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Do I have to explain myself?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 20th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Anime is a very, very broad area.

It is like 'sci-fi' - most people think of Star Trek, or Star Wars, but that's just a small part. Anime is even bigger than that - because there is sci-fi anime, and fantasy, and pr0n, and...

I don't like *all* anime, but I like a lot of it. I'm really, really digging Full Metal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. And I think that Cowboy Bebop is one of the best TV series I have ever seen, perhaps the best. And they're all anime.

Of course, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Dragonball, etc, are all anime too - and I can't stand that shit.

I like sci-fi, but there is a big difference between Babylon 5 and VR-5.

I don't know what you think of when you think of anime - but there are some movies and shows with fantastic stories, they just happen to be animated. I could watch the 'Magnetic Rose' segment of Otomo's Memories over and over (and I have). It is just brilliant, IMHO. Wings of Honneamise is one of the best hard sf films I've ever seen.

But if you're exposure to anime has been maninly kiddy crap, I would expect a negative view of it. There are also things that are way over hyped - like Akira. It was ground breaking for its day, but, frankly, it isn't a great movie.
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: January 20th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My exposure to anime has been what TV has offered hereabouts, and judging from that it's about badly drawn teenage japanese girls with too-big eyes, regardless if it's afternoon- or night-programming.

If you can recommend stuff to leech that might alter that conclusion, go ahead.

(And WTF is VR-5?)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 20th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah, it sounds like you've only seen things like Sailor Moon. :-) Which has it's appeal, mainly the Lolita factor, but is still kind of lame.

On the movies side, what springs to mind is Wings of Honneamise, Perfect Blue, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door (aka The Movie), and Ghost in the Shell.

For TV series the first things to come to mind are Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Full Metal Alchemist.

But there are many other good shows - those are all fairly recent, so the visual quality is high. There ar some older shows which are still good, like the original Macross, which just don't look as good due to the older techniques.

You can also scan my collection and ask me about anything that sounds interesting.
7threality From: 7threality Date: January 25th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Tokyo Godfathers is probably worth mentioning too. It's a Christmas story, so expect what you'd expect from that kind of thing.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 20th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, and VR-5 was a rancid, hideous, terrible 'sci-fi' TV series from several years back. I think it was on The SciFi channel, or maybe WB or UPN or something. The concept was so *dumb* it is hard to describe...

Basically lead woman has some kind of magical VR system that lets her enter the mind of a person she calls on the phone... Yes, it was that bad.