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05-18-2010, 02:59 PM
Here you go Raven, you all go for it!

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05-18-2010, 03:00 PM
This shall be interesting

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05-18-2010, 03:02 PM
AWESOME!!! Let the discussions begin.

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05-18-2010, 03:06 PM
Cool.

Raven, tell me about some anime series you think I might enjoy, and I'll look into them.

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05-18-2010, 03:18 PM
We should probably start out listing some series we liked and disliked.

Like: CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Chobits, Trigun, Sailor Moon, Hell Girl, and Black Lagoon

Hate: Naruto, anything Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, and so many more. :P

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05-18-2010, 03:29 PM
We should probably start out listing some series we liked and disliked.

Like: CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Chobits, Trigun, Sailor Moon, Hell Girl, and Black Lagoon

Hate: Naruto, anything Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, and so many more. :P

Wait, wait, wait. You hated Cowboy Bebop? You are the first person I have met who did not love that series.

A quick synopsis for those interested:

In the not too distant future mankind has spread across the solar system. No true FTL flight, but travel between the planets is facilitated by hyperspace gates.

In this future there is a ship named the Bebop with eventually 4 bounty hunters and their dog. There is a former mob enforcer Spike Spiegel, former cop Jett Black, the woman without a past and a gambling addiction Faye Valentine, kid computer genius Edward, and their super intelligent dog Ein.

They are the best bad bounty hunter in the system. You see, in order to collect a bounty, the bounty must be alive. However they always seem to end up getting over their heads and so rarely actually end up collecting their bounty. They travel across the system, meeting interesting people, having crazy adventures, and trying to make a buck.

All the while their tragic pasts that they are running from occasionally catch up with them. Each crew member has an interesting backstory about how they ended up on a beat up old spaceship like the Bebop living from one job to another.

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05-18-2010, 03:39 PM
We should probably start out listing some series we liked and disliked.

Like: CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Chobits, Trigun, Sailor Moon, Hell Girl, and Black Lagoon

Hate: Naruto, anything Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, and so many more. :P

Ummmm you just lost ALL credibility when you put Bebop on that list.....which is an A+ plus, when you have Sailor moon which is like C+ even within the whole girls with magical powers genre.

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05-18-2010, 03:40 PM
Wait, wait, wait. You hated Cowboy Bebop? You are the first person I have met who did not love that series.

A quick synopsis for those interested:

In the not too distant future mankind has spread across the solar system. No true FTL flight, but travel between the planets is facilitated by hyperspace gates.

In this future there is a ship named the Bebop with eventually 4 bounty hunters and their dog. There is a former mob enforcer Spike Spiegel, former cop Jett Black, the woman without a past and a gambling addiction Faye Valentine, kid computer genius Edward, and their super intelligent dog Ein.

They are the best bad bounty hunter in the system. You see, in order to collect a bounty, the bounty must be alive. However they always seem to end up getting over their heads and so rarely actually end up collecting their bounty. They travel across the system, meeting interesting people, having crazy adventures, and trying to make a buck.

All the while their tragic pasts that they are running from occasionally catch up with them. Each crew member has an interesting backstory about how they ended up on a beat up old spaceship like the Bebop living from one job to another.

That one I hear about quite often, but also have never seen. See, there's another story that would probably interest me.

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05-18-2010, 04:15 PM
Ummmm you just lost ALL credibility when you put Bebop on that list.....which is an A+ plus, when you have Sailor moon which is like C+ even within the whole girls with magical powers genre.

He did have Trigun on his good list. But then he had Chobits...I saw a couple episodes of that and was less then impressed. Saw an episode of Hell Girl which failed to my interest and have heard mixed things about Black Lagoon.

Depending on the season, Sailor Moon gets a B+ to D- from me.

But he had Cowboy Bebop and Gundam in his hate list. Now Gundam isn't one of my favorites, but there are some good moments to it.

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05-18-2010, 04:47 PM
He did have Trigun on his good list. But then he had Chobits...I saw a couple episodes of that and was less then impressed. Saw an episode of Hell Girl which failed to my interest and have heard mixed things about Black Lagoon.

Depending on the season, Sailor Moon gets a B+ to D- from me.

But he had Cowboy Bebop and Gundam in his hate list. Now Gundam isn't one of my favorites, but there are some good moments to it.

Chobits gets very interesting later on Raven, you should give that one another chance.

Black Lagoon, well I haven't seen all of that, but mainly because some of the DVDs aren't available through Netflix right now. It can be a pretty vicious series from what I've seen so far.

I haven't seen much of Gundam, but what I saw didn't really catch my attention much.

It is blasphemous to hate Cowboy Bebop plain and simple :p

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05-18-2010, 05:05 PM
Anime - mostly animation on film, manga - mostly printed graphics but with some moved on to anime or animesque film is great.

It has been a long time since I followed the topic with any real interst though. I sometimes browse anime / manga sites when I'm bored. Some of the stuff out there is downright wierd!

I have DVDs of;

Final Fantasy VII and another - forgot name
Highlander
Spirited Away
Howls Moving castle
Blood the last Vampire (shortish!)
Kiki's Delivery Service - loaned out and as yet unreturned!

And some old and decaying VHS that I really ought to put onto DVD;

3X3 Eyes (Sazan Eyes)
Doomed Megalopolis
Akira
Golgo 13 - The Professional
The Guyver - Genesis of the Guyver
Thunder birds 2086 ( a few episodes)
Urotsukidoji - 3 or 4 movies

Bought for my nephews / nieces when they where very young;

Card Captors VHS
Pokemon

Others I seem to remember watching when much younger or just plain bored (they where on TV!);

Gundam Wing
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman or its adaptations; G-Force / Battle of the planets / Eagle Riders etc.
Dragon Ball X
Avatar (No, not the new smurfs movie)
Ulysses 31 - counts as anime I don't care what ya say - got access to all episodes!
Mysterious Cities of Gold - yes it is anime :p

I have a few more I cannot be bothered to look up just now too - in a cupboard somewhere!

Me thinks me needs to place some orders! Cowboy Bebop looks .. interesting!

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05-18-2010, 05:37 PM
And because I already typed the summary of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya up in Capulet's thread, I am reposting it here


Basic plot is a regular guy named Kyon (http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/4304683/images/1239933401745.jpg) meets a strange girl named Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi is 'not interested in ordinary humans' and wants to do extraordinary things like you see on TV shows. Especially the crazy anime series that have magical girls, giants robots, strange mysteries, and all that.

In talking with Haruhi, Kyon accidentally gives Haruhi the idea to start a club dedicated to making strange things occur and then investigating them. Haruhi proceeds to form a club called the SOS Brigade and forces Kyon, the quiet and unemotional Yuki Nagato (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/haruhi/yuki.jpg), the well endowed and helplessly cute Mikuru Asahina (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/haruhi/mikuru1.png), and the mysterious transfer student Itsuki Koizumi (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/haruhi/dunnolol.jpg) to join upon pain of death. The club has been meticulously built to attract strangeness because everyone knows to attract strange things you need an intrepid leader, a seemingly normal guy to do all the grunt work, an unemotional girl, a cute girl, and a mysterious transfer student.

Then the strange stuff starts happening. To Kyon. First the three other club members reveal themselves to be an alien, a time traveler, and a psychic who represent organizations that are monitoring Haruhi because they have reason to believe that she is able to subconsciously warp reality to suit her needs. Then his classmates attack Kyon with knives. Then Haruhi gets bored. When Haruhi gets bored, strange things start happening to the world to entertain her. If she gets bored/upset enough, she may even destroy the world and rebuild it in a more interesting form. All the while, Haruhi doesn't notice all the strange stuff going on or writes it off as 'normal'.

Meanwhile, Kyon just wants to get with cute redhead time traveler. And survive.

The series is largely a humor series that will parody anything and everything, especially other anime series. But it also has some cute romantic and social subplots going on.

Haruhi herself is like one big 'Just be Yourself' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCXQHVIF6CA) after school special that has taken copious amounts of caffeine and forces other people to bend to her will (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJ1up28V-c)...

And it features a rock show, bunny girls with AK-47s, epic space battles, giant monsters, computer viruses that kidnap people, knife wielding schoolgirls, murder mysteries, baseball games for the fate of the universe, and an entire episode dedicated to space heaters.

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05-18-2010, 05:48 PM
My list is rather short, but here it is:

Movies/Mini-series:

Record of Lodoss War
Orguss 02
Fist of the North Star
MD Geist
Ghost in the Shell
GunBuster
BubbleGum Crisis/Crash
AD Police Files
Gunsmith Cats
Akira
Vampire Hunter D
Howl's Moving Castle
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
The Ninja Scrolls
Dragon Knight
Golden Boy

TV Series:
Robotech
Macross
Macross 2
Star Blazers

I really can't say anything about any other TV series, other than I thought DBall Z was stupid. Other than the Robotech/Macross series and Star Blazers that I grew up with, I didn't stick with TV anime. I was re-exposed to anime in film/short series versions when I was living in Japan back in the early '90s. Since then, I have slowed on my collecting Anime, much less keeping up with the latest and greatest, but I enjoy something with a nice storyline over just all out melee (other than Fist of the North Star, which is just fun as heck to watch).

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05-18-2010, 05:49 PM
I'm guessing it wouldn't surprise any of you that I hate Star Wars with a passion then. :D Chobits really does get great as it progresses. At the beginning, it's just another perverted Asian sticking his fingers in places there shouldn't be switches. (; Black Lagoon really has a raw and vulgar side that I like. Not all of the characters are memorable but Revi (engrish name) really leave an impact. Same with the weapons and drug smuggling nun. My tastes are very particular and vary for some reason. Hell Girl I think I liked because it was just an excuse for people to die in most episodes. What's not to love about that? :P

I don't know why but I couldn't get into Cowboy Bebop. Trigun is just awesome! Vash The Stampeed is a memorable character that I really made the series great. Sailor Moon was something I started watching with my g/f at the time and continued to watch after we split. Ouron Highschool Host Club wasn't bad either. I did watch Pokemon in the beginning but last interest in it (all but the DS games) quite sometime ago. Yu-Gi-Oh was another series I liked too, just not the GX stuff.

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05-18-2010, 06:01 PM
All I have is:
StarBlazers: all three Seasons (I know a shocker)
Robotech : All three Seasons, plus the Shadow Chronicles movie

Used to have Ranma 1/2 on VHS, but non lasted past a few years

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05-18-2010, 06:07 PM
I'm guessing it wouldn't surprise any of you that I hate Star Wars with a passion then.

I stopped reading here. Everything else you said is nothing but blahbidyblahblah, sir.
*takes off gauntlet, slaps JCSWW's face, and tosses it on the ground*

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05-18-2010, 06:11 PM
All I have is:
StarBlazers: all three Seasons (I know a shocker)
Robotech : All three Seasons, plus the Shadow Chronicles movie

Used to have Ranma 1/2 on VHS, but non lasted past a few years

Well Robotech was very americanized. It was actually 3 completely seperate series smushed into one by Harmony Gold to meet weekend synidcation episode amount requirements. Each 'Season' is a different series.

The three series in order of 'seasons'.

1) Super Dimension Fortress Macross
2) Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross
3) Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.

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05-18-2010, 06:17 PM
Well Robotech was very americanized. It was actually 3 completely seperate series smushed into one by Harmony Gold to meet weekend synidcation episode amount requirements. Each 'Season' is a different series.

The three series in order of 'seasons'.

1) Super Dimension Fortress Macross
2) Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross
3) Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.

I use to play the Robotech/Macross/Southern Cross RPG put out by Palladium :D

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05-18-2010, 06:18 PM
Ravenstein's Full Anime List (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Ravenstein)

Any questions on any particular series or shall I just go through them one by one?

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05-18-2010, 06:20 PM
My favorite Anime Franchise would have to be the Mobile Suit Gundam Franchise, with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and GaoGaiGar tying for second. :cool:

I haven't seen much of Cowboy Bebop, but I enjoyed what I did see, so it'd probably be in the top 10, maybe top 5. :D

I also like Bleach, Zoids, MegaMan NT Warrior, Pokemon, and Hellsing--don't really know enough to develop a true honest opinion on other Anime.

EDIT: Ravenstein, I'd actually recommend adding Mobile Suit Gundam 00 to your list--it's got a very good plot, and amazingly detailed characters. :D:cool:

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05-18-2010, 06:24 PM
Ravenstein's Full Anime List (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Ravenstein)

Any questions on any particular series or shall I just go through them one by one?

Oh, this is all your thread, take it away Raven :-)

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05-18-2010, 06:25 PM
I stopped reading here. Everything else you said is nothing but blahbidyblahblah, sir.
*takes off gauntlet, slaps JCSWW's face, and tosses it on the ground*

lol The only good thing that ever spin off of Star Wars was SpaceBalls.

Edit: Thanks to Raven's list, I just realized another anime series I hated. Fullmetal Alchemist.

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05-18-2010, 06:26 PM
lol The only good thing that ever spin off of Star Wars was SpaceBalls.

Well, I will agree that SpaceBalls was funny as heck.

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05-18-2010, 06:28 PM
Ravenstein's Full Anime List (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Ravenstein)

Any questions on any particular series or shall I just go through them one by one?

Only on 61 of Bleach? Do you know you can watch up to ep 126 on Hulu? They actually have a pretty nice Anime selection there. All the episodes are free, aside from the three 30 second or less commercial breaks.

The Bounts is skippable. They were just filler episodes anyhow, it doesn't get back to the storyline similiar to the manga until like episode 113 or 114 I think. . . been a while.

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05-18-2010, 06:29 PM
Witch Hunter Robin was a great series. My only complaint is that I don't like those open ended endings. I bought the complete set (the one that looks like the witches book). (: The engrish voice for Robin was actually decent as well (which is a rarity in anime).

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05-18-2010, 06:30 PM
lol The only good thing that ever spin off of Star Wars was SpaceBalls.

Edit: Thanks to Raven's list, I just realized another anime series I hated. Fullmetal Alchemist.

Gah, How could you hate Full Metal Alchemist too. . . geez.

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05-18-2010, 06:31 PM
My favorite Anime Franchise would have to be the Mobile Suit Gundam Franchise, with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and GaoGaiGar tying for second. :cool:

I haven't seen much of Cowboy Bebop, but I enjoyed what I did see, so it'd probably be in the top 10, maybe top 5. :D

I also like Bleach, Zoids, MegaMan NT Warrior, Pokemon, and Hellsing--don't really know enough to develop a true honest opinion on other Anime.

EDIT: Ravenstein, I'd actually recommend adding Mobile Suit Gundam 00 to your list--it's got a very good plot, and amazingly detailed characters. :D:cool:

Any comments on the above?

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05-18-2010, 06:32 PM
Gah, How could you hate Full Metal Alchemist too. . . geez.

It wasn't hard. :P The loincloth for starters. How... silly was that?!

Edit: I picked up the Black Lagoon complete series (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Lagoon-Complete-James-Corrigall/dp/B0029XFQF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1274229227&sr=8-1) on Amazon a month or so ago for next to nothing. It was only $30 then but it's a lot more now. ): I had volumes 1 - 3 before hand but gave them away because the series set was that much cheaper than the second series.

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05-18-2010, 07:16 PM
It wasn't hard. :P The loincloth for starters. How... silly was that?!


The loincloth? Al's loincloth he wore over his armor...the armor his soul inhabited? That is what you didn't like? And that has caused you to not like the series?

Well anyway, I just finished the series Pani Poni Dash (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/Funny%20Stuff/monoponi.jpg). I, and most of the world, would classify it as a humor series.

It stars Rebecca Miyamoto, a twelve year-old super-genius who has graduated from MIT and has gotten a teaching job at a high school in Japan. Problem is she has the emotional maturity of a twelve year old and a penchant for hiding behind the curtains.

Furthermore the school seems to be mistaken for an insane asylum as all the students are nuts. Then again most of the teachers are either drunkards or ******* so nobody really notices. Rebecca also has a pet rabbit that tries to help her but lacks thumbs and thus is pretty much useless and relegated to being a lab animal for Rebecca's strange experiments she seems to get involved in on a daily basis.

Furthermore some aliens in a spaceship that looks just like the USS Enterprise are 'secretly' observing Rebecca for some odd reason.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onlEbMVWRF0)

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05-18-2010, 07:23 PM
The loincloth? Al's loincloth he wore over his armor...the armor his soul inhabited? That is what you didn't like? And that has caused you to not like the series?

That's the one! It just seemed silly to have. It was like the armor was missing a piece and he took the cheap way out.

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05-18-2010, 07:34 PM
Only on 61 of Bleach? Do you know you can watch up to ep 126 on Hulu? They actually have a pretty nice Anime selection there. All the episodes are free, aside from the three 30 second or less commercial breaks.

The Bounts is skippable. They were just filler episodes anyhow, it doesn't get back to the storyline similiar to the manga until like episode 113 or 114 I think. . . been a while.

Yeah...but the Bount...

I have heard bad things about that.

Anyway, I can also recommend Bleach...at least as far as I have seen.

Contrary to the title, laundry does not seem to factor into this series at all. Unless it is the magic ingredient they use to remove the copious amounts of blood that everyone seems to spray everywhere they go in this series. So yeah, its an action series.

It features Ichigo Kurosaki, a boy who can see dead people. Instead of Bruce Willis coming to help him come to terms with this, he actually seems pretty cool with this arrangement. Then one day he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki. Soul Reapers are ghosts who help spirits pass on to the afterlife and fight evil ghosts called Hollows that feed on the souls of the dead and living.

Soon after, as if to illustrate the situation, a Hollow attacks Ichigo's house and Rukia is injured in the fight. Ichigo takes up Rukia's sword and defeats the Hollow. However Rukia is now stuck in the human world and cannot return to her world until her powers return. Thus, Ichigo has to fulfill Rukia's Soul Reaper duties until she recovers. They have some adventures in the human world fighting Hollows and being heroes. That is basically season 1.

Then Rukia gets in trouble with her masters in the Soul Society and they send a team to recapture her. Despite Ichigo's efforts they succeed and take her back to the Soul Society to be executed. Ichigo and his friends assemble a team to travel into the afterlife to save Rukia. What follows is two seasons of Ichigo and his friends running around the Soul Society trying to save Rukia. Meanwhile, a civil war seems to be brewing amongst the ranks of the Soul Reapers.

This series has lots of sword fights, action, convoluted plots and secret plans, and flashbacks. They loooooove flashbacks. And everyone who has a name will totally kick some ass at least once in the series.

Back in Champions, Ravenstein had started a fanfiction in the Bleach Universe that she continues to work on occasionally.

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05-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Any comments on the above?

Only one I've seen of those was Nanoha which I liked. Only seen bits and pieces of any of the Gundam series.

Well anyway, I just finished the series Pani Poni Dash. I, and most of the world, would classify it as a humor series.

It stars Rebecca Miyamoto, a twelve year-old super-genius who has graduated from MIT and has gotten a teaching job at a high school in Japan. Problem is she has the emotional maturity of a twelve year old and a penchant for hiding behind the curtains.

Furthermore the school seems to be mistaken for an insane asylum as all the students are nuts. Then again most of the teachers are either drunkards or ******* so nobody really notices. Rebecca also has a pet rabbit that tries to help her but lacks thumbs and thus is pretty much useless and relegated to being a lab animal for Rebecca's strange experiments she seems to get involved in on a daily basis.

Furthermore some aliens in a spaceship that looks just like the USS Enterprise are 'secretly' observing Rebecca for some odd reason

I would be part of that "most of the world". I really felt sorry for Mesousa since pretty much anything bad that could happen did to him.

Interesting bit of trivia, the guy who did the voice of the captain was the same guy that voiced Picard in the Japanese dub of TNG.

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05-18-2010, 07:48 PM
Yeah...but the Bount...

I have heard bad things about that.


So have I, but I watched them all anyhow. It isn't as bad as some say. I think the main issue is that The Bounts storyline was completely made up by the Anime writers while they waited for the Manga to Catch up. As a result it's just not quite as well done as the stuff based on the Manga writing.

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05-18-2010, 07:53 PM
One of my favorites is My-Hime. Some of you may have seen me reference this series before, but let's put it in here because it is the basis for a few other spinoffs on my anime list. Those of you who are interested in or playing in the Ten Forward RPG thread may be interested in watching this one and it's 'sequels'. It is a strange subversion of the Magical Girl genre of anime.

Mai Tokiha and her brother Takumi have just transferred to Fuuka Academy. While en route to the school the ferry they are on becomes the battlefield between two girls wielding powerful weapons and summoning strange creatures to fight alongside them. As the ferry sinks as a result of the damages sustained in the fight (namely, the lower decks exploded and set ablaze and the ship cut in half) Mai discovers that she too seems to manifesting strange powers.

She discovers that she is one of thirteen girls with the power of the Hime. They can materialize magical weapons or items and summon powerful mystical creatures called Childs to fight alongside them against creatures called Orphans. However, not all is as it seems. For them to gain their powers, each girl must risk that which is most important to them...the people closest to them.

Others desire the power of the Hime and a battle erupts pitting the girls against one another in a winner takes all death match for the fate of the world.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uph7CExPt0)

This series later carried over into My-Otome, My-Otome Zwei, and My-Otome Sifr.

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05-18-2010, 07:54 PM
So have I, but I watched them all anyhow. It isn't as bad as some say. I think the main issue is that The Bounts storyline was completely made up by the Anime writers while they waited for the Manga to Catch up. As a result it's just not quite as well done as the stuff based on the Manga writing.

That makes me feel better. Something to do during the day while waiting for summer class to begin.

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05-18-2010, 08:09 PM
He did have Trigun on his good list. But then he had Chobits...I saw a couple episodes of that and was less then impressed. Saw an episode of Hell Girl which failed to my interest and have heard mixed things about Black Lagoon.

Depending on the season, Sailor Moon gets a B+ to D- from me.

But he had Cowboy Bebop and Gundam in his hate list. Now Gundam isn't one of my favorites, but there are some good moments to it.

Try Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory....the story is very similar to Top Gun lol....and the theme song will get in your head like no other.

For public debate I will put my list out of what I like

Neon Genesis Evangelion

-It's deep, it's brooding, it deals with human issues and asks a lot of thoughtful questions. The Eva's themselves add the necessary action.

Cowboy Bebop

-The show is just full of cool, and the musical soundtracks for the show were excellent. Additionally each character had their own personal demon to deal with that the story addressed.

Death Note

-The show made me ask myself a lot of questions about justice, and what exactly does it mean. The L/Kira battle of wits too was just excellent.

Pokemon

-In the initial seasons before they threw away Misty and lost all the original voice actors and added like 500 new Pokemon this show was an icon. Every kid watched and I'll guarantee you every one that did had awesome memories to go along with it. Personally I remember waking up early Saturday morning and running to the television.

Bleach

Disregarding all the god awful filler arcs the main battle with Sosuke Aizen is pretty damn epic. The way that Kubo set up that character was phenomenal. You're set up the whole time to believe that Gin is the bad dude and that Aizen is a beacon of justice who was martyred and then it turned out that he's just the evil lieutenant in Aizen's sinister plot to become a God. Gotta love that set up.

Elfin Lied

-What can I say I just really liked it. The duality of having a homicidal psycho chick that can at any moment be turned into a babbling child was just fun. This show actually has one of the few romance subplots that I actually like.

FMA

I enjoyed the plot a lot. It had a very nice mix of science and mysticism that never got too overloaded thanks to the humorous characters stuck in. The Brotherhood redo looks pretty good too from what I've seen, although they've changed some plot elements which has confused me a lot.

The Boondocks

-Yes I am going to contend it is American made Anime, but the better point to make is that this show is probably the best piece of social commentary to come out of television in a VERY LONG TIME. This show picks apart people of all races, ethnicities, and ideologies. It's hilarious too.

Basilisk

Full of bloodshed, betrayal, forbidden love....what more can you ask for in feudal japan?

I'll think of more later...

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05-18-2010, 08:14 PM
I actually got hooked on Bleach thanks to my friend. I had to go back and start watching from the beginning, its just difficult to make time to watch them.

I really enjoyed Code Geass (and its second season R2) Great characters, good story line, and a twist ending (kinda, although not a true surprise as it was the only logical outcome). Couple that with tremendous music and I felt that series, although short (2 seasons) was great.

Another short (27 episodes) is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It merged a lot of some well established series' staples, but combined the show worked well and done impressively. Plus the titular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann owns the distinction of being the largest mecha in all anime (something like 4 or 5 galaxies tall). :D

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05-18-2010, 08:21 PM
Pokemon

-In the initial seasons before they threw away Misty and lost all the original voice actors and added like 500 new Pokemon this show was an icon. Every kid watched and I'll guarantee you every one that did had awesome memories to go along with it. Personally I remember waking up early Saturday morning and running to the television.

