Need new Anime/Manga [Main Criterium: Characters]
Warning! WALL OF TEXT!
OK people, I need new anime or manga. I am quite nit-picky about the characters but I am open to most genres.
1. Protagonist (preferably male)
Well, since characters are probably the most important to me, the Protagonist is obviously a deciding factor. Most important is that he really impacts the story in some way. I don't want him to look like a side character for 3/4th of the story, but it is OK if he goes into the background for the first few episodes/chapters, so the story can be set up. He can be a pervert, but not overexaggerated (also see criteria 4, because perverts usually provoce this), but no white knights please - ever. Also he should feel like a living being and have his unique character traits, but I don't mind if he begins with the "always normal" mentality (Rosario+Vampire MANGA (the anime "sux") is a good example of how such a character is developed right.)
This includes all characters aside from the Protagonist. The main heroine (if there even is one - depending on genre) can be anything, but Tsunderes led me to drop some series already, so please check criteria 4 for that. Also as with the protagonist, a main heroine should have unique character traits - same with the core-cast. I cannot really say much more for this, because I have to watch the show to actually to judge the cast.
I don't really mind if it is a cliche story, as long as it is enjoyable and the characters are interesting. But what I certainly don't want is an anime that is a "manga adaption with a different ending". Because this - in most cases - guarantees that there will not be a 2nd season. Also the alternative endings of such adaptions usually are trash.
4. Please no "Double Standard Overdosis"
I think this criteria will need some explanation: Basicly it means that I don't want to see any anime/manga that tries to force slapstick comedy into the show, while still trying to be "politically correct". In most cases it ends up in the trope called "Violence is OK if it is female to male". I don't want to make this into a philosophy thread, so I refrain to explain why I don't want that.
Anyway: This makes it impossible for me to watch 90% of all harem anime/manga. However if it is just a few little moments, where this trope applies, then I can bear it, I guess.
I try to check this criteria for 2 examplary animes/mangas
Death Note: This is one of the very few anime/manga in existence with 0% of this trope in it. (Light: "This is the first time I really want to punch a girl" and "Sayonara Misora Naomi-san")
To-Love-Ru: In every chapter you see the main guy "accidently" tripping over something which causes him to "accidently" do something perverted (I think there even was 1 chapter where a character noticed how much talent in tripping&falling he had) and following that he was usually punished violently ("in the name of slapstick comedy") by one of the females (either intentional or "accidently"). The worst part about this, is that sometimes "ecchi situation" was created by one of the females and then she punished him violently for it. What makes this even worse, is that there is a female sidecharacter who does perverted things all the time and does not get punished for that even once. So this is the worst it can become so far. I have no yet seen any other anime/manga to take this further. So you could say the trope applies 100% here. I wish i could "unwatch" this, because i mistakenly thought that this Manga would at some point change direction, as Rosario+Vampire did.
Anyway: To-Love-Ru is the best example of a Anime/Manga that I DON'T want to watch.
Almost anything goes here (even sports). The age of the anime/manga does not really matter to me. Harems can be OK too as long as they pass criteria 4.
Only thinks I really don't want here are Hentais, Yuri, Yaoi, shonen ai and shojo ai
Personal List of Anime/Manga
List of watched Anime:
List of watched Manga:
(lists probably incomplete, but they should cover most of things i have watched)
OK, this is it. I did this in the middle of the night, so I will probably do some edits tomorrow. Sorry for this Wall of Text, I hope you all don't mind it.
So thank you in advance for reading through all of this (or not) and for your suggestions and feel free to ask, if you want to know anymore specifics.
Here's what I have:
Anime: Darker than Black, Seikon no Qwasar, Angel Beats, Fate Zero, and Persona 4.
Manga: Holy Land & Lost+Brain (It's like Death Note, but it deals more with hypnosis)
That's what I can think of for now, so what do you think?
...and here's some anime:
Trigun (dunno if you'll dislike his 'do not kill' obsession, but it's one of the greatest anime so w/e... it's different than the manga but I love the anime way more)
Shura no Toki (first 14 episodes)
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
Midori no Hibi
Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu
OK, here are some recent anime that I recommend:
Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) Two male leads are very engaging characters, and this coming-of-age story set in the 1960s is one of the best anime of this year. I highly highly recommend it.
Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers). The main character, Mutta, is trying to realize his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. The supporting characters are quite good too. The pace is a little slow since it is rumored to have 48+ episodes, but it really tells its story well.
Ano Natsu de Matteru It's a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist, and it has some really good realistic characters. It was one of the best series of Winter.
Fate/Zero. It has a lot of characters, but the ones that it focuses on are very compeling characters. Kiritsugu is a very complicated guy, and he uses some very unorthodox methods to beat his mage opponents. Saber and Rider both have great moments, and their conflicting philosophies really help the narrative.
Oh! Edo Rocket probably looks like nothing you've ever watched, but it meets your requirements.
I also think you might like Kurenai, but again it's pretty different from what you've watched. The main characters are a sixteen-year-old boy who works as an enforcer, and a seven-year-old girl he is recruited to protect. Still, if you want a show with strongly written characters, the whole cast of this show qualifies.
thanks for all the suggestions! I will look into of them! I heard about some of them but was hesitating. But if you recommend them then I may take a look.
@SeijiSensei: thx for the link but i am not from U.S.A.
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