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Your Favorite Anime Series
What are some of your top favorite anime series? Here are a few of mine, not including Macross Frontier. The order is alphabetical -it is not a ranking of how much I like each series.
Full Metal Panic:
Mecha and high school comedy are arguably two of the most cliché anime genres. This series mixes the two of them together –and it’s really good. Set in an alternate 2001 where the USSR still exists and robotic weapons called Arm Slaves rule the battlefield, this action-comedy follows Sousuke Sagara, a teenage arm slave pilot and former child guerrilla employed by a covert counter-terrorism organisation called Mithril. He is assigned to go undercover to protect a Japanese high school girl named Kaname Chidori without her knowledge or permission. Since he’s the right age and ethnically Japanese he seems like the perfect choice for the job –except for the fact that he has no idea how to behave in normal society and quickly runs afoul of Kaname’s short temper. This show flips back and forth between comedic and deadly serious, but it does both pretty well. It was one of the first anime series I watched years ago, so it’s an old favorite of mine.
“Will you kill someone you love, because of love?” That’s the question Ga-Rei Zero poses at the end of its OP. The series may seem like a supernatural action series at first, and to some degree that’s what it is. But it is also a very powerful drama/tragedy. Its core story follows Yomi and Kagura, two sworn sisters from exorcist families who find themselves crossing blades after the former falls from grace. The series begins near the ending, then flashes back in time to when Yomi and Kagura were younger, developing the bond between the two and explaining how someone as kind and strong as Yomi could possibly become such a monster before finally showing us the conclusion. Also the first episode of this series is an absolutely massive troll. Anyone who is into that sort of things should check it out.
To my knowledge this is the first anime series that Hiroyuki Yoshino (the series composer and episode writer for Macross Frontier) did Series Composition for, and I think it’s arguably his best. It is also my all time favorite favorite anime. It is beautifully put together, using the competent and entertaining episodes of its first two thirds to stealthily lay the groundwork for its dramatic and emotionally powerful final third. Of particular note is the deft handling of the large cast of characters and their relationships with each other. It is these characters and their relationships that form the core of the series. Special mention goes to series lead Mai Tokiha, a kind and hardworking but flawed girl who seems far more real than many other anime heroines. Some people may not like the ending to this series, but after rewatching the show multiple times I think it fits.
This is another one of my early favorites. It bills itself as a romantic comedy, and I suppose it is to a large degree, although one could argue it’s a comedy about being a high schooler in general. It’s quite different from many other high school comedy animes however. It’s over the top and at times surreal, but it also seems to have a grain of truth in it somewhere, and while it has its share of fan service it’s not as puerile as many other other high school comedies. Particularly notable is male lead Harima Kenji, a badass motorcycle riding delinquent who is a far cry from your typical generic male lead. The series takes a while to get up to speed and unfortunately kind of lost it partway through its second season, but at its best it is a laugh riot.
This is yet another of my early favorites and probably the most obscure series on this list. Its premise could be described as “Reality TV meets embedded reporting… in space!” It follows a group of military cadets who are away on a practicum aboard a new state of the art battleship called the Amaterasu when their home planet is attacked and conquered by an expansionist power. Angry at being told to stand down without a fight, they make a deal with a major interstellar TV network: they get the funding needed to launch a sustained rebellion, and in exchange the TV network gets exclusive rights to the action. Despite the premise this show is not a comedy, but more of a war drama. It starts off kind of weak but becomes much stronger after it makes the jump from challenge of the week to arc based storytelling. It takes a rather slow, very tactics oriented approach to combat that allows it to showcase the tactical brilliance of its main character Sinon Kouzuki, a reluctant heroine type who ends up serving as the Amaterasu’s Executive Officer.
Oh boy, now that you've listed Ga-Rei, my memories regarding the series suddenly resurfaced. I read the manga that finished a while ago. It had an atmosphere quite a bit different from ZERO, which is a prequel of sorts. Of course, my interest for the story only developed after watching the TV series. This is one of few examples where the TV series is superior than the source material. Not that the manga was bad, but it wasn't outstanding.
In the manga, Yomi is a serious buttmonkey. She never really disappeared from the story after ZERO. She came back to life, killed, came back to life again, killed, came back to life again, and then killed again. Why? Because the TV series made the manga more popular than it was. She was actually BROUGHT BACK because of the TV series!
Well, not exactly, but I won't spoil it here.
As you can imagine, Kagura's boyfriend had a very difficult time being stuck between her and Yomi...
And the ending? It ended happily, to be sure, but quite nutty.
