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Jul 26, 2016 11:34 AM

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Cakedog said:

Notice the two posters I just quoted.

Why did I do that?
Simple. I read the OP, and then skimmed through this thread and picked out people that I recognize.

Why did I recognize these fellow MAL users in particular?
Because when we interact with a forum we tend to automatically create identities or labels for people.
For these 2 users in particular, I've found that I usually like the content of their posts so I tend not to skip them. We essentially start building a connection with people that we identify most with; whether we like it or not, whether we communicate with them or not.

So what's my point?
Of all the users above this post, I was able to identify people I have a higher probability of connecting with, even if I've never directly communicated with them before.
The more exposure we have to certain people and learn more about them, the higher likelihood there can be:
Intellectual discourse, friendly conversation, mutual nods of approval, mental thumbs ups, etc.

So if we have people that we discuss media with, over time ideas that we share common ground on will surface:
Whether it's sarcasm, or robots.
Sep 1, 2016 8:59 PM

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Concerning intellectually stimulating anime.

Pullman said:
Kino's Journey is a must watch then. In terms of providing new concepts it's one of the best anime out there.

I also recommend Texhnolyze. Some of the names behind Lain are also behind this. It's very much open to interpretation and has a lot of room for speculation and personal thoughts. very good show in general.

Mushishi too is very creative and provides a very unique perspective. I think you'd like it.

Ghost in the Shell is like the better, more complex, more realistic version of Psycho-Pass. I didn't like PP very much but even if you enjoy it the similarities in terms of the future setting, the police main characters, and a more or less philosophical approach on many of the topics presented warrants a comparison. In my opinion GITS does a much better job at worldbuilding and everything but you can decide for yourself which one you prefer.

Tatami Galaxy has a great concept and definitely represents a certain perspective on the world. I'll just go out on a limp and say you should watch it because almost everyone I know who values what you call 'intellectual stimulation' in anime, is a big fan of that show. It's one of my absolute favorites as well.

I'll list some more shows I think would appeal to you just based on experience/intuition. You can look them up yourself if you're interested and see if they sound like something you'd like to watch:

Kuchuu Buranko / Trapeze
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Welcome to the NHK
Aku no Hana
Wolf's Rain
Haibane Renmei
King of the Pigs (movie)
Rahxephon (often compared to NGE)
Twelve Kingdoms
Crest of the Stars franchise
Princess Tutu
Angel's Egg (movie)
Kanashimi no Belladonna (movie)
The movies from Satoshi Kon (who directed Paranoia Agent) - Millennium Actress and Paprika in particular)
Spring and Chaos (Movie)
Terra e... (TV Series)
Gosenzosama Banbanzai
One Outs
The House of Five Leaves
Spice and Wolf
Feb 21, 2017 10:59 AM

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In case someone asks about mecha's popularity again.

TripleSRank said:
Before I even address the topic, I think it's worth noting that this is something more specific to MAL than it is the general anime community. Either that, or for whatever reason mecha fans don't mingle with your typical anime fans. To illustrate, the currently-airing Gundam IBO's MAL stats show that there are just under 19,000 people on MAL currently watching it. This would initially make it seem niche, but the picture becomes much more clear as soon as you look at GundamInfo's youtube channel. The English-subbed episodes regularly garner over 100,000 views, and occasionally get some crazy near-300k views (such as this episode). That is nothing to scoff at.

If you look to the past on sites like someanithing, you'll notice that the highest-grossing opening week for BD sales on record sits with Gundam SEED and its sequel (over $45 million and over $53 million respectively), even beating opening weeks for behemoths like the Monogatari franchise and Attack on Titan.

The point is, mecha is huge and very popular both in the East and in the West. Don't let someone delude you. It is MAL that isn't very fond of mecha. MAL's community is the oddball.

With all of that out of the way, why doesn't MAL's community like mecha? I would point to closed-mindedness. They make a lot of false assumptions about the genre without actually trying much of it. So, let's clear the air a bit with some of the biggest ones and compare to reality.

Rumor 1: Mecha is about robots fighting each other.
Reality: Well, no, but yes. Mecha are generally not all about whose robot is best at smashing other robots up save for in the uncommon sports-esque robot battle style shows. In most mecha, battles are a backdrop to the actual focus of the plot, such as a war story, adventure story, romance, or even a mystery. There are titles where mecha battles are quite sparse and/or short, at that.

Rumor 2: Mecha are all dry and boring and its identical twin, Mecha are all stupid and boring
Reality: These two thoughts are opposite to each other, but both stem from the same type of assumption. In essense, the person saying this either thinks that all mecha are like Gundam, or that all mecha are like TTGL. They're each very different types of shows. For those who enjoyed TTGL, there's an entire "super robot" subgenre for them to explore. For those who don't, the "real robot" subgenre may be of more interest to them, where mecha are less superhero-like and treated more along the lines of tanks and fighter jets-- useful but expendable. For the inverse with those who have tried and disliked the "real robot" subgenre (e.g. most Gundam titles), the over-the-top zaniness of the "super robot" subgenre (with titles like TTGL) may appeal to you.

Rumor 3: If I try the real robot subgenre, I have to go aaaall the way back to the beginning with the original Mobile Suit Gundam. That's too long/old/boring-looking/the-franchise-is-too-big/other-reason.
Reality: Absolutely not. For one, Gundam is far from the only mecha in this category. There's Knights of Sidonia, Patlabor, VOTOMS, etc. plus franchises like Macross, Full Metal Panic!, and even NGE that straddle the line between real and super. For two, even if you do want to start with Gundam, you don't need to start with the old stuff. There are many newer, shorter, and flashier Gundams that don't require starting from the original MSG. You could start with Gundam SEED, Gundam IBO, Turn-A Gundam, etc. and go from there.

Rumor 4: TTGL is the best mecha eveeeeer!!
Reality: Whoa whoa whoa, hold up. As I touched on in the answer to rumor 2, TTGL is just one of many anime in the super robot subgenre. Although TTGL is pretty over-the-top even for a super robot show, if you liked/loved TTGL, watch some of the others before you say that! Aside from hybrids like Full Metal Panic!/Macross/NGE, there's Eureka Seven, Suisei no Gargantia, Infinite Ryvius, Gunbuster, Mazinger Z, etc.

I'm sure there are people on MAL who legitimately don't like mecha, but most fall into the category of someone who believes one or multiple of the above.
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Feb 23, 2017 6:10 PM

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Pullman said:
Sine it's my favorite show of all time I feel like I need to say something. Here is what I wrote about it in my Top 100 Anime, after my latest rewatch of the show:

While it is not a completely episodic show like Kino's Journey or Mushishi, I still think it's best to have the same mindset going in because the most popular complaint about the show is the lack of a 'main plot' for the most parts.

There are definitely some story elements that continually get developed though, mainly the backstories of the crewmembers and some recurring themes, but the connections are often loosely made and appreciating the individual episodes on their own in combination with the extremely likable and interesting cast is what makes this series so special to me. In terms of archetypes we have the lone ranger with lingering attachments Spike, the grumpy jii-san Jet who holds the family/crew together albeit seemingly unwillingly, the femme fetale with a mysterious background Faye, and the 'autistic' genius kid Ed. Interestingly enough the main character Spike stays closest to it's archetype, but it's executed with perfect style and just becomes real in the context of the show and his backstory. Jet and especially Faye have more surprising developments at times, but they never feel 'out of character' either. The naturalness of the different personalities of the crew members, their interactions and developments, are a big part of what made me fall in love with the show.

