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Old 01-06-2006, 01:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Not just any anime, but that REALLY great anime that is ground breaking and just beautiful to watch.

If you like animes such as "Princess Mononoke", Akira, "Ninja Scroll", than this should turn out to be a great place to post.

Please keep rants about "Hand Maid May", and Tenchi to a minimum... unless to laugh at (they are kind of funny).

I hope you will all like this thread and make it a popular one


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Hey! I'm a big fan of silly anime! Actually, I'm going through this uber-shoujo phase at the moment, but I have watched and enjoyed the animes you mentioned. Some other good ones, maybe not ground breaking, Key the Metal Idol, Nadesico, and Escaflowne.

I've watched just about every genre of anime out there and read more varieties of manga. Now that there's more available in the US, I've started being more selective, but I'll go outside my usual areas if it catches my eye at the library.

What I've just read: Sexy Voice and Robo by Kuroda. What I've just watched (actually rewatched): Kare Kano. What I'm waiting for to watch: Howl's Moving Castle by Jones produced by Ghibli. What I'm waiting for to read: nothing in particular, following a few series.

Anyway, as I said before, my tastes are currently running to slower, more relationship oriented anime and manga rather than deep and action packed, but anything I don't know about, I can ask dh about or check out on Wikipedia.

Great thread idea.
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I've seen escaflowne and I didn't get into it much. If you like the funnier ones, I suggest Tenchi Muyo. The original series.... I have a season 1 on VHS Also is Ranma 1/2.

The only problem I have with manga is the translation. If you ever get the chance to learn Japanese, you will see just how much of a joke sex is in Japan. It's funny, they'll have a girls breasts hanging out on a kids TV show, but any personal display is outcast
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My Ds actually. He thinks Princess Mononoke should pretty much be required watching for an anime fan lol.

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Anybody see Cowboy Bebop?
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Anybody see Cowboy Bebop?

Yep. I have watched some of that with Ds. He really liked the characters in the show...felt they had depth to them.

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We are big anime fans. I watch what ever 12 year old DS picks out, usually the action/adventure kind. We have Netflix, and get a new movie every few days.
I got really caught up in Gungrave.
DS loves Wolf's Rain, and Full Metal Alchemist.
His fav is Trigun.
I made him a Vash the Stampede costume...here it is:
The real Vash
DS is his costume
Another of DS

I really want to see Princess Mononoke, but DS does not want to watch it. I'll have to get it for myself

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That Vash costume rocks! I am in awe of your skills.

On other subjects:
Dh is much more of a Mononoke Hime fan than I. He's also really into Full Metal Alchemist. We both enjoyed Trigun and Ruroni Keshin although we haven't rewatched those in awhile.

Yeah, I've watched/read most of Tenchi, Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo. That and Ranma 1/2 are about the only dubs where the English voice-actors don't annoy me. (Actually I prefer the English Watashu, since the Japanese one is just sooo whiny.) I usually watch things in subtitle though. Fansubs are often better than commercial subs (so download stuff before it gets licensed in the US!) because they'll just do translator notes for things that're culturally confusing instead of changing them (yeah, you'd *think* subs wouldn't change a lot.) Dubs are inherently more inaccurate, but they're usually a lot worse than they need to be. Gratuitous noise so that US audiences aren't wierded out by silences, children's voices played by adenoidal adults, excessive explanation because "it's for children and we can't expect them to just look it up", and edits for violence so stupid that they should have just kept the show off of television (One Piece, for instance).

I've had 2 semesters of Japanese, but don't have/won't have room in my schedule for more. It's interesting how much that little bit has helped my general understanding. Another good source of information is the game Katamari Damacy, which gives the names of many common Japanese objects that you see in anime and manga and a brief explanation of what the object is for. And then, of course, the internet is my best friend when it comes to "what on earth is that?"

Also, did you know that the French *love* Cowboy Bebop? Joined a French language anime mailing list for awhile and that is *all* they ever talked about. I've seen a few episodes, and it's not bad, but I don't go out of my way looking for more, you know?
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I love Japanese anime...Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Cowboy Bebop (LOVE THE JAZZ MUSIC AND CHARACTERS! And a tear for Ed and Ein...not to mention the visuals...so cool), and have to say that I much prefer watching them to the Japanese with English subtitles.

Translation may lose something in the translation, but it is more when actors reinvent and interpret the voices. I have watched both English and Japenese versions and prefer to watch in their original forms, as it were.

I'll never forget watching Star Trek dubbed in Spanish!

