Anime for people who hate anime

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Inspired by this exchange on the Evangelion thread:

while mourning my lack of fresh Eva content I've spent most of today trying to find other anime series that I don't find intensely grating on one level or another - after a bunch of false starts, Masaaki Yuasa's stuff seems pretty solidly up my alley

― the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, September 13, 2015 1:48 AM (19 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

who am I kidding I will totally rewatch it when 4.0 comes out, this franchise is built on (and fosters) masochism

― the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, September 13, 2015 2:04 AM (19 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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simon, have you seen either mushi-shi, serial experiments: lain or kino's journey? they aren't at all like eva tone-wise but pretty much free from most anime cliches and are v cerebral and emotionally engaging.

― hello, it me (clouds), Sunday, September 13, 2015 3:02 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^ all 3 of those are excellent, especially Mushishi. Someone should make a anime recommendation site for people who hate anime

― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, September 13, 2015 3:09 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I have not but Lain is on my to-check-out consideration list. Currently watching Ping Pong, which feels oddly substantive given the subject matter? I've seen Bebop (eh) and FLCL (neat). Basically hated what I saw of Death Note, Future Diary, and a few others that aren't immediately coming to me.

― the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, September 13, 2015 4:19 PM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the biggest problem is that all anime gets marketed essentially the same in english-speaking countries, as if "anime" were one monolithic genre -- so you get this phenomenon of the same people recommending in the same breath stuff made for teenage boys like death note also recommending more complex shows like steins;gate or the others i mentioned. it seems to me that the targeted demographic for these shows are quite distinct in japan, though i could be wrong.

― hello, it me (clouds), Sunday, September 13, 2015 5:00 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is exactly why i had a bad time whenever i went to an anime convention

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:47 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

anyway all of anno's pre-eva miyazaki-inspired series nadia is on hulu and i recommend it; it's very digressive but also very charming. another gentle, kinda perfect, nontraditional anime, by lain's character designer: haibane renmei

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:49 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

attending an anime convention sounds like my idea of hell!

― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, September 13, 2015 8:54 PM (26 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2015 01:23 (five years ago) link

Coffee

brimstead, Monday, 14 September 2015 01:44 (five years ago) link

welp that's Nichijou added to the queue

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2015 01:50 (five years ago) link

lol

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2015 02:27 (five years ago) link

paranoia agent

in 72 point bold red font

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Monday, 14 September 2015 03:55 (five years ago) link

yeah that one

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2015 03:59 (five years ago) link

<3 nichijou

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 14 September 2015 04:25 (five years ago) link

ghost hound. sorta like twin peaks x lain with an amazing dark ambient score.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 14 September 2015 04:38 (five years ago) link

i don't really like anime but i much enjoyed serial experiments: lain and texhnolyze

the late great, Monday, 14 September 2015 05:43 (five years ago) link

def rec all of yuasa's stuff, especially Ping Pong and my favorite, The Tatami Galaxy. funny (even if you don't really "get" anime humor) and manic and inspiring and brilliantly animated.

my other favorite ever is kids on the slope, a coming of age story from shinichiro watanabe ( cowboy bebop, samurai champloo ) about a love triangle between three jazz-obsessed teenagers in 1960s small town japan. the music sequences are incredible.

oiocha, Monday, 14 September 2015 07:29 (five years ago) link

would recommend Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko), a show about a boy who likes to dress as a girl and a girl who likes to dress as a boy. Surprisingly thoughtful exploration of transsexualism and gender identity, a million miles away from how these subjects are usually handled in anime. Also has a beautiful watercolour art style.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 14 September 2015 10:16 (five years ago) link

paranoia agent

in 72 point bold red font

― Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:55 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah that one

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Evan, Monday, 14 September 2015 10:48 (five years ago) link

oh yeah, kids on the slope! I've only seen a few episodes but the premise kills me

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2015 13:55 (five years ago) link

kids on the slope is pretty good, otm about the music sequences

, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:15 (five years ago) link

my rec is Redline, one movie that i might say is more intense and thrilling from start to finish than mad max

, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:15 (five years ago) link

mad max fury road that is

, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:15 (five years ago) link

fyi there's also this thread Animation Snob Thread (no Disney, no Pixar, no mainstream anime, mention Family Guy and you get kicked out a window), puppet films are allowed whihc i've had bookmarked forever

, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:16 (five years ago) link

if strongo were still here he'd tell you to check out Mind game. he's not so I'm going to tell you to check out mind game.

, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:17 (five years ago) link

Redline is really good in places but I don't think it has the momentum or overall quality of Fury Road. I felt the character development was unnecessary.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:21 (five years ago) link

just finished Berserk which was enjoyable but it might be too "anime"

diamonddave85​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 14 September 2015 14:24 (five years ago) link

As to the question of the thread, it depends on what one hates about anime. I'm generally not a fan but I can deal with the things I don't like if there's enough other good things going on. But I can't pretend I haven't seen a lot of ecchi trash (a true guilty pleasure).
A lot of the better anime still has a lot of the things some people dislike about anime, like the drawing styles. I've always preferred far more textured animation and unusual expressive techniques.

The thing that impressed me about the Satoshi Kon stuff is how well the scenes are composed. Most of the anime I had seen was very sloppy and badly edited.
Paranoia Agent is actually my least favourite of his works. It's probably supposed to be confounding but I don't think it really carried off on the intrigue they built early on, I found a lot of it a tad boring and the animation quality drops in a few places.

Like I recommend in Animation Snob Thread, Keita Kurosaka is the least typical Japanese animator I know of but his work isn't easy to find. Angel's Egg is a lovely science fiction mood piece without much (any?) dialogue, with designs by Yoshitaka Amano.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:54 (five years ago) link

Berserk (90s tv version) does an impressive job of telling the early best part of the comic saga despite clear time/budget constraints and even improving some parts of the story. Great soundtrack too.
The later film series version doesn't allow the story time to develope and breathe properly. It feels too much like a summary.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 14 September 2015 15:01 (five years ago) link

Satoshi Kon is definitely one of the go-to anime directors for people who aren't anime fans. Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers are all great movies in different ways. Paprika was a bit weak story-wise IMO, but is still worth a watch.

Paranoia Agent is pretty great too, although I think the series loses a lot of momentum once it abandons the initial set-up - those stand alone episodes in the middle are great, but the over-arching plot kinda gets lost.

I'll second the recommendations for Mushishi, Kino and Lain above, and add Haibane Renmei, which is intriguing and reflective in a similar way.

Planetes is a pretty solid sci-fi series with good characters and little in the way of anime cliches.

Duane Barry, Monday, 14 September 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link

Haibane is excellent but I gotta disagree about Planetes, i watched the series after reading the manga and was super disappointed with the adaption, they really anime-ed it up by adding in lots of comedy sidekicks and useless drama. Don't even get me started about that last episode :(

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 14 September 2015 17:28 (five years ago) link

haibane renmei is incidentally all on hulu plus

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2015 17:48 (five years ago) link

I liked Haibane Renmei too. I'll also throw Psycho Pass out there for anyone into Philip K Dick sort of themes. It's on Netflix for easy access.

salsa shark, Monday, 14 September 2015 18:06 (five years ago) link

thx for the many recs y'all, I need as much distraction as possible at present

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2015 22:45 (five years ago) link

Seconding Mind Game, and reposting from the Netflix thread to remind people that Studio 4C put up a batch of films a couple of weeks ago- Mind Game, Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond (which are both mixed, but each has a fairly lengthy short from respectively Masaaki Yuasa and Koji Morimoto that are among the best things either have ever done), and Princess Arete (which I haven't watched yet but is supposed to be a gentle, Ghibli-esque thing?).

I don't know how easy it is to get outside the kickstarter, but Yuasa's Kick-Heart is pretty fun. And the adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's Ping Pong is well worth your time- I love Michael Arias's Tekkonkinkreet movie, but Ping Pong is a much more faithful translation of Matsumoto's style to animation and it's gorgeous:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcSuAhbtIFg

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:12 (five years ago) link

Crap, sorry, didn't see Ping Pong was already recommended twice >_<

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:15 (five years ago) link

Less than four minutes long, but this Ken Ishii video by Morimoto is kind of a classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6maVVFs0As

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:17 (five years ago) link

One last thing before I shut up about Morimoto:

NOISEMAN SOUND INSECT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPOlYfHdpwU

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:22 (five years ago) link

Dumb qn from someone v.far outside but a lot of suggestions seem to be, say, post-PKD-ish ... is there much in the way of, IDK, George Eliot/Jane Austen-y stuff?

etc, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:46 (five years ago) link

Josei anime would be the term, from a quick look at manga categories, I guess?

etc, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:53 (five years ago) link

This was Google's first result, anyone want to comment on any of these? http://www.themarysue.com/josei-anime/

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:02 (five years ago) link

wow, that ping pong series looks amazing! excited to see it's on hulu.

the late great, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:29 (five years ago) link

