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Old 2013-03-09, 19:57   Link #1
JackTheKnife
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Okay, to begin with, here's a list of what I've liked so far and what I've liked/disliked about them:

Planetes (the realistic portrayal of space life was awesome, the lead girl was a tad too whiny at times)
Cowboy Bebop (mostly just good fun all around, found Edward fairly original, especially her androgynity)
Claymore (make the armors/weapons/fights a bit more realistic, and get rid of Raki, the whiniest character ever, and this one would've been even more epic)
Noir (especially liked Kirika's character and I was just spell-bound by a lot of the atmospheric music. As a song writer, I found the simplicity of Chloe's theme just... adorable. Hence it's my alarm clock's ring tone. Oh, and though most fight scenes were unrealistic, it was nice that there was at least some remotely sensible/realistic weapons handling in Noir albeit it was mostly during non-combat scenes)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (nothing depresses me quite like Asuka's final fight in End of Evangelion but that doesn't change the fact that the emotions that series stirred were a riot if not all fun all the time)
Excel Saga (I just love all things random, from Monty Python to Excel)
El Cazador de la Bruja (this is one of those feel-good romps that have me forgiving all kinds of faux pas...ses? That the plural form? Anyway, I don't even know why I like this one. Suppose it was just easy to watch)

I'd like to say I'm looking for realistic anime, because I like realism, but having seen animes like Texhnolyze, Wolf Brigage, and Ergo Proxy, well, some more realistic animes can get a little... I'm sorry but to me they got a tad boring. Guess my attention span isn't that long. I liked a lot about all three of those though, especially the way how even the lead characters were vulnerable (to a degree at least). I usually don't like knowing for a fact that the lead character(s) will always survive, no matter what. Even worse is if the leads never even get properly hurt/injured (if it's an action-type anime, that is).

Now, the topmost list does include some fairly unrealistic stuff (Claymore, Noir, El Cazador etc) but I can forgive some fancy combat maneuvers and some "armor class"-silliness but excessive fanservice and pantsu just aren't for me.

I would also prefer no harem-stuff. I don't get why so many strong women in anime choose to team up with some useless wimp and then jump through hoops of fire to keep his sorry butt alive and breathing. Are there no strong women in anime who are not devoted heart, body, and soul to a man? And who wear actual (hopefully pragmatic) clothes? Yet are vulnerable and (can) get hurt/injured/even killed?

As far as realism and women go, it'd be interesting to see actual muscles on a female character who's supposed to be strong, athletic etc. Seeing these tiny stick-like girls toss grown men around like rags makes me miss the sordid, dark, and dull world of Texhnolyze until I realize I found it boring in there. And I don't necessarily need all females to have double D's bouncing around either, A's are perfectly fine too.

But these are just preferences/wishes, not absolute rules so I'm willing to stretch a little. I hope I have given you guys some idea what sort of stuff I like/am looking for. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 2013-03-09, 21:16   Link #2
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Welcome to the NHK - is one of my favorite anime. It's a slice of life with some dark comedy. It's probably one of the most brilliant anime I have ever seen. It's depressing, moving, funny and very interesting over all. Some of the most unique characters I've seen. Give it some time though, the first six episodes aren't the greatest... just wait until episode 11...

EF - A Tale of Memories - one of my favorite romance/dramas ever... it's really amazing and the chemistry built between the couples are just so well done

Darker Than Black - supernatural/action with a bit of slice of life thrown in. Do I have to explain how amazing this anime is?

I also have a couple good not as realistic but still really good anime if you want to know about them
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Old 2013-03-09, 22:09   Link #3
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Phantom - Requiem for the Phantom - Since you have Noir and El cazador in there I figured I'd start off with this one since it's by the same director.The plot starts off kinda similar to Noir but really starts doing its own thing later on.

