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Looking to get into anime

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by halfacandan, May 10, 2005.

  1. halfacandan

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    Hi. I'd like to see some good anime movies but don't really know where to start. I'm thinking that Akira is as good as any. Also had a look at appleseed but it looks like most people praise the look of it rather than the plot. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Dan
     
  2. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Firstly, congratulations on choosing anime! It's a superb genre, and if you look closely at some of the best examples, I'm certain you will fall in love with it straight away.

    Okay, firstly, you should be warned that the best anime DVD releases tend to be on Region 1 (USA) or NTSC Region 2 (Japan). We are getting better releases here in the UK, than a few years back, but they pale into comparison against the US and Japan. As such, I'd highly recommend you get a multi-region DVD and make sure your TV can accept NTSC-formatted pictures, for the Japanese discs.

    Now, onto recommendations. Obviously, everyone is different. Some of the titles I recommend, will be deemed "crap" by others, and vice versa. However, I think the following selection will all be recommended by the vast majority of anime fans, as a good place to start. For more info on any particular title, just use the Internet Movie Database. Not every title I list is available in the UK, so please bear this in mind.


    - Akira (Probably the Granddaddy of anime! Complex, but superb nonetheless!)
    - Ghost In The Shell (The original 1995 movie)
    - Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV series)
    - My Neighbour Totoro
    - My Neighbours, The Yamadas
    - Pom Poko
    - Spirited Away
    - Princess Mononoke
    - Grave Of The Fireflies (aka Tombstone For Fireflies, aka Graveyard Of The Fireflies)
    - Metropolis
    - Perfect Blue
    - Urotsukidoji: Perfect Collection
    - Urusei Yatsura
    - Memories
    - Dominion Tank Police: Acts 1-4
    - New Dominion Tank Police
    - Appleseed (2004 release)
    - Fist Of The North Star (1987 Toei Animation anime film)
    - Kiki's Delivery Service
    - Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
    - Only Yesterday

    That should do you, for a start! ;)


    Pooch
     
  3. MartinImber

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    Spirited Away is superb!
     
  4. halfacandan

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    Hi. Thanks for the comprehensive response! I've got Spirited Away and Memories already and LOVE them. I always meant to to watch some other Miyazaki films but I didn't realise they were anime. For me, like most people, I associate anime with big explosions, "caricatured women" and over-sized guns. I'm going to get appleseed and akira for now and see how I like them.

    Thanks again
    Dan
     
  5. MartinImber

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    Princess Monomoke and Kikis Delivery Service are both well animated

    I have Akira, well animated but weird.

    All makes a nice change from US animation - especially all the turgid Disney stuff.

    However I will state that Pixar are good, as are the Ice Age team.

    Dreamworks are so variable - eg Sharks Tale is definately a poor film compared to Pixar or most Anime I have seen.

    Also get Animatrix - very good!
     
  6. halfacandan

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    Yeah, the animatrix is probably what made me want to see more anime. I really like the episode with the haunted house. I never took to ice-age, perhaps a bit more kid-ish than Shrek and all the pixar stuff. I don't like the look of Pixar's "Cars" but all their other stuff has been superb.

    Dan
     
  7. thelordmagus

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    Now don't get me wrong, but animatrix is not the best anime you can get. Britain is not well served when it comes to anime, first because we only get what the UK branches of US firms release here, and overall because the market did start very late (compared to France for example...).

    I'd recommend the first two Patlabor movies. Also, Cagliostro's castle is great, if you don't mind the late 70's anime style (Miyasaki's first movie director job). Then, in terms of series, stand alone complex looks good, even though I have yet to watch it.
    In terms of weird series if you like robots I'd recommend Rahxephon (and no, it's DIFFERENT from evangelion, which is good in it's own right).

    I heard that paranoia agent is good, but I'm not sure if this is released in Britain... then Full metal alchemist is also good, being released end of this month, but beware, it's 51 episodes long...

    I have more suggestions, but that's mostly imported stuf, etc.
     
  8. halfacandan

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    I was wondering about series...I think they're probably a bit too much of an invesment for me at the mo. I liked the final fantasy film so was thinking of getting the unlimited series but its dead cheap so I'm assuming that it's a bit poo...any guidance?

    Thanks
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    Nice List Pooch!
     
  10. sh18

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    Definately try and see Kite & Mezzo Forte, i still regard Kite as one of the greatest animes ive seen.
    also the Berserk series is excellent!
     
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    RahXephon is good :)
     
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    The Guyver series and Battle Angel Alita for me...highly recommended, also Wicked City is quite good too.
     
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    Bio Booster Armour Guyver.....

    He's coming to get you!

    Guyver has two of the coolest anime weapons ever - the Mega Smasher and the Gravity Cannon. Wicked.
     
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    Id also recommend

    Ninja Scroll :smashin:
    Samurai X - Trust and Betrayal OVA :clap:
    Street Fighter II :D

    Does anyone know where i can get hold of evangelion in its entire series?
     
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    Joe,

    "Evangelion" is available from any decent Region 1 or Region 2 company, in the form of DVD boxed sets.


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    Spirited away is cool. :clap:
     
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    Hiya,

    the FF series isn't too bad just pretty average.

