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Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM

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All of as at some certain time we get confused in which order we have to watch some anime that have various movies, OVA and series throughout the years and we get lost in the process to find the right order. I'm thinking we should have a first page here that we should renew it all the time and having as much info as possible for the most well known anime. I kindly request your help if you like and I'll try to make it as helpful as possible. It's gonna take time but I think it's gonna be alright!

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Macross

Armored Trooper Votoms

Captain Harlock

Galaxy Express 999 - Queen Millennia - Maetel related stuff

Yamato

Gundam (Universal Century [UC] timeline)

Kimagure Orange Road

Urusei Yatsura

Slam Dunk

The list is going to be renewed at times!
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Sep 15, 2011 11:31 AM
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The main series of LoGH is supposed to be watched at the very end? And I'm already 23 episodes in! The only other LoGH-related media I've watched is "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars". What should I do now? Put the main show on-hold and start at the very beginning with Spiral Labirinth or finish the main series anyway and then cover all the prequals?
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Sep 15, 2011 11:51 AM

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Don't worry! I watched LOGH the same way as you + Overture to a New War movie so I watched the so-called Wenli-Reinhard OVAs: A Hundred Billion Stars; A Hundred Billion Lights; My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars and Spiral Labyrinth after the main story. I just took it as a background information for the main story. Golden Wings movie I watched the last as it has different art and style and I didn't want to mix.

Now I think that it would have been better if I had watched in suggested order but it's not a rare case when OVAs following some series tells more about the main characters and their background as in this case.
 
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Sep 15, 2011 11:54 AM

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I get what this thread is all about and I find it interesting. Only thing is that in the case of LOGH here, that's just the timeline, not the right order that I would recommend anyone to watch it in. While you could, I'm more of a believer in watching anime in the order they were released. Otherwise you're jumping around decades of animation styles and you might not fully appreciate the prequels unless you've seen the original series.
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HisokaHajime said:
I get what this thread is all about and I find it interesting. Only thing is that in the case of LOGH here, that's just the timeline, not the right order that I would recommend anyone to watch it in. While you could, I'm more of a believer in watching anime in the order they were released. Otherwise you're jumping around decades of animation styles and you might not fully appreciate the prequels unless you've seen the original series.


I have to disagree with you here. For example, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVAs. If someone follows your way of watching, he/she happens to see the sequel before prequel. The sequel JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 6 OVAs is from 1993 and the first part of the story is 7 OVAs from 2000.

I almost did this mistake to start watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure from the middle but I read about it on some forum so I escaped making this mistake.

Anyway, I think it's a very good idea to share our knowledge on subject because it's often very confusing.
 
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There are exceptions to everything. But the two examples we have so far with LOGH and Votoms, I would recommend that everyone start with the main series. Another thing you need to remember is that often times you're not always supposed to know details of a characters past. It can also make flashbacks feel less significant since you wouldn't actually be learning anything as your were originally intended to.

Also, what about voices? With LOGH someone would be hearing Yang's voice replacement before his original? It would be weird for me to see someone go through it in that order. While the LOGH prequels are fantastic, the same can't be said for every series that has extra installments. Especially someone who prefers old school anime. Let's face it, most tacked on OVAs and movies aren't anywhere near the level of the meat of the story. Some are hit or miss.

So more times than not, I'm not a fan of timeline orders nor would I watch them that way during rewatches. It just doesn't feel natural. As for JoJo that seems like one of those examples where it was intended as a treat for the existing manga readers. Which is evident in the fact that it was never released from beginning to end. Readers of the manga can probably appreciate them more than someone just watching those randomly. So in the case of JoJo I would say the manga and then the OVAs to get the most out of it. Which is kind of my entire point here.
 
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I always wonder how I should watch all of the Leijiverse anime. I've accumulated nearly every series/ova/movie, but I wonder how I should get into it. I've seen the the Queen Millennia, Queen Emeraldas and Maetel Legend movie/OVA, am watching Galaxy Express 999 right now. Should I push Space Symphony Maetel and Kasei Ryodan Danasaito 999.9 in between now before it's to late? I don't even dare to think about the whole Harlock franchise. There's also the problem with Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers, where I'm in the middle of the first season... ^^ Should I complete the SBY franchise before going on?

I've got this timetable from someone at BakaBT:

On LOGH: I don't really remember in which succession I have watched them, but watching the movies in before shouldn't be that much of a problem, unlike with the Spiral Labyrinth and A Hundred Billion Lights, which should be seen after the long series and the movies.
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Sep 15, 2011 4:54 PM

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There is no official right way to watch his work since he himself has admitted many times that there isn't. He's the most all over the place writer that I've ever seen and there are lots of different versions of storylines.