I didn't know if we were considering Pokemon has an Anime. I still have memories of that series, and I was a teenager when it first started. I loved the rivalry between Ash and Gary, I was upset as the series shifted and they added so many different Pokemon and the original's were left behind (I miss Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charizard)

If we count Pokemon, can we count Yugioh? I love this show (All three series, although I see Gx as the worst of the three) although none of them have come close to topping Yugi himself (Atem) in terms of top duelist in the whole series. I was skeptical about 5D's, but its growing on me. I'm just glad I can find them online as they stopped showing it in the states (or atleast where I live, which is sorta a good thing since 4Kids sorta ruined them after seeing the originals on the interent)

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05-18-2010, 08:51 PM
I didn't know if we were considering Pokemon has an Anime. I still have memories of that series, and I was a teenager when it first started. I loved the rivalry between Ash and Gary, I was upset as the series shifted and they added so many different Pokemon and the original's were left behind (I miss Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charizard)

If we count Pokemon, can we count Yugioh? I love this show (All three series, although I see Gx as the worst of the three) although none of them have come close to topping Yugi himself (Atem) in terms of top duelist in the whole series. I was skeptical about 5D's, but its growing on me. I'm just glad I can find them online as they stopped showing it in the states (or atleast where I live, which is sorta a good thing since 4Kids sorta ruined them after seeing the originals on the interent)

Props to you for being old school 151 when it comes to Pokemon. Yes it is an anime, and so is Yu-Gi-Oh. I was big on that show in my middle school years, and on the cards. It was still pretty good when I stopped watching...which was near the end of the duel city arc with all the god cards flying around lol.

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05-18-2010, 10:14 PM
Sooo this isn't the cute bunny thread? (http://search.icq.com/search/selected_img.php?q=cute%20bunny%20pics&index=8&img_src=http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:iCti2zD2RGefYM::http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&title=CRITTERISTIC%20|%20Uhem,%20Mr.%20Rabbit,%20w hy%20is%20there%20fur%20in%20my%20keyboard?&width=500&height=375&size=32&url=critteristic.com&tbn_width=&tbn_height=&url=http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&url_rf=critteristic.com&site_url=http%3A%2F%2Fcritteristic.com%2Fother-cuties%2Fuhem-mr-rabbit-why-is-there-fur-in-my-keyboard%2F&q=cute%20bunny%20pics)

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05-18-2010, 10:20 PM
Sooo this isn't the cute bunny thread? (http://search.icq.com/search/selected_img.php?q=cute%20bunny%20pics&index=8&img_src=http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:iCti2zD2RGefYM::http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&title=CRITTERISTIC%20|%20Uhem,%20Mr.%20Rabbit,%20w hy%20is%20there%20fur%20in%20my%20keyboard?&width=500&height=375&size=32&url=critteristic.com&tbn_width=&tbn_height=&url=http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&url_rf=critteristic.com&site_url=http%3A%2F%2Fcritteristic.com%2Fother-cuties%2Fuhem-mr-rabbit-why-is-there-fur-in-my-keyboard%2F&q=cute%20bunny%20pics)

That image so reminded me of a furry I saw at Anime North last year. *shudders*

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05-18-2010, 10:21 PM
I'll put forth Air, Kanon, and Clannad as being worth watching.

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05-18-2010, 10:30 PM
Alright so I've spent the last few hours going through my 'Movies I've watched' list at Netflix.

So this is My Anime List. (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Xiaza) :D

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05-18-2010, 10:33 PM
Alright so I've spent the last few hours going through my 'Movies I've watched' list at Netflix.

So this is My Anime List. (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Xiaza) :D

I was looking through your list and I saw Bleach: Memories of Nobody and I got sad all over again. :(

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05-18-2010, 10:45 PM
Ravenstein, might I suggest Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for your viewing pleasure? It's a very good story, with an impressive plot and very good characters.

I'll do my best to summarize the early plot here. Here goes:

The Year is 2307 AD, and Earth's Fossil Fuels have been depleted, forcing humanity to turn to Solar Power for a solution. Three groups of nations have created Orbital Elevators, and a Solar Poweer Generation System, giving mankind access to a nearly infinite source of power. Each of the three Orbital Elevators is controlled by one of the three groups of nations: The Union, led by the United States, the Human Reform League, consisting of China, Russia, and other Asian Countries, and the Advanced European Union, or AEU. These three groups continuously play a grand zero-sum game with their military might for their own prestige and power. Yes, even in the 24th Century, mankind has yet to come together as one.

However, in order to challenge the Status Quo, a group called Celestial Being has arisen, possessing four advanced Mobile Suits known as Gundams. Gundam Exia, the Gundam of Seven Swords. Gundam Dynames, the ultimate sniper. Gundam Kyrios, capable of transforming into a high-speed fighter. And Gundam Virtue, a Gundam specializing in heavy artillery.

These four Gundams begin armed interventions, with the goal of eliminating war from the world. If there is a battle going on, the Gundams attack both sides. Any government, corporation, or other entity that supports war is also a valid target for the Gundams' Armed Interventions. However, many questions exist regarding Celestial Being...

Episode 1 Japanese Audio English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwcJs0aDtvk)

English Trailer #1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecrypvIG9-8)

English Trailer #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq2YULzIT24)

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05-18-2010, 11:26 PM
Sooo this isn't the cute bunny thread? (http://search.icq.com/search/selected_img.php?q=cute%20bunny%20pics&index=8&img_src=http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:iCti2zD2RGefYM::http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&title=CRITTERISTIC%20|%20Uhem,%20Mr.%20Rabbit,%20w hy%20is%20there%20fur%20in%20my%20keyboard?&width=500&height=375&size=32&url=critteristic.com&tbn_width=&tbn_height=&url=http://critteristic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/cute-bunny-computer-500.jpg&url_rf=critteristic.com&site_url=http%3A%2F%2Fcritteristic.com%2Fother-cuties%2Fuhem-mr-rabbit-why-is-there-fur-in-my-keyboard%2F&q=cute%20bunny%20pics)

Cappy is showing her internet age when she pulls up something from ICQ.

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05-18-2010, 11:43 PM
As a follow-up to My-Hime, we have My-Otome.

Okay, let's take about 90% of the cast from My-Hime and move it over to an alternate world, Earl. The most destructive 'weapons' on Earl the Otome, powerful girls that been given magi-technological augmentations to make them powerful enough to make Superman blush. Now this would be cool, right? I mean the cast from My-Hime was great, right? Well yeah, they are good, for the most part. They have somehow managed to make Shiho MORE annoying then before, but that's okay because a lot of other interesting minor characters like Chie and Nao have gotten some major character work done.

Now comes the bad news. Mashiro's port over was dropped on her head a couple times. And by a couple I mean a few hundred and dropped on her head I mean tossed down a flight of stairs that have had stupid and annoying reagents smeared across them. And now this hideous abomination is a main character!

As if that wasn't bad enough, a second new character, Arika Yumemiya is also introduced. This girl also suffers from chronic stupid and annoying syndrome. And this is the MAIN CHARACTER! I think Mashiro was made the way she is just to make Arika seem less stupid. Kinda like how a tragic lawnmower accident victim will stand next to an even more tragic burn victim to make themselves look better, Arika stands beside Mashiro to make herself seem like less of idiot.

Bad news number three. Mai Tokiha, the heroine of My-HIme, doesn't appear in the first half of My-Otome. I mean she was my favorite character in the first series and the primary reason I am suffering through Arika and Mashiro.

Otherwise, this series is great! Superpowered action sequences galore. I mean what do you when you need to make girls who have magical powers almost on the level of tactical nukes stronger? The supporting cast and storytelling is what saves this series. I mean if we could have purged Arika and Mashiro and instead introduced Mai from episode 1, it would have been my favorite anime series.

But of you can suffer through Arika and Mashiro, the second half is pretty darn good.

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05-19-2010, 06:18 AM
Try Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory....the story is very similar to Top Gun lol....and the theme song will get in your head like no other.

For public debate I will put my list out of what I like

Neon Genesis Evangelion

-It's deep, it's brooding, it deals with human issues and asks a lot of thoughtful questions. The Eva's themselves add the necessary action.

Cowboy Bebop

-The show is just full of cool, and the musical soundtracks for the show were excellent. Additionally each character had their own personal demon to deal with that the story addressed.

Death Note

-The show made me ask myself a lot of questions about justice, and what exactly does it mean. The L/Kira battle of wits too was just excellent.

Pokemon

-In the initial seasons before they threw away Misty and lost all the original voice actors and added like 500 new Pokemon this show was an icon. Every kid watched and I'll guarantee you every one that did had awesome memories to go along with it. Personally I remember waking up early Saturday morning and running to the television.

Bleach

Disregarding all the god awful filler arcs the main battle with Sosuke Aizen is pretty damn epic. The way that Kubo set up that character was phenomenal. You're set up the whole time to believe that Gin is the bad dude and that Aizen is a beacon of justice who was martyred and then it turned out that he's just the evil lieutenant in Aizen's sinister plot to become a God. Gotta love that set up.

Elfin Lied

-What can I say I just really liked it. The duality of having a homicidal psycho chick that can at any moment be turned into a babbling child was just fun. This show actually has one of the few romance subplots that I actually like.

FMA

I enjoyed the plot a lot. It had a very nice mix of science and mysticism that never got too overloaded thanks to the humorous characters stuck in. The Brotherhood redo looks pretty good too from what I've seen, although they've changed some plot elements which has confused me a lot.

The Boondocks

-Yes I am going to contend it is American made Anime, but the better point to make is that this show is probably the best piece of social commentary to come out of television in a VERY LONG TIME. This show picks apart people of all races, ethnicities, and ideologies. It's hilarious too.

Basilisk

Full of bloodshed, betrayal, forbidden love....what more can you ask for in feudal japan?

I'll think of more later...

Props to you for being old school 151 when it comes to Pokemon. Yes it is an anime, and so is Yu-Gi-Oh. I was big on that show in my middle school years, and on the cards. It was still pretty good when I stopped watching...which was near the end of the duel city arc with all the god cards flying around lol.

I didn't know if we were considering Pokemon has an Anime. I still have memories of that series, and I was a teenager when it first started. I loved the rivalry between Ash and Gary, I was upset as the series shifted and they added so many different Pokemon and the original's were left behind (I miss Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charizard)

If we count Pokemon, can we count Yugioh? I love this show (All three series, although I see Gx as the worst of the three) although none of them have come close to topping Yugi himself (Atem) in terms of top duelist in the whole series. I was skeptical about 5D's, but its growing on me. I'm just glad I can find them online as they stopped showing it in the states (or atleast where I live, which is sorta a good thing since 4Kids sorta ruined them after seeing the originals on the interent)

Alright, I'll consent that as a kid I absolutely loved Pokemon. I lost interest some time in my early teens, though, so I really don't know much more beyond "Mewtwo was a stupid addition and 150 Pokemon is plenty." But if that's considered anime (which I figured it was) then there's one I thoroughly enjoyed at one point.

Also, I love the Boondocks, one of my all-time favorite animated shows. Wasn't aware it was considered anime, though the art style is very similar.

The rest of the shows you mentioned on that list, Zona, at least interest me somewhat, I'm going to have to put together a list based on you and Raven. Maybe Xiaza too.

As a follow-up to My-Hime, we have My-Otome.

Okay, let's take about 90% of the cast from My-Hime and move it over to an alternate world, Earl. The most destructive 'weapons' on Earl the Otome, powerful girls that been given magi-technological augmentations to make them powerful enough to make Superman blush. Now this would be cool, right? I mean the cast from My-Hime was great, right? Well yeah, they are good, for the most part. They have somehow managed to make Shiho MORE annoying then before, but that's okay because a lot of other interesting minor characters like Chie and Nao have gotten some major character work done.

Now comes the bad news. Mashiro's port over was dropped on her head a couple times. And by a couple I mean a few hundred and dropped on her head I mean tossed down a flight of stairs that have had stupid and annoying reagents smeared across them. And now this hideous abomination is a main character!

As if that wasn't bad enough, a second new character, Arika Yumemiya is also introduced. This girl also suffers from chronic stupid and annoying syndrome. And this is the MAIN CHARACTER! I think Mashiro was made the way she is just to make Arika seem less stupid. Kinda like how a tragic lawnmower accident victim will stand next to an even more tragic burn victim to make themselves look better, Arika stands beside Mashiro to make herself seem like less of idiot.

Bad news number three. Mai Tokiha, the heroine of My-HIme, doesn't appear in the first half of My-Otome. I mean she was my favorite character in the first series and the primary reason I am suffering through Arika and Mashiro.

Otherwise, this series is great! Superpowered action sequences galore. I mean what do you when you need to make girls who have magical powers almost on the level of tactical nukes stronger? The supporting cast and storytelling is what saves this series. I mean if we could have purged Arika and Mashiro and instead introduced Mai from episode 1, it would have been my favorite anime series.

But of you can suffer through Arika and Mashiro, the second half is pretty darn good.

See, yet another that sounds pretty interesting to me, though less so than your description of My-Hime.

This thread has been super helpful so far.

I guess having seen a few episodes of Sailor Moon and one or two episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh and having my girlfriend force me to watch Blue Submarine #6 and thinking they were all incredibly stupid has unfairly biased me.

'Cause these all sound pretty interesting.

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05-19-2010, 07:11 AM
Ravenstein, might I suggest Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for your viewing pleasure? It's a very good story, with an impressive plot and very good characters.

I'll do my best to summarize the early plot here. Here goes:

The Year is 2307 AD, and Earth's Fossil Fuels have been depleted, forcing humanity to turn to Solar Power for a solution. Three groups of nations have created Orbital Elevators, and a Solar Poweer Generation System, giving mankind access to a nearly infinite source of power. Each of the three Orbital Elevators is controlled by one of the three groups of nations: The Union, led by the United States, the Human Reform League, consisting of China, Russia, and other Asian Countries, and the Advanced European Union, or AEU. These three groups continuously play a grand zero-sum game with their military might for their own prestige and power. Yes, even in the 24th Century, mankind has yet to come together as one.

However, in order to challenge the Status Quo, a group called Celestial Being has arisen, possessing four advanced Mobile Suits known as Gundams. Gundam Exia, the Gundam of Seven Swords. Gundam Dynames, the ultimate sniper. Gundam Kyrios, capable of transforming into a high-speed fighter. And Gundam Virtue, a Gundam specializing in heavy artillery.

These four Gundams begin armed interventions, with the goal of eliminating war from the world. If there is a battle going on, the Gundams attack both sides. Any government, corporation, or other entity that supports war is also a valid target for the Gundams' Armed Interventions. However, many questions exist regarding Celestial Being...

Episode 1 Japanese Audio English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwcJs0aDtvk)

English Trailer #1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecrypvIG9-8)

English Trailer #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq2YULzIT24)

I admit that I didn't get into details on the characters of Gundam 00, so I'll do my best to do that here.

First off, the Gundam Pilots (called Gundam Meisters here). The Meister of Gundam Exia is Setsuna F. Seiei, a former child soldier from a nation known as the Krugis Republic, which was absorbed into the neihboring Kingdom of Azadistan some 6 years ago. As a child soldier, he had been conditioned to believe he was fighting a holy war in the name of God, but he broke free of that conditioning, and is now a total atheist. His first encounter with Celestial Being was when the 0 Gundam, the very first Gundam of this particular timeline, saved him from a group of mobile suits. He intends to change the world, together with his Gundam. Setsuna is the protagonist of the story.

The Meister of Gundam Dynames is Lockon Stratos, the oldest of the Meisters and the "Older Brother" figure in the group. Lockon had lost his parents in a terrorist attack carried out by an organization known as the KPSA (which, ironically, Setsuna belonged to during his child soldiering days), and terrorism is a touchy subject for him.

The Meister of Gundam Kyrios is Allelujah Haptism, a Super Soldier created through genetic engineering by the HRL, who fled the HRL facilities when they planned to discard him as a failure. Allelujah actually has multiple personalities: Allelujah himself is a peace-loving guy who would not hurt a fly under ordinary circumstances--but then you have his darker half, Hallelujah, who is bloodthirsty, violent, and downright sadistic. You'll probably see Allelujah angsting a lot, especially over Hallelujah's actions.

And the Meister for Gundam Virtue is Tieria Erde, the most ardent supporter of Celestial Being's plan to eliminate war. He is also something of a Bio-Terminal, capable of directly linking to Veda, Celestial Being's primary supercomputer. He hates deviations from the plan.

The support Members of Celestial Being are also a diverse lot. We have Sumeragi Lee Noriega, the Tactical Forecaster with a love of alcohol, Ian Vashti, the mechanic, Feldt, the quiet, introverted girl who's been with Celestial Being all her life, who slowly opens up over the course of the show, **** Liu Mei, an observer who is the heir to a massive fortune, and many others.

There is also Aeolia Schenberg, the mysterious founder of Celestial Being. Not much is known about the guy, except that he lived around 200 years before the events of the show, and was the one who originally came up with the idea for the Solar Power Generation System.

There are so many different characters that need mentioning that it'd be impossible to list them all, so I'll just say that the cast is incredibly large.

However, one last guy I'll mention is Patrick Colasaur, an Ace Pilot for the AEU. His role in the story is to get shot down by the Gundams. This happens every. Single. Time. He. Sorties. ...I know, it's pathetic. He really thinks he can take on a Gundam, but he gets shot down every single time he faces one. I've always thought of Patrick as Comedy Relief.

To put it simply, Gundam 00 has everything a Mecha Anime should have--powerful robots, an intricate plot with twists out the wazoo, and detailed characters. I strongly suggest watching this thing if you haven't seen it already. :D:cool:

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05-19-2010, 08:46 AM
Alright so I've spent the last few hours going through my 'Movies I've watched' list at Netflix.

So this is My Anime List. (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Xiaza) :D

.hack//Legend of the Twilight I did like. The whole online RPG thing was definitely what caught my attention about it. You haven't watched series 2 of Tsubasa Chronicle? If you, you definitely have to. There's the Princess in the Birdcage movie as well as 3 OVA's under Tokyo Revelations. That series was supposed to go so much further but bickering killed it. ): The manga series goes well beyond the actual anime so I might have to make a point of reading it.

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05-19-2010, 10:01 AM
And now we have the legendary series Excel Saga. The tagline for this anime at one time was 'What crack takes to get high'. It was not an exaggeration. This series is laugh out loud, falloff your chair and wet yourself funny.

It chronicles the adventures of Excel Excel, minion of the mysterious Lord Ilpallazzo, the head of the secret ideological organization ACROSS, who has aspirations of world domination. Only problem is Ilpallazzo never does anything directly, has scaled his ambitions back to a town in Japan, and he has has Excel Excel as one of his minions. Excel is an overenthusiastic idiot who should not be allowed anywhere near anything could potentially contain caffeine.

Each week the series has a new 'theme' such as sci-fi, romance, military action, or showing lots of girls in bikinis to boost ratings and each week Lord Ilpallazzo has a new plan to take over the world/city. Opposing him is nobody at all, however there is a cast of random characters that find themselves in almost every episode such as Pedro the Ghost and Former Construction Worker and his Twin Waterfalls of Tears, the Civil Servants, Nabeshin, the evil yet adorable Puuchus, and Menchi the adorable mascot and emergency food supply.

So it's almost like an anime about Ten Forward.

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05-19-2010, 10:03 AM
Cappy is showing her internet age when she pulls up something from ICQ.

:eek: you calling me old??? *cry* jerk!
*mallet..mallet...mallet.....Punt*

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05-19-2010, 10:12 AM
:eek: you calling me old??? *cry* jerk!
*mallet..mallet...mallet.....Punt*

Lol, I am right there with you
1510622 ;)

And aren't you glad that you got that pent up malleting/punting out of your system now?

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05-19-2010, 11:27 AM
Lol, I am right there with you
1510622 ;)

And aren't you glad that you got that pent up malleting/punting out of your system now?

feels good but I think i need to abuse Hazard some more. wait...what exactly is that number supposed to signify? O.o

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05-19-2010, 11:28 AM
Ravenstein, might I suggest Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for your viewing pleasure? It's a very good story, with an impressive plot and very good characters.

I'll do my best to summarize the early plot here. Here goes:

The Year is 2307 AD, and Earth's Fossil Fuels have been depleted, forcing humanity to turn to Solar Power for a solution. Three groups of nations have created Orbital Elevators, and a Solar Poweer Generation System, giving mankind access to a nearly infinite source of power. Each of the three Orbital Elevators is controlled by one of the three groups of nations: The Union, led by the United States, the Human Reform League, consisting of China, Russia, and other Asian Countries, and the Advanced European Union, or AEU. These three groups continuously play a grand zero-sum game with their military might for their own prestige and power. Yes, even in the 24th Century, mankind has yet to come together as one.

However, in order to challenge the Status Quo, a group called Celestial Being has arisen, possessing four advanced Mobile Suits known as Gundams. Gundam Exia, the Gundam of Seven Swords. Gundam Dynames, the ultimate sniper. Gundam Kyrios, capable of transforming into a high-speed fighter. And Gundam Virtue, a Gundam specializing in heavy artillery.

These four Gundams begin armed interventions, with the goal of eliminating war from the world. If there is a battle going on, the Gundams attack both sides. Any government, corporation, or other entity that supports war is also a valid target for the Gundams' Armed Interventions. However, many questions exist regarding Celestial Being...

Episode 1 Japanese Audio English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwcJs0aDtvk)

English Trailer #1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecrypvIG9-8)

English Trailer #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq2YULzIT24)

I admit that I didn't get into details on the characters of Gundam 00, so I'll do my best to do that here.

First off, the Gundam Pilots (called Gundam Meisters here). The Meister of Gundam Exia is Setsuna F. Seiei, a former child soldier from a nation known as the Krugis Republic, which was absorbed into the neihboring Kingdom of Azadistan some 6 years ago. As a child soldier, he had been conditioned to believe he was fighting a holy war in the name of God, but he broke free of that conditioning, and is now a total atheist. His first encounter with Celestial Being was when the 0 Gundam, the very first Gundam of this particular timeline, saved him from a group of mobile suits. He intends to change the world, together with his Gundam. Setsuna is the protagonist of the story.

The Meister of Gundam Dynames is Lockon Stratos, the oldest of the Meisters and the "Older Brother" figure in the group. Lockon had lost his parents in a terrorist attack carried out by an organization known as the KPSA (which, ironically, Setsuna belonged to during his child soldiering days), and terrorism is a touchy subject for him.

The Meister of Gundam Kyrios is Allelujah Haptism, a Super Soldier created through genetic engineering by the HRL, who fled the HRL facilities when they planned to discard him as a failure. Allelujah actually has multiple personalities: Allelujah himself is a peace-loving guy who would not hurt a fly under ordinary circumstances--but then you have his darker half, Hallelujah, who is bloodthirsty, violent, and downright sadistic. You'll probably see Allelujah angsting a lot, especially over Hallelujah's actions.

And the Meister for Gundam Virtue is Tieria Erde, the most ardent supporter of Celestial Being's plan to eliminate war. He is also something of a Bio-Terminal, capable of directly linking to Veda, Celestial Being's primary supercomputer. He hates deviations from the plan.

The support Members of Celestial Being are also a diverse lot. We have Sumeragi Lee Noriega, the Tactical Forecaster with a love of alcohol, Ian Vashti, the mechanic, Feldt, the quiet, introverted girl who's been with Celestial Being all her life, who slowly opens up over the course of the show, **** Liu Mei, an observer who is the heir to a massive fortune, and many others.

There is also Aeolia Schenberg, the mysterious founder of Celestial Being. Not much is known about the guy, except that he lived around 200 years before the events of the show, and was the one who originally came up with the idea for the Solar Power Generation System.

There are so many different characters that need mentioning that it'd be impossible to list them all, so I'll just say that the cast is incredibly large.

However, one last guy I'll mention is Patrick Colasaur, an Ace Pilot for the AEU. His role in the story is to get shot down by the Gundams. This happens every. Single. Time. He. Sorties. ...I know, it's pathetic. He really thinks he can take on a Gundam, but he gets shot down every single time he faces one. I've always thought of Patrick as Comedy Relief.

To put it simply, Gundam 00 has everything a Mecha Anime should have--powerful robots, an intricate plot with twists out the wazoo, and detailed characters. I strongly suggest watching this thing if you haven't seen it already. :D:cool:

So, does anyone have any comments on or questions about Gundam 00? Also, has anyone else watched it or is currently planning to watch it?

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05-19-2010, 11:42 AM
So, does anyone have any comments on or questions about Gundam 00? Also, has anyone else watched it or is currently planning to watch it?

Everyone's ignoring Kira. :(

Nobody likes you, dude.

Sorry. :(

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05-19-2010, 11:47 AM
Everyone's ignoring Kira. :(

Nobody likes you, dude.

Sorry. :(

We don't read books that don't have paper. :p

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05-19-2010, 11:52 AM
We don't read books that don't have paper. :p

You're right. We much favor the contentless post.

":rolleyes:"

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05-19-2010, 12:03 PM
feels good but I think i need to abuse Hazard some more. wait...what exactly is that number supposed to signify? O.o

that is my ICQ number, and it is a pretty old number. I am not sure what the new numbers are up to these days, but I got my ICQ number back in..hrm..97...98...somewhere in there.

