Official Anime/Manga Thread
Posted 07 March 2009 - 12:47 AM
My first Manga was DearS and I was hooked. I read the whole thing from front to back and was angry when it ended. I did see some DBZ and Pokemon but it wasn't too great for it to be my favorite. I then moved on the Naruto and started reading it until recently it got aired in the US and allot of new people rushed in and flooded it with fandom. It didn't stop there, to make it worse the Anime went to some crazy fillers which ranged to a huge amount of episodes that were noncannon so I was forced to read only the Manga. I then moved onto Bleach and started reading the Manga until I finally got to the most recent chapters. I haven't watched the Anime for Bleach yet, but I will start watching it once I get the chance.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 01:03 AM
As for manga, my first was DragonBall, which I collected the whole series of, then when I got to DBZ I started to get bored... so I stopped. (DB>DBZ and manga of both>anime of either IMO)
Stuff I love at the moment:
- Death Note
- FullMetal Alchemist
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- All game related manga (Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Pokémon, looking forward to reading Tales of Symphonia also)
- Tales anime
- Bomberman Jetters
Keep in mind I haven't finished Death Note, FMA, Haruhi or Pokémon yet, so I'd appreciate if any spoilers for them were, y'know, spoilered xD
Also feel like getting into One Piece since I don't know how I've avoided it so long, and Gurren Lagann because everyone says it's (really) good.
Edited by SuperLink, 07 March 2009 - 01:03 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 01:13 AM
But I shall list some of my favorites, along with some exposition as to why they are considered thus.
Oh yes. Where do I begin with this one? Called "the anti-Evangelion" in fan circles for a reason, Gurren Lagann is optimistic, passionate, and filled with enough determination to pierce the heavens. I suppose the theme of the show could be summed up as "Humans are great, and can pretty much do anything." Which in a genre where more depressing outlooks are quite common, is a refreshingly bright concept to take.
I won't even begin to spoil the plot of this series, but it has some incredibly likable characters(For such a large cast, I found myself liking just about everyone), catchy music, and a monumental storyline that casts logic aside to fully embody the rule of cool. Currently, this is my favorite anime.
Detective Conan/Case Closed
I always enjoy a good mystery, and while the show's cases are usually episodic in nature, there've been many incredibly clever crimes met with equally clever crime-solving. It's fun to try to figure out how the crimes were comitted and by whom before the show reveals it.
Of course, the characters make this series. Kogorou Mouri/Richard Moore is my personal favorite from this series, and one of my favorite fictional characters overall. His showboating, bombastic nature balanced out by his brief, occasional moments of clarity and badassery make the man a genuinely lovable doofus. The rest of the cast is also quite strong, and make a good lot of characters.
Lupin III (TV series, movies, etc.)
One of the longest anime franchises(Debuted in the 70s, and still continuing today in the form of TV specials and movies), Lupin III is a classic action comedy. With big heists, exciting chases, amusing dialog, and a dynamic main cast, it didn't take long for me to be hooked. While all five regulars are appealing characters, my personal favorite is Inspector Zenigata. His comical antics just make the show for me.
A secret organization is trying to take over the world, by first focusing on taking over a city. Take that concept, add an equally ludicrous government branch to contest them, throw in a subplot about an immigrant worker's afterlife battles against his nemesis, and even get the director and original author involved, and you have a show that simply forgoes even trying to take itself seriously, though it does indeed entertain. Excel Saga is zany, filled with parodies, and heavy on the slapstick. This brand of comedy may not be for everyone, but I found it absolutely brilliant.
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
It's sort of like Excel Saga, with the added element of dimensio-hopping. Our two main characters continuously go to alternate versions of their hometown, each themed after various gimmicks(RPGs, sci-fi movies, American cinema, etc.), and the elements of said worlds are appropriately parodied.
Oh, stop booing already! Bad dub, superfluous characters, and stupid concepts aside, the show had a lot of good points. Dr. Eggman, already developed as a sympathetic character in the games, is expanded even further in the anime. He's given tons of character development, and truly humanized to a new level. And for an Eggman fan like me, that's really great. Also, it spawned the comic Sonic X, which I liked even more than the anime- El Gran Gordo was simply awesome.
The OVA gets an honorable mention for giving Eggman a love interest.
