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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby JustSoWall-eCrazy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:46 am

Leirin: I actually want to see Tokyo Mew Mew! I hear it's got a really cool story and cast. Never been a Sailor Moon fan, however.

Seeing that you're into the magical girl genre, have you ever heard of Pretty Cure? It's actually a big franchise with, like, 10 (yes, that's right, 10) series installments, each with it's own character casts, themes, and motifs, but the premise is always the same. It's always that some bad kingdom wants to ruin the world and make it unhappy, so fairy creatures get sent to Earth to choose girls that usually are of good character, and given the power to become magical warriors known as "Pretty Cures", and usually they transform with a cellphone-like device given to them by the fairies (though there have been some exceptions to this rule, such as a perfume bottle in HeartCatch Pretty Cure)

If you want to see, here's some of my fave Pretty Cure videos I've seen on YouTube (I haven't actually seen the series, just some opening themes and transformation clips):

Opening Themes:

HeartCatch PreCure

Smile! PreCure

Doki Doki! PreCure (their latest installment)

Yes! Pretty Cure 5

Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! (a continuation to the previous)

Fresh Pretty Cure

Suite PreCure♪

Transformations:

HeartCatch PreCure

Suite PreCure♪ (group transformation)

Fresh Pretty Cure

Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo!

Smile! PreCure
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby annarborjack » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:47 am

So people have been telling me to get into Anime and Manga for a while, so I am getting into mostly manga. Here is my manga collection so far.

Bleach 3 in 1 (The first 3 volumes in one)
Blue Exorcist Volume 4
D-Gray Mann Volume 1
D-Gray Mann Volume 2
Dororo Volume 1
Naruto Volume 1
Naruto Volume 3
One Piece Volume 2

The reason I have Volume 4 is because I started watching the anime and I heard that after Episode 15 the anime and manga break off and anime fans who want to read the manga just go to Volume 4, the reason I have Naruto Volume 3 and not Volume 2 is because I ordered Volume 1 off Amazon and a day later I went to a store and they had Volume 3 so I bought that, and they also had One Piece Volume 2 so I got that, now I just have to get Volume 1 soon. So yeah, that's my manga collection so far. I actually really didn't like the first volume of D-Gray Mann so I most likely won't ever read Volume 2, but I'll keep them for collectors purpose.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Nausicaa » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:30 am

I'm a little surprised nobody seems to have mentioned Fullmetal Alchemist, which is an excellent manga. It's been adapted into two anime series. The first one is just called Fullmetal Alchemist, and after the first couple of episodes it diverges pretty heavily from the source material as the manga was only in its early stages at that time, and the original artist requested that they do their own thing. The second anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was made a few years later, and pretty much follows the manga's storyline. I'll explain what I think of these further down.

The story is about two brothers who live in a world where alchemy actually works (it's depicted as kind of a sciency magic). After their mother dies they attempt to ressurect her using alchemy. Of course, it goes horribly wrong and Edward, the older brother, loses an arm and a leg whilst Alphonse, the younger brother, loses his whole body, and ends up having his soul bonded to a suit of armour. The series starts a couple of years after this event, showing the brothers travelling the country (kind of an early 20th century European type of place) looking for the Philosopher's Stone, in the hopes that they can use it to amplify their powers and get Alphonse's body back. The series pretty quickly moves beyond this premise into something much bigger, but it's hard to go into without spoiling it.

One of the things I like about the manga is how tightly plotted it is. A lot of manga I've read tend to have lots of filler chapters or meandering story arcs. But almost every chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist feels like it advances the story in some way. Some of the early chapters give you the impression that it's going to be quite episodic but it very quickly builds into a bigger narrative. The early chapters are mostly there to give the reader a good grip of the characters and the setting.

It's also very good at mixing drama, action, and comedy. The action scenes are never over-long, unlike some shonen series. They're also pretty cool to read, especially since every character has their own unique abilities. The author puts in lots of little comedic moments, and for me at least, they work. It's actually quite impressive in some parts, as sometimes she manages to slip in a decent joke into a dramatic chapter without ruining the tone. The series ends up touching upon issues like the effects of war (on both civilians and the soldiers) and it handles them pretty well.

I've seen a couple of posters in this thread complaining about the depiction of women, and Fullmetal Alchemist actually has a pretty diverse set of female characters. The female characters include soldiers, mechanics, alchemists, housewives, bodyguards, and villains. There's not really any 'fan service' (that is, no gratitious outfits or 'camera angles'), and the characters usually dress as you would expect them to. There are a couple of times you could maybe count as being fanservicey (perhaps unintentionally), but they're kind of balanced out by the fact that male characters appear in similar scenes. It probably helps that the writer/artist Hiromu Arakawa is a woman. (I think the first anime, and maybe some of the video games have more fan service, but that's made by other people).

SIDE NOTE: The manga is rated 'T for Teen' by Viz. It can get pretty violent, but the effect is lessened by the fact that it's in black-and-white, so wounds are pretty much just black smears. Some people get some pretty bad injuries though (like I said, Edward loses an arm and a leg (he gets metal replacement ones)).

