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Old 2008-09-26, 10:28   Link #21
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Initial D-Its basically about a delivery guy who gets caught up in the world of drifting/racing downhill. Even though the CG isn't that awesome, its actually pretty interesting imo. Each season is about 26eps so you have that if you like it there are more, and more comin' out next week.

Honey and Clover-Probably the best shojo ever made on the face of this planet. I have no real way of describing how good it is, except that it made a man cry.
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Old 2008-09-26, 13:52   Link #22
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I've actually seen about 10 eps of Kaleido Star and did really enjoy it however it is 50 eps : p also I own the Noein box set I don't know why I haven't watched it >_<

Initial D - lol the CG is awesome, don't lie!

honey and clover - in my top 15 : D
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Old 2008-09-26, 22:01   Link #23
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Currently on the Super Robot Wars Z fever along with the rest of the world's mecha fans.

I recommend you Overman King Gainer, its rare but pretty good stuff, especially if you're familiar with Tomino's type of anime. Tomino specialises in character interaction and steady-slow but intense fights.

Then there's Sousei no Aquarion, a mega pun on the mecha genre, but it feeds on the genre itself being very true to the super robot genre. Characters get a bit whiny some times but they will stick together in the end. Has good moments of epicness.

Next you have The Big O. Style and substance. 2 seasons of 13 episodes. Quite a favourite for those who liked it.

Chou Juryoku Shin Gravion /Zwei, 2 seasons of 13 as well. S1 was less substance for its colourful cast, quite a harem cast actually, moe characters, a full range of bust sizes. S2 picks up and makes a better show than before.

And if you can take another 50 episodes, Eureka 7 is all the way to go. Probably the best 50 episode mecha anime in recent years. Code Geass and Gundam 00 is split 2 seasons of 26 but they still didn't manage the quality that Bones gave Eureka 7 throughout the 50 episodes.
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Old 2008-09-26, 22:10   Link #24
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Scrapped Princess - I don't know why, but I find it similar to Last Exile somehow, though SP is fantasy + a bit of sci-fic. It's probably one of the best (and there are few) of the fantasy animes I've ever watched. Unlike many fantasy shows, it has great character design + great character and plot development. There's resolution and the show really brings forth emotions.

Escawflowne - another fantasy, one that I've just recently watched. High praises of the series have finally convinced me to watch it despite its older animation, and it really doesn't disappoint. Despite some of the cliches used (though they weren't cliches back in those days), I find the cliches refreshingly different from normal cliches. The premise of the story exploring the idea of fate is also refreshing. Plenty of mysteries going around, and for once, romance fails to overshadow action and plot line. A great classic and fantasy to watch.

Zegapain (meaning "great pain") - another excellent series, and underrated. The flashing mecha can get distracting, but it hides something wonderful beneath. Zegapain is thought-provoking and melancholy. Watching it is like riding a boat in a river inside a dark cave. You never know what's going to hit you. Moreover, you get this gushing feeling of anxiety and pain inside you with nowhere to go as the series progresses. Must watch at least till ep 4 to get some idea on what goes on in the story (though there're even bigger revelations later on).

and if Zegapain suits your taste, try PERSONA trinity soul. Similar by feel, excellent animation and accompanying music. What I like about PERSONA is its character development and again, that mysterious yet quiet and frightening atmosphere.

Mushishi - if you haven't already seen this. My #1 favourite anime. Thought-provoking, melancholy, peaceful. Beautiful animation and accompanying music, beautiful stories. Discover the gems of life!

Oh! Edo rocket - interesting animation and story idea. Just a fun watch with a solid plot and some character development. I also love the mix of Edo period with modern technology, makes some of the episodes really funny.

Now if your criteria isn't limited to 26, I'd recommend Eureka Seven and Full Metal Alchemist for excellent drama + action. Again, thought-provoking shows (yeah, that's what I like) with unique music, smooth animation and a great story that hooks you on. Character development is a must too.

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Old 2008-09-26, 22:41   Link #25
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Old 2008-09-26, 22:48   Link #26
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I was also going to suggest Oh! Edo Rocket, but blewin beat me to it. I'm about halfway through watching it for the second time, and it really holds up well. You can just tell that everyone involved with this show saw it as a labor of love. it had to be, since I don't think it sold many DVDs in Japan. I can't even find it in the DVD sales thread.
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Old 2008-09-27, 02:11   Link #27
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I took the time to look over your list, which was more helpful than just saying solid show...because that's an entirely opinion based thing. Based on that I can give you further suggestions though I wish your list had ratings for each show more. I still strongly suggest Utawarerumono, its the best two season show I've seen to date, though it takes some time to really appreciate it.

