Anime Recommendations Thread



  • So I guess we need a new recommendations thread for the new forums. If you're in need of some new stuff to watch, just post a request here.

    It'd be useful to people giving recommendations if you could post some sort of information about what you're looking for, things you like/don't like, what you've seen, what you're favorites are, etc.



  • I've always liked the idea of this thread, even on the past forums.

    So… abracadabra!

    PINNED



  • I haven't been keeping up with the new simulcasts so if anyone's started watching, maybe they could recommend some. Genre and such doesn't really matter to me.



  • My top picks so far this season have been Kill la Kill and Nagi no Asukara. Beyond the Boundary doesn't have a great story, but the animation and art are both good and episode 2 had a pretty cool fight scene. Samurai Flamenco just started, but I think the first episode showed promise.



  • @Forlorn:

    I haven't been keeping up with the new simulcasts so if anyone's started watching, maybe they could recommend some. Genre and such doesn't really matter to me.

    Kill la Kill's about the only new thing I'm truly enjoying. Gingitsune is okay if you're looking for a low-key, atmospheric show, but it's not quite as good as something like Aria, but nothing is in that genre.

    Of course, there's a few continuations you might be interested in if you followed past seasons: Kuroko's Basketball, Little Busters, Magi, Hajime no Ippo and Valvrave.

    I'd advise against Walkure Romanze, I Couldn't Become a Hero…, My Mental Choices... and Wanna Be the Strongest...



  • @Forlorn:

    I haven't been keeping up with the new simulcasts so if anyone's started watching, maybe they could recommend some. Genre and such doesn't really matter to me.

    I've gone through more-or-less the entire first round of simulcasts, here's what I'm watching:

    Kill la Kill is the big one. It's pretty freakin insane, and that's really all there is to say about it. It's just pure distilled fun, and has no qualms about it.

    Beyond the Boundary is KyoAni's new show for the season, and a bit of a departure for them. It's an action/fantasy series, but it's still bright, shiny and moe. It's kinda like if you smashed Haruhi and Bakemonogatari together. It's worth watching just for the action scenes, because they are stunningly gorgeous.

    Nagi no Asukara is PA Works' new project for the season, and like their other work, sports some of the prettiest scenery porn around. It's a cute little adolescent drama with an added gimmick of fantasy racism. Seems to be this season's choice for super-serious non-explosiony anime.

    Galilei Donna is one of the new noitaminA shows this season, about three sisters descended from Galileo on the run from some secret organization. It's an original property so there's not much to go on, but Ep 1 has a Giant Flying Talking Goldfish Robo-Mech and that's enough for me.

    Coppelion I'm currently on the fence for. On the one hand, the premise is interesting and has a lot of possibility. On the other hand, it's kind of absurd and hard to take seriously. It seems like it's wavering between dramatic post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and silly schoolgirl action. If it get's its act together, it could be good.



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    Summer Wars: Accel World, C-Control, Digimon, Eden of the East, .hack, Patlabor, Serial Experiments Lain, Sword-Art Online, Wolf Children



  • what happened to The Familiar of Zero? it was on the old website . . bring it back!! and maby get license for DearS since geneon isnt selling them anymore.

    i dont wanna have to pay 140$ per volume to get some1 elses used DearS dvds. and the familiar of zero is 700.00 new 550.00 used at cheapest.



  • @WAZergslayer:

    what happened to The Familiar of Zero? it was on the old website . . bring it back!! and maby get license for DearS since geneon isnt selling them anymore.

    i dont wanna have to pay 140$ per volume to get some1 elses used DearS dvds. and the familiar of zero is 700.00 new 550.00 used at cheapest.

    This isn't an appropriate place to be discussing that, and Funi already stated that they dropped it and don't want to get any more of it. If you want your hopes up for a future release, go to Sentai for that since they have S4.



  • @Forlorn:

    I haven't been keeping up with the new simulcasts so if anyone's started watching, maybe they could recommend some. Genre and such doesn't really matter to me.

    Golden Time and Samurai Flamenco both look really good so far .



  • Thanks for the recommendations. I've heard nothing but good things about Kill la Kill. Definitely have to check that out.



  • Can anyone suggest any horror anime that have a happy or bittersweet ending? The more twisted, the better.
    I hear Hell Girl is supposed to be wonderfully messed up, is it?