Galaxy Express 999 is one that lots of things link to in ways. So I would finish that. I probably would have held off on anything involving Maetel till after that, but it's not a big deal. Watch the GE999 movies after that. Then Galaxy Railways comes in.

Yamato is it's own thing. Each season continues from where the last left off and the hardest part is figuring out where all the movies fit in. I can't remember off the top of my head.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a great place to start for his story. I'd watch Arcadia of My Youth the movie after that and the SSX series when it's finished being subbed. Then the newer stuff like Harlock Saga which isn't that great and The Endless Odyssey which is a remake/retelling of the original.

Then you have titles like Cosmo Warrior Zero and Gun Frontier which are fine to slip in once you know Harlock and company a bit better.
 
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So there's no problem going from Galaxy Express to Galaxy Railways without touching Harlock?

The relation graph has changed a bit since for SBY since the newest movie came out. lol http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8329/spacebattleshipyamatore.jpg to http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=rel&aid=6680
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Sep 15, 2011 6:10 PM

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I always find the those hilarious to look at. So yeah, use that for the Yamato movie placements. As for your question, you can watch GE999 and go to Railways without any Harlock knowledge. Harlock only makes a cameo in GE999 and in the first movie. But definitely get in the 70s Space Pirate Captain Harlock series as well. It's great stuff.
 
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HisokaHajime said:
I get what this thread is all about and I find it interesting. Only thing is that in the case of LOGH here, that's just the timeline, not the right order that I would recommend anyone to watch it in. While you could, I'm more of a believer in watching anime in the order they were released. Otherwise you're jumping around decades of animation styles and you might not fully appreciate the prequels unless you've seen the original series.
My friend I kindly ask for your help if you want to contribute to this topic. It was meant to help some people. You're right about watching stuff in the production order but then you get confused as you watch things that were in the past. That's why I say it's best if you watch it in the right timeline. If you ask me about LOGH I always say watch the 2 movies and then the main series. After them you can watch the 2 OVAs and the Golden Wings movie.

I'll post later some of Matsumoto's stuff...
 
Sep 16, 2011 8:58 AM

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I think I'd be more on board if this thread was called the "The timeline order for some of the well known anime". The timeline order being called the "right order" isn't exactly something I can agree with since that's not always the case. I don't want people to become confused which already happened one post into this thread for tempo_plus. He assumed he was watching it all wrong after reading which is not the case.

I looked over the Matsumoto stuff and that sounds about right. Gundam is one of those franchises where you can watch it in the timeline order or whatever you want really. The only real connection is MSG, Zeta, Double Zeta and Char's Counterattack.

I can work on Kimagure Orange Road. It gets a bit confusing since the OVAs can be watched at random parts of the main series and then the two movies comes after everything.
 
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HisokaHajime said:
I think I'd be more on board if this thread was called the "The timeline order for some of the well known anime". The timeline order being called the "right order" isn't exactly something I can agree with since that's not always the case. I don't want people to become confused which already happened one post into this thread for tempo_plus. He assumed he was watching it all wrong after reading which is not the case.

I looked over the Matsumoto stuff and that sounds about right. Gundam is one of those franchises where you can watch it in the timeline order or whatever you want really. The only real connection is MSG, Zeta, Double Zeta and Char's Counterattack.

I can work on Kimagure Orange Road. It gets a bit confusing since the OVAs can be watched at random parts of the main series and then the two movies comes after everything.
I don't mind if you like to make any changes at all my friend! After all it's not a job I can take fully on myself! I just try to give some suggestions to all our members here and of course there are gonna be mistakes or arguments. After all that's why we are all here for!
 
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I added KOR. That was a confusing few minutes lol.
 
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I agree that Votoms and LOGH are probably best watched in production order. Although with LOGH I started with My Conquest is the Sea of Stars and I think that's a pretty good starting taste of the series. But I think it worked out better that I watched Reinhard's Gaiden after the series, at that point I knew him already but got to see how he became the man he was in the main series and it made me like him even more.

That Matsumoto stuff is crazy... all I really know is that some of the GE999 movies are directly related, along with the obvious Yamato seasons 1, 2, and 3, but other than that yeah you can jump around a lot with those shows.

Macross probably isn't a huge deal either with where you start. Macross 7 is the only one that is closest to the original since it has some recurring side characters, but that's about it. I still think it's best to watch SDF and DYRL first though.
 