Back to the semi-episodic nature of the show, another main draw is how the show maintains high levels of variety in terms of content and atmosphere, while still feeling very round as a whole. Not many shows can pull off hilarious and tragic episodes right after each other without feeling inconsistent. And while most people will not enjoy every single episode of the show, the variety alone is a good basis for staying entertained. I also want to mention that I think that the majority of the episodes are just very well written and directed for what they are trying to do. I am still impressed by how good most of the endings were in particular. It's rare to see stories with really impactful endings that just feel perfect, but Bebop manages to pull it off in the majority of it's episodic stories, be they tragic or funny. Not to mention the very last scene of the show which I consider one of the best ending scenes in all of anime, nay, storytelling.

Lastly I have to mention that the show has amazing visuals as well. I'm talking both in terms of cinematography and imagery used by the director to supplement the individual stories and the underlying themes of the show, and in terms of impressive fight choreography and animation as well. Grandmaster Yutaka Nakamura, among others, gives the show some of the coolest fights in anime (especially in the movie with a higher budget). The visual storytelling is just way above most other anime in general, it doesn't rely on exposition or any kind of unnecessary dialogue (which ties into the naturalness of the characters I mentioned above). One episode didn't have any dialogue for the first 6-8 minutes and still, or because of that, it was one of the most captivating scenes of the series. Oh, and I didn't mention the OST by Yoko Kanno yet, which even for her standards is just excellent overall, especially for people who love themselves some Jazz.

The bottom line is that after watching the series 3 times I'm still finding it hard to find many flaws except 2 or 3 not-that-great episodes and instead ended up loving the show more and more with each rewatch. I heartily recommend it to anyone who find the premise or characters even a little bit appealing and to everyone who appreciates amazing cinematography and directing in anime.

To summarize:
- It's extremely stylish (It just is)
- amazing direction (Easily in the Top 10 best directed Tv anime)
- great animation (among the very best animated TV series up to date)
- fantastic OST (possibly my favorite OST of all time)
- 3 of my top 5favorite characters of all time are probably from Bebop, and characters are what I care most about in a show
- Almost every episode is a masterpiece in itself, in particularly the ways they end are always so perfect. At least 15 of my top 20 endings in anime are from Bebop episodes. Most episodes would still rank very highly for me if they just were random shorts.
- I love episodic shows/elements if well executed, because it's difficult to make me care for characters or be immersed in a story when it only lasts one episode which makes it all the more impressive when a show does it so incredibly well. It is simply the best episodic show I've seen, while also having a fantastical main 'plot' (I'd rather call it development) that ties everything beautifully together. That makes it truly one of a kind.

The best way to put it is probably the perfect balance between episodic elements (having a variety of genres, settings, themes and one-off characters explored) and a continuous development of the main characters with subtle characterization or individual arcs, culiminating in one of the most impactful ending scenes I've ever seen. It's so tragic because of how inevitable it is and the whole show sets it up wonderfully by subtly establishing Spike's character through his interactions with the rest of the cast and the episodic characters. Faye's and Jet's characterization aren't far behind.

The show has fun with tons of references and exploring various genres from road movie to wild west to comedy to horror and many more and you can see that it was a passion project and the people working on it really had fun with the episodic nature and the setting. But the show still makes almost every episode relevant for the characterization in a bunch of ways that never seem forced or shoehorned, but natural and subtle instead.

The episodes on their own are often short masterpieces with perfect directing, ending and animation but they are also masterful in regards to the big picture. It's extremely hard to pull that off as consequently as Bebop does. There is the one or other sub-par episode, but considering how hard it is to present a convincing, enjoyable, meaningful and complete story in just ~20 minutes it's a miracle how good almost all the other episodes are. Even other episodic masterpieces like Mushishi or Master Keaton don't reach the same average quality per episode and they don't have the continuous progression and breathtaking conclusion Bebop has. It really stands above all the other 3000+ anime I've seen and will most likely always be my favorite. If Yuasa ever does a 2-cour masterpiece it might get competition though.
Mar 31, 2017 2:42 AM

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In case I want to build on it if the topic ever comes up again..

TripleSRank said:
Let's see, in terms of the number of the type of anime I watched...

Phase 1: Discover One Piece was a thing called anime and stumble upon full seasons of Love Hina on youtube. Piddle around and watch mostly school romances and crappy rom coms along with some well known titles like Haruhi, a couple KEY anime adaptations, and Naruto.

Phase 2: Mostly abandon anime for years save for an occasional rewatch of Clannad or something.

Phase 3: Determine to watch through One Piece and do so. Get into HxH. Mostly watch drama, adventure, action, and exceptionally popular stuff (e.g. Steins;Gate). Became aware of seasonals and start watching them lightly. Gain an interest in trying new genres (e.g. mecha: TTGL; SOL: Space Brothers; etc.) and formats (e.g. movies: HAL).

Phase 4: Decide to branch out and stop being ridiculously picky based on small quirks like Katanagatari's art style or Spice & Wolf having an apparently part-animal main character despite it being a romance. Discover the wonder of shorts through Introverturtle's shorts watching challenge.

Phase 5: Increasing consumption of seasonals that becomes bipolar afterwards. Become more willing to try odd-seeming shows like Ping Pong the Animation. Gain an interest in discovering genre roots and delve into the original Mobile Suit Gundam.

Phase 6: Watch lots of anime movies.

Phase 7: Dispel many genre prejudices, namely that of ecchi (Shokugeki no Souma, Monogatari), sports (Cross Game), and CGDCT (High School Fleet). Realize I still had heavily unfounded prejudices toward "elitist"-reputed anime and that many are very different from what I imagined (e.g. Cowboy Bebop). Gain a slight increase of interest in romance anime.

Phase 8 (current): Dive headfirst into the mahou shoujo genre with the original Sailor Moon. I've either gotten lucky in picking all the good ones or I may have found another favorite genre, as every one I've completed thus far has been a very unique and worthwhile experience in one way or another.

Phase 9? (speculative): After exhausting the mahou shoujo genre of titles I'm interested in (esp. other Precures, Utena, Princess Tutu, Madoka) or growing tired of it for a time, I'd like to go ahead and take a similar route with other genres, though I haven't completely decided which yet. The only ones I have somewhat planned out are sports and romance. With sports I'll probably start with Major, Ashita no Joe, Chihayafuru, One Outs, Haikyuu!, etc. With romance I'll probably go Maison Ikkoku, Bluer Than Indigo, Nodame Cantabile, Nana, Nagi no Asakura, etc. Other than that I'm still trying to kind of randomly watch more shows that are generally well reputed or controversial such as Seirei no Moribito, Rose of Versailles, the Aria franchise, Kill la Kill, etc.
Mar 31, 2017 9:03 PM

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In case "anime is dying" comes up.

I'm updating this from time to time.

TripleSRank said:
>"Oh no anime is becoming worse"
>Low completion count

Every. Single. Time.

OP couldn't meaningfully comment on the quality of 2013-2017 anime even if the entirety of their watching experience was in that time period.

But, to save this from being yet another rehash of my same response to the same thread that pops up continually, this time I'll try to share some anime from said time period that I've seen get a reputation similar to the anime OP talks about to illustrate that there is no dearth of quality in recent years.

Show orders will generally be from newest to oldest rather than being ranked. Also note that placement in these lists may change over time since lasting memory and significance tends to play a part in this sort of reputation.

