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CanisWolfred
GundamMac

#1

  • Feb 10, 2012

Simple enough, this is the thread to talk about anything Anime and/or Manga related.

To start, I'll ask a few questions:

What's everybody's Favorite Anime and/ or Manga? Their Least Favorite Anime/Manga?

What's Everybody Watching? What are you reading? And of course, what do you think of them?

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GundamMac

#2

  • Feb 10, 2012

As for me, my favorite anime should be obvious: Gundam. It have everything I look for in anime: deep, complex storylines, interesting characters that grow over time, great action scenes, and of course giant robots!!! (portrayed in a semi-realistic manner, too) Nothing can beat it in my eyes.

My favorite Manga is Crossbone Gundam, which happens to have the best Gundam story never animated, with some really cool mobile suit designs to boot.

Least favorite is End of Evangelion. Words cannot describe the amount of seething hatred I feel towards that movie.

I'm currently watching Soul Eater and Shaman King, both of which are very good. Soul Eater has a good mix of comedy and action, and the story seems to be getting interesting recently. Shaman King has been great from the get-go, though. I love the characters and how they all develop, and the action is just right. In fact, I find character development to be the key to a shonen anime, and both shows have it in spades right now.

I'm not reading any manga right now, but I do intend to read the manga versions of Soul Eater and Shaman King when I'm done with the anime versions.

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Tasuki
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#3

  • Feb 11, 2012

Right now I am not watching anything anime related now but I do have a pretty nice collection on DVD.  Some of my favorites include

Fushigi Yuugi
Trigun
Initial D
Inuyasha
Ruroni Kenshin
Fullmetal Alchemist
Full Metal Panic
DN Angel

and a bunch more that I will probably add here later.

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GundamMac

#4

  • Feb 12, 2012

That's cool. Trigun, Rurouni Kenshin, and Fullmetal alchemist are all very good anime. I've also been meaning to get into DN Angel and Fushigi Yugi.

Anyways, I'm also watching Tenjho Tenge, whuch is....pretty bad so far, yet enjoyable enough for me to keep watching. By bad, I mean the plot is thin, the characters are mostly idiots, and nothing makes sense, at least so far. Everything just seems like an excuse to have random fights with people who inexplicably have super powers (which, btw, only the biggest idiot in the whole group seems to be surprised about...). Still, the fights are good, and everything else I can just laugh at.

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#5

  • Feb 12, 2012

My favorite anime is probably FLCL. It's so absolutely bonkers I can't help but love it and it has the added bonus of not being five-hundred episodes long, which means it's rewatchable~

Other favorites include:
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Gurren Lagaan
Darker than Black
Eden of the East

Least favorite, just because I remember forcing myself to watch it because of the name, was Persona: Trinity Soul. If it was anything else I would have given up on it and gleefully forgotten picking it up but I had to see how that one ended. ... Yeah.

Right now I'm watching Persona 4 the Animation which is way better. tongue

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#6

  • Feb 13, 2012

Ok back to add some more.  These ones I watched on Netflix so if you have Netflix streaming you can check them out there

Sacred Blacksmith
Kaze No Stigma
Sekirei

@GundamMac:  Fushigi Yuugi is a great one, it starts kinda slow in the beginning but it picks up.  As you can tell from my user name its one of my top favorites.

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#7

  • May 06, 2012

my top three anime are:

Nura: Rise of the yokai
Katekyo hitman reborn
Bleach

and my favorite Manga are:

Zombie Powder
One Piece ( cause im not watching 500 episodes)
Fairy Tail

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#8

  • May 07, 2012

I absolutely love several anime on Netflix. I've fully watched Clannad, Clannad After Story, Baccano!, Mushi-Shi, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Samurai 7, Ghost Hound, Rideback, D.Gray-man, Soul Eater, Noein, Last Exile, Hell Girl, Blue Drop, and Rosario + Vampire.

I can definitely say that all of those were great anime, but the ones that stood out the most were Mushi-Shi and Moribito: Gaurdian of the Sacred Spirit. Those two anime are downright incredible!