I am curious why you finished Air, but not Clannad or Kanon. All three are made by the same studio and similar in theme and execution. The 2006 Kanon and Clannad are at the two season mark as well.

Since you liked Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei, I suggest Zettia Shonen. Many shows claim to be slice of life, but to me Zettia Shonen sets the standard. Most of my friends couldn't stand to sit through it because first and foremost, this show is slow and subtle. It's mostly dialogue and it involves a local mystery. There's no magical girls or hot headed heroes, harems nor fighting or any other of the stables of anime. Instead you get realistically potrayed characters, with faults and strengths, but neither so exagerated. It is 26 episodes, divided into two loosely related 13 episode story arcs. Of the few friends that have managed to watch it, everyone agreed the first story arc was better, however since you seem to like Lain as a character, the second arc has a character somewhat reimiscient of her.

I highly suggest Voices of a Distant Star. It's a single ova. Given the amount of anime you've watched, there's no reason not to spend 20 odd minutes on it--judging by your watched list, you give plenty of things more time than that. For the longest time I didn't like ovas because I didn't feel I could walk away liking a character nor could a story be told in 1-3 episodes or less. Yeah, I know you were looking for 26 episode shows, but it is too good not to suggest.

I noticed Dears on your list but not Chobits. Both have vaguely the same theme, girl without memories, found by boy who has to teach her. They are different shows in execution but similiar enough to suggest. Chobits is 26 episodes.

If you don't mind slow coming of age stories, I'd suggest Twin Spica. It's older and the animation is mixed...character designs are very simple but the backgrounds sometimes are amazing. The meat and bones of the story is about a girl wanting to go into space and the partial trials along the way. After watching it, I felt it was unfinished but over time I appreciated the ending more.

When you finish Cardcaptor Sakura and if you end up enjoying it, I'd recommend The Tsubasa Chronicles. The later is a cross over of much of Clamp's work, including Sakura as a main character (though not the lead)--sorta like Clamp meets Sliders with crazy amounts of world hopping. Many fans were a bit dispointed with the two seasons (each around 26 episodes), but the ovas as far as I've read/talked about, have been nothing short of amazing. I believe the second set of ovas comes out first quarter of 2009.

If you end up liking Cardcaptor Sakura and Princess Tutu, I'd suggest Ginban Kaleidoscope. On the surface, the story is about a girl wanting to be a world class ice skater...you expect the happy, I am going to take on the world type herione. Instead, having spent so much time on the ice, you get a cold hearted, snotty brat. Add in a happy-go-lucky Canadian ghost as a supernatural element, and somehow a really enjoyable show is born.
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Old 2008-09-27, 09:41   Link #28
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I'll recommend some that haven't been by others yet, they've covered most of what I would have said. However, some of my top 10 isn't in there so I'll recommend them

Code Geass (2 25-ep seasons)
Nodame Cantabile
Welcome to the NHK (24)
Ergo Proxy (23)
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Old 2008-09-27, 12:20   Link #29
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Telmah, I did finish Kanon, the one on my dropped list was he original. As for Clannad, I just didnt'' dig it. Zettai Shounen and Chobits are both shows I do intend to watch because of their directors. I've been told to watch Twin Spica before as well too. Seen Voices.

The problem here is that you mostly recommended slice of life. I like slice of life, however I take forever to watch slice of life shows. Took me a year to finish Hidamari Sketch and I've been watching Aria, YKK, and Sketchbook for over a year and have completed none. I will probably start on spica and shounen and finish this time 2010 lol.
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Old 2008-09-27, 21:42   Link #30
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Which is why I suggested 4 non-slice of life shows, since so many had been recommended.

Code Geass - Action/drama
Nodame Cantabile - Drama/romance
Welcome to the NHK - Comedy/drama/romance/anti-otaku
Ergo Proxy - Supernatural/futuristic/apocalyptic
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Old 2008-09-27, 21:47   Link #31
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except I've seen all of Code Geass, NHK is in my top 15, I've seen half of Nodame, and I HATE Ergo Proxy : p
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Old 2008-09-28, 01:12   Link #32
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except I've seen all of Code Geass, NHK is in my top 15, I've seen half of Nodame, and I HATE Ergo Proxy : p
Fair enough. I can easily see why some people resent Ergo Proxy. But I'm a sucker for Re-l and I like that director's style (he also did Witch Hunter Robin).
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