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Anime with Deep Plot/Amazing Ending

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07-16-10, 1:25 PM

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I am looking for an anime that blows your mind in the end or one with a deep/metaphoric plot.

It can be mixed with comedy,romance,etc.

The episodes need to flow, not like Mushishi where the next episode is not directly related to the one before

Basically, I'm looking for an anime that
1) causes you to "WTF" at the end of the anime
2) has a high re-watch value
or
3) has a deep entertaining plot


Thanks in advance,
mushypizza
 
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07-16-10, 1:30 PM

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Monster
Mononoke
Haibane Renmei
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Monster
Aoi Bungaku

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07-16-10, 1:40 PM

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Ah. You've already seen Bakemonogatari. So, how about Elfen Lied?
 
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07-16-10, 1:41 PM

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Paranoia Agent (metaphorical, also WTF)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (deep, entertaining plot, some WTF moments, space opera)
Higurashi ni Naku Koro ni (many, WTF moments, very entertaining plot. Some deepness, but not the strong point of the show)
 
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07-16-10, 1:52 PM

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07-16-10, 2:12 PM

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Gundam 00 has a plot as deep as an emo song is soothing.

Most of my favorites have plots that I would admit are pretty trivial, but I will agree with Mononoke.
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07-16-10, 2:20 PM

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True Tears had an amazingly good and deep plot.
 
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07-16-10, 2:27 PM

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - Considering End of Evangelion the ending
Code Geass
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Clannad
Bokurano
Monster
Aoi Bungaku
Death Note
Detective Conan(the plot is simple but the cases are extremely interesting)
Detective Academy Q(same as DC)
Fate/Stay Night
Kara no Kyoukai

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07-16-10, 2:28 PM

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07-16-10, 2:44 PM

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Royal_Cheese said:
True Tears had an amazingly good and deep plot.


The girl was staring at a chicken for 5 minutes at the end.

Credit to WingZero619 from Animesuki!!
 
07-16-10, 4:30 PM

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Code Geass , definetly.
 
07-16-10, 5:28 PM

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mushypizza said:
I am looking for an anime that blows your mind in the end or one with a deep/metaphoric plot.

It can be mixed with comedy,romance,etc.

The episodes need to flow, not like Mushishi where the next episode is not directly related to the one before

Basically, I'm looking for an anime that
1) causes you to "WTF" at the end of the anime
2) has a high re-watch value
or
3) has a deep entertaining plot


Thanks in advance,
mushypizza


Yep, sounds like Zeta Gundam to me. :3

The ending is so unique for an anime; main character doesn't die, but he's pretty messed up in the end. :p You don't really need to watch the prequel considering it has a new cast and whatnot. It might be good to, but you really don't. It's good on it's own. ;)

It's definitely tragedy at it's best. I would suggest Victory Gundam as a standalone, but you really have to have an interest in melodramas to understand how powerful it was. Few people really appreciate such a series, but those who really get into it, word for word; it's such an enjoyable experience.

Zeta would definitely be the mellow of the two (Which really says something about Victory; because many people talk about how dramatic Zeta Gundam is).
 
07-16-10, 5:45 PM

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Vision of Escaflowne has a pretty deep, involved plot. And the ending is very emotional!
 
07-16-10, 5:52 PM

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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (manga is deeper though) nice supernatural / romance / action and clamp <3

Kino no Tabi is short and easily rewatchable, great one too, really beautiful anime.

Darker than black could be a nice one too, I really fancy re-watching it soon, too.
 
07-16-10, 5:54 PM

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Ergo Proxy!

You can't watch it just once. You definitely have to watch it twice in order to take in all the historical/cultural allusions that are woven into the plot and to fully understand the world in which the story takes place. It's a series that brings philisophical concepts like "raison d'être," among others, into question. It has complex characters and a unique sci-fi plot. It's intriguing and entertaining at the same time.
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07-16-10, 7:10 PM

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i recently finished Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei. it made me go wtf every few episodes, is entertaining, and very deep. More importantly, it's the first ending i've felt satisfied with since...well i can't remember any series with a good ending off the top of my head. i've always felt they could've continued or were just plain bad. But Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is really deep, great ending, and not your typical series. It's probably only series where I watched the op in every eps as well cause it felt original compared to everything else and reminded me of the Beatles. Watch the first eps at least and give it a shot.
 