2017 (so far):
• Gintama sequel
• Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu sequel
• Little Witch Academia (TV)

Other reputedly good/popular stuff from 2017 includes...
• Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! sequel
• Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
• Yowamushi Pedal sequel
• Kemono Friends (meme show)

• 3-gatsu no Lion
• Natsume's Book of Friends sequel
• Flying Witch
• Jojo sequel
• Space Patrol Luluco
• Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Other reputedly good/popular stuff from 2016 includes...
• Hibike! Euphonium sequel
• Haikyuu! sequel
• Gundam IBO sequel
• Shokugeki no Souma sequel
• Mob Psycho 100
• Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (controversial reputation)
• Boku dake ga Inai Machi (controversial[?] reputation)
• Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

• Osomatsu-san
• Non Non Biyori Repeat
• Gintama sequel

Other reputedly good/popular stuff from 2015 includes...
• One Punch Man
• Haikyuu! sequel
• Gundam IBO
• Shokugeki no Souma
• Oregairu 2
• Arslan Senki (?)
• Hibike! Euphonium
• Diamond no Ace sequel
• Durarara!! sequel
• Kuroko no Basket sequel

• Shirobako
• Mushishi sequels
• Barakamon
• Tsukimonogatari & Hanamonogatari
• Glasslip
• Jojo sequel
• Ping Pong the Animation
• Space☆Dandy

Other reputedly good/popular stuff from 2014 includes...
• Kiseijuu
• Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (controversial reputation)
• Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
• Psycho Pass 2 (controversial reputation)
• Yowamushi Pedal sequel
• Tokyo Ghoul (controversial reputation)
• Sword Art Online 2 (controversial[?] reputation)
• No Game No Life
• Haikyuu!
• Knights of Sidonia
• Baby Steps
• Noragami
• Niseikoi (controversial reputation)

• Kill la Kill (controversial reputation)
• Non Non Biyori
• White Album 2
• Monogatari sequel
• Chihayafuru 2

Other reputedly good/popular stuff from 2013 includes...
• Kuroko no Basket sequel
• Nagi no Asakura
• Yowamushi Pedal
• Diamond no Ace
• Hajime no Ippo sequel
• Free! (controversial reputation)
• Silver Spoon
• Kingdom sequel
• Shingeki no Kyojin
• Oregairu
• Suisei no Gargantia
• Love Live!
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Apr 7, 2017 3:50 AM

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Pullman said:
romagia said:
there is no anime "every fan should watch" imo...

maybe just the 2 Genma Taisen for the perspective it gives

That's what I came to say. Minus the Genma Taisen part.

But there are definitely a lot of underrated, obscure shows that at least some people should, but almost nobody does. Hyouge Mono, Hanada Shounen-Shi, Legendary Gamble Tetsuya, Salaryman Kintarou, Tentai Senshi Sunred, Yomigaeru Sora, Genshi Shounen Ryu, Takarajima, Gallery Fake, Master Keaton, Ie Naki Ko, Sirius no Densetsu, Yousei Florence etc...

Just to name a few off the top of my head. Those all definitely deserve more than a few hundred viewers.
Apr 18, 2017 6:41 PM

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My favorite anime episodes.

TripleSRank said:
I have quite a few, but most of the topmost favorites are close to the end of their respective series, being the culmination of many many episodes of prior development. Once you strip away most of the context to make the episodes mostly standalone, there are only a couple left-- Cowboy Bebop's fifth episode and Kimi ni Todoke's final episode come to mind.

I'll suffice for a semi-unranked attempt for now since explicit ranking would take a lot of thinking. I'll list them roughly in the order I watched each series. Any "best in the medium" comments should obviously be understood as the best I've seen in the medium. I'll try to conceal some major spoilers via whitetexting if they aren't too context-important but I will include spoilers necessary for context.

Also! If anybody reads these and as a result thinks there are certain other series I'd like that I haven't watched, please do share.

Clannad: After Story -- The episode where Ushio cries in Tomoya's arms. My views of Clannad are more tempered these days, but as an individual episode it contains one of the best dramatic scenes I've seen in the medium. To make it even sweeter, it crystallized at the apex of Tomoya's development in regards to his father. He realized he had become exactly like the father he hated and he needed to change. The scene in question marked the first point where that process of change was clearly evident. (I'd rank it just below my upper favs.)

Naruto: Shippuuden -- Select episodes of the Pain arc. His generally higher threat level, the high mortality rate, and one of the first times Naruto really felt important on a larger scale on top of the best action in the series up to that point really made it stand out. (I'd rank it/them on the lower end of my favs.)

One Piece -- The episode where the Straw Hats fought and partly disbanded in Water 7, and the episode where the Straw Hats were completely and utterly defeated on Sabaody Archipelago. As the two lowest points for the whole crew in the entire series, they also contained the best drama and served as the culmination of some lengthy ongoing developments with Usopp/Robin and Luffy respectively. They were very moving emotionally and very significant thematically. (I'd rank it somewhere in the middle of my favs.)

Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan -- The final confrontation with the Anti-Spiral. This is probably what I'd consider the most "shallow" of my favorites and the one I'm slightly reluctant to list since it consisted of pure adrenaline-driven hype, but it was quite exciting. Heroic sacrifices, colossal scale, lots of GAR, and a killer OST all contributed to its memorableness. (I'd rank it on the lower end of my favs.)

Hunter x Hunter (2011) -- The episode where Gon becomes a monster. The culmination of his stubborn lack of character development throughout the series, this spins the typical self-centered morality of battle shounen heroes on its head and exposes Gon's extremely dangerous childishness. He literally destroys himself and casts aside all of the relationships he had built up over the series in order to gain vengence for the death of an innocent with his own hands. I'm hard pressed to think of another "victory" in the medium that was more tragic. (I'd rank it somewhere in the middle of my favs.)

Kimi ni Todoke -- The final episode was an atmospheric wonder, and it wasn't even because of the (surprisingly light) romance elements. The two mains got set up for a meetup by their friends, being dressed up for the first time that the viewers have seen. Their walking to the new year celebrations as snow lightly falls and they talk nonchalantly, and their further light fun at the new year celebration was simple perfection. Exquisite. (I'd rank it in my upper favs.)

Banner of the Stars -- Both the finale episode and the final epilogue episode. The Banner of the Stars franchise is one where the journey is perhaps just as important or more important than the conclusion, but the conclusion delivered very well, both in the two mains' full realization of their bond in the finale and Jinto's final decision regarding how to handle the divide between his homeland and the Abh Empire in the epilogue, Jinto finally decides what his place in the world is and comes to terms with his identity. (I'd rank it somewhere in the middle of my favs.)

Cowboy Bebop -- Both the fifth episode and the final episode, although I'll intentionally neglect to talk about the latter. The fifth episode brilliantly juxtaposed Spike's freedom and lighthearted lifestyle with the reality that he is chained to and completely constrained by his past. Not only does the culmination of that juxtaposition set up the thematic narrative for the whole story, but it is also accompanied by some truly incredible cinematography and a perfect accompanying OST. All of that put together made it become what must be one of the most impressive episodes in the entire medium. Truly masterful. (I'd rank it in my upper favs.)

Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars -- The final episode of the first arc, although the arc is so cohesive that the whole thing (six episodes) qualifies to an extent. It captures the culmination of Usagi's development over the course of the preceding 166 episodes perfectly. All of the tragedy, the hardship, the bittersweet victories, and the increasingly mature outlook on the world culminates in one of the most impressive and convincing displays of "the power of love" in any piece of fiction I have consumed. It is with that arc that Usagi's character is "perfected" and complete, and said arc captures Usagi as a person even better than said season's finale, which I thought was the best ending of the various Sailor Moon seasons. Sailor Moon's writing quality was admittedly inconsistent throughout the various seasons of its run, but I am overwhelmingly convinced that that arc made all the weaker parts worth weathering. (I'd rank it in my upper favs.)