Seirei no Moribito - I just figure Balsa is the kind of female lead you're looking for

Black Lagoon - Same here, I figure you'd like Revy as a female lead

Jormungand - This one can be quite realistic in some aspects and completely unrealistic in other aspects which makes for a weird mix but if you're looking for muscular girls there's Valmet

Monster - Always a title I recommend to people who like realism

Samurai Champloo - By the director of cowboy bebop, another good fun all around title

Madoka Magica - The fights in this have nearly nothing realistic about them but I still figure it could interest you because of the characters (though maybe you'll find the lead too whinny) and also because the soundtrack is by Yuki Kajiura aka the woman who composed Noir's soundtrack, here's a couple of samples
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Old 2013-03-09, 22:45   Link #4
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I also have a couple good not as realistic but still really good anime if you want to know about them
Sure, what've you got?

And thanks for the recommendations, both of you. I'll check out all of them and then post here about whether there were "hits" or "misses" in order to narrow down the criteria. Thanks again!
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Old 2013-03-10, 12:33   Link #5
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I really don't know much about the meaning of Realism, but I'll try to suggest some things I like basing from what you like

PSYCHO-PASS - it's an anime that's currently airing but it's on the verge of finishing. I'm not sure if this anime counts as realistic or if it has the realism aura you're looking for, but this is pretty good nonetheless.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - one of the best series out there. Don't bother watching the first one though. Brotherhood is a reboot of the FMA series and is more faithful to the manga. There are certain realistic elements being used here like the requirements of Alchemy and the rules of Fair Trade agreements. This anime has a pretty dark theme but there are times when comedy and light-hearted scenes show up.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - probably the only realistic anime I could ever suggest. It's about an earthquake hitting Japan. Here, you'll see the side-effects and after-effects of a massive earthquake. People, trying to help one another. Psychological stuff. It's a tear-jerker too.

Gantz - It's gory. Very gory. It's gritty and a lot of things. If you can take the gore, this one's pretty good

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by the way, since you've watched Claymore
you should read its manga too
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Old 2013-03-10, 13:30   Link #6
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I really don't know much about the meaning of Realism, but I'll try to suggest some things I like basing from what you like

PSYCHO-PASS - it's an anime that's currently airing but it's on the verge of finishing. I'm not sure if this anime counts as realistic or if it has the realism aura you're looking for, but this is pretty good nonetheless.
Second that. It's sets in a cyberpunk-like dystopia, but it has a certain touch of realism. I'll admit that the fight scene that takes place four episodes ago was fluidly done and I bet this is what the poster is looking for.
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Old 2013-03-10, 13:33   Link #7
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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - probably the only realistic anime I could ever suggest.
There are quite a few "realistic" anime. It's just that they don't attract fans the way ones with magic, sci-fi, or ecchi do.

First, there's the whole "slice-of-life" genre, which is so amorphous that it generated a whole thread here on what "slice-of-life" is. My most recent s-o-l candidate is Showa Monogatari, a story about the day-to-day life of a lower middle-class family in 1964 Tokyo when the Olympics came to Japan. Many other shows have s-o-l elements. Shows as diverse as Cross Game, Welcome to the NHK!, Seirei no Moribito, Sarai-ya Goyou, Chi's Sweet Home, Hataraki Man, Hidamari Sketch, and Bartender all qualify.

Monster is usually considered "realistic" though I'm not entirely sure I'd apply that moniker to Johan.
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Old 2013-03-10, 14:35   Link #8
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I knew I kept forgetting one! Gunsmith Cats , now the action scenes are pretty out there but I've seen gun lovers praise the details in the way they're drawn and the anime staff actually traveled to Chicago where the anime is set to reproduce the city accurately.
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Old 2013-03-10, 15:43   Link #9
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Well, if you managed to sit through Texhnolyze, you'll probably be able to sit through Shigurui, too (assuming you haven't already, no MAL links anywhere). The atmosphere is similar to Tex (same director, this one is set in Edo period Japan) so Shigurui might "bore" you like Tex did, but then again, Shigurui is half the length of Tex.

The two reviews on MAL are spoiler free and do give you a good idea about the show.

Another title that comes to mind is Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin. It's a story about teenagers living in a correctional facility during the mid-1950s. Some people say it's overly dramatic at times, but that comes down to personal preference, I guess.

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Excel Saga (I just love all things random, from Monty Python to Excel)
You might like Kuuchuu Buranko.
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