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Required anime viewing

Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
1. Dragonball or any of the Big 3. All I'm really saying here is that a long-running shounen should be required. There are so many parodies, plot devices, and themes in this slot that, in order to understand them, you need to know how these shows work.

2. Rurouni Kenshin OVA's, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Spirited Away, Legend of the Galactic Heroes etc. Here, this gives you an idea, whether you like the works or not, of what the "community" generally chooses as the representatives of "quality" in anime.

3. FLCL, Gurren Lagann, Redline, Bakemonogatari, Kyousougiga, Tatami Galaxy, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum etc. Many, even most, anime (given the right staff) could be just as good in another medium. These, however, would have a tough time in live-action, or at the very least, would feel like a completely different work. Watch a couple of these, and you'll understand a lot of things that make animation rather unique from live-action shows, novels, manga, etc.

Edit: Also, I wouldn't say any of these are "required," but rather that they are good examples of what "anime" is, and that watching these will give you a good idea of what people mean when they talk about "anime." I would also add in harems and slice-of-life's as categories, but really, you can probably pick a couple of shows a season that would serve as excellent examples.
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
a Studio Ghibli film

doesn't matter which one, even the Lupin III film they did is great but people should see at least 1 Ghibli film just to know how good anime can get

Grave of the Fireflies should be watched once...... and only once cause as amazing as it is, that film is soul crushing.

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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
Sometimes I hate not having an original idea, but I have to put the vote out there for:

#1 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

"Required viewing" should be something that encompasses a genre while remaining accessible to outsiders or first-timers. TTGL has everything from beautiful leads to tragic events, yet retains the meta-humor on a level rarely matched.
Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
Well, I don't really believe in "required viewing" because it seems biased toward what someone personally likes. If I had to pick required series, I'd probably go with

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Death Note
Toradora (Possibly replace this with Anohana)
Clannad and Clannad ~ After Story ~

Now, as I said, I don't really believe in required viewing. It's not like these series were so awesome that everyone must see them. Rather, these are series that everyone and their grandmother seems to talk about all the time so I think some familiarity with them is a good idea.

EDIT: If your a yuri fan, i'd say

Maria-sama ga Miteru
Strawberry Panic
Kannazuki no Miko
(Though for the life of me, I don't know why. I literally watched it only because it was required).
And possibly Revolutionary Girl Utena
Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
In terms of straight excellence and accessibility?

Clannad: After Story

Attack on Titan

Death Note

Gurren Lagann

Black Lagoon
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
For the Shonen genre: DBZ

For two completely different takes on Giant Robots: Mobile Suit Gundam and Evangelion.

Mahou Shoujo (subverted) it has to be Utena, or Madoka Magica for something a bit more recent.

Non-Subverted would be: Sailor Moon.

For "school girls do nothing": Lucky Star or K-ON.

For a more adult drama (Seinen/Josei) it's hard to beat: Nana.

For "The Weirds": FLCL or Excel Saga.

Harem: Nobody did it better than Ranma 1/2, though the Tenchi series certainly tried.

Movies: As mentioned previously, anything Ghibli.

Other classics: Slayers, Nadesico, Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Fushigi Yuugi, Trigun, Gurren Lagann

(I tried to avoid anything too recent..... although I did end up with two series from 2011)
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/3/13
DBZ , if not the whole thing then at least one season, because then all the other long-running shounen animes make sense

FMA, how a quality shounen should be

for romance lovers, Sailor Moon sets the premise of other shoujos, more or less
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/4/13
Full Metal Panic
Hikaru No Go
Stein;s Gate
Death Note
Black Lagoon
Everything by Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai
Time of Eve
Usagi Drop
Bakemonogatari, etc.
My Ordinary Life
Cross Game
Eden of the East
The Devil is a Part Timer
My Teen Romantic Comedy, SNAFU

I'll stop now...
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/4/13
I don't think there should ever be Required anime viewing. I think people should just sample a lot of diffrent animes until they find the style they like. What is good to you may not be good to them
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/4/13
To Love Ru.
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/4/13

mdz09 wrote:

I'd be down if anyone had a suggestion to one of those genres with a deeper plot besides "alien/magical girl/boy shows up on prepubescent girl's/boy's doorstep."

At that point, it ceases to be "slice of life." I would suggest His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano) for a romance that is grounded, but still heartwarming and hilarious.

One type of anime that i've actually been asked is if there is an oldschool horror anime. Not like Gantz where it's just (mild spoiler) brutal and a you're fucked kind of thing. But like an old maybe even slendermanish horror. You know, run for your life, mcguyver some shit or your dead kinda thing. I've yet to come across one.

I think Boogiepop Phantom is the only thing that comes to mind and comes close to hitting those bullet points.
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Posted 10/3/13 , edited 10/4/13
Required viewing you say...

Slayers (all seasons, movies, ova's)
Clannad (all seasons)
Beast Player Erin
Ghost In The Shell
Lucky Star
Azumanga Daioh
Love Hina
Black Lagoon
Grave of the Fireflies
Tenchi Myuo
Cowboy Bebop
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal
Code Geass (all seasons)
Haruhi (All seasons and movie. Yes even the infamous Endless Eight)
K-ON (all seasons and movie)
Excel Saga
Full Metal Panic (all seasons)
Panty & Stocking
Bakemonogatari (all seasons)
Squid Girl (all seasons)
Working! (all seasons)
Bodacious Space Pirates
Humanity Has Declined

Al of these anime are required, essential and by law must be viewed. No excuses. No questions. Just do it.

*Edit* added Black Lagoon to list.

*This list is subject to change over time. Anime will never be subtracted. Only added.*
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/4/13
Anime that basically turned the tides for anything modern?

For robots or war: Mobile Suit Gundam / Space Runaway Ideon (same director, but right after the first season of Gundam. Ideon influenced the next few Gundam Series. Much of Evangelion seems to be based off of Ideon in some way)

Cyberpunk: Akira (movie) (There's a lot that Akira perfected together, and the themes were the standard for a while)

For Classroom Comedy: Azumanga Daioh (turned crazy by Pani Poni Dash)

For Crazy Comedy: Excel Saga

Horror: Elfen Lied or Higurashi

Magical Girl: Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura basically locked the standards for "magical girl."

Shakugan no Shana set a large number of standards for "little angry protagonist girls"

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (movie): The director's anime & movies have a weird use of colors and overlapping textures and B-role that were basically perfected by the time this movie was made. There are SO MANY anime that have been influenced by this, that it's kind of silly not to mention one of the director's earlier works. (See: The Soul Taker for his "experimental" phase)

Fist of the North Star did quite a lot for action anime.
However, as much as I hate it, Dragon Ball Z set a lot of standards for your typical"boy's action show" (largely subverting Fist of the North Star.) The original Dragon Ball didn't do much that Dr. Slump or Astro Boy didn't already do.
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/4/13
Attack On Titan, pretty bloody.
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/4/13
The Ghibli collection.
Ghost in the Shell first movie and SAC series 1 and 2 then watch Solid State Society movie
One Piece,Dragonball, Fist Of The North Star,Full Metal Alchemist and all that Shonen goodness
Cowboy Bebop
Captain Harlock,Galaxy Express 999 and anything from that universe
Akira,Ninja Scroll,Bubblegum Crisis,Dominion Tank Police,Genocyber,Battle Angel Alita and many more classic 80's anime
Serial Experiments: Lain. Probably the most thought provoking and deep anime ever made.
Most of the Gundam series is great and worth watching if you love mecha anime. Also check out Evangelion and Eureka Seven
Melancoly of Haruhi Suzmiya
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