From that Josei list:
Michiko & Hatchin stars two female characters but it's much closer to Black Lagoon/Tarantino territory, lots of action set pieces and stylish baddies. It's really well made but is twice as long as it needs to be tbh, towards the end you will be dreading yet another car chase. Which is rarely said about Jane Austen.
Princess Jellyfish is really good, lots of interesting characters although some can be a bit too one dimensional, particularly the one mentioned in the article.
A series that is currently airing called Snow White With The Red Hair caught me by surprise and might be the purest Josei show I've ever enjoyed. As you can guess from the title it has a fairytale like quality, with a commoner girl and a dashing young prince falling in love. What sets it apart though is the title character, a strong willed girl who feels like she's walked out of a Ghibli movie, you can't help but cheer her on.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:52 (five years ago) link

etc, you might want to look into honey & clover (about a group of students at an art school), nana (about the friendship between two women, one a fashion student and one a rock musician), nodame cantabile (about the romantic relationship between a pianist and an aspiring conductor), his and her circumstances (the show hideaki anno made after evangelion, about the romantic relationship between two high school students), and revolutionary girl utena (hard to summarize?)

1staethyr, Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:21 (five years ago) link

also, a lot of the shows mentioned itt originally aired as part of fuji tv's noitamina block, which is specifically dedicated to programming that appeals to ppl outside of the young male demographic. the noitamina lineup is a p good place to look for "mature" anime in a bunch of different genres

1staethyr, Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:28 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

reporting back

PING PONG

Watched all of this one - the animation is obv incredible but what surprised me about it is the persistent and convincing bittersweetness, which helped offset how predictable many/most of the plot/character beats really are. Into it.

KIDS ON THE SLOPE

Also watched all of this, liked it less. The musical sequences are incredible and kept me going. As w/ many shows like this (regardless of genre) the relatively subtly homoerotic friendship >>>>>> the neverending tedium of the actual "romances." (Tho I admit that I have a problem w/ series wherein 100% of the long-running conflicts could be solved with one frank conversation.)

tried UTENA but it's just too mid-90s for me. a couple eps into MUSHI-SHI - animation's gorgeous, stories seem a bit intert? will keep trying.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:23 (five years ago) link

https://youtube.com/watch?v=-AHo-_XEV6E

Maybe most of you guys know all this stuff but its just a little video about the difficulties of making anime.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:45 (five years ago) link

good timing on that as it frequently refers to Manglobe (Champloo, Michiko) who finally filed for bankruptcy the other day

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 1 October 2015 22:00 (five years ago) link

Just finished watching Gosenzosama Banbanzai, a pretty bizarre and funny six-part OVA from the late 80s. It's one of Mamoru Oshii's more obscure efforts (like that odd "Twilight Q" short), about a girl who travels back in time to live with her ancestors. The whole thing is presented like a stage play, making it pretty unique.

I know Oshii made a big splash with Ghost in the Shell, but I actually think that was his last really good film (though I haven't seen his live action stuff, and discount Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, which he wrote but didn't direct).

Duane Barry, Saturday, 3 October 2015 17:22 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

so uh toonami is producing two new season of flcl

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 March 2016 21:47 (five years ago) link

Nice!

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Friday, 25 March 2016 00:54 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

brave new world

Nhex, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 22:28 (four years ago) link

oops. didn't realize this was a 3 month revive

Nhex, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 22:29 (four years ago) link

I've just started the new anime version of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, and it really defies description (although Merritt Kopas's phrase "Twink Peaks" is pretty apt, as long as you bear in mind that it also involves spectral combat and Gauguin-like color clashes): an escaped serial killer has just been fused into a living statue by a vengeful high school student after attempting to infiltrate the student's house as a malign spirit in rainwater, and this is two episodes in. Idk what kind of relation to anime the ideal viewer would have, but it's certainly distinctive.

one way street, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 00:33 (four years ago) link

Jojo is so batshit, i love it

clouds, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 15:31 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Neo-Tokyo was really good

, Monday, 1 August 2016 16:52 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

finishing up 'puella magi madoka magica' after reading that it rivals evangelion (it doesn't, but i still have a few eps left so maybe it will!)
it's on netflix with or without subs so check it out!

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Monday, 14 November 2016 22:32 (four years ago) link

i'm prepared to call patlabor 2 the best oshii film i've ever seen. the balance is just right, feels less rushed than ghost in the shell, less philosophy 101 than gits 2, more serious, contemplative, and quietly surreal than urusei yatsura: beautiful dreamer or patlabor 1

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 13 November 2020 16:44 (five months ago) link

it also has the best score of any movie ever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 13 November 2020 16:45 (five months ago) link

hoooooly shit Patlabor 2 WOW

it’s wild to think this is connected with the OVA in any way, they’re so thematically different

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 14 November 2020 18:27 (five months ago) link

https://www.instagram.com/drivemeawaytroubledheart/
A lot of really good classic anime and Zelda vibes here.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 November 2020 18:45 (five months ago) link

it’s wild to think this is connected with the OVA in any way, they’re so thematically different

― Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:27 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

it's wild but also it's like... an active deconstruction of the ova, cf. noa's speech about not wanting to be "the girl who loves a giant robot" anymore

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 19:38 (five months ago) link

yeah you are so right!!