Hmm, let's see what I can come up with my head right now. XD
: Despite the
CHEESIEST cheesy cheese
ending that was a total mood-swinger from the episode before the last, Macross Frontier had everything going for me. Mecha, music, and romance. It also introduced a lot of things for me: an enjoyable show from a longtime anime rut, the awesome character that is Sheryl, and the great Alto/Sheryl ship that drove me to go fanart hunting like crazy. I need hard drive for all the things I've collected so far.
Plus, this anime means a lot to me because I met my real-life waifu through this anime, in AS too. And hey! I met you guys.
XD Overall, this isn't what you'd call the best anime there is out there, but everything was good. It got me to feel for the characters in a good way and
(if you know what I mean
: A 13 episode anime series about Mayuko, a poor, introverted student who lives above a Japanese bathhouse, and NieA, a freeloading, freewheeling alien who lives in her closet and eats her food. The series begins on a light comedic tone (most of the early episodes are about schemes to rejuvenate the bathhouse), and deepens somewhat as it explores the evolving relationship between Mayuko and NieA, but the overall ending is upbeat. All I can say about this anime is that it's really lighthearted and fun and doesn't really dwell too much in drama. It's a great show to unwind to.
I'll add a couple more later when I can get things in order.
Well, these are my favorite series, so far:
Cowboy Bebop -
Spike was my first avatar, and I've used it quite a long while, on most boards I was ever in;
Dragonball (also Z) -
Gotta love young Goku;
SDF Macross -
Macross Plus -
Macross Frontier -
was in it, you know? Also, it was full of mecha pr0n and nice characters;
Gundam - The 8th MS Team -
Gundam 0080 - War in The Pocket -
Children in war? How horrific;
Gundam 0083 - Stardust Memory -
Full Metal Alchemist -
Cool themes, and a nice love story, even;
Hokuto no Ken -
You're already dead;
Neon Genesis Evangelion -
C'mon, Asuka and Rei and Misato are awesome;
Rurouni Kenshin -
Even with the anime trying hard to suck, it almost never succeeded;
City Hunter -
Ryo is awesome. Also, Kaori and Saeko;
Angel Heart -
Ryo is still awesome and Xiang-Ying is cute. Also, Saeko;
Serial Experiments Lain -
One of the first series I actually thought hard and long about;
Tenchi Muyo! (OVA's and Universe) -
Ryoko is love;
Taiga rules the school;
Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien -
The first romance anime I've ever watched. I still remember crying while watching it;
Cross Game (anime and manga) -
More crying times. Kou and Aoba were some of the
characters ever put to paper or screen;
Touch (anime, manga and live-action) -
Adachi's masterpiece works in any medium;
Rough (manga and live-action) -
As a former swimmer, it's no wonder this title sits highly on my favorites list;
Did you guys get I'm a fan of Adachi, yet? You should;
H2 (anime, manga and live-action) -
If not for Cross Game and Rough, this would be my favorite. Weird, huh? Not many people seem to share that opinion, even more because of the ending... Still, I'd defend it anyday;
Fate/stay night -
Also, this is in no way, shape or form in
kind of order. If I had to choose a favorite, at gunpoint, I'd oscilate between Cowboy Bebop, SDF and Cross Game. More specific than that, I don't think I might say...
Kimi Ga Nozomu no Eien...was a good anime too, as long as you ignore the shipping war.
Some that I can think on top of my head...
All except 7. I even liked (keyword like, not love) Macross II, despite it being a total rehash of DYRL. That and PLUS really made the standards of anime at the time. It was one of the most expensive production of that decade.
A bit selective on this one. Turn A is my absolute favorite. This is followed by SEED/DESTINY, and I even liked 00. For the UC era, there are ZETA and ZZ. I also like many of UC's OVA spinoffs. I especially love MS08 Team. Now I am still watching Unicorn.
And no, I cannot stand G.
I actually did not get to watch Tenchi Muyo until the turn of the century. Its a very well done series with a relatively high production, at least by 90s standards. Unfortunately, the third OVA suffered a bit, probably due to the lack of funding. Gotta love the Jurai though, them whacky folks...
Of course, despite this series' lighthearted nature, I have to constantly remember they can bring down the entire universe whenever they wished...
Mai Hime and Mai Otome:
All of its TV series, OVAs, and spinoffs.
Crest/Banner of the Stars:
The Abh man, the ABH!! They dictate by just being themselves, its scary. The novels make them a livelier, as if they needed that upgrade...
Oh come on now, MANLY TEARS!! Tomoyo is still my favorite character!
Full Metal Panic:
Sousuke, you can do better! Fortunately, the novel finally concluded with an ending everyone expect.
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka:
The humor is strong with this one!
A certain Magical Index/Scientific Railgun:
I WILL BREAK THAT ILLUSION!
Not a series people remember these days, but has a solid plot and likable characters.
