So glad this thread exists! Nice to be able to share our interests in some animé, I’ve seen a whole plethora of them so this might be a long post so here goes!
I’ve been watching animé since I can remember, I actually started out with a few Gainax productions like Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade, I know I am actually a little late to the animé scene now but man, that is the most hilarious animé I have ever watched especially because of silly moments like this part:
(WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE!)
Then after that I started to watch more animé from Gainax like Gurren Lagann which then turned out to be my actual favourite animé of all time! Everything about it was fantastic and that goes for the music, characters and pacing I reckon.
Then came FLCL which as @Omnipotent said it was VERY short like, six episodes? For that amount it would have been better off as just one movie but it was still very good! I like the fact how when I actually bought the DVD, all the episodes came on three separate discs, so that’s two episodes per disc!
Speaking of really weird ones though, has anyone seen the movie Dead Leaves? It’s probably the most insane animé film I have ever seen (well, apart from Akira) about these two people Pandy and Retro (who has a television for a head for some reason) who both wake up in the middle of nowhere with no memory of who they are, just start to go on a random crime spree for the heck of it and end up captured and taken to the space prison known as “Dead Leaves”.
I would try to explain more about it but I don’t think it can be explained! And this is made by the same director who did Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, which is another show that I can’t really explain that well due to it’s sheer insanity. Okay, has anyone ever watched the show “Drawn Together”? It’s like that only even more crazy, let’s just put it at that!
Anyway, I read some others here have also put FMA: Brotherhood in their lists and why not! It’s got to be one of my favourites, there’s always something going on in every episode to keep you watching and at the end of each, you’re always left thinking “WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?”. I seriously stayed up one night watching through some episodes and kept on saying “Just one more after this.” but nope! I couldn’t stop watching, I HAD to know what was going to happen in the next episode. The characters were great too, I really got to enjoy each one, I don’t think there was a single character I disliked in the entire series. Even some of the bad guys like Envy and Solf J. Kimblee were the most awful people ever but I couldn’t hate them! And oh my gosh, how about those openings, right?
I really am a sucker for openings and endings in animé, especially most of the ones in Soul Eater, now I really loved that show too, especially it’s characters such as Lord Death who is basically the Grim Reaper himself who runs an academy for students that turn into weapons and their meisters who can wield them properly. They use these powers to reap souls from demons and eventually become “DeathScythes”, Lord Death’s weapon basically! The plot becomes a bit more sinister as it goes on but just like FMA: Brotherhood, you really want to know what happens next!
A really interesting animé to watch and hilarious to boot but the only problem it has is that it suffers from “Bones Fever” and what I mean by that is it’s by BONES, the studio who did the 2003 series of Fullmetal Alchemist (as well as Brotherhood later) and BONES are quite notorious for their animé adaptations of manga books and it turns out they don’t follow them closely, i.e. most scenes or characters from the manga won’t be included in the animé.
That being said though, BONES have pulled out some great shows recently such as Space Dandy which is just incredible, the humour and plot lines in each episode is such brilliance. In a nutshell, Space Dandy is Johnny Bravo in space, has some of the best characters ever and they’re only a handful of them in each episode. The best thing about this show though? It’s directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, the same guy who did Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, which I have yet to see but what I’ve read from others in this thread, it definitely sounds like checking out! Anyway, Space Dandy season 2 has just started so I’m gonna head and watch that after all this!
Recently, I’ve just finished watching some shorter animés such as RideBack and Deadman Wonderland.
RideBack is an interesting one, about this girl named Rin who was an upcoming ballet dancer who gets involved in a serious injury while dancing and quits afterwards but years later in college, she comes across a club building and soon finds herself intrigued by a transforming motorcycle-like robotic vehicle called a “Rideback”. She soon finds that her unique ballet skills make riding the machines incredibly well but eventually finds herself getting involved with fighting the Government. It’s pretty complex but it’s very well done for about twelve episodes!
And then Deadman Wonderland, one of the more brutal animés I’ve seen, about this kid called Ganta who has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armor floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the ‘Red Man’ massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect. Following a quick unfair trial, Ganta is sentenced to death and is incarcerated in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park-like prison.
It’s a very interesting animé to watch and VERY brutal indeed, there’s a lot of mystery behind it too but again this animé suffers from “Bones Fever” despite actually being a different studio this time! I watched the animé first (bad idea) and had no idea who most of the characters were because some of their backstories aren’t explained and a few characters are missing from the animé that were in the manga. Overall it was enjoyable! But just currently reading the manga so I can actually understand what happens a bit clearer, sadly the animé only lasted about 12 episodes too and just ends on a cliffhanger but luckily the manga has finished so I need to catch up!
And finally, (almost there!) I’m currently in the middle of watching about three separate animé shows at a time. Alternating between each one because I start one animé then I decide to go ahead and get the DVD of another one while still watching the previous one, it’s a hard process! Those ones I’m watching are Fairy Tail, Black Lagoon and Eden of the East. I’ll do a write up on those after I’ve actually finished them! I’ve also got Interstella 5555 to watch also, which combines two of the greatest things on Earth: Daft Punk and animé! Basically just an entire movie with no dialogue at all but instead it plays songs from the Daft Punk album “Discovery”, should be a fun watch!
I would also get started on talking about Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films but I’ll save them for another post sometime! Hope that wasn’t too much! I do have more animé to talk about but those are just some of my favourite ones mentioned above!