As for manga, the only manga I own is Azumanga Daioh Omnibus, which is HUGE! The manga covers all of the hilarious jokes from the anime series. Great manga smile

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Jon_Talbain

#9

  • Oct 28, 2012
Genostar09 wrote:

I absolutely love several anime on Netflix. I've fully watched Clannad, Clannad After Story, Baccano!, Mushi-Shi, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Samurai 7, Ghost Hound, Rideback, D.Gray-man, Soul Eater, Noein, Last Exile, Hell Girl, Blue Drop, and Rosario + Vampire.

I can definitely say that all of those were great anime, but the ones that stood out the most were Mushi-Shi and Moribito: Gaurdian of the Sacred Spirit. Those two anime are downright incredible!

As for manga, the only manga I own is Azumanga Daioh Omnibus, which is HUGE! The manga covers all of the hilarious jokes from the anime series. Great manga smile

Wow, that's a lot of shows. How'd I miss this before? Very eclectic mix, too. I see you're still around. If you can still remember, what did you think of Ghost Hound, Noien, Last Exile, Hell Girl, and Blue Drop?

Also, unrelated, but are there any anime you disliked?

Tasuki wrote:

Ok back to add some more.  These ones I watched on Netflix so if you have Netflix streaming you can check them out there

Sacred Blacksmith
Kaze No Stigma
Sekirei

Wait, to your favorites, or these are just ones you were watching? I only ask because Kaze no Stigma was pretty notorious around one of the forums I visit.

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  • Feb 22, 2013

Currently watching One Piece...which I've spent most of the past 5 months watching. tongue I'm on the Impel Down arc, and it's been an incredible ride so far. A lot has happened, and right now [SPOILER] Blackbeard just showed up, and made the Head Jailer part of his crew. As if they weren't dangerous enough! Looking forward to seeing how Luffy gets away from them... [SPOILER]

I'm tempted to take a break when I'm done with this arc and go rewatch a Gundam show, possibly Gundam X, in order to hype myself up for the 6th episode of Gundam U.C. in March.

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#11

  • Feb 23, 2013

I'm currently watching Persona 4 and Kotoura-san, as well as rewatching Haruhi and Code Geass.

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Majin-Naruto

#12

  • Apr 06, 2013

that a tough one i would say my favourite Anime and Manga series is Naruto with Dragon Ball a close second (like a nat's wing difference) then One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist/FMA Brotherhood, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and honestly this list could go on for ages

but anyway i'm currently reading Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail and Kuroshitsuji and enjoying them very much the storys are moving along nicely and have had quite a few twists pop up but i wont spoil them for anyone, if you want to know then you should read them, it's also sad that Bleach is coming to a end but you know that old saying All Good Things...

as for my least favourite Anime that would have to be Vandread i just found the whole thing BORING and the characters were pretty bland also the story setting kinda sucked

and my least favourite manga is...... actually i haven't encountered a manga i haven't liked reading but i suppose the worst i did read was Freezing it wasn't bad but just not as good as all the others i have read i can't really explain why

well that my thought on subject of this thread

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#13

  • Apr 06, 2013

Has someone any advice for me on anime? I am currently watching persona anime because of the game ( That kills my social life)... And i am searching for somethign with the typical high school stuff with a good story ( LOL again like persona)

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CanisWolfred

#14

  • Apr 07, 2013

@majin-Naruto good to see another shounen fan. Believe it or not, I haven't run into many on the web.

I never liked Vandread, either. It's more or less a fanservice anime, iirc.

@sanquine I wish I could help you. I've yet to watch a show with a high school setting that I liked. hmm

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  • Apr 07, 2013

My favorite anime would probably be Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist or Ghost Stories, one for the heart in its story, another for its well-thought-out setting, characters and longevity while still being engrossing, and the other for being what is basically an abridged anime of itself.
As for least favorite... Of the ones I've watched and completed, I'd go with Vandread too. I'm kind of surprised I ever finished it. The story, characters, and setting were never really all that appealing.

For what I'm currently watching, Soul Eater is what I've been spending time on. It's pretty interesting, and the setting and cast are very different from pretty much everything out there, which is a big plus. A lot of the humor feels forced, though, which rubs me the wrong way. Still, I'm having a good time with it.

Also, I plan on getting Cowboy Bebop soon. I've never watched it, and I really want to get to changing that.

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#16

  • Apr 07, 2013

I don't have much to add here.. but I loved the Persona 4 anime. It was very well made for a tv show about a game!

The only other one I really watched and enjoyed was the Sengoku Basara anime.

Both from games.. I know.

