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 (four years ago) link

Coffee

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

welp that's Nichijou added to the queue

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

lol

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

paranoia agent

in 72 point bold red font

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

yeah that one

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

<3 nichijou

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

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

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

mad max fury road that is

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

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

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

Nice!

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

Mob Psycho 100 is the best recent shonen action series imo, but really i have no clue what teens might like, i only watch boring adult anime

ciderpress, Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:01 (one week ago) link

have we talked about DoroHeDoro yet? if not, we really need to

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:10 (one week ago) link

my kids aren't teens yet - frankly i find attack on titan too gruesome for them but they claim it doesn't bother them

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:13 (one week ago) link

if Polar Bear's Cafe has a dub, see if they like that? they might find it really boring tho

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:31 (one week ago) link

xp dorohedoro is cool but obv doesn't belong in the middle of a discussion about anime for kids lol

ciderpress, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:21 (one week ago) link

Will watch Ghost in the Shell someday, as a treat.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:33 (one week ago) link

Little Witch Academia is tame enough for kids but still entertaining as an adult

clouds, Sunday, 28 June 2020 17:41 (one week ago) link

hah sorry I didn't know we were talking about kids anime but still.. incredible mind melting stuff

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Sunday, 28 June 2020 17:45 (one week ago) link

the manga art is really good and detailed in ways that can't be replicated in tv animation but they still did a great job with the setting/backgrounds and overall execution

ciderpress, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:24 (one week ago) link

that's re: dorohedoro i mean

ciderpress, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:33 (one week ago) link

I liked it but couldn’t figure out if the objectification of its women characters was so grotesque as to constitute a comment on the theme or really just unfortunate.

Mordy, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:48 (one week ago) link

that’s how i feel about food wars

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 28 June 2020 21:00 (one week ago) link

but everything else about it i find amazingly bonkers. my kids now both want to actually create dishes in real life that my wife and i are to judge. i really hope they don’t want us to cosplay.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 28 June 2020 21:01 (one week ago) link

thats really sweet :)

flopson, Monday, 29 June 2020 04:36 (one week ago) link

the last episode of gunbuster is a work of art

― diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:37 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

it's only like 6 eps, right? I really should rewatch it. Or maybe just watch Diebuster. My understanding is that E1 of Gunbuster is a parody of, like, sports anime? but sadly the context is lost on me :(

― vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:46 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

i’m rewatching gunbuster right now bc of this exchange! i’ve owned the dvds for at least a decade but somehow had only watched them once? i had forgotten almost everything about this incredible show, including all the proto-evangelion echoes (profound dedication to pseudoscientific babble, screwed up father figure who almost never takes off his sunglasses, arrogant german redhead who’s preternaturally good at piloting robots)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:24 (five days ago) link

the alien spaceship design is dazzling, just these overgrown organic horrors floating through space. feels really influenced by anno’s time working with miyazaki (which, incidentally, the main character has a nausicaa poster in her room)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:31 (five days ago) link

maybe i should finally watch all of nadia after this

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:31 (five days ago) link

gunbuster overall feels like a picture of anno before he realized how depressed he was, or a version of eva that’s not so psychedelically fucked up and is instead pared down to pure emotion

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:39 (five days ago) link

Brad I am LIVING for your Gunbuster rewatch. Plz lmk if you watch Diebuster and if it’s any good.

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 3 July 2020 16:18 (four days ago) link

“Gunbustaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 3 July 2020 16:20 (four days ago) link

diebuster is good in a 'solid sequel that lives in the shadow of the original' sort of way iirc

ciderpress, Friday, 3 July 2020 16:26 (four days ago) link

at first i was like "diebuster isn't directed by anno? no thanks" but it's kazuya tsurumaki of flcl so i'll prob watch it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 3 July 2020 16:44 (four days ago) link

did anyone watch those flcl sequels, are they any good

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 3 July 2020 16:46 (four days ago) link

i haven't bc no one seemed to like them. they're not even made by ex-gainax folks for the most part afaik so its a sequel in name only

ciderpress, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:00 (four days ago) link

I was going to post various articles on various threads but screw it, just skim the first few pages of this blog for anything that catches your interest. Includes some podcast discussion of Gunbuster and Diebuster.
https://schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com/

I've been reading Jonathan Clements' articles since last summer when I discovered his entries on china and japan on the Science Fiction Encyclopedia but he's a general historian of Japan, China, Finland; he writes 2000AD novels; he writes lots about anime, he translates and does voice acting; probably does a bunch of other things I've forgotten.
I tore my hair out at some of the copyright/translation and secondhand market practices of japan and there's lot of good stuff to scroll through. Old Finnish films.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 4 July 2020 20:41 (three days ago) link

Y’all I’m trying to watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and its... not great. I know everyone says the first few arcs are meh and Stardust Crusaders is where it’s at, but the specific things I dislike about this (the colors, the way its animated so something’s always moving or trembling, the nonstop mindless action) make me think the rest of it isn’t going to be THAT much better. What should I do?