Heartcatch Precure! -- The penultimate episode is easily one of the greatest finales in the medium. I have never seen an episode pack so much into such a small timeframe so effectively. The episode opens with Fullmetal-Alchemist-esque tragedy and moral bankruptcy, develops into a steamroller of violence, vengence, and death (yes, death), hits the floor with yet more tragedy as a result (giving the eventual ending a more sober, haunting note), and yet slowly manages to climb its way back out despite the tragedy into a rebound that felt absolutely incredible. And all of that on top of containing my personal favorite fight that is definitely the all around best I've seen in the medium-- lengthy, incredibly well choreographed and animated (minor character spoilers in the sample link), and with a near-unmatched intensity. Just incredible. (I'd rank it among my top favs.)

So... now that I've explained it all, here's a quick attempt at an explicit top ten:

Cool topic, OP. Now I know my most favorite anime episodes. :3
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Apr 18, 2017 7:09 PM

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For reference.

NathK450 said:
I'm too lazy to make a poll so here's an image instead
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Pullman said:
sakamoto-kun said:

This may be true, but I can't really tell.
Have seen barely a half dozen of OVAs and so far they weren't really my cup of tea.
Is there an OVA you would recommend ? If possible no Scifi/Cyberpunk pls.

I love OVAs so here are my favorites (excluding sci-fi, which means excluding like 50% of my favorite OVAs :>):

Gosenzosama Banbanzai
El Hazard: The Magnificent World
Puni Puni Poemi
Otaku no Video
Angel's Egg
Vampire Hunter Miyu
Area 88
Black Jack OVA
Shonan Junai Gumi
Detroit Metal City
Denpa-teki na Kanojo
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
A Piece of Phantasmagoria
Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun

These cover a wide range of non-sci-fi genres from comedy, romance, battle shounen, mystery, parody, delinquent, drama, supernatural, military and fantasy since you didn't specify. A Piece of Phantasmagoria, Angel's Egg and to some degree Gosenzosama are pretty experimental and unique, the other shows are more like 'regular' anime of various genres except in OVA format.
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May 12, 2017 5:30 PM

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~ Extended Anime List By Year ~

There are way too many anime to put in my PTW without it being needlessly cluttered and time consuming to upkeep, since I try to tag my reasons for wanting to watch something when I add it to my list. This list, then, is meant to list pretty much everything I have any degree of interest in, even if that interest is so nominal that I don't think it's worth putting on my list for now because it'll likely be years before I get to it. Anything I watch that wasn't directly rec'd to me/simulwatched will likely come from this list because of that.

I won't necessarily be listing direct sequels to the original shows I plan to watch for the sake of brevity, but I will be listing and marking all entries I've already watched so I can quickly reference how much experience I have in a given year.

For now I'll start at 1970 1969 and work my way forward.

• Dororo

• Ashita no Joe

• Lupin III

• Panda Kopanda

• Mazinger Z
• Aim for the Ace!
• Cutey Honey
• Samurai Giants

• Heidi: Girl of the Alps
• Getter Robo
• Space Battleship Yamato

• The Dog of Flanders (TV)

• 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother

• Voltes V
• Ie Naki Ko
• Zanbot 3

• Bell of Chirin
• Space Pirate Captain Harlock
• Treasure Island
• Galaxy Express 999

• Anne of Green Gables
Mobile Suit Gundam
• Rose of Versailles

• Mahou Shoujo Lalabel
• Space Runaway Ideon

• Jarinko Chie
• Legend of Sirius
Urusei Yatsura

• Magical Princess Minky Momo
• Macross
• Space Cobra

• Aura Battler Dunbine
• Armored Trooper Votoms
• Lady Georgie
• Golgo 13
• Cat's Eye
• Magical Angel Creamy Mami
• Barefoot Gen
• Dallos

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
• Glass Mask
• Macross: Do You Remember Love?
• Birth
• Fist of the North Star

• Area 88
• Megazone 23
• Genmu Senki Leda
• Nora
• Touch
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
• Penguin's Memory: Shiawase Monogatari
• Dirty Pair
• A Journey Through Fairyland

• Dragon Ball
Maison Ikkoku
• Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
• Legend of Light
Castle in the Sky
• Saint Seiya

• Bubblegum Crisis
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
• City Hunter
• Capricious Orange Road

• Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars
• Mobile Police Patlabor
• Dominion
• Appleseed
Grave of the Fireflies
My Neighbor Totoro
• Akira
• Gunbuster
• Armor Hunter Mellowlink

• Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
• Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!
• Venus Wars
Kiki's Delivery Service

• My Daddy Long Legs
• Be-Bop Highschool
• Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
• Record of Lodoss War
• Cyber City Oedo 808

• The Trapp Family Story
• Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
• Oniisama e...
• Roujin Z
• Arslan Senki
Only Yesterday
• Here is Greenwood

Sailor Moon
• Giant Robo the Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Porco Rosso
• Yu Yu Hakusho

• The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
• Aa! Megami-sama! (OVA)
Sailor Moon R
• Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
• Ninja Scroll
The Ocean Waves
• Crayon Shin-chan Movie 1
• Slam Dunk
• Blue Legend Shoot!
• Black Jack
• The Cockpit
• The Super Dimension City Orguss 02
Sailor Moon R: The Movie

• Thunder Jet
Sailor Moon S
• Marmalade Boy
• Mobile Fighter G Gundam
• Seven Cities Story: Arctic Front
• Pom Poko
• You're Under Arrest
Magic Knight Rayearth
• Sailor Moon S Movie

• Romeo and the Black Brothers
• Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
• Mysterious Play
Sailor Moon SuperS
Magic Knight Rayearth II
• Tenchi Muyou!
• Wedding Peach
• El Hazard: The Magnificent World
• Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
Whisper of the Heart
Slayers Perfect
• Neon Genesis Evangelion
• Golden Boy
• Ghost in the Shell
• Memories
• Sailor Moon SuperS Movie

• Rurouni Kenshin
• Detective Conan
• Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
• Kodomo no Omocha (TV)
Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars
• The Vision of Escaflowne
• After War Gundam X
Slayers: The Book of Spells
Slayers Return
• Birdy the Mighty
• Hana Yori Dango
• Martian Successor Nadesico
• Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy

• King of Braves GaoGaiGar
• Cutey Honey F
• The Dog of Flanders (movie)
Revolutionary Girl Utena
• Flame of Recca
Princess Mononoke
Slayers Great
• Berserk
• Battle Athletes Victory (TV)

• Outlaw Star
• Sexy Commando
• Perfect Blue
Cowboy Bebop
• Initial D First Stage
Cardcaptor Sakura
• Yu-Gi-Oh!
• Magical Stage Fancy Lala
• Lost Universe
• Serial Experiments Lain
Slayers Gorgeous
Master Keaton
• Majutsushi Orphans
• Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Slayers Excellent
• Blue Submarine No. 6

Crest of the Stars
• Phantom Thief Jeanne
• Turn A Gundam
• Great Teacher Onizuka
• Soul Hunter
Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 1
My Neighbors the Yamadas
One Piece
• Hunter x Hunter
• Now and Then, Here and There
• Infinite Ryvius
• The Big O
• Cybersix
• Blue Gender
• Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