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Majin-Naruto

#17

  • Apr 07, 2013
CanisWolfred wrote:

@majin-Naruto good to see another shounen fan. Believe it or not, I haven't run into many on the web.

well we are everywhere, hiding, waiting for our moment to strike.....BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!

seriously though i just think a lot of people are embarrassed to admit they like them, but i'm not i proudly admit that i do

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#18

  • Apr 07, 2013
Sanquine wrote:

Has someone any advice for me on anime? I am currently watching persona anime because of the game ( That kills my social life)... And i am searching for somethign with the typical high school stuff with a good story ( LOL again like persona)

Fruits Basket has a high school setting and is great.

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#19

  • Apr 07, 2013
moomoo wrote:

My favorite anime would probably be Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist or Ghost Stories, one for the heart in its story, another for its well-thought-out setting, characters and longevity while still being engrossing, and the other for being what is basically an abridged anime of itself.
As for least favorite... Of the ones I've watched and completed, I'd go with Vandread too. I'm kind of surprised I ever finished it. The story, characters, and setting were never really all that appealing.

For what I'm currently watching, Soul Eater is what I've been spending time on. It's pretty interesting, and the setting and cast are very different from pretty much everything out there, which is a big plus. A lot of the humor feels forced, though, which rubs me the wrong way. Still, I'm having a good time with it.

Also, I plan on getting Cowboy Bebop soon. I've never watched it, and I really want to get to changing that.

I'm watching Soul Eater too! I actually like it. Didn't think I would at first. Really love the sun and moon lol.

I plan on watching Cowboy Bepop too as well as Yu Yu Hakusho when I'm not busy.

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#20

  • Apr 07, 2013
moomoo wrote:

My favorite anime would probably be Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist or Ghost Stories, one for the heart in its story, another for its well-thought-out setting, characters and longevity while still being engrossing, and the other for being what is basically an abridged anime of itself.
As for least favorite... Of the ones I've watched and completed, I'd go with Vandread too. I'm kind of surprised I ever finished it. The story, characters, and setting were never really all that appealing.

For what I'm currently watching, Soul Eater is what I've been spending time on. It's pretty interesting, and the setting and cast are very different from pretty much everything out there, which is a big plus. A lot of the humor feels forced, though, which rubs me the wrong way. Still, I'm having a good time with it.

Also, I plan on getting Cowboy Bebop soon. I've never watched it, and I really want to get to changing that.


Haha, all great shows there. Trigun and FMA are among my top 30 shows (and yes, I've seen enough that I have to count that high just for my favorites), and Soul Eater is up there, too. If you really get into it, be sure to check out the Manga someday, since the story changes around episode 30, IIRC, and of course it keeps going for quite a while longer.

Cowboy Bebop is definitely something to look forward too, as well.

@Turtlink - you reminded me, I never finished Yu Yu Hakusho. I really should get on that soonish.

Right now I'm watching Guilty Crown, Fairy Tail, Majestic Prince, Gargantia, and I'll soon be watching Valvrave once the first episode is out on Crunchyroll. Tonight I also intend to watch Gundam Unicorn episode 6. I've waited far too long to finally watch that.

Since I just started watching most of those, I have nothing to report other than they all seem promising so far. Fairy Tail I'm up to episode 31, and the previous arc was fantastic. This show had a really slow start, but it seems like it's finally taking itself seriously, and I look forward to watching the next major arc.

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#21

  • Apr 07, 2013

Hm, seems CanisWolfred's set up an anime discussion here too...well okay. I think I prefer the NL forum set-up, but oh well.

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#22

  • Apr 08, 2013

My favourite anime would have to be Gundam 0083 - 12 episodes of pure brilliance that as far as I'm concerned, is yet to be surpassed. Although I'm a huge fan of Gundam in general. I also love the new remasters/retells of Evangelion (1:11, 2:22, etc.) but they're taking their sweet time in releasing...

My favourite manga is Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z. It's a shame to think so many people don't even know the franchise began as a manga, especially when (in my opinion) the manga is better in every possible way imaginable. Not to mention Akira Toriyama's art is, really, the pinnacle of what we can expect from a manga artist.

Also a huge fan of the Full Metal Alchemist manga, where again I think the manga series completely blows away the anime. What I like about FMA are the believable characters. Well written and strong female personalities are relatively hard to come by in any media, but because FMA is mostly written by a woman, we get a very balanced cast not offset by either sex. Fantastic read.