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05-19-2010, 12:24 PM
that is my ICQ number, and it is a pretty old number. I am not sure what the new numbers are up to these days, but I got my ICQ number back in..hrm..97...98...somewhere in there.

My ICQ# is forever lost in the time vortex. I think 97 or 98 was when I first got my account as well.

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05-19-2010, 12:36 PM
So have we gotten to the REALLY BIG gun space ships anime section yet? You like Space Battleship Yamato (I know a shocker), Macross (aka Robotech) , Thundersub, Harlock

huh?

Hello?

Anyone?

No?

/sulks in a corner patting his model Space Battlehip

"It's ok, MY PRECIOUS, I still love you

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05-19-2010, 12:44 PM
So, does anyone have any comments on or questions about Gundam 00? Also, has anyone else watched it or is currently planning to watch it?

I have caught a few episodes of Gundam on Cartoon Network over the years, but have not seen the full series fron to back. I liked it enough to get Dynasty Warriors: Gundam for the PS2 though.

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05-19-2010, 01:04 PM
.hack//Legend of the Twilight I did like. The whole online RPG thing was definitely what caught my attention about it. You haven't watched series 2 of Tsubasa Chronicle? If you, you definitely have to. There's the Princess in the Birdcage movie as well as 3 OVA's under Tokyo Revelations. That series was supposed to go so much further but bickering killed it. ): The manga series goes well beyond the actual anime so I might have to make a point of reading it.

Yea I didn't like Legend of the Twilight as much as Signs, but I still think it was a bit better than Roots. It was the whole RPG MMO thing that got me as well.

Tsubasa series 2 isn't available through Netflix right now, but I do want to see it. The Birdcage movie I have seen and it's on my list just under the main one, but the title is the Romanized Japanese version (Tori Kago no Kuni no Himegimi). Haven't located the 3 OVAs either. It's pretty good series, but then I like the dimension hoping shows anyhow.

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05-19-2010, 01:14 PM
I have caught a few episodes of Gundam on Cartoon Network over the years, but have not seen the full series fron to back. I liked it enough to get Dynasty Warriors: Gundam for the PS2 though.

Glad to hear it, Ravenstein!! :D Gundam 00 is actually the second-newest Gundam Series, with the latest one being Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

I'd definitely recommend watching Gundam 00, and Gundam Unicorn is also fun to watch. Here's the link to the first episode, which is all that's available of Unicorn at the moment: http://www.zomganime.com/gundam-unicorn-episode-1/

Oh, by the way, Ravenstein, would it be OK if I called you Raven? It's a little easier to type than the full Ravenstein. :D:cool:

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05-19-2010, 01:15 PM
Glad to hear it, Ravenstein!! :D Gundam 00 is actually the second-newest Gundam Series, with the latest one being Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

I'd definitely recommend watching Gundam 00, and Gundam Unicorn is also fun to watch. Here's the link to the first episode, which is all that's available of Unicorn at the moment: http://www.zomganime.com/gundam-unicorn-episode-1/

Oh, by the way, Ravenstein, would it be OK if I called you Raven? It's a little easier to type than the full Ravenstein. :D:cool:

Sure, everyone else does on the internet.

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05-19-2010, 01:22 PM
Sure, everyone else does on the internet.

Thank you very much, Raven!! :D:cool:

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05-19-2010, 01:41 PM
Another classic of anime: Azumanga Daioh!

Do you remember high school? I do, because that was about a year ago for me. And around that time I watched Azumanga Daioh, the story of seven girls trying to get through high school. First is Sakaki, who seems reasonable and athletic on the outside but deep down is obsessed with cute animals, especially kitties. Only problem is that cute animals seem to hate her with a passion that surpasses all bounds of normalcy.

Second is Tomoe, who could be the standard to which all other cases of ADHD are measured. According to her friends, her very presence is like shouting. None too bright and prone to doing insanely stupid and nonsensical things on a whim, even when it would severely negatively effect her.

Next is Yomi, who benefits from having the least amount of psychosocial issues of the cast. As such, she plays the straight 'man' to the rest of the cast. Evolves into shining example of the Only Sane Man (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OnlySaneMan) and Deadpan Snarker (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeadpanSnarker)

Fourth we have Chiyo. Chiyo is what we like to call overly cute. She is a child prodigy who has been bumped up to high school and may have a anthropomorphic cat as her father. She is super smart but tends to look at everything with youthful disbelief. She is obsessed with growing taller, and blames the tall Sakaki for her being so short because Sakaki stole her height.

Fifth we have Osaka. That isn't her real name; her real name is Ayumu, but nobody calls her that. Her name on the class roster even appears as Osaka. The name Osaka itself is a joke because in Japan Osaka is seen as we here in the US see New York City, that is full of loud, mouthy people. Osaka is quiet and polite. She is also the poster child for ADD. Not ADHD, but just straight ADD. And she is well known as a Cloud Cuckoolander (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CloudCuckooLander) who often imagines Chiyo flying with her pigtails and other silly things.

Sixth is Kagura. She is almost as athletic as Sakaki, and practices every day. She never realizes that Sakaki doesn't really care about sports and just wants to pet kitties. As such Kagura is always chasing off any cats that happen by, much to Sakaki's annoyance. She isn't very smart and does not seem to relate well to people.

Kaorin is the last and least shown of the girls. She has a HUUUUUGE crush on Sakaki. That is her defining character trait. It overturns anything else she may establish.

Finally there is their teacher, Yukari, who lives to show up her friend and fellow teach Nyamo.

Overall it is a fun comedy series that doesn't pretend to be overly pretentious. It could be likened to Charlie Brown and Snoopy done in Japan with a few hits of LSD.

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05-19-2010, 02:38 PM
Is the Mega Man X series considered anime?

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05-19-2010, 02:39 PM
Is the Mega Man X series considered anime?

What the games? If so I suddenly got a lot more 'anime' in this thread to cover...

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05-19-2010, 02:41 PM
There's a series as well. I used to watch it when I was about 3 or 4 years old

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05-19-2010, 02:43 PM
Sure, everyone else does on the internet.

RAVENBUN!:D

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05-19-2010, 03:00 PM
Time for a newer series that people who have posted listed have skipped: Shakugan no Shana. Shakugan no Shana is an action/romance series.

Yuji Sakai is a normal high school boy. At least he thought he was. Then one day while leaving the game arcade with his girlfriend the world freezes around him and a pair of monsters come out and start killing everyone. A strange girl with a blazing sword comes out and destroys them. That is when Yuji learns a horrible truth: he is dead and has been dead for some time.

He is a Torch. A Torch is a remnant of a person's existence that carries on in place of an original person who was slain and consumed by the monsters that had attacked, the Denizens of the Crimson World. They carry on until their existence finally burns out and they fade from the world, forever forgotten. Yuji is no ordinary Torch however. He is a Miestes, a Torch that contains a powerful treasure inside it. Yuji contains the Midnight Lost Child however, which is a powerful treasure that will replenish his Power of Existence at midnight provided he has not burned it all up during the day.

The girl who fought the monsters is a Flame Haze. Flame Hazes are humans who have been joined by a Crimson Lord, powerful near god-like beings, that battle the Denizens. She has no name; her only distinguishing characteristics are her Crimson Lord Alastor, the Flame of the Heavens, and her sword, Nieto no Shana. Thus Yuji starts calling her Shana.

Shana begins following Yuji around, planning to use the treasure he carries to lure out a powerful Denizen named Free Agni. Shana, who has been trained all her life in the arts of battle and lived a solitary life, forging as few contacts and acquaintances as possible, starts to develop a friendship with the good natured and well meaning Yuji.

There are other Flame hazes as well, such as Margery Daw the Chanter of Elegies and Wilhelmina Carmel, the Specialist of Everything as well as other powerful Denizens that desire the Midnight Lost Child. However there are others vying for the affections of Yuji...

The series has a lot of sword and magic battles as well as a strong romantic plot. In addition to well choreographed fights, I found Shana's character to be very interesting. She is a girl who has previously been singularly devoted to being a Flame Haze but unknowingly finds herself in a situation beyond her understanding.

Currently Season 1 is out in the US, Season 2 is out in Japan, and Season 3 is in production.

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05-19-2010, 05:22 PM
You know quite a lot about various Anime, Raven-chan. :D

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard of Dragon Drive (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Drive)? :D:cool:

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05-19-2010, 10:09 PM
You know quite a lot about various Anime, Raven-chan. :D

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard of Dragon Drive (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Drive)? :D:cool:

Nope, never heard of it. And it's Raven, Ravenstein, Empress, the Tower, Mistress of the Symphony of Steel, or Shieldmaiden of the Storm, Sword, and Pen. Not Raven-chan. And yes, I know supposed to be an honorific and should I ever find myself in Japan I would use that, but I am not in Japan. I am in America right now and such cutesy courtesies make you sound silly.



How about a comedy series? Ever hear of Cromartie High School? It is about Kamiyama, who would normally be just a normal above average student. He is studious, polite, and somewhat ditzy. Unfortunately he goes to Cromartie High School, which is full of the toughest delinquents in Japan. Everyone assumes that Kamiyama is secretly some kind of epic badass because he so normal in a school of hardened delinquents that he must be like 'A bunny who lives in a den of lions! That has to be one badass bunny!'.

Other character include Hayashida, a delinquent who wears a very animated fake purple mohawk and always uses insane troll logic (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InsaneTrollLogic) to justify the nonsensical happenings at the school.

Then there is Maeda who gets kidnapped every couple episodes and his classmates routinely fail to save him. Everyone always gathers at his house after school despite his best efforts to get them not to. And his mom, who looks just like him, is part of the school's baseball team.

Mechazamwa is a robot who nobody except Kamiyama and Hayashida realize is a robot (including Mechazawa himself) despite looking like a tin can with arms and legs, obviously being made of metal, having a robotic voice, and who routinely opens himself up and oils and make small tuning adjustments himself. One time he even has another student help him perform a software update on himself. He dispenses sage advice and fights crime alongside Kamiyama as a motorcycle vigilante. Despite being a robot who is always servicing himself, he claims to be terrible with fixing machines. He has a brother named Beta that Kamiyama uses as a cellphone.

There is not one, but two gorillas at the school. It's not quite clear whether they are actually students.

My favorite character and one of the icons of the show is Freddie (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MA6TSuti-Y8/SO96o8ddxMI/AAAAAAAABow/WyslrqGXq9A/s400/26851111356844.jpg). Anyone familiar with rock and roll history will immediately recognize him as Freddie Mercury. Freddie never speaks but is universally regarded as the most awesome person in the school. He rides a horse through the hallways when bored.

Hokuto is an evil mastermind with aspirations of world domination who got transferred to the wrong school. He has a nameless lackey who always follows him around. Despite being a obvious evil mastermind, he is considered a regular part of the crew at Cromartie. He considers Kamiyama and Freddie to be his rivals.

A terrorist who has dreams of becoming a Mexican wrestler who is laying low after assuming the identity of a student at the school. The student eventually comes back and thereafter the terrorist is known as Student 1 and the real student is known as Student 2. They have to share a seat.

And there is also a large cast of other oddballs such as two men who dress up in bunny suits and have a TV show.

Like I said, it's a strange and insane comedy.

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05-19-2010, 10:24 PM
Yea I didn't like Legend of the Twilight as much as Signs, but I still think it was a bit better than Roots. It was the whole RPG MMO thing that got me as well.

Tsubasa series 2 isn't available through Netflix right now, but I do want to see it. The Birdcage movie I have seen and it's on my list just under the main one, but the title is the Romanized Japanese version (Tori Kago no Kuni no Himegimi). Haven't located the 3 OVAs either. It's pretty good series, but then I like the dimension hoping shows anyhow.

I haven't seen any other of the .hack series. I did think about checking them out but just never got around to it. There's always a lot more I want to see than I have the time for. You can easily find Tsubasa season 2 and the OVA's on just about any torrent search site. The OVA's were only released with some Japanese magazine in limited edition for some reason. I am still hoping CLAMP will bring them out to buy one day but it seems doubtful.

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05-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Nope, never heard of it. And it's Raven, Ravenstein, Empress, the Tower, Mistress of the Symphony of Steel, or Shieldmaiden of the Storm, Sword, and Pen. Not Raven-chan. And yes, I know supposed to be an honorific and should I ever find myself in Japan I would use that, but I am not in Japan. I am in America right now and such cutesy courtesies make you sound silly.



How about a comedy series? Ever hear of Cromartie High School? It is about Kamiyama, who would normally be just a normal above average student. He is studious, polite, and somewhat ditzy. Unfortunately he goes to Cromartie High School, which is full of the toughest delinquents in Japan. Everyone assumes that Kamiyama is secretly some kind of epic badass because he so normal in a school of hardened delinquents that he must be like 'A bunny who lives in a den of lions! That has to be one badass bunny!'.

Other character include Hayashida, a delinquent who wears a very animated fake purple mohawk and always uses insane troll logic (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InsaneTrollLogic) to justify the nonsensical happenings at the school.

Then there is Maeda who gets kidnapped every couple episodes and his classmates routinely fail to save him. Everyone always gathers at his house after school despite his best efforts to get them not to. And his mom, who looks just like him, is part of the school's baseball team.

Mechazamwa is a robot who nobody except Kamiyama and Hayashida realize is a robot (including Mechazawa himself) despite looking like a tin can with arms and legs, obviously being made of metal, having a robotic voice, and who routinely opens himself up and oils and make small tuning adjustments himself. One time he even has another student help him perform a software update on himself. He dispenses sage advice and fights crime alongside Kamiyama as a motorcycle vigilante. Despite being a robot who is always servicing himself, he claims to be terrible with fixing machines. He has a brother named Beta that Kamiyama uses as a cellphone.

There is not one, but two gorillas at the school. It's not quite clear whether they are actually students.

My favorite character and one of the icons of the show is Freddie (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MA6TSuti-Y8/SO96o8ddxMI/AAAAAAAABow/WyslrqGXq9A/s400/26851111356844.jpg). Anyone familiar with rock and roll history will immediately recognize him as Freddie Mercury. Freddie never speaks but is universally regarded as the most awesome person in the school. He rides a horse through the hallways when bored.

Hokuto is an evil mastermind with aspirations of world domination who got transferred to the wrong school. He has a nameless lackey who always follows him around. Despite being a obvious evil mastermind, he is considered a regular part of the crew at Cromartie. He considers Kamiyama and Freddie to be his rivals.

A terrorist who has dreams of becoming a Mexican wrestler who is laying low after assuming the identity of a student at the school. The student eventually comes back and thereafter the terrorist is known as Student 1 and the real student is known as Student 2. They have to share a seat.

And there is also a large cast of other oddballs such as two men who dress up in bunny suits and have a TV show.

Like I said, it's a strange and insane comedy.

Sounds pretty involved. But I guess all the best anime are.

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05-19-2010, 11:37 PM
Nope, never heard of it. And it's Raven, Ravenstein, Empress, the Tower, Mistress of the Symphony of Steel, or Shieldmaiden of the Storm, Sword, and Pen. Not Raven-chan. And yes, I know supposed to be an honorific and should I ever find myself in Japan I would use that, but I am not in Japan. I am in America right now and such cutesy courtesies make you sound silly.


Actually -chan might be considered a bit disrespectful to use with someone you don't know all that well yet. For Raven and you, -san or -sama would likely be more appropriate at this point, possibly -senpai, dependent on who is older. If we were in Japan anyhow. :cool:



I haven't seen any other of the .hack series. I did think about checking them out but just never got around to it. There's always a lot more I want to see than I have the time for. You can easily find Tsubasa season 2 and the OVA's on just about any torrent search site. The OVA's were only released with some Japanese magazine in limited edition for some reason. I am still hoping CLAMP will bring them out to buy one day but it seems doubtful.

Yea you should check out Signs at least, best of the .hack series IMO.

There's always a possibility that the Tsubasa OVA's might be able to be found in a boxed set or even as an 'Extras' feature.

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05-20-2010, 12:25 AM
oh man, TOTALLY, I love it when the blond spiky-haired hero powers up with all sorts of graphics and epic music going on everywhere, and even though is barely able to stand up manages to smash the evil yet emotionally misunderstood arch nemesis who then reappears in a different yet more powerful form a few episodes later.

best anime ever

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05-20-2010, 06:08 AM
Yea you should check out Signs at least, best of the .hack series IMO.

There's always a possibility that the Tsubasa OVA's might be able to be found in a boxed set or even as an 'Extras' feature.

Not currrently. There's a Collected Memories boxset that contains the two seasons and the movie but no OVA's. I know a lot of people I know where a bit PO'd about that. I had actually given away my 13 DVD's (12 volumes and the movie) to a friends daughter because I was hoping the boxset was going to have more. At least the current set is available on Blu-Ray though which makes it a lot less discs. I don't like having what I know are imcomplete sets though. ):

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05-20-2010, 06:12 AM
Nope, never heard of it. And it's Raven, Ravenstein, Empress, the Tower, Mistress of the Symphony of Steel, or Shieldmaiden of the Storm, Sword, and Pen. Not Raven-chan. And yes, I know supposed to be an honorific and should I ever find myself in Japan I would use that, but I am not in Japan. I am in America right now and such cutesy courtesies make you sound silly.

Actually -chan might be considered a bit disrespectful to use with someone you don't know all that well yet. For Raven and you, -san or -sama would likely be more appropriate at this point, possibly -senpai, dependent on who is older. If we were in Japan anyhow. :cool:

Right, sorry about that Raven. I guess the -chan sorta slipped out last time. I also live in America, but I've experienced so much Japanese Culture that little bits and pieces leak out into daily conversation, such as adding -chan to the name of someone I have a crush on...

Oh, shoot--did I really just say that last part out loud? *clamps hands over mouth*

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05-20-2010, 06:19 AM
I can understand Raven's dislike for the -chan crap. The whole -chan is supposed to be reserved for the people you know best but it just sounds... retarded in my opinion.

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05-20-2010, 06:33 AM
I can understand Raven's dislike for the -chan crap. The whole -chan is supposed to be reserved for the people you know best but it just sounds... retarded in my opinion.

...you just summarized my entire view of overused Japanese expressions in American culture. :rolleyes:

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05-20-2010, 07:38 AM
Yeah, and SaintHazard-chan doesn't quite roll off the tongue, either.
I haven't used -chan, -san since living in Japan. We have our own formalities here, which is where Miss, Mizz, Mrs., and Mr. all come in from.

In my case, you can just use my title, Laird.

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05-20-2010, 07:47 AM
Yeah, and SaintHazard-chan doesn't quite roll off the tongue, either.
I haven't used -chan, -san since living in Japan. We have our own formalities here, which is where Miss, Mizz, Mrs., and Mr. all come in from.

In my case, you can just use my title, Laird.

I'm gonna stick with the traditional "F*ckwad Vrano" when addressing you, I think.

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05-20-2010, 08:01 AM
I'm gonna stick with the traditional "F*ckwad Vrano" when addressing you, I think.

LOL

But seriously, I do have the title Laird irl. I don't ever use it, you know, because us Americans find that stuff goofy.

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05-20-2010, 02:32 PM
This review is actually for two series at the same time, Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate.

Both series are about a group called the Hellsing Organization, a special paramilitary unit within the British government dedicated to hunting down and exterminating, or as they call it silencing, vampires.

Both start with a village in the English countryside being overrun by vampires and the police unit that goes in to stop them being wiped out down to one girl, Seras Victoria. At the last minute Seras is rescued by a powerful vampire named Alucard, who works for the Hellsing organization. Seras is badly wounded and Alucard offers her the choice of dying or becoming a vampire. Seras accepts becoming a vampire.

Seras also joins Hellsing alongside her master, Alucard. Alucard himself works for Hellsing out of loyalty to Integra Hellsing, the head of the organization. Throught the two series, Hellsing battles vampire hunters, vampires, vampires bent on taking over England, and Nazi vampires.

Action, blood, and fight scenes abound in this gory series. By the end of it, you will recognize Alucard as one of the five biggest badasses of all time and realize he works for Hellsing because they have a good chance of fighting a strong enemy that can actually challenge Alucard.

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05-20-2010, 03:41 PM
This review is actually for two series at the same time, Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate.

Both series are about a group called the Hellsing Organization, a special paramilitary unit within the British government dedicated to hunting down and exterminating, or as they call it silencing, vampires.

Both start with a village in the English countryside being overrun by vampires and the police unit that goes in to stop them being wiped out down to one girl, Seras Victoria. At the last minute Seras is rescued by a powerful vampire named Alucard, who works for the Hellsing organization. Seras is badly wounded and Alucard offers her the choice of dying or becoming a vampire. Seras accepts becoming a vampire.

Seras also joins Hellsing alongside her master, Alucard. Alucard himself works for Hellsing out of loyalty to Integra Hellsing, the head of the organization. Throught the two series, Hellsing battles vampire hunters, vampires, vampires bent on taking over England, and Nazi vampires.

Action, blood, and fight scenes abound in this gory series. By the end of it, you will recognize Alucard as one of the five biggest badasses of all time and realize he works for Hellsing because they have a good chance of fighting a strong enemy that can actually challenge Alucard.

I've actually read some of the Hellsing Manga, and it's very good.

Two other Anime that I've watched and that I recommend are Dragon Drive and The King of Braves GaoGaiGar, as well as GaoGaiGar's sequel, The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL. :D

Here's a link to the Wikipedia Article for Dragon Drive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Drive

And here's a link to the Wikipedia Article for GaoGaiGar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GaoGaiGar

I recommend that you take a look through those articles, and then find and watch the shows if your curiosity is piqued enough by the articles. :D:cool:

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05-21-2010, 12:37 AM
Hello all, hope all is well.

You have all caught my interest. I must say I am very, VERY picky about my anime. The ones I've enjoyed the most are definitely Fullmetal Alchemist, Love Hina, Macross 7, and Gunslinger Girl. Oh yeah and Getbackers. Small list eh? :P

The reason I am so picky is that there are many aspects of anime that I just cannot agree with. The hero who has "stronger kung fu than the other guy". Poor female representation in certain series (Although I get it, Shonen does essentially mean boys comics or something, but still, some kickass women that don't get pushed to the side would be nice. I'm looking at you BLEACH). The hero that only grows stronger as a fighter simply because they one the super powered lottery (Another Bleach complaint, but also DBZ...actually Shonen in general I suppose).

Now that I think about it, I'm just picky :(

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05-21-2010, 01:13 AM
Ten Anime series that Ravenstein Recommends For People Who Normally Don't Watch Anime
1. Cowboy Bebop (Sci-Fi Western In Space)
2. Trigun (Sci-Fi Western on another planet)
3. Big O (Batman with Giant Robots)
4. Fullmetal Alchemist (Steampunk Fantasy)
5. Read or Die: The OVA (Superheroes)
6. Hellsing (Horror/Action)
7. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Comedy)
8. Ghost in the Shell (and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Cyberpunk inspired Sci-Fi Police Action
9. Slayers (Fantasy Adventure)
10. My-Hime (Magical Girl Fantasy/Romance)

All of these Ravenstein has seen and really don't have any confusing weirdness going on for the 'in' crowd, are fairly easy to understand, explore concepts not totally strange to American audiences, keep the story and action moving to maintain interest, and are generally high quality in storytelling.

Some good ones to watch after those are the Gundams (what I have seen), Evangelion, Bleach, Shakugan no Shana, a lot more. But those ten will keep most people's interest and Americans will readily identify with many of the characters. There are a lot of other good ones, but these ten I feel will ease a person into a variety of anime genres without bogging them down in confusion. drawn out action sequences, slow plots and strange concepts.

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05-21-2010, 01:16 AM
Ten Anime series that Ravenstein Recommends For People Who Normally Don't Watch Anime
1. Cowboy Bebop (Sci-Fi Western In Space)
2. Trigun (Sci-Fi Western on another planet)
3. Big O (Batman with Giant Robots)
4. Fullmetal Alchemist (Steampunk Fantasy)
5. Read or Die: The OVA (Superheroes)
6. Hellsing (Horror/Action)
7. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Comedy)
8. Ghost in the Shell (and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Cyberpunk inspired Sci-Fi Police Action
9. Slayers (Fantasy Adventure)
10. My-Hime (Magical Girl Fantasy/Romance)

All of these Ravenstein has seen and really don't have any confusing weirdness going on for the 'in' crowd, are fairly easy to understand, explore concepts not totally strange to American audiences, keep the story and action moving to maintain interest, and are generally high quality in storytelling.

Some good ones to watch after those are the Gundams (what I have seen), Evangelion, Bleach, Shakugan no Shana, a lot more. But those ten will keep most people's interest and Americans will readily identify with many of the characters. There are a lot of other good ones, but these ten I feel will ease a person into a variety of anime genres without bogging them down in confusion. drawn out action sequences, slow plots and strange concepts.

Hellsing caught my eye. What would you rate it on the overall scare factor? I like mine at 11/10 but I know thats asking way too much.

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05-21-2010, 01:24 AM
How much does huge amounts of blood scare you? Like enough blood to paint the city of London red.

