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Psycho_Kenshin 2012-10-06 20:06

Intense anime from the past few years? And anything starring adults?
My favorite new anime of the past couple years was Rainbow. I'm also loving the new Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

My anime list in my sig there can show some of my taste, I love say Kenshin, Bebop, Macross, Lupin, Monster, Death Note, Gankutsuou, X, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, etc. But in general when I look at those anime charts for each season, they're almost always set in a school, and are a dramedy based on a visual novel or light novel. Which often I guess just isn't my preference.

Also I know Jojo technically does star youngsters, but when they're drawn and portrayed like they're 30 and are in life and death drama and fighting, that still works for me. :D

I guess "intensity" is one thing that grabs me, doesn't have to be say a shonen fighting show though I enjoy some of those, but drama can be thrilling, or something in the thriller genre. And ideally, starring people who aren't in a school setting, and aren't kids. I don't hate kids, ha just this is what I'm looking for at the moment. :p

Also some comedy in the mix is fun too, I don't know, I'm not necessarily just looking for grim stuff. But some adrenaline does help. Hit me folks. Thanks.

Sackett 2012-10-06 20:35


Tiger and Bunny leaps first to mind.

Possibly Fate Zero?

Steins Gate is a possibility

Otome Youkai Zakuro is you want a little romance with your action

SeijiSensei 2012-10-06 20:48

I'll suggest Welcome to the NHK! for your main request. For other shows with adult casts I recommend Bartender and House of Five Leaves. Not much action in any of these, though. For that, you might give the recent Lupin III/Mine Fujiko remake a try.

Psycho_Kenshin 2012-10-06 21:11

I do love that Fujiko series, and all Lupin. Also looking forward to the new Lupin special in November.

Thanks for the recommendations so far

Kmos 2012-10-06 22:41

Kurozuka - some trippy stuff with swordsman of the past looking for his woman through different times (as in era) to explain everything.

creb 2012-10-07 00:39

I feel like there must be a MAL plugin that lets you input two MAL lists, and parses out the shared titles, while leaving the ones unique to each list, making it simple to recommend from the owner of one list to the owner of the other. If there isn't, as it would seem to be a relatively simple parse to set up, someone go do it! :heh:

Anyways, some recommendations:

1) Jormungand. Young woman (I'd guess mid 20s) brimming with self-confidence as an arms dealer. Her team that works for her filled with ex-soldiers of varying stripes and nationalities. A young boy who's lived his life as a child-soldier that she's taken into her fold. Lots of violence casually thrown about much like in Black Lagoon. Comedy interspersed with the casual attitude towards violence. Occasional wisdom drops. Interplay with other arms dealers and their crews, assassins, mercenaries, intelligence agencies, etc. An over-riding hint that our young arms dealer has ulterior plans. A new season starting next week. Out of the recent shows, based on your list, I suspect this would be the #1 show for you to watch that you've missed.

2) Yugo the Negotiator. It's not from the past few years, but it's adults, and based off your list, I suspect you might enjoy it, and am actually surprised it isn't on there already. I thought it was very intense, though it's the type of intensity that is largely due to suspense, so a lot of it will fade if you wish to watch it again. For a good review of the show:

Psycho_Kenshin 2012-10-07 04:31

It's true, a MAL comparison thingy would do wonders. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely check those two out.

monir 2012-10-07 04:54


Originally Posted by creb (Post 4385353)
I feel like there must be a MAL plugin that lets you input two MAL lists, and parses out the shared titles, while leaving the ones unique to each list, making it simple to recommend from the owner of one list to the owner of the other. If there isn't, as it would seem to be a relatively simple parse to set up, someone go do it! :heh:

Are you on your way to patent that idea and ready to bide your time while MAL implements it, makes million so you can sue them for every dime? Excellent idea!

For the topic itself, Tegami Bachi and Arakawa Under the Bridge are couple of anime that may appeal to your taste. Aoi Bungaku is also pretty decent. Chihayafuru is another one where the story easily transcends the unavoidable school-setting that is so dominating in today's anime. Chiahayafuru is one of the very few anime that I made sure I did everything I could to make time to watch it every week. :)

TinyRedLeaf 2012-10-07 09:50

A new season has just started, so if you don't mind following ongoing shows, you might want to take a look at Shin Sekai Yori. In terms of art, mood, pacing and music, it's the standout series for me this autumn. You may also enjoy Btooom!, which seems to be frequently compared to Deadman Wonderland, apparently because they belong in the same "survival horror" genre.

