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« Thread started on: Jun 23rd, 2012, 10:26am »

Are any of you guys and gals interested in anime series? They produce so many in Japan that a lot of them are crap. But, since they're so many of them, the small proportion that is good, still results in quite a lot of good series.

I just watched Steins;Gate and really liked it. The characters were all very defined and the plot was intriguing. There's almost no violence. It's a tale about a self-proclaimed mad scientist and his gang of lab members trying to make inventions. They create a cool one with which they help change the world but it doesn't work exactly as planned.

My favourite anime series (to date) is Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's the story about Public Security Section 9, a counterterrorist group fighting cyber warfare. the group is led by Major Kusanagi. In the first season ("1st Gig") they encounter legendary hacker The Laughing Man who had vanished for years. This series is so amazing because it assumes intelligence from the viewer -- there is a lot of information on the screen and being spoken by the members of Section 9, and the plot is intricate. It delivers spectacularly, though. This series combines intrigue, plot, action, characterisation and will keep you entertained. Season two ("2nd Gig") and the movie ("Solid State Society") are incredible as well. The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime (as well as the following series) feature music by the extremely gifted Yoko Kanno.

Cowboy Bebop is still one of the better known anime. With good reason, as it caters to different tastes as well, mostly action and humour. Cowboy Bebop is set in space and deals with a group of bounty hunters that are always out of cash and hungry. This series features a cast of very dissimilar characters that blend together perfectly. There's the hot-headed cowboy space pirate with a troubled past, a former cop now turned bounty hunter, beautiful crook that always turns out to help (voluntarily or not), the child computer hacker and even a genius dog. The series has a bigger plot but, quite frankly, the individual episodes are so much better and more fun. The 'bigger story' is cliché and quite boring. It's the done-in-one episodes where I found the most laughter and enjoyment.

Enfin, that's it for now, since there's always the risk that I will be the only one watching any anime.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 3rd, 2013, 6:39pm »

I was going through some potential TV series to watch and came across Cowboy Bebop. Awesome!

Ghost in the Shell is a title that I have been hearing for years and years, so I'm finally going to check that out. Thanks! I'm downloading the 1995 Ghost In The Shell movie and its sequel (Innocence) right now, and also the 2 seasons of Stand Alone Complex and the movies (Solid State Society and Individual Eleven).

Apparently, more is on the way:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell:_Arise

I also recommend Death Note.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 4th, 2013, 06:42am »

Cool. I hope to hear your thoughts on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The Solid State Society movie takes place after the first two seasons. And the Individual Eleven movie is a collection of the second season that dealt with the Individual Eleven storyline. I suggest watching the first two seasons in their totality and to finish with the SSS movie.

I have never heard of the Arise movie. I am glad Production I.G. is doing the animation again. Let's hope the story remains stellar as well.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 4th, 2013, 10:46pm »

I will get back to you when I have watched it. I also picked up Akira (1988) on BluRay. As a movie fan I'm a bit ashamed that I haven't seen it! Oh, and although it's not anime, did you see Oldboy (2003)? Spike Lee's remake will come out this October, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin. The original is really good, don't know what to think of it being remade..
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 5th, 2013, 10:15am »

I never quite liked Oldboy as much as people want me to. I don't know why.

Akira is amazing. Beautifully drawn, the soundtrack sounds superb (I listen to it to this very day) and the story is solid. I have read the manga's and they have the better story by far. Still, the movie does a solid job of distilling the 2000+ pages of story into a two-hour animated movie.

Fun fact: I started the English and Dutch Wikipedia entries for the Akira manga.
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