• Boogiepop Phantom
One Piece Movie 1
Banner of the Stars
Love Hina
• Escaflowne (movie)
• Ghiblies
Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2
Cardcaptor Sakura: Leave It to Kero-chan
Passage of the Stars: Birth
• Hajime no Ippo
• InuYasha
• Ghost Stories
• Legendary Gambler Tetsuya

• Salaryman Kintaro
• Baki the Grappler
• Zone of the Enders: Idolo
One Piece Movie 2
One Piece: Jango's Dance Carnival
• Noir
• Pretear
• Galaxy Angel
• Kimi to Boku
• Metropolis
Love Hina Spring Movie
Banner of the Stars II
• Fruits Basket
• s.CRY.ed
Spirited Away
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
• Hikaru no Go
• Prince of Tennis
• Cyborg 009
• Kokoro Library

• Full Metal Panic!
• The Secret of the Cerulan Sand
• Onegai Teacher
• Kanon
Voices of a Distant Star
Love Hina Again
One Piece Movie 3
One Piece: Dream Soccer King!
• The Twelve Kingdoms
• Searching for the Full Moon
• Azumanga Daioh
• Chobits
• Bluer Than Indigo
• Tokyo Mew Mew
Princess Tutu
• Saishuu Heiki Kanojo
• Yukikaze
Millennium Actress
• The Cat Returns
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
• Hanada Shounen-shi
• Haibane Renmei
• Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
• GetBackers
• Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
• Piano
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Tachikomatic Days

• Wolf's Rain
• Ashita no Nadja
Transformers Armada
• Aru Tabibito no Nikki
One Piece Movie 4
Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World
• Kaleido Star
• Last Exile
• Texhnolyze
Scrapped Princess
• Cosmic Stellvia
• Ultra Maniac
• Dear Boys
• Human Crossing
• Tokyo Godfathers
• Wonderful Days
Fullmetal Alchemist
• Cromartie High School
• Gungrave
• Chrno Crusade
• Mujin Wakusei Survive
• Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
• Gunslinger Girl
• Rumbling Hearts
• The Galaxy Railways

• Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
• Paranoia Agent
• The Gokusen
• Yugo the Negotiator
• Area 88 (TV)
Futari wa Precure
Transformers Energon
• Nitaboh
One Piece Movie 5
One Piece: Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King
• Samurai Champloo
• Tetsujin 28
Aishiteruze Baby
• Madlax
• Apartment!
• New Getter Robo
• Samurai 7
• Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor
Major S1
• Beck
• The King of the Cavern
• School Rumble
Yakitate!! Japan
• Bleach
• Genshiken
• Fantastic Children
• Mai-HiME
• Rozen Maiden
• Zipang
• Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
• Windy Tales
Howl's Moving Castle

• Gallery Fake
• Air
• Starship Operators
Futari wa Precure: Max Heart
One Piece Movie 6
• Glass Mask (2005)
• Eureka Seven
Honey & Clover
• Eyeshield 21
• The Law of Ueki
• Emma: A Victorian Romance
• Basilisk
• Tsubasa Chronicle
• Genesis of Aquarion
Futari wa Precure: Max Heart Movie 1
• Strawberry Marshmallow
• Gun x Sword
Banner of the Stars III
Mars of Destruction
• Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa
• Mushishi
• Mahjong Legend Akagi
• Paradise Kiss
• Capeta
• Blood+
• Aria the Animation
• Noein: Toward Another You
• Shakugan no Shana
• Black Cat
• Skating Rink Kaleidoscope
Beginning of Fashion
Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma
Futari wa Precure: Max Heart Movie 2
Honey & Clover Specials

Major S2
• Ergo Proxy
• Looking Up at the Half Moon
• Fate/stay Night
• Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings
• Nerima Daikon Brothers
• Rec
Futari wa Precure: Splash Star
One Piece Movie 7
• Gintama
• Nana
• Ouran High School Host Club
• Black Lagoon
• Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
• xxxHOLiC
• Saiunkoku Monogatari
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
• Utawarerumono
• Oban Star Racers
• Zegapain
• Flag
• Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079
• Welcome to the NHK!
Honey & Clover II
• Zero no Tsukaima
• Kemonozume
• Le Chevalier D'Eon
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Code Geass
• Death Note
• Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
• History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
• D.Gray-man
Kanon (2006)
• Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo
• Bartender
• Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto
• Paprika
• Tekkon Kinkreet

• Nodame Cantabile
Major S3
Naruto: Shippuuden
• Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette
• Hidamari Sketch
• Afro Samurai
• Yes! Precure 5
Five Centimeters Per Second
Hairy Tale
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
• Darker Than Black
• Seirei no Moribito
• Lovely Complex
• Dennou Coil
• Big Windup
• Terra e... (TV)
• Seto no Hanayome
• Lucky Star
• Bokurano
• Over Drive
• Hayate the Combat Butler
• Kaze no Stigma
• Sola
• Baccano!
• Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
• Wangan Midnight
Sword of the Stranger
• Summer Days with Coo
Clannad Movie
ef: A Tale of Memories - Prologue
• Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
• Mobile Suit Gundam 00
ef: A Tale of Memories
• Minami-ke
• Moyashimon
• Shion no Ou
Shugo Chara!
• Kimikiss: Pure Rouge
• Sketchbook: Full Color's
• Bamboo Blade
• Myself; Yourself
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann OVA
Kara no Kyoukai 1
Kara no Kyoukai 2

Spice & Wolf
Major S4
• Shigofumi
True Tears
• Megumi
• Kara no Kyoukai 3
True Tears Specials
• Kaiba
• Soul Eater
• Chi's Sweet Home
• Itazura na Kiss
• Golgo 13 (TV)
• Psychic Squad
The House of Small Cubes
• Natsume's Book of Friends
• Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen
• Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
The Sky Crawlers
• Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter
Clannad: After Story
• One Outs
• Skip Beat!
ef: A Tale of Melodies
• Tentai Senshi Sunred
• Ga-Rei: Zero
• A Certain Magical Index
• Casshern Sins
• Kannagi
• Box of Goblins
Space Neko Theater
Major Movie: The Ball of Friendship

Major S5
• Kemono no Souja Erin
Fresh Precure!
• RideBack
• Munto TV
• White Album
• Hetalia Axis Powers
• Precure All Stars DX
• Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Cross Game
• Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
• Eden of the East
Pandora Hearts
• K-On!
• Saki
• Sengoku Basara
• Ristorante Paradiso
• Hatsukoi Limited
• Natsu no Arashi!
• Tears to Tiara
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)
Memory (ONA)
Spice & Wolf II: The Wolf and the Amber Melancholy
Superflat First Love
Spice & Wolf II
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
• Taisho Baseball Girls
• Canaan
• Redline
• Summer Wars
• Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
• Cencoroll
• Clannad After Story: Another World, Kyou Chapter
• Fairy Tail
Kimi ni Todoke
• Kobato
• Kuuchuu Buranko
• Yume-iro Pâtissière
• Blue Literature Series
• Tegamibachi
• Winter Sonata
• Seitokai no Ichizon
Fumiko's Confession
Akikan! OVA
One Piece Film: Strong World
Fresh Precure! Movie
Spice & Wolf II Specials