"Senor Spock, Senor Spock..". "Capitan Kirk, la vida, pero no lo que nos creo"...
hello? Those deep deep voices and accents that don't belong..?


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I love Anime so much that i wish i really *looked* like a character. I've only seen a few movies, but they are so beautiful...Which character should i be??

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We love, love, love Slayers and our son is a big (original) Tenchi fan, he loves the baby episode and my husband got me a plush ryo-ohki for christmas We want to get Ranma 1/2 but have to scrape up the funds for that one... loooooong
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I love anything Miyazaki, and Be-Bop too. Tried to get my mom to name her corgi Ein to no avail. I've also made it through Neon Genesis Evangelion...liked it all right but it wasn't my favorite.

I never know what's good though, suggest some stuff and I'll watch it!
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Well, Miyazaki has another one, available on DVD in March of this year. The ratings bascially all say that the plot's confusing unless you've read the book, however.

Evangelion's one I've never tried. Friends who've seen it suggest not watching the last episode.

Recent, serious stuff that's pretty good: Hanbei Renmei and Witch Hunter Robin. If you enjoyed Evangelion, you might enjoy the Gundam serieses (afraid I don't know enough about the mecha genre to offer opinions on specific titles).

In the line of Kenshin, Samurai Champloo is both hilarious and serious.

For j-culture junkies, Azumanga Daioh is a terrific slice of life comedy with all sorts of snippets of Japan. It definitely doesn't fall into the "great work of art" category though.
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I love Anime so much that i wish i really *looked* like a character. I've only seen a few movies, but they are so beautiful...Which character should i be??
You've got the bone structure and hair texture to pull off nearly any of the short-haired females with a minimum of work. Actually, the layers you have in your signature pic are already a good basis for an anime hairstyle. Add a bit of gel to define and shape your hair, and some mascara to lengthen your lashes (XXL by Maybelline is fantastic) and you'll look just like an anime chick. For something like Mononoke Hime, I recommend bribing Kerlowyn to make you a costume and buying a wig.
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Well, Miyazaki has another one, available on DVD in March of this year. The ratings bascially all say that the plot's confusing unless you've read the book, however.
Howl's moving castle. Saw it in the theatre

I have read the book, and was really excited when I found out he was making the movie. The movie is like but not like the book. The character's main reasons for acting like he does are different, as are major aspects of the plot. I think it's confusing like Anime often seems to be, because you aren't fed a bundle of tidily wrapped up subplots.
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You've got the bone structure and hair texture to pull off nearly any of the short-haired females with a minimum of work. Actually, the layers you have in your signature pic are already a good basis for an anime hairstyle. Add a bit of gel to define and shape your hair, and some mascara to lengthen your lashes (XXL by Maybelline is fantastic) and you'll look just like an anime chick. For something like Mononoke Hime, I recommend bribing Kerlowyn to make you a costume and buying a wig.

HMMM, Thanks...Maybe I'll go to the next Anime convention to get a few ideas

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For something like Mononoke Hime, I recommend bribing Kerlowyn to make you a costume and buying a wig.
I have had a few folks tell me I should move in to cosplay. I'm a costume designer by trade, but my business specializes in ancient through Rennainassance clothing. I do a lot of weddings.
I have looked at websites that sell cosplay stuff, I can't believe how much money they sell for, even mediocre ones!

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I don't know how much you charge (probably more that i could afford), but I'd love to have something to wear to the upcoming summer Anime convention in my area...do you have a website??

I guess I'll need contacts (i usually wear cat-eye-ish black glasses)

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Nope, both the faintly geeky girl and the sexy librarian are popular anime themes (minds out of the gutter, not just in *those* animes ). Now, if you were wanting contacts anyway, go ahead and make this the excuse to get them.
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Aww, I used to love anime, just haven't watched it in a while. Have some animestyle movies that are just floating around at my dad's house.

Princess Mononoke
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Spirited Away
Some other ones I can't remember the names of..

My DS is starting to get into Pok'emon.. So we might be seeing some more anime soon.. even though It's not a great anime..
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I love Anime so much that i wish i really *looked* like a character. I've only seen a few movies, but they are so beautiful...Which character should i be??
I used to be called Anime Girl in highschool because I would go around looking like an anime chick with pigtails and funny-colored hair. Also, I would doodle anime throughout classes and at my school I was definitly the first to know anything about anime. Even the guys who were obsessed with gaming didn't realize most of it came from Japan until I pointed it out. I kinda started a trend

Anyway, I started with Sailor Moon at 12 and I've dabbled in all the different genres. I have all kinds of OAVs and even some Hentai I prefer the OAVs to those that are dubbed.