I like plenty of other anime, and collect quite a lot of it, but these were ones I particularly felt like mentioning. For my whole collection... I'll just list it out of convenience, without the extended descriptions.
* - I own the complete series
** - I own all the DVDs currently released.
Obviously, these annotations won't be needed on movies.
Ah! My Goddess!*
Ah! My Goddess! - Flights of Fancy*
Ai Yori Aoshi*
Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi*
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV*
Comic Party Revolution*
Detective Conan** (Localized as "Case Closed." Series is ongoing, but I have all the currently-released DVDs)
Full Metal Panic!*
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu*
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid*
Galaxy Angel A*
Galaxy Angel Z*
Happy Lesson Advance* (Bootleg DVD. Note, however, that this series was never given an official localization. If it ever does get one, I promise to buy the official DVD.)
His and Her Circumstances*
Irresponsible Captain Tylor*
Lupin III* (Bootleg boxset. No official release of the first series)
Lupin III Part 2 (DVDs were released, these are mostly random episodes with no real attempt at releasing ordered volumes as most anime conventionally is.)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi*
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful*
Martian Successor Nadesico*
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya*
Neon Genesis Evangelion*
School Rumble 2nd Semester
Tenchi in Tokyo*
Tenchi Muyo! GXP*
Vision of Escaflowne*
Yu Yu Hakusho
Ah! My Goddess!*
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku*
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH!*
Galaxy Angel S*
Happy Lesson OVA*
Love Hina Again*
Otaku no Video*
Puni Puni Poemy*
Tenchi Muyo: Ryo Ohki*
Ah! My Goddess! - The Movie
Castle in the Sky
Detective Conan(Case Closed) - The Fourteenth Target
Detective Conan(Case Closed) - The Time Bombed Skyscraper
Fullmetal Alchemist - The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
Howl's Moving Castle
Love Hina Christmas Movie
Love Hina Spring Movie
Lupin III - Castle of Cagliostro
Lupin III - Columbus Files
Lupin III - Crisis in Tokyo
Lupin III - Dead of Alive
Lupin III - Farewell Nostradamus
Lupin III - Island of Assassins
Mahoromatic: Summer Special
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Tenchi Muyo: Daughter of Darkness
Tenchi Muyo in Love
Whisper of the Heart
I'm a pretty big collector, I suppose.
Edited by El Gran Gordo, 07 March 2009 - 01:15 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 02:05 AM
While there's a bunch of animes that are on my favorites list, my most favorite is FMA due to it's story and character development, and I'm very much looking forward to the new series in April.
Currently, I'm finishing up Tora Dora and Soul Eater, and I've been into Keroro Gunso (Sgt Frog), and Doraemon. I'd wish they'd bring the latter over here since it's a great series and certainly has given me some laughs.
Edited by Kevin, 08 March 2009 - 10:14 PM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 02:14 AM
Ah! My Goddess
Hayao Miyazaki's Movies
and a million others. I am a total anime and manga freak. I even have several websites that I made that are all about anime. (if you wanna know what they are pm me) My favs are....well I have lots of favs, but my FAV favs are Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden, Sonic X, Fullmetal Alchemist, InuYasha, Bleach, Death Note, and Poke'mon. The sad(but awesome) thing is that most of the songs on my iPod are anime songs. I am addicted to "Ai, Just on my Love" from Orphen. I don't know why, but it's just awesome. People think I'm weird cuz I constantly listen to Japanese music, but what do they expect? ...I think i'm rambling again. Okay, well I'll shut up now. Bai-bai.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 02:36 AM
My favorite anime isn't straight on a decision like Naruto or Sonic X, I like anime if it has the following...
And of course with their own artistic overtones. Anime that have a specific art style and that are more than just a few frames per second get my respect.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:01 AM
I loved the toon right from the start, but I felt way too embarassed to talk much about it in public.
And there was no internet for me back then.. So yeah, you get the point.
Anyways, later on in 1996/1997 I encountered Dragon Ball. I saw both the original one with the preteen Goku and the "Z" one with the adult Goku. For some reason I liked the original one better. Maybe it's because of that funny talking pig character who had the power to magically morph into anybody he met...
Bah, I don't know. I just didn't enjoy the "Z" part.
I've never gotten into stuff such as Pokemon or Digimon because it appeared way too late and I had already grown attached too lots of other things which came previously.