• Durarara!!
Heartcatch Precure!
• Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
• Sound of the Sky
• Eve no Jikan (movie)
• Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW
The Tatami Galaxy
• Rainbow
Major S6
Angel Beats!
• Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
• House of Five Leaves
• Working!!
• Arakawa Under the Bridge
• Giant Killing
One Piece: Strong World Episode 0
Mandobe Nanami's Windows 7 PC Commercial!!!
• Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Break Blade 1
Break Blade 2
• Magic Kaito
Kyoto Animation: Hana-hen & Sora-hen
• Shiki
• The Legend of Legendary Heroes
• Amagami SS
• Tamayura
The Secret World of Arrietty
• Colorful (movie)
Break Blade 3
• Bakuman
• Princess Jellyfish
• Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
• Shinryaku! Ika Mususme
• SoreMachi
• OreImo
• Star Driver
• Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
Major: Message
Break Blade 4
Heartcatch Precure! Movie
Angel Beats! Specials
Angel Beats!: Another Epilogue

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
• Gosick
• Kimi ni Todoke S2
• Level E
Suite Precure♪
• Yumekui Merry
Rain Town
Break Blade 5
Break Blade 6
• Grandfather's Lamp
• SKET Dance
• Tiger & Bunny
• Hanasaku Iroha
• Toriko
• Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
• Dog Days
• Plastic Neesan
• Towa no Quon 1
Kyoto Animation: Ajisai-hen & Hoshi-hen
• Usagi Drop
• Mawaru Penguindrum
• Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth the Animation
• Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light
From Up on Poppy Hill
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
• Fate/Zero
• Chihayafuru
• Mirai Nikki (TV)
• Kimi to Boku
• Guilty Crown
• Ben-To
• Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Major: World Series
The Princess and the Pilot

• Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
• Another
• Ano Natsu de Matteru
• The Knight in the Area
• Smile Precure!
• Mouretsu Pirates
Black Rock Shooter (TV)
Hara wa Kuru
Steins;Gate: Oukoubakko no Poriomania
Where Dreams Come True
Space Brothers
• Sakamichi no Apollon
• Kuroko no Basket
• Shirokuma Cafe
• Jormungand
• Tsuritama
• Acchi Kocchi
• Accel World
• AKB0048
• Medaka Box
• Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Kyoto Animation: Megane-hen, Kasa-hen, Hassou-hen, & Ikitaku Naru Omise-hen
• Kingdom
Kokoro Connect
• Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
• Good Luck Girl!
• The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
• Joshiraku
• Tari Tari
• Natsuyuki Rendezvous
• Koichoco
Hyouka OVA
The Wolf Children
Traveling Daru
Planetarium Space Brothers
• Shinsekai Yori
• Psycho-Pass
• Jojo's Bizzare Adventure (TV)
• Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
• Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
• Zetsuen no Tempest
• My Little Monster
• K
• Say "I Love You"
• Girls und Panzer
• Btooom!
Little Busters!
• Aikatsu!
• Robotics;Notes
• Inferno Cop
Next A-Class
My Life
One Piece Film Z
• Nerawareta Gakuen
Kokoro Connect: Michi Random

• Love Live! School Idol Project
• Senyuu
• Tamako Market
• Oreshura
• Dokidoki! Precure
• Yama no Susume
Someone's Gaze
Kyoto Animation: Suiei-hen
Shingeki no Kyojin
• Oregairu
• Suisei no Gargantia
• Steins;Gate Movie
The Garden of Words
• Monogatari Series: Second Season
• Silver Spoon
• The Eccentric Family
• Servant x Service
• Free!
• Love Lab
• Gatchaman Crowds
• WataMote
The Wind Rises
• Captain Harlock
Shingeki no Kyojin Recap
Little Busters! Refrain
• Nagi no Asukara
• Diamond no Ace
• Kill la Kill
• Yowamushi Pedal
• Non Non Biyori
• Gundam Build Fighters
White Album 2
• Kyousou Giga (TV)
• Golden Time
• Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
• Arpeggio of the Blue Steel -Ars Nova-
• Outbreak Company
• Samurai Flamenco
• Super Seishun Brothers
Wonder Garden
• Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Patema Inverted

• Noragami
• Nisekoi
• Space Dandy
• D-Frag!
• Wake Up, Girls! the Movie
• Happiness Charge Precure!
• Giovanni's Island
• Little Busters! EX
Cross Road
• Haikyuu!!
Ping Pong the Animation
• No Game No Life
• Baby Steps
• Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Knights of Sidonia
• The World Is Still Beautiful
• Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
One Week Friends
• Hitsugi no Chaika
Kura Sushi
• Barakamon
Zankyou no Terror
• Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
• Tokyo Ghoul
• Ao Haru Ride
• Nobunaba Concerto
• Aldnoah.Zero
• Pripara
• Sailor Moon Crystal
When Marnie Was There
• Space Brothers: Number Zero
Your Lie in April
• Shirobako
• The Seven Deadly Sins
Akatsuki no Yona
• Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
• World Trigger
Amagi Brilliant Park
• Donten ni Warau
• I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
• Garo
• Yuuki Yuuna Is a Hero
• Ronja the Robber's Daughter
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
Sora no Method
• Gundam G-Reco
Santa Company
White Fantasy

Death Parade
Assassination Classroom
Go! Princess Precure
The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
Samurai Warriors
Rolling Girls
• Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
Yatterman Night
Saekano Prologue
Shokugeki no Souma
Ore Monogatari!!
• Hibike! Euphonium
• DanMachi
• Arslan Senki (TV)
• Kekkai Sensen
• Punch Line
• Wish Upon the Pleiades
• Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
• Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
• Snow White with the Red Hair
• Gakkougurashi!
• Ushio & Tora
• Rokka no Yuusha
• The Anthem of the Heart
One Punch Man
• Osomatsu-san
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Heavy Object
• The Perfect Insider
• Concrete Revolutio
Comet Lucifer
• Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
Go! Princess Precure Movie

• Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
• Boku dake ga Inai Machi
• Konosuba
• Grimgar
• She and Her Cat: Everything Flows
• Ajin
• Rainbow Days
• Maho Girls Precure!
• Dagashi Kashi
Love Live! x Watering Kissmint Commercial
My Hero Academia
• Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
Bungou Stray Dogs
Space Patrol Luluco
Sakamoto desu ga?
Flying Witch
• Honobono Log
• Kuromukuro
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
High School Fleet
Joker Game
Ace Attorney
• Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (TV)
Mob Psycho 100
Shokugeki no Souma: The Second Plate
• Alderamin on the Sky
• 91 Days
• New Game!
• Orange
• Sweetness & Lightning
• Tales of Zestiria the X
• The Morose Mononokean
• Amanchu!
Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet
Under the Dog
• Kimi no Na wa
• Koe no Katachi
3-gatsu no Lion
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2
• Drifters
Flip Flappers
• Poco's Udon Kingdom
• The Great Passage
• All Out!!
• To Be Hero
• Gi(a)rlish Number
• In This Corner of the World

• Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
• Youjo Senki
• Little Witch Academia (TV)
• Kemono Friends
• Onihei
• Kirakira Precure A La Mode
• BanG Dream!
Ao no Strada
My Hero Academia S2
Shingeki no Kyojin S2
• Tsuki ga Kirei
• Re:Creators
Sakura Quest
• Sakurada Reset
• Alice & Zoroku
• Seikaisuru Kado
• Love Tyrant
• Made in Abyss
• Welcome to the Ballroom
• Tsurezure Children
• Princess Principal
• Kakegurui
• Aho Girl
• Isekai Shokudou
• Gamers!
Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears
3-gatsu no Lion S2
• Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni)
• Shokugeki no Souma: The Third Plate
• The Magician’s Bride
• Girls’ Last Tour
• Inuyashiki
• Net-juu no Susume
• Just Because!
• Children of the Whales
• Garo: Vanishing Line
• Black Clover
• Juuni Taisen

• A Place Further Than the Universe
• Violet Evergarden
• Yuru Camp
• Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen
• School Babysitters
• Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
• Darling in the FranXX
• Hakumei and Mikochi
• After the Rain
Hugtto! Precure
• My Hero Academia S3
• Steins;Gate 0
• Hinanatsuri
• Megalo Box
• Wotakoi
• Golden Kamuy
• Major 2nd (TV)
• Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
• Comic Girls
• Piano Forest
• Shingeki no Kyojin S3
• Grand Blue
• Asobi Asobase
• High Score Girl
• Banana Fish
• Hataraku Saibou
• Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight
• Planet With
• Sirius
• Angolmois
• Harukana Receive

• Mob Psycho 100 II

• One Punch Man S2
Modified by TripleSRank, Nov 11, 2018 1:08 PM
May 29, 2017 12:09 PM

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Posts: 9193
"Do you enjoy analyzing anime?"