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 5 July 2020 00:37 (two days ago) link

I had the same problem so I quit

Mordy, Sunday, 5 July 2020 00:42 (two days ago) link

it's not good imo

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 July 2020 00:56 (two days ago) link

Read the manga (Araki draws waaaaaaaaaay better than any of the anime visuals) or play the 2d fighting game.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 5 July 2020 01:34 (two days ago) link

the flcl sequels were bad and had no reason to exist

as far as jojo goes, stardust crusaders is still pretty mediocre for the most part, it's mostly just villain of the week stuff without anything more interesting happening. my rec is just try diamond is unbreakable if you are desperate to see how good jojo can be, it's certainly the best of the parts that have been adapted so far, but if you hate the weird colours that never changes. you don't really need to have watched the previous parts to understand anything, there's a few characters who reappear (one who's a main character) but that's it. starting with stardust crusaders the action certainly gets less mindless and more about creative & ridiculous applications of weird goofy superpowers but again this gets more interesting as it goes along & diamond is unbreakable is a lot better in that regard and has more fun characters and a goofy slice-of-life vibe to it.

ufo, Sunday, 5 July 2020 01:54 (two days ago) link

like the first three parts bored me to death but i loved diamond is unbreakable, and stone ocean and steel ball run (parts 6 and 7, not yet adapted) are fantastic too

ufo, Sunday, 5 July 2020 01:56 (two days ago) link

I missed the discussion of food wars. I’d read the manga (or at least the bits I could find to read for free) so I kind of knew what to expect but the objectification really is too much. The jiggly squelchy noises really are too much. I guess you could say, given the orgasmic delight effects men and women and the odd naked male arse, that it’s equal opportunity objectification, but know this is aimed at teenage boys and it’s just too sexist.

Which is a shame because the setup and the food bits are good and I like that soma can whip up decisions dishes from whatever is laying around.

I’ve been watching Oishinbo on Hulu japan which is also about food although less about cooking than celebrating japanese food culture (which the authors thought was under threat when the series started in the 80s). There’s also a father and son dynamic, they often battle over who can provide the best dish.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 5 July 2020 02:07 (two days ago) link

omg Oishinbo sounds so charming and up my alley, I need to track this down

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 18:27 (yesterday) link

I just started Patlabor, less out of desire and more as a homework assignment cuz I wanna familiarize myself w mecha anime tropes. It’s not bad but, as one would predict, fairly straightforward.

I think I’m gonna start either Texhnolyze, Baccano!, or Tatami Galaxy as well so I have something weirder to watch

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 21:49 (yesterday) link

I’m sad that like... now that I’ve finished Evangelion, Paranoia Agent, Serial Experiments Lain, FLCL, Utena, Madoka Magica... like what is even left in that realm??

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 21:56 (yesterday) link

I wanna familiarize myself w mecha anime tropes

have you watched mobile suit gundam? that's where it all begins plus it has the greatest theme song of all time
its sequel series zeta is even better

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 6 July 2020 22:00 (yesterday) link

like what is even left in that realm??

apparently ergo proxy is supposed to be but i got bored half way through

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 6 July 2020 22:02 (yesterday) link

Xp no bcz I tend to avoid stuff that’s longer than like 25-30 episodes, I like my anime to have a narrative arc and not just kinda meander forever

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 22:05 (yesterday) link

whats the commonality supposed to be in that list? just classic anime?

ciderpress, Monday, 6 July 2020 22:26 (yesterday) link

while i wouldn't say that they don't meander, the first 3 series (+ movie) of MSG together form a pretty well defined story arc. maybe try the "war in the pocket" ova to see if you catch the bug

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 6 July 2020 22:27 (yesterday) link

have you watched mobile suit gundam? that's where it all begins

― diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, July 6, 2020 11:00 PM

Does Mazinger Z not introduce any tropes apart from the big robot itself?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 6 July 2020 23:05 (yesterday) link

oh man, i completely forgot about war in the pocket

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 6 July 2020 23:16 (yesterday) link

whats the commonality supposed to be in that list? just classic anime?


Yeah more or less, classic “””great anime””” that is in some way cerebral, experimental, deconstructs/comments on established tropes, etc etc. You know, thinking fellers anime not that pokey man shit

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 23:25 (yesterday) link

I guess you could even say anime for ppl who hate anime?

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 6 July 2020 23:25 (yesterday) link

hmm ok

well Tatami Galaxy fits that, Baccano i don't think i would call cerebral but it still owns

maybe try Dennou Coil, that's one of my favs

ciderpress, Monday, 6 July 2020 23:44 (yesterday) link

i probably shouldn't be posting in this thread though since i love anime

ciderpress, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 00:15 (fourteen hours ago) link

Haibane Renmei perhaps? made by Lain peeps, similarish vintage

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 00:37 (fourteen hours ago) link

xp lol is there even a "main" anime thread?? I thought the same thing, my tastes and interests are specific but I too love anime! But when I looked up other anime threads they all had like <50 posts and hadn't been touched in years, and it'd be incredibly on-brand for a thread like like this to be "the one" on ILX lmao

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:13 (twenty-seven minutes ago) link

If I liked Castlevania and LOVED Dorohedoro, what else is like that on Netflix UK right now? There's loads of stuff, obvs, but a lot of it looks like it could be daft or just for schoolkids and teens?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:23 (eighteen minutes ago) link

there's a hidden I Love Anime board that unlocks once you've watched every episode of lucky star

ciderpress, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:33 (seven minutes ago) link


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