Ermes Marana 2012-10-07 20:04

Hunter x Hunter.

The new one airing now has gotten very good and intense. Lots of life and death battles. The two "most main" characters are kids, but two other main characters are older, and the rest of the cast is mostly older.

MisaoFan 2012-10-08 05:58

Psycho-Pass was planned to air this Thursday, but it's an engaging crime drama involving thought crimes and a loveable adult cast.

Sackett 2012-10-08 08:57

Might want to look at JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

thundrakkon 2012-10-10 06:31

That's quite a list that you have already watched. Also, there were a lot on your list that you dropped, which I would consider really good series, so it is going to be tough to figure out which is more to your taste.

Here are my suggestions.

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ It is quite a thriller, with action and intensity.
Appleseed movies. There are 2 of them.

Although this one is old, it is still one of the best: Gunbuster. Another would be Battle Angel Alita or Gunnm. James Cameron has been promising to make it a U.S. blockbuster for years, but he is stuck making Avatar for now.

Those are some suggestions for now.

fertygo 2012-10-10 10:59


Originally Posted by Sackett (Post 4387366)
Might want to look at JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Well I believe he watch that, but actually most of series gonna around teenager, although they look like 30 year old :heh:

Midnight2352 2012-10-16 17:37

Have you tried Black Lagoon?

SeijiSensei 2012-10-16 18:08


Originally Posted by Midnight2352 (Post 4399418)
Have you tried Black Lagoon?

His list says he watched the first season but not second. In my mind, the second season is the better of two. The final arc, "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise," is my favorite story in the collection. (Having Kuwashima Houko voice the main character just added to my enjoyment.) I'd definitely endorse adding Black Lagoon: Second Barrage to his list. You'll have to wait another month for Funimation's re-release.

NinjaRealist 2012-10-16 19:40


Originally Posted by Sackett (Post 4385015)
Possibly Fate Zero?

Definitely, Fate/Zero, if intensity is what you want. This one is so intense that you almost want to look away at times. Also, it has one of the best villainous duos in anime history.

I would also recommend Madoka Magicka and FMA: Brotherhood if you haven't seen it already.

I found both of these anime to be extremely intense at times though I think for pure raw, intensity, Fate/Zero is the winner of these three. It has a very slow start with a ton of dialogue, but once it get's going it really exemplifies the cliche "non-stop roller coaster" both in terms of action and emotion. There are some long flashbacks but these are almost more intense than the regular story, IMO.

Madoka Magicka also has a slow start and is not as much non-stop intensity as Fate/Zero but oh man, when it delivers its pretty damn intense, especially when compared to how cute ad believable the characters are.

FMA: Brotherhood is the second adaptation and the first true adaptation of the FMA manga. The first anime series was already an all-time favorite of mine but, amazingly, the second version is even better. Hard to any anything new about this epic series. I guarantee you will like this show and it is pretty intense even if it's the least intense of the three.

All of these shows have some of the best animation I've ever seen i a TV series, but Madoka Magicka might literally be the best digital animation and the most original use of animation I've ever seen in a TV how.

All these shows are visual treats.

P.S. both Madoka and Fate/Zero were written by Urobuchi Gen a was the previouly recommended Phantom.

It's my opinion that Urobuchi Gen is topped only by Kito Mohiro when it comes to writing intense stories. You would probably like Kito Mohiro's stuff too but none of it is very recent.

jesh462 2012-10-19 18:38

I think most people will agree that the Battle Angel Alita manga is quite a bit better than the show.

Anime-fan10 2012-10-21 11:29

Off the top of my head, I'd say:

1) Death Note: Was pretty intense. Very psychological and asks a lot of questions on morality.
2) Mirai Nikki: Same as Death Note, but includes romance.
3) Deadman Wonderland: Similar to the above, but includes a sort of super power.
4) High school of the dead: Same as above, but with ecchi and romance.

All those anime have plenty of action and will have you asking yourself questions on morality. I recommend them all!

SeijiSensei 2012-10-21 19:34

I'll add two more shows from the past few years, Mnemosyne and Senkou no Night Raid. They both have adult casts and some mystery. Mnemosyne has some torture scenes as well.

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