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 14 November 2020 20:36 (five months ago) link

cops questioning their own existence and purpose bc they are maintaining an order and a peace that are in and of themselves fictions, god inject it into my fucking veins

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 November 2020 20:48 (five months ago) link

Been meaning to chase down this theme music for Ichi The Killer anime forever, it's hilarious and cool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfoZZTmXWG0
When I first saw it, I thought it was quite uneventful but I actually think about it quite a lot, especially the way Ichi goes into an inarticulate rage at people who know what he's really like ("you idiot!")

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:26 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

rewatching ghost in the shell: stand alone complex and this show is even better than i remembered

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 7 December 2020 19:59 (four months ago) link

really remarkable that they carried over the cinematic feeling of the moment to the series, there are quiet and slow moments in nearly every episode that give me chills, and yet they still pack a ton of action and plot swerving into 22 minutes

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 7 December 2020 20:01 (four months ago) link

the cinematic feeling of the movie*

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 7 December 2020 20:01 (four months ago) link

I've always debated whether or not to devote the time to Stand Alone Complex, perhaps I should????

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 21:52 (four months ago) link

haven't gotten to the end yet but i sure like it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 22:19 (four months ago) link

It is definitely worth your attention.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 23:03 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

rurouni kenshin: tsuioku-hen is incredible

having not seen the series before and then watching episode 1 after the OVA, the difference in tone was shocking

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Saturday, 2 January 2021 20:47 (three months ago) link

if that's the prequel one, I think I did the same thing - saw the OVA and never saw the TV series

Nhex, Sunday, 3 January 2021 00:05 (three months ago) link

ghost in the shell sac was really great btw. i started 2nd gig but something about the recipe feels off, having trouble getting into it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:00 (three months ago) link

Kenshin TV series, along with Sailor Moon, is what got me into anime. It gets amazing when Shishio comes into it but you have to suffer about 25 episodes of crap to get there

Vinnie, Sunday, 3 January 2021 04:29 (three months ago) link

Anyone seen Heidi: Girl Of The Alps? A lot of episodes on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hKi1VlE94A

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:17 (three months ago) link

Thought maybe the thread was revived for this incredibly weird moment

Any anime fans out there? I always loved Studio Ghibli after I worked with them - however I don’t know much else.

But, I just saw “Your Name” and it blew me away. What is out there? C’mon, some of you guys have to be nerds. Fess up!

— Jim Belushi (@JimBelushi) December 28, 2020

Telly Salivas (Old Lunch), Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:11 (three months ago) link

lol, you want a weird anime moment

What the fuck the screenwriter for Pulp Fiction just gave the Konosuba movie 5 stars pic.twitter.com/l0kTc8ScT6

— Protokahn (@Protokahn) November 16, 2019


Easily one of the best experiences in a cinema I’ve ever had. I would go as far as saying it’s the reason cinema was invented.

— Roger Avary (@AVARY) November 17, 2019

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:34 (three months ago) link

amazing

Nhex, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:03 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I'm currently doing my best to binge Revolutionary Girl Utena, which I've wanted to watch for quite some time, even though binging isn't in my nature. This is because I discovered it was on Amazon Prime just the other day, AND it's due to expire later this month!

The visuals are pretty amazing. I love the two shadow girls! My only (minor) gripe is that the sword duels are starting to feel a tad repetitive (at least on a marathon).

That Count de Monte Cristo anime is also there and soon to expire, godammit!

Duane Barry, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 01:30 (one month ago) link

how far in are you? make sure to watch the movie afterward too

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:00 (one month ago) link

yeah do not miss the film. the duels are repetitive by nature, it's a magical girl anime, though some of them are really inventive still especially in the third arc

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:02 (one month ago) link

I’m about four episodes into the black rose storyline and it's really good! It’s getting pretty damn creepy too, I’ll bet the creator is a horror fan. I’m curious about how some of the characters actually end up in that interview room...

Duane Barry, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:07 (one month ago) link

show only gets weirder enjoy the ride

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:08 (one month ago) link

and the black rose arc is prob the most repetitive wrt duels... things get a little less predictable after

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:10 (one month ago) link

the last two episodes of the black rose arc.... i've watched them so many times and they still make me go "wtf was THAT"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:10 (one month ago) link

WTF was THAT indeed. Loved Utena, and was fully expecting further symbolic bafflement at the end, so it didn't disappoint (not really happy about certain developments/changes from the manga, but never mind). I might re-watch those two Black Rose episodes and the final episodes before they're taken down.