Or armies of flesh zombies? With machine guns. And bullet proof riot shields.

Vampires that can, do, enjoy, and will at the slightest opportunity, kill people and drink their blood in the most gruesome way possible?

Or really, really freaky stuff (http://www.dvdcorral.com/dvd/images/max/013023198791.jpg)?

Or people impaled on end of a musket (no bayonet, musket pushed through her body) and similar gory and violent and painful deaths?

If any of those even make you feel somewhat unnerved, about a 10/10.

There is also Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate.

Hellsing has the Hellsing organization fighting a group that wants to overthrow the English Monarchy for some reason.

Hellsing Ultimate has the Hellsing Organization fighting Nazis.

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05-21-2010, 01:36 AM
How much does huge amounts of blood scare you? Like enough blood to paint the city of London red.

Or armies of flesh zombies? With machine guns. And bullet proof riot shields.

Vampires that can, do, enjoy, and will at the slightest opportunity, kill people and drink their blood in the most gruesome way possible?

Or really, really freaky stuff (http://www.dvdcorral.com/dvd/images/max/013023198791.jpg)?

Or people impaled on end of a musket (no bayonet, musket pushed through her body) and similar gory and violent and painful deaths?

If any of those even make you feel somewhat unnerved, about a 10/10.

There is also Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate.

Hellsing has the Hellsing organization fighting a group that wants to overthrow the English Monarchy for some reason.

Hellsing Ultimate has the Hellsing Organization fighting Nazis.

Gore and monsters never bothers me too much unless thats all the movie is. Usually its the atmosphere that the movie creates and the concepts that get me going. Seven stands as an exampe of a movie that impressed me and gave me chills. I liked The Others for the build up and concept. John Carpenters The Thing has what I think of as one of the scariest monster concepts in movie history.

Also the main characters need to be somewhat intelligent in how they deal with the situation for me to really get immersed in the story. When they're being chased by the monster/killer/etc. and they head for the nearest spooky house and stampede into the dark basement I stop taking the movie seriously.

Anyways, I'll check that one out sometime. Thanks.

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05-28-2010, 03:16 PM
So who likes cowboys? Apparently anime does, because they a lot of cowboy themed anime. Trigun however is cowboys on another planet. How is that for a twist?

Trigun is the story of the pacifist gunslinger Vash the Stampede (http://thenullset.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/vash.jpg). Vash's evil brother wants to break Vash and turn him evil too, and so he sends wave after wave of gunfighters after Vash to force him to break his pacifist tendencies.

Joining Vash are three other gunslingers. The mysterious priest Nicholas Wolfwood (http://images.tangognat.com/wolfwoodwithcross.jpg), who carries a large cross (symbolizing the weight of his sins, as he puts it) and is not above killing when it needs done. Meryl Stryfe and her friend and co-worker Millie Thompson (http://animeholicph.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/meryl-and-millie-big-gun.jpg), both girls who work for an insurance company trying to stop Vash's supposed destructive tendencies. They find out that it is not Vash's doing, but Knives and so they tag along to help Vash.

The four travel across the planet of Gunsmoke as Vash tries to first hide from Knives, and then eventually confront and defeat him.

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05-28-2010, 03:39 PM
Pretty Sammy is one thing to fit a demographic or niche..
Demon Hunter Yoko had her day..now its yours.
When I found this Question to profile you and which Anime Vamp you'd be.
Though it could be fun.
Glad people ventured into the Market over seas to bring us the fun and tragedy of Cowboy Bebop, Shampoo Ranma 1/2.
http://quizilla.teennick.com/quizzes/280458/anime-quiz-which-anime-vampire-are-you


You are MEIER LINK from "Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust"!

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05-28-2010, 04:05 PM
So who likes cowboys? Apparently anime does, because they a lot of cowboy themed anime. Trigun however is cowboys on another planet. How is that for a twist?

Trigun is the story of the pacifist gunslinger Vash the Stampede (http://thenullset.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/vash.jpg). Vash's evil brother wants to break Vash and turn him evil too, and so he sends wave after wave of gunfighters after Vash to force him to break his pacifist tendencies.

Joining Vash are three other gunslingers. The mysterious priest Nicholas Wolfwood (http://images.tangognat.com/wolfwoodwithcross.jpg), who carries a large cross (symbolizing the weight of his sins, as he puts it) and is not above killing when it needs done. Meryl Stryfe and her friend and co-worker Millie Thompson (http://animeholicph.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/meryl-and-millie-big-gun.jpg), both girls who work for an insurance company trying to stop Vash's supposed destructive tendencies. They find out that it is not Vash's doing, but Knives and so they tag along to help Vash.

The four travel across the planet of Gunsmoke as Vash tries to first hide from Knives, and then eventually confront and defeat him.

Trigun also follows a fine tradition of Anime that are an epic journey through music as well as fiction. Some parts of it's score that stick out in my mind are Vash's and Knives' respective themes. Colorless Sky, Fool's Paradise, and this particular little diddy whose name I cannot pronounce. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdH9dnzzIpk&feature=PlayList&p=1AF39BE6C4B78698&playnext_from=PL&index=57)


How much does huge amounts of blood scare you? Like enough blood to paint the city of London red.

Or armies of flesh zombies? With machine guns. And bullet proof riot shields.

Vampires that can, do, enjoy, and will at the slightest opportunity, kill people and drink their blood in the most gruesome way possible?

Or really, really freaky stuff (http://www.dvdcorral.com/dvd/images/max/013023198791.jpg)?

Or people impaled on end of a musket (no bayonet, musket pushed through her body) and similar gory and violent and painful deaths?

If any of those even make you feel somewhat unnerved, about a 10/10.

There is also Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate.

Hellsing has the Hellsing organization fighting a group that wants to overthrow the English Monarchy for some reason.

Hellsing Ultimate has the Hellsing Organization fighting Nazis.

And, referring to an earlier post of yours Raven, about keenly violent Anime. I'd highly recommend those who haven't seen it to give "Elven Lied" a try. The first five minutes of that Anime include more gore than in several other series combined. And yes, Hellsing IS pretty sweet. (I am a goreaholic))

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05-28-2010, 04:11 PM
The loincloth? Al's loincloth he wore over his armor...the armor his soul inhabited? That is what you didn't like? And that has caused you to not like the series?

Well anyway, I just finished the series Pani Poni Dash (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/Funny%20Stuff/monoponi.jpg). I, and most of the world, would classify it as a humor series.

It stars Rebecca Miyamoto, a twelve year-old super-genius who has graduated from MIT and has gotten a teaching job at a high school in Japan. Problem is she has the emotional maturity of a twelve year old and a penchant for hiding behind the curtains.

Furthermore the school seems to be mistaken for an insane asylum as all the students are nuts. Then again most of the teachers are either drunkards or ******* so nobody really notices. Rebecca also has a pet rabbit that tries to help her but lacks thumbs and thus is pretty much useless and relegated to being a lab animal for Rebecca's strange experiments she seems to get involved in on a daily basis.

Furthermore some aliens in a spaceship that looks just like the USS Enterprise are 'secretly' observing Rebecca for some odd reason.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onlEbMVWRF0)

I loved that show! I can really get into those kinda "sit down and don't ask questions" kinda animes.

If you liked that one, you'll definitely want to check out Negima!? but only after watching Negima!
While neither show follows the manga very well, both are still enjoyable in their own right. If you're not familiar with the manga, feel that after watching Negima! you'll have a much better appreciation for the characters in Negima!?

Also, seeing as how your anime watch list said you liked Last Exile (awesome anime), I'd recommend Utawarerumono. It had an awesome story, very enjoyable characters to watch and some cool action.


Also, wasn't Ichijo a riot in Poni Poni Dash?

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05-28-2010, 04:13 PM
Trigun also follows a fine tradition of Anime that are an epic journey through music as well as fiction. Some parts of it's score that stick out in my mind are Vash's and Knives' respective themes. Colorless Sky, Fool's Paradise, and this particular little diddy whose name I cannot pronounce. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdH9dnzzIpk&feature=PlayList&p=1AF39BE6C4B78698&playnext_from=PL&index=57)

And, referring to an earlier post of yours Raven, about keenly violent Anime. I'd highly recommend those who haven't seen it to give "Elven Lied" a try. The first five minutes of that Anime include more gore than in several other series combined.

MD Geist.

It's worth the pain if you really like that kinda gore. That's about all it's good for though, unless you like some of the cheesier, lower production anime (which I just happen to).

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05-28-2010, 04:16 PM
MD Geist.

It's worth the pain if you really like that kinda gore. That's about all it's good for though, unless you like some of the cheesier, lower production anime (which I just happen to).

LOL MD Geist totally kills that white haired lady who wanted to lay him. I think he is afraid of commitments.

Is this the kind of cheese you mean? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz4G7UVhLos)

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05-28-2010, 05:09 PM
LOL MD Geist totally kills that white haired lady who wanted to lay him. I think he is afraid of commitments.

Is this the kind of cheese you mean? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz4G7UVhLos)

Heck yeah!

I'm also a fan of the Rocket Punch, drills and combining of 2 robots.

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05-28-2010, 09:45 PM
Wait, wait, wait. You hated Cowboy Bebop? You are the first person I have met who did not love that series.

A quick synopsis for those interested:

In the not too distant future mankind has spread across the solar system. No true FTL flight, but travel between the planets is facilitated by hyperspace gates.

In this future there is a ship named the Bebop with eventually 4 bounty hunters and their dog. There is a former mob enforcer Spike Spiegel, former cop Jett Black, the woman without a past and a gambling addiction Faye Valentine, kid computer genius Edward, and their super intelligent dog Ein.

They are the best bad bounty hunter in the system. You see, in order to collect a bounty, the bounty must be alive. However they always seem to end up getting over their heads and so rarely actually end up collecting their bounty. They travel across the system, meeting interesting people, having crazy adventures, and trying to make a buck.

All the while their tragic pasts that they are running from occasionally catch up with them. Each crew member has an interesting backstory about how they ended up on a beat up old spaceship like the Bebop living from one job to another.

Cowboy Bebop's writing fall short of it's full potential. It varies from ok to good. Black Lagoon also suffers in the writing area of story lines.

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05-28-2010, 09:50 PM
Speaking of anime, I'm feeling like watching a new show.

I tend to like shows with giant robots, swordplay/a good conflict with a nice romantic subplot.

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05-28-2010, 10:22 PM
Have you seen Big O (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzWTWhRbxGU)? That one is a killer Giant Robot show. And a cute romantic subplot between Roger and Dorothy.

Bleach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_OW9TVxjCE) brings the swordplay and there is a nice romantic subplot between Ichigo and Rukia.

Last Exile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFgpawImQv8) has flying dreadnoughts, WW1 style dogfights, and a romantic subplot. Not giant robots, but close.

Shakugan no Shana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40xjuDCiB2A) has lots of swordplay, magic, and a very strong romantic plot. Oh

My-Hime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uph7CExPt0) has giant monsters, magical girls, swords (and many other weapons like guns, spears, tonfa, bows) and romantic subplots.

My-Otome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkO3YMDcY6U) has superheroes, giant monsters, and a story of friendship that depending on your interpretation could be a romantic subplot.

Haruhi Suzumiya has rock concerts, giant space battles, sexual harassment, giant crickets, knife wielding schoolgirls, a bad movie, a space heater, a murder mystery, a baseball game, and a romantic subplot.

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05-28-2010, 10:58 PM
I actually before the space heater reference and one joke I can vaguely recall was calling Yuki Nagato a "Water cooler" and "Space Heater", sadly enough she is the character in that I most identified with, aside from one time with Kyon after he outed with "And so my self imposed hell begins".

As for Big O, haven't seen that in years, not since like 2004 when I was still watching Adult Swim religiously for the Witch Hunter Robin premieres, once that was taken off and I grabbed the series on DVD I more or less turned my back on Adult Swim for like 4 years, grumbling under my breath at the mention of it's lineup.

It took a friend of mine named Greg some years later to show me the ending of Big O for me to realize it not only perfectly loops if you play it through again but that it absolutely positively wants to be Batman just like when I was a kid I absolutely positively wanted to be an astronaut. Just the same it was quite enjoyable getting closure on it, even if it left more questions than answers.

It takes a lot for me to like an Anime, I think if I tallied everything I've seen vs everything I liked I'd get like 5% like, 90% took a bottle-and-a-half of aspirin and prayed piously for the pain to stop, really takes something special for me to like a series or movie and generally speaking it's the shows that break the mold that I enjoy, something that actually managed to escape the constant re-use of oh-so-many archetypes and the same plots. Actually, truth told I loath TV in general. It's all the same thing over and over and over with punctuations of "Hey that was almost creative" shining through before right back to monotony.

*shrugs* At least Cold is coming out with a new album next month, something for my Auditory Array to enjoy processing. Visual Cortex can go soak it's head.

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05-29-2010, 07:26 AM
Have any of you ever seen The King of Braves GaoGaiGar? That is an AWESOME show.

It covers the actions of the Gutsy Geoid Guard, or 3G, an organization created to defend humanity from the threat of the Zonderians, evil aliens who use Zonder Metal to try and mechanize the worlds they come across.

3G has three different resources they use in their fight: An alien boy named Mamoru, capable of "purifying" Zonder Cores (which often contain trapped human beings), an alien Lion-shaped Mecha named Galeon (who originally brought Mamoru to Earth while Mamoru was still an infant), and Guy Shishioh, a former astronaut who was critically injured when the spacecraft he was in was destroyed by a Zonderian on its way to Earth. His father, Leo Shishioh, built Guy a cyborg body in order to keep him alive.

Guy is capable of performing Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5g_-tEpQw) with Galeon, creating a Mechanoid known as GaiGar. And, when the going gets tough, 3G deploys the GaoMachines, StealthGao (A stealth aircraft), LinerGao (A bullet train) and DrillGao (some kind of vehicle with twin drills on the front). GaiGar and the GaoMachines can then perform Final Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbesSY6iliA), creating the mighty Super Robot known as GaoGaiGar, the King of Braves.

This series has Transforming Robots, Combining Robots, very good fight scenes featuring those Robots, very-well-developed characters, and a romantic subplot between Guy and 3G Operator Mikoto Utsugi.

If your motto in life is "Victory comes to those who have Courage!!!", or if you just like Giant Robot Action, you'll love GaoGaiGar.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw1lN-f9Co)

PS. Love the new Avatar, Raven. :D:cool:

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05-29-2010, 08:01 AM
It wasn't hard. :P The loincloth for starters. How... silly was that?!

Edit: I picked up the Black Lagoon complete series (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Lagoon-Complete-James-Corrigall/dp/B0029XFQF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1274229227&sr=8-1) on Amazon a month or so ago for next to nothing. It was only $30 then but it's a lot more now. ): I had volumes 1 - 3 before hand but gave them away because the series set was that much cheaper than the second series.

Chain mail to protect the groin and inner thighs was very common because plate could not be articulated in such a way was to protect comfortably and still allow the combatant to assume stable fighting stances, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/90/Maximilienne-p1000557.jpg. In other words get over Al's "loin cloth" there is a historic precedence for it. That and Full Metal Alchemist is a japanime take on steam punk.

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05-29-2010, 04:08 PM
Oh My Goddess and Steel Angel Kurumi Have that fun spirit of Boy meets Goddess girl or mechanical.
More light hearted w moments of mean. Set in a early era of the new century.. Like Sleeping Beauty it all starts w a kiss..:D Well have a Belldandy good time..

Classical Movies turned to Anime Series Ghost in the Shell leads the question of humanity augmented and unsure of its own souls or mortality. So Cyber up that Cyborg and lets steam up the mirror..Major!

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05-29-2010, 09:04 PM
We should probably start out listing some series we liked and disliked.

Like: CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Chobits, Trigun, Sailor Moon, Hell Girl, and Black Lagoon

Hate: Naruto, anything Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, and so many more. :P



wow, you hate something I would call the best anime series, ever... I also like cow and chiken, so my opinions are trash, anyways :D

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06-01-2010, 11:06 AM
Well I just finished watching Clannad and I must say the show was amazing.

The characters were very beautifully detailed and each one's personality helped to make them feel alive.
Each volume seemed to build you up to a moment towards the end of each volume where building emotions for the character's are suddenly released in a beautiful and yet so simple manner, you really fall in love with the characters and start to feel happy and sad for them.
The story is very happy at times and at others it can be very sad, yet there are no episodes that are just happy or sad, all of them are wonderful emotional roller coaster rides.
It's also interesting to note that there is a very low amount of ecchi and fan service moments. Apparently the writer feels that such things detract from over all feel of the story.

If you can only stand to watch shows with big, HD explosions and can't stand deep and compelling stories, turn away now, Clannad isn't for you. However if you can enjoy a deep and dramatic story with romantic and comedic elements that vary from very deep to very light then this show will definitely suck you in if you let it.

Clannad is freshly dubbed in English and the stream version on Netflix and The Anime Channel is now in English. The subbed version is currently avilable on DvD and the dubbed version will be released June 15th.

I would rate it a 9.5/10 It loses 0.5 points only because I feel they could have explored some plot elements more during the 2nd volume but absolutely nothing in the show is ignored or left unresolved.

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06-01-2010, 11:11 AM
I keep seeing ads for this new GheyBlade crap! I hated the original BeyBlade rubbish and have no intention of even wasting a half hour of my time watching an episode of the new series.

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06-01-2010, 11:28 AM
Have any of you ever seen The King of Braves GaoGaiGar? That is an AWESOME show.

It covers the actions of the Gutsy Geoid Guard, or 3G, an organization created to defend humanity from the threat of the Zonderians, evil aliens who use Zonder Metal to try and mechanize the worlds they come across.

3G has three different resources they use in their fight: An alien boy named Mamoru, capable of "purifying" Zonder Cores (which often contain trapped human beings), an alien Lion-shaped Mecha named Galeon (who originally brought Mamoru to Earth while Mamoru was still an infant), and Guy Shishioh, a former astronaut who was critically injured when the spacecraft he was in was destroyed by a Zonderian on its way to Earth. His father, Leo Shishioh, built Guy a cyborg body in order to keep him alive.

Guy is capable of performing Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5g_-tEpQw) with Galeon, creating a Mechanoid known as GaiGar. And, when the going gets tough, 3G deploys the GaoMachines, StealthGao (A stealth aircraft), LinerGao (A bullet train) and DrillGao (some kind of vehicle with twin drills on the front). GaiGar and the GaoMachines can then perform Final Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbesSY6iliA), creating the mighty Super Robot known as GaoGaiGar, the King of Braves.

This series has Transforming Robots, Combining Robots, very good fight scenes featuring those Robots, very-well-developed characters, and a romantic subplot between Guy and 3G Operator Mikoto Utsugi.

If your motto in life is "Victory comes to those who have Courage!!!", or if you just like Giant Robot Action, you'll love GaoGaiGar.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw1lN-f9Co)

Does anyone have any opinions, comments, or questions about GaoGaiGar? :D:cool:

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06-01-2010, 11:36 AM
Does anyone have any opinions, comments, or questions about GaoGaiGar? :D:cool:

It sounds kind of stupid. Sorry.

I'm way more interested in a few of the ones Raven's mentioned.

Minus the vampires. I hate vampires.

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06-01-2010, 11:40 AM
I keep seeing ads for this new GheyBlade crap! I hated the original BeyBlade rubbish and have no intention of even wasting a half hour of my time watching an episode of the new series.

Yeah those kinda shows serve little more purpose than to sell crap to kids.
While there's nothing wrong with making anime for kids, there is anime for kids that has has much deeper story lines out there.

The thing I always loved about anime is a good anime transcends age gaps. A good anime can be enjoyed by a more mature adudiance with out having to revert to 3rd grade potty humor.

Most animation marketed towards an older audience in the US uses potty humor and non stop sex jokes to appeal to their age group. Now when I was 8 that kinda stuff was immature. Why is it suddenly not only supposed to be mature, but also comedic gold?

Take, for example, Ugly Americans. Ok, for starters it gets points for the whole "creatures of the underworld integrate with human society" concept. I liked it in Shuffle! but despite all of the fan service, Shuffle! was able to maintain a cohesive plot and story line with out degrading into a 30 minute block of sex and poop jokes. In fact Shuffle! had it's fair share of ecchi elements but they didn't drive the plot forward, they were just kinda there.

Also, on an aside note, I really gets me when people have the nerve to accuse anime of creating characters who look inhuman. Seriously? The bulk of American animation is drawn by people who can't draw! Lelouch Vi Britannia may look like some kinda bug-man-stick-figure with his large head and impossibly long and slender body, but that's just the style they animate him with. He looks no less inhuman than Peter Griffin or Quagmire do from family guy.

Basically, all the complaints people put forward about anime also apply to western media, it's just we're so quick to label all anime as all being part of the same entity because it's forgen.

I'm sorry I went off in a bit of a tangent. But yeah that bakugon crap does suck.

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06-01-2010, 11:42 AM
It sounds kind of stupid. Sorry.

I'm way more interested in a few of the ones Raven's mentioned.

Minus the vampires. I hate vampires.

idk, as I said before, I can really enjoy that old school "uber-corn-and-cheese" anime. It's an art form, like B-movies. You know it's gonna be cheesy, but that's why you like it.

I'm watching Godanar atm, after I finish that I might have to check out some more old school super robot anime from the 70s.

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06-01-2010, 11:51 AM
idk, as I said before, I can really enjoy that old school "uber-corn-and-cheese" anime. It's an art form, like B-movies. You know it's gonna be cheesy, but that's why you like it.

I'm watching Godanar atm, after I finish that I might have to check out some more old school super robot anime from the 70s.

You might want to try GaoGaiGar, then. As a fan trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlkNcDDGA3o) for the show says:

"Before Gurren Lagann

and before Godannar

There was

the one

and only

KING
OF
THE
BRAVES"

:D:cool:

EDIT: What's your opinion of GaoGaiGar, Raven? And do you have any comments or questions about it?

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06-01-2010, 12:29 PM
It sounds kind of stupid. Sorry.

I'm way more interested in a few of the ones Raven's mentioned.

Minus the vampires. I hate vampires.

Hellsing is less vampires and more gore, guns, and violence. And Nazis.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-5VWT62HY).

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06-01-2010, 12:33 PM
Hellsing is less vampires and more gore, guns, and violence. And Nazis.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-5VWT62HY).

Are the vampires also Nazis? Or is it vampires killing Nazis?

The former is acceptable. The latter is questionable. You're allowed to make something I hate also something else I hate and then kill them.

I didn't click the link because I'm at work, with no sound. I'll do it when I get home.

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06-01-2010, 12:39 PM
Hellsing is less vampires and more gore, guns, and violence. And Nazis.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-5VWT62HY).

yeah that was an awesome show.

Zombie Nazis, that's a totally original idea! :rolleyes:

Seriously though, it's not Twilight. In fact nothing would make me more happy if all of those twilight hags out there watched this show and when into some kinda relapse because their happy little world was shattered by their interpretation of vampires.

Raven, if you like Hellsing, did you also like Trinity Blood? I thought it was ok, kinda tri-gun meets Hellsing. I liked the setting and the concept but feel the characters could have used a little more development. A good one over all IMHO, maybe 7.5/10

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06-01-2010, 12:43 PM
Are the vampires also Nazis? Or is it vampires killing Nazis?

The former is acceptable. The latter is questionable. You're allowed to make something I hate also something else I hate and then kill them.

I didn't click the link because I'm at work, with no sound. I'll do it when I get home.

It has both. Human vampire hunters and vampires who hunt vampires (I am not going to call the two vampires that hunt vampires good vampires because one hunts vampires because he is bored and is looking for a good fight to relieve the boredom) versus Nazi vampires.

Hellsing also has the most evil speech ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6wcw5jWRhc). Transcript of it:

Major: "My friends, it has often been said that I like war. Friends, I like war. No, friends, I love war!

I love holocausts. I love blitzkriegs. I love defensive lines. I love sieges, charges, I love mop-up operations, and retreats.


Wars across prairies, in streets, in trenches, in grasslands, in frozen tundras, through deserts, on the sea, in the air, I love every act of war that can occur upon this earth.

I love blasting the enemy to smithereens with artillery salvos that thunder across the lines of battle.

My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier is tossed high into the air and cut to pieces by well placed sniper rounds.

And there is nothing like a tank operator using a Tiger 88 to destroy enemy tanks. And the feeling that comes when a soldier runs screaming from his blazing tank only to be mowed down by heavy machine gun fire, is such an exquisite feeling.

Like when ranks of infantry brandish their bayonets rushing into the enemy line. It moves me deep within my heart to watch a fresh recruit stabbing over and over into the bloated chest of a long-dead enemy.

The sight of deserters being strung up from a street lamp is an irresistible pleasure. And there is nothing more arousing, than the sounds made by prisoners of war dropping like flies, screaming in agony as they're mowed down by ear piercing schmeissers!

When a band of pitiful resistance fighters makes their final stands with nothing but small arms, only to have their city smashed to atoms block by block by 4.8 ton bombshells, I'm in ecstasy.