07-16-10, 7:43 PM

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Seconding Ergo Proxy for all the reasons Yves stated and more. Probably the most philosphical anime I have yet seen. Very different, although it doesn't look that way at the beginning.

Paranoia Agent isn't quite super deep, but it's smart and savvy and surreal. Same with Mind Game.
 
07-16-10, 9:27 PM

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Code Geass , definetly.

No.

(I liked the series, but the plot was fairly simplistic and the ending was terrible.)
 
07-17-10, 9:05 AM

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It's just your opinion , dude. I can say the same thing about TTGL.
 
07-17-10, 1:51 PM

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Kaiba (though the art/design is not for everyone)
Also backing Haibane Renmei.
 
07-17-10, 1:57 PM

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Lain, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Code Geass, aaand maybe Tokio Magnitude?
 
07-17-10, 5:44 PM

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Nyktos said:
TyG3R said:
Code Geass , definetly.

No.

(I liked the series, but the plot was fairly simplistic and the ending was terrible.)


Oh dear, I didn't realize it was opposite day around here. TTGL rocks!!!!!!

sorry, couldn't resist
 
07-17-10, 5:53 PM

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Note that I didn't rec TTGL in this thread. It's my favourite anime, but its plot is about as far from "deep" as you can get.
 
07-17-10, 6:33 PM

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I don't think I saw anyone suggested this. Seriously? Fullmetal Alchemist, definitely. I saw the title of the topic and FMA popped into my head. I think it describes what you're looking for. I suggest watching it, if you haven't.
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07-17-10, 6:35 PM

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I don't think I saw anyone suggested this. Seriously? Fullmetal Alchemist, definitely. I saw the title of the topic and FMA popped into my head. I think it describes what you're looking for. I suggest watching it, if you haven't.
As long as you're talking about Brotherhood, I agree completely.
 
07-17-10, 6:53 PM

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k-on has a deep plot
it greatly moves me
 
07-17-10, 8:23 PM

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Thanks for the replies guys.
I really appreciate it :D
 
07-18-10, 1:24 AM

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Please do not watch Tsubasa Chronicles (series). Find the "what manga are better than the anime threads" if you need proof from people who are not me. Has to be the single most common reviled adaptation.
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07-18-10, 3:53 AM

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Maybe you can give Kuroshitsuji a try
 
07-18-10, 5:14 AM

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Sweetpea said:
theRightArm said:
I don't think I saw anyone suggested this. Seriously? Fullmetal Alchemist, definitely. I saw the title of the topic and FMA popped into my head. I think it describes what you're looking for. I suggest watching it, if you haven't.
As long as you're talking about Brotherhood, I agree completely.


The original is pretty awesome too, a lot more depth than the beginning episodes of brotherhood (because they had to rush through them, but still), and the animation / plot of the original is still pretty great.
 
07-18-10, 10:05 AM

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TyG3R said:
Code Geass , definetly.


lmfao...NO! go watch Haibane Renmei
 
07-18-10, 12:00 PM

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Code Geass isn't very deep but it fits this :


1) causes you to "WTF" at the end of the anime

 
07-18-10, 2:50 PM

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Death Note

 
07-19-10, 4:41 AM

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Elfen Lied is a masterpiece.
You should definetely watch it.
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07-19-10, 2:13 PM

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Looking at my list I would say any of the following:

Gankutsuou*
Revolutionary Girl Utena*
Trigun
X TV
Fullmetal Alchemist
Serial Experiments Lain*
Jyu Oh Sei*
And Evangelion if you haven't seen it. It meets your reqs very well (though I find its entertainment value to be debatable).

* indicates most recommended according to your reqs.

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Gankutsuou runs very deep, not a dull moment, philosophical in its own right, and just downright beautiful. Ending is unexpected but not the best, but overall is a good title. A lot of WTFness. Re-watch value is okay-ish but the first run through cannot be emulated the second run through, unfortunately. The ending def. had me going WTF, but whether that is in the good or bad way is up for whoever to decide. Available on Funi's site if you are in the U.S.