    Some other decent films and tv series I can think of are;

    X TV Series (great sci-fi/action vv good!)
    Beserk (violent action)
    Hellsing (violent action)
    Inu Yasha (adventure set in the past/present)
    Ushio & Tora (boy & demon go arsekicking)
    Tenchi Muyo (OAV not the endless spinoffs they produced)
    El Hazard (odd sci-fi adventure about an alternate world)
    Devilman (violent action)
    Devil Lady TV series (Violent action)
    Trigun (odd western styled sci-fi, great too)
    Cyber City (sci-fi)
    Genocyber (ultra violent sci-fi)
    Project A-ko (errm parody of anime?)
    Dominion Tank Police (action/comedy)
    Dragon ball original series (adventure/comedy)

    I love all of the above, if you can suggest a few titles that you enjoy I can suggest a few similar titles.
     
  18. pragmatic

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    Sci fi channel a while back used to have some very decent manga on, haven't had access to it for a while now though so i'm not sure if thats still the situation.

    No ones mentioned the film Gunbuster, which is very good.

    Street Fighter 2 is probably up there with Akira as the best out there, although it'd stay away from the alpha pap (made a film and a seires).

    All films contining Wolf the thief are good too (can't remember what they are called).

    Also X (not samuri or anything else just 'X') is not very good at all in my estimation, just another one of the ultra violent with a vaugue plot and incest.

    Tenshi is good, although they did a number of series and I belive the first two were just the same one redone from the start but fork off in different directions (they certainly had a very similar start and all the characters were re introduced).

    Cow boy bebop is an impressive sereis as well, reminds me abit of firefly (which i didn't actualy like, go figure) very western bonty hunter in space but with good humour, especilay the ep were they have to eat loads of magic mushrooms so they don't get could with them.

    Martion success nadesico (think thats how its spelt) is also entertaining.

    Virgin has a quite impressive selection in its mega store although they are expensive usualy £20 each, but are sometimes included in the offers so are worth getting then.


    Manga/Anime is a massive thing over there and I think spirited away was the biggest box office film ever there, so its very mainstream Japanese culture and as such there are lots of films for all the different audiance types. If you can think of a type of film then there is bound to be a manga that films the genre.
     
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    Well, since I last posted, I've watched:

    Grave of Fireflies - Looks beautiful but it didn't grab me as a "good film".
    Appleseed - Got the old version by accident :suicide: ...stopped watching it half-way through...it sucked baddly!
    Akira - Watched it today and thought it was amazing! Still prefer Spirited Away though.

    I think I prefer the Fantasy stuff rather than Sci-Fi.

    On another note, I saw this "Subliminal" in Akira today...presume it has been well reported but thought I'd post it anyway. The bottom right of the screen has a machine with a sign on it. The sign says "Do sh*te". (Sorry mods, not sure if this should be censored or not).

    Dan
     

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    There is a legal Bittorrent site for Anime downloads - good way of sampling work.

    I have sampled a few off there - worth D/L a few various episodes to try out.
     
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    Since its legal could you post it?
    Am quite interested. But dont want to waste my money on crappy cartoons.
     
  22. pragmatic

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    Although not manga you can't beat a bit of cpt. Murphy in Sealab. If you like family guy it takes it to the next level, just remember "murcury is the tastiest of all the transision metals"
     
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    Whats the address?? Didnt know there was any legal sites? I use a few fan sites but there still classed as illegal sadly even though the anime hasnt been licenced for the US.
     
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    Indeed, but "Pudding can't fill the emptyness inside me ... but it will help!"
     
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    ah, but the eternal question "Why only five feet tall ..."
     
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    If you didn't know already:
    http://www.tvtome.com/Sealab2021/

    'April 27, 2005

    Sealab 2021 is over

    After 5 years and 52 episodes, Adult Swim and 7030 Productions have ended production on any future episode of Sealab 2021. This has been confirmed on the Adult Swim boards and even reinforced by Brett Bulter, voice of Quinn, confirming the show is over. The Bumper before the show began talking of the 13 new episodes was a joke and part of the Episode. '
     
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    Just done a search

    As I said I am pretty sure this is a legal site - they remove Torrents for anything which gets licenced

    http://a.scarywater.net

    As above I am pretty sure it is a legal site and if it isn't sorry!

    Gundam Seed Destiny seems quite good got 3 or 4 of those - at least 13 in the series but no DVDs at Play but there is of the original series.

    Again if this ain't legal will a moderator remove the link
     
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    I'm sure that the sealab will return if dvd sales are good, only wish I could get them over here.

    Also thanks for the link MartinImber, will check it out tonight, looking forward to getting into some more obscure japanese culture :) .
     
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    Joe, CD-wow have the complete box set on region 2, it's an amazing series.

    http://www11.cd-wow.com/detail_results_2.php?product_code=4253 (£69 now, they used to have it for £55)

    Play have it for £65
    http://www.play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=R2&title=188772&p=57&g=72&pa=sr

    They have also brought out platinum versions of each volume of Evangelion on region 1, I don't what the difference is but they might be the best ones to get.

    End Of Evangelion is well worth getting too, but Death And Rebirth is not so good as it's just a lot of sections from the series.

    I'm watching Rahxephon at the moment, seems similar to Evangelion, excellent so far and great animation.
     
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    Yes thats one site i use - its for Fan subs - they arent 100% legal though
    - its a grey area so you should be ok posting it here.
     

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