TripleSRank said:
Yes, I definitely do enjoy it, though I have a loathing towards forms of criticism that seek to change or destroy the meaning of a work rather than to explore or enhance the understanding of it. For example, I find the concepts behind deconstruction criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, and biographical criticism to be obnoxious and far less useful than more direct and constructive examinations such as sociological criticism, formalist criticism, and reader-response criticism.

The way I see fiction is that it is always meant to serve a purpose, and that purpose should be readily identifiable through close examination if it is not immediately apparent. That purpose can be as simple as making the consumer laugh or as complex as trying to convey some profound meaning. If the work fails to make its purpose clear then the work itself is dead and useless. Once the work's purpose and the author's apparent intent has been identified, I believe analysis should shift toward the response of the consumer: Is the work's purpose praiseworthy or contemptible? Did the work fulfill its purpose well? Why and how? These are the types of questions I believe ought to be asked.

To summarize:

1. Fiction must be capable of holding meaning, or else it is pointless.
2. The meaning and purpose of the work, along with the author's intent, is important.
3. Although point 2 is true, it does not supersede the consumer's ultimate response to the work provided that (a) the consumer understands the work's purpose/meaning and (b) the consumer can understand or explore their tastes and values well enough to sufficiently explain why various elements in the work were or were not praiseworthy to them.

I also believe the idea that this approach to fiction/criticism is inherently lowbrow and of less worth than some of the more "perverting" forms of criticism I mentioned in the first paragraph is part of what colors the perception of more intellectual critics as being pretentious or elitist, and as such I'm curious what @Fvlminatvs would have to say about it.
Modified by TripleSRank, Jun 1, 2017 12:58 AM
Jun 16, 2017 5:52 AM

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On "must watch anime".

Fvlminatvs said:
I would put more emphasis on directors and other creators than on individual shows.

Every fan should watch at least a few works by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Every fan should see at least a few films directed by Mamoru Oshii (like Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer or Ghost in the Shell) and Satoshi Kon (like Millennium Actress or Perfect Blue).

When it comes to specific anime, Akira should be on the list. So should Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and at least one season of Sailor Moon.

The reason for this is to establish a sort of common understanding and background for everyone--a kind of "cultural literacy" for anime fans that everybody can understand. Unfortunately, I don't see a lot of that "cultural literacy" in operation. There is no "essentials" list. Everybody is so focused on their individual opinions and the latest season but no one is interested in looking into the past and seeing the evolution up to today.

Without that sort of shared basis of "essential anime," we are all going to be talking past one-another.

Twenty years ago, the thought that anyone who called themselves an "anime fan" or "otaku" hadn't seen Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Ninja Scroll was preposterous. Of course we've seen them. Even as late as Baltimore's Otacon 2002, if someone screamed out "Tetsuo!" everyone else at the convention would yell back "Kaneda!" There was a shared and communal knowledge because there were these essentials that everybody had seen.

I have no idea where all those people went. Perhaps they all got jobs. Well, I'm gainfully employed and adulting and I still have time to do stuff like this, especially during summer semesters. I can only imagine that they "grew out" of it.

It is unfortunate that my generation basically ditched. Or we're tremendously outnumbered now that anime is "mainstream" and we've just up and quit. So, the essentials we had, this sort of unofficial and impromptu "canon" of necessary shows that we had created, well, it evaporated.

I wouldn't doubt that more than half of the people here on MAL have never, ever seen Akira, let alone read the manga. To me, that's a shame. We've lost something. In twenty years, those of you now hanging out here will probably be in a similar position as I, with all these young kids in their 20s who have never, ever heard of Re:Zero, Erased, or maybe even One Piece, and who have absolutely no interest in finding out about them.

That, to me, is sad.
Jun 27, 2017 6:27 PM

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This is a harem genre shortlist for myself based on series I had already planned on watching and responses to this post. Since it's a genre I'm not too keen on and I probably won't get to a lot of these anytime soon, I think it would be helpful to leave notes for myself.

I've also appended some recs from here

Modified by TripleSRank, Sep 7, 2017 4:58 PM
Aug 9, 2017 8:51 PM

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I personally had a good experience with the Trigun dub, so I'm saving this for reference.

rvbrick said:
Anime voice acting in America is dominated by a very small group of people who aren't very good at what they do.

Wasn't always like this. Go back to Animaze Inc. era dubs (dubs produced by this company include the redubs of Akira and The Castle Of Cagliostro, Perfect Blue, Metropolis, Bebop, The Big O, Trigun, Gundam War in the Pocket, the Black Jack OVAs, Ghost In The Shell S.A.C. and.. um.. Giant Robo), and a lot of the actors in them are legitimately good and do justice to the Japanese performances.

...even ADV had some pretty good dubs. Very inconsistent in my experience but at least when they decided to rewrite a script, the result wasn't as insulting to the original version as Funimation's re-writes. By no means is the Evangelion dub well acted for the most part, but the script is, in my opinion, legitimately better than the original Japanese script. Most of the differences are subtle, but for the better.

I avoid most dubs nowadays anyway since watching the original version is better just about 100% of the time.
Aug 13, 2017 3:36 PM

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He misunderstood a little, but it should provide some nice motivation all the same.

Kruszer said:
TripleSRank said:

Care to make some quick arguments for any of those? I was underwhelmed by the couple I've seen (the ✓'s) and am interested in a quite a few of the others (the *'s) anyway, but I'd be interested in knowing which of those you thought were the best and why.

Flame of Recca-This was a pretty good shounen fighting series. I would rank it among the better ones out there. It has a good cast, an interesting story, and some pretty cool fights. The only drawback is the anime is a bit inconclusive.

Inu Yasha-Great cast of characters and some really good storylines. There is also a romance element. It also has a sequel series that ends the franchise conclusively and a few random movies to watch which are also good.

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple-Pretty darn good martial-arts series. It can also double as an educational tool showing you some real life ways of defending yourself. It's basically about a wimpy kid's journey into becomming a mixed martial-arts badass. It's mostly real martial-arts from various styles for most of the series but eventually it starts to add super-powered stuff near the end and in the OVAs.

Kingdom-The king of Qin province of China who drams of uniting the nation and a lowly peasant who dreams of being a great soldier meet through various circumstances and become friends each vowing to one day achieve their goal. This show is quite interesting if you like infantry battles and the tactics required to win. Some of the character designs aren't really to my taste, but who cares when the story is this good.

Rurouni Kenshin-An awesome shounen action series with a multitude of good stories and excellent characters and themes.

Scryed- Excellent series, with a good story, lots of drama and neat action. Can be a bit over the top at times though.