Perhaps if I was born in the 1990s instead of being born in the 1980s then I would've had an opportunity to get into that stuff. But I emerged in a different "era" and became absorbed in too many other greater things...
Such as Sonic!
(Yes, I love Sonic X, even though I've only seen a few measly episodes of it so far. I definitely plan to see more episodes of it in the near future.)
Edited by DarkJedi188, 07 March 2009 - 03:10 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:06 AM
The only anime I managed to get into were YuYu Hakusho, which used to run on Adult Swim, and Ranma 1/2, which I honestly have a soft spot for. I love the characters, art, plot, atmosphere, music... it's just great. I'm up to volume 6 of the book, and my sister and I are saving up for the second season of the TV show.
Edited by NintendoBrad, 07 March 2009 - 03:21 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:26 AM
I haven't even touched a manga. I'm too scared to pick one up from the shelf at the bookstore, and it feels like everyone is watching me when I go near it. >__>
On a somewhat related note, is anyone going to Atlanta's Momocon besides me? I don't think I can go alone. ;__;
Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:36 AM
The other animes I enjoyed were THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA!, Canvas 2, Fullmetal Alchemist, Da Capo, Da Capo ~ Second Season ~, Clannad, Love Hina, Ai Yori Aoshi, To Love-Ru and Ultra Maniac. =3
Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:14 AM
Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:47 AM
I'm also a big fan of quite a few series but I've gotten behind recently due to working and Uni stuff. I'll catch up once I have some time.
Anime/manga I love
Ouran Highschool Host Club
Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Maybe I should mention...
I don't like the Deathnote anime, the manga is far better and I really don't like Naruto or Bleach find them both boring.
My first manga was Furuba and it was so boring, despite that I managed to read 10 before giving up. Tohru is so boring T__T. My first animes were Moomins, Hamtaro and Hello Kitty (I lived in the Philippines for 2 years when I was 10 and those were shown on telly) and then after that I got into Pokemon and it progressed.
Edited by Mollfie, 07 March 2009 - 08:51 PM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:17 AM
I've followed too many series that I can't really be bothered to list them all right now, but the only ongoing ones I really still follow on a regular basis are Naruto, Bleach and One Piece (although I hate Bleach with a passion now, I just follow it very briefly to see what's happening). Naruto is the only series I care about enoug to still follow both the anime and manga. For Bleach and One Piece, I started with the anime, caught up, then moved onto the manga and dropped the anime from that point.
I never bothered with the Death Note anime, it looks stupidly overdramatic from what I've seen (overanimated writing FTL), and they mess up the ending. The manga did drag on a bit in the end though too, I thought.
Digimon will always have a special place in my heart, even though I know there's better stuff out there. But that was the first anime that had a 'serious' plot (well, it's serious by kids' show standards at the very least), and no other series has seemed to have captured that childlike sense of fascination and imagination, for me.
The most recent series I watched through was Higurashi no Naku Horo Ni (and its' sequel). Nice series, that. I really should get around to watching Gurren Lagann soon though. I keep meaning to watch it to see what all the hype was/ is about, but I never seem to get round to it.
Edited by Mahzes, 07 March 2009 - 09:19 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:43 AM
Same could be said for Manga. Sometimes me and a friend will pick up a copy of Death Note and start reading. We still laugh at the "Damn, it's all in english" part, despite the fact that Light's been speaking perfect english the whole time.
I still enjoy the art style though.
Edited by The-BB, 07 March 2009 - 11:15 PM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 11:55 AM
Now, as for anime that I'm currently, er, obsessing over...
Ok fair enough, I've only seen one episode! The first one. But from this one and other clips I've seen this show is AWESOME. Uaaaa~ I've said enough. XP
Why is nobody else paying attention to this anime with Stitch? It's super cute! D: I love episode 6, with Angel. <3 I don't know how many episodes they're at though at the mo, probably the same as ToraDora since they both started in the same month.
Love love LOVE this one. The story, characters, animation...this one just has no flaws. Well, except for only running for 14 episodes. -3-
I haven't watched the whole series for all these, because I was going to see them with my boyfriend. It's hard not to watch 'em further though. I hate waiting. T.T
Oh yeah! Almost forgot manga...here's a quick list of (most of the XP) manga I have and which ones I lurve...