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The best way to watch something is to watch it in order it aired; doesn't matter if prequel came out later.
 
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Production order is the best order in most cases. For example, watching the main series of LOGH LAST boggles my mind.

When it comes to "order," at the very least always watch the main series and its direct sequels first. That's the way it was meant to be seen.

At the very, VERY least, always watch the main series first.

Stuff like Macross where it's just a bunch of loosely-related series doesn't matter as much.
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For anyone who knows the Urusei Yatsura series very well, does anybody know the chronological order amongst the TV series, OVA's, and movies that were released?
 
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Didn't get into LOGH yet, but I'm planning on getting into more Old school series, LOGH included. Personally, I'm going to start with the main series first, then whatever is recommended to watch next, etc., but some of these series aren't on MAL.
 
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SSJLuffy said:
Didn't get into LOGH yet, but I'm planning on getting into more Old school series, LOGH included. Personally, I'm going to start with the main series first, then whatever is recommended to watch next, etc., but some of these series aren't on MAL.
You better start with the 2 movies and then go into the main series. As for my post I have to edit it since it's confusing some of you. There are some stories from the 2 OVAs that are prequels to the original series and I just putted them in the right order. Expect an edit in the next few days in order to be more accurate. :)
 
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kanon-chan said:
For anyone who knows the Urusei Yatsura series very well, does anybody know the chronological order amongst the TV series, OVA's, and movies that were released?


I hope that this post would not dissapear as the previous one. :(

I plan to start with Urusei Yatsura in the nearest future and it would be very nice if that person who put out the timeline for the series, could do that again. It was amazingly well-done! Such a pity that bloody MAL took it away!
 
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Haha, oops. I should check the club more, but yes I will get the UY list I made back up tonight (I have it saved on my other computer).
 
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Here is a release date order list for Urusei Yatsura but it might not be entirely accurate.

Urusei Yatsura TV 1 (Oct 14, 1981) - 21 (March 24, 1982)
Urusei Yatsura TV Special: It's Spring! Take Off! (April 1, 1982 or April 2, 1982 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 22 (April 7, 1982) - 58 (Feb 2, 1983)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (Feb 11, 1983 or Feb 13, 1983 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 59 (Feb 16, 1983) - 99 (Feb 8, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (Feb 11, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura TV 100 (Feb 15, 1984) - 140 (Jan 23, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (Jan 26, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura TV 141 (Jan 30, 1985) - 191 (Feb 19, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (Feb 22, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura TV 192 (Feb 26, 1986) - 195 (March 19, 1986)
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Urusei Yatsura OVA: Inaba the Dream Maker (July 18, 1987)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: Final/Kanketsu-hen (Feb 6, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Raging Sherbert (Dec 2, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Nagisa's Fiance (Dec 8, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Electric Household Guard (Aug 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: I Howl at the Moon (Sep 1, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Goat and Cheese (Dec 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Catch the Heart (Dec 27, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Terror of Girly-eyes Measles (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Date with a Spirit (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling (November 2, 1991 or Aug 18, 1991 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Obstacle Course Swim Meet (Dec 23, 2008)

Everything before the dash line seems fairly accurate I think, but once it gets to the OVAs I am not sure. MAL says the OVAs started on Sept 24, 1985 but the first OVA, Inaba the Dream Maker, is listed on other sites as being from 1987. Maybe the MAL list is including some of the compilation music videos which I have not put on the list. I will try to learn more about the OVA releases when I get to those episodes. I have already noticed that the Animeigo release lists "Raging Sherbert" as OVA 3, while on websites it is listed as the second OVA. The two OVAs released on the same day (June 21, 1991), I just listed in the order websites generally put them.
 
