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  1. Hello. I joined earlier this month.
  2. I remember getting really excited as a kid when I found Tenchi Muyo because of how its setting and characters looked only to get incredibly disappointed when I realized what genre it was in.
  3. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal is definitely up there for me.
  4. I'm currently watching this as well. As a fan of the 110-episode OVA, the remake is nowhere near as good to me. A lot of the more personal and intimate moments of the story are kind of blunted by some really odd directorial choices, the depiction of battles is always pursued with the attempt at making every second a blood-pumping setpiece but it often comes off as tonally inappropriate and sometimes unintentionally hilarious, a lot of the principal characters either have their designs changed to something generic with others being transformed into fujoshis and a lot of the art seems less gritty and expressionistic and kind of adopts a glossier style that I'm really not a fan of. As much as I'd like to say that the remake mostly consists of specific cosmetic gripes that I may have, I do believe it has some real structural issues when conversing on the narrative because the way it chooses to portray events often makes it seem like it is taking more time to do less and spreads out separate plot elements and storylines unnecessarily.
  5. I watch a lot of sub and prefer sub a lot of the time but there are still a considerable amount of occasions where I honestly prefer the dub or consider both the dub and the original voice acting to be equally appropriate. It can depend on a variety of things like setting, character interpretation on part of the voice actor and perhaps even the particular genres that a certain show may happen to be part of. It's become quite a situational decision for me when it comes to any anime since I've found quite a bit of both that I enjoy.
  6. So, since Production I.G.'s new adaptation of the classic novel series by Yoshiki Tanaka was released during this year's spring season, I thought I'd make a thread for anyone to share their thoughts on it and how it necessarily compares to the 110-episode OVA that originally started in 1988 and ended in 1997. As I've stated in a prior post, this is probably my favorite anime series of all time and with my admiration of Production I.G.; I decided to give the new show a try. I do not know how many of you have seen it but I have seen the first two episodes and have some thoughts regarding the new series when compared to the OVA. This is largely just a new post that opens up a thread for discussion and getting people into it if the interest is there.
  7. I second these recommendations. Also, if Psycho PASS will be mentioned, then Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex might also be good recommendation.
  8. I'd recommend virtually any anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe for a quality dub. Same with Baccano! and Black Lagoon. Those should be good to start off with.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone. Indeed. The avatar is a dead giveaway as well.
  10. Hi everyone, Found this site through a Google search and considering that I've watched anime practically my entire life, I figured I'd finally join a forum to connect with people regarding that. Maybe get some help in finding some gems through the seasonal anime grind that I've just been avoiding for years.
  11. While I wouldn't particularly call myself a fan of isekai, the persistence of SAO utterly astounds me. I remember watching the first few episodes of the first series online and I was flabbergasted by how quickly the show's narrative approach undermined its characters, its concept and all of the possible depth that could have been found therein. Gun Gale Online just comes off as a really pointless expansion on SAO II's increasingly ludicrous tendencies to double down on all of the mistakes Sword Art Online has made since its beginnings. I seriously don't get who the audience for this would even be. Fans of MMOs? Well, that would be strange considering how little this show even attempts to emulate the MMO experience.
  12. Naruto has this unfortunate tendency to have a supporting cast that far outweigh the main trio in terms of thematic depth, which made a lot of the story going into Shippudden disappointing.
  13. If I could narrow it down to ten, it would most likely look like this: 1. Legend of the Galactic Heroes - Pretty much one of the best anime series ever written and a monumental work of military science fiction in its own right. The way that it juggles so many different perspectives over a long stretch of episodes in order to create a truly expansive story along with its grittier art style (more a product of its time but it's great nonetheless) that makes it a breath of fresh air when compared to the trends appearing in a lot of anime throughout this decade. 2. Baccano - The nonlinear storytelling, characterization, setting and the overall execution of Baccano are what make it a long-lasting favorite of mine. The way many of its differing plots gradually lock together into a single story is an immense accomplishment and its fantastic art direction and narrative direction make it a standout release. 3. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - It's kind of a shame that this one doesn't get as much attention as it should considering that it's one of the best anime to see as far as science fiction goes. It manages to find a happy medium between the narrative and philosophical focuses of the 1995 film and the intensive worldbuilding of the manga in order to truly use both aspects to build an evocative and impactful image of a future where AI, cybernetics and transhumanist ideas are not only immensely developed but also a part of common life. Sure, it's not exactly a breezy watch in the vein of K-On but anime such as Stand Alone Complex are in short supply and the enduring quality of this show in virtually all aspects of the medium communicate its relevance today. A modern classic in the genre. 4. Paranoia Agent - It's Satoshi Kon, what do you expect? 5. Cowboy Bebop - Shinichiro Watanbe's best which is saying something how much I generally enjoy the body of work he has been a part of. Iconic for all the right reasons. A stylish endeavor that still manages to infuse a lot of substance within its more episodic format. 6. Berserk (1997) - While this sadly is not a complete adaptation of the series, this show's adaptation and portrayal of the Golden Age arc is pitch perfect despite some animation drawbacks that are largely mitigated by some incredible direction and a good outing from both voice casts. Really, I didn't have much of a problem with either the Japanese or English dubs and found myself surprised at how well-cast and fitting many of the English voices actually were. I'd recommend this as much as I'd recommend that manga to someone. An excellent way to wet one's appetite for what is to come later on in Kentaro Miura's dark fantasy epic. 7. Monster - A transfixing and chilling exploration into the psychology of the sociopath that takes a more grounded approach to the concept of evil, making this one of the best stories in the medium. It's not for the faint of heart but it is an incredible show nonetheless. 8. Trigun - While this doesn't adapt the manga to a tee, the way this show went about telling a story with these characters made this one of my favorite anime of all time. 9. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team - One of the best things to ever come from the mecha genre and a recurring favorite of mine in the MSG franchise. It was a pain to pick this one when there are series that come close like Zeta Gundam, Gundam Unicorn and Char's Counterattack but this was ultimately what I settled on. 10. Mushishi - One of the most beautiful anime I've ever seen, both artistically and narratively. This doesn't even scratch the surface of anime I'd consider superlative but that's my current top 10.
  14. The first manga I ever read was Rurouni Kenshin which promptly ruined a lot of shounen for me due to my expectations rising after that.
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