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Postby Rac_Rules » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:34 am

I'm not a big anime person, but I do watch a quite decent amount. I'm not a snob about it, though (screw "true Japanese origins," as long as it isn't butchered I'm watching the friggin dub).

My favorites:
Princess Tutu (WAY cooler than it sounds!)
Hell Girl
Spirited Away
Axis Powers Hetalia (I can't believe I'm admitting this, but...I ship USUK)
Kingdom Hearts Manga

Others I have watched/read:
The Dreaming
Ouran High School Host Club
Fruits Basket
Pani Poni Dash
I've watched a few episodes of Death Note, liked it but wasn't hooked
Princess Mononoke
Pretear
The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya (a little bit...)
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby queen_of_painting » Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:17 pm

On the topic of anime, I mainly will say that I'm a fan of the late Kon Satoshi and especially Studio Ghibli. There are some other good movies I've seen, like Barefoot Gen, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. I don't really like the shows, honestly. I have a pretty silly sense of humor at times but I just don't click with anime series, whether they're comedies, romance, action, fantasy, or something else. The ones I've seen either in their entirety or partially are "The Melancholy Life Of Haruhi Suzumiya," "FLCL," and "Itazura na Kiss" ('cause I watched the cheesy Taiwanese drama). Wasn't a huge fan of any, and some I straight up didn't like at all. I'm still open to series, but anything that's overdramatic or TOO silly is basically a no-no for me.

But yeah, mainly a Ghibli fan here. Here are my favorites in order: :D
1. My Neighbor Totoro (my first Ghibli movie at age 5 and forever my favorite)
2. Whisper of the Heart
3. Spirited Away
4. Princess Mononoke
5. Kiki's Delivery Service
6. Only Yesterday (waiting for Disney/someone to release this... I've only seen it on TCM during their Ghibli feature and another time online, because I was getting impatient. If a blu-ray is released in Japan, I'm definitely getting it.)
7. Grave of the Fireflies
8. Howl's Moving Castle
9. Castle in the Sky
10. The Cat Returns
11. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (only seen it once; long and exhausting to watch but still poetic)
12. My Neighbors the Yamadas
13. Porco Rosso
14. The Borrower Arrietty
15. From Up on Poppy Hill (very different for a Ghibli film, but I'll need to watch again with subs to completely understand it)
16. Ponyo
17. Ocean Waves
18. Pom Poko
19. Tales from Earthsea

Some of the Disney dubs for Ghibli movies aren't bad (though I can't stand their dub for Totoro since I'm so used to Fox's version), but my issue with dubs is when you can tell the voiceover actor is just that—a voiceover actor. I don't know if that makes sense... They sound cheesy and they're not always the best at delivering lines. But maybe that's just me.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Pixarfan91 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:13 am

I haved watched

Dragonball/Z/GT
Pokemon
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Yu-Gi-Oh
Spirited Away
Ponyo
One Piece

I have read
Dragonball/Z
Pokemon
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Rac_Rules » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:20 am

Oh, I watched Summer Wars with my sister a few months ago (she uses me as an excuse to do nerdy things). I found it pretty decent, especially with the bit of social commentary it gives on our internet-obsessed culture.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby JustSteve » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:05 pm

Enjoyed all of the following on TV:

Astro Boy (in glorious black-and-white, before there were color TVs in every home)
Marine Boy
Speed Racer
Kimba the White Lion
Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman)
Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato)
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Enjoyed the following manga:

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Speed Racer

Enjoyed the following video releases:

Robotech
Akira
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:24 am

I don't like manga, and I can't stand anime TV shows. However, I'm sort of addicted to Studio Ghibli's movies.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Rac_Rules » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:39 am

Yeah, SG is a good balance of Japanese and Western styles. A good initiator into anime for the uninitiated. I would keep my mind open about anime TV, though. :D I know most of what we see is like Pokemon and Naruto, but those are only the super mainstream ones. Hell Girl, for instance, never uses the stereotypical anime expressions. Like, none of this:Image)

Many of its characters aren't very much more caricatured then Western animation. Its a horror, though, so be wary of that.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Leirin » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:07 am

In general I'm not that big into the anime/manga scene (I was when I was younger though!), but there are plenty that I quite enjoy. Anything from Studio Ghibli is my favorite :D I seem more susceptible to enjoying the older anime/manga stuff though, like from before the 90's usually. Some I like:

Anime:
- ANYTHING by Studio Ghibli, and solo works of their directors
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Angelic Layer
- Di Gi Charat
- A Little Snow Fairy Sugar

Manga:
- Osamu Tezuka's works (which I need to read more of...)
- Yotsuba&! (Seriously, I would gladly recommend this even to someone who has a general aversion to anime/manga; it's so nice...)
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby queen_of_painting » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:22 am

Oh! One manga I read was A Drifting Life, which really isn't a standard manga but one of the first (if not the first? The story explains it all) of a new dramatic genre. It's really more of a Japanese graphic novel.

I'm going to try getting into anime series again. If anyone has suggestions, please send them my way! Some things I dislike in anime series: sexist portrayal of women (aka large chest region), shallow drama, characters that are either incredibly ditzy or act cold and distant from everything because they're so cool and fashionable, one-dimensional characters, too much stylized action, generally style over substance, and over-the-top gags and reactions. Basically, I want a show that's either comparable to a Ghibli movie or any quality live-action show or movie with depth. I *might* be willing to watch something cutesy, as I tend to like that, but I'm not sure I could stand watching an entire series start to finish unless the show has something of depth to offer.

That doesn't leave a lot, it seems... Sorry I'm so picky. :lol: I have been wanting to see "Paranoia Agent," though, because I rather admire Kon Satoshi's work.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Pixarfan91 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:40 am

What was your guy's first anime?
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby queen_of_painting » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:48 am

My Neighbor Totoro! I rented it week after week from the local video store when I was 5.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Pixarfan91 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:53 am

Mine was the Pokemon series. We were the ones that started the fad.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Rac_Rules » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:47 pm

queen_of_painting wrote:Oh! One manga I read was A Drifting Life, which really isn't a standard manga but one of the first (if not the first? The story explains it all) of a new dramatic genre. It's really more of a Japanese graphic novel.

I'm going to try getting into anime series again. If anyone has suggestions, please send them my way! Some things I dislike in anime series: sexist portrayal of women (aka large chest region), shallow drama, characters that are either incredibly ditzy or act cold and distant from everything because they're so cool and fashionable, one-dimensional characters, too much stylized action, generally style over substance, and over-the-top gags and reactions. Basically, I want a show that's either comparable to a Ghibli movie or any quality live-action show or movie with depth. I *might* be willing to watch something cutesy, as I tend to like that, but I'm not sure I could stand watching an entire series start to finish unless the show has something of depth to offer.
Well, I really want to suggest Princess Tutu because of all the ones I've watched, its the best and most comparable to SG. However, part of me worries what you may think of Duck. She's kinda ditzy, but not too bad in my opinion, and gets better later on. Fakir, as well, is cold and distant, but there's actually quite a good reason for it. Mytho may seem EXTREMELY one-dimensional at first, but there's actually a storytelling reason for that too. In fact, the first couple episodes are a little weaker, and the first episode in particular overuses anime expressions in a way the rest of the show doesn't at all. But after you get past the first two, and ESPECIALLY once you get into the second season where the characters are trying to defy the fates set upon them by the story, its quite awesome, and not nearly as cutesy as the title would make you believe.

Basically, its about a storybook prince named Mytho who had to shatter his heart to trap an evil raven. The writer of his story, Drosselmeyer, decided to turn a duck into a girl so she could play the part of the mysterious Princess Tutu as his characters live out somewhat normal lives in a somewhat normal town. This girl, Duck, spends her time dancing ballet at school, crushing on Mytho and having a somewhat love/hate relationship with his friend Fakir (who is actually the reincarnation of a knight that was supposed to protect the prince). But, when she turns into Princess Tutu, she must retrieve the prince's heart shards despite the defiance of Drosselmeyer and Princess Kraehe, an evil form of Mytho's girlfriend Rue and the raven's daughter. The anime is completely centered around ballet, but less on cutesy prettiness (at least once the story really gets going) and more on music and fairytale-style storytelling. The ending is beautifully bittersweet and the show has to date my absolute favorite couple in anime (Duck/Fakir. You may have seen them on a couple of my signatures)

My *real* first anime was probably Pokemon or Digimon, but the first times I knew what I was watching/reading was Japanese cartooning was Fruits Basket (pretty much first manga, in the 7th grade, not counting the one I hated and don't even remember the name of) and Pani Poni Dash (anime).
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby queen_of_painting » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:49 am

I shall watch an episode of "Princess Tutu" then! I'm gonna have a lot of spare time over winter break. :)
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Rac_Rules » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:08 am

Oh, yay! :D All the episodes are on YouTube.
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