I love it when my forces are ravaged by a Russian armored division. It's so sad to see towns and villages that were supposed to be defended at all costs, being laid to waste, their women and children being *****, and killed.

I love to be squashed under the heel of the British and American war machines. The humiliation, as my men crawl around like vermin, ducking the Yak bombers flying overhead.


Gentlemen... All I ask for is war, a war so grand as to make Hell itself tremble. Gentlemen, I ask you as fellow brothers in arms, what is it you really want? Do you wish for further war as I do? Do you wish for a merciless, bloody war? A war whose fury is built with iron, and lightning, and fire? Do you ask for war to sweep in like a tempest, leaving not even ravens to scavenge, from this Earth!?"

Letzes Battalion: "Krieg! Krieg! Krieg! Krieg, krieg, krieg!"

Major: "Very well. Then krieg is what you shall have. We are a clenched fist, ready to strike down all who oppose us, with our might. But.. After enduring over half a century wallowing in the darkness, for us, a simple "ordinary" war will no longer be sufficient. We need a MASSIVE war! A war beyond any other that man's history has never known!

We are but a single battalion.. The remnants of of defeated army numbering less than a thousand strong. However, I believe that each of you old warriors is worth a thousand of their sickly soft children! We represent a force that could easily defeat an army of a million and one men! It is time for them to awake the ones who sent us screaming into oblivion, and who now lie sleeping. Let's drag them out of bed by the hair, and remind them of what we are! We will remind them of what it feels like to live in fear. We will remind them of the sound our jackboots make against their throats. We will remind them, that there are more things between Heaven and Hell than are dreamt of in their philosophy.

Our Kampfgruppe of one thousand vampires will burn this world down to ash. Yes, my friends! Soon, Europe's charred remains will illuminate the night sky! I have brought you all back just as I promised I would. Back to our favorite battlefield. Back to our beloved war!

At last, the sea lion has crossed the ocean and is heading up the hill! Attention soldiers of the Millennium battalion, this is a message from your commander:

Friends...let's bring them Hell."

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06-01-2010, 12:46 PM
yeah that was an awesome show.

Zombie Nazis, that's a totally original idea! :rolleyes:

Seriously though, it's not Twilight. In fact nothing would make me more happy if all of those twilight hags out there watched this show and when into some kinda relapse because their happy little world was shattered by their interpretation of vampires.

Raven, if you like Hellsing, did you also like Trinity Blood? I thought it was ok, kinda tri-gun meets Hellsing. I liked the setting and the concept but feel the characters could have used a little more development. A good one over all IMHO, maybe 7.5/10

Sorry, but any depiction of vampires you're ever going to see these days is going to be just as unbelievably horribly cheesy as Twilight.

I'll stick to my Bram Stoker vampires, thank you very much.

I hate all modern Dracula movies.
I hate all classic Dracula movies.
I hate Blade.
I hate Underworld.
I hate Twilight.
I hate I Am Legend.
I hate World of Darkness.

I would hate Bloodrayne if the Nazi-murdering madness didn't grossly overshadow the minor character trait of the main character being a vampire. Is it even mentioned more than once in the games? I don't think so. So Bloodrayne gets a pardon.

I love Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The book, not the movie. The movie was bad.

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06-01-2010, 01:07 PM
yeah that was an awesome show.

Zombie Nazis, that's a totally original idea! :rolleyes:

Seriously though, it's not Twilight. In fact nothing would make me more happy if all of those twilight hags out there watched this show and when into some kinda relapse because their happy little world was shattered by their interpretation of vampires.

Raven, if you like Hellsing, did you also like Trinity Blood? I thought it was ok, kinda tri-gun meets Hellsing. I liked the setting and the concept but feel the characters could have used a little more development. A good one over all IMHO, maybe 7.5/10

Trinity Blood was okay, but not one of my favorites. I would give it a 7/10

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06-01-2010, 01:18 PM
Sorry, but any depiction of vampires you're ever going to see these days is going to be just as unbelievably horribly cheesy as Twilight.

I'll stick to my Bram Stoker vampires, thank you very much.

I hate all modern Dracula movies.
I hate all classic Dracula movies.
I hate Blade.
I hate Underworld.
I hate Twilight.
I hate I Am Legend.
I hate World of Darkness.

I would hate Bloodrayne if the Nazi-murdering madness didn't grossly overshadow the minor character trait of the main character being a vampire. Is it even mentioned more than once in the games? I don't think so. So Bloodrayne gets a pardon.

I love Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The book, not the movie. The movie was bad.

Yeah vampires have really kinda lost tier mystery in modern days and been reverted to either the maestro of a orchestral gore fest or the love interest in an Ann Rice novel or tween emo romance trash.

Though, Bram Stoker is still very relevant in modern times (as most classical literary legends are), I feel that there are other narratives and interpretations of vampires that can can fall on either end of the spectrum from good/interesting to bad/wtf. I think Hellsing does a good job of blending various aspects and you never really know id Alucard is a good guy, bad guy or just bored passing time by doing the missions that the Hellsing institute suggests to him.

Personally, I'm all about Russell Stauffer Count Chocula myself. :p

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06-01-2010, 01:22 PM
Yeah vampires have really kinda lost tier mystery in modern days and been reverted to either the maestro of a orchestral gore fest or the love interest in an Ann Rice novel or tween emo romance trash.

Though, Bram Stoker is still very relevant in modern times (as most classical literary legends are), I feel that there are other narratives and interpretations of vampires that can can fall on either end of the spectrum from good/interesting to bad/wtf. I think Hellsing does a good job of blending various aspects and you never really know id Alucard is a good guy, bad guy or just bored passing time by doing the missions that the Hellsing institute suggests to him.

Personally, I'm all about Russell Stauffer Count Chocula myself. :p

See, if the characters are, on their own, interesting, or the action is, on its own, thrilling, I can look past the whole vampire thing.

My biggest issue is that being a vampire is used as a cheap gimmick. Twilight is only "interesting" because it's about some chick wanting to bone a vampire. Blade is only "interesting" because it's about mutant vampires killing non-mutant vampires. Underworld is only "interesting" because it's about vampires murdering werewolves. Remove that and you have an incredibly bland, trite, dead horse story.

So if the characters in Hellsing speak for themselves and aren't just vampires killing Nazis, I'll watch it.

But I make no promises regarding enjoyment.

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06-01-2010, 01:24 PM
Have any of you ever seen The King of Braves GaoGaiGar? That is an AWESOME show.

It covers the actions of the Gutsy Geoid Guard, or 3G, an organization created to defend humanity from the threat of the Zonderians, evil aliens who use Zonder Metal to try and mechanize the worlds they come across.

3G has three different resources they use in their fight: An alien boy named Mamoru, capable of "purifying" Zonder Cores (which often contain trapped human beings), an alien Lion-shaped Mecha named Galeon (who originally brought Mamoru to Earth while Mamoru was still an infant), and Guy Shishioh, a former astronaut who was critically injured when the spacecraft he was in was destroyed by a Zonderian on its way to Earth. His father, Leo Shishioh, built Guy a cyborg body in order to keep him alive.

Guy is capable of performing Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5g_-tEpQw) with Galeon, creating a Mechanoid known as GaiGar. And, when the going gets tough, 3G deploys the GaoMachines, StealthGao (A stealth aircraft), LinerGao (A bullet train) and DrillGao (some kind of vehicle with twin drills on the front). GaiGar and the GaoMachines can then perform Final Fusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbesSY6iliA), creating the mighty Super Robot known as GaoGaiGar, the King of Braves.

This series has Transforming Robots, Combining Robots, very good fight scenes featuring those Robots, very-well-developed characters, and a romantic subplot between Guy and 3G Operator Mikoto Utsugi.

If your motto in life is "Victory comes to those who have Courage!!!", or if you just like Giant Robot Action, you'll love GaoGaiGar.

Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw1lN-f9Co)

OK, we know what SaintHazard thinks about GaoGaiGar.

What's your opinion on GaoGaiGar, Raven? For that matter, what does everyone else think about it? :D:cool:

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06-01-2010, 01:44 PM
OK, we know what SaintHazard thinks about GaoGaiGar.

What's your opinion on GaoGaiGar, Raven? For that matter, what does everyone else think about it? :D:cool:

Looks like Voltron.

Voltron never really looked very interesting to me.

See, if the characters are, on their own, interesting, or the action is, on its own, thrilling, I can look past the whole vampire thing.

My biggest issue is that being a vampire is used as a cheap gimmick. Twilight is only "interesting" because it's about some chick wanting to bone a vampire. Blade is only "interesting" because it's about mutant vampires killing non-mutant vampires. Underworld is only "interesting" because it's about vampires murdering werewolves. Remove that and you have an incredibly bland, trite, dead horse story.

So if the characters in Hellsing speak for themselves and aren't just vampires killing Nazis, I'll watch it.

But I make no promises regarding enjoyment.

The fact that they are vampires is used as an explanation for why they can shoot each each other fifty times and still be able to fight back or to be able to move faster then a bullet.

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06-01-2010, 02:04 PM
The fact that they are vampires is used as an explanation for why they can shoot each each other fifty times and still be able to fight back or to be able to move faster then a bullet.

That doesn't really tell me a whole lot. Makes it sound like a gimmick, though.

Let me ask you this: if the characters were NOT vampires, would the show still be enjoyable to watch?

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06-01-2010, 02:14 PM
See, if the characters are, on their own, interesting, or the action is, on its own, thrilling, I can look past the whole vampire thing.

My biggest issue is that being a vampire is used as a cheap gimmick. Twilight is only "interesting" because it's about some chick wanting to bone a vampire. Blade is only "interesting" because it's about mutant vampires killing non-mutant vampires. Underworld is only "interesting" because it's about vampires murdering werewolves. Remove that and you have an incredibly bland, trite, dead horse story.

So if the characters in Hellsing speak for themselves and aren't just vampires killing Nazis, I'll watch it.

But I make no promises regarding enjoyment.

Yeah I hear that.
Kinda like how special effects as of late have become an excuse to dumb down story in favor of more explosions.

Modern cinema thinks that most people are morons (an assumption I have a difficult time disproving) and thus they need these dumbed down concepts to help people enjoy a movies. They need to apply labels and generalization to movies so they know if they should laugh, cry or be dazzled.

Don't let the vampires in Hellsing turn you away from it, it definitely fits in with the story and it works very well. The characters are interesting and the action is awesome! (for example, crashing a zomified SR-71 black bird into an air craft carrier)

That's what's always been appealing to me regarding anime. While you shouldn't use it as a general term to encompass all works of literature from Japan (visual, game play, printed or other wise) it does help to let you know what you're watching. Really, I use it as a term to identify that the show's in a category that's unrecognizable. Their sad dramas can make you laugh. Their political dramas don't always take sides. Their morals can be grey and they might be no bad guy, or some times no good guy.

There are bad anime, and good anime, just like any other genre.

Anime can tranced genres and mediums. For example, there is a show called Scrubs. It's about doctors in a hospital. Right off that bad, I'd usually be turned off by that description. "Oh great, another medical drama, like we don't already have enough of those!" But the execution is superb! The story follows them as they turn from interns to full medical practitioners. The characters are well developed and shift from comedy to drama is swift and elegant.
Deep, complex characters, a long lasting persistent story, lightheartedness mixed with a deeper and darker or sadder story elements and the ability to be serious when necessary but to never take itself too serious. That, to me, is the essence of a good anime. Scrubs has all of that and it's a live action, western medical comedy/drama. So did an older show called Boy Meet's World. Western media clearly has the ability to make shows that are as deep as anime, we just choose not to.

Giant robots, shooting fire balls from your hands, ninjas, katanas, none of those are necessary for my ideal of anime, though they definitely pop up enough. All you need is a deep story, complex and believable characters, the willingness to challenge conventional thought or ideals and the nerve to explore human nature. That is the essence of anime!


I'm sorry, I got off on a rant again.... I tend to do that some times. :o

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06-01-2010, 02:25 PM
That doesn't really tell me a whole lot. Makes it sound like a gimmick, though.

Let me ask you this: if the characters were NOT vampires, would the show still be enjoyable to watch?

Yes and no.
If Alucard wasn't a vampire, he would just be some weird creature that can change shapes and the lead female would be dead after the first episode. Also the Hellsing Institute wouldn't carry the same symbolical means with out vampires.

All of the action could be just as enjoyable, but the story is built around the concept of vampire hunters and vampires hunting vampires.

With out vampires in the story, key plot elements and character conflicts would fall apart and need to be completely rewritten. It would likely degrade into some other supernatural anime with "young teens with powers fighting monsters"

The Vampire element is a key stone in this series, not a gimmick. Do they use it as a plot device? Yes, but this opens up many narratives that other wise could not be explored. They series is built around vampires, but in a way that is both essential to the narrative and that lets it stand out. With out vampires, it would be a very generic series with an entirely different feel to it... unless they simply used a name other than vampires, but then people would watch and just assume they renamed vampires.

They truly embrace the concept of vampicness and explore it to a good extent. It is not a gimick.

I'm sorry, but I really don't know if I explained it well. You should be able to find some clips on youtube of it, maybe a few episodes in 3 or 4 part segments. Funimation channel some times has whole episodes, look around.

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06-01-2010, 02:28 PM
Yes and no.
If Alucard wasn't a vampire, he would just be some weird creature that can change shapes and the lead female would be dead after the first episode. Also the Hellsing Institute wouldn't carry the same symbolical means with out vampires.

All of the action could be just as enjoyable, but the story is built around the concept of vampire hunters and vampires hunting vampires.

With out vampires in the story, key plot elements and character conflicts would fall apart and need to be completely rewritten. It would likely degrade into some other supernatural anime with "young teens with powers fighting monsters"

The Vampire element is a key stone in this series, not a gimmick. Do they use it as a plot device? Yes, but this opens up many narratives that other wise could not be explored. They series is built around vampires, but in a way that is both essential to the narrative and that lets it stand out. With out vampires, it would be a very generic series with an entirely different feel to it... unless they simply used a name other than vampires, but then people would watch and just assume they renamed vampires.

They truly embrace the concept of vampicness and explore it to a good extent. It is not a gimick.

I'm sorry, but I really don't know if I explained it well. You should be able to find some clips on youtube of it, maybe a few episodes in 3 or 4 part segments. Funimation channel some times has whole episodes, look around.

It actually does sound kind of interesting, despite its reliance upon vampires.

I shall approach it cautiously, in a crabwise manner, expecting to hate it. If what you and Raven say is true, I will be pleasantly surprised.

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06-01-2010, 04:38 PM
It actually does sound kind of interesting, despite its reliance upon vampires.

I shall approach it cautiously, in a crabwise manner, expecting to hate it. If what you and Raven say is true, I will be pleasantly surprised.

That's the spirit, be daring!

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06-01-2010, 04:59 PM
Looks like Voltron.

Voltron never really looked very interesting to me.

I see.

Well, another good Anime I know is Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (or MGLN for short). Although MGLN is a Magical Girl Anime, it is NOT your typical Magical Girl Anime.

MGLN stars Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary 3rd-Grader living in Uminari City in Japan. In her family, she's the youngest of three children, and she goes to school with her best friends Arisa Bannings and Suzuka Tsukimura. Nanoha sometimes feels like a third wheel, floating off on her own even with all her friends and family--her parents still act like a couple of newlyweds, her brother and sister get along very well, and Arisa and Suzuka are pretty close, too (and no, the Anime does not say whether Arisa and Suzuka are lesbians and in a relationship or not--it doesn't even provide any hints either way). On top of that, Nanoha has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up.

Everything changes for Nanoha when she comes across an injured ferret, who turns out to be a mage from another world named Yuuno Scrya (Yuuno is actually a human boy around Nanoha's age, although she doesn't learn this until around episode 8 [MGLN is 13 episodes long], which provides for some major humor--ESPECIALLY in episode 5, where all of Nanoha's friends and family [and Yuuno] go off to some hot springs :D). Yuuno is an archaeologist on his homeworld, and he discovered 21 magical objects called Jewel Seeds. He had them shipped to another world where they could be properly analyzed, but the transport they were in had an accident and blew up, scattering the Jewel Seeds all over Earth. Injured soon after arriving, Yuuno can't continue searching for them on his own. Fortunately, Nanoha has incredible magical potential, so she agrees to help Yuuno. Yuuno gives Nanoha an Intelligent Device (read: Magic Weapon) called Raging Heart (or Raising Heart--it depends on how you translate it, but I prefer Raging Heart), and she begins searching for the Jewel Seeds.

The first three episodes are something of a "fight the monster of the week to get the magical artifacts" routine, but everything changes in episode 4, when another mage named Fate Testarossa (who is a gril Nanoha's age) appears, also searching for the Jewel Seeds. She becomes Nanoha's rival, although the majority of the action follows Nanoha's attempts to talk to Fate and come to an understanding.

In episode 8, the Time-Space Administration Bureau appears, and we find that the Jewel Seeds are even more powerful than even Yuuno first thought. The action still focuses on Nanoha's attempts to talk to Fate (who is collecting the Jewel Seeds for her mother, Precia [Precia, by the way, is certifiably insane for reasons I will not mention due to the fact that they would spoil the plot]), and comes to a head in episodes 10 and 11, with a full-on, no-holds-barred fight between Nanoha and Fate (a common theme in MGLN and subsequent seasons is how Nanoha befriends her opponents by blasting them with her large arsenal of beam attacks [the Nanoha fanbase even calls her "the White Devil"]) Episode 12 then takes the fight to Precia directly, and episode 13 deals with the aftermath while setting up a very close friendship (and quite probably something more) between Nanoha and Fate.

If you like action, Magical Talking Weapons, zanyness, well-developed characters, and a plot with more twists than the most complicated canyon and/or river, you'll enjoy Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.

Episode 1 Part 1 English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3q5izLhdJE)

Get the official English Dub at Amazon.com!!! (http://www.amazon.com/Lyrical-Nanoha-Complete-Viridian-Collection/dp/B002MXZYDQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1275432920&sr=8-3)

:D:cool:

EDIT: Any questions, or comments?

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06-01-2010, 05:33 PM
I see.

Well, another good Anime I know is Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (or MGLN for short). Although MGLN is a Magical Girl Anime, it is NOT your typical Magical Girl Anime.

MGLN stars Nanoha Takamachi, an ordinary 3rd-Grader living in Uminari City in Japan. In her family, she's the youngest of three children, and she goes to school with her best friends Arisa Bannings and Suzuka Tsukimura. Nanoha sometimes feels like a third wheel, floating off on her own even with all her friends and family--her parents still act like a couple of newlyweds, her brother and sister get along very well, and Arisa and Suzuka are pretty close, too (and no, the Anime does not say whether Arisa and Suzuka are lesbians and in a relationship or not--it doesn't even provide any hints either way). On top of that, Nanoha has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up.

Everything changes for Nanoha when she comes across an injured ferret, who turns out to be a mage from another world named Yuuno Scrya (Yuuno is actually a human boy around Nanoha's age, although she doesn't learn this until around episode 8 [MGLN is 13 episodes long], which provides for some major humor--ESPECIALLY in episode 5, where all of Nanoha's friends and family [and Yuuno] go off to some hot springs :D). Yuuno is an archaeologist on his homeworld, and he discovered 21 magical objects called Jewel Seeds. He had them shipped to another world where they could be properly analyzed, but the transport they were in had an accident and blew up, scattering the Jewel Seeds all over Earth. Injured soon after arriving, Yuuno can't continue searching for them on his own. Fortunately, Nanoha has incredible magical potential, so she agrees to help Yuuno. Yuuno gives Nanoha an Intelligent Device (read: Magic Weapon) called Raging Heart (or Raising Heart--it depends on how you translate it, but I prefer Raging Heart), and she begins searching for the Jewel Seeds.

The first three episodes are something of a "fight the monster of the week to get the magical artifacts" routine, but everything changes in episode 4, when another mage named Fate Testarossa (who is a gril Nanoha's age) appears, also searching for the Jewel Seeds. She becomes Nanoha's rival, although the majority of the action follows Nanoha's attempts to talk to Fate and come to an understanding.

In episode 8, the Time-Space Administration Bureau appears, and we find that the Jewel Seeds are even more powerful than even Yuuno first thought. The action still focuses on Nanoha's attempts to talk to Fate (who is collecting the Jewel Seeds for her mother, Precia [Precia, by the way, is certifiably insane for reasons I will not mention due to the fact that they would spoil the plot]), and comes to a head in episodes 10 and 11, with a full-on, no-holds-barred fight between Nanoha and Fate (a common theme in MGLN and subsequent seasons is how Nanoha befriends her opponents by blasting them with her large arsenal of beam attacks [the Nanoha fanbase even calls her "the White Devil"]) Episode 12 then takes the fight to Precia directly, and episode 13 deals with the aftermath while setting up a very close friendship (and quite probably something more) between Nanoha and Fate.

If you like action, Magical Talking Weapons, zanyness, well-developed characters, and a plot with more twists than the most complicated canyon and/or river, you'll enjoy Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.

Episode 1 Part 1 English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3q5izLhdJE)

Get the official English Dub at Amazon.com!!! (http://www.amazon.com/Lyrical-Nanoha-Complete-Viridian-Collection/dp/B002MXZYDQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1275432920&sr=8-3)

:D:cool:

EDIT: Any questions, or comments?

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is one of my all time favorites! A magical girl show with a more mature feel to it and some awesome with very likable characters! I would trade my right spleen if Strikers was released in English .

If you don't like it, Nanoha will befriend you.... pray she doesn't befriend you or cool you off a bit.

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06-01-2010, 06:02 PM
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is one of my all time favorites! A magical girl show with a more mature feel to it and some awesome with very likable characters! I would trade my right spleen if Strikers was released in English .

If you don't like it, Nanoha will befriend you.... pray she doesn't befriend you or cool you off a bit.

Always a pleasure to meet a fellow Nanoha fan. :D I also hope StrikerS gets dubbed into English sooner or later. :cool:

EDIT: Also, a word of warning to everyone--do not anger Nanoha, or mess with Nanoha's family. Otherwise, THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV6ZtGhllMg) will happen to you.

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06-01-2010, 10:50 PM
Okay, how about Full Metal Alchemist.

Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a peaceful village in a fictional world where Alchemy is a real magical science. Alchemy allows an Alchemist virtually unlimited power to alter the properties of or transmute one material into another, Alchemy itself follows one rule above all other: equivalent exchange. That is the resulting product must be of equal value of what is put in.

Ed and Al's father is a mysterious figure known as Hohenheim. They are both rather gifted young Alchemists. Well one day they find their mother dead. Being the enterprising mad scientists they are, they decide to resurrect her using Alchemy. Using Alchemy on humans is forbidden however, and for good reason. After all, what can more valuable then a human life?

Well, as you would expect, the Alchemic experiment goes south pretty quickly. Alphonse's body is destroyed and Edward looses an arm and a leg before he can shut it down. He bind's Al's soul to a suit of armor. His cute neighbor and possible girlfriend Winry makes Ed an artificial arm and leg out of automail (think, steampunk cybernetics almost).

Ed feels bad about what he had done and he and Al set out on a quest to find something called The Philosopher's Stone, a kind of cheat on the Law of Equivalent Exchange, so that Ed can recover Al's body. To accomplish this, Ed joins the military to gain access to their research funding, calling himself the Full Metal Alchemist.

The first season deals with Ed and Al's quest for the Philosopher's Stone. At the end of this season they make a horrible discovery about the Stone and the second season deals with the two brothers doing everything in their power to stop some very bad entities from making themselves a Stone and using it.

There is also a movie which relates very little to the series and is more about Edward Elric versus the Third Reich.

There is a new series out called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood which follows the manga storyline instead of the new storyline they made for the anime.

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06-02-2010, 12:24 AM
Okay, how about Full Metal Alchemist.

Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a peaceful village in a fictional world where Alchemy is a real magical science. Alchemy allows an Alchemist virtually unlimited power to alter the properties of or transmute one material into another, Alchemy itself follows one rule above all other: equivalent exchange. That is the resulting product must be of equal value of what is put in.

Ed and Al's father is a mysterious figure known as Hohenheim. They are both rather gifted young Alchemists. Well one day they find their mother dead. Being the enterprising mad scientists they are, they decide to resurrect her using Alchemy. Using Alchemy on humans is forbidden however, and for good reason. After all, what can more valuable then a human life?

Well, as you would expect, the Alchemic experiment goes south pretty quickly. Alphonse's body is destroyed and Edward looses an arm and a leg before he can shut it down. He bind's Al's soul to a suit of armor. His cute neighbor and possible girlfriend Winry makes Ed an artificial arm and leg out of automail (think, steampunk cybernetics almost).

Ed feels bad about what he had done and he and Al set out on a quest to find something called The Philosopher's Stone, a kind of cheat on the Law of Equivalent Exchange, so that Ed can recover Al's body. To accomplish this, Ed joins the military to gain access to their research funding, calling himself the Full Metal Alchemist.