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#23

  • Apr 08, 2013

My favorite anime is Death Note.
Second favorite is FMA.
Third is One Piece or Bleach.

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#24

  • Apr 08, 2013
ShogunRok wrote:

My favourite anime would have to be Gundam 0083 - 12 episodes of pure brilliance that as far as I'm concerned, is yet to be surpassed. Although I'm a huge fan of Gundam in general. I also love the new remasters/retells of Evangelion (1:11, 2:22, etc.) but they're taking their sweet time in releasing...

My favourite manga is Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z. It's a shame to think so many people don't even know the franchise began as a manga, especially when (in my opinion) the manga is better in every possible way imaginable. Not to mention Akira Toriyama's art is, really, the pinnacle of what we can expect from a manga artist.

Also a huge fan of the Full Metal Alchemist manga, where again I think the manga series completely blows away the anime. What I like about FMA are the believable characters. Well written and strong female personalities are relatively hard to come by in any media, but because FMA is mostly written by a woman, we get a very balanced cast not offset by either sex. Fantastic read.

Good to finally meet a Gundam Fan that still likes the series. I really wish I had bought Gundam 0083 when I had the chance. I really love it, too. Actually, after the original Mobile Suit Gundam, I find all of the OVAs to be the pinnacle of Mecha anime. Besides 0083, what other Gundam series are your favorites?

Good to see you're a fan of Dragon Ball as well. I always meant to read the Dragon Ball manga, but I've yet to get around to it. I still have plenty of other manga to read, too, like Toriko. Have you read/watched any of One Piece, by any chance? I can't help but feel that a DB fan would enjoy it immensely, as I always felt it was the true successor to that series.

And have you seen Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the more-Manga-accurate animated version? I know it rushes through the beginning, which is such a shame, but I always felt that it ultimately benefitted the series.

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#25

  • Apr 08, 2013
CanisWolfred wrote:

Good to finally meet a Gundam Fan that still likes the series. I really wish I had bought Gundam 0083 when I had the chance. I really love it, too. Actually, after the original Mobile Suit Gundam, I find all of the OVAs to be the pinnacle of Mecha anime. Besides 0083, what other Gundam series are your favorites?

Good to see you're a fan of Dragon Ball as well. I always meant to read the Dragon Ball manga, but I've yet to get around to it. I still have plenty of other manga to read, too, like Toriko. Have you read/watched any of One Piece, by any chance? I can't help but feel that a DB fan would enjoy it immensely, as I always felt it was the true successor to that series.

And have you seen Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the more-Manga-accurate animated version? I know it rushes through the beginning, which is such a shame, but I always felt that it ultimately benefitted the series.


I feel the same way about the OVAs, almost every single one is a masterclass in mecha. For me, nothing has ever beaten 0083 - but that's not to say various things haven't come close. I'm a huge fan of the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Z Gundam, but I'm also happily aware of the newer series'. I'm fond of 00, and even though Seed/Destiny gets a lot of hate, I think they also sport their own charms. I wouldn't say I hated any Gundam series, although I certainly think some are far worse than others - for example, I don't much care for ZZ.

I can't wait for Unicorn to finish so I can watch it back-to-back. The animation and overall quality is stunning.

The Dragonball manga is fantastic - it's quite amazing how much the feel of it differs compared to DBZ, but it feels like its own entity because of it. If you ever get the chance to read it, I'd say don't hesitate.

On the subject of One Piece, I've never gotten into detail with it but I do know of it. It seems unique in both style and atmosphere, so it definitely interests me. I also know the author and Akira Toriyama have worked on a few projects together, so that vouches for the quality. Of the 'three big' anime/mangas, I think One Piece would interest me most. I watched quite a bit of Naruto when I was younger, but gradually lost interest. I collected a lot of the Bleach manga, but again, lost interest. Both series just tended to drag so tediously - I just couldn't keep either up.

I also haven't seen Brotherhood but I've heard good things. The fact that it follows the manga more closely is a definite plus for me, as that's essentially the reason I was put off the original anime. I read the manga first, so watching the anime was like having the storyline I'd come to know and love be butchered right in front of my eyes. I suppose it'd be the same way if you watched the anime first, though.

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