  • Hell Girl was okay, but very episodic. It is pretty messed up at times, though.

    Higurashi fits pretty nicely, but the second season that provides all the closure remains unlicensed here.

    Ghost Hunt was pretty good, though the only arc that was really all that creepy to me was the Bloodstained Labyrinth arc.

    Others:
    From the New World/Shinsekai Yori (bittersweet)
    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (not really that scary or twisted outside of Yuko's past, but it's pretty good)
    Yami Shibai (a series of unrelated shorts, so there isn't really an ending, some of them are really creepy)



  • Another was pretty creepy, and it had an ending that resolved itself rather well. Plus it features a Sentai Filmworks dub that surprisingly doesn't suck. ^_^

    I especially enjoyed all the Final Destination-esque death scenes. I've been wary of umbrellas ever since. O_O



  • @MetalOverlord:

    Can anyone suggest any horror anime that have a happy or bittersweet ending? The more twisted, the better.
    I hear Hell Girl is supposed to be wonderfully messed up, is it?

    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia .



  • Is it necessary to watch Full Metal Panic! and The Second Raid in order to enjoy Fumoffu? I've been told a couple times that Fumoffu is the best one, and that it's really funny and enjoyable and has nothing to really do with mechas, which is great, because I can't stand mechas. I don't want to watch the first season though, because, well, mechas. Do I have to watch season 1 to understand Fumoffu?



  • @Riles:

    Is it necessary to watch Full Metal Panic! and The Second Raid in order to enjoy Fumoffu?

    Fumoffu is more like a comedy side-story or a series-length omake. I'm pretty sure it assumes you're already familiar with the characters and the world, but you could probably watch it by itself since it's pretty nonsensical anyways.



  • @MetalOverlord:

    Can anyone suggest any horror anime that have a happy or bittersweet ending? The more twisted, the better.
    I hear Hell Girl is supposed to be wonderfully messed up, is it?

    I didn't mind Hell Girl, it's a nice break from normal anime because it's more episodic; it has a major storyline, but that's more of a background story. The first season was pretty good, the second was very well done, if it had an English Dub and a BD release I would buy it. The third is still pretty good and entertaining, not quite as good as seasons 1 and 2, but still worth a look.

    The second season was great because it showed how her little organization could be taken to extremes where the series moves from a episodic structure to a major plot line; not to spoil anything but people using Hell Girl get way out of hand and it's not the teenagers that do it; it's when the adults learn of Hell Girl, they're the ones that get carried away.

    I would also recommend Shiki if you're looking for another good Halloween anime with a bittersweet ending; it's a vampire story taken back to its roots. Shiki has amazing character development, a great story that's well paced and executed; it's one of the few anime, once I started it, I couldn't stop. I enthusiastically recommend Shiki and, under the conditions you want more; the Hell Girl Series.



  • Hello I'd like some anime recommendations please , recently I completed the anime Dear Brother and even though I'm not a big fan of the shoujo ai genre thought the series was really , really good . Can anyone suggest to me some other shoujo ai anime that are good and have an interesting plot ?



  • Birdy the Mighty: Decode (Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi): Air Gear, The Big O, Cat Planet Cuties, Dragonaut -THE RESONANCE-, Eden of the East, Eureka Seven, Guyver, Kampfer, Level E, Sekirei, Solty Rei, Vandread, Waiting in the Summer
    The Big O (Action, Mystery, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological): 009-1, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Cowboy Bebop, Darker than Black, Ergo Proxy, Lupin III, Neon Genesis Evangelion, No.6, RahXephon, Tiger & Bunny



  • @Animefangirl21:

    Hello I'd like some anime recommendations please , recently I completed the anime Dear Brother and even though I'm not a big fan of the shoujo ai genre thought the series was really , really good . Can anyone suggest to me some other shoujo ai anime that are good and have an interesting plot ?

    Simoun
    Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana)
    Kashimasi ~Girl Meets Girl~
    Vividred Operation
    Yamibo (MB's DVD release has been delayed; no streaming options)
    Maria Watches Over Us (not much plot)
    Strawberry Panic (a trashy version of Maria)

    EDIT: Not sure if you saw this yet, but I'll also throw in Dear Brother.


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