The first season deals with Ed and Al's quest for the Philosopher's Stone. At the end of this season they make a horrible discovery about the Stone and the second season deals with the two brothers doing everything in their power to stop some very bad entities from making themselves a Stone and using it.

There is also a movie which relates very little to the series and is more about Edward Elric versus the Third Reich.

There is a new series out called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood which follows the manga storyline instead of the new storyline they made for the anime.

I love FMA.

Awesome story, great fighting and the show does a good job of getting you attached to some of the characters.

Major Hughes....... Man that was powerful....

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06-02-2010, 01:03 AM
Okay, how about Full Metal Alchemist.

Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a peaceful village in a fictional world where Alchemy is a real magical science. Alchemy allows an Alchemist virtually unlimited power to alter the properties of or transmute one material into another, Alchemy itself follows one rule above all other: equivalent exchange. That is the resulting product must be of equal value of what is put in.

Ed and Al's father is a mysterious figure known as Hohenheim. They are both rather gifted young Alchemists. Well one day they find their mother dead. Being the enterprising mad scientists they are, they decide to resurrect her using Alchemy. Using Alchemy on humans is forbidden however, and for good reason. After all, what can more valuable then a human life?

Well, as you would expect, the Alchemic experiment goes south pretty quickly. Alphonse's body is destroyed and Edward looses an arm and a leg before he can shut it down. He bind's Al's soul to a suit of armor. His cute neighbor and possible girlfriend Winry makes Ed an artificial arm and leg out of automail (think, steampunk cybernetics almost).

Ed feels bad about what he had done and he and Al set out on a quest to find something called The Philosopher's Stone, a kind of cheat on the Law of Equivalent Exchange, so that Ed can recover Al's body. To accomplish this, Ed joins the military to gain access to their research funding, calling himself the Full Metal Alchemist.

The first season deals with Ed and Al's quest for the Philosopher's Stone. At the end of this season they make a horrible discovery about the Stone and the second season deals with the two brothers doing everything in their power to stop some very bad entities from making themselves a Stone and using it.

There is also a movie which relates very little to the series and is more about Edward Elric versus the Third Reich.

There is a new series out called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood which follows the manga storyline instead of the new storyline they made for the anime.

FMA itself was alright at first, maybe 10th episode or so it started getting to be almost boring, some episodes seemed to be hurled in more or less as filler as the writers scrambled to come up with something else and besides that the dialogue, even in the dubs I saw, was fairly horrible most of the time. The near constant attempts at puns just really wore on my nerves and by the time the series reached its conclusion I was left kinda wondering a great many things and mostly unsatisfied with it... however I must admit rather cynically I laughed when... well to avoid spoilers let me just say "Ed"

The movie was outright neurotic, but its about when I stated to like it, the lame puns were all but gone and the action scenes panned out in a more "Hey, they thought that out for more than five minutes" kinda way, also the novelty of watching Ed kick Nazi's butts was fairly entertaining.

Brotherhood was absolutely their best achievement. The Film Noir atmosphere mixed with much better musical score and a much darker Ed and Al made it. Also, the fight scenes were extremely well done, showed a lot more creativity of thought too when it came to the alchemy and how they used it. The first episode will remain my favorite, they jumped right into the action and then a few episodes later slowed down for the important content. The characters felt a bit more rounded in reality (not that I need that entirely in a fiction, but if I can't relate to the people on the screen I lose interest) and unlike the first show seemed to actually develop noticeably. Just felt like unlike the first series that they knew where they wanted to go.

I'd be tempted to buy the box set but really I think I'd watch it at most once a year, while it was good it just kinda... I dunno seemed to lack something I can't place. *shrugs*

I was really excited a while, Blizzard had released a Ghost Academy manga series following the lives of Terra Nova and her friends, then I read a synapse of the series and realized it was meant as like a teen drama with drugs, boys and learning telepathy... and lost interest before even opening the first book when I saw the cover art and realized how geared to the basement dweller it was. Pity, I had heard rumors of a show to go with it and they bombed it hard.

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06-08-2010, 12:29 AM
Okay, technically not anime, but done in an anime style was Avatar: The Last Airbender (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Ptitlemxi508a6?from=Main.AvatarTheLastAirbender). Ravenstein loves Avatar.

Here is the basic plot:

There are four nations on this world, each corresponding to an element. Thus, we have Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. In each of these tribes there exist a skill called 'Bending', which is the manipulation and control of that element. Thus, the Water Tribe produces Waterbenders, people who can manipulate water, for example. Once a generation there is an individual who can master all four elements, the Avatar. The lineage of the Avatar goes back hundreds of generations and each Avatar can access the power and wisdom of the past Avatars by entering something called 'The Avatar State'.

Well the Fire Nation decides to Start Something and invades everyone else. The Avatar at this time is just a young kid named Aang, who is living amongst the Air Benders of the Air Tribe. Well the Fire Nation comes after him, so he flees. Unfortunately, he is trapped in a storm and freezes himself and his magical flying bison in ice. And is lost forever...

Until a hundred years later when a young Waterbender named Katara and her brother Sokka find him frozen in an iceberg. For the past hundred years, the Fire Nation has been waging war across the world. Aang, Katara, and Sokka set out to learn their bending skills and restore peace to the world.

Pretty cliched plot, eh? Seems that way at first at least. However it is surprisingly deep by anyone's standards with complex, well developed characters and a moving, action packed plot. It also deals with many concepts absent even from adult oriented programming such as war, death, genocide, honor, destiny, good versus evil, and morality in between.

I would say that The Last Airbender is my third favorite non-anime animated series, being beaten out by The Venture Brothers and The Tick.

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06-08-2010, 12:33 AM
Okay, technically not anime, but done in an anime style was Avatar: The Last Airbender (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Ptitlemxi508a6?from=Main.AvatarTheLastAirbender). Ravenstein loves Avatar.

Here is the basic plot:

There are four nations on this world, each corresponding to an element. Thus, we have Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. In each of these tribes there exist a skill called 'Bending', which is the manipulation and control of that element. Thus, the Water Tribe produces Waterbenders, people who can manipulate water, for example. Once a generation there is an individual who can master all four elements, the Avatar. The lineage of the Avatar goes back hundreds of generations and each Avatar can access the power and wisdom of the past Avatars by entering something called 'The Avatar State'.

Well the Fire Nation decides to Start Something and invades everyone else. The Avatar at this time is just a young kid named Aang, who is living amongst the Air Benders of the Air Tribe. Well the Fire Nation comes after him, so he flees. Unfortunately, he is trapped in a storm and freezes himself and his magical flying bison in ice. And is lost forever...

Until a hundred years later when a young Waterbender named Katara and her brother Sokka find him frozen in an iceberg. For the past hundred years, the Fire Nation has been waging war across the world. Aang, Katara, and Sokka set out to learn their bending skills and restore peace to the world.

Pretty cliched plot, eh? Seems that way at first at least. However it is surprisingly deep by anyone's standards with complex, well developed characters and a moving, action packed plot. It also deals with many concepts absent even from adult oriented programming such as war, death, genocide, honor, destiny, good versus evil, and morality in between.

I would say that The Last Airbender is my third favorite non-anime animated series, being beaten out by The Venture Brothers and The Tick.

Venture Brothers ROXXORZ
I really hope they do a 4th season.

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06-08-2010, 12:51 AM
Venture Brothers ROXXORZ
I really hope they do a 4th season.

They have...

Do you mean 5th season?

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06-08-2010, 12:53 AM
They have...

Do you mean 5th season?

I guess I do. The last one I remember is with Twenty One and Brock beating up the big Italian Mobster looking guy at the end. And twenty one is dressed like a Jedi.

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06-08-2010, 01:02 AM
If you ever get a chance check out Desert Punk (Sunabozu I believe is the title in japanese)
It's strange, occasionally raunchy, and suprisingly funny
It's also one of the rare anime were I recommend the english version. The localization of the jokes and the choice voice actors make the dub better than the sub IMO

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06-08-2010, 01:42 AM
If you ever want to be freaked out, the night before evil fell, or whatever the name is.

Utterly disgusting....weird Japs...

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06-08-2010, 02:54 AM
I've seen some bits and peices. not my thing.
I recommend the "Garden of Sinners" movies to anyone and everyone. Amazing visuals

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06-08-2010, 06:35 AM
I liked season 1 of it but season 2 made me stop watching. It just got... so incredibly boring! The story was slow, the action was gone, etc. That was the end of my interest in the cartoon and I have no interest in seeing the movie either.

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06-08-2010, 07:55 AM
I might as well continue discussing the Anime I like by describing Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which can be considered the "second season" of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.

MGLN A's takes place six months after the events of MGLN, and features the same characters along with new ones. At the start, we see that Nanoha has kept up her training as a Mage while maintaining her life as an ordinary schoolgirl. Fate and her familiar, Arf, are facing a trial for what they did during MGLN, while Yuuno and TSAB Enforcer Chrono Harlaown are working to get an innocent verdict for Fate and Arf (they do succeed). Nanoha is looking forward to seeing Fate again once the trial is over. However, The peaceful routine of the last six months is abruptly shattered when Nanoha is attacked by a red-haired lolita named Vita. Vita also uses magic, but hers is different from the Midchildan-Style Magic that Nanoha and Fate use. Vita uses Velka-Style Magic (it can also be translated Belka-Style, but I prefer Velka-Style), a style which focuses on direct assault. Velkan Devices also use a Cartridge System, which uses magical cartridges (which look just like bullets) to greatly boost the strength of a device and its attacks.

Anyway, Vita is soundly defeating Nanoha and damages Raging Heart before Fate, Yuuno, and Arf come to the rescue. However, Vita has allies of her own. A pink-haired woman named Signum, a man named Zafira (who is actually a familiar like Arf), and a blond support mage named Shamal. Signum, Vita, Zafira, and Shamal make up the Volkenritter, or Cloud Knights. As for the fight, Arf faces Zafira, Yuuno faces Vita, and Fate takes on Signum, who manages to damage Fate's device, Bardiche. Shamal then achieves a partial drain of Nanoha's Linker Core (all mages have a Linker Core, which serves as the source of all their magic [and I would assume that a Linker Core is also tied into someone's life force]), but she doesn't get all of the core, so Nanoha does recover.

It turns out that the Volkenritter are guardian programs created by a powerful Lost Logia known as the Book of Darkness, which uses Linker Cores to fill its pages. The book is "completed" when all 666 pages are filled, and the book then unleashes its true power--it also goes berserk, causes copious amounts of destruction, resets itself, goes to another world, and begins the process all over again.

Anyway, as Nanoha recovers, Raging Heart and Bardiche are also repaired--however, they somehow feel inadequate after the fight, and request an upgrade. That upgrade is a part designated CVK-792--A Velka-Style Cartridge System!!!! Once Nanoha and Fate get their upgraded devices--Raging Heart Excelion and Bardiche Assault, respectively--they are able to take on the Volkenritter on equal terms.

The rest of MGLN A's focuses on Nanoha and Fate's efforts to "befriend" the Volkenritter, even as the Volkenritter struggle to complete the Book of Darkness. We also learn the motivation of the Volkenritter as we see them interact with their current master, a sickly Japanese girl named Hayate Yagami. Hayate is confined to a wheelchair because of a paralysis in her legs. This paralysis is slowly spreading upwards, and will eventually threaten her life. The Volkenritter believe that if they complete the Book, they can stop--even cure--Hayate's paralysis.

I won't spoil the plot any further. Just know that MGLN A's has plot twists on the same level as MGLN--A's just has more of them.

If you found yourself liking MGLN, you'll also like MGLN A's.

Episode 1 Part 1 English Subtitles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp13qMmVDHY)

Get the official English Dub at Amazon.com!!! (http://www.amazon.com/Lyrical-Nanoha-As-Complete-Box/dp/B001K98M46/ref=pd_bxgy_d_text_b)

Any questions, or comments? Also, what's your opinion on the original MGLN, Raven?

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06-17-2010, 10:35 AM
What the games? If so I suddenly got a lot more 'anime' in this thread to cover...

Since someone mentioned games here as well and since Persona 3 Portable is coming out 7/7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVvoD_ErXUo), I am going to go ahead and cover Persona 3. For any of you who are fans of the Ten Forward RPG, you will notice that Kimiko Arisato is from this game series.

What if I told you there was a 25th hour to the day, sandwiched between Midnight and 12:01? And that during this 'hidden hour' the world took on a cruel, distorted parody of itself, dominated by a twisting tower of terror called Tartarus that would make Lovecraft flinch and the hallways and streets are prowled by vicious monsters called Shadows that suck the souls from humans. And the only ones who can fight these monsters have a power called Persona, aspects of their soul that they can use to destroy these monsters.

That is the setting for Persona 3. Your character has just transferred to Gekkokuan High School in Iwotodai. Right from the start things are not right and somehow off (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCs5d_VOURU). Anyway, your hero has the power of Persona and so you join a club dedicated to fighting Shadows called SEES, the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad. Furthermore, your hero is special in that they are The Fool, and thus able to call upon more then one persona. But it turns out there is much more to this then just Shadows and Personas, the answers to which lie at the top of Tartarus.

The game consists of going through the life of your hero. It starts with school, during which you will answer trivia questions to build up your stats. After school you hang out with your friends, tour the city which has various places to purchase and upgrade weapons, armor, and items, as well other places to improve your stats and abilities. In the evening there are other places across town you can go to, or you can go to Tartarus.

Friends are very important to Persona. You literally fight evil with the power of friendship. You see, personas do gain experience for fighting, but they have a lot of experience to fill up. However, each person in the game world that you interact with on a regular basis has an associated Tarot Arcana based on their personality. Your personas are divided into the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot. Whenever you create a persona, the strength of your relationship with the person who holds that arcana adds power to the persona in the form of experience points. Furthermore each arcana has an ultimate persona, an incredibly powerful persona, that can only be created by becoming BFFs with the person who holds that Arcana.

The combat system is turn based and is dominated by attacking weaknesses. When you attack an enemy's weakness, you deal bonus damage and 'knock down' the enemy. A knocked down enemy suffers reduced defense and resistances and will spend it's next turn getting up, preventing it from acting. Furthermore if all the enemies you are facing are in a 'knocked down' state, your team can unleash a high damage attack called an 'All Out Attack'.

Persona 3, in comparison to most video games, takes a much darker tone. The Dark Hour and Tartarus are some of the creepiest game environments I have seen. Pools of red liquid are everywhere, faces appear in the walls, the world is suffused with a hazy green light as if seen through a liquid filled lens, the corridors shift and change in Tartarus and each expedition is different. The Shadows and Personas themselves (http://shindds.free.fr/persona3_personae_compendium.html) are sometimes strange grotesque parodies of angels, demons, and everything in between. Your Persona is summoned by shooting yourself in the head with a gun-like object called an evoker. Furthermore, there is the ominous warning the you have one year to save the world and the recurring phrase Memento Mori (Latin phrase translated as "Remember you must die").

My favorite part of Persona 3 was the cast.

Your Hero, Male (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080723104024/megamitensei/images/a/af/P3-Protagonist_CG.jpg) or Female (http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb291/CountessRavenstein/Persona/Female%20Protaginist/kimiko33.jpg) is the Fool Arcana. Your primary persona is Orpheus however you can call upon nearly any of the 160 personas in the game. You make the decisions in the life of this character. You are in the second year of high school.

Yukari Takeba (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403101342/megamitensei/images/f/f9/P3-Yukari.jpg) is the main female of the game, unless your character is the main female female, in which case she is the second female. Anyway, Yukari is in the same class as you and had joined SEES shortly before you did. She is cute and popular and wants to everyone to think she is a tough, independent woman. Yukari is one of the stars of the school's Archery Team. Yukari joined SEES to find out what happened to father, who died under mysterious circumstances while working for the Kirijo group (in research involving The Dark Hour). She has a poor relationship with her mother who has gone through a long string of boyfriends since Yukari's father died. Yukari's persona is Io and is a powerful magic caster specializing in healing, restorative, and wind magic. Yukari's Tarot Arcana is The Lovers and she uses bows in combat.

Also in your class is Junpei Iori (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403101510/megamitensei/images/6/6c/P3-Junpei.jpg). Junpei is 'everyone's friend' and the class clown. However this is mostly to cover a serious inferiority complex. He feels he has no talents or special abilities and is probably the most excited about getting the wondrous powers of Persona. His father is an alcoholic and no mention is ever made of his mother. He joins SEES shortly after you do. Junpei's persona is Hermes and focuses on physical and fire attacks. Junpei's Arcana is The Magician. He uses two handed swords.

Akihiko Sanada (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403101639/megamitensei/images/0/0e/P3-Akihiko.jpg) is one grade above you. He is the captain of the boxing club and uses his fists in combat. Akihiko is the second most senior member of SEES; only Mitsuru has been in the club longer. Akihiko has been friends with Shinjiro since they were kids. He is driven to become stronger. His sister died in a fire and despite his efforts, Akihiko was unable to save her. His mission in life since has to become strong enough to protect everyone. Akihiko's Arcana is The Emperor and his persona is Polydeuces who specializes in physical and lightning attacks, although has some healing.

Mitsuru Kirijo (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403101553/megamitensei/images/5/5c/P3-Mitsuru.jpg) is the senior member of SEES. She is the heiress to the wealthy Kirijo family and is well mannered and educated, if somewhat lacking in social empathy and experience with common life. Since she was young, she has been fighting Shadows as part of her family's atonement for deeds in the past relating to Shadows and the Dark Hour. She is in the same class as Akihiko and the two are friends. It is said the only thing Akihiko is afraid of is Mitsuru. Mitsuru, however, appears to fearless and always cool and collected. Misturu is also on the school's fencing club and student council president. Her arcana is The Empress and her persona is Penthelessia, the legendary queen of the Amazons. Mitsuru's powers are ice, healing, and team support and she uses one handed swords in battle.

Also in your grade is Fuuka Yamagishi (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091118171157/megamitensei/images/c/c1/P3-Fuuka.jpg). Fuuka is a shy and soft spoken girl. Physically weak, but academically strong, she involved in several art clubs. She is often absent from school and her parents seem to vacillate between overprotective and apathetic towards her. As such, she hasn' had very many close friends before she joined SEES. Fuuka's persona Lucia (named for Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind, who could supposedly still see after her eyes were plucked out) is not a combat persona but can provide accurate mapping and analyzation powers. Her arcana is The Priestess.

Ken Amada (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403101755/megamitensei/images/f/fb/P3-Ken.jpg) is in middle school still, but acts rather mature for his age. Certainly more mature then many of the other members of SEES. His mother was murdered under mysterious circumstances and he has been wanting to find her killer ever since. He is a big fan of Sentai TV shows (think Power Rangers). His persona is Nemesis and specializes in lightning and holy magics with some healing thrown in. He uses spears in battle and his arcana is The Justice.

Shinjiro Aragaki (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090403102013/megamitensei/images/d/d2/P3-Shinjiro.jpg) is in the class ahead of you, but never shows up for class. He was a member of SEES with Mitsuru and Akihiko, but quit after an accident. Since then he has looked like a hobo and lives at the train station doing drugs to keep his persona under control. So, yeah, he is kinda like a hobo. He cleans himself up though and rejoins SEES just in time to be murdered however. Despite his hobo tendencies, he is a good cook and pretend to be a jerk, but deep down is total softie. His persona is Castor and his arcana is The Hierophant. He uses axes in battle.

Aigis (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080720020937/megamitensei/images/1/1d/P3-Aigis_CG.jpg) is a robot built to fight Shadows that joins your class and SEES and is living proof that everyone else in school is a ****** because nobody notices she is a robot despite the fact that she is missing feet, ears, never blinks, and talks in a robotic, monotone fashion. She is fiercely protective of the main character, which causes everyone to think she is your girlfriend. Aigis uses machine guns built into her hands in battle and summons the persona Athena. Her arcana is The Chariot. Athena is focused on physical attacks.

Koromaru (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080816022208/megamitensei/images/f/f0/Koromaru2.jpg) is your team's pet. He is highly intelligent even by human standards. It appears Aigis can understand him quite well but as the game progresses, the other seem to be able to as well. He was a stray dog whose master was killed by a Shadow. After that he joins SEES. His arcana is The Strength and he can call upon Cerberus, who uses fire and dark magic.

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06-17-2010, 10:42 AM
Personal current favourites animé wise:

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood,
Strawberry Panic,
Valkyria Chronicles,
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Hehe I have far more than this, but these are my current favourites ^____^

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02-06-2011, 06:36 AM
*kabumpy*
:D

So far, Matt has watched:
Lupin The Third:
The Secret of Mamo
The Castle of Cagiolostro

Pani Poni Dash!
Volumes 1-4

Negima
1/4 on episode 1. Lost interest as soon as they tried to use pass of a Welsh kid as a teacher...Japanese have never liked Wales much....

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02-06-2011, 06:58 AM
Negima
1/4 on episode 1. Lost interest as soon as they tried to use pass of a Welsh kid as a teacher...Japanese have never liked Wales much....


Lol. . . you should at least watch a couple episodes before deciding you think you know how they will treat the main character.

It's a pretty good series if you give it a chance. Quite a few laughs and some good action with a bit of teen romance mixed in. The cast of characters is big but several them get some really good development with some having entire episodes mostly devoted to them.

Oh and for those who haven't seen it this is My Anime List. (http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Xiaza)

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02-06-2011, 07:47 AM
Lol. . . you should at least watch a couple episodes before deciding you think you know how they will treat the main character.

It's a pretty good series if you give it a chance. Quite a few laughs and some good action with a bit of teen romance mixed in. The cast of characters is big but several them get some really good development with some having entire episodes mostly devoted to them.

Sorry, my brain can't hold much information. I was barely able to remember all the characters from PPD!

....God I love that show. I want a second series made....:(

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02-06-2011, 08:58 AM
Truth be told I couldn't remember most of the girls' names even while I watched the series. . .

Only real names that stuck with me was the title character's (Negima- eng vo: Greg Ayres), the female lead (Asuna- eng vo: Luci Christian ), the roommate of the Asuna (Konoka- eng vo: Monica Rial), the rival of Asuna (Ayaka- eng vo: Laura Bailey ), and the cute, shy girl (Nodoka- eng vo: Leah Clark).

Maybe it's because they happen to be voiced, in English, by some of my favorite talent.

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02-06-2011, 09:56 AM
You see..

There's Rebecca "Becky" Miyamoto, the 11 year old MIT prodigy that leades class 1C, Helped by her 'friend' Mesousa, a depressive rabbit-like being. 1C formed of:
Rei Tachibana: Tallest of the class, she uses her phyiscal size to threaten the other students, but does not do well at sport. Acts as an older sister for Becky. She is also has the second highest ranked test result in Momotsuki Academy. She is often in a plain white shirt and black tie, rather than the more usual school uniform.
Himeko Katagiri: The "Spaz". Her abundent energy is controlled by her "hager" or "cowlick", the original of which was lost by the Aliens during it's transport. A chopstick replacement worked, but however was easily removed.
Ichijo: Class Rep, she acts as comical piece, often saying or doing something completely random.
No. 6: (Sayaka Suzuki, had to google that too) is the "gopher", and
Miyako Uehara: (name I had to research) AKA "Forehead" and "Bookworm". Despite studying all the time, she is extremely average in results. Forehead used comically, Himeko styling her hair and cleaning her hands using it's untraviolet rays. Often shown to be reflective or shiny.
Kurumi Momose: (name I had to research) "Miss Average", does everything well, but fades or almost disappears from existance at the mention of being "boring".

Also, there's..
Behoimi also billed as "Magical Girl". After rescuing the Salamander from the rabbit hutch, she loses the "magic girl" personality and dyes her hair black, and wears glasses. Unlike Rei, though, her glasses are never drawn see-through.
Media: The professor sent Media to look after Becky. Quite clever, but acts dumb. She and Behoimi have a history, mentioned as slightly war-like.
Old Geezer: Teacher of 1-D. Never shown with eyes. Busy beard and eyebrows.
Miss Igarashi: Teacher of 1-B. Nearly always drunk, she drives a MG Midget in Racing Green. Often mentions wanting to be a cloud.
The Twins Yuna and Yuma, one is more confident and outgoing, the other shy. Referred to as the "Twins" much to their protests.

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02-06-2011, 10:25 AM
Azumanga Daioh or GTFO.

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02-06-2011, 10:53 AM
Azumanga Daioh or GTFO.

Is this close enough? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIS9luGZRUk)

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02-06-2011, 11:09 AM
Is this close enough? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIS9luGZRUk)

I... wow. I don't know what to say. They even got Adachi's cabbages! That's like the perfect video.

Edit: good use of Mysterious Fox (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-douElGXqmw), too.

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02-06-2011, 10:01 PM
Everyone has spoken in great length about anime without me.:(

Anyhoo, I got some anime that I have watched over the years.

Here's my List:

Fullmetal Acamist, and the Conqurer of Shambala Movie.

Yes I have looked at The Haruhi one as well my Empress.

