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Old 11-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'd recommend any movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Specifically: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. Even the kids' ones are brilliantly done, like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service. So incredible. They feel really Japanese without being inaccessible, the animation is top notch, and there's strong female characters in all of them (a real plus for me when wading through so much misogynistic Japanese pop culture output).

Then there are Satoshi Kon's movies: Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika. Excellent art and characters. Super funny as well.

I'd also recommend Fooly Cooly (FLCL) as a short series. Hilarious, fast action, and a space chick who rides a Vespa and has a weird magic bass.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Death Note

Ghost In A Shell

Gundam Wing


Tales of Earthsea

Can't remeber any other good ones of the top of my head.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Aunt Helen is spot on with Miyazaki coolness. However, as a chap, your introduction should really be via swords and guns and crazy unecessary weird shit and violence. Not big faced cuddly pokemoners.

Princess Mononoke would be the least girlish of those. Though you might want to be a bit alternative and try the splendidly silly and bloody Afro Samurai (with extra cool voiceness by sam jackson)

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Old 11-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Lets say hypothetically there was this guy, and this guy always hated anime. Lets also say that this guy has never actually watched anime before, so he doesn't actually know if he hates it or not. What would be a good place to start if this guy wanted to try it out?
Definitely, without a doubt, Cowboy Bebop.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I second Afro Samurai.
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Miyazaki is one of the best for anime spot on, aunt helen.

Hellsing isn't that bad, and I've haven't yet seen Afro Samurai...

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Old 11-15-2008, 09:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Depends what genre you tend to enjoy but I love the following.

It's hard to go wrong with Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in particular are beautiful fantasy films.

Grave of the Fireflies will break your heart.


Akira is the big old landmark sci-fi anime that you need to watch and fuck me, it's still awesome! For Akira, I'll give you a scene from near the start:

Pioneer have a great DVD of it out.

I'd argue that Ghost in the Shell is the other important sci-fi anime. Smart, well-designed, exciting yet reflective cyberpunk. Here's the opening four minutes:

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence is the sequel and, while some found it too heady, I think it's a worthy follow up and a bold statement about the future of anime and animation in general.

From the last movie thread cometh Mind Game:

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Recommending Studio 4C movies to Bryan recently over IM inspired me to go back and look at the movies again, and I'm glad I did.

Mind Game bounces around genres and art styles not just within scenes but within shots. It buzzes with energy and creativity and I couldn't help but be dragged breathlessly along it's refreshingly weird path. It's one of the most uplifting and creative movies I've ever seen and I encourage you to seek it out.

One of the best things about being a geek is recommending things to people and rediscovering them yourself while you're at it, so a huge tip of the hat to Bryan. Ah, I love being a geek.
I'll do another post tomorrow, must sleep.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I'd say Cowboy Bebop or Full Metal Alchemist
second Cowboy Bebop
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Watch anything by Hayao Miyazaki, especally Spirited Away. I hate anime so much, but Spirited Away is awesome.

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