I've made anime costumes, mostly Sailor Moon characters and I love Shampoo from Ranma 1/2. I dressed as her for Halloween one year as well. If any of you do end up dressing up for a convention, definitly post some pix!

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[QUOTE=I've made anime costumes, mostly Sailor Moon characters and I love Shampoo from Ranma 1/2. I dressed as her for Halloween one year as well. If any of you do end up dressing up for a convention, definitly post some pix![/QUOTE]

If you go to "cosplay.com" (Costume Play)you will see a TON of costumes. From Anime to video games.

I've also met some people who make their own amazing costumes for LARPing (Live Action Role Play).
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[QUOTE=Anyway, I started with Sailor Moon at 12 and I've dabbled in all the different genres. I have all kinds of OAVs and even some Hentai I prefer the OAVs to those that are dubbed. [/QUOTE]

Ah, hentai... translation = perverted

It is artful, and I even have a couple (Flare 1&2, Keko Kamen) but I keep them away from my children at all cost. Remember what I said in the 3rd post of this thread... Japanese see sex as a joke on TV, but PDA is forbidden.
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Ah, hentai... translation = perverted

It is artful, and I even have a couple (Flare 1&2, Keko Kamen) but I keep them away from my children at all cost. Remember what I said in the 3rd post of this thread... Japanese see sex as a joke on TV, but PDA is forbidden.


Yep, mine are tucked away in the top shelf of the closet . . .

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I am intrigued by what I read here! I love beautiful animation.
Could any of you Anime fans recommend something appropriate for me to watch with my almost 8 year old?
Then what could I watch with my husband when our son is asleep?
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For with your 8-year old, almost anything by Studio Ghibli will be okay (see note about Monoke Hime below), although my favorite is Kiki's Delivery Service followed by My Neighbor Totoro.

Azumanga Daioh is another one that's okay for children, but is a little odd. Sort of slice of life, if you can get past the weirdness it is fabulous.

Aside from the utterly childish ones like Pokemon, most anime is designed so that adults can/will enjoy it too.

Stuff that might not be okay to watch with your 8 year old:
Tenchi Muyo is silly, Key the Metal Idol is beautiful, ditto Escaflowne. Neon Genesis, a lot of people watch, but that is really really odd. Child's Toy (Kodomo no Omocha) is about children, but deals more with relationships. Kare Kano and Ai Yori Aoshi are both romantic comedies as well, with older main characters than CT, KK has moments with an art style that can be hard to follow. Ranma 1/2 is sort of the candy of the anime world, it's fun to watch for awhile and then you get stuffed and sick of it, stop for a bit and then feel like watching it again. There is a *huge* amount of that series available. The Slayers' series are more action-adventurey.

On the more serious side of things, Monoke Hime has enough violence that you might want to watch it yourself before you let your son see it.

Anyway, I'll let someone else chime in with more ideas.
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Start with either Kiki's or Totoro. You should be able to find those at a video rental store. For the adults, Ranma will be easiest to find, but you'll probably want to wait on that until you can find the first tape.

If you're thinking of buying and watching... hmmm... start by seeing what has the most episodes available for the least amount of money. Avoid anything with suspcious cover art.
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Great thread!

My 7rold daughter is into Pokemon (DEEPLY into it!) and we have the Miyazaki films. I like that she's getting into anime cuz I love Asian films and culture.

I want to branch out of the Miyazaki realm but don't know where to go now. (Note: she couldn't make it through five minutes of Princess Mononoke. In fact, when I watched it later by myself, I had to look away in parts.)

We don't have American TV so we don't see Cowboy Bebop here. My daughter started liking YuGiOh a bit but it didn't catch her eye like Pokemon. I think the Pokemon world is more inhabited, if that makes sense, than YuGiOh. It's rich and has history and is consistent.

And I like the utterly childish Pokemon The whole family has taken on my daughter's interest and we are firmly entrenched in the Pokemon world. Not exaggerating here. We even did a Pokemon Christmas recently
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Princess Mononoke is a powerful movie. It was adapted by Neil Gaiman, too! I love that film, but the violence is really intense.

My gateway anime film was Spirited Away. I think my mouth was agape through the entire thing! I've also seen Grave of the Fireflies (sobbed, it broke my heart and I had to stop watching), Kiki (very cute! safe for all ages), and Castle in the Sky (also safe for all ages).

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