Will list others when I remember them.
MITSUKI FOREVER. YEAH!
was nice, but... Kinda forgettable, no? I mean, even while it was airing, I couldn't really keep up any kind of hype for it.
"I couldn't really keep up any kind of hype for it"
That is actually quite true. I didn't have the hype for it, and it seemed fan reaction for the series (while it was airing, no less) was kind of mellow. Unlike Macross Frontier, which I slaved waiting for every Thursday to watch the next episode, I ended up completely collecting all of Regios before watching in succession.
It is a very solid series with an interesting plot, but for some reason, did not make me tick.
Loved the soundtrack, tho. Pretty nice.
And the funny thing, I've only remembered Regios because I have only been recently rewatching it. You know, Layfon
quite the likable guy and a rare one who is not emo 99.99% of the time.
There's a number of series being mentioned in this thread that I've heard about before but haven't gotten around to seeing yet (notably Cross Game and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien).
I've read some of the Ga-Rei manga, though not the ending. To be honest I feel like bringing Yomi back
kind of cheapens her death. For some reason I'm curious as to whether she and Noriyuki ever got together though. :lol:
If there was one thing Zero failed at I think it was actually fitting the series it's supposed to be a prequel to tone and feel wise. I actually have some trouble imaging the setting of Zero and the manga as one common setting. I tend to more or less view Zero as its own story when I watch it.
Someone should really make another season of FMP -there is some
source material waiting to be adapted. Though once they commit to animating Continuing On My Own they better be prepared to go for the long haul. :lol:
Did you ever read Voice From the North or Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan? There's some excellent background info there. Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan really helped make Mithril's decision to make Tessa captain of the TDD-1 seem more credible to me.
As for the Mai stuff... I think I'm a lot pickier about the franchise than you are.
"For some reason I'm curious as to whether she and Noriyuki ever got together though"
Yes, but not in a manner you'd expect.
"I actually have some trouble imaging the setting of Zero and the manga as one common setting. I tend to more or less view Zero as its own story when I watch it."
Same problem I had. I can't do it. The manga was upbeat and optimistic. The series, well...
And the funny thing, those government folks you saw in Zero never made an appearance in the manga... why? because the government was funding Kagura's organization!
"Though once they commit to animating Continuing On My Own they better be prepared to go for the long haul"
They could. The source material is all completed, all done. There is no reason why it won't be picked up again.
"I think I'm a lot pickier about the franchise than you are."
I am not going to lie, I like Otomoe much more than I do Hime. Really. I really, really like Shizuru, but most of you already know that.
I found Otome entertaining, but I also found it utterly ridiculous. Which may be part of the reason I didn't find it as dramatically powerful or emotionally engaging as HiME. When you get right down to it though HiME and Otome are really two very,
different series in spite of their common elements. The same could also be said for the anime and manga versions of HiME -they are also massively different.
I actually like pretty much all the characters in HiME, even some of the not so popular ones. Mai and Natsuki are my favorites though (yeah, I picked the two main girls -call me boring). I also rather like Midori.
I'm kinda embarrassed to put this out there but...
Card Captor Sakura
. Despite the biggest Mary-Sue that is Sakura.
I'll have to wait a few days to get free time to expound in length, sorry. At the moment I am kinda limited by time to short answers. ^^
Card Captor Sakura
. Watched it on the local
, all those
years ago... Somehow, it's one of the only series I cannot bring myself to watch in japanese. The dub was just...
There's a number of series being mentioned in this thread that I've heard about before but haven't gotten around to seeing yet (notably Cross Game and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien)
" - You should rectify this. Now. I mean,
"You should rectify this. Now. I mean, RIGHT NOW!!!"
Everyone should also check out Crest/Banner of the Stars... oh yeah... just for the dialogues man, the dialogues. I am not entirely sure about watching Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien again, that series left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Not that it was bad, but I really, really, really, really, really really really really and I mean
REALLY FUCKING HATE THE PROTAGONIST!!
I just watched Aliens again (in absolute hi-def!) since I finished Prometheus...
IT WAS PURE JOY! That same ship was featured in the 1986 movie (extended edition)!! OMG, now the dots have been connected, I cannot wait for a sequel!
Did I mention Aliens is one of the best action flicks ever? I didn't get the same sensation until Predator!
Still have to watch Prometheus, since its release date is somewhen in the near future in Germany. ^^
^ True story!
I've seen Crest/Banner of the Stars, my brother and I actually have a sort of joint ownership of DVD sets for them (aside from Crest III, which I don't think has been licensed over here). Been a while since I last rewatched those series though.
I'll see about giving Cross Game a shot in the near future, although the sheer size is a bit intimidating. :lol:
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