Death Note (volume 1 only) <3
Tokyo Mew Mew (all volumes, including A La Mode)
Guru Guru Pon-Chan (all volumes)
Azumanga Daioh (all volumes) <333
+Anima (volumes 1-2)
They're not all dissapointments thank goodness! =3
Edited by Gabz Girl, 07 March 2009 - 11:57 AM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:36 PM
I've always loved Sonic X, right now it's my favourite Sonic cartoon, it's a shame it's so underrated. I LOVE the way Sonic looks in this anime, he's such a little cutie in this, I can never watch it without falling in love with him, I don't like his personality in Sonic X as much though, he just doesn't seem himself, he's too quiet, laid back, and unsocialable. I love the storyline, quite a few episodes made me cry/ made me come close to tears, especially episodes 51 and 52. I also didn't mind Chris, I quite liked his friendship with Sonic and the idea of Sonic living in our world. I like both the dub and the Japanese sub, but the Japanese sub is my favourite since I adore Sonic's voice in this, the background music is better and the opening and endings are better, I hated the voices in the English version.
This is the first time I've ever admitted to liking this anime on a Sonic forum, I usually keep it a secret as it would probably wreck my reputation, plus it's a bit on the girly side for someone who's so obsessed with Sonic, but what the heck, I thought I may as well admit I like Sailor Moon now, I've been a fan of it for over 2 years.
I started by listening to the opening song Moonlight Densetsu (the best ever anime opening song IMO), I liked it so much I thought I'd try out actually watching an episode of Sailor Moon, I watched episode 1 (the English dub) and then I was addicted, I totally fell in love with the storyline, it's one of the most addictive things I've ever watched! I also fell in love with Usagi/ Sailor Moon and Mamoru/ Tuxedo Mask's relationship. I like the first series best, after that it kind of went downhill. I've watched 120 eps of it in English and 177 in Japanese.
This is another anime I love. Again I started by watching the first Japanese opening and then I kept seeing alot of comments saying it's very much like Sailor Moon, so I decided to try it out. I watched episode 1 and from that episode onwards I was addicted to Luchia and Kaito's relationship, they're my favourite anime couple, I only watch the parts with Luchia and Kaito in, I skip the rest. XD Another thing I love about it is the singing, I can't even describe how much I love the songs Legend of Mermaid and Kizuna, they're too good for words, I listen to them EVERY single day, and have done for a year now.
Pokemon was one of the first animes I watched and the one I've been watching the longest, I still like it even now. I don't know why but I REALLY enjoy watching Pokemon, it doesn't seem to be anything special and I don't really have much to say about it other than the fact I enjoy watching it. I prefer the earlier episodes but I like some of the newer ones aswell, I haven't watched it in a few years now though.
I'm not hugely into Digimon anymore as I haven't watched it in a few years, but it's still an awesome anime. I only like the first and second series, my favourite being the first. I've always been a huge Tai fan, back in 2004 I had a major crush on him, it was so bad that I even renamed myself Tai for a short while and I wouldn't respond to anyone unless they called me Tai! He's the main reason I like Digimon so much and why it's worth watching.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:48 PM
As for manga, I think the first manga I ever purchased was the old MiXX-ine magazine that featured Sailor Moon and Magic Knight Rayearth to name a few.
My current anime favorites:
The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Familiar Of Zero
Shakuagn No Shana
Lucky Star (although not as good as I heard)
All-time favorite anime:
R.O.D. & R.O.D. The TV
Current Manga favorites:
Naruto and Bleach (both are WAAAAAY better than the anime)
Sakura Taisen (Love anything Sakura Wars related)
Tsubasa and xxxHolic (although both are trying my patience)
Maximum Ride (both Manga and novel versions)
Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro (cannot recommend this one enough)
...and my all-time favorite : Oh!/Ah! My Goddess
Feel free to check me out on My Anime List.
Edited by Snatcher2047, 07 March 2009 - 08:57 PM.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:52 PM
Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:00 PM
Posted 07 March 2009 - 10:09 PM
I've watch them in both, Kyon's first and then Haruhi's becasue Kyon's makes more sense. Though I watched the 1st Haruhi ordered episode first because a friend showed it to me.
For anyone who doesn't know the orders:
Chronology/by Haruhi (episode number/by Kyon):
Edited by Mollfie, 07 March 2009 - 10:10 PM.
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