Revolutionary Girl Utena is episodic but not in an estranged way, is VERY metaphorical, complex, comedic and romantic, and has some of the best plot twists at the end. Masterpiece and probably more underrated than overrated though I was admittedly obsessed for a good while and would rate it a 9 if I were to redo everything in my list, but still happily rewatch it time to time. Its ending alone I consider the most fulfilling and most complete, most relevant to the series' entirety, and is the deepest out of any ending I have seen for a series. Whole series will make you think WTF including the ending arc and has high re-watch value. I put a VHS quality fansub up on Youtube. Can find it on VEOH, too. Remastered version has disappeared due to copyright claims.

Lain: Can be draggy for being short in episodes but is very metaphorical, very complex, and has a very unexpected ending. Total WTF anime. Re-watch value is not very high. Should be easy to find on Youtube subbed or dubbed.

Jyu Oh Sei: I watched this on Funi's site (only works if you are in the U.S.) and it is very original, has very unexpected plot twists, is deep in its own way but is a bit pretentious in its attempts at symbolism. Still worth checking out and its a shortie and I marathoned it at the cost of sleep. Kept me on my toes. Major WTFness though I have had no desire to rewatch it.

Trigun subbed and dubbed should still be on Youtube. Entertaining, deep (after a handful of episodes), and has good re-watch value. Plot twists.
X TV may still be on Youtube but otherwise is found on Funi's site. No strong desire to re-watch, fairly entertaining, worth checking out.
Fullmetal Alchemist is available on Funi's site. I've only yet seen the first anime through. Re-watch value is good and the ending, despite what critics say, is very unexpected and I liked it a lot.
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07-19-10, 2:39 PM

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I concur about Neon Genesis Evangelion. :3

Maybe I'm just dumb, but after I watched it and the movie, I had to spend an hour on wiki trying to figure out what the hell just happened.
 
07-19-10, 2:42 PM

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Actually Code Geass is a pretty good recommendation according to his standards. I mean the plot isn't very deep, (it is not) but it sure is entertaining! A lot of big "wtf moments" (pretty much at the end of every episode), and it has a very high re-watch
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07-19-10, 3:20 PM

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Seconding these:

Monster
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
 
07-19-10, 3:29 PM

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Death Note


Not deep, or surprising ending. :|
 
07-19-10, 5:28 PM

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@supersayen: Well, that's true. I suppose if the OP is okay with it not being a good WTF...
 
07-19-10, 10:20 PM

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I'm suprised that no one has mentioned Wolf's Rain yet >.>
it was such a good anime and the ending still freaks me out and makes me tear up a little owo'
 
07-19-10, 10:24 PM

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code geass
 
07-20-10, 5:24 PM

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code geass


NO NO NO dont watch this
 
07-20-10, 10:26 PM

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07-21-10, 6:53 AM

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School Days. I think that's a 'WTF' ending.
 
07-21-10, 7:04 AM

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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (manga is deeper though) nice supernatural / romance / action and clamp <3

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07-21-10, 10:29 AM

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I recently finished Dennou Coil. The plot had twists and turns everywhere on the second half of the series. Ending isn't amazing, but it closes off mostly everything in a satisfactory manner. for me at least.
 
07-22-10, 8:49 PM

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A lot of the series named are good
Here is a list of what i consider "EPIC" animes in the old English term and modern, they are purply lol
Evangelion
RahXphon
Clannad ~ Afterstory (best romance ever)
Code Geass + R2
Elfen Lied
Melody of Oblivion
Death Note (quite notable :P)
Eureka 7
Blood+
Angel Beats (not much story and a bit short but was interesting)
When they cry (Both series are awesome)(Its quite horrific both of them)
Claymore (manga only the anime ends randomly)
HunterXHunter (Makes naruto look like a lil bitch)
Miria Nikki
Ubel Blatt
xxxHolic (manga)
Tsubasa reservoir chronicles (manga ~ Even I was quite surprised as to the ending and how it got there)
+Anima (was cute)
Fire Candy (sadly was cut short but the road was quite epic anyways)
Sorry for the long post I had a little fun with it :P
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