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So I never really understood Anime. I enjoyed the artstyle, but the eccentric nature of anime never appealed to my Western sensibility. However, I was over at my friends dorm last night, and he was watching Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. That movie was twenty kinds of badass.
So, now I'm interested in dipping my toe into the pool of anime. So, what should I check out? Keep in mind, I'm not big on the relationship anime or the touching, social commentary anime (so no Grave of the Fireflies or anything). I just want balls-to-the-wall action, with a good story to accompany it.
Originally Posted by masculine todd
Cowboy Bebop. You'll watch this and see where Joss Whedon gets his Firefly influence.
Space sci-fi western, hilarious characters and situations, great and fluid animation. One of my all-time favorites.
I haven't seen much anime in the last 5 or 6 years so my recommendations are a bit more aged
Guyver: Bio Booster Armour 1-12 (episodes 1 - 6 are the best though. 7 - 12 were crap, animation wise).
Cyber City Oedo 808 (three part series. Each episode focuses on a different character. Awesome stuff).
Battle Angel Alita.
Appleseed (the original. Haven't seen the newer version).
Samurai Champloo & Cowboy Bebop - Both shows made by the same creative teams, and both are perfect mixes of music and action.
"There's a great play called 'Humulus The Mute' written by these two French authors, and it's about a dumb boy who is granted a wish that he can say one word every year -- and he falls in love with a girl he sees riding a bicycle. At the end of the play, he saves up his words for years not saying anything at all, then blurts out 'I love you, will you marry me?' and the punch-line is that she's deaf, which I find quite funny."
-- Nick Cave
OH baby. You want anime and have no idea really what?!!! And you ask here? Well how old are you? Yes this matters.
im not an anime fan either, and its usually very hard for me to enjoy myself (for example, i loved akira, but fell asleep through ghost in the shell), but one anime that i loved was Serial Experiments: LAIN...
its really like the matrix before the matrix came out, and its a better story than the matrix...
i think you should check it out, because its really metaphysical and trippy, without getting too confusing or boring...
My stock response to these threads is always RahXephon. It's a teenage boy in a giant mech battling the forces trying to bring about the end of the world anime, but turns EVERY SINGLE convention on its' ear. It blows Neon Genesis Evangelion away.
From my numerous pimping of this series:
RahXephon should be the template for every single anime show. Incredible story that doesn't fall apart during the last three episodes, no plot twist that entirely destroys the show's premise, and an honest to God ending that doesn't make you want to hurl the DVD remote at the TV after you finish watching it.