Dear god, I it's been since I was little since I looked at Pokemon, same goes with Digimon, Cardcapters, and He-Man: The Masters of the Universe.:rolleyes:

Gundam 00. (that was the buest one so far in my opinion.)

Rouni Kensin.

One Piece. ( I saw Ace, and whitebeard die.)

The Star Trek Animated Series.

Naruto.

Neg!ma, same goes for the other Negima anime.

Super Space Battleship Yamato.

Sonic X (Dear god it was horrid.) *Barf*

The Macross Series. (I forgot the full name of it.):rolleyes:

and finally, Yu-gi-oh.

That sums up my anime watching pleasure.:D

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02-08-2011, 12:38 PM
I found this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOh-0BGj7YE)

A bit similar to Pani Poni Dash. Needs better theme music though.

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02-08-2011, 08:33 PM
Azumanga > Pani Poni Dash. Azumanga Daioh is like Charlie Brown and Snoopy in Japan. On LSD.



And if you like that kind of stuff, try Excel Saga. At one point in time the tagline for Excel Saga was 'What crack takes to get high'. Which is a pretty accurate description of Excel Saga.

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02-09-2011, 02:04 PM
I haven't done a lot of anime watching in a while, but always loved...

Berserk
Bubblegum Series
Oh My Goddess!
Golden Boy
Blue Submarine

etc... etc...


But I'll take Record of Lodoss Wars for the win.

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02-09-2011, 02:44 PM
Haha bet some of you are pumped for the Cowboy Bebop movie that'll be in production soon :p

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02-09-2011, 02:55 PM
Haha bet some of you are pumped for the Cowboy Bebop movie that'll be in production soon :p

Oh god! NO!!!

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02-12-2011, 01:55 AM
I've just realised. Hilary Haag amd Andy McAvin are both in "PaniPoni Dash!" and "Azumanga Daioh". Hilary Haag playing Becky in the former, and voicing background members in the latter, with Andy McAvin playing Old Geezer in the former and that weird teacher Kimura in the latter.

"My pipe insulation has become brittle and dry, though it will do that with age" "uh huh" *pause*

"Are you brittle and dry?" :p

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02-12-2011, 04:27 AM
the series that have had my intrest for a while are the following


Full metal panic << all three series >>

Gundam << all of them Btw >>

NGE

Bubble gum crisis 2040

Angelic layer

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02-12-2011, 04:40 AM
Some good stuff:

NGE
Cowboy Bebop
Samurai Seven
Darker than Black
FMA (When I become fuhrer, all female officers will be forced to weary tiny miniskirts!)
Basilisk (soooo good)
Deathnote (I'll take a potato chip, and eat it)

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02-12-2011, 05:23 AM
i mainly watch series for two reasons, a Very good story, or art work that i am willing to watch frame by frame to figure out how in the hell its done, but on a average day it has to be about the pure story. There are i will admit over 900 DVD's of anime but mainly fun stuff, i watch gundam series because ,ost of them are a war story and if i could pull it off i would love to do a gundam pilot in Ravens RPG but im more affraid of making it to campy.

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02-22-2011, 11:22 AM
Ok...I want people's honest opinion. gallery link (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=279632&id=762034080)

I've been doing some concept drawings. The logo is my main concern...there's 4 different type I'd consider using, all viewable in the album.

Forth Street!
Forth Street is a brand new 'school', newly built on the grounds of a former public school. Comprising an almost symmetrical style, Forth Street occupies the same time as the 'secondary school' age bracket, so years 7-11.

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02-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Ah, NGE. The reason I got into anime. it's like animated literature.

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02-22-2011, 06:49 PM
I still have trouble taking NGE seriously. How is the Rebirth stuff?

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02-22-2011, 06:51 PM
A lot less convoluted. Also, Asuka makes more sense now.

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02-22-2011, 07:12 PM
I still have trouble taking NGE seriously. How is the Rebirth stuff?

A million times better. Not only is it more pleasant to look at, things seem to make a lot more sense. Now onto the next matter...


Quest: Zona's Anime
Rewards: 5000exp, 200,000 credits, 400 caps, 50,000 ISK, an army worthy of Mordor, the only thing Raven ever feared, freedom, twenty gallons of Doctor Pepper , and an Evangelion Unit-01 action figure riding on top of a tiger (I actually have that too!)

Speaking of anime, you are all henceforth ordered to provide suggestions for my next anime series to watch. Mind you that it must be awesome, with a compelling plot and meaningful violence/action. After Basilisk and Darker than Black you shall have your work cut out for you. Do not disappoint me.

Should you succeed, more quests will be available to you!

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02-22-2011, 07:22 PM
Two Possibilities for ya Zona.

Solty Rei (http://myanimelist.net/anime/152/Solty_Rei)

Madlax (http://myanimelist.net/anime/252/Madlax)

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02-22-2011, 07:24 PM
Hajime No Ippo?

Infinite Stratos?

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02-22-2011, 09:18 PM
Suggestions that come to mind...

I have heard good things about Gantz. Rather dark things. Like the stuff you hear about Black Lagoon. Also Heat Guy J looked cool.

I can recommend...
Soul Eater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTTCUzmHKvI) - I would almost call the setting what Bleach would have been like if it had been done by Tim Burton.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8TvsnfZZ-c) - A redoing of the anime series that more closely follows the manga
Tsubasa Chronicles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmJRrnVFMt0) - Kinda of girly and based loosely on the awesome Cardcaptor Sakura, but much more mature. An archeologist and his swordmaster and wizard buddies go on a crosstime adventure to save Princess Sakura. Very good.
Shakugan no Shana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxSF9cFBO_M) - Plot isn't original to anime, seemingly normal guy meets magical girl warrior and romance ensues, but it is well done. Full of action and exciting action sequences. The villains are especially well done as well as the supporting cast.
Sacred Blacksmith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj12APDUY-g) <-Currently watching
Mahou Shoujo Nanoha (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOrRgwGrP8) (may have a bad taste in your mouth from that guy in the RPG, the one you and Hazard killed. But the series is actually pretty good.)
Fate/Stay Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJFp_w0gmw0) - The Holt Grail War is underway and a young Magician, Shiro, has teamed up with the mystic warrior Saber. They battle against other wizards and warriors from across the world to obtain the coveted MacGuffin.
My-Hime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uph7CExPt0) - Also somewhat girly, but also extremely action packed. Like Highlander meets magical girls armed with nukes.

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02-23-2011, 07:14 AM
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOrRgwGrP8) (may have a bad taste in your mouth from that guy in the RPG, the one you and Hazard killed. But the series is actually pretty good.)

Glad to see you endorsing Nanoha, Raven, although you could at least get the name right. (I made the appropriate correction in the quote :) )

As for the RPG, I wanted Subaru to continue to survive after you guys had left that universe, so although I abruptly pulled out after Zona and Hazard killed her, I pulled something I call a "Q Ex Machina" in my mind to ensure her survival. (long form: Higher ups in the Dimensional Scheme of things needed Subaru's continued survival, so they told Q [yes, our favorite Omnipotent Trickster from Star Trek] to go fix the problem, which he did by putting Subaru back together and returning her to life. [like I said, he's Omnipotent--do you think he can't do something like that?] However, he was a little ticked at having to take time away from his fun playing games with Starfleet, so he has basically sent a request to those same higher ups to have Clock prank the responsible parties in his stead.)

@ Zona & Hazard: I can't be angry at you two guys forever, so I'm removing you two from my Ignore List. Make no mistake, though, I will never RP with you two again--because you two have shown that I cannot trust you as far as I can throw you.

@ Raven: Again, glad to see that you're endorsing MGLN, and I do hope that you can prank Zona and Hazard big time in TFRPG.

Also, Raven, have you ever seen the anime Slayers? If not, I'd be willing to explain it here, but if so, what do you think of it? :D:cool:

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02-23-2011, 09:32 AM
I'm currently following Bleach and Naruto: Shippuden. I also try to catch Kekkaishi on Adult Swim.

For those who liked Dragonball Z, Dragonball Kai is basically that series condensed to be more like the manga and in HD. It eliminates a lot of the filler and fluff. I don't think they're at episode 100 yet and they've almost finished the Cell Saga.

Yuu Yuu Hakusho is one of my favorites that I didn't see mentioned. It's also the only anime other than Cowboy Bebop that I'd rather watch the dub than the sub.

I think it came up, but Rurouni Kenshin is a great anime for people who like old school sword fights.

I'd also add my voice to those lauding Full Metal Alchemist and FMA: Brotherhood. Brotherhood is definitely the superior of the two, even though I really enjoyed the original.

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02-23-2011, 10:12 AM
I see my post got completely ignored.
Ok...I want people's honest opinion....

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02-23-2011, 10:19 AM
I see my post got completely ignored.

I tried it, but its on facebook and I don't do facebook.

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02-23-2011, 10:27 AM
I tried it, but its on facebook and I don't do facebook.
That's odd, as it should be viewable to everyone...

EDIT: Facebook albums aren't viewable externally. Bugger.

Suggested logo 1 (http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/182256_10150106576429081_762034080_6365260_7020019 _n.jpg). I like this one the best, though I might just shorten it to "st" instead of "Street" to make it easier to draw.
Suggested logos 2 + 3 (http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183892_10150106576234081_762034080_6365258_1004529 _n.jpg). No. 2 (top) looks a little old fashioned for my tastes, while no. 3 is intended to be a 'raod sign' style logo.
Suggested logo 4 (http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/180000_10150106576579081_762034080_6365262_5175238 _n.jpg); school emblem-style, with a motif in the centre. Suggestions are for 2 lions opposing each other or similar.

Female student attire: years 7-9 (http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183572_10150106576024081_762034080_6365251_3220028 _n.jpg)

Male student attire. (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/184612_10150106576694081_762034080_6365263_1437582 _n.jpg)

Academy Buildings. (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185742_10150107167889081_762034080_6371080_2117373 _n.jpg)

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02-23-2011, 10:32 AM
That's odd, as it should be viewable to everyone...even those not on Facebook.

Well...it's not.

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02-23-2011, 10:37 AM
Well...it's not.
Well I know now (post edited). Unfortunately, I don't really want to link my Flickr....slightly embarrasing photos on there. like this (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4707060424_50ac7d1c60_z.jpg)

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02-23-2011, 11:02 AM
That's odd, as it should be viewable to everyone...

EDIT: Facebook albums aren't viewable externally. Bugger.

Suggested logo 1 (http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/182256_10150106576429081_762034080_6365260_7020019 _n.jpg). I like this one the best, though I might just shorten it to "st" instead of "Street" to make it easier to draw.
Suggested logos 2 + 3 (http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183892_10150106576234081_762034080_6365258_1004529 _n.jpg). No. 2 (top) looks a little old fashioned for my tastes, while no. 3 is intended to be a 'raod sign' style logo.
Suggested logo 4 (http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/180000_10150106576579081_762034080_6365262_5175238 _n.jpg); school emblem-style, with a motif in the centre. Suggestions are for 2 lions opposing each other or similar.

Female student attire: years 7-9 (http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183572_10150106576024081_762034080_6365251_3220028 _n.jpg)

Male student attire. (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/184612_10150106576694081_762034080_6365263_1437582 _n.jpg)

Academy Buildings. (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185742_10150107167889081_762034080_6371080_2117373 _n.jpg)

So is this going to be a real school or a fictional one?

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02-23-2011, 12:25 PM
Given that I received no response, I might as well explain Slayers to you all. :)

Upon first glance, the world of Slayers seems like your stereotypical Swords and Sorcery Fantasy world--monsters, bandits, dragons, demons (known as Mazoku), golems, etc. You'd expect the protagonist of such a story to be a paragon of knightly virtue, slaying monsters and bandits, protecting the innocent, and making the world a safer place for all.

What you get... is the sorceress Lina Inverse.

Lina is no paragon of knigtly virtue such as described above--she's short tempered, takes offense when someone comments on her short stature and lack of *ahem* assets, and if I were to give her a motto, it'd be "Destroying Monsters for Fun and Profit". She does take on bandits--one of her titles is "Bandit Killer"--but instead of giving their loot back to its rightful owners, she instead takes the loot for herself and then sells it to make a living in the world. And she is the undisputed queen of collateral damage, even more so than Nanoha Takamachi!!!! Her favorite spell, the Dragon Slave, has the force of a Tactical Nuclear Warhead (complete with Mushroom Cloud) without the harmful radiation, and her most powerful spell, the Giga Slave, CAN DESTROY THE ENTIRE WORLD IF IT GOES OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!

Lina also goes by several titles, including the aforementioned "Bandit Killer", "Dragon Spooker" (Dragons step past out of clear revulsion [do not call Lina this to her face]), her official title of "Lina the Pink" (she hates this title), and "The Natural Enemy of All Who Live".

Lina's sidekick, bodyguard, and possible love interest is Gourry Gabriev, a travelling swordsman who's pretty good with a sword, yet is often called "Yogurt-for-brains" by Lina (which is a good description of his mental capacities). He also has a special magical sword known as the Sword of Light, which is capable of damaging Mazoku where most physical weapons cannot.

Lina also meets other traveling companions over the course of the series, such as a chimera (magically created half-human/half-golem) named Zelgadis, a princess named Amelia, a priestess named Sylphiel, a Golden Dragon named Filia who can shapeshift into human form, and then there's Xellos, the "Trickster Priest". (whose catchphrase seems to be "That... is a secret.")

The show consists of five seasons (Slayers, Slayers NEXT, Slayers TRY, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R), each one with their own storylines and major villains. I won't spoil the plot, but it's safe to say that there will be collateral damage aplenty.

If you like spellcasters, treasure hunting, conspiracies, and collateral damage on an almost-daily basis, you'll like Slayers.

Available on YouTube now!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSC4nCa6Qw4)

And here's the Dragon Slave in action!!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-msoYUAIAto)

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02-23-2011, 12:46 PM
So is this going to be a real school or a fictional one?
Fictional. It's intended to be a 'new build' academy (recently build to maximise on British Academy rules (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10161371)) set in the south of England. It was build on the site of an old Public School.

Everything is made up...The city it's based in (Fairsford) is a supposedly prosperous, but caring community, eager to advance - even building a new, direct pedestrian-only walk between the station and the school, which goes straight through the centre of town.

At the moment, this would be the introduction theme, ending at 1:44 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NITp06kZzSg&NR=1).

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02-23-2011, 12:56 PM
Fictional. It's intended to be a 'new build' academy (recently build to maximise on British Academy rules (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10161371)) set in the south of England. It was build on the site of an old Public School.

Everything is made up...The city it's based in (Fairsford) is a supposedly prosperous, but caring community, eager to advance - even building a new, direct pedestrian-only walk between the station and the school, which goes straight through the centre of town.

At the moment, this would be the introduction theme, ending at 1:44 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NITp06kZzSg&NR=1).

Soooo...

Are you making up a series of stories around this school? Or an online roleplay? Or something of that nature?

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02-23-2011, 12:57 PM
Soooo...

Are you making up a series of stories around this school? Or an online roleplay? Or something of that nature?
A series. More akin to Azumanga Daioh (and Negima from what I've seen) than Pani Poni Dash!

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02-23-2011, 02:18 PM
Given that I received no response, I might as well explain Slayers to you all. :)

Upon first glance, the world of Slayers seems like your stereotypical Swords and Sorcery Fantasy world--monsters, bandits, dragons, demons (known as Mazoku), golems, etc. You'd expect the protagonist of such a story to be a paragon of knightly virtue, slaying monsters and bandits, protecting the innocent, and making the world a safer place for all.

What you get... is the sorceress Lina Inverse.

Lina is no paragon of knigtly virtue such as described above--she's short tempered, takes offense when someone comments on her short stature and lack of *ahem* assets, and if I were to give her a motto, it'd be "Destroying Monsters for Fun and Profit". She does take on bandits--one of her titles is "Bandit Killer"--but instead of giving their loot back to its rightful owners, she instead takes the loot for herself and then sells it to make a living in the world. And she is the undisputed queen of collateral damage, even more so than Nanoha Takamachi!!!! Her favorite spell, the Dragon Slave, has the force of a Tactical Nuclear Warhead (complete with Mushroom Cloud) without the harmful radiation, and her most powerful spell, the Giga Slave, CAN DESTROY THE ENTIRE WORLD IF IT GOES OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!

Lina also goes by several titles, including the aforementioned "Bandit Killer", "Dragon Spooker" (Dragons step past out of clear revulsion [do not call Lina this to her face]), her official title of "Lina the Pink" (she hates this title), and "The Natural Enemy of All Who Live".

Lina's sidekick, bodyguard, and possible love interest is Gourry Gabriev, a travelling swordsman who's pretty good with a sword, yet is often called "Yogurt-for-brains" by Lina (which is a good description of his mental capacities). He also has a special magical sword known as the Sword of Light, which is capable of damaging Mazoku where most physical weapons cannot.

Lina also meets other traveling companions over the course of the series, such as a chimera (magically created half-human/half-golem) named Zelgadis, a princess named Amelia, a priestess named Sylphiel, a Golden Dragon named Filia who can shapeshift into human form, and then there's Xellos, the "Trickster Priest". (whose catchphrase seems to be "That... is a secret.")

The show consists of five seasons (Slayers, Slayers NEXT, Slayers TRY, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R), each one with their own storylines and major villains. I won't spoil the plot, but it's safe to say that there will be collateral damage aplenty.

If you like spellcasters, treasure hunting, conspiracies, and collateral damage on an almost-daily basis, you'll like Slayers.

Available on YouTube now!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSC4nCa6Qw4)

And here's the Dragon Slave in action!!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-msoYUAIAto)

So...

Opinions on Slayers? :D:cool:

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02-23-2011, 02:20 PM
So...

Opinions on Slayers? :D:cool:

You're still around? I thought the weave spit you into a black hole or something a year ago.

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02-23-2011, 02:22 PM
You're still around? I thought the weave spit you into a black hole or something a year ago.

I tend to lurk more and post less than I used to, but I'm still here. :D:cool:

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02-23-2011, 02:43 PM
A series. More akin to Azumanga Daioh (and Negima from what I've seen) than Pani Poni Dash!

First of all, this. (http://manga.animea.net/azumanga-daioh-hoshuu-hen-chapter-2-page-5.html)

Secondly... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy84C5J_xIg)

Thirdly:

Sounds like something akin to yet completely different from my Northbank School. It is a completely normal school with no signs of a paranormal activity at all. Seriously, why would there be any paranormal activity around this perfectly normal school? You have seen to many TV shows.

What do you mean you never asked if was any paranormal activity and I look strange just mentioning?

Anyway, the school is a hotbed of paranormal activity due to a secret government lab outside of town, a convergence of ley lines on the campus resulting in a magic circle to the land of magic, a gateway to the netherworld in the closet of the boiler room, and some other incidents.

One of the teachers who is chums with the police chief forms a club of students, some more willing then others, to help control these paranormal events.

Anyway, think something like the TV show Eureka, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the X-Men, Persona 3, and some other plots.

Work in progress.

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02-23-2011, 03:10 PM
Guess I'll chime in. :D

My interests are very all over the place when it comes to anime.

First some tear jerkers. I'd highly recommend Kanon and Clannad (as well as Clannad After Story). The makers of both anime, Key, also made an anime Air but, in my humble opinion, it's execution wasn't right. Kannon, Clannad and Air are all based on visual novels and Air was one of the first of Key's attempts to turn the Visual novel into an anime and while the show itself isn't bad the ending leaves you some what disappointed and there's too much WTF to leave you satisfied to get an emotional reaction out of it. If you do watch Air get the series not the OVA. Infact do not watch the OVA of any of these anime first! Don't be afraid to shed those manly, crocodile tears of justice! (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll266/infernoseed/1225155917238.jpg)

Next up, for some more comedy and less tear jerking, I'd recommend School Rumble. This one's super funny and has some very sweet moments in it as well. It's also a good anime to help get you into anime as it does a good job of show casing the sort of fun a good anime has to offer with out going too far over board and scaring you away. The tangled web of love is fun to keep track of (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4nofZUWFvS0/TIsXQgqzMGI/AAAAAAAAABY/U1ATVN2JQ-Q/s1600/[EFCPO]School_Rumble_RChart[eng].jpg)and the lead male character, Harima, is both complex and relatable at the same time.

For some action driven anime I won't repeat many of the other suggestions except to reendorse them. Soul Eater, Nanoha (not just for kids!) Cowboy Bee Bop, Big O, Ghost in the Shell, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood), Dragon Ball Z, Martian Successor Nadesico and Samurai Seven are all awesome anime.

For my own write ins I'd also suggest Clamore, Mobile Suit Gundam (all of them) and Godannar.

Godannar, in particular, was very enjoyable. It's a throw back to the old days of giant robot anime. A man screaming at the top of his lungs about love and justice giving a flaming rocket punch to a giant monster brings twinkle to my eye and a chuckle to my heart. It has to be one of the most epic and manly things in the world. But it's not just some fan service, action cash cow the story was intriguing and the characters interesting. I'd recommend it to any die hard giant robot fan, especially anyone who has a strong appreciation to the classic giant robot anime of the 60-80s.

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02-23-2011, 05:00 PM
Glad to see you endorsing Nanoha, Raven, although you could at least get the name right. (I made the appropriate correction in the quote :) )

As for the RPG, I wanted Subaru to continue to survive after you guys had left that universe, so although I abruptly pulled out after Zona and Hazard killed her, I pulled something I call a "Q Ex Machina" in my mind to ensure her survival. (long form: Higher ups in the Dimensional Scheme of things needed Subaru's continued survival, so they told Q [yes, our favorite Omnipotent Trickster from Star Trek] to go fix the problem, which he did by putting Subaru back together and returning her to life. [like I said, he's Omnipotent--do you think he can't do something like that?] However, he was a little ticked at having to take time away from his fun playing games with Starfleet, so he has basically sent a request to those same higher ups to have Clock prank the responsible parties in his stead.)

@ Zona & Hazard: I can't be angry at you two guys forever, so I'm removing you two from my Ignore List. Make no mistake, though, I will never RP with you two again--because you two have shown that I cannot trust you as far as I can throw you.

@ Raven: Again, glad to see that you're endorsing MGLN, and I do hope that you can prank Zona and Hazard big time in TFRPG.

Also, Raven, have you ever seen the anime Slayers? If not, I'd be willing to explain it here, but if so, what do you think of it? :D:cool:


I apologize for nothing.

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02-23-2011, 05:09 PM
I apologize for nothing.

I'm not asking you to apologize, Zona. I'm just saying that I don't trust you, will never RP with you again, and hope that you get pranked from here to the Delta Quadrant and back again, and the same holds true for Hazard.

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02-23-2011, 06:26 PM
I'm not asking you to apologize, Zona. I'm just saying that I don't trust you, will never RP with you again, and hope that you get pranked from here to the Delta Quadrant and back again, and the same holds true for Hazard.

1. I couldn't care less about your trust.

2. No one wanted to RP with you, don't you understand? The entire group united to banish you, not just Hazard and I.

3. I doubt that's going to happen, seeing as I abide by the rules.

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02-23-2011, 07:29 PM
1. I couldn't care less about your trust.

2. No one wanted to RP with you, don't you understand? The entire group united to banish you, not just Hazard and I.

3. I doubt that's going to happen, seeing as I abide by the rules.

Fine, believe what you want. I'm not going to waste any more words on this topic of conversation.

Now, I will ask once again:

Given that I received no response, I might as well explain Slayers to you all. :)

Upon first glance, the world of Slayers seems like your stereotypical Swords and Sorcery Fantasy world--monsters, bandits, dragons, demons (known as Mazoku), golems, etc. You'd expect the protagonist of such a story to be a paragon of knightly virtue, slaying monsters and bandits, protecting the innocent, and making the world a safer place for all.

What you get... is the sorceress Lina Inverse.

Lina is no paragon of knigtly virtue such as described above--she's short tempered, takes offense when someone comments on her short stature and lack of *ahem* assets, and if I were to give her a motto, it'd be "Destroying Monsters for Fun and Profit". She does take on bandits--one of her titles is "Bandit Killer"--but instead of giving their loot back to its rightful owners, she instead takes the loot for herself and then sells it to make a living in the world. And she is the undisputed queen of collateral damage, even more so than Nanoha Takamachi!!!! Her favorite spell, the Dragon Slave, has the force of a Tactical Nuclear Warhead (complete with Mushroom Cloud) without the harmful radiation, and her most powerful spell, the Giga Slave, CAN DESTROY THE ENTIRE WORLD IF IT GOES OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!

Lina also goes by several titles, including the aforementioned "Bandit Killer", "Dragon Spooker" (Dragons step past out of clear revulsion [do not call Lina this to her face]), her official title of "Lina the Pink" (she hates this title), and "The Natural Enemy of All Who Live".

Lina's sidekick, bodyguard, and possible love interest is Gourry Gabriev, a travelling swordsman who's pretty good with a sword, yet is often called "Yogurt-for-brains" by Lina (which is a good description of his mental capacities). He also has a special magical sword known as the Sword of Light, which is capable of damaging Mazoku where most physical weapons cannot.