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Here is a release date order list for Urusei Yatsura but it might not be entirely accurate.
Urusei Yatsura TV 1 (Oct 14, 1981) - 21 (March 24, 1982)
Urusei Yatsura TV Special: It's Spring! Take Off! (April 1, 1982 or April 2, 1982 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 22 (April 7, 1982) - 58 (Feb 2, 1983)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (Feb 11, 1983 or Feb 13, 1983 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 59 (Feb 16, 1983) - 99 (Feb 8, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (Feb 11, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura TV 100 (Feb 15, 1984) - 140 (Jan 23, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (Jan 26, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura TV 141 (Jan 30, 1985) - 191 (Feb 19, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (Feb 22, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura TV 192 (Feb 26, 1986) - 195 (March 19, 1986)
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Urusei Yatsura OVA: Inaba the Dream Maker (July 18, 1987)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: Final/Kanketsu-hen (Feb 6, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Raging Sherbert (Dec 2, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Nagisa's Fiance (Dec 8, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Electric Household Guard (Aug 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: I Howl at the Moon (Sep 1, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Goat and Cheese (Dec 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Catch the Heart (Dec 27, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Terror of Girly-eyes Measles (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Date with a Spirit (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling (November 2, 1991 or Aug 18, 1991 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Obstacle Course Swim Meet (Dec 23, 2008)
Everything before the dash line seems fairly accurate I think, but once it gets to the OVAs I am not sure. MAL says the OVAs started on Sept 24, 1985 but the first OVA, Inaba the Dream Maker, is listed on other sites as being from 1987. Maybe the MAL list is including some of the compilation music videos which I have not put on the list. I will try to learn more about the OVA releases when I get to those episodes. I have already noticed that the Animeigo release lists "Raging Sherbert" as OVA 3, while on websites it is listed as the second OVA. The two OVAs released on the same day (June 21, 1991), I just listed in the order websites generally put them.


Thank you so much! It'll be a great help! Now it's only to copy and save it before MAL eats it up. XD
 
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Physica_Fulcrum said:
Here is a release date order list for Urusei Yatsura but it might not be entirely accurate.
Urusei Yatsura TV 1 (Oct 14, 1981) - 21 (March 24, 1982)
Urusei Yatsura TV Special: It's Spring! Take Off! (April 1, 1982 or April 2, 1982 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 22 (April 7, 1982) - 58 (Feb 2, 1983)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (Feb 11, 1983 or Feb 13, 1983 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura TV 59 (Feb 16, 1983) - 99 (Feb 8, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (Feb 11, 1984)
Urusei Yatsura TV 100 (Feb 15, 1984) - 140 (Jan 23, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (Jan 26, 1985)
Urusei Yatsura TV 141 (Jan 30, 1985) - 191 (Feb 19, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (Feb 22, 1986)
Urusei Yatsura TV 192 (Feb 26, 1986) - 195 (March 19, 1986)
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Urusei Yatsura OVA: Inaba the Dream Maker (July 18, 1987)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: Final/Kanketsu-hen (Feb 6, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Raging Sherbert (Dec 2, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Nagisa's Fiance (Dec 8, 1988)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Electric Household Guard (Aug 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: I Howl at the Moon (Sep 1, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Goat and Cheese (Dec 21, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Catch the Heart (Dec 27, 1989)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Terror of Girly-eyes Measles (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: Date with a Spirit (June 21, 1991)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling (November 2, 1991 or Aug 18, 1991 according to MAL)
Urusei Yatsura OVA: The Obstacle Course Swim Meet (Dec 23, 2008)
Everything before the dash line seems fairly accurate I think, but once it gets to the OVAs I am not sure. MAL says the OVAs started on Sept 24, 1985 but the first OVA, Inaba the Dream Maker, is listed on other sites as being from 1987. Maybe the MAL list is including some of the compilation music videos which I have not put on the list. I will try to learn more about the OVA releases when I get to those episodes. I have already noticed that the Animeigo release lists "Raging Sherbert" as OVA 3, while on websites it is listed as the second OVA. The two OVAs released on the same day (June 21, 1991), I just listed in the order websites generally put them.


Thanks for the guide, I appreciate it. I made a copy of the list you provided and saved it.
 
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Wow, this thread is very helpful! Thanks for the effort, guys.

Since we're at it, does anyone know the correct order to watch Cutey Honey?
 
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Hmm, I think most of the Cutey Honey shows/OVA's are all very stand alone, so you could maybe jump around with it. Though now that the original is subbed, may as well start with that one!
 
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Ok, thanks a lot.
 
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This is relevant to my interests. I'll keep in mind that order for Gundam and Macross.
 
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Just a minor correction, for anyone watching the original Harlock series you can watch Mystery of Arcadia in place of episode 13, not after. Because it's basically a slightly extended episode.
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Hmm, maybe you should mention that Galaxy Express 999 contains spoilers for Captain Harlock.
 
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can anyone give me a timeline for queen emeraldas, which is first introduce and meet tochiro and harlock. thank you guy :)
 
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can anyone give me a timeline for queen emeraldas, which is first introduce and meet tochiro and harlock. thank you guy :)
In the movie Arcadia of my Youth.
 
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Wow, this is very useful. I recently watched the second movie of Urusei Yatsura and there was a character that I had yet to see in the series.
 
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