys. There are some things made with other audiences in mind (young men; teenage girls; young women; an international audience) the audience decreases. (For instance, in manga, shounen easily sells the best, and josei easily sells the worst, with seinen and shoujo somewhere in the middle.)

What do Japanese teenage boys want? What we all want: stories about people like ourselves who gain incredible abilities, fight evil, and hang out with lots of pretty girls.

And that's not a Japanese Boy thing, lest anyone think I'm stereotyping. Hunger Games and Twilight, are stories about teenage girls becoming powerful, fighting evil, and having two hot guys fight over the heroine... and lots of teenage girls love them. James Bond is about a middle aged white guy saving the world, fighting evil (with cool toys), and getting lots of hot women... and lots of middle aged white guys love James Bond. Harry Potter is about young boys gaining powers, fighting evil, saving the world, and getting pretty girls to like them... and lots of young boys love Harry Potter. We all love reading or watching stories about people like us who somehow manage to be strong, popular, and cool.


This is so true. too bad my favorite MC characters are Anti villians. and there aren't that many anime's with them.
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I'd say most of the ova/films from the 90's... I felt this was the golden age of anime. The time where there were so many animated titles being released beyond their time period and age group.

You have samurai x, cowboy bebop, ninja scroll, perfect blue, akira, escaflowne, evangelion, ninja resurrection... too lazy to list more, but you get my drift.

Don't get me wrong though, I think we've reached a point where cinematic and animations have merged to create beautiful works, but they would be masterful if they just weren't riddled with cliches and random antics.
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Of the ones I've watched and can think of right now....

Fate/Zero
Monster
Serial Experiments Lain
Steins;Gate

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blood-c, dont expect anything, its not like blood the last vampire or blood+.
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I recently watched Arslan Senki, which I think is rather historical and serious, Moribito is on the serious side as well.
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Try out Shinsekai Yori
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-Distress- wrote:

So what ever happened to the more serious anime out there? Like especially the ones that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.

Fond memories of Cowboy Bebop. ^.^

Wonders if shows like Cowboy Bebop are dead.


I like show like that, Cowboy Bebop, Baki the Grappler, Fighting Spirit, Berserk, Ninja Scroll series & Movie, and Golgo 13 series. There lot of them.

But lately they decided to add wayy too much Comedy series >.<!

Some Comedy series are funny, like the one call "Devils & Realist".

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I feel your pain with the highschool based shows. That's why I liked Gangsta so much
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Feeling the same here. Disappointed with just about every anime season to see basically the same exact animes every season. Then I see a promising one that ends up being pretty terrible or not serious at all.
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Hulu has a lot of great titles with more adult themes.

My favorites are:

Hellsing Ultimate
Baccano!
Texhnolyze
Slayers (and its sequels)
Serial Experiments Lain

But there are slice-of-life shows that take a more serious route that's not so... Fruits Baskety. Kids on the Slope is one of them. It's made by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and revolves around friendships inspired by music in late 60s Japan.
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