Shakugan no Shana-Has a good cast and great animation with good storylines and romance sub plot. The 3rd TV series also wraps up the franchise nicely.

Soul-Eater-This series had some neat action scenes, and a good story. The artstyle was really strange and off-putting at first, but it sort of grew on me.

Yu Yu Hakusho-Excellent series one of my favorite shounen titles, with lots of action and attitude. The story arcs are all interesting and enjoyable as well. The premise is that a delinquent student dies before his time, unexpectedly saving a child from being run over, so the prince of the underworld decides to give him another chance at life. The catch being he must become a Spirit Detective and face supernatural threats to the human world.
Aug 16, 2017 7:40 PM

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Anime with weaker starts.

Blarey said:
Maison Ikkoku
Jojo S1
Cross Game
Seirei no Moribito

I wouldn't say these started horribly, but they definitely got a lot better as they went on. I would call them rocky starts.
Aug 25, 2017 9:05 PM

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The definition I use for calling an anime a harem anime:

TripleSRank said:
The problem with the harem label is that there are no set standards that everyone agrees to. What constitutes a harem anime is too vague despite the seemingly clear-cut term.

The definition I'm going with and what I propose others adopt is a two-pronged definition in the interest of eliminating exception cases so that there are no grey areas.

The first prong I propose would be a show where the protagonist is mostly surrounded by companions/colleagues of the opposite sex that aren't substantially younger or older than said protagonist. Thus a series with a male protagonist with a male best friend and three (or more) significant female friends/colleagues would count as a harem. Since romantic interest and ecchi isn't a factor in this prong, the ratio of opposite sex to same sex friends would have to scale such that there is a clear majority of the opposite sex in a dateable age range. Taking the aforementioned example, if we give our male protag a second male best friend then we need to add two more female friends, for a third male another one or two more females, etc. such that the ratio clearly favors some sort of fantasy of having many opposite sex friends/colleagues or "possibilities" in a romantic sense.

The second prong I propose would be a show where [three or more] of the opposite sex show interest in the protagonist or are often thrown into ecchi situations around the protagonist. That's it. It doesn't matter if the protag has one noteworthy same sex friend or ten-- if there are three or more of the opposite sex who show interest in them or are inexplicably fated by the universe to have their clothes explode when near the protag, that would suffice. The protag doesn't need to reciprocate or appreciate the interest/ecchi.

If a show fulfills either set of criteria, it's a harem.

Thus both Steins;Gate and Monogatari are harems, Steins;Gate in the former sense and Monogatari in both senses.

Edit: If we want to get more detailed we could say a show that fulfills one prong has harem as its subgenre, while a show that fulfills both prongs has harem as its primary genre.
Sep 21, 2017 4:30 AM

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I found a couple old posts of mine that I'm still quite fond of. The question was "Do we now undervalue black and white, good versus evil type stories?"

TripleSRank said:
Yes. In the modern era people seem to want to forget that truly evil people exist. Serial killers, rapists, and so on are an ever-present reality that has not left us. These people are by and large evil because they enjoy what they do. They are perverts in the truest sense of the word.

However, I don't think this denial of continual consciousness of evil is because evil is either "interesting" or "uninteresting", but rather because the so-called modern man does not wish to be bound to morality any more than those before him did. In an age where moral integrity is more heavily enforced, the corrupt desires of the heart protect themselves by veiling themselves as either entirely upright, or at least ambiguous. People want to deceive themselves into thinking that lying is okay in certain circumstances, that greed is okay in certain circumstances, that bribery is okay in certain circumstances, that killing is okay in certain (non-self-defense) circumstances. So on and so forth.

There is no bridge between good and evil. There is no greyzone-- only the purposeful delusion that such a thing exists because it's easier. However, I will say that this is the major downfall of many black vs. white stories. They often make picking the moral high ground look easy, and they often make the consequences of evil immediate. This is often not the case in reality. They also tend to portray the "good side" as perfect morally speaking when this is unnecessary (as long as the consequences of evil are maintained in the long run, both for the "good side" and the "bad side").

Some people take this claim to mean it is okay to judge people carelessly in real life, but that is not the case I am making. There are many factors that may be difficult or impossible for another person to take into account because everyone has lived through different life experiences. Only someone who has been raped knows what it is like to live after being raped. Only someone who has been abused knows what it is like to have been abused. Only someone who has been fatherless knows what it is like to be fatherless. So on and so forth. While circumstances like these do not justify evil, it does (appropriately) dissuade unbridled judgement because it is simply impossible for many to understand what it would take and how impossible it would seem to make all of the right choices had they themselves lived through such circumstances. There is a place for mercy, love, and (empathetic) understanding.

Because of this, I feel that there is a great deal of depth in black vs. white that is simply not explored. The existence of an absolute right and wrong simply does not appeal to many's desires, and thus stories concerning it are left simple and focus more on things that people do like-- power, violence, fame, opulence, and so on. This is a tragedy.

I would give more for one superbly developed black and white story than fifty "superbly developed" grey stories due both to the former's rarity and their largely untapped potential.

TripleSRank said:
masterofgo said:
That is an interesting take on it. I am no sympathetic to your claim that there is no bridge between good and evil however. Are you saying that there is always a brightline between the right choice and the wrong choice?

If so, must we make the argument that these "morally grey" stories that we are discussing are merely illusions of moral ambiguity?

Hmm. Let me answer this with a story. Let's say we have a child named Little Jim. Little Jim is poor and is worked from dawn till dusk all day every day whenever he isn't at school. He isn't given good food nor drink, nor is he given all but the bare minimum amount of free time needed to eat, sleep, and maintain hygiene.

When Little Jim finally grows old enough to gain independence, he's dazzled at all of the nice things he never had growing up: better food, more free time, and money of his own. It's not much, but it's more than he ever had.

Now let's say that someone else, we'll call him Bobby, wants some of the few things Little Jim has worked hard for. Would Little Jim be wrong or evil for not wanting to share?

The point is, while sharing or giving is good, not sharing or giving isn't necessarily evil, and even calling it selfish in the above case would be a quick judgement, especially if we don't know Little Jim's background. However, what if we shift things just a little and say that Bobby is a kid in the same situation Little Jim used to be in? If Little Jim doesn't share then, isn't he a hypocrite? Can we then call foul?

The point is, a lot of it has to do with balance, and casting aside the above, not all choices are even necessarily related to morals. Choosing a job or hobby to engage in is not necessarily inherently good or evil, for example. And even when a decision is connected to morals (in which cases, yes, I do believe there is always a brightline), making a wrong decision doesn't necessarily mean we should immediately judge the character in question.

All of that being said, I do think your final line captures the essence of my viewpoint. These so-called grey stories are merely illusions of moral ambiguity, or rather they are only as morally ambiguous as the interpreter makes them out to be.

Edit: You might be wondering what I think the difference between a black vs. white story and a grey story is, since I said the moral ambiguity is an illusion. It is merely the differences in how actions and consequences are portrayed. If morally nebulous actions are portrayed as okay or inconsequential (e.g. the protagonist lying, cheating, etc.) despite the good guys otherwise being... well, good, then it is grey. If morally nebulous actions have appropriate consequences (e.g. lying ruins the protag's credibility or it bites him in the butt later, cheating causes him to make avoidable/potentially dangerous mistakes later, etc.), then the story is black and white.
May 17, 2018 1:14 PM

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This post is something I want to talk to Manaban about sometime, but it might turn into a text wall and I don't think I have the willpower for that at the moment.