Managed to finish Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo too, pretty great "anime for people who hate anime". Loose adaptation of the story, set in an anachronistic future/past, 19th Century Europe with huge airships and art-deco cars and digital screens, and, like, aliens hanging around all over the place; The Count is basically Space Dracula. Interesting mix of eastern and western art styles, some janky 3D environments that are dated now, but still fit into the visual aesthetic. Pretty emotional too, the final episode had me welling up.

Duane Barry, Friday, 19 March 2021 01:42 (four weeks ago) link

may not surprise you that as someone who saw the anime first i can't stand the manga

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 19 March 2021 01:45 (four weeks ago) link

the utena manga was a pretty separate project to the anime, one isn't an adaptation of the other or anything, they just came up with the character designs & vague plot outline together & then the anime staff did their own thing & the manga artist did her own thing, only occasionally discussing concepts. i've never really seen anyone who's read/watched both say the manga is particularly worthwhile at all

ufo, Friday, 19 March 2021 04:52 (four weeks ago) link

That makes sense. The series was a lot better and more memorable than the manga overall, though I wanna go back and give it another read. But next: the movie!

Duane Barry, Friday, 19 March 2021 09:49 (four weeks ago) link

The movie is v special and it's debatable whether it's a complete retelling set in a parallel universe or if it's a continuation set within the same continuity as the anime series (I am firmly in the latter camp)

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 19 March 2021 13:19 (four weeks ago) link

going to try "So I'm a Spider, So What?" which was a fun manga

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 13:48 (four weeks ago) link

one of many many series where the lead is reincarnated as a minor character in a role playing game

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 13:49 (four weeks ago) link

theres so many of those now that i am fatigued of them just by their existence without even having to watch any

ciderpress, Friday, 19 March 2021 14:22 (four weeks ago) link

so i'm a spider's manga is pretty good!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 15:13 (four weeks ago) link

one of many many series where the lead is reincarnated as a minor character in a role playing game
why is this happening??

Nhex, Friday, 19 March 2021 16:45 (four weeks ago) link

sword art online was just the right mix of compelling and amateurishly bad to cause a bunch of aspiring nerd writers to think 'i bet i could do this better' and it's turned into a huge feedback loop

ciderpress, Friday, 19 March 2021 17:03 (four weeks ago) link

March Comes in Like a Lion is definitely worth a watch-- it'll make you cry from happiness, kawaiiness, and sadness

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 19 March 2021 17:49 (four weeks ago) link

all of the good parts of monogatari's direction without all the indefensible shit

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 19 March 2021 17:52 (four weeks ago) link

i'm so sick of mmorpg animes

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 19 March 2021 19:28 (four weeks ago) link

I haven't seen the anime, but Erased doesn't really fit in that list, really loved the manga. (Though I guess it heavily involves "reincarnation" of a sort.) Weird to see how different the anime style is from the original. I know it's on Netflix (as is the live-action version?) Anyone seen them already and can tell me if it's worth the time?

Nhex, Saturday, 20 March 2021 03:58 (four weeks ago) link

Haven't read the manga, but I enjoyed the Erased anime. Didn't set my world on fire but worth seeing. Little bit meandering at points, but given the short length, easy to overlook

Lately I've been watching Haruhi Suzumiya, which I know is pretty well-known but I'd never seen. Liked the weird ordering of episodes and the overarcing plot, but as usual the fan service sucks and it was too cliched at times to really recommend. It's been a looong time since I've seen an anime I loved

Vinnie, Saturday, 20 March 2021 23:52 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

I decided to give Serial Experiments Lain a re-watch over the last week. I had vague memories of a "cool" show that went way over my head; I was worried it would just turn out to be dated and pretentious. By the third or fourth episode, I was completely hooked. Like one poster says upthread, the best approach is to just take it all in, and maybe reach your own conclusions, since we're only being fed bits and pieces of a larger story anyway (or at least, that's how I see it).

Duane Barry, Monday, 5 April 2021 13:41 (one week ago) link

btw a very poor english translation of the playstation lain game, which precedes the show and is significantly different from it afaict, is online here: https://3d.laingame.net/#/game

friend of mine is working on making the translation better

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 5 April 2021 13:43 (one week ago) link

whaaaaaat

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 13:55 (one week ago) link

wow now I want to rewatch Lain

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 13:55 (one week ago) link


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