I haven't watched all of the first anime yet, but what I've seen is okay. There seems to be quite a bit of filler though, which is disapointing. Some people like it better than the manga/ second anime, but these people are usually people who saw this one first and consider it the 'original' (even though it isn't). The second anime is pretty good, although it is pretty much just the manga. It does add some scenes , and it isn't always successful when it tries to be funny. Also, they sometimes reorder events, which sometimes ruins the tension. For example, there comes a point in the manga where the reader isn't sure if a certain character is a good guy or not. It isn't resolved for several chapters, making it all the more interesting and surprising when you finally do find out. But the anime reordered some of the events in this part of the manga, meaning that you find out literally in the following episode. Scenes where the reader wasn't supposed to entirely trust him end up being less interesting as a result, because that extra tension is no longer there. But otherwise it's a pretty good adaptation.

Personally I'd recommend reading the manga before watching the first anime (or at least watching the second anime), so you at least get the characters in their original context.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Leirin » Thu May 16, 2013 12:05 am

annarborjack wrote:Bleach 3 in 1 (The first 3 volumes in one)
Blue Exorcist Volume 4
D-Gray Mann Volume 1
D-Gray Mann Volume 2
Dororo Volume 1
Naruto Volume 1
Naruto Volume 3
One Piece Volume 2


Ooh, nice, Dororo! I need to get to reading that actually. Tezuka is hugely responsible for giving me the love of comics that I have now.

I just ordered the full-color Unico translation that just came out. I am soooo excited for it :D
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Nausicaa » Fri May 17, 2013 1:24 am

I read Dororo a few years back. It was pretty good, if I remember correctly, but it ends rather abruptly. I don't know if he got bored of it or if it wasn't selling well or if the magazine was shutting down....
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby JustSoWall-eCrazy » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:29 pm

Lately, I've been following Haruhi Suzumiya and Pretty Cure. I also hope to sometime get the chance to see Pani Poni Dash; I hear it's hilarious, and those opening sequences are excellent, not to mention the theme songs that go along with them.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:02 am

Any fans of American anime, such as Teen Titans and Avatar:TLA? I love Studio Ghibli. But lately I've been a lot into the "fake" stuff. lol I'm very interested in FMA, and may start watching it! I'm not into reading Manga, though, because it has pictures. I know that's weird. Sorry. :P
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Leirin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:52 am

^Yesyes, I love both of those shows! They're great! I know it gets flack for being comedy-oriented but I enjoy Teen Titans Go too.

I'm also pretty curious about FMA. I've always known people who liked it a lot and I find the premise intriguing.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:55 am

I like Go! as well, but I must admit, I do miss the serious episodes, namely those featuring Raven. But even being a comedian at heart, I strangely prefer dramas with a touch of comedy to full-blown comedy.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Leirin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:08 pm

I agree completely. Despite my enjoyment of Go!, I definitely would prefer if they'd just continued the original series, especially given how it ended on a rather strange cliffhanger. :? But oh well. The Raven episodes definitely were great.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:40 pm

Raven and Starfire were my favorites. I just miss all of Raven's pathos and development. But ah well, I'll live.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby Al-Bob » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:47 am

My Teen Chemical Romance has to be my most recent fav anime. Its story line, well done animation, and characters are very well written and portrayed.
Plastic Memories...wow this one is a tearjerker. Really well produced, hope they make season 2.
Ace of the Diamond, a baseball focused anime that does a very good job at explaining baseball fundamentals while keeping the story line about the players and their development both at school and on the diamond.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun is a great comedy that is much shorter than your average episodal anime. Running about 15 minutes or so this condensed anime is perfect for a quick laugh.
Toradora-My all time favorite anime...ever. The characters, story line, and setting are well executed and if you don't cry when it ends...well you have no soul.
The Irregular at Magic High School, oooh this one is nice. Fantasy style approach to a slice of life that takes magic to a very deep level. The characters are well created and help instill both a sense of appreciation and awe at their skills. A good watch if you want to be entertained.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby JustSoWall-eCrazy » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:36 pm

Recently, I've seen K-ON!, Kiniro Mosaic, Seiyu's Life, Hidamari Sketch (all four seasons and specials except for the graduation arc), and have started Hanayamata and Girl Friend Beta. I'm a huge slice-of life fan. Also have been following Pani Poni Dash!, which is older, but so hilarious; it's a whole lot like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents! in terms of absurd adventures and humor. (in fact, I think it even out-does those two shows with its bizarre adventures and plots)

Another one I have been following slowly is Place to Place, which is about a girl and boy that like each other, but are too shy to become a couple, and all their friends are encouraging them to fall in love.

Some I'm debating/planning:

GJ Club
Show By Rock!! (cause Sanrio!)
Rolling Girls
AKB0048 (its like Star Wars with pop stars!)
AMNESIA(outside my Slice-of-Life comfort zone, but calls me for its plotline of parallel worlds and mystery)
Wakaba Girl (a short internet series)
Little Busters!
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby evspixarfan2012 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:12 pm

I'd like to try and watch Pokemon sometime.
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Re: Anime/Manga

Postby The Star Swordsman » Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:57 pm

I've gotten into Kill La Kill (so funny) and Akame Ga Kill
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