Lina also meets other traveling companions over the course of the series, such as a chimera (magically created half-human/half-golem) named Zelgadis, a princess named Amelia, a priestess named Sylphiel, a Golden Dragon named Filia who can shapeshift into human form, and then there's Xellos, the "Trickster Priest". (whose catchphrase seems to be "That... is a secret.")

The show consists of five seasons (Slayers, Slayers NEXT, Slayers TRY, Slayers Revolution, and Slayers Evolution-R), each one with their own storylines and major villains. I won't spoil the plot, but it's safe to say that there will be collateral damage aplenty.

If you like spellcasters, treasure hunting, conspiracies, and collateral damage on an almost-daily basis, you'll like Slayers.

Available on YouTube now!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSC4nCa6Qw4)

And here's the Dragon Slave in action!!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-msoYUAIAto)

Anyone have any opinions on Slayers? :D:cool:

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02-23-2011, 08:26 PM
Anyone have any opinions on Slayers? :D:cool:[/COLOR]

I dunno about Slayers but now I'm interested in what happened with this RP thing. :D

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02-23-2011, 08:28 PM
I dunno about Slayers but now I'm interested in what happened with this RP thing. :D

Trust me. You don't wanna know. All I will say is that I was in "Ten Forward: The RPG", and that my time there ended rather badly.

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02-23-2011, 08:32 PM
Joy - now I have a reason to go through all 294 pages.

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02-23-2011, 08:43 PM
I dunno about Slayers but now I'm interested in what happened with this RP thing. :D

Here's a brief version. Kira joined our lovely and welcoming RPG, and naturally was welcomed with open arms. In lieu of progressing plot he decided his time was better spent having Xia craft him special outfits for his lovely shopping sprees-an essential hijacking of the thread. Being amiable people, we brought our grievances to him-he did not heed them.

As such we were left with little recourse. Our group convened in-game and decided his fate.

Kira's Fate (http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=151614&page=309)

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02-23-2011, 08:44 PM
He attempted to siderail the RP and the characters, seemed to be coming on to me, and then went on a silly shopping trip.

Then Hazard and Zona killed his character.

Then Kira left.

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02-23-2011, 09:35 PM
Ahhh, I see. Forum drama, always entertaining. :)

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02-23-2011, 09:48 PM
He attempted to siderail the RP and the characters, seemed to be coming on to me, and then went on a silly shopping trip.

Then Hazard and Zona killed his character.

Then Kira left.

And after I left that RP, I decided that my RP experiences would stick to the context of the forum site--translation: I decided to stick with Star Trek RPs on this Forum.

I will admit that my ships have some... nonstandard equipment when I bring them into RPs, but I explain it by having my various characters serve as Starfleet R&D's primary guinea pigs. And Star Trek is the pioneer in the field of Quantum Mechanics (aka parallel universes), so bringing in characters from alternate timelines (or making Star Trek versions of Game/Anime characters I like) is relatively easy. :D:cool:

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02-24-2011, 01:35 AM
*blissfully ignoring the forum debacle going on* :D

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02-24-2011, 09:11 AM
*blissfully ignoring the forum debacle going on* :D

Like sands through an hourglass. :D

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02-24-2011, 09:51 AM
Let us put thread on noble course once more! As my wonderful four day weekend approaches I shall be viewing at least one or two of the suggestions provided to me here. It should prove most interesting. Mind you the magical girl stereotype can go play in traffic from my point of view so those might be out of the question. Hopefully one of your suggestions will prove fruitful and I shall spend every waking hour on Netflix or some other website watching episode after episode.

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02-24-2011, 10:29 AM
Let us put thread on noble course once more! As my wonderful four day weekend approaches I shall be viewing at least one or two of the suggestions provided to me here. It should prove most interesting. Mind you the magical girl stereotype can go play in traffic from my point of view so those might be out of the question. Hopefully one of your suggestions will prove fruitful and I shall spend every waking hour on Netflix or some other website watching episode after episode.

Well, I shall suggest Slayers once again. It's a Swords-and-Sorcery-style Anime, with a very colorful cast of characters--especially the protagonist, Lina Inverse. :)

Lina is short, has a noticeable lack of *ahem* assets, has a very short temper, and takes down monsters and bandits for fun and profit, while often causing more collateral damage than the monsters and bandits. :D:cool:

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02-24-2011, 11:07 AM
I've just been watching the English Dubbed Lupin the 3rd film "The Castle Of Cagliostro"....and I'm thinking...

Why the HELL is he being called "Wolf"? :confused::confused:

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02-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Here ya go Ravenstein, I've started drawing the introduction frames.

There's 10 'scenes' to the introduction, each having 3 to 5 frames, depending on the content of the scene and how far I want to go with the overall look or smoothness. But basically, as long as it's good enough for the user to get a feel for it...

Scene 4, frame 3 (http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/180190_10150109797629081_762034080_6392690_3975608 _n.jpg)
Scene 8, frame 1 (http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181905_10150109798059081_762034080_6392693_2887929 _n.jpg)

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02-26-2011, 10:51 AM
Ignore this post.

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02-26-2011, 10:53 AM
It's english dubbed - nuff said.

There are very few animes out there as I'm sure everybody is well aware that survive the dubbing process well.

Add in the fact that there are retarded censors that remove anything even remotely suggestive (among other things, depending on the company), it's a miracle localized anime (at least here in the US) is still going.

I just wish the japanese companies that do this stuff wise up and release the japanese version with english subs instead of having to wait for it to be localized instead. Methinks they'd make a lot more fans.
Well, the dubbed stuff I buy you can have it in Japanese or English, with or without subtitles.

What sort of DVDs have you been buying? ;)

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02-26-2011, 10:57 AM
Yeah...don't mind me - just ranting.

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02-26-2011, 12:26 PM
Here ya go Ravenstein, I've started drawing the introduction frames.

There's 10 'scenes' to the introduction, each having 3 to 5 frames, depending on the content of the scene and how far I want to go with the overall look or smoothness. But basically, as long as it's good enough for the user to get a feel for it...

Scene 4, frame 3 (http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/180190_10150109797629081_762034080_6392690_3975608 _n.jpg)
Scene 8, frame 1 (http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181905_10150109798059081_762034080_6392693_2887929 _n.jpg)

In anime, the protagonist always sits next to the window in class so they can look cool while looking out the window. :P

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02-26-2011, 04:55 PM
In anime, the protagonist always sits next to the window in class so they can look cool while looking out the window. :P

They always sit in the window row, second from the back. It's a rule or something.

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02-26-2011, 05:54 PM
They always sit in the window row, second from the back. It's a rule or something.

Because that way they're all the way at the back of the class but there best friend can still whisper into their ears and still keep the camera focused on the lead character.

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02-27-2011, 12:09 AM
Some characters that have that seat...

Kyon (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya); Haruhi sits behind him
Mai Tokiha (My-HiME)
Tomoya (Clannad)
Light (DeathNote)
Ichigo (Bleach)
I think Sakaki from Azumanga had that seat too or one near it.

Sitting in that seat boosts your chances of being a main character by like 10,000%.


Furthermore, I would like to point out to everyone that Dawson has been thoroughly corrupted at this point. Hazard would probably purge him now if he could.

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02-27-2011, 12:20 AM
Some characters that have that seat...

Kyon (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya); Haruhi sits behind him
Mai Tokiha (My-HiME)
Tomoya (Clannad)
Light (DeathNote)
Ichigo (Bleach)
I think Sakaki from Azumanga had that seat too or one near it.

Sitting in that seat boosts your chances of being a main character by like 10,000%.


Furthermore, I would like to point out to everyone that Dawson has been thoroughly corrupted at this point. Hazard would probably purge him now if he could.

The exception to the rule being Rei Ayanami from Evangelion. That's the premise where the protagonist is towards the center staring at the person staring out the window.

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02-27-2011, 12:37 AM
Not true. Infinite Stratos has Ichika (the only guy in the class and the only guy in the world that can use the IS, sits smack dab in ze front).

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02-27-2011, 04:15 AM
First things first, I've watched "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_Who_Leapt_Through_Time)". Quite good in my opinion, though the ending was a little sad.

Also, I've, out of boredom, been drawing:
Generic Teacher (male) (http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/182467_10150110261754081_762034080_6398065_1721280 _n.jpg)
Generic Year 7 pupil (female) (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/182423_10150110261819081_762034080_6398066_2909373 _n.jpg)
The latter's proportions are 'off'; and, amazingly, both drawn in under 30 minutes.
I think Sakaki from Azumanga had that seat too or one near it.
Actually, she had that exact seat; primarily becuase she could see everyone else (friends wise) and it was also in line with the second set of doors at the back.

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02-28-2011, 12:41 PM
Found this by pure fluke. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSjX00lM3XM)

Also, Kotoko (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wHVRb7oEbs) can make good music....

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02-28-2011, 07:24 PM
Found this by pure fluke. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSjX00lM3XM)

Also, Kotoko (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wHVRb7oEbs) can make good music....

YAY! KOTOKO!

I like:
Meconopsis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E9ycq5ZXD0)
Asura (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqp1O8kH20E)
Shuusou (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie_mPImaL9I)
Sekka no Shinwa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L42PBeLsJ3o)
Sociometry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPAp99ikZ7k) (from Shakugan no Shana 2)
being (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L42PBeLsJ3o) (from Shakugan no Shana)
Blaze (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noNdO8cv5sA) (from Shakugan no Shana 2)

You may also like Mami Kawada:
Triangle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRChVzPfQYA) (from Shakugan no Shana 2)
Hishoku no Sora (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xszFNpb0ko) (from Shakugan no Shana)

You should also try Shakugan no Shana. Brief summary...

Yuji Sakai is a seemingly normal high school student. To nobody who is familiar with anime's surprise, he is not. He is actually something called a Torch, a 'replacement' for someone whose existence has been consumed by one of the Denizens of the Crimson Realm. They exist to ease the disappearance of the person from existence. Yuji is a special kind of Torch called a Miestes, a Torch with a magical treasure inside of it. Specifically it is The Midnight Lost Child, a treasure that will replenish Yuji's power of existence every night at midnight provided he has not used it all up during the day.

Yuji initially knows nothing of this. He finds this out one day while he and his maybe girlfriend are trapped in a magical barrier that becomes the battleground between two fiendish monsters (Denizens of the Crimson Realm) and a katana wielding girl. The girl eventually reveals that she doesn't have a name, so Yuji names her Shana, after her sword Nieto no Shana. Shana is the vessel for the Crimson Lord (good guys who fight the Denizens) Alastor, the Flame of the Heavens.

Shana, realizing the power of the treasure, plans to use Yuji to draw out the powerful Denizen that has been directing the lesser Denizens that have been attacking the town. However in the process Shana totally falls for Yuji and she is confronted by the fact that she has devoted her life to fighting the Denizens and protecting humanity but has never really explored what it means to be human.

It is a very good series if you can handle some tsundere romance with a good plot, interesting and downright creepy villains (the twins are the stuff of nightmares and Hecate is just plain strange), and plenty of awesome action scenes.

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03-01-2011, 12:51 AM
Cool thread. Glad to see I'm not the only anime fan in STO, lol.

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03-01-2011, 01:05 AM
List of my favorite anime shows:

Bleach
Naruto Shippuden (the first part wasn't as good, but things really heated up with Shippuden)
Samurai Champloo
Inuyasha
Orphen
Air (anime)
Love Hina
Kanon (first anime version)
Code Geass (good but dissapointed by the ending)
Cowboy Bebop
Clannad
Full Metal Alchemist

Oh yeah, btw, I don't know if there are any fans of Naruto the Abridged series here, but there's a Star Trek reference in the new episode. Made me laugh.

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03-01-2011, 11:50 AM
Potential spoilers abound, but it's about an anime I can almost guarantee will never get an official state side release, so it might not be a major loss for some people. Still, read ahead at your own risk!


So anyone hear the buzz about that anime airing in Japan currently that's taking flak for depicting a 10 year old magical girl having her head bit off? It's called Puella Magi Madoka Magica and it happens in on of the later episodes in the first season (assuming a standard 13 episode season, can't remember the exact episode). Apparently the producers got a letter from some moral watch group or something saying how messed up it was.

This is why I can respect anime more than many western TV shows, because they're not afraid to sugar coat things. Kids can die, they're not immune to death in the real world so why do they always have some sort of divine protection in TV shows? I mean just read the news, they're always getting kidnapped and drowning, the little scamps! Anime has never been afraid to offer ideas contrary to popular opinion or conventional thought. I think that's why I find so many American TV shows so boring, it's always the same views portrayed by the same people to sell the show to as many people as possible with out offending them by showing them ideas they disagree with or can't understand.

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03-01-2011, 12:11 PM
Potential spoilers abound, but it's about an anime I can almost guarantee will never get an official state side release, so it might not be a major loss for some people. Still, read ahead at your own risk!


So anyone hear the buzz about that anime airing in Japan currently that's taking flak for depicting a 10 year old magical girl having her head bit off? It's called Puella Magi Madoka Magica and it happens in on of the later episodes in the first season (assuming a standard 13 episode season, can't remember the exact episode). Apparently the producers got a letter from some moral watch group or something saying how messed up it was.

This is why I can respect anime more than many western TV shows, because they're not afraid to sugar coat things. Kids can die, they're not immune to death in the real world so why do they always have some sort of divine protection in TV shows? I mean just read the news, they're always getting kidnapped and drowning, the little scamps! Anime has never been afraid to offer ideas contrary to popular opinion or conventional thought. I think that's why I find so many American TV shows so boring, it's always the same views portrayed by the same people to sell the show to as many people as possible with out offending them by showing them ideas they disagree with or can't understand.

Agreed on both counts. I have seen a couple subbed episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica on YouTube. It was very, very good. Much darker then most other Magical Girl series.

Sort of like My-HiME.

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03-01-2011, 06:34 PM
Agreed on both counts. I have seen a couple subbed episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica on YouTube. It was very, very good. Much darker then most other Magical Girl series.

Sort of like My-HiME.

Yeah I've seen a few too. Darker is a good way to put it. Where as Nanoha was more a mature magical girl in it's use of more visceral combat Puella Magi Madoka Magica goes one step further and along with more violent combat it also hits you with some emotional and psychological blows (and a decapitated 10 year old girl).

I think this is another fault I find in American shows, we only market to 7 year olds or 20 year olds. There's not much avilable for the mid to late teem demographic and even what is available to them is filtered to make sure that a 7 year old can watch it without having to flex too many synapses and a 20 year old can watch it and oogle over an 18 year old girl's body.

Is marketing to niche audiences such a terrible thing that the large and powerful media conglomerates can't afford a mere few thousand dollars to have one of their teams of Flash animators whip out just one show that's more involved than paint drying?

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03-01-2011, 07:10 PM
Magical girl animes....do not want.

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03-01-2011, 08:06 PM
Magical girl animes....do not want.

I understand it's not everyone's bag.

My-Hime and Shana are more like action series then traditional magical girl faire. No transformation sequences, very little stock footage. Main characters actually dying. Of the 13 magical girls, or Himes in My-Hime for example, 4 are dead by the end of the series, one is an asylum, one has lapsed into an alcoholic, one has had her eye ripped out, and another has switched sides to forces of evil. And the supporting cast gets shot to hell too.

The second episode of Shakugan no Shana is one of the best anime episodes I have ever seen. Yuji watches a girl he has a crush on fade from existence over the course of a day. The series, if for no reason then the second episode, is worth watching.

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03-01-2011, 08:10 PM
Magical girl animes....do not want.

Honestly, I've never really watched a magical girl anime, other than a few episodes of Sailor Moon, so I can't really give an opinion of them. They couldn't be that bad though.

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03-01-2011, 08:12 PM
I understand it's not everyone's bag.

My-Hime and Shana are more like action series then traditional magical girl faire. No transformation sequences, very little stock footage. Main characters actually dying. Of the 13 magical girls, or Himes in My-Hime for example, 4 are dead by the end of the series, one is an asylum, one has lapsed into an alcoholic, one has had her eye ripped out, and another has switched sides to forces of evil. And the supporting cast gets shot to hell too.

The second episode of Shakugan no Shana is one of the best anime episodes I have ever seen. Yuji watches a girl he has a crush on fade from existence over the course of a day. The series, if for no reason then the second episode, is worth watching.

Sounds like it's worth a watch in my opinion! Thank you Empress! [=

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03-01-2011, 11:14 PM
I understand it's not everyone's bag.

My-Hime and Shana are more like action series then traditional magical girl faire. No transformation sequences, very little stock footage. Main characters actually dying. Of the 13 magical girls, or Himes in My-Hime for example, 4 are dead by the end of the series, one is an asylum, one has lapsed into an alcoholic, one has had her eye ripped out, and another has switched sides to forces of evil. And the supporting cast gets shot to hell too.

The second episode of Shakugan no Shana is one of the best anime episodes I have ever seen. Yuji watches a girl he has a crush on fade from existence over the course of a day. The series, if for no reason then the second episode, is worth watching.

Shana's been on my watch list but My-hime's not been one I've had my eye on.... until now that is!

Bioware thinks that making characters have sex makes them more human; I disagree. There is nothing more human than death. At some point or another we all experience it, some one else or even our own we all live with death. Any show that explores a character's death or the tragedy or emotional trauma of conflict and loss in a meaningful and genuine way get's mad points in my book.



God, I sounded like some goth-nihilistic for a second there, didn't I? I'm actually a very bubbly person, I just think too much some times.

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03-01-2011, 11:42 PM
A Shakugan no Shana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40xjuDCiB2A) trailer.

My-Hime official trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uph7CExPt0). My-Hime done to Yuki Kajiura's A Song of Storm and Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_5zHc9HB0), showcasing some of the action.

Mai Tokiha, the main heroine, and Natsuki Kuga, the secondary heroine, are two of my favorite anime heroines of all time. Several other characters like Midori Suigira (the magical girl with a drinking problem who showcases why you should not use magical powers while inebriated) and Nao Yuuki (one of the most sadistically evil magical girls I have seen; her symbol is a spider) also stand out as pretty unique characters.

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03-01-2011, 11:54 PM
I'm wondering if anybody here besides me has ever watched Orphen. Good show, if you haven't watched it before, you should.

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03-02-2011, 09:46 AM
I'm wondering if anybody here besides me has ever watched Orphen. Good show, if you haven't watched it before, you should.

I started Orphan but never got around to finishing it (not for lack of interest mind you). I love anime from that era, some of the best ever made came from around that time.

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03-02-2011, 11:03 AM
I started Orphan but never got around to finishing it (not for lack of interest mind you). I love anime from that era, some of the best ever made came from around that time.

I agree, that era put out two of the best animes ever, Orphen and Cowboy Bebop, as well as some really good anime films.

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03-02-2011, 11:07 AM
I agree, that era put out two of the best animes ever, Orphen and Cowboy Bebop, as well as some really good anime films.

Speaking of older animes and manga, I need to read the Akira manga and watch the film. Afterall, the Akira class in Star Trek was named after the manga and anime film.

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03-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Speaking of older animes and manga, I need to read the Akira manga and watch the film. Afterall, the Akira class in Star Trek was named after the manga and anime film.

Then I take it you know where Nadion Particles get there name from?

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03-02-2011, 12:40 PM
We should probably start out listing some series we liked and disliked.

Like: CardCaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicle, Chobits, Trigun, Sailor Moon, Hell Girl, and Black Lagoon

Hate: Naruto, anything Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, and so many more. :P

What?? Cowboy Bebop?? Really?? I got married to the opening theme to that anime. I'm not afraid to admit it either. :p

Also enjoy a few Anime's myself. K-on!, Trinity Blood, Seiko no Queser, Tokyo Magnatude 8.0 (what a drama oy), Basilisk, Early Bleach, Black Cat, and many more.

Subbed only, not a fan of dubbed anime at all.

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03-02-2011, 12:49 PM
For some reason, I am easily disappointed by anime. To some degree, it really makes me appreciate the series I do like though. I think one of the reasons though is length. A couple of seasons and some OVA's aren't that bad but things like InuYasha go on way too long. I cant' stand annoying catch-phrases either! When it comes to most series I like, I have to be able to stand both the engrish dub and the *** versions. If not, then I just can't get through it. I don't care if one is better than the other but they both have to be tollerable.

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03-02-2011, 02:21 PM
What?? Cowboy Bebop?? Really?? I got married to the opening theme to that anime. I'm not afraid to admit it either. :p

Also enjoy a few Anime's myself. K-on!, Trinity Blood, Seiko no Queser, Tokyo Magnatude 8.0 (what a drama oy), Basilisk, Early Bleach, Black Cat, and many more.

Subbed only, not a fan of dubbed anime at all.

Why only early Bleach?

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03-02-2011, 02:26 PM
For some reason, I am easily disappointed by anime. To some degree, it really makes me appreciate the series I do like though. I think one of the reasons though is length. A couple of seasons and some OVA's aren't that bad but things like InuYasha go on way too long. I cant' stand annoying catch-phrases either! When it comes to most series I like, I have to be able to stand both the engrish dub and the *** versions. If not, then I just can't get through it. I don't care if one is better than the other but they both have to be tollerable.

For me, I prefer to watch dubbed up until the most recently dubbed episode, upon which I switch to subbed to get farther into the series. However, if a series has bad dubbing, I'll watch subbed all the way through.

Series with good dubbing: Inuyasha, Bleach, Samurai Champloo, Full Metal Alchemist

Series with bearable dubbing: Love Hina, Orphen

Series with bad dubbing: Naruto

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03-02-2011, 02:45 PM
Anyone seen "Akira", I seem to like the major explosions, like nuke blasts.

*WTF Boom!*:D

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03-02-2011, 03:25 PM
Fine, believe what you want. I'm not going to waste any more words on this topic of conversation.

Now, I will ask once again:



Anyone have any opinions on Slayers? :D:cool:

I like Slayers. Very funny and entertaining. Louie the Rune Soldier is done in the same vein and is better written and funnier, give it a try if you haven't already.

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03-02-2011, 04:06 PM
I like Slayers. Very funny and entertaining. Louie the Rune Soldier is done in the same vein and is better written and funnier, give it a try if you haven't already.

Nice to meet someone else who likes Slayers. :)

And this "Louie the Rune Soldier" sounds interesting. I might need to look into it sometime. :)

Out of curiosity, do you think you could provide us some more details? :D:cool:

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03-02-2011, 06:04 PM
Nice to meet someone else who likes Slayers. :)

And this "Louie the Rune Soldier" sounds interesting. I might need to look into it sometime. :)

Out of curiosity, do you think you could provide us some more details? :D:cool:


Basicly, this trio of female adventurers need a mage to open a magicaly sealed door, but they only allow other women into thier group. Trouble is, the only mage willing to go on an adventure is class A bungler, Louie, who would rather be a famous adventurer than a mage. Actually, he's a lot like Goury. The dubbing is well done and the cast does a great job of capturing the personalities of the characters. I've never been very good at describing things like this so I'll link to a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqWio-nzkj8&feature=related) with some clips you can watch that might give you a better idea of what to expect, but if you like Slayers then you'll probably like it too.

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03-02-2011, 07:58 PM
Why only early Bleach?

I can see why only early Bleach. Back when it was a more urban fantasy fight the hollows and save the girl series, before it started with the arms race of shonen upgrades (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShonenUpgrade).

Anyone seen "Akira", I seem to like the major explosions, like nuke blasts.

*WTF Boom!*:D

I hated Akira. Almost as much as I hated Afro Samurai.

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03-02-2011, 08:36 PM
When I become Fuhrer...things are going to be different....all female officers will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS!!!!!

:D

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03-02-2011, 08:53 PM
When I become Fuhrer...things are going to be different....all female officers will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS!!!!!

:D

YAY! Miniskirts!

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03-03-2011, 12:08 AM
I can see why only early Bleach. Back when it was a more urban fantasy fight the hollows and save the girl series, before it started with the arms race of shonen upgrades (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShonenUpgrade).



I hated Akira. Almost as much as I hated Afro Samurai.

I always kind of liked the predicatability of main characters always one upping the bad guys in shonen series. I like a hero character that can pull a trick out of no where on call.

Lord knows the hero ships in Star Trek are good at it as well. Technobabble FTW.

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03-03-2011, 02:01 AM
When I become Fuhrer...things are going to be different....all female officers will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS!!!!!

:D
....even fat ones? :(

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03-03-2011, 09:27 AM
....even fat ones? :(

There's no fat female officers in anime.

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03-03-2011, 09:41 AM
There's no fat female officers in anime.

Indeed. One could argue that this is a product of the design of the show for a specific demographic (young men) or you could argue that officership requires a high degree of physical fitness that fat girls just do not possess.

I digress

TINY MINISKIRTS!!!!!! (http://cdn3.knowyourmeme.com/i/000/077/670/original/Tiny_Miniskirts_by_WilliamJBoone.jpg?1287197622)

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03-03-2011, 09:50 AM
Things that go on